The R&D Dept.: Local patents for 5.20.20

Systems and methods for providing an interactive community through device communication
Patent No. 10,652,717
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)
May 12, 2020

Composition and methods for producing tobacco plants and products having reduced tobacco-specific nitrosamines (TSNAs)
Patent No. 10,647,989
The present disclosure provides approaches for reducing tobacco-specific nitrosamines (TSNAs) in tobacco. Some of these approaches include genetically engineering tobacco plants to increase one or more antioxidants, increase oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC), or reduce nitrite. Also provided are methods and compositions for producing modified tobacco plants and tobacco products therefrom comprising reduced TSNAs.
Inventors: Chengalrayan Kudithipudi (Midlothian, Virginia), Dongmei Xu (Glen Allen, Virginia), James Strickland (Richmond)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
May 12, 2020

Devices and methods for simulating traditional rock climbing environments
Patent No. 10,646,751
An apparatus includes a frame and an access member. The frame is configured to be mounted to a structural support, and defines a first volume configured to receive at least a portion of a first insert, and a second volume configured to receive at least a portion of a second insert. The frame is configured such that when the first insert is within the first volume and the second insert is within the second volume a first engagement surface of the first insert is facing a second engagement surface of the second insert. The frame includes a first tapered surface that engages a tapered surface of the first insert to limit movement of the first insert along a lateral axis nonparallel to the longitudinal axis. The access member is configured to be coupled to the frame covering a portion of the first volume to limit movement of the first insert.
Inventors: Hilton A. Bennett (Richmond)
Assignee: Native Heights Climbing Solutions (Richmond)
May 12, 2020

Methods to treat opioid use disorder
Patent No. 10,646,484
The disclosure provides sustained-release buprenorphine formulations that produce therapeutic plasma concentration levels of buprenorphine in patients to treat opioid use disorder.
Inventors: Celine M. Laffont (Richmond), Malcolm A. Young (Richmond), Norma L. Fox (Richmond), Barbara R. Haight (Richmond), Susan M. Learned (Richmond)
Assignee: Indivior UK Ltd. (Hull, Great Britain)
May 12, 2020

Preformed smokeless tobacco product
Patent No. 10,645,968
Some embodiments of a smokeless tobacco system include one or more preformed smokeless tobacco products configured to generally retain their shape during processing, shipping, and consumer handling. In particular embodiments, each smokeless tobacco product can comprise a moist smokeless tobacco in combination with a selected binder such that the final product is configured to have material properties providing improved handling, an improved mouth feel, and a satisfying flavor profile.
Inventors: Andrew Nathan Carroll (Chester, Virginia), Shannon Maxwell Black (Richmond), Tommy C. Holland (Midlothian, Virginia), Jason Andrew Macko (Richmond), Christopher Joseph Dinovi (Ruther Glen, Virginia)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
May 12, 2020

Thiadiazole components, compositions, and methods
Patent No. 10,647,939
Provided herein are compositions that include a thiadiazole component and a solubility enhancing component. The solubility enhancing component can include a dispersant, a detergent, or both a dispersant and a detergent. The thiadiazole component can include one or more species having a hydrocarbyl-disulfanyl moiety. The compositions may be used as a corrosion inhibitor. Also provided herein are methods for making a thiadiazole component and a composition.
Inventors: Xingguo R. Chen (Henrico, Virginia), Jeffrey A. Crow (Midlothian, Virginia), Troy R. Haynes (Glen Allen, Virginia), Jonathan A. Crow (Midlothian, Virginia), Brian J. Cereghino (Dublin, California)
Assignee: International Petroleum Products & Additives Co. (Dublin, California)
May 12, 2020

System and method of providing a customer with method of making a payment to a third party using a remote dispensing machine
Patent No. 10,657,503
Systems and methods for a financial transaction system are provided. Additionally, computer-implemented methods for providing a customer with a method of making a payment to a third party. These methods may include generating a token associated with financial transaction information and representing a single transaction to the third party on behalf of the customer, where the financial transaction information may include a payment amount, transmitting the token based on the financial transaction information to a system, and receiving the token from the third party at the remote dispensing machine.
Inventors: Elizabeth Martin Ebersole (Washington, D.C.), Julio Farach (Atlanta, Georgia), Jill Vogel Sorg (Richmond), Donald Jeffrey Smith (Richmond), Hector Luis Crespo (Frisco, Texas), Jonathan Jewett Beam (Wolfeboro, New Hampshire)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
May 19, 2020

