Making Or Using Tobacco Users' Appliance Patents (Class 131/328)
  • Patent number: 10405574
    Abstract: A smoking apparatus has a vessel, a smoke-generation structure coupled to a lower portion of the vessel for accommodating smoke-generation substance for generating smoke, and for guiding the smoke into the vessel, a smoke guide for discharging the smoke out of the vessel, and a pump for pumping the smoke from the smoking generation structure into the vessel and for pumping the smoke out of the vessel through the smoke guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: MODERN VITAL INC.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Lloyd Bebee
  • Patent number: 10390567
    Abstract: The e-vaping cartridge includes a housing, a first tube extending in a longitudinal direction within the housing, the first tube defining at least one first hole that provides fluid communication between a first annulus reservoir and a second annulus reservoir, the first annulus reservoir defined between the housing and the first tube, the second annulus reservoir defined between the first tube and a central passage traversing through the first tube. At least one first layer of absorbent material is positioned within the second annulus reservoir. A wick is in communication with the central passage, where distal ends of the wick contact the at least one first layer of absorbent material. A heater is configured to vaporize a pre-vapor formulation that is communicated by the wick from the at least one first layer of absorbent material. The device includes the cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: ALTRIA CLIENT SERVICES LLC
    Inventors: Christopher S. Tucker, Edmond Cadieux, Barry S. Smith, William J. Crowe, Nam Tran
  • Patent number: 10383362
    Abstract: Described is a dabbing tool for transporting a tobacco or other herbal concentrate to a heated nail of a smoking or vaporizing apparatus. The dabbing tool includes a tip portion configured to transport and apply the concentrate to the heated nail. To provide improved convenience and safety for removing, handling, and manipulating the heated nail, the dabbing tool also includes a nail holder portion configured to releasably engage with the heated nail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Inventor: Brian Bagwell
  • Patent number: 10334888
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to an electronic vaporizing device for vaporizing water-based compositions and other vaporizable materials. The electronic vaporizing device may comprise a vaporizing component having an ultrasonic vibration element operable to produce ultrasonic vibrations to vaporize at least a portion of the vaporizable material received therein. In one embodiment, the vaporizing component may further comprise a heating element operable to produce heat energy to vaporize at least a portion of the vaporizable material received therein. In one embodiment, the electronic vaporizing device may comprise a processor operable to generate at least one vaporizing control signal for selectively operating at least one of the ultrasonic vibration element and the heating element. The operation of the vaporizing component may be determined by an associated user, by a third party via a remote device, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: LunaTech, LLC
    Inventors: John David Cameron, Dean Becker, Gene Fein
  • Patent number: 10334884
    Abstract: An aerosol generating system may include aerosol generating means, aerosol delivery means, and an aerosol guiding device. The aerosol guiding device may include a chamber having an air inlet and an air outlet, and the aerosol delivery means may be configured such that aerosol is introduced from the aerosol generating means into the chamber in use. An airflow route may be defined from the air inlet to the air outlet so as to convey the aerosol to the air outlet, and the relative dimensions of the air inlet and the air outlet may be selected to provide pressure control means for controlling the pressure differential between the air inlet and the air outlet. An aerosol guiding device for use in an aerosol generating system may include a chamber having an air inlet and an air outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: JT International S.A.
