The R&D Dept.: Local patents for 8.12.20

Static transfer switch with resonant turn-off
Patent No. 10,734,834
A resonant turn-off circuit is provided to disconnect an inadequate power source and transfer a load to an alternate power source. In the circuit, a main switch is turned off before the AC cycle of the power source crosses zero. As a result, the main switch may be turned off quickly to transfer electric power supplied to a load to a second power source. The circuit may include resonant switches, a capacitor, a pre-charging power supply and an inductor. When it is desired to turn off the main switch, a resonant switch is turned off to cause a voltage reversal across the switch.
Inventors: Zhiguo Pan (Cary, North Carolina), Adil Oudrhiri (Richmond), Zichi Zhangi (Vasteras, Sweden), Yu Du (Raleigh, North Carolina)
Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG (Baden, Switzerland)
Aug. 4, 2020

Compositions and methods for producing tobacco plants and products having reduced or eliminated suckers
Patent No. 10,731,173
The present disclosure provides the identification of genes involved in sucker growth in tobacco. Also provided are promoters that are preferentially active in tobacco axillary buds. Also provided are modified tobacco plants comprising reduced or no sucker growth. Also provided are methods and compositions for producing modified tobacco plants comprising reduced or no sucker growth.
Inventors: Dongmei Xu (Glen Allen, Virginia), Chengalrayan Kudithipudi (Midlothian, Virginia), Yanxin Shen (Glen Allen, Virginia), Jaemo Yang (Richmond), Jesse Frederick (Richmond), James Strickland (Richmond)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Aug. 4, 2020

Heteroatom-doped porous carbons for clean energy applications and methods for their synthesis
Patent No. 10,730,752
Methods for a facile, template free and one-step synthesis of nanoporous carbons by using a heterocyclic aromatic organic compound as a single source precursor of both carbon and nitrogen are described. The heterocyclic aromatic organic compound contains nitrogen in pyrrolic and/or pyridinic positions and is chemically activated with NaOH, KOH or ZnCl.sub.2 at high temperatures in a solid state mixture as a synthesis protocol to promote fine micropores during carbonization. Nanoporous carbons synthesized by these methods that have superior gas sorption/storage and energy storage properties are also described. The nanoporous carbons are useful as carbon sequestration agents and supercapacitors.
Inventors: Hani M. El-Kaderi (Midlothian, Virginia), Babak Ashourirad (Richmond)
Assignee: Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond)
Aug. 4, 2020

Carton and carton blank
Patent No. 10,730,675
A carton includes a top wall (12a/12b), first side wall (14), second side wall (18), first end wall, a second end wall and a bottom wall (16). The carton has a handle structure (H) defined at least in part in an outer panel (12b) and at least in part in an inner panel (12a). The outer panel is disposed in overlapping relationship with the inner panel to form the top wall. The outer panel includes an outer handle strap (30) while the inner panel includes an inner handle strap (32). The outer handle strap is continuously formed with the outer panel at its first end and severably attached to the outer panel at its second end by a frangible connection (46). The inner handle strap includes a first end disposed in the inner panel and continuously formed with the inner panel.
Inventors: Aaron L. Bates (Kennesaw, Georgia), Caleb S. Loftin (Richmond), Nathaniel B. Ball (Richmond), Brandon L. Ramsuer (Henrico, Virginia)
Assignee: WestRock Packaging Systems (Atlanta, Georgia)
Aug. 4, 2020

Electronic vaping device, battery section, and charger
Patent No. 10,729,177
A battery section of an electronic vaping device may include a housing extending in a longitudinal direction, the housing having a first end and a second end, a power supply in the housing, a control circuit in the housing, and a conductive contact assembly at the second end of the housing, the contact assembly electrically connecting the power supply and the control circuit. The contact assembly is configured to receive external power and at least one command.
Inventors: Charles Dendy (Richmond), Philip Diana (Richmond), Isaac Weigensberg (Richmond), Kai Cao (Somerville, Massachusetts), Patrick J. Cobler (Nashua, New Hampshire), Paul Butler (Methuen, Massachusetts)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Aug. 4, 2020

Method of displaying electronic vaping device, display packages with divider, blanks for forming display package for containing electronic vaping device, and method of manufacturing display package for electronic vaping device
Patent No. 10,729,173
The package includes a box structure defining an inner cavity and a side portion. The box structure includes a front panel, a back panel, a first side panel and a second side panel. The side portion is divided into a lower retention portion, an upper retention portion, and a window recess portion. The window recess portion, the upper retention portion and the lower retention portion is configured to retain the elongated body within the side portion to display the select portion through the window recess portion. A divider panel is in the inner cavity. The divider panel has a first end and a second end, the first end of the divider panel being connected to the second side panel. The divider panel is configured to support a universal serial bus (USB) charger to maintain the USB charger in a fixed position within the inner cavity. The blank forms the package.
Inventors: Scott A. Fath (Richmond)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Aug. 4, 2020

