Experience-directed dynamic steganographic content switching Patent No. 10,440,434 An experience feedback of a user is measured, the experience feedback being in response to a presentation of a stream of a content. In response to the determining that an experience value corresponding to the experience feedback has to be adjusted to a target experience value, an optional content selected, the optional content including data indicative of an option experience value, the option experience value being at least a component of a difference between the experience value and the target experience value. The optional content is steganographically combined with the content in the stream to form a combined stream. During the presentation of the combined stream, a switch is made to the optional content such that a portion of the content is replaced by the optional content in the presentation, the switching causing in the user a change from the experience value towards the target experience value. Inventors: Aaron K. Baughman (Silver Spring, Maryland), John S. Cope (Richmond), Nicholas A. McCrory (Sacramento, California), Diwesh Pandey (Bangalore, India) Assignee: International Business Machines Corp. (Armonk, New York) Oct.8, 2019

Language learning systems and methods Patent No. 10,438,509 A systems, methods, and products for language learning software that automatically extracts text from corpora using various natural-language processing product features, which can be combined with custom-designed learning activities to offer a needs-based, adaptive learning methodology. The system may receive a text, extract keywords pedagogically valuable to non-native language learning, assign a difficulty score to the text using various linguistic attributes of the text, generate a list of potential distractors for each keyword in the text to implement in learning activities, and topically tag the text against a taxonomy based on the content. This output is then used in conjunction with a series of learning activity-types designed to meet learners’ language skill needs and then used to create dynamic, adaptive activities for them. Inventors: Katharine Nielson (Richmond), Kasey Kirkham (New York, New York), Na’im Tyson (Mount Vernon, New York), Andrew Breen (New York, New York) Assignee: Voxy (New York, New York) Oct. 8, 2019

Systems and methods for modeling computer resource metrics Patent No. 10,437,697 This disclosure relates generally to system modeling, and more particularly to systems and methods for modeling computer resource metrics. In one embodiment, a processor-implemented computer resource metric modeling method is disclosed. The method may include detecting one or more statistical trends in aggregated interaction data for one or more interaction types, and mapping each interaction type to one or more devices facilitating the transactions. The method may further include generating one or more linear regression models of a relationship between device utilization and interaction volume, and calculating one or more diagnostic statistics for the one or more linear regression models. A subset of the linear regression models may be filtered out based on the one or more diagnostic statistics. One or more forecasts may be generated using the remaining linear regression models, using which a report may be generated and provided. Inventors: Igor Trubin (Glen Allen, Virginia), Mark Schutt (Chesterfield, Virginia), Jeffery Robinson (Richmond) Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia) Oct. 8, 2019

Genetic control of axillary bud growth in tobacco plants Patent No. 10,435,700 This disclosure provides a number of sequences involved in axillary bud growth in tobacco, methods of using such sequences, tobacco plants carrying modifications to such sequences or transgenes of such sequences, and tobacco products made from tobacco leaf harvested from such plants. Inventors: Chengalrayan Kudithipudi (Midlothian, Virginia), Yanxin Shen (Glen Allen, Virginia), Dongmei Xu (Glen Allen, Virginia), Jesse Frederick (Richmond), Jaemo Yang (Richmond) Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond) Oct. 8, 2019



Package for e-kit with pouch, blank for making the package, the packaged e-kit with the pouch, and method of forming the e-kit with the pouch Patent No. 10,435,231 The package includes a front panel and a back panel, a first side formed by an intermediate panel connected to the front panel and the back panel, and a second side sealed by an adhesive, where the adhesive connects a rear surface of a side panel to a front surface of a side glue panel. An upper end of the package is formed by a front upper panel connected to an upper portion of the front panel, where the upper end is sealed by a front upper tuck panel being tucked into the outer package so that a front surface of the front upper tuck panel contacts an upper portion of the back panel. The upper end is sealed by a front upper tuck panel and a back tuck panel, the back tuck panel being retained in a front upper slit defined by the front upper panel. Inventors: Robert T. Mitten (Glen Allen, Virginia), Scott A. Fath (Richmond), William J. Bogdziewicz III (Richmond), Ryan Alan Bailey (Richmond) Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond) Oct. 8, 2019

