The R&D Dept.: Local patents for 8.10.16

Hydroseeding substrate and methods of use
Patent No. 9,403,730
A hydroseeding substrate and a hydroseeding slurry for seeding of grass and other vegetation are disclosed. The hydroseeding substrate includes mulch and a cover composition including bentonite clay and cellulosic water dispersible polymer or starch. Other desired optional ingredients may also be included. Methods of forming a hydroseeding slurry and methods of using the slurry for seeding are also disclosed.
Inventors: Joseph Donze (Richmond), Joel E. Lanz (Apalachin, N.Y.)
Assignee: LSC Environmental Products (Apalachin, N.Y.)
Aug. 2, 2016

Device and method for dispensing a beverage and imaging contrast agent
Patent No. 9,403,624
A device and method are provided for storing a prefilled liquid beverage, receiving an oral contrast imaging agent that is mixed with the prefilled liquid beverage, and dispensing a resulting beverage/oral contrast imaging agent mixture. The device has a body defining a chamber for storing the prefilled liquid beverage. A closure is movable between a closed position for sealing the prefilled liquid in the chamber, and an open position for (i) introducing the oral contrast imaging agent into the chamber for mixture with the prefilled liquid beverage, and (ii) dispensing the beverage/oral contrast imaging agent mixture. The device may include first graduations, a time scale and second graduations. The body defines a substantially smooth, axially extending patient information surface including thereon a plurality of marking spaces and respective patient information indicia associated with each marking space for marking thereon information relating to a respective patient.
Inventors: Maeghan E. Traboulsi (South Boston, Mass.), Peter Quagliano (Richmond)
Assignee: Beekley Corp. (Bristol, Conn.)
Aug. 2, 2016

Device for facilitating artificial prosthesis installation with measured applied pressure and method therefor
Patent No. 9,402,746
Devices and methods provide for measuring applied pressure on an article, such as a patella construct during a surgical procedure. Embodiments include a clamp having an upper frame arm, a lower frame arm and a clamp assembly, and further include a clamp with a knob assembly and a pressure monitor assembly. Differently sized bushing adapters can be interchangeably employed with a clamp stem to adapt to the relative sizes of objects being clamped.
Inventors: John Stuart Boyer (Henrico, Va.), Bruce Reed Anderson (Richmond)
Assignee: Boyer Anderson (Henrico, Va.)
Aug. 2, 2016

Smokeless tobacco article
Patent No. 9,402,414
A method for making a smokeless tobacco article can include combining thermoplastic polymer particles with tobacco particles to form a mixture of particles, compressing the mixture of particles within a pressing apparatus to form the mixture into a predetermined shape, separating the mixture from the pressing apparatus such that it retains the predetermined shape, and heating the mixture outside of the pressing apparatus to at least partially melt at least some of the thermoplastic polymer particles and form a matrix of polymer and tobacco particles.
Inventors: Gregory James Griscik (Midlothian, Va.), Carl Gregory Miller (Richmond)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Aug. 2, 2016

Systems and methods to monitor an asset in an operating process unit
Patent No. 9,405,291
Systems and methods to monitor an asset in an operating process unit are disclosed. An example method includes monitoring one or more equipment parameters associated with an asset in an operating process unit, monitoring one or more process parameters associated with the asset, and determining an asset health value corresponding to the asset based on the one or more monitored equipment parameters, process parameters, and baseline data associated with the one or more equipment parameters.
Inventors: Joseph Hiserodt Sharpe Jr. (Glen Allen, Va.), Douglas Cecil White (Houston, Texas), Gary Thomas Hawkins (Clarendon Hills, Ill.), Timothy Jacob Olsen (Bettendorf, Iowa)
Assignee: Fisher-Rosemount Systems Inc. (Round Rock, Texas)
Aug. 2, 2016

Seat attachment for a stroller
Patent No. 9,403,550
The invention relates to a seat attachment for a stroller, single stroller and double strollers. The seat attachment includes left and right seat attachment portions, wherein the seat attachment portion comprise a connector portion capable of removably connecting to a stroller frame and a left seat support element removably connecting a seat in either a forward or backward position More specifically, versions of the seat attachment relate to a seat attachment for a stroller capable of supporting a seat such as, but not limited to, a stroller seat, a baby seat, bassinet, a pram, a car seat, or a baby carrier, for example.
Inventors: Mark Zehfuss (Glen Allen, Va.)
Assignee: Baby Jogger (Richmond)
Aug. 2, 2016

