Patents Examined by Rob Swiatek
  • Patent number: 9463877
    Abstract: A mounting device for a visual barrier of two areas of a passenger cabin of a transport. The mounting device provides an enlarged visual range in the cabin when the barrier is not used. The mounting device includes, but is not limited to a mounting module that is adapted for being inserted in a luggage compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH
    Inventors: Jovan Ulbrich-Gasparevic, Michael Mosler
  • Patent number: 9462755
    Abstract: A modular wall assembly for growing and promoting vegetative growth is disclosed. The assembly includes a frame and a growth media disposed within the frame. The growth media includes a wicking matrix, a first nutrient transfer matrix, a second nutrient transfer matrix, and a planting matrix. A modular wall system including a plurality of the modular wall assemblies is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: EcoWalls, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Coraggio, Ryan Burrows
  • Patent number: 9422931
    Abstract: A milking installation with a milking robot for automatically connecting teat cups to the teats of a dairy animal has milk lines extending between the teat cups and a milk de-aeration unit or milk glass. A de-aeration port is present at the top of the de-aeration unit and a de-aeration line connects the milk glass to a vacuum system. At the bottom of the milk glass a milk inlet line is provided which connects the milk glass to the milk pump. The milk pump includes a milk inlet, a pump housing, a milk outlet. The milk pump is a membrane pump which type of pump is known to be gentle to the milk and thus reduce occurrence of lypolysis of the milk when pumped through the milking installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: LELY PATENT N.V.
    Inventors: Gerard Mostert, Jacobus Izaak Van De Walle, Dimitris Douzoulikopoulos
  • Patent number: 9351477
    Abstract: A long-wear equine diagnostic boot for use on the lower leg of a horse has a plurality of alignment ribs for locating a bladder against the horse's limb when the boot is secured to the horse's leg. An electronic diagnostic device retained and secured in the boot inflates the bladder upon activation to urge the bladder for engagement against the horse. The bladder transmits a signal via a pulse transmission tube to the electronic device. The boot is constructed of latex-free, breathable, lightweight, washable material which allows for safe, long-wearing of the boot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Inventor: Sharon Ann Caswell
  • Patent number: 9296469
    Abstract: An apparatus of an aircraft, the apparatus may include a wing comprising an unfixed portion and a fixed portion. The unfixed portion movably may connect to the fixed portion. The unfixed portion may include a rotating portion to rotate the unfixed portion between a flight position and a folded position. The fixed portion may connect to the unfixed portion of the wing. A joint may allow rotation of the unfixed portion of the wing with respect to the fixed portion of the wing about a rotation axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Gregory M. Santini, Seiya Sakurai
  • Patent number: 9282719
    Abstract: A covering for an animal crate is described. In accordance with one implementation, a covering is configured to prevent an amount of an animal's hair, dirt, or mess created by the animal from escaping through at least one aperture located on a lower portion of a wall of a crate. The covering comprises a panel operably attached to the lower portion of the wall of the crate. The panel is of a length and height sufficient to prevent an amount of the animal's hair, dirt, or mess created by the animal from escaping through the at least one aperture located on the lower portion of the wall of the crate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Inventor: Sandra M. Peregoy
  • Patent number: 9265234
    Abstract: An absorbent article for pet includes: a liquid permeable top surface layer, a liquid impermeable back surface layer, and an absorbent core disposed between the top surface layer and the back surface layer; the absorbent article for pet being configured to be in a belt-like shape and to be fit wrapped around a waist of a pet, in which the absorbent core includes: a belt-like absorbent core main body that extends from the first end portion side to the second end portion side in the longitudinal direction LD of the absorbent article for pet; and a first extension portion that extends outwards in a width direction from a first side edge in a central portion in the longitudinal direction of the absorbent core main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: Unicharm Corporation
    Inventors: Daisuke Komatsubara, Takeshi Ikegami
  • Patent number: 9260287
