Patents Examined by Bethany L Griles
  • Patent number: 7383788
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the use of an astaxanthin pigment product obtained by semi-synthesis from marigold extract to substantially enhance the feeding and growth rates of commercially cultivated aquatic species when added to the feed mixture in concentrations useful in producing fish and shrimp coloration. More particularly, this product induces growth rates substantially greater than any currently available feed additive for salmon, trout and shrimp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2008
    Assignee: DSM IP Assets B.V.
    Inventors: Gustavo Rodriguez, George Schloemer, Victor Artola
  • Patent number: 7287488
    Abstract: A floatable raceway (1) for cultivating fish comprising a partially submersible tank (2) for containing fish having a base (5), opposing sidewalls (6), a gate assembly (8) having removable gates (10, 11) at a water discharge end of the tank (2), and an end wall assembly (7) at a water intake end of the tank (2) having a ramp (9) extending downwardly to the base (5) and towards the gate assembly (8). The raceway (1) also includes floats (3) extending the lengths of the sidewalls (6) for keeping a top of the tank (2) above water level, an airlift assembly (4) connectable to an air supply for introducing oxygenated water to the tank (2) at the water intake end, and a baffle (14) for directing the flow of water through the tank (2) along the base (5). The raceway (1) has a pair of screen gates (10) allowing the movement of fish wastes therethrough and a pair of stop gates (11) for substantially preventing water from discharging from the tank (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2007
    Assignee: Total Aqua Management Systems Pty Ltd.
    Inventors: Mark Taylor, Paul McVeigh
  • Patent number: 7284504
    Abstract: A method of assisting the movement of a dog includes a carrying strap that is elongated and has a front end and a rear end. A first front leg strap and a second front leg strap are provided. Each of the first and second front leg straps has a first end and a second end. A first coupling assembly is adapted for selectively coupling each of the first and second ends of the first and second front leg straps to the front end of the carrying strap. Each of a pair rear leg straps includes a loop portion and an elongated portion. Each of the elongated portions is attached to and extends away from one of the loop portions. The elongated portions each have a free end. A second coupling assembly is adapted for selectively coupling each of the free ends to the rear end of the carrying strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2007
    Inventors: Edwin L. Purschwitz, Jr., Saundra L. Purschwitz
  • Patent number: 7281493
    Abstract: Device for pneumatically milking a cow, comprising a number of milk extractors, each comprising a teat cup as well as milk line connected to the lower end of the teat cup, which line leads from the teat cup to a collection chamber for the milk from the teat cup, each milk extractor being provided with a supply for a cleansing medium, such as a disinfectant, to the teat cup, in particular to a teat present in the teat cup, the supply comprising a line having an end portion with discharge end, and each milk extractor being provided with means for closing off the passage of the milk extraction at or downstream of the discharge end of the line for cleansing medium, preferably at that level, when discharging the cleansing medium, the closing means comprising a reciprocating closing body that can be moved between a position leaving the passage of the milk extractor free and a position closing it off, the closing body being provided with a squirt line forming the end portion with discharge end of the line for supply
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2007
    Assignee: Rieberjo B.V.
