The R&D Dept.: Local patent roundup for 1.4.23

Non-nicotine Pod Assemblies And Non-nicotine E-vaping Devices
Patent No. 11528939
A non-nicotine pod assembly for a non-nicotine e-vaping device may include a pod body and a connector module. The pod body has an upstream end and a downstream end and is configured to hold a non-nicotine pre-vapor formulation. The upstream end of the pod body defines a cavity. The connector module is configured to be seated within the cavity of the pod body. The connector module may include an external face and a side face. The external face of the connector module includes at least one electrical contact and defines a pod inlet. The side face of the connector module defines at least one module inlet. The side face of the connector module faces a sidewall of the cavity in the pod body when the connector module is seated within the cavity.
Inventors: Dean Twite (Richmond); Yannick Hourmand (Richmond); Charles Dendy (Ruther Glen, Va.); Bipin Patil (Richmond); Rangaraj S. Sundar (Richmond); Christopher Newcomb (Richmond); Niall Gallagher (Richmond); Raymond W. Lau (Richmond); Eric Hawes (Richmond)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Dec. 20, 2022

Non-nicotine Pod Assemblies And Non-nicotine E-vaping Devices
Patent No. 11528938
A non-nicotine pod assembly for a non-nicotine e-vaping device may include a first section and a second section connected to the first section. The first section may define a pod outlet and be configured to hold a non-nicotine pre-vapor formulation. The second section may define a pod inlet and be configured to heat the non-nicotine pre-vapor formulation. The pod inlet is in fluidic communication with the pod outlet via a flow path. The flow path may include a first diverged portion, a second diverged portion, and a converged portion. A non-nicotine e-vaping device may include a device body defining a through hole configured to receive the non-nicotine pod assembly such that a pod inlet for the air flow is exposed when the non-nicotine pod assembly is seated within the through hole.
Inventors: Dean Twite (Richmond); Yannick Hourmand (Richmond); Rangaraj S. Sundar (Richmond); Gregory L. Nelson (Chester, Va.); Naill Gallager (Richmond); Jarrett Kee (Richmond); Phillip Diana (Richmond); James Yorkshades (Gamlingay, Great Britain)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Dec. 20, 2022

Nicotine Pod Assemblies And Nicotine E-vaping Devices
Patent No. 11528937
A nicotine e-vaping device may include a nicotine pod assembly and a device body defining a through hole configured to receive the nicotine pod assembly. The nicotine pod assembly is configured to hold a nicotine pre-vapor formulation. The through hole of the device body includes at least sidewall that is configured to deflect during an insertion of the nicotine pod assembly. One or more sidewalls of the through hole may include at least one protrusion configured to engage with corresponding recesses of the nicotine pod assembly so as to retain the nicotine pod assembly within the through hole of the device body.
Inventors: Yannick Hourmand (Richmond); Christopher Newcomb (Richmond); Raymond W. Lau (Richmond); Eric Hawes (Richmond)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Dec. 20, 2022

Aerosol Generating Device Comprising Semiconductor Heaters
Patent No. 11533786
An aerosol-generating device includes an electrical power supply, a cavity structure configured to receive an aerosol-generating article, and a plurality of semiconductor heaters within the cavity structure. Each of the plurality of semiconductor heaters includes a substrate layer and a heating layer on the substrate layer. The heating layer is a continuous layer. The aerosol-generating device includes a controller configured to control a supply of electrical power from the electrical power supply to each of the plurality of semiconductor heaters.
Inventors: Rui Nuno Batista (Morges,Switz.)
Assignee: Altria Client Services
Dec. 20, 2022

Ballistic Translation Efficiency Of High Performance Fibers
Patent No. 11530513
A method for improving the translation efficiency of fiber strength into composite strength is provided. A single unidirectional tape, single unidirectional fiber web or a stack of unidirectional web/unidirectional tape plies formed from partially oriented fibers/tapes is primed under mild conditions followed by subjecting the primed plies to an axial extension stress in the axial fiber direction of each fiber ply by passage through a compression apparatus. The axial extension stress extends the fibers, strengthening them, while also compacting the plies together and thereby forming a composite having improved strength. Production yield is improved by avoiding maximal fiber stretching and thereby avoiding typical manufacturing loss, and low weight composite armor having increased strength is achieved.
Inventors: Ashok Bhatnagar (Richmond); David A. Hurst (Richmond); Charles Arnett (Richmond); Gary Kratzer (Midlothian, Va.); Henry Gerard Ardiff (Chesterfield, Va.)
Assignee: Honeywell International (Charlotte, N.C.)
Dec. 20, 2022

Direct To Container System With On-line Weight Control And Associated Method
Patent No. 11530056
Systems and methods for manufacturing and inserting a predetermined number of material-filled pouches into containers are disclosed. A system includes a pouch providing system comprising a plurality of lanes, wherein each one of the plurality of lanes includes a pouch making machine and a hold-back structure. The system also includes a conveyor system structured and arranged to move a plurality of containers into alignment with the plurality of lanes. The system further includes a controller structured and arranged to control the hold-back structure in each one of the plurality of lanes such that the pre-determined pouches are inserted into the plurality of containers when the plurality of containers are aligned with the plurality of lanes.
Inventors: James D. Evans (Chesterfield, Va.); Herbert Cary Longest (Midlothian, Va.); Tamika S. Murrell (Richmond); Robert V. Powell Jr. (Midlothian, Va.); Jeremy Straight (Midlothian, Va.); Jarrod W. Chalkley (Mechanicsville, Va.)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Dec. 20, 2022

Tank Car Lifting Apparatus
Patent No. 11530117
A lifting apparatus for lifting a tank car is provided. The lifting apparatus can include a first arm to surround and not contact a tank car jacket and a second arm to surround and not contact the tank car jacket.
Inventors: Barry Isringhausen (Providence Forge, Va.); Britt Calloway (Midlothian, Va.); Jonathan Dip (Glen Allen, Va.)
Assignee: Cranemasters (Chesterfield, Va.)
Dec. 20, 2022

Modular Cardiac Rhythm Management Using Q To LV Activation Measures
Patent No. 11529088
Methods and systems for use of the Q-wave to R-wave interval to guide placement of a leadless cardiac pacemaker are disclosed. An implant delivery device is equipped with sensing electrodes to sense R-wave onset in a ventricle of a patient’s heart to allow placement at a location of last or latest onset of the R-wave. Guidance tools are provided to assist in determination of the Q-wave to R-wave interval during implantation. For a chronic system, a cooperative approach is disclosed in which an implantable medical device and a leadless cardiac pacemaker exchange data to determine Q-wave to R-wave intervals and enhance cardiac resynchronization therapy delivery by the leadless cardiac pacemaker.
Inventors: Steven Lee Eddy (Chesterfield, Va.); Brendan Early Koop (Ham Lake, Minn.); Yinghong Yu (Shoreview, Minn.)
Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers (St. Paul, Minn.)
Dec. 20, 2022

Personal Protection And Ventilation System
Patent No. 11528947
A personal protection and ventilation system is provided. The system includes a gown having front and rear panels, a hood, and visor; a fan; an air tube; and a helmet. The fan is positioned between the wearer and a body-facing surface of the rear panel. The front panel and at least a portion of the hood are formed from a first material including a first spunbond layer, a spunbond-meltblown-spunbond laminate, and a liquid impervious elastic film disposed therebetween. The first material has an air volumetric flow rate of less than about 1 standard cubic feet per minute (scfm). The rear panel is formed from a second material including a nonwoven laminate having an air volumetric flow rate of about 20 scfm to about 80 scfm. Therefore, the fan is able to intake a sufficient amount of air from the environment through the rear panel to provide cooling/ventilation to the hood.
Inventors: Jerald T. Jascomb (Roswell, Ga.); Brian E. Lin (Cumming, Ga.); Dennis Joseph (Milton, Ga.); Prasad S. Potnis (Johns Creek, Ga.); Brian M. Collins (Johns Creek, Ga.); Namita A. Mithani (Alpharetta, Ga.)
Assignee: O&M Halyard Inc. (Mechanicsville, Va.)
Dec. 20, 2022

