The R&D Dept.: Local patents for 3.25.20

Switching skyrmions with VCMA/electric field for memory, computing and information processing
Patent No. 10,593,389
A fixed magnetic skyrmion in a memory or Boolean logic or non-Boolean computing element is reversibly switched or switchable (1) with only an electric field and without a magnetic field or spin current; and (2) using voltage control of magnetic anisotropy (VCMA) to reduce the spin current needed to switch the skyrmion. Some embodiments switch between four states: two skyrmion states and two ferromagnetic states. Other embodiments switch between two states which are both skyrmionic, in which case the switching process may use ferromagnetic intermediate states, or both ferromagnetic, in which case the switching process may use skyrmionic intermediate states, or between a Skyrmion and ferromagnetic state. Boolean and non-Boolean logic devices are also provided which are based on these switching methods.
Inventors: Jayasimha Atulasimha (Glen Allen, Virginia), Dhritiman Bhattcaharya (Richmond), Md Mamun Al-Rashid (Richmond)
Assignee: Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond)
March 17, 2020

System and methods for providing financial account information over a network
Patent No. 10,592,937
A system and method for providing financial account messages to customers while accessing web sites is disclosed. Methods, systems and articles of manufacture consistent with the present invention enable a financial account issuer to provide an application to customer’s computer system over a network. The application may be configured to provide various messages associated with the customer’s financial account provided by the financial account issuer while the customer browses web sites. The financial account messages may be configured to provide interactive and dynamically changing account status information based on attempted purchases of goods and/or services by the customer at merchants’ web sites. The application may also be configured to provide rating information associated with web sites accessed by the customer.
Inventors: Jonathan Turner (Richmond), Arthur Koeppel (Richmond)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
March 17, 2020

Carbon-containing modacrylic and aramid bicomponent filament yarns
Patent No. 10,590,567
A yarn comprising a plurality of bicomponent filaments having a first region comprising a first polymer composition and a second region comprising a second polymer composition, each of the first and second regions being distinct in the bicomponent filaments; each bicomponent filament comprising 5 to 60 weight percent of the first polymer composition and 95 to 40 weight percent of the second polymer composition; wherein the first polymer composition comprises aramid polymer containing 0.5 to 20 weight percent discrete homogeneously dispersed carbon particles and the second polymer composition comprises modacrylic polymer being free of discrete carbon particles; the yarn having a total content of 0.1 to 5 weight percent discrete carbon particles.
Inventors: Mark William Andersen (Charlottesville, Virginia), Mark T. Aronson (Midlothian, Virginia), Christopher William Newton (Richmond), Thomas Wayne Steinruck (Glen Allen, Virginia), B.Lynne Wiseman (Richmond), Reiyao Zhu (Moseley, Virginia)
Assignee: Dupont Safety & Construction Inc. (Wilmington, Delaware)
March 17, 2020

Pod assembly, dispensing body, and e-vapor apparatus including the same
Patent No. 10,588,357
An e-vapor apparatus may include a pod assembly and a dispensing body configured to receive the pod assembly. A vaporizer may be disposed in the pod assembly and/or the dispensing body. The pod assembly may include a vapor precursor compartment, a device compartment, and a vapor channel extending from the device compartment and traversing the vapor precursor compartment. The pod assembly is a smart pod configured to receive, store, and transmit information that can be communicated with the dispensing body and/or another electronic device. The proximal portion of the dispensing body includes a vapor passage and a through-hole. The vapor passage may extend from an end surface of the proximal portion to a side wall of the through-hole. The through-hole is configured to receive the pod assembly such that the vapor channel of the pod assembly is aligned with the vapor passage of the dispensing body.
Inventors: Eric Hawes (Midlothian, Virginia), Raymond Lau (Richmond), Alistair Bramley (Richmond)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
March 17, 2020

