The R&D Dept.: Local patent roundup for 6.1.22

Importance sketching of influence dynamics in massive-scale networks
Patent No. 11,341,585
A hyper-graph sketching framework receives graph data set to generate non-singular reverse cascades in a network to assess influence dynamics therein. A high-quality influence oracle for seed sets uses the resulting sketch data set generated from the non-singular reverse cascades to output estimation of influence.
Inventors: Thang N. Dinh (Richmond), Hung T. Nguyen (Richmond)
Assignee: Virginia Commonwealth University Intellectual Property Foundation (Richmond)
May 24, 2022

Methods and systems for template generation
Patent No. 11,341,193
A computer-implemented method for template generation may include: receiving a first plurality of variables, each of the first plurality of variables specifying a feature to be implemented in a new template for document generation; for each of a plurality of existing templates for document generation, determining a degree of similarity between the first plurality of variables and a plurality of variables included in the respective existing template; upon determining that none of the degrees of similarity respectively determined for the plurality of existing templates satisfies a similarity threshold, determining that a combination of variables from two or more of the plurality of existing templates has a degree of similarity with the first plurality of variables satisfying the similarity threshold; and generating the new template based on the two or more of the plurality of existing templates.
Inventors: Curtis Holt (Richmond)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
May 24, 2022

Process for forming a yarn comprising bicomponent filaments
Patent No. 11,339,508
A yarn comprising a plurality of bicomponent filaments having a first region comprising a first polymer composition and a second region comprising a second polymer composition, each of the first and second regions being distinct in the bicomponent filaments; each bicomponent filament comprising 5 to 60 weight percent of the first polymer composition and 95 to 40 weight percent of the second polymer composition; wherein the first polymer composition comprises aramid polymer containing 0.5 to 20 weight percent discrete homogeneously dispersed carbon particles and the second polymer composition comprises modacrylic polymer being free of discrete carbon particles; the yarn having a total content of 0.1 to 5 weight percent discrete carbon particles.
Inventors: Mark William Andersen (Charlottesville, Virginia), Mark T. Aronson (Midlothian, Virginia), Christopher William Newton (Richmond), Thomas Wayne Steinruck (Glen Allen, Virginia), B. Lynne Wiseman (Richmond, VA), Reiyao Zhu (Moseley, Virginia)
Assignee: Dupont Safety & Construction (Wilmington, Delaware)
May 24, 2022

Cultured tobacco cells as a matrix for consumable products
Patent No. 11,339,368
Various embodiments are directed to consumable products incorporating a matrix of cultured tobacco cells. Any tobacco variety may be utilized for establishing in vitro tobacco cultures, including native tobacco varieties and genetically modified tobacco varieties derived from any tobacco variety. Various embodiments are directed to methods for producing tobacco products incorporating cellular material and/or extracts derived from tobacco cells cultured in vitro.
Inventors: Alec J. Hayes (Chesterfield, Virginia), Maria Shulleeta (Richmond), Jason Flora (Richmond)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA (Richmond)
May 24, 2022

E-vaping device cartridge with super absorbent polymer
Patent No. 11,338,223
A cartridge for an e-vaping device includes a reservoir configured to hold pre-vapor formulation, a vaporizer assembly configured to draw at least some of the pre-vapor formulation from the reservoir and vaporize the drawn pre-vapor formulation to form a vapor, and a superabsorbent polymer configured to absorb free water from pre-vapor formulation held in the reservoir. The superabsorbent polymer includes a cross-linked polyacrylate copolymer that is substantially inert to the pre-vapor formulation. The superabsorbent polymer may be included in a layer on one or more surfaces in the cartridge. The layer may include the superabsorbent polymer and a binder. The superabsorbent polymer may be included with the pre-vapor formulation in a formulation mixture. The superabsorbent polymer may be included in an interior of at least one element comprising the cartridge. The superabsorbent polymer may be included in a separate compartment in the reservoir.
Inventors: Georgios Karles (Richmond), Erica Sena (Midlothian, Virginia)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
May 24, 2022

