The R&D Dept.: Local patents for 1.27.21

Systems and methods for control system security
Patent No. 10,896,261
A resilient security agent determines a cyber and/or physical health of a control system by, inter alia, communicating cyber-physical key data through cyber-physical control paths of the system, and determining error introduced by the communication. The resilient security agent may be further configured to verify the integrity of acquired cyber-physical state information. The cyber health of the control system may be evaluated by comparing the acquired cyber state information to one or more cyber state profiles. The physical health of the control system may be evaluated by comparing the acquired physical state information to one or more physical state profiles.
Inventors: Craig G. Rieger (Pocatello, Idaho), Timothy R. McJunkin (Idaho Falls, Idaho), Milos Manic (Henrico, Virginia), Kasun Amarasinghe (Richmond)
Assignee: Battelle Energy Alliance (Idaho Falls, Idaho) & Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond)
Jan. 19, 2021

Blending of agricultural products via hyperspectral imaging and analysis
Patent No. 10,896,325
Provided is a method for blending of agricultural product utilizing hyperspectral imaging. At least one region along a sample of agricultural product is scanned using at least one light source of different wavelengths. Hyperspectral images are generated from the at least one region. A spectral fingerprint for the sample of agricultural product is formed from the hyperspectral images. A plurality of samples of agricultural product is blended based on the spectral fingerprints of the samples according to parameters determined by executing a blending algorithm.
Inventors: Seetharama C. Deevi (Midlothian, Virginia), Henry M. Dante (Midlothian, Virginia), Qiwei Liang (Midlothian, Virginia), Samuel Timothy Henry (Midlothian, Virginia)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Jan. 19, 2021

Re-sealable cigarette pack
Patent No. 10,894,658
A container for consumer goods includes a rigid outer box, an inner package, an inner frame and a pull tab. The outer box has a hinged lid configured to provide access to an inner volume of the outer box. The inner frame is paperboard having a pre-cut opening configured to provide access to an inner volume of the inner package. The pull tab covers the opening with a first adhesive that releasably adheres an edge portion of the pull tab to the inner frame and a second adhesive that permanently adheres the pull tab to the inner package and the outer box.
Inventors: Stephen Bellamah (Midlothian, Virginia)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Jan. 19, 2021

Smoking article filter with flavorant delivery system
Patent No. 10,893,700
A breakable capsule such as a seamless breakable capsule useful in a smoking article or a smokeless tobacco product includes an outer shell formed of a cross-linked agar matrix including at least one filler, and an inner core surrounded by the outer shell which comprises a liquid or gel based composition of a flavorant and/or non-flavorant. The cross-linked agar matrix is reinforced with carboxymethyl cellulose that is dispersed throughout the agar matrix so as to fill empty spaces in the agar matrix and inhibit the composition from passing through the empty spaces of the agar matrix.
Inventors: Munmaya K. Mishra (Manakin Sabot, Virginia), Alex Jordan (Midlothian, Virginia), Kathryn M. Draper (Moseley, Virginia),? (Powhatan, Virginia)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Jan. 19, 2021

Device and method for correcting spinal deformities in patients
Patent No. 10,893,951
Devices and related methods for the dynamic correction of spinal deformities are disclosed. The devices and methods are particularly useful for correcting an abnormal curvature of the spine. In one exemplary embodiment, a method for correcting deformity via a spinal implant that can include a polymer between or attached to a top and bottom plate, which can exist in a wedge-shaped configuration in order to apply asymmetric forces to the spinal column, is provided. The implant may be inserted between adjacent vertebrae comprising part of the abnormal curvature, thereby restoring the normal curvature of a spine.
Inventors: Alexander Singh (Virginia Beach, Virginia), Rohit Rustagi (Hillsborough, New Jersey), George Vithoulkas (Henrico, Virginia), Eric Taleghani (Yorktown, Virginia), Hasan Syed (Woodbridge, Virginia)
Assignee: Minimally Invasive Spinal Technology (Charlottesville, Virginia)
Jan. 19, 2021

