Patents Examined by Henry E. Raduazo
  • Patent number: 5996280
    Abstract: A modular soil conserving planter constitutes a longitudinal trough having open transverse end faces, the trough including a lower horizontal grate and an upper horizontal grate, each of such grates extending along substantially the longitudinal length of the trough, the lower grate defining a drainage grate and the upper grate defining a soil retention grate, a region of the trough beneath the drainage grate including apertures for control of drainage from the trough, in which longitudinal ends of the trough. Each longitudinal end of the trough further include means for selectable connections to open end faces of adjoining like planters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1999
    Inventor: Rosa Michailiuk
  • Patent number: 5799440
    Abstract: A floating island with a water-purifying effect of the present invention has a floating body and an agent container. The floating body includes a planter made of a foamed resin, soil contained in the planter and plants planted in the soil. A plurality of openings are provided in the bottom of the planter through which water is supplied to the soil in the planter and roots of the plants grow into water. The agent container stores an oxygen-generating agent therein, which is attached on the outside of the bottom of the planter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1998
    Assignees: Inoac Corporation, Dia Corporation Ltd., Ishikawasangyo Yugenkaisha
    Inventors: Masatoshi Ishikawa, Kunio Mizuno
  • Patent number: 5749171
    Abstract: A plant packaging system comprising a combination of a protective sleeve portion and a decorative cover portion having a base and skirt for packaging a potted plant. The protective sleeve can be detached from the decorative portion of the package system once the protective function of the sleeve has been completed. The sleeve has one or a plurality of horizontally positioned expansion elements for allowing the skirt portion to extend angularly from the base when the upper sleeve portion is detached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 12, 1998
    Assignee: Southpac Trust International, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald E. Weder
  • Patent number: 5749170
    Abstract: An automatic water supply device comprises a pot-shaped case having a space enclosing a flowerpot in the inside, a supporting bed of reverse bowl shape enclosed in the case and holding the flowerpot thereon, a control unit arranged in a gap between the inside of the case and the flowerpot and containing at least an air pump, a controller and a timer, an air tube connected to outlet side of the air pump and having a front end part communicating with the inside of the supporting bed, and a device to exhaust air in the supporting bed when the supplying water is finished. Since the water supplying device basically has simple structure that a supporting bed of reverse bowl shape is inserted from the upper side and enclosed in the case, a part storing water can be taken to pieces and inspection or cleaning is easy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 12, 1998
    Assignee: Fulta Electric Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Mikio Furuta
  • Patent number: 5737873
    Abstract: A compact potted plant protector comprised of a flexible band forming a plurality of coils (18) wound around a central axis to create a spiral (20). This spiral (20) is wrapped around a plant to create a barrier for cats. The spiral (20) may also be circular, trapezoidal, square, or any form of polygon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 14, 1998
    Inventor: Kaj Gyr
  • Patent number: 5722200
    Abstract: A plant packaging system comprising a combination of a protective sleeve portion and a decorative cover portion having a base and skirt for packaging a potted plant. The protective sleeve can be detached from the decorative portion of the package system once the protective function of the sleeve has been completed, thereby exposing the decorative cover and allowing the skirt portion to extend angularly from the base. The protective sleeve and decorative cover components may comprise a unitary construction or may comprise separate components which are attached together by various bonding materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1998
    Assignee: Southpac Trust International, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald E. Weder
  • Patent number: 5722201
    Abstract: An apparatus for supporting and irrigating a plant pot having a bottom and a side wall for holding a soil-based live plant comprises a container having a bottom and at least one side wall for retaining liquid, a free-standing support disposed between the container and the plant pot and a wick extending between the free-standing support and the plant pot to transfer liquid by capillary action to the plant pot. The free-standing support is formed by a singular, generally rectangular strip of flexible, curlable material constructed and arranged to define a spiral platform which self adjusts to the size of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1998
    Inventors: James J. Diorio, Robert P. Hubbell
  • Patent number: 5720127
    Abstract: This invention provides a contact chemical applicator for distributing liquid chemicals to foliage. Each applicator is comprised of a substantially elongated and downwardly disposed body with a ground contact means at a lower end of the body which makes contact with the ground as the applicator is moved in a direction of travel. The applicator has a pair of applicator arms that extend substantially outward at opposed angles transverse to the body and the direction of travel and are positioned in a line or in a V-shaped configuration. In use, each arm contacts the foliage and/or the ground and thereby supplies the liquid chemical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 24, 1998
