Patents by Inventor William R. Sweeney

William R. Sweeney 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: 20160000708
    Abstract: A soft, chewable and orally dissolvable and/or disintegrable product includes a biopolymer-sugar based matrix and botanical powder dispersed throughout the biopolymer-sugar based matrix. The biopolymer-sugar based matrix includes at least one biopolymer, at least one sugar and optional additives. Soft, chewable and orally dissolvable and/or disintegrable product can also include flavor beads.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Publication date: January 7, 2016
    Applicant: PHILIP MORRIS USA INC.
    Inventors: Feng GAO, Shalva GEDEVANISHVILI, Shengsheng LIU, Munmaya K. MISHRA, William R. SWEENEY, Randall BAREN, Qinglin LI, Darin COLASSACO, Salem CHOUCHANE
  • Patent number: 9226524
    Abstract: A process for preparing a filter plug for a smoking article, such as a cigarette, includes: (a) freeze-drying a solution of a biopolymer to form a structure; and (b) cutting the structure to a predetermined dimension, to thereby prepare a filter plug for a smoking article. Another process for preparing a filter plug for a smoking article, such as a cigarette, includes: (a) extruding a mixture of a foaming agent and a biopolymer comprising a protein to form a structure; and (b) cutting the structure to a predetermined dimension, to thereby form a filter plug for a smoking article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: PHILIP MORRIS USA INC.
    Inventors: Munmaya K. Mishra, Shengsheng Liu, William R. Sweeney, Peter J. Lipowicz
  • Publication number: 20150305398
    Abstract: A pre-portioned moist product comprises a portion of plant material and a coating. Preferably, the plant material comprises tobacco. The coating includes a soluble, non-cross-linkable component and an cross-linkable component which becomes substantially water-insoluble upon crosslinking. The soluble component of the coating dissolves upon placement in the mouth, while the insoluble component disintegrates and/or loses structural integrity once the soluble component has dissolved to release and disperse the plant material in the user's mouth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2015
    Publication date: October 29, 2015
    Applicant: PHILIP MORRIS USA INC.
    Inventors: Shengsheng LIU, Munmaya K. MISHRA, William R. SWEENEY, Feng GAO
  • Patent number: 9167835
    Abstract: A process for preparing an orally-enjoyable film of encapsulated plant material includes combining particles of finely divided plant material, a first coating material, and a second coating material, then inducing gelation to form a gel matrix of the particles coated with the first coating material embedded in the second coating material, followed by forming a film from the gel matrix. Also disclosed is a film of coated particles of finely-divided plant material, made of a gel matrix of plant material at least partially surrounded by a first coating material and embedded in a second coating material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Tapashi Sengupta, Munmaya K. Mishra, William R. Sweeney
  • Patent number: 9167847
    Abstract: A process for preparing coated particles of a plant material includes: (a) combining plant material particles and a protein in a liquid medium, wherein the protein adsorbs onto at least a portion of a surface of the particles to form a first layer; and (b) mixing a polysaccharide including a pectin with the liquid medium, so that the polysaccharide adsorbs onto at least a portion of a surface of the first layer to form a second layer. In addition, a palatable product comprising at least one coated particle prepared by this process is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Tapashi Sengupta, Douglas A. Fernandez, Munmaya K. Mishra, William R. Sweeney, Szu-Sung Yang
  • Patent number: 9155772
    Abstract: A soft, chewable and orally dissolvable and/or disintegrable product includes a biopolymer-sugar based matrix and botanical powder dispersed throughout the biopolymer-sugar based matrix. The biopolymer-sugar based matrix includes at least one biopolymer, at least one sugar and optional additives. Soft, chewable and orally dissolvable and/or disintegrable product can also include flavor beads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Feng Gao, Shalva Gedevanishvili, Shengsheng Liu, Munmaya K. Mishra, William R. Sweeney, Randall Baren, Qinglin Li, Darin Colassaco, Salem Chouchane
  • Publication number: 20150269548
    Abstract: A method for distribution of product price and/or sales data in a retail establishment. Product price and/or sales data is stored locally in a central computer or master electronic cash register (ECR), or remotely at a master computer. The ECR emulation hub can request product price data from the master ECR, local or master computers. Once the product price data arrives at the ECR emulation hub, it can be processed and sent to a display located near the appropriate product. The ECR emulation hub can also record and/or transmit prices actually charged for products over time to allow for automatic auditing of promotional pricing offers. The ECR emulation hub acts like an ECR, thereby requiring no special software or hardware modifications to existing pricing display systems that already support ECRs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2015
    Publication date: September 24, 2015
    Applicant: PHILIP MORRIS USA INC.
