The R&D Dept.: Local patent roundup for 9.21.22

Enhanced feedback exposure for merchants based on transaction metadata
Patent No. 11,443,312
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)
Sept. 13, 2022

Gasoline particulate filters with high initial filtering efficiency and methods of making same
Patent No. 11,441,458
Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) engines require gasoline particulate filters (GPFs) as a key component of the emissions control system to reduce particulate emissions. GPFs are known to have poor initial performance, with performance increasing after the filter develops a cake. This poor initial performance make it impossible to accurately assess vehicle emissions performance at the mileage requirements for vehicle certification. Compositions and methods are disclosed to improve filtration efficiency in a fresh or low mileage GPF.
Inventors: Huifang Shao (Midlothian, Virginia), Joseph W. Roos (Mechanicsville, Virginia), Joseph E. Remias (Richmond)
Assignee: Afton Chemical Corp. (Richmond)
Sept. 13, 2022

Hybrid fiber multi-axial prepreg
Patent No. 11,440,287
Multi-ply, hybrid composite materials useful in the formation of thin walled, hollow, tubular articles having improved resistance to hoop stress. Two different, single-ply pre-pregs are impregnated with binders and laminated together with the fibers of the layers oriented at a bias relative to each other. The hybrid composite is rolled into a tubular article having excellent strength uniformity along the full length of the tubular article.
Inventors: Gary Kratzer (Midlothian, Virginia), David A. Hurst (Richmond), Lori L. Wagner (Richmond), Ashok Bhatnagar (Richmond)
Assignee: Honeywell International (Charlotte, North Carolina)
Sept. 13, 2022

Multiplexed and recyclable single-molecule sensors for quantitative analysis of nucleic-acid biomarkers
Patent No. 11,441,182
Disclosed herein is a simple, sensitive, and fully-recyclable fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET)-based multiplex detection platform that overcomes current requirements of complex labeling schemes and complicated data analysis algorithms for employing single-molecule FRET (smFRET) microscopy in multiplexing. While conventional smFRET detection techniques allow for the analysis of one target at a time, the disclosed approach utilizes the gaps between high- and low-FRET signals to provide simultaneous detection and quantification of multiple nucleic acid targets.
Inventors: Soma Dhakal (Glen Allen, Virginia), Anisa Kaur (Hanover, Virginia)
Assignee: Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond)
Sept. 13, 2022

Systems and methods for content management using contactless cards
Patent No. 11,444,775
Example embodiments of systems and methods for data transmission system between transmitting and receiving devices are provided. In an embodiment, each of the transmitting and receiving devices can contain a master key. The transmitting device can generate a diversified key using the master key, protect a counter value and encrypt data prior to transmitting to the receiving device, which can generate the diversified key based on the master key and can decrypt the data and validate the protected counter value using the diversified key.
Inventors: Kaitlin Newman (Washington, D.C.), Kimberly Haynes (Reston, Virginia), Charles Nathan Crank (Henrico, Virginia), Andrew Cogswell (Midlothian, Virginia), Colin Hart (Arlington, Virginia), Jeffrey Rule (Chevy Chase, Maryland), Lara Mossler (Farmville, Virginia), Latika Gulati (Annandale, Virginia), Abdelkader Benkreira (Washington, D.C.), Sarah Jane Cunningham (Arlington, Virginia), Sophie Bermudez (Washington, D.C.), Michael Mossoba (Arlington, Virginia), Wayne Lutz (Fort Washington, Maryland)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
Sept. 13, 2022

Aerosol sprayers and methods of using the same
Patent No. 11,440,726
An aerosol sprayer may be connected to an aerosol container to form an aerosol delivery system. The aerosol sprayer includes a base secured to the container, a cap secured to the base, a pivoting trigger and a nozzle which is slidably movable relative to the trigger between an extended operable position and a retracted, locked position. The nozzle and trigger have interfitting locking structures to prevent actuation of the trigger when the nozzle is in the retracted locked position.
Inventors: Peter Beegle (Midlothian, Virginia), Jacob Van Becelaere (Olathe, Kansas), Bryan Fields (Overland Park, Kansas), Brian VanHouten (Kansas City, Missouri)
Assignee: Silgan Dispensing Systems Corp. (Richmond)
Sept. 13, 2022

