The R&D Dept.: Local patents for 4.7.21

Enhancing autonomous vehicle perception with off-vehicle collected data
Patent No. 10,963,462
In an embodiment, a method includes receiving, at an autonomous vehicle, reported data regarding an object in proximity to the autonomous vehicle. The data is collected by a collecting device external to the autonomous vehicle, and is relayed to the autonomous vehicle via a server. The reported data includes a current location, type, or predicted location of the object. The method further includes determining whether the reported data of the object matches an object in an object list determined by on-board sensors of the autonomous vehicle. If the determination finds a found object in the object list, the method correlates the reported data of the object to the found object in the object list. Otherwise, the method adds the reported data of the object to an object list of objects detected by sensor from on-board sensors of the autonomous vehicle. In embodiments, the collecting device is a mobile device.
Inventors: Fei Sun (Belmont, Massachusetts), Troy Jones (Richmond), Scott Lennox (Arlington, Massachusetts)
Assignee: The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Inc. (Cambridge, Massachusetts)
March 30, 2021

Fiber blend, method for producing fiber blend, and paperboard product comprising fiber blend
Patent No. 10,961,659
A fiber blend includes a first amount of wood pulp fibers refined in an amount of at least about 150 kWh per metric ton of gross refining energy, and a second amount of wood pulp fibers refined in an amount of at most about 10 kWh per metric ton of gross refining energy.
Inventors: Humphrey J. Moynihan (Covington, Virginia), Peter W. Hart (Atlanta, Georgia), Nichole Kilgore (Richmond), John D. DeJarnette (Richmond)
Assignee: WestRock MWV LLC (Atlanta, Georgia)
March 30, 2021

Blood-brain barrier disruption using electrical energy
Patent No. 10,959,772
The present invention provides methods, devices, and systems for in vivo treatment of cell proliferative disorders. Included is a method of treating tissue with electrical energy, the method comprising: delivering electrical energy to tissue using one or more electroporation devices comprising one or more electrodes; and cooling the tissue, surrounding tissue, one or more of the electrodes, or one or more of the electroporation devices to minimize heating. In embodiments, the invention can be used to treat solid tumors, such as brain tumors, and in some embodiments, exemplary methods rely on non-thermal irreversible electroporation (IRE) to cause cell death in treated tumors.
Inventors: Rafael V. Davalos (Blacksburg, Virginia), Paulo A. Garcia (Cambridge, Massachusetts), John L. Robertson (Floyd, Virginia), John H. Rossmeisl (Blacksburg, Virginia), Robert E. Neal II (Richmond)
Assignee: Virginia Tech Intellectual Properties (Blacksburg, Virginia)
March 30, 2021

E-vaping device with vaporizing heater and ejector, and method of operating the e-vaping device
Patent No. 10,959,462
The e-vaping device includes a housing, a vaporizing heater within the housing, and a reservoir configured to contain a pre-vapor formulation. At least one ejector is in fluid communication with the reservoir. The at least one ejector is configured to eject droplets of the pre-vapor formulation towards the vaporizing heater. The vaporizing heater is configured to vaporize at least some of the droplets. The method operates the e-vaping device.
Inventors: Raymond Lau (Richmond), Eric Hawes (Midlothian, Virginia), Terry Bache (Richmond), Ryan Newcomb (Richmond), John Glenn Edelen (Richmond), James D. Anderson Jr. (Richmond), Byron Bell (Richmond)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
March 30, 2021

Display packages, blanks for forming trap seal card and blank for forming display box
Patent No. 10,959,461
Display packages include a packaging including a cavity for holding an item, and a trap seal card including a first opening. The trap seal card retains the packaging such that the item held within the cavity is visible to a consumer through the first opening, and a portion of the packaging protrudes through the first opening. The trap seal card includes a front panel integral with a back panel. The packaging is between the front panel and the back panel. Blanks for the trap seal card include the back panel or the front panel having a first length and a second length less than the first length. The first and second lengths extend in a perpendicular direction to a first fold line. Blanks for the display box include a tab detachable from a remaining portion of the back panel when the back panel is separated along a ninth fold line.
Inventors: Scott A. Fath (Richmond), William J. Bogdziewicz III (Richmond), Robert T. Mitten (Glen Allen, Virginia), Ryan A. Bailey (Richmond)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
March 30, 2021

