US Pat. No. 9,943,511

NICOTINE LOZENGE

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1. A nicotine lozenge, comprising a body that is wholly receivable in an oral cavity, the body comprising:a digestion-resistant maltodextrin matrix; and
a nicotine derivative dispersed in the digestion-resistant maltodextrin matrix such that the nicotine derivative is released from the body as the body dissolves when the body is at least partially received within the oral cavity of an adult tobacco consumer and exposed to saliva, the nicotine derivative comprising a nicotine salt, a nicotine complex, a nicotine polacrilex, or combinations thereof.

US Pat. No. 9,282,772

ELECTRONIC VAPING DEVICE

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1. An electronic vaping device comprising:
a vapor generating arrangement;
a mouth-end insert, said mouth-end insert comprising at least two diverging outlet passages operable to distribute vapor throughout
a mouth of an adult vapor during a puff; and

a gasket including a central orifice that is sized and spaced from the mouth-end insert and operable to substantially reduce
a velocity of the vapor approaching the mouth-end insert.

US Pat. No. 9,326,547

ELECTRONIC VAPING ARTICLE

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1. An electronic vaping article comprising:
an outer tube extending in a longitudinal direction;
an inner tube within the outer tube, the inner tube including a pair of opposing slots;
a liquid supply comprising a liquid material, the liquid supply contained in an outer annulus between the outer tube and the
inner tube;

a coil heater located in the inner tube, end portions of the coil heater extending through the opposing slots in the inner
tube, the coil heater being formed of an iron-free alloy and having substantially uniformly spaced windings in an essentially
unbowed condition;

a wick in communication with the liquid supply and surrounded by the coil heater such that the wick delivers the liquid material
to the coil heater and the coil heater heats the liquid material to a temperature sufficient to vaporize the liquid material
and form a vapor in the inner tube; and

a mouth-end insert at a mouth-end of the outer tube.

US Pat. No. 9,302,522

PROCESS OF PREPARING PRINTING SOLUTION AND MAKING PATTERNED CIGARETTE WRAPPERS

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1. A process for making patterned wrapper of a smoking article comprising the steps of:
preparing a printing solution including the steps of:
mixing at least water and a starch to form an aqueous starch solution;
heating the aqueous starch mixture to a temperature of at least about 180° F. for a time sufficient to release at least one
of amylopectin and amylose;

adding propylene glycol to the aqueous starch mixture; and
mixing the starch mixture and propylene glycol to form a printing solution; and
providing a base web of wrapper;
applying the printing solution to the wrapper in a predetermined pattern; and
between said preparing step and said applying step, cooling to and continuously maintaining the printing solution at a temperature
ranging from about 120° F. to about 150° F.

US Pat. No. 9,414,624

FIBER-WRAPPED SMOKELESS TOBACCO PRODUCT

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23. A method of preparing a smokeless tobacco product comprising:
melt-blowing or centrifugal force spinning a plurality of polymeric fibers to create an polymer deposition zone; and
passing a body through the polymer deposition zone while rotating the body with one or more holding devices; and
applying an electrostatic charge to the plurality of polymeric fibers, the body, or a combination thereof, with the one or
more holding devices.

US Pat. No. 9,420,827

SOFT ORAL PRODUCT

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1. An oral product, comprising a body that is wholly receivable in an oral cavity, the body comprising:
a polymer matrix comprising ethylene-vinyl alcohol copolymer that is extrudable at temperatures of about 100° C. or less;
and

one or more flavors or active ingredients dispersed in the polymer matrix.

US Pat. No. 9,282,769

BIODEGRADABLE CIGAR TIP

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1. A biodegradable cigar tip comprising:
an open upstream end configured to surround a downstream end of a cigar, the cigar tip having a mouth end optionally comprising
a substantially flat cross-section, the cigar tip comprising a molded biodegradable material comprising (a) paperboard pulp
and balance about 5 to about 10 weight % ground tobacco having a particle size of about 20 to about 100 microns, (b) paperboard
pulp and balance about 0.01 weight % to about 5 weight % ground tobacco having a particle size of about 20 to about 100 microns,
or (c) a starch-filled resin comprising about 50 weight % to about 99.5 weight % resin and about 0.5 weight % to about 50
weight % organic additive.

US Pat. No. 9,237,768

PREFORMED SMOKELESS TOBACCO PRODUCT

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1. A system comprising:
a container including a lid and a base that defines an interior space; and
a plurality of preformed smokeless tobacco products having a substantially similar shape and being disposed in the interior
space of the container, each of the preformed smokeless tobacco products comprising loose tobacco and a binder compressed
into the substantially similar shape such that at least a portion of the loose tobacco is exposed along exterior surfaces
of each of the preformed smokeless tobacco products, the preformed smokeless tobacco products having an average individual
product friability of between 1 weight percent and 4 weight percent, wherein the preformed smokeless tobacco products have
an average three point bend strength of between 0.25 N and 4.0 N, wherein the preformed smokeless tobacco products have an
average texture profile hardness of between 2.0 N and 12.0 N, wherein each of the preformed smokeless tobacco products comprises
at least 40 weight percent moisture, wherein each of the preformed smokeless tobacco products comprises between 0.5 weight
percent and 5 weight percent binder.

US Pat. No. 10,021,910

E-VAPING SECTION AND E-VAPING DEVICE, AND A METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THEREOF

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20. An e-vaping device, comprising:a first section, the first section including,
a first outer housing extending in a longitudinal direction,
a supply reservoir configured to contain a pre-vapor formulation within the first outer housing,
an inner tube extending in the longitudinal direction within the first outer housing, the inner tube defining a channel,
a heater exposed to a portion of the channel, the heater being configured to heat the pre-vapor formulation to form a vapor,
a female threaded connector with first threads on an end of the first section, the female threaded connector defining at least a portion of at least one air inlet traversing through a side wall of the female threaded connector that is positioned adjacent to the first threads; and
a second section, the second section including,
a second outer housing,
a power supply within the second outer housing,
a male threaded connector with second threads on an end of the second section that is mateable with the female threaded connector of the first section, the male threaded connector defining at least one vent hole traversing through a side wall of the male threaded connector,
wherein the at least one air inlet and the at least one vent hole are in direct fluid communication with each other, and in fluid communication with ambient atmosphere and the channel, if the first section is connected to the second section via the male and female threaded connectors.

US Pat. No. 9,854,839

ELECTRONIC VAPING DEVICE AND METHOD

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1. An electronic vaping device comprising:
a casing extending in a longitudinal direction;
a mouth-end insert at an end of the casing;
at least one air inlet in communication with said mouth-end insert, the at least one air inlet formed in the casing, the at
least one air inlet configured to establish a desired resistance-to-draw; and

a metallic plate insert on an inner surface of the casing, the metallic plate insert defining a hole therein, the hole superposed
with the at least one air inlet.

US Pat. No. 9,521,864

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR INCORPORATING NICOTINE INTO ORAL PRODUCTS

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1. A method for stabilizing nicotine, comprising
mixing liquid nicotine with cellulosic fiber such that the liquid nicotine absorbs into pores of the cellulosic fiber to form
a cellulosic fiber-nicotine mixture; and

loosely depositing the cellulosic fiber-nicotine mixture within a container,
wherein the cellulosic fiber comprises wood pulp, cotton, sugar beets, bran, citrus pulp fiber, switch grass and other grasses,
Salix, tea, Populus, bamboo fibers, or combinations thereof.

US Pat. No. 9,351,936

NICOTINE LOZENGE

ALTRIA CLIENT SERVICES LL...

1. A nicotine lozenge, comprising a body that is wholly receivable in an oral cavity, the body comprising:
a digestion-resistant maltodextrin matrix; and
nicotine or a salt thereof dispersed in the maltodextrin matrix such that the nicotine or salt thereof is released from the
body as the body dissolves when the body is at least partially received within the oral cavity of an adult tobacco consumer
and exposed to saliva.

US Pat. No. 9,468,233

SMOKELESS TOBACCO PACKAGING SYSTEM AND METHOD

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1. A system comprising:
a container including a lid and a base that defines an interior space; and
a plurality of preformed smokeless tobacco products having a substantially similar shape and being disposed in the interior
space of the container, each of the preformed smokeless tobacco products comprising moist smokeless tobacco and a binder,
one or more of the preformed smokeless tobacco products being compressed between the lid and the base in response to engagement
of the lid and the base and relaxation of said one or more of the preformed smokeless tobacco products from a compressed state
so as to secure said one or more preformed smokeless tobacco products in a substantially stationary position within the interior
space.

US Pat. No. 9,456,635

ELECTRONIC CIGARETTE

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1. An electronic article comprising:
an outer tube extending in a longitudinal direction, the outer tube defining a portion of a liquid supply region configured
to store a liquid material;

an inner tube within the outer tube, the inner tube including a pair of opposing slots, the liquid supply region between the
outer tube and the inner tube;

a coil heater in the inner tube, end portions of the coil heater extending through the opposing slots in the inner tube;
a wick in communication with the liquid supply region and surrounded by the coil heater; and
a mouth-end insert at a mouth-end of the outer tube, the mouth-end insert including at least two outlets.

US Pat. No. 9,244,017

OIL DETECTION PROCESS AND APPARATUS

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1. A process for detecting oil or lubricant contamination in a manufactured consumer product, the process comprising:
adding a fluorescent taggant to oils or lubricants contained in processing machinery for said consumer product;
conveying said consumer product past an infrared detection apparatus;
irradiating said consumer product with infrared radiation from said detection apparatus as it passes the detection apparatus;
detecting infrared radiation emitted from said irradiated consumer product; and
removing the contaminated consumer product.

US Pat. No. 9,532,597

ELECTRONIC SMOKING ARTICLE

ALTRIA CLIENT SERVICES LL...

1. An e-vaping device, comprising:
an outer cylindrical housing extending in a longitudinal direction;
a compressible liquid supply reservoir formed of an elastomeric material and containing a liquid material, the supply reservoir
being at least partially contained within the outer cylindrical housing, the supply reservoir having an outlet;

a capillary tube having an inlet and an outlet, the inlet of the capillary tube being in direct communication with the outlet
of the supply reservoir; and

a heater operable to heat the capillary tube to a temperature sufficient to at least initially volatilize the liquid material
contained within the capillary tube,

wherein the supply reservoir is configured to be manually compressed to simultaneously pump the liquid material from the supply
reservoir through the outlet and into the capillary tube.

US Pat. No. 9,433,239

BACTERIOPHAGE AND METHODS OF MAKING AND USING

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1. A method for reducing the level of tobacco-specific nitrosamines (TSNAs) in tobacco, comprising:
contacting tobacco with an effective amount of a composition comprising:
a bacteriophage comprising a nucleic acid sequence encoding an endolysin, wherein the nucleic acid sequence has at least 95%
sequence identity to the nucleic acid sequence shown in SEQ ID NO: 1; or

a bacteriophage comprising a nucleic acid sequence encoding an endolysin having at least 95% sequence identity to the amino
acid sequence shown in SEQ ID NO: 2.

US Pat. No. 9,289,014

ELECTRONIC SMOKING ARTICLE AND IMPROVED HEATER ELEMENT

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1. An electronic cigarette comprising:
a heater, the heater comprising
a ribbon of electrically resistive mesh material wound about a filamentary wick, said wick in communication with a liquid
supply including liquid material,

the heater being configured to vaporize liquid material,
wherein the ribbon is wrapped about the wick so that there is spacing between windings of the ribbon heater about the wick.

US Pat. No. 9,521,863

METHODS OF REDUCING TOBACCO-SPECIFIC NITROSAMINES (TSNAS) AND/OR IMPROVING LEAF QUALITY IN TOBACCO

ALTRIA CLIENT SERVICES LL...

1. A method of fire curing harvested tobacco comprising:
housing harvested tobacco in a curing barn; and
reducing the relative humidity in the barn to 80% or less within 12 hours of the housing step.

US Pat. No. 9,402,414

SMOKELESS TOBACCO ARTICLE

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1. A method for making a smokeless tobacco article, comprising
combining thermoplastic polymer particles with tobacco particles to form a mixture of particles;
compressing the mixture of particles within a pressing apparatus with a force of at least 1 kN to form the mixture into a
predetermined shape, wherein the compression of the mixture of particles is performed at approximately room temperature;

releasing pressure on the mixture such that the mixture retains the predetermined shape; and
heating the compressed mixture to at least partially melt at least some of the thermoplastic polymer particles and form a
matrix of polymer and tobacco particles, wherein the compressed mixture having the predetermined shape is removed from the
pressing apparatus prior to heating the mixture, wherein the heating is performed at approximately atmospheric pressures,
and wherein the heating is performed to a temperature and for a time period to provide the smokeless tobacco article with
a Shore M hardness of at least 90.

US Pat. No. 9,381,545

ON-LINE OIL AND FOREIGN MATTER DETECTION SYSTEM AND METHOD

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1. A method for removing oil contaminated product and foreign matter within a product stream, said method comprising the steps
of:
(a) adding a fluorescent taggant to oil or lubricant contained in at least one processing machine;
(b) conveying a product stream that has been processed by the at least one processing machine;
(c) irradiating the conveyed product stream with infrared radiation;
(d) detecting infrared radiation emitted from the irradiated product stream due to the presence of the fluorescent taggant
and generating a first signal in response thereto;

(e) illuminating the conveyed product stream;
(f) detecting light reflected from the illuminated product stream;
(g) comparing the light reflected from the illuminated product stream with light that would be expected to be reflected from
an illuminated product stream free of foreign matter, and generating a second signal when the reflected light indicates the
presence of foreign matter; and

(h) removing a portion of the conveyed product stream in response to the first or second signal.

US Pat. No. 9,382,062

HINGED LID PACKAGING

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1. A pack for consumer goods comprising:
an outer packaging container comprising:
a generally rectangular lower box portion with an upper lid portion hingedly connected thereto for movement between opened
and closed positions, said rectangular lower box defining an inner box width;

wherein said upper lid portion includes a lid back panel, a lid front panel, and a lid top panel; and
an inner packaging container comprising:
a generally rectangular box having a dispensing opening with a resealable closure;
wherein the rectangular box includes a front panel, a back panel, a top panel, a bottom panel, and opposing side panels;
wherein each said side panel includes an inner panel and an outer panel, said inner panel having a first width defining a
width of the inner packaging container, and said outer panel including at least a portion having a second width defining a
width greater than the first width;

wherein the second width is greater than the inner box width defined by the outer packaging container;
wherein said inner packaging container is insertable within said outer packaging container such that the front panel of the
inner packaging container exerts a closing force on the upper lid portion of the outer packaging container; and

wherein a portion of the outer panel extends rearwardly of the back panel of said rectangular box of the inner packaging container.

US Pat. No. 9,756,875

COMPOSITE SMOKELESS TOBACCO PRODUCTS, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS

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1. A smokeless tobacco product comprising:
smokeless tobacco; and
structural fibers comprising a polyurethane material and having a diameter of less than 100 microns, the structural fibers
forming a moisture-permeable porous surface around the smokeless tobacco.

US Pat. No. 9,635,885

DISPLAY CARTON AND SYSTEM FOR DISPLAYING A PLURALITY OF CONTAINERS

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1. A system for displaying a plurality of containers in cooperation with a point of sale display rack, comprising:
a) a display carton for displaying a plurality of containers, said display carton including:
i) a base having a front edge, and a back edge;
ii) a front side member extending perpendicularly from said front edge of said base and terminating at an upper edge;
iii) a rear side member extending perpendicularly from said back edge of said base and terminating at an upper edge, said
rear side member having a cover panel detachably affixed to said rear side member with a set of perforations extending along
a line positioned below said upper edge of said rear side member;

iv) an upper tray member having a front edge, and a back edge, said front edge extending perpendicularly from said upper edge
of said front side member, said upper tray member having a plurality of first apertures; and

v) a lower tray member, said lower tray member positioned along a plane substantially parallel to said upper tray member and
said base and located therebetween, said lower tray member having a plurality of second apertures, each of said plurality
of second apertures in axial alignment with a corresponding first aperture of said plurality of first apertures;

wherein said detachably affixed cover panel is configured to fold over and enclose the plurality of containers when the containers
are inserted through corresponding first and second apertures, and cover at least a portion of said front side member for
sealing said detachably affixed cover panel thereto; and

b) an elongated support rail comprising a bottom rail portion for supporting said base of said display carton, said bottom
rail portion having a front edge and a rear edge, and a back rail portion for supporting said rear side member of said display
carton, said back rail portion having a lower edge integrally formed and adjacent to said rear edge of said bottom rail portion.

US Pat. No. 9,497,992

COLLAPSIBLE CONTAINER

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1. A collapsible container defining an open interior space, the collapsible container comprising:
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 including 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;

wherein the displaceable portion comprises a conical side wall extending from the bottom wall that forms a truncated cone
shape; and

wherein the bottom wall comprises a variable wall thickness with a thinner wall portion at the center of the bottom wall compared
to the outer periphery of the bottom wall, and the variable wall thickness forms a concave surface on an exterior surface
of the bottom wall.

US Pat. No. 9,488,580

MENTHOL DETECTION ON TOBACCO

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1. A composition comprising tobacco, menthol and a fluorescent taggant.

US Pat. No. 9,462,827

PRODUCT PORTION ENROBING PROCESS AND APPARATUS, AND RESULTING PRODUCTS

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1. A method of enrobing a product portion in polymer strands comprising:
mounting at least one product portion on a holding device, the holding device passing at least partially through a body of
said at least one product portion;

producing a flow of polymeric fibers from a polymer spray head to create a polymer enrobing zone;
moving said holding device to pass said at least one product portion through said polymer enrobing zone such that a plurality
of said polymeric fibers wraparound said at least one product portion to produce an enrobed product portion;

applying an electrostatic charge with the holding device to the plurality of said polymeric fibers, said at least one product
portion, or a combination thereof; and

removing at least a portion of said holding device.