System and method for securely hosting multiple network operators in a shared spectrum access system on a single virtual base station environment
Patent No. 11,445,389
Disclosed is a virtual base station capable of hosting multiple network operators and/or private networks in a single compute environment. The virtual base station includes a plurality of virtual baseband processors configured to communicate with the plurality of mobile network operators, a supervisor module, a fronthaul network interface configured to be coupled to one or more remote units, and a KPI (Key Performance Indicator) coordinator module coupled to the supervisor module and the one or more virtual baseband processors. The base station may have on or more CBRS (Citizens Broadband Radio Service) Daemons to act as a proxy for obtaining grants to CBRS channels and allocating the CBRS channels to the mobile network operators.
Inventors: Massimo Notargiacomo (Castel Bolognese, Italy), Todd Landry (Grayslake, Illinois), Jeffrey Masters (Ashland, Virginia), Roberto Orlandini (Budrio, Italy), Jeffrey Courlington (Chester, Virginia), Francesco Foresta (Faenza, Italy), Stephen Turner (Mechanicsville, Virginia), Alessandro Pagani (San Giovanni, Italy), Domenico Di Iorio (Ravenna, Italy), Kurt Jacobs (Lake Bluff, Illinois), Patrick Henkle (Homer Glen, Illinois), Vishal Agrawal (Vernon Hills, Illinois), Sasi Eswaravaka (Round Lake, Illinois), Paul Stath (Moseley, Virginia)
Assignee: John Mezzalingua Associates (Liverpool, New York)
Sept. 13, 2022

Glare reduction shield
Patent No. 11,452,222
A system for a glare reduction shield including an attaching assembly and a shield hood assembly is disclosed. The attaching assembly includes an attaching member which engages a top portion of a thermometer. Secured to the attaching member, with a hinge mechanism, is a shield hood of the shield hood assembly. The hinge mechanism is defined by a spring housing and a spring movably secured within the spring housing. The shield hood includes a lowered and raised configuration. The shield hood is used in the lowered configuration to block sunlight glare on a display screen of the thermometer for ease of viewing. The shield hood is rotated away from the attaching member about the hinge mechanism to achieve the lowered configuration. The shield hood is in the raised configuration when stored. The shield hood is rotated towards the attaching member about the hinge mechanism to achieve the raised configuration.
Inventors: Casaundra Pugh (Richmond)
Assignee: N/A
Sept. 20, 2022

Quantum communications system having pulses divided into time bins and associated methods
Patent No. 11,451,308
A quantum communications system may include a transmitter node, a receiver node, and a quantum communications channel coupling the transmitter node and receiver node. The transmitter node may include a pulse transmitter and a pulse divider downstream therefrom. The pulse divider may be configured to divide each pulse having a plurality of X photons into a plurality of Y time bins with Y>X. The receiver node may include a pulse recombiner and a pulse receiver downstream from the pulse recombiner.
Inventors: Victor G. Bucklew (Richmond), Samuel H. Knarr (Melbourne, Florida), Samuel Nunez (Palm Bay, Florida), Cypryan T. Klish (Melbourne, Florida), James Drakes (Occoquan, Virginia)
Assignee: Eagle Technology (Melbourne, Florida)
Sept. 20, 2022

Ground bar and method of grounding
Patent No. 11,450,976
A ground bar comprising a planar body having a wedge shape in that a width of a top end of the planar body is greater than a width of a bottom end of the planar body. The planar body is constructed of an electrically-conductive material. A plurality of upper hole pairs are defined in the planar body. Each of the first hole pairs is adapted to have a corresponding electrical wire to be grounded selectively affixed thereto.
Inventors: Greg Allen Blackburn (Richmond)
Assignee: N/A
Sept. 20, 2022

