The R&D Dept.: Local patents for 6.12.19

Systems and methods for accessible widget selection
Patent No. 10,311,751
Methods and systems are disclosed for enabling item selection in a widget. An example method comprises receiving at an electronic device, from a server, code instructing the electronic device to display a widget having a grid comprising one or more cells configured for point-and-click selection. The method further comprises displaying the grid in accordance with the received code and sending information associated with a currently selected cell to an assistive system on the electronic device. The method further comprises configuring the electronic device for keystroke operation of the widget. The method further comprises identifying a non-entry keystroke, and in response, determining a new cell associated with the grid, selecting the new cell, and sending information associated with the new cell to the assistive system for output to the user. The method further comprises identifying an entry keystroke and, responsive thereto, sending information associated with the new cell to the server.
Inventors: Nicholas Beranek (Richmond)
Capital One Financial Corporation
Assignee: Capital One Financial Corp. (McLean, Va.)
June 4, 2019

Systems and computer-implemented processes for providing electronic notifications
Patent No. 10,311,422
Systems and methods are disclosed for providing account balance notifications. The disclosed embodiments generally relate to using transmitters to activate a mobile application to request financial account information, such as an account balance, and display the requested information, via the mobile device, before the customer uses an automated teller machine (ATM) or conducts a transaction at a bank branch. In certain embodiments, the transmitters are low energy transmitters. Other aspects of the disclosed embodiments are described herein.
Inventors:Adam R. Koeppel (Richmond), Alex Leo Niderberg (Falls Church, Va.)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Va.)
June 4, 2019

Quaternary ammonium fuel additives
Patent No. 10,308,888
The present disclosure provides fuel additives including a quaternary ammonium salt formed by reacting an alkyl carboxylate with a compound formed from a hydrocarbyl substituted acylating agent reacted with a select amine. Also provided herein are fuel compositions including the novel fuel additives and methods of combusting a fuel including the fuel additives herein. The unique quaternary ammonium salts herein are advantageous because they can be made through a simple alkylation process and provide improved detergency at low treat rates by making available a relatively less sterically hindered quaternary nitrogen for detergency activity in the fuel.
Inventors: Scott D. Schwab (Richmond)
Assignee: Afton Chemical Corp. (Richmond)
June 4, 2019

Kitchen appliance for preparing a beverage and method of operating same
Patent No. 10,307,014
A kitchen appliance includes a first reservoir for receiving a liquid to be used for preparing a beverage. A hot water generator (`HWG`) has an inlet end, an outlet end and a passageway extending therebetween. The inlet end of the HWG is connected to the first reservoir. Liquid from the first reservoir flows into the HWG through the inlet end. A selector valve is connected to the outlet end of the HWG. At least a portion of the selector valve is movable by a user between a first valve position and a second valve position.
Inventors: William D. Starr (Richmond), Patrick T. Mulvaney (Richmond), Adam Hanes (Glen Allen, Va.), Larry Olson (Montpelier, Va.)
Assignee: Hamilton Beach Brands Inc. (Glen Allen, Va.)
June 4, 2019

Universal mounting system (UMS) and method of installing thereof
Patent No. 10,306,981
The mounting system include at least one first crossbar, at least one first horizontally-slideable bracket on the first crossbar, and a first support bracket and a second support bracket on ends of the first crossbar. The first and second support brackets are configured to attach the first crossbar to respective first and second vertical uprights of a consumer product display. The support brackets each include a major body, a first engaging structure and a second engaging structure on ends of the major body. The first and second engaging structures are configured to respectively connect to a front set of teeth and a back set of teeth positioned along a longitudinal length of each of the first and second vertical uprights. The method includes installing the mounting system on vertical uprights on the consumer product display.
Inventors: James Buck (Richmond), Greg Gannon (Richmond), Dennis Polvere (Richmond), Adam P. Kiteley (Richmond)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
June 4, 2019

