The R&D Dept.: Local patents for 2.23.22

Hyperspectral imaging system for monitoring agricultural products during processing and manufacturing
Patent No. 11,250,261
Provided is a method for monitoring a manufacturing process of an agricultural product. The method utilizes hyperspectral imaging and comprises scanning at least one region along a sample of agricultural product using at least one light source of a single or different wavelengths; generating hyperspectral images from the at least one region; determining a spectral fingerprint for the sample of agricultural product from the hyperspectral images; and comparing the spectral fingerprint so obtained to a spectral fingerprint database containing a plurality of fingerprints obtained at various points of the manufacturing process, using a computer processor, to determine which point in the manufacturing process the sample has progressed to.
Inventors: Henry M. Dante (Midlothian, Virginia), Samuel Timothy Henry (Richmond), Seetharama C. Deevi (Richmond)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Feb. 15, 2022

Autonomous collision avoidance through physical layer tracking
Patent No. 11,249,184
In an embodiment, a method includes separating a heterogeneous radio-frequency (RF) signal, received at multiple antennas, into multiple homogenous signals. The multiple antennas have a known positional arrangement. The method further includes estimating a location relative to the known positional arrangement of the antennas of an object producing the RF signal based on phase and amplitude of each homogeneous signal as received at each of the plurality of antennas. The location can further be estimated over multiple time steps, such that velocity and acceleration can be accelerated from the estimated locations.
Inventors: Robert Tingley (Waltham, Massachusetts), Christopher Bessette (Melrose, Massachusetts), Troy B. Jones (Richmond)
Assignee: The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory (Cambridge, Massachusetts)
Feb. 15, 2022

Composition useful as friction modifier
Patent No. 11,248,183
The present invention relates to the field of fuel additives for fuel compositions and more particularly to a composition that can be used as a friction modifier, and its preparation process. More particularly, the present invention concerns a composition comprising at least one fatty acid amide of diethanolamine (DEA) and at least one fatty acid ester and/or amide of DEA oligomer, and it preparation process.
Inventors: Keihann Yavari (Margny-les-Compiegne, France), Lieven Van Hecke (Kortrijk, Belgium), Scott A. Culley (Midlothian, Virginia), Charles Shanahan (Richmond), Michel Nuckols (Midlothian, Virginia)
Assignee: Oleon NV (Evergem, Belgium)
Feb. 15, 2022

System and method for applying a label for the automated production of e-vapor devices
Patent No. 11,247,801
A system for use in manufacturing vapor-generating articles may include a rotatable drum that is configured to hold a plurality of the vapor-generating articles. The system may also include a tagging drum that is configured to tag a respective label to a housing of each of the vapor-generating articles. The system may also include a pressing roller that is configured to press a leading edge of the label against the housing after the tagging. The system may further include a rolling drum that is configured to roll the label around the housing after the pressing.
Inventors: Martin Garthaffner (Richmond)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Feb. 15, 2022

User wearable urinal bag concealment device
Patent No. 11,246,738
A user wearable urinal bag concealment device for discrete public urination includes a first panel and a second panel. The second panel has a lower edge and opposing side edges that are coupled to a front face of the first panel to define a pouch that accessible at an upper edge of the second panel. A plurality of couplers that is coupled to an upper limit of the first panel is configured to couple the first panel to a male user so that the first panel is positioned over and substantially conceals a groin area of the male user. A slot is positioned in the first panel. The pouch is configured to position a urinal bag and to insert hands of the user, positioning the user to manipulate his penis through the slot into an open end of the urinal bag to discretely collect his urine.
Inventors: George Fleming (Richmond)
Assignee: N/A
Feb. 15, 2022

Rotatable drum and method and system using the same for the automated production of E-vapor devices
Patent No. 11,246,353
A rotating drum for use in manufacturing vapor-generating articles may include a drum body. A plurality of grooves may be disposed in an outer face of the drum body. A seat may be tractably-mounted in each one of the plurality of grooves. The seat may include a seat groove that is structured and arranged to receive and hold a rigid casing of a vapor-generating article. The seat may be composed of a material that is softer than a material of the rigid casing.
Inventors: Edmond J. Cadieux (Mechanicsville, Virginia), Martin Garthaffner (Richmond), Barry S. Smith (Hopewell, Virginia)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Feb. 15, 2022

Method and device for flavoring smokeless tobacco
Patent No. 11,246,334
An encapsulated flavorant or artificial sweetener for use with smokeless tobacco and related products. The encapsulated flavorant or artificial sweetener comprises a core encapsulated with a lipid-based coating that provides stability when in contact with tobacco, yet releases flavor over time when the product is used. The core comprises a carrier, such as silica, tobacco, beet fiber, citrus fiber, artificial sweetener, or the like, coated or loaded with a flavorant. Flavor loading may be in the range of approximately 10% to 60%, by weight. Flavorants include, but are not limited to, methyl salicylate (oil of wintergreen), cinnamon (e.g., cinnamon oil), peppermint (e.g., peppermint oil), and spearmint (oil of spearmint).
Inventors: Frank Atchley (Richmond)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Feb. 15, 2022

Electric powered bird bath
Patent No. 11,246,296
Aspects of the present disclosure relate to a bird bath. In one configuration, a frame as a plurality lighting elements therein. A stand is provided for supporting the frame. The bath may include a control component for controlling the lighting elements and a photovoltaic cell for providing power to the lighting elements. In another aspect, the frame may include a plurality of spiral frame members. In yet another aspect, the spiral members have a channel pathway and the lighting elements are disposed in the channel pathway. In yet another aspect, the frame may includes a plurality of radial members. In yet another aspect, the radial members have a channel pathway and the lighting elements are disposed in the channel pathway.
Inventors: Ting Xu (Richmond), Kristina Sarullo (Richmond), Jordan Cai (Zhejiang Ningbo, China)
Assignee: Evergreen Enterprises of Virginia (Richmond)
Feb. 15, 2022

Systems and methods for building generic CI/CD pipelines
Patent No. 11,249,739
At least one application may include instructions comprising application instructions and a plurality of separate pipeline definition instructions. The application instructions may be within a virtual container including at least one program that is generically executable in a plurality of different continuous integration and delivery (CI/CD) environments. Each of the plurality of separate pipeline definition instructions may be configured for each of the plurality of different CI/CD environments such that each pipeline definition may operate only in the CI/CD environment for which it is created. Each pipeline definition may be configured to cause the CI/CD environment for which it is created to execute the at least one program.
Inventors: Brandon Atkinson (Chesterfield, Virginia), Christopher Bowers (Midlothian, Virginia), Dallas Edwards (Midlothian, Virginia)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
Feb. 15, 2022

