The R&D Dept.: Local patents for 9.18.19

Systems and methods for calculating text difficulty
Patent No. 10,410,539
Disclosed are systems, methods, and products for language learning that automatically extracts keywords from resources using various natural-language processing product features, which can be combined with custom-designed learning activities to offer a needs-based, adaptive learning methodology. The system may receive resources having text and then determine a text difficulty score that predicts how difficult the resource is for language learners based on any number of factors, including any number of semantic and syntactic features of the text. Training resources labeled with metadata may be used to train a statistical model for determining difficulty scores of newly received text. Resources may be grouped based on difficulty score, and groups of resources may correspond to language learners’ proficiency levels.
Inventors: Katharine Nielson (Richmond), Kasey Kirkham (New York, New York), Na’im Tyson (Mount Vernon, New York), Andrew Breen (New York, New York)
Assignee: Voxy (New York, New York)
Sept. 10, 2019

Dialkylaminoalkanol friction modifiers for fuels and lubricants
Patent No. 10,407,636
A fuel composition, a lubricant composition, and methods for reducing friction or wear of moving parts. The fuel composition includes gasoline and from about 10 to about 500 ppm by weight of a dialkylaminoalkanol of the formula R.sup.1(R.sup.2)NCH.sub.2CH(R.sup.3)R.sup.4. The lubricant composition includes base oil of lubricating viscosity and from about 0.05 to about 5.0 weight percent of a dialkylaminoalkanol of the formula R.sup.1(R.sup.2)NCH.sub.2CH(R.sup.3)R.sup.4. In the above formulas wherein R.sup.1 is an alkyl group or a hydroxy alkyl group containing from 8 to 50 carbon atoms; R.sup.2 is an alkyl group containing from 1 to 4 carbon atoms; R.sup.3 is selected from H and OH; and R.sup.4 is selected from H, an alkyl group containing from 1 to 4 carbon atoms, and CH.sub.2OH and wherein at least one of R.sup.3 and R.sup.4 contains a hydroxyl group and provided that when R.sup.1 is a hydroxyalkyl group, R.sup.3 is OH and R.sup.4 is CH.sub.2OH.
Inventors: Scott Culley (Midlothian, Virginia), Xinggao Fang (Midlothian, Virginia), Scott D. Schwab (Richmond)
Assignee: Afton Chemical Corp. (Richmond)
Sept. 10, 2019

Murine anti-NY-ESO-1 T cell receptors
Patent No. 10,407,485
The invention provides an isolated or purified T cell receptor (TCR) having antigenic specificity for NY-ESO-1. Also provided are related polypeptides, proteins, nucleic acids, recombinant expression vectors, isolated host cells, populations of cells, antibodies, or antigen binding portions thereof, and pharmaceutical compositions. The invention further provides a method of detecting the presence of cancer in a mammal and a method of treating or preventing cancer in a mammal using the inventive TCRs or related materials.
Inventors: Maria R. Parkhurst (Ellicott City, Maryland), Richard A. Morgan (Columbia, Maryland), Steven A. Rosenberg (Potomac, Maryland), Shannon Faith Rosati (Richmond)
Assignee: The United States of America, as represented by the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services (Bethesda, Maryland)
Sept. 10, 2019

Re-closeable tear open pack, a blank for forming the pack, and a method of making the pack
Patent No. 10,407,208
The pack includes a box structure defining an inner cavity. A side of the box structure is sealed by a first adhesive. A lower end of the pack is sealed by a second adhesive connecting a rear surface of a lower panel of a front panel to a front surface of a lower glue panel of a back panel. The upper portion of the pack is circumscribed by perforated lines that cause the upper portion to remain connected to the tuck panel if the upper end of the pack is opened. The blank for forming the pack includes an upper portion of a back panel that is circumscribed by perforated lines. The method of making the pack includes applying an adhesive to the upper portion of the back panel and connecting a rear surface of a tuck panel to the upper portion.
Inventors: Robert T. Mitten (Glen Allen, Virginia), Scott A. Fath (Richmond), William J. Bogdziewicz (Richmond), Benjamin Ivry (Richmond), Aaron Ovadia (Beit Shemesh, Israel), Gavriel Zeitlin (Beit Shemesh, Israel)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Sept. 10, 2019

Electrochemical removal of metal or other material from polycrystalline diamond
Patent No. 10,406,501
The present disclosure relates to systems and methods for electrochemical metal or other positive ion removal from polycrystalline diamond (PCD), such as PCD used in earth-boring drill bits. PCD used in the systems and methods described herein has an electrical conductivity-enhanced region.
Inventors: Qi Liang (Richmond)
Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services (Houston, Texas)
Sept. 10, 2019

