The R&D Dept.: Local patent roundup for 8.10.22

Non-nicotine e-vaping section, and non-nicotine e-vaping device including non-nicotine e-vaping section
Patent No. 11,405,983
The non-nicotine e-vaping section includes a housing, a wick in a chamber defined within the housing, a heater in heating proximity to the wick, and a reservoir configured to contain a non-nicotine pre-vapor formulation, the non-nicotine pre-vapor formulation being devoid of nicotine and including at least one non-nicotine compound. The non-nicotine e-vaping section defines at least one first channel, the at least one first channel being configured to communicate the non-nicotine pre-vapor formulation from the reservoir to the wick. The non-nicotine e-vaping section further defines at least one first air passage, the at least one first air passage being configured to allow air to enter the reservoir. The non-nicotine e-vaping device includes the non-nicotine e-vaping section.
Inventors: Isaac Weigensberg (Richmond), Greg Kunin (Rehovot, Israel), David Rubli (Revava, Israel), Bernard G. Juster (Netanya, Israel)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Aug. 2, 2022

Social media graphical interface system
Patent No. 11,403,657
Systems and methods are disclosed for providing social media referrals based rewards to a customer. The systems and methods may provide incentives to customers of financial-service providers (“FSP”) based on their referrals to the FSP. Customer referrals may be determined for the customer by gathering data regarding referrals received from messages distributed by the customer via social media. Based on the referrals, an amount of rewards may be provided for business transactions initialed by the customer.
Inventors: Bor J. Sun (San Francisco, California), Mark Mendez (Richmond), Jonathan R. Turfboer (Richmond), Philip Kedy (Midlothian, Virginia), George H. Williams (Midlothian, Virginia), Matthew S. Butterworth (Richmond)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
Aug. 2, 2022

System and method for scalable, interactive, collaborative topic identification and tracking
Patent No. 11,403,557
A topic tracking platform is disclosed that includes a machine-learning model that may be trained to expose topics in a corpus in response to a training table. Because topics are exposed, rather than searched for using existing taxonomies, the sensitivity of a topic tracking platform may be increased, and emerging topic trends may be more quickly flagged. Exposed topics may be automatically labelled, increasing the specificity of the topic tracking platform by overcoming the potential for topic labelling inconsistencies currently experienced in the art. Documents may be scored for each topic using information provided at a token granularity, and the contribution that each token of each document contributes to the topic may be visually represented. In some aspects, mechanisms are provided for reviewing topics of the corpus at varying granularities, including at a topic level, document level or token level granularity.
Inventors: Mackenzie Sweeney (Bristow, Virginia), R. M. Keelan Downton (Arlington, VA), Matthew Der (Richmond), Raymond Lucas (Richmond)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
Aug. 2, 2022

Methods and apparatus for generating fast counterfactual explanations for black-box models using reinforcement learning
Patent No. 11,403,538
In an embodiment, the systems and methods discussed herein are related to generating, via a processor, a Markov Decision Process (MDP), the MDP including a state space, an action space, a transition function, a reward function, and a discount factor. A reinforcement learning (RL) model is applied, via the processor, to the MDP to generate a RL agent. An input data associated with a first user is received at the RL agent. At least one counterfactual explanation (CFE) is generated via the processor and by the RL agent and based on the input data. A representation of the at least one CFE and at least one recommended remedial action is caused to transmit, via the processor, to at least one of a compute device of the first user or a compute device of a second user different from and associated with the first user.
Inventors: Sahil Verma (Seattle, Washington), John Dickerson (Washington, D.C.), Keegan Hines (Richmond)
Assignee: Arthur AI (New York, New York)
Aug. 2, 2022

Multimodal access to block devices in a distributed storage system
Patent No. 11,403,002
Systems and methods for providing multimodal access to block devices in a distributed storage system are disclosed. In one implementation, a processing device may identify a block device snapshot stored at a block-based repository of a distributed storage system. The block device may also implement an object-based proxy container associated with the block-based repository. The processing device may further provide, to a client of the distributed storage system, access to the object-based proxy container via an object-based gateway of the distributed storage system.
Inventors: Jason Dillaman (Richmond)
Assignee: Red Hat (Raleigh, North Carolina)
Aug. 2, 2022

Predictive methods for emissions control systems performance
Patent No. 11,401,855
Particulate filters are used to remove particulate matter such as soot and ash in the emissions control systems of vehicles, including gasoline direct injection (GDI) engines. Methods are provided to predict the long-term performance and durability of emissions control systems having particulate filters. The methods account for factors such as thermal aging, soot accumulation and regeneration, and ash loading.
Inventors: Huifang Shao (Midlothian, Virginia), Joseph Roos (Mechanicsville, Virginia), Joseph E. Remias (Richmond)
Assignee: Afton Chemical Corp. (Richmond)
Aug. 2, 2022

