The R&D Dept.: Local patents for 11.21.12

Devices, systems and methods for medicament delivery
Patent 8,313,466
An apparatus includes a housing, a medicament container and an actuator. The actuator includes a release member and an energy storage member having a first position and a second position. In the first position, the energy storage member has a first potential energy. In the second position the energy storage member has a second potential energy. The energy storage member is configured to convert a portion of the first potential energy into kinetic energy when moved from the first position to the second position to move the medicament container within the housing. The energy storage member has a longitudinal axis offset from a longitudinal axis of the medicament container. The release member is configured to selectively deploy the energy storage member from its first position to its second position.
Inventors: Evan T. Edwards (Richmond); Eric S. Edwards (Richmond); Mark J. Licata (Doswell)
Assignee: Intelliject, Inc. (Richmond)
Nov. 20, 2012[private]

Method for coating dry finish paperboard
Patent 8,313,614
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 (Cary, N.C.); Jason Richard Hogan (Glen Allen); Wei-Hwa Her (Beaumont, Texas); Steven Parker (Raleigh, N.C.)
Assignee: MeadWestvaco Corp. (Richmond)
Nov. 20, 2012

Product dispensing system with directional flexing container
Patent 8,308,023
A product dispensing system including a container having multiple walls that define an internal volume, at least one of the walls including a pre-formed flex line, and a dispenser including a frame having a front end and a rear end, the frame including a stop positioned proximate the rear end and a support deck extending between the front end and the rear end, and an opening tool positioned to open the container as the container is moved along the support deck into engagement with the stop, wherein the engagement between the stop and the container effects a flexing of the container along the pre-formed flex line.
Inventors: John Gelardi (Midlothian); Laurel Thomas (Richmond); Ryan Bailey (Richmond); Steve Simmons (Chesterfield)
Assignee: MeadWestvaco Corporation (Richmond)
Nov. 13, 2012

Oral tobacco product having a hydrated membrane coating and a high surface area
Patent 8,312,886
Provided is a moist smokeless tobacco product including a hydrated membrane coating and a portion of tobacco material. Preferably, the tobacco material is pre-portioned and formed to include at least one dimple and/or at least one hole through the tobacco material so as to increase the surface area of the tobacco product.
Inventors: Munmaya K. Mishra (Richmond); William R. Sweeney (Richmond); Shengsheng Liu (Richmond); Dennis Geib (Richmond)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc. (Richmond)
Nov. 20, 2012

Electric can opener having removable opener tools
Patent 8,312,633
An electric can opener for opening a top of a metal can which includes a housing that has a top end and a front side. A can cutting mechanism is on the front side of the housing proximate the top end of the housing. A hand held jar grip is removably mounted on the top end of the housing. The housing includes an opening that at least partially receives an opener tool.
Inventors: Michael Garman (Midlothian); Brandon Song (Midlothian)
Assignee: Hamilton Beach Boards Inc. (Glen Allen)
Nov. 20, 2012

Shape memory alloy motor
Patent 8,307,818
The invention discloses a novel and efficient drive mechanism for use in a variety of applications. This novel mechanism replaces traditional stepper motors or another analogous art with shape memory alloys. The drive mechanism so disclosed provides substantial operational benefits over conventional motors and other such traditional drive mechanisms that would be used in similar applications. The drive mechanism includes a high gear-ratio worm gear and worm drive which further provides precise, controlled movement of an output shaft. In the illustrative use elaborated upon herein, the motor is used to drive a photovoltaic panel so that the panel may remain in appropriate alignment with the sun throughout the day.
Inventors: Altaii Karim (Harrisonburg); Thomas Benjamin (Powhatan)
Nov. 13, 2012

System for searching and solving for insurance products
Patent 8,315,891
A system for evaluating and scoring software products in which illustration engines relating to insurance products are run based on a common set of inputs. The illustration engines output a set of output metrics which are common to all illustration engines. The output metrics of products selected for comparison or evaluation are mathematically combined with each other and with the corresponding metrics of from all other illustration engines to determine a score which can be used to compare quickly and accurately the selected product against all other products in the database. The score may be determined by a weighted average in which the weights assigned to output metrics are adjustable at the user’s discretion.
Inventors: Errol O. (Atlanta); Elizabeth A. Braswell (Alpharetta, Ga.); Samuel H. Turner (Richmond); Keith J. Maurer (Tampa, Fla.)
Assignee: Efficient Markets Corporation (Atlanta)
Nov. 20, 2012

