Patents by Inventor Charles Kuersteiner

Charles Kuersteiner has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20210321665
    Abstract: There is provided a smoking article comprising a tobacco rod, a filter and tipping material attaching the tobacco rod and the filter. The filter comprises a plug of filtration material that defines a furthest downstream end of the smoking article, the plug being surrounded by one or more filter wrappers. The tipping material includes a ventilation zone. The tipping material and the filter wrapper or wrappers have a combined thickness (t) perpendicular to the longitudinal direction of the smoking article, and the smoking article, at a location about the plug of filtration material, has a diameter (DSA) perpendicular to the longitudinal direction of the smoking article. The diameter (DSA) to thickness (t) ratio is less than about 80 and the filtration material extends to the furthest downstream end of the smoking article.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2021
    Publication date: October 21, 2021
    Inventors: Martha Martha, Nicolas Cusnir, Alen Kadiric, Charles Kuersteiner
  • Publication number: 20210235743
    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 23, 2021
    Publication date: August 5, 2021
    Applicant: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Clement BESSO, Anne WYSS-PETERS, Charles KUERSTEINER
  • Patent number: 11071320
    Abstract: There is provided a smoking article comprising a tobacco rod, a filter and tipping material attaching the tobacco rod and the filter. The filter comprises a plug of filtration material that defines a furthest downstream end of the smoking article, the plug being surrounded by one or more filter wrappers. The tipping material includes a ventilation zone. The tipping material and the filter wrapper or wrappers have a combined thickness (t) perpendicular to the longitudinal direction of the smoking article, and the smoking article, at a location about the plug of filtration material, has a diameter (D SA) perpendicular to the longitudinal direction of the smoking article. The diameter (D SA) to thickness (t) ratio is less than about 80 and the filtration material extends to the furthest downstream end of the smoking article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventors: Martha Martha, Nicolas Cusnir, Alen Kadiric, Charles Kuersteiner
  • Publication number: 20210161202
    Abstract: A filter segment for use in a filter of a smoking article includes a substrate loaded with at least one smoke-modifying agent. The substrate is located within the body of the filter segment and is formed from filter plug wrap having an air permeability ranging from about 6,000 Coresta units to about 24,000 Coresta units.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2021
    Publication date: June 3, 2021
    Applicant: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Clement BESSO, Charles KUERSTEINER
  • Patent number: 10986860
    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: April 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Clement Besso, Anne Wyss-Peters, Charles Kuersteiner
  • Publication number: 20210045435
    Abstract: There is provided a smoking article comprising a tobacco rod, a filter and tipping material attaching the tobacco rod and the filter. The filter comprises a plug of filtration material that defines a downstream end segment of the smoking article, the plug being surrounded by one or more filter wrappers. The hardness of the smoking article at the downstream end segment is at least about 90%, and the filtration material extends to the furthest downstream end of the filter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2020
    Publication date: February 18, 2021
    Inventors: Charles Kuersteiner, Alen Kadiric, Martha Martha, Nicolas Cusnir
  • Patent number: 10918129
    Abstract: A filter segment for use in a filter of a smoking article includes a substrate loaded with at least one smoke-modifying agent. The substrate is located within the body of the filter segment and is formed from filter plug wrap having an air permeability ranging from about 6,000 Coresta units to about 24,000 Coresta units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Clement Besso, Charles Kuersteiner
  • Patent number: 10834961
    Abstract: There is provided a smoking article comprising a tobacco rod, a filter and tipping material attaching the tobacco rod and the filter. The filter comprises a plug of filtration material that defines a downstream end segment of the smoking article, the plug being surrounded by one or more filter wrappers. The hardness of the smoking article at the downstream end segment is at least about 90%, and the filtration material extends to the furthest downstream end of the filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventors: Charles Kuersteiner, Alen Kadiric, Martha Martha, Nicolas Cusnir
  • Patent number: 10779566