Aromatic aldehydes with sustained and enhanced in vitro and in vivo pharmacologic activity to treat sickle cell disease
Patent No. 11,401,241
Compounds and methods for preventing and/or treating one or more symptoms of sickle cell diseases (SCD) by administering at least one of the compounds are provided. The compounds are based on vanillin which is chemically modified to increase bioavailability and activity, e.g. so that the compounds bind to the F helix of hemoglobin (Hb) and prevent adhesion of red blood cells (RBCs).
Inventors: Martin K. Safo (Richmond), Yan Zhang (Glen Allen, Virginia), Piyusha Pradeep Pagare (Richmond), Guoyan Xu (Henrico, Virginia), Mohini Ghatge (Glen Allen, Virginia), Jurgen Venitz (Richmond) Abdulmalik Osheiza (Wynnewood, Pennsylvania)
Assignee: Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond) & The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Aug. 2, 2022

Article top engaging device, article carrier and blank therefor
Patent No. 11,401,095
Aspects of the disclosure relate to an article top engaging device, a carrier for packaging one or more articles and a blank for forming the carrier. The article carrier 90 comprises an engaging panel 12 and an article top engaging device RT defined therein. The engaging panel 12 has at least one top-receiving opening defined by an aperture A1 defined therein and having a perimeter. The engaging panel 12 comprises a plurality of cut lines 20/22 each extending radially away from the perimeter. Each of the cut lines 20/22 comprises a linear portion 20 and an arcuate portion 22. The arcuate portion 22 is contiguously arranged with the linear portion 20. The engaging panel 12 comprises a fold line 18/19 extending between the linear portions 20 of adjacent pairs of the plurality of cut lines 20/22 so as to define engaging tabs 16 foldably connected to the engaging panel 12 and struck therefrom.
Inventors: Cullen B. Rosenbrien (Richmond)
Assignee: WestRock MWV (Atlanta, Georgia)
Aug. 2, 2022

Dry-fire bypass for a fastening tool
Patent No. 11,400,572
A fastening tool includes a contact trip operatively associated with a contact trip switch to enable a fastener drive system to be fired when the contact trip reaches a firing position, after having engaged a work surface. If a dry-fire condition exists in a magazine connected to the fastening tool, the movement of the contact trip is completely taken up or absorbed by a biasing agent so that the contact trip switch is not closed. The biasing agent also limits the amount of force that can be applied to the contact trip switch in the event an operator slams the contact trip against a work surface or drops the fastening tool nose-first onto an unyielding surface.
Inventors: Erin Elizabeth Jaskot (Richmond), Michael P. Baron (Phoenix, Maryland), Stuart E. Garber (Towson, Maryland)
Assignee: Black & Decker (New Britain, Connecticut)
Aug. 2, 2022

Robotic cleaning device with operating speed variation based on environment
Patent No. 11,402,850
A system and method of causing a robotic device to navigate an area, including accessing a map of an area of travel, causing a transport assembly of the robotic device to move the robotic device in the area at a first speed, collecting information about the area as the robotic device moves in the area by at least one sensor, and processing the information collected. The system and method also include comparing the information collected with the information regarding the area from the map,and determining a degree of confidence that the information collected matches the information regarding the area of travel from the map. When the determined degree of confidence is at or below a first threshold degree of confidence, a first reduced speed mode of operation causes the transport assembly of the robotic device to move at a second, lower speed.
Inventors: Aurle Gagne (Mechanicsville, Virginia), Philip Scarim (Troutville, Virginia), David M. Knuth Jr. (Chesterfield, Virginia), Philip J. Hennessy (Midlothian, Virginia), Anthony T. Bavuso (Seaford, Virginia), Stephen J. Balas (Midlothian, Virginia)
Assignee: Diversey (Fort Mill, South Carolina)
Aug. 2, 2022