System and method for consolidating network streams for network analysis
Patent No. 9,407,643
A system for consolidating network streams includes a consolidator in communication with each of a plurality of network streams. Each network stream is associated with a communication path through a network. The consolidator is configured to prevent the plurality of network streams from being networked together, and configured to create at least one virtual local area network (VLAN) within the consolidator. The consolidator is configured to pass information on an ingress port of the consolidator associated with the at least one VLAN to egress ports of the consolidator associated with the at least one VLAN. The system includes a network analyzer in communication with the consolidator. The consolidator is configured to consolidate the plurality of network streams into a single network stream for application to the network analyzer to determine characteristics of each of the plurality of network streams.
Inventors: Stephen Bavington (Midlothian, Va.)
Assignee: Spirent Communications Inc. (Sunnyvale, Calif.)
Aug. 2, 2016

Data migration using multi-storage volume swap
Patent No. 9,405,628
In one embodiment of the present description, data is migrated to a replacement source storage unit of a storage subsystem while being mirrored from the original source storage unit of a storage subsystem to an original target storage unit of a storage subsystem, and the original source storage unit and the replacement storage unit are swapped in a multi-storage volume swap to write updates to the replacement source storage unit instead of the original source storage unit, in input/output operations issued by at least one host. Further, data stored in the replacement source storage unit, is mirrored from the replacement source storage unit to the original target unit. Other aspects are described.
Inventors: Amy N. Blea (Round Rock, Texas), David R. Blea (Tucson, Ariz.), Gregory E. McBride (Vail, Ariz.), William J. Rooney (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.), John J. Wolfgang (Midlothian, Va.)
Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, N.Y.)
Aug. 2, 2016

Accelerator system for use with secure data storage
Patent No. 9,411,524
Data processing and an accelerator system therefore are described. An embodiment relates generally to a data processing system. In such an embodiment, a bus and an accelerator are coupled to one another. The accelerator has an application function block. The application function block is to process data to provide processed data to storage. A network interface is coupled to obtain the processed data from the storage for transmission.
Inventors: Mark S. O’Hare (Coto De Caza, Calif.), Rick L.Orsini (Flower Mound, Texas), Lawrence A. Laurich (Sunnyvale, Calif.), Stephen Paul Sample (Saratoga, Calif.), Michael H. Wang (Hillsborough, Calif.), Babu Rao Kandimalla (San Jose, Calif.), Don Martin (Chesterfield, Va.), Steven Mark Casselman (Santa Clara, Calif.)
Assignee: Security First Corp. (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.)
Aug. 9, 2016

Flavored packaging insert for smokeless tobacco
Patent No. 9,409,659
A package of smokeless tobacco includes a flavor patch located in the package to provide flavor to smokeless tobacco. Also disclosed is a method of packaging smokeless tobacco by combining a package with a flavor patch disposed inside the package, the flavor patch comprising a flavor and an adsorbent, so that the flavor patch resides in an interior of the package; and adding smokeless tobacco to the package with the flavor patch.
Inventors: Andrew N. Carroll (Chesterfield, Va.), Steven J. Hovjacky (Chesterfield, Va.), Beverly C. Woodson (Ruther Glen, Va.)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc. (Richmond)
Aug. 9, 2016

Systems and methods for dynamic mobile applications
Patent No. 9,413,608
Various embodiments of the present invention are dynamic, cross-platform application architectures for devices. According to an exemplary embodiment of the present invention, a platform-specific thin client can be provided on a mobile device. The thin client can be a simple code base customized for the device platform and prepared to configure itself to become a desired application. The thin client can be directed at a trusted source, which can initiate the configuration by delivering data instructing the thin client as to how it should behave under the current conditions and by delivering a framework for the GUI of the application. After the thin client is configured, the thin client can receive content for providing an application to a user. Thus, only a simple code base need be provided on for a device, and that code base can be dynamically configured to perform a desired task under given conditions.
Inventors: Gordon G. Miller III (Glen Allen, Va.)
Assignee: N/A
Aug. 9, 2016

Evolving serial comparison system with critical alert notifications
Patent No. 9,408,550
A system for serial comparison of physiological data, including: a controller; a user interface; and a memory including instructions that, when executed by the controller, perform the steps of: receiving from a first data source a current clinical report including first set of physiological data of a patient and computer-generated first interpretive statements; accessing, from the patient file in a patient database, a previous clinical report including a second set of physiological data of the patient and physician-edited interpretive statements; mapping the physician-edited interpretive statements into one or more codes of a structured data format, wherein each code uniquely identifies a medical state; performing a serial comparison between the current clinical report and the previous clinical report to generate serial comparison interpretive statements; providing to a user, via the user interface, the serial comparison interpretive statements; and receiving, via the user interface, current physician-edited interpretive statements.
Inventors: James Stanczak (Arlington Heights, Ill.), Russell Deremer (Midlothian, Va.), Alan Risse (Camarillo, Calif.)
Assignee: Epiphany Cardiography Products (Midlothian, Va.)
Aug. 9, 2016

