The R&D Dept.: Local patents for 4.17.19

Systems, apparatuses, and methods for sound diffusion
Patent No. 10,255,900
Systems, apparatuses, and methods for diffusing sound can comprise a sound or acoustic diffuser or a plurality of sound or acoustic diffusers. The acoustic diffuser can be provided as a 90 degree segment to fit into an inside corner, and a plurality of 90 degree segments can be arranged relative to each other to effectively provide 180 degree, 270 degree, or 360 degree contiguous acoustic diffusers, where the 180 degree acoustic diffuser can be arranged relative to a flat wall, and the 270 degree acoustic diffuser can be arranged relative to an outside corner. Furthermore, each 90 degree segment, or contiguous combination of segments, can have vertically stacked thereon (or be vertically stacked on) another segment of same construction, in freestanding fashion.
Inventors: James John DeGrandis (Williamsburg, Va.), Samuel Jennings Colleran (Richmond)
Assignee: Acoustic First Corp. (Richmond, Va.)
April 9, 2019

Systems and methods for providing a cash value adjustment to a life insurance policy
Patent No. 10,255,637
A method and system for performing a cash value adjustment to an insurance policy issued by an insurer and owned by a policy owner, the method performed by a computer processing system. The method may include (1) inputting parameters of an insurance policy, the parameters including controlling parameters, and the controlling parameters including: (i) a constraint dictated parameter of the insurance policy; and (ii) a driven parameter of the insurance policy. The method may further include analyzing the relationship between the constraint dictated parameter and the driven parameter; and performing a re-underwriting of the insurance policy using the parameters of the insurance policy and a set of re-underwriting criteria. The method may further include generating re-underwritten policy data to constitute a re-underwritten policy. The method may include providing an annuity.
Inventors: Landis W. Atkinson III (Richmond), Kevin G. Smith (Lynchburg, Va.), Geoffrey S. Stiff (Richmond)
Assignee: Genworth Holdings Inc. (Richmond)
April 9, 2019

Blood based biomarkers for diagnosing atherosclerotic coronary artery disease
Patent No. 10,254,272
The invention, in some aspects, relates to methods for evaluating a human subject for having atherosclerotic coronary artery disease (ASCAD) or as having a coronary atherosclerotic plaque. In some aspects, the invention relates to methods and kits useful for diagnosing, classifying, profiling and treating atherosclerotic CAD and or a coronary atherosclerotic plaque.
Inventors: Szilard Voros (Richmond), Bradley O. Brown (Richmond), Idean B. Marvasty (Richmond)
Assignee: Global Genomics Group (Midlothian, Va.)
April 9, 2019

Printable compostable paperboard
Patent No. 10,253,458
A coated paperboard including a paperboard substrate having a first side and a second side, and a multilayer coating having two or more layers in contact with the first side of the paperboard substrate, the multilayer coating including a base coating in contact with the paperboard substrate, the base coating having a coat weight from 6 to 10 pounds per 3000 ft.sup.2, and a top coating forming the outermost layer of the multilayer coating, the top coating having a coat weight from 3 to 10 pounds per 3000 ft.sup.2, wherein the multilayer coating comprises binder and pigment, the binder comprising one or more synthetic polymer binders and one or more natural biodegradable binders, and wherein the coated paperboard has a caliper of at least 0.010”.
Inventors: Jiebin Pang (Glen Allen, Va.), Steven Parker (Raleigh, N.C.), Natasha G. Melton (Richmond)
Assignee: WestRock MWV (Atlanta, Ga.)
April 9, 2019

Stab and ballistic resistant articles and the process of making
Patent No. 10,252,488
Dimensionally stable open woven fabrics formed from a plurality of high tenacity warp elongate bodies interwoven and bonded with a plurality of transversely disposed, high tenacity weft elongate bodies, composite articles formed therefrom, and to a continuous process for forming the composite articles.
Inventors: Thomas Tam (Chesterfield, Va.), Mark Benjamin Boone (Mechanicsville, Va.), Ashok Bhatnagar (Richmond)
Assignee: Honeywell International Inc. (Morris Plains, N.J.)
April 9, 2019

Transdermal therapeutic system and method of use thereof for treating parkinsonism
Patent No. 10,251,844
A substantially solvent-free matrix layer containing (-)-5,6,7,8-tetrahydro-6-[propyl-[2-(2-thienyl)ethyl]amino]-1-naphthaleno- l is produced by adding an active substance to an adhesive solution, coating the resultant active substance-containing adhesive solution onto a suitable sheet, and removing the solvents in a drying process to give said substantially solvent-free matrix layer.
Inventors: Walter Muller (Neuwied, Germany), James V. Peck (Richmond)
Assignee: LTS Lohmann Therapie-Systeme (Andernach, Germany) & UCB Manufacturing Ireland (Shannon, Ireland)
April 9, 2019

