Patents Examined by Richard T Price, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11000013
    Abstract: Disclosed is an animal training transmitter according to an embodiment which communicates with an animal training receiver by wireless communication, the animal training receiver worn on an animal to deliver stimulation to the animal, the animal training transmitter including a finger inputter which is worn on a user's finger and including a button, and a transmitter body including a receiving portion and a button, the finger inputter being attachable to and detachable from the receiving portion, wherein the transmitter body is worn on the user's body, the finger inputter is connected to the transmitter body with a cable when detached from the receiving part, and the transmitter body transmits a stimulation delivery signal to the animal training receiver by wireless communication in response to the button of the finger inputter being pressed while connected with the cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: E-Collar Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Greg Van Curen, Ho-Sung So, Bong-Ki Min
  • Patent number: 10993447
    Abstract: A bone-meat separation device for a bone-in limb meat according to an embodiment is a bone-meat separation device for a bone-in limb meat for separating a meat part adhering to a trunk-side end bone head of a bone-in limb meat, the device including a plurality of clamp portions for conveying the bone-in limb meat along a conveying path, a guide portion disposed on the conveying path and forming a V-shaped guide space with an open end thereof being directed upstream in a conveying direction of the bone-in limb meat, a cutter disposed at a downstream end of the guide space in the conveying direction, and a holding portion holding the meat part below the guide portion and the cutter. The holding portion is configured to hold the meat part of the bone-in limb meat when the meat part is cut from the trunk-side end bone head with the cutter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: MAYEKAWA MFG. CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Koji Kido, Moemi Kato, Akira Koizumi
  • Patent number: 10986811
    Abstract: An animal water dispenser apparatus has a container with an interior defined by wall and a bottom, a tubular member connected to an inlet of the container, and a water hose connected to the inlet. The tubular member has a plurality of openings that open to the interior of the container. The water hose is adapted to pass fresh water into the tubular member, outwardly of the plurality of openings of the tubular member, and into the interior of the container. The outlet is adapted to allow water from the interior of the container to be released outwardly of the container. A fresh water source can be connected to the water hose so as to pass fresh water under pressure through the water hose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Inventor: Tim McDonald
  • Patent number: 10973235
    Abstract: A gripper installation for simultaneously gripping a plurality of elongate flexible items, in particular sausages, having a plurality of gripper portions that are disposed so as to be mutually parallel, wherein each gripper portion has two mutually spaced-apart finger pairs, wherein the fingers of each finger pair grip the item at opposite sides and for gripping an item are capable of being simultaneously converged, wherein the gripper portions are capable of being simultaneously activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: SINGER & SOHN GMBH
    Inventors: Manfred Singer, Dieter Koller
  • Patent number: 10973234
    Abstract: In a device and a method for separating at least one sausage (3.1-3.4) from another sausage (3.2-3.4), from a strand of sausage (2) in the region of a setting region (4) formed between the sausage (3.1-3) with two setting points (7.1, 7.2).4) and the sausage strand (2), wherein the setting region (4) is at least partially wrapped by a cord (6) and this is continued from one sausage to the other for setting, at least one setting region (4) and the cord in this setting region should be assigned an automatically operating cutting device (11, 11.1) for simultaneously cutting the cord and setting region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Inotec Gmbh Maschinenentwicklung Und Vertrieb
    Inventor: Miroslav Domlatil
  • Patent number: 10952446
    Abstract: A paw tracker for maintaining poultry paws in an ordered, indexed manner so that each paw can be matched with the carcass from which it was removed is provided. The paw tracker has a plurality of columns defining a plurality of pockets vertically aligned on the column. A rotatable gate corresponds to each pocket of the plurality of pockets. At least one gate arm urges each gate of the plurality of gates from a closed position to an open position at a predetermined time and a rotating assembly is configured to move the plurality of columns at a predetermined speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Inventor: Grover S. Harben, III
  • Patent number: 10952443
    Abstract: A portable system for stunning an animal is provided that includes a hood into which the animal's head is inserted and then is filled with a gas, such as carbon dioxide. The hood includes a gasket or covering with a slit on one end, which allows the hood to be placed over the head of the animal by a user while containing much of the carbon dioxide gas. The hood includes a handle and may have a trigger or other mechanism to control the flow of carbon dioxide gas, which is contained in a tank strapped to a user and connected to the hood via a hose or tubing. In this way, the system allows animals to be humanely stunned or euthanized individually with carbon dioxide gas using a portable system that is carried and controlled by an individual user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Coastal Plains Agri-Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Donald James
  • Patent number: 10952445
    Abstract: A method of, and an apparatus (1) for, continuously harvesting surrounding meat from a successive plurality animal legs having articulated first and second animal bones and an intermediate joint. The method continuously conveys the animal legs through a path of conveyance, and determines a location of the intermediate joint. Based on the determined location of the intermediate joint, adjusting a position of the intermediate joint and a cutting implement relative to one another, and performing cutting of tissue at a location commensurate with the location of the intermediate joint. The step of determining the location of the intermediate joint is performed contactless, and without interrupting continuous conveyance of the animal legs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Foodmate, B.V.
