The R&D Dept.: Patents for 6.20.12

Portable tuning apparatus 

Patent 8,203,063
A portable tuning apparatus comprising keys and a rotatable tuning plate is provided. Each key comprises two opposing connector arms separated by a cranked section and extending perpendicularly from opposing ends of the cranked section. A first opposing connector arm of each key is configured to engageably rotate a lug of multiple lugs that support a drumhead of a percussion instrument. A second opposing connector arm of each key slidably engages with one of the openings arranged at predetermined locations on the rotatable tuning plate. Rotating the rotatable tuning plate causes the second opposing connector arm along with the cranked section of each key to orbitally revolve about the first opposing connector arm of each key. This orbital revolution causes an axial rotation of the first opposing connector arm of each key engaged on the lug and imparts a uniform tension to the lugs for tensioning and tuning the drumhead.
Inventors: Jason Michael Truda (Glen Allen)
June 19, 2012 [private]

Suppository delivery device
Patent 8,196,745
A suppository delivery device that allows for the insertion of a suppository without having contact with the suppository or rectum. The suppository delivery device includes a stabilizing platform, a stabilizer to which the suppository is mounted, and a package, which protects the user’s hands and fingers from the suppository and rectum and prevents germs from contacting the suppository before being inserted into the rectum.
Inventors: Karen D. Higgins (Richmond); Kathleen K. Pieper (Midlothian)
Assignee: Just Like Sisters, LLC (Midlothian)
June 12, 2012

Fusion free hydrolysis of polyphosphoric acid in spun multifilament yarns
Patent 8,202,965
The invention concerns processes for hydrolyzing polyphosphoric acid in a never-dried spun multifilament yarn, comprising: a) removing surface liquid from filaments in a never-dried spun multifilament yarn; and b) contacting the yarn with a hot surface to hydrolyze polyphosphoric acid, wherein the filaments remain substantially unfused; wherein the hot surface has a surface temperature of at least about C.
Inventors: Christopher William Newton (Richmond)
Assignee: E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (Wilmington, Del.); Magellan Systems International, LLC (Richmond, VA)
June 19, 2012

Lubricating composition
Patent 8,202,829
There is provided a lubricating composition having a major amount of a lubricating oil having less than about 40% by weight alkylcycloparaffins and a minor amount of at least one diarylamine, and processes for making and using thereof.
Inventors: Mark T. Devlin (Richmond); Randall Eugene Baren (Glen Allen); Tze-Chi Jao (Glen Allen); Samuel H. Tersigni (Glen Allen)
Assignee: Afton Chemical Corporation (Richmond)
June 19, 2012

Engine wear protection in engines operated using ethanol-based fuel
Patent 8,198,221
Lubricant formulations and methods for producing lubricant formulations are described that provide improved wear protection in engines operated using ethanol-based fuels. The improved wear protection may be provided by an increased amount of overbased calcium detergent present in the formulation.
Inventors: Gregory H. Guinther (Richmond, VA); Roger M. Sheets (Pagosa Springs, Colo.)
Assignee: Afton Chemical Corporation (Richmond)
June 12, 2012

Oral delivery pouch product with coated seam
Patent 8,202,589
Provided is an oral pouch product having a coated seam, having a porous pouch wrapper; an inner filling material enclosed within first and second opposed layers of the porous pouch wrapper; at least one seam holding a portion of said first and second opposed layers of said porous pouch wrapper together; and a first coating comprising a releasable ingredient applied to an outer surface of said seam. Also provided is a method for making the oral pouch product.
Inventors: Shalva Gedevanishvili (Richmond); Paolo Catasti (Richmond); Danielle R. Crawford (Chester); William R. Sweeney (Richmond); Munmaya K. Mishra (Richmond); Shengsheng Liu (Richmond)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc. (Richmond)
June 19, 2012

Cigarette filters
Patent 8,201,564
Fibrous material suitable for incorporation into filter elements of smoking articles such as cigarettes are impregnated with additives and agents such as flavorants, flavorant-enhancers and/or free radical scavengers. The fibrous material is contacted with the additive dispersed in a high pressure gas or supercritical fluid (SCF) held at elevated pressures. The high pressure gas or SCF swells the fibrous matrix and enables the additive to be incorporated within the matrix. When pressure is reduced, the gas or SCF vaporizes and leaves the additive embedded in the fiber interstices. As a result, the additive is slowly released over a finite period of time. When incorporated into a cigarette filter, the additive is released at a desired rate from the interior of the fibrous filter into the cigarette smoke.
Inventors: Mark A. McHugh (Richmond); Georgios Karles (Richmond); Diane Gee (Richmond); Joseph L. Banyasz (Richmond); Zhihao Shen (Richmond); Munmaya K. Mishra (Richmond)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc. (Richmond)
June 19, 2012

Hot beverage maker with dispenser
Patent 8,201,491
A hot beverage maker has a stand, fresh water reservoir, a removable tank, and a spring-biased actuator means for dispensing brewed beverages. The tank includes a reservoir portion and the reservoir portion is adapted to hold a brewed liquid so that the tank comprises a fluid bucket when removed from the hot beverage maker. The tank is placed on a platform in a mating relationship so as to engage a warmer plate to keep the contents of the tank warm. The hot beverage maker produces a brewed beverage that is stored in the tank. The dispenser actuator may be engaged by a vessel for holding a hot beverage in order to commence the dispensing of the brewed beverage from the tank.
Inventors: Michael Howard Garman (Midlothian)
Assignee: Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc. (Glen Allen)
June 19, 2012

