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USPTO Patent Focus for Dec. 14: recent local patents awarded

Source: Richmond Times-Dispatch

The following shows recent patents awarded to people or companies in central Virginia. Listed are the name of patent, the patent number, name of the local inventor and his or her locality, the patent assignee, and a brief description of the patent from an abstract. The information comes from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

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Direct reduction of iron (DRI) pellet treatments; (U.S. Patent 9,200,339); James Wilkins of North Chesterfield and others; Chemtreat Inc. of Henrico: An aspect provides a method of treating direct reduced iron (DRI) pellets, by applying a foam to the DRI pellets. The foam may include a foam having an expansion ratio of about 20-40 and a bubble size of about 200 microns or less. The foam may include one or more additives, such as anti-corrosion agent(s), oxidizing agents, and dust reducing binder(s). The foam(s) may be applied in a single stage or in multiple stages and may be applied to hot or cold DRI pellets. Other aspects are described and claimed.

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Carton with handle; (U.S. Patent 9,199,775); Aaron L. Bates of Moseley; MeadWestvaco Packaging Systems LLC of Richmond: A carton including a wall having a handle that includes a load bearing edge. The load bearing edge includes a first segment that is configured to support a substantially vertical load and a second segment that is configured to support a substantially horizontal load. A first handle flap is hingedly connected to the first segment, and a second handle flap that is hingedly connected to the second segment.

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Game clip popularity based control ; (U.S. Patent 9,199,165); Stephen Husak of Glen Allen and others; Microsoft Corp. of Redmond, Wash.: Example apparatus and methods concern managing the encoding and storing of game clips that are automatically generated to record video game highlights. Encoding game clips for smooth streaming using adaptive bit rates requires significant processing resources and storing the multiple bit rate encodings consumes significant storage. Therefore, example apparatus and methods compute a predicted popularity for a game clip based on user factors (e.g., status), video game factors (e.g., popularity), game clip factors (e.g., importance of event, uniqueness of event), or other factors. Predicted popularity may differ from actual popularity, therefore the popularity score may be recomputed using actual observations (e.g., number of views of the game clip). Additionally, actual observations may identify correlations between the factors used to predict popularity and the factors that actually determine popularity. Therefore, the prediction function may be dynamically updated to improve the prediction function and thus to improve the user experience.

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Treatment planning for electroporation-based therapies; (U.S. Patent 9,198,733); Robert E. Neal II of Richmond and others; Virginia Tech Intellectual Properties Inc. of Blacksburg: The present invention provides systems, methods, and devices for electroporation-based therapies (EBTs). Embodiments provide patient-specific treatment protocols derived by the numerical modeling of 3D reconstructions of target tissue from images taken of the tissue, and optionally accounting for one or more of physical constraints or dynamic tissue properties. The present invention further relates to systems, methods, and devices for delivering bipolar electric pulses for irreversible electroporation exhibiting reduced or no damage to tissue typically associated with an EBT-induced excessive charge delivered to the tissue.

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Food processor with locking bail handle; (U.S. Patent 9,198,540); Drew Carlson of Henrico; Hamilton Beach Brands Inc. of Henrico: A kitchen appliance for processing foodstuff includes a housing, a bowl, a bowl lid, and a bail handle. The bowl is removably mountable onto the housing and comprises an upper rim defining a mouth for selectively receiving a rotatable tool within the bowl. The bowl lid is removably mountable onto the upper rim of the bowl and comprises a top wall and a flange depending downwardly therefrom. The bail handle is pivotably affixed to opposing sides of the housing. The bail handle is pivotable between (1) a disengaged position in which the bowl lid may be removed from the bowl and in which the bowl may be removed from the housing and (2) an engaged position in which the bail handle applies downward pressure on the bowl lid to retain the bowl lid on the upper rim of the bowl and to retain the bowl on the housing.

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Transparent conductive composite films; (U.S. Patent 9,199,438); DuPont Teijin Films U.S. Limited Partnership of Chester: A process for the manufacture of a transparent conductive film comprising: (i) a polymeric substrate comprising a polymeric base layer and a polymeric binding layer, wherein the polymeric material of the base layer has a softening temperature T.sub.S-B, and the polymeric material of the binding layer has a softening temperature T.sub.S-HS; and (ii) a conductive layer comprising a plurality of nanowires, wherein said nanowires are bound by the polymeric matrix of the binding layer such that the nanowires are dispersed at least partially in the polymeric matrix of the binding layer, said process comprising the steps of providing a polymeric substrate comprising a polymeric base layer and a polymeric binding layer; disposing said nanowires on the exposed surface of the binding layer; and heating the composite film to a temperature T.sub.1 wherein T.sub.1 is equal to or greater than T.sub.S-HS, and T.sub.1 is at least about 5.degree. C. below T.sub.S-B; and transparent conductive films derived from said process.

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Ball display case ; (U.S. Patent D744,772); Deanna D. Cook of Henrico: The ornamental design for a ball display case.

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Determining energy consumption in a structure; (U.S. Patent 9,207,267); Michael Craig Scelzi of Glen Allen; Mark Christopher Hartman of Amelia and others; Netesco LLC of Richmond: Methods, apparatus, and systems are provided for measuring the supply of a consumable product/energy source, such as electrical power, to a facility over time and analyzing the measurements to determine the consumption or supply of the product by one or more loads and/or sources in the facility, and to determine induced and residual heat flow through the facility’s envelope. Various aspects compare the measured supply of the consumable product to a database of consumption signatures, which characterize access to the consumable product by particular users. Operating conditions and facility characteristics, such as temperatures, load factors, insulation factors, etc., may be further considered in determining a particular user’s access of the consumable product. To aid in the controlling of energy use, thermal resistance factors of the building are determined, which are based on the induced and residual heat flow through the facility.

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Basecoat composition and associated paperboard structure ; (U.S. Patent 9,206,553); Steven G. Bushhouse of New Kent; Sven S. Arenander of Richmond; MeadWestvaco Corp. of Richmond; WestRock MWV of Norcross, Ga.: A paperboard structure including a paperboard substrate having a first major surface and a second major surface and a basecoat applied to the first major surface and/or the second major surface, the basecoat including a pigment component, the pigment component including all pigments in the basecoat, wherein the pigment component has a median particle size between about 3 and about 8 micrometers, and wherein at most about 15 percent by weight of the pigment component has a particle size smaller than 1 micrometer.

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