Utilizing application performance management automatic discovery data for plugin priority
Patent No. 11,403,203
An exemplary system, method, and computer-accessible medium for classifying data associated with an application performance management (“APM”) agent(s) deployed on a server(s), can include, for example, receiving first information related to data to be read by the APM agent(s) located at the server(s), generating second information by assigning a score to the first information using machine learning procedure(s), classifying the data based on the second information. A data plugin(s) associated with the data can be determined based on the classification. A determination can be made as to whether the data is labeled as a data type. The second information can be generated based on (i) a log(s) associated with the data, (ii) transaction data associated with the data, (iii) server metrics associated with the data, (iv) a time stamp(s) associated with the data, (v) infrastructure data associated with the data, (vi) domain knowledge, or (vii) environment knowledge.
Inventors: Keith Adler (Dallas, Texas), Venkata Mandali (Glen Allen, Virginia), Arunkumar Natarajan (Glen Allen, Virginia), Kadhiresan Kanniyappan (Ashburn, Virginia), Fnu Ashish Kumar (Vinings, Georgia)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
Aug. 2, 2022

Mounting apparatus for electronic devices and objects
Patent No. 11,402,061
An adjustable mounting apparatus for mounting electronic devices and objects of various sizes on a flat surface comprises a first bracket and a second bracket. Each of the first and second brackets comprise a substantially horizontal plate, a substantially vertical plate, a back plate extending substantially vertically from a second transverse edge of the substantially horizontal plate, and a reusable adhesive layer disposed at a rear portion of the back plate. The substantially horizontal plate of each of the first and second brackets comprise a first retaining abutment extending substantially vertically from a first transverse edge of the substantially horizontal plate. The substantially vertical plate of each of the first and second brackets comprise a second retaining abutment extending substantially laterally from a first transverse edge of the substantially vertical plate.
Inventors: Michael Clyde Pittman (Glen Allen, Virginia), Jason Michael Truda (Mechanicsville, Virginia)
Assignee: Cell Gell Mounts (Mechanicsville, Virginia)
Aug. 2, 2022

Systems and methods for use of capacitive member to prevent chip fraud
Patent No. 11,403,503
Example embodiments of systems and methods for preventing chip fraud are provided. A chip fraud prevention system may comprise a device including a chip, wherein the chip is at least partially encompassed in a chip pocket. One or more connections may be communicatively coupled to one or more surfaces of the chip, and a capacitance member may be coupled to a surface of the chip. The capacitance member may comprise a known capacitance value and the chip may comprise a memory containing an applet, wherein the applet is configured to measure the capacitance value of the capacitance member.
Inventors: Daniel Herrington (New York, New York), Stephen Schneider (Midlothian, Virginia), Tyler Maiman (Melville, New York)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
Aug. 2, 2022

Cable broom
Patent No. 11,399,623
A gutter broom is provided. The gutter broom can include one or more block segments, each block segment having openings in which bristles are positioned. The bristles can have a first stiffness or a second stiffness different than the first stiffness. Bristles having the second stiffness can be positioned radially outward of bristles having the first stiffness on a block segment.
Inventors: Britt R. Calloway (Midlothian, Virginia), Robert Mayes (Hanover, Virginia), Tim Stumph (Midlothian, Virginia), Chris Turner (Aylett, Virginia)
Assignee: Old Dominion Brush Co. (Henrico, Virginia)
Aug. 2, 2022

Apparatus and method for constructing a package
Patent No. 11,407,539
Aspects of the disclosure relate to an apparatus and method of packaging one or more articles. The device being adapted to applying a plurality of top-engaging carriers to a plurality of groups of articles simultaneously. The device comprises a metering base for facilitating arranging a plurality of articles into groups of articles and an applicator for pressing top-engaging carriers onto groups of articles. The metering base comprises a spacer structure for maintaining a predetermined space between each group of articles and at least a next adjacent group of articles; and a first aligning feature. The applicator comprises an applicator plate having a plurality of receiving cavities each for receiving a top of an article and a second aligning feature for engaging the first aligning feature for sliding movement with each other.
Inventors: Matthew E. Zacherle (Chesterfield, Virginia), Linh L. Kooc (Richmond), Lauren N. Chesnet (Henrico, Virginia)
Assignee: WestRock Packaging Sysems (Atlanta, Georgia)
Aug. 9, 2022

Apparatuses and methods for forming pouch product
Patent No. 11,407,534
In an example embodiment, an apparatus for making pouch products includes a conveyor system. The conveyor system includes a first receiving location along a path of the conveyor system, and a dosing location along the path of the conveyor system. The apparatus also includes a first material dispensing station configured to transfer a first material to the first receiving location. The first material includes a first elastic layer and a first support layer. The first material dispensing station includes a dispenser roller configured to hold a roll of the first material, a plurality of rollers configured to convey the first material from the dispenser roller to the first receiving location, and a stripper plate configured remove at least a portion of the first support layer from a portion of the first elastic layer.
Inventors: Gregory L. Nelson (Chester, Virginia), Christopher Ryan Newcomb (Powhatan, Virginia), James D. Evans (Chesterfield, Virginia), Thien Nguyen (Richmond), Jarrod W. Chalkley (Mechanicsville, Virginia), Robert V. Powell (Midlothian, Virginia)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Aug. 9, 2022

