Patents Examined by Shadi Baniani
  • Patent number: 9439399
    Abstract: An animal support harness and method of supporting and restraining movement of an animal is provided. The apparatus includes a sling that can be routed around the abdomen of the animal, and a plurality of primary support straps extend and are joined at a handle. A leash strap is integrated with the handle, and extends to connect to the collar of the animal. The integral leash strap along with the primary support straps enables an owner to control not only an upward supporting force for the animal, but also provides an inherent restraint to prevent an animal from walking too quickly or lunging, which might otherwise harm the animal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: GINGERLEAD, LLC
    Inventors: Elizabeth Dorothy Rubinstein, Barry Scott Rubinstein
  • Patent number: 9433186
    Abstract: The invention provides an apparatus and method for maintaining pet waste in a fully-encapsulated environment whereby waste may be removed and litter may be added/replaced in a substantially sealed, dust-free, and clean manner. In one aspect, the pet waste management system comprises a sealed means by which litter may added and/or removed and/or exchange with fresh litter without the substantial release of contaminated dust and materials from the litter system. The invention also provides a vessel or container for receiving spent litter and/or for housing fresh litter where said vessel or container comprises a connection means for sealably connecting the vessel or container to an enclosed pet management system so that litter may be added and/or exchanged therewith. Further, the invention provides a continuous bagging dispenser fitted to a pet management system which allows for continuous removal of pet waste from the pet management system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Inventor: Christopher Romano
  • Patent number: 9400509
    Abstract: A hydronic system for heating and/or cooling fluid feed additives passing through a delivery line is disclosed. The system includes a hydronic heating system which will heat fluid passing through a closed loop radiant line which is closely positioned adjacent a portion of the delivery line extending between the fluid delivery system and the target destination. The system also includes a cooling system which will cool the fluid circulating through the radiant line to cool the delivery line and the fluid feed additive therein. The system of this invention prevents the fluid feed additive from freezing during the cold months and cools the same during warm months.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Inventor: James B. Watson
  • Patent number: 9357749
    Abstract: A rotary milking station (1) for milking cows and the like, the rotary milking station (1) including a base (3) having a circular path (5) disposed about a given center (7). The rotary milking station (1) also includes a driving assembly (9) operatively mountable onto the base (3) so as to be disposed about the circular path (5) of the base (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: GEA HOULE INC.
    Inventor: Alain Courtemanche
  • Patent number: 9320582
    Abstract: A primate restraint device capable of restricting the movement of a monkey and, particularly, capable of facilitating injection or blood collection. A primate restraint device comprising: a containing body having both side surfaces, a top surface, and a bottom surface; a door provided to the rear surface side of the containing body and capable of opening and closing the rear surface side of the containing body by sliding up and down; and a partition wall which is formed so as to close the inside of the containing body from the front surface side and to be movable forward and backward within the containing body and which is configured to be able to be affixed at a desired position within the containing body. The partition wall has provided therein hind-limb protrusion openings from which the hind limbs of the contained primate are caused to protrude to the outside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: SHIN NIPPON BIOMEDICAL LABORATORIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Ryoichi Nagata
  • Patent number: 9320257
    Abstract: The invention includes an assembly to provide an animal access to a space. The assembly includes an entrance gate which, in a first position provides access to the space and, in a second position, blocks the access to the space. The assembly further includes a measuring device configured to measure a walking speed of the animal, and to transmit a signal indicative of the measured walking speed. The assembly also includes a control device configured to receive the signal from the measuring device, and to control the entrance gate depending on the received signal. By using the measured walking speed of the animal, the control device can, for example, close the entrance gate sooner or close it more quickly if there is a threat of an animal being crushed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: LELY PATENT N.V.
