The R&D Dept.: Local patents for 12.19.12

Thermally insulated foldable cup for hot or cold beverages
Patent 8,333,296
A thermally insulated foldable cup for hot or cold beverages including a flexible inner liner, an outer shell, and an insulating layer between the outer shell and inner liner. The foldable cup includes reinforcing rings at the bottom and top of the cup and two vertical reinforcing strips on opposing sides of the cup. The foldable cup can be folded from an expanded configuration, in which liquids can be poured into and held in the cup, to a folded configuration in which two sides of the cup can be folded about a vertical plane through the cup in order to reduce the size of the cup while it is not in use. The foldable cup further includes a base member and a cap member connected by a anchor strip. A locking strap extending from the base member can be used to maintain the folded cup in the folded configuration.
Inventors: Duncan C. Fung (Richmond)
Dec. 18, 2012

Polygonal cigar box containing crisscrossed cigars
Patent D672,645
Claims an ornamental design for a polygonal cigar box containing crisscrossed cigars
Inventors: Giannini; Michael P. (Henrico CVA, VA), Guillen; Yuri (Santiago, DO), Rodriguez; Ricky R. (Hillsborough County, FL)
Assignee: General Cigar Company, Inc. (Glen Allen, VA)
Dec. 18, 2012[private]

Inline vaporizer
Patent 8,327,845
An inline vaporizer disposed in a carrier gas line vaporizes a fluid and adds such vaporized fluid to a carrier gas that flows within the carrier gas line. The vaporizer includes a reservoir or wick that transfers a fluid to a vaporizing element that is adjacent to the reservoir or wick. The vaporizer releases a vapor into the carrier gas line so that the carrier gas flows past the vaporizer to form a vapor and carrier gas mixture.
Inventors: Lawrence A. Weinstein (Midlothian); Douglas H. Currie, Jr. (Londonberry, N.H.); James R. Scott (Midlothian); Tuan Q. Tran (Midlothian)
Assignee: Hydrate, Inc. (Midlothian)
Dec. 11, 2012

System and method for providing credit to a customer based on the customer’s preliminary use of an account funded by another party
Patent 8,335,739
A system and method for providing credit to a customer based on preliminary use of an account indicating that the customer is a good credit risk by providing to a customer an offer for a preliminary account associated with an action, facilitating a loan transaction between the customer and another party, receiving value from another party to initially fund the customer’s preliminary account, providing the preliminary account to the customer, monitoring the preliminary account for the at least one predetermined action, repaying the another party the value received to initially fund the customer’s preliminary account, and providing a credit account to the customer based on performance of the action.
Inventors: Cornelis W. J. Bol (Richmond); Soumik Chatterjee (San Diego)
Assignee: Capital One Financial Corporation (McLean)
Dec. 18, 2012

Lubricant compositions containing a functionalized dispersant for improved soot or sludge handling capabilities
Patent 8,334,243
A crankcase lubricant composition, method for improving the soot or sludge handling capability of a crankcase lubricant composition and a method of operating an engine on a crankcase lubricant composition. The lubricant composition includes a base oil and a reaction product of mono-succinimide dispersant and an acidic compound containing two or more pyrrole groups.
Inventors: Jeffrey M. Guevremont (Richmond); Jason A. Lagona (Richmond)
Assignee: Afton Chemical Corp. (Richmond)
Dec. 18, 2012

Nanoparticle additives and lubricant formulations containing the nanoparticle additives
Patent 8,333,945
A method for making a self-dispersing cerium oxide nanoparticles additive for lubricants, a lubricant composition containing the nanoparticles and a method for reducing boundary friction using the nanoparticles. The nanoparticles are made by an improved process of reacting a mixture of organo-cerium salt, fatty acid, and amine in the substantial absence of water and organic solvent at a temperature ranging from about to about C., the improvement comprising reacting the organo-cerium salt, fatty acid and amine in a molar ratio ranging from about 1:1:1 to about 1:2:2 in the reaction mixture to provide the reaction product comprising from about 20 to about 40% by weight of the nanoparticles in a substantially organic medium.
Inventors: Michael Jeffrey McLaughlin (Richmond); Naresh Mathur (Midlothian)
Assignee: Afton Chemical Corp. (Richmond)
Dec. 18, 2012

Rapid release and anti-drip porous reservoirs
Patent 8,334,034
A fluid reservoir for retaining a particular fluid against an environmental force is disclosed. The fluid reservoir includes a three dimensional porous body that has a plurality of reservoir capillaries formed therein and has a transport volume and effective capillarity in the force direction for the particular fluid when the porous body is oriented in a predetermined orientation. The fluid reservoir also includes at least one lateral indentation in a surface of the porous body. Each of the at least one lateral indentation defines opposing reservoir surfaces each having a lateral surface component orthogonal to the force direction. The at least one lateral indentation is configured so that at least a majority of the reservoir capillaries have a force-aligned length component that is less than the effective capillarity for the particular fluid.
Inventors: Geoffrey M. Stoltz (Chester); Bennett C. Ward (Midlothian); Ronald J. Binshtok (Richmond); James R. Lisk (Pembroke, Fla.)
Assignee: Filtrona Porous Technologies Corp. (Colonial Heights)
Dec. 18, 2012

