Patents Assigned to Philip Morris Products S.A.
  • Patent number: 10321707
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of preparation of a slurry for the production of a homogenized tobacco material, said method comprising: —suspending a binder in an aerosol-former to form a suspension; —creating a cellulose pulp from cellulose fibers and water; —providing a tobacco powder blend; and —combining said suspension of binder in aerosol-former, said cellulose pulp and said tobacco powder blend to form said slurry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventors: Yorick Klipfel, Johannes Petrus Maria Pijnenburg, Michael Elliott Doyle, Juan David Manzur Bedoya, Pascal Rausis, Marine Jarriault
  • Patent number: 10321717
    Abstract: There is provided an aerosol-generating article (10) comprising an aerosol-generating substrate (12) and a mouthpiece (14) secured to a downstream end of the aerosol-generating substrate (12). The mouth piece (14) comprises at least one segment of porous filter material (20) and a blocking segment (27) that impedes air flow downstream of the at least one segment of porous filter material (20). The blocking segment (27) comprises a segment of support material (22) having an annular shape defining a channel (24) extending through at least part of the segment of support material (22), and at least one freshener delivery element (26) contained within the channel (24). The blocking segment (27) comprising the at least one freshener delivery element (26) is detachable from the at least one segment of porous filter material (20) to decrease the resistance to draw of the aerosol-generating article (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventor: Clement Besso
  • Patent number: 10326289
    Abstract: A rechargeable handheld electrically operated smoking device is provided, including a rechargeable power source; a first charging contact connected to the power source by a MOSFET voltage-controlled switch having a source, drain, and gate terminals; an operational amplifier including a non-inverting input connected to the source terminal, an inverting input connected to the drain terminal, and an output connected to the gate terminal; and a second charging contact connected to the power source, the switch being configured to prevent current flow between the first charging contact and the power source through the switch when a voltage difference therebetween is lower than a first threshold voltage, the device being configured to amplify a voltage difference between the source and drain terminals and apply it to the gate terminal, closed loop feedback is applied to the inverting input, and a biasing resistor is connected between the inverting input and electrical ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventor: Dominique Bernauer
  • Publication number: 20190182909
    Abstract: There is provided an electrically operated aerosol-generating device for heating an aerosol-generating article including an aerosol-forming substrate by heating a susceptor element positioned to heat the substrate. The device includes a housing defining a chamber configured to receive at least a portion of the article, an inductor including an inductor coil disposed around at least a portion of the chamber, and a power source connected to the inductor coil and configured to provide a high frequency electric current to the inductor coil to generate a fluctuating electromagnetic field to heat the susceptor element and thereby heat the substrate. The inductor further includes a flux concentrator disposed around the inductor coil and configured to distort the fluctuating electromagnetic field towards the chamber. The flux concentrator includes a plurality of discrete flux concentrator segments positioned adjacent to one another. An aerosol-generating system and an inductor assembly are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Publication date: June 13, 2019
    Applicant: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventors: Oleg FURSA, Oleg MIRONOV
  • Publication number: 20190174816
    Abstract: A mouthpiece for a smoking article comprises at least one mouthpiece element; a substantially transparent wrapper wrapped around the at least one mouthpiece element such that first and second opposed edges of the substantially transparent wrapper (18) overlap with each other along a longitudinal overlapping region; and an agent disposed between the first and second opposed edges of substantially transparent in at least a portion of the longitudinal overlapping region. The substantially transparent wrapper comprises an acetate ester of cellulose, and the agent comprises an ester of glycerol.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Publication date: June 13, 2019
    Applicant: PHILIP MORRIS PRODUCTS S.A.
