The R&D Dept.: Local patents for Jan. 14, 2015

Friction modifiers for engine oils
Patent No. 8,927,471
An engine oil comprising a major amount of a base oil and a minor amount of an additive package, wherein the additive package comprises at least one friction modifier represented by the formula: ##STR00001## wherein R is selected from a hydrocarbyl group having 12 to 28 carbon atoms, a heteroatom containing hydrocarbyl having 12 to 32 carbon atoms, or a group represented by the formula: ##STR00002## wherein R.sub.1 and R.sub.2 are independently selected from hydrocarbyl carbonyl moieties having 12 to 28 carbon atoms, or R.sub.1 and R.sub.2 form a hydrocarbon dicarbonyl containing ring with 12 to 32 carbon atoms, and R.sub.3 and R.sub.4 are independently selected from alkyl groups having 1 to 18 carbon atoms. Methods of using the engine oil to improve thin film and/or boundary layer friction in an engine are also provided.
Inventors: John T. Loper (Richmond)
Assignee: Afton Chemical Corp. (Richmond)
Jan. 6, 2015

Lubricant compositions containing a functionalized dispersant
Patent No. 8,927,469
An engine lubricant composition, a method for maintaining the soot or sludge handling capability of an engine lubricant while not adversely affecting elastomeric seal material in the engine and a method of operating an engine. The engine lubricant includes a base oil and a dispersant. The dispersant is a reaction product of A) a hydrocarbyl-dicarboxylic acid or anhydride, B) a polyamine, C) a dicarboxyl-containing fused aromatic compound, and D) a non-aromatic dicarboxylic acid or anhydride.
Inventors: Naresh Mathur (Midlothian), Jason A. Lagona (Richmond)
Assignee: Afton Chemical Corp. (Richmond)
Jan. 6, 2015

Multi-vitamin and mineral nutritional supplements
Patent No. 8,927,012
The invention provides a nutritional supplement which includes micronutrients to facilitate reduction of cholesterol, and/or reduction of homocystein and/or reduction of low-density lipoprotein-cholesterol (LDL-C) oxidation in humans. In one embodiment the supplement is a multi-vitamin, a mineral supplement which includes at least one component known to reduce cholesterol. The invention further provides a method for tableting one fourth to one half of the daily effective dosage of a phytosterol containing nutritional supplement in a practical sized tablet and a method for reducing blood cholesterol in humans.
Inventors: William Bubnis (Mechanicsville, Virginia), Richard Cotter (Mendham, N.J.), Paul W. Herman (Bridgewater, N.J.), Judith Moreines (Edgewater, N.J.), Scott W. Poxon (Mechanicsville, Virginia), Bruce W. Sutton (Richmond), Jeffrey V. Vernon (Fredericksburg, Virginia), Denise L. Walters (Richmond), Michael G. Williams (Midlothian), Neil Wittenberg (Randolph, New Jersey)
Assignee: Wyeth (New York, New York)
Jan. 6, 2015

Banded papers, smoking articles and methods
Patent No. 8,925,556
Wrapper for cigarette manufacture includes transversely extending band regions applied by a printing technique, such as gravure printing. The band regions comprise starch, an anti-wrinkling agent such as 1,2 propylene glycol or glycerin, and optionally calcium carbonate. Any suitable printing technique can be used to apply the aqueous solution to the banded regions. The pattern of banded regions may be bands, stripes, two-dimensional arrays, undulated regions, and the like along and/or around the tobacco rod. The pattern can be applied in one or more layers. The pattern may be configured so that when a smoking article is placed on a substrate, at least two longitudinal locations along the length of the tobacco rod have film-forming compound located only on sides of the smoking article not in contact with the substrate.
Inventors: Ping Li (Glen Allen, Virginia), Firooz Rasouli (Midlothian), Rajesh K. Garg (Richmond), Randall E. Baren (Glen Allen, Virginia), Marc W. Rose (Mechanicsville, Virginia), Peter J. Lipowicz (Midlothian), Tony A. Phan (Richmond), Timothy S. Sherwood (Midlothian, VA), Szu-Sung Yang (Midlothian), Donald E. Miser (Chesterfield), Milton E. Parrish (Midlothian)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc. (Richmond)
Jan. 6, 2015

