Patents Assigned to ALTRIA CLIENT SERVICES LLC
  • Publication number: 20220386693
    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: August 12, 2022
    Publication date: December 8, 2022
    Applicant: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Travis M. GARTHAFFNER, Peter LIPOWICZ
  • Publication number: 20220386703
    Abstract: At least one example embodiment discloses a section of an electronic-vaping device including a pressure sensor configured to measure a current ambient pressure, the pressure sensor further configured to output the current ambient pressure measurement in accordance with a read request frequency, and a controller configured to determine a mode of operation of the electronic-vaping device, control the read request frequency based on the determined mode of operation, and detect a threshold pressure change based on the current ambient pressure and a baseline pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2022
    Publication date: December 8, 2022
    Applicant: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Geoffrey Brandon JORDAN, Phillip DIANA, Sean SUNDBERG, David BENNETT, Christopher TUCKER, Barry S. SMITH, Edmond J. CADIEUX, Douglas A. BURTON, Paul BUTLER, Jarrett KEEN, Patrick COBLER, Kai CAO
  • Publication number: 20220386678
    Abstract: A smokeless tobacco product described herein includes at least one tobacco bead. Tobacco beads described herein include a core and at least one tobacco-containing layer surrounding the core. Each tobacco-containing layer can include less than 10 weight percent tobacco. Tobacco bead described herein can have a diameter of at least 1 millimeters. Tobacco bead described herein can have at least 5 mg tobacco. Tobacco bead described herein can have an oven volatiles content of between 2 weight percent and 10 weight percent. Tobacco bead described herein can have an outer shell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2022
    Publication date: December 8, 2022
    Applicant: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Nathan CARROLL, Yan Helen SUN
  • Patent number: 11523470
    Abstract: A non-combustible aerosol system includes a heater configured to supply heat to a heating chamber and a housing configured to be inserted into the heating chamber. The housing defines an internal volume for containing a solid substrate. The housing includes a plurality of internal structures extending from a first end of the housing to a second end of the housing, the plurality of internal structures extending through the internal volume, the plurality of internal structures being configured to heat the solid substrate to generate an aerosol by conducting the heat supplied by the heater to the internal volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: ALTRIA CLIENT SERVICES LLC
    Inventors: Jason Flora, Eric Hawes, San Li
  • Patent number: 11517684
    Abstract: A capsule for a heat-not-burn (HNB) aerosol-generating device may include a first heater, a second heater, and a frame sandwiched between the first heater and the second heater, and a cannabinoid-containing material. The frame may define open spaces therein and have a rigidity that is adequate to support the first heater and the second heater. The open spaces within the frame may be interconnected and sized for aerosol-permeability and capillary action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Gregory Griscik, Raymond W. Lau, Eric Hawes
  • Patent number: 11517042
    Abstract: An electronic cigarette (“e-Cig”) may include functionality for targeted marketing. The marketing may be through communications with a computing device, such as a smartphone. For example, a smartphone application may be used for monitoring e-Cig usage and collecting data regarding the user and the usage. That data may result in targeted marketing. In another example, location information may also be used for targeted advertisements from a retailer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: ALTRIA CLIENT SERVICES LLC
    Inventors: Joseph G. Gorelick, Eyal Peleg, Dorron Levy, Robert Levitz, Bernard G. Juster
  • Patent number: 11517041
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing flavorant particles includes melting a food grade wax and a flavorant into a molten wax; solidifying the molten wax; and grinding the solidified molten wax into a plurality of flavorant particles. Another method of manufacturing flavorant particles includes melting a food grade wax and a flavorant into a molten wax, the molten wax having a melting temperature between about 50° C. to about 70° C.; and spray-chilling the molten wax into at least one solid flavorant particle, the solid flavorant particle having a diameter of between about 0.1 mm to about 2.0 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventor: Munmaya K. Mishra
  • Patent number: 11517566
    Abstract: An oral product includes a body that is wholly receivable in an oral cavity. The body includes a mouth-stable polymer matrix, cellulosic fibers embedded in the mouth-stable polymer matrix, and a mouth-soluble binder dispersed in the mouth-stable polymer matrix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Feng Gao, Frank Scott Atchley, Gregory James Griscik, Christopher Joseph Dinovi, Phillip M. Hulan, Diane L. Gee, Jason Flora, Shuzhong Zhuang
  • Publication number: 20220380788
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides compositions and methods related to 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.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2022
    Publication date: December 1, 2022
    Applicant: ALTRIA CLIENT SERVICES LLC
    Inventors: Chengalrayan KUDITHIPUDI, Dong QI, Yanxin SHEN, Ujwala WAREK, James A. STRICKLAND, Dongmei XU
