Patents Assigned to Philip Morris USA Inc.
  • Patent number: 11144863
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for identifying manufactured items in containers, where each container is suitable for containing two or more units, and where the method comprises the steps of: associating each unit with a unique unit identifier, uniquely identifying each unit, allocating two or more units to be contained in each container, uniquely identifying each container, for each container, determining one or more ranges of unit identifiers of the two or more units allocated to the container, and storing, in a database, a container identifier for each container, each container identifier being coupled, in the database, to the one or more ranges of unit identifiers of the two or more units allocated to the container. There is also provided methods and apparatus for authenticating, tracking and tracing the units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick Chanez, Alain Sager, Philippe Chatelain, Erwan Fradet
  • Patent number: 11129405
    Abstract: An orally-enjoyable tobacco product includes a portion of smokeless tobacco comprising an active ingredient and either: (1) a collection of tobacco particles at least partially enclosed by a coating comprising a water-soluble non-crosslinked component and a substantially water-insoluble cross-linked component, or (2) a pouch comprising smokeless tobacco enclosed in a water-permeable wrapper. The active ingredient is selected from the group consisting of a mercaptan, camphor, borneol, isoborneol, bornyl acetate, isobornyl acetate, mono-bornyl succinate, mono-isobornyl succinate, mono-bornyl formate, and mono-isobornyl formate. The active ingredient is present in an amount effective to reduce or eliminate the sensory irritation arising from the smokeless tobacco. Also disclosed is a method of making such a product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Gerd Kobal, Justin Heynekamp, Timothy B. Langston, Peter Reeh, Munmaya K. Mishra, Jason W. Flora
  • Patent number: 11120387
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for identifying manufactured items in containers, where each container is suitable for containing two or more units, and where the method comprises the steps of: associating each unit with a unique unit identifier, uniquely identifying each unit, allocating two or more units to be contained in each container, uniquely identifying each container, for each container, determining one or more ranges of unit identifiers of the two or more units allocated to the container, and storing, in a database, a container identifier for each container, each container identifier being coupled, in the database, to the one or more ranges of unit identifiers of the two or more units allocated to the container. There is also provided methods and apparatus for authenticating, tracking and tracing the units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: PHILIP MORRIS USA INC.
    Inventors: Patrick Chanez, Alain Sager, Philippe Chatelain, Erwan Fradet
  • Patent number: 11113710
    Abstract: A system and method for providing model-based promotion and price computation is described in which promotional offers in the form of promotion information from a manufacturer are combined with price determination parameters from the retailer to calculate a final retail price. The system prevents fraud by eliminating the heavy dependence on unverifiable trust between the retailer and manufacturer and by assuring that the consumer will receive the benefit of the promotions intended by the manufacturer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: PHILIP MORRIS USA INC.
    Inventor: William R. Sweeney
  • Publication number: 20210235743
    Abstract: A smoking article has an outer surface and a plurality of frangible microcapsules provided on the outer surface, wherein the microcapsules are capable of being manually ruptured by a consumer to release an odorant encapsulated therein. The smoking article preferably comprises a wrapped tobacco rod; and a filter attached to the wrapped tobacco rod by tipping paper, a mouth end portion of which is “over tipped” with a band or strip of “Peel and Sniff” microcapsules and/or a band or strip of “Scratch and Sniff” microcapsules.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2021
    Publication date: August 5, 2021
    Applicant: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Clement BESSO, Anne WYSS-PETERS, Charles KUERSTEINER
  • Patent number: 11080719
    Abstract: Manufactured goods are marked or labelled with a secure unique identifier. A central checking centre allows users to verify the authenticity of a particular good such as a cigarette pack or carton via any convenient interface such as the internet or a cell phone. A system of secret sharing allows secure authentication of each item and prevents code breaking or misuse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Alain Sager, Philippe Chatelain, Erwan Fradet
  • Publication number: 20210204559
    Abstract: A process for preparing an orally-enjoyable film of encapsulated plant material includes combining particles of finely divided plant material, a first coating material, and a second coating material, then inducing gelation to form a gel matrix of the particles coated with the first coating material embedded in the second coating material, followed by forming a film from the gel matrix. Also disclosed is a film of coated particles of finely-divided plant material, made of a gel matrix of plant material at least partially surrounded by a first coating material and embedded in a second coating material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2021
    Publication date: July 8, 2021
    Applicant: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Tapashi SENGUPTA, Munmaya K. MISHRA, William R. SWEENEY
  • Patent number: 11056915
    Abstract: A merchandising system having a power distribution device associated with a package support system, and a package having a sensory output such as an image display capable of using power, data and/or signals provided from the power distribution device to produce a desired output when the package is associated with the package support system. Packaging materials of the package form the coupling medium for contactless coupling such as capacitive coupling of a controlled signal provided to the package support system to a display on the package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: William R. Sweeney, Kristen M. Totty, Robert J. Maher
  • Publication number: 20210186105
    Abstract: An electrically heated smoking system includes a shell and a replaceable mouthpiece. The shell includes an electric power supply and electric circuitry. The mouthpiece includes a liquid storage portion and a capillary wick having a first end and a second end. The first end of the wick extends into the liquid storage portion for contact with liquid therein. The mouthpiece also includes a heating element for heating the second end of the capillary wick, an air outlet, and an aerosol forming chamber between the second end of the capillary wick and the air outlet. When the shell and mouthpiece are engaged or connected, the heating element is in electrical connection with the power supply via the circuitry, and a flowpath for air is defined from at least one air inlet to the air outlet via the aerosol forming chamber. In use, liquid is transferred from the liquid storage portion towards the heating element by capillary action in the wick.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2021
