Patents Examined by Darren W. Ark
  • Patent number: 11076586
    Abstract: A guiding device for fishing rod lines, the guiding device includes a supporting body for at least one guiding roller which is mounted so that the at least one guiding roller can rotate with respect to the supporting body about an axis of the roller. The guiding device further includes two elements for fixing to the shaft of a fishing rod, which are arranged substantially at right angles to the axis of the roller on opposite sides with respect to the supporting body. The guiding device further includes a kinematic connection device between the supporting body and at least one of the two elements for fixing, which is adapted to allow two degrees of freedom between the supporting body and at least one of the elements for fixing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: VAL MAR S.R.L.
    Inventors: Alessandro Bellebono, Giuliano Giorgi
  • Patent number: 11076584
    Abstract: A fishing hook assembly includes a hook element including a tie rail, which defines an enlarged line-pass-through area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Inventors: Corey Bechtold, Lisa Bechtold
  • Patent number: 11076591
    Abstract: An electronic caller decoy that is used in hunting animals. The caller is particularly useful for attracting predator species such as coyotes, wolves, and the like. The decoy encourages predators to come towards the decoy within the range of a concealed hunter or hunters. The decoy simulates the sound and movement of wounded prey species such as rabbits, deer, and the like, to bring the predator within range. The decoy has a base including three or more legs, a body which is preferably rotatable on the base via a motor, an electronic sound generator and speaker, a microphone, a camera and a tail element. The motorized rotatable base is preferably remote controllable to orient sound broadcast in a specific direction, or plural directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Inventor: Tim Noe
  • Patent number: 11071291
    Abstract: A rig unit for a fishing line includes a float body and a ballast mass removably coupled to the float body. The ballast mass and the float body are configured to remain coupled together during a launch phase and a flight, and to separate from each other upon impact with the water at the end of a flight path. During flight, when the float body and the ballast mass are connected together, the rig unit is orientated with the float body arranged in front, and the ballast mass arranged behind it. After separation upon impact with the water, the ballast mass is configured to rest on the seabed. The main line has a first section descending from the fishing rod to a guide passage of the ballast mass, and a second section ascending from the guide passage to the float body, which is able to remain immersed, at a distance from the water surface, with a terminal line extending upwards, starting from the float body, to an auxiliary float with which the hook is associated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Inventor: Fabio Pedrini
  • Patent number: 11064692
    Abstract: A bait box including a housing; a feeding location arranged in the housing and configured for a poison bait, wherein the feeding location is arranged in an air cushion in the housing so that the feeding location is accessible for a rodent from an outside of the bait box through an entry arranged at a lower end of the housing; and a separation element which defines a liquid space with a liquid within the housing when the liquid rises outside of the housing above a threshold level above which accessibility of the feeding location is not provided to the rodent any more, wherein the liquid space extends from the threshold level to the separation element and separates the feeding location from the liquid space, wherein the housing is closed air tight besides the entry so that the air cushion is captured in the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Inventors: Sylvia Michalski, Bjorn Saemann, Axel Spering
  • Patent number: 11064689
    Abstract: The purpose of the present invention is to provide a method for controlling pests, which is effective against a variety of pests, highly safe, simple, and environmentally friendly. Provided is a pest control method for exterminating a targeted pest by the exposing the eggs, larvae or pupae of the targeted pest to visible light having a specific wavelength within a wavelength region of 400 to 500 nm at a light intensity of 7×1017 photons·m?2·s?1 or greater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignees: Shin-Etsu Handotai Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masatoshi Hori, Tomohisa Suzuki, Kazuki Shibuya, Mitsunari Sato
  • Patent number: 11064693
    Abstract: An apparatus for securing licking branches to a support structure includes a body suitable for attachment to a support structure, at least one branch holder extending outwardly from the annular body, and securing means for securing a branch in place within the branch holder. The securing means may include a clamp. The body may be an annular body for fitting over the support structure. The body ma include a surface for fitting against the support structure with at least one loop operatively connected to the support structure. The angle of each of the at least one branch holder is adjustable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Pick Outdoors LLC
    Inventors: Brandon Medlin, Kade Hoppenworth
  • Patent number: 11064687
