For Tobacco, Pipe Or Cigarette Holder Patents (Class 206/242)
  • Patent number: 10292423
    Abstract: The present invention provides a container (1) for smokeless tobacco comprising a base defining a cavity arranged to retain smokeless tobacco pouches (8) in use, wherein the cavity further comprises a pole (5), arranged such that the smokeless tobacco pouches are retained in a defined pattern in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: JT International SA
    Inventors: Mary Wilhelmina McFarlane, Leanne Delargy
  • Patent number: 10053273
    Abstract: Reclosable package of cigarettes, comprising: a group of cigarettes; a soft envelope having a parallelepiped shape and comprising a front surface, a rear surface, a top surface, a bottom surface and two side surfaces, the envelope encloses the group of cigarettes and is provided with a cigarette extraction opening; a stiffening element wrapping the envelope along at least two opposite surfaces of the envelope and at the extraction opening; a reclosable opening system consisting in an adhesive closing panel superimposed in a removable manner on an adhesive frame panel, the opening system covers the extraction opening; wherein the closing panel is movable between an opening position and a closing position of the extraction opening, and wherein the opening system is fastened to the stiffening element by firmly superimposing the frame panel on at least two opposite walls of the stiffening element and at the extraction opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: G.D SOCIETA' PER AZIONI
    Inventors: Luca Petrucci, Roberto Polloni, Fabio Pasquino, Luca Federici
  • Patent number: 9038825
    Abstract: A container (10) for consumer goods comprises a first panel (16) having a pattern (22) applied to an area (20) of the external surface thereof; and a second panel (26) comprising a transparent optical element. The first panel (16) and the second panel (26) are moveable relative to each other between a first position, in which the transparent optical element in the second panel (26) does not overlie the pattern (22) on the first panel (16), and a second position, in which the transparent optical element in the second panel (26) at least partially overlies the pattern (22) on the first panel (16), whereby an altered image of the pattern is visible through the transparent optical element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventors: Ahmet Dincer, Bodo-Werner Lutzig
  • Publication number: 20150076014
    Abstract: A container adapted to receive an electronic cigarette is configured to obscure the fact that an electronic cigarette is contained within. The container is provided with an open ended receptacle to slidably insert an electronic cigarette. The outer surface of the receptacle is provided with ornamentality to appear to be a surrogate device, such as a writing utensil, a flashlight, or a laser pointer. Alternative embodiments provide for an adapter to enable the container to function as the surrogate device while containing the electronic cigarette.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: SCENT2MARKET INC.
    Inventors: Dov Kesten, Dennis Minton, Daniel D'Amico
  • Publication number: 20150076013
    Abstract: A sleeve operable to at least partially contain a cylindrical article, the sleeve including opposing planar side panels; bowed dust flaps extending upwardly from said side panels; front and back panels, each having rounded, upper corner portions; and overlapping top panels in superposing relation to upper portions of said bowed dust flaps, said overlapping top panels being mutually secured, whereby said bowed dust flaps are retained in a bowed condition that conforms with said rounded upper panel portions of said front and back panels
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Scott Fath, Ryan J. Sousa, Steven R. Rinehart
  • Publication number: 20150041345
    Abstract: Disclosed is a packaging for smoking products that comprises an area with a warning relating to the health hazards of smoking thereon. The area comprises at least one marking that is suitable for identification and/or authentication and/or track and/or trace purposes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: Brahim KERKAR
  • Publication number: 20150008150
    Abstract: This present invention relates to an electronic cigarette case comprising a cigarette case body (1). The cigarette case body (1) includes an accommodation structure (2). A first accommodation region configured for holding an electronic cigarette (100) is formed in the accommodation structure (2). A second accommodation region is formed between the outer surface of the accommodation structure (2) and the inner surface of the cigarette case body (1) and the second accommodation region is configured for receiving paper documents, especially an electronic cigarette operating instruction. The instruction can be taken out and inserted into the electronic cigarette case easily, and it is convenient for users to use. Furthermore, in assembly, the instruction can be directly inserted into the electronic cigarette case, which brings great convenience for the production and improves the production efficiency.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventor: Qiuming Liu
