The R&D Dept.: Local Patents for 8.17.11

Canard airplane
Patent D642,968
Claims the ornamental design for a canard airplane.
Inventors: Jie Zhao (Midlothian)
Aug. 9, 2011

Slow cooker
Patent D642,856
Claims the ornamental design for a slow cooker.
Inventors: Brian Bock (Midlothian); Mark C. Steiner (Midlothian)
Assignee: Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc. (Glen Allen)
Aug. 9, 2011 [private]

Brewed beverage maker
Patent 7,997,187
A beverage maker including a housing, a roll top lid, a brew chamber, a removable fresh water reservoir, and a reversible, storable stand is provided. The roll top lid rotates selectively permit access to the brew chamber, which is enclosed by the housing. In the open position, the roll top lid is substantially concealed within the housing. The fresh water reservoir is located beneath the brew chamber, and the reservoir includes an optional, selectively removable lid with an integrated water level gauge. The stand is stored within the housing beneath the fresh water reservoir. The stand supports a brewed beverage receptacle on a step. In use, the beverage maker dispenses coffee to a brewed beverage receptacle, such as a travel mug, coffee cup or the like.
Inventors: Michael Garman (Midlothian); Mark C. Steiner (Midlothian); William D. Starr (Richmond)
Assignee: Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc (Glen Allen)
Aug. 16, 2011

System and method for implementing a game for financial data extraction
Patent 7,997,969
A system and method of implementing a financial data extraction process including receiving information associated with a user, providing the user a game to play, the game being associated with a financial service environment, acquiring one or more responses from the user during game play, and determining one or more characteristics associated with the user based on the one or more responses acquired from the user during game play.
Inventors: Martin Murrell (Washington, D.C.); Melissa Ehresman (Midlothian); Mina Buenviaje-Tice (Glen Allen); Michael Armstrong (Glen Allen)
Assignee: Capital One Financial Corp. (McLean, Va.)
Aug. 16, 2011

Automatic price display control by emulation of electronic cash register price lookup
Patent 7,997,487
A system and method for distribution of product price and/or sales data in a retail establishment. Product price and/or sales data is stored locally, either in a central computer or master electronic cash register (ECR) or remotely at a master computer. The product price data is stored in the form of a price look-up (PLU) table. The price data can be pushed from the master ECR, local or master computers to and ECR emulation hub to an ECR emulation hub. Similarly, the ECR emulation hub can request product price data from the master ECR, local or master computers. Once the product price data arrives at the ECR emulation hub, it can be processed and sent to a display, which will be located near the appropriate product. The ECR emulation hub can also record and/or transmit prices actually charged for products over time to allow for automatic auditing of promotional pricing offers such as those made by manufacturers of the product. The ECR emulation hub acts like an ECR, thereby requiring no special software or hardware modifications to existing pricing display systems that already support ECRs.
Inventors: William R. Sweeney (Richmond)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc. (Richmond)
Aug. 16, 2011


Cigarette filter with beaded carbon
Patent 7,997,282
A smoking article such as a cigarette comprises a tobacco rod and a filter component having a cavity filled with spherical beaded carbon. As mainstream tobacco smoke is drawn through the filter component, targeted gas phase smoke constituents are removed as the smoke passes through the carbon. During the filter manufacturing process the spherical beaded carbon flows like a liquid and substantially completely fills the cavity. Point-to-point contact between the spherical beads together with substantially complete filling of the cavity produces minimal channeling of ambulatory gas phase as well as maximum contact between the gas phase and the carbon surface of the spherical beads during smoking.
Inventors: John B. Paine, III (Midlothian); Zuyin Yang (Midlothian); Kent B. Koller (Chesterfield); Jay A. Fournier (Richmond); Charles E. Thomas, Jr. (Richmond); Timothy S. Sherwood (Midlothian); Zhaohua Luan (Midlothian); Shuzhong Zhuang (Richmond); Jose G. Nepomuceno (Beaverdam, Va.); Diane L. Gee (Richmond); Georgios D. Karles (Richmond)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc. (Richmond)
Aug. 16, 2011

