Patents Examined by Christopher P. Ellis
  • Patent number: 11363804
    Abstract: A flexible fishing lure is provided that includes a outer shape having a transverse opening for receiving a plurality of alternatively formed lure fin members allowing a user to change the action of a lure by fin selection without replacing the lure. Multiple internal channels within the lure are adaptively provided for receiving a variety of scent sticks, sound generators, light generators, flavor generating means. Flow internal channels extend from a front opening to gill openings allowing a water flow along an inserted scent or flavor stick member to pass through the lure body and exit proximate fin, nair, belly, or other locations simulating an injured or wounded fish leaking bodily fluids or blood. Other features to simulate wounded features. Replacement fins and weighting constructions allow a user to tailor a weight and action enabling a circling or injured motion during retrieval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Inventor: Jeffrey J. Mancini
  • Patent number: 11365003
    Abstract: An unmanned aerial vehicle system includes an unmanned aerial vehicle, a tether assembly selectively coupled to the unmanned aerial vehicle, a processor, and a memory. The memory contains instructions thereon, which, when executed by the processor, cause the system to disconnect the tether assembly from the unmanned aerial vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: EASY AERIAL INC.
    Inventors: Jason Felder, Omri Dayan, Ido Gur
  • Patent number: 11358720
    Abstract: An unmanned aerial vehicle system includes a tether assembly, an unmanned aerial vehicle, a processor, and a memory. The unmanned aerial vehicle comprising a housing and a slider plate supported by the housing. The memory containing instructions thereon, which, when executed by the processor, cause the unmanned aerial vehicle to move the slider plate relative to the housing to selectively decouple the tether assembly from the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: EASY AERIAL INC.
    Inventors: Jason Felder, Omri Dayan, Ido Gur
  • Patent number: 11358714
    Abstract: An aircraft includes a fuselage and propellers, wherein the propellers can be retracted beneath the fuselage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Inventors: Stefan Bender, Mikel Fauri
  • Patent number: 11350616
    Abstract: In a first embodiment, a fishing lure comprising, a body having a fish like design with a first end and second end and a groove distal to the second end incorporated into the body, a hook integrated into the first end of the body, a stem extending a predetermined distance from the second end of the body, wherein the stem is capped, a bead inserted onto the stem, a spinner blade having at least three openings, attached to the stem by a first opening, wherein the spinner blade can rotate 360 degrees about a center axis of the stem, and a line attachment secured through a second and third opening of the spinner blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Inventors: Richard Kovacs, Glen Welle, Mark Welle
  • Patent number: 11332033
    Abstract: A unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) battery changing station includes a UAV landing area configured to support a UAV coupled to a first battery when the UAV is resting on the battery changing station, a movable battery storage unit including a holding station configured to store a second battery, and a battery replacement member configured to retrieve the second battery from the holding station and couple the second battery to the UAV. The movable battery storage unit is configured to permit the holding station to rotate about an axis of rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: SZ DJI TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Mingxi Wang
  • Patent number: 11330808
    Abstract: Lure apparatus for fishing and associated methods are disclosed. In some embodiments, the lure apparatus includes (1) a head portion; (2) a tail portion; and (3) an optional weight portion. The head portion and the tail portion are operably engaged. The head portion has a center opening, which enables a fishing line or wire to pass through. The optional weight portion is positioned inside the head portion to adjust the weight of the overall lure apparatus. The head portion has two side openings. The tail portion has two arms, each of which has a protrusion configured to be positioned in a corresponding one of the two side openings of the head portion. Once the two protrusions are positioned in the side openings, the two protrusions engage with the head portion and restrain the tail portion from moving relatively to the head portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Inventor: George Plihal
  • Patent number: 11319068
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for automated launch, retrieval, and servicing of a hovering aircraft is provided. The apparatus includes a line which is elevatable while maintaining a principally horizontal axis. For retrieval, the aircraft translates principally spanwise over the line, following a path which is principally horizontal and normal to the line. At an appropriate moment, the line is elevated and contacts the aircraft's wing. As the aircraft continues translating, the line slides along the wing until captured in a cleat. The aircraft is then stably tethered in hover, and its position can be manipulated by articulating the line, such as to guide the aircraft into a docking station. For launch the aircraft lifts itself into hover while tethered to the line. Articulation of the line guides the aircraft into a launch position, at which point the line is disconnected from the cleat, thereby releasing the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Aerovel Corporation
