Patents Examined by Dionne W. Mayes
  • Patent number: 10701969
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to an inhaler component including a housing with a housing cover; a mouthpiece with a mouthpiece opening for supplying an inhalable medium into the oral cavity of a user; and a flavor reservoir communicable with the environment by diffusion, containing a flavor, wherein the flavor reservoir is formed from a porous body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: BATMARK LIMITED
    Inventor: Helmut Buchberger
  • Patent number: 10701982
    Abstract: An electronic cigarette includes a shell and a mouthpiece. The external wall of the shell has an air inlet. An atomizer and a liquid-supply are in contact with each other. The air inlet, atomizer, and an aerosol passage are interconnected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: FONTEM HOLDINGS 1 B.V.
    Inventor: Lik Hon
  • Patent number: 10688900
    Abstract: A portable cigar holder for holding both a lit cigar and an extinguished stub at the same time, configured to be mounted on a support in moving vehicle. The cigar holder comprises a vertical heat-resistant rubber tube with a resilient tubular sidewall and an open upper end, a metal cup connected to or inserted in a lower end of the tube, and a pair of splits formed in opposing sides of the resilient sidewall. The splits define horizontally spaced vertical cigar-clamping slots with resiliently serrated side edges, the slots terminating at their lower ends above the rim of the metal cup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Cigar Riders IP Inc.
    Inventor: James E. Allen
  • Patent number: 10681935
    Abstract: A wrapper of a smoking article comprising a base web and banded regions comprising a leading edge, a trailing edge and a plurality of add-on material-free openings between said leading edge and said trailing edge. The add-on material-free openings establish a predetermined, nominal opened-area within said banded regions to control diffusivity. The add-on material can be applied by a gravure roller comprising a surface region with cells, cell-free areas and a chevron shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Timothy S. Sherwood, Robert Kikkert, Robert N. Smith, Ali A. Rostami, Georgios Karles
  • Patent number: 10668233
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a flavor cartridge for a flavor inhalator, the method comprising the steps of filling a predetermined amount of a flavor generating material capable of emitting a flavor component in a frame compressing the flavor generating material in the frame by applying pressure thereto by a pusher and fixing a lid to the frame, wherein the flavor generating material contains a tobacco material obtained by shredding or pulverizing tobacco leaf, and the lid has air permeability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: JAPAN TOBACCO INC.
    Inventors: Hirofumi Matsumoto, Takeshi Shinkawa, Atsuro Yamada, Kazuhiko Katayama, Manabu Yamada, Tomoichi Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10645968
    Abstract: Some embodiments of a smokeless tobacco system include one or more preformed smokeless tobacco products configured to generally retain their shape during processing, shipping, and consumer handling. In particular embodiments, each smokeless tobacco product can comprise a moist smokeless tobacco in combination with a selected binder such that the final product is configured to have material properties providing improved handling, an improved mouth feel, and a satisfying flavor profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Nathan Carroll, Shannon Maxwell Black, Tommy C. Holland, Jason Andrew Macko, Christopher Joseph Dinovi
  • Patent number: 10624390
    Abstract: The invention provides a method for making a fuel element for a smoking article comprising forming a combustible carbonaceous material into a fuel element adapted for use in a smoking article; incorporating a metal-containing catalyst precursor into the fuel element or onto the surface thereof to form a treated fuel element, the incorporating step occurring before, during, or after said forming step; and optionally heating or irradiating the treated fuel element at a temperature and for a time sufficient to convert the catalyst precursor to a catalytic metal compound. Examples of metal-containing catalyst precursors include iron nitrate, copper nitrate, cerium nitrate, cerium ammonium nitrate, manganese nitrate, magnesium nitrate, and zinc nitrate. Fuel elements treated according to the invention, and smoking articles including such fuel elements, are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
    Inventors: Chandra Kumar Banerjee, Stephen Benson Sears
  • Patent number: 10609952
    Abstract: A tobacco industry rod assembly apparatus comprising a tobacco industry rod article infeed (2) having an epicyclic drum arrangement (3) is disclosed. The tobacco industry rod article infeed (2) is configured to transfer tobacco industry rod articles towards an assembly stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: BRITISH AMERICAN TOBACCO (INVESTMENTS) LIMITED
    Inventors: Gary Fallon, Martin Paul Fuller, Thomas Bailey
  • Patent number: 10602769
    Abstract: A melt spun tobacco composition, e.g., in flake or particle form, for oral use in a mammal made by melt spinning comprising tobacco and/or a tobacco extract and at least one material which is solid at room temperature, which melts at or below 500° F., and carries from 1% to 70% of tobacco when processed through melt spinning, and solidifies again in less than 5 seconds after melt spinning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: PHILIP MORRIS PRODUCTS S.A.
    Inventor: Richard C. Fuisz
  • Patent number: 10595556
    Abstract: The object of the invention is an apparatus for filling transport containers (1) with rod-like articles of the tobacco industry, provided with an area (2) receiving the rod-like articles in the form of a mass flow, a rod-like article storage area (3) comprising at least two sidewalls, a filling unit (4) constituting the bottom wall of the storage area for transferring the rod-like articles from the storage area to the transport container, a lowering conveyor (5) working together with the filling unit (4), adapted to lower the transport container while filling with the rod-like articles. The apparatus is characterised by being further provided with a counting module (6) designed to count the rod-like articles in the transport containers, adapted so that the individual rod-like articles being in the transport container are counted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: International Tobacco Machinery Poland Sp. z o. o.
