The R&D Dept.: Local patents for 11.21.18

System and methods for providing financial account information over a network
Patent No. 10,127,584
A system and method for providing financial account messages to customers while accessing web sites is disclosed. Methods, systems and articles of manufacture consistent with the present invention enable a financial account issuer to provide an application to customer’s computer system over a network. The application may be configured to provide various messages associated with the customer’s financial account provided by the financial account issuer while the customer browses web sites. The financial account messages may be configured to provide interactive and dynamically changing account status information based on attempted purchases of goods and/or services by the customer at merchants’ web sites. The application may also be configured to provide rating information associated with web sites accessed by the customer.
Inventors: Jonathan Turner (Richmond), Arthur Koeppel (Richmond)
Assignee: Capital One Financial Corp. (McLean, Va.)
Nov. 13, 2018

Electronic cigarette
Patent No. 10,123,566
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 (Glen Allen, Va.), Charles E. B. Glenn Sr. (Richmond)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Nov. 13, 2018

Methods for treating of skin conditions with retinoid double conjugate compounds
Patent No. 10,123,960
A double conjugate molecule made of a retinoid, an organic acid, particularly an a-hydroxy acid, and an alcohol or acyl group, is provided which is useful in treating skin conditions, particularly aging. The retinoid, organic acid, and alcohol/acyl group are preferably linked via ester bonds.
Inventors: Joseph A. Lewis II (Chesterfield, Va.)
Assignee: PCR Technology Holdings (Richmond)
Nov. 13, 2018

Box in a box re-sealable cigarette pack
Patent No. 10,124,953
An exemplary container for consumer goods includes a rigid outer box and a rigid inner box. The outer box has a hinged top configured to provide access to an inner volume of the outer box. The inner box is a laminate of paperboard and an inner liner and pre-cut opening configured to provide access to an inner volume of the inner box. A pull tab covers the opening. The pull tab includes a first adhesive that releasably adheres an edge portion of the pull tab to the inner box and a second adhesive that permanently adheres the pull tab to the inner box and the outer box.
Inventors: Stephen Bellamah (Midlothian, Va.), James S. Bieglow (Midlothian, Va.)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Nov. 13, 2018

Electronic smoking articles
Patent No. 10,123,567
An electronic smoking article, a method of manufacturing an electronic smoking article, and a method of achieving a smoking experience without combusting tobacco are disclosed. The electronic smoking article includes an authenticated first section, which includes an aerosol generation unit having at least one heater; an authenticated second section, which includes a power supply operable to apply voltage to the at least one heater for heating a liquid in at least a portion of the aerosol generation unit to form an aerosol; and a conductive ink circuit embedded within the first and second sections, and wherein the power supply and the aerosol generation unit are electrically connected upon joining the first and second sections, and wherein each of the first and second sections has a portion of the conductive ink circuit.
Inventors: Eric Hawes (Midlothian, Va.)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond, Va.)
Nov. 13, 2018

Tobacco substrate
Patent No. 10,123,560
A smoking article (10) incorporates a tobacco substrate including tobacco having a tobacco density of 150 mg/cm.sup.3 or less and a hardness of 60% or greater. The tobacco substrate can include a tobacco aerogel (20).
Inventors: Firooz Rasouli (Midlothian, Va.), Gianluca Sechi (Colombier, Switzerland)
Assignee: Philip Morris Products S.A. (Neuchatel, Switzerland)
Nov. 13, 2018

Anamorphic optical system with relative small squeeze ratio but with relatively pronounced residual anamorphic characteristics
Patent No. 10,126,533
An anamorphic objective having a relatively small anamorphic factor but with relatively pronounced residual anamorphic artifacts is formed by reducing the anamorphic factor with anamorphic lens elements located on the image side of the aperture stop. The lens section on the object side of the aperture stop must therefore have a relatively large anamorphic factor, and this creates the desired residual anamorphic artifacts. The disclosed anamorphic objective is suited either to an integrated optical design or to a modular approach in which the anamorphic factor reduction optics are connected as a removable attachment to an independently well-corrected anamorphic optical system. The anamorphic objective has a relatively small anamorphic squeeze ratio while simultaneously producing relatively large residual anamorphic characteristics.
Inventors: J. Brian Caldwell (Petersburg, Va.)
Assignee: N/A
Nov. 13, 2018

