And Devices For Other Use Patents (Class 131/238)
  • Patent number: 11318406
    Abstract: A heater-integrated filter includes: a casing in which are formed an intake port for taking in a portion of process gas from a compressor and a discharge port for discharging the process gas; a filter body which is provided inside the casing and through which the process gas from the intake port passes; and rod-like heaters which are disposed inside the casing and along which the process gas that has passed through the filter body is capable of flowing toward the discharge port along the extension direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Inventors: Takuya Watanabe, Yusaku Sano
  • Patent number: 10217341
    Abstract: Smoke detector shields for blocking or minimizing the transmission of light therethrough and methods for use are provided. According to one embodiment, a method for shielding a smoked detector includes shielding at least a portion of a smoke detector operationally arranged within a room, and subsequently activating a light emission device arranged within the room, while shielding the smoke detector. In order to exclude light emission devices, which are commonly used within a room for lighting and/or communication purposes, the light emission device set forth in the method is configured for generating infrared light at a radiant intensity greater than approximately 1 W/sr, and/or ultraviolet light at a radiant intensity greater than approximately 1 W/sr, and/or visible light at a luminous flux greater than approximately 3000 lumens. Embodiments of smoke detector shields that prevent such light from penetrating the housing of a shielded smoke detector are provided herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Xenex Disinfection Services, LLC.
    Inventors: Mark A. Stibich, Sarah E. Simmons, Edward C. Guerrero, Jr., Paul P. Froutan, Nicholas Whitelonis, Joseph Taber
  • Publication number: 20150020820
    Abstract: An ashtray system for a cigarette, cigars, and pipes is provided. The ashtray system comprises a base with a clock tower secured to the base and extending in a general direction away from the base. A clock is mounted in the clock tower. A pair of ashtrays are formed in the base. A plurality of cigarette/cigar holders are formed in the base for holding cigarettes/cigars in a substantially vertical position with each holder extending into at least one of the ashtrays. A plurality of apertures are formed in the base for holding cigarettes/cigars in a substantially vertical position. At least one storage area is formed for holding a pack of cigarettes, a pipe, tobacco, or several cigars. At least one drawer compartment is formed for holding a cigar-cutter; a pipe-tamper and cleaner; and lighters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventor: Hector F. Figueroa
  • Patent number: 8776804
    Abstract: A handheld litter disposal device for temporarily storing and containing cigarette ash, butts, and other litter. The litter disposal device includes a cap, a storage system, a pivot system adapted to permit the cap to move between the closed and open positions, and an extinguishing system containable within the storage system and adapted to extinguish the lit end of a cigarette. In the open position, ashes, butts, and unused portions of cigarettes, cigars, and/or other similar products can be transported from the outside to the inside of the litter disposal device and vice versa. In the closed position, however, cigarette ash and butts cannot enter or exit the storage system of the litter disposal device. The storage system has a rounded bottom or outer surface to prevent the litter disposal device from maintaining an upright position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Eric L. Zeanah, Wilmer Odom
  • Patent number: 8113343
    Abstract: A portable cigarette ashes container includes a receptacle and a top portion detachable from the receptacle, and has a top side in which a circular aperture to the interior of the receptacle and a further aperture to an upwards open pocket situated in the receptacle are situated, in which pocket a gas container of a cigarette lighter is received. A tubular passage having a length longer than the length of a cigarette butt and the same diameter as the cigarette butt is tightly secured to the edge of the circular aperture. A cap is hingedly connected to the top side of the top portion. The cap is provided with an interior closure member, which with the cap in closed position tightly closes the opening of the passage in the top side of the top portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Cigbuster AB
    Inventor: Jan â„«kerlind
  • Publication number: 20110155150
    Abstract: The current invention is an apparatus to clean air around a smoke. It is made of a case with air inlets which work with input fans. The air flows through a lime water filter, a silica gel filter and cellulose cotton. The air also flows by an aromatic before going through an air outlet. The apparatus has a power source and an on/off switch connected to the fans. The apparatus can be power by numerous power sources and can be taken with the smoker if desired.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 24, 2009
