The R&D Dept.: Local patents for 3.14.18

Phosphors and scintillators for light stimulation within a medium

Patent No. 9,907,976

A system and method for light stimulation within a medium. The system has a reduced-voltage x-ray source configured to generate x-rays from a peak applied cathode voltage at or below 105 kVp, and a plurality of energy-emitting particles in the medium which, upon radiation from the x-ray source, radiate at a first lower energy than the x-ray source to interact with at least one photoactivatable agent in the medium. The method introduces the plurality of energy-emitting particles into the medium, radiates the energy-emitting particles in the medium with x-rays generated from a peak applied cathode voltage at or below 105 kVp; and emits a lower energy than the x-ray source to interact with the medium or with at least one photoactivatable agent in the medium.

Inventors:  Frederic A. Bourke Jr. (Detroit, Mich.), Harold Walder (Detroit, Mich.), Zakaryae Fathi (Detroit, Mich.), Michael J. Therien (Durham, N.C.), Mark W. Dewhirst (Durham, N.C.) Ian N. Stanton (Durham, N.C.), Jennifer Ann Ayres (Raleigh, N.C.), Diane Renee Fels (Morrisville, N.C.), Joseph A. Herbert (Richmond)

Assignee:  Immunolight (Detroit, Mich.) & Duke University (Durham, N.C.)

March 6, 2018

Portable changing table

Patent No. 9,907,410

A portable changing table comprises a flexible hanging support having upper and lower ends, a chamber adapted to receive and hold a child during diapering, and left and right support straps. The upper end of the hanging support has at least one hook for hanging the changing table during use. The hanging support is adapted to hang substantially vertically during use. The chamber is attached to the lower end of the hanging support such that the chamber hangs from the hanging support during use. The chamber comprises a floor, a rear wall having a bottom edge foldably attached to a rear edge of the floor, a front wall having a bottom edge foldably attached to a front edge of the floor, a flexible left side wall, and a flexible right side wall.

Inventors:  Brenda Lee Roberts Moosa (Midlothian, Va.), Mahnaz Moosa (Midlothian, Va.), Bruce Seymour Ferris (Richmond), Catherine P. Barnes (Glen Allen, Va.), Suzy Smithson (Richmond), Eirikur Blumenstein (Reykjavik, Iceland)

Assignee:  4DCM (Midlothian, Va.)

March 6, 2018

Cigarettes and filter subassemblies with squeezable flavor capsule and methods of manufacture

Patent No. 9,907,335

Improved delivery of additive materials to cigarettes is provided through the use of one or more capsules containing additive materials, such as flavor components, in the filter section of a cigarette. The capsule or capsules are provided between first and second absorbent members and the capsules are subjected to an external force, such as squeezing, by a smoker prior to or during smoking of the cigarette in order to release at least a portion of the additive material and expose the additive material to mainstream smoke passing through the filter. The capsules provide a barrier between the additive materials and other cigarettes components, such as sorbents or filter materials, in order to reduce additive material migration into the other cigarette components prior to desired use. An outer cover which is impermeable to the fluid within the capsules is provided about the capsule or capsules and the first and second absorbent members.

Inventors:  Georgios D. Karles (Richmond), Jeffrey Allen (Midlothian, Va.), Jose Nepomuceno (Beaverdam, Va.)

Assignee:  Philip Morris USA Inc. (Richmond)

March 6, 2018

System and method for malware detection using hashing techniques

Patent No. 9,912,690

A system and method in accordance with example embodiments may include systems and methods for generating and transforming data presentation. The method may include receiving, using a processor, a request for a web page, and submitting, by the processor, the request to a computer server system. The request can include a user identification and a user password. The method may further include receiving, from the computer server system, data corresponding to the requested web page. Further, the method includes storing, in a memory, the received data, and causing the received data to be shown on a display associated with the user device.

Inventors:  Christopher Marshall (Glen Allen, Va.)