Methods and systems for implanting a neuromodulation system at a surgically open spinal treatment site
Patent No. 11,247,046
The present invention provides a single surgical method, procedure and/or system that creates open visual and physical access to an identified spinal treatment site that initially comprises spinal levels to be treated, wherein the spinal levels comprise at least one dorsal root ganglion. A spinal treatment procedure is performed generally in combination with implantation of a neuromodulation system that may comprise placement of electrical lead(s) on the at least one dorsal root ganglion, wherein each lead is in operative connection with a pulse generator that may also be implanted during the surgical method. Electrical stimulation may be generated with the pulse generator through the electrical leads to the at least one dorsal root ganglion during and/or after the closure of the identified spinal treatment site.
Inventors: Gregory F. Molnar (Blaine, Minnesota), Christopher G. Frank (New Brighton, Minnesota), Justin D. Zenanko (Minnetrista, Minnesota), Beth A. Lindborg (St. Paul, Minnesota), Nazmi Peyman (Glen Allen, Virginia), Kyle Grube (Minneapolis, Minnesota), Michael Park (Excelsior, Minnesota), Matthew Hunt (Minneapolis, Minnesota), Kathy Hill (St. Paul, Minnesota)
Assignee: SynerFuse (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
Feb. 15, 2022

Blending of agricultural products via hyperspectral imaging and analysis
Patent No. 11,250,259
Provided is a method for blending of agricultural product utilizing hyperspectral imaging. At least one region along a sample of agricultural product is scanned using at least one light source of different wavelengths. Hyperspectral images are generated from the at least one region. A spectral fingerprint for the sample of agricultural product is formed from the hyperspectral images. A plurality of samples of agricultural product is blended based on the spectral fingerprints of the samples according to parameters determined by executing a blending algorithm.
Inventors: Seetharama C. Deevi (Midlothian, Virginia), Henry M. Dante (Midlothian, Virginia), Qiwei Liang (Midlothian, Virginia), Samuel Timothy Henry (Midlothian, Virginia)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Feb. 15, 2022

Systems and methods for providing user-controlled automobile financing
Patent No. 11,250,504
Methods and systems are disclosed for providing approved financing in advance of a purchase to a buyer of an item, such as an automobile, and allowing the prospective buyer to maintain control over the financing throughout the sales process. According to disclosed embodiments, a financial service system configures a financing website for the buyer, and receives personal information as well as information relating to the desired item. The financial service system approves loan parameters for the buyer, and provides the user with a link to access the financing website on a mobile device while at a dealership. Financing parameters can thus be edited throughout the process until the final sales agreement, providing the buyer with confidence and flexibility in the buying process.
Inventors: Katherine D. Forrester (Dallas, Texas), Patrick A. Eberle (Frisco, Texas), Nicholas Dolle (McKinney, Texas), Steven G. Chiagouris (Plano, Texas), Joanna R. Hartzmark (Chicago, Illinois), Xiaoxiang Zhang (McKinney, Texas), Kurt Johnson (Dallas, Texas), Kenneth S. Childs (Mechanicsville, Virginia)
Assignee: Capital One Services, LLC (McLean, Virginia)
Feb. 15, 2022

Filter backwash control system for a water or wastewater treatment system to conserve water during the filter backwash process
Patent No. 11,247,148
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
Feb. 15, 2022

Electronic vaping device
Patent No. 11,259,369
A heater assembly for an electronic vaping device and a method of manufacturing the electronic vaping device are provided. The heater assembly includes a chimney cage extending longitudinally, a heater extending longitudinally within the chimney cage, a heater gauze positioned about an outer circumference of the heater, the chimney case positioned about an outer circumference of the heater gauze, and a cathode clip electrically connected to a first end portion of the heater.
Inventors: Christopher S. Tucker (Midlothian, Virginia), Barry S. Smith (Hopewell, Virginia), Charles Dendy (Richmond)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Feb. 22, 2022

Shared resonant turn off circuit
Patent No. 11,258,296
A static transfer switch is provided for supplying power to a load alternately from two different power sources. Switching between the two power sources may occur within a fraction of one electrical cycle. In response to sensing degraded performance in the power source supplying the load, a main circuit is turned off with a resonant turn off circuit. The resonant turn off circuit is shared between the main circuits of two different power sources such that the resonant turn off circuit is connected to the main circuit of whichever power source is currently supply power to the load.
Inventors: Veerakumar Bose (Richmond), Thomas Kendzia III (Henrico, Virginia), Christopher Alan Belcastro (Mechanicsville, Virginia), Harshang Shah (Bloomfield, Connecticut)
Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG (Baden, Switzerland)
Feb. 22, 2022

Utilizing machine learning models to recommend travel offer packages relating to a travel experience
Patent No. 11,257,106
A device may receive, from account entity devices, sets of transaction data for transactions between merchants and customers, and may use a first machine learning model to assign the customers to clusters based on measures of similarity among the sets of transaction data. The device may determine travel-related data items in a set of transaction data, of the sets of transaction data, associated with a set of customers assigned to a particular cluster, and may use a second machine learning model to identify a travel experience that has a threshold likelihood of being of interest to the set of customers. The device may receive offers relating to the travel experience, and may provide, to customer devices associated with customers of the set of customers, travel offer packages that include at least one of the offers relating to the travel experience.
Inventors: Matthew Reedy (Richmond), Andrew Marr (Midlothian, Virginia), Lin Ward (Midlothian, Virginia), Noble Ozoka (Richmond)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
Feb. 22, 2022

Dynamic transaction metadata validation adjustment based on network conditions
Patent No. 11,257,083
Methods, systems, and apparatuses are described herein for the direct sharing and use of transaction data separately from transaction authorization processes. Transaction metadata associated with a transaction may be received and validated. Authorization information corresponding to the transaction may be received. The degree to which the transaction metadata is tested may be based on a predicted time of receipt of the authorization information. The transaction metadata and authorization information may be correlated. A computing device may determine whether to authorize the financial transaction based on the authorization information and the correlated transaction metadata. All or portions of the transaction metadata may be provided to one or more users after the transaction has been authorized or denied.
Inventors: Wesley Perkins (Henrico, Virginia), Venkata Satya Sriram Kalyan Namuduri (Glen Allen, Virginia), David Ross (Richmond), Andrew Coulson (Washington, D.C.), Hunter Roberts (Henrico, Virginia)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
Feb. 22, 2022