    Abstract: An ice fishing hole covering assembly includes a unitary fishing hole covering with a panel that is rigid and has a top side, a bottom side and a perimeter edge. The top side is planar and the panel is translucent with a circular shape and a central axis. A reel is rotatably coupled to the bottom side of the panel and has fishing line spooled thereon. The panel has a plurality of apertures therein extending to the top side and outwardly through the bottom side to define finger grips. A strike indicator is attached to the bottom side of the panel and includes a light emitter that is turned on when the fishing line is pulled downwardly from the bottom side. An entirety of the unitary structure is positioned no higher than 0.30 inches above a plane of the top side before and after actuation of the strike indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Inventors: Cody McCarter, Amber McCarter
  • Patent number: 11058101
    Abstract: A fishing lure box kit for carrying and draining offshore trolling lures includes at least one draining tray having a tray bottom, tray sides extending from the tray bottom, a tray interior formed by the tray bottom and the tray sides and at least one tray opening in the tray bottom. One or more lure frames are provided in the tray interior of the draining tray. Each lure frame has a frame interior and an open frame top and frame bottom. One or more lure cases are provided in the one or more lure frames, respectively. Each of the lure cases has a case interior sized and configured to accommodate a fishing lure and a case bottom configured to support the fishing lure and provided with at least one opening configured to drain water from the case interior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Inventor: Jason M. Davis
  • Patent number: 11051500
    Abstract: An adjustable fishing rod butt includes a first elongate member hingeably attached to a second elongate member. The first elongate member includes an opening on a bottom surface thereof extending at least into an interior thereof, and an alignment locking member secured about the opening on the bottom surface thereof. The alignment locking member includes an opening coaxially aligned with the opening in the first elongate member. The second elongate member includes an adjustable reel seat portion on an upper surface, and an angle positioning arm extending from a bottom surface and oriented to be received by the openings in the first elongate member and the alignment locking member. A locking pin locks the angle positioning arm to provide the butt with a specific angular relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: WINTHROP TACKLE
    Inventor: Frederick J. Malcarne
  • Patent number: 11044898
    Abstract: A heated fishing rod guide apparatus is provided to enable fishing in freezing conditions. A circuit strip overlay is positionable upon a fishing rod to situate a plurality of heating elements in heating contact with each of the plurality of guides disposed upon the fishing rod blank. Electrical energy supplied to each guide therefore resistively heats said guides to prevent the fishing line from freezing thereto to prevent snapping of the line as often otherwise occurs. At least one connector is disposed upon the handle of the fishing rod disposed in circuit with the circuit strip overlay. The at least one connector may be adapted for connection with at least one contact disposed upon a cold weather glove, to enable heating of the rod when held in hand, and, alternately, with an attachable contact to enable hands-free heating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Inventors: Walied Deeb, Thomas John Sawarynski, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11044903
    Abstract: A hunting blind includes a dome-shaped structure made of weather-resistant material having a plurality of flaps disposed throughout the top side thereof. A plurality of ground stakes is positioned perpendicularly beneath the underside surface of the dome-shaped structure. A plurality of apertures is disposed through at least one (1) of the flaps, each capable of receiving a portion of a decoy therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Inventors: Christopher Foate, Kelly Foate
  • Patent number: 11044897
    Abstract: A keel attached to a central body of trolling spreader bar is configurable with a plurality of fishing lures as an assembly to mimic a small school of fish. The keel is angled to urge the lure assembly continually to one side or the other from what would be the normal straight line of travel of a trolling vessel. By attaching an angled keel directly to the lure/spreader bar one is able to easily set lines behind the vessel at varying angles and distances which greatly increase the width of the full trolling lure spread.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Sterling Tackle
    Inventors: Steven Edward Breunig, Elliot Breunig
  • Patent number: 11033018
    Abstract: An animal trap sensor includes a base having a distal end and a proximal end, a switch having a first metallic element and a second metallic element, and a signal unit, in which, when the first metallic element contacting the second metallic element, thereby forming a closed circuit, such that the signal unit transmits a signal to an off-site receiver. Or, an animal trap sensor includes a first portion and a second portion electrically connected with a signal unit including a power supply, in which, when the first and the second portions are disposed at a first distance between each other, thereby generating an output property, in which, when the first and the second portions are disposed at a second distance between each other, which is different from the first distance, thereby changing the output property and causing the signal unit to transmit a signal to an off-site receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignees: Bayer CropScience LP, Bayer CropScience Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Mike Laut, Steven Bockmann, Gaelle Fages, Byron Reid, Chris Pienaar, Peter Jardine, Michael Zimmermann, Stefan Endepols, Christopher R. Hahn
