The R&D Dept.: Local patents for 8.26.20

Methods and machines for making oral products
Patent No. 10,744,694
A machine for forming a plurality of oral products includes an extruder, pairs of forming rollers, and a cutting device. The extruder is configured to form an extrudate. The pairs of forming rollers include a first pair of forming rollers and a second pair of forming rollers. The first pair of forming rollers cooperate to define a first passage therebetween. The first passage is configured to receive the extrudate from the extruder. The second pair of forming rollers cooperate to define a second passage therebetween. The second passage is configured to receive the extrudate from the first pair of forming rollers. The cutting device is configured to receive the extrudate from the first pair of forming rollers and cut the extrudate.
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)
Aug. 18, 2020

Production of wax capsules containing liquid hydrophilic cores
Patent No. 10,744,476
Provided is a method for cooling wax after coextrusion to create wax capsules. The method includes immersing a concentric nozzle of a coextruder in a container of heated alcohol. The container of heated alcohol sits in a water-ice bath to create a temperature gradient. A core material having a wax coating is extruded through a concentric nozzle to form a capsule. The capsule enters the container of hot alcohol where the wax coating is solidified. In an embodiment, the method is a continuous method including a capsule and solvent transfer system.
Inventors: Hongwei Liu (Appleton, Wisconsin), Georgios D. Karles (Richmond), Shuzhong Zhuang (Richmond)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA (Richmond)
Aug. 18, 2020

Tropism modified cancer terminator virus (Ad.5/3 CTV;Ad.5/3-CTV-M7)
Patent No. 10,744,172
A tropism modified cancer terminator virus (Ad.5/3-CTV; Ad.5/3-CTV-M7) has been found to have infectivity that is Coxsackie Adenoviral Receptor (CAR) independent. The Ad.5/3-CTV (Ad.5/3-CTV-M7) may be used alone or in combination with other therapeutic agents such as agents that augment reactive oxygen (ROS) production, HDAC inhibitors, MCL-1 inhibitors and Bcl-2 inhibitors to treat a variety of cancers particularly including malignant glioma (GBM), renal cancer, prostate cancer, and colorectal cancer.
Inventors: Paul Fisher (Richmond), Devanand Sarkar (Richmond), Paul Dent (Richmond)
Assignee: Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond)
Aug. 18, 2020

Electronic smoking article
Patent No. 10,743,585
An electronic smoking article or electronic vaping article includes a reservoir containing a liquid material and having an outlet, a capillary having a capillary inlet and a capillary outlet, the capillary inlet of the capillary in communication with the outlet of the reservoir, a heater operable to heat the capillary to a temperature sufficient to at least initially volatilize liquid material contained within the capillary, and a shuttle valve between the outlet of the reservoir and the capillary inlet. The shuttle valve is operable to prevent release of liquid material from the reservoir when the shuttle valve is in a closed position and is operable to release liquid material from the reservoir when the shuttle valve is in an open position.
Inventors: David B. Kane (Richmond), David R. Schiff (Highland Park, Virginia), Tony Gatta (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), Chris Carrick (Newark, Delaware), Jonathan D. Albert (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Aug. 18, 2020

In situ synthesis of composite nanoscale particles
Patent No. 10,743,579
A method of making composite nanoscale particles comprising subjecting a starting material to laser energy so as to form a vapor and condensing the vapor so as to form the composite nanoscale particles, wherein said composite nanoscale particles comprise a first metal and/or a first metal oxide incorporated in nanoscale particles of an oxide of a second metal, the first metal being different than the second metal. The starting material can comprise first and second metals or compounds of the first and second metals. The composite nanoscale particles can be formed in a reaction chamber wherein a temperature gradient is provided. The atmosphere in the chamber can be an inert atmosphere comprising argon or a reactive atmosphere comprising oxygen. The composite nanoscale particles are useful for low-temperature and near-ambient temperature catalysis. The composite nanoscale particles can be incorporated in the tobacco cut filler, cigarette paper and/or cigarette filter material of a cigarette to catalyze the oxidation of carbon monoxide to carbon dioxide.
Inventors: Sarojini Deevi (Midlothian, Virginia), Rangaraj S. Sundar (Midlothian, Virginia), Yezdi B. Pithawalla (Richmond)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA (Richmond)
Aug. 18, 2020