Devices and methods for high frequency electroporation
Patent No. 11,254,926
The present invention provides systems, methods, and devices for electroporation-based therapies (EBTs). Embodiments provide patient-specific treatment protocols derived by the numerical modeling of 3D reconstructions of target tissue from images taken of the tissue, and optionally accounting for one or more of physical constraints or dynamic tissue properties. The present invention further relates to systems, methods, and devices for delivering bipolar electric pulses for irreversible electroporation exhibiting reduced or no damage to tissue typically associated with an EBT-induced excessive charge delivered to the tissue.
Inventors: Robert E. Neal II (Richmond), Paulo A. Garcia (Cambridge, Massachusetts), Rafael V. Davalos (Blacksburg, Virginia), John H. Rossmeisl (Blacksburg, Virginia), John L. Robertson (Floyd, Virginia)
Assignee: Virginia Tech Intellectual Properties (Blacksburg, Virginia)
Feb. 22, 2022

Bacterial profile to detect fungal taxa abundance in the gut
Patent No. 11,253,554
Disclosed herein are compositions and methods for diagnosing fungal dysbiosis in the gut of a subject with cirrhosis that involves assaying a sample from the subject for bacterial taxa. These compositions and methods are based on the discovery that there is significant correlation between fungal and bacterial diversity in gut microbiota of cirrhotic patients. Therefore, disclosed herein is a method for treating a subject with liver cirrhosis that involves assaying a gut sample from the subject for bacterial taxa to generate a bacterial profile, comparing the bacterial profile to control profiles to predict fungal dysbiosis; and treating the subject for fungal dysbiosis.
Inventors: Jasmohan Bajaj (Richmond), Patrick M. Gillevet (Manassas, Virginia)
Assignee: Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond) & George Mason University (Fairfax, Virginia)
Feb. 22, 2022

Wrinkle treatment
Patent No. 11,253,467
A method of preparing a skin treatment that includes preparing an extract of Arnica montana by mixing Arnica montana with ethyl alcohol, and filtering out the solids thereby resulting in liquid Arnica montana extract. In a first dilution, diluting the liquid Arnica montana extract with distilled water resulting in a first diluted Arnica montana extract. In a second dilution, diluting the first diluted Arnica montana extract with alkaline water resulting in a liquid skin treatment.
Inventors: Stacy Lynn Charlton (Burbank, California), Gary S. Huvard (Richmond), Maura Fierro (Richmond)
Asignee: SLC Skin (Burbank, California)
Feb. 22, 2022

Safety module for a floor cleaning unit
Patent No. 11,253,124
A cleaning unit for cleaning floors comprising a drivetrain, a main controller, a safety module, and one or more cleaning aggregates for cleaning a floor upon which the cleaning unit moves. The main controller may operate the cleaning unit in one of an autonomous mode in which cleaning unit autonomously navigates while cleaning the floor or a manual mode in which the cleaning unit is maneuverable under an applied external force while cleaning the floor. The safety module may be responsive to a plurality of safety inputs such that if a safety input indicates an unsafe condition, the safety module initiates a lockout to stop movement by the cleaning unit. In the autonomous mode, the safety module may be responsive to a first set of safety inputs and in the manual operating mode, the safety module may be responsive to a second set of safety inputs.
Inventors: David M. Knuth (Chesterfield, Virginia), Stephen D. Herr (Richmond), Stephen J. Balas (Midlothan, Virginia), Angelo Sabatino (Muenchwilen, Switzerland), Marcel Graf (Wilen, CH), Andre Baertsch (Rossrueti, Switzerland), Sepp Stary (Balterswil, Switzerland)
Assignee: Diversey (Fort Mill, South Carolina)
Feb. 22, 2022

Tobacco articles and methods
Patent No. 11,252,988
Some embodiments of a tobacco article may include tobacco disposed in a porous matrix. The tobacco article may provide tobacco, tobacco constituents, or both tobacco and tobacco constituents to the consumer’s mouth in the form of particles, liquid, or vapor so as to provide tobacco satisfaction to the consumer. In some circumstances, the tobacco may be integrally molded with a plastic material so that at least a portion of the tobacco is disposed in pores of the matrix.
Inventors: James Arthur Strickland (Richmond), Frank Scott Atchley (Tarpon Springs, Florida)
Assignee: U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Co. (Richmond)
Feb. 22, 2022

Cut and seal method and apparatus
Patent No. 11,254,460
The present disclosure provides an apparatus for forming a stream of individual packets, comprising a folder arranged to form a tubular web structure, a feeder arranged to feed the formed tubular web structure to a nip; a first rotor comprising a first sealing jaw and a knife, a second rotor comprising a second sealing jaw and an anvil, the sealing jaws, the knife and anvil rotating into opposing relation at the nip so as to form a severed, completed packet beyond the nip. The apparatus includes an open ended packet catcher adjacent the first and second rotors, which is arranged to catch the severed, completed packets beyond the nip whereby a stream of packets is established. The packet catcher includes a stripper disposed in a proximal location to at least one of the anvil, the knife and the sealing jaws when the anvil, the knife and/or the sealing jaws are rotated beyond the nip, whereby, should a completed packet stick to any of the anvil, the knife and/or the sealing jaws, the stripper is operative to free the stuck packet from the anvil, the knife and/or the sealing jaw. The present disclosure provides a fin sealer and method to seal a radially outwardly directed fin of a tubular web structure by directing the fin through a nip between a first and a second fin sealing rollers while communicating heat to the fin through at least one of the fin sealing rollers, the fin sealer being further arranged to maintain a nominal face-to-face relation between an outer annulus of the first fin sealing roller and an outer annulus of the second fin sealing roller with a flexible connection between a hub element of the second fin sealing roller with the outer annulus of the second fin sealing roller. A cooling system is also provided, which is operative upon one of the rotors of a cut and seal station.
Inventors: Jarrod W. Chalkley (Mechanicsville, Virginia), James D. Evans (Chesterfield, Virginia), Thien Hoang Nguyen (Glen Allen, Virginia), Patrick S. McElhinney (Midlothian, Virginia)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Feb. 22, 2022

