The R&D Dept.: Local patents for 10.10.12

Dog collar attachment device Patent D668,004 Sept. 25, 2012 Claims the ornamental design for a dog collar attachment device. Inventors: Ann W. Price (Richmond)

Solid oral sensorial products including stain inhibitor Patent 8,268,370 A solid oral sensorial product includes at least one botanical material and at least one phosphate containing stain inhibitor. The botanical material is selected from the group consisting of tobacco, tea, coffee, cocoa, and combinations thereof. Inventors: Donald E. Miser (Chesterfield); William R. Sweeney (Richmond); Qinglin Li (Richmond); Jerome A. Merski (Midlothian) Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc. (Richmond) Sept. 18, 2012

Opening device for outer wrapping and method for forming Patent 8,266,868 Provided is a tamper proof outer wrapping with a reinforced tear zone. The reinforced tear zone includes a tear tape affixed between two layers of the wrapping material. A perforated line runs parallel to the reinforced tear zone on each of the reinforced tear zone. A tab is formed at one end of the reinforced tear zone. The tab is pulled to separate the reinforced tear zone from the remaining wrapping material and open remove the outer wrapping. The wrapping can be used on packages containing smoking articles such as cigarettes or orally consumed products such as candy or pouched tobacco products. Inventors: Stephen Bellamah (Midlothian) Assignee: Phillip Morris USA Inc. (Richmond) Sept. 18, 2012

Preformed cigarette having a specifically defined immobilized flavorant additive insert positioned therein Patent 8,282,739 Delivery of additives in a smoking article is provided through thermally degradable, robust immobilized additive inserts. Additives can be immobilized in an elongated device or an insert, wherein the elongated device or the insert is sufficiently robust to allow the elongated device or the insert to be manually or machine inserted into a smoking article while maintaining the structure of the elongated device or the insert. By providing additives in the form of thermally degradable immobilized additive inserts, migration and/or loss of the additives in a smoking article prior to smoking can be reduced. Inventors: Munmaya K. Mishra (Richmond); Jay A. Fournier (Richmond); Marc R. Krauss (Midlothian); Douglas A. Fernandez (Richmond); Peter J. Lipowicz (Midlothian) Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc. (Richmond) Oct. 9, 2012

Formation and deposition of sputtered nanoscale particles in cigarette manufacture Patent 8,281,793 Nanoscale particles are formed and deposited in situ on tobacco cut filler, cigarette paper and/or cigarette filter materials by physical vapor deposition. The nanoscale particles are capable of acting as an oxidant for the conversion of carbon monoxide to carbon dioxide and/or as a catalyst for the conversion of carbon monoxide to carbon dioxide. Inventors: Ramkuber Yadav (Richmond); Khaled Saoud (Richmond); Firooz Rasouli (Midlothian); Mohammad Hajaligol (Midlothian) Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc. (Richmond) Oct. 9, 2012

Respiratory humidification system Patent 8,282,084 A respiratory humidification system having a capillary passage in communication with a ventilator, the ventilator adapted to deliver an air stream, a heater operable to at least partially vaporize water in the capillary passage, a pumping unit adapted to supply water to the capillary passage, wherein the water upon heating is at least partially vaporized to form an aerosol stream. The aerosol stream is combined with the air stream to form a humidified air stream. Inventors: Walter A. Nichols (Chesterfield); Christopher S. Tucker (Midlothian); Amit Limaye (Midlothian) Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc. (Richmond) Oct. 9, 2012

Methods of monitoring behavior/activity of an individual associated with an organization

Patent 8,285,636

Oct. 9, 2012 A cooperative arrangement and method to monitor behaviors and other activities by an individual in an organization are disclosed. A personal financial disclosure statement, personal financial records, and other relevant financial data associated with an individual who is associated with, or to be associated with, the organization are obtained. Information is extracted from the personal financial disclosure statement, the personal financial records, and the other relevant financial data and input into a risk assessment algorithm. The risk assessment algorithm operates on the input information and generates risk assessment data. The risk assessment data is evaluated to make a determination of certification with respect to the individual. A decision to certify means that the risk associated with the individual, with respect to committing fraud or some other improper act with respect to the organization, is acceptable. Risk assessment data on a plurality of key individuals within the organization may be generated and evaluated to make a determination of certification with respect to the organization as a whole. Inventors: Edith L. Curry (Glen Allen); Frank Hailstones (Orlando, Fla.); Michael A. Dement (Williamsburg); Laurie S. Holtz (Miami Beach, Fla.)