    Inventor: Andrew Robert John Rogan
  • Patent number: 10327476
    Abstract: The invention provides an electronic cigarette vaporizer, comprising a housing, a mouthpiece connected with an end of the housing and provided with a vapor channel, and a threaded connecting end sleeve-connected with another end of the housing, wherein the mouthpiece is dismountably connected with an end of the housing, an outer sleeve is closely sleeved in the housing, an inner sleeve is arranged within the outer sleeve, a closed liquid storage chamber for storing cigarette liquid is formed between the outer sleeve, the inner sleeve, the mouthpiece, and the threaded connecting end. The invention has advantages that, when the cigarette liquid is used up and the mouthpiece is dismounted, the chamber body of the liquid storage chamber can be opened to facilitate the replenishment of cigarette liquid and the reuse of the electronic cigarette vaporizer by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventor: Guangrong Lin
  • Patent number: 10321718
    Abstract: An electronic cigarette temperature control system includes a power supply, a heating element, a temperature detection element, and a processor. The power supply is electrically coupled to the heating element and the processor. The temperature detection element is configured to detect a change of a temperature T of the heating element and output the change of the temperature T of the heating element to the processor. The processor is electrically coupled to the temperature detection element. The processor is configured to determine the temperature t of the temperature detection element according to an associated physical quantity x of the temperature detection element, and calculate the temperature T of the heating element according to the temperature t of the temperature detection element. A related electronic cigarette temperature control method and a related electronic cigarette are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: JOYETECH EUROPE HOLDING GMBH
    Inventor: Wei-Hua Qiu
  • Patent number: 10314339
    Abstract: An electronic vapor provision system includes a housing, a vaporizer contained within the housing, and a mouthpiece at one end of the system. The mouthpiece provides an air outlet. At least one air inlet hole is provided in a portion of the housing. In response to a user inhalation at the mouthpiece, air flows into the system through the one or more air inlet holes, past the vaporizer, and out through the mouthpiece. The system further includes a collar located around the portion of the housing in which the one or more air inlet holes are provided. The collar is movable with respect to the housing. The system further includes a mechanism for positively engaging the collar and the housing at a plurality of predetermined positions as the collar is moved with respect to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Nicoventures Holdings Limited
    Inventor: Rory Fraser
  • Patent number: 10314340
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to an aerosol delivery device. The aerosol delivery device may include one or more fill ports. Thereby, a reservoir of the aerosol delivery device may be refillable. The fill ports may be defined in a base of a cartridge of the aerosol delivery device. The aerosol delivery device may further include a flow director. An atomizer may extend through the flow director transversely to a longitudinal length of the flow director. The atomizer may include a liquid transport element with a capillary channel extending therethrough, which may receive aerosol precursor composition from the reservoir. There aerosol precursor composition may be drawn through the liquid transport element to a heating element of the atomizer, which may vaporize the aerosol precursor composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: RAI Strategic Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael F. Davis, Percy D. Phillips
  • Patent number: 10314336
    Abstract: An exemplary atomizer includes a housing, a liquid chamber defined in the housing, a heating part in the housing, an air passage, and two electrodes. The liquid chamber is configured for storing tobacco liquid. The heating part includes a liquid conductor and a heater. The liquid conductor is configured for absorbing the tobacco liquid from the liquid chamber. The heater is in contact with the liquid conductor. The heater is configured for heating the tobacco liquid to form aerosol. The air passage allows the aerosol to flow out of the atomizer. The two electrodes are arranged at one end of the housing, and electrically connected to two opposite ends of the heater. The atomizer further includes a temperature sensor configured for sensing a temperature of the heating part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: SHENZHEN FIRST UNION TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yonghai Li, Zhongli Xu, Shuyun Hu, Hongyong Luo
  • Patent number: 10285437
    Abstract: A handheld vaporizer attachment device includes a finger engaging feature and a first coupling feature that frictionally engages the handheld vaporizer at a first joint between vaporizer components. The attachment device can further include a second coupling feature that attaches over the mouthpiece of the vaporizer or frictionally engages the vaporizer at a second joint between vaporizer components. In another example, the finger engaging feature includes an annular member held in place by a strap disposed between two coupling features. The attachment feature can be monolithically formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventor: Tamatha Lagina Russell
  • Patent number: 10285446
    Abstract: A microvaporizer having a first switch connected to a mouthpiece of the microvaporizer and a timer, and a second switch that is connected to the timer and the battery of the microvaporizer. The microvaporizer is activated to produce vapor when the first switch is triggered and the second switch is also triggered within the timer's countdown of a predetermined period of time. When the second switch is not triggered before the timer countdown ends, the timer turns off automatically and the microvaporizer is not activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventor: Yongjie James Xu
  • Patent number: 10285448
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an aerosol generating device for heating solid tobacco substance. The aerosol generating device includes a housing having a first air inlet, a power supply, a cup body arranged in the housing, a coil module, and a heating element. The power supply is configured for supplying an alternating current power supply. The cup body is configured for receiving the solid tobacco substance, and defines a second air inlet. The coil module is arranged between the housing and the cup body. Two opposite ends of the coil module are connected to the alternating current power supply, such that the coil module generates a high frequency alternating magnetic field. The heating element is arranged at a center of the cup body. The heating element is configured for generating an eddy current and heat in response to the alternating magnetic field, thus heating the solid tobacco substance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: SHENZHEN FIRST UNION TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuqin Li, Hongbin Chen, Yonghai Li, Zhongli Xu
  • Patent number: 10285445
    Abstract: A personal electronic delivery system includes a housing having a first end with an inlet and a second end with an outlet a fluid path substantially extending between the inlet and the outlet, a buffer for holding a delivery fluid, connecting means configured to transfer delivery fluid to the fluid path, a heater that is provided in, at or close to the fluid path configured for heating the delivery fluid such that at least a part of the delivery fluid atomizes and/or vaporizes in the fluid path, and an energy source configured for providing energy to the heater. The buffer substantially surrounds the heater and includes openings in a groove for transferring delivery fluid to the heater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: UTVG GLOBAL IP B.V.