    Publication date: June 30, 2011
    Inventor: Sadeq Ahmed Al-Qassem
  • Patent number: 7861726
    Abstract: A system and method for a cigarette smoke filtration device that reduces second-hand smoke and holds a lit cigarette while being smoked or sitting idle. The device somewhat resembles a bifurcated cigarette holder wherein a lit cigarette is placed within the device while being smoked or sitting idle. Once inside, the device draws the smoke from the cigarette through a filtering system reducing offending odors as well as most of the harmful gases from cigarette smoke. The filtering system has replaceable filter cartridges. The spent ashes are collected in the device's base which can be emptied as needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Inventor: Steven J. Lukasavitz
  • Publication number: 20100313899
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a cigarette box structure capable of collecting cigarette ashes and cigarette buds, and the cigarette box reserves a collecting space, and includes surfaces a refractory adhesive material enclosed around the collecting space, such that after a smoker lights up a cigarette, the smoker can use the collecting space in the cigarette box to collect cigarette ashes and cigarette buds appropriately or put out a cigarette to avoid cigarette ashes from flying all over the place, dumping cigarette buds anywhere, or causing a fire or a dirty visual effect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2009
    Publication date: December 16, 2010
    Inventor: Chin-Hung WU
  • Publication number: 20090178687
    Abstract: A portable system vents smoke from tobacco products to the outdoors. The system has at least: a) a frame defining a volume; b) a support for an ashtray in the volume at forward in the frame; c) a rearward opening in the frame; and d) a fan located adjacent or within the opening with its blades positioned to draw smoke away from the ashtray when the fan blades are turning.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2008
    Publication date: July 16, 2009
    Inventor: Josie L. Davis
  • Patent number: 7114504
    Abstract: A cigarette pack holder with an adjacent built-in ashtray section. The ashtray chamber is latterly adjacent the compartment for the cigarettes and extends downwardly and under the cigarette compartment. The ashtray section has a hinged cap that when in the closed position acts as a boss to engage a notch on the cover to secure the cover in place. The bottom of the device has a slider opening for removal of ashes. Spaced up from the bottom is a shelf to retain the cigarette or cigar pack. The ashtray is separated from the cigarette pack storage compartment by a heat resistant vertical wall. Other walls of the device should also be made of heat resistant material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2006
    Inventor: Barry Fox
  • Patent number: 6926009
    Abstract: An ashtray includes doors that open and close and define a disposal path to a drawer when open. Cigarettes dropped on the doors will fall into the drawer when the doors are open. Cigarette disposal openings lead to the drawer and a cigarette grinder mechanism can be included to grind the cigarette or to cut off the lit tip of a cigarette placed in the cigarette disposal opening. Debris from the ground or cut cigarette drops into the drawer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2005
    Inventors: Korey Woelber, William Woelber
  • Publication number: 20030200974
    Abstract: A deodorizing apparatus for suppressing odor emanating from a cigarette butt containment vessel. The cigarette butt containment vessel includes a partially enclosed basin cavity into which cigarette butts are collected. In accordance with the present invention, the deodorizing apparatus includes an odor absorption device mounted within the basin cavity of the cigarette butt containment vessel. The odor absorption device includes an absorptive material housing constructed of an air-permeable fabric or mesh that retains the odor absorptive material while permitting airflow between the basin cavity and the interior of the absorptive material housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2003
    Publication date: October 30, 2003
    Inventors: Mark D. Shaw, J. Tad Heyman, Laurence M. Bierce
  • Patent number: 6604530
    Abstract: A portable receptacle for extinguishing and storing cigarette ends is described, which comprises two distinct, functionally independent, unequally sized chambers, one smaller chamber being equipped with a fire extinguishing substance for extinguishing a cigarette after use and the other larger chamber providing the space of collection of ashes during smoking and of the cigarette ends which have been previously safely extinguished through their immersion into the chamber containing the fire extinguishing substance. Additionally, the fire extinguishing substance containing chamber may constitute a means for extinguishing cigarettes in table ashtrays of an otherwise conventional form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2003
