The R&D Dept.: Local Patents for 6.6.12

Wound dressings containing complexes of transition metals and alginate for elastase-sequestering
Patent 8,187,626
Transition metal (e.g., silver and copper) derivatized phosphorylated polysaccharides (cellulose, starch, gauze) provide antimicrobial and elastase sequestration properties to wound dressings, and the wound dressing have enhanced water sorption and elastase sequestration when used with alginates. Wound dressings with alginates (e.g., silver alginate, crosslinked alginates, etc.) provide enhanced wound fluid absorption as well as elastase sequestration.
Inventors: Kelman I. Cohen (Richmond); Yousef Mohajer (Midlothian)
Assignee: Tissue Technologies, LLC (Richmond)
May 29, 2012

Kit for providing training for pool game bank shots and method thereof
Patent 8,187,112
A kit and a method for providing training for pool game bank shots. The kit comprises a plurality of aiming posts and a plurality of base members. Each aiming post of the plurality of aiming posts comprises a proximal end portion and a distal end portion. Each base member of the plurality of base members comprises a hollow central portion for receiving the proximal end portion of an aiming post. The proximal end portion of the aiming post received in the hollow central portion of a base member enables the aiming post to assume an upright position. The aiming post of the plurality of aiming posts configured in the upright position and positioned at a pre-determined distance from a pool table provides an aiming point for aiming at least one of a cue ball and an object ball for executing a pool game bank shot.
Inventors: Steven Guittar (Richmond)
May 29, 2012

Automated bowling system, controller and method of use
Patent 8,192,292
A bowling system comprises a pinspotter system including at least a sweep assembly and a braking system coupled thereto which provides a brake for the sweep assembly. The system further includes a plurality of sensors which sense parameters associated with the pinspotter system and the braking system. A centralized control system centralizes operational processes of the pinspotter system by receiving at least one input based on the sensed parameters from at least one of plurality of sensors and, in response to the at least one the input, produces at least one output signal to control operations of the pinspotter system.
Inventors: Matthew E. Popielarz (Aylett, Va.); LeRoy T. Warren Jr. (Richmond); Samuel R. Namala (Mechanicsville); Edward C. Hibbard, Jr. (Mechanicsville)
Assignee: Quibicamp Worldwide LLC (Mechanicsville)
June 5, 2012

Device for supporting an object
Patent D660,685
Claims the ornamental design for a device for supporting an object.
Inventors: Michael Bucci (Glen Allen). Bucci started a company called Painter’s Pyramid.
May 29, 2012

Cloning of cytochrome p450 genes from Nicotiana
Patent 8,188,337
The present invention relates to p450 enzymes and nucleic acid sequences encoding p450 enzymes in Nicotiana, and methods of using those enzymes and nucleic acid sequences to alter plant phenotypes.
Inventors: Dongmei Xu (Glen Allen)
Assignee: U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company (Richmond)
May 29, 2012

Method for coating dry finish paperboard
Patent 8,187,420
A method for coating paperboard including the steps of preparing a paperboard substrate having a basis weight of at least about 85 pounds per 3000 ft.sup.2, with the proviso that the paperboard substrate is not subjected to a wet stack calendering process, 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, and applying a top coat over the basecoat of the coated paperboard structure to form a top-coated paperboard structure having an outermost coating surface, wherein the outermost coating surface has a Parker Print Surf smoothness of at most about 3 microns.
Inventors: Gary P. Fugitt (Pittsboro, N.C.); Steve G. Bushhouse (Pittsboro); Jason Hogan Richard (Glen Allen); Wei-Hwa Her (Beaumont, Texas); Steven Parker (Raleigh, N.C.)
Assignee: MeadWestvaco Corp. (Richmond)
May 29, 2012

Memory device including an electrode having an outer portion with greater resistivity
Patent 8,189,374
A memory cell includes a first electrode having a first region and a second region, a second electrode and a phase change material. The phase change material is interposed between the first electrode and the second electrode with the first region of the first electrode arranged closer to the phase change material than the second region. The first region of the first electrode includes an inner portion laterally surrounded by an outer portion. The outer portion has a greater resistivity than the inner portion. The second region of the first electrode has the same resistivity as the inner portion of the first region.
Inventors: Shoaib Zaidi (Mechanicsville)
Assignee: Qimonda AG (Munich, Germany)
May 29, 2012

