Patents Examined by Marisa Conlon
  • Patent number: 8341880
    Abstract: A method is provided comprising (i) growing a plant in a substantially transparent container charged with a particulate, non-transparent growing medium; and (ii) evaluating plant roots through said transparent container by digital imaging. An apparatus for evaluating plant roots in a high throughput manner is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: CropDesign N.V.
    Inventors: Pierre Lejeune, Willem Broekaert, Frederik Leyns, Frederik Dhont
  • Patent number: 8297550
    Abstract: A system for controlling yaw associated with an airship may include one or more vertical control surfaces associated with the airship, a first power source and a second power source, each configured to provide a thrust associated with the airship, and a yaw control configured to receive an input indicative of a desired yaw angle. The system may further include a controller communicatively connected to the yaw control, the one or more vertical control surfaces, and the first and second power sources. The controller may be configured to receive an output signal from the yaw control corresponding to the desired yaw angle and to generate a control signal configured to modify a state associated with at least one of the one or more vertical control surfaces, the first power source, and the second power source, such that the airship substantially attains the desired yaw angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: LTA Corporation
    Inventor: Pierre Balaskovic
  • Patent number: 8251018
    Abstract: Apparatus for use with a slatted floor comprises a floor covering apparatus for placement on the individual slats of a slatted floor. Each floor covering apparatus includes an elongated elastomeric mat (410) adapted to be fitted to a floor slat. The mat has a rigid fixing base (411), a flexible core (11) and an outer skin (415). The rigid fixing base (411), the flexible core (11) and the outer skin (415) are integrally formed together. The mat has a longitudinal leg (413) at each side to locate the mat. Also a flap valve (412) is mounted on each leg and protrudes into the gap between adjacent slats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Inventors: Patrick Roy Mooney, Anthony Dunne, Martin McElligott, Edward Howlin, Stuart O'Hare, Murtagh Logan
  • Patent number: 8225546
    Abstract: To realize a root-preventing sheet with outstanding shape maintaining properties while being thin and light that even when affixed has no wrinkles, is difficult to tear, has excellent applicability, durability and adhesiveness and demonstrates definite root-preventing effects at low cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Tajima Ryokka Incorporated
    Inventors: Kunio Tajima, Toru Kojima, Akihiro Sakamoto, Yoshiaki Gotou
  • Patent number: 8210122
    Abstract: An arrangement for determining positions of the teats of an animal is provided in a milking system comprising a robot arm for automatically attaching teat cups to the teats of an animal when being located in a position to be milked, and a control device for controlling the movement of the robot arm based on determined positions of the teats of the animal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Delaval Holding AB
    Inventors: Maria Pettersson, Johan Andrén Dinerf
  • Patent number: 8201356
    Abstract: An ice fishing line protection device, for protecting micro fishing line as light as one or two pound test, comprising an elongated tube with an internal passageway through which a fishing line may pass. The protection device floats in an ice fishing hole protecting the line from abrasions. The protection device opens to release the line or it can be extracted from the ice hole entirely when a fish is caught.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Inventor: Gary G. Harris
  • Patent number: 8186618
    Abstract: A device for attaching an aircraft engine including a rigid structure forming a structure box, and a device for absorbing thrust loads including a main fitting fixedly mounted on one of the spars forming the structure box, by a fixing mechanism. The fixing mechanism includes a fixing peg mounted on the spar and including a main portion located on the outside relatively to the box, the fitting being crossed by the portion of the peg and pressed against the spar by a bell-shaped supporting washer surrounding the main portion and stressed by a screw crossing it, the latter being screwed into a barrel nut housed in a bore made within the main portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Airbus Operations SAS
    Inventor: Jacques Beaufort
  • Patent number: 8181384