Roll-forming methods for manufacturing roller bearing seal case
Patent No. 11,253,907
A roll-forming manufacturing method of a roller bearing seal case includes (a) roll-forming, from a cylindrical ring, a first profiled ring having a first section extending along cylinder axis of the cylindrical ring and a second section extending from the first section inward toward the cylinder axis, (b) applying outward pressure to the first section, in direction away from the cylinder axis, to round the first section, and (c) roll-forming a second profiled ring from the first profiled ring.
Inventors: Maximilian Linder (Phillipsburg, New Jersey), James Myers (Chesterfield, Virginia)
Assignee: Inno-Spin (Phillipsburg, New Jersey)
Feb. 22, 2022

Spa with air intake system
Patent No. 11,253,427
A spa has an insulated cabinet with an uninsulated shell disposed therein. A filter assembly is downstream of a water intake. A heater is downstream of the filter assembly and a pump is downstream of the heater. A diversion line is in fluid line connection with an outlet of the pump. An ozonizor is in fluid communication with the diversion line. The filter assembly is coupled to the diversion line. A data processing system is coupled to the heater, pump, a control panel and a temperature sensor, wherein the data processing system responsive to when the actual temperature of an amount of water in the shell is a magnitude in degrees below a set temperature 1) turns the heater off if it is on or does not turn the heater on if it is already off and 2) turns the pump on if it is off or if it is already running does not turn the pump off.
Inventors: Richard T. French (Chesterfield, Virginia)
Assignee: Barefoot Spas (Chesterfield, Virginia)
Feb. 22, 2022

Packaging sleeve
Patent No. 11,252,998
The package includes a first sleeve, the first sleeve including, a first front panel and a first back panel that oppose each other, a first side panel and a second side panel that oppose each other, and at least one first top panel that at least partially assists in closing a first end of the first sleeve. A respective free edge of the first front panel, the first back panel, the first side panel and the second side panel collectively define a first opening at a second end of the first sleeve. The first front panel, the first back panel, the first side panel and the second side panel collectively form a first rounded corner and a second rounded corner on the first end of the first sleeve.
Inventors: Scott Fath (Henrico, Virginia), Ryan J. Sousa (Mechanicsville, Virginia), Steven R. Rinehart (Chesterfield, Virginia)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Feb. 22, 2022

Systems and methods for configuring a mobile device to automatically initiate payments
Patent No. 11,257,062
The disclosed embodiments include a mobile client device for automatically performing a mobile financial service function, including a memory storing software instructions, the software instructions including a mobile financial service application configured to perform financial service processes. The system may also include and one or more processors configured to execute the software instructions to detect a physical action performed on the mobile client device, and determine a first financial service function to perform based on the detected physical action, wherein the first financial service function is a function provided by the mobile financial service application. The one or more processors may also determine whether verification of a user is required, verify the user if verification of the user is required, and automatically initiate the first financial service function.
Inventors: Lawrence Douglas (McLean, Virginia), Paul Moreton (Glen Allen, Virginia)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
Feb. 22, 2022

Heat sealable coating with filler
Patent No. 11,255,050
A coating for paperboard includes polyethylene outer layers and a polyethylene inner layer with calcium carbonate filler. In addition to the lower cost, benefits include a surprising better heat sealing behavior compared with a coating of polyethylene alone.
Inventors: Chitai C. Yang (Mechanicsville, Virginia), Rahul Bhardwaj (Glen Allen, Virginia), Chester E. Alkiewicz (Glen Allen, Virginia)
Assignee: Westrock MWV (Atlanta, Georgia)
Feb. 22, 2022

Therapeutic bacteriophage compositions
Patent No. 11,253,557
The present invention relates to a bacteriophage composition comprising one or more (suitably two or more, or three) bacteriophages selected from Sa87, J-Sa36, Sa83, J-Sa37, or mutants thereof, use of the same for medical or non-medical applications, kits, bandage, and wound dressing comprising the same.
Inventors: Karen Joy Shaw (Glen Allen, Virginia), Sandra P. Morales (Sydney, Australia), Gillian Mearns (Sydney, Australia), Deborah A. Rankin (Sydney, Australia), Frenk Smrekar (Ljubjlana, SIovenia)
Assignee: Armata Pharmaceuticals (Marina del Rey, California)
Feb. 22, 2022

Fishing reel spool line clasp
Patent No. 11,252,950
A clasp is fixed onto a reel and may be original equipment in the reel, or alternatively, the spool may be a replacement or supplemental spool for use in an existing reel. The spool component of a reel includes a central core with flanges on each side to retain a line wound thereon. The spool is intended to be rotated/spun in the reel or alternatively fixed where the line feeder rotates around the spool. The clasp may be positioned on the surface of the core or on the inside surface of one of the side flanges. This way, a fishing line is anchored on the inside of a spool as the line is wound around and builds up outwardly in the spool.
Inventors: Mitchell W. Grant (Mechanicsville, Virginia)
Assignee: N/A
Feb. 22, 2022

Antimicrobial solid surfaces and treatments and processes for preparing the same
Patent No. 11,252,958
Provided is an antimicrobial non-isotactic polymer based hard or semi-flexible surface in a thermoset and/or thermoplastic resin matrix wherein the active antimicrobial ingredient is copper oxide. Processes for preparing the same and applications thereof are also described.
Inventors: Kenneth Gauthier Trinder II (Norfolk, Virginia), Vikram Kanmukhla (Henrico, Virginia)
Assignee: Cupron (Richmond)
Feb. 22, 2022

Tongue for rod forming apparatus, tongue support assembly with tongue, rod forming apparatus with tongue, and method thereof
Patent No. 11,252,989
The tongue includes a major body, where the major body has a first longitudinal length that runs from a first end to a second end of the major body. The major body includes a first channel defined along a first edge of the major body, and a second channel defined along a second edge of the major body. The first channel and the second channel is hollow and runs substantially along the first longitudinal length from the first end to the second end of the major body. The first channel and the second channel oppose each other and face away from each other. The tongue support assembly and the rod forming apparatus include the tongue. The method aligns the tongue with a lower plate of a compression box.
Inventors: Charles David Howe (Crewe, Virginia), Dwight D. Williams (Powhatan, Virginia)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Feb. 22, 2022

