The R&D Dept.: Local patents for 1.11.17

Method and system for authorizing card account transactions by geographic region
Patent No. 9,530,138
A method and system for authorizing card account transactions by geographic region by providing data for a user interface displaying geographic regions and merchant locations each corresponding to the location of a merchant where a transaction using a card account may be initiated, receiving a user interface selection representing a request to authorize or restrict card account transactions, receiving authorization requests for desired transactions, and authorizing or restricting the transactions in accordance with the request.
Inventors: Michele Matthews (Richmond)
Assignee: Capital One Financial Corp. (McLean, Va.)
Dec. 27, 2016

Degradable shotgun wad
Patent No. 9,528,800
Herein we describe shotgun shells each having a degradable wad comprising a polyhydroxyalkanoate polymer, as well as methods for ensuring that such wad degrades quickly after landing in an aquatic environment. Plastic, aquatic debris has a negative economic and ecological impact, and thus it is advantageous to use implements that will degrade into environmentally benign compounds. Incorporating a degradable wad into shotgun shells provides an effective, economical solution. Suitable degradable shotgun wads and methods are described herein.
Inventors: Kirk J. Havens (Plainview, Va,), Donna Marie Bilkovic (Gloucester Point, Va.), David M. Stanhope (Hayes, Va.), Kory T. Angstadt (Gloucester, Va.), Wade K. Blackwood (Richmond)
Assignee: College of William and Mary (Williamsburg, Va.)
Dec. 27, 2016

Hydroxybupropion analogues for treating drug dependence
Patent No. 9,527,823
The invention provides hydroxybupropion analogs capable of inhibiting the reuptake of one or more monoamines and/or acting as antagonists at nicotinic acetylcholine receptors. The compounds may selectively bind to one or more monoamine transporters, including those for dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin and/or may selectively bind to one or more nicotinic acetylcholine receptor subtypes. Such compounds may be used to treat conditions that are responsive to modification of monoamine levels and/or antagonism of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors, including drug dependency, depression, and obesity.
Inventors: Frank Ivy Carroll (Durham, N.C.), Bruce E. Blough (Raleigh, N.C.), Hernan A. Navarro (Chapel Hill, N.C.), S. Wayne Mascarella (Hillsborough, N.C.), Ana Zamfira Muresan (Raleigh, N.C.), M. Imad Damaj (Richmond), Ronald J. Lukas (Phoenix, Ariz.)
Assignee: Research Triangle Institute (Research Triangle Park, N.C.) & Dignity Health (Phoenix, Ariz.) & Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond)
Dec. 27, 2016

Fertilizer compositions and methods of making and using the same
Patent No. 9,527,779
Generally, the instant disclosure relates to fertilizer compositions and methods of making and using the same. More specifically, the instant disclosure relates to blast suppressant and/or blast resistant ammonium nitrate fertilizer compositions, as well as methods of making and using the same.
Inventors: Mark L. Weaver (Greenwell Springs, La.), Kyle A. Crum (Oakmont, Penn.), Judodine Nichols (Murrysville, Penn.), David F. Iwig (Greensburg, Penn.), Steven C. Orkis (Pittsburgh, Penn.), Gerald E. Carkin (Tarentum, Penn.), Orhan D. Gencaga (Pittsburgh, Penn.), Stephen P. Sunday (Richmond), Ian Ross Harrison (Port Kennedy, Australia), John R. Smith (Pittsburgh, Penn.), Shannon I. Parks (Sarver, Penn.), Mikhail Gershenzon (Murrysville, Penn.)
Assignee: Alcoa USA Corp. (Pittsburgh, Penn.)
Dec. 27, 2016

Carton and carton blank
Patent No. 9,527,642
A carton (90) for packaging one of more articles (A) comprising a plurality of walls including a top wall (16), a first side wall (14), a second side wall (18), a first end wall (22a, 24a, 26a, 28a), a second end wall (2b, 24b, 26b, 28b) and a bottom wall (12), the carton having an access device (D) for accessing said one or more articles, the access device comprising a plurality of primary lines of severance (36a, 34a, 32a, 30a, 36b, 34b, 32b, 30b) which are defined in the first side wall, the second side wall, the first end wall and the top wall so as to define a detachable corner (C) of the carton, wherein the access device comprises a fold line (40) extending transversely across the top wall for enabling folding of the detachable corner when in a partially detached condition.
Inventors: Brandon L. Ramsuer (Henrico, Va.), Nathaniel B. Ball (Richmond)
Assignee: WestRock Packaging Systems (Norcross, Ga.)
Dec. 27, 2016