  • Patent number: 8915365
    Abstract: A sleeve operable to at least partially contain a cylindrical article, the sleeve including opposing planar side panels; bowed dust flaps extending upwardly from said side panels; front and back panels, each having rounded, upper corner portions; and overlapping top panels in superposing relation to upper portions of said bowed dust flaps, said overlapping top panels being mutually secured, whereby said bowed dust flaps are retained in a bowed condition that conforms with said rounded upper panel portions of said front and back panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Altria Client Services Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Fath, Ryan J. Sousa, Steven R. Rinehart
  • Patent number: 8910781
    Abstract: A container configured to hold one or more units of a product is provided. The container may comprise a lid and a base. The lid may comprise a top wall and one or more lid sidewalls extending to a lower lip. A sealing member may be provided at the top wall in a channel defined therein. The base may comprise a bottom wall and one or more base sidewalls extending to an upper lip. Protrusions may extend from the base sidewalls. The lid may be moveable with respect to the base between a decoupled configuration and a coupled configuration. In the coupled configuration, the upper lip of the base may contact the sealing member of the lid to seal shut a storage compartment defined in the base. Further, the lower lip may engage the protrusions to retain the lid in the coupled configuration. A related method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
    Inventors: Jerry Wayne Pipes, Pankaj Patel, Melissa Ann Clark, Laya Katina Palmer Horton, William Travis Lintner
  • Patent number: 8881896
    Abstract: A container for holding unused and used snus is disclosed. The container comprises a base defining a first compartment to receive unused snus. The base has a bottom wall which is reconfigurable to form a second compartment for holding used snus on the other side of said bottom wall. The first and second compartments are each provided with a separate cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: British American Tobacco (Investments) Limited
    Inventors: Paul Gibson, Aaron McKenzie
  • Publication number: 20140326623
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a single piece electronic cigarette pack that comprises a living hinge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventor: RAMON ALARCON
  • Patent number: 8833552
    Abstract: A folded, substantially wedge shaped pack useful for holding thin, elongate products such as tobacco sticks includes a back panel, inner front panel, top panel and front closure panel, the front closure panel including a tab at a free end thereof engageable with a closure slot in the inner front panel. The closure tab slides into the closure slot by sliding along a bearing surface and the top panel establishes a raised fulcrum effect which tends to maintain the closure tab in the closure slot when the pack is in a closed condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Altria Client Services Inc.
    Inventors: Robert T. Mitten, Christopher J. Hession, Edward C. Fuller
  • Patent number: 8794245
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to an aroma pack for electronic cigarettes. The aroma pack comprises an aromatic insert, which is infused with a tobacco-like aroma, located within a housing positioned inside the aroma pack. The aromatic insert emits the scent of tobacco when the top cover of the pack is opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: NJOY, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Scatterday
  • Patent number: 8783454
    Abstract: A wrapped container of consumer goods includes a container, at least one bundle of consumer goods housed within the container and wrapped in an inner liner, an outer wrapper wrapped around the filled container, and at least one adhesive label removably mounted on a separate carrier element. The carrier element is provided inside the outer wrapper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventor: Zsolt Igo
  • Patent number: 8763799
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to a container for tobacco for use in hookahs or other smoking apparatuses. Specifically, this invention relates to a hookah tobacco container that is configured such that liquids contained in the tobacco or stored with the tobacco are allowed to be separated and stored away from the tobacco. Embodiments of the present invention include a container comprising a chamber for the retention of tobacco and one or more separation areas for the separation of liquids from the tobacco.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Inventor: Raed Haidar
  • Patent number: 8739967
