Patents Examined by Andrea M. Valenti
  • Patent number: 11224173
    Abstract: An internal irrigation circuit board (10) comprises: a body (1), with a planting niche (2) adjacent to a drip irrigation channel (3) holding at least one drip irrigation hose (5), with the drip irrigation channel (3) functioning in cooperation with the planting niche (2) through a connecting channel (4) arrayed concurrently with the drip irrigation channel (3), the connecting channel (4) conveying water accumulated in the drip irrigation channel (3) to the planting niche (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Inventor: Sérgio Fausto Rizzi Rocha
  • Patent number: 11219167
    Abstract: Provided are methods for growing and shipping sprouts and microgreens in the same container, growing while in shipment using moisture provided in a water-absorbent layer, with optional added beneficials, and including methods for producing sprouts and microgreens for consumption, and for pharmaceutical/nutriceutical use, comprising growth of sprouts in retail-ready containers, the container comprising a moisture-retaining layer of agar media or the like providing water for growth and obviating the need for irrigation during sprout growth. In certain aspects, media is supplemented with beneficial organisms or additives such as probiotic microbes, vitamins (e.g., B12), cofactors, nutrients, and other items (e.g., phytochemicals, natural colors, and antioxidants) which promote the growth of the beneficial microbes on the product, and/or which become incorporated into the product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: Institute for Environmental Health, Inc.
    Inventor: Mansour Samadpour
  • Patent number: 11191205
    Abstract: Provided herein are processes for the preparation of treated seeds. Generally, the processes described herein comprise contacting a seed with a liquid seed treatment composition, thereby producing a wetted seed. The processes further comprise contacting the wetted seed with a dry powder comprising an effect pigment, thereby producing a treated seed having a coating comprising the effect pigment. In some instances, the treated seeds may exhibit an attractive visual appearance and good flowability through manufacturing, distribution, and planting equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: Monsanto Technology LLC
    Inventors: Vikram P. Mehrotra, Sudabathula R. Rao, Parker A. Smith, Michaela H. Feiner, Mark Miller
  • Patent number: 11185026
    Abstract: A system for vertical hydroponic plant growing. The system, and associated apparatuses and methods, may include or use sprockets, a sprocket drive device that is connected to at least one sprocket among the sprockets, a first continuous loop chain that is mounted on the sprockets, a second continuous loop chain that is mounted on the sprockets, and trays. Each tray includes a first end and a second end that includes a drain hole. The trays are attached to the first continuous loop chain and to the second continuous loop chain. The system also includes a fluid-dispensing device that is configured to dispense a fluid into a tray that is moved by the chains to a position adjacent to the fluid-dispensing device. The chains are configured to longitudinally tilt a tray downward towards the drain hole while the tray is near the position adjacent to the fluid-dispensing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Inventors: Daniel Tryon, Casmir Usiatynski
  • Patent number: 11134658
    Abstract: A wearable animal feeder, and methods of making and using such a wearable animal feeder, whereby the wearable animal feeder includes a face shield having opposing face shield upper and lower portions, and opposing face shield front and rear faces; and a reservoir having a reservoir outlet coupled to the face shield lower portion, whereby the reservoir outlet outwardly extends from the face shield front face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: HummViewer, LLC
    Inventor: John Thomas Creed
  • Patent number: 11129359
    Abstract: An animal feeding and watering cup system that can be used with any type of cage, crate or enclosure in order to provide food, water, medication or the like to an animal or an inhabitant of the cage, crate or other type of enclosure. The system comprises a cup wherein a plurality of brackets is located on the outer surface of the cup, a connector, and a cage, crate, or enclosure. In one embodiment, the system comprises a cup which is connected to a cage via a plurality of brackets receiving a connector which securely attaches the cup to the cage. In one embodiment, the system comprises a cup which is easily stacked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Inventor: Jill Ihrke
  • Patent number: 11122749
    Abstract: An incubator is disclosed. In one aspect, the incubator includes a housing, a reservoir disposed in the housing, and a vaporizer disposed in the housing so as to receive liquid collected in the reservoir. In certain embodiments the incubator includes a tray supported by the housing and disposed above at least a portion of the reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: M2 Labs