Reduction of carbon monoxide and nitric oxide in smoking articles using nanoscale particles and/or clusters of nitrided transition metal oxides
Patent 7,997,281
Smoking article components, cigarettes, methods for making cigarettes and methods for smoking cigarettes are provided that use nitrided transition metal oxide nanoscale particles and/or nitrided transition metal oxide clusters capable of catalyzing and/or oxidizing carbon monoxide to carbon dioxide and/or adsorbing carbon monoxide and catalyzing and/or reducing nitric oxide to nitrogen and/or adsorbing nitric oxide. Cut filler compositions, cigarette paper and cigarette filter material can comprise nitrided transition metal oxide nanoscale particles and/or nitrided transition metal oxide clusters.
Inventors: Budda V. Reddy (Glen Allen); Firooz Rasouli (Midlothian)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc. (Richmond)
Aug. 16, 2011

Fine-fiber nonwoven-supported coating structure
Patent 7,998,885
This invention relates to a liquid penetration-resistant water-vapor-permeable multi-layer composite material and process for making the same comprising a porous nanofiber web of polymeric fibers, wherein the polymeric fibers of the nanofiber web have a diameter of less than 1000 nanometers and wherein the nanofiber web has a basis weight of 5 to 40 grams per square meter and a surface roughness (.DELTA.RMS) of 5 to 15 micrometers and where, the porous nanofiber web is coated on a surface with a layer of water-vapor-permeable, hydrophilic, monolithic, water transport material.
Inventors: Jill A. Conley (Midlothian); George Bruce Palmer IV (Richmond)
Assignee: E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (Wilmington, Del.)
Aug. 16, 2011

Low shrinkage, dyeable MPD-I yarn
Patent 7,998,575
The invention relates to a continuous dry spinning process for preparing a fiber from a polymer solution having concentrations of polymer, salt, solvent and water. After the fiber is extruded and quenched, the fiber is placed in contact with a conditioning solution comprising concentrations of solvent, salt, and water. The conditioning solution acts upon the fiber to plasticize the fiber prior to being drawn. The conditioning solution has concentrations of solvent, salt, and water so that the fiber is plasticized to the extent necessary for drawing but does not plasticize the fiber to such an extent as to re-dissolve the fiber into a polymeric solution. A heat-treated fiber manufactured from this process has improved shrinkage and can be colored to darker shades.
Inventors: Mark H. Headinger (Midlothian); Edgar N. Rudisill (Midlothian); David W. Luckey (Richmond)
Assignee: E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (Wilmington, Del.)
Aug. 16, 2011

Rotary process for forming uniform material
Patent 7,998,388
A thin, uniform membrane comprising polymeric fibrils or a combination of fibrils and particles, wherein the fibrils have randomly convoluted cross-sections, and a process for making the membrane are disclosed. The membrane may be on the surface of a substrate as part of a composite sheet, or as a stand-alone structure.
Inventors: Robert Anthony Marin (Midlothian); Larry R. Marshall (Chesterfield); Amanda Dawn Miller (Avondale, Pa.)
Assignee: E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (Wilmington, Del.)
Aug. 16, 2011

Multicomponent fiber with polyarylene sulfide component
Patent 7,998,577
This invention relates to a multicomponent fiber having an exposed outer surface, comprising at least a first component of polyarylene sulfide polymer, and at least a second component of a thermoplastic polymer free of polyarylene sulfide polymer, wherein said thermoplastic polymer forms the entire exposed surface of the multicomponent fiber.
Inventors: Paul Ellis Rollin, Jr. (Hendersonville, Tenn.); Xun Ma (Midlothian); Bruce A. Yost (Hendersonville)
Assignee: E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (Wilmington, Del.)
Aug. 16, 2011

Liquid filtration media
Patent 7,993,523
A liquid filter with a composite medium that has a nanoweb adjacent to and optionally bonded to a microporous membrane. The membrane is characterized by an LRV value of 3.7 at a rated particle size, and the nanoweb has a fractional filtration efficiency of greater than 0.1 at the rated particle size of the membrane. The nanoweb also has a thickness efficiency ratio of greater than 0.0002 at that efficiency. The nanoweb acts to provide depth filtration to the membrane, prefilters particles and extends the lifetime of the membrane.
Inventors: Guanghui Chen (Glenn Allen); Henricus Jacobus Cornelis Gommeren (Hockessin, Del.); Lawrence Mark Knorr (Midlothian)
Assignee: E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (Wilmington, Del.)
Aug. 9, 2011