Bed maker
Patent No. 10,405,671
Disclosed are various embodiments for retaining a sheet on a mattress. A membrane comprising a plurality of extensions disposed along the perimeter of the membrane is displaced underneath a mattress. The extensions of the membrane are composed of an elastic material and the membrane is composed of a material that generates sufficient friction when in contact with the mattress to be displaced. The extensions are configured to retract to an original length, wherein the original length of each extension corresponds to a size of the mattress. Additionally, the extensions are disposed at a distance apart from each other so as to substantially retain a sheet applied on the mattress.
Inventors: Jean Emile (Richmond)
Assignee: N/A
Sept. 10, 2019

Mechanically-adjustable e-vaping device flavor assembly
Patent No. 10,405,580
A flavor assembly for an e-vaping device cartridge is configured to provide mechanically-adjustable flavorant elution to form a flavored vapor. The flavor assembly may include at least one flavor material holding a flavorant and a exposure control mechanism configured to adjustably expose the at least one flavor material to the vaporizer assembly to adjustably control flavorant elution from the at least one flavor reservoir into the generated vapor. The flavor assembly may be included in a flavor assembly module. The flavor assembly module may include an interface configured to couple with a vaporizer assembly and direct generated vapors formed by the vaporizer assembly to the flavor assembly. The flavor assembly may include multiple flavor materials holding different flavorants. The exposure control mechanism may adjustably expose a selected flavor material. The flavor assembly may be included in an e-vaping device that includes control circuitry configured to control the exposure control mechanism.
Inventors: Georgios Karles (Richmond)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Sept. 10, 2019

Compositions and methods for producing tobacco plants and products having altered alkaloid levels
Patent No. 10,405,571
The present disclosure provides the identification of tobacco Nic1 locus. Also provided are tobacco plants with altered total alkaloid and nicotine levels and commercially acceptable leaf grade, their development via breeding or transgenic approaches, and production of tobacco products from these tobacco plants. Also provided are compositions and methods for producing tobacco plants having novel Nic1 mutations or alleles to reduce nicotine levels. Further provided are sequence polymorphisms and molecular markers for breeding tobacco with reduced nicotine or nicotine free while maintaining tobacco leaf grade and tobacco product quality.
Inventors: Andrew Carl Adams (Midlothian, Virginia), Marcos Fernando de Godoy Lusso (Chesterfield, Virginia), Sreepriya Pramod (Glen Allen, Virginia), Dongmei Xu (Glen Allen, VA)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Sept. 10, 2019

Automated server workload management using machine learning
Patent No. 10,412,155
Systems and methods are disclosed for managing workload among server clusters is disclosed. According to certain embodiments, the system may include a memory storing instructions and a processor. The processor may be configured to execute the instructions to determine historical behaviors of the server clusters in processing a workload. The processor may also be configured to execute the instructions to construct cost models for the server clusters based at least in part on the historical behaviors. The cost model is configured to predict a processor utilization demand of a workload. The processor may further be configured to execute the instructions to receive a workload and determine efficiencies of processing the workload by the server clusters based at least in part on at least one of the cost models or an execution plan of the workload.
Inventors: Subodh Kumar (Glen Allen, Virginia), Santosh Bardwaj (Glen Allen, Virginia)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
Sept. 10, 2019

Token identity devices
Patent No. 10,410,208
Disclosed embodiments include methods, systems, and computer-readable media configured to provide wearable devices storing tokens associated with digital versions of physical documents/cards. The wearable devices may further transfer tokens securely to interested parties without Bluetooth.RTM. or other network connectivity beyond NFC radio. In some embodiments, a token vault operator system may receive a request to establish a token vault account for a user, authenticate an identity of the user based at least on the received request, and generating a token vault ID associated with the user. The token vault operator system may further configure access to data sets generated for and associated with the token vault ID, generate tokens associated with the token vault ID, each token corresponding to one of the one or more data sets, and provide the generated plurality of tokens associated with the token vault ID to at least one user device.
Inventors: Lawrence Douglas (Mclean, Virginia), Paul Moreton (Glen Allen, Virgnia)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)