    Inventor: Enrico BINASSI
  • Patent number: 10320209
    Abstract: A primary device for connecting to a secondary device is provided, including at least three electrical contacts, a voltage source, and a controller, wherein each electrical contact has an associated high switch connected between the contact and the voltage source, and an associated low switch disposed between the contact and electrical ground, and wherein the controller is connected to each of the switches and is configured to sequentially close pairs of switches to connect the voltage source to the device during an orientation operation, each pair of switches comprising a high switch associated with one of the contacts and a low switch associated with another of the contacts, and is further configured to record a voltage difference between the contacts associated with a plurality of pairs of the switches, and to determine an orientation of the secondary device relative to the primary device based on the recorded voltage difference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventors: Johnny Luke Grzan, Kang Liat Keng, Raphael Holzherr
  • Patent number: 10314328
    Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus (1) for the production of cast web of homogenized tobacco material, said casting system comprising a casting box (4) adapted to contain a slurry of said homogenized tobacco material and from which a cast web of said slurry is cast; a first drying section adapted to dry said cast web; a movable support to receive the cast web formed by casting said slurry from said casting box and to transport it to said first drying section; a drum (8) adapted to move said movable support and adapted to allow heat exchange between said drum and said movable support; and first temperature control means to cool said drum so that a temperature difference between a temperature of said movable support at a position where said cast web is received onto said support from said casting box and a temperature of said slurry in said casting box is comprised between about 0 degree Celsius and about 30 degrees Celsius.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventors: Siew Hock Soo, Raffaele Pozzi, Fabio Conti
  • Publication number: 20190166909
    Abstract: There is provided an aerosol-generating device including a housing defining a cavity configured to receive an aerosol-generating article through an open end of the cavity; and a constricting member connected to the housing and being moveable between an open position and a constricting position to selectively constrict at least a portion of the cavity, thereby allowing the aerosol-generating article to be selectively gripped or released. An aerosol-generating system is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Publication date: June 6, 2019
    Applicant: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventor: Tony REEVELL
  • Publication number: 20190166904
    Abstract: A heated aerosol-generating article is provided, including an aerosol-forming substrate including tobacco and a metal-based sulphide scavenger compound, an amount of a metal component of the sulphide scavenger compound in the aerosol-forming substrate is at least 0.05 percent by weight, based on a total dry weight of the aerosol-forming substrate, and the sulphide scavenger compound is based on a transition metal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Publication date: June 6, 2019
    Applicant: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventor: Gerhard LANG
  • Patent number: 10292421
    Abstract: A filter for a smoking article includes a filter component formed from a solution of cellulose acetate and a degradable polymer in aceton, the degradable polymer being soluble in acetone and degrading in the presence of water. In a first aspect of the invention, the filter component is a filter segment (16) formed of a plurality of fibers formed from the degradable solution. In a second aspect of the invention, the filter component is a wrapper (39) circumscribing at least a segment of the filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventor: Leonardo Nappi
  • Publication number: 20190142064
    Abstract: There is provided a method of making rods having predetermined values of cross-sectional porosity, and a cross-sectional porosity distribution value for use as an aerosol-forming substrate in a heated aerosol-generating article, including providing a continuous sheet of aerosol-forming material having a specified width and a specified thickness; gathering the sheet transversely relative to a longitudinal axis thereof; circumscribing the gathered sheet with a wrapper to form a continuous rod; severing the rod into a plurality of discrete rods; determining values of cross-sectional porosity and cross-sectional porosity distribution for at least one of the discrete rods; and controlling one or more manufacturing parameters to ensure that the cross-sectional porosity and cross-sectional porosity distribution values of subsequent rods are within the predetermined values.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2019
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Applicant: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventors: Johannes Petrus Maria Pijnenburg, Marine Jarriault
  • Patent number: 10287599
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a mutant, non-naturally occurring or transgenic plant cell comprising: (i) at least one polynucleotide comprising, consisting or consisting essentially of a sequence encoding an isopropylmalate synthase and having at least 60% sequence identity to SEQ ID NO:1 or SEQ ID NO:10 or SEQ ID NO: 12 or SEQ ID NO:14; or (ii) a polypeptide encoded by said polynucleotide(s); or (iii) a polypeptide having at least 60% sequence identity to SEQ ID NO:2 or SEQ ID NO:11 or SEQ ID NO:13 or SEQ ID NO:15; or (iv) a construct, vector or expression vector comprising said polynucleotide sequence(s), optionally wherein said construct, vector or expression vector additionally comprises a promoter comprising, consisting or consisting essentially of the sequence set forth in SEQ ID NO:8 or a variant thereof with at least about 60% identity thereto or a trichome promoter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventors: Nicholas Bakaher, Gregor Nicholas Bindler, Michel Philippe Blanc, Simon Goepfert, Florian Martin
