The R&D Dept.: Local Patents for 11.9.11

Neutral displacement wick
Patent 8,047,453
Nov. 1, 2011
Aspects of the invention include an air freshener device that emits fragrance through the evaporation of a fragrance-containing fluid comprising: a container, comprising a particular volume of the fragrance-containing fluid; a wick disposed partially in, and partially out of the fragrance-containing fluid, the wick having an immersion section immersed in the fluid so as to displace a displacement volume of fluid and a non-immersion section extending outward from a surface of the fluid, the immersion and non-immersion section being disposed on opposite lateral ends of the wick; the wick further comprising a displacement portion and a wicking portion, the displacement portion being configured to displace a desired first volume of fluid, the wicking portion being configured to wick a second volume of fluid; the displacement portion and the wicking portion designed to achieve a desired ratio between the displaced first volume of fluid and the wicked second volume of fluid.

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Inventors: Bennett C. Ward (Midlothian); Wolfgang Broosch (Schwarzenbek, Germany); Bernhard Kutscha (Reinbek, Germany)
Assignee: Filtrona Porous Technologies Corp. (Colonial Heights) [private]
Universal shoulder protector
Patent 8,046,847
A shoulder protector comprising a generally “U” shaped device of a resilient material that fits over the shoulder comprising: a base; and a pair of flanges extending orthogonally from the base that define a channel for reception of the scapula area of the body. According to various preferred embodiments, the shoulder protector of the present invention includes; 1) a hygienic layer on the side of the device that addresses the body; 2) an adherent layer that engages an overworn jersey on that surface of the device that lies away from the body of the user; enlarged shoulder pad areas that extend over and below the shoulder of a user; and removable rigid or semi-rigid shoulder pads that can be removably attached to the shoulder protector of the present invention.
Inventors: Thomas H. Doyle (Midlothian)
Nov. 1, 2011
Providing a customer one or more options for increasing a line of credit
Patent 8,055,580
A method for providing a customer one or more options for increasing a line of credit includes communicating to a customer one or more solicitations offering the customer a credit account and providing the customer one or more options for increasing a line of credit associated with the credit account. The method also includes receiving a response to the one or more solicitations from the customer requesting the credit account and selecting at least one of the one or more options. The method also includes storing data associated with the credit account to book the credit account according to the response from the customer. At least some of the data reflects the one or more options selected by the customer and an increase of the line of credit provided as a result of the selection of the at least one option by the customer.
Inventors: Brandon G. Homuth (Richmond); Christopher M. Luo (Somerville, Mass.); Amy E. Mays (Richmond)
Assignee: Capital One Financial Corp. (Falls Church, Va.)
Nov. 8, 2011

Method of manufacturing flavor pouches
Patent 8,053,008
A method of manufacturing a flavor pouch containing flavorant selected from one or more of tea, coffee, rose hips, honey, royal jelly, fruit extracts, mint, sweeteners, exotic flavors, and the like includes feeding a strip of fabric along a feed path, placing preselected amounts of flavorant material at spaced apart locations along the strip, forming flavor pouches by sealing portions of the strip together to enclose each preselected amount of flavorant material, and separating the flavor pouches from the strip. The pouches can have various shapes including crescent and oval shapes.
Inventors: William R. Sweeney (Richmond); Danielle R. Crawford (Chester)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc. (Richmond)
Nov. 8, 2011

Innovative packaging for consumer product
Patent 8,051,979
A package for containing an oral sensorial product includes a packet having a shaped front sheet having a raised inner portion and a resealable back sheet. The raised inner portion has at least one recess adapted to receive a product. The resealable back sheet peels away from the shaped front sheet without damaging either the shaped front sheet or the back sheet.
Inventors: Barry S. Smith (Hopewell); Xuan M. Pham (Glen Allen); Cary Longest (Midlothian); Carl G. Miller (Richmond); James D. Evans (Chesterfield)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc. (Richmond)
Nov. 8, 2011

Formation and deposition of sputtered nanoscale particles in cigarette manufacture
Patent 8,051,859
Nanoscale particles are formed and deposited in situ on tobacco cut filler, cigarette paper and/or cigarette filter materials by physical vapor deposition. The nanoscale particles are capable of acting as an oxidant for the conversion of carbon monoxide to carbon dioxide and/or as a catalyst for the conversion of carbon monoxide to carbon dioxide.
Inventors: Ramkuber Yadav (Richmond); Khaled Saoud (Richmond); Firooz Rasouli (Midlothian); Mohammad Hajaligol (Midlothian)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc. (Richmond)
Nov. 8, 2011

Respiratory humidification system
Patent 8,052,127
Nov. 8, 2011
A respiratory humidification system having a capillary passage in communication with a ventilator, the ventilator adapted to deliver an air stream, a heater operable to at least partially vaporize water in the capillary passage, a pumping unit adapted to supply water to the capillary passage, wherein the water upon heating is at least partially vaporized to form an aerosol stream. The aerosol stream is combined with the air stream to form a humidified air stream.
Inventors: Walter A. Nichols (Chesterfield); Christopher S. Tucker (Midlothian); Amit Limaye (Midlothian)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc. (Richmond)

