The R&D Dept.: Local patents for 1.26.22

Coated tobacco particles suitable for usage in a smokeless tobacco product
Patent No. 11,224,247
A process for preparing coated particles of a plant material includes: (a) combining plant material particles and a protein in a liquid medium, wherein the protein adsorbs onto at least a portion of a surface of the particles to form a first layer; and (b) mixing a polysaccharide including a pectin with the liquid medium, so that the polysaccharide adsorbs onto at least a portion of a surface of the first layer to form a second layer. In addition, a palatable product comprising at least one coated particle prepared by this process is described.
Inventors: Tapashi Sengupta (Barrington, Illinois), Douglas A. Fernandez (Richmond), Munmaya K. Mishra (Manakin Sabot, Virginia), William R. Sweeney (Richmond), Szu-Sung Yang (Midlothian, Virginia)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA (Richmond)
Jan. 18, 2022

System and method for fast application auto-scaling
Patent No. 11,228,643
A resource management system is disclosed herein that quickly and dynamically tailors application resource provisioning to real-time application resource consumption. The resource management system may service application requests using resources selected from a pool of servers, the pool of servers including a mixture of virtual server resources and serverless instance resources. The serverless instance resource may comprise software objects programmed using a machine image reflecting one or more states of a virtual application server booted using application-specific program code. Supporting an application using serverless instances enables dynamic scaling of application resources to support real-time application servicing loads.
Inventors: Nirmal Parekh (Glen Allen, Virginia), Zachary Abrahamson (Moseley, Virginia), Mahesh Veerabathiran (Henrico, Virginia), Sathish Gampa (Plano, Texas), Steven Pearson (Plano, Texas)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
Jan. 18, 2022

Virtual environments associated with processed video streams
Patent No. 11,233,974
In some implementations, a system may receive a plurality of video streams, wherein each video stream is associated with a user of a client device, and wherein the plurality of video streams are associated with a virtual session involving the plurality of client devices. The system may process the plurality of video streams to produce a plurality of processed video streams in which backgrounds of the plurality of video streams are removed. The system may generate a virtual environment that includes a common virtual background, wherein the virtual environment is to be associated with the plurality of processed video streams. The system may transmit one or more output video streams that include the virtual environment with the common virtual background and one or more processed video streams of the plurality of processed video streams.
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)
Jan. 25, 2022

Methods and systems for calcite removal using polysuccinimide
Patent No. 11,230,484
Methods and systems are provided for removing calcite deposits by contacting polysuccinimide with water to dissolve the polysuccinimide and supplying the dissolved polysuccinimide to surfaces fouled with the calcite deposits. The pH of the water that dissolves the polysuccinimide can be adjusted based on the amount of calcium in the water. Adjusting the pH will affect the dissolution rate of the polysuccinimide in water and the rate of removal of the calcite deposits.
Inventors: Kevin Michael Gottschalk (Richmond), Phil Godsave (Cranbrook, California), Raymond M. Post (Langhorne, Pennsylvania), Robert W. Bedinger (Mechanicsville, Virginia)
Assignee: Chemtreat (Glen Allen, Virginia)
Jan. 25, 2022

Immobilized additive inserts
Patent No. 11,229,233
Delivery of additives in a smoking article is provided through thermally degradable, robust immobilized additive inserts. Additives can be immobilized in an elongated device or an insert, wherein the elongated device or the insert is sufficiently robust to allow the elongated device or the insert to be manually or machine inserted into a smoking article while maintaining the structure of the elongated device or the insert. By providing additives in the form of thermally degradable immobilized additive inserts, migration and/or loss of the additives in a smoking article prior to smoking can be reduced.
Inventors: Munmaya K. Mishra (Richmond), Jay A. Fournier (Richmond), Marc R. Krauss (Midlothian, Virginia), Douglas A. Fernandez (Richmond), Peter J. Lipowicz (Midlothian, Virginia)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA (Richmond)
Jan. 25, 2022

Films for use as interleaves between substrates
Patent No. 11,230,417
A film for use as an interleaf between substrates includes a first side having a first micro-embossed surface and a first formed pattern, a second side having a second micro-embossed surface and a second formed pattern, a basis weight of between about 35 gsm and about 80 gsm, a Low Load Thickness of between about 150 micrometers and 400 micrometers according to the Low Load Thickness Test, and a flexural stiffness of between about 150 grams and about 500 grams according to the Circular Bend Stiffness Test.
Inventors: Carl Douglas Ray (Chesterfield, Virginia), Bankim Bhupendra Desai (Chesterfield, Virginia)
Assignee: Tredegar Surface Protection (Chesterfiel, Virginia)
Jan. 25, 2022