Dependency analyzer in application dependency discovery, reporting, and management tool
Patent No. 10,747,544
Techniques for monitoring operating statuses of an application and its dependencies are provided. A monitoring application may collect and report the operating status of the monitored application and each dependency. Through use of existing monitoring interfaces, the monitoring application can collect operating status without requiring modification of the underlying monitored application or dependencies. The monitoring application may determine a problem service that is a root cause of an unhealthy state of the monitored application. Dependency analyzer and discovery crawler techniques may automatically configure and update the monitoring application. Machine learning techniques may be used to determine patterns of performance based on system state information associated with performance events and provide health reports relative to a baseline status of the monitored application. Also provided are techniques for testing a response of the monitored application through modifications to API calls. Such tests may be used to train the machine learning model.
Inventors: Muralidharan Balasubramanian (Gaithersburg, Maryland), Eric K. Barnum (Midlothian, Virginia), Julie Dallen (Vienna, Virginia), David Watson (Arlington, Virginia)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
Aug. 18, 2020

System and method for creating and managing private subnetworks of LTE base stations
Patent No. 10,750,378
Disclosed is a system and methods for creating and maintaining a virtual subnetwork of telecommunication base stations within a wider telecommunication network. In an LTE-based example, the subnetwork includes a connection aggregator that is coupled between the plurality of eNodeBs internal to the subnetwork and one or more MMEs in the outer network. The connection aggregator intercepts all control plane messages between the MMEs and the internal eNodeBs, remaps eNodeB identifiers, and transmits repackaged messages so that the outer network sees the entire subnetwork as a single “giant” eNodeB. The disclosed system and methods enables the operator of the virtual subnetwork to add and shut down eNodeBs as demand for connectivity fluctuates, and to do so such that all changes are unseen by the outer network.
Inventors: Jeffrey Michael Courington (Chester, Virginia), Vishal Agrawal (Vernon Hills, Illinois), Sasi Eswarakava (Round Lake, Illinois), Massimo Notargiacomo (Castel Bolognese, Italy), Stephen Turner (Mechanicsville, Virginia), Patrick William Henkle (Homer Glen, Illinois)
Assignee: John Mezzalingua Associates (Liverpool, New York)
Aug. 18, 2020

Method of forming and using deactivation wipe kit
Patent No. 10,745,656
A hazardous drug deactivation wipe kit includes a first pouch having a one-way valve coupled to an end thereof, a second pouch, and a third pouch. The first pouch contains a wipe saturated in a hypochlorite solution, the second pouch contains a wipe saturated in thiosulfate solution, and the third pouch contains a wipe saturated in isopropyl alcohol solution. The deactivation wipe kit may be used in a clean room to deactivate most hazardous drugs on a work surface.
Inventors: Mark J. Compo (Doylestown, Pennsylvania), Michael Balestri (Mechanicsville, Virginia)
Assignee: Veltek Associates (Malvern, Pennsylvania)
Aug. 18, 2020

Temperature-robust polymer shroud for roller bearing seal
Patent No. 10,746,228
A temperature-robust polymer shroud for a roller bearing seal includes a shroud body and an inner diameter leg defining respective portions of a single continuous part. The shroud body encircles a rotation axis of the polymer shroud and extends predominantly in directions orthogonal to the rotation axis from an inner diameter to an outer diameter. The inner diameter leg connects to the shroud body at the inner diameter, encircles the rotation axis, and is oriented at an oblique angle to the rotation axis to extend both (a) radially inward from the inner diameter and (b) axially away from the inner diameter along a first direction parallel to the rotation axis. A roller bearing seal includes a seal case, an elastomer lip, and the temperature-robust polymer shroud.
Inventors: James A. Hargraves (Petersburg, Virginia), Michael A. Mason (Petersburg, Virginia)
Assignee: Amsted Rail Co. (Chicago, Illinois)
Aug. 18, 2020

