The R&D Dept.: Local Patents for 2.29.12

System, method and software application for accessing and processing information
Patent 8,121,871
The present invention relates generally to systems, methods and software applications for storing, retrieving, and displaying information. More particularly, the present invention relates to providing a comprehensive, interactive tool for storing, retrieving, and displaying agent identifying information and agent commission information. The method of the present invention comprises the steps of: receiving agent identifying information and agent commission information; analyzing and sorting the received agent identifying information and agent commission information; saving the agent identifying information and the agent commission information; providing an interactive display of the agent identifying information and the agent commission information; providing interactive access to a display of detailed agent identifying information; and providing interactive access to a display of detailed agent commission information.
Inventors: Freeland Glen Young III (Glen Allen); Liane Dietrich (Richmond); Diana H. Garland (Sandy Hook, Va.); Lee Edwards (Ashland)
Assignee: Genworth Financial, Inc. (Richmond)
Feb. 21, 2012 [private]

Carrier for bottles, cans, beverages, food containers, or the like
Patent D654,684
Claims the ornamental design for a carrier for bottles, cans, beverages, food containers, or the like, as shown and described.
Inventors: Richard Crofton-Sleigh (Richmond); Leslie M. Haas (Richmond)
Feb. 28, 2012

Devices, systems and methods for medicament delivery
Patent 8,123,719
An apparatus includes a housing, a medicament container disposed within the housing, a first energy storage member and second energy storage member. The medicament container includes a first plunger disposed within a proximal end portion of the medicament container and a second plunger disposed within the medicament container spaced apart from the first plunger. The first energy storage member is configured to produce a force when actuated to move at least the second plunger within the medicament container. The second energy storage member is configured to produce a force when actuated to move the first plunger and the second plunger within the medicament container. The second energy storage member is different than the first energy storage member.
Inventors: Eric Shawn Edwards (Midlothian); Evan Thomas Edwards (Fredericksburg); Mark J. Licata (Doswell); Paul F. Meyers (Fishers, Ind.)
Assignee: Intelliject, Inc. (Richmond)
Feb. 28, 2012

Portable safety skylight replacement assembly
Patent 8,122,673
A portable skylight replacement safety assembly that includes a first and second support frames releasably connected to each other and having a plurality of support handles and support members which extend substantially perpendicularly from the first support frame for supporting the first support frame on and/or over the skylight on a working surface at a predetermined distance.
Inventors: J. Nigel Ellis (Wilmington, Del.); John Whitty (Richmond)
Feb. 28, 2012

Oral pouch products with immobilized flavorant particles
Patent 8,124,147
An oral pouch product includes an immobilized flavorant comprising one or more flavorants and an immobilizing matrix disposed around the flavorants and containing slightly water soluble .beta.-cyclodextrin, gum Arabic, and/or a starch. In addition, a method for preparing the oral pouch product is described, which includes (a) preparing an immobilized flavorant by mixing a flavorant and one or more matrix-forming materials comprising slightly water soluble .beta.-cyclodextrin, gum Arabic, and/or a starch in a solvent to form a mixture; optionally heating the mixture; and drying the mixture to form a dried immobilized flavorant; and (b) incorporating the dried immobilized flavorant into an oral pouch product.
Inventors: Taiben Cheng (Chesterfield); Greg J. Griscik (Midlothian); Diane L. Gee (Richmond)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc. (Richmond)
Feb. 28, 2012

Latching blank, sleeve and package
Patent 8,118,165
A blank of foldable material to form a sleeve having a recess and a latching mechanism openable and closable by a user. The sleeve can contain articles such as packets of consumer products to form a package.
Inventors: Loren Duvekot (Goochland); Pamela D. Moore (Gloucester)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc. (Richmond)
Feb. 21, 2012

