Patents Examined by Andrea M. Valenti
  • Patent number: 10292366
    Abstract: A pet toy includes an anchor member and at least one ring member connected thereto. The ring member has a noise making device. In one embodiment, the noise producing feature includes a squeaker protected within a housing disposed within the interior of the toy. In another embodiment, the noise producing feature includes multiple layers of material with one of the layers producing sound. When an outer shell of the ring member is deflected or compressed by contact, noise is produced by the noise making device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: THE KONG COMPANY, LLC.
    Inventors: John James Stone, Amy Brickle
  • Patent number: 10292340
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a system for illuminating plants in an indoor site, comprising a plurality of illumination units for emitting light in intermittent pulses; a central unit connected to the plurality of illumination units for synchronizing the operation of the plurality of illumination units, such that two or more plants clusters receive light in intermittent pulses emitted in the same time. The illumination units may contain wireless communication units and are synchronized wirelessly. The present invention also discloses adjusting an illumination plan of plants according to information of various types from a central server and adjusting the height of the illumination units accordingly. The system adjusts illumination plans according to information received from one or more sites, and predicts problematic situations from a series of images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: FLORA FOTONICA LTD.
    Inventor: Gennadiy Berinsky
  • Patent number: 10231432
    Abstract: A pet grooming tool includes a tool body extending longitudinally and having a transverse insert slot and a latch displacing space communicated with the insert slot, a latch member displaceable in the latch displacing space to insert a latch portion into the insert slot in a latch position so as to retain an insert plate portion of a comb plate in the insert slot, and to retreat into the latch displacing space in an unlatch position so as to permit removal of the comb plate from the tool body for replacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Inventor: Huo-Pia Wang
  • Patent number: 10206377
    Abstract: Disclosed is an aquaponics system with minimal outflows of waste. A stream of waste water from aquatic animals is mineralized in a waste conversion unit having algae and bacteria located on multiple horizontal plates through which the stream of waste water flows. The stream of waste leaving the waste conversion unit passes through troughs upon which plants are hydroponically grown by absorbing the mineralized waste. The water leaving the troughs is returned to the tank holding the aquatic animals and the cycle is repeated. The system may be augmented with an air source, a light source, and a nutrient source in the waste conversion unit to further enhance the breakdown of the animal waste. Additionally, floating trays may be utilized in the troughs to support a wide range of plants hydroponically grown in the troughs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Inventor: Glynn Barber
  • Patent number: 10188045
    Abstract: An apparatus, method and system for eradicating soil-borne pests in soil utilizing leading and trailing rows of shanks, a source of electricity and a mechanism to determine the condition of the soil being treated. The leading row has ripper shanks that open a path through the soil and the trailing row has specially configured electrically conductive stinger shanks, connected to the source of electricity, that discharge electricity into the soil to electrocute pests. The soil condition determination mechanism comprises one or more soil probes in a probe row disposed between the leading and trailing rows. The soil probe reads the condition of the soil in the path cut by the ripper shanks and transmits a signal to a voltage controller that is connected to the source of electricity to adjust the output thereof to the stinger shanks to automatically compensate for changing soil conditions to effectively and efficiently eradicate pests.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Inventor: David Michael Flagler
  • Patent number: 10182555
    Abstract: A self-supporting rigid cylindrical treadwheel includes a plurality of identically-shaped platforms each having a curved surface. A first end of one platform is configured to be connectable to a second end of an adjacent platform in a repeatable manner where the plurality of platforms are configured to form a singular and continuous cylindrical structure. The treadwheel includes a plurality of identically-shaped elongated curved connectors. A connector extension of one connector is configured to be connectable to a connector recess of an adjacent connector in a repeatable manner where the plurality of connectors are configured to form a first and second singular and continuous ring. The first ring is configured to be attached to a right side of the cylindrical structure and the second ring is configured to be attached to a left side of the cylindrical structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Inventor: Sean Farley
  • Patent number: 10182552
    Abstract: A combination system for feeding and watering livestock has an elongated water trough which is sloped to provide for the slow flow of drinking water positioned adjacent to an elongated feed bunk of comparable length. A series of vertically oriented lockable stanchions completes the structure. A water supply is provided along with discharge water collection and recycling and filtering devices are also provided to insure a continuous supply of suitable drinking water to livestock who are feeding from the feed bunk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Inventor: Dean Allen Swager
  • Patent number: 10179694
    Abstract: A tamper-resistant shipping container for a live plant that includes a conical shaped lower pot containing the roots of a plant surrounded by planting soil. Disposed inside the lower pot and over the top surface of the soil is a disc-shaped, sealing cover made of neoprene or elastic foam. The sealing cover includes a center bore through which the stem of a plant extends. During assembly, the sealing cover is positioned around the stem and pressed firmly against the soil. Attached to the top edge of the lower pot is a lid made of translucent material with surrounding side walls and a closed upper end. Mounted on the upper end_of the lid is an illuminating light source containing LED bulbs and batteries and a switch. When activated the LED bulbs produces continuous light that shines downward onto the plant during shipment. Attached to the adjoining edges of the lid and the lower pot is a tamper-proof tie.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: THC ACQUISTION CORP.
