Plug Tobacco Patents (Class 131/366)
  • Patent number: 8714163
    Abstract: A consumable compressed tobacco product adapted to dissolve in an oral cavity. The compressed tobacco product is formed from a composition that includes at least one tobacco component, at least one flavorant, at least one filler-binder, at least one lubricant, at least one desiccant and at least one glidant. The compressed tobacco products are adapted to dissolve and provide tobacco satisfaction. A method of making a dissolvable compressed tobacco product is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Ashok Kumar, Suresh Shenoy, Carolina Marun, William R. Sweeney, Manuel Marquez-Sanchez, Jon Regrut, Gregory J. Griscik, David R. Golob
  • Patent number: 8627826
    Abstract: Some embodiments of a tobacco article may include tobacco disposed in a porous matrix. The tobacco article may provide tobacco, tobacco constituents, or both tobacco and tobacco constituents to the consumer's mouth in the form of particles, liquid, or vapor so as to provide tobacco satisfaction to the consumer. In some circumstances, the tobacco may be integrally molded with a plastic material so that at least a portion of the tobacco is disposed in pores of the matrix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company
    Inventors: James Arthur Strickland, Frank Scott Atchley
  • Patent number: 8550093
    Abstract: A package for tobacco material includes a portion of tobacco material, a wrapper enclosing the portion of tobacco material, a rigid base portion and at least one resealable adhesive label sealing the wrapper around the portion of tobacco material. The wrapper is formed of a flexible sheet material. The package may include an opening strip defined by one or more lines of weakness in the wrapper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Sandrine Saint-Girons, Dan Brady, Steve Sayers
  • Patent number: 8319011
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to methods and materials involved in producing tobacco plants having reduced levels of conversion of nicotine to nornicotine. In certain embodiments, the invention is directed to mutations in a nicotine demethylase gene, tobacco plants comprising mutations in a nicotine demethylase gene, and tobacco compositions and products thereof. In other embodiments, the invention is directed toward nicotine demethylase RNA interference, tobacco plants comprising a nicotine demethylase RNA interference transgene, and tobacco compositions and products thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company LLC
    Inventors: Dongmei Xu, Mark T. Nielsen, Yanxin Shen
  • Publication number: 20110100382
    Abstract: Oral tobacco products having a gel-coating and methods for making are provided. The method includes (a) molding a portion of tobacco material to form a pre-portioned piece of tobacco material, the tobacco material comprising moist smokeless tobacco; (b) contacting the pre-portioned piece of tobacco material with a gel-coating solution to form a gel-coating comprising at least one polymer on an outer surface of the pre-portioned piece of tobacco material to form a gel-coated oral tobacco product, said gel-coating comprising an inner surface disposed around the pre-portioned piece of tobacco material and an outer surface; and (c) forming one or more of perforations, uncoated areas and holes in the gel-coating of the oral tobacco product to form a gel-coated oral tobacco product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2010
    Publication date: May 5, 2011
    Applicant: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Munmaya K. Mishra, Shengsheng Liu, William R. Sweeney, Szu-Sung Yang, Dennis Geib
  • Patent number: 7819124
    Abstract: Some embodiments of a tobacco article may include tobacco disposed in a porous matrix. The tobacco article may provide tobacco, tobacco constituents, or both tobacco and tobacco constituents to the consumer's mouth in the form of particles, liquid, or vapor so as to provide tobacco satisfaction to the consumer. In some circumstances, the tobacco may be integrally molded with a plastic material so that at least a portion of the tobacco is disposed in pores of the matrix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company
