Patents Examined by Andrea M. Valenti
  • 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
  • Patent number: 7971390
    Abstract: An irrigation apparatus provides water to one or more plants growing in a growing medium contained in a pot or tray. The irrigation apparatus includes a water container mounted to a base below the tray for vertical movement between an upper position and a lower position, in which the water container is urged toward the upper position. Also included is a water supply for supplying water to the water container, the water supply including a control valve having an open and a closed position for permitting and preventing flow of water into the water container, respectively, the control valve closes when the water container is in its lower position. The arrangement is such that when the water container contains water and is in its lower position, the surface of the water in the water container is at a predetermined distance below the underside of the tray supported on the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: D&K Products Limited
    Inventor: Malachi Christopher McKenna
  • Patent number: 7966976
    Abstract: A safety bypass gate is provided for use with a livestock management system having a sorting scale arranged between watering and feeding areas. The safety bypass gate changes from a closed position to an open position to provide an emergency exit from the watering area when a condition exists that prevents animals from passing over the sorting scale. The safety bypass gate includes a pair of pivoting gate members and a channel member that fits over the top edges of the gate members to secure them closed. The channel member is attached to a pneumatic actuator that uses air pressure to hold the channel member in its locked position, and a spring return that moves the channel member to its unlocked position upon a drop in air pressure. Springs bias the gate members from their closed positions to their open positions when the channel member moves to its unlocked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Osbourne Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald M. Thibault
  • Patent number: 7963253
    Abstract: A grooming device for an animal has a rotating member with at least one pair of opposing connection members configured to interact with the receiving areas of a flex member. The receiving areas are configured to permit the connection members to move to enable the flex member to move from a parallel plane with the rotating member to a non-parallel plane. The flex member is maintained spaced from the rotating member through the use of springs placed between the two members forming a compression area. The curry ribs are at substantially right angles to, and affixed to, at least a portion of the exterior periphery of the flex member. The curry ribs can be removable from the flex member or permanently secured to the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Inventor: Carey A Bauknecht
  • Patent number: 7958851
    Abstract: A recreational pet toy for cats which includes an outer covering and a cord attached to the pet toy for hanging the recreational pet toy during use. The pet toy also includes an elongated channel for receiving catnip and distributing the catnip along its length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: Worldwise, Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron Lamstein, David Haaf
  • Patent number: 7958846
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an automatic device and method for disposing of animal waste. The device and method utilizes an absorbent pad that is automatically advanced and seals upon itself with an adhesive and/or projections to prevent excrement and odors from exiting the roll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: T.F.H. Publications, Inc.
    Inventors: Glen S. Axelrod, Barry Askinasi
  • Patent number: 7946250
    Abstract: A dual-purpose cap for a jar-aquarium comprising a topwall having (a) at least one ingress aperture sized to accept free unbroken water-stream passage therethrough for cap-on filling of the jar-aquarium and (b) at least one egress aperture smaller than the ingress aperture and spaced therefrom to facilitate controlled cap-on out-pouring of water, whereby jar-aquarium water may be changed without removing the cap. A series of egress apertures may be grouped together along the edge of the topwall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Inventors: Debra A. Holms, Rory J. Holms
  • Patent number: 7918186
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are exemplary embodiments of various grass-growing devices. In one nonlimiting embodiment, for example, a device for growing grass in a container that provides water to a household pet is disclosed. The device includes a basket that is configured for insertion into the container. The basket comprises one or more apertures that allow for fluid movement through the basket. The device further includes a seed-holding unit. The seed-holding unit of this embodiment comprises a housing in which one or more grass seeds can be placed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2011
    Assignee: Veterinary Ventures, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean Michael Rowe, John Michael Lipscomb
