The R&D Dept.: Local Patents for 11.24.10

Dough stream blocker
Patent 7,837,456
A dough stream blocker (10) is positioned in a dough forming apparatus for selectively opening or blocking the flow of dough through the channels of the assembly that lead to the dough cut off device. Slide valves (34) are rotated to present either a slide valve opening (36) or a slide valve closed body portion (38) that opens or closes the channels.
Inventors: Remberto Pedraja (Glen Allen)
Assignee: AMF Automation Technologies Inc. (Richmond)
Nov. 23, 2010

Automated cleansing sprayer
Patent 7,837,132
An automated sprayer for spraying the walls of a shower enclosure with a liquid cleanser dispenses [private] the cleanser using a pumping system and rotatable spray head. The sprayer has a showerhead mountable housing with an adjustable hanger. There is a portion of the housing for supporting a bottle of cleanser in an inverted fashion. The bottle is vented through a piercing post. A single motor both drives the pump and rotates the spray head.
Inventors: Amber Mazooji (Cambridge, Mass.); Terry Kovara (Racine, Wisc.); Peter Neumann (Racine, Wisc.); Michael Allen (Glen Allen); Stephen Beverley (Midlothian); Paul Blankenship (Glen Allen); Mark Romandy (Midlothian)
Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son Inc. (Racine)
Nov. 23, 2010

Aerosol powder delivery device
Patent    7,832,397
An aerosol powder delivery device, a method of producing or delivering aerosol particles, a method of making a delivery device, and an inhaler kit are provided. The device can be used to produce an aerosolizable powder by breaking or deagglomerating the aerosolizable powder into aerosol particles for inhalation. The aerosol particles can be produced by mechanically agitating or shaking a hollow device with the aerosolizable powder and a second powder to mechanically break or loosen aerosol particles from the aerosolizable powder. Thus, a small, lightweight, simple, sealed and stable device without complex moving parts, external power sources or heat is provided to aerosolize powder into aerosol particles for transmucosal delivery into a mouth upon inhalation.
Inventors: Peter Lipowicz (Midlothian)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc. (Richmond)
Nov. 16, 2010

Dynamic decorative painting
Patent 7,833,106
The invention is directed toward an electro-mechanical simulated aquarium. It includes a novel combination of a planetary gear train driving two endless loops of transparent material in counter-rotating directions. Depictions of marine life are applied to the loops and the entire arrangement is housed in an aquarium-like enclosure in order to maximize its realism.
Inventors: Shiqi Zhu (Richmond)
Nov. 16, 2010

Variable vapor barrier for moisture control in buildings
Patent 7,838,123
Disclosed is a variable vapor barrier for moisture control of buildings comprising or formed from a material having a moisture permeance of less than 0.1 perms (grains/hft.sup.2inches of Hg) at less than 50% average humidity, such as from 10 to 50% or 20 to 40%; and a moisture permeance greater than 4, or greater than 10 perms at greater than 60% average humidity, such as from 60 to 90%, or 70 to 80%. Also disclosed are articles comprising the variable vapor barrier and methods of their use.
Inventors: John Chu Chen (Hockessin, Del.); Ashok Harakhlal Shah (Midlothian)
Assignee: E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Co. (Wilmington, Del.)
Nov. 23, 2010

System and method for protecting data across protection domain boundaries

Patent    7,836,387
A system and method for ensuring or verifying the integrity of data transmitted between protection domains. When the data is transmitted, it may be received in a different logical configuration (e.g., as a different number of “chunks”). The receiving domain computes its data integrity metadata (e.g., checksum, CRC, parity) on its form of the data using its protection scheme (e.g., checksum algorithm), and also applies the sending domain’s protection scheme to the data as it was received from the sending domain. Similarly, the sending domain applies the receiving domain’s protection scheme to compute data integrity metadata on the transmitted data as it appears in the receiving domain. The metadata may be compared to determine whether the data was corrupted during the transfer. Either domain may forward its data integrity metadata to the other, which may store and/or forward it as needed.
Inventors: Brian Wong (Midlothian); David Robinson (Austin, Texas); Spencer Shepler (Austin, Texas); Richard McDougall (Menlo Park, Calif.)
Assignee: Oracle America Inc. (Redwood Shores, Calif.)
Nov. 16, 2010

