The R&D Dept.: Patents for 10.12.11

Knife with heated blade and method

Patent 8,030,596
A handheld knife includes an electric powered heater for raising the temperature of the knife blade for cutting and melting thermoplastics and the like. Two embodiments of the knife are shown, one for standard 120 volt AC current and one which includes a 24 volt battery pack. The method of use describes the steps of selecting an item for cutting, heating the knife blade by depressing a switch thereon and then manually drawing the knife blade across the item to cut selected materials.
Inventors: Michael E. Conner Sr. (Petersburg)
Assignee: C & W Container Corp. (Petersburg)
Oct. 4, 2011

Methods of generating applications for enrollment at educational institutions
Patent 8,036,992
A method of increasing the number of applications for enrollment at an institution of higher learning, including the initial profiling of the institution’s candidate inquiry pool against the institution’s enrollment objectives, the electronic solicitation of additional information and the reiterative profiling of candidates during the period before an application is sent to determine the candidate’s continued interest, the customization of interest piquing communications with the candidates and the application itself, the offering of choices as to the method of completing the application and incentives to do so, and the evaluation of the program from the monitoring of the application responses.
Inventors: William A. Royall Jr. (Richmond); Edward B. Freeman III (Richmond); Elizabeth W. Clark (Richmond)
Assignee: Royall & Company (Richmond)
Oct. 11, 2011

Lubricating composition
Patent 8,034,752
There is disclosed a lubricating composition comprising a first base oil having a kinematic viscosity at C. ranging from about 3.5 cSt to about 6 cSt; and a second high viscosity base oil having a kinematic viscosity at C. ranging from about 6 cSt to about 17 cSt.
Inventors: Traci Freeman (Mechanicsville); William Y. Lam (Glen Allen); Gregory P. Anderson (Midlothian)
Assignee: Afton Chemical Corp. (Richmond)
Oct. 11, 2011


Processing compositions and method of forming the same
Patent 8,034,173
A method for processing compositions, compositions obtained by such a process and methods of use are disclosed for forming a detachable and renewable protective coating which is substantially transparent. The inventive process compositions are produced by making a highly concentrated dispersion of hydrophobically modified silica particles in the presence of an optional, yet preferable, disilazane derivative under high shear conditions. These process compositions are intended to be further diluted to final treatment compositions, optionally while adding other functional ingredients.
Inventors: Thomas Dietz (Glen Allen); Felix Muller (Velbert, Germany); Maria R. Nargiello (Piscataway, N.J.); Jodi Lynn Russell (Castro Valley, Calif.); Ashot K. Serobian (Martinez, Calif.); Patrick Winter (Essen, Germany)
Assignee: Evonik Degussa GmbH (Essen)
Oct. 11, 2011

Patent D646,862
Claims the ornamental design for an iron.
Inventors: Charles Young Choi (Chicago); Mark Richard Pavel (Downers Grove, Ill.); Mark F. Turner (Mechanicsville)
Assignee: Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc. (Glen Allen)
Oct. 11, 2011

Apparatus and methods for providing network-based information suitable for audio output
Patent 8,032,577
The invention is directed to techniques for navigating a network based on audio input to retrieve information from a network. A user enters audio commands into a two-way communication device to access information located on a network, such as the Internet. For example, a user enters a voice request for a web page into a telephone, which sends the request to a proxy browser for the World Wide Web which in turn provides the request to a web navigation application executing on an application server. The web navigation application generates a text-based request based on the voice request and retrieves a web page from the World Wide Web based on the text-based request. The web navigation application uses a script or an XML page to generate a file suitable for audio output from the retrieved web page. The web navigation application then produces an audio output file from the generated file, which it sends to the proxy browser to provide audio output signals to the user over the telephony connection to the user’s telephone.
Inventors: Ryan A. Danner (Glen Allen); Susan H. Barban (Midlothian); Steven J. Martin (Richmond)
Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc. (San Jose, Calif.)
Oct. 4, 2011

Methods for treating or preventing restenosis and other vascular proliferative disorders
Patent 8,029,815
Described herein is the use of ribonucleotide reductase inhibitors in the prevention or treatment of restenosis and other vascular proliferative disorders.
Inventors: Howard L. Elford (Richmond); Arturo J. Cardounel (Gainesville, Fla.)
Oct. 4, 2011

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