The R&D Dept.: Local patents for 1.3.18

Systems and methods for extracting keywords in language learning

Patent No. 9,852,655

Systems, methods, and products for language learning that may determine a level score of a learner based upon responsive inputs received from the learner during sessions. A pedagogical value threshold is determined based upon the level score of the learner and a resource difficulty score of a resource containing text having one or more words. Each word having a word difficulty score satisfying the pedagogical value threshold is stored into a non-transitory machine-readable storage media keyword store.

Inventors:  Katharine Nielson (Richmond), Kasey Kirkham (New York, N.Y.), Na’im Tyson (Mount Vernon, N.Y.), Andrew Breen (New York, N.Y.)

Assignee:  Voxy Inc. (New York, N.Y.)

Dec. 26, 2017

Sulfated and unsulfated flavonoid oligomers as cancer therapeutics

Patent No. 9,850,221

Sulfated and unsulfated flavonoid oligomers as inhibitors of cancer stem cells (CSCs) are provided. In particular, sulfated flavonoid dimers are shown to selectively inhibit CSCs growth and self-renewal both in vitro and in vivo.

Inventors:  Umesh R. Desai (Glen Allen, Va.), Rajesh Karuturi (Richmond), Bhaumik B. Patel (Glen Allen, Va.), Nirmita J. Patel (Glen Allen, Va.)

Assignee:  Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond)

Dec. 26, 2017

Electronic cigarette

Patent No. 9,848,656

An electronic smoking article includes an outer tube extending in a longitudinal direction, an inner tube within the outer tube and including a pair of opposing slots, a liquid supply comprising a liquid material, a coil heater, a wick and a mouth end insert. The coil heater is located in the inner tube. The coil heater is formed of an iron-free, nickel-chromium alloy and has substantially uniformly spaced windings. The wick is surrounded by the coil heater such that the wick delivers liquid material to the coil heater and the coil heater heats the liquid material to a temperature sufficient to vaporize the liquid material and form an aerosol in the inner tube.

Inventors:  Christopher S. Tucker (Midlothian, Va.), Geoffrey Brandon Jordan (Midlothian, Va.), Barry S. Smith (Hopewell, Va.), Ali A. Rostami (Richmond), Michael J. Mullins (Richmond)

Assignee:  Altria Client Services  (Richmond)

Dec. 26, 2017

Electronic smoking article

Patent No. 9,848,644

An electronic smoking article includes a liquid supply region including liquid material and a heater-wick element operable to wick liquid material and heat the liquid material to a temperature sufficient to vaporize the liquid material and form an aerosol. The heater-wick element is formed of a carbon or graphite foam.

Inventors:  Susan E. Plunkett (Richmond), David B. Kane (Richmond)

Assignee:  Altria Client Services (Richmond)

Dec. 26, 2017

Authentic and verifiable electronic wellness record

Patent No. 9,852,264

A biometric reading device, for tracking fitness activity, via creating a profile of the user on web portal, comprising a touch screen with the front camera, finger print scanner for thumb, finger print scanner for index finger, and extendable voice recorder at the base panel, the circuit board, essential to be linked with the web portal, a start and stop press button to initiate and stop the fitness tracking record respectively, the speakers at both ends, motion sensors adjacent to both the speakers, audio output, micro USB input to connect pulse measuring or wearable devices, and the power source input. The devise is used for tracking and maintain the fitness activity record, creating the individual profile or account by capturing the biometric data (finger prints, voice recordings and facial image) of the user. The invention provides a method, system and device for monitoring exercise and managing fitness activity across diverse exercise machines with user’s profile or account, linked with the web portal system, generating an authenticated fitness report for both, individual users and fitness center users.

Inventors:  Padmanabaiah Srirama (Glen Allen, Va.)

Assignee:  N/A

Dec. 26, 2017

System and method for irrigation

Patent No. 9,848,543

A method for subsurface irrigation having the steps of; providing one or more hydrophobic porous uncoated tubes having a hydro head (HH), locating the tubes with at least a portion of their length within the rhizosphere of plants to be irrigated, and passing an aqueous irrigation liquid into the tubes during the growth phase of the plants to be irrigated at an applied pressure at or below HH. The tubes may be located in the proximity of seeds which become the plants to be irrigated following their germination. In this embodiment, aqueous irrigation fluid is passed into the tubes during a germination phase of the seeds at an applied pressure that is at least 10% higher than the applied pressure during the growth phase of the plants.