Automated hip analysis methods and devices
Patent No. 11,337,760
Femoral version impacts the long-term functioning of the femoroacetabular joint. Accurate measurements of version are required for success in total hip arthroplasties and hip reconstructive surgeries. An automated algorithm is provided for identifying the major landmarks of the femur. These landmarks are then used to identify proximal axes and create a statistical shape model of the proximal femur. With six proximal axes selected, and 200 parameters (distances and angles between points) from the shape model measured, the best-fitting linear correlation is found. The difference between true version and version predicted by this model was 0.00.degree..+-.5.13.degree. with a maximum overestimation and underestimation of 11.80.degree. and 15.35.degree., respectively. This model and its prediction of femoral version are a substantial improvement over pre-operative 2D or intra-operative visual estimation measures. Acetabular orientation is also determined by an automated algorithm using radii of curvature measurements.
Inventors: Nathan J. Veilleux (Richmond), Jennifer S. Wayne (Chesterfield, Virginia), Niraj V. Kalore (Midlothian, Virginia)
Assignee: Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond)
May 24, 2022

Liquid aerosol formulation of an electronic smoking article
Patent No. 11,337,453
A liquid aerosol formulation for an electronic smoking article includes an aerosol former, water, nicotine, and an acid including tartaric acid. The acid is included in an amount sufficient to provide the liquid aerosol formulation with a pH ranging from about 4 to about 8.
Inventors: Peter Lipowicz (Midlothian, Virginia), Pauline Marcq (Richmond), Gerd Kobal (Sandy Hook, Virginia), Munmaya K. Mishra (Manakin Sabot, Virginia), Georgios D.Karles (Richmond), San Li (Midlothian, Virginia)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
May 24, 2022

Systems and methods for phone-based card activation
Patent No. 11,341,480
Example embodiments of systems and methods for data transmission between a contactless card, a client device, and one or more servers are provided. The contactless card may include one or more processors and memory. The memory may include one or more applets. The client device may include one or more processors and memory. The client device may be in data communication with the contactless card. One or more servers may be in data communication with the client device. A first set of information may be transmitted from the contactless card to the client device. The first set of information may include one or more links to activate the contactless card. The client device may be configured to receive the first set of information from the contactless card. Upon validation of the first set of information, the contactless card may be activated.
Inventors: Jeffrey Rule (Chevy Chase, Maryland), Melissa Heng (Glen Allen, Virginia), James Ashfield (Midlothian, Virginia), Colin Hart (Arlington, Virginia), Rajko Ilincic (Annandale, Virginia), Wayne Lutz (Fort Washington, Maryland)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
May 24, 2022

Systems and methods for constructing motion models based on sensor data
Patent No. 11,341,412
This disclosure relates to systems, media, and methods for updating motion models using sensor data. In an embodiment, the system may perform operations including receiving sensor data from at least one motion sensor; generating training data based on at least one annotation associated with the sensor data and at least one data manipulation; receiving at least one experiment parameter; performing a first experiment using the training data and the at least one experiment parameter to generate experiment results; and performing at least one of: update or validate a first motion model based on the experiment results.
Inventors: Frank Fornari (Midlothian, Virginia), Igor Peric (Barcelona, Spain), Alexander Maslennikov (North Potomac, Maryland), Jeffey Rowberg (Salem, Virginia), Dusko Mirkovic (Bijeljina, Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Assignee: BioMech Sensor (Midlothian, Virginia)
May 24, 2022

E-vaping device cartridge with internal infrared sensor
Patent No. 11,343,877
A cartridge for an e-vaping device includes an infrared sensor configured to measure infrared radiation emitted by at least a portion of a heating element coupled to a dispensing interface in the cartridge. The field of view of the infrared sensor may encompass an entirety of the heating element. The infrared sensor may be an infrared light emitting diode. The e-vaping device may include control circuitry configured to determine the temperature of the heating element based on sensor data generated by the infrared sensor and control the electrical power supplied to the cartridge based on the temperature of the heating element. The control circuitry may control the electrical power to maintain the temperature of the heating element below a threshold temperature. The control circuitry may determine the heating element temperature based on accessing at least a portion of the sensor data stored at a storage device in the cartridge.
Inventors: Ed Cadieux (Mechanicsville, Virginia), Barry Smith (Hopewell, Virginia)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
May 24, 2022