Venturi effect-driven formulation delivery in e-vaping devices
Patent No. 10,306,927
Example embodiments relate to an e-vaping device including a mouth-end insert, a reservoir connectable to the mouth-end insert, the reservoir including a hollow portion along a longitudinal axis of the e-vaping device, a plurality of orifices distributed along an interior surface of the reservoir, and a power portion connectable to the reservoir. The e-vaping further includes a portion configured to direct an amount of pre-vapor formulation onto the heater.
Inventors: Ali Rostami (Richmond), Raymond Lau (Richmond), Eric A. Hawes (Midlothian, Va.)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
June 4, 2019

Product portion enrobing machines and methods
Patent No. 10,306,916
An apparatus for enrobing a product portion can include at least one polymer spray head adapted to create at least one flow of polymeric fibers to produce at least one polymer enrobing zone and a conveyor system adapted to move at least one product portion from at least one position below at least one polymer enrobing zone and to at least one position above at least one polymer enrobing zone to drop each product portion through one or more polymer enrobing zones a plurality times at different orientations to enrobe each product portion with polymeric fibers.
Inventors: Andrew Nathan Carroll (Chester, Va.), Shannon Maxwell Black (Richmond), Yan Helen Sun (Midlothian, Va.), William J. Burke (Richmond), Robert Smith (Glen Allen, Va.)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
June 4, 2019

Peroxides to limit biofilms and tobacco-specific nitrosamines
Patent No. 10,306,915
Methods of making reconstituted tobacco include contacting a mixture including tobacco pulp with one or more fluid streams including one or more peroxides (e.g., hydrogen peroxide), recovering one or more fluids from the tobacco pulp mixture, and reusing the recovered fluids in at least one subsequent tobacco pulp contacting step. In some cases, methods provided herein can recover one or more fluids including one or more peroxides, such that the at least one subsequent tobacco pulp contacting step includes contacting tobacco pulp with a fluid including one or more peroxides.
Inventors: John Kotrola (Williamsburg, Va.), Ujwala Warek (Chester, Va.), James Arthur Strickland (Richmond), Elisabeth Miller (Chesterfield, Va.), Dongmei Xu (Glen Allen, Va.)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
June 4, 2019

System and method of authentication by leveraging mobile devices for expediting user login and registration processes online
Patent No. 10,313,881
A method of authentication by leveraging mobile devices for expediting user login and registration processes provides a generic method for remotely authenticating login sessions using a portable computing device. An authentication initiation code (AIC) is generated and then displayed on the portable computing device. The AIC is inputted into a login feature of a relying party and a user entry is received through the login feature. An authentication request is sent to the portable computing device. User verification data is located for the relying party within a secure vault of personal identification data. The user is prompted to approve or deny the authentication request if the user verification data for the relying party is found within the secure vault. The user verification data is then used to grant access to restricted portions of the relying party if the authentication request is approved through the portable computing device.
Inventors: Lawrence Liu (Chesterfield, Va.)
Assignee: N/A
June 4, 2019

Healthcare beacon device configuration systems and methods
Patent No. 10,311,352
Beacon devices and associated components, methods, etc., are disclosed. An example beacon device includes a memory, a communication interface, and a processor to execute instructions with respect to configuration information to control the communication interface and operation of the processor based on a mode in which the beacon device is set to operate, the processor to dynamically transition among a plurality of modes based on an operating condition of the beacon device and a communication received from at least one of the receiver or the controller. In certain examples, the plurality of modes includes a configuration mode and a broadcast mode. When in the configuration mode, the operation of the processor is to process the communication received from the controller to adjust the configuration information. When in the broadcast mode, the operation of the processor is to generate a beacon signal to transmit to at least one of the receiver or the controller via the communication interface.
Inventors: Matthew James Cannell (Glen Allen, Va.A), David Nguyen (Morgan Hill, Calif.), Edward Geiger (San Martin, Calif.), Mahender Vangati (San Jose, Calif.), Richard Woodburn (Cupertino, Calif.)
Assignee: General Electric Co. (Schenectady, N.Y.); ZIH Corp. (Lincolnshire, Ill.)
June 4, 2019