Hyperspectral imaging system for monitoring agricultural products during processing and manufacturing
Patent No. 11,250,261
Provided is a method for monitoring a manufacturing process of an agricultural product. The method utilizes hyperspectral imaging and comprises scanning at least one region along a sample of agricultural product using at least one light source of a single or different wavelengths; generating hyperspectral images from the at least one region; determining a spectral fingerprint for the sample of agricultural product from the hyperspectral images; and comparing the spectral fingerprint so obtained to a spectral fingerprint database containing a plurality of fingerprints obtained at various points of the manufacturing process, using a computer processor, to determine which point in the manufacturing process the sample has progressed to.
Inventors: Henry M. Dante (Midlothian, Virginia), Samuel Timothy Henry (Richmond), Seetharama C. Deevi (Richmond)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Feb. 15, 2022

Autonomous collision avoidance through physical layer tracking
Patent No. 11,249,184
In an embodiment, a method includes separating a heterogeneous radio-frequency (RF) signal, received at multiple antennas, into multiple homogenous signals. The multiple antennas have a known positional arrangement. The method further includes estimating a location relative to the known positional arrangement of the antennas of an object producing the RF signal based on phase and amplitude of each homogeneous signal as received at each of the plurality of antennas. The location can further be estimated over multiple time steps, such that velocity and acceleration can be accelerated from the estimated locations.
Inventors: Robert Tingley (Waltham, Massachusetts), Christopher Bessette (Melrose, Massachusetts), Troy B. Jones (Richmond)
Assignee: The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory (Cambridge, Massachusetts)
Feb. 15, 2022

Composition useful as friction modifier
Patent No. 11,248,183
The present invention relates to the field of fuel additives for fuel compositions and more particularly to a composition that can be used as a friction modifier, and its preparation process. More particularly, the present invention concerns a composition comprising at least one fatty acid amide of diethanolamine (DEA) and at least one fatty acid ester and/or amide of DEA oligomer, and it preparation process.
Inventors: Keihann Yavari (Margny-les-Compiegne, France), Lieven Van Hecke (Kortrijk, Belgium), Scott A. Culley (Midlothian, Virginia), Charles Shanahan (Richmond), Michel Nuckols (Midlothian, Virginia)
Assignee: Oleon NV (Evergem, Belgium)
Feb. 15, 2022

System and method for applying a label for the automated production of e-vapor devices
Patent No. 11,247,801
A system for use in manufacturing vapor-generating articles may include a rotatable drum that is configured to hold a plurality of the vapor-generating articles. The system may also include a tagging drum that is configured to tag a respective label to a housing of each of the vapor-generating articles. The system may also include a pressing roller that is configured to press a leading edge of the label against the housing after the tagging. The system may further include a rolling drum that is configured to roll the label around the housing after the pressing.
Inventors: Martin Garthaffner (Richmond)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Feb. 15, 2022

User wearable urinal bag concealment device
Patent No. 11,246,738
A user wearable urinal bag concealment device for discrete public urination includes a first panel and a second panel. The second panel has a lower edge and opposing side edges that are coupled to a front face of the first panel to define a pouch that accessible at an upper edge of the second panel. A plurality of couplers that is coupled to an upper limit of the first panel is configured to couple the first panel to a male user so that the first panel is positioned over and substantially conceals a groin area of the male user. A slot is positioned in the first panel. The pouch is configured to position a urinal bag and to insert hands of the user, positioning the user to manipulate his penis through the slot into an open end of the urinal bag to discretely collect his urine.
Inventors: George Fleming (Richmond)
Assignee: N/A
Feb. 15, 2022

Rotatable drum and method and system using the same for the automated production of E-vapor devices
Patent No. 11,246,353
A rotating drum for use in manufacturing vapor-generating articles may include a drum body. A plurality of grooves may be disposed in an outer face of the drum body. A seat may be tractably-mounted in each one of the plurality of grooves. The seat may include a seat groove that is structured and arranged to receive and hold a rigid casing of a vapor-generating article. The seat may be composed of a material that is softer than a material of the rigid casing.
Inventors: Edmond J. Cadieux (Mechanicsville, Virginia), Martin Garthaffner (Richmond), Barry S. Smith (Hopewell, Virginia)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Feb. 15, 2022

Method and device for flavoring smokeless tobacco
Patent No. 11,246,334
An encapsulated flavorant or artificial sweetener for use with smokeless tobacco and related products. The encapsulated flavorant or artificial sweetener comprises a core encapsulated with a lipid-based coating that provides stability when in contact with tobacco, yet releases flavor over time when the product is used. The core comprises a carrier, such as silica, tobacco, beet fiber, citrus fiber, artificial sweetener, or the like, coated or loaded with a flavorant. Flavor loading may be in the range of approximately 10% to 60%, by weight. Flavorants include, but are not limited to, methyl salicylate (oil of wintergreen), cinnamon (e.g., cinnamon oil), peppermint (e.g., peppermint oil), and spearmint (oil of spearmint).
Inventors: Frank Atchley (Richmond)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Feb. 15, 2022

Electric powered bird bath
Patent No. 11,246,296
Aspects of the present disclosure relate to a bird bath. In one configuration, a frame as a plurality lighting elements therein. A stand is provided for supporting the frame. The bath may include a control component for controlling the lighting elements and a photovoltaic cell for providing power to the lighting elements. In another aspect, the frame may include a plurality of spiral frame members. In yet another aspect, the spiral members have a channel pathway and the lighting elements are disposed in the channel pathway. In yet another aspect, the frame may includes a plurality of radial members. In yet another aspect, the radial members have a channel pathway and the lighting elements are disposed in the channel pathway.
Inventors: Ting Xu (Richmond), Kristina Sarullo (Richmond), Jordan Cai (Zhejiang Ningbo, China)
Assignee: Evergreen Enterprises of Virginia (Richmond)
Feb. 15, 2022

Systems and methods for building generic CI/CD pipelines
Patent No. 11,249,739
At least one application may include instructions comprising application instructions and a plurality of separate pipeline definition instructions. The application instructions may be within a virtual container including at least one program that is generically executable in a plurality of different continuous integration and delivery (CI/CD) environments. Each of the plurality of separate pipeline definition instructions may be configured for each of the plurality of different CI/CD environments such that each pipeline definition may operate only in the CI/CD environment for which it is created. Each pipeline definition may be configured to cause the CI/CD environment for which it is created to execute the at least one program.
Inventors: Brandon Atkinson (Chesterfield, Virginia), Christopher Bowers (Midlothian, Virginia), Dallas Edwards (Midlothian, Virginia)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
Feb. 15, 2022

