The R&D Dept.: Local patents for 5.3.17

Portable support system for projector and screen
Patent No. 9,632,399
A portable projection and display system can include a frame assembly having one or more folding trusses, a counterweight bar arranged on a rearward bottom portion of the frame to help provide a stable base, and an adjustable boom. A projector can be mounted on one end of an adjustable boom. The boom can adjust a distance between the projector and the display screen. The boom can be mounted to the frame with a hinged connection to permit it to act as a lever to raise and lower the projector. An adjustable boom bar can be attached to an end of the boom opposite the projector such that adjustment of the boom bar raises and lowers the projector via a lever action about a fulcrum.
Inventors:  Robert W. Corey (Glen Allen, Va), William H. Anderson (Richmond), Paul Joseph  Indelicato (Locust Grove, Va.)
Assignee:  Spec Ops Inc. (Ashland, Va.)
April 25, 2017

Protective helmets
Patent No. 9,631,898
A helmet shell formed from two types of high tenacity fibers in multiple layers of fibrous materials. The fibrous materials are in the form of layers of fibrous networks in a resin matrix. There are a plurality of each type of fibrous layers. Preferably the outer set of fibrous layers is formed from aramid fibers and the inner set of fibrous layers is formed from high tenacity polyolefin fibers. There may also be employed a third type of fibrous material as an additional set of fibers and used as the outer layers of the helmet shell. The third type of fibrous layers is formed from glass fibers that are also in a resin matrix. The helmet is lightweight, has excellent ballistic resistant properties and is useful for both military and non-military applications.
Inventors:  Ashok Bhatnagar (Richmond), Lori L. Wagner (Richmond), Brian D. Arvidson (Chester, Va.), Bradley L. Grunden (Richmond)
Assignee:  Honeywell International Inc. (Morris Plains, N.J.)
April 25, 2017

Compressible decorative structure
Patent No. 9,631,800
A compressible decorative structure can be easily converted from a non-compressed configuration to a compressed configuration. The structure includes an inner support that is attached to a base. A movable ring slides along the inner support and is held in the compressed configuration by retaining clips. Naturally biased connectors, formed of a flexible material, return the structure to its non-compressed configuration when the retaining clips are disengaged. Alternatively, the structure includes a rope and a top cover that engages the rope. Springs hold the structure in the desired configuration.
Inventors:  Janice M. Coughlin (Charlottesville, Va.), Tere Eggleston (Richmond)
Assignee:  Plow & Hearth (Madison, Va.)
April 25, 2017

Fertilizer compositions and methods of making and using the same
Patent No. 9,630,886
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 Weaver (Greenwell Springs, La.), Kyle Crum (Oakmont, Penn.), Judodine Nichols (Murrysville, Penn.), David Iwig (Greensburg, Penn.), Steven Orkis (Pittsburgh, Penn.), Gerry Carkin (Tarentum, Penn.), Orhan D. Gencaga (Pittsburgh, Penn.), Stephen Sunday (Richmond), Ian Ross Harrison (Port Kennedy, Australia), John Smith (Pittsburgh, Penn.), Shannon Parks (Sarver, Penn,), Mikhail Gershenzon (Murrysville, Penn.)
Assignee:  Alcoa USA Corp. (Pittsburgh, Penn.)
April 25, 2017

Carton and carton blank
Patent No. 9,630,738
A carton for packaging one or more articles includes a plurality of walls including a top wall, a base wall, a first side wall and a second side wall forming a tubular structure. One of the plurality of walls includes a handle structure defined in it. The handle structure includes a grip member struck from one of the plurality of walls and a handle strap. The grip member is mounted on the handle strap. A first aperture is struck from the one of the plurality of walls. The aperture is disposed adjacent to a first end of the grip member so as to define a first end edge of the grip member. The first aperture defines a portion of an opening in the one of the plurality of walls. In the opening, a portion of the handle strap may be received.
Inventors:  Caleb S. Loftin (Richmond), Gregory P. Hayter (Richmond), Andrew T. Peeler (Henrico, Va.), Tanuja A. Patwardhan (Richmond), John T. Hargrove (Midlothian, Va.)
Assignee:  WestRock Packaging Systems (Norcross, Ga.)
April 25, 2017

Baby Stroller
Patent No. 9,630,642
Baby strollers may have a reversible seat backrest assembly such that the seat may be transferred from a forward facing position or a rearward facing position. Both the forward facing position and the rearward facing position may have a plurality of reclining angle for the comfort of the child. The seatback rest assembly may have a slider crank assembly including two connecting rods to allow adjustment of the seatback rest into the plurality of locked positions.
Inventors:  Mark Zehfuss (Richmond), Jordi Dorca (Sant Joan de les Abadesses, Spain)
Assignee:  Baby Jogger (Richmond)
April 25, 2017

Suspended play structure
Patent No. 9,630,119
A suspended play structure includes a floor, a sidewall, and a roof that defines an inner space. The structure includes top and bottom ring structures that provide additional support to the play structure. The play structure can be suspended from a tree, a stand, a ceiling, or similar structure. The structure is collapsible for easy storage and can also include a removable cushion that can fit within an internal pocket. The structure can also include a removable string of LED lights within the inner space.
Inventors:  Beverly Fries (Barboursville, Va.), Ting Xu (Richmond), Jose R. Rodriguez Bosch (Gordonsville, Va.)
Assignee:  Plow & Hearth (Madison, Va.)
May 2, 2017

