Patents Assigned to Philip Morris Products S.A.
  • Publication number: 20190274350
    Abstract: An aerosol-generating article is provided, including: an aerosol-forming substrate; a combustible heat source; at least one layer of fibre-reinforced aerogel circumscribing at least a portion of a length of the combustible heat source; one or more airflow pathways configured such that air may be drawn along the one or more airflow pathways through the aerosol-generating article and for inhalation by a user; and one or more non-combustible, substantially air-impermeable, barriers disposed between the combustible heat source and the aerosol-forming substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Publication date: September 12, 2019
    Applicant: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventor: Fabien DUC
  • Patent number: 10411514
    Abstract: There is provided a container (30) of consumer goods, the container (30) comprising a wrapped bundle of consumer goods (10) comprising a wrapper (16) wrapped around one or more consumer goods. The wrapper (16) comprises a folded laminar blank comprising at least one carrier layer (12) and at least one conductive layer (13), the at least one conductive layer (13) forming at least one power transfer receiver coil (14) configured to wirelessly receive a supply of electrical energy. The container (30) further comprises an outer housing (31) containing the wrapped bundle of consumer goods (10), and an electronic device (38) connected to the at least one power transfer receiver coil (14) to receive the supply of electrical energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventor: Arjen Hamilcar Slooff
  • Patent number: 10405572
    Abstract: A reinforced tobacco web is provided, including a continuous web of reconstituted tobacco, a first continuous reinforcement incorporated into the web at a first edge, and a second continuous reinforcement incorporated into the web at a second edge. Neither the first continuous reinforcement nor the second continuous reinforcement has a width greater than 15% of the width of the continuous web of reconstituted tobacco. The reinforcements allow the tobacco web to be handled more efficiently by increasing the pulling strength of the web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventor: Rui Nuno Batista
  • Patent number: 10407236
    Abstract: A container (10) for consumer goods, the container comprising: an outer housing comprising a box portion (12), a lid portion (14) moveable between a closed position and an open position, and a hinged connector (16) connecting the box portion (12) and the lid portion (14); a plurality of consumer goods (20) received within the box portion (12); and an inner frame (18) slidably received within the outer housing and positioned between the plurality of consumer goods (20) and the box portion (12). The inner frame (18) is slidable between a lowered position and a raised position and comprises an inner frame front wall (36), an inner frame back wall (38), opposed inner frame side walls and a lifting element (48), depending from the bottom edge of a wall of the inner frame (18) and extending into the opening at the bottom end of the inner frame. At least part of the lifting element (18) is positioned between a box portion bottom wall and the consumer goods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventors: Fiorenzo Draghetti, Lucas Chatelain
  • Publication number: 20190269169
    Abstract: An aerosol-generating article is provided, including an aerosol-forming substrate including aerosol-forming material and a tobacco-containing wrapper around and in contact with the aerosol-forming material, the wrapper having an aerosol former content of between about 5% and about 30% by weight of the total weight of the wrapper; a combustible heat source upstream of the aerosol-forming substrate; and a heat-conducting element around and in contact with at least a portion of the wrapper.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2017
    Publication date: September 5, 2019
    Applicant: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventor: Alexandre MALGAT
  • Patent number: 10398172
    Abstract: There is provided a container for an aerosol-generating substrate for use in an electrically heated aerosol-generating device, including a casing having at least one air inlet and at least one air outlet; a tubular liquid retention element configured to sorb an aerosol-generating substrate; and an air permeable capillary wick membrane including at least one electrical heater and being provided on an end face of the retention element, such that an airflow pathway is provided from the at least one air inlet through a portion of the membrane to the at least one air outlet. There is also provided an electrically heated aerosol-generating device including a power supply; a cavity configured to receive a container; electrical contacts connected to the power supply and configured to couple the power supply to a heater; and an air inlet configured to be coupled to the at least one air inlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: PHILIP MORRIS PRODUCTS S.A.
