Patents Examined by Peter M. Poon
  • Patent number: 10334795
    Abstract: A method to reduce the amount of irrigation water wherein the device is made of combusted product in cylinder shape (the device) made of biomass at 4 cm./6 cm./8 cm. diameter to be inserted in various depths, sizes/length under the source of water irrigation in proximity to tree or plant and in different numbers according to the season. The device has ability to absorb and store irrigation water in high capacity up to 300% in higher quantity than soil ground making it as sustainable source to supply the roots of a tree or plant by water in areas which suffer from shortfall of rain, with poor type of soil and depletion of underground water reservoir. The device will absorb water and make the surrounding soil constantly moisture and wet by allowing diffusion of water from device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Inventor: Mubarak Abdulla Mubarak Albuainain
  • Patent number: 10327416
    Abstract: A crowding tub apparatus, system and method is described. A crowding tub includes three gates pivotably coupled to a rounded frame, wherein each of the three gates pivot in linked sequence towards an animal exit. A crowding tub includes a first gate coupled to a center post of the frame and rotatable between a first radial side and a second radial side of the frame, the second radial side having an animal exit, wherein the animal exit extends between a door post and a gate post, a second gate rotatably coupled to the second radial side between the gate post and the center post, and a third gate rotatably coupled to the gate post, wherein the three gates are coupled in linked sequence such that rotating the first gate towards the second radial side rotates the second and third gates to obstruct the animal exit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventor: Robert L. Studebaker, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10321674
    Abstract: A duck decoy provides a remote controlled motorized propulsion system and interchangeable retrieval devices used to capture and push additional decoys or downed waterfowl toward a hunter. The duck decoy effectively retrieves decoys and downed waterfowl to the hunter while located at a remote location, thereby minimizing the need to use a boat or a dog.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Inventor: Easton Goodwin
  • Patent number: 10321671
    Abstract: A composition, device and method of reducing an insect population is disclosed. The composition includes an amphiphilic component, an acetic acid component, and a color component. The device is dimensioned to retain a composition. The device is further dimensioned to define an opening that is smaller than a diameter of the body of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Aunt Fannie Co.
    Inventor: Mathew John Franken
  • Patent number: 10292361
    Abstract: An implement for keeping dairy animals, provided with a first and a second production unit and with a care unit having a plurality of subunits, wherein each production unit is provided with at least one accommodation area for a production group, which comprises a group of lactating dairy animals, and with a milking implement for milking the production group, wherein the subunits of the care unit at least include a calving unit for separately accommodating dairy animals in a calving period, and a milking implement for milking newly calved dairy animals, and an infirmary unit for separately accommodating sick animals, and wherein the care unit forms a connection between the production units. There is thus provided a compact disposition, comprising efficient and short distances, for dairy animals requiring care.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Lely Patent N.V.
    Inventor: Gerth Petersen
  • Patent number: 10258023
    Abstract: A fishing lure for securing live bait includes a flexible main body and a stretchable collar. The flexible main body is configured to have a fishing hook inserted therethrough. The stretchable collar is connected to the flexible main body. The stretchable collar has a hole configured to stretch when pulled to allow a live bait to be inserted into the hole and constrict when released to secure the live bait in the hole. Whereby, when the flexible main body is positioned on the fishing hook and the live bait is inserted into the hole of the stretchable collar, the stretchable collar positions the live bait adjacent the fishing hook for fishing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Inventors: Brad Tucker, Thomas Armstrong
  • Patent number: 10244740
    Abstract: A flashing fish lure includes a bore to receive a glow stick. At least one water wheel on or in the body rotates as the body is pulled through water. Each water wheel includes at least one aperture, such that as the water wheel rotates, light is intermittently communicated from the glow stick, through the aperture, and out or both of the opposing side surfaces to appear as a flashing light. The glow stick may use a chemiluminescent or phosphorescent material. An end of the glow stick may remain exposed following insertion, and a decorative skirt or other fish-attracting material may be attached to the exposed end of the glow stick. Two water wheels may be supported on respective opposing sides of the body, each with a plurality of water-catching vanes extending radially outwardly from a central axis about which each wheel rotates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventor: Barry Beaubien
  • Patent number: 10172293
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a soil remediation and soil pore stabilising composition comprising at least one electrolyte and at least one cofactor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Injekta Environmental Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Michael Eyres, Edward Dundas Scott
  • Patent number: 10172294
    Abstract: A plant-cultivating method is provided which comprises a red light irradiation step (A) and a blue light irradiation step (B), wherein the step (A) and the step (B) are independently carried out for a predetermined period of time under cultivation conditions such that the concentration of carbon dioxide in a cultivation atmosphere at the step (B) is higher than that at the step (A). Preferably the concentrations of carbon dioxide at the step (B) and the step (A) are 1000-2500 ppm and 700-1500 ppm, respectively. The concentration of carbon dioxide at the step (B) is preferably at least 200 ppm higher than that at the step (A).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: SHOWA DENKO K.K.