Systems and methods for stabilizer control
Patent No. 10,732,656
A method, apparatus, system and computer program is provided for controlling an electric power system, including implementation of a voltage control and conservation (VCC) system used to optimally control the independent voltage and capacitor banks using a linear optimization methodology to minimize the losses in the EEDCS and the EUS. An energy validation process system (EVP) is provided which is used to document the savings of the VCC and an EPP is used to optimize improvements to the EEDCS for continuously improving the energy losses in the EEDS. The EVP system measures the improvement in the EEDS a result of operating the VCC system in the “ON” state determining the level of energy conservation achieved by the VCC system. In addition the VCC system monitors pattern recognition events and compares them to the report-by-exception data to detect HVL events. If one is detected the VCC optimizes the capacity of the EEDS to respond to the HVL events by centering the piecewise linear solution maximizing the ability of the EDDS to absorb the HVL event. The VCC stabilizer function integrates voltage data from AMI meters and assess the state of the grid and initiates appropriate voltage control actions to hedge against predictable voltage risks.
Inventors: Stephen J. Tyler (Henrico, Virginia), Phillip W. Powell (Chesterfield, Virginia)
Assignee: Dominion Energy (Richmond)
Aug. 4, 2020

Systems and methods for configuring a mobile device to automatically initiate payments
Patent No. 10,733,592
The disclosed embodiments include a mobile client device for automatically performing a mobile financial service function, including a memory storing software instructions, the software instructions including a mobile financial service application configured to perform financial service processes. The system may also include and one or more processors configured to execute the software instructions to detect a physical action performed on the mobile client device, and determine a first financial service function to perform based on the detected physical action, wherein the first financial service function is a function provided by the mobile financial service application. The one or more processors may also determine whether verification of a user is required, verify the user if verification of the user is required, and automatically initiate the first financial service function.
Inventors: Lawrence Douglas (McLean, Virginia), Paul Y. Moreton (Glen Allen, Virginia)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
Aug. 4, 2020

Removable seat attachment for a stroller
Patent No. 10,730,543
A stroller is provided with the ability to removably couple and decouple a seat from the stroller as needed. The stroller can include a stroller frame. The stroller can also include one or more front wheels attached to the stroller frame and one or more rear wheels attached to the stroller frame. The stroller can also include a first seat coupled to the stroller frame. The stroller can include first and second seat attachment housings. Each of the seat attachment housings can include a cavity for receiving a corresponding one of the first and second seat attachment adapters. Each of the seat attachment housings can also include a door or cover to prevent access to the respective cavity when not in use. The seat attachment adapters can be coupled to the respective seat attachment housings and a second seat can be coupled to the seat attachment adapters.
Inventors: Jon Hee Lee (Highwood, Illinois), Megan Roe (Kalamazoo, Michigan), Stacy Noel Simpson (Portage, Michigan), Mark Zehfuss (Glen Allen, Virginia)
Assignee: Baby Jogger (Richmond)
Aug. 4, 2020

Electronic vaping device
Patent No. 10,729,184
An electronic smoking article, a method of manufacturing an electronic smoking article, and a method of achieving a smoking experience without combusting tobacco are disclosed. The electronic smoking article includes an authenticated first section, which includes an aerosol generation unit having at least one heater; an authenticated second section, which includes a power supply operable to apply voltage to the at least one heater for heating a liquid in at least a portion of the aerosol generation unit to form an aerosol; and a conductive ink circuit embedded within the first and second sections, and wherein the power supply and the aerosol generation unit are electrically connected upon joining the first and second sections, and wherein each of the first and second sections has a portion of the conductive ink circuit.
Inventors: Eric Hawes (Glen Allen, Virginia)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Aug. 4, 2020

E-vaping device, method of controlling resistance-to-draw (RTD) for the e-vaping device and method of establishing a desired RTD
Patent No. 10,729,183
The e-vaping device includes a housing, the housing defining one or more inlets, a power source, and a cartridge. The cartridge includes a reservoir containing a pre-vapor formulation. A heater and wick arrangement is in fluid communication with the reservoir. An annular seal is in fluid communication with the one or more inlets. The annular seal defines a first air passage. A flow restrictor is held by the annular seal. The flow restrictor defines a second air passage, the second air passage being configured to provide a desired resistance-to-draw (RTD) for the e-vaping device. A combined airflow cross-sectional area of the one or more inlets is greater than an airflow cross-sectional area of the second air passage. The flow restrictor is made from a first material that is harder than a second material for the annular seal.
Inventors: Srinivasan Janardhan (Glen Allen, Virginia), Eric Hawes (Glen Allen, Virginia), Yezdi B. Pithawalla (Midlothian, Virginia)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Aug. 4, 2020

