The R&D Dept.: Local patents for 4.8.20

Computer-based systems configured for automated roll-forward of software package versions and methods of use thereof
Patent No. 10,606,585
In order to facilitate automatic roll-forward updates, embodiments include detecting a failure in a software package. In response to the failure, data indicative of a current version of a software package is extracted from a release directory. In response to the application data, a base repository with a version history of the application is cloned. In response to the cloning, a prior set of changes from the base repository in the temporary directory, where the prior set of changes form an old application version of the application, is imported. In response to the import of the prior set of changes, the current version is overwritten with the prior set of changes to generate a new version. The new version is pushed directly to the base repository and a deployment API causes the new version to replace the current version.
Inventors: Daniel Vincent Safronoff (Vienna, Virginia), James Louis Laiche (Richmond), Bradley Clarke Dellinger (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), Ron Meck (Toano, Virginia)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
March 31, 2020

High buoyancy composite materials
Patent No. 10,605,573
Ballistic resistant composite materials having high positive buoyancy in water are provided. More particularly, provided are foam-free, buoyant composite materials fabricated using dry processing techniques. The materials comprise fibrous plies that are partially coated with a particulate binder that is thermopressed to transform a portion of the binder into raised, discontinuous patches bonded to fiber/tape surfaces, while another portion of the particulate binder remains on the fibers/tapes as unmelted particles. The presence of the unmelted binder particles maintains empty spaces within the composite materials which increases the positive buoyancy of the composites in water.
Inventors: Ashok Bhatnagar (Richmond), Tyler Bartelt (Chesterfield, Virginia), Henry Gerard Ardiff (Chesterfield, Virginia), Gary Kratzer (Midlothian, Virginia), David A. Hurst (Richmond), Lori L. Wagner (Richmond)
Assignee: Honeywell International (Morris Plains, New Jersey)
March 31, 2020

Polymer coated paperboard container and method
Patent No. 10,604,302
A method of forming a coating on a cylindrical paperboard container having a closed end. The method includes the steps of heating a gas from a first temperature to a second temperature; providing the gas to a first inlet of a nozzle; providing a polymer in a liquid state at a third temperature; providing the polymer to a second inlet of the nozzle; and spraying the polymer onto the cylindrical paperboard container using the nozzle; wherein the second temperature is greater than the third temperature; and the second temperature and third temperature are such that the gas maintains the polymer in the liquid state at least until the polymer comes into contact with the cylindrical paperboard container. A system for applying a coating to a plurality of cylindrical paperboard containers and a container for a consumer product are also provided.
Inventors: Gregory James Griscik (Midlothian, Virginia), Chris Simpson (Richmond)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
March 31, 2020

HPLC column
Patent No. 10,603,604
A slurry chamber is fastened to and held in coaxial alignment with a chromatography column by a V-band. One end of the column has an end cap and frit. A slurry of fluid and chromatographic media is placed in the column and chamber. A piston is forced through the chamber and into the column by a hydraulic ram to expel the fluid and form a media bed in the column. The slurry chamber is removed, and a split end cap is fastened to the column. A threaded recess in the split end cap receives a split, threaded collet. The collet is tightened until it pushes against the piston with the same force as the ram, at which point the ram is released and the column removed for use.
Inventors: Peter C. Rahn (Richmond), Romaine R. Maiefski (Oceanside, California), Tivadar Farkas (Harbor City, California), Emmet E. Welch (Aliso Viejo, California)
Assignee: Phenomenex (Torrance, California)
March 31, 2020