Compositions comprising 5-cholesten-3, 25-diol, 3-sulfate (25HC3S) or pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof and at least one cyclic oligosaccharide
Patent No. 11,406,646
Compositions comprising 5-cholesten-3,25-diol, 3-sulfate (25HC3S) or pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof and at least one cyclic oligosaccharide, e.g., a cyclodextrin (CD), are provided. The compositions may be used to prevent and/or treat a variety of diseases and conditions, including organ failure (e.g. acute liver failure), high cholesterol/high lipids, and various inflammatory diseases and conditions.
Inventors: Shunlin Ren (Richmond), Leyuan Xu (Richmond), Yanxia Ning (Richmond), Jin Koung Kim (Richmond), WeiQi Lin (Emerald Hills, California), Andrew R. Miksztal (Palo Alto, California), Hongwei Wu (Cupertino, California), Min L. Lee (Saratoga, California)
Assignee: Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond) & Durect Corp. (Cupertino, California) & The United States Government as represented by the Department of Veterans Affairs (Washington, DC)
Aug. 9, 2022

System and method for malware detection using hashing techniques
Patent No. 11,411,985
A system and method in accordance with example embodiments may include systems and methods for generating and transforming data presentation. The method may include receiving, using a processor, a request for a web page, and submitting, by the processor, the request to a computer server system. The request can include a user identification and a user password. The method may further include receiving, from the computer server system, data corresponding to the requested web page. Further, the method includes storing, in a memory, the received data, and causing the received data to be shown on a display associated with the user device.
Inventors: Christopher Marshall (Glen Allen, Virginia)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
Aug. 9, 2022

Phenylephrine-containing liquid formulations
Patent No. 11,406,712
An oral, aqueous-based, liquid pharmaceutical composition is provided. The composition comprises up to about 45% glycerin and up to about 10% sorbitol wherein the glycerin to sorbitol ratio is about 2:1 to 10:1.
Inventors: Amanda R. Alley (Midlothian, Virginia), William A. Bubnis (Mechanicsville, Virginia), Stephanie Shield (Fairview, North Carolina)
Assignee: GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare Holdings (Wilmington, Delaware)
Aug. 9, 2022

Handle for retractor blade
Patent No. 11,406,370
A retractor system includes one or more blades, a handle, and a frame. The handle includes first and second arms with jaw portions and recesses configured to removably retain a blade. Both arms include rotatable connections and handles, where the rotatable connections are between jaw portions and handles. The rotatable connections are connected together such that the arms are rotatable with respect to one another. In one embodiment, the recesses are partial disc shapes opposed to one another, such that when the jaw portions are in a closed position, a disc-shaped space is present between the jaw portions in the closed position. The blade includes a corresponding disc-shape protrusion that may be retained in the recesses, and in some embodiments may include one or more notches to mate with a protrusion in a recess that prevents blade rotation while in the handle.
Inventors: Sean Higgins (Midlothian, Virginia), John Ryall (Gordonsville, Virginia), Peter Fetzer (Oehningen-Wangen, Germany)
Assignee: Boss Instruments (Gordonsville, Virginia)
Aug. 9, 2022

System and method for artificial intelligence based determination of damage to physical structures
Patent No. 11,410,287
A method and system are provided for assessing damage to a structure. According to one embodiment, the method includes using a classifier that is trained to associate respective portions of in an image of a structure with respective external parts of the structure to detect several of external parts of a structure in a first image of the structure. The method also includes using a first machine learning system, trained to perform segmentation of an image, to identify one or more image segments in a second image, where each image segment represents damage of a particular type and, using a second machine learning system, trained to associate image segments with external parts identified in an image, to associate a first image segment with a first external part, indicating damage to the first external part.
Inventors: Siva Tian (New York, New York), Krishna Dev Oruganty (Long Island, New York), Adrita Barari (Kolkata, India), Edmond Schneider (Henrico, Virginia), Nitish Kumar (Dedham, Massachusetts), Amit Arora (Princeton, New Jersey), Vikram Mahidhar (Lexington, Massachusetts), Chirag Jain (Bangalore, India), Abhilash Nvs (Bhubaneswar, India)
Assignee: Genpact Luxembourg (Luxembourg, Luxembourg)
Aug. 9, 2022