    Inventors: James Arthur Strickland, Frank Scott Atchley
  • Patent number: 7795509
    Abstract: DNA encoding a plant quinolate phosphoribosyl transferase (QPRTase) enzyme, and constructs comprising such DNA are provided. Methods of altering quinolate phosphoribosyl transferase expression are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Assignee: North Carolina State University
    Inventors: Mark A. Conkling, Wen Song, Nandini Mendu
  • Publication number: 20100206320
    Abstract: Packaging for moist smokeless tobacco can be provided in the form of a refill unit comprising a base portion (10) configured to fit in the bottom of an existing moist smokeless tobacco product container and a lid portion (30).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2008
    Publication date: August 19, 2010
    Inventors: Richard Hodgson, Steve Dickason
  • Publication number: 20100108086
    Abstract: Articles of manufacturing for preventing or reducing tobacco smoke- and smokeless-tobacco associated injury in the aerodigestive tract of a subject are disclosed, which comprise at least one agent capable of reducing or preventing tobacco associated loss of peroxidase activity in said aerodigestive tract, said at least one agent being selected from the group consisting of a cyanide chelator and an iron chelator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2008
    Publication date: May 6, 2010
    Applicant: Technion Research & Development Foundation Ltd
    Inventors: Abraham Z. Reznick, Rafael M. Nagler
  • Patent number: 7665472
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a novel tobacco cultivar designated AOB 175, which has low to intermediate nicotine content. The invention provides seeds of the cultivar AOB 175, plants and parts thereof of the cultivar AOB 175, a tissue culture derived from the cultivar AOB 175, hybrids produced from cultivar AOB 175 and lines derived from cultivar AOB 175, as well as genetically modified forms of the foregoing plants and tissue culture. Also provided are methods of producing cultivar AOB 175 plants, cultivar AOB 175 hybrid plants, and tobacco lines derived from cultivar AOB 175. In addition, products produced from the plants of the present invention are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Assignee: Alliance One International, Inc.
    Inventors: Irno L. Mallmann, Claudir Lorencetti
  • Patent number: 7665471
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a novel tobacco cultivar designated AOB 171, which has low to intermediate nicotine content. The invention provides seeds of the cultivar AOB 171, plants and parts thereof of the cultivar AOB 171, a tissue culture derived from the cultivar AOB 171, hybrids produced from cultivar AOB 171 and lines derived from cultivar AOB 171, as well as genetically modified forms of the foregoing plants and tissue culture. Also provided are methods of producing cultivar AOB 171 plants, cultivar AOB 171 hybrid plants, and tobacco lines derived from cultivar AOB 171. In addition, products produced from the plants of the present invention are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Assignee: Alliance One International, Inc.
    Inventors: Irno L. Mallmann, Claudir Lorencetti
  • Patent number: 7665470
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a novel tobacco cultivar designated AOB 176, which has low to intermediate nicotine content. The invention provides seeds of the cultivar AOB 176, plants and parts thereof of the cultivar AOB 176, a tissue culture derived from the cultivar AOB 176, hybrids produced from cultivar AOB 176 and lines derived from cultivar AOB 176, as well as genetically modified forms of the foregoing plants and tissue culture. Also provided are methods of producing cultivar AOB 176 plants, cultivar AOB 176 hybrid plants, and tobacco lines derived from cultivar AOB 176. In addition, products produced from the plants of the present invention are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Assignee: Alliance One International, Inc.
