The R&D Dept.: Local patents for 7.26.17

Systems and methods for calculating text difficulty
Patent No. 9,711,064
Disclosed are systems, methods, and products for language learning that automatically extracts keywords from resources 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 resources having text and then determine a text difficulty score that predicts how difficult the resource is for language learners based on any number of factors, including any number of semantic and syntactic features of the text. Training resources labeled with metadata may be used to train a statistical model for determining difficulty scores of newly received text. Resources may be grouped based on difficulty score, and groups of resources may correspond to language learners’ proficiency levels.
Inventors:  Katherine Nielson (Richmond), Kasey Kirkham (New York), Na’im Tyson (Mount Vernon, N.Y.), Andrew Breen (New York)
Assignee:     VOXY, Inc. (New York, NY)
July 18, 2017

Agrochemical oil compositions comprising alkylpolysiloxane adjuvants of high silicone character
Patent No. 9,706,771
The invention relates to agrochemical compositions comprising oils and alkylpolysiloxanes of high silicone character (HSCAS) with good oil compatibility which improve the spreading behavior and reduce surface tension of oil-based agricultural formulations, and optionally comprising agrochemically active ingredients such as fungicides, insecticides or herbicides and/or inert ingredients such as emulsifiers and other agrochemically acceptable components.
Inventors:  Craig Poffenberger (Chesterfied, Va.), David Lindsay (Chester, Va.), Jorg Simpelkamp (Richmond), Christian Hartung (Essen, Germany), Michael Ferenz (Essen, Germany)
Assignee:     Evonik Degussa GmbH (Essen, Germany)
July 18, 2017

Compositions and methods for treating conditions that affect epidermis
Patent No. 9,707,244
The present invention relates to the compositions and methods for treating or alleviating conditions that affect the epidermis (e.g., wrinkles, sun damaged skin, symptoms of aged skin, or the like).
Inventors:  Shaharyar Khan (Charlottesville, Va.), Arthur Glenn Romero (Chesterfield, Va.) Mikael C. Herlevsen (Crozet, Va.)
Assignee:     Gencia Corp. (Charlottesville, Va.)
July 18, 2017

Evaporative fluid cooling apparatuses and methods thereof
Patent No. 9,709,301
An evaporative fluid cooling apparatus includes a cooling housing, at least two fluid coils, an air movement apparatus, and one or more spray apparatuses. The cooling housing defines a cooling chamber with an air housing input and an air housing output. The fluid coils are positioned in and extend across at least a portion of the cooling chamber in a spaced apart stacked arrangement. One of the fluid coils is positioned closer to the air housing output and has a first fluid input configured to be coupled to a fluid return from one or more air handler devices and a first fluid output coupled to a second fluid input to the other fluid coil. The other fluid coil is positioned closer to the air housing input and has a second fluid output configured to be coupled to a fluid supply to the air handler devices.
Inventors:  Gerald McDonnell (Midlothian, Va.), Jeffrey Cheesman (Upper Saddle River, N.J.)
Assignee:  N/A
July 18, 2017

Air handler apparatuses for evaporative fluid cooling and methods thereof
Patent No. 9,709,287
An air handler apparatus includes at least one heat exchanger device with a cooling fluid region separated from a temperature transfer fluid region, an evaporator device comprising an evaporator housing and at least one evaporator coil, and a pump. The cooling fluid region has a cooling fluid input and a cooling fluid output and the temperature transfer fluid region has a temperature transfer fluid input and a temperature transfer fluid output. The evaporator housing defines an air passage having an air input and an air output. The evaporator coil has an evaporator coil input coupled to the temperature transfer fluid output and an evaporator output coupled to temperature transfer fluid input of the temperature transfer fluid region in the heat exchanger device. The pump is coupled to the temperature transfer fluid region in the heat exchanger device to pump temperature transfer fluid between the temperature transfer fluid region and the evaporator coil when activated.
Inventors:  Gerald McDonnell (Midlothian, Va.), Jeffrey Cheesman (Upper Saddle River, N.J.)
Assignee:  N/A
July 18, 2017

Smart vehicle sun visor
Patent No. 9,712,741
A vehicle sun visor system with a touch screen display is configured to display video feed from one or more cameras. A front facing polarized and/or photochromic camera shows the area of view which is normally blocked by the deployed sun visor, allowing the user to view traffic lights, road signs, etc. without the distraction of glare. Software image processing may also be used to reduce glare and improve visibility. In addition, the sun visor system also has a “see-me” camera which allows the user to use the screen as a mirror, and one or more rear-view cameras which can be used to see the passenger area of a vehicle through the touch-screen display. Any of the cameras may be used to take photos or videos, which may be viewed on the display and transmitted wirelessly to other electronic devices or cloud storage.
Inventors:  Ankit Dilip Kothari (Henrico, Va.)
Assignee: Be Topnotch (Henrico, Va.)
July 18, 2017

SD card access door
Patent No. 9,711,886
An apparatus for installing or replacing license software such as in a device or secure digital card of a controller. The apparatus may have a door that is situated in a base of the controller. The door may slide down to provide an opening that permits access to a place, an area or receptacle that holds the card. The door may not necessarily be open-able until the controller is removed from a panel, a din rail, or some other structure, where a removal of power has to occur. The door may be designed so that it blends in with the base in that just qualified installers are aware of how to find the door for access to the card. To close the door, the card needs to be fully installed before the door can be closed. The door may be designed with hook features to prevent its removal from the controller base.
Inventors:  Daniel Williamson (Powhatan, Va.)
Assignee:   Honeywell International Inc. (Morris Plains, N.J.)
July 18, 2017

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