    Inventors: Kimberly Villaflores, Kyle Robinson
  • Patent number: 11094224
    Abstract: An identification assembly is provided having a tag assembly and a bracket assembly, the tag assembly comprising a front plate rotatably fixed to a tag body. In accordance with embodiments, the front plate has two identification surfaces and the tag body has one identification surface, and the tag assembly is configured to removably receive the bracket assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Inventor: David Stapleton
  • Patent number: 11083142
    Abstract: A system for growing a plant (1) in an at least partly conditioned environment includes a cultivation base (11) for receiving a culture substrate (3) with a root system (4) of the plant therein. Root temperature control elements (12) are provided which are able and adapted to impose a predetermined root temperature on the root system, and lighting elements (20,21,22) which are able and adapted to expose leaves of the plant to actinic artificial light. Leaf heating elements are also provided, which are able and adapted to impose on the leaf of the plant a leaf temperature varying from an ambient temperature. In a method for growing the plant a carbon dioxide assimilation management of a leaf system of the plant is thus influenced, and a supply of actinic light, the root temperature and the carbon dioxide assimilation management are adapted to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: PLANTLAB GROEP B.V.
    Inventors: John Van Gemert, Martinus Kers, Gerardus Johannes Jozef Maria Meeuws
  • Patent number: 11083139
    Abstract: High-growth plant cultivation techniques are provided that create efficient, optimized growing conditions, including a high concentration of photosynthetically active radiation (“PAR”) in terms of photon flux density, and with extremely low heat. In some aspects of the invention, these techniques comprise a specialized growth chamber and a control system that promote an enhanced level of growth, particularly for autoflowering cannabis. In addition, aspects of the invention create an accessible, user-friendly, aesthetically pleasing new type of display for a plant, ideal for cultivating cannabis and, in particular, autoflowering cannabis. The unique combination of techniques set forth in the invention create high yields of cannabis plant matter (up to 3 or 4 times greater than other methods) in substantially less time (just 60 days from seed to harvest).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Blazing Bits, LLC
    Inventor: Vincent J. Bitetti
  • Patent number: 11000018
    Abstract: A bird feeder is provided with a feed container including an internal space and at least one feeding opening on an outer surface and communicating with the internal space; at least one perch disposed on the outer surface of the feed container and each extending outwardly under the feeding opening; a support assembly disposed on the outer surface of the feed container and above the feeding opening; and a cover including a central opening disposed on the feed container. A bottom edge of the central opening is rested upon the support assembly. The cover acts as a lever in response to a force exerted thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Inventor: Tzu Ying Chi
  • Patent number: 10973186
    Abstract: An aeroponics system is provided which includes a rack with multiple shelves thereon and with a tray accommodated on each shelf. Light modules are located above each shelf. Each tray has a hood with openings therein leading into a hollow chamber and above a base which includes spray heads therein. Water from a reservoir upon the rack is pumped to each of the spray heads to provide a spray within the hollow chambers. Plant cuttings are placed passing through the openings in the hood so that lower portions of the cuttings can receive the spray (and nutrients added into the reservoir) for propagation of the plant cuttings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: EZ-Clone Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: William J. Blackburn, Brad R. Mickelsen
  • Patent number: 10946421
    Abstract: There is provided A process for producing a biocompatible soil mixture from cremated ash remains, the process comprising: mixing cremated ash remains with a soil base material and a nutrient composition to produce a pre-conditioned mixture, the nutrient composition comprising at least one of paramagnetic material, soil conditioner and fertilizer; and conditioning the pre-conditioned mixture using a microbial conditioner to adjust the adverse chemical properties of the cremated ash remains biologically to produce a conditioned soil mixture being biocompatible for a legacy tree, wherein the pre-conditioned mixture comprises less than 10% of the cremated ash remains by volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: LIVING LEGACY PTY LTD
    Inventors: Warren Roberts, Mary Cole
  • Patent number: 10945411
