Patents Examined by Andrea M. Valenti
  • Patent number: 7171781
    Abstract: A plant pot system includes an inner pot and an outer coded container pot. The inner plant pot includes a lip lock ridge and belt. The outer coded container pot includes a lip lock band and groove; and has one of a range of appearances. The inner plant pot containing a plant is placed within the outer pot and locks into place by engagement of the ridge in the groove so the combined pots have the appearance of the selected outer pot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2007
    Assignee: Amerikan, LLC
    Inventor: Donald Southern
  • Patent number: 7168205
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an improved coating for manufactured seeds wherein the coating is able to resist cracking at temperatures below about 1° C. The coating usable with the present invention is comprised of a wax impregnated cellulose substrate wherein the wax composition is comprised substantially of paraffin hydrocarbon cellulose substrata having a Gaussian distribution of carbon chain length ranging from 21 carbons per chain to 40 carbons per chain and a maximum number of paraffin hydrocarbon chains having 31 carbons per chain. One aspect of the present invention is that it provides a wax formulation able to resist cracking at low temperatures and also a wax formulation with a desirable viscosity for commercial manufactured seed coat applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Assignee: Weyerhaeuser Co.
    Inventors: Jeffrey E. Hartle, Mollie K. Heilesen, William C. Carlson
  • Patent number: 7165356
    Abstract: A flower holder having a base shaft and an upper shaft with a disc disposed therebetween, the upper portion of the upper shaft being enlarged, multiple flexible extensions extending from outwardly from the base shaft, and the upper shaft adapted to receive a foam insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2007
    Inventor: David J. Broel
  • Patent number: 7165357
    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: June 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2007
    Inventor: Philip David Burgess
  • Patent number: 7162970
    Abstract: A stimulation device is provided for an automatic milking device having a plurality of milking cups. A vacuum device generates a negative pressure needed for milking and for the stimulation device. The stimulation device can be controllable to vary the stimulation independent from the pulsator system. Another system for stimulating milk producing animals includes a mobile stimulation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2007
    Inventor: Jakob Maier, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7155860
    Abstract: An umbrella mountable flower pot apparatus includes a container that has a bottom wall and a perimeter wall that is attached to and extends upwardly from the bottom wall. The container has a hemispherical shape. A dividing wall is attached to and extends across the container. An aperture extends upwardly through the bottom wall and through the dividing wall. The container has a break therein so that the first portion is separable from the second portion and a pair of dividing walls is defined. A coupling apparatus is attached to the first and second portions and is configured to secure the first and second portions together and to a post extending through the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2007
    Inventor: George W. Ferguson, III
  • Patent number: 7156054
    Abstract: An animal walker or conditioning system. The preferred embodiment of the present invention contemplates a horse walker or conditioner incorporating a direct drive hydraulic motor, the motor configured to provide a powered bearing surface to support and axially rotate a vertical shaft having laterally extending arms emanating therefrom, which arms can be utilized to direct a horse or other animal in a circular path about the vertical shaft. The unique design utilizes an off the shelf direct drive hydraulic motor and conventional power system, with the hydraulic power unit preferably situated away from the vertical shaft, and power and control lines running underground to the hydraulic motor supporting the vertical shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2007
    Inventor: Rick York
  • Patent number: 7152368
    Abstract: A trellis assembly including a first trellis section having a plurality of vertical rods connected to at least one horizontal rod and a second trellis section having a plurality of connected horizontal and vertical rods. The second trellis section includes a plurality of tubes connected to an outside of the vertical rods at upper ends thereof configured to accept lower ends of the vertical rods of the first trellis section to connect the first trellis section to the second trellis section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2006
    Inventor: Dwight V. Swanson
  • Patent number: 7146935
    Abstract: A method for training an animal to proceed through an enclosure begins with the act of providing a generally clear or translucent enclosure having a first end, which serves as an entrance and a second end, which serves as an exit. A trainer encourages the animal to enter the entrance and can walk alongside the enclosure allowing the animal to generally observe the trainer to reduce any apprehension and to generally encourage the animal to proceed through the enclosure. Subsequently, the clear or translucent enclosure is replaced with an opaque enclosure once the animal has gained sufficient experience and comfort with the clear and/or translucent enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2006
    Assignee: Flexmaster Canada Ltd.
    Inventor: Melinda Donnelly
  • Patent number: 7146933
    Abstract: A calving enclosure which is adapted to be placed permanently on the ground or which may be moved from one location to another for use during calving operations. The enclosure includes a pivotal alleyway which may be moved from a stowed position to an operative position so that the width of the enclosure is reduced for transport purposes. The enclosure includes multiple confinement pens or areas as well as a tack or warming room and a headgate assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2006
    Inventor: Bryan D. Dubas
  • Patent number: 7146930
    Abstract: An improved pet waterer is disclosed. The pet waterer has a tray for holding a fluid. Extending upwardly from tray is a container for dispensing fluid to the tray. The container has a base and one or more sidewalls extending from the base and having a top edge on the sidewalls. The top edge of the sidewall forms the opening in the container opposite the base. The container has a removable lid covering the opening in the container. The lid has an orifice for passing fluid from the container to the tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2006
    Assignee: Van Ness Plastic Molding Co.,Inc.
