Patents Examined by Darren W. Ark
  • Patent number: 10681904
    Abstract: A termite control bait container includes an upper end portion opposite a lower end portion. The bait container includes a chamber containing a termite bait. The lower end portion includes an air-trapping pocket below at least a portion of the bait to reduce intrusion of water through the lower end portion when installed in a selected orientation at least partially below ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Dow AgroSciences LLC
    Inventors: Mike P. Tolley, Phillip J. Howard, Joseph J. DeMark, Donald E. Wiliams, III
  • Patent number: 10674716
    Abstract: The modular pest trap assembly of the present application includes a modular relatively planar structure that is configured to be adaptable for different methods and areas of a structure for the capture of pests. The assembly includes a modular structure having a main body with a first face and a second face. The modular structure also includes a corner and a plurality of sides. An adhesive layer extends across a portion of the second face of the modular structure. A detachable film cover lays across the adhesive layer to permit handling without contact of the adhesive layer. Additionally, an attachment member is selectively located adjacent to at least one of the plurality of sides of the modular structure for the purpose of securing the modular structure to a corner structure. Flaps extend inward into the corner structure to extend available adhesive internally to the total void space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Inventor: Tony Bost
  • Patent number: 10660320
    Abstract: A tool for injecting prepared bait into an artificial fishing lure having a handle with a generally linear upper portion and a punch tube moveably engaged with the upper portion for movement between a retracted position and an extended position to bore the fishing lure, receive bait in the tube, and inject bait into the bored fishing lure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Inventors: Steven Bailey, Isidore I. Lamke
  • Patent number: 10638738
    Abstract: A fishing rod scabbard has a plurality of segments connected in an end-to-end manner to achieve a desired length from a wide variety of scabbard length possibilities. Each segment has a similar cross-sectional geometry and a bumper connector that enables end-to-end engagement between adjacent segments. A sleeved, tubular ramped passageway in longitudinal axial alignment with the tubular passageways of adjacent segments allows safe storage and transport of a fishing rod having a reel, bait, hook, and tackle on the pole. When not in use, the segments telescope together and nest within each other in a proximal end assembly between the proximal end and the distal end. Each bumper connector provides an assembly to secure adjacent segments together and to hold the segments in place when the scabbard is not in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Inventor: Mark O. Stevenson
  • Patent number: 10631527
    Abstract: A fishing lure made of soft yarn ball that had a hole through the center. The fibrous ball increases the holding power of scent oil. The ability to hold more scent oil means that it takes longer for the scent oil to work out of the ball and thus leaves a longer lasting and larger scent trail for game fish to hone in on. The scent ball is easily adaptable to any type of artificial lure rigging a fisherman chose to use. The soft yarn balls are made from materials used in fly tying. These fibrous products come in highly visible colors. Some even have UV responding dyes that fish respond to. As noted above, the center hole is a carbon fiber micro tube. It is this use of the micro tube that allows the yarn to be tied sufficiently tight to allow for extending holding of the scent oils.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Inventor: Donald Habeger
  • Patent number: 10624323
    Abstract: The disclosed fish luring device includes a transparent container having an opening at a top and a bottom section, an illumination assembly, a plurality of screened caps for covering at least one opening of transparent container and a bait adapted to attract towards the illumination assembly. Further, the illumination assembly is configured to provide a green spectrum for the screening of the bait inside the transparent container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Inventor: James Safford
  • Patent number: 10624330
    Abstract: An apparatus for detecting and signaling a disturbance of fishing gear while ice fishing may include an elongated base for positioning above an ice fishing hole, with a channel having opposing sides being located on the base for receiving a portion of the bobber, and a disturbance detecting assembly for detecting a disturbance of the fishing gear when a fish engages with the fishing gear. The detecting assembly may comprise a movable flap for releasably holding the portion of the bobber in the channel, and a detection switch in communication with the flap such that movement of the flap in at least one direction causes the detection switch to be actuated. The apparatus may also include an alerting assembly for signaling that the disturbance detecting assembly has detected a disturbance of the fishing gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Inventor: Dean R. Zierden
  • Patent number: 10624328
    Abstract: A marine containment device is disclosed for containing a marine species. The marine containment device comprises a container defining an interior chamber. An aperture is in the container for inputting and outputting the marine species relative to the interior chamber. A closure door closes the aperture. A hinge pivotably couples the closure door with the container. A first flotation body is coupled to the first side wall and a second flotation body is coupled to the second side wall for providing a positive buoyancy while holding a portion of the body of water and marine species within the chamber when the container defines a horizontal position within the body of water. The rear end defines a linear plane for positioning on the surface and maintaining the container in a vertical position while holding a portion of the body of water and marine species within the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Inventor: Matthew Avery
  • Patent number: 10624334
    Abstract: A fowl decoy is detailed having a buoyant upper shaped and decorated to approximate a fowl. The upper is attached to a funnel shaped stabilizer that extends downward from the bottom surface of the buoyant upper. The funnel improves the movement of the decoy by lowering the center of mass and allowing water to move the decoy about by force applied to the lower portion of the stabilizer. The decoy is also equipped with an anchor to facilitated removal from the water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Inventors: Eric M. Gibson, Blake Lierman
  • Patent number: 10617107
    Abstract: A tackle box for charging electroluminescent lures comprises a container having an interior volume; a cover mateable with the container; one or more racks for receiving and retaining lures, where each rack has a substantially planar shape, is positionable in tracks formed in the interior of the container, and has an array of recesses formed in an upper end to hold lures; a light-transmissive shelf positionable in the container above the one or more racks; and an array of light sources carried on the shelf and energizeable to illuminate electroluminescent lures retained on the one or more racks. The racks can be arrayed in parallel tracks formed in the interior side walls of the container. Each rack is preferably formed with a scallop pattern of recesses on its upper end to hold lures for charging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: JVIS-USA, LLC
