The R&D Dept.: Local patents for Jan. 28, 2015

Apparatus and methods for large particle ash separation from flue gas using screens having semi-elliptical cylinder surfaces
Patent No. 8,936,662
Apparatus for separating ash particles from a flue gas. The apparatus includes a screen that has a plurality of semi-elliptical cylinder surfaces. The semi-elliptical cylinder surfaces having holes through which said flue gas flows and through which the ash particles will not pass. The screen has a single layer for performing the separation in a manner such that the ash particles fall away from the screen and collect outside of the screen. A method of reducing velocity of a flue gas passing through screening apparatus for separating flue gas from ash particles. The method includes replacing a first screen of the screening apparatus with a second screen that has a plurality of semi-elliptical cylinder surfaces.
Inventors: Mark A. Buzanowski (Richmond), Richard B. Crawford (Richmond), Jake King (Powhatan, Va.), Iain Stuart Hall (Midlothian, Va.)
Assignee: Integrated Global Services Inc. (Midlothian, Va.)
January 20, 2015

Methods and apparatus for conducting electronic transactions
Patent No. 8,938,402
A system and method for conducting electronic commerce are disclosed. In various embodiments, the electronic transaction is a purchase transaction. A user is provided with an intelligent token, such as a smartcard containing a digital certificate. The intelligent token suitably authenticates with a server on a network that conducts all or portions of the transaction on behalf of the user. In various embodiments a wallet server interacts with a security server to provide enhanced reliability and confidence in the transaction. In various embodiments, the wallet server includes a toolbar. In various embodiments, the digital wallet pre-fills forms. Forms may be pre-filled using an auto-remember component.
Inventors: Fred Alan Bishop (Phoenix, Ariz.), Elliott Harold Glazer (Chesterfield, Va.), Zygmunt Steven Gorgol (Scottsdale, Ariz.), William G. Hohle (Lehi, Utah), Michael G. Johnson (Peoria, Ariz.), David E. Johnstone (Cave Creek, Ariz.), Walter Donald Lake (Gilbert, Ariz.), Coby Royer (University City, Mo.), Marvin Simkin (Phoenix, Ariz.), Nick Swift (Reading, Great Britain), Dirk B. White (Glendale, Ariz.), Russell Bennett (Cornville, Ariz.)
Assignee: Lead Core Fund (Dover, Del.)
January 20, 2015

Ureas for the treatment and prevention of cancer
Patent No. 8,937,088
A compound of Formula (I), salts thereof, prodrugs thereof, metabolites thereof, pharmaceutical compositions containing such a compound, and use of such compound and compositions to treat diseases mediated by multiple kinases, such as raf, VEGFR, PDGFR, FLT-3, and c-Kit.
Inventors: Zhaoyin Wang (Kirkland, Calif.), Chunrong Yu (Glen Allen, Va.)
Assignee: Astar Biotech LLC (Richmond)
Beta Pharma Canada Inc. (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
January 20, 2015

Phenylephrine liquid formulations
Patent No. 8,940,796
An oral, aqueous-based, liquid pharmaceutical composition is provided. The composition comprises up to about 45% w/v glycerin and up to about 10% w/v sorbitol wherein the glycerin to sorbitol ratio is about 2:1 to 10:1.
Inventors: William Bubnis (Mechanicsville, Va.), Stephanie Shield (Richmond), Amanda Alley (Midlothian, Va.)
Assignee: Wyeth (New York, N.Y.)
January 27, 2015

Capsule clusters for oral consumption
Patent No. 8,940,344
Provided are oral products that provide engaging and flavorful experiences to a user. The oral product includes a plurality of capsules, a powdered component, a viscous component and a binder that create a matrix that is molded into a shape. In a preferred embodiment, the capsules provide functional and flavorful ingredients. In an embodiment, the matrix is enclosed in a porous material that forms a pouch.
Inventors: Danielle R. Crawford (Chester, Va.), Shalva Gedevanishvili (Richmond), William R. Sweeney (Richmond), Chris Irving (Chesterfield, Va.)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc. (Richmond)

Banded papers, smoking articles and methods
Patent No. 8,939,156
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, Va.), Firooz Rasouli (Midlothian, Va.), Rajesh K. Garg (Richmond), Randall E. Baren (Glen Allen, Va.), Marc W. Rose (Mechanicsville, Va.), Peter J. Lipowicz (Midlothian, Va.), Tony A. Phan (Richmond), Timothy S. Sherwood (Midlothian, Va.), Szu-Sung Yang (Midlothian, Va.), Donald E. Miser (Chesterfield, Va.), Milton E. Parrish (Midlothian, Va.)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc. (Richmond)
January 27, 2015

A package includes an outer container and an inner receptacle. The outer container forming a cavity for the inner receptacle having an open or openable end through which the inner receptacle can be inserted. The package includes a two-part locking mechanism for locking the inner receptacle within the cavity of the outer container. The outer container includes a first part of the two-part locking mechanism and the inner receptacle includes a second part of the two-part locking mechanism. The outer container includes at least one demarcated pressing zone, wherein the at least one demarcated pressing zone is configured and/or stylised and/or shaped and/or arranged to encourage a user to apply a force directed inwardly of the outer container toward the cavity for deactivating the locking mechanism to thereby release the inner receptacle for its withdrawal at least partially from the outer container.
Inventors: Yoko Matsuba (Tokyo), Steve P. Jones (Elon, N.C.), John A. Gelardi (Midlothian, Va.), Marty Jones (Glen Allen, Va.), Rodney D. Dixon (Burlington, N.C.)
Assignee: MeadWestvaco Corp. (Richmond)
January 27, 2015