    Inventors: Georgia Rogari, Panayiotis Rogaris
  • Patent number: 6523544
    Abstract: A fan-assisted ashtray includes a hollow body having a lid for closing an open top thereof; a tray member for containing ash from a smoker's article; a filter member located below the tray member; and an electric fan located below the filter member for drawing air and smoke into the filter member and for exhausting air to the exterior of the body through a vent. The filter member extends across an entire horizontal sectional area of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2003
    Assignee: Philip Morris Incorporated
    Inventors: Mitchell Ritter, Jacques Berset, Thomas Riedel, Oliver Giles Ferguson
  • Patent number: 6415799
    Abstract: A smoking deterring ashtray device for using as a smoking deterrent to get the user to stop smoking. The smoking deterring ashtray device includes a base member; and also includes a body assembly including a torso-shaped body member being securely disposed upon said base member and having a passageway extending therethrough with the torso-shaped body member further having an upper portion, a lower portion and a front; and further includes an ashtray assembly including a container being securely mounted upon the base member; and also includes a cigarette/cigar support assembly being securely disposed upon the container and being disposed upon the front and at the lower portion of the torso-shaped body member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2002
    Inventor: Salvatore Tuzzolino, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6156088
    Abstract: A smoke and odor purifying system which can be incorporated within a housing that can serve both as a table centerpiece and an ashtray. The system having an esthetically pleasing flower vase construction with petal shaped appendages for resting of cigarettes or the like. A floral arrangement is made up of individual artificial flowers. Each flower having an opening in the bud for drawing in smoke-filled air and passing it through the system. Also defined within the petals of the housing are a plurality of intake openings through which cigarette smoke, as well as secondary smoke from the surrounding area may be drawn downwardly through the device. An electrically or battery powered fan means, positioned below a filtration and odor-treatment system, drives the smoke through the system which includes an electrostatic prefiltering bed followed by an activated charcoal bed, an H.E.P.A. filter and finally another activated charcoal bed containing an air freshening material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2000
    Inventor: Venanzio Cardarelli
  • Patent number: 6145510
    Abstract: A cigar extinguishing device which includes a circular top component for tightly holding a burning or smoldering cigar in a vertical position. On a side of the top component is a substantially horizontal ventilation slot having a sliding cover for controlling the burn rate of the cigar. This arrangement also allows the cigar to be extinguished without physically pressing the end into a typical ash tray; thus allowing the cigar to burn evenly and prevents it from unraveling. The ash tray has a removable, lower base unit allowing the ash collecting portion to be easily removed and emptied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2000
    Inventor: Bob D'Andrea Clark
  • Patent number: 6138682
    Abstract: A portable put out device for cigarettes includes a heat-durable casing including an ash compartment and a butt compartment. A heat-durable meshy plate is mounted in the ash compartment. An upper lid is pivotally mounted to an open upper end of the casing. A heat-durable bottom plate is removably mounted to and thus encloses an open lower end of the casing. A carriage member is secured to the casing to allow the put out device to be attached to an article worn by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2000
    Inventor: Chin I. Lai
  • Patent number: 6116246
    Abstract: A smokeless ashtray includes an ashtray that is formed with an ash receiving cavity and air passageway. The ashtray is supported by a housing having an upper portion which forms an air intake substantially adjacent to the ash receiving cavity, and a bottom portion which removably receives the ashtray. The bottom portion also includes a motor filter receiving space and is formed with an exhaust aperture. A motor is mounted within the motor filter receiving space with a fan being connected thereto such that the fan is located below the ashtray. The smokeless ashtray also includes an ashtray filter and/or a motor filter. The air passageway of the ashtray is configured to receive the ashtray filter while the motor filter receiving space within bottom portion of the housing is configured to receive the motor filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2000
    Assignee: Holmes Products Corp.
