The R&D Dept.: Local patents for 12.14.16

Electronic cigarette
Patent No. 9,510,623
An electronic cigarette includes a liquid supply including liquid material, a heater operable to heat the liquid material to a temperature sufficient to vaporize the liquid material and form an aerosol, a wick in communication with the liquid material and in communication with the heater such that the wick delivers the liquid material to the heater, at least one air inlet operable to deliver air to a central air passage upstream of the heater, and a mouth end insert having at least two diverging outlets. The electronic cigarette can also include an air flow diverter which directs incoming air away from a heating zone of the heater.
Inventors: Christopher S. Tucker (Midlothian, Va.), Geoffrey Brandon Jordan (Midlothian, Va.), Barry S. Smith (Hopewell, Va.), Ali A. Rostami (Glen Allen, Va.), Charles E. B. Glenn Sr. (Richmond)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Dec. 6, 2016

Method and system for thermoelectric cooling of products on display at retail
Patent No. 9,518,766
A thermoelectrically cooled system and method is disclosed, which includes a thermoelectrically cooled sleeve, which is configured to hold one or more cylindrical cans of a retail product. The thermoelectrically cooled sleeve includes an outer cylindrical body, an inner cylindrical body, a thermoelectric element located between the outer cylindrical body and the inner cylindrical body, and at least one pair of electrical leads attachable to the thermoelectrically cooled sleeve, and upon application of a source of electrical power to the pair of electrical leads heat moves through the thermoelectric element from the inner cylindrical body to the outer cylindrical body of the thermoelectrically cooled sleeve.
Inventors: Jason Flora (Richmond), Dongmei Xu (Glen Allen, Va.), Yahya Kargalioglu (Glen Allen, Va.), Weiling Li (Moseley, Va.)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Dec. 13, 2016

Lubricant additive compositions containing thiophosphates and thiophosphate derivatives
Patent No. 9,518,242
The invention relates to thiophosphates and derivatives thereof useful as antiwear additive components, lubricant additive compositions and lubricant compositions each comprising such compounds, methods for making and using the same, including methods of lubricating machines and machine parts and methods of extending the useful life of elastomeric seal components of such machines. In one aspect, the invention relates to a lubricant additive composition comprising a compound of formula (I): ##STR00001## or a tribologically acceptable salt thereof, and a sulfonate or a phenate detergent.
Inventors: David Edwards (Richmond), Kristine Durbin (Mechanicsville, Va.), Robert E. McCovick (Chesterfield, Va.)
Assignee: Afton Chemical Corp. (Richmond)
Dec. 13, 2016

Olfactory implant system
Patent No. 9,517,342
The system includes five components: (1) a sensor array, (2) a processor, (3) a transmitter, (4) a receiver-stimulator, and (5) an implantable electrode array. The olfactory implant system generates odor fingerprints by detecting odors with an array of chemical sensors and then transmitting variable spatio-temporal stimulation patterns for an electrode array with electrode stimulating points positioned at different locations in the olfactory cortex (e.g., stimulating the olfactory bulb). Different patterns of activity in the olfactory cortex are thereby generated which mimic the sense of smell in a subject. Once trained the system should be usable by a subject to detect or correctly identify one or more odors.
Inventors: Richard M. Costanzo (Crozier, Va.), Daniel Coelho (Richmond)
Assignee: Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond)
Dec. 13, 2016

Disintegratable plug wraps and their applications
Patent No. 9,516,896
A filter rod used in manufacture of a smoking article contains: (a) a rod of filter material, and (b) a plug wrap surrounding the rod of filter material. The overlapping side edges of the plug wrap are secured together with a plug wrap adhesive and the plug wrap adhesive comprises a disintegration accelerating agent. Alternatively or in addition, the plug wrap may contain perforations.
Inventors: Milton E. Parrish (Midlothian, Va.), Lixin L. Xue (Midlothian, Va.), Jon A. Regrut (Richmond), Marvyn Steele (Richmond), Thomas J. Gannon (Powhatan, Va.), Wesley Gilliam Sanderson (Chester, Va.)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc. (Richmond)
Dec. 13, 2016

