The R&D Dept.: Local patents for 10.4.17

Non-rare earth magnetic nanoparticles
Patent No. 9,773,594
Continuous flow synthetic methods are used to make single phase magnetic metal alloy nanoparticles that do not contain rare earth metals. Soft and hard magnets made from the magnetic nanoparticles are used for a variety of purposes, e.g. in electric motors, communication devices, etc.
Inventors: Everett E. Carpenter (Richmond), Zachary J. Huba (Glen Allen, Va.), Kyler J. Carroll (San Diego, Calif.), Ahmed Farghaly (Richmond), Shiv N. Khanna (Richmond), Meichun Qian (Richmond), Massimo Bertino (Richmond)
Assignee: Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond)
Sept. 26, 2017

Oil, grease, and moisture resistant paperboard
Patent No. 9,771,688
A coated paperboard is disclosed which includes a base coat and top coat containing substantially no fluorochemical or wax, exhibiting good resistance to oil and grease, no tendency toward blocking, and being fully repulpable. Improved moisture resistance is also exhibited.
Inventors: Jiebin Pang (Glen Allen, Va.), Natasha Gandia Melton (Richmond), Sergio A. Giuste (Beaumont, Texas)
Assignee: WestRock MWV (Norcross, Ga.)
Sept. 26, 2017

Flavor system and method for making sherry wine like beverages
Patent No. 9,771,552
A method of making a sherry wine-like beverage includes combining water, ethanol and a plurality of flavor compounds in an amount sufficient to impart the flavor of a sherry wine without the need for fermentation and/or aging.
Inventors: Pauline Marcq (Richmond)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Sept. 26, 2017

Photoactive silk protein and fabrication of silk protein structures using photolithography
Patent No. 9,771,400
A natural protein, specifically silk fibroin or sericin, is chemically modified such that it can be rendered photoactive, but which otherwise has similar structure and attributes as silk fibroin or sericin. This chemically modified silk conjugate can be patterned using radiant energy to produce patterned silk materials which may be used for a wide variety of applications such as making micro and nanoparticles of different shapes and functionalities for drug delivery, creating new forms of intricate 3D scaffolds for tissue engineering, and forming substrates for flexible bio-electronics.
Inventors: Nicholas E. Kurland (Virginia Beach, Va.), Vamsi K. Yadavalli (Richmond)
Assignee: Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond)
Sept. 26, 2017

Portable hand converter for a motor vehicle
Patent No. 9,770,983
A portable hand converter for enabling foot-free operation of a conventional motor vehicle. An upper assembly includes a support plate enabling attachment to the steering column of a motor vehicle and a pivotally attached handle. Two adjustable action arms, pivotally connected to the handle, each include a threaded rod slideable within a hollow tube and an adjustable lock nut for adjusting the length of the action arm. A lower end of each action arm is pivotally connected to a pedal clamp assembly. The pedal clamp assemblies enable connection of the lower end of each action arm to one of the foot-operated pedals of a motor vehicle. Attaching the support plate to the steering column and the pedal clamp assemblies to the brake pedal and gas pedal respectively, and adjusting the length of the adjustable action arms enables total control of the motor vehicle by the operator’s hands.
Inventors: Martin Douglas Wells (Richmond)
Assignee: N/A
Sept. 26, 2017

System and method for providing an automated biometric enrollment workflow
Patent No. 9,774,453
Disclosed are automated biometric enrollment workflow (ABEW) systems and method implemented on a mobile communications device that includes a processor, memory and a display. The method is executed by the processor and includes opening of ABEW user interface (UI), initiating automated biometric enrollment workflow in which first biometric mode of the automated biometric enrollment workflow is started, a biometric sensor/scanner connected to mobile communications device scanning or reading a first biometric, wherein the first biometric is associated with the first biometric mode, analyzing the quality of the read/scanned first biometric, determining if the quality is sufficient, if the quality is insufficient, repeating the scanning/reading, analyzing and determining for the first biometric until the quality of the first biometric is sufficient and if the quality is sufficient, storing the first biometric.
Inventors: Taylor D. Baldwin (Newark, Del.), Gregory T. Zarroli (Midlothian, Va.)
Assignee: Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. (Falls Church, Va.)
Sept. 26, 2017

Sulfated beta-O4 low molecular weight lignins
Patent No. 9,777,123
Low molecular weight sulfated beta-O4 lignin (SbO4L) are potent inhibitors of coagulation with high selectivity.
Inventors: Umesh R. Desai (Glen Allen, Va.), Jay Thakkar (Denver, Colo.), Akul Mehta (Richmond)
Assignee: Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond)
Oct. 3, 2017