    Inventors: Piotr Cepiński, Radoslaw Owczarek
  • Patent number: 10537132
    Abstract: The invention provides an smokeless tobacco composition adapted for oral use, the composition including a tobacco material and an effervescent material. The effervescent material includes an acid component and a base component, wherein the acid component includes a triprotic acid such as citric acid and at least one additional acid. The invention also provides a method for making a smokeless tobacco composition that involves first forming a granulation mixture, granulating the granulation mixture, and then blending the resulting granules with further blending components. Thereafter, the material can be formed into a predetermined shape, such as by compression or extrusion. The acid component of the effervescent material is divided into two portions, the first portion added to the granulation mixture and the remaining portion added during the blending step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
    Inventors: Eric Taylor Hunt, Darrell Eugene Holton, Jr., Frank Kelley St. Charles
  • Patent number: 10512281
    Abstract: A vial for packing a substance to be smoked from the vial and a method of manufacturing the vial, the method of manufacturing including providing a glass vial, the glass vial having a first end portion and a second end portion connected by a tubular portion having a hollow interior, the first end portion being open and the second end portion being closed; applying heat to a section of the tubular portion to heat the section of the tubular portion; applying a pressure around the heated section of the tubular portion to collapse the section of the tubular portion into the hollow interior of the tubular portion; pressing the first end portion and the second end portion together until an exterior surface of the tubular portion surrounding the collapsed section is level with a remaining exterior surface of the tubular portion; and forming an opening in the second end portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: R.Y.L. INC.
    Inventor: Suk Hwan Ou
  • Patent number: 10492525
    Abstract: A vial for packing a substance to be smoked from the vial and a method of manufacturing the vial, the method of manufacturing including providing a glass vial, the glass vial having a first end portion and a second end portion connected by a tubular portion having a hollow interior, the first end portion being open and the second end portion being closed; applying heat to a section of the tubular portion to heat the section of the tubular portion; applying a pressure around the heated section of the tubular portion to collapse the section of the tubular portion into the hollow interior of the tubular portion; pressing the first end portion and the second end portion together until an exterior surface of the tubular portion surrounding the collapsed section is level with a remaining exterior surface of the tubular portion; and forming an opening in the second end portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: R.Y.L. INC.
    Inventor: Suk Hwan Ou
  • Patent number: 10485265
    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: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Ping Li, Firooz Rasouli, Rajesh K. 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
  • Patent number: 10426192
    Abstract: A smoking article (130) comprises a variable flow system configured to vary gaseous flow into or through the smoking article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignees: BRITISH AMERICAN TOBACCO (INVESTMENTS) LIMITED, BRITISH AMERICAN TOBACCO JAPAN, LTD.
    Inventors: Kevin Blick, Mike Simpson, James Allerton, Dan White, Keith Herbert
  • Patent number: 10375987
    Abstract: An apparatus (10, 20, 30, 40) for shifting of rod-shaped articles (4, 4?) of different lengths or rod-shaped article groups (6) of different total lengths on a drum conveyor (2), comprising a pushing unit (5, 25, 35) mounted angularly to the axis of rotation of the drum conveyor (2), forcing the movement of the rod-shaped articles (4, 4?), whereas the pushing unit (5, 25, 35) comprises rotational pushing elements (11, 21, 31) for shifting of the rod-shaped articles (4, 4?), characterised in that the pushing unit (5, 25, 35) is movably mounted in a direction being substantially transverse to the axis of the flute (3) of the drum conveyor (2) so as to shift the rod-shaped-articles (4, 4?) or the rod-shaped article groups (6) inside the flute (3) of the drum conveyor (2) by the pressure of surfaces (11A, 21A, 31A) of the pushing unit (5, 25, 35) directly on the ends of the rod-shaped article (4, 4?).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: International Tobacco Machinery Poland Sp. z o.o.
    Inventors: Andrzej Boleslawski, Bartosz Cieslikowski
  • Patent number: 10357059
    Abstract: Disclosed is an apparatus for supporting smoking products and ash in a smoking pipe to prevent smoking products and ash from passing from the bowl into an inner pipe chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Inventor: Steven Ellis Richardson
  • Patent number: 10349682
    Abstract: An electronic cigarette includes a shell and a mouthpiece. The external wall of the shell has an air inlet. An atomizer and a liquid-supply are in contact with each other. The air inlet, atomizer, and an aerosol passage are interconnected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: FONTEM HOLDINGS 1 B.V.
    Inventor: Lik Hon
  • Patent number: 10334872
    Abstract: A nonaqueous, extrudable composition includes at least one thermoplastic polymer in an amount of more than 20 wt % of the whole composition and tobacco. A smokeless tobacco product in the form of a sheet can be made by extruding or hot melt shaping a nonaqueous composition comprising at least one thermoplastic polymer and tobacco, the sheet being soluble in a user's mouth and resulting in sustained release of nicotine to the user. The sheet can be in a form that may be placed in the buccal cavity of, on the palate of or sublingually in the user, and have an average dissolution time of 5 to 50 minutes for delivering super bioavailable nicotine to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: PHILIP MORRIS PRODUCTS S.A.
    Inventor: Richard C. Fuisz
  • Patent number: 10334875
    Abstract: A filter for a cigarette comprises a porous fitter rod and a material sheet wrapped around the filter rod and a cellulose acetate thread formed from substantially uncrimped cellulose acetate filaments. The cellulose acetate thread is positioned within the filter rod and extends along the central axis of the filter rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: BRITISH AMERICAN TOBACCO (INVESTMENTS) LIMITED
    Inventors: John Roger Sampson, David Lewis