Patents Examined by Andrea M. Valenti
  • Patent number: 10531645
    Abstract: A drinker system, comprising: a central pressure regulator configured regulate a fluid pressure to a regulated input pressure; and a plurality of pressure reducers each comprising: a high-pressure zone configured to receive the fluid from the regulator at the regulated input pressure, a low-pressure zone configured to provide the fluid to one of multiple drinker lines at a low output pressure maintained at a constant proportion to the regulated input pressure, and a moveable integral piece comprising a small diaphragm rigidly connected to a large diaphragm, wherein the small diaphragm is disposed in the high pressure zone and the large diaphragm is disposed in the low pressure zone, and wherein the constant proportion between the low output pressure and the regulated input pressure corresponds to the ratio between the surface area of the small diaphragm and the surface area of the large diaphragm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Plasson Ltd.
    Inventors: Oded Katz, Yonatan Bernat
  • Patent number: 10524431
    Abstract: A method of providing packaged, live produce includes providing a plurality of seeds for different plant species, providing a foam growing media, inserting at least one of each type of seed for the different plant species into the foam growing media, growing the seeds inserted into the foam growing media to provide a young rooted plant having roots projecting from the foam growing media and having leaves from the different plant species, and transferring the young rooted plant including the foam growing media to a hydroponic system for producing a fully grown plant having the roots projecting from the foam growing media. While leaving the roots projecting from the foam growing media, the fully grown plant is removed from the hydroponic system and placed in a package having a fluid reservoir. When disposed inside the package, the roots of the fully grown plant are in communication with the fluid reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Inventor: Bryan Vande Vrede
  • Patent number: 10499632
    Abstract: An apparatus for applying one or more substances to an area of interest, the apparatus having sensors detecting one or more conditions of a sample area proximate the sensor, wherein, the control system is configured to allow for an operator selection between distributing or not distributing a substance or substances via the independently operable outlet(s) controlled by the control system when the control system determines: the sample area proximate at least one sensor or group of sensors is having one or more conditions which meet at least one predetermined condition parameter for that or those condition(s); or the sample area proximate at least one sensor or group of sensors is having one or more conditions which do not meet at least one predetermined condition parameter for that or those condition(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Mackenzie Research Group Lt.d
    Inventor: Craige Hector MacKenzie
  • Patent number: 10499574
    Abstract: A hydroponic plant grow cabinet including a housing. The housing has a main plant growing chamber and a pre-growing chamber for seeds/seedlings, main tank and auxiliary tanks for a nutrient solution and pH level regulating solutions, pumps and tubing, a light source, a ventilator, a controller, sensors, a display, a loudspeaker, a user input, a network communication device, a connection to an electric main, and connections to water mains and sewage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: NATUFIA LABS OÜ
    Inventors: Gregory Francis Chakwan Lu, Lauri Kapp
  • Patent number: 10477782
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a support system for temporarily supporting a plant via a fixed structure of vertical poles which support at least one substantially horizontal support cord, the support system comprising: a substantially vertical alignment wire having a top end and a bottom end; a curve greater than 180° in the top end of the vertical alignment wire forming a hanging hook portion configured to be selectively supported by one of the support cords; at least one supporting bracket coupled to one of the substantially horizontal support cords and capturing the alignment wire and the plant; wherein the alignment wire maintains vertical orientation of the plant substantially above the point at which the plane protrudes from the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Inventor: Rodney Long
  • Patent number: 10477838
    Abstract: A pet chew toy allowing for the self-cleaning of teeth by domestic pets. The pet toy includes one or more cavities into which a pet's teeth may engage, and the inner and outer surfaces of the cavities may have scrubbing elements designed to enhance removal of plaque and other unhygienic products from a pet's teeth and gums. The chew toy may further include projections to enhance stabilization of the chew toy by the pet, and a reservoir and dispensing system for pet toothpaste or similar additive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Inventor: Peter Dertsakyan
  • Patent number: 10463015
    Abstract: A system comprising a teat preparation cup coupled to a vacuum pump. A first pressure sensor measures the vacuum level of the vacuum pump. A second pressure sensor measures vacuum level inside the preparation cup. The system further comprises a controller comprising an interface, a memory, and a processor. The processor determines if the vacuum pump has sufficient vacuum level and communicates instructions to induce a partial vacuum in the teat preparation cup. The processor determines if the teat preparation cup has a vacuum level greater than a vacuum threshold value and when this condition is achieved, communicates instructions to initiate a teat preparation cycle comprising allowing fluid flowing from a fluid source container through the teat preparation cup into a fluid disposal container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Technologies Holdings Corp.