    Inventor: Timothy J. Robertson
  • Patent number: 5720129
    Abstract: A seed carrier and marker includes an elongated peg having an upper end and a lower end, a soil level index between the ends of the peg for indicating a recommended depth to place the peg into soil, a seed, and placement structure for positioning the seed at about a predetermined position a selected distance below the soil level index, the placement structure including a water-degradable film for resisting movement of the seed away from the predetermined position. The water-degradable film is preferably fabricated of a water-soluble polymeric material with an adhesive on one side for adhering to the peg. The positioning structure can include a compartment defined by the lower end of the peg. The peg can be fabricated of a degradable material, such as a bio-degradable material or a photo-degradable polymeric material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 24, 1998
    Inventor: Richard J. Lantinberg
  • Patent number: 5715628
    Abstract: A landscaping cap for use as a protective or ornamental covering for landscaping dividers. In one embodiment an elongated extruded plastic cap has an internal shape adapted to substantially conform to an exterior shape of an upper section of a landscaping divider, said cap having a longitudinal slit along its bottom to allow the cap to fit over and enclose the upper section of the landscaping divider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 10, 1998
    Inventor: Trifon Beladakis
  • Patent number: 5711106
    Abstract: A landscape edging system has an inverted V-shaped outer edge with has an inner leg and an outer leg with the outer leg being longer than the inner leg. The inner leg mates with a base which encloses the interior of the system and with the inner leg forms a compression space. This compression space allows the outer leg to rest against the ground with the covered grass being compressed within the compression space. One embodiment of the system is a one-piece circular component which can be mated with a pot to provide a potting container for retail sales. Another embodiment has a base of a predefined shape with outer edging frames being attached around the outer periphery of the base to create the edging system. Another embodiment has a group of semi-circular edging components which can be connected together with or without a group of inserts to form various geometric shapes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 27, 1998
    Inventor: Craig A. Ellis
  • Patent number: 5709043
    Abstract: An excavating tooth for attachment to the digging edge of excavating equipment includes a wear member provided with bearing faces in a socket which extend substantially parallel to the longitudinal axis of the tooth. The bearing faces are formed to widen significantly as they extend rearward to provide broad bearing surfaces at the rear ends of the wear member. The bearing faces are placed between the converging walls and the side walls of the socket at obtuse angles thereto to avoid areas of stress concentration. The bearing faces are further formed in a plurality of tiers to provide enhanced resistance to vertically applied loads at the front end of the member. The wear members are further secured to the adapter by locks which ease installation and removal of the wear members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 20, 1998
    Assignee: Esco Corporation
    Inventors: Larren F. Jones, Robert K. Emrich
  • Patent number: 5706901
    Abstract: The forward end of a draft tongue of a towed, power take-off driven implement carries a transmission including an upper right-angle gear box rigidly fixed to the tongue and a lower right-angle gear box swivelly mounted to the tongue for rotation about a vertical yaw axis. A swivel hitch includes a frame secured to the lower right-angle gear box and to an upright extending pivot member forming part of the swivel mounting of the lower right-angle gear box. A longitudinal pivot member is swivelly mounted to the hitch frame along a roll axis. In one embodiment, a vertical clevis is fixed to a forward end of the longitudinal pivot member and is pivotally connected to a drawbar adaptor for relative rotation about a horizontal transverse pitch axis, the latter being located close to the rear end of a drawbar received in a receptacle defined by the adaptor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 13, 1998
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: James C. Walters, Matthew Jay Mentzer, Stephen Kenneth Parsons
  • Patent number: 5706605
    Abstract: A flower pot cover constructed of a thermoplastic material for providing a decorative cover for an item, such as a floral grouping. The flower pot cover comprises a base portion and a skirt portion. The base portion has an upper end, a lower end, a bottom having a first thickness and a continuous sidewall extending generally between the upper and lower ends of the base portion. The skirt portion is positioned circumferentially about the upper end of the base portion and extends a distance therefrom. The skirt portion is substantially flexible and has a third thickness which is less than the first thickness of the bottom of the base portion. The base portion and the skirt portion cooperate to provide the flower pot cover with a shape sustaining configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 13, 1998
    Assignee: Southpac Trust International, Inc.
