The R&D Dept.: Local patents for 6.8.11

Restraining system
Patent 7,950,395
A mechanical restraining system for use in situations where it is desirable to restrain a detainee, such as a prisoner, psychiatric patient or accused criminal defendant, while minimizing the ability of the public or certain courtroom participants to readily observe that the detainee has been placed in or is being held by some type of restraining device.
Inventors: Lewis R. Edgell (Midlothian)
Assignee: Lewis R. Edgell (Midlothian)
May 31, 2011

Protective garment comprising fibers comprising copolymers containing structures derived from a plurality of amine monomers including 4,4′ diamino diphenyl sulfone
Patent 7,955,692
The invention concerns a protective garment comprising a fabric made from a flame-resistant yarn having a fiber, obtainable by spinning a copolymer from the polymerization solution, derived from a plurality of amine monomers, including 4,4’diaminodiphenyl sulfone amine monomer, and at least one acid monomer; having use in heat-resistant protective apparel.
Inventors: Vlodek Gabara (Richmond)
Assignee: E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (Wilmington, Del.)
June 7, 2011

Container device for a ladder
Patent 7,950,612
A container device having a paint receptacle allows a user to easily access paint with a brush while working on a ladder. [private]The container device includes one or more fixed brackets for attachment to a desired ladder rung and a pivotable bracket to stabilize the container device on a lower ladder rung. The paint receptacle maintains the paint in a convenient manner during use and includes an interior wipe board for removing excess paint from a paint brush and a brush clamp for storing a paint brush when not in use. A lid and handle are also included for tightly sealing any remaining paint therein during transportation and storage. A fabric cover having a series of pockets can be placed on the lower portion of the container device for carrying various painting tools and accessories.
Inventors: Michael E. Conner Sr. (Petersburg)
Assignee: C & W Container Corporation (Petersburg)
May 31, 2011

Systems and methods for processing credit card transactions that exceed a credit limit
Patent 7,953,658
A method, system, and computer are disclosed for managing a financial transaction associated with a financial account, wherein the transaction would cause an outstanding balance of the financial account to exceed a credit limit. The method comprises determining a merchant type for a merchant which is a party to the transaction. A merchant credit risk associated with the determined merchant type is determined. The merchant credit risk is compared to a threshold value defining an acceptable credit risk. The transaction is approved based on the comparison of the merchant credit risk with the threshold value.
Inventors: Kevin Huennekens (Arlington); Haicheng Li (Stanford, Calif.); Martin Poteralski (Glen Allen); Jeffrey Marshall (Richmond); Marc Solomon (Washington, D.C.)
Assignee: Capital One Financial Corporation (Falls Church)
May 31, 2011

Rapid on-boarding of a software factory
Patent 7,958,494
A method, system, and computer-readable medium for rapid on-boarding of a software factory are presented. In a preferred embodiment, the computer-implemented method comprises the steps of: identifying choke-points in a first software project; creating a checklist of identifying factors that caused the choke-points that were identified in the first software project; receiving a new software project at a software factory, wherein the new software project is in a same software category as the first software project; presenting the checklist for the first software project; receiving new answers to the checklist; determining if the software factory is ready to handle the new software project based on the new answers to the checklist; and in response to determining that the software factory is ready to handle the new software project, configuring the software factory in a same configuration as that previously used by the first software project.
Inventors: Jarir K. Chaar (Tarrytown, N.Y.); Ronald D. Finlayson (Blythewood, S.C.); Thomas A. Jobson Jr. (New Paltz, N.Y.); Naomi M. Mitsumori (San Jose, Calif.); Francis X. Reddington (Richmond)
Assignee: International Business Machines Corp. (Armonk, N.Y.)
June 7, 2011

Method and apparatus for respiratory audio-visual biofeedback for imaging and radiotherapy
Patent 7,955,270
An improved method and apparatus for respiratory audio-visual biofeedback are disclosed. A guide patterned after a breathing cycle comfortable to the patient serves as a target. The target is displayed as a bar moving vertically upward during inhale and vertically downward during exhale, between fixed end ex-hale and end in-hale limits. The patient’s current respiratory position is also displayed as a bar, oriented parallel to the target bar so that the difference between the current position and the target position is easy for the patient to see.
Inventors: Paul Keall (Stanford, Calif.); Rohini George (Richmond); Radhe Mohan (Pearland, Texas); Keith Miller (Fort Myers, Fla.); Theodore Chung (Richmond)
Assignee: Stanford University (Palo Alto, Calif.)
June 7, 2011

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Tapered roller bearing with improved cage
Patent 7,955,001
A bearing assembly is provided having a roller bearing with an inner race fitted around the journal portion of an axle. An outer raceway combines with the inner raceway to receive roller elements. A backing ring is centered to the shaft fillet. Tapered roller elements are located between and contact the inner and outer raceways. A cage is comprised of an inner ring, and outer ring, and a plurality of pocket bars and support pocket bars extending between the inner and outer rings. The support pocket bars have an overall greater thickness than the pocket bars. The cage is a generally unitary structure comprised of a nylon resin material with a fiber fill.
Inventors: Martin Earl Reed (Chester); Michael Mason (Richmond)
Assignee: Amsted Rail Company, Inc. (Granite City, Ill.)
June 7, 2011

