The R&D Dept.: Local patent roundup for 1.18.23

Maximizing Of Energy Delivery System Compatibility With Voltage Optimization
Patent No. 11550352
A method, apparatus, system and computer program is provided for controlling an electric power system, including implementation of a voltage control and conservation (VCC) system used to optimally control the independent voltage and capacitor banks using a linear optimization methodology to minimize the losses in the EEDCS and the EUS. An energy validation process system (EVP) is provided which is used to document the savings of the VCC and an EPP is used to optimize improvements to the EEDCS for continuously improving the energy losses in the EEDS. The EVP system measures the improvement in the EEDS a result of operating the VCC system in the “ON” state determining the level of energy conservation achieved by the VCC system. In addition the VCC system monitors pattern recognition events and compares them to the report-by-exception data to detect HVL events. If one is detected the VCC optimizes the capacity of the EEDS to respond to the HVL events by centering the piecewise linear solution maximizing the ability of the EDDS to absorb the HVL event.
Inventors: Phillip W. Powell (Chesterfield, Va.); Stephen J. Tyler (Henrico, Va.); Melissa A. Peskin (Richmond)
Assignee: Dominion Energy (Richmond)
Jan. 10, 2023

Indoor-traditional Climbing Device Cover
Patent No. 11547916
Traditional climbing is being sought out by more indoor climbers, however the issue that has arisen is that the only way to learn the method is through trial and error in the outdoors on real rock. An indoor-traditional climbing device (I-TCD) makes it possible to learn how to climb Traditionally in a safe environment with hands on instruction. Provided herein is a cover/shield for an I-TCD that allows not only for the placement of multiple kinds of gear within the I-TCD body, but it allows the climber to fall on that gear placement safely to determine the quality of their gear placement, without the risk of falling upon the I-TCD body. Therefore, the cover/shield provides an angled feature to reduce direct impact injuries while increasing the opportunity for climbers who wish to learn how to climb traditionally.
Inventors: Hilton Bennett (Richmond)
Assignee: N/A
Jan. 10, 2023

Banded Papers, Smoking Articles And Methods
Patent No. 11547140
Wrapper for cigarette manufacture includes transversely extending band regions applied by a printing technique, such as gravure printing. The band regions comprise starch, an anti-wrinkling agent such as 1,2 propylene glycol or glycerin, and optionally calcium carbonate. Any suitable printing technique can be used to apply the aqueous solution to the banded regions. The pattern of banded regions may be bands, stripes, two-dimensional arrays, undulated regions, and the like along and/or around the tobacco rod. The pattern can be applied in one or more layers. The pattern may be configured so that when a smoking article is placed on a substrate, at least two longitudinal locations along the length of the tobacco rod have film-forming compound located only on sides of the smoking article not in contact with the substrate.
Inventors: Ping Li (Glen Allen, Va.); Firooz Rasouli (Midlothian, Va.); Rajesh K. Garg (Richmond); Randall E. Baren (Glen Allen, Va.); Marc W. Rose (Mechanicsville, Va.); Peter J. Lipowicz (Midlothian, Va.); Tony A. Phan (Richmond); Timothy S. Sherwood (Midlothian, Va.); Szu-Sung Yang (Midlothian, Va.); Donald E. Miser (Chesterfield, Va.); Milton E. Parrish (Midlothian, Va.)
Assignee: Philip Morris USA (Richmond)
Jan. 10, 2023

Trusted Travel Devices Equipped With On-The-fly Monitoring
Patent No. 11552972
A method for enhancing travel security features associated with a mobile device is provided. The method may include operating a time clock on the mobile device to determine a start device confiscation time in the memory and to determine an end device confiscation time in the memory. The method may also include monitoring the operation of the mobile device between the start device confiscation time and the end device confiscation time to determine the existence of an anomalous device condition. The monitoring may include using a network traffic monitor device, a bandwidth usage monitor device, a battery performance monitor device, a website presentation monitor device, and/or central processing usage monitor device. The monitoring may record a device activity between the start time and the end time and flag the anomalous device condition that occurred between the start time and the end time.
Inventors: Harvey Summers (Richmond); Vijaya L. Vemireddy (Plano, Texas); Brandon Sloane (Charlotte, N.C.); Eileen D. Bridges (Fort Mill, S.C.)
Assignee: Bank of America Corp. (Charlotte, N.C.)
Jan. 10, 2023