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

March 6, 2018

Conduit spacing and mounting system and method

Patent No. 9,909,692

A conduit spacing and mounting system and method are provided for prefabricating multilayered assemblies of conduits and mounting them end-to-end in a building. The system includes a pair of spacer plates, each having a same pattern of conduit-receiving openings, and a plurality of clamping assemblies, each including a bracket which is discrete from and individually attached to the spacer plate adjacent to one of the conduit-receiving openings. The clamping assemblies are oriented at different angles relative at different rows of the conduit-receiving openings to provide access for a clamp-tightening tool in the spaces between different rows of conduits. The use of spacer plates largely prevents lateral misalignments between the conduits, and the use of a separate bracket formed from a harder, stronger or thicker metal than the spacer plate greatly increases the strength and reliability of the clamping force applied to the conduits.

Inventors:  William H. Dean (Miami Beach, Fla.), Russell S. Williams (King William, Va.), Richard D. Nicholson (Glen Allen,Va.)

Assignee:  M.C. Dean Inc. (Sterling, Va.)

March 6, 2018

Room temperature ferromagnetic gadolinium silicide nanoparticles

Patent No. 9,907,865

A particle usable as T.sub.1 and T.sub.2 contrast agents is provided. The particle is a gadolinium silicide (Gd.sub.5Si.sub.4) particle that is ferromagnetic at temperatures up to 290 K and is less than 2 .mu.m in diameter. An MRI contrast agent that includes a plurality of gadolinium silicide (Gd.sub.5Si.sub.4) particles that are less than 1 .mu.m in diameter is also provided. A method for creating gadolinium silicide (Gd.sub.5Si.sub.4) particles is also provided. The method includes the steps of providing a Gd.sub.5Si.sub.4 bulk alloy; grinding the Gd.sub.5Si.sub.4 bulk alloy into a powder; and milling the Gd.sub.5Si.sub.4 bulk alloy powder for a time of approximately 20 minutes or less.

Inventors:  Magundappa Ravi L. Hadimani (Glen Allen, Va.), Shalabh Gupta (Ames, Iowa), Shane Harstad (Rockford, Minn.), Vitalij Pecharsky  (Ames, Iowa), David C. Jiles (Ames, Iowa)

Assignee:  Iowa State University Research Foundation Inc. (Ames, Iowa)

March 6, 2018

UHMWPE fiber and method to produce

Patent No. 9,909,240

Processes for preparing ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene fibers, and the fibers and articles produced therefrom. Exposed surfaces of the fibers are subjected to a treatment that enhances the surface energy at the fiber surfaces. Such treated surfaces are subsequently coated with a protective coating immediately after the treatment to increase the shelf life of the treatment. The coating comprises at least one poly(alkyl-oxide) polymer.

Inventors:  Henry Gerard Ardiff (Chesterfield, Va.), Ralf Klein (Midlothian, Va.), John Armstrong Young (Midlothian, Va.), Thomas Tam (Chesterfield, Va.)

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

March 6, 2018

Devices, systems and methods for locating and interacting with medicament delivery systems

Patent No. 9,911,308

In some embodiments, a method includes producing, from an adapter, a first wireless signal characterized by a first communication mode with a computing device when a portion of at least one of a medicament delivery device or a simulated medicament delivery is disposed within the adapter. An indication is received when the portion of the medicament delivery device or the simulated medicament delivery device is removed from the adapter. A second wireless signal characterized by a second communication mode with the computing device is produced in response to the indication. The second communication mode is different from the first communication mode. The second communication mode can be, for example, a hold mode, a sniff mode or a park mode.

Inventors:  Eric S. Edwards (Moseley, Va.), Evan T. Edwards (Charlottesville, Va.), Mark J. Licata (Doswell, Va.), Paul F. Meyers (Fishers, Ind.), Vaishali Vilas Kamat (Arlington, Mass.), Steven David Gardner (Yaxley Peterborough, Great Britain), Robert George Milner (Hilton, Great Britain)

Assignee:  kaleo Inc. (Richmond)

March 6, 2018

Method and compositions for producing polymer blends

Patent No. 9,916,917

Methods for mixing nylon compounds and compositions useful in mixing nylon compounds are provided. The methods and compositions disclosed are useful in producing nylon for wire and cable jacketing. The disclosed methods provide nylon having a reduced heat history compared to traditional methods. The disclosed methods and composition provide additional mixing capacity by reducing the amount of nylon that must be incorporated with additives per unit of final nylon composition. The disclosed methods and compositions provide the ability to select from a plurality of additive concentration levels in the final product by varying the ratio of a masterbatch compound containing a high concentration of the additive to a resin containing a low concentration or no additive.