Systems and methods for managing electronic tip recommendations on mobile devices
Patent No. 10,410,195
The disclosed embodiments provide systems, methods, and techniques for managing merchandising cards. A merchandising card may be, for example, a gift card, loyalty card, or the like. Consistent disclosed embodiments, a system for managing merchandising cards may include one or more memory devices storing instructions and one or more processors configured to acquire, from a device over a network, a plurality of locations associated with the device, the device locations being acquired at different instances in time within a predetermined period of time. Additionally, the processor may be configured to calculate a merchant confidence rating for a merchant using the device locations. Further, the one or more processors may be configured to, based on the merchant confidence rating, determine that the merchant matches a merchant that is associated with merchandising card, and send a reminder a user of the device.
Inventors: Michelle Olenoski (Washington, D.C.), Latha Shah (Glen Allen, Virginia)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
Sept. 10, 2019

Distributed work data management
Patent No. 10,409,783
A device may receive, from a user device, a transaction request associated with a first entity and identify a distributed ledger associated with the first entity, the distributed ledger including a set of blocks recording work data associated with the first entity. The set of blocks may include: a first subset of blocks including data specifying work performed by the first entity, and a second subset of blocks including data verifying a portion of the work performed by the first entity and specified by the data included in the first subset of blocks. The device may determine that a transaction, associated with the transaction request, is associated with the first subset of blocks and the second subset of blocks. Based on predetermined instructions that correspond to the transaction and the distributed ledger, the device may perform the transaction.
Inventors: Walter Miller (Glen Allen, Virginia), Robert Martin (Glen Allen, Virginia), Bradley Smith (Mechanicsville, Virginia)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
Sept. 10, 2019

Corrosion inhibition for aqueous systems using a halogenated triazole
Patent No. 10,407,778
A method for inhibiting corrosion of a corrodible metal surface that contacts water in a water system is provided. The method may include introducing into the water a treatment composition including an ex-situ halogenated triazole compound in an amount sufficient for inhibiting corrosion. A method of measuring a concentration of the ex-situ halogenated triazole compound in water in a water system is also provided. The method may include inducing the halogenated triazole compound to fluoresce and measuring an intensity of the fluorescence emitted from the water to determine the concentration of the halogenated triazole compound in the water. The concentration of the halogenated triazole can be monitored and controlled. The concentration of the halogenated triazole can be adjusted to a desired level based on the measured fluorescence value.
Inventors: Prasad Kalakodimi (Glen Allen, Virginia), Raymond Post (Glen Allen, Virginia), Caibin Xiao (Hopkinton, Massachusetts), Dale Stuart (Glen Allen, Virginia)
Assignee: Chemtreat (Glen Allen, Virginia)
Sept. 10, 2019

Electronic cigarette
Patent No. 10,405,583
An electronic smoking article includes a liquid supply including liquid material, a heater operable to heat the liquid material to a temperature sufficient to vaporize the liquid material and form an aerosol, a wick in communication with the liquid material and in communication with the heater such that the wick delivers the liquid material to the heater, at least one air inlet operable to deliver air to a central air passage upstream of the heater, and a mouth end insert having at least two diverging outlets.
Inventors: Christopher S. Tucker (Midlothian, Virginia), Geoffrey Brandon Jordan (Midlothian, Virginia), Barry S. Smith (Hopewell, Virginia), Ali A. Rostami (Glen Allen, Virginia)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Sept. 10, 2019

Production of polycrystalline silicon in substantially closed-loop processes that involve disproportionation operations
Patent No. 10,407,309
Production of polycrystalline silicon in substantially closed-loop processes and systems is disclosed. The processes and systems generally involve disproportionation of trichlorosilane to produce silane or dichlorosilane and thermal decomposition of silane or dichlorosilane to produce polycrystalline silicon.
Inventors: Puneet Gupta (Houston, Texas), Yue Huang (Midlothian, Virginia), Satish Bhusarapu (Sugarland, Texas)
Assignee: Corner Star Limited (Hong Kong)
Sept. 10, 2019

Growing system mixing box with CO.sub.2 containing exhaust inlet and cooling and heating coils in series
Patent No. 10,405,501
A growing system (e.g., greenhouse) is equipped with a mixing box that features a PLC-controlled cooling coil and a heating coil in series. PLC regulated inputs include air and CO.sub.2-containing exhaust. The cooling coils in series facilitate condensation to maintain relative humidity in an acceptable range. Substantial cooling is necessary to achieve sufficient condensation and temperature reduction. Condensate is collected for reuse. The heating coil heats cooled CO.sub.2-enriched air to an acceptable temperature for plant health. The output is a temperate low relative humidity CO.sub.2-enriched stream optimal for plant health.
Inventors: F. Mack Shelor (Midlothian, Virginia), Doug Tyger (York, Pennsylvania)
Assignee: Greenhouse HVAC (Jacksonville, Florida)
Sept. 10, 2019

