Patents Examined by David Parsley
  • Patent number: 10036448
    Abstract: A hand-held rope tie is operable to releasably hold two side-by-side portions of a rope. Pivotally connected arm members accommodate and hold the rope portions with a selected clamping pressure. The clamping pressure can be adjusted to create drag or resistance on the rope pulled through the arm members during horse pull-backs to relieve horse panic. Rope tie is also adjustable to tightly grip the rope without slippage of the rope through the arms when desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Inventor: William G. Robinson
  • Patent number: 9974244
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system for tapping and collecting rubber. The system includes a tapping apparatus for tapping rubber and a collecting apparatus for collecting tapped rubber. The tapping apparatus includes a rail directing a drill bit or blade to move between one end of the rail to another end of the rail and to remove tree bark during the movement and a mounting structure configured to hold the rail and connect the tapping apparatus to a tree or plant. The collecting apparatus is positioned below the tapping apparatus for collecting rubber that exudes from a cut tree or plant. The collecting apparatus includes a slide and a tube having an opening and a divider that separates the tube into multiple sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Inventor: Hanmin Hu
  • Patent number: 9918450
    Abstract: A space divider of a milking parlor arrangement for at least one milking parlor for milking milk-producing animals, wherein the space divider is arranged approximately parallel to a longitudinal axis of the animal to be milked, has an arm device having a milking cluster, which can be adjusted from a parking position to a working position and back. The arm device is arranged with the milking cluster in the parking position in the space divider and can be adjusted into the working position laterally to the animal to be milked between the front and rear legs thereof. The space divider is designed in such a way that no additional space is required between adjacent animals, so that many animals can be milked in a milking parlor arrangement while the smallest possible amount of space is required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: GEA Farm Technologies GmbH
    Inventors: Otto Krone, Derk Hensel, Thomas Mader, Rolf Teckentrup, Armin Hönscheid, Dieter Hille, Magnus Wiethoff, Marc Trossehl, Reinhard Balkenhol, Adib Matty
  • Patent number: 9907295
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a cover assembly for a poultry feeder including a pivotal cover member that engages a peak of the cover assembly. The peak is formed by an elongated portion of a plurality of support members that are connected to one or more support rings. Extending upwardly from the peak is an elongated member that also engages the pivotal cover member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Inventor: Don Charleston
  • Patent number: 9901036
    Abstract: A versatile eco-friendly planting block includes: a block body in a form of a hexahedron; cut-off grooves formed at vertex parts of each surface of the block body in symmetrical to each other about a diagonal line of each surface of the block body; and a planting groove selectively formed in the cut-off groove so that vegetation is planted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Foundation for Research and Business, Seoul National University of Science and Technology
    Inventor: Jung-Min Nam
  • Patent number: 9894876
    Abstract: A system for operating a robotic arm, comprises a camera, a controller and a robotic arm. The camera captures an image of a rear of a dairy livestock located in a stall of a rotary milking platform. The controller receives the image and in conjunction with the stall of the rotary milking platform in which a dairy livestock is located moving into an area adjacent a robotic arm, determines whether a milking cluster is attached to the dairy livestock based at least in part upon the image. The robotic arm is communicatively coupled to the controller and extends between the legs of the dairy livestock if the controller determines that the milking cluster is not attached to the dairy livestock. The robotic arm does not extend between the legs of the dairy livestock if the controller determines that the milking cluster is attached to the dairy livestock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Technologies Holdings Corp.
    Inventors: Henk Hofman, Peter Willem van der Sluis, Ype Groensma
  • Patent number: 9888663
    Abstract: A method comprises receiving a displacement signal generated by a sensor, the displacement signal generated by the sensor in response to detecting movement of a piston from a retracted position in a cylinder toward an extended position in the cylinder. The method further comprises generating, in response to receiving the displacement signal, a valve control signal to be communicated to a valve located on a vacuum line connecting a vacuum source to a vacuum port of the cylinder. The valve control signal causes the valve to move from a first position in which a vacuum pressure is applied to the cylinder via the vacuum port to a second position in which atmospheric pressure is applied to the cylinder via the vacuum port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Technologies Holdings Corp.