US Pat. No. 10,023,375

AUTO OPENING CIGARETTE PACK OUTSERT

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18. A product package, comprising:an outer wrapping provided with an integrated tear tape for opening the package; and
an outsert adhered to an outer surface of the outer wrapping, the outsert having a base layer with a perforated region aligned with a tear line of the tear tape and an inner volume accommodating a printed document and a laminate layer,
wherein the printed document and the laminate layer are arranged to be lifted away from the base layer contemporaneously with tearing of one or more perforated lines of the perforated region via the tear tape so that the printed document within the inner volume is immediately accessible upon initial opening of the outer wrapping of the package.

US Pat. No. 9,854,831

ORAL PRODUCT

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1. An oral product, comprising a body that is wholly receivable in an oral cavity, the body comprising:
at least 10 weight percent of an extruded mouth-stable polymer matrix, the mouth-stable polymer matrix comprising one or more
mouth-stable polymers selected from the group consisting of polyurethane, a polyacrylate, polyethylene, poly(styrene-ethylene-butylene-styrene)
(SEBS), poly(styrene-butadiene-styrene)(SBS), and a combination thereof;

at least 10 weight percent of cellulosic fibers embedded in the mouth-stable polymer matrix that together form a fiber-polymer
matrix; and

nicotine or derivative thereof dispersed and absorbed within the fiber-polymer matrix such that the nicotine or derivative
thereof is released from the body when the body is received within the oral cavity and exposed to saliva, wherein the body
has a compressibility @ 250 N of between 45% and 90% and a percentage of springiness of between 75% and 90%.

US Pat. No. 10,088,433

OIL DETECTION PROCESS AND APPARATUS

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1. A process for detecting oil or lubricant contamination in a tobacco product, the process comprising:adding a fluorescent taggant to oils or lubricants contained in tobacco processing machinery;
conveying tobacco product past an infrared detection apparatus;
irradiating said tobacco product with infrared radiation from said detection apparatus as it passes the detection apparatus; and
detecting infrared radiation emitted from said irradiated tobacco product.

US Pat. No. 10,028,521

METHODS AND MACHINES FOR POUCHING SMOKELESS TOBACCO AND TOBACCO SUBSTITUTE PRODUCTS

ALTRIA CLIENT SERVICES LL...

41. A method of making a pouched smokeless tobacco or tobacco substitute product comprising:placing a sheet comprising a plurality of polymeric fibers onto a surface comprising a plurality of recesses to form a coating of polymeric fibers on said surface, the coating having a basis weight of less than 30 gsm;
conforming at least a portion of said sheet to said plurality of recesses by pressing portions of said sheet into said plurality of recesses with a web roller having surface features that correspond to said plurality of recesses; and
placing deposits of a mixture comprising tobacco, a tobacco substitute, or a combination thereof into said recesses of said coated surface.

US Pat. No. 9,993,023

ELECTRONIC SMOKING ARTICLE

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1. An electronic vaping device comprising:a liquid supply region including a liquid material;
an integral heater-wick element in fluidic communication with the liquid supply region, the integral heater-wick element including a heatable portion and at least one wicking portion formed of at least two layers of electrically resistive mesh material, the at least one wicking portion extending into the liquid supply region;
at least one connection structure wrapped around the integral heater-wick element; and
at least one electrical lead connected to the at least one connection structure.

US Pat. No. 9,975,664

DISPLAY PACKAGE

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1. A package configured to display a selected portion of an article, the package comprising:a box structure having a side portion, the side portion divided into a lower retention portion, an upper retention portion, and a window recess portion, the recess portion disposed between the upper retention portion and the lower retention portion;
the recess portion including a side recess panel at a location along a side panel of the box structure and a front recess panel along a front panel of the box structure, the front recess panel adjacent the side recess panel, the front recess panel having a greater width than the side recess panel such that the window recess portion has a greater depth than width, the first and front recess panels being folded into the box structure, and the window recess portion, the upper retention portion, and the lower retention portion being mutually arranged to retain the article along the side portion, with a portion of the article being displayed along the recess portion, wherein the side recess panel is adhesively bonded to an adjacent portion of a back panel of the box structure using a first adhesive;
a USB charger within an inner cavity within the rectangular box portion, and wherein the inner cavity is not visible to a consumer; and
a rectangular shaped insertable divider configured to be inserted longitudinally into an end of the inner cavity to be positioned diagonally within the inner cavity, the divider having an upper right edge and a first top edge that defines a recess, the first top edge being configured to support a lower portion of the USB charger such that the USB charger is located within an upper portion of the inner cavity upon opening of the box structure.

US Pat. No. 9,872,516

ORAL PRODUCT

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1. An oral product, comprising a body that is wholly receivable in an oral cavity, the body comprising:
a mouth-stable polymer matrix comprising polyurethane, the oral product comprising at least 60 weight percent of one or more
mouth-stable polymers;

at least 10 weight percent of non-tobacco cellulosic fibers embedded in the mouth-stable polymer matrix, the cellulosic fibers
comprising cellulose, the cellulosic fibers having an average fiber size of less than 200 micrometers; and

nicotine or derivative thereof dispersed in the mouth-stable polymer matrix such that the nicotine or derivative thereof is
released from the body when the body is received within the oral cavity and exposed to saliva, wherein the cellulosic fibers
provide passages in the mouth-stable polymer matrix to pores retaining the nicotine or derivative thereof, the pores having
diameters of between 20 and 60 microns, wherein the oral product is substantially free of tobacco plant tissue.

US Pat. No. 9,848,644

ELECTRONIC SMOKING ARTICLE

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1. An electronic vaping device comprising:
a supply region configured to store a liquid material; and
an integral heater-wick element in fluidic communication with the supply region, the integral heater-wick element including
a heating portion and at least one wicking portion, the integral heater-wick element formed of a foamed carbon, the foamed
carbon having impurities of less than about 100 ppm and a heat capacity of about 0.5 to 1.0 J/g-K,

the at least one wicking portion extending into the supply region,
the integral heater-wick element configured to transfer the liquid material from the supply region, through the at least one
wicking portion, and to the heating portion via pores in the foamed carbon.

US Pat. No. 9,814,261

FABRIC HAVING TOBACCO ENTANGLED WITH STRUCTURAL FIBERS

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1. A smokeless tobacco product comprising,
smokeless tobacco having a total oven volatiles content of about 20% by weight or greater; and
two layers of melt-blown polyurethane structural fibers positioned on opposite sides of the smokeless tobacco such that one
layer of the melt-blown polyurethane structural fibers is positioned on each of the opposite sides, the melt-blown polyurethane
structural fibers having a diameter of 100 microns or less.

US Pat. No. 9,918,496

ELECTRONIC SMOKING ARTICLE

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1. An electronic smoking article comprising:
a reservoir containing a liquid material and having an outlet;
a capillary configured to receive the liquid material from the reservoir;
a heater operable to heat the capillary to a temperature sufficient to volatilize the liquid material received in the capillary;
and

a shuttle valve between the outlet of the reservoir and a capillary inlet, the shuttle valve comprising a housing with a cavity;
a plunger movable between a retracted position and an open position; and at least two spaced apart seals, the shuttle valve
being operable to prevent release of the liquid material from the reservoir when the shuttle valve is in a retracted position
and to release the liquid material from the reservoir to the capillary inlet when the shuttle valve is in an open position,
the plunger sized and configured to fit within the cavity such that the liquid material can flow in a space between a wall
of the plunger and a wall of the cavity and the at least two spaced apart seals are operable to prevent flow of the liquid
material to the capillary inlet when the shuttle valve is in the retracted position.

US Pat. No. 9,845,170

DIRECT TO CONTAINER SYSTEM WITH ON-LINE WEIGHT CONTROL AND ASSOCIATED METHOD

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1. A system for filling a plurality of containers with material-filled pouches, each of the plurality of containers having
sidewalls and a concave bottom surface curved inward toward an interior volume defined by the container, the system comprising:
a pouch providing station comprising a plurality of lanes for providing a predetermined number of pouches to each of a plurality
of containers when aligned at the pouch providing station;

a tamping station comprising a plurality of tamp heads for tamping the pouches of each container of the plurality of containers
when aligned at the tamping station;

a conveyor system structured and arranged to move the plurality of containers into alignment with the plurality of lanes at
the pouch providing station and to move the plurality of containers into alignment with the plurality of tamp heads at the
tamping station; and

a container support assembly operative at the tamping station and structured and arranged to temporarily support each bottom
surface of the plurality of containers during tamping, the support element comprising a plurality of protrusions conforming
with the concave bottom surfaces of the plurality of containers, the support element being moveable between a first retracted
position and a extended second position, the retracted position providing a clearance between the plurality of protrusions
and the plurality of containers as the plurality of containers are being moved into and away from the tamping station by the
conveyor system, the extended position placing the plurality of protrusions in contact with the concave bottom surfaces for
tamping;

whereby a tendency of tamping to damage containers at the tamping station is abated.

US Pat. No. 9,763,473

FIBER-WRAPPED SMOKELESS TOBACCO PRODUCT

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19. A seamless fiber-wrapped smokeless tobacco product comprising:
smokeless tobacco; and
a fiber wrap comprising a plurality of melt-blown polymeric fibers surrounding the smokeless tobacco, the melt-blown polymeric
fibers comprise a colorant for improving the hydraulic permittivity of the fiber wrap.

US Pat. No. 9,750,283

ELECTRONIC CIGARETTE

Altria Client Services LL...

1. An electronic article comprising:
an outer tube extending in a longitudinal direction, the outer tube defining a portion of a liquid supply region configured
to store a liquid material;

an inner tube within the outer tube, the inner tube including a pair of opposing slots, the liquid supply region between the
outer tube and the inner tube;

a coil heater in the inner tube;
a wick in communication with the liquid supply region, the wick at least partially surrounded by the coil heater, and end
portions of the wick extending through the opposing slots in the inner tube;

a closure ring including an edge at an end thereof, the closure ring being positioned around a portion of the inner tube,
such that the edge is proximate to portions of the wick outside the inner tube, the closure ring does not overlap with the
wick, and the closure ring covers only a portion of each of the opposing slots; and

a power supply configured to supply power to the coil heater.

US Pat. No. 9,668,516

BANDED CIGARETTE WRAPPER WITH OPENED-AREA BANDS

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1. A method of achieving ignition propensity performance in a smoking article together with statistically fewer self-extinguishments
in such smoking articles, comprising:
including a banded region of add-on material at a location along a wrapper of a smokeable rod of a smoking article;
establishing a predetermined, nominal opened-area within said banded region by including a pattern of add-on material-free
openings between a leading edge and a trailing edge of said banded region, the nominal opened-area in the range of about 4%
to about 9% of a total nominal area of said banded region;

wherein the add-on material is formed from an aqueous starch solution containing an anti-wrinklinq agent, calcium carbonate
and starch.

US Pat. No. 9,560,883

ELECTRONIC SMOKING ARTICLES

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1. An electronic vaping device, the vaping device comprising:
a first section including,
an aerosol generation portion including an aerosol generator having at least one heater, and
a liquid supply portion, which is separate from the aerosol generation portion;
a second section, which includes a power supply configured to apply voltage to the at least one heater for heating a liquid
in at least a portion of the aerosol generator to form an aerosol; and

a conductive ink circuit embedded within at least a portion of each of the first and second sections, and the power supply
and the aerosol generator electrically connected upon joining the first and second sections, and the conductive ink circuit
embedded within each of the aerosol generation portion and the liquid supply portion.

US Pat. No. 9,533,791

ACCESSORY PACKAGING

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1. A blank for forming a display box, comprising:
a front panel;
a front panel flap connected along a horizontal fold line to the front panel, the front panel flap being configured to adhere
to the front panel upon assembly of the display box;

a right side panel connected along a vertical fold line to the front panel;
a back panel having an upper flap panel and a lower flap panel,
the upper flap panel having an upper fold line dividing the upper flap panel into a first upper flap panel and a second upper
flap panel, the first upper flap panel defining a first notch at a first end of the first upper flap panel that is a closest
end to the right side panel,

the lower flap panel having a lower fold line dividing the lower flap panel into a first lower flap panel and a second lower
flap panel, the second lower flap panel defining a second notch at a first end of the second lower flap panel that is a closest
end to the right side panel,

a first distance extending from a respective one of the upper and lower fold lines to a bottom surface of a respective one
of the first and second notches is less than a second distance extending from the respective one of the upper and lower fold
lines to top surface of the respective one of the first and second notches, and

the back panel being connected along a vertical fold line to the right side panel;
a left side panel connected along a vertical fold line to the back panel; and
a deck panel connected along a vertical fold line to the left side panel, the deck panel having a plurality of fold lines
forming a tray panel having at least one cutout, an upper deck flap, a lower deck flap, an inner side deck panel, and an outer
side deck panel,

the deck panel having a pair of tabs adjacent to ends of the respective upper and lower deck flaps that are the closest ends
to the outer side deck panel, the pair of tabs extending outward from an upper edge and a lower edge of the deck panel, respectively,
and

the pair of tabs being configured to be received within a corresponding one of the first and second notches of the upper flap
panel and the lower flap panel upon assembly of the display box.

US Pat. No. 9,474,306

ELECTRONIC CIGARETTE

ALTRIA CLIENT SERVICES LL...

1. A device comprising:
a casing extending in a longitudinal direction;
a vaporizer configured to generate a vapor, the vaporizer within the casing;
a mouth-end insert at an end of the casing, the mouth-end insert including,
at least two outlets uniformly spaced about a perimeter of the mouth-end insert, the at least two outlets configured to distribute
the vapor exiting the device, and

an on-axis outlet centrally located in the mouth-end insert;
a central channel between the vaporizer and the mouth-end insert, the central channel being sized and configured to reduce
a velocity of the vapor approaching the mouth-end insert; and

a power supply configured to supply power to the vaporizer.

US Pat. No. 10,039,322

ELECTRONIC SMOKING ARTICLE

Altria Client Services LL...

1. An electronic vaping article operable to produce an aerosol comprising:an outer housing extending in a longitudinal direction and including an upstream end;
a liquid aerosol formulation;
a heater operable to at least partially volatilize at least a portion of the liquid aerosol formulation and form the aerosol;
a power supply operable to apply a voltage across the heater;
at least one light emitting diode (LED);
a charging button assembly including a conductive post operable to form a first external, electrical contact at the upstream end of the outer housing, the conductive post being partially surrounded by a charging button housing that is retained in the upstream end of the outer housing, the conductive post being biased away from the heater so as to be movable relative to and urged outwardly against the charging button housing, the charging button assembly operable to be pushed such that the conductive post moves toward the heater so as to illuminate the at least one LED; and
a second external, electrical contact including a portion of an outer surface of the outer housing at the upstream end of the outer housing,
wherein the first external, electrical contact and the second external, electrical contact are operable to charge the power supply.

US Pat. No. 9,930,909

ORAL PRODUCT

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1. An oral product, comprising a body that is wholly receivable in an oral cavity, the body comprising:a mouth-soluble polymer matrix, the oral product comprising between 40 and 80 weight percent of one or more mouth-soluble polymers;
at least 10 weight percent of non-tobacco cellulosic fibers embedded in the mouth-soluble polymer matrix, the non-tobacco cellulosic fibers comprising cellulose, the non-tobacco cellulosic fibers having an average fiber size of 20 micrometers or less; and
nicotine or a derivative thereof dispersed in the mouth-soluble polymer matrix such that the nicotine or derivative thereof is released from the body when the body is at least partially received within the oral cavity and exposed to saliva,
wherein the non-tobacco cellulosic fibers are configured to provide passages in the mouth-stable polymer matrix to pores retaining the nicotine or derivative thereof, the pores having diameters of between 40 and 60 microns;
wherein the body defines channels formed adjacent the non-tobacco cellulosic fibers; and
wherein the oral product is substantially free of tobacco plant tissue.

US Pat. No. 9,854,830

ORAL TOBACCO PRODUCT

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1. An oral tobacco product, comprising a body that is wholly receivable in an oral cavity, the body comprising:
a mouth-stable polymer matrix comprising at least 60% weight percent of one or more mouth-stable polymers, the one or more
mouth-stable polymers comprising a polyurethane;

at least 10 weight percent of tobacco fibers embedded in the mouth-stable polymer matrix that together form a fiber-polymer
matrix, the tobacco fibers having an average fiber size of less than 200 micrometers; and

an additive comprising nicotine or a derivative thereof that is absorbed into the fiber-polymer matrix,
wherein the body has a plurality of pores having a pore diameter of between 40 microns and 60 microns and a plurality of pores
having a pore diameter of between 1 micron and 10 microns,

wherein the body is formed by extruding a mixture comprising the one or more mouth-stable polymers and the tobacco fibers,
and

wherein the body has a compressibility @250 N of between 45% and 95%.

US Pat. No. 9,648,904

PRODUCT PORTION ENROBING MACHINES AND METHODS

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1. A method of enrobing a product portion in polymer strands comprising:
a) directing a plurality of polymeric fibers from a first polymer spray head to create at least a first polymer enrobing zone,
and optionally directing a plurality of polymeric fibers from a second polymer spray head to create a second polymer enrobing
zone;

b) dropping at least one product portion through said first polymer enrobing zone to perform a first drop;
c) after said first drop, conveying said at least one product portion from a position below said first polymer enrobing zone
to a position above said first polymer enrobing zone or a position above said second polymer enrobing zone for a second drop
through a polymer enrobing zone using a conveyor belt, a rotary drum, or a pneumatic tube, said product portion having a different
orientation in subsequent drops through one or more polymer enrobing zones; and

d) after said step of conveying, dropping said at least one product portion through said first polymer enrobing zone or through
said second polymer enrobing zone to perform said second drop.

US Pat. No. 9,648,908

E-VAPING DEVICE

ALTRIA CLIENT SERVICES LL...

