Patents Assigned to U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company
  • Publication number: 20200146332
    Abstract: Some embodiments of a tobacco article may include tobacco disposed in a porous matrix. The tobacco article may provide tobacco, tobacco constituents, or both tobacco and tobacco constituents to the consumer's mouth in the form of particles, liquid, or vapor so as to provide tobacco satisfaction to the consumer. In some circumstances, the tobacco may be integrally molded with a plastic material so that at least a portion of the tobacco is disposed in pores of the matrix.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2020
    Publication date: May 14, 2020
    Applicant: U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company LLC
    Inventors: James Arthur STRICKLAND, Frank Scott ATCHLEY
  • Patent number: 10597668
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to methods and materials involved in producing tobacco plants having reduced levels of conversion of nicotine to nornicotine. In certain embodiments, the invention is directed to mutations in a nicotine demethylase gene, tobacco plants comprising mutations in a nicotine demethylase gene, and tobacco compositions and products thereof. In other embodiments, the invention is directed toward nicotine demethylase RNA interference, tobacco plants comprising a nicotine demethylase RNA interference transgene, and tobacco compositions and products thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company LLC
    Inventors: Dongmei Xu, Mark T. Nielsen, Yanxin Shen
  • Patent number: 10555551
    Abstract: Some embodiments of a tobacco article may include tobacco disposed in a porous matrix. The tobacco article may provide tobacco, tobacco constituents, or both tobacco and tobacco constituents to the consumer's mouth in the form of particles, liquid, or vapor so as to provide tobacco satisfaction to the consumer. In some circumstances, the tobacco may be integrally molded with a plastic material so that at least a portion of the tobacco is disposed in pores of the matrix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company LLC
    Inventors: James Arthur Strickland, Frank Scott Atchley
  • Publication number: 20190387785
    Abstract: Some embodiments of a tobacco article may include tobacco disposed in a porous matrix. The tobacco article may provide tobacco, tobacco constituents, or both tobacco and tobacco constituents to the consumer's mouth in the form of particles, liquid, or vapor so as to provide tobacco satisfaction to the consumer. In some circumstances, the tobacco may be integrally molded with a plastic material so that at least a portion of the tobacco is disposed in pores of the matrix.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Publication date: December 26, 2019
    Applicant: U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company LLC
    Inventors: James Arthur STRICKLAND, Frank Scott ATCHLEY
  • Publication number: 20190289900
    Abstract: The present document generally relates to methods and materials involved in producing tobacco or smokeless tobacco product comprising chlorate. For example, chlorate can be used to reduce tobacco specific nitrosamine content in tobacco or smokeless tobacco products.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2019
    Publication date: September 26, 2019
    Applicant: U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company LLC
    Inventor: John R. CHIPLEY
  • Patent number: 10420366
    Abstract: Some embodiments of a tobacco article may include tobacco disposed in a porous matrix. The tobacco article may provide tobacco, tobacco constituents, or both tobacco and tobacco constituents to the consumer's mouth in the form of particles, liquid, or vapor so as to provide tobacco satisfaction to the consumer. In some circumstances, the tobacco may be integrally molded with a plastic material so that at least a portion of the tobacco is disposed in pores of the matrix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company LLC
    Inventors: James Arthur Strickland, Frank Scott Atchley
  • Patent number: 10357055
    Abstract: The present document generally relates to methods and materials involved in producing tobacco or smokeless tobacco product comprising chlorate. For example, chlorate can be used to reduce tobacco specific nitrosamine content in tobacco or smokeless tobacco products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company LLC
    Inventor: John R. Chipley
  • Publication number: 20190194733
    Abstract: The present invention features Nicotiana nucleic acid sequences such as sequences encoding constitutive, or ethylene or senescence induced polypeptides, in particular cytochrome p450 enzymes, in Nicotiana plants and methods for using these nucleic acid sequences and plants to alter desirable traits, for example by using breeding protocols.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2019
    Publication date: June 27, 2019
    Applicant: U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company LLC
    Inventors: Dongmei Xu, Mark T. Nielsen, Yanxin Shen
  • Patent number: 10294520
    Abstract: The present invention features Nicotiana nucleic acid sequences such as sequences encoding constitutive, or ethylene or senescence induced polypeptides, in particular cytochrome p450 enzymes, in Nicotiana plants and methods for using these nucleic acid sequences and plants to alter desirable traits, for example by using breeding protocols.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company LLC
    Inventors: Dongmei Xu, Mark T. Nielsen, Yanxin Shen
  • Patent number: 10266836
