The R&D Dept.: Local patents for 6.14.17

Compostable paperboard with oil, grease, and moisture resistance
Patent No. 9,670,621
A coated paperboard is disclosed which includes a coating containing substantially no fluorochemical or wax, exhibiting good resistance to oil and grease, no tendency toward blocking, the coated paperboard being fully repulpable as well as compostable.
Inventors: Jiebin Pang (Glen Allen, Va.), Natasha G. Melton (Richmond)
Assignee: WestRock MWV (Norcross, Ga.)
June 6, 2017

Method and apparatus for making slit-banded wrapper using moving orifices
Patent No. 9,670,618
A method and apparatus of manufacturing a web which is striped with add-on material, comprising: a first slurry supply which forms a sheet of base web and moves the sheet along a first path; a second slurry supply; and a moving orifice applicator operative so as to repetitively discharge the second slurry upon the moving sheet of base web. The moving orifice applicator includes a chamber box arranged to establish a reservoir of the second slurry across the first path, an endless belt having orifice groups, the endless belt received through the chamber box, and a drive arrangement operative upon the endless belt to continuously move the orifices along an endless-path and repetitively through the chamber box.
Inventors: John F. Cunningham (Richmond), Marc W. Rose (Mechanicsville, Va.), Thomas A. Fletcher (Chesterfield, Va.)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc. (Richmond)
June 6, 2017

Process for laying fibrous webs from a centrifugal spinning process
Patent No. 9,670,595
A method for laying down a nanoweb of nanofibers from a centrifugal spinning process by a combination of an air flow field and a charging arrangement. Fibrous streams in the form of fibrils of molten polymer or polymer solution are discharged from a rotating member into an air flow field that is essentially parallel to the direction of discharge of fibrils at the point of discharge of the fibrils. The fibrous streams are attenuated and directed by means of the air flow field onto the surface of a collector to form a nanoweb. The fibrous streams are charged along all or at least a portion of their route from the point of discharge to the surface of the collector.
Inventors: Tao Huang (Downingtown, Penn.), Jack Eugene Armantrout (Richmond), Thomas William Harding (Wilmington, Del.), Thomas Patrick Daly (Aston, Penn.), Jay J. Croft (Middletown, Del.), Carl Saquing (Newark, Del.), Glenn Creighton Catlin (Newark, Del.)
Assignee: E I Du Pont De Nemours and Co. (Wilmington, Del.)
June 6, 2017

Method for oxidizing carbon monoxide
Patent No. 9,669,357
A method for oxidizing carbon monoxide to carbon dioxide is provided which utilizes specific supported catalyst particles. The supported catalyst comprises catalyst particles that are supported on particles of an electrically conductive support selected from the group consisting of graphitic carbon and a partially reduced oxide of a transition metal of the Magneli phase selected from the group consisting of titanium, vanadium, zirconium, niobium, molybdenum, and mixtures thereof.
Inventors: Donald Miser (Chesterfield, Va.), Diane Gee (Richmond)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc. (Richmond)
June 6, 2017

Electronic cigarette
Patent No. 9,668,523
A device includes a casing extending in a longitudinal direction, a vaporizer configured to generate, a vapor, a mouth-end insert at an end of the casing, and a power supply configured to supply power to the vaporizer. The mouth-end insert includes a single, non-recessed end surface, and a plurality of non-diverging outlets in the mouth-end insert. The outlets are generally coplanar at the single, non-recessed end surface of the mouth-end insert.
Inventors: Christopher S. Tucker (Midlothian, Va.), Geoffrey B. Jordan (Midlothian, Va.), Barry S. Smith (Hopewell, Va.), Ali A. Rostami (Richmond)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
June 6, 2017

Gamma cyclodextrin flavoring-release additives
Patent No. 9,668,519
Electrically heated cigarettes used in an electrical smoking system include a flavoring-release additive and sorbent effective to remove one or more gas-phase constituents of mainstream tobacco smoke. The flavoring-release additive includes gamma cyclodextrin and at least one flavoring. Flavoring is released in a cigarette upon the flavoring-release additive reaching at least a minimum temperature during smoking. The flavoring-release additive can have various forms including, for example, powder and films.
Inventors: Munmaya K. Mishra (Richmond), Susan E. Wrenn (Chesterfield, Va.), Jay A. Fournier (Richmond)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc. (Richmond)
June 6, 2017