Personal Protection And Ventilation System
Patent No. 11528954
A personal protection and ventilation system is provided. The system includes a gown having front and rear panels, a hood, and visor; a fan; an air tube; and a helmet. The fan is positioned between the wearer and a body-facing surface of the rear panel. The front panel and at least a portion of the hood are formed from a first material including a first spunbond layer, a spunbond-meltblown-spunbond laminate, and a liquid impervious elastic film disposed therebetween. The first material has an air volumetric flow rate of less than about 1 standard cubic feet per minute (scfm). The rear panel is formed from a second material including a nonwoven laminate having an air volumetric flow rate of about 20 scfm to about 80 scfm. Therefore, the fan is able to intake a sufficient amount of air from the environment through the rear panel to provide cooling/ventilation to the hood.
Inventors: Jerald T. Jascomb (Roswell, Ga.); Brian E. Lin (Cumming, Ga.); Dennis Joseph (Milton, Ga.): Prasad S. Potnis (Johns Creek, Ga.); Brian M. Collins (Johns Creek, Ga.); Namita Mithani (Alpharetta, Ga.)
Assignee: O&M Halyard Inc. (Mechanicsville, Va.)
Dec. 20, 2022

Targeted Variation Of Machine Learning Input Data
Patent No. 11537876
Machine learning models, semantic networks, adaptive systems, artificial neural networks, convolutional neural networks, and other forms of knowledge processing systems are disclosed. Input data for a machine learning system may be analyzed to determine one or more potential biases in the input data. Based on the one or more potential biases, the input data may be grouped, and/or weights may be applied to one or more portions of the input data. The input data may be input into a machine learning algorithm, which may generate output data. Based on an evaluation of the output data, the input data may be grouped, and/or second weights may be applied to one or more portions of the input data.
Inventors: Vaughn M. Bivens (Charlotte, N.C.); Ganesh Bonda (Charlotte, N.C.); Stephen C. Cauthorne (Richmond); Manu Kurian (Dallas, Texas)
Assignee: Bank of America Corp. (Charlotte, N.C.)
Dec. 27, 2022

Dynamic Review Of Software Updates After Pull Requests
Patent No. 11537392
In some implementations, a system may receive, from a software repository, a difference file indicating changes, to software code, that was submitted to the software repository. The system may parse the difference file to determine files, associated with the software code, affected by the changes and to determine content associated with the changes. The system may apply rules, from a rule dictionary, based on comparing identifiers, associated with the files, with identifiers included in the rules and based on comparing the content, associated with the changes, with content included in the rules. The system may generate software review checklist items based on applying the rules and output the software review checklist items for display. The system may receive, based on input from a user, confirmation of the changes and commit the changes to the software repository based on the confirmation.
Inventors: Tallulah Kay (Washington, D.C.); Benjamin Simon (Arlington, Va.); Christina Kim (Washington, D.C.); Naveed Khan (Bowie, Md.): Ahmad Ibrahim (Centreville, Va.); Jean-Etienne Lavallee (Richmond); George Swain (Arlington, Va.); Steven Almanzar (Arlington, Va.); Andrew Kim (Fairfax, Va.); Dominic Leone (Ashburn, Va.)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Va.)
Dec. 27,2022

Combination Devices, Systems, And Methods For Humidification Of The Airways And High Efficiency Delivery Of Pharmaceutical Aerosols
Patent No. 11534569
Devices, systems, and methods are disclosed which permit ventilation therapy concurrent with humidity and aerosol drug delivery. Exemplary mixer-heaters employ alternating actuation of humidity and drug nebulizers and may use a single constant power setting for the heating section while keeping a controlled outlet temperature over the course of treatment.
Inventors: Philip Worth Longest Jr. (Midlothian, Va.); Michael Hindle (Chesterifeld, Va.); Benjamin Spence (Richmond); Sneha Dhapare (Henrico, Va.); Wei Xiangyin (Richmond)
Assignee: Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond)
Dec. 27, 2022

Bag-in-box Film For Packaging Refrigerated Liquids
Patent No. 11535011
Multi-layer films for making bags for containing flowable materials, in particular to large bags for dairy products. The multi-layer films have an outer and an inner sealant layer and a core layer and optionally, an interposed layer positioned between the outer sealant layer and the core layer and between the core layer and the inner sealant layer. The outer and inner sealant layers contain an ethylene/α-olefin interpolymer composition and the intermediate layer optionally contains this interpolymer composition.
Inventor: Nicholas Farkas (Kingston, Calif.)
Assignee: Liqui-Box Corp. (Richmond)
Dec. 27, 2022

Electronic Vaping Device
Patent No. 11540359
An electronic vaping device includes a housing, a planar heater, a heater support, a tank, and a wick. The housing extends in a longitudinal direction and has a tip end and a mouth-end. The tip end is closed and the mouth-end has an opening therein. The heater support supports the planar heater. The tank contains a pre-vapor formulation and is configured to slide into and out of the opening of the mouth-end of the housing. The wick extends from the tank and is configured to be in contact with the planar heater when the tank is inserted in the housing.
Inventors: Peter Lipowicz (Midlothian, Va.)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Dec. 27, 2022

Stabilizing Retractor System For Distal Radius Fracture Repair
Patent No. 11534152
A stabilizing retractor system for distal radius fracture repair includes a backing plate configured to support the back of the wrist and having a first side accessible on a first side of the wrist, a second side accessible on a second side of the wrist. A first soft tissue retractor is engageable with the backing plate and has a first radius engaging concavity on a first side, and a first soft tissue retracting surface on a second side. A second soft tissue retractor is engageable with the backing plate and has a second radius engaging concavity on a first side, and a first soft tissue retracting surface on a second side. The first and second tissue retractors may be advanced apart from each other to retract tissue, and retained by a tie which connects the first and second retractors around the back of the backing plate.
Inventors: Alidad Ghiassi (Los Angeles, Calif.); Steven Howard (La Jolla, Calif.); Bradley Klos (Solana Beach, Calif.); Michael Bauschard (Richmond)
Assignee: Retractortho (Solana Beach, Calif.)
Dec. 27, 2022

Methods For Measuring Usage Of Consumables In Kitchen Appliances
Patent No. 11534021
Automated replenishment of consumables is a growing area of interest for customers and businesses alike, in that it has the potential to both improve customer satisfaction and create a steady stream of orders for a consumable service or product. As recognized herein, kitchen appliances, including those for dispensing beverages, present specific challenges to integration with a replenishment service, especially where multiple packages or formats of consumables may be utilized by a single kitchen appliance. Aspects provided herein include methods, systems, and devices for tracking consumption of foodstuffs prepared by a kitchen appliance, including either counting discrete quantities of foodstuffs or estimating non-discrete quantities. A signal requesting replenishment of at least one foodstuff may be transmitted to a replenishment server based on the counting and/or estimating.
Inventors: Adam Hanes (Glen Allen, Va.); Patrick T. Mulvaney (Richmond)
Assignee: Hamilton Beach Brands (Glen Allen, Va.)
Dec. 27, 2022

Deployable Steps For A Tailgate
Patent No. 11535161
The deployable steps for a tailgate includes a mounting plate, a plurality of risers, a plurality of treads, and a plurality of hinges. The deployable steps for a tailgate may attach to a tailgate of a truck via the mounting plate. The plurality of risers and the plurality of treads may fold and unfold at the plurality of hinges. The plurality of risers and the plurality of treads may form steps when unfolded into a deployed position. When folded into a stowed position, the plurality of risers and the plurality of treads may be parallel to each other and may be parallel to the tailgate.
Inventors: Ernest Walker (Richmond)
Assignee: N/A
Dec. 27, 2022

Heat Sealable Barrier Paperboard
Patent No. 11542665
An aqueous coated paperboard is disclosed which exhibits good barrier properties and anti-blocking behavior and is heat sealable.
Inventors: Jiebin Pang (Glen Allen, Va.); Natasha G. Melton (Richmond); Teresa Krug (Henrico, Va.); Steven Parker (Raleigh, N.C.)
Assignee: WestRock MWV
Jan.3, 2023