    Inventors: Neville R. Glenn, Robert VannRox, Robert Barker
  • Patent number: 6014974
    Abstract: A multi-purpose accessory is a substantially parallelepiped rigid casing (1) able to house a packet (3) of cigarettes and a cigarette lighter (4). The casing has a major surface with a shaped depression (6) for resting the cigarette. An end portion of the casing has a cylindrical body (7) in which a cylindrical container (11) is inserted. The cylindrical body (7) has a longitudinally slotted hole (9). The cylindrical container has a longitudinally slotted aperture (13). The cylindrical container (11) is axially rotatable between a position in which said slotted aperture (13) faces said slotted hole (9), and a position in which it does not.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2000
    Inventor: Mario Possamai
  • Patent number: 5996588
    Abstract: A pocket ashtray made of fireproof materials for holding a packet of cigarettes comprising a part for depositing ash and cigarette butts, a cigarette pack support part, an intermediate area including a tilting door for giving access to the depositing part and for closing against the deposit part so as to prevent air entry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1999
    Inventor: D. Gabriel Abrines Amer
  • Patent number: 5873370
    Abstract: A combination incense stick holder, extinguisher, and ash tray that is adapted to store incense sticks therein, hold a burning incense stick thereon, capture ashes from the burning incense stick, and extinguish the burning incense stick. The combination includes a box, a lid that is replaceably disposed on the box, and a holder that is disposed on the lid. The box contains a chamber for storing incense sticks. The lid selectively opens and closes the box and has a trough therein for capturing the ashes from the burning incense stick. The holder extends upwardly from the lid and is formed with a slot for holding and extinguishing the burning incense stick.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 23, 1999
    Inventors: Warren J. Towle, Jeffrey T. Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 5848595
    Abstract: A cigarette package comprising an inner and outer section can be slidably connected so that an ashtray portion can be formed when the cigarette package is placed in the extended position. The inner section can be a cigarette holding portion which allows the cigarettes to be accessed in this extended position. In a closed position, the lid for the cigarette package can be prevented from opening by the outer section. Additionally, the use of a hole in the package about the same diameter as a cigarette can be used to extinguish butts placed into the ashtray portion. Furthermore, a vacuum device can be used to turn the ashtray portion into a smokeless ashtray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 15, 1998
    Inventor: Will Eugene Arthur
  • Patent number: 5799781
    Abstract: A cigarette package comprising an inner and outer section can be slidably connected so that an ashtray portion can be formed when the cigarette package is placed in the extended position. The inner section can be a cigarette holding portion which allows the cigarettes to be accessed in this extended position. In a closed position, the lid for the cigarette package can be prevented from opening by the outer section. Additionally, the use of a hole in the package about the same diameter as a cigarette can be used to extinguish butts placed into the ashtray portion. Furthermore, a vacuum device can be used to turn the ashtray portion into a smokeless ashtray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1998
    Inventor: Will Eugene Arthur
  • Patent number: 5797301
    Abstract: A circular hand held wheel hub wrench having a hand grip with dual fork prong structure attached thereto for engaging the turn bar or wheel hub turn bar extensions of four wheel axle drive exterior engaged wheel hubs having two opposed finger depressions on both sides of a turn bar to allow the fork prong structure to be inserted therein to grasp the turn bar or wheel hub turn bar extensions to turn the wheel hub to engage and disengage a wheel axle drive as the hand grip is turned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 25, 1998
    Inventor: Mark Huenke
  • Patent number: 5785061
    Abstract: An ashtray houses a fan (20) which drives air through two filters (30, 36). Air is drawn in from an ashtray well (6) and expelled from openings (17) in the base of the ashtray. A recirculation path (A.sub.1, A.sub.2, A.sub.3) is provided for pre-filtering by the first filter 30.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 28, 1998
    Assignee: U.S. Philips Corporation
    Inventor: Simon M. Whiteley
  • Patent number: 5678576
    Abstract: An apparatus for treating environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) using a high efficiency particle air filter (HEPA) is provided. The apparatus has a pleated HEPA filter positioned in the top of a housing for filtering ETS particle contaminants. Layers of granulated activated alumina and layers of granulated activated carbon are also positioned in the top of the housing to filter gas-phase ETS contaminants. The apparatus offers substantial improvements over commercially available "smokeless ashtrays" by more effectively 1) directing ETS smoke over filter components, 2) removing ETS particle contaminants and 3) removing ETS gas-phase contaminants. The apparatus also indicates the effectiveness of the treatment process and allows users to increase the effectiveness of the treatment process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 21, 1997