    Inventor: Larry D. Fenner, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10159216
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a collapsible cage assembly including an outer covering and a support frame for supporting the outer covering in an upright position. The outer covering can have a top, bottom, front, back, first side, and second side. The support frame can include a top frame body and a bottom frame body, a first side member and a second side member each being pivotably coupled to the top frame body and bottom frame body, and a top support member coupled to the top frame body. The top support member can define a V-shaped portion. The frame can also include a U-shaped member have a first end and a second end, each of the first end and second end slidably and pivotably coupled to the bottom frame body. The U-shaped member is removably coupled to the V-shaped portion of the top support member in the upright position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: MID-WEST METAL PRODUCTS COMPANY, INC.
    Inventors: Brad Cantwell, Stew Kerr, Michael E. Greene, Terrance L. Jones
  • Patent number: 10149456
    Abstract: A vertically moving pet bowl apparatus has a vertical tower having a first support column and a second support column. A movable tray may be secured to and located between the first and second support column. The movable tray has a plurality of openings for receiving at least one pet food bowl and/or a water bowl. The movable tray moves vertically between the first and the second support columns so that a user can access the movable tray in the up position and then lower the movable tray to the lower position wherein the pet may gain access. The apparatus allows the user to avoid bending down to provide food/water to the pet and instead allows a user to deliver food and water to the pet from an upright standing position. A top console controls the movement of the movable tray in the up and down position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: NEXTEK CORPORATION
    Inventor: Norman Diamond
  • Patent number: 10149460
    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: February 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Jollee, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas M. Lill, Jonathan Robert Robbins, Laura Leavenworth
  • Patent number: 10111404
    Abstract: The pet grooming tunnel is a device that is adapted to brush hair or fur of an animal. The pet grooming tunnel is constructed of a ring member that includes a plurality of brush bristles provided on an inner surface. The ring member is supported in a vertical orientation via support legs provided on opposing sides of the ring member. The support legs are each vertically, adjustable so as to raise and lower the ring member with respect to a support surface. The plurality of brush bristles are concentrically oriented. An alternative embodiment includes a wider ring member wherein the plurality of brush bristles form a truncated conical opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Inventor: Mary Ann Herbert
  • Patent number: 10104901
    Abstract: Aspects for utilizing a seawater fluid to optimize egg-production characteristics are disclosed. In one aspect, a method is provided, which includes identifying a desired optimization, determining a corresponding seawater to non-seawater ratio, and generating a seawater fluid according to the ratio. An egg-cultivation method is also provided, which includes ascertaining a desired optimization, selecting a corresponding seawater to non-seawater ratio, and providing a seawater fluid comprising the ratio to a hen. In another egg-cultivation method, hens are provided with a mixed feed comprising a feed to seawater-mineralized produce ratio selected according to a desired optimization. A method to grow produce is also provided, which includes mineralizing soil with a seawater fluid comprising a seawater to non-seawater ratio corresponding to a preferred optimization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Luberski, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy E. Luberski, Neal Rye, Edward E. Anderson
  • Patent number: 10085394
    Abstract: The planter system using waste materials repurpose waste materials to construct a self-irrigating planter that promotes plant growth in a protective environment. The planter system includes a water reservoir constructed from scrap tire defining a hollow interior serving as water storage, the reservoir being buried in soil. A condensation funnel having a sloped condensation skirt extends into the center opening of the scrap tire to direct condensate into the water reservoir. A root ball cover made from scrap newspaper covers the root system of a plant, and the plant is buried in the center opening of the scrap tire. A soil protection cover is placed atop the root ball cover to protect the soil of the root ball, and a support tube extends therefrom to protect the stem of the plant from environmental conditions. A valve regulates delivery of water to the reservoir. Most components are made from scrap plastic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: KUWAIT UNIVERSITY
