The R&D Dept.: Local patents for 8.15.18

Toilet flange assembly with cover
Patent No. 10,041,242
A toilet flange is provided with a planar perimeter portion to assist the installer in accurately determining the distance to an adjacent wall as well as insuring the toilet fastening bolts are aligned parallel thereto. The toilet flange assembly includes a cover to store needed fastening elements while simultaneously preventing debris from entering the plumbing riser pipe. Additionally, a sleeve is provided that protects the threads of the toilet fastening bolts during construction and acts as an extendable flexible guide sleeve. The guide sleeve functionally extends the height of the toilet fastening bolt thereby assisting the toilet installer as a visual aid during installation.
Inventors: Erika Yssel (Richmond)
Assignee: N/A
Aug. 7, 2018

Two component airless adhesive spray gun and method of use
Patent No. 10,040,079
A two part airless adhesive spray system is provided herein. This system provides numerous enhancements to the prior art including limiting overspray “fog,” saving on sprayed material because of a more efficient spray pattern, and providing a stronger bond than that of the air-atomized spray guns of the prior art.
Inventors: Steven E. Adams (Richmond), John C. Hannon (Richmond), Terry Nelson (Richmond), Ian L. Churcher (Richmond), Andrew T. Sinclair (Richmond), Robert J. Rose (Richmond)
Assignee: N/A
Aug. 7, 2018

OmpA and Asp14 in vaccine compositions and as diagnostic targets
Patent No. 10,039,815
Anaplasma phagocytophilum surface proteins Asp14 and OmpA and homologous genes from Anaplasmatacaea family members are used in compositions suitable for vaccines to treat or prevent infections caused by tick-born bacteria of the Anaplasmatacaea family. Asp14 and/or OmpA proteins or peptide fragments may be used in combination with other Anaplasmatacaea surface proteins to elicit an immune response. Furthermore, antibodies to Asp14 and/or OmpA proteins can be used in diagnostic methods to determine whether an individual has contracted an Anaplasmatacaea infection. Because of the conserved invasin domains in the surface proteins, a wide range of Anaplasmatacaea infections may be diagnosed, treated or prevented using compositions of the invention.
Inventors: Jason A. Carlyon (Richmond)
Assignee: Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond)
Aug. 7, 2018

Electronic smoking article
Patent No. 10,039,322
An electronic smoking article includes an outer housing extending in the longitudinal direction, a liquid aerosol formulation, a heater operable to at least partially volatilize at least a portion of the liquid aerosol formulation and form an aerosol, a power supply operable to apply voltage across the heater, at least one light emitting diode, a charging button assembly including a conductive post operable to form a first external, electrical contact at the upstream end of the electronic smoking article, and a second external, electrical contact including a portion of an outer surface of the outer housing at the upstream end of the electronic smoking article. The first and second external, electrical contacts charge the power supply.
Inventors: David R. Schiff (Highland Park, N.J.), Chris Phelan (Richmond), Eric Hawes (Midlothian, Va.), Berina Yerkic-Husejnovic (Richmond), Christopher S. Tucker (Midlothian, Va.)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Aug. 7, 2018

Smoking articles containing polymers of polycarboxylic acid esters
Patent No. 10,039,310
Disclosed is a smoking article containing a rod containing a smokable composition, an optional wrapper for the rod, and at least one polymer or oligomer comprising monomer units of a polycarboxylic acid ester disposed on or in the rod, the wrapper, or both. The polycarboxylic acid ester contains an acid moiety having at least two carboxylic groups, and at least two alcohol moieties independently selected from those corresponding to a cycloalkyl alcohol or an aryl alcohol. The cycloalkyl alcohol or aryl alcohol is a flavorant, or chemesthetic agent, or both. In addition, a method for the controlled release of these flavorant or chemesthetic agents is described, which comprises pyrolyzing at least one polymer or oligomer.
Inventors: Munmaya K. Mishra (Manakin Sabot, Va.), Kathryne E. Paine (Midlothian, Va.), John B. Paine (Midlothian, Va.), Shengsheng Liu (Richmond)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc. (Richmond)
Aug. 7, 2018

Pouch material for smokeless tobacco and tobacco substitute products
Patent No. 10,039,309
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 10 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)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Aug. 7, 2018

