Patents Examined by Aaron M Rodziwicz
  • Patent number: 10959420
    Abstract: A scavenging animal deterring feeder assembly may include a feeder support stand having an elevated stand platform and a stand fence having a plurality of spaced-apart, upward-standing fence spikes carried by the stand platform. A feed-dispensing wildlife feeder may be supported by the stand platform of the feeder support stand and at least partially enclosed by the stand fence. Accordingly, the stand fence deters a wild hog or other scavenging animal from landing its front paws onto the stand platform and collapsing the stand platform in an attempt to access the animal feed in the wildlife feeder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Inventor: Margene McCoy
  • Patent number: 10952413
    Abstract: An aquarium façade assembly with encased faux human head creates an animated visual effect through use of a transparent sidewalls; a base with a mirror finish; LEDs shining on the mirror finish; a front façade chamber containing an aerated, bubbling liquid; and a suspended, yet moving faux human head. An aerator, an air tube, and a liquid fill-drain aperture enhance aeration, circulation, and drainage for the liquid contained in the front façade chamber, to enhance the visual effect of the faux human head. A passive infrared sensor detects motion near the front sidewall, and actuates motion of the faux human head through a cable, pulley, and shaft mechanism. Magnets in the base and cover of the aquarium assembly generate a magnetic field throughout the aquarium cavity. The magnetic field causes metallic materials integrated in the faux human head to gyrate, causing the head to gyrate accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Inventor: Dominick Michael Greco
  • Patent number: 10945383
    Abstract: This invention is directed toward a rotating arm that can quickly and easily cover and uncover a greenhouse. The invention comprises a base unit to which is attached a rotating arm. The base unit is secured into cement and the rotating arm unit is attached at its end to a tarp. As a worker rotates the arm, the greenhouse tarp is quickly moved in the direction or rotation. A greenhouse with one of these inventions at either end can be covered and uncovered by a single person in a matter of seconds and removes the need for the motors and complicated apparatus associated with the prior art.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Inventor: Robert “Bob” J Hesse
  • Patent number: 10939621
    Abstract: Methods and systems for generating a plasma-activated liquid or gas, and applying the plasma-activated liquid for agricultural use. A system embodiment includes a hand-held device that can be pointed and directed at different target areas of a plant. A method embodiment includes generating a plasma discharge in a gas environment or a liquid environment, and applying the gas/liquid to a plant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Plasmology4, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory A. Watson, Emilia Kulaga
  • Patent number: 10940961
    Abstract: A small satellite propulsion system using a gaseous oxidizer and a gaseous fuel as primary propellants with a liquid as a film coolant for the inner surface of the rocket motor. The gaseous fuel is also used as a pressurant for the coolant and as a cold gas propellant for attitude control system (hereinafter “ACS”) thrusters. The oxidizer, fuel, and coolant tanks, as well as most valves and plumbing, are integrated into a single core unit along with the rocket motor, rocket motor plumbing, and safety valves. Attitude control thrusters may be remotely located with plumbing to the fuel tank. The core unit is four inches high and less than four inches deep and wide. The small satellite propulsion system uses no pyrotechnics and no hazardous toxic materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Inventor: Lloyd J. Droppers
  • Patent number: 10918092
    Abstract: A bird feeder which comprises a seed tube having an upper end and a lower end, the lower end having feed openings therein, a top ring sitting on the upper end of the seed tube, the top ring having a top ring upper portion and a top ring lower portion with the top ring lower portion extending downwardly to engage with the upper end of the seed tube, the top ring upper portion having first and second slots formed therein, a cover removably secured to the top ring, the cover having first and second apertures formed therein, and a hanger having first and second end sections with each of the first and second end sections having an enlarged arrangement located thereat, each of the first and second end sections passing through a respective one of the first and second slots with the enlarged arrangement preventing passage of the ends through the slots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Inventor: Paul L. Cote
  • Patent number: 10912262
    Abstract: A plant support system includes a support ring having at least one wall portion, and at least one support beam coupled to the at least one wall portion and configured to increase rigidity of the at least one wall portion. Further, the plant support system also includes a base coupled to the at least one wall portion and having at least one stationary clamping surface; a clamp spine having a movable clamping surface situated opposite the at least one stationary clamping surface; and a plurality of spring leaves coupled to the clamp spine and configured to bias the clamp spine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Mighty Crop, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel William Patterson, Carl Herman Haken
  • Patent number: 10905092