Non-nicotine e-vaping section, and non-nicotine e-vaping device including non-nicotine e-vaping section
Patent No. 11,405,983
The non-nicotine e-vaping section includes a housing, a wick in a chamber defined within the housing, a heater in heating proximity to the wick, and a reservoir configured to contain a non-nicotine pre-vapor formulation, the non-nicotine pre-vapor formulation being devoid of nicotine and including at least one non-nicotine compound. The non-nicotine e-vaping section defines at least one first channel, the at least one first channel being configured to communicate the non-nicotine pre-vapor formulation from the reservoir to the wick. The non-nicotine e-vaping section further defines at least one first air passage, the at least one first air passage being configured to allow air to enter the reservoir. The non-nicotine e-vaping device includes the non-nicotine e-vaping section.
Inventors: Isaac Weigensberg (Richmond), Greg Kunin (Rehovot, Israel), David Rubli (Revava, Israel), Bernard G. Juster (Netanya, Israel)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Aug. 2, 2022

Social media graphical interface system
Patent No. 11,403,657
Systems and methods are disclosed for providing social media referrals based rewards to a customer. The systems and methods may provide incentives to customers of financial-service providers (“FSP”) based on their referrals to the FSP. Customer referrals may be determined for the customer by gathering data regarding referrals received from messages distributed by the customer via social media. Based on the referrals, an amount of rewards may be provided for business transactions initialed by the customer.
Inventors: Bor J. Sun (San Francisco, California), Mark Mendez (Richmond), Jonathan R. Turfboer (Richmond), Philip Kedy (Midlothian, Virginia), George H. Williams (Midlothian, Virginia), Matthew S. Butterworth (Richmond)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
Aug. 2, 2022

System and method for scalable, interactive, collaborative topic identification and tracking
Patent No. 11,403,557
A topic tracking platform is disclosed that includes a machine-learning model that may be trained to expose topics in a corpus in response to a training table. Because topics are exposed, rather than searched for using existing taxonomies, the sensitivity of a topic tracking platform may be increased, and emerging topic trends may be more quickly flagged. Exposed topics may be automatically labelled, increasing the specificity of the topic tracking platform by overcoming the potential for topic labelling inconsistencies currently experienced in the art. Documents may be scored for each topic using information provided at a token granularity, and the contribution that each token of each document contributes to the topic may be visually represented. In some aspects, mechanisms are provided for reviewing topics of the corpus at varying granularities, including at a topic level, document level or token level granularity.
Inventors: Mackenzie Sweeney (Bristow, Virginia), R. M. Keelan Downton (Arlington, VA), Matthew Der (Richmond), Raymond Lucas (Richmond)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
Aug. 2, 2022

Methods and apparatus for generating fast counterfactual explanations for black-box models using reinforcement learning
Patent No. 11,403,538
In an embodiment, the systems and methods discussed herein are related to generating, via a processor, a Markov Decision Process (MDP), the MDP including a state space, an action space, a transition function, a reward function, and a discount factor. A reinforcement learning (RL) model is applied, via the processor, to the MDP to generate a RL agent. An input data associated with a first user is received at the RL agent. At least one counterfactual explanation (CFE) is generated via the processor and by the RL agent and based on the input data. A representation of the at least one CFE and at least one recommended remedial action is caused to transmit, via the processor, to at least one of a compute device of the first user or a compute device of a second user different from and associated with the first user.
Inventors: Sahil Verma (Seattle, Washington), John Dickerson (Washington, D.C.), Keegan Hines (Richmond)
Assignee: Arthur AI (New York, New York)
Aug. 2, 2022

Multimodal access to block devices in a distributed storage system
Patent No. 11,403,002
Systems and methods for providing multimodal access to block devices in a distributed storage system are disclosed. In one implementation, a processing device may identify a block device snapshot stored at a block-based repository of a distributed storage system. The block device may also implement an object-based proxy container associated with the block-based repository. The processing device may further provide, to a client of the distributed storage system, access to the object-based proxy container via an object-based gateway of the distributed storage system.
Inventors: Jason Dillaman (Richmond)
Assignee: Red Hat (Raleigh, North Carolina)
Aug. 2, 2022

Predictive methods for emissions control systems performance
Patent No. 11,401,855
Particulate filters are used to remove particulate matter such as soot and ash in the emissions control systems of vehicles, including gasoline direct injection (GDI) engines. Methods are provided to predict the long-term performance and durability of emissions control systems having particulate filters. The methods account for factors such as thermal aging, soot accumulation and regeneration, and ash loading.
Inventors: Huifang Shao (Midlothian, Virginia), Joseph Roos (Mechanicsville, Virginia), Joseph E. Remias (Richmond)
Assignee: Afton Chemical Corp. (Richmond)
Aug. 2, 2022

