The R&D Dept.: Local patents for 8.7.19

Systems and methods for volt-ampere reactive control and optimization
Patent No. 10,367,354
A method, apparatus, system and computer program is provided for optimizing and controlling volt-amperes reactive on an electrical control system. System-level and local-level measurements are determined and analyzed to prioritize and optimize which VAR adjusters are adjusted.
Inventors: Stephen J. Tyler (Henrico County, Virginia), Melissa A. Peskin (Richmond)
Assignee: Dominion Energy Inc. (Richmond)
July 30, 2019

System and method for mobile social networking within a target area
Patent No. 10,366,355
A system and method for mobile social networking within a target area are provided. The method provides for mobile social networking. The method includes receiving a social networking profile, and a target area. The social networking profile has at least one user preference. The method also includes broadcasting the social networking profile to one or more members of the social network within the target area. The method further includes searching within the target area for the one or more members having a preference that is the same or similar to the at least one user preference. The method additionally includes enabling contact with the one or more members having the same or similar at least one user preference.
Inventors: Frederick Joel Mason Jr. (Richmond), Donald Jeffrey Smith (Richmond)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
July 30, 2019

E-vaping device
Patent No. 10,368,399
Example embodiments relate to a cartomizer including a housing, a fluid reservoir, configured to store an e-fluid, in the housing, a vaporizer configured to vaporize the e-fluid, the vaporizer including a heater having at least one end portion connected to an electrical lead wire, and a sleeve covering the connection between the end portion of the heater and the electrical lead wire.
Inventors: Christopher S. Tucker (Midlothian, Virginia), Douglas A. Burton (Glen Allen, Virginia)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
July 30, 2019

Child restraint for child seat
Patent No. 10,363,951
A child restraint for a child seat is relatively easily engaged using a passive approach and resists disengagement until released. A cross bar can be moved along a slide mechanism in the restraint, where the cross bar or the slide mechanism may include a ratchet mechanism. The ratchet mechanism may operate to permit the cross bar to be moved with relative ease in a first direction, and resist movement of the cross bar in a second, different direction. The cross bar in a lowered position contributes to restraining the child in the child seat by limiting leg movement. A release mechanism is actuated to release the cross bar to permit relatively easy movement. A locking mechanism may be employed to lock the cross bar in place.
Inventors: Paul Giampavolo (Newton, New Jersey), Christopher Johnson (Glen Allen, Virginia)
Assignee: Safe-Strap Co. (Fort Myers, Florida)
July 30, 2019

Electronic vaping device and components thereof
Patent No. 10,362,806
A liquid reservoir component of an electronic vaping device includes an outer casing extending in a longitudinal direction, an air inlet, and a vapor outlet. An inner tube is within the outer casing defining a central air passage communicates with the inlet and the outlet. A liquid reservoir is in an annular space between the outer casing and the inner tube. A susceptor is adjacent the central air passage, and a wick is in communication with the liquid reservoir and in thermal communication with the susceptor such that the susceptor is operable to heat the liquid material to a temperature to vaporize the liquid material and form a vapor in the central air passage. The liquid reservoir component is configured to connect with a power supply component such that an induction source is operable to generate an inductive field to heat the susceptor when powered by the power source.
Inventors: Edmond J. Cadieux (Mechanicsville, Virginia), Douglas A. Burton (Glen Allen, Virginia), Barry S. Smith (Hopewell, Virginia), Peter Lipowicz (Midlothian, Virginia), Patrick J. Cobler (Andover, Massachusetts)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
July 30, 2019

System for meniscal repair using suture implant cinch construct
Patent No. 10,363,024
A system for repairing tears in soft tissue, e.g., meniscal tissue, by employing cinch stitching. More specifically, the present invention provides an apparatus for meniscal repair using a suture implant construct. The suture implant construct includes a first and second implant which are connected to each other via a length of suture. The implants are designed to be loaded on external surfaces of the first and second trocars.
Inventors: David C. Koogle Jr.(Bonita Springs, Florida), Ricardo Albertorio (Naples, Florida), Jacob A. Jolly (Naples, Florida), Vipool K. Goradia (Midlothian, Virginia.)
Assignee: Arthrex Inc. (Naples, Florida)
July 30, 2019

