The R&D Dept.: Local patent roundup for 3.23.22

Chimeric vaccine antigens for anaplasmosis
Patent No. 11,273,213
Provided herein are chimeric recombinant polypeptides (chimeritopes) for use in vaccines against Anaplasmosis, in assays for diagnosing Anaplasmosis and in assays for measuring antibody titers induced by vaccination. The chimeritopes comprise, for example, antigenic segments of three Anaplasma proteins (OmpA, AipA and Asp14) and a non-antigenic segment of a Borrelia Osp protein (e.g. OspC) that is 10 amino acids in length, proline rich and random coil in conformation. Compositions comprising the chimeritopes, optionally in combination with additional Anaplasma proteins of interest, are also provided, as are methods of using the compositions as vaccines and diagnostic tools.
Inventors: Richard T. Marconi (Midlothian, Virginia), Jason A. Carlyon (Richmond)
Assignee: Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond)
March 15, 2022

Metal detection device and methods of operation thereof
Patent No. 11,272,857
Disclosed are methods and devices for detecting retained surgical items or other objects having a magnetic signature within a corpus of a patient. The device can comprise a handle, a shaft extending from the handle, and a distal sensing portion positioned distally of the shaft. The distal sensing portion can comprise one or more gradiometers comprising a plurality of magnetometers. The device can further comprise one or more output components configured to generate a user output to alert a user of a detected object.
Inventors: Luke W. Clauson (Reno, Nevada), Matthew Byrnes Newell (Reno, Nevada), Nicholas G. Lewis (Sparks, Nevada), Michael A. Raye (Reno, Nevada), Jesse D. Adams (Reno, Nevada), Samuel A. Weprin (Richmond)
Assignee: Melzi Corp. (Reno, Nevada)
March 15, 2022

Vaporizer assembly for e-vaping device
Patent No. 11,272,736
A vaporizer assembly for an e-vaping device includes a heater coil structure, a set of electrical lead structures coupled to opposite ends of the heater coil structure, and a non-conductive connector structure connected to each of the electrical lead structures, such that the electrical lead structures are coupled together independently of the heater coil structure. The vaporizer assembly may contact a dispensing interface structure through the heater coil structure. The vaporizer assembly may heat pre-vapor formulation drawn from a reservoir by the dispensing interface. The heater coil structure may define a surface, and the vaporizer assembly may apply a mechanical force to the dispensing interface structure, such that the heater coil structure is in compression with the dispensing interface structure and the heater coil structure surface is substantially flush with a surface of the dispensing interface structure. The heater coil structure may define a three-dimensional surface.
Inventors: Ali A. Rostami (Richmond)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
March 15, 2022

Method and system for redirecting a financial transaction
Patent No. 11,276,113
A system and method for redirecting a financial transaction from one account held by a customer at a first issuer to a second account held by the customer at a second issuer comprising receiving a customer request for redirection, identifying the second account to which transactions should be redirected, providing redirection information to a transaction entity, receiving terms for a financial transaction, and performing the financial transaction with respect to the second account.
Inventors: Tad Czyzewski (Arlington, Virginia), Jeffrey J. Wadlin (Great Falls, Virginia), Bill Biggins (Glen Allen, Virginia), Christopher R. Burks (Midlothian, Virginia), Vinod Shenai (Glen Allen, Virginia)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
March 15, 2022

Culvert to ditch transitioning device
Patent No. 11,274,406
A culvert to ditch transitioning device for lining a ditch proximate to an end of a culvert includes an end panel, which has an orifice positioned therein, and a pair of side panels. A terminal segment of the culvert, which extends into the ditch, can be inserted through the orifice so that a first face of the end panel is in substantial abutment with an end embankment of the ditch. Each side panel is coupled to a respective opposed end of the end panel and extends substantially perpendicularly therefrom. The pair of the side panels lines side embankments of the ditch, proximate to the end embankment. The end embankment and the lined portions of the side embankments thus no longer require lawn care, such as mowing, trimming, and weeding.
Inventors: Johnny Brown (Midlothian, Virginia)
Assignee: N/A
March 15, 2022

