The R&D Dept.: Local patents for 9.28.11

Medicament delivery device configured to produce an audible output
Patent 8,021,344
Medicament delivery devices are described herein. In some embodiments, an apparatus includes a medicament delivery device and an electronic circuit system. The medicament delivery device includes a housing, a medicament container, and a medicament delivery member. The electronic circuit system is coupled to the housing and includes an audible output device and a cover. The housing of the medicament delivery device and the cover of the electronic circuit system collectively define an acoustic enclosure. The audible output device is configured to be disposed within the acoustic enclosure.
Inventors: Eric S. Edwards (Midlothian); Evan T. Edwards (Gordonsville, Va.); Mark J. Licata (Doswell); Paul F. Meyers (Fishers, Ind.); David A. Weinzierl (Andover, Minn.)
Assignee: Intelliject, Inc. (Richmond)
Sept. 20, 2011

Method for coating dry finish paperboard
Patent 8,025,763
A method for coating paperboard including the steps of preparing a web of cellulosic fibers, the web having a basis weight of at least about 85 pounds per 3000 ft.sup.2, calendering the web at least once to form a paperboard substrate, wherein each of the calendering steps is performed without substantially introducing moisture to the web, and applying a basecoat to at least one surface of the paperboard substrate to form a coated paperboard structure, the basecoat including at least one pigment, the pigment having a sediment void volume of at least about 45 percent, wherein the coated paperboard structure has a Parker Print Surf smoothness of at most about 3 microns.
Inventors: Gary P. Fugitt (Pittsboro, N.C.); Steve G. Bushhouse (Cary, N.C.); Jason Richard Hogan (Glen Allen); Wei-Hwa Her (Beaumont, Texas); Steven Parker (Raleigh, N.C.)
Assignee: MeadWestvaco Corporation (Richmond)
Sept. 27, 2011

System and method for imbedding a defined benefit in a defined contribution plan
Patent 8,024,248
A system and method for providing a user with a portable benefit based on a formula the result of which indicates the exact guaranteed minimum periodic income that the user will receive no matter how long the user lives and the potential for an increase in the periodic income. The system comprises a defined contribution module for periodically receiving at least one of a sponsor contribution and a participant contribution and for accumulating value over a period of time by investing at least one of the sponsor contribution and the participant contribution or any portion(s) thereof in any number of select investment options, the accumulated value being capable of being withdrawn at any time and reinvested in any other select investment options being paid out after a predetermined period of time The guaranteed minimum income payment may be based on a retirement income formula.
Inventors: Geoffrey Stiff (Richmond); Matthew Sharpe (Richmond); Landis William Atkinson III (Richmond)
Assignee: Genworth Financial Inc. (Richmond)
Sept. 20, 2011

Honeycomb containing poly(paraphenylene terephthalamide) paper with aliphatic polyamide binder and articles made therefrom
Patent 8,025,949
This invention relates to a honeycomb having cells of paper, comprising by weight 3 to 30 parts by weight aliphatic polyamide binder, and 70 to 97 parts of a poly(paraphenylene terephthalamide) fiber having a modulus of 600 grams per denier (550 grams per dtex) or greater, based on the aliphatic polyamide binder and PPD-T fiber in the paper. In another embodiment, the honeycomb is made from paper comprising by weight 30 to 50 parts aliphatic polyamide binder, and 50 to 70 parts of a poly(paraphenylene terephthalamide) fiber having a modulus of 600 grams per denier (550 grams per dtex) or greater, based on the aliphatic polyamide binder and PPD-T fiber in the paper. Both papers have an average specific tensile index of 60 (lbs/in)/opsy (310 Nm/g) or greater. Articles made from the honeycombs include a panel or an aerodynamic structure.
Inventors: Mikhail R. Levit (Glen Allen); Subhotosh Khan (Midlothian); Gary Lee Hendren (Richmond)
Assignee: E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (Wilmington, Del.)
Sept. 27, 2011


Topical hair care formulation and method of making
Patent 8,025,908
A topical hair care formulation and method of making includes combining generally equal amounts of eclipta alba herbal powder and embelica officinalis herbal powder to form a herbal powder mixture. The herbal powder mixture is steeped in an amount of base oil for a period of time to form a brown solution. A portion of an amount of olive oil is combined with an amount of biotin and an amount of Methylsulfonylmethane to form a natural mixture. A remainder of the amount of olive oil is combined with the brown solution. An amount of jojoba oil is combined with the brown solution. An amount of rosemary oil is combined with the brown solution. An amount of lavender oil is combined with the brown solution. The natural mixture is combined with the brown solution. The brown solution is settled for a period of time to form the topical hair care formulation.
Inventors: Lavonda D. Anderson (Richmond)
Sept. 27, 2011

Broadband passive distributed tuned vibration and acoustic absorber for modally dense structures
Patent 8,025,124
A passive distributed vibration absorber that utilizes multiple discrete mass elements and a viscoelastic layer and that effectively attenuates vibration in modally dense structures excited by a broadband input noise excitation. and is tunable to multiple natural frequencies in such modally dense vibrating structures including low frequencies.
Inventors: Natalia V. Levit (Glen Allen); Mark Allan Lamontia (Landenberg, Pa.); David M. Mellen (Wilmington, Del.); Joseph A. King Jr. (Midlothian); Kathleen Kondylas (Newburyport, Mass.); Christopher R. Fuller (Virginia Beach)
Assignee: E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (Wilmington, Del.)
Sept. 27, 2011