    Inventors: Jason T. Murar, Douglas Cleland, Darius J. Preisler
  • Patent number: 10609912
    Abstract: A fishing accessory for preventing the tangling of a fishing line on a fishing pole comprising a base attachable to the fishing pole and an adjustable guide member. The adjustable guide member is movable from a first position wherein a portion of the guide member contacts a guide surface of the base to a position wherein the portion of the guide member is positioned distant from the guide surface. The fishing accessory includes an adjustment member extending from the guide member engaged with an opening in the base wherein moving the adjustment member in one direction moves the guide member away from the guide surface and moving the adjustment member in the opposite direction moves the guide member closer to the guide surface. The position of the guide member is adjustable toward and away from the guide surface to accommodate a specific diameter fishing line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Inventor: Zachary Paul Snopkowski
  • Patent number: 10609920
    Abstract: The present invention relates to decoys for simulating the movement of animals on land, air, or water. The invention includes a small, enclosed, and portable unit containing a motor, a rechargeable power supply, a timing control mechanism, and a spool attached to a line. The line extends from the unit and attaches to one or more animal decoys and, at the end, to an anchoring mechanism (e.g., an anchor placed in the water or a tether attached to a tree or other stationary support). The anchoring mechanism preferably is attached to the line via a bungee cord or other flexible connection that exhibits elasticity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Inventors: Shannon Smith, Allen Gardner, Jason Gregory
  • Patent number: 10595518
    Abstract: A netting apparatus especially useful for underwater use for the capture of crustaceans and other prey is capable of one-handed rapid net mouth closure. The apparatus includes an elongate handle coupled distally with a hoop and a flexible net mounted about the circumference of the hoop opening to form a net bunt. Access into and out of the net bunt is selectively restricted by a unique net closure mechanism associated with the handle, hoop and net. The net closure mechanism includes a pair of elastic bands disposed across the hoop opening with the net disposed between the bands to create the net mouth. A drawing apparatus is adapted to stretch the bands apart from one another from their normally relaxed substantially parallel orientation wherein the net mouth is said to be “closed” to its “open” position wherein the bands are held under tension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Inventor: Kenneth W. Patterson
  • Patent number: 10595522
    Abstract: A bladeless fan with mosquito killing function, having a base and a wind chamber; the base has an air blower inside; the wind chamber is in communication with an inner cavity of the base; a wall of the wind chamber is provided with an air outlet gap for blowing out an air stream; an electric mosquito killing device is provided in the base below the air blower; through holes are provided on the base (1) for inlet of mosquitos and insects as well as the air stream into the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Inventors: Jun Zheng, Yuanai Ning, Litao Hu
  • Patent number: 10588306
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to smart mosquito and insect trap devices, networks and method for detecting, counting, trapping and discarding a population of mosquitoes and/or insects. The mosquito species include the ones such as Aedes mosquito species that can cause Zika virus diseases. The device comprising a housing (201) having a directional force through a narrow path (240) to move an insect or mosquito in a predetermined direction. The device comprises one or more detectors (255) to detect a presence of an insect or mosquito along the path (240). An isolated basket (260) or trap is included to trap the insect or mosquito at a location below or at an end of the path. A processor (352) tracks a count of a population in the basket based on detection of the presence of the insect or mosquito.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: University of Florida Research Foundation, Inc.
    Inventors: Byul Hur, William R. Eisenstadt
  • Patent number: 10575512
    Abstract: An outrigger clamp to couple together two or more nestable tubes. The clamp includes a guide for retaining filament, and an attachment point for receiving accessories without interfering with the filament and guides. The guide and attachment point can rotate about an axis based on the forces applied to the outrigger to better align the filament and guides, and therefore align the forces applied to the outrigger and filament. The retainer can be, for example, one or more rollers that help prevent the filament from becoming creased or kinked during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: GEM Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Erle Matthew Bridgewater, Michael Joseph Fafard, Wylie Davin Nagler, Matthew Stewart Onorato, Jason Sarnowski
  • Patent number: 10555515
    Abstract: An adjustable fishing float with first and second portions slidably joined to form an adjustable air space with the float. The buoyancy of the float may be altered by sliding a first portion further within the second portion or drawing the first portion further out of the second portion. The first and second portions define a sliding water resistant joint to prevent water from intruding into the air space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Inventor: Cory V. Robinson
  • Patent number: 10548307
    Abstract: An enclosure-type mouse trap having a compact footprint with a curved or U-shaped mouse pathway leading to a guillotine killing mechanism is provided. The trap has a bottom assembly, a top assembly, and a removable disposal door. The bottom assembly includes a pivoting link element operatively engaged with the top and bottom assemblies to set the trap and control the position of an entrance door that provides access to the trap interior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: WOODSTREAM CORPORATION
    Inventor: Todd Hertzler
  • Patent number: 10542737
    Abstract: A live bait pen includes a porous housing having fence framework including a side framework portion, a container surface disposed within the side of framework portion configured for ease of removal of bait within the pen, and an openable lid operably disposed on a top of said side framework portion to provide easy insertion of bait in said pen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Inventor: Theodore W Beach
  • Patent number: 10531651
    Abstract: An illuminated striking fish alert device includes a fishing reel affixed to a plate, a power source secured to the plate, and illumination source secured to the power source. Fishing line from the reel is in mechanical communication with motion capturing rods which in turn are in electrical communication with the illumination source and power source. The intensity and rate of illumination of the illumination source is configured to correlate directly with the speed and motion of the fishing line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Inventors: Heather Spillett, Thomas D. Baker