Moist botanical pouch processing and moist oral botanical pouch products
Patent No. 9,516,894
An oral pouched product comprising a pouch containing moist botanical beads comprising compacted loose, fibrous moist botanical material and method of manufacture thereof. The loose, fibrous moist botanical material can comprise moist smokeless tobacco. The pouch comprises a porous outer web, and the beads comprise a majority amount of loose, fibrous moist botanical material having a moisture content of at least about 50% OV.
Inventors: Diane L. Gee (Richmond), David Golob (Richmond), Stephen G. Zimmermann (Midlothian, Va.)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc. (Richmond)
Dec. 13, 2016

Methods and apparatus for conducting electronic transactions
Patent No. 9,519,894
A system and method for conducting electronic commerce are disclosed. In various embodiments, the electronic transaction is a purchase transaction. A user is provided with an intelligent token, such as a smartcard containing a digital certificate. The intelligent token suitably authenticates with a server on a network that conducts all or portions of the transaction on behalf of the user. In various embodiments a wallet server interacts with a security server to provide enhanced reliability and confidence in the transaction. In various embodiments, the wallet server includes a toolbar. In various embodiments, the digital wallet pre-fills forms. Forms may be pre-filled using an auto-remember component.
Inventors: Fred Alan Bishop (Phoenix, Ariz.), Elliott Harold Glazer (Chesterfield, Va.), Zygmunt Steven Gorgol (Scottsdale, Ariz.), William G. Hohle (Lehi, Utah), Michael G. Johnson (Peoria, Ariz.), David E. Johnstone (Cave Creek, Ariz.), Walter Donald Lake (Gilbert, Ariz.), Coby Royer (University City, Mo.), Marvin Simkin (Phoenix, Ariz.), Nick Swift (Reading, Great Britain), Dirk B. White (Glendale, Ariz.), Russell Bennett (Cornville, Ariz.)
Assignee: Gula Consulting Limited Liability Co. (Dover, Del.)
Dec. 13, 2016

Baby stroller
Patent No. 9,517,787
Strollers are described that may be used as single strollers or may be reversibly connected together to form a double stroller. Strollers may comprise complementary connectors to be reversibly connected two single strollers in a side-by-side configuration with the rear wheels of the single strollers are interlocked to reduce the overall width of the double stroller. Further, single strollers may comprise complementary connectors to be reversibly connoted two single strollers in a train configuration with the front wheels of the single strollers interlocked to reduce the overall length of the double stroller. Additionally, single strollers may be produced with sets of connectors such that they may connected in either the side-by-side configuration or the train configuration.
Inventors: Mark Zehfuss (Glen Allen, Va.), Jordi Dorca (Sant Joan de les Abadesses, Spain)
Assignee: Baby Jogger (Richmond)
Dec. 13, 2016

Devices and methods for delivering opioid antagonists including formulations for naloxone
Patent No. 9,517,307
An apparatus includes a container, a needle, and an actuation assembly. The container contains a dose of a naloxone composition having a delivered volume of at least about 0.34 mL. The actuation assembly includes an energy storage member that produces a force on a movable member to move the needle and to deliver the dose of the naloxone composition. The 90% confidence interval of at least one of the relative mean maximum naloxone plasma concentration after dose delivery into the body (C.sub.max), time to reach the maximum naloxone plasma concentration (T.sub.max), area under the plasma concentration-time curve from pre-dose (time 0) extrapolated to infinity (AUC.sub.0-.infin.), or area under the plasma concentration-time curve from pre-dose (time 0) to the time of the last quantifiable concentration (T.sub.last) (AUC.sub.0-t) of the delivered dose to a delivered dose of a corresponding naloxone composition delivered via a manually-actuated syringe is within 80% to 125%.
Inventors: Frank E. Blondino (Henrico, Va.), Eric S. Edwards (Moseley, Va.), Evan T. Edwards (Charlottesville, Va.), Glen L. Kelley (Glen Allen, Va.), Paul F. Meyers (Fishers, Ind.)
Assignee: kaleo Inc. (Richmond)
Dec. 13, 2016

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