The R&D Dept.: Local patents for 11.29.17

Metabolomics-based biomarkers for lung function

Patent No. 9,823,204

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), characterized by chronic airflow limitation, is a serious and growing public health concern. The major environmental risk factor for COPD is cigarette smoking, but the biological mechanisms underlying COPD are not well understood. Herein, proton nuclear magnetic resonance (.sup.1H-NMR) spectroscopy is used in methods to identify metabolites and biomarkers associated with lung function in COPD.

Inventors:  Joseph Louie McClay (Richmond), Barbara K. Zedler (Richmond), Edward Lenn Murrelle (Midlothian, Va.), Edwin J. C. G. van den Oord (Richmond), Thomas O’Connell (Raleigh, N.C.), Daniel Adkins (Richmond)

Assignee:  Lineagen Inc. (Salt Lake City, Utah)

Nov. 21, 2017

Immune modulator for immunotherapy and vaccine formulation

Patent No. 9,822,154

A recombinant Flagrp170 protein and pharmaceutical compositions comprising a Flagrp170 protein and related molecules encoding same, and cells presenting such a protein are provided. The Flagrp170 protein comprises an NF-.sub.KB-activating domain of Flagellin and an ATP-binding domain truncated Grp170. The pharmaceutical compositions of the invention can be used for the treatment or prevention of cancer or infectious disease.

Inventors:  Xiang-Yang Wang (Richmond), Xiaofei Yu (Richmond), John R. Subjeck (Buffalo, N.Y.)

Assignee:  Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond) and Health Research Inc. (Buffalo, N.Y.)

Nov. 21, 2017

High lap shear strength, low back face signature UD composite and the process of making

Patent No. 9,821,515

Fabrication of ballistic resistant fibrous composites having improved ballistic resistance properties. More particularly, ballistic resistant fibrous composites having high interlaminar lap shear strength between component fiber plies or fiber layers, which correlates to low composite backface signature. The high lap shear strength, low backface signature composites are useful for the production of hard armor articles, including helmet armor.

Inventors:  Thomas Yiu-Tai Tam (Chesterfield, Va.), Brian Waring (Chester, Va.), Henry Gerard Ardiff (Chesterfield, Va.), Bradley Grunden (Midlothian, Va.), David A. Hurst (Richmond), John Armstrong Young (Midlothian, Va.), Ralf Klein (Midlothian, Va.), Brian Duane Arvidson (Chester, Va.)

Assignee:  Honeywell International Inc. (Morris Plains, N.J.)

Nov. 21, 2017

Two component airless adhesive spray gun and method of use

Patent No. 9,821,332

A two part airless adhesive spray system is provided herein. This system provides numerous enhancements to the prior art including limiting overspray “fog,” saving on sprayed material because of a more efficient spray pattern, and providing a stronger bond than that of the air-atomized spray guns of the prior art.

Inventors:  Steven E. Adams (Richmond), John C. Hannon (Richmond), Terry Nelson (Richmond), Ian L. Churcher (Richmond), Andrew T. Sinclair (Richmond), Robert J. Rose (Richmond)

Assignee:  N/A

Nov. 21, 2017

Child-resistant closure systems for containers

Patent No. 9,821,127

A child-resistant closure system for a container comprises a protective cap, a dispensing tip, and a cylindrical base. The dispensing tip includes a pair of buttons adapted to control whether the dispensing tip is in a locked condition so as to prevent actuation or an unlocked condition so as to permit actuation, via the shoulders, of a sprayer pump unit that is partially contained within the dispensing tip. The cylindrical base has a pair of spaced apart upwardly extending legs. In an locked condition of the dispensing tip, the upwardly extending legs are not aligned with slots defined in a horizontal circumferential portion of the dispensing tip such that downward movement of the dispensing tip in relation to the base is blocked by the upwardly extending legs to prohibit actuation of the sprayer pump unit and to lock the dispensing tip.

Inventors:  Launce R. Barber (Richmond), Thomas J. A. Zuber (Fort Lee, N.J.), Corey R. Vaughan (Seattle, Wash.)

