The R&D Dept.: Local patents for 2.14.18

System and method for evaluating application performance

Patent No. 9,886,364

A computer readable medium storing a computer program for providing a method for evaluating the performance of a software application, the computer program executable by at least one or the one or more processors. The computer program comprising a set of instructions for receiving an indication of the initiation of a workflow transaction in an Application, determining whether the workflow transaction is to be marked as a traceable transaction based on a Measurement Marker Algorithm, tracking the performance of operations executed for the workflow transaction, and storing raw Call Metrics based on the tracked performance in an Intermediate memory.

Inventors:  Stanislav Makarskyy (Buffalo Grove, Ill.), Mark Gregory Plunkett (Libertyville, Ill.), Igor Chmil (Buffalo Grove, Ill.), Stephen E. Smith (Richmond)

Assignee:  Allscripts Software (Chicago, Ill.)

Feb. 6, 2018

Lubricant additive compositions containing thiophosphates and thiophosphate derivatives

Patent No. 9,885,003

The invention relates to thiophosphates and derivatives thereof useful as antiwear additive components, lubricant additive compositions and lubricant compositions each comprising such compounds, methods for making and using the same, including methods of lubricating machines and machine parts and methods of extending the useful life of elastomeric seal components of such machines.

Inventors:  David Edwards (Richmond), Kristine Durbin (Mechanicsville, Va.), Robert E. McCovick (Chesterfield, Va.)

Assignee:  Afton Chemical Corp. (Richmond)

Feb. 6, 2018

2-substituted-5-hydroxy-4H-chromen-4-ones as novel ligands for the serotonin receptor 2B (5-HT2B)

Patent No. 9,884,836

A family of compounds which function as selective ligands for the serotonin receptor 2B (5-HT.sub.2B) is identified. Some of the compounds are synthetic non-natural ligands which have a relatively strong interaction with 5-HT2B compared to naturally occurring compounds (some of which are identified for the first time herein as ligands for 5-HT.sub.2B). Because the compounds, both naturally occurring and synthetically produced, function as ligands for 5-HT.sub.2B they will have application in, for example, the treatment and/or prevention of nervous system disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease.

Inventors:  Dwight A.Williams (Richmond), Yan Zhang (Glen Allen, Va.)

Assignee:  Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond)

Feb. 6, 2018

Treatment using dantrolene

Patent No. 9,884,044

Provided are low-volume, safe for injection formulations of dantrolene yielding significant advantages over the currently approved and marketed dantrolene for malignant hyperthermia (MH) threatening anesthetic crisis. Once dantrolene can be made immediately available to patients triggered of MH, the anesthesiologist will be able to focus exclusively on the management of the patient’s physiologic status in this complex and evolving crisis, not on the laborious and time consuming reconstitution process of the rescue agent. The low volume, safe for injection formulations of dantrolene have significant advantages over currently used approaches to the prevention and treatment of pumphead, and other neurological, cognitive and motor dysfunction incident to iatrogenically or trauma induced situations of altered blood flow, including those incurred during surgical procedures involving CPB or related procedures, as well as those incurred during non-normothermic episodes caused iatrogenically or by disease.

Inventors: David Anderson (Ashland, Va.), Benjamin G. Cameransi Jr. (Georgetown, S.C.), Vincent M. Conklin (Richmond)

Assignee:  Lyotropic Therapeutics Inc. (Ashland, Va.)

Feb. 6, 2018

Oral product

Patent No. 9,884,015

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 an additive dispersed in the mouth-stable polymer matrix. The oral product is adapted to release the additive 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.), Gerd Kobal (Sandy Hook, Va.)