Electronic Vaping Device And Components Thereof
Patent No. 11547145
A liquid reservoir component of an electronic vaping device includes an outer casing extending in a longitudinal direction, an air inlet, and a vapor outlet. An inner tube is within the outer casing defining a central air passage communicates with the inlet and the outlet. A liquid reservoir is in an annular space between the outer casing and the inner tube. A susceptor is adjacent the central air passage, and a wick is in communication with the liquid reservoir and in thermal communication with the susceptor such that the susceptor is operable to heat the liquid material to a temperature to vaporize the liquid material and form a vapor in the central air passage. The liquid reservoir component is configured to connect with a power supply component such that an induction source is operable to generate an inductive field to heat the susceptor when powered by the power source.
Inventors: Edmond J. Cadieux (Mechanicsville, Va.); Douglas A. Burton (Glen Allen, Va.); Barry S. Smith (Hopewell, Va.); Peter Lipowicz (Midlothian, Va.); Patrick J. Cobler (Andover, Mass.)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Jan. 10, 2023

Carton And Blank Therefor
Patent No. 11548707
Aspects of the disclosure relate to a package, a carton, and a blank for forming the carton. An aspect of the invention provides a carton comprising a plurality of primary panels defining an interior of the carton. The plurality of panels comprises a first primary panel and a second primary panel hingedly connected to the first primary panel along a first fold line. The carton comprises a plurality of end closure panels including first and second end closure panels hingedly connected respectively to the first and second primary panels. The first end closure panel is hingedly connected to the first primary panel along a second fold line and to the second end closure panel. The second fold line is disposed obliquely to the first fold line.
Inventors: Nathaniel B. Ball (Richmond)
Assignee: WestRock Packaging Systems (Atlanta, Ga.)
Jan. 10, 2023

Metal Oxide Compounds And Infusion Into Polymer Compounds
Patent No. 11547116
Described is an initial liquid composition with at least antimicrobial, antibacterial, and/or anti-viral properties comprising chelated metal oxide particles suspended in a polyol, such that metal oxide particles are homogeneously dispersed in a primarily liquid based polyol carrier so that chelated metal oxide particles form a stable complex suspension that is optionally an alkaline based aqueous silver oxide dispersion. The liquid composition can be subsequently added to any polymer or polymer compound/system where the polymer degrades or melts at a temperature lower than the polyol carrier degradation or boiling temperature. The metal oxide complex may also impart beneficial semi-conductive or conductive as well as permeability and flammability property changes to the polymer (host) system.
Inventors: William Wingfield (Richmond); Guerry L. Grune (Virginia Beach, Va.); Richard L. Mason (University Park, Fla.)
Assignee: N/A
Jan. 10, 2023

Tobacco Having Reduced Tobacco Specific Nitrosamine Content
Patent No. 11547138
The present document generally relates to methods and materials involved in producing tobacco or smokeless tobacco product comprising chlorate. For example, chlorate can be used to reduce tobacco specific nitrosamine content in tobacco or smokeless tobacco products.
Inventors: John R. Chipley (Brentwood, Tenn.)
Assignee: U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Co. (Richmond)
Jan. 10, 2023

