Patents Assigned to ALTRIA CLIENT SERVICES LLC
  • Publication number: 20190254341
    Abstract: Some embodiments of a smokeless tobacco system include a container including a plurality of preformed smokeless tobacco products configured to generally retain their shape and integrity during processing, shipping, and consumer handling. One or more of the preformed smokeless tobacco products are compressed between a lid and a base of the container to hinder movement of the one or more preformed smokeless tobacco products within the container. Each preformed smokeless tobacco product can include a moist smokeless tobacco in combination with a selected binder such that the final product is configured to have material properties providing improved handling, an improved mouth feel, and a satisfying flavor profile.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2019
    Publication date: August 22, 2019
    Applicant: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Jason Andrew MACKO, James Lindsay CLARK, Shannon Maxwell BLACK, Andrew Nathan CARROLL, Srinivasan JANARDHAN
  • Publication number: 20190254348
    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: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2019
    Publication date: August 22, 2019
    Applicant: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Travis M. Garthaffner, Peter Lipowicz
  • Patent number: 10383371
    Abstract: An electronic cigarette includes a liquid supply including liquid material, a heater operable to heat the liquid material to a temperature sufficient to vaporize the liquid material and form an aerosol, and a wick in communication with the liquid material and in communication with the heater such that the wick delivers the liquid material to the heater. The heater is formed of a mesh material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: ALTRIA CLIENT SERVICES LLC
    Inventors: Christopher S. Tucker, Geoffrey Brandon Jordan
  • Patent number: 10384816
    Abstract: Methods for encasing bodies including smokeless tobacco or a tobacco substitute with a polymeric casing can include coating a compressed body with microfibers, applying tubular casings to compressed bodies, printing netting and webs on compressed bodies, injection molding around compressed bodies, applying a webbing to compressed bodies, placing compressed bodies into a skin forming bath, and including thermoplastic polymers in a compressed body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Nathan Carroll, Shannon Maxwell Black, Yan Helen Sun, William J. Burke, Christopher Joseph DiNovi, David Phillips, Jason Andrew Macko, Robert Smith
  • Publication number: 20190246686
    Abstract: This document provides methods and systems for stabilizing nicotine and incorporating nicotine into one or more oral products. This document also provides oral products. Nicotine can be stabilized by mixing nicotine with a silicon oxide-containing porous solid such that the nicotine absorbs into pores of the porous solid to form a porous solid-nicotine mixture. In some cases, a porous solid-nicotine mixture can be combined with one or more binders and molded into an oral product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2019
    Publication date: August 15, 2019
    Applicant: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Shuzhong Zhuang, Diane L. Gee
  • Publication number: 20190246815
    Abstract: The mounting system includes a first crossbar, at least one horizontally-slideable bracket on the first crossbar, and a first support bracket and a second support bracket respectively on a first end and a second end of the first crossbar. The first support bracket and the second support bracket attach the first crossbar to a first vertical upright and a second vertical upright of a consumer product display, respectively. The support brackets each include a major body, and a first engaging structure and a second engaging structure on a first end and a second end of the major body, respectively. The engaging structures each are configured to respectively connect to a front set of teeth and a back set of teeth, where the front set of teeth and the back set of teeth run along a longitudinal length of the first vertical upright and the second vertical upright, respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2019
    Publication date: August 15, 2019
    Applicant: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: James BUCK, Greg GANNON, Dennis POLVERE, Adam P. KITELEY
  • Publication number: 20190246596
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides tobacco Nic1b locus and associated genes. Also provided are tobacco plants with altered total alkaloid and nicotine levels and commercially acceptable leaf grade, their development via breeding or transgenic approaches, and production of tobacco products from these tobacco plants. Further provided are compositions and methods for producing tobacco plants having novel mutations or alleles to reduce nicotine levels. Further provided are sequence polymorphisms and molecular markers for breeding tobacco with reduced nicotine or alkaloids while maintaining tobacco leaf grade and tobacco product quality.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2019
    Publication date: August 15, 2019
    Applicant: ALTRIA CLIENT SERVICES LLC
    Inventors: Sreepriya PRAMOD, Marcos Fernando de GODOY LUSSO, Jesse FREDERICK, Andrew Carl ADAMS, Dongmei XU
  • Publication number: 20190246702
    Abstract: The e-vaping device includes a housing, a vaporizing heater within the housing, and a reservoir configured to contain a pre-vapor formulation. At least one ejector is in fluid communication with the reservoir. The at least one ejector is configured to eject droplets of the pre-vapor formulation towards the vaporizing heater. The vaporizing heater is configured to vaporize at least some of the droplets. The method operates the e-vaping device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2019
    Publication date: August 15, 2019
    Applicant: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Raymond LAU, Eric HAWES, Terry BACHE, Ryan NEWCOMB, John Glenn EDELEN, James D. ANDERSON, JR., Byron BELL
  • Publication number: 20190246685
    Abstract: A method for making a smokeless tobacco article can include combining thermoplastic polymer particles with tobacco particles to form a mixture of particles, compressing the mixture of particles within a pressing apparatus to form the mixture into a predetermined shape, separating the mixture from the pressing apparatus such that it retains the predetermined shape, and heating the mixture outside of the pressing apparatus to at least partially melt at least some of the thermoplastic polymer particles and form a matrix of polymer and tobacco particles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2019
    Publication date: August 15, 2019
    Applicant: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Gregory James GRISCIK, Carl Gregory Miller
  • Publication number: 20190246700