    Abstract: A top surface of an elevating stand of a pet feeding system defines bowl receptacles into which respective food and water bowls may be removably installed. A first zone of the top surface of the stand includes an upwardly convex ring that laterally surrounds a respective bowl receptacle. A second zone of the top surface of the stand laterally surrounds the first zone, except as interrupted by a finger notch. Each bowl has a peripheral lip with a lower surface formed as a downwardly concave ring that fits over the upwardly convex ring of the stand. An edge of the bowl rests on the second zone at a location below the upper limit of the convex ring. A base of the stand cooperates with upstanding ribs in an elastomeric mat to prevent lateral movement of the stand and to prevent rotation of the stand around the stand center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: MACNEIL IP LLC
    Inventors: David F. MacNeil, Frederick W. Masanek, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10912260
    Abstract: An adaptive planter system enables a container in which plants grow to be secured to the ground. It also allows for use of the space above the plants in decorative, artistic or practical ways. A shaft anchors the body of the system to the ground and provides a way to attach banners, handles, figures or the like to the opposite end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: In The Black Revocable Trust
    Inventor: Crawford Shaw, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10888084
    Abstract: A bat deterrent system to deter bats from approaching wind turbines may include a first deterrent box having a first and second transducer bank. The first transducer bank may include a first set of transducers located on a first plane and a second set of transducers located on a second plane. The second plane may be different from the first plane. The bat deterrent system may also include a second deterrent box having a third and fourth transducer bank. The third transducer bank may include a third set of transducers located on a third plane and a fourth set of transducers located on a fourth plane. The fourth plane may be different from the third plane. At least one transducer may simultaneously emit a different ultrasonic output waveform than the ultrasonic output waveform emitted from another transducer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: NRG SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Cris Hein, Peter P. Garcia, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10863719
    Abstract: A toy is provided that simulates hide-and-seek or peekaboo action moving randomly in and out in a non-sequential pattern about the housing, thereby catching the pet's attention and stimulating the animal's instinctive curiosity. An outer housing forms a travel guide defining a travel path of a generally concave polygon pattern. A motorized mechanism contained within the housing urges an elongated, flexible target about the travel guide so that the target can pass by egress openings located at the vertices in a bidirectional, random fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: COSMIC PET LLC
    Inventor: Steven Tsengas
  • Patent number: 10863720
    Abstract: A toy is provided that simulates hide-and-seek or peekaboo action moving randomly in and out in a non-sequential pattern about the housing, thereby catching the pet's attention and stimulating the animal's instinctive curiosity. An outer housing forms a travel guide defining a travel path of a generally concave polygon pattern. A motorized mechanism contained within the housing urges an elongated, flexible target about the travel guide so that the target can pass by egress openings located at the vertices in a bidirectional, random fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: COSMIC PET LLC
    Inventor: Steven Tsengas
  • Patent number: 10856528
    Abstract: A pet treat holding device may comprise a head and a plurality of opposable arms. The plurality of opposable arms may be articulably attached to the head and movable between a first position and a second position. The arms may define a cavity configured to receive an end of an elongated treat such as a bully stick. The device may comprise a twist ring that threadedly engages the opposable arms and operates to secure the arms of the device around the inserted end of the elongated treat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: BOW WOW LABS, INC.
    Inventors: J. Scott Woolwine, Julie Hackett
  • Patent number: 10842124
    Abstract: Provided herein are compositions and methods that facilitate animal enrichment and breeding in animal containment environments. Provided in certain embodiments are animal containment enrichment compositions that include one or more sheets, where at least one of the one or more sheets comprises an array of scores defining a flat array of strips in the sheet. Provided in certain embodiments are animal containment enrichment compositions that include one or more sheets, where at least one of the one or more sheets comprises an array of scores defining a flat array of sections of the sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: INNOVIVE, INC.
    Inventors: Gilles Speter, Leroy Jenson