Banded cigarette wrapper with opened-area bands
Patent No. 9,668,516
A wrapper of a smoking article comprising a base web and banded regions comprising a leading edge, a trailing edge and a plurality of material-free openings between said leading edge and said trailing edge. The openings establish a predetermined, nominal opened-area within said banded regions to control diffusivity. The add-on material can be applied by a gravure roller comprising a surface region with cells, cell-free areas and a chevron shape.
Inventors: Timothy S. Sherwood (Midlothian, Va.), Robert Kikkert (Charles City, Va.), Robert N. Smith (Glen Allen, Va.), Ali A. Rostami (Glen Allen, Va.), Georgios Karles (Richmond)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond, Va.)
June 6, 2017

Synthesis and incorporation of high-temperature ammonia-release agent in lit-end cigarettes
Patent No. 9,668,514
A tobacco smoking mixture and/or a cigarette wrapper with high-temperature ammonia-release agents therein are provided, wherein the high-temperature ammonia-release agents are present in an amount effective to reduce the cytotoxicity of gas phase or particulate matter formed during smoking of the cigarette. The high-temperature ammonia-release agents are capable of reducing the cytotoxicity of gas phase or particulate matter by evolving ammonia at temperatures greater than about C., wherein the ammonia can interact with the particulate matter. Additionally, the high-temperature ammonia-release agents can be formed by heating an aqueous mixture of an iron precursor compound, an ammonia source compound and an acid.
Inventors: Jay A. Fournier (Richmond), John B. Paine (Midlothian, Va.), Douglas A. Fernandez (Richmond)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc. (Richmond)
June 6, 2017

Capsule clusters for oral consumption
Patent No. 9,668,503
A method of manufacturing an oral product includes creating a matrix from a plurality of capsules, a powdered component, a viscous component and a binder and molding the matrix into a shape. In a preferred embodiment, the capsules provide functional and flavorful ingredients. In an embodiment, the matrix is enclosed in a porous material that forms a pouch.
Inventors: Danielle R. Crawford (Chester, Va.), Shalva Gedevanishvili (Richmond), William R. Sweeney (Richmond), Chris Irving (Chesterfield, Va.)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc. (Richmond)
June 6, 2017

Method and system for filtering lot schedules using a previous schedule
Patent No. 9,671,779
Methods and systems are provided for filtering lot schedules of a manufacturing facility. A first schedule is identified, in which the first schedule is a previously executed schedule. A processing device generates a pool of lots to be scheduled using information from the first schedule, in which the pool of lots is a subset of a plurality of lots associated with the first schedule. The processing device generates a second schedule using the pool of lots.
Inventors: David Everton Norman (Bountiful, Utah), Keith Pare (Austin, Texas), Steve Marteney (Park City, Utah), Madhav R. Kidambi (Glen Allen, Va.), Fumio Kawada (Gifu, Japan)
Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc. (Santa Clara, Calif.)
June 6, 2017

Efficient access to sparse packets in large repositories of stored network traffic
Patent No. 9,674,298
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.)
June 6, 2017

System and method for intracranial implantation of therapeutic or diagnostic agents
Patent No. 9,669,198
A system and related method for delivering the anti-tumoral agent carmustine or other types of diagnostic or therapeutic agents into the brain of a patient with a brain tumor includes an insertion device, a skull mount, and a reformulated geometry of the carmustine compound (or other material) optimized for use in the insertion device and for maximized biodegradation time. The insertion device may be front loaded with the carmustine material (or other material) and inserted through the mount on a skull, to the location of the brain tumor, where the carmustine (or other material) is then released. It should be appreciated that the diagnostic and/or therapeutic system and related method thereof are not necessarily limited to the brain of a subject. It may also be used in the organ structures or tubular structures, as well as portions and locations thereof.
Inventors: William C. Broaddus (Midlothian, Va.), Rahul Mahajan (Chester, Va.), George T. Gillies (Charlottesville, Va.)
Assignee: University of Virginia Patent Foundation (Charlottesville, Va.) & Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond)
June 6, 2017

