Patents by Inventor James A. Strickland

James A. Strickland 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: 20200196653
    Abstract: An oral tobacco product includes a body that is wholly receivable in an oral cavity. The body includes a mouth-stable polymer matrix and tobacco fibers embedded in the mouth-stable polymer matrix. The oral tobacco product can be formed by extruding a mixture of mouth-stable polymer and tobacco fibers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2020
    Publication date: June 25, 2020
    Applicant: Aitria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Feng GAO, Frank Scott ATCHLEY, Gregory James GRISCIK, Christopher Joseph DINOVI, Phillip M. HULAN, Diane L. GEE, Munmaya K. MISHRA, James Arthur STRICKLAND
  • Patent number: 10647989
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides approaches for reducing tobacco-specific nitrosamines (TSNAs) in tobacco. Some of these approaches include genetically engineering tobacco plants to increase one or more antioxidants, increase oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC), or reduce nitrite. Also provided are methods and compositions for producing modified tobacco plants and tobacco products therefrom comprising reduced TSNAs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Chengalrayan Kudithipudi, Dongmei Xu, James Strickland
  • Patent number: 10602768
    Abstract: An oral tobacco product includes a body that is wholly receivable in an oral cavity. The body includes a mouth-stable polymer matrix and tobacco fibers embedded in the mouth-stable polymer matrix. The oral tobacco product can be formed by extruding a mixture of mouth-stable polymer and tobacco fibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Feng Gao, Frank Scott Atchley, Gregory James Griscik, Christopher Joseph DiNovi, Phillip M. Hulan, Diane L. Gee, Munmaya K. Mishra, James Arthur Strickland
  • Patent number: 10589040
    Abstract: A medication inhalation apparatus formed of a single, unitary sheet of stock, includes an outer housing, movable between collapsed and expanded states, encompassing a first volume. An inner barrier within the outer housing delineates a second volume. An inhaler opening to the first volume is within a sidewall of the outer housing at a first location. A mouth opening to the second volume is within a sidewall of the outer housing at a second location. A one-way inhalation valve connecting the first volume and the second volume is formed from a sidewall of the inner barrier. A one-way exhalation valve connecting the second volume and the exterior of the outer housing is formed from a sidewall of the outer housing and inner barrier at a third location. In the expanded state, gas flows from the inhaler to the first volume, the first volume to the second volume, and the second volume to a user's mouth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: THAYER MEDICAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Joel Hyde, James Strickland, Jennifer Johnson
  • Publication number: 20200040350
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides the identification of promoters that are preferentially active in tobacco axillary buds. Also provided are tobacco plants comprising reduced or no sucker growth. Also provided are methods and compositions for producing tobacco plants comprising reduced or no sucker growth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2019
    Publication date: February 6, 2020
    Applicant: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Chengalrayan Kudithipudi, Jaemo Yang, Yanxin Shen, Dongmei Xu, Ujwala Warek, James Strickland, Jesse Frederick
  • Publication number: 20200029522
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides compositions and methods related to tobacco plants with altered total alkaloid and nicotine levels and commercially acceptable leaf grade, their development via breeding or transgenic approaches, and production of tobacco products from these tobacco plants.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2019
    Publication date: January 30, 2020
    Applicant: ALTRIA CLIENT SERVICES LLC
    Inventors: Chengalrayan KUDITHIPUDI, Dong QI, Yanxin SHEN, Ujwala WAREK, James A. STRICKLAND, Dongmei XU
  • Publication number: 20190300893
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides approaches for reducing tobacco-specific nitrosamines (TSNAs) in tobacco. Some of these approaches include genetically engineering tobacco plants to increase one or more antioxidants, increase oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC), increase phenylalanine, or reduce nitrite. Also provided are methods and compositions for producing modified tobacco plants and tobacco products therefrom comprising reduced TSNAs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2019
    Publication date: October 3, 2019
    Applicant: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Chengalrayan Kudithipudi, Dongmei Xu, James Strickland, Yanxin Shen
  • Publication number: 20190271000
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes methods and compositions for improving leaf quality in low-alkaloid tobacco plants, e.g., by combining inducible promoters and non-coding RNAs for suppression of an ornithine decarboxylase (ODC) gene. Also provided are low alkaloid tobacco plants with normal, suppressed, or otherwise altered polyamine levels. Further provided are tobacco plants with altered total alkaloid, nicotine levels, commercially acceptable leaf grade, their development via breeding or transgenic approaches, and production of tobacco products from these tobacco plants.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2019
    Publication date: September 5, 2019
    Applicant: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Marcos Fernando de GODOY LUSSO, James A STRICKLAND, Jesse FREDERICK, Dongmei XU, Chengalrayan KUDITHIPUDI
  • Publication number: 20190078112