Composite scaffold for the repair, reconstruction, and regeneration of soft tissues
Patent No. 11,273,026
A composite scaffold having a highly porous interior with increased surface area and void volume is surrounded by a flexible support structure that substantially maintains its three-dimensional shape under tension and provides mechanical reinforcement during repair or reconstruction of soft tissue while simultaneously facilitating regeneration of functional tissue.
Inventors: Kevin A. Rocco (New Haven, Connecticut), Bhavana Mohanraj (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), Jeffrey Ott (New Haven, Connecticut), Justin Bendigo (Reading, Pennsylvania), Jacob Edward Komenda (New Haven, Connecticut), Mark Theodore Aronson (Midlothian, Virginia), Andrew James Carter (Stow, Massacusetts)
Assignee: Biorez (New Haven, Connecticut)
March 15, 2022

Mountable video player apparatus
Patent No. 11,277,582
A mountable video player apparatus for placing video content in photo albums, scrap books, year books, and art includes a housing having a housing front side, a housing back side, a housing top side, a housing bottom side, a housing left side, and a housing right side defining a housing inside. An adhesive layer is coupled to the housing back side to secure the apparatus to a page. A CPU is coupled within the housing inside. A memory chip and a battery are coupled within the housing inside and are in operational communication with the CPU. A display screen is coupled to the housing front side and is in operational communication with the CPU. A plurality of control buttons is coupled within the housing front side and is in operational communication with the CPU.
Inventors: Stephanie J. Henry (Goochland, Virginia)
Assignee: N/A
March 15, 2022

Aramid copolymer yarn having low residual sulfur
Patent No. 11,279,800
The present invention concerns yarn comprising polymer, the polymer comprising imidazole groups, the yarn having a sulfur content of 0.01 to 3.0 percent by weight, based on weight of the yarn, the yarn having a tenacity of 30 cN/dtex (33.3 gpd) or higher.
Inventors: Christopher William Newton (Richmond), David J. Rodini (Midlothian, Virginia), Joseph Lenning Lowery (Midlothian, Virginia), Steven R. Allen (Midlothian, Virginia), Vlodek Gabara (Richmond)
Assignee: Dupont Safety & Construction (Wilmington, Delaware)
March 22, 2022

Driver rebound plate for a fastening tool
Patent No. 11,279,013
A driver rebound plate to prevent a fastener driver from rebounding into the drive path and striking additional fasteners at the end of a drive cycle. The driver rebound plate is formed from an elongated body having a mounting portion at a first end and a bearing portion at a second end. A retaining portion is disposed between the mounting portion and the bearing portion and is adjacent to the mounting portion. An impact portion designed to receive the impact of a driver during a return stroke is disposed between the retaining portion and the bearing portion. The impact portion is bent at an oblique angle with respect to the drive axis.
Inventors: Erin Elizabeth Jaskot (Richmond), Stuart E. Garber (Towson, Maryland), Dustin L. DeMarr (Nottingham, Maryland)
Assignee: Black & Decker (New Britain, Connecticut)
March 22, 2022

Utilizing a machine learning model to predict metrics for an application development process
Patent No. 11,281,708
A device receives historical application creation data that includes data associated with creation of a plurality of applications, and processes the historical application creation data, with one or more data processing techniques, to generate processed historical application creation data. The device trains a machine learning model, with the processed historical application creation data, to generate a trained machine learning model, and receives new application data associated with a new application to be created. The device processes the new application data, with the trained machine learning model, to generate one or more predictions associated with the new application, and performs one or more actions based on the one or more predictions associated with the new application.
Inventors: Vijayalakshmi Natarajan (Glen Allen, Virginia), Omari Felix (Chesterfield, Virginia)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
March 22, 2022