    Inventor: Peter M. Linlor
  • Patent number: 10463025
    Abstract: Implementations described and claimed herein provide systems and methods for attracting different types of wild birds, as chosen by a user. In one implementation, a top section is configured to engage a cap, and a bottom section positioned opposite the top section includes at least one feeding station. A supporting member extends vertically from the bottom section to the top section. The supporting member, the top section, and the bottom section forma frame. A reversible insert has an elongated body extending between a first edge and a second edge. The first edge has a plurality of ports, and the second edge one or more slots. The frame is adapted to receive the reversible insert in an orientation based on a size of the bird seed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Classic Brands, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Donegan, James Carter, Bryan Krueger
  • Patent number: 10433521
    Abstract: A ventilation valve (1; 101) for ventilation of a space for keeping animals or plants includes an opening-defining circumferential framework (3; 103) for mounting in a wall of that space, and a movable panel (5; 105). The panel (5; 105) is movably attached to the framework (3; 103) for relative movement between a fully closed position, in which substantially no air can pass between the framework and the panel, and a fully open position, in which substantially the complete opening is available for passage of air. A profiled edge on the framework provides a non-linear relation between a passage opening and an opening position of the panel (5; 105). Also provided is a system for ventilating the space, having at least a single ventilation valve, and for periodically determining parameters of inside air in the space, and adjusting the opening position of the valve based on the parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: FANCOM B.V.
    Inventors: Wouter Bernardus Lambertus Hoolboom, Marcel Leonardus Hubertus Kurstjens
  • Patent number: 10433523
    Abstract: A pet toy includes an inner layer or shell; an outer layer or shell; a noise producing center layer and a noise making element. When the outer shell is deflected or compressed by contact, the center layer is also deflected thereby producing a first sound. The noise making may be a squeaker supported within an interior chamber of the toy. When the outer shell is deflected or compressed by contact, the squeaker produces a second different sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: THE KONG COMPANY, LLC
    Inventors: John James Stone, Amy Brickle
  • Patent number: 10433526
    Abstract: A pet location monitoring and deterrent system is provided. The system includes a first pet collar assembly that transmits a first RF signal. The system includes a first pillar assembly having a first control module, a first RF receiver module, an infrared photodetector array, a first wireless transceiver circuit, and a first warning light. The system includes a second pillar assembly having a second control module, a second RF receiver module, an infrared phototransmitter array, and a second wireless transceiver circuit. The first and second pillar assemblies are disposed a predetermined distance apart from one another such that a warning area is defined in front of and proximate to the first and second pillar assemblies and a keep-out area is defined behind and proximate to the first and second pillar assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Jollee, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas M. Lill, Jonathan Robert Robbins, Laura Leavenworth
  • Patent number: 10420335
    Abstract: Apparatus for deterring birds and animals from roosting on boat decks and other surface areas in form of a mechanical repeller includes a bracket for attachment to a surface area, and a housing including a quick-release fastening device to connect the housing with the bracket. The quick-release fastening device forms a pivotable bearing between the housing and the bracket. At least one pole extends from the housing and a bearing supports the housing in the bearing. An electric motor turns the housing and thereby moves the pole above the surface area. The electric motor includes an output shaft which engages the bracket axially detachable but torque proof. A rechargeable battery is provided and supplied with electric power from a solar cell. The housing is configured in form of a closed module which accommodates the solar cell, an electronic control unit, the electric motor, and the rechargeable battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: T&M Consulting GmbH
    Inventor: Wolfram Kocznar
  • Patent number: 10405524
    Abstract: An animal feeder includes a feed bin that is at least partially defined by a base, an interior panel extending upward from the base, and an exterior panel extending upward from the base. An intermediate structure is located between the interior panel and the exterior panel. The feed bin contains an opening that is covered by the intermediate structure when a predetermined weight is placed on the intermediate structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: APOLLO INVESTMENT HOLDING CO. LLC
    Inventors: Keith W. McCord, Kenneth R. Hepp, Thomas J. Green
  • Patent number: 10398124
    Abstract: This invention is for a method for making and using cat litter from conventional toilet paper and using the cat litter in a toilet bowl mounted cat litter box. The cat litter box has an opening and closing door activated by a handle for discharging soiled cat litter directly into the toilet bowl for disposal. The handle also blocks the toilet from closing when the cat litter box is attached to the toilet bowl.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Inventor: David Do
  • Patent number: 10398091
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to compositions, containers, systems, assemblies, and related methods for cultivation and shipping of live and growing plants. The compositions, containers, systems, assemblies, and related methods disclosed herein provide additional stability for a plant's growing environment and enable prolonged storage and shipping shelf life while also reducing or eliminating the need for refrigeration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: MAUI GREENS, INC.