Articles including high melt flow index resins
Patent No. 10,364,368
Certain embodiments described herein are directed to composite materials comprising one or more high melt flow index resins. In some examples, the composites can be used to provide automotive parts such as, for example, vehicle interior parts and vehicle exterior parts. In some configurations, the composite comprises a fiber reinforced polymer core comprising reinforcing fibers and a resin comprising a high melt flow index of greater than 325 g/10 min. as measured by ASTM D1238, condition L.
Inventors: Kumar Kunal (Chester, Virginia), Coray Harper (Baton Rouge, Louisiana), Mark O. Mason (Covington, Virginia), Thomas A. Ebeling (Forest, Virginia)
Assignee: Hanwha Azdel Inc. (Forest, Virginia)
July 30, 2019

Child resistant aerosol actuator
Patent No. 10,370,176
The actuator includes a shroud adapted to be situated on an aerosol container over the stem and an actuation member mounted on and moveable within the shroud to depress the stem by the application of an external force applied to the top surface of the actuation member. The actuation member includes a nozzle and a conduit for connecting the stem and the nozzle. A hood is normally positioned to block the actuation member from being moved to depress the stem. A locking member normally intersects the path of movement of the hood to lock the hood in its blocking position. The locking member has two sections both of which must be simultaneously moved to a position remote from the path of hood movement such that the hood may be moved from its blocking position, allowing the actuation member to be moved to depress the stem.
Inventors: Michael J. Starzman (Jackson, Wisconsin), John W. Freudenberg (Marysville, Ohio), Kevin Victor Bates (Northants, Great Britain), Benjamin Thomas Krupp (Wyoming, Ohio), Robert Gerald States III (Morrow, Ohio), David A. Parrott (Cincinnati, Ohio), Robert J. Good (Lee’s Summit, Missouri), Joseph K. Dodd (Lee’s Summit, Missouri), Sara Dawson Falcon (Richmond)
Assignee: WD-40 Co. (San Diego, California)
Aug. 6, 2019

Battery operated dispenser
Patent No. 10,369,580
A battery operated dispenser includes a shell with a moveable slider for extending a barrel of the dispenser to allow targeted application of a fluid or product from a container to which the dispenser is attached.
Inventors: Ryan A. Bailey (Richmond), Bryan K. Fields (Overland Park, Kansas), William L. Driskell (Lee’s Summit, Missouri), Linn D. Wanbaugh (Blue Springs, Missouri), Connie Tran (Glen Allen, Virginia)
Assignee: Silgan Dispensing Systems Corp. (Grandview, Missouri)
Aug. 6, 2019

Multiple dispersion generator e-vaping device
Patent No. 10,368,581
A base for an e-vaping device is configured to couple with multiple cartridges configured to generate separate, respective dispersions. The cartridges may include one or more atomizer assemblies or vaporizer assemblies. The base may include multiple connectors electrically coupled to the power supply. The connectors may be configured to couple multiple dispersion generators to a power supply of the base. The base may include control circuitry configured to independently control dispersion generation by dispersion generators coupled to the base. The control circuitry may independently control dispersion generation by the first and second cartridges based on cartridge information accessed through at least one of the first and second connectors. The control circuitry may control dispersion generation by controlling power supplied to the dispersion generators.
Inventors: Ali A. Rostami (Richmond), Gerd Kobal (Sandy Hook, Virginia), Yezdi Pithawalla (Richmond), David Kane (Richmond), Christopher S. Tucker (Midlothian, Virginia), Peter Lipowicz (Midlothian, Virginia), Jason Flora (Richmond), Georgios Karles (Richmond), Munmaya K. Mishra (Manakin Sabot, Virginia), Catherine Barnes (Richmond), Richard Arena (Richmond)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Aug. 6, 2019

Combined cartridge for electronic vaping device
Patent No. 10,368,580
A cartridge for an e-vaping device enables simultaneous vaporization of different pre-vapor formulations to form a vapor for vaping by an adult vapor. The cartridge includes a dispensing interface coupled to a plurality of reservoirs and a heater coupled to the dispensing interface in a housing. The dispensing interface may include a trunk and separate roots extending into separate reservoirs, such that the dispensing interface draws different pre-vapor formulations from the reservoirs to the trunk via the separate roots. The heater is coupled to the trunk, such that the heater is operable to simultaneously vaporize the different pre-vapor formulations drawn into the trunk.
Inventors: Ali A. Rostami (Richmond), Christopher S. Tucker (Midlothian, Virginia), David Kane (Richmond), Peter Lipowicz (Midlothian, Virginia), Georgios Karles (Richmond), Gerd Kobal (Sandy Hook, Virginia), Yezdi Pithawalla (Richmond)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Aug. 6, 2019