Surge protective device with controller
Patent No. 8,929,042
A surge protective device is disclosed that may include a comparator to determine when a line voltage of a line is above a threshold. The device may include a switch to couple a clamping device to the line voltage when the comparator determines the line voltage is above a threshold, wherein the clamping device shunts current from the line. The switch may include a silicon-controlled rectifier (SCR) or a thyristor and the clamping device may include a selenium surge suppression device.
Inventors: Hans-Erik Pfitzer (Chesterfield), Martin William Guy (Chester)
Assignee: Thomas & Betts International Inc. (Wilmington, Delaware)
Jan. 6, 2015

Lockdown device for refrigerated display cases
Patent No. 8,925,893
A lockdown device for a display case includes a platform configured to couple the lockdown device to a surface, and a lockdown bracket coupled to the platform and configured to attach to the display case. The lockdown bracket includes a first connecting portion having a substantially horizontal plate coupled to the platform, and a second receiving portion. The second receiving portion includes a substantially vertical plate, a first side plate having a first set of slots, the first side plate coupled to the vertical plate and forming a non-right angle with the vertical plate. The second receiving portion also includes a second side plate having a second set of slots, the second side plate coupled to the vertical plate and forming a non-right angle with the vertical plate. Both sets of slots are configured to attach to the display case, and the side plates are configured to reduce the movement of the lockdown bracket relative to the display case.
Inventors: Douglas A. Biedenweg (Bracey, Virginia), Lawrence W. Eget (Powhatan, Virginia), Kevin A. Kistner (Chesterfield), Nelson Montanez (Petersburg), Terrell D. Tucker (Prince George, Virginia), John C. Turner III (Midlothian)
Assignee: Hill Phoenix Inc. (Conyers, Georgia)
Jan. 6, 2015

Devices, systems and methods for medicament delivery
Patent No. 8,926,594
An apparatus includes a label configured to be coupled to a medicament delivery device. The label includes a first surface and a second surface. The first surface is configured to be coupled to an outer surface of the medicament delivery device. The second surface includes a textual indicia. The label further includes an electronic circuit system configured to output an electronic signal.
Inventors: Eric Shawn Edwards (Midlothian), Evan Thomas Edwards (Fredericksburg), Mark J. Licata (Doswell, Virginia), Paul F. Meyers (Fishers, Indiana), David A. Weinzierl (Andover, Minnesota)
Assignee: Kaleo, Inc. (Richmond)
Jan. 6, 2015

Characteristic parameters of cells and tissue from quantitative phase imaging
Patent No. 8,928,887
Methods mapping a characteristic parameter of a specimen, such as a scattering mean free path and a scattering anisotropy factor, based on a quantitative phase shift measurement. The methods have steps of using spatial light interference microscopy (SLIM) to determine a quantitative phase shift as a function of position in a sample, and applying a generalized scatter-phase transformation to derive at least one of a scattering mean free path (MFP), a scattering anisotropy factor, and a thickness-independent parameter as a function of position in the sample. In some cases, the sample may be a slice of tissue or a cell.
Inventors: Gabriel Popescu (Champaign, Illinois), Huafeng Ding (Henrico), Zhuo Wang (Beverly, Massachusetts)
Assignee: The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois (Urbana, Illinois)
Jan. 6, 2015

Secondary coolant finned coil
Patent No. 8,925,345
A heat exchanger has a fin pack, with a first supply header and a first return header at the first end of the fin pack. A first group of U-shaped tubes is provided with a first segment extending from the first supply header to the second end of the fin pack, and a second segment extending from the second end of the fin pack to the first return header. A second supply header and a second return header are also provided at the first end of the fin pack. A second group of U-shaped tubes is provided with a first segment extending from the second supply header to the second end of the fin pack, and a second segment extending from the second end of the fin pack to the second return header, where the second plurality of U-shaped tubes is disposed inwardly of the first plurality of U-shaped tubes.
Inventors: Arnold M. Stephens (Powhatan, Virginia), Chin Hoong Leong (Fairfield, Iowa), Adam C. Webb (Yale, Virginia), Zhiming Chen (Johns Creek, Georgia)
Assignee: Hill Phoenix Inc. (Conyers, Georgia)
Jan. 6, 2015