Self-service Modular Drop Safes With Messenger Access Capability
Patent No. 11544982
Novel modular smart management devices in the form of drop safes include the modular components of a chassis, door and technology cabinet. The drop safes enable retailers to make cash deposits quickly and safely within or near their own facilities. Various technology, including RFID readers, RFID tags, and other equipment allow the drop safes to identify each deposited bag. Employees utilize specialized apps on their mobile devices to facilitate deposit creation and other tasks. Novel methodologies for accessing the drop safes for emptying employ single-use, time-expiration type authorization codes along with other security measures to minimize risk and to provide other benefits. Novel structures along with methodologies for replacing, on-site, modular components with auto-detection of functionality during initialization and re-initialization enables for efficient replacement and upgrading of components, including the upgrading of safes to provide additional functionality.
Inventors: Douglas A. Pertz (Southlake, Texas); Rohan Pal (Colleyville, Texas); Keith Barthelmeus (Atlanta, Ga.); Laura Baumann (Rockwall, Texas); Shane McKiernan (Charlotte, N.C.); Ken Pohl (Arlington, Texas); Kyle Bolin (Flower Mound, Texas); Colm McKiernan (Flower Mound, Texas); Mark Nietubyc (Frisco, Texas)
Assignee: Brink’s Network (Richmond)
Jan. 3, 2023

Self-service Modular Drop Safes With Deposit Creation Capability
Patent No. 11544981
Novel modular smart management devices in the form of drop safes include the modular components of a chassis, door and technology cabinet. The drop safes enable retailers to make cash deposits quickly and safely within or near their own facilities. Various technology, including RFID readers, RFID tags, and other equipment allow the drop safes to identify each deposited bag. Employees utilize specialized apps on their mobile devices to facilitate deposit creation and other tasks. Novel methodologies for accessing the drop safes for emptying employ single-use, time-expiration type authorization codes along with other security measures to minimize risk and to provide other benefits. Novel structures along with methodologies for replacing, on-site, modular components with auto-detection of functionality during initialization and re-initialization enables for efficient replacement and upgrading of components, including the upgrading of safes to provide additional functionality.
Inventors: Douglas A. Pertz (Southlake, Texas); Rohan Pal (Colleyville, Texas); Keith Barthelmeus (Atlanta, Ga.); Laura Baumann (Rockwall, Texas); Shane McKiernan (Charlotte, N.C.); Ken Pohl (Arlington, Texas); Kyle Bolin (Flower Mound, Texas); Colm McKiernan (Flower Mound, Texas); Mark Nietubyc (Frisco, Texas)
Assignee: Brink’s Network (Richmond)
Jan. 3, 2023

Aerosol-generating System Including Solid And Liquid Aerosol-forming Substrates
Patent No. 11546969
An aerosol-generating system may include a cartridge, a heater section, and an aerosol-generating device. The cartridge may include a cartridge housing, a solid aerosol-forming substrate positioned within the cartridge housing, and a liquid aerosol-forming substrate positioned within the cartridge housing. The heater section is separate from the cartridge and includes an electric heater. The aerosol-generating device may include a device housing configured to receive the cartridge and a power supply for supplying electrical power to the electric heater. The power supply may be positioned within the device housing.
Inventors: Tony Reevell (London, Great Britain)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Jan. 3, 2023

Aerosol-generating System With Separate Capsule And Vaporizing Unit
Patent No. 11546971
An aerosol-generating system may comprise a releasably connectable capsule and vaporizing unit. The capsule may comprise a reservoir for containing an aerosol-generating substrate, an opening in fluidic communication with the reservoir, and a valve configured to control a flow of the aerosol-generating substrate from the reservoir through the opening. The valve may comprise one or more resilient closing members biased towards a closed position. The vaporizing unit may comprise a transfer element and a heating element disposed in a housing. The heating element is configured to heat the aerosol-generating substrate in the transfer element. The vaporizing unit may also comprise an elongate element configured to engage with the valve to deflect the one or more resilient closing members from the closed position to an open position so as place the transfer element in fluidic connection with the reservoir when the capsule is connected to the vaporizing unit.
Inventors: Eric Force (Bevaix, Switz.)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Jan. 3, 2023

Electronic Vaping Device
Patent No. 11540563
An electronic smoking article, a method of manufacturing an electronic smoking article, and a method of achieving a smoking experience without combusting tobacco are disclosed. The electronic smoking article includes an authenticated first section, which includes an aerosol generation unit having at least one heater; an authenticated second section, which includes a power supply operable to apply voltage to the at least one heater for heating a liquid in at least a portion of the aerosol generation unit to form an aerosol; and a conductive ink circuit embedded within the first and second sections, and wherein the power supply and the aerosol generation unit are electrically connected upon joining the first and second sections, and wherein each of the first and second sections has a portion of the conductive ink circuit.
Inventors: Eric Hawes (Midlothian, Va.)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Jan. 3, 2023

Fabric Having Tobacco Entangled With Structural Fibers
Patent No. 11540560
A smokeless tobacco product includes smokeless tobacco and structural fibers. The structural fibers forming a network in which the smokeless tobacco is entangled. The structural fibers have a composition different from the smokeless tobacco. The tobacco-entangled fabric can have an overall oven volatiles content of at least 10 weight percent. In some embodiments, the structural fibers form a nonwoven network. In some embodiments, fibrous structures of the smokeless tobacco are entangled with the structural fibers.
Inventors: Frank Scott Atchley (Tarpon Springs, Fla.); James M. Rossman (Richmond); Munmaya K. Mishra (Manakin Sabot, Va.)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Jan. 3, 2023

Oral Pouch Product Having Soft Edge And Method Of Making
Patent No. 11542049
An oral pouch product having a soft edge includes an inner filling material enclosed inwardly of at least one seam between opposed layers of porous pouch wrapper. The at least one seam is separated from the periphery of the porous pouch wrapper by an unbonded area of the opposed layers so as to form a soft edge of the pouch wrapper.
Inventors: Fernando L. Chappell Sr. (Colonial Heights, Va.); Danielle R. Crawford (Chester, Va.)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA (Richmond)
Jan. 3, 2023

Oral Product
Patent No. 11541001
An oral product includes a body that is wholly receivable in an oral cavity. The body includes a mouth-stable polymer matrix, cellulosic fibers embedded in the mouth-stable polymer matrix, and an additive dispersed in the mouth-stable polymer matrix. The oral product is adapted to release the additive from the body when the body is received within the oral cavity and exposed to saliva.
Inventors: Feng Gao (Midlothian, Va.); Frank Scott Atchley (Tarpon Springs, Fla.); Gregory James Griscik (Midlothian, Va.); Christopher Joseph Dinovi (Ruther Glen, Va.); Phillip M. Hulan (Midlothian, Va.); Diane L. Gee (Chesterfield, Va.); Gerd Kobal (Sandy Hook, Va.)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Jan. 3, 2023

Oral Tobacco Product
Patent No. 11540554
An oral tobacco product includes a body that is wholly receivable in an oral cavity. The body includes a mouth-stable polymer matrix and tobacco fibers embedded in the mouth-stable polymer matrix. The oral tobacco product can be formed by extruding a mixture of mouth-stable polymer and tobacco fibers.
Inventors: Feng Gao (Midlothian, Va.); Frank Scott Atchley (Tarpon Springs, Fla.); Gregory James Griscik (Midlothian, Va.); Christopher Joseph Dinovi (Ruther Glen, Va.); Phillip M. Hulan (Midlothian, Va.); Diane L. Gee (Chesterfield, Va.); Munmaya K. Mishra (Manakin Sabot, Va.); James Arthur Strickland (Richmond)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Jan. 3, 2023

Package For Consumer Goods And Method For Manufacturing A Tear-open Package
Patent No. 11542060
The package includes a sheet material with a first end and a second end, the first end being connected to the second end to form a sealing flap, the sealing flap sealing the package along at least a transversal edge of the sheet material, longitudinal edges of the sheet material being connected to each other. The sealing flap defines an opening cut, the opening cut being arranged in a sealed portion of the package. A first part of the sheet material forms a first package face, the sealing flap being connected to the first package face.
Inventors: Luiz Andre Rodgriguez (Neuchatel, Switz.); Onesio Luis Thesing (Ecublens, (Switz.); Timothee Cailleaux (Divonne-les-Bains, France)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Jan. 3, 2023

