Patents Examined by Shadi Baniani
  • Patent number: 8915053
    Abstract: A head harness for a horse includes a browband linked, at the ends thereof, to two headpieces, each of which has, symmetrically on either side of the harness, two attachments arranged side by side, and in that, on the front headpiece, the cheek strap of the bit and one end of the throat latch are attached to the first attachment and to the second attachment, respectively, and in that, on the rear headpiece, the noseband cheep strap and one end of an auxiliary cheek strap and one end of an auxiliary cheep strap are attached to the first attachment and to the second attachment, respectively, the other end of said auxiliary cheek strap being attached onto the noseband cheek strap located on the other side of the harness, and in that the second attachment of the front headpiece that receives the throat latch and the second attachment of the rear headpiece that receives the auxiliary cheek strap are rigidly connected by a link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Emmanuelle Verger
    Inventor: Emmanuelle Verger
  • Patent number: 8904704
    Abstract: This present invention relates to improvements in seed and seed-related products, processes for making such products and processes for establishing and improving seed beds and seed bed germination. As additional benefits, this invention is directed at improving soil productivity through enhancements in soil fertility, soil condition/tilth, and control of soil moisture. Further, the invention relates to productive use of certain types of abundantly available manufacturing waste, which waste is currently being disposed of in landfills.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Encap, LLC.
    Inventors: Daniel Paul Madigan, Michael Dennis Krysiak, Ronald Dean Eichhorn, Glen H. Wesenberg
  • Patent number: 8904961
    Abstract: An overhead hanging bird waterer can deliver water to birds in a sanitary manner. The overhead hanging bird waterer comprises a main unit covered by an upper cap. The upper cap allows for the water to flow into the main unit and also covers the main unit to prevent debris from entering the main unit. The main unit is mechanically coupled to a support hanger. The support hanger is hung from hanger support. The main unit is further mechanically coupled to a nipple pipe arm and is mechanically coupled to nipples which comprise a nipple stem. The water flows from the main unit through a drain pipe through the nipple pipe arm into the nipples. This enables the birds to obtain the water from the nipples by pushing the nipple stem up or 360 degrees sideways in any direction with minimum water spilling creating enhanced sanitation and better quality produce.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Inventor: Donald Francis Alves
  • Patent number: 8893657
    Abstract: A wall-mounted, recessed pet feeding system includes a base that can be installed in a wall stud cavity at a predetermined height above a floor. The pet feeding system further includes a pair of pet bowls which interlock into the base to prevent spilling while also enabling easy removal for cleaning and filling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Inventor: Roy J. Kazmierzak
  • Patent number: 8881452
    Abstract: A device for a tomato plant having tomatoes and a vine and replaceably supporting from four orthogonal directions and from varying heights relocation of the tomatoes of the tomato plant from lower elevations to higher elevations as the tomato plant grows. The device includes uprights, cross members, and supports. The uprights are held together by the cross members. The supports are operatively and replaceably connected to the uprights, and replaceably support from the four orthogonal directions and from the varying heights the relocation of the tomatoes of the tomato plant from the lower elevations to the higher elevations as the tomato plant grows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Inventors: Thomas W. Pacholyk, Jill M. Pacholyk
  • Patent number: 8881687
    Abstract: A protective petwear collar (20) includes an inflatable bladder (22 and 24) forming a substantially “C” shaped body having an central open area (23) for receiving a neck of a pet and an opening (33) formed by two opposing end portions (34 and 36). The collar includes fasteners (25, 27, 28) for securing the two opposing end portions. The inflatable bladder expands radially outward from a dog's neck in a uniform shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Inventor: Marcy Colangelo
  • Patent number: 8881679
    Abstract: A device that can be used with training pad for male dogs. It uses a flat training pad as a base, an inner cone-shaped form, a second training pad, positioned over the form and a cage that fits over the pad and form. The assembled device creates an upright target for the male dog, making urinating as natural as being outdoors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Inventor: John H. Pelkey
  • Patent number: 8881683
    Abstract: The device includes a screen cleaning brush with multiple fibers or cleaning fingers made from a flexible material with a hook and barb shape. The hook is designed to trap the screen strand as it passes and rotates on a flexible arm to clean the adjacent and opposite side of the strand and then flexes to release the strand. The instant invention has a unique propulsion system and navigation system that enables automatic navigation of the cleaning apparatus on the screen of the aquaculture cage. Alternative the screen cleaning can be performed with a frame having fins to assist in the directional placement of the cleaning fingers against a submersed screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Inventor: Peter B. Lindgren
  • Patent number: 8857377
    Abstract: A self-contained, multi-function animal jacket, which massages the animal with movable elements and which vacuums up and collects the hair loosened by the massage movable elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Inventor: Margo Gutierrez
  • Patent number: 8857103
    Abstract: A planter with adjustable support stakes to support a growing houseplant, including a pot and length adjustable stakes each of which include at least one section rod having a bottom end inserted into a receptacle within a pot upper end and couplers which to vertically attach section rods together and a length of string attached to directly opposite couplers to prevent plant breakage and to support fruit produced by the houseplant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Inventor: Kelley G. Coon
