The R&D Dept. New patents for 10.27.10

Honeycomb from paper having flame retardant thermoplastic binder
Patent 7,815,993
This invention relates to an improved flame retardant honeycomb comprising high modulus fiber and a flame retardant thermoplastic binder having a melt point of from 120.degree. C. to 350.degree. C. and a limiting oxygen index of 26 or greater, methods for making the honeycomb, and articles comprising the honeycomb. In a preferred embodiment the paper in the honeycomb has a flame classification of UL-94 V-0.
Inventors: Gary L. Hendren (Richmond); Subhotosh Khan (Midlothian); Mikhail R. Levit (Glen Allen)
Assignee: E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Co. (Wilmington, Del.)
Oct. 19, 2010

Adjustable restraint for the lower leg and/or foot
Patent 7,815,586
Adjustable restraint includes a plantar plate surrounded by a peripheral element about which a plurality of supports can be positioned; a support system attachable to that plate or element for providing vertical and horizontal support; and a lower leg securing housing. The housing is attachable to the support system through adjustable fastener(s) such it can be adjusted vertically and secured in position with respect to the plantar plate. A sole portion of the plantar plate may be removable. The support system can include first support(s) and second support(s) attachable to the plate or element, and, through first adjustable fastener(s) and second adjustable fastener(s), respectively, the first adjustable fastener(s) and second adjustable fastener(s) be attachable to the housing.
Inventors: William P. Grant (Virginia Beach); Laurence G. Rubin (Richmond); Steve Cook (Richmond); Guy Pupp (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.); David Czenkus (Casco, Mich.); Louis A. Serafin Jr. (Lakeport, Mich.)
Assignee: EZ Concepts Surgical Device Corp. (Marysville, Mich.)
Oct. 19, 2010

[private] Real-time data interface and method for browsers and the like
Patent 7,822,806
Systems and methods provide a real-time data display and interface for a network device by loading a page in a browser (115), the page including an engine which is executed in the browser (120) and used to automatically load a definition file (125) from a remote source in response to content within the page. Widgets are instantiated for display in the interface, each making data requests (145) at intervals which are forwarded to one or more servers in communication with the network device. Requested data is received (160) and presented in the interface there by providing the user with dynamically updated data (165). An engine for driving such display comprises executable code configured to instantiate one or more widgets for rendering within the display of the real-time data interface. The engine further includes a reference to a definition file which defines prescribed parameters for one or more of the widgets.
Inventors: Brian S. Frank (Richmond); John W. Sublett (Richmond)
Assignee: Honeywell International Inc. (Morristown, NJ.)
Oct. 26, 2010

Slow cooker
Patent 7,820,947
A cooking appliance for cooking a foodstuff over a period of time including a shell having a heating cavity and a heating element to heat the heating cavity. A container is removably positionable within the heating cavity and includes a food cavity for receiving the foodstuff. A temperature probe is removably insertable into the foodstuff and a controller is mounted to the shell. The controller controls operation of the cooking appliance in a probe mode wherein the temperature probe is inserted into the foodstuff and transmits foodstuff temperatures to the controller for controlling the heating of the foodstuff, a program mode wherein the controller actuates the heating element to heat the container at a temperature for a selected amount of time and subsequently at a lower temperature and a manual mode wherein the controller actuates the heating element to heat the container at a selected temperature.
Inventors: Jim Gaynor (Richmond); Yvonne Olson (Richmond); Adam Steinman (Richmond)
Assignee: Hamilton Beach Brands Inc. (Glen Allen)
Oct. 26, 2010

Garments comprising a flexible high thermal performance outer shell fabric of polybenzimidazole and polypyridobisimidazole fibers
Patent 7,820,572
This invention concerns a flame-resistant garment having an outer shell fabric comprising 5 to 50 parts by weight of a polypyridobisimidazole fiber having an inherent viscosity of greater than 20 dl/g and 50 to 95 parts by weight of polybenzimidazole fiber.
Inventors: Reiyao Zhu (Midlothian); Richard Young (Richmond)
Assignee: E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (Wilmington, Del.)
Oct. 26, 2010

