Heat Exchanging And/or Insulating Patents (Class 131/194)
  • Patent number: 10342260
    Abstract: An aerosol-generating device is provided, including a reservoir configured to hold a liquid; a release medium; and a heater, wherein the reservoir and the release medium are configured to transport liquid from the reservoir to the release medium, wherein the release medium and the heater are disposed in physical contact with each other, wherein the aerosol-generating device further includes a means for reversibly releasing the physical contact between the release medium and the heater to form a gap between the heater and the release medium, and wherein the aerosol-generating device is configured to activate the heater when the gap is formed between the heater and the release medium. A method for forming an aerosol by the aerosol-generating device is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventors: Michel Thorens, Ihar Nikolaevich Zinovik
  • Patent number: 10342262
    Abstract: A cartridge for an aerosol-generating system may comprise a liquid storage portion, which includes a housing holding a liquid aerosol-forming substrate. The housing has a first and a second opening. The cartridge may further comprise a first and a second permeable planar heater assembly, wherein the first permeable planar heater assembly is fixed to the housing and extends across the first opening of the housing, and the second permeable planar heater assembly is fixed to the housing and extends across the second opening of the housing. The first and second permeable planar heater assemblies are arranged opposite each other such that they face each other and form an airflow channel in between.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Patrick Charles Silvestrini, Ihar Nikolaevich Zinovik
  • Patent number: 10327471
    Abstract: An electronic cigarette has a conduit arranged in a atomizing stem, the conduit has a first segment and a second segment in communication with the first segment, the first segment has a wider inner space than the inner space of the second segment; a storage chamber is outside and surrounds the conduit; and a heating device arranged inside the inner space of the first segment of the conduit for atomizing an atomizable material coming from the storage chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: SHENZHEN KONTLE ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Xiaochun Zhu
  • Patent number: 10321719
    Abstract: A heating element is provided that configured for use in an electronic cigarette. The heating element includes at least one carrier material made of glass or glass ceramic and metallic heating conductor structures. The heating conductor structures are on the carrier material and the carrier material has a thermal conductivity of less than 2 W/K*m, a thermal capacity of less than 1000 J/K*kg, and a roughness Ra of less than 500 nm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: SCHOTT AG
    Inventors: Ulrich Peuchert, Fritz Wintersteller, Michael Kluge
  • Patent number: 10321712
    Abstract: A reservoir assembly for an electronic vaping device includes a reservoir configured to store a pre-vapor formulation, a tube including a first end and a second end, and a sleeve at least partially surrounding the second end of the tube. The first end of the tube extends into the reservoir. The second end of the tube protrudes from the reservoir. The tube includes a hole in a sidewall of the tube at the second end. The sleeve is formed of a wicking material. The sleeve is in fluid communication with the hole in the sidewall of the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventor: Peter Lipowicz
  • Patent number: 10314335
    Abstract: An electronic cigarette has a vaporizer to produce vapor to be delivered to its mouth end. The vaporizer includes a tube having inlet and outlet ends. A porous matrix containing a vaporizable liquid, extends around the tube. Wicking fibers extend through side openings in the tube and are configured to wick the vaporizable liquid from the porous matrix into the tube, and electrical heater coil is powered by a battery to vaporize liquid on the wicking fibers in the tube, so that vapor is supplied along the tube end when the user draws on mouth end. The wicking fibers are wrapped around outer surface of the tube so as to contact and receive the vaporizable liquid by capillary action from the matrix. The wrapping of the wicking fibers may be in a spiral pattern in the same or opposite directions along the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Nicoventures Holdings Limited
    Inventor: Tony Reevell
  • Patent number: 10314330
    Abstract: A smoking article is provided, having opposed lighting and mouth ends, and including a mouth end portion at the mouth end. A tobacco portion is between the lighting end and the mouth end portion. An aerosol-generation system is between the lighting end and the tobacco portion. The aerosol-generation system includes a heat generation portion, comprising an elongate fluted member actuated by ignition of the lighting end. The fluted member defines grooves extending longitudinally between opposed first and second ends, with the first end being at the lighting end and the grooves being equidistantly spaced apart about the fluted member. Each groove has a maximum depth. The depth maxima of the grooves define a circle having a radius. The maximum depth of each groove is no more than the radius of the circle. A heat generation apparatus for an aerosol-generation system of a smoking article is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
    Inventors: Billy Tyrone Conner, Timothy Franklin Tilley
  • Patent number: 10299511
    Abstract: An electrically heated aerosol-generating system for receiving an aerosol-forming substrate includes a heating element including a first electrically conductive element electrically insulated from a second electrically conductive element by an electrically insulating portion. The first and second elements are elongate and are electrically connected to each other by an electrically resistive portion. At least one electrically conductive element and the electrically resistive portion are arranged such that they are at least partially in contact with the aerosol-forming substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: PHILIP MORRIS USA INC.