3. An e-vapor device, comprising:
a section, the section including,
an outer cylindrical tube extending in a longitudinal direction,
an inner cylindrical tube within the outer cylindrical tube,
a liquid supply comprising a liquid material, the liquid supply contained in an outer annulus between the outer cylindrical
tube and the inner cylindrical tube,

a heater located in the inner cylindrical tube,
a wick in communication with the liquid supply and in communication with the heater,
a mouth piece in fluid communication the inner cylindrical tube at a proximal end of the section, and
a male threaded connector at a distal end of the section, the male threaded connector having threads with a non-standard pitch,
wherein a major diameter of the threads is 7.00 mm and the non-standard pitch of the threads is 0.6 mm, and the threads have
a root radius of 0.108 mm, a pitch diameter of 6.513 mm, a minor diameter of 6.080 mm, a thread height of 0.460 mm, and a
tap drill diameter of 6.20 mm.

US Pat. No. 9,723,876

ELECTRONIC SMOKING ARTICLE

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1. An electronic smoking article comprising:
a first section including,
an outer tube extending in a longitudinal direction,
a reservoir configured to store a liquid material,
a wick in fluid communication with the reservoir, and
a heater configured to heat the liquid material, the first section connectable to a second section at a breakaway connection,
the breakaway connection including comprising a connector piece extending in the longitudinal direction and having a weakened
region at a location along a length of the breakaway connection,

wherein the connector piece is configured to break at the weakened region if the electronic smoking article is bent beyond
a threshold breaking force.

US Pat. No. 9,668,523

ELECTRONIC CIGARETTE

Altria Client Services LL...

1. A device comprising:
a casing extending in a longitudinal direction;
a vaporizer configured to generate a vapor, the vaporizer in the casing;
a mouth-end insert at an end of the casing, the mouth-end insert including,
a single, non-recessed mouth-end surface, and
a plurality of non-diverging outlets in the mouth-end insert, the outlets being generally coplanar at the single, non-recessed
mouth-end surface of the mouth-end insert; and

a power supply configured to supply power to the vaporizer.

US Pat. No. 9,611,064

TWO CAN PACK SLEEVE AND METHOD

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13. A blank for forming a sleeve operable to at least partially contain two cylindrical cans having the same height and diameter,
the blank comprising:
a top panel connected to a front panel along a first fold line at a top edge of the front panel and connected to a back panel
along a second fold line, the second fold line extending along a top edge of the top panel;

a first side panel connected to the front panel along a third fold line, the third fold line extending along a first side
edge of the front panel;

a second side panel connected to the front panel along a fourth fold line, the fourth fold line extending along a second side
edge of the front panel;

a third side panel connected to the back panel along a fifth fold line, the fifth fold line extending along a first side edge
of the back panel;

a fourth side panel connected to the back panel along a sixth fold line, the sixth fold line extending along a second side
edge of the back panel; and

a first cross-panel connected to the front panel along a seventh fold line, the seventh fold line extending along a central
portion of a bottom edge of the front panel,

wherein a width of the top panel is substantially the same as a height of a single cylindrical can, and heights of the front
panel, the back panel, and the first, second, third, and fourth side panels are equal.

US Pat. No. 9,963,291

MULTICOMPARTMENT CAPSULES OF A BEVERAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHODS OF MAKING THEREOF

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1. A multicompartment capsule for use with a beverage forming apparatus, comprising at least a first compartment and a second compartment formed of a single sheet of polymer material;the first compartment formed from the single sheet of polymer material including a first compartment base and a first compartment sidewall extending upwardly from the first compartment base wherein the first compartment sidewall includes a first compartment rim extending outwardly from an upper end thereof which surrounds an opening of the first compartment;
the second compartment formed from the single sheet of polymer material including a second compartment base and a second compartment sidewall extending upwardly from the second compartment base wherein the second compartment sidewall includes a second compartment rim extending outwardly from an upper end thereof which surrounds an opening of the second compartment;
wherein a folded portion of the single sheet of polymer material extends between an edge of the first compartment rim and an edge of the second compartment rim, and an upper surface of the first compartment rim is sealed to a lower surface of the second compartment rim such that the second compartment base and a portion of the second compartment sidewall are located in an interior of the first compartment and the interior of the first compartment is fluidly isolated;
wherein a lower surface of a lid is sealed to an upper surface of the multicompartment capsule such that the opening of the second compartment is sealed and an interior of the second compartment is fluidly isolated.

US Pat. No. 9,961,941

ELECTRONIC SMOKING ARTICLE

ALTRIA CLIENT SERVICES LL...

1. A method of operating an electronic article, comprising:providing the electronic article with,
a capillary tube,
a compressible liquid supply reservoir configured to contain a liquid, an outlet of the liquid supply reservoir being in communication with an inlet of the capillary tube, the liquid supply reservoir being formed from an elastomeric material,
a power source,
a pressure switch in electrical communication with the power supply,
an electrical heater operative upon the capillary tube:
operating a heated capillary tube by,
delivering the liquid to the capillary tube by manually communicating pressure to the compressible liquid supply reservoir;
activating the pressure switch to communicate electrical power from the power source to the electric heater, wherein the heated capillary tube discharges the liquid communicated to the capillary tube in an at least partially volatized condition;
the discharging including,
discharging the liquid into a chamber on an end of the capillary tube to produce a vapor; and
drawing the vapor from the chamber.

US Pat. No. 9,918,493

PACKAGING SLEEVE

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1. A display system comprising:
a sleeve operable to at least partially contain a cylindrical can, the sleeve comprising:
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 essentially conforming with said rounded
upper panel portions of said front and back panels;

a cylindrical can at least partially retained within said sleeve, whereby a rounded lower portion of the cylindrical can extends
below a lower portion of said sleeve: and

a display rack comprising a plurality of undulating display rack panels;
said sleeve and said cylindrical can retained in a space defined between adjacent members of said undulating panels, wherein
a height of the front panel and a height of the back panel of the blank is less than a diameter of the cylindrical can such
that portions of the cylindrical can extend beyond a bottom edge of the front panel and a bottom edge of the back panel.

US Pat. No. 9,845,169

APPARATUS AND METHOD OF PACKAGING LOOSE PRODUCT

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1. An apparatus for packaging of loose product, the apparatus comprising:
a loading station, said loading station including movable chutes in spaced apart relation, each chute having an upper wall,
a lower wall, two side walls arranged between the upper wall and the lower wall, the upper wall extending between the two
side walls, an open top formed in the upper wall, an open upstream end, and an open downstream end, the open top configured
to receive loose product while the chutes move along a first feed path;

a box erecting apparatus operable to partially erect boxes in spaced apart relation with first and second open sides and align
the first open side of each box with the open downstream end of a corresponding chute while traveling along a second feed
path, the second feed path being parallel to the first feed path;

an unloading station including a stationary vacuum head that is operable to provide a continuous vacuum force along the second
feed path which applies a suction force to the interior of at least two boxes traveling along the second feed path via the
respective second open sides of the at least two boxes, and plungers enter the open upstream ends of the chutes and eject
loose product from respective chutes through the open downstream end into the box at the unloading station; and

a lid operable to cover the open tops of at least two chutes at the unloading station, the lid including at least two air
inlets operable to deliver air from a pressurized air source to the respective open tops of the at least two chutes.

US Pat. No. 9,518,766

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR THERMOELECTRIC COOLING OF PRODUCTS ON DISPLAY AT RETAIL

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1. A thermoelectrically cooled system, the system consisting of:
a thermoelectrically cooled sleeve, which is configured to hold one or more cylindrical cans of a retail product, the thermoelectrically
cooled sleeve comprised of an outer cylindrical body, an inner cylindrical body, a thermoelectric element located between
the outer cylindrical body and the inner cylindrical body, and at least one pair of electrical leads attachable to the thermoelectrically
cooled sleeve, and upon application of a source of electrical power to the at least one pair of electrical leads heat moves
through the thermoelectric element from the inner cylindrical body to the outer cylindrical body of the thermoelectrically
cooled sleeve.

US Pat. No. 9,510,623

ELECTRONIC CIGARETTE

Altria Client Services LL...

1. An electronic vaping device comprising:
a liquid supply including a liquid material;
a heater configured to vaporize the liquid material to produce a vapor; a mouth-end insert including at least two diverging
outlets which are located at an end of off-axis passages;

an air flow diverter configured to prevent incoming air from reducing vapor output due to cooling of the heater during puff
cycles, the air flow diverter at least partially disposed about the heater;

an outer cylindrical tube extending in a longitudinal direction; an inner cylindrical tube within the outer cylindrical tube;
a central air passage in communication with an upstream end of the inner cylindrical tube;
the liquid supply contained in an outer annulus between the outer cylindrical tube and the inner cylindrical tube;
the heater located in the inner cylindrical tube downstream of and spaced apart in relation to the central air passage;
a wick in communication with the liquid supply and in communication with the heater such that the wick delivers the liquid
material to the heater and the heater is configured to heat the liquid material to a temperature sufficient to vaporize the
liquid material and form the vapor in the inner cylindrical tube;

a power supply configured to apply a voltage across the heater; and
at least one air inlet configured to deliver air drawn into the central air passage by a puff on the electronic vaping device;
wherein the air flow diverter is configured to divert at least some air flow away from a portion of the heater;
wherein the air flow diverter comprises an impervious plug at a downstream end of the central air passage, the impervious
plug positioned in the central air passage defined by a seal, the air flow diverter further comprising at least one radial
air channel extending from an upstream end of the central air passage to an outer longitudinal air passage, the outer longitudinal
air passage at least partially surrounding the downstream end of the central air passage, the air flow diverter configured
to direct air flow away from the portion of the heater.

US Pat. No. 9,848,656

ELECTRONIC CIGARETTE

Altria Client Services LL...

1. An electronic article comprising:
an outer tube extending in a longitudinal direction, the outer tube defining a portion of a liquid supply region configured
to store a liquid material;

an inner tube within the outer tube, the inner tube including a pair of opposing slots, the liquid supply region between the
outer tube and the inner tube;

a coil heater in the inner tube;
a wick in communication with the liquid supply region, the wick at least partially surrounded by the coil heater, and end
portions of the wick extending through the opposing slots in the inner tube;

a closure ring including an edge at an end thereof, the closure ring being positioned around a portion of the inner tube,
such that the edge is proximate to portions of the wick outside the inner tube, the closure ring does not overlap with the
wick, and the closure ring covers only a portion of each of the opposing slots; and

a power supply configured to supply power to the coil heater.

US Pat. No. 10,028,537

POD ASSEMBLY, DISPENSING BODY, AND E-VAPOR APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

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1. A pod assembly for an e-vapor apparatus, comprising:a plurality of external surfaces including a front face, a rear face opposite the front face, a first side face between the front face and the rear face, a second side face opposite the first side face, a downstream end face, and an upstream end face opposite the downstream end face, at least a portion of the front face and the rear face being transparent, the downstream end face defining an outlet;
a liquid compartment configured to hold a liquid formulation such that the liquid formulation is visible through the front face and the rear face;
a vaporizer compartment in fluidic communication with the liquid compartment, the vaporizer compartment being adjacent to the upstream end face, the vaporizer compartment configured to heat the liquid formulation, the vaporizer compartment being visible through the front face and the rear face, the vaporizer compartment including a wire coil around a wick;
a vapor channel extending from the vaporizer compartment, through a center of the liquid compartment, and to the outlet, the vapor channel being visible through the front face and the rear face, an entirety of the vapor channel being downstream from the wire coil; and
a plurality of electrical contacts disposed at the upstream end face and electrically connected to the wire coil of the vaporizer compartment, the vapor channel being between the outlet and the plurality of electrical contacts, the plurality of electrical contacts including a first electrical contact and a second electrical contact, the first electrical contact being closer to the first side face than the second side face, the second electrical contact being closer to the second side face than the first side face, the first electrical contact and the second electrical contact having respective planar surfaces.

US Pat. No. 10,015,993

VAPORIZING ASSEMBLY COMPRISING A VIEWABLE HEATING ELEMENT AND DELIVERY DEVICE FOR AN AEROSOL-GENERATING SYSTEM

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1. A vaporizing assembly of an aerosol-generating system, comprising:a heater assembly including a thermal transfer substrate and a heating element, the thermal transfer substrate including a first surface and an opposing second surface, the heating element disposed on the second surface of the thermal transfer substrate; and
a delivery device including a pump and a nozzle configured to spray an aerosol-forming substrate onto the first surface of the thermal transfer substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,896,228

POLYMER ENCASED SMOKELESS TOBACCO PRODUCTS

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1. A method of making a polymer encased smokeless tobacco or tobacco substitute product comprising:
forming a compressed body including smokeless tobacco, a tobacco substitute, or a combination thereof;
placing the compressed body in a first tubular member having a first side wall defining a plurality of fenestrations;
reducing a diameter of said first tubular member to secure said first tubular member to said compressed body to form a partially
covered body having uncovered ends;

placing said partially covered body in a second tubular member having a second side wall defining a plurality of fenestrations,
said uncovered ends being positioned against said second side wall;

reducing a diameter of said second tubular member to secure said second tubular member to said partially covered body to form
a fully covered body; and

heating said covered body to melt bond said first and second tubular members together around said compressed body to form
an encased body.

US Pat. No. 9,821,921

DIRECT TO CONTAINER SYSTEM WITH ON-LINE WEIGHT CONTROL AND ASSOCIATED METHOD

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1. A system for filling a plurality of containers with material-filled pouches, each of the plurality of containers having
sidewalls and a concave bottom surface curved inward toward an interior volume defined by the container, the system comprising:
a pouch providing station comprising a plurality of lanes for providing a predetermined number of pouches to each of a plurality
of containers when aligned at the pouch providing station;

a tamping station comprising a plurality of tamp heads for tamping the pouches of each container of the plurality of containers
when aligned at the tamping station;

a conveyor system structured and arranged to move the plurality of containers into alignment with the plurality of lanes at
the pouch providing station and to move the plurality of containers into alignment with the plurality of tamp heads at the
tamping station; and

a container support assembly operative at the tamping station and structured and arranged to temporarily support each bottom
surface of the plurality of containers during tamping, the support element comprising a plurality of protrusions conforming
with the concave bottom surfaces of the plurality of containers, the support element being moveable between a first retracted
position and a extended second position, the retracted position providing a clearance between the plurality of protrusions
and the plurality of containers as the plurality of containers are being moved into and away from the tamping station by the
conveyor system, the extended position placing the plurality of protrusions in contact with the concave bottom surfaces for
tamping;

whereby a tendency of tamping to damage containers at the tamping station is abated.

US Pat. No. 9,149,066

APPARATUS FOR STRIPPING AND SORTING LEAVES FROM AGRICULTURAL CROPS

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1. An apparatus for stripping and sorting leaves from stalks of agricultural crops, comprising
(a) a base frame having a first longitudinal member, said first longitudinal member having a first end and a second end, and
a second longitudinal member in a parallel spaced-relationship with said first longitudinal member;

(b) a plurality of cross members arranged perpendicularly along at least said first longitudinal member, each of said plurality
of cross members having a lower stripping member for receiving the stalk of an agricultural crop;

(c) a plurality of upper stripping members, each upper stripping member positionable to cooperate with a corresponding lower
stripping member to substantially encircle the stalk;

(d) means for engaging and conveying the stalk along the apparatus in a direction from said first end to said second end of
said first longitudinal member; and

(e) a pivotable frame, said pivotable frame having said plurality of upper stripping members affixed thereto;
wherein each upper stripping member and the corresponding lower stripping member cooperate to strip the leaves from the stalk
as the stalk is conveyed along the apparatus, and wherein said means for engaging and conveying the stalk along the apparatus
comprises a stalk gripping assembly disposed near said second end of said first longitudinal member.

US Pat. No. 10,082,472

OIL DETECTION PROCESS AND APPARATUS

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1. An inspection station for detecting oil or lubricant contamination in a manufactured product, comprising:(a) a conveyor for advancing manufactured product; and
(b) an infrared detection apparatus, said infrared detection apparatus including:
(i) a high intensity infrared light source for directing at the manufactured product, and
(ii) a high speed NIR spectrometer sensor tuned to detect an emitted signal from a taggant disposed in the oil or lubricant,
wherein said infrared detection apparatus is positioned proximate said conveyor for advancing manufactured product at a distance effective to enable detection of emitted IR radiation as each advancing successive manufactured product is irradiated.

US Pat. No. 9,963,260

ROTATABLE DRUM AND METHOD AND SYSTEM USING THE SAME FOR THE AUTOMATED PRODUCTION OF E-VAPOR DEVICES

Altria Client Services LL...

1. A rotatable drum for automated manufacturing of e-vapor devices, comprising:a drum body including a roll face bounded by opposing end faces, the roll face defining a plurality of pockets therein; and
a first seat structure tractably-mounted in each of the plurality of pockets of the drum body with a post and a resilient element, the first seat structure including a first outer surface and an opposing first inner surface, the first outer surface defining a first groove therein and facing outward from the drum body, the first groove configured to receive and hold a first casing of the e-vapor devices, the post extending through the resilient element and connected to the first inner surface of the first seat structure.

US Pat. No. 9,886,631

ON-LINE OIL AND FOREIGN MATTER DETECTION STYSTEM AND METHOD EMPLOYING HYPERSPECTRAL IMAGING

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1. A method for removing foreign matter from an agricultural product stream of a manufacturing process in real time, the method
comprising the steps of:
(a) conveying a product stream past an inspection station;
(b) scanning a region of the agricultural product stream as it passes the inspection station using at least one light source
of a single or different wavelengths;

(c) generating hyperspectral images in real time from the scanned region;
(d) determining a hyperspectral fingerprint for the agricultural product stream from the hyperspectral images in real time,
wherein the hyperspectral fingerprints contain data from scanning the product stream at wavelengths from about 374 nm to about
1035 nm;

(e) comparing the full hyperspectral fingerprint obtained in step (d) to a hyperspectral fingerprint database containing a
plurality of hyperspectral fingerprints in real time, using a computer processor to determine whether foreign matter is present
and, if present, generating a signal in response thereto; and

(f) removing a portion of the conveyed product stream in response to the signal.

US Pat. No. 9,733,197

OIL DETECTION PROCESS AND APPARATUS

ALTRIA CLIENT SERVICES LL...

