the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (“PTO”) issued Patent US 8,646,461 , “Device and Method for Simulating Chemosensation of Smoking” to Sentiens. This patent is directed to the technology behind BotanicBoost™. US 8,646,461 describes a device that simulates the sensations of smoking in the throat and airways and botanic agents that activate specific sensory receptors, without requiring delivery of nicotine or tobacco-related toxins. The specific type of “chemosensation” involved is a fundamental sensory function, distinct from taste and smell, and stimulation of the proper nerve endings can trigger a broad range of complex sensations and reflexes. In the allowed ‘801 application, the focus is on how these sensations and reflexes can be used to effectively mimic smoking and the body’s initial reaction to nicotine.
This patent has been filed and accepted in many countries around the world, including (but not limited to): Australia, Canada, China, EU, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, etc.