Menthol detection on tobacco
Patent No. 11,340,168
A method for detecting mentholated tobacco, comprising irradiating tobacco containing menthol and a fluorescent taggant with radiation and observing the tobacco for fluorescence from the taggant. A system and method for detecting and separating mentholated tobacco from non-mentholated tobacco within a product stream is also provided.
Inventors: Edmond J. Cadieux Jr. (Mechanicsville, Virginia)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond, Virginia)
May 24, 2022

Oral care implement having multi-component handle
Patent No. 11,338,485
A method of forming a handle for an oral care implement. The method may include first forming a core structure out of a first hard plastic. Next, an elongated handle body may be formed out of a second hard plastic, whereby during formation the elongated handle body is made to partially surround the core structure, while leaving opposing surfaces of the core structure exposed. Finally, a grip cover may be formed out of a resilient material and positioned over at least a portion of the elongated handle body. The oral care implement handle formed by the method may include a handle having an elongated handle body and a core structure. The elongated handle body may have openings in opposing surfaces. The core structure may be partially surrounded by the elongated handle body while protruding from the openings.
Inventors: Michael Rooney (Millburn, New Jersey), Eduardo Jimenez (Manalapan, New Jersey), Marco Bohner (Sempach, Switzerland), Robert Moskovich (Manakin-Sabot, Virginia)
Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Co. (New York, New York)
May 24, 2022

Automatic image cropping systems and methods
Patent No. 11,348,248
A system includes one or more memory devices storing instructions, and one or more processors configured to execute the instructions to perform the steps of a method to automatically crop images. The system may convert a raw image into a grayscale image before applying an edge detection operator to the grayscale image to create an edge image. The system may then create a binary image based on the edge image, identify one or more contours in the binary image, and determine one or more contour bounding image areas surrounding the contour(s). Upon identifying contour bounding image area(s) having user-specified dimensional criteria, the system may determine a minimum bounded image area including those area(s), pad the minimum bounded image area, and crop the raw image based on the padded bounded area.
Inventors: Omar Ahmed Ansari (Richmond)
Assignee: CarMax Enterprise Services (Richmond)
May 31, 2022

Methods for optimizing analysis of risk management data and devices thereof
Patent No. 11,348,050
A method, non-transitory computer readable medium, and risk analyzing computing device that obtains condition indication data associated with a medical practice and comprising a plurality of condition indications, a type of the medical practice, and, from a medical malpractice claims source database and via one or more communication networks, medical malpractice claims data for a plurality of medical liability insurance carriers. The condition indication data is compared to the medical malpractice claims data to identify one or more of a plurality of risk issues associated in the medical malpractice claims data with a predetermined number of highest ranked one or more of the condition indications in the condition indication data. One or more recommended risk management interventions associated with the one or more risk issues are provided to the medical practice. Accordingly, this technology efficiently and effectively provides risk management interventions that are aligned with medical practice specialties.
Inventors: Stephen S. Fargis (Richmond)
Assignee: Professional Risk Associates (Midlothian, Virginia)
May 31, 2022

Leak proof container with push lock body and rollover hinge
Patent No. 11,345,508
A leak proof container and a method of forming the container from a blank. The blank includes a bottom panel, first and second side panels at opposing lateral edges of the blank, and opposing end portions located at opposing longitudinal ends of the blank. Each end portion includes an inner end panel, an outer end panel hingedly connected to the inner end panel at hinge portions, and first and second corner panels, each corner panel forming a gusset between one of the side panels and the inner end panel, each gusset including a notch area for receiving one of the hinge portions. First and second locking tabs are defined in the outer end panel. The outer end panel can be folded over the inner end panel to position the hinge portions in the notch areas, and the locking tabs can be positioned between the gussets and the inner end panel.
Inventors: Mark Anthony Wisecarver (Morristown, Tennessee), James William Sloan II (Edgefield, South Carolina), Kenneth Calvin Hyatt (Springdale, Arizona), Jade Kiara Housewirth (Richmond)
Assignee: International Paper Co. (Memphis, Tennessee)
May 31, 2022

