The R&D Dept.: Local patents for Oct. 7, 2015

Nicotinic receptor compounds
Patent No. 9,150,581
Compounds and compositions for promoting smoking cessation or decreasing tobacco use or nicotine addiction are provided. The compounds are 2′-fluoro-3′-(substituted phenyl) deschloroepibatidine analogs. The compounds have been found to modulate neuronal nicotine acetylcholine receptors and are useful in methods for the treatment of conditions or disorders influenced by the modulation of neuronal nicotinic acetylcholine receptors.
Inventors: Frank Ivy Carroll (Durham, N.C.), Pauline Wanjiku Ondachi (Raleigh, N.C.), Hernan A. Navarro (Chapel Hill, N.C.), M. Imad Damaj (Richmond), James H. Woods (Ann Arbor, Mich.), Emily M. Jutkiewicz (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
Assignee: Research Triangle Institute (Research Triangle Park, N.C.)
The Regents of the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond)
Oct. 6, 2015

Knife block systems
Patent No. 9,149,914
A knife block system is described which in one embodiment includes a block unit having a magnetic core, a plurality of knives secured to the magnetic core of the block unit, a foot supporting the block unit, and at least one chopping board protruding from a surface of the block unit and removable from the block unit for use, the chopping board configured to fit into a chopping board back support attached to the block unit for storage when not in use, the chopping board having a female module formed therein. The system includes a knife sharpener unit removably attachable to the foot for use, the knife sharpener unit having a product logo on a surface thereof that is sized to mate with the female module on the chopping board to secure the knife sharpener unit to the chopping board as both items are in use.
Inventors: Launce R. Barber (Richmond), Simon Johnson (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Assignee: Elemental Tools (Gainesville, Va.)
Oct. 6, 2015

Method for making a cigarette
Patent No. 9,149,067
Supported catalyst particles, which can be incorporated in the tobacco cut filler, cigarette wrapper and/or cigarette filter of a cigarette, are useful for low-temperature and near-ambient temperature catalysis of carbon monoxide and/or nitric oxide. The supported catalyst comprises catalyst particles that are supported on particles of an electrically conductive support selected from the group consisting of graphitic carbon and a partially reduced oxide.
Inventors: Donald Miser (Chesterfield, Va.), Diane Gee (Richmond)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc. (Richmond)
Oct. 6, 2015

Lawn ornament having rotatable decorative blades with solar-activated light-emitting devices
Patent No. 9,148,996
A decorative lawn ornament including a rotatable carrier having a plurality of blades. At least one light-emitting device is arranged on each of the plurality of blades to emit light from the blades. A solar panel is provided to receive and collect sunlight, and a photoswitch is automatically operable between an activated state during instances of insufficient sunlight to thereby activate the light-emitting device, and a deactivated state during instances of sunlight to thereby deactivate the light-emitting device. The decorative lawn ornament is operable such that when a flow of air strikes it, the blades rotate and a decorative member rotates to control an orientation of the blades and the light emitted by the light-emitting devices.
Inventors: Fei Qiu (Richmond), Chengyong Tu (Ningbo, China), Richard Koval (Earlysville, Va.)
Assignee: Plow & Hearth (Madison, Va.)
Oct. 6, 2015

Apparatus for stripping and sorting leaves from agricultural crops
Patent No. 9,149,066
An apparatus for stripping and sorting leaves from stalks of agricultural crops. The apparatus includes a base frame having a first longitudinal member, the first longitudinal member having a first end and a second end, and a second longitudinal member in a parallel spaced-relationship with the first longitudinal member, a plurality of cross members arranged perpendicularly along at least the first longitudinal member, each of the plurality of cross members having a lower stripping member for receiving the stalk of an agricultural crop, a plurality of upper stripping members, each upper stripping member positionable to cooperate with a corresponding lower stripping member to substantially encircle the stalk and stalk gripping assembly for engaging and conveying the stalk along the apparatus in a direction from the first end to the second end of the first longitudinal member.
Inventors: C. Regan Scott (Midlothian, Va.), Curtis M. Hinton (Glen Allen, Va.), Ty Murray (Midlothian, Va.), Martin Heidorn (Chesterfield, Va.)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Oct. 6, 2015

Bone plate having combination locking and compression screw holes
Patent No. 9,149,310
A bone plate including a first side and a second side and configured to locate a locking screw and a compression screw. The bone plate includes a top surface and a bottom surface each extending between the first side and the second side. A plurality of holes extend from the top surface to the bottom surface include a hybrid screw hole configured to accept both a locking screw and a compression screw, a first form hole configured to accept a locking screw, and a second form hole having an elongated shape with a non-circular cross-section configured to accept a compression screw. An interior wall of the bone plate extends between a top opening and a bottom opening of the hybrid screw hole wherein the interior wall includes a threaded first portion proximate the top opening and an unthreaded second portion extending from the bottom opening.
Inventors: Daniel Duane Fritzinger (Warsaw, Ind.), Paul G. Kiritsis (Midlothian, Va.)
Assignee: Biomet Manufacturing (N/A)
Oct. 6, 2015

Devices, systems and methods for medicament delivery
Patent No. 9,149,579
An apparatus includes a movable member and a valve coupled to the movable member. The movable member is configured to be disposed within a housing of a medical device and has a first end portion and second end portion. A portion of the first end portion is configured to define a portion of a boundary of a gas chamber. The first end portion defines an opening configured to be in fluid communication between the gas chamber and an area outside the gas chamber. The second end portion is configured to be coupled to a needle configured to deliver a medicament into a body. The valve is configured to selectively allow fluid communication between the gas chamber and the area outside the gas chamber through the opening defined by the first end portion of the movable member.
Inventors: Evan Thomas Edwards (Gordonsville, Va.), Eric Shawn Edwards (Moseley, Va.), Mark J. Licata (Doswell, Va.)
Assignee: kaleo Inc. (Richmond)
Oct. 6, 2015

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