Hold a dental cleaning device on food related accessories
Patent No. 10,405,644
A utensil toothbrush apparatus includes a utensil segment and a toothbrush segment. The toothbrush segment includes a handle and a brush head, while the utensil segment includes a handle and a utensil head. The utensil handle and toothbrush handle are configured to couple together so that the utensil handle and toothbrush handle form a continuous handle between the utensil head and toothbrush head.
Inventors: Nevaan Kothari (Henrico, Virginia), Riaan Kothari (Henrico, Virginia)
Assignee: N/A
Sept. 10, 2019

Systems and methods for marking individuals with an identifying substance
Patent No. 10,407,973
The present application discloses systems and methods for marking an individual with an identifying substance. The system includes a spray delivery device configured to release a pressurized substance in response to an activation signal, an activation device configured to transmit an activation signal to the spray delivery device, and a power supply, configured to provide power to at least one of the activation devices and the spray delivery devices. The method includes storing a pressurized substance, receiving an activation signal at a spray delivery device, and releasing the pressurized substance in response to the received activation signal.
Inventors: Thomas G. Bolden (Powhatan, Virginia)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
Sept. 10, 2019

System and method for determining social statements
Patent No. 10,417,701
Systems and methods are disclosed for providing a social statement for an account holder of a financial institution. In one example embodiment, the method includes receiving, by one or more computer processors, account holder financial data associated with the account holder, and receiving, by the one or more computer processors, account holder social data associated with one or more social networking profiles of the account holder. The method further includes associating, by the one or more computer processors, the account holder social data with the account holder financial data. In addition, the method includes identifying peer financial data associated with a peer group, and creating a social statement based at least in part on the account holder financial data, the account holder social data, and the peer financial data. Further, the method includes providing the social statement to the account holder.
Inventors: Ronald A. Secrist (Richmond), Vijay Konduru (Glen Allen, Virginia), Gautam Chatur (Laurel, Maryland), William Bogey (Arlington, Virginia), Tammy N. Eisele (Mechanicsville, Virginia), Matthew A. Smith (Glen Allen, Virginia)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
Sept. 17, 2019

Door system with sliding and hinging capability
Patent No. 10,415,289
A door assembly is provided for which can alternate between a pivoting and a sliding configuration. The door assembly can include a door panel, a track, a first carriage assembly, a second carriage assembly, and a locking mechanism. The first and second carriage assembly can connect the door panel to the track. The first and second carriage assemblies can be slidably movable on the track, and the first carriage assembly can further include a pivot mechanism that pivotably couples the door to the track. The locking mechanism can configure the door between the sliding and pivoting configurations. For example, the locking mechanism can mechanically couple the door panel to the second carriage assembly in the sliding configuration and mechanically decouple the door from the second carriage assembly in the pivoting configuration.
Inventors: Neil Adair McMillan Hailey (Richmond), Matthew Joseph Sozio (Rochester, New York)
Assignee: French Slide (Richmond)
Sept. 17, 2019

E-vapor device including puncture device and sealed packet of pre-vapor formulation
Patent No. 10,412,995
An e-vapor device may include a housing shell configured to receive a supply packet containing a pre-vapor formulation, a mouthpiece secured to an end of the housing shell, a puncture device within the housing shell, and a heater structure within the housing shell and arranged to be in thermal contact with the pre-vapor formulation. The mouthpiece is configured to transition from a protracted position to a retracted position. The puncture device is configured to pierce the supply packet to release the pre-vapor formulation when the mouthpiece transitions to the retracted position. The heater structure is configured to vaporize the pre-vapor formulation to generate a vapor.
Inventors: Jason Andrew Macko (Richmond)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Sept. 17, 2019

Cigar holder assembly for a smoke machine
Patent No. 10,412,993
A cigar holder assembly includes a filter holder that includes: a first filter holder piece having a first end to connect to a smoking machine and a second end, and a second filter holder piece having a first end and a second end, a first opening extending axially into the first end and a second opening extending axially into the second end, and the second end of the first filter holder piece and the first end of the second filter holder piece fit together. The assembly includes a cigar holder having a first end and a second end to receive a cigar, and the second end of the second filter holder piece and the first end of the cigar holder fit together; and a seal has an opening that extends through its entire thickness, the seal configured to fit in the opening in the first end of the cigar holder.
Inventors: Matthew S. Melvin (Richmond), Karl A. Wagner (Glen Allen, Virginia), Dariusz Masiarz (Glen Allen, Virginia)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Sept. 17, 2019