E-vaping cartridge and device
Patent No. 11,344,065
Example embodiments relate to a cartridge including a housing, a pre-vapor formulation reservoir configured to store a pre-vapor formulation in the housing, a vaporizer, and an airflow diverter. The vaporizer may be configured to vaporize the pre-vapor formulation. The vaporizer may include a heater and a wick, the wick may be in fluid communication with the pre-vapor formulation reservoir, and the heater may be configured to vaporize at least a portion of the pre-vapor formulation in the wick to form a vapor. The heater may be positioned in a transverse direction in the housing, and the airflow diverter may be located on an opposite side of the heater relative to a mouth-end portion.
Inventors: David Kane (Richmond)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
May 31, 2022

System and methods for temporary transaction processing
Patent No. 11,348,111
In one embodiment, a system comprises a database configured to store at least one record, at least one network communication device, a storage device comprising instructions, and at least one processor configured to execute the instructions to perform a method. The method may comprise receiving a fraud communication associated with a first primary account number, calculating one or more limitations associated with the first primary account number based on an account associated with the first primary account number, and storing a database record including the first primary account number, a new primary account number, and the limitation(s). The method may further comprise receiving a transaction request including a second primary account number, and comparing the second primary account number to the at least one record. The method may also comprise, based on the comparing, enabling the transaction request to proceed, declining the transaction, or disabling the first primary account number.
Inventors: Daniel Beck (Arlington, Virginia), Lawrence Douglas (McLean, Virginia), Jeffrey Samitt (Glen Allen, Virginia)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
May 31, 2022

Key broker for a network monitoring device, and applications thereof
Patent No. 11,349,647
A key broker monitors network traffic metadata and determines which decryption keys are required at one or more packet brokers in order to decrypt relevant traffic required by various network monitoring devices. The key broker retrieves the required keys from a secure keystore distributes them, as needed, to the network packet brokers, and dynamically updates the decryption keys stored in the network packet brokers in response to changes in network traffic.
Inventors: John Watson (Falls Church, Virginia), Christopher Roosenraad (Vienna, Virginia), Peter P. Kofira (Powhatan, Virginia), Travis Scheponik (Midlothian, Virginia), Aaron Eppert (Lawrenceburg, Indiana)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
May 31, 2022

Printable cling-type document
Patent No. 11,345,133
A printable cling-type document comprises a planar paper layer having a front side and a rear side, a planar cling layer having a front side and a rear side, and a planar backing layer having a front side and a rear side. The front side of the cling layer is affixed to the rear side of the paper layer. The front side of the backing layer is adhered to and selectively removable from the rear side of the cling layer.
Inventors: Benjamin L. Brown (Carrollton, Virginia), Joel Tawes (Midlothian, Virginia), Joshua Tawes (Smithfield, Virginia), Ray Sun (Plano, Texas)
Assignee: Accelerated Productions (Smithfield, Virginia)
May 31, 2022

Compactor device and conveyer system comprising such compactor device, and corresponding compacting and packing methods
Patent No. 11,345,490
A compactor device for compacting a product filling in a container, like a packing box, includes a container support allowing shaking and/or vibrating the container when supported on the container support. The support includes compactor roller bars arranged parallel in a direction transverse to a conveying direction and to support the container. Each compactor roller bar has a rotation axis and a circumferential surface to allow moving the container with a product filling supported on the rollers bars up and down at a selected frequency when, in operation, rotating the compactor roller bars of the plurality of compactor roller bars. The compactor device further has a stopper arrangement blocking conveying the container by the compactor roller bars, and a pressing arrangement with a press to press downwards onto the product filling within the container while, in operation, compacting the product by rotating the compactor roller bars.
Inventors: Nicolaas Martin Prakken (Chester, Virginia), Vincentius Alphonsus Jozef Peters (Baarn, Netherlands)
Assignee: Blueprint Holding (Woerden, Netherlands)
May 31, 2022