Pocket-size container for consumer items
Patent 8,117,807
A three-piece pocket-size container for holding a consumer product such as smokeless tobacco product in an interior volume of a perimeter band which has a base locked to a lower rim portion and an openable cover on an upper rim of the perimeter band. When closed, the cover, the perimeter band and the base form a flush exterior sidewall of the container. The base and cover can be metal and the perimeter band can be transparent (clear, tinted or colored) or opaque plastic to provide a container that maintains product freshness, and is easily opened and closed.
Inventors: Stephen J. Bellamah (Midlothian); William T. Griffin (Chesterfield); Dominic J. C. Howard (New Canaan, Conn.); Robert T. Mitten (Glen Allen)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc. (Richmond)
Feb. 21, 2012

Method of flavor encapsulation through the use of a drum coater
Patent 8,119,173
A method of coating flavorants on oral pouch products is provided. A drum coater containing oral pouch products is rotated. A flavoring solution is sprayed to coat the oral pouch products while the oral pouch products are tumbling in the rotating drum.
Inventors: Taiben Cheng (Chesterfield); Greg J. Griscik (Midlothian); Diane L. Gee (Richmond)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc. (Richmond)
Feb. 21, 2012

Supports catalyst for the combustion of carbon monoxide formed during smoking
Patent 8,118,035
Supported catalyst particles, which can be incorporated in the tobacco cut filler, cigarette wrapper and/or cigarette filter of a cigarette, are useful for low-temperature and near-ambient temperature catalysis of carbon monoxide and/or nitric oxide. The supported catalyst comprises catalyst particles that are supported on particles of an electrically conductive support selected from the group consisting of graphitic carbon and a partially reduced oxide.
Inventors: Donald Miser (Chesterfield); Diane Gee (Richmond)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc. (Richmond)
Feb. 21, 2012

Low weight and high durability soft body armor composite using silicone-based topical treatments
Patent 8,124,548
Ballistic resistant articles having abrasion resistance. Particularly, abrasion resistant, ballistic resistant articles and composites having a silicone-based topical treatment.
Inventors: Henry G. Ardiff (Chesterfield); Brian D. Arvidson (Chester)
Assignee: Honeywell International Inc. (Morristown, N.J.)
Feb. 28, 2012

Radio frequency identification asset management system, and computer program product
Patent 8,125,339
A radio frequency identification (RFID) tracking system to track and manage assets. Each asset to be tracked is tagged with an RFID tag, and tracked using RFID readers located throughout a facility. Based on the tracking information, the system allows users to manage assets and generate reports regarding the various tagged assets.
Inventors: Daniel Neuwirth (Glen Allen)
Assignee: General Electric Company (Schenectady, N.Y.)
Feb. 28, 2012

Methods for reducing biosolids odors
Patent 8,119,003
A method for reducing the odors of an anaerobically digested dewatered biosolids or other biosolids or sludge may include separating first anaerobically digested dewatered biosolids into first and second portions, storing second anaerobically digested dewatered biosolids, removing a portion of the second biosolids, and mixing the removed second biosolids portion with the first portion of the first biosolids. The method may be implemented in a system including a separation device, first, second and third transporters, a storage area, and a mixer. The separation device may separate the first biosolids into first and second portions. The first transporter may transport the first portion to the mixer. The second transporter may transport the second portion to the storage area. The second portion may be stored in the storage area for a select time period. The third transporter may transport a portion of the stored first biosolids to the mixer for blending.
Inventors: Todd Owen Williams (Mechanicsville)
Assignee: CH2M Hill, Inc. (Englewood, Colo.)
Feb. 21, 2012

Multilayer, co-extruded, ionomeric decorative surfacing
Patent 8,119,235
Decorative ionomeric surfaced film and sheet (e.g., multilayer co-extruded polymer) and articles made therefrom (e.g., automotive panels and parts) exhibiting good weatherability, mar resistance, and surface appearance of a high quality automotive finish (including color, haze, gloss, and DOI) and economical process for making (e.g., co-extrusion) and using (e.g., thermoforming and injection backfilling) the same.
Inventors: Randall Allen Vogel (Wilmington, Del.); I-Hwa Lee (Wilmington); Sumita Sanjeevi Ranganathan (Midlothian); Lori J. Pike (Newark, Del.)
Assignee: E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (Wilmington)
Feb. 21, 2012