    Abstract: A cigarette storage system for holding at least one cigarette is provided. The cigarette storage system comprises a case and an airtight storage formed in the case for holding the at least one cigarette. A lighter fluid reservoir is formed in the case with the lighter fluid reservoir having an amount of lighter fluid therein. A cigarette lighter fluidly cooperates with the lighter fluid in the lighter fluid reservoir with the cigarette lighter igniting the lighter fluid to produce a flame for lighting the at least one cigarette wherein a user can remove a cigarette from the airtight storage and ignite the cigarette with the cigarette lighter prior to smoking the cigarette.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Inventor: Edythe George
  • Patent number: 8739386
    Abstract: A method for removably attaching portable items which are usable with each other. The method comprises the steps of removably inserting a first magnetically attractable component into a first portable item, thereby forming a first magnetically attractable item; removably inserting a second magnetically attractable component into a second portable item, thereby forming a second magnetically attractable item; allowing the first magnetically attractable item to magnetically engage the second magnetically attractable item, thereby forming a detachable magnetic assembly, wherein the detachable magnetic assembly can magnetically engage a magnetic surface, enabling the detachable magnetic assembly to be removably secured to the magnetic surface, and enabling one of the first or second portable items to be removed from the detachable magnetic assembly while maintaining the other first or second portable item in engagement with the magnetic surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: The Dual Magnetic Interlocking Pin System, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Wein, Stephen Douglas Alexander
  • Patent number: 8695794
    Abstract: An electronic cigarette container has a main body section having a hollow interior, the main body section having an open top end. A top cover is coupled to the main body section to cover the open top end. A holding mechanism is formed at a bottom end of the main body section to hold an electronic cigarette.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: NJoy, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Scatterday
  • Publication number: 20140069829
    Abstract: Articles of manufacture, products, and packaging methods are provided that include collapsible container. Collapsible containers provided herein can define an open interior space with a peripheral side wall having a top edge and a bottom edge and a bottom wall attached to the bottom edge of the side wall. The bottom wall can include a displaceable portion in an expanded configuration that extends below the bottom edge of the side wall and adapted to being displaced to a collapsed configuration that extends above the bottom edge of the side wall. Product constituents (e.g., pouches of smokeless tobacco) can be placed in a collapsible container provided herein while the collapsible container is in its expanded configuration. After installing a lid onto a collapsible container to enclose the product within the collapsible container, the container can be collapsed to its collapsed configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Inventor: James D. Evans
  • Publication number: 20140027325
    Abstract: A package for an oral tobacco product is a package that houses a pouch P including tobacco microparticles made of a tobacco raw material and a packaging material for packaging the tobacco microparticles and configured to cause, when being put in an oral cavity of a user, the user to absorb a tobacco component of the tobacco microparticles, the package including, in the inside thereof, a liquid storing section 24 in which liquid to be supplied to the pouch is stored.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Applicant: Japan Tobacco Inc.
    Inventors: Manabu TAKEUCHI, Norio KAWATA
  • Patent number: 8627951
    Abstract: A pack for in particular piece-form pack contents having a sealed inner pack (11) with removal opening (21) and closure flap (24), an outer pack (10) with box part or base part (27) and movable closure part (28), and a covering part (12) between the inner pack (11) and outer pack (10), the covering part (12) having an opening or a window (55) in the region of the removal opening (21) of the inner pack (11).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Focke & Co. (GmbH & Co. KG)
    Inventors: Henry Buse, Gisbert Engel, Viktor Hein
  • Publication number: 20130341218
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an electronic cigarette case, including a case body, a frame module disposed in the case body, a battery module, and a printed circuit board (PCB) module. The electronic cigarette case further has a touch control method for performing at least a predefined function. The touch control method includes: defining a touch zone on the case body, and providing a touch control module in the case body. The at least a predefined function is performed to indicate an electric quantity of a battery when a finger touch gesture is detected on the touch zone by the touch control module. The electronic cigarette case is durable, waterproof and dustproof, rapidly response, space saving, and easy to use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2012