    Inventors: Sybrandus Jacob Metz, Gerhard Hendrik Mulder, Johannes Kuipers, Hans Hendrik Wolters
  • Patent number: 10251423
    Abstract: A programmable smoking cessation system includes an electronic vaporizing apparatus system, apparatus, nicotine management plan. Methods for the reduction of nicotine consumption based on the nicotine management plan to reduce or eliminate nicotine dependence. The systems, apparatuses and methods described herein utilize a digital processing device in combination with a vapor release mechanism to vaporize and blend nicotine and non-nicotine liquid substances from cartridge chambers to produce vapors configured to reduce nicotine consumption and dependence at a modulated rate over a specified period of time based on the nicotine management plan. The system and apparatus are configurable to track and report data acquired during use and provide feedback to a user and/or a clinical professional.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: NicoDart, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Suhayl Mamoun, Daniel Lawrence Blanchard, Arthur Lawrence Brody
  • Patent number: 10226071
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a smoking apparatus and assembly that may be used with a variety of standard sized bottles, and which comprises a non-toxic, easily cleaned or disposable straw and bowl. The present disclosure allows a person to utilize common, recyclable and/or natural materials to inhale cooled/filtered smoke from burnt plant leaves in a conservative and efficient manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Inventor: William Leland Nagel
  • Patent number: 10226077
    Abstract: This non-combusting flavor inhaler is provided with a first flow path which is disposed downstream of a vaporizer unit, and, as an aerosol flow path, a second flow path which is disposed downstream of the first flow path. The second flow path houses a flavor source for imparting flavor to an aerosol. In order to suppress unevenness of aerosol flow in the second flow path, an aerosol flow adjustment chamber for adjusting flow of the aerosol supplied from the first flow path is provided between the first flow path and the second flow path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: JAPAN TOBACCO INC.
    Inventors: Hirofumi Matsumoto, Manabu Yamada
  • Patent number: 10206434
    Abstract: An apparatus for extracting a compound from a substance comprising an extraction chamber arranged to extract a compound from a substance stored within the extraction chamber, wherein the extraction chamber is arranged to agitate the substance; and when upon the substance is under an applied heat, the extraction chamber is arranged to extract the compound into an air flow passing through the extraction chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: CHAMP VIEW DEVELOPMENT LIMITED
    Inventor: Dominic Yat Ting Pang
  • Patent number: 10202272
    Abstract: The invention is an electronic cigarette vaporizer system operable in a ‘discrete’ mode to reduce the amount of vapor produced by a vaporizer that forms part of the system, compared to a normal mode. The ‘discrete’ mode causes the vapor produced to be less visible or noticeable, compared to a normal mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: BEYOND TWENTY LTD.