System and method for providing contactless payment with a near field communications attachment
Patent No. 10,044,412
A system and method in accordance with exemplary embodiments may include an attachment with a near field communication antenna, a secure element, a plug capable of connecting the attachment to an audio jack on a mobile device. Further, a system and method in accordance with exemplary embodiments may include receiving a payment initiation instruction from a customer, using a near field communication antenna, sending payment information to a point of sale device, using one or more computer processors, encoding data related to the payment as audio data, and transmitting the data related to the payment through an audio jack.
Inventors: Thomas S. Poole (Chantilly, Va.), Paul Young Moreton (Glen Allen, Va.)
Assignee: Capital One Financial Corp. (McLean, Va.)
Aug. 7, 2018

Enhanced near field communications attachment
Patent No. 10,043,175
A secure fob that enables a user to pay for an item or items without needing to present a mobile device. A secure fob may include a proximity capability to ensure that a mobile device is within a particular range, thereby eliminating the risk of fraudulent charges on a stolen fob. In such an embodiment, a fob may be disabled if the fob is not paired with the mobile device by virtue of being disconnected and/or physically separated from the mobile device. The secure fob also may include enhanced features to authorize transactions and locate the mobile device and/or the secure fob.
Inventors: Thomas S. Poole (Chantilly, Va.), Paul Young Moreton (Glen Allen, Va.), Hutch Douglas (McLean, Va.), Anthony Swider III (Deckersville, Mich.), Thomas Christopher Clarke (Alexandria, Va.)
Assignee: Capital One Financial Corp. (McLean, Va.)
Aug. 7, 2018

Assessing user performance in a community of users of data storage resources
Patent No. 10,043,147
According to certain aspects, a method of assessing users of a data storage system can include receiving configuration information relating to a deployed configuration of a first data storage cell and including number of installed data storage hardware and/or software components, the first data storage cell comprising a plurality of client computing devices and being configured to create and store one or more secondary copies of primary data generated by the plurality of client computing devices. The method may also include receiving information relating to an incident opened by a user of the first data storage cell. The method may further include updating a performance metric associated with the user to a new value to reflect a negative impact on the performance metric resulting from the opening of the incident by the user, wherein the degree of the negative impact is based at least in part on the configuration information.
Inventors: Robert Keith Brower Jr. (Midlothian, Va.), Peter John Messore (Manahawkin, N.J.)
Assignee: Commvault Systems Inc. (Tinton Falls, N.J.)
Aug. 7, 2018

Mount for attaching electronic devices to a guitar stand
Patent No. 10,039,375
A mount that is used to attach electronic devices to a guitar stand is made of a back panel, a clamping mechanism, a support beam and a multi-position fastener. The clamping mechanism is a user-actuated clamp that uses a fixed jaw and a movable jaw to hold electronic devices against the back panel. The back panel, which is a rigid plate, is connected to the fixed jaw to further support the clamped electronic device. Additionally, the fixed jaw of the clamping mechanism is mounted onto one end of the rigid support beam. This enables the mount for electronic devices is capable of being attached to various other pieces of musical equipment or stage equipment. Additionally, the multi-position fastener is affixed to a second end of the support beam, opposite to the fixed jaw.
Inventors: Reggie Wayne Newsome (Midlothian, Va.)
Assignee: N/A
Aug. 7, 2018

Bismuth containing liquid pharmaceutical suspensions
Patent No. 10,039,835
A liquid pharmaceutical suspension for oral administration containing a bismuth-containing pharmaceutical agent, a suspension system, and water. The suspension system can contain from about 0.001% to about 0.2% gellan gum and from about 0.001% to about 0.75% magnesium aluminum silicate.
Inventors: Daniel Jerome White Jr. (West Chester, Pa.) MIchael Selden Godlewski (Loveland, Ohio), Timothy Charles Gulbin (Maineville, Ohio), Graham John Myatt (Manakin Sabot, Va.)
Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Co. (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Aug. 7, 2018