E-vaping device
Patent No. 10,959,457
An e-vaping device includes a battery section, an e-vaping tank capable of holding a liquid material, and an adapter connecting the battery section to the e-vaping tank. The adapter includes a heater capable of vaporizing the liquid material, and a wick capable of drawing the liquid material from the e-vaping tank to the heater. The adapter is connected to the e-vaping tank and the power source section via threaded connections. The threaded connections between the adapter and the battery section have threads with a non-standard pitch.
Inventors: Steve Rinehart (Chesterfield, Virginia), Barry Smith (Hopewell, Virginia), Charles Dendy (Ruther Glen, Virginia)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
March 30, 2021

Systems and methods for managing electronic transactions using electronic tokens and tokenized devices
Patent No. 10,965,682
Systems and methods are provided for managing electronic tokens associated with an account. A system may include a memory storing instructions and account information associated with an account, and a processor configured to executed the stored instructions to: access information associated with one or more electronic tokens associated with the account, wherein the information includes one or more token settings, receive, via a network, information for a transaction request including a first token; analyze the received information to determine whether at least one rule in the one or more token settings is violated, responsive to a determination that at least one rule is violated, transmit an indication that the transaction request is denied, and responsive to a determination that no rules are violated, detokenize the transaction request.
Inventors: Paul Moreton (Glen Allen, Virginia), Lawrence Douglas (McLean, Virginia), Thomas Poole (Chantilly, Virginia), Thomas Christopher Clarke (Alexandria, Virginia), Saejin Choi (Annandale, Virginia)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
March 30, 2021

Curable organopolysiloxane composition containing dynamic covalent polysiloxane
Patent No. 10,961,391
A curable organopolysiloxane composition containing dynamic covalent organopolysiloxanes which yields, upon cure, a silicone rubber having adaptive elastomeric and viscous characteristics is claimed. The silicone may be an elastomer or foam. A method of making the silicone rubber and a shaped article made of the cured adaptive viscoelastic silicone rubber composition are also claimed.
Inventors: Jianhua Liu (Camarillo, California), James Roque Darlucio (Port Hueneme, California), James Michael Lambert (Glen Allen, Virginia)
Assignee: Avantor Performance Materials (Center Valley, Pennsylvania)
March 30, 2021

Socket-lock-it
Patent No. 10,960,532
A socket holder with a built in locking mechanism that is user controlled and activated by a push button which controls internal locking mechanisms which allow this socket holder to securely store and transport sockets mounted to a main socket holder body. This socket holder can hold multiples of sockets to the main socket holder body, releasing them only when desired by the user with the push of the push button that controls the internal mechanisms which release the sockets from the main socket holder body. This socket holder is designed to organize and securely lock the sockets onto the main socket holder body in a way that is dependable and easy to use.
Inventors: William Lawrence Billups Jr. (Glen Allen, Virginia)
Assignee: N/A

Systems and methods for automated determination of network device transiting data attributes
Patent No. 10,965,580
A system for determining network device transiting data attributes includes one or more memory devices storing instructions, and one or more processors configured to execute the instructions to run a first script on all static ports of a network and run a second script on all known ports of the network. The system may parse the parameters returned from the first and second scripts to identify one or more identified ports of the known ports. The system may run a third script on the one or more identified ports to force one or more denials at the identified ports. Based on the one or more denials, the system may determine network device transiting data attributes including but not limited to allowed protocols and directionality for each of the one or more identified ports.
Inventors: Eric Barnum (Midlothian, Virginia), Terence Banks (Culpeper, Virginia)
Assignee: Capital One Services (Mclean, Virginia)
March 30, 2021

