The R&D Dept.: Local patents for 9.4.19

Systems and methods for improving invoice management using enhanced analytical insight
Patent No. 10,395,287
An improved invoice management product may include an invoice hub server and an invoice database, and may receive data including one or more invoices, transmit one or more invoice records to an invoice database, identify one or more invoice records for expedited processing, transmit a request to issue an advance payment to a supplier associated with one or more supplier identifiers associated with the one or more invoice records, and transmit a notice to a customer. An Invoice Hub server may receive data comprising one or more invoices, create one or more invoice records based on the one or more invoices, transmit the one or more invoice records to an invoice database, identify one or more invoice records for expedited processing, transmit a request to issue an advance payment to a supplier, and transmit a notice to a customer associated with the one or more invoice records.
Inventors: Eric Lowell (Glen Allen, Va.), Brandon Walsh (Midlothian, Va.), Meredith Van Voorhis (Midlothian, Va.), Paola Thurlow (Powhatan, Va.), Sehyoung Myung (Vienna, Va.), Qiang Xue (Vienna, Virginia), Heather Aller (Herndon, Virginia), Kristofer Johnson (Glen Allen, Virginia), Michael Baird Beers (Richmond), Chad Fisher (Ashland, Virginia), Mark Lareau (Henrico, Virginia), Karthik Kaimal (Richmond), Victor Mayaki (Aldie, Virginia)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
Aug. 27, 2019

Methods, systems, apparatuses, and non-transitory computer readable media for validating encoded information
Patent No. 10,395,231
A method, system and/or device for validating encoded information, the validation device including a memory having computer readable instructions stored thereon and a database including a plurality of validation rules, and at least one processor configured to execute the computer readable instructions to receive formatted data from at least one formatting device, extract attributes associated with encoded information from the formatted data, the extracted attributes including at least one of a formatting device identifier, a store identifier, value information from the encoded information, and time information, validate the formatted data based on the extracted attributes and the plurality of validation rules, store the results of the validation and at least a subset of the extracted attributes in the database, generate modified formatted data compatible with a POS terminal based on the results of the validation, and transmit the modified formatted data to the at least one of formatting device.
Inventors: Michael Fitzsimmons (Richmond), William M. Houston (Midlothian, Virginia)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Aug. 27, 2019

Systems and methods for caching task execution
Patent No. 10,394,600
Certain disclosed embodiments provide improved systems and methods for processing jobs. The method comprises steps including receiving, from a client device over a network, information representing a job and generating at least two tasks representative of the job. The method further comprises, for each task, assigning, by a processor, a signature to the task representative of whether the task has been processed, determining at least one dataset related to the task, and assigning a signature to the determined at least one dataset. The method further comprises searching, by the processor, a data structure for the task signature, and based on the searching, sending the task over a network to a task executor for processing or locating results associated with the task. The method further comprises sending, over a network, a job result to the client device. Systems and computer-readable media are also provided.
Inventors: Tao Tao (Jericho, New York), Santosh Bardwaj (Glen Allen, Virginia), Subodh Kumar (Glen Allen, Virginia), Brian Eugley (Richmond)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
Aug. 27, 2019

Refrigeration system with brushless DC motor compressor drive
Patent No. 10,393,420
A refrigeration system for a temperature-controlled storage device includes a refrigeration circuit, a cooling circuit, and a controller. The refrigeration circuit includes a compressor driven by a brushless DC motor operable at multiple different speeds, a first heat exchanger, an expansion device, and a cooling unit in fluid communication via a first working fluid. The cooling circuit includes a pump and a second heat exchanger in fluid communication with the first heat exchanger via a second working fluid such that the first heat exchanger is liquid-cooled by the second working fluid. The controller operates the brushless DC motor at multiple different speeds to accommodate multiple different thermal loads experienced by the refrigeration system. Each of the speeds corresponds to a different thermal load. The controller modulates the speed of the brushless DC motor to maintain a desired temperature of a temperature-controlled space within the temperature-controlled device.
Inventors: Jules G. Choueifati (Richmond), Timothy D. Swofford (Midlothian, Virginia), Neil J. Rathje (Chesterfield, Virginia)
Assignee: Hill Phoenix (Conyers, Ga.)
Aug. 27, 2019