Product portion enrobing machines and methods
Patent No. 10,588,339
An apparatus for enrobing a product portion can include at least one polymer spray head adapted to create at least one flow of polymeric fibers to produce at least one polymer enrobing zone and a conveyor system adapted to move at least one product portion from at least one position below at least one polymer enrobing zone and to at least one position above at least one polymer enrobing zone to drop each product portion through one or more polymer enrobing zones a plurality times at different orientations to enrobe each product portion with polymeric fibers.
Inventors: Andrew Nathan Carroll (Chester, Virginia), Shannon Maxwell Black (Richmond), Yan Helen Sun (Midlothian, Virginia), William J. Burke (Nashville, Tennessee), Robert Smith (Glen Allen, Virginia)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
March 17, 2020

Systems and methods for automated determination of network device transiting data attributes
Patent No. 10,594,589
A system for determining network device transiting data attributes includes one or more memory devices storing instructions, and one or more processors configured to execute the instructions to run a first script on all static ports of a network and run a second script on all known ports of the network. The system may parse the parameters returned from the first and second scripts to identify one or more identified ports of the known ports. The system may run a third script on the one or more identified ports to force one or more denials at the identified ports. Based on the one or more denials, the system may determine network device transiting data attributes including but not limited to allowed protocols and directionality for each of the one or more identified ports.
Inventors: Eric Barnum (Midlothian, Virginia), Terence Banks (Culpeper, Virginia)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
March 17, 2020

On-line oil and foreign matter detection system and method employing hyperspectral imaging
Patent No. 10,592,745
A method for removing foreign matter from an agricultural product stream of a manufacturing process. The method includes conveying a product stream past an inspection station; scanning a region of the agricultural product stream as it passes the inspection station using at least one light source of a single or different wavelengths; generating hyperspectral images from the scanned region; determining a spectral fingerprint for the agricultural product stream from the hyperspectral images; comparing the spectral fingerprint obtained in step (c) to a spectral fingerprint database containing a plurality of fingerprints using a computer processor to determine whether foreign matter is present and, if present, generating a signal in response thereto; and removing a portion of the conveyed product stream in response to the signal. A system for detecting foreign matter within an agricultural product stream is also provided.
Inventors: Henry M. Dante (Midlothian, Virginia), Samuel Timothy Henry (Midlothian, Virginia), Seetharama C. Deevi (Midlothian, Virginia)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
March 17, 2020

Systems and methods for cryptographic authentication of contactless cards
Patent No. 10,592,710
Example embodiments of systems and methods for contactless card verification include a contactless card including a substrate, a processor, and a memory, wherein the memory contains a first applet and a second applet, and a recipient device in data communication with the contactless card, wherein the second applet is configured to retrieve one or more parameters from the first applet via an interface; and wherein the second applet is configured to transmit the one or more parameters to the recipient device for verification.
Inventors: Jeffrey Rule (Chevy Chase, Maryland), James Ashfield (Midlothian, Virginia), Srinivasa Chigurupati; (Long Grove, Illinois), Kevin Osborn (Newton Highlands, Massachusetts)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
March 17, 2020

Systems and methods for exporting auto finance information
Patent No. 10,592,981
This disclosure relates generally to systems and methods for providing personalized financing information and, more particularly, systems and methods for providing personalized financing information via a dealership website using an API associated with a financial service provider. In one embodiment, a system includes memory hardware storing instructions that configure processing hardware to receive a loan request for a buyer via a real-time API that includes at least buyer identification and financial information and information associated at least one inventory item presented on a dealership website. The system may also determine financing information comprising prospective financing terms for the at least one item based on at least the loan request. The server may also provide, to the dealership server via the real-time API, the determined financing information for presentation on the dealership website, including prospective financing terms information corresponding to each of the at least one item.
Inventors: Katherine Forrester (Dallas, Texas), Nicholas Dolle (McKinney, Texas), Xiaoxiang Zhang (McKinney, Texas), Kurt Johnson (Dallas, Texas), Jeffrey Whalen (Little Elm, Texas), David Gray (Ashland, Virginia), Shaun Webb (San Francisco, California), Maninder Suri (Plano, Texas), Ruhaab Markas (Dallas, Texas)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
March 17, 2020