Inventors:  Ioannis V. Bletsos (Midlothian, Va.), Robert R. Matheson (Glen Allen, Va.), Debora Flanagan Massouda (Wilmington, Del.), Ji Yeon Huh (Newark, Del.)

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

Dec. 26, 2017

Methods for optimizing an analysis of energy consumption to reduce cost and devices thereof

Patent No. 9,851,701

A method, energy usage analysis device, and non-transitory computer readable medium that obtain an amount of energy generated from wind resources and thermal resources at a plurality of intervals over a specified time period. An amount of energy consumed by a user at each of the intervals is obtained. An energy source wind number value is generated for each of the intervals based on the respective amount of energy generated from the wind resources and the thermal resources. An energy consumption wind number value is generated for each of the intervals based on the respective energy source wind number value and the respective amount of energy consumed by the user. An overall wind number value is generated for the specified time period based on the energy consumption wind number values and the amount of energy consumed at each of the intervals. The overall wind number value is output.

Inventors:  William Scott Hoppe (Henrico, Va.)

Assignee:  Sabreez (Henrico, Va.)

Dec. 26, 2017

Ultra-small apoB-containing particles and methods of use thereof

Patent No. 9,857,385

The present disclosure provides an isolated particle comprising very high density, ultra small, lipid depleted apo B containing particles, and may also contain cytokeratin 8. The isolated particle is useful in diagnostic assays, which are also provided.

Inventors:  Ronald M. Krauss (Berkeley, Calif.), Mohmed Elfatih Ashmaig (Richmond)

Assignee:  Children’s Hospital & Research Center at Oakland (Oakland, Calif.)

Jan. 2, 2018

Context-based routing and access path selection

Patent No. 9,857,191

Systems and methods for determination of an access path are disclosed. The access path may include any drivable route that is within a site, and is often, but not necessarily, exclusive of roads in a road network external to the site. In some cases, access paths may include a set of streets between two or more sites without necessarily including a drivable path within a site. Further, the systems and methods may calculate or determine minimum cost routes that include the access path. In some cases, the calculated route may be the minimum cost route that includes the access path, but not necessarily a minimum cost route to a site. In other words, in some cases, the selection of an access path serves as a constraint that supersedes the calculation of a minimum cost route.

Inventors:  Ralph Mason (Christchurch, New Zealand), Mark Fryer (Christchurch, New Zealand), Michael Fried (Christchurch, New Zealand), Jeffrey Fiore (Berkeley, Calif.), Rick Turek (Aliso Viejo, Calif.), Brad Llewellyn (Richmond), Peter Lear (Toronto, Calif.), Victor Rehorst (Toronto, Canada), Steven Ashley (Christchurch, New Zealand), Ben Burns (Christchurch, New Zealand)

Assignee:  Telogis Inc. (Aliso Viejo, Calif.)

Jan. 2, 2018

Airborne engine additive delivery system

Patent No. 9,856,788

A method of introducing additives to an air intake system of an engine in order to overcome one or more of the various problems created by formulation of additives in fuels. The method controls at least one of the amount, aerosol particle size and timing of introduction of additives based on information relevant to operation of the engine. The introduced additives form an air-additive mixture and are carried by the airflow in the air-intake system to the combustion chamber of the engine. Another aspect of the invention is an additive introduction system that includes one or more containers for additives, a control system for determining at least one of the amount, aerosol particle size and timing of introduction of the additives, and a device to introduce the additives into the air intake system under the control of the control system.

Inventors:  Gregory Guinther (Richmond)

Assignee:  Afton Chemical Corp. (Richmond)

Jan. 2, 2018

Method and composition for improving the combustion of aviation fuels

Patent No. 9,856,431

An aviation fuel is formulated with manganese-containing compounds. The composition may include relatively high amounts of manganese up to about 500 mg Mn/l. A manganese-containing additive may reduce the smoke created during the combustion of the aviation fuel. Additionally, the aviation fuel composition may include manganese to improve octane and include a phosphorus-containing scavenger to reduce manganese oxide engine deposits. Further, isooctane is added in order to, with the manganese-containing compound, improve the octane number of the fuel.

Inventors:  Stephen A. Factor (Richmond), Zachary John McAfee (Richmond), Joseph Anthony Calderone III (Richmond)

Assignee:  Afton Chemical Corp. (Richmond)

Jan. 2, 2018

Electronic vaping device and method

Patent No. 9,854,839

An electronic smoking article includes a liquid supply including liquid material, a heater operable to heat the liquid material to a temperature sufficient to vaporize the liquid material and form an aerosol, a wick in communication with the liquid material and in communication with the heater such that the wick delivers the liquid material to the heater, and at least one air inlet operable to establish a predetermined resistance to draw under a prescribed test of said smoking article.