Snacking product with capsaicin or analogue thereof
Patent No. 10,391,069
A zero-calorie to near-zero-calorie snacking product that, when consumed, provides a feeling of fullness prior to absorption of energy-providing food, i.e., pre-absorptive satiation is disclosed. The snacking product is based on the stimulation of vagal nerve endings in the gastro-intestinal tract by encapsulated capsaicin. The encapsulation of capsaicin avoids the burning sensation in the mouth which may be objectionable to some consumers.
Inventors: Maria Gogova (Richmond), Georgios D. Karles (Richmond), Gerd Kobal (Sandy Hook, Virginia), Munmaya K. Mishra (Manakin Sabot, Virginia)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Aug. 27, 2019

Hybrid e-vaping cartridge, e-vaping device including a hybrid e-vaping cartridge
Patent No. 10,390,567
The e-vaping cartridge includes a housing, a first tube extending in a longitudinal direction within the housing, the first tube defining at least one first hole that provides fluid communication between a first annulus reservoir and a second annulus reservoir, the first annulus reservoir defined between the housing and the first tube, the second annulus reservoir defined between the first tube and a central passage traversing through the first tube. At least one first layer of absorbent material is positioned within the second annulus reservoir. A wick is in communication with the central passage, where distal ends of the wick contact the at least one first layer of absorbent material. A heater is configured to vaporize a pre-vapor formulation that is communicated by the wick from the at least one first layer of absorbent material. The device includes the cartridge.
Inventors: Christopher S. Tucker (Midlothian, Virginia), Edmond Cadieux (Mechanicsville, Virginia), Barry S. Smith (Hopewell, Virginia), William J. Crowe (Richmond), Nam Tran (Richmond)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Aug. 27, 2019

Electronic smoking article
Patent No. 10,390,562
An electronic smoking article includes a liquid aerosol formulation, a heater operable to at least partially volatilize the liquid aerosol formulation and form an aerosol, and at least one frangible and/or crushable flavor bead. The at least one frangible and/or crushable flavor bead can be positioned in a filter plug.
Inventors: Christopher S. Tucker (Midlothian, Virginia), Scott A. Fath (Richmond)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Aug. 27, 2019

Methods of reducing tobacco-specific nitrosamines (TSNAs) and/or improving leaf quality in tobacco
Patent NO. 10,390,556
Methods of curing tobacco that reduce the levels of TSNAs and/or improve leaf quality are described herein.
Inventors: Marcos Fernando de Godoy Lusso (Chesterfield, Virginia), Alec J. Hayes (Chesterfield, Virginia), Kenny Lion (Richmond), Greg Davis (Greenwich, Connecticut), Robert Frank Hart III (Midlothian, Virginia), Jerry Whit Morris (Jetersville, Virginia)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmon)
Aug. 27, 2019

Systems and methods for managing electronic tokens for device interactions
Patent No. 10,397,238
Systems and methods are provided for managing electronic tokens for device interactions. In some embodiments, a unified graphical user interface is provided for an account, for controlling the activation status and settings associated with authorized electronic devices used for conducting transactions on the account. The electronic devices may be programmed with an electronic token that allows a server to look up sensitive account information, although the electronic token does not divulge the account information itself. Therefore, if an electronic token is compromised or stolen, the account does not need to be closed, and sensitive information remains safe. Moreover, the unified graphical user interface provides detailed and highly customizable controls for settings and restrictions associated with each of the electronic tokens, without modifying or accessing sensitive account or personal information.
Inventors: Paul Moreton (Glen Allen, Virginia), Lawrence Douglas (McLean, Va.), Thomas Poole (Chantilly, Virginia), Thomas Christopher Clarke (Alexandria, Virginia), Saejin Choi(Annandale, Virginia)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
Aug. 27, 2019