Display packages, blanks for forming the display package and methods of manufacturing the same Patent No. 10,435,221 A display package according to example embodiments includes an outer structure defining a back panel, side panels, a top panel and a bottom panel of the display package, an inner structure defining a front panel of the display package, the inner structure being interlocked with the outer structure, and a tray between the interlocked inner and outer structures. The tray is configured to hold at least one item. The inner structure is inwardly bent against the tray. A top panel flap of the inner structure is between the top panel of the display package and the tray. Inventors: Ryan Bailey (Richmond), Scott A. Fath (Henrico, Virginia), Robert T. Mitten (Glen Allen, Virginia), William J. Bogdziewicz III (Richmond) Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond) Oct. 8, 2019

Non-combustible smoking systems, devices and elements thereof Patent No. 10,433,585 At least one example embodiment provides a non-combustible smoking system or kit, comprising: a cartridge having a first end and a second end; and a tobacco containing section having a third end and a fourth end. The cartridge includes: a pre-vapor formulation reservoir element and a pre-vapor heating element coupled to the pre-vapor formulation reservoir element. The tobacco containing section includes a tobacco housing and a tobacco heating element. The first end of the cartridge is configured to be connected to the fourth end of the tobacco containing section, and the second end of the cartridge is configured to be connected to the third end of the tobacco containing section. Inventors: Christopher S. Tucker (Midlothian, Virginia), Barry S. Smith (Hopewell, Virginia), Ed Cadieux (Mechanicsville, Virginia), David Bennett (Richmond), Raquel Olegario (Richmond), San Li (Midlothian, Virginia), Georgios Karles (Richmond), Richard Jupe (Richmond), Peter Lipowicz (Midlothian, Virginia), Benjamin Ragland (Providence Force, Virginia) Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond) Oct. 8, 2019

Heat sealable food packing films, methods for the production thereof, and food packages comprising heat sealable food packaging films Patent No. 10,435,225 Heat sealable food packaging films, methods for the production thereof, and food packages comprising heat sealable food packaging films are provided. The heat sealable food packaging film includes a humidity-dependent permeable film having a moisture vapor transmission rate that increases with an increase in relative humidity (RH). An outer coating comprises a coating material on at least one surface of the humidity-dependent permeable film. The coating material is selected from a nanoclay dispersed in a poly-vinylidene chloride (PVdC) polymer or a stretchable urethane polymer, a stretchable acrylic polymer, or a combination of stretchable urethane polymer and stretchable acrylic polymer. The coating material may further comprise an anti-blocking agent. The heat sealable food packaging film is biaxially oriented. Inventors: Yuan-Ping Robert Ting (Plainsboro, New Jersey), Simon J. Porter (Chesterfield, Virginia), Ken Guhse (Monroe, North Carolina), Jeffrey D. Moulton (Columbia, South Carolina) Assignee: AdvanSix Resins & Chemicals (Parsippany, New Jersey) Oct. 8, 2019

System and method for social home buying Patent No. 10,438,301 Example embodiments disclose systems and methods for providing a property profile for a property. The disclosed systems and methods enable receiving, via a network at a social home buying system, identifying data from a mobile device, receiving location data, via a network at a social home buying system, from the mobile device, retrieving property data from a property information database that stores information about the property based on the at least one of the identifying data and location data, creating a property profile based on the property data, identifying data, and location data, storing the property profile in a property profile database, and providing the property profile via a network to a social networking site. Inventors: Mitchell H. Ruebush (Wilmington, Delaware), Chirine Boukarroum (Dallas, Texas), Bryan Chad Hobgood (Glen Allen, Virginia) Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia) Oct. 8, 2019

