The R&D Dept.: Patents for 5.25.11

Devices, systems and methods for medicament delivery
Patent 7,947,017
An apparatus includes a movable member and a valve coupled to the movable member. The movable member is configured to be disposed within a housing of a medical device and has a first end portion and second end portion. A portion of the first end portion is configured to define a portion of a boundary of a gas chamber. The first end portion defines an opening configured to be in fluid communication between the gas chamber and an area outside the gas chamber. The second end portion is configured to be coupled to a needle configured to deliver a medicament into a body. The valve is configured to selectively allow fluid communication between the gas chamber and the area outside the gas chamber through the opening defined by the first end portion of the movable member.
Inventors: Evan Edwards (Fredericksburg); Eric Edwards (Midlothian); Mark Licata (Doswell)
Assignee: Intelliject, Inc. (Richmond)
May 24, 2011

Slow cooker with nestable containers
Patent 7,943,888
A slow cooker includes a cooking base having a heating element and an open end. The slow cooker has a first container sized to fit within the open end of the cooking base. The first container has an opening for receiving foodstuff. The volume of the first container is sized to accommodate a second container. The second container has an opening for receiving foodstuff. The opening of the second container is generally equal in size to the opening of the first container. The first container has a cooking position wherein the first container is inserted in the cooking base. The second container has a cooking position wherein the second container is inserted in the cooking base. The first container and second container have a storage position, wherein the second container is nested within the first container. The slow cooker also includes a lid that is sized to enclose the opening of either of the first and second containers during their respective cooking positions. The lid is also sized to enclose the opening of the second container when in the storage position.
Inventors: John Barnes (Richmond); Yvonne Olson (Richmond); David Jackson (Mechanicsville); James Gaynor (Richmond)
Assignee: Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc. (Glen Allen)
May 17, 2011

Blender for blending foodstuff
Patent 7,942,570
A blender for blending foodstuff comprising a motor housing that encloses an electric motor and has a first end and a second end. An upper housing is attached to the first end of the motor housing. The motor housing includes a fan driven by the motor controlled by a plurality of switches positioned behind a flexible cover. A transparent base having translucent base feet and an open bottom partially surrounds the motor housing and has a first end. The first end of the base is clamped between the upper housing and the first end of the motor housing to thereby solely suspend the motor housing from the first end of the base. A shroud is positioned partially around the motor within the motor housing. The fan draws air through the open bottom of the base into the second end of the motor housing and then around and outside of the shroud into the open top of the shroud to thereby cool the motor. The air is then directed out through the open side portion of the shroud and then sealingly vented to atmosphere.
Inventors: Mark Steiner (Midlothian); Adam Hanes (Glen Allen); Ernest Pryor Jr. (Glen Allen)
Assignee: Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc. (Glen Allen)
May 17, 2011

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Slow cooker
Patent 7,947,928
A slow cooker for heating food stuffs includes a housing defining a heating cavity and a housing rim. A heating element is disposed within the housing to heat the heating cavity. A container has a generally hollow interior and a container rim and is shaped and sized to fit within the heating cavity for heating thereof by the heating element. A lid is sized and shaped to at least partially cover an opening of the container and includes a gasket around an outer edge thereof for sealing engagement with the container rim. The slow cooker further includes at least one clip for selectively retaining the lid in sealing engagement with the container rim to inhibit leakage of the food stuffs. The at least one clip is an over-the-center clip and includes a hook and a catch to selectively retain the lid in sealing engagement with the container rim.
Inventors: Ronald Tynes (Colchester, Vt.); John Barnes (Richmond); Guoyao Ye (Richmond)
Assignee: Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc. (Glen Allen)
May 24, 2011

Food processor
Patent D637,870
This is an initial patent claiming the ornamental design for a food processor.
Inventors: Brian Bock (Midlothian)
Assignee: Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc. (Glen Allen)
May 17, 2011

