Patents by Inventor Tomoichi Watanabe

Tomoichi Watanabe 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).

  • 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: 10653179
    Abstract: This cartridge is provided with a flavor source housing which houses a flavor source, and a mesh body which is arranged on at least one end of the flavor source housing. The mesh body has multiple openings. Each of the openings has a polygonal shape with interior angles of less than or equal to 180°. As lengths that pass through the center of gravity of each opening, each opening has a minimum length that is shortest and a maximum length that is longest. The minimum length is less than the smallest size of the raw material pieces, and the maximum length is greater than the minimum length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: JAPAN TOBACCO INC.
    Inventors: Hirofumi Matsumoto, Masafumi Tarora, Manabu Yamada, Tomoichi Watanabe
  • Publication number: 20190373958
    Abstract: An inspection device is an inspection device for a battery unit for a smoking article having a battery embedded therein, the battery unit including a suction detection part that detects negative pressure in the battery unit, the inspection device including: a suction path to be connected to the suction detection part through a suction port; a suction source disposed in the suction path; a control unit that inspects operation of the battery unit on the basis of the negative pressure detected by the suction detection part, by operating the suction source to suck the suction detection part through the suction path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2019
    Publication date: December 12, 2019
    Applicant: Japan Tobacco Inc.
    Inventors: Tomoichi WATANABE, Hidenori MURAMOTO, Kenta MITSUCHI, Toshiki KUDO, Takaya TAKAHASHI
  • Publication number: 20190357597
    Abstract: To provide a novel liquid supply method. Provided is a method for supplying a liquid to an inhaler cartridge including a housing body including an accommodation space capable of accommodating a liquid, a first opening communicating with the accommodation space and opened in a first direction, and a second opening communicating with the accommodation space and opened in a second direction substantially perpendicular to the first direction, and a cap configured to be formed separately from the housing body and close the first opening. The method includes the steps of: closing the first opening with the cap, and after the first opening is closed, supplying the liquid to the accommodation space through the second opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2019
    Publication date: November 28, 2019
    Applicant: JAPAN TOBACCO INC.
    Inventors: Tomoichi WATANABE, Hirofumi MATSUMOTO, Takuma NAKANO, Kei OISHI
  • Publication number: 20190343186
    Abstract: To provide an inhaler cartridge and an inhaler including a novel structure. Provided is a cartridge for an inhaler. The cartridge includes: a housing including an accommodation space capable of accommodating a liquid, an air flow passage, and a partition member partitioning the accommodation space and the air flow passage in a longitudinal direction; and a heater configured to be capable of heating the liquid and arranged in the air flow passage. The partition member includes an opening opened in a transverse direction to bring the accommodation space into communication with the air flow passage. The opening includes an upstream-side opening edge and a downstream-side opening edge. The partition member includes an upstream-side end and a downstream-side end. A distance between the upstream-side opening edge and the upstream-side end is smaller than a distance between the downstream-side opening edge and the downstream-side end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2019
    Publication date: November 14, 2019
    Applicant: JAPAN TOBACCO INC.
    Inventors: Tomoichi WATANABE, Hirofumi MATSUMOTO, Takuma NAKANO, Kei OISHI
  • Publication number: 20190335820
    Abstract: To provide an inhaler cartridge and an inhaler including a novel structure. Provided is a cartridge for an inhaler. The cartridge includes: a housing including an accommodation space capable of accommodating a liquid, an air flow passage, and a partition member partitioning the accommodation space and the air flow passage in a longitudinal direction; a heater configured to be capable of heating the liquid and arranged in the air flow passage; and an air inlet port provided at a position facing the partition member and communicating with the air flow passage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2019
    Publication date: November 7, 2019
    Applicant: JAPAN TOBACCO INC.
    Inventor: Tomoichi WATANABE
  • Publication number: 20190335819
    Abstract: To provide an inhaler cartridge and an inhaler including a novel structure. Provided is a cartridge for an inhaler with a tank capable of containing a liquid. The cartridge includes a cap configured to seal at least part of a space in the tank. The cap includes a seal region configured to seal at least part of the space in the tank, and a reception portion that receives a conductor constituting part of an electric path between a heater for heating the liquid and the battery portion. The reception portion is provided on an outer side of the seal region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2019
    Publication date: November 7, 2019
    Applicant: JAPAN TOBACCO INC.
