Patents Assigned to Philip Morris USA Inc.
  • Publication number: 20220361555
    Abstract: A smokeless tobacco product or medicinal nicotine product includes nicotine and camphor dissolved in a non-flavored oily carrier. Preferably, the camphor is present in a concentration ranging from about 600 ppm to about 1300 ppm. Also disclosed are methods of making such products.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2022
    Publication date: November 17, 2022
    Applicant: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Gerd KOBAL, Prasad POLUR, Maria GOGOVA, Diana MCKINNEY
  • Patent number: 11464920
    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: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Marc D. Belcastro, Jeffrey A. Swepston
  • Publication number: 20220315254
    Abstract: An apparatus and methods for producing at extremely high production speeds small pouches filled with tobacco or other granular, powdered or solid content is provided. An endless web substrate, with or without flavor film thereon, is formed into a tubular shape with a longitudinal seam. The tube is cut to individual lengths, and a procession of tubes is crimp-closed at one end, filled and crimp-closed at the other end to complete pouch production. During production, the seams formed at the crimped ends of the pouch are parallel to one another and the longitudinal seam of the pouch is midway between the sides of the pouch and orthogonal to the seams formed at the crimped ends of the pouch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2022
    Publication date: October 6, 2022
    Applicant: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Martin T. GARTHAFFNER, Dwight D. WILLIAMS, Jeremy J. STRAIGHT, David J. WEBB, Carl G. MILLER
  • Publication number: 20220309517
    Abstract: Manufactured goods are marked or labeled 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: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2022
    Publication date: September 29, 2022
    Applicant: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Alain SAGER, Philippe CHATELAIN, Erwan FRADET
  • Publication number: 20220297868
    Abstract: In a method and apparatus for producing a small pouch with a predetermined amount of particulate material therein, a predetermined amount of the particulate material is portioned from a bulk supply and compacted into a single discrete caplet. The caplet is the deposited into an open hollow pouch closed at one end thereof, and the open end is then closed with the caplet between the closed ends of the pouch. The caplet in the pouch is then compressed to return it to its particulate form. The particulate material may be granular or shredded tobacco.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2022
    Publication date: September 22, 2022
    Applicant: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Martin T. GARTHAFFNER, Barry S. SMITH
  • Publication number: 20220282209
    Abstract: Various embodiments are directed to consumable products incorporating a matrix of cultured tobacco cells. Any tobacco variety may be utilized for establishing in vitro tobacco cultures, including native tobacco varieties and genetically modified tobacco varieties derived from any tobacco variety. Various embodiments are directed to methods for producing tobacco products incorporating cellular material and/or extracts derived from tobacco cells cultured in vitro.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2022
    Publication date: September 8, 2022
    Applicant: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Alec J. HAYES, Maria SHULLEETA, Jason W. FLORA
  • Patent number: 11432592
    Abstract: A heater for heating an aerosol-forming substrate includes a plurality of elongate heating elements arranged in an elongate array. The elongate array has a support end with a first dimension, a heating end with a second dimension and a middle portion with a third dimension. The array is arranged to heat the substrate to form an aerosol. The third dimension is greater than the first dimension and greater than the second dimension. An electrically heated aerosol generating system can include the heater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Olivier Greim, Felix Fernando, Charles Higgins
  • Patent number: 11425935
    Abstract: An electrically heated aerosol-generating system for receiving an aerosol-forming substrate includes a heating element including a first electrically conductive element electrically insulated from a second electrically conductive element by an electrically insulating portion. The first and second elements are elongate and are electrically connected to each other by an electrically resistive portion. At least one electrically conductive element and the electrically resistive portion are arranged such that they are at least partially in contact with the aerosol-forming substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: PHILIP MORRIS USA INC.
    Inventors: Olivier Greim, Julien Plojoux, Dani Ruscio
  • Patent number: 11406132
    Abstract: An electrically heated smoking system for receiving an aerosol forming substrate includes a heater for heating the substrate to form the aerosol. The heater includes a heating element. The electrically heated smoking system and the heating element are arranged such that, when the aerosol forming substrate is received in the electrically heated smoking system, the heating element extends a distance only partially along the length of the aerosol forming-substrate, and the heating element is positioned towards the downstream end of the aerosol forming substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: PHILIP MORRIS USA INC.
    Inventors: Gerard Zuber, Olivier Greim, Julien Plojoux, Dani Ruscio
  • Patent number: 11388923
    Abstract: A smokeless tobacco product or medicinal nicotine product includes nicotine and camphor dissolved in a non-flavored oily carrier. Preferably, the camphor is present in a concentration ranging from about 600 ppm to about 1300 ppm. Also disclosed are methods of making such products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Gerd Kobal, Prasad Polur, Maria Gogova, Diana McKinney
  • Patent number: 11383873
    Abstract: In a method and apparatus for producing a small pouch with a predetermined amount of particulate material therein, a predetermined amount of the particulate material is portioned from a bulk supply and compacted into a single discrete caplet. The caplet is then deposited into an open hollow pouch closed at one end thereof, and the open end is then closed with the caplet between the closed ends of the pouch. The caplet in the pouch is then compressed to return it to its particulate form. The particulate material may be granular or shredded tobacco.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Martin T. Garthaffner, Barry S. Smith
  • Patent number: 11383861
    Abstract: An apparatus and methods for producing at extremely high production speeds small pouches filled with tobacco or other granular, powdered or solid content. An endless web substrate, with or without flavor film thereon, is formed into a tubular shape with a longitudinal seam. The tube is cut to individual lengths, and a procession of tubes is crimp-closed at one end, filled and crimp-closed at the other end to complete pouch production. During production, the seams formed at the crimped ends of the pouch are parallel to one another and the longitudinal seam of the pouch is midway between the sides of the pouch and orthogonal to the seams formed at the crimped ends of the pouch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Martin T. Garthaffner, Dwight D. Williams, Jeremy J. Straight, David J. Webb, Carl G. Miller
  • Patent number: 11379854
    Abstract: Manufactured goods are marked or labeled 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: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: PHILIP MORRIS USA INC.
