Patents Examined by Kathleen I Alker
  • Patent number: 11950575
    Abstract: A modular housing structure for solitary bees, having a core partially enclosed within a housing with an opening on one side. The core has an exposed side facing the opening on the housing and one or more recesses formed on the exposed side of the core. The core may be solid and integrally formed with the housing or may be made up of a plurality of wafers stacked on top of one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Inventors: Richard John Pierre Tusch, William Louis Tusch
  • Patent number: 11891788
    Abstract: Implementations of sewer cleanout caps may include a cap having a first side and the second side opposite the first side. The cap may be configured to be inserted into a sewer cleanout line with the second side facing an inside of the sewer cleanout line. Implementations of sewer cleanout caps may include a rod coupled to and extending from the second side of the cap. The rod may be configured to extend through and couple to a bait. Implementations of sewer cleanout caps may also include a bait retainer configured to couple to the rod and secure the rodenticide to the rod and a spacer coupled over the rod and configured to provide space between the rodenticide and the second side. A length of the rod extending from the second side may be adjustable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: Executive High Reach Maintenance, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Mead, Jacob Keane
  • Patent number: 11877540
    Abstract: A Tray and Trellis System includes vertical posts or legs, longitudinal members, and cross members. Combs include tines fixed at one end to longitudinal members on one side, and releasably engaged at their other end to other longitudinal members on the other side. Further combs include tines fixed to a cross member at one end, and releasably engaged to another cross member at the other end. There may be intermediate cross members having tines fixed to them and other tines releasably engaged to them. Fixation of the tines may be by clips, rings, welding, bonding, fastening, or by molding as a single piece. The releasably engaged ends of the tines may be engaged with snap-fit slot features in the longitudinal members, the cross members, or the clips or rings, or may be engaged with open grommets inserted into openings in the longitudinal members or cross members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Inventors: Michael Bartrom, Ted R. E. Martin, Brett A. Roberts
  • Patent number: 11864545
    Abstract: A horseshoe that is dividable into two halves to permit lateral and medial movements of when affixed to a hoof of a horse. The shoe has a bridge flanked on either side by a first leg and a second leg, respectively. Each of a support surface facing the hoof and a ground-facing surface has a groove in a center of the bridge, and both grooves extend between an inner to outer circumference of the shoe. The shoe is initially a single unitary piece having the grooves on both sides of a center of the bridge. The second groove is configured to be cut or sawed through to permit the shoe to follow lateral and medial changes in the hoof and to stimulate blood circulation in the horse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: Bartek Equine LLC
    Inventor: Sam Moerman
  • Patent number: 11839202
    Abstract: A liquid dispenser may include a container having an upper opening, a pump provided in the container, a pipe through which liquid discharged from the pump is transferred, a top plate having an upper surface over which liquid flows, a filter assembly provided below the top plate, a base provided below the container, and a thermoelectric element provided in the base to cool the liquid in the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Inventors: Jekwang Youn, Youngdon Kim, Hyunsun Yoo, Jaehung Chun, Yousook Eun, Joogyeom Kim, Sungkyung Kim, Myongsun Kim
  • Patent number: 11825831
    Abstract: A bait station having an enclosed housing defining an internal volume is disclosed, wherein the internal volume is divided by a partition wall defining a main chamber and an electronics compartment. The electronics compartment has a wireless communication module including a computer processor and transceiver. The main chamber has a single access for a targeted type of pest and a bait access door. A bait platform is located within the main chamber, and a bait monitoring sensor is also located within the main chamber. The bait monitoring sensor is communicatively coupled with the wireless communication module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: OMS Investments, Inc.