Inventors:  John V. Facinelli (Morristown, N.J.), Clark V. Brown (White Plains, N.Y.), David J. Loy (Richmond), Robert A. Houck Jr.(Midlothian, Va.), Dana A. Germain (Midlothian, Va.)

Assignee:  Advansix Resins & Chemicals (Parsippany, N.J.)

March 13, 2018

Method of treating a patient determined to be at risk of developing occult pancreatic beta-cell dysfunction

Patent No. 9,915,645

This invention relates to a method for detecting the presence of or likelihood of a patient of developing occult pancreatic beta cell dysfunction, and a method for detecting the presence of or likelihood of a patient of developing clinically significant post-prandial hyperglycemia. The methods involve (a) measuring a level of alpha-hydroxybutyrate (AHB) in a single fasting baseline biological sample of the patient; (b) comparing the level of AHB in the single fasting baseline biological sample to a reference AHB level; and (c) determining the presence of or likelihood of developing the disorder in the patient based on the comparison in step (b). An increased AHB level at fasting baseline indicates that a normoglycemic, normo-insulinemic and/or non-dyslipidemic patient has developed or has an increased likelihood of developing occult pancreatic beta cell dysfunction. An increased AHB level at fasting baseline and an elevated glucose level of at least about 155 mg/dL at 30 minutes and/or 1 hour indicates that a normoglycemic, normo-insulinemic and/or non-dyslipidemic patient has developed or has an increased likelihood of developing clinically significant post-prandial hyperglycemia.

Inventors:  Steve Varvel (Richmond), Rebecca E. Caffrey (Chesterfield, Va.), James V. Pottala (Sioux Falls, S.D.)

Assignee: True Health IP (Frisco, Texas)

March 13, 2018

Glycerine based jelly compositions

Patent No. 9,913,787

The disclosure describes a replacement for petroleum jelly as a base for products which is suitable for most any application for which petroleum jelly can be used. The jelly is a glycerine based composition comprising; vegetable derived glycerine and an emulsifier. The emulsifier can be any known and/or commercially available glucoside containing substance. Other suitable emulsifiers together with glycerine and essential or vegetable based oils with or without inorganic fillers may be added to impart desirable mechanical and physio-chemical properties. In addition, temperature stabilizers and stiffening agents such as waxes and other inorganic fillers including silica and clays may also be added during manufacture. The composition includes glycerine preferably present in the range of 50-95 weight %.

Inventors:  Guerry L. Grune (Virginia Beach, Va.), William Wingfield (Richmond), Martin E. Oehlbeck (Cohocton, N.Y.)

Assignee:  N/A

Flame resistant thermal liner, composite fabric, and garment

Patent No. 9,913,504

The present invention relates to a flame resistant thermal liner comprising a nonwoven sheet comprising nanofibers of a synthetic polymer having an limiting oxygen index of at least 21, a mean flow pore of 10 micrometers or less, a thickness air permeability of 25 to 6000 cubic feet per min-micrometers (12 to 2880 cubic meters per square meter per min-micrometers), and an average thickness T.sub.1; and a thermally stable flame resistant fabric attached to an outer surface of the nonwoven sheet, the fabric having an average thickness T.sub.2; a surface of the thermally stable fabric being in contact with a surface of the nonwoven sheet; wherein T.sub.1 and T.sub.2 are selected such that the ratio of T.sub.1 to T.sub.2 is less than 0.75. The invention also relates to a flame resistant composite fabric comprising the flame resistant thermal liner and a garment comprising this flame resistant composite fabric.

Inventors:  Natalia V. Levit (Glen Allen, Va.), Richard Hall Young (Richmond)

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

March 13, 2018

E-vaping device having a section with a removable insulator between electrically conductive and passive elements

Patent No. 9,913,495

An e-vaping section includes a power supply, control circuitry and a removable insulator. The removable insulator is operable to prevent an electrical connection between the power supply and the control circuitry during manufacturing and shipment of the section when the e-vaping section is in a stored configuration.

Inventors:  Jarrett Keen (Richmond), Christopher S. Tucker (Midlothian, Va.)