    Abstract: A device for interrupting the gestating cycle of a mosquito includes a container having a bottom wall and side walls. A generally porous sheet of material is placed over the upper opening thus formed in the container by securing it to the periphery of the container. Double sided tape, mechanical clips, etc. may be used to attach the porous material to the periphery of the container to cover the open area. The porous sheet of material is farametis and contains apertures that are small enough to prevent an adult mosquito from passing through it but yet allow evaporation of water placed into the container and water molecules through the apertures. A sticky substance is placed on the outer surface of the porous sheet. Water is evaporated from the container and water molecules are released through the apertures into the atmosphere above the porous sheet. Gestating mosquito's are attracted to the device and attempt to enter the container to lay there eggs in the water within the container but can not.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Inventor: Barry Lebost
  • Patent number: 8181385
    Abstract: An insect destroying device is battery operated and shaped somewhat like a squash or tennis racquet in order to provide a wide opening to enable insects to make contact with one of two outer grids and an inner grid. Both a manual and static technique is provided for enabling contact with insects while destroying them. An uppermost portion of the housing includes an open area in which a narrow strip of central grid is exposed adjacent two ground grids to enable exposure to an insect discovered along the corner between the wall and the ceiling, or where the wall meets a wall at a 90 degree angle, or between the wall and the floor where it is very difficult to have the insect make contact with the center grid or ground grids through the main openings of the grid support area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Inventor: James R. Mars
  • Patent number: 8166922
    Abstract: A method and system is provided that controls pet access to various different locations and/or objects. In a preferred embodiment, the present invention provides an automated system whereby pets wearing an ID tag are allowed access to various locations and/or objects, such as food contained within a feeder dish for example, while a sensor system, responding to the presence of other animals or people, causes the device to close preventing unauthorized access thereto. The feeder further includes one or more sensors using ultrasonic, infrared technology or both in combination for the identification of both tagged and non-tagged animals or children. Further embodiments employ the system to control access to litter boxes, pet toys, pet watering systems, pet gate access, pet containment systems or pet doors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Vet Innovations, LLC
    Inventors: David B. Jalbert, Troy A. Hexter, Michael D. Morrissey
  • Patent number: 8162255
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods provide for the use of a lift-producing body with a landing gear assembly in order to provide a lifting force during landing gear operations that reduces the load on the landing gear actuator. According to embodiments, the lift-producing body may be configured for attachment to the landing gear assembly. The lift-producing body may be reconfigured while the landing gear assembly is being retracted or deployed in order to maximize the aerodynamic lift created by the lift-producing body or to minimize the drag induced by the lift-producing body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Thomas L. Weaver, James J. Sheahan, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8161911
    Abstract: A method and system is provided that controls pet access to various different locations and/or objects. In a preferred embodiment, the present invention provides an automated system whereby pets wearing an ID tag are allowed access to various locations and/or objects, such as food contained within a feeder dish for example, while a sensor system, responding to the presence of other animals or people, causes the device to close preventing unauthorized access thereto. The feeder further includes one or more sensors using ultrasonic, infrared technology or both in combination for the identification of both tagged and non-tagged animals or children. Further embodiments employ the system to control access to litter boxes, pet toys, pet watering systems, pet gate access, pet containment systems or pet doors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Vet Innovations, LLC
    Inventors: David B. Jalbert, Troy A. Hexter, Michael D. Morrissey
  • Patent number: 8158915
    Abstract: A canard includes a first section and a second section. The first section is configured for the coupling of radial forces to a fuselage of an air vehicle, and the first section is coupled to the second section via a hinge somewhere along the radial extent of the canard. An edge of the first section near the hinge provides a load support for the air vehicle within a launch canister.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventor: Matthew S. Earle
  • Patent number: 8051803