1. A system for localization of oil contamination, comprising
(a) an inspection station for tobacco rods having a conveyor for advancing successive tobacco rods or pairs of tobacco rods;
and

(b) an infrared detection apparatus, said infrared detection apparatus including:
(i) a high intensity infrared light source directed at tobacco rods and
(ii) a high speed NIR spectrometer sensor tuned to detect an emitted signal from a taggant disposed in the oil,
wherein said infrared detection apparatus is positioned proximate said conveyer at a distance effective to enable detection
of reflected IR radiation as each advancing successive tobacco rod or pair of tobacco rods is irradiated.

US Pat. No. 9,681,688

E-VAPING DEVICE

ALTRIA CLIENT SERVICES LL...

3. An e-vapor device, comprising:
a mouth piece;
a tank defining a liquid storage portion and an air passage from the mouth piece;
an adapter containing a heater and wick, the heater in fluid communication with the air passage, the wick in communication
with the liquid storage portion and the heater, the heater configured to vaporize the liquid material; and

the adapter having first and second ends, the first end operationally connected to the tank, the second end including male
threads having a non-standard pitch,

wherein a major diameter of the male threads is 7.00 mm and the non-standard pitch of the male threads is 0.6 mm, and the
male threads have a root radius of 0.108 mm, a pitch diameter of 6.513 mm, a minor diameter of 6.080 mm, a thread height of
0.460 mm, and a tap drill diameter of 6.20 mm.

US Pat. No. 9,642,384

FLAVOR SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MAKING BEVERAGES

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1. A method of making an alcoholic beverage having the flavor of whiskey, the method comprising:
adding about 100,000 ?g/l to about 5,000,000 ?g/l of 3-methylbutanol, about 100,000 ?g/l to about 5,000,000 ?g/l of 2-methylbutanol,
about 100 ?g/l to about 25,000 ?g/l of vanilline, about 20 ?g/l to about 5,000 ?g/l of 3-methylbutanal, about 5,000 ?g/l to
about 200,000 ?g/l of 2-phenylethanol, about 10 ?g/l to about 1,000 ?g/l of 2-phenylacetic acid, about 100 ?g/l to about 10,000
?g/l of 2-phenylethyl acetate, about 100 ?g/l to about 5,000 ?g/l of ethyl butyrate, about 500 ?g/l to about 25,000 ?g/l of
ethyl octanoate, about 10 ?g/l to about 500 ?g/l of ethyl-2-methylbutyrate, about 1 ?g/l to about 100 ?g/l of (E)-b-damascenone,
about 500 ?g/l to about 25,000 ?g/l of 3-methylbutyl acetate, about 2,000 ?g/l to about 100,000 ?g/l of 1,1-diethoxyethane,
about 100 ?g/l to about 50,000 ?g/l of whiskey lactone, about 10 ?g/l to about 10,000 ?g/l of 2-methoxyphenol, about 10 ?g/l
to about 1,000 ?g/l of 4-allyl-2-methoxyphenol, about 10 ?g/l to about 500 ?g/l of 5-pentyldihydrofuran-2(3H)-one, about 10
?g/l to about 10,000 ?g/l of 4-methyl-2-methoxyphenol, about 1 ?g/l to about 70 ?g/l of 5-hexyldihydrofuran-2(3H)-one, about
1 ?g/l to about 100 ?g/l of (E,E)-2,4-decadienal, about 0.1 ?g/l to about 10 ?g/l of (E,E)-2,4-nonadienal, about 50 ?g/l to
about 10,000 ?g/l of 4-ethylphenol, about 1 ?g/l to about 10,000 ?g/l of 4-methylphenol, about 2,000,000 ?g/l to about 10,000,000
?g/l of glycerol, about 30,000 ?g/l to about 150,000 ?g/l of tannic acid, about 1,000,000 ?g/l to about 5,000,000 ?g/l of
oak extract, and about 1,000 ?g/l to about 474,000,000 ?g/l of ethanol to a quantity of water so as to form an alcoholic beverage
having the flavor of whiskey.

US Pat. No. 10,051,895

AEROSOL-GENERATING SYSTEM WITH SELF-ACTIVATED ELECTRIC HEATER

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1. An electronic vaping device comprising:a liquid storage portion configured to store a liquid vapor-forming substrate;
an electric heater including at least one heating element, the at least one heating element configured to heat the liquid vapor-forming substrate; and
electronic circuitry configured to
self-activate the electric heater for a first time interval during a period of inactivity of the electric heater between consecutive applications of negative pressure to a mouth-end of the electronic vaping device, and
determine depletion of the liquid vapor-forming substrate based on a relationship between a power applied to the at least one heating element during the first time interval and a resulting temperature change of the at least one heating element during the first time interval.

US Pat. No. 10,010,109

ELECTRONIC SMOKING ARTICLE WITH ALTERNATIVE AIR FLOW PATHS

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1. An e-vaping device, comprising:an outer cylindrical housing extending in a longitudinal direction, the outer cylindrical housing defining one or more inlets configured to allow air to be drawn into the e-vaping device;
a power source located within the outer cylindrical housing;
a cartridge on an end of the e-vaping device, at least a portion of the outer cylindrical housing forming an outer surface of the cartridge, the cartridge including,
a reservoir configured to contain a pre-vapor formulation,
a heater and wick arrangement in fluid communication with the reservoir, the heater and wick arrangement being operative to volatilize the pre-vapor formulation to produce a vapor,
a gasket in fluid communication with the one or more inlets, the gasket having an outer surface configured to seal with an interior surface of the outer cylindrical housing, the gasket being made from a resilient material, the gasket defining a first air passage,
a rigid tubular insert configured to fit fully within an outlet of the first air passage of the gasket, the rigid tubular insert defining a second air passage, the second air passage being configured to provide a desired resistance-to-draw (RTD) for the e-vaping device, wherein a combined air flow cross-sectional area of the one or more inlets of the outer cylindrical housing is greater than a cross-sectional area of the second air passage of the rigid tubular insert, the gasket being upstream of the heater and wick arrangement relative to an expected airflow path through the cartridge during normal operational use of the cartridge,
a condensation chamber in fluid communication with the outlet of the first air passage of the gasket, the condensation chamber being located on a first end of the cartridge, and
a mouth-end insert on the first end of the cartridge.

US Pat. No. 10,082,467

MENTHOL DETECTION ON TOBACCO

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1. A system for detecting and separating mentholated tobacco from non-mentholated tobacco within a product stream, comprising:(a) a first conveying means for delivering a product stream;
(b) a first detection apparatus for detecting mentholated tobacco, the first detection apparatus positioned proximate the product stream, the first detection apparatus including a high intensity infrared light source directed at the product stream, and a high speed NIR spectrometer sensor tuned to receive light at a taggants emission frequency and detect an emitted signal from a taggant disposed in the menthol of the mentholated tobacco; and
(c) a controller for determining whether the product stream contains mentholated tobacco by monitoring signals obtained from the first detection apparatus.
US Pat. No. 9,781,929

BACTERIOPHAGE AND METHODS OF USING

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1. A method for reducing the number of viable Virgibacillus bacteria cells in tobacco, comprising:
contacting tobacco with an amount of a composition effective for reducing the number of viable Virgibacillus bacteria cells in the tobacco, the composition comprising a polypeptide having at least 95% sequence identity to an amino
acid sequence selected from the group consisting of SEQ ID NO: 4 and 12.

US Pat. No. 9,820,507

METHOD OF MAKING ORAL POUCH PRODUCT

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1. A method of making an oral pouch product comprising:
folding web into a tubular form with opposite longitudinal edge portions in an opposing relation along said tubular form using
a vertical fill and seal machine;

forming a fin seam along said opposing edges of the tubular form;
folding the fin seam into a superposed relation to an outer surface of said tubular form;
sealing the fin seam to said outer surface of the tubular form to form an integrated fin and lap seal;
forming a lower transverse seam across the tubular formation;
placing a portion of a loose botanical filling material into the tubular formation above the transverse seam; and
forming an upper transverse seam across the tubular formation to enclose the filling material in a pillow-shaped oral pouch
product.

US Pat. No. 9,996,745

BLENDING OF AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS VIA HYPERSPECTRAL IMAGING AND ANALYSIS

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1. A method for blending of agricultural product, the method utilizing hyperspectral imaging and comprising:(a) scanning at least one region along a sample of agricultural product using at least one light source of a single or different wavelengths;
(b) generating hyperspectral images from the at least one region;
(c) determining a spectral fingerprint for the sample of agricultural product from the hyperspectral images;
(d) repeating steps (a), (b), and (c) for a plurality of samples of agricultural product; and
(e) blending the plurality of samples of agricultural product together based on the spectral fingerprints of the samples according to parameters determined by a blending algorithm, to yield a blended agricultural product.

US Pat. No. 9,968,131

ASSEMBLY DRUM AND SYSTEM AND METHOD USING THE SAME FOR THE AUTOMATED PRODUCTION OF E-VAPOR DEVICES

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1. An assembler system for manufacturing a vapor-generating article, comprising:an assembly drum including an outer face and a flute in the outer face, the assembly drum configured to rotate, the flute configured to hold a first section and a second section of the vapor-generating article;
a first mechanism configured to translate the first section relative to the second section while the first section and the second section are in the flute; and
a second mechanism configured to rotate the first section relative to the second section while the first section and the second section are in the flute so as to connect the first section to the second section to form the vapor-generating article.

US Pat. No. 9,693,582

PRODUCT PORTION ENROBING MACHINES AND METHODS

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1. A method of enrobing a product portion in polymer strands comprising:
a) directing a plurality of polymeric fibers from a first polymer spray head to create at least a first polymer enrobing zone,
and optionally directing a plurality of polymeric fibers from a second polymer spray head to create a second polymer enrobing
zone;

b) dropping at least one product portion through said first polymer enrobing zone to perform a first drop;
c) after said first drop, conveying said at least one product portion from a position below said first polymer enrobing zone
to a position above said first polymer enrobing zone or a position above said second polymer enrobing zone for a second drop
through a polymer enrobing zone using a conveyor belt, a rotary drum, or a pneumatic tube, said product portion having a different
orientation in subsequent drops through one or more polymer enrobing zones; and

d) after said step of conveying, dropping said at least one product portion through said first polymer enrobing zone or through
said second polymer enrobing zone to perform said second drop.

US Pat. No. 9,538,782

INHIBITION OF SENSORY IRRITATION DURING CONSUMPTION OF SMOKELESS TOBACCO PRODUCTS USING A COMBINATORIAL APPROACH

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1. A tobacco product comprising:
a smokeless tobacco product selected from the list consisting of chewing tobacco, moist smokeless tobacco and dry snuff;
at least two active ingredients;
wherein the first active ingredient is an antagonist of a nicotinic acetylcholine receptor and the second active ingredient
is an antagonist of a TRP ion channel; and

wherein the tobacco product does not comprise mercaptan or curcumin.
US Pat. No. 9,370,160

TOBACCO INBRED PLANTS ALBEX1F AND ALBEX1MS

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1. A seed of tobacco cultivar ALBEX1F, a tobacco cultivar essentially derived from said tobacco cultivar ALBEX1F, or a tobacco
hybrid derived from said tobacco cultivar ALBEX1F, wherein said seed comprises SEQ ID NO: 1, a representative sample seed
of said cultivar ALBEX1F is deposited with the ATCC under ATCC Accession No. PTA-11716.

US Pat. No. 10,059,506

HINGED LID PACKAGING

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7. A hinge-lid box, comprising:a hinge box structure having a lid;
an inner box structure comprising a forwardly biased, front, upper edge portion, said forwardly biased, front, upper edge portion slidably engaging an inner front surface of said lid of said hinge lid box structure as said box structure is being closed and upon closure, wherein said inner box structure further comprises a side panel, said side panel comprising a flange extending rearwardly from along an upper portion of said side panel sufficiently to forwardly bias said forwardly biased, front, upper edge portion.

US Pat. No. 10,015,991

HYBRID E-VAPING CARTRIDGE, E-VAPING DEVICE INCLUDING A HYBRID E-VAPING CARTRIDGE, AND METHOD OF MAKING THEREOF

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1. An e-vaping cartridge, comprising:a housing body;
a first tube extending longitudinally within the housing body, the first tube at least partially defining a central passage within the first tube, the first tube further defining at least one first hole that provides fluid communication between the central passage and a first annulus reservoir, the first annulus reservoir defined between the housing body and the first tube;
one or more layers of absorbent material positioned within the first annulus reservoir and around at least a portion of the first tube;
a wick in communication with the central passage, distal ends of the wick traversing the at least one first hole of the first tube and being in communication with the first annulus reservoir;
a heater configured to vaporize a pre-vapor formulation that is communicated by the wick from the first annulus reservoir; and
a second tube extending longitudinally within the housing body and partially defining a second annulus reservoir between the housing body and the second tube, the second tube defining at least one second hole that provides fluid communication between the first annulus reservoir and the second annulus reservoir.

US Pat. No. 10,006,548

LABYRINTH SEAL BEARING HOUSING

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1. A labyrinth seal bearing housing, comprising:a labyrinth seal comprising:
a first seal element which can be connected to a wall of a mixing vessel; and
a second seal element that is connected to a rotatable shaft; and
a housing comprising:
a bearing support having a circular body, a first surface, a second surface, and having a circular recess in the second surface;
a bearing having an inner race and an outer race, the outer race seated in the circular recess of the bearing support; and
a number of posts extending outward from and integral with the first surface, the posts being circumferentially spaced about the circular body such that there are gaps between the posts, the posts connecting the circular body to the first seal element;
wherein the second seal element is configured to rotate relative to the first seal element and the bearing support; and
wherein the first seal element and the second seal element create a tortuous flow path between an exterior and an interior of the mixing vessel.

US Pat. No. 9,771,552

FLAVOR SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MAKING SHERRY WINE LIKE BEVERAGES

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1. A method of making a sherry wine-like beverage comprising:
adding at least one flavor compound selected from a first group of compounds to a quantity of aqueous solution, the first
group of compounds consisting of caprylic acid, isobutyric acid, butyric acid, 3-methylbutyric acid, isovaleric acid, caproic
acid, and decanoic acid, wherein the at least one flavor compound selected from the first group is added in an amount ranging
from about 2 ?g/L to about 400,000 ?g/L;

adding at least one flavor compound from a second group of compounds to the quantity of aqueous solution, the second group
consisting of 2-methylbutanol, isoamyl alcohol, diacetyl, vanillin, methylpropanol, isovaleraldehyde, 2-methylpropanal, 2-methylbutanal,
4-hydroxy-2,5-dimethylfuran-3(2H)-one, acetovanillone, 2,3-pentanedione, and ethylfuraneol, wherein the at least one flavor
compound selected from the second group is added in an amount ranging from about 0.05 ?g/L to about 4,000,000 ?g/L;

adding at least one flavor compound from a third group of compounds to the quantity of aqueous solution, the third group consisting
of 2-phenylethanol, phenylacetic acid, 2-phenylethyl acetate, and linalool, wherein the at least one flavor compound selected
from the third group is added in an amount ranging from about 0.1 ?g/L to about 1,000,000 ?g/L;

adding at least one flavor compound from a fourth group of compounds to the quantity of aqueous solution, the fourth group
consisting of acetaldehyde, butanoic acid ethyl ester, ethyl isobutyrate, octanoic acid ethyl ester, hexanoic acid ethyl ester,
ethyl isovalerate, 2-methylbutanoic acid ethy ester, (E)-?-damascenone, 1,1-diethoxyethane, propanoic acid ethyl ester, (L)-ethyl-2-ethyl
lactate, ethyl DL-leucate, 3-methylbutyl acetate, and trans ethyl-cinnamate, wherein the at least one flavor compound selected
from the fourth group is added in an amount ranging from about 0.01 ?g/L to about 20,000,000 ?g/L;

adding at least one flavor compound from a fifth group of compounds to the quantity of aqueous solution, the fifth group consisting
of cis-oak lactone, eugenol, 4-ethyl-guaiacol, guaiacol, 4-methyl-guaiacol, 4-propyl-guaiacol, 5-pentyldihydrofuran-2(3H)-one,
and 5-hexyldihydrofuran-2(3H)-one, wherein the at least one flavor compound selected from the fifth group is added in an amount
ranging from about 0.05 ?g/L to about 5,500 ?g/L; adding at least one flavor compound from a sixth group of compounds to the
quantity of aqueous solution, the sixth group consisting of sotolone, methionol, methional, dimethyl sulfide, dimethyltrisulfide,
(E)-2-nonenal, (E,E)-2,4-decadienal, and (E,E)-2,4-nonadienal, wherein the at least one flavor compound selected from the
sixth group is added in an amount ranging from about 0.02 ?g/L to about 70,000 ?g/L; and
adding at least one flavor compound from a seventh group of compounds to the quantity of aqueous solution, the seventh group
consisting of 4-ethylphenol, p-cresol, m-cresol, o-cresol, and phenol, wherein the at least one flavor compound selected from
the seventh group is added in an amount ranging from about 0.1 ?g/L to about 5,000 ?g/L,
wherein the flavor compounds are included in amounts sufficient to form a beverage having the flavor of sherry wine without
the need for fermentation and aging.

US Pat. No. 9,687,026

SLIDE PUSH PACK FOR SMOKING ARTICLES

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1. A slide push pack for smoking articles, the pack comprising:
an outer shell, the outer shell having a front panel, a back panel, a first side panel, and a second side panel, the back
panel having a pair of guide rails and an inner channel, each of the pair of guide rails having an inner panel, which is connected
along a fold line to the back panel, and an outer panel, which is connected along a fold line to the inner panel, the front
panel having a front finger window; and

an inner shell configured to receive a bundle of smoking articles, the inner shell comprising an inner back panel, an outer
back panel, a front panel, a first side panel, a second side panel, and a hinged-lid, the hinged-lid having a hinged-lid back
panel configured to attach the hinged-lid to the inner back panel of the inner shell, and wherein the outer back panel of
the inner shell includes an upper tab, and the inner back panel includes a mid-tab and a lower retention tab, and each of
the upper tab, the mid-tab, and the lower retention tab is configured to be received within the inner channel and between
the pair of guide rails of the outer shell.

