The R&D Dept.: Local patents for 3.13.13

Paperboard-based beverage container
Patent 8,389,079
A container including at least one wall that defines an internal volume and an opening into the internal volume, the wall defining an internal surface and an external surface and being formed as a layered structure that includes a first layer, a second layer that includes paperboard and defines the external surface, and an adhesive layer disposed between the first layer and the second layer, wherein at most 0.15 grams of surface condensation forms on the wall per 300 square centimeters of the external surface during a 20-minute interval, the 20-minute interval beginning upon filling 75 percent of the internal volume with a liquid maintained at a temperature of about F. while the filled container is exposed to an ambient temperature of about F. and about 50 percent relative humidity.
Inventors: Vladislav A. Babinsky (Fuquay Varina, N.C.); Sven S. Arenander (Richmond); Dobbie C. Newman (Glen Allen); Teresa Krug (Henrico)
Assignee: MeadWestvaco Corp. (Richmond)
March 5, 2013

Pocket-size hybrid container for consumer items
Patent 8,393,465
A three-piece pocket-size hybrid container for holding a consumer product such as smokeless tobacco product in an interior volume of an inner ring mechanically secured to an interior of an outer base housing including a cover to fit over and snugly around the inner ring. When closed, a cover sidewall may engage a sidewall of the outer base housing to form a flush exterior sidewall of the closed container or the cover sidewall may be spaced apart from the outer base housing to form a gap in the exterior sidewall of the closed container. The outer base housing and cover can be metal and the inner ring can be plastic to provide a strong and robust package that maintains product freshness and is easily opened and closed.
Inventors: James L. Clark (Richmond); William T. Griffin (Chesterfield); Robert T. Mitten (Glen Allen)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc. (Richmond)
March 12, 2013

Immobilized diluents for smoking articles
Patent 8,393,333
Immobilized diluents in a smoking article are provided, wherein diluents can be immobilized through absorption and/or adsorption of the diluents into immobilizing materials, such as sorbents like silica gels. By immobilizing diluents, the diluents can be available for vaporization, while still being protected from migration and/or loss of the diluents in a smoking article.
Inventors: Shuzhong Zhuang (Richmond); Georgios D. Karles (Richmond)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc. (Richmond)
March 12, 2013

Chewable pouch for flavored product delivery
Patent 8,389,034
Provided is a disintegrable or non-disintegrable oral flavor delivery product. The product includes a disintegrable or non-disintegrable chewable pouch with a plurality of perforations. The pouch encloses a non-tobacco flavor product that can be in a gel, semi-liquid, and/or liquid form. A user chews, sucks, and/or manipulates the pouch to cause the enclosed flavor product to leach out of the perforations into the user’s mouth.
Inventors: Shalva Gedevanishvili (Richmond); Dennis Geib (Richmond); Bruce Waymack (Prince George, Va.); William R. Sweeney (Richmond); Cindy Hayes (Midlothian); Danielle R. Crawford (Chester)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc. (Richmond)
March 5, 2013

Smokeless tobacco articles
Patent 8,387,623
Tobacco articles having tobacco disposed in a porous matrix. The tobacco articles can provide tobacco to an adult consumer in the form of particles, liquid, or vapor so as to furnish tobacco satisfaction to the consumer. The tobacco can be integrally molded with a plastic material so that at least a portion of the tobacco is disposed in pores of the matrix.
Inventors: Frank Scott Atchley (Midlothian); James Arthur Strickland (Richmond); James M. Rossman (Tampa, Fla.)
Assignee: U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company LLC (Richmond)
March 5, 2013

Door module for a refrigerated case
Patent 8,393,130
A door module for a refrigerated case includes a central panel with a peripheral flange. A first panel is disposed on one side of the central panel and is supported by the flange. A second panel is disposed on another side of the central panel and is supported by the flange. A first seal is disposed between the first side of the flange and the first panel, and a second seal is disposed between the second side of the flange and the second panel. A channel with a desiccant material is disposed within the flange. A first opening extends from the channel to a first space between the first panel and the central panel, and a second opening extends from the channel to a second space between the second panel and the central panel. A frame is coupled to the flange and overlaps the first and second panels.
Inventors: Steven O. Stubblefield (Mechanicsville)
Assignee: Hill Phoenix, Inc. (Conyers, Ga.)
March 12, 2013

Composite laminate for a thermal and acoustic insulation blanket
Patent 8,387,748
This invention is directed to a composite laminate comprising in order (a) a flame retardant polymeric moisture barrier (b) an inorganic platelet layer and (c) a flame retardant thermoplastic film layer The invention is also directed to a thermal insulation and acoustic blanket comprising a core of fibrous material or foam surrounded by the above composite laminate wherein the thermoplastic film layer of the composite laminate contacts and encapsulates the core.
Inventors: Llewellyn Bentley Richardson, III (Chesterfield); Jian Wang (Guangzhou, China); Warren Francis Knoff (Richmond)
Assignee: E I du Pont de Nemours and Company (Wilmington, Del.)
March 5, 2013

Self-decontaminating coatings containing antimicrobial peptides
Patent 8,394,762
Disclosed herein is a composition having: a polymeric material and an antimicrobial peptide derived from Chrysophrys major. Also disclosed herein is a method of: combining the polymeric material and antimicrobial peptide to form a coating material, and applying the coating material to a surface.
Inventors: James H. Wynne (Alexandria, Va.); Preston A. Fulmer (Richmond)
Assignee: The United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy (Washington, D.C.)
March 12, 2013

Thermally stabilized bag house filters and media
Patent 8,394,155
A bag filter having a support structure clothed in a filter bag. The cloth of the filter bag is a composite of at least one substrate layer and at least one nanoweb bonded thereto in a face-to-face relationship. The nanoweb is positioned at the surface of the filter bag first exposed to the hot particle laden gas stream and can have a basis weight of greater than about 0.1 gsm.
Inventors: Anil Kohli (Midlothian); Antoine Schelling (Geneva, Switzerland); Kurt Hans Wyss (Chavannes de Bogis, Switzerland); B. Lynne Wiseman (Richmond); Young H. Kim (Hockessin, Del.); Hageun Suh (Chadds Ford, Pa.)
March 12, 2013

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