Method For Detecting Oil On Tobacco Products And Packaging
Patent No. 11549932
A process for detecting oil or lubricant contamination in a manufactured product, the process comprising adding at least two fluorescent taggants to oils or lubricants contained in processing machinery for said product, irradiating said product, causing at least one of said taggants to fluoresce and detecting radiation emitted by said fluorescing taggant in an oil-contaminated product.
Inventors: Edmond J. Cadieux Jr. (Mechanicsville, Va.); Robert E. Wood (Nashville, Tenn.)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Jan. 10, 2023

Emulsions Comprising Cationic Emulsifiers Based On MDIPA Ester Quats
Patent No. 11547644
An emulsion contains A) an alkyl ester quat of formula I ##STR00001##
wherein R.sup.1 is an acyl radical of a fatty acid with a chain length of from 6 to 24 carbon atoms, with the proviso that a mass fraction of saturated, linear fatty acids with a chain length of from 12 to 24 carbon atoms, is more than 50% by weight, based on all acyl radicals R.sup.1, wherein R.sup.2 is an alkyl radical having 1 to 6 carbon atoms, wherein a=1-3 and b=1-3, with the proviso that a+b=4, B) at least one consistency regulator, and C) at least one cosmetic oil.
Inventors: Juergen Meyer (Essen, Germany); Anna M. Howe (Moseley, Va.); Maria L. Spohrer (Glen Allen, Va.); Hans-Juergen, Koehle (Mainhausen, Germany); Brajesh Kumar Jha (Midlothian, Va.)
Assignee: Evonik Operations GmbH (Essen, Germany)
Jan. 10, 2023

Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Apparatus And Method
Patent No. 11547867
A coil configuration and method for transcranial magnetic stimulation enabling stimulation of deep regions of the brain without excessively stimulating the cortex is provided. The coil configuration utilizes at least one coil to produce an off-plane magnetic field to enhance the magnetic field from a top TMS coil. In one configuration three coils, referred to as the Triple Halo Coil and oriented at +30°, 0°, and −30° relative to the plane of the TMS coil, are used. In another configuration a single variable position coil referred to as the Variable Halo Coil and positionable vertically and/or angularly is used.
Inventors: David C. Jiles (Ames, Iowa); Magundappa Hadimani (Glen Allen, Va.); Priyam Rastogi (Ames, Iowa)
Assignee: Iowa State University Research Foundation (Ames, Iowa)
Jan. 10, 2023

Edge-based Location-specific Warning System For LTE Networks
Patent No. 11553322
Disclosed is a mobile edge computing system that provides localized emergency responses and warning exclusively to UEs within a venue or area, and provides location-specific warning within the venue or area. The system includes a component that aggregates the S1-mme interface between the MME and a plurality of baseband units and provides read and write access to the S1-mme interface. The disclosed mobile edge computing system can issue cell-specific public warning system (PWS) messages that are customized for and transmitted exclusively to each individual cell within the venue.
Inventors: Patrick Henkle (Homer Glen, Ill.); Vishal Agrawal (Grayslake, Ill.); Jeffrey Courington (Chester, Va.); Todd Landry (Grayslake, Ill.); Sasi Eswaravaka (Round Lake, Ill.); John Blasko (Grayslake, Ill.); Stephen Turner (Mechanicsville, Va.)
Assignee: John Mezzalingua Associates (Liverpool, N.Y.)
Jan. 10, 2023

Methods For The Installation Of Overhead Transmission Lines And Devices Thereof
Patent No. 11550110
A method for overhead transmission line installation includes tension pulling a transmission line over a path between a first support structure having a first mounting location and a second support structure having a second mounting location extending from the first mounting location to a first transition location on the second support structure, to a second transition location on the first support structure, and to the second mounting location. The transmission line is mounted at the first mounting location and the second mounting location. The mounting provides a slack portion of the transmission line between the first mounting location and the second mounting location. A portion of the slack portion is mounted proximate to the first mounting location or the second mounting location to provide an overhead transmission line extending between the first mounting location and the second mounting location and a remainder of the slack portion.
Inventors: Walter L. Chappell II (Chester, Va.); Brian S. Carr (Disputanta, Va.)
Assignee: Prince George Electric Cooperative (Waverly, Va.)
Jan. 10, 2023

