The R&D Dept.: Local patents for 2.19.14

Adjustable table covering
Patent D699,054
Claims the ornamental design for an adjustable table covering.
Inventors: Kirby Ann Forlin (Henrico)
February 11, 2014

Packaging materials with enhanced thermal-insulating performance
Patent 8,652,598
A thermo-insulating packaging material including a paper-based substrate layer, a paper-based top layer and a thermal-insulating composition positioned between the paper-based substrate layer and the paper-based top layer, the thermal-insulating composition including a filler, an organic binder and a plasticizer.
Inventors: Vladislav Babinsky (Midlothian); Sven S. Arenander (Richmond); Dobridge C. Newman (Glen Allen); Bruce W. Babcock (Charleston, S.C.); David H. Hawes (Raleigh)
Assignee: MeadWestvaco Corp. (Richmond)
February 18, 2014

Patent D699,561
Claims the ornamental design for a package.
Inventors: Stacy Buchanan (Richmond); Nima Jarvandi (Richmond); Kenneth G. Sadler (Lake St. Louis, Mo.); Frederick Thompson (Richmond);
Assignee: MeadWestvaco Corp. (Richmond)
February 18, 2014

Product biasing and dispensing system with security engagement
Patent 8,646,621
A product dispensing system including a container that defines an internal volume and an access opening into the internal volume, at least one product received in the internal volume and a biasing assembly extendable into the internal volume to urge the product toward the access opening, wherein the container is engaged with the biasing assembly when the biasing assembly extends into the internal volume.
Inventors: Matthew E. Zacherle (Richmond); Laurel Thomas (Richmond); Bradford J. Walling (Chesterfield)
Assignee: MeadWestvaco Corp. (Richmond)
February 11, 2014

Combination treatment of tobacco extract using antioxidants and antioxidant scavengers
Patent 8,651,115
A process for treating a tobacco material comprising: (a) extracting a tobacco material with a solvent to produce a tobacco extract and a tobacco residue; (b) contacting the tobacco extract with an antioxidant; and (c) contacting the mixture of (b) with an antioxidant scavenger, to produce a treated tobacco extract. The treated tobacco extract is reapplied to the tobacco residue to form a treated tobacco material. In addition, a smoking composition, a smoking article and a smokeless tobacco oral delivery product contain the treated tobacco material.
Inventors: Marc Robert Krauss (Midlothian)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc. (Richmond)
February 18, 2014

Gravure-printed, banded cigarette paper
Patent 8,646,463
A cigarette and cigarette paper have a plurality of multilayer bands formed by printing a highly viscous aqueous film-forming composition. After heating the composition to lower its viscosity, the bands are applied to the cigarette paper by gravure printing the composition. The composition is quenched and gelatinized by contact with the cool cigarette paper reducing absorption of water by the paper and reducing wrinkling, cockling, and waviness. Multiple gravure printed layers may be used to form the bands.
Inventors: Timothy S. Sherwood (Midlothian); Firooz Rasouli (Midlothian); Ping Li (Glen Allen); Don E. Miser (Chesterfield); Joe Yousef Mohajer (Midlothian); Bruce E. Waymack (Prince George); Tony A. Phan (Richmond); Tracy L. Madison (Richmond); John R. Tilley (Chesterfield); Yezdi B. Pithawalla (Midlothian)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc. (Richmond)
February 11, 2014

Process for forming unidirectionally oriented fiber structures
Patent 8,652,570
A process for forming a unidirectionally oriented fiber structure formed of high tenacity fibers. A plurality of yarns of high tenacity fibers are supplied, with the yarns being unidirectionally oriented. The yarns are coated with a liquid having a viscosity of about 5 to about 600 centipoises and tension is applied to the yarns. The yarns are passed through a fiber spreading device and the yarns are dried. The yarns are reduced in thickness and increased in width after passing through the fiber spreading device, with the fibers forming the yarns being spread apart, thus providing a relatively thin unidirectionally oriented fiber structure.
Inventors: Brian D. Arvidson (Chester); Ashok Bhatnagar (Richmond); Henry G. Ardiff (Chesterfield); Ralf Klein (Midlothian); Lori L. Wagner (Richmond)
Assignee: Honeywell International Inc. (Morristown, N.J.)
February 18, 2014

