The R&D Dept.: Local patents for 7.29.20

Systems and methods for extracting keywords in language learning
Patent No. 10,720,078
Systems, methods, and products for language learning that may extract text from various resources having text, using various natural-language processing features, which can be combined with custom-designed learning activities to offer a needs-based, adaptive learning methodology. The system may receive a resource, extract keywords pedagogically valuable to non-native language learning and academic exercises. Metadata describing various aspects of resources from which keywords are extracted may be associated with keywords. Metadata describing various aspects of keywords may also be associated with keywords. Extracted keywords may be stored into a keyword store along with any metadata associated with keywords.
Inventors: Katharine Nielson (Richmond), Na’im Tyson (Mount Vernon, New York), Andrew Breen (New York, New York), Kasey Kirkham (New York, New York)
Assignee: Voxy Inc. (New York, New York)
July 21, 2020

Adjustable dosing dispensers and methods for using the same
Patent No. 10,718,651
Embodiments of the invention relate to dosing dispensers and in particular to dosing dispensers that may be operated using one hand by raising and filling a dosing chamber followed by lowering and dispersing a product from the dosing chamber and wherein the dose may be selected or adjusted and a user may visually confirm that the proper dose is being loaded and delivered by the dispenser.
Inventors: Sara D. Falcon (Richmond), Kelly A. Harrigan (Richmond), David L. Dejong (Ogden, Utah), Eelco H. DeMan (Vlijmen, Netherlands), Niels F. G. Van Wieringen
(‘s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands)
Assignee: Silgan Dispensing Systems Corp. (Grandview, Missouri)
July 21, 2020

Laser-leached polycrystalline diamond and laser-leaching methods and devices
Patent No. 10,718,166
The present disclosure relates to methods of laser-leaching polycrystalline diamond (PCD), devices for performing such methods, and to laser-leached PCD and elements and drill bits containing laser-leached PCD.
Inventors: Qi Liang (Richmond), William Brian Atkins (Houston, Texas)
Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services (Houston, Texas)

Electronic cigarette
Patent No. 10,716,903
An electronic smoking article includes an outer tube extending in a longitudinal direction, an inner tube within the outer tube and including a pair of opposing slots, a liquid supply comprising a liquid material, a coil heater, a wick and a mouth end insert. The coil heater is located in the inner tube. The coil heater is formed of an iron-free, nickel-chromium alloy and has substantially uniformly spaced windings. The wick is surrounded by the coil heater such that the wick delivers liquid material to the coil heater and the coil heater heats the liquid material to a temperature sufficient to vaporize the liquid material and form an aerosol in the inner tube.
Inventors: Christopher S. Tucker (Midlothian, Virginia), Geoffrey Brandon Jordan (Midlothian, Virginia), Barry S. Smith (Hopewell, Virginia), Ali A. Rostami (Glen Allen, Virginia), Michael J. Mullins (Richmond)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)

System and method for automatically authenticating a caller
Patent No. 10,719,835
Embodiments of the disclosed technology include systems and methods that can establish a communication link with a customer device, can receive call information from the customer device, can retrieve a customer profile based on a comparison of the call information to stored call information, and can save the customer profile as temporary profile data. Embodiments can receive identifying information from the customer device and, responsive to determining, based on a comparison of the identifying information to the temporary profile data, that the communication link is authenticated, connect the communication link to an authenticated call path. Responsive to determining that a predetermined amount of time has elapsed without determining that the communication link is authenticated, embodiments can determine that the communication link is unauthenticated and can connect the communication link to an unauthenticated call path and delete the temporary profile data.
Inventors: Christopher D. Martin (Midlothian, Virginia)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)

Card with ergonomic textured grip
Patent No. 10,719,750
Approaches herein provide a transaction card with an ergonomic textured grip. In some approaches, a card includes a body having a first main side and a second main side, and an identification chip along the first main side of the body. The card may further include a textured grip along the second main side of the body, wherein the textured grip comprises a plurality of curvilinear grip elements extending in an undulating arrangement between a first end and a second end of the textured grip.
Inventors: Daniel Herrington (New York, New York), Tyler Maiman (Melville, New York), Stephen Schneider (Midlothian, Virginia)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
July 21, 2020