    Inventor: Ian Murison
  • Patent number: 10193364
    Abstract: The invention is related to an electronic cigarette and a method for reminding of charging of an electronic cigarette. The electronic cigarette comprises: a microcontroller, a charging prompt module, a power detection module and a power supply battery, wherein the power detection module is configured for detecting the remaining capacity of the power supply battery and sending the value of the remaining capacity to the microcontroller, the microcontroller is configured for comparing the received value of remaining capacity with a preset value, and controlling the charging prompt module to send a charging prompt signal when the value of the remaining capacity is lower than the preset value. The beneficial effects are to remind a user of insufficient remaining capacity of a power supply battery in time, to effectively avoid the situation where a user cannot use an electronic cigarette due to the power supply battery is used up.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Shenzhen Kimsen Technology Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Zhiyong Xiang
  • Patent number: 10182599
    Abstract: Present disclosure relates to a volume adjustable E-liquid storage tank, electronic cigarettes having the volume adjustable E-liquid storage tank, and methods of using the electronic cigarettes having the volume adjustable E-liquid storage tank. In certain embodiments, the E-liquid storage tank includes: an E-liquid refill base, an E-liquid storage tank internal wall, an E-liquid storage tank external wall, a vaporizer assembly mounting base, and a volume adjustment ring. The E-liquid storage tank is sealed by a first mouthpiece sealing ring on the top, and a vaporizer sealing ring at the bottom. The volume adjustment ring is installed inside the E-liquid storage tank between the E-liquid storage tank internal wall and the E-liquid storage tank external wall to reduce the amount of E-liquid filled in the E-liquid storage tank. The thickness and the height of the volume adjustment ring may vary to adjust the amount of E-liquid in the E-liquid storage tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: SHENZHEN KANGER TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Xiaochun Zhu
  • Patent number: 10182597
    Abstract: An electronic smoking article includes a liquid aerosol formulation, at least one filamentary wick operable to transfer the liquid aerosol formulation, at least one heater operable to at least partially volatilize the liquid aerosol formulation and form an aerosol, a power supply operable to apply voltage across the at least one heater, and a support plate operable to support the at least one heater and the filamentary wick and to form an electrical connection between the at least one heater and the power supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: ALTRIA CLIENT SERVICES LLC
    Inventors: David Schiff, Chris Carrick, Eric Hawes, Ali A. Rostami, Christopher S. Tucker, Berina Yerkic-Husejnovic
  • Patent number: 10174749
    Abstract: An aerosol-generating device includes a reservoir configured to hold an aerosol-forming substrate, an atomizer configured to atomize the aerosol-forming substrate, and a micropump configured to deliver a fluid. The micropump is between the reservoir and the atomizer, and in fluid connection with the reservoir and the atomizer. The micropump is configured to supply the aerosol-forming substrate from the reservoir to the atomizer. The micropump includes two pump chambers having two separate chamber volumes and two actuators. Each is actuator assigned to one of the two pump chambers for changing a respective chamber volume. The two pump chambers are arranged in parallel and are in fluid connection with a common inlet and a common outlet. The actuators are configured to operate in parallel such that a volume change in each of the two pump chambers occurs simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventor: Ben Mazur
  • Patent number: 10159286
    Abstract: A system is provided, including a primary device and a secondary device, the primary device having electrical contact pins configured to engage electrical contacts on the secondary device to allow for the exchange of power and data between the devices; the primary device having n electrical contact pins, where n is a positive integer greater than two; the devices are constructed such that the pins of the primary device are engageable with the contacts of the secondary device in a plurality of m distinct electrical orientations, wherein m is a positive integer less than n; and the primary device is configured to determine which of the m orientations the secondary device is in relative to the primary device by comparing voltages measured between at least m different pairs of contacts with a voltage record stored in a memory in the primary device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventor: Raphael Holzherr
  • Patent number: 10149496
    Abstract: An electronic cigarette controller includes a control chip. The control chip includes: a smoking detecting module used for detecting a capacitance change of an external mouthpiece; a control module used for sending drive and control signals according to the smoking signal, or stopping sending drive and control signals according to the standby signal; a drive module used for receiving the drive and control signals and outputting electric current to drive the electronic cigarette to work; and a tobacco liquid detecting module used for sampling an amount value of a tobacco liquid of the electronic cigarette and determining whether the amount value of the tobacco liquid is less than a preset reference value, if yes, the control module stops sending the drive and control signals. The present disclosure describes an electronic cigarette that can detect an amount of the tobacco liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Shenzhen Smoore Technology Limited
    Inventor: Zhiping Chen
  • Patent number: 10136676
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide an electronic vapor provision system including a vaporizer for vaporizing liquid for inhalation by a user of the electronic vapor provision system; a power supply comprising a cell or battery for supplying power to the vaporizer; a sensor for detecting airflow through the electronic vapor provision system as a result of the inhalation by the user; a manual activation device; and a control unit for causing power to be supplied to the vaporizer to vaporize the liquid providing the control unit determines that both (i) the sensor is detecting airflow through the electronic vapor provision system and (ii) the manual activation device has been manually activated by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: NICOVENTURES HOLDINGS LIMITED
    Inventor: David Newns
  • Patent number: 10131532
    Abstract: An e-liquid cartridge designed to provide e-liquid for an electronic cigarette vaporizer system, the cartridge including a chip that stores and outputs (i) a unique identity for the cartridge and/or (ii) data defining the e-liquid stored in the cartridge, and the cartridge being adapted to be inserted into or form an integral part of the electronic vaporizer system. The data stored and output by the chip defines one or more of: flavor, nicotine strength, manufacturing batch number, date of manufacture, date of filling, tax data, quantity of e-liquid stored in the cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: BEYOND TWENTY LTD.