Inventors:  Christopher S. Tucker (Midlothian, Va.), Geoffrey Brandon Jordan (Midlothian, Va.), Barry S. Smith (Hopewell, Va.), Ali A. Rostami (Glen Allen, Va.), Mullins; Michael J. Mullins (Richmond)

Assignee:  Altria Client Services (Richmond)

Jan. 2, 2018

Oral product

Patent No. 9,854,831

An oral product includes a body that is wholly receivable in an oral cavity. The body includes a mouth-stable polymer matrix, cellulosic fibers embedded in the mouth-stable polymer matrix, and nicotine or a derivative thereof dispersed in the mouth-stable polymer matrix. The oral product is adapted to release the nicotine or derivative thereof from the body when the body is received within the oral cavity and exposed to saliva.

Inventors: Feng Gao (Midlothian, Va.), Frank Scott Atchley (Midlothian, Va.), Gregory Griscik (Midlothian, Va.), Christopher Joseph DiNovi (Ruther Glen, Va.), Phillip M. Hulan (Midlothian, Va.), Diane Gee (Chesterfield, Va.), Jason Flora (Richmond), Shuzhong Zhuang (Glen Allen, Va.)

Assignee:  Altria Client Services (Richmond)

Jan. 2, 2018

Oral tobacco product

Patent No. 9,854,830

An oral tobacco product includes a body that is wholly receivable in an oral cavity. The body includes a mouth-stable polymer matrix and tobacco fibers embedded in the mouth-stable polymer matrix. The oral tobacco product can be formed by extruding a mixture of mouth-stable polymer and tobacco fibers.

Inventors:  Feng Gao (Midlothian, Va.), Frank Scott Atchley (Tarpon Springs, Fla.), Gregory Griscik (Midlothian, Va.), Christopher Joseph DiNovi (Ruther Glen, Va.), Phillip M. Hulan (Midlothian, VA), Diane Gee (Chesterfield, Va.), Munmaya K. Mishra (Manakin Sabot, Va.), James Arthur Strickland (Richmond)

Assignee:  Altria Client Services (Richmond)

Jan. 2, 2018

Systems and methods for extracting keywords in language learning

Patent No. 9,852,655

Systems, methods, and products for language learning that may determine a level score of a learner based upon responsive inputs received from the learner during sessions. A pedagogical value threshold is determined based upon the level score of the learner and a resource difficulty score of a resource containing text having one or more words. Each word having a word difficulty score satisfying the pedagogical value threshold is stored into a non-transitory machine-readable storage media keyword store.

Inventors:  Katharine Nielson (Richmond), Kasey Kirkham (New York, N.Y.), Na’im Tyson (Mount Vernon, N.Y.), Andrew Breen (New York, N.Y.)

Assignee:  Voxy Inc. (New York, N.Y.)

Dec. 26, 2017

Sulfated and unsulfated flavonoid oligomers as cancer therapeutics

Patent No. 9,850,221

Sulfated and unsulfated flavonoid oligomers as inhibitors of cancer stem cells (CSCs) are provided. In particular, sulfated flavonoid dimers are shown to selectively inhibit CSCs growth and self-renewal both in vitro and in vivo.

Inventors:  Umesh R. Desai (Glen Allen, Va.), Rajesh Karuturi (Richmond), Bhaumik B. Patel (Glen Allen, Va.), Nirmita J. Patel (Glen Allen, Va.)

Assignee:  Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond)

Dec. 26, 2017

Electronic cigarette

Patent No. 9,848,656

An electronic smoking article includes an outer tube extending in a longitudinal direction, an inner tube within the outer tube and including a pair of opposing slots, a liquid supply comprising a liquid material, a coil heater, a wick and a mouth end insert. The coil heater is located in the inner tube. The coil heater is formed of an iron-free, nickel-chromium alloy and has substantially uniformly spaced windings. The wick is surrounded by the coil heater such that the wick delivers liquid material to the coil heater and the coil heater heats the liquid material to a temperature sufficient to vaporize the liquid material and form an aerosol in the inner tube.