    Abstract: An e-vapor apparatus may include a pod assembly and a dispensing body configured to receive the pod assembly. A vaporizer may be disposed in the pod assembly and/or the dispensing body. The pod assembly may include a vapor precursor compartment, a device compartment, and a vapor channel extending from the device compartment and traversing the vapor precursor compartment. The pod assembly is a smart pod configured to receive, store, and transmit information that can be communicated with the dispensing body and/or another electronic device. The proximal portion of the dispensing body includes a vapor passage and a through-hole. The vapor passage may extend from an end surface of the proximal portion to a side wall of the through-hole. The through-hole is configured to receive the pod assembly such that the vapor channel of the pod assembly is aligned with the vapor passage of the dispensing body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2019
    Publication date: August 15, 2019
    Applicant: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Eric Hawes, Raymond Lau, Alistair Bramley
  • Patent number: 10375986
    Abstract: A spacing drum comprising: a segment receiving drum section capable of receiving a predetermined number of segments per revolution of the drum from a procession of segments approaching the segment receiving drum section at a segment-feed spacing and a segment-feed speed; a segment releasing drum section capable of releasing the predetermined number of segments at a segment-release spacing and a segment-release speed; and a radial profile flight comprising a continuous arc segment extending across at least portions of the segment receiving drum section and the segment releasing drum section. Associated methods are also provided, including method of changing pitch along a spacing drum progressively with a radial profile flight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventor: Dwight David Williams
  • Patent number: 10375988
    Abstract: A wrapper for a smoking article has a base web and a plurality of elements each having at least a pair of patch areas where diffusivity is in the range of 0 to about 0.2 cm/sec. Patches of adjacent elements are circumferentially offset from one another along the axis of a smoking article. The add-on material can be applied by gravure printing in a single pass in a chevron pattern such that an apex of the element is co-linear with substantially symmetrically spaced points on a trailing, outer edge of an adjacent element. Testing elements may be simultaneously printed with the add-on material to monitor diffusivity and/or presence of add-on material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLc
    Inventors: Marc Rose, Timothy S. Sherwood, Robert N. Smith
  • Patent number: 10375993
    Abstract: A cartridge for an e-vaping device includes an infrared sensor configured to measure infrared radiation emitted by at least a portion of a heating element coupled to a dispensing interface in the cartridge. The field of view of the infrared sensor may encompass an entirety of the heating element. The infrared sensor may be an infrared light emitting diode. The e-vaping device may include control circuitry configured to determine the temperature of the heating element based on sensor data generated by the infrared sensor and control the electrical power supplied to the cartridge based on the temperature of the heating element. The control circuitry may control the electrical power to maintain the temperature of the heating element below a threshold temperature. The control circuitry may determine the heating element temperature based on accessing at least a portion of the sensor data stored at a storage device in the cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Ed Cadieux, Barry S. Smith
  • Patent number: 10375910
    Abstract: A process for producing a reduced tobacco-specific nitrosamine (TSNA) tobacco plant comprising reducing and/or eliminating anatabine biosynthesis in wild-type tobacco plant. In addition, use of such plants for discovery of molecular markers that are closely linked with genes required for anatabine biosynthesis and for discovery of genes required for anatabine biosynthesis. In addition, a smoking composition, a smoking article and a smokeless tobacco oral delivery product contain the tobacco material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: ALTRIA CLIENT SERVICES LLC
    Inventors: Chengalrayan Kudithipudi, Rutger Van der Hoeven, Ndjido Kane
  • Patent number: 10377992
    Abstract: Bacteriophage are provided, and methods of making and using the bacteriophage also are provided. The bacteriophage can be provided in a tobacco product, where the bacteriophage reduces the number of viable bacteria in the tobacco product and includes a nucleic acid sequence encoding an endolysin having at least 95% sequence identity to the nucleic acid sequence shown in SEQ ID NO: 1 or to the amino acid sequence shown in SEQ ID NO: 2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignees: Altria Client Services LLC, Micreos BV
    Inventors: Dongmei Xu, Elisabeth Miller, James Arthur Strickland, Ujwala Warek, Steven Hagens
  • Patent number: 10375991
    Abstract: An electronic inhalation device includes an outer housing extending in a longitudinal direction, an air inlet, an outlet, a formulation, and an abrasive element, which contacts a surface of the formulation. The abrasive element is configured to generate a particle cloud from the formulation by removing particles from the formulation and entraining the particles in an air flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventor: Peter Lipowicz
  • Publication number: 20190241900
    Abstract: The present specification provides for, and includes recombinant polynucleotides that encode plant-native, callus-preferred promoters operably linked to a coding region for a visual marker gene. The present specification also provides for, and includes plants comprising the recombinant nucleotides, methods to select callus comprising the disclosed recombinant nucleotides, and methods to create plants comprising the recombinant nucleotides.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Publication date: August 8, 2019
    Applicant: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Chengalrayan Kudithipudi, Raja Payyavula, Dong Qi, Yanxin Shen
  • Publication number: 20190239570
    Abstract: An electronic vaping device includes a housing, a planar heater, a heater support, a tank, and a wick. The housing extends in a longitudinal direction and has a tip end and a mouth-end. The tip end is closed and the mouth-end has an opening therein. The heater support supports the planar heater. The tank contains a pre-vapor formulation and is configured to slide into and out of the opening of the mouth-end of the housing. The wick extends from the tank and is configured to be in contact with the planar heater when the tank is inserted in the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2019
    Publication date: August 8, 2019
    Applicant: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventor: Peter LIPOWICZ
  • Patent number: D855881
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: ALTRIA CLIENT SERVICES LLC
    Inventors: Eric Hawes, Traci Martin, Melissa Burroughs, Berina Yerkic-Husejnovic, Raymond Lau, Christopher S. Tucker, Anthony Dibitonto, Marc Sauriol, George Stafford, Jamie Nicholson, Mark Breneman, Alistair Bramley
  • Patent number: D856822
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Scott A. Fath, William J. Bogdziewicz, III, Robert T. Mitten, Ryan Bailey