Self-venting polymeric film
Patent 8,197,925
A heat-scalable, composite film said film comprising a polymeric substrate layer having a first and second surface and disposed on a surface of the substrate layer a water-soluble barrier layer, wherein (i) the substrate layer has one or more venting means therein; and (ii) the thickness of the barrier layer is from about 0.05 to about 40 .mu.m; a process for the manufacture thereof; and use thereof as a self-venting film in the packaging of an ovenable meal.
Inventors: Stephen William Sankey (Great Smeaton, Great Britain); Ken Evans (Yarm, Great Britain); David Voisin (Midlothian); Stephen Keith Franzyshen (Richmond)
Assignee: DuPont Teijin Films U.S. Limited Partnership (Chester)
June 12, 2012

Interspinous implant, tools and methods of implanting
Patent 8,202,299
Devices, tools and methods for minimally invasive implantation of a dynamic interspinous implant device for distracting between spinous processes and providing dynamic stabilization. One exemplary device includes a main body including a shaft having a longitudinal axis; a first clamping mechanism having first and second jaws configured to clamp a spinous process of a first vertebra, and a second clamping mechanism having third and fourth jaws configured to clamp a spinous process of a second vertebra. The first, second, third and fourth jaws extend transversely from the shaft and at least two of two of the jaws are releasably mounted to the shaft and are mountable to and removable from the shaft by relative movement between the respective jaw and the shaft in a direction normal to a longitudinal axis of the shaft. The shaft has sufficient columnar strength to maintain distraction between the first and second vertebrae via the clamps, while also allowing at least one of the relative movements between the first and second vertebrae selected from the movements including lateral bending, flexion, extension and axial rotation.
Inventors: Jeffrey Chun Wang (Sherman Oaks, Calif.); Thomas Neil Scioscia (Midlothian); Adrian Slattery (Rocky River, Ohio); Alan W. Cannon (Sunnyvale, Calif.)
Assignee: Collabcom II, LLC (Durange, Colo.)
June 19, 2012

Smooth roller
Patent D661,491
Claims the ornamental design for a smooth roller.
Inventors: Paradee Bunnag (Waynesboro, Va.); James Naderi (Richmond)
Assignee: American Safety Razor (Verona, Va.)
June 12, 2012

Compositions and methods for treatment of staphylococcal infection while suppressing formation of antibiotic-resistant strains
Patent 8,198,231
Co-administration of a lysostaphin or other anti-staphylococcal agent which cleaves cross-links of peptidoglycans of staphylococci cell walls such as lysostaphin and an antibiotic effective against staphylococci due to antibiotic activity mediated by cell-wall activity is effective against staphylococcal infection, even staphylococci that may be resistant to one or other of lysostaphin or the cell-wall active antibiotic. Co-administration simultaneously suppresses the generation of antibiotic-resistant mutant strains. Effective cell-wall active antibiotics include .beta.-lactams and glycopeptides.
Inventors: Michael Climo (Richmond); Ellen Murphy (Bronx, N.Y.); Gordon Archer (Richmond)
Assignee: Nutrition 21, Inc. (Purchase, N.Y.)
June 12, 2012

Nanocomposite compositions of polyamides and sepiolite-type clays
Patent 8,198,355
The invention is directed to nanocomposite compositions that contain at least one thermoplastic polyamide and unmodified sepiolite-type clay nanoparticles. It, also, includes articles containing such compositions.
Inventors: David T. Williamson (Chesterfield)
Assignee: E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (Wilmington, Del.)
June 12, 2012

Core-excited nanoparticles and methods of their use in the diagnosis and treatment of disease
Patent 8,197,471
Core-excited nanoparticle thermotherapy (CENT), is an improved material for use in thermotherapy. The CENT method uses both core-exciting energy (including x-rays) and core-shell nanoparticles, specifically designed to absorb radiation in their core structure, then transfer energy from the core to the shell, to heat the outer shell of the nanoparticle. The heated nanoparticle then heats the surrounding region to a temperature sufficient to detect, affect, damage and/or destroy the targeted cell or material. CENT nanoparticles can be bound to targeting agents that deliver them to the region of the diseased cell.
Inventors: Samuel Harry Tersigni (Glen Allen)
Assignee: Samuel Harry Tersigni (Alpha, N.J.)
June 12, 2012

Apparatus, system, and method for a read-before-write storage controller instruction
Patent 8,200,914
An apparatus, system, and method are disclosed for a read-before-write storage controller instruction. A sequencer receives an atomic read-before-write instruction comprising new data, a target address for the new data, and an undo log address. An I/O unit reads old data from the target address, writes the old data and the target address to the undo log address, and writes the new data to the target address as directed by the sequencer.
Inventors: Kenneth W. Boyd (Tucson, Ariz.); Kenneth F. Day III (Tucson); Amiram Hayardeny (Beijing, China); Michael E. Factor (Haifa, I); John J. Wolfgang (Midlothian)
Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, N.Y.)
June 12, 2012


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