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The R&D Dept.: Local patents for 7.25.12

Patents for MeadWestvaco, Philip Morris and the UVA Patent Foundation. Plus, a Mechanicsville man has invented a process of star navigation for missile systems. BizSense Pro shows you the innovations local companies have coming down the pike.

New business licenses for 7.20.12

Some sweet businesses are on the horizon, including King of Pops, Miz Softee and Fire & Ice Frozen Treats. Plus, a period costume shop is planned. Get the leads on all the new businesses by subscribing to BizSense Pro.

The R&D Dept.: Local patents for 7.11.12

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UVA and VCU get together for a medical patent; a Shockoe Slip drug maker, Afton Chemical and Hamilton Beach each file for patent protection; and two locals come up with a way to repair broken zippers.

The Docket: Court Roundup for 7.5.12

A busy Docket this week with a lease dispute in Manchester, a battle over equipment from now bankrupt local IT firm Packet360, and a contractor that claims it was never paid for work at Richmond International Airport .