Inventors:  Christopher S. Tucker (Midlothian, Va.), Geoffrey Brandon Jordan (Midlothian, Va.), Barry S. Smith (Hopewell, Va.), Ali A. Rostami (Richmond), Michael J. Mullins (Richmond)

Assignee:  Altria Client Services  (Richmond)

Dec. 26, 2017

Electronic smoking article

Patent No. 9,848,644

An electronic smoking article includes a liquid supply region including liquid material and a heater-wick element operable to wick liquid material and heat the liquid material to a temperature sufficient to vaporize the liquid material and form an aerosol. The heater-wick element is formed of a carbon or graphite foam.

Inventors:  Susan E. Plunkett (Richmond), David B. Kane (Richmond)

Assignee:  Altria Client Services (Richmond)

Dec. 26, 2017

Authentic and verifiable electronic wellness record

Patent No. 9,852,264

A biometric reading device, for tracking fitness activity, via creating a profile of the user on web portal, comprising a touch screen with the front camera, finger print scanner for thumb, finger print scanner for index finger, and extendable voice recorder at the base panel, the circuit board, essential to be linked with the web portal, a start and stop press button to initiate and stop the fitness tracking record respectively, the speakers at both ends, motion sensors adjacent to both the speakers, audio output, micro USB input to connect pulse measuring or wearable devices, and the power source input. The devise is used for tracking and maintain the fitness activity record, creating the individual profile or account by capturing the biometric data (finger prints, voice recordings and facial image) of the user. The invention provides a method, system and device for monitoring exercise and managing fitness activity across diverse exercise machines with user’s profile or account, linked with the web portal system, generating an authenticated fitness report for both, individual users and fitness center users.

Inventors:  Padmanabaiah Srirama (Glen Allen, Va.)

Assignee:  N/A

Dec. 26, 2017

System and method for irrigation

Patent No. 9,848,543

A method for subsurface irrigation having the steps of; providing one or more hydrophobic porous uncoated tubes having a hydro head (HH), locating the tubes with at least a portion of their length within the rhizosphere of plants to be irrigated, and passing an aqueous irrigation liquid into the tubes during the growth phase of the plants to be irrigated at an applied pressure at or below HH. The tubes may be located in the proximity of seeds which become the plants to be irrigated following their germination. In this embodiment, aqueous irrigation fluid is passed into the tubes during a germination phase of the seeds at an applied pressure that is at least 10% higher than the applied pressure during the growth phase of the plants.

Inventors:  Ioannis V. Bletsos (Midlothian, Va.), Robert R. Matheson (Glen Allen, Va.), Debora Flanagan Massouda (Wilmington, Del.), Ji Yeon Huh (Newark, Del.)

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

Dec. 26, 2017

Methods for optimizing an analysis of energy consumption to reduce cost and devices thereof

Patent No. 9,851,701

A method, energy usage analysis device, and non-transitory computer readable medium that obtain an amount of energy generated from wind resources and thermal resources at a plurality of intervals over a specified time period. An amount of energy consumed by a user at each of the intervals is obtained. An energy source wind number value is generated for each of the intervals based on the respective amount of energy generated from the wind resources and the thermal resources. An energy consumption wind number value is generated for each of the intervals based on the respective energy source wind number value and the respective amount of energy consumed by the user. An overall wind number value is generated for the specified time period based on the energy consumption wind number values and the amount of energy consumed at each of the intervals. The overall wind number value is output.

Inventors:  William Scott Hoppe (Henrico, Va.)

Assignee:  Sabreez (Henrico, Va.)

Dec. 26, 2017

Ultra-small apoB-containing particles and methods of use thereof

Patent No. 9,857,385

The present disclosure provides an isolated particle comprising very high density, ultra small, lipid depleted apo B containing particles, and may also contain cytokeratin 8. The isolated particle is useful in diagnostic assays, which are also provided.

Inventors:  Ronald M. Krauss (Berkeley, Calif.), Mohmed Elfatih Ashmaig (Richmond)

Assignee:  Children’s Hospital & Research Center at Oakland (Oakland, Calif.)

Jan. 2, 2018

Context-based routing and access path selection

Patent No. 9,857,191

Systems and methods for determination of an access path are disclosed. The access path may include any drivable route that is within a site, and is often, but not necessarily, exclusive of roads in a road network external to the site. In some cases, access paths may include a set of streets between two or more sites without necessarily including a drivable path within a site. Further, the systems and methods may calculate or determine minimum cost routes that include the access path. In some cases, the calculated route may be the minimum cost route that includes the access path, but not necessarily a minimum cost route to a site. In other words, in some cases, the selection of an access path serves as a constraint that supersedes the calculation of a minimum cost route.

