The R&D Dept.: Local patent roundup for 12.15.21

Multi-platform testing automation
Patent No. 11,194,698
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 for each successively presented different face of a frame. At least one mechanical actuator and a mobile hardware device are disposed within an enclosure that comprises a light source. 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 (West Jordan, Utah), Garrett Thornburg (Richmond), Jonathan Carstens (Idaho Falls, Idaho), Daniel Ries (Provo, Utah)
Assignee: MX Technologies (Lehi, Utah)
Dec. 7, 2021

Modified polyethylene compositions and method for making the same
Patent No. 11,193,009
Provided is a method for increasing the melt strength and/or low shear viscosity of a polyethylene resin. The method includes: a) providing a polyethylene composition including the reaction product of ethylene and optionally, one or more alpha-olefin comonomers, wherein the polyethylene composition is characterized by the following properties: a density ranging from 0.900 g/cm.sup.3 to 0.970 g/cm.sup.3, a molecular weight distribution (Mw/Mn) ranging from 2.6 to 3.5, and from 0.10 to 0.27 vinyl groups per 1,000 total carbon atoms; b) providing a masterbatch composition including a free radical generator and a polyethylene resin, wherein the free radical generator has a half-life at 220.degree. C. of less than 200 seconds, and a decomposition energy higher than -250 kJ/mol, and wherein the polyethylene resin has a density ranging from 0.900 g/cm.sup.3 to 0.970 g/cm.sup.3, melt index ranging from 0.01 g/10 min to 100 g/10 min; and c) reacting the polyethylene composition with the masterbatch composition to form a modified polyethylene composition.
Inventors: Surya Ssubramaniam (Richmond), Mehmet Demirors (Pearland, Texas), Teresa P. Karjala (Lake Jackson, Texas), Jorge C. Gomes (Sao Paulo, Brazil), Guillermo A. Raimondi (Buenos Aires, Argentina), Davidson Lutkenhaus (Sao Paulo, Brazil), Marie De Lujan Tricotti (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Assignee: Dow Global Technologies (Midland, Michigan) & PBBPolisur S.R.L. (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Dec. 7, 2021

Smokeless products containing non-tobacco plant materials
Patent No. 11,191,297
This document relates to smokeless products containing one or more non-tobacco plant materials. Certain embodiments described in this document relate to smokeless products containing one or more tobacco-alternative plant materials and having properties similar to tobacco-containing oral products.
Inventors: David Phillips (Richmond), Daniel Katillus (Richmond)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Dec. 7, 2021

Paper comprising aramid pulp suitable for electrochemical cells, and electrochemical cells made therefrom
Patent No. 11,193,240
A paper suitable for use as a separator or thermal or fire insulation for use in or with electrochemical cells, and an electrochemical cell comprising the same, the paper having 90 to 99 weight percent aramid fibrous pulp comprising aramid polymer fibrils and 1 to 10 weight percent polyvinylpyrrolidone present as a coating on the surface of the fibers, the paper having a thickness of 10 to 40 micrometers and a tensile strength of at least 15 megapascals or greater.
Inventors: Mehdi Afshari (Midlothian, Virginia), Byoung Sam Kang (Midlothian, Virginia), Brian R. France (Chesterfield, Virginia)
Assignee: Dupont Safety & Construction (Wilmington, Delaware)
Dec. 7, 2021

Gas-based material compression and portioning
Patent No. 11,192,668
An apparatus configured to provide portioned instances of a compressible material includes a channel assembly, a gas source, a cutting assembly, and a discharge assembly. The channel assembly holds a bulk instance of the material extending through upper and lower channels of a continuous channel. The gas source supplies gas to compress the bulk instance. The cutting assembly moves in relation to the channel assembly to isolate the upper and lower channels, severing upper and lower material portions of the bulk instance. The discharge assembly directs gas to impinge on a lower face of the cutting assembly to discharge the lower material portion as a portioned instance. The channel assembly may be moveable, where operation of the gas source, cutting assembly, and/or discharge assembly are based on moving the channel assembly between various positions. The gas supply may be controlled based on a determined property of the portioned instance.
Inventors: Dwight David Williams (Powhatan, Virginia), James David Evans (Chesterfield, Virginia), Patrick Sean McElhinney (Chesterfield, Virginia), Jarrod Wayne Chalkley (Mechanicsville, Virginia)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Dec. 7, 2021

Films for use as interleaves between substrates
Patent No. 11,192,338
Films may be used as interleaves between hard and non-compressible surfaces such as surfaces of sheets or plates made of glass, metal, such as steel, polycarbonate, and/or poly(methyl methacrylate). The films may be embossed and/or may include a foamed core layer having a plurality of micro-voids. In particular, the films may include a polyolefin, a basis weight of between about 30 gsm and about 70 gsm, an embossed thickness of between about 150 microns and 800 microns, and a stiffness of between about 150 grams and about 750 grams according to the Circular Bend Stiffness Test.
Inventors: Bankim Bhupendra Desai (Chesterfield, Virginia), Carl Douglas Ray (Chesterfield, Virginia), Ricky Santoso (Glen Allen, Virginia), Shailesh Chunilal Patel (Chesterfield, Virginia), Kevin A. Brady (Cary, Illinois)
Assignee: Tredegar Surface Protection (Chesterfield, Virginia)
Dec. 7, 2021