Labyrinth seal bearing housing
Patent No. 10,753,477
Systems and methods for bearing housings are disclosed. A labyrinth seal bearing housing includes: a first seal element that is structured and arranged to be connected to a wall of a mixing vessel; a second seal element that is structured and arranged to be connected to a rotatable shaft; and a bearing support that is structured and arranged to be connected to the first seal element. The second seal element is configured to rotate relative to the first seal element and the bearing support. The first seal element and the second seal element are structured and arranged to create a tortuous flow path between an exterior and an interior of the mixing vessel.
Inventors: Scott J. McCoy (Prince George, Virginia), Frederick Scott Paschke (Henrico, Virginia), Eddie M. Tharrington (Richmond)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Aug. 25, 2020

Child resistant aerosol actuator
Patent No. 10,752,427
The actuator includes a shroud adapted to be situated on an aerosol container over the stem and an actuation member mounted on and moveable within the shroud to depress the stem by the application of an external force applied to the top surface of the actuation member. The actuation member includes a nozzle and a conduit for connecting the stem and the nozzle. A hood is normally positioned to block the actuation member from being moved to depress the stem. A locking member normally intersects the path of movement of the hood to lock the hood in its blocking position. The locking member has two sections both of which must be simultaneously moved to a position remote from the path of hood movement such that the hood may be moved from its blocking position, allowing the actuation member to be moved to depress the stem.
Inventors: Michael J.Starzman (Jackson, Wisconsin), John W. Freudenberg (Marysville, Ohio), Kevin Victor Bates (Northants, Great Britain), Benjamin Thomas Krupp (Wyoming, Ohio), Robert Gerald States III (Morrow, Ohio), David A. Parrott (Cincinnati, Ohio), Robert J. Good (Lee’s Summit, Missouri), Joseph K. Dodd (Lee’s Summit, Missouri), Sara Dawson Falcon(Richmond)
Assignee: WD-40 Co. (San Diego, California)
Aug. 25, 2020

Prevention of ventilator associated pneumonia (VAP)
Patent No. 10,751,494
Ventilator associated pneumonia (VAP) may be prevented in a patient, or its occurrence reduced in a population of patients, by using an anti-VAP device or an anti-VAP material such as an anti-VAP mouthpiece that absorbs secretions. By reducing the problem of bacterial-containing secretions that otherwise build up in the airway of, and elsewhere in, the intubated patient, VAP can be prevented from occurring in intubated patients, such as patients intubated with an endotracheal tube (ETT) or a nasogastric tube. Anti-VAP mouthpieces also are useable in non-intubated patients to maintain oral hygiene.
Inventors: Kevin R. Ward (Superior Township, Michigan), Curtis N. Sessler (Richmond), Mary Jo Grap (Midlothian, Virginia), Laurence J. DiNardo (Richmond), Bruce D. Spiess (Manakin Sabot, Virginia), Rao R. Ivatury (Richmond), Cindy Munro (Richmond)
Assignee: Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond)
Aug. 25, 2020

System and method for generating user customized order interface
Patent No. 10,755,337
A system and method for generating a user customized order interface, which displays a customer’s previous orders and corresponding specific order information and order recommendations, that may be utilized for ordering and payment. A mobile application may request a merchant ID upon determination by the mobile device that a customer is within a close proximity of a particular merchant location. A payment terminal may pass the corresponding merchant ID to a transaction system, which may retrieve, for example, the customer’s previous transactions and corresponding transaction IDs associated with the merchant ID, which may be utilized to generate a user customized order interface, which may be utilized to initiate a transaction by selecting a specific order item to order, and which may utilize the mobile application to confirm the order and proceed to payment, which will transmit the order to a merchant system.
Inventors: Thomas S. Poole (Chantilly, Virginia), Apurva Shah (San Mateo, California), Jennifer Lopez (Brooklyn, New York), Paul Moreton (Glen Allen, Virginia), Taurean Butler (Brooklyn, New York), Jason DePerro (San Mateo, California)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
Aug. 25, 2020

