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The R&D Dept.: Local patents for 10.19.16

Linda Dunham October 19, 2016 0

Method for removing sulfur from fiber using halide acid ion exchange
Patent No. 9,464,380
The present invention concerns methods for removing sulfur from a fiber made from a polymer comprising imidazole groups, said method comprising: a) contacting never-dried sulfate anion-containing polymeric-fiber with an halide-containing acid to displace at least a portion of the sulfate ions with halide anions; and b) rinsing the fiber to remove the displaced sulfate ions.
Inventors: Steven R. Allen (Midlothian, Va.), Vlodek Gabara (Richmond), Joseph Lenning Lowery (Midlothian, Va.), Steven Raymond Lustig (Landenberg, Penn.), Christopher William Newton (Richmond), David J.Rodini (Midlothian, Va.), Andrew J. Sitter (Mechanicsville, Va.)
Assignee: E I Du Pont De Nemours and Co. (Wilmington, Del.)
Oct. 11, 2016

Method for removing sulfur from fiber using an aqueous acid
Patent No. 9,464,370
The present invention concerns methods for removing sulfur from a fiber made from a polymer comprising imidazole groups, said method comprising: contacting never-dried sulfate anion-containing polymeric-fiber with an aqueous acid having a pKa of less than 5 to displace at least a portion of the sulfate anions; and b) rinsing the fiber to remove the displaced sulfate ions.
Inventors: Steven R. Allen (Midlothian, Va.), Vlodek Gabara (Richmond), Joseph Lenning Lowery (Midlothian, Va.), Steven Raymond Lustig (Landenberg, Penn.), Christopher William Newton (Richmond), David J.Rodini (Midlothian, Va.), Andrew J. Sitter (Mechanicsville, Va.)
Assignee: E I Du Pont De Nemours and Co. (Wilmington, Del.)
Oct. 11, 2016

Quaternary ammonium detergent fuel additives
Patent No. 9,464,252
A fuel soluble additive for a diesel engine, a method for improving performance of fuel injectors and a method for cleaning fuel injectors for a diesel engine. The fuel soluble additive includes a quaternary ammonium salt derived from the reaction of (a) a hydrocarbyl amine containing at least one tertiary amino group, (b) an epoxide compound selected from a glycidol, a glycidyl ether, glycidyl ester, polyglycidyl ether, a polyglycidyl ester, and combinations thereof, wherein substituents of the glycidyl group have, on average, less than five carbon atoms per hetero atom, and (c) optionally a proton donor.
Inventors: Scott D. Schwab (Richmond), Xinggao Fang (Midlothian, Va.)
Assignee: Afton Chemical Corp. (Richmond)
Oct. 11, 2016

Process for preparing ammonium sulfate nitrate
Patent No. 9,464,008
Ammonium sulfate nitrate double salts may be produced using a process that result in complete or nearly complete conversion to the 2:1 double salt. In some embodiments, the disclosure pertains to methods of controlling moisture content during the production process.
Inventors: Stephanie C. Barthe (Richmond), James A. Kweeder (Chesterfield, Va.), Maria A. Azimova (Richmond), Raymond G. Wissinger (Midlothian, Va.), Christopher B. Pace (Russellville, Ala.), Joshua H. McGill (Florence, Ala.), Keith D. Cochran (Killen, Ala.), Andrew J. Howes (Chesterfield, Va.)
Assignee: Honeywell International Inc. (Morris Plains, N.J.)
Oct. 11, 2016

Production of tamari soy sauce
Patent No. 9,463,480
Present invention enables to mass-produce rich-taste tamari soy sauce with reasonable costs. First step: Moisturizing soybeans. Second step: Steaming the moisturized soybeans. Third step: Shaping the steamed soybeans into nuggets. Fourth step: Mixing a soy flour and seed koji. Fifth step: Putting the mixture on the nuggets. Sixth step: Incubating the nuggets. Seventh step: Putting the incubated nuggets in salt water. Eighth step: Fermenting the nuggets in the salt water. Ninth step: Pressing moromi (solid component of the fermented product). Tenth step: Settling the liquid obtained by pressing the moromoi. Eleventh step: Optionally filtrating raw tamari soy sauce with a reverse osmosis membrane. Twelfth step: Adjusting concentrations of some constituents of the raw tamari soy sauce. Thirteenth step: Pasteurizing the raw tamari soy sauce. Fourteenth step: Settling the pasteurized tamari soy sauce. Fifteenth step: Filtering the supernatant. Sixteenth step: Bottling the tamari soy sauce.
Inventors: Masayoshi Matsunaga (Richmond)
Assignee: San-J International Inc. (Richmond)
Oct. 11, 2016

