The R&D Dept.: Local patents for Aug. 12, 2015

Waste recycling systems, processes, and methods
Patent No. 9,098,884
The present invention refers to a system, process, and method of collecting, handling and processing paperboard based fast food service items for the production of pulp suitable for reuse into paper or paperboard and the contemporaneous recovery of the waterproofing film for the production of energy.
Inventors: David Borowski (Green Bay, Wisc.), William Huddleston (San Diego, Calif.), Benjamin A. Thorp (Richmond)
Assignee: N/A
August 4, 2015

Product dispensing container, system and method with priming area
Patent No. 9,096,361
A product dispensing container including a plurality of walls that define an internal volume, at least one of the walls including an access door panel, a priming area and a severance line, and a plurality of products received in the internal volume, wherein the priming area is displaceable relative to the wall to form a free edge, and wherein the access door panel is at least partially defined by the free edge and the severance line when the priming area is displaced relative to the wall.
Inventors: Laurel Thomas (Portland, Ore.), Aaron L. Bates (Moseley, Va.), John Gelardi (Richmond)
Assignee: MeadWestvaco Corp. (Richmond)
August 4, 2015

Product dispensing system with reinforced weakening features
Patent No. 9,096,345
A product dispensing system may include a container including a plurality of walls that define an internal volume and an opening into the internal volume, wherein the container defines a plurality of first perforations and at least one first reinforcing feature arranged in a first row extending from the opening and a plurality of second perforations and at least one second reinforcing feature arranged in a second row extending from the opening.
Inventors: William J. Bogdziewicz (Richmond), Christopher A. Moser (Midlothian, Va.), Stephen G. Simmons (Chesterfield, Va.), Wojciech A. Blaziak (Midlothian, Va.)
Assignee: MeadWestvaco Corp. (Richmond)
August 4, 2015

Steerable trailer chassis
Patent No. 9,096,265
A steerable trailer provides the ability to offset the center line of the trailer to the tow vehicle with a swivel tongue and pivoting axles. The steerable trailer can alter the turning radius of the trailer and improve the turning and backing of the trailer. Typically, a trailer moves relative to the tow vehicle. The steerable trailer allows a user to control the trailer steering independently from the tow vehicle and adds up to two more points to steer more accurately and safely in close areas, for example. The swiveling tongue and pivoting axles can be used independently or together to position the trailer safely in different radii.
Inventors: Kevin Stuart Carr (Richmond)
Assignee: N/A
August 4, 2015

Secure file sharing method and system
9,100,186
Systems and methods are provided for securely sharing data. A processor forms two or more shares of a data set encrypted with a symmetric key, the data set associated with a first user device, and causes the encrypted data set shares to be stored separately from each other in at least one remote storage location. The processor generates first and second encrypted keys by encrypting data indicative of the symmetric key with a first asymmetric key of first and second asymmetric key pairs associated with the first user device and a second user device, respectively, and causes the encrypted key to be stored in the at least one storage location. To restore the data set, a predetermined number of the two or more encrypted data set shares and at least one of the second asymmetric keys of the first and second asymmetric key pairs are needed.
Inventors: Mark S. O’Hare (Coto De Caza, Calif.), Rick L. Orsini (Flower Mound, Texas), Don Martin (Chesterfield, Va.)
Assignee: Security First Corp. (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.)
August 4, 2015

Locking mechanism
Patent No. 9,095,743
A locking mechanism for a shaft provides secure frictional engagement to the shaft while manually operable to be removed from the shaft. There is a first cylinder allowable to slide freely on the shaft. One or more holes retaining one or more balls allow a projection of the balls into an interior of the first cylinder. A tensioning ring (second cylinder) partially overlaps the first cylinder, retains the balls within the holes, and has at least a portion of the inside diameter increasing in diameter. A biasing mechanism acts against the second cylinder to urge the balls into the first cylinder interior to frictionally engage the shaft. Two release mechanisms movable with the biasing mechanism manually actuated against the bias move the second cylinder to allow the balls to freely move within the holes and the locking mechanism to be slid onto and removed from the shaft.
Inventors: David Robert Davies III (North Chesterfield, Va.)
Assignee: Atlas Barbell (North Chesterfield, Va.)
August 4, 2015

Tumor necrosis factor inhibitors
Patent No. 9,096,607
The present invention is directed to compounds that are allosteric inhibitors of tumor necrosis factor receptor I, compositions comprising such compounds, and methods of using such compounds and compositions thereof in the treatment of TNF-.alpha. mediated conditions.
Inventors: Mark I. Greene (Penn Valley, Penn.), Ramachandran Murali (Beverly Hills, Calif.), Xin Cheng (Wallingford, Penn.), Raphael Ottenbrite (Midlothian, Va.), Yingxin Xiao (North Potomac, Md.)
Assignee: The Trustees Of The University Of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, Penn.)
August 4, 2015