Methods for treating or preventing neuroinflammation or autoimmune diseases
Patent No. 9,526,707
Disclosed herein are ribonucleotide reductase inhibitors, compositions comprising ribonucleotide reductase inhibitors, and methods for treating and/or preventing autoimmune diseases and neuroinflammatory diseases with the ribonucleotide reductase inhibitors.
Inventors: Howard L. Elford (Richmond)
Assignee: N/A
Dec. 27, 2016

Air freshening device
Patent No. 9,526,808
An air freshening device includes a liquid supply operable to supply liquid fragrance material, a wick in contact with the liquid supply, a conductive mesh material operable to retain the liquid material in interstices thereof, and a power supply operable to apply voltage across the mesh material so as to heat the mesh material and the liquid fragrance material contained in interstices of the mesh material to a temperature sufficient to vaporize the liquid. The air freshening device is operable to substantially prevent deposition of the vaporized liquid material.
Inventors: Christopher S. Tucker (Midlothian, Va.), Walter A. Nichols (Chesterfield, Va.)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc. (Richmond)
Dec. 27, 2016

Prochelators as broad-spectrum antimicrobial agents and methods of use
Patent No. 9,526,740
The present disclosure provides methods of treating (including ameliorating and/or preventing) pathogenic infections by administering a therapeutically effective amount of a prochelator. The present disclosure further provides pharmaceutical compositions and a kit comprising the prochelator therein.
Inventors: Katherine J. Franz (Durham, N.C.), Dennis J. Thiele (Chapel Hill, N.C.), Marian Helsel (Durham, N.C.), Richard Festa (North Chesterfield, Va.)
Assignee: Duke University (Durham, N.C.)
Dec. 27, 2016

Air distribution system for temperature-controlled case
Patent No. 9,526,354
A temperature-controlled case including a base having a deck and an air flow device located below the deck, a tower having a cavity, and an air distribution system. The air distribution system includes a duct and one or more air diverting devices which permit a first portion of an air flow to be received into the tower and direct a second portion of the air flow toward the deck. Sub-portions of the first portion may be directed at the rear portions and front portions of one or more shelves. The tower includes an exterior wall having openings through which air is directed by the air diverting devices. The exterior wall may be faceted and the cavity may be segmented into channels corresponding to the facets.
Inventors: Angel A. Barreto (Petersburg, Va.), Jules G. Choueifati (Chester, Va.), Larry C. Howington (Chesterfield, Va.)
Assignee: Hill Phoenix Inc. (Conyers, Ga.)
Dec. 27, 2016

Lyme disease vaccine
Patent No. 9,534,021
Antigenic polypeptides comprising linear immunodominant epitopes of Borrelia outer surface protein A (OspA) or Borrelia outer surface protein C (OspC) are useful as vaccines against Lyme disease, and as diagnostics for detecting Borrelia infections. The OspA and OspC antigenic polypeptides typically comprise a plurality of peptides representing epitope containing regions from multiple distinct phyletic groups. The antigenic polypeptides may also include epitopes from both Borrelia OspA and Borrelia OspC.
Inventors: Christopher G. Earnhart (Williamsburg, Va.), Richard T. Marconi (Richmond)
Assignee: Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond)
Jan. 1, 2017

Accessory packaging
Patent No. 9,533,791
A self-locking display box is disclosed, which is configured to receive one or more electrical components, wherein the box is erected from a blank having a deck panel having a pair of tabs, which are configured to fit within a corresponding notch of a back panel and which snaps into place to form a rectangular box. The back panel has an upper flap panel and a lower flap panel, the upper flap panel and the lower flap panel each having the corresponding notch therein. The deck panel has a pair of tabs, which extend outward from an upper edge and a lower edge of the deck panel, respectively, and are configured to be received within the corresponding notches of the upper flap panel and the lower flap panel upon assembly of the box.
Inventors: Scott A. Fath (Richmond)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Jan. 3, 2017