Eyewear securing system and method
Patent No. 10,394,048
A system for securing eyewear comprises an elongated flexible band having first and second ends, a first magnet encased in the first end, a second magnet encased in the second end, and a backplate comprising a third magnet or a ferrous metal plate, The first magnet is stronger than the second magnet.
Inventors: Christopher S. Walker (Midlothian, Virginia)
Assignee: Common Sense Inventions (Midlothian, Virginia)
Aug. 27, 2019

Electronic smoking article
Patent No. 10,390,563
An electronic smoking article is disclosed, which includes an outer housing extending in a longitudinal direction; a micro pump system configured to pump a liquid material contained within a liquid supply reservoir through an outlet of the supply reservoir into a capillary; the capillary having an inlet and an outlet, the inlet in communication with the outlet of the liquid supply reservoir; a heating arrangement operable to heat the capillary to a temperature sufficient to at least initially volatilize the liquid material contained within the capillary; a power supply operable to apply voltage to the micro pump gas cell to generate a gas to drive the liquid material out of the liquid supply reservoir into the inlet of the capillary; at least one air inlet; and whereby air is mixed with the volatilized material to form an aerosol.
Inventors: Eric Hawes (Midlothian, Virginia), Barry S. Smith (Hopewell, Virginia)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Aug. 27, 2019

Routing packets in overlapping address spaces
Patent NO. 10,397,109
At an outbound end of a tunnel from a first data network, a packet is analyzed to determine whether the packet is to be directed to a local target in the first data network or to be sent over the tunnel to a remote target in a second data network. A target address of the packet is present in both the first data network and the second data network. When the packet is to be directed to the remote target in the second data network, an octet in the target address of the packet is changed from a first value to a second value, the changing forming a modified packet. When the second value is stored in the octet, the modified packet is caused to be sent to the tunnel for delivery to the second data network.
Inventors: Eric M. Anderson (Friendswood, Texas), Susan A. Hearn (Ontario, Canada), Linwood E. Loving (Mechanicsville, Virginia), Martin G. Mclaughlin (Glasgow, Great Britain), Daniel R. Miller (Prospect, Connecticut), John B. Simmons (Westminster, Colorado)
Assignee: International Business Machines Corp. (Armonk, New York)
Aug. 27, 2019

Mullion for use with narrow stile doors
Patent No. 10,392,856
A mullion is adapted for use in a narrow stile door system. The mullion is a three-section mullion with top and bottom hollow mullion tubes and an I-shaped centerpiece. The top and bottom hollow mullion tubes have a first outside width and first outside depth and a second inside width and second inside depth, the second inside width and depth defined by the inside of the hollow tube walls. The I-shaped centerpiece is connected to and fixed in between the top and bottom mullion tubes. The I-shaped centerpiece comprises a thin middle portion and top and bottom flanges, and top and bottom insert portions connected to the top and bottom flanges, and the top and bottom insert portions having a third width and third depth that are smaller than the second inside width and depth of the top and bottom hollow mullion tubes, with the insert portions adapted to be inserted into the hollow portion of the top and bottom mullion tubes and fixed therein.
Inventors: James Thomas Clarke Jr.(Henrico, Virginia), Ira Rex Seybold (Mechanicsville, Virginia)
Assignee: Frame & Mullions (Henrico, Virginia)
Aug. 27, 2019

Extendable measuring cup
Patent No. 10,393,564
The extendable measuring cup is constructed of a plurality of measuring cups that are successively arranged in size. The plurality of measuring cups vary in size from one another such that all of the measuring cups are able to nest within one another. The plurality of measuring cups is further defined with a topmost cup that includes internal threading. The topmost cup is able to connect with a threaded container via the internal threading. The topmost cup includes a disc member that is able to pivot with respect to a slot provided on the topmost cup. The disc member is able to rotate from outside of the topmost cup to inside of the topmost cup. In use, the disc member is able to enclose an interior formed with the plurality of measuring cups.
Inventors: Jermaine Dabney (Henrico, Virginia)
Assignee: N/A
Aug. 27, 2019