System for facilitating a transaction
Patent 7,835,960
The present invention provides a system and method for facilitating a transaction using a secondary transaction number that is associated with a cardholder’s primary account. The cardholder provides the secondary transaction number, often with limited-use conditions associated therewith, to a merchant to facilitate a more secure and confident transaction.
Inventors: Lydia Breck (New York, N.Y.); Jessica Zoob (New York); Glen Salow (Holmdel, N.J.); Fred Bishop (Phoenix, Ariz.); William Schwarz (Scottsdale, Ariz.); Elliot Glazer (Chesterfield); David Johnstone (Cave Creek, Ariz.); Katie Cunningham (New York); Anant Nambiar (New Rochelle, N.Y.); Jan Belt (Scottsdale, Ariz.); Martin Wittwer (New York); David Armes (Phoenix); Christina Chow (Phoenix)
Assignee: American Express Travel Related Services Co. Inc. (New York)
Nov. 16, 2010

Formulations of quaternary ammonium neuromuscular blocking agents
Patent 7,838,515
Muscle relaxant formulations which include one or more quaternary ammonium neuromuscular blocking agents have a reduced tendency for hydrolytic degradation, and therefore a longer shelf life stability, when combined with one or more organic anions having at least six carbon atoms and having a pKa of less than 4.0 (preferably ranging from 0.5 to 3.5). Particularly good results are achieved when using acids of very low solubility in water, such as gentisic acid which is less than 1% soluble at room temperature.
Inventors: David Anderson (Ashland)
Assignee: Lyotropic Therapeutics Inc. (Ashland)
Nov. 23, 2010

Compositions for binding to assay substrata and methods of using
Patent 7,838,307
Compositions and methods for binding to assay substrata in a stable and protective manner, thereby enhancing assay performance, are provided. The compositions comprise lyotropic materials (for example, lyotropic liquid and/or liquid crystalline materials) and may contain macromolecular standards, markers or capture compounds. The compositions are capable of binding to assay substrata such as that of chips that are employed for MALDI and SELDI mass spectroscopy analyses and plates that are used for ELISA type assays.
Inventors: David Anderson (Ashland); Richard Saul (Gaithersburg, Md.)
Assignee: Lyotropic Therapeutics Inc. (Asland, VA)
Nov. 23, 2010

Hydrogen generator and method for the production of hydrogen

Patent 7,837,842
An apparatus and method for generating hydrogen. The hydrogen generator includes a cylindrical body and two end plates defining a cavity therein. A plurality of elements are disposed within the cavity including an outer and inner gaskets, an outer and inner electrodes, and a proton exchange membrane. A bladder inflated within the cavity compresses the elements together and into firm contact with the inner wall of the body. A plurality of elongated bolts compresses the end plates against the ends of the cylindrical body. The hydrogen generator includes a water inlet port, an oxygen and water outlet port, and a hydrogen port extending. Connecting a DC voltage across the electrodes and pumping distilled water into the water inlet port produces hydrogen gas that can be used to fuel an internal combustion engine or a fuel cell.
Inventors: Fred Mayers Sr. (Chester); Fred Mayers Jr. (Chester)
Nov. 23, 2010

IP unified agent using an XML voice enabled web based application server
Patent 7,836,188
A method for inter-process communication between non-persistent application instances includes establishing a first non-persistent application instance serving a first party and establishing a second non-persistent application instance serving a second party. In the first application instance, an HTML page is generated having instructions for a persistent browser instance having received the HTML page to initiate a new application session for the second party. Thus, inter-application communication is possible where one non-persistent application instance is able to notify and/or interrupt another non-persistent application instance by way of an associated real time component (web browser or proxy browser).
Inventors: Lewis Dodrill (Richmond); David Geen (King George, Va.); Geetha Ravishankar (Glen Allen); Satish Joshi (Glen Allen); Ryan Alan Danner (Glen Allen); Susan Barban (Midlothian); Steven Martin (Richmond); Swaminathan Ravishankar (Glen Allen)
Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc. (San Jose, Calif.)
Nov. 16, 2010

