The R&D Dept.: Local Patents for

One-piece toothbrush 

Patent D656,734
Claims the ornamental design for a one-piece toothbrush.
Inventors: Don Allen Carpenter (Richmond)
April 3, 2012

Tobacco curing method
Patent 8,151,804
A method of curing tobacco comprises drying a harvested tobacco plant in a controlled environment for a time sufficient to substantially prevent the formation of at least one nitrosamine. The tobacco is first subjected to the controlled environment while at least a majority of the tobacco is in a green state. The resulting cured tobacco usually has tobacco-specific nitrosamine (TSNA) levels which are undetectable and are similar to levels found in freshly harvested, green tobacco.
Inventors: Jonnie R. Williams (Manakin-Sabot)
April 10, 2012

Ding inspection device
Patent 8,151,658
Visual inspection of an interior bottom of a borehole by means of measuring the sediment thickness at the bottom. An inspection device to be lowered in the borehole and then to be retrieved. The bottom sediment thickness is marked on the piston by a collar attached to the piston.
Inventors: John Ding (Midlothian)
Assignee: John Z. Ding (Midlothian)
April 10, 2012

Device for supporting an object
Patent D656,812
Claims the ornamental design for a device for supporting an object.
Inventors: Michael Bucci (Glen Allen)
April 3, 2012

Portable chemical oxygen generator
Patent 8,147,760
A portable apparatus is provided which generates high purity breathable oxygen. The oxygen is produced in a reaction chamber from the reaction between an oxygen generating composition and a water/catalyst solution. The reaction chamber comprises a first compartment containing an oxygen peroxide adduct and a temperature stabilizing material formulated into controlled release tablets and a second sealed compartment containing a catalyst dispersed in an aqueous solution. The temperature stabilizing material undergoes an endothermic reaction upon dissolution in the solution. The tablets dissolve in the solution releasing hydrogen peroxide at a constant rate. The hydrogen peroxide is further decomposed into oxygen and water from contact with the catalyst. A first membrane made from a hydrophobic and gas permeable material, lets oxygen through while containing the reaction materials. A second membrane made of hydrophilic superabsorbent material and impregnated with catalyst particles absorbs any unreacted hydrogen peroxide letting high purity oxygen through.
Inventors: Gary Huvard (Chesterfield); Richard Imbruce (Westport, Conn.); Kevin R. Ward (Glen Allen)
April 3, 2012

Pelvic floor function diagnostic and therapeutic station and uses thereof
Patent 8,147,429
The instant invention provides a pelvic floor function diagnostic and therapeutic station, which includes a vaginal/ano-rectal plug and station. The important components of the station are a catheter holder with a pressure measuring (sleeve sensor or other alterative) to measure the constrictor function of the pelvic floor muscle, a vertical force transducer system to measure the elevator function of the pelvic floor muscle and a modular support table or a chair to hold the subject position. The diagnostic and therapeutic station thus allows for simultaneous measurement of the constrictor and elevator functions of the pelvic diaphragm. The station can also be used to treat impaired pelvic floor function via biofeedback therapy.
Inventors: Ravinder K. Mittal (La Jolla, Calif.); Jianmin Liu (Chesterfield); Charles W. Nager (San Diego)
Assignee: The Regents of the University of California (Oakland, Calif.)
April 3, 2012

System and method for end-user custom parsing definitions
Patent 8,149,841
Systems and methods for performing customizable analysis of a communication session between two entities includes loading predetermined first parser definitions, stored as at least one binary file, receiving second parser definitions in a form other than a binary file form, after the first parser definitions are already operating, loading and compiling the second parser definitions, and applying the first and second parser definitions to a communication session, wherein the first parser definitions identify standard components of the communication session and the second parser definitions are customizable and identify non-standard components of the communication session.
Inventors: Todd A. Moore (Sterling, Va.); Timothy J. Menninger (Midlothian); Edward G. Quackenbush (Oakton, Va.)
Assignee: EMC Corporation (Hopkinton, Mass.)
April 3, 2012

Intermediate message invalidation
Patent 8,155,119
Methods, systems, and products are provided for intermediate message invalidation that include receiving, to an intermediate message validation service, a message to be forwarded to a device to administer at least one value of an attribute of the device; determining, by the intermediate message validation service, that the message is invalid; and terminating, by the intermediate message validation service, the invalid message. Embodiments may also include notifying a system administrator that the message is invalid.
Inventors: William A. Brown (Raleigh, N.C.); Richard W. Muirhead (Tyler, Texas); Francis X. Reddington (Richmond)
Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, N.Y.)
April 10, 2012

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