The R&D Dept.: Local patents for Nov. 26, 2014

Process and product of high strength UHMW PE fibers
Patent No. 8,889,049
An improved process for solution spinning of ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMW PE) filaments, wherein the 10 wt % solution of the UHMW PE in mineral oil at 250.degree. C. has a Cogswell extensional viscosity and a shear viscosity within select ranges.
Inventors: Thomas Y. Tam (Richmond) John A. Young (Midlothian), Qiang Zhou (Midlothian), Conor J. Twomey (Waxhaw, N.C.), Charles Arnett (Richmond)
Assignee: Honeywell International Inc. (Morristown, N.J.)
Nov. 18, 2014

Helmets comprising ceramic for protection against high energy fragments and rifle bullets
Patent No. 8,887,312
Helmets for military and other applications that require resistance to high energy fragments and rifle bullets are disclosed. The helmets are fabricated with a combination of ceramic, either as a monolith or as a plurality of discreet pieces, and an inner backing material having a plurality of fibrous layers such as polyolefin and/or aramid fiber layers.
Inventors: Ashok Bhatnagar (Richmond), Lori Wagner (Richmond), Bradley Grunden (Midlothian)
Assignee: Honeywell International Inc. (Morristown, N.J.)
Nov. 18, 2014

Automated migration to a new copy services target storage system to manage multiple relationships simultaneously while maintaining disaster recovery consistency
Patent No. 8,892,836
In one embodiment, a method for switching a storage subsystem in a disaster recovery configuration includes receiving instruction to change from an original target storage subsystem in a disaster recovery configuration including: a source storage subsystem including one or more source volumes from which data is copied in first copy services relationships, the one or more source volumes being accessible to an application, and the original target storage subsystem including one or more original target volumes to which data is copied in the first copy services relationships; selecting a new target storage subsystem to replace the original target storage subsystem, creating second copy services relationships between one or more new target volumes on the new target storage subsystem and the one or more source volumes on the source storage subsystem using multi-target functionality, and terminating the first copy services relationships after all the second copy services relationships are full duplex.
Inventors: Amy N. Blea (Round Rock, Texas), David R. Blea (Tucson, Ariz.), Gregory E. McBride (Vail, Ariz.), John J. Wolfgang (Midlothian)
Assignee: International Business Machines Corp. (Armonk, N.Y.)
Nov. 18, 2014

Process and product of high strength UHMW PE fibers
Patent No. 8,889,049
An improved process for solution spinning of ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMW PE) filaments, wherein the 10 wt % solution of the UHMW PE in mineral oil at 250.degree. C. has a Cogswell extensional viscosity and a shear viscosity within select ranges.
Inventors: Thomas Y. Tam (Richmond), John A. Young (Midlothian), Qiang Zhou (Midlothian), Conor J. Twomey (Waxhaw, N.C.), Charles Arnett (Richmond)
Assignee: Honeywell International Inc. (Morristown, N.J.)
Nov. 18, 2014

Extraction and storage of tobacco constituents
Patent No. 8,887,737
A method of forming a liquor comprising tobacco solutes, the method comprising extracting tobacco solutes from tobacco by flowing an extraction solvent through tobacco to form a tobacco solutes-rich extraction solvent and a tobacco solutes-poor tobacco, and forming tobacco solutes-rich liquor by flowing the tobacco solutes-rich extraction solvent through an entrapment solvent, wherein the tobacco solutes comprise nicotine and at least one tobacco flavor compound and/or tobacco aroma compound and the liquor comprises the tobacco solutes dissolved in the entrapment solvent. A preferred extraction solvent comprises a supercritical fluid. Also provided are cigarettes and cigarette components comprising extracted tobacco solutes such as flavor compounds, aroma compounds and nicotine. Further, tobacco from which aroma compounds and/or nicotine have been extracted can be used in cigarettes.
Inventors: Tony M. Howell (Midlothian), Gregory J. Griscik (Midlothian)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc. (Richmond)
Nov. 18, 2014

Software factory readiness review
Patent No. 8,898,619
A computer-implemented method, system, and computer-readable medium for determining if a software factory is ready to take on a software project is presented. In a preferred embodiment, the computer-implemented method includes the steps of: determining if an infrastructure for a software factory has been procured; determining if operational software needed to assemble work packets in an assembly line in the software factory has been installed; determining if a workflow event model for an assembly line in the software factory has been configured; determining if workload in the assembly line has been balanced; determining if communication channels between the software factory and a customer’s computer system have been defined and cleared for data transmission; and in response to determining that any element described above has been determined not to have occurred, prohibiting an induction of a software project into the software factory.
Inventors: Jarir K. Chaar (Tarrytown, N.Y.), Ronald D. Finlayson (Blythewood, S.C.), Thomas A. Jobson Jr. (New Paltz, NY), Naomi M. Mitsumori (San Jose, Calif.), Francis X. Reddington (Richmond)
Assignee: International Business Machines Corp. (Armonk, N.Y.)
Nov. 25, 2014

