Patents Examined by Danielle A Clerkley
  • Patent number: 10881053
    Abstract: The invention relates to a cooling and condensation device (10) of a greenhouse (1), preferably of a plastic film greenhouse, comprising at least one condenser (11) located in the greenhouse (1). The exterior (21) of the wall of said condenser is in contact with the air in the greenhouse (1) to be cooled and a cooling medium is applied to the interior (22) of the wall. According to the invention, the at least one condenser (11) is designed as a film tube that can be folded and consists, for example, of hollow articles (12), produced of a film material that can be folded, and stringed together, the tubular condenser (11) being deployable from a folded storage form to an elongated operating form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Inventors: Daniel Kerschgens, Heinz Georg Russwurm
  • Patent number: 10881088
    Abstract: A spinning fishing lure comprising a winged plug body with a tapered rear portion having an exterior circumferential array of protruding vanes, and a larger substantially cylindrical hollow front portion with an open face and an annular interior volume. The annular interior volume includes a central hollow stem defining a passageway for fishing line and water, and the lower or bottom end of the annular interior volume is partially closed by a tapered interior end wall and vented out the back of the plug body by smaller flow passages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Dreamweaver Lure Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Shane Ruboyianes, Michiel van de Ven, Karl Chapel, Robert Chapel
  • Patent number: 10881078
    Abstract: An animal enclosure includes a kennel body including a rotational molded wall formed from a plastic material. The kennel body defines an interior space shaped to accommodate one or more animals, and defines a door opening shaped to allow the animal to enter and exit the kennel body. A hoop-shaped door frame is disposed on the kennel body proximate the door opening. A door is disposed on the door frame, and the door is pivotally moveable relative to the door frame between an open position and a closed position. A latch is disposed on the door. The enclosure includes first, second, third and fourth attachment members disposed on the kennel body, each positioned to receive a strap to secure the kennel body to a structure such as a truck bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Edmonds Outdoors, LLC
    Inventor: Addison Edmonds
  • Patent number: 10881077
    Abstract: Compacting expanded perlite fines in the presence of a small amount of binder (starch and/or clay) and water, followed by drying, produces particles with low density, good integrity, and surprisingly higher absorption by volume than non-compacted expanded perlite or non-swelling clay. Furthermore, addition of a small amount of clumping agent (e.g., guar gum) to the compacted granules results in a clumping litter with low density, good integrity and comparable clumping ability to traditional clay clumping litter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: SOCIÉTÉ DES PRODUITS NESTLÉ S.A.
    Inventors: Nathan Foster Huck, Colin Muscroft, David Odell Leinart
  • Patent number: 10874088
    Abstract: A pet toy apparatus that includes a suction cup, a support apparatus and a toy apparatus that are configured to be selectively coupled to one another to form a structure which can be hung from a supporting surface such as a window pane, a wall, etc. to attract a pet into play. The suction cup is configured to maintain the support apparatus at an angle with respect to a horizontal plane in order to increase the strength of the selective connection between the suction cup and the support apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: THE HARTZ MOUNTAIN CORPORATION
    Inventor: Johann Soto
  • Patent number: 10869458
    Abstract: An animal litter box apparatus includes a main body having a base and vertical sides. A main body front side has a dual-walled construction including an exterior wall, a spaced-apart interior wall, and an upper edge adjoining upper ends of the interior and exterior walls to define an interior storage space. A compound opening is defined by respective cut-out portions of the interior wall, exterior wall, and the upper edge. A magnetic coupling element within the interior storage space cooperates with a corresponding magnet on a litter-sifting basket of a litter scoop to selectively retain the litter scoop basket therein. A recessed portion of the exterior surface of the exterior wall accommodates a proximal end portion of the litter scoop handle. An inverted U-shaped cover member disposed about the front side is slidable from an open position to a closed position to discreetly house the entire litter scoop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Inventor: Margaret Ligon Kiser
  • Patent number: 10866886
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing a testing chamber are provided herein. One embodiment of a testing chamber includes a chamber environment affecter and a chamber computing device that includes a processor and a memory component. The memory component may store logic that causes the testing chamber to receive a recipe program, where the recipe program defines a grow recipe for a grow pod. The logic may further cause the testing chamber to determine a difference between operation of the testing chamber and operation of the grow pod, adapt the recipe program for operation by the testing chamber, and execute the recipe program in the testing chamber. The logic may further cause the testing chamber to monitor operation of the testing chamber executing the recipe program to determine a malfunction in the recipe program and provide an indication of the malfunction of the recipe program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Grow Solutions Tech, LLC
    Inventor: Gary Bret Millar
  • Patent number: 10856480
    Abstract: A system and method for cultivating plants is described. The system may include a tower structure having a vertical series of vessels for holding a netted pot or other container. The system may have a pressurized irrigation system that is in fluid communication with each vessel. The system may further include lamps to provide an adequate light source. The system may also include sensors, monitors and controls to establish and maintain environmental conditions suitable for proper plant growth. The system may further be implemented as a scalable system in which multiple tower structures may be installed into a scaffold system. Sets of towers may be slidably affixed to a scaffold such that the towers may be slid along a track thereby creating easy access to the plants, vessels, lights and the irrigation system. The system may be expanded to include multiple scaffolds affixed to a skeletal frame or compartment interior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: STEM CULTIVATION, INC.