Laminates made from ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene tape
Patent No. 9,533,480
Disclosed are laminates from multiple stacked plies of a uni-directional tape in which the tape formed from a plurality of ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene gel spun, multi-filament yarns. The resultant laminate contains not more than five percent resin by weight. Related methods of making a laminate of this type are also disclosed.
Inventors: Thomas Tam (Chesterfield, Va.), Mark Benjamin Boone (Mechanicsville, Va.), Henry Gerard Ardiff (Chesterfield, Va.), Brian H. Waring (Chesterfield, Va.), Brian D. Arvidson (Chesterfield, Va.), Ashok Bhatnagar (Richmond), Steven Correale (Chester, Va.)
Assignee: Honeywell International Inc. (Morris Plains, N.J.)
Jan. 3, 2017

Coated colloidal ground plant materials
Patent No. 9,532,592
A method of providing a comestible plant material taken orally by coating a micronized plant material with a first layer of polysaccharides or proteins, then a second layer of polysaccharides or proteins is disclosed. A bi-encapsulated plant material produced by this process is also disclosed.
Inventors: Tapashi Sengupta (Barrington, Ill.), Munmaya K. Mishra (Richmond), William R. Sweeney (Richmond), Douglas A. Fernandez (Richmond)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc. (Richmond)
Jan. 3, 2017

Efficient access to sparse packets in large repositories of stored network traffic
Patent No. 9,537,972
A secondary indexing technique cooperates with primary indices of an indexing arrangement to enable efficient storage and access of metadata used to retrieve packets persistently stored in data files of a data repository. Efficient storage and access of the metadata used to retrieve the persistently stored packets may be based on a target value of the packets over a search time window. The metadata is illustratively organized as a metadata repository of primary index files that store the primary indices containing hash values of network flows of the packets, as well as offsets and paths to those packets stored in the data files. The technique includes one or more secondary indices having a plurality of present bits arranged in a binary format (i.e., a bit array) to indicate the presence of the target value in one or more packets stored in the data files over the search time window. Notably, the present bits may be used to reduce (i.e., “prune”) a relatively large search space of the stored packets (e.g., defined by the hash values) to a pruned search space of only those data files in which packets having the target value are stored.
Inventors: Dennis Lee Edwards (Crozet, Va.), Christopher Hayes Fauerbach (Midlothian, Va.)
Assignee: FireEye Inc. (Milpitas, Calif.)
Jan. 3, 2017

Electronic smoking article
Patent No. 9,532,597
An electronic cigarette includes a capillary tube in communication with a liquid supply including liquid material and a heater operable to heat the capillary tube to a temperature sufficient to vaporize the liquid material contained therein and form an aerosol. The liquid supply is adapted to be squeezed or otherwise compressed so as to allow a smoker to manually pump liquid to the capillary tube and simultaneously activate the heater.
Inventors: Christopher S. Tucker (Midlothian, Va.), Gerd Kobal (Sandy Hook, Va.), Geoffrey Brandon Jordan (Midlothian, Va.), Victor Kasoff (Austin, Texas)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Jan. 3, 2017

Laminates made from ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene tape
Patent No. 9,533,480
Disclosed are laminates from multiple stacked plies of a uni-directional tape in which the tape formed from a plurality of ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene gel spun, multi-filament yarns. The resultant laminate contains not more than five percent resin by weight. Related methods of making a laminate of this type are also disclosed.
Inventors: Thomas Tam (Chesterfield, Va.), Mark Benjamin Boone (Mechanicsville, Va.), Henry Gerard Ardiff (Chesterfield, Va.), Brian H. Waring (Chesterfield, Va.), Brian D. Arvidson (Chesterfield, Va.), Ashok Bhatnagar (Richmond), Steven Correale (Chester, Va.)
Assignee: Honeywell International Inc. (Morris Plains, N.J.)
Jan. 3, 2017

