The R&D Dept.: Local patents for 7.12.17

Remotely deployable vapor delivery device
Patent No. 9,694,098
A remotely deployable vapor delivery device is described that is conveniently and effectively deployed in a hard-to-reach location. The device is approximately spherical in shape, and includes an integrated reservoir containing the desired vapor producing substance, an evaporative surface and means for continuous flow of the vapor producing substance from the integrated reservoir to the evaporative surface which provides an approximately constant vapor delivery rate. The advantages of the embodiments include a device that can be conveniently tossed or rolled, is compact in size, provides a maximal amount of stored vapor producing substance, has an efficient usage rate of the stored vapor producing substance and provides a long operating lifetime. Other advantages of the embodiments described include hands-free activation, self-righting after deployment, tamper resistance, non-energized operation, a modest number of low cost parts that are readily manufactured and assembled, and easy retrieval.
Inventors:  Gary M. Atkinson (Henrico, Va.), Glenn Willoughby (Richmond)
Assignee:     SimpleTek LLC (Richmond, VA)
July 4, 2017

Product portion enrobing machines and methods
Patent No. 9,693,582
An apparatus for enrobing a product portion can include at least one polymer spray head adapted to create at least one flow of polymeric fibers to produce at least one polymer enrobing zone and a conveyor system adapted to move at least one product portion from at least one position below at least one polymer enrobing zone and to at least one position above at least one polymer enrobing zone to drop each product portion through one or more polymer enrobing zones a plurality times at different orientations to enrobe each product portion with polymeric fibers.
Inventors:  Andrew Nathan Carroll (Chester, Va.), Shannon Maxwell Black (Richmond), Yan Helen Sun (Midlothian, Va.), William J. Burke (Richmond), Robert Smith (Glen Allen, Va.)
Assignee:  Altria Client Services  (Richmond)
July 4, 2017

Electrical busway splice connector
Patent No. 9,698,548
A splice connector for a busway system utilizes individual connectors made of a conductive material and having a u-shaped cross-section that fit over ends of a pair of busbars to be connected to each other, and within which are mounted multi-contact louvers that extend the length of the connectors to establish a low impedance electrical connection between the connector and the respective busbars. The louvers are secured in place by a dovetail groove that retains the louvers within the connectors and causes the individual contact sections of the louvers to bow outwardly so as to press against the busbars when the connector is fitted over the busbars. The connectors are snapped into insulative housing halves or sections that align the connectors with the busbars, and that provide isolation between horizontally aligned pairs of connectors.
Inventors:  Mario L. Jaena (Kent, Wash.), Vladimir Gulkarov (San Diego, Calif.), Isaac Folk (Glen Allen, Va.)
Assignee:  Power Distribution Inc. (Richmond)
July 4, 2017

mda-9/syntenin promoter to image and treat metastatic cancer cells
Patent No. 9,701,985
Recombinant vectors in which expression of one or more elements (e.g. gene required for viral replication, detectable imaging agents, therapeutic agents, etc.) is driven by an mda-9/syntenin (mda-9) cancer selective promoter are provided, as are cells and transgenic animals that contain such vectors. The vectors are used in cancer therapy and/or diagnostics, especially to visualize (image) and treat metastasis (including in rapid in vitro assays), and the transgenic mice are used to monitor cancer progression and/or the efficacy of candidate therapeutic agents in screening assays.
Inventors:  Paul B. Fisher (Richmond), Swadesh K. Das (Richmond), Mitchell E. Menezes (Richmond), Devanand Sarkar (Richmond)
Assignee:  Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond)
July 11, 2017

Lubricant additives and lubricant compositions having improved frictional characteristics
Patent No. 9,701,921
A lubricating oil composition, method for reducing a boundary friction coefficient of a lubricant composition, and method for improving fuel economy. The lubricating oil 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) a heat bodied 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)
July 11, 2017

Adaptive fault clearing based on power transistor temperature
Patent No. 9,705,310
A system includes a current measurement unit, an overload timer, and a processing unit. The current measuring unit measures current through a power transistor, and the overload timer measures an overload time associated with the measured current. The processing unit receives a user-specified overload time setting or a user-specified overload amperage setting associated with a protection device connected in series with a load, receives a temperature measurement of a component associated with the power transistor or a measurement of overload time associated with the current, wherein the power transistor supplies the current to the load and the protection device, and selectively turns off the power transistor based on the measured temperature, the measured current through the power transistor, and the user-specified overload amperage setting or based on the measured temperature, the measured overload time, and the user-specified overload time.
Inventors:  Hans-Erik Pfitzer (Chesterfield, Va.), Justin Walraven (San Diego, Calif.)
Assignee:  Thomas & Betts International (Wilmington, Del.)
July 11, 2017

Extending DNSSEC trust chains to objects outside the DNS
Patent No. 9,705,851
The present invention generally relates to systems and methods for extending a chain of trust beyond the DNS. Some embodiments provide a verifier with the ability to validate a chain of trust starting with the trust anchor at the DNS root all the way to a service or object of interest outside the DNS.
Inventors:  Burton S. Kaliski Jr. (McLean, Va.), Eric  Osterweil (Fairfax, Va.), Glen Wiley (Goochland, Va.)
Assignee:  Verisign Inc. (Reston, Va.)
July 11, 2017

Extending DNSSEC trust chains to objects outside the DNS
Patent No. 9,705,682
The present invention generally relates to systems and methods for extending a chain of trust beyond the DNS. Some embodiments provide a verifier with the ability to validate a chain of trust starting with the trust anchor at the DNS root all the way to a service or object of interest outside the DNS.
Inventors:  Burton S. Kaliski Jr. (McLean, Va.), Eric Osterweil (Fairfax, Va.), Glen Wiley (Goochland, Va.)
Assignee:  Verisign Inc. (Reston, Va.)
July 11, 2017

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