Assignee:  Altria Client Services (Richmond)

Feb. 6, 2018

On-line oil and foreign matter detection system and method employing hyperspectral imaging

Patent No. 9,886,631

A method for removing foreign matter from an agricultural product stream of a manufacturing process. The method includes conveying a product stream past an inspection station; scanning a region of the agricultural product stream as it passes the inspection station using at least one light source of a single or different wavelengths; generating hyperspectral images from the scanned region; determining a spectral fingerprint for the agricultural product stream from the hyperspectral images; comparing the spectral fingerprint obtained in step (c) to a spectral fingerprint database containing a plurality of fingerprints using a computer processor to determine whether foreign matter is present and, if present, generating a signal in response thereto; and removing a portion of the conveyed product stream in response to the signal. A system for detecting foreign matter within a agricultural product stream is also provided.

Inventors:  Henry M. Dante (Midlothian, Va.), Samuel Timothy Henry (Midlothian, Va.), Seetharama C. Deevi (Midlothian, Va.)

Assignee:  Altria Client Services (Richmond)

Feb. 6, 2018

Folding, lightweight, hygienic, heavy-duty food shipping container

Patent No. 9,884,718

A reusable, sanitary and folding container includes a base, two folding sidewalls, two folding end walls and latches and hinges. The base includes slots that receive the hinge pins that allow the sidewalls and end walls to fold up and down. These hinge slots are open and provide for water or spray through them during the cleaning process of a container after it has been used. The container is formed of a resilient, but light polyurethane/fiber composite material.

Inventors: John Parnall (Midlothian, Va.)

Assignee:  Greenbox International (Midlothian, Va.)

Feb. 6, 2018

Electric power system control with measurement of energy demand and energy efficiency using T-distributions

Patent No. 9,887,541

A method, apparatus, system and computer program is provided for controlling an electric power system, including implementation of voltage measurement using paired t statistical analysis applied to calculating a shift in average usage per customer from one time period to another time period for a given electrical use population where the pairing process is optimized using a novel technique to improve the accuracy of the statistical measurement.

Inventors:  Edmund J. Hall (Louisa County, Va.), Stephen J. Tyler (Henrico, Va.)

Assignee:  Dominion Energy Inc. (Richmond)

Feb. 6, 2018

Wind turbine bearing assembly

Patent No. 9,885,338

A wind turbine system includes turbine blades connected to a nose hub that is connected to a main turbine shaft. A flywheel is mounted around the main turbine shaft proximate to the nose hub. A bearing assembly is fixed to a turbine tower and is mounted around at least a portion of the flywheel. The bearing assembly includes a bearing housing and a main bearing fixed therein having a main bearing faced adapted to be in contact with or within a close tolerance to the circular outside diameter surface of the flywheel. This main bearing may be comprised of lignum vitae wood.

Inventors:  Robert Alan Shortridge Sr. (Powhatan, Va.)

Assignee:  N/A

Feb. 6, 2018

Aerosol actuators, devices, and methods of making and using the same

Patent No. 9,889,982

Aerosol actuation mechanisms include improvements allowing a user to extend the reach of an aerosol application device, apply an aerosol in a windy environment, improve coverage of the aerosol product, or facilitate improved ability to ensure coverage for an aerosol product.

Inventors:  Sara Jane Falcon (Richmond), Ryan A. Bailey (Richmond), Kelly A. Harrigan (Richmond), Connie Tran (Glen Allen, Va.), Steve Kazanjian (Los Angeles, Calif.), Bradford J. Walling (Chesterfield, Va.)

Assignee:  Silgan Dispensing Systems Corp. (Grandview, Mo.)

Feb. 13, 2018

Kitchen appliance for preparing a beverage and method of operating same

Patent No. 9,888,807

A kitchen appliance includes a first reservoir for receiving a liquid to be used for preparing a beverage. A hot water generator (`HWG`) has an inlet end, an outlet end and a passageway extending therebetween. The inlet end of the HWG is connected to the first reservoir. Liquid from the first reservoir flows into the HWG through the inlet end. A second reservoir is connected to the outlet end of the HWG. The second reservoir includes a discharge port, a gas vent and a skirt extending from a wall of the second reservoir further than the gas vent. The skirt at least partially surrounds the gas vent. At least a portion of the skirt is spaced laterally inwardly from an outer sidewall of the second reservoir.