    Inventors: William W. Nazaroff, Ashok J. Gadgil
  • Patent number: 5673709
    Abstract: A portable astray includes a receptacle portion for receiving a cigarette and a releasably attached top portion for covering the receptacle portion. The top portion includes an aperture of sufficient size to allow a cigarette to pass therethrough to the receptacle portion. A flap is included for closing the aperture, the flap being constructed and arranged to move between a first position whereby the aperture is closed, and a second position whereby the aperture is open to allow the cigarette to pass through the aperture to the receptacle portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 7, 1997
    Inventor: Harlan Jay Brothers
  • Patent number: 5649997
    Abstract: Apparatus for use with a gaming table or other surfaces for removing and filtering indoor airborne fumes and particles at their point of origin. A laminar exhaust air flow is created across the table surface. The laminar exhaust is drawn by vacuum through air intakes positioned at the table surface and ported through exhaust ducts for filtering and discharge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 22, 1997
    Inventors: Thomas Cavallero, Nickolas C. Gibson, Richard Bilyak
  • Patent number: 5562286
    Abstract: The present invention provides a smoke-eliminating device of simple construction which can easily be installed onto a preexisting casino gaming table. The fan for circulating air during the purification process is located beneath the gaming table to thereby reduce noise and increase the amount of usable area surrounding the gaming device. The smoke-eliminating device of the present invention is placed between the outer edge of the gaming table and a padded rim above this outer edge. Spaces are placed between the padded rim and the outer edge of the gaming table, to thereby vertically raise the padded edge. The space created between the padded rim and the gaming table is filled with intake vents and the spacers. An air circulator and purifying device is located beneath the table and conduit connects the intake vents to the air circulator and purifying device. The intake vents thus remove cigarette smoke from near the gaming table, purify the air, and release the purified air beneath the gaming table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 8, 1996
    Inventor: Oscar J. Brinket
  • Patent number: 5542438
    Abstract: A smokeless ashtray system includes a vacuum manifold connecting a plurality of ashtrays to a charcoal filter and a vacuum blower/motor assembly. The vacuum manifold includes spiral wound metal flexible metal tubing segments secured to connectors by heat shrink tubing. L connectors connect end most ashtray locations to the manifold, T connectors connect intermediate ashtray locations, and a four-way connector connects a central ashtray location to the manifold and to the charcoal filter and blower/motor assembly. Each ashtray location includes a flue member having a first end threaded into the associated connector and a second end inserted within a recess formed centrally in a bottom surface of a cup-shaped ashtray. A connector mounting bracket includes locating apertures engaging alignment pins extending from a flat upper surface of the connector, and a flange on the flue member clamps the bracket to the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 6, 1996
    Assignee: Progressive Games, Inc.
    Inventors: Terry Adams, Neil J. Ambrosio, William E. Bratton, William M. Forsythe, Bruce E. Hatton, Larry L. Kinder, William A. Swat
  • Patent number: 5522406
    Abstract: An ash tray for eliminating the troublesome and insanitary work necessary to replace and clean it. The ash tray includes an ash box, a plurality of disposable ash pockets received in the ash box which are stacked one in another and means for extinguishing a cigarette which is disposed at a corner of the plurality of ash pockets. The extinguishing means may be integrally formed with or separated from the ash pocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 4, 1996
    Inventor: Dong B. Yang
  • Patent number: 5520196
    Abstract: A cigarette case equipped with a plurality of disposable ash receptacles. The cigarette case comprises an inner case for containing a pack of cigarettes, an inner cap covering an upper opening of the inner case, an ash receptacle consisting of a plurality of stacked sheet pockets such as silver paper pockets in which the inner case is inserted and which is formed at its upper portion with an ash inlet, a snap extinguishing member provided at a side of the inner case, an outer case for receiving the inner case, the ash receptacle and the snap extinguishing member which is formed at its upper portion with a cutout portion so as to open the ash inlet therethrough, an outer cap covering an upper opening of the outer case, and means for introducing ashes into the ash receptacle which is provided at the outer case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 28, 1996
    Inventor: Dong B. Yang
  • Patent number: 5267893
    Abstract: A housing is secured within a vehicular ashtray, with the vehicular ashtray having a floor for receiving and mounting the housing thereon. The housing includes a plurality of top walls arranged in a tiered relationship relative to one another, with a finger recess directed into an upper wall for access to one of a plurality of wells receiving coins of various denominations into the respective wells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1993
    Inventor: Gretel C. Mangigian