Multi-axis roll-forming methods, systems, and products
Patent No. 11,278,946
A multi-axis roll-forming method includes simultaneously (a) spinning, about a rotation axis, a spin platter having placed thereon a ring encircling the rotation axis, (b) pressing at least one first roller against outward-facing surface of a first portion of the ring to press the first portion against an outward-facing surface of the spin platter, and (c) forcing a second roller against an outward-facing surface of a second portion of the ring to bend toward the rotation axis the second portion, so as to form a lip extending toward the rotation axis, wherein the step of forcing includes (i) pivoting the second roller against the second portion, and (ii) translating the second roller along the second portion toward the rotation axis.
Inventors: Maximilian Linder (Phillipsburg, New Jersey), Brian Ford (Moseley, Virginia), James Myers (Chesterfield, Virginia)
Assignee: Inno-Spin (Phillipsburg, New Jersey)
March 22, 2022

Methods and systems for collecting survey feedback data
Patent No. 11,282,096
Methods and systems for collecting feedback data. An application programming interface (API)-based survey feedback dashboard can be prepared for storing survey feedback data for an API-based survey, the API-based survey feedback dashboard capable of collecting survey feedback data comprising single choice feedback data, multi choice feedback data, or free form feedback data, or any combination thereof. A universally unique identifier (UUID) that links survey meta information and/or survey structural information with incoming survey feedback data can be generated, such that the UUID is available using the API. The survey feedback data can be collected using the API and the UUID.
Inventors: Elijah Stull (Glen Allen, Virginia)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
March 22, 2022

Instrument conveyance using a shuttle
Patent No. 11,279,571
A system for instrument conveyance may include at least one handling unit configured to dispense or accept instruments; at least one head unit configured to obtain input from a user in connection with a transaction involving instruments, where the at least one head unit includes a presentation opening between an interior side and an exterior side of the at least one head unit; a transportation system disposed between the at least one handling unit and the at least one head unit; and a shuttle device configured to transport instruments between the at least one handling unit and the at least one head unit via the transportation system, where the shuttle device includes an internal compartment for containing instruments, and where the shuttle device is configured to expose the internal compartment to the exterior side of the at least one head unit via the presentation opening.
Inventors: Steve Faletti (Brooklyn, New York), David Kelly Wurmfeld (Fairfax, Virginia), Scott R. Neilson (Glen Allen, Virginia)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
March 22, 2022

Moist tobacco product and method of making
Patent No. 11,278,049
A portioned moist tobacco product with a super-hydrated membrane coating and method of manufacturing is disclosed. The super-hydrated membrane coating is formed by ionic cross-linking using two polymers. The soluble component of the super-hydrated membrane coating dissolves upon placement in the mouth, while the insoluble component maintains the tobacco within the coating for the duration of the use of the product. The moist tobacco product is soft and flexible so as to fit comfortably in an oral cavity when placed therein.
Inventors: Munmaya K. Mishra (Manakin Sabot, Virginia), William R. Sweeney (Richmond), Shensheng Liu (Richmond), Kenneth A. Newman (Prince George, Virginia), Steven J. Hovjacky (Chester, Virginia)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA (Richmond)
March 22, 2022

Text-to-speech modeling
Patent No. 11,282,524
A device may receive a set of audio data files corresponding to a set of calls, wherein the set of audio data files includes digital representations of one or more segments of respective calls of the set of calls, and wherein the set of calls includes audio data relating to a particular industry. The device may receive a set of transcripts corresponding to the set of audio data files. The device may determine a plurality of text-audio pairs within the set of calls, wherein a text-audio pair, of the plurality of text-audio pairs, comprises: a digital representation of a segment a call of the set of calls, and a corresponding excerpt of text from the set of transcripts. The device may train, using a machine learning process, an industry-specific text-to-speech model, tailored for the particular industry, based on the plurality of text-audio pairs.
Inventors: Abhishek Dube (Henrico, Virginia)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
March 22, 2022