Hydroseeding substrate and methods of use
Patent No. 9,403,730
A hydroseeding substrate and a hydroseeding slurry for seeding of grass and other vegetation are disclosed. The hydroseeding substrate includes mulch and a cover composition including bentonite clay and cellulosic water dispersible polymer or starch. Other desired optional ingredients may also be included. Methods of forming a hydroseeding slurry and methods of using the slurry for seeding are also disclosed.
Inventors: Joseph Donze (Richmond), Joel E. Lanz (Apalachin, N.Y.)
Assignee: LSC Environmental Products (Apalachin, N.Y.)
Aug. 2, 2016

Device and method for dispensing a beverage and imaging contrast agent
Patent No. 9,403,624
A device and method are provided for storing a prefilled liquid beverage, receiving an oral contrast imaging agent that is mixed with the prefilled liquid beverage, and dispensing a resulting beverage/oral contrast imaging agent mixture. The device has a body defining a chamber for storing the prefilled liquid beverage. A closure is movable between a closed position for sealing the prefilled liquid in the chamber, and an open position for (i) introducing the oral contrast imaging agent into the chamber for mixture with the prefilled liquid beverage, and (ii) dispensing the beverage/oral contrast imaging agent mixture. The device may include first graduations, a time scale and second graduations. The body defines a substantially smooth, axially extending patient information surface including thereon a plurality of marking spaces and respective patient information indicia associated with each marking space for marking thereon information relating to a respective patient.
Inventors: Maeghan E. Traboulsi (South Boston, Mass.), Peter Quagliano (Richmond)
Assignee: Beekley Corp. (Bristol, Conn.)
Aug. 2, 2016

Device for facilitating artificial prosthesis installation with measured applied pressure and method therefor
Patent No. 9,402,746
Devices and methods provide for measuring applied pressure on an article, such as a patella construct during a surgical procedure. Embodiments include a clamp having an upper frame arm, a lower frame arm and a clamp assembly, and further include a clamp with a knob assembly and a pressure monitor assembly. Differently sized bushing adapters can be interchangeably employed with a clamp stem to adapt to the relative sizes of objects being clamped.
Inventors: John Stuart Boyer (Henrico, Va.), Bruce Reed Anderson (Richmond)
Assignee: Boyer Anderson (Henrico, Va.)
Aug. 2, 2016

Smokeless tobacco article
Patent No. 9,402,414
A method for making a smokeless tobacco article can include combining thermoplastic polymer particles with tobacco particles to form a mixture of particles, compressing the mixture of particles within a pressing apparatus to form the mixture into a predetermined shape, separating the mixture from the pressing apparatus such that it retains the predetermined shape, and heating the mixture outside of the pressing apparatus to at least partially melt at least some of the thermoplastic polymer particles and form a matrix of polymer and tobacco particles.
Inventors: Gregory James Griscik (Midlothian, Va.), Carl Gregory Miller (Richmond)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Aug. 2, 2016

Systems and methods to monitor an asset in an operating process unit
Patent No. 9,405,291
Systems and methods to monitor an asset in an operating process unit are disclosed. An example method includes monitoring one or more equipment parameters associated with an asset in an operating process unit, monitoring one or more process parameters associated with the asset, and determining an asset health value corresponding to the asset based on the one or more monitored equipment parameters, process parameters, and baseline data associated with the one or more equipment parameters.
Inventors: Joseph Hiserodt Sharpe Jr. (Glen Allen, Va.), Douglas Cecil White (Houston, Texas), Gary Thomas Hawkins (Clarendon Hills, Ill.), Timothy Jacob Olsen (Bettendorf, Iowa)
Assignee: Fisher-Rosemount Systems Inc. (Round Rock, Texas)
Aug. 2, 2016

Seat attachment for a stroller
Patent No. 9,403,550
The invention relates to a seat attachment for a stroller, single stroller and double strollers. The seat attachment includes left and right seat attachment portions, wherein the seat attachment portion comprise a connector portion capable of removably connecting to a stroller frame and a left seat support element removably connecting a seat in either a forward or backward position More specifically, versions of the seat attachment relate to a seat attachment for a stroller capable of supporting a seat such as, but not limited to, a stroller seat, a baby seat, bassinet, a pram, a car seat, or a baby carrier, for example.
Inventors: Mark Zehfuss (Glen Allen, Va.)
Assignee: Baby Jogger (Richmond)
Aug. 2, 2016