  • Patent number: 5259400
    Abstract: An ashtray has a base with a lid hinged thereto. A filter is in the lid in order to accommodate an easy filter replacement. An air duct in the lid enables a fan in the base to draw smoke through the filter and out the base. The fan is operated in response to raising the lid to an upright position. The intake to the air duct is far enough from debris in the ashtray to preclude drawing the debris into the air duct. The lid tends to seal in odors when it is closed. An area in the base may also receive a filter in order to provide a compatibility with preexisting filters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1993
    Assignee: Pollenex Corporation
    Inventors: Robert H. Bruno, Donald N. Jursich
  • Patent number: 5199449
    Abstract: A tiltable ashtray, e.g. for motor vehicles, includes an ash receptacle, a support housing for a lighter and a lighter which are removably disposed in a receiving housing that is tiltably pivotally supported in an external frame receivable in a recess. The ash receptacle, receiving housing and lighter can be removed from the receiving housing and replaced with a storage bin. Detachable clip connectors hold those elements in the receiving housing enabling the bin to replace the other elements, and vice-versa. A contact assembly on a circuit board in the receiving housing is connectable to an electrical system. It includes an electrical contact for the cigarette lighter and an additional contact connection to an electric light in the receiving housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 6, 1993
    Assignee: Gebr. Happich GmbH
    Inventors: Volker Dabringhaus, Gunter Dietz, Udo Gutlein, Hans-Joachim Haase
  • Patent number: 5115821
    Abstract: An ashtray comprising one or more incense holders. The holder is crimped and can be made out of the same material as the ashtray. The incense holder can also be a separate element and attached to the ashtray. Inside the holder there is employed cork or hard rubber so as to aid in holding the incense stick.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 26, 1992
    Inventor: Dennis B. Grooms, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4996995
    Abstract: An ashtray which has a main body including a tray for receiving ashes and a housing having an opening facing upwardly for housing the tray therein, a lid member for covering the opening of the housing therewith, a hinge assembly for rotatably connecting the lid member to the main body, an air cleaning means disposed at the lid member for removing impurities from the air, the air cleaning means including a fan for exhausting the air, a drive means for driving the fan and an air cleaner for removing impurities from the air and a light means for lighting the main body and the lid member. The ashtray can be used in a dimly-lit-place as well as in a well-lit place, and is able to clean the air by removing impurities, including smoke emitted from cigarettes or other smoking materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 1989
    Date of Patent: March 5, 1991
    Assignee: Kobishi Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshikazu Kojima
  • Patent number: 4993435
    Abstract: A smoking accessory includes a case that can completely contain a lighted cigarette. The cigarette foot end extends out of the case, and the smoker exhales smoke into a mouthpiece on the case that conducts the exhaled smoke into a filter chamber to be filtered before it is exhausted to the environment. The case includes an ash chamber next to a cigarette containing chamber, and a filter chamber is located adjacent to the cigarette containing chamber. A flexible hose having two passages can be connected to the case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 1990
    Date of Patent: February 19, 1991
    Inventor: Steven McCann
  • Patent number: 4911180
    Abstract: The present invention is concerned with a disposable ashtray which can be disposed of simply and quickly without touching cigarette butts, ashes and the like in a hermetically sealed state without having any fear of fire. It is composed of an ash receiving saucer made of an incombustible leaf sheet consisting of a concave section for collecting cigarette butts and the like with a flange section around the circumference. It is designed to seal the ash receiving saucer by bonding each half of the flange section or by bonding the flange section to a shield cover. The disposable ashtray disclosed herein may also be provided for containing a plurality of the ash receiving saucers piled up in an ashtray holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 1988
    Date of Patent: March 27, 1990
    Inventor: Shosuke Ogasahara
  • Patent number: 4907604
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for rapidly extinguishing a lighted cigar and for saving the extinguished cigar for later consumption. The device comprises a hollow cylindrical tube having a closed end portion and an open end opposed to said closed end portion and a removable cap sized to fit within the open end of the tube for forming a substantially air tight container so as to promote rapid extinguishment of the lighted cigar. The cap in a preferred embodiment has a bore configured to receive and reshape an unlit, wetted tip of the extinguished cigar and a pin having a pointed end for punching a hole in the unlit cigar tip. The device further includes an adjustable snuffer for accommodating cigars of different lengths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 1988
    Date of Patent: March 13, 1990
    Assignee: Cigar Savor, Inc.