US Pat. No. 9,999,243

EXHAUSTED TOBACCO LOZENGE

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1. An exhausted-tobacco lozenge, comprising a body that is wholly receivable in an oral cavity, the body comprising:a maltodextrin matrix;
exhausted-tobacco fiber dispersed within the maltodextrin matrix; and
one or more additives dispersed in the maltodextrin matrix or exhausted-tobacco fiber such that at least one additive is released from the body as the body dissolves when the body is at least partially received within the oral cavity of an adult tobacco consumer and exposed to saliva, wherein the body comprises at least 60 weight percent maltodextrin.

US Pat. No. 10,051,894

CARTRIDGE AND E-VAPING DEVICE WITH SERPENTINE HEATER

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1. A cartridge of an e-vaping device, the cartridge comprising:a housing extending in a longitudinal direction;
a reservoir in the housing, the reservoir configured to store a pre-vapor formulation;
a first connector piece defining a first channel extending therethrough;
a post extending through the first channel, the post defining a second channel therethrough;
a heater in the housing, the heater having a sinusoidal shaped member translating about an elliptical shape to define a third channel in fluid communication with the second channel, the heater connected to and supported on the post;
an absorbent material at least partially surrounding the sinusoidal shaped member, the absorbent material in fluid communication with the reservoir; and
a sheath at least partially surrounding the absorbent material.

US Pat. No. 9,986,760

ELECTRONIC SMOKING ARTICLE

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1. An electronic vaping article comprising:a heater-wick element including a heatable portion and at least one wicking portion including a plurality of metal beads or particles, the heater-wick element in communication with a liquid supply region;
at least one connection structure wrapped around the heater-wick element; and
at least one electrical lead connected to the at least one connection structure,
the at least one wicking portion extending into the liquid supply region,
the heatable portion integrally formed with the at least one wicking portion,
the heatable portion outside of the liquid supply region,
the liquid supply region including liquid material,
the heater-wick element configured to wick the liquid material from the liquid supply region and move the liquid material along the heater-wick element through interstices and voids between the plurality of metal beads or particles, and
the heater-wick element having a porosity ranging from about 30% to about 60% and configured to volatilize the liquid material to produce a vapor.
US Pat. No. 10,113,174

TOBACCO HAVING ALTERED LEAF PROPERTIES AND METHODS OF MAKING AND USING

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1. A variety of Nicotiana tabacum, the variety comprising plants having a mutation in an endogenous nucleic acid, the wild type endogenous nucleic acid encoding the PR50 sequence shown in SEQ ID NO:2, wherein plants having the mutation exhibit a reduced amount of nicotine relative to corresponding plants lacking the mutation, wherein leaf from plants having the mutation exhibit equal or better quality than leaf from corresponding plants lacking the mutation.

US Pat. No. 9,963,253

AIR ACCELERATOR DOSING TUBE

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1. An assembly comprising a bank of dosing assemblies, each dosing assembly of the bank of dosing assemblies configured to be in fluid communication with a common pressurized air source via a pressure regulator valve, the bank of dosing assemblies configured to deliver particulate material in a plurality of respective generally vertical parallel lanes to corresponding partially formed pouches being formed by respective pouching machines, each dosing assembly including:an air accelerator assembly having an inlet at an upper end, an outlet at a bottom end, a vertically extending channel between the inlet and the outlet for passage of particulate material, an adjustable-throat annular venturi, and a chamber for passing pressurized air to the vertically extending channel via the adjustable-throat annular venturi;
a dosing tube attached to the air accelerator assembly, the dosing tube having a vertically extending interior adapted to receive particulate material and air from the outlet of the air accelerator assembly to move the particulate material into a partially formed pouch during operation of the assembly; and
a metering apparatus having a housing and a funnel that is coupled to the upper end of the air accelerator assembly, the housing of the metering apparatus including generally parallel feed screws therein adapted to intermittently supply predetermined quantities of particulate material through the inlet of the air accelerator assembly to the vertically extending channel thereof via the funnel at predetermined time intervals to fill successive partially formed pouches via the dosing tube during operation of the assembly;
wherein each air accelerator assembly is individually calibratable via adjustment of the adjustable-throat annular venturi;
wherein the inlet and the outlet are in a fixed outer member and a movable member is entirely contained within the fixed outer member;
the fixed outer member includes a threaded bore and a frustoconical inner surface extending downwardly from the threaded bore wherein a projecting land of the funnel of the metering apparatus is disposed in an upper region of the threaded bore such that the inlet is coaxially aligned with an outlet of the funnel;
the movable member includes an inlet opening in an upper surface thereof that is disposed below the inlet of the fixed outer member, a discharge opening at a distal end thereof that is disposed above the outlet of the fixed outer member, a longitudinal bore extending from the inlet opening to the discharge opening, an upper flange mounted in the fixed outer member such that the movable member is axially movable within the fixed outer member between the upper region of the threaded bore and the outlet thereof, and a frustoconical external surface extending downwardly and inwardly from the upper flange;
the frustoconical inner surface of the fixed outer member surrounding the frustoconical external surface of the movable member, the chamber defined therebetween; and
the adjustable-throat annular venturi is defined between the distal end of the movable member and the frustoconical inner surface of the fixed outer member.

US Pat. No. 9,913,495

E-VAPING DEVICE HAVING A SECTION WITH A REMOVABLE INSULATOR BETWEEN ELECTRICALLY CONDUCTIVE AND PASSIVE ELEMENTS

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1. A section of an e-vaping device, comprising:
an outer housing;
a power supply in the outer housing;
control circuitry electrically connected to the power supply; and
a removable insulator configured to interrupt an electrical connection between the power supply and the control circuitry,
a portion of the removable insulator being positioned between electrically conductive and passive elements of the e-vaping
section.

US Pat. No. 9,870,505

HYPERSPECTRAL IMAGING SYSTEM FOR MONITORING AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS DURING PROCESSING AND MANUFACTURING

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1. A method for monitoring a manufacturing process of an agricultural product, the method utilizing hyperspectral imaging
and comprising:
(a) scanning at least one region along a sample of agricultural product using at least one light source of a single or different
wavelengths;

(b) generating hyperspectral images from the at least one region;
(c) determining a spectral fingerprint for the sample of agricultural product from the hyperspectral images; and
(d) comparing the spectral fingerprint obtained in step (c) to a spectral fingerprint database containing a plurality of fingerprints
obtained at various points of the manufacturing process, using a computer processor, to determine to which point in the manufacturing
process the sample has progressed.

US Pat. No. 10,123,566

ELECTRONIC CIGARETTE

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1. An electronic vaping device comprising:an outer tube extending in a longitudinal direction;
a seal in the outer tube, the seal defining a central air passage;
a liquid supply in the outer tube, the liquid supply configured to contain a liquid material;
a mouth-end insert including,
at least two outlets; and
a heater between the seal and the mouth-end insert;
an air flow diverter including,
an impervious plug in the seal, the impervious plug sealing a first end of the central air passage, the air flow diverter further including,
at least one radial air channel extending from the central air passage to an outer longitudinal air passage at least partially surrounding the seal, the air flow diverter configured to direct air flow away from at least a portion of the heater.

US Pat. No. 10,021,908

SLIDE PUSH PACK FOR SMOKING ARTICLES

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1. A blank for an outer shell of a slide push pack for smoking articles, the blank comprising:a first side panel having a right edge connected along a vertical fold line to a left edge of a front panel, a second side panel having a left edge connected along a vertical fold line to a right edge of the front panel, a back panel having a left edge connected along a vertical fold line to a right edge of the second side panel, a side glue panel having a left edge connected along a vertical fold line to a right edge of the back panel, a top retention panel having a bottom edge connected along a horizontal fold line to a top edge of the back panel, and an inner panel having a top edge connected along a horizontal fold line to a lower edge of the back panel;
the inner panel including a pair of parallel and spaced apart first and second guide rails separated by a gap, wherein the first guide rail includes an inner guide rail panel and an outer guide rail panel having a top edge connected along a horizontal fold line to a bottom edge of the inner guide rail panel, and the second guide rail includes an inner guide rail panel and an outer guide rail panel having a top edge connected along a horizontal fold line to a bottom edge of the inner guide rail panel;
wherein the outer guide rail panels can be folded into superposed relation to the inner guide rail panels, the inner panel can be folded into superposed relation with the back panel, and the retention panel can be folded over adjacent end portions of the first and second guide rails.

US Pat. No. 10,021,915

ELECTRONIC SMOKING ARTICLE

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1. A cartridge of an electronic vaping device comprising:an outer housing extending in a longitudinal direction; a reservoir configured to store a pre-vapor formulation; a vaporizer in fluid communication with the reservoir, the vaporizer configured to vaporize the pre-vapor formulation; and a first connector piece, the first connector piece extending in the longitudinal direction, the first connector piece including,
a weakened region at a location along a length of the first connector piece, the first connector piece configured to break at the weakened region if the electronic vaping device is bent beyond a threshold breaking force.

US Pat. No. 10,004,265

APPLICATION OF A MULTI-CHAMBER CARTRIDGE

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1. A cartridge of an e-vaping device, comprising:an outer container extending in a longitudinal direction;
a conduit within the outer container;
a storage portion between the outer container and the conduit, the storage portion being configured to store pre-vapor formulation ingredients, and including a plurality of chambers;
a plurality of wicks, each of the wicks being in fluid communication with at least one of the plurality of chambers and the conduit and being configured to deliver one or more ingredients in each of the plurality of chambers to the conduit;
a heater operatively coupled to one or more of the plurality of wicks.

US Pat. No. 10,000,301

METHOD FOR DISPENSING MOIST SMOKELESS TOBACCO

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1. A method of pouching moist smokeless tobacco comprising:placing a predetermined quantity of moist smokeless tobacco in a loading chamber and compacting the placed predetermined quantity into a cylindrical dosing chamber formed by moving a movable element from a retracted position which does not block a port through which the predetermined quantity passes into the loading chamber to a closed position at which the port is blocked by the movable element and a discharge opening of the dosing chamber is aligned with a dosing tube and the dosing chamber is in fluid communication with a source of compressed air; and
ejecting the predetermined quantity of tobacco into the dosing tube and to a pouching apparatus using compressed air from the compressed air source.

US Pat. No. 9,913,490

THIN WALL PRODUCT DISPLAY TUBE

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1. A thin-walled polypropylene product display tube comprising a tubular member having a closed end, an open end, an inner
diameter and, between the closed end and the open end, a first outer diameter, the open end terminating in a flared portion
having a second outer diameter at a greatest circumference thereof, the tubular member having a wall thickness sufficient
to yield a level of haze equal to or less than 8%, as measured by ASTM D1003, and a closure cap fitted to the open end, the
greatest circumference of the flared portion mating with an outermost circumference of the closure cap to form a smooth transition
with no ledge between the greatest circumference of the flared portion and the outermost circumference of the closure cap.

US Pat. No. 10,098,386

ELECTRONIC CIGARETTE

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1. A cartridge of an electronic article comprising:an outer housing extending in a longitudinal direction, the outer housing defining a portion of a liquid supply region configured to store a liquid material;
an inner tube within the outer housing;
a coil heater contained within the outer housing;
a wick in communication with the liquid supply region and at least partially surrounded by the coil heater;
a mouthpiece at a mouth-end of the outer housing, the mouthpiece including only two outlets and no central outlet; and
a gasket including a central orifice between the inner tube and the mouthpiece.

US Pat. No. 9,999,258

POD ASSEMBLY, DISPENSING BODY, AND E-VAPOR APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

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1. An e-vapor apparatus comprising:a pod assembly including a pre-vapor formulation compartment, a first electrical connector, a vapor channel traversing the pre-vapor formulation compartment, and a vaporizer, the pre-vapor formulation compartment configured to hold a pre-vapor formulation therein and in fluidic communication with the vaporizer during an operation of the e-vapor apparatus, the first electrical connector including,
first and second power electrodes, the first power electrode including a first contact portion on an exterior of the first electrical connector and a first extended portion configured to contact an anode portion of the vaporizer, the second power electrode including a second contact portion on the exterior of the first electrical connector and a second extended portion configured to contact a cathode portion of the vaporizer; and
a dispensing body defining a receiving area to receive the pod assembly, the dispensing body including a second electrical connector configured to connect to the first electrical connector.
US Pat. No. 9,884,015

ORAL PRODUCT

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1. An oral product, comprising a body that is wholly receivable in an oral cavity, the body comprising:
an extruded mouth-stable polymer matrix comprising between 40 and 80 weight percent polyurethane;
cellulosic fibers embedded in the mouth-stable polymer matrix that form a porous fiber-polymer matrix, the cellulosic fibers
having an average fiber size of less than 200 micrometers; and

an additive dispersed in the mouth-stable polymer matrix such that the additive is released from the body when the body is
received within the oral cavity and exposed to saliva, wherein the cellulosic fibers provide passages in the mouth-stable
polymer matrix to pores retaining the additive, the pores having a diameter of between 40 microns and 60 microns, between
1 micron and 10 microns, or both;

wherein the body has a compressibility @ 250 N of between 45% and 90% and a percentage of springiness of between 75% and 90%.

US Pat. No. 9,877,511

ELECTRONIC SMOKING ARTICLE

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19. A method of producing a vapor from the electronic article of claim 1, the method comprising:
heating a formulation to form a vapor; and
passing the vapor through a tubular filter segment downstream of a source of vapor, the tubular filter segment including a
coating on a surface of the tubular filter segment, the coating including a first additive, and a second additive impregnated
in the tubular filter segment, at least one of the first additive and the second additive including at least one of flavors,
aromatic materials, and chemesthesis agents, the first additive being different than the second additive, and at least one
of an inner diameter of said tubular filter segment and a distance between said tubular filter segment and said source of
vapor chosen to form a vapor having a desired particle size distribution, the inner diameter varying along a length of the
tubular filter segment.

US Pat. No. 10,124,953

BOX IN A BOX RE-SEALABLE CIGARETTE PACK

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1. A container for consumer goods comprising:a rigid outer box having a hinged lid configured to provide access to an inner volume of the outer box;
a rigid inner box comprising panels separated by fold lines and assembled from an inner box blank including a top front panel separated from a top panel by a first transverse fold line, a back panel separated from the top panel by a second transverse fold line, a bottom panel separated from the back panel by a third transverse fold line, and a bottom front panel separated from the bottom panel by a fourth transverse fold line, the back panel separated from the back panel left and right side flaps by longitudinal fold lines, the top panel separated from top panel left and right side flaps by longitudinal fold lines, wherein the top panel left side flap includes an edge which extends at an angle from the second transverse fold line and the top panel right side flap includes an edge which extends at an angle from the second transverse fold line and wherein the top panel and top front panel include a pre-cut opening therein configured to provide access to an inner volume of the inner box, and the inner box blank comprises a plurality of layers including paperboard and bundle wrap, the bundle wrap including a layer of foil and a layer of paper forming an inner liner of the inner box wherein the layer of foil is between the paperboard and the paper layer; and
a pull tab configured to cover and uncover the opening, the pull-tab including a first adhesive area that releasably adheres an edge portion of the pull tab to the inner box, a second adhesive area that permanently adheres the pull tab to the inner box and a third adhesive area that permanently adheres the pull tab to the outer box, the pull tab further including a piece of bundle wrap sized to cover and extend past edges of the opening in the inner box and adhered to the pull tab by adhesive such that a paper layer of the bundle wrap is an innermost layer over the opening.

US Pat. No. 10,123,570

ELECTRONIC VAPING DEVICES

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1. An electronic vaping device comprising:a reservoir configured to hold a liquid;
a heater configured to heat liquid drawn from the reservoir;
a switching circuit configured to control supply of operating power to the heater; and
a controller configured to control the switching circuit,
wherein, during a puff event, the controller is configured to control the switching circuit to
supply the operating power at a first power level in response to detecting a first level of airflow through the electronic vaping device, the first level of airflow being at or above a first threshold level,
reduce the operating power from the first power level to a second power level after expiration of a first time period following detection of the first level of airflow, and
increase the operating power above the second power level in response to detecting an increase in airflow through the electronic vaping device above the first level of airflow, an amount of increase in the operating power above the second power level corresponding to the increase in airflow through the electronic vaping device above the first level of airflow.

US Pat. No. 10,111,465

ELECTRONIC SMOKE APPARATUS

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1. A power management device for an electronic smoke apparatus, the electronic smoke apparatus including a heater to heat a liquid, and a reservoir to hold the liquid, the power management device comprising:a controller to adaptively supply operating power to the heater to operate the electronic smoke apparatus based on received signals indicative of characteristics of a puff event, the characteristics including airflow through the electronic smoke apparatus;
wherein the controller is configured to, during the puff event,
supply the operating power at a first power level in response to detecting airflow through the electronic smoke apparatus at or above a first threshold level,
reduce the operating power from the first power level to a second power level after expiration of a first time period following detection of the airflow at or above the first threshold level, the second power level less than the first power level, and
increase the operating power from the second power level to a third power level after expiration of a second time period and in response to detecting airflow through the electronic smoke apparatus at or above a second threshold level;
wherein the expiration of the second time period is after the expiration of the first time period; and,
wherein the third power level is less than or equal to the first power level.

US Pat. No. 10,092,040

E-VAPING DEVICE

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9. An e-vapor device, comprising:a mouth piece;
a tank defining a liquid storage portion and an air passage from the mouth piece;
an adapter containing a heater and wick, the heater in fluid communication with the air passage, the wick in communication with the liquid storage portion and the heater, the heater configured to vaporize a liquid material from the liquid storage portion; and
the adapter having first and second ends, the first end operationally connected to the tank, the second end including threads having a non-standard pitch,
wherein values of nominal dimensions of the threads, other than the non-standard pitch of the threads, are standard nominal dimensions determined by international standards organization (ISO) Standard Number 68-1:1998 using a standard pitch of 0.75 mm, the non-standard pitch for the threads being 0.6 mm, a major diameter of the threads being 7.00 mm.

