Patents Examined by Lisa Tsang
  • Patent number: 9826721
    Abstract: An artificial honeycomb for use in a beehive and which enables honey to be removed from the honeycomb without removing the honeycomb from the hive, the honeycomb comprising cells and being formed of at least two parts which are moveable relative to each other between a cell formed position where the cells comprise side walls and an end wall to enable bees to fill the cell with honey, and a cell open position where at least some of the said walls have moved apart, whereby honey in the cells can be removed from the honeycomb by movement of the at least two parts to the cell open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: FlowBee Australia Pty. Ltd.
    Inventors: Cedar Anderson, Stuart Anderson
  • Patent number: 9801347
    Abstract: A bracing member for a plant support frame. In embodiments the bracing member comprises a body portion defining a perimeter; an opening provided within the body portion which is sized and dimensioned to receive a plant there through; and a plurality of radically oriented circumferential holes extending through the body portion. The holes being sized to accept a cooperating fastener for securing a support rod to the bracing member for forming the plant support frame. The different bracing members of a plant support frame are dimensioned for storage in a flat concentric arrangement whereby the circumferential holes of an inner bracing member align with the circumferential holes of an outer bracing member for receiving a locking pin there through for securing different bracing members together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Inventor: Michael Montagano
  • Patent number: 9801361
    Abstract: A system for maintaining the health of captive fish in a mobile environment, comprising a live well for containing fish in a fluid medium, a plurality of thermoelectric coolers affixed to the live well, and a thermometric rheostat for controlling a direct current applied to the thermoelectric coolers, and a method for maintaining a consistent temperature comprising the steps of setting an initial temperature, applying a current to thermoelectric coolers, reading a new temperature, and adjusting the current based at least in part on the new temperature reading.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Inventor: Donald J Baker
  • Patent number: 9801358
    Abstract: A hivetop incubator stimulates dormant solitary bees to emerge at the appropriate time to pollinate orchard and field crops. The hivetop incubator utilizes the heat produced by a colony of honeybees. It comprises an insulated incubation chamber with a lid and a screened base. The hivetop incubator is placed over the open top of a beehive containing a honeybee colony. Heat generated by nurse honeybees to maintain temperatures within the brood nest rises into the incubation chamber. Dormant solitary bees in cocoons are placed within the incubation chamber and are stimulated by the warmth to emerge rapidly. The active bees leave the incubation chamber thru exits and are thus available in the orchard or field for pollination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Inventor: Matthew Allan
  • Patent number: 9775326
    Abstract: A pet ramp system has a central pier and at least one ramp with an axle that is received in an axle receiver disposed near the top of the pier. The axle is disposed inwardly, in both a fore and aft direction and in a transverse direction, from a base perimeter of the pier. The pier's axle receiver(s) permit installation of the ramp axle when the ramp is in a vertical orientation, but the receiver(s) will not permit separation of the ramp from the pier when in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: MacNeil IP LLC
    Inventors: David F. MacNeil, Frederick W. Masanek, Jr., David S. Iverson
  • Patent number: 9763426
    Abstract: Vapor wake detection is a highly advantageous method and system for detecting explosives and other illicit substances. With vapor wake detection, a canine and a handler are used; however, unlike other detection schemes, the canine leads the handler. After the handler positions the canine in a desired location, the canine detects scents in the air that come to the canine. When the canine detects a trained scent, the canine leads the handler to or follows behind the carrier of the item with the scent. Once the carrier is identified by the handler, the proper personnel are contacted. To implement vapor wake detection effectively, specific rigorous training is utilized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Auburn University
    Inventors: John Pearce, L. Paul Waggoner, Jeanne S. Brock, Timothy Baird, David A. Baffa, Daniel McAfee, Robert E. Leonard
  • Patent number: 9737044
    Abstract: An animal enclosure including a plurality of members defining an interior of the enclosure. One of the plurality of members includes a first member having a frame structure and door assembly formed by a plurality of interconnected horizontal and vertical wires. At least two of the horizontal wires of the frame structure form a hook positioned inside the defined opening. The door assembly is coupled to the frame and moves between open and closed positions. The door assembly includes a first door and a second door removably coupled to one another. The enclosure also includes a latch assembly for releasing the door assembly from the frame structure. In the closed position, at least one horizontal wire of the first door and at least one horizontal wire of the second door are coupled to the hooks formed by the at least two horizontal wires of the frame structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Mid-West Metal Products Co., INC.