Systems And Methods For Nucleic Acid Expression In Vivo
Patent No. 11541130
The present invention provides compositions, systems, kits, and methods for expression of one or more biomolecules in a subject, human or non-human mammal, (e.g., at therapeutic levels for the extended periods of time required to produce therapeutic effects). In certain embodiments, compositions, systems, kits, and methods are provided that comprise a first composition comprising polycationic structures (e.g., empty cationic liposomes, cationic micelles, cationic emulsions, or cationic polymers) and a second composition comprising expression vectors (e.g., non-viral expression vectors not associated with liposomes or other carriers) encoding one or more biomolecules of interest.
Inventors: Robert James Debs (San Francisco, Calif.); Timothy D. Heath (Madison, Wisc.); Chakkrapong Handumrongkul (Richmond)
Assignee: DNARx (N/A)
Jan. 3, 2023

Robotic Cleaning Device With Dynamic Area Coverage
Patent No. 11537141
A system dynamically generates a cleaning coverage pattern of an area using waypoints and sensor data from one or more sensor modalities. To do this, a robotic cleaning device moves through an area to be cleaned, identifies consecutive waypoints through the area, and stores the waypoints in a memory. At least one sensor of the robotic cleaning device collects sensor data about a portion of the area as the device moves between the consecutive waypoints. A temporary map of the portion of the area between the consecutive waypoints is generated based on the collected sensor data, and a cleaning coverage pattern is generated using the temporary map. The area is then cleaned by moving the robotic cleaning device according to the cleaning coverage pattern. In certain embodiments, upon completing the cleaning, the consecutive waypoints are retained in the memory, while the temporary map may not be retained.
Inventors: David M. Knuth Jr. (Chesterfield, Va.); Aurle Y. Gagne (Mechanicsville, Va.); Erick Frack (Lake Oswego, Ore.); Daniel M. Daly (Los Gatos, Calif.)
Assignee: Diversey (Fort Mill, S.C.)
Jan. 3, 2023

Systems, Methods And Computer Readable Medium For Wireless Solicitations
Patent No. 11538054
Product offering systems are provided. Product offering systems may include sending an offer to a customer that possesses a mobile computing device and has agreed to receive offers for products via the mobile computing device. Agreeing to receive offers would result in the unique data about the customer being available to offer provider. Unique customer data may include data related to the customers wireless service provider or from a financial account in a financial institution, and collecting customer data about the customer, wherein the customer data comprises financial data and personal data. Product offering systems may further include registering a wireless computing device of the customer to able the device to receive the offer, and determining opportunities to send the offer to the customer by monitoring the customer and the customer data. Product offering systems may also include sending the offer to the customer’s registered device based on the determination of opportunities.
Inventors: Richard Comerford (Glen Allen, Va.); Joseph M. DeFilippo (Glen Allen, Va.)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Va.)
Dec. 27, 2022

Methods And Compositions For Polyurethane Dispersions Using Caprolactam-derived Solvents
Patent No. 11542360
Caprolactam-derived solvents for use as processing solvents and/or coalescing agents for polyurethane dispersions (PUDs). The caprolactam-derived solvents are suitable for processing solvents and coalescing agents in PUDs created through traditional PUD manufacturing processes or as coalescing agents in PUDs created through solvent-free PUD manufacturing processes. Blends of more than one caprolactam-derived solvent may be used as the processing solvent and/or coalescing agent.
Inventors: Edward Asirvatham (Chatham, N.J.); Celine de Lame (Pry, Belgium); Jaime A. Flores-Vazquez (Glen Allen, Va.)
Assignee: AdvanSix Resins & Chemicals (Parsippany, N.J.)
Jan. 1, 2023

Systems And Methods For Determining Developed Code Scores Of An Application
Patent No. 11537914
Disclosed are systems and methods for determining developed code scores of an application. The method may include: receiving, by a processor, one or more first score tags of one or more first blocks of developed code from a user through a computing device; identifying, by the processor, patterns in the developed code based on the received one or more first score tags; applying, by the processor, the identified patterns to one or more second blocks of the developed code; and determining, by the processor, one or more second score tags for the one or more second blocks of the developed code based on the applied patterns.
Inventors: Ateeb Khawaja (Chicago, Ill.); Eric K. Barnum (Midlothian, Va.)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Va.)
Dec. 27, 2023

Methods And Systems For Transition-coded Media, Measuring Engagement Of Transition-coded Media, And Distribution Of Components Of Transition-coded Media
Patent No. 11540011
Disclosed are methods, systems, and non-transitory computer-readable medium for transition-coded media, measuring engagement of transition-coded media, and distribution of components of transition-coded media. For instance, the method may include: obtaining a media file; determining whether the media file includes transition-coded media; in response to determining the media file includes the transition-coded media, setting up a dynamic media environment; detecting whether a user is interacting with the transition-coded media; and in response to detecting the user is interacting with the transition-coded media, executing the transition-coded media with the dynamic media environment.
Inventors: Eric K. Barnum (Midlothian, Va.)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Va.)
Dec. 27, 2022

Personal Care Compositions And Methods For The Same
Patent No. 11540980
A personal care composition and methods for generating increased foam volume in the personal care composition are disclosed. The personal care composition may include a carrier and at least two hydrocolloids, wherein the at least two hydrocolloids are present in an effective amount to produce increased foam volume. The method may include contacting a carrier of the personal care composition with at least two hydrocolloids. The at least two hydrocolloids may include xanthan gum and carrageenan in a ratio of from about 1.5:1 to about 9:1.
Inventors: Brajesh Jha (Midlothian, Va.); Katie Truong (Piscataway, N.J.)
Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Co. (New York, N.Y.)
Jan. 3, 2023

Systems And Methods For Cryptographic Authentication Of Contactless Cards
Patent No. 11544707
Example embodiments of systems and methods for data transmission between a contactless card and a client device in support of a FIDO authentication are provided. In an embodiment, upon receipt of a challenge issued by a server in connection with a pending transaction, the contactless card may authorize the client device to utilize a FIDO private key to respond to the challenge. If the response to the challenge is successful, the FIDO authentication may proceed and the transaction may be completed.
Inventors: Kevin Osborn (Newton Highlands, Mass.); James Ashfield (Midlothian, Va.); Srinivasa Chigurupati (Long Grove, Ill.); Jeffrey Rule (Chevy Chase, Md.)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Va.)
Jan. 1, 2023

Software Change Analysis And Automated Remediation
Patent No. 11537391
In some implementations, a system may receive dependency indicators associated with a plurality of cloud-based applications and receive change indicators associated with changes to one or more first applications of the plurality of cloud-based applications. The system may receive an indicator associated with an incident ticket based on a problem with a second application of the plurality of cloud-based applications. The device may determine at least one of the change indicators associated with the incident ticket based on dependencies between the one or more first applications and the second application and based on a difference between a time associated with the incident ticket and a time associated with the at least one of the change indicators. The system may, based on determining the at least one of the change indicators, transmit a command to rollback at least one of the changes or to rollforward at least one change.
Inventors: Krystan R. Franzen (Mechanicsville, Va.); Mohamed Seck (Aubrey, Texas)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Va.)
Dec. 27, 2022

Adjustable Motor Mount
Patent No. 11536471
A heating ventilation, and/or air conditioning (HVAC) system includes a support structure having a mounting rail, a first mounting bracket coupled to the mounting rail and configured to be adjustably positioned along a first axis of the mounting rail, and a second mounting bracket directly coupled to the first mounting bracket. The second mounting bracket is configured to support a fan motor mounted thereto, the second mounting bracket is configured to be adjustably positioned along a second axis of the first mounting bracket, and the second axis of the first mounting bracket is transverse to the first axis of the mounting rail.
Inventors: Zachary A. Willey (Henrico, Va.); John L. McElvany (Norman, Okla.); Anthony J. Reardon (Moore, Okla.)
Assignee: Johnson Controls Tyco IP Holdings
Dec. 27, 2022

Systems And Methods For Intra-operative Image Analysis
Patent No. 11534127
A system and method for analyzing images to optimize orthopedic functionality at a site within a patient, including obtaining at least a first, reference image of the site, or a corresponding contralateral site, the first image including at least a first anatomical region or a corresponding anatomical region. At least a second, intra-operative results image of the site is obtained. At least one point is selected to serve as a reference for both images during analysis including at least one of scaling, calculations, and image comparisons.
Inventors: Noah D. Wollowick (Westport, Conn.); Andrew J. Cooper (Largo, Fla.); Xiu Jiang (Rego Park, N.Y.); Cameron Albert (Powhatan, Va.)
Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products (Raynham, Mass.)
Dec. 27, 2023

