The R&D Dept.: Local patents for 10.6.21

Maximizing of energy delivery system compatibility with voltage optimization
Patent No. 11,132,012
A method, apparatus, system and computer program is provided for controlling an electric power system, including implementation of a voltage control and conservation (VCC) system used to optimally control the independent voltage and capacitor banks using a linear optimization methodology to minimize the losses in the EEDCS and the EUS. An energy validation process system (EVP) is provided which is used to document the savings of the VCC and an EPP is used to optimize improvements to the EEDCS for continuously improving the energy losses in the EEDS. The EVP system measures the improvement in the EEDS a result of operating the VCC system in the “ON” state determining the level of energy conservation achieved by the VCC system. In addition the VCC system monitors pattern recognition events and compares them to the report-by-exception data to detect HVL events. If one is detected the VCC optimizes the capacity of the EEDS to respond to the HVL events by centering the piecewise linear solution maximizing the ability of the EDDS to absorb the HVL event.
Inventors: Phillip W. Powell (Chesterfield, Virginia), Stephen J. Tyler (Henrico, Virginia), Melissa A. Peskin (Richmond)
Assignee: Dominion Energy (Richmond)
Sept. 28, 2021

Inhibition of sensory irritation during consumption of non-smokeable tobacco products
Patent No. 11,129,405
An orally-enjoyable tobacco product includes a portion of smokeless tobacco comprising an active ingredient and either: (1) a collection of tobacco particles at least partially enclosed by a coating comprising a water-soluble non-crosslinked component and a substantially water-insoluble cross-linked component, or (2) a pouch comprising smokeless tobacco enclosed in a water-permeable wrapper. The active ingredient is selected from the group consisting of a mercaptan, camphor, borneol, isoborneol, bornyl acetate, isobornyl acetate, mono-bornyl succinate, mono-isobornyl succinate, mono-bornyl formate, and mono-isobornyl formate. The active ingredient is present in an amount effective to reduce or eliminate the sensory irritation arising from the smokeless tobacco. Also disclosed is a method of making such a product.
Inventors: Gerd Kobal (Sandy Hook, Virginia), Justin Heynekamp (Glen Allen, Virginia), Timothy B. Langston (Mechanicsville, Virginia), Peter Reeh (Erlangen, Germany), Munmaya K. Mishra (Manakin Sabot, Virginia), Jason W. Flora (Richmond)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA (Richmond)
Sept. 28, 2021

Systems and methods for producing non-standard shaped cards
Patent No. 11,132,594
Example embodiments of systems and methods for card production are provided. A card may include processing circuitry including a chip and memory. The card may include one or more antennas in communication with the chip. The card may include a first layer of material aligned within a perimeter of the card via laminate encapsulation. The first layer of material may comprise a non-rectangular shape. The first layer of material may be offset with a shape of the card. The first layer of material may be in communication with the chip. The first layer of material may comprise at least one selected from the group of steel, tungsten, titanium, or any combination thereof. The card may be compliant with one or more form factors.
Inventors: Daniel Herrington (New York, New York), Suzanne Parker (Rhoadesville, Virginia), Adrian Garner (Chesterfield, Virginia), Lin Ni Lisa Cheng (Fresh Meadows, New York)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
Sept. 28, 2021

Three-piece electronic vaping device with planar heater
Patent No. 11,129,413
An electronic vaping device includes a power supply section, a heater assembly section, and a cartridge. The power supply section includes a power supply. The cartridge section includes a reservoir configured to store a pre-vapor formulation, and a wick in fluid communication with the pre-vapor formulation. The heater assembly section is connected to the power supply section and the cartridge. The heater assembly section includes at least one plate heater in physical contact with a portion of the wick. The at least one plate heater is selectively electrically connectable to the power supply.
Inventors: Peter J. Lipowicz (Midlothian, Virginia), Srinivasan Janardhan (Glen Allen, Virginia), Travis Garthaffner (Midlothian, Virginia)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Sept. 28, 2021