Lubricity additives for fuels
Patent No. 10,308,889
Fuel additive compositions that include synergistic mixtures of one or more neutral lubricity additives and one or more monoacidic lubricity additives to provide wear and/or friction reduction in fuels.
Inventors: William Colucci (Glen Allen, Va.), Joseph Calderone (Powhatan, Va.), Joseph Russo (Katy, Texas)
Assignee: Afton Chemical Corp. (Richmond, Calif.) & Shell Oil Co. (Houston, Texas)
June 4, 2019

Pharmaceutical composition containing sympathomimetic amine salt and co-distillable additive
Patent No. 10,307,485
A pharmaceutical composition is provided which contains a water soluble acid salt of a sympathomimetic amine, e.g., pseudoephedrine, and an additive, e.g., a volatile amine or other odorant, that is co-distillable, e.g., by steam distillation, with the sympathomimetic amine and/or its derivatives, e.g., its free base.
Inventors: David Hugh Giamalva (Glen Allen, Va.), Gary Bruce Anderson (London, Great Britain)
Assignee: Wyeth (New York, N.Y.)
June 4, 2019

Method of forming superconductor structures
Patent No. 10,312,142
A method of forming a superconductor structure is provided. The method comprises forming a superconducting element in a first dielectric layer that has a top surface aligned with the top surface of the first dielectric layer, forming a second dielectric layer over the first dielectric layer and the superconducting element, and forming an opening in the second dielectric layer to a top surface of the superconducting element. The method also comprises performing a cleaning process on the top surface of the superconducting element to remove oxides formed on the top surface of the superconducting element at a first processing stage, forming a protective barrier over the top surface of the superconducting element, and moving the superconductor structure to a second processing stage for further processing.
Inventors: Christopher F. Kirby (Gambrills, Md.), Michael Rennie (Ashland, Va.), Daniel J. O’Donnell (Manassas, Va.), Sandro J. Di Giacomo (Ellicott City, Md.)
Assignee: Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. (Falls Church, Va.)
June 4, 2019

Particulate superabsorbent polymer composition having improved stability and fast absorption
Patent No. 10,307,732
The present invention relates to a fast particulate superabsorbent polymer composition comprising a polymer comprising a neutralized aluminum salt solution applied to the surface of a particulate superabsorbent polymer; wherein an aqueous solution of the neutralized aluminum salt has a pH value from about 5.5 to about 8; and subsequent to subjecting the particulate superabsorbent polymer composition to the Processing Test, the particulate superabsorbent polymer composition has a permeability stability index of from about 0.60 to about 0.99, and a compressibility from 1.30 mm.sup.2/N to about 4 mm.sup.2/N as measured by the Compression Test, and wherein the particulate superabsorbent polymer composition may have a Vortex time of from 25 to 60 seconds and absorbency under load at 0.9 psi of from 15 to 21 g/g.
Inventors: Gonglu Tian (Henrico, Va.), Matthew Thomas Ondisco (Greensboro, N.C.), David L. Bergman (Greensboro, N.C.), Bernfried Messner (Summerfield, N.C.), Scott J. Smith Dusseldorf, Germany), Michael M. Azad (Reidsville, N.C.), Mark Joy (Reidsville, N.C.)
Assignee: Evonik Corp. (Parsippany, N.J.)
June 4, 2019

Immune modulator for immunotherapy and vaccine formulation
Patent No. 10,316,072
A recombinant Flagrp170 protein and pharmaceutical compositions comprising a Flagrp170 protein and related molecules encoding same, and cells presenting such a protein are provided. The Flagrp170 protein comprises an NF-.kappa.B-activating domain of Flagellin and an ATP-binding domain truncated Grp170. The pharmaceutical compositions of the invention can be used for the treatment or prevention of cancer or infectious disease.
Inventors: Xiang-Yang Wang (Richmond), Xiaofei Yu (Richmond), John R. Subjeck; (Buffalo, N.Y.)
Assignee: Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond & Health Research Inc. (Buffalo, N.Y.)
June 11, 2019

