The R&D Dept.: Local patents for 2.13.13

Stretchable, elastic tie-down device with fabric fastening means
Patent 8,371,001
An elastic tie down device having a body comprising an elongated, substantially flat, elastic material with a first end and a second end; a first, flexible hook and loop fastener panel secured to the body along the axis of the elongated body at one end of the body, the first panel extending beyond the length of the body; and a second, flexible hook and loop fastener panel secured to the body opposite the first panel and aligned substantially perpendicularly to the axis of the elongated body, the second panel secured to the body at a same end of the body as the first panel.
Inventors: Richard Vass (Richmond)
Assignee: BetterBungee LLC (Richmond)
Feb. 12, 2013

Semicircular cigar box containing tapered cigars
Patent D675,938
Claims the ornamental design for a semicircular cigar box containing tapered cigars.
Inventors: Michael P. Giannini (Henrico); Yuri Guillen (Santiago, Dominican Republic); Ricky R. Rodriguez (Hillsborough County, Fla.)
Assignee: General Cigar Company, Inc. (Glen Allen)
Feb. 12, 2013

Sphingosine kinase type 1 inhibitors, compositions and processes for using same
Patent 8,372,888
Provided are novel compositions which uniquely inhibit sphingosine kinase Type 1 (SphK1) and which are useful in a number of applications including killing or damaging cancer cells, inducing apoptosis, inhibiting growth, metastasis and development of chemoresistance in cancer cells, leukemia, increasing the effectiveness of anti-cancer agents, attenuating immune reactivity, inhibiting survival signaling in cancer cells, and reducing symptoms of multiple sclerosis.
Inventors: Robert E. Zipkin (Wynnewood, Pa.); Sarah Spiegel (Richmond); Jeffrey Kroll Adams (Fort Washington, Pa.)
Assignee: Enzo Therapeutics, Inc. (Farmingdale, N.Y.)
Feb. 12, 2013

System and method for providing extra lines of credit
Patent 8,370,255
A system and method for upgrading existing credit cards with additional lines of credit is disclosed. Credit information associated with customers holding credit cards issued by a credit card issuer are analyzed to determine a level of risk associated with each customer. One or more extra line of credit may be established for selected customers based on the determined level of risk associated with each customer. Each extra credit line may be exclusively associated with a selected set of vendors that have a partnership agreement with the credit card issuer. The credit card issuer may allow customers to select vendors to be associated with the extra credit line or may automatically choose vendors for selected customers. Customers with established extra credit lines may purchase goods and/or service directly from vendor sites or at the credit card issuer’s web sites. Purchases at selected vendor sites may be automatically applied to a customer’s newly established extra credit line. Additionally, a customer may choose to apply purchases to their extra credit lines or their primary line of credit.
Inventors: Joseph D. Lilly (Richmond); Colin Jeffrey Ruh (Richmond); Jeff G. York (Richmond); Philip G. Walker (Midlothian)
Assignee: Capital One Financial Corp. (McLean, Va.)
Feb. 5, 2013

Systems and methods for providing a benefit product with periodic guaranteed minimum income
Patent 8,370,242
The invention provides systems, and methods of using the systems, for implementing a benefit product with a guaranteed minimum income. Payment into the benefit product secures the guaranteed minimum income for a payout phase following an accumulation phase of the benefit product. The system comprises an income recordkeeper interfacing with a plurality of savings recordkeepers. The income recordkeeper includes (1) an income recordkeeper interface portion that inputs attributes to the benefit product funded by payments from a plan associated with the benefit product; and (2) an income recordkeeper record keeping system that implements the benefit product. The income recordkeeper record keeping system: (a) monitors transactions to or from the benefit product; and (b) determines, based on the transactions, a guaranteed minimum income associated with participation in the benefit product, the guaranteed minimum income being an amount that may be paid from the benefit product beginning on a future start date.
Inventors: Geoffrey S. Stiff (Richmond); David E. Thomas (Crozier, Va.); John C. Eza (Nellysford, Va.); Vickey L. Root (Richmond)
Assignee: Genworth Financial, Inc. (Richmond)
Feb. 5, 2013

Field director assembly having overheating protection
Patent 8,367,988
A field director assembly includes electrically conductive vanes positioned with respect to each other and to a planar support member to prevent overheating of the susceptor in an unloaded microwave oven.
Inventors: Nicole L. Blankenbeckler (Richmond); William R. Corcoran Jr.; (Kennett Square, Pa.); Dariusz Wlodzimierz Kawka (Midlothian)
Assignee: E I du Pont de Nemours and Company (Wilmington, Del.)
Feb. 5, 2013

Eyeglass temple assembly
Patent D675,669
Claims for an eyeglass temple assembly, as shown and described.
Inventors: Lewis Page Johnson (Lebanon, Ohio); Sidney Meade Harrison Jr.; (Chester)
Assignee: Temple Options, LLC (Chester)
Feb. 5, 2013

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