The R&D Dept.: Local patents for 2.8.17

Ultra-high strength UHMW PE fibers and products
Patent No. 9,556,537
Multi-filament UHMW PE yarns can be produced according to processes that result in improved properties. The UHMW PE can have an intrinsic viscosity in decalin at C. of at least about 30 dl/g, and can be processed under optimal conditions to achieve a gel spun yarn having a tenacity of greater than about 45 g/d (40.5 g/dtex).
Inventors: Thomas Y. Tam (Chesterfield, Va.), John A. Young (Midlothian, Va.), Norman Aminuddin (Waynesboro, Va.), John E. Hermes (Colonial Heights, Va.)
Assignee: Honeywell International Inc. (Morris Plains, N.J.)
Jan. 31, 2017

Aerosol generator including multi-component wick
Patent No. 9,555,198
An aerosol generator includes a composite conduit to transport multiple liquids to a heating element at flow rates such that the liquids arrive at the heating element in desirable concentrations. The heating element volatilizes the liquids to form volatilized fluid, which mixes with ambient air to form an aerosol with desirable concentrations of the multiple liquids.
Inventors: Zuyin Yang (Midlothian, Va.), Susan E. Wrenn (Chesterfield, Va.)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc. (Richmond)
Jan. 31, 2017

Transfer layer for absorbent article
Patent No. 9,554,950
A film particularly suited for use as a transfer layer in an absorbent article has a plurality of capillaries and a plurality of drains, said capillaries comprising side walls depending from a female side of the film and terminating in an aperture on a male side of the film; said drains comprising side walls that depending from the female side of the film and terminating in an aperture on the male side of the film, wherein the drains are disposed at an obtuse angle relative to a base plane of the film.
Inventors: Rickey J. Seyler (Chesterfield, Va.), Gregory M. Rieker (Columbus, Ind.)
Assignee: Tredegar Film Products Corp. (Richmond)
Jan. 31, 2017

Apertured formed film with a pattern of apertures and a plurality of light trap micro-pits
Patent No. 9,554,949
An apertured film with a reduced gloss through the use of light trap micro-pits uniformly distributed on the lands of the film in a random pattern and a method of making the same.
Inventors: Rickey J. Seyler (Chesterfield, Va.), Paul Eugene Thomas (Terre Haute, Ind.), Andrew D. Maschino (Terre Haute, Ill.)
Assignee: Tredegar Film Products Corp. (Richmond)
Jan. 31, 2017

Polyvalent chimeric OSPC vaccinogen and diagnostic antigen
Patent No. 9,556,239
A chimeric polyvalent recombinant protein for use as a vaccine and diagnostic for Lyme disease is provided. The chimeric protein comprises epitopes of the loop 5 region and/or the alpha helix 5 region of outer surface protein C (OspC) types. The OspC types may be associated with mammaliran Borrelia infections.
Inventors: Richard T. Marconi (Midlothian, Va.), Christopher Earnhart (Williamsburg, Va.)
Assignee: Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, VA)

Apparatus and methods for self-administration of vaccines and other medicaments
Patent No. 9,555,191
A medicament delivery device includes a housing, a medicament container disposed within the housing, an activation mechanism, a cover and an electronic circuit system. The activation mechanism includes an energy storage member configured to produce a force to deliver the dose of a medicament and/or vaccine. The cover is configured to receive at least a portion of the housing. The electronic circuit system is coupled to the housing such that a protrusion of the cover electrically isolates a battery from a portion of the electronic circuit system when the portion of the housing is received by the cover. The electronic circuit system is configured to be electrically coupled to the battery and to produce a recorded speech output when the portion of the housing is at least partially removed from the cover. The electronic circuit system configured to produce a signal when the activation mechanism is actuated.
Inventors: Eric S. Edwards (Moseley, Va.), Evan T. Edwards (Charlottesville, Va.), Mark J. Licata (Doswell, Va.), Paul F. Meyers (Fishers, Ind.), David A. Weinzierl (Andover, Minn.)
Assignee: kaleo Inc. (Richmond)
Jan. 31, 2017

Method of making improved ballistic products
Patent No. 9,562,749
A method of making a ballistic resistant composite material having improved resistance to high energy rifle bullets and the like. The method comprises providing at least one fibrous layer comprising a network of high tenacity aramid fibers. The fibrous layer is coated with a thermoplastic polyurethane resin. The coated fibrous layer is molded at a pressure of at least about 1,500 psi (10.3 MPa). Preferably, a plurality of fibrous layers are employed, each of which is formed from to unidirectionally oriented aramid fibers in a thermoplastic polyurethane resin matrix. Adjacent fibrous layers are preferably oriented at with respect to each other.
Inventors: Ashok Bhatnagar (Richmond), Lori L. Wagner (Richmond), David A. Hurst (Richmond), Brian D. Arvidson (Chester, Va.)
Assignee: Honeywell International Inc. (Morris Plains, N.J.)
Feb. 7, 2017

Soft body armor having enhanced abrasion resistance
Patent No. 9,562,744
Flexible composite materials and soft body armor formed therefrom having enhanced abrasion resistance. The materials and armor include at least one first separator layer positioned between adjacent fabric layers, or between a fabric layer and a cover, where the separator layer spaces the adjacent fabric layers or the fabric layer and cover apart from each other without being laminated or otherwise attached or connected to either the layers or the cover such that they are free to move relative to each other.
Inventors: Lori L. Wagner (Richmond), Harold Lindley Murray Jr. (North East, Md.), Brian H. Waring (Chester, Va.), David A. Steenkamer (Midlothian, Va.)
Assignee: Honeywell International Inc. (Morris Plains, N.J.)
Feb. 7, 2017