Weakly oxidizing ammonium nitrate composite materials and methods for preparing such compositions
Patent 8,652,277
A method forms a relatively stable ammonium nitrate composite material. The method includes (a) blending ammonium nitrate with an average particle diameter greater than about 1 mm and a substantially non-oxidizing compound in fine particle form; and (b) reducing the average size of said ammonium nitrate granules in the presence of the non-oxidizing compound in fine particle form to produce a substantially homogeneous blend of ammonium nitrate and the non-oxidizing compound having an average particle diameter of about 1 to about 1,000 .mu.m to form a substantially non-explosive powder.
Inventors: Alan B. Levy (Randolph, N.J.); James A. Kweeder (Chesterfield); Jose Carrazza (Millburn, N.J.); Kenneth D. Kunz (Midlothian)
Assignee: Honeywell International Inc. (Morristown, N.J.)
February 18, 2014

Method and apparatus for prilling with pressure control
Patent 8,652,367
Methods and apparatus for prilling are provided which include dynamically controlling the pressure at the prill head for increased control over prill quality and size distribution. In one embodiment, the pressure of a headspace above a volume of liquid or slurry is regulated to maintain a more precise control of the pressure of the liquid or slurry at the prill head. In another embodiment, an axial upflow device is used to maintain a more precise control of the pressure of the liquid or slurry at the prill head.
Inventors: David W. Donnick (Midlothian); Stephanie C. Barthe (Richmond); Gregory A. Cleotelis (Morristown, N.J.); Andrew J. Howes (Chesterfield); James A. Kweeder (Chesterfield); Raymond G. Wissinger (Midlothian)
Assignee: Honeywell International Inc. (Morristown, N.J.)
February 18, 2014

Providing notification of spam avatars
Patent 8,656,476
The system monitors activities, movements, and other behavior patterns necessary to determine whether an avatar is a spam advertisement. A storing mechanism stores a “black list” and a black list score consisting of a list of spam avatar identifications (UUIDs) matching avatars that have been flagged as confirmed or suspected spam advertisers. Another mechanism allows the owner to redraw or otherwise re-render a distinguishing mark or other audible signature when an avatar has been detected as being a spam advertiser. Yet another mechanism signals to the owner an offending avatar that they have been added to the black list or had a report filed against them, and a reason as to why (the methods used to identify them). Another mechanism allows for a black listed avatar to be removed from the black list, and scores to be decreased and for the virtual universe and users to utilize the black list and score.
Inventors: Christopher J. Dawson (Bethesda, Md.); Rick A. Hamilton, II (Richmond); Brian M. O’Connell (Research Triangle Park, N.C.); Clifford A. Pickover (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.); Keith R. Walker (Austin, Texas)
Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, N.Y.)
February 18, 2014

Systems and methods for securing data in the cloud
Patent 8,654,971
A secure data parser is provided that may be integrated into any suitable system for securely storing data in and communicating data with cloud computing resources. The secure data parser parses data and then splits the data into multiple portions that are stored or communicated distinctly. Encryption of the original data, the portions of data, or both may be employed for additional security.
Inventors: Rick L. Orsini (Flower Mound, Texas); Mark S. O’Hare (Coto De Caza, Calif.); Don Martin (Chesterfield)
Assignee: Security First Corp. (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.)
February 18, 2014

Media for hot gas filtration
Patent 8,652,230
A filter fabric having improved filtering properties for hot gas filtration containing a nonwoven aramid mat The mat has a basis weight of at least 9.7 ounces per square yard (330 grams per square meter) and is characterized by a pore size distribution in which the number of pores in a given range as measured by ASTM F316-03 test method is plotted against pore size. In a preferred embodiment, the percentage of pores having a size in between 10 and 26 microns is greater than 50% while the percentage of pores having a size of greater than 50 microns is less than 0.5%.
Inventors: Kurt Hans Wyss (Chavannes de Bogis, Switzerland); Cheng-Hang Chi (Midlothian)
Assignee: E I du Pont de Nemours and Company (Wilmington, Del.)
February 18, 2014

Air curtain system for a refrigerated case
Patent 8,647,183
A refrigerated display case, an air curtain system, and a method of providing an air curtain are provided. The air curtain is suitable for use with a refrigerated display case of the type having an open front, including those with a door selectively covering the open-front. The air curtain includes a secondary layer formed of ambient air cooled by exposure to a refrigerated primary layer.
Inventors: Timothy Dean Swofford (Midlothian)
Assignee: Hill Phoenix, Inc. (Conyers, Ga.)
February 11, 2014

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