Methods and systems for implanting a neuromodulation system at a surgically open spinal treatment site
Patent No. 11,247,046
The present invention provides a single surgical method, procedure and/or system that creates open visual and physical access to an identified spinal treatment site that initially comprises spinal levels to be treated, wherein the spinal levels comprise at least one dorsal root ganglion. A spinal treatment procedure is performed generally in combination with implantation of a neuromodulation system that may comprise placement of electrical lead(s) on the at least one dorsal root ganglion, wherein each lead is in operative connection with a pulse generator that may also be implanted during the surgical method. Electrical stimulation may be generated with the pulse generator through the electrical leads to the at least one dorsal root ganglion during and/or after the closure of the identified spinal treatment site.
Inventors: Gregory F. Molnar (Blaine, Minnesota), Christopher G. Frank (New Brighton, Minnesota), Justin D. Zenanko (Minnetrista, Minnesota), Beth A. Lindborg (St. Paul, Minnesota), Nazmi Peyman (Glen Allen, Virginia), Kyle Grube (Minneapolis, Minnesota), Michael Park (Excelsior, Minnesota), Matthew Hunt (Minneapolis, Minnesota), Kathy Hill (St. Paul, Minnesota)
Assignee: SynerFuse (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
Feb. 15, 2022

Blending of agricultural products via hyperspectral imaging and analysis
Patent No. 11,250,259
Provided is a method for blending of agricultural product utilizing hyperspectral imaging. At least one region along a sample of agricultural product is scanned using at least one light source of different wavelengths. Hyperspectral images are generated from the at least one region. A spectral fingerprint for the sample of agricultural product is formed from the hyperspectral images. A plurality of samples of agricultural product is blended based on the spectral fingerprints of the samples according to parameters determined by executing a blending algorithm.
Inventors: Seetharama C. Deevi (Midlothian, Virginia), Henry M. Dante (Midlothian, Virginia), Qiwei Liang (Midlothian, Virginia), Samuel Timothy Henry (Midlothian, Virginia)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Feb. 15, 2022

Systems and methods for providing user-controlled automobile financing
Patent No. 11,250,504
Methods and systems are disclosed for providing approved financing in advance of a purchase to a buyer of an item, such as an automobile, and allowing the prospective buyer to maintain control over the financing throughout the sales process. According to disclosed embodiments, a financial service system configures a financing website for the buyer, and receives personal information as well as information relating to the desired item. The financial service system approves loan parameters for the buyer, and provides the user with a link to access the financing website on a mobile device while at a dealership. Financing parameters can thus be edited throughout the process until the final sales agreement, providing the buyer with confidence and flexibility in the buying process.
Inventors: Katherine D. Forrester (Dallas, Texas), Patrick A. Eberle (Frisco, Texas), Nicholas Dolle (McKinney, Texas), Steven G. Chiagouris (Plano, Texas), Joanna R. Hartzmark (Chicago, Illinois), Xiaoxiang Zhang (McKinney, Texas), Kurt Johnson (Dallas, Texas), Kenneth S. Childs (Mechanicsville, Virginia)
Assignee: Capital One Services, LLC (McLean, Virginia)
Feb. 15, 2022

Filter backwash control system for a water or wastewater treatment system to conserve water during the filter backwash process
Patent No. 11,247,148
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
Feb. 15, 2022

Electronic vaping device
Patent No. 11,259,369
A heater assembly for an electronic vaping device and a method of manufacturing the electronic vaping device are provided. The heater assembly includes a chimney cage extending longitudinally, a heater extending longitudinally within the chimney cage, a heater gauze positioned about an outer circumference of the heater, the chimney case positioned about an outer circumference of the heater gauze, and a cathode clip electrically connected to a first end portion of the heater.
Inventors: Christopher S. Tucker (Midlothian, Virginia), Barry S. Smith (Hopewell, Virginia), Charles Dendy (Richmond)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Feb. 22, 2022

Shared resonant turn off circuit
Patent No. 11,258,296
A static transfer switch is provided for supplying power to a load alternately from two different power sources. Switching between the two power sources may occur within a fraction of one electrical cycle. In response to sensing degraded performance in the power source supplying the load, a main circuit is turned off with a resonant turn off circuit. The resonant turn off circuit is shared between the main circuits of two different power sources such that the resonant turn off circuit is connected to the main circuit of whichever power source is currently supply power to the load.
Inventors: Veerakumar Bose (Richmond), Thomas Kendzia III (Henrico, Virginia), Christopher Alan Belcastro (Mechanicsville, Virginia), Harshang Shah (Bloomfield, Connecticut)
Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG (Baden, Switzerland)
Feb. 22, 2022

Utilizing machine learning models to recommend travel offer packages relating to a travel experience
Patent No. 11,257,106
A device may receive, from account entity devices, sets of transaction data for transactions between merchants and customers, and may use a first machine learning model to assign the customers to clusters based on measures of similarity among the sets of transaction data. The device may determine travel-related data items in a set of transaction data, of the sets of transaction data, associated with a set of customers assigned to a particular cluster, and may use a second machine learning model to identify a travel experience that has a threshold likelihood of being of interest to the set of customers. The device may receive offers relating to the travel experience, and may provide, to customer devices associated with customers of the set of customers, travel offer packages that include at least one of the offers relating to the travel experience.
Inventors: Matthew Reedy (Richmond), Andrew Marr (Midlothian, Virginia), Lin Ward (Midlothian, Virginia), Noble Ozoka (Richmond)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
Feb. 22, 2022

Dynamic transaction metadata validation adjustment based on network conditions
Patent No. 11,257,083
Methods, systems, and apparatuses are described herein for the direct sharing and use of transaction data separately from transaction authorization processes. Transaction metadata associated with a transaction may be received and validated. Authorization information corresponding to the transaction may be received. The degree to which the transaction metadata is tested may be based on a predicted time of receipt of the authorization information. The transaction metadata and authorization information may be correlated. A computing device may determine whether to authorize the financial transaction based on the authorization information and the correlated transaction metadata. All or portions of the transaction metadata may be provided to one or more users after the transaction has been authorized or denied.
Inventors: Wesley Perkins (Henrico, Virginia), Venkata Satya Sriram Kalyan Namuduri (Glen Allen, Virginia), David Ross (Richmond), Andrew Coulson (Washington, D.C.), Hunter Roberts (Henrico, Virginia)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
Feb. 22, 2022