    Inventors: Ian Murison, Stephen Marsh, Dmitry Gorilovsky
  • Patent number: 10130123
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for discriminating between user blowing and drawing (sucking) in an electronic vaporization device. Described herein are electronic aerosol devices and methods of controlling or operating them which can accurately differentiate between blowing and drawing (sucking) through the mouthpiece and adjust the control of the vaporizer accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: JUUL Labs, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas Jay Hatton, Steven Christensen
  • Patent number: 10129727
    Abstract: The present invention provides an information interaction method and system applying to electronic cigarettes, used for at least two electronic cigarettes transmitting information by using electromagnetic wave signals to perform information interaction within a preset distance. Beneficial effects of implementing the present invention are: the information interaction can be performed between the electronic cigarettes, thereby greatly facilitating information exchange and obtaining between each other and helping in establishing social communication between users; statistics collection and processing on electronic cigarette information can offer a help for the users to select the electronic cigarettes suiting themselves. In addition, a vibration sensor is used to detect vibration signals of the electronic cigarettes themselves, thereby proving beneficial effects of easy use and flexible operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: SHENZHEN KIMSEN TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD
    Inventor: Zhiyong Xiang
  • Patent number: 10111468
    Abstract: A vaporization device is provided having a plurality of pens each having a battery, a mouthpiece, and a ventilated end. A vaporization device is also provided which is disposable having a plurality of pens, each having a vaporization chamber containing a coil, a battery, a PCB, a sensor, and a tank containing e-liquid for vaporization in the pen vaporization chamber through the coil of the pen to create a vaporization product which is mixed in a vapor port of the device through which a plurality of vaporization products are delivered to a user through the mouthpiece of the device in a single vaporization event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: DB INNOVATION INC.
    Inventor: Thomas Fornarelli
  • Patent number: 10111469
    Abstract: Electronic cigarettes may include an electronic cigarette, and a replaceable vaporizer assembly. Electronic cigarette may include an electronic cigarette body, and a replaceable vaporizer assembly. In certain embodiments, the electronic cigarette body may include a mouthpiece, an E-liquid storage tank, an E-liquid refill cap, a mounting ring, a connector, and a vaporizer mounting base having an internal thread. The replaceable vaporizer assembly may include an external thread of a vaporizer assembly base. The replaceable vaporizer assembly may be replaced by removing the mouthpiece, unscrewing the replaceable vaporizer assembly to detach the external thread of the vaporizer assembly base from the internal thread of the vaporizer mounting base, pulling up the replaceable vaporizer assembly, replacing a new replaceable vaporizer assembly, and reinstalling the mouthpiece back in place. The electronic cigarette includes a top adjustable air intake.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: SHENZHEN KANGER TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Xiaochun Zhu
  • Patent number: 10104909
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a cigarette smoking device having an electronic atomization function, including a cigarette holder and an electronic atomization component cooperatively assembled with one another, wherein the cigarette holder includes a cigarette holding cavity and an optional end cap for closing the open end of a shell; the electronic atomization component includes the shell and the following components located in the shell: a power supply, an airflow sensor switch and an atomizer provided with a central airflow channel; the cigarette holding cavity is in air communication with the central airflow channel of the atomizer; the cigarette smoking device further includes an airflow sensor switch air inlet penetrating the shell and/or the end cap of the cigarette holder. Also provided is a method for improving cigarette smoking quality, the method includes smoking after mainstream smoke generated by an end-lighting cigarette, dilution air and atomization vapor are mixed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: CHINA TOBACCO YUNNAN INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD
    Inventors: Yi Han, Shoubo Li, Donglai Zhu, Xiaowei Gong, Xia Zhang, Yongkuan Chen, Xudong Zheng, Zhiyong Sun, Yongfeng Tian, Mingming Miao
  • Patent number: 10085486
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods, systems, and apparatuses for fabricating a film based processor and using the processor in an electronic vaping device. An example apparatus can comprise an air intake, a vapor output, a container for storing a vaporizable material, a mixing chamber coupled to the air intake for receiving air, the container for receiving the vaporizable material, and a heating element configured for heating the vaporizable material and the received air to generate a heated vapor. The apparatus can comprise a processor comprising a plurality of circuit elements supported on a flexible film substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: LunaTech, LLC
    Inventor: John Cameron
  • Patent number: 10085485
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an aerosol delivery device that includes a reservoir housing that defines a mouthpiece channel. The aerosol delivery device includes a sealing member configured to be received within the reservoir housing to define a reservoir chamber configured to retain an aerosol precursor composition therein. The aerosol delivery device also includes a substrate member that is configured to be received within the reservoir housing and to be directly engaged with a vaporizing assembly for forming an aerosol. The reservoir housing, sealing member, substrate member, and/or vaporizing assembly can be used for forming aerosols with precise and reproducible compositions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: RAI Strategic Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Taylor Hunt, Timothy Brian Nestor, Paul Andrew Brinkley, Stephen Benson Sears, John DePiano, Matthew C. Ebbs, Kristen Dodds Weight, Michael F. Davis
  • Patent number: 10069240
    Abstract: The invention is related to an electronic cigarette comprises an atomizer and a battery rod connected with each other, a first connector and a second connector connect the atomizer and the battery rod, a fastener is arranged on the first connector, a butting groove is arranged on the second connector, a guide groove extending axially of the battery rod and a clamping groove extending circumferentially of the battery rod and communicated with the guide groove are arranged on the sidewall of the butting groove, the fastener is clamped into the clamping groove, a first magnetic member is arranged on the second connector, and a second magnetic member for attracting the first magnetic member to prevent the fastener-from being rotated back into the guiding groove is arranged on the first magnetic member. The electronic cigarette is firm in connection and simple in operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: HUIZHOU KIMREE TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD. SHENZHEN BRANCH
    Inventor: Qiuming Liu
  • Patent number: 10051893
    Abstract: Aspects of the instant disclosure relate to electronic cigarettes; more particularly, to electronic cigarettes and chargers. In various embodiments, the e-cigarette includes a power supply portion comprising a power supply, an atomizer/liquid reservoir portion comprising a liquid reservoir and an atomizer, the atomizer operable when connected to the power supply to atomize liquid stored in the liquid reservoir, and control electronics, where the control electronics are configured to execute a set of computer readable instructions to place the electronic smoking device in an operation mode, a communication mode, and a charge mode. Aspects of the disclosure are directed to a charger for an electronic smoking device. Aspects of the disclosure are further directed to a system comprising an electronic smoking device and a charger. Aspects of the disclosure are further directed to a method for charging an electronic smoking device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Fontem Holdings 1 B.V.