Menthol detection on tobacco
Patent No. 9,097,668
A method for detecting mentholated tobacco, comprising irradiating tobacco containing menthol and a fluorescent taggant with radiation and observing the tobacco for fluorescence from the taggant. A system and method for detecting and separating mentholated tobacco from non-mentholated tobacco within a product stream is also provided.
Inventors: Edmond J. Cadieux Jr. (Mechanicsville, Va.)
Assignee: Altria Client Services Inc. (Richmond)

Systems and methods for providing a benefit product with periodic guaranteed income
Patent No. 9,105,065
A computer implemented method and system that implements a benefit product that provides a guaranteed income amount for a participant, the benefit product generates the guaranteed income amount by participating in a plurality of guaranteed income products (GI products). The system may comprise: (1) an income aggregator portion; (2) a savings recordkeeper portion that maintains an investment account associated with the benefit product, the investment account into which the payments to the benefit product pass; and (3) at least one income recordkeeper portion, each income recordkeeper portion administering one or more GI products, each income recordkeeper portion: determining, based on an attributable allocation to a particular GI product, a guaranteed income associated with such particular GI product, each guaranteed income being an amount, attributable to the particular GI product, that is payable to a participant. The income aggregator performs allocation processing, the allocation processing being performed based on funds transfer data, the funds transfer data including (1) first funds transfer data that reflects activity of the investment account and benefit product associated therewith, and (2) second funds transfer data that reflects activity of a respective GI product.
Inventors: James C. Templeman (Richmond), Matthew Sharpe (Richmond), Kristi Leighton (Richmond), Paul Haley (Richmond), Geoffrey S. Stiff (Richmond), William S. White (Glen Allen, Va.)
Assignee: Genworth Holdings Inc. (Richmond)
August 11, 2015

Systems and methods for providing a benefit product with periodic guaranteed minimum income
Patent No. 9,105,063
The invention provides systems, and methods of using the systems, implementing a benefit product with a guaranteed minimum income, wherein payment into the benefit product securing the guaranteed minimum income. The system comprises an income recordkeeper interfacing with a plurality of savings recordkeepers, the income recordkeeper including (1) an income recordkeeper interface portion that inputs attributes to the benefit product funded by payments from a plan associated with the benefit product; and (2) an income recordkeeper record keeping system that implements the benefit product, the income recordkeeper record keeping system being in communication with the income recordkeeper interface portion, the income recordkeeper record keeping system: (a) monitoring transactions to the benefit product; and (b) determining, based on the transactions, a guaranteed minimum income associated with participation in the benefit product.
Inventors: Geoffrey S. Stiff (Richmond), David E. Thomas (Crozier, Va.), John C. Eza (Nellysford, Va.), Vickey L. Root (Richmond)
Assignee: Genworth Holdings Inc. (Richmond)
August 11, 2015

Diesel fuel additive
Patent No. 9,102,891
A diesel fuel additive composition, a fuel containing the fuel additive, a method for improving diesel engine performance using the additive. The diesel fuel additive includes a reaction product of (a) a hydrocarbyl-substituted acylating agent and (b) a reactant selected from the group consisting of a nitrogen-containing compound, a hydroxyl-containing compound, and water that provides a reaction product selected from the group consisting (1) a mono-amide/mono-acid or metal free mono-acid salt thereof, (2) a diacid or metal free diacid salt thereof, and (3) mono-ester/mono-acid or metal free mono-acid salt thereof. The reaction product includes at least about 10 molar percent acid groups based on total moles of the reaction product.
Inventors: Xinggao Fang (Richmond)
Assignee: Afton Chemical Corp. (Richmond)
August 11, 2015

Product dispensing container, system and method with priming area
Patent No. 9,102,456
A product dispensing container including a plurality of walls that define an internal volume, at least one of the walls including an access door panel, a priming area and a severance line, and a plurality of products received in the internal volume, wherein the priming area is displaceable relative to the wall to form a free edge, and wherein the access door panel is at least partially defined by the free edge and the severance line when the priming area is displaced relative to the wall.
Inventors: Laurel Thomas (Portland, Ore.), Aaron L. Bates (Moseley, Va.), John Gelardi (Richmond)
Assignee: MeadWestvaco Corp. (Richmond)
August 11, 2015