    Inventor: Arthur L. Beloff
  • Patent number: 4907603
    Abstract: A cigar or cigarette holder comprising a cylindrical housing having an access to remove ashes, an access to insert cigarettes, vent holes, an opening in the housing so as to facilitate the lighting of the cigar or cigarette and a grill rack on the interior wall of the housing so as to hold the cigarette and catch any ash. Also provided is a cigarette cassette.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 1988
    Date of Patent: March 13, 1990
    Assignee: Bertha D. Chambers
    Inventor: Thomas E. Chambers
  • Patent number: 4896825
    Abstract: A paper blank for a disposable ashtray which can be compactly folded for packaging and readily assembled by a consumer for use. The bottom flap of the assembled ashtray is secured in place by tabs received within slots. The ashtray may include cigarette receiving slots and a snuffer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 1989
    Date of Patent: January 30, 1990
    Assignee: Alford Industries Inc.
    Inventor: Robert E. Moeller
  • Patent number: 4881554
    Abstract: An ashtray has a hollow housing in the interior of which is mounted a smoke detector and an audio playback unit for providing an anti-smoking message upon the detection of smoke. A digital counter counts the number of activations of the smoke detector. The ashtray has a concave ash receiving depression on a top surface of the hollow housing. A centrally disposed smoke passage in the concave depression allows smoke to be drawn into the smoke detector through a smoke tunnel by a small fan. The device is battery powered and is provided with an on/off switch for selectively disconnecting the battery power supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 1987
    Date of Patent: November 21, 1989
    Inventor: Jackson Obasogie
  • Patent number: 4830026
    Abstract: In an ash tray apparatus provided with a cigarette lighter, the ash tray is pivoted open downward and the lighter is slided open frontward side by side, thus providing an easy access of the user to the cigarette lighter when the ash tray is completely open. The apparatus comprises, in particular, a front pin fixed to the ash tray; a rear pin fixed to the cigarette lighter and guided along a slot formed in a partition of the housing; and a link member having a front end connected the front pin and a rear end connected to the rear pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 1987
    Date of Patent: May 16, 1989
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazunori Yokokawa
  • Patent number: 4790332
    Abstract: A hand-held device eliminates smoke generated from cigarette smoking. This cigarette package-sized device completely encloses a cigarette while it is being smoked and provides two mouthpieces, one for inhaling and the other for exhaling smoke into the device. All smoke passes through two filters, a particulate filter and an odor filter, before being discharged into the ambient atmosphere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 1985
    Date of Patent: December 13, 1988
    Inventor: Fred E. Wallace
  • Patent number: 4776352
    Abstract: A disposable ashtray made of flame-resistant and/or fire-retardant treated paper comprising two substantically identical sheets bonded together along matching outer contours to define an inner space when said sheets are oppositely pulled. The upper section of both sheets are perforated and enclose at least one ply of an interposed smoke absorbing layer. The lower section of least one of the sheets has at least one mouth-like opening having an integral flapped tongue as a holding platform for an in-use cigarette. In addition, a holder stand for keeping the ashtray upright and stable at an expanded position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 1986
    Date of Patent: October 11, 1988
    Inventor: Yong F. Chen
  • Patent number: 4733675
    Abstract: A message transmitting ashtray is provided and consists of an ashtray disposed in a base containing a message transmitting mechanism which is responsive to a cigarette coacting with an activation mechanism in the ash tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 1986
    Date of Patent: March 29, 1988
    Inventor: Charles Destro
  • Patent number: 4725998
    Abstract: A completely automatic warning ashtray for smokers is disclosed. The ashtray is responsive to the natural motions of a smoker, and indicates to the smoker when it is time to dispose of accumulated ash on a lit cigarette. Because of its automatic operation, the user need not operate any manual controls in order to accrue the advantages of the invention's use. In addition, the ashtray may be provided with a visual indicating means which indicates to the user that a timing cycle is in progress, and a time of day clock may also be visible from the outside of the ashtray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 1986
    Date of Patent: February 16, 1988
    Assignee: David B. Jones, Brian D. Jones, Jr., and Karen N. Jones
    Inventor: Brian D. Jones
  • Patent number: RE36106
    Abstract: An ashtray has a base with a lid hinged thereto. A filter is in the lid in order to accommodate an easy filter replacement. An air duct in the lid enables a fan in the base to draw smoke through the filter and out the base. The fan is operated in response to raising the lid to an upright position. The intake to the air duct is far enough from debris in the ashtray to preclude drawing the debris into the air duct. The lid tends to seal in odors when it is closed. An area in the base may also receive a filter in order to provide a compatibility with preexisting filters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 23, 1999
    Assignee: The Rival Company
    Inventors: Robert H. Bruno, Donald N. Jursich