R&D Dept.: Patents for 10.13.10

Only two patents this week, both complicated. One seems to be related to Philip Morris’ electric cigarette.

More dough, but a smaller piece of the pie

An FDIC report shows that many locally based banks saw their local deposit base increase in the past year but watched their share of the total market decrease thanks to Bank of America’s growth.

Virginia lags region in energy, group says

The day before Gov. Bob McDonnell’s three-day conference on energy, an environmental group issues a report blasting the governor’s agenda and making several recommendations of its own.