Composite ballistic fabric structures
Patent 7,994,074
A multilayered composite fabric which comprises (a) a first fabric comprising non-woven unidirectionally oriented fibers in a first resin matrix, the fibers comprising high tenacity fibers, the first fabric comprising first and second surfaces; and (b) a second fabric comprising multi-directionally oriented fibers optionally in a second resin matrix, the second fabric also comprising high tenacity fibers, the second fabric having first and second surfaces, the first surface of the second fabric being bonded to the second to surface of the first fabric thereby forming the composite fabric. Also described is a method of making such fabric wherein the second fabric layer is used as a support during the manufacturing process and is thereafter consolidated into a single structure with the first fabric layer.
Inventors: Brian D. Arvidson (Chester); Henry G. Ardiff (Chesterfield); Ashok Bhatnagar (Richmond); David A. Hurst (Richmond); Lori L. Wagner (Richmond)
Assignee: Honeywell International, Inc. (Morristown, N.J.)
Aug. 9, 2011

Method to apply multiple coatings to a fiber web
Patent 7,993,478
A method for applying multiple polymeric coatings onto a fibrous substrate. More particularly, a method for applying multiple polymeric coatings onto fibrous substrates without regard to chemical or physical incompatibilities of the polymeric coating materials. A first polymeric material is applied onto at least one fibrous substrate, and a second polymeric material is applied onto a support. The fibrous substrate and support are joined, contacting the first polymeric material with the second polymeric material, followed by separating the support from the fibrous substrate, such that at least a portion of the second polymeric material remains on the first polymeric material on the fibrous substrate.
Inventors: Henry G. Ardiff (Chesterfield); Brian D. Arvidson (Chester); Ashok Bhatnagar (Richmond); Lori L. Wagner (Richmond); Duane R. Prior (Richmond)
Assignee: Honeywell International, Inc. (Morristown, N.J.)
Aug. 9, 2011

Low weight and high durability soft body armor composite using topical wax coatings
Patent 7,994,075
Ballistic resistant articles having abrasion resistance. Particularly, abrasion resistant, ballistic resistant articles and composites having a wax-based topical treatment.
Inventors: Henry G. Ardiff (Chesterfield); Brian D. Arvidson (Chester)
Assignee: Honeywell International, Inc. (Morristown, N.J.)
Aug. 9, 2011

Solid redispersible emulsion
Patent 7,994,110
The invention relates to a solid redispersible emulsion, which is comprised of an oil-in-water emulsion consisting of a laundry care constituent, which is encapsulated in an enclosure. This enclosure is stabilized by polyvalent metal ions and, initially, is water-insoluble and is rendered soluble by adding metal ions. The enclosure material is preferably a biodegradable material and, in particular, a polysaccharide, such as alginates, pectins or carageenans. These solid and redispersible emulsions are used, in particular, in laundry care products.
Inventors: Hans Wenk (Essen, Germany; Georg Schick (Chester); Kathrin John (Hamburg, Germany)
Assignee: Evonik Degussa GmbH (Essen, Germany)
Aug. 9, 2011

Antiviral compounds and methods of using thereof
Patent 7,999,001
Disclosed herein are compounds which exhibit antiviral activity against a plurality of viruses belonging to different families such as Bornaviridae, Filoviridae, Paramyxoviridae, Rhabdoviridae, Arenaviridae, Bunyaviridae, Orthomyxoviridae, and Poxviridae. Thus, methods of preventing, inhibiting, or reducing the viral activity of various viruses are provided as well as methods of treating viral infections.
Inventors: Mohammad Javad Aman (Gaithersburg, Md.); Sina Bavari (Frederick, Md.); James C. Burnett (Richmond); Kelly Lyn Warfield (Adamstown, Md.)
Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army (Washington, D.C.)
Aug. 16, 2011

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