Assignee:  Taptango (Richmond)

Nov. 21, 2017

Virtual reality shopping experience

Patent No. 9,824,391

A solution is provided for a method for a user to shop online in a three dimensional (3D) virtual reality (VR) setting by receiving a request at a shopping server to view a shopping location, having at least one store, and displaying the shopping location to the user’s computer in a 3D interactive simulation view via a web browser to emulate a real-life shopping experience for the user. The server then obtains a request to enter into one of the stores and displays the store website to the user in the same web browser. The store website has one or more enhanced VR features. The server then receives a request to view at least one product and the product is presented in a 3D interactive simulation view to emulate a real-life viewing of the product.

Inventors:  Elliott Glazer (Chesterfield, Va.), Carol Lee Hobson (New River, Ariz.), Elizabeth S. Deming (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Coby Royer(University City, Mo.), Jeff S. Fehlhaber (Glendale, Ariz.)

Assignee:  III Holdings 1 (Wilmington, Del.)

Nov. 21, 2017

Hemostasis of wound having high pressure blood flow using kaolin and bentonite

Patent No. 9,821,084

Compositions comprising clay minerals and methods for their use in promoting hemostasis are provided. The compositions comprise clay minerals such as bentonite, and facilitate blood clotting when applied to a hemorrhaging wound. Electrospun or electrosprayed materials (e.g. bandages, micron beads, etc.) which include clay minerals, and methods for the treatment of acute hemorrhage, are also provided.

Inventors:  Robert F. Diegelmann (Bon Air, Va.), Kevin R. Ward (Glen Allen,Va.), Marcus E. Carr (Holland, Pa.), Gary Lee Bowlin (Mechanicsville, Va.)

Assignee:  Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond)   

Nov. 21, 2017

Smoking article mouthpiece including aerogel

Patent No. 9,820,506

A smoking article (10) incorporates a mouthpiece (14), the mouthpiece includes an open pore structure converted from an organic gel and a functional material dispersed in the open pore structure, such as aerogel particles (20).

Inventors:  Firooz Rasouli (Midlothian, Va.), Gianluca Sechi (Colombier, Switzerland)

Assignee:  Philip Morris Products S.A. (Neuchatel, Switzerland)

Nov. 21, 2017

Method of making oral pouch product

Patent No. 9,820,507

An oral tobacco pouch product includes a pouch wrapper formed of a web having a longitudinal integrated fin and lap seal. The pouch wrapper contains a filling material including tobacco material and optional additives. The longitudinal integrated fin and lap seal is formed on a forming collar.

Inventors:  Dwight D. Williams (Powhatan,Va.)

Assignee:  Altria Client Services (Richmond)

Nov. 21, 2017

System and method for mobile social networking within a target area

Patent No. 9,830,562

A system and method for mobile social networking within a target area are provided. The method provides for mobile social networking. The method includes receiving a social networking profile, and a target area. The social networking profile has at least one user preference. The method also includes broadcasting the social networking profile to one or more members of the social network within the target area. The method further includes searching within the target area for the one or more members having a preference that is the same or similar to the at least one user preference. The method additionally includes enabling contact with the one or more members having the same or similar at least one user preference.

Inventors:  Frederick Joel Mason Jr. (Richmond), Donald Jeffery Smith (Richmond)

Assignee:  Capital One Financial Corp. (McLean, Va.)

Nov. 28, 2017

Cup sleeve with hinged bottom

Patent No. 9,826,850

A sleeve for a beverage cup comprises a main wall and bottom hingedly attached to a bottom edge of the main wall. The main wall has an open top end and a bottom end. The main wall defines a central cavity for receiving at least a portion of a beverage cup inserted into the central cavity via the open top end. The bottom comprises a circular floor portion and a plurality of fingers projecting radially from the floor portion. When the sleeve is in a deployed position for use, the floor portion is substantially perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of the sleeve and closes off the bottom end of the main wall, the fingers are bent upward relative to the floor portion, and the fingers are in contact with an inner surface of the main wall.

