Patents Examined by Jeffrey R Larsen
  • Patent number: 10888071
    Abstract: The system includes a feeding vessel having an inlet, an outlet, and a membrane positioned across an opening in the vessel. Parasites (preferably ticks) are allowed to attach themselves to the membrane so that as a feeding fluid (preferably blood) is circulated through the vessel, the parasites feed on the feeding fluid through the membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: The United States of America, as Represented by The Secretary of Agriculture
    Inventors: Massaro W. Ueti, Glen A. Scoles, Donald P. Knowles, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10888074
    Abstract: A branching position having two supporting legs of a fishing rod guide having two supporting legs formed by three sets of fiber-reinforced resin layers disposed in a fishing rod is sealed by a thermoset resin member or a prepreg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: GLOBERIDE, Inc.
    Inventors: Masayuki Watanabe, Norio Nasu, Masaru Akiba
  • Patent number: 10881056
    Abstract: A bioreactor comprising: an upper container with transparent walls for the material being propagated, the container being provided with gas exchange diffuser to the external environment, humidifier, and artificial illumination; a lower container with transparent walls, having an aluminum tray and a point of water entry and/or nutrient medium, located in the bottom of the container; points of injection/removal of air/oxygen/carbon dioxide located in the lid; point of additional injection of carbon dioxide, close to the bottom of the upper container; hermetic connection device between the upper and lower containers for supply/drainage of the nutrient medium; a screen support for the material to be propagated; locking devices to hermetically close the upper container; and the lower container; and pneumatic drivers of the liquid nutrient medium between the upper container and the lower container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Inventors: Ricardo Miguel Penchel, Jocemar Palauro dos Reis, Mila Liparize de Oliveira
  • Patent number: 10863723
    Abstract: An invalid dog lift and support device employs a lever mounted on spread wheels supported by retractable legs with a tanslatable harness mount received on the lever. A telescoping handle is received in an end of the lever distal from the legs. The harness mount is rotatable to position a dog, supported in harnesses suspended form the harness mount, parallel to or transvers to the lever. The harness mount is translatable on the lever from a position proximate the legs to a position distal from the legs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Inventor: GraceAnn Graumann
  • Patent number: 10849310
    Abstract: A pet litter box cleaning system including a base structure, sieve member, and trash receptacle is provided. The base structure includes a bottom wall and side wall(s) which extend upward from the base wall except in one portion to leave an open side for receiving the sieve member therethrough. The sieve member includes a back wall for extending across the open side, a sifter and handle. The trash receptacle extends from an upraised wall of the base structure. In use, the sieve member is inserted in the base structure and litter filled on top thereof. The litter is cleaned of waste by lifting the sieve member by the handle whereby clean litter passes through the sifter and waste collects on the sifter which can then be disposed of directly into the trash receptacle. Afterward, the empty sieve member is placed back into position in the base structure for further use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Inventor: Eric Warren Fogle
  • Patent number: 10849309
    Abstract: A combined litter box and cleaning sieve is provided including a base structure and a sieve member. The base structure includes a bottom wall and side wall(s) which extend upward from the base wall except in one portion to leave an open side for receiving the sieve member therethrough. The sieve member includes a back wall section for extending across the open side of the base structure, a screen portion and upstanding handle. In use, the sieve member is inserted in the base structure and litter filled on top thereof. The litter can be cleaned of waste by lifting the sieve member by the handle whereby clean litter sifts through the screen portion and waste is collected on the screen which can then be disposed of. Afterward, the empty sieve member is placed back into position through the receiving side of the base structure for further use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Inventor: Eric Warren Fogle
  • Patent number: 10798913
    Abstract: A pet companion cage is disclosed herein, has three or more rectangular metal fence panels, the rectangular metal fence panels are configured to be connected to each other on sides to form an enclosed area, wherein each rectangular metal fence panel is connected to a neighboring rectangular metal fence panel on both sides through hinges or latches. A supporting beam is provided on the top of each rectangular metal fence panel. All the supporting beams meet above a center of the pet companion cage, being fixed with a plastic member. A tarpaulin is placed over the supporting beams to cover pet cages. At least one of the rectangular metal fence panels has a feeding opening. The feeding opening has a door panel. The feeding opening is positioned on the top half of the rectangular metal fence panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: SHANGHAI NEOCRAFT TOOL CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hongwen Zhu