Devices and methods for high frequency electroporation
Patent No. 11,254,926
The present invention provides systems, methods, and devices for electroporation-based therapies (EBTs). Embodiments provide patient-specific treatment protocols derived by the numerical modeling of 3D reconstructions of target tissue from images taken of the tissue, and optionally accounting for one or more of physical constraints or dynamic tissue properties. The present invention further relates to systems, methods, and devices for delivering bipolar electric pulses for irreversible electroporation exhibiting reduced or no damage to tissue typically associated with an EBT-induced excessive charge delivered to the tissue.
Inventors: Robert E. Neal II (Richmond), Paulo A. Garcia (Cambridge, Massachusetts), Rafael V. Davalos (Blacksburg, Virginia), John H. Rossmeisl (Blacksburg, Virginia), John L. Robertson (Floyd, Virginia)
Assignee: Virginia Tech Intellectual Properties (Blacksburg, Virginia)
Feb. 22, 2022

Bacterial profile to detect fungal taxa abundance in the gut
Patent No. 11,253,554
Disclosed herein are compositions and methods for diagnosing fungal dysbiosis in the gut of a subject with cirrhosis that involves assaying a sample from the subject for bacterial taxa. These compositions and methods are based on the discovery that there is significant correlation between fungal and bacterial diversity in gut microbiota of cirrhotic patients. Therefore, disclosed herein is a method for treating a subject with liver cirrhosis that involves assaying a gut sample from the subject for bacterial taxa to generate a bacterial profile, comparing the bacterial profile to control profiles to predict fungal dysbiosis; and treating the subject for fungal dysbiosis.
Inventors: Jasmohan Bajaj (Richmond), Patrick M. Gillevet (Manassas, Virginia)
Assignee: Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond) & George Mason University (Fairfax, Virginia)
Feb. 22, 2022

Wrinkle treatment
Patent No. 11,253,467
A method of preparing a skin treatment that includes preparing an extract of Arnica montana by mixing Arnica montana with ethyl alcohol, and filtering out the solids thereby resulting in liquid Arnica montana extract. In a first dilution, diluting the liquid Arnica montana extract with distilled water resulting in a first diluted Arnica montana extract. In a second dilution, diluting the first diluted Arnica montana extract with alkaline water resulting in a liquid skin treatment.
Inventors: Stacy Lynn Charlton (Burbank, California), Gary S. Huvard (Richmond), Maura Fierro (Richmond)
Asignee: SLC Skin (Burbank, California)
Feb. 22, 2022

Safety module for a floor cleaning unit
Patent No. 11,253,124
A cleaning unit for cleaning floors comprising a drivetrain, a main controller, a safety module, and one or more cleaning aggregates for cleaning a floor upon which the cleaning unit moves. The main controller may operate the cleaning unit in one of an autonomous mode in which cleaning unit autonomously navigates while cleaning the floor or a manual mode in which the cleaning unit is maneuverable under an applied external force while cleaning the floor. The safety module may be responsive to a plurality of safety inputs such that if a safety input indicates an unsafe condition, the safety module initiates a lockout to stop movement by the cleaning unit. In the autonomous mode, the safety module may be responsive to a first set of safety inputs and in the manual operating mode, the safety module may be responsive to a second set of safety inputs.
Inventors: David M. Knuth (Chesterfield, Virginia), Stephen D. Herr (Richmond), Stephen J. Balas (Midlothan, Virginia), Angelo Sabatino (Muenchwilen, Switzerland), Marcel Graf (Wilen, CH), Andre Baertsch (Rossrueti, Switzerland), Sepp Stary (Balterswil, Switzerland)
Assignee: Diversey (Fort Mill, South Carolina)
Feb. 22, 2022

Tobacco articles and methods
Patent No. 11,252,988
Some embodiments of a tobacco article may include tobacco disposed in a porous matrix. The tobacco article may provide tobacco, tobacco constituents, or both tobacco and tobacco constituents to the consumer’s mouth in the form of particles, liquid, or vapor so as to provide tobacco satisfaction to the consumer. In some circumstances, the tobacco may be integrally molded with a plastic material so that at least a portion of the tobacco is disposed in pores of the matrix.
Inventors: James Arthur Strickland (Richmond), Frank Scott Atchley (Tarpon Springs, Florida)
Assignee: U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Co. (Richmond)
Feb. 22, 2022

Cut and seal method and apparatus
Patent No. 11,254,460
The present disclosure provides an apparatus for forming a stream of individual packets, comprising a folder arranged to form a tubular web structure, a feeder arranged to feed the formed tubular web structure to a nip; a first rotor comprising a first sealing jaw and a knife, a second rotor comprising a second sealing jaw and an anvil, the sealing jaws, the knife and anvil rotating into opposing relation at the nip so as to form a severed, completed packet beyond the nip. The apparatus includes an open ended packet catcher adjacent the first and second rotors, which is arranged to catch the severed, completed packets beyond the nip whereby a stream of packets is established. The packet catcher includes a stripper disposed in a proximal location to at least one of the anvil, the knife and the sealing jaws when the anvil, the knife and/or the sealing jaws are rotated beyond the nip, whereby, should a completed packet stick to any of the anvil, the knife and/or the sealing jaws, the stripper is operative to free the stuck packet from the anvil, the knife and/or the sealing jaw. The present disclosure provides a fin sealer and method to seal a radially outwardly directed fin of a tubular web structure by directing the fin through a nip between a first and a second fin sealing rollers while communicating heat to the fin through at least one of the fin sealing rollers, the fin sealer being further arranged to maintain a nominal face-to-face relation between an outer annulus of the first fin sealing roller and an outer annulus of the second fin sealing roller with a flexible connection between a hub element of the second fin sealing roller with the outer annulus of the second fin sealing roller. A cooling system is also provided, which is operative upon one of the rotors of a cut and seal station.
Inventors: Jarrod W. Chalkley (Mechanicsville, Virginia), James D. Evans (Chesterfield, Virginia), Thien Hoang Nguyen (Glen Allen, Virginia), Patrick S. McElhinney (Midlothian, Virginia)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Feb. 22, 2022