Soluble Fiber Lozenge
Patent No. 11554099
A soluble fiber lozenge provided herein includes a body that is partially or wholly receivable in an oral cavity. The body includes a soluble-fiber matrix and one or more additives dispersed in the soluble-fiber matrix. In some cases, a soluble fiber lozenge provided herein includes at least 40 weight percent of soluble fiber. In some cases, soluble fiber in soluble fiber lozenge provided herein can include maltodextrin. The soluble fiber lozenge is adapted to release one or more additives from the body when the body is received within the oral cavity of a consumer and exposed to saliva. A method of making soluble fiber lozenges provided herein includes forming a molten mixture of at least 40 weight percent soluble fiber, one or more additives, and less than 15 weight percent water while maintaining a mixture temperature of less than 200° C. and portioning the molten mixture into a plurality of soluble fiber lozenges. In some cases, the ingredients can be mixed to form the molten mixture in an extruder.
Inventors: Feng Gao (Midlothian, Va.); Diane L. Gee (Chesterfield, Va.); Shuzhong Zhuang (Glen Allen, Va.); Phillip M.Hulan (Midlothian, Va.); William J. Burke (Nashville, Tenn.); Gerd Kobal (Sandy Hook, Va.)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Jan. 17, 2023

Oil Soluble Taggants
Patent No. 11555790
A process for detecting oil or lubricant contamination in the production of an article by adding a Stokes-shifting taggant to an oil or lubricant of a machine utilized to produce the article or a component thereof, irradiating the articles produced with a first wavelength of radiation, and monitoring the articles for emission of radiation at a second wavelength. The taggant can be in the form of a composition containing a Stokes-shifting taggant, which absorbs radiation at a first wavelength and emits radiation at a second wavelength, different from said first wavelength, dissolved or dispersed in an oil or lubricant.
Inventors: William James Faenza (Andreas, Penn.)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Jan. 17, 2023

Sit Up Push Up Device
Patent No. 11554286
An exercise device that is specifically configured for use by persons having diabetic neuropathy or other foot pain issues is described. The exercise device comprises footrests for the left and right feet of the user that elevate the feet and support them in the ankle region to assist in the performance of exercises that may otherwise be too painful for the user to perform.
Inventors: Ronald Sylvester Wright Sr. (Richmond)
Assignee: N/A
Jan. 17, 2023

Quantum Communications System Having Stabilized Quantum Communications Channel And Associated Methods
Patent No. 11558123
A quantum communications system may include transmitter node, a receiver node, and a quantum communications channel coupling the transmitter node and receiver node. The transmitter node may be configured to co-propagate a first pulse for a quantum state and a second pulse to stabilize the quantum state through the quantum communications channel.
Inventors: Victor G. Bucklew (Richmond); Michael R. Lange (Melbourne, Fla.); James A. Nagel (Fort Wayne, Ind.)
Assignee: Eagle Technology (Melbourne, Fla.)
Jan. 17, 2023

Systems And Methods For Context Development
Patent No. 11558329
Disclosed are methods, systems, and non-transitory computer-readable medium for context development. For instance, a first method may include obtaining first micro-application actor information associated with a first micro-application actor. The first micro-application actor information may include information for workflow rules, and the workflow rules may include data set rules, extract, transform, load (ETL) rules, and functional expressions. The first method may further include obtaining data from data sources based on the data set rules; applying the ETL rules to the obtained data to generate processed data; applying the functional expressions to the processed data to obtain an output; and performing at least one processing action based on the output. A second method may include generating a system component corresponding to a blueprint based on a user request; associating the system component with a domain of a user account; and performing processes associated the system component.
Inventors: Patrick Moore (Allen, Texas); Colleen Frank (Arlington, Va.); Venkata Mandali (Glen Allen, Va.); Bradley Criqui (Chesterfield, Va.)
Assignee: N/A
Jan. 17, 2023

