Patents Examined by Peter M. Poon
  • Patent number: 10729099
    Abstract: The present invention is related to the pet feeder bowl. The bowl has three layers. Non-skid rubber is permanently attached to the bowl and raised till the top to give additional strength and Hermosa looks, so that the rubber cannot tear off or get damaged in different weather condition. The bowl can directly be put into the dishwasher, as all the materials, i.e. plastic, steel bowls and rubber are permanently attached to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Inventor: Ashish Padia
  • Patent number: 10729098
    Abstract: Methods, devices, apparatuses and systems for monitoring the presence or absence of a contaminant and/or a contaminant sampling element, or portion thereof, in an animal rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: INNOVIVE, INC.
    Inventors: Dee L. Conger, Cory J. Spivey
  • Patent number: 10729079
    Abstract: A microgravity agriculture device includes a root cylinder providing a growing medium for the plant and intended for root growth. The root cylinder will extend into a water tank, and the root cylinder will include apertures and wicking elements to draw water from the water tank into the root cylinder for availability to the plant roots. The geometries of the water tank, root cylinder, apertures and wicking elements are designed in a manner to ensure water surface tension will cause water in the tank to fill and stay in the proper areas to ensure water flow to the plant, no obstruction of vents during tank filling, and no egress of the water through the vents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Dart Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Van Anh Nguyen, Adrian Anderson, Hector J. Barea, David D. Kusuma, Edward M. Poslinski, Raymond J. Trudeau, James Michael Wiggins, Everett V. Goings, III
  • Patent number: 10729076
    Abstract: Movable stake and method of using it for supporting and managing the cultivation of plant species, such as a vineyard or the like, in which at least one part of the branches are buried in the soil during the cold season. The movable stake includes a deformable element on which are fastened the branches to be buried and has a first free end and a second end anchored to the ground; the first free end is suitable to be engaged either with the soil or with a horizontal wire that supports the branches of the plant being cultivated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Inventors: Claudio Bortolussi, Franco Bortolussi
  • Patent number: 10721914
    Abstract: An automatic animal food dispensing apparatus comprises a stationary horizontal-axis tubular casing with aligned upper and lower apertures; a rotatable food dispenser having a tubular circumferential wall formed with a single aperture that is coaxial with the casing! a hopper from which animal food is gravitationally deliverable to the food dispenser; an inclined chute extending downwardly from the food dispenser, for receiving the food discharged from the food dispenser and for directing the discharged food to a bowl; and a force transmitting unit for rotating the food dispenser a predetermined and repeatable angular distance, such that a dose of the food is introducible from the hopper into the food dispenser when the aperture of the food dispenser is aligned with the upper aperture of the casing and the dose of food is completely dispensable via the lower casing aperture following rotation of the food dispenser by the predetermined angular distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Inventor: Eytan Hatan
  • Patent number: 10717640
    Abstract: A safety stirrup for horseback riding having a first semi-arch element having a first end integrally connected to a first portion of a base element of the stirrup and a second end comprising a through hole (4) for mounting a stirrup leather; a second semi-arch element having an end elastically connected to a second portion of the base element opposed to the first portion is provided. The second semi-arch element is configured to delimit a portion for inserting a rider's foot into the stirrup. The stirrup comprises a support platform for the rider's foot associated with the base element. The platform is removably attached to the base element and the stirrup and may have elastic interposed between the platform and the base element, configured to define a distance between the platform and the base element in an initial rest condition, and adjustment means acting on the elastic means for changing the first distance from the initial rest condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Tenuta Montemagno Horses S.r.l.