Electronic vaping device
Patent No. 10,251,424
A heater assembly for an electronic vaping device and a method of manufacturing the electronic vaping device are provided. The heater assembly includes a chimney cage extending longitudinally, a heater extending longitudinally within the chimney cage, a heater gauze positioned about an outer circumference of the heater, the chimney case positioned about an outer circumference of the heater gauze, and a cathode clip electrically connected to a first end portion of the heater.
Inventors: Christopher S. Tucker (Midlothian, Va.), Barry S. Smith (Kilmarnock, Va.), Charles Dendy (Richmond)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
April 9, 2019

Electronic smoking article
Patent No. 10,251,422
An electronic smoking article includes a heater and a liquid aerosol formulation. The heater is a coil heater. The liquid aerosol formulation includes at least one aerosol former, optionally water, nicotine and phosphoric acid. The phosphoric acid is included in an amount sufficient to substantially abate corrosion of the heater.
Inventors: Kent B. Koller (Chesterfield, Va.)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
April 9, 2019

Vapor-permeable, substantially water-impermeable multilayer article
Patent No. 10,253,439
This disclosure relates to an article that includes a nonwoven substrate and a film supported by the nonwoven substrate. The film can include a first polymer and a polymer that is immiscible with the first polymer. The first polymer can include a polyolefin and the second polymer can include a polycycloolefin, a polymethylpentene, or a copolymer thereof.
Inventors: Mehdi Afshari (Midlothian, Va.)
Assignee: Fiberweb (Wilmington, Del.)
April 9, 2019

Blank, carton and package with dual access feature
Patent No. 10,259,611
A carton for packaging one or more articles includes a plurality of panels for forming a top wall, a base wall, a first side wall and a second side wall. The carton includes an access structure for dispensing the one or more articles. The access structure includes a first detachable section, defined by a first series of frangible connections, and a second detachable section, defined by a second series of frangible connections. The first detachable section and second detachable section share a common portion of one of the plurality of panels.
Inventors: Michael J. Grace (Richmond), Kelly A. Harrigan (Richmond), Matthew E. Zacherle (Chesterfield, Va.), Brandon L. Ramsuer (Henrico, Va.)
Assignee: WestRock Packaging Systems (Atlanta, Ga.)
April 16, 2019

Systems and methods for catalyst screens in selective catalytic reduction reactors
Patent No. 10,258,923
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)
April 16, 2019

Multiuser amusement rocking device
Patent No. 10,258,894
An outdoor amusement rocking device having a frame and a support member that together form a curvature saddle-shaped play structure. The amusement device includes a hyperbole paraboloid frame structure defining an interior area and a resilient support sheet material disposed in the interior area of the frame and attached to the frame.
Inventors: Amanda Lacy (Portland, Me.), Beverly Fries (Barboursville, Va.), Ting Xu (Richmond), David Yakos (Bozeman, Mont.)
Assignee: Children’s Group (Richmond)
April 16, 2019

E-vaping cartridge and device
Patent No. 10,258,087
Example embodiments relate to a cartridge including a housing, a pre-vapor formulation reservoir configured to store a pre-vapor formulation in the housing, a vaporizer, and an airflow diverter. The vaporizer may be configured to vaporize the pre-vapor formulation. The vaporizer may include a heater and a wick, the wick may be in fluid communication with the pre-vapor formulation reservoir, and the heater may be configured to vaporize at least a portion of the pre-vapor formulation in the wick to form a vapor. The heater may be positioned in a transverse direction in the housing, and the airflow diverter may be located on an opposite side of the heater relative to a mouth-end portion.
Inventors: David Kane (Richmond)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond, Va.)
April 16, 2019

System and method for vaporizing fluids by combustion
Patent No. 10,258,085
A microvaporizer having a combustion heating device to vaporize stored fluids to produce vapors, including methods to supply fluid to the combustion heating device by pressure induced by a switch that releases pressure, a spring, or a negative pressure induced by a user’s sucking action on a mouthpiece of the microvaporizer.
Inventors: Yongjie James Xu (Richmond)
Assignee: Westfield Limited (Ltd.) (Hong Kong, China)
April 16, 2019

Fiber-wrapped smokeless tobacco product
Patent No. 10,258,076
A fiber-wrapped smokeless tobacco product includes smokeless tobacco and a plurality of polymeric fibers surrounding the smokeless tobacco. The polymeric fibers can have a basis weight of 5 gsm or less and a diameter of less than 100 microns. In some cases, the polymeric fibers are melt-blown polymeric fibers. In some cases, the polymeric fibers are centrifugal force spun polymeric fibers. A method of preparing a fiber-wrapped smokeless tobacco product includes melt-blowing or centrifugal force spinning a plurality of polymeric fibers to create an polymer deposition zone and passing a body comprising smokeless tobacco through the polymer deposition zone. In some cases, an electrostatic charge can be applied to the plurality of polymeric fibers, the body, or a combination thereof. In some cases, a spin is applied to the body when passing through the polymer deposition zone.
Inventors: Andrew Nathan Carroll (Chester, Va.), Shannon Maxwell Black (Richmond), Yan Helen Sun (Midlothian, Va.), William J. Burke (Nashville, Tenn.)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
April 16, 2019

