The R&D Dept.: Local patents for 6.17.20

Systems and methods for providing customers with matching rewards
Patent No. 10,679,235
A computer-implemented method for providing account holders with a reward based on similar rewards previously obtained through other accounts. The method includes identifying, using one or more computer processors configured to access an account database, an eligible account based on eligibility criteria, wherein the eligible account is associated with an account of an account holder stored in the account database; receiving identifying data that identifies the eligible account; associating a customer identifier with the identifying data from the eligible account; for each customer identifier, receiving confirmation data associated with a separate account of the account holder, wherein the confirmation data comprises a reward variable; validating, using one or more computer processors, the confirmation data; and rewarding the eligible account with a matching variable, wherein the matching variable is approximately equal to the reward variable.
Inventors: Duane Smith Jr. (Oilville, Virginia), Ricardo Alvarez (Richmond), Michael K. Nolan (Richmond), Kristi S. Hebner (Ashland, Virginia), Cathryn H. “Katie” Harlow (Richmond)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
June 9, 2020

Rotating message panel apparatus
Patent No. 10,679,527
This rotating message panel apparatus relates to a rigid panel that allows for printed indicia or bumper-type stickers to be placed on a vehicle in a manner that that is quickly and easily mounted or removed without marking or damaging the message panel or the vehicle. The message panel rotates to allow for viewing the message primarily from the sides when the vehicle is in motion and primarily from the rear/front when the vehicle is at rest. The controlled rotating action draws greater attention to the message. When employing bumper-type stickers, the message panel allows for changing the message as desired.
Inventors: Thomas Porzio (Chesterfield, Virginia)
Assignee: Fanasit (Chesterfield, Virginia)
June 9, 2020

Batch process monitoring and alerting based on selection of buffer times
Patent No. 10,678,590
A system monitors a batch process performed locally or remotely by reading output logs of the batch process during and after execution of the batch process. The system determines a baseline execution duration for the batch process based on previous runs of the batch process on a set of data. Subsequent runs of the batch process are monitored by reading an output log file while the batch process is executing. A buffer time, corresponding to a time range, is added to the baseline execution duration to produce an alert threshold. The system generates alerts and sends the alerts to a messaging system in response to the current execution duration exceeding the alert time.
Inventors: Tanu Sharma (Glen Allen, Virginia), Veronica L. Driscoll (Midlothian, Virginia), Vishesh Sharma (Glen Allen, Virginia)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
June 9, 2020

Methods and systems for implanting a neuromodulation system and a spinal fixation system at a surgically open spinal treatment site
Patent No. 10,675,458
The present invention provides a single surgical method, procedure and/or system that creates open visual and physical access to an identified spinal treatment site that comprises both targeted vertebral and spinal levels to be treated, wherein the spinal levels comprise at least one dorsal root ganglion. A spinal treatment procedure is performed generally in combination with implantation of a neuromodulation system that may comprise placement of electrical lead(s) on the at least one dorsal root ganglion, wherein each lead is in operative connection with a pulse generator that may also be implanted during the surgical method. Electrical stimulation may be generated with the pulse generator through the electrical leads to the at least one dorsal root ganglion during and/or after the closure of the identified spinal treatment site.
Inventors: Gregory F. Molnar (Minneapolis, Minnesota), Christopher G. Frank (New Brighton, Minnesota), Justin D. Zenanko (Minnetrista, Minnesota), Beth A. Lindborg (St. Paul, Minnesota), Nazmi Peyman (Glen Allen, Virginia), Kyle Grube (Minneapolis, Minnesota), Michael Park (Excelsior, Minnesota), Matthew Hunt (Minneapolis, Minnesota), Kathy Hill (St. Paul, Minnesota)
Assignee: SynerFuse (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
June 9, 2020

Rotatable drum and method and system using the same for the automated production of e-vapor devices
Patent No. 10,676,228
A rotating drum for use in manufacturing vapor-generating articles may include a drum body. A plurality of grooves may be disposed in an outer face of the drum body. A seat may be tractably-mounted in each one of the plurality of grooves. The seat may include a seat groove that is structured and arranged to receive and hold a rigid casing of a vapor-generating article. The seat may be composed of a material that is softer than a material of the rigid casing.
Inventors: Edmond J. Cadieux (Mechanicsville, Virginia), Martin Garthaffner (Midlothian, Virginia), Barry S. Smith (Hopewell, Virginia)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
June 9, 2020

Aerosol generator
Patent No. 10,674,762
An aerosol generator device for delivering an aerosol of a nicotine salt includes a mouth end; a first chamber containing a porous material wetted with liquid nicotine, a second chamber containing a porous material wetted with a solution of a volatile acid, a third chamber in fluid communication with the first and second chambers, leading to the mouth end, and an outer housing defining a passageway for air through said device. A nicotine vapor can be produced by drawing air along the passageway and through the porous material wetted with liquid nicotine. An acid vapor can be produced by passing air along the passageway and through the porous material wetted with a solution of a volatile acid. The nicotine vapor and the acid vapor can be admixed in the third chamber to form an aerosol of a nicotine salt, which can be drawn out through the mouth end.
Inventors: Peter Lipowicz (Midlothian, Virginia)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc. (Richmond)
June 9, 2020

