The R&D Dept.: Local patents for 8.25.21

Debt resolution planning platform for accelerating charge off
Patent No. 11,094,008
A device receives a request for information regarding a debt resolution plan available for a delinquent account. The request may include a first input indicating a payment amount, a second input indicating a payment frequency, and a third input indicating a payment start date. The device obtains account data associated with the delinquent account and determines, using a model, a score for the delinquent account based on the first input, the second input, the third input, and/or the account data. The score predicts a likelihood that the delinquent account will charge off within a predetermined time period. The device determines a plurality of plan parameters for an accelerated charge off plan when the score satisfies a threshold. The device transmits the plurality of plan parameters, receives an enrollment request, enrolls the delinquent account in the accelerated charge off plan, and performs one or more actions based on the enrolling.
Inventors: Jeffrey Wolfe (Richmond), Sushant Likhate (Glen Allen, Virginia), Jonathan Lipkin (Vienna, Virginia), Megan Edds (Glen Allen, Virginia)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
Aug. 17, 2021

Multi-platform testing automation
Patent No. 11,093,373
Apparatuses, systems, methods, and computer program products are presented for multi-platform testing automation. A method includes electrically triggering, with a rotate command, at least one mechanical actuator to rotate a frame to successively present different faces of the frame to a camera of a mobile hardware device. A method includes simulating one or more touch input events on a mobile hardware device with a delay period between each of the simulated one or more touch input events for each successively presented different face of a frame. A method includes receiving data associated with simulated one or more touch input events and a camera of a mobile hardware device from the mobile hardware device over a data network.
Inventors: Brandon Dewitt (Bluffdale, Utah), Ryan McBride (Lehi, Utah), Shane Smit (Lehi, Utah), Cristian Chirinos (Pleasant Grove, Utah), Robert Montgomery (W.Jordan, Utah), Garrett Thornburg (Richmond), Jonathan Carstens (Idaho Falls, Idaho), Daniel Riesl (Provo, Utah)
Assignee: MX Technologies (Lehi, Utah)
Aug. 17, 2021

System control based on acoustic and image signals
Patent No. 11,092,983
An example system includes at least one acoustic sensor and one optical sensor to monitor a thermal spray system controlled by a plurality of control parameters and performing a process associated with a plurality of process outputs. The system includes a computing device including a machine learning module and a control module. The machine learning module is configured to determine, based on at least the plurality of control parameters, an at least one time-dependent acoustic data signal, an at least one image data signal, and the plurality of process outputs, a relationship between the plurality of control parameters and the plurality of process outputs by machine learning. The control module is configured to control the thermal spray system to adjust the plurality of process outputs toward a plurality of respective operating ranges.
Inventors: Michael Cybulsky (Indianapolis, Indiana), Taylor K. Blair (Indianapolis, Indiana), Benjamin Zimmerman (Moseley, Virginia), Marshall Louis Sweet (Midlothian, Virginia), Andrea Marcon (Richmond)
Assignee: Rolls-Royce Corp. (Indianapolis, Indiana)
Aug. 17, 2021

Microstructure-controlled copolymers of ethylene and C.sub.3-C.sub.10 alpha-olefins
Patent No. 11,091,613
A copolymer including ethylene units and units of one or more C.sub.3-10 alpha-olefins. The copolymer has a number average molecular weight of less than 5,000 g/mol, as measured by GPC. The ethylene content of the copolymer is less than 80 mol %. At least 70% of molecules of the copolymer have an unsaturated group, and at least 70% of said unsaturated groups are located in a terminal vinylidene group or a tri-substituted isomer of a terminal vinylidene group. The copolymer has a crossover temperature of -20.degree. C. or lower and/or a certain ethylene run length. Also disclosed are a method for making the copolymer and polyolefins plasticized with 1-40 wt % of the copolymer.
Inventors: Nathaniel Cain (Richmond), John Loper (Henrico, Virginia), Lawrence Cunningham (Mechanicsville, Virginia`), Joseph W. Roos (Mechanicsville, Virginia)
Assignee: Afton Chemical Corp. (Richmond)
Aug. 17, 2021