Tropism modified cancer terminator virus (Ad.5/3 CTV;AD.5/3-CTV-M7)
Patent No. 10,314,870
A tropism modified cancer terminator virus (Ad.5/3-CTV; Ad.5/3-CTV-M7) has been found to have infectivity that is Coxsackie Adenoviral Receptor (CAR) independent. The Ad.5/3-CTV (Ad.5/3-CTV-M7) may be used alone or in combination with other therapeutic agents such as agents that augment reactive oxygen (ROS) production, HDAC inhibitors, MCL-1 inhibitors and Bcl-2 inhibitors to treat a variety of cancers particularly including malignant glioma (GBM), renal cancer, prostate cancer, and colorectal cancer.
Inventors: Paul Fisher (Richmond), Devanand Sarkar (Richmond), Paul Dent (Richmond)
Assignee: Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond)
June 11, 2019

Compositions and methods for treating carbon monoxide and/or cyanide poisoning
Patent No. 10,314,857
Compositions, methods and kits for treating victims of carbon monoxide and/or cyanide poisoning and/or nitric acid-induced vasoplagia are provided. The compositions comprise reduced forms of Vitamin B12 such as reduced hydroxocobalamin or reduced cobinamide, and typically comprise at least one reducing agent (e.g. ascorbic acid). The compositions are generally produced, stored and delivered under reducing, usually anaerobic, conditions in order to preserve the desired oxidation state when introduced into the blood stream of a recipient.
Inventors: Joseph D. Roderique (Richmond)
Assignee: Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond)
June 11, 2019

Treatment using dantrolene
Patent No. 10,314,822
Provided are low-volume, safe for injection formulations of dantrolene yielding significant advantages over the currently approved and marketed dantrolene for malignant hyperthermia (MH) threatening anesthetic crisis. Once dantrolene can be made immediately available to patients triggered of MH, the anesthesiologist will be able to focus exclusively on the management of the patient’s physiologic status in this complex and evolving crisis, not on the laborious and time consuming reconstitution process of the rescue agent. The low volume, safe for injection formulations of dantrolene have significant advantages over currently used approaches to the prevention and treatment of pumphead, and other neurological, cognitive and motor dysfunction incident to iatrogenically or trauma induced situations of altered blood flow, including those incurred during surgical procedures involving CPB or related procedures, as well as those incurred during non-normothermic episodes caused iatrogenically or by disease.
Inventors: David Anderson (Ashland, Va.), Benjamin G. Cameransi Jr. (Georgetown, S.C.), Vincent M. Conklin (Richmond)
Assignee: Lyotropic Therapeutics Inc. (Ashland, Va.)
June 11, 2019

Sensor-based control of active wearable system
Patent No. 10,314,733
An active wearable system includes a one or more positioning elements configured as a torso support and/or other wearable item, one or more sensors for sensing motion, posture, or gait of a subject, and at least one of force applying elements for applying force to selected regions of a body of a subject, and feedback device and other actuators, under the control of control circuitry responsive to sensed motion, posture or gait of the subject. In an aspect, force is applied according to spatial or temporal patterns. Related devices and methods are described.
Inventors: Roderick A. Hyde (Redmond, Wash.), Jordin T. Kare (San Jose, Calif.), Dennis J. Rivet (Richmond), Suzanne Kathleen Scheele (Kirkland, Wash.), Katherine E. Sharadin (Redmond, Wash.), Lowell L. Wood Jr.(Bellevue, Wash.)
Assignee: Elwha (Bellevue, Wash.)
June 11, 2019

Pod assembly and e-vapor apparatus including the same
Patent No. 10,314,343
An e-vapor apparatus may include a pod assembly including a pre-vapor formulation compartment, a first electrical connector, a vapor channel traversing the pre-vapor formulation compartment, and a vaporizer, the pre-vapor formulation compartment configured to hold a pre-vapor formulation therein and in fluidic communication with the vaporizer during an operation of the e-vapor apparatus, the first electrical connector including first and second power electrodes, the first power electrode including a first contact portion on an exterior of the first electrical connector and a first extended portion configured to contact an anode portion of the vaporizer, the second power electrode including a second contact portion on the exterior of the first electrical connector and a second extended portion configured to contact a cathode portion of the vaporizer. The e-vapor apparatus may further include a dispensing body including a second electrical connector configured to connect to the first electrical connector.
Inventors: Ryan Newcomb (Richmond), Terry Bache (Richmond), Eric Hawes (Glen Allen, Va.), Raymond Lau (Richmond), Cristian Popa (Hertfordshire, Great Britain), James Yorkshades (Gamlingay, Great Britain)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
June 11, 2019