Inventors:  William D. Starr (Richmond), Patrick T. Mulvaney (Richmond), Adam Hanes (Glen Allen, Va.), Larry Olson (Montpelier, Va.)

Assignee:  Hamilton Beach Brands Inc. (Glen Allen, Va.)

Feb. 13, 2018

Electronic vaping device and components thereof

Patent No. 9,888,719

A liquid reservoir component of an electronic vaping device includes an outer casing extending in a longitudinal direction, an air inlet, and a vapor outlet. An inner tube is within the outer casing defining a central air passage communicates with the inlet and the outlet. A liquid reservoir is in an annular space between the outer casing and the inner tube. A susceptor is adjacent the central air passage, and a wick is in communication with the liquid reservoir and in thermal communication with the susceptor such that the susceptor is operable to heat the liquid material to a temperature to vaporize the liquid material and form a vapor in the central air passage. The liquid reservoir component is configured to connect with a power supply component such that an induction source is operable to generate an inductive field to heat the susceptor when powered by the power source.

Inventors:  Edmond J. Cadieux (Richmond), Douglas A. Burton (Richmond), Barry S. Smith (Richmond), Peter Lipowicz (Richmond), Patrick J. Cobler (Richmond)

Assignee:  Altria Client Services (Richmond)

Feb. 13, 2018

Compositions and methods for selective anion removal

Patent No. 9,890,061

Methods for removing a target anion entity, such as a phosphate ion, from fluids by treating the fluid with a substrate containing an immobilized rare earth, the substrate being either a first loaded substrate including a first immobilized cationic rare earth, the first loaded substrate being formed by precipitating a rare earth in a clay such that the rare earth is fixed inside a porous structure of the clay and/or fixed on the surface of the clay; or a second loaded substrate comprising a second immobilized cationic rare earth that is bonded to the second loaded substrate via a chelating ligand.

Inventors:  John Richardson (Hanover, Va.), Vladimir Djukanovic (Glen Allen, Va.), William Henderson (Ashland, Va.)

Assignee:  Chemtreat Inc. (Glen Allen, Va.)

Feb. 13, 2018

Coil packaging for smokeless tobacco

Patent No. 9,888,716

A pocket sized dispenser houses in coiled form a flexible strip of portions of smokeless tobacco sized for placement between a consumer’s cheek and gum, where the flexible strip includes a base tape removably attached to the plurality of portions, and wherein the dispenser and strip are adapted to allow a consumer to separate individual portions from the base tape. The individual portions comprise either a collection of tobacco particles at least partially enclosed by a coating comprising a water-soluble non-crosslinked component and a substantially water-insoluble cross-linked component; or pouches attached to the base tape with a food-grade adhesive, the pouches comprising smokeless tobacco enclosed in a water-permeable wrapper with at least one lap-sealed edge. Methods of preparing such are disclosed.

Inventors:  John M. Adams (Mechanicsville, Va.), Tommy C. Holland (Midlothian, Va.)

Assignee:  Philip Morris USA Inc. (Richmond)

Feb. 13, 2018

Oral pouch products including a liner and tobacco beads

Patent No. 9,888,712

Provided is a pouched, oral tobacco product including a porous membrane having a liner and an inner filling material. The inner filling material includes loose, fibrous tobacco material and tobacco beads formed from tobacco fines and dust which are too small to be included in traditional pouched tobacco products. The tobacco beads are extruded and spheronized.

Inventors: Stephen G. Zimmermann (Midlothian, Va.)

