Patents Assigned to Philip Morris USA Inc.
  • Patent number: 10766679
    Abstract: A multi-layer film structure for use in forming blister packaging. The multi-layer structure includes a first polymeric layer having a first surface and a second surface, the first polymeric layer comprising a metalized polyethylene teraphthalate, a second polymeric layer having a first surface and a second surface, the first surface of the second polymeric layer disposed adjacent the second surface of the first polymeric layer, the second polymeric layer comprising a cyclic olefin or a homopolymer of chlorotrifluoroethylene, and a third polymeric layer having a first surface and a second surface, the first surface of the third polymeric layer disposed adjacent the second surface of the second polymeric layer, the third polymeric layer comprising polypropylene or polyvinyl chloride. A method of making a multi-layer film structure and a packaging structure are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen J. Bellamah, Ed Carmines, Rangaraj S. Sundar
  • Publication number: 20200268038
    Abstract: Cigarettes are provided which contain a filtering system and flavorants encapsulated with polyvinyl acetate, wherein deactivation of a sorbent by the flavorant is reduced through the encapsulation of the flavorant within the polyvinyl acetate. A preferred flavorant is menthol. The encapsulated flavorants are prepared by mixing at least one flavorant with polyvinyl acetate and a solvent, such as ethanol, and forming the encapsulated flavorants. Methods of making cigarettes and smoking the articles are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2020
    Publication date: August 27, 2020
    Applicant: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Ulrike Becker, Tony Howell, Lixin Xue, Georgios D. Karles, Jay A. Fournier
  • Publication number: 20200268046
    Abstract: An aerosol generator device for delivering an aerosol of a nicotine salt is provided. The aerosol generator comprises: (i) a mouth end; (ii) a first chamber containing a porous material wetted with liquid nicotine, (iii) a second chamber containing a porous material wetted with a solution of a volatile acid, (iv) a third chamber in fluid communication with the first and second chambers, leading to the mouth end, and (v) an outer housing defining a passageway for air through said device. A nicotine vapor can be produced by drawing air along the passageway and through the porous material wetted with liquid nicotine. An acid vapor can be produced by passing air along the passageway and through the porous material wetted with a solution of a volatile acid. Then, the nicotine vapor and the acid vapor can be admixed in the third chamber to form an aerosol of a nicotine salt, which can be drawn out through the mouth end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2020
    Publication date: August 27, 2020
    Applicant: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventor: Peter LIPOWICZ
  • Patent number: 10744476
    Abstract: Provided is a method for cooling wax after coextrusion to create wax capsules. The method includes immersing a concentric nozzle of a coextruder in a container of heated alcohol. The container of heated alcohol sits in a water-ice bath to create a temperature gradient. A core material having a wax coating is extruded through a concentric nozzle to form a capsule. The capsule enters the container of hot alcohol where the wax coating is solidified. In an embodiment, the method is a continuous method including a capsule and solvent transfer system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Hongwei Liu, Georgios D. Karles, Shuzhong Zhuang
  • Patent number: 10743579
    Abstract: A method of making composite nanoscale particles comprising subjecting a starting material to laser energy so as to form a vapor and condensing the vapor so as to form the composite nanoscale particles, wherein said composite nanoscale particles comprise a first metal and/or a first metal oxide incorporated in nanoscale particles of an oxide of a second metal, the first metal being different than the second metal. The starting material can comprise first and second metals or compounds of the first and second metals. The composite nanoscale particles can be formed in a reaction chamber wherein a temperature gradient is provided. The atmosphere in the chamber can be an inert atmosphere comprising argon or a reactive atmosphere comprising oxygen. The composite nanoscale particles are useful for low-temperature and near-ambient temperature catalysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Sarojini Deevi, Rangaraj S. Sundar, Yezdi B. Pithawalla
  • Publication number: 20200239170
    Abstract: An oral pouch product having a soft edge includes an inner filling material enclosed inwardly of at least one seam between opposed layers of porous pouch wrapper. The at least one seam is separated from the periphery of the porous pouch wrapper by an unbonded area of the opposed layers so as to form a soft edge of the pouch wrapper.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2020