System and method for automatically authenticating a caller Patent No. 10,438,213 Embodiments of the disclosed technology include systems and methods that can establish a communication link with a customer device, can receive call information from the customer device, can retrieve a customer profile based on a comparison of the call information to stored call information, and can save the customer profile as temporary profile data. Embodiments can receive identifying information from the customer device and, responsive to determining, based on a comparison of the identifying information to the temporary profile data, that the communication link is authenticated, connect the communication link to an authenticated call path. Responsive to determining that a predetermined amount of time has elapsed without determining that the communication link is authenticated, embodiments can determine that the communication link is unauthenticated and can connect the communication link to an unauthenticated call path and delete the temporary profile data. Inventors: Christopher D. Martin (Midlothian, Virginia) Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia) Oct. 8, 2019

Glove impact resistance testing Patent No. 10,436,690 An impact resistance test method of a glove having a protective material includes applying an impact force, with an impactor, to the glove at a plurality of locations on a section of the glove, measuring, with a load cell, a transferred impact force transferred through the section of the glove, and determining an impact resistance of the glove based on the measured transferred impact force. The impactor has a predetermined weight and is dropped from a predetermined height to apply the impact force to the section of the glove. An apparatus for carrying out the test method is also provided. Inventors: Dalia Taylor (Midlothian, Virginia), William Trainer (Niles, Illinois), Andrew Funk (Niles, Illinois), Angela Fisher (Tomahawk, Wisconsin) Assignee: Wells Lamont Industrial Group (Skokie, Illinois) Oct. 8, 2019

Electronic vaping device and cartridge for electronic vaping device Patent No. 10,433,581 A cartridge for an electronic vaping device may include at least one inner tube along a length of the cartridge. The inner tube defines a passageway. A heating element is within the inner tube and has a longitudinal axis. A jacket at least partially surrounds the heating element. The tube segment is positioned between the heating element and the inner tube along the longitudinal axis of the heating element. Inventors: San Li (Midlothian, Virginia), Barry S. Smith (Hopewell, Virginia), Christopher S. Tucker (Midlothian, Virginia) Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond) Oct. 8, 2019

Methods to add menthol, botanic materials, and/or non-botanic materials to a cartridge, and/or an electronic vaping device including the cartridge Patent No. 10,433,580 A cartridge may include a housing, a liquid supply reservoir in the housing and configured to store a pre-vapor formulation, a vaporizer, and a porous plug. The vaporizer may be in liquid communication with the liquid supply reservoir. The vaporizer may be configured to generate a vapor from heating a portion of the pre-vapor formulation. The porous plug may be connected to the housing and separated from the liquid supply reservoir. The porous plug may be permeable to the vapor. The porous plug may enclose a flavoring additive contacting a storage material. The flavoring additive may be configured to at least partially elute from the storage material or at least partially volatilize from the storage material if the vapor flows through the porous plug. An e-vaping device may include the cartridge. Inventors: Gerd Kobal (Sandy Hook, Virginia), San Li (Midlothian, Virginia), Peter Lipowicz (Midlothian, Virginia) Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond) Oct. 8, 2019

Sheet-metal ammunition packing tray Patent No. 10,435,218 An ammunition tray is provided for containing a plurality of bullet cartridges within an ammunition box container having a stowage volume. The tray includes a substantially rectangular template having a horizontal surface bounded by first and second opposing longitudinal edges and opposing lateral edges joined at four corners. Each longitudinal edge includes a first tab bent substantially perpendicular to the surface to form a rib. Each lateral edge includes a second tab bent substantially perpendicular to the surface to form a wall. The surface includes a first row of internal cutouts that point towards the first longitudinal edge as a proximal orientation. The surface further includes a second row of internal cutouts that point towards the second longitudinal edge as a distal orientation. The template has longitudinal and lateral edges bent to form the respective ribs and walls fits within the stowage volume as a vertical stack of plural templates. Each first internal cutout in the first row can cradle a cartridge on the surface along the proximal orientation and can fit the cartridge from an adjacent second row. Each second internal cutout in the second row can cradle the cartridge on the surface along the distal orientation and can fit the cartridge from an adjacent first row. Inventors: Gregory D. Little (Ashland, Virginia), John P. Shebalin (Fredericksburg, Virginia), James S. Fetsko (Fredericksburg, Virginia), Joseph A. Silber (King George, Virginia), John E. Brough (Fredericksburg, Virginia) Assignee: United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy (Arlington, Virginia) Oct. 8, 2019