Aromatic aldehydes with sustained and enhanced in vitro and in vivo pharmacologic activity to treat sickle cell disease
Patent No. 11,401,241
Compounds and methods for preventing and/or treating one or more symptoms of sickle cell diseases (SCD) by administering at least one of the compounds are provided. The compounds are based on vanillin which is chemically modified to increase bioavailability and activity, e.g. so that the compounds bind to the F helix of hemoglobin (Hb) and prevent adhesion of red blood cells (RBCs).
Inventors: Martin K. Safo (Richmond), Yan Zhang (Glen Allen, Virginia), Piyusha Pradeep Pagare (Richmond), Guoyan Xu (Henrico, Virginia), Mohini Ghatge (Glen Allen, Virginia), Jurgen Venitz (Richmond) Abdulmalik Osheiza (Wynnewood, Pennsylvania)
Assignee: Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond) & The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Aug. 2, 2022

Article top engaging device, article carrier and blank therefor
Patent No. 11,401,095
Aspects of the disclosure relate to an article top engaging device, a carrier for packaging one or more articles and a blank for forming the carrier. The article carrier 90 comprises an engaging panel 12 and an article top engaging device RT defined therein. The engaging panel 12 has at least one top-receiving opening defined by an aperture A1 defined therein and having a perimeter. The engaging panel 12 comprises a plurality of cut lines 20/22 each extending radially away from the perimeter. Each of the cut lines 20/22 comprises a linear portion 20 and an arcuate portion 22. The arcuate portion 22 is contiguously arranged with the linear portion 20. The engaging panel 12 comprises a fold line 18/19 extending between the linear portions 20 of adjacent pairs of the plurality of cut lines 20/22 so as to define engaging tabs 16 foldably connected to the engaging panel 12 and struck therefrom.
Inventors: Cullen B. Rosenbrien (Richmond)
Assignee: WestRock MWV (Atlanta, Georgia)
Aug. 2, 2022

Dry-fire bypass for a fastening tool
Patent No. 11,400,572
A fastening tool includes a contact trip operatively associated with a contact trip switch to enable a fastener drive system to be fired when the contact trip reaches a firing position, after having engaged a work surface. If a dry-fire condition exists in a magazine connected to the fastening tool, the movement of the contact trip is completely taken up or absorbed by a biasing agent so that the contact trip switch is not closed. The biasing agent also limits the amount of force that can be applied to the contact trip switch in the event an operator slams the contact trip against a work surface or drops the fastening tool nose-first onto an unyielding surface.
Inventors: Erin Elizabeth Jaskot (Richmond), Michael P. Baron (Phoenix, Maryland), Stuart E. Garber (Towson, Maryland)
Assignee: Black & Decker (New Britain, Connecticut)
Aug. 2, 2022

Robotic cleaning device with operating speed variation based on environment
Patent No. 11,402,850
A system and method of causing a robotic device to navigate an area, including accessing a map of an area of travel, causing a transport assembly of the robotic device to move the robotic device in the area at a first speed, collecting information about the area as the robotic device moves in the area by at least one sensor, and processing the information collected. The system and method also include comparing the information collected with the information regarding the area from the map,and determining a degree of confidence that the information collected matches the information regarding the area of travel from the map. When the determined degree of confidence is at or below a first threshold degree of confidence, a first reduced speed mode of operation causes the transport assembly of the robotic device to move at a second, lower speed.
Inventors: Aurle Gagne (Mechanicsville, Virginia), Philip Scarim (Troutville, Virginia), David M. Knuth Jr. (Chesterfield, Virginia), Philip J. Hennessy (Midlothian, Virginia), Anthony T. Bavuso (Seaford, Virginia), Stephen J. Balas (Midlothian, Virginia)
Assignee: Diversey (Fort Mill, South Carolina)
Aug. 2, 2022