    Inventors: Irno L. Mallmann, Claudir Lorencetti
  • Patent number: 7645925
    Abstract: DNA encoding a plant quinolate phosphoribosyl transferase (QPRTase) enzyme, and constructs comprising such DNA are provided. Methods of altering quinolate phosphoribosyl transferase expression are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2010
    Assignee: North Carolina State University
    Inventors: Mark A. Conkling, Wen Song, Nandini Mendu
  • Publication number: 20090133704
    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: December 29, 2008
    Publication date: May 28, 2009
    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
  • Publication number: 20090133703
    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: December 29, 2008
    Publication date: May 28, 2009
    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
  • Publication number: 20090094711
    Abstract: Provided herein are compositions and methods for producing transgenic plants. In specific embodiments, transgenic plants comprise a construct comprising a polynucleotide encoding microRNA167 (miR167), or precursor thereof, operably linked to a plant pericycle-specific promote, wherein the miR167 is ectopically overexpressed in the transgenic plants, and wherein the promoter is optionally a constitutive or inducible promoter. In some embodiments, the transgenic plant has an improved agronomic or nutritional characteristic when cultivated in nitrogen-rich conditions as compared to a wild type plant cultivated in the same conditions. Also provided herein are commercial products (e.g., pulp, paper, paper products, or lumber) derived from the transgenic plants (e.g., transgenic trees) produced using the methods provided herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2008
    Publication date: April 9, 2009
    Inventors: Gloria Coruzzi, Kenneth D. Birnbaum, Miriam Gifford, Rodrigo A. Gutierrez
  • Patent number: 7163015
    Abstract: An electrically heated cigarette smoking system includes a cigarette that is formed with a tobacco rod portion, a filter tube portion, a tobacco mat layer wrapped around the tobacco rod portion and the filter tube portion with opposite ends of the tobacco mat layer abutting along a seam parallel to the central axis of the cigarette and cigarette paper wrapped around the tobacco mat layer and bonded to itself along an overlapped seam that is offset from the seam of the tobacco mat layer. The method of manufacturing the cigarette includes wrapping the tobacco mat layer and the cigarette paper around the tobacco rod portion and the filter tube portion on a single, high-speed machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2007
    Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventor: Robert H. Moffitt
  • Patent number: 6568399
    Abstract: A cigarette filter, process to manufacture, wherein a low application temperature ethylene copolymer based hot melt adhesive is applied to porous and/or nonporous plugwrap paper. As used herein, low application temperatures are temperature between 200° F. and 300° F. (93° C. and 149° C.), preferably, 240° F. to 275° F. (115° C. to 135° C.).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2003
    Assignee: National Starch and Chemical Investment Holding Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph Wieczorek, Jr., Brian D. Morrison, Ingrid Cole
  • Patent number: 5092352
    Abstract: A chewing tobacco product that does not disintegrate during mastication characterized by a uniform flavor and a smooth chew that consists of a blend of 10 to 70% of particulate tobacco in a chewing gum base present in the amount of 20 to 75% of the product, together with a glycerine humectant in the amount of 2 to 12% of the product, and sweetening and flavoring agents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 1983
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1992
    Assignee: American Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert S. Sprinkle, III, Eugene Glock
  • Patent number: 4917161
    Abstract: A miniature plug of chewing tobacco made from 25 to 80% by weight tobacco on a dry basis and 75 to 20% casing solids and having a tensile strength of greater than 150 g/cm is disclosed. The high tensile strength allows for the miniature plug to be satisfactorily processed. Such a plug can be made with the use of gelatin in the casing solution. The casing includes as an essential element gelatin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 1987
    Date of Patent: April 17, 1990
    Assignee: Helme Tobacco Company
    Inventor: John Townend
  • Patent number: 4624269
    Abstract: The composition of matter is made up of tobacco in an amount of from 10 to 40% by weight and a masticatory in an amount of at least about 60% to 90% by weight of the composition. The composition is soft and easy to masticate and is able to impart a constant release of tobacco flavor over a period of time when masticated. The composition permits a controlled flavor release determined by the rapidness of mastication and by the size of the tobacco particle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1984
    Date of Patent: November 25, 1986
    Assignee: The Pinkerton Tobacco Company
    Inventors: Larry D. Story, Luther B. Pittman
  • Patent number: 4620556