Oral product
Patent No. 10,959,454
An oral product includes a body that is wholly receivable in an oral cavity. The body includes a mouth-soluble polymer matrix, cellulosic fibers embedded in the mouth-soluble polymer matrix, and nicotine or a derivative thereof dispersed in the mouth-soluble polymer matrix. The oral product is adapted to release the nicotine or a derivative thereof from the body when the body is received within the oral cavity and exposed to saliva.
Inventors: Feng Gao (Midlothian, Virginia), Frank Scott Atchley (Tarpon Springs, Florida), Gregory Griscik (Midlothian, Virginia), Christopher Joseph DiNovi (Ruther Glen, Virginia), Phillip M. Hulan (Midlothian, Virginia)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
March 30, 2021

Systems and methods for intra-operative image acquisition and calibration
Patent No. 10,959,782
A system and method utilizing a camera device containing an inertial measuring unit or similar orientation mechanism to calibrate alignment of the camera device according to a primary image such as an image displayed on an imaging screen, and then utilizing this calibration data to guide the system or user in acquiring a spatially aligned digital image using the camera device. Steps include recording the spatial orientation of the camera in at least two spatial dimensions when aligned with the primary image and guiding the camera into relative alignment with the imaging screen when taking a picture.
Inventors: Noah D. Wollowick (Westport, Connecticut), Andrew Cooper (Largo, Florida), Cameron Albert (Powhatan, Virginia)
Assignee: Depuy Synthes Products (Raynham, Massachusetts)
March 30, 2021

Devices, systems and methods for medicament delivery
Patent No. 10,960,155
An apparatus includes a label configured to be coupled to a medicament delivery device. The label includes a first surface and a second surface. The first surface is configured to be coupled to an outer surface of the medicament delivery device. The second surface includes a textual indicia. The label further includes an electronic circuit system configured to output an electronic signal.
Inventors: Eric S. Edwards (Moseley, Virginia), Evan T. Edwards (Charlottesville, Virginia), Mark J. Licata (Doswell, Virginia), Paul F. Meyers (Fishers, Indiana), David A. Weinzierl (Andover, Minnesota)
Assignee: kaleo (Richmond)
March 30, 2021

Apparatus, method, and computer-readable medium for generating musical pieces
Patent No. 10,971,122
An apparatus, method, and computer-readable storage medium that generate a harmonized musical piece. The method includes receiving a chord selection including a musical key and a scale selection, generating, within a digital audio work session, a chord progression sequence based on the received chord selection, in response to a detected chord selection change, modifying the chord progression sequence to include a chord progression corresponding to the chord selection change, setting the chord progression sequence as a master sequence, in response to detecting a second progression sequence within the digital audio work session, transmitting an identifier to the second progression sequence setting it as a slave sequence, and establishing a synchronized communication link between the master and the slave sequences such that changes made in the master sequence are automatically effectuated in the slave sequence, and combining the master sequence and the slave sequence to form a composed musical piece.
Inventors: Yakov Vorobyev (Miami, Florida), Louis Ng (Alhambra, California), Michael Cupino (Miami, Florida), Matthew Donner (Davis, California), John Batka (Richmond)
Assignee: Mixed In Key (Miami, Florida)
April 6, 2021

Nanoporous bioelectrochemical sensors for measuring redox potential in biological samples
Patent No. 10,969,379
A bioelectrochemical sensor utilizing a nanoporous gold electrode. The bioelectrochemical sensor is suitable for measuring redox in biologic media while having increased resistance to biofouling as compared to conventional electrodes such as planar gold electrodes, due to greater exposed surface area of the three-dimensional ligature structure defining the nanopores. The nanopores have a pore size of 5-100 nm, preferably with an average pore size of less than 50 nm, and more preferably with an average pore size of less than 20 nm.
Inventors: Rodney C. Daniels (Plymouth, Michigan), Kevin R. Ward (Superior Township, Michigan), Maryanne M. Collinson (Richmond)
Assignee: The Regents of The University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Michigan) &
Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond)