Method, system and computer-readable medium for managing and collecting receivables
Patent No. 11,132,753
Methods, systems, and computer-readable media for managing and collecting receivables are disclosed. A method for the management and collection of receivables includes performing collection activities with a telephone system. The method further includes tracking collection activity results for each of at least two telephone numbers associated with the debtor record over a period of time. The debtor record is inserted into a dynamic contact queue based on an overall contactability score for one of the at least two telephone numbers associated with the debtor. Account information associated with the debtor record is displayed based on the next-to-call position of the contact information associated with the debtor in the dynamic contact queue. The debtor is then automatically called using one of the telephone numbers associated with the debtor.
Inventors: Amy Kennedy (Midlothian, Virginia), Roark; Tyler Roark (Yorktown, Indiana), Kenneth Couch (Muncie, Indiana), Benjamin Kolb (Economy, Indiana), Matt Holcomb (Anderson, Indiana), Seth Corduan (Muncie, Indiana), Amy Friddle (Muncie, Indiana), Chris Repp (Pendleton, Indiana), Josh Sprague (Muncie, Indiana)
Assignee: Ontario Systems (Muncie, Indiana)
Sept. 28, 2021

System and method for redeeming a reward
Patent No. 11,132,708
Systems and methods for redeeming a reward held by an individual are described. A method for redeeming a reward includes determining threshold criteria for provision of a targeted reward redemption offer, identifying at least one individual based upon the threshold criteria, determining the targeted reward redemption offer, and providing the targeted reward redemption offer to the identified individual. A response to the provided targeted reward redemption offer may be received, and an account of the identified individual may be adjusted in accordance with the targeted reward redemption offer and the received response.
Inventors: Gregory Willard Lambert (Midlothian, Virginia), Philip John Spiegel (McLean, Virginia)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
Sept. 28, 2021

Sanitary shopping cart handle cover
Patent No. 11,130,514
The sanitary shopping cart handle cover covers the handle of a cart. The sanitary shopping cart handle cover forms a sanitary barrier that prevents pathogens living on the handle with infecting a client using the cart. The sanitary shopping cart handle cover incorporates a primary structure, a plurality of gloves, and a pocket. The plurality of gloves and the pocket attach to the primary structure. The primary structure covers the handle. The primary structure forms a barrier that prevents the transfer of a pathogen from the handle to a client. The pocket forms a sanitary storage structure that allows a client to store a domestic article without placing the domestic article within the containment space of the cart. The plurality of gloves are worn on the hands of the client. The plurality of gloves form personal barriers that prevent the pathogens from reaching the hands of the client.
Inventors: Laina Picchi (Powhatan, Virginia), Maria Picchi (Powhatan, Virginia)
Assignee: N/A
Sept. 28, 2021

Aggregated virtual session for multiple virtual sessions
Patent No. 11,140,358
In some implementations, a system may retrieve an electronic calendar associated with a user. The system may identify, based on the electronic calendar, a plurality of virtual sessions. The system may generate an electronic invitation to join an aggregated virtual session for the plurality of virtual sessions. The system may transmit the electronic invitation to a client device associated with the user. The system may receive, from the client device, a selection of the electronic invitation. The system may establish, based on the electronic invitation, the aggregated virtual session for the client device that enables the client device to connect to each of the plurality of virtual sessions associated with the aggregated virtual session.
Inventors: Lee Adcock (Midlothian, Virginia), Vamsi Kavuri (Richmond), Jignesh Rangwala (Glen Allen, Virginia), Mehulkumar Jayantilal Garnara (Glen Allen, Virginia), Muthukumaran Vembuli (Glen Allen, Virginia), Santhi Sridharan (Glen Allen, Virginia), Soumyajit Ray (Glen Allen, Virginia), Steven Voltz (Henrico, Virginia)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
Oct. 5, 2021