    Inventor: Tomoichi WATANABE
  • Patent number: 10383356
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a method of producing a tobacco molded article, includes formulating a tobacco kneaded material by kneading a tobacco mixture containing a tobacco raw material, a binder and water, molding the tobacco kneaded material to obtain a molded body and adding a flavor to the molded body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: JAPAN TOBACCO INC.
    Inventors: Takeshi Matsumura, Tomoichi Watanabe, Masaki Watanabe, Takeshi Akiyama
  • Publication number: 20180000150
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a method of producing a tobacco molded article, includes formulating a tobacco kneaded material by kneading a tobacco mixture containing a tobacco raw material, a binder and water, molding the tobacco kneaded material to obtain a molded body and adding a flavor to the molded body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Publication date: January 4, 2018
    Applicant: JAPAN TOBACCO INC.
    Inventors: Takeshi MATSUMURA, Tomoichi WATANABE, Masaki WATANABE, Takeshi AKIYAMA
  • Publication number: 20170246407
    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: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Publication date: August 31, 2017
    Applicant: JAPAN TOBACCO INC.
    Inventors: Hirofumi MATSUMOTO, Takeshi SHINKAWA, Atsuro YAMADA, Kazuhiko KATAYAMA, Manabu YAMADA, Tomoichi WATANABE
  • Publication number: 20170238608
    Abstract: This cartridge is provided with a flavor source housing which houses a flavor source, and a mesh body which is arranged on at least one end of the flavor source housing. The mesh body has multiple openings. Each of the openings has a polygonal shape with interior angles of less than or equal to 180°. As lengths that pass through the center of gravity of each opening, each opening has a minimum length that is shortest and a maximum length that is longest. The minimum length is less than the smallest size of the raw material pieces, and the maximum length is greater than the minimum length.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2017
    Publication date: August 24, 2017
    Applicant: JAPAN TOBACCO INC.
    Inventors: Hirofumi MATSUMOTO, Masafumi TARORA, Manabu YAMADA, Tomoichi WATANABE
  • Patent number: 9700691
    Abstract: A flavor inhalation pipe includes a hollow cylindrical pipe body (10), a tobacco cartridge (12) accommodated, as a flavor generation cartridge, in the pipe body (10), a mouthpiece (30) coupled to the tobacco cartridge (12) and projecting from the pipe body (10), and a coupling device (40) coupling the pipe body (10) and the mouthpiece (30) to each other. The coupling device (40) has a coupling position in which the mouthpiece (30) is pressed against the pipe body (10) with a predetermined urging force to elastically coupled the two, and a release position which is assumed after the mouthpiece (30) in the coupling position is pushed into the pipe body (10) and then rotated and in which the coupling of the mouthpiece (30) to the pipe body (10) is released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: JAPAN TOBACCO INC.
    Inventors: Tomoichi Watanabe, Shinji Ishii
  • Patent number: 9682204
    Abstract: A non-heating type flavor inhalator of the invention includes a hollow cylindrical holder (2) having an ambient air admission opening (16) at a front end thereof and a mouthpiece end (4) at a rear end thereof, and a flavor cartridge (30) extending inside the holder (2) from the ambient air admission opening (16) toward the mouthpiece end (4) along the axis of the holder (2). The flavor cartridge (30) accommodates a flavor generating material (32) containing granular tobacco, and the flavor generating material (32) is kept in a predetermined required compressed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: JAPAN TOBACCO INC.
    Inventors: Hirofumi Matsumoto, Takeshi Shinkawa, Atsuro Yamada, Kazuhiko Katayama, Manabu Yamada, Tomoichi Watanabe
  • Patent number: 8616217
    Abstract: A smoking article comprises a multilayered tube member (9) including at least one metal layer and one paper layer, a carbon heat source (4) arranged in an end portion of the tube member (9) to be at least partly in direct close contact with an inner surface of the tube member (9), the carbon heat source emitting heat when ignited, a smoking flavor releasing source (8) arranged in the tube member (9) to adjoin the carbon heat source (4), and a holder part (14) keeping the carbon heat source (4) in direct contact with said end portion and holding the carbon heat source (4) against said end portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Japan Tobacco Inc.