Pod assembly, dispensing body, and e-vapor apparatus including the same
Patent No. 10,966,467
An e-vapor apparatus may include a pod assembly and a dispensing body configured to receive the pod assembly. A vaporizer may be disposed in the pod assembly and/or the dispensing body. The pod assembly may include a vapor precursor compartment, a device compartment, and a vapor channel extending from the device compartment and traversing the vapor precursor compartment. The pod assembly is a smart pod configured to receive, store, and transmit information that can be communicated with the dispensing body and/or another electronic device. The proximal portion of the dispensing body includes a vapor passage and a through-hole. The vapor passage may extend from an end surface of the proximal portion to a side wall of the through-hole. The through-hole is configured to receive the pod assembly such that the vapor channel of the pod assembly is aligned with the vapor passage of the dispensing body.
Inventors: Eric Hawes (Glen Allen, Virginia), Raymond W. Lau (Richmond), Alistair Bramley (Richmond)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
April 6, 2021

Electronic smoking article
Patent No. 10,966,466
An electronic smoking article includes a liquid supply region including liquid material and a heater-wick element operable to wick liquid material and heat the liquid material to a temperature sufficient to vaporize the liquid material and form an aerosol. The heater-wick element comprises a plurality of fused metal beads or particles.
Inventors: Jason Andrew Macko (Richmond), James Anthony Skapars (Richmond)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
April 6, 2021

Delegated administration of permissions using a contactless card
Patent No. 10,970,712
Delegated administration of permissions using a contactless card. In one example, a permissions module may receive a request from a first account to grant a second account access to a computing resource. The permissions module may receive permissions data of the first account from a contactless card and encrypted data generated by the contactless card. The permissions module may transmit the permissions data and the encrypted data to an authentication server, which may verify the encrypted data based at least in part on the private key, and determine, based on the permissions data, that the first account has permissions to grant access to the computing resource. The permissions module may receive, from the authentication server, an indication of the verification of the encrypted data and a permissions vector associated with the second account, the permissions vector reflecting the grant of access to the computing resource to the second account.
Inventors: Jeffrey Rule (Chevy Chase, Maryland), Walter A. Miller (Glen Allen, Virginia)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
April 6, 2021

Polyelectrolyte complexes
Patent No. 10,968,363
The present invention relates to aqueous compositions of associative polyelectrolyte complexes (PECs), optionally containing surfactants, biocidal agents and/or oxidants, which can provide surface protection to treated articles including reduced soiling tendency, reduced cleaning effort and improved soil repellancy, as well as providing bacteriostatic properties to treated surfaces that thereby gain resistance to water, environmental exposure and microbial challenge. Treatment means and compositions are provided that employ associative polyelectrolyte complexes formed by combining a water soluble cationic first polyelectrolyte with a water soluble second polyelectrolyte bearing groups of opposite charge to the first polyelectrolyte under suitable mixing conditions where the one polyelectrolyte present in molar excess is added in the form of a first aqueous solution during a mixing step to a second aqueous solution comprising the oppositely charged polyelectrolyte present in molar deficiency. Also provided are means to form stable associative polyelectrolyte complexes in aqueous solutions having R values from about 0.10 to 20, including near stoichiometric R values approaching 1, being the ratio of charged groups present on the component polyelectrolytes employed.
Inventors: David R. Scheuing (Pleasanton, California), David J. Lestage (McKinney, Texas), Carl W. Bennett (Glen Allen, Virginia), Mona M. Knock (Pleasanton, California), Charles W. Scales (St. Augustine, Florida), William L. Smith (Pleasanton, California), Rui Zhang (Kaohsiung, Taiwan)
Assignee: The Clorox Co. (Oakland, California)
April 6, 2021

Systems and methods for providing a customer service
Patent No. 10,970,736
The disclosed embodiments include systems and methods for providing customer service. The system may include one or more memory devices storing software instructions. The system may also include one or more processors configured to execute the software instructions to receive customer data and location data from a client device. The one or more processors may also execute the software instructions to identify a customer and a merchant based on the received data. The one or more processors may also execute the software instructions to determine an applicable customer service option based on at least the identified merchant and the identified customer, the customer service option including at least an option to activate a credit card secondary benefit, and transmit a notification to the client device, the notification including the customer service option when the identified customer is eligible for the determined customer service option.
Inventors: Moshe Benjamin (Midlothian, Virginia), Lawrence Douglas (McLean, Virginia)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
April 6, 2021