    Inventors: Ejvind D. Hansen, Joergen Frederiksen
  • Patent number: 9888635
    Abstract: A vegetable preservation and growing case includes a thermally-insulated case body for vegetable growing or preservation. An electrical control component is electrically controlling the thermally-insulated case. A pipeline component is circularly supplying a nutrient solution to the thermally-insulated case body under an action of gravity. The preservation and growing case allows the freshness of a vegetable to be preserved for an extended period of time, has a simple structure, and is easy to maintain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignees: HAIER GROUP CORPORATION, QINGDAO HAIGAO DESIGN & MANUFACTURING CO., LTD
    Inventors: Jian Wu, Shu Zhou, Zhaojun Fei, Haibo Liu
  • Patent number: 9883666
    Abstract: An electronic flying insect trap apparatus having a housing topped by an aperture with sufficient openings as to allow flying insects to pass through it and side apertures of the apparatus and a bottom plate, the housing and bottom plate having sufficient openings as to allow air to pass therethrough and disseminate a scent. At least one light positioned below the top aperture. A truncated conical collar below the light. At least one fan positioned below the collar. A tray containing sticky adhesive disposed on the upper surface of a disposable sheet positioned below the fan. At least one motion detector is in communication with the fan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Inventor: David A. Conklin
  • Patent number: 9883655
    Abstract: An apparatus for feeding animals with a feedstuff, in particular with a liquid feedstuff from an automatic feeder, wherein the feedstuff is suppliable optionally via a component (7.1 to 7.3) of an output device (1.1, 1.2), wherein the component (7.1 to 7.3) and/or the output device (1.1, 1.2) include means for temperature control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Förster Technik GmbH
    Inventor: Thomas Foerster
  • Patent number: 9883660
    Abstract: An outlet basin for a fish pen is provided with at least one outlet hose extending from the outlet basin to a surface. The outlet basin includes a cylinder-shaped housing which is provided, at its upper portion, with a mounting collar arranged to be attached to a bottom portion of the fish pen, and which is provided, at its lower portion, with a through opening. The outlet basin further includes a cylinder-shaped outlet channel which, in a portion, is housed in the housing, the outlet channel is provided, at its upper portion, with a strainer covering the cross section of the outlet channel, an elongated annular space between the housing and the outlet channel, a slanted grating covering the entire annular space, the lowermost portion of the slanted grating being positioned just below the opening of the housing, a slanted bottom plate sealingly covering the entire annular space, and a lower through opening at the lowermost portion of the bottom plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Akvadesign AS
    Inventor: Anders Naess
  • Patent number: 9877473
    Abstract: A kit of parts for making a turkey hunting decoy, the parts including right body portion, a left body portion and a fastener so that the skin portion of a turkey tail feather fan can be clamped between the right body portion and the left body portion by the fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Inventor: Darrell Duane Bartel
  • Patent number: 9872447
    Abstract: The invention relates to an automatic watering device which is self-contained, free standing, portable and easy to install. The automatic water device has at least one reservoir, at least one float, at least one conduit, and at least one base spike and enables the automatic watering device to dispense liquid at a regulated and constant rate by the principle of capillary action or wicking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Inventor: Nam S. Phang
  • Patent number: 9867381
    Abstract: A method for preparing a meat or poultry product includes placing a product having a thick edge and an opposing thin edge on a flat surface and creating an incision in the thick edge of the product along a line that falls approximately midway between an upper surface and a lower surface, the incision lying in a plane that cuts the product into a first fillet portion and a second fillet portion connected by a center portion each with substantially uniform thickness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: MAS Marketing Holding Company, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Sosebee, Mike Ensley, Dung Dinh, Gordon Tatro
  • Patent number: 9854792
    Abstract: A product line of specialty fishing floats—floats designed specifically for overcast days and for night-fishing, and designed to work in conjunction with chemically luminescent “light sticks” to illuminate the strike-indicating float and help ensure that the angler will hook the striking fish.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Inventor: Douglas W. Brown
  • Patent number: 9854756
    Abstract: A horizontal container gardening system for the regulated and automatic watering of plants grown within the system provides a large capacity water regulator having an internal water control device, supplying a controlled amount of water through connecting tubing to at least one growth container providing a constant water source to an elevated and covered plant growth medium suspended upon a platform above an elevated support structure, with at least one column of the plant growth medium extending into a bottom reservoir portion of the container, lifting water into the plant growth medium through passive wicking providing water to the roots of the plants growing within the elevated plant growth medium. The growth container may be attached to one another in series by additional tubing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Inventor: Larry Pierce
  • Patent number: 9854750
    Abstract: A method and system for continuous automated growing of plants utilizes production lines each comprising a number of growth sections, each growth section comprising multiple horizontal transport levels, each level of each section having a source of light and liquid nutrient, and plant growing trays which move horizontally into, along and out of each transport level; whereby each subsequent growth section has a greater length than the previous section to receive a greater number of growing trays than the previous section so that as plants grow, the number of plants per growing tray is decreased but the number of plants per growth section remains constant. A group of plants is thereby broken out into an ever greater number of trays as it proceeds through the growing sections from germination to harvest, with the ability to simultaneously start the growth cycle for additional crops.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Affinor Growers Inc.
    Inventor: Nicholas G. Brusatore
  • Patent number: 9848588
    Abstract: A convertible fishing lure assembly includes a lure body having at least one body section and a channel extending longitudinally therethrough and terminating in oppositely disposed open ends. A securing member, and in at least some embodiments a sleeve, is removably disposable within the channel. The securing member is dimensioned and disposed to include opposite ends being simultaneously disposed through the open ends of the channel for connection to fishing tackle components disposed exteriorly of the body section. Both the channel and the securing member have corresponding cross-sectional configurations to restrict rotation of the securing member within the channel. The lure body may include a plurality of body sections each having a channel extending therethrough with a securing member removably disposed therein, wherein the body sections are movably interconnected to one another through interconnection of corresponding ends of the different securing members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Inventor: Jon Scott Burdick
  • Patent number: 9848544
    Abstract: Plants are grown in adjacent rows of trays that are rotated within a pool of a nutrient solution. The roots of the plants are at least partly immersed in the nutrient solution. Each row includes a gap wide enough to receive a single tray from an adjacent row. Using three rows, the plants are planted only in one of the rows, and later the rotation is used to space the planted trays one tray apart. Each tray is a parallelepipedal block with apertures for supporting respective plants. The long sides of the blocks have protrusions for preventing adhesion of the blocks. Airlift pumping circulates the nutrient solution past the roots and maintains at least 80% dissolved oxygen saturation in the nutrient solution. A screen of parallel inflatable tubes provides adjustable shade above the pool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: GROWPONICS GREENHOUSE TECHNOLOGY LTD.
    Inventors: Lior Hessel, Geoffrey Smith
  • Patent number: 9844215
    Abstract: Apparatuses and techniques for subterranean placement or positioning of one or more items are provided. In one aspect, an apparatus is configured to form a hole in the ground and subsequently provide a pathway for positioning one or more items in the hole. In one form, the items that may subterraneously placed or positioned using the apparatus may include agricultural products such as seeds or delivery vehicles that include one or more fertilizers or pesticides or combinations of these materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Dow AgroSciences LLC
    Inventor: Ronald L. Cassell