Systems and methods for providing extra lines of credit
Patent No. 8,898,081
A system and method for upgrading existing credit cards with additional lines of credit is disclosed. Credit information associated with customers holding credit cards issued by a credit card issuer are analyzed to determine a level of risk associated with each customer. One or more extra line of credit may be established for selected customers based on the determined level of risk associated with each customer. Each extra credit line may be exclusively associated with a selected set of vendors that have a partnership agreement with the credit card issuer. The credit card issuer may allow customers to select vendors to be associated with the extra credit line or may automatically choose vendors for selected customers. Customers with established extra credit lines may purchase goods and/or service directly from vendor sites or at the credit card issuer’s web sites. Purchases at selected vendor sites may be automatically applied to a customer’s newly established extra credit line. Additionally, a customer may choose to apply purchases to their extra credit lines or their primary line of credit.
Inventors: Joseph D. Lilly (Richmond), Colin Jeffrey Ruh (Richmond), Jeff G. York (Richmond), Phillip G. Walker (Midlothian)
Assignee: Capital One Financial Corp. (McLean, Va.)
Nov. 25, 2014

Beverage brewing apparatus with a filter carrier receiver
Patent No. 8,895,095
A beverage maker is disclosed with a removable filter carrier, a receiver for the removable filter carrier, and a locking mechanism to selectively secure and seal the carrier to the beverage maker by way of lifting the carrier to engage a sealing surface. In use, the filter carrier is linearly inserted into the receiver via a front face of the beverage maker. The receiver may also include the locking mechanism. The locking mechanism includes a lever that is actuated to operate the locking mechanism. Actuation of the lever is translated to lift and clamp the filter carrier against the seal surface. In the `sealed` position, the lever is selectively fixed in place until the user actuates the lever so as to release the filter carrier. In the `released` position, the filter carrier is still supported by the locking mechanism but it may be selectively removed from the receiver. The locking mechanism reduces or eliminates conventional issues with securing a filter carrier to a beverage maker such as properly aligning the filter carrier so that it may be secured to the beverage maker, the filter carrier disengaging from the beverage maker during use, or not being able to remove the filter carrier after a brew cycle.
Inventors: William D. Star (Richmond), Mark K. Romandy (Midlothian)
Assignee: Hamilton Beach Brands Inc. (Glen Allen)
Nov. 25, 2014

Compositions comprising C5 and C6 monosaccharides
Patent No. 8,894,771
Compositions comprising C5 and C6 monosaccharides and low levels of undesirable impurities, such as compounds containing sulfur, nitrogen, or metals, are disclosed.
Inventors: Daniel Clay Floyd (Richmond), Kiran Kadam (Golden, Colo.), Srinivas Kilambi (Marietta, Ga.)
Assignee: Renmatix Inc. (King of Prussia, Penn.)
Nov. 25, 2014

Fuel additive for improved performance in fuel injected engines
Patent No. 8,894,726
A fuel composition for a fuel injected diesel engine, a method for improving performance of fuel injectors and a method for cleaning fuel injectors for a diesel engine. The fuel composition includes a major amount of fuel and a minor effective amount of a reaction product of (i) a hydrocarbyl substituted compound containing at least one tertiary amino group and (ii) a halogen substituted C.sub.2-C.sub.8 carboxylic acid, ester, amide, or salt thereof, wherein the reaction product as made is substantially devoid of free anion species.
Inventors: Xinggao Fang (Midlothian), Scott D. Schwab (Richmond)
Assignee: Afton Chemical Corp. (Richmond)
Nov. 25, 2014

System and method for capturing sales tax deduction information from monetary card transactions
Patent No. 8,893,958
Systems and methods are provided for managing sales tax information. The information may be generated, for example, in connection with transactions involving financial accounts, such as a credit card account. The sales tax information may be received electronically from, for example, a merchant or a point of sale device. A determination may be made whether there is any missing sales tax information. If there is missing information a request may be generated and sent to a source having the information. The source may receive the request, retrieve the desired information, and transmit it to the requesting entity. The sales tax information may be stored and later retrieved for presentation to a user, such as the account holder. The account holder may use the information in completing a tax return.
Inventors: Eric D. Fox (Richmond), Robert W. Gregory Jr. (Mechanicsville)
Assignee: Capital One Financial Corp. (McLean, Va.)
Nov. 25, 2014