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Inventor: Qiuming Liu
  • Patent number: 8602210
    Abstract: A portable cigar case includes a body having at least one cavity for receiving and releasably retaining a cigar. A cap is releasably connected to the body. The cap when in an open condition provides access to the cigar. A moisture retainer is provided in one of the body or the cap. The moisture retainer provides a source of moisture to maintain a humidity level of the cigar when the cap is in a closed condition with respect to the body. A vial containing a drinkable fluid is retained by one of the body or the cap. The vial is made of a transparent or semitransparent material such that the fluid in the vial is visible to a user. A viewing window created in the cigar case is aligned with the vial such that the fluid in the vial is visible through the viewing window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Marco Design, LLC
    Inventors: Mark S. Milner, Julien P. Thiebaud
  • Patent number: 8584842
    Abstract: A storage receptacle for smoking material may open on two opposite sides. A bottom end of the storage receptacle may have a first cavity which may store the smoking material. A top end of the storage receptacle may have a second cavity which may store a pipe, a third cavity which may store a lighter and a fourth cavity which may store a cleaning pick. A top cover and a bottom cover may be removed from the top end and the bottom end of the receptacle, respectively. The top cover and the bottom cover may have teeth that may be used to grind, to divide and/or to separate the smoking material into smaller sizes. Threads may connect the top cover to the top end, the bottom cover to the bottom end, and/or the top cover to the bottom cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Inventors: Yazin Fakhouri, Robert J. Guyser
  • Patent number: 8578944
    Abstract: A tobacco product is formed by rolling a sheet of material supplied by a roll or rolls (e.g. moistened tobacco leaves) and/or homogenized sheet tobacco about a slit mandrel to form a shaped tube. The shaped tube is then packaged for shipment to an end user or consumer. The shaped tube remains in the rolled, shaped tube form inside the package. After the shaped tube is removed from the package, a consumer can fill the tube with crushed tobacco leaves or other tobacco filler material of a favorite blend, thereby eliminating some steps in the making of a “roll-your-own” tobacco product. A liquid can be added to the sheet or to the finished tube to moisturize same. The liquid can include flavoring. The tubes are unfilled when packaged and sent to a consumer/end user in tube form so that they have a “memory” that helps hold a tubular cigar shape after they are filled with selected tobacco fill material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Blunt Wrap U.S.A., Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel S. Sinclair, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8579108
    Abstract: A cigarette package includes an inner wrapping body formed by folding an inner wrapper having a film material ply sandwiched between a paper ply and a heat seal material ply into a substantially cuboidal shape, including substantially-parallel two half-cut lines extending from a top face into an upper portion of a front face of an inner boxy body each formed of a cut penetrating through the paper ply into the film material ply, a cut line formed of a cut penetrating through an outer layer constituting an overlap on the front face of the inner box body, at an upper location. A heat-sealed part is formed to surround the cut line by heat-sealing inner and outer layers, wherein an outer side of the outer layer is bonded to an inner side of a front lid, in a section above the cut line within a region surrounded by the heat-sealed part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Japan Tobacco Inc.
    Inventors: Hitoshi Tanbo, Hiroyuki Yamashita
  • Publication number: 20130284621
    Abstract: A container (10) for consumer goods comprises a first panel (16) having a pattern (22) applied to an area (20) of the external surface thereof; and a second panel (26) comprising a transparent optical element. The first panel (16) and the second panel (26) are moveable relative to each other between a first position, in which the transparent optical element in the second panel (26) does not overlie the pattern (22) on the first panel (16), and a second position, in which the transparent optical element in the second panel (26) at least partially overlies the pattern (22) on the first panel (16), whereby an altered image of the pattern is visible through the transparent optical element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2011
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Applicant: PHILIP MORRIS PRODUCTS S.A.