    Inventors: Olivier Greim, Julien Plojoux, Dani Ruscio
  • Patent number: 10292431
    Abstract: Pellet substrates configured for use with a vapor delivery device to vaporize and deliver an aerosol to a user include porous, substantially inert activated carbon and activated alumina pellets that have generally spherical, semi-spherical and/or rounded shapes. The pellet substrates are formed by mixing the pellets together with a liquid solution of an aerosol former admixed with flavoring and/or nicotine, tobacco powder, or tobacco extract such that the liquid solution is absorbed into and/or adsorbed onto the porous structure of the pellets with or without the addition of heat. The pellets may be coated with an inert dry powder, such as calcium carbonate, to better adhere the liquid solution to the porous surfaces of the pellets. Alternatively, or in addition, the pellets may be coated with a liquid solution of a cellulose gum, such as sodium carboxymethylcellulose, and distilled water to reduce fracturing, cracking, chipping and dusting of the pellet substrates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventor: Jackie L. White
  • Patent number: 10285442
    Abstract: A re-fillable and re-chargeable e-cigarette PV in which the PV indicates consumption of e-liquid using a visual indicator that extends or moves along the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: AYR LTD.
    Inventors: Kaveh Memari, Adrian Bennett, Ian Murison, Stephen Marsh
  • Patent number: 10278424
    Abstract: A cartridge of an electronic vaping device includes a housing assembly and a reservoir cap assembly. The housing assembly is a single piece housing assembly. The reservoir cap assembly includes a reservoir cap having a hole there through and at least one wick extending through an opening in the reservoir cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Travis M. Garthaffner, Peter Lipowicz
  • Patent number: 10258088
    Abstract: Embodiments of a diffuser device, system, and method for diffusing exhaled vapor that is inhaled from a vaper producing device. In one embodiment, the diffuser device includes a first tubular portion, a second tubular portion, and a removable, disposable filter. The first tubular portion includes a length and a first interior surface that defines a first bore extending through the first tubular portion along the length, the first interior surface defining a first ledge. The second tubular portion includes a second interior surface that defines a second bore. The second tubular portion is removably and rotatably coupled to the first tubular portion such that the second bore is coaxial with the first bore. The removable, disposable filter may include a cylindrical structure sized to be positioned within the first bore between the first ledge and an end of the second tubular portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: MNA Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew R. Plott, Carson C. Cook
  • Patent number: 10251424
    Abstract: A heater assembly for an electronic vaping device and a method of manufacturing the electronic vaping device are provided. The heater assembly includes a chimney cage extending longitudinally, a heater extending longitudinally within the chimney cage, a heater gauze positioned about an outer circumference of the heater, the chimney case positioned about an outer circumference of the heater gauze, and a cathode clip electrically connected to a first end portion of the heater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Christopher S. Tucker, Barry S. Smith, Charles Dendy
  • Patent number: 10231484
    Abstract: Devices, cartridges, and method are described herein for emulating smoking wherein a device generates an aerosol for inhalation by a subject by heating a viscous material that can have a tactile response in the mouth or respiratory tract, while reducing Hoffman analytes and mutagenic compounds delivered to the user as compared to a common tobacco cigarette.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Juul Labs, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam Bowen, James Monsees
  • Patent number: 10231488
    Abstract: A smoking article may include a cigarette incorporated within an electrically powered aerosol generating device that acts as a holder for that cigarette. The smoking article possesses at least one form of tobacco. The smoking article also possesses a mouth-end piece that is used by the smoker to inhale components of tobacco that are generated by the action of heat upon components of the cigarette. A representative smoking article possesses an outer housing incorporating a source of electrical power (e.g., a battery), a sensing mechanism for powering the device at least during periods of draw, and a heating device (e.g., at least one electrical resistance heating element) for forming a thermally generated aerosol that incorporates components of tobacco. During use, the cigarette is positioned within the device, and after use, the used cigarette is removed from the device and replaced with another cigarette.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: RAI Strategic Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: John Howard Robinson, David William Griffith, Jr., Billy Tyrone Conner, Evon Llwellyn Crooks, Dempsey Bailey Brewer, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10226079
