The R&D Dept.: Local patents for 9.23.20

Computer-based systems configured for automated roll-forward of software package versions and methods of use thereof
Patent No. 10,776,105
In order to facilitate automatic roll-forward updates, embodiments include detecting a failure in a software package. In response to the failure, data indicative of a current version of a software package is extracted from a release directory. In response to the application data, a base repository with a version history of the application is cloned. In response to the cloning, a prior set of changes from the base repository in the temporary directory, where the prior set of changes form an old application version of the application, is imported. In response to the import of the prior set of changes, the current version is overwritten with the prior set of changes to generate a new version. The new version is pushed directly to the base repository and a deployment API causes the new version to replace the current version.
Inventors: Daniel Vincent Safronoff (Vienna, Virginia), James Louis Laiche (Richmond), Bradley Clarke Dellinger (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), Ron Meck (Toano, Virginia)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
Sep. 15, 2020

Electric power system control with planning of energy demand and energy efficiency using AMI-based data analysis
Patent No. 10,775,815
A method, apparatus, system and computer program is provided for controlling an electric power system, including implementation of an energy planning process (EPP) system which can be used to plan a voltage control and conservation (VCC) system applied to an electrical distribution connection system (EEDCS). The EPP system plans modifications to the EEDCS as a result of operating the VCC system in the “ON” state, in order to maximize the level of energy conservation achieved by the VCC system control of the EEDCS. The EPP system may also identify potential problems in the EEDCS for correction.
Inventors: Melissa A. Peskin (Richmond), Phillip W. Powell (Chesterfield County, Virginia)
Assignee: Dominion Energy (Richmond)
Sep. 15, 2020

Impact acceleration device
Patent No. 10,774,818
A vehicle uses a plurality of momentum generators to accelerate. The momentum generator may comprise an arm bearing weights that may be mounted to a frame and arranged to pivot in circular motion. A power source rotates the arm which encounters a stop before rotating half of a full turn. The power source may act continually on the arm, with the arm being released to rotate by a detent mechanism. Momentum of the arm and weights is transferred by the stop to the frame. Direction of rotation is selected to move the frame in a predetermined direction. The vehicle may be wheeled or may be flight capable. If flight capable, the vehicle may have a primary power source such as a rocket motor, with the momentum generators being disposed to increase velocity beyond that produced by the rocket motor. Momentum generators are preferably provided in pairs arranged in mirror image opposition so that operation does not impose unbalanced forces on the vehicle.
Inventors: Jonathan Mangold (Richmond)
Assignee: N/A
Sep. 15, 2020

Predictive methods for emissions control systems performance
Patent No. 10,774,722
Particulate filters are used to remove particulate matter such as soot and ash in the emissions control systems of vehicles, including gasoline direct injection (GDI) engines. Methods are provided to predict the long-term performance and durability of emissions control systems having particulate filters. The methods account for factors such as thermal aging, soot accumulation and regeneration, and ash loading.
Inventors: Huifang Shao (Midlothian, Virginia), Joseph W. Roos (Mechanicsville, Virginia), Joseph E. Remias (Richmond)
Assignee: Afton Chemical Corp. (Richmond)
Sep. 15, 2020

Gasoline particulate filters with high initial filtering efficiency and methods of making same
Patent No. 10,774,708
Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) engines require gasoline particulate filters (GPFs) as a key component of the emissions control system to reduce particulate emissions. GPFs are known to have poor initial performance, with performance increasing after the filter develops a cake. This poor initial performance make it impossible to accurately assess vehicle emissions performance at the mileage requirements for vehicle certification. Compositions and methods are disclosed to improve filtration efficiency in a fresh or low mileage GPF.
Inventors: Huifang Shao (Midlothian, Virginia), Joseph W. Roos (Mechanicsville, Virginia), Joseph E. Remias (Richmond)
Assignee: Afton Chemical Corp. (Richmond)
Sep. 15, 2020