Production of tamari soy sauce
Patent No. 9,776,197
Present invention enables to mass-produce rich-taste tamari soy sauce with reasonable costs. First step: Moisturizing soybeans. Second step: Steaming the moisturized soybeans. Third step: Shaping the steamed soybeans into nuggets. Fourth step: Mixing a soy flour and seed koji. Fifth step: Putting the mixture on the nuggets. Sixth step: Incubating the nuggets. Seventh step: Putting the incubated nuggets in salt water. Eighth step: Fermenting the nuggets in the salt water. Ninth step: Pressing moromi (solid component of the fermented product). Tenth step: Settling the liquid obtained by pressing the moromoi. Eleventh step: Optionally filtrating raw tamari soy sauce with a reverse osmosis membrane. Twelfth step: Adjusting concentrations of some constituents of the raw tamari soy sauce. Thirteenth step: Pasteurizing the raw tamari soy sauce. Fourteenth step: Settling the pasteurized tamari soy sauce. Fifteenth step: Filtering the supernatant. Sixteenth step: Bottling the tamari soy sauce.
Inventors: Masayoshi Matsunaga (Richmond)
Assignee: San-J International Inc. (Richmond)
Oct. 3, 2017

Systems and methods for adjusting the value of distressed properties
Patent No. 9,779,453
Systems and methods are provided for providing an adjustment to a value estimate for a property that is considered distressed. In one embodiment, a method includes receiving the estimate of value for the property; determining, based on a model, the adjustment to the estimate of value, such that the model accounts for a characteristic of the property and a characteristic of the loan; and providing the adjustment.
Inventors: James Douglas Gordon (Arlington, Va.), Pamela W. Sims (Cary, N.C.), Aohua Chen (Herndon, Va.), Michael G. Bradley (Chesterfield, Va.)
Assignee: Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. (Freddie Mac) (McLean, Va.)
Oct. 3, 2017

Superconductor device interconnect structure
Patent No. 9,780,285
A method is provided of forming a superconductor device interconnect structure. The method includes forming a first dielectric layer overlying a substrate, and forming a base electrode in the first dielectric layer with the base electrode having a top surface aligned with the top surface of the first dielectric layer. The method further comprises forming a Josephson junction (JJ) over the base electrode, depositing a second dielectric layer over the JJ, the base electrode and the first dielectric layer, and forming a first contact through the second dielectric layer to the base electrode to electrically couple the first contact to a first end of the JJ, and a second contact through the second dielectric layer to a second end of the JJ.
Inventors: Christopher F. Kirby (Gambrills, Md.), Michael Rennie (Mechanicsville, Va.), Daniel J. O’Donnell (Manassas, Va.)
Assignee: Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. (Falls Church, Va.)
Oct. 3, 2017

Non-rare earth magnetic nanoparticles
Patent No. 9,773,594
Continuous flow synthetic methods are used to make single phase magnetic metal alloy nanoparticles that do not contain rare earth metals. Soft and hard magnets made from the magnetic nanoparticles are used for a variety of purposes, e.g. in electric motors, communication devices, etc.
Inventors: Everett E. Carpenter (Richmond), Zachary J. Huba (Glen Allen, Va.), Kyler J. Carroll (San Diego, Calif.), Ahmed Farghaly (Richmond), Shiv N. Khanna (Richmond), Meichun Qian (Richmond), Massimo Bertino (Richmond)
Assignee: Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond)
Sept. 26, 2017

Oil, grease, and moisture resistant paperboard
Patent No. 9,771,688
A coated paperboard is disclosed which includes a base coat and top coat containing substantially no fluorochemical or wax, exhibiting good resistance to oil and grease, no tendency toward blocking, and being fully repulpable. Improved moisture resistance is also exhibited.
Inventors: Jiebin Pang (Glen Allen, Va.), Natasha Gandia Melton (Richmond), Sergio A. Giuste (Beaumont, Texas)
Assignee: WestRock MWV (Norcross, Ga.)
Sept. 26, 2017

Flavor system and method for making sherry wine like beverages
Patent No. 9,771,552
A method of making a sherry wine-like beverage includes combining water, ethanol and a plurality of flavor compounds in an amount sufficient to impart the flavor of a sherry wine without the need for fermentation and/or aging.
Inventors: Pauline Marcq (Richmond)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Sept. 26, 2017

Photoactive silk protein and fabrication of silk protein structures using photolithography
Patent No. 9,771,400
A natural protein, specifically silk fibroin or sericin, is chemically modified such that it can be rendered photoactive, but which otherwise has similar structure and attributes as silk fibroin or sericin. This chemically modified silk conjugate can be patterned using radiant energy to produce patterned silk materials which may be used for a wide variety of applications such as making micro and nanoparticles of different shapes and functionalities for drug delivery, creating new forms of intricate 3D scaffolds for tissue engineering, and forming substrates for flexible bio-electronics.
Inventors: Nicholas E. Kurland (Virginia Beach, Va.), Vamsi K. Yadavalli (Richmond)
Assignee: Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond)
Sept. 26, 2017