Inventors:  Fisnik T. Hasani (Richmond)

Assignee:  N/A

Nov. 28, 2017

Vapor-permeable, substantially water-impermeable multilayer article

Patent No. 9,827,755

This disclosure relates to an article that includes a nonwoven substrate, a first film supported by the nonwoven substrate, and a second film such that the first film is between the nonwoven substrate and the second film. The first film includes a first polymer and a pore-forming filler. The difference between a surface energy of the first film and a surface energy of the nonwoven substrate is at most about 10 mN/m. The second film includes a second polymer capable of absorbing and desorbing moisture and providing a barrier to aqueous fluids.

Inventors:  Mehdi Afshari (Midlothian, Va.)

Assignee:  Fiberweb (Wilmington, Del.)

Nov. 28, 2017

Breathable product for protective mass transportation and cold chain applications

Patent No. 9,827,529

The present invention concerns a breathable product for protective mass transportation and cold chain applications, in particular a reflective sheet for covering temperature sensitive products the reflective sheet having at least a first layer made of a highly reflective moisture vapor permeable substrate having an outer side and an inner side, wherein said inner side comprises in addition at least a metal layer deposited by a PVD process to provide a thermal insulation through high reflection low convection while providing controlled moisture vapor permeability.

Inventors:  Serge Rebouillat (Echenevex, France), Malik Zeniti (Luxembourg, Luxembourg), GUy Hopp (Mondercange, Luxembourg), Sylvain Wallerich (Luxembourg, Luxembourg), Noel Stephen Brabbs (Garnich, Luxembourg), Sabine Gabriel (Harze, Belgium), Ioannis V. Bletsos (Midlothian, Va.)

Assignee:  E I Du Pont De Nemours and Co. (Wilmington, Del.)

Nov. 28, 2017

Controlled turbulent breakup flow

Patent No. 9,827,575

A hydrocyclone separator for classifying solid material in liquid suspension is disclosed. The hydrocyclone separator includes a head part having an inlet conduit and a conically tapered separation part. The hydrocyclone separator includes one or more internal edges that disturb the flow of material within the hydrocyclone separator.

Inventors:  Kevin Sutherland (Peyton, Colo.), Brian Knorr (Henrico, Va.), Lars Gronvall (Trelleborg, Sweden)

Assignee:  Metso Minerals Industries Inc. (Waukesha, Wisc.)

Nov. 28, 2017

Metabolomics-based biomarkers for lung function

Patent No. 9,823,204

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), characterized by chronic airflow limitation, is a serious and growing public health concern. The major environmental risk factor for COPD is cigarette smoking, but the biological mechanisms underlying COPD are not well understood. Herein, proton nuclear magnetic resonance (.sup.1H-NMR) spectroscopy is used in methods to identify metabolites and biomarkers associated with lung function in COPD.

Inventors:  Joseph Louie McClay (Richmond), Barbara K. Zedler (Richmond), Edward Lenn Murrelle (Midlothian, Va.), Edwin J. C. G. van den Oord (Richmond), Thomas O’Connell (Raleigh, N.C.), Daniel Adkins (Richmond)

Assignee:  Lineagen Inc. (Salt Lake City, Utah)

Nov. 21, 2017

Immune modulator for immunotherapy and vaccine formulation

Patent No. 9,822,154

A recombinant Flagrp170 protein and pharmaceutical compositions comprising a Flagrp170 protein and related molecules encoding same, and cells presenting such a protein are provided. The Flagrp170 protein comprises an NF-.sub.KB-activating domain of Flagellin and an ATP-binding domain truncated Grp170. The pharmaceutical compositions of the invention can be used for the treatment or prevention of cancer or infectious disease.

Inventors:  Xiang-Yang Wang (Richmond), Xiaofei Yu (Richmond), John R. Subjeck (Buffalo, N.Y.)

Assignee:  Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond) and Health Research Inc. (Buffalo, N.Y.)

Nov. 21, 2017

High lap shear strength, low back face signature UD composite and the process of making

Patent No. 9,821,515

Fabrication of ballistic resistant fibrous composites having improved ballistic resistance properties. More particularly, ballistic resistant fibrous composites having high interlaminar lap shear strength between component fiber plies or fiber layers, which correlates to low composite backface signature. The high lap shear strength, low backface signature composites are useful for the production of hard armor articles, including helmet armor.