Importance sketching of influence dynamics in massive-scale networks
Patent No. 11,341,585
A hyper-graph sketching framework receives graph data set to generate non-singular reverse cascades in a network to assess influence dynamics therein. A high-quality influence oracle for seed sets uses the resulting sketch data set generated from the non-singular reverse cascades to output estimation of influence.
Inventors: Thang N. Dinh (Richmond), Hung T. Nguyen (Richmond)
Assignee: Virginia Commonwealth University Intellectual Property Foundation (Richmond)
May 24, 2022

Methods and systems for template generation
Patent No. 11,341,193
A computer-implemented method for template generation may include: receiving a first plurality of variables, each of the first plurality of variables specifying a feature to be implemented in a new template for document generation; for each of a plurality of existing templates for document generation, determining a degree of similarity between the first plurality of variables and a plurality of variables included in the respective existing template; upon determining that none of the degrees of similarity respectively determined for the plurality of existing templates satisfies a similarity threshold, determining that a combination of variables from two or more of the plurality of existing templates has a degree of similarity with the first plurality of variables satisfying the similarity threshold; and generating the new template based on the two or more of the plurality of existing templates.
Inventors: Curtis Holt (Richmond)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
May 24, 2022

Process for forming a yarn comprising bicomponent filaments
Patent No. 11,339,508
A yarn comprising a plurality of bicomponent filaments having a first region comprising a first polymer composition and a second region comprising a second polymer composition, each of the first and second regions being distinct in the bicomponent filaments; each bicomponent filament comprising 5 to 60 weight percent of the first polymer composition and 95 to 40 weight percent of the second polymer composition; wherein the first polymer composition comprises aramid polymer containing 0.5 to 20 weight percent discrete homogeneously dispersed carbon particles and the second polymer composition comprises modacrylic polymer being free of discrete carbon particles; the yarn having a total content of 0.1 to 5 weight percent discrete carbon particles.
Inventors: Mark William Andersen (Charlottesville, Virginia), Mark T. Aronson (Midlothian, Virginia), Christopher William Newton (Richmond), Thomas Wayne Steinruck (Glen Allen, Virginia), B. Lynne Wiseman (Richmond, VA), Reiyao Zhu (Moseley, Virginia)
Assignee: Dupont Safety & Construction (Wilmington, Delaware)
May 24, 2022

Cultured tobacco cells as a matrix for consumable products
Patent No. 11,339,368
Various embodiments are directed to consumable products incorporating a matrix of cultured tobacco cells. Any tobacco variety may be utilized for establishing in vitro tobacco cultures, including native tobacco varieties and genetically modified tobacco varieties derived from any tobacco variety. Various embodiments are directed to methods for producing tobacco products incorporating cellular material and/or extracts derived from tobacco cells cultured in vitro.
Inventors: Alec J. Hayes (Chesterfield, Virginia), Maria Shulleeta (Richmond), Jason Flora (Richmond)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA (Richmond)
May 24, 2022

E-vaping device cartridge with super absorbent polymer
Patent No. 11,338,223
A cartridge for an e-vaping device includes a reservoir configured to hold pre-vapor formulation, a vaporizer assembly configured to draw at least some of the pre-vapor formulation from the reservoir and vaporize the drawn pre-vapor formulation to form a vapor, and a superabsorbent polymer configured to absorb free water from pre-vapor formulation held in the reservoir. The superabsorbent polymer includes a cross-linked polyacrylate copolymer that is substantially inert to the pre-vapor formulation. The superabsorbent polymer may be included in a layer on one or more surfaces in the cartridge. The layer may include the superabsorbent polymer and a binder. The superabsorbent polymer may be included with the pre-vapor formulation in a formulation mixture. The superabsorbent polymer may be included in an interior of at least one element comprising the cartridge. The superabsorbent polymer may be included in a separate compartment in the reservoir.
Inventors: Georgios Karles (Richmond), Erica Sena (Midlothian, Virginia)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
May 24, 2022