Assignee:  Altria Client Services (Richmond)

March 13, 2018

Method for measurement of bioavailable testosterone

Patent No. 9,914,954

Provided are methods for determining level of bioactive testosterone in a biological sample. In one aspect, aromatase enzyme is utilized to convert free, bio-available testosterone into estradiol and the amount of estradiol is measured before and after the addition of enzyme. The difference in measurements provides the amount of bioactive testosterone in the sample. In another aspect, a competitor of testosterone binding to SHBG is utilized to displace testosterone bound to SHBG. Measurements of total testosterone in the sample before addition of competitor and afterwards are taken, such that the delta reflects the amount of testosterone that was bound on SHBG.

Inventors:  Rebecca Caffrey (Chesterfield, Va.), Daniel Hoefner (Ashland, Va.)

Assignee:  Naviga (Virginia Beach, Va.)

March 13, 2018

Thin wall product display tube

Patent No. 9,913,490

A thin-walled polypropylene product display tube. The thin-walled polypropylene product display tube includes a tubular member having a closed end, an open end, an inner diameter and, between the closed end and the open end, a first outer diameter, the open end terminating in a flared portion having a second outer diameter, the tubular member having a wall thickness sufficient to yield a level of haze equal to or less than 8%. A process for forming a thin-walled polypropylene product display tube is also provided.

Inventors: James Lindsay Clark (Chesterfield, Va.)

Assignee:  Altria Client Services (Richmond)

March 13, 2018

Infant carrier transport

Patent No. 9,914,469

Infant carriers are stably supported and transported by being positioned on a frame set on wheels. The frame may include an infant carrier holder with a floor with a ramp and sidewalls. The infant carrier holder may be integral with the frame or may be mounted to a mounting device that can be adjusted for mounting angle or height. A handle is provided to the frame at a position that is suitable for a person in a wheelchair to grasp the frame and move the transport. A handle suitable for a standing person to grasp the frame may optionally be provided. The transport permits a person that may have difficulty carrying or transporting an infant carrier to more easily transport the infant carrier in a standing or a seated position, the latter as may be the case with a wheelchair occupant. The transport may be fastened to the wheelchair.

Inventors:  Paul Giampavolo (Newton, N.J.), Christopher M. Johnson (Glen Allen, Va.)

Assignee:  Safe-Strap Co. (Fort Myers, Fla.)

March 13, 2018

Phosphors and scintillators for light stimulation within a medium

Patent No. 9,907,976

A system and method for light stimulation within a medium. The system has a reduced-voltage x-ray source configured to generate x-rays from a peak applied cathode voltage at or below 105 kVp, and a plurality of energy-emitting particles in the medium which, upon radiation from the x-ray source, radiate at a first lower energy than the x-ray source to interact with at least one photoactivatable agent in the medium. The method introduces the plurality of energy-emitting particles into the medium, radiates the energy-emitting particles in the medium with x-rays generated from a peak applied cathode voltage at or below 105 kVp; and emits a lower energy than the x-ray source to interact with the medium or with at least one photoactivatable agent in the medium.

Inventors:  Frederic A. Bourke Jr. (Detroit, Mich.), Harold Walder (Detroit, Mich.), Zakaryae Fathi (Detroit, Mich.), Michael J. Therien (Durham, N.C.), Mark W. Dewhirst (Durham, N.C.) Ian N. Stanton (Durham, N.C.), Jennifer Ann Ayres (Raleigh, N.C.), Diane Renee Fels (Morrisville, N.C.), Joseph A. Herbert (Richmond)

Assignee:  Immunolight (Detroit, Mich.) & Duke University (Durham, N.C.)

March 6, 2018

Portable changing table

Patent No. 9,907,410

A portable changing table comprises a flexible hanging support having upper and lower ends, a chamber adapted to receive and hold a child during diapering, and left and right support straps. The upper end of the hanging support has at least one hook for hanging the changing table during use. The hanging support is adapted to hang substantially vertically during use. The chamber is attached to the lower end of the hanging support such that the chamber hangs from the hanging support during use. The chamber comprises a floor, a rear wall having a bottom edge foldably attached to a rear edge of the floor, a front wall having a bottom edge foldably attached to a front edge of the floor, a flexible left side wall, and a flexible right side wall.

Inventors:  Brenda Lee Roberts Moosa (Midlothian, Va.), Mahnaz Moosa (Midlothian, Va.), Bruce Seymour Ferris (Richmond), Catherine P. Barnes (Glen Allen, Va.), Suzy Smithson (Richmond), Eirikur Blumenstein (Reykjavik, Iceland)

Assignee:  4DCM (Midlothian, Va.)