    Abstract: The present invention features tobacco nicotine demethylase nucleic acid and amino acid sequences, tobacco plants and plant components containing such sequences, including tobacco plants and plant components having reduced expression or altered enzymatic activity of nicotine demethylase, methods of use of nicotine demethylase sequences to create plants having altered levels of nornicotine or N?-nitrosonornicotine (“NNN”) or both relative to a control plant, as well as tobacco articles having reduced levels of nornicotine or NNN.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company LLC
    Inventor: Dongmei Xu
  • Publication number: 20190029313
    Abstract: The invention features tobacco compositions and methods of their use and manufacture. Compositions of the invention may be based on a variety of technologies. Technologies include films, tabs, shaped parts, gels, consumable units, insoluble matrices, and hollow shapes. In addition to tobacco, compositions may also contain flavors, colors, and other additives as described herein. Compositions may also be orally disintegrable. Exemplary compositions and methods of their manufacture are described herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Publication date: January 31, 2019
    Applicant: U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company
    Inventors: James A. STRICKLAND, Frank S. Atchley, James M. Rossman, Armand J. Desmarais, Scott A. Williams, Tod J. Miller, Cherne W. Johnson, Vernie A. Due
  • Patent number: 10098376
    Abstract: The invention features tobacco compositions and methods of their use and manufacture. Compositions of the invention may be based on a variety of technologies. Technologies include films, tabs, shaped parts, gels, consumable units, insoluble matrices, and hollow shapes. In addition to tobacco, compositions may also contain flavors, colors, and other additives as described herein. Compositions may also be orally disintegrable. Exemplary compositions and methods of their manufacture are described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company LLC
    Inventors: James A. Strickland, Frank S. Atchley, James M. Rossman, Armand J. Desmarais, Scott A. Williams, Tod J. Miller, Cherne W. Johnson
  • Patent number: 9795165
    Abstract: Some embodiments of a tobacco product package device can be used to enhance freshness and other characteristics of tobacco products or other products contained therein. Certain features can improve product freshness both during shelf life and during consumer use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company LLC
    Inventors: David Karl Bried, James Arthur Strickland, Mark T. Nielsen, Frank Scott Atchley, Lamar Eugene Walters, II, Gregory A. Pace
  • Patent number: 9629334
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes tobacco varieties having reduced levels of DVTs, methods of making such varieties, and tobacco compositions including such varieties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company LLC
    Inventors: Mark T. Nielsen, Marcos F. Lusso, Francis Antoine
  • Patent number: 9464297
    Abstract: The present invention relates to p450 enzymes and nucleic acid sequences encoding p450 enzymes in Nicotiana, and methods of using those enzymes and nucleic acid sequences to alter plant phenotypes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company
    Inventor: Dongmei Xu
  • Patent number: 9427019
    Abstract: Tobacco articles having tobacco disposed in a porous matrix. The tobacco articles can provide tobacco to an adult consumer in the form of particles, liquid, or vapor so as to furnish tobacco satisfaction to the consumer. The tobacco can be integrally molded with a plastic material so that at least a portion of the tobacco is disposed in pores of the matrix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company LLC
    Inventors: Frank Scott Atchley, James Arthur Strickland, James M. Rossman
  • Patent number: 9322030
    Abstract: The present invention features tobacco nicotine demethylase nucleic acid and amino acid sequences, tobacco plants and plant components containing such sequences, including tobacco plants and plant components having reduced expression or altered enzymatic activity of nicotine demethylase, methods of use of nicotine demethylase sequences to create plants having altered levels of nornicotine or N?-nitrosonornicotine (“NNN”) or both relative to a control plant, as well as tobacco articles having reduced levels of nornicotine or NNN.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company LLC
    Inventor: Dongmei Xu
  • Patent number: 9307787
    Abstract: A smokeless tobacco product includes a plurality of orally disintegrable granules. Each granule has a core and at least one layer surrounding the core. The at least one layer includes tobacco particles and a binder. Also disclosed are methods of making tobacco granules that comprise a core and at least one layer having tobacco particles and a binder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company LLC
    Inventors: Yan Helen Sun, Frank Scott Atchley
  • Patent number: 9271524
    Abstract: The present document generally relates to methods and materials involved in producing tobacco or smokeless tobacco product comprising chlorate. For example, chlorate can be used to reduce tobacco specific nitrosamine content in tobacco or smokeless tobacco products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company
    Inventor: John R. Chipley
  • Patent number: 9173371
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes tobacco varieties having reduced levels of DVTs, methods of making such varieties, and tobacco compositions including such varieties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company
    Inventors: Mark T. Nielsen, Marcos F. Lusso, Francis Antoine