    Abstract: A loose leaf chewing tobacco product is prepared from leaf tobacco by removing the stems and major veins, then cutting the leaves across the grain of the remaining veins in a uniform manner with the cuts being spaced no greater than 1/4 inch apart, then casing the leaves with a casing mixture and finally drying the cased leaves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 1983
    Date of Patent: November 4, 1986
    Assignee: Conwood Corporation
    Inventors: William M. Rosson, William G. Dean
  • Patent number: 4616665
    Abstract: A lighting device for cigarettes or similar tobacco products comprised of a substantially cylindrical paper support for slidably engaging the filter portion of a cigarette, and including an adhesively attached match and a match striking means associated therewith which is covered by a removable tear portion defined by perforations in the cylindrical support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 1983
    Date of Patent: October 14, 1986
    Inventor: Saeng K. Cho
  • Patent number: 4391285
    Abstract: Smoking articles comprising a high density, relatively low porosity coherent mass of combustible tobacco-containing material having at least one passage extending therethrough are disclosed. In a preferred embodiment the smoking article is a cylinder having at least one passage axially therethrough. The smoking article may further comprise a plug of ignitable material in passage blocking position at one end of the passage, said plug being such as to permit puff induced air flow therethrough. At least one additional plug may be similarly disposed at the opposite end of the passage or at an intermediate point in the passage. By adjusting the density, the surface area and/or the porosity of the mass available for combustion, the per puff delivery of tar by the smoking article upon combustion may be controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 1980
    Date of Patent: July 5, 1983
    Assignee: Philip Morris, Incorporated
    Inventors: George H. Burnett, Warren E. Claflin, Harry V. Lanzillotti, A. Clifton Lilly, Jr., John F. Nienow, Thomas S. Osdene, Alline R. Wayte
  • Patent number: 4346243
    Abstract: Described are methyl substituted norbornane derivatives having the generic structure: ##STR1## wherein R represents the nitrile moiety having the structure:--C.tbd.N]or the dimethoxymethyl moiety having the structure: ##STR2## and wherein one of R.sub.1, or R.sub.2 is methyl and the other of R.sub.1 or R.sub.2 is hydrogen.Also described are processes and compositions for augmenting or enhancing the flavor and/or aroma of consumable materials including foodstuffs, chewing gums, medicinal products, toothpastes, chewing tobaccos, perfumes, colognes and perfumed articles such as solid or liquid anionic, cationic, nonionic or zwitterionic detergents or fabric softeners or fabric softener articles using as the essential ingredient at least one of methyl substituted norbornane derivatives of our invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 1981
    Date of Patent: August 24, 1982
    Assignee: International Flavors & Fragrances Inc.
    Inventors: Philip T. Klemarczyk, James M. Sanders, Manfred H. Vock, Joaquin F. Vinals, Frederick L. Schmitt, Edward J. Granda
  • Patent number: 4294265
    Abstract: This invention relates to a filter cigarette having inlet vents in the filter mouthpiece divided into two groups. The distance between the two groups of inlet vents is selected to give an increased resistance to draw without appreciably decreasing dilution or total particulate matter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 1980
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1981
    Assignee: Philip Morris Incorporated
    Inventors: Allen J. Kassman, Willard A. Geiszler, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4284824
    Abstract: Described are methyl-substituted norbornane carboxaldehyde having the generic structure: ##STR1## wherein the dashed line is a carbon-carbon single bond, or a carbon-carbon double bond, and R.sub.1 R.sub.2 and R.sub.3 each represent methyl or hydrogen with the proviso that (i) R.sub.1 is hydrogen when R.sub.3 is methyl and (ii) R.sub.1 is methyl when R.sub.3 is hydrogen.Also described are processes and compositions for augmenting or enhancing the flavor and/or aroma of consumable materials including foodstuffs, chewing gums, medicinal products, toothpastes, chewing tobaccos, perfumes, colognes and perfumed articles such as solid or liquid anionic, cationic, nonionic or zwitterionic detergents or fabric softeners or fabric softener articles using as the essential ingredient at least one of the methyl substituted norbornane carboxaldehydes of our invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1980
    Date of Patent: August 18, 1981
    Assignee: International Flavors & Fragrances Inc.
    Inventors: Philip T. Klemarczyk, James M. Sanders, Manfred H. Vock, Joaquin F. Vinals, Frederick L. Schmitt, Edward J. Granda
  • Patent number: RE31739
    Abstract: A new form of chewing tobacco in cake form but with a low tensile strength such that it may be easily torn, broken, or bittin into smaller pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 1981
    Date of Patent: November 20, 1984
    Assignee: Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corporation
    Inventor: James A. Broughton