The R&D Dept.: Local patents for 8.15.12

Smoking article with open ended filter and restrictor
Patent 8,235,057
A smoking article includes a tobacco rod adapted to produce mainstream smoke, and a filter having an upstream end and a downstream end, wherein the filter is arranged to receive mainstream smoke at the upstream end. The filter includes a tubular segment open at the downstream end thereof and a flow restrictor contained within the tubular segment. The filter is attached to the tobacco rod with tipping paper and includes an air-admissible ventilating zone at a location between the upstream end and the downstream end of the filter.
Inventors: San Li (Midlothian); Michael S. Braunshteyn (Richmond); Raquel M. Olegario (Chesterfield); Richard Jupe (Richmond); Martin Garthaffner (Chesterfield)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc. (Richmond)
Aug. 7, 2012[private]

Smoking article with concentric hollow core in tobacco rod and capsule containing flavorant and aerosol forming agents in the filter system
Patent 8,235,056
A smoking article having a cylinder of smoking material and a central tube within the cylinder of the smoking material wherein heat is convectively transferred with smoke from a lit end of the cylinder of smoking material through the central tube to a mouth end of the cylinder of smoking material in each puff. A filter system is attached to the cylinder of smoking material, and includes a plurality of segments, wherein at least one of the plurality of segments contains flavorant and aerosol forming agents encapsulated in at least one breakable capsule.
Inventors: Shuzhong Zhuang (Richmond); Georgios D. Karles (Richmond); Raquel M. Olegario (Richmond)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc. (Richmond)
Aug. 7, 2012

Smoking article with improved delivery profile
Patent 8,240,315
A smoking article, which provides lower amounts of total particulate matter in a latter portion of its puff count, includes a cylinder of smoking material, a combustible hollow tube within the cylinder of smoking material, and a heat sink at a downstream end of the hollow tube. The smoking article also includes a filter system attached to the cylinder of smoking material having a sorbent material and at least one downstream segment of filtering material.
Inventors: Raquel M. Olegario (Richmond); Mike Braunshteyn (Richmond); Gail Yoss (Chesterfield); Jim Lyons-Hart (Sandston)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc. (Richmond)
Aug. 14, 2012

Container
Patent D665,253
Claims the ornamental design for a container.
Inventors: Stephen J. Bellamah (Midlothian); William T. Griffin (Chesterfield); Dominic J. C. Howard (Midlothian); Robert T. Mitten (Glen Allen)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc. (Richmond)
Aug. 14, 2012

Systems and methods for determining the likelihood that a loan closes
Patent 8,239,318
Systems and methods are provided for determining an indication that an application for a mortgage loan to secure a property may result in closing of the loan transaction. In one embodiment, a method includes receiving application information, such that the application information includes at least borrower information, property information, and a first interest rate; receiving home value information, such that the home value information represents an estimated value of the property; receiving a second interest rate; and determining the indication based on the received application information, received home value information, and received second interest rate, such that the indication represents a likelihood that the mortgage loan may result in closing.
Inventors: Michael G. Bradley (Chesterfield); J. Douglas Gordon (Arlington); Matthew J. Klena (Falls Church); Pamela W. Sims (Arlington)
Assignee: Freddie Mac (McLean)
Aug. 7, 2012

Powered subwoofer/speaker remote turn-on function
Patent 8,238,581
The present invention provides a powered speaker, such as a subwoofer that may be turned on and off remotely by energizing the auxiliary AC power supply provided with an audio device or other source unit. The main power of the powered subwoofer is provided via a wall outlet or suitable power supply that may adequately supply the necessary power.
Inventors: Richard Hofrichter (Glen Allen)
Aug. 7, 2012

Module having a remote turn-on function for use with a powered subwoofer/speaker or other audio/visual electrical equipment
Patent 8,238,580
The present invention provides a module for a powered speaker, such as a subwoofer that may be actuated to turn the speaker on and off remotely by energizing the auxiliary AC power supply provided with an audio device or other source unit. The main power of the module is provided via a wall outlet or suitable power supply that may adequately supply the necessary power.
Inventors: Richard Hofrichter (Glen Allen)
Aug. 7, 2012

Folded pack for holding thin elongate products
Patent 8,235,205
A folded, substantially wedge shaped pack useful for holding thin, elongate products such as tobacco sticks includes a back panel, inner front panel, top panel and front closure panel, the front closure panel including a tab at a free end thereof engageable with a closure slot in the inner front panel. The closure tab slides into the closure slot by sliding along a bearing surface and the top panel establishes a raised fulcrum effect which tends to maintain the closure tab in the closure slot when the pack is in a closed condition.
Inventors: Robert T. Mitten (Glen Allen); Christopher J. Hession (Mechanicsville); Edward C. Fuller (Ashland)
Assignee: Altria Client Services Inc. (Richmond)
Aug. 7, 2012

Breathable garment having a fluid drainage layer
Patent 8,241,729
A garment includes a breathable composite fabric between outer and inner fabric layers. The breathable composite fabric comprises two nanofiber web layers and a porous fluid drainage layer disposed therebetween.
Inventors: Jill A. Conley (Midlothian); Robert Anthony Marin (Midlothian)
Assignee: E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (Wilmington, Del.)
Aug. 14, 2012

Method of using volatile organometallics as biomass gasification catalysts
Patent 8,241,599
The present invention relates to a method for improving biomass gasification. By the present invention, volatile organometallics are contacted with a biomass before or during gasification. By this method, the biomass improves gas yields while reducing solid (tar) and liquid yields. In addition, the volatile organometallics interact with lignin in the biomass to produce methanol, which, in turn, results in a stable liquid or oil by-product or otherwise stabilizes the gasification process of the biomass. The presently disclosed method can also lead to increased syngas production and is potentially CO.sub.2 neutral. The energy input to the gasification is correspondingly reduced to reduce costs and the environmental impact associated with the gasification process.
Inventors: Allen Aradi (Glen Allen); Joseph Roos (Mechanicsville); Tze-Chi Jao (Glen Allen)
Assignee: Afton Chemical Corporation (Richmond)
Aug. 14, 2012

Nutraceutical product containing anatabine and yerba mate
Patent 8,241,680
Nutraceutical compositions containing anatabine and Yerba mate extract are efficacious for temporarily reducing the desire to smoke, reducing nicotine cravings, the treatment of smoking cessation, tobacco withdrawal symptoms, tobacco dependence, weight loss, and/or related disorders.
Inventors: Jonnie R. Williams (Manakin-Sabot); Curtis Wright (Gloucester, Mass.)
Assignee: Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Gloucester, Mass.)
Aug. 14, 2012[/private]

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