March 6, 2018

Cigarettes and filter subassemblies with squeezable flavor capsule and methods of manufacture

Patent No. 9,907,335

Improved delivery of additive materials to cigarettes is provided through the use of one or more capsules containing additive materials, such as flavor components, in the filter section of a cigarette. The capsule or capsules are provided between first and second absorbent members and the capsules are subjected to an external force, such as squeezing, by a smoker prior to or during smoking of the cigarette in order to release at least a portion of the additive material and expose the additive material to mainstream smoke passing through the filter. The capsules provide a barrier between the additive materials and other cigarettes components, such as sorbents or filter materials, in order to reduce additive material migration into the other cigarette components prior to desired use. An outer cover which is impermeable to the fluid within the capsules is provided about the capsule or capsules and the first and second absorbent members.

Inventors:  Georgios D. Karles (Richmond), Jeffrey Allen (Midlothian, Va.), Jose Nepomuceno (Beaverdam, Va.)

Assignee:  Philip Morris USA Inc. (Richmond)

March 6, 2018

System and method for malware detection using hashing techniques

Patent No. 9,912,690

A system and method in accordance with example embodiments may include systems and methods for generating and transforming data presentation. The method may include receiving, using a processor, a request for a web page, and submitting, by the processor, the request to a computer server system. The request can include a user identification and a user password. The method may further include receiving, from the computer server system, data corresponding to the requested web page. Further, the method includes storing, in a memory, the received data, and causing the received data to be shown on a display associated with the user device.

Inventors:  Christopher Marshall (Glen Allen, Va.)

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

March 6, 2018

Conduit spacing and mounting system and method

Patent No. 9,909,692

A conduit spacing and mounting system and method are provided for prefabricating multilayered assemblies of conduits and mounting them end-to-end in a building. The system includes a pair of spacer plates, each having a same pattern of conduit-receiving openings, and a plurality of clamping assemblies, each including a bracket which is discrete from and individually attached to the spacer plate adjacent to one of the conduit-receiving openings. The clamping assemblies are oriented at different angles relative at different rows of the conduit-receiving openings to provide access for a clamp-tightening tool in the spaces between different rows of conduits. The use of spacer plates largely prevents lateral misalignments between the conduits, and the use of a separate bracket formed from a harder, stronger or thicker metal than the spacer plate greatly increases the strength and reliability of the clamping force applied to the conduits.

Inventors:  William H. Dean (Miami Beach, Fla.), Russell S. Williams (King William, Va.), Richard D. Nicholson (Glen Allen,Va.)

Assignee:  M.C. Dean Inc. (Sterling, Va.)

March 6, 2018

Room temperature ferromagnetic gadolinium silicide nanoparticles

Patent No. 9,907,865

A particle usable as T.sub.1 and T.sub.2 contrast agents is provided. The particle is a gadolinium silicide (Gd.sub.5Si.sub.4) particle that is ferromagnetic at temperatures up to 290 K and is less than 2 .mu.m in diameter. An MRI contrast agent that includes a plurality of gadolinium silicide (Gd.sub.5Si.sub.4) particles that are less than 1 .mu.m in diameter is also provided. A method for creating gadolinium silicide (Gd.sub.5Si.sub.4) particles is also provided. The method includes the steps of providing a Gd.sub.5Si.sub.4 bulk alloy; grinding the Gd.sub.5Si.sub.4 bulk alloy into a powder; and milling the Gd.sub.5Si.sub.4 bulk alloy powder for a time of approximately 20 minutes or less.

Inventors:  Magundappa Ravi L. Hadimani (Glen Allen, Va.), Shalabh Gupta (Ames, Iowa), Shane Harstad (Rockford, Minn.), Vitalij Pecharsky  (Ames, Iowa), David C. Jiles (Ames, Iowa)

Assignee:  Iowa State University Research Foundation Inc. (Ames, Iowa)

March 6, 2018

UHMWPE fiber and method to produce

Patent No. 9,909,240

Processes for preparing ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene fibers, and the fibers and articles produced therefrom. Exposed surfaces of the fibers are subjected to a treatment that enhances the surface energy at the fiber surfaces. Such treated surfaces are subsequently coated with a protective coating immediately after the treatment to increase the shelf life of the treatment. The coating comprises at least one poly(alkyl-oxide) polymer.