    Inventors: Serge Louis Loosveld, Wilhelmus Johannes Adrianus Van Lier
  • Patent number: 9320206
    Abstract: A potted plant holder features a number of post pieces that assemble to form a post structure that supports a number of hubs thereon, which in turn each support a number of branch-like supports. A reduced diameter end of each post piece nests within the other end of another post piece for easy assembly. Each branch has a simple wire structure with a bent end configured to form two parallel legs jutting perpendicular to the branch length for receipt of the legs in an outer opening of the hub around the post. A pot-size adapter features a ring of smaller diameter than an integral pot-supporting ring of the branch and hangers that suspend the smaller ring therefrom. A watering system features ring-shaped conduits that fit over the different levels of branches and branch conduits running outward along the branches of each level from the respective ring-shaped conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Inventor: Keith Ganske
  • Patent number: 9313957
    Abstract: The arrangement device includes a plurality of apertures in ring configuration. The apertures within each ring are tilted along a tangential angle with respect to the vertical. The apertures are uniquely defined and designed to receive specified stems of elongated items to be arranged. The apertures align the elongated items according to their tilt angles and are shaped to allow them to fall in a resting position approximating how the final arrangement will appear. The apertures have an inner wall angled allowing the elongated items to meet at a gathering point. They are gathered at a tie point and tied into a bouquet while each stem retains its tangential tilt. The arrangement device has legs allowing stems to be kept moist while using the arrangement device prior to being placed in their holding vessel. In an alternative embodiment, overlays may be added to identify items used in each aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Inventor: Christine Wargo
  • Patent number: 9307702
    Abstract: A container for a plant includes a wire mesh that is formed in the shape of a plant pot, and a layer of biodegradable material that is attached to the wire mesh in the shape of the pot. The container provides protection to plant roots from gophers and protection from root damage during transplanting, and can reduce air gaps between a pot and a hole in the ground, saving plants from drying out. The wire mesh provides a supportive frame so that the biodegradable material layer can be thinner, with the biodegradable material quickly softening and/or decomposing to let the plant roots grow through the pot into the soil. The wire mesh can extend beyond the biodegradable material layer at a top of the pot to provide protection against surface foraging rodents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Inventor: Mark Lauer
  • Patent number: 9226456
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for vertical hanging plant container according to various aspects of the present invention comprise a container comprising a moisture impermeable reservoir and an air and moisture permeable zone. The reservoir may be disposed along a bottom section of the container to serve as a moisture storage region allowing moisture to be wicked upwards by the soil in the container. The air and moisture permeable zone may be located above the reservoir in at least one sidewall of the container and allow for the transfer of air and moisture between the soil and an exterior environment surrounding the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Woolly Pocket, LLC
    Inventors: Miguel E. Nelson, Sherry L. Walsh, Rodney L. Nelson
  • Patent number: 9198400
    Abstract: An animal monitoring system, comprising a real time location system (RTLS) for individually identifying and tracking the movements of tagged animals in three dimensions within a monitoring zone, and a component for discriminating between different activities of at least one animal based upon the location of the animal's tag within the zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: FAIRE (NI) LIMITED
    Inventor: Brendan O'Hare
  • Patent number: 9167798
    Abstract: The invention provides an apparatus and method for maintaining pet waste in a fully-encapsulated environment whereby waste may be removed and litter may be added/replaced in a substantially sealed, dust-free, and clean manner. In one aspect, the pet waste management system comprises a sealed means by which litter may added and/or removed and/or exchange with fresh litter without the substantial release of contaminated dust and materials from the litter system. The invention also provides a vessel or container for receiving spent litter and/or for housing fresh litter where said vessel or container comprises a connection means for sealably connecting the vessel or container to an enclosed pet management system so that litter may be added and/or exchanged therewith. Further, the invention provides a continuous bagging dispenser fitted to a pet management system which allows for continuous removal of pet waste from the pet management system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Inventor: Christopher Romano
  • Patent number: 9155602
    Abstract: A muzzle formed of a flexible sheet has a top, a bottom, and laterally spaced sides. A central hole in the muzzle is equally spaced from the sides, closer to the bottom than to the top. Two laterally spaced side holes are in the muzzle between the central hole and the sides. A restraint in a generally rectangular configuration has opposed free ends. Fasteners are secured to the restraint adjacent to the free ends. Attachment elements couple the muzzle and the restraint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Inventor: Thomas Paul Cogley
  • Patent number: 9107383
    Abstract: A tidy pet litter box having a plurality of internal screens across which the pet must traverse when entering or leaving a main basin of the litter box. An upper lid fits over a lower tray, the upper lid having a large front opening. The lower tray defines a large main basin in which litter is placed, and a secondary basin at a rear end thereof. An entrance screen mounted laterally across side walls of the upper lid extends from a lower end of the front opening substantially over the entire main basin and permits passage of a pet to a rear screen located above the secondary basin. To exit, the pet must jump up to the rear screen, then over the entrance screen which dislodges any litter sticking to its paws so that it falls back into the main basin. A method of training a cat to use the litter box by first removing the entrance screen is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Inventor: Kevin Khalili
  • Patent number: 9066493
    Abstract: An animal containment fence includes posts that may be anchored to a surface, connection members that may be transversely coupled to the posts, and flexible cross-members disposed between the posts by telescopically and reciprocally engaging the connection members transversely coupled to the posts. The engagement between the connection members and the cross-member moves reciprocally upon a flexion of the cross-member due to application of a force less than a release force to the cross-member. The engagement between the connection members and the cross-member releases upon a flexion a flexible cross-member due to application of a force equal to or greater than a release force. A method of assembling the animal containment fence includes anchoring posts to a surface, transversely coupling connection members to the posts, and telescopically and reciprocally engaging cross members with the connection members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: Golden Eagle Global, Inc.