    Inventor: Berthold Johannes Theodorus Dietrich
  • Patent number: 7278377
    Abstract: A pickup device that has a scoop for picking up waste and the device has a plastic bag lining the device which can be used to dispose of the waste.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2007
    Inventor: Chris Stephens
  • Patent number: 7267078
    Abstract: A major appliance or cabinet unit integrates an automatically refillable water bowl including a liquid level sensor and an electrical or mechanical valve in fluid communication with a source or water. In the preferred embodiment the appliance is a refrigerator freezer with plumbing to an ice maker or other accessory to which the bowl can interconnect, though the invention is equally applicable to other appliances such as non-combined refrigerators and freezers, stoves, ranges, dishwashers, trash compactors, and cabinet units. Various optional accessories are disclosed, including a fan for drying water spilled from the bowl. The fan may be used for another purpose in the appliance, as in a condensing unit, or may be provided separately. A sensor may be included to disable the fan in the presence of a pet. The appliance preferably includes a cavity into which the bowl is situated, along with an optional light for illuminating the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2007
    Inventors: Anthony Palett, Justin Palett
  • Patent number: 7228655
    Abstract: A revolving lock rod storage holder is disclosed including a revolving lock having a first spring cavity and a first spring anchor member, a revolving lock body operatively engaged to the revolving lock, the revolving lock body having a second spring cavity and a second spring anchor member, and a spring operatively engaged to the first spring anchor member and the second spring anchor member, at least a portion of the spring positioned in the first spring cavity and the second spring cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2007
    Inventor: Stephen O. Slatter
  • Patent number: 7174853
    Abstract: The present invention includes a portable alley way having openings at one end. A collapsible crowding tub is connected to the alley way and includes an opening communicating with the opening of the alley way. The collapsible crowding tub includes a plurality of curved panels which are connected together in a substantially semi-circular pattern surrounding a fifth wheel hitch. An end curved panel is connected to the alley way adjacent the opening of the alley way. An extension panel has one end connected to the alley way on the opposite side of the opening of the alley way and has a second end connected to the fifth wheel gooseneck. A gate has one end pivotably attached to the fifth wheel gooseneck and is sized to swing in an arc within the semi-circular pattern of the curved panels. A latch is provided for latching the gate to a selected curved panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2007
    Inventor: Dwight E. Donaldson
  • Patent number: 7162976
    Abstract: An improved method is provided for treatment of feed water for livestock and other animals to reduce bacterial contamination while at the same time improving live performance. A gaseous mixture comprising ozone and oxygen gas is produced from ambient air and directly contacted with a supply of water to produce a solution of gaseous mixture. This contact step is continued until the content of ozone in the water supply is within a range of from about 5 parts per million to about 20 parts per million, and the content of oxygen is between about 80% and 97% of saturation. Thereafter, the resultant water product is directed for use as feed water to livestock or other animals to be treated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2007
    Inventor: James Persinger
  • Patent number: 7140323
    Abstract: A method of reducing the level of bacteria and viruses in a volume of water during aquaculture comprises:—(a) providing the volume of water to be stocked with farmed aquatic organisms or eggs thereof; (b) prior to the stocking, introducing into the water an aqueous solution of glutaraldehyde in an amount such as to provide in the water from 0.1 to 2 ppm of glutaraldehyde; (c) stocking the water with the farmed aquatic organisms or eggs thereof at a time when the concentration of glutaraldehyde is 0.1 to 2 ppm. (d) allowing the farmed aquatic organisms or eggs thereof to grow; and (e) optionally during a period of the growth, introducing into the water at least one further portion of an aqueous solution of glutaraldehyde in an amount such as to maintain the concentration of the glutaraldehyde at 0.1 to 2 ppm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2006
    Assignee: BASF Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: David Wilson Ashworth, Angelika Benz, Dieter Zeller
  • Patent number: 7114280
    Abstract: A fishing lure having a durable plastic outer shell with lead weights within and that has two hollow tubular chambers. The main chamber is translucent and holds a chemiluminescent chemical stick that illuminates the chamber. The second, bottom chamber in the tail holds fish attractant oil and a sponge-like material that retains the oil. A hole at the top of the chamber allows water to enter into the chamber. The water mixes with the oil and is then dispensed from a second hole at the bottom of the chamber. The tail portion further includes tail fins that are curved causing the lure to spin when retrieved and can be connected with the top cap of the lure to form a separate scent releasing lure without the chemiluminescent chamber being used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2006
    Inventor: Randal Scott Turner
  • Patent number: 7059081
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for preventing pests from gaining entrance to a building structure. The method incorporates use of an article comprising a length of fibrous fabric and a plurality of adhesive strips. The fabric is designed for adhesive attachment to a building structure adjacent points of entry and the adhesive strips are designed for adhesively attaching the fabric in snug adjacency to the outfitted building structure. The fabric is impregnated with at least one pesticide composition and has outwardly extending fibers for entangling the legs of pests attempting to gain entrance to the building structure by maneuvering across the fabric to points of entry. These outwardly extending fibers thus directly deposit pesticide composition on the pests for preventing them from gaining entrance to the building structure. Importantly, the fabric is brilliantly colored or has highly light reflective coloration for attracting the pests to the pesticide-impregnated fabric for contact treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2006
