Patents Examined by Magdalena Topolski
  • Patent number: 10729109
    Abstract: A two queen beehive includes a base having a first compartment for retaining a first queen, a second compartment for retaining a second queen, and a divider dividing the first compartment from the second compartment. A first roof extends over a portion of the first compartment, such that a remaining portion of the first compartment proximate to the divider is open. A second roof extends over a portion of the second compartment, such that a remaining portion of the second compartment proximate to the divider is open. A distance encompassing the remaining portion of the first compartment, the divider, and the remaining portion of the second compartment is sized to receive and retain a super mounted thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Inventors: Nathaniel W. Wolfe, II, George A. Datto, III
  • Patent number: 10729081
    Abstract: A hinged hydroponic tower utilizing an integrated, single-piece hinge member, thereby allowing the tower face plate to move relative to the tower body. In addition to the hinge, the tower utilizes an integrated fastener to hold the face plate in the closed position. A V-shaped groove may be included on either side of the tower, the grooves increasing the efficiency of delivering water and nutrients to the plants via the narrowed rear cavity wall. The V-shaped grooves may also be used as an alignment aid when coupling planters, harvesters, or other equipment to the tower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: MJNN, LLC
    Inventors: Brice Klein, Michael Flynn, Alexandre Le Roux, Matthew Matera, Alex Ibrahim, Frank Spiteri
  • Patent number: 10729080
    Abstract: A vertical aeroponic growing apparatus is disclosed which includes a hollow structure having a top wall, a sidewall, and a bottom wall. A plurality of openings is formed through the sidewall. A thermal, light refractive cover is wrapped around the sidewall. The cover has a plurality of openings formed therethrough which correspond to the plurality of openings formed in the sidewall. A fitting is positioned in each of the plurality of openings in which a plant will be supported. A cap closes off any of the plurality of openings which are not needed to support the fitting. A drain pipe is secured to the bottom wall for allowing excess nutrient laden water to be removed. Lastly, an irrigation tube routes nutrient laden water to the hollow structure. A nozzle attached to an end of the irrigation tube delivers a fine mist of the nutrient laden water to the plant roots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Inventor: Benjamin Jon Staffeldt
  • Patent number: 10721918
    Abstract: A plenum flooring system installed over high density insulation panels, preventing heat loss to ground and intrusion of ground moisture. The system includes one or more flooring segments, each containing at least one surface opening to the plenum space, and a plenum ventilation system. The ventilation system includes a blower and air inlet openings in seals arranged along the perimeter of the plenum flooring segments at the walls of the interior of a poultry house. The blower withdraws air from the plenum space through the surface opening of the flooring segment and discharges it into the poultry house, creating a continuous flow of air to maintain uniform flooring surface temperatures and remove moisture that migrates to the plenum space from manure on the perforated flooring surface due to moisture gradient, then a refrigerated dehumidifier/air circulation unit to condense moisture in the air and discharges that liquid to the house exterior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Poultry Ecoservices, LLC
    Inventors: Patrick Clark Thompson, Rafael Sepulveda Correa
  • Patent number: 10723440
    Abstract: Sounds are generated by an aerial vehicle during operation. For example, the motors and propellers of an aerial vehicle generate sounds during operation. Systems, methods, and apparatus may actively adjust the position and/or configuration of one or more propeller blades of a propulsion mechanism to generate different sounds and/or lifting forces from the propulsion mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian C. Beckman, John Raymond Brodie, Vedran Coralic, Taylor David Grenier, Gur Kimchi, Dominic Timothy Shiosaki, Ricky Dean Welsh, Richard Philip Whitlock
  • Patent number: 10721912
    Abstract: The pet enrichment device comprises a housing, a microcontroller, a treat dispenser, an interface device, and a detection device. The pet enrichment device provides automated training by displaying videos and/or projecting audio via the interface device. The detection device captures, analyzes, and tracks the specific movement and specific positions of the animal. If a command is performed correctly, the treat dispenser may dispense an edible object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Inventor: Kevin Hanson
  • Patent number: 10709072
