Patents Examined by M. Jordan
  • Patent number: 11540452
    Abstract: An air movement system for plant cultivation. An air conditioner receives a gas mixture of air and carbon dioxide, regulates a temperature of the gas mixture, and outputs the gas mixture at the regulated temperature. A first bladeless fan receives the gas mixture output by the air conditioner and supplies the gas mixture as an air flow to a first crop area at a velocity towards an air intake. At least one second bladeless fan assists the air flow from the first crop area to a second crop area so as to maintain the velocity towards the air intake.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Inventor: Mankaew Muanchart
  • Patent number: 11533902
    Abstract: A system for exterminating insects includes a housing, a fluid-heating assembly housed within the housing that includes one or more fuel reserves, one or more burners that receive fuel from the one or more fuel reserves, and a heat exchanger defining a sinuous flow path positioned to receive heat from the one or more burners, a fluid inlet line coupled to the housing and fluidly connectable to a residential hose bib, the fluid inlet line fluidly coupled to the sinuous flow path of the heat exchanger, such that fluid is directed from the fluid inlet line directly to the sinuous flow path of the heat exchanger, and a fluid outlet line coupled to the housing and fluidly coupled to the sinuous flow path of the heat exchanger such that fluid is directed from the sinuous flow path of the heat exchanger directly through the fluid outlet line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Inventor: Mark T. Wright
  • Patent number: 11533896
    Abstract: A lid that loosely connects to the rim of a bucket and converts the bucket into an effective insect trap. To allow the lid to move atop the bucket but remain attached thereto without creating an airtight seal, insets and tabs are provided along the outer and inner sidewalls of the groove in the rim and respectively engage the bucket rim. In operation, ventilation is provided between the rim of the bucket and groove of the lid which draws insects trapped therein towards the rim of the bucket and away from funnels in the top of the lid through which they insects may enter the container. However, the groove is sized such that the space between the sidewalls and land of the groove and the rim of the bucket is too small for an insect to escape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Inventor: Jesse Jonah White
  • Patent number: 11517007
    Abstract: An apparatus for controlling plant pests includes a portable case and a light source held in the case. The light source emits ultraviolet light in a predetermined direction. The case includes an installation assembly configured to be installed in a culture medium of the plant so that the predetermined direction is upward. An optical component that removes a wavelength component larger than 340 nm from the ultraviolet light emitted by the light source may also be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Hachiya, Kazushige Sugita, Takashi Maniwa, Makoto Yamada
  • Patent number: 11503806
    Abstract: A pet dental device includes a main body and an outer shell. The main body houses a pressure-actuated sound generator and that has outer surfaces from which a plurality of brushes extend. The outer shell covers at least a portion of the main body such that a gap exists between the shell and the outer surfaces of the main body, and includes a plurality of brush ports aligned with the brushes. The outer shell is sufficiently flexible to be compressed inward by a selected animal's jaws such that toothpaste is distributed via the brushes to teeth of the selected animal and such that sounds are generated, via the pressure-actuated sound generator housed in the main body, more or less simultaneously with the distribution of toothpaste.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: MAKE IDEAS LLC
    Inventor: Keith Alan Mullin
  • Patent number: 11503820
    Abstract: The insect trap includes a trap portion and a base portion. The trap portion includes an enclosure with an adhesive surface, to adhere to an insect, and a first opening, where the adhesive surface is at least partially contained within the enclosure. The base portion includes a lighting element, to provide light to the trap portion, and a mounting portion, which may communicate with and receive power from a power source. The trap portion may removably engage the base portion and receive light from the base portion when engaged therewith. The base portion includes a snap protrusion and the trap portion includes a snap recess for receiving the snap protrusion, such that when the snap protrusion is received by the trap portion, the base portion and trap portion are engaged in a snap fit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Inventors: Andrew F Sandford, Daniel B Lazarchik, Lars R Lieberwirth, Hans-Peter Schafer
  • Patent number: 11503804
    Abstract: An automatic animal paw washing machine includes a container having a flexible cover and opening at an open end thereof and a plurality of brushes secured therewithin. The brushes are in mechanical communication with a mechanism capable of being activated by a switch. The plurality of brushes is motioned in a rotating fashion when activated. The flexible cover is capable of being removed from the washing machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Inventor: Katherine L. MacPherson
  • Patent number: 11483981