Method to reduce variation in CMOS delay
Patent 7,834,683
Controlled voltage circuit for compensating the performance variations in integrate circuits caused by voltage supply, temperature, and process variations is proposed. The controlled voltage circuit includes several MOSFET transistors connected in series, a unity gain operational amplifier, and a constant current source with an input terminal and an output terminal. The input source terminal of the first MOSFET is connected to a constant current source and to the unity gain operational amplifier. The output terminal of the circuit is connected to the CMOS delay block. To compensate for the performance variation, the output voltage node at or before the unity gain operational amplifier is shifted higher as the operating process state is slowed down or as the temperature is increased. Conversely, the output voltage node is shifted lower as the process becomes faster or the temperature is reduced.
Inventors: Phat Truong (Houston, Texas); Jon Nguyen (Richmond)
Assignee: Nanya Technology Corp. (Kueishan, Tao-Yuan Hsien, Taiwan)
Nov. 16, 2010

Multilayer web with extensible and inextensible regions and methods of making same
Patent 7,834,236
A multi-layered web is provided that includes an elastic web bonded to an inelastic web. The inelastic web has extensible and inextensible regions arranged along the machine direction. In the extensible regions, the inelastic web is bonded to the elastic web in a creped structure that is extensible by virtue of the creping. A continuous process is provided to manufacture a multi-layer web having extensible regions that are conjoined with regions that are inextensible by varying the tension that is applied during manufacture of the multi-layer web. The apparatus comprises an elastic web that is fed into a bonding nip, into which one or more inelastic webs are also provided. The elastic web is fed into the bonding nip under a tension that is alternated between a low value that is sufficient to ensure processing stability, and a higher value that provides an elongation to the elastic web. During the low tension phase of the bonding process the inextensible region is formed in the multi-layer web due to the inextensibility of the web.
Inventors: Jeffrey Middlesworth (Wauconda, Ill.); Stephen Bruce (Montpelier, Va.); Todd Skochodopole (Moseley, Va.); Matthew O’Sickey (Powhatan); Andrew Peacock (Richmond)
Assignee: Tredegar Film Products Corp. (Richmond)
Nov. 16, 2010

Lubricant composition

Patent 7,833,953
A lubricant composition comprising a dispersant and a base oil comprising more than about 1.6% by weight of tetracycloparaffins is disclosed. Methods of making and using the lubricant composition are also disclosed.
Inventors: Mark Devlin (Richmond); Tze-chi Jao (Glen Allen)
Assignee: Afton Chemical Corp. (Richmond)
Nov. 16, 2010

Processes of making monohydrate form of magnesium ammonium phosphate and processes of making paper using same
Patent 7,833,385
Processes for producing the monohydrate form of magnesium ammonium phosphate in slurry from use of environmentally friendly reactants are described. Slurry containing the monohydrate form of magnesium ammonium phosphate can be fed directly to, and mixed with, paper making feedstock, such as feedstock for cigarette paper, without transformation of the monohydrate form to the hexahydrate form of magnesium ammonium phosphate.
Inventors: Jay Fournier (Richmond); Joshua Powell (Richmond); John Cunningham (Richmond); Warren Winterson (West Point, Va.); Ulrike Becker (Richmond)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc. (Richmond)
Nov. 16, 2010

Surface modified adsorbents and use thereof
Patent 7,832,412
A surface-modified adsorbent comprises a reagent on a porous carrier. Preferred porous carriers are adsorbent carbons such as activated carbon, silica gels, aluminas, polyester resins, zeolites or zeolite-like materials, and mixtures thereof. Preferred reagents are 2-hydroxymethylpiperidine (2-HMP) or a 2-HMP analogue. Surface modified adsorbents can be incorporated into cigarettes, preferably in an amount effective to reduce the concentration of one or more constituents of cigarette smoke.
Inventors: Lixin Xue (Midlothian); Kent Koller (Chesterfield)
Assignee: Phillip Morris USA Inc. (Richmond)
Nov. 16, 2010


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