    Publication date: July 30, 2020
    Applicant: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Fernando L. CHAPPELL, Danielle R. CRAWFORD
  • Publication number: 20200229486
    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 3, 2020
    Publication date: July 23, 2020
    Applicant: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Clement BESSO, Anne WYSS-PETERS, Charles KUERSTEINER
  • Patent number: 10716324
    Abstract: Disclosed is a copolymer that includes a repeat unit containing a flavorant-containing pendant and a salt-containing repeating unit. In addition, a comestible, a smoking composition, a smoking article, a smokeless tobacco composition and a heatable or combustible product are provided which incorporate one or more of the flavorant-containing copolymer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Shengsheng Liu, Munmaya K. Mishra, Peter J. Lipowicz, Biao Duan
  • Patent number: 10674762
    Abstract: An aerosol generator device for delivering an aerosol of a nicotine salt includes a mouth end; a first chamber containing a porous material wetted with liquid nicotine, a second chamber containing a porous material wetted with a solution of a volatile acid, a third chamber in fluid communication with the first and second chambers, leading to the mouth end, and an outer housing defining a passageway for air through said device. A nicotine vapor can be produced by drawing air along the passageway and through the porous material wetted with liquid nicotine. An acid vapor can be produced by passing air along the passageway and through the porous material wetted with a solution of a volatile acid. The nicotine vapor and the acid vapor can be admixed in the third chamber to form an aerosol of a nicotine salt, which can be drawn out through the mouth end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventor: Peter Lipowicz
  • Publication number: 20200156883
    Abstract: A bead feeder serially delivering beads to a downstream location comprises a bead supply wheel connected to rotate about a vertical axis. The bead supply wheel includes a bead supply bowl and a plurality of radially and outwardly extending bead passageway connected to rotate with the bowl and dimensioned to receive a single line of beads. A plurality of openings in the bead supply bowl is spaced around a lower portion thereof with the openings in alignment with the radially and outwardly extending passageways each of which has an outer exit end. A metering plate is connected to rotate about the same vertical axis as the bead supply wheel, and metering plate has a plurality of equally spaced apart openings directly below the outer ends of the passageways for receiving the lowermost beads in the passageways.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2020
    Publication date: May 21, 2020
    Applicant: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Martin T. GARTHAFFNER, Dwight D. WILLIAMS
  • Patent number: 10653175
    Abstract: A package of smokeless tobacco includes a flavor patch located in the package to provide flavor to smokeless tobacco. Also disclosed is a method of packaging smokeless tobacco by combining a package with a flavor patch disposed inside the package, the flavor patch comprising a flavor and an adsorbent, so that the flavor patch resides in an interior of the package; and adding smokeless tobacco to the package with the flavor patch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew N. Carroll, Steven J. Hovjacky, Beverley C. Woodson
  • Publication number: 20200146343
    Abstract: Improved delivery of additive materials to cigarettes is provided through the use of one or more capsules containing additive materials, such as flavor components, in the filter section of a cigarette. The sealed capsule or capsules are subjected to an external force, such as squeezing, by a smoker prior to or during smoking of the cigarette in order to release at least a portion of the additive material from the one or more capsules and expose the additive material to mainstream smoke passing through the filter. The sealed capsules provide a barrier between the additive materials and other cigarettes components, such as sorbents or filter materials, in order to reduce additive material migration into the other cigarette components prior to desired use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2020
    Publication date: May 14, 2020
    Applicant: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Georgios Karles, Martin Garthaffner, Richard Jupe, Diane Kellogg, Ila Skinner, Jose Nepomuceno, John Layman, Constance Morgan, Jay A. Fournier
  • Publication number: 20200138091
