The R&D Dept.: Local patents for 1.22.14

Product dispensing container, system and method with priming area
Patent 8,628,003
A product dispensing container including a plurality of walls that define an internal volume, at least one of the walls including an access door panel, a priming area and a severance line, and a plurality of products received in the internal volume, wherein the priming area is displaceable relative to the wall to form a free edge, and wherein the access door panel is at least partially defined by the free edge and the severance line when the priming area is displaced relative to the wall.
Inventors: Laurel Thomas (Richmond); Aaron L. Bates (Moseley); John Gelardi (Midlothian)
Assignee: MeadWestvaco Corporation (Richmond)
January 14, 2014

Capillary system with fluidic element
Patent 8,634,709
An aerosol generation system having an aerosol generator wherein a liquid formulation is at least partially volatilized in a capillary passage and discharged from the capillary passage to form an aerosol. The aerosol generation system includes a pumping unit adapted to supply a liquid formulation to the aerosol generator; and a fluidic element located between the pumping unit and the capillary passage of the aerosol generator, wherein the fluidic element increases backpressure of the liquid formulation as the liquid formulation enters the capillary passage of the aerosol generator.
Inventors: Niranjan Maharajh (Broomfield, Colo.); Gene Faison (Richmond); Sudarsan Srinivasan (Glen Allen); David Ammann (Richmond); Donald Brookman (Richmond); Amit Limaye (Napa, Calif.); Ronald Formosa, Jr. (Mechaniscsville)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc. (Richmond)
January 21, 2014

Tobacco powder supported catalyst particles
Patent 8,631,803
Cut filler compositions, cigarettes, methods for making cut filler compositions and cigarettes, and methods for treating mainstream tobacco smoke of cigarettes are provided that use catalyst particles capable of converting carbon monoxide to carbon dioxide. The catalyst particles are supported on tobacco powder. The tobacco powder supported catalyst particles can be prepared by dry admixing the catalyst particles and tobacco powder or by combining a dispersion of catalyst particles with the tobacco powder.
Inventors: Shalva Gedevanishvili (Richmond); Ping Li (Glen Allen)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc. (Richmond)
January 21, 2014

Power failure controller for an electronically controlled expansion valve in a refrigeration system
Patent 8,631,663
The present application relates to a power failure controller for an electronically controlled expansion valve in a refrigeration system. The valve is controlled by a valve controller configured to close the valve as a part of a power-up routine when the valve controller is first powered-up from a powered-down state. The power failure controller includes a circuit configured to allow the valve controller to enter the powered-down state when a power failure is detected and to subsequently provide power to the valve controller from a capacitor bank coupled to the circuit so that the valve controller conducts the power-up routine and closes or mostly closes the valve.
Inventors: Lyman Wycoff (Chester); Larry Howington (Chesterfield)
Assignee: Hill Phoenix, Inc. (Conyers, Ga.)
January 21, 2014

Slow cooker
Patent D697,750
Claims the ornamental design for a slow cooker.
Inventors: Guoyao Ye (Glen Allen); Mark K. Romandy (Midlothian)
Assignee: Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc. (Glen Allen)
January 21, 2014

Medicament delivery device for administration of opioid antagonists including formulations for naloxone
Patent 8,627,816
Medicament delivery devices for administration of opioid antagonists are described herein. In some embodiments, an apparatus includes a housing, a medicament container disposed within the housing and an energy storage member disposed within the housing. The medicament container is filled with a naloxone composition that includes naloxone or salts thereof, a tonicity-adjusting agent, and a pH adjusting agent, whereby the osmolality of the naloxone composition ranges from about 250-350 mOsm and the pH ranges from about 3-5. The energy storage member is configured to produce a force to deliver the naloxone composition.
Inventors: Eric S. Edwards (Midlothian); Evan T. Edwards (Gordonsville, Va.); Mark J. Licata (Doswell, Va.); Frank E. Blondino (Henrico)
Assignee: Intelliject, Inc. (Richmond)
January 14, 2014