Systems and methods for controlling a chloramine synthesis reaction in industrial water systems
Patent No. 11,230,482
Systems and methods for controlling a chloramine synthesis reaction. The system includes at least one water pump configured to deliver a first water stream to a first junction where the first water stream is mixed with a first solution including an ammonium compound, and a second water stream to a second junction where the second water stream is mixed with a second solution including hypochlorite, a reaction chamber downstream of the first and second junctions which is configured to mix the first and second water streams in order to react the ammonium compound and the hypochlorite to form chloramine, an optical measurement device disposed upstream of the second junction, the optical measurement device configured to measure an absorbance of the hypochlorite in the second solution, and at least one controller programmed to determine a concentration of the hypochlorite in the second solution based on the measured absorbance.
Inventors: Christopher Baron (Newark, Delaware), Joseph Konefal (Glen Allen, Virginia), Blaine Nagao (Hillsboro, Texas)
Assignee: Chemtreat (Glen Allen, Virginia)
Jan. 25, 2022

Systems and methods for contactless card applet communication
Patent No. 11,232,272
Example embodiments of systems and methods for contactless card verification include a contactless card including a substrate, a processor, and a memory, wherein the memory contains a first applet and a second applet, and a recipient device in data communication with the contactless card, wherein the second applet is configured to retrieve one or more parameters from the first applet via an interface; and wherein the second applet is configured to transmit the one or more parameters to the recipient device for verification.
Inventors: Jeffrey Rule (Chevy Chase, Maryland), James Ashfield (Midlothian, Virginia), Srinivasa Chigurupati (Long Grove, Illinois), Kevin Osborn (Newton Highlands, Massachusetts)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
Jan. 25, 2022

Filter backwash control system for a water or wastewater treatment system to conserve water during the filter backwash process
Patent No. 11,229,862
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
Jan. 25, 2022

API and streaming solution for documenting data lineage
Patent No. 11,231,978
A system for tracing data lineage includes a non-transitory computer readable medium and a processor. The processor is configured to execute an application programming interface (API). The processor executes a first instance of the API to document a first data lineage in a first data transformation process. The processor executes a second instance of the API to document a second data lineage in a second data transformation process. The processor sends the first data lineage and the second data lineage for storage in the non-transitory computer readable medium.
Inventors: Ann Chapin (Powhatan, Virginia)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
Jan. 25, 2022

Coated tobacco particles suitable for usage in a smokeless tobacco product
Patent No. 11,224,247
A process for preparing coated particles of a plant material includes: (a) combining plant material particles and a protein in a liquid medium, wherein the protein adsorbs onto at least a portion of a surface of the particles to form a first layer; and (b) mixing a polysaccharide including a pectin with the liquid medium, so that the polysaccharide adsorbs onto at least a portion of a surface of the first layer to form a second layer. In addition, a palatable product comprising at least one coated particle prepared by this process is described.
Inventors: Tapashi Sengupta (Barrington, Illinois), Douglas A. Fernandez (Richmond), Munmaya K. Mishra (Manakin Sabot, Virginia), William R. Sweeney (Richmond), Szu-Sung Yang (Midlothian, Virginia)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA (Richmond)
Jan. 18, 2022

System and method for fast application auto-scaling
Patent No. 11,228,643
A resource management system is disclosed herein that quickly and dynamically tailors application resource provisioning to real-time application resource consumption. The resource management system may service application requests using resources selected from a pool of servers, the pool of servers including a mixture of virtual server resources and serverless instance resources. The serverless instance resource may comprise software objects programmed using a machine image reflecting one or more states of a virtual application server booted using application-specific program code. Supporting an application using serverless instances enables dynamic scaling of application resources to support real-time application servicing loads.
Inventors: Nirmal Parekh (Glen Allen, Virginia), Zachary Abrahamson (Moseley, Virginia), Mahesh Veerabathiran (Henrico, Virginia), Sathish Gampa (Plano, Texas), Steven Pearson (Plano, Texas)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
Jan. 18, 2022

Virtual environments associated with processed video streams
Patent No. 11,233,974
In some implementations, a system may receive a plurality of video streams, wherein each video stream is associated with a user of a client device, and wherein the plurality of video streams are associated with a virtual session involving the plurality of client devices. The system may process the plurality of video streams to produce a plurality of processed video streams in which backgrounds of the plurality of video streams are removed. The system may generate a virtual environment that includes a common virtual background, wherein the virtual environment is to be associated with the plurality of processed video streams. The system may transmit one or more output video streams that include the virtual environment with the common virtual background and one or more processed video streams of the plurality of processed video streams.
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)
Jan. 25, 2022