Aggregated service status reporter
Patent No. 10,735,530
Systems as described herein may include generating an aggregated service status report for a real-time service delivery platform. A plurality of services running in a service domain may be determined. A request for a status of system behavior corresponding to a particular service may be received. Service connection details of the particular service may be discovered and metric data of real-time data movement may be tracked. Real-time snapshot aggregation of the particular service may be provided. In a variety of embodiments, a real-time system behavior report for the service across availability zones may be presented.
Inventors: Brian Burnett (Mechanicsville, Virginia)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
Aug. 4, 2020

Cloud infrastructure optimization
Patent No. 10,740,208
A processor may receive at least one test application corresponding to an application profile. The processor may simulate the at least one test application in a non-production environment for a plurality of infrastructure configurations to generate a plurality of test performance results. The processor may evaluate the plurality of test performance results to identify an optimal infrastructure configuration from among the plurality of infrastructure configurations for the application profile. The processor may apply the optimal infrastructure configuration to an application corresponding to the application profile that is deployed in a production environment.
Inventors: Jonathan H. Bryant (McLean, Virginia), Jagadesh V. Gadiyaram (Richmond), Thomas Caputo (Arlington, Virginia)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
Aug. 11, 2020

Can opener with auto-shutoff and method of operating a can opener
Patent No. 10,739,797
An electric can opener comprises a motor, a controller, and a signal-detecting element monitoring at least one of (i) an audio signal and (ii) a motion-type signal during operation of the can opener. The controller determines a baseline signal value, calculates a threshold signal value and compares the monitored signal value to the calculated threshold value. The controller stops operation of the can opener if the detected signal is outside the threshold from the baseline.
Inventors: David Keegan (Richmond), Patrick T. Mulvaney (Richmond), Matthew T. Carley (Richmond)
Assignee: Hamilton Beach Brands (Glen Allen, Virginia)
Aug. 11, 2020

OmpA and Asp14 in vaccine compositions and as diagnostic targets
Patent No. 10,736,951
Anaplasma phagocytophilum surface proteins Asp14 and OmpA and homologous genes from Anaplasmatacaea family members are used in compositions suitable for vaccines to treat or prevent infections caused by tick-born bacteria of the Anaplasmatacaea family. Asp14 and/or OmpA proteins or peptide fragments may be used in combination with other Anaplasmatacaea surface proteins to elicit an immune response. Furthermore, antibodies to Asp14 and/or OmpA proteins can be used in diagnostic methods to determine whether an individual has contracted an Anaplasmatacaea infection. Because of the conserved invasin domains in the surface proteins, a wide range of Anaplasmatacaea infections may be diagnosed, treated or prevented using compositions of the invention.
Inventors: Jason A. Carlyon (Richmond)
Assignee: Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond)
Aug. 11, 2020

Electronic vaping device having pressure sensor
Patent No. 10,736,356
At least one example embodiment discloses a section of an electronic-vaping device including a pressure sensor configured to measure a current ambient pressure, the pressure sensor further configured to output the current ambient pressure measurement in accordance with a read request frequency, and a controller configured to determine a mode of operation of the electronic-vaping device, control the read request frequency based on the determined mode of operation, and detect a threshold pressure change based on the current ambient pressure and a baseline pressure.
Inventors: Geoffrey Brandon Jordan (Midlothian, Virginia), Phillip Diana (Midlothian, Virginia), Sean Sundberg (Richmond), David Bennett (Richmond), Christopher S. Tucker (Midlothian, Virginia), Barry S. Smith (Hopewell, Virginia), Edmond J. Cadieux (Mechanicsville, Virginia), Douglas A. Burton (Glen Allen, Virginia), Paul Butler (Methuen, Massachusetts), Jarrett Keen (Richmond), Patrick J. Cobler (Nashua, New Hampshire), Kai Cao (Somerville, Massachusetts)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Aug. 11, 2020

Fabric having tobacco entangled with structural fibers
Patent No. 10,736,354
A smokeless tobacco product includes smokeless tobacco and structural fibers. The structural fibers forming a network in which the smokeless tobacco is entangled. The structural fibers have a composition different from the smokeless tobacco. The tobacco-entangled fabric can have an overall oven volatiles content of at least 10 weight percent. In some embodiments, the structural fibers form a nonwoven network. In some embodiments, fibrous structures of the smokeless tobacco are entangled with the structural fibers.
Inventors: Frank Scott Atchley (Tarpon Springs, Florida), James M. Rossman (Richmond), Munmaya K. Mishra (Manakin Sabot, Virginia)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Aug. 11, 2020