US Pat. No. 10,085,487

ELECTRONIC ARTICLE

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12. An electronic article comprising:a housing;
a heater in the housing;
a power supply electrically connectable to the heater;
tobacco material in the electronic article; and
a filter formed of a hollow acetate tube including a hollow inner core, the filter having a length, the hollow inner core having an inner diameter that varies along an entirety of the length of the filter, the inner diameter ranging from about 1 mm to about 3 mm, the filter between the heater and a mouth end of the electronic article.

US Pat. No. 10,064,428

ADHESIVE FREE TOBACCO PRODUCT TIP ASSEMBLY

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1. A tobacco product tip assembly comprising:a tip portion comprising a tip wall defining an inhalation chamber;
the tip portion extending into a body portion comprising a body wall defining an insertion chamber, the insertion chamber being in fluid communication with the inhalation chamber;
the body wall comprising one or more barbs, said one or more barbs each having a barbed tip with two ends;
each barbed tip extending inward into the insertion chamber;
one of the two ends is directed outward toward the body wall and the other of the two ends is directed toward the tip portion; and
wherein neither the tip wall or body wall has perforations.

US Pat. No. 10,039,309

POUCH MATERIAL FOR SMOKELESS TOBACCO AND TOBACCO SUBSTITUTE PRODUCTS

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22. A packaged smokeless tobacco product comprising:a container that defines a moisture-tight interior space; and
at least one smokeless tobacco product according to claim 1 within the container.

US Pat. No. 9,888,719

ELECTRONIC VAPING DEVICE AND COMPONENTS THEREOF

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1. An electronic vaping (e-vaping) device comprising:
a liquid reservoir component connectable to a power supply component, the liquid reservoir component including,
an outer casing extending in a longitudinal direction,
an air inlet,
a vapor outlet,
an inner tube within the outer casing defining a central air passage communicating with the air inlet and the vapor outlet,
a liquid reservoir configured to contain a liquid material, the liquid reservoir being in an annular space between the outer
casing and the inner tube,

a susceptor located adjacent the central air passage, and
a wick in communication with the liquid reservoir and configured to be in thermal communication with the susceptor such that
the susceptor is operable to heat the liquid material to a temperature to vaporize the liquid material; and

the power supply component including,
an outer casing extending in a longitudinal direction including a power source in electrical communication with an induction
source, the induction source being axially spaced from the susceptor by a distance if the power supply component is attached
to the liquid reservoir component such that the induction source is operable to generate an inductive field to heat the susceptor
if powered by the power source such that the susceptor heats the liquid material to a temperature to vaporize the liquid material.

US Pat. No. 10,136,678

ELECTRONIC SMOKING ARTICLE

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1. An electronic vaping device comprising:an integral heater-wick element configured to draw a pre-vapor formulation from a supply region and to heat the pre-vapor formulation to produce a vapor, the integral heater-wick element formed of a foamed carbon, the foamed carbon having impurities of less than about 100 ppm and a heat capacity of about 0.5 to 1.0 J/g-K.

US Pat. No. 10,104,913

POD ASSEMBLY, DISPENSING BODY, AND E-VAPOR APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

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1. An e-vapor apparatus comprising:a pod assembly including a pre-vapor formulation compartment, a device compartment, and a vapor channel traversing the pre-vapor formulation compartment, the pre-vapor formulation compartment configured to hold a pre-vapor formulation therein;
a dispensing body including a proximal portion and an opposing distal portion, the proximal portion including a vapor passage and a through-hole, the through-hole being between the vapor passage and the distal portion of the dispensing body, the through-hole configured to receive the pod assembly; and
a vaporizer disposed in at least one of the pod assembly and the dispensing body, the pre-vapor formulation compartment of the pod assembly configured to be in fluidic communication with the vaporizer during an operation of the e-vapor apparatus, the vaporizer configured to heat the pre-vapor formulation to produce a vapor that passes through the pod assembly via the vapor channel.

US Pat. No. 10,092,037

ELECTRONIC CIGARETTE

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1. An electronic vaping article comprising:an outer casing extending in a longitudinal direction;
a tank reservoir in the outer casing, the tank reservoir including,
a discrete, hollow body configured to contain a liquid;
a heater adjacent the tank reservoir, the heater configured to vaporize liquid supplied to the heater from the tank reservoir to produce a vapor;
an air flow diverter comprising a diverter wall at least partially disposed about the heater, the diverter wall and the heater at a location along the tank reservoir; and
a power supply electrically connected to the heater, the heater connected to the power supply by an electrical connection established at an electrical contact at a location along the diverter wall.

US Pat. No. 9,986,768

MULTI-PART ELECTRICALLY HEATED AEROSOL-GENERATING SYSTEM

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1. A multi-part aerosol-generating system having a mouth end and a distal end, the system comprising:a first part including,
a housing, and
a power supply disposed in the housing;
a second part releasably connectable with the first part, the second part including,
a liquid transfer element, and
a heating element, the heating element electrically coupled to the power supply when the second part is connected with the first part, the heating element configured to heat a liquid aerosol generating substrate transferred by the liquid transfer element;
a third part releasably connectable with the second part, the third part including,
a reservoir containing the liquid aerosol generating substrate, the liquid aerosol generating substrate in fluid communication with the liquid transfer element when the third part is connected with the second part; and
a cover disposable over the third part, the cover releasably securable in a position relative to the third part, and the cover defining the mouth end of the system, the cover including a mouthpiece defining the mouth end of the system, the mouthpiece configured to sealingly engage an inner surface of the cover and an outer surface of the housing of the third part.

US Pat. No. 9,887,563

PORTABLE CHARGING CASE HAVING A HINGED LID

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1. A portable charging case comprising:
a body;
a cover hingedly connected to the body at a hinge axle; and
a hinge assembly configured to pivot the cover relative to the body from a closed position to an open position, the hinge
assembly including,

a biasing component comprising a pin and a spring, the pin including a first end portion, a second end portion opposite the
first end portion, and a spring stop, the second end portion including a curved top portion having a recess therein, the spring
arranged about the first end portion, the first end portion extending through a surface of a housing such that the spring
is compressed between the surface of the housing and the spring stop on the pin, and

a pin axle, the second end portion being pivotally attached to the cover at the pin axle, the pin axle being offset from the
hinge axle.

US Pat. No. 9,877,508

ELECTRONIC CIGARETTE

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1. A cartridge for an electronic vaping article, the cartridge comprising:
an outer housing;
an annular reservoir in the outer housing, the annular-reservoir including,
an outer wall,
a first end wall at a first end of the annular reservoir,
a second end wall at a second end of the annular reservoir, and
an air flow channel defined by the reservoir, the air flow channel extending through a central portion of the annular reservoir;
a liquid material held between the outer wall, the first end wall, and the second end wall of the reservoir; and
a heater surrounding the reservoir, such that the outer wall is between the liquid material and the heater, the heater configured
to heat the reservoir to a temperature sufficient to at least initially volatilize the liquid material contained within the
reservoir and form a saturated vapor within the air flow channel, the heater between the outer housing and the outer wall
of the annular reservoir.

US Pat. No. 10,098,381

ELECTRONIC SMOKING ARTICLE

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1. An electronic vaping article comprising:an outer housing extending in a longitudinal direction, the outer housing having a mouth end;
an inner tube within the outer housing;
a sheath flow and aerosol promoter (SFAP) insert in the outer housing, the SFAP insert defining a flow passage through the SFAP insert and a SFAP insert outlet at an end of the flow passage, the flow passage centrally located within the SFAP insert, the SFAP insert defining an airflow gap between an outer surface of the SFAP insert and an inner surface of the outer housing, and the SFAP insert including,
a constricting portion, the SFAP insert configured to produce a airflow within the electronic vaping article, the airflow flowing through the airflow gap, and the SFAP insert configured to direct a vapor through the constricting portion, such that the vapor exits the SFAP insert via the SFAP insert outlet;
a cavity between the SFAP insert and the mouth end of the outer housing;
a gasket between the inner tube and the SFAP insert; and
at least one air inlet configured to provide air to the cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,064,432

POD ASSEMBLY, DISPENSING BODY, AND E-VAPOR APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

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1. An e-vapor apparatus comprising:a pod assembly including a vapor precursor compartment, a device compartment, and a vapor channel extending from the device compartment and traversing the vapor precursor compartment, the vapor precursor compartment configured to hold a vapor precursor therein;
a dispensing body including a proximal portion and an opposing distal portion, the proximal portion including a vapor passage and a through-hole, the vapor passage extending from an end surface of the proximal portion to a side wall of the through-hole, the through-hole being between the vapor passage and the distal portion of the dispensing body, the through-hole configured to receive the pod assembly; and
a vaporizer disposed in at least one of the pod assembly and the dispensing body, the vapor precursor compartment of the pod assembly configured to be in fluidic communication with the vaporizer during an operation of the e-vapor apparatus such that the vapor precursor from the vapor precursor compartment comes into thermal contact with the vaporizer, the vaporizer configured to heat the vapor precursor to produce a vapor that passes through the pod assembly via the vapor channel, the through-hole of the dispensing body configured to receive the pod assembly such that the vapor channel of the pod assembly is aligned with the vapor passage of the dispensing body so as to facilitate a delivery of the vapor through the vapor passage of the dispensing body.

US Pat. No. 9,986,756

EXHAUSTED-TOBACCO ORAL PRODUCT

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1. An oral product, comprising a body that is wholly receivable in an oral cavity, the body comprising:a mouth-stable polymer matrix comprising one or more mouth-stable polymers, the one or more mouth-stable polymers comprising polyurethane, wherein the body comprises at least 60 weight percent of the one or more mouth-stable polymers;
at least 10 weight percent of exhausted tobacco fibers embedded in the mouth-stable polymer matrix that together form a fiber-polymer matrix, the exhausted tobacco fibers having an average fiber size of less than 200 micrometers; and
an additive dispersed and absorbed in the fiber-polymer matrix such that the additive is released from the body when the body is received within the oral cavity and exposed to saliva, wherein the exhausted tobacco fibers form channels extending from one surface of the oral product to an opposite surface of the oral product in the mouth-stable polymer matrix comprising pores, the pores having diameters of 60 microns or less, the additive comprising nicotine or a derivative thereof; and
wherein the body has a compressibility @250 N of between 45% and 90% and a percentage of springiness of between 75% and 90%.

US Pat. No. 9,930,913

CARTON FOR DISPLAYING ARTICLES ATTACHABLE TO A FLIP SIGN

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1. A carton capable of holding a plurality of articles, comprising:a box structure having a back panel, a bottom panel, a top panel, a pair of side panels, a top front panel, a bottom front panel, a first inner panel and a second inner panel, the first inner panel having a pair of slots configured to receive a pair of tabs on an outer free edge of the second inner panel, and wherein the first and second inner panels rest adjacent to the back panel upon placing a plurality of articles within a recess, which is formed between the top front panel, the bottom front panel, the back panel, and the pair of side panels, wherein a depth of the bottom panel from the bottom front panel to the back panel is greater than a depth of the top panel from the top front panel to the back panel, and wherein each of the side panels has a curved edge thereto extending from a front edge of the bottom panel to a front edge of the top panel.
US Pat. No. 10,130,120

USE OF PECTIN OR OTHER ANIONIC POLYMERS IN THE STABILIZATION AND CONTROLLED RELEASE OF NICOTINE IN ORAL SENSORIAL TOBACCO PRODUCTS OR NICOTINE CONTAINING NON-TOBACCO ORAL SENSORIAL PRODUCTS

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1. A process for stabilizing nicotine and/or preventing nicotine oxidation in a nicotine containing oral sensorial product consisting essentially of:mixing about 1% to about 30% nicotine with about 70% to about 99% pectin, wherein the nicotine and the pectin form a complex whereby the nicotine is stabilized and/or prevented from oxidation; and,
incorporating the complex of nicotine and pectin in an oral sensorial product that is a lit-end cigarette, an electrically heated cigarette, snus, dry snuff, moist snuff, a pouched product, or a wrapper, wherein said products do not comprise gum or tobacco.

US Pat. No. 10,098,387

VAPORIZING ASSEMBLY COMPRISING A VIEWABLE HEATING ELEMENT AND DELIVERY DEVICE FOR AN AEROSOL-GENERATING SYSTEM

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1. A vaporizing assembly of an aerosol-generating system, comprising:a heater assembly including a thermal transfer substrate and a heating element, the thermal transfer substrate including a first surface and an opposing second surface, the heating element disposed on the second surface of the thermal transfer substrate; and
a delivery device including a pump and a nozzle configured to spray an aerosol-forming substrate onto the first surface of the thermal transfer substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,021,913

ATOMIZING ASSEMBLY FOR USE IN AN AEROSOL-GENERATING SYSTEM

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1. An atomizing assembly for an aerosol generating system comprising:an atomizing nozzle defining an air channel and a fluid flow path, the air channel configured to establish an air flow through the atomizing nozzle and the fluid flow path configured to establish a fluid flow through the atomizing nozzle;
a liquid storage portion configured to store a liquid aerosol-forming substrate; and
a tubing section having an inlet end and an outlet end, the inlet end of the tubing section being connectable to the liquid storage portion, and the outlet end of the tubing section being in fluid communication with the atomizing nozzle, the tubing section being configured to deliver the fluid flow of the liquid aerosol-forming substrate through the atomizing nozzle via the fluid flow path, the air flow being mixed with the fluid flow of liquid aerosol-forming substrate delivered through the atomizing nozzle.

US Pat. No. 10,010,111

E-VAPING DEVICE

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1. A cartomizer, comprising:a housing body;
a hollow inner body extending longitudinally within the housing body;
a tubular reservoir configured to store an e-vaping liquid, at least a portion of the tubular reservoir disposed between the housing body and the inner body, the tubular reservoir being wound around the inner body;
a wick in fluid communication with the tubular reservoir; and
a heater configured to vaporize e-vaping liquid in the wick.

US Pat. No. 10,117,467

POD ASSEMBLY, DISPENSING BODY, AND E-VAPOR APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

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1. A pod assembly for an e-vapor apparatus, comprising:a plurality of external surfaces including a front face, a rear face opposite the front face, a first side face between the front face and the rear face, a second side face opposite the first side face, a downstream end face, and an upstream end face opposite the downstream end face, at least a portion of the front face and the rear face being transparent, the downstream end face defining an outlet;
a liquid compartment configured to hold a liquid formulation such that the liquid formulation is visible through the front face and the rear face;
a vaporizer compartment in fluidic communication with the liquid compartment, the vaporizer compartment being adjacent to the upstream end face, the vaporizer compartment configured to heat the liquid formulation, the vaporizer compartment including a wire coil and a wick;
a vapor channel extending from the vaporizer compartment, through a center of the liquid compartment, and to the outlet, the vapor channel being visible through the front face and the rear face; and
a plurality of electrical contacts disposed at the upstream end face and electrically connected to the wire coil of the vaporizer compartment, the vapor channel being between the outlet and the plurality of electrical contacts.

US Pat. No. 10,015,986

ELECTRONIC VAPING DEVICE AND COMPONENTS THEREOF

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1. An electronic vaping device comprising:a power supply component including,
a power source configured to supply a current to a primary coil; and
a cartridge, the cartridge including,
an outer housing extending in a longitudinal direction;
an air inlet;
a vapor outlet;
an air passage communicating with the air inlet and the vapor outlet;
a reservoir;
a heater circuit, the heater circuit including an electrically resistive heater in electrical communication with a secondary coil, the primary coil configured to induce voltage in the secondary coil to apply to the electrically resistive heater, and the primary coil configured to nest within the secondary coil, the primary coil and the secondary coil on a common axis; and
a wick extending across the air passage, in communication with the reservoir, and configured to draw pre-vapor formulation from the reservoir towards the electrically resistive heater.

US Pat. No. 10,010,108

METHOD OF DISPLAYING ELECTRONIC VAPING DEVICE, DISPLAY PACKAGES WITH DIVIDER, BLANKS FOR FORMING DISPLAY PACKAGE FOR CONTAINING ELECTRONIC VAPING DEVICE, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING DISPLAY PACKAGE FOR ELECTRONIC VAPING DEVICE

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1. A package for displaying a selected portion of an electronic vapor device, the package comprising:a box structure having an inner cavity and a side portion, the box structure including a front panel, a back panel, a first side panel and a second side panel, the second side panel being formed by a union of a first glue panel with a first complete side panel, an outer surface of the first glue panel being connected to an inner surface of the first complete side panel,
said side portion divided into a lower retention portion, an upper retention portion, and a window recess portion, and
said window recess portion between said upper and lower retention portions; and
said window recess portion including,
a side recess panel at a first location along a first side panel of said box structure, and
a front recess panel along a front panel of said box structure, said front recess panel being attached to said side recess panel,
said front recess panel having a width greater than a width of the side recess panel such that a depth of said window recess portion is greater than a width of said window recess portion, and
said side and front recess panels being folded into said box structure; and
a divider panel being within said inner cavity, a portion of a proximal end of the divider panel being connected to the first glue panel and being connected to the inner surface of the first complete side panel, a distal end of the divider panel including at least two collinear fold lines that define a pivoting axis line running along a width of the divider panel, wherein portions of the divider panel on both sides of the pivoting axis line form an outer panel including an adhesive configured to be adhesively bonded to the front recess panel,
said window recess portion, said upper retention portion and said lower retention portion being mutually arranged to retain said electronic vaping device along said side portion, with the selected portion of said electronic vaping device being displayed along said recess portion.

US Pat. No. 10,011,420

LIGHTER HOLDER FOR CIGARETTE AND CIGAR PACKS

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1. A cigarette or cigar pack comprising:a container;
a film wrapped around the container; and
a lighter holder positioned inside the container, or outside the film, said lighter holder comprising:
a substantially rectangular sheet comprising:
a length;
a width;
first and second opposing surfaces;
first, second, third, fourth and fifth panels defined by score lines between the first, second, third, fourth and fifth panels for folding the rectangular sheet;
additional lines in both the second and fourth panels;
a first lower ledge positioned between the first and third panels and separated from the second panel by a first aperture; and
a second lower ledge positioned between the third and fifth panels and separated from the fourth panel by a second aperture,
wherein the first surface of the first panel is adhered to the second surface of the fifth panel, and
wherein the rectangular sheet is folded flat such that:
the first, third and fifth panels overlap to form a central portion;
the second and fourth panels are folded outwardly and extend from the central portion; and
the first and second lower ledges extend outwardly from the central portion.

