Patent Focus: recent local patents awarded
The following shows recent patents awarded to people or companies in central Virginia. The information comes from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Product portion enrobing process and apparatus; (U.S. Patent 10,875,051) James David Evans of Chesterfield; Andrew Nathan Carroll of Chester; Shannon Maxwell Black of Richmond; Altria Client Services LLC of Henrico: An apparatus for enrobing a product portion can include a polymer spray head arranged to direct a plurality of polymeric fibers in an upward direction and levitate product portions in a polymer enrobing zone above the polymer spray head. Polymeric fibers produced by the polymer spray head can wrap around the product portions levitated in the polymer enrobing zone to create an enrobed product. Side guide structure(s) and/or air knife(s) can be provided adjacent to the polymer enrobing zone to inhibit levitated product portions from falling out of the polymer enrobing zone and/or to guide levitated product portions along a desired path. Exemplary enrobed products include smokeless tobacco products.
Method of inserting a removable insulator into an e-vaping device; (U.S. Patent 10,874,148); Jarrett Keen of Richmond; Christopher S. Tucker of Midlothian; Altria Client Services LLC of Henrico: The method includes configuring a power supply to send an electrical current to a heater in an e-vaping device, the power supply and the heater being in an electrical circuit. The method further includes inserting a removable insulator between electrical elements to disrupt the electrical circuit, the electrical elements being both electrically conductive and electrically passive elements that are in the electrical circuit.