The R&D Dept.: Local patents for 3.27.13

Dispensing container
Patent 8,397,945
A container adapted for dispensing a product is provided. The container includes an outer casing body for receiving a dispensing tray. The dispensing tray has an internal storage compartment for storage of a plurality of units of a product to be dispensed, and includes a cover portion defining at least one dispensing aperture through which a stored unit of product is accessible when the outer casing body is in a dispensing position. A sealing member is engaged with one of the outer casing body and the dispensing tray, and is configured to interact with the other of the outer casing body and the dispensing tray to form a seal about an outer peripheral portion of the dispensing tray when the outer casing body is in a closed and locked position. The container includes a locking mechanism that releasably locks the outer casing body in the closed and locked position.
Inventors: John A. Gelardi (Midlothian); Ryan A. Bailey (Raleigh)
Assignee: R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company (Winston-Salem, N.C.)
March 19, 2013

System and methods for providing starter credit card accounts
Patent 8,407,136
A system and method for providing starter credit card products to selected customers of a credit card issuer is disclosed. Methods, systems and articles of manufacture consistent with the present invention enable a credit card issuer to identify a group of customers that may not eligible to obtain standard credit card products offered by the credit card issuer. The credit card issuer may rank these customers and present offers for starter credit card accounts with adjusted account parameters tailored to these customers. The credit card issuer monitors the activities of each starter card account during a trial period to determine whether each respective account has met predetermined criteria. Based on the results of the monitor process, the credit card issuer may adjust the parameters associated with each starter credit card account. The adjustment may include increasing a credit limit of the starter credit card account if the predetermined criteria has been met, or conversely, restarting the trial period if an account has not met the predetermined criteria during the trial period. Once a starter card account that meets selected criteria during the trial period will graduate and receive new parameters and benefits defined by the credit card issuer.
Inventors: Keira Brooke Bard (Richmond); Jeremy Paul Clifford (Arlington, Va.); Scott Dalla Valle (Glen Allen); Nathan Tad Czyzeswki (Arlington); Baskaran Nadarajah (Richmond); Peter Lackey (Glen Allen); Wayne Thomas Sanchez (Sandy Hook, Va.); Brian George Pilko (Arlington)
Assignee: Capital One Financial Corp. (McLean, Va.)
March 26, 2013

Nuclear sulfated oxysterol, potent regulator of lipid homeostasis, for therapy of hypercholesterolemia, hypertriglycerides, fatty liver diseases, and atherosclerosis
Patent 8,399,441
The sulfated oxysterol 5-cholesten-3.beta., 25-diol 3-sulphate, a nuclear cholesterol metabolite that decreases lipid biosynthesis and increases cholesterol secretion and degradation, is provided as an agent to lower intracellular and serum cholesterol and/or triglycerides, and to prevent or treat lipid accumulation-associated inflammation and conditions associated with such inflammation. Methods which involve the use of this sulfated oxysterol to treat conditions associated with high cholesterol and/or high triglycerides and/or inflammation (e.g. hypercholesterolemia, hypertriglyceridemia, non-alcoholic fatty liver diseases, atherosclerosis, etc.) are also provided.
Inventors: Shunlin Ren (Richmond); William M. Pandak (Richmond)
Assignee: Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond)
March 19, 2013

Method of treating traumatic brain injury
Patent 8,404,752
This invention provides for methods of treating a subject suffering from central nervous system injury, including traumatic brain injury, comprising administering to the subject an amount of a perfluorocarbon. This invention also provides for use of a perfluorocarbon in the manufacture of a medicament for treating a subject suffering from central nervous system injury including traumatic brain injury. This invention further provides for a pharmaceutical composition comprising a perfluorocarbon for use in treating a subject suffering from central nervous system injury, including traumatic brain injury.
Inventors: M. Ross Bullock (Miami, Fla.); Bruce Spiess (Manakin-Sabot); Deborah P. Thompson (Durham, N.C.)
Assignee: Oxygen Biotherapeutics, Inc. (Costa Mesa, Calif.); Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond)
March 26, 2013

Means and methods for cytometric therapies
Patent 8,406,837
A functionalized tip is incorporated into catheters for the cytometric delivery of cells into the brain and other body parts. For use in the brain, the tip forms part of a neurosurgical probe having a proximal end and a distal end. In addition to the functionalized tip, the probe has at least one cell slurry delivery lumen and a plurality of optical fibers configured along the probe, terminating in the tip to provide the photo-optical capability needed to monitor the viability and physiological behavior of the grafted cells as well as certain characteristics of the cellular environment. Details are also presented of the use of a neurocatheter having a cytometric tip of the type disclosed in the invention, as employed within the context of a feedback and control system for regulating the number of cells delivered to the brain of a patient.
Inventors: George T. Gillies (Charlottesville); Helen Fillmore (Richmond); William C. Broaddus (Midlothian); Boyd M. Evans III (Oak Ridge, Tenn.); Stephen W. Allison (Knoxville, Tenn.)
Assignee: UT-Battelle, LLC (Oak Ridge); University of Virginia Patent Foundation (Charlottesville)
March 26, 2013