    Abstract: A pet carrier assembly, including: a cage housing adapted to selectively contain a pet; and a lower litter pan adapted to be selectively coupled to and removed from a bottom portion of the cage housing; wherein bottom portion of the cage housing includes a waste grate that forms at least a portion of a floor of the cage housing and is selectively disposed within or adjacent to an interior portion of the lower litter pan with the bottom portion of the cage housing. The pet carrier assembly includes a solid removable floor disposed in the bottom portion of the cage housing and adapted to cover the waste grate, and a seal disposed about a periphery of the removable floor. Optionally, the lower litter pan includes a cut away operable for providing access to an interior portion of the lower litter pan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Inventor: Renee Grul
  • Patent number: 10905103
    Abstract: A device for assisting the application of medicaments to pets includes first and second elongated members. Each elongated member includes a proximal end and a distal end, a handle portion extending between the proximal end and the distal end, and comb teeth extending between the proximal end and the distal end. The proximal end of the second elongated member and the proximal end of the first elongated member are pivotally attached to one another. The comb teeth of the first and second elongated members extend in the same direction perpendicular to a plane in which the first and second members pivot relative to each other. The handle portions extend in the same or parallel plane in which the first and second members pivot relative to one another. The device is used to part the hair of the pet so that the medicament can be applied directly to the pet's skin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Inventor: Kyle Edward McKiver
  • Patent number: 10906643
    Abstract: The present invention discloses an unmanned aerial vehicle, including: a fuselage; a battery accommodation cavity, disposed on the fuselage; a battery pack, including at least two battery blocks and mounted inside the battery accommodation cavity; a battery circuit board, electrically connected to the battery blocks in the battery pack; and a functional module, electrically connected to the battery circuit board, the battery blocks in the battery pack supplying power to the functional module via the battery circuit board at the same time. By using the solution of the present invention, endurance of the unmanned aerial vehicle is increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: AUTEL ROBOTICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Dongdong Luo, Feng Ni, Hang Lv, Wenbing Su
  • Patent number: 10899677
    Abstract: The present application provides: a microbial material for agricultural use characterized by containing, as an active ingredient, Bacillus subtilis C-3102 strain (FERM BP-1096) that is capable of promoting the growth of crops and/or increasing the yield of crops, or a variant thereof that has an ability equivalent thereto; and a method for cultivating crops characterized by comprising cultivating the crops using a soil or medium that contains the microbial material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Asahi Biocycle Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toki Nishiyama, Taisuke Uesugi, Gentaro Yasuda, Hiroaki Murakami, Yoshiaki Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10897873
    Abstract: The hay shaker and livestock feeder is configured for use with livestock. The hay shaker and livestock feeder is configured for use with livestock feed. The hay shaker and livestock feeder removes detritus, such as dust, from the livestock feed. The hay shaker and livestock feeder comprises a separating chamber, a plurality of stanchions, a vacuum system, and one or more vibration motors. The plurality of stanchions elevates the separating chamber above the ground. The vacuum system and the one or more vibration motors attach to the separating chamber. The separating chamber contains the livestock feed. The vacuum system and the one or more vibration motors combine to remove the detritus from the livestock feed contained within the separating chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Inventors: Wayne Daigle, Veronica Myles
  • Patent number: 10897861
    Abstract: An insulated passive house, building, or skyscrapers system and method with integrated aquaponics, greenhouse, and mushroom cultivation, includes a glazing on a sun facing side at an angle to maximize winter sunlight, and housing a fish tank; a plant growing area; a mushroom growing area; a shop, apartment or office area; a water wall thermal mass that divides the plant growing area from the mushroom growing and the shop, apartment or office areas, and the fish tank; and a natural air ventilation (NAV) system that provides misted air to the mushroom growing and the shop, apartment or office areas, and the fish tank from O2 generated by the plant growing area, and CO2 generated by the mushroom growing and the shop, apartment or office areas, and the fish tank to the plant growing area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Inventors: Irina Alexeevna Pisarenko, Maria Yevgenyevna Bablyak, Carlos R Villamar
  • Patent number: 10893672
    Abstract: A turkey decoy system wherein the tail of the decoy can be moved from a lowered position to a raised and fanned position by a pair of control lines, wherein a fanned tail of the decoy can be oscillated by the control lines, wherein the decoy can be moved forward and backward by the pair of control lines, and wherein the decoy can be oscillated by the control lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Alive Action Decoys, LLC
    Inventor: Wade Aaron Gotter
  • Patent number: 10893662
    Abstract: A collar-mounted location sensor and stimulation unit includes a body. A generally planar stimulation unit and impedance-based fur detector in combination protect the animal from harmful stimulation. At least one sensory stimulator is configured to provide at least one of auditory, kinesthetic, and visual stimulation responsive to an output of a location sensor. One or more of a voltage, current, oscillation frequency, extent of modulation, or other output characteristic of the stimulation unit output is varied responsive to the detected fur impedance to protect and benefit both the body and mind of the animal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: GPSip, Inc.
