The R&D Dept.: Local patents for Oct. 21, 2015

Chemical modification of lignin and lignin derivatives
Patent No. 9,156,951
A method for producing a trans-esterified hydroxypropyl lignin (HPL) is provided in one example embodiment and includes precipitating a lignin, dissolving the precipitated lignin in a solution, adding a reagent to the solution, adjusting the pH of the solution, allowing reactions in the solution to occur for a predetermined amount of time, precipitating the solution to produce a precipitate, and washing, filtering, and drying the precipitate to produce the trans-esterified HPL. In one example, a thermoplastic may be added to produce a trans-esterified HPL/thermoplastic blend.
Inventors: Nhiem Cao (Fort Smith, Ark.), Kevin Oden (Irving, Texas), Wolfgang G. Glasser (Richmond)
Assignee: Cyclewood Solutions Inc. (Fayetteville, Ark.)
Oct. 13, 2015

Soft, chewable and orally dissolvable and/or disintegrable products
Patent No. 9,155,772
A soft, chewable and orally dissolvable and/or disintegrable product includes a biopolymer-sugar based matrix and botanical powder dispersed throughout the biopolymer-sugar based matrix. The biopolymer-sugar based matrix includes at least one biopolymer, at least one sugar and optional additives. Soft, chewable and orally dissolvable and/or disintegrable product can also include flavor beads.
Inventors: Feng Gao (Richmond), Shalva Gedevanishvili (Richmond), Shengsheng Liu (Richmond), Munmaya K. Mishra (Manakin Sabot, Va.), William R. Sweeney (Richmond), Randall Baren (Glen Allen, Va.), Qinglin Li (Richmond), Darin Colassaco (Midlothian, Va.), Salem Chouchane (Midlothian, Va.)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc. (Richmond)
Oct. 13, 2015

Insulated case construction
Patent No. 9,157,675
A temperature controlled display device includes a body portion at least partially defining an interior space for storing refrigerated or frozen objects therein. The display device includes a frame coupled to the body portion, where the frame defines at least one opening and a door is coupled thereto for movement between a closed position and open position to permit access to the interior space through the opening. The frame includes two parallel vertical members and two parallel horizontal members. A lighting device is coupled to an interior surface of at least one of the vertical members, to illuminate the interior space. A thermally conductive member is disposed within the vertical member and extends at least partially along the length of the vertical members to transfer heat from the lighting device to an exterior surface of the vertical member.
Inventors: Larry C. Howington (Chesterfield, Va.), Larry W. Eget (Powhatan, Va.)
Assignee: Hill Phoenix Inc. (Conyers, Ga.)
Oct. 13, 2015

Treatment of sleep disturbances
Patent No. 9,155,718
The present invention provides a new composition for treating pain-associated sleep disturbances, especially shortened sleep duration, comprising ibuprofen and diphenhydramine. The composition is further prepared as a bilayer tablet or caplet, or alternatively as a soft gelatin capsule composition, to prevent interaction between the active ingredients.
Inventors: Graham D. Cook (Midlothian, Va.), Todd S. Koch (Powhatan, Va.), David H. Giamalva (Glen Allen, Va.), Justin Bianco (Vineland, N.J.), James J. Fort (Midlothian, Va.), Geraldine Doyle (Chatham, N.J.), Steven Cooper (Denville, N.J.)
Assignee: Wyeth (New York, N.Y.)
Oct. 13, 2015

Production of polycrystalline silicon by the thermal decomposition of dichlorosilane in a fluidized bed reactor
Patent No. 9,156,705
Processes for producing polycrystalline silicon by thermal decomposition of dichlorosilane are disclosed. The processes generally involve thermal decomposition of dichlorosilane in a fluidized bed reactor operated at reaction conditions that result in a high rate of productivity relative to conventional production processes.
Inventors: Satish Bhusarapu (Houston, Texas), Puneet Gupta (Houston, Texas), Yue Huang (Midlothian, Va.)
Assignee: SunEdison Inc. (Maryland Heights, Mo.)
Oct. 13, 2015

Bonded fiber matrix containing encapsulation complex
Patent No. 9,155,299
Provided are a device comprising (a) a three-dimensional structure comprising a plurality of fibers, and (b) powder particles contained in and/or affixed to said structure, wherein said powder particles comprise one or more volatile compound in an encapsulation complex with a molecular encapsulation agent, a method for releasing a volatile compound from a molecular encapsulation complex using such a device, and an apparatus or system for performing such a method.
Inventors: Richard Martin Jacobson (Chalfont, Penn.), Bennett Clayton Ward (Midlothian, Va.), Jian Xiang (Midlothian, Va.)
Assignee: Agrofresh Inc. (Collegeville, Penn.)
Oct. 13, 2015

High performance ballistic composites and method of making
Patent No. 9,163,335
Fabrication of ballistic resistant fibrous composites having improved ballistic resistance properties and retained or improved ballistic penetration resistance properties. The composites are formed from high tenacity fibers having a tenacity of at least about 33 g/denier at ambient room temperature after being modified by a plasma treatment or by a corona treatment, without tenacity loss due to said treatments.
Inventors: Thomas Yiu-Tai Tam (Chesterfield, Va.), David A. Hurst (Richmond), Mark Tallent (Midlothian, Va.), Henry Gerard Ardiff (Chesterfield, Va.), John Armstrong Young (Midlothian, Va.), Ralf Klein (Midlothian, Va.), Bradley Grunden (Midlothian, Va.)
Assignee: Honeywell International Inc. (Morristown, N.J.)
Oct. 20, 2015

Banded papers, smoking articles and methods
Patent No. 9,161,570
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)
Oct. 20, 2015

Wireless devices for storing a financial account card and methods for storing card data in a wireless device
Patent No. 9,165,296
A wireless device is enabled to receive a financial account card that is inserted into a card slot of the wireless device. The wireless device reads card data from the financial account card when it is inserted into the slot and programs an RFID (radio frequency identification) tag or a memory included in the wireless device. The wireless device may then be used to provide payment by transmitting the card data via radio frequency to a nearby RFID reader using the RFID tag. The financial account card may also be ejected from the wireless device and swiped by a magnetic card reader.
Inventors: Gregory Gannon (Hanover, Va.)
Assignee: Capital One Financial Corp. (McLean, Va.)
Oct. 20, 2015

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