Multidirectional fiber-reinforced tape/film articles and the method of making the same
Patent No. 10,259,174
High tenacity, high elongation multi-filament polymeric tapes as well as ballistic resistant fabrics, composites and articles made therefrom. The tapes are fabricated from multi-filament fibers/yarns that are twisted together, bonded together, compressed and flattened.
Inventors: Thomas Tam (Chesterfield, Va.), Mark Benjamin Boone (Midlothian, Va.)
Assignee: Honeywell International Inc. (Morris Plains, N.J.)
April 16, 2019

Systems and methods for automatically passing hints to a file system
Patent No. 10,262,007
Aspects of the present disclosure involve systems and methods for passing optimization information, which may be used to optimize input/output (“I/O”) requests, from a database management system to a file system, using various protocols of a network file system. The optimization information provided by the database management system may relate to various aspects of an I/O request that may be optimized.
Inventors: Brian Lee Wong (Midlothian, Va.), Chunli Zhang (Irvine, Calif.), Gerald Thornbrugh (Castle Rock, Colo.), Siddheshwar Mahesh (San Jose, Calif.)
Assignee: Oracle International Corp. (Redwood Shores, Calif.)
April 16, 2019

Systems and methods for providing variable haptic feedback
Patent No. 10,261,588
A transaction card configured to provide variable haptic feedback to a user may include embedded electronic components disposed within the card. The embedded electronic components may include a haptic device electronically controllable to provide haptic feedback, a memory storing one or more haptic feedback profiles and executable instructions, an antenna configured to receive a haptic feedback output identifier signal from a remote source, a processor configured to execute the instructions to provide control signals to the haptic device based on a haptic feedback profile in response to the haptic feedback output identifier signal, and a haptic driver associated with the haptic devices and configured to control operation of the haptic device according to the haptic feedback profile.
Inventors: James R. Dillon Jr. (Midlothian, Va.), Todd McPherson (San Francisco, Calif.)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Va.)
April 16, 2019

Fishing line clip
Patent No. 10,258,025
A fishing line clip is a handy tool for fishermen when stringing up a fishing rod for use or storage. The line clip can be releasably attached to a fishing line that has been fed through fishing rod eyelets. The clip prevents the line from falling back through the eyelets. The clip includes a plug fixed to a line clamp. The plug is sized to be larger than the diameter of a fishing rod eyelet. The line clamp allows for convenient fixing and releasing of a fishing line to the clip.
Inventors: Mitchell Wayne Grant (Mechanicsville, Va.)
Assignee: N/A
April 16, 2019

Indoor safety shelter for protection from intruders
Patent No. 10,260,272
An indoor safety shelter appearing to be one file cabinet or a sset of file cabinets is disclosed constructed with bullet-proof armor plates mounted on an interior support frame which protects one or more persons inside the shelter both from being discovered by and being harmed by an armed intruder in the case of a home or office invasion. The shelter can be assembled and disassembled on site from the interior of the structure providing for the ability of one or more persons protected inside the shelter to detach the plates if the bullet-proof door to the shelter, which is locked from the inside, becomes obstructed. The interior frame of the shelter has castors which allow the shelter to be moved.
Inventors: David Ivester (Henrico, Va.)
Assignee: N/A
April 16, 2019

Device for separating, saving and storing an adhesive tape leading edge
Patent No. 10,259,679
A device for accessing and storing tape on a tape roll is a single unitary construction and includes a textured grip portion; a tape rest portion; a blade edge; and a base opposite the textured grip portion, the tape rest portion, and the blade edge wherein a width of the device is approximately equal to a width of a roll of tape.
Inventors: Linnette Kirill (Henrico, Va.)
Assignee: Tape-Tab (Richmond)
April 16, 2019

Devices, systems, and methods for curing a coating
Patent No. 10,259,010
A method for curing an automotive coating is disclosed. The method includes applying a first automotive coating to at least one surface; moving a hand-held ultraviolet light source into a booth that has the at least one coated surface; curing the first automotive coating with the ultraviolet light source; moving the ultraviolet light source out of the booth that has the at least one coated surface; applying a second automotive coating to the at least one surface; moving the ultraviolet light source into a booth that has the at least one coated surface; curing the second automotive coating with the ultraviolet light source; and moving the ultraviolet light source out of the booth that has the at least one coated surface.
Inventors: Andrew Seyler (Henrico, Va.)
Assignee: CarMax Business Services (Manakin-Sabot, Va.)
April 16, 2019

Apparatus and methods for self-administration of vaccines and other medicaments
Patent No. 10,258,735
A medicament delivery device includes a housing, a medicament container disposed within the housing, an activation mechanism, a cover and an electronic circuit system. The activation mechanism includes an energy storage member configured to produce a force to deliver the dose of a medicament and/or vaccine. The cover is configured to receive at least a portion of the housing. The electronic circuit system is coupled to the housing such that a protrusion of the cover electrically isolates a battery from a portion of the electronic circuit system when the portion of the housing is received by the cover. The electronic circuit system is configured to be electrically coupled to the battery and to produce a recorded speech output when the portion of the housing is at least partially removed from the cover. The electronic circuit system configured to produce a signal when the activation mechanism is actuated.
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)
April 16, 2019

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