The R&D Dept.: Local Patents for 2.16.11

Wearable hooded towel
Patent D632,058
This is an initial filing for a patent that claims the ornamental design for a wearable hooded towel.
Inventors: Kennard Pritchett (Richmond)
Assignee: Exceptional Kreations, LLC (Richmond)
Feb. 8, 2011

Method and system for telephone wait user interface selection
Patent 7,889,858
In the method of the present invention, a customer of a service provider would be placed in hold while waiting to speak to a customer service representative. The method and system of the invention would recognize the telephone number of the caller using a “caller ID” system. If this call is the first time [private]the caller has ever called, the caller would be presented with an audible listing of listening choices that would include but not be limited to the latest news, the weather (of the caller’s location), financial headlines, or a selection of music stations (via cable radio, for example). The caller would then speak or type his/her preference into the keypad and the selection would be played. If the caller does not like the selection, the caller can then speak another selection or type the new selection as many times as the caller prefers. The caller selection is recorded in a caller preference database. Finally, when the same customer calls one or more additional times, the system would retain the caller’s number and preferred listening selection, based on caller ID value. The listening selection would automatically be played on subsequent calls.
Inventors: Rick Hamilton II (Charlottesville); Carl Gusler (Austin, Texas); Timothy Waters (Richmond); Harry Schatz (McLean, Va.)
Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, N.Y.)
Feb. 15, 2011

System and method for capturing sales tax deduction information from monetary card transactions
Patent    7,886,966
Systems and methods are provided for managing sales tax information. The information may be generated, for example, in connection with transactions involving financial accounts, such as a credit card account. The sales tax information may be received electronically from, for example, a merchant or a point of sale device. A determination may be made whether there is any missing sales tax information. If there is missing information a request may be generated and sent to a source having the information. The source may receive the request, retrieve the desired information, and transmit it to the requesting entity. The sales tax information may be stored and later retrieved for presentation to a user, such as the account holder. The account holder may use the information in completing a tax return.
Inventors: Eric Fox (Richmond); Robert Gregory Jr. (Mechanicsville)
Assignee: Capital One Financial Corporation (McLean, Va.)
Feb. 15, 2011

Oil-soluble molybdenum derivatives derived from hydroxyethyl-substituted Mannich bases
Patent 7,884,059
The present disclosure relates to organic molybdenum complexes prepared by reacting a Mannich base with a source of molybdenum. The complexes may be useful in lubricating oil compositions as at least one of an antioxidant, a deposit control additive, and a friction modifier. The organic molybdenum complexes may show a reduced tendency to color finished oils.
Inventors: Vincent Gatto (Baton Rouge, La.); John Loper (Richmond); Gregory Liesen (Mechanicsville)
Assignee: Afton Chemical Corporation (Richmond)
Feb. 8, 2011


Smoking article component transfer device and method
Patent 7,882,843
Described herein is a method and apparatus for transferring rods, or tubes, comprising feeding a plurality of rods into a hopper, feeding the rods through a hopper using agitation and gravity to align the rods in a single-file stacked configuration, and transferring the rods with pushers on a continuous cable so that that the rods may be transferred for insertion in the tobacco column. This method and apparatus may utilize one or more drums for transferring rods from the hopper to the pushers on the continuous cable.
Inventors: Donald Jones (Midlothian)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc. (Richmond)
Feb. 8, 2011

Process for removing phosphorous from a fiber or yarn
Patent 7,888,457
The present invention relates to processes for removing phosphorus from a fiber or yarn.
Inventors: Steven Allen (Midlothian); Doetze Jakob Sikkema (Richmond)
Assignee: E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (Wilmington, Del. ); Magellan Systems International, LLC (Bethesda, Md.)
Feb. 15, 2011

Aromatic polyamide and epoxy group-containing phenoxy resin
Patent 7,888,434
A polyamide resin composition which can improve heat resistance and water absorbency while suppressing the deterioration of processability is provided. Provided is a polyamide resin composition having an aromatic polyamide resin and an epoxy group-containing phenoxy resin having an epoxy group in the molecule of the phenoxy resin, wherein the content of the epoxy group-containing phenoxy resin is 30 to 50% by mass.
Inventors: Yasuyuki Kihara (Sakai, Japan); Yoshiki Takahashi (Sakai); Hidenori Takayama (Sakai); Masanori Imai (Sakai); Yasunori Tanaka (Tokyo); Shinji Naruse (Tokyo); David Anderson (Richmond)
Assignee: Nitto Shinko Corp. (Sakai); E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (Wilmington, Del.); Dupont Teijin Advanced Papers (Tokyo)
Feb. 15, 2011

Combination of glivec (STI571) with a cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitor, especially flavopiridol, in the treatment of cancer
Patent 7,888,341
The present invention pertains to a combination for simultaneous, separate or sequential use which comprises (a) a cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitor and (b) 4-(4-methylpiperazin-1-ylmethyl)-N-[4-methyl-3-(4-pyridin-3-yl)py- rimidin-2-ylamino)phenyl]-benzamide and to its use for the treatment of cancer, especially of Bcr/Abl.sup.+ leukemia resistant to compound of formula I.
Inventors: Paul Dent (Glen Allen); Steven Grant (Richmond); Geoffrey Krystal (Richmond); Chunrong Yu (Richmond)
Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Department of Veterans Affairs (Washington, D.C.); Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond)
Feb. 15, 2011

Extended drain, thermally stable, gear oil formulations
Patent 7,888,299
In its broadest concept, the present invention relates to an improved gear oil comprising: a) a base oil having a viscosity range of 4 to 32 cSt at C.; b) a maximum level of hydrocarbyl polysulfide with a minimum level of active S species; c) a dihydrocarbyl dithiophosphate ester or salt; and d) a dihydrocarbyl (mono)thiophosphate amine salt, essentially free of phosphite.
Inventors: Jeffrey Milner (Chesterfield); Masao Seki (Tokyo, Japan); Roger Sheets (Glen Allen); Kenji Yatsunami (Tokyo)
Assignee: Afton Chemical Japan Corp. (Tokyo)
Feb. 15, 2011

Method for determining surfactant concentration in aqueous solutions
Patent 7,888,128
The present method provides a single-phase technique in which an ionic strength adjuster and a water insoluble dye are added to a sample of an aqueous solution containing an unknown quantity of a known surfactant. Even at surfactant concentrations well below the critical micelle concentration (CMC) of the aqueous sample, the addition of an ionic strength adjuster induces the surfactant to form micelles. These micelles absorb the water insoluble dye, thereby imparting a known color to the aqueous sample being tested. The color intensity of the treated aqueous sample is directly related to the concentration of the surfactant in the sample and, through the use of calibration curves prepared from samples of know concentration, can be used to determine the surfactant concentration.
Inventors: Richard Geisler (Glen Allen); John Richardson (Ashland)
Assignee: Chem Treat, Inc. (Glen Allen)
Feb. 15, 2011

Porous composite materials comprising a plurality of bonded fiber component structures
Patent 7,888,275
An integrally formed multi-component structure is disclosed, the multi-component structure comprising a plurality of components, at least one of which is a three-dimensional bonded fiber fluid transmissive component comprised of a plurality of polymeric fibers bonded to each other at spaced apart contact points, the fibers collectively defining tortuous fluid flow paths, and wherein each component has an interface with at least one other component.
Inventors: Bennett Ward (Midlothian); Wolfgang Broosch (Schwarzenbek, DE); Bernhard Kutscha (Reinbek, DE); Dirk H. Kemper (Wohltorf, DE)
Assignee: Filtrona Porous Technologies Corp. (Colonial Heights)
Feb. 15, 2011


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