Inventors:  Ralph Mason (Christchurch, New Zealand), Mark Fryer (Christchurch, New Zealand), Michael Fried (Christchurch, New Zealand), Jeffrey Fiore (Berkeley, Calif.), Rick Turek (Aliso Viejo, Calif.), Brad Llewellyn (Richmond), Peter Lear (Toronto, Calif.), Victor Rehorst (Toronto, Canada), Steven Ashley (Christchurch, New Zealand), Ben Burns (Christchurch, New Zealand)

Assignee:  Telogis Inc. (Aliso Viejo, Calif.)

Jan. 2, 2018

Airborne engine additive delivery system

Patent No. 9,856,788

A method of introducing additives to an air intake system of an engine in order to overcome one or more of the various problems created by formulation of additives in fuels. The method controls at least one of the amount, aerosol particle size and timing of introduction of additives based on information relevant to operation of the engine. The introduced additives form an air-additive mixture and are carried by the airflow in the air-intake system to the combustion chamber of the engine. Another aspect of the invention is an additive introduction system that includes one or more containers for additives, a control system for determining at least one of the amount, aerosol particle size and timing of introduction of the additives, and a device to introduce the additives into the air intake system under the control of the control system.

Inventors:  Gregory Guinther (Richmond)

Assignee:  Afton Chemical Corp. (Richmond)

Jan. 2, 2018

Method and composition for improving the combustion of aviation fuels

Patent No. 9,856,431

An aviation fuel is formulated with manganese-containing compounds. The composition may include relatively high amounts of manganese up to about 500 mg Mn/l. A manganese-containing additive may reduce the smoke created during the combustion of the aviation fuel. Additionally, the aviation fuel composition may include manganese to improve octane and include a phosphorus-containing scavenger to reduce manganese oxide engine deposits. Further, isooctane is added in order to, with the manganese-containing compound, improve the octane number of the fuel.

Inventors:  Stephen A. Factor (Richmond), Zachary John McAfee (Richmond), Joseph Anthony Calderone III (Richmond)

Assignee:  Afton Chemical Corp. (Richmond)

Jan. 2, 2018

Electronic vaping device and method

Patent No. 9,854,839

An electronic smoking article includes a liquid supply including liquid material, a heater operable to heat the liquid material to a temperature sufficient to vaporize the liquid material and form an aerosol, a wick in communication with the liquid material and in communication with the heater such that the wick delivers the liquid material to the heater, and at least one air inlet operable to establish a predetermined resistance to draw under a prescribed test of said smoking article.

Inventors:  Christopher S. Tucker (Midlothian, Va.), Geoffrey Brandon Jordan (Midlothian, Va.), Barry S. Smith (Hopewell, Va.), Ali A. Rostami (Glen Allen, Va.), Mullins; Michael J. Mullins (Richmond)

Assignee:  Altria Client Services (Richmond)

Jan. 2, 2018

Oral product

Patent No. 9,854,831

An oral product includes a body that is wholly receivable in an oral cavity. The body includes a mouth-stable polymer matrix, cellulosic fibers embedded in the mouth-stable polymer matrix, and nicotine or a derivative thereof dispersed in the mouth-stable polymer matrix. The oral product is adapted to release the nicotine or derivative thereof from the body when the body is received within the oral cavity and exposed to saliva.

Inventors: Feng Gao (Midlothian, Va.), Frank Scott Atchley (Midlothian, Va.), Gregory Griscik (Midlothian, Va.), Christopher Joseph DiNovi (Ruther Glen, Va.), Phillip M. Hulan (Midlothian, Va.), Diane Gee (Chesterfield, Va.), Jason Flora (Richmond), Shuzhong Zhuang (Glen Allen, Va.)

Assignee:  Altria Client Services (Richmond)

Jan. 2, 2018

Oral tobacco product

Patent No. 9,854,830

An oral tobacco product includes a body that is wholly receivable in an oral cavity. The body includes a mouth-stable polymer matrix and tobacco fibers embedded in the mouth-stable polymer matrix. The oral tobacco product can be formed by extruding a mixture of mouth-stable polymer and tobacco fibers.

Inventors:  Feng Gao (Midlothian, Va.), Frank Scott Atchley (Tarpon Springs, Fla.), Gregory Griscik (Midlothian, Va.), Christopher Joseph DiNovi (Ruther Glen, Va.), Phillip M. Hulan (Midlothian, VA), Diane Gee (Chesterfield, Va.), Munmaya K. Mishra (Manakin Sabot, Va.), James Arthur Strickland (Richmond)

Assignee:  Altria Client Services (Richmond)

Jan. 2, 2018

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