Patents Examined by Andrea M. Valenti
  • Patent number: 7082713
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a rollable artificial mulch carpet that includes a permeable base upon which simulated wood chips have been adhered. In one embodiment, the rollable mulch carpet is manufactured on rolls of varying lengths that are placed onto the soil surfaces of gardening areas to provide a mulch-like surface that allows penetration of moisture and atmosphere to the plants in the garden and a mulch-like appearance that resists deterioration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2006
    Inventor: Gary Buhrman
  • Patent number: 7082715
    Abstract: A plant watering device for use in a growing medium, which comprises a base with an open top liquid receiving section with a discharge inlet aperture located therein. A medium engaging section is connected to the base and has a discharge outlet aperture communicating with the inlet aperture. A contamination prevention member for preventing contamination of the dispensing aperture is located adjacent thereto. A container with a discharge spout has an amount of a liquid contained therein and is filled on the base. The discharge spout is positioned into the liquid receiving section. A wick component is mounted in the liquid receiving section to receive the liquid from the container and extends between the inlet aperture and the outlet aperture to automatically deliver the liquid to the outlet aperture and into the growth medium at a controlled rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2006
    Assignee: Drip-It Systems International Inc.
    Inventor: Koen De Winter
  • Patent number: 7080478
    Abstract: The present invention provides unique technology, systems and methods of cultivating different types of seaweeds, including, but not limited to, Porphyra (Nori), Laminaria, Undaria, Eucheuma, Gracillaria, Ulva, Sargassum, Codium, Cladophora, Ascophyllum, Palmaria, Furcellaria, Fucus or Enteromorpha, in land-based seawater ponds having a climatically suitable and nutrient controlled environment. These land-based ponds may be built in any part of the world with structural engineering and architectural modifications. The invention provides methods of designing different stages of growth, and defining the special conditions to optimize each of the different stages in controlled environments. The technology includes techniques of enriching the seaweeds with desired nutrients and ingredients for the production of high quality products that are free of marine pollutants, in addition to generating maximum yields under optimum, clean, temperature controlled and stable environmental conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2006
    Assignee: Noritech Seaweed Technologies Ltd.
    Inventor: Israel Levy
  • Patent number: 7080480
    Abstract: A structural cell system is disclosed for supporting hardscape areas in a way that enables tree root growth and accommodates filtering, retention, storage and infiltration of storm water while preventing hardscape damage. The system includes a plurality of structural cells capable of being positioned below a hardscape. The structural cells are designed to have openings that are sized to accept tree roots. The system has one or more permeable barriers around the structural cells with a way for water to flow into the plurality of structural cells flow out of the structural cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2006
    Assignee: Urban Root L.L.C.
    Inventors: James Urban, Albert L. Key, Charles Julian Ray, Charles Graham Ray, Michael James
  • Patent number: 7024818
    Abstract: The present invention provides a false bottom insert assembly for use in combination with an oversized planter container. The assembly essentially comprises a support platform for supporting a soil-bound plant, an optional spacer member for supporting the support platform, and an optional moisture-receiving tray for collecting and retaining excess moisture emanating from the support platform and the spacer member via the soil. The platform comprises a peripheral support surface that engages either the container or the spacer member for supporting the support platform at the chosen false bottom level in the planter container. Support ribs are integrally formed to the platform to increase its load bearing potential. The spacer member may be utilized as an optional structure to adjust for variable container dimensions and the moisture-receiving tray may be installed at the user's election to maintain a moisture source in inferior adjacency to the support platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2006
    Inventors: Kristine A. Maniscalco, J. Jeffrey Maniscalco, William T. Whitlock
  • Patent number: 7021241
    Abstract: A bird feeder perch assembly for removable attachment to a bird feeder, the assembly having a locating member for locating and removably engaging a body of the bird feeder, a perch and pivoting mechanism for allowing the perch to pivot relative to the locating member, such that in use when attached to a bird feeder body the perch may pivot from a retracted position in which it is substantially flush with the bird feeder body to an extended position in which the perch projects outwardly from the bird feeder body such that a bird may rest upon the perch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2006