    Abstract: A smoking article may include a cigarette incorporated within an electrically powered aerosol generating device that acts as a holder for that cigarette. The smoking article possesses at least one form of tobacco. The smoking article also possesses a mouth-end piece that is used by the smoker to inhale components of tobacco that are generated by the action of heat upon components of the cigarette. A representative smoking article possesses an outer housing incorporating a source of electrical power (e.g., a battery), a sensing mechanism for powering the device at least during periods of draw, and a heating device (e.g., at least one electrical resistance heating element) for forming a thermally generated aerosol that incorporates components of tobacco. During use, the cigarette is positioned within the device, and after use, the used cigarette is removed from the device and replaced with another cigarette.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: RAI STRATEGIC HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: John Howard Robinson, David William Griffith, Jr., Billy Tyrone Conner, Evon Llewellyn Crooks, Dempsey Bailey Brewer, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10219548
    Abstract: A smoking article may include a cigarette incorporated within an electrically powered aerosol generating device that acts as a holder for that cigarette. The smoking article possesses at least one form of tobacco. The smoking article also possesses a mouth-end piece that is used by the smoker to inhale components of tobacco that are generated by the action of heat upon components of the cigarette. A representative smoking article possesses an outer housing incorporating a source of electrical power (e.g., a battery), a sensing mechanism for powering the device at least during periods of draw, and a heating device (e.g., at least one electrical resistance heating element) for forming a thermally generated aerosol that incorporates components of tobacco. During use, the cigarette is positioned within the device, and after use, the used cigarette is removed from the device and replaced with another cigarette.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: RAI STRATEGIC HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: John Howard Robinson, David William Griffith, Jr., Billy Tyrone Conner, Evon Llewellyn Crooks, Dempsey Bailey Brewer, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10212968
    Abstract: A smoking article is provided, including a combustible heat source having opposed front and rear faces; one or more airflow channels extending from the front face to the rear face of the combustible heat source; an aerosol-forming substrate downstream of the rear face of the combustible heat source; and a thermostatic bimetal valve located between the rear face of the combustible heat source and the aerosol-forming substrate, wherein the thermostatic bimetal valve is arranged to deform from a first position, in which the valve substantially prevents or inhibits fluid communication between the one or more airflow channels and the aerosol-forming substrate, to a second position, in which the one or more airflow channels and the aerosol-forming substrate are in fluid communication, when the thermostatic bimetal valve is heated to above a threshold temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventors: Oleg Mironov, Sebastien Lanaspeze
  • Patent number: 10206428
    Abstract: An aerosol-generating device is provided, including a housing containing or configured to receive an aerosol-forming substrate; an outlet formed in the housing, wherein in use aerosol generated from the aerosol-forming substrate is delivered through the outlet, wherein the housing includes a first wall surrounding the outlet and a second wall surrounding the first wall such that an open-ended annular recess is defined between the first and second walls, the annular recess being suitable for retaining a compliant mouthpiece cover to the housing. In use, the mouthpiece cover is placed into a user's mouth in order to directly inhale an aerosol generated by the aerosol-generating device. There is also provided a removable mouthpiece cover for an electrically operated smoking device, including a compliant tubular portion defining a central bore and a filter portion covering the bore of the filter portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventors: Michel Thorens, Alexis Louvet
  • Patent number: 10201186
    Abstract: A system, a method, and a device for controlling a heating element in electronic articles, and more particularly for controlling a heating element in electronic cigarettes. In one embodiment A system for controlling a heater can comprise a power source, a memory configured to store programming, an MCU, a solution, a heater configured to heat the solution, and a sensor. The power source, the memory, the MCU, the heater, and the sensor can be electrically coupled. The MCU can receive signals from the sensor and control the heater, and the MCU can be configured to use programming stored in the memory to control the heater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Fontem Holdings 4 B.V.