Applicator assembly
Patent No. 9,462,871
An applicator cup for user with a motorized handle for applying cosmetics. The applicator cup includes an applicator configured to apply a liquid or powder substance (e.g., such as cosmetics, makeup, lotion, sunblock, sunscreen, moisturizer, foundation, concealer, eye shadow, blush, bronzer, cream, or any other appropriate substance) to a user’s body. The applicator cup may be configured to enable a user to selectively attach the applicator cup to the motorized handle substantially without touching the applicator. The applicator cup is adapted to enable a user to use the applicator cup in combination with a handle, such as a motorized handle, to apply the liquid or powder substances to the user’s body.
Inventors: Steven C. Machiorlette (Houston, Texas), Edward Darrell Jervey III (Richmond), Carol Martin (Atlanta, Ga.)
Assignee: Worth Beauty (Richmond)
Oct. 11, 2016

Product portion enrobing process and apparatus, and resulting products
Patent No. 9,462,827
A method of enrobing a product portion in polymer strands includes mounting at least one product portion on a holding device and passing the at least one product portion through a polymer enrobing zone. The polymer enrobing zone can include a flow of polymeric fibers produced by a polymer spray head. The polymer fibers can wraparound the at least one product portion to produce an enrobed product portion. The holding device can hold the at least one product portion by passing at least partially through the body of the product portion. At least a portion of the holding device is removed from the enrobed product portion. In some cases, the at least one product portion includes smokeless tobacco.
Inventors: Andrew Nathan Carroll (Chester, Va.), Shannon Maxwell Black (Richmond), Yan Helen Sun (Midlothian, Va.), William J. Burke (Richmond), Robert Smith (Glen Allen, Va.)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Oct. 11, 2016

Cloning of cytochrome P450 genes from nicotiana
Patent No. 9,464,297
The present invention relates to p450 enzymes and nucleic acid sequences encoding p450 enzymes in Nicotiana, and methods of using those enzymes and nucleic acid sequences to alter plant phenotypes.
Inventors: Dongmei Xu (Glen Allen, Va.)
Assignee: U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Co. (Richmond)
Oct. 11, 2016

Emulsion and suspension polymerization processes, and improved electrochemical performance for carbon derived from same
Patent No. 9,464,162
The present application is directed to methods for preparation of polymer particles in gel form and carbon materials made therefrom. The carbon materials comprise enhanced electrochemical properties and find utility in any number of electrical devices, for example, as electrode material in ultracapacitors or batteries. The methods herein can also be employed generally to improve emulsion and/or suspension polymerization processes by improved control of diffusion of acidic and basic species between the polymer and secondary phases.
Inventors: Benjamin E. Kron (Seattle, Wash.), Katharine Geramita (Seattle, Wash.), Henry R. Costantino (Woodinville, Wash.), Joseph Frank Ludvik (Midlothian, Va.), Xing Dong (Decatur, Ga.), Shahid P. Qureshi (Duluth, Ga.), Gerald A. Knazek (Alpharetta, Ga.)
Assignee: Georgia-Pacific Chemicals (Atlanta, Ga.) & Energ2 Technologies Inc. (Seattle, Wash.)
Oct. 11, 2016