Chimeric vaccine antigens for anaplasmosis
Patent No. 11,273,213
Provided herein are chimeric recombinant polypeptides (chimeritopes) for use in vaccines against Anaplasmosis, in assays for diagnosing Anaplasmosis and in assays for measuring antibody titers induced by vaccination. The chimeritopes comprise, for example, antigenic segments of three Anaplasma proteins (OmpA, AipA and Asp14) and a non-antigenic segment of a Borrelia Osp protein (e.g. OspC) that is 10 amino acids in length, proline rich and random coil in conformation. Compositions comprising the chimeritopes, optionally in combination with additional Anaplasma proteins of interest, are also provided, as are methods of using the compositions as vaccines and diagnostic tools.
Inventors: Richard T. Marconi (Midlothian, Virginia), Jason A. Carlyon (Richmond)
Assignee: Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond)
March 15, 2022

Metal detection device and methods of operation thereof
Patent No. 11,272,857
Disclosed are methods and devices for detecting retained surgical items or other objects having a magnetic signature within a corpus of a patient. The device can comprise a handle, a shaft extending from the handle, and a distal sensing portion positioned distally of the shaft. The distal sensing portion can comprise one or more gradiometers comprising a plurality of magnetometers. The device can further comprise one or more output components configured to generate a user output to alert a user of a detected object.
Inventors: Luke W. Clauson (Reno, Nevada), Matthew Byrnes Newell (Reno, Nevada), Nicholas G. Lewis (Sparks, Nevada), Michael A. Raye (Reno, Nevada), Jesse D. Adams (Reno, Nevada), Samuel A. Weprin (Richmond)
Assignee: Melzi Corp. (Reno, Nevada)
March 15, 2022

Vaporizer assembly for e-vaping device
Patent No. 11,272,736
A vaporizer assembly for an e-vaping device includes a heater coil structure, a set of electrical lead structures coupled to opposite ends of the heater coil structure, and a non-conductive connector structure connected to each of the electrical lead structures, such that the electrical lead structures are coupled together independently of the heater coil structure. The vaporizer assembly may contact a dispensing interface structure through the heater coil structure. The vaporizer assembly may heat pre-vapor formulation drawn from a reservoir by the dispensing interface. The heater coil structure may define a surface, and the vaporizer assembly may apply a mechanical force to the dispensing interface structure, such that the heater coil structure is in compression with the dispensing interface structure and the heater coil structure surface is substantially flush with a surface of the dispensing interface structure. The heater coil structure may define a three-dimensional surface.
Inventors: Ali A. Rostami (Richmond)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
March 15, 2022

Method and system for redirecting a financial transaction
Patent No. 11,276,113
A system and method for redirecting a financial transaction from one account held by a customer at a first issuer to a second account held by the customer at a second issuer comprising receiving a customer request for redirection, identifying the second account to which transactions should be redirected, providing redirection information to a transaction entity, receiving terms for a financial transaction, and performing the financial transaction with respect to the second account.
Inventors: Tad Czyzewski (Arlington, Virginia), Jeffrey J. Wadlin (Great Falls, Virginia), Bill Biggins (Glen Allen, Virginia), Christopher R. Burks (Midlothian, Virginia), Vinod Shenai (Glen Allen, Virginia)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
March 15, 2022

Culvert to ditch transitioning device
Patent No. 11,274,406
A culvert to ditch transitioning device for lining a ditch proximate to an end of a culvert includes an end panel, which has an orifice positioned therein, and a pair of side panels. A terminal segment of the culvert, which extends into the ditch, can be inserted through the orifice so that a first face of the end panel is in substantial abutment with an end embankment of the ditch. Each side panel is coupled to a respective opposed end of the end panel and extends substantially perpendicularly therefrom. The pair of the side panels lines side embankments of the ditch, proximate to the end embankment. The end embankment and the lined portions of the side embankments thus no longer require lawn care, such as mowing, trimming, and weeding.
Inventors: Johnny Brown (Midlothian, Virginia)
Assignee: N/A
March 15, 2022