Automated hip analysis methods and devices
Patent No. 11,337,760
Femoral version impacts the long-term functioning of the femoroacetabular joint. Accurate measurements of version are required for success in total hip arthroplasties and hip reconstructive surgeries. An automated algorithm is provided for identifying the major landmarks of the femur. These landmarks are then used to identify proximal axes and create a statistical shape model of the proximal femur. With six proximal axes selected, and 200 parameters (distances and angles between points) from the shape model measured, the best-fitting linear correlation is found. The difference between true version and version predicted by this model was 0.00.degree..+-.5.13.degree. with a maximum overestimation and underestimation of 11.80.degree. and 15.35.degree., respectively. This model and its prediction of femoral version are a substantial improvement over pre-operative 2D or intra-operative visual estimation measures. Acetabular orientation is also determined by an automated algorithm using radii of curvature measurements.
Inventors: Nathan J. Veilleux (Richmond), Jennifer S. Wayne (Chesterfield, Virginia), Niraj V. Kalore (Midlothian, Virginia)
Assignee: Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond)
May 24, 2022

Liquid aerosol formulation of an electronic smoking article
Patent No. 11,337,453
A liquid aerosol formulation for an electronic smoking article includes an aerosol former, water, nicotine, and an acid including tartaric acid. The acid is included in an amount sufficient to provide the liquid aerosol formulation with a pH ranging from about 4 to about 8.
Inventors: Peter Lipowicz (Midlothian, Virginia), Pauline Marcq (Richmond), Gerd Kobal (Sandy Hook, Virginia), Munmaya K. Mishra (Manakin Sabot, Virginia), Georgios D.Karles (Richmond), San Li (Midlothian, Virginia)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
May 24, 2022

Systems and methods for phone-based card activation
Patent No. 11,341,480
Example embodiments of systems and methods for data transmission between a contactless card, a client device, and one or more servers are provided. The contactless card may include one or more processors and memory. The memory may include one or more applets. The client device may include one or more processors and memory. The client device may be in data communication with the contactless card. One or more servers may be in data communication with the client device. A first set of information may be transmitted from the contactless card to the client device. The first set of information may include one or more links to activate the contactless card. The client device may be configured to receive the first set of information from the contactless card. Upon validation of the first set of information, the contactless card may be activated.
Inventors: Jeffrey Rule (Chevy Chase, Maryland), Melissa Heng (Glen Allen, Virginia), James Ashfield (Midlothian, Virginia), Colin Hart (Arlington, Virginia), Rajko Ilincic (Annandale, Virginia), Wayne Lutz (Fort Washington, Maryland)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
May 24, 2022

Systems and methods for constructing motion models based on sensor data
Patent No. 11,341,412
This disclosure relates to systems, media, and methods for updating motion models using sensor data. In an embodiment, the system may perform operations including receiving sensor data from at least one motion sensor; generating training data based on at least one annotation associated with the sensor data and at least one data manipulation; receiving at least one experiment parameter; performing a first experiment using the training data and the at least one experiment parameter to generate experiment results; and performing at least one of: update or validate a first motion model based on the experiment results.
Inventors: Frank Fornari (Midlothian, Virginia), Igor Peric (Barcelona, Spain), Alexander Maslennikov (North Potomac, Maryland), Jeffey Rowberg (Salem, Virginia), Dusko Mirkovic (Bijeljina, Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Assignee: BioMech Sensor (Midlothian, Virginia)
May 24, 2022

E-vaping device cartridge with internal infrared sensor
Patent No. 11,343,877
A cartridge for an e-vaping device includes an infrared sensor configured to measure infrared radiation emitted by at least a portion of a heating element coupled to a dispensing interface in the cartridge. The field of view of the infrared sensor may encompass an entirety of the heating element. The infrared sensor may be an infrared light emitting diode. The e-vaping device may include control circuitry configured to determine the temperature of the heating element based on sensor data generated by the infrared sensor and control the electrical power supplied to the cartridge based on the temperature of the heating element. The control circuitry may control the electrical power to maintain the temperature of the heating element below a threshold temperature. The control circuitry may determine the heating element temperature based on accessing at least a portion of the sensor data stored at a storage device in the cartridge.
Inventors: Ed Cadieux (Mechanicsville, Virginia), Barry Smith (Hopewell, Virginia)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
May 24, 2022