  • Patent number: 11033012
    Abstract: An elastomeric fishing lure is provided having a flexible body portion having first and second ends, wherein the body portion defines an axis extending along the centerline of the body portion. The elastomeric fishing lure has at least one elongate slot in the body portion, the at least one elongate slot defining first and second ends and a slot length extending therebetween, the at least one elongate slot defining a pair of opposed sidewalls, wherein the distance between the opposed sidewalls defines a slot width, the at least one elongate slot extending through the body portion along at least a portion of the slot length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Inventor: Ronald P. Walter
  • Patent number: 11033016
    Abstract: A roll for assembling a device (2) for detection and elimination of pest insects includes a wound up, continuous band of fibrous material, the band having a main portion (22) and a first flap folded thereover, wherein at least one aperture (35) is arranged in the main portion along at least part of the length of the continuous band, the face facing away from the first flap such that the adhesive strip completely covers over the at least one aperture, the aperture being at least partially filled with an insecticide in powder form. The roll may include a second flap, wherein the first flap and the second flap at least partially overlap and the second flap is sandwiched between the main portion and the first flap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Inventors: Magnus Backmark, Carl-Magnus Hansson, Christine Dahlman Jacobsen, Camilla Ryne
  • Patent number: 11026411
    Abstract: A thin material that is in a single planar which has a front and back and is circular in shape. There is a radius in the periphery that travels from the periphery inward, creating a cut that is interior to the peripheral edge and follows the circumference of the circular shape. Where this cut ends there is an opening or change in its direction. A fishing line passes through a hole in the material that is interior to the cut. When the device is in use being pulled through the water, the material between the interior cut and the device's peripheral edge deflects back causing the device to rotate which creates the needed action and flash to attract the fish. This planar deflection is not permanent and the material will return to its single planar when at rest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Inventor: Scott Feddes
  • Patent number: 11029653
    Abstract: A mobile device, computer program product for a mobile device and a computer-implemented method of operating a mobile device is disclosed. The mobile device includes a sensor, an animal database and a processor. The sensor receives data regarding an animal proximate the mobile device. The processor compares the data to the animal database to determine a type of animal at the mobile device, and performs an action on the mobile device based on the type of animal in order to manipulate a behavior of the animal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Al Chakra, Kelley Anders, Liam S. Harpur, Robert H. Grant
  • Patent number: 11019813
    Abstract: A termite detection device, system, and method. The device includes a housing and bait strip. A first circuit board and detection switch are on the bait strip. A deep hole with a non-through bottom is in the bait strip. A supporting body capable of ascending/descending is in the deep hole for supporting a detected body. The first circuit board is electrically connected to the switch, to determine on/off of the switch. The system includes the termite detection device, a detector, and a database. The device sends a signal of the switch to the database via the detector. In the method, the detector triggers the termite detection device or the termite detection device is automatically triggered. The first circuit board determines on/off of the switch, and sends to the database via the detector for processing/storage. The switch is in a power-off state when no detection is performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: ZHEJIANG DEKAN ENVIRONMENT TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Junfeng Shen, Weiqiang Shen, Hanmin Ji, Meifen Fei
  • Patent number: 11019812
    Abstract: A modular tackle container includes a bucket having a sidewall. The sidewall has an inner wall, an outer wall, and a top surface connecting the inner wall and the outer wall. A plurality of brackets are configured to be removably supported on the top of the sidewall. Each of the plurality of brackets has an outer portion configured to face the outer wall, a top portion configured to engage the top surface, and an inner portion configured to face the inner wall. The inner portion includes a generally tee-shaped support. A holder is releasably attachable to the tee-shaped support. The holder has a receiver configured to slide onto the tee-shaped support such that the tee-shaped support vertically supports the holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Inventor: David Glassberg