Method of making a fiber optical cable assembly
Patent 8,406,589
A process for forming a fiber optical cable assembly comprises the steps of (a) subjecting a first high tenacity reinforcement yarn such as para-aramid that is coated with a water-impermeable thermally reversible cross-linked polymeric coating to a temperature of from 45 to 200 .degree. C. for sufficient time to convert the protective coating via bond cleavage into a water-swellable super absorbent polymer, (b) combining one or more of the first reinforcement yarns from step (a) with one or more optical glass fiber transmission media and (c) applying a protective sleeve over at least one assembly of step (b).
Inventors: Achim Amma (Richmond)
Assignee: E I du Pont de Nemours and Company (Wilmington, Del.)
March 26, 2013

Polyareneazole/wood pulp and methods of making same
Patent 8,404,082
The present invention relates to wood pulp and polyareneazole pulp for use as reinforcement material in products including for example friction materials, fluid sealing materials, and papers. The pulp comprises (a) irregularly shaped, wood pulp fibrous structures, (b) irregularly shaped, polyareneazole fibrous structures, and (c) water, whereby wood pulp fibrils and/or stalks are substantially entangled with polyareneazole fibrils and/or stalks. The invention further relates to processes for making such wood pulp and polyareneazole pulp.
Inventors: Achim Amma (Richmond); Mikhail R. Levit (Glen Allen)
Assignee: E I du Pont de Nemours and Company (Wilmington, Del.)
March 26, 2013

Breathable low-emissivity metallized sheets
Patent 8,404,330
A durable metallized moisture vapor permeable sheet is formed by coating a moisture vapor permeable sheet with at least one metal coating comprising a layer of a corrosion resistant metal or a plurality of metal layers having differing compositions. The metallized moisture vapor permeable sheet material is suitable for use as a building construction wrap such as roof lining and house wrap, and as EMF radiation shielding material.
Inventors: Ioannis V. Bletsos (Midlothian); Peter Francis Carcia (Wilmington, Del.)
Assignee: E I du Pont de Nemours and Company (Wilmington, Del.)
March 26, 2013

Self-adhering flashing system having high extensibility and low retraction
Patent 8,399,088
A flexible, self-adhering stretchable material with improved stretch and recovery properties is provided as a flashing for use in building openings such as windows. The material includes a microcreped topsheet and a pressure-sensitive adhesive layer. The material extends to the desired length at a low applied force and recovers a low to moderate amount, making it particularly suited for use in the lower corners of window openings.
Inventors: Nanlin Deng (Midlothian); James Dean Katsaros (Midlothian); Mark Allan Lamontia (Landenberg, Pa.)
Assignee: E I du Pont de Nemours and Company (Wilmington, Del.)
March 19, 2013

Coated impregnated porous filter plug
Patent 8,402,978
A process for producing a coated filter plug for a smoking article including: (a) incorporating an additive to a porous filter plug, thereby obtaining an impregnated filter plug; (b) coating a surface of the impregnated filter plug with a cross-linkable polymer material; and (c) cross-linking the cross-linkable polymer material, to form a cross-linked, breakable coating substantially enclosing the impregnated filter plug. The process may further include at least partially coating the impregnated filter plug with a cross-linking agent prior to, or subsequent to, coating with the cross-linkable polymer material.
Inventors: Georgios Karles (Richmond); Shuzhong Zhuang (Richmond); Yi Zeng (Richmond); Hongwei Liu (Appleton, Wisc.); Daqing Wu (Richmond)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc. (Richmond)
March 26, 2013

Method and apparatus for product in seal deflection
Patent 8,402,724
A device for deflecting a loose fill product from the seal zone of a bag and sealing the bag is provided. The device includes a product stopper. The product stopper is adjacent to the sealing element of a bagging machine. The product stopper includes a mount that mounts the product stopper to a bagging machine and a pinching element that pinches a bag proximal to a sealing zone before the bag is sealed by the sealing element at the sealing zone. In one embodiment, the pincher includes a spring loaded mechanism for pinching the bag proximal to the sealing zone. In another embodiment, the pincher includes an air assist mechanism for pinching the bag proximal to the sealing zone.
Inventors: Michael Calvin Cecil (Mechanicsville); Xuan Pham (Glen Allen); George Van Bergen (Chester)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc. (Richmond)
March 26, 2013