Dispensing system and package for use therewith
Patent No. 9,630,119
A system for dispensing articles provided initially in a package is disclosed that comprises a frame configured to support the package of articles and a package-opening tool associated with the frame. The frame includes longitudinally opposed front and rear end sections, and an upper support deck extending at least partially between the front and rear end sections and below which a product display area is provided. The opening tool associated with the frame such that its open the package when the package is moved longitudinally on the upper support deck and relative to the opening tool, thereby allowing the articles to be at least partially dispensed from the package into the product display area.
Inventors:  Caleb S. Loftin (Richmond), Aaron L. Bates (Kennesaw, Ga.), Laurel Thomas (Portland, Ore), Derek King (Northamptonshire, Great Britain), John A. Gelardi (Midlothian, Va.)
Assignee:  WestRock MWV (Norcross, Ga.)
May 2, 2017

Thin floor tiles
Patent No. 9,636,892
An article of manufacture which comprises a laminate flooring product, having at least one edge provided with one or more elements making it capable of interlocking with a reciprocally configured flooring product, and having a thickness of less than 4 mm, which product includes a plurality of component layers, a first one of said layers being a design layer, a second one being a backing layer, and a third one being a wear layer, said second and third layers being arranged respectively proximate opposite surfaces of said first layer; and a method of making said article of manufacture.
Inventors:  Richard E. Albert (Richmond), Keung Y. Choi (Syosset, N.Y.)
Assignee:  Dubon Associates Inc. (Farmingdale, N.Y.)
May 5, 2017

Apparatus and methods for large particle ash separation from flue gas using screens having semi-elliptical cylinder surfaces
Patent No. 9,636,619
Apparatus for separating ash particles from a flue gas. The apparatus includes a screen that has a plurality of semi-elliptical cylinder surfaces. The semi-elliptical cylinder surfaces having holes through which said flue gas flows and through which the ash particles will not pass. The screen has a single layer for performing the separation in a manner such that the ash particles fall away from the screen and collect outside of the screen. A method of reducing velocity of a flue gas passing through screening apparatus for separating flue gas from ash particles. The method includes replacing a first screen of the screening apparatus with a second screen that has a plurality of semi-elliptical cylinder surfaces.
Inventors:  Mark A. Buzanowski (Richmond), Richard B. Crawford (Richmond), Iain Stuart Hall (Midlothian, Va.), Jake King (Powhatan, Va.)
Assignee:  Integrated Global Services Inc. (Richmond)
May 2, 2017

Display carton and system for displaying a plurality of containers
Patent No. 9,635,885
A display carton for displaying a plurality of containers. The display carton includes a base having a front edge, and a back edge, a front side member extending perpendicularly from the front edge of the base and terminating at an upper edge thereof, a rear side member extending perpendicularly from the rear edge of the base and terminating at an upper edge thereof, the rear side member having a cover panel detachably affixed to the rear side member; an upper tray member having a front edge, and a back edge, the front edge extending perpendicularly from the upper edge of the front side member, the upper tray member having a plurality of first apertures; and a lower tray member, the lower tray member positioned along a plane substantially parallel to the upper tray member and the base and located therebetween, the lower tray member having a plurality of second apertures.
Inventors:  Scott A. Fath (Richmond)
Assignee:  Altria Client Services (Richmond)
May 2, 2017

Meters for in-vivo monitoring
Patent No. 9,636,487
Systems and methods for use in monitoring treatment of pressure-related conditions, such as hydrocephalus, include an implantable vessel, and a meter including one or more microfluidic channels connected to the vessel. The microfluidic channels may be configured to detect at least one of pressure and fluid flow rate through the vessel and to be read out remotely by a wirelessly coupled external device. The meter may include a passive resonant (LC) circuit. A dynamic flap may be included in the microfluidic channel that may act as part of the LC circuit. An external device may also be configured to inductively couple remotely to the LC circuit, with-out physical connections to the implantable vessel or pressure meter, and to display a pressure acting on the pressure meter and/or a fluid flow through the meter.
Inventors:  Marcel Utz (Winchester, Great Britain), George T. Gillies (Charlottesville, Va.), William Broaddus (Midlothian, Va.), John A. Jane (Charlottesville, Va.), Matthew R. Begley  (Goleta, Calif.)
Assignee:  University of Virginia Patent Foundation (Charlottesville, Va.)
May 2, 2017

Proactive vehicle doors to prevent accidents
Patent No. 9,637,965
This solution will help to detect oncoming traffic and/or nearby external objects when the vehicle door is being opened, and it would automatically stop the vehicle door from opening further if there is a possibility of an accident involving the vehicle doors or its users. This solution will notify vehicle users using an indicator on the vehicle door and/or an existing notification systems in vehicle that vehicle door has been restricted from opening further due to potential of an accident. This invention also has an external alert mechanism, which would generate alert externally that vehicle door is about to be opened, and therefore, help to prevent accidents. This invention will also comprise of an artificial intelligence module within the proactive vehicle door system, where such module would constantly gather data, analyze and provide proactive suggestions or even take necessary actions in order to help prevent any vehicle door related accidents.
Inventors:  Ankit Dilip Kothari (Henrico, Va.)
Assignee:  N/A
May 2, 2017

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