Composite scaffold for the repair, reconstruction, and regeneration of soft tissues
Patent No. 11,273,026
A composite scaffold having a highly porous interior with increased surface area and void volume is surrounded by a flexible support structure that substantially maintains its three-dimensional shape under tension and provides mechanical reinforcement during repair or reconstruction of soft tissue while simultaneously facilitating regeneration of functional tissue.
Inventors: Kevin A. Rocco (New Haven, Connecticut), Bhavana Mohanraj (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), Jeffrey Ott (New Haven, Connecticut), Justin Bendigo (Reading, Pennsylvania), Jacob Edward Komenda (New Haven, Connecticut), Mark Theodore Aronson (Midlothian, Virginia), Andrew James Carter (Stow, Massacusetts)
Assignee: Biorez (New Haven, Connecticut)
March 15, 2022

Mountable video player apparatus
Patent No. 11,277,582
A mountable video player apparatus for placing video content in photo albums, scrap books, year books, and art includes a housing having a housing front side, a housing back side, a housing top side, a housing bottom side, a housing left side, and a housing right side defining a housing inside. An adhesive layer is coupled to the housing back side to secure the apparatus to a page. A CPU is coupled within the housing inside. A memory chip and a battery are coupled within the housing inside and are in operational communication with the CPU. A display screen is coupled to the housing front side and is in operational communication with the CPU. A plurality of control buttons is coupled within the housing front side and is in operational communication with the CPU.
Inventors: Stephanie J. Henry (Goochland, Virginia)
Assignee: N/A
March 15, 2022

Aramid copolymer yarn having low residual sulfur
Patent No. 11,279,800
The present invention concerns yarn comprising polymer, the polymer comprising imidazole groups, the yarn having a sulfur content of 0.01 to 3.0 percent by weight, based on weight of the yarn, the yarn having a tenacity of 30 cN/dtex (33.3 gpd) or higher.
Inventors: Christopher William Newton (Richmond), David J. Rodini (Midlothian, Virginia), Joseph Lenning Lowery (Midlothian, Virginia), Steven R. Allen (Midlothian, Virginia), Vlodek Gabara (Richmond)
Assignee: Dupont Safety & Construction (Wilmington, Delaware)
March 22, 2022

Driver rebound plate for a fastening tool
Patent No. 11,279,013
A driver rebound plate to prevent a fastener driver from rebounding into the drive path and striking additional fasteners at the end of a drive cycle. The driver rebound plate is formed from an elongated body having a mounting portion at a first end and a bearing portion at a second end. A retaining portion is disposed between the mounting portion and the bearing portion and is adjacent to the mounting portion. An impact portion designed to receive the impact of a driver during a return stroke is disposed between the retaining portion and the bearing portion. The impact portion is bent at an oblique angle with respect to the drive axis.
Inventors: Erin Elizabeth Jaskot (Richmond), Stuart E. Garber (Towson, Maryland), Dustin L. DeMarr (Nottingham, Maryland)
Assignee: Black & Decker (New Britain, Connecticut)
March 22, 2022

Utilizing a machine learning model to predict metrics for an application development process
Patent No. 11,281,708
A device receives historical application creation data that includes data associated with creation of a plurality of applications, and processes the historical application creation data, with one or more data processing techniques, to generate processed historical application creation data. The device trains a machine learning model, with the processed historical application creation data, to generate a trained machine learning model, and receives new application data associated with a new application to be created. The device processes the new application data, with the trained machine learning model, to generate one or more predictions associated with the new application, and performs one or more actions based on the one or more predictions associated with the new application.
Inventors: Vijayalakshmi Natarajan (Glen Allen, Virginia), Omari Felix (Chesterfield, Virginia)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
March 22, 2022