    Inventors: Ashley Zirkle, Charles Evan Meyers
  • Patent number: 11793118
    Abstract: A convex reflective surface, such as mirror (1) or an equivalent deflector of radiation, designed to suit a FIG. 5 particular location or type of location, fixed in position and requiring no adjustment, can re-direct solar radiation (2,3) downwards onto a chosen target area throughout the calendar year or such lesser period of operation as may be chosen, benefitting the growth of plants in a greenhouse or the open air, and other human activities, at minimal expenditure including of fossil fuel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2023
    Inventor: Tom Robin Caine Boyde
  • Patent number: 11758855
    Abstract: A coir pellet has coconut pith mixed with at least one other material, and binder mixed into the coconut pith, wherein the coconut pith, at least one other material and the binder are compressed at a ratio of at least 3:1. A method of producing coir pellets includes conditioning coconut pith and at least one other material to produce conditioned material, first compressing the conditioned material to produce pellets of a first size at a first compression ratio, at least a second compressing the pellets of a first sized to produce pellets of at least a second size at a second compression ratio, wherein the second size is smaller than the first size, and the second compression ratio is higher than the first compression ratio, polishing the pellets of at least a second size to produce polished pellets, and drying the polished pellets to produce the coir pellets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2023
    Inventor: David E. Shoup
  • Patent number: 11751543
    Abstract: A fish farm having a land-based fish tank (1a-e) and a water supply system (100) with a supply line (2C,D) and a discharge line (2A,B) fluidly connected to a water reservoir (3); a fluid intermediate storage (5,6, 56); a circulation conduit (9a-f) fluidly connected to the fish tank (1a-e); a valve arrangement (10a-p) fluidly connected to the supply line (2C,D), the discharge line (2A,B), the fluid intermediate storage (5,6, 56) and the circulation conduit (9a-f), the valve arrangement (10a-p) having first and second operational configurations for circulation of fluid between the fluid intermediate storage (5,6, 56) and the tank (1a-e) via the circulation conduit (9a-f) and for circulation of fluid between the fluid intermediate storage (5,6, 56) and the reservoir (3) via the supply and discharge lines (2A-D). There is also provided a method for operating a fish farm having at least one land-based fish tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2023
    Inventor: Knut-Arild Emblem
  • Patent number: 11737402
    Abstract: Coir plugs have spherical plugs of coir pith having a diameter in the range of 1 to 3 inches having a seam between two halves of the plug, and indentations in a surface of the plugs, configured to receive a seed. A method of producing coir plugs includes at least one compressing of coir material using opposed half ball cup cylinders to produce spherical plugs having a diameter in the range of 1 to 3 inches and a seam between the two halves, and forming an indentation in a surface of the spherical plugs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2023
    Inventor: David E. Shoup
  • Patent number: 11723318
    Abstract: An indoor plant-growing system is an apparatus that includes a housing, at least one trellis, a reflective foil, at least one panel light, and a plurality of strip lights. The housing contains the at least one trellis, the at least one panel light, and the plurality of strip lights. The housing maintains an environment to grow a variety of plants, preferably, vine-type plants. The housing includes a growing chamber and a nutrient reservoir. The growing chamber houses variety of plants, and the nutrient reservoir supplies the growing chamber with a water supply and nutrients. The nutrient reservoir maintained preferably with fish in addition to at least one environmental sensor and at lease one aerator. The at least one panel light and the plurality of strip lights provide thorough lighting needed by the variety of plants. The reflective foil reflects the light to ensure lighting within a fully grown vine plant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2023
    Inventors: Matthew Sean Rubin, John August Merryman, Anthony John DeMatteo
  • Patent number: 11712037
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses, and methods are described which provide an artificial branch that is coupled to a natural tree. The artificial branch includes one or more adjustable wires that can be used to change the shape of the artificial branch. The artificial branch is structured to receive natural and/or synthetic scent compounds that are sprayed at the artificial branch. In addition, the artificial branch is structured to receive scent compounds from wildlife to facilitate wildlife scent communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2023
    Assignee: WINDAGE, LLC
    Inventor: David Robert Healy
  • Patent number: 11690369
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for control of undesired vegetation. A renewable power source, tractor, and high intensity light source are provided and moved over an area of land. Exposure of unwanted vegetation to the high intensity light kills the unwanted vegetation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2023