Portable hand converter for a motor vehicle
Patent No. 9,770,983
A portable hand converter for enabling foot-free operation of a conventional motor vehicle. An upper assembly includes a support plate enabling attachment to the steering column of a motor vehicle and a pivotally attached handle. Two adjustable action arms, pivotally connected to the handle, each include a threaded rod slideable within a hollow tube and an adjustable lock nut for adjusting the length of the action arm. A lower end of each action arm is pivotally connected to a pedal clamp assembly. The pedal clamp assemblies enable connection of the lower end of each action arm to one of the foot-operated pedals of a motor vehicle. Attaching the support plate to the steering column and the pedal clamp assemblies to the brake pedal and gas pedal respectively, and adjusting the length of the adjustable action arms enables total control of the motor vehicle by the operator’s hands.
Inventors: Martin Douglas Wells (Richmond)
Assignee: N/A
Sept. 26, 2017

System and method for providing an automated biometric enrollment workflow
Patent No. 9,774,453
Disclosed are automated biometric enrollment workflow (ABEW) systems and method implemented on a mobile communications device that includes a processor, memory and a display. The method is executed by the processor and includes opening of ABEW user interface (UI), initiating automated biometric enrollment workflow in which first biometric mode of the automated biometric enrollment workflow is started, a biometric sensor/scanner connected to mobile communications device scanning or reading a first biometric, wherein the first biometric is associated with the first biometric mode, analyzing the quality of the read/scanned first biometric, determining if the quality is sufficient, if the quality is insufficient, repeating the scanning/reading, analyzing and determining for the first biometric until the quality of the first biometric is sufficient and if the quality is sufficient, storing the first biometric.
Inventors: Taylor D. Baldwin (Newark, Del.), Gregory T. Zarroli (Midlothian, Va.)
Assignee: Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. (Falls Church, Va.)
Sept. 26, 2017

Sulfated beta-O4 low molecular weight lignins
Patent No. 9,777,123
Low molecular weight sulfated beta-O4 lignin (SbO4L) are potent inhibitors of coagulation with high selectivity.
Inventors: Umesh R. Desai (Glen Allen, Va.), Jay Thakkar (Denver, Colo.), Akul Mehta (Richmond)
Assignee: Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond)
Oct. 3, 2017

Production of tamari soy sauce
Patent No. 9,776,197
Present invention enables to mass-produce rich-taste tamari soy sauce with reasonable costs. First step: Moisturizing soybeans. Second step: Steaming the moisturized soybeans. Third step: Shaping the steamed soybeans into nuggets. Fourth step: Mixing a soy flour and seed koji. Fifth step: Putting the mixture on the nuggets. Sixth step: Incubating the nuggets. Seventh step: Putting the incubated nuggets in salt water. Eighth step: Fermenting the nuggets in the salt water. Ninth step: Pressing moromi (solid component of the fermented product). Tenth step: Settling the liquid obtained by pressing the moromoi. Eleventh step: Optionally filtrating raw tamari soy sauce with a reverse osmosis membrane. Twelfth step: Adjusting concentrations of some constituents of the raw tamari soy sauce. Thirteenth step: Pasteurizing the raw tamari soy sauce. Fourteenth step: Settling the pasteurized tamari soy sauce. Fifteenth step: Filtering the supernatant. Sixteenth step: Bottling the tamari soy sauce.
Inventors: Masayoshi Matsunaga (Richmond)
Assignee: San-J International Inc. (Richmond)
Oct. 3, 2017

Systems and methods for adjusting the value of distressed properties
Patent No. 9,779,453
Systems and methods are provided for providing an adjustment to a value estimate for a property that is considered distressed. In one embodiment, a method includes receiving the estimate of value for the property; determining, based on a model, the adjustment to the estimate of value, such that the model accounts for a characteristic of the property and a characteristic of the loan; and providing the adjustment.
Inventors: James Douglas Gordon (Arlington, Va.), Pamela W. Sims (Cary, N.C.), Aohua Chen (Herndon, Va.), Michael G. Bradley (Chesterfield, Va.)
Assignee: Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. (Freddie Mac) (McLean, Va.)
Oct. 3, 2017

Superconductor device interconnect structure
Patent No. 9,780,285
A method is provided of forming a superconductor device interconnect structure. The method includes forming a first dielectric layer overlying a substrate, and forming a base electrode in the first dielectric layer with the base electrode having a top surface aligned with the top surface of the first dielectric layer. The method further comprises forming a Josephson junction (JJ) over the base electrode, depositing a second dielectric layer over the JJ, the base electrode and the first dielectric layer, and forming a first contact through the second dielectric layer to the base electrode to electrically couple the first contact to a first end of the JJ, and a second contact through the second dielectric layer to a second end of the JJ.
Inventors: Christopher F. Kirby (Gambrills, Md.), Michael Rennie (Mechanicsville, Va.), Daniel J. O’Donnell (Manassas, Va.)
Assignee: Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. (Falls Church, Va.)
Oct. 3, 2017

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