Sub-irrigated tennis court Patent No. 10,435,851 A sub-irrigation system includes a special water distribution assembly that is able to rapidly disperse water underneath a court surface. The system has a water distribution assembly with a water channel and permeable fabric covering. The system also includes an electronic control system to monitor and maintain a desired moisture content of a court. Inevitable variations resulting from manual and gravity fed water control only are moderated or eliminated by the automatic control herein. Inventors: Roy Hey (Charlottesville, Virginia), Sandra Humphreys Hunt (Stuarts Draft, Virginia), Derwood Stephen DeLong (Goochland, Virginia) Assignee: Har-Tru (Charlottesville, Virginia) Oct. 8, 2019

Systems and methods for providing a separate interest rate for an individual transaction Patent No. 10,445,825 Systems and methods for providing a separate interest rate for an individual transaction are disclosed. A system may provide a service associated with a account having an account balance and an associated first interest rate. The system may include a service device having one or more memory devices storing instructions and one or more processors configured to execute the instructions to perform a separate interest rate service process. The process may include providing a separate interest rate service offer to a client device and receiving a separate interest rate selection from the client device. The process may also include determining a selected portion of the account balance corresponding to an amount to which a second interest rate, different from the first interest rate, is to be applied based on the separate interest rate selection. Inventors: Marcie Apelt (Richmond), Megan Edds (Glen Allen, Virginia), Keith Barron (Henrico, Virginia), Ashley Gibbs (Richmond), Matthew Vischulis (Vienna, Virginia), Carl Ashby (Montpelier, Virginia), Baining Hu (Vienna, Virginia), Yi Liu (Oakton, Virginia), David Schardt (Henrico, Virginia) Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia) Oct. 15, 2019

Systems and methods for dynamic report generation based on automatic modeling of complex data structures Patent No. 10,445,152 Various systems and methods are disclosed for accessing and traversing disparate, complex, and multi-dimensional data structures to dynamically and interactively generate reports based on automated modeling of complex and non-uniformly formatted data. Automated analysis of probabilistic functions and temporal-based data records enable non-technical users to quickly and dynamically act on time-sensitive information. In response to various user inputs, the system automatically accesses and traverses complex data structures (including, for example, frequency distribution models) calculates complex data based on the traversals, displays the calculated complex data to the user, and enters the calculated complex data into the reports. Inventors: Lingyun Zhang (San Diego, California), Mason L. Carpenter (Richmond), Gregor Bonin (Wimberley, Texas), Shanji Xiong (San Diego, California), Christer DiChiara (Carslbad, California), David Zaleta (San Diego, California), Yaqi Tao (Richmond, Washington) Assignee: Experian Information Solutions (Costa Mesa, California) Oct. 15, 2019

Breathable light weight unidirectional laminates Patent No. 10,443,160 Lightweight, breathable, non-woven fibrous materials and composite articles incorporating the same are provided. Composite articles are formed by merging an open, non-woven grid formed from high tenacity elongate bodies with at least one substrate, forming an article having excellent tensile strength, excellent breathability and a unique aesthetic appearance. Inventors: Brian Duane Arvidson (Chester, Virginia), Henry Gerard Ardiff (Chesterfield, Virginia), Ashok Bhatnagar (Richmond), Tamara L. Ehle (Midlothian, Virginia), Shari E. Litow (Midlothian, Virginia), Brian Waring (Chester, Virginia), Mark Benjamin Boone (Mechanicsville, Virginia), Thomas Tam (Chesterfield, Virginia) Assignee: Honeywell International (Morris Plains, New Jersey) Oct. 15, 2019

