Patents Examined by Ryan A Reis
  • Patent number: 10280895
    Abstract: A semi-annular delta-airfoil is designed in conjunction with a fluid turbine rotor blade to provide increased rotor-tip speed, increased coefficient of power, reduced wind shear, reduced noise and increased self-yaw. A dual-winglet rotor blade in combination with a semi-annular delta-airfoil increases the above mentioned benefits by increasing the rotor-blade tip surface-area that is in contact with the area of increased fluid velocity over the semi-annular airfoil. Winglets on the semi-annular delta-airfoil provide self-yaw characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventor: William Scott Keeley
  • Patent number: 10265559
    Abstract: A fire-hose nozzle includes a cylindrical housing having an inlet, an outlet and a water passageway therebetween. Centrally disposed within the passageway is an elongated, rocket-shaped stem having a larger-diameter end near the inlet and a pointed, tapered end near the outlet. Proximal the inlet are circumferentially disposed apertures for injecting ambient air into incoming water to widen the spray pattern through the outlet. Attached to the inlet is a pistol-grip controller for coupling with a conventional fire hose. Therefore, when water is delivered to the housing, the stem disrupts and separates the water stream to decrease hose back pressure, recoil and oscillation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventor: Lonnie R Downs
  • Patent number: 10265556
    Abstract: The roof top kit for extinguishing fire embers is a fire resistant structure that is adapted for use with buildings. The roof top kit for extinguishing fire embers is adapted to mount on the roof of the building. The roof top kit for extinguishing fire embers comprises a passive barrier and an active suppression system. The passive barrier is a fire resistant barrier that is mounted on the building such that there is space between the passive barrier and the structure. The passive barrier provides a physical barrier that prevents embers from wild fires from falling directly upon the roof of the structure. The active suppression system saturates the passive barrier in water. The water extinguishes ignitions that may occur from the embers that have landed on the passive barrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventor: Ian Walters
  • Patent number: 10264770
    Abstract: A powder scented fishing lure has a substantially uniform dispersion of scent powder throughout the body of the lure. The scent powder is a screened scent powder having no particles greater than about 400 microns. The powder scented fishing lure has a prolonged release of the scent during use and has no substantial reduction in mechanical durability as a result of the addition of the scent powder. The powder scented fishing lure may be in any suitable shape, size and color and enables unique attractant properties over conventional plastic fishing lures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Reel Scents, LLC
    Inventor: Robert Morales
  • Patent number: 10264867
    Abstract: The invention provides a nail foil adornment method and apparatus which cosmetically strengthens, fills, protects and repairs imperfections on natural or artificial nail plates. The adornment apparatus is comprised of two non-thermal flexible adhesives, color or pattern polyester Mylar foil film, opaque polyester Mylar film and clear nail polish. The method is comprised of brushed on transfer adhesive to the bare nail plate which dries clear, level and tacky (sticky). The color or pattern polyester Mylar foil film is digitally pressure transferred onto the nail plates dry tacky (sticky) surface. The used clear film carrier is discarded. The second flexible adhesive is applied to the foiled nail. The adhesive dries clear, tacky (sticky). The opaque polyester Mylar film is digitally transferred onto the nail plate creating a protection layer. The film carrier is discarded. The foiled nail is sealed with clear nail polish to extend wear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventor: Ivy Lawrence
  • Patent number: 10258713
    Abstract: Systems and methods for managing scent in an environment include disposing scent diffusion devices within the environment, wherein the diffusion devices comprise a communications facility that enables transmitting signals to and receiving signals from a non-fragrance dispensing, wide-area network gateway device that receives communication and control functions from a remote computer for distribution to the plurality of scent diffusion devices. A sensor in the environment transmits sensor data to the remote computer. A scent parameter for scenting the environment is received at the remote computer. Diffusion of a liquid from the scent diffusion devices is controlled by the network gateway device the to achieve the scent parameter, wherein controlling includes setting or adjusting an operation parameter of one or more of the scent diffusion devices in response to the sensor data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Inventors: Todd H. Becker, David L. Langton, Christopher H. Patstone
  • Patent number: 10258815
