The R&D Dept.: Local patents for 8.1.18

System, method, and computer program product for detecting access to a memory device
Patent No. 10,032,019
Discrete events that take place with respect to a hard disk drive or other I/O device or port are indicated to logic that implements Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology (SMART) or similar technology. These events are communicated to SMART as event data. Examples of such discrete events include power on, power off, spindle start, and spindle stop, positioning of the actuator, and the time at which such events occur. SMART then compiles event data to create compiled activity data. Compiled activity data represents summary statistical information that is created by considering some or all of the event data. Examples of compiled activity data include the Time Powered On and Power Cycle Count. Collection logic then writes the compiled activity data to a memory medium. An analyst can then read data from log file(s).
Inventors: Donald E. Allison (Richmond), Kenneth A. Mendelson (Washington, D.C.)
Assignee: Stroz Friedberg Inc. (New York, N.Y.)
July 24, 2018

Pod assembly, dispensing body, and E-vapor apparatus including the same
Patent No. 10,028,537
An e-vapor apparatus may include a pod assembly and a dispensing body configured to receive the pod assembly. A vaporizer may be disposed in the pod assembly and/or the dispensing body. The pod assembly may include a vapor precursor compartment, a device compartment, and a vapor channel extending from the device compartment and traversing the vapor precursor compartment. The pod assembly is a smart pod configured to receive, store, and transmit information that can be communicated with the dispensing body and/or another electronic device. The proximal portion of the dispensing body includes a vapor passage and a through-hole. The vapor passage may extend from an end surface of the proximal portion to a side wall of the through-hole. The through-hole is configured to receive the pod assembly such that the vapor channel of the pod assembly is aligned with the vapor passage of the dispensing body.
Inventors: Eric Hawes (Glen Allen, Va.), Raymond Lau (Richmond), Alistair Bramley (Richmond)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
July 24, 2018

Banded papers, smoking articles and methods
Patent No. 10,028,524
Wrapper for cigarette manufacture includes transversely extending band regions applied by a printing technique, such as gravure printing. The band regions comprise starch, an anti-wrinkling agent such as 1,2 propylene glycol or glycerin, and optionally calcium carbonate. Any suitable printing technique can be used to apply the aqueous solution to the banded regions. The pattern of banded regions may be bands, stripes, two-dimensional arrays, undulated regions, and the like along and/or around the tobacco rod. The pattern can be applied in one or more layers. The pattern may be configured so that when a smoking article is placed on a substrate, at least two longitudinal locations along the length of the tobacco rod have film-forming compound located only on sides of the smoking article not in contact with the substrate.
Inventors: Ping Li (Glen Allen, Va.), Firooz Rasouli (Midlothian, Va.), Rajesh K. Garg (Richmond), Randall E. Baren (Glen Allen, Va.), Marc W. Rose (Mechanicsville, Va.), Peter J. Lipowicz (Midlothian, Va.), Tony A. Phan (Richmond), Timothy S. Sherwood (Midlothian, Va.), Szu-Sung Yang (Midlothian, Va.), Donald E. Miser (Chesterfield, Va.), Milton E. Parrish (Midlothian, Va.)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc. (Richmond)
July 24, 2018

Immobilized additive inserts
Patent No. 10,028,523
Delivery of additives in a smoking article is provided through thermally degradable, robust immobilized additive inserts. Additives can be immobilized in an elongated device or an insert, wherein the elongated device or the insert is sufficiently robust to allow the elongated device or the insert to be manually or machine inserted into a smoking article while maintaining the structure of the elongated device or the insert. By providing additives in the form of thermally degradable immobilized additive inserts, migration and/or loss of the additives in a smoking article prior to smoking can be reduced.
Inventors: Munmaya K. Mishra (Richmond), Jay A. Fournier (Richmond), Marc R. Krauss (Midlothian, Va.), Douglas A. Fernandez (Richmond), Peter J. Lipowicz (Midlothian, Va.)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc. (Richmond)
July 24, 2018

Methods and machines for pouching smokeless tobacco and tobacco substitute products
Patent No. 10,028,521
A melt-blown fabric for pouching smokeless tobacco or a smokeless tobacco substitute can include melt-blown polymer fibers. The fabric can have a basis weight of less than 30 gsm and a tensile strength of at least 4 mJ in at least one predetermined direction. Method of making the fabric can include melt-blowing a polymeric material against a support surface and bonding the fibers or arranging them in a predetermined orientation. Pouched smokeless tobacco or tobacco substitute products including the fabrics provided herein can provide desirable flavor and tactile experience.
Inventors: Andrew Nathan Carroll (Chester, Va.), Shannon Maxwell Black (Richmond), Yan Helen Sun (Midlothian, Va.), William J. Burke (Richmond), Christopher Joseph DiNovi (Ruther Glen, Va.), David Phillips (Richmond), Jason Andrew Macko (Richmond), Robert Smith (Glen Allen, Va.)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
July 24, 2018

Air handler apparatuses for evaporative fluid cooling and methods thereof
Patent No. 10,030,877
An air handler apparatus includes at least one heat exchanger device with a cooling fluid region separated from a temperature transfer fluid region, an evaporator device comprising an evaporator housing and at least one evaporator coil, and a pump. The cooling fluid region has a cooling fluid input and a cooling fluid output and the temperature transfer fluid region has a temperature transfer fluid input and a temperature transfer fluid output. The evaporator housing defines an air passage having an air input and an air output. The evaporator coil has an evaporator coil input coupled to the temperature transfer fluid output and an evaporator output coupled to temperature transfer fluid input of the temperature transfer fluid region in the heat exchanger device. The pump is coupled to the temperature transfer fluid region in the heat exchanger device to pump temperature transfer fluid between the temperature transfer fluid region and the evaporator coil when activated.
Inventors: Gerald McDonnell (Midlothian, Va.), Jeffrey Cheesman (Upper Saddle River, N.J.)
Assignee: N/A
July 24, 2018

