The R&D Dept.: Local patents for 11.16.16

Assay for determination of levels of lipoprotein particles in bodily fluids
Patent No. 9,488,666
An assembly, method, system, and apparatus for the assessment of the level of specific lipoprotein particles present in a bodily fluid are disclosed. The levels determined may be used to predict the risk of developing various diseases related to lipoprotein particles.
Inventors: Philip Angelo Guadagno (Mechanicsville, Va.), Debra Linn Hicks (Orange, Texas), Joseph Paul McConnell (Richmond)
Assignee: Helena Laboratories Corp. (Beaumont, Texas)
Nov. 8, 2016

Murine anti-NY-ESO-1 T cell receptors
Patent No. 9,487,573
The invention provides an isolated or purified T cell receptor (TCR) having antigenic specificity for NY-ESO-1. Also provided are related polypeptides, proteins, nucleic acids, recombinant expression vectors, isolated host cells, populations of cells, antibodies, or antigen binding portions thereof, and pharmaceutical compositions. The invention further provides a method of detecting the presence of cancer in a mammal and a method of treating or preventing cancer in a mammal using the inventive TCRs or related materials.
Inventors: Maria R. Parkhurst (Ellicott City, Md.), Richard A. Morgan (Columbia, Md.), Steven A. Rosenberg (Potomac, Md.), Shannon Faith Rosati (Richmond)
Assignee: The United States of America, as represented by the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services (Washington, D.C.)
Nov. 8, 2016

System and method for providing contactless payment with a near field communications attachment
Patent No. 9,489,672
A system and method in accordance with exemplary embodiments may include an attachment with a near field communication antenna, a secure element, a plug capable of connecting the attachment to an audio jack on a mobile device. Further, a system and method in accordance with exemplary embodiments may include receiving a payment initiation instruction from a customer, using a near field communication antenna, sending payment information to a point of sale device, using one or more computer processors, encoding data related to the payment as audio data, and transmitting the data related to the payment through an audio jack.
Inventors: Thomas S. Poole (Chantilly, Va.), Paul Young Moreton (Glen Allen, Va.)
Assignee: Capital One Financial Corp. (McLean, Va.)
Nov. 8, 2016

High performance toilets capable of operation at reduced flush volumes
Patent No. 9,487,941
Siphonic, gravity-powered toilets are provided that include a toilet bowl assembly having a toilet bowl. The toilet bowl has a rim channel provided along an upper periphery thereof and a direct-fed jet channel that allows fluid, such as water, to flow from the inlet of the toilet bowl assembly to the direct-fed jet outlet port into the interior of the toilet bowl, in the sump of the bowl. The rim channel includes at least one rim channel outlet port. In the toilets herein, the cross-sectional areas of the toilet bowl assembly inlet, the inlet port to the rim channel, and the outlet port to the direct-fed jet channel are configured so as to be optimized to provide greatly improved hydraulic function at low flush volumes (no greater than about 6.0 liters per flush). The hydraulic function is improved in terms of bulk removal of waste and cleansing of the bowl.
Inventors: David Grover (Stockton, N.J.), Christophe Bucher (Hillsborough, N.J.), Jian Zhou (Glen Allen, Va.)
Assignee: AS America Inc. (Piscataway, N.J.)
Nov. 8, 2016

Menthol detection on tobacco
Patent No. 9,488,580
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 (Richmond)
Nov. 8, 2016

System and method for suppressing radio frequency transmissions
Patent No. 9,494,677
A system and method for suppressing radio frequency (“RF”) transmissions includes a transmitter for transmitting electronic signals that suppresses (e.g., prevents, disrupts, jams, interferes with or otherwise disables) RF transmissions. Some embodiments of the invention include a transmitter that suppresses one or more signals transmitted from a target transmitter in an RF transmission system to a target receiver in a wireless device operating in the RF transmission system to prevent, disrupt, jam, interfere with or otherwise disable an RF transmission between the target transmitter and the target receiver in the wireless device (i.e., target wireless device). These systems and methods may be used to interrupt communication, command and control of non-friendly combatant. These systems and methods may also be used to suppress RF transmissions to prevent the detonation of improvised explosive devices, or IEDs.
Inventors: Robert Haywood Brumley II (Weems, Va.), Michael J. Reedy (South Riding, Va.), Robert Haywood Burmley III (Richmond)
Assignee: Pegasus Global Strategic Solutions (Reston, Va.)
Nov. 15, 2016

Package with strap handle
Patent No. 9,493,268
A carton (8) has a top wall (120), end walls and a strap carrying handle (16). The carrying handle (16) includes a strap section (72, 74) that is formed at least partially in a top wall (120) of the carton (8). The strap section (72, 74) is deployable above the top wall (120) and is attached to each end of the carton (8). The carrying handle (16) further includes a handle structure (6) affixed to the underside of the strap section (72, 74). The handle structure (6) includes a series of foldably interconnected panels that is foldable into a substantially tubular structure having three or more sides disposed at least partially beneath the strap section (72, 74) of the carrying handle (16).
Inventors: Caleb Sutherland Loftin (Richmond), Matthew Earl Zacherle (Chesterfield, Va.)
Assignee: WestRock Packaging Systems (Norcross, Ga.)
Nov. 15, 2016

System and method to detect an event associated with a person relative to a bed
Patent No. 9,495,569
A system and method to detect an event associated with a first object relative to a second object and a support is provided. The system can include an antenna at a support to receive the first object, a tag reader in communication with the antenna and a tag located on the second object. In response to detecting a change in impedance of the antenna associated with the presence of the first object, the tag reader communicates a presence signal. In response to detecting the tag within a threshold proximity of the tag reader, the tag reader generates a tag signal. A remoter server is operable to detect an association of the first and second objects based on a comparison a time associated with each of the tag signal and the presence signal, and in response then creates an output indicative of a detected event based on the association for illustration.
Inventors: Charles Theurer (Alplaus, N.Y.), Judith Guzzo (Niskayuna, N.Y.), Douglas Forman (Niskayuna, N.Y.), Brandon Good (Schenectady, N.Y.), Todd Scarola (Glen Allen, Va.), Shaopeng Liu (Schenectady, N.Y.), Robert Wallace (Glen Allen, Va.), David Smith (Delmar, N.Y.)
Assignee: General Electric Co. (Schenectady, N.Y.)
Nov. 15, 2016

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