Nanoparticle catalyst compounds and/or volatile organometallic compounds and method of using the same for biomass gasification
Patent 8,404,155
A nanocatalyst, dual catalyst and methods for improving the efficiency and output of a biomass gasification process are provided where the catalysts comprise a volatile organometallic compound(s) and/or a nanoalloy catalyst. By the catalyst and method, a very high biomass gasification conversion efficiency of over 85% can be achieved. The subject nanocatalyst cracks and gasifies lignin, which is generally inert in conventional gasification, at relatively low gasification temperatures. The subject disclosure also provides a means to increase gas yields and lower lignin content in the resulting product relative to conventional gasification. Alternatively, oil production may be increased, if desired. Moreover, the resulting gas may achieve a Fischer-Tropsch reactor favorable H.sub.2:CO ratio of about 9:1. The energy input to the gasification is correspondingly reduced to reduce costs and the environmental impact associated with the gasification process.
Inventors: Allen Aradi (Glen Allen); Joseph Roos (Mechanicsville); Tze-Chi Jao (Glen Allen)
Assignee: Afton Chemical Corporation (Richmond)
March 26, 2013

Hybrid electric transmission fluid
Patent 8,400,030
A dispersant additive composition, a lubricant composition containing the dispersant additive, a transmission containing the dispersant additive, and a method of providing a versatile lubricating fluid. The dispersant includes a reaction product of a hydrocarbyl substituted carboxylic acid or anhydride and an amine. The reaction product has a nitrogen content up to 10,000 ppm by weight, and a boron plus phosphorus to nitrogen ((B+P)/N) weight ratio of from 0:1 to about 0.8:1. The dispersant additive composition is effective to provide an electrical conductivity to a lubricant composition containing the dispersant additive composition and a metal detergent of less than about 1700 pS/m.
Inventors: Hong-Zhi Tang (Glen Allen); Mark T. Devlin (Richmond); Naresh Mathur (Midlothian); Lee D. Saathoff (Glen Allen); Timothy J. Henly (Maidens)
Assignee: Afton Chemical Corporation (Richmond)
March 19, 2013

Contact lenses for extended release of bioactive agents containing diffusion attenuators
Patent 8,404,265
An appliance for the delivery of at least one bioactive agent to the eye has at least one diffusion attenuator within a hydrophilic or silicone-hydrogel contact lens. The bioactive agent can be a drug or a nutraceutical. The diffusion attenuator can be a plurality of solid particles or phase separated liquid aggregates within at least one continuous phase of the lens where the diffusion attenuators promote a tortuous path for the diffusion of the bioactive agent to mediate the rate by which the bioactive agent diffuses from the contact lens. The diffusion attenuator can be homogeneously dispersed throughout at least one continuous phase of the lens to modify the diffusivity of the bioactive agent through that phase. The diffusion attenuator can have little or no affinity for the bioactive agent or can be miscible with the bioactive agent. The diffusion attenuator can be incorporated while forming the contact lens by polymerization of a monomer mixture containing the diffusion attenuator. For liquid diffusion attenuators, the liquid can be co-absorbed with a solvent into the lens followed by removal of the solvent, where the bioactive agent can be co-absorbed or subsequently absorbed after the loading of the diffusion attenuator. The diffusion attenuator can be Vitamin E.
Inventors: Anuj Chauhan (Gainesville, Fla.); Jinah Kim (Midlothian)
Assignee: University of Florida Research Foundation, Inc. (Gainesville)
March 26, 2013

Systems and methods for control of multiple charged particle beams
Patent 8,399,852
The systems and methods described herein relate to the use of electrostatic elements or combinations of electrostatic and magnetic elements to confine charged particles in stable recirculating, trapped orbits. More particularly, the invention relates to systems and methods for acceleration and focusing of multiple charged particle beams having multiple energies and arbitrary polarities along a common axis.
Inventors: Alexander Klein (Richmond); Matthew Wittman (Boston); Scott Rackey (Bedford, Mass.)
Assignee: Alexander Klein (Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai, Thailand); Matthew Wittman (New York, N.Y.)
March 19, 2013

Unified messaging system using web based application server for management of messages using standardized servers
Patent 8,407,294
A unified web-based voice messaging system uses an application server, configured for executing a voice application defined by XML documents, that accesses subscriber attributes from a standardized information database server (such as LDAP), and messages from a standardized messaging server (such as IMAP), regardless of message format. The application server, upon receiving a request from a browser serving a user, accesses the standardized database server to obtain attribute information for responding to the voice application operation request. The application server generates an HTML document having media content and control tags for personalized execution of the voice application operation based on the attribute information obtained from the standardized database server. The application server also is configured for storing messages for a called party in the standardized messaging server by storing within the message format information that specifies the corresponding message format. Hence, the application server can respond to a request for a stored message from a subscriber by accessing the stored message from the standardized messaging server, and generating an HTML document having media content and control tags for presenting the subscriber with the stored message in a prescribed format based on the message format and the capabilities of the access device used by the subscriber.
Inventors: Lewis Dean Dodrill (Richmond); Geetha Ravishankar (Glen Allen); Satish Joshi (Glen Allen); Ryan Alan Danner (Glen Allen); Susan Harrow Barban (Midlothian); Steven J. Martin (Richmond); Swaminathan Ravishankar (Glen Allen)
Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc. (San Jose, Calif.)
March 26, 2013

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