Methods and systems for calcite removal using polysuccinimide
Patent No. 11,230,484
Methods and systems are provided for removing calcite deposits by contacting polysuccinimide with water to dissolve the polysuccinimide and supplying the dissolved polysuccinimide to surfaces fouled with the calcite deposits. The pH of the water that dissolves the polysuccinimide can be adjusted based on the amount of calcium in the water. Adjusting the pH will affect the dissolution rate of the polysuccinimide in water and the rate of removal of the calcite deposits.
Inventors: Kevin Michael Gottschalk (Richmond), Phil Godsave (Cranbrook, California), Raymond M. Post (Langhorne, Pennsylvania), Robert W. Bedinger (Mechanicsville, Virginia)
Assignee: Chemtreat (Glen Allen, Virginia)
Jan. 25, 2022

Immobilized additive inserts
Patent No. 11,229,233
Delivery of additives in a smoking article is provided through thermally degradable, robust immobilized additive inserts. Additives can be immobilized in an elongated device or an insert, wherein the elongated device or the insert is sufficiently robust to allow the elongated device or the insert to be manually or machine inserted into a smoking article while maintaining the structure of the elongated device or the insert. By providing additives in the form of thermally degradable immobilized additive inserts, migration and/or loss of the additives in a smoking article prior to smoking can be reduced.
Inventors: Munmaya K. Mishra (Richmond), Jay A. Fournier (Richmond), Marc R. Krauss (Midlothian, Virginia), Douglas A. Fernandez (Richmond), Peter J. Lipowicz (Midlothian, Virginia)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA (Richmond)
Jan. 25, 2022

Films for use as interleaves between substrates
Patent No. 11,230,417
A film for use as an interleaf between substrates includes a first side having a first micro-embossed surface and a first formed pattern, a second side having a second micro-embossed surface and a second formed pattern, a basis weight of between about 35 gsm and about 80 gsm, a Low Load Thickness of between about 150 micrometers and 400 micrometers according to the Low Load Thickness Test, and a flexural stiffness of between about 150 grams and about 500 grams according to the Circular Bend Stiffness Test.
Inventors: Carl Douglas Ray (Chesterfield, Virginia), Bankim Bhupendra Desai (Chesterfield, Virginia)
Assignee: Tredegar Surface Protection (Chesterfiel, Virginia)
Jan. 25, 2022

Systems and methods for controlling a chloramine synthesis reaction in industrial water systems
Patent No. 11,230,482
Systems and methods for controlling a chloramine synthesis reaction. The system includes at least one water pump configured to deliver a first water stream to a first junction where the first water stream is mixed with a first solution including an ammonium compound, and a second water stream to a second junction where the second water stream is mixed with a second solution including hypochlorite, a reaction chamber downstream of the first and second junctions which is configured to mix the first and second water streams in order to react the ammonium compound and the hypochlorite to form chloramine, an optical measurement device disposed upstream of the second junction, the optical measurement device configured to measure an absorbance of the hypochlorite in the second solution, and at least one controller programmed to determine a concentration of the hypochlorite in the second solution based on the measured absorbance.
Inventors: Christopher Baron (Newark, Delaware), Joseph Konefal (Glen Allen, Virginia), Blaine Nagao (Hillsboro, Texas)
Assignee: Chemtreat (Glen Allen, Virginia)
Jan. 25, 2022

Systems and methods for contactless card applet communication
Patent No. 11,232,272
Example embodiments of systems and methods for contactless card verification include a contactless card including a substrate, a processor, and a memory, wherein the memory contains a first applet and a second applet, and a recipient device in data communication with the contactless card, wherein the second applet is configured to retrieve one or more parameters from the first applet via an interface; and wherein the second applet is configured to transmit the one or more parameters to the recipient device for verification.
Inventors: Jeffrey Rule (Chevy Chase, Maryland), James Ashfield (Midlothian, Virginia), Srinivasa Chigurupati (Long Grove, Illinois), Kevin Osborn (Newton Highlands, Massachusetts)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
Jan. 25, 2022

Filter backwash control system for a water or wastewater treatment system to conserve water during the filter backwash process
Patent No. 11,229,862
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
Jan. 25, 2022

API and streaming solution for documenting data lineage
Patent No. 11,231,978
A system for tracing data lineage includes a non-transitory computer readable medium and a processor. The processor is configured to execute an application programming interface (API). The processor executes a first instance of the API to document a first data lineage in a first data transformation process. The processor executes a second instance of the API to document a second data lineage in a second data transformation process. The processor sends the first data lineage and the second data lineage for storage in the non-transitory computer readable medium.
Inventors: Ann Chapin (Powhatan, Virginia)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
Jan. 25, 2022

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