    Inventors: David Scott Hazenbroek, Dirk Cornelis Stooker, Juul Floris van den Berg
  • Patent number: 10945408
    Abstract: A litter sifter liner used to facilitate the cleanup process of a convention litter box. Additionally, the litter sifter liner is designed to recycle the litter on a daily basis minimizing waste and maintaining upkeep. To achieve this, the liner has a sifter with a reinforced liner, and a plurality of identification tabs. The sifter is mounted into the base panel of the liner and positioned centrally with respect to the litter box sidewalls. This allows the transfer of litter to be contained within the perimeter of the litter box. The plurality of tabs are positioned offset with respect to each other. This indicates the total number of bags left for usage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Inventor: Nicola Rossi
  • Patent number: 10941611
    Abstract: A pet door is provided herein. The pet door includes a pivotal flap and a frame that defines a through-way. A rotatable knob is mounted to the frame and has a handle portion and a stop wall. The handle portion and stop wall include various profiles and configurations that work in concert to control the flap's direction of pivotal movement. In a first configuration, the flap may swing outwardly or inwardly. A second configuration prevents the flap from swinging inwardly. A third configuration prevents the flap from swinging outwardly. A fourth configuration places the flap is in a locked position to prevent swinging in either direction. The electronic door also includes an electronic latch mechanism which selectively latches and unlatches the flap. The latch mechanism unlatches the flap in response to a wireless signal from an electronic transmitter that may be affixed to a pet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Radio Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Cody Lee Stricklin, Marc Edward Brush, Jason Richard Graves
  • Patent number: 10932600
    Abstract: An oyster shucker apparatus comprises a base element comprising a first indentation, a cover element connected at an angle to an end of the base element, either removably connected thereto or hinged thereto, the cover element having a second indentation, the first and second indentations sized and configured to hold an oyster therein. A user holds an oyster therein and, with a knife, is able to easily open the oyster with minimal risk of injury.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Inventor: Jinyi Scoggin Fiocchi
  • Patent number: 10925290
    Abstract: Methods of reducing surface microbial contamination of a poultry carcass comprising subjecting the poultry carcass which has previously been scalded and de-feathered to hot water of between 50° C. and 95° C. for between 1 second and 120 seconds; and related apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Moy Park Ltd.
    Inventors: Andrew Lytle, Paul Gardiner
  • Patent number: 10925260
    Abstract: Disclosed is a buckle for an animal collar and/or leash that is easy to open and close, but at the same time does not open without user intervention. Illustratively, the inventive apparatus comprises a buckle that includes a first clasp member and a second clasp member that form a clasp. Pressure is applied and maintained at the second clasp member to transition the clasp from a closed position to an open position, wherein the second clasp member rotates around a hinge. As the buckle is easy to open and close, the user can conveniently attach the collar or leash to the animal and remove the collar or leash from the animal when it is no longer needed, thus preventing irritation of the animal and build-up of dirt and/or odors. The single-handed operation allows the user to attach and remove the collar or leash efficiently and with minimal effort.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: 8372683 CANADA, INC.