Method and system for performing a financial transaction using a user interface
Patent No. 10,134,017
A system and method for performing a financial transaction by determining a master account number associated with one or more accounts that a user may access, providing data to generate a user interface displaying a list of the accounts and an indicator associated with a financial transaction, receiving indicator information associating the indicator with one or more of the accounts, receiving terms for the financial transaction, and performing the financial transaction. The list of accounts may be expanded to view account information.
Inventors: Betsy Ebersole (Washington, D.C.), Julio Farach (Atlanta, Ga.), Jill Sorg (Richmond), Donald Jeffery Smith (Richmond), Hector Crespo (Frisco, Texas), Lynn Jackson (Denton, Texas)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Va.)
Nov. 20, 2018

Use of pectin or other anionic polymers in the stabilization and controlled release of nicotine in oral sensorial tobacco products or nicotine containing non-tobacco oral sensorial products
Patent No. 10,130,120
The use of pectins and/or polymers to prevent nicotine oxidation in tobacco containing products is disclosed. These polymers may be naturally occurring anionic polymers or synthetic polymers. These pectins and/or polymers prevent nicotine from oxidizing into cotinine, nicotine-cis-N-oxide, nicotine-trans-N-oxide, and/or nicotine-1,1-di-N-oxide. Molluscicides, algaecides, pesticides, and stabilized nicotine compositions comprising nicotine and pectin, anionic polymers, or combinations thereof are disclosed.
Inventors: Munmaya K. Mishra (Manakin Sabot, Va.), Jason Flora (Richmond), Georgios D. Karles (Richmond), Christophe Claude Galopin (Chesterfield, Va.), Diane Gee (Chesterfield, Va.), John B. Paine III (Midlothian, Va.), Douglas Antonio Fernandez (Richmond)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Nov. 20, 2018

UHMW PE fiber and method to produce
Patent No. 10,132,010
Processes for preparing ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene yarns, and the yarns and articles produced therefrom. The surfaces of highly oriented yarns are subjected to a treatment that enhances the surface energy at the yarn surfaces and are coated with a protective coating immediately after the treatment to increase the expected shelf life of the treatment.
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.)
Nov. 20, 2018

UHMWPE fiber and method to produce
Patent No. 10,132,006
Processes for preparing ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene yarns, and the yarns and articles produced therefrom. The surfaces of partially oriented yarns are subjected to a treatment that enhances the surface energy at the fiber surfaces and are coated with a protective coating immediately after the treatment to increase the shelf life of the treatment. The coated, treated yarns are then post drawn to form highly oriented yarns.
Inventors: Ralf Klein (Midlothian, Va.), Henry Gerard Ardiff (Chesterfield, Va.), John Armstrong Young (Midlothian, Va.), Thomas Tam (Chesterfield, Va.)
Assignee: Honeywell International Inc. (Morris Plains, N.J.)
Nov. 20, 2018

Bridge, an asynchronous channel based bus, and a message broker to provide asynchronous communication
Patent No. 10,133,696
In a system and method for using a bridge, an asynchronous channel based bus, and a message broker to provide asynchronous communication, the bridge monitors at least one Galactic channel on the bus. The bridge receives every message sent on the Galactic channel, and converts each message from a channel message format used by the Galactic channel to a common message format. The bridge utilizes a socket to broadcast each converted message to, and receive messages from, a message broker. The bridge determines that a message received from the message broker is destined for the Galactic channel. The bridge converts the message into the channel message format used by the Galactic channel and distributes the converted message to the Galactic channel.
Inventors: Dave Shanley (Ashland, Va.)
Assignee: VMware Inc. (Palo Alto, Calif.)
Nov. 20, 2018

Hydraulic turbine shaft thrust bearing wear pad
Patent No. 10,132,353
A thrust bearing wear pad includes a rigid support plate adapted to be mounted on a collar and under a thrust flange in a hydro power turbine system. Multiple lignum vitae wood blocks are fixed to the top of the support plate and act as a wear surface on the wear pad.Inventors: Robert Alan Shortridge Sr. (Powhatan, VA)
Assignee: N/A
Nov. 20, 2018

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