    Assignee: C J Wildbird Foods Limited
    Inventor: Robert Kenneth Nock
  • Patent number: 7017299
    Abstract: A gardening cage having self-irrigating and self-fertilizing devices. In a typical embodiment, the cage includes panels having a frame that includes a plurality of horizontal and vertical rungs. The panels are connected so that rungs of respective panels cascade with respect to rungs of the adjacent panel. In a typical embodiment, the bottom rungs of each panel include irrigating holes so that water injected into the rungs can be dispensed around the periphery of the vines. The water is typically suppled to the cage by a hose that connects to a water inlet that feeds the holes. Several cages can be placed side by side and can be fitted with “T” fittings that branch off the supply hose and feed the individual cages via the water inlet fitting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2006
    Inventors: Janet R. Speed, Stacey E. Talbot
  • Patent number: 7013597
    Abstract: A tree ring that inhibits and/or prevents vegetation growth around the trunks of trees. The tree ring comprises an elastic outer peripheral edge and an elastic inner peripheral edge. In between elastic outer peripheral edge and the elastic inner peripheral edge is a flexible sheet. The flexible sheet has a plurality of holes. The tree ring is removably secured onto a tree pot of any dimension, size, or shape. The elastic outer peripheral edge stretches around the rim of the tree pot, and the elastic inner peripheral edge snugly fits around a tree trunk. It is noted that the distance between the elastic outer peripheral edge and the elastic inner peripheral edge that makes up flexible sheet may vary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2006
    Inventor: Oscar Dominguez
  • Patent number: 7004111
    Abstract: An animal reward dispensing apparatus for attaching to an animal trainer's forearm, the apparatus having a dispensing tube defined about a longitudinal axis, the dispensing tube having at least a first and second attaching straps for attaching the dispensing tube to the animal trainer's forearm. The dispensing tube also having a first and second spaced apart ends defining an interior cavity, and a spring located inside the interior cavity of the dispensing tube and positioned between the first and second ends of the dispensing tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2006
    Inventor: Keryl Olson
  • Patent number: 7003914
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for the protection of germinating seed from pesticide, wherein seed-containing pellets and pesticide-containing pellets are sown separately but simultaneously. According to a preferred embodiment of the invention, the pesticide-containing pellets have substantially the same shape and diameter as the seed-containg pellets, and the pesticide-containing pellets comprise the exact dosis of pesticide that is sufficient for one seed germ. Generally, the pellets with pesticide have a diameter ranging from 0,5–5.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2006
    Assignee: Incotec International B.V.
    Inventors: Robert Jean Legro, Sijbert Honkoop
  • Patent number: 7000351
    Abstract: A molded body for improving cultivation conditions for plants, which is suitable inter alia for arrangement in a plant holder. The molded body has a tapered projection and is arranged in such a way that the projection protrudes into the plant substrate in the plant holder. The projection has elements allowing an exchange of substances between the interior and the surroundings of the projection. This allows the targeted introduction of air, water, nutrients and auxiliary substances into the plant substrate and the root conglomerates. The molded body has a recess which acts as a water reservoir that is separate from the plant substrate. The molded body is water-permeable in the upper part and essentially impermeable to water at the bottom, in the tip of the projection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2006
    Assignee: IUP Institut fur Umweltpflege AG
    Inventor: Gerhard Baumann
  • Patent number: 7000347
    Abstract: A device and method for preparing a vase or other container to receive a floral arrangement. The device includes a grid cover that is placed around the open end of a vase or similar container. The grid cover has a flat top surface and a peripheral wall that extends downwardly from the edge of the top surface. The grid cover is made of elastomeric material and is initially smaller than the open top of the vase. The grid cover is stretched over the open top of the vase, wherein the peripheral wall of the grid cover passes over the edge of the vase's open top and retains the stretched grid cover element in place. A plurality of openings are distributed throughout the top surface of the grid cover. As the grid cover is stretched over the top of a vase, the openings become positioned across the open top of the vase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2006
    Inventor: Linda Roskin
  • Patent number: 6996932