    Abstract: A collapsible cooking oil fire extinguishing device having a shaft with two rigid support arms for support of a fire resistant material. An automatic locking mechanism with a manual pivot mechanism enables changing the device between a collapsed storage position and an expanded usage position. The rigid support arms extend only partially around the perimeter of the fire resistant material, which enables the fire resistant material to tightly cover a cooking oil fire in a vessel with a handle. The pivot mechanism, automatic locking means, and rigid support arms allow the user to exert downward pressure on the burning vessel, thereby creating an airtight seal, cutting off the supply of oxygen and extinguishing the fire. The spring in the automatic locking mechanism is not under compression in the storage position, which increases reliability and prevents malfunction during long periods of time in the storage position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Inventors: Hannu Juhani Reiman, Urho Hämälainen
  • Patent number: 10258712
    Abstract: Systems and methods for managing scent in an environment include receiving data from sensors disposed in an environment regarding an indication that a service is being delivered in the environment and identifying remote atomizing scent diffusion devices disposed in the environment, wherein each scent diffusion device comprises a communications facility that enables transmitting signals to and receiving signals from the remote computer. Based on the indication, an electronic data structure is created defining a physical operational state of the scent diffusion devices, including data specifying at least one of a production of a scent that is intended to be a complement to the service, a fan speed of a fan in the diffusion device that moves particles carrying a scent, and a voltage of a pump of the diffusion device. The diffusion devices are caused to implement the at least one defined operational state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Inventors: Todd H. Becker, Thomas A. Conroy
  • Patent number: 10244810
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices for protecting a user head are provided. In one example, a computer-implemented method can comprise receiving, by a system operatively coupled to a processor, a set of data detected by one or more sensor embedded within the helmet device. The computer-implemented method can also comprise adjusting, by the system, a pressure condition within a first set of inflatable cells of the helmet device based on the set of data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventor: Donald K Martin
  • Patent number: 10239028
    Abstract: The boundary layer drum mixer is an apparatus which can pass through the narrow top port of a standard chemical drum or bulk container without the need to disassemble any part of the mixer or the vessel. The invention is an enclosed system with an internal arrangement of impellers and stators which draw liquid-based media from the adjacent vessel and strategically distributes it throughout the vessel through an array of outlet ports. The strategic mixing requires low energy input, minimizes the risk of media aeration and works with a wide range of fluid levels. The apparatus imparts no net external torque, and therefore, requires no rigid mounting. The upper impeller flow positively entrains particles or liquid phases that tend to float. The lower impeller flow positively entrains particles or liquid phases that tend to sink and/or remain static in boundary layers against or near the vessel walls and base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Inventors: Jonathan William Smith, Matthew William Smith, Hugh Hunter Chant
  • Patent number: 10232662
    Abstract: An angle-adjustable, gravity flow ink refill and pen, each comprising of at least one bendable portion along its length. The bendable portion acts as a concertina-type hinge to allow both the pen and refill to bend to an angle and maintain the bend imparted to it. In a preferred embodiment, the refill is flexible in structure (full or partial) and the pen having a crimped corrugated bendable portion. In an alternate embodiment, intertwined helical wires form the bendable portion for the pen, the refill or both to maintain the angle bent. Alternatively a flexible gooseneck tube is used for the bendable portion of the pen. The pen writes normally on flat surfaces and on inclined surfaces, the rear end of the pen is bent forward such that the rear is pointed upwards towards the sky. This allows ink to flow towards the tip via gravity and facilitate consistent delivery of ink at multiple writing angles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Inventor: Vikram Aditya Swaminadhan
  • Patent number: 10226545
    Abstract: A new-generation GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) compliant hygienic fluid particle diffuser allowing to release the particles of fluids such as bottled drugs, extracts and natural oils by generating a particular pressure without any heating process without degrading the essence of the fluid thanks to a disposable fluid chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Inventors: Cem Kaplan, Ertan Korkmaz
  • Patent number: 10226655
    Abstract: An example fire extinguishing apparatus may include a housing comprising at least one escape hole, a first compartment within the housing containing a first extinguishant agent, and a second compartment within the housing containing a second extinguishant agent. The first compartment may be rotatable relative to the second compartment. The apparatus may further include a barrier disposed between the first compartment and the second compartment configured to separate the first extinguishant agent from the second extinguishant agent, and a barrier rupture mechanism. The barrier rupture mechanism may be configured to rupture the barrier in response to rotation of the first compartment relative to the second compartment to permit the first extinguishant agent to mix with the second extinguishant agent and cause a pressure generating reaction that forms an extinguishant mixture and forces the extinguishant mixture through the at least one escape hole of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Inventors: Mary M. Dwyer, Anushree Sreedhar