    Inventor: Ryouichi Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 10159224
    Abstract: A disposable bird feeder preferably containing suet cake or other edible substance, is housed in a protective container carrying a removable, adhesive backed manufacturer's label. Concealed behind the label and in front of the container's one wall is a flat collapsed, multi-part suspension linkage. The arrangement is such that the linkage, when unfolded and extended, can be utilized to hang the container from a tree or other support. At one end of the linkage is a split suspension loop. In the event of loss or breakage of the container or its contents, a new unit can be installed, with a minimum of time, mess, and expense. Metal cages and the like are neither required, nor utilized in most installations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Inventor: Richard P. Horrigan
  • Patent number: 10149442
    Abstract: In some embodiments, an automated planter apparatus may include a reservoir container having a base with a sidewall coupled to and extending away from the base. A reservoir cavity may be disposed within the reservoir container and may be formed and bounded by the sidewall and base. A support lid may be configured to extend over and cover all or portions of the reservoir cavity. One or more receptacles may be disposed within the support lid, and each receptacle may be in fluid communication with the reservoir cavity. One or more pumps may be in fluid communication with the reservoir cavity and each receptacle. A plant container may be removably coupled within a receptacle. A processing unit may be in electrical communication with each pump and be configured to activate and control each pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Inventor: Thomas Luke Hohmann
  • Patent number: 10149454
    Abstract: A cat bed having a bed portion secured between to brackets. The bed portion having grommets to fit over pegs of a bracket bottom, and a bracket top rests upon the bracket bottom to secure the bed portion between the brackets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Inventor: Michael Wilson
  • Patent number: 10136587
    Abstract: A conveyor system (4, 5) moves vertical poles (2) in an agricultural facility between a growing area (20) and a workstation (W). Each pole carries plant growing containers (3) at multiple levels (H1-H9). An irrigation reservoir (30) may be mounted atop each pole. Irrigation lines (31-33) from the reservoir may be individually metered (35) at each level to compensate for differing water pressure with height. Sensors (40) in the reservoir and at each level of the poles may provide a controller (36) with data input. The controller may impose different growing conditions in different areas of the facility, including vertically different grow areas (20A, 20B), and controls pole movements and locations selectively to provide a sequence of poles at the workstation ready to harvest on a demand schedule. The workstation may have multiple heights (W1, W2, W3) for tall poles that increase plant density per facility footprint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Inventors: Gary Lind Johnson, Kirk David Johnson
  • Patent number: 10104846
    Abstract: A system for indoor plant cultivation is disclosed. The system is low cost, simple system that may be used for example at homes, in restaurants, and in schools to grow vegetables and flowers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: OÜ Click & Grow
    Inventors: Mattias Lepp, Priit Pedastsaar
  • Patent number: 10085438
    Abstract: An improved portable wildlife corral apparatus is used for capturing and containing wildlife. The apparatus has a frame; at least one selectively remotely controlled gate; at least one panel assembly; a plurality of lightweight panel members collapsible and foldable against the frame during nonuse, with the panel members being interchangeable with the gates on the panel assembly; and a monitoring system that monitors and alerts a user whenever wildlife enters the corral. When unfolded, the panel members may be easily configured to form one or more corral pens or panel sections by a single person. The apparatus further includes a detachable top cover of panel members that prevents wildlife from escaping from the top of the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Inventor: William Dismang
  • Patent number: 10085386