Menthol detection on tobacco
Patent No. 11,340,168
A method for detecting mentholated tobacco, comprising irradiating tobacco containing menthol and a fluorescent taggant with radiation and observing the tobacco for fluorescence from the taggant. A system and method for detecting and separating mentholated tobacco from non-mentholated tobacco within a product stream is also provided.
Inventors: Edmond J. Cadieux Jr. (Mechanicsville, Virginia)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond, Virginia)
May 24, 2022

Oral care implement having multi-component handle
Patent No. 11,338,485
A method of forming a handle for an oral care implement. The method may include first forming a core structure out of a first hard plastic. Next, an elongated handle body may be formed out of a second hard plastic, whereby during formation the elongated handle body is made to partially surround the core structure, while leaving opposing surfaces of the core structure exposed. Finally, a grip cover may be formed out of a resilient material and positioned over at least a portion of the elongated handle body. The oral care implement handle formed by the method may include a handle having an elongated handle body and a core structure. The elongated handle body may have openings in opposing surfaces. The core structure may be partially surrounded by the elongated handle body while protruding from the openings.
Inventors: Michael Rooney (Millburn, New Jersey), Eduardo Jimenez (Manalapan, New Jersey), Marco Bohner (Sempach, Switzerland), Robert Moskovich (Manakin-Sabot, Virginia)
Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Co. (New York, New York)
May 24, 2022

Automatic image cropping systems and methods
Patent No. 11,348,248
A system includes one or more memory devices storing instructions, and one or more processors configured to execute the instructions to perform the steps of a method to automatically crop images. The system may convert a raw image into a grayscale image before applying an edge detection operator to the grayscale image to create an edge image. The system may then create a binary image based on the edge image, identify one or more contours in the binary image, and determine one or more contour bounding image areas surrounding the contour(s). Upon identifying contour bounding image area(s) having user-specified dimensional criteria, the system may determine a minimum bounded image area including those area(s), pad the minimum bounded image area, and crop the raw image based on the padded bounded area.
Inventors: Omar Ahmed Ansari (Richmond)
Assignee: CarMax Enterprise Services (Richmond)
May 31, 2022

Methods for optimizing analysis of risk management data and devices thereof
Patent No. 11,348,050
A method, non-transitory computer readable medium, and risk analyzing computing device that obtains condition indication data associated with a medical practice and comprising a plurality of condition indications, a type of the medical practice, and, from a medical malpractice claims source database and via one or more communication networks, medical malpractice claims data for a plurality of medical liability insurance carriers. The condition indication data is compared to the medical malpractice claims data to identify one or more of a plurality of risk issues associated in the medical malpractice claims data with a predetermined number of highest ranked one or more of the condition indications in the condition indication data. One or more recommended risk management interventions associated with the one or more risk issues are provided to the medical practice. Accordingly, this technology efficiently and effectively provides risk management interventions that are aligned with medical practice specialties.
Inventors: Stephen S. Fargis (Richmond)
Assignee: Professional Risk Associates (Midlothian, Virginia)
May 31, 2022

Leak proof container with push lock body and rollover hinge
Patent No. 11,345,508
A leak proof container and a method of forming the container from a blank. The blank includes a bottom panel, first and second side panels at opposing lateral edges of the blank, and opposing end portions located at opposing longitudinal ends of the blank. Each end portion includes an inner end panel, an outer end panel hingedly connected to the inner end panel at hinge portions, and first and second corner panels, each corner panel forming a gusset between one of the side panels and the inner end panel, each gusset including a notch area for receiving one of the hinge portions. First and second locking tabs are defined in the outer end panel. The outer end panel can be folded over the inner end panel to position the hinge portions in the notch areas, and the locking tabs can be positioned between the gussets and the inner end panel.
Inventors: Mark Anthony Wisecarver (Morristown, Tennessee), James William Sloan II (Edgefield, South Carolina), Kenneth Calvin Hyatt (Springdale, Arizona), Jade Kiara Housewirth (Richmond)
Assignee: International Paper Co. (Memphis, Tennessee)
May 31, 2022