Tobacco production system
Patent No. 9,462,754
A tobacco production system is provided for producing useable tobacco material having chemical and physical properties acceptable to tobacco industry stakeholders, by growing tobacco entirely in a directly seeded system, under an intensive biomass growing system, mechanically harvesting above-ground portions of the plant a plurality of times during the growing season, curing tobacco leaves and stalks together, and processing the cured tobacco material to obtain cured leaf material suitable for use in tobacco products including, but not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, snus, snuff, chewing tobacco, pipe tobacco, reconstituted tobacco material, and other manufactured tobacco products.
Inventors: G. Lea Scott (Midlothian, Va.), Joshua F. Warren (Elm City, N.C.)
Assignee: Universal Leaf Tobacco Co. Inc. (Richmond)
Oct. 11, 2016

Sandwich making appliance and method of making a sandwich with the same
Patent No. 9,462,912
A small cooking appliance comprises a bottom housing, a top housing, and a ring assembly. The bottom housing has a top surface that forms a bottom cooking surface of the appliance. The top housing has a bottom surface that forms a top cooking surface of the appliance. The top housing is movably attached to the bottom housing and moveable between a closed position and an open position. The ring assembly is positionable between the top and bottom cooking surfaces when the top housing is in its closed position. The ring assembly comprises a top ring, a bottom ring, and an optional center cooking plate. The center cooking plate is movable between (i) a closed position in which a space defined by the ring assembly is divided into top and bottom cooking cavities and (ii) an open position.
Inventors: David L. Jackson (Mechanicsville, Va.), Michael Garman (Moseley, Va.), Derek A. McCullough (Henrico, Va.), George Stamper (Quinton, Va.), Claire Ashley (New York, N.Y.)
Assignee: Hamilton Beach Brands Inc (Glen Allen, Va.)
Oct. 11, 2016

Method to create an environmentally resistant soft armor composite
Patent No. 9,469,939
Fibrous substrates and articles that retain their superior ballistic resistance performance after exposure to liquids such as sea water and organic solvents, such as gasoline and other petroleum-based products. The fibrous substrates are coated with a multilayer polymeric coating including at least two polymer layers wherein the first polymer and the second polymer forming said respective layers are the same and optionally comprise fluorine.
Inventors: Henry G. Ardiff (Chesterfield, Va.), Ralf Klein (Midlothian, Va.), Brian D. Arvidson (Chester, Va.), Ashok Bhatnagar (Richmond), Lori L. Wagner (Richmond)
Assignee: Honeywell International Inc. (Morris Plains, N.J.)
Oct. 18, 2016

Method for removing sulfur from fiber using a weak base
Patent No. 9,469,922
The present invention concerns methods for removing sulfur from a fiber comprising the steps of: a) contacting never-dried sulfur-containing fiber in a yarn with an aqueous base having a pKa less than or equal to 11 to release at least a portion of said sulfur, said sulfur comprising, at least in part, sulfate anions and said yarn comprising fiber derived from polymer comprising imidazole groups; and b) rinsing said yarn to remove at least a portion of released sulfur.
Inventors: Steven R. Allen (Midlothian, Va.), Vlodek Gabara (Richmond), Joseph Lenning Lowery (Midlothian, Va.), Steven Raymond Lustig (Landenberg, Penn.), Christopher William Newton (Richmond), David J. Rodini (Midlothian, Va.), Andrew J. Sitter (Mechanicsville, Va.)
Assignee: E I Du Pont De Nemours and Co. (Wilmington, Del.)
Oct. 18, 2016

Hollow silica particles, compositions comprising them and methods for making same
Patent No. 9,469,545
Methods for making comprising hollow silica particles from a composition comprising a silicon-containing compound selected from the group consisting of tetraalkoxysilanes, trialkyloxysilanes and derivatives thereof, dialkoxysilanes and derivatives thereof, alkoxysilanes and derivatives thereof, silicone oligomers, oligomeric silsesquioxanes and silicone polymers distributed over a polymer template core that is eliminated from the particle in a two-stage heating process. The particles of the present invention have a substantially uniform particle size and exhibit low permeability to liquids.
Inventors: Karen Kay Kalla (Cincinnati, Ohio), Matthew David Butts (Rexford, N.Y.), Darryl Stephen Williams (Richmond), Sarah Elizabeth Genovese (Delmar, N.Y.)
Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Co. (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Oct. 18, 2016