    Inventor: Troy Benjegerdes
  • Patent number: 11684045
    Abstract: A mobile indoor controlled apiary system includes a mobile foundation, a plurality of insulated panels configured for modular assembly to form a structural envelope on top of the mobile foundation, and a removable shell configured for covering the structural envelope. The system further includes a data collection system for gathering environmental data within the structural envelope, and a climate control system configured for regulating environmental conditions within the structural envelope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2023
    Assignee: HiveTech Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Kimberly A Drennan, Justin T Bellucci, Chelsea Cook, Diana Glawe
  • Patent number: 11678654
    Abstract: A trap door rodent trap rests on a bucket and including bait for attracting rodents to climb entry ramps reaching up to the trap. Blue colored entries visible to the rodents creates confidence to continue onto the trap. A center trap door opens from the weight of the rodent and the rodent falls into a bucket supporting the trap. Euthanasia of the trapped rodents is delayed to avoid noxious odors preventing trapping additional rodents, and the bucket may contain food and water for sustain the rodents for a period of time before euthanizing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2023
    Inventor: Nick Suteerawanit
  • Patent number: 11653641
    Abstract: Pitfall traps, coasters, devices, apparatus, systems and methods for capturing crawling insects, such as bed bugs, and/or for preventing the insects from climbing up furniture legs to furniture such as beds, cots, chairs and any type of furniture where a person would rest or sleep. Smooth slick surfaces and/or pesticide treated surfaces can be located on underside facing horizontal or angled surfaces used with or without sticky surfaces which all can be used to prevent insect and bed bug travel and assist in helping trap the insects and bed bugs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2023
    Assignee: University of Florida Research Foundation, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip G. Koehler, Roberto M. Pereira, Enrico Paolo Levi
  • Patent number: 11612157
    Abstract: A device for removing a barbed fish hook from the mouth of a fish. The device consists of a support base for holding snippets used to disable the effectiveness of a fish hook barb. When a fish hook barb is disable the fish hook may be readily removed from the fish without further harm to the fish. The device further employs an extension handle for snippet placement when a fish hook has been swallowed by a fish.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2023
    Inventor: Kenneth Harrison
  • Patent number: 11606950
    Abstract: A non-edible game attractant that visually attracts game in the form of a game bait decoy is provided. The game bait decoy may provide a decoy sheet having outward-facing attractant simulating indicia. The decoy sheet may be anchored to the ground over a pile structure to mimic the shape of a bait pile. The decoy sheet may provide flaps defined by slots for enabling animal access to the pile structure and allowing sufficient air flow through the decoy sheet to prevent the decoy sheet from catching sail in windy conditions as well as to aerate the pile structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2023
    Inventor: William Fredrick Jameson
  • Patent number: 11589567
    Abstract: A fishing rod holder is described. The fishing rod holder may be used in a variety of manners, including on land and at sea (on a boat). The fishing rod holder may be used in a recess or a sleeve built into the boat, used in a fighting chair, or even held by the fisherman as needed. The rod holder may further allow the fishing rod to rotate during, for example, trolling or other types of fishing. The fishing rod holder also includes a structure that supports the fishing rod when the fishing rod begins to bend or flex under the weight of a fish.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2023
    Inventor: Gorki Lucev
  • Patent number: 11589570
    Abstract: Provided herein is a system for semi-automatic and/or automatic weed removal a system for automatic detection of weeds including an optical sensor and a central server unit, with communication network, an open-loop and/or closed-loop control device and a weed removal device, wherein the optical sensor, the server unit and the open-loop and/or closed-loop control device are in data connection via the communication network, wherein image data of a weed is generated via the optical sensor and transmitted to the server unit, which analyses the transmitted image data such that the weed can be determined, and wherein, via the server unit, in the case of a clear determination of the weed, weed confirmation data is transmitted to the open-loop and/or closed-loop control device which, in response to the weed confirmation data, controls and/or regulates the weed-removal device so that the weed detected by the optical sensor can be removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2023
    Assignee: M-FARMS GMBH
    Inventor: Christian Schlemmer