    Inventors: Ryutaro Tsurizumi, Hiroshi Sasaki, Naoki Hamamoto, Tomoichi Watanabe
  • Publication number: 20120318283
    Abstract: A flavor inhalation pipe includes a hollow cylindrical pipe body (10), a tobacco cartridge (12) accommodated, as a flavor generation cartridge, in the pipe body (10), a mouthpiece (30) coupled to the tobacco cartridge (12) and projecting from the pipe body (10), and a coupling device (40) coupling the pipe body (10) and the mouthpiece (30) to each other. The coupling device (40) has a coupling position in which the mouthpiece (30) is pressed against the pipe body (10) with a predetermined urging force to elastically coupled the two, and a release position which is assumed after the mouthpiece (30) in the coupling position is pushed into the pipe body (10) and then rotated and in which the coupling of the mouthpiece (30) to the pipe body (10) is released.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2012
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Inventors: Tomoichi WATANABE, Shinji ISHII
  • Patent number: 8118033
    Abstract: An apparatus for manufacturing rod-shaped smoking articles which includes a forming section (10) for forming a material layer (K) made up of particles of smoking material and delivering the formed material layer (K); a wrapping section (20) disposed downstream of the forming section (10), for forming a rod (KR) by wrapping the material layer (K) in a web (W); a pair of guide blocks (54) disposed in the terminal end portion of the forming section (10), for guiding the material layer (K); a web shield (56) disposed downstream of the guide blocks (54) as viewed in the direction of delivering the material layer (K), for separating the material layer (K) and the web (W) from each other; a tongue (40) disposed in the start end portion of the wrapping section (20); and injection openings (64, 70, 76) provided to the guide blocks (54), the web shield (56) and the tongue (40), for injecting a liquid flavor additive into the material layer (K).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: Japan Tobacco Inc.
    Inventors: Makoto Sendo, Toshio Yanagi, Akihiro Inoue, Tomoichi Watanabe, Manabu Takeuchi
  • Publication number: 20070240726
    Abstract: An apparatus for manufacturing rod-shaped smoking articles has a forming section (10) for forming a material layer (K) made up of particles of smoking material and delivering the formed material layer (K); a wrapping section (20) disposed downstream of the forming section (10), for forming a rod (KR) by wrapping the material layer (K) in a web (W); a pair of guide blocks (54) disposed in the terminal end portion of the forming section (10), for guiding the material layer (K); a web shield (56) disposed downstream of the guide blocks (54) as viewed in the direction of delivering the material layer (K), for separating the material layer (K) and the web (W) from each other; a tongue (40) disposed in the start end portion of the wrapping section (20); and injection openings (64, 70, 76) provided to the guide blocks (54), the web shield (56) and the tongue (40), for injecting a liquid flavor additive into the material layer (K).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2007
    Publication date: October 18, 2007
    Inventors: Makoto Sendo, Toshio Yanagi, Akihiro Inoue, Tomoichi Watanabe, Manabu Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 5931278
    Abstract: A receiving device for a double cigarette is provided with a rotatable catcher drum, receiving grooves, suction holes and pusher rods. The receiving grooves are formed on an outer peripheral surface of the catcher drum. Each of the receiving grooves receives the double cigarette from an inlet thereof and guides an advance of the double cigarette. The suction holes are formed on a bottom of each receiving groove and provide braking force to the received double cigarette and temporarily stop the advance of the double cigarette. The pusher rod is arranged in each receiving groove and pushes back the temporarily stopped double cigarette toward the inlet side of the receiving groove and positions the double cigarette in a normal position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 3, 1999
    Assignee: Japan Tobacco, Inc.
    Inventor: Tomoichi Watanabe
  • Patent number: 5810017
    Abstract: A supplying device of shredded tobacco has a conveying unit arranged between a first tobacco band and a second tobacco band. The conveying unit has a reforming passage. When a first layer of the shredded tobacco is supplied from the first tobacco band into the reforming passage, the shredded tobacco of the first layer is dispersed within the reforming passage. Thereafter, the shredded tobacco in the reforming passage is deposited on a bottom face of the reforming passage and forms a second layer of the shredded tobacco. The second layer is supplied from the conveying unit to a rod forming section of a cigarette manufacturing machine through the second tobacco band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 22, 1998
    Assignee: Japan Tobacco Inc.
    Inventors: Tomoichi Watanabe, Tohru Kanoh
  • Patent number: D844233
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: JAPAN TOBACCO INC.
    Inventors: Manabu Yamada, Masafumi Tarora, Hirofumi Matsumoto, Tomoichi Watanabe