    Inventors: Ramon Alarcon, Michael Starman
  • Patent number: 10159277
    Abstract: A smoking article is provided, including a combustible heat source having opposed front and rear faces; an aerosol-forming substrate downstream of the rear face of the heat source; a first heat-conducting element including one or more radially inner layers of heat-conductive material overlying a rear portion of the combustible heat source; and a second heat-conducting element including one or more radially outer layers of heat-conductive material overlying at least a portion of the aerosol-forming substrate, such that the one or more radially outer layers of heat-conductive material do not overlie the one or more radially inner layers of heat-conductive material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: PHILIP MORRIS PRODUCTS S.A.
    Inventor: Samuel Bonnely
  • Patent number: 10159282
    Abstract: Vaporizer devices and apparatuses are provided. In some implementations, a cartridge for a vaporizer device comprises an elongate and flattened storage compartment configured to hold a liquid vaporizable material, an opaque mouthpiece that is secured over the proximal end of the storage compartment, an opening through the mouthpiece, a notch in the front side of the mouthpiece, a heater at the distal end of the storage compartment, and a channel within the storage compartment that extends from the heater towards the proximal end of the storage compartment. The liquid vaporizable material is visible through the storage compartment. A first end of the mouthpiece terminates in an edge disposed adjacent to a location between the distal end and the proximal end, the mouthpiece has a front side adjacent a side of the storage compartment, and the notch extends away from the edge toward an end of the mouthpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: JUUL Labs, Inc.
    Inventors: James Monsees, Adam Bowen, Steven Christensen, Joshua Morenstein, Christopher Nicholas HibmaCronan
  • Patent number: 10159288
    Abstract: A cartomizer for an electronic smoking article, an electronic smoking article capable of providing a smoking experience without combusting tobacco, and a method of achieving a smoking experience without combusting tobacco are disclosed. The cartomizer can include an annular fluid reservoir having an air flow channel therein; a liquid material within the fluid reservoir; and a heater, which surrounds the fluid reservoir and is operable to heat the fluid reservoir to a temperature sufficient to at least initially volatilize the liquid material contained within the fluid reservoir to form a saturated vapor within the air flow channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventor: David B. Kane
  • Patent number: 10154692
    Abstract: A manufacturing machine and a method for producing a cartridge for an electronic cigarette having a base, a supporting base at least partly inserted inside the base, of a heating member fitted to the supporting base, having a hygroscopic pad surrounding the heating member are disclosed: a conveyor, which comprises a gripper designed to house the supporting base fitted with the heating member; a feed device for positioning the hygroscopic pad, initially flat and rectangular in shape, facing the gripper; and an insertion device for inserting the supporting base fitted with the heating member inside the gripper so as to intercept the hygroscopic pad which, as it is inserted inside the gripper, folds into a ‘U’ around the heating member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: G.D SOCIETA' PER AZIONI
    Inventor: Fulvio Boldrini
  • Patent number: 10149495
    Abstract: A smoking article having a mouth end and a distal end is provided, including a heat source; an aerosol-forming substrate downstream of the heat source; at least one air inlet downstream of the aerosol-forming substrate; and an airflow pathway extending between the at least one air inlet and the mouth end of the smoking article. The airflow pathway includes a first portion extending longitudinally upstream from the at least one air inlet towards the aerosol-forming substrate, and a second portion extending longitudinally downstream from the first portion to the mouth end of the smoking article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventor: Oleg Mironov
  • Patent number: 10130122
