The R&D Dept.: Local patents for 11.13.19


User-specific application activation for remote sessions
Patent No. 10,467,385
Disclosed herein are systems, methods, and software to enhance licensing in multi-user computing environments. In an implementation, for each user of a plurality of users engaged with an application installed in a multi-user computing environment, a user-specific license state is maintained for the user with respect to the application. In addition, for each of the plurality of users engaged with the application installed in the multi-user computing environment, the application is delivered in accordance with the user-specific license state for the user.
Inventors: Piotr A. Ciszewski (Kirkland, Washington), Tianyu Xie (Redmond, Washington), Richard Moloney (Redmond, Washington), Robert Donner (Bellevue, Washington), Zhengyu Li (Richmond)
Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing (Redmond, Washington)
Nov. 5, 2019

Cartridge for e-vaping device with open-microchannels
Patent No. 10,463,077
A cartridge for an e-vaping device includes a reservoir configured to hold a pre-vapor formulation and a channel structure that includes a channel surface with one or more open-microchannels. An open-microchannel in the channel structure may be in fluid communication with the reservoir and may transport pre-vapor formulation from the reservoir to a heating element based on capillary action of the pre-vapor formulation through the open-microchannels. The heating element may vaporize the pre-vapor formulation drawn through one or more open-microchannels. The cartridge may be independent of fibrous dispensing interfaces, including one or more wicks. Fabrication of such a cartridge may be simplified, faster, cheaper, some combination thereof, or the like relative to fabrication of a cartridge that includes a fibrous or soft dispensing interface to draw pre-vapor formulation from a reservoir to a heating element.
Inventors: Raymond Lau (Richmond), Ali Rostami (Glen Allen, Virginia), Eric A. Hawes (Midlothian, Virginia)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Nov. 5, 2019

Pouch material for smokeless tobacco and tobacco substitute products
Patent No. 10,463,070
A melt-blown fabric for pouching smokeless tobacco or a smokeless tobacco substitute can include melt-blown polymer fibers. The fabric can have a basis weight of less than 10 gsm and a tensile strength of at least 4 mJ in at least one predetermined direction. Method of making the fabric can include melt-blowing a polymeric material against a support surface and bonding the fibers or arranging them in a predetermined orientation. Pouched smokeless tobacco or tobacco substitute products including the fabrics provided herein can provide desirable flavor and tactile experience.
Inventors: Andrew Nathan Carroll (Chester, Virginia), Shannon Maxwell Black (Richmond), Yan Helen Sun (Midlothian, Virginia), William J. Burke (Nashville, Tennessee)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Nov. 5, 2019

Assessing completion of events
Patent No. 10,469,306
A method for assessing completion of events in a network environment is provided. The method includes receiving a first event vector, generating a second event vector, machine matching the first event vector to the second event vector, and generating an output that includes a variable indicating whether an event corresponding to the first event vector is complete. If each of a plurality of first nodes of the first event vector matches a corresponding one of a plurality of the second nodes of the second event vector, the variable indicates that the event corresponding to the first event vector is complete. If at least one of the plurality of the first nodes of the first event vector is mismatched with the corresponding one of the plurality of the second nodes of the second event vector, the variable indicates that the event corresponding to the first event vector is incomplete.
Inventors: Wesley Boles (Fort Walton Beach, Florida), Alan Scott (Franklin, Tennessee), Julie Leraun Nash (Spring Hill, Tennessee), Donna Ann Nayduch (Ocala, Florida), Gregory McCormack (Gallatin, Tennessee), Thomas Hoy (Nashville, Tennessee), Sean Albert (Chesterfield, Virginia)
Assignee: HCA Holdings (Nashville, Tennessee)
Nov. 5, 2019

Electronic vaping device
Patent No. 10,463,076
A cartridge of an electronic vaping device includes a housing extending in a longitudinal direction. The housing includes a sidewall, a transverse wall at the first end of the sidewall, and an inner tube integrally formed with the housing. The sidewall is generally cylindrical and a first end and a second end. The transverse wall includes at least one outlet therein. The inner tube extends in the longitudinal direction. The inner tube is concentrically positioned with respect to the sidewall. The inner tube communicates with the at least one outlet. The cartridge also includes a reservoir between the sidewall and the inner tube. The reservoir is configured to contain a pre-vapor formulation.
Inventors: Travis Martin Garthaffner (Chesterfield, Virginia), Peter J. Lipowicz (Midlothian, Virginia)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Nov. 5, 2019

Polyvalent chimeric OspC vaccinogen and diagnostic antigen
Patent No. 10,466,240
Chimeric polyvalent recombinant proteins for use as vaccines and diagnostics for Lyme disease (e.g. in canines and humans) are provided. The chimeric proteins comprise epitopes of the loop 5 region and/or the alpha helix 5 region of outer surface protein C (OspC) types and/or OspE types. The OspC types may be associated with mammalian Borrelia infections.
Inventors: Richard T. Marconi (Midlothian, Virginia), Christopher Earnhart (Williamsburg, Virginia), Lee D. Oliver (Henrico, Virginia)
Assignee: Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond)
Nov. 5, 2019