    Abstract: Growing devices, systems and methods for promoting growth of seedlings may include at least one energy output device; at least one growing environment that includes a first growing environment; a nutrient solution container within the first growing environment, the nutrient solution container for supporting seedlings during growth; at least one growth assist device (GAD) associated with the first growing environment; and a controller. The controller may generate consumption data regarding operation of the at least one GAD and generation data regarding operation of the at least one energy output device. The controller may determine, based on at least one predetermined constraint, as well as consumption data and generation data, a consumption-generation plan and may control energy output to at least one GAD based on the determined consumption-generation plan. The controller may control energy generation, by at least one energy output device, based on the determined consumption-generation plan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Inventors: Sonia Lo, Deane L. Falcone
  • Patent number: 11477965
    Abstract: A securing device that secures an animal chew to prevent animal choking. A chew with one or more boreholes may be inserted into the cavity. A pin is inserted, through the body until it passes through the borehole. A latch obstructs the head of the pin so that the animal cannot work the pin free while enjoying the chew. To remove the pin, the animal's caretaker can apply force to the end of the pin to push it free past the latch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Inventor: John Kirby Kendall
  • Patent number: 11470816
    Abstract: A system for training animals includes a hand-held device and a remote device, where the remote device applies a stimulus when a user presses a button or trigger on the hand-held device. The amount of pressure applied is measured by a pressure sensitive transducer and transformed into proportional transducer signals. These transducer signals are transmitted to the remote device, which then applies a stimulus to an animal being trained. The amplitude of the applied stimulus corresponds to the amplitude of the transducer signals; a trainer can thus precisely control the intensity of the stimulus by applying and relieving pressure on the button. The type of stimulus applied is controlled based on the position of a rotary switch on the hand-held device. Sensor data generated by specialized sensors in the remote device may be transmitted to the hand-held device to provide the user with sensory feedback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: CJE Products, LLC
    Inventors: Chad R. James, Stephen G. Haynes, Roger H. Hess
  • Patent number: 11464207
    Abstract: A grooming tool for a pet is disclosed. The grooming tool comprises a handle having a grip portion, a comb comprising teeth and including a blade for combing and removing shed hair from a pet where the comb located at a front end of the handle. The grooming tool also includes a hair removal member for removing shed hair from the comb, wherein the hair removal member is moveable in a direction corresponding to an extension direction of the teeth of the comb, a toggle button movable along a surface of the handle between a first position and a second position and a linkage assembly linking the toggle button to the hair removal member to control movement of the hair removal member; wherein when the toggle button is located at the first position, a front end surface of the hair removal member is located in a retracted position and when the toggle button is moved to the second position, the front end surface of the hair removal member is moved forward to an extended position to remove hair from the comb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Inventor: Xin Di
  • Patent number: 11464349
    Abstract: The apparatus disclosed allows a user to easily garden in a reduced area or confined space with limiting yard or space to garden. The apparatus comprises a collapsible and portable planter that allows for growth of plants upwards and downwards, the planter being collapsible for shipping and transport from one location to another, and further providing a hardware component to elevate oneself or items from a ground surface. The planter is placed upon a support frame, the support frame being collapsible into a relatively flat or two-dimensional structure easy to carry. The planter can be removably placed upon the support frame. Further, the planter and support frame together as the apparatus can be picked up and moved as desired by a user. Embodiments of the apparatus are simply designed to allow a user easy set-up, assembly, and use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: Zona Productions, LLC
    Inventors: Matt Vienne, Rick Pierce
  • Patent number: 11457604
    Abstract: A device is capable of filtering animal waste with an improved sifting method. The device includes a support bracket, a chamber attached to the support bracket, and a screen filter located within the chamber when the animal deposits the waste. The chamber has an opening adapted to accommodate the animal to deposit the waste inside the chamber. The chamber is rotatable between a first position and a second position. The screen filter is movable between a third position and a fourth position. The rotation of the chamber and the movement of the screen filter can be independently managed, thus achieving a better result of animal waste handling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Inventor: Chao Fan
  • Patent number: 11457572