  • Publication number: 20220378090
    Abstract: A cartridge for use with an aerosol generating device includes a housing defining a closed end, an open end, and an aperture between the closed end and the open end. The cartridge further includes a composition including nicotine in the housing in proximity to the closed end. The cartridge also includes a flow control apparatus in the housing. The flow control apparatus includes a proximal end, a distal end, and an internal airflow passageway between the distal end and the proximal end. A seal is formed between an exterior of the flow control apparatus and an interior of the housing. The seal is between the open end of the housing and the aperture of the housing. A channel is at least partially defined by the interior of the housing. The channel is in communication with the aperture and directs air from the aperture towards the composition including nicotine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2022
    Publication date: December 1, 2022
    Applicant: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Onur DAYIOGLU, Jean-Yves VOLLMER, Gerard ZUBER
  • Patent number: 11511931
    Abstract: In an example embodiment, a pack for tobacco articles comprises an inner sleeve, and an outer box comprising front and back covers that allow access to the inner sleeve when the outer box is opened. The inner sleeve can include a front connecting panel pivotally connecting a front wall of the inner sleeve to an inner surface of the front cover and a back connecting panel pivotally connecting a back wall of the inner sleeve to an inner surface of the back cover. A slot in the outer box is configured to allow opening of the outer box by applying pressure against a bottom wall of the inner sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: ALTRIA CLIENT SERVICES LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Bellamah, Daniel Richter
  • Patent number: 11511058
    Abstract: An electronic smoking article includes an outer tube extending in a longitudinal direction, an inner tube within the outer tube and including a pair of opposing slots, a liquid supply comprising a liquid material, a coil heater, a wick and a mouth end insert. The coil heater is located in the inner tube. The coil heater is formed of an iron-free, nickel-chromium alloy and has substantially uniformly spaced windings. The wick is surrounded by the coil heater such that the wick delivers liquid material to the coil heater and the coil heater heats the liquid material to a temperature sufficient to vaporize the liquid material and form an aerosol in the inner tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Christopher S. Tucker, Geoffrey Brandon Jordan, Barry S. Smith, Ali A. Rostami, Michael J. Mullins
  • Patent number: 11506193
    Abstract: An aerosol-generating device includes a pump. The pump includes a first pump chamber and a second pump chamber on opposing sides of a separation element. Each of the first pump chamber and the second pump chamber have an inlet valve and an outlet valve configured to establish a pumping direction. The pump also includes a first actuator and a second actuator. The first actuator is associated with the first pump chamber and the second actuator is associated with the second pump chamber. The first actuator and the second actuator are each configured to change a chamber volume of the respective pump chamber. The pump further includes a common inlet, and a common outlet. The common inlet and common outlet are in fluid communication with the first pump chamber and the second pump chamber and are configured to establish a flow direction. The pumping direction is aligned with the flow direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventor: Ben Mazur
  • Publication number: 20220363448
    Abstract: A container includes a base and a lid movable between a closed and locked configuration and an open configuration The base includes a peripheral wall movable from a relaxed position to a flexed position by applying a first force to a first portion in a first direction and a second force to a second portion in a second direction. The lid defines a plurality of receptacles. In the closed and locked configuration, the protrusions are at least partially in the receptacles, the peripheral wall is in the relaxed position, and the protrusions are configured to engage the lid to retain the lid in the closed and locked configuration. The container is configured to be moved from the closed and locked configuration to the open configuration by moving the lid in a third direction different from the first and second directions while the peripheral wall is in the flexed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2021
    Publication date: November 17, 2022
    Applicant: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: William J. BOGDZIEWICZ, Christopher J. HESSION, Scott A. FATH, Travis Martin GARTHAFFNER, Ahmet ERCELEBI
  • Publication number: 20220363458
    Abstract: The package includes a base, a primary lid connected to the base via a first hinge, the primary lid and the base defining a primary storage area when the primary lid is in a closed position, a first locking mechanism and a second locking mechanism. The first and second locking mechanisms each including an arm with a first engaging structure, the arm being connected to the primary lid, and a flexible structure including a contact structure and at least one attachment member, the at least one attachment member attaching the contact structure to the base, the contact structure including a second engaging structure on a surface of the contact structure, the flexible structure being in a relaxed position when the primary lid is in the closed position, the first engaging structure being retained by the second engaging structure to lock the primary lid onto the base in the closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2021
