The R&D Dept.: Local patents for 1.7.14

Obtaining information about brain activity
Patent 8,626,264
A brain imaging system can be operated to obtain brain image signals indicating activity at brain locations, and information can be extracted from the brain image signals. For example, for each of a set of living human brain regions that can have two or more possible activity features such as qualia features, feature values can be obtained indicating activity features of the region. The feature values can be more explicit than brain image data indicating activity at brain locations. A data structure can be produced that includes data indicating extracted information, such as qualia value data for a quale activity feature that can occur in a region. Such a data structure can be stored on a storage medium and used in diagnosis and/or treatment of detrimental conditions of consciousness.
Inventors: James T. Beran (Richmond)
January 7, 2014

Grill
Patent D696,549
Claims the ornamental design for a grill.
Inventors: Paula L. Pennington (Mechanicsville)
Assignee: Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc. (Glen Allen)
December 31, 2013

Controllable RFID card
Patent 8,624,740
Systems and methods for providing personalized information are provided. Based on an identification of a customer through the use of a card, personalized information is selectively produced and wirelessly provided to a display such as a wireless display. The identification of the customer, as well as additional information, can be provided through the use of the card, wherein functions of the card can be enabled or disabled by the customer through the use of on-card switches, buttons, slides and/or bistable domes.
Inventors: William R. Sweeney (Richmond)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc. (Richmond)
January 7, 2014

Oral pouch product with flavored wrapper
Patent 8,616,221
Provided is an oral pouch flavor product with a fibrous flavored wrapper that encloses an inner filling material. Preferably, the fibrous flavored wrapper includes embedded flavorants. The fibrous flavored wrapper may also include a softening agent, colorants, and/or browning inhibitors. The inner material may include non-tobacco, plant material fibers and preferably has a low moisture content so as to prevent the need for preservatives or refrigeration.
Inventors: Karen M. Torrence (Chester); Warren D. Winterson (Richmond)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc. (Richmond)
December 31, 2013

Fuel additives to maintain optimum injector performance
Patent 8,623,105
A diesel fuel, diesel fuel additive concentrate and method for improving the performance of fuel injectors for a diesel engine are provided. The diesel fuel includes a major amount of middle distillate fuel; and a reaction product of a hydrocarbyl substituted dicarboxylic acid or anhydride and an amine compound or salt. The amine compound has the formula ##STR00001## wherein R is selected from the group consisting of a hydrogen and a hydrocarbyl group containing from about 1 to about 15 carbon atoms, and R.sup.1 is selected from the group consisting of hydrogen and a hydrocarbyl group containing from about 1 to about 20 carbon atoms. The reaction product contains at least one amino triazole group and is present in the fuel in an amount sufficient to improve the performance of diesel fuel injectors.
Inventors: Dennis J. Malfer (Glen Allen); Joshua J. Bennett (Richmond); Jason A. Lagona (Richmond); David A. Hutchison (Powhatan)
Assignee: Afton Chemical Corp. (Richmond)
January 7, 2014

Pyrrolidine-2,5-dione derivatives for use in friction modification
Patent 8,624,038
The present disclosure relates to a compound of the formula I or a tribologically acceptable salt, solvate, hydrate, or proadditive thereof, wherein R1, R2 and R4 are as defined herein. Such novel pyrrolidine, or succinimide, derivatives may be useful as friction modifiers in lubricant compositions. This disclosure also relates to a method of using such friction modifier compounds in lubricating fluid formulations to lubricate machine parts, including gear, axle, engine, and transmission parts, and to lubricant compositions containing such friction modifier compounds.
Inventors: Roger Sheet (Glen Allen); Nubar Ozbalik (Midlothian)
Assignee: Afton Chemical Corp. (Richmond)
January 7, 2014

1,3,2-dioxaphosphorinane, 2-sulfide derivatives for use as anti-wear additives in lubricant compositions
Patent 8,618,030
The present disclosure relates to a non-acidic, sulfur-containing, phosphorus-containing compound of the formula I ##STR00001## where R.sup.1, R.sup.2, R.sup.3, R.sup.4, R.sup.5, R.sup.6, and R.sup.7 are as defined herein. Such a compound may exhibit improved antiwear performance and thermal stability in lubricating compositions.
Inventors: John Marshall Baker (Bracknell, Great Britain); Naresh Mathur (Midlothian); Roger M. Sheets (Pagosa Springs, Colo.); David J. Degonia (Midlothian)
Assignee: Afton Chemical Corporation (Richmond)
December 31, 2013

