The R&D Dept.: Local patents for 2.6.19

Self-similar and fractal design for stretchable electronics
Patent No. 10,192,830
The present invention provides electronic circuits, devices and device components including one or more stretchable components, such as stretchable electrical interconnects, electrodes and/or semiconductor components. Stretchability of some of the present systems is achieved via a materials level integration of stretchable metallic or semiconducting structures with soft, elastomeric materials in a configuration allowing for elastic deformations to occur in a repeatable and well-defined way. The stretchable device geometries and hard-soft materials integration approaches of the invention provide a combination of advance electronic function and compliant mechanics supporting a broad range of device applications including sensing, actuation, power storage and communications.
Inventors: John A. Rogers (Champaign, Ill.), Jonathan Fan (Columbus, Ohio), Woon-Hong Yeo (Richmond), Yewang Su (Evanston, Ill.), Yonggang Huang (Glencoe, Ill.), Yihui Zhang (Evanston, Ill.)
Assignee: The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois (Urbana, Ill.) & Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.)
Jan. 29, 2019

System and method for perimeter security
Patent No. 10,192,418
A perimeter security system for maintaining an object relative to a predefined boundary includes a plurality of water displacement devices configured to output fluid and to control a pressure of the outputted fluid when the object is within a first predetermined distance from the boundary. The system further includes a plurality of light sources configured to emit light toward the object when the object is within a second predetermined distance from the boundary. The system additionally includes an auditory system configured to emit an audible output when the object is within a third predetermined distance from the boundary, and a visual sensor configured to obtain images or video of at least a portion of the predetermined boundary and to transmit the images or video to a location other than the predefined boundary.
Inventors: Geoffrey M. Kern (Richmond)
Assignee: Geoffrey M. Kern (Chester, VA)
Jan. 29, 2019

Method of detection and treatment of clinically significant post-prandial hyperglycemia in normoglycemic patients
Patent No. 10,191,032
This invention relates to a method for detecting the presence of or likelihood of a patient of developing occult pancreatic beta cell dysfunction, and a method for detecting the presence of or likelihood of a patient of developing clinically significant post-prandial hyperglycemia. The methods involve (a) measuring a level of alpha-hydroxybutyrate (AHB) in a single fasting baseline biological sample of the patient; (b) comparing the level of AHB in the single fasting baseline biological sample to a reference AHB level; and (c) determining the presence of or likelihood of developing the disorder in the patient based on the comparison in step (b). An increased AHB level at fasting baseline indicates that a normoglycemic, normo-insulinemic and/or non-dyslipidemic patient has developed or has an increased likelihood of developing occult pancreatic beta cell dysfunction. An increased AHB level at fasting baseline and an elevated glucose level of at least about 155 mg/dL at 30 minutes and/or 1 hour indicates that a normoglycemic, normo-insulinemic and/or non-dyslipidemic patient has developed or has an increased likelihood of developing clinically significant post-prandial hyperglycemia.
Inventors: Steve Varvel (Richmond), Rebecca E. Caffrey (N. Chesterfield, Va.), James V. Pottala (Sioux Falls, S. D.)
Assignee: True Health IP (Frisco, Texas)
Jan. 29, 2019

Lighter holder for cigarette and cigar packs
Patent No. 10,189,633
A lighter holder for a cigarette or cigar package, comprising a substantially rectangular member foldable into the lighter holder, the rectangular member having a length and a width and five discrete panels defined in the length direction by foldable score lines in the width direction, the second and fourth panels being internally foldable and having apertures at corresponding locations in the width directions thereof.
Inventors: Scott A. Fath (Richmond)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Jan. 29, 2019

Systems and methods for catalyst screens in selective catalytic reduction reactors
Patent No. 10,188,983
A system for use in selective catalytic reduction reactor is disclosed. The system may include a catalyst bed and a screen located close to the catalyst bed in a manner so that flow of flue gas to the catalyst bed contacts the screen before it contacts the catalyst bed. The screen may be adapted to support a weight of at least 400 pounds above the catalyst bed so that the weight is not imposed on the catalyst. The screen may have a plurality of holes across its surface in a manner so that the screen is adapted to change the velocity distribution of the flue gas as it flows through the screen.
Inventors: Jeff Landers Shelton (Jacksonville, Ala.), Andrew Scott Kline (Richmond)
Assignee: Integrated Global Services Inc. (Richmond)
Jan. 29, 2019