Polyamide 6 resins containing a low level of polyamide 66 comonomer Patent No. 10,442,928 Compositions of polyamide resins containing a low level of polyamide 66 comonomer are provided, which are useful in producing blown films. A method of forming a blown film includes: extruding a polyamide copolymer to form a polyamide film. The polyamide copolymer is formed from a mixture of caprolactam and hexamethylenediamine adipate where the caprolactam comprises from 85 mol. % to 99 mol. % of the total moles of caprolactam and hexamethylenediamine adipate. Inventors: Kuil Park (Midlothian, Virginia), Simon J. Porter (Chesterfield, Virginia), Stephanie C. Barthe (Richmond), Haoyu Liu (Midlothian, Virginia), Veera Nelliappan (Richmond) Assignee: AdvanSix Resins & Chemicals (Parsippany, New Jersey) Oct. 15, 2019

Lighter holder for cigarette and cigar packs Patent No. 10,442,608 A lighter holder for a cigarette or cigar package, comprising a substantially rectangular member foldable into the lighter holder, the rectangular member having a length and a width and five discrete panels defined in the length direction by foldable score lines in the width direction, the second and fourth panels being internally foldable and having apertures at corresponding locations in the width directions thereof. Inventors: Scott A. Fath (Richmond) Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond) Oct. 15, 2019

Protein delivery from stem cell microcarriers Patent No. 10,441,610 Disclosed are methods and compositions of microbead carriers for delivery of cells and other biologically active substances to diseased or damaged tissue in a subject in need thereof. Inventors: Barbara Dale Boyan (Richmond), Zvi Schwartz (Richmond), Christopher S. D. Lee (Atlanta, Georgia), Shirae Kerisha Leslie (Richmond), Ramsey C. Kinney (Decatur, Georgia) Assignee: Georgia Tech Research Corporation (Atlanta, GA) Oct. 15, 2019

SPA with temperature responsive pump activation and deactivation independent of heater activation Patent No. 10,441,503 A spa has an insulated cabinet with an uninsulated shell disposed therein. A filter assembly is downstream of a water intake. A heater is downstream of the filter assembly and a pump is downstream of the heater. A diversion line is in fluid line connection with an outlet of the pump. An ozonizor is in fluid communication with the diversion line. The filter assembly is coupled to the diversion line. A data processing system is coupled to the heater, pump, a control panel and a temperature sensor, wherein the data processing system responsive to when the actual temperature of an amount of water in the shell is a magnitude in degrees below a set temperature 1) turns the heater off if it is on or does not turn the heater on if it is already off and 2) turns the pump on if it is off or if it is already running does not turn the pump off. Inventors: Richard T. French (Chesterfield, Virginia) Assignee: N/A Oct. 15, 2019

System to automatically restore payment purchasing power Patent No. 10,445,737 In one embodiment, a system comprises a database configured to store at least one record, at least one network communication device, a storage device comprising instructions, and at least one processor configured to execute the instructions to perform a method. The method may comprise receiving a fraud communication associated with a first primary account number, calculating one or more limitations associated with the first primary account number based on an account associated with the first primary account number, and storing a database record including the first primary account number, a new primary account number, and the limitation(s). The method may further comprise receiving a transaction request including a second primary account number, and comparing the second primary account number to the at least one record. The method may also comprise, based on the comparing, enabling the transaction request to proceed, declining the transaction, or disabling the first primary account number. Inventors: Daniel Beck (Arlington, Virginia), Lawrence Douglas (McLean, Virginia), Jeffrey Samitt (Glen Allen, Virginia) Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia) Oct. 15, 2019