Smokeless tobacco packaging system and method
Patent No. 9,468,233
A smokeless tobacco system includes a container including a plurality of preformed smokeless tobacco products configured to generally retain their shape and integrity. One or more of the preformed smokeless tobacco products are compressed between a lid and a base of the container to hinder movement of the one or more preformed smokeless tobacco products within the container. Each preformed smokeless tobacco product can include a moist smokeless tobacco in combination with a selected binder such that the final product is configured to have material properties providing improved handling, an improved mouth feel, and a satisfying flavor profile. A method of forming and packaging the preformed smokeless tobacco products includes depositing shaped smokeless tobacco bodies into the container and closing the container prior to a relaxation of the shaped smokeless tobacco bodies into preformed smokeless tobacco products.
Inventors: Jason Andrew Macko (Richmond), James Lindsay Clark (Richmond), Shannon Maxwell Black (Richmond), Andrew Nathan Carroll (Chester, Va.), Srinivasan Janardhan (Glen Allen, Va.)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond, Va.)
Oct. 18, 2016

Reusable, collapsible, storage container
Patent No. 9,469,430
The present invention provides for a container that may be repeatedly used for moving and stored in a collapsed position when not in use. The container includes means for both longitudinal and transverse reinforcement of closed opposing flaps that make up the top and bottom portions of the container. In one embodiment is provided a container comprising: a plurality of side walls configured to provide a collapsible container, where each side wall is in operable communication with two other side walls; two foldable flaps in operable communication with each side wall; and at least one securing strip in operable communication with at least one of the foldable flaps, where the securing strip provides structure for releasable attachment with three different side walls and for securing four of the flaps in a closed position to form a container bottom or top.
Inventors: Phea Ram (North Chesterfield, Va.)
Assignee: N/A
Oct. 18, 2016

Controlling building systems
Patent No. 9,471,045
Methods, apparatus, and systems are provided for measuring the supply of a consumable product to a facility over time and analyzing the measurements to determine the consumption or supply of the product by one or more loads and/or sources in the facility, and to determine induced and residual heat flow through the facility’s envelope. Various aspects compare the measured supply of the consumable product to a database of consumption signatures. Operating conditions and facility characteristics may be further considered in determining a particular user’s access of the consumable product. Thermal resistance factors of the building may be determined, which are based on the induced and residual heat flow through the facility. Finally, one or more signatures of a building system are analyzed to determine a building’s overall efficiency, including determining a controllable load of a building and/or determining an efficient start time for one or more building systems.
Inventors: Michael Craig Scelzi (Glen Allen, Va.)
Assignee: NetESCO (Richmond)
Oct. 18, 2016

Lubricant composition for automatic transmissions
Patent No. 9,469,825
A transmission lubricant composition, a method of lubricating a machine part, and a transmission are provided that utilize select boronated and phosphorylated N-substituted polyisobutylene succinimide dispersants combined with metal containing detergents to achieve high friction durability and low wear rates for automatic transmissions.
Inventors: Tom Hong-Zhi Tang (Glen Allen, Va.)
Assignee: Afton Chemical Corp. (Richmond)
Oct. 18, 2016

Gallery display apparatus
Patent No. 9,472,127
A magnetically-attachable display gallery provides a neat and decorative platform to easily add items such as greeting cards, photographs, and other documents by simply slipping them behind the snug clear vinyl pockets. The display gallery is constructed to roll or fold to store neatly away when not in use or for shipping.
Inventors: Barry Featherstun Tatum (Mechanicsville, Va.)
Assignee: N/A
Oct. 18, 2016

Body jewelry and method of using same
Patent No. 9,468,270
Referring to the invention, there is shown an article of body jewelry intended to be worn upon the hand. The body jewelry comprises a length of an elastic material upon which may be threaded one or more decorative elements and an ornamental decoration. A portion of the elastic material is connected to a securement element. The body jewelry is secured to multiple parts of the hand, using the tension within the elastic material stretched between various locations; e.g., from the back of the wrist, over the back of the hand, to a securement element sitting behind two adjacent fingers.
Inventors: Wendy R. Malamphy (Mechanicsville, Va.)
Assignee: N/A
Oct. 18, 2016

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