    Abstract: A unitized mat to facilitate growing plants includes at least two polymeric material layers defining fluid-conveying passageways forming distribution headers and a flow restrictor, an inlet for delivery of a fluid into the distribution headers, and an outlet for dispensing fluid into a root zone area covered by at least one layer of the polymeric material layers. The polymeric layers are sized and shaped to cover an area immediately around at least one plant. The flow restrictor, for metering the fluid, is in fluid connection with the distribution header and a multi-dimensional array of outlets. The present invention combines a fluid distribution device and artificial mulching. The method of manufacturing and using the unitized mat to enhance the growth of plants is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2006
    Inventors: Thomas R. Kruer, Hugh A. Thompson
  • Patent number: 6993868
    Abstract: An adjustable tree stand for holding a tree trunk to position a tree in a substantially vertical position, the tree stand comprised of a generally cylindrical-shaped base member having a top end and a bottom end, the bottom end adapted to be supported by a floor, a generally dish-shaped member is designed to be received by and supported by the top end of the cylindrical base member, a portion of the dish-shaped member is adapted to swivel in the top end of the cylindrical member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2006
    Inventor: Albert L. Hronyetz
  • Patent number: 6993869
    Abstract: A stackable unit for automatically dispensing fluid to at least one growing medium container associated with the stackable unit. The stackable unit comprising at least one growing medium container and a reservoir with an open top to facilitate filling thereof. A drainage channel cooperates with the reservoir and the drainage channel having an inlet located adjacent the open top of the reservoir to facilitate draining of excess fluid from the reservoir. The reservoir having at least one lateral dispensing opening for dispensing fluid from the reservoir into growing medium. A capillary member, which controls flow of fluid from the reservoir to the at least one growing medium container, communicates with the least one lateral dispensing opening supporting, for supplying moisture to growing medium to facilitate growing of a plant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2006
    Inventor: S. Collar Waters
  • Patent number: 6990770
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an apparatus preferably coupled to a boom on a truck which can simultaneously trim and chemically treat trees or other vegetation with a herbicide. The apparatus, in addition to have a standard saw blade assembly with limb clamping jaws, includes a sprayer assembly. The sprayer assembly includes nozzles which administer herbicides or other chemical treatments adjacent to the saw blades, allowing herbicide to be precisely administered to the tree limbs as they are cut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2006
    Assignee: Steven J. Terrell & Associates, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven J. Terrell
  • Patent number: 6988464
    Abstract: A manually operated dog treat dispensing machine capable of dispensing dog treats one at a time. The dispenser consist of a rectangular housing with a hinged housing door and hinged capital that serves as a food supply reservoir which is gravity fed into a spring loaded spindle chamber mounted on an axel and hand crank. Treats exit the dispenser through a chute output consisting of a hinged chute lid, two side walls and a base block. A retaining plate mounted in the end of the chute lid and adjacent to the spindle chamber acts as a stop preventing dispensing of more than one dog treat at a time. The dispenser can also function using a magazine that is inserted inside the rectangular housing area once the rear interior wall is changed out to accommodate the depth of the magazine. Magazine stop tabs at the base of the magazines along with the retaining plate mounted on the chute lid prevent the dispenser from dispensing more than one dog treat at a time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2006
    Inventor: Jerry Donald Rutledge
  • Patent number: 6986222
    Abstract: A planting assembly (10) including a flexible trough member (12) which may selectively form a plurality of members which may be then selectively interconnected in any desired manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2006
    Inventor: Bradley Cochran
  • Patent number: 6983720
    Abstract: A louvered ramp, that serves as a cat's paw-cleaning entry and exit ramp, ascending to, and descending from, a cat litter box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2006
    Inventor: Jeffery Willard Lakela
  • Patent number: 6976453
    Abstract: The invention concerns a movement restricting apparatus designed to prevent an animal from reaching with its mouth or some of its limbs, a zone of its body to be protected. The apparatus comprises features for fixing the apparatus to the animal and for restricting movement being attached or linked to each other. A dorsal slide on the feature for restricting movement is designed to be placed perpendicular to the animal's saggital symmetry, against the top of a part of its spine, and is in the form of a profiled section with open or closed cross-section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2005
    Inventor: Emmanuel Goudal