    Inventors: Brad Cantwell, Stew Kerr, Michael E. Greene, Terrance L. Jones
  • Patent number: 9730398
    Abstract: A modular hydroponic growth system and method for applying the system having a central nutrient solution and nutrient reservoir that feeds nutrient solution and nutrients to one or more growth modules. A wall of the growth module is adapted to be removed to allow unimpeded access along a side of the box whereby trays may be inserted and removed without raising the bottom of the tray higher than required to clear an interior bottom surface of a cultivation chamber growth module. An additional germination compartment of the growth module supports simultaneous germination of seeds while another growth compartment of a same box supports growth in a second vessel, whereby ambient light is received by plants in the second vessel. An optional light filter screen provides varying filtering of the second vessel by selectively positioning a unified screen having two or more sections of varying strengths of light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Inventors: Nicholas Halmos, Quentin Lindh, Alexis Walker
  • Patent number: 9723806
    Abstract: An animal enclosure including a plurality of members defining an interior of the enclosure. One of the plurality of members includes a first member having a frame structure and door assembly formed by a plurality of interconnected horizontal and vertical wires. At least two of the horizontal wires of the frame structure form a hook positioned inside the defined opening. The door assembly is coupled to the frame and moves between an open and closed positions. The door assembly includes a first door and a second door removably coupled to one another. The enclosure also includes a latch assembly for releasing the door assembly from the frame structure. In the closed position, at least one horizontal wire of the first door and at least one horizontal wire of the second door are coupled to the hooks formed by the at least two horizontal wires of the frame structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Mid-West Metal Products Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Brad Cantwell, Stew Kerr, Michael E. Greene, Terrance L. Jones
  • Patent number: 9718667
    Abstract: A system for horseback riding comprising an inverse stirrup which allows a horseback rider to use the top of the rider's foot to resist upward or transverse forces so as to maintain the rider's position on the horse. The inverse stirrup is attached to the horse by a circumferential or semi-circumferential strap passing beneath the horse such as the girth strap, or directly to the saddle, such that the system resists upward displacement of the inverse stirrup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Inventor: David Elliot
  • Patent number: 9713318
    Abstract: The automatic bird cage is a bird housing provided with at least two containers that the user can control wirelessly via a mobile application, and the user will also control a wiper placed at the ground of the cage for cleaning. The system is also supported with a camera that displays the bird actions inside the cage, and to monitor the food level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Inventors: Anwar Albawi, Latifah Alrashid, Hessa Alotaibi, Zainab Ali
  • Patent number: 9706767
    Abstract: Generally, an avian flight diverter fixed to an aerial line to divert the flight of birds. Specifically, an avian flight diverter having a body coupled to an avian flight diverting member having a first component and a second component generally a mirror image of the other joined in opposed fixed angled relation, each of the components of generally flat material having a first face and a second face having a surface area sufficient to divert flight of an avian animal when secured to an aerial line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Power Line Sentry, LLC
    Inventor: Ronald K. Spencer
  • Patent number: 9706718
    Abstract: A root socking process for efficient transplanting of vines and similar plants. Each plant is grown in its own plant-growing container followed by an automated process of covering the root mass or rootball of each plant with a sock, preferably biodegradable; filling a cardboard box with multiple root-socked plants; and stacking multiple cardboard boxes in pallets for transportation to the field. The plants are then transplanted in the field by picking up and dropping each root-socked plant from the cardboard box into a hole in the soil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: VINTAGE NURSERIES, LLC
    Inventor: Matthew McMillan
  • Patent number: 9700035
    Abstract: A saltwater fishing assembly includes a body resembling a forage fish. The body includes a quick connect device that is swivelable relative to a fishing line and is reelable to a fishing rod tip. A quick connection subassembly is connectable to the quick connect device of the body and includes a hook and is releasable with a hooked fish. Methods of using the fishing assembly are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: TAYLOR LIVERANCE OLSON, LLC
    Inventors: Ross L. Taylor, Michael Charles Liverance, Erik Leonard Olson
  • Patent number: 9695035
    Abstract: A foldable stirrup for mounting animals such as horses has a support arm for engagement with a stirrup leather and a base pivotaly coupled to the support arm for supporting a rider's foot while mounting when the stirrup is in an open configuration. The base and the support arm are inwardly foldable together to a folded configuration. A mounting assist strap configured to engage the stirrup and provide a point of securement on the animal to be mounted is provided. Methods of mounting an animal using the foldable stirrup and mounting assist strap are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Hairy Back Ranch Inc.
