Patents Assigned to Japan Tobacco Inc.
  • Publication number: 20200245687
    Abstract: An aerosol generating apparatus includes a load that generates heat upon receipt of electric power from a power supply and atomizes an aerosol source, an element that is used to acquire a value related to a temperature of the load, a retention unit that retains an aerosol source supplied from a storage to allow the retained aerosol source to be in a feasible state of being heated by the load, and a control unit configured to perform a control to increase a retaining quantity of the retained aerosol source or a control to improve the possibility of increasing the retaining quantity, at at least one of a time of starting a supply of the electric power from to the load and a time of completing the supply of the electric power to the load, upon detection of a dry state or a sign of the dry state
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2020
    Publication date: August 6, 2020
    Applicant: JAPAN TOBACCO INC.
    Inventors: Masayuki TSUJI, Hajime FUJITA, Takuma NAKANO
  • Publication number: 20200248198
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to identify a novel gene that effectively increases plant biomass and to provide said gene as well as techniques utilizing the same. This invention provides a nucleic acid encoding a protein, wherein the protein comprises the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NO:1 and an amino acid sequence having at least 25% identity or at least 75% similarity to the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NO:7 or 11, and has an activity to increase plant biomass, as well as techniques utilizing the same.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2020
    Publication date: August 6, 2020
    Applicants: JAPAN TOBACCO INC., RIKEN
    Inventors: Takeshi NAKANO, Tadao ASAMI, Tomoko MIYAJI, Ayumi YAMAGAMI, Noriko ISHIKAWA
  • Publication number: 20200247859
    Abstract: An purpose of the present invention is to provide a construct for expressing a G protein-coupled receptor, and the use of said construct. The construct is used for expressing a G protein-coupled receptor protein or a subunit thereof, wherein the construct is characterized by including a nucleic acid that encodes G protein ? subunit protein; a nucleic acid that comprises an IRES sequence; and a nucleic acid that encodes the G protein-coupled receptor protein or a subunit thereof in the stated order from the 5? side in a single vector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2020
    Publication date: August 6, 2020
    Applicant: JAPAN TOBACCO INC.
    Inventors: Ippei SHIMOMURA, Takeshi YAMAMOTO, Masafumi JOTAKI, Naoya TOBITA
  • Publication number: 20200245690
    Abstract: The inhalation component generation device comprises: a load that vaporizes or atomizes an inhalation component source by electric power from an electric power source; a notification unit; and a control unit that obtains a value representing a remaining amount of the electric power source and obtains an operation requesting signal to the load and generates an instruction for operating the load. The control unit is configured to cause the notification unit to perform a first notification when the value representing the remaining amount of the electric power source is equal to or greater than a first threshold value. The control unit is configured to cause the notification unit to perform a second notification when the value representing the remaining amount of the electric power source is less than the first threshold value and equal to or greater than a second threshold value that is less than the first threshold value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2020
    Publication date: August 6, 2020
    Applicant: JAPAN TOBACCO INC.
    Inventors: Manabu YAMADA, Manabu TAKEUCHI, Takeshi AKAO, Takuma NAKANO, Hajime FUJITA
  • Publication number: 20200245691
    Abstract: The inhalation component generation device comprises: a load that vaporizes or atomizes an inhalation component source by electric power from an electric power source; a controller that obtains a value representing a remaining amount of the electric power source, and obtains an operation requesting signal to the load and generates an instruction for operating the load; and a user interface. The controller is configured to cause the user interface to perform a second notification when the value representing the remaining amount of the electric power source is less than a first threshold value and equal to or greater than a second threshold value that is less than the first threshold value, and cause the user interface to perform a third notification when the value representing the remaining amount of the electric power source is less than the second threshold value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2020
    Publication date: August 6, 2020
    Applicant: JAPAN TOBACCO INC.
    Inventors: Manabu YAMADA, Manabu TAKEUCHI, Takeshi AKAO, Takuma NAKANO, Hajime FUJITA
  • Publication number: 20200245688
    Abstract: An inhalation component generation device includes a load configured to vaporize or atomize an inhalation component source with electric power from a power supply, a notification unit, and a control unit configured to acquire a value indicating a remaining amount of the power supply and acquire an operation request signal to the load to generate a command for operating the load. The control unit is configured to cause the notification unit to perform second notification when the value indicating the remaining amount of the power supply is less than a first threshold and equal to or more than a second threshold smaller than the first threshold. The control unit is configured to cause the notification unit to perform third notification when the value indicating the remaining amount of the power supply is less than the second threshold. The first threshold is changeable based on an algorithm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2020
    Publication date: August 6, 2020
    Applicant: JAPAN TOBACCO INC.