Inventors:  Henry Gerard Ardiff (Chesterfield, Va.), Ralf Klein (Midlothian, Va.), John Armstrong Young (Midlothian, Va.), Thomas Tam (Chesterfield, Va.)

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

March 6, 2018

Devices, systems and methods for locating and interacting with medicament delivery systems

Patent No. 9,911,308

In some embodiments, a method includes producing, from an adapter, a first wireless signal characterized by a first communication mode with a computing device when a portion of at least one of a medicament delivery device or a simulated medicament delivery is disposed within the adapter. An indication is received when the portion of the medicament delivery device or the simulated medicament delivery device is removed from the adapter. A second wireless signal characterized by a second communication mode with the computing device is produced in response to the indication. The second communication mode is different from the first communication mode. The second communication mode can be, for example, a hold mode, a sniff mode or a park mode.

Inventors:  Eric S. Edwards (Moseley, Va.), Evan T. Edwards (Charlottesville, Va.), Mark J. Licata (Doswell, Va.), Paul F. Meyers (Fishers, Ind.), Vaishali Vilas Kamat (Arlington, Mass.), Steven David Gardner (Yaxley Peterborough, Great Britain), Robert George Milner (Hilton, Great Britain)

Assignee:  kaleo Inc. (Richmond)

March 6, 2018

Method and compositions for producing polymer blends

Patent No. 9,916,917

Methods for mixing nylon compounds and compositions useful in mixing nylon compounds are provided. The methods and compositions disclosed are useful in producing nylon for wire and cable jacketing. The disclosed methods provide nylon having a reduced heat history compared to traditional methods. The disclosed methods and composition provide additional mixing capacity by reducing the amount of nylon that must be incorporated with additives per unit of final nylon composition. The disclosed methods and compositions provide the ability to select from a plurality of additive concentration levels in the final product by varying the ratio of a masterbatch compound containing a high concentration of the additive to a resin containing a low concentration or no additive.

Inventors:  John V. Facinelli (Morristown, N.J.), Clark V. Brown (White Plains, N.Y.), David J. Loy (Richmond), Robert A. Houck Jr.(Midlothian, Va.), Dana A. Germain (Midlothian, Va.)

Assignee:  Advansix Resins & Chemicals (Parsippany, N.J.)

March 13, 2018

Method of treating a patient determined to be at risk of developing occult pancreatic beta-cell dysfunction

Patent No. 9,915,645

This invention relates to a method for detecting the presence of or likelihood of a patient of developing occult pancreatic beta cell dysfunction, and a method for detecting the presence of or likelihood of a patient of developing clinically significant post-prandial hyperglycemia. The methods involve (a) measuring a level of alpha-hydroxybutyrate (AHB) in a single fasting baseline biological sample of the patient; (b) comparing the level of AHB in the single fasting baseline biological sample to a reference AHB level; and (c) determining the presence of or likelihood of developing the disorder in the patient based on the comparison in step (b). An increased AHB level at fasting baseline indicates that a normoglycemic, normo-insulinemic and/or non-dyslipidemic patient has developed or has an increased likelihood of developing occult pancreatic beta cell dysfunction. An increased AHB level at fasting baseline and an elevated glucose level of at least about 155 mg/dL at 30 minutes and/or 1 hour indicates that a normoglycemic, normo-insulinemic and/or non-dyslipidemic patient has developed or has an increased likelihood of developing clinically significant post-prandial hyperglycemia.

Inventors:  Steve Varvel (Richmond), Rebecca E. Caffrey (Chesterfield, Va.), James V. Pottala (Sioux Falls, S.D.)

Assignee: True Health IP (Frisco, Texas)

March 13, 2018

Glycerine based jelly compositions

Patent No. 9,913,787

The disclosure describes a replacement for petroleum jelly as a base for products which is suitable for most any application for which petroleum jelly can be used. The jelly is a glycerine based composition comprising; vegetable derived glycerine and an emulsifier. The emulsifier can be any known and/or commercially available glucoside containing substance. Other suitable emulsifiers together with glycerine and essential or vegetable based oils with or without inorganic fillers may be added to impart desirable mechanical and physio-chemical properties. In addition, temperature stabilizers and stiffening agents such as waxes and other inorganic fillers including silica and clays may also be added during manufacture. The composition includes glycerine preferably present in the range of 50-95 weight %.