    Abstract: A smoking article includes a contoured filter element having a cylindrical rod end portion and a cylindrical mouth end portion and a contoured portion between the cylindrical rod end portion and the cylindrical mouth end portion. The contoured portion defines an exterior surface of the smoking article and having a first cross-sectional area that is less than a cross-sectional area of either the cylindrical rod end portion or the cylindrical mouth end portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventors: Clement Besso, Dorothy Tritz, Charles Kuersteiner, Alexandre Camus
  • 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: 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
  • Publication number: 20190191759
    Abstract: A filter segment for use in a filter of a smoking article includes a substrate loaded with at least one smoke-modifying agent. The substrate is located within the body of the filter segment and is formed from filter plug wrap having an air permeability ranging from about 6,000 Coresta units to about 24,000 Coresta units.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Publication date: June 27, 2019
    Applicant: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Clement BESSO, Charles KUERSTEINER
  • Publication number: 20190116865
    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: December 20, 2018
    Publication date: April 25, 2019
    Applicant: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Clement BESSO, Anne WYSS-PETERS, Charles KUERSTEINER
  • Patent number: 10244788
    Abstract: A filter segment for use in a filter of a smoking article includes a substrate loaded with at least one smoke-modifying agent. The substrate is located within the body of the filter segment and is formed from filter plug wrap having an air permeability ranging from about 6,000 Coresta units to about 24,000 Coresta units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: PHILIP MORRIS USA INC.
    Inventors: Clement Besso, Charles Kuersteiner
  • Patent number: 10231482
    Abstract: Smoking articles have a mouth end portion that includes a central filter plug having an outer surface. The mouth end portion further includes a peripheral region disposed about the outer surface of the central filter plug. The peripheral region may include one or more channels through which smoke may flow. The smoking article includes an exterior wrap that is disposed about the peripheral region of the mouth end filter portion. The permeability of smoke through the peripheral region is five times or more greater than the permeability of smoke through the central filter plug. By increasing the permeability of smoke around the central filter plug, less smoke travels through the central filter plug in the mouth end portion and less staining of the mouth end of the central filter plug results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventors: Dorothy Tritz, Charles Kuersteiner, Leonardo Nappi, Alen Kadiric
  • Patent number: 10188138
    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: September 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Clement Besso, Anne Wyss-Peters, Charles Kuersteiner
  • Patent number: 10165794
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a smoking article (8) comprising a smokeable material and a mouthpiece (1), the mouthpiece comprising at least three segments (2, 3, 5) in axial alignment. One segment defining a cavity (5) is disposed between two other segments (2, 3) and a fluid-containing breakable capsule (6) is arranged in the cavity. A first wrapper (4) circumscribes at least the cavity, wherein the first wrapper comprises a substantially smooth transparent section overlaying at least a part of the cavity, such that the capsule is at least partially visible through the first wrapper. The first wrapper has one or more layers of transparent varnish applied thereto. The invention further relates to a mouthpiece for a smoking article and a method of producing a smoking article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventors: Clement Besso, Alexandre Camus, Dorothy Tritz, Charles Kuersteiner
  • Patent number: 10004256
    Abstract: A smoking article (10, 20) comprises a flavor release segment (12). The flavor release segment (12) comprises a plug of fibrous material circumscribed by a substantially air impermeable wrapper and a plurality of solid menthol particles distributed within the plug of fibrous material. The fibrous material comprises randomly oriented fibers. Preferably the smoking article (10, 20) comprises a mouthpiece (4), wherein the mouthpiece (4) comprises the flavor release segment (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventors: Dorothy Tritz, Charles Kuersteiner, Yves Jordil, Andrea Cecchetto
  • Publication number: 20170360079
    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: September 5, 2017
    Publication date: December 21, 2017
    Applicant: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Clement BESSO, Anne Wyss-Peters, Charles Kuersteiner
  • Patent number: 9770050
    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: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Clement Besso, Anne Wyss-Peters, Charles Kuersteiner