    Inventors: Ahmet Dincer, Bodo-Werner Lutzig
  • Patent number: 8567597
    Abstract: A container for snus is disclosed. It comprises two portions that together define a resealable compartment for holding snus, wherein the two portions are attachable to each other by non-permanent reusable adhesive to close the compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: British American Tobacco (Investments) Limited
    Inventors: Paul Gibson, Aaron McKenzie
  • Patent number: 8567598
    Abstract: A container (1) for smoking articles may have a container portion (3), a lid (5) connected by a hinge to the container portion (3) and a ratchet mechanism (26, 37, 50, 60, 70, 80, 110, 120, 130, 140) to resist opening the lid (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: British American Tobacco (Investments) Limited
    Inventor: Paul Gibson
  • Publication number: 20130270130
    Abstract: A slide-open package of tobacco articles, having a parallelepiped-shaped inner container housing a group of tobacco articles and having a bottom wall, an extraction opening opposite the bottom wall, two parallel opposite major lateral walls, and two parallel minor lateral walls interposed between the major lateral walls; a parallelepiped-shaped outer container, which houses the inner container to allow the inner container to slide between a closed position, in which the inner container is inserted inside the outer container, and an open position, in which the inner container is at least partly extracted from the outer container; and a coupon folded about the group of tobacco articles and located between the group of tobacco articles and the inner container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2011
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Applicant: G.D SOCIETA' PER AZIONI
    Inventors: Marco Ghini, Andrea Biondi
  • Patent number: 8556070
    Abstract: Some embodiments of a tobacco product package device can be used to enhance freshness and other characteristics of tobacco products or other products contained therein. Certain features can improve product freshness both during shelf life and during consumer use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company
    Inventors: David Karl Bried, James Arthur Strickland, Mark T. Nielsen, Frank Scott Atchley, Lamar Eugene Walters, II, Gregory A. Pace
  • Patent number: 8540113
    Abstract: Disclosed is a container comprising a lid and a base. The lid has a top surface and a side wall all about the perimeter of the top surface. The side wall has a lip which may be formed from a rolled edge. The base has a bottom surface and a side wall. The side wall further includes a plurality of tapered sections, a plurality of retention bumps, and a plurality of pivot bumps. The lid is adapted to fit over the base such that the rolled edge abuts underneath the retention bumps and pivot bumps securing the lid in place when the container is closed. The rolled edge of the lid pivots about and slides along the pivot bumps when the container is in an open position to create an opening for accessing contents of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
    Inventor: Ryan A. Bailey
  • Patent number: 8540075
    Abstract: Disclosed is a square cigar tube, comprising a first square tube part (1) and a second square tube part (2). The first square tube part and the second square tube part are connected; a through hole (11) is arranged in the first square tube part, and a through hole (21) is arranged in the second square tube part; a first magnet accommodating space (12) is arranged on an end surface of the first square tube part connected to the second square tube part, and a first tube lid (3) is arranged on the other end; a second magnet accommodating space (22) is arranged on an end surface of the second square tube part connected to the first square tube part, and a second tube lid (4) is arranged on the other end; a first magnet (8) is arranged in the first accommodating space, and a second magnet (9) is arranged in the second accommodating space. The square cigar tube makes it easy to take out or put in a cigar, is accurate in positioning, and is convenient to clean.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Almaster Research & Development Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ngan Andrew Chau
  • Patent number: 8469187
    Abstract: A low profile silicone elastic molded covering skin form fits and seals around a smokeless tobacco container. A molded in circular sealing ring seals around the metal top of the container. The sealed top around the metal cover of the container and watertight bottom prevent air and moisture from contacting the tobacco through the bottom porous portion of the container and between the metal cover and the bottom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Inventors: Joseph Clay Wattenbarger, Thomas Lance Osborne
  • Patent number: 8459270