    Inventor: Fawaz Shukhier Al-Anzi
  • Patent number: 10080336
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention are directed to aquaponics system. The aquaponics system may be comprised of a pole assembly comprising a pole having one or more pole cups affixed to the pole in a vertical orientation; an aquaculture assembly comprising a tank having a pole anchor centered therein, wherein the pole anchor is configured to receive a bottom portion of the pole, a plurality of struts configured to stabilize the pole within the tank, and at least one tank cover positioned at an opening of the tank; and a hydroponic assembly comprising one or more grow pans, wherein the one or more grow pans are removably coupled with the pole assembly, and at least one tray positioned within at least one grow pan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: AQUATREE GLOBAL, LLC
    Inventor: Kevin Whitley Higgins
  • Patent number: 10058041
    Abstract: A plant cultivation apparatus according to the present technology includes a cultivation space where a cultivation environment is controllable, and a plurality of cultivation shelves disposed in the cultivation space. An air conditioner for supplying airflow to the cultivation shelves is provided in an upper region of the cultivation space. An induced draft fan for inducing the airflow supplied from the air conditioner to the cultivation shelves is provided at least at an end of the cultivation space. The induced draft fan is configured to induce the airflow supplied from the air conditioner to the cultivation shelves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Fumio Hanzawa, Hiroyuki Naka, Yousuke Okui, Hiroshi Kageyama, Kazunori Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10010049
    Abstract: A collapsible enclosure having a top panel, a bottom panel, two side panels, a front panel having an opening, and a rear panel. The top panel, bottom panel, two side panels, front panel, and rear panel are connected to one another to form a substantially rectangular enclosure having a door in the opening for ingress and egress. The side panels include a peripheral edging containing a looped frame. A method of collapsing the kennel is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: SPORTPET DESIGNS, INC.
    Inventors: Adam M. Kellogg, Kelly C. Kellogg
  • Patent number: 10004181
    Abstract: A water-retaining enclosure for surrounding trees and bushes and holding water, on flat or sloped hillsides. The enclosure is made of a resilient, polymeric material, such as wood/polymer composite. The bottom edge of the enclosure can have a sharpened edge or sawteeth for cutting into the soil. The upper edges can be tapered. The ends can be joined together to make a 360° ring using a watertight joint, or left open to form a 270° (¾) circle. The joint can utilize an elastomeric seal, finned connector, mating conical surfaces, interlocking flanges, or an interference fit to make it watertight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Inventors: Jonathan L. Stewart, Elaine A. Hart
  • Patent number: 7992524
    Abstract: An animal training device and restraint (10) is comprised of a lead (14) having a length greater than the height of the cat and less than the length of the cat and a device (12) for attaching to the cat's collar or harness on one end and a weight (13), light enough to lift into the air and swing freely when the cat jumps, attached to the other end to provide the animal with some free roaming ability while preventing them from jumping onto furniture or over fences or after birds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Inventor: Maureen D. Falwell
  • Patent number: 7971554
    Abstract: A bird feeder preferably includes a top lid, a central housing pivotally coupled to the top lid, a bottom base pivotally coupled to the central, and a mechanism for automatically articulating a first one of the top lid and the bottom base along a first arcuate path while manually articulating a second one of the top lid and the bottom base along a second arcuate path. In this manner, the central housing remains at a statically fixed position while the top lid and the bottom base articulate between corresponding open and closed positions. In one embodiment, the articulating mechanism may include an actuating shaft contiguously abutted against a gear for ensuring the bottom base simultaneously rotates with the top lid during opening and closing positions respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Inventor: Irma Diaz