Removable seat attachment for a stroller
Patent No. 11,192,568
A stroller is provided with the ability to removably couple and decouple a seat from the stroller as needed. The stroller can include a stroller frame. The stroller can also include one or more front wheels attached to the stroller frame and one or more rear wheels attached to the stroller frame. The stroller can also include a first seat couple to the stroller frame. The stroller can include first and second seat attachment housings. Each of the seat attachment housings can include a cavity for receiving a corresponding one of the first and second seat attachment adapters. Each of the seat attachment housings can also include a door or cover to prevent access to the respective cavity when not in use. The seat attachment adapters can be coupled to the respective seat attachment housings and a second seat can be coupled to the seat attachment adapters.
Inventors: Jon Hee Lee (Highwood, Illinois), Megan Roe (Kalamazoo, Michigan), Stacy Noel Simpson (Portage, Michigan), Mark Zehfuss (Glen Allen, Virginia)
Assignee: Baby Jogger (Richmond)
Dec. 7, 2021

Systems and methods for cryptographic authentication of contactless cards
Patent No. 11,195,174
Example embodiments of systems and methods for data transmission between a contactless card and a client device in support of a FIDO authentication are provided. In an embodiment, upon receipt of a challenge issued by a server in connection with a pending transaction, the contactless card may authorize the client device to utilize a FIDO private key to respond to the challenge. If the response to the challenge is successful, the FIDO authentication may proceed and the transaction may be completed.
Inventors: Kevin Osborn (Newton Highlands, Massachusetts), James Ashfield (Midlothian, Virginia), Srinivasa Chigurupati (Long Grove, Illinois), Jeffrey Rule (Chevy Chase, Maryland)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
Dec. 7, 2021

3D printing using phase changing matertials as support
Patent No. 11,192,292
A method or apparatus for three-dimensionally printing. The method may comprise causing a phase change in a region of the first material by applying focused energy to the region using a focused energy source, and displacing the first material with a second material. The apparatus may comprise a container configured to hold a first material, a focused energy source configured to cause a phase change in a region of the first material by applying focused energy to the region, and an injector configured to displace the first material with a second material. The first material may comprise a yield stress material, which is a material exhibiting Herschel-Bulkley behavior. The yield stress material may comprise a soft granular gel. The second material may comprise one or more cells.
Inventors: Alberto Fernandez-Nieves (Atlanta, Georgia), Thomas Ettor Angelini (Gainesville, Florida), Ya-Wen Chang (Atlanta, Georgia), Samantha M. Marquez (Midlothian, Virginia)
Assignee: University of Florida Research Foundation (Gainesville, Florida) &
Georigia Tech Research Corp. (Atlanta, Georgia)
Dec. 7, 2021

Joint brace with improved range of motion stop
Patent No. 11,191,659
An improved joint support for limiting the range of motion of an anatomical joint comprises intermeshing gears for allowing adjustment of the range of motion of the joint, and comprises plural mechanisms for securing the gears in engagement with one another, whereby adjustment can be made without tools and without disassembly of any components.
Inventors: Daniel Scott Pflaster (Charlotte, Vermont), Wendy Drumm (Providence, Rhode Island), Richard L. Miller (Needham, Massachusetts), Kristin Jugenheimer Size (Waltham, Massachusetts), Gregory Scott Torrisi (Midlothian, Virginia)
Assignee: Horsepower Technologies (Lowell, Massachusetts)
Dec. 7, 2021

Detecting a transaction volume anomaly
Patent No. 11,195,183
A server device obtains historical transaction data regarding transactions involving a network service, obtains historical calendar data regarding static date information for a historical time period that corresponds with the historical transaction data, and processes the historical transaction data and historical calendar data to train a machine learning model using a gradient boosting machine learning technique to predict a normal transaction volume for a period of time and confidence bands associated with the normal transaction volume. The server device generates the normal transaction volume for the period of time and confidence bands using the machine learning model, obtains real-time data concerning a transaction volume during the period of time, detects a transaction volume anomaly based on comparing the real-time data and normal transaction volume and confidence bands, and sends an alert, based on the transaction volume anomaly, to cause a remote device to display the alert and perform an action.
Inventors: Ming Waters (Walkerton, Virginia), Donald J. Gennetten (Henrico, Virginia)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
Dec. 7, 2021

