The R&D Dept: Local patents for Dec. 24, 2014

Packet sleeve including pocket
Patent No. 8,910,784
A combined article package includes a sleeve having a pocket formed integrally therein with a cigarette package in the sleeve and an insert in the pocket. The sleeve can be formed from a single piece blank. The insert can be a coupon or a separate consumer product, such as smoking articles, smokeless tobacco, and the like. For instance, the insert can be a foil pack containing one or more promotional smokeless tobacco products. The combined article package can be sized to be compatible with cigarette cartons, cigarette display racks, tax-stamping equipment and the like.
Inventors: Pamela D. Moore (Gloucester, Va.), Stephen J. Bellamah (Midlothian, Va.), Dominic J. C. Howard (New Canaan, Conn.)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc. (Richmond)
December 16, 2014

Rule-based content filtering in a virtual universe
Patent No. 8,918,728
A system that enables individuals or companies to allow an avatar’s transits and communications within a virtual universe. The system enables the selection of regions and/or content. Additionally, companies can use this system to prevent accidental communication of proprietary material. Also provided are a method and a computer readable medium containing a program product including the method to enable individuals or companies to allow an avatar’s transits and communications within a virtual universe.
Inventors: Rick A. Hamilton II (Richmond), Paul A. Moskowitz (Hawthorne, N.Y.), Brian M. O’Connell (Research Triangle Park, N.Y.), Clifford A. Pickover (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.), Keith R. Walker (Austin, Texas)
Assignee: International Business Machines Corp. (Armonk, N.Y.)
December 23, 2014

Volumetric toner cartridge having toner agitators
Patent No. 8,918,032
A toner cartridge for an imaging device having a housing having a toner reservoir and an exit port in fluid communication with the toner reservoir. A drive shaft rotatably mounts within the toner reservoir. A toner platform is movably coupled to the drive shaft and is nonrotatable but slidable relative to the housing. A resilient arm is positioned within the reservoir and biased toward an initial position in the path of the toner platform. When the drive shaft rotates, the toner platform translates toward the exit port. When the toner platform contacts the resilient arm, the resilient arm moves to permit the toner platform to pass and when the toner platform moves further toward the exit port the resilient arm returns to the initial position. The resilient arm may mount on the inner surface, the toner to platform or the drive shaft.
Inventors: Jeffrey Alan Abler (Georgetown, Ky.), Jonathan Murray Hill (Richmond), Benjamin Erich Kant (Lexington, Ky.), Robert Watson McAlpine (Lexington, Ky.)
Assignee: Lexmark International Inc. (Lexington, Ky.)
December 23, 2014

Volumetric toner cartridge having driven detachable toner platform
Patent No. 8,918,031
A toner cartridge for an imaging apparatus having a housing including two opposed end walls and an elongated body therebetween and an exit port. An inner surface of the body defines a toner reservoir that is in communication with the exit port. A drive shaft is rotatably mounted within the housing. A translatable toner platform is provided in slidable contact with the inner surface of the body and is nonrotatable relative to the housing. A toner platform stop is also provided. A detachable drive shaft coupling couples the toner platform to the drive shaft and upon the toner platform hitting the stop, the coupling detaches from the platform. The detachable coupling may be provided in a frangible portion of the toner platform or be frictionally engaged with a recess therein. Rotation of the drive shaft translates the toner platform toward the exit port and rotates an exit paddle.
Inventors: Jeffrey Alan Abler (Georgetown, Ky.), Jonathan Murray Hill (Richmond), Benjamin Erich Kant (Lexington, Ky.)
Assignee: Lexmark International Inc. (Lexington, Ky.)
December 23, 2014

Reagent system and method for modifying the luminescence of lanthanide(III) macrocyclic complexes
Patent No. 8,916,692
Disclosed is a spectrofluorimetrically detectable luminescent composition consisting essentially of at least one energy transfer acceptor lanthanide(III) complex having an emission spectrum maximum in the range from 300 to 2000 nanometers and a luminescence-enhancing amount of at least one energy transfer donor selected from the group consisting of a fluorophore, a lumiphore, an organic compound, a salt of an organic ion, a metal ion, a metal ion complex, or a combination thereof. Such energy transfer donor enhances the luminescence of at least one energy transfer acceptor lanthanide(III) complex, with the conditions that the emission spectrum of any energy transfer donor differs from that of its energy transfer acceptor lanthanide(III) complex; and such energy transfer donor can be dissolved to form a unitary solution in a solvent having an evaporation rate at least as great as that of water.
Inventors: Robert C. Leif (San Diego, Calif.), Sean Yang (San Diego, Calif.), Lidia Vallarino (Richmond)
Assignee: N/A
December 23, 2014