Information management problem initiative system
Patent No. 10,051,021
An information management problem definition system has a processing device configured for receiving a plurality of messages comprising a chat session from a plurality of users communicating via a plurality of workstations during a problem definition initiative conference session. The processing device is further configured for logging session data and event data comprising data corresponding to one or more messages received from one or more users during the chat session, archiving at least a portion of the logged event data, wherein the archived data is configured as searchable and retrievable data, and initiating an interface to one or more of the plurality of users including initiating display of at least one of the plurality of messages via the interface and initiating display of at least some of the event data and at least some of the session data via the interface.
Inventors: Timothy McClellan (Richmond), William Cather Steincamp II (Cumberland, Va.), Kelley Hullett LeRow (Charlotte, N.C.)
Assignee: Bank of America Corp. (Charlotte, N.C.)
Aug. 14, 2018

Automated teller machine (ATM) device with sealed slot
Patent No. 10,049,532
A device may include a first slot on a front portion of the device, and a security bar in an interior of the device. The security bar may comprise a second slot. The device may be configured to rotate the security bar to align the first slot and the second slot. Alignment of the first slot and the second slot may facilitate a transfer between the interior of the device and an exterior of the device.
Inventors: Steve Faletti (Brooklyn, N.Y.), David Kelly Wurmfeld (Fairfax, Va.), Lisa Whitsitt (Millbrae, Ca.), Janak Dadhaniya (San Francisco, Calif.), Robert Smith (Richmond)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Va.)
Aug. 14, 2018

Neutralizing GP41 antibodies and their use
Patent No. 10,047,148
Monoclonal neutralizing antibodies are disclosed that specifically bind to the HIV-1 gp41 membrane-proximal external region (MPER). Also disclosed are compositions including the disclosed antibodies that specifically bind gp41, nucleic acids encoding these antibodies, expression vectors including the nucleic acids, and isolated host cells that express the nucleic acids. The antibodies and compositions disclosed herein can be used for detecting the presence of HIV-1 in a biological sample, or detecting an HIV-1 infection or diagnosing AIDS in a subject. In additional, the broad neutralization breadth of the disclosed antibodies makes them ideal for treating a subject with an HIV infection. Thus, disclosed are methods of treating and/or preventing HIV infection.
Inventors: Mark Connors (Bethesda, Md.), Jinghe Huang (Bethesda, Md.), Leo B. Laub (Richmond), Peter Kwong (Washington, D.C.), Gary Nabel (Cambridge, Mass.), John R. Mascola (Rockville, Md.), Baoshan Zhang (Bethesda, Md.), Rebecca S. Rudicell (Silver Springs, Md.), Ivelin Georgiev (Gaithersburg, Md.), Yongping Yang (Potomac, Md.), Jiang Zhu (Ashburn, Va.), Gilad Ofek (Washington, D.C.)
Assignee: The United States of America, as represented by the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services (Washington, D.C.)
Aug. 14, 2018

Neutralizing GP41 antibodies and their use
Patent No. 10,047,147
Monoclonal neutralizing antibodies are disclosed that specifically bind to the HIV-1 gp41 membrane-proximal external region (MPER). Also disclosed are compositions including the disclosed antibodies that specifically bind gp41, nucleic acids encoding these antibodies, expression vectors including the nucleic acids, and isolated host cells that express the nucleic acids. The antibodies and compositions disclosed herein can be used for detecting the presence of HIV-1 in a biological sample, or detecting an HIV-1 infection or diagnosing AIDS in a subject. In additional, the broad neutralization breadth of the disclosed antibodies makes them ideal for treating a subject with an HIV infection. Thus, disclosed are methods of treating and/or preventing HIV infection.
Inventors: Mark Connors (Bethesda, Md.), Jinghe Huang (Bethesda, Md.), Leo Laub (Richmond), John Mascola (Rockville, Md.), Nancy Longo (Kensington, Md.), Nicole Doria-Rose (Kensington, Md.)
Assignee: The United States of American, as represented by the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services (Washington, D.C.)
Aug. 14, 2018