Exterior-anchored automobile hammock
Patent No. 9,101,203
An exterior-anchored automobile hammock is used to provide a suspended sleeping apparatus inside a four-door automobile. The exterior-anchored automobile hammock has a main hammock structure, a front windshield strap and buckle, a rear windshield strap and buckle, and a roof strap and buckle. The exterior-anchored automobile hammock is anchored to the vehicle via two front end anchors, two rear end anchors, and a roof strap. All five anchored sections are adjustable for various sizes of automobiles and user preferences. The exterior-anchored automobile hammock suspends over the automobiles interior, with the front seats reclined, allowing the user or users to lie perpendicular to the automobile’s axels or diagonally from door to door if more room is needed.
Inventors: Hanson Eugene Ely (Richmond)
Assignee: Hanson Ely (Richmond)
August 11, 2015

Display carton and system for displaying a plurality of containers
Patent No. 9,101,167
A display carton for displaying a plurality of containers. The display carton includes a base having a front edge, and a back edge, a front side member extending perpendicularly from the front edge of the base and terminating at an upper edge thereof, a rear side member extending perpendicularly from the rear edge of the base and terminating at an upper edge thereof, the rear side member having a cover panel detachably affixed to the rear side member; an upper tray member having a front edge, and a back edge, the front edge extending perpendicularly from the upper edge of the front side member, the upper tray member having a plurality of first apertures; and a lower tray member, the lower tray member positioned along a plane substantially parallel to the upper tray member and the base and located therebetween, the lower tray member having a plurality of second apertures.
Assignee: Altria Client Services Inc. (Richmond)
August 11, 2015

Enhanced near field communications attachment
Patent No. 9,105,025
A secure fob that enables a user to pay for an item or items without needing to present a mobile device. A secure fob may include a proximity capability to ensure that a mobile device is within a particular range, thereby eliminating the risk of fraudulent charges on a stolen fob. In such an embodiment, a fob may be disabled if the fob is not paired with the mobile device by virtue of being disconnected and/or physically separated from the mobile device. The secure fob also may include enhanced features to authorize transactions and locate the mobile device and/or the secure fob.
Inventors: Thomas S. Poole (Chantilly, Va.), Paul Moreton (Glen Allen, Va.), Hutch Douglas (McLean, Va.), Anthony Swider (Deckersville, Va.), Christopher Clarke (Alexandria, Va.)
Assignee: Capital One Financial Corp. (McLean, Va.)
August 11, 2015

Steam condenser
Patent No. 9,103,232
An apparatus, system, and method for generating power including a boiler with a heat exchanger and an optional porous material at the heat exchanger. Further including an optional power-generating means that receives a vapor from the heat exchanger for generating power. Further including a condenser that receives the vapor from the heat exchanger. The condenser having a vapor chamber that receives the vapor, a porous material that receives the vapor, and a liquid chamber that receives a liquid condensed from the vapor. Further including an optional power-generating means that receives the liquid from the liquid chamber.
Inventors: Corey Hall (Alexandria, Va.), Joseph Hall (Glen Allen, Va.)
Assignee: N/A
August 11, 2015

Hook-on highchair
Patent No. 9,101,227
A child seat apparatus that may be engaged on the end of a table top so as to be used as a hook on high chair and that also may be set on the floor to be used as a rocker. The apparatus includes a base that includes longitudinal curved members. A rear portion of the base can be disengaged from the front portion of the base such that, when used as a hook on high chair, the rear portion can swing to an out-of-the-way position underneath front portion, so that the rear portion does not protrude into kitchen or dining room space.
Inventors: Mark Zehfuss (Glen Allen, Va.)
Assignee: Baby Jogger (Richmond)
August 11, 2015

Particulate superabsorbent polymer composition having improved performance properties
Patent No. 9,102,806
The present invention relates to a particulate superabsorbent polymer composition which absorbs water, aqueous liquids, and blood, and a process to make the superabsorbent polymers, wherein a superabsorbent polymer is surface treated with a neutralized multivalent metal salt solution having a pH value similar as that of human skin. The present invention also relates to particulate superabsorbent polymer composition having high Gel Bed Permeability and high Absorbency Under Load.
Inventors: Yaru Shi (Greensboro, N.C.), Gonglu Tian (Henrico, Va.), Mark Joy (Greensboro, N.C.), Geoff Blake (Kernersville, N.C.), Scott Smith (Dusseldorf, Germany ), Bernfried Messner (Summerfield, N.C.)
Assignee: Evonik Corp. (Parsippany, N.J.)
August 11, 2015

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