Countertop oven
Patent No. 10,591,168
A countertop oven includes a housing having a rear panel, an upper panel, a bottom panel, a first side panel, an opposing second side panel and an open front end, together defining a cooking cavity therebetween. The cooking cavity is accessible via the open front end of the housing. At least one heating element within the housing selectively heats the cooking cavity. A door is movably attached to the housing via at least one 4-bar linkage mechanism. The door is selectively movable between a closed position, wherein the open front end of the housing is covered by the door, and an open position, wherein the door is positioned generally atop the upper panel of the housing, thereby uncovering the open front end of the housing to access the cooking cavit
Inventors: Weiqun Yang (Henrico, Virginia), Michael Garman (Stafford, Virginia), Amy Hollister (Henrico, Virginia)
Assignee: Hamilton Beach Brands (Glen Allen, Virginia)
March 17, 2020

Waste disposal apparatus
Patent No. 10,589,926
A waste disposal apparatus, such as a waste disposal container or unit that is configured to receive used personal care products in a discreet and sanitary manner Instances of incontinence, menstruation or uncontrollable bodily functions can be a personal situation that is otherwise unknown to others. However, current receptacles available to dispose of used personal care products fail to provide for a hygienic, easily accessible and discreet that is designed for small spaces, such as a home bathroom or public restroom stall.
Inventors: Brenda O’Grady Liistro(Westport, Connecticut), Marta Lorenzoni-Loeb (Hingham, Massachusetts), Joseph M. Clark (London, Ohio), Paul David Maguire (Goochland, Virginia), David Stowers (Morristown, New Jersey), Joss; Jeffrey Joss (Union City, New Jersey), Henry Mack (Phillipsburg, New Jersey), Michael Zambelli (Basking Ridge, New Jersey), Adriana Kleigman (New York, New York)
Assignee: Moderntaek Product Solutions (Westport, Connecticut)
March 17, 2020

Systems and methods for providing an interactive community through device communication
Patent No. 10,602,333
A wave device is disclosed. The wave device may include one or more memory devices storing instructions and one or more processors configured to execute the instructions to receive a unique identifier associated with a community and generate a communication including the unique identifier associated with the community and enabling a second wave device to join the community. The one or more processors may be further configured to transmit the communication to the second wave device based on geographic proximity to the second wave device, and share information with the second wave device based on the second wave device joining the community.
Inventors: Eric K. Barnum (Midlothian, Virginia), Anthony Reynolds (Richmond)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
March 24, 2020

Methylation site regulating expression of mda-9/syntenin
Patent No. 10,597,728
Methods of prognosing the outcome of cancer and/or cancer treatment are provided. The methods involve quantitating the level of methylation at a site that regulates expression of the mda-9/Syntenin gene, site cg17197774. High levels of methylation indicate a good prognosis whereas low levels of methylation indicate a poor prognosis and determination of these levels permits risk stratification of patients with cancer.
Inventors: Paul B. Fisher (Richmond), Manny Bacolod (Richmond)
Assignee: Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond)
March 24, 2020

Pumps, dispensers and methods of using the same
Patent No. 10,595,685
Pumps and dispensers having dosage control and various methods for actuating a pump or piston allow users to deliver a product from a container to be used by the user.
Inventors: Sara D. Falcon (Richmond), Kelly A. Halligan (Richmond), Steven L. Sweeton (Lake Winnebago, Missouri), Niels F.G. Van Wieringen (GL’s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands)
Assignee: Silgan Dispensing Systems Corp. (Grandview, Missouri)
March 24, 2020