    Inventors: Manabu YAMADA, Manabu TAKEUCHI, Takeshi AKAO, Takuma NAKANO, Hajime FUJITA
  • Publication number: 20200237012
    Abstract: An aerosol generating apparatus comprises: a power source; a load configured to have an electric resistance value that varies according to a temperature and atomize an aerosol source or heat a flavor source when supplied with power from the power source; a sensor configured to output a measurement value corresponding to a current value of a current flowing through the load; and a control unit configured to control power supply from the power source to the load and perform a determination operation for determining that there is an abnormality if the measurement value becomes smaller than a threshold value within a determination period, on a time axis, in a feeding sequence during which power is supplied from the power source to the load, wherein the control unit adjusts a length of the determination period based on the measurement value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2020
    Publication date: July 30, 2020
    Applicant: JAPAN TOBACCO INC.
    Inventors: Manabu YAMADA, Takeshi AKAO, Kazuma MIZUGUCHI, Hajime FUJITA
  • Publication number: 20200237009
    Abstract: A battery unit for a flavor inhaler includes a chargeable and dischargeable power supply, a connector capable of electrically connecting to an external charger, and a controller configured to perform control regarding at least the power supply, wherein the controller detects an abnormality based on a charging time period required for a value related to a remaining amount of the power supply to reach a second predetermined value from a first predetermined value during a charging process of the power supply.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2020
    Publication date: July 30, 2020
    Applicant: JAPAN TOBACCO INC.
    Inventors: Takeshi AKAO, Takuma NAKANO, Manabu YAMADA
  • Publication number: 20200237011
    Abstract: An inhalation component generation device includes a load configured to vaporize or atomize an inhalation component source with electric power from a power supply, and a control unit configured to be capable of acquiring a voltage value of the power supply. The control unit is configured to be capable of estimating or detecting at least one of degradation and failure of the power supply based on a time period required for the voltage value of the power supply to reach an upper limit from a lower limit of a predetermined voltage range during charging of the power supply.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2020
    Publication date: July 30, 2020
    Applicant: JAPAN TOBACCO INC.
    Inventors: Takeshi AKAO, Hajime FUJITA, Manabu YAMADA
  • Publication number: 20200237006
    Abstract: This inhalation component generation device comprises: a load which vaporizes or atomizes an inhalation component source using power from a power supply; and a control unit. The control unit comprises: a voltage sensor which uses a predefined correlation to convert the analog voltage value of a power supply to a digital voltage value and outputs the digital voltage value; and a power control unit which controls the supply of power from the power supply to the load on the basis of the digital voltage value. The control unit is configured to be capable of calibrating the correlation on the basis of changes in the digital voltage value or the analog voltage value obtained during charging of the power supply.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2020
    Publication date: July 30, 2020
    Applicant: JAPAN TOBACCO INC.
    Inventors: Takeshi AKAO, Hajime FUJITA, Manabu YAMADA
  • Publication number: 20200237013
    Abstract: An aerosol generating apparatus comprises: a power source; a load configured to have a resistance value that varies according to a temperature and generate an aerosol by atomizing an aerosol source or heating a flavor source when supplied with power from the power source; a sensor configured to include a resistor connected in series to the load and output a measurement value that is a current value of a current flowing through the resistor or a voltage value of a voltage applied to the resistor; and a control unit configured to control power supply from the power source to the load and receive output from the sensor, wherein the resistor has a resistance value that is set such that responsiveness of a change in the measurement value to a change in a temperature of the resistance value belongs to a prescribed range.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2020
    Publication date: July 30, 2020
    Applicant: JAPAN TOBACCO INC.
    Inventors: Manabu YAMADA, Takeshi AKAO, Kazuma MIZUGUCHI, Masayuki TSUJI, Hajime FUJITA
  • Publication number: 20200237010
    Abstract: An aerosol generating apparatus comprises: a power source; a load configured to have an electric resistance value that varies according to a temperature and atomize an aerosol source or heat a flavor source when supplied with power from the power source; a feed circuit that is electrically connected to the power source and the load and includes a voltage conversion unit capable of converting an output voltage of the power source and outputting the converted output voltage to the load; and a control unit configured to acquire a measurement value corresponding to a current value of a current flowing through the load and control power supply to the load, wherein, in accordance with the measurement value, the control unit controls the feed circuit such that the measurement value becomes smaller than the target value or values included in the target range.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2020
    Publication date: July 30, 2020
    Applicant: JAPAN TOBACCO INC.
    Inventors: Manabu YAMADA, Takeshi AKAO, Kazuma MIZUGUCHI
  • Publication number: 20200237015
    Abstract: A battery unit for a favor inhaler includes a chargeable and dischargeable power supply, a connection part capable of electrically connecting to an external charger, and a controller configured to perform control regarding at least the power supply, wherein when an accumulated value of a connection time period to the charger exceeds a first predetermined time period, the controller determines that the power supply has been degraded.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2020
    Publication date: July 30, 2020
    Applicant: JAPAN TOBACCO INC.