Rehydration of a block storage device from external storage
Patent No. 11,449,225
Systems and methods for providing rehydration of a block storage device from external storage are disclosed. In one implementation, a processing device may receive, from a client computing device, a request to access a portion of data associated with a block-based repository in a distributed storage system, where the block-based repository is associated with an external data source that stores a backup of the block-based repository; determine that the portion of data is not present in the block-based repository; retrieve the portion of data from the external data source; provide the portion of data to the client computing device; and perform deep rehydration of the requested portion of data, wherein the deep rehydration reconstructs the portion of data in the block-based repository using the external data source.
Inventors: Jason A. Dillaman (Richmond)
Assignee: Red Hat (Raleigh, North Carolina)
Sept. 20, 2022

Carton and blank therefor
Patent No. 11,447,317
The disclosure relates to a top engaging carrier formed from a paperboard substrate having a first surface and an opposing second surface, with a polymer film laminated onto the first surface.
Inventors: Matthew E. Zacherle (Chesterfield, Virginia), Rahul Bhardwaj (Richmond), Linh L. Kooc (Richmond), Bradford J. Walling (Chesterfield, Virginia)
Assignee: WestRock Packing Systems (Atlanta, Georgia)
Sept. 20, 2022

Slide measuring system for filling pouches and associated method
Patent No. 11,447,277
Systems and methods for metering a granular material for packaging in pouches are disclosed. A system includes a hopper structured and arranged to hold a granular material in a hopper cavity. The system also includes a measuring system including a measuring cavity and a tube that is slidable in the hopper cavity between a first position unaligned with the measuring cavity and a second position over and aligned with the measuring cavity. The measuring system is structured and arranged to move a portion of the granular material from the hopper cavity to the measuring cavity when the tube is in the first position. The measuring system is structured and arranged to move the portion of the granular material from the measuring cavity to a pouch making machine using pressurized gas when the tube is in the second position.
Inventors: Herbert Carrington Longest Jr. (Midlothian, Virginia), Jarrod W. Chalkley (Mechanicsville, Virginia), Tamika S. Murrell (Richmond), Leah A. Meyers (Midlothian, Virginia), Jeremy J. Straight (Midlothian, Virginia), Travis M. Garthaffner (Midlothian, Virginia)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Sept. 20, 2022

E-vaping device
Patent No. 11,445,759
Some example embodiments include a reservoir assembly for an e-vaping device that may include a reservoir, a first bayonet connector assembly, and a conduit extending from a vaporizer assembly and into a space defined by the first bayonet connector assembly. The first bayonet connector assembly may detachably couple with a second bayonet connector assembly of an outlet assembly to establish a bayonet interface connection between the reservoir and the outlet assembly, such that the conduit is in fluid communication with the exterior of the reservoir assembly through an interior of the outlet assembly.
Inventors: Eric Hawes (Glen Allen, Virginia), Raymond W. Lau (Richmond), Mik Dahl (Lapu-Lapu, Philippines), Jon Jarantilla (Lapu-Lapu, Philippines), Galen Salvador (Lapu-Lapu, Philippines), Jose Jesus Montalvan Paolo (Mandaue, Philippines), Jeroen Kok (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Sept. 20, 2022

Compositions and methods for producing tobacco plants and products having reduced or eliminated suckers
Patent No. 11,447,790
The present disclosure provides methods and compositions for controlling sucker growth in tobacco by altering the expression of different target genes.
Inventors: Raja S. Payyavula (Henrico, Virginia), Yanxin Shen (Henrico, Virginia), Chengalrayan Kudithipudi (Midlothian, Virginia), Rajanikanth Govindarajulu (Henrico, Virginia)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Sept. 20, 2022