Assignee:  Philip Morris USA Inc. (Richmond)

Feb. 13, 2018

ATM skimmer detection based upon incidental RF emissions

Patent No. 9,892,600

The disclosed embodiments include methods and systems for detecting ATM skimmers based upon radio frequency (RF) signal. In one aspect, the disclosed embodiments include a system for detecting ATM skimmers including a memory storing instructions and one or more processors that execute the instructions to perform one or more operations for detecting ATM skimmers. The operations may include, for example, receiving radio frequency (RF) signal data corresponding to one or more RF signals detected by an antenna located within communication range of the ATM. The operations may also include determining one or more unidentified RF signals of the detected ATM RF signals that differ from one or more baseline RF signals. The operations may also include determining whether the one or more unidentified RF signals are present for a predetermined period of time, and determining whether a skimmer is present at the ATM based on a determination that the one or more unidentified RF signals are present for the predetermined period of time.

Inventors: William A. Hodges (Mechanicsville, Va.)

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

Feb. 13, 2018

Composition and system for treating paint spray booth water

Patent No. 9,890,066

Disclosed are combinations of one or more cationic starch(es) and aluminum salts to produce a composition for detackifying paint at lower doses than those required using conventional treatments while providing improved handling and a more “green” environmental profile. The compositions may be utilized in methods of detackifying and dispersing solvent borne paints and/or coagulating/flocculating and dispersing waterborne paints during the treatment of paint spray booth water.

Inventors:  Robert J. Guerrini (Mechanicsville, Va.)

Assignee:  Chemtreat Inc. (Glen Allen, Va.)

Feb. 13, 2018

Hot air electric generating systems

Patent No. 9,890,769

A system for generating energy from a confined space that includes heated air therein. The system includes a turbine operatively associated with at least one generator of electricity; and a funnel having an inner channel that is open and unobstructed from a larger bottom opening to a smaller top opening which is in air flow communication with the turbine. The inner channel is configured for accelerating heated air rising through the channel prior to exiting the top opening and entering the turbine. No additional energy is needed, such as the use of a fan or propeller, for this acceleration. The accelerated heated air more effectively drives the turbine without requiring additional energy to provide increased amounts of generated electricity and to do so more efficiently compared to turbine systems that do not contain a funnel and fan or propeller.

Inventors:  Barry Albert (Petersburg, Va.)

Assignee:  N/A

Feb. 13, 2018

Oral pouch product having soft edge and method of making

Patent No. 9,889,956

An oral pouch product having a soft edge includes an inner filling material enclosed inwardly of at least one seam between opposed layers of porous pouch wrapper. The at least one seam is separated from the periphery of the porous pouch wrapper by an unbonded area of the opposed layers so as to form a soft edge of the pouch wrapper.

Inventors:  Fernando L. Chappell Sr. (Colonial Heights, Va.), Danielle R. Crawford (Chester, Va.)

Assignee:  Philip Morris USA Inc. (Richmond)

Feb. 13, 2018

Autonomous car decision override

Patent No. 9,889,861

A visual display for an autonomous vehicle, comprising a first display section that displays an external view of the autonomous vehicle, a second display section that displays vehicle actions that the autonomous vehicle will take and a third display section that displays alternative vehicle actions that an authorized passenger of the autonomous vehicle may select to override the vehicle actions. A decision system for an autonomous vehicle, comprising an input sensor to collect information from passengers to determine if a passenger is an authorized passenger and a display section that displays alternative vehicle actions that an authorized passenger of the autonomous vehicle may select to override vehicle actions of the autonomous vehicle.

Inventors:  Hemanki Doshi (Henrico, Va.)

Assignee:  N/A

Feb. 13, 2018

Methods for facilitating mineral extraction

Patent No. 9,889,452

There is provided methods for separating a target material from a raw material by mixing the raw material with water to form a slurry, adding a collector compound to the slurry to modify a relative hydrophobicity of a surface of the target material, adding a facilitator compound to enhance the modification of the relative hydrophobicity of the surface, and forming a froth including a concentrate of the target material. Disclosed methods may also include adding a facilitator compound to a raw material slurry that has been treated with a collector compound and a reagent for neutralizing the collector compound.

Inventors:  Brian Danyliw (Ontario, Canada), John Richardson (Hanover, Va.)

Assignee:  Chemtreat Inc. (Glen Allen, Va.)