  • Patent number: 7918051
    Abstract: A plant growing kit, primarily for growing climbing plants such as tomatoes, is contained in a flat box approximately the shape of a pizza box. In preferred embodiments three legs are included, broken down into sections in the box and directable into a sturdy tripod, over which a flexible vine-attachment element, such as a wire or thin tubular member or plastic coil, is assembled preferably in a tapered helical configuration. Also in the box is a basket, in flattened condition but erectable into a deep configuration and with provision for attachment to the legs, near their bottom ends, the basket being configured to contain a bag of soil, which may remain in the bag. The consumer provides drainage holes in the bag and an opening at top for the plants to grow and to climb up on the tripod and vine-attachment element. With a water-catching saucer under the bag and basket, the directed plant growing assembly can be placed in any desired location, including inside a building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2011
    Assignee: The Bear Flag 1991 Trust
    Inventor: Jonathan Early
  • Patent number: 7908793
    Abstract: A tree tie and method of use is disclosed. The tree tie comprises a member. The tie member including a first end portion; a first tab coupled to the first end portion; a middle portion and one end of a middle portion coupled to the first tab. The tie member also includes an opposite end of the middle portion coupled to a second tab, a second end portion coupled to the second tab and a head portion coupled to the second end portion. The tree tie including a flexible hose surrounding the middle portion of the first member and being substantially held in place by the first and second tabs. Only flexible hose contacts the tree when the first member surrounds the tree.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: Zip-It Tree Ties
    Inventor: Thomas Joseph Decker
  • Patent number: 7900583
    Abstract: A bird toy for stimulating a foraging instinct by surrounding a treat on a platform on a main body with one or more substantially transparent rings rotatable and vertically slidable on the main body. In one or more rotative positions of the ring or rings turned by a pet bird, the ring or rings are allowed to shift vertically to make the treat accessible. A bottom platform allows a more difficult test, requiring the bird to lift the ring or rings to expose a treat on the bottom platform after rotating the rings to the correct position allowing the rings to be lifted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Assignee: Caitec Corporation
    Inventor: David F. Simon
  • Patent number: 7891317
    Abstract: An animal feeder for supplying a feed to an animal of choice for feeding the animal of choice in an unprotected environment such as the outdoors. The feeder comprising a base for support the feeder on a ground surface, a support frame extending upwardly from the base and a hopper supported by the frame. The hopper having a storage reservoir for storing a supply of feed with a feed entry opening that is closeable to prevent exposure to the outdoors. The hopper further including a feed chute below the reservoir having an upper region sealingly joined to the reservoir and a lower region below the upper region that is sealingly joined to a feeding chamber. The feeding chamber having a bottom surface wherein the feed supply can move from the reservoir into the feeding chamber and rest on the bottom surface based on gravity alone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Inventors: Sean T. Bodenstab, Ronald W. Friesen
  • Patent number: 7891133
    Abstract: A combination hydro straw mulch is used for hydroseeding and hydromulching for seed establishment and erosion control. The formulation of is preferably, but not limited to, approximately 85% hammermilled straw, approximately 10% hammermilled paper, and approximately 5% processed jute fibers. The hammermilled straw is preferably Kentucky Bluegrass straw. The hammermilled paper particles are used for its water holding capacity. The paper aids in pumpability and reduces the amount of water required for pumping a quantity of mulch. The processed jute fibers tangle the straw fibers on the ground to produce a secure ground covering. The hydro straw mulch of the present invention may include other additives as well. Tackifiers and flocculants aid pumpability and help tack the straw fibers to the ground and aid in water infiltration and water clarity. A surfactant ensures wetability. Other additives include green dye.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: Hydrostraw, LLC
    Inventors: Edward Lee, Terry Peters
  • Patent number: 7861671
    Abstract: A liquid birdfeeder includes a generally upstanding container having a large opening at its top end and a bottleneck opening at its lower end. A quarter-turn removable cap is screw-threaded onto the top end to seal the top end opening. The lower bottleneck opening is screw-threaded into a central collar of a feeding basin having a plurality of feeding ports. An actuator rod extends longitudinally through the container and is operatively connected to a biased sealing mechanism which selectively seals or opens the bottleneck opening. When the removable cap is screw-threaded onto the top end opening, the cap depresses the actuator rod causing the biased sealing mechanism to move to an open position which allows liquid to flow out from the container into the feeding basin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: Woodstream Corporation