Heat sealable barrier paperboard
Patent No. 11,136,723
An aqueous coated paperboard is disclosed which exhibits good barrier properties and anti-blocking behavior and is heat sealable.
Inventors: Jiebin Pang (Glen Allen, Virginia), Natasha G. Melton (Richmond), Teresa Krug (Henrico, Virginia), Steven Parker (Raleigh, North Carolina)
Assignee: Westrock MWV (Atlanta, GA)
Oct. 5, 2021

Device and method for dispensing a beverage and imaging contrast agent
Patent No. 11,135,411
A device and method are provided for storing a prefilled liquid beverage, receiving an oral contrast imaging agent that is mixed with the prefilled liquid beverage, and dispensing a resulting beverage/oral contrast imaging agent mixture. The device has a body defining a chamber for storing the prefilled liquid beverage. A closure is movable between a closed position for sealing the prefilled liquid in the chamber, and an open position for (i) introducing the oral contrast imaging agent into the chamber for mixture with the prefilled liquid beverage, and (ii) dispensing the beverage/oral contrast imaging agent mixture. The device may include first graduations, a time scale and second graduations. The body defines a substantially smooth, axially extending patient information surface including thereon a plurality of marking spaces and respective patient information indicia associated with each marking space for marking thereon information relating to a respective patient.
Inventors: Maeghan E. Traboulsi (Fairfax, Virginia), Peter Quagliano (Richmond)
Assignee: Beekley Corp. (Bristol, Connecticut)
Oct. 5, 2021

Smoking article
Patent No. 11,134,718
The present invention relates to smoking articles, for example electronic cigarettes (h referred to as “e-cigarettes”), and fluid reservoirs for use therewith or therein.
Inventors: James Reed (Buckinghamshire, Great Britain), Jian Xiang (Richmond)
Assignee: Essentra Filter Products Development Co. Pte. Ltd (Singapore, Singapore)
Oct. 5, 2021

Policy control threat detection
Patent No. 11,140,061
Techniques are described that determine whether applications and/or services operating in a network environment adhere to risk reduction policies. An example system includes one or more processors, a first agent, a second agent, a third agent, and a compliance analyzer. The first agent analyzes source code in a source code repository associated with an application executing in a network environment according to a first set of policies. The second agent analyzes artifacts of deployed assets on a target deployment environment associated with the application according to a second set of policies. The third agent analyzes access logs to the application according to a third set of policies. The compliance analyzer determines a risk of the application based on the analysis by the first, second, and third agents.
Inventors: Adam Sanders (Huntersville, North Carolina), Keith Travis Witt (Chesterfield, Virginia)
Assignee: Wells Fargo Bank (San Francisco, California)
Oct. 5, 2021

Foldable stroller
Patent No. 11,136,055
A foldable stroller comprises a folding mechanism to assist in folding of the stroller. Such a folding mechanism may be used to convert a stroller from an in-use configuration to a storage configuration. More specifically, the stroller comprises a stroller folding assembly that biases the stroller from the in-use configuration to the storage configuration by the force of gravity exerted on the handle. The stroller folding assembly has linkages that drive folding of the front wheel assembly and rear wheel assembly in response to rotation of the handle into the storage configuration from the in-use configuration.
Inventors: Mark Zehfuss (Glen Allen, Virginia)
Assignee: Dynamic Motion (Richmond)
Oct. 5, 2021

Method and apparatus for producing micro bead bearing filter rod
Patent No. 11,134,713
A system and method for manufacturing a filter includes a filamentary material delivery apparatus, a support structure for supporting a continuous stream of filamentary material, and a particle distribution apparatus. The particle distribution apparatus includes an apertured distribution belt positioned above the support structure and in communication with an outlet of a particle storing hopper. The belt defines a plurality of spaced openings through which particles are distributed onto the continuous stream of filamentary material to form a particle-bearing stream of filamentary material.
Inventors: Dwight David Williams (Powhatan, Virginia)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Oct. 5, 2021

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