    Inventors: Adam Hoffman, James R. Conrey
  • Patent number: 10039322
    Abstract: An electronic smoking article includes an outer housing extending in the longitudinal direction, a liquid aerosol formulation, a heater operable to at least partially volatilize at least a portion of the liquid aerosol formulation and form an aerosol, a power supply operable to apply voltage across the heater, at least one light emitting diode, a charging button assembly including a conductive post operable to form a first external, electrical contact at the upstream end of the electronic smoking article, and a second external, electrical contact including a portion of an outer surface of the outer housing at the upstream end of the electronic smoking article. The first and second external, electrical contacts charge the power supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: David R. Schiff, Chris Phelan, Eric Hawes, Berina Yerkic-Husejnovic, Christopher S. Tucker
  • Patent number: 10039320
    Abstract: An electronic vapor device is disclosed comprising a vapor outlet, a first container for storing a first vaporizable material, wherein the first container is permanently integrated into the electronic vapor device, a second container for storing a second vaporizable material, wherein the second container is removable from the electronic vapor device, a docking bay configured to receive the second container, wherein the second container is removed from or inserted into the docking bay through a door, and a vaporizer component configured for vaporizing the first vaporizable material or the second vaporizable material to generate a vapor and for providing the vapor to the vapor outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: LunaTech, LLC
    Inventors: John Cameron, Dean Becker, Gene Fein
  • Patent number: 10010111
    Abstract: An e-vaping device includes a first cartomizer section including a housing body with an inner tube extending longitudinally within the housing. A tubular reservoir for storing an e-vaping liquid is positioned between the housing body and the inner tube, with a wick in fluid communication with the tubular reservoir. A heater is configured to vaporize the e-vaping liquid in the wick. The tubular reservoir is helically wound around the inner tube, and a vent hole is included in a distal end of the tubular reservoir. A cross-sectional diameter of the wick equals a cross-sectional diameter of the tubular reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: ALTRIA CLIENT SERVICES LLC
    Inventor: Ali A. Rostami
  • Patent number: 10004268
    Abstract: An electronic cigarette is provided, comprising a electronic cigarette body, wherein, the electronic cigarette body includes a atomization assembly configured for atomizing tobacco tar, a battery assembly configured for supplying power to the atomization assembly, an airflow sensing assembly configured for sensing a smoking action, and a control module configured for controlling the battery assembly to supply power to the atomization assembly based on a smoking signal sent by the airflow sensing assembly; a receiving space is formed between the atomization assembly and the battery assembly; a lamp assembly electrically connected to the battery assembly is received in the receiving space; a light transmission portion is provided on a side wall of the electronic cigarette body that corresponds to the receiving space, and is configured to transmit lights emitted from the lamp assembly to the outside of the electronic cigarette body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: HUIZHOU KIMREE TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD. SHENZHEN BRANCH
    Inventor: Qiuming Liu
  • Patent number: 10004265
    Abstract: An e-vaping device having a cartridge including an outer container extending in a longitudinal direction, a conduit within the outer container, a storage portion including pre-vapor formulation ingredients, the storage portion being between the outer container and the conduit and including a plurality of chambers, a plurality of wicks, each of the wicks being in communication with each of the chambers and the conduit and being configured to deliver one or more ingredients in each of the chambers to the conduit, and a coil heater located in the chimney and operatively coupled to each of the wicks. The e-vaping device also includes a power supply source coupled to the cartridge, the power supply source is configured to heat the wicks to vaporize ingredients located in respective chambers and generate a vapor corresponding to each of the vaporized ingredients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Shaoyong Yu, Munmaya K. Mishra
  • Patent number: 9999250
    Abstract: An electronic cigarette (e-Cig) or personal vaporizer device generates a vapor that is inhaled by a user. Liquid in a cartridge is vaporized or atomized by a heating element that heats the liquid. When the e-Cig is activated, and the user provides suction, the liquid to be vaporized is drawn out of the cartridge, through a wick, and is atomized by the wick into a cavity containing the heating element. The heating element may be directly written onto substrate. Various sensors may be employed to optimize the liquid usage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: RAI Strategic Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Noah Mark Minskoff, Nathan Andrew Terry
  • Patent number: 9980516
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to aerosol delivery devices that may include components configured to convert electrical energy to heat and atomize an aerosol precursor composition. An outer body may at least partially enclose the components. An illumination source may be configured to output electromagnetic radiation. A wave guide may be configured to receive the electromagnetic radiation from the illumination source and illuminate the aerosol delivery device. The wave guide may define an increasing width from a first longitudinal end at which the electromagnetic radiation is received to an opposing second longitudinal end. Thereby, the wave guide may directly transmit the electromagnetic radiation across the entirety of the second longitudinal end to provide substantially even illumination at the second longitudinal end while employing less material and reducing the volume of space occupied by the wave guide as compared to cylindrical embodiments of wave guides. Related methods are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: RAI Strategic Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Frederic Philippe Ampolini, Wilson Christopher Lamb, Michael Pail
  • Patent number: 9974338
    Abstract: Aspects of the instant disclosure relate to electronic cigarettes. More particularly, to electronic cigarettes including a circumferential light guide that distributes light transmitted by a light source, and controller circuitry that variably illuminates the circumferential light guide of the electronic cigarette based on a user's draw strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: FONTEM HOLDINGS 1 B.V.