    Inventors: Antonio V. Alcazar, Donald E. Weder
  • Patent number: 5704162
    Abstract: A fragrance emitting plant watering system having a bottom vase providing a reservoir for water supply for a potted plant, an air freshener cartridge supported on the vase, a cap adapted to overlie the cartridge and having a central section for supporting a plant, and wherein the cap is adjustable relative to the vase for movement between a first position in which the cap is raised to variably expose the cartridge to emit fragrance, and a second position in which the cap substantially covers the cartridge to seal said cartridge and inhibit fragrance emission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 6, 1998
    Assignee: International Plant Breeding AG
    Inventor: Reinhold Holtkamp, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5704161
    Abstract: A plant packaging system comprising a combination of a protective sleeve portion and a decorative cover portion having a base and skirt for packaging a potted plant. The protective sleeve can be detached from the decorative portion of the package system once the protective function of the sleeve has been completed, thereby exposing the decorative cover and allowing the skirt portion to extend angularly from the base. The protective sleeve and decorative cover components may comprise a unitary construction or may comprise separate components which are attached together by various bonding materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 6, 1998
    Assignee: Southpac Trust International, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald E. Weder
  • Patent number: 5699635
    Abstract: A method is provided for feeding a liquid material to a tree by using a liquid feeding apparatus which has a container body. A selected branch or root of the tree has bifurcated offshoots which are cut in a manner such that the bifurcated offshoots partially remain with the branch or root, and the liquid feeding apparatus is attached to the branch or root in a manner such that the remaining bifurcated offshoots are inserted into the container body. In this condition, the liquid material is supplied into the container body from a liquid storage tank while expelling air from the container body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 23, 1997
    Assignees: Ikari Corporation, Masao Nitta
    Inventor: Masao Nitta
  • Patent number: 5692337
    Abstract: A collapsible plant shelter is provided which can be readily erected into a cylindrical form of either elliptical or polygonal cross section and readily collapsed into a substantially flat contour for storage. To erect the shelter, the film is provided in a rectangular planar sheet and then rolled into a cylinder. The film is maintained in its cylindrical form by inserting it within a flexible sleeve. The film has sufficient resiliency that it maintains an elliptical cross section when held within the flexible outer sleeve. The sleeve and film are both formed of at least partially transparent material to allow some light to pass through the sleeve and film and into the shelter. To collapse the shelter, the film is merely removed from within the sleeve and allowed to return to its planar orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 2, 1997
    Inventor: Ronald W. Motz, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5692338
    Abstract: A watering system composed of a number of cone-shaped spikes. An inserter spike having imperforate sidewalls is used to initially create a hole in a region of soil near a plant. The inserter spike is then removed from the hole and is placed within a perforated watering spike that is complementary in shape to the inserter spike. The combined unit is then placed in the hole whereby the inserter spike prevents soil from entering the interior area of the watering spike. Once the watering spike is properly positioned, the inserter spike is removed from the interior of the watering spike. Water can then be entered into the interior of the watering spike via a large opening at the top of the watering spike. The water then enters the soil in a dispersed and controlled manner via the perforations in the watering spike.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 2, 1997
    Inventor: Andrew D. Rose
  • Patent number: 5689915
    Abstract: A sleeve used to wrap items such as potted plants. The sleeve may have an open or closed bottom. When closed, the bottom may have a gusset for allowing expansion upon the depositing of the pot into the sleeve. The sleeve has a detachable upper portion. The sleeve may have a bonding material disposed upon an inner or outer portion of the sleeve for attaching the sleeve to the pot or item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 25, 1997
    Assignee: Southpac Trust International, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald E. Weder, Joseph G. Straeter, William F. Straeter