Non-nicotine Pod Assemblies And Non-nicotine E-vaping Devices
Patent No. 11528939
A non-nicotine pod assembly for a non-nicotine e-vaping device may include a pod body and a connector module. The pod body has an upstream end and a downstream end and is configured to hold a non-nicotine pre-vapor formulation. The upstream end of the pod body defines a cavity. The connector module is configured to be seated within the cavity of the pod body. The connector module may include an external face and a side face. The external face of the connector module includes at least one electrical contact and defines a pod inlet. The side face of the connector module defines at least one module inlet. The side face of the connector module faces a sidewall of the cavity in the pod body when the connector module is seated within the cavity.
Inventors: Dean Twite (Richmond); Yannick Hourmand (Richmond); Charles Dendy (Ruther Glen, Va.); Bipin Patil (Richmond); Rangaraj S. Sundar (Richmond); Christopher Newcomb (Richmond); Niall Gallagher (Richmond); Raymond W. Lau (Richmond); Eric Hawes (Richmond)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Dec. 20, 2022

Non-nicotine Pod Assemblies And Non-nicotine E-vaping Devices
Patent No. 11528938
A non-nicotine pod assembly for a non-nicotine e-vaping device may include a first section and a second section connected to the first section. The first section may define a pod outlet and be configured to hold a non-nicotine pre-vapor formulation. The second section may define a pod inlet and be configured to heat the non-nicotine pre-vapor formulation. The pod inlet is in fluidic communication with the pod outlet via a flow path. The flow path may include a first diverged portion, a second diverged portion, and a converged portion. A non-nicotine e-vaping device may include a device body defining a through hole configured to receive the non-nicotine pod assembly such that a pod inlet for the air flow is exposed when the non-nicotine pod assembly is seated within the through hole.
Inventors: Dean Twite (Richmond); Yannick Hourmand (Richmond); Rangaraj S. Sundar (Richmond); Gregory L. Nelson (Chester, Va.); Naill Gallager (Richmond); Jarrett Kee (Richmond); Phillip Diana (Richmond); James Yorkshades (Gamlingay, Great Britain)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Dec. 20, 2022

Nicotine Pod Assemblies And Nicotine E-vaping Devices
Patent No. 11528937
A nicotine e-vaping device may include a nicotine pod assembly and a device body defining a through hole configured to receive the nicotine pod assembly. The nicotine pod assembly is configured to hold a nicotine pre-vapor formulation. The through hole of the device body includes at least sidewall that is configured to deflect during an insertion of the nicotine pod assembly. One or more sidewalls of the through hole may include at least one protrusion configured to engage with corresponding recesses of the nicotine pod assembly so as to retain the nicotine pod assembly within the through hole of the device body.
Inventors: Yannick Hourmand (Richmond); Christopher Newcomb (Richmond); Raymond W. Lau (Richmond); Eric Hawes (Richmond)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Dec. 20, 2022

Aerosol Generating Device Comprising Semiconductor Heaters
Patent No. 11533786
An aerosol-generating device includes an electrical power supply, a cavity structure configured to receive an aerosol-generating article, and a plurality of semiconductor heaters within the cavity structure. Each of the plurality of semiconductor heaters includes a substrate layer and a heating layer on the substrate layer. The heating layer is a continuous layer. The aerosol-generating device includes a controller configured to control a supply of electrical power from the electrical power supply to each of the plurality of semiconductor heaters.
Inventors: Rui Nuno Batista (Morges,Switz.)
Assignee: Altria Client Services
Dec. 20, 2022

Ballistic Translation Efficiency Of High Performance Fibers
Patent No. 11530513
A method for improving the translation efficiency of fiber strength into composite strength is provided. A single unidirectional tape, single unidirectional fiber web or a stack of unidirectional web/unidirectional tape plies formed from partially oriented fibers/tapes is primed under mild conditions followed by subjecting the primed plies to an axial extension stress in the axial fiber direction of each fiber ply by passage through a compression apparatus. The axial extension stress extends the fibers, strengthening them, while also compacting the plies together and thereby forming a composite having improved strength. Production yield is improved by avoiding maximal fiber stretching and thereby avoiding typical manufacturing loss, and low weight composite armor having increased strength is achieved.
Inventors: Ashok Bhatnagar (Richmond); David A. Hurst (Richmond); Charles Arnett (Richmond); Gary Kratzer (Midlothian, Va.); Henry Gerard Ardiff (Chesterfield, Va.)
Assignee: Honeywell International (Charlotte, N.C.)
Dec. 20, 2022

Direct To Container System With On-line Weight Control And Associated Method
Patent No. 11530056
Systems and methods for manufacturing and inserting a predetermined number of material-filled pouches into containers are disclosed. A system includes a pouch providing system comprising a plurality of lanes, wherein each one of the plurality of lanes includes a pouch making machine and a hold-back structure. The system also includes a conveyor system structured and arranged to move a plurality of containers into alignment with the plurality of lanes. The system further includes a controller structured and arranged to control the hold-back structure in each one of the plurality of lanes such that the pre-determined pouches are inserted into the plurality of containers when the plurality of containers are aligned with the plurality of lanes.
Inventors: James D. Evans (Chesterfield, Va.); Herbert Cary Longest (Midlothian, Va.); Tamika S. Murrell (Richmond); Robert V. Powell Jr. (Midlothian, Va.); Jeremy Straight (Midlothian, Va.); Jarrod W. Chalkley (Mechanicsville, Va.)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Dec. 20, 2022

Tank Car Lifting Apparatus
Patent No. 11530117
A lifting apparatus for lifting a tank car is provided. The lifting apparatus can include a first arm to surround and not contact a tank car jacket and a second arm to surround and not contact the tank car jacket.
Inventors: Barry Isringhausen (Providence Forge, Va.); Britt Calloway (Midlothian, Va.); Jonathan Dip (Glen Allen, Va.)
Assignee: Cranemasters (Chesterfield, Va.)
Dec. 20, 2022

Modular Cardiac Rhythm Management Using Q To LV Activation Measures
Patent No. 11529088
Methods and systems for use of the Q-wave to R-wave interval to guide placement of a leadless cardiac pacemaker are disclosed. An implant delivery device is equipped with sensing electrodes to sense R-wave onset in a ventricle of a patient’s heart to allow placement at a location of last or latest onset of the R-wave. Guidance tools are provided to assist in determination of the Q-wave to R-wave interval during implantation. For a chronic system, a cooperative approach is disclosed in which an implantable medical device and a leadless cardiac pacemaker exchange data to determine Q-wave to R-wave intervals and enhance cardiac resynchronization therapy delivery by the leadless cardiac pacemaker.
Inventors: Steven Lee Eddy (Chesterfield, Va.); Brendan Early Koop (Ham Lake, Minn.); Yinghong Yu (Shoreview, Minn.)
Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers (St. Paul, Minn.)
Dec. 20, 2022

Personal Protection And Ventilation System
Patent No. 11528947
A personal protection and ventilation system is provided. The system includes a gown having front and rear panels, a hood, and visor; a fan; an air tube; and a helmet. The fan is positioned between the wearer and a body-facing surface of the rear panel. The front panel and at least a portion of the hood are formed from a first material including a first spunbond layer, a spunbond-meltblown-spunbond laminate, and a liquid impervious elastic film disposed therebetween. The first material has an air volumetric flow rate of less than about 1 standard cubic feet per minute (scfm). The rear panel is formed from a second material including a nonwoven laminate having an air volumetric flow rate of about 20 scfm to about 80 scfm. Therefore, the fan is able to intake a sufficient amount of air from the environment through the rear panel to provide cooling/ventilation to the hood.
Inventors: Jerald T. Jascomb (Roswell, Ga.); Brian E. Lin (Cumming, Ga.); Dennis Joseph (Milton, Ga.); Prasad S. Potnis (Johns Creek, Ga.); Brian M. Collins (Johns Creek, Ga.); Namita A. Mithani (Alpharetta, Ga.)
Assignee: O&M Halyard Inc. (Mechanicsville, Va.)
Dec. 20, 2022