    Inventors: Tiziano Barea, Vanessa Maria Barea
  • Patent number: 10716266
    Abstract: A water supply apparatus is arranged inside a house body and includes a watering apparatus that performs watering to a cluster of plants from above. The watering apparatus supplies water to the plants and controls an ambient temperature of the plants due to heat transfer utilizing vaporization heat by watering. A control apparatus acquires an environment information including the ambient temperature of the plants from an environment sensor, and performs the watering by driving the water supply apparatus in a watering period determined according to the environment information, and prohibits the watering by the water supply apparatus in an idle period that is set after the watering period so as to obtain a temperature and a humidity appropriate for growth of the plants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takayoshi Tanizawa, Shin Matsugi, Naofumi Kodama, Shingo Nagatomo, Shinya Hirota, Yoshifumi Kariatsumari, Woo-Hyeun Jeong
  • Patent number: 10709105
    Abstract: A portable animal enclosure apparatus includes a kennel body including an upper housing member and a lower housing member. The upper and lower housing members each include a double-walled construction including an inner wall forming a portion of the enclosure shaped to house the animal and an outer wall at least partially surrounding the inner wall, with a gap defined between the inner and outer wall. A door opening is defined at a first end of the kennel body between the upper and lower housing members, and a rear wall is defined at a second end of the kennel body opposite the door opening. A door frame is disposed on the kennel body at the door opening. A door is disposed on the door frame, and the door is pivotally attached to the door frame and is moveable between a closed position and an open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Edmonds Outdoors, LLC
    Inventor: Addison Edmonds
  • Patent number: 10709123
    Abstract: An electronic jigging device is used with a fishing rod, reel, line and lure, which device is user-programmable to provide a wide range of electronically-generated jigging functionality and to electronically detect the optimum moment to signal electronic release of the fishing rod so as to set a hook that is used within or near the lure. The device, system and method of the present invention allows for user-programmable specific jigging and hook-setting options.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Inventors: Jon Faulks, Kurt Duxbury, Keith Ziemba
  • Patent number: 10701894
    Abstract: An animal enclosure includes an inner wall defining an enclosure space for an animal and an outer wall at least partially surrounding the inner wall. A gap is defined between the inner and outer walls. The gap is filled with a gas such as air in some embodiments. In other embodiments, the gap is filled with a filler material such as foam or polymer material. The animal enclosure includes an upper housing member and a lower housing member in some embodiments. The upper and lower housing members may be secured together using one or more fasteners to form the animal enclosure. Each of the upper and lower housing members is rotational molded in some embodiments. Each of the upper and lower housing members includes an outer wall and an inner wall, each separated by a gap, in some embodiments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Edmonds Outdoors, LLC
    Inventor: Addison Edmonds
  • Patent number: 10697951
    Abstract: An in soil data collection and analysis system and process is disclosed where the data from a plurality of in soil sensors is combined with other data that is acquired by an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to create a fused data set that can be used to determine an appropriate corrective action or response to the fused data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Textron Systems Corporation
    Inventor: Sean M. Baity
  • Patent number: 10694721
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for feeding bees is disclosed. The apparatus comprises a fluid tray member, a sheet, and a regulating valve. The fluid tray member is configured to hold a fluid for feeding the bees. The sheet is detachably attached on the fluid tray member via a magnetic strip. The regulating valve attached to the sheet is configured to maintain the level of the fluid. The regulating valve is attached to the sheet via a fastener. The sheet further comprises an inlet tube, a plurality of cavities, and a handle enable a user to position the apparatus to a desired location. The fluid is received via the inlet tube into the fluid tray member. The sheet provides a flat surface around the cavities to support each of the bees while feeding the fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Inventor: Michael Ray Solano
  • Patent number: 10687511
    Abstract: The invention concerns an animal feed system (1) suitable for supplying feed or water, comprising: a freely rotatable holder (2) for feed or water with a discharge opening (3) provided in the underside; a catchment tray (4) for supporting the holder (2) and capturing and temporarily storing the feed or water dispensed via the discharge opening (3); fixing means intended to attach the holder (2) to the catchment tray (4), wherein the fixing means comprise an annular fixing element (5) with security edge (6), wherein said fixing element (5) comprises a passage (7) for the feed or water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: MP Group nv
    Inventor: Sabine Gevaert
  • Patent number: 10687514