Authentication and authorization without the use of supplicants
Patent No. 10,419,439
Provided is authentication and authorization without the use of supplicants. Authentication and authorization includes generating a profile for a device based on at least one characteristic observed during a successful attempt by the device to access an 802.1X network infrastructure. Expected characteristics for a next attempt to access the infrastructure by the device are determined. A characteristic of the next access attempt is matched to the expected characteristic and access to the network is selectively controlled as a result of the matching. This is achieved without a supplicant being installed on the device.
Inventors: Ryan B. Benskin (Charlotte, North Carolina), Lawrence T. Belton Jr.(Charlotte, North Carolina), Christopher Houser (Mt. Holly, North Carolina), Peter A. Makohon (Huntersville, North Carolina), Timothy Morris (Lexington, North Carolina), Omar Bracey (Glen Allen, Virginia)
Assignee: Wells Fargo Bank (San Francisco, California)
Sept. 17, 2019

Methods and systems for securing data in the public cloud
Patent No. 10,419,401
Computer implemented systems and methods are provided for securing data. In some embodiments, a system for securing data may comprise one or more processors configured to receive a request for data over a network. The one or more processors may be configured to identify one or more confidential portions of data within the requested data. The one or more processors may be further configured to transmit the confidential portions of data to a hardware device configured to secure the confidential portions of data, and receive the secured data from the hardware device.
Inventors: Attaullah Baig (Round Rock, Texas), Vishal Parikh (Glen Allen, Virginia)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
Sept. 17, 2019

Method for one-step synthesis, cross-linking and drying of aerogels
Patent No. 10,414,894
A method of synthesizing aerogels and cross-linked aerogels in a single step and in a single pot without requiring any solvent exchange is described. Porous matrices are synthesized through a modification of hydrolysis condensation of alkoxides in which addition of water is minimized. The reaction occurs in an ethanol-water azeotrope mixture; the water in the azeotrope slowly hydrolyzes the alkoxide. Additionally, after gelation, the porous matrix is dried in supercritical ethanol rather than liquid CO.sub.2, which allows for elimination of solvent exchange steps. These modifications allow for the preparation of aerogel monoliths in any size in one step and in one pot and much faster than conventional procedures. In addition, the method provides for custom aerogel parts with large dimensions, as well as high volume fabrication of aerogels. The custom aerogel parts may be used in a variety of thermal insulation applications.
Inventors: Massimo Bertino (Glen Allen, Virginia)
Assignee: Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond)
Sept. 17, 2019

Enhancing enterprise security on mobile platforms
Patent No. 10,419,486
Systems and methods for managing and implementing secure runtime software hooking on devices are provided. The system and method disclosed includes components and features that enable enterprises and organizations to securely manage mobile devices that have access to the organization’s data and network resources. Various embodiments provide for secure systems and methods to modify a behavior of an operating system or one or more applications, without having to flash or modify the Read-only Memory (ROM).
Inventors: Joseph Portner (Hampton, Virginia), Colin Courtney (Suffolk, Virginia), David Bryson (Mathews, Alabama), Sarah Ford (Virginia Beach, Virginia), Collin McRae (Midlothian, Virginia)
Assignee: The Mitre Corp. (McLean, Virginia)
Sept. 17, 2019

System and method for industrial process automation controller farm with flexible redundancy schema and dynamic resource management through machine learning
Patent No. 10,416,630
A system includes a high speed bus and a plurality of multi-function modules coupled to the high speed bus. The plurality of multi-function modules includes at least one controller configured to execute control logic for the system. The plurality of multi-function modules also includes at least one arbitrator configured to manage the at least one controller. The plurality of multi-function modules further includes at least one input/output (IO) manager configured to interface between the at least one controller and at least one field device.
Inventors: Rahul De (Bangalore, India), Avinash Rajan (Bangalore, India), Kalyanasundaram Govindaraj (Bangalore, India), Amol Kinage (Bangalore, India), Ravi Kumar Ramamurthy (Bangalore, India), James Schreder (Lansdale, Pennsylvania), Christopher Peters (Chester, Virginia)
Assignee: UOP (Des Plaines, Illinois)
Sept. 17, 2019

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