Flexible, biodegradable, and biocompatible supercapacitors
Patent No. 10,655,024
Provided herein is biodegradable supercapacitor system comprising a protein based flexible thin film substrate, patterned electrodes formed from a biocompatible conductive ink, and biocompatible gel electrolyte. Methods of making the supercapacitor system are also provided.
Inventors: Vamsi K. Yadavalli (Richmond), Ramendra K. Pal (Richmond)
Assignee: Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond)
May 19, 2020

Isolated T cell receptors and methods of use therefor
Patent No. 10,654,908
Provided are isolated TCRs, TCR-like molecules, and portions thereof that bind to phosphopeptide-HLA-A2 complexes. The isolated TCRs, TCR-like molecules, or portions are optionally soluble TCRs, TCR-like molecules, or portions. Also provided are isolated nucleic acids encoding the disclosed TCRs, TCR-like molecules, or portions; host cells that contain the disclosed TCRs, TCR-like molecules, or portions; pharmaceutical compositions that include the disclosed TCRs, TCR-like molecules, portions, nucleic acids, and/or T cells; kits; and methods of using the same.
Inventors: Angela Zarling (Richmond), Victor H. Engelhard (Crozet, Virginia), Kara L. Cummings (Charlottesville, Virginia), Rebecca C. Obeng (Charlottesville, Virginia)
Assignee: University of Virginia Patent Foundation (Charlottesville, Virginia)
May 19, 2020

Apparatuses and methods for tamping the contents of a container
Patent No. 10,654,597
Apparatuses and methods for tamping the contents of a container are disclosed. An embodiment of an apparatus includes a tamp head for tamping the contents of the container; and a container support assembly structured and arranged to temporarily support the bottom surface of the container during tamping, the container support assembly comprising a support element having a protrusion extending upward from a substantially flat and horizontal upper surface, wherein the protrusion is sized and shaped to correspond to the size and shape of the bottom surface of the container.
Inventors: James D. Evans (Chesterfield, Virginia), Herbert Cary Longest (Midlothian, Virginia), Tamika S. Murrell (Richmond), Robert V. Powell Jr. (Richmond), Jeremy Straight (Midlothian, Virginia), Jarrod Chalkley (Mechanicsville, Virginia)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
May 19, 2020

Polymeric nanoparticulate formulation to enhance the oral bioavailability of dapoxetine
Patent No. 10,653,634
Dapoxetine nanoparticles comprising zein and alpha lipoic acid (ALA) are provided. When present in zein-ALA loaded nanoparticles, dapoxetine exhibits increased bioavailability (compared to conventional formulations) when administered to subjects for the prevention or treatment of premature ejaculation (PE). Thus, lower doses are administered, and side effects are attenuated or eliminated.
Inventors: Khalid M. El-Say (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia), Osama A. A. Ahmed (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia), Amir I. Mohamed (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia), Abdelsattar M. Omar (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia), Martin K. Safo (Richmond)
Assignee: King Abdulaziz University (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia) & Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond)
May 19, 2020

Four corner fusion device
Patent No. 10,653,468
A method, system, and apparatus for bone fusion. Bone fusion can be performed using an elongated plate having a top face and a bottom face and defining a plurality of screw apertures therethrough. The elongated plate has a longitudinal dimension between a first and second ends and a lateral dimension between first and second sides. The screw apertures are defined in a generally straight line along the longitudinal dimension of the elongated plate, and three or more of the screw apertures are configured to facilitate different trajectories of bone screws through each of the three or more screw apertures. The screw apertures are configured to facilitate trajectories of bone screws to secure at least three bones to the elongated plate.
Inventors: Jaiyoung Ryu (Morgantown, West Virginia), Terry Whipple (Richmond), Ben Casey (Dallas, Texas)
Assignee: OsteoMed LLC (Addison, Texas)
May 19, 2020

E-vapor devices including pre-sealed cartridges
Patent No. 10,653,181
An e-vapor device may include a cartridge configured to hold a pre-vapor formulation 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 pre-vapor formulation in the cartridge via a coupling action and to heat the pre-vapor formulation 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 (Cambridge, Great Britain)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
May 19, 2020

Flavored packaging insert for smokeless tobacco
Patent No. 10,653,175
A package of smokeless tobacco includes a flavor patch located in the package to provide flavor to smokeless tobacco. Also disclosed is a method of packaging smokeless tobacco by combining a package with a flavor patch disposed inside the package, the flavor patch comprising a flavor and an adsorbent, so that the flavor patch resides in an interior of the package; and adding smokeless tobacco to the package with the flavor patch.
Inventors: Andrew N. Carroll (Chesterfield, Virginia), Steven J. Hovjacky (Chesterfield, Virginia), Beverley C. Woodson (Ruther Glen, Virginia)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA (Richmond)
May 19, 2020