    Publication date: June 24, 2021
    Applicant: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Michel THORENS, Jean-Marc FLICK, Olivier Yves COCHAND
  • Publication number: 20210161202
    Abstract: A filter segment for use in a filter of a smoking article includes a substrate loaded with at least one smoke-modifying agent. The substrate is located within the body of the filter segment and is formed from filter plug wrap having an air permeability ranging from about 6,000 Coresta units to about 24,000 Coresta units.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2021
    Publication date: June 3, 2021
    Applicant: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Clement BESSO, Charles KUERSTEINER
  • Publication number: 20210161811
    Abstract: A soft, chewable and orally dissolvable and/or disintegrable product includes a biopolymer-sugar based matrix and botanical powder dispersed throughout the biopolymer-sugar based matrix. The biopolymer-sugar based matrix includes at least one biopolymer, at least one sugar and optional additives. Soft, chewable and orally dissolvable and/or disintegrable product can also include flavor beads.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2021
    Publication date: June 3, 2021
    Applicant: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Feng GAO, Shalva GEDEVANISHVILI, Shengsheng LIU, Munmaya K. MISHRA, William R. SWEENEY, Randall BAREN, Qinglin LI, Darin COLASSACO, Salem CHOUCHANE
  • Patent number: 11013265
    Abstract: A smoking system includes a capillary wick for holding liquid, at least one air inlet, at least one air outlet and a chamber between the air inlet and air outlet. The air inlet, the air outlet and the chamber are arranged so as to define an air flow route from the air inlet to the air outlet via the capillary wick so as to convey aerosol formed from the liquid to the air outlet. The smoking system further includes at least one guide for channeling the air flow in the air flow route, so as to control particle size in the aerosol. The smoking system optionally includes at least one heater for heating the liquid in at least a portion of the capillary wick to form the aerosol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Michel Thorens, Jean-Marc Flick, Olivier Yves Cochand, Flavien Dubief
  • Publication number: 20210127750
    Abstract: An electrically heated smoking system for receiving an aerosol-forming substrate. includes at least one heating element for heating the substrate to form an aerosol, a power supply for supplying power to the heating element, electrical hardware connected to the power supply and the heating element, and an interface for establishing a communications link with a host. The communications link may be a USB link and the host may be a personal computer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2021
    Publication date: May 6, 2021
    Applicant: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Felix FERNANDO, Fredrik STAHLE, Jean-Pierre CORDEY, Laurent MANCA
  • Patent number: 10986860
    Abstract: A smoking article has an outer surface and a plurality of frangible microcapsules provided on the outer surface, wherein the microcapsules are capable of being manually ruptured by a consumer to release an odorant encapsulated therein. The smoking article preferably comprises a wrapped tobacco rod; and a filter attached to the wrapped tobacco rod by tipping paper, a mouth end portion of which is “over tipped” with a band or strip of “Peel and Sniff” microcapsules and/or a band or strip of “Scratch and Sniff” microcapsules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Clement Besso, Anne Wyss-Peters, Charles Kuersteiner
  • Patent number: 10966464
    Abstract: A vapor generating system includes a mouthpiece housing including an air outlet at a first side of the mouthpiece housing. The vapor generating system further includes a liquid storage portion, a filamentary wick extending into the liquid storage portion, a heating coil at least partially surrounding a portion of the filamentary wick and a chamber between the heating coil and the air outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: PHILIP MORRIS USA INC.
    Inventors: Michel Thorens, Jean-Marc Flick, Olivier Yves Cochand
  • Patent number: 10952452
    Abstract: A process for preparing an orally-enjoyable film of encapsulated plant material includes combining particles of finely divided plant material, a first coating material, and a second coating material, then inducing gelation to form a gel matrix of the particles coated with the first coating material embedded in the second coating material, followed by forming a film from the gel matrix. Also disclosed is a film of coated particles of finely-divided plant material, made of a gel matrix of plant material at least partially surrounded by a first coating material and embedded in a second coating material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Tapashi Sengupta, Munmaya K. Mishra, William R. Sweeney
  • Publication number: 20210076736
    Abstract: A smoking article includes identification information encoded on the smoking article. The smoking article can be used with an electrically heated smoking system having a detector for detecting the smoking article and distinguishing the smoking article from other articles based on the identification information. A cleaning article includes identification information encoded on the cleaning article. The cleaning article cleans an electrically heated smoking system having a detector for detecting the cleaning article and distinguishing the cleaning article from other articles based on the identification information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2020
    Publication date: March 18, 2021
    Applicant: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Felix FERNANDO, Jean-Pierre CORDEY
  • Publication number: 20210059311
    Abstract: An indirectly heated capillary aerosol generator comprises a capillary tube adapted to form an aerosol when liquid material in the capillary tube is heated to volatilize at least some of the liquid material therein and a thermally conductive material in thermal contact with the capillary tube. The indirectly heated capillary aerosol generator provides substantially even and uniform heating across the heated length of the capillary tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2020
    Publication date: March 4, 2021
    Applicant: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Marc D. Belcastro, Jeffrey A. Swepston
  • Patent number: 10918129
    Abstract: A filter segment for use in a filter of a smoking article includes a substrate loaded with at least one smoke-modifying agent. The substrate is located within the body of the filter segment and is formed from filter plug wrap having an air permeability ranging from about 6,000 Coresta units to about 24,000 Coresta units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Clement Besso, Charles Kuersteiner
  • Publication number: 20210030912
    Abstract: An aerosol generator includes a composite conduit to transport multiple liquids to a heating element at flow rates such that the liquids arrive at the heating element in desirable concentrations. The heating element volatilizes the liquids to form volatilized fluid, which mixes with ambient air to form an aerosol with desirable concentrations of the multiple liquids.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2020
    Publication date: February 4, 2021
    Applicant: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Zuyin YANG, Susan E. WRENN