    Inventors: Alain Sager, Philippe Chatelain, Erwan Fradet
  • Publication number: 20220202062
    Abstract: A portioned moist tobacco product with a super-hydrated membrane coating and method of manufacturing is disclosed. The super-hydrated membrane coating is formed by ionic cross-linking using two polymers. The soluble component of the super-hydrated membrane coating dissolves upon placement in the mouth, while the insoluble component maintains the tobacco within the coating for the duration of the use of the product. The moist tobacco product is soft and flexible so as to fit comfortably in an oral cavity when placed therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2022
    Publication date: June 30, 2022
    Applicant: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Munmaya K. MISHRA, William R. SWEENEY, Shensheng LIU, Kenneth A. NEWMAN, Steven J. HOVJACKY
  • Patent number: 11354985
    Abstract: A system and method for distribution of product price and/or sales data in a retail establishment. Product price and/or sales data is stored locally, either in a central computer or master electronic cash register (ECR) or remotely at a master computer. The product price data is stored in the form of a price look-up (PLU) table. The price data can be pushed from the master ECR, local or master computers to and ECR emulation hub to an ECR emulation hub. Similarly, the ECR emulation hub can request product price data from the master ECR, local or master computers. Once the product price data arrives at the ECR emulation hub, it can be processed and sent to a display, which will be located near the appropriate product. The ECR emulation hub can also record and/or transmit prices actually charged for products over time to allow for automatic auditing of promotional pricing offers such as those made by manufacturers of the product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventor: William R. Sweeney
  • Publication number: 20220167664
    Abstract: Filters and cigarettes include an activated carbon sorbent capable of selectively removing nitric oxide from mainstream tobacco smoke. Methods for making cigarette filters and cigarettes using the activated carbon sorbent and methods for treating mainstream tobacco smoke produced by smoking a cigarette including the sorbent are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2022
    Publication date: June 2, 2022
    Applicant: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Wei-Jun ZHANG, Mark ZHUANG, Shahryar RABIEI, Firooz RASOULI
  • Publication number: 20220167657
    Abstract: Certain embodiments include a screen assembly of a vessel, where the screen assembly includes a plurality of fixed elements and a retainer, and the retainer includes a ring, a plurality of wedges disposed about the ring, and a plurality of keyholes at spaced locations about the ring. Each keyhole includes a bore and a slot extending from the bore into an adjacent wedge of the plurality of wedges, the slots have a width less than the bores, and the retainer may receive the fixed elements through the bores and may be rotated in a relation with the plurality of fixed elements to bring the plurality of fixed elements into simultaneous engagement with the wedges.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2021
    Publication date: June 2, 2022
    Applicant: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Nathaniel HULL, Adam LISBETH, William SAMMLER, John TILLEY
  • Patent number: 11339368
    Abstract: Various embodiments are directed to consumable products incorporating a matrix of cultured tobacco cells. Any tobacco variety may be utilized for establishing in vitro tobacco cultures, including native tobacco varieties and genetically modified tobacco varieties derived from any tobacco variety. Various embodiments are directed to methods for producing tobacco products incorporating cellular material and/or extracts derived from tobacco cells cultured in vitro.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Alec J. Hayes, Maria Shulleeta, Jason Flora
  • Publication number: 20220132911
    Abstract: Delivery of additives in a smoking article is provided through thermally degradable, robust immobilized additive inserts. Additives can be immobilized in an elongated device or an insert, wherein the elongated device or the insert is sufficiently robust to allow the elongated device or the insert to be manually or machine inserted into a smoking article while maintaining the structure of the elongated device or the insert. By providing additives in the form of thermally degradable immobilized additive inserts, migration and/or loss of the additives in a smoking article prior to smoking can be reduced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2022
    Publication date: May 5, 2022
    Applicant: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Munmaya K. MISHRA, Jay A. FOURNIER, Marc R. KRAUSS, Douglas A. FERNANDEZ, Peter J. LIPOWICZ
  • Publication number: 20220125119
    Abstract: An electrically heated aerosol generating system for receiving an aerosol-forming substrate includes at least one heating element for heating the substrate to form the aerosol and a power supply for supplying power to the at least one healing element. The power supply includes a voltage source, two or more supercapacitors, and switches between the voltage source and the two or more supercapacitors. The switches are arranged so that, during a charging mode, the supercapacitors are connected so as to be charged by the voltage source and, during a heating mode, the supercapacitors are connected so as to discharge through the at least one heating element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2022
    Publication date: April 28, 2022
    Applicant: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Felix FERNANDO, Franck POURRAT, Jean-Pierre CORDEY