Non-combustible smoking device and components thereof
Patent No. 11,090,450
At least one example embodiment discloses a non-combustible smoking element including a pre-vapor formulation reservoir element configured to contain a pre-vapor formulation material, a pre-vapor heating element coupled to the pre-vapor formulation reservoir element and configured to heat at least a portion of the pre-vapor formulation material into a vapor and provide the vapor to a channel, a tobacco heating element configured to heat at least a portion of tobacco and generate an aroma and a tobacco housing configured to contain the tobacco and provide the aroma to the channel.
Inventors: San Li (Richmond), Raquel Olegario (Richmond), Richard Jupe (Richmond), Christopher S. Tucker (Midlothian, Virginia), Barry S. Smith (Hopewell, Virginia), Edmond J. Cadieux (Mechanicsville, Virginia), David Bennett (Richmond), Georgios D. Karles (Richmond), Ben Ragland (Providence Force, Virginia)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Aug. 17, 2021

System and method for determining social statements
Patent No. 11,094,005
Systems and methods are disclosed for providing a social statement for an account holder of a financial institution. In one example embodiment, the method includes receiving, by one or more computer processors, account holder financial data associated with the account holder, and receiving, by the one or more computer processors, account holder social data associated with one or more social networking profiles of the account holder. The method further includes associating, by the one or more computer processors, the account holder social data with the account holder financial data. In addition, the method includes identifying peer financial data associated with a peer group, and creating a social statement based at least in part on the account holder financial data, the account holder social data, and the peer financial data. Further, the method includes providing the social statement to the account holder.
Inventors: Ronald A. Secrist (Falls Church, Virginia), Vijay Konduru (Glen Allen, Virginia), Gautam Chatur (Laurel, Maryland), William Bogey (Arlington, Virginia), Tammy Eisele (Mechanicsville, Virginia), Matthew A. Smith (Plano, Texas)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
Aug. 17, 2021

Secure communication of sensitive genomic information using probabilistic data structures
Patent No. 11,094,397
Techniques for securely encoding, communicating, and comparing genomic information using probabilistic data structures are provided. In some embodiments, genomic information in a secure computing environment may be encoded and/or anonymized by building a probabilistic data structure that represents sub-strings of the genomic information as members of a set; the probabilistic data structure may then be securely transmitted outside the secure computing environment. In some embodiments, a probabilistic data structure representing sub-strings of sensitive genomic information as members of a set may be received in an unsecure computing environment and may be queried to generate output data indicating whether reference sub-strings are probable members of the set. In some embodiments, querying the probabilistic data structure, and other techniques of analyzing the probabilistic data structure, may be used to determine whether the sensitive genomic information corresponds to an organism associated with the reference genomic information.
Inventors: Tyler W. Barrus (Midlothian, Virginia)
Assignee: Noblis (Reston, Virginia)
Aug. 17, 2021

Testing agent for application dependency discovery, reporting, and management tool
Patent No. 11,093,378
Techniques for monitoring operating statuses of an application and its dependencies are provided. A monitoring application may collect and report the operating status of the monitored application and each dependency. Through use of existing monitoring interfaces, the monitoring application can collect operating status without requiring modification of the underlying monitored application or dependencies. The monitoring application may determine a problem service that is a root cause of an unhealthy state of the monitored application. Dependency analyzer and discovery crawler techniques may automatically configure and update the monitoring application. Machine learning techniques may be used to determine patterns of performance based on system state information associated with performance events and provide health reports relative to a baseline status of the monitored application. Also provided are techniques for testing a response of the monitored application through modifications to API calls. Such tests may be used to train the machine learning model.
Inventors: Muralidharan Balasubramanian (Gaithersburg, Maryland), Eric K. Barnum (Midlothian, Virginia), Julie Dallen (Vienna, Virginia), David Watson (Arlington, Virginia)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
Aug. 17, 2021