Systems and methods for providing a separate interest rate for an individual transaction
Patent No. 10,402,900
Systems and methods for providing a separate interest rate for an individual transaction are disclosed. A system may provide a service associated with a account having an account balance and an associated first interest rate. The system may include a service device having one or more memory devices storing instructions and one or more processors configured to execute the instructions to perform a separate interest rate service process. The process may include providing a separate interest rate service offer to a client device and receiving a separate interest rate selection from the client device. The process may also include determining a selected portion of the account balance corresponding to an amount to which a second interest rate, different from the first interest rate, is to be applied based on the separate interest rate selection.
Inventors: Marcie Apelt (Richmond), Megan Edds (Glen Allen, Virginia), Keith Barron (Henrico, Virginia), Ashley Gibbs (Richmond), Matthew Vischulis (Vienna, Virginia), Carl Ashby (Montpelier, Virginia), Baining Hu (Vienna, Virginia), Yi Liu (Oakton, Virginia), David Schardt (Henrico, Virginia)
Assignee: Capital One Financial Corp. (McLean, Virginia)
Sept. 3, 2019

Damping device for onshore and offshore wind turbines
Patent No. 10,400,754
A damping device for a wind turbine tower is disclosed having at least one upper mount extending from a tower structure, at least one lower mount extending from one of the tower structure or a tower foundation, at least one damping device extending only in a substantially vertical direction, the damping device having an upper connector coupled with the upper mount and a lower connector coupled with the lower mount, and at least one damper coupled between the upper connector and the lower connector.
Inventors: Arturo Rodriguez Tsouroukdissian (Richmond)
Assignee: General Electric Co. (Schenectady, New York)
Sept. 3, 2019

Sulfur and alkali metal containing imidazole fiber having ionically bound halides
Patent No. 10,400,357
The present invention concerns fiber made from a polymer comprising imidazole groups, the polymer further having: i) halide anions being present in an amount in the range of 0.05 to 20.1 weight percent, based on weight of fiber; ii) sulfur, wherein the sulfur is present in the fiber in an amount in the range of 0.05 to 3 weight percent, based on weight of fiber; and iii) alkali metal ion, wherein the alkali metal ion is present in the fiber in an amount in the range of 0.05 to 2 weight percent, based on weight of fiber, the fiber exhibiting hydrochloric acid evolution as identified by TGA-IR between 277.13.degree. C. to 448.19.degree. C.
Inventors: Steven R. Allen (Midlothian, Virginia), Vlodek Gabara (Richmond), Joseph Lenning Lowery (Midlothian, Virginia), Christopher William Newton (Richmond), David J. Rodini (Midlothian, Virginia), Andrew J. Sitter (Mechanicsville, Virginia)
Assignee: E I Du Pont De Nemours and Co. (Wilmington, Delaware)
Sept 3, 2019

Sulfur-containing imidazole fiber having ionically bonded halides
Patent No. 10,400,082
The present invention concerns fiber made from a polymer comprising imidazole groups, fiber further having: i) a halide anion, the halide anion being present in an amount of 0.05 to 20.1 weight percent, based on weight of fiber; and ii) sulfur, wherein the sulfur is present in the fiber in an amount of 0.05 to 3 weight percent; the fiber exhibiting hydrochloric acid evolution as identified by TGA-IR between 277.13.degree. C. to 448.19.degree. C.
Inventors: Steven R. Allen (Midlothian, Virginia), Vlodek Gabara (Richmond), Joseph Lenning Lowery (Midlothian, Virginia), Steven Raymond Lustig (Landenberg, Pennsylvania), Christopher William Newton (Richmond), David J. Rodini (Midlothian, Virginia), Andrew J. Sitter (Mechanicsville, Virginia)
Assignee: E I Du Pont De Nemours and Co. (Wilmington, Delaware)
Sept. 3, 2019

Child-resistant package assembly
Patent No. 10,399,758
Disclosed are package assemblies and methods of making the same, wherein the assemblies can include, among other elements, an outer carton defining an interior product storage compartment; an inner product support card slidably received within the product storage compartment; the inner support card having a main body portion and one or more flaps; and one or more primary product packages, each being secured to one of the one or more flaps.
Inventors: Elizabeth A. Vercoe (Richmond), Marty Jones (Glen Allen, Virginia), Steven P. Jones (Elon, North Carolina)
Assignee: WestRock MWV (Atlanta, Georgia)
Sept. 3, 2019

