The R&D Dept.: Local patents for 5.11.11

Inline vaporizer
Patent 7,938,113
An inline vaporizer disposed in a carrier gas line vaporizes a fluid and adds such vaporized fluid to a carrier gas that flows within the carrier gas line. The vaporizer includes a reservoir or wick that transfers a fluid to a vaporizing element that is adjacent to the reservoir or wick. The vaporizer releases a vapor into the carrier gas line so that the carrier gas flows past the vaporizer to form a vapor and carrier gas mixture.
Inventors: Lawrence Alan Weinstein (Chesterfield); Norman Hugh Tiffin (Chesterfield); Tuan Quoc Tran (Glen Allen); Drew Sunstein (Greenland, N.H.); Douglas Currie Jr. (Londonderry, N.H.); David Roche (Nashua, N.H.)
Assignee: Hydrate Inc. (Midlothian)
May 10, 2011

System and method of notifying user near point of sale location of available rewards at the point of sale location
[private]Patent 7,934,639
Systems and methods for a point of sale reward system are provided. The system notifies users proximate to a point of sale location of rewards available for redemption specific to that user at that specific point of sale location.
Inventors: Lianghan Chen (Richmond); Kevin Correll (Richmond); Leon Telyaz (Richmond); Nicole Pivnick (Richmond)
Assignee: Capital One Financial Corp. (McLean, Va.)
May 3, 2011

Systems and methods for providing a mortgage with a sliding credit line
Patent 7,941,366
Systems and methods consistent with the present invention provide a mortgage with a primary credit line and a sliding credit line, such that the borrower may request to borrow from the sliding credit line as part of the original mortgage. In one embodiment, the method includes determining a level of risk associated with the borrower based on credit information of the borrower; establishing a first credit line based on the determined level of risk associated with the borrower, the first credit line being set as a debt of the mortgage; establishing a second credit line based on the determined level of risk associated with the borrower, the second credit line being set as a maximum to which the debt of the mortgage may be increased during the mortgage; and offering the mortgage to the borrower with the established first and second credit lines, such that a single first lien may serve as security for the first and second credit lines. Moreover, a mortgage lender may record the single first lien as the sum of the primary and sliding credit lines.
Inventors: Michael Bradley (Chesterfield); J. Douglas Gordon (Arlington, Va.); Walter Muren (Frederick, Md.)
Assignee: Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. (Freddie Mac) (McLean)
May 10, 2011

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Method, system, and computer program product for anonymously/privately exchanging text messages
Patent 7,937,097
The present invention provides the ability to anonymously/privately send, receive or exchange text messages. Registered users are given a unique code which is electronically linked to the user’s mobile phone number and associated with a common short code of a provider of anonymous message exchange services. Registered users and or marketers may send SMS and MMS messages to other registered users that only display the sender’s unique code as identification, thus allowing for anonymous mobile messaging between registered users.
Inventors: Jerry Keller Kelley (Richmond)
Assignee: Jerry Keller Kelley (Richmond)
May 3, 2011

Pillowcase
Patent D637,437
This is an initial patent filing claiming the ornamental design for a pillowcase.
Inventors: John Lewis II (Glen Allen)
May 10, 2011

Method of producing fibers by electrospinning at high pressures
Patent 7,935,298
A process of making fibers by electrostatic spinning includes the use of a mixing vessel (10), a piston (15) for pressurizing the polymer, carbon dioxide sources (20) for lowering the viscosity of the polymer or pressurizing the collection vessel (35), a pressure generator (25), view ports (30), a target (36), a spinning needle (40), a camera/TV recorder (45) and a voltage source (50).
Inventors: Mark McHugh (Richmond); Zhihao Shen (Richmond); Diane Gee (Richmond); Georgios Karles (Richmond); Jose Nepomuceno (Beaverdam, Va.); Gary Huvard (Chesterfield)
Assignee: Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond)
May 3, 2011

