Patents Examined by Dennis Cordray
  • Patent number: 9949504
    Abstract: A smoking article (10, 30, 40, 50, 70) with variable ventilation comprises a mouthpiece (12) circumscribed by a first wrapper (24) and a second wrapper (25). The first wrapper (24) and the second wrapper (25) are substantially air impermeable and are movable relative to one another between a low ventilation configuration and a high ventilation configuration. The mouthpiece (12) comprises a first airflow pathway (18, 19) through the first wrapper (24) or the second wrapper (25) and a second airflow pathway (26) through the first wrapper (24) or the second wrapper (25). In the low ventilation configuration airflow into the mouthpiece (12) through the first airflow pathway (18, 19) is restricted and airflow into the mouthpiece (12) through the second airflow pathway (26) is substantially unrestricted. In the high ventilation configuration airflow into the mouthpiece (12) through the first airflow pathway (18, 19) and the second airflow pathway (26) is substantially unrestricted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventors: Robert Emmett, Jerome Uthurry, Alen Kadiric, Enrique Dalmau
  • Patent number: 9949505
    Abstract: A smoking article includes a mouthpiece having an outer surface and a cooling agent inclusion complex disposed on the outer surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventor: Alen Kadiric
  • Patent number: 9930915
    Abstract: The present invention describes articles, such as smoking articles, that can provide an inhalable substance in a form suitable for inhalation by a consumer. The article comprises a cartridge with an inhalable substance medium therein, control housing that includes an electrical energy source and an electrical power source, and a heating member that may be located in either the cartridge or the control housing. The control housing further may include puff-actuated current actuation components and current regulation components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: RAI Strategic Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven L. Worm, David Glen Christopherson, Stephen Benson Sears, Dennis Lee Potter, Frederic Philippe Ampolini, Balager Ademe
  • Patent number: 9920482
    Abstract: The invention provides methods and compositions for increasing the strength of a paper sheet. The method involves adding to the paper sheet an amine containing polymer. The amine containing polymer interacts with materials such as GPAM or starch to make the paper stronger in terms including tensile strength, surface strength and bulk strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: ECOLAB USA INC.
    Inventors: Bradley Benz, Paul F. Richardson, James L. Thomas, Mei Liu, Robert M. Lowe
  • Patent number: 9915031
    Abstract: A method for producing antimicrobial paper pulp is provided. The method includes steps of obtaining paper pulp, reducing water content and temperature of the paper pulp, and refining the paper pulp having reduced water content and temperature to improve properties of the paper pulp. The refining may be performed using a refiner with rotating and stationary cutters. The nanocomposite suspension may be added to the refined paper pulp to produce antimicrobial paper pulp. The antimicrobial paper pulp may be drained and pressed to produce paper by applying oil to reduce moisture content of the paper. The paper may be dried without using vapor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Inventors: Javad Karimi, Saman Vahdat, Javad Sadkharvi
  • Patent number: 9909258
    Abstract: A textured mask comprising a film. The film can have a first substantially continuously flat surface lying in a first plane and a second surface opposite the first surface lying in a second plane substantially parallel to the first plane. The second surface is interrupted by a plurality of cavities, each of the cavities having a first depth defined by a third surface lying in a third plane substantially parallel to the first and second planes. The depth of the cavities can be at a distance of from about 0.1 mm to about 5 mm from the second plane. The textured mask is at least partially coated with an opaque masking agent. The textured mask can make a correspondingly structured three-dimensional papermaking belt, which can make correspondingly structured three-dimensional fibrous structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Geoffrey Eugene Seger, John Allen Manifold, Osman Polat, Andrew Paul Frank Milton, Robert Scadding Moir, Daniel Graham Ward, Richard Bown
  • Patent number: 9909259
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for producing continuous buckypapers. The systems may permit the in-line characterization and crosslinking of the continuous buckypapers. The systems include roll-to-roll systems in which a continuous buckypaper is created and then separated from the filter paper in an automated process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Florida State University Research Foundation, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerald Horne, Zhiyong Liang
  • Patent number: 9903072
    Abstract: A mineral composition and related methods may include a mineral treated with a styrene-based polymer. The mineral treated with a styrene-based polymer may be used for a coating on a paper product having a first Cobb value that is less than a second Cobb value of the paper product with the coating devoid of the mineral composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Imerys USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Ismail Yildirim, Robert J. Pruett, Paul M. Meizanis
  • Patent number: 9896580
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a process for preparing self-binding pigment particles from an aqueous suspension of calcium carbonate containing material, wherein an anionic binder and at least one cationic polymer are mixed with the suspension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Omya International AG
    Inventors: Daniel Gantenbein, Joachim Schoelkopf, Patrick A. C. Gane
  • Patent number: 9890502
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to tissue webs and products, which generally have a basis weight less than about 80 grams per square meter (gsm) and a sheet bulk greater than about 5 cubic centimeters per gram (cc/g) comprising a blend of conventional papermaking fibers and high carbohydrate fillers. Surprisingly, the fillers may displace a relatively large amount of conventional papermaking fibers, such as hardwood kraft pulp, without negatively affecting important tissue properties such as caliper, bulk, slough, absorbent capacity and softness. In fact, in certain instances the use of fillers actually improves tissue properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Gerard Shannon, Bo Shi
  • Patent number: 9879381
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a continuous process for preparing cellulose reactive adducts of polyvinylamide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: BASF SE
    Inventor: Matthew Wright
  • Patent number: 9873982
    Abstract: A method of increasing the drainage performance of a pulp slurry during the manufacture of paper products by adding (a) at least one microfibrillated cellulose and (b) at least one associative polymer or at least one branched or crosslinked copolymer to the pulp slurry. This addition occurs before the dewatering step where the pulp slurry is formed into a fibrous mat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Solenis Technologies, L.P.