    Inventor: William R. Sweeney
  • Patent number: 9139360
    Abstract: A flavor pouch includes a porous covering that encloses a carrier having a flavorant. The carrier may be solid or particulate. Flavorants may be one or more of tea, coffee, rose hips, honey, royal jelly, fruit extracts, mint, sweeteners, ginger, pepper extract, exotic flavors, ethnic flavors and the like. Where the carrier comprises a plurality of beads, the beads may have randomly dissolvable encapsulation to extend the time duration of flavor release. To use the flavor pouch, it is placed in the mouth and masticated or exposed to saliva to thereby release the flavorant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce Neidle, Kenneth Newman, William R. Sweeney, Cynthia S. Hayes, Robert T. Mitten, Danielle R. Crawford
  • Publication number: 20150223516
    Abstract: A portioned moist tobacco product with a super-hydrated membrane coating and method of manufacturing is disclosed. The super-hydrated membrane coating is formed by ionic cross-linking using two polymers. The soluble component of the super-hydrated membrane coating dissolves upon placement in the mouth, while the insoluble component maintains the tobacco within the coating for the duration of the use of the product. The moist tobacco product is soft and flexible so as to fit comfortably in an oral cavity when placed therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2015
    Publication date: August 13, 2015
    Applicant: PHILIP MORRIS USA INC.
    Inventors: Munmaya K. Mishra, William R. Sweeney, Shensheng Liu, Kenneth A. Newman, Steven J. Hovjacky
  • Patent number: 9072318
    Abstract: A pre-portioned moist product comprising a portion of plant material and a coating is disclosed. Preferably, the plant material comprises tobacco. The coating includes a soluble, non-cross-linkable component and an cross-linkable component which becomes substantially water-insoluble upon crosslinking. The soluble component of the coating dissolves upon placement in the mouth, while the insoluble component disintegrates and/or loses structural integrity once the soluble component has dissolved to release and disperse the plant material in the user's mouth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Shengsheng Liu, Munmaya K. Mishra, William R. Sweeney, Feng Gao
  • Patent number: 9058621
    Abstract: A system and method for distribution of product price and/or sales data in a retail establishment. Product price and/or sales data is stored locally, either in a central computer or master electronic cash register (ECR) or remotely at a master computer. The product price data is stored in the form of a price look-up (PLU) table. The price data can be pushed from the master ECR, local or master computers to and ECR emulation hub to an ECR emulation hub. Similarly, the ECR emulation hub can request product price data from the master ECR, local or master computers. Once the product price data arrives at the ECR emulation hub, it can be processed and sent to a display, which will be located near the appropriate product. The ECR emulation hub can also record and/or transmit prices actually charged for products over time to allow for automatic auditing of promotional pricing offers such as those made by manufacturers of the product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventor: William R. Sweeney
  • Patent number: 9032971
    Abstract: A portioned moist tobacco product with a super-hydrated membrane coating and method of manufacturing is disclosed. The super-hydrated membrane coating is formed by ionic cross-linking using two polymers. The soluble component of the super-hydrated membrane coating dissolves upon placement in the mouth, while the insoluble component maintains the tobacco within the coating for the duration of the use of the product. The moist tobacco product is soft and flexible so as to fit comfortably in an oral cavity when placed therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Munmaya K. Mishra, William R. Sweeney, Shensheng Liu, Kenneth A. Newman, Steven J. Hovjacky
  • Publication number: 20150104552
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing an oral product includes creating a matrix from a plurality of capsules, a powdered component, a viscous component and a binder and molding the matrix into a shape. In a preferred embodiment, the capsules provide functional and flavorful ingredients. In an embodiment, the matrix is enclosed in a porous material that forms a pouch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Danielle R. Crawford, Shalva Gedevanishvili, William R. Sweeney, Chris Irving
  • Patent number: 8940344
    Abstract: Provided are oral products that provide engaging and flavorful experiences to a user. The oral product includes a plurality of capsules, a powdered component, a viscous component and a binder that create a matrix that is molded into a shape. In a preferred embodiment, the capsules provide functional and flavorful ingredients. In an embodiment, the matrix is enclosed in a porous material that forms a pouch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Danielle R. Crawford, Shalva Gedevanishvili, William R. Sweeney, Chris Irving
  • Publication number: 20140351022
    Abstract: A system and method for providing model-based promotion and price computation is described in which promotional offers in the form of promotion information from a manufacturer are combined with price determination parameters from the retailer to calculate a final retail price. The system prevents fraud by eliminating the heavy dependence on unverifiable trust between the retailer and manufacturer and by assuring that the consumer will receive the benefit of the promotions intended by the manufacturer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: PHILIP MORRIS USA INC.