    Inventor: Robert M. Nourigat
  • Patent number: 7020995
    Abstract: A deterrent strip for repelling birds and other pests includes two electrical wire support members separated by spaces extending across the strip to allow bending. Connectors are attached to the wire support members to resist lengthwise stretching of the strip, the connectors extending across the spaces and offset from the center of the strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2006
    Inventor: Roger Snow
  • Patent number: 7013595
    Abstract: A chum dispensing assembly comprising a container having a substantially elongated, cylindrical configuration defining a hollow interior for the containment of chum. The container comprises a separable portion movably mounted on or connected to a remainder of the container by a connecting assembly disposed and structured to facilitate substantially linear, axial displacement of the separable portion outwardly from the remainder of the container to form a dispensing opening through which chum passes from the hollow interior. Displacement of the separable portion into the open position is normally accomplished by a predetermined “pulling” force exerted on an upper end of the container when submerged at a location where the chum is intended to be dispensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2006
    Inventors: Marc Jelasco, Sandra Nicholson, Charles Britton, Randolph K. Binter
  • Patent number: 6966143
    Abstract: A injection plug assembly for insertion internally into a walled structure to permit safe access to and wide distribution of a fluid, liquid or powder spray into that walled structure. The assembly comprises an elongated outer sleeve arranged to pinch any thickness wall structure and an elongated delivery bolt arranged to be received through the outer sleeve. The elongated bolt has a radially directed fluid distribution channel therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2005
    Inventor: George R Allen
  • Patent number: 6953008
    Abstract: A surgical tray for holding an animal in place in a dorsally recumbent position is made in the form of a shell contoured to conform generally to the back, neck and head of the animal. The shell has raised side wall portions on it in the vicinity of the head and thorax area, and scapular shoulder rests for the animal. Openings are placed adjacent the positions of the front and rear legs of an animal placed in the shell; and a detachable leg strap is led around the leg of an animal and passes through a corresponding opening in the shell for holding the animal in place. The shell is designed to raise the bottom above a table surface on which it is placed; and drain holes through the shell are employed to drain fluids from it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2005
    Inventor: Thomas Remmler
  • Patent number: 6948275
    Abstract: A terminal tackle for securing a fishing lure to a fishing line and wherein the terminal tackle includes a slidable/rotatable ring that is trapped to a swivel portion of the terminal tackle and whereby a bearing is trapped to the ring but is slidable on and rotatable about the ring and wherein the bearing receives the fishing line therein. The fishing line is then crimped to secure the fishing line within the bearing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2005
    Inventor: Roger W. Lehmann
  • Patent number: 6941697
    Abstract: The invention provides an improved coil fumigant set substantially quadrilateral in shape, comprising 2 or 4 coil members, wherein, each member integrated with the other member(s), each member has a central eye-piece and a runner, and the eye-pieces of the members are disposed at 180° or 90° with respect to one another to form a matrix of two coil members or four coil members and wherein, the runner of each coil member runs substantially parallel to the runners of the other member(s) and the runners run substantially in the form of a quadrilateral, with the corners of the quadrilateral being less than 90° and the radii decrease progressively towards the central eye-piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2005
    Inventor: Bimal Arya
  • Patent number: 6925746
    Abstract: Apparatus (1) for transporting a line (3) and any bait (2) attached to the line to the spot of fishing. The frame (11) of the transporting apparatus (1) comprises two elongated guide branches (11b; 11b?; 11b?) connected by a support member (11a). The transporting apparatus (1) is actuated by a water-jet engine (4) provided in the guide branches (11). The line (3) is releasably connected to the line guide (5) of the transporting apparatus (1). The transporting apparatus has a receiver (7), which can be provided with control commands by a control apparatus (6). The invention also relates to a device for controlling the transporting apparatus, which is connected to the pole (8; 81) of the fishing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2005
    Assignee: Vilco Oy
    Inventor: Jukka Huikari
  • Patent number: 6910299
    Abstract: A trap is disclosed in which first and second co-acting jaws are provided for pivotally engaging a member of a captured animal, wherein the first and second jaws are configured for pivotal displacement between an opened position and a closed position. Levers are loaded with a biasing force for loading the first and second jaws into the closed position. A retaining arrangement is provided for retaining the first jaw in the opened position, wherein the retaining arrangement releases the loaded first and second jaws upon actuation. A leveling structure is used for providing first and second contact surfaces for the at least one lever so as to provide level contact surfaces for the respective first and second jaws.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2005
    Assignee: Butera Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Barry L. Butera, Richard Butera