    Inventors: Brian T. McGeer, Kristoffer Gauksheim, Rutger Engbersen, Andrew Crafts, Michael Baxter
  • Patent number: 11312501
    Abstract: An aero vehicle with a dual mode propulsion system that can operate in a first mode below a ramjet speed and a second mode at a ramjet speed. The first mode is operated using a compressor driven by an electric motor supplied with electrical power from a power pack. When the vehicle has reached a speed where the ramjet engine can operate, the power pack is dropped from the vehicle to decrease the weight of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Florida Turbine Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert A Ress, Jr., Joseph D Brostmeyer
  • Patent number: 11305870
    Abstract: An aircraft undercarriage including a wheel, a support, a drive system, a mover system, a first pair of links, and a locking actuator. The drive system drives rotation of the wheel and is mounted to move relative to the support between an engaged position and a disengaged position. The mover system moves the drive system between the engaged and disengaged positions. The first pair of links are hinged to each other about a first hinge axis to pivot during the movement of the drive system between the engaged and disengaged positions. The locking actuator acts on a first target to lock or unlock the drive system. The first target is carried by one of the links.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: SAFRAN LANDING SYSTEMS
    Inventors: Vincent Bellenger, Pierre-Yves Liegeois, Fabien Dijon
  • Patent number: 11305888
    Abstract: Automated launch and retrieval of a “tail-sitting” VTOL aircraft is accomplished by exploiting the natural stability of hover when restrained in tension by an upwind wing tip. For retrieval, a flexible rod is lifted into contact with the trailing edge of the upwind wing as the aircraft translates downwind overhead. Sliding between the rod and wing leads to interlocking of hooks at the rod end and wing tip, while the aircraft swings into a stable tethered hover downwind of the rod. The rod is then used to pull the aircraft upwind into a fixture for secure parking and servicing. After servicing, the aircraft lifts-off into tethered hover, and power margin for climb is assessed. If the aircraft is judged to have sufficient power safely to proceed, then the interlocking hooks are disengaged, leaving the aircraft to climb away in free flight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Aerovel Corporation
    Inventor: Brian T. McGeer
  • Patent number: 11299267
    Abstract: An electric powered paraglider is provided. An electric powered paraglider includes a frame which includes a plurality of connector points. The electric powered paraglider also includes a propulsion unit mechanically coupled to the frame. The propulsion unit includes at least one propeller and configured to generate a predefined amount of thrust using at least one electric motor. The electric powered paraglider also includes a throttle controller unit physically or wirelessly connected to the flight control unit. The throttle controller unit includes at least three switches. The at least three switches are configured to operate one or more parameters of the paraglider. The electric powered paraglider also includes a power latching unit mechanically coupled to the frame. The power latching unit includes a plurality of batteries. The power latching unit is configured to allow a user to swap the plurality of batteries by implementing a power latching mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Inventor: Ryan Evaristo Pinto
  • Patent number: 11299283
    Abstract: An aircraft is provided including a fuselage that extends along a longitudinal direction between a forward end and an aft end. A boundary layer ingestion fan is mounted to the fuselage at the aft end and is configured for ingesting boundary layer airflow off the surface of the fuselage. The fuselage defines a profile proximate the boundary layer ingestion fan that is optimized for ingesting a maximum amount of boundary layer air and improving propulsive efficiency of the aircraft. More specifically, the fuselage defines a cross sectional profile upstream of the boundary layer ingestion fan that has more cross sectional area in a top half relative to a bottom half as defined relative to a centerline of the boundary layer ingestion fan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Kishore Ramakrishnan, Jixian Yao, Nikolai N. Pastouchenko, Ivan Malcevic
  • Patent number: 11299296