Systems and methods for generating an injection guide
Patent No. 10,046,119
System and methods are described herein for generating an injection guide, which include receiving one or more digital images of a body region of an individual, the body region including one or more physical registration landmarks, generating at least one digital representation of the body region using the one or more digital images, the at least one digital representation including one or more digital registration landmarks corresponding to the one or more physical registration landmarks on the body region, adding one or more digitally registered injection sites to the at least one digital representation of the body region in an injection-treatment pattern, the one or more digitally registered injection sites registered relative to the one or more digital registration landmarks, and generating one or more output signals having information for controlling one or more controllable light-emitting elements to illuminate a location on a surface of the body region of the individual corresponding in location to at least one of the one or more digitally registered injection sites.
Inventors: Edward S. Boyden (Chestnut Hill, Mass.), Hon Wah Chin (Palo Alto, Calif.), Gregory J. Della Rocca (Columbia, Mo.), Daniel Hawkins (Pleasanton, Calif.), Roderick A. Hyde (Redmond, Wash.), Robert Langer (Newton, Mass.), Eric C. Leuthardt (St. Louis, Mo.), Terence Myckatyn (St. Louis, Mo.), Parag Jitendra Parikh (St. Louis, Mo.), Dennis J. Rivet (Richmond), Joshua S. Shimony (St. Louis, Mo.), Michael A. Smith (Phoenix, Ariz.), Elizabeth A. Sweeney (Seattle, Wash.), Clarence T. Tegreene (Mercer Island, Wash.)
Assignee: Elwha (Bellevue, Wash.)
Aug. 14, 2018

Electrospun dextran fibers and devices formed therefrom
Patent No. 10,046,081
The invention generally relates to dextran fibers which are preferably electrospun and devices formed from such fibers. In particular, such devices may include substances of interest (such as therapeutic substances) associated with the electrospun fibers. Upon exposure to a liquid the electrospun fibers dissolve immediately and the substances of interest are released into the liquid. Exemplary devices include bandages formed from electrospun dextran fibers and associated agents that promote hemostasis, such as thrombin and fibrinogen.
Inventors: Gary Bowlin (Mechanicsville, Va.), David Simpson (Mechanicsville, Va.), James Bowman (Richmond), Stephen Rothwell (Richmond)
Assignee: The Henry M Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine Inc. (Rockville, Md.) & Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond)
Aug. 14, 2018

Method and apparatus for inserting oriented objects into a filter rod
Patent No. 10,045,558
The present application is directed to an apparatus for inserting objects into a filter rod. The apparatus can include: a first conduit adapted to convey a plurality of the objects in series; a first escapement having a first inlet and a first outlet connected by a first channel, wherein the first inlet is connected to the first conduit; a first singulation drum having an outer periphery defining a first row of first pockets adapted to hold the objects, wherein the first singulation drum is adapted to rotate about a first axis to successively move the first pockets into registry with the first outlet; and at least one first source of air that conveys the objects from the first inlet to the first outlet, and successively into the first pockets of the first singulation drum. Other details and methods of inserting objects into a filter rod are also discussed.
Inventors: Shawn Henley (Mechanicsville, Va.), Scott Karpen (Henrico), David Alan Pitt (Mechanicsville, Va.), Erik P. Blix (Richmond)
Assignee: Hauni Maschinenbau GmbH (Hamburg, Germany)
Aug. 14, 2018

Method and apparatus for context based data analytics
Patent No. 10,049,135
Context-based data analytics based on visual intuition, and generation of information contexts for conducting research, analysis, and/or decision making. A plurality of information objects (IOs) are generated, each IO indicative of a plurality of data points corresponding to an object among objects for which information in a first domain is obtained, by containing information values (IVs) based upon context data, an IV generated based upon a product of each target data point, a relevance value (RV) of the target data point, a confidence value (CV) of the target data point, and a bias value. Visually displaying the IVs in a three dimensional space based on a distance formula to represent a relative relationship indicative of relevance as gravitational forces between the IOs using a set of concentric spheres corresponding to the IOs.
Inventors: Ronald Gordon Whitley Jr. (Glen Allen, Va.)
Assignee: N/A
Aug. 14, 2018

Intelligent ballistic target
Patent No. 10,048,045
An intelligent target comprising a target body suspended from a support structure, at least one sensor affixed to the target body that detects a hit in an area of the target body, a controller, in communication with each sensor, that records the hits detected by the sensor and the area of the target body that was hit and issues a release command when a predetermined number of hits has been reached, and a release mechanism operatively connected with the controller and which releases the target body and allows the body to fall from the support structure on receipt of the release command from the controller.
Inventors: Sam D. Graham (Manakin Sabot, Va.), Scott Staylor (Bumpass, Va.)
Assignee: N/A
Aug. 14, 2018

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