Fabrics made from a blend of polypyridobisimidazole/flame-retardant treated cellulose fibers and articles made therefrom
Patent 7,820,567
The invention concerns flame retardant fabrics made from mixtures of polypyridobisimidazole fibers with cellulose fibers that have been treated to make them flame retardant and articles made therefrom.
Inventors: Reiyao Zhu (Midlothian); Richard Young (Richmond)
Assignee: E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (Wilmington)
Oct. 26, 2010

Reinforced nonwoven fire blocking fabric, method for making such fabric, and articles fire blocked therewith
Patent 7,819,994
This invention relates to a thin reinforced nonwoven fabric for fire blocking an article, articles containing such fabrics, and methods for making the fabrics and fire blocking the articles. When exposed to heat or flame, the fabric is capable of increasing its thickness by at least three times. The fabric comprises an open mesh scrim having a having crimped, heat-resistant organic fibers compressed thereon and held in a compressed state by a thermoplastic binder. When subjected to high heat or flame, the binder in the structure softens and flows, releasing the restrained crimped fibers and allowing the thickness of the fabric to increase dramatically.
Inventors: Laurence N. Bascom (Amelia, Va.); Warren F. Knoff (Richmond)
Assignee: E. I. Du Pont de Nemours and Company (Wilmington)
Oct. 26, 2010

Electrical power distribution system
Patent 7,819,676
An electrical power distribution system that can provide power to load equipment at any point along its length includes two main components: a power track housing assembly with current carrying conductors that can be mounted to the wall, ceiling or under the floor, and a plug-in power tap. The power track housing assembly includes a housing, insulators, and two or multiple conductors. In order to increase the housing assembly length, the housing assembly is preferably arranged such that multiple housing assemblies can be spliced together using cam operated splicing assemblies that form straight, “90 degree” and/or “T” splices to configure the system to match the equipment arrangement, and that allow all conductors in respective housing assemblies to be connected to each other simultaneously. The plug-in power taps also employ a system such as a shaft-cam mechanism that allows the assemblies to be electrically connected to all phase conductors within the power track housing assembly simultaneously. In addition, the power taps may include circuit breakers or other protective devices, and/or other sub-modules.
Inventors: Roberto Cardoso (Huntington Beach, Calif.); Timothy Cortes (Mechanicsville); Enrique Horta (Santa Ana, Calif.); Miguel Jauregui (Paramount, Calif.); John Kammeter (Richmond, Calif.); Alan Katz (Huntington Beach, CA); Keith Schmid (St. Charles, Ill.)
Assignee: Power Distribution Inc. (Richmond)
Oct. 26, 2010

Process and apparatus for applying palladium salts to tobacco filler
Patent 7,819,123
An apparatus and method for the process of applying palladium salts to tobacco cut filler and other smokable products so that polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) can be reduced in both mainstream (MS) and sidestream (SS) cigarette smoke. The reduction in PAHs is observed in the total particulate matter (TPM) of the mainstream (MS) and sidestream (SS) smoke. Additionally, substantial reductions in heavy metals and Ames biological activity can be achieved when the palladium salt solution is applied and processed in accordance with the present invention. The present invention provides these improvements by using a preferred ratio of palladium (Pd) salt to Chloride (Cl) that is specifically designed to allow for high palladium solubility. Further, the present invention provides an apparatus and method for applying the palladium salt solution while minimizing the number of processing steps required.
Inventors: Stephen G. Zimmermann (Midlothian); James D. Baggett Jr. (Richmond)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc. (Richmond)
Oct. 26, 2010

Stain masking cut resistant gloves and processes for making same
Patent 7,818,982
This invention also relates to stain-masking cut resistant gloves and methods for making the same, the gloves comprising at least one aramid fiber and at least one lubricating fiber selected from the group consisting of aliphatic polyamide fiber, polyolefin fiber, polyethylene fiber, acrylic fiber, and mixtures thereof; wherein up to and including 15 parts by weight of the total amount of fibers in the glove are provided with a dye or pigment such that they have a color different from the remaining fibers; the dye or pigment selected such that the colored fibers have a measured “L” value that is lower than the measured “L” value for the remaining fibers.
Inventors: Larry J. Prickett (Chesterfield)
Assignee: E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (Wilmington)
Oct. 26, 2010

