The R&D Dept.: Local patents for 10.10.18

Lubricant additive for reducing timing chain wear
Patent No. 10,087,390
A lubricant composition is provided which mitigates the negative effect of zinc in ZDDP with respect to wear on timing chains by using in contact with the timing chain a lubricant composition comprising an ashless zinc-free organophosphorus compound and optionally zinc dialkyldithiophosphate, together providing about 50 to about 1000 ppm phosphorus, preferably about 300-800 ppm phosphorus, and more preferably about 500-750 ppm phosphorus; less than about 350 ppm to lower than <1 ppm zinc from ZDDP; and at least about 100 ppm molybdenum from an organomolybdenum compound (preferably molybdate ester); wherein the Mo:Zn ratio is at least about 0.2:1 and the Zn:P ratio is lower than or equal to about 1.1:1; or in the alternative an organomolybdenum compound providing between about 300-700 ppm molybdenum, in combination with ZDDP providing zinc between about 200-800 ppm zinc, wherein the ratio of Mo:Zn ratio is at least about 0.4:1 to about 3:1.
Inventors: Carl K. Esche (Richmond), Glenn A. Mazzamaro (Middlebury, Conn.)
Assignee: Vanderbilt Chemicals (Norwalk, Conn.)
Oct. 2, 2018

Aviation fuel additive scavenger
Patent No. 10,087,383
Aviation fuel formulations receive many benefits when a manganese-containing additive is incorporated in that composition. However, to the extent that the use of a manganese-containing compound may result in the formation of engine deposits during combustion, it is beneficial to further provide a scavenger compound to the fuel composition. This scavenger compound may include a phosphorus-containing compound, an organobromide compounds, and/or a tricarbonyl compound.
Inventors: Zachary John McAfee (Richmond), Joseph Anthony Calderone III (Richmond)
Assignee: Afton Chemical Corp. (Richmond)
Oct. 2, 2018

Murine anti-NY-ESO-1 T cell receptors
Patent No. 10,087,230
The invention provides an isolated or purified T cell receptor (TCR) having antigenic specificity for NY-ESO-1. Also provided are related polypeptides, proteins, nucleic acids, recombinant expression vectors, isolated host cells, populations of cells, antibodies, or antigen binding portions thereof, and pharmaceutical compositions. The invention further provides a method of detecting the presence of cancer in a mammal and a method of treating or preventing cancer in a mammal using the inventive TCRs or related materials.
Inventors: Maria R. Parkhurst (Ellicott City, Md.), Richard A. Morgan (Columbia, Md.), Steven A. Rosenberg (Potomac, Md.), Shannon Faith Rosati (Richmond)
Assignee: The United States of America, as represented by the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services (Washington, D.C.)
Oct. 2, 2018

Systems and methods for nucleic acid expression in vivo
Patent No. 10,086,089
The present invention provides compositions, systems, kits, and methods for generating expression of one or more proteins and/or biologically active nucleic acid molecules in a subject (e.g., at therapeutic levels for extended periods required to produce therapeutic effects). In certain embodiments, systems and kits are provided that comprise a first composition comprising a first amount of polycationic structures, and a second composition comprising a therapeutically effective amount of expression vectors (e.g., non-viral expression vectors not associated with liposomes) that are CpG-free or CpG-reduced, where the expression vectors comprise a first nucleic acid sequence encoding: i) a first therapeutic protein or proteins, and/or ii) a first biologically active nucleic acid molecule or molecules.
Inventors: Robert James Debs (San Francisco, Calif.), Timothy D. Heath (Madison, Wis.), Chakkrapong Handumrongkul (Richmond)
Assignee: DNARx (San Francisco, Calif.)
Oct. 2, 2018

AIPA, OMPA, and ASP14 in vaccine compositions and diagnostic targets for anaplasma phagocytophilum infection
Patent No. 10,086,058
Anaplasma phagocytophilum surface protein AipA and/or fragments thereof which comprise an invasin domain are used in compositions suitable to elicit an immune response to treat or prevent infections caused by tick-born bacteria of the Anaplasmatacaea family. AipA proteins and protein fragments or antibodies directed to AipA proteins and protein fragments are also used in diagnostic assays to detect exposure to and/or infection with Anaplasmatacaea. AipA and/or fragments thereof are also used for these purposes in combination with one or both of Asp14 and OmpA proteins and/or fragments thereof which comprise an invasin domain. Homologs of these proteins are also used in the compositions and assays.
Inventors: Jason Carlyon (Richmond)
Assignee: Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond)
Oct. 2, 2018

