The R&D Dept.: Local patents for 5.31.17

Lubricant additives and lubricant compositions having improved frictional characteristics
Patent No. 9,657,252
A lubricant additive, method for reducing a boundary friction coefficient of a lubricant composition, and method for improving fuel economy. The additive includes a synergistic mixture of a) a metal-containing phosphorus antiwear compound derived from at least one secondary alcohol in an amount sufficient to provide the lubricant composition with from about 200 to about 1000 ppm by weight phosphorus, and b) a polyol derived from a diol and a mono-ol having a diol to mono-ol molar ratio ranging from about 0.3:1 to about 2.0:1, wherein the diol contains from 6 to 36 carbon atoms and the mono-ol contains from 12 to 16 carbon atoms. The polyol is present in the lubricant additive in an amount sufficient to provide a synergistic reduction in the boundary friction coefficient of the lubricant composition in combination with component (a).
Inventors:  Carl W. Bennett (Glen Allen, Va.), Mark T. Devlin (Richmond)
Assignee:  Afton Chemical Corp. (Richmond)
May 23, 2017

Hydrosol based flavor delivery device
Patent No. 9,656,033
A handheld hydrosol delivery device includes a canister which is at least partially filled with a liquid formulation of one or more liquids and optional particles, and one or more propellants where at least one of the liquids, propellants, particles and combinations thereof is a flavor; a pressure valve which expels at least a portion of the liquid formulation and at least a portion of the propellant from the canister while dispersing the propellant into the liquid formulation forming a consumable flavored hydrosol comprising one or more gases dispersed within the liquid formulation, through a nozzle delivering the hydrosol to a user.
Inventors: Firooz Rasouli (Midlothian, Va.), Wei-Jun Zhang (Richmond), Jon Regrut (Richmond), James Pflueger (Midlothian, Va.)
Assignee:  Philip Morris USA Inc. (Richmond)
May 23, 2017

Oxidation resistant separator for a battery
Patent No. 9,660,290
A lithium ion rechargeable battery comprises: a negative electrode adapted to give up electrons during discharge, a positive electrode adapted to gain electrons during discharge, a microporous separator sandwiched between said positive electrode and said negative electrode, an organic electrolyte being contained within said separator and being in electrochemical communication with said positive electrode and said negative electrode, and an oxidative barrier interposed between said separator and said positive electrode, and thereby preventing oxidation of said separator.
Inventors:  Zhengming Zhang (Charlotte, N.C.), Pankaj Arora (Chesterfield, Va.)
Assignee: Celgard (Charlotte, N.C.)
May 23, 2017

Benzene, pyridine, and pyridazine derivatives
Patent No. 9,656,956
Disclosed are compounds and pharmaceutically acceptable salts of Formula I ##STR00001## wherein R.sub.1, R.sub.2, R.sub.3, R.sub.4, R.sub.5, R.sub.6, R.sub.7, n, Q.sub.1, Q.sub.2, Q.sub.3, Y, and X.sub.1-X.sub.4 are as defined herein. Compounds of Formula I are useful in the treatment of diseases and/or conditions related to cell proliferation, such as cancer, inflammation, arthritis, angiogenesis, or the like. Also disclosed are pharmaceutical compositions comprising compounds of the invention and methods of treating the aforementioned conditions using such compounds.
Inventors:  Kenneth He Huang (Chapel Hill, N.C.), Jeron Eaves (San Francisco, Calif.), gunnar Hanson (Bothell, Wash.), James Veal (Apex, N.C.), Thomas Barta (Carrboro, N.C.), Lifeng Geng (Midlothian, Va.), Lindsay Hinkley (Lincoln University, Penn.)
Assignee:  Esanex Inc. (Indianapolis, Ind.)
May 23, 2017

Language learning systems and methods
Patent No. 9,666,098
A systems, methods, and products for language learning software that automatically extracts text from corpora using various natural-language processing product features, which can be combined with custom-designed learning activities to offer a needs-based, adaptive learning methodology. The system may receive a text, extract keywords pedagogically valuable to non-native language learning, assign a difficulty score to the text using various linguistic attributes of the text, generate a list of potential distractors for each keyword in the text to implement in learning activities, and topically tag the text against a taxonomy based on the content. This output is then used in conjunction with a series of learning activity-types designed to meet learners’ language skill needs and then used to create dynamic, adaptive activities for them.
Inventors:  Katharine Nielson (Richmond), Kasey Kirkham (New York, N.Y.), Na’im Tyson (Mount Vernon, N.Y.), Andrew Breen (New York, N.Y.)
Assignee: Voxy Inc. (New York, N.Y.)
May 30, 2017