System and method for consolidating network streams for network analysis
Patent No. 9,407,643
A system for consolidating network streams includes a consolidator in communication with each of a plurality of network streams. Each network stream is associated with a communication path through a network. The consolidator is configured to prevent the plurality of network streams from being networked together, and configured to create at least one virtual local area network (VLAN) within the consolidator. The consolidator is configured to pass information on an ingress port of the consolidator associated with the at least one VLAN to egress ports of the consolidator associated with the at least one VLAN. The system includes a network analyzer in communication with the consolidator. The consolidator is configured to consolidate the plurality of network streams into a single network stream for application to the network analyzer to determine characteristics of each of the plurality of network streams.
Inventors: Stephen Bavington (Midlothian, Va.)
Assignee: Spirent Communications Inc. (Sunnyvale, Calif.)
Aug. 2, 2016

Data migration using multi-storage volume swap
Patent No. 9,405,628
In one embodiment of the present description, data is migrated to a replacement source storage unit of a storage subsystem while being mirrored from the original source storage unit of a storage subsystem to an original target storage unit of a storage subsystem, and the original source storage unit and the replacement storage unit are swapped in a multi-storage volume swap to write updates to the replacement source storage unit instead of the original source storage unit, in input/output operations issued by at least one host. Further, data stored in the replacement source storage unit, is mirrored from the replacement source storage unit to the original target unit. Other aspects are described.
Inventors: Amy N. Blea (Round Rock, Texas), David R. Blea (Tucson, Ariz.), Gregory E. McBride (Vail, Ariz.), William J. Rooney (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.), John J. Wolfgang (Midlothian, Va.)
Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, N.Y.)
Aug. 2, 2016

Accelerator system for use with secure data storage
Patent No. 9,411,524
Data processing and an accelerator system therefore are described. An embodiment relates generally to a data processing system. In such an embodiment, a bus and an accelerator are coupled to one another. The accelerator has an application function block. The application function block is to process data to provide processed data to storage. A network interface is coupled to obtain the processed data from the storage for transmission.
Inventors: Mark S. O’Hare (Coto De Caza, Calif.), Rick L.Orsini (Flower Mound, Texas), Lawrence A. Laurich (Sunnyvale, Calif.), Stephen Paul Sample (Saratoga, Calif.), Michael H. Wang (Hillsborough, Calif.), Babu Rao Kandimalla (San Jose, Calif.), Don Martin (Chesterfield, Va.), Steven Mark Casselman (Santa Clara, Calif.)
Assignee: Security First Corp. (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.)
Aug. 9, 2016

Flavored packaging insert for smokeless tobacco
Patent No. 9,409,659
A package of smokeless tobacco includes a flavor patch located in the package to provide flavor to smokeless tobacco. Also disclosed is a method of packaging smokeless tobacco by combining a package with a flavor patch disposed inside the package, the flavor patch comprising a flavor and an adsorbent, so that the flavor patch resides in an interior of the package; and adding smokeless tobacco to the package with the flavor patch.
Inventors: Andrew N. Carroll (Chesterfield, Va.), Steven J. Hovjacky (Chesterfield, Va.), Beverly C. Woodson (Ruther Glen, Va.)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc. (Richmond)
Aug. 9, 2016

Systems and methods for dynamic mobile applications
Patent No. 9,413,608
Various embodiments of the present invention are dynamic, cross-platform application architectures for devices. According to an exemplary embodiment of the present invention, a platform-specific thin client can be provided on a mobile device. The thin client can be a simple code base customized for the device platform and prepared to configure itself to become a desired application. The thin client can be directed at a trusted source, which can initiate the configuration by delivering data instructing the thin client as to how it should behave under the current conditions and by delivering a framework for the GUI of the application. After the thin client is configured, the thin client can receive content for providing an application to a user. Thus, only a simple code base need be provided on for a device, and that code base can be dynamically configured to perform a desired task under given conditions.
Inventors: Gordon G. Miller III (Glen Allen, Va.)
Assignee: N/A
Aug. 9, 2016

Evolving serial comparison system with critical alert notifications
Patent No. 9,408,550
A system for serial comparison of physiological data, including: a controller; a user interface; and a memory including instructions that, when executed by the controller, perform the steps of: receiving from a first data source a current clinical report including first set of physiological data of a patient and computer-generated first interpretive statements; accessing, from the patient file in a patient database, a previous clinical report including a second set of physiological data of the patient and physician-edited interpretive statements; mapping the physician-edited interpretive statements into one or more codes of a structured data format, wherein each code uniquely identifies a medical state; performing a serial comparison between the current clinical report and the previous clinical report to generate serial comparison interpretive statements; providing to a user, via the user interface, the serial comparison interpretive statements; and receiving, via the user interface, current physician-edited interpretive statements.
Inventors: James Stanczak (Arlington Heights, Ill.), Russell Deremer (Midlothian, Va.), Alan Risse (Camarillo, Calif.)
Assignee: Epiphany Cardiography Products (Midlothian, Va.)
Aug. 9, 2016

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