Utilizing application performance management automatic discovery data for plugin priority
Patent No. 11,403,203
An exemplary system, method, and computer-accessible medium for classifying data associated with an application performance management (“APM”) agent(s) deployed on a server(s), can include, for example, receiving first information related to data to be read by the APM agent(s) located at the server(s), generating second information by assigning a score to the first information using machine learning procedure(s), classifying the data based on the second information. A data plugin(s) associated with the data can be determined based on the classification. A determination can be made as to whether the data is labeled as a data type. The second information can be generated based on (i) a log(s) associated with the data, (ii) transaction data associated with the data, (iii) server metrics associated with the data, (iv) a time stamp(s) associated with the data, (v) infrastructure data associated with the data, (vi) domain knowledge, or (vii) environment knowledge.
Inventors: Keith Adler (Dallas, Texas), Venkata Mandali (Glen Allen, Virginia), Arunkumar Natarajan (Glen Allen, Virginia), Kadhiresan Kanniyappan (Ashburn, Virginia), Fnu Ashish Kumar (Vinings, Georgia)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
Aug. 2, 2022

Mounting apparatus for electronic devices and objects
Patent No. 11,402,061
An adjustable mounting apparatus for mounting electronic devices and objects of various sizes on a flat surface comprises a first bracket and a second bracket. Each of the first and second brackets comprise a substantially horizontal plate, a substantially vertical plate, a back plate extending substantially vertically from a second transverse edge of the substantially horizontal plate, and a reusable adhesive layer disposed at a rear portion of the back plate. The substantially horizontal plate of each of the first and second brackets comprise a first retaining abutment extending substantially vertically from a first transverse edge of the substantially horizontal plate. The substantially vertical plate of each of the first and second brackets comprise a second retaining abutment extending substantially laterally from a first transverse edge of the substantially vertical plate.
Inventors: Michael Clyde Pittman (Glen Allen, Virginia), Jason Michael Truda (Mechanicsville, Virginia)
Assignee: Cell Gell Mounts (Mechanicsville, Virginia)
Aug. 2, 2022

Systems and methods for use of capacitive member to prevent chip fraud
Patent No. 11,403,503
Example embodiments of systems and methods for preventing chip fraud are provided. A chip fraud prevention system may comprise a device including a chip, wherein the chip is at least partially encompassed in a chip pocket. One or more connections may be communicatively coupled to one or more surfaces of the chip, and a capacitance member may be coupled to a surface of the chip. The capacitance member may comprise a known capacitance value and the chip may comprise a memory containing an applet, wherein the applet is configured to measure the capacitance value of the capacitance member.
Inventors: Daniel Herrington (New York, New York), Stephen Schneider (Midlothian, Virginia), Tyler Maiman (Melville, New York)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
Aug. 2, 2022

Cable broom
Patent No. 11,399,623
A gutter broom is provided. The gutter broom can include one or more block segments, each block segment having openings in which bristles are positioned. The bristles can have a first stiffness or a second stiffness different than the first stiffness. Bristles having the second stiffness can be positioned radially outward of bristles having the first stiffness on a block segment.
Inventors: Britt R. Calloway (Midlothian, Virginia), Robert Mayes (Hanover, Virginia), Tim Stumph (Midlothian, Virginia), Chris Turner (Aylett, Virginia)
Assignee: Old Dominion Brush Co. (Henrico, Virginia)
Aug. 2, 2022

Apparatus and method for constructing a package
Patent No. 11,407,539
Aspects of the disclosure relate to an apparatus and method of packaging one or more articles. The device being adapted to applying a plurality of top-engaging carriers to a plurality of groups of articles simultaneously. The device comprises a metering base for facilitating arranging a plurality of articles into groups of articles and an applicator for pressing top-engaging carriers onto groups of articles. The metering base comprises a spacer structure for maintaining a predetermined space between each group of articles and at least a next adjacent group of articles; and a first aligning feature. The applicator comprises an applicator plate having a plurality of receiving cavities each for receiving a top of an article and a second aligning feature for engaging the first aligning feature for sliding movement with each other.
Inventors: Matthew E. Zacherle (Chesterfield, Virginia), Linh L. Kooc (Richmond), Lauren N. Chesnet (Henrico, Virginia)
Assignee: WestRock Packaging Sysems (Atlanta, Georgia)
Aug. 9, 2022

Apparatuses and methods for forming pouch product
Patent No. 11,407,534
In an example embodiment, an apparatus for making pouch products includes a conveyor system. The conveyor system includes a first receiving location along a path of the conveyor system, and a dosing location along the path of the conveyor system. The apparatus also includes a first material dispensing station configured to transfer a first material to the first receiving location. The first material includes a first elastic layer and a first support layer. The first material dispensing station includes a dispenser roller configured to hold a roll of the first material, a plurality of rollers configured to convey the first material from the dispenser roller to the first receiving location, and a stripper plate configured remove at least a portion of the first support layer from a portion of the first elastic layer.
Inventors: Gregory L. Nelson (Chester, Virginia), Christopher Ryan Newcomb (Powhatan, Virginia), James D. Evans (Chesterfield, Virginia), Thien Nguyen (Richmond), Jarrod W. Chalkley (Mechanicsville, Virginia), Robert V. Powell (Midlothian, Virginia)
Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond)
Aug. 9, 2022