Feb. 13, 2018

System and method for evaluating application performance

Patent No. 9,886,364

A computer readable medium storing a computer program for providing a method for evaluating the performance of a software application, the computer program executable by at least one or the one or more processors. The computer program comprising a set of instructions for receiving an indication of the initiation of a workflow transaction in an Application, determining whether the workflow transaction is to be marked as a traceable transaction based on a Measurement Marker Algorithm, tracking the performance of operations executed for the workflow transaction, and storing raw Call Metrics based on the tracked performance in an Intermediate memory.

Inventors:  Stanislav Makarskyy (Buffalo Grove, Ill.), Mark Gregory Plunkett (Libertyville, Ill.), Igor Chmil (Buffalo Grove, Ill.), Stephen E. Smith (Richmond)

Assignee:  Allscripts Software (Chicago, Ill.)

Feb. 6, 2018

Lubricant additive compositions containing thiophosphates and thiophosphate derivatives

Patent No. 9,885,003

The invention relates to thiophosphates and derivatives thereof useful as antiwear additive components, lubricant additive compositions and lubricant compositions each comprising such compounds, methods for making and using the same, including methods of lubricating machines and machine parts and methods of extending the useful life of elastomeric seal components of such machines.

Inventors:  David Edwards (Richmond), Kristine Durbin (Mechanicsville, Va.), Robert E. McCovick (Chesterfield, Va.)

Assignee:  Afton Chemical Corp. (Richmond)

Feb. 6, 2018

2-substituted-5-hydroxy-4H-chromen-4-ones as novel ligands for the serotonin receptor 2B (5-HT2B)

Patent No. 9,884,836

A family of compounds which function as selective ligands for the serotonin receptor 2B (5-HT.sub.2B) is identified. Some of the compounds are synthetic non-natural ligands which have a relatively strong interaction with 5-HT2B compared to naturally occurring compounds (some of which are identified for the first time herein as ligands for 5-HT.sub.2B). Because the compounds, both naturally occurring and synthetically produced, function as ligands for 5-HT.sub.2B they will have application in, for example, the treatment and/or prevention of nervous system disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease.

Inventors:  Dwight A.Williams (Richmond), Yan Zhang (Glen Allen, Va.)

Assignee:  Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond)

Feb. 6, 2018

Treatment using dantrolene

Patent No. 9,884,044

Provided are low-volume, safe for injection formulations of dantrolene yielding significant advantages over the currently approved and marketed dantrolene for malignant hyperthermia (MH) threatening anesthetic crisis. Once dantrolene can be made immediately available to patients triggered of MH, the anesthesiologist will be able to focus exclusively on the management of the patient’s physiologic status in this complex and evolving crisis, not on the laborious and time consuming reconstitution process of the rescue agent. The low volume, safe for injection formulations of dantrolene have significant advantages over currently used approaches to the prevention and treatment of pumphead, and other neurological, cognitive and motor dysfunction incident to iatrogenically or trauma induced situations of altered blood flow, including those incurred during surgical procedures involving CPB or related procedures, as well as those incurred during non-normothermic episodes caused iatrogenically or by disease.

Inventors: David Anderson (Ashland, Va.), Benjamin G. Cameransi Jr. (Georgetown, S.C.), Vincent M. Conklin (Richmond)

Assignee:  Lyotropic Therapeutics Inc. (Ashland, Va.)

Feb. 6, 2018

Oral product

Patent No. 9,884,015

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 an additive dispersed in the mouth-stable polymer matrix. The oral product is adapted to release the additive 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.), Gerd Kobal (Sandy Hook, Va.)