Composite sheet and cargo container comprising same
Patent No. 10,029,439
A non-rigid composite sheet comprising in order (i) a first component comprising at least one first fabric of continuous filament yarns having a tenacity of at least 11 g/dtex and a first polymeric layer, (ii) a second component comprising at least one second fabric of continuous filament glass yarns, the at least one second fabric being adjacent to the at least one first fabric of the first component, and (iii) a third component comprising a second polymeric layer.
Inventors: Dariusz Wlodzimierz Kawka (Midlothian, Va.)
Assignee: E I Du Pont De Nemours and Co.(Wilmington, Del.)
July 24, 2018

Multifaceted assertion directory system
Patent No. 10,033,535
A method of providing one or more assertions about a subject is provided. The method includes obtaining, at an assertion directory access server and over a network, a first assertion about a first attribute of the subject from a first assertion issuer; obtaining, at the assertion directory access server and over a network, a second assertion about a second attribute of the subject from a second assertion issuer; and providing, from the assertion directory access server, the first assertion and the second assertion to an assertion directory authority server over a network.
Inventors: Burton S. Kaliski Jr. (McLean, Va.), Glen Wiley (Goochland, Va.)
Assignee: Verisign Inc. (Reston, Va.)
July 24, 2018

Method and system for authorizing card account transactions by geographic region
Patent No. 10,037,534
A method and system for authorizing card account transactions by geographic region by providing data for a user interface displaying geographic regions and merchant locations each corresponding to the location of a merchant where a transaction using a card account may be initiated, receiving a user interface selection representing a request to authorize or restrict card account transactions, receiving authorization requests for desired transactions, and authorizing or restricting the transactions in accordance with the request.
Inventors: Michele Matthews (Richmond)
Assignee: Capital One Financial Corp. (McLean, Va.)
July 31, 2018

Contact surface adapter and components for artificial prosthesis installation clamp
Patent No. 10,034,775
In the use of devices and methods for measuring applied pressure on an article, such as a patella construct during a surgical procedure, differently sized and configured clamp bushing adapters can be interchangeably employed with, and removably secured to, a clamp stem to adapt to the relative sizes of objects being clamped. Embodiments of an installation cap can also be provided to assist with proper setup and operation by, for example, removably covering spike elements associated with a working surface of embodiments of the device.
Inventors: John Stuart Boyer (Henrico, Va.), Bruce Reed Anderson (Richmond)
Assignee: Boyer Anderson (Henrico, Va.)
July 31, 2018

Adaptive epsilon-tube filter for blunt noise removal
Patent No. 10,034,638
Techniques for motion artifact (MA) reduction in impedance plethysmography (IP) and other physiological signals are provided. The techniques limit the amplitude of MA filtered signals by imposing an “.epsilon.-tube.” The techniques may include the introduction of a regularization term to ensure that the pattern of a filtered signal is similar to the pattern of the primary component of the original, unfiltered signal by maximizing the regularity of the filtered signal. The techniques may be integrated into a portable monitoring device, such as an armband, to remove MA from various diagnostic signals and to extract primary signal components for producing enhanced device performance.
Inventors: Sardar Ansari (Richmond), Kayvan Najarian (Northville, Mich.), Kevin Ward (Superior Township, Mich.)
Assignee: The Regents of the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
July 31, 2018

Cleaning device with single tank recycling system
Patent No. 10,034,590
A cleaning device may include a solution tank configured to store cleaning solution. The device delivers the cleaning solution from a pump discharge of the cleaning device to a flow meter. The device initiates a priming mode by opening a first valve associated with a bypass line of the device, closing a second valve associated with a cleaning head of the cleaning device, and delivering the cleaning solution from a discharge of the flow meter to the inlet of the solution tank through the bypass line. When the device is primed, it initiates cleaning by closing the first valve associated with the bypass line, opening the second valve associated with the cleaning head, and delivering the cleaning solution to the cleaning head.
Inventors: Stephen J. Balas (Midlothian, Va.), Stephen D. Herr (Richmond), Henry L. Hillman Jr.(Vancouver, Wash.), Victor Chi-Chih Huang (Henrico, Va.), Ralph McCann (Williamsburg, Va.), Kevin L. Thomas (Richmond)
Assignee: Diversey Inc. (Charlotte, N.C.)
July 31, 2018

Storage tank for refrigerated display case
Patent No. 10,034,560
A temperature-controlled display case includes a storage tank. The storage tank includes a single-piece inner skin having an integrated locating feature formed within and configured to locate a functional component of a refrigeration system relative to the inner skin. The storage tank includes a single-piece outer skin coupled to the inner skin and having an integrated mount formed within and configured to receive a caster for mobilizing the temperature-controlled display case. The storage tank also includes a first structural frame receiving a first end of the inner skin and a first end of the outer skin, and a second structural frame receiving a second end of the inner skin and a second end of the outer skin, wherein by said receiving of the inner skin and the outer skin the first structural frame and the second structural frame are configured to couple the inner skin and the outer skin.
Inventors: Jules G. Choueifati (Richmond)
Assignee: Hill Phoenix Inc. (Conyers, Ga.)
July 31, 2018

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