E-vaping device using a jet dispensing cartridge, and method of operating the e-vaping device
Patent No. 10,314,342
The e-vaping device includes a housing, and a vaporizing heater within the housing. A cartridge within the device defines a reservoir containing a pre-vapor formulation. A chip on an end of the cartridge defines a via in fluid communication with the reservoir. The chip includes an ejector in fluid communication with the via, where the ejector is configured to eject droplets of the pre-vapor formulation towards the vaporizing heater. The method of making the device includes connecting a chip to an end of the cartridge, where the ejector ejects droplets of the pre-vapor formulation towards the vaporizing heater. The method of operating the device includes supplying a first electrical current to the vaporizing heater to energize the vaporizing heater and supplying a second electrical current to the ejector to energize the ejector and eject droplets of a pre-vapor formulation from the ejector towards the vaporizing heater.
Inventors: Raymond Lau (Richmond), Eric Hawes (Glen Allen, Va.), Terry Bache (Richmond), Ryan Newcomb (Richmond), John Glenn Edelen (Richmond), James D. Anderson Jr.(Richmond), Byron Bell (Richmond)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
June 11, 2019

Electronic vaping device
Patent No. 10,314,338
A cartridge of an electronic Taping device includes a mouth-end insert. The mouth-end insert includes at least eight outlets configured to distribute vapor. The mouth-end insert has a surface area surrounding the outlets that is configured to absorb heat from the vapor and reduce a temperature of the vapor exiting the mouth-end insert via the outlets to a temperature ranging from about 60.degree. C. to about 70.degree. C.
Inventors: Eric Hawes (Richmond), Traci Martin (Richmond), Berina Yerkic-Husejnovic (Richmond), George Stafford (Richmond), Alistair Bramley (Richmond), Nicolas Castro (Richmond), Ali A. Rostami (Richmond), Geoffrey Brandon Jordan (Midlothian, Va.)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
June 11, 2019

System and method for providing personalized customer assistance using a financial card having an RFID device
Patent No. 10,318,940
According to one embodiment, a method of providing personalized customer service is provided. The method includes receiving purchase information from purchases made from a merchant using a financial card affiliated with the merchant. The financial card has an associated financial account and an RFID device coupled thereto. The RFID device stores identification data identifying the customer and/or the financial account. The purchase information includes an identification of items purchased during the purchases. The method further includes causing the received purchase information to be stored in storage separate from the card as purchase history information associated with the financial account. The method includes reading the identification data from the RFID device using an RFID reading device, identifying the financial account based on the identification data, and retrieving from storage the stored purchase history information associated with the identified financial account. The method further includes providing personalized service to the customer tailored to the purchase history information associated with the identified financial account.
Inventors: Chitra Jain (Glen Allen, Va.), Roy E. Lowrance (Washington, D.C.), Gregor S. Bailar (McLean, Va.), Daniel R. Swanson Sr. (Midlothian, Va.)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Va.)
June 11, 2019

Limb protection device
Patent No. 10,314,680
A joint-supporting device comprises tensile members extending from a proximal cuff secured to the limb above the joint to a distal cuff secured to the limb below the joint, supplementing the tensile characteristics of the joint’s tendons, ligaments, and other structure. The device may also comprise structure for limiting the range of motion and angular velocity of the joint.
Inventors:Daniel Scott Pflaster (Charlotte, Vt.), Joseph J. Crisco (Barrington, R.I.), Carl A. Kirker-Head (Sturbridge, Ma.), Russell D. Fiore (Lincoln, R.I), Wendy Drumm (Providence, R.I.), Richard L. Miller (Needham, Ma.), Kristin Jugenheimer Size (Waltham, Ma.), Gregory Scott Torrisi (Midlothian, Va.), Peter Swai (Wakefield, Ma.), Jennifer Linnane (Melrose, Ma.), Christopher John Morse (Malden, Ma.)
Assignee: Horsepower Technologies Inc. (Lowell, Ma.)
June 11, 2019

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