Methods for preparing compositions comprising ammonium nitrate double salts
Patent 8,623,315
Methods for the production of ammonium sulfate nitrate include (a) providing at a temperature of less than about 175.degree. C. a melt including ammonium nitrate, ammonium sulfate, and water and the water content is greater than about 2 wt % based on the total weight of ammonium nitrate, ammonium sulfate and water in the melt, and (b) solidifying from the melt 1:2 ANS double salt by cooling at least a portion of the melt at a rate of less than about 100.degree. C./min.
Inventors: Carl John Stevens (Lake Forest, Ill.); Gavin P. Towler (Inverness, Ill.); James Kweeder (Chesterfield)
Assignee: Honeywell International Inc. (Morristown, N.J.)
January 7, 2014

Simulated medicament delivery device configured to produce an audible output
Patent 8,622,973
An apparatus includes a simulated medicament delivery device and an electronic circuit system. The simulated medicament delivery device includes a housing, and is devoid of a medicament delivery mechanism that causes a medicament to be delivered. The electronic circuit system is coupled to the housing and includes an audible output device and a cover. The housing of the medicament delivery device and the cover of the electronic circuit system collectively define an acoustic enclosure. The audible output device is configured to be disposed within the acoustic enclosure.
Inventors: Eric S. Edwards (Midlothian); Evan T. Edwards (Gordonsville, Va.); Mark J. Licata (Doswell); Paul F. Meyers (Fishers, Ind.); David A. Weinzierl (Andover, Minn.)
Assignee: Intelliject, Inc. (Richmond)
January 7, 2014

Distributed capture and aggregation of dynamic application usage information
Patent 8,626,908
A web-based hosted solution through which application developers create, manage and monitor application usage analytics in an online manner. During the development process, a usage monitoring API is integrated into the application and the application is deployed. As users interact with the application, a log file is generated. If the application is able to write to a local file system, usage information is gathered in a log file local to the deployed application and then dispatched to an upload server for processing in a batch manner. If the application is not able to write to the user machine’s local file system, the usage information is sent to a remote logging server, preferably on a just-in-time basis, and then the log file is generated on the logging server. The usage information tracked comprises “features,” “faults” and “failures” of the application, independent of platform, location, and number of deployed application instances.
Inventors: Andrew S. Wilson (Manchester, N.H.); Brian J. Shin (Boston); David Angel (Mechanicsville)
Assignee: Visible Measures Corp. (Boston)
January 7, 2014

Stroboscopic illuminator
Patent 8,618,740
A photographic illumination system, comprising a first stroboscopic flash tube, for emitting an intense broadband illumination pulse comprising ultraviolet rays; a second stroboscopic flash tube, for emitting a continuous series of broadband illumination pulses comprising ultraviolet rays; an optional filter, within a common optical path of the first and second stroboscopic flash tubes, for filtering a portion of the broadband illumination; and a control, for synchronizing the illumination pulse of the first stroboscopic flash tube with an external trigger pulse, wherein the second stroboscopic flash tube provides an output suitable for use by a human, unaided by viewing accessories, to compose a subject at a distance from the first and second stroboscopic flash tubes, and the first stroboscopic flash tube provides an output pulse suitable for exposure of an image capture medium. Both tubes are preferably manufactured to maintain the same spectral signature by adjusting fill pressure and gas mixture, and envelope material.
Inventors: Roy Larimer (Richmond)
December 31, 2013

Microwave susceptor assembly having overheating protection
Patent 8,618,453
A susceptor assembly includes electrically conductive vanes positioned with respect to each other and to an planar susceptor member having an electrically lossy layer thereon 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.)
December 31, 2013

Virtual machine fault tolerance
Patent 8,621,274
One or more techniques and/or systems are provided for hosting a virtual machine from a snapshot. In particular, a snapshot of a virtual machine hosted on a primary computing device may be created. The virtual machine may be hosted on a secondary computing device using the snapshot, for example, when a failure of the virtual machine on the primary computing device occurs. If a virtual machine type (format) of the snapshot is not supported by the secondary computing device, then the virtual machine within the snapshot may be converted to a virtual machine type supported by the secondary computing device. In this way, the virtual machine may be operable and/or accessible on the secondary computing device despite the failure. Hosting the virtual machine on the secondary computing device provides, among other things, fault tolerance for the virtual machine and/or applications comprised therein.
Inventors: Eric Paul Forgette (Mechanicsville); Deepak Kenchammana-Hosekote (Mountain View, Calif.); Shravan Gaonkar (Sunnyvale, Calif.); Arthur Franklin Lent (Newton, Mass.)
Assignee: NetApp Inc. (Sunnyvale)
December 31, 2013

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