System and method for securely hosting multiple network operators in a shared spectrum access system on a single virtual base station environment
Patent No. 11,096,075
Disclosed is a virtual base station capable of hosting multiple network operators and/or private networks in a single compute environment. The virtual base station includes a plurality of virtual baseband processors configured to communicate with the plurality of mobile network operators, a supervisor module, a fronthaul network interface configured to be coupled to one or more remote units, and a KPI (Key Performance Indicator) coordinator module coupled to the supervisor module and the one or more virtual baseband processors. The base station may have on or more CBRS (Citizens Broadband Radio Service) Daemons to act as a proxy for obtaining grants to CBRS channels and allocating the CBRS channels to the mobile network operators.
Inventors: Massimo Notargiacomo (Castel Bolognese, Italy), Todd Landry (Grayslake, Illinois), Jeffrey Masters (Ashland, Virginia), Roberto Orlandini (Budrio, Italy), Jeffrey Courington (Chester, Virginia), Francesco Foresta (Faenza, Italy), Stephen Turner (Mechanicsville, Virginia), Alessandro Pagani (San Giovanni, Italy), Domenico Di lorio (Ravenna, Italy), Kurt Jacobs (Lake Bluff, Illinois), Patrick Henkle (Homer Glen, Illinois), Vishal Agrawal (Vernon Hills, Illinois), Sasi Eswaravaka (Round Lake, Illinois), Paul Stath (Moseley, Virginia)
Assignee: John Mezzalingua Associates (Liverpool, New York)
Aug. 17, 2021

Pod assembly, dispensing body, and e-vapor apparatus including the same
Patent No. 11,100,212
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 pre-vapor formulation compartment, a device compartment, and a vapor channel extending from the device compartment and traversing the pre-vapor formulation 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: Raymond Lau (Richmond), Eric Hawes (Richmond), Alistair Bramley (Richmond)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Aug. 24. 2021

Foam heating system
Patent No. 11,097,493
A foam assembly system is provided. The system is configured to heat a surface of foam. After the heating of the foam, an adhesive is applied, typically a high solids adhesive. The foam is then bonded to another foam surface. It has been found that the pre-heating of the foam before adhesive application greatly enhances the bond strength between the foam and the second foam surface to which it is adhered.
Inventors: Robert J. Rose (Richmond), Andrew T. Sinclair (Richmond), Ian L. Churcher (Richmond)
Assignee: Worthen Industries (Nashua, New Hampshire)
Aug. 24, 2021

Orthopaedic fracture reduction-fixation tool
Patent No. 11,096,731
A reduction and fixation tool has two principle component parts–an intra-articular spoon with a blade, and a handle that docks with the spoon. The spoon has a proximal hub onto which the handle docks. In one example of the tool as it would be used with a fractured scaphoid, the spoon has a distal blade, curved and narrow to slip beneath the undersurface of the scaphoid and to lift the distal fragment of the bone back into proper alignment (fracture reduction). The handle, docked to the spoon, serves as a lever to easily accomplish the reduction, and as a guide for the central insertion of a guide wire into the scaphoid across the fracture site.
Inventors: Jaiyoung Ryu (Morgantown, West Virginia), Terry L. Whipple (Richmond)
Assignee: N/A
Aug. 24, 2021

E-vapor device with bimetallic actuator for opening and sealing reservoir
Patent No. 11,096,423
An e-vapor device may include a reservoir, a heater, and a bimetallic actuator. The reservoir is configured to hold a pre-vapor formulation. The reservoir defines an outlet configured to release the pre-vapor formulation therefrom. The heater is configured to heat the pre-vapor formulation released from the reservoir to generate a vapor. The bimetallic actuator may be configured to seal the outlet of the reservoir when vaping is not occurring and configured to unseal the outlet when vaping is occurring.
Inventors: Jason Andrew Macko (Richmond)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Aug. 24, 2021

Abstraction layer to cloud services
Patent No. 11,102,140
Aspects of the disclosure relate to providing cloud computing resources from one or more cloud service providers for a client computing device through a computing platform. The client computing device may benefit from an economy of scale while being able to obtain different types of cloud services over a plurality of cloud providers. The client computing device may request an initial amount of cloud services and subsequently may request cloud services that utilize a requested amount of cloud resources. The requested amount of cloud resources may be apportioned among the plurality of cloud service providers, to provide the requested cloud service. The computing platform may also support a cloud abstraction layer interacting between client computing device and one or more cloud providers so that the client computing device can obtain cloud service in a transparent manner.
Inventors: Jayachandra Varma (Irving, Texas), Manu Kurian (Dallas, Texas), Lixian Huang (Plano, Texas), Hemantkumar D. Gajjar (Charlotte, North Carolina), Ganesh Bonda (Charlotte, North Carolina), Floyd Franklin Rock Jr. (Chesterfield, Virginia)
Assignee: Bank of America Corp. (Charlotte, North Carolina)
Aug. 24, 2021