Tobacco beads
Patent No. 11,445,744
A smokeless tobacco product described herein includes at least one tobacco bead. Tobacco beads described herein include a core and at least one tobacco-containing layer surrounding the core. Each tobacco-containing layer can include less than 10 weight percent tobacco. Tobacco bead described herein can have a diameter of at least 1 millimeters. Tobacco bead described herein can have at least 5 mg tobacco. Tobacco bead described herein can have an oven volatiles content of between 2 weight percent and 10 weight percent. Tobacco bead described herein can have an outer shell.
Inventors: Andrew Nathan Carroll (Chester, Virginia), Yan Helen Sun (Midlothian, Virginia)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Sept. 20, 2022

Wire gauge device and method of determining wire gauge
Patent No. 11,448,495
A wire gauge measuring device comprises a main body, an arm extending from the main body such that a gap is defined between the arm and the main body, a plurality of switches, and indicator means. The gap has a plurality of differently sized gap portions arranged in decreasing size from a distal end to a proximal of the arm. Each switch is aligned with a corresponding one of the gap portions. The indicator means is adapted to provide an indication to a user based on which of the plurality of switches is depressed. The gap portion sizes are selected such that each gap portion is adapted to (1) receive a corresponding differently sized electrical wire, (2) prevent the corresponding differently sized electrical wire from moving into a smaller sized gap portion, and (3) position the differently sized electrical wire to depress the corresponding switch.
Inventors: Norman Dean Combs (Mechanicsville, Virginia)
Assignee: Dominion Energy (Richmond)
Sept. 20, 2022

Portable cutting table with improved folding leg assemblies
Patent No. 11,446,777
A portable cutting table including a top having an upper portion and a lower portion and a table skirt secured to the lower portion of the top. The table includes folding leg assemblies, each having a pair of support legs. Each leg has a distal end defining a bevel having a predetermined angle, and a proximal end defining a compound curve including at least a first curve with a first radius of curvature and a second curve with a second radius of curvature. The first curve defines a notch in an outer face of the leg corresponding to the predetermined angle. The second curve has a midpoint and a center of curvature so the proximal end of each leg defines a pivot point located at least halfway between the midpoint and the center of curvature. Each support leg is pivotably connected at the pivot point to the table skirt.
Inventors: Darling; Dennis Alan Darling (Manakin-Sabot, Virginia)
Assignee: N/A

Enhanced feedback exposure for merchants based on transaction metadata
Patent No. 11,443,312
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)
Sept. 13, 2022

Gasoline particulate filters with high initial filtering efficiency and methods of making same
Patent No. 11,441,458
Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) engines require gasoline particulate filters (GPFs) as a key component of the emissions control system to reduce particulate emissions. GPFs are known to have poor initial performance, with performance increasing after the filter develops a cake. This poor initial performance make it impossible to accurately assess vehicle emissions performance at the mileage requirements for vehicle certification. Compositions and methods are disclosed to improve filtration efficiency in a fresh or low mileage GPF.
Inventors: Huifang Shao (Midlothian, Virginia), Joseph W. Roos (Mechanicsville, Virginia), Joseph E. Remias (Richmond)
Assignee: Afton Chemical Corp. (Richmond)
Sept. 13, 2022

Hybrid fiber multi-axial prepreg
Patent No. 11,440,287
Multi-ply, hybrid composite materials useful in the formation of thin walled, hollow, tubular articles having improved resistance to hoop stress. Two different, single-ply pre-pregs are impregnated with binders and laminated together with the fibers of the layers oriented at a bias relative to each other. The hybrid composite is rolled into a tubular article having excellent strength uniformity along the full length of the tubular article.
Inventors: Gary Kratzer (Midlothian, Virginia), David A. Hurst (Richmond), Lori L. Wagner (Richmond), Ashok Bhatnagar (Richmond)
Assignee: Honeywell International (Charlotte, North Carolina)
Sept. 13, 2022

Multiplexed and recyclable single-molecule sensors for quantitative analysis of nucleic-acid biomarkers
Patent No. 11,441,182
Disclosed herein is a simple, sensitive, and fully-recyclable fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET)-based multiplex detection platform that overcomes current requirements of complex labeling schemes and complicated data analysis algorithms for employing single-molecule FRET (smFRET) microscopy in multiplexing. While conventional smFRET detection techniques allow for the analysis of one target at a time, the disclosed approach utilizes the gaps between high- and low-FRET signals to provide simultaneous detection and quantification of multiple nucleic acid targets.
Inventors: Soma Dhakal (Glen Allen, Virginia), Anisa Kaur (Hanover, Virginia)
Assignee: Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond)
Sept. 13, 2022