    Abstract: A folding plant protection cage apparatus for protecting plants from animals includes a set of three hinged side pairs each including a pair of panels comprising a left panel and a right panel each comprising a panel frame and a panel face extending from a top edge to a bottom edge and from an outer edge to an inner edge. A door frame is coupled to the panel face. An access door is hingingly coupled to the door frame. A plurality of inner hinges joins the inner edge of each of the left panel and the right panel. A plurality of outer hinge knuckles couples the outer edge of the panel frame of adjacent side pairs. A lid is hexagonal and selectively engageable with the top edge of each panel frame of set of hinged side pairs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Inventor: Donald Battoe
  • Patent number: 11445715
    Abstract: A trap for catching living insects, specifically fruit flies, is provided having a catch container, a base, and a funnel-shaped insert. The funnel shaped insert has a funnel wall, a plurality of slits in the funnel wall, and a funnel exit opening. The insects to be caught are able to slip through the funnel exit opening, but not through the slits. Furthermore, the trap includes an attractant container in the catch container and/or in the base having a liquid attractant and a wick. The insects are attracted by the scent of the liquid attractant evaporating from the attractant container and fly or crawl through the funnel exit opening into the catch container, where they become trapped. The user can then carry the trap outside, remove the funnel-shaped insert, and release the captured insects alive outside. In this way, the insects can be kept out of human living and working spaces without killing the insects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: RECKHAUS AG
    Inventor: Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus
  • Patent number: 11425870
    Abstract: An apparatus for attaching vegetative propagules to a longline that may include a clip portion having a curved area sized to receive a stem of a vegetative propagule and having an opening to the curved area smaller than the curved area to secure the vegetative propagule in the curved area; a tapered barrel that is inserted into a longline; and a rigid connection by a tower between the clip portion and the tapered barrel. Also disclosed is a macroalgae farm including the apparatus for attaching vegetative propagules to a longline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Inventor: Clifford A. Goudey
  • Patent number: 11395462
    Abstract: One embodiment of the present invention is a seedling container having seedling compartment(s). Frangible tear-off strip(s) divide seedling compartment(s) into top portion(s) and bottom portion(s). Pulling on pull tab(s) of frangible strip(s) permits removal of frangible strip(s) from seedling compartment(s) so as to permit bottom portion(s) to be conveniently removed from top portion(s). Seedling plug(s) retained by rim-like top portion(s) may thus be conveniently transplanted without creating excessive mess or damage to seedling(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Inventor: W. Michael Dunn
  • Patent number: 5027998
    Abstract: A porous metal coated implant is produced by diffusion bonding metal powder particles, preferably spherical or flattened spherical metal powder particles of commercially pure titanium grade, in the form of an insert or pad to a substrate, preferably commercially pure titanium or Ti 6Al-4V ELI, a prosthesis, below the beta-transus of the substrate material, under pressure and temperature in a non-reactive atmosphere, such as vacuum. The use of pressure permits bonding temperatures to be reduced to approximately 50% of the melting point of the substrate material. A clamping mechanism for applying pressure to the components is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 2, 1991
    Assignee: Dynamet, Inc.
    Inventor: Clifford M. Bugle
  • Patent number: 4989775
    Abstract: A method for brazing aluminum components with a flux, wherein the flux and the aluminum components are heated together in a brazing furnace filled with a nonoxidizing gaseous medium, thereby fluxing and brazing the aluminum components at one time, or wherein the flux is previously pulverized and electrostatically deposited on the aluminum components, and the fluxed aluminum components is heated to a brazeable temperature in the furnace, thereby melting the braze metal and effecting the braze joints between the aluminum components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 1988
    Date of Patent: February 5, 1991
    Assignee: Showa Aluminum Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoshifumi Shimajiri, Masakazu Furuta, Akio Tani
  • Patent number: 4970822
    Abstract: This invention relates to the placement of insecticides in such a manner that precludes their contact by larger non target species and in a manner that isolates these insecticides form contact with food and other surfaces that may be contaminated by random application of insecticide products.Specifically, the invention concerns itselft with the construction of a device that allows containment of the insecticide in a manner that will deliver a lethal dose to the target insect.Additionally, the construction of the device entices crawling insects to its interior and thereby insures a more effective usage of a limited amount of insecticide concentrate.And, the invention allows for unique and stable application of premeasured amount of insecticide product in a manner that insures the stability of the insecticide and thereby lengthens the useful killing life of the insecticide product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 1989
    Date of Patent: November 20, 1990
    Inventor: Daniel A. Sherman