    Inventor: Lorne Miller
  • Patent number: 10918082
    Abstract: An equine grooming device for maintaining a horse mane's braid has at least one pin and a limiter. The pin forms or receives a securing element. The securing element prevents movement of the pin in a direction opposite to a stitching direction. The limiter may include a retainer element. The securing element may be formed by deforming at least part of the pin. A method for use of an equine grooming device for maintaining a horse's braid is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: HES-tec B.V.
    Inventors: Erwin Lambertus Leonardus Samuels, Frank Van Helvert
  • Patent number: 10912308
    Abstract: A tenderizer system, apparatus and method to tenderize meat products and other foods through a cross-cut tenderizing process. This process can be performed by a tenderizer cartridge including at least two shafts in parallel, where a stack of blades are disposed on each shaft and in contact with each other along a respective shaft, each blade including teeth around outer circumferences such that each blade in contact is aligned to form continuous ridges that extend in parallel with the shafts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: ROSS Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: William Lee Harrison, David McAuley Alexander
  • Patent number: 10905098
    Abstract: The invention includes a feeder device that may be used to entertain or feed an animal. The feeder device has a body with an outer peripheral edge and a central opening. A plurality of depressions or grooves and a plurality of through holes are incorporated on the body. Preferably the feeder device is made of a flexible and elastomeric material. The feeder device may be secured to a base element that extends through the central opening to form a feeder device combination. The size and shape of the central opening is adjustable because of the elastomeric material. A desired pattern and spacing may be adopted for the grooves and through holes. According to a method of the invention, a user selects an object to which the feeder device is to be attached. The feeder device is placed over the object and the body of the device stretches to accommodate the central opening to frictionally engage the object. A user loads the device with a desired treats or feed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: BOUNCE, INC.
    Inventor: Joseph P. Markham
  • Patent number: 10897914
    Abstract: A system and method for removing a bone from a primal or sub primal meat cut that includes a conveyance system having a continuous conveyor extending along a path of conveyance from an upstream point at the loading end to a downstream point at the discharge. The system includes a pair of opposing support surfaces projecting vertically upward from a first position of the continuous conveyor along the path of conveyance whereby each of the opposing support surfaces of the pair inwardly extend one toward the other, from an upper level downward vertically to a lower level. Each opposing support surface of the pair has a downward slope and each opposing surface of the pair converges at a recessed valley at the lower level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Inventors: Jason William Tomcak, Bradley John Dirkschneider
  • Patent number: 10893680
    Abstract: A method for processing carcasses of livestock, comprises the processing steps of: positioning a hanging livestock carcass; making an incision along the spine of the positioned hanging livestock carcass; loosening the meat from opposite sides of the feather bones of the spine; and splitting the spine of the carcass. A device for processing carcasses of livestock is arranged for enabling the process steps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: HUMBOLDT B.V.
    Inventors: Richard Antonius Maria Klein Goldewijk, Leonardus Jozephus Antonius Tiggeloven, Thomas Gerardus Maria Jacobs
  • Patent number: 10893657
    Abstract: A pet bed covering system is disclosed. The system may include a pet bed and a pet bed cover. A pet bed cover may have an outer sleeve that wraps about the pet bed with attachment features whereby the pet bed cover may be retained in position about the pet bed. The outer sleeve may have a pet opening edge whereby a pet may enter and exit from the pet bed. In this manner, the pet may be kept warm while resting on the pet bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Inventor: Emiliano Cipriano
  • Patent number: 10893664
    Abstract: An animal drinker includes a base tray that is defined by an exterior drinking trough connected to an interior fluid reservoir by a passageway. The trough and the interior fluid reservoir are maintained at a consistent fluid level. An upper reservoir stores fluid above the interior reservoir and is in fluid communication therewith by an outlet positioned at the bottom. A buoyant float pan is positioned in the interior fluid reservoir of the base tray. A float stop is positioned between the float pan and the outlet of the upper reservoir to stop the flow of fluid from the upper reservoir to the interior fluid reservoir at a predetermined level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Manna Pro Products, LLC
    Inventor: Paul H. Slinkard