The R&D Dept.: Local patents for 6.16.21

Systems and method for enhancing computer security and redundancy
Patent No. 11,029,858
A method of encoding data, including: obtaining a data stream comprising a first sequence of values; duplicating of the first sequence of values; offsetting the duplicate first sequence of values; braiding the first sequence of values and the offset duplicate first sequence of values, creating a braided data sequence; and outputting the braided data sequence.
Inventors: Brian Penny (Astoria, New York), Giovanni Viscardi (Richmond)
Assignee: Kara Partners (Midlothian, Virginia)
June 8, 2021

High lap shear strength, low back face signature UD composite and the process of making
Patent No. 11,027,501
Fabrication of ballistic resistant fibrous composites having improved ballistic resistance properties. More particularly, ballistic resistant fibrous composites having high interlaminar lap shear strength between component fiber plies or fiber layers, which correlates to low composite backface signature. The high lap shear strength, low backface signature composites are useful for the production of hard armor articles, including helmet armor.
Inventors: Thomas Yiu-Tai Tam (Chesterfield, Virginia), Brian Waring (Chester, Virginia), Henry Gerard Ardiff (Chesterfield, Virginia), Bradley Grunden (Midlothian, Virginia), David A. Hurst (Richmond), John Armstrong Young (Midlothian, Virginia), Ralf Klein (Midlothian, Virginia), Brian Duane Arvidson (Chester, Virginia)
Assignee: Honeywell International (Charlotte, North Carolina)
June 8, 2021

Valve and capillary tube system for refrigeration systems
Patent No. 11,029,066
A refrigeration system includes an evaporator, a condenser, a compressor, a capillary tube, and an expansion device. The compressor is configured to circulate a refrigerant between the evaporator and the condenser. The capillary tube is configured to receive the refrigerant from the condenser. The expansion device is configured to receive the refrigerant from the capillary tube and provide the refrigerant to the evaporator. The expansion device is adjustable to control a flow of the refrigerant through the capillary tube.
Inventors: Timothy D. Swofford (Midlothian, Virginia), Roy Bates (Chesterfield, Virginia)
Assignee: Hill Phoenix (Conyers, Georgia)
June 8, 2021

Stamp application
Patent No. 11,027,873
A method and apparatus for applying stamps to a group of packages wherein the stamps are arranged in a predetermined pattern and the packages in the group are arranged in a different pattern, using an apparatus having one or more carriages moveable in the x- and/or y-directions.
Inventors: Patrick McElhinney (Chesterfield, Virginia)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
June 8, 2021

System and method providing flow-through private label card acquisition
Patent No. 11,030,637
The disclosed embodiments include methods, systems, and articles of manufacture for providing offers for merchant accounts. The disclosed embodiments include, for example, a system for providing offers for accounts associated with a merchant. The system may be configured to receive a product identifier from a consumer, the product identifier identifying a product available from a merchant. The system may also determine whether the consumer has a current financial service account associated with the merchant. Further, the system may determine one or more incentives to offer the consumer, the one or more incentives being based at least in part on the product identifier. The system may also generate an invitation to apply for a new financial service account associated with the merchant when the consumer does not have a current financial service account associated with the merchant, communicate the invitation to apply to the consumer, and award the one or more incentives to the consumer based on a response to the invitation to apply.
Inventors: Thomas S. Poole (Chantilly, Virginia), David E. Keating (Glen Allen, Virginia), Drew Jacobs (Arlington, Virginia), Janusz M. Niczyporuk (Vienna, Virginia), Luke A. Hammock (Washington, D.C.)
Assignee: Capitol One Services (McLean, Virginia)
June 8, 2021

Service virtualization platform
Patent No. 11,030,079
Various embodiments are generally directed to techniques of creating or managing one or more virtual services using at least one application programming interface (API). At a plugin layer, a plugin integrator programmatically interfaces with and integrates one or more virtualization tools. The plugin integrator may be programmatically interfaced with the at least one API. At least one proxy agent may be used to run or consumer the one or more virtual services. The at least one API and the at least one proxy agent may be implemented in an abstraction layer.
Inventors: Stephen Tkac (Glen Allen, Virginia), Agnibrata Nayak (Henrico, Virginia), Pradosh Sivadoss (Broadlands, Virginia), Govind Pande (Chantilly, Virginia)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
June 8, 2021

Method of wrapping mica paper on an electrical conductor and mica paper tape suitable for same
Patent No. 11,027,520
A tape having a first face comprising a continuous surface of mica paper and a second face comprising a support layer, wherein the mica paper comprises 70 to 99 weight percent mica and 1 to 30 weight percent binder and the support layer comprises a film, a paper, a nonwoven fabric, or a woven fabric; wherein the initial elongation of the support layer is equal to or less than the initial elongation of the mica paper; and wherein the support layer is demountably attached to the mica paper such that when a delamination force of 10 N/10 mm or less is imposed on the support layer it can be separated from the mica paper.
Inventors: Byoung Sam Kang (Midlothian, Virginia)
Assignee: Dupont Safety & Construction (Wilmington, Delaware)
June 8, 2021