Systems and methods for content management using contactless cards
Patent No. 11,444,775
Example embodiments of systems and methods for data transmission system between transmitting and receiving devices are provided. In an embodiment, each of the transmitting and receiving devices can contain a master key. The transmitting device can generate a diversified key using the master key, protect a counter value and encrypt data prior to transmitting to the receiving device, which can generate the diversified key based on the master key and can decrypt the data and validate the protected counter value using the diversified key.
Inventors: Kaitlin Newman (Washington, D.C.), Kimberly Haynes (Reston, Virginia), Charles Nathan Crank (Henrico, Virginia), Andrew Cogswell (Midlothian, Virginia), Colin Hart (Arlington, Virginia), Jeffrey Rule (Chevy Chase, Maryland), Lara Mossler (Farmville, Virginia), Latika Gulati (Annandale, Virginia), Abdelkader Benkreira (Washington, D.C.), Sarah Jane Cunningham (Arlington, Virginia), Sophie Bermudez (Washington, D.C.), Michael Mossoba (Arlington, Virginia), Wayne Lutz (Fort Washington, Maryland)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
Sept. 13, 2022

Aerosol sprayers and methods of using the same
Patent No. 11,440,726
An aerosol sprayer may be connected to an aerosol container to form an aerosol delivery system. The aerosol sprayer includes a base secured to the container, a cap secured to the base, a pivoting trigger and a nozzle which is slidably movable relative to the trigger between an extended operable position and a retracted, locked position. The nozzle and trigger have interfitting locking structures to prevent actuation of the trigger when the nozzle is in the retracted locked position.
Inventors: Peter Beegle (Midlothian, Virginia), Jacob Van Becelaere (Olathe, Kansas), Bryan Fields (Overland Park, Kansas), Brian VanHouten (Kansas City, Missouri)
Assignee: Silgan Dispensing Systems Corp. (Richmond)
Sept. 13, 2022

System and method for securely hosting multiple network operators in a shared spectrum access system on a single virtual base station environment
Patent No. 11,445,389
Disclosed is a virtual base station capable of hosting multiple network operators and/or private networks in a single compute environment. The virtual base station includes a plurality of virtual baseband processors configured to communicate with the plurality of mobile network operators, a supervisor module, a fronthaul network interface configured to be coupled to one or more remote units, and a KPI (Key Performance Indicator) coordinator module coupled to the supervisor module and the one or more virtual baseband processors. The base station may have on or more CBRS (Citizens Broadband Radio Service) Daemons to act as a proxy for obtaining grants to CBRS channels and allocating the CBRS channels to the mobile network operators.
Inventors: Massimo Notargiacomo (Castel Bolognese, Italy), Todd Landry (Grayslake, Illinois), Jeffrey Masters (Ashland, Virginia), Roberto Orlandini (Budrio, Italy), Jeffrey Courlington (Chester, Virginia), Francesco Foresta (Faenza, Italy), Stephen Turner (Mechanicsville, Virginia), Alessandro Pagani (San Giovanni, Italy), Domenico Di Iorio (Ravenna, Italy), Kurt Jacobs (Lake Bluff, Illinois), Patrick Henkle (Homer Glen, Illinois), Vishal Agrawal (Vernon Hills, Illinois), Sasi Eswaravaka (Round Lake, Illinois), Paul Stath (Moseley, Virginia)
Assignee: John Mezzalingua Associates (Liverpool, New York)
Sept. 13, 2022