    Inventors: James S. Carter, Bryan Krueger
  • Patent number: 7836630
    Abstract: A method of improving germination rate in pesticide-treated plant seeds involves forming a pesticide-free polymer coating on a plant seed before treating the seed with a pesticide, where the type of polymer and the coating thickness are designed to block phytotoxic contact of the pesticide with the seed while allowing sufficient transfer of oxygen to maintain the seed's viability and sufficient transfer of moisture under environmental conditions normally encountered by the seed after planting to enable its germination; and then treating the coated plant seed with a pesticide. Seeds that have been treated by this method, and plants that are grown from the treated seeds are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: Monsanto Technology LLC
    Inventors: Jawed Asrar, Vladmir O. Bekker, Yiwei Ding
  • Patent number: 7818915
    Abstract: The present invention is in the area of agriculture and more specifically is directed to a method for improving the culture of the edible fig (Ficus carica). As currently grown in California, the fig tends to have a rather short season so that fresh fruit is available only sporadically. The present invention provides a comprehensive method for improved culture of edible figs to provide fresh fruit throughout the year. The method specifies optimum methods for establishing and maintaining orchards. The method includes steps for extending fruit production into the winter. The method includes steps for enhancing fruit quality especially antioxidant compounds which are believed to be beneficial to human health. The method includes steps ensuring that fresh fruit will have an extended storage life. All of these factors contribute to higher yield and higher overall profitability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: The State of Israel, Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development Agricultural Research Organization, Volcani Center
    Inventor: Moshe A. Flaishman
  • Patent number: 7810452
    Abstract: A basin including: a front housing compartment (1) in which there is a lower point (3) for collecting the organic material to be removed; an equipment compartment (4) at the back of the basin, connected to the housing compartment; a drainage device, in the equipment compartment (4), which includes an “overflow” pipe (6) fixed to a siphon (7); the drainage device being capable of moving down in order to operate the siphon (7); and, a partition (8) between the housing compartment (1) and the equipment compartment (4), the partition being capable of keeping the animals inside the housing compartment and letting the water pass into the equipment compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: Tecniplast S.p.A.
    Inventors: Davide Pieretto, Marco Brocca
  • Patent number: 7810277
    Abstract: A lawn edging strip includes imbedded conductors which can be used to conduct low voltage electricity to allow the lawn edging to double as a lighting strip. The lawn edging product enables solderless connection of one or more low voltage lights at points along the length of the edging using a light socket body with a plug adapted for insertion into holes formed in the strip to expose embedded conductors. Adjacent sections of lawn edging may be connected together physically and electrically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: Alf Operating Partners, Ltd.
    Inventor: John Fakhari
  • Patent number: 7805884
    Abstract: A Japanese knotweed injector system for injecting a dose of weed-killing fluid into the stem of a Japanese knotweed, including a fluid dispenser system with a fluid passage, a collared needle with a fluid delivery aperture in communication with the fluid dispenser system, and an actuator connected to the fluid dispenser system for actuating the transmission of fluid from the fluid dispenser system to the fluid delivery aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Inventor: Phillip Burgess
  • Patent number: 7765955
    Abstract: A pet door unit allowing entry to and egress from a dwelling of an animal includes a pet door provided with a latch. The pet door is mounted for movement to allow passage of an animal when the latch is disabled. The pet door unit includes an animal detector for detecting an animal seeking passage past the pet door. A controller allows selection of a permitted passage condition. A disabler selectively disables the latch. Other arrangements described include systems for controlling entry and exit for different animals in different time frames, systems that detect an animal by a tag carried by the animal, systems that detect a door, systems that detect whether an animal has actually passed through the door and in which direction, and systems that record time and direction of passage, a preferred coil geometry for tag detection, and a preferred latch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: Pet Mate Ltd.
    Inventors: Steve Brooks, Robert Wiedemann, David A. Woodfield