Trigger actuator
Patent No. 11,029,113
A device for pulling the trigger of a firearm includes an actuator, a controller in signal communication with the actuator and a switch in communication with the controller. The actuator mounts on the firearm adjacent to the trigger. The actuator has a body movable into engagement with the trigger for pulling the trigger. The body is movable out of engagement with the trigger permitting the trigger to reset. The controller is adapted to transmit first and second commands to the actuator. The first command directs moving the body into engagement with the trigger, and the second command directs moving the body out of engagement with the trigger. The switch is adapted to transmit a first signal to the controller causing the controller to transmit the first command to the actuator, and a second signal to the controller for causing the controller to transmit the second command to the actuator.
Inventors: Seth R. Hills (Mechanicsville, Virginia)
Assignee: The United States Government as represented by the Department of Veterans Affairs (Washington, D.C.)
June 8, 2021

Delivery apparatus
Patent No. 11,027,860
An air accelerator dosing tube for a form/fill/seal machine used to package fine cut tobacco material includes an axially-adjustable annular venturi communicating with the particulate material passage. A lining of polyether ether ketone optionally covers surfaces exposed to the particulate material. A metering assembly for delivering predetermined quantities of particulate material at predetermined time intervals may also be fabricated from polyether ether ketone. Each dosing tube is adapted for calibration by adjustment of the annular venturi to produce a predetermined force at a predetermined stand-off distance. In operation, consistent simultaneous operation of multiple dosing tubes, each of which has been calibrated, gives substantially uniform deposit of particulate material in pouch-type packages. The particulate material may include finely cut tobacco in addition to humectants, flavorants, and other tacky substances.
Inventors: Dwight D. Williams (Powhatan, Virginia)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond, Virginia)
June 8, 2021

Resilient domain name service (DNS) resolution when an authoritative name server is unavailable
Patent No. 11,032,127
In one embodiment, a resolution resiliency application performs robust domain name system (DNS) resolution. In operation, the resolution resiliency application determines that an authoritative name server that is responsible for a domain name specified in a DNS query is unavailable. In response to determining that the authoritative name server is unavailable, the resolution resiliency application performs operation(s) that modify one or more DNS records stored in a cache based on one or more resiliency policies associated with the authoritative name server. The resolution resiliency application then generates a DNS response to the DNS query based on a DNS record stored in the modified cache. Notably, unlike conventional techniques that may generate inaccurate DNS responses based on stale DNS records, the disclosed techniques increase the likelihood of providing clients with DNS responses that accurately provide requested information.
Inventors: Huque; Shumon (Reston, Virginia), Burton S. Kaliski Jr. (McLean, Virginia), Eric Osterweil (Fairfax, Virginia), Frank Scalzo (Leesburg, Virginia), Glen Wiley (Goochland, Virginia)
Assignee: Verisign (Reston, Virginia)
June 8, 2021

System and methods for providing financial account information over a network
Patent No. 11,037,210
A system and method for providing financial account messages to customers while accessing web sites is disclosed. Methods, systems and articles of manufacture consistent with the present invention enable a financial account issuer to provide an application to customer’s computer system over a network. The application may be configured to provide various messages associated with the customer’s financial account provided by the financial account issuer while the customer browses web sites. The financial account messages may be configured to provide interactive and dynamically changing account status information based on attempted purchases of goods and/or services by the customer at merchants’ web sites. The application may also be configured to provide rating information associated with web sites accessed by the customer.
Inventors: Jonathan Turner (Richmond), Arthur Koeppel (Richmond)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
June 15, 2021

Transaction exchange platform with watchdog microservice
Patent No. 11,037,168
Aspects described herein may relate to a transaction exchange platform using a streaming data platform (SDP) and microservices to process transactions according to review and approval workflows. The transaction exchange platform may receive transactions from origination sources, which may be added to the SDP as transaction objects. Microservices on the transaction exchange platform may interact with the transaction objects based on configured workflows associated with the transactions. Processing on the transaction exchange platform may facilitate clearing and settlement of transactions. Some aspects may provide for dynamic and flexible reconfiguration of workflows and/or microservices. Other aspects may provide for data snapshots and workflow tracking, allowing for monitoring, quality control, and auditability of transactions on the transaction exchange platform.
Inventors: Earle Michael Lee (Moseley, Virginia), Jordan May (Richmond), William Planck (Midlothian, Virginia)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, VA)
June 15, 2021