Compositions comprising 5-cholesten-3, 25-diol, 3-sulfate (25HC3S) or pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof and at least one cyclic oligosaccharide
Patent No. 11,406,646
Compositions comprising 5-cholesten-3,25-diol, 3-sulfate (25HC3S) or pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof and at least one cyclic oligosaccharide, e.g., a cyclodextrin (CD), are provided. The compositions may be used to prevent and/or treat a variety of diseases and conditions, including organ failure (e.g. acute liver failure), high cholesterol/high lipids, and various inflammatory diseases and conditions.
Inventors: Shunlin Ren (Richmond), Leyuan Xu (Richmond), Yanxia Ning (Richmond), Jin Koung Kim (Richmond), WeiQi Lin (Emerald Hills, California), Andrew R. Miksztal (Palo Alto, California), Hongwei Wu (Cupertino, California), Min L. Lee (Saratoga, California)
Assignee: Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond) & Durect Corp. (Cupertino, California) & The United States Government as represented by the Department of Veterans Affairs (Washington, DC)
Aug. 9, 2022

System and method for malware detection using hashing techniques
Patent No. 11,411,985
A system and method in accordance with example embodiments may include systems and methods for generating and transforming data presentation. The method may include receiving, using a processor, a request for a web page, and submitting, by the processor, the request to a computer server system. The request can include a user identification and a user password. The method may further include receiving, from the computer server system, data corresponding to the requested web page. Further, the method includes storing, in a memory, the received data, and causing the received data to be shown on a display associated with the user device.
Inventors: Christopher Marshall (Glen Allen, Virginia)
Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)
Aug. 9, 2022

Phenylephrine-containing liquid formulations
Patent No. 11,406,712
An oral, aqueous-based, liquid pharmaceutical composition is provided. The composition comprises up to about 45% glycerin and up to about 10% sorbitol wherein the glycerin to sorbitol ratio is about 2:1 to 10:1.
Inventors: Amanda R. Alley (Midlothian, Virginia), William A. Bubnis (Mechanicsville, Virginia), Stephanie Shield (Fairview, North Carolina)
Assignee: GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare Holdings (Wilmington, Delaware)
Aug. 9, 2022

Handle for retractor blade
Patent No. 11,406,370
A retractor system includes one or more blades, a handle, and a frame. The handle includes first and second arms with jaw portions and recesses configured to removably retain a blade. Both arms include rotatable connections and handles, where the rotatable connections are between jaw portions and handles. The rotatable connections are connected together such that the arms are rotatable with respect to one another. In one embodiment, the recesses are partial disc shapes opposed to one another, such that when the jaw portions are in a closed position, a disc-shaped space is present between the jaw portions in the closed position. The blade includes a corresponding disc-shape protrusion that may be retained in the recesses, and in some embodiments may include one or more notches to mate with a protrusion in a recess that prevents blade rotation while in the handle.
Inventors: Sean Higgins (Midlothian, Virginia), John Ryall (Gordonsville, Virginia), Peter Fetzer (Oehningen-Wangen, Germany)
Assignee: Boss Instruments (Gordonsville, Virginia)
Aug. 9, 2022

System and method for artificial intelligence based determination of damage to physical structures
Patent No. 11,410,287
A method and system are provided for assessing damage to a structure. According to one embodiment, the method includes using a classifier that is trained to associate respective portions of in an image of a structure with respective external parts of the structure to detect several of external parts of a structure in a first image of the structure. The method also includes using a first machine learning system, trained to perform segmentation of an image, to identify one or more image segments in a second image, where each image segment represents damage of a particular type and, using a second machine learning system, trained to associate image segments with external parts identified in an image, to associate a first image segment with a first external part, indicating damage to the first external part.
Inventors: Siva Tian (New York, New York), Krishna Dev Oruganty (Long Island, New York), Adrita Barari (Kolkata, India), Edmond Schneider (Henrico, Virginia), Nitish Kumar (Dedham, Massachusetts), Amit Arora (Princeton, New Jersey), Vikram Mahidhar (Lexington, Massachusetts), Chirag Jain (Bangalore, India), Abhilash Nvs (Bhubaneswar, India)
Assignee: Genpact Luxembourg (Luxembourg, Luxembourg)
Aug. 9, 2022

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