Patents Examined by Rob Swiatek
  • Patent number: 9033273
    Abstract: An aircraft ground control system that moves an aircraft on the ground between landing and take off without external mechanical assistance from airport tugs or tow vehicles or reliance on thrust produced by the aircraft's engines is provided. The aircraft ground control system interfaces only with an aircraft auxiliary power unit or other aircraft power supply, but otherwise operates independently of aircraft systems. A system integrator and controller links cockpit controls designed to actuate the transmission of power to system components and to activate system components only under predetermined conditions with selectively activatable drivers in driving connection with one or more aircraft wheels to move the aircraft on the ground at selected torques and speeds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Inventors: Jonathan Edelson, Neal Gilleran, Isaiah Cox, Scott Perkins, Robert Sweet
  • Patent number: 9027880
    Abstract: A device for creating an individually delimited zone of a passenger cabin in a mode of transport for at least one passenger seat includes a modular cabin element that has been attached in a positionally variable manner to stationary guide rails of the passenger seat by way of quick-release fasteners. Associated with this cabin element is an extendable and affixable privacy screen roller blind that forms a flexible dividing element, which privacy screen roller blind extends from the underside of the hatrack or the PSU panel or the ceiling arrangement, and in the lateral region in addition the sidewall lining of the passenger cabin, to the modular cabin element, and by way of which privacy screen roller blind an individually delimited zone can be implemented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Matthias Breuer, Michael Mosler
  • Patent number: 9022316
    Abstract: A failsafe system and method for ensuring the safe operation of an aircraft with a ground movement system to drive the aircraft independently on the ground is provided. The system includes at least one aircraft nose or main drive wheel powered by an onboard wheel driver responsive to sensed aircraft and ground movement system operating parameters to continue operation in response to parameters within normal limits or to prevent continued operation if sensed parameters are outside normal limits and indicate continued operation to be unsafe. The onboard wheel driver includes a locking assembly responsive automatically or manually to signals indicating sensed parameters to lock the onboard wheel driver in an activated or an inactivated condition, depending on whether operation of the ground movement system can be continued safely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Borealis Technical Limited
    Inventors: Neal Gilleran, Robert Sweet, Jonathan Edelson, Isaiah Watas Cox
  • Patent number: 9022320
    Abstract: An aircraft passenger suite including a seat configured for movement between an upright position and a horizontal bed position, an ottoman positioned apart from the passenger seat, and at least one armrest assembly configured for vertical movement, wherein the seat, ottoman and at least one armrest reside in horizontal alignment to form a bed in the horizontal bed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: B/E Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Gordon Wallace, Paul Benedict Rutter, Andrew David Mitchell, Tommy George Plant, Alexander Nicholas Pozzi
  • Patent number: 9021988
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an aquarium cleaning apparatus, systems and methods for removing debris from the aquarium, and in particular, a self-contained cleaning apparatus that utilizes a siphon effect created by pouring water in an aquarium tank and/or pulling water out of an aquarium tank, such as via a vacuum. In a preferred embodiment, the siphon operation occurs because of the difference between the water level of the aquarium tank and the vertical height of a spout attached to the top of a vertical tube. Therefore, it is not necessary for the user to immerse their hands in the aquarium water to operate the cleaning device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Crave Products, Inc.