    Inventors: Kyle W. Moffitt, Christopher R. Denaro, Robert A. Gibson, John M. Sullivan, Leszek Ziolek
  • Patent number: 10856544
    Abstract: A moving wing waterfowl or migratory bird decoy including a decoy body constructed of a predetermined material with exterior ornamentation to simulate a live waterfowl or migratory bird, the decoy body being arranged in a predetermined orientation to simulate a waterfowl or migratory bird, the decoy body having a top and a bottom. The decoy has at least one decoy wing connected to the decoy body, the decoy wing being constructed and arranged to simulate the wing of a waterfowl or migratory bird. The decoy body is constructed and arranged of a particular plastic material to hyper-realistically resemble a waterfowl or migratory bird. The control and power module is plug and play software controllable. The decoy is mountable on a male type member post via a female type receptacle on the decoy body. The decoy has a biased stabilizer cord that also mimics the legs of the waterfowl or migratory bird.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Expedite International, Inc.
    Inventor: Tim Noe
  • Patent number: 10834879
    Abstract: Plant-aeration systems, methods for plant aeration, plant-aeration cells, methods of environmental remediation, systems for algae cultivation, and apparatuses for algae aeration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Texas Ecological Technology LLC
    Inventor: Qian Zhang
  • Patent number: 10820567
    Abstract: A portable and disposable litter box includes a bottom tray, a top tray, and an insert. The insert includes insert sidewalls that are attached to the bottom tray. The litter box is configurable in open and closed states. In the closed state, the top tray is disposed on the bottom tray and a litter box cavity is defined between the bottom and top trays, and the insert sidewalls are pivoted inwardly such that the insert sidewalls are disposed in the litter box cavity. In the opened state, the top tray is pivoted away from the bottom tray, and the insert sidewalls are pivoted outwardly such that the insert sidewalls extend from the bottom tray to the top tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: DKG, LLC
    Inventors: Diane K. Garrett, Roy Paul Prosise, Benjamin Derek Litteral, Daniel Caputo
  • Patent number: 10820575
    Abstract: A wireless location assisted zone guidance system incorporates dynamically variable intervals between sequential position requests. Variables used to influence the duration of a current interval between sequential position requests include: location within a current zone; displacement rate within a zone; and output from sensors such as secondary low power location sensors, inertial sensors, and biometric sensors. Preferably, the sensors are not being used to try to determine precise position, but instead to indicate a degree of uncertainty in the current position. When this degree of uncertainty is sufficient to merit added processing and associated energy consumption, a new wireless location determination will be made.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: GPSIP, Inc.
    Inventors: Rodney P. Landers, Kevin L. Nieuwsma, Chad R. James, Michael D. Erickson, Patrick J. Krekelberg, Gregory M. Anderson
  • Patent number: 10820576
    Abstract: A device for use with a leash and a collar configured to be worn by a pet. The device includes a spray nozzle connected to a tank configured to store a liquid. The device includes first and second connectors configured to be attached to the collar and the leash, respectively. A movable one of the first and second connectors is moved with respect to the tank when the pet pulls on the leash. The device includes an actuator configured to open and close the spray nozzle. The liquid sprays from the tank through the spray nozzle when the spray nozzle is open and remains in the tank when the spray nozzle is closed. The device may include at least one noise-making element or speaker configured to produce at least one warning sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: BLULINT INC.