Service virtualization platform Patent No. 10,445,223 Various embodiments are generally directed to techniques of creating or managing one or more virtual services using at least one application programming interface (API). At a plugin layer, a plugin integrator programmatically interfaces with and integrates one or more virtualization tools. The plugin integrator may be programmatically interfaced with the at least one API. At least one proxy agent may be used to run or consumer the one or more virtual services. The at least one API and the at least one proxy agent may be implemented in an abstraction layer. Inventors: Stephen Tkac (Glen Allen, Virginia), Agnibrata Nayak (Henrico, Virginia), Pradosh Sivadoss (Broadlands, Virginia), Govind Pande (Chantilly, Virginia) Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia)’ Oct. 15, 2019

Vaporizer assembly for e-vaping device Patent No. 10,440,994 A vaporizer assembly for an e-vaping device includes a heater coil structure, a set of electrical lead structures coupled to opposite ends of the heater coil structure, and a non-conductive connector structure connected to each of the electrical lead structures, such that the electrical lead structures are coupled together independently of the heater coil structure. The vaporizer assembly may contact a dispensing interface structure through the heater coil structure. The vaporizer assembly may heat pre-vapor formulation drawn from a reservoir by the dispensing interface. The heater coil structure may define a surface, and the vaporizer assembly may apply a mechanical force to the dispensing interface structure, such that the heater coil structure is in compression with the dispensing interface structure and the heater coil structure surface is substantially flush with a surface of the dispensing interface structure. The heater coil structure may define a three-dimensional surface. Inventors: Ali A. Rostami (Glen Allen, Virginia) Assignee: Altria Client Services (Richmond) Oct. 15, 2019

Evaporative fluid cooling apparatuses and methods thereof Patent No. 10,443,903 An evaporative fluid cooling apparatus includes a cooling housing, at least two fluid coils, an air movement apparatus, and one or more spray apparatuses. The cooling housing defines a cooling chamber with an air housing input and an air housing output. The fluid coils are positioned in and extend across at least a portion of the cooling chamber in a spaced apart stacked arrangement. One of the fluid coils is positioned closer to the air housing output and has a first fluid input configured to be coupled to a fluid return from one or more air handler devices and a first fluid output coupled to a second fluid input to the other fluid coil. The other fluid coil is positioned closer to the air housing input and has a second fluid output configured to be coupled to a fluid supply to the air handler devices. Inventors: Gerald McDonnell (Midlothian, Virginia), Jeffrey Cheesman (Saddle River, New Jersey) Assignee: Great Source Innovations (Wilmington, Delaware) Oct. 15, 2019

Lubricants with calcium and magnesium-containing detergents and their use for improving low-speed pre-ignition and for corrosion resistance Patent No. 10,443,558 A lubricating oil composition and method of operating a boosted internal combustion engine with reduced low-speed pre-ignition events and corrosion resistance. The oil composition includes a base oil, one or more overbased calcium sulfonate detergents, one or more overbased calcium phenate detergents, and one or more overbased magnesium-containing detergents. A ratio of ppm of calcium to TBN of the oil composition is less than 170; a ratio of ppm of magnesium to total soap content in wt. % is greater than 700; and there are limited amounts of boron and molybdenum, and all weight percentages and ppm values being based on the total weight of the oil composition. The compositions give low LSPI ratios and pass the Ball Rust test. Inventors: Paul Ransom (Huddersfield, Great Britain), Guillaume Carpentier (Berkshire, Great Britain), Kristin Fletcher (Midlothian, Virginia) Assignee: Afton Chemical Corp. (Richmond) Oct. 15, 2019