    Abstract: An inventive animal collar device is described herein that monitors location, physiological information and/or environmental information relating to an animal wearing the device. The collar may include multiple sensors and other electrical components embedded within the collar body that provide means for: tracking and monitoring an animal's activity and whereabouts, increasing visibility of the collar, and storing and retrieving animal, environment and system information. The collar may implement one or more wired or wireless communication devices so that the collar may transmit data to a connected computing device. The collar may also include one or more antennas to send and/or receive location information associated with the device. The collar may include a removable module that attaches to the collar via a module dock. The removable module may include any of the electronic components and may allow for the collar body to remain on the animal during information transfer and/or charging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Inventor: John Siegel
  • Patent number: 10681875
    Abstract: A gutter assembly is provided that is configured to collect water passing through a plurality of vertical hydroponic towers, the assembly minimizing leakage while simplifying gutter maintenance. The gutter assembly includes a gutter pipe from which an upper portion has been removed to form a pair of mounting ledges. The gutter assembly also includes a gutter cap that is attached to the gutter pipe via the mounting ledges using a snap fit system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: MJNN, LLC
    Inventors: Brice Klein, Alex Ibrahim, Teryl Chapel
  • Patent number: 10674708
    Abstract: A horse safety assembly includes a blanket that is draped over an animal. The blanket is comprised of an electrically conductive material. An insulator is coupled to the blanket and the insulator rests on the animal when the blanket is positioned on the animal. The insulator is comprised of an electrically insulating material. A plurality of straps is provided and each of the straps is coupled to the blanket. Each of the straps is selectively matable to each other to retain the blanket on the animal. A shock unit is coupled to the blanket and the shock unit is in electrical communication with the blanket. The shock unit delivers an electrical shock to an attacker when the attacker attacks the animal. In this way the attacker is repelled from the animal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Inventor: David Beck
  • Patent number: 10638747
    Abstract: A moving wing waterfowl or migratory bird decoy including a decoy body constructed of a predetermined material with exterior ornamentation to simulate a live waterfowl or migratory bird, the decoy body being arranged in a predetermined orientation to simulate a waterfowl or migratory bird, the decoy body having a top and a bottom. The decoy has at least one decoy wing connected to the decoy body, the decoy wing being constructed and arranged to simulate the wing of a waterfowl or migratory bird. The decoy body is constructed and arranged of a particular plastic material to hyper-realistically resemble a waterfowl or migratory bird. The control and power module is plug and play software controllable. The decoy is mountable on a male type member post via a female type receptacle on the decoy body. The decoy has a biased stabilizer cord that also mimics the legs of the waterfowl or migratory bird.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Expedite International, Inc.
    Inventor: Tim Noe
  • Patent number: 10638742
    Abstract: A water-activated bobber release device has a housing, a bobber assembly, a spool and a line, a bobbin assembly with a dissolvable tablet, a screw extending through a central hole in the bobber assembly and a center hole in the dissolvable tablet of the bobbin assembly, and a cap with an aperture and a valve between the aperture and the bobbin assembly. The screw engages the bobbin assembly and a threaded fastener to compress a spring. When the device is submerged in a body of water at a certain depth, the pressure opens the valve to allow water to enter. The water dissolves the tablet which collapses the bobbin assembly, and the spring forces the bobber away from the housing. Once released from the housing, the bobber is free to float to the surface of the water allowing for the retrieval of the submerged item attached to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Inventor: Cory P. Barnett
  • Patent number: 10640223
    Abstract: A safety maintenance panel for a thrust reverser is provided. The thrust reverser may comprise one or more doors configured to actuate from a closed position to a deployed position. The safety maintenance panel may be located on the thrust reverser. The safety maintenance panel may comprise a safety pin configured to engage the door in the deployed position to at least partially limit movement of the door from the deployed position. In that respect, the safety pin may be inserted into a panel pin hole through the maintenance panel and a door pin hole through the door to lock the door into the deployed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: ROHR, INC.
    Inventor: Anthony Lacko
  • Patent number: 10631520
    Abstract: An animal feeding system is provided. The feeding system includes a container that holds dry pet food, and a receptacle that gravitationally receives the pet food. The system also provides a conveyor system. The conveyor system moves the dry pet food from the receptacle to a feeding bowl. Additionally, the animal feeding system includes a processor. The processor is configured to deliver start and stop signals to a motor in response to signals sent from a user control unit. The animal feeding system additionally comprises the user control unit. The control unit offers a user interface for programming the system according to a desired feeding schedule. A method for feeding an animal using the feeding system is also provided herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Radio Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin Michael Sayers, Jonathan L. Cornwell, Chad Larry Elmore, Melissa M. Poisson