Slide measuring system for filling pouches and associated method
Patent No. 10,399,712
Systems and methods for metering a granular material for packaging in pouches are disclosed. A system includes a hopper structured and arranged to hold a granular material in a hopper cavity. The system also includes a measuring system including a measuring cavity and a tube that is slidable in the hopper cavity between a first position unaligned with the measuring cavity and a second position over and aligned with the measuring cavity. The measuring system is structured and arranged to move a portion of the granular material from the hopper cavity to the measuring cavity when the tube is in the first position. The measuring system is structured and arranged to move the portion of the granular material from the measuring cavity to a pouch making machine using pressurized gas when the tube is in the second position.
Inventors: Herbert Carrington Longest Jr. (Midlothian, Virginia), Jarrod W. Chalkley (Mechanicsville, Virginia), Tamika S. Murrell (Richmond), Leah A. Meyers (Richmond), Jeremy J. Straight (Midlothian, Virginia), Travis M. Garthaffner (Midlothian, Virginia)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Sept. 3, 2019

Travel cover
Patent No. 10,398,953
Travel covers protect and transport sports equipment or other objects during travel in cars, trains, walking or airlines. Typical travel covers have a handle attached to an enclosure having at least one wheel. The travel covers may have a cradle on an interior surface of an enclosure for receiving a potentially abrasive wear portion of the sporting equipment or other object to protect the travel cover from wear. The travel cover may be for a golf bag and clubs, where the cradle receives a portion of the stand mechanism for a golf stand bag or a connection portion for a golf cart bag.
Inventors:Leighton Klevana (Richmond), Patrick Gallagher (Midlothian, Virginia)
Assignee: Dynamic Brands (Richmond)
Sept. 3, 2019

E-vapor device including at least one of a bayonet connector and a connector with a knurled pattern for forming a welded junction
Patent No. 10,398,169
An e-vapor device may include a vaporizer assembly that is detachably coupled to a battery assembly via a connector. The connector may include a male connecting portion and a female connecting portion. The male connecting portion may include mating arms extending from a rim of the male connecting portion. The female connecting portion may include an inner surface and lugs on the inner surface. The mating arms of the male connecting portion are configured to engage the lugs of the female connecting portion so as to electrically couple the vaporizer assembly and the battery assembly. A knurled pattern may also be provided on an outer surface of the male connecting portion and/or female connecting portion so as to conformally interface with a reversed pattern on an inner surface of the vaporizer assembly and/or the battery assembly.
Inventors: Gregory L. Nelson (Richmond), Geoffrey Brandon Jordan (Midlothian, Virginia), Charles L. Dendy (Richmond), Bipin Patil (Richmond), Sean Sundberg (Richmond), Jerome Fleenor (Richmond)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Sept. 3, 2019

Method and system for redirecting a financial transaction
Patent No. 10,402,897
A system and method for redirecting a financial transaction from one account held by a customer at a first issuer to a second account held by the customer at a second issuer comprising receiving a customer request for redirection, identifying the second account to which transactions should be redirected, providing redirection information to a transaction entity, receiving terms for a financial transaction, and performing the financial transaction with respect to the second account.
Inventors: Tad Czyzewski (Arlington, Virginia), Jeffrey J. Waldin (Great Falls, Virginia), Bill Biggins (Glen Allen, Virginia), Christopher R. Burks (Midlothian, Virginia), Vinod Shenai (Glen Allen, Virginia)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
Sept. 3, 2019