    Abstract: Immobilized diluents in a smoking article are provided, wherein diluents can be immobilized through absorption and/or adsorption of the diluents into immobilizing materials, such as sorbents like silica gels. By immobilizing diluents, the diluents can be available for vaporization, while still being protected from migration and/or loss of the diluents in a smoking article.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2019
    Publication date: May 7, 2020
    Applicant: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Shuzhong ZHUANG, Georgios D. Karles
  • Patent number: 10640246
    Abstract: An oral pouch product having a soft edge includes an inner filling material enclosed inwardly of at least one seam between opposed layers of porous pouch wrapper. The at least one seam is separated from the periphery of the porous pouch wrapper by an unbonded area of the opposed layers so as to form a soft edge of the pouch wrapper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Fernando L. Chappell, Sr., Danielle R. Crawford
  • Publication number: 20200120974
    Abstract: Wrapper for cigarette manufacture includes transversely extending band regions applied by a printing technique, such as gravure printing. The band regions comprise starch, an anti-wrinkling agent such as 1,2 propylene glycol or glycerin, and optionally calcium carbonate. Any suitable printing technique can be used to apply the aqueous solution to the banded regions. The pattern of banded regions may be bands, stripes, two-dimensional arrays, undulated regions, and the like along and/or around the tobacco rod. The pattern can be applied in one or more layers. The pattern may be configured so that when a smoking article is placed on a substrate, at least two longitudinal locations along the length of the tobacco rod have film-forming compound located only on sides of the smoking article not in contact with the substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2019
    Publication date: April 23, 2020
    Applicant: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Ping Li, Firooz Rasouli, Rajesh Garg, Randall E Baren, Marc W. Rose, Peter J. Lipowicz, Tony A. Phan, Timothy S. Sherwood, Szu-Sung Yang, Donald E. Miser, Milton E. Parrish
  • Publication number: 20200120971
    Abstract: Electrically heated cigarettes used in an electrical smoking system include a flavoring-release additive and sorbent effective to remove one or more gas-phase constituents of mainstream tobacco smoke. The flavoring-release additive includes gamma cyclodextrin and at least one flavoring. Flavoring is released in a cigarette upon the flavoring-release additive reaching at least a minimum temperature during smoking. The flavoring-release additive can have various forms including, for example, powder and films.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2019
    Publication date: April 23, 2020
    Applicant: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Munmaya K. MISHRA, Susan E. WRENN, Jay A. FOURNIER
  • Patent number: 10617145
    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: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Clement Besso, Anne Wyss-Peters, Charles Kuersteiner
  • Patent number: 10595557
    Abstract: Cigarettes are provided which contain a filtering system and flavorants encapsulated with polyvinyl acetate, wherein deactivation of a sorbent by the flavorant is reduced through the encapsulation of the flavorant within the polyvinyl acetate. A preferred flavorant is menthol. The encapsulated flavorants are prepared by mixing at least one flavorant with polyvinyl acetate and a solvent, such as ethanol, and forming the encapsulated flavorants. Methods of making cigarettes and smoking the articles are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Ulrike Becker, Tony Howell, Lixin Xue, Georgios D. Karles, Jay A Fournier
  • Publication number: 20200085093
    Abstract: An oral pouched product comprising a pouch containing moist botanical beads comprising compacted loose, fibrous moist botanical material and method of manufacture thereof. The loose, fibrous moist botanical material can comprise moist smokeless tobacco. The pouch comprises a porous outer web, and the beads comprise a majority amount of loose, fibrous moist botanical material having a moisture content of at least about 50% OV.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2019
    Publication date: March 19, 2020
    Applicant: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Diane L. GEE, David R. GOLOB, Stephen G. ZIMMERMANN
  • Patent number: 10575550
    Abstract: Flavorants are emulsified in tobacco-derived lipids and encapsulated with biopolymers and polysaccharides. The emulsions include oil-in-water emulsions, oil-in-water-in-oil emulsions, water-in oil emulsions, or water-in-oil-in-water emulsions, and optionally include ethanol and/or propylene glycol in an oil phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Tapashi Sengupta, Munmaya K. Mishra, Douglas A. Fernandez, William R. Sweeney, Tony M. Howell