Sphingosine kinase type 1 inhibitors, and processes for using same
Patent 8,314,151
Provided are novel compositions and analogs which are useful in a number of applications, indications and diseases, as well as for monitoring pharmakinetics and patient management. These compounds and analogs are applicable to treating tumors of the central nervous system, e.g., glioblastoma (GBM).
Inventors: Sarah Spiegel (Richmond); Robert Elliot Zipkin (Wynnewood, Pa.); Jeffrey Kroll Adams (Fort Washington, Pa.)
Assignee: Enzo Therapeutics, Inc. (Farmingdale, N.Y.)
Nov. 20, 2012

System and methods for object-oriented control of diverse electromechanical systems using a computer network
Patent RE43,803
A control system methodology that uses object-oriented software to integrate multiple control systems into a common object model. Object-oriented techniques are used to construct distributed applications in a multi-vendor open system environment for use in controlling and monitoring systems of varying size and configuration. Information is brought into a common object model and made available throughout the system. A custom programming language is included for object creation. Access to objects is controlled through a multi-level security protocol. Data flow is governed by a real-time information synchronization manager. Classes are used to implement the system in a platform independent way according to a “core class hierarchy” in which objects are organized to inherit behavior and perform predictably. A control engine allows the user to control the order of execution of objects. A script is provided for generating custom objects.
Inventors: Gerald L. Frank (Richmond); Danny J. Wahlquist Jr. (Richmond); Brian S. Frank (Richmond); John W. Sublett (Richmond); Daniel P. Giorgis (Glen Allen); William G. Rockwell Jr. (Richmond); Ottie E. Allgood (Mechanicsville); Robert A. Adams (Midlothian)
Assignee: Tridium Inc. (Golden Valley, Minn.)
Nov. 13, 2012

Daylight overdraft tracking
Patent 8,311,935
Techniques and systems are disclosed for calculating daylight negative balance fees charged to a user associated with a plurality of deposit account. The daylight negative balance fees may be customized (or adjusted) to the amount of time the user’s aggregate accounts maintained a negative balance. As such, those users that spend more time with a negative balance during a business day may be charged higher fees than other users. Moreover, multiple deposit platforms may provide account data through feeds. As such a user with multiple accounts may be charged according to its aggregate negative balance amount rather than simply on each account individually. Additionally, enhanced reporting and billing features are disclosed.
Inventors: Thangam Balachandran (Mineral Wells, Texas); Mary H. Wark (Richmond); Amos Radford (Pittsburg, Calif.); Sandra Svoboda (Concord, Calif.); Natalie Fox (Walnut Creek, Calif.); Gregory Cotton (Antioch, Calif.); Robert B. Clark (Indian Trail, N.C.); Samuel Clerico (Highland Mills, N.Y.); Patricia L. Lees (Sonoma, Calif.); Jurado L. Perlas (South San Francisco, Calif.)
Assignee: Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte)
Nov. 13, 2012

Process of making aluminoxane and catalysts containing thus prepared aluminoxane
Patent 8,309,749
Processes for preparing aluminoxane comprising: bringing into contact under reaction conditions in an inert atmosphere a liquid containing reaction mixture comprising: (i) a water in oil emulsion comprising water and at least one emulsifier in a first hydrocarbon solvent; and (ii) an organoaluminum compound capable of forming aluminoxane in a second hydrocarbon solvent; provided that the aluminoxane produced by the reaction is present in solution under the reaction conditions. In a preferred embodiment a support carrier for the aluminoxane: (i) is present during the contact step or (ii) is introduced following contact. A polymerization catalyst can be prepared wherein the support carrier is SiO2 and a Group 3 to Group 10 metal containing single site complex is mixed with the aluminoxane. Catalysts suitable for polymerizing an olefin such as ethylene or copolymerizing an olefin with at least one C.sub.3 to C.sub.20 alpha-olefin can be produced.
Inventors: Xinggao Fang (Richmond); Timothy A. Boyer (Eldersburg, Md.); John Henry Hain, Jr. (Woodstock, Md.)
Assignee: W R Grace & Co-Conn (Columbia, Md.)
Nov. 13, 2012[/private]

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