Hinge lid aroma pack
Patent 8,047,362
A hinge lid pack has a lower pack outerframe and an upper lid hingedly attached to the lower pack outerframe for movement between opened and closed positions. The lid includes front, top, back and opposite sidewall portions. An innerframe is within and upwardly extends from the outerframe, and the innerframe has front and opposite sidewall portions. Microencapsulated aroma surfaces on the pack move across roughened perforations on the pack upon opening of the pack to thereby release flavor by rupturing the microcapsules.
Inventors: Xuan M. Pham (Glen Allen); Scott A. Fath (Richmond)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc. (Richmond)
Nov. 1, 2011

Double action filter assembly wheel with flipping wheel
Patent 8,047,208
The present invention relates to a method and apparatus for forming two filters in a two-up configuration. The apparatus includes a feed wheel 18, an assembly wheel 20, a take-off wheel 22, and a flipping wheel 24. According to the method of the invention, tubes 10 are loaded from the feed wheel 18 to the assembly wheel 20 where one hollow end of the tubes is filled. The half-filled tubes 10′ are then transferred to take-off wheel 22 and then to a flipping wheel 24 where the tubes are flipped. The half-filled and flipped tubes 10” are returned to vacant positions on the feed wheel and transferred back to the assembly wheel so that the remaining hollow ends can be filled. The filled tube 10”’ is transferred to a take-off wheel 22, where it is then removed from the take off wheel 22 using a stripper and/or additional wheels for further processing.
Inventors: Steven F. Spiers (Richmond); G. Robert Scott (Midlothian); Travis Garthaffner (Chesterfield)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc. (Richmond)
Nov. 1, 2011

Coffee preparation scoop
Patent D648,190
Claims the ornamental design for a coffee preparation scoop.
Inventors: Mark C. Steiner (Midlothian); Mark K. Romandy (Midlothian)
Assignee: Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc (Glen Allen)
Nov. 8, 2011

Liquid foam systems and ASTM E-84 class 1 rated rigid, high-density polyurethane foams and articles prepared therefrom
Patent 8,048,935
An all-liquid foam-forming system contains: a first part (A) containing at least one liquid isocyanate or polyisocyanate; and a second part (B) containing: at least one liquid aromatic polyester polyol having an hydroxyl value of at least 110 mg KOH/gram and an average hydroxyl functionality of at least 2, at least two liquid halogenated flame retardants and water; the foam-forming system having an NCO/OH ratio of from about 0.9:1 to about 1.3:1; wherein the first and second parts are such that reaction therebetween forms a rigid polyurethane foam having a density of at least about 5 pcf and an ASTM E-84 Class 1 rating. Resultant polyurethane foams can be used to make articles, particularly for use in commercial decorative molding applications.
Inventors: John Heraldo (Mechanicsville); Milen Kirilov (Glen Allen)
Assignee: Carpenter Co. (Richmond)
Nov. 1, 2011

Additives and lubricant formulations for improved catalyst performance
Patent 8,048,834
A method and compositions for lubricating surfaces with lubricating oils exhibiting increased phosphorous retention. The lubricated surface includes a lubricant composition containing a base oil of lubricating viscosity, an amount of a phosphorus-containing compound and an amount of at least one hydrocarbon soluble titanium compound that is effective to provide an aged catalyst temperature that converts at least fifty percent of exhaust gas hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide, and NO.sub.x that is lower than an aged catalyst temperature that converts at least fifty percent of exhaust gas hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide, and NO.sub.x of the lubricant composition devoid of the hydrocarbon soluble titanium compound.
Inventors: Gregory H. Guinther (Richmond); John T. Loper (Richmond)
Assignee: Afton Chemical Corporation (Richmond)
Nov. 1, 2011

Dispersant reaction product with antioxidant capability
Patent 8,048,831
A novel crankcase dispersant reaction product having fused therein an antioxidant moiety whereby the dispersant reaction product can function as an antioxidant while retaining at least two structural domains, one being a polar domain for association with sludge and a hydrocarbyl domain for oil solubility, so that the dispersant can function as a chemical agent to suspend sludge and prevent agglomeration of sludge precursors and soot so the latter can be readily removed from the system, such as by filtering, instead of being deleteriously deposited on internal engine components, as well as lubricant compositions incorporating such novel dispersant and, for instance, engines lubricated with such lubricant compositions.
Inventors: John T. Loper (Richmond)
Assignee: Afton Chemical Corporation (Richmond)
Nov. 1, 2011