Systems and methods for providing user-controlled automobile financing
Patent No. 10,467,690
Methods and systems are disclosed for providing approved financing in advance of a purchase to a buyer of an item, such as an automobile, and allowing the prospective buyer to maintain control over the financing throughout the sales process. According to disclosed embodiments, a financial service system configures a financing website for the buyer, and receives personal information as well as information relating to the desired item. The financial service system approves loan parameters for the buyer, and provides the user with a link to access the financing website on a mobile device while at a dealership. Financing parameters can thus be edited throughout the process until the final sales agreement, providing the buyer with confidence and flexibility in the buying process.
Inventors: Katherine D. Forrester (Dallas, Texas), Patrick A. Eberle (Frisco, Texas), Nicholas Dolle (McKinney, Texas), Steven G. Chiagouris (Plano, Texas), JoAnna R. Hartzmark (Chicago, Illinois), Xiaoxiang Zhang (McKinney, Texas), Kurt Johnson (Dallas, Texas), Kenneth S. Childs (Mechanicsville, Virginia)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
Nov. 5, 2019

Composite material for tissue restoration
Patent No. 10,463,768
A composite material can include a gel and at least one nanostructure disposed within the gel. A method for healing a soft tissue defect can include applying a composite material to a soft tissue defect, wherein the composite material includes a gel and a nanostructure disposed within the gel. A method for manufacturing a composite material for use in healing soft tissue defects can include providing a gel and disposing nanofibers within the gel.
Inventors: Xuesong Jiang (Baltimore, Maryland), Sashank Reddy (Baltimore, Maryland), Gerald Brandacher (Baltimore, Maryland), Hai-Quan Mao (Baltimore, Maryland), Justin Sacks (Baltimore, Maryland), Xiaowei Li (Henrico, Virginia), Kevin Feng (Baltimore, Maryland), Russell Martin (Baltimore, Maryland), Georgia C. Yalanis (Milcreek, Utah), Ji Suk Choi (Baltimore, Maryland)
Assignee: The Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, Maryland)
Nov. 5, 2019

System and method for exchanging data with smart cards
Patent No. 10,475,027
A system that includes an issuer system that receives, via a network, registration information from a mobile device, wherein the issuer system is associated with a financial institution that issues a smart card to a user and wherein the registration information includes an identifier of the mobile device, and a mobile device application associated with the issuer system, that when executed on a mobile device, communicates with the issuer system to validate the mobile device as a trusted device and enables the trusted device to communicate with the smart card and enable smart card management features mobile device application.
Inventors: Matthew T. Guise (Richmond)
Assignee: Capital One Financial Cor. (McLean, Virginia)
Nov. 12, 2019

Obfuscation of information obtained by a card reader
Patent No. 10,474,850
An example method may include transmitting a noise signal through a reader connection of a magnetic reader element. The control component and the magnetic reader element may be associated with a card reader device of a transaction device, and the magnetic reader element may be configured to read a magnetic strip of a transaction card. The method may include receiving, from the magnetic reader element, a reader connection signal from the reader connection. The reader connection signal may include the noise signal. The method may include extracting, from the reader connection signal, a card information signal associated with the transaction card from the magnetic strip. The card information signal may be extracted based on the noise signal. The method may include performing an action associated with the card information signal.
Inventors: Richard Post (Mechanicsville, Virginia), Nathaniel McKinnon (Richmond)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
Nov. 12, 2019

Article carrier and blank therefor
Patent No. 10,472,151
Aspects of the disclosure relate to an article carrier having a carrying handle formed within a medial partition structure. The carrying handle (H) has an engaging edge that is disposed at a non-zero angle relative to an upper edge of the medial partition structure, and the engaging edge is disposed in an off-centre position within the medial partition structure.
Inventors: Nathaniel B. Ball (Richmond), David T. Hayslette (Midltothian, Virginia)
Assignee: WestRock Packaging Systems (Atlanta, Georgia)
Nov. 12, 2019

Sterilization or disinfection of workpieces, including medical and dental instruments
Patent No. 10,471,165
Devices and methods for sterilizing and/or disinfecting workpieces, such as medical and dental instruments. The device can include a chamber that receives the workpieces and can be sealed. The chamber is filled with chlorine dioxide gas to a threshold concentration and for a time sufficient to sterilize and/or disinfect the workpieces.
Inventors: John Richardson (Hanover, Virginia), Kevin White (Richmond), Benjamin Niemaseck (Chesterfield, Virginia), Douglas McIlwaine (Ashland, Virginia), James Wilkins (Midlothian, Virginia), Rob Bedinger (Richmond), Yatao Liu (Cypress, California), James Liang-Hiong Chia (Irvine, California), Stephen C. Fanning (Trabuco Canyon, California), Tim Taylor (Orange, California)
Assignee: Chemtreat (Glen Allen, Virginia)
Nov. 12, 2019

Display package
Patent No. 10,470,492
A display package configured to receive an elongate body, which includes a rectangular box portion having a side edge cavity formed between a front panel and a cavity side panel, wherein the side edge cavity includes a first cavity panel and a second cavity panel formed by an outer portion of the front panel and the cavity side panel, respectively, and wherein the rectangular box portion, the first cavity panel and the second cavity panel are perpendicular to the front panel and the cavity side panel, respectively.

