The R&D Dept.: Local patents for 6.6.18

Condensate removal tower

Patent No. 9,982,923

An evaporative condensate dissipation system is configured to receive a liquid condensate from an external surface of a cooling element of a refrigeration system and to dissipate the liquid condensate by evaporation. The evaporative condensate dissipation system includes one or more walls constructed from a porous material configured to absorb the liquid condensate and to retain the liquid condensate within the porous material. The evaporative condensate dissipation system further includes a fan configured to generate an airflow and positioned to cause the airflow to pass through the one or more walls. The one or more walls are sufficiently permeable to allow the airflow to pass therethrough. The airflow evaporates the liquid condensate retained within the porous material of the one or more walls.

Inventors:  Trifon V. Mirtchev (South Chesterfield, Va.), Zhiming Chen (Duluth, Ga.), Jamie A. Gerald (Petersburg, Va.), Jules G. Choueifati (Richmond)

Assignee: Hill Phoenix Inc. (Conyers, Ga.)

May 29, 2018

Beverage maker

Patent No. 9,980,602

A beverage maker includes a body and a cover movably attached to the body. The body includes therein (among other components), a hot liquid generator (HLG) having a tank, an inlet for receiving liquid into the tank and an outlet, at least one heater in thermal communication with the liquid in the HLG tank, and a discharge port in fluid communication with the outlet of the HLG for discharge of the liquid. The cover is movably attached to the body between a closed position and an open position. At least one valve permits the discharge of the liquid via the discharge port in a closed position of the cover. The at least one valve is mechanically actuated by the cover in the open position of the cover to substantially prevent the discharge of the liquid via the discharge port.

Inventors: Adam Hanes (Glen Allen, Va.), Patrick T. Mulvaney (Richmond), Stephen C. Williamson (Arvonia, Va.)

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

May 29, 2018

Composite ballistic resistant laminate

Patent No. 9,982,967

An impact penetration resistant laminate comprises a plurality of alternating layers of (i) non-fibrous ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene monolayers and (ii) a thermoplastic adhesive, the adhesive having a basis weight of no greater than 5 gsm and a zero-shear-rate viscosity, determined from an oscillating disc rheometer in a frequency sweep between 0.1 rad/s and 100 rad/s, conducted per ASTM D 4440 at C., and calculated from fitting to a Carrea-Yasuda four parameter model, of at least 1500 Pa-s, wherein (a) at least 90 percent of the monolayers are arranged such that the orientation of one monolayer is offset with respect to the orientation of an adjacent monolayer, and (b) the modulus of elasticity through the thickness of the laminate is at least 3 GPa.

Inventors: James Neal Singletary (Midlothian, Va.), Leopoldo Alejandro Carbajal (Newark, Del.), William George Kampert (Wilmington, Del.), Timothy A.  Libert (Hockessin, Germany), Bryan Benedict Sauer (Wilmington, Del.)

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

May 29, 2018

Method and systems for traffic surveillance and law enforcement

Patent No. 9,984,566

The current invention pertains to a system and a method for detection and monitoring of traffic patterns and securely processing events of violations of Slow-Down-Move-Over (SDMO) traffic regulations on at least one designated traffic surface utilizing at least one mobile platform, equipped with at least one traffic monitoring and recording system for observation, monitoring, recording, storing and processing data pertinent to potential violations of a set of SDMO regulations, prepositioned in proximity of at least one traffic scene including the at least one traffic surface.

Inventors:  David Keshvar Mostofi (Chevy Chase, Md.), Cory J. Kuzyk (Akron, Ohio), Thomas Joseph Bouchard (Vienna, Va.), Jorge Junior Brito (Silver Spring, Md.), Andrew Edward Meade (Fredericktown, Md.), Michael Dillon Phelan (Hollywood, Md.), Kamal Christopher Knight (New Carrollton, Md.), Rajendra Ramphal (Bowie, Md.), John Edward O’Connor (Mechanicsville, Va.)

Assignee:  Optotraffic (Lanham, Md.)

May 29, 2018

Adjustable mullion receptacle

Patent No. 9,982,476

An adjustable mullion receptacle includes a two-sided safety block adapted to sit in the well portion of the mullion receptacle. A receiving block face side of the block is adapted to fit into the hollow bottom of a hollow mullion tube. The opposite side of the block defines a smooth safety face that can be used to set in the receptacle well when the mullion is removed for any purpose. The block then fills the well and provides a smooth surface over the receptacle well.

Inventors: James Thomas Clarke, Jr. (Henrico, Va.), David Nelson Hamlet (Henrico, Va.)

Assignee: Frame & Mullions (Henrico, Va.)