Stage specific diagnostic antigens, assay and vaccine for lyme disease
Patent No. 10,086,05
Stage-specific Borrelia antigens for diagnosing, treating and/or preventing Lyme disease are provided. The antigens include chimeric Borrelia antigen constructs and mutant recombinant proteins comprising OspC and OspE epitopes, respectively. The antigens are used in multiprotein assays that differentiate early, middle and late stage infection, and/or in vaccine preparations.
Inventors: Richard T. Marconi (Richmond), Lee D. Oliver (Richmond)
Assignee: Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond)
Oct. 2, 2018

Electronic article
Patent No. 10,085,487
An electronic smoking article includes a liquid aerosol formulation, a heater operable to at least partially volatilize the liquid aerosol formulation and form an aerosol and a tubular filter segment downstream of the heater. The tubular filter segment is operable to selectively filter aerosol particles and vapors from the aerosol.
Inventors: San Li (Midlothian, Va.), Georgios D. Karles (Richmond), Richard Jupe (Richmond), Gerd Kobal (Sandy Hook, Va.), Munmaya K. Mishra (Manakin Sabot, Va.)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Oct. 2, 2018

System to automatically restore payment purchasing power
Patent No. 10,089,629
In one embodiment, a system comprises a database configured to store at least one record, at least one network communication device, a storage device comprising instructions, and at least one processor configured to execute the instructions to perform a method. The method may comprise receiving a fraud communication associated with a first primary account number, calculating one or more limitations associated with the first primary account number based on an account associated with the first primary account number, and storing a database record including the first primary account number, a new primary account number, and the limitation(s). The method may further comprise receiving a transaction request including a second primary account number, and comparing the second primary account number to the at least one record. The method may also comprise, based on the comparing, enabling the transaction request to proceed, declining the transaction, or disabling the first primary account number.
Inventors: Daniel Beck (Arlington, Va,), Lawrence Douglas (McLean, Va.), Jeffrey Samitt (Glen Allen, Va.)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Va.)
Oct. 2, 2018

Reseal label for box in a box re-sealable pack
Patent No. 10,086,987
A container of consumer goods includes a rigid outer box and a rigid inner box wherein a pull tab is configured to reseal a pre-cut opening in the inner box. The pull tab includes a cover layer larger than the pre-cut opening. The cover layer can be a piece of bundle wrap with a paper layer of the bundle wrap contacting the consumer goods inside the box. The outer box has a hinged lid permanently attached to a connecting tab of the pull tab whereby opening the hinged lid simultaneously opens the pre-cut opening in the inner box by lifting the pull tab. The connecting tab includes adhesive which is partially deadened to decrease adhesion of the connecting tab to the inner box. The pull tab can also include one or more machine readable markings to enhance automated application of the pull tab to an inner box blank during manufacturing of the container.
Inventors: Stephen Bellamah (Midlothian, Va.), James S. Bigelow (Midlothian, Va.)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Oct. 2, 2018

Joint brace with improved range of motion stop
Patent No. 10,085,870
An improved joint support for limiting the range of motion of an anatomical joint comprises intermeshing gears for allowing adjustment of the range of motion of the joint, and comprises plural mechanisms for securing the gears in engagement with one another, whereby adjustment can be made without tools and without disassembly of any components.
Inventors: Daniel Scott Pflaster (Charlotte, Vt.), Wendy Drumm (Providence, R.I.), Richard L. Miller (Needham, Mass.), Kristin Jugenheimer Size (Waltham, Mass.), Gregory Scott Torrisi (Midlothian, Va.)
Assignee: Horsepower Technologies Inc. (Lowell, Mass.)
Oct. 2, 2018

Method of seaming carpet
Patent No. 10,085,580
A method for joining two carpet segments, each carpet segment having an underside and at least one edge, comprises abutting one edge of one carpet segment with one edge of the other carpet segment, positioning a length of seam tape under the abutting edges, and activating the adhesive to secure the seam tape to the undersides of both carpet segments. The seam tape comprises an elongated base layer being resilient in a transverse direction, an intervening layer applied to the base layer, and an adhesive applied to the intervening layer.
Inventors: Daniel Paul Bennett (Hopewell, Va.)
Assignee: N/A
Oct. 2, 2018