Air filtration medium with improved dust loading capacity and improved resistance to high humidity environment Patent 8,282,712 A filtration medium is disclosed for use in air filters used in heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems. The medium contains at least one nanofiber layer of fibers having diameters less than 1 .mu.m and at least one upstream layer, the medium having sufficient holding capacity for dust particles that efficiency loss and pressure loss across the medium are minimized during use. Inventors: Cheng-Hang Chi (Midlothian); Hyun Sung Lim (Midlothian); Lu Zhang (Midlothian) Assignee: E I du Pont de Nemours and Company (Wilmington, Del.) Oct. 9, 2012

Honeycomb having a high compression strength and articles made from same Patent 8,268,434 High compression strength honeycomb is made from polymer paper containing 5 to 35 parts by volume solid material and 65 to 95 parts by volume voids having a normalized peak load at bend equal or greater than 0.33 mgf/(g/m2)^3 and a Gurley air resistance equal or greater than 50 seconds/100 ml. Inventors: Mikhail R. Levit (Glen Allen) Assignee: E I du Pont de Nemours and Company (Wilmington, Del.) Sept. 18, 2012

Synthesis of boronic ester and acid compounds Patent 8,283,467 The invention relates to the synthesis of boronic ester and acid compounds. More particularly, the invention provides improved synthetic processes for the large-scale production of boronic ester and acid compounds, including the peptide boronic acid proteasome inhibitor bortezomib. Inventors: Vince Ammoscato (Riverview, Mich.); John E. Bishop (Groton, Mass.); Fang-Ting Chiu (Petersburg); Achim Geiser (Hunzenschwil, Switzerland); Jean-Marc Gomez (Bubendorf, Switzerland); Robert Hett (Hunzenschwil); Christoph Koellner (Bubendorf); Vithalanand R. Kulkarni (Petersburg); Young Lo (Petersburg); Stephen Munk (Riverview, Mich.); I. Fraser Pickersgill (Newton, Pa.) Assignee: Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Cambridge, Mass.) Oct. 9, 2012

Package boiler having steam generating units in tandem Patent 8,281,752 A natural circulation water tube package boiler is assembled in a factory in two self-contained steam generating units. The first unit has a combustion chamber, but no convection tubes. The second unit has convection tubes, but no combustion chamber. Each unit has a mud drum, a steam drum, and tubes connecting the drums. Each steam generating unit is transported separately by truck or railcar to the operating site, where the rear end of the first unit is connected to the front end of the second unit by a large connecting duct; the mud drums of the respective units are connected to each other by water piping; the steam drums of the respective units are connected to each other by water piping and steam piping located above and below the waterline respectively; and the steam drum of the second unit is connected to the water drum of the first unit by water piping. The two steam generating units operate in tandem, with combustion gases flowing through the full width of both units serially, and out the rear of the second unit. Inventors: John R. English (Hanover) Oct. 9, 2012

Additives and lubricant formulations having improved antiwear properties Patent 8,278,254 Lubricated surfaces, lubricant compositions for lubricating a surface, and methods for increasing antiwear properties in lubricants. The lubricated surface is provided by a lubricant composition including a base oil of lubricating viscosity, at least one metal salt of phosphorothioic acid, and an amount of at least one hydrocarbon soluble titanium compound effective to provide an increase in antiwear properties of the lubricant composition. A ratio of titanium metal to phosphorus in the antiwear agent ranges from about 0.3:1 to about 1.5:1. Inventors: Mark T. Devlin (Richmond); Kenneth J. Garelick (Mechanicsville); Naresh C. Mathur (Midlothian); Jeffrey M. Guevremont (Richmond) Assignee: Afton Chemical Corporation (Richmond) Oct. 2, 2012

Production of nanofibers by melt spinning Patent 8,277,711 A process and apparatus for forming nanofibers from a spinning melt utilizing a high speed rotating distribution disc. The fibers can be collected into a uniform web for selective barrier end uses. Fibers with an average fiber diameter of less that 1,000 nm can be produced. Inventors: Tao Huang (Downingtown, Pa.); Larry R. Marshall (Chesterfield); Jack Eugene Armantrout (Richmond); Scott Yembrick (Wilmington, Del.); William H. Dunn (Wilmington, Del.); James M. Oconnor (Claymont, Del.); Tim Mueller (Wilmington, Del.); Marios Avgousti (Kennett Square, Pa.); Mark David Wetzel (Newark, Del.) Assignee: E I du Pont de Nemours and Company (Wilmington) Oct. 2, 2012