Microvaporizer quick-release mechanism
Patent No. 10,368,579
Quick-release mechanism of a microvaporizer having a quick-release cartridge coupled to a quick-release atomizer assembly by engaging a root portion of the quick-release cartridge with a receiver mechanism in the quick-release atomizer assembly, moving a trapdoor in the quick-release cartridge, and locking the root portion in the receiver mechanism. The quick-release cartridge is provided with at least one groove or depression on a root portion extension that can be inserted into and locked with the receiver mechanism.
Inventors: Yongjie James Xu (Richmond)
Assignee: N/A
Aug. 6, 2019

Method and system for using an inner pack frame to contain loose elongated smoking articles in a hinge lid pack
Patent No. 10,368,578
A method of manufacturing a hinge lid pack for containing loose elongated smoking articles is disclosed, the method includes forming a box and a lid connected to the box about a hinge line extending across a back wall of the pack. The box can include a front wall, a left side wall, a right side wall, a back wall, and a bottom wall, and the lid can include a lid top wall, a lid left side wall, a lid right side wall, and a lid back wall. A perforation line is formed in a front panel of an inner frame, the inner frame including the front panel, a right side panel, and a left side panel, and at least a portion of the inner frame is glued to the front wall of the box of the hinge lid pack.
Inventors: James S. Bigelow (Midlothian, Virginia), Mary B. Pettit (Richmond), Jennifer N. Lewis (Chesterfield, Virginia)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Aug. 6, 2019

Lubricants with calcium-containing detergents and their use for improving low-speed pre-ignition
Patent No. 10,370,615
A lubricating oil composition and method of operating a boosted internal combustion engine. The lubricating oil composition includes greater than 50 wt. % of a base oil, one or more overbased calcium sulfonate detergent(s) and one or more overbased calcium phenate detergent(s). The calcium, boron, nitrogen, and amount of soap are maintained within certain ratios, and the total base number contribution from all detergents to the lubricating oil composition is less than 4.2 mg KOH/g of the lubricating oil composition, as measured by the method of ASTM D-2896. The lubricating oil composition and method may be effective to reduce low-speed pre-ignition events in a boosted internal combustion engine lubricated with the lubricating oil composition relative to capable lubricating oil compositions.
Inventors: Guillaume Carpentier (Berkshire, Great Britain), Paul Ransom (Huddersfield, Great Britain), Kristin Fletcher (Midlothian, Virginia)
Assignee: Afton Chemical Corp. (Richmond)
Aug. 6, 2019

Vapor-permeable, substantially water-impermeable multilayer article
Patent No. 10,369,769
This disclosure relates to an article (e.g., a vapor-permeable, substantially water-impermeable multilayer article) that can include a nonwoven substrate and a film supported by the nonwoven substrate. The film can include a polyolefin grafted with an anhydride, an acid, or an acrylate.
Inventors: Mehdi Afshari (Midlothian, Virginia)
Assignee: Fiberweb Inc. (Old Hickory, Tennessee)
Aug. 6, 2019

Slinger for roller bearing seal, and associated assemblies and methods
Patent No. 10,371,210
A slinger for a roller bearing seal includes (a) an inner section extending at least in a first direction parallel to a rotation axis of the slinger, encircling the rotation axis and forming a plurality of tabs configured to pressure fit the slinger onto a rotor of a roller bearing seal, (b) an outer section extending at least in the first direction at a greater distance than the inner section from the rotation axis and encircling the rotation axis, and (c) a middle section encircling the rotation axis and spanning between the inner section and the outer section, wherein the inner section, the middle section, and the outer section define respective portions of a single continuous part.
Inventors: James A. Hargraves (Petersburg, Virginia), Michael A. Mason (Petersburg, Virginia)
Assignee: Amsted Rail Co. Inc. (Chicago, Illinois)
Aug. 6, 2019

Packing box
Patent No. 10,370,141
A packing box includes opposing first/second and opposing third/fourth side panels, each having opposing first/second flank sides and opposing first/second end sides. A flank side connects to a flank side of an adjacent side panel, defining the circumference. The first end sides at a first end of the box have first flaps closing the first end, and the second end sides at a second end of the packing box have second flaps closing the second end. The first flap of the third side panel has opposing sides associated with the first and second side panels, which can be attached to the first and second side panels such that the first flap of the third side panel partly closes the first end. Tear lines in the first and second side panels allow removing at least part of the first, second and fourth side panels so as to leave a display case.
Inventors: Nicolaas Martin Prakken (Chester, Virginia)
Assignee: Blueprint Holding (Woerden, Netherlands)
Aug. 6, 2019

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