Vertical load case packer
Patent No. 10,093,440
In one example of a vertical load case packer, guide rods provide horizontal adjustment of a tipping conveyor assembly to position the tipping conveyor assembly at a desired distance from the at least one bucket assembly. In operation, an indexing assembly advances case(s) into the tipping conveyor assembly. Side belts in the tipping conveyor assembly move and grip the case(s). A pivot rotates the tipping conveyor from a position wherein an open end of a case is oriented upwardly to a position wherein the open end is oriented horizontally to receive the product. Each bucket assembly receives product and delivers it to a case. A sliding bottom plate in the bucket assembly supports horizontally loaded product and advances the product into a case. A pusher plate prevents product from withdrawing from the case as the sliding bottom plate is withdrawn and further inserts the product into the case if needed.
Inventors: Michael J. Johnson (Spokane, Wash.), Steven Joseph Allard (Spokane, Wash.), Christopher John Banks (Richmond)
Assignee: R.A. Pearson Co. (Spokane, Wa.)
Oct. 9, 2018

Symmetrically dynamic equalized volume and pressure air management system
Patent No. 10,093,145
An air management system for a vehicle having a first pneumatic circuit and a second pneumatic circuit, in which the first and second pneumatic circuits are pneumatically connected in a neutral position via a cross-flow mechanism. The first pneumatic circuit includes a first leveling valve configured to adjust independently the height of a first side of the vehicle. The second pneumatic circuit includes a second leveling valve configured to adjust independently the height of a second side of the vehicle. The first and second leveling valves are configured to establish pneumatic communication between the first and second pneumatic circuits when the first leveling valve is not independently adjusting the height of the first side of the vehicle and the second leveling valve is not independently adjusting the height of the second side of the vehicle.
Inventors: Matthew Vaughan (Blacksburg, Va.), David Bryan Lewis (Amelia Court House, Va.), Joseph Calaway (Camden, Mich.), George Arrants (Richmond)
Assignee: Base Air Management Inc. (Richmond)
Oct. 9, 2018

Methods and machines for making oral products
Patent No. 10,093,058
A method of forming an oral product includes extruding a mixture, conveying the extruded mixture through one or more pairs of forming rollers, and cutting the extruded mixture into one or more oral products. The mixture can include polymer and at least one flavorant, sweetener, active ingredient, or combination thereof. The extruded mixture forms an extrudate having a predetermined cross-sectional shape. The one or more pairs of forming rollers abut to define a passage there between as each forming roller rotates. The passage has a cross-sectional shape corresponding to the predetermined cross-sectional shape. The method can be performed using a machine including an extruder, one or more pairs of forming rollers, and a cutting device.
Inventors: Carl Gregory Miller (Richmond), Charles Lester Dendy (Ruther Glen, Va.), Jeremy J. Straight (Midlothian, Va.), Gregory James Griscik (Midlothian, Va.)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Oct. 9, 2018

Application of encapsulated capsaicin and analogues thereof for controlling calorie intake
Patent No. 10,092,528
A zero-calorie to near-zero-calorie snacking product that, when consumed, provides a feeling of fullness prior to absorption of energy-providing food, i.e., pre-absorptive satiation is disclosed. The snacking product is based on the stimulation of vagal nerve endings in the gastro-intestinal tract by encapsulated capsaicin. The encapsulation of capsaicin avoids the burning sensation in the mouth which may be objectionable to some consumers.
Inventors: Maria Gogova (Richmond), Georgios D. Karles (Richmond), Gerd Kobal (Sandy Hook, Va.), Munmaya K. Mishra (Manakin Sabot, Va.)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Oct. 9, 2018

E-vaping device
Patent No. 10,092,040
An e-vaping device includes a battery section, an e-vaping tank capable of holding a liquid material, and an adapter connecting the battery section to the e-vaping tank. The adapter includes a heater capable of vaporizing the liquid material, and a wick capable of drawing the liquid material from the e-vaping tank to the heater. The adapter is connected to the e-vaping tank and the power source section via threaded connections. The threaded connections between the adapter and the battery section have threads with a non-standard pitch.
Inventors: Steve R. Rinehart (Chesterfield, Va.), Barry Smith (Hopewell, Va.), Charles Dendy (Richmond)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Oct. 9, 2018