Dissolvable tobacco film strips and method of making the same
Patent 7,946,296
A consumable tobacco film strip adapted to dissolve in the oral cavity includes a tobacco component, a binder, a humectant, and optionally a flavorant. The tobacco component can include ground or powdered tobacco and/or a tobacco extract. Tobacco flavoring can be incorporated in the film strip by casting or extruding a mixture or the tobacco component may be added to a film strip after formation of the film. The film strips are adapted to dissolve and provide tobacco satisfaction.
Inventors: Susan Wrenn (Chesterfield); Maria Carolina Marun (Midlothian)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc. (Richmond)
May 24, 2011

Systems and methods for providing a mortgage with a sliding credit line
Patent 7,945,510
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. A level of risk associated with the borrower may be determined based on credit information of the borrower; a first credit line may be established based on the determined level of risk associated with the borrower, the first credit line being set as a debt of the mortgage; a second credit line may be established 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 the mortgage may be offered 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); Walter Muren (Frederick, Md.)
Assignee: Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. (Freddie Mac) (McLean)
May 17, 2011

Method for facilitating chemical supplier transactions
Patent 7,945,498
A business-to-business transaction clearinghouse integrates the traditional point-to-point business supply chain at the clearinghouse. The clearinghouse provides cost effective access to a wide variety of members and includes value-added services. Members of the clearinghouse can include trading members, members that help the trading members ship their products, and banking members. The clearinghouse facilitates business among the trading members by providing a single point of contact for all transactions. The clearinghouse can be specific to an industry, such as the chemical industry. Multiple industry specific clearinghouses may form a network clearinghouses to effectively create one larger and more general business-to-business electronic commerce community.
Inventors: Michael Giesler (Midlothian); Mason Moore (Richmond); Richard Chvala (Midlothian)
Assignee: Supply Chain Connect LLC (Houston)
May 17, 2011

Package with insert
Patent D638,307
This is an initial patent claiming the ornamental design for a package with insert.
Inventors: Wayne Rossi (Dover, Del.); Michael Williamson (Frederica, Del.); Peter Preisner (Quinton, Va.); Wojtek Drewnowski (Richmond); John Stanley (Richmond)
Assignee: Playtex Products LLC (Shelton, Conn.)
May 24, 2011

System and method of controlling delivery and/or usage of a commodity
Patent 7,949,615
A system and method manage delivery of energy from a distribution network to one or more sites. Each site has at least one device coupled to the distribution network. The at least one device controllably consumes energy. The system includes a node and a control system. The node is coupled to the at least one device for sensing and controlling energy delivered to the device. A control system is coupled to the node and distribution network for delivering to the node at least one characteristic of the distribution network. The node for controls the supply of energy to the device as a function of the at least one characteristic.
Inventors: Gregory Ehlers (Bradenton, Fla.); James Turner (Chesterfield); Joseph Beaudet (Prince George, Va.); Ronald Strich (Raleigh); George Loughmiller (Scottsdale, Ariz.)
Assignee: Robertshaw Controls Co. (Richmond)
May 24, 2011

Sealed cigarette filter
Patent 7,946,294
Smoking articles, such as cigarettes and cigarette filters, methods of manufacturing smoking articles including sealed filters, and methods of treating tobacco smoke are provided. In one exemplary embodiment, a smoking article contains sealed filters, wherein additives are sealed within the sealed filters.
Inventors: Timothy Sherwood (Midlothian)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc. (Richmond)
May 24, 2011

Power transmission fluids
Patent 7,947,636
A power transmission fluid composition having improved characteristics. The fluid may include a base oil and an additive composition, wherein the additive composition includes an ashless dispersant and an oil-soluble aliphatic tertiary amine. The resulting fluid may have improved durability characteristics.
Inventors: Lee Saathoff (Glen Allen); Kenji Yatsunami (Tokyo, Japan)
Assignee: Afton Chemical Corporation (Richmond)
May 24, 2011

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