Systems and methods for determining the likelihood that a loan closes Patent 8,280,806 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, Va.); Matthew J. Klena (Falls Church, Va.); Pamela W. Sims (Arlington) Assignee: Freddie Mac (McLean, Va.) Oct. 2, 2012

Operational failure mitigation Patent 8,281,186 Apparatus and methods for electronically evaluating the criticality of a weakness in a process. The apparatus and methods may compile and store data related to business priorities and business operations. Subsequent calculations quantifying the impact of a process step failure may incorporate the stored business process data to arrive at a quantified measure of the relative criticality of a failure in the context of the process as a whole. Inventors: Michael S. Karafotis (Glen Allen) Assignee: Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, N.C.) Oct. 2, 2012

Fund for hedging real estate ownership risk using financial portfolio theory and data feed for analyzing the financial performance of a portfolio that includes real estate Patent 8,280,798 A method for creating an investment fund and selling shares in the fund to individual investors, each of whom has an investment ratio defined by a dollar amount of direct real estate investments held by the investor outside of the fund divided by a dollar amount of shares in the fund held by the individual investor. A target range of the investment ratio is selected for the fund. A target geographical region is selected where individual investors in the fund hold the direct real estate investments. A model composite portfolio is identified having an asset combination that includes: (i) direct real estate investment held by an individual investor in the target geographical region, and (ii) shares in the fund held by the individual investor. The asset combination in the model composite portfolio has an investment ratio that is within the target range. An optimal fund asset allocation is selected for the composite model portfolio in order to diversify and/or hedge risks associated with the direct real estate investment held by the model composite portfolio. Shares of the fund are sold to individual investors that hold direct real estate investments in the target geographic region and have investment ratios in the target range. Inventors: Peter Benda (Glen Allen) Oct. 2, 2012

Article and method for controlling moisture Patent 8,276,336 Oct. 2, 2012 A building construction method for controlling moisture in a building attic and improving the energy efficiency of the building achieved by installing a breathable membrane directly above the roof rafters thereby providing the presence of an air gap between the breathable membrane and the roof deck and sealing the membrane to the peripheral walls of the building, such that energy that normally passes from the living space into the attic and out the top of the building is conserved. Inventors: Anthony D. Zatkulak (Midlothian) Assignee: E I du Pont de Nemours and Company (Wilmington, Del.)

Peer-to-peer based content delivery in a virtual universe Patent 8,276,084 The present invention permits performance adjustment in a virtual universe. In particular, the invention proposes a mixed server-based/peer-to-peer approach, in which transmission responsibilities are shifted towards peer-to-peer computing as the number of avatars within a region increases. The invention may foster fluid business transactions (e.g., sales) during times of high avatar load. Inventors: Vittorio Castelli (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.); Rick A. Hamilton II (Richmond); Brian M. O’Connell (Research Triangle Park, N.C.); Clifford A. Pickover (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.); Keith R. Walker (Austin, Texas) Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, N.Y.) Sept. 25, 2012

Frozen pop maker Patent D667,706 Claims the ornamental design for a frozen pop maker. Inventors: Michael G. Sandford (Chester); Mark K. Romandy (Midlothian) Assignee: Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc. (Glen Allen) Sept. 25, 2012

Cooking appliance Patent D667,680 Claims the ornamental design for a cooking appliance. Inventors: Brian Bock (Midlothian) Assignee: Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc. (Glen Allen) Sept. 25, 2012

Fluidic energy transfer devices Patent 8,272,851 A fluid energy transfer device, including a chamber for receiving a fluid, at least a portion of the chamber comprising a movable portion relative to another portion of the chamber, the movable portion being adapted to change the volume of the chamber from a first volume to a second volume by movement of the movable portion. The device further includes an actuator attached to the movable portion, wherein the displacements of the movable portion can be larger than the displacement of the actuator. Inventors: Timothy S. Lucas (Ashland) Assignee: Influent Corporation (Providence Forge, Va.) Sept. 25, 2012

Heat resistant phosphate cement Patent 8,273,172 A phosphate cement composition is provided. The cement composition comprises about 10 to 40 percent by weight calcium or magnesium oxide, about 10 to 40 percent by weight acid phosphate, and about 10 to 50 percent by weight vermiculite or perlite or mixture thereof. Inventors: Jeffrey L. Selph (Cary, N.C.); James W. Paul, Jr. (Mechanicsville) Assignee: Grancrete, Inc. (Cary) Sept. 25, 2012

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