The R&D Dept.: Local Patents for 9.29.10

Patent 7,794,027
Sept. 14, 2010
Storage bin with lifting mechanism
A lifting mechanism for a storage bin is positioned in a cabinet having a countertop. The lifting mechanism has a base adapted to be supported in the cabinet, a moveable member operably connected to the base, a support member connected to the moveable member, and a storage bin supported by the support member. The moveable member is moveable between a first position, wherein the storage bin is adapted to be positioned within the cabinet, and a second position wherein the storage bin is raised such that the storage bin is adapted to be positioned out of the cabinet. When the storage bin is raised, a top of the storage bin is adapted to be positioned proximate the countertop.
Inventors: Melanie Calabria (Columbia, Md.); Joseph E. Jasinski (Raleigh, N.C.); Kevin O. Roughton (Saco, Maine); Sherry Eckholm (Watertown, Wisc.); Brian J. Wismann (Talent, Ore.); William M. Riley (Richmond); Bruce S. Ferris (Richmond); Paul G. Rockwell (Chesterfield)
Assignee: Newell Operating Company (Atlanta, Ga.)

Patent 7,794,147
Sept. 14, 2010
Multiple applications of seaming solutions for heat shrunk bands and labels
A sleeve and method for making the same for use in packaging consumer goods comprising a plastic film having a first longitudinal edge and a second longitudinal edge is disclosed. The plastic film is rolled into a tube wherein the first longitudinal edge overlaps the second longitudinal edge defining a flap. A plurality of seaming beads are applied along the first longitudinal edge to seam the first longitudinal edge to the second longitudinal edge, the plurality of seaming beads including an inner seaming bead and an outer seaming bead to form a plurality of seams in the sleeve. In exemplary embodiments, the plurality of seaming beads are utilized with different adhesive solutions. Other embodiments include, but are not limited to a perforation strip between the at least two seaming solutions.
Inventors: Alexander Perelman (Richmond)
Assignee: Reynolds Packaging LLC (Richmond)

Patent 7,794,512
Sept. 14, 2010
Supplying tungsten to a combustion system or combustion system exhaust stream containing iron
The present invention relates to an apparatus and method for delivering tungsten from a to a fuel combustion system or to the exhaust therefrom. By the present invention, tungsten from the lubricant or the fuel will interact with iron from the combustion process. In this manner, the tungsten scavenges or inactivates iron that can otherwise poison catalytic converters, sensors and/or automotive on-board diagnostic devices and/or reduce the operation of spark plugs. The present invention can also lead to improved durability of exhaust after treatment systems. Supplying tungsten acts to change the characteristics of iron deposits formed by combusting a fuel with iron.
Inventors: Allen A. Aradi (Glen Allen); Joseph W. Roos (Mechanicsville); Dennis H. Rainear (Richmond)
Assignee: Afton Chemical Corporation (Richmond)

Patent 7,794,634
Sept. 14, 2010
Procedure to generate nanotubes and compound nanofibres from coaxial jets
The invention relates to a method of producing nanotubes from coaxial jets of immiscible liquids or poorly-miscible liquids. The purpose of the invention is to produce hollow fibers (nanotubes) or composite fibers having diameters ranging from a few micras to tens of nanometers and comprising walls, in the case of nanotubes, with a thickness ranging from hundreds of nanometers to a few nanometers. The inventive nanotube-formation method involves the generation of coaxial nanojets of two liquids using electrohydrodynamic technology.
Inventors: Antonio B. Ripoll (Seville, Spain); Ignacio Gonzales Loscertales (Malaga, Spain); Manuel M. Sanchez (Midlothian)
Assignee: Universidad de Sevilla (Seville); Universidad de Malaga (Malaga, Spain)

Patent 7,794,727
Sept. 14, 2010
Polyvalent chimeric OspC vaccinogen and diagnostic antigen
A chimeric polyvalent recombinant protein for use as a vaccine and diagnostic for Lyme disease is provided. The chimeric protein comprises epitopes of the loop 5 region and/or the alpha helix 5 region of outer surface protein C (OspC) types. The OspC types may be associated with mammalian Borrelia infections.
Inventors: Richard T. Marconi (Midlothian); Christopher Earnhart (Williamsburg)
Assignee: Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond)

Patent 7,794,813
Sept. 14, 2010
Tubular composite structures
Tubular structures formed of helically wound layers of a composite fabric structure. The fabric structure has an inwardly facing layer in the form of a fabric base. The fabric base comprises a network of high tenacity fibers. The composite fabric structure also includes an outwardly facing layer formed of rubber. The inwardly facing layer and the outwardly facing layer are bonded together, preferably through the use of a bonding layer. The tubular structure may be used as a stand along product, as an antichafing cover for a rope, as a liner for a pipe, or the like.
Inventors: Huy X. Nguyen (Midlothian); Elizabeth S. Parrish (Blackstone, Va.); John E. Holland (Bailey, N.C.)
Assignee: Honeywell International Inc. (Morristown, N.J.)