Unified messaging feature that plays greetings based on the received calling party number
Patent 7,822,815
A messaging system is provided for playing a messaging prompt in response to a request for execution of a messaging operation. The request contains calling party number information. The messaging system includes an application runtime environment configured for retrieving for playback as the messaging prompt, a personalized voice message based on a match of the received calling party number information with calling party number information stored in an Internet Protocol (IP) based database server. The personalized voice message corresponds to the matched, stored calling number information of the calling party. Hence, a subscriber can record personalized greeting for preferred callers such that when a preferred caller reaches the subscriber’s voice mail, the personalized greeting for that caller is played. If the caller is not a preferred caller, a generic greeting is played.
Inventors: David S. Gress (Mechanicsville); Robert R. Sealey (Brighton, Australia); Thomas B. Sealey II (Glen Allen)
Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc. (San Jose, Calif.)
Oct. 26, 2010

Tool for hedging real estate ownership risk using financial portfolio theory and hedonic modeling
Patent 7,822,668
A method for optimizing risk-adjusted returns of a composite portfolio having a non-variable portion containing at least tangible residential real estate property investments and a variable portion containing other assets having a liquidity profile that is more liquid than the non-variable portion of the portfolio. The other assets in the variable portion of the portfolio are optimized in order to diversify and/or hedge risks associated with the non-variable portion of the portfolio. The optimizing is performed by calculating a mix of assets in the variable portion of the portfolio that maximizes expected returns for the composite portfolio while minimizing risks for the composite portfolio.

Inventors: Peter Benda (Glen Allen)
Oct. 26, 2010

Filter felts and bag filters comprising blends of fibers derived from diamino diphenyl sulfone and heat resistant fibers
Patent 7,819,936
This invention relates to a filter felt and bag filters comprising an intimate staple fiber blend of 20 to 75 parts by weight polymeric staple fiber 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; and 25 to 80 parts by weight of a heat resistant staple fiber selected from the group consisting on meta-aramid fiber, acrylic fiber, polyphenylene sulfide fiber, and para-aramid fiber; based on 100 parts by weight of the polymeric fibers and heat resistant fibers in the felt.
Inventors: Anil Kohli (Midlothian); Kurt H. Wyss (Bogis, Switzerland)
Assignee: E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (Wilmington)
Oct. 26, 2010

Dog harness
Patent 7,819,089
A dog harness is comprised of a torso strap encircling a dog’s chest, connected to a chest strap passing around the chest of a dog, and a shoulder strap passing over the back of a dog. The chest strap is provided with a limited slip loop. A leash connector is fixed to the limited slip loop. When a leash is attached to the leash connector, a directional pull on the leash causes the leash connector to slide in the direction of the pull, pulling the limited slip loop to the side and moving the pull off the center of the dog’s chest, thus decreasing the opposition reflex.
Inventors: Sharon E. Bennett (Midlothian); Charles D. Mann (Marine-on-St.-Croix, Minn.); Robert A. Anderson (Falcon Heights, Minn.)
Assignee: Premier Pet Products LLC (Midlothian)
Oct. 26, 2010

Multiple use fabric softening composition with reduced linting
Patent 7,820,614
An article comprising a multiple use fabric conditioning composition that is operably connectable to the inside of a dryer is useful for softening fabric without staining the fabric and with reduced linting.
Inventors: Johannson J. Tee Jr. (West Chester); Jeffrey F. Omnitz (Cincinnati, Ohio); Alessandro Corona III (Mason, Ohio); Hugo Demeyere (Merchtem, Belgium); David E. Whittlinger (Janesville, Wisc.); Saji Chacko Meledathu (Wilmette, Ill.); Dennis A. Parrish (Sandston)
Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company (Cincinnati)
Oct. 26, 2010

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