Immobilized flavorants for flavor delivery
Patent No. 10,716,324
Disclosed is a copolymer that includes a repeat unit containing a flavorant-containing pendant and a salt-containing repeating unit. In addition, a comestible, a smoking composition, a smoking article, a smokeless tobacco composition and a heatable or combustible product are provided which incorporate one or more of the flavorant-containing copolymer.
Inventors: Shengsheng Liu (Henrico, Virginia), Munmaya K. Mishra (Manakin Sabot, Virginia), Peter J. Lipowicz (Midlothian, Virginia), Biao Duan (Henrico, Virginia)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA (Richmond)
July 21, 2020

Resilient domain name service (DNS) resolution when an authoritative name server is unavailable
Patent No. 10,721,117
A resolution resiliency application performs robust domain name system (DNS) resolution. In operation, the resolution resiliency application determines that an authoritative name server that is responsible for a domain name specified in a DNS query is unavailable. In response to determining that the authoritative name server is unavailable, the resolution resiliency application performs operation(s) that modify one or more DNS records stored in a cache based on one or more resiliency policies associated with the authoritative name server. The resolution resiliency application then generates a DNS response to the DNS query based on a DNS record stored in the modified cache. Notably, the disclosed techniques increase the likelihood of providing clients with DNS responses that accurately provide requested information.
Inventors: Burton S. Kaliski Jr. (McLean, Virginia), Shumon Huque (Reston, Virginia), Eric Osterweil (Fairfax, Virginia), Frank Scalzo (Leesburg, Virginia), Duane Wessels (Moscow, Idaho), Glen Wiley (Goochland, Virginia)
Assignee: Verisign (Reston, Virginia)
July 21, 2020

Multiple pass flexible water tube boiler
Patent No. 10,724,734
A package multiple pass flexible water tube boiler for converting water to steam. The boiler having an enclosure and diagonally offset upper and lower drums. The drums are connected by a series of staggered or offset water tubes. The water tubes comprise two sets of repeating tubes that are bent to substantially similar but not identical designs. The staggered tube arrangement optimizes heat transfer and minimizes the footprint of the unit.
Inventors: John R. English (Mechanicsville, Virginia), Sundeep Bodapati (Richmond)
Assignee: Superior Boiler (Henrico, Virginia)
July 28, 2020

Chemically strengthened bond between thermally stable polycrystalline hard materials and braze material
Patent No. 10,724,305
Chemical methods, optionally in combination with physical methods, may be used to increase the strength of the bond formed by a braze material between a polycrystalline material and a hard composite. Such polycrystalline materials brazed to hard composites may be found in various wellbore tools include drill bit cutters. An exemplary method may include forming a bonding layer on a bonding surface of a polycrystalline material body that comprises a hard material, the bonding surface opposing a contact surface of the polycrystalline material body, and the bonding layer substantially formed by a [111] crystal structure of the hard material, a [100] crystal structure of the hard material, or a combination thereof; and brazing the bonding layer to a hard composite using a braze material.
Inventors: Gagan Saini (Conroe, Texas), Qi Liang (Richmond)
Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services (Houston, Texas)
July 28, 2020

High strength small diameter fishing line
Patent No. 10,724,162
Elongated bodies made from high tenacity polyolefin fibers are provided that are useful as fishing lines, and processes for making the lines. Fibers having tenacities of at least 39 g/denier are braided and fused together to form braided bodies having very small diameters.
Inventors: Thomas Tam (Chesterfield, Virginia), Huy Xuan Nguyen (Midlothian, Virginia), Lori L. Wagner (Richmond), Mark Tallent (Midlothian, Virginia), Christopher B. Miller (Glen Allen, Virginia)
Assignee: Honeywell International (Morris Plains, New Jersey)
July 28, 2020