Basecoat composition and associated paperboard structure
Patent No. 8,916,636
A basecoat composition including a carrier component and a pigment component dispersed in the carrier component, the pigment component including all pigments in the basecoat composition, wherein the pigment component has a median particle size between about 3 and about 8 micrometers, and wherein at most about 15 percent by weight of the pigment component has a particle size smaller than 1 micrometer.
Inventors: Steven G. Bushhouse (New Kent, Va.), Gary P. Fugitt (Rockville, Va.), Sven S Arenander (Richmond)
Assignee: MeadWestvaco Corp. (Richmond)
December 23, 2014

Gasoline fuel composition for improved performance in fuel injected engines
Patent No. 8,915,977
A fuel soluble additive for a gasoline engine, a method for improving performance of fuel injectors and a method for cleaning fuel injectors for a gasoline engine. The fuel soluble additive includes a quaternary ammonium salt derived from an amido amine containing at least one tertiary amino group and an epoxide, in the presence of a proton donor selected from a carboxylic acid and an alkyl phenol. The amido amine is made in a reaction medium that is substantially devoid of an acylating agent.
Inventors: Xinggao Fang (Midlothian, Va.), Scott D. Schwab (Richmond)
Assignee: Afton Chemical Corp. (Richmond)
December 23, 2014

Packaging sleeve
Patent No. 8,915,365
A sleeve operable to at least partially contain a cylindrical article, the sleeve including opposing planar side panels; bowed dust flaps extending upwardly from said side panels; front and back panels, each having rounded, upper corner portions; and overlapping top panels in superposing relation to upper portions of said bowed dust flaps, said overlapping top panels being mutually secured, whereby said bowed dust flaps are retained in a bowed condition that conforms with said rounded upper panel portions of said front and back panels.
Inventors: Scott Fath (Richmond), Ryan J. Sousa (Mechanicsville,Va.), Steven R. Rinehart (Chesterfield, Va.)
Assignee: Altria Client Services Inc. (Richmond)
December 23, 2014

Dust tight and water tight seal for conduit/junction box connection
Patent No. 8,916,777
A gasket system is described for use with a conduit and junction box dust-tight seal assembly. The seal assembly includes a two-piece split clamp, each clamp having a shaft portion, a flange portion, a locknut cavity portion and lip portion. The gasket system includes one or more of a shaft gasket, a flange gasket, and a lip gasket that are mounted on and are used in conjunction with the overall seal assembly.
Inventors: Alfred Fitzgerald Waterland III (Chesterfield, Va.), Douglas Thomas Warthan (Chester, Va.), Brian Alton Blue (Carson, Va.)
Assignee: Virginia Sealing Products Inc. (Prince George, Va.)
December 23, 2014

Durable concrete and method for producing the same
Patent No. 8,915,997
A concrete mix for producing freeze-thaw durable concrete having enhanced strength properties, like compressive strength, abrasion resistance, impact strength, toughness, is disclosed. The novel concrete mix contains deformable solid elements in place of 4-8% entrained air for good durability of concrete under freeze-thaw cycles.
Inventors: Ashok H. Shah (Midlothian, Va.)
Assignee: NAVS LLC (Midlothian, Va.)
December 23, 2014

Dental sanding device
Patent No. 8,915,734
The current invention refers to a device for the removal of residues that have not been removed after the repair of teeth. It enables easier sanding between teeth, provides greater support, and requires less time for the oral cavity to be open. It is lubricant, electricity, and battery free. The surfaces of this invention are smooth with rounded edges, and can sand both the fronts and the backs of the teeth. The current invention will enable dentists throughout the world easier manipulation in the process of removing residues after teeth repair and will only require the use of one hand.
Inventors: Jose Lisandro Deleo (Midlothian, Va.)
Assignee: N/A

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