Static transfer switch with turn off circuit
Patent No. 10,903,649
A static transfer switch is provided for supplying power to a load alternately from two different power sources. Switching between the two power sources may occur within a fraction of one electrical cycle. In response to sensing degraded performance in the power source supplying the load, a gate signal is turned off to a first switch coupled between the power source and the load. A third switch coupled between an energy storage and the first switch is also closed to release a current to the input or output of the first switch The current forces a drop in current conducted through the first switch and causes the first switch to open and stop conducting current. A second switch coupled between the alternate power source and the load is then closed to supply power to the load from the alternate power source.
Inventors: Adil Oudrhiri (Richmond), Yu Du (Raleigh, North Carolina), Yuzhi Zhang (Raleigh, North Carolina), Xiaoqing Song (Raleigh, North Carolina)
Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG (Baden, Switzerland)
Jan. 26, 2021

System and method for electronic die inking after automatic visual defect inspection
Patent No. 10,902,576
A method of providing a semiconductor device and a computer-readable medium having instructions for performing the method are disclosed. The method includes receiving a first wafer defect map that defines comparison regions and identifies visual defect locations for a wafer. A format of the comparison regions is determined, with the format chosen from a group including die-to-die, partial-shot-to-partial-shot and full-shot-to-full-shot. If the comparison format is not die-to-die, mapping information is received that provides die locations within the comparison regions. A wafer layout map is provided that identifies die locations within the wafer.
Inventors: Eric Robert Trumbauer (Celina, Texas), Brant William Paquette (Allen, Texas), Vince Christian Samek (Richmond), Michael Jay Jenson (Richardson, Texas), David Matthew Curran (Plano, Texas), Jon Evan Button (Dallas,Texas), Charles David Gordon (McKinney,
Assignee: Texas Instruments Inc. (Dallas, Texas)
Jan. 26, 2021

Systems and methods for context development
Patent No. 10,902,011
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. The second method may further include associating the system component with a domain of a user account, and performing processes associated the system component.
Inventors: Benjamin Stotts (Farmers Branch, Texas), Tanvi Thakur (Richmond), Patrick Moore (Allen, Texas), Gordon Bailey (Coppell, Texas)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
Jan. 26, 2021

Systems and methods for elastic delivery, processing, and storage for wearable devices based on system resources
Patent No. 10,901,481
The present disclosure relates to systems and methods for elastic delivery, processing, and storage for wearable devices based on system resources. For example, a wearable apparatus may have at least one battery; at least one sensor configured to measure at least one property associated with a user of the wearable apparatus; at least one memory storing measurements from the at least one sensor and instructions; at least one transmitter configured to send data to a device remote from the wearable apparatus; and at least one processor configured to execute the instructions to: receive, from the at least one battery, an indicator of a charge; and based on the received indicator, sending a command to the at least one sensor to operate in a low-power mode or a high-power mode, the low-power mode having. a lower sampling rate than the high-power mode.
Inventors: John Douglas (Richmond), Frank Fornari (Naples, Florida), Jeff Rowberg (Salem, Virginia)
Assignee: BioMech Sensor (Midlothian, Virginia)
Jan. 26, 2021

Purifying diamond powder
Patent No. 10,899,625
The present disclosure relates a method of purifying diamond by removing carbon contaminants from diamond grains in the diamond by a plasma cleaning process at a temperature at which metal inclusion contaminants in the diamond grains crack the diamond grains from within, and removing metal contaminants from the diamond in a chemical or electrochemical cleaning process.
Inventors: Qi Liang (Richmond), William Brian Atkins (Houston, Texas)
Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services (Houston, Texas)
Jan. 26, 2021

Method and machine for making uniform products
Patent No. 10,899,032
A method of forming an oral product includes gripping a rod of oral product material with a gripping device, indexing the rod forward to have a leading end of the rod abut a stop at a first location, cutting a leading portion of the rod to create an oral product, moving the stop to a second location to allow the oral product to fall, moving the stop back to the first location, and repeating the process. A machine for forming an oral product can include a cutting device adapted to cut through a rod of plastic material, a stop spaced from the cutting device, the stop being adapted to be moved from a first location to a second location, a gripping device adapted to hold and index a rod towards the stop, and a load cell positioned to receive oral products cut from a rod by the cutting device.
Inventors: Carl Gregory Miller (Richmond), Charles Lester Dendy (Ruther Glen, Virginia), Jeremy J. Straight (Midlothian, Virginia), Gregory James Griscik (Midlothian, Virginia)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Jan. 26, 2021