Inventors:  Thomas Yiu-Tai Tam (Chesterfield, Va.), Brian Waring (Chester, Va.), Henry Gerard Ardiff (Chesterfield, Va.), Bradley Grunden (Midlothian, Va.), David A. Hurst (Richmond), John Armstrong Young (Midlothian, Va.), Ralf Klein (Midlothian, Va.), Brian Duane Arvidson (Chester, Va.)

Assignee:  Honeywell International Inc. (Morris Plains, N.J.)

Nov. 21, 2017

Two component airless adhesive spray gun and method of use

Patent No. 9,821,332

A two part airless adhesive spray system is provided herein. This system provides numerous enhancements to the prior art including limiting overspray “fog,” saving on sprayed material because of a more efficient spray pattern, and providing a stronger bond than that of the air-atomized spray guns of the prior art.

Inventors:  Steven E. Adams (Richmond), John C. Hannon (Richmond), Terry Nelson (Richmond), Ian L. Churcher (Richmond), Andrew T. Sinclair (Richmond), Robert J. Rose (Richmond)

Assignee:  N/A

Nov. 21, 2017

Child-resistant closure systems for containers

Patent No. 9,821,127

A child-resistant closure system for a container comprises a protective cap, a dispensing tip, and a cylindrical base. The dispensing tip includes a pair of buttons adapted to control whether the dispensing tip is in a locked condition so as to prevent actuation or an unlocked condition so as to permit actuation, via the shoulders, of a sprayer pump unit that is partially contained within the dispensing tip. The cylindrical base has a pair of spaced apart upwardly extending legs. In an locked condition of the dispensing tip, the upwardly extending legs are not aligned with slots defined in a horizontal circumferential portion of the dispensing tip such that downward movement of the dispensing tip in relation to the base is blocked by the upwardly extending legs to prohibit actuation of the sprayer pump unit and to lock the dispensing tip.

Inventors:  Launce R. Barber (Richmond), Thomas J. A. Zuber (Fort Lee, N.J.), Corey R. Vaughan (Seattle, Wash.)

Assignee:  Taptango (Richmond)

Nov. 21, 2017

Virtual reality shopping experience

Patent No. 9,824,391

A solution is provided for a method for a user to shop online in a three dimensional (3D) virtual reality (VR) setting by receiving a request at a shopping server to view a shopping location, having at least one store, and displaying the shopping location to the user’s computer in a 3D interactive simulation view via a web browser to emulate a real-life shopping experience for the user. The server then obtains a request to enter into one of the stores and displays the store website to the user in the same web browser. The store website has one or more enhanced VR features. The server then receives a request to view at least one product and the product is presented in a 3D interactive simulation view to emulate a real-life viewing of the product.

Inventors:  Elliott Glazer (Chesterfield, Va.), Carol Lee Hobson (New River, Ariz.), Elizabeth S. Deming (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Coby Royer(University City, Mo.), Jeff S. Fehlhaber (Glendale, Ariz.)

Assignee:  III Holdings 1 (Wilmington, Del.)

Nov. 21, 2017

Hemostasis of wound having high pressure blood flow using kaolin and bentonite

Patent No. 9,821,084

Compositions comprising clay minerals and methods for their use in promoting hemostasis are provided. The compositions comprise clay minerals such as bentonite, and facilitate blood clotting when applied to a hemorrhaging wound. Electrospun or electrosprayed materials (e.g. bandages, micron beads, etc.) which include clay minerals, and methods for the treatment of acute hemorrhage, are also provided.

Inventors:  Robert F. Diegelmann (Bon Air, Va.), Kevin R. Ward (Glen Allen,Va.), Marcus E. Carr (Holland, Pa.), Gary Lee Bowlin (Mechanicsville, Va.)

Assignee:  Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond)   

Nov. 21, 2017

Smoking article mouthpiece including aerogel

Patent No. 9,820,506

A smoking article (10) incorporates a mouthpiece (14), the mouthpiece includes an open pore structure converted from an organic gel and a functional material dispersed in the open pore structure, such as aerogel particles (20).