Compositions and methods for selenium removal
Patent No. 10,752,522
Methods for removing a target selenium entity from fluids by treating the fluid with a rare earth impregnated media containing an immobilized rare earth. The methods including obtaining a contaminated fluid comprising water and dissolved selenate; contacting the feed fluid with a rare earth impregnated media for removal of at least a portion of the selenate from the feed fluid thereby forming a treated fluid comprising less selenium than the feed fluid.
Inventors: William H. Henderson (Glen Allen, Virginia), John Philip Richardson (Hanover, Virginia), Vladimir Djukanovic (Glen Allen, Virginia)
Assignee: Chemtreat (Glen Allen, Virginia)
Aug. 25, 2020

Techniques for dynamic network strengthening
Patent No. 10,756,971
Various embodiments are generally directed to techniques for network strengthening, such as by detecting issues with one or more network components and reconfiguring one or more upstream or downstream network components to preempt issues with the one or more upstream or downstream network components, for instance. Some embodiments are particularly directed to a tool (e.g., strengthening agent) that implements pre-scripted or dynamic hardening of up and downstream dependencies of a network component in response to an issue identified with the network component. In many embodiments, up and downstream components of a network component may be reconfigured while the issue with the network component is being addressed to preempt issues with the up and downstream components.
Inventors: Eric K. Barnum (Midlothian, Virginia), Bryan Pinos (Williamsburg, Virginia), Lindsay Helbing (Newport News, Virginia)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
Aug. 25, 2020

Systems and methods for creating arteriovenous (AV) fistulas
Patent No. 10,751,461
A system for creating an arteriovenous (AV) fistula comprises a vessel access sheath having a hollow interior and an exit port, a side access needle catheter configured to fit within the hollow interior of the sheath, a needle configured to be inserted into a blood vessel through the side access needle catheter, a toggle delivery catheter configured to fit within the hollow interior of the sheath, and a toggle apparatus configured to be delivered into a vessel through the toggle delivery catheter. The toggle apparatus comprises a shaft and a toggle member pivotably attached to a distal end of the shaft. A source of RF energy or resistive heat energy may be provided for application to the toggle member and/or to a heater insert in the toggle delivery catheter, for the purpose of creating the fistula.
Inventors: Jeffrey E. Hull (Midlothian, Virginia), Mark A. Ritchart (Dana Point, California), David K. Wrolstad (Yucaipa, California)
Assignee: Avenu Medical (San Juan Capistrano, California)
Aug. 25, 2020

Techniques for monitoring power device alarms
Patent No. 10,754,406
Techniques and apparatus for providing power monitoring processes are described. In one embodiment, for example, an apparatus may include at least one storage device and logic coupled to the at least one storage device. The logic may be configured to poll a power device comprising a plurality of power elements via an alarm status identifier operative to cause the power device to return an alarm status string comprising a plurality of alarm status bits, each of the plurality of alarm status bits indicating an active alarm state of one of the plurality of power elements, and determine each of the plurality of power elements in the active alarm state based on the alarm status string. Other embodiments are described.
Inventors: Dennis Gibson (Powhatan, Virginia)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
Aug. 25, 2020

Spacing drum and method
Patent No. 10,750,775
A spacing drum comprising: a segment receiving drum section capable of receiving a predetermined number of segments per revolution of the drum from a procession of segments approaching the segment receiving drum section at a segment-feed spacing and a segment-feed speed; a segment releasing drum section capable of releasing the predetermined number of segments at a segment-release spacing and a segment-release speed; and a radial profile flight comprising a continuous arc segment extending across at least portions of the segment receiving drum section and the segment releasing drum section. Associated methods are also provided, including method of changing pitch along a spacing drum progressively with a radial profile flight.
Inventors: Dwight David Williams (Powhatan, Virginia)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Aug. 25, 2020

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