    Abstract: A fluid supply, can ridge fir a vapor generating device that includes an ejection head structure and a fluid reservoir body for removable attachment to the ejection head structure. The ejection head structure contains an ejection head and a flexible circuit attached to an ejection head structure for electrical communication with the ejection head. The fluid reservoir body includes a vaporizing fluid therein, a fluid supply port in fluid flow communication with the vaporizing fluid, and a fluid port seal for the fluid supply port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: FUNAI ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: James D. Anderson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10098918
    Abstract: A method and formulation for delivering a sexual aid, such as epimedium or yohimbe, in a vaporized state using low temperatures to vaporize the formulation. The formulation contains an inert non-reactive compound that lowers the heat of vaporization of the formulation, and the active compound. The formulation may optionally contain glycerin, alcohol, and/or water. Examples of inert non-reactive compounds that can sufficiently lower the heat of vaporization of the formulation include propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin and polysorbate. The formulation can be vaporized using a hand-held low temperature vaporizer or atomizer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: CHONG CORPORATION
    Inventors: Alexander Chinhak Chong, William P Bartkowski, Marshall A Thompson
  • Patent number: 10092039
    Abstract: A smoking article for on-demand delivery of an increased quantity of an aerosol precursor composition, a cartridge, and a method are disclosed. In some aspects, the cartridge includes a housing, and a reservoir disposed within the housing and defining two or more chambers each having an aerosol precursor composition therein. The reservoir is in fluid communication with an aerosol forming arrangement configured to form an aerosol from any of the aerosol precursor compositions, with the respective aerosol precursor compositions of the two or more chambers being directed to the aerosol forming arrangement in substantially equal normal quantities. The cartridge further includes an actuator configured to selectively and operably engage any one of the chambers and to direct an increased quantity of the aerosol precursor composition from the chamber engaged therewith to the aerosol forming arrangement, the increased quantity being greater than the normal quantity of the aerosol precursor compositions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: RAI Strategic Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Alfred Charles Bless, Charles Jacob Novak, III, Stephen Benson Sears, Joseph Dominique, Jared Aller
  • Patent number: 10080388
    Abstract: Aerosol delivery devices are provided. The aerosol delivery devices may include a power source configured to output electrical current. The aerosol delivery devices may also include an atomizer in fluid communication with a reservoir containing an aerosol precursor composition, the atomizer being configured to receive electrical current from the power source. The aerosol delivery devices may further include a dispensing mechanism including a shape-memory alloy configured to change shape in response to heat produced from electrical current provided by the power source and to selectively regulate flow of the aerosol precursor composition from the reservoir to the atomizer, the atomizer being configured to produce an aerosol therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: RAI Strategic Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Andries Don Sebastian, Michael F. Davis
  • Patent number: 10076139
    Abstract: Vaporizer devices and apparatuses are provided. In some implementations, an apparatus comprises a cartridge and a vaporizer body. The cartridge comprises a storage compartment configured to hold a vaporizable material, a heater comprising a resistive heating element for generating an aerosol, and a mouthpiece comprising an opening for passage of the aerosol. The vaporizable material is visible through at least one side of the storage compartment. The vaporizer body comprises a proximal end, a distal end opposite the proximal end, and a cartridge receptacle at the proximal end, the cartridge receptacle configured to house the cartridge. The cartridge receptacle comprises a notch extending from the proximal end towards the distal end, and a portion of the storage compartment is visible through the notch when the cartridge is housed in the cartridge receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: JUUL Labs, Inc.