Aramid filled polyimides having advantageous thermal expansion properties, and methods relating thereto
Patent 8,124,223
The invention is directed to polyimide based adhesives having a coefficient of thermal expansion (“CTE”) equal to or below 50 ppm/.degree. C. The adhesives of the present invention contain a polyimide base polymer present in the overall adhesive in an amount from 25 to 95 weight percent. The polyimide base polymer has a glass transition temperature (“T.sub.g”) in a range of from about 150 to about 300.degree. C. and typically has a coefficient of thermal expansion above 50 ppm/.degree. C. The polyimide based adhesives of the invention also contain an aramid micro fiber filler in an amount from 5 to 75 weight percent, based upon the total weight of the polyimide based adhesive. The fiber filler can be used to lower CTE of the overall adhesive to match (or nearly match) the CTE of other materials like metal, silicon wafers, other polymers (including polyimide) and the like.
Inventors: Kuppusamy Kanakarajan (Dublin, Ohio); Arnold Frances (Glen Allen)
Assignee: E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (Wilmington, Del.)
Feb. 28, 2012

Papers containing fibrids derived from diamino diphenyl sulfone
Patent 8,118,975
This invention relates to papers made with fibrids containing a polymer or copolymer derived from a monomer selected from the group consisting of 4,4’diaminodiphenyl sulfone, 3,3’diaminodiphenyl sulfone, and mixtures thereof. Such papers have high thermal stability and accept ink more readily than papers made solely with aramid fibrids.
Inventors: Mikhail R. Levit (Glen Allen); Vlodek Gabara (Richmond); Gary Lee Hendren (Richmond)
Assignee: E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (Wilmington)
Feb. 21, 2012

Sacrificial blade tip
Patent 8,118,562
A propeller blade device used in environments where a propeller system is subjected to blade erosion and wear and may also be subjected to an axial force from water. The propeller blade includes a blade tip mounted on its outer end using a mounting device such as nuts and bolts to form a junction there between. The tip may easily be replaced when worn or damaged without removing the blade. The tip is designed to fracture upon impact with an axial force before transmitting the force radially inward to the propeller blade.
Inventors: Mark Raes (Andover, Conn.); David V. Arel (Richmond)
Assignee: Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation (Rockford, Ill.)
Feb. 21, 2012

Methods of and system for detection and tracking of osteoporosis
Patent 8,126,249
A method and system for detection and tracking of osteoporosis is disclosed. A method of characterizing an image of a target vertebra includes building a computer model from a set of sample images of pathological and non-pathological variations of vertebrae representing variations in shape of the vertebrae. The method also includes receiving an image of a target vertebra of a subject and automatically estimating contours of lateral outlines of the superior and the inferior cortical endplates of the image. The parameters of the model are varied to determine a set that represents a model shape that approximates the estimated contours of the outlines of the cortical endplates. The method includes automatically characterizing the target vertebra based on the set of model parameters that are determined and outputting on a display device the characterization of the target vertebra.
Inventors: Alan Brett (Manchester, Great Britain); Jane Haslam (Bucks, Great Britain); Curtis Hayes (Midlothian); Joel Krasnow (Wyckoff, N.J.); Cornelis Van Kuijk (Baarn, Netherlands); Colin Miller (Churchville, Pa.)
Assignee: Optasia Medical Limited (Cheadle, Great Britain)
Feb. 28, 2012

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Scott Sirles
Scott Sirles
8 years ago

I read about this “invention” on the USPTO website. I fail to see anything novel about the invention. It uses commonly available IT technology (i.e., it is composed solely of prior art) and is nothing more than the design and implementation of an IT application. In fact, applications similar to Genworth’s are probably in use by Genworth’s competitors. Why would the USPTO approve such a patent application? I am not a patent lawyer so I am sure some of the nuances of this patent went over my head. Would someone explain this to me?