Spark plasma sintered polycrystalline diamond compact
Patent No. 10,773,303
The present disclosure relates to polycrystalline diamond covalently bonded to a substrate by spark plasma sintering and methods of covalently bonding polycrystalline diamond and a substrate. Spark plasma sintering produces plasma from a reactant gas found in the pores in the polycrystalline diamond and, optionally, also the substrate. The plasma forms carbide structures in the pores, which covalently bond to the substrate.
Inventors: Qi Liang (Richmond), William Brian Atkins (Houston, Texas)
Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services (Houston, Texas)
Sep. 15, 2020

Electronic vaping device including transfer pad with oriented fibers
Patent No. 10,772,356
A cartridge for an electronic vaping device includes an outer housing extending in a longitudinal direction and a reservoir configured to contain a pre-vapor formulation. The reservoir is in the outer housing. The reservoir has a first reservoir end and a second reservoir end. The cartridge also includes a seal at the first reservoir end, a transfer pad at the second reservoir end, and a wick in contact with the transfer pad. The transfer pad includes a plurality of fibers. Each of the plurality of fibers is substantially parallel to the longitudinal direction.
Inventors: Christopher S. Tucker (Midlothian, Virginia), William J. Crowe (Richmond), Geoffrey Brandon Jordan (Midlothian, Virginia), Bipin R. Patil (Richmond), Jarrett Keen (Richmond), Michael Roberts (Richmond)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Sep. 15, 2020

Ethanol-free gel formulation cartridge for e-vaping device
Patent No. 10,772,352
A cartridge for an e-vaping device includes an ethanol-free gel formulation. The ethanol-free gel formulation includes a vapor former, water, and a biopolymer. The biopolymer may be included in an amount ranging from about 0.01% by weight based on the weight of the ethanol-free gel formulation to about 2.0% by weight based on the weight of the ethanol-free gel formulation. The biopolymer may be one or more of agar, kappa carrageenan, gelatin, sodium alginate, gellan gum, pectin, and combinations thereof. The cartridge also includes a heater configured to heat liquid from the gel formulation to a temperature sufficient to release a liquid/semi-liquid component from the gel, which component thereupon forms a vapor.
Inventors: Munmaya K. Mishra (Manakin Sabot, Virginia), Shaoyong Yu (Henrico, Virginia), Raymond Lau (Richmond), Pauline Marcq (Richmond), Geoffrey Brandon Jordan (Midlothian, Virginia), Christopher S. Tucker (Midlothian, Virginia)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Sep. 15, 2020

Systems and methods for cryptographic authentication of contactless cards
Patent No. 10,778,437
Example embodiments of systems and methods for data transmission system between transmitting and receiving devices are provided. In an embodiment, each of the transmitting and receiving devices can contain a master key. The transmitting device can generate a diversified key using the master key, protect a counter value and encrypt data prior to transmitting to the receiving device, which can generate the diversified key based on the master key and can decrypt the data and validate the protected counter value using the diversified key.
Inventors: Kevin Osborn (Newton Highlands, Massachusetts), Jeffrey Rule (Chevy Chase, Maryland), Paul Moreton (Glen Allen, Virginia), William Duan (Westford, Massachusetts), Colin Hart (Arlington, Virginia), Kaitlin Newman (Washington, D.C.), Lara Mossler (Farmville, Virginia), Daniel Herrington (New York, New York), Srinivasa Chigurupati (Long Grove, Illinois), Ian Prince (Toronto, Canada), Wayne Lutz (Fort Washington, Maryland)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
Sep. 15, 2020

Generation of annotated computerized visualizations with explanations for areas of interest
Patent No. 10,776,569
A data portion of a data set utilized in a computerized visualization is analyzed to identify one or more areas of interest each including data values representing distinguishable features relative to the data set. An explanation for the data values of each of the one or more areas of interest is determined. Each explanation is based on other data portions of the data set contributing to the distinguishable features. At least one display layer including labels describing the one or more areas of interest is generated. The labels include the explanation for each of the one or more areas of interest. The at least one display layer is disposed over the computerized visualization to produce an annotated visualization with the labels positioned proximate the one or more areas of interest.
Inventors: Marc S. Altshuller (Toronto, Canada), Daniel J. Rope (Reston, Virginia), Jing-Yun Shyr (Naperville, Illinois), Devendra G. Tasgaonkar (Glen Allen, Virginia), Graham J. Wills (Naperville, Illinois)
Assignee: International Business Machines Corp. (Armonk, New York)
Sep. 15, 2020