Adaptive control of coating thickness
Patent No. 10,969,215
An example method that includes receiving a first geometry of a component in an uncoated state and a second geometry of the component in a coated state; determining a first difference between the second geometry and a first simulated geometry based on the first geometry and a first spray law comprising a plurality of first spray law parameters; iteratively adjusting at least one first spray law parameter to determine a respective subsequent spray law; iteratively determining a respective subsequent difference between the second geometry and a subsequent simulated geometry based on the first geometry and the subsequent respective spray law; selecting a subsequent spray law from the respective subsequent spray laws based on the respective subsequent differences; and controlling a coating process based on the selected subsequent spray law.
Inventors: Keith Bourne (Chester, Virginia), Matthew R. Gold (Carmel, Indiana), Marshall Louis Sweet (Midlothian, Virginia), Frol Periverzov (Chester, Virginia), Benjamin Zimmerman (Moseley, Virginia)
Assignee: Rolls-Royce North American Technologies (Indianapolis, Indiana)
April 6, 2021

Water basin construction method
Patent No. 10,967,604
The present invention relates to a new construction method to build water basin bodies of water that can be used for recreational activities such as surfing, wake boarding, body boarding, water skiing, kayaking, canoeing, river surfing, lazy rivers, tubing rivers, swimming, scuba and other recreational water activities. The present invention construction method can be used in water basins, pools, lagoons, ponds, lakes, surf lakes, surf pools, reservoirs, bodies of water and rivers.
Inventors: Walter Judson Bennett (Mechanicsville, Virginia)
Assignee: N/A
April 6, 2021

Adaptive control of coating thickness
Patent No. 10,969,217
An example method that includes receiving a geometry of an uncoated component and a measured coating thickness of a coated test; determining a simulated coating thickness based on the geometry and a first spray law including a plurality of first spray law parameters; determining a difference between the simulated coating thicknesses and the measured coating thickness; iteratively adjusting at least one first spray law parameter to determine a respective subsequent spray law and determining a respective subsequent difference between the measured coating thickness and a subsequent simulated coating thickness based on the geometry and the respective subsequent spray law; selecting a subsequent spray law from the plurality of respective subsequent spray laws based on the respective subsequent differences; and controlling a coating process based on the selected subsequent spray law to compensate for the difference.
Inventors: Keith Bourne (Chester, Virginia), Matthew R. Gold (Carmel, Indiana), Benjamin Zimmerman (Moseley, Virginia)
Assignee: Rolls-Royce North American Technologies (Indianapolis, Indiana)
April 6, 2021

Adaptive control of coating thickness
Patent No. 10,969,216
An example method that includes receiving a geometry of a component that includes a plurality of locations on a surface of the component; determining a first target trajectory including a first plurality of target trajectory points and a second target trajectory including a second plurality of target trajectory points, the first and second trajectories offset in a first direction, and the first and second plurality of trajectory points offset in a second direction; determining a respective target coating thickness of the coating based on a target coated component geometry and the geometry; and determining a respective motion vector of a coating device based on the first and second target trajectories to deposit the respective target coating thickness.
Inventors: Keith Bourne (Chester, Virginia), Matthew R. Gold (Carmel, Indiana), Benjamin Zimmerman (Moseley, Virginia)
Assignee: Rolls-Royce North American Technologies (Indianapolis, Indiana)
April 6, 2021

Filter backwash control system for a water or wastewater treatment system to conserve water during the filter backwash process
Patent No. 10,967,303
A water treatment filter backwash process control system, comprising a control system that receives filter level data and filter backwash turbidity data. The control system having a filter level set point, wherein the filter level set point corresponds to a desired filter media bed expansion. The control system having a filter backwash turbidity set point, wherein the control system controls the filter backwash process by, while monitoring the filter backwash turbidity, sending one or more output signals that are used to control a backwash inlet liquid flow in order to maintain a desired media bed expansion, and stop the backwash inlet liquid flow when the filter backwash turbidity set point is reached.
Inventors: Mark W. Romers (Sandston, Virginia)
Assignee: N/A

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