Melt spinning blends of UHMWPE and HDPE and fibers made therefrom
Patent 7,935,283
Compositions that are intimate blends of ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene and high-density polyethylene (HDPE), and which are melt spinnable. The compositions include certain quasi-spherical particles. Also disclosed is a method of melt spinning from such compositions and the multi-filament fibers produced thereby. The fibers of the invention are useful in a variety of applications.
Inventors: Thomas Yiu-Tai Tam (Richmond); Norman Aminuddin (Midlothian); John Young (Midlothian)
Assignee: Honeywell International Inc. (Morristown, N.J.)
May 3, 2011

Cigarette wrapper with nanoparticle spinel ferrite catalyst and methods of making same
Patent 7,934,510
A wrapper for a smoking article includes nanoparticle spinel ferrite catalyst and a web including cellulosic fibers and an optional web-filler. The web-filler can be a modified web-filler which incorporates the spinel ferrite catalyst. The nanoparticle spinel ferrite catalyst can be a nanoparticle manganese-copper-iron oxide catalyst incorporated in the wrapper and/or a tobacco cut filler. Also provided is a smoking article including a cigarette tobacco rod having a wrapper including a web, a web-filler, and a nanoparticle spinel ferrite catalyst, the web-filler optionally supporting the nanoparticle catalyst. A method of making the wrapper and a method of making a smoking article utilizing the wrapper are also provided.
Inventors: Shalva Gedevanishvili (Richmond); Firooz Rasouli (Pully, Switzerland); Wei-Jun Zhang (Richmond); Ping Li (Lausanne, Switzerland)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc. (Richmond)
May 3, 2011

Dynamic inline yield analysis and prediction of a defect limited yield using inline inspection defects
Patent 7,937,179
In one embodiment, a method for predicting yield includes calculating a criticality factor (CF) for each of a plurality of defects detected in an inspection process step of a wafer, and determining a yield-loss contribution of the inspection process step to the final yield based on CFs of the plurality of defects and the yield model built for a relevant design. The yield-loss contribution of the inspection process step is then used to predict the final yield for the wafer.
Inventors: Rinat Shimshi (San Jose, Calif.); Youval Nehmadi (Sunnyvale, Calif.); Vicky Svidenko (San Jose); Alexander Schwarm (Austin, Texas); Sundar Jawaharlal (Glen Allen)
Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc. (Santa Clara, Calif.)
May 3, 2011

Elastic laminate
Patent D637,008
This is an initial patent filing claiming the ornamental design for an elastic laminate.
Inventors: Eric Frost (Mechanicsville)
Assignee: Tredegar Film Products Corp. (Richmond)
May 3, 2011

Rock core removal method and apparatus
Patent 7,934,568
A rock core removal method and apparatus allows efficient, safe, and reliable removal of a rock core sample. An inner collet tube and an outer ground tube, within a drill tube, protect the core sample during drilling. At depth, the collet tube is raised with respect to the ground tube so that the conical wall of the ground tube pushes constricting fingers on the collet tube inward, gripping the core sample within. The collet tube and ground tube are then raised, rotated, or raised and rotated, applying the necessary force to break the core sample off of the substrate. After retracting the tubes, the collet tube is lowered with respect to the ground tube to release the core sample. An ejection rod then pushes the core sample out of the collet tube. The ground tube may also act as the actuating means for a quick-change drill-bit release feature.
Inventors: Thomas Myrick (Maidens)
May 3, 2011

Blister packaging for acute pain regimens
Patent 7,939,561
Provided are rapidly bioavailable solid oral dosage forms of acute pain medications, and moisture resistant packaging that enables the formulation of such rapidly bioavailable tablet dosage forms. Also provided is packaging that discourages the use of rapidly bioavailable acute pain medications for off-label chronic pain treatment, and that allows such dosage forms to be manufactured and stored for prolonged periods of time.
Inventors: Norman Schellenger (Midlothian); William Maichle (Lowell, N.C.); Carl Whatley Jr. (Montgomery, Ala.); Giorgio Reiner (Como, Italy); Alberto Reiner (Como, Italy)
Assignee: APR Applied Pharma Research s.a. (Balerna, Switzerland)
May 10, 2011

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