Cloud migration and maintenance controls
Patent No. 9,680,696
Improved cloud migration tools are provided. In some embodiments, improved cloud migration tools may provide complex cloud migration analysis techniques for automated monitoring of aggregate compliance with cloud migration protocols, including user- and/or organizational defined architectural guidelines. In some embodiments, improved cloud migration tools may provide automated detective cloud controls, particularly in the management across multiple cloud computing platform accounts, virtual private clouds (VPCs), and/or a large numbers of numbers of resources.
Inventors: Drew Firment (Richmond), Elango Sampandam (Lincolnshire, Ill.)
Assignee: Capital One Financial Corp. (McLean, Va.)
June 13, 2017

Resource-based job scheduling
Patent No. 9,678,793
Resource-based optimization is used to resolve some abnormal job terminations. An abnormal job termination is analyzed to determine if a resource shortage caused the termination. For a resource-dependent termination, the job is rescheduled for a time when sufficient resources are available.
Inventors: Aruun K. Kumar (Richmond), David C. Reed (Tucson, Ariz.), Max D. Smith (Tucson, Ariz.)
Assignee: International Business Machines Corp. (Armonk, N.Y.)
June 13, 2017

Electric power system control with planning of energy demand and energy efficiency using AMI-based data analysis
Patent No. 9,678,520
A method, apparatus, system and computer program is provided for controlling an electric power system, including implementation of an energy planning process (EPP) system which can be used to plan a voltage control and conservation (VCC) system applied to an electrical distribution connection system (EEDCS). The EPP system plans modifications to the EEDCS as a result of operating the VCC system in the “ON” state, in order to maximize the level of energy conservation achieved by the VCC system control of the EEDCS. The EPP system may also identify potential problems in the EEDCS for correction.
Inventors: Melissa A. Peskin (Richmond), Phillip W. Powell (Chesterfield County, Va.)
Assignee: Dominion Resources Inc. (Richmond)
June 13, 2017

Lubricant additives and lubricant compositions having improved frictional characteristics
Patent No. 9,677,026
A lubricant composition, method for reducing a boundary friction coefficient of a lubricant composition, and method for improving fuel economy. The lubricant composition includes a base oil, a) a metal-containing phosphorus antiwear compound in an amount sufficient to provide from about 100 to about 1000 ppm by weight phosphorus based on a total weight of the lubricant composition, and b) an oxygen-polymerized vegetable oil, different from the base oil. The base oil is present in the lubricant composition in an amount from about 50 wt. % to about 99 wt. % based on the total weight of the lubricant composition.
Inventors: Carl W. Bennett (Glen Allen, Va.), Mark T. Devlin (Richmond)
Assignee: Afton Chemical Corp. (Richmond)
June 13, 2017

Fuel efficient lubricating oils
Patent No. 9,677,024
The present invention relates to an engine oil lubricant composition for use in internal combustion engines comprising one or more molybdenum containing compounds that deliver 1-1000 ppm molybdenum to the finished oil, one or more phosphorus containing compounds that deliver 25-650 ppm phosphorus to the finished oil, and one or more poly(meth)acrylate viscosity index improvers (VI improvers) that may or may not be functionalized, for improved fuel economy and turbocharger related deposits. In addition, the composition comprises an antioxidant system which is carefully balanced to provide improved fuel economy, comprising an aminic antioxidant, a phenolic antioxidant and an ashless dithiocarbamate. Additionally, the formulated oil may contain a dispersant poly(meth)acrylate, in addition to the PAMA VI improver, to reduce the amount of traditional succinimide dispersants.
Inventors: Carl K. Esche (Richmond), Glenn A. Mazzamaro (Middlebury, Conn.), Thorsten Bartels (Weisenheim, Germany), David B. Gray (Chalfont, Penn.)
Assignee: Vanderbilt Chemicals (Norwalk, Conn.)
June 13, 2017

