The R&D Dept.: Local patents for 2.5.14

Curved package
Patent D698,645
Claims the ornamental design for a curved package.
Inventors: Charlotte Hanks (Richmond)
Assignee: MeadWestvaco Corp. (Richmond)
February 4, 2014

Package
Patent D698,640
Claims the ornamental design for a package.
Inventors: Stacy Buchanan (Richmond); Nima Jarvandi (Richmond); Kenneth G. Sadler (Lake St Louis, Mo); Frederick Thompson (Richmond); Sutka Veselinovic (Seminole, Fla.)
Assignee: MeadWestvaco Corp. (Richmond)
February 4, 2014

Oral chewable tobacco product and method of manufacture thereof
Patent 8,640,714
An oral chewable tobacco product includes a gum composition in an amount of about 30% to about 70% by weight based on the weight of the oral chewable tobacco product and tobacco powder in an amount of about 30% to about 70% by weight based on the weight of the oral chewable tobacco product. The gum composition includes at least one environmentally biodegradable polymer in an amount of about 20% to about 95% by weight based on the weight of the gum composition and at least one softener in an amount of about 5% to about 80% by weight based on the weight of the gum composition.
Inventors: Padmanabha Reddy Ettireddy (Columbus, Ind.); Sarojini Deevi (Midlothian); Shengsheng Liu (Richmond); Munmaya K. Mishra (Manakin Sabot); William R. Sweeney (Richmond)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc. (Richmond)
February 4, 2014

Apparatus and method of harvesting agricultural row crops having biased guide members
Patent 8,635,843
An apparatus for harvesting agricultural row crops having stalks, comprising a frame having a front portion and a rear portion, the frame configured for traversing along a field of row crops; a hollow arm mounted adjacent an upper section of the front portion of the frame, the hollow arm comprising a first section disposed along an incline formed by the upper section of the front portion of the frame and the ground, the first section having a first end and a second end; an inlet positioned adjacent the first end of the first section of the hollow arm, the inlet for receiving stalks of row crops; device for cutting stalks of row crops, the device for cutting stalks mounted within the first section of the hollow arm; device for engaging and conveying the stalks along the hollow arm; and a biased guide assembly for accommodating stalks of varied diameters.
Inventors: C. Regan Scott (Midlothian); Curtis M. Hinton (Glen Allen); Ty Murray (Midlothian); Martin Heidorn (Chesterfield)
Assignee: Altria Client Services Inc. (Richmond)
January 28, 2014

Nicotiana nucleic acid molecules and uses thereof
Patent 8,637,731
The present invention features Nicotiana nucleic acid sequences such as sequences encoding constitutive, or ethylene or senescence induced polypeptides, in particular cytochrome p450 enzymes, in Nicotiana plants and methods for using these nucleic acid sequences and plants to alter desirable traits, for example by using breeding protocols.
Inventors: Dongmei Xu (Glen Allen); Mark T. Nielsen (Nicholas, Ky.)
Assignee: U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Co. (Richmond)
January 28, 2014

Metallized opaque films with robust metal layer attachment
Patent 8,637,146
A multilayer composite film includes in sequence: a) a biaxially oriented, opaque polyester base layer; b) a non-voided polyester layer on and coextensively in contact with a surface of the base layer; and c) a metal layer on a surface of the non-voided polyester layer opposite the opaque polyester base layer, or on a primer layer on a surface of the non-voided polyester layer opposite the opaque polyester base layer. The film may be prepared by vapor depositing or plasma depositing a metal layer on a surface of a non-voided polyester layer coextensively contacting a biaxially oriented, opaque polyester base layer, or on a primer layer on a surface the non-voided polyester layer.
Inventors: Steven Cosentino (Quinton); Jan S. LaRiviere (Chesterfield); Keith Kulesza (Midlothian); Sherrod B. Tatum (Midlothian)
Assignee: DuPont Teijin Films U.S. LP (Chester)
January 28, 2014

Messenger RNA profiling: body fluid identification using multiplex real time-polymerase chain reaction (q-PCR)
Patent 8,637,654
This invention relates to a ribonucleic acid (RNA) based assay system for body fluid identification, and in particular to a novel, multiplex, parallel assay system based on messenger RNA expressed in human tissue, and to a method for using the same.
Inventors: John Ballantyne (Orlando, Fla.); Jane Juusola (Glen Allen)
Assignee: University of Central Florida Research Foundation, Inc. (Orlando)
January 28, 2014

Air filtration medium with improved dust loading capacity and improved resistance to high humidity environment
Patent 8,636,833
A method for filtering particles from water mist laden air involves passing the air through a medium that has a nanoweb layer in fluid contact with a hydrophobic nonwoven web. The hydrophobic web can be made of an intrinsically hydrophobic material, or can be coated with a hydrophobic coating. The medium does not undergo the large pressure drops normally associated with filtration of water mists and retains its efficiency well.
Inventors: David Charles Jones (Midlothian); Hyun Sung Lim (Midlothian); Cheng-Hang Chi (Midlothian); Lu Zhang (Midlothian)
Assignee: E I du Pont de Nemours and Company (Wilmington, Del.)
January 28, 2014

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