    Inventors: Randell Dejong, Paul Tontsch
  • Patent number: 9695636
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a door frame assembly that includes a frame that defines an opening therein for allowing access therethrough. The door frame also includes a door pivotally coupled to a first vertical wire of the of the frame for pivoting the door between an open position and a close position. The door frame further includes a first coupling mechanism and a second coupling mechanism. The first coupling mechanism releasably couples the door to the frame and is formed by a first horizontal wire. The first horizontal wire forms a hooked end protruding outward toward the door and spaced inwardly of the frame to intersect with the opening. The second coupling mechanism releasably couples the door to the frame. The second coupling mechanism includes a portion configured to limit movement of the door relative to the frame until the second portion is pivoted in a direction toward the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Mid-West Metal Products Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Brad Cantwell, Michael E. Greene, Terrance L. Jones, Stew Kerr
  • Patent number: 9675048
    Abstract: A fly catching animal mask device prevents flies and other insects from bothering an animal's eyes. The device includes a mask having at least one eye hole configured to fit on a head of an animal such that the eye hole is positioned around an eye of the animal. A strip of material is coupled to the mask. The strip of material has an exposed outer face extending around the eye hole. An adhesive is coupled to and extends over the exposed outer face of the strip of material wherein the outer face is configured for catching and holding flies contacting the adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Inventor: Maria Jesus Dyer
  • Patent number: 9675050
    Abstract: A plurality of pet toys are usable with annular-shaped foodstuffs. Each pet toy includes a support upon which the animal foodstuffs can be situated and one or more retainers connected with the support that retain the animal foodstuffs on the support. At least one retainer on each toy includes one or more elastically deformable structures that are movable between a free state and an elastically deformed state. In the elastically deformed state, an animal foodstuff can be received across the retainer and onto the support. In the free state, the retainer is structured to resist removal of the animal foodstuff from the support and across the retainer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: DOSKOCIL MANUFACTURING COMPANY, INC.
    Inventor: Andrea M. Valle
  • Patent number: 9648810
    Abstract: An irrigation device and related methods involve the device having a container defining an interior space. The container has a perforated side wall portion, a solid top wall portion and a solid bottom wall portion such that water is dispensed from the device through the perforated side wall portion. An elongated neck has a first end and a second end and defines a conduit therebetween. The second end of the neck is coupled to the container and the neck extends upwardly from the container to the first end. A water inlet communicates with the conduit of the neck at the first end. In use, the container is buried underground and the water is delivered to the container through the water inlet and conduit of the neck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Hydramiser, LLC
    Inventors: Abdullah Alfawaz, Ayman Abdel Nour
  • Patent number: 9642339
    Abstract: An animal treat delivery system is configured to hold a treat and dispense the treat to an animal. The animal treat delivery system includes a rounded top portion joined to an expansionary central portion. A truncated lower portion is joined to the expansionary central portion. A rope channel is bored into the top portion. A treat compartment is bored into the truncated lower portion and the expansionary central portion. The rounded top portion is configured to swing in air such that maneuvering the treat compartment enables obtaining the treat by the animal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Inventor: Geoffrey Arthur Bush