Continuous high pressure delivery system
Patent No. 10,188,823
A drug delivery system, which includes an aerosol generator unit, a pumping unit, a flow tube, at least one condensate collector and an aerosol transition adapter. The aerosol generator forms an aerosol from a liquid formulation, which is partially volatilized. The pumping unit supplies the liquid formulation to the aerosol generator unit and a flow tube having an inlet end in fluid communication with an outlet of the aerosol generator unit and an outlet adapted for connection to a patient interface, which supplies ventilation gas to a patient’s lungs. The system also includes at least one condensate collector adapted to collect condensed liquid or liquid produced by the aerosol generator unit, and a transition adapter arranged to mix aerosol produced by the aerosol generator unit with heated air or ventilation gas and direct the mixed aerosol into the inlet end of the flow passage.
Inventors: Sudarsan Srinivasan (Glen Allen, Va.), David Ammann (Alpharetta, Ga.), Donald Brookman (Richmond), Niranjan Maharajh (Richmond), Gary Grollimund (Chesterfield, Va.), F. Murphy Sprinkel Jr. (Glen Allen, Va.), Douglas D. McRae (Chesterfield, Va.)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc. (Richmond)
Jan. 29, 2019

Display packages, blanks for forming trap seal card and blank for forming display box
Patent No. 10,188,143
Display packages include a packaging including a cavity for holding an item, and a trap seal card including a first opening. The trap seal card retains the packaging such that the item held within the cavity is visible to a consumer through the first opening, and a portion of the packaging protrudes through the first opening. The trap seal card includes a front panel integral with a back panel. The packaging is between the front panel and the back panel. Blanks for the trap seal card include the back panel or the front panel having a first length and a second length less than the first length. The first and second lengths extend in a perpendicular direction to a first fold line. Blanks for the display box include a tab detachable from a remaining portion of the back panel when the back panel is separated along a ninth fold line.
Inventors: Scott. A. Fath (Richmond), William J. Bogdziewicz III (Richmond), Robert T. Mitten (Glen Allen, Va.), Ryan Alan Bailey (Richmond)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Jan. 29, 2019

Amphiphile-modified sorbents in smoking articles and filters
Patent No. 10,188,142
Smoking articles which involve the use of amphiphile-modified sorbents are disclosed. The amphiphile-modified sorbent has at least one amphiphilic compound bound to an inorganic molecular sieve substrate. The amphiphile-modified sorbent selectively removes certain constituents from cigarette smoke, while maintaining other constituents, such as those that contribute to flavor. Methods for making cigarette filters and smoking articles using amphiphile-modified sorbents, as well as methods for smoking a cigarette containing an amphiphile-modified sorbent, are also provided.
Inventors: Jay A. Fournier (Richmond, Va.), Luan Zhaohua (Midlothian, Va.)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc. (Richmond)
Jan. 29, 2019

Additives for tobacco cut filler
Patent No. 10,188,139
Tobacco smoking mixtures capable of producing tobacco smoke are provided which reduce the cytotoxicity and/or mutagenicity of the tobacco smoke. The tobacco smoking mixtures include tobacco cut filler and glycerin in an amount effective to reduce cytotoxicity and/or mutagenicity of smoke produced by the tobacco smoking mixture. The tobacco smoking mixtures enable a further reduction in cytotoxicity and/or mutagenicity when glycerin is combined with palladium or salts of calcium and/or magnesium.
Inventors: San Li (Midlothian, Va.), Raquel Olegario (Richmond), Joseph L. Banyasz (Richmond), Kenneth H. Shafer (Sutherland, Va.)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc. (Richmond)
Jan. 29, 2019

Skin-to-skin contact obstetrical surgical drape
Patent No. 10,188,474
A fenestration drape and a method for providing skin-to-skin contact of a newborn with the mother immediately after birth during a Cesarean delivery are provided. The fenestration drape includes a portal which may be opened and reclosed without compromise to the sterile barrier. The method facilitates the critical contact without interruption and with continuity of sterile field throughout the procedure.
Inventors: Kimberly Jarrelle (Moseley, Va.), Deborah Burbic (Glen Allen, Va.), Jessamine Niccoli (North Chesterfield, Va.)
Assignee: Clever Medical (Sanford, Fla.)
Jan. 29, 2019