Hydrocarbyl soluble quaternary ammonium carboxylates and fuel compositions containing them
Patent No. 9,677,020
A fuel additive composition, fuel composition, method of improving the injector performance of a fuel injected engine, method for preventing or cleaning up deposits in an engine or fuel system, method of reducing wear in a fuel system of an engine, and method of improving the demulsibility of a fuel composition. The fuel composition includes from about 5 to about 300 ppm by weight based on a total weight of the fuel composition of a hydrocarbyl soluble quaternary ammonium carboxylate derived from a quaternary ammonium carbonate and an organic acid.
Inventors: Xinggao Fang (Midlothian, Va.), Scott D. Schwab (Richmond), Daniel Taylor (Fredericksburg, Va.)
Assignee: Afton Chemical Corp. (Richmond)
June 13, 2017

Pharmaceutical compositions comprising DENND1A variant 2 and methods of use thereof
Patent No. 9,676,844
Pharmaceutical compositions and methods for the treatment of DENND1 A. V2 related disorders, such as PCOS, are provided. In particular, humanized and mouse monoclonal antibodies specific for DENND1 A. V2 and methods for using the same are provided.
Inventors: Janette M. McAllister (Hummelstown, Penn.), Jerome F. Strauss (Richmond), Neil D. Christensen (Harrisburg, Penn.)
Assignee: Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond) & The Penn State Research Foundation (University Park, Penn.)
June 13, 2017

Vehicle seat with integrated child booster device
Patent No. 9,676,301
A vehicle seat with integrated child booster device provides an integrated child booster deployable into a use position from a stowed position within a vehicle seat. The device includes a seat back coupled to and extending upwardly from a base frame. A seat bottom is slidably coupled to the base frame selectively covering and exposing an interior space of the base frame. A border section of the seat bottom is slidably coupled to the base frame and a central section of the seat bottom has an upright portion pivotally coupled to a seat portion along a first side of the central section. A second side of the central section is pivotally and slidably coupled to the border section. The upright portion is positionable adjacent to the seat back. A platform is vertically aligned under and supports the central section of the seat bottom.
Inventors: Francis K. Sam (Richmond)
Assignee: N/A
June 13, 2017

Nanoparticles for controlled lysis of blood clots
Patent No. 9,675,560
Fibrinolytic nanoparticles including a polymeric core having a surface that is functionalized with a cationic amphiphilic compound, and a fibrinolytic agent dispersed within the core, are described herein. The fibrinolytic nanoparticles can be used in method of dissolving a blood clot in a subject by administering to the subject a therapeutically effective amount of fibrinolytic nanoparticles.
Inventors: Anand Ramamurthi (Pepper Pike, Ohio), Balakrishnan Sivaraman (Westlake, Ohio), Andrew Sylvester (Richmond)
Assignee: The Cleveland Clinic Foundation (Cleveland, Ohio)
June 13, 2017

Animal feed preservative, supplement and methods
Patent No. 9,675,067
Embodiments herein relate to animal feed preservatives including byproducts containing levulinic acid and methods of making and using the same. In an embodiment, a method of making an animal feed preservative is included. The method can include obtaining an acidic byproduct of a manufacturing process. The acidic byproduct can include at least about 1% by weight levulinic acid or a salt thereof. The method can further include mixing the acidic byproduct with a base to form the animal feed preservative. The animal feed preservative can include at least about 5 wt. % of the acid byproduct. In various embodiments, a method of reducing the amount of mycotoxins formed in an animal feed product during storage is included. In various embodiments, an animal feed preservative or supplement is included. Other embodiments are also included herein.
Inventors: Theodore R. Stern (Minneapolis, Minn.), Stephen G. Campano (Glen Allen, Va.), Gary Carl Larson (Shoreview, Minn.)
Assignee: Hawkins Inc. (Minneapolis, Minn.)
June 13, 2017

Systems and methods for automatically passing hints to a file system
Patent No. 9,678,983
Aspects of the present disclosure involve systems and methods for passing optimization information, which may be used to optimize input/output (“I/O”) requests, from a database management system to a file system, using various protocols of a network file system. The optimization information provided by the database management system may relate to various aspects of an I/O request that may be optimized.
Inventors: Brian Lee Wong (Midlothian, Va.), Chunli Zhang (Irvine, Calif.), Gerald Thornbrugh (Redwood City, Calif.), Siddheshwar Mahesh (San Jose, Calif.)
Assignee: Oracle International Corp. (Redwood Shores, Calif.)
June 13, 2017

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