    Inventors: David Turover, Craig Wenger
  • Patent number: 9015990
    Abstract: A culture container includes a container and a cover. The container forms an opening at the top and an external threaded portion around the opening. The cover includes a main body and a flange extending from the main body. An internal threaded portion corresponding to the external threaded portion is formed on the internal surface of the flange. The cover forms a ventilation passage having an opening formed at a free end of the flange facing away from the main body. When the internal threaded portion is threaded with the external threaded portion so as to close the opening of the bottle, the interior of the bottle communicates with exterior via the ventilation passage. Thus, dust is prevented from falling into the bottle via the ventilation passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Inventor: Bing-Mao Li
  • Patent number: 9016633
    Abstract: A de-icing system and method. An electromechanical actuator heat sink is operable to receive heat from an electromechanical actuator, and a heat distribution element is operable to distribute heat to a surface. A heat transportation device is operable to transport heat from the electromechanical actuator heat sink to the heat distribution element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Julie Fatemeh Asfia, David Blanding, Jeffrey Coffman
  • Patent number: 9016238
    Abstract: A teat cup has a nozzle in a head portion of a flexible liner of the teat cup for delivering fluid internally of the teat cup. The nozzle is directed so as to discharge fluid towards the discharge end of the teat cup. When milking is terminated, treatment fluid is injected through the nozzle into the head portion of the liner just prior to and/or as the teat cup is being withdrawn from the teat and, the teat cup wipes the fluid down the teat so as substantially to coat the teat. When the teat cup falls into an inverted rest position, after take-off, the interior of the liner may be flushed and dried with disinfectant, water and compressed air discharged upwardly into the liner by the nozzle. The discharge end of the teat cup may be fitted with a shut-off valve which can be actuated to prevent ingress of treatment and cleansing fluids into the milk tubes during the treatment and cleansing cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: An Udder IP Company Ltd.
    Inventor: James Richard John Duke
  • Patent number: 9016629
    Abstract: A window system for a vehicle comprising a pressure and thermal window pane, a seal system, and a retainer system. The pressure and thermal window pane may be configured to provide desired pressure protection and desired thermal protection when exposed to an environment around the vehicle during operation of the vehicle. The pressure and thermal window pane may have a desired ductility. The seal system may be configured to contact the pressure and thermal window pane to seal the pressure and thermal window pane. The retainer system may be configured to hold the seal system and the pressure and thermal window pane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Kirk Nils Svartstrom
  • Patent number: 9010017
    Abstract: A collector of adult insects, their eggs and larvae has a vacuum-producing motor disposed within a housing. An inlet nozzle is used to draw the targeted organisms into the housing along a flow path featuring grids heated to a degree sufficient to kill the organisms. Mechanical expedients such as fan blades can be disposed in the flow path to apply mechanical killing forces and to blow debris off of adjacent grids. The organisms are directed to a collector which can be heated and which can contain insecticidal substances to provide additional killing expedients for the collected organisms. The flow rate and temperature ranges are adjustable to create sufficient heat and time of contact to kill selected organisms. The collector is especially useful for treating bedbug infestations without the need for toxic chemicals, long-term treatments which make the space being treated uninhabitable and other more extreme treatment regimens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventor: Michael Southard
  • Patent number: 9010680
    Abstract: A pylon for attachment of a gas turbine engine to a wing of an aircraft has a trailing edge which is rearward of the trailing edge of the core fairing and the trailing edge of the fan nacelle. The pylon has two laterally-spaced side faces which extend in the rearward direction of the engine to end at the trailing edge of the pylon. Each side face has a bottom edge which extends in a rearward direction of the engine from the core fairing to the bottom end of the trailing edge of the pylon. The bottom edges merge such that the bottom edges form a single bottom edge. The pylon is intended to exert control on the bypass flow of a gas turbine engine. Other pylons are also provided which can also exert such control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Rolls-Royce plc
    Inventors: Romuald Morvant, Kevin M. Britchford
  • Patent number: 9010275
    Abstract: Animal keeping installation comprising a floor (11) provided with a mat (12) on which the animal treads when setting foot on the floor (11) and which mat (12) is arranged to be intermittently propelled by a drive roll (13) placed internally in relation to the mat (12), wherein the drive roll (13) is connected to and mounted in bearing journals (15) for rotation about its center axis in a pendulum (14) which allows the drive roll (13), on the one hand, to bear against the inner side of the mat (12) and, on the other hand, to be released from the said bearing contact in dependence on the position of the pendulum (14), and wherein the drive roll (13) is connected to a drive member (18, 19, 51, 62) for driving the roll (13) at least into a position where the drive roll (13) bears against the mat (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventor: Tommy Lindvall