Menthol cigarette
Patent No. 10,595,557
Cigarettes are provided which contain a filtering system and flavorants encapsulated with polyvinyl acetate, wherein deactivation of a sorbent by the flavorant is reduced through the encapsulation of the flavorant within the polyvinyl acetate. A preferred flavorant is menthol. The encapsulated flavorants are prepared by mixing at least one flavorant with polyvinyl acetate and a solvent, such as ethanol, and forming the encapsulated flavorants. Methods of making cigarettes and smoking the articles are also provided.
Inventors: Ulrike Becker (Richmond), Tony Howell (Midlothian, Virginia), Lixin Xue (Midlothian, Virginia), Georgios D. Karles (Richmond), Jay A. Fournier (Richmond)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc. (Richmond)
March 24, 2020

Slide push pack for smoking articles
Patent No. 10,595,560
A slide push pack for smoking articles and a method of packaging smoking articles are disclosed. The slide push pack includes an outer shell and an inner shell. The outer shell has a front panel, a back panel, a first side panel, and a second side panel, the back panel having a pair of guide rails and an inner channel, the front panel having a front finger window. The inner shell is configured to receive a pack of smoking articles. The inner shell includes an inner back panel, an outer back panel, a front panel, a first side panel, a second side panel, and a hinged-lid. The hinged-lid has a hinged-lid back panel configured to attach the hinged-lid to the back panel of the inner shell, and wherein the inner back panel includes an upper tab, and the outer back panel includes a mid-tab and a lower retention tab.
Inventors: James Lindsay Clark (Chesterfield, Virginia), Robert T. Mitten (Glen Allen, Virginia)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
March 24, 2020

Tobacco plants having reduced nicotine demethylase activity
Patent No. 10,597,668
The present invention generally relates to methods and materials involved in producing tobacco plants having reduced levels of conversion of nicotine to nornicotine. In certain embodiments, the invention is directed to mutations in a nicotine demethylase gene, tobacco plants comprising mutations in a nicotine demethylase gene, and tobacco compositions and products thereof. In other embodiments, the invention is directed toward nicotine demethylase RNA interference, tobacco plants comprising a nicotine demethylase RNA interference transgene, and tobacco compositions and products thereof.
Inventors: Dongmei Xu (Glenn Allen, Virginia), Mark T. Nielsen (Nicholasville, Kentucky), Yanxin Shen (Glen Allen, Virginia)
Assignee: U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Co. (Richmond)
March 24, 2020

Box-in-box container
Patent No. 10,597,223
A box blank useful for forming a container includes a first layer comprising paperboard, a second layer comprising a paper layer and a foil layer, and an adhesive layer adhering the first layer to the second layer, wherein the foil layer is between the paperboard and the paper layer.
Inventors: Stephen Bellamah (Midlothian, Virginia), James S. Bigelow (Midlothian, Virginia)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
March 24, 2020

Invoking enhanced plug-ins and creating workflows having a series of enhanced plug-ins
Patent No. 10,599,497
A computer-implemented method includes: receiving, by a computing device, information for composing a first enhanced plug-in, wherein the first enhanced plug-in includes one or more logical components for invoking the first enhanced plug-in by an application running in a different framework as the first enhanced plug-in; receiving, by the computing device, information for creating a workflow that includes a series of a plurality of enhanced plug-ins including the first enhanced plug-in and one or more subsequent second enhanced plug-ins; and invoking, by the computing device, the workflow, wherein the invoking the workflow causes the first enhanced plug-in to receive data from an application running on the same or different framework as the first enhanced plug-in, process the data, and forward the processed data as input data to a particular one of the one or more subsequent second enhanced plug-ins or an endpoint application.
Inventors: Mark D. Batinich (North Aurora, Illinois), Pietro Iannucci (Rome, Italy), Linwood E. Loving (Mechanicsville, Virginia), Allison V. Pelt (Mahwah, New Jersey), Luigi Pichetti (Rome, Italy)
Assignee: International Business Machines Corp. (Armonk, New York)
March 24, 2020

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