Assignee:  Altria Client Services (Richmond)

Feb. 6, 2018

On-line oil and foreign matter detection system and method employing hyperspectral imaging

Patent No. 9,886,631

A method for removing foreign matter from an agricultural product stream of a manufacturing process. The method includes conveying a product stream past an inspection station; scanning a region of the agricultural product stream as it passes the inspection station using at least one light source of a single or different wavelengths; generating hyperspectral images from the scanned region; determining a spectral fingerprint for the agricultural product stream from the hyperspectral images; comparing the spectral fingerprint obtained in step (c) to a spectral fingerprint database containing a plurality of fingerprints using a computer processor to determine whether foreign matter is present and, if present, generating a signal in response thereto; and removing a portion of the conveyed product stream in response to the signal. A system for detecting foreign matter within a agricultural product stream is also provided.

Inventors:  Henry M. Dante (Midlothian, Va.), Samuel Timothy Henry (Midlothian, Va.), Seetharama C. Deevi (Midlothian, Va.)

Assignee:  Altria Client Services (Richmond)

Feb. 6, 2018

Folding, lightweight, hygienic, heavy-duty food shipping container

Patent No. 9,884,718

A reusable, sanitary and folding container includes a base, two folding sidewalls, two folding end walls and latches and hinges. The base includes slots that receive the hinge pins that allow the sidewalls and end walls to fold up and down. These hinge slots are open and provide for water or spray through them during the cleaning process of a container after it has been used. The container is formed of a resilient, but light polyurethane/fiber composite material.

Inventors: John Parnall (Midlothian, Va.)

Assignee:  Greenbox International (Midlothian, Va.)

Feb. 6, 2018

Electric power system control with measurement of energy demand and energy efficiency using T-distributions

Patent No. 9,887,541

A method, apparatus, system and computer program is provided for controlling an electric power system, including implementation of voltage measurement using paired t statistical analysis applied to calculating a shift in average usage per customer from one time period to another time period for a given electrical use population where the pairing process is optimized using a novel technique to improve the accuracy of the statistical measurement.

Inventors:  Edmund J. Hall (Louisa County, Va.), Stephen J. Tyler (Henrico, Va.)

Assignee:  Dominion Energy Inc. (Richmond)

Feb. 6, 2018

Wind turbine bearing assembly

Patent No. 9,885,338

A wind turbine system includes turbine blades connected to a nose hub that is connected to a main turbine shaft. A flywheel is mounted around the main turbine shaft proximate to the nose hub. A bearing assembly is fixed to a turbine tower and is mounted around at least a portion of the flywheel. The bearing assembly includes a bearing housing and a main bearing fixed therein having a main bearing faced adapted to be in contact with or within a close tolerance to the circular outside diameter surface of the flywheel. This main bearing may be comprised of lignum vitae wood.

Inventors:  Robert Alan Shortridge Sr. (Powhatan, Va.)

Assignee:  N/A

Feb. 6, 2018

Aerosol actuators, devices, and methods of making and using the same

Patent No. 9,889,982

Aerosol actuation mechanisms include improvements allowing a user to extend the reach of an aerosol application device, apply an aerosol in a windy environment, improve coverage of the aerosol product, or facilitate improved ability to ensure coverage for an aerosol product.

Inventors:  Sara Jane Falcon (Richmond), Ryan A. Bailey (Richmond), Kelly A. Harrigan (Richmond), Connie Tran (Glen Allen, Va.), Steve Kazanjian (Los Angeles, Calif.), Bradford J. Walling (Chesterfield, Va.)

Assignee:  Silgan Dispensing Systems Corp. (Grandview, Mo.)

Feb. 13, 2018

Kitchen appliance for preparing a beverage and method of operating same

Patent No. 9,888,807

A kitchen appliance includes a first reservoir for receiving a liquid to be used for preparing a beverage. A hot water generator (`HWG`) has an inlet end, an outlet end and a passageway extending therebetween. The inlet end of the HWG is connected to the first reservoir. Liquid from the first reservoir flows into the HWG through the inlet end. A second reservoir is connected to the outlet end of the HWG. The second reservoir includes a discharge port, a gas vent and a skirt extending from a wall of the second reservoir further than the gas vent. The skirt at least partially surrounds the gas vent. At least a portion of the skirt is spaced laterally inwardly from an outer sidewall of the second reservoir.