Systems and methods for detecting resources responsible for events
Patent No. 10,742,671
Systems and methods are disclosed for identifying resources responsible for events. In one embodiment, a method may include determining a number of unique actors in a plurality of actors that have accessed the resource. The method may further include identifying from the plurality of actors a set of affected actors that has been affected by an event and identifying from the set of affected actors a subset of resource-affected actors that accessed the resource prior to being affected by the event. The method may further include determining a number of resource-affected actors in the subset of resource-affected actors and, based on the number of unique actors and the number of resource-affected actors, determining an event score for the resource. The event score may be a lower bound of a confidence interval of a binomial proportion of the number of resource-affected actors to the number of unique actors.
Inventors: Chris Moradi San Francisco, California), Jacob Sisk (Orinda, California), Evan Bloom (Oakland, California), Craig Gimby (Chesterfield, Virginia), Sun; Xin (Dublin, California)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
Aug. 11, 2020

Growing system mixing box
Patent No. 10,736,274
A growing system is equipped with a mixing box that features a PLC-controlled cooling coil and a heating coil in series. Gaseous inputs include air and CO.sub.2. The coils facilitate condensation and maintain relative humidity and temperature in an acceptable range. An absorption unit or other chilled liquid source supplies chilled liquid for the cooling coil. Engine or boiler combustion provides hot liquid to the heating coil and CO.sub.2-containing exhaust. Condensate is collected for reuse. The output to a growing space is a temperate low relative humidity CO.sub.2-enriched stream optimal for plant health.
Inventors: F. Mack Shelor (Midlothian, Virginia), Doug Tyger (York, Pennsylvania)
Assignee: Tropos Technologies (Wilmington, Delaware)
Aug. 11, 2020

Schema to ensure payload validity for communications on an asynchronous channel based bus
Patent No. 10,740,273
A method for ensuring payload validity for communications on an asynchronous channel based bus. A consumer provides to a channel of an asynchronous channel based bus, a request message that includes a request for data. A producer monitoring the channel receives the request message. The producer generates a response message to the request message. The response message includes a schema and a payload. The producer provides, to the channel of the asynchronous channel based bus, the response message. The consumer receives the response message and performs a runtime validation of the schema of the response message. The consumer allows the response message to be utilized when the response message passes the runtime validation.
Inventors: Dave Shanley (Ashland, Virginia)
Assignee: VMware (Palo Alto, California)
Aug. 11, 2020

Varnish mitigation process
Patent No. 10,738,804
A method of flushing a hydraulic system including a fluid circuit and an in-service fluid flowing therein includes fluidly coupling a kidney loop to the fluid circuit such that at least a portion of the in-service fluid may flow therethrough, the kidney loop including a depth media filter and a micro-glass filter arranged in a parallel flow pattern and introducing a solvent cleaner into the in-service fluid at a concentration level between approximately 2.5% and approximately 6%, the solvent cleaner including at least one hydrocarbon group V fluid. The method further includes maintaining a temperature of the in-service fluid between approximately 100 degrees Fahrenheit and approximately 155 degrees Fahrenheit and controlling the flow of the in-service fluid at a flow rate between approximately 3 gallons per minute and approximately 6.8 gallons per minute.
Inventors: Daniel M. Oehler (West Chester, Ohio) Douglas James Muennich (Kings Mills, Ohio), David L. Wooton (Beaverdam, Virginia)
Assignee: Reladyne (Blue Ash, Ohio)
Aug. 11, 2020

Child emergency monitoring and reporting system and method
Patent No. 10,741,045
A system and method for providing child emergency monitoring services and reporting includes monitoring in real-time a current temperature associated with the geography of a daycare center; and executing an alert notification sequence based on at least one user not checking-in at a check-in device at the daycare center prior to an expected check-in time. Moreover, the alert notification sequence may be initiated when a current temperature exceeds a maximum predefined limit. Also provided is an intelligent child seat for use in vehicles that monitors ambient temperature in the vehicle along with other factors and provides emergency notification signals when the ambient temperature exceeds a predefined limit.
Inventors: Andrew C. Gross (Powhatan, Virginia)
Assignee: N/A
Aug. 11, 2020

Devices, systems and methods for medicament delivery
Patent No. 10,737,028
A method includes moving an actuation lock of a medical injector from a first position to a second position. The actuation lock has an extended portion disposed between a shoulder of a housing and the base when the actuation lock is in the first position. The extended portion is spaced apart from the base when the actuation lock is in the second position. A distal end portion of a base, which is movably coupled to an end portion of the housing, is placed into contact with a body. The base is actuated after the placing to release an energy from an energy storage member within the housing to produce a force to move a needle from a first needle position to a second needle position. At least a portion of the needle extends through the base when the needle is in the second needle position.
Inventors: Eric S. Edwards (Moseley, Virginia), Evan T. Edwards (Charlotttesville, Virginia), Mark J. Licata (Doswell, Virginia), Paul F. Meyers (Fishers, Indiana)
Assignee: kaleo (Richmond)
Aug. 11, 2020

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