Method for diagnosis of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) by measuring levels of DENN/MADD domain containing 1A variant 2 (DENND1A variant 2)
Patent No. 10,723,790
Pharmaceutical compositions and methods for the treatment of DENND1A.V2 related disorders, such as PCOS, are provided. In particular, humanized and mouse monoclonal antibodies specific for DENND1A.V2 and methods for using the same are provided.
Inventors: Janette M. McAllister (Hummelstown, Pennsylvania), Jerome F. Strauss (Richmond), Neil D. Christensen (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania)
Assignee: Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond) & The Penn State Research Foundation (University Park, Pennsylvania)
July 28, 2020

Treatment of ischemia reperfusion injury using alpha-2 macroglobulin
Patent No. 10,722,557
Mthods of preventing and/or treating reperfusion injury are provided. The methods involve administering alpha-2-macroglobulin (A2MG) to a subject with ischemia in one or more tissues or organs, in order to prevent or decrease reperfusion injury when blood flow is restored to the tissues or organs (reperfusion). In some aspects, the patient who is treated has had a heart attack (e.g. acute myocardial infarction, AMI) and the ischemic tissue that is protected from reperfusion injury is heart tissue.
Inventors: Antonio Abbate (Richmond), Stefano Toldo (Richmond)
Assignee: Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond)
July 28, 2020

Systems and methods for reaction measurement
Patent No. 10,722,165
This disclosure relates to systems, media, and methods for quantifying and monitoring visual acuity, motor skill, and cognitive ability of a user through measuring user activities while the user responds to prompts on an electronic device. Disclosed embodiments may receive image data from a user-facing camera, motion data from a sensor device attached to the user, location data from a touchscreen, and time data measuring a user’s response times. Disclosed embodiments may provide graphical user interfaces to which the user responds and calculate health metrics based on characteristics of the user’s response. Disclosed embodiments may calculate visual acuity, motor skill, and cognitive ability metrics based on data measured while the user responds to the graphical user interfaces. Disclosed embodiments may include comparing the metrics to respective baseline values and providing an alert when the metrics deviate from threshold values indicating a change in user health.
Inventors: John Douglas (Richmond), Igor Peri (Barcelona, Spain), Frank Fornari (Midlothian, Virginia)
Assignee: BioMech Sensor (Midlothian, Virginia)
July 28, 2020

Assembler system for assembling an electronic vaping article
Patent No. 10,721,962
An assembler system for manufacturing vapor-generating articles may include a rotatable assembly drum including an outer face and a flute in the outer face. The flute is structured and arranged to hold a first section and a second section of the vapor-generating article. The system also includes a first mechanism that translates the first section relative to the second section while the first section and the second section are in the flute. The system additionally includes a second mechanism that rotates the first section relative to the second section while the first section and the second section are in the flute. The translating and the rotating connect the first section to the second section to form the vapor-generating article.
Inventors: Jeffrey A. Swepston (Powhatan, Virginia), Travis M. Garthaffner (Midlothian, Virginia), Christopher R. Newcomb (Richmond), Martin T. Garthaffner (Richmond)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
July 28, 2020

Predictive modeling for anti-malware solutions
Patent No. 10,728,276
Provided is predictive modeling for anti-malware solutions. The predictive modeling includes an identification manager component that generates profile data for a hostile source. The hostile source is identified based on a previous threat attributed to the hostile source. The predictive modeling also includes an evaluation component that determines a characteristic of an interaction between a source and an endpoint. Further, the predictive modeling includes a validation component that compares the characteristic of the interaction with the profile data and controls access to the source by the endpoint based on the comparison. In addition, anti-malware software is not deployed on the endpoint.
Inventors: Ryan B. Benskin (Charlotte, North Carolina), Belton, Lawrence T. Belton Jr. (Charlotte, New Hampshire), Christopher Houser (Mt. Holly, North Carolina), Peter A. Makohon (Huntersville, North Carolina), Timothy Morris (Lexington, North Carolina), Omar Bracey (Glen Allen, Virginia)
Assignee: Wells Fargo Bank (San Francisco, California)
July 28, 2020