Methods for treating or preventing restenosis and other vascular proliferative disorders
Patent No. 8,932,617
Described herein is the use of ribonucleotide reductase inhibitors in the prevention or treatment of restenosis and other vascular proliferative disorders.
Inventors: Howard L. Elford (Richmond), Arturo J. Cardounel (Gainesville, Florida)
Assignee: N/A
Jan. 13, 2015

Production of and drying of copolymer fibers
Patent No. 8,932,501
The present invention concerns processes for reducing water in never-dried fiber comprising copolymer derived from the copolymerization of para-phenylenediamine, 5(6) -amino-2-(p-aminophenyl)benzimidazole; and terephthaloyl dichloride, the process comprising the steps of: (a) heating the never-dried fiber to a temperature of at least 20.degree. C. but less than 100 .degree. C. until the moisture content of the fiber is 20 weight percent or less of the fiber; and (b) further heating the fiber to a temperature of at least 350.degree. C.
Inventors: Steven R. Allen (Midlothian), Christopher William Newton (Richmond)
Assignee: E I du Pont de Nemours and Co. (Wilmington, Delaware)
Jan. 13, 2015

Medical injector simulation device
Patent No. 8,932,252
An apparatus includes a simulated medicament delivery device and an electronic circuit system coupled to the simulated medicament delivery device. The electronic circuit system is configured to output an electronic output associated with a use of the simulated medicament delivery device.
Inventors: Eric S. Edwards (Moseley, Virginia), Evan T. Edwards (Charlottesville, Virginia), Mark J. Licata (Doswell, Virginia), Paul F. Meyers (Fishers, Indiana), T. Spencer Williamson (Richmond), Kai R. Worrell (Hopkins, Minnesota), David A. Weinzierl (Andover, Minnesota)
Assignee: Kaleo Inc. (Richmond)
Jan. 13, 2015

Sports ball training assembly
Patent No. 8,932,155
A sports ball training assembly for repetitively practicing sporting techniques in a small area, such as, hitting a golf ball, kicking a soccer ball, or batting a baseball. A telescoping arm attaches to the ball, extending and retracting to create different positions to strike the ball. A spring attaches to the telescoping arm. The spring has sufficient elasticity to return the ball to equilibrium position after the ball is propelled forward. The elasticity of the spring and the elevation of the ball can be adjusted by enclosing various sections of the spring with a tube that slides along the longitudinal axis of the spring. As the rigid tube moves along the spring, the spring’s characteristics change. A second spring portion enhances stability and control of the ball, and allows the ball to return to the user. A base and a base shaft provide structure to the assembly.
Inventors: Richard Moore (Richmond)
Assignee: N/A
Jan. 13, 2015

Systems and methods for dynamic mobile applications
Patent No. 8,935,666
Various embodiments of the present invention are dynamic, cross-platform application architectures for devices. According to an exemplary embodiment of the present invention, a platform-specific thin client can be provided on a mobile device. The thin client can be a simple code base customized for the device platform and prepared to configure itself to become a desired application. The thin client can be directed at a trusted source, which can initiate the configuration by delivering data instructing the thin client as to how it should behave under the current conditions and by delivering a framework for the GUI of the application. After the thin client is configured, the thin client can receive content for providing an application to a user. Thus, only a simple code base need be provided on for a device, and that code base can be dynamically configured to perform a desired task under given conditions.
Inventors: Gordon G. Miller III (Glen Allen)
Assignee: N/A
Jan. 13, 2015

Method for synthesizing high molecular weight natural oil polyols
Patent No. 8,933,191
New methods of synthesizing new types of plant derived high molecular weight polyols are provided.
Inventors: Thomas M. Garrett (Corona, California), Stuart L. Watson (Midlothian), Xian Xian Du (Pittsburg, Kansas)
Assignee: N/A
Jan. 13, 2015

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