Employing a mask field of an instruction to encode a sign of a result of the instruction
Patent 8,190,664
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 one or more convert instructions.
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.)
May 29, 2012

Filtration media for filtering particulate material from gas streams
Patent 8,187,354
A composite fabric formed by depositing a web of nanofibers electroblown from a first polymer onto a first support web comprising fibers of larger average diameter than the nanofibers spun from a compatible material, in the absence of an adhesive between the webs, and solvent-bonding the webs together.
Inventors: Hyun Sung Lim (Midlothian); Hageun Suh (Chadds Ford, Pa.); B. Lynne Wiseman (Richmond)
Assignee: E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (Wilmington, Del.)
May 29, 2012

System and method for suppressing radio frequency transmissions
Patent 8,193,964
A system and method for suppressing radio frequency (“RF”) transmissions includes a transmitter for transmitting electronic signals that suppresses (e.g., prevents, disrupts, jams, interferes with or otherwise disables) RF transmissions. Some embodiments of the invention include a transmitter that suppresses one or more signals transmitted from a target transmitter in an RF transmission system to a target receiver in a wireless device operating in the RF transmission system to prevent, disrupt, jam, interfere with or otherwise disable an RF transmission between the target transmitter and the target receiver in the wireless device (i.e., target wireless device). These systems and methods may be used to interrupt communication, command and control of non-friendly combatant. These systems and methods may also be used to suppress RF transmissions to prevent the detonation of improvised explosive devices, or IEDs.
Inventors: Robert Haywood Brumley II (Weems, Va.); Michael J. Reedy (South Riding, Va.); Robert Haywood Brumley III (Richmond)
Assignee: Pegasus Global Strategic Solutions LLC (Reston)
June 5, 2012

Marker mapping and resistance gene associations in soybean
Patent 8,193,411
The invention provides novel molecular genetic markers in soybean, where the markers are useful, for example, in the marker-assisted selection of gene alleles that impart disease-resistance, thereby allowing the identification and selection of a disease-resistant plant. The markers also find use in positional cloning of disease-resistance genes.
Inventors: Michael Godwin (Virginia Beach); Feng Han (Johnston, Iowa); Alec A. Hayes (Chesterfield); Xu Hu (Johnston, Iowa); Soon-Chun Jeong (Daejon, South Korea); Guihua Lu (Beijing, China); M.A. Saghai Maroff (Blacksburg)
Assignee: Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc. (Johnston); Virginia Tech Intellectual Properties, Inc. (Blacksburg)
June 5, 2012

Convert significand of decimal floating point data from packed decimal format
Patent 8,195,727
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 one or more convert instructions.
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.)
June 5, 2012

Petroleum viscosity measurement and communication system and method
Patent 8,191,403
The disclosure presents an apparatus and method for measuring viscosity of a lubricating oil. The apparatus has a piezo-resistive cantilever sensor for sensing a first oil viscosity parameter. The sensor has a cantilever having a pressure receiving portion for receiving pressure exerted by the lubricating oil as the lubricating oil comes into contact with the pressure receiving portion. The cantilever also has first and second resistive portions in electrical communication with a first lead and a second lead, respectively, which are in electrical communication with an electrical circuit amplification element, for creating an output signal indicative of a change in the resistive characteristics of the first and second resistive portions of the cantilever as the lubricating oil comes into contact with the pressure receiving portion. The output signal can be used for determining oil viscosity. A processor and memory compare the output signal value with a stored resistance value to provide information relating to the quality of the lubricating oil.
Inventors: Arjan Quist (Schaumburg, Ill.); Ratnesh Lal (Goleta, Calif.); Gregory P. Liesen (Mechanicsville); Sunil K. Srivastava (Oak Brook, Ill.)
Assignee: Richmond Chemical Corp. (Oak Brook)
June 5, 2012

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