    Inventor: William Van Ness
  • Patent number: 7143543
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a body that has abutted and rectilinear lower ends that extend upwardly from the ground surface and terminate thereabove. The body has a top portion formed with a top edge of the lower ends and is disposed coplanar therewith. Coextensive support rods are conjoined to the lower ends and the top portion. The support rods are coextensively shaped and confront a length of the body. A base plate is engaged with the lower ends and the ground surface. An anchor rod is conjoined to the base plate and extends vertically down and away therefrom. The anchor rod is nested below the ground surface for maintaining same at a fixed position. The anchor rod has a diameter greater than a diameter of the lower end portions and the support rods respectively. A plant pot has a hook attached thereto that is attachable to the top portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2006
    Inventor: Roger E. Daniell
  • Patent number: 7140149
    Abstract: A portable planter for high-density growth of plants is described. The planter contains a bottom and at least one wall disposed on the bottom for forming a cavity. The at least one wall contains a plurality of holes configured for allowing plant stems to extend therethrough in a generally horizontal orientation. At least one drain hole is formed in the bottom or the at least one wall for draining water from the cavity. Plant growth medium is placed in the cavity, and plants are planted in the plant growth medium such that the stems extend through the holes in the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2006
    Inventors: Rance W. Searle, Marty G. Hanson
  • Patent number: 7124713
    Abstract: An anti-cribbing device for horses uses a member, which is placed in the mouth of the horse by piercing through the gum above the front teeth. The member extends forward of the front teeth and prevents the horse from applying force on the front teeth, when attempting to crib.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2006
    Inventor: Sylvia C. Van Breemen
  • Patent number: 7117634
    Abstract: A method of making tree seedling plugs which permits the plug to be transplanted earlier is provided. The tree seeds are planted in a structured soil growing medium, and a miniplug is formed which may is then transferred to a standard size growing cell for further development to form the plug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2006
    Inventor: Norman R. Pelton
  • Patent number: 7114458
    Abstract: A method for automatically error notifying a user of a dairy farm, wherein milking animals, such as cows, are allowed to move freely in an area (1) intended therefore and to visit individually a milking animal station, such as e.g. a milking parlor (9) with a fully automatic milking machine (14), or a feeding station (33), said station comprising an animal identification system (20, 43), and a database of the animals, said method comprising the steps of receiving a pre-selection of a particular milking animal of the milking animals in the database; identifying each milking animal that visits the station; and notifying the user of the dairy farm of the animal in dependence on the pre-selected milking animal visiting the station. The method may be implemented by means of a computer software product loaded into a computer of an animal station or of a dairy farm system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2006
    Assignee: Delaval Holding AB
    Inventor: Helene Sundborger
  • Patent number: 7107934
    Abstract: A transportable litter box has a container body and a lid removably received over an open end of the container body. The container body has wheels rotatably connected thereto at an end opposite the open end. The lid has an opening therein suitable for allowing an animal to enter the container body therethrough. A support structure is connected to the lid so as to retain a bag in an open configuration within the container body regardless of the orientation of the container body. The wheels are formed of wheel halves hingedly connected together over an axle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2006
    Inventor: Robert Hanks
  • Patent number: 7093391
    Abstract: A drainage tray suitable for use with plant pots is configured to collect and drain away excess plant treating fluids, such as water, fertilizer and the like, that drain from the plant pot. The drainage tray has a base member with a bottom having a side wall extending generally vertically from its periphery to form a reservoir with a generally open top and closed bottom. A drainage orifice in the base member connects to a tubular member, such as a hose, to drain the excess fluids from the reservoir to a suitable disposal site away from the area of the potted plant. Support members and stabilizer members are used to facilitate use of the drainage tray. The drainage tray prevents the accumulation of fluid near a potted plant that can damage or stain the deck, floor, sidewalk or other support surface and/or cause persons to slip and fall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2006
    Inventor: Doyle W. Eakin
  • Patent number: 7086198
    Abstract: A machine for vending floral arrangements is described including stack of generally circular carousels each for supporting a plurality of floral arrangements; and a generally cylindrical exterior housing surrounding the carousels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2006
    Inventor: Lisa Renee Hayden
  • Patent number: 7082716
    Abstract: A devise for watering vegetation has a cylindrical tube that can be laid flat and rolled up. The tube has a watertight seal about 2 to about 6 inches from each end, which leaves a flap at each end. The flaps can be attached to stakes that can be driven into the ground. There are one or two openings along the length of the tube through which water can be admitted into the tube. At or near the bottom of the tube is at least one drip emitter from which water can leave the tube. Two or more tubes can be joined together using a single stake though the flaps of the tubes. The tubes can be arranged in a line, a circle, or other arrangements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2006
    Inventor: Darrell Keith Downey