Modulating gantry rotation speed and image acquisition in respiratory correlated (4D) cone beam CT images
Patent No. 9,538,976
A method of optimizing 4D cone beam computed tomography (4DCBCT) imaging is provided that includes using a scanner to generate projections of a target, where the projections are used to form a cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) scan of the target, where the CBCT includes a 3D image of the target, and using an appropriately programmed computer to control rotation speed of a gantry and projection acquisition of the CBCT in real-time according to a measured patient respiratory signal, where the real-time acquisition of the 4CBCT forms an optimized 4DCBCT image set.
Inventors: Paul J. Keall (Greenwich, Australia), Ricky O’Brien (Rozelle, Australia), Benjamin J. Cooper (Chifley, Australia), Jun Lu (Fayetteville, N.Y.), Jeffrey F. Williamson (Richmond)
Assignee: The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University (Palo Alto, Calif.) &
The University of Sydney (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia)
Jan. 10, 2017

Kitchen appliance and method of using same
Patent No. 9,538,881
A kitchen appliance includes a housing that defines a cavity. The housing has a housing rim defining an opening to the cavity. A heating or cooling element is disposed within the housing to heat or cool the cavity. A container has a generally hollow interior and a container rim. A lid is sized and shaped to at least partially cover the opening of the container when placed on the container. The lid has an exterior surface and an opposing interior surface. At least one latching mechanism or handle is operable to seal the contents of the appliance within the appliance.
Inventors: Arthur W. Hudgins (Henrico, Va.), Mark C. Steiner (Midlothian, Va.), Ernest B. Pryor Jr. (Maidens, Va.), Martin Brady (Manakin Sabot, Va.), Yvonne Olson (Richmond), Alexander D. Raring (Midlothian, Va.), Guoyao Ye (Glen Allen, Va.), John D. Barnes (Richmond), Michael G. Sandford (Mechanicsville, Va.), George Stamper (Quinton, Va.), Patrick T. Mulvaney (Richmond), Michael Garman (Moseley, Va.)
Assignee: Hamilton Beach Brands Inc. (Glen Allen, Va.)
Jan. 7, 2017

Berm and method of construction thereof
Patent No. 9,540,784
A system for reinforcing and facing a wall comprises a plurality of facing baskets and corresponding substantially horizontal reinforcing members, arranged in a plurality of layers. An impermeable membrane is positioned to uninterruptedly span two or more layers. At each of one or more layers, a portion of the impermeable membrane is positioned around the outer end of the corresponding reinforcing member.
Inventors: Carlton Dudding (Glen Allen, Va.)
Assignee: AWT IP (Glen Allen, Va.)
Jan. 10, 2017

Infant carrier holder
Patent No. 9,540,026
An infant carrier holder has a floor with a ramp and sidewalls and is mounted to a shopping cart. The ramp and sidewalls can contribute to stably supporting an infant carrier. The holder serves as a mechanical interface between an infant carrier, which can be received in the holder, and the shopping cart. The holder can be concavely shaped to assist in shopping cart nesting in addition to supporting a received infant carrier at a desired angle. The holder can be adjustably mounted to a gate or a basket of the shopping cart and may/may not interfere with nesting operations. The holder permits an infant carrier to be supported on a shopping cart without using a significant amount of shopping cart space or interfering with nesting operations.
Inventors: Paul Giampavolo (Newton, N.J.), Christopher M. Johnson (Glen Allen, Va.)
Assignee: Safe-Strap Co. Inc. (Wharton, N.J.)
Jan. 10, 2017

Devices, systems and methods for locating and interacting with medicament delivery systems
Patent No. 9,542,826
In some embodiments, a method includes establishing a communications link between a computing device and an adapter. The adapter is configured to receive at least a portion of a medicament delivery device. A wireless signal is received to maintain the communications link. A relative position between the computing device and the adapter is determined. An alarm is produced when the wireless signal is not received within a time period. The alarm is based on the relative position between the computing device and the adapter.
Inventors:  Eric S. Edwards (Moseley, Va.), Evan T. Edwards (Charlottesville, Va.), Mark J. Licata (Doswell, Va.), Paul F. Meyers (Fishers, Ind.)
Assignee:  kaleo Inc. (Richmond)
Jan. 7, 2017

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