    Inventor: Rui Nuno Batista
  • Patent number: 10401148
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus for acquiring data relative to a dimension of an elongated object defining a longitudinal axis and a first and a second end, the apparatus comprising: an imaging sensor device defining a field of view and an optical axis, the imaging sensor device being adapted to image the elongated object in the field of view; a transporting device adapted to position the elongated object in the field of view and to transport the elongated object in a transport direction substantially parallel to the longitudinal axis of the elongated object and forming an angle with the optical axis; an illuminating device adapted to emit electromagnetic radiation to illuminate the elongated object in the field of view; and an optical deflection system including an optical deflector which is adapted to be movable between a first operative position where it is located outside the field of view of the imaging sensor device and a second operative position where it is located within the field of vi
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventor: Antonio Consolante
  • Patent number: 10398175
    Abstract: A method of controlling operation of an inhaling device is provided, the inhaling device including a gas flow path through which gas can be drawn by the action of a user puff, a gas flow sensor within the gas flow path, and a memory, the method including recording gas flow measurements from the gas flow sensor; comparing the gas flow measurements with the user puff signature stored in the memory to provide a correlation score; and enabling or disabling further operation of the device based on a value of the correlation score. The method allows an inhaling device, such as an electrically operated smoking device or a medical inhaler, to authenticate a user of the device based on a detected puffing behavior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventor: Michel Thorens
  • Publication number: 20190261682
    Abstract: There is provided an electrically operated smoking device configured to receive a smoking article, the device including a housing defining a cavity configured to at least partially receive the smoking article; and a sensing system configured to detect indicia on the smoking article, the sensing system being disposed on a periphery of the cavity and including a light source, an image detector, and a plurality of microlenses disposed on the image detector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2016
    Publication date: August 29, 2019
    Applicant: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventors: Christiane GIMKIEWICZ, Rolf Eckert, Edoardo Franzi, David Hasler, Ross Stanley
  • Publication number: 20190261684
    Abstract: An aerosol-generating device is provided, including a power supply; at least one heater; a cavity configured to receive an aerosol-generating article; a first electrode and a second electrode spaced apart from the first electrode such that at least a portion of the article is disposed between the first electrode and the second electrode when the article is received within the cavity; and a controller configured to control a supply of power from the power supply to the heater for heating the article when the article is received within the cavity, the controller being further configured to measure an electrical load between the first and second electrodes when the article is received within the cavity, and the controller being further configured to terminate the supply of power to the at least one heater when the measured electrical load exceeds a predetermined threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Publication date: August 29, 2019
    Applicant: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventor: Tony REEVELL
  • Publication number: 20190261683
    Abstract: An aerosol-generating system is provided, including an aerosol-generating article including an aerosol-generating substrate, a first electrode, and a dielectric material including a porous substrate material and a liquid sorbed into the porous substrate material; and an aerosol-generating device including a power supply; at least one heater; a cavity to receive the article; a first electrical contact contacting the first electrode when the article is received within the cavity; a controller; and a second electrode, such that when the article is received, the dielectric is disposed between the first and second electrodes to form a capacitor, the controller being configured to control a supply of power from the power supply to the heater for heating the aerosol-generating substrate and the dielectric, and to the capacitor, and to measure a capacitance of the capacitor and to terminate the supply of power to the heater when a measured capacitance exceeds a predetermined threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Publication date: August 29, 2019
    Applicant: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventor: Tony REEVELL
  • Patent number: 10390558
    Abstract: There is provided an aerosol-generating article (10; 100) comprising an aerosol-generating substrate (12) and a mouthpiece (14) secured to the aerosol-generating substrate (12). The mouthpiece (14) comprises at least one filter segment (18, 20) and a substantially transparent tubular segment (22) defining an empty cavity extending substantially longitudinally through the substantially transparent tubular segment (22), wherein aerosol passing through the empty cavity during use of the aerosol-generating article (10; 100) is visible from the exterior of the aerosol-generating article (10; 100) through the substantially transparent tubular segment (22).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventor: Ahmet Dincer
  • Patent number: 10383360
    Abstract: A smoking composition includes tobacco material and a flavor delivery system. The flavor delivery system includes a flavor material and first wax material forming a core and a second wax material encapsulating the core. The second wax material being a different wax material than the first wax material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: PHILIP MORRIS PRODUCTS S.A.
    Inventors: Jan-Carlos Hufnagel, Monika Christlbauer, Irene Chetschik, Reiner Daiminger, Marcus Petermann, Andreas Kilzer, Zeljko Knez, Zoran Novak, Amra Perva Uzunalic, Neven Tutnjević, Radoslav Jonak, Andrej Nose, Urban Fegu{hacek over (s)}, Simon Henske
  • Patent number: 10384861
    Abstract: A container for consumer goods comprises an inner portion received within an outer box portion and a lifting mechanism that facilitates easy access to consumer goods received on or within the inner portion. The lifting mechanism connects the back wall of the inner portion to the lid portion top wall or lid portion front wall. The consumer goods, such as smoking articles, are longitudinally orthogonal to the hinge line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: PHILIP MORRIS PRODUCTS S.A.
