The R&D Dept.: Local patents for 11.18.20

Experience-directed dynamic steganographic content switching
Patent No. 10,834,464
An experience feedback of a user is measured, the experience feedback being in response to a presentation of a stream of a content. In response to the determining that an experience value corresponding to the experience feedback has to be adjusted to a target experience value, an optional content selected, the optional content including data indicative of an option experience value, the option experience value being at least a component of a difference between the experience value and the target experience value. The optional content is steganographically combined with the content in the stream to form a combined stream. During the presentation of the combined stream, a switch is made to the optional content such that a portion of the content is replaced by the optional content in the presentation, the switching causing in the user a change from the experience value towards the target experience value.
Inventors: Aaron K. Baughman (Silver Spring, Maryland), John S. Cope (Richmond), Nicholas A. McCrory (Sacramento, California), Diwesh Pandey (Bangalore, India)
Assignee: International Business Machines Corp. (Armonk, New York)
Nov. 10, 2020

Auto binding of templates into existing systems
Patent No. 10,831,171
A control system having packaged sets of control logic, referred to as templates. A template may be deployed in a system many times to solve a system’s needs. Upon deployment, the user may need to perform many binding operations. The present system and approach may greatly reduce the labor involved in deploying control templates and in templates configuring a system of devices. Semantic tagging may be used. When designing a template, binding hints may be provided for each entity in the template that requires binding upon deployment. The binding hints may be used as a search predicate. When a template is deployed into a control space, a search query with binding hints for each bindable entity defined, may automatically be executed against the control space. If there is a single result for a bindable entity, then it may be automatically bound. If there are multiple results, a user may be prompted to choose from a results list.
Inventors: Andrew Saunders (Richmond), John Sublett (Richmond), Robert Adams (Powhatan, Virginia), Craig Gemmill (Montpelier, Virginia)
Assignee: Honeywell International (Morris Plains, New Jersey)
Nov. 10, 2020

Composite wall and methods of constructing a composite wall
Patent No. 10,829,924
Composite walls have the structural components connected to form a substantially unitary structure. A composite wall is described that includes a block and/or brick wythe adhered to a poured concrete wall. The composite wall may also have a panel sheet material adhered to the poured concrete opposite surface of the poured concrete wall. Further, the composite wall may include a first wythe comprising concrete blocks, bricks, or a combination thereof, a poured concrete core, and a rigid insulation panel, wherein at least a portion of the blocks and/or bricks of the first wythe are adhered to a first surface of the concrete core and the rigid insulation panel is adhered to a second surface of the poured concrete core. Wire ties may extend from the mortar joints in the first wythe through the rigid insulation panel.
Inventors: Arthur S. McGurn (Richmond), Victor P. Morrissette (Richmond), Lee Morrissette (Powhatan, Virginia), Patrick Cody Morrissette (Midlothian, Virginia)
Assignee: Advantage Wall (Richmond)
Nov. 10, 2020

Portion of an electronic vaping device formed of an oxygen sequestering agent
Patent No. 10,828,619
An electronic vaping device includes a housing extending in a longitudinal direction, a reservoir in the housing, the reservoir configured to store a pre-vapor formulation, a heater in the housing, the heater configured to heat the pre-vapor formulation, at least one portion formed of a material including at least one polymer and at least one oxygen sequestering agent, and a power supply.
Inventors: Jason Andrew Macko (Richmond), Georgios Karles (Richmond)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Nov. 10, 2020

Tobacco product tip
Patent No. 10,827,780
A tobacco product tip assembly. The tobacco product tip assembly includes a tip portion comprising a tip wall defining an inhalation chamber; the tip portion extending into a body portion comprising a body wall defining an insertion chamber, the insertion chamber being in communication with the inhalation chamber; the body wall comprising a mechanical fastener. A tobacco product assembly and a process for producing a tobacco product assembly are also included.
Inventors: Jeffrey A. Swepston (Powhatan, Virginia), Marc D. Belcastro (Glen Allen, Virginia), Christopher L. Simpson (Richmond), John D. Thomson (Chester, Virginia), Patrick S. McElhinney (Midlothian, Virginia)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Nov. 10, 2020

Rod forming apparatus and method
Patent No. 10,827,778
A method of forming a wrapped article, comprising the steps of: forming a continuous stream of material such as an agricultural product; moving the continuous stream of material along an elongated path; compressing the continuous stream of material to reduce the cross-sectional area thereof until a predetermined cross-sectional dimension is achieved; drawing the compressed continuous stream of material through a rod-forming arrangement, the rod-forming arrangement having a non-contact displacement transducer associated therewith; folding at least one web longitudinally around the compressed continuous stream of material to form a continuous rod of material; and detecting variations in rod density within the rod-forming arrangement from a signal obtained from the non-contact displacement transducer.
Inventors: Dwight David Williams (Powhatan, Virginia), Rosana C. Altoveros (Richmond)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Nov. 10, 2020

Aerosol generator including multi-component wick
Patent No. 10,828,385
An aerosol generator includes a composite conduit to transport multiple liquids to a heating element at flow rates such that the liquids arrive at the heating element in desirable concentrations. The heating element volatilizes the liquids to form volatilized fluid, which mixes with ambient air to form an aerosol with desirable concentrations of the multiple liquids.
Inventors: Zuyin Yang (Midlothian, Virginia), Susan E. Wrenn (Chesterfield, Virginia)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA (Richmond)
Nov. 10, 2020

Systems and methods for understanding and solving customer problems by extracting and reasoning about customer narratives
Patent No. 10,832,255
Consistent with the disclosed embodiments, systems and methods are provided herein for autonomously responding to customer problems. In one example implementation, a system performing a method is provided. The system may receive a customer utterance associated with a customer and define, based on the customer utterance, a first customer narrative comprising a first customer goal. The system may also determine whether the first customer narrative is sufficient to identify a first customer problem corresponding to at least a first problem of a plurality of problems. Responsive to determining that the first customer narrative is sufficient, the system may identify a first response corresponding with the first problem. The system may also customize the first response for the customer based on at least the first customer narrative, and execute the customized response.
Inventors: Alexandra Coman (Tysons Corner, Virginia), Erik T. Mueller (Chevy Chase, Maryland), Margaret Mayer (Glen Allen, Virginia)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
Nov. 10, 2020

Knock-down furniture, chairs and couches
Patent No. 10,827,840
Knock-down furniture is relatively easy to assemble and disassemble for use, storage and transporting. A knock-down chair may be assembled from multiple panels removably connected together by releasable joints. The multiple panels may include a seat member, a back-support member, a side support member, and at least one other support member. Two similarly constructed knock-down chairs may be connected by a center connector to produce a knock-down couch.
Inventors: Fielding Archer (Midlothian, Virginia)
Assignee: N/A
Nov. 10, 2020

Tobacco beads
Patent No. 10,827,777
A smokeless tobacco product described herein includes at least one tobacco bead. Tobacco beads described herein include a core and at least one tobacco-containing layer surrounding the core. Each tobacco-containing layer can include less than 10 weight percent tobacco. Tobacco bead described herein can have a diameter of at least 1 millimeters. Tobacco bead described herein can have at least 5 mg tobacco. Tobacco bead described herein can have an oven volatiles content of between 2 weight percent and 10 weight percent. Tobacco bead described herein can have an outer shell.
Inventors: Andrew Nathan Carroll (Chester, Virginia),Yan Helen Sun (Midlothian, Virginia)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Nov. 10, 2020

Invoking enhanced plug-ins and creating workflows having a series of enhanced plug-ins
Patent No. 10,831,575
A computer-implemented method includes: receiving, by a computing device, information for composing a first enhanced plug-in, wherein the first enhanced plug-in includes one or more logical components for invoking the first enhanced plug-in by an application running in a different framework as the first enhanced plug-in; receiving, by the computing device, information for creating a workflow that includes a series of a plurality of enhanced plug-ins including the first enhanced plug-in and one or more subsequent second enhanced plug-ins; and invoking, by the computing device, the workflow, wherein the invoking the workflow causes the first enhanced plug-in to receive data from an application running on the same or different framework as the first enhanced plug-in, process the data, and forward the processed data as input data to a particular one of the one or more subsequent second enhanced plug-ins or an endpoint application.
Inventors: Mark D. Batinich (Kane County, Illinois), Pietro Iannucci; Pietro (Rome, Italy), Linwood E. Loving (Mechanicsville, Virginia), Allison V. Pelt (Mahwah, New Jersey), Luigi Pichetti (Rome, Italy)
Assignee: International Business Machines Corp. (Armonk, New York)
Nov. 10, 2020