Inventors:  William D. Starr (Richmond), Patrick T. Mulvaney (Richmond), Adam Hanes (Glen Allen, Va.), Larry Olson (Montpelier, Va.)

Assignee:  Hamilton Beach Brands Inc. (Glen Allen, Va.)

Feb. 13, 2018

Electronic vaping device and components thereof

Patent No. 9,888,719

A liquid reservoir component of an electronic vaping device includes an outer casing extending in a longitudinal direction, an air inlet, and a vapor outlet. An inner tube is within the outer casing defining a central air passage communicates with the inlet and the outlet. A liquid reservoir is in an annular space between the outer casing and the inner tube. A susceptor is adjacent the central air passage, and a wick is in communication with the liquid reservoir and in thermal communication with the susceptor such that the susceptor is operable to heat the liquid material to a temperature to vaporize the liquid material and form a vapor in the central air passage. The liquid reservoir component is configured to connect with a power supply component such that an induction source is operable to generate an inductive field to heat the susceptor when powered by the power source.

Inventors:  Edmond J. Cadieux (Richmond), Douglas A. Burton (Richmond), Barry S. Smith (Richmond), Peter Lipowicz (Richmond), Patrick J. Cobler (Richmond)

Assignee:  Altria Client Services (Richmond)

Feb. 13, 2018

Compositions and methods for selective anion removal

Patent No. 9,890,061

Methods for removing a target anion entity, such as a phosphate ion, from fluids by treating the fluid with a substrate containing an immobilized rare earth, the substrate being either a first loaded substrate including a first immobilized cationic rare earth, the first loaded substrate being formed by precipitating a rare earth in a clay such that the rare earth is fixed inside a porous structure of the clay and/or fixed on the surface of the clay; or a second loaded substrate comprising a second immobilized cationic rare earth that is bonded to the second loaded substrate via a chelating ligand.

Inventors:  John Richardson (Hanover, Va.), Vladimir Djukanovic (Glen Allen, Va.), William Henderson (Ashland, Va.)

Assignee:  Chemtreat Inc. (Glen Allen, Va.)

Feb. 13, 2018

Coil packaging for smokeless tobacco

Patent No. 9,888,716

A pocket sized dispenser houses in coiled form a flexible strip of portions of smokeless tobacco sized for placement between a consumer’s cheek and gum, where the flexible strip includes a base tape removably attached to the plurality of portions, and wherein the dispenser and strip are adapted to allow a consumer to separate individual portions from the base tape. The individual portions comprise either a collection of tobacco particles at least partially enclosed by a coating comprising a water-soluble non-crosslinked component and a substantially water-insoluble cross-linked component; or pouches attached to the base tape with a food-grade adhesive, the pouches comprising smokeless tobacco enclosed in a water-permeable wrapper with at least one lap-sealed edge. Methods of preparing such are disclosed.

Inventors:  John M. Adams (Mechanicsville, Va.), Tommy C. Holland (Midlothian, Va.)

Assignee:  Philip Morris USA Inc. (Richmond)

Feb. 13, 2018

Oral pouch products including a liner and tobacco beads

Patent No. 9,888,712

Provided is a pouched, oral tobacco product including a porous membrane having a liner and an inner filling material. The inner filling material includes loose, fibrous tobacco material and tobacco beads formed from tobacco fines and dust which are too small to be included in traditional pouched tobacco products. The tobacco beads are extruded and spheronized.

Inventors: Stephen G. Zimmermann (Midlothian, Va.)