Target peptides for immunotherapy and diagnostics
Patent No. 9,561,266
A set of target peptides are presented by HLA A*0101, A*0201, A*0301, B*4402, B*2705, B*1402, and B*0702 on the surface of disease cells. They are envisioned to among other things (a) stimulate an immune response to the proliferative disease, e.g., cancer, (b) to function as immunotherapeutics in adoptive T cell therapy or as a vaccine, (c) facilitate antibody recognition of tumor boundaries in surgical pathology samples, (d) act as biomarkers for early detection and/or diagnosis of the disease, and (e) act as targets in the generation antibody-like molecules which recognize the target-peptide/MHC complex.
Inventors: Donald F. Hunt (Charlottesville, Va.), Jeffrey Shabanowitz (Charlottesville, Va.), Stacy A. Malaker (Charlottesville, Va.), Victor H. Engelhard (Crozet, Va.), Angela Zarling (Richmond), Kara L. Cummings (Charlottesville, Va.), Rebecca C. Obeng (Charlottesville, Va.), Mark Cobbold (Birmingham, Great Britain)
Assignee: University of Virginia Patent Foundation (Charlottesville, Va.) and The University of Birmingham (Birmingham, Great Britain)
Feb. 7, 2017

Utensil cleaning device and method
Patent No. 9,560,952
A knife cleaner for a commercial kitchen is mounted on a countertop or prep table with suction cups or similar devices, and provides three separate compartments for washing, rinsing, and sanitizing solutions. A removable cap provides a channel guide leading downward into each of the three compartments. The wash channel guide provides scrub brush components to remove food particles and other debris. The cleaner is disassembled easily without tools for cleaning purposes.
Inventors: John Clark (Richmond)
Assignee: Sani-Blade (Richmond)
Feb. 7, 2017

Vaccines and methods to treat lyme disease in dogs
Patent No. 9,562,079
The instant invention provides an immunogenic composition comprising an antigenic fragment of OspA protein of Borrelia burgdorferi and a chimeric protein containing antigenic fragments of different phylotypes of OspC protein of Borrelia burgdorferi. Vaccines incorporating the immunogenic composition of the invention, as well as methods of preventing Lyme disease in dogs and/or protecting dogs from Lyme disease using the vaccines are also provided.
Inventors: Robert M. Lohse (Kalamazoo, Mich.), Patrick F. M. Meeus (Richland, Mich.), Jason J. Millership (Portage, Mich.), Zhichang Xu (Kalamazoo, Mich.), Richard Thomas Marconi (Midlothian, Va.), Christopher G. Earnhart (Spotsylvania, Va.)
Assignee: Zoetis Services (Parsippany, N.J.) and Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond)
Feb. 7, 2017

Electronic smoking articles
Patent No. 9,560,883
An electronic smoking article, a method of manufacturing an electronic smoking article, and a method of achieving a smoking experience without combusting tobacco are disclosed. The electronic smoking article includes an authenticated first section, which includes an aerosol generation unit having at least one heater; an authenticated second section, which includes a power supply operable to apply voltage to the at least one heater for heating a liquid in at least a portion of the aerosol generation unit to form an aerosol; and a conductive ink circuit embedded within the first and second sections, and wherein the power supply and the aerosol generation unit are electrically connected upon joining the first and second sections, and wherein each of the first and second sections has a portion of the conductive ink circuit.
Inventors: Eric Hawes (Midlothian, Va.)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Feb. 7, 2017

Adaptive integration flow using automated service discovery
Patent No. 9,563,490
For systems integration, an information published about an application programming interface (API) of a service is parsed to extract a pattern from the information. the pattern is compared with a stored pattern in a repository, wherein the stored pattern corresponds to a known API. When the pattern matches the stored pattern within a threshold degree of match, a conclusion is made that the API of the service is the known API. A collector code module is selected where the collector code module is configured to call the known API. The collector code module is sequenced in an integration sequence, to call the known API. A forwarder code module is also sequence din the integration sequence to forward a data output of the service to a consumer application.
Inventors: Mark D. Batinich (North Aurora, Ill.), Linwood E. Loving (Mechanicsville, Va.), Luigi Pichetti (Rome, Italy)
Assignee: International Business Machines Corp. (Armonk, N.Y.)
Feb. 7, 2017

Biodegradable fuel performance additives
Patent No. 9,562,498
There is disclosed a biodegradable fuel additive composition derived from at least one animal or plant source, and a fuel composition containing a biodegradable fuel additive composition derived from at least one animal or plant source useful for reducing the formation of engine deposits and for improving fuel economy of a vehicle combusting the fuel composition.
Inventors: Lawrence J. Cunningham (Mechanicsville, Va.)
Assignee: Afton Chemical Corp. (Richmond)
Feb. 7, 2017

Electric power system control with measurement of energy demand and energy efficiency using t-distributions
Patent No. 9,563,218
A method, apparatus, system and computer program is provided for controlling an electric power system, including implementation of voltage measurement using paired t statistical analysis applied to calculating a shift in average usage per customer from one time period to another time period for a given electrical use population where the pairing process is optimized using a novel technique to improve the accuracy of the statistical measurement.
Inventors: Edmund J. Hall (Louisa County, Va.), Stephen J. Tyler (Henrico, Va.)
Assignee: Dominion Resources Inc. (Richmond)
Feb. 7, 2017

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