Polymer encased smokeless tobacco products
Patent No. 11,198,151
Methods for encasing bodies including smokeless tobacco or a tobacco substitute with a polymeric casing can include coating a compressed body with microfibers, applying tubular casings to compressed bodies, printing netting and webs on compressed bodies, injection molding around compressed bodies, applying a webbing to compressed bodies, placing compressed bodies into a skin forming bath, and including thermoplastic polymers in a compressed body.
Inventors: Andrew Nathan Carroll (Chester, Virginia), Shannon Maxwell Black (Richmond), Yan Helen Sun (Midlothian, Virginia), William J. Burke (Nashville, Tennessee), Christopher Joseph Dinovi (Ruther Glen, Virginia), David Phillips Phillips (Richmond), Jason Andrew Macko (Richmond), Robert Smith (Glen Allen, Virginia)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Dec. 14, 2021

Cartridge and e-vaping device with serpentine heater
Patent No. 11,197,500
A cartridge of an e-vaping device includes a housing extending in a longitudinal direction, a reservoir in the housing, a heater in the housing, and an absorbent material at least partially surrounding the sinusoidal shaped member. The reservoir is configured to store a pre-vapor formulation. The heater has a sinusoidal shaped member translating about an elliptical shape to define a channel there through. The absorbent material is in fluid communication with the reservoir.
Inventors: Shmuel Gavrielov (N. Miami Beach, Florida), Yuval Malka (Richmond), Rangaraj Sundar (Richmond), Isaac Weigensberg (Richmond), David Rubli (Revava, Israel), Moshe Eliyahu (Beit Shemesh, Israel), Arve Weigensberg (Richmond), Scott A. Fath (Richmond), Christopher S. Tucker (Midlothian, Virginia), William J. Bogdziewicz (Richmond)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Dec. 14, 2021

Electronic smoking article
Patent No. 11,197,499
An electronic smoking article includes a liquid aerosol formulation, a heater operable to at least partially volatilize the liquid aerosol formulation and form an aerosol and a tubular filter segment downstream of the heater. The tubular filter segment is operable to selectively filter aerosol particles and vapors from the aerosol.
Inventors: San Li (Midlothian, Virginia), Georgios D. Karles (Richmond), Richard Jupe (Richmond), Gerd Kobal (Sandy Hook, Virginia), Munmaya K. Mishra (Manakin Sabot, Virginia)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Dec. 14, 2021

Microscale whole blood coagulation assay platform
Patent No. 11,199,533
A blood clot retraction assay device and methods of measuring whole-blood clot retractive forces during coagulation are described. When placed in proximity to a micro-beam, a blood droplet attaches thereto, applying a force to the micro-beam during clot formation. Using Piezoresistive micro-beams or other Piezoresistive components disposed upon such micro-beams, the device measures retractive force of a blood droplet based upon changes in resistance. The sensitivity of such measurements allows use of small quantities of blood for measurement, between 15 microliters and 300 microliters. The device further permits continuous measurement of coagulation, allowing measurement of distinct reaction, contraction development, and fibrinolysis phases for each blood sample.
Inventors: Jianping Fu (Ann Arbor, Michigan), Kevin R. Ward (Glen Allen, Virginia), Zida Li (Ann Arbor, Michigan), Xiang Li (Ann Arbor, Michigan)
Assignee: The Regents of the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Michigan)
Dec. 14, 2021

Cathode-minimized stimulation programming
Patent No. 11,198,012
Programming a stimulator device to deliver a stimulation therapy at high-density parameter settings using a cathode-minimized electrode configuration determined to induce paresthesia over a patient pain pattern at low-density parameter settings.
Inventors: Hector Cantua (Glen Allen, Virginia)
Assignee: Medtronic (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
Dec. 14, 2021

Change monitoring and detection for a cloud computing environment
Patent No. 11,201,865
Aspects described herein allow for systems and methods to monitor production changes to resources in a cloud computing environment and determine whether those changes were performed in accordance with a change management policy. A change order monitoring application receives data from cloud computing audit logs to detect infrastructure changes and combines that data with application information to determine which application was affected. The change order monitoring application then uses a machine learning algorithm to cluster multiple change events together when it is likely that the change events were part of the same change. If cluster of change activity does not appear to be authorized, the change order monitoring application sends an alert to a change management team and an application team to get more information about the activity.
Inventors: Daniel W. File (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), Hao Liu (Reston, Virginia), Rajesh Kanna Durairaj (Plano, Texas), Peter Terrana (Mechanicsville, Virginia)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
Dec.14, 2021

Artificial surfing reef construction method
Patent No. 11,198,983
The present invention relates to a new artificial surfing reef construction method, using geosynthetic cementitious composite mat, with a top coating of plasticized gypsum composition. The current invention artificial surfing reef construction method, can be built in surfing lakes, water basins, pools, lagoons, ponds, reservoirs, rivers, streams and bodies of water.
Inventors: Walter Judson Bennett (Mechanicsville, Virginia)
Assignee: N/A

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