    Inventors: James Monsees, Adam Bowen, Steven Christensen, Joshua Morenstein, Christopher Nicholas HibmaCronan
  • Patent number: 10045561
    Abstract: An aerosol generating system is provided, including: a storage portion for storing an aerosol-forming substrate, an aerosol generating element for generating an aerosol from the aerosol-forming substrate, control circuitry in communication with the storage portion, and disabling component within the storage portion for rendering the storage portion inoperable in the aerosol generating system in response to a disable signal from the control circuitry. There is also provided a method in an aerosol generating system, including sending a disable signal from the control circuitry to the disabling component following a determination that an amount of the aerosol-substrate in the storage portion is below a threshold level or following a determination of a malfunction in the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventor: Jean-Marc Flick
  • Patent number: 10039325
    Abstract: A method is disclosed comprising detecting negative pressure at a first vapor outlet of an electronic vapor device, causing a vaporizer component to vaporize a vaporizable material to generate a first vapor in response to the negative pressure, providing the first vapor to the first vapor outlet, detecting positive pressure at the first vapor outlet, causing the vaporizer component to vaporize the vaporizable material to generate a second vapor, and providing the second vapor to a second vapor outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: LunaTech, LLC
    Inventors: John Cameron, Dean Becker, Gene Fein
  • Patent number: 10034493
    Abstract: A package for housing at least a heat source, used for a flavor inhaler, having a columnar shape extending along a predetermined direction and four housing a tubular member having a tubular shape. The package includes a bottom surface and a heat source holder for holding the heat source so that the predetermined direction is directed toward a direction crossing the bottom surface. The heat source holder holds the heat source provided separately of a tubular member and holds the heat source at a state that allows the heat source to swing toward the bottom surface, the tubular member, used for the flavor inhaler, having a tubular shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: JAPAN TOBACCO INC.
    Inventors: Takeshi Akiyama, Manabu Yamada
  • Patent number: 10021909
    Abstract: A vaporizer assembly is shaped and configured to fit partially into a downstem of a water pipe. The vaporizer assembly includes a housing including an upper portion and a lower portion. The lower portion has a smaller diameter, and fits in the downstem. The upper portion of the vaporizer assembly includes a bowl or dish, and a heat source is enclosed within the housing and positioned and configured to selectively heat the bowl or dish. A body of the vaporizer adjacent the bowl includes vapor passages. One or more passages are also formed in the lower portion. Thus, essential oils or waxes placed in the bowl can be vaporized by the heat. The generated vapor may flow from the bowl into and through the vapor passages and lower portion passage and into the waterpipe's downstem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Lubby Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: J. Christian Rado
  • Patent number: 10015990
    Abstract: An electrically operated aerosol-generating system is provided, including a device and a removable cartridge including an aerosol-forming substrate, an electrically operated vaporizer, and first electrical contacts connected to the vaporizer, the device including a main body defining a cavity configured to receive the cartridge, an electrical power source, second electrical contacts connected to the electrical power source and a mouthpiece portion, which, in a closed position, retains the first electrical contacts on the cartridge in contact with the second electrical contacts on the device. By providing a device and cartridge based system in which the device includes a main body and a mouthpiece portion, the components for the cartridge can be simplified as compared to known cartomizer type cartridges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Phillip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventor: Oleg Mironov
  • Patent number: 9986760
    Abstract: An electronic smoking article includes a liquid supply region including liquid material and a heater-wick element operable to wick liquid material and heat the liquid material to a temperature sufficient to vaporize the liquid material and form an aerosol. The heater-wick element comprises a plurality of fused metal beads or particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Jason Andrew Macko, James Anthony Skapars
  • Patent number: 9980522
    Abstract: A fluid cartridge for a vaporizer includes an inner tubular member and an outer tubular member with a space in between for holding a fluid to be vaporized. The inner tubular member includes a first connector for interconnecting with a second connector formed internal to a mouthpiece. The inner tubular member further includes a locking member that interconnects with at least one groove formed in an interior of the mouthpiece and the locking member and groove are configured to inhibit disconnection of the first and second connectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: NATIONAL CONCESSIONS GROUP INC.