    Abstract: A device to process cigarette butts has top and bottoms sections, one pivotably mounted on the other for rocking movement between open and closed positions. The bottom section has two access holes which are opened and closed by the rocking movement. When the holes are open, a user can insert a butt into one access hole and then can rock the top section, thus cutting the butt into a filter tip, and tobacco and paper materials. The tobacco and paper materials fall through a passage from the one access hole to the ground but do not cause a litter problem since they quickly biodegrade. The filter tips can be inserted into the second access hole into a storage space for later treatment and disposal. The bottom section has a thinned rear portion which allows increased rocking amplitude while minimizing the device thickness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Inventors: Malcolm Coven, Gregory Matthew Crossley, Kevin Mako
  • Publication number: 20130098785
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods of packing leaf tobacco preserve the integrity of tobacco, help retain freshness and moisture content of tobacco, and also help eliminate insect infestation. A packing container for leaf tobacco includes a carton, and a flexible, non-porous bag located within the carton. The bag includes a closeable opening through which the bag receives a quantity of tightly packed leaf tobacco. The bag is configured to have air extracted therefrom and to maintain a sub-atmospheric pressure therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2012
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Inventor: Marcos Andre Steffens
  • Patent number: 8393465
    Abstract: A three-piece pocket-size hybrid container for holding a consumer product such as smokeless tobacco product in an interior volume of an inner ring mechanically secured to an interior of an outer base housing including a cover to fit over and snugly around the inner ring. When closed, a cover sidewall may engage a sidewall of the outer base housing to form a flush exterior sidewall of the closed container or the cover sidewall may be spaced apart from the outer base housing to form a gap in the exterior sidewall of the closed container. The outer base housing and cover can be metal and the inner ring can be plastic to provide a strong and robust package that maintains product freshness and is easily opened and closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: James L. Clark, William T. Griffin, Robert T. Mitten
  • Publication number: 20130020213
    Abstract: The warning graphic portions of a cigarette package are obscured are replaced with a more visually appealing replacement graphic, while leaving the cigarette brand logo unobscured. Preferably, the cigarette package is inserted into a sleeve which obscures the warning graphic while leaving the brand logo substantially unobscured. The sleeve contains a replacement graphic in place of the warning graphic. The replacement graphic could include user self expression or advertising. The use of advertising opens a new outlet for advertisers' messages.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2011
    Publication date: January 24, 2013
    Applicant: AOI MARKETING, INC.
    Inventor: Brian Roger Stuckey
  • Patent number: 8317018
    Abstract: A packing system for cigars including a cigar box and at least one support. The flat support is sized slightly larger than the distance between a pair of walls of the cigar box so that the support is compressed into an arch shape that is maintained by the walls when inserted into the cigar box. The support includes a plurality of elongate holes that define a plurality of collars. The cigars are seated by the collars and restrict the movement of the cigars. The support also provides a pleasing display for the cigars. In a more particular arrangement, one or more such supports include tabs that engage the cigars of a straight body type and restrict movement of the cigars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Marayna LLC
    Inventors: Joyce Florentz, Kevin Joyce
  • Patent number: 8307834
    Abstract: The cigarette case smoking cessation device only allows lid opening and therefore cigarette access at times set by the adjustable timer. The device thereby allows a smoker to predetermine cigarette access in designing a period for weaning off of cigarettes, of just reducing smoking itself. The device provides automatic unlocking at the set intervals, thereby allowing lid opening. The device provides both audio and vibratory alert of cigarette access. The device provides a gasket between case and lid so that cigarettes stay fresh. The charge port is an important feature in assuring battery charge and therefore long-life operation between charges. The thin walled device is compact and only slightly larger than a cigarette pack itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Inventors: Jerome T. Palmerino, Sr., Michael J. Minutelli
  • Patent number: 8276749
    Abstract: A portable ashtray apparatus includes a main body having an open top, and a cavernous interior space for housing a removable container. The apparatus also includes a funnel cap secured to both the main body and the removable container in order to receive spent cigarettes and other like items and direct the same into the container for disposal. The apparatus also includes a solution for extinguishing embers and emanating aromatically friendly scents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Inventors: Amanda Schrauwen, Nicholas Y. Schrauwen
  • Patent number: 8251072