    Inventors: John C. Harrington, Kate Marritt Lusvardi, Fushan Zhang
  • Patent number: 9856104
    Abstract: A sheet manufacturing apparatus includes a drum unit having a plurality of openings, a housing unit covering the drum unit, a transport unit on which a material containing fibers passing through the openings is accumulated as a web and which transports the accumulated web, a first roller that abuts the web transported by the transport unit, and a first seal unit that is provided on a first side wall of the housing unit and comes into contact with the first roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Shigeo Fujita, Naotaka Higuchi
  • Patent number: 9833017
    Abstract: Smoking articles including filter elements formed from two or more fibrous inputs with different physical properties are provided. The two or more fibrous inputs are provided in the form of staple fibers, which are at least partially entangled with each other to form a mixed fiber sliver. The mixed fiber sliver includes a first plurality of cellulose acetate staple fibers blended with a second plurality of staple fibers comprising a polymeric material different from the first plurality of staple fibers, such as staple fibers of a degradable polymeric material. The entangled fibers of the mixed fiber sliver may be sufficiently separated from one another such that blooming operations typically required in filter element production may not be necessary prior to incorporating the mixed fiber sliver into a filter element. Related methods, apparatuses and mixed fiber products are also provided by the disclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
    Inventor: Andries Don Sebastian
  • Patent number: 9826777
    Abstract: The filter using technology for reducing the smell of tobacco smoke on hands, according to one embodiment of the present invention, comprises: a filter unit for filtering tobacco smoke, the filter unit being coupled to a tobacco shred; and filter-wrapping paper for wrapping the filter unit. The filter unit or the filter-wrapping paper may contain a material for reducing the smell of tobacco smoke. According to the embodiment of the present invention, green tea extracts containing catechin or other materials for reducing the smell of tobacco smoke, e.g. citric acids, glycerols, tannic acids and the like can be added to a tobacco filter to remove the smell from tobacco smoke generated during smoking, thus significantly lowering the strength of the smell of tobacco smoke on the hands of a smoker as compared to conventional tobacco filters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: KT&G Corporation
    Inventors: Man Seok Seo, Hyun Suk Cho, In Hyeog Oh, Burm Ho Yang, Han Jae Shin, Mi Jang, Jong Yeol Kim
  • Patent number: 9820507
    Abstract: An oral tobacco pouch product includes a pouch wrapper formed of a web having a longitudinal integrated fin and lap seal. The pouch wrapper contains a filling material including tobacco material and optional additives. The longitudinal integrated fin and lap seal is formed on a forming collar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventor: Dwight D. Williams
  • Patent number: 9820506
    Abstract: A smoking article (10) incorporates a mouthpiece (14), the mouthpiece includes an open pore structure converted from an organic gel and a functional material dispersed in the open pore structure, such as aerogel particles (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventors: Firooz Rasouli, Gianluca Sechi
  • Patent number: 9814261
    Abstract: A smokeless tobacco product includes smokeless tobacco and structural fibers. The structural fibers forming a network in which the smokeless tobacco is entangled. The structural fibers have a composition different from the smokeless tobacco. The tobacco-entangled fabric can have an overall oven volatiles content of at least 10 weight percent. In some embodiments, the structural fibers form a nonwoven network. In some embodiments, fibrous structures of the smokeless tobacco are entangled with the structural fibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: ALTRIA CLIENT SERVICES LLC
    Inventors: Frank Scott Atchley, James M. Rossman, Munmaya K. Mishra
  • Patent number: 9816234
    Abstract: An enhanced paper for printing, including an ablation resistant coating or ablation resistant fibers, wherein the paper is ablation resistant so that it is not damaged by a light beam that illuminates paper with a fluence that ablates ink or toner but would damage paper that is non-ablation resistant; and wherein the enhanced paper has physical properties of standard paper for printing with laser printers and ink printers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: REEP TECHNOLOGIES LTD
    Inventors: Barak M. Yekutiely, Elliott R. Silcoff
  • Patent number: 9803321
    Abstract: A cellulose and/or synthetic fiber-based support of which at least one surface is coated with a layer containing at least one water-soluble polymer comprising hydroxyl or primary-secondary amino functional groups, at least some of which have been functionalized beforehand with at least one organic compound comprising at least one epoxy functional group, and at least one R1 group wherein R1 is a vinyl functional group or at least one Si(R2)3 functional group and wherein R2=hydrogen atom, hydroxyl, alkoxy, alkyl, and combinations thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: MUNKSJĂ– OYJ
    Inventor: Diego Fantini