Personal Protection And Ventilation System
Patent No. 11528954
A personal protection and ventilation system is provided. The system includes a gown having front and rear panels, a hood, and visor; a fan; an air tube; and a helmet. The fan is positioned between the wearer and a body-facing surface of the rear panel. The front panel and at least a portion of the hood are formed from a first material including a first spunbond layer, a spunbond-meltblown-spunbond laminate, and a liquid impervious elastic film disposed therebetween. The first material has an air volumetric flow rate of less than about 1 standard cubic feet per minute (scfm). The rear panel is formed from a second material including a nonwoven laminate having an air volumetric flow rate of about 20 scfm to about 80 scfm. Therefore, the fan is able to intake a sufficient amount of air from the environment through the rear panel to provide cooling/ventilation to the hood.
Inventors: Jerald T. Jascomb (Roswell, Ga.); Brian E. Lin (Cumming, Ga.); Dennis Joseph (Milton, Ga.): Prasad S. Potnis (Johns Creek, Ga.); Brian M. Collins (Johns Creek, Ga.); Namita Mithani (Alpharetta, Ga.)
Assignee: O&M Halyard Inc. (Mechanicsville, Va.)
Dec. 20, 2022

Targeted Variation Of Machine Learning Input Data
Patent No. 11537876
Machine learning models, semantic networks, adaptive systems, artificial neural networks, convolutional neural networks, and other forms of knowledge processing systems are disclosed. Input data for a machine learning system may be analyzed to determine one or more potential biases in the input data. Based on the one or more potential biases, the input data may be grouped, and/or weights may be applied to one or more portions of the input data. The input data may be input into a machine learning algorithm, which may generate output data. Based on an evaluation of the output data, the input data may be grouped, and/or second weights may be applied to one or more portions of the input data.
Inventors: Vaughn M. Bivens (Charlotte, N.C.); Ganesh Bonda (Charlotte, N.C.); Stephen C. Cauthorne (Richmond); Manu Kurian (Dallas, Texas)
Assignee: Bank of America Corp. (Charlotte, N.C.)
Dec. 27, 2022

Dynamic Review Of Software Updates After Pull Requests
Patent No. 11537392
In some implementations, a system may receive, from a software repository, a difference file indicating changes, to software code, that was submitted to the software repository. The system may parse the difference file to determine files, associated with the software code, affected by the changes and to determine content associated with the changes. The system may apply rules, from a rule dictionary, based on comparing identifiers, associated with the files, with identifiers included in the rules and based on comparing the content, associated with the changes, with content included in the rules. The system may generate software review checklist items based on applying the rules and output the software review checklist items for display. The system may receive, based on input from a user, confirmation of the changes and commit the changes to the software repository based on the confirmation.
Inventors: Tallulah Kay (Washington, D.C.); Benjamin Simon (Arlington, Va.); Christina Kim (Washington, D.C.); Naveed Khan (Bowie, Md.): Ahmad Ibrahim (Centreville, Va.); Jean-Etienne Lavallee (Richmond); George Swain (Arlington, Va.); Steven Almanzar (Arlington, Va.); Andrew Kim (Fairfax, Va.); Dominic Leone (Ashburn, Va.)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Va.)
Dec. 27,2022

Combination Devices, Systems, And Methods For Humidification Of The Airways And High Efficiency Delivery Of Pharmaceutical Aerosols
Patent No. 11534569
Devices, systems, and methods are disclosed which permit ventilation therapy concurrent with humidity and aerosol drug delivery. Exemplary mixer-heaters employ alternating actuation of humidity and drug nebulizers and may use a single constant power setting for the heating section while keeping a controlled outlet temperature over the course of treatment.
Inventors: Philip Worth Longest Jr. (Midlothian, Va.); Michael Hindle (Chesterifeld, Va.); Benjamin Spence (Richmond); Sneha Dhapare (Henrico, Va.); Wei Xiangyin (Richmond)
Assignee: Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond)
Dec. 27, 2022

Bag-in-box Film For Packaging Refrigerated Liquids
Patent No. 11535011
Multi-layer films for making bags for containing flowable materials, in particular to large bags for dairy products. The multi-layer films have an outer and an inner sealant layer and a core layer and optionally, an interposed layer positioned between the outer sealant layer and the core layer and between the core layer and the inner sealant layer. The outer and inner sealant layers contain an ethylene/α-olefin interpolymer composition and the intermediate layer optionally contains this interpolymer composition.
Inventor: Nicholas Farkas (Kingston, Calif.)
Assignee: Liqui-Box Corp. (Richmond)
Dec. 27, 2022

Electronic Vaping Device
Patent No. 11540359
An electronic vaping device includes a housing, a planar heater, a heater support, a tank, and a wick. The housing extends in a longitudinal direction and has a tip end and a mouth-end. The tip end is closed and the mouth-end has an opening therein. The heater support supports the planar heater. The tank contains a pre-vapor formulation and is configured to slide into and out of the opening of the mouth-end of the housing. The wick extends from the tank and is configured to be in contact with the planar heater when the tank is inserted in the housing.
Inventors: Peter Lipowicz (Midlothian, Va.)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Dec. 27, 2022

Stabilizing Retractor System For Distal Radius Fracture Repair
Patent No. 11534152
A stabilizing retractor system for distal radius fracture repair includes a backing plate configured to support the back of the wrist and having a first side accessible on a first side of the wrist, a second side accessible on a second side of the wrist. A first soft tissue retractor is engageable with the backing plate and has a first radius engaging concavity on a first side, and a first soft tissue retracting surface on a second side. A second soft tissue retractor is engageable with the backing plate and has a second radius engaging concavity on a first side, and a first soft tissue retracting surface on a second side. The first and second tissue retractors may be advanced apart from each other to retract tissue, and retained by a tie which connects the first and second retractors around the back of the backing plate.
Inventors: Alidad Ghiassi (Los Angeles, Calif.); Steven Howard (La Jolla, Calif.); Bradley Klos (Solana Beach, Calif.); Michael Bauschard (Richmond)
Assignee: Retractortho (Solana Beach, Calif.)
Dec. 27, 2022

Methods For Measuring Usage Of Consumables In Kitchen Appliances
Patent No. 11534021
Automated replenishment of consumables is a growing area of interest for customers and businesses alike, in that it has the potential to both improve customer satisfaction and create a steady stream of orders for a consumable service or product. As recognized herein, kitchen appliances, including those for dispensing beverages, present specific challenges to integration with a replenishment service, especially where multiple packages or formats of consumables may be utilized by a single kitchen appliance. Aspects provided herein include methods, systems, and devices for tracking consumption of foodstuffs prepared by a kitchen appliance, including either counting discrete quantities of foodstuffs or estimating non-discrete quantities. A signal requesting replenishment of at least one foodstuff may be transmitted to a replenishment server based on the counting and/or estimating.
Inventors: Adam Hanes (Glen Allen, Va.); Patrick T. Mulvaney (Richmond)
Assignee: Hamilton Beach Brands (Glen Allen, Va.)
Dec. 27, 2022

Deployable Steps For A Tailgate
Patent No. 11535161
The deployable steps for a tailgate includes a mounting plate, a plurality of risers, a plurality of treads, and a plurality of hinges. The deployable steps for a tailgate may attach to a tailgate of a truck via the mounting plate. The plurality of risers and the plurality of treads may fold and unfold at the plurality of hinges. The plurality of risers and the plurality of treads may form steps when unfolded into a deployed position. When folded into a stowed position, the plurality of risers and the plurality of treads may be parallel to each other and may be parallel to the tailgate.
Inventors: Ernest Walker (Richmond)
Assignee: N/A
Dec. 27, 2022

Heat Sealable Barrier Paperboard
Patent No. 11542665
An aqueous coated paperboard is disclosed which exhibits good barrier properties and anti-blocking behavior and is heat sealable.
Inventors: Jiebin Pang (Glen Allen, Va.); Natasha G. Melton (Richmond); Teresa Krug (Henrico, Va.); Steven Parker (Raleigh, N.C.)
Assignee: WestRock MWV
Jan.3, 2023