Lp(a) subform size identification using elisa
Patent No. 10,401,370
The application describes methods for determining the particle number and/or molar mass of lipoprotein(a) subform(s) in a biological sample using enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). The methods described herein significantly improve lipoprotein ELISA methods and devices capable of quantifying particle numbers and population mass of Lp(a) particles. This technology offers a method for the efficient and cost-effective measurement of specific Lp(a) in a rapid, low-cost format, rather than limited measurement of Lp(a) concentration in patient tissues. The ability to measure the particle number and/or molar mass of lipoprotein(a) subform(s) in a biological sample also provides a useful diagnostic tool for assessing cardiovascular risk in a subject.
Inventors: Philip Guadagno (Vashon Island, Washington), Erin Grace Summers Bellin (Sandston, Virginia), Daniel M. Hoefner (Ashland, Virginia), Mohmed Ashmaig (Glen Allen, Virginia)
Assignee: True Health IP (Frisco, Texas)
Sept. 3, 2019

Polyelectrolyte complexes
Patent No. 10,400,131
The present invention relates to aqueous compositions of associative polyelectrolyte complexes (PECs), optionally containing surfactants, biocidal agents and/or oxidants, which can provide surface protection to treated articles including reduced soiling tendency, reduced cleaning effort and improved soil repellancy, as well as providing bacteriostatic properties to treated surfaces that thereby gain resistance to water, environmental exposure and microbial challenge. Treatment means and compositions are provided that employ associative polyelectrolyte complexes formed by combining a water soluble cationic first polyelectrolyte with a water soluble second polyelectrolyte bearing groups of opposite charge to the first polyelectrolyte under suitable mixing conditions where the one polyelectrolyte present in molar excess is added in the form of a first aqueous solution during a mixing step to a second aqueous solution comprising the oppositely charged polyelectrolyte present in molar deficiency. Also provided are means to form stable associative polyelectrolyte complexes in aqueous solutions having R values from about 0.10 to 20, including near stoichiometric R values approaching 1, being the ratio of charged groups present on the component polyelectrolytes employed.
Inventors: David R. Scheuing (Pleasanton, California), David J. Lestage (McKinney, Texas), Carl W. Bennett (Glen Allen, Virginia), Mona M. Knock (Pleasanton, California), Charles W. Scales (St. Augustine, Florida), William L. Smith (Pleasanton, California), Rui Zhang(Kaohsiung, Taiwan)
Assignee: The Clorox Co. (Oakland, California)
Sept. 3, 2019

Methods for producing precursor solutions and sol-gels for nano-engineered carbon materials and nano-engineered carbon materials created therefrom
Patent No. 10,399,055
Methods of manufacturing nano-engineered carbon materials, such as carbon aerogels and carbon xerogels, and methods of manufacturing precursor solutions and sol-gels for making the same are provided. A method for manufacturing a precursor solution comprises programmed-addition of a cross-linking agent to a component mixture comprising a resorcinol compound. A method for manufacturing a sol-gel comprises subjecting a precursor solutions to at least one heat treatment. Methods for producing nano-engineered carbon materials from precursor solutions and sol-gels are also provided. Methods for using the nano-engineered carbon materials are also disclosed. The resulting nano-engineered carbon materials can be useful in a range of products including, supercapacitor applications, high-surface-area electrodes, fuel cells, and desalination systems.
Inventors: Sudhir M. Mulik (North Wales, Pennsylvania), Joseph F. Ludvik (Midlothian, Virginia), Robert W. Fleming (Alpharetta, Georgia), Christopher M. Lee (Norcross, Georgia)
Assignee: Georgia-Pacific Chemicals (Atlanta, Georgia)
Sept. 3, 2019

Wiresaw removal of microelectronics from printed circuit board
Patent No. 10,403,595
An assembly is provided for mechanically severing ball grid array (BGA) attachment solder between an electronics chip and a printed circuit board. The assembly includes a bridge fixture, a tungsten wire and removable spacers. The bridge fixture extends over the chip. A pair of guide bars flanks the bridge fixture. each guide bar has a wire engagement surface. The tungsten wire is disposed across the chip between the pair of guide bars along their respective surfaces. The removable spacers are disposed between the corresponding guide bars and the printed circuit board for aligning the wire to engage the solder.
Inventors: Joel T. Harrison (Henrico, Virginia)
Assignee: United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy (Arlington, Virginia)
Sept. 3, 2019

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