Asynchronous channel based bus architecture enabling decoupled services
Patent No. 10,678,735
In an asynchronous channel based bus architecture enabling decoupled services, there is an asynchronous channel based bus having at least one channel. A first service is coupled to the asynchronous channel based bus, the first service passes messages to and receives messages on the at least one channel. A second service is also coupled to the asynchronous channel based bus, the second service also passes messages to and receive messages on the at least one channel.
Inventors: Dave Shanley (Ashland, Virginia)
Assignee: VMware (Palo Alto, California)
June 9, 2020

Systems, methods and apparatuses for subjective self-refraction
Patent No. 10,674,904
The system allows one with no prior training in refraction to subjectively screen, measure, and correct for their own refractive error without the assistance of a second person through subjective self-refraction (SSR). One accomplishes SSR by interacting with refractor input controls, which manipulate lenses in front of their eye(s). The SSR process is accomplished via pre-programming, allowing for direct feedback between the system and user from sensory cues that are prompted by interacting with the input controls. The resulting health data may be displayed or transmitted to the user or another individual for later use. The refraction process may incorporate remote data management technology and computer network capabilities that provides for efficiency, improved accuracy, cost savings and user experience enhancement and may allow for greater access to vision correction services for many people.
Inventors: Ryan R. Merriam (Henrico, Virginia), Matthew A. Phares (Plano, Texas)
Assignee: M.P. Optics (Buffalo, Wyoming)
June 9, 2020

Web page self deletion
Patent No. 10,678,884
Code for a page may include data indicating a time at which the page was most recently updated, the time at which the page was most recently updated may be independent of any access times. The processor may identify the data indicating the time at which the page was most recently updated and may determine that the time is earlier than a threshold time for the page. In response to the determining, the processor may force retrieval of a new version of the page from a network source and load the new version of the page in a browser, retrieve a new version of the page from a page server and store the new version of the page in the cache, and/or archive the page in response to the determining. The archiving may make the page unavailable to a client device through a network.
Inventors: Ann C. Chapin (Powhatan, Virginia)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
June 9, 2020

Utilizing a machine learning model to determine complexity levels, risks, and recommendations associated with a proposed product
Patent No. 10,685,310
A device receives historical risk management data associated with products and processes the historical risk management data to generate processed historical risk management data. The device trains a machine learning model with the processed historical risk management data to generate a trained machine learning model and receives, from a user device, product data associated with a potential product. The device applies weights to different portions of the product data, based on risks associated with the different portions of the product data, to generate weighted product data and processes the weighted product data, with the trained machine learning model, to generate one or more of complexity levels, risk data, or recommendations associated with the potential product. The device performs one or more actions based on the one or more of the complexity levels, the risk data, or the recommendations associated with the potential product.
Inventors: Daryl McCuiston (Powhatan, Virginia), Gregory Powell (Richmond), Zaheer Ladak (Richmond), Jennifer Little (Midlothian, Virginia)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
June 16, 2020

Tubular nanostructure targeted to cell membrane
Patent No. 10,683,365
Devices, compositions, and methods are described which provide a tubular nanostructure or a composite tubular nanostructure targeted to a lipid bilayer membrane. The tubular nanostructure includes a hydrophobic surface region flanked by two hydrophilic surface regions. The tubular nanostructure is configured to interact with a lipid bilayer membrane and form a pore in the lipid bilayer membrane. The tubular nanostructure may be targeted by including at least one ligand configured to bind to one or more cognates on the lipid bilayer membrane of a target cell.
Inventors: Mahalaxmi Gita Bangera (Renton, Washington), Ed Harlow (Boston, Massachusetts), Roderick A. Hyde (Redmond, Washington), Muriel Y. Ishikawa (Livermore, California), Edward K. Y. Jung (Bellevue, Washington), Eric C. Leuthardt (St. Louis, Missouri), Nathan P. Myhrvold (Medina, Washington), Dennis J. Rivet (Richmond), Elizabeth A. Sweeney (Seattle, Washington), Clarence T. Tegreene (Mercer Island, Washington), Lowell L. Wood Jr. (Bellevue, Washington), Victoria Y. H. Wood (Livermore, California)
Assignee: Deep Science (Bellevue, Washington)
June 16, 2020

Patent No. 10,681,965
A clip having superimposable parts for securing, between the parts, thin pliable materials, at any locations on the material, adjacent the material edges or at any position between opposing material edges.
Inventors: Jean Emile (Richmond)
Assignee: N/A
June 16, 2020

Banded cigarette wrapper with opened-area bands
Patent No. 10,681,935
A wrapper of a smoking article comprising a base web and banded regions comprising a leading edge, a trailing edge and a plurality of add-on material-free openings between said leading edge and said trailing edge. The add-on material-free openings establish a predetermined, nominal opened-area within said banded regions to control diffusivity. The add-on material can be applied by a gravure roller comprising a surface region with cells, cell-free areas and a chevron shape.
Inventors: Timothy S. Sherwood (Midlothian, Virginia), Robert Kikkert (Charles City, Virginia), Robert N. Smith (Glen Allen, Virginia), Ali A. Rostami (Glen Allen, Virginia), Georgios Karles (Richmond)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
June 16, 2020