Pedestrian safe automotive hood having reinforcing foam
Patent 8,052,198
The present invention provides a thin vehicle closure panel design that substantially reduces a thickness (panel gauge plus the perpendicular distance or depth between the panels) of a vehicle hood (5) and the impact effect on the head of a pedestrian struck by a motor vehicle. In one embodiment, the vehicle hood (5) includes a hood shell (15) including an outer panel (25) and an inner panel (20); a unitary foam core (100) positioned between and bonded to the outer (25) and/or the inner panel (20) of the hood shell (15); and at least one recess (10) that corresponds to an underhood component (42). In another aspect of the invention, a vehicle hood (5) is provided in which a latch attachment member (60) and/or hinge members (70) are attached to inner surface (50) of the inner panel (20) of the hood shell (15).
Inventors: Dinesh C. Seksaria (Novi, Mich.); John W. Cobes Jr. (Lower Burrell, Pa.); Sherri F. McCleary (Apollo, Pa.); Stephen Paul Sunday (Richmond)
Assignee: Alcoa Inc. (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Nov. 8, 2011

Decomposition of decimal floating point data
Patent 8,051,119
A decimal floating point finite number in a decimal floating point format is composed from the number in a different format. A decimal floating point format includes fields to hold information relating to the sign, exponent and significand of the decimal floating point finite number. Other decimal floating point data, including infinities and NaNs (not a number), are also composed. Decimal floating point data are also decomposed from the decimal floating point format to a different format.
Inventors: Shawn D. Lundvall (Midlothian); Eric M. Schwarz (Gardiner, N.Y.); Ronald M. Smith Sr. (Wappingers Falls, N.Y.); Phil C. Yeh (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.)
Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, N.Y.)
Nov. 1, 2011

Composition of decimal floating point data
Patent 8,051,118
A decimal floating point finite number in a decimal floating point format is composed from the number in a different format. A decimal floating point format includes fields to hold information relating to the sign, exponent and significand of the decimal floating point finite number. Other decimal floating point data, including infinities and NaNs (not a number), are also composed. Decimal floating point data are also decomposed from the decimal floating point format to a different format.
Inventors: Shawn D. Lundvall (Midlothian); Eric M. Schwarz (Gardiner, N.Y.); Ronald M. Smith, Sr. (Wappingers Falls, N.Y.); Phil C. Yeh (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.)
Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, N.Y.)
Nov. 1, 2011

Shift significand of decimal floating point data
Patent 8,051,117
Nov. 1, 2011
A decimal floating point finite number in a decimal floating point format is composed from the number in a different format. A decimal floating point format includes fields to hold information relating to the sign, exponent and significand of the decimal floating point finite number. Other decimal floating point data, including infinities and NaNs (not a number), are also composed. Decimal floating point data are also decomposed from the decimal floating point format to a different format. For composition and decomposition, one or more instructions may be employed, including a shift significand instruction.
Inventors: Shawn D. Lundvall (Midlothian); Eric M. Schwarz (Gardiner); Ronald M. Smith Sr. (Wappingers Falls); Phil C. Yeh (Poughkeepsie)
Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk)

Flash-spun sheet material
Patent 8,048,513
This invention relates to improved plexifilamentary sheet material useful in protective apparel and filtration media, which material is comprised of substantially continuous polyethylene plexifilamentary fiber strands and has a Frazier Permeability, normalized to 1.0 oz/yd.sup.2 basis weight, of at least 2 cfm/ft.sup.2.
Inventors: Robert Anthony Marin (Midlothian); Larry R. Marshall (Chesterfield); Barbara K. O’Rourke (Richmond)
Assignee: E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (Wilmington, Del.)
Nov. 1, 2011

Matrix free non-woven layer of polypyridazle short fiber
Patent 8,051,494
Provided are non-woven constructions and fabrics comprising polypyridazole short fiber; the short fiber characterized by an average filament tenacity of at least 15 grams per denier; an average filament modulus of at least 500 grams per denier; an average filament density of at least 1.6 grams per cubic centimeter; an average filament length of 30 to 100 millimeters; and an average filament denier per filament of 0.1 to 10; wherein the construction is substantially free of matrix.
Inventors: Minshon J. Chiou (Chesterfield)
Assignee: E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (Wilmington, Del.)
Nov. 8, 2011

Conjugated polymer tag complexes
Patent 8,048,659
A tagged water-soluble polymer linked to a solid support is provided and includes a solid support optionally including a spacer sequence including one or more spacer monomer units attached to the solid support; and a water-soluble polymer covalently linked to the solid support or to the spacer sequence, the water-soluble polymer including a first cleavage segment including at least one monomer unit including a selectively cleavable link to the solid support or to the spacer sequence, where cleavage of the selectively cleavable link separates the water-soluble polymer from the solid support, a second segment including at least one monomer unit selected from a monomer unit linked to a reactive functionality able to be covalently coupled to a tag or linked to a tag, a third segment including one or more monomer units linked to a reactive functionality that can form a covalent bond with an analyte-binding species or an analyte, and optionally one or more spacer monomer units provided adjacent to any segment and/or between any two segments and/or within any one or more of the second segment and the third segment.
Inventors: Robert C. Leif (San Diego, Calif.); Lidia Vallarino (Richmond)
Nov. 1, 2011

Shopping cart infant seat
Patent D648,501
Claims the ornamental design for a shopping cart infant seat.
Inventors: Paul Giampavolo (Newton, N.J.); Christopher M. Johnson (Glen Allen)
Assignee: Safe-Strap Company, Inc. (Wharton, N.J.)
Nov. 8, 2011 [/private]

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