Lubricants with overbased calcium and overbased magnesium detergents and method for improving low-speed pre-ignition Patent No. 10,443,011 A lubricating oil composition and method of operating a boosted internal combustion engine. The lubricating oil includes greater than 50 wt. % of a base oil, one or more overbased calcium-containing detergents, one or more overbased magnesium-containing detergents and one or more molybdenum compounds and leads to a more than 60% reduction in LSPI compared to the LSPI of a reference oil and passes the Ball Rust Test. The ratio of wt % calcium from the overbased detergents to wt. % of magnesium from the overbased detergents is less than 11.9. A ratio of total ppm of magnesium to total TBN of the lubricating oil in mg KOH/g is greater than 19. A ratio of the total ppm of calcium to the total TBN of the lubricating oil is less than 222. The oil and method may reduce low-speed pre-ignition events in a boosted internal combustion relative to commercially available lubricating oils. Inventors: Kristin Fletcher (Midlothian, Virginia), Lisa Dingwell (Midlothian, Virginia) Assignee: Afton Chemical Corp. (Richmond) Oct. 15, 2019

Production of polycrystalline silicon by the thermal decomposition of silane in a fluidized bed reactor Patent No. 10,442,695 Processes for producing polycrystalline silicon by thermal decomposition of silane are disclosed. The processes generally involve thermal decomposition of silane in a fluidized bed reactor operated at reaction conditions that result in a high rate of productivity relative to conventional production processes. Inventors: Satish Bhusarapu (Houston, Texas), Puneet Gupta (Houston, Texas), Yue Huang (Midlothian, Virginia) Assignee: Corner Star Limited (Kowloon, Hong Kong) Oct. 15, 2019

Production of polycrystalline silicon by the thermal decomposition of silane in a fluidized bed reactor Patent No. 10,442,694 Processes for producing polycrystalline silicon by thermal decomposition of silane are disclosed. The processes generally involve thermal decomposition of silane in a fluidized bed reactor operated at reaction conditions that result in a high rate of productivity relative to conventional production processes. Inventors: Satish Bhusarapu (Houston, Texas), Puneet Gupta (Houston, Texas), Yue Huang (Midlothian, Virginia) Assignee: Corner Star Limited (Kowloon, Hong Kong) Oct. 15, 2019

Detecting a transaction volume anomaly Patent No. 10,445,738 A server device obtains historical transaction data regarding transactions involving a network service, obtains historical calendar data regarding static date information for a historical time period that corresponds with the historical transaction data, and processes the historical transaction data and historical calendar data to train a machine learning model using a gradient boosting machine learning technique to predict a normal transaction volume for a period of time and confidence bands associated with the normal transaction volume. The server device generates the normal transaction volume for the period of time and confidence bands using the machine learning model, obtains real-time data concerning a transaction volume during the period of time, detects a transaction volume anomaly based on comparing the real-time data and normal transaction volume and confidence bands, and sends an alert, based on the transaction volume anomaly, to cause a remote device to display the alert and perform an action. Inventors: Ming Waters (Walkerton, Virginia), Donald J. Gennetten (Henrico, Virginia) Assignee: Capital One Services (McLean, Virginia) Oct. 15, 2019

Water heater with thermally isolating preheater and method of use Patent No. 10,443,890 A water heater includes a thermally isolating preheater using a phase change material for increased efficiency. Cold water passes through the preheater and is heated using the phase change material therein. Due to the preheater, heated water is supplied to the water contained in the water heater storage tank. Inventors: Benjamin Thomas Knopp (Henrico, Virginia) Assignee: N/A

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Blender jar lid with tortuous airflow path Patent No. 10,441,113 A blender for blending foodstuff comprises a base enclosing a motor, a jar for containing foodstuff that is removably mountable to the base, and a lid removably mountable to the jar to selectively close off the top end. The lid comprises a main body having an opening defined therein, and a cap removably mountable to the main body to selectively close off the opening. When the cap is mounted to the main body and the lid is mounted to the jar, a tortuous airflow path is provided between the main body and cap to allow airflow into or out of the jar. Inventors: Kevin L. Leppert (Lanexa, Virginia), Justin Kyle Dickerson (Goochland, Virginia), Joseph R. Elliott (Henrico, Virginia) Assignee: Hamilton Beach Brands (Glen Allen, Virginia) Oct. 15, 2019

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