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.


Lubricants with calcium-containing detergent and their use for improving low speed pre-ignition; (U.S. Patent 10,336,959); Kristin Fletcher of Midlothian; William Y. Lam, Kongsheng Yang and Jeremy Styer of Glen Allen; Afton Chemical Corp. of Richmond: A lubricating oil composition and method of operating a boosted internal combustion engine.



Hydro-formed film with three-dimensional micro-apertures; (U.S. Patent 10,335,973); Tredegar Film Products Corp. of Richmond: A method of processing a polymeric web includes providing a forming screen configured for supporting and moving with the web in a machine direction. The forming screen has a plurality of elliptical screen openings, each having a major axis perpendicular to the machine direction and a minor axis parallel to the machine direction. The method includes continuously depositing the web onto the forming screen and passing the web and forming screen through a water stream having a pressure level sufficient to cause the web to be forced into the screen openings, thereby forming protrusions extending from the planar surface of the web.


Inhibition of central nervous system effects from smoking and sensory effects from smoking; (U.S. Patent 10,335,378); Gerd Kobal of Sandy Hook; Justin Heynekamp of Glen Allen; Munmaya K. Mishra of Manakin Sabot; Altria Client Services LLC of Henrico: Pharmaceutical compositions and methods of use therefor for reducing the desire to engage in smoking are disclosed. More specifically, the pharmaceutical composition utilizes an active ingredient to reduce the side effects of smoking cessation and to limit the molecular feedback caused by nicotine-mediated activation of acetylcholine receptors.

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