Dispenser
Patent D639,178
This is an initial patent that claims the ornamental design for a dispenser.
Inventors: Jonnie Williams, Jr. (Glen Allen); Friedrich G. Geck (Mt. Airy, Md.); Pam Krausman (Forest Hill, Md.)
Assignee: Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Gloucester, Mass.)
June 7, 2011

Bernoulli mushroom inlet housing for efficient air sampling
Patent 7,954,390
A collection apparatus is provided for receiving a portion of a medium that flows around the apparatus and directing the portion into a collector. The apparatus includes an axisymmetric streamline receiver and a support member. The streamline receiver includes a chamber as well as at least one opening into the chamber that receives the portion. The support member includes an axisymmetric conduit for directing the portion from the chamber towards the collector. An alternate apparatus includes a streamline receiver, a support member and a tail stabilizer. The receiver includes upper and lower members that form leading and trailing edges to define a chord. Along an exterior surface, one or both of the members provide at least one opening that receives the portion. The support member has a conduit that directs the portion from the opening towards the collector. The tail stabilizer is secured to the streamline receiver to orient the leading edge into the medium.
Inventors: George A. Andrews Jr. (Fredericksburg); Bryan D. Stelmok (Fredericksburg); Robert M. Kinter (Waldorf, Md.); William P. Adams (Mechanicsville)
Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy (Washington, D.C.)
June 7, 2011

Durability monitoring and improvement of a blender
Patent 7,950,842
A blender for blending foodstuff includes a base enclosing a motor and having an upper mounting surface. A jar sensor is secured to the base proximate the upper mounting surface and a jar is removably mountable to the base on the mounting surface. The jar includes a closed end and an actuator is mounted proximate the closed end. The jar sensor detects the presence of the actuator when the jar is mounted to the base in an operating position. The motor is powered when the jar sensor detects the presence of the actuator in the operating position. A motor temperature indicator is positioned on a control panel on the base and a temperature sensor is in communication with the motor temperature indicator. First and second cordsets are adaptable for removable mounting to the base for powering the motor.
Inventors: Ernest B. Pryor Jr. (Maidens); Steven W. Ashworth (Richmond)
Assignee: Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc. (Glen Allen)
May 31, 2011

Method and apparatus for optimization of cardiac resynchronization therapy using heart sounds
Patent 7,953,484
A cardiac rhythm management system provides for assessment of cardiac mechanical dyssynchrony based on heart sound morphology and optimization of pacing parameters based on the effect of pacing on the cardiac mechanical dyssynchrony assessment. A degree of cardiac mechanical dyssynchrony is measured by the time delay between tricuspid valve closure and mitral valve closure and/or the time delay between pulmonary valve closure and aortic valve closure. A cardiac resynchronization therapy is optimized by determining therapy parameters to provide an approximately minimum degree of cardiac mechanical dyssynchrony by cardiac pacing.
Inventors: Marina Brockway (Shoreview, Minn.); William C. Lincoln (Richmond); Gerrard M. Carlson (Champlin, Minn.)
Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers Inc. (St. Paul, Minn.)
May 31, 2011

Flexible hose for conveying fluids or gases
Patent 7,950,420
A flexible hose for conveying fluids or gases comprises two elastomeric layers surrounding either side of a reinforcement layer.
Inventors: Achim Amma (Richmond); Andreas Graudus (Duillier, Switzerland)
Assignee: E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (Wilmington, Del.)
May 31, 2011

Tobacco cut filler including metal oxide supported particles
Patent 7,950,400
A smoking article composition and a method of making a smoking article composition and an additive, wherein the additive comprises particles anchored to the cut filler by a metal oxide support. The additive can be formed by combining particles and a metal oxide precursor solution with the smoking article composition. The smoking article composition can comprise tobacco cut filler, cigarette paper and/or cigarette filter material.
Inventors: Shahryar Rabiei (Richmond); Firooz Rasouli (Midlothian); Mohammad R. Hajaligol (Midlothian)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc. (Richmond)
May 31, 2011

Non-tobacco pouch product
Patent 7,950,399
A pouched non-tobacco product includes a lined pouch material of a web and a water-soluble liner adjacent the web and a non-tobacco flavorful component contained within the lined pouch material. The water-soluble liner is interposed between the web and the non-tobacco flavorful component. The liner preferably reduces staining of the web by the non-tobacco flavorful component. Additionally, the liner may include a flavorant.
Inventors: Warren D. Winterson (Chester); Timothy D. Cochran (Richmond); Tommy C. Holland (Midlothian); Karen M. Torrence (Chester); Steve Rinehart (Chesterfield); G. Robert Scott (Midlothian)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc. (Richmond)
May 31, 2011

Underdeck drainage
Patent 7,950,201
Drainage under a deck can be performed by a structure that includes hanging components and corrugated panels. For example, a hanging component can have connected first and second portions, with the first portion being connected to hang from one of the joists and extending downward to where it connects to the second portion, which is below the joist. The second portion can be connected to support of at least one of the panels from above. The upper surfaces of panels are sloped so that drainage occurs from a high part to a low part. The direction of slope and the direction of corrugations are not perpendicular, and can be approximately the same. The hanging components can, for example, be L-shaped brackets, U-shaped, or inverted T-shaped, and can be integrally formed by extrusion of plastic or can be metal. The panels can be corrugated plastic or metal sheets.
Inventors: John D. Adair, Jr. (Vail, Colo.); L. Paul Nelson II (Richmond)
Assignee: OFIC North America Inc. (Fredericksburg)
May 31, 2011

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