  • Patent number: 10791702
    Abstract: A pet waste collector is disclosed. The collector has a base collector, a wall collector, and a hinge. The base collector has a first frame and a first pet waste collecting surface. The first pet waste collecting surface is connected to the first frame. The wall collector has a second frame and a second pet waste collecting surface. The second pet waste collecting surface is connected to the second frame. The hinge pivotally connects the wall collector to the base collector. The wall collector is pivotal relative to the base collector about the hinge between a closed position and a raised position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Inventor: Darlene Huntinghouse
  • Patent number: 10779479
    Abstract: This invention relates to a basket (1) for cultivating an orchid plant (2) having aerial roots (3) and slots (4) for passing the plant's roots and/or leaves (2a). The basket is constituted by separate basket parts (5, 6), arranged to be interconnected at an interconnection interface (7), thus enabling to insert the plant's roots etc. in the basket parts' separated state, and to hold the plant's roots etc. in their joined state. The first basket part (5) comprises a bottom part (10) and three sides parts (11, 12, 13). The second basket part (6) comprises one side part (14) and is arranged to be connected to the first basket part in order to form the fourth basket side in the basket parts' interconnected state. The bottom part (10) and the two side parts (11, 13) extending towards the interconnection interface (7) comprise slots (4) which are open towards the interconnection interface (7).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: SUPHACHATWONG INNOVATION CO. LTD.
    Inventor: Thumrong Suphachadiwong
  • Patent number: 10772293
    Abstract: Systems and methods provide automated data collection of feed behavior and intake for animals in confinement where the animal ingests feed from a feed station that includes a first and second feed container each of which holds a feed that is freely accessible to the animal, and a respective first and second weight sensor each of which senses a change in weight of the respective feed in the container. A processor is configured to transmit instructions to cause it to receive from the weight sensors, a plurality signals indicative of a change in weight in the first and second feed containers. The processor records a reduction in weight sensed by the first or the second sensor as consumption of the respective feed, and records a change in weight sensed by the first or the second sensor as feeding activity at the respective feed container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: PURINA ANIMAL NUTRITION LLC
    Inventors: Michael Jerina, Mark Caldwell, Mary Beth Gordon, Douglas Schmidt
  • Patent number: 10765086
    Abstract: An adjustable animal garment, the garment comprising a tubular body defining a front opening, a rear opening, a chest portion and a back portion. The garment further comprises a plurality of discrete elasticized areas formed along a length of at least the chest portion or the back portion and configured to render said at least chest portion or back portion stretchable substantially transversely to the length of the chest portion or the back portion between an extended position and a rest position; and a fastening system connectable to the chest portion or the back portion, said fastening system being adjustably closing an opening along the length of the chest portion or the back portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: DOG E LITES INC.
    Inventor: Robin Whyte
  • Patent number: 10750681
    Abstract: A netting material having a length dimension and a width dimension much smaller than the length dimension is formed by threads knitted or woven together. The netting material has a main portion comprising knitted or woven apertures, a reinforced edge portion at or adjacent each longitudinal edge of the netting material comprising a longitudinal row of knitted or woven fastening features, and a reinforced intermediate portion between the reinforced edge portions. The reinforced intermediate portion has a first longitudinal row of knitted or woven fastening features and a corresponding second longitudinal row of knitted or woven fastening features. In use, the netting material is folded so that the first longitudinal row of fastening features and the second longitudinal row of fastening features are brought together to form a double-layered row of fastening features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: NINE IP LIMITED
    Inventor: Jonathan Dallas Toye
  • Patent number: 10743517
    Abstract: An animal feeding system includes a receptacle comprising a microcontroller, one or more applications running on at least one processor of a mobile device, and an access point, wherein the microcontroller, the one or more applications, and the access point are communicatively coupled through a wireless communications network. The receptacle holds pet food consumables. A chute receives dispensed consumables as they pass through an opening in the receptacle. A sensor monitors a level of the consumables in the receptacle, wherein the sensor is communicatively coupled with the microcontroller and transmits information of the monitored level to the microcontroller, wherein the microcontroller uses the information to determine whether the level of the consumables is below a threshold level. The microcontroller initiates communication with a remote vendor through the wireless communications network when the level falls below the threshold level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Radio Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Kelly Springer, Melissa Poisson, Christopher Mainini, Kristine Jansen, William Wallace