    Abstract: A riding crop for controlling a horse by striking its flank or hindquarters includes a slender, elongated shaft with a handle at its proximal end and a popper at its distal end. To ensure that the popper is normally the first part of the riding crop that strikes the horse, the popper has a thicker or larger cross-sectional dimension than the mid-length portion of the shaft that supports the popper. The popper can have a relatively resilient or pliable characteristic with respect to the more rigid shaft. When the pliable popper contacts the horse prior to any other portion of the riding crop, it deforms to soften or cushion the impact from the riding crop reducing the chance of injury or harm to the horse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Inventor: Ramon Dominguez
  • Patent number: 9249617
    Abstract: Described is an animal door that is movable between a closed position and an open position and that has an adjustable resistance against the door being removed from the closed position to the open position. More specifically, the animal door defines a passageway and includes a flap that is moveable between the closed position and the open position, whereby the flap obstructs the passageway when at the closed position. The animal door generates a magnetic force that generates a resistance against the flap being moved from the closed position to the open position, whereby magnitude of the magnetic force, and thus the resistance, is adjustable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: Radio Systems Corporation
    Inventors: James R. Bosserdet, Jr., Thomas P. Bjorholm
  • Patent number: 9241447
    Abstract: A mechanism for covering and uncovering a cold frame includes a starting base and a spaced-apart terminal base, a frame, and a cover deployable over the frame starting at the starting base and ending at the terminal base. The cover is wrapped from its midline around a cover shaft rotated by a first drive motor, as cables, attached to the leading edge of the cover, pull it over the frame. Those cables are simultaneously winding themselves around a cable shaft rotated by a second drive motor so that cover remains tight between the cable shaft and the cover shaft. The other end of the cables is secured to the starting base while the trailing edge of the cover is secured to the terminal base. Torque arms extend from the first and second drive motors and their distal ends are pivotally connected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Inventor: Donald F. Looney
  • Patent number: 9232768
    Abstract: An automatic animal watering system has a manifold for transporting drinking water, a controlled volume dispenser in the manifold for receiving a volume of drinking water, an inlet valve, and an outlet valve. A plurality of drinking valve assemblies is provided in fluid communication with the manifold between the inlet and outlet valves. A fluid sensor, capable of responding to changes in one or both of the water volume and pressure, is provided in the manifold between the inlet and outlet valves. The volume of drinking water available to the drinking valve assemblies can be regulated as a function of time to limit maximum potential leakage. The system also includes a controller receiving signals from the fluid sensor and generating a response to changes in the monitored water volume or pressure, thereby limiting potential water leakage in the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: Edstrom, Inc.
    Inventors: Randal S. Knurr, Patrick G. Pieters, Russell F. Kuzniar, Paul S. Johnson
  • Patent number: 9237605
    Abstract: An electrical heat lamp for pig breeding includes a housing and an electrical heating source. The heating source is a U-shaped, infrared electromagnetic radiation heating element, and includes an electric member portion for connecting to an external electric energy source. The heat lamp includes a reflector arranged in the housing, the reflector being adapted to reflect the electromagnetic radiation emitted from the heating source, is adapted to fit the shape of the heating source, and has a U-shaped groove which in turn has a parabolic cross section. The heat lamp includes a sealing member sealing the space or electrical connection between the heating source and the electric member portion against water; optionally, one or two more sealing members are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: Future Farming Holding APS
    Inventor: Karin Susanne Due Andreasen
  • Patent number: 9226455
    Abstract: A planter includes a concave container and a separate rim, both formed from a thermoplastic material. The container has a brim extending radially outward from an upper portion of the container. A vertical wall extends upward from the brim. The rim has a top wall with outer and inner side walls extending downward from its edges. The upper surface of the brim of the container comprises a stop inward of the vertical wall such that when the rim is advanced onto the upper end of the container, a lower portion of the inner rim wall confronts the stop to inhibit further advancement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: ATT SOUTHERN INC.