Polyethylene sheet and articles made therefrom
Patent No. 10,773,488
A non-fibrous oriented polyethylene monolayer comprising ultra high molecular weight polyethylene, the polyethylene having a viscosity-average molecular weight of 2,000,000 or greater, wherein (i) the monolayer has a width of 10.0 mm or greater and a modulus of at least 100 N/tex, (ii) the monolayer has a tan .delta. when measured in dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA) of tensile response in a frequency sweep between 0.1 Hz.ltoreq.f.ltoreq.1.0 Hz meeting the inequality of tan .delta.<1/(f.times.a)+b-(f.times.c) where a=120, b=0.045 and c=0.016, and (iii) the monolayer has a maximum areal weight of no greater than 45 gsm.
Inventors: Kenneth C. Harding (Boone, North Carolina), James Neal Singletary (Midlothian, Virginia)
Assignee: Dupont Safety & Construction (Wilmington, Delaware)
Sep. 15, 2020

Using common identifiers related to location to link fraud across mobile devices
Patent No. 10,778,681
Embodiments of the present disclosure provide systems, methods, and devices for countering fraudulent transactions by identifying devices associated with fraudulent activity. Examples relate to a system which compares identification parameters of devices associated with fraudulent activity, directly or indirectly, to identification parameters of a particular device. Based on the comparison, a confidence score may be generated may relate to the risk of fraud associated with that device. In some examples, the system may challenge a user with additionally security questions if the confidence score associated with a device indicates an increased risk of fraud.
Inventors: Lawrence H. Douglas (McLean, Virginia), Eric Volles (Mechanicsville, Virginia), Ya Liu (Arlington, VA)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, VA)
Sep. 15, 2020

Supportive insole
Patent No. 10,772,381
A shoe insole includes a semi-rigid shell for providing a wearer with extended comfort. The semi-rigid shell includes a notch which is located on the outward side of the wearer’s foot and accommodates pronation of the foot during use. Additionally, the semi-rigid shell includes an extended side portion which is located opposite of the notch side on an inner side of the wearer’s foot. The semi-rigid shell is shorter in length than the length of a shoe sole and slightly shorter in width and may be combined with an insole comfort cover to provide cushion between the wearer’s foot and the semi-rigid shell.
Inventors: Brianna Schwartz (Goochland, Virginia)
Assignee: Yenta + Posha (Goochland, Virginia)
Sep. 15, 2020

Flexible, self-rolled superficial flow sensor
Patent No. 10,782,164
A superficial flow sensor is provided, which may comprise a substrate, and a thin film comprising a self-rolled portion, a stationary portion, and a free ribbon portion. According to some aspects of the present disclosure, the self-rolled portion may be configured to have a residual stress and to deform under external forces.
Inventors: Jianzhong Zhu (Crozet, Virginia), Hilary Bart-Smith (Charlottesville, Virginia), Carl White (Richmond)
Assignee: University of Virginia Patent Foundation (Charlottesville, Virginia)
Sep. 22, 2020

Electronic cigarette and method
Patent No. 10,780,236
An electronic smoking article includes a liquid supply including liquid material, a heater operable to heat the liquid material to a temperature sufficient to vaporize the liquid material and form an aerosol, a wick in communication with the liquid material and in communication with the heater such that the wick delivers the liquid material to the heater, and at least one air inlet operable to establish a predetermined resistance to draw under a prescribed test of said smoking article.
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)
Sep. 22, 2020

Oral product
Patent No. 10,780,085
An oral product includes a body that is wholly receivable in an oral cavity. The body includes a mouth-stable polymer matrix, cellulosic fibers embedded in the mouth-stable polymer matrix, and a mouth-soluble binder dispersed in the mouth-stable polymer matrix.
Inventors: Feng Gao (Midlothian, Virginia), Frank Scott Atchley (Tarpon Springs, Florida), Gregory James Griscik (Midlothian, Virginia), Christopher Joseph Dinovi (Ruther Glen, Virginia), Phillip M. Hulan (Midlothian, Virginia), Diane L. Gee (Chesterfield, Virginia), Jason Flora (Richmond), Shuzhong Zhuang (Glen Allen, Virginia)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Sep. 22, 2020