    Abstract: A wrapper is fabricated of a biodegradable burnable material. The wrapper is in a generally cylindrical configuration. The wrapper has front and rear ends. In this manner a major chamber is formed. A bowl is fabricated of a biodegradable burnable material. The bowl has a peripheral edge. The bowl is attached to the wrapper adjacent to the front end of the wrapper. The bowl forms a minor chamber within the major chamber. The bowl extends interiorly of the wrapper. A quantity of smokable material is inserted into the bowl. In this manner the smokable material is lit and smoked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Inventor: Scott D. Zepp
  • Publication number: 20120205266
    Abstract: A cigarette storage device is provided, comprising of a open ended cylindrical tube and cap for the protection of an individual cigarette. The tube has 1 open, cylindrical side and the other end being rounded with a small hole in the center. The tube is machined to a size slightly larger in diameter than a conventional cigarette. The cap is pressed onto the outside of the cylindrical end & contains a clip for affixing to a wallet or clothing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2011
    Publication date: August 16, 2012
    Inventor: Justin Tyler Van De Pitte
  • Publication number: 20120199504
    Abstract: A new way to pack cigarettes pack includes a cigarette case and a plurality of cigarettes in the cigarette case. Comparing to a traditional cigarette pack, the cigarettes in the invention are placed in an inversed position. The filter ends of the cigarettes are placed toward the bottom of the cigarette case while the tobacco ends of the cigarettes are placed toward to the opening of the cigarette case.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2011
    Publication date: August 9, 2012
    Inventor: Degui Yang
  • Patent number: 8235205
    Abstract: A folded, substantially wedge shaped pack useful for holding thin, elongate products such as tobacco sticks includes a back panel, inner front panel, top panel and front closure panel, the front closure panel including a tab at a free end thereof engageable with a closure slot in the inner front panel. The closure tab slides into the closure slot by sliding along a bearing surface and the top panel establishes a raised fulcrum effect which tends to maintain the closure tab in the closure slot when the pack is in a closed condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Altria Client Services Inc.
    Inventors: Robert T. Mitten, Christopher J. Hession, Edward C. Fuller
  • Publication number: 20120187010
    Abstract: A biaxially oriented polypropylene film with at least two perforated lines is described, which run parallel to one another and are located at a maximum interval of 10 mm. The perforations of the two lines are offset relative to one another. The intervals of undamaged film between the perforations are longer than the perforations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2010
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Applicant: TREOFAN GERMANY GmbH & Co.KG
    Inventors: Angela Speith-Herfurth, Patrick Stuppi, Leo Wintrich, Joerg Steinbrecher, Markus Henne
  • Patent number: 8215482
    Abstract: A tobacco container is provided. The tobacco container includes a lid, a container body and an insert in the form of a liner. The liner releasably connects the lid to the container body. Each of the lid and container body receive and connect to the liner. The liner can include a compression lip that is deformed when the liner is connected to the container body. The liner connects the container body and lid to one another without the two components contacting each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: J.L. Clark, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward P. Cronin, Joseph P. Valley, III, Gregg Hoffman
  • Publication number: 20120152773
    Abstract: A biaxially oriented polypropylene film with perforated lines is described. The film has at least two perforated lines which run parallel to one another and are located at a maximum interval of 10 mm. The perforations of the two lines are offset relative to one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2010
    Publication date: June 21, 2012
    Applicant: TREOFAN GERMANY GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Angela Speith-Herfurth, Patrick Stuppi, Leo Wintrich, Joerg Steinbrecher, Markus Henne
  • Patent number: 8178854
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a cigar humidor, comprising: a hollow housing; a lid connected to the housing; a germicidal light assembly positioned inside the housing for disinfecting cigars; and a platform transparent to ultraviolet light produced by the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Inventor: Richard Eugene Elliott
  • Publication number: 20120111745
    Abstract: A container (10) for tobacco industry products, the container (10) being adjustable between an open configuration and a closed configuration comprises an interior region (50) and first and second parts adapted to slidably fit together such that sliding one of said parts towards the other part causes the interior region (50) to become sufficiently pressurised so that pressure is perceivably released upon opening the container (10).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2009
    Publication date: May 10, 2012
    Inventor: Darryl Stephenson