Self-service Modular Drop Safes With Messenger Access Capability
Patent No. 11544982
Novel modular smart management devices in the form of drop safes include the modular components of a chassis, door and technology cabinet. The drop safes enable retailers to make cash deposits quickly and safely within or near their own facilities. Various technology, including RFID readers, RFID tags, and other equipment allow the drop safes to identify each deposited bag. Employees utilize specialized apps on their mobile devices to facilitate deposit creation and other tasks. Novel methodologies for accessing the drop safes for emptying employ single-use, time-expiration type authorization codes along with other security measures to minimize risk and to provide other benefits. Novel structures along with methodologies for replacing, on-site, modular components with auto-detection of functionality during initialization and re-initialization enables for efficient replacement and upgrading of components, including the upgrading of safes to provide additional functionality.
Inventors: Douglas A. Pertz (Southlake, Texas); Rohan Pal (Colleyville, Texas); Keith Barthelmeus (Atlanta, Ga.); Laura Baumann (Rockwall, Texas); Shane McKiernan (Charlotte, N.C.); Ken Pohl (Arlington, Texas); Kyle Bolin (Flower Mound, Texas); Colm McKiernan (Flower Mound, Texas); Mark Nietubyc (Frisco, Texas)
Assignee: Brink’s Network (Richmond)
Jan. 3, 2023

Self-service Modular Drop Safes With Deposit Creation Capability
Patent No. 11544981
Novel modular smart management devices in the form of drop safes include the modular components of a chassis, door and technology cabinet. The drop safes enable retailers to make cash deposits quickly and safely within or near their own facilities. Various technology, including RFID readers, RFID tags, and other equipment allow the drop safes to identify each deposited bag. Employees utilize specialized apps on their mobile devices to facilitate deposit creation and other tasks. Novel methodologies for accessing the drop safes for emptying employ single-use, time-expiration type authorization codes along with other security measures to minimize risk and to provide other benefits. Novel structures along with methodologies for replacing, on-site, modular components with auto-detection of functionality during initialization and re-initialization enables for efficient replacement and upgrading of components, including the upgrading of safes to provide additional functionality.
Inventors: Douglas A. Pertz (Southlake, Texas); Rohan Pal (Colleyville, Texas); Keith Barthelmeus (Atlanta, Ga.); Laura Baumann (Rockwall, Texas); Shane McKiernan (Charlotte, N.C.); Ken Pohl (Arlington, Texas); Kyle Bolin (Flower Mound, Texas); Colm McKiernan (Flower Mound, Texas); Mark Nietubyc (Frisco, Texas)
Assignee: Brink’s Network (Richmond)
Jan. 3, 2023

Aerosol-generating System Including Solid And Liquid Aerosol-forming Substrates
Patent No. 11546969
An aerosol-generating system may include a cartridge, a heater section, and an aerosol-generating device. The cartridge may include a cartridge housing, a solid aerosol-forming substrate positioned within the cartridge housing, and a liquid aerosol-forming substrate positioned within the cartridge housing. The heater section is separate from the cartridge and includes an electric heater. The aerosol-generating device may include a device housing configured to receive the cartridge and a power supply for supplying electrical power to the electric heater. The power supply may be positioned within the device housing.
Inventors: Tony Reevell (London, Great Britain)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Jan. 3, 2023

Aerosol-generating System With Separate Capsule And Vaporizing Unit
Patent No. 11546971
An aerosol-generating system may comprise a releasably connectable capsule and vaporizing unit. The capsule may comprise a reservoir for containing an aerosol-generating substrate, an opening in fluidic communication with the reservoir, and a valve configured to control a flow of the aerosol-generating substrate from the reservoir through the opening. The valve may comprise one or more resilient closing members biased towards a closed position. The vaporizing unit may comprise a transfer element and a heating element disposed in a housing. The heating element is configured to heat the aerosol-generating substrate in the transfer element. The vaporizing unit may also comprise an elongate element configured to engage with the valve to deflect the one or more resilient closing members from the closed position to an open position so as place the transfer element in fluidic connection with the reservoir when the capsule is connected to the vaporizing unit.
Inventors: Eric Force (Bevaix, Switz.)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Jan. 3, 2023

Electronic Vaping Device
Patent No. 11540563
An electronic smoking article, a method of manufacturing an electronic smoking article, and a method of achieving a smoking experience without combusting tobacco are disclosed. The electronic smoking article includes an authenticated first section, which includes an aerosol generation unit having at least one heater; an authenticated second section, which includes a power supply operable to apply voltage to the at least one heater for heating a liquid in at least a portion of the aerosol generation unit to form an aerosol; and a conductive ink circuit embedded within the first and second sections, and wherein the power supply and the aerosol generation unit are electrically connected upon joining the first and second sections, and wherein each of the first and second sections has a portion of the conductive ink circuit.
Inventors: Eric Hawes (Midlothian, Va.)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Jan. 3, 2023

Fabric Having Tobacco Entangled With Structural Fibers
Patent No. 11540560
A smokeless tobacco product includes smokeless tobacco and structural fibers. The structural fibers forming a network in which the smokeless tobacco is entangled. The structural fibers have a composition different from the smokeless tobacco. The tobacco-entangled fabric can have an overall oven volatiles content of at least 10 weight percent. In some embodiments, the structural fibers form a nonwoven network. In some embodiments, fibrous structures of the smokeless tobacco are entangled with the structural fibers.
Inventors: Frank Scott Atchley (Tarpon Springs, Fla.); James M. Rossman (Richmond); Munmaya K. Mishra (Manakin Sabot, Va.)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Jan. 3, 2023

Oral Pouch Product Having Soft Edge And Method Of Making
Patent No. 11542049
An oral pouch product having a soft edge includes an inner filling material enclosed inwardly of at least one seam between opposed layers of porous pouch wrapper. The at least one seam is separated from the periphery of the porous pouch wrapper by an unbonded area of the opposed layers so as to form a soft edge of the pouch wrapper.
Inventors: Fernando L. Chappell Sr. (Colonial Heights, Va.); Danielle R. Crawford (Chester, Va.)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA (Richmond)
Jan. 3, 2023

Oral Product
Patent No. 11541001
An oral product includes a body that is wholly receivable in an oral cavity. The body includes a mouth-stable polymer matrix, cellulosic fibers embedded in the mouth-stable polymer matrix, and an additive dispersed in the mouth-stable polymer matrix. The oral product is adapted to release the additive from the body when the body is received within the oral cavity and exposed to saliva.
Inventors: Feng Gao (Midlothian, Va.); Frank Scott Atchley (Tarpon Springs, Fla.); Gregory James Griscik (Midlothian, Va.); Christopher Joseph Dinovi (Ruther Glen, Va.); Phillip M. Hulan (Midlothian, Va.); Diane L. Gee (Chesterfield, Va.); Gerd Kobal (Sandy Hook, Va.)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Jan. 3, 2023

Oral Tobacco Product
Patent No. 11540554
An oral tobacco product includes a body that is wholly receivable in an oral cavity. The body includes a mouth-stable polymer matrix and tobacco fibers embedded in the mouth-stable polymer matrix. The oral tobacco product can be formed by extruding a mixture of mouth-stable polymer and tobacco fibers.
Inventors: Feng Gao (Midlothian, Va.); Frank Scott Atchley (Tarpon Springs, Fla.); Gregory James Griscik (Midlothian, Va.); Christopher Joseph Dinovi (Ruther Glen, Va.); Phillip M. Hulan (Midlothian, Va.); Diane L. Gee (Chesterfield, Va.); Munmaya K. Mishra (Manakin Sabot, Va.); James Arthur Strickland (Richmond)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Jan. 3, 2023

Package For Consumer Goods And Method For Manufacturing A Tear-open Package
Patent No. 11542060
The package includes a sheet material with a first end and a second end, the first end being connected to the second end to form a sealing flap, the sealing flap sealing the package along at least a transversal edge of the sheet material, longitudinal edges of the sheet material being connected to each other. The sealing flap defines an opening cut, the opening cut being arranged in a sealed portion of the package. A first part of the sheet material forms a first package face, the sealing flap being connected to the first package face.
Inventors: Luiz Andre Rodgriguez (Neuchatel, Switz.); Onesio Luis Thesing (Ecublens, (Switz.); Timothee Cailleaux (Divonne-les-Bains, France)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Jan. 3, 2023