    Inventor: William R. SWEENEY
  • Patent number: 8869804
    Abstract: Provided is a moist smokeless tobacco product including a hydrated membrane coating and a portion of tobacco material. Preferably, the tobacco material is pre-portioned and formed to include at least one dimple and/or at least one hole through the tobacco material so as to increase the surface area of the tobacco product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Munmaya K. Mishra, William R. Sweeney, Shengsheng Liu, Dennis Geib
  • Publication number: 20140290679
    Abstract: A pre-portioned moist product comprising a portion of plant material and a coating is disclosed. Preferably, the plant material comprises tobacco. The coating includes a soluble, non-cross-linkable component and an cross-linkable component which becomes substantially water-insoluble upon crosslinking. The soluble component of the coating dissolves upon placement in the mouth, while the insoluble component disintegrates and/or loses structural integrity once the soluble component has dissolved to release and disperse the plant material in the user's mouth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventors: Shengsheng Liu, Munmaya K. Mishra, William R. Sweeney, Feng Gao
  • Publication number: 20140261506
    Abstract: A tobacco-free oral pouch product providing immediate and long lasting flavor release comprises a pouch wrapper and tobacco-free flavor beads contained within the pouch wrapper. The flavor beads comprise at least one of microcrystalline cellulose, pectin and sodium alginate, at least one polymer having a higher solubility in saliva than microcrystalline cellulose, pectin and/or sodium alginate, and at least one flavorant. The pectin and sodium alginate are cross-linked. The tobacco-free flavor beads provide immediate release of the flavorant upon placement of a pouch product in a user's mouth and long lasting release of the flavorant for about 15 minutes to about 80 minutes. The oral pouch product contains only tobacco-free flavor beads.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Munmaya K. Mishra, Biao Duan, Daqing Wu, William R. Sweeney
  • Patent number: 8812348
    Abstract: A system and method for providing model-based promotion and price computation is described in which promotional offers in the form of promotion information from a manufacturer are combined with price determination parameters from the retailer to calculate a final retail price. The system prevents fraud by eliminating the heavy dependence on unverifiable trust between the retailer and manufacturer and by assuring that the consumer will receive the benefit of the promotions intended by the manufacturer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventor: William R. Sweeney
  • Publication number: 20140212547
    Abstract: A flavor pouch includes a porous covering that encloses a carrier having a flavorant. The carrier may be solid or particulate. Flavorants may be one or more of tea, coffee, rose hips, honey, royal jelly, fruit extracts, mint, sweeteners, ginger, pepper extract, exotic flavors, ethnic flavors and the like. Where the carrier comprises a plurality of beads, the beads may have randomly dissolvable encapsulation to extend the time duration of flavor release. To use the flavor pouch, it is placed in the mouth and masticated or exposed to saliva to thereby release the flavorant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Inventors: Bruce NEIDLE, Kenneth NEWMAN, William R. SWEENEY, Cynthia S. HAYES, Robert T. MITTEN, Danielle R. CRAWFORD