Polyester film with UV-stability and high light transmittance
Patent No. 8,941,003
A composite film comprising: (i) a heat-stabilised oriented polyester substrate comprising a UV-absorber in an amount of from about 0.1 to about 10% based on the total weight of the polyester substrate, and (ii) on one or both surfaces of the substrate a polymeric coating layer, which has a thickness in the range of from about 10 nm to about 200 nm, and which comprises an ethylene acrylic acid (EAA) copolymer, wherein the composite film exhibits a shrinkage at C. for 30 minutes of less than 0.1% in both the longitudinal and transverse dimensions of the film, and use thereof in the manufacture of photo-voltaic cells.
Inventors: Nori Mandokoro (Midlothian, Va.), Simon Shepherd (Moseley, Va.)
Assignee: Dupont Teijin Films U.S. Limited Partnership (Chester, Va.)
January 27, 2015

Multi-layer, fluid transmissive fiber structures containing nanofibers and a method of manufacturing such structures
Patent No. 8,939,295
A multi-layer, fluid transmissive structure is provided that comprises first and second fiber layers each comprising a plurality of polymeric fibers bonded to each other at spaced apart contact points. The polymeric fibers of these fiber layers have diameters greater than one micron and collectively define interconnected interstitial spaces providing tortuous fluid flow paths through the first and second fiber layers. The structure also comprises a plurality of nanofibers disposed intermediate at least a portion of the first fiber layer and at least a portion of the second fiber layer.
Inventors: Bennett C. Ward (Midlothian, Va.), Geoffrey M. Stoltz (Chester, Va.)
Assignee: Essentra Porous Technologies Corp. (Colonial Heights, Va.)
January 27, 2015

Abutment structures
Patent No. 8,938,836
Abutment and bridge designs include a bridge superstructure and abutment wherein the abutment has a vertical portion of a backwall that can be fixedly joined to the end face of the bridge superstructure without an interdisposed expansion joint. A downward facing surface of the bridge superstructure can be fixedly joined to an upward facing surface of the abutment, or alternatively, a bearing pad may be disposed therebetween. The abutment may further comprise a backwall made from a plurality of panels fixedly joined to a plurality of supporting piles. The abutments and bridge superstructure may be made substantially from composite materials including recycled structural composite and other thermoplastics.
Inventors: Vijay Chandra (Fairfax Station, Va.), John Sang Kim (Midlothian, Va.)
Assignee: PBC International Inc. (New York, N.Y.)
January 27, 2015

Self initiated prone progressive crawler
Patent No. 8,942,874
A self initiated prone progressive crawler facilitates crawling in infants by sensing the infant’s intent and assisting movement. The device is designed as a mobility aid to assist an infant in prone locomotion. The infant can be placed in a prone position on a platform and secured with hook and loop straps. The arms and legs are unconstrained and are able to reach the floor comfortably. The self initiated prone progressive crawler is a motorized wheeled platform which has three points of contact with the ground. One point is an industrial trackball, mounted upside down to provide positional and positional derivative data to a controller. It is located roughly under the chest of the infant and is highly sensitive to movement. The other points of contact are two DC torque motors which are controlled by the controller. In addition to the positional and positional derivative data provided to the controller, the controller also receives data from four equally spaced load cells on a force plate and tn-axial accelerometer gyros attached to the upper and lower extremities of the child. The load cells provide force information between the infant and the device to allow weight shifts to be assessed and used as a control parameter. The accelerometer gyros generate data that provides patterns that can be correlated with crawling movements.
Inventors: Peter E. Pidcoe (Mechanicsville, Va.), Hlapang A. Kolobe (Edmond, Okla.)
Assignee: Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond)
The Board of Regents of the University of Oklahoma (Norman, Okla.)
January 27, 2015

Assign photographers on an event invite and automate requesting, uploading, and sharing of photos and videos for an event
Patent No. 8,943,140
Methods, program products and systems to assign photographers on an event invite and automate requesting, uploading and sharing of the event’s photos/videos are described here. The solution would allow to assign photographers for an event using the event’s invite itself, indirectly triggering the auto-creation of a new photo/video album and allowing the photographer invitees to upload their photos/videos for the event, either real-time or manually at a later time. Thereafter, once an event is complete, the event’s photo/video album would be either automatically or manually shared with the event’s guests depending upon the preferences set by the event’s owner.
Inventors: Ankit Dilip Kothari (Henrico, Va.)
Assignee: N/A
January 27, 2015

Medicament delivery device for administration of opioid antagonists including formulations for naloxone
Patent No. 8,939,943
Medicament delivery devices for administration of opioid antagonists are described herein. In some embodiments, an apparatus includes a housing, a medicament container disposed within the housing and an energy storage member disposed within the housing. The medicament container is filled with a naloxone composition that includes naloxone or salts thereof, a tonicity-adjusting agent, and a pH-adjusting agent, whereby the osmolality of the naloxone composition ranges from about 250-350 mOsm and the pH ranges from about 3-5. The energy storage member is configured to produce a force to deliver the naloxone composition.
Inventors: Eric S. Edwards (Moseley, Va.), Evan T. Edwards (Charlottesville, Va.), Mark J. Licata (Doswell, Va.), Paul F. Meyers (Fishers, Ind.), Frank E. Blondino (Henrico, Va.)
Assignee: kaleo Inc. (Richmond, Va.)
January 27, 2015

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