Apparatus and method of packaging loose product
Patent No 10,683,110
A method of filling packaging with pouches of product comprises conveying a plurality of spaced apart chutes along a first feed path. Each chute is loaded with pouches of product at a chute loading station. Erect boxes are conveyed along a second feed path to a chute unloading station wherein the second feed path is substantially parallel to the first feed path at the chute unloading station. The pouches of product are transferred from the chutes into interior spaces of the erect boxes at the chute unloading station as the chutes move along the first feed path and the erect boxes move along the second feed path. The chutes are returned to the chute loading station to be filled with pouches of product.
Inventors: Barry S. Smith (Hopewell, Virginia), Steven R. Rinehart (Chesterfield, Virginia), Danielle R. Crawford (Chester, Virginia)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
June 16, 2020

Scalable subscriptions for virtual collaborative workspaces
Patent No. 10,686,645
Systems, methods, articles of manufacture, and computer program products for scalable subscriptions for virtual collaborative workspaces. An indication of a process event associated with a computer-implemented process may be received. A population of subscribers subscribed to at least one property of one of the process event or the computer-implemented process may be determined. A virtual collaborative workspace for the process event may be generated, the virtual collaborative workspace operative to present context information associated with the process event to a plurality of subscribers. A message may be sent to the population of subscribers indicating the process event, the message comprising a link to access the virtual collaborative workspace. The virtual collaborative workspace may be generated for display responsive to selection of the link by the at least one of the population of subscribers.
Inventors: Eric K. Barnum (Midlothian, Virginia), Bhavik Gudka (Glen Allen, Virginia)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
June 16, 2020

Thoughtful gesture generation systems and methods
Patent No. 10,685,358
Consistent with the disclosed embodiments, systems and methods are provided herein for autonomously generating a thoughtful gesture for a customer. In one example implementation of the disclosed technology, a method is provided that includes receiving incoming customer dialogue and determining, based on the customer dialogue, customer information including one or more of: customer preferences, customer biographical information, and customer current life circumstances. The method also includes generating, based on the customer information, gesture-specific information-eliciting utterances for additional dialogue with the customer and identifying one or more response opportunities based on additional incoming customer dialogue responsive to sending the gesture-specific information-eliciting utterances to the customer. Further, the method includes generating a thoughtful gesture based on the identified one or more response opportunities and outputting, for presentation to the customer, the thoughtful gesture.
Inventors: Alexandra Coman (Tysons Corner, Virginia), Erik T. Mueller (Chevy Chase, Maryland), Margaret Mayer (Glen Allen, Virginia)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
June 16, 2020

Urination prediction and monitoring
Patent No. 10,685,249
A system for predicting and detecting urination events of users is disclosed. The system can include any number of wearable devices, mobile devices, hubs, computing devices, and servers to collect, share, process, and interpret data, as well as to provide stimuli to users and caregivers. Biometric and/or environmental data associated with a user can be collected and applied to a urination model to determine a predicted urination time. The user or a caregiver can be provided with direct or environmental stimuli conveying information about predicted urination times. Ongoing biometric and/or environmental data collection can be used to identify, and provide stimuli warning of, imminent urination events. Voluntary and involuntary feedback of actual urination events, as well as continued biometric and/or environmental data collection, can be used to train individual and collective urination models.
Inventors: Steven Zyglowicz (Leesburg, Virginia), Tim Baker (Beaverdam, Virginia), Jon Coble (Glen Allen, Virginia), Israel Franco (Chappaqua, New York)
Assignee: Gogo Band (Ashland, Virginia)
June 16, 2020

Systems and methods for cryptographic authentication of contactless cards
Patent No. 10,685,350
Example embodiments of systems and methods for data transmission between a contactless card and a client device in support of a FIDO authentication are provided. In an embodiment, upon receipt of a challenge issued by a server in connection with a pending transaction, the contactless card may authorize the client device to utilize a FIDO private key to respond to the challenge. If the response to the challenge is successful, the FIDO authentication may proceed and the transaction may be completed.
Inventors: Kevin Osborn (Newton Highlands, Massachusetts), James Ashfield (Midlothian, Virginia), Srinivasa Chigurupati (Long Grove, Illinois), Jeffrey Rule (Chevy Chase, Maryland)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
June 16, 2020

Auto opening cigarette pack outsert
Patent No. 10,683,153
An outsert for affixing to a product package includes a base layer, a top layer, and a printed document. The base layer includes a perforated region arranged to be aligned with a tear tape on an outer wrapping of the package. The top layer is arranged on the base layer and has one or more edge regions adhered to the base layer. The printed document is enclosed in an inner volume established between the base layer and top layer. A laminate layer can be disposed in the inner volume between the top layer and the printed document to increase the rigidity of the outsert.
Inventors: Stephen Bellamah (Midlothian, Virginia)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
June 16, 2020 ‘

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