    Publication date: November 17, 2022
    Applicant: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: William J. BOGDZIEWICZ, Christopher J. HESSION, Scott A. FATH, Travis Martin GARTHAFFNER
  • Publication number: 20220363457
    Abstract: A package includes a base, a lid, and a locking mechanism. The locking mechanism includes an arm and a flexible member. The arm extends from the lid and has a first engaging structure. The member includes a flexible rib connected to a base floor, and a second engaging structure and a contact structure on a rib outer surface. The member flexes in response to a first force applied in a first direction to the contact structure and relaxes in response to absence of the first force. The member engages the first and second engaging structures based on the member being relaxed while the lid is closed. The member disengages the first and second engaging structures based on the member being flexed while the lid is closed. The lid may be opened based on applying a second force to the lid in a second direction while the member is flexed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2021
    Publication date: November 17, 2022
    Applicant: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Christopher J. HESSION, William J. BOGDZIEWICZ, Bipin PATIL
  • Publication number: 20220369424
    Abstract: The method includes first defining a reservoir in a housing, the reservoir configured to contain a non-nicotine pre-vapor formulation, the non-nicotine pre-vapor formulation being devoid of nicotine and including at least one non-nicotine compound, positioning a heater and a wick in a chamber, the heater being in heating proximity to the wick, second defining at least one first channel, the at least one first channel being configured to communicate the non-nicotine pre-vapor formulation from the reservoir to the wick, and third defining at least one first air passage, the at least one first air passage being configured to allow air to enter the reservoir.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2022
    Publication date: November 17, 2022
    Applicant: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Isaac WEIGENSBERG, Greg KUNIN, David RUBLI, Bernard G. JUSTER
  • Publication number: 20220363459
    Abstract: The package includes a base, a primary lid connected to the base, the primary lid and the base defining a primary storage area, and a locking mechanism. The locking mechanism includes a flexible member including a first segment and a second segment that are connected by an elbow, the first segment being connected to the primary lid, a distal end of the second segment including at least one contact structure, the flexible member including at least one first engaging structure between the elbow and a front surface of the at least one contact structure, and a second engaging structure on a first wall of the base. The container includes a receptacle wall cooperating with a peripheral wall to define a receptacle, and a flexible tab projecting from the top wall, the flexible tab including a fixed end adjacent to the top wall and a free end opposite the fixed end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2021
    Publication date: November 17, 2022
    Applicant: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: William J. BOGDZIEWICZ, Christopher J. HESSION, Bipin PATIL
  • Publication number: 20220363453
    Abstract: A container according to at least one example embodiment includes a base and a lid configured to be moved between a closed and locked configuration and an open configuration. The lid includes a top wall and a flexible tab projecting from the top wall. The flexible tab is configured to move from a relaxed position to a flexed position in response to a force in a direction and return to the relaxed position absent the force. In the closed and locked configuration, the flexible tab is in the relaxed position, at least partially in the receptacle, and configured to engage the base to retain the lid in the closed and locked configuration. The lid is configured to be moved from the closed and locked configuration to the open configuration by moving the lid in a second direction perpendicular to the direction with the flexible tab in the flexed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2021
    Publication date: November 17, 2022
    Applicant: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: William J. BOGDZIEWICZ, Christopher J. HESSION
  • Publication number: 20220363454
    Abstract: The container includes a base and a lid pivotally coupled to the base. The base includes a bottom wall and a peripheral wall, where a plurality of receptacles are defined in the peripheral wall. The peripheral wall is configured to be moved from a relaxed position to a flexed position by applying a first force to a first portion of the peripheral wall in a first direction and a second force to a second portion of the peripheral wall in a second direction. The lid includes a top wall and a plurality of projections. In the relaxed position, the lid is configured to engage the receptacles so as to retain the lid in a closed configuration. The container is configured to be moved from the closed configuration to an open configuration by moving the lid in a third direction while the peripheral wall is in the flexed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2021
    Publication date: November 17, 2022
    Applicant: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Christopher J. HESSION, Travis Martin GARTHAFFNER, William J. BOGDZIEWICZ