The R&D Dept.: Local patents for 1.29.20

Display carton
Patent No. 10,538,349
A display carton is disclosed, which includes a tray portion, the tray portion including a back panel, a bottom panel, a front panel, an inside front panel, a right back gusset panel, a left back gusset panel, a right side wall panel, a left side wall panel, a right front gusset panel, and a left front gusset panel; a display portion, the display portion including an extension panel, a display panel, and a top panel, the top panel foldably connected along a fold line to the back panel of the tray portion; and a removable front panel portion foldably connected along a fold line to the inside front panel.
Inventors: Christopher J. Hession (Mechanicsville, Virginia), Daniel Richter (Richmond)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Jan. 21, 2020

Irreversible electroporation using tissue vasculature to treat aberrant cell masses or create tissue scaffolds
Patent No. 10,537,379
The present invention relates to the field of medical treatment of diseases and disorders, as well as the field of biomedical engineering. Embodiments of the invention relate to the delivery of Irreversible Electroporation (IRE) through the vasculature of organs to treat tumors embedded deep within the tissue or organ, or to decellularize organs to produce a scaffold from existing animal tissue with the existing vasculature intact. In particular, methods of administering non-thermal irreversible electroporation (IRE) in vivo are provided for the treatment of tumors located in vascularized tissues and organs. Embodiments of the invention further provide scaffolds and tissues from natural sources created using IRE ex vivo to remove cellular debris, maximize recellularization potential, and minimize foreign body immune response. The engineered tissues can be used in methods of treating subjects, such as those in need of tissue replacement or augmentation.
Inventors: Michael B. Sano (Blacksburg, Virginia), Rafael V. Davalos (Blacksburg, Virginia), John L. Robertson (Floyd, Virginia), Paulo A. Garcia (Blacksburg, Virginia), Robert E. Neal (Richmond)
Assignee: Virginia Tech Intellectual Properties (Blacksburg, Virginia)
Jan. 21, 2020

Gamma cyclodextrin flavoring-release additives
Patent No. 10,537,131
Electrically heated cigarettes used in an electrical smoking system include a flavoring-release additive and sorbent effective to remove one or more gas-phase constituents of mainstream tobacco smoke. The flavoring-release additive includes gamma cyclodextrin and at least one flavoring. Flavoring is released in a cigarette upon the flavoring-release additive reaching at least a minimum temperature during smoking. The flavoring-release additive can have various forms including, for example, powder and films.
Inventors: Munmaya K. Mishra (Richmond), Susan E. Wrenn (Chesterfield, Virginia), Jay A. Fournier (Richmond)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA (Richmond)
Jan. 21, 2020

Thin wall product display tube
Patent No. 10,537,133
A thin-walled polypropylene product display tube. The thin-walled polypropylene product display tube includes a tubular member having a closed end, an open end, an inner diameter and, between the closed end and the open end, a first outer diameter, the open end terminating in a flared portion having a second outer diameter, the tubular member having a wall thickness sufficient to yield a level of haze equal to or less than 8%. A process for forming a thin-walled polypropylene product display tube is also provided.
Inventors: James Lindsay Clark (Chesterfield, Virginia)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Jan. 21, 2020

Methods and apparatus to facilitate proximity detection and location tracking
Patent No. 10,542,382
Methods, apparatus, systems and articles of manufacture are disclosed to facilitate proximity detection and location tracking. An example method includes receiving messages collected by a badge in an environment, the messages including signal strength and a timestamp. The example method also includes assigning a location in the environment to the badge based on a first subset of the messages. The example method also includes identifying an asset in a second subset of the messages. The example method also includes updating a current location associated with the asset based on a relative proximity of the asset to the badge, wherein the current location corresponds to a first time and the updated location corresponds to a second time, and wherein a change in location between the current location and the updated location indicates movement of the asset in the environment.
Inventors: Brandon Stephen Good (Niskayuna, New York), Charles Burton Theurer (Alplaus, New York), Shaopeng Liu (Clifton Park, New York), Robert Lee Wallace (Glen Allen, Virginia)
Assignee: General Electric Co. (Schenectady, New York)
Jan. 21, 2020

System and method of obtaining smoking topography data
Patent No. 10,537,135
An exemplary smoking topography circuit of an electronic aerosol smoking article, includes at least one sensor configured to measure user interaction with the smoking article, a processor, and memory. The processor is configured to detect a smoking event based an output of the at least one sensor, collect data associated with the smoking event, and arrange the data in a pattern that associates the smoking event to shifts in battery voltage. The memory is configured to store the data pattern in a structured multi-byte format.
Inventors: Barry S. Smith (Hopewell, Virginia), Douglas A. Burton (Glen Allen, Virginia)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Jan. 21, 2020

Optical communication system
Patent No. 10,546,250
The present disclosure describes an automated, cognitive based computing system using artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning algorithms to sense, predict, and infer network conditions, configured to dynamically manage transmission of information between communication nodes. The communication nodes comprise orbital nodes positioned in orbit above earth and terrestrial nodes coupled with earth interconnected via a hybrid mesh network topology. One or more automated, cognitive based physical computing processors, using artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning algorithms to sense, predict, and infer network conditions, determine a target terrestrial node to receive information initially stored on a first orbital node; determine transmission conditions between the target terrestrial node and the first orbital node based on output signals from sensors; dynamically determine whether transmission conditions between the first orbital node and the target terrestrial node prevent optical transmission of the information directly from the first orbital node to the target terrestrial node; and, responsive to a determination that transmission conditions prevent optical transmission of the information to the target terrestrial node from the first orbital node, automatically transmit the information along an alternate route between the first orbital node and the target terrestrial node, wherein the alternate route includes transmission between some orbital node and an alternative target terrestrial node other than the target terrestrial node.
Inventors: Robert H. Brumley II (Weems, Virginia), Robert H. Brumley III (Richmond), Richard Rosenthal (Leesburg, Virginia), Steven Birrell (Charles Town, West Virginia), Reedy; Michael J. Reedy (Kingsport, Tennessee), Fletcher W. Brumley (Washington, D.C.)
Assignee: Laser Light Communications (Reston, Virginia)
Jan. 28, 2020

Immobilized diluents for smoking articles
Patent No. 10,542,772
Immobilized diluents in a smoking article are provided, wherein diluents can be immobilized through absorption and/or adsorption of the diluents into immobilizing materials, such as sorbents like silica gels. By immobilizing diluents, the diluents can be available for vaporization, while still being protected from migration and/or loss of the diluents in a smoking article.
Inventors: Shuzhong Zhuang (Richmond), Georgios D. Karles (Richmond)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc. (Richmond)
Jan. 28, 2020

Bridge and asynchronous channel based bus to provide UI-to-UI asynchronous communication
Patent No. 10,545,906
In a system and method for providing UI-to-UI asynchronous communication, a bridge is coupled to an asynchronous channel based bus that has at least one Galactic channel. The bridge receives each message on the Galactic channel, and converts each message from a channel message format used by the Galactic channel to a common message format. The bridge utilizes a socket to broadcast each converted message to, and receive messages from, the one or more other bridges. The bridge determines that a message received from the one or more other bridges is destined for the Galactic channel. The bridge converts the message into the channel message format used by the Galactic channel. The bridge distributes the converted message to the at least one Galactic channel.
Inventors: Dave Shanley (Ashland, Virginia)
Assignee: VMware (Palo Alto, California)
Jan. 28, 2020

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