Glare reduction shield
Patent No. 11,452,222
A system for a glare reduction shield including an attaching assembly and a shield hood assembly is disclosed. The attaching assembly includes an attaching member which engages a top portion of a thermometer. Secured to the attaching member, with a hinge mechanism, is a shield hood of the shield hood assembly. The hinge mechanism is defined by a spring housing and a spring movably secured within the spring housing. The shield hood includes a lowered and raised configuration. The shield hood is used in the lowered configuration to block sunlight glare on a display screen of the thermometer for ease of viewing. The shield hood is rotated away from the attaching member about the hinge mechanism to achieve the lowered configuration. The shield hood is in the raised configuration when stored. The shield hood is rotated towards the attaching member about the hinge mechanism to achieve the raised configuration.
Inventors: Casaundra Pugh (Richmond)
Assignee: N/A
Sept. 20, 2022

Quantum communications system having pulses divided into time bins and associated methods
Patent No. 11,451,308
A quantum communications system may include a transmitter node, a receiver node, and a quantum communications channel coupling the transmitter node and receiver node. The transmitter node may include a pulse transmitter and a pulse divider downstream therefrom. The pulse divider may be configured to divide each pulse having a plurality of X photons into a plurality of Y time bins with Y>X. The receiver node may include a pulse recombiner and a pulse receiver downstream from the pulse recombiner.
Inventors: Victor G. Bucklew (Richmond), Samuel H. Knarr (Melbourne, Florida), Samuel Nunez (Palm Bay, Florida), Cypryan T. Klish (Melbourne, Florida), James Drakes (Occoquan, Virginia)
Assignee: Eagle Technology (Melbourne, Florida)
Sept. 20, 2022

Ground bar and method of grounding
Patent No. 11,450,976
A ground bar comprising a planar body having a wedge shape in that a width of a top end of the planar body is greater than a width of a bottom end of the planar body. The planar body is constructed of an electrically-conductive material. A plurality of upper hole pairs are defined in the planar body. Each of the first hole pairs is adapted to have a corresponding electrical wire to be grounded selectively affixed thereto.
Inventors: Greg Allen Blackburn (Richmond)
Assignee: N/A
Sept. 20, 2022

Rehydration of a block storage device from external storage
Patent No. 11,449,225
Systems and methods for providing rehydration of a block storage device from external storage are disclosed. In one implementation, a processing device may receive, from a client computing device, a request to access a portion of data associated with a block-based repository in a distributed storage system, where the block-based repository is associated with an external data source that stores a backup of the block-based repository; determine that the portion of data is not present in the block-based repository; retrieve the portion of data from the external data source; provide the portion of data to the client computing device; and perform deep rehydration of the requested portion of data, wherein the deep rehydration reconstructs the portion of data in the block-based repository using the external data source.
Inventors: Jason A. Dillaman (Richmond)
Assignee: Red Hat (Raleigh, North Carolina)
Sept. 20, 2022

Carton and blank therefor
Patent No. 11,447,317
The disclosure relates to a top engaging carrier formed from a paperboard substrate having a first surface and an opposing second surface, with a polymer film laminated onto the first surface.
Inventors: Matthew E. Zacherle (Chesterfield, Virginia), Rahul Bhardwaj (Richmond), Linh L. Kooc (Richmond), Bradford J. Walling (Chesterfield, Virginia)
Assignee: WestRock Packing Systems (Atlanta, Georgia)
Sept. 20, 2022

Slide measuring system for filling pouches and associated method
Patent No. 11,447,277
Systems and methods for metering a granular material for packaging in pouches are disclosed. A system includes a hopper structured and arranged to hold a granular material in a hopper cavity. The system also includes a measuring system including a measuring cavity and a tube that is slidable in the hopper cavity between a first position unaligned with the measuring cavity and a second position over and aligned with the measuring cavity. The measuring system is structured and arranged to move a portion of the granular material from the hopper cavity to the measuring cavity when the tube is in the first position. The measuring system is structured and arranged to move the portion of the granular material from the measuring cavity to a pouch making machine using pressurized gas when the tube is in the second position.
Inventors: Herbert Carrington Longest Jr. (Midlothian, Virginia), Jarrod W. Chalkley (Mechanicsville, Virginia), Tamika S. Murrell (Richmond), Leah A. Meyers (Midlothian, Virginia), Jeremy J. Straight (Midlothian, Virginia), Travis M. Garthaffner (Midlothian, Virginia)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Sept. 20, 2022