Inventors:  Guerry L. Grune (Virginia Beach, Va.), William Wingfield (Richmond), Martin E. Oehlbeck (Cohocton, N.Y.)

Assignee:  N/A

Flame resistant thermal liner, composite fabric, and garment

Patent No. 9,913,504

The present invention relates to a flame resistant thermal liner comprising a nonwoven sheet comprising nanofibers of a synthetic polymer having an limiting oxygen index of at least 21, a mean flow pore of 10 micrometers or less, a thickness air permeability of 25 to 6000 cubic feet per min-micrometers (12 to 2880 cubic meters per square meter per min-micrometers), and an average thickness T.sub.1; and a thermally stable flame resistant fabric attached to an outer surface of the nonwoven sheet, the fabric having an average thickness T.sub.2; a surface of the thermally stable fabric being in contact with a surface of the nonwoven sheet; wherein T.sub.1 and T.sub.2 are selected such that the ratio of T.sub.1 to T.sub.2 is less than 0.75. The invention also relates to a flame resistant composite fabric comprising the flame resistant thermal liner and a garment comprising this flame resistant composite fabric.

Inventors:  Natalia V. Levit (Glen Allen, Va.), Richard Hall Young (Richmond)

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

March 13, 2018

E-vaping device having a section with a removable insulator between electrically conductive and passive elements

Patent No. 9,913,495

An e-vaping section includes a power supply, control circuitry and a removable insulator. The removable insulator is operable to prevent an electrical connection between the power supply and the control circuitry during manufacturing and shipment of the section when the e-vaping section is in a stored configuration.

Inventors:  Jarrett Keen (Richmond), Christopher S. Tucker (Midlothian, Va.)

Assignee:  Altria Client Services (Richmond)

March 13, 2018

Method for measurement of bioavailable testosterone

Patent No. 9,914,954

Provided are methods for determining level of bioactive testosterone in a biological sample. In one aspect, aromatase enzyme is utilized to convert free, bio-available testosterone into estradiol and the amount of estradiol is measured before and after the addition of enzyme. The difference in measurements provides the amount of bioactive testosterone in the sample. In another aspect, a competitor of testosterone binding to SHBG is utilized to displace testosterone bound to SHBG. Measurements of total testosterone in the sample before addition of competitor and afterwards are taken, such that the delta reflects the amount of testosterone that was bound on SHBG.

Inventors:  Rebecca Caffrey (Chesterfield, Va.), Daniel Hoefner (Ashland, Va.)

Assignee:  Naviga (Virginia Beach, Va.)

March 13, 2018

Thin wall product display tube

Patent No. 9,913,490

A thin-walled polypropylene product display tube. The thin-walled polypropylene product display tube includes a tubular member having a closed end, an open end, an inner diameter and, between the closed end and the open end, a first outer diameter, the open end terminating in a flared portion having a second outer diameter, the tubular member having a wall thickness sufficient to yield a level of haze equal to or less than 8%. A process for forming a thin-walled polypropylene product display tube is also provided.

Inventors: James Lindsay Clark (Chesterfield, Va.)

Assignee:  Altria Client Services (Richmond)

March 13, 2018

Infant carrier transport

Patent No. 9,914,469

Infant carriers are stably supported and transported by being positioned on a frame set on wheels. The frame may include an infant carrier holder with a floor with a ramp and sidewalls. The infant carrier holder may be integral with the frame or may be mounted to a mounting device that can be adjusted for mounting angle or height. A handle is provided to the frame at a position that is suitable for a person in a wheelchair to grasp the frame and move the transport. A handle suitable for a standing person to grasp the frame may optionally be provided. The transport permits a person that may have difficulty carrying or transporting an infant carrier to more easily transport the infant carrier in a standing or a seated position, the latter as may be the case with a wheelchair occupant. The transport may be fastened to the wheelchair.

Inventors:  Paul Giampavolo (Newton, N.J.), Christopher M. Johnson (Glen Allen, Va.)

Assignee:  Safe-Strap Co. (Fort Myers, Fla.)

March 13, 2018

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