  • Patent number: 10743522
    Abstract: A leash including a housing, a reel assembly rotatably coupled to the housing, and a tether coupled to the reel assembly. The reel assembly includes a tether wheel coupled to the tether, and rotatable relative to the housing in a first rotational direction to effectuate extension of the tether, and rotatable in a second rotational direction to effectuate retraction of the tether. A hard stop gear is coupled to the tether wheel, and a soft stop gear is rotatably coupled to the hard stop gear. A dampening spring is coupled to the soft stop gear and the hard stop gear to impart a biasing force on the soft stop gear as it rotates relative to the hard stop gear. A soft stop lever is operatively coupled to the soft stop gear and is configured to selectively restrict rotation of the soft stop gear relative to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Tender Pet Products
    Inventor: Gregory M. Smith
  • Patent number: 10736308
    Abstract: An ice fishing tip-up is described that is adapted to rest on a sheet of ice surrounding a fishing opening in the sheet of ice. The ice fishing device has at least three legs, a moveable spool post, a fishing line spool attached at or near the water end of the moveable spool post, and a signaling device comprising a switch operably connected to the fishing line spool. Each leg is attached at one end to a top cap. The moveable spool post has a first and a second position. The first position of the movable spool post the fishing line spool is positioned in the interior defined by the legs and at the second position of the movable spool post the fishing line spool extends past the legs. Pulling on the fishing line spool activates the switch to trigger the signaling device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Firehouse Products LLC
    Inventor: Martin J. Schramski
  • Patent number: 10729076
    Abstract: Movable stake and method of using it for supporting and managing the cultivation of plant species, such as a vineyard or the like, in which at least one part of the branches are buried in the soil during the cold season. The movable stake includes a deformable element on which are fastened the branches to be buried and has a first free end and a second end anchored to the ground; the first free end is suitable to be engaged either with the soil or with a horizontal wire that supports the branches of the plant being cultivated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Inventors: Claudio Bortolussi, Franco Bortolussi
  • Patent number: 10729099
    Abstract: The present invention is related to the pet feeder bowl. The bowl has three layers. Non-skid rubber is permanently attached to the bowl and raised till the top to give additional strength and Hermosa looks, so that the rubber cannot tear off or get damaged in different weather condition. The bowl can directly be put into the dishwasher, as all the materials, i.e. plastic, steel bowls and rubber are permanently attached to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Inventor: Ashish Padia
  • Patent number: 10729098
    Abstract: Methods, devices, apparatuses and systems for monitoring the presence or absence of a contaminant and/or a contaminant sampling element, or portion thereof, in an animal rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: INNOVIVE, INC.
    Inventors: Dee L. Conger, Cory J. Spivey
  • Patent number: 10716266
    Abstract: A water supply apparatus is arranged inside a house body and includes a watering apparatus that performs watering to a cluster of plants from above. The watering apparatus supplies water to the plants and controls an ambient temperature of the plants due to heat transfer utilizing vaporization heat by watering. A control apparatus acquires an environment information including the ambient temperature of the plants from an environment sensor, and performs the watering by driving the water supply apparatus in a watering period determined according to the environment information, and prohibits the watering by the water supply apparatus in an idle period that is set after the watering period so as to obtain a temperature and a humidity appropriate for growth of the plants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takayoshi Tanizawa, Shin Matsugi, Naofumi Kodama, Shingo Nagatomo, Shinya Hirota, Yoshifumi Kariatsumari, Woo-Hyeun Jeong
  • Patent number: 10709105
    Abstract: A portable animal enclosure apparatus includes a kennel body including an upper housing member and a lower housing member. The upper and lower housing members each include a double-walled construction including an inner wall forming a portion of the enclosure shaped to house the animal and an outer wall at least partially surrounding the inner wall, with a gap defined between the inner and outer wall. A door opening is defined at a first end of the kennel body between the upper and lower housing members, and a rear wall is defined at a second end of the kennel body opposite the door opening. A door frame is disposed on the kennel body at the door opening. A door is disposed on the door frame, and the door is pivotally attached to the door frame and is moveable between a closed position and an open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Edmonds Outdoors, LLC
    Inventor: Addison Edmonds