May 29, 2018

Sulfur-containing imidazole fiber having ionically bonded halides

Patent No. 9,988,514

The present invention concerns fiber made from a polymer comprising imidazole groups, fiber further having: i) a halide anion, the halide anion being present in an amount of 0.05 to 20.1 weight percent, based on weight of fiber; and ii) sulfur, wherein the sulfur is present in the fiber in an amount of 0.05 to 3 weight percent.

Inventors:  Steven R. Allen (Midlothian, Va.), Vlodek Gabara (Richmond), Joseph Lenning Lowery (Midlothian, Va.), Steven Raymond Lustig (Landenberg, Pa.), Christopher William Newton (Richmond), David J. Rodini (Midlothian, Va.), Andrew J. Sitter (Mechanicsville, Va.)

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

June 5, 2018

Electronic smoking article

Patent No. 9,986,760

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 comprises a plurality of fused metal beads or particles.

Inventors:  Jason Andrew Macko (Richmond), James Anthony Skapars (Chesterfield, Va.)

Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)

June 5, 2018

Exhausted-tobacco oral product

Patent No. 9,986,756

An oral product includes a body that is wholly receivable in an oral cavity. The body includes a mouth-stable polymer matrix, exhausted tobacco 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 (Nashville, Tenn.), Gregory James Griscik (Midlothian, Va.), Christopher Joseph DiNovi (Ruther Glen, Va.), Phillip M. Hulan (Midlothian, Va.), James Arthur Strickland (Richmond), Diane Gee (Chesterfield, Va.)

Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)

June 5, 2018

Temperature control voting system

Patent No. 9,989,944

A temperature voting system which receives votes indicating the temperature preferences of a plurality of occupants within a given HVAC zone, and adjusts a set-point temperature of a corresponding HVAC system accordingly. The votes may be received via a mobile device, an employee workstation, or from one or more biomedical devices. Each occupant may manually enter and submit a vote for their preferred set-point temperature, or a software application may be configured to automatically cast a vote for the corresponding occupant according to user-configurable preferences or current metabolic state. The received votes may be weighted according to a status of the voter, and aggregated to determine an appropriate set-point temperature. In some embodiments, near-field communication devices, GPS location technology, or other technology may be used to automatically detect the presence of an occupant within a HVAC zone and cast the occupant’s vote for a corresponding HVAC zone.

Inventors:  John Henneberger (Glen Allen, Va.), Michael Scelzi (Glen Allen, Va.)

Assignee: Portable Comfort Corp. (Glen Allen, VA)

June 5, 2018

Polydialkylsiloxane poly (meth)acrylate brush polymers for lubricant additive application

Patent No. 9,988,590

The present disclosure relates to comb or brush polymers and, in some approaches, comb or brush polymers suitable for use as viscosity index improvers in lubricating oil compositions. The present disclosure further relates to oil compositions comprising such polymers. The disclosure also relates to brush polymer compositions derived from sulfur functionalized polydialkylsiloxane backbones and various (meth)acrylate monomers.

Inventors: Yungwan Kwak (Glen Allen, Va.)

Assignee: Afton Chemical Corp. (Richmond)

June 5, 2018

Combination paddle shaft and fishing rod

Patent No. 9,986,725

A combination paddle and fishing rod device is disclosed. The device may incorporate a single ended paddle or double ended paddle. In any embodiment, the device allows a fishing reel to be mounted to the shaft of the paddle. The shaft forms a portion of the fishing rod supporting one or more eyelets for guiding fishing line from a fishing reel mounted to the shaft. In one embodiment, the eyelets are connected to the shaft and or an oar blade. In another embodiment, a short fishing rod section having one or more eyelets is connected to the shaft. The device is configured to permit fishing while a user propels a watercraft.

Inventors: Ronald C. Shiflett Jr.(Midlothian, Va.)

Asignee:  N/A

June 5, 2018

Virtual machine fault tolerance

Patent No. 9,990,257

One or more techniques and/or systems are provided for hosting a virtual machine from a snapshot. In particular, a snapshot of a virtual machine hosted on a primary computing device may be created. The virtual machine may be hosted on a secondary computing device using the snapshot, for example, when a failure of the virtual machine on the primary computing device occurs. If a virtual machine type (format) of the snapshot is not supported by the secondary computing device, then the virtual machine within the snapshot may be converted to a virtual machine type supported by the secondary computing device. In this way, the virtual machine may be operable and/or accessible on the secondary computing device despite the failure. Hosting the virtual machine on the secondary computing device provides, among other things, fault tolerance for the virtual machine and/or applications comprised therein.

Inventors: Eric Paul Forgette (Mechanicsville, Va.), Deepak Kenchammana-Hosekote (Mountain View, Calif.), Shravan Gaonkar (Sunnyvale, Calif.), Arthur Franklin Lent (Newton, Mass.)

Assignee: NetApp Inc. (Sunnyvale, Calif.)

June 5, 2018

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