    Inventors: Theodore J. Colburn, Garrett Hisatake
  • Patent number: 10806099
    Abstract: Vertical growing uses a plurality of shelves to support plants. The system has an air filtration and ultraviolet (UV) air purification system. The purified and filtered air is mixed with nitrogen, which is directed towards plants. The system can include lights to help grow the plants placed on the shelves. The filters can remove odors from the circulating air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Vertical Air Solutions LLC
    Inventors: Matthew Lawrence Bogner, James Allen Cunningham
  • Patent number: 10798932
    Abstract: A system (10) for remote detection of pests, in this case as applied to a domestic dwelling (11) where a base station (12) communicates with eight detector or monitor units (13). The dotted (lines (14) indicate wired or wireless communication between the units (13) and the base station (12). As used herein the expressions “monitor” and “detector” are used interchangeably or where the detector is used as part of a box or cartridge where the detector is part (and may be reusable and separable) the whole unit including the detector part may be referred to as a monitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: PESENSE PTY LTD
    Inventors: Anthony Robert Flint, Peter Kenyon Simpson, Ion Leslie Staunton
  • Patent number: 10791720
    Abstract: A rapidly deployable underwater coral cultivation system comprising a tensioned propagule support line or rod, and a propagule-encircling loop for attachment thereto, wherein the propagules' tissues and skeleton overgrow the line/rod. Multiple propagules of a single genetic clone on a line/rod may fuse into a single linear coral colony, whereby the natural structural and anti-fouling attributes of the target organism provide structural rigidity to the system and high survivorship of the live material in nursery culture. A preferred embodiment may provide a low to no maintenance protocol soon after deployment thereby allowing for “set and forget” through self-planting endpoints. In some embodiments, a vertical arrangement provides full leverage advantage to the support buoy as growth increases (coral) weight. In some embodiments, the vertically-oriented single genetic clone facilitates gamete capture for facilitated spawning in coral (ecosystem) enhancement and restoration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Inventor: Andrew MacKay Ross
  • Patent number: 10785920
    Abstract: A method of cultivating plant in transparent sealed container and base used therefor, wherein the base is mainly obtained by solidifying a mixture formed by adding gellan gum to transparent nutritional liquid; the gellan gum being added to the nutritional liquid is in an amount of 2-10 g/L; the base has a PH value of 3.5-10.0. The use of gellan gum as the sole transparent solidifying agent ensures the gellan gum, the base of the present invention is capable of adhering securely in the transparent sealed container. As shown by experiments, the base of the present invention will not slide or disperse in the transparent sealed container under normal shaking state, and can remain adhered to the transparent sealed container for 3-10 minutes when the transparent sealed container is turned upside down.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Inventor: Dickson Wang
  • Patent number: 10772271
    Abstract: A seedling transplanting system is provided that utilizes a seedling feeder that is configured to fit between a tray of seedlings contained within a series of chain pots and a hydroponic trough. The feeder includes a ramp and a chute that direct the seedlings from the tray into the trough. A pair of guide surfaces, which form ramp sidewalls, help the seedlings to self-right as they are drawn into the hydroponic trough. A restraining jig aids in establishing and maintaining the relative positions of the seedling tray, feeder and trough during the transplanting process. A pulling tool simplifies the transplanting process by providing means for pulling a pair of media strips along with the captured chain pots into the hydroponic trough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: MJNN, LLC
    Inventors: Nathaniel R. Storey, Kevin Grauberger, Damon Henry Smith, Jonah Eskin
  • Patent number: 10772314
    Abstract: A pest trap comprises a mounting platform and an adhesive coated cartridge. A solar panel is disposed within the mounting platform. The adhesive coated cartridge is detachably attached to the mounting platform. The adhesive coated cartridge comprises a light emitting diode (LED) electrically connected to the solar panel for attracting a pest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Inventor: Edward Caba
  • Patent number: 10773946
    Abstract: The improved saddle structure of the invention comprises first and second opposed side panels, a plurality of resilient transverse arched rib members connecting the first and second opposed side panels, and a spine member extending longitudinally between the first and second side panels. The spine member is connected to each rib member at a central crown portion of the rib member. The spine member can comprise one or more elongate members or a plurality of connecting members joining the rib members at their crown portions, and the spine member is of sufficient flexibility to flex with the flexure of the spine of an animal on which the saddle structure is fitted. A saddle seat is secured to the spine member and/or rib members. The saddle structure of the invention provides a saddle structure for use on the back of an animal whereby localised load pressure points are reduced while allowing flexure of the animal's spine, and whereby load is distributed more evenly along the length of the saddle structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Ergon Equine Limited
    Inventors: Michael Brander, Donna Brander, Tracey Ward, Mathew Ward