    Inventor: Kevin Robell
  • Patent number: 10398131
    Abstract: A dog harness to deter jumping comprising a neck collar, a brisket cinch, and at least one fabric panel overlying the forechest of the dog and interconnecting the neck collar and the brisket cinch at a harness anchor point below the dog's chest and a pair of hind leg loops with free ends that respectively encircle each hind leg of a dog above the stifle, a connection to merge the free ends to form a single abdominal connecting link that underlies the belly and abdomen of a dog, and a selective connection between the abdominal connecting link and the harness anchor point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Inventor: Joseph S Sporn
  • Patent number: 10398128
    Abstract: One embodiment of the invention could be an automated animal feed dispenser and method, the automated animal feed dispenser comprising a three-wall cabinet generally forming a hollow interior and further defining a feed delivery slot that connects to an angled slide located within the hollow interior; a set of vertically-stacked and spaced-apart drop shelves support animal feed located within the hollow interior, each drop shelf hingedly connects to the cabinet; a set of latches supported by the cabinet, each latch comprises a motorized automotive door lock that controls the drop of a respective drop shelf; a latch control system operates the latches to drop the drop shelves in a timed and sequenced manner that allows dropped drop shelves to successively overlay one another to create a progressively angled slide that empties down upon the angled slide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Inventor: Larry Green
  • Patent number: 10368529
    Abstract: A venting device for an animal feeder which has a feeding teat is disclosed. The venting device has a chamber with an opening into the chamber. A vent opening is also connected to the chamber. A sealing element is retained freely moveable in the chamber. The sealing element has a first surface positioned relative to the opening such that, in use of the feeder, feed in the feeder will contact the first surface and cause the sealing element to move to a sealing position on seat to close the chamber from the vent opening. The surface is configured such that when a negative pressure in the feeder acts on the surface and is sufficient to overcome the weight of feed acting on the surface, the sealing element will be drawn into a position where the chamber can communicate with the vent opening and thereby vent the feeder to atmosphere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Inventor: Robert Dymock McIntyre
  • Patent number: 10356984
    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: October 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Institute for Environmental Health, Inc.
    Inventor: Mansour Samadpour
  • Patent number: 10334827
    Abstract: A combination night light and aquarium is disclosed having a bowl including a body portion, a bottom portion connected to the body portion, and a neck portion at a top of the bowl defining an opening at the top of the bowl, wherein the bottom portion is dimensioned to fit on the central portion when the bowl is placed on top of the base; a lid dimensioned to fit over the first opening at the top of the bowl, wherein the lid includes an inner edge portion defining an opening through the lid; and a hollow member removably or fixedly attached to the lid, the member extending into the bowl and dimensioned to receive light emitted by the one or more lighting elements when the lid is placed on top of the bowl.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: PetSmart Home Office, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary Steven Chattin, Jeffrey Stocker Watson, Mia Barbaro, Tyler Joseph Lippert