Feedback mechanism for screen updates
Patent No. 9,665,337
A feedback application may be executing on a data processing system to transmit a screen update to at least two computers. The feedback application receives an indication of completion from a first computer, in response to transmitting the screen update. The feedback application updates a completion gauge to indicate a partial completion among participants, in response to receiving the indication of completion from the first computer. The feedback application receives a second indication of completion from a second computer, in response to transmitting the screen update. The feedback application updates the completion gauge to indicate a completion among participants, in response to receiving the indication of completion from the second computer.
Inventors:  Ravi P. Bansal (Tampa, Fla.), Rick A. Hamilton II (Richmond), Andrew R. Jones (Austin, Texas), Brian M. O’Connell (Research Triangle Park, N.C.), Keith R. Walker (Austin, Texas)
Assignee:  International Business Machines Corp. (Armonk, N.Y.)

Lubricating method and composition for reducing engine deposits
Patent No. 9,663,743
A lubricant composition, lubricant concentrate and method for reducing engine deposits. The composition and method include a base oil of lubricating viscosity; an organo-molybdenum compound; a deposition reducing amount of a reaction product of an alkyl-substituted dicarboxylic acid compound selected from the group consisting of alkyl-substituted dicarboxylic acids, alkyl-substituted dicarboxylic acid anhydrides, and mixtures thereof, and a basic salt of aminoguanidine, in an amount sufficient to provide a product rich in alkyl bis-3-amino-1,2,4-triazole; and optionally a phenate detergent. The lubricant composition and method provide engine deposits that are less than an amount of engine deposits in the absence of component (c) and/or optional component (d).
Inventors:  Paul G. Griffin (Glen Allen, Va.), Ian A. Bell (Middlesex, Great Britain), John T. Loper (Richmond), William Y. Lam (Glen Allen, Va.), Gregory H. Guinther (Richmond)
Assignee:  Afton Chemical Corp. (Richmond)
May 30, 2017

Landfill and berm combination
Patent No. 9,662,692
A berm to increase capacity of an existing landfill comprises a reinforced portion and backfill material. The landfill comprises a waste-receiving recess having a surface and an outer perimeter, an edge surface peripherally adjacent at least a portion of the outer perimeter, and an existing accumulation of waste within the recess having a collective top surface. The reinforced portion has opposing inner and outer surfaces and comprises structural fill material and a plurality of reinforcing members disposed therein. The backfill material has an inner surface adjacent the inner surface of the reinforced portion. The inner surface of the reinforced portion and the adjacent inner surface of the backfill material are substantially non-planar. The backfill material is at least partially encapsulated by an impermeable membrane. At least a portion of the berm sits on at least a portion of the edge surface of the landfill.
Inventors:  Carlton Dudding (Glen Allen, Va.), Carrie Pendleton (Columbia, Md.)
Assignee:  AWT IP (Glen Allen, Va.)
May 30, 2017

Sandwich making appliance and method of making a sandwich with the same
Patent No. 9,661,952
A small cooking appliance comprises a bottom housing, a top housing, and a ring assembly. The bottom housing has a top surface that forms a bottom cooking surface of the appliance. The top housing has a bottom surface that forms a top cooking surface of the appliance. The top housing is movably attached to the bottom housing and moveable between a closed position and an open position. The ring assembly is positionable between the top and bottom cooking surfaces when the top housing is in its closed position. The ring assembly comprises a top ring, a bottom ring, and an optional center cooking plate. The center cooking plate is movable between (i) a closed position in which a space defined by the ring assembly is divided into top and bottom cooking cavities and (ii) an open position.
Inventors:  David L. Jackson  (Mechanicsville, Va.), Michael Garman (Moseley, Va.), Derek A. McCullough (Henrico, Va.), George Stamper (Quinton, Va.), Claire Ashley (New York, N.Y.), Mark C. Steiner (Midlothian, Va.)
Assignee:  Hamilton Beach Brands Inc. (Glen Allen, Va.)
May 30, 2017

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