Roll-forming methods for manufacturing roller bearing seal case
Patent No. 11,253,907
A roll-forming manufacturing method of a roller bearing seal case includes (a) roll-forming, from a cylindrical ring, a first profiled ring having a first section extending along cylinder axis of the cylindrical ring and a second section extending from the first section inward toward the cylinder axis, (b) applying outward pressure to the first section, in direction away from the cylinder axis, to round the first section, and (c) roll-forming a second profiled ring from the first profiled ring.
Inventors: Maximilian Linder (Phillipsburg, New Jersey), James Myers (Chesterfield, Virginia)
Assignee: Inno-Spin (Phillipsburg, New Jersey)
Feb. 22, 2022

Spa with air intake system
Patent No. 11,253,427
A spa has an insulated cabinet with an uninsulated shell disposed therein. A filter assembly is downstream of a water intake. A heater is downstream of the filter assembly and a pump is downstream of the heater. A diversion line is in fluid line connection with an outlet of the pump. An ozonizor is in fluid communication with the diversion line. The filter assembly is coupled to the diversion line. A data processing system is coupled to the heater, pump, a control panel and a temperature sensor, wherein the data processing system responsive to when the actual temperature of an amount of water in the shell is a magnitude in degrees below a set temperature 1) turns the heater off if it is on or does not turn the heater on if it is already off and 2) turns the pump on if it is off or if it is already running does not turn the pump off.
Inventors: Richard T. French (Chesterfield, Virginia)
Assignee: Barefoot Spas (Chesterfield, Virginia)
Feb. 22, 2022

Packaging sleeve
Patent No. 11,252,998
The package includes a first sleeve, the first sleeve including, a first front panel and a first back panel that oppose each other, a first side panel and a second side panel that oppose each other, and at least one first top panel that at least partially assists in closing a first end of the first sleeve. A respective free edge of the first front panel, the first back panel, the first side panel and the second side panel collectively define a first opening at a second end of the first sleeve. The first front panel, the first back panel, the first side panel and the second side panel collectively form a first rounded corner and a second rounded corner on the first end of the first sleeve.
Inventors: Scott Fath (Henrico, Virginia), Ryan J. Sousa (Mechanicsville, Virginia), Steven R. Rinehart (Chesterfield, Virginia)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Feb. 22, 2022

Systems and methods for configuring a mobile device to automatically initiate payments
Patent No. 11,257,062
The disclosed embodiments include a mobile client device for automatically performing a mobile financial service function, including a memory storing software instructions, the software instructions including a mobile financial service application configured to perform financial service processes. The system may also include and one or more processors configured to execute the software instructions to detect a physical action performed on the mobile client device, and determine a first financial service function to perform based on the detected physical action, wherein the first financial service function is a function provided by the mobile financial service application. The one or more processors may also determine whether verification of a user is required, verify the user if verification of the user is required, and automatically initiate the first financial service function.
Inventors: Lawrence Douglas (McLean, Virginia), Paul Moreton (Glen Allen, Virginia)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
Feb. 22, 2022

Heat sealable coating with filler
Patent No. 11,255,050
A coating for paperboard includes polyethylene outer layers and a polyethylene inner layer with calcium carbonate filler. In addition to the lower cost, benefits include a surprising better heat sealing behavior compared with a coating of polyethylene alone.
Inventors: Chitai C. Yang (Mechanicsville, Virginia), Rahul Bhardwaj (Glen Allen, Virginia), Chester E. Alkiewicz (Glen Allen, Virginia)
Assignee: Westrock MWV (Atlanta, Georgia)
Feb. 22, 2022

Therapeutic bacteriophage compositions
Patent No. 11,253,557
The present invention relates to a bacteriophage composition comprising one or more (suitably two or more, or three) bacteriophages selected from Sa87, J-Sa36, Sa83, J-Sa37, or mutants thereof, use of the same for medical or non-medical applications, kits, bandage, and wound dressing comprising the same.
Inventors: Karen Joy Shaw (Glen Allen, Virginia), Sandra P. Morales (Sydney, Australia), Gillian Mearns (Sydney, Australia), Deborah A. Rankin (Sydney, Australia), Frenk Smrekar (Ljubjlana, SIovenia)
Assignee: Armata Pharmaceuticals (Marina del Rey, California)
Feb. 22, 2022

Fishing reel spool line clasp
Patent No. 11,252,950
A clasp is fixed onto a reel and may be original equipment in the reel, or alternatively, the spool may be a replacement or supplemental spool for use in an existing reel. The spool component of a reel includes a central core with flanges on each side to retain a line wound thereon. The spool is intended to be rotated/spun in the reel or alternatively fixed where the line feeder rotates around the spool. The clasp may be positioned on the surface of the core or on the inside surface of one of the side flanges. This way, a fishing line is anchored on the inside of a spool as the line is wound around and builds up outwardly in the spool.
Inventors: Mitchell W. Grant (Mechanicsville, Virginia)
Assignee: N/A
Feb. 22, 2022

Antimicrobial solid surfaces and treatments and processes for preparing the same
Patent No. 11,252,958
Provided is an antimicrobial non-isotactic polymer based hard or semi-flexible surface in a thermoset and/or thermoplastic resin matrix wherein the active antimicrobial ingredient is copper oxide. Processes for preparing the same and applications thereof are also described.
Inventors: Kenneth Gauthier Trinder II (Norfolk, Virginia), Vikram Kanmukhla (Henrico, Virginia)
Assignee: Cupron (Richmond)
Feb. 22, 2022

Tongue for rod forming apparatus, tongue support assembly with tongue, rod forming apparatus with tongue, and method thereof
Patent No. 11,252,989
The tongue includes a major body, where the major body has a first longitudinal length that runs from a first end to a second end of the major body. The major body includes a first channel defined along a first edge of the major body, and a second channel defined along a second edge of the major body. The first channel and the second channel is hollow and runs substantially along the first longitudinal length from the first end to the second end of the major body. The first channel and the second channel oppose each other and face away from each other. The tongue support assembly and the rod forming apparatus include the tongue. The method aligns the tongue with a lower plate of a compression box.
Inventors: Charles David Howe (Crewe, Virginia), Dwight D. Williams (Powhatan, Virginia)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Feb. 22, 2022

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