    Inventor: Kenneth A. Harbaugh
  • Patent number: 9227831
    Abstract: An equestrian saddle having flaps, and a block mounted to each flap for engagement by the leg of the rider, the block being mounted to the flap by a mounting system which permits the position of the block on the flap to be adjusted and which retains the block in its selected position on the flap by a clamping action between the block and the flap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Hammersmith Nominees Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Ronald Gordon Bates
  • Patent number: 9227548
    Abstract: A system for transporting a cattle chute with a tractor features a tractor having a hydraulically activated three-point hitch featuring a first three-point hitch leg, a second three-point hitch leg, and a center three-point hitch leg. The system features a cattle chute having a first side pickup, a second side pickup, and a center pickup. The system features a “U” shaped chute hitch having a first chute hitch leg, a second chute hitch leg, and a horizontal chute hitch connector. The chute hitch is located on the three-point hitch and features a first hook, a second hook, and a center hook. The first hook engages the first side pickup. The second hook engages the second side pickup. The center hook engages the center pickup. The hydraulically activated three-point hitch lifts the cattle chute for transport via the chute hitch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Inventor: Kevin N. Mack
  • Patent number: 9220189
    Abstract: A soilless rooting system-which includes an elongated holder having a first portion and a second portion extending the length of the holder. The first and second portions include a material that permits roots from a vegetative cutting to grow-therethrough. The use of the rooting system, a method of rooting of vegetative cuttings, and an assembly including a rooting system and plant material are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Rootingtape B.V.
    Inventor: Bernard Chodyla
  • Patent number: 9220206
    Abstract: A hydroponic pond is provided that has a depth in the approximate range from 24 inches to 36 inches. This depth of pond water provides a volume of water that increases thermal stability of the hydroponic pond. A nutritional formulation is developed in view of an analysis of a source water make-up for combination with the source water to achieve a desired chemical and nutritional mix. The nutritional formulation and the source water are then combined and placed within a hydroponic pond. A computational system is provided that monitors the state of a hydroponic environment and directs input modules as programmed and in order to sponsor plant growth, plant quality, and volume of plant yield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Got Produce? Franchising, Inc.
    Inventor: Deborah Walliser
  • Patent number: 9216806
    Abstract: A system for airship hull reinforcement and in-situ repair includes a sensor for detecting a leak in the airship hull of a lighter-than-air airship and a repair mechanism inside lighter-than-air airship for dispensing repair material to seal the leak. A durable airship hull includes an inner gas barrier, an outer gas barrier, and a microlattice layer sandwiched between the inner gas barrier and the outer gas barrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: STRATOSPHERIC AIRSHIPS, LLC
    Inventor: Stephen B. Heppe
  • Patent number: 9216810
    Abstract: A frame of a fuselage section of an aircraft that receives external loads, such as the rear section that receives the loads of the tail planes, comprising a first sector configured specifically to withstand these external loads and a second sector along the remaining perimeter of the fuselage, said first sector comprising the following structural elements a) a foot piece to be joined to the fuselage skin; b) a head piece; c) a web comprising one or more fitting-pieces for receiving said external loads and a plurality of X-shaped pieces joined by its ends to said foot piece and said head piece; and d) two connecting pieces of the ends of said foot piece and said head piece with the second sector of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: AIRBUS OPERATIONS S.L.
    Inventors: Francisco Jose Cruz Dominguez, Elena Arevalo Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 9216812
    Abstract: An aircraft lifting surface with a torsion box of a composite material including an upper skin, a lower skin, a front spar, a rear spar, one or more intermediate spars and transverse ribs arranged between the rear spar and an adjacent intermediate spar and/or between the front spar and the adjacent intermediate spar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: Airbus Operations S.L.
    Inventors: Enrique Guinaldo Fernadez, Francisco Cruz Dominguez, Francisco Javier Honorato Ruiz, Paula Más Más, Iker Vélez De Mendizábal Alonso, Carlos Garcia Nieto