Composite lid of container and method of attaching metal lid to plastic lid to form composite lid of container
Patent No. 11,097,872
A composite lid of a cylindrical container includes an outer metal lid having an integral top wall and sidewall and an inner plastic lid having a top wall and sidewall fitted inside the outer metal lid such that a free end of the sidewall of the inner plastic lid extends beyond a free end of the sidewall of the outer metal lid. The composite lid can be fitted on a base having an integral bottom wall and sidewall such that the sidewall of the inner plastic lid frictionally engages the sidewall of the base. The outer metal lid can be formed by stamping sheet metal, the inner plastic lid can be formed by molding a polymer material and the base can be formed by molding a polymer material. The outer metal lid can be adhesively bonded or mechanically fitted to the inner plastic lid.
Inventors: James D. Evans (Chesterfield, Virginia)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Aug. 24, 2021

Endolysin from bacteriophage against geobacillus and methods of using
Patent No. 11,096,414
Bacteriophage against Geobacillus are provided, and methods of making and using the bacteriophage also are provided.
Inventors: Elisabeth Miller (Chesterfield, Virginia), Ujwala Warek (Chester, Virginia), Dongmei Xu (Glen Allen, Virginia)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Aug. 24, 2021

Multifunctional branched polymers with improved low-temperature performance
Patent No. 11,098,262
A viscosity index improver comprising a reaction product of (i) an acylated copolymer obtainable by acylating a copolymer of ethylene and one or more C.sub.3-C.sub.10 alpha-olefins having an Mn of 3,000 to 250,000 g/mol; and (ii) a compound of the formulae (I)-(V): ##STR00001## wherein R.sub.1, R.sub.6, R.sub.8, R.sub.9, R.sub.10, R.sub.12 and R.sub.15 are independently selected from a hydrogen and an optionally substituted linear or branched alkyl or alkenyl group, and R.sub.2, R.sub.3, R.sub.4, and R.sub.5 R.sub.7, R.sub.11, R.sub.13, R.sub.14, R.sub.16, and R.sub.17 are independent selected from an optionally substituted linear or branched alkyl or alkenyl group, and a sum of the number of carbon atoms in each compound of the formulae (I)-(V) is from 6 to 31.
Inventors: Sheng Jiang (Glen Allen, Virginia), Arturo Carranza (Henrico, Virginia)
Assignee: Afton Chemical Corp. (Richmond)
Aug. 24, 2021

Long-range sonar
Patent No. 11,097,433
A robotic device comprising a long-range sonar assembly configured to detect objects between 1000 mm to 9500 mm from the long range sonar assembly. The long-range sonar assembly comprises a flared bell housing and a transducer. The robotic device also comprises a transportation mechanism configured to move the robotic device in various directions in response to instructions from a processing device that is in communication with the ling-range sonar assembly and the transportation mechanism. The processing device may cause the long-range sonar assembly to, via the transducer transmit one or more pulses and receive the one or more pulses as echo pulses having reflected off an object in an environment. The processing device may then cause a transmitter to transmit instructions to the transportation mechanism to move the robotic device in the environment based on the received one or more pulses.
Inventors: Stephen J. Balas (Midlothian, Virginia), Ralph C. McCann III (Williamsburg, Virginia)
Assignee: Diversey (Fort Mill, South Carolina)
Aug. 24, 2021

Composite scaffold for the repair, reconstruction, and regeneration of soft tissues
Patent No. 11,096,776
A composite scaffold having a highly porous interior with increased surface area and void volume is surrounded by a flexible support structure that substantially maintains its three-dimensional shape under tension and provides mechanical reinforcement during repair or reconstruction of soft tissue while simultaneously facilitating regeneration of functional tissue.
Inventors: Kevin A. Rocco (New Haven, Connecticut), Bhavana Mohanraj (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), Jeffrey Ott (New Haven, Connecticut), Justin Bendigo (Reading, Pennsylvania), Jacob Edward Komenda (New Haven, Connecticut), Mark Theodore Aronson (Midlothian, Virginia), Andrew James Carter (Stow, Massachusetts)
Assignee: Biorez (New Haven, Connecticut)
Aug. 24, 2021

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