Folded merchandising unit and blank
Patent No. 8,893,880
A display unit including a front panel, an outer back panel, a bottom panel and side panels; first, second and third connected reinforcing panel sections folded into superposing relation to the outer back panel, the bottom panel and the front panel, respectively, such that a double-panel reinforcement is established on a portion of the display unit; wherein the first, second and third connected reinforcing panel sections are also connected with the front panel along a first fold line defined between the front panel and the third reinforcing panel section; an inner back panel is connected and folded into superposing relation with the outer back panel along a second fold line; and wherein a depth of the display unit is defined between the front panel and the outer back panel and the second connected reinforcing panel section extends an entirety of the depth between the front panel and the outer back panel.
Inventors: Scott A. Fath (Richmond)
Assignee: Altria Client Services Inc. (Richmond)
Nov. 25, 2014

Pulsed aerosol generation
Patent No. 8,897,630
An aerosol generator periodically forms aerosolized fragrance material by repeatedly supplying a liquid fragrance material to a capillary passage via only capillary action and heating the capillary passage, such that the liquid fragrance material at least partially volatilizes and is driven out of an outlet of the capillary passage. A wick feeds the liquid fragrance material to an inlet of the capillary passage by capillary action. An apparatus and method for generating such an aerosolized fragrance material, as well as the methods of heating, are disclosed.
Inventors: Walter A. Nichols (Chesterfield), David Keeler (Midlothian), Christopher Tucker (Midlothian)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc. (Richmond)
Nov. 25, 2014

Impact resistant composite article
Patent No. 8,895,138
An impact resistant composite article has two or more layers of ballistic fabric and ionomer layers disposed between the fabric layers. The ionomer is highly neutralized so that it has essentially no melt flow. A process also for making such a composite article that involves deposition of an aqueous colloid of the ionomer onto the fabric, followed by drying.
Inventors: Bryan Benedict Sauer (Boothwyn, Penn.), Jeffrey Alan Hanks (Midlothian), William George Kampert (Wilmington, Del.), Brian Charles West (Wilmington, Del.), William Charles Walker (Wilmington, Del.)
Assignee: E I du Pont de Nemours and Co. (Wilmington, Del.)
Nov. 25, 2014

Collagen production compound
A topical skin care lotion includes materials for supplementing the production of collagen I and III includes a base of lipophillic or lipophobic material and at least one amino acid. The amino acids are alanine and glycine. Other components of the lotion include iron, vitamin C, manganese, silica and cherry fruit extract. Together, these components assist the body with the production of collagen and promote healing of damaged skin. Antioxidants are also provided to protect the skin from oxidative stress by ultraviolet sunlight and environmental hazards.
Inventors: Mark K. Bennett (Midlothian)
Assignee: Mark K. Bennett (Midlothian)
Nov. 25, 2014

Self-adapting cap shaper
Patent No. 8,893,934
A cap shaper has contact-members adapted for supporting and shaping a cap from its inside; The cap shaper is elastically deformable under external forces, and maintains a generally larger contact-members’ collective-outline dimension than that of the cap inside when free from external forces; When placed inside the cap the cap shaper deforms under the confines of the smaller cap inside due to the contact forces exerted to the contact-members from the contacted cap regions, displacing the contact-members, resulting cap shaper internal elastic tension and tendency to expand and substantially self-adapt for the contact-members to contact and fit in with the cap regions of contact, accommodating minor cap size and shape variations, counter balancing the contact forces and maintaining the tensioned contact to shape the cap.
Inventors: Jie Zhao (Midlothian)
Nov. 25, 2014

Redeploying baseline virtual machine to update a child virtual machine by creating and swapping a virtual disk comprising a clone of the baseline virtual machine
Patent No. 8,898,668
One or more techniques and/or systems are disclosed for redeploying a baseline VM (BVM) to one or more child VMs (CVMs) by merely cloning virtual drives of the BVM, instead of the entirety of the parent BVM. A temporary directory is created in a datastore that has the target CVMs that are targeted for virtual drive replacement (e.g., are to be “re-baselined”). One or more replacement virtual drives (RVDs) are created in the temporary directory, where the RVDs comprise a clone of a virtual drive of the source BVM. The one or more RVDs are moved from the temporary directory to a directory of the target CVMs, replacing existing virtual drives of the target CVMs so that the target CVMs are thus re-baselined to the state of the parent BVM.
Inventors: George Costea (Durham, N.C.), Eric Forgette (Mechanicsville)
Assignee: NetApp Inc. (Sunnyvale, Calif.)
Nov. 25, 2014

Subscribe
Notify of
guest
0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments