The R&D Dept.: Local patents for 3.10.21

Utilizing machine learning to reduce cloud instances in a cloud computing environment
Patent No. 10,938,637
A device receives, from a cloud computing environment, cloud instance information associated with cloud instances in the cloud computing environment, and processes the cloud instance information, with a machine learning model, to determine containers for one or more of the cloud instances and whether cloud instances should be removed from the cloud computing environment. The device causes a first subset of the cloud instances to be removed from the cloud computing environment, based on determining which of the cloud instances should be removed, and causes the containers to be created for a second subset of the cloud instances based on determining the containers. The device receives, from the cloud computing environment, cloud container information associated with the containers created in the cloud computing environment, and causes one or more of the containers to be scaled based on the cloud container information.
Inventors: Sunil Narang (Glen Allen, Virginia), Abhishek Kumar Singh (Henrico, Virginia), Nazia Sarang (Henrico, Virginia), Vikas Vijay (Richmond)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
March 2, 2021

Methodology for forming a resistive element in a superconducting structure
Patent No. 10,936,756
A method of forming a superconducting structure is provided that includes forming a superconducting element in a first dielectric layer, forming a protective pad formed from a resistive material over at least a portion of the superconducting element, forming a second dielectric layer overlying the first dielectric layer, and etching an opening through the second dielectric layer to the protective pad, such that no portion of the superconducting element is exposed in the opening. A cleaning process is performed on the superconducting structure, and a contact material fill with a resistive material is performed to fill the opening and form a resistive element in contact with the superconducting element through the protective pad.
Inventors: Cory Edward Sherman (Arnold, Maryland), Shawn A. Keebaugh (Annapolis, Maryland), Reuben C. Ferguson (Richmond)
Assignee: Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. (Falls Church, Virginia)
March 2, 2021

Reclosable wrapper for sanitary products and related methods
Patent No. 10,932,962
A wrapped sanitary product comprises a wrapper and a sanitary product that provides for discreet storage and removal of a sanitary product, and/or discreet placement of a soiled sanitary product into a vacated wrapper to be discreetly disposed thereafter. The wrapper is formed such that an interior space is created to store a sanitary product. The wrapper has a storage configuration, and accessible configuration, and a second storage configuration. The wrapper has a port that provides access to the interior space and the sanitary product therein. The wrapper has a flap that can comprise a sticker or a tab, or both. The flap is sealed to the wrapper in a storage configuration, is at least partially removable from the wrapper in an accessible configuration, and is reclosable to the wrapper in a second storage configuration.
Inventors: Wojtek Drewnowski (Richmond), Pankaj Nigam (Ridgewood, New Jersey), Adebimpe Ogunade (Saddle Brook, New Jersey), Yukiko Naoi (New York, New York), Jeffrey Kapec (Westport, Connecticut)
Assignee: Edgewell Personal Care Brands (Chesterfield, Missouri)
March 2, 2021

Electronic vaping device with outlet-end illumination
Patent No. 10,932,496
A cartridge for an e-vaping device includes a housing extending along a longitudinal axis of the cartridge, and an outlet-end insert coupled to the outlet end of the housing. The housing at least partially encloses a pre-vapor formulation reservoir and a vapor generator of the cartridge and further channels light via internal reflection through an interior of the housing. The outlet-end insert includes an outlet in flow communication with the vapor generator, directs the vapor generated by the vapor generator out of the cartridge through the outlet, and further emits the light channeled through the interior of the housing. One or more properties of the light are controllable.
Inventors: Christopher S. Tucker (Midlothian, Virginia), Phillip Diana (Richmond), Nam Tran (Richmond), Matthew Caparrelli (Richmond)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
March 2, 2021

Revocable biometric-based keys for digital signing
Patent No. 10,938,572
Revocable biometric-based keys for digital signing are provided by, in part, generating a revocable public key at a secure device and transmitting the public key to a registration system for registration to facilitate linking the public key to the secure device user’s identity for use in accessing a protected resource. Generating the revocable public key may include generating a salt, storing the salt on the secure device, and temporarily obtaining, by the secure device, biometric data of the user of the secure device. The biometric data is obtained from user biometrics, and the temporarily obtaining is absent storing the biometric data in persistent storage. A public and private key pair is generated at the secure device based, at least in part, on the stored salt and the user’s temporarily obtained biometric data.
Inventors: Matthew Hamann (Raleigh, North Carolina), Peter Szeto (Durham, North Carolina), Cody Walker (Raleigh, North Carolina), Siddharth Goyal (Glen Allen, Virginia)
Assignee: International Business Machines Corp. (Armonk, New York)
March 2, 2021

System, devices, and methods combining spinal stabilization and neuromodulation
Patent No. 10,933,234
A pain management system includes a spinal stabilization device and a neuromodulation device. The spinal stabilization device includes a rod, a plurality of pedicle screws each having a screw-head defining a screw-head cavity configured to receive a portion of the rod, and a corresponding plurality of inserts configured to engage with the inner wall of the cavity to secure the rod in place in the cavity. The neuromodulation device includes a therapy module comprising electronics packaged within a housing. The housing has a form factor having at least one feature configured to mate with a corresponding feature of the screw-head of one of the plurality of pedicle screws. The respective features mate in a manner that enables the therapy module to mechanically couple to and subsequently decouple from the screw-head of the pedicle screw.
Inventors: Gregory F. Molnar (Blaine, Minnesota), Harry Puryear (Shoreview, Minnesota), Nazmi Peyman (Glen Allen, Virginia), Justin D. Zenanko (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
Assignee: SynerFuse (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
March 2, 2021

Adapted fitness equipment
Patent No. 10,932,982
An exercise apparatus includes an adjustable frame being attachable to an assistive ambulation device. The adjustable frame includes removable handles, fitting arms located on a lower portion of the adjustable frame to receive a fitness attachment, and attachment points on located on the lower portion of the adjustable frame to couple a resistance device. A jump rope trainer includes a handle; flexible tubing including a handle fastener to connect the handle to the flexible tubing; and a soft sphere shaped object. The flexible tubing includes a soft sphere shaped object fastener to connect the soft sphere shaped object to the flexible tubing.
Inventors: Joseph Warren Kabes (Rochester, New York), Robert Henry (Conesus, New York), Jamie Moore (Concord, Massachuset), Samantha Emma Sarles (Orchard Park, New York), Amy Hughes (Webster, New York), Hannah Folby (Farmingdale, New York), Elizabeth Nicolas (Deer Park, New York), Christopher Fenn (Moriches, New York), Josh Closson (Petersburg, Virginia), Jason Constant (Liverpool, New York), Nicole Bureau (Rochester, New York), Isaac Arabadjis (Jersey City, New Jersey), Connor Boudreau (St. Albans, Vermont), Abdulrahman Alshaikh (Worcester, Massachusetts), Natalie Hurd (Medford, Massachusetts), Gina Colosimo (McMurray, Pennsylvania)
Assignee: Inclusivity (Rochester, New York)
March 2, 2021

Carton with integral handle and package
Patent No. 10,940,974
A package includes a carton (10) and a plurality of articles (B). The carton includes carton walls (14, 16, 26b/30b) and at least one handle structure (HA2) formed from at least one (26b/30b) of the carton walls. The at least one handle structure includes a tab (44b) formed from the at least one of the carton walls. The tab is hingedly connected, by a hinged connection (42b), to the at least one of the carton walls and arranged to fold at least in part about an article disposed within the carton to form at least a portion of a handle opening (40b) so as to allow a user (U) to grasp a portion of the article and the carton disposed adjacent to the article.
Inventors: Bradford J. Walling (Chesterfield, Virginia), Brandon L. Ramsuer (Henrico, Virginia), Caleb S. Loftin (Richmond)
Assignee: WestRock Packaging Systems (Atlanta, Georgia)
March 9, 2021

Systems and methods for guiding image sensor angle settings in different environments
Patent No. 10,944,898
A system for guiding image sensor angle settings in different environments. The system may include a memory storing executable instructions, and at least one processor configured to execute the instructions to perform operations. The operations may include obtaining a plurality of synthetic images, the synthetic images representing a plurality of scenes; training a classification model to classify, based on the synthetic images, a plurality of images captured from an environment of a user by an image sensor; determining, based on the classification, whether the image sensor is positioned at a predetermined angle; and adjusting, based on the determination, a position of the image sensor.
Inventors: Reza Farivar (Champaign, Illinois), Cody Stancil (Glen Allen, Virginia), Rittika Adhikari (Westford, Massachusetts), Joseph Ford III (Manakin Sabot, Virginia)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
March 9, 2021

Recognizing text in image data
Patent No. 10,943,106
A device may receive image data representing a document, the document including: text, and edges. Based on the edges, the device may identify, a segment of interest within the image data and crop the segment of interest to obtain a portion of the image data. In addition, the device may perform optical character recognition on the portion of the image data, the optical character recognition producing recognized text. The device may obtain, based on the recognized text, validation data that includes verification text, and determine whether the recognized text is verified based on the verification text. Based on a result of the determination, the device may perform an action.
Inventors: Subhashini Tripuraneni (Glen Allen, Virginia), Joseph R. Barco Jr. (Midlothian, Virginia)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
March 9, 2021

Blockchain systems and methods for user authentication
Patent No. 10,944,563
Computer-implemented methods and systems are provided for blockchain-mediated user authentication. Consistent with disclosed embodiments, authentication may comprise operations including receiving, from a user system, an authentication request for a user. The operations may also include determining a root system for the user using a blockchain, and redirecting the user system to the root system. The operations may include receiving, following redirection, a verification message indicating that the root system successfully authenticated the user, and including an authorization code for receiving, from the root system, a root system secret. The operations may include receiving from a database, identification data using the root system secret. Determining the root system may comprise identifying, using the authentication request and index information stored in the blockchain, a block of the blockchain storing root system information for the user. Receiving the identification data may comprise retrieving identification data from the database.
Inventors: Jonathan Weimer (Henrico, Virginia), Ryan Fox (Alexandria, Virginia)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
March 9, 2021

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