Tobacco articles
Patent 8,627,827
Some embodiments of a tobacco article may include tobacco disposed in a porous matrix. The tobacco article may provide tobacco, tobacco constituents, or both tobacco and tobacco constituents to the consumer’s mouth in the form of particles, liquid, or vapor so as to provide tobacco satisfaction to the consumer. In some circumstances, the tobacco may be integrally molded with a plastic material so that at least a portion of the tobacco is disposed in pores of the matrix.
Inventors: James Arthur Strickland (Richmond); Frank Scott Atchley (Midlothian)
Assignee: U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company (Richmond)
January 14, 2014

Tobacco articles and methods
Patent 8,627,826
Some embodiments of a tobacco article may include tobacco disposed in a porous matrix. The tobacco article may provide tobacco, tobacco constituents, or both tobacco and tobacco constituents to the consumer’s mouth in the form of particles, liquid, or vapor so as to provide tobacco satisfaction to the consumer. In some circumstances, the tobacco may be integrally molded with a plastic material so that at least a portion of the tobacco is disposed in pores of the matrix
Inventors: James Arthur Strickland (Richmond); Frank Scott Atchley (Midlothian)
Assignee: U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company (Richmond)
January 14, 2014

Shift significand of decimal floating point data
Patent 8,635,257
A decimal floating point finite number in a decimal floating point format is composed from the number in a different format. A decimal floating point format includes fields to hold information relating to the sign, exponent and significand of the decimal floating point finite number. Other decimal floating point data, including infinities and NaNs (not a number), are also composed. Decimal floating point data are also decomposed from the decimal floating point format to a different format. For composition and decomposition, one or more instructions may be employed, including a shift significand instruction.
Inventors: Shawn D. Lundvall (Midlothian); Eric M. Schwarz (Gardiner, N.Y.); Ronald M. Smith, Sr. (Wappingers Falls, N.Y.); Phil C. Yeh (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.)
Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, N.Y.)
January 21, 2014

Virtual world presentation composition and management
United States Patent 8,631,334
Embodiments of the present invention provide a method, system and computer program product for composing and managing a presentation in a virtual world. In an embodiment of the invention, a method for composing and managing a presentation in a virtual world can include arranging a set of slides in a presentation, selecting a location in a portion of a virtual world for displaying the slides and also for attendee avatars viewing the slides, composing movements and gestures of a presenter avatar in coordination with a display of slide content of the slides, and presenting the presentation in the location of the virtual world at the location selected for displaying the slides for the attendee avatars placed the selected location for the attendee avatars while applying the composed movements and gestures of the presenter avatar coordinated with a display of slide content of the slides.
Inventors: Boas Betzler (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.); Rick A. Hamilton, II (Richmond); Neil Katz (Boca Raton, Fla.); Paul B. Moody (Cambridge, Mass.); Brian M. O’Connell (Research Triangle Park, N.C.)
Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, N.Y.)
January 14, 2014

Transparent deposit carrier having a plurality of pockets
Patent 8,628,116
Described is an apparatus that includes a transparent film having a plurality of non-overlapping pockets created therein, each of the pockets including at least one opening and being sized and shaped to receive a check therein. The apparatus also includes front and back indicators disposed on front and back faces of the film, respectively, and unique pocket indicators disposed on the pockets.
Inventors: Steven Davis (Ossining, N.Y.); Stephen A. Schutze (Midlothian)
Assignee: EFT Network, Inc. (Hawthorne, N.Y.)
January 14, 2014

System for searching and solving for insurance products
Patent 8,635,093
A system for evaluating and scoring software products in which illustration engines relating to insurance products are run based on a common set of inputs. The illustration engines output a set of output metrics which are common to all illustration engines. The output metrics of products selected for comparison or evaluation are mathematically combined with each other and with the corresponding metrics of from all other illustration engines to determine a score which can be used to compare quickly and accurately the selected product against all other products in the database. The score may be determined by a weighted average in which the weights assigned to output metrics are adjustable at the user’s discretion.
Inventors: Errol O. Kendall (Atlanta); Elizabeth A. Braswell (Alpharetta, Ga.); Samuel H. Turner (Richmond); Keith J. Maurer (Tampa, Fla.)
Assignee: Efficient Markets Corporation (Atlanta)
January 21, 2014

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