Sensor apparatus
Patent No. 11,035,704
A sensor apparatus may include a channel structure configured to couple with an external element and a fluid conduit, such that the channel structure may receive a fluid, at least partially drawn through the external element from an ambient environment, and direct the fluid through the fluid conduit. A sensor may generate sensor data indicating a flow rate of the fluid through the fluid conduit based on monitoring a variation in a pressure at a location in hydrodynamic contact with the fluid conduit and in relation to an ambient pressure of the ambient environment. The sensor apparatus may enable generation of improved topography information associated with flows of fluid drawn from the external element based on measuring a local pressure at the location in hydrodynamic contact with the fluid conduit and determining the ambient pressure based on monitoring the local pressure over time.
Inventors: David B. Kane (Richmond), Yezdi B. Pithawalla (Midlothian, Virginia), Srinivasan Janardhan (Glen Allen, Virginia), Gerd Kobal (Sandy Hook, Virginia)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
June 15, 2021

Bacteriophage and methods of making and using
Patent No. 11,034,936
Bacteriophage are provided, and methods of making and using the bacteriophage also are provided.
Inventors: Dongmei Xu (Glen Allen, Virginia), Elisabeth Miller (Chesterfield, Virginia), James Arthur Strickland (Richmond), Ujwala Warek (Chester, Virginia), Steven Hagens (Bennekom, Netherlands)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
June 15, 2021

Tip device for electronic vaping device
Patent No. 11,033,051
A tip device for an electronic vaping device may include a first conduit structure and a second conduit structure. The first conduit structure may be configured to direct a generated vapor through a first conduit. The second conduit structure may be configured to direct an air flow from an ambient environment through a second conduit. The second conduit structure may include an additive material on a surface of the second conduit structure, the additive material including an additive, the additive material configured to release the additive into the air flow directed through the second conduit. An interposing structure of the first conduit structure and the second conduit structure may physically isolate the additive material from the first conduit, such that the additive material is configured to release the additive into the air flow directed through the second conduit independently of the generated vapor directed through the first conduit.
Inventors: Munmaya K. Mishra (Manakin Sabot, Virginia), Raymond Lau (Richmond), Zach Blackmon (Richmond), Kelli McKenna (Richmond)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
June 15, 2021

Methods and apparatus to facilitate proximity detection and location tracking
Patent No. 11,039,281
Methods, apparatus, systems and articles of manufacture are disclosed to facilitate proximity detection and location tracking. An example method includes receiving messages collected by a badge in an environment, the messages including signal strength and a timestamp. The example method also includes assigning a location in the environment to the badge based on a first subset of the messages. The example method also includes identifying an asset in a second subset of the messages. The example method also includes updating a current location associated with the asset based on a relative proximity of the asset to the badge, wherein the current location corresponds to a first time and the updated location corresponds to a second time, and wherein a change in location between the current location and the updated location indicates movement of the asset in the environment.
Inventors: Brandon Stephen Good (Niskayuna, New York), Charles Burton Theurer (Alplaus, New York), Shaopeng Liu (Clifton Park, New York), Robert Lee Wallace (Glen Allen, Virginia)
Assignee: General Electric Co. (Schenectady, New York)
June 15, 2021

Techniques to control applets for contactless cards
Patent No. 11,038,688
Various embodiments are generally directed to techniques provide and control applets for transaction cards. More specifically, embodiments discussed here include permitting or denying applets of transaction cards based on whether they are enabled or disabled. Embodiments may also include enabling and disable applets for transaction cards.
Inventors: Lara Mossler (Farmville, Virginia), Madhavan Chandran (Glen Allen, Virginia)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
June 15, 2021

Plant comprising recombinant polynucleotides encoding a pigment regulatory transcription factor with a tissue-preferred promoter
Patent No. 11,034,969
The present specification provides for, and includes recombinant polynucleotides that encode plant-native, callus-preferred promoters operably linked to a coding region for a visual marker gene. The present specification also provides for, and includes plants comprising the recombinant nucleotides, methods to select callus comprising the disclosed recombinant nucleotides, and methods to create plants comprising the recombinant nucleotides.
Inventors: Chengalrayan Kudithipudi (Midlothian, Virginia), Raja Payyavula (Henrico, Virginia), Dong Qi (Henrico, Virginia), Yanxin Shen (Glen Allen, Virginia)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond, Virginia)
June 15, 2021

Rapid genomic sequence classification using probabilistic data structures
Patent No. 11,037,654
Techniques for identifying and/or classifying genomic information are provided. In some embodiments, genomic information may be identified by computing systems without access to a database of reference genomic information, instead relying on locally stored probabilistic data structures representing reference genomic information. Query genomic data, such as data taken from a read-set, may be divided into sub-strings, and each of the locally-stored probabilistic data structures may be queried by each of the extracted sub-strings, generating probabilistic outputs indicating either that (a) the sub-string is probably included in the set of data represented by the probabilistic data structure or (b) the sub-string is definitely not included in the set of data. Based on the number and/or proportion of sub-strings from a read-set that are indicated as being likely represented by a probabilistic data structure, a likely identity or classification for the genomic information in the read-set may be determined.
Inventors: Masooda Omari (Fairfax, Virginia), Tyler W. Barrus (Midlothian, Virginia), Mark Sanders (Ashburn, Virginia), Daniel Negron (Reston, Virginia)
Assignee: Noblis (Reston, Virginia)
June 15, 2021