E-vapor devices including pre-sealed cartridges
Patent No. 10,602,774
An e-vapor device may include a cartridge configured to hold a vapor precursor therein. The e-vapor device may additionally include a dispensing body including a ratchet assembly and configured to receive a vaporizer to interact with the ratchet assembly. The vaporizer is configured to access the vapor precursor in the cartridge via a coupling action and to heat the vapor precursor to generate a vapor. The ratchet assembly is configured to undergo a mechanical incrementation with each coupling action to facilitate a simultaneous removal of the cartridge with the vaporizer coupled thereto after a designated number of coupling actions. Accordingly, the overuse of the vaporizer and the adverse sensory effects associated therewith can be reduced or prevented.
Inventors: Eric Hawes (Richmond), Raymond Lau (Richmond), Ben Sharp (Richmond)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
March 31, 2020

Oral tobacco product
Patent No. 10,602,768
An oral tobacco product includes a body that is wholly receivable in an oral cavity. The body includes a mouth-stable polymer matrix and tobacco fibers embedded in the mouth-stable polymer matrix. The oral tobacco product can be formed by extruding a mixture of mouth-stable polymer and tobacco fibers.
Inventors: Feng Gao (Midlothian, Virginia), Frank Scott Atchley (Tarpon Springs, Florida), Gregory James Griscik (Midlothian, Virginia), Christopher Joseph DiNovi (Richmond), Phillip M. Hulan (Midlothian, Virginia), Diane L. Gee (Chesterfield, Virginia), Munmaya K. Mishra (Manakin Sabot, Virginia), James Arthur Strickland (Richmond)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
March 31, 2020

Systems and methods for managing cash advances
Patent No. 10,607,229
Systems and methods are provided for managing a cash advance service associated with a payment account of a user. An exemplary method may include providing, to a device of the user, instructions to display an application interface, the application interface receiving user requests to enable and disable the cash advance service. The method may also include receiving, through the application interface, a request to enable the cash advance service. The method may further include associating a transaction rule with the payment account, the transaction rule defining a condition upon which approval of a cash advance transaction is permitted. The method may further include receiving a cash advance transaction authorization request associated with the payment account. The method may further include approving the cash advance transaction authorization request when the condition is met and declining the cash advance transaction authorization request when the condition is not met.
Inventors: Abhinav Agrawal (Washington, D.C.), Riken Shah (Ashburn, Virginia), Joshua Wilbur (Potomac, Maryland), Jeffrey Samitt (Glen Allen, Virginia), Colleen Kerr (Washington, D.C.)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
March 31, 2020

Systems and methods for cryptographic authentication of contactless cards
Patent No. 10,607,214
Example embodiments of systems and methods for data transmission between a contactless card, a client device, and one or more servers are provided. The contactless card may include one or more processors and memory. The memory may include one or more applets. The client device may include one or more processors and memory. The client device may be in data communication with the contactless card. One or more servers may be in data communication with the client device. A first set of information may be transmitted from the contactless card to the client device. The first set of information may include one or more links to activate the contactless card. The client device may be configured to receive the first set of information from the contactless card. Upon validation of the first set of information, the contactless card may be activated.
Inventors: Jeffrey Rule (Chevy Chase, Maryland), Melissa Heng (Glen Allen, Virginia), James Ashfield (Midlothian, Virginia), Colin Hart (Arlington, Virginia), Rajko Ilincic (Annandale, Virginia), Wayne Lutz (Fort Washington, Maryland)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
March 31, 2020

System and method for providing a group account
Patent No. 10,607,206
Systems and methods include a group fund processor having a communications interface that receives account data associated with a primary account from a device over a network, creates a group fund account, and associate one or more limits with the group fund account, an alert interface that transmits an electronic invitation including a description of a first amount to an invited user and receives a response from the invited user to the at least one invitation, wherein the response includes account data associated with a respective group member account of the invited user; and an account processor that links the group fund account to the primary account, and links respective group member account of the invited user to the group fund account so that the first amount is transferred from the respective group member account of the invited user to the group fund account.
Inventors: Christopher Wetzel (Wayne, Pennsylvania), Daniel Beck (Arlington, Virginia), Paul Young Moreton (Glen Allen, Virginia)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
March 31, 2020