Systems And Methods For Nucleic Acid Expression In Vivo
Patent No. 11541130
The present invention provides compositions, systems, kits, and methods for expression of one or more biomolecules in a subject, human or non-human mammal, (e.g., at therapeutic levels for the extended periods of time required to produce therapeutic effects). In certain embodiments, compositions, systems, kits, and methods are provided that comprise a first composition comprising polycationic structures (e.g., empty cationic liposomes, cationic micelles, cationic emulsions, or cationic polymers) and a second composition comprising expression vectors (e.g., non-viral expression vectors not associated with liposomes or other carriers) encoding one or more biomolecules of interest.
Inventors: Robert James Debs (San Francisco, Calif.); Timothy D. Heath (Madison, Wisc.); Chakkrapong Handumrongkul (Richmond)
Assignee: DNARx (N/A)
Jan. 3, 2023

Robotic Cleaning Device With Dynamic Area Coverage
Patent No. 11537141
A system dynamically generates a cleaning coverage pattern of an area using waypoints and sensor data from one or more sensor modalities. To do this, a robotic cleaning device moves through an area to be cleaned, identifies consecutive waypoints through the area, and stores the waypoints in a memory. At least one sensor of the robotic cleaning device collects sensor data about a portion of the area as the device moves between the consecutive waypoints. A temporary map of the portion of the area between the consecutive waypoints is generated based on the collected sensor data, and a cleaning coverage pattern is generated using the temporary map. The area is then cleaned by moving the robotic cleaning device according to the cleaning coverage pattern. In certain embodiments, upon completing the cleaning, the consecutive waypoints are retained in the memory, while the temporary map may not be retained.
Inventors: David M. Knuth Jr. (Chesterfield, Va.); Aurle Y. Gagne (Mechanicsville, Va.); Erick Frack (Lake Oswego, Ore.); Daniel M. Daly (Los Gatos, Calif.)
Assignee: Diversey (Fort Mill, S.C.)
Jan. 3, 2023

Systems, Methods And Computer Readable Medium For Wireless Solicitations
Patent No. 11538054
Product offering systems are provided. Product offering systems may include sending an offer to a customer that possesses a mobile computing device and has agreed to receive offers for products via the mobile computing device. Agreeing to receive offers would result in the unique data about the customer being available to offer provider. Unique customer data may include data related to the customers wireless service provider or from a financial account in a financial institution, and collecting customer data about the customer, wherein the customer data comprises financial data and personal data. Product offering systems may further include registering a wireless computing device of the customer to able the device to receive the offer, and determining opportunities to send the offer to the customer by monitoring the customer and the customer data. Product offering systems may also include sending the offer to the customer’s registered device based on the determination of opportunities.
Inventors: Richard Comerford (Glen Allen, Va.); Joseph M. DeFilippo (Glen Allen, Va.)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Va.)
Dec. 27, 2022

Methods And Compositions For Polyurethane Dispersions Using Caprolactam-derived Solvents
Patent No. 11542360
Caprolactam-derived solvents for use as processing solvents and/or coalescing agents for polyurethane dispersions (PUDs). The caprolactam-derived solvents are suitable for processing solvents and coalescing agents in PUDs created through traditional PUD manufacturing processes or as coalescing agents in PUDs created through solvent-free PUD manufacturing processes. Blends of more than one caprolactam-derived solvent may be used as the processing solvent and/or coalescing agent.
Inventors: Edward Asirvatham (Chatham, N.J.); Celine de Lame (Pry, Belgium); Jaime A. Flores-Vazquez (Glen Allen, Va.)
Assignee: AdvanSix Resins & Chemicals (Parsippany, N.J.)
Jan. 1, 2023

Systems And Methods For Determining Developed Code Scores Of An Application
Patent No. 11537914
Disclosed are systems and methods for determining developed code scores of an application. The method may include: receiving, by a processor, one or more first score tags of one or more first blocks of developed code from a user through a computing device; identifying, by the processor, patterns in the developed code based on the received one or more first score tags; applying, by the processor, the identified patterns to one or more second blocks of the developed code; and determining, by the processor, one or more second score tags for the one or more second blocks of the developed code based on the applied patterns.
Inventors: Ateeb Khawaja (Chicago, Ill.); Eric K. Barnum (Midlothian, Va.)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Va.)
Dec. 27, 2023

Methods And Systems For Transition-coded Media, Measuring Engagement Of Transition-coded Media, And Distribution Of Components Of Transition-coded Media
Patent No. 11540011
Disclosed are methods, systems, and non-transitory computer-readable medium for transition-coded media, measuring engagement of transition-coded media, and distribution of components of transition-coded media. For instance, the method may include: obtaining a media file; determining whether the media file includes transition-coded media; in response to determining the media file includes the transition-coded media, setting up a dynamic media environment; detecting whether a user is interacting with the transition-coded media; and in response to detecting the user is interacting with the transition-coded media, executing the transition-coded media with the dynamic media environment.
Inventors: Eric K. Barnum (Midlothian, Va.)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Va.)
Dec. 27, 2022

Personal Care Compositions And Methods For The Same
Patent No. 11540980
A personal care composition and methods for generating increased foam volume in the personal care composition are disclosed. The personal care composition may include a carrier and at least two hydrocolloids, wherein the at least two hydrocolloids are present in an effective amount to produce increased foam volume. The method may include contacting a carrier of the personal care composition with at least two hydrocolloids. The at least two hydrocolloids may include xanthan gum and carrageenan in a ratio of from about 1.5:1 to about 9:1.
Inventors: Brajesh Jha (Midlothian, Va.); Katie Truong (Piscataway, N.J.)
Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Co. (New York, N.Y.)
Jan. 3, 2023

Systems And Methods For Cryptographic Authentication Of Contactless Cards
Patent No. 11544707
Example embodiments of systems and methods for data transmission between a contactless card and a client device in support of a FIDO authentication are provided. In an embodiment, upon receipt of a challenge issued by a server in connection with a pending transaction, the contactless card may authorize the client device to utilize a FIDO private key to respond to the challenge. If the response to the challenge is successful, the FIDO authentication may proceed and the transaction may be completed.
Inventors: Kevin Osborn (Newton Highlands, Mass.); James Ashfield (Midlothian, Va.); Srinivasa Chigurupati (Long Grove, Ill.); Jeffrey Rule (Chevy Chase, Md.)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Va.)
Jan. 1, 2023

Software Change Analysis And Automated Remediation
Patent No. 11537391
In some implementations, a system may receive dependency indicators associated with a plurality of cloud-based applications and receive change indicators associated with changes to one or more first applications of the plurality of cloud-based applications. The system may receive an indicator associated with an incident ticket based on a problem with a second application of the plurality of cloud-based applications. The device may determine at least one of the change indicators associated with the incident ticket based on dependencies between the one or more first applications and the second application and based on a difference between a time associated with the incident ticket and a time associated with the at least one of the change indicators. The system may, based on determining the at least one of the change indicators, transmit a command to rollback at least one of the changes or to rollforward at least one change.
Inventors: Krystan R. Franzen (Mechanicsville, Va.); Mohamed Seck (Aubrey, Texas)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Va.)
Dec. 27, 2022

Adjustable Motor Mount
Patent No. 11536471
A heating ventilation, and/or air conditioning (HVAC) system includes a support structure having a mounting rail, a first mounting bracket coupled to the mounting rail and configured to be adjustably positioned along a first axis of the mounting rail, and a second mounting bracket directly coupled to the first mounting bracket. The second mounting bracket is configured to support a fan motor mounted thereto, the second mounting bracket is configured to be adjustably positioned along a second axis of the first mounting bracket, and the second axis of the first mounting bracket is transverse to the first axis of the mounting rail.
Inventors: Zachary A. Willey (Henrico, Va.); John L. McElvany (Norman, Okla.); Anthony J. Reardon (Moore, Okla.)
Assignee: Johnson Controls Tyco IP Holdings
Dec. 27, 2022

Systems And Methods For Intra-operative Image Analysis
Patent No. 11534127
A system and method for analyzing images to optimize orthopedic functionality at a site within a patient, including obtaining at least a first, reference image of the site, or a corresponding contralateral site, the first image including at least a first anatomical region or a corresponding anatomical region. At least a second, intra-operative results image of the site is obtained. At least one point is selected to serve as a reference for both images during analysis including at least one of scaling, calculations, and image comparisons.
Inventors: Noah D. Wollowick (Westport, Conn.); Andrew J. Cooper (Largo, Fla.); Xiu Jiang (Rego Park, N.Y.); Cameron Albert (Powhatan, Va.)
Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products (Raynham, Mass.)
Dec. 27, 2023

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