System And Method For Dynamic Generation Of URL By Smart Card
Patent No. 11556668
Embodiments of a smart card and systems and methods for secure data access using a smart card are described. The smart card may be formed a substrate and may include a microprocessor, a memory containing an applet, a counter, and a unique identifier. The smart card may dynamically generate a unique uniform resource location (URL) and transmit the URL to via a contactless communication interface to securely facilitate data access from other devices.
Inventors: Jeffrey Rule (Chevy Chase, Md.); Wayne Lutz (Fort Washington, Md.); Paul Moreton (Glen Allen, Va.); Kevin Osborn (Newton Highlands, Mass.)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Va.)
Jan. 17, 2023

Systems And Methods For Performing A Technical Recovery In A Cloud Environment
Patent No. 11556404
A computer-implemented method for testing failover may include: determining one or more cross-regional dependencies and traffic flow of an application in a first region of a cloud environment, wherein the one or more cross-regional dependencies include a dependency of the application in the first region of the cloud environment to one or more applications in at least one other region of the cloud environment; determining a risk score associated with performing failover of the application to a second region of the cloud environment at least based on the determined one or more cross-regional dependencies and traffic flow of the application; comparing the determined risk score with a predetermined risk score; in response to determining that the determined risk score is lower than the predetermined risk score, performing failover of the application to the second region of the cloud environment; isolating the second region of the cloud environment from the first region of the cloud environment for a predetermined period of time; and monitoring operation of the application in the second region of the cloud environment during the predetermined period of time.
Inventors: Ankit Kothari (Glen Allen, Va.); Ann Hawkins (Midlothian, Va.); John Samos (Glen Allen, Va.)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Va.)
Jan. 17, 2023

Intelligent Services For Application Dependency Discovery, Reporting, And Management Tool
Patent No. 11556459
Techniques for monitoring operating statuses of an application and its dependencies are provided. A monitoring application may collect and report the operating status of the monitored application and each dependency. Through use of existing monitoring interfaces, the monitoring application can collect operating status without requiring modification of the underlying monitored application or dependencies. The monitoring application may determine a problem service that is a root cause of an unhealthy state of the monitored application. Dependency analyzer and discovery crawler techniques may automatically configure and update the monitoring application. Machine learning techniques may be used to determine patterns of performance based on system state information associated with performance events and provide health reports relative to a baseline status of the monitored application. Also provided are techniques for testing a response of the monitored application through modifications to API calls. Such tests may be used to train the machine learning model.
Inventors: Muralidharan Balasubramanian (Gaithersburg, Md.); Eric K. Barnum (Midlothian, Va.); Julie Dallen (Vienna, Va.); David Watson (Arlington, Va.)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Va.)
Jan. 17, 2023

Systems, Devices, And/or Methods For Managing Drone Deliveries
Patent No. 11556887
Certain exemplary embodiments can provide an AirBox constructed to receive deliveries from a drone. The AirBox can comprise an automatically openable lid; and a wireless receiver that is constructed to receive data concerning a delivery from the drone. The automatically openable lid can open to receive the delivery from the drone.
Inventors: Brandon Thomas Pargoe (Midlothian, Va.)
Assignee: Drone Delivery Systems Corp. (Midlothian, Va.)
Jan. 17, 2023

Multifactor Authentication For Vehicle Operation
Patent No. 11554750
A system for limiting vehicle operation is disclosed. The system may comprise one or more memory units for storing instructions and one or more processors configured to execute the instructions to perform operations. The operations may comprise determining that a key device is inside the vehicle; performing an authentication; setting the vehicle in a first vehicle mode; starting the vehicle based on the determination and the first authentication; and limiting vehicle operation based on the first vehicle mode.
Inventors: Ann Claudia Chapin (Powhatan, Va.)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Va.)
Jan. 17, 2023

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