Patent 7,798,320
Sept. 21, 2010
Aromatic pocket tear tape for cigarette pack
A sealed pocket formed on a package overwrap, such as the overwrap around a cigarette package, is provided with an aromatic. The pocket containing the aromatic is placed proximate to a tear strip. As the tear strip is pulled along and removed from the package the pocket is opened, the aromatic is exposed to the air and an aroma is released.
Inventors: Xuan Minh Pham (Glen Allen)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc. (Richmond)

Patent 7,798,877
Sept. 21, 2010
Symmetry surfing system
A symmetry surfing system enables a surfboard with two ends both of which may be controllably switched between roles of front end and tail end, thus giving the surfboard dual-directional capabilities. A removable fin system may be disposed at the two ends so that when the surfer selectively activates the footplate of the removable fin system, one or more fins extend into the water. The removable fin system may be modular so as to facilitate interchangeability and installation processes. The system may preferably include a harness to be worn by the surfer. A winding reel is attached to the surfer preferably via such a harness worn by the surfer, and winds a centered leash that secures the surfer to the surfboard under tension. The symmetry surfing system maximizes surfboard maneuverability and surfboards’ potential for aggressive trick surfing.
Inventors: Ward H. Wortham (Richmond)

Patent 7,798,986
Sept. 21, 2010
Tampon applicator barrels having gripping structures and methods of forming
A tampon applicator barrel including a cardboard tube having a first end and a second end and at least one gripping structure defined from the cardboard tube proximate the second end is provided. The cardboard tube has a wall thickness of between about 0.015 and about 0.020 inches, while the gripping structure has a height of up to about 0.035 inches.
Inventors: Wayne D. Melvin (Felton, Del.); Michael L. Miller (Dover, Del.); Jamshid Rejai (Dover); Van T. Pham (Dover); Joseph S. Konrad (Dover); Wojrek S. Drewnowski (Richmond)
Assignee: Playtex Products, Inc. (Westport, Conn.)

Patent 7,799,342
Sept. 21, 2010
Fast dissolving tablet
The present invention relates to processes for the preparation of tablets which dissolve rapidly in the mouth and provide an excellent mouthfeel. The tablets of the invention comprise a compound which melts at about C. or lower, have a low hardness, high stability and generally comprise few insoluble disintegrants which may cause a gritty or chalky sensation in the mouth. Convenient and economically feasible processes by which the tablets of the invention may be produced are also provided.
Inventors: Janos Szamosi (Chesterfield); Kevin S. Kinter (Glen Allen); Vincent H. Li (Mechanicsville); Khawla Abdullah Abu-Izza (Wayne, N.J.)
Assignee: Wyeth LLC (Madison, N.J.)

Patent 7,801,827
Sept. 21, 2010
Methods and apparatus for conducting electronic transactions
A system and method for conducting electronic commerce are disclosed. In various embodiments, the electronic transaction is a purchase transaction. A user is provided with an intelligent token, such as a smartcard containing a digital certificate. The intelligent token suitably authenticates with a server on a network that conducts all or portions of the transaction on behalf of the user. In various embodiments a wallet server interacts with a security server to provide enhanced reliability and confidence in the transaction. In various embodiments, the wallet server includes a toolbar. In various embodiments, the digital wallet pre-fills forms. Forms may be pre-filled using an auto-remember component.
Inventors: Fred A. Bishop (Phoenix, Ariz.); Elliot H. Glazer (Chesterfield); Zygmunt S. Gorgol (Scottsdale, Ariz.); William G. Hohle (Lehi, Utah); Michael G. Johnson (Peoria, Ariz.); David E. Johnstone (Cave Creek, Ariz.); Walter D. Lake (Gilbert, Ariz.); Coby Royer (University City, Mo.); Marvin Simkin (Phoenix); Nick Swift (Reading, Great Britain); Dirk B. White (Glendale, Ariz.); Russell Bennett (Cornville, Ariz.)
Assignee: American Express Travel Related Services Company, Inc. (New York, N.Y.)

Patent 7,803,247
Sept. 28, 2010
Papers containing floc derived from diamino diphenyl sulfone
This invention relates to papers made with floc containing a polymer or copolymer derived from a monomer selected from the group consisting of 4,4’diaminodiphenyl sulfone, 3,3’diaminodiphenyl sulfone, and mixtures thereof. Such papers have higher elongation-at-break and work-to-break (toughness) properties and exhibit less shrinkage at high temperatures than papers made with solely with poly (metaphenylene isophthalamide) floc.
Inventors: Mikhail R. Levit (Glen Allen); Vlodek Gabara (Richmond); Gary L. Hendren (Richmond)
Assignee: E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (Wilmington, Del.)

Patent 7,805,318
Sept. 28, 2010
Using a non-profit organization to satisfy medicare out-of-pocket/troop and product replacement

A process of providing needy Medicare recipients with financial help in addressing medical care by setting up a non-profit organization, receiving donated pharmaceutical product from pharmaceutical manufacturers to the non-profit organization, inventorying the drug product received from the pharmaceutical manufacturers in a contracted or non-profit pharmacy, and taking title of the drug product from the pharmaceutical manufacturers. The drug product replaces a drug product used by the Medicare recipients and the drug product accounts toward the recipient’s true out-of-pocket payment (TrOOP).
Inventors: Dana A. Kuhn (Midlothian)
Assignee: Patient Services Incorporated (Midlothian)

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10 years ago

Very exciting work (especially the tampon applicator patent)!