Assignee:  Philip Morris USA Inc. (Richmond)

Feb. 13, 2018

ATM skimmer detection based upon incidental RF emissions

Patent No. 9,892,600

The disclosed embodiments include methods and systems for detecting ATM skimmers based upon radio frequency (RF) signal. In one aspect, the disclosed embodiments include a system for detecting ATM skimmers including a memory storing instructions and one or more processors that execute the instructions to perform one or more operations for detecting ATM skimmers. The operations may include, for example, receiving radio frequency (RF) signal data corresponding to one or more RF signals detected by an antenna located within communication range of the ATM. The operations may also include determining one or more unidentified RF signals of the detected ATM RF signals that differ from one or more baseline RF signals. The operations may also include determining whether the one or more unidentified RF signals are present for a predetermined period of time, and determining whether a skimmer is present at the ATM based on a determination that the one or more unidentified RF signals are present for the predetermined period of time.

Inventors: William A. Hodges (Mechanicsville, Va.)

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

Feb. 13, 2018

Composition and system for treating paint spray booth water

Patent No. 9,890,066

Disclosed are combinations of one or more cationic starch(es) and aluminum salts to produce a composition for detackifying paint at lower doses than those required using conventional treatments while providing improved handling and a more “green” environmental profile. The compositions may be utilized in methods of detackifying and dispersing solvent borne paints and/or coagulating/flocculating and dispersing waterborne paints during the treatment of paint spray booth water.

Inventors:  Robert J. Guerrini (Mechanicsville, Va.)

Assignee:  Chemtreat Inc. (Glen Allen, Va.)

Feb. 13, 2018

Hot air electric generating systems

Patent No. 9,890,769

A system for generating energy from a confined space that includes heated air therein. The system includes a turbine operatively associated with at least one generator of electricity; and a funnel having an inner channel that is open and unobstructed from a larger bottom opening to a smaller top opening which is in air flow communication with the turbine. The inner channel is configured for accelerating heated air rising through the channel prior to exiting the top opening and entering the turbine. No additional energy is needed, such as the use of a fan or propeller, for this acceleration. The accelerated heated air more effectively drives the turbine without requiring additional energy to provide increased amounts of generated electricity and to do so more efficiently compared to turbine systems that do not contain a funnel and fan or propeller.

Inventors:  Barry Albert (Petersburg, Va.)

Assignee:  N/A

Feb. 13, 2018

Oral pouch product having soft edge and method of making

Patent No. 9,889,956

An oral pouch product having a soft edge includes an inner filling material enclosed inwardly of at least one seam between opposed layers of porous pouch wrapper. The at least one seam is separated from the periphery of the porous pouch wrapper by an unbonded area of the opposed layers so as to form a soft edge of the pouch wrapper.

Inventors:  Fernando L. Chappell Sr. (Colonial Heights, Va.), Danielle R. Crawford (Chester, Va.)

Assignee:  Philip Morris USA Inc. (Richmond)

Feb. 13, 2018

Autonomous car decision override

Patent No. 9,889,861

A visual display for an autonomous vehicle, comprising a first display section that displays an external view of the autonomous vehicle, a second display section that displays vehicle actions that the autonomous vehicle will take and a third display section that displays alternative vehicle actions that an authorized passenger of the autonomous vehicle may select to override the vehicle actions. A decision system for an autonomous vehicle, comprising an input sensor to collect information from passengers to determine if a passenger is an authorized passenger and a display section that displays alternative vehicle actions that an authorized passenger of the autonomous vehicle may select to override vehicle actions of the autonomous vehicle.

Inventors:  Hemanki Doshi (Henrico, Va.)

Assignee:  N/A

Feb. 13, 2018

Methods for facilitating mineral extraction

Patent No. 9,889,452

There is provided methods for separating a target material from a raw material by mixing the raw material with water to form a slurry, adding a collector compound to the slurry to modify a relative hydrophobicity of a surface of the target material, adding a facilitator compound to enhance the modification of the relative hydrophobicity of the surface, and forming a froth including a concentrate of the target material. Disclosed methods may also include adding a facilitator compound to a raw material slurry that has been treated with a collector compound and a reagent for neutralizing the collector compound.

Inventors:  Brian Danyliw (Ontario, Canada), John Richardson (Hanover, Va.)

Assignee:  Chemtreat Inc. (Glen Allen, Va.)

Feb. 13, 2018

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