    Abstract: Method of manufacturing a plant receptacle wherein the following steps are performed: •a) providing a mixture of fibers, said mixture at least comprising PLA fibers and a bio-degradable fiber; •b) using said mixture of fibers in a woven or non-woven process, making a permeable sheet material; •c) continuously forming said sheet material into a continuous receptacle, by bringing the side edges of said sheet material into contact and welding said side edges together; •d) cutting said continuous receptacle in predetermined lengths thereby creating separate plant receptacles or wherein said continuous receptacle is perforated substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal direction of the continuous receptacle at predetermined intervals, thereby allowing separate plant receptacles to be detached from the continuous receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: ELLEGAARD HOLDINGS A/S
    Inventors: Merethe Ellegaard, Carsten Storgaard
  • Patent number: 10064389
    Abstract: A grooming device for animals includes a glove and one or more grooming pads affixed (possibly molded) thereto. The glove is made from anti-static material, and may additionally be treated with a spray or solution, that is resistant to electrostatic accumulation and discharge caused by friction during the grooming process. The grooming pads include multiple protrusions that are used to cling to and collect extraneous debris and hair from the animal's body and coat. Due to the materials and the placement of the molded pad, the glove facilitates hand movement dexterity and reach. The device also allows the user increased tactility between the thumb and index finger by keeping them free of coverage by the grooming surface. The device may include a soft material on the back of the glove for grooming and brushing sensitive areas of the animal's coat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Inventor: Barbara Schuster
  • Patent number: 10064347
    Abstract: A plant cultivation system 100 includes a plurality of plant cultivation units 20, and a management apparatus 30 that manages each plant cultivation unit 20. Each plant cultivation unit 20 includes a greenhouse 1 that serves as a space for plant cultivation, an environment control unit 12 that controls an environment in the greenhouse 1, a storage unit 9 that stores setting values that are control targets for the environment control unit 12 for every number of elapsed days since the cultivation initiating day, and an environment setting instructing unit 10 that sets the setting values stored in the storage unit 9 in the environment control unit 12 in accordance with the number of elapsed days since a cultivation initiating day.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: NEC Solution Innovators, Ltd.
    Inventor: Hideo Shimazu
  • Patent number: 10058024
    Abstract: The present invention provides a plant transplanting device that achieves rapid and stable transplantation with a simple structure and at low cost, prevents damage to the plants, and can be automated easily. A plant transplanting device 100 that transplants a seedbed B from a plant holder 110 to a growing pallet 120 includes a holder holding mechanism 130 for holding the plant holder 110, a pallet holding mechanism 140 for holding the growing pallet 120 above a holder holding position in which the holder holding mechanism 130 holds the plant holder 110, and a push-up mechanism 150 for pushing the seedbed B held in the holder seedbed-holding hole 111 upward so as to insert the seedbed B into the pallet seedbed-holding hole 121.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: TSUBAKIMOTO CHAIN CO.
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Tsutsumi, Go Ito, Jun Ohshimo, Hitoshi Ohara
  • Patent number: 10058088
    Abstract: A live animal trap with improvements to ease of use, reliability and cost is disclosed. A simple repeatable one-hand set action lifts a front entry door. A hold-close assembly trips to secure the front door without sliding motions. A low friction latch and trip links thereto provide consistent set action resistant to shaking and undesired trip. A rear door is fitted next to a bait location to allow near vertical access for bait placement and unattended, unobstructed release. A changeable torque arm provides adjustable trip force. A trip tray is spaced above a floor to require a small set-up motion to access the bait and further ensure trip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Inventors: Joel S. Marks, Surapon Arleekul