  • Patent number: 9010018
    Abstract: An apparatus is disclosed which may be used to grow plants in a chamber. In one embodiment, the chamber includes an artificial light source, a plurality of plant supports, a supporting structure configured to rotate the plant supports between two positions, the first position being closer to the artificial light source than the second, and a divider separating the chamber into a light region containing the artificial light source and one of the plant supports in the first position and a dark region containing the other plant support in the second position, wherein the divider is moveable between a first divider position in which the divider prevents movement of the plant supports and a second divider position in which the divider does not prevent movement of the plant supports. Methods of growing plants in a chamber on a moveable member are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Dow AgroSciences LLC
    Inventors: Barry Wiggins, Dawn Marie Parkhurst, Michael Vercauteren
  • Patent number: 9003703
    Abstract: The invention provides a nontoxic photoluminescent adjuvant delivered to targeted crops, plants and seeds to assist spray operations in low light or dark light operations. These crops and plants include: not for human consumption crops, turf grass, ornamental flowers, seeds, shrubs and bushes. Spray operations are delivered to the foliar, crown and soil parts and seeds of a crop or plant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Floratine Products Group, Inc
    Inventors: Kevin Cavanaugh, Timothy B. Cartwright
  • Patent number: 9003697
    Abstract: There is provided a greenhouse system. An exemplary greenhouse system comprises at least one plant culture. At least part of a glazing of the greenhouse system comprises at least one functional layer that is adapted to the plant culture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Scheuten S.A.R.L.
    Inventors: Leon Giesen, Gied Rutten, Volker Geyer, Valentino Villari
  • Patent number: 9004398
    Abstract: A hot air balloon with an adjustable deflation port at its upper end which can be selectively opened and closed on the ground and during flight. The positive control of the port by the operator of the balloon in the basket allows the deflation port to be adjusted at any position from full open to fully closed or held in intermediate positions as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Inventor: Forrest L. Walter
  • Patent number: 9003698
    Abstract: The invention refers to a greenhouse screen comprising strips of film material that are interconnected by a yarn system by means of hosiery, knitting, warp-knitting or weaving process to form a continuous product. At least some of the strips comprise a film material in the form of a multilayer polyester film having a thickness less than 60 ?m and comprising at least two layers, wherein at least one layer is white and at least one layer is black, the at least one white layer comprises polyester and a white pigment in an amount between 5 and 50 weight-% based on the total weight of the white layer, and the at least one black layer comprises polyester and a black opacifying agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: AB Ludvig Svensson
    Inventors: Hans Andersson, Per Holgerson
  • Patent number: 9003691
    Abstract: A controller for a pest trap that includes a sensor, signaler, power source and activator in a housing to be attached to and detached from a pest trap. The sensor detects an animal in the trap and directs an activator to close a door of the trap. A signal is transmitted from the signaler of the housing to indicate that the trap has been activated and the door has been closed. The signal may be collected by a remote receiver. The housing may be detached from the trap and attached to a second trap, or reset on the same trap for reuse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Inventor: Rany Arlichson
  • Patent number: 8997444
    Abstract: A seat support device for a riding animal or a pack animal, a saddle tree, and a saddle with such a saddle tree. The seat support device comprises a right multi-linked lug arrangement with a first link section and at least a second link section and a left multi-linked lug arrangement with a first link section and at least a second link section. A pivoting device with a pivot axis is each formed case between two adjacent link sections, so that two adjacent link sections are pivotable towards one other around a pivot axis substantially within a pivot plane which penetrates the pivot axis substantially perpendicular.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: dt saddlery GmbH design & technik
    Inventors: Hjalmar Konzet, Claudia Gentilini
  • Patent number: 8997399
    Abstract: Vegetative systems are described. In one embodiment, a vegetative system has substantially distinct or separate zones or layers in which each zone or layer performs primarily one of the functions of water retention, a growth medium for vegetation, and weed suppression. An upper may comprise coarse aggregate and serve the primary function of weed suppression; a middle layer may comprise a mixture of coarse aggregate, fine aggregate, and fine organic material and serve primarily as a growth medium for vegetation; and a lower layer may comprise high-density hygroscopic material and serve the primary function of water retention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Furbish Company, LLC
    Inventors: Ben Jacob Eiben, Michael D. Furbish, Brad Collier Garner