Image capturing devices
Patent No. 10,607,197
A mobile device camera stand includes a flat, planar base comprising a platform for receiving a document, an adjustable shaft projecting from the base at a first end of the shaft, and a flat, planar cradle having a top surface and a bottom surface, the bottom surface connected to a second end of the shaft. The top surface of the cradle receives a mobile device having a camera, and the cradle includes a cutout such that the camera is placed on the cutout such that the cutout does not obstruct the camera, thereby enabling the camera to image the document.
Inventors: John Shi (Arlington, Virginia), Corey Lee (Vienna, Virginia), Xiaoxue Sherman He (Vienna, Virginia), Sudhir Patni (McLean, Virginia), Blake Castle (Glen Allen, Virginia)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)

Method of making a superconductor device
Patent No. 10,608,159
A method of forming a superconductor device structure is disclosed. The method comprises forming a base electrode in a first dielectric layer, forming a junction material stack over the base electrode, forming a hardmask over the junction material stack, etching away a portion of the junction material stack to form a Josephson junction (JJ) over the base electrode, and depositing a second dielectric layer over the hardmask, the JJ, the base electrode and the first dielectric layer. The method additionally comprises forming a first contact through the second dielectric layer to the base electrode to electrically couple the first contact to a first end of the JJ, and forming a second contact through the second dielectric layer and the hardmask to electrically coupled the second contact to a second end of the JJ.
Inventors: Christopher F. Kirby (Gambrills, Maryland), Michael Rennie (Mechanicsville, Virginia), Daniel J. O’Donnell (Manassas, Virginia)
Assignee: Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. (Falls Church, Virginia)
March 31, 2020

Method and system for authorizing card account transactions by geographic region
Patent No. 10,614,464
A method and system for authorizing card account transactions by geographic region by providing data for a user interface displaying geographic regions and merchant locations each corresponding to the location of a merchant where a transaction using a card account may be initiated, receiving a user interface selection representing a request to authorize or restrict card account transactions, receiving authorization requests for desired transactions, and authorizing or restricting the transactions in accordance with the request.
Inventors: Michele D. Matthews (Richmond)
Assignee: Capital One Financial Corp. (McLean, Virginia)
April 7, 2020

Composite fabrics combining high and low strength materials
Patent No. 10,612,189
Composite materials combining both high and low strength fibrous materials. More particularly, composite materials that are useful as lightweight vest covers for tactical vests and that are suitable for the formation of alternatives to conventional Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment (MOLLE).
Inventors: Lori L. Wagner (Richmond), Dalia Taylor (Midlothian, Virginia), David A. Hurst (Richmond), Gregory A. Davis (Midlothian, Virginia), Sameer Agrawal (Moseley, Virginia)
Assignee: Honeywell International (Morris Plains, New Jersey)
April 7, 2020

Method and machine for making uniform products
Patent No. 10,611,043
A method of forming an oral product includes gripping a rod of oral product material with a gripping device, indexing the rod forward to have a leading end of the rod abut a stop at a first location, cutting a leading portion of the rod to create an oral product, moving the stop to a second location to allow the oral product to fall, moving the stop back to the first location, and repeating the process. A machine for forming an oral product can include a cutting device adapted to cut through a rod of plastic material, a stop spaced from the cutting device, the stop being adapted to be moved from a first location to a second location, a gripping device adapted to hold and index a rod towards the stop, and a load cell positioned to receive oral products cut from a rod by the cutting device.
Inventors: Carl Gregory Miller (Richmond), Charles Lester Dendy (Ruther Glen, Virginia), Jeremy J. Straight (Midlothian, Virginia), Gregory James Griscik (Midlothian, Virginia)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
April 7, 2020