    Inventors: Rodney P. Landers, Kevin L. Nieuwsma
  • Patent number: 10881054
    Abstract: Fabrics suitable for a wide variety of uses, including coverage of crops, crop planting sites, or both, are disclosed. The fabrics may comprise at least one spunbond layer comprising filaments including a filler. The at least one spunbond layer may comprise a basis weight of least about 12 grams-per-meter-squared and the at least one spunbond layer may comprise an average transmittance value within the photosynthetic active radiation (PAR) across wavelengths 400 nm to 700 nm comprising about 37% or less. Methods of enhancing crop growth are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: AVINTIV Specialty Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Garcia Pano, Marie-Pierre Burckel
  • Patent number: 10869457
    Abstract: A ratcheted “Pipe and Strap Operating Drive System” (PSODS) is disclosed which efficiently and accurately positions a blocker, or door mechanism, over an opening which is of similar profile and dimensions as the door mechanism. In the preferred embodiment, PSODS is used to vary the position of a poultry house ventilation blocker or door mechanism from a tightly-closed position against the opening, or when required, within a certain range of door mechanism open positions, as dictated by weather conditions or internal air quality. At least two ratcheted reels are co-axially connected to the exterior of a tubular “pipe drive.” Each reel is connected, at its core, to the first end of a strap, with the second end of the strap being connected to the door mechanism. Upon axial rotation of the pipe drive in either direction, the reels simultaneously rotate, straps move correspondingly so as to position the entire door mechanism within a desired range relative to the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Inventors: Ari M. Brandley, J. Theodore Brandley
  • Patent number: 10863728
    Abstract: An illumination system for cultivation of aquatic animals is disclosed for cultivation of aquatic animals in a volume of water, the cultivation using a feeding system defining a feeding axis in the volume of water. The system comprises at least a first illumination surface positioned in the volume of water and arranged for illuminating the feeding axis. The system also comprises a second illumination surface positioned in the volume of water and arranged for illuminating the feeding axis. The first illumination surface and second illumination surface are different surfaces arranged to illuminate the feeding axis from substantially different directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: SIGNIFY HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Joris Jan Vrehen, Vincent Stefan David Gielen, Georges Marie Calon, Willem Franke Pasveer, Martijn Evert Paul Jansen, Erik Paul Boonekamp, Hilbrand Vanden Wyngaert
  • Patent number: 10863722
    Abstract: Provided is an absorbent article suitable for bedridden pet animals. An absorbent article (10) for pet animals has a longitudinal direction (Y) and a width direction (X) crossing each other and includes: a body-facing surface and a non-body-facing surface opposite to each other; a first edge and a second edge (10a, 10b) opposite to each other in the longitudinal direction (Y); a tail facing area (13) facing a tail of the pet (5); a first section (11) extending from the tail facing area (13) toward the first edge (10a) and covering one of buttocks of the pet (5); a second section (12) extending from the tail facing area (13) toward the second edge (12b) and covering another one of the buttocks of the pet (5); an absorbent core (15) positioned between the first section (11) and the second section (12); and an attachment (21) positioned on the first section (11) and capable of attaching to an attachment target part (22) on the second section (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: UNICHARM CORPORATION
    Inventor: Daisuke Komatsubara
  • Patent number: 10856471
    Abstract: Certain exemplary embodiments can provide a system, machine, device, and/or manufacture adapted for and/or resulting from, and/or a method configured for, activities that can comprise and/or relate to, installing a support system for a green wall, the support system comprising a plurality of trays that are configured to interface with a securement system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Inventor: Mark Woolbright