  • Patent number: 8813420
    Abstract: A trellis support system comprises a vertical post comprising a front portion and first and second opposing side wall portions, the front portion comprising an aperture, the aperture comprising a first portion and a second portion adjacent the first portion, and a horizontal cross arm perpendicular to the vertical post comprising a front portion and first and second opposing side wail portions dimensioned to match the front and side wall portions of the post, the front portion comprising a tab member dimensioned to engage the first portion of the aperture and a lock member positioned adjacent the tab member and dimensioned to engage the second portion of the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Inventor: George M. Schaeffer
  • Patent number: 8813421
    Abstract: A trellis support system comprises a vertical post comprising a front portion and first and second opposing side wall portions, the front portion comprising an aperture, the aperture comprising a first portion and a second portion adjacent the first portion, and a horizontal cross arm perpendicular to the vertical post comprising a front portion and first and second opposing side wall portions dimensioned to match the front and side wall portions of the post, the front portion comprising a tab member dimensioned to engage the first portion of the aperture and a lock member positioned adjacent the tab member and dimensioned to engage the second portion of the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Inventor: George M. Schaeffer
  • Patent number: 8794188
    Abstract: A multistage livestock house system may include an outer frame, and a plurality of adjacent stages within the outer frame. Each one of the stages may be configured to hold livestock of a predetermined age range for a predetermined time interval. The system may also include a wash system disposed in each stage, wherein at least one of the stages is configured to be washed by a respective wash system after each time interval. The system may also include an effluent tank that is configured to collect effluent that is washed from each stage by the wash systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Agriconic Design LLC
    Inventor: Andrew Kerner Pitzer
  • Patent number: 8794186
    Abstract: Enclosed, collapsible and shippable disposable animal litter box which can be shipped without loss of animal litter pre-filled in the litter box, and which can be collapsed by the user for disposal after use, thus resealing the box so that used litter and animal waste are prevented from escaping the box. Litter box includes a top, bottom, left side, right side, front, and rear of sheet material with a litter tray for holding animal litter. Various sides are hingedly attached to each other for shipping, opening up by the user into an enclosed use position for the animal, and then for being closed into a disposal position after use. An animal entryway is provided. Entryway includes a removable seal for sealing entry for preventing litter from escaping when litter box is in collapsed position during both shipping of clean litter and discarding of used litter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Kitty Kan, LLC
    Inventors: Richard William Donta, David Benjamin Traylor, Zachary Michael Bravos
  • Patent number: 8782949
    Abstract: A method for growing plants is disclosed. The method includes the steps of mixing a gel precursor that is characterized by the ability to absorb water, form a viscous gel, provide water and nutrition to a plant, and remain capable of being reconstituted with a fresh supply of water, with a gel—forming nutrient composition in an amount sufficient to create a viscous gel, and adding a plant item selected from the group consisting of seeds and seedlings to the gel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Fayetteville State University
    Inventor: Steven Singletary
  • Patent number: 8776729
    Abstract: Provided is a pet dental chew. The pet dental chew includes a body made of material ingestible for a pet and having a predetermined size insertable to a pet's mouth, a plurality of upper core units formed on one side of the body, a plurality of lower core units formed on the other side of the body and arranged in a pattern oblique to the plurality of the upper core units, and a plurality of air holes formed in the body between the one side and the other side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Forcans Inc.
    Inventors: Bon Gill Koo, Myung Jin Lee, Chan Mi Chon
  • Patent number: 8707906
    Abstract: An elevated animal perch assembly provides a perch for an animal permitting play or relaxation in an elevated position away from other animals and an alternative to perching on existing furniture. The assembly includes at least one track section having a pair of spaced rails and a plurality of spaced cross members coupled to and extending across the rails. A plurality of chains each has a lower end coupled to the track section. Each chain has an upper end configured for coupling to a ceiling. A top bracket is also provided having a first flange coupled to the track section and a second flange configured for coupling to a wall for bracing the track section relative to the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Inventors: Henry Trojanowski, Tammy Obert
  • Patent number: 8695275
    Abstract: The invention relates to the field of seed germination and growing of plants. A composition comprising a clay, an inert material, optionally a fibrous material, and a fourth component is provided, characterized in that said fourth component comprises a cation selected from the group consisting of Al, Zr and Ti and an anion selected from the group consisting of oxyhydroxide, oxychloride, nitrate, sulfate, chloride, hydroxide and alkoxide, and wherein the concentration of said fourth component ranges from 0.1 to 70 percent by weight (w %), preferably 0.5-25 w %, more preferably 1-10 w %, of the total weight of the clay, the inert material, and optionally the fibrous material, together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Eurochem N.V.
    Inventors: Jiri Havrda, Bart Andre Maria van Hulle
  • Patent number: 8695537
    Abstract: A leash apparatus includes a housing containing a spool assembly, a spring biased lever arm, and a first tensioning