E-vapor device including heater structure with recessed shell layer
Patent No. 10,721,965
An e-vapor device may include a pre-vapor sector and a heater structure arranged in thermal contact with the pre-vapor sector. The pre-vapor sector is configured to hold and dispense a pre-vapor formulation. The heater structure includes a base wire and a shell layer coating the base wire. The base wire is insulated from the shell layer. The shell layer includes at least one recessed portion between a first unrecessed portion and a second unrecessed portion. The at least one recessed portion is a thinner section of the shell layer that is configured to vaporize the pre-vapor formulation to generate a vapor. As a result of the heater design, the heater structure is stiffer and more robust than other related heaters in the art, thus allowing more options for its implementation.
Inventors: Peter Lipowicz (Midlothian, Virginia)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
July 28, 2020

Menthol detection on tobacco
Patent No. 10,724,955
A method for detecting mentholated tobacco, comprising irradiating tobacco containing menthol and a fluorescent taggant with radiation and observing the tobacco for fluorescence from the taggant. A system and method for detecting and separating mentholated tobacco from non-mentholated tobacco within a product stream is also provided.
Inventors: Edmond J. Cadieux Jr. (Mechanicsville, Virginia)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
July 28, 2020

Pure algae growth system and method
Patent No. 10,723,987
A tank receives, mixes, and dispenses input materials including algae feed stock, a micro-nutrients, cleaning solution, a sterile gas, a heating/cooling fluid, carbon dioxide, and raw water with a water treatment system. A plurality of output stations include a vent to atmosphere, a heating/cooling media return, a cleaning disposal, and an algae concentrate/product. The vent to atmosphere is coupled to the tank. The heating/cooling media return is coupled to the heating/cooling media supply through the tank. The cleaning solution disposal station is coupled to the tank with a pump followed by a nano bubbler and an algae growing system. An algae concentrate/product station is coupled to the tank. An algae dewatering system is intermediate the tank and the algae concentrate/product. A water return line couples the algae dewatering system and the water treatment system.
Inventors: Martin L. Johnson (Chester, Virginia)
Assignee: Siftex Equipment Co. (South Windsor, Connecticut)
July 28, 2020

Display rear passenger view on a display screen in vehicle
Patent No. 10,723,267
An automotive audio visual system includes a display screen on the vehicle, such as the central display screen on the vehicle’s dashboard, and one or more rear cameras facing a rear passenger seat of the vehicle. The image or video feed from one or more rear cameras is displayed on the display screen in the vehicle, so that the front passengers can view the rear passenger area on the vehicle’s display screen.
Inventors: Ankit Dilip Kothari (Henrico, Virginia)
Assignee: Be Topnotch (Henrico, Virginia)
July 28, 2020

Compressed gas cylinder quick release safety cap
Patent No. 10,724,687
The subject matter described herein includes a safety device for a tank having a fluid material therein. The safety device includes a tank collar wherein the collar is threaded on an inner facing circumference and defines a groove on an outer facing circumference. The tank collar is engageably received by the tank by threadably engaging the threaded inner facing circumference with a correspondingly threaded outer facing surface of the tank. The safety device also includes a cap having a locking collar formed about an open end of the cap, wherein the collar defines apertures circumferentially spaced around an inner circumference thereof. The cap includes a locking ring configured for being translatably engaged with the locking collar. The cap includes at least one ball bearing that is received within one of the apertures. The at least one ball bearing is retractable and extendable within the aperture.
Inventors: Michael Wayne Wilkinson (Kenbridge, Virginia), Dennis Wayne Wilkinson (Kenbridge, Virginia), Joseph D. Goodman Jr. (Powhatan, Virginia)
Assignee: N/A
July 28, 2020

Devices, systems and methods for locating and interacting with medicament delivery systems
Patent No. 10,726,701
In some embodiments, a method includes establishing a communications link between a computing device and an adapter. The adapter is configured to receive at least a portion of a medicament delivery device. A wireless signal is received to maintain the communications link. A relative position between the computing device and the adapter is determined. An alarm is produced when the wireless signal is not received within a time period. The alarm is based on the relative position between the computing device and the adapter.
Inventors: Eroc S. Edwards (Moseley, Virginia), Evan T. Edwards (Charlottesville, Virginia), Mark J. Licata (Doswell, Virginia), Paul F. Meyers (Fishers, Indiana)
Assignee: kaleo (Richmond)
July 28, 2020

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