    Inventor: Mustafa Barzani
  • Patent number: 9049844
    Abstract: A system for removal of hair includes an instrument having a frame with a trailing handle segment and a leading treatment segment, a manually manipulative actuator mounted relative to the trailing handle segment of the frame and a drive member operatively coupled to the actuator and extending at least partially within the leading treatment segment of the frame. The drive member is movable between an initial condition and a deployed condition in response to corresponding movement of the actuator. A blade assembly is mountable relative to the leading treatment segment of the frame. The blade assembly includes a blade housing mountable relative to the treatment segment of the frame, a blade mounted to the blade housing and having hair teeth for grooming a pet and an ejector member mounted relative to the blade housing. The ejector member is couplable to the drive member of the instrument and positioned to facilitate removal of hair from the blade upon movement toward the advanced position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: Conair Corporation
    Inventor: Kam Fai Fung
  • Patent number: 9049842
    Abstract: An automatic replenishing mechanism for a pet drinking fountain is a container having a water injection element, a float, a linkage set, and a sealing plug. The water injection element, connected to the container, has a water inlet and a base. The float, connected by a link bar to the base, is located underneath the water inlet and limited by a guiding portion to float longitudinally. The sealing plug is mounted on the link bar near the water inlet. When water level rises to elevate the float, the link bar rotates to push the sealing plug. When the float floats to a predetermined level, the sealing plug blocks the water inlet to stop water supply. When a pet drinks water and the water level drops, the float sinks from the predetermined level. The link bar rotates to retreat the sealing plug from the water inlet, thereby automatically replenishing water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Inventor: Chia-Wen Ho
  • Patent number: 9021991
    Abstract: A windowed muzzle has left and right side sections, a lower section, an upper section and a rear section. A left window is in the left side section and a similarly configured right window is in the right side section. A left flap is configured and sized to cover the left window and a similarly configured right flap is configured and sided to cover the right window. A securement assembly selectively retains each flap in a raised orientation above the window or in a lowered orientation covering the window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Inventor: Thomas P. Cogley
  • Patent number: 9016237
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system and method of managing a group of dairy animals. More particularly, the invention relates to measuring one or more milk parameters, comparing this parameter to a criterion, and allowing an animal access to a pasture based on this comparison. The milk parameter is related to the composition of milk obtained from a dairy animal in as far as the composition is defined by at least one of the amount of protein and the energy intake of the dairy animal. The measured milk parameter is, for example, urea. Access to the pasture will be completely or partly blocked for a dairy animal having a high content of urea. This dairy animal is thus prevented from taking in an undesirably large amount of protein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Lely Patent N.V.
    Inventors: Karel Van Den Berg, Antoon Peter André Theelen, Alexander Van Der Lely
  • Patent number: 8919293
    Abstract: A retractable leash and collar/harness assembly. The assembly includes a hub that contains a spring member and leash line coiled and enclosed within the hub. The spring member and leash line remain in constant communication with each other. The hub contains an aperture through which the leash line can flow. Extending outwardly from the hub are snap buckles, one of which is structured to have a channel formed therein. The leash line can flow through the channel to a handle, which is contained within a pouch formed on the attached collar. When the leash is pulled, the handle separates from the pouch, followed by the leash line. Thus, when in use, the leash line follows a path of travel from the hub, through the snap buckle, through the pouch and into the external environment. In an alternative embodiment, the current invention may be a leash and harness assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: In the Lead, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Kenneth Cromwell, Derek Schall