Voice recognition to authenticate a mobile payment
Patent No. 10,192,219
Systems and methods are provided for authenticating mobile payments from a customer account to a merchant. The systems and methods may include a financial service provider receiving a request to authorize an electronic transaction at a point-of-sale. A financial service provider server computer may verify that the customer is present at the point-of-sale using received location data. An image having distorted text such as a captcha may be transmitted to a device at the point-of-sale, and the customer may read the captcha aloud. A voice sample of the customer may be sent to the financial service provider for comparison to stored voice recordings, to verify that the customer’s voice sample is authentic if the voice matches a previously generated voice recording for the account. If the voice sample is authentic, the financial service provider may authorize the mobile payment.
Inventors: Lawrence Douglas (McLean, Va.), Paul Y. Moreton (Glen Allen, Va.)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Va.)
Jan. 29, 2019

Apparatus, system, and method for preventing vehicle door related accidents
Patent No. 10,190,357
This apparatus, system, and method for preventing vehicle door related accidents will help to detect oncoming traffic and/or nearby external objects when an occupant of the vehicle or the vehicle processor demonstrates an intent to open the vehicle door, and it would generate an alert for the vehicle users, or generate an external alert for the outside users, or automatically stop the vehicle door from opening further if there was a possibility of an accident involving the vehicle doors or its users. This invention comprises of an internal alert mechanism to alert vehicle users about the oncoming traffic and/or nearby external objects. This invention also comprises of an external alert mechanism, which would generate alert externally that vehicle door is about to be opened. This invention also comprises of a feature to restrict the vehicle doors from opening further when there is a potential for door related accident.
Inventors: Ankit Dilip Kothari (Henrico, Va.)
Assignee: Be Topnotch (Henrico, Va.)
Jan. 29, 2019

Medicament delivery device configured to produce wireless and audible outputs
Patent No. 10,192,464
An apparatus includes a simulated medicament delivery device and an electronic circuit system. The simulated medicament delivery device includes a housing, and is devoid of a medicament delivery mechanism that causes a medicament to be delivered. The electronic circuit system is coupled to the housing and includes an audible output device and a cover. The housing of the medicament delivery device and the cover of the electronic circuit system collectively define an acoustic enclosure. The audible output device is configured to be disposed within the acoustic enclosure.
Inventors: Eric S. Edwards (Moseley, Va.), Evan T. Edwards (Charlottesville, Va.), Mark J. Licata (Doswell, Va.), Paul F. Meyers (Fishers, Ind.), David A. Weinzierl (Andover, Minn.)
Assignee: kaleo Inc. (Richmond)
Jan. 29, 2019

System and method for providing a portable ATM
Patent No. 10,198,721
Embodiments include a database that maintains a respective status of mobile ATMs that indicates the location and cash available for withdrawal, a communication interface that receives a request for a mobile ATM from a user device, the request including user device location data, a location processor that compares the user device location data to location data of the mobile ATMs, and determines a first mobile ATM that is closest to the user device based on the user device location data, and a backend transaction processor that processes the transaction when confirmed. The communication interface transmits an alert that includes the request to the first mobile ATM, receives a response, transmits another alert that includes the location of the first mobile ATM and an estimated time that the first mobile ATM will arrive at the location associated to the user device, and receives confirmation from the first mobile ATM.
Inventors: Brian DeLuca (Midlothian, Va.), Harish Chavan (Glen Allen, Va.), Jamie Warder (Bethesda, Md.), Max Doerfler (Richmond), William Grisaitis (Arlington, Va.), Mayank Pande (Glen Allen, Va.)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Va.)
Feb. 5, 2019

Method and system of detecting foreign materials within an agricultural product stream
Patent No. 10,197,504
Methods and systems for detecting foreign material within a product stream in real-time, involve illuminating a portion of the agricultural product stream with light spanning a wavelength range including or within near-infrared and/or shortwave infrared wavelengths; scanning a line of the illuminated agricultural product stream to acquire a hyperspectral image of the line, the hyperspectral image of the line having a width of a single pixel; processing the hyperspectral image of the scanned line to obtain spectrum data for one or more pixels of the hyperspectral image of the scanned line; comparing the obtained spectrum data of the one or more pixels to predetermined spectrum data to determine whether the obtained spectrum data is indicative of foreign material within the scanned line of the agricultural product stream.
Inventors: Amrita Sahu (Richmond), Henry M. Dante (Midlothian, Va.), Jerry W. Morris (Jetersville, Va.)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Feb. 5, 2019