US Pat. No. 10,104,914

AIRFLOW IN AEROSOL GENERATING SYSTEM WITH MOUTHPIECE

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1. An aerosol generating system having a mouth end and a distal end, the system comprising:a liquid storage portion configured to contain an aerosol generating substrate, the liquid storage portion including at least one detent extending from a surface of the liquid storage portion;
a heating element configured to heat the aerosol generating substrate;
a cover over at least the liquid storage portion; and
one or more air flow channels between the cover and the liquid storage portion, the system defining an aerosol flow path that extends at least from the heating element to the mouth end of the system, and defining an air flow path through the one or more air flow channels extending from at least the liquid storage portion to the mouth end of the system, and the at least one detent forming at least a portion of the one or more air flow channels.

US Pat. No. 10,092,528

APPLICATION OF ENCAPSULATED CAPSAICIN AND ANALOGUES THEREOF FOR CONTROLLING CALORIE INTAKE

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1. A snacking product containing a flavor system which stimulates the vagal nerve endings in the gastrointestinal tract and provides pre-absorptive satiation when consumed, in which the flavor system comprises encapsulated capsaicin, an encapsulated capsaicin analogue, or a combination thereof; wherein the snacking product is a zero-calorie to near-zero calorie snacking product; wherein the snacking product does not comprise capsiate; and wherein the flavor system comprises food fibers.

US Pat. No. 10,086,987

RESEAL LABEL FOR BOX IN A BOX RE-SEALABLE PACK

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1. A pull tab for sealing an opening in a rigid inner box for consumer goods, wherein the inner box fits within a rigid outer box having a hinged lid configured to provide access to an inner volume of the outer box and the rigid inner box has a front wall, a back wall, a top wall, a bottom wall and side walls, a single opening extending across the top wall and part way down the front wall, the opening configured to provide access to consumer goods in an inner volume of the inner box, the pull tab comprising:a rectangular sheet of polymer material including a zone of re-stick adhesive on an underside thereof, the re-stick adhesive configured to provide a seal around the opening when the hinged lid is closed and allowing the pull tab to be peeled away from the inner box when the hinged lid is opened;
a paper liner adhered to a central portion of the pull tab, the paper liner having an outer periphery inwardly of an outer periphery of the pull tab, the outer periphery of the paper liner extending beyond the opening and overlying portions of the inner box surrounding the opening when the hinged lid is closed; and
a line of weakening forming a connecting tab at a lower end of the rectangular sheet of polymer material, the re-stick adhesive covering the connecting tab and deadened in at least one region of the connecting tab to promote peeling of the pull tab from the inner box
wherein the pull tab includes re-stick adhesive in a single zone and permanent adhesive in first and second zones, the first zone located at an upper portion of an inner surface of the pull tab and the second zone located at a lower portion of an outer surface of the pull tab, the single zone of re-stick adhesive includes an upper border parallel to the upper edge of the pull tab, side borders parallel to the side edges of the pull tab, and a lower border parallel to the lower edge of the pull tab, and the deadened region of re-stick adhesive increases in size in a direction towards the lower edge of the pull tab.

US Pat. No. 10,010,114

CHARGER ASSEMBLY AND CHARGING SYSTEM FOR AN ELECTRONIC VAPING DEVICE

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1. A charging system for an electronic vaping device, the charging system comprising:an electronic vaping device including,
a first electrical contact,
a second electrical contact, and
an insulating insert between the first electrical contact and the second electrical contact; and
a charger assembly configured to charge the electronic vaping device, the charger assembly comprising,
a base including a housing defining a port, the port configured to receive a tip end of an electronic vaping device, the port comprising,
a magnetic electrical contact positioned at a bottom of the port, the magnetic electrical contact configured to form a first electrical connection with the electronic vaping device; and
a first pin positioned at the bottom of the port, the first pin configured to form a second electrical connection with the electronic vaping device; and
a microprocessor electrically connected to the magnetic electrical contact and the first pin.

US Pat. No. 10,209,201

OIL DETECTION PROCESS AND APPARATUS

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1. An inspection station for detecting oil or lubricant contamination in a manufactured product, comprising:(a) a conveyor for advancing manufactured product; and
(b) an infrared detection apparatus, said infrared detection apparatus including:
(i) a high intensity infrared light source for directing at the manufactured product, and
(ii) a high speed NIR spectrometer sensor tuned to detect an emitted signal from a taggant disposed in the oil or lubricant,
wherein said infrared detection apparatus is positioned proximate said conveyor for advancing manufactured product at a distance effective to enable detection of emitted IR radiation as each advancing successive manufactured product is irradiated.

US Pat. No. 10,123,567

ELECTRONIC SMOKING ARTICLES

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1. An electronic vaping device, the electronic vaping device comprising:a first section including,
a first outer housing extending in a longitudinal direction,
a wick in fluid communication with a supply reservoir, and
a heater surrounding a portion of the wick; and
a second section including,
a second outer housing extending in the longitudinal direction,
a power supply configured to apply voltage to the heater; and
a conductive ink circuit embedded within at least a portion of each of the first outer housing and the second outer housing.

US Pat. No. 10,064,435

ELECTRONIC CIGARETTE

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1. An electronic vaping device comprising:an outer tube extending in a longitudinal direction;
a seal in the outer tube, the seal defining a central air passage;
a liquid supply in the outer tube, the liquid supply configured to contain a liquid material;
a mouth-end insert including,
at least two outlets; and
a heater between the seal and the mouth-end insert;
an air flow diverter including,
an impervious plug in the seal, the impervious plug sealing a first end of the central air passage, the air flow diverter further including,
at least one radial air channel extending from the central air passage to an outer longitudinal air passage at least partially surrounding the seal, the air flow diverter configured to direct air flow away from at least a portion of the heater.
US Pat. No. 10,149,850

ORAL ENERGY PRODUCTS INCLUDING ENCAPSULATED CAFFEINE

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1. A composition for human consumption comprising:a predetermined quantity of a base composition; and
encapsulated caffeine dispersed throughout at least a portion of the base composition,
wherein the encapsulated caffeine is a caffeine complex including caffeine and an organic acid in about a 1:1 molar ratio, the organic acid being selected from the group consisting of oxalic acid, malonic acid, succinic acid, adipic acid and combinations thereof, and
wherein the encapsulated caffeine comprises about 50 mg to about 200 mg of caffeine, the base composition comprises a liquid having a volume of about 200 mL to about 600 mL and the liquid is selected from the group consisting of water, vegetable juice, fruit juice and combinations thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,143,239

CARTRIDGE AND E-VAPING DEVICE

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1. A cartridge of an e-vaping device, the cartridge comprising:a housing extending in a longitudinal direction;
a reservoir in the housing, the reservoir configured to store a pre-vapor formulation;
a first connector piece defining a first channel extending therethrough;
a post extending through the first channel, the post defining a second channel therethrough;
a heater in the housing, the heater including,
a first ring at a first end of the heater,
a second ring at a second end of the heater, and
a sinusoidal shaped member extending between the first ring and the second ring, the first ring, the sinusoidal shaped member, and the second ring being integrally formed, the second end of the heater within and connected to a portion of the post; and
an absorbent material at least partially surrounding the sinusoidal shaped member, the absorbent material in fluid communication with the reservoir.

US Pat. No. 10,051,888

ELECTRONIC SMOKE APPARATUS

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1. A power management device for an electronic smoke apparatus, the electronic smoke apparatus including a heater to heat a liquid, and a reservoir to hold the liquid, the power management device comprising:a controller to adaptively supply operating power to the heater to operate the electronic smoke apparatus based on received signals indicative of characteristics of a puff event, the characteristics including airflow through the electronic smoke apparatus;
wherein the controller is configured to, during the puff event,
supply the operating power at a first power level in response to detecting airflow through the electronic smoke apparatus at or above a first threshold level,
reduce the operating power from the first power level to a second power level after expiration of a first time period following detection of the airflow at or above the first threshold level, the second power level less than the first power level, and
increase the operating power from the second power level to a third power level after expiration of a second time period and in response to detecting airflow through the electronic smoke apparatus at or above a second threshold level;
wherein the expiration of the second time period is after the expiration of the first time period; and,
wherein the third power level is less than or equal to the first power level.

US Pat. No. 10,143,240

E-VAPING DEVICE HAVING A SECTION WITH A REMOVABLE INSULATOR BETWEEN ELECTRICALLY CONDUCTIVE AND PASSIVE ELEMENTS

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1. A section of an e-vaping device, comprising:a power supply configured to send an electrical current to a heater in the e-vaping device;
a control circuitry configured to cause the power supply to send the electrical current to the heater if the control circuitry senses an air flow; and
a removable insulator configured to disrupt an electrical circuit including the power supply, the heater and the control circuitry, a portion of the removable insulator being positioned between elements in the electrical circuit that are both electrically conductive and electrically passive.

US Pat. No. 10,093,058

METHODS AND MACHINES FOR MAKING ORAL PRODUCTS

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1. A method of forming an oral product comprising:a. extruding a mixture comprising a polymer and at least one flavorant, sweetener, active ingredient, or combination thereof to form an extrudate, the extrudate having a predetermined cross-sectional shape;
b. conveying the extrudate through at least a first pair of forming rollers, the first pair of forming rollers abutting and defining a passage there between as each forming roller rotates, the passage having a cross-sectional shape corresponding to the predetermined cross-sectional shape; and
c. cutting the extrudate after it has passed through the first pair of forming rollers to form an oral product.

US Pat. No. 10,206,432

FLEXIBLE AEROSOL-GENERATING DEVICES

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1. An aerosol-generating device comprisinga housing having a rigid portion and a flexible portion, the flexible portion of the housing configured to elastically transition from a relaxed configuration to a flexed configuration in response to an external force and to elastically return to the relaxed configuration upon removal of the external force; and
a flexible device component disposed in the housing, the flexible device component being at least partially longitudinally aligned with the flexible portion of the housing when the housing is in the relaxed configuration, the flexible device component including control circuitry, the control circuitry including electronic modules connected in series by flexible connectors.

US Pat. No. 10,183,016

ORAL PRODUCT

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1. A method of forming an oral product, the method comprising:extruding a mouth-stable polymer having cellulosic fibers and a mouth-soluble binder dispersed therein to form a fiber-polymer-binder composite, the fiber-polymer-binder composite defining a plurality of pores; and
dispersing nicotine or a derivative thereof within the fiber-polymer-binder composite during or after the extruding, wherein a body of the oral product has a compressibility at 250 N ranging from about 45% to about 95%, and the body has a springiness of greater than or equal to about 20%.

US Pat. No. 10,182,597

ELECTRONIC SMOKING ARTICLE

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1. An electronic article to produce a vapor, comprising:a liquid formulation;
at least one filamentary wick operable to transfer the liquid formulation;
at least one heater operable upon a portion of the at least one filamentary wick to at least partially volatilize the liquid formulation and form the vapor;
a power supply operable to apply voltage across the at least one heater; and
a support plate with a flat major surface operable to support the at least one heater and the at least one filamentary wick and to form an electrical connection between the at least one heater and the power supply, the flat major surface of the support plate being positioned to be transverse to a direction of air flow traveling through the electronic article while the electronic article is in operational use, and
wherein the at least one filamentary wick includes a first wick and a second wick, the first wick including a first end extending into a reservoir, and the first wick including a second end penetrating through an orifice in the support plate and being connected to the second wick, the first wick and the second wick collectively being T-shape.

US Pat. No. 10,179,215

VAPORIZER FOR VAPORIZING A CONSTITUENT OF A PLANT MATERIAL

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1. A vaporizer configured to vaporize a constituent of a plant material, comprising:a heating element configured to heat the plant material;
a temperature sensor configured to detect a temperature of the plant material; and
control circuitry configured to
receive the temperature of the plant material detected by the temperature sensor, to drive the heating element to heat the plant material at a first heating rate to a sub-vaporization temperature of the constituent during a first heating step in response to receiving a first input, and to drive the heating element to heat the plant material at a second heating rate to a vaporization temperature of the constituent during a second heating step in response to receiving a second input, the second heating rate being less than the first heating rate, the first heating step having a greater magnitude of temperature increase than the second heating step.

US Pat. No. 10,173,831

HINGED LID PACKAGING

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17. A blank for forming an inner packaging container for insertion into a hinged lid box, the blank comprising: a back panel defined by a first pair of parallel first and second score lines and a second pair of parallel third and fourth score lines; a bottom panel connected to the back panel along the first score line and further including first top and first bottom flaps; an inner left side panel connected to the back panel along the third score line; an inner right side panel connected to the back panel along the fourth score line; a top panel connected to the back panel along the second score line and further including second top and second bottom flaps and a fifth score line parallel to the second score line; a front panel connected to the top panel along the fifth score line and further including a sixth score line parallel to the fifth score line thereby forming a third pair of parallel score lines, and a fourth pair of parallel seventh and eighth score lines; an outer left side panel connected to the front panel along the seventh score line; an outer right side panel connected to the front panel along the eighth score line; a glue flap connected to the front panel along the sixth score line; and a dispensing opening extending through an upper portion of the front panel and a portion of the top panel.

US Pat. No. 10,092,041

E-VAPING DEVICE

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9. An e-vapor device, comprising:a section, the section including,
an outer cylindrical tube extending in a longitudinal direction,
an inner cylindrical tube within the outer cylindrical tube,
a liquid supply comprising a liquid material, the liquid supply contained in an outer annulus between the outer cylindrical tube and the inner cylindrical tube,
a heater located in the inner cylindrical tube,
a wick in communication with the liquid supply and in communication with the heater,
a mouth piece in fluid communication the inner cylindrical tube at a proximal end of the section, and
a threaded connector at a distal end of the section, the threaded connector having threads with a non-standard pitch,
wherein values of nominal dimensions of the threads, other than the non-standard pitch of the threads, are standard nominal dimensions determined by international standards organization (ISO) Standard Number 68-1:1998 using a standard pitch of 0.75 mm, the non-standard pitch for the threads being 0.6 mm, a major diameter of the threads being 7.00 mm.

US Pat. No. 10,368,399

E-VAPING DEVICE

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1. A cartomizer, comprising:a housing including an outer tube and an inner tube within the outer tube, the outer tube and the inner tube defining a fluid reservoir configured to store an e-fluid;
a vaporizer including a heater surrounding a wick, the heater having at least one end portion connected to an electrical lead wire via a connection within the fluid reservoir, the wick configured to draw the e-fluid from the fluid reservoir to the heater, the heater configured to vaporize the e-fluid; and
at least one sleeve within the fluid reservoir and covering the connection, the at least one sleeve surrounding the connection such that a portion of the at least one sleeve is between the connection and the inner tube, the at least one sleeve disposed between the outer tube and the inner tube and without touching the wick, a diameter of the at least one sleeve being less than a diameter of the inner tube, the at least one sleeve configured to cover the connection so as to avoid or reduce a reaction between the connection and the e-fluid.

US Pat. No. 10,212,967

LOW IGNITION PROPENSITY CIGARETTE PAPER AND MANUFACTURE THEREOF

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1. A low ignition propensity wrapper of a smoking article, comprising:a base web; and
at least one transverse banded region comprising a first zone including dots of add-on material, a second zone including dots of the add-on material, and a third zone including the add-on material, the second zone having about 25% to about 75% less add-on material than the first zone, the dots in the second zone spaced from adjacent dots in the second zone by a distance greater than a distance between adjacent dots in the first zone, wherein the second zone is located between the first zone and the third zone, and
the add-on material includes starch.

US Pat. No. 10,197,504

METHOD AND SYSTEM OF DETECTING FOREIGN MATERIALS WITHIN AN AGRICULTURAL PRODUCT STREAM

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1. A method of detecting foreign material within an agricultural product stream in real-time, the method comprising:illuminating a portion of the agricultural product stream with light spanning a wavelength range including or within near-infrared and/or shortwave infrared wavelengths;
scanning a line of the illuminated agricultural product stream to acquire a hyperspectral image of the line, the hyperspectral image of the line having a width of a single pixel;
processing the hyperspectral image of the scanned line to obtain spectrum data for one or more pixels of the hyperspectral image of the scanned line; and
comparing the obtained spectrum data of the one or more pixels to predetermined spectrum data to determine whether the obtained spectrum data is indicative of foreign material within the scanned line of the agricultural product stream;
wherein multiple lines of agricultural product stream are individually scanned consecutively, and the consecutively scanned lines are separately processed in-real time; the method further comprising separately analyzing each consecutively scanned line to determine, for each scanned line, whether foreign material is detected; and mapping the foreign material when foreign material is detected in two or more consecutively scanned lines.

US Pat. No. 10,195,777

METHODS AND MACHINES FOR MAKING ORAL PRODUCTS

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1. A machine for forming a plurality of oral products comprising:a. an extruder having an extrusion die, the extrusion die having a predetermined cross-sectional shape;
b. a series of pairs of forming rollers positioned to receive an extrudate from the extrusion die, each pair of forming rollers abutting each other and defining a passage there between as each forming roller rotates, each passage having a cross-sectional shape corresponding to the predetermined cross-sectional shape; and
c. a cutting device positioned to receive and cut the extrudate from the series of pairs of forming rollers.

US Pat. No. 10,188,143

DISPLAY PACKAGES, BLANKS FOR FORMING TRAP SEAL CARD AND BLANK FOR FORMING DISPLAY BOX

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1. A display package, comprising:a first packaging including a first compartment configured to hold a first item;
a second packaging including a second compartment configured to hold a second item; and
a trap seal card including a first opening, the trap seal card retaining the first packaging and the second packaging such that
the first item and the second item to be held within the first compartment and the second compartment are visible to a consumer through the first opening, and
a portion of each of the first packaging and the second packaging protrudes through the first opening,
the trap seal card including a front panel integral with a back panel, the front panel consisting essentially of,
a first panel including the first opening, and
second, third and fourth panels, collectively, forming a third compartment in conjunction with the back panel, the third compartment protruding from a surface of the back panel, and
a portion of each of the first packaging and the second packaging being interposed between the front panel and the back panel.