    Inventors: Manabu YAMADA, Takeshi AKAO
  • Patent number: 10721958
    Abstract: A portable package including an inhaling flavor product including a flavor base material configured by a non-tobacco material, a tobacco raw material that has undergone an alkali treatment and emits an inhaling flavor component as a vapor phase, and a container portion that contains the tobacco raw material and the flavor base material, wherein the container portion limits a movement of at least one of the tobacco raw material and the flavor base material so as to maintain the tobacco raw material and the flavor base material in a non-contacting state, and the tobacco raw material and the flavor base material are arranged within a same space constructed by the container portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: JAPAN TOBACCO INC.
    Inventors: Takuma Nakano, Keiko Fujii, Kimitaka Uchii, Manabu Yamada
  • Publication number: 20200229490
    Abstract: A filtered smoking article includes a smoking body, a filter including a filter member and an air-permeable paper, and having a flavor capsule arranged therein, and a tipping paper. The flavor capsule includes a capsule body, and a colored content liquid containing a flavor component. The air-permeable paper is arranged to be opposed to a region in which the colored content liquid is released when the flavor capsule is crushed, and has an air permeability of 1,000 C.U. to 30,000 C.U. The tipping paper is impermeable to the colored content liquid, and includes at least three transparent parts. Each of the transparent parts is arranged to be opposed to the region in which the colored content liquid is released.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2020
    Publication date: July 23, 2020
    Applicant: JAPAN TOBACCO INC.
    Inventor: Tetsuya MOTODAMARI
  • Publication number: 20200229505
    Abstract: A power supply unit for an aerosol inhaler includes: a power supply able to discharge power to a load for generating an aerosol from an aerosol generation source; a temperature measuring unit configured to measure temperature of the power supply; and a control device configured to control first power or a first amount of power to be supplied to the power supply in a case where a measurement value of the temperature measuring unit is equal to or higher than a first threshold, to a value smaller than second power or a second amount of power to be supplied to the power supply in a case where the measurement value is lower than the first threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2020
    Publication date: July 23, 2020
    Applicant: JAPAN TOBACCO INC.
    Inventor: Takeshi Akao
  • Publication number: 20200231977
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for improving transformation efficiency of a plant. The method according to the present invention comprises the use of a nucleic acid encoding the amino acid sequence set forth in SEQ ID NO: 2 or 4, or a nucleic acid encoding a polypeptide comprising an amino acid sequence having at least 85% identity with the amino acid sequence set forth in SEQ ID NO: 2 or 4, and having a function of improving transformation efficiency of a plant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2018
    Publication date: July 23, 2020
    Applicants: INSTITUTE OF CROP SCIENCE, CHINESE ACADEMY OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES, JAPAN TOBACCO INC.
    Inventors: Xingguo YE, Ke WANG, Yuji ISHIDA, Chizu YANAGIHARA, Huiyun LIU, Kunyang WANG, Lei SHI, Lipu DU, Jing WANG, Zhishan LIN
  • Publication number: 20200229504
    Abstract: A power supply unit for an aerosol inhaler includes: a power supply able to discharge power to a load for generating an aerosol from an aerosol source; a connector able to be electrically connected to an external power supply; and a control device configured to control at least one of charging and discharging of the power supply or configured to be able to convert power which is input from the connector into charging power for the power supply. The power supply unit further includes a zener diode which is provided between the connector and the control device so as to be connected in parallel with the control device, and a maximum value of zener voltage of the zener diode is lower than a maximum operation guarantee voltage of the control device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2020
    Publication date: July 23, 2020
    Applicant: JAPAN TOBACCO INC.
    Inventor: Takeshi Akao
  • Publication number: 20200233444
    Abstract: A power supply unit for an aerosol inhaler includes: a power supply able to discharge power to a load for generating an aerosol from an aerosol source; a connector able to be electrically connected to an external power supply; and a charger configured to be able to convert power which is input from the connector into charging power for the power supply. The power supply unit further includes a first zener diode which is provided between the connector and the charger so as to be connected in parallel with the charger, and the first zener diode is connected so as to be closer to an input terminal of the charger than to an output terminal of the connector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2020
    Publication date: July 23, 2020
    Applicant: JAPAN TOBACCO INC.
    Inventor: Takeshi Akao
  • Patent number: 10716329
    Abstract: A non-burning type flavor inhaler includes an aerosol source that generates an aerosol; an atomizer that atomizes the aerosol source without burning; a power source that supplies power to the atomizer; a light-emitting element; and a control unit that controls the light-emitting element. The control unit controls the light-emitting element in a first light-emitting mode in a puff state inhaling the aerosol, and controls the light-emitting element in a second light-emitting mode different from the first light-emitting mode in a non-puff state not inhaling the aerosol. The second light-emitting mode changes according to a number of puff actions for inhaling the aerosol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: JAPAN TOBACCO INC.
    Inventors: Hirofumi Matsumoto, Manabu Takeuchi, Manabu Yamada