System and method for efficient engine operation
Patent No. 11,035,089
A system and method for efficient engine operation of a material collection system is provided. A material collection system can have a control system, a boom that supports a conduit, a power source, and a vacuum generator. Sensors can provide data on operation of the material collection system. The control system can adjust the vacuum generator power output based on sensor data to efficiently manage energy usage.
Inventors: Britt R. Calloway (Midlothian, Virginia), Kevin M. Davis (Aylett, Virginia), Robert Mayes (Hanover, Virginia), Tim Stumph (Midlothian, Virginia), Chris Turner (Aylett, Virginia)
Assignee: Old Dominion Brush Co. (Henrico, Virginia)
June 15, 2021

Method for producing L-methionine
Patent No. 11,034,985
The present invention relates to a method for producing L-methionine in which a microorganism is cultured in the presence of L-homoserine and methyl mercaptan, a salt of the same or dimethyl disulfide whereby the L-methionine is accumulated in the culture medium.
Inventors: Ines Ochrombel (Bielefeld, Germany), Daniel Fischer (Midlothian, Virginia), Brigitte Bathe (Salzkotten, Germany), Marleen Hasselmeyer (Paderborn, Germany), Michael Hampel (Velsdorf, Germany), Joanne Pedall (Melle, Germany)
Assignee: Evonik Operations GMBH (Essen, Germany)
June 15, 2021

Plant comprising recombinant polynucleotides encoding a pigment regulatory transcription factor with a tissue-preferred promoter
Patent No. 11,034,969
The present specification provides for, and includes recombinant polynucleotides that encode plant-native, callus-preferred promoters operably linked to a coding region for a visual marker gene. The present specification also provides for, and includes plants comprising the recombinant nucleotides, methods to select callus comprising the disclosed recombinant nucleotides, and methods to create plants comprising the recombinant nucleotides.
Inventors: Chengalrayan Kudithipudi (Midlothian, Virginia), Raja Payyavula (Henrico, Virginia), Dong Qi (Henrico, Virginia), Yanxin Shen (Glen Allen, Virginia)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
June 15, 2021

Metal transaction card with removable indicia
Patent No. 11,034,181
Metal transaction cards with removable indicia are provided. In some approaches, a transaction card may include a metal body having a first main side and a second main side, and an identification chip coupled to the first main side of the metal body. The transaction card may further include an exterior layer along the second main side, the exterior layer containing identifying indicia, wherein at least a portion of the exterior layer is removable from the second main side by at least one of: a set of perforations through the exterior layer, and a channel provided along an outer edge of the second main side.
Inventors: Daniel Herrington (New York, New York), Tyler Maiman (Melville, New York), Stephen Schneider (Midlothian, Virginia)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
June 15, 2021

Fabrication square
Patent No. 11,033,988
Provided is a fabrication square for aligning workpieces. The square includes a triangular shaped base, a first arm, a second arm, and a relief cut where the arms intersect the base. The arms extend away from the base at a 90-degree angle. The base and first arm further include a series of holes that match the hole pattern found on a conventional metal fixture table, while the second arm includes a slot to allow for rotation. The square can be aligned with and attached to the fixture table with one or more fixture stops that secures the square to the table via the holes. The use of the square, fixture stops, and table lock the workpieces in position, which in turn prevents movement before, during, and after welding, thereby increasing fabrication precision.
Inventors: Eric Jaffe (Henrico, Virginia)
Assignee: N/A

System and method for treating wastewater
Patent No. 11,034,601
A system and method to treat wastewater or non-potable water using a reactor that is perforated at its bottom arranged in a vessel at a depth. Air pressure from an air grid at a reactor bottom induces an uplift of liquid and media to move highly aerated liquid through the media, which provides surfaces for microbial attachment and growth. An alkali porous material is suspended in the upswelling liquid that dissolves to reduce acidity and balance the pH of the liquor. The upswell in the reactor is at a higher elevation than the vessel giving directional discharge outlets head or velocity creating stirring and mixing to an area surrounding the reactor. Interchange of mixed and unmixed liquor is provided via the bottom perforations. Provision is also made for unit to cycle off and on so that the media can decant and for solids to settle out of the treatment unit.
Inventors: M. Sean McGuigan (Hanover, Virginia), Colin Bishop (Woodville, Texas)
Assignee: Anua International (Greensboro, North Carolina)
June 15, 2021

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