    Inventors: Jeremy Heidl, Andrew Rexroad
  • Patent number: 9980521
    Abstract: An aerosol-generating system is provided, including an aerosol-generating device in cooperation with an aerosol-generating article. The aerosol-generating article includes at least one container housing a nicotine source and at least two seals sealing the at least one container, wherein each seal includes a deformable material. The aerosol-generating device includes an outer housing configured to receive the aerosol-generating article and an elongate piercing member configured to pierce the at least two seals. The elongate piercing member includes a piercing head at a distal end of the elongate piercing member and a hollow shaft portion including at least two apertures. At least one aperture of the at least two apertures is in fluid communication with the at least one container when the aerosol-generating article is received in the aerosol-generating device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventors: Frederic Buehler, Eric Force
  • Patent number: 9980520
    Abstract: An inhaler comprising a reservoir of an inhalable composition, a heater to selectably volatilize at least some components of the composition, and a power source arranged to selectively supply electrical power to the heater when the user inhales from the inhaler. The power source is arranged to heat the heater to a temperature that will volatilize some, but not all of the components of the composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: KIND CONSUMER LIMITED
    Inventors: Alex Hearn, Iain Mcderment, Khine Zaw Nyein, David John Cottenden
  • Patent number: 9974337
    Abstract: An electronic cigarette includes a housing having a wall defining an inner space, and an inlet and an outlet providing access to the inner space, a vaporizer to produce a vapour and being located in the inner space of the housing, an electrical power device to provide electrical power to the vaporizer and being located in the inner space of the housing. The electrical power device includes a first electrical contact member being electrically connected to one of an anode and a cathode of the electrical power device, and a second electrical contact member being electrically connected to the other of the anode and the cathode of the electrical power device. The vaporizer includes a vaporizer outer surface, a third electrical contact member located on the vaporizer outer surface, and a fourth electrical contact member located on the vaporizer outer surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Sluis Cigar Machinery B.V.
    Inventors: Oscar Slurink, Mark Leendert Meijer
  • Patent number: 9961937
    Abstract: The invention is related to an electronic cigarette and an assembly method therefor. The electronic cigarette comprises an electronic cigarette body and a mouthpiece device connected at one end of the electronic cigarette body. The electronic cigarette body is provided with at least one first smoke channel. The mouthpiece device is provided with a second smoke channel. The mouthpiece device is in a sliding butting connection with the electronic cigarette body. The junction between the mouthpiece device and the electronic cigarette body is provided with an elastic assembly. The elastic assembly is used to enable the first smoke channel and the second smoke channel to be in communication with one another or to be staggered from one another and not in communication. The beneficial effects of the electronic cigarette are that a child may be prevented from smoking the electronic cigarette by accident, and assembly is easy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: HUIZHOU KIMREE TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD. SHENZHEN BRANCH
    Inventor: Qiuming Liu
  • Patent number: 9955728
    Abstract: A battery assembly of an electronic cigarette according to the present application is configured to form an electronic cigarette in combination with an atomizing assembly. The atomizing assembly is provided with a gas storage chamber configured to store cigarette-liquid odor to be detected. The battery assembly includes a sensor group and a microcontroller. After the sensor group detects the cigarette-liquid odor to be detected, the microcontroller is configured to control a circuit between the battery assembly and the atomizing assembly to be switched on in a case that the cigarette-liquid odor to be detected matches the preset odor information, to enable the electronic cigarette to work normally. Thus, the electronic cigarette has an identification function and can be normally used only when the battery assembly and the atomizing assembly of the electronic cigarette are matched.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: HUIZHOU KIMREE TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD. SHENZHEN BRANCH
    Inventor: Qiuming Liu
  • Patent number: 9949505
    Abstract: A smoking article includes a mouthpiece having an outer surface and a cooling agent inclusion complex disposed on the outer surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventor: Alen Kadiric
  • Patent number: 9943107
    Abstract: An electronic cigarette (“e-Cig”) may include flavor enhancements to improve or add to the flavor of an e-Cig. The e-Cig cartomizer may include a flavor sticker, shell, booster, or mouthpiece that provides additional flavor to the user. In addition, the flavor enhancements may also provide or further enhance the smell of the e-Cig.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: SIS RESOURCES, LTD.