US Pat. No. 10,174,749

AEROSOL-GENERATING DEVICE

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1. An aerosol-generating device comprising:a reservoir configured to hold an aerosol-forming substrate;
an atomizer configured to vaporize, atomize, or both vaporize and atomize the aerosol-forming substrate;
a micropump between the reservoir and the atomizer, the micropump in fluid communication with the reservoir and the atomizer, the micropump configured to supply the aerosol-forming substrate from the reservoir to the atomizer, and the micropump including,
two pump chambers, each of the two pump chambers having a chamber volume, and each of the two pump chambers including,
at least one inlet valve, and
at least one outlet valve, the at least one inlet valve and the at least one outlet valve configured to establish a pumping direction,
two actuators, each of the two actuators assigned to a respective one of the two pump chambers, each of the two actuators configured to change the chamber volume of the respective one of the two pump chambers,
a common inlet, and
a common outlet, the two pump chambers arranged in parallel and in fluid communication with the common inlet and the common outlet, and the two actuators configured to operate in parallel such that a volume change in each of the two pump chambers occurs simultaneously for both pump chambers,
wherein the common inlet and the common outlet are configured to establish a flow direction, and
the pumping direction is aligned with the flow direction.

US Pat. No. 10,159,288

ELECTRONIC CIGARETTE

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1. A method of forming a vapor using an electronic vaping device, the method comprising:heating a liquid material within an annular reservoir with a heater, the annular reservoir including an outer wall, a first end wall at a first end of the annular reservoir, and a second end wall at a second end of the annular reservoir, the liquid material held between the outer wall, the first end wall, and the second end wall, the heater surrounding the annular reservoir, such that the outer wall is between the liquid material and the heater, the heater configured to heat the annular reservoir to a temperature sufficient to at least initially volatilize the liquid material contained within the annular reservoir;
combining the at least initially volatilized liquid material with an air flow within an air flow channel, which is surrounded by the annular reservoir to form a vapor; and
condensing the vapor within a condensation chamber in communication with the air flow channel.

US Pat. No. 10,306,981

UNIVERSAL MOUNTING SYSTEM (UMS) AND METHOD OF INSTALLING THEREOF

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1. A mounting system, comprising:at least one first crossbar;
at least one first horizontally-slideable bracket on the first crossbar; and
a first support bracket and a second support bracket on ends of the first crossbar, the first and second support brackets configured to attach the first crossbar to respective first and second vertical uprights of a consumer product display, the first and second support brackets each including,
a major body,
a first engaging structure and a second engaging structure on ends of the major body, the first and second engaging structures configured to respectively connect to a front set of teeth and a back set of teeth positioned along a longitudinal length of each of the first and second vertical uprights,
the first and second support brackets each having a longitudinal length that is about perpendicular to a longitudinal length of the first crossbar, the first and second support brackets each further including at least one center bracket configured to engage and grip an inner surface of a track running along a center-position of each of the first and second vertical uprights, and
wherein the second engaging structure and the center bracket are slideable along an outer surface of the first and second support brackets, a distal end of the center bracket configured to fit into a side groove of the track of each of the first and second vertical uprights.

US Pat. No. 10,271,572

SMOKELESS TOBACCO ARTICLE

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1. A smokeless tobacco product, comprising:a porous matrix including a mouth-stable polymer, the porous matrix defining pores;
a flavorant absorbed in the porous matrix; and
tobacco disposed in the pores of the porous matrix, the smokeless tobacco product having a Shore M hardness of at least 85.

US Pat. No. 10,264,821

ELECTRONIC VAPING DEVICE

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1. An electronic vaping device comprising:a housing extending in a longitudinal direction, the housing having a tip end and a mouth-end, the tip end being closed and the mouth-end having an opening therein;
a planar heater contained in the housing;
a heater support configured to support the planar heater;
a tank containing a pre-vapor formulation, the tank configured to slide into and out of the opening of the mouth-end of the housing, the tank including,
two or more ribs extending longitudinally along an outer surface of the tank, the two or more ribs configured to space the outer surface of the tank from an inner surface of the housing so as to define a flow passage between the outer surface of the tank and the inner surface of the housing; and
a wick extending from the tank, the wick configured to be in contact with the planar heater when the tank is inserted in the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,264,822

NON-COMBUSTIBLE SMOKING SYSTEMS, DEVICES AND ELEMENTS THEREOF

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1. A non-combustible smoking element comprising:a tobacco containing section including
an outer housing having a first connector at a first end and a second connector at a second end, a first electrode portion of the first connector electrically connected to an electrode portion of the second connector via an electrical lead;
a tobacco housing within the outer housing, the tobacco housing configured to contain tobacco and to provide an aroma to a channel at least within the tobacco containing section; and
a tobacco heating element electrically connected to the first electrode portion of the first connector and to a second electrode portion of the first connector, the tobacco heating element configured to heat at least a portion of tobacco to generate the aroma.

US Pat. No. 10,244,787

SOFT ORAL PRODUCT

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1. An oral product, comprising a body that is wholly receivable in an oral cavity, the body comprising:a matrix of zein;
celluloid fiber; and
one or more flavors, active ingredients, or a combination thereof dispersed in the matrix.

US Pat. No. 10,244,795

VAPORIZING ASSEMBLY COMPRISING SHEET HEATING ELEMENT AND LIQUID DELIVERY DEVICE FOR AN AEROSOL GENERATING SYSTEM

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1. A vaporizing assembly for an aerosol generating system, the vaporizing assembly comprising:a heating element at a first position in the vaporizing assembly, the heating element including,
a sheet heating element including,
a plurality of electrically conductive fibers;
a liquid storing portion at a second position in the vaporizing assembly, the first position being longitudinally separated from the first position, the liquid storing portion configured to store a liquid aerosol forming substrate therein; and
a delivery device configured to deliver the liquid aerosol forming substrate from the liquid storing portion to the heating element, the delivery device between the liquid storing portion and the heating element, the delivery device and the heating element defining an air gap therebetween, the delivery device including,
a micropump configured to pump the liquid aerosol forming substrate from the liquid storing portion to the heating element, and the heating element configured to heat the delivered liquid aerosol forming substrate.
US Pat. No. 10,226,064

NITRITE-DEGRADING AND TSNA-DEGRADING BACTERIA AND METHODS OF MAKING AND USING

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1. A method of reducing the amount of nitrites in strong extract liquor (SEL), comprising contacting SEL with the isolated bacterial strain Myroides odoratus M20 (ATCC® Patent Deposit Designation PTA-125147) under conditions in which the amount of nitrite is reduced in the SEL, thereby producing a reduced-nitrite SEL, wherein the bacterial strain comprises the 16S rDNA sequence having the sequence shown in SEQ ID NO: 1.

US Pat. No. 10,189,632

AEROSOL-GENERATING SYSTEM

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1. A handheld aerosol-generating device, comprising:an aerosol chamber configured to hold an aerosol, the aerosol chamber having a cylindrical configuration with a circular cross-section;
at least two emitters configured to emit light into the aerosol chamber and arranged in a first semicircular matrix on a first semicircular portion of the circular cross-section; and
at least two sensors configured to receive light from the aerosol chamber and measure at least one wavelength of a spectrum of the received light, the at least two sensors being arranged in a second semicircular matrix on a second semicircular portion of the circular cross-section,
wherein each of the at least two emitters is disposed opposite one of the at least two sensors.

US Pat. No. 10,189,633

LIGHTER HOLDER FOR CIGARETTE AND CIGAR PACKS

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1. A cigarette or cigar package, comprising:a container;
a film wrapped around the container; and
a lighter holder positioned inside the container, between the container and the film, or outside the film, said lighter holder comprising:
a substantially rectangular sheet comprising:
a length;
a width;
five discrete panels defined by foldable score lines, the five discrete panels including a first panel, a second panel, a third panel, a fourth panel, and a fifth panel, wherein the second panel and the fourth panel of the five panels are additionally foldable;
a first lower ledge positioned between the first panel and the third panel of the five panels and separated from the second panel of the five panels by a first aperture; and
a second lower ledge positioned between the third panel and the fifth panel of the five panels and separated from the fourth panel of the five panels by a second aperture,
wherein the rectangular sheet is folded into a flat inclusion configuration, said flat inclusion configuration comprising:
an inner wall of the lighter holder, said inner wall comprising the first and fifth panel of the five panels, wherein the first panel is overlapped and adhered to the fifth panel;
a rectangular portion comprising the inner wall and the third panel of the five panels, wherein the third panel overlaps the inner wall;
a first pair of wings extending from the rectangular portion, said first pair of wings comprising the second and fourth panels of the five panels, wherein the second and fourth panels are each folded outwards; and
a second pair of wings extending from the rectangular portion, said second pair of wings comprising the first and second lower ledges, wherein the first and second lower ledges are each folded outwards.

US Pat. No. 10,167,134

ARTICLE CARRIER FOR AN ELECTRONIC VAPING DEVICE

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1. An article carrier for an electrical device comprising:a base portion including a first edge region having a first relief end;
a lid portion including a second edge region having a second relief end; and
a hinge including a connector band, the connector band connecting the first edge region to the second edge region, and having a non-uniform cross-section, a first surface and a second surface opposing the first surface, the second surface defining a relief, the defined relief configured to receive the first relief end and the second relief end if the lid portion is in a first position; wherein the first surface defines a recess; and wherein the defined recess is generally curved in a second position and is configured to be generally planar in the first position.

US Pat. No. 10,165,799

AEROSOL-GENERATING SYSTEM WITH SELF-ACTIVATED ELECTRIC HEATER

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1. An electronic vaping device comprising:a liquid storage portion configured to store a liquid vapor-forming substrate;
an electric heater including at least one heating element, the at least one heating element configured to heat the liquid vapor-forming substrate; and
electronic circuitry configured to
self-activate the electric heater for a first time interval during a period of inactivity of the electric heater between consecutive applications of negative pressure to a mouth-end of the electronic vaping device, and
determine depletion of the liquid vapor-forming substrate based on a relationship between a power applied to the at least one heating element during the first time interval and a resulting temperature change of the at least one heating element during the first time interval.

US Pat. No. 10,159,276

PACKAGING SLEEVE

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1. A package comprising two sleeves designed to at least partially contain two cylindrical containers of smokeless tobacco in side-by-side relationship in the sleeves, each of the sleeves comprising:a pair of side panels having free edges at lower ends thereof;
a pair of bowed dust flaps extending upwardly from upper ends of the side panels; front and back panels having rounded corner portions on upper ends thereof and free edges on lower ends thereof;
a pair of overlapping top panels overlying upper portions of the bowed dust flaps, the overlapping top panels being mutually secured, wherein the bowed dust flaps are retained in a bowed condition that conforms with the rounded corner portions of the front and back panels; and
the free edges defining a rectangular opening which receives a respective one of the cylindrical containers,
wherein the sleeves are attached and contain the two cylindrical containers of smokeless tobacco in side-by-side relationship.

US Pat. No. 10,251,424

ELECTRONIC VAPING DEVICE

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1. A heater assembly, comprising,a chimney cage extending longitudinally;
a heater extending longitudinally within the chimney cage;
a heater gauze positioned about an outer circumference of the heater, the chimney cage positioned about an outer circumference of the heater gauze;
a chimney cage cap configured to engage a first end of the chimney cage, the chimney cage cap defining a channel extending longitudinally through the chimney cage cap, at least a portion of a first electrical lead extending from the heater and through the channel; and
a cathode clip electrically connected to the first electrical lead, the cathode clip including,
a body defining an opening therein, at least a portion of the chimney cage cap received within the opening; and
at least one arm extending from the body.

US Pat. No. 10,251,427

MULTI-PART ELECTRICALLY HEATED AEROSOL-GENERATING SYSTEM

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1. A multi-part vapor-generating system having a mouth end and a distal end, the system comprising:a first part including,
a housing, and
a power supply in the housing;
a second part releasably connectable with the first part, the second part including,
a heating element electrically coupled to the power supply when the second part is connected with the first part, and
a transfer element;
a third part releasably connectable with the second part, the third part including,
a reservoir containing a vapor generating substrate, the vapor generating substrate in fluid communication with the transfer element when the third part is connected with the second part; and
a cover disposable at least over the third part, the cover releasably securable in a position relative at least to the third part.

US Pat. No. 10,264,819

ELECTRONIC SMOKING ARTICLE

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1. An electronic smoking article comprising:a resilient gasket;
a first section including an outer housing, and a liquid supply reservoir;
a second section including an outer housing and a power supply, the first section configured to be connected to the second section at a connection, the connection including,
a first connector piece extending in a longitudinal direction and including,
a body portion having a first end and a second end, and
protrusion extending outwardly from an outer periphery of the body portion; and
a second connector piece extending in the longitudinal direction, the second connector piece including a longitudinally extending channel along an internal wall of the second connector piece,
the longitudinally extending channel configured to slidingly receive said protrusion of the first connector piece when the first connector piece is inserted into the second connector piece, and
the resilient gasket arranged to be compressed when the first connector piece is inserted into the second connector piece.

US Pat. No. 10,244,786

TOBACCO LOZENGE

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1. A tobacco lozenge, comprising:a body that is wholly receivable in an oral cavity, the body including,
an amorphous, soluble-fiber matrix and comprising at least 75 weight percent soluble fiber, and
tobacco plant tissue dispersed in said soluble-fiber matrix such that tobacco plant tissue is released from the body as the body dissolves when the body is at least partially received within the oral cavity of an adult tobacco consumer and exposed to saliva, the body comprising at least 10 weight percent of tobacco plant tissue, the body being substantially free of sugar and sugar alcohols, and the body having a glass transition temperature of about 50° C. to about 120° C.

US Pat. No. 10,244,794

AEROSOL-GENERATING SYSTEM WITH ENHANCED AIRFLOW MANAGEMENT

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1. An aerosol-generating system comprising:a liquid storage portion comprising a housing holding a liquid aerosol-forming substrate and a capillary medium, the housing having an opening;
a fluid permeable heater assembly comprising an arrangement of electrically conductive filaments arranged to define an air impingement surface, wherein the fluid permeable heater assembly extends across the opening of the housing, the electrically conductive filaments forming a mesh, wherein the filament arrangement defines a filament opening allowing airflow to pass through, the filament opening having an area at least five times larger than an area of an interstice between filaments of the filament arrangement forming the mesh; and
wherein the capillary medium is provided in contact with the heater assembly, the capillary medium is configured to draw the liquid aerosol forming substrate to the electrically conductive filament arrangement, and the capillary medium comprises a capillary medium opening extending the filament opening through the capillary medium.

US Pat. No. 10,244,796

ELECTRONIC VAPING DEVICES

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1. An electronic vaping device comprising:a reservoir configured to hold a liquid;
a heater configured to heat liquid drawn from the reservoir;
a switching circuit configured to control supply of operating power to the heater; and
a controller configured to control the switching circuit to
supply the operating power at a first power level in response to detecting a first level of airflow through the electronic vaping device, the first level of airflow being at or above a first threshold level,
reduce the operating power from the first power level to a second power level after expiration of a first time period following detection of the first level of airflow,
reduce the operating power from the second power level to zero in response to detecting a second level of airflow through the electronic vaping device,
increase the operating power from zero to the first power level in response to detecting a third level of airflow through the electronic vaping device, the third level of airflow being at or above the first threshold level, and
reduce the operating power from the first power level to the second power level after expiration of a second time period following detection of the third level of airflow, the second time period being less than the first time period.

US Pat. No. 10,239,089

PRODUCT PORTION ENROBING PROCESS AND APPARATUS

Altria Client Services LL...

1. A method of enrobing a product portion in polymer strands comprising:directing a plurality of polymeric fibers from a polymer spray head in an upward direction to create a polymer enrobing zone above said polymer spray head; and
levitating at least one product portion in said polymer enrobing zone such that a plurality of polymeric fibers wrap around said at least one product portion,
wherein said polymer spray head is inclined such that said at least one product portion introduced to said polymer enrobing zone at a side of said polymer spray head having higher elevation will preferentially exit said polymer enrobing zone at a side of said polymer spray head having lower elevation.

US Pat. No. 10,238,148

ATOMIZING ASSEMBLY FOR USE IN AN AEROSOL-GENERATING SYSTEM

ALTRIA CLIENT SERVICES LL...

1. An atomizing assembly for an aerosol generating system comprising:an atomizing nozzle defining an air channel and a fluid flow path, the air channel configured to establish an air flow through the atomizing nozzle and the fluid flow path configured to establish a fluid flow through the atomizing nozzle;
a liquid storage portion configured to store a liquid aerosol-forming substrate; and
a tubing section having an inlet end and an outlet end, the inlet end of the tubing section being connectable to the liquid storage portion, and the outlet end of the tubing section being in fluid communication with the atomizing nozzle, the tubing section being configured to deliver the fluid flow of the liquid aerosol-forming substrate through the atomizing nozzle via the fluid flow path, the air flow being mixed with the fluid flow of liquid aerosol-forming substrate delivered through the atomizing nozzle.

US Pat. No. 10,342,259

FLAVOR DELIVERY SYSTEM

Altria Client Services LL...

1. A flavor delivery system comprising:an oral tobacco product including,
tobacco, and
a first flavorant; and
a flavor inhalation article configured to be utilized concurrently with the oral tobacco product, the flavor inhalation article including,
a body having an air flow channel therethrough, the body including,
a porous substrate, and
a second flavorant.

US Pat. No. 10,342,262

CARTRIDGE FOR AN AEROSOL-GENERATING SYSTEM

Altria Client Services LL...

1. A cartridge for an aerosol-generating system, comprising:a liquid storage portion including a housing configured to hold a liquid aerosol-forming substrate, the housing having a first opening and a second opening;
a first permeable planar heater assembly fixed to the housing and extending across the first opening of the housing; and
a second permeable planar heater assembly fixed to the housing and extending across the second opening of the housing, the first and second permeable planar heater assemblies arranged opposite to and facing each other to define an airflow channel in between.