  • Patent number: 10278417
    Abstract: A smoking article (1) comprising a rod (2) of smokable material with a mouth end (3) and a distal end (4) remote from the mouth end (3). The rod (2) comprises at least a first and a second segment (5, 6), wherein the first segment (5) has a distal end defining the distal end of the rod and the second segment (6) is disposed downstream of the first segment. The smoking article further comprises a mouthpiece (7), which is attached to the mouth end (3) of the rod (2), wherein the first segment (5) comprises a first tobacco blend with a first level of a smoke constituent inhibitor and the second segment (6) comprises a second tobacco blend with a second level of the smoke constituent inhibitor, wherein the second level of the smoke constituent inhibitor is lower than the first level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventors: Firooz Rasouli, Celine Gambs, Carlos Andres Sanchez, Antonio Tuzzolino
  • Patent number: 10271574
    Abstract: A liquid tobacco composition comprises tobacco dissolved in an ionic liquid. Removal of selected tobacco constituents is aided by dissolving the tobacco in the ionic liquid. The tobacco, having selected constituents removed, may be regenerated from the liquid tobacco composition by separating the tobacco from the ionic liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventors: Firooz Rasouli, Gianluca Sechi, Irfan Gunduz
  • Patent number: 10272170
    Abstract: There is provided an aerosol generating device, including a vaporizer for heating an aerosol-forming substrate to form an aerosol; a plurality of air flow nozzles; and at least one air outlet. The air flow nozzles and the air outlet are arranged to define an air flow route between the air flow nozzles and the air outlet. Each of the air flow nozzles includes an aperture arranged to direct air towards the vicinity of the vaporizer in a direction across the surface of the vaporizer so as to manage particle size in the aerosol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventor: Flavien Dubief
  • Publication number: 20190117567
    Abstract: A method includes combining nicotine with a liquid carrier to form a liquid mixture and spray drying the liquid mixture to form a first plurality of particles. The first pluralities of particles are then milled to form a second plurality of particles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Publication date: April 25, 2019
    Applicant: PHILIP MORRIS PRODUCTS S.A.
    Inventor: Nicolo Volpe
  • Publication number: 20190116879
    Abstract: An inhaler system suitable for providing nicotine particles includes a mouthpiece portion removably coupled to a distal end portion. The mouthpiece portion includes a capsule cavity and a mouthpiece air channel extending from the mouthpiece end to the capsule cavity. The distal end portion includes a piercing element coupled to the distal end portion and a resealable membrane configured to seal the capsule cavity when the mouthpiece portion is coupled to the distal end portion. The resealable membrane is configured to reseal when the piercing element moves out of the resealable membrane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Publication date: April 25, 2019
    Applicant: PHILIP MORRIS PRODUCTS S.A.
    Inventor: Gerard Zuber
  • Patent number: 10266301
    Abstract: A container for consumer articles is at least partially formed from a blank defining a portion of the container, which comprises a first and a second planar walls connected to one another by a curved edge portion. An inner surface of the curved edge portion defines an ablation area (A) having a length (L) in the longitudinal direction of the curved edge portion and a width (W) that extends along the curve of the curved edge portion. The ablation area comprises a plurality of pairs of ablation lines, all of which extend in parallel in the longitudinal direction of the curved edge portion. The distance (X) between two ablated zones in each pair as measured along the width (W) of the ablation area is less than the distance (Y) between two adjacent pairs of ablated zones as measured along the width (W) of the ablation area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventor: David Rudolf
  • Patent number: 10266335
    Abstract: A container for consumer goods comprises an outer housing having a box and a lid (103) hinged to the box along a hinge line and pivotable about the hinge line between an open position and a closed position. Further, the container comprises an inner package (104) of consumer goods within the outer housing comprising an access opening (105) for removing consumer goods when the lid is in the open position. The container further comprises a reclosable flap (106) occluding the access opening and at least one activatable adhesive element (107) provided on a surface of the reclosable flap, on a surface of the lid or on both. The adhesive element can be selectively activated, and the reclosable flap can be affixed to the lid by the activated adhesive element, such that upon opening the lid the reclosable flap is lifted off the inner package to at least partly reveal the access opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventors: Sergey Krasiev, Adrian Eggen
  • Patent number: 10258084
    Abstract: There is provided a smoking article having a mouth end and a distal end, the smoking article including a heat source positioned at the distal end; an aerosol-forming substrate adjacent to the heat source; and a cap configured to at least partially cover the heat source. The cap is attached at a line of weakness to the distal end, including a cylindrical plug of material circumscribed by a wrapper, and is removable to expose the heat source prior to use of the smoking article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: PHILIP MORRIS PRODUCTS S.A.
    Inventors: Oleg Mironov, Frederic Lavanchy, Alexis Louvet, Andrea Carraro, Johann Schmidt