Holster for spray gun
Patent No. 10,898,918
A holster for a spray gun is provided. The holster is configured to hold a spray gun in place when not in use. The holster has a reservoir body that defines an open-topped chamber. A fluid may be held inside the chamber, and a nozzle of the spray gun held by the holster may submerge in this fluid. The nozzle being submerged in the fluid of the holster can prevent hardening, thickening or drying of any material left over on or in the spray gun nozzle after use.
Inventors: Robert J. Rose (Richmond), Steven E. Adams (Richmond), Andrew T. Sinclair (Richmond)
Assignee: Worthen Industries (Nashua, New Hampshire)
Jan. 26, 2021

Topography apparatus for electronic vaping device
Patent No. 10,897,930
A topography apparatus may be coupled to an e-vaping device, within an interior defined by a housing of the e-vaping device, such that the topography apparatus may be coupled to an e-vaping device that may generate vapor independently of the topography apparatus. The topography apparatus may generate and communicate vapor topography data associated with vapor generation by the e-vaping device without altering an external appearance or vapor-generation performance of the e-vaping device. The topography apparatus may be detachably coupled to the interior of the e-vaping device. The topography apparatus includes an interface assembly configured to couple with a power supply, control circuitry, and/or sensor of the e-vaping device. Such coupling may include coupling with internal power or communication conduits of the e-vaping device, such that the topography apparatus taps into power and/or communication lines of the e-vaping device without requiring modification of the circuitry of the e-vaping device.
Inventors: Isaac Weigensberg (Richmond), Yuval Malka (Richmond), Boris Bessarabov (Richmond), David Rubli (Revava, Israel), Moshe Eliyahu (Beit Shemesh, Israel), Phillip Diana (Midlothian, Virginia), Alex Malamud (Jerusalem, Israel)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Jan. 26, 2021

Ladder platform system
Patent No. 10,900,283
A ladder platform system and a ladder that uses that system include an elongated first center post that is configured to pass through a first hollow rung of a ladder. In addition, an elongated secondary post is configured to pass through a second hollow rung of the ladder. There is also a pair of short frame members and a pair of long frame members that together form a rectangular frame. The long frame members are attached to the first center post. A first platform is connected to the rectangular frame and an adjustable frame member connects the secondary post to the first center post. In addition, a brace connects a first short frame member to the adjustable frame member.
Inventors: Daniel J. Sheets (Chesterfield, Virginia)
Assignee: N/A
Jan. 26, 2021

System and method for providing a group account
Patent No. 10,902,401
Systems and methods include a group fund processor having a communications interface that receives account data associated with a primary account from a device over a network, creates a group fund account, and associate one or more limits with the group fund account, an alert interface that transmits an electronic invitation including a description of a first amount to an invited user and receives a response from the invited user to the at least one invitation, wherein the response includes account data associated with a respective group member account of the invited user; and an account processor that links the group fund account to the primary account, and links respective group member account of the invited user to the group fund account so that the first amount is transferred from the respective group member account of the invited user to the group fund account.
Inventors: Christopher M. Wetzel (Wayne, Pennsylvania), Daniel Beck (Arlington, Virginia), Paul Young Moreton (Glen Allen, Virginia)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
Jan. 26, 2021

Method and system of hydrating of virtual machines
Patent No. 10,901,775
Embodiments disclosed herein generally relate to a method and system for automatically updating a virtual machine image of one or more virtual machines of an auto-scaling group. A computing system receives an indication to update a virtual machine image of a plurality of virtual machines in a plurality of auto-scaling groups. Computing system identifies a subset of the plurality of auto-scaling groups that contains a hydration tag. Computing system locates a version of the virtual machine image different from a current version of the virtual machine image. For each auto-scaling group in the subset of auto-scaling groups, computing system clones a launch configuration for the virtual machines in the auto-scaling group. Computing system stores data associated with each auto-scaling group in a remote location. Computing system updates the virtual machine image of the virtual machines in each auto-scaling group with the new version of the virtual machine image.
Inventors: Bijender Singh (Glen Allen, Virginia), Amit Mawkin (Glen Allen, Virginia), Zachary McAuliffe (Glen Allen, Virginia), Chris Fanis (Glen Allen, Virginia), Sheo Sinha (Henrico, Virgnia)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virgnia)
Jan. 26, 2021