Inventors:  Firooz Rasouli (Midlothian, Va.), Gianluca Sechi (Colombier, Switzerland)

Assignee:  Philip Morris Products S.A. (Neuchatel, Switzerland)

Nov. 21, 2017

Method of making oral pouch product

Patent No. 9,820,507

An oral tobacco pouch product includes a pouch wrapper formed of a web having a longitudinal integrated fin and lap seal. The pouch wrapper contains a filling material including tobacco material and optional additives. The longitudinal integrated fin and lap seal is formed on a forming collar.

Inventors:  Dwight D. Williams (Powhatan,Va.)

Assignee:  Altria Client Services (Richmond)

Nov. 21, 2017

System and method for mobile social networking within a target area

Patent No. 9,830,562

A system and method for mobile social networking within a target area are provided. The method provides for mobile social networking. The method includes receiving a social networking profile, and a target area. The social networking profile has at least one user preference. The method also includes broadcasting the social networking profile to one or more members of the social network within the target area. The method further includes searching within the target area for the one or more members having a preference that is the same or similar to the at least one user preference. The method additionally includes enabling contact with the one or more members having the same or similar at least one user preference.

Inventors:  Frederick Joel Mason Jr. (Richmond), Donald Jeffery Smith (Richmond)

Assignee:  Capital One Financial Corp. (McLean, Va.)

Nov. 28, 2017

Cup sleeve with hinged bottom

Patent No. 9,826,850

A sleeve for a beverage cup comprises a main wall and bottom hingedly attached to a bottom edge of the main wall. The main wall has an open top end and a bottom end. The main wall defines a central cavity for receiving at least a portion of a beverage cup inserted into the central cavity via the open top end. The bottom comprises a circular floor portion and a plurality of fingers projecting radially from the floor portion. When the sleeve is in a deployed position for use, the floor portion is substantially perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of the sleeve and closes off the bottom end of the main wall, the fingers are bent upward relative to the floor portion, and the fingers are in contact with an inner surface of the main wall.

Inventors:  Fisnik T. Hasani (Richmond)

Assignee:  N/A

Nov. 28, 2017

Vapor-permeable, substantially water-impermeable multilayer article

Patent No. 9,827,755

This disclosure relates to an article that includes a nonwoven substrate, a first film supported by the nonwoven substrate, and a second film such that the first film is between the nonwoven substrate and the second film. The first film includes a first polymer and a pore-forming filler. The difference between a surface energy of the first film and a surface energy of the nonwoven substrate is at most about 10 mN/m. The second film includes a second polymer capable of absorbing and desorbing moisture and providing a barrier to aqueous fluids.

Inventors:  Mehdi Afshari (Midlothian, Va.)

Assignee:  Fiberweb (Wilmington, Del.)

Nov. 28, 2017

Breathable product for protective mass transportation and cold chain applications

Patent No. 9,827,529

The present invention concerns a breathable product for protective mass transportation and cold chain applications, in particular a reflective sheet for covering temperature sensitive products the reflective sheet having at least a first layer made of a highly reflective moisture vapor permeable substrate having an outer side and an inner side, wherein said inner side comprises in addition at least a metal layer deposited by a PVD process to provide a thermal insulation through high reflection low convection while providing controlled moisture vapor permeability.

Inventors:  Serge Rebouillat (Echenevex, France), Malik Zeniti (Luxembourg, Luxembourg), GUy Hopp (Mondercange, Luxembourg), Sylvain Wallerich (Luxembourg, Luxembourg), Noel Stephen Brabbs (Garnich, Luxembourg), Sabine Gabriel (Harze, Belgium), Ioannis V. Bletsos (Midlothian, Va.)

Assignee:  E I Du Pont De Nemours and Co. (Wilmington, Del.)

Nov. 28, 2017

Controlled turbulent breakup flow

Patent No. 9,827,575

A hydrocyclone separator for classifying solid material in liquid suspension is disclosed. The hydrocyclone separator includes a head part having an inlet conduit and a conically tapered separation part. The hydrocyclone separator includes one or more internal edges that disturb the flow of material within the hydrocyclone separator.

Inventors:  Kevin Sutherland (Peyton, Colo.), Brian Knorr (Henrico, Va.), Lars Gronvall (Trelleborg, Sweden)

Assignee:  Metso Minerals Industries Inc. (Waukesha, Wisc.)

Nov. 28, 2017

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