Modular electric guitar pedalboard
Patent No. 10,657,940
A modular instrument pedalboard is provided. The modular instrument pedalboard provides a plurality removably connectable pods, which may be effect pedal pods, power distribution pods, audio distribution pods, power/audio distribution pods, or a combination thereof. The pods include a base that has a first part of a connector that is adapted to be coupled to a second part of the connector which allows the pods to be connected, rearranged, expanded, contracted, and/or a combination thereof. Further the connectable pods include a circuit board to for parts of one or more audio loops as well as a power bar to transmit audio signals and power between pods.
Inventors: Jerry L. Calder (Glen Allen, Virginia)
Assignee: N/A
May 19, 2020

Biopolymer coating for compostable paperboard packaging
Patent No. 10,655,277
A coating for paperboard includes polylactic acid and an inorganic material. The inorganic material may be talc. The presence of the talc has a beneficial effect on extrusion processing behavior including lower melt temperature, lower head pressure, and lower motor load. Additionally, the presence of talc reduces edge weave and neck-in during extrusion coating processes.
Inventors: Rahul Bhardwaj (Glen Allen, Virginia, Chitai C. Yang (Mechanicsville, Virginia), Chester E. Alkiewicz (Glen Allen, Virginia)
Assignee: WestRock MWV (Atlanta, Georgia)
May 19, 2020

Preparation of polymeric resins and carbon materials
Patent No. 10,654,722
Methods for making carbon materials are provided. In at least one specific embodiment, the method can include combining one or more polymer precursors with one or more liquids to produce a mixture. The mixture can be an emulsion, dispersion, or a suspension. The liquid can include hexane, pentane, cyclopentane, benzene, toluene, o-xylene, m-xylene, p-xylene, diethyl ether, ethylmethylketone, dichloromethane, tetrahydrofuran, mineral oils, paraffin oils, vegetable derived oils, or any mixture thereof. The method can also include aging the mixture at a temperature and time sufficient for the polymer precursor to react and form polymer gel particles having a volume average particle size (Dv,50) of the polymer particles in gel form greater than or equal to 1 mm. The method can also include heating the polymer gel particles to produce a carbon material.
Inventors: Katherine Geramita (Seattle, Washington), Benjamin E. Kron (Seattle, Washington), Henry R. Costantino (Woodinville, Washington), Aaron M. Feaver (Seattle, Washington), Avery Sakshaug (Lynnwood, Washington), Leah A. Thompkins (Seattle, Washington), Alan Tzu-Yang Chang (Renton, Washington), Xing Dong (Decatur, Georgia), Shadid P. Qureshi (Duluth, Georgia), John B. Hines (Atlanta, Georgia), Gerald A. Knazek (Alpharetta, Georgia), Joseph Frank Ludvik (Midlothian, Virginia)
Assignee: Georgia-Pacific Chemicals (Atlanta, Georgia) & Energ2 Technologies (Seattle, Washington)
May 19, 2020

Roadside assistance system
Patent No. 10,657,824
Systems, apparatuses, and methods for providing roadside assistance services are described herein. The system can include network computing devices and computing devices associated with vehicles and service vehicles. Requests for roadside services can be automatically assigned to an available service provider. Service providers can be ranked based on a variety of criteria and requests can be assigned based on the ranking. The ranking of service providers can be adjusted based on the performance of the service provider. If a service provider takes too long to respond to a request, the request can be automatically declined and an alternative service provider can be selected.
Inventors: Kim Barth (Northbrook, Illinois), Christopher Adcock (Henrico, Virginia)
Assignee: Allstate Insurance Co. (Northbrook, Illinois)
May 19, 2020

Autonomous car decision override
Patent No. 10,657,745
A smart device display for an autonomous vehicle, comprising a first display section that displays an external view of the autonomous vehicle, a second display section that displays vehicle actions that the autonomous vehicle will take and a third display section that displays alternative vehicle actions that an authorized passenger of the autonomous vehicle may select to override the vehicle actions. Such system can also comprise an artificial intelligence module that learns the alternative vehicle actions the authorized passenger selects in various intervention situations, wherein the artificial intelligence module uses machine learning algorithms to decide the best alternative vehicle actions that the authorized passenger is likely to select for similar future situations.
Inventors: Hemanki Kothari (Henrico, Virginia)
Assignee: Be TopNotch (Henrico, Virginia)
May 19, 2020

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