Single use cartridge with contact point
Patent No. 10,092,038
A non-refillable microvaporizer cartridge having a casing with an external surface, an internal surface, a top end, and a bottom end, a tank defined by the internal surface, the top end, and the bottom end of the casing, a trapdoor provided at the top end of the casing having a fluid opening that provides fluid communication to the tank, and an electrical conductor provided at the bottom end of the casing. An atomizer can be attached to the top end of the casing and connected to the trapdoor, and the atomizer is operatively connected to the electrical conductor on the bottom end of the casing to complete the circuit.
Inventors: Yongjie James Xu (Richmond, VA)
Assignee: N/A

Electronic cigarette
Patent No. 10,092,037
An electronic cigarette includes a liquid supply including liquid material, a heater operable to heat the liquid material to a temperature sufficient to vaporize the liquid material and form an aerosol, a wick in communication with the liquid material and in communication with the heater such that the wick delivers the liquid material to the heater, at least one air inlet operable to deliver air to a central air passage upstream of the heater, and a mouth end insert having at least two diverging outlets. The electronic cigarette can also include an air flow diverter which directs incoming air away from a heating zone of the heater.
Inventors: Christopher S. Tucker (Midlothian, Va.), Geoffrey Brandon Jordan (Midlothian, Va.), Barry S. Smith (Hopewell, Va.), Ali A. Rostami (Richmond), Charles E. B. Glenn Sr.(Richmond)
Oct. 9, 2018

Patent No. 10,092,041
An e-vaping device includes a first section capable of containing a liquid material. The first section includes a heater capable of vaporizing the liquid material, a wick capable of drawing the liquid material to the heater, and a male threaded connector with first threads having a non-standard pitch. The e-vaping device also inE-vaping device cludes a second section with a power supply. The second section includes a female threaded connector with second threads having a non-standard pitch that mate with the non-standard pitch of the first threads of the first section.
Inventors: Steve R. Rinehart (Chesterfield, Va.), Barry S. Smith (Hopewell, Va.), Charles Dendy (Ruther Glen, Va.)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Oct. 9, 2018

Systems and methods for offering products using linked transactions
Patent No. 10,096,042
The disclosed embodiments include methods, systems, and articles of manufacture for providing offers for linked transactions. Transaction data corresponding to a first product physically purchased using a financial service account and product identification data identifying the first purchased product are received. The transaction data and the product identification data are associated. A consumer that purchased the first product is determined based on at least the transaction data. Follow-on purchase to offer for sale to the consumer based on the product identification data is determined and a follow-up purchase offer to purchase the follow-on product is generated. The consumer is provided with the follow-on purchase offer to enable the consumer to purchase the follow-on product in an electronic commerce purchase transaction.
Inventors: Thomas S. Poole (Chantilly, Va.), David E. Keating (Glen Allen, Va.), Drew Jacobs (Arlington, Va.), Janusz M. Niczyporuk (Vienna, Va.), Luke A. Hammock (Washington, D.C.)
Assignee: Capital One Financial Corp. (McLean, Va.)
Oct. 9, 2018

Recognizing text in image data
Patent No. 10,095,925
A device may receive image data representing a document, the document including: text, and edges. Based on the edges, the device may identify, a segment of interest within the image data and crop the segment of interest to obtain a portion of the image data. In addition, the device may perform optical character recognition on the portion of the image data, the optical character recognition producing recognized text. The device may obtain, based on the recognized text, validation data that includes verification text, and determine whether the recognized text is verified based on the verification text. Based on a result of the determination, the device may perform an action.
Inventors: Subhashini Tripuraneni (Glen Allen, Va.), Joseph R. Barco Jr. (Midlothian, Va.)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Va.)
Oct. 9, 2018

Inflatable data center
Patent No. 10,098,263
A data center can include an inflatable enclosure in which rack computer systems can be installed and can provide computing capacity. The inflatable enclosure includes an inflatable structure which is at least partially inflated based on cooling air discharged into the inflatable enclosure by one or more cooling modules. A cooling module can include a cooling system and a cooling air vent, where the cooling system adjustably induces a stream of cooling air and the cooling air vent adjustably directs the cooling air stream into a particular space enclosed by an inflatable structure. The inflatable enclosure can be established by separate modules positioned on opposite sides of a space and an inflatable structure which extends across the space between the modules. The inflatable structure can be extended over additional spaces to expand the inflatable enclosure, thereby providing additional space to install rack computer systems.
Inventors: Stephanie Towner (Ashland, Va.), Brock Robert Gardner (Seattle, Wash.), Giorgio Arturo Pompei (Seattle, Wash.)
Assignee: Amazon Technologies Inc. (Seattle, Wash.)
Oct. 9, 2018

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