E-vaping cartridge and device
Patent No. 11,344,065
Example embodiments relate to a cartridge including a housing, a pre-vapor formulation reservoir configured to store a pre-vapor formulation in the housing, a vaporizer, and an airflow diverter. The vaporizer may be configured to vaporize the pre-vapor formulation. The vaporizer may include a heater and a wick, the wick may be in fluid communication with the pre-vapor formulation reservoir, and the heater may be configured to vaporize at least a portion of the pre-vapor formulation in the wick to form a vapor. The heater may be positioned in a transverse direction in the housing, and the airflow diverter may be located on an opposite side of the heater relative to a mouth-end portion.
Inventors: David Kane (Richmond)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
May 31, 2022

System and methods for temporary transaction processing
Patent No. 11,348,111
In one embodiment, a system comprises a database configured to store at least one record, at least one network communication device, a storage device comprising instructions, and at least one processor configured to execute the instructions to perform a method. The method may comprise receiving a fraud communication associated with a first primary account number, calculating one or more limitations associated with the first primary account number based on an account associated with the first primary account number, and storing a database record including the first primary account number, a new primary account number, and the limitation(s). The method may further comprise receiving a transaction request including a second primary account number, and comparing the second primary account number to the at least one record. The method may also comprise, based on the comparing, enabling the transaction request to proceed, declining the transaction, or disabling the first primary account number.
Inventors: Daniel Beck (Arlington, Virginia), Lawrence Douglas (McLean, Virginia), Jeffrey Samitt (Glen Allen, Virginia)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
May 31, 2022

Key broker for a network monitoring device, and applications thereof
Patent No. 11,349,647
A key broker monitors network traffic metadata and determines which decryption keys are required at one or more packet brokers in order to decrypt relevant traffic required by various network monitoring devices. The key broker retrieves the required keys from a secure keystore distributes them, as needed, to the network packet brokers, and dynamically updates the decryption keys stored in the network packet brokers in response to changes in network traffic.
Inventors: John Watson (Falls Church, Virginia), Christopher Roosenraad (Vienna, Virginia), Peter P. Kofira (Powhatan, Virginia), Travis Scheponik (Midlothian, Virginia), Aaron Eppert (Lawrenceburg, Indiana)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
May 31, 2022

Printable cling-type document
Patent No. 11,345,133
A printable cling-type document comprises a planar paper layer having a front side and a rear side, a planar cling layer having a front side and a rear side, and a planar backing layer having a front side and a rear side. The front side of the cling layer is affixed to the rear side of the paper layer. The front side of the backing layer is adhered to and selectively removable from the rear side of the cling layer.
Inventors: Benjamin L. Brown (Carrollton, Virginia), Joel Tawes (Midlothian, Virginia), Joshua Tawes (Smithfield, Virginia), Ray Sun (Plano, Texas)
Assignee: Accelerated Productions (Smithfield, Virginia)
May 31, 2022

Compactor device and conveyer system comprising such compactor device, and corresponding compacting and packing methods
Patent No. 11,345,490
A compactor device for compacting a product filling in a container, like a packing box, includes a container support allowing shaking and/or vibrating the container when supported on the container support. The support includes compactor roller bars arranged parallel in a direction transverse to a conveying direction and to support the container. Each compactor roller bar has a rotation axis and a circumferential surface to allow moving the container with a product filling supported on the rollers bars up and down at a selected frequency when, in operation, rotating the compactor roller bars of the plurality of compactor roller bars. The compactor device further has a stopper arrangement blocking conveying the container by the compactor roller bars, and a pressing arrangement with a press to press downwards onto the product filling within the container while, in operation, compacting the product by rotating the compactor roller bars.
Inventors: Nicolaas Martin Prakken (Chester, Virginia), Vincentius Alphonsus Jozef Peters (Baarn, Netherlands)
Assignee: Blueprint Holding (Woerden, Netherlands)
May 31, 2022

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