Guided fuse with variable incidence panels
Patent 8,026,465
A guided fuse is provided for installation on a projectile at its nose. The fuse includes a conical frustrum housing, a pair of control panels rotatably connected to pivotable knuckles, and a pair of drag panels disposed on hinges. Each of the control panels releases on command from stowage to deployment. Stowage configuration disposes each control and drag panel to conform against the housing, whereas deployment configuration separately splays the control and drag panels radially outward from the housing. In response to maneuver commands, each control panel turns on one of the knuckles along a radial control axis substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal axis. The control panels turn together either the same angular direction or the opposite angular direction. The control and drag panels form a cruciform pattern along the exterior. The fuse delivers torque from an actuator activated by the controller to the knuckles in response release and/or maneuver commands, and to the hinges in response to release command.
Inventors: John W. Fraysse Jr. (Mechanicsville)
Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy (Washington, D.C.)
Sept. 27, 2011

System for searching and solving for insurance products
Patent 8,024,203
A system for evaluating and scoring software products in which illustration engines relating to insurance products are run based on a common set of inputs. The illustration engines output a set of output metrics which are common to all illustration engines. The output metrics of products selected for comparison or evaluation are mathematically combined with each other and with the corresponding metrics of from all other illustration engines to determine a score which can be used to compare quickly and accurately the selected product against all other products in the database. The score may be determined by a weighted average in which the weights assigned to output metrics are adjustable at the user’s discretion.
Inventors: Errol O. Kendall (Atlanta); Elizabeth A. Braswell (Alpharetta, Ga.); Samuel H. Turner (Richmond); Keith J. Maurer (Tampa, Fla.)
Assignee: Efficient Markets Corp. (Atlanta)
Sept. 20, 2011

Palladium-containing nanoscale catalysts
Patent 8,020,567
A method of making palladium-containing nanoscale catalyst particles comprising subjecting a starting material to laser energy so as to form a vapor and condensing the vapor so as to form the catalyst particles. The catalyst comprises nanoscale particles of palladium and/or palladium oxide incorporated in and/or on nanoscale particles of a metal or metal oxide. The nanoscale catalyst, which can be incorporated in the tobacco cut filler, cigarette wrapper and/or cigarette filter of a cigarette, is useful for low-temperature and near-ambient temperature catalysis. The nanoscale catalyst can convert carbon monoxide and nitric oxide that are found in mainstream smoke to carbon dioxide and nitrogen, respectively. The nanoscale catalyst may also be incorporated into a hydrocarbon conversion reactor, into a vehicle exhaust emissions system, into a laser, into a fuel cell or used in an air filter or for emissions reduction in the cold starting of an automobile engine.
Inventors: Mohamed Samy El-Shall (Richmond); Sarojini Deevi (Midlothian)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc. (Richmond)
Sept. 20, 2011

Apparatus for dispensing a metered amount of liquid to a porous plug
Patent 8,020,566
A dispenser for dispensing a metered amount of liquid into a porous plug includes a casing which has an inlet passage adapted to receive a manually insertable porous plug. A reservoir disposed in the cavity contains the liquid. The reservoir has an outlet which is communicable with the inlet passage. A discharge mechanism disposed in the casing is actuable in response to the insertion of a porous plug into the inlet passage for producing a pressurized air flow which bears against a piston in the reservoir for discharging a metered amount of the liquid from the reservoir into the porous plug. The plug could constitute a filter attached to a tobacco column.
Inventors: Georgios D. Karles (Richmond); Michael Braunshteyn (Richmond); Kenneth Newman (Prince George, Va.)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc. (Richmond)
Sept. 20, 2011

Substantially flame retardant-free 3GT carpet
Patent 8,021,736
Substantially flame retardant-free carpets comprising poly(trimethylene terephthalate) yarn having minimal carrier and, optionally, minimal antistatic agent, are disclosed, as are methods for making such carpets.
Inventors: Jing C. Chang (Boothwyn, Pa.); Steven D. Beare (Wilmington,
Del.); Gregory A. Urove (Chesterfield); John J. Kozlowski (Landenberg, Pa.)
Assignee: E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (Wilmington, Del.)
Sept. 20, 2011

Fluid flow filter and method of making and using
Patent 8,021,466
A filter well suited for paint arrestor usage having a monolithic high loft manmade fiber body with a convoluted flow contact surface. The filter is preferably formed by a convoluter as in one with a roller set and blade cutter to form mirror image fiber filter sheets from a received fiber batt. Provided is a well mixed proper fiber blend, such as one having a set of fibers made of a majority of course fibers joined by way of thermal bonding fibers which facilitate, during convoluting, formation of a crisp cut and high integrity three dimensional surface, as in one of rows of peaks separated by valleys. The projection/recess arrangement over the flow contact surface as well as the thickness and relative projection-to-base dimensions are arranged to provide a high paint holding capacity without too fast a load up of, for example, paint particles and while avoiding too great of a pressure drop within that load up time.
Inventors: Dennis L. Mater (Glen Allen); Steve Hawkins (Midlothian)
Assignee: Carpenter Co. (Richmond)
Sept. 20, 2011

Refrigeration device control system
Patent 8,020,391
A refrigeration device includes a control device and a multiple cooling elements. A supply header delivers refrigerant to the cooling elements and a return header returns refrigerant from the cooling elements. A single pressure sensor provides a signal representative of a pressure of the refrigerant in the return header to the control device, and a single temperature sensor provides a signal representative of a temperature of the refrigerant in the return header to the control device. The control device provides an output signal to control each of the cooling elements, in response to the signals from the single temperature sensor and the single pressure sensor.
Inventors: Timothy Dean Swofford (Midlothian); Angel Antonio Barreto (Petersburg)
Assignee: Hill Phoenix, Inc. (Conyers, Ga.)
Sept. 20, 2011

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