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1. WO2020141064 - A CASE FOR AN AEROSOL-GENERATING DEVICE WITH A HOLDER FOR POWER SUPPLY

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Claims

1. A case for an aerosol-generating device, the case comprising:

a case housing;

a case power supply;

a holder for receiving an aerosol-generating device, the holder being movably coupled to the case housing for both rotational movement relative to the case housing and translational movement relative to the case housing and movable relative to the case housing between an open position for receiving an aerosol-generating device and a closed position for storing an aerosol-generating device;

a case electrical connector arranged to supply power from the case power supply to an aerosol-generating device when the aerosol-generating device is received within the holder and when the holder is in each of the open position and the closed position;

an input means and

case control circuitry configured receive data from the input means and configured to transmit a signal to an aerosol-generating device by the case electrical connector, wherein the signal is indicative of the state of the input means.

2. A case according to claim 1 , wherein the input means comprises a user operable switch, and wherein the signal is indicative of a position of the user operable switch.

3. A case according to claim 1 , wherein the input means comprises a holder position detector arranged to detect whether the holder is in the open position or the closed position, and wherein the signal is indicative of whether the holder is in the open position or the closed position based on the data received by the case control circuitry from the holder position detector.

4. A case according to claim 3, wherein the holder position detector comprises a sensor arranged to sense the position of the holder relative to the case housing.

5. A case according to claim 4, wherein the sensor comprises at least one of a mechanical switch, an optical sensor, an inductive sensor, a magnetic sensor, and a capacitive sensor.

6. A case according to any preceding claim, wherein the case electrical connector is positioned on the holder.

7. A case according to claim 6, further comprising a flexible connector providing an electrical connection between the case electrical connector and at least one of the case power supply and the case control circuitry.

8. A case according to any preceding claim, wherein the holder is movably coupled to the case housing by a linkage, and wherein the linkage comprises a first end pivotably coupled to the case housing and a second end pivotably coupled to the holder.

9. A case according to any preceding claim, further comprising a retention means arranged to releasably retain an aerosol-generating device within the holder.

10. An aerosol-generating system comprising:

a case according to any preceding claim; and

an aerosol-generating device comprising:

a cavity for receiving an aerosol-forming substrate;

a heater arranged to heat an aerosol-forming substrate when the aerosol-forming substrate is received within the cavity;

a device power supply;

a device electrical connector arranged to connect to the case electrical connector when the aerosol-generating device is received within the holder; and

device control circuitry configured to receive the signal from the case control circuitry indicative of the state of the input means.

1 1. An aerosol-generating system according to claim 10, wherein the device control circuitry is configured to supply power received from case power supply to the heater when the aerosol generating device is received within the holder and when the holder is in the open position.

12. An aerosol-generating system according to claim 10 or 11 , wherein the device control circuitry is configured to supply power received from the case power supply to the device power supply when the aerosol-generating device is received within the holder and when the holder is in the closed position.

13. An aerosol-generating system according to claim 10, 1 1 or 12, wherein the device control circuitry is configured to supply power from the device power supply to the heater when the aerosol-generating device is not received within the holder.