Carrier for bottles, cans, beverages, food containers, or the like
Patent D672,140
Claims the ornamental design for a carrier for bottles, cans, beverages, food containers, or the like.
Inventors: Richard Crofton-Sleigh (Richmond); Leslie M. Haas (Richmond)
Dec. 11, 2012

Method for the growth of SiC, by chemical vapor deposition, using precursors in modified cold-wall reactor
Patent 8,329,252
A method is described for the growth of high-quality epitaxial silicon carbide (SiC) films and boules, using the Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) technique, which comprises the steps of supplying original species SiH4 and CCl4 into a growth chamber, decomposing at elevated temperatures, producing decomposition product SiH2, SiH, Si, CCl3, or CCl2, producing interaction product HCl, CH3Cl, CH4, or SiH2Cl2, etching by one of the byproducts HCl to suppress Si nucleation, providing main species SiCl2 and CH4 at a cooled insert located on sides of a substrate holder and at a shower-head located on top of the substrate holder, in the growth chamber, with proper Si to C atom ratio and Si to Cl atom ratio, to suppress parasitic deposits, and depositing SiC on a substrate at a proper growth substrate temperature (1500 to 1800 centigrade range).
Inventors: Yuri Makarov (Richmond); Michael Spencer (Ithaca, N.Y.)
Assignee: Widetronix, Inc. (Ithaca, N.Y.)
Dec. 11, 2012

Method and apparatus to provide failover capability of cached secure sessions
Patent 8,332,625
A method, apparatus and computer program product for providing failover capability of cached secure sessions is presented. A cached secure session involving a first device and a second device is identified. The cached secure session is encrypted and replicated to a failover device. The encrypted session is then decrypted on the failover to device. An occurrence of a hot failover involving the second device is detected, and processing resumes between the first device and the failover device.
Inventors: Eric A. Fritzges (Marietta, Ga.); Larry D. Bisel (Canton, Ga.); Edward C. Kersey (Alpharetta, Ga.); Patrick D. Tate (Dunwoody, Ga.); Bruce F. Wong (Athens, Ga.); Bradley D. Dike (Glen Allen); Andre Justin Pecqueur (Roswell, Ga.); Shaheed Bacchus (Athens, Ga.)
Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc. (San Jose, Calif.)
Dec. 11, 2012

Method and system for collecting and managing feedback from account users via account statements
Patent 8,332,294
A method and system for collecting and managing feedback from account users via account statements by providing data for a user interface displaying a statement of financial transactions and one or more feedback mechanisms, receiving feedback information via a selected feedback mechanism, and storing the received feedback information and feedback information received from other users. Authorization information for a desired financial transaction that is dependent, at least in part, on the received feedback information, may also be provided.
Inventors: Kurt Thearling (Glen Allen)
Assignee: Capital One Financial Corp. (McLean)
Dec. 11, 2012

Variable-orifice prill plate
Patent 8,329,073
Prill heads having prilling assemblies that include adjustable openings. Prilling methods using the prilling assemblies can allow for the size of the openings to be varied during processing to alter the size of the prills as desired, or for clogged openings to be cleared, while maintaining operation of the prilling process. The prilling assemblies and prilling methods can be used to produce fertilizer products, including fertilizers comprising ammonium sulfate nitrate.
Inventors: David Wayne Donnick (Midlothian)
Assignee: Honeywell International Inc. (Morristown, N.J.)
Dec. 11, 2012

Mounting plate and cover assembly for electrical devices
Patent 8,328,150
Combination mounting plate and cover assemblies for mounting an electrical outlet box on one side of a stud in a wall are provided. The mounting plate and cover assemblies are configured to receive an additional bracket and/or outlet box on an opposite side of the stud. The combination mounting plate and cover assemblies can be single unitary members serving the multiple functions of a raised cover ring, a box support, and a secondary bracket/outlet box support. Systems including combination mounting plate and cover assemblies having an electrical box and a bracket or second outlet box attached thereto.
Inventors: Paul Donald Collins (Mechanicsville); John Gerald King (Camillus, N.Y.)
Assignee: Cooper Technologies Company (Houston)
Dec. 11, 2012

Method, system, and computer-readable medium for managing and collecting receivables
Patent 8,335,740
A method, system, and computer-readable medium for managing and collecting receivables are disclosed. Such a method includes providing at least one pre-existing account with first account information, the first account information having first account party data and providing at least one new account, each new account comprising new account information, the new account information having new account party data. The method also includes determining whether the first account party data of the pre-existing account matches the new account party data of the at least one new account and if so, tying the at least one new account with the matching pre-existing account to create a tied account. The method further includes calculating a score for any unmatched new account and any tied account based on at least one financial parameter and applying one or more collection strategies.
Inventors: Amy Kennedy (Richmond); Julie Bell (Muncie, Ind.); Tyler Roark (Muncie, Ind.); Kenneth Couch (Muncie); Brian Cutler (Long Grove, Ill.); Benjamin Kolb (Economy, Ind.)
Assignee: Ontario Systems, LLC (Muncie)[/private]

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