  • Patent number: 10226652
    Abstract: An automatic stovetop fire suppressor using a compressed spring to lower a bottom lid upon thermal glass bulb fracture is provided herein. A plastic lid seals on the bottom of a can and forms a closed container. The closed container is filled with a fire suppressing agent. A compressed spring extends when a thermal glass bulb fractures. The extending spring lowers the bottom lid to open the closed container. Fire suppressing agent flows out of the radial opening, suppressing a stovetop fire with minimal or no splashing of cooking oil. A center post is secured to a top wall of the container. A ledge, or bottom support, secured to the container catches the bottom lid to limit the radial opening height. A gradual release of a fire suppressing agent in a desired distribution pattern and method of gradual and spatial agent release can be provided with a cone-shaped bottom lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: WILLIAMS RDM INC
    Inventors: Donald W Murray, Richard M Anthony
  • Patent number: 10225976
    Abstract: A particulate dispersing apparatus is provided that includes a vessel configured to contain particulate material having a ridge circumferencing an inside of the vessel, an insert having a similar shape as the vessel and when inserted into the vessel adapted to engage and removably attach to the ridge, and a dispersing mechanism that disperses the particulate material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Kendall, Richard Sevrey, Richard H. Chapman
  • Patent number: 10226034
    Abstract: A device that is inserted within a bait container or typical five (5) gallon bucket to subdivide said container or bucket into two (2) compartments. Additionally, the insert will allow water to flow through it and provide any bait oxygenated water in the newly created compartments from one (1) oxygen source (aerator).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Inventors: Philip Wayne Newkirk, Kyle Justin Rucker
  • Patent number: 10220109
    Abstract: A system for integrated pest management in an environment includes devices positioned within the environment. The devices each include a communications facility that enables transmitting signals to and receiving signals from a network device. The system further includes a network to provide communication between the network device to the devices. The network device receives communication and control functions from a remote computer for distribution to the devices. The system further includes a sensor positioned within the environment to transmit sensor data to the remote computer. The sensor is configured to detect and transmit a parameter for the environment to the remote computer. The system further includes a controller to control the emission of a fluid from a source of the fluid in fluid communication with the devices. The controller is configured to set or adjust an operation parameter of the devices in response to the sensor data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Inventor: Todd H. Becker
  • Patent number: 10214883
    Abstract: The present invention pertains to problems associated with the installation of new sillcocks in existing masonry or other building materials. A sillcock, or ‘hose bib’ having broader base plate is provided to prevent collapse especially in older or damaged building materials and to minimize damage to new installations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Inventor: Gene Chapla
  • Patent number: 10213799
    Abstract: The present application is directed to a cordless Multi-Use Portable Hand-Held Sprayer with a pump connected to an electric motor which is powered by a rechargeable battery that has been designed to produce a continuous spray from an internal liquid on-board liquid containing reservoir, or from external liquid sources through a suction tube when larger quantities of liquid are required, followed by a positive shut-off. It is made from non-corrosive materials that will not be affected by fluids containing salts or acids. More particularly, a battery powered multi-use portable Hand-Held sprayer device is provided which can be constructed in multiple sizes, mini, small, medium and large, for multiple uses, and configured to pick-up liquid from any liquid source, as well as configured to hold any liquid in an internal reservoir. The unit's nozzle is adjustable from a fine mist to a strong direct line spray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Inventor: Edward Lee Roczey
  • Patent number: 10209720
    Abstract: An irrigation system includes a central pivot and a series of mobile towers connected to the central pivot and to one another by support structure. Each mobile tower has wheels and a motor for driving at least one of the wheels. A control system operates the motors to maintain alignment of the mobile towers and the central pivot while preventing power usage of the system from exceeding a maximum power threshold. The control system determines in which sequence to operate the motors to maintain alignment of the mobile towers while operating no more than a selected number of the motors simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Lindsay Corporation
    Inventor: Jochen Pfrenger