The R&D Dept.: Local patents for June 3, 2015

Inhibition of sensory irritation during consumption of non-smokeable tobacco products
Patent No. 9,038,643
An orally-enjoyable tobacco product includes a portion of smokeless tobacco comprising an active ingredient and either: (1) a collection of tobacco particles at least partially enclosed by a coating comprising a water-soluble non-crosslinked component and a substantially water-insoluble cross-linked component, or (2) a pouch comprising smokeless tobacco enclosed in a water-permeable wrapper. The active ingredient is selected from the group consisting of a mercaptan, camphor, borneol, isoborneol, bornyl acetate, isobornyl acetate, mono-bornyl succinate, mono-isobornyl succinate, mono-bornyl formate, and mono-isobornyl formate. The active ingredient is present in an amount effective to reduce or eliminate the sensory irritation arising from the smokeless tobacco. Also disclosed is a method of making such a product.
Inventors: Gerd Kobal (Sandy Hook, Va.), Justin Heynekamp (Virginia Beach, Va.), Timothy B. Langston (Mechanicsville, Va.), Peter Reeh (Erlangen, Germany), Munmaya K. Mishra (Manakin Sabot, Va.), Jason W. Flora (Richmond), Tatjana, Kichko (Erlangen, Germany)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc. (Richmond)
May 26, 2015

Compositions of polyesters and fibrous clays
Patent No. 9,040,615
Compositions of thermoplastic polyesters containing dispersed nanoparticles of fibrous clay are made by polymerizing the polyester precursors in the presence of exfoliated fibrous clay that has not been organically modified. The compositions have good physical properties and can be melt molded into various articles. Many of these articles may be coated (painted) and are especially useful for appearance parts such as visible exterior automotive body parts.
Inventors: David T. Williamson (Chesterfield, Va.), Thomas M. Herrod (Hendersonville, Tenn.), William M. Simmons (Springfield, Tenn.), Henry Max Schleinitz (Wilmington, Del.)
Assignee: E I Du Pont De Nemours and Co. (Wilmington, Del.)
May 26, 2015

Air dryer
Patent No. 9,046,304
An air dryer for supplying a decontaminated air stream. The air dryer includes a housing comprising a handle and an air frame body, a fan assembly structured and arranged in the air frame body, and an air filter arranged in the air frame body downstream of the fan assembly, wherein the air filter is structured and arranged to filter an incoming air stream to supply the decontaminated air stream.
Inventors: Loren R. Gulak (Wilmington, N.C.), Morton B. Gulak (Richmond)
Assignee: N/A
June 2, 2015

Tobacco pouch product
Patent No. 9,044,049
A pouched tobacco product includes a lined pouch material of a web and a water-soluble liner adjacent the web and a tobacco component at a moisture content of 10 to 15% contained within the lined pouch material. The water-soluble liner is interposed between the web and the tobacco component. The liner preferably reduces staining of the web by the tobacco component. Additionally, the liner may include a flavorant.
Inventors: Warren D. Winterson (Chester, Va.), Timothy D. Cochran (Richmond), Tommy C. Holland (Midlothian, Va.), Karen M. Torrence (Chester, Va.), Steve Rinehart (Chesterfield, Va.), G. Robert Scott (Midlothian, Va.)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc. (Richmond)
June 2, 2015

Ballistic laminate structure, and method for manufacturing a ballistic laminate structure
Patent No. 9,046,326
A ballistic laminate structure in sheet form includes first and second pre-annealed nonwoven fabric layers. Each fabric layer is constructed of a loosely assembled array of unidirectionally-oriented, untwisted, high performance fibers. The layers are joined together at an angle to form a dimensionally stable cross-plied fabric.
Inventors: Miles S. Rothman (Sun Lakes, Ariz.), Alexander Watson (Chesterfield, Va.), Kenneth Herbert Keuchel (Hudson, Ohio)
Assignee: N/A
June 2, 2015

Asset detection system
Patent No. 9,049,207
A pluggable asset detection engine is used to identify devices within a network. The pluggable asset detection engine includes a set of pluggable discovery sensors and is adapted to identify particular address information of a particular computing device within a network, using a first pluggable discovery sensor in the set of discovery sensors, and send an identification of the particular address information of the particular computing device to an asset management system for inclusion of the particular address information in an asset repository managed by the asset management system.
Inventors: James Michael Hugard IV (Mission Viejo, Calif.), Robin Keir (Glen Allen, Va.), Joshua Cajetan Rebelo (Bangalore, India), Ofir Arkin (Petah Tikva, Israel), Sven Schrecker (San Marcos, Calif.)
Assignee: McAfee Inc. (Santa Clara, Calif.)
June 2, 2015

Rotatable hair implement
Patent No. 9,044,076
A hair implement, such as a comb, brush, or pick, is disclosed that includes a handle section containing a ring insert within an annular opening in the handle section. When the hair implement is not in use, it may be held on a user’s finger and rotate out of the way without the need for the user to disengage his or her finger from the hair implement, such as when using other hair implements.
Inventors: Sabrina Temple (Glen Allen, Va.)
Assignee: Sabrina Temple (Glen Allen, Va.)
June 2, 2015

Apparatus and method for staining a tobacco pouch product
Patent No. 9,045,244
An apparatus for distributing moisture and staining the web of a plurality of tobacco sachets. The apparatus includes a turret wheel assembly comprising a rotatable turret wheel having a plurality of cups for receiving containers for tobacco sachets, a sensor for verifying the presence a container within a cup of the rotatable turret wheel, a hydraulic injector for injecting water into a container having a plurality of tobacco sachets, means for tamping tobacco sachets, and means for agitating and stirring the plurality of tobacco sachets to lift and stir tobacco sachets from the bottom of the container. A method of distributing moisture and staining the web of a plurality of tobacco sachets is also provided.
Inventors: Gregory J. Griscik (Midlothian, Va.), Travis M. Garthaffner (Midlothian, Va.)
Assignee: Altria Client Services Inc. (Richmond)

Infrared scanning port
Patent No. 9,044,832
We disclose a method for securing an infrared transmissive polymer to integrated panels, deadfronts, or transition plates, thus providing a reinforced polymer window through which the thermographer can scan an energized unit without being directly exposed to contact with internal components or having to remove said panels, deadfronts, or transition plates. We also disclose a device for securing the polymer consisting of a retention frame with half shear retainers that keep the polymer locked in place.
Inventors: Brian Raleigh Sullivan (Midlothian, Va.), Michael David VanStavern (Richmond), Kristofor Lynn Redinger (Mechanicsville, Va.), Christopher William Hackman (Henrico, Va.), Richard F. Riczinger (Hanover, Va.)
Assignee: Thomas & Betts International (Wilmington, Del.)

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