Miniature piezoelectric cardiovascular monitoring system
Patent No. 10,610,113
The invention is a passive, wearable sensor that uses a thin piezoelectric material to produce a time history of blood pressure of the patient, with signal processing algorithms to extract physiological information. The sensor consists of a piezoelectric transducer set in a polymer laminate that can be applied to the finger or wrist of the patient. During use, a combination of compressive and bending deformation in the piezoelectric layer in response to blood pressure in the finger or wrist as a voltage output. Using signal processing techniques, the raw signal is filtered and decomposed to obtain a information to form derivative signals such as blood pressure, pulse pressure, pulse pressure variability, heart rate, heart rate variability, and respiratory rate which can be very important pre-cursors in the monitoring of the patient’s physiological conditions.
Inventors: Kayvan Najarian (Northville, Michigan), Kenn Oldham (Ann Arbor, Michigan), Daniel Slavin (Ann Arbor, Michigan), Ashwin Belle (Ann Arbor, Michigan), Kevin R. Ward (Superior Township, Michigan), Sardar Ansari (Richmond), Rodney C. Daniels (Ann Arbor, Michigan)
Assignee: The Regents of the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Michigan)
April 7, 2020

Tamp-and-stir apparatus process therefor
Patent No. 10,609,950
A machine and method for packaging tobacco sachets, comprising a plurality of linearly arranged, multi-functional, vertically moveable chambers having fluid sealing means on lower portions thereof, conveyor means disposed below the plurality of multi-functional, vertically moveable chambers, and a lidding apparatus disposed downstream of and in communication with the plurality of vertically moveable chambers through the conveyor means.
Inventors: James D. Evans (Chesterfield, Virginia), Travis M. Garthaffner (Midlothian, Virginia), Herbert Cary Longest (Midlothian, Virginia)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
April 7, 2020

Systems and methods for temporarily activating a payment account for fraud prevention
Patent No. 10,614,444
A system for temporarily enabling an otherwise disabled payment account for use in a transaction is configured to provide, based on a determination to disable a user’s payment account, instructions to a user device of the user for displaying an application interface enabling the user to request to temporarily register the payment account for use in a transaction. The system is configured to receive a request, from the user device, to temporarily register the user’s payment account to enable use of the payment account in a transaction, wherein the payment account is otherwise disabled based on a determination of fraud or possible fraud on the payment account, associate with the payment account, a transaction rule responsive to the request, the transaction rule defining a window of time in which a received transaction authorization request may be authorized for the payment account, and determine whether to approve the received transaction authorization request according to the temporary transaction rule, the determination being based on whether the transaction authorization request is received during the window of time. The system is also configured to transmit an authorization response to the transaction authorization request based on the determination.
Inventors: Daniel Beck (Vienna, Virginia), Samantha Schneider (Atlanta, Georgia), Jessica Bowman (McLean, Virginia), Colleen Kerr (Washington, D.C.), Riken Shah (Ashburn, Virginia), Min Jung Kim (Fairfax, Virginia), Zeel Jha (Ashburn, Virginia), John Schmidt (Falls Church, Virginia), Krystle Voss (Alexandria, Virginia), Joshua Wilbur (Potomac, Maryland), Abhinav Agrawal (Washington, D.C.), Jeffrey Samitt (Glen Allen, Virginia)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
April 7, 2020

Gaming machines with free play bonus mode presenting only winning outcomes
Patent No. 10,614,666
A gaming machine includes a processor and a presentation device coupled to the processor. The processor is programmed to determine that a free play trigger condition is satisfied, and to execute one or more free plays based on the free play trigger condition to create one or more free play outcomes. Each free play outcome is a winning free play outcome or a non-winning free play outcome. The presentation device is configured to present winning free play outcomes when at least one free play outcome is a winning free play outcome. Non-winning free play outcomes are not presented.
Inventors: Mark Daniel Eubanks (Mechanicsville, Virginia), Richard Kerr Sisson (Charlottesville, Virginia), Jeremy Michael Webb (Stanardsville, Virginia), Steve Nicodemus (Charlottesville, Virginia), Sarah Jean Gozdecki (Des Plaines, Illinois)
Assignee: Video Gaming Technologies (Brentwood, Tennessee)
April 7, 2020

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