Amino acid grafted polymer with soot handling properties
Patent No. 10,899,989
The present disclosure relates to lubricant additives such as dispersants and dispersant viscosity modifiers including acyl peptide grafted polymers and lubricating oil compositions comprising such additives. The disclosure also relates to the use of lubricant compositions comprising the additives herein for improving the soot or sludge handling characteristics of an engine lubricant composition and while minimizing the deterioration of engine’s elastomer compatibility.
Inventors: Sheng Jiang (Glen Allen, Virgnia), Arturo Carranza (Henrico, Virginia)
Assignee: Afton Chemical Corp. (Richmond)
Jan. 26, 2021

Systems and methods for generating and reading intrinsic matrixed bar codes
Patent No. 10,902,229
The present disclosure relates to systems and methods for generating intrinsic matrixed bar codes, such as Quick Response (“QR”) codes. In one implementation, system for generating an intrinsic matrixed bar code may include an image-receiving device, a processor configured to execute instructions, and a memory storing the instructions. The instructions may include instructions to: receive an image using the image-receiving device, generate a registration mark corresponding to the received image, select coordinates on the received image, overlay one or more matrixed bar codes on the selected coordinates, update the registration mark with the selected coordinates, and overlay the registration mark on the received image.
Inventors: Eric Barnum (Midlothian, Virginia)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virgnia)
Jan. 26. 2021

Vapor-permeable, substantially water-impermeable multilayer article
Patent No. 10,900,157
This disclosure relates to an article that includes a nonwoven substrate and a film supported by the nonwoven substrate. The film can include a first polymer and a polymer that is immiscible with the first polymer. The first polymer can include a polyolefin and the second polymer can include a polycycloolefin, a polymethylpentene, or a copolymer thereof.
Inventors: Mehdi Afshari (Midlothian, Virginia)
Assignee: Berry Global (Evansville, Indiana)
Jan. 26, 2021

Method for preparing methionine
Patent No. 10,899,706
The present invention relates to a method for preparing methionine or methionine salts. In particular, the invention describes the step of preparing 2-hydroxy-4-(methylthio)butyronitrile (MMP-CN) from 3-methylthiopropanal (MMP) and hydrogen cyanide (HCN) in the presence of ammonia by bringing a gaseous mixture comprising HCN and ammonia into contact with MMP.
Inventors: Judith Hierold (Hannover, Germany), Daniel Sudhoff (Hanau, Germany), Martin Steurenthaler (Bad Vilbel, Germany), Hans Joachim Hasselbach (Gelnhausen, Germany), Philipp Roth (Hanau, Germany), Thorsten Merker (Erftstadt, Germany), Markus Held (Limeshain, Germany), Daniel Fischer (Midlothian, VA), Christian Kaiser (Waldaschaff, Germany)
Assignee: Evonik Operations GmbH (Essen, Germany)
Jan. 26, 2021

Shaped elements for smoking devices
Patent No. 10,897,928
A mouthpiece for a smoking device is provided. The mouthpiece comprises a porous substrate. The porous surface comprises a wall having an outer surface having an outer cross-sectional shape and an inner surface having an inner cross-sectional shape. The inner surface defines a hollow interior space. A wall thickness is defined by the outer and inner surfaces. The porous substrate has a specific hardness of at least about 1.5 hardness % per weight (g) per length (mm) of the porous substrate. The porous substrate has a porosity of about 50% to about 70%. The inner and outer surfaces provide a wall thickness of about 20% to 60% of an area defined by the outer cross-sectional shape.
Inventors: Qiang Zhou (Moseley, Virginia), David B. Harris (Midlothian, Virginia), Thomas E. Harris (Colonial Heights, Virginia), Tom Beaudet (Prince George, Virginia)
Assignee: Essentra Filter Products Development Co Pte. Ltd. (Singapore)
Jan. 26, 2021

Oil detection process
Patent No. 10,900,897
A process for detecting oil or lubricant contamination in a manufactured product, the process comprising adding a fluorescent taggant to oils or lubricants contained in processing machinery for the product, irradiating the product with radiation, such as infrared or ultraviolet radiation, and detecting radiation emitted from the irradiated product.
Inventors: Edmond J. Cadieux (Mechanicsville, Virginia), Robert E. Wood (Nashville, Tennessee)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Jan. 26, 2021

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