Furniture system and arrangement thereof
Patent No. 10,779,646
A modular furniture system capable of being arranged in different configurations in a settee area of a bowling center, for example, is disclosed. The furniture system includes at least one modular furniture element with a fastening mechanism which includes a first assembly and a second assembly. The first assembly of the fastening mechanism includes an engaging element which extends through at least one component of the first assembly and attaches to a component of the second assembly of an adjacent modular furniture element.
Inventors: Massimo Baraldi (Bologna, Italy), Tommaso Parisi (Bologna, Italy), Samuel Ramesh Namala (Mechanicsville, Virginia), Leroy T. Warren (Richmond), Charles A. Lee (Williamsburg, Virginia)
Assignee: QubicaAMF Worldwide (Mechanicsville, Virginia)
Sep. 22, 2020

Capsule clusters for oral consumption
Patent No. 10,779,560
An oral product includes a matrix including a mixture of a plurality of capsules, a powdered component, a viscous component and a binder and wherein the matrix is molded into a shape. In a preferred embodiment, the capsules provide functional and flavorful ingredients. In an embodiment, the matrix is enclosed in a porous material that forms a pouch.
Inventors: Danielle R. Crawford (Chester, Virginia), Shon Gedevani (Richmond), William R. Sweeney (Richmond), Chris Irving (Chesterfield, Virginia)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA (Richmond)
Sep. 22, 2020

Management of energy demand and energy efficiency savings from voltage optimization on electric power systems using AMI-based data analysis
Patent No. 10,784,688
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.
Inventors: Stephen J. Tyler (Henrico County, Virginia), Phillip W. Powell (Chesterfield, Virginia)
Assignee: Dominion Energy (Richmond)
Sep. 22, 2020

Data processing system with machine learning engine to provide dynamic data transmission control functions
Patent No. 10,783,052
Systems for dynamically controlling data transmissions are provided. In some examples, a system may receive data from one or more computer systems. Data associated with an event may be extracted and the extracted data may be compared to one or more machine learning datasets to determine a likelihood that an issue associated with a computer system may occur. The system may determine whether the likelihood is greater than a predetermined threshold. If so, a modification to avoid the potential issue or mitigate an impact may be identified. The modification may be transmitted to and executed by the computer system to modify one or more aspects of the computer system. In some examples, one or more efficiency modifications may be identified based on the comparison of the extracted data to the machine learning datasets. The identified efficiency modification may be transmitted to and executed by the computer system to modify one or more aspects of the computer system.
Inventors: Manu Kurian (Dallas, Texas), Floyd F. Rock Jr. (Chesterfield, Virginia), Saritha Prasad Vrittamani (Plano, Texas), Patrick Nicholas Lawrence (Plano, Texas), Paul Grayson Roscoe (Treuddyn Flintshire, Great Britain)
Assignee: Bank of America Corp. (Charlotte, North Carolina)
Sep. 22, 2020

System and method of obtaining smoking topography data
Patent No. 10,779,568
An exemplary smoking topography circuit of an electronic aerosol smoking article, includes at least one sensor configured to measure user interaction with the smoking article, a processor, and memory. The processor is configured to detect a smoking event based an output of the at least one sensor, collect data associated with the smoking event, and arrange the data in a pattern that associates the smoking event to shifts in battery voltage. The memory is configured to store the data pattern in a structured multi-byte format.
Inventors: Barry S. Smith (Hopewell, Virginia), Douglas A. Burton (Glen Allen, Virginia)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Sep. 22, 2020

Method for detecting oil on tobacco products and packaging
Patent No. 10,782,279
A process for detecting oil or lubricant contamination in a manufactured product, the process comprising adding at least two fluorescent taggants to oils or lubricants contained in processing machinery for said product, irradiating said product, causing at least one of said taggants to fluoresce and detecting radiation emitted by said fluorescing taggant in an oil-contaminated product.
Inventors: Edmond J. Cadieux Jr. (Mechanicsville, Virginia), Robert E. Wood (Nashville, Tennessee)
Assignee: Altria Client Services
Sep. 22, 2020

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