Multi-axis roll-forming methods, systems, and products
Patent No. 11,278,946
A multi-axis roll-forming method includes simultaneously (a) spinning, about a rotation axis, a spin platter having placed thereon a ring encircling the rotation axis, (b) pressing at least one first roller against outward-facing surface of a first portion of the ring to press the first portion against an outward-facing surface of the spin platter, and (c) forcing a second roller against an outward-facing surface of a second portion of the ring to bend toward the rotation axis the second portion, so as to form a lip extending toward the rotation axis, wherein the step of forcing includes (i) pivoting the second roller against the second portion, and (ii) translating the second roller along the second portion toward the rotation axis.
Inventors: Maximilian Linder (Phillipsburg, New Jersey), Brian Ford (Moseley, Virginia), James Myers (Chesterfield, Virginia)
Assignee: Inno-Spin (Phillipsburg, New Jersey)
March 22, 2022

Methods and systems for collecting survey feedback data
Patent No. 11,282,096
Methods and systems for collecting feedback data. An application programming interface (API)-based survey feedback dashboard can be prepared for storing survey feedback data for an API-based survey, the API-based survey feedback dashboard capable of collecting survey feedback data comprising single choice feedback data, multi choice feedback data, or free form feedback data, or any combination thereof. A universally unique identifier (UUID) that links survey meta information and/or survey structural information with incoming survey feedback data can be generated, such that the UUID is available using the API. The survey feedback data can be collected using the API and the UUID.
Inventors: Elijah Stull (Glen Allen, Virginia)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
March 22, 2022

Instrument conveyance using a shuttle
Patent No. 11,279,571
A system for instrument conveyance may include at least one handling unit configured to dispense or accept instruments; at least one head unit configured to obtain input from a user in connection with a transaction involving instruments, where the at least one head unit includes a presentation opening between an interior side and an exterior side of the at least one head unit; a transportation system disposed between the at least one handling unit and the at least one head unit; and a shuttle device configured to transport instruments between the at least one handling unit and the at least one head unit via the transportation system, where the shuttle device includes an internal compartment for containing instruments, and where the shuttle device is configured to expose the internal compartment to the exterior side of the at least one head unit via the presentation opening.
Inventors: Steve Faletti (Brooklyn, New York), David Kelly Wurmfeld (Fairfax, Virginia), Scott R. Neilson (Glen Allen, Virginia)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
March 22, 2022

Moist tobacco product and method of making
Patent No. 11,278,049
A portioned moist tobacco product with a super-hydrated membrane coating and method of manufacturing is disclosed. The super-hydrated membrane coating is formed by ionic cross-linking using two polymers. The soluble component of the super-hydrated membrane coating dissolves upon placement in the mouth, while the insoluble component maintains the tobacco within the coating for the duration of the use of the product. The moist tobacco product is soft and flexible so as to fit comfortably in an oral cavity when placed therein.
Inventors: Munmaya K. Mishra (Manakin Sabot, Virginia), William R. Sweeney (Richmond), Shensheng Liu (Richmond), Kenneth A. Newman (Prince George, Virginia), Steven J. Hovjacky (Chester, Virginia)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA (Richmond)
March 22, 2022

Text-to-speech modeling
Patent No. 11,282,524
A device may receive a set of audio data files corresponding to a set of calls, wherein the set of audio data files includes digital representations of one or more segments of respective calls of the set of calls, and wherein the set of calls includes audio data relating to a particular industry. The device may receive a set of transcripts corresponding to the set of audio data files. The device may determine a plurality of text-audio pairs within the set of calls, wherein a text-audio pair, of the plurality of text-audio pairs, comprises: a digital representation of a segment a call of the set of calls, and a corresponding excerpt of text from the set of transcripts. The device may train, using a machine learning process, an industry-specific text-to-speech model, tailored for the particular industry, based on the plurality of text-audio pairs.
Inventors: Abhishek Dube (Henrico, Virginia)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
March 22, 2022

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