Inventors: Scott A. Fath (Richmond)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Nov. 12, 2019

Management of energy demand and energy efficiency savings from voltage optimization on electric power systems using AMI-based data analysis
Patent No. 10,476,273
A method, apparatus, system and computer program is provided for controlling an electric power system, including implementation of a voltage control and conservation (VCC) system used to optimally control the independent voltage and capacitor banks using a linear optimization methodology to minimize the losses in the EEDCS and the EUS. An energy validation process system (EVP) is provided which is used to document the savings of the VCC and an EPP is used to optimize improvements to the EEDCS for continuously improving the energy losses in the EEDS. The EVP system measures the improvement in the EEDS a result of operating the VCC system in the “ON” state determining the level of energy conservation achieved by the VCC system.
Inventors: Stephen J. Tyler (Henrico County, Virginia), Phillip W. Powell (Chesterfield, Virginia)
Assignee: Dominion Energy (Richmond)
Nov. 12, 2019

System and method for risk-aware server load balancing
Patent No. 10,476,950
Systems and methods are provided for managing server loads that accounts for various measures of risk associated with different workloads assigned to servers. The systems and methods may include a memory storing instructions for server load management operations, and a processor configured to execute the stored instructions. The processor may receive a workload, determine a value associated with the workload indicating a predetermined importance of the workload, receive information for a plurality of active servers in a server cluster associated with the processor, determine risk levels associated with the active servers based on the received information, and assign the received workload to one of the active servers based on the determined value and the determined risk levels.
Inventors: Tao Tao (Jericho, N.Y.), Santosh Bardwaj (Glen Allen, Virginia), Il Sun Yoo(Long Island City, N.Y.), Yihui Tang (Vienna, Virginia), Jeremy Gerstle (New York, N.Y.)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
Nov. 12, 2019

Titanium plasma coated medical grade thermoplastic or polymer proximal and distal interphalangeal toe implant
Patent No. 10,470,890
A medical grade thermoplastic or polymer implant with an osteoconductive coating is provided, specifically for corrections of the distal and proximal interphalangeal toe joints of the foot. The implant can be either straight or angled, and can be either solid or cannulated for insertion. The implant is sized and shaped depending on the specific anatomy and desired correction. End portions of the implant may be coated with an osteoconductive coating that promotes bone growth, but may reduce radiolucency. Thus, a central portion of the implant may remain uncoated to increase radiolucency of the implant at the region where two bones come together.
Inventors: Albert Eugene Austin (Millersville, Maryland), Steven Keith Neufeld (Washington, D.C.), Adam D. McQueen (Powder Springs, Georgia), Simon J. Mest (Mechanicsville, Virginia), Paul S. Cooper (Potomac, Maryland)
Assignee: Neutin Orthopedics (Millersville, Maryland)
Nov. 12, 2019

Sterile dental setup pack
Patent No. 10,470,859
A system and method for forming a sterile dental pack is disclosed. The method includes preparing a first wrap and a second wrap; arranging a plurality of dental disposable supplies on the first wrap; and wrapping the plurality of dental disposable supplies within the first wrap and the second wrap to form an airtight container. Also disclosed is a sterile dental pack dispensing system. The sterile dental pack dispensing system may include a storage container with an opening, the storage container being configured to store a wrapped sterile dental pack; an output configured to receive the wrapped sterile dental pack from the storage container; and a fiber optic indicator configured to cause the wrapped sterile dental pack to move from the storage container to the output through the opening.
Inventors: Paula Evette Nesbitt (Hopewell, Virginia), Jarrett Anthony Scott (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
Assignee: N/A
Nov. 12, 2019

Systems and methods for secure remote identity verification
Patent No. 10,476,676
Systems and methods are provided for authenticating an identity of a user requesting a resource or service from an entity. In some embodiments, a system may include at least one processor; and a non-transitory medium containing instructions that cause the system to perform operations. The operations may include receiving credential information associated with the remote user, and receiving, from the server associated with the entity, first hash information. The operations may also include generating second hash information based on information associated with the user, comparing the first hash information with the second hash information, and transmitting an indication based on the comparison to the server associated with the entity.
Inventors: Ryan Fox (Lebanon, Ohio), Jonathan Weimer (Henrico, Virginia), Meghnath Sharma (Chantilly, Virginia), Charles W. Hall (Manakin-Sabot, Virginia)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
Nov. 12, 2019

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