    Abstract: Disclosed is a spacecraft including: a housing defining an exterior space, the housing having a first face and a second face; and first and second radiators carried by the first and second faces, the first and second radiators each having an inner main face, an outer main face, and side faces. The spacecraft includes a first auxiliary radiator and a first auxiliary heat transfer device thermally connecting the first auxiliary radiator to the inner main face of the second radiator, the first auxiliary radiator being arranged in a first portion of the exterior space defined by the outer main face of the first radiator and by first planes containing the side faces of the first radiator. The first auxiliary heat transfer device includes a heat conducting device. The first auxiliary radiator is composed solely of one or two radiating panels supporting the heat conducting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE SAS
    Inventors: Fabrice Mena, Jean-Christophe Dunat
  • Patent number: 11297821
    Abstract: A device for trapping a rodent includes one or more of a floor, walls connected to the floor, an aperture in at least one of the walls, and a platform positioned within the container. The platform is positioned adjacent to the aperture and elevated above the floor. An adhesive is positioned on the floor. The aperture is sized to permit a rodent to gain access to the platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Inventor: Mark Edevold
  • Patent number: 11272696
    Abstract: A fishing rod vibration system, including a mounting platform, a batter powered electronics system mounted on the mounting platform and including a motor controller and a user interface operably and electrically coupled to the motor controller, as well as a vibrator selectively and detachably coupled to the electronics system for receiving output signals from the motor controller. The vibrator includes a housing enclosing an electric motor, and vibrator mounting elements enable attachment of the vibrator to a fishing rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Inventors: Jeffrey Lucas Russell, Alexander Jackson Russell
  • Patent number: 11273911
    Abstract: An electric power tethering system for an aircraft having a vertical takeoff and landing flight mode including a takeoff phase and/or a hover phase includes a surface power source and a power tether having a surface end configured to couple to the surface power source and an aircraft end configured to couple to the aircraft. The power tether is configured to transmit power from the surface power source to the aircraft in the takeoff phase and/or the hover phase. The power tether is detachable to decouple the surface power source from the aircraft in response to a power tether release event during flight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: Textron Innovations Inc.
    Inventors: Albert G. Brand, Scott David Poster
  • Patent number: 11266135
    Abstract: A fish oil scent trail dispenser system to create a scent trail to a user's bait when fishing in fresh water and salt water. A kit containing one or more scent dispensers includes a fill tube that can be used to insert the user's favorite scent into the scent dispenser quickly and easily. The scent dispenser includes a main container with a refillable reservoir and a thin dispenser tube. An attachment tube is bound to the main container by a wrapper. The scent dispenser system includes an attachment line with a clip on each end to attach the system to the main fishing line, and a bumper bead to control the position of the scent dispenser on the attachment line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Inventor: Ruben Mirabal
  • Patent number: 11252946
    Abstract: An improved fishing lure which comprises a main body which has a baitwell. A body bore extends through the main body and is sized so as to permit a desired gauge of fishing line to pass therethrough while still having sufficient clearance, between an exterior surface of the fishing line and an inwardly facing surface of the body bore, to permit a desired flow of water through the bore and into the baitwell. A removable cover releasably seals an open end of the baitwell. The removable cover has a baitwell bore which is sized so as to permit the desired gauge of fishing line to pass therethrough while still having a sufficient clearance, between the exterior surface of the desired gauge of the fishing line and an inwardly facing surface of the baitwell bore, to permit a desired flow of water and bait therethrough into a surrounding environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: ODIN LURE, LLC
    Inventor: Robert Sundstrom
  • Patent number: 11234422
    Abstract: The movable tail on a fishing lure having a flexible caudal stalk basically comprises a pair of laterally opposing sides, a plurality of fin rays, upper and lower lobes, laterally projecting central drafts and upper and lower lips, and a rear surface. The fin rays extend rearwardly from the caudal stalk on each of the opposing sides of the tail. The upper and lower lobes are disposed rearwardly of the fin rays. The central drafts are disposed rearwardly of the fin rays on the opposing sides of the tail. The upper lips extend between the central draft and the upper lobe on the opposing sides, and the lower lips extend between the central drafts and the lower lobe on the opposing sides. The rear surface extends over an area defined by the upper and lower lobes, the central drafts, and the upper and lower lips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: Koppers Fishing and Tackle Corporation
    Inventors: Grant Koppers, Victor Cook, Tobias Wiegand, Brad Van Reenen