E-vaping device
Patent No. 11,445,759
Some example embodiments include a reservoir assembly for an e-vaping device that may include a reservoir, a first bayonet connector assembly, and a conduit extending from a vaporizer assembly and into a space defined by the first bayonet connector assembly. The first bayonet connector assembly may detachably couple with a second bayonet connector assembly of an outlet assembly to establish a bayonet interface connection between the reservoir and the outlet assembly, such that the conduit is in fluid communication with the exterior of the reservoir assembly through an interior of the outlet assembly.
Inventors: Eric Hawes (Glen Allen, Virginia), Raymond W. Lau (Richmond), Mik Dahl (Lapu-Lapu, Philippines), Jon Jarantilla (Lapu-Lapu, Philippines), Galen Salvador (Lapu-Lapu, Philippines), Jose Jesus Montalvan Paolo (Mandaue, Philippines), Jeroen Kok (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Sept. 20, 2022

Compositions and methods for producing tobacco plants and products having reduced or eliminated suckers
Patent No. 11,447,790
The present disclosure provides methods and compositions for controlling sucker growth in tobacco by altering the expression of different target genes.
Inventors: Raja S. Payyavula (Henrico, Virginia), Yanxin Shen (Henrico, Virginia), Chengalrayan Kudithipudi (Midlothian, Virginia), Rajanikanth Govindarajulu (Henrico, Virginia)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Sept. 20, 2022

Tobacco beads
Patent No. 11,445,744
A smokeless tobacco product described herein includes at least one tobacco bead. Tobacco beads described herein include a core and at least one tobacco-containing layer surrounding the core. Each tobacco-containing layer can include less than 10 weight percent tobacco. Tobacco bead described herein can have a diameter of at least 1 millimeters. Tobacco bead described herein can have at least 5 mg tobacco. Tobacco bead described herein can have an oven volatiles content of between 2 weight percent and 10 weight percent. Tobacco bead described herein can have an outer shell.
Inventors: Andrew Nathan Carroll (Chester, Virginia), Yan Helen Sun (Midlothian, Virginia)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Sept. 20, 2022

Wire gauge device and method of determining wire gauge
Patent No. 11,448,495
A wire gauge measuring device comprises a main body, an arm extending from the main body such that a gap is defined between the arm and the main body, a plurality of switches, and indicator means. The gap has a plurality of differently sized gap portions arranged in decreasing size from a distal end to a proximal of the arm. Each switch is aligned with a corresponding one of the gap portions. The indicator means is adapted to provide an indication to a user based on which of the plurality of switches is depressed. The gap portion sizes are selected such that each gap portion is adapted to (1) receive a corresponding differently sized electrical wire, (2) prevent the corresponding differently sized electrical wire from moving into a smaller sized gap portion, and (3) position the differently sized electrical wire to depress the corresponding switch.
Inventors: Norman Dean Combs (Mechanicsville, Virginia)
Assignee: Dominion Energy (Richmond)
Sept. 20, 2022

Portable cutting table with improved folding leg assemblies
Patent No. 11,446,777
A portable cutting table including a top having an upper portion and a lower portion and a table skirt secured to the lower portion of the top. The table includes folding leg assemblies, each having a pair of support legs. Each leg has a distal end defining a bevel having a predetermined angle, and a proximal end defining a compound curve including at least a first curve with a first radius of curvature and a second curve with a second radius of curvature. The first curve defines a notch in an outer face of the leg corresponding to the predetermined angle. The second curve has a midpoint and a center of curvature so the proximal end of each leg defines a pivot point located at least halfway between the midpoint and the center of curvature. Each support leg is pivotably connected at the pivot point to the table skirt.
Inventors: Darling; Dennis Alan Darling (Manakin-Sabot, Virginia)
Assignee: N/A

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