Methods and machines for making oral products
Patent No. 10,195,777
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)
Feb. 5, 2019

Absorbent article with three-dimensional film for liquid distribution
Patent No. 10,195,093
An absorbent article with a three-dimensional film transfer layer having an open lattice structure formed from a single film for improved user properties.Inventors: Rickey J. Seyler (Chesterfield, Va.)
Assignee: Tredegar Film Products Corp. (Richmond)
Feb. 5, 2019

Mobile device stand
Patent No. 10,198,720
A mobile device camera stand includes a flat, planar base comprising a platform for receiving a document, an adjustable shaft projecting from the base at a first end of the shaft, and a flat, planar cradle having a top surface and a bottom surface, the bottom surface connected to a second end of the shaft. The top surface of the cradle receives a mobile device having a camera, and the cradle includes a cutout such that the camera is placed on the cutout such that the cutout does not obstruct the camera, thereby enabling the camera to image the document.
Inventors: John Shi (Arlington, Va.), Corey Lee (Vienna, Va.), Xiaoxue Sherman He (Vienna, Va.), Sudhir Patni (McLean, Va.), Blake Castle (Glen Allen, Va.)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Va.)
Feb. 5, 2019

Indirectly heated capillary aerosoll generator
Patent No. 10,194,698
An indirectly heated capillary aerosol generator comprises a capillary tube adapted to form an aerosol when liquid material in the capillary tube is heated to volatilize at least some of the liquid material therein and a thermally conductive material in thermal contact with the capillary tube. The indirectly heated capillary aerosol generator provides substantially even and uniform heating across the heated length of the capillary tube.
Inventors: Marc D. Belcastro (Glen Allen, Va.), Jeffrey A. Swepston (Powhatan, Va.)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc. (Richmond)
Feb. 5, 2019

Animal feed preservative, supplement and methods
Patent No. 10,194,656
Embodiments herein relate to animal feed preservatives including byproducts containing levulinic acid and methods of making and using the same. In an embodiment, a method of making an animal feed preservative is included. The method can include obtaining an acidic byproduct of a manufacturing process. The acidic byproduct can include at least about 1% by weight levulinic acid or a salt thereof. The method can further include mixing the acidic byproduct with a base to form the animal feed preservative. The animal feed preservative can include at least about 5 wt. % of the acid byproduct. In various embodiments, a method of reducing the amount of mycotoxins formed in an animal feed product during storage is included. In various embodiments, an animal feed preservative or supplement is included. Other embodiments are also included herein.
Inventors: Theodore R. Stern (Minneapolis, Minn.), Stephen G. Campano (Glen Allen, Va.), Gary Carl Larson (Shoreview, Minn.)
Assignee: Hawkins Inc. (Minneapolis, Minn.)
Feb. 5, 2019

Methods for dynamically identifying loads for a trucker
Patent No. 10,198,704
Systems and methods are disclosed for truck load fulfillment by tracking geographical location of a device of a truck driver relative to a point of interest for each truck load; matching the geographical location of the device to a category of interest associated with the truck driver; sending a notification to the device of a nearby position of the load, the nearby position of the load related to the category of interest, the notification sent in response to proximity of the geographical location of the device relative to the position of the load.
Inventors: Charles F. Myers (Midlothian, Va.)
Assignee: N/A
Feb. 5, 2019

Traffic routing display system with multiple signal lookahead
Patent No. 10,198,942
A traffic routing display system provides a visual display of a speed or series of speeds suggested to the driver such that the driver may pass through multiple consecutive traffic signal devices without stopping at a red light. In one aspect, the display depicts the expected state of an upcoming traffic light. In another aspect, the display is an icon colored to correspond to the expected state. In another aspect, the time remaining before the state of a traffic light changes is displayed. The effect that an indicator has on driver behavior is used to determine the type of indicator to provide to the driver. Certain indicators may not be displayed by the system depending on the effect they have on the driver.
Inventors: Matthew L. Ginsberg (Eugene, Ore.), Peter Jordan Flier (Eugene, Ore.), Martin C. Drohmann (Eugene, Ore.), Timothy S. Stirling (Henrico, Va.)
Assignee: Connected Signals Inc. (Eugene, Ore.)
Feb. 5, 2019

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