    Inventor: Lucas Chatelain
  • Publication number: 20190252888
    Abstract: A method of controlling an electrical system is provided, the electrical system including a primary charging device including a first rechargeable power supply, and a portable device including a second rechargeable power supply, the method including monitoring an ambient temperature adjacent the primary charging device, determining a charging current for charging the first rechargeable power supply of the primary charging device, in dependence on the ambient temperature, and charging the first rechargeable power supply of the primary charging device at the determined charging current. There is also provided a system and device for performing the method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2019
    Publication date: August 15, 2019
    Applicant: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventor: Raphael HOLZHERR
  • Patent number: 10375994
    Abstract: An electrically heated aerosol-generating system is provided, including an aerosol-generating device and a cartridge configured to be used with the device, the device including a device housing configured to engage at least a portion of the cartridge; an inductor coil positioned around or adjacent to the cavity; and a power supply connected to the inductor coil and configured to provide a high frequency oscillating current to the inductor coil; the cartridge including a cartridge housing configured to engage the device housing and containing an aerosol-forming substrate, the housing having an external surface surrounding the aerosol-forming substrate, at least a portion of the external surface being formed by a fluid-permeable susceptor element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventors: Oleg Mironov, Ihar Nikolaevich Zinovik, Michel Thorens
  • Patent number: 10375989
    Abstract: A smoking article is provided, including a combustible heat source having opposed front and rear end faces; an aerosol-forming substrate having opposed front and rear end faces, wherein the front end face of the aerosol-forming substrate is downstream of the rear end face of the combustible heat source; and a non-combustible holder configured to hold the combustible heat source. The holder includes a barrier between the rear end face of the combustible heat source and the front end face of the aerosol-forming substrate, and a plurality of first retention fingers connected to the barrier. The first retention fingers extend from the barrier along the exterior of the combustible heat source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventors: Ana Carolina Borges de Couraca, Christopher John Grant
  • Patent number: 10377548
    Abstract: A package (18) of consumer goods has an opening for removing the goods and a reclosable adhesive label (22) occluding the opening. The label (22) comprises a bottom layer (24) and a top layer (26). The bottom layer (24) is affixed to the package (18) by means of permanent adhesive provided on a first area (30) of the inner surface of the bottom layer extending about the periphery of the opening, the bottom layer comprising a cut-out portion (28) at least partly aligned with the opening of the package. The top layer (26) is at least partly affixed to the bottom layer (24) by permanent adhesive provided on a back hinge area (32) of the inner surface of the top layer, and at least partly releasably affixed to the bottom layer by means of a second adhesive provided on a peeling area (34) of the inner surface of the top layer extending distal from the hinge area (32).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventors: Philippe Bourgoin, Elke Rutzinger, Arjen Hamilcar Slooff
  • Publication number: 20190244677
    Abstract: Systems and methods for assessing a subject's sample to predict the subject's biological status, such as a smoker status. The computer-implemented method includes receiving, by a computer system including at least one hardware processor, a data set associated with the sample. The data set comprises quantitative expression data for a set of genes less than a whole genome, the set of genes comprising AHHR, CDKN1C, LRRN3, PID1, GPR15, SASH1, CLEC10A, LINC00599, P2RY6, DSC2, F2R, SEMA6B, and TLR5. The at least one hardware processor generates a score based on the quantitative expression data for the set of genes in the received data set, wherein the score is based on fewer than 40 genes and is indicative of a predicted smoking status of the subject.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2017
    Publication date: August 8, 2019
    Applicant: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventors: Carine POUSSIN, Vincenzo BELCASTRO, Florian MARTIN, Stephanie BOUE, Manuel Claude PEITSCH
  • Patent number: 10368575
    Abstract: A smoking article (10) comprises a tobacco rod (12) and a filter (14) connected to the tobacco rod (12). The filter (14) comprises a first filter segment (20) and a hollow tube segment (22) downstream of the first filter segment (20). The hollow tube segment (22) defines a cavity (24) at the mouth end of the filter (14) providing an unrestricted flow channel that extends from the downstream end of the first filter segment (20) to the mouth end of the filter (14). The length of the hollow tube segment (22) is at least about 25 percent of the overall filter length. Further, the smoking article (10) comprises a ventilation zone (26) comprising at least one circumferential row of perforations provided at a location around the first filter segment (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventors: Alen Kadiric, Cecilia Lindholm Delaloye