    Abstract: A planter and planter stack are described. The planter includes a planter pot configured to be nestable with other such planter pots. The planter pot includes a base, a planter sidewall integrally formed on the base and extending upwards towards a rim, and a hollow support pillar formed on the base and extending substantially vertically upwards with a drain opening at the top of the hollow support pillar in communication with an exterior side of the base. The planter further includes a removable riser configured to be nestable with other such removable risers. The removable riser includes a plate supported by an interior of the planter sidewall by an interference fit, and an aperture configured to accept a corresponding hollow support pillar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: CLASSIC HOME & GARDEN, LLC
    Inventors: Fred Joseph Ryan, Hamilton Scott Team
  • Patent number: 10701899
    Abstract: A pet chew dispensing device simultaneously secures and dispenses a pet chew. In some examples, the device may comprise a body of chew resistant material and a window formed through the body and adapted to receive the pet chew therein. When disposed inside the window, the pet chew remains partially exposed while the pet chew is simultaneously protected by the body of chew resistant material. The device adaptively pressures the pet chew, such that pet chews which change size over time (or having a range of different initial sizes) may nonetheless remain secured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: HIMALAYAN CORPORATION
    Inventor: Suman K. Shrestha
  • Patent number: 10701875
    Abstract: A multi-piece hydroponic tower utilizing separate tower body and face plate components that are hingeably coupled together, thereby simplifying tower construction as well as tower maintenance. In addition to the hinge, the tower face plate(s) is held in place with a latch, e.g., a snap-fit fastener. A V-shaped groove may be included on either side of the tower, the grooves increasing the efficiency of delivering water and nutrients to the plants via the narrowed rear cavity wall(s). The V-shaped grooves may also be used as an alignment aid when coupling planters, harvesters, or other equipment to the tower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: MJNN, LLC
    Inventors: Brice Klein, Michael Flynn, Alexandre Le Roux, Matthew Matera, Alex Ibrahim
  • Patent number: 10701900
    Abstract: A pet chew dispensing device simultaneously secures and dispenses a pet chew. In some examples, the device may comprise a body of chew resistant material and a window formed through the body and adapted to receive the pet chew therein. When disposed inside the window, the pet chew remains partially exposed while the pet chew is simultaneously protected by the body of chew resistant material. The device adaptively pressures the pet chew, such that pet chews which change size over time (or having a range of different initial sizes) may nonetheless remain secured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: HIMALAYAN CORPORATION
    Inventor: Suman K. Shrestha
  • Patent number: 10694715
    Abstract: An animal enclosure includes a kennel body including a rotational molded wall formed from a plastic material. The kennel body defines an interior space shaped to accommodate one or more animals, and defines a door opening shaped to allow the animal to enter and exit the kennel body. A hoop-shaped door frame is disposed on the kennel body proximate the door opening. A door is disposed on the door frame, and the door is pivotally moveable relative to the door frame between an open position and a closed position. A latch is disposed on the door. A drain recess is defined in the rear wall of the kennel body, and a removable drain plug is positioned in the drain recess. A moat is defined around the kennel body floor, and the moat is adjacent the drain recess to allow liquid to exit the kennel when the drain plug is removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Edmonds Outdoors, LLC
    Inventor: Addison Edmonds
  • Patent number: 10694718
    Abstract: An animal feeder apparatus including a feed hopper defining an interior for receiving a quantity of feed, an upper opening and a lower feed discharge opening. A feed shelf may be located below the feed hopper and have an upper feed support surface with at least a portion of the upper feed support surface being located directly below the feed discharge opening of the feed hopper. A feed trough may be located toward the bottom of the apparatus below the feed hopper and below the feed shelf, and form a lower feed support surface upon which feed falling from the hopper and shelf rests. A feed shelf movement assembly may be configured to permit a feeding animal to move the feed shelf from a location adjacent to the lower feed support surface of the feed trough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Brehmer Manufacturing
    Inventors: Jamie Brehmer, Joey Brehmer
  • Patent number: 10694730
    Abstract: The leader line spooling device that allows the length of a leader line to be adjusted while accommodating a variety of fishing line accessories such as ornaments, fishing bobbers, and weights. The apparatus includes a flexible wire, a cap, a spool, an eyelet hook, and a fishing line hole. The flexible wire contains the variety of fishing line accessories while allowing the fishing line accessories to slide and increase the chances of visually attracting nearby fish. The cap connects the flexible wire to the spool. The spool contains extra additional leader line that may or may not be used. The eyelet hook contains and secures leader line that is most likely going to be used. The fishing line hole allows the leader line to be connected to the spool. The apparatus preferably includes a notch that secures the leader line to the eyelet hook.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Inventor: Steve Kissee
  • Patent number: 10694688
    Abstract: In order to provide an efficient hydroponic cultivation system, the disclosure provides a hydroponic cultivation system comprising a plurality of vessels extending in a predetermined direction; a plant holding plate that holds a plant and is disposed to span across the plurality of vessels; and a support mechanism provided between vessels adjacent to each other among the plurality of vessels, wherein each of the plurality of vessels is configured to contain a culture solution required for the growth of the plant, and the support mechanism supports the plant holding plate above the plurality of vessels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: YUGENKAISHA JAPAN TSUSYO
    Inventor: Katsuyuki Kitagawa
  • Patent number: 10694726
    Abstract: A fishing hook has a shank portion with a hook at one end, and a hairpin loop portion formed on an opposite end of the shank portion. The hairpin loop portion extending downwardly from the opposite end of the shank portion. The hairpin loop portion has a width or diameter that is less than a width or diameter of the shank portion. The hairpin loop portion has an end extending at an angle away from the shank. The hairpin loop portion has a longitudinal axis coplanar with a longitudinal axis of the shank portion. The shank portion and the hairpin loop portion define a line-receiving slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Inventors: Thomas Lin, Chun Shiong Lin, Jefferson Lin, Philip Lin, Ziu Eng Xu
  • Patent number: 10696538
    Abstract: A horse training aid has a strap and a bungee assembly. The strap has a primary ring attached to a first end, a buckle attached adjacent a second end, and a plurality of secondary rings provided in spaced-apart manner along the strap between the primary ring and the buckle. The bungee assembly has a first bungee cord and a second bungee cord, the two bungee cords connected together at about their central portions by a sleeve with each bungee cord having opposing first and second ends, and each having a clip secured at each of the first and second ends of each bungee cord.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Inventor: Crystal Lynn Nelson
  • Patent number: 10694689
    Abstract: A dual-sided hydroponic tower utilizing separate body and face components coupled together with temporary fasteners. The tower includes a tower body that defines two vertical cavities. Attached to each vertical cavity is a tower face, each tower face including a plurality of plant container compatible cut-outs. By utilizing separate body and face components, the end user is able to easily switch tower face plates in order to adapt the tower to different plant container configurations. The multi-piece tower design also simplifies tower construction as well as tower maintenance between planting cycles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: MJNN, LLC
    Inventors: Brice Klein, Michael Flynn, Alexandre Le Roux, Meaghan Fitzgerald, Matthew Matera, Mark Cuson, Alex Ibrahim
  • Patent number: 10696374
    Abstract: A rail-based modular aircraft system may include a rail extending from a first end to a second end. The rail-based modular aircraft system may include a constant cross-sectional shape from the first end to the second end. The rail may also include a wing module configured to interface with the rail such that the wing module is individually movable along at least a portion of the rail and configured to be fixable at a fixed point along the rail. The rail-based modular aircraft system may also include a propulsion module configured to interface with the rail such that the propulsion module is individually movable along at least a portion of the rail and configured to be fixable at a fixed point along the rail. The propulsion module may be configured to provide forward motion to the modular aircraft system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Inventor: Yevgeniy Il'ich Sher
  • Patent number: 10681901
    Abstract: A bird feeder is provided with a containing structure including an internal space and at least one feeding opening on an outer surface of the containing structure and communicating with the internal space; a helical structure disposed on the outer surface of the containing structure in the form of a helix wherein pitch is defined as a distance from the crest of one thread of the helical structure to the next thereof; and at least one perch disposed on the outer surface of the containing structure and each disposed directly under the feeding opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Inventor: Tzu Ying Chi
  • Patent number: 10674701
    Abstract: An interlocking slat cover system with edge lugs disposed around a substantially planar mat secure the cover in place. Center lugs can also be disposed within openings on the mat to further prevent movement of the cover. The cover can be made of relatively soft rubber, and generally serves to prevent cover movement as well as injury and disease in the livestock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Titan International, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeff Kramer