    Inventors: Aaron Arye Weigensberg, Eyal Peleg, Samuel Capuano, Yechezkel Stern, Bernard Juster
  • Patent number: 9918497
    Abstract: An electronic vapor provision device comprising a battery assembly 8 and a vaporizer 24, wherein the battery assembly 8 comprises a power cell 10 and a computer 12, the vaporizer 24 is releasably connectable to the battery assembly 8 and the computer 12 comprises a computer processor 16 and a memory 18; wherein the computer 12 is configured to detect whether the vaporizer 24 is connected to the battery assembly 8 without use of the electronic vapor provision device by a user; and to substantially remain in a sleep mode until the vaporizer 24 is connected to the battery assembly 8.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: NICOVENTURES HOLDINGS LIMITED
    Inventor: Christopher Lord
  • Patent number: 9918494
    Abstract: A smoking article is provided, having a mouth end and a distal end, including a heat source; an aerosol-forming substrate; an airflow directing element including an air-permeable segment downstream of the substrate and defining an airflow pathway; and at least one air inlet for drawing air into the segment, wherein the pathway includes a first portion extending from the inlet towards the substrate and a second portion extending from the substrate towards the mouth end, wherein the first portion is defined by a low resistance-to-draw portion of the segment that extends from proximate to the inlet to an upstream end of the segment, and the segment further includes a high resistance-to-draw portion that extends from proximate to the inlet to a downstream end of the segment, and the ratio of the resistance-to-draw of the high portion to the low portion is higher than 1:1 and lower than 50:1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: PHILIP MORRIS PRODUCTS S.A.
    Inventors: Oleg Mironov, Daniele Sanna, Frederic Lavanchy, Stephane Roudier
  • Patent number: 9913496
    Abstract: A vaporizer device of cotton-free e-cigarette, comprising: an outer sleeve, a supporting frame arranged inside the outer sleeve, a vaporizer unit fixed into the supporting frame, a filter piece and a liquid percolation piece sequentially connected to one end of the supporting frame, and a fixation seat connected to other end of the supporting frame. A backflow groove is made inside the supporting frame to prevent leakage caused by the backflow of residual liquid. The filter piece is made of heat-resisting material. The liquid percolation piece is connected at one end with a liquid storage cup by snap joints. Another end of the filter piece keeps a safe distance away from the vaporizer unit to avoid being burned. The liquid storage cup and the outer sleeve are assembled to form a slit therebetween to prevent the backflow of residual liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Inventor: Guangrong Lin
  • Patent number: 9907338
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to systems and methods for controlling dosing of an electronic smoking device. An electronic smoking device comprises a body through which a flow path at least partially extends, an air inlet in the body that is fluidly connected to the flow path, a liquid compartment for storing a liquid within the body, a vaporizer positioned in the body and configured to receive liquid from the liquid compartment and air from the flow path to generate vaporized liquid, an outlet in the body configured to receive vaporized liquid from the vaporizer, and circuitry connected to the vaporizer and configured to control dosage of vaporized liquid. A method for controlling dosage in an electronic smoking device comprises sensing an airflow, releasing a liquid into the airflow, activating a vaporizer to generate vaporized liquid, and controlling flow of airflow, liquid or vaporized liquid to control dosage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: FONTEM HOLDINGS 4 B.V.
    Inventors: Ramon Alarcon, Jason Healy
  • Patent number: 9907930
    Abstract: A novel aromatherapy vaporization device is disclosed having a heating chamber first portion for receiving of phyto material and a heating chamber second portion. In a first mode of operation phyto material is loaded into the heating chamber first portion having a first conductive heating element disposed therein and in a second mode of operation an angle of a hinge is varied that brings the heating chamber second portion in proximity to the heating chamber first portion. In the second mode of operation electrical current flows from a first battery to a first conductive heating element and the phyto material is heated to a predetermined temperature and vapor is emitted from the heating of the phyto material and is captured in the heating chamber second portion and flows through a heating chamber first portion aperture and propagates through a fluid pathway for inhalation from an inhalation aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Inventor: Michael Alexander Trzecieski
  • Patent number: 9907337
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to systems and methods for controlling disabling of an electronic smoking device. An electronic smoking device includes a body through which a flow path at least partially extends, an air inlet in the body that is fluidly connected to the flow path, a liquid compartment for storing a liquid within the body, a vaporizer positioned in the body and configured to receive liquid from the liquid compartment and air from the flow path to generate vaporized liquid, an outlet in the body configured to receive vaporized liquid from the vaporizer, and circuitry connected to the vaporizer. In one embodiment, the circuitry is configured to shut off the electronic smoking device based on activation time of the vaporizer. In another embodiment, the circuitry is configured to shut off the electronic smoking device after a determined amount of usage has occurred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: FONTEM HOLDINGS 4 B.V.
    Inventors: Ramon Alarcon, Jason Healy