Chroma keying illumination system
Patent No. 10,841,552
A chroma keying system as described herein is a relatively thin and portable system as a result of the deployment of flat light panels such as electroluminescent (EL) lighting panels. By combining a flexible electroluminescent illuminated surface with proper hardware and digital programming, a user wearing a virtual reality (VR) headset is able to see whatever image is programmed for them to see in the headset when looking at specific things or directions.
Inventors: Steven Paul Pendlebury (Richmond)
Assignee: Electro-LuminX Lighting Corp. (Richmond)
Nov. 17, 2020

Techniques for multi-voice speech recognition commands
Patent No. 10,839,060
Various embodiments are generally directed to techniques for multi-voice speech recognition commands, such as based on monitoring a telecommunications channel between first and second devices, for instance. Some embodiments are particularly directed to prompting initiation of a transaction between a first entity associated with a first device and a second entity associated with a second device based on detection of an audible request corresponding to the second entity and an audible response corresponding to the first entity.
Inventors: Paul Hurlocker (Richmond), Austin Grant Walters (Savoy, Illinois), Jeremy Edward Goodsitt (Champaign, Illinois)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
Nov. 17, 2020

Metabolically stable 5-HMF derivatives for the treatment of hypoxia
Patent No. 10,836,729
5-HMF derivative compounds that bind covalently with hemoglobin are provided. Methods of treating sickle cell disease and other hypoxia-related disorders by administering such compounds are also provided.
Inventors: Abdelsattar Mansour Ebeid Omar (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia), Moustafa El-Sayed El-Araby (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia), Martin K. Safo (Richmond)
Assignee: King Abdulaziz University (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia)
Nov. 17, 2020

Soft oral product
Patent No. 10,834,960
An oral product includes a body that is wholly receivable in an oral cavity. The body includes a polymer matrix and one or more flavorants and/or active ingredients embedded in the polymer matrix. The polymer matrix can include a copolymer of ethylene and one or more vinyl monomers or zein. For example, the polymer can be ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymer and/or ethylene-vinyl alcohol copolymer. In some cases, the oral product can include tobacco and/or nicotine.
Inventors: Munmaya K. Mishra (Manakin Sabot, Virginia), Georgios D. Karles (Richmond)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Nov. 17, 2020

Carton and blank therefor
Patent No. 10,836,550
A top engaging carrier includes a main panel which has an aperture for receiving a portion of an article. The main panel includes an annular series of tabs formed around the aperture. The aperture defines a first edge of each of the tabs of the annular series. The tabs are hingedly connected to the main panel such that they yield out of the plane of the main panel when an article is received in the aperture. One of the tabs of the annular series is defined at least in part by a first cutline extending from the aperture into the main panel. The first cutline separating at least a portion of the one tab from an adjacent tab. The main panel also includes a second cutline. The second cutline defines a portion of a second edge of each of the one tab and the adjacent tab, wherein the second edge opposes the first edge.
Inventors: Matthew E. Zacherle (Chesterfield, Virginia)
Assignee: WestRock Packaging Systems (Atlanta, Georgia)

Polymeric viscosity modifiers for use in lubricants
Patent No. 10,836,976
A lubricating oil composition having greater than 50 wt % of a base oil and 0.1 wt % to 20 wt %, both based on the total weight of the lubricating oil composition, of a dispersant viscosity modifier obtainable by: A) reacting: a) at least one of a lactone of formula (I) or a derivative thereof: ##STR00001## wherein X is oxygen, and R is an optionally substituted hydrocarbylene group having from 1 to 20 carbon atoms; and b) at least one compound selected from amines, alcohols and oxazolines; and B) reacting the reaction product of step A) onto an acylated olefin copolymer obtainable by acylating a copolymer of ethylene and one or more C.sub.3-C.sub.10 alpha-olefins having a number average molecular weight of 5,000 to 200,000 g/mol as measured by GPC, with an acylating agent. Methods employing the lubricating oil compositions and uses of the lubricating compositions as engine oils are also described.
Inventors: Arturo Carranza (Henrico, Virginia), Sheng Jiang (Glen Allen, Virginia)
Assignee: Afton Chemical Corp. (Richmond)
Nov. 17, 2020

Imaging device for assessing sunscreen coverage
Patent No. 10,835,172
A device for assessing sunscreen coverage on a person includes a casing a lens assembly extending from about a front facing surface of the casing and allowing transmissivity to light energy in a wavelength range of about 300 to about 400 nm. A filter is in optical communication with the lens assembly and having a high optical density above about 390 nm and a low optical density below about 390 nm. A sensor is in optical communication with the filter, the sensor having a signal/noise ratio that is greater than about 36 db. A controller is configured for receiving input from a user to control the device. A display screen may be in communication with a controller for displaying an image associated with the filtered light.
Inventors: David S. Cohen (Chapel Hill, North Carolina), Jonathan Meyer (Raleigh, North Carolina), Wolfgang Wagner (Chapel Hill, North Carolina), Connie Tran (Glen Allen, Virginia), Andrew Meyer (Raleigh, North Carolina)
Assignee: Voxelight, LLC (Raleigh, North Carolina)
Nov. 17, 2020

De-oiling for plant-based protein extraction
Patent No. 10,834,941
A method and system provides for for de-oiling and extracting protein from chickpeas prior to generating chickpea protein concentrate. The method and system includes receiving a chickpea flour generated from the chickpeas, including having cortex material removed from the chickpeas and generating an ethanol mixture by mixing the chickpea flour with ethanol to remove at least a portion of the oil content from the chickpea flour. The method and system includes separating the ethanol mixture into a de-oiled chickpea flour and an ethanol recycling stream having organics from the chickpea flour absorbed therein. Therein, the method and system includes extracting a protein concentrate from the de-oiled flour.
Inventors: Michael A. Spinelli (Moseley, Virginia), Krisan Singh (Midlothian, Virginia), Reinhold Brand (Henrico, Virginia)
Assignee: Nutriati (Henrico, Virginia)
Nov. 17, 2020

Devices, systems and methods for locating and interacting with medicament delivery systems
Patent No. 10,839,669
In some embodiments, a method includes producing, from an adapter, a first wireless signal characterized by a first communication mode with a computing device when a portion of at least one of a medicament delivery device or a simulated medicament delivery is disposed within the adapter. An indication is received when the portion of the medicament delivery device or the simulated medicament delivery device is removed from the adapter. A second wireless signal characterized by a second communication mode with the computing device is produced in response to the indication. The second communication mode is different from the first communication mode. The second communication mode can be, for example, a hold mode, a sniff mode or a park mode.
Inventors: Eric S. Edwards (Moseley, Virginia), Evan T. Edwards (Charlottesville, Virginia), Mark J. Licata (Doswell, Virginia), Paul F. Meyers (Fishers, Indiana), Vaishali Vilas Kamat (Arlington, Massachusetts), Steven David Gardner (Yaxley Peterborough, Great Britain), Robert George Milner (Hilton, Great Britain)
Assignee: kaleo (Richmond)
Nov. 17, 2020

Devices, systems, and methods for medicament delivery
Patent No. 10,835,673
Certain exemplary embodiments comprise can comprise an auto-injector, which can comprise: a vial configured to store and/or contain an injectable medicament, the vial defining a vial longitudinal axis, and a housing comprising the vial. In various embodiments, the injectable medicament can be a medicine, medication, drug, pharmaceutical, prescriptive, agent, antidote, anti-venom, hormone, stimulant, vasodilator, anesthetic, and/or nutritional supplement that is substantially ready for injection.
Inventors: Evan T. Edwards (Charlottesville, Virginia), Eric S. Edwards (Moseley, Virginia), Mark J. Licata (Doswell, Virginia)
Assignee: kaleo (Richmond)
Nov. 17, 2020

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