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides the identification of genes involved in sucker growth in tobacco. Also provided are promoters that are preferentially active in tobacco axillary buds. Also provided are modified tobacco plants comprising reduced or no sucker growth. Also provided are methods and compositions for producing modified tobacco plants comprising reduced or no sucker growth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Publication date: March 14, 2019
    Inventors: Dongmei XU, Jesse FREDERICK, Chengalrayan KUDITHIPUDI, Yanxin SHEN, James STRICKLAND, Jaemo YANG
  • Publication number: 20190037910
    Abstract: A stabilizing process for tobacco and tobacco products includes sterilizing the tobacco by applying an electron beam treatment to the tobacco. The process may also include treating the tobacco. The treating the tobacco includes pre-conditioning the tobacco, pasteurizing the tobacco, curing the tobacco, fermenting the tobacco, or combinations thereof. The method may also include forming a smokeless tobacco product containing the tobacco.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2018
    Publication date: February 7, 2019
    Applicant: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Yahya KARGA, James POWELL, Dongmei XU, James A. STRICKLAND, Ujwala WAREK
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20180119163
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides approaches for reducing tobacco-specific nitrosamines (TSNAs) in tobacco. Some of these approaches include genetically engineering tobacco plants to increase one or more antioxidants, increase oxygen radicle absorbance capacity (ORAC), or reduce nitrite. Also provided are methods and compositions for producing modified tobacco plants and tobacco products therefrom comprising reduced TSNAs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Publication date: May 3, 2018
    Inventors: Chengalrayan Kudithipudi, Dongmei Xu, James Strickland
  • Publication number: 20170260535
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides the identification of genes involved in sucker growth in tobacco. Also provided are promoters that are preferentially active in tobacco axillary buds. Also provided are modified tobacco plants comprising reduced or no sucker growth. Also provided are methods and compositions for producing modified tobacco plants comprising reduced or no sucker growth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Publication date: September 14, 2017
    Inventors: Dongmei XU, Jesse FREDERICK, Chengalrayan KUDITHIPUDI, Yanxin SHEN, James STRICKLAND, Jaemo YANG
  • Patent number: 8636011
    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: December 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    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, Vernie A. Due
  • Patent number: 8627828
    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: January 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    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
  • Publication number: 20120199149
    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: February 10, 2012
    Publication date: August 9, 2012
    Applicant: 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, Vernie A. Due
  • Patent number: 8127836
    Abstract: A top drive for engagement with a travelling block with a hook can include an airlift thread compensator connected to a bail. An enclosure can be connected to the bail with an airbag disposed therein. A bail pin can be engaged through the enclosure, and can be connected to the airbag. The airbag can support weight of the top drive. Upper links can be connected to the enclosure and to a top drive housing. The top drive housing can support a stem connected to a motor, and a bearing can be disposed about the stem. Lower links can be connected to the top drive housing and to an elevator for moving tubulars. An inside blow out preventer can be connected to the stem and to a saver sub. A torque wrench assembly can be connected to the top drive housing for gripping tubulars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Inventors: Larry G. Keast, James Strickland, Alan Shem
  • Patent number: 7984757
    Abstract: A drilling rig with a top drive for engagement with a travelling block with a hook comprising an airlift thread compensator with an airlift box connected to a bail. The airlift box can have an airbag disposed therein. A bail pin can be engaged through the airlift box, and can be connected to the airbag. The airbag can support the top drive. Upper links can be connected to the airlift box and to a bearing housing. The bearing housing can support a stem connected to a motor, and a bearing can be disposed about the stem. Lower links can be connected to the bearing housing and to an elevator for moving tubulars. An inside blow out preventer can be connected to the stem and to a saver sub. A torque wrench can be connected to the bearing housing for gripping tubulars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2011
    Inventors: Larry G. Keast, James Strickland, Alan Shem
  • Patent number: 7921939
    Abstract: A method for using a top drive is disclosed herein. The method can include: actuating a motor to provide power to the top drive, thereby rotating a stem with a saver sub mounted to a top drive housing having a bearing disposed about the rotatable stem; grabbing, lifting, and positioning tubulars using an elevator; and suspending weight of the top drive to prevent damage to threads of the tubulars during threadable engagement and disengagement of the tubulars using an airbag of an airlift thread compensator. The method can further include: positioning a torque wrench assembly along the tubulars for connecting the tubulars using a hydraulic cylinder disposed inside a torque supporting telescoping tubes; and movably positioning a single hollow cylinder rod of the hydraulic cylinder to extend into a first and second protected area, thereby preventing axial movement of a flexible hose during operation of the torque wrench assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Inventors: Larry G. Keast, James Strickland, Alan Shem