    Inventors: Ramon Alarcon, Adam Hoffman, Christopher Myles, James R. Conrey
  • Patent number: 9968131
    Abstract: An assembler system for manufacturing vapor-generating articles may include a rotatable assembly drum including an outer face and a flute in the outer face. The flute is structured and arranged to hold a first section and a second section of the vapor-generating article. The system also includes a first mechanism that translates the first section relative to the second section while the first section and the second section are in the flute. The system additionally includes a second mechanism that rotates the first section relative to the second section while the first section and the second section are in the flute. The translating and the rotating connect the first section to the second section to form the vapor-generating article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Swepston, Martin T. Garthaffner, Christopher Ryan Newcomb, Travis Martin Garthaffner
  • Patent number: 9968133
    Abstract: An exemplary atomizer includes an atomizing sleeve, a liquid chamber, a liquid stopper, a liquid filling opening, and an atomizing assembly. The liquid chamber is defined in the atomizing sleeve, and configured for storing tobacco liquid. The atomizing assembly is received in the liquid stopper, and capable of moving along an axial direction of the liquid stopper between a first position and a second position relative to the liquid stopper. When the atomizing assembly is in the first position, the liquid filling opening communicates with the liquid chamber, so that the tobacco liquid in the liquid chamber can flow to the atomizing assembly via the liquid filling opening. When the atomizing assembly is in the second position, the liquid filling opening is closed, so that no tobacco liquid in the liquid chamber can flow to the atomizing assembly via the liquid filling opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Shenzhen First Union Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yonghai Li, Zhongli Xu
  • Patent number: 9961939
    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 diverge from the openings into fan shaped spread regions around outer surface of the tube so as to contact and receive the vaporizable liquid by capillary action from the matrix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: NICOVENTURES HOLDINGS LIMITED
    Inventor: Tony Reevell
  • Patent number: 9955731
    Abstract: An atomizer and an electronic cigarette are provided by the present application. The atomizer includes an atomizing sleeve, a cigarette liquid storage space disposed in the atomizing sleeve, an electrical heating element, and a liquid guiding pipe. The electrical heating element is of a hollow cylindrical shape, and an axis of the cylindrical electrical heating element is in parallel with or coincides with an axis of the atomizer. The electrical heating element is wrapped by the liquid guiding pipe, thus, due to the liquid guiding pipe, the cigarette liquid can be uniformly delivered to the electrical heating element, and the amount of smoke atomized by the electrical heating element is uniform and constant, which improves the user experience. Further, the cylindrical shape effectively increases the length of the electrical heating element and the contact area between the electrical heating element and the cigarette liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: HUIZHOU KIMREE TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD. SHENZHEN BRANCH
    Inventor: Qiuming Liu
  • Patent number: 9949511
    Abstract: An electronic cigarette and a control method thereof are provided. An electronic cigarette with a heating wire component used for producing heat, where the heating wire component comprises a heating wire having a resistance that varies with temperature; a power source used for providing the heating component with a voltage; and, a controller electrically coupled to the heating wire component and the power source and used for controlling the voltage outputted by the power source. The controller comprises a temperature detection module used for detecting the resistance of the heating wire and thus acquiring the actual temperature of the heating wire component. The temperature detection module presets an upper limit heating temperature and a lower limit heating temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: SHENZHEN SMOORE TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventor: Pingkun Liu
  • Patent number: 9943114
    Abstract: There is provided an aerosol-forming cartridge for an electrically operated aerosol-generating system. The cartridge includes a base layer and at least one aerosol-forming substrate disposed on the base layer and including a tobacco-containing material with volatile tobacco flavor compounds that are releasable from the aerosol-forming substrate. The base layer and the at least one aerosol-forming substrate are in contact at a contact surface, which is substantially planar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventor: Rui Nuno Batista