    Abstract: A top-fill hummingbird feeder has a generally upstanding reservoir bottle or liquid container with a large opening at its top end that is closed and sealed by a removable top or cap. The bottom of the bottle or container has a lower bottom opening which can be screw-threaded into a central collar of a feeding basin that has a plurality of feeding ports. A tubular insert is received within the central collar and is configured to be vertically movable between a first position in which fluid is allowed to flow from the liquid container to the basin, and a second position in which fluid flow from the container to the basin is prevented. Movement of the insert between the two positions is effected by pushing the liquid container toward the basin (the closed position) and by pulling the liquid container away from the basin (the open position).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: Woodstream Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew Gauker, Marko Konstantin Lubic, William R. Vaughn, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8015745
    Abstract: A fishing device for indicating a lure strike from fishes is disclosed. The device may be a strike indicator that may include a hollow body filled with trapped air, where the strike indicator includes a tab having an opening formed therein and a grommet made from a hard, durable material seated in the opening. Alternatively, the device may be a fishing lure that may be attachable to a fishing hook and having a hollow body filled with trapped air and an attachment mechanism for attaching the lure to the fishing leader and/or fishing line. For example, the fishing lure may be a fishing fly having a hollow body filled with trapped air. In either embodiment, the device may be made from a lightweight, resilient material, for example ethylene vinyl acetate or other similar thermoplastic material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Inventor: Brian Spencer Westover
  • Patent number: 7984582
    Abstract: A fishing line release system is disclosed. The fishing line release system includes a fishing line quick release mechanism that may be used in conjunction with a planar device for trolling or may alternatively be used with a down rigger cable and weight when used in down rigger fishing. When used in conjunction with the planar device, the system may be used for directional trolling. The planar device comprises a planar body, the fishing line quick release mechanism attached to the planar body, and a line locking assembly for securing a portion of a fishing line to the planar body. When used in conjunction with a down rigger cable and weight, the quick release mechanism may be used either on the down rigger cable or may be attached to the down rigger weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2011
    Inventors: Kevin John Brinker, Holly Jean Moore
  • Patent number: 7966768
    Abstract: A staking system for use with a self-watering growing container includes an outrigger structure at each longitudinal end. Each outrigger structure is mountable on the bottom of the growing container to provide stability. Two vertical stakes are attached to respective outrigger structures. Connectors at the top of each stake thus mount a horizontal stake element between the two connectors. A rim clamp secures the vertical stakes, clamping them on the lip of the plant growing container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Laminations, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank DiPaolo, Matthew Markefka, Clifford Fay
  • Patent number: 7963065
    Abstract: A fishing strike indicator for providing a visual indication showing that a fish has taken a lure or bait includes an elongate body portion, a clamp for attachment to a fishing pole, a sliding connection joining the clamp to the elongate body portion, a line engaging feature formed as a portion of or attached to the elongate body portion, the line engaging feature engageable with a portion of a fishing line below the fishing pole, whereby tension in the portion of the fishing line below the pole causes the elongate body portion to move upwards thus providing the visual indication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Inventor: James Alexander Copeland
  • Patent number: 7946249
    Abstract: The present invention is a nectar feeder for birds. The nectar feeder has a container for storing nectar feed. A base tray is attached to the container and connected in fluid communication with the container. A float is positioned between the container and the base tray. A ball is positioned on the float. The ball regulates the fluid communication between the container and the base tray. In operation, the nectar feed flows through the container and into the base tray until the float rises to a level where the ball prevents fluid from flowing into the base tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: Aspects, Inc.
    Inventors: Barry D. Colvin, David Guay, Rolf Richter
  • Patent number: 7921593
    Abstract: A trap having a housing, and a snare pivotally joined with the housing. The trap has an opening that provides a passageway for a rodent to enter the housing. The snare may pivot between a first position and a second position. In the first position, a rodent may enter the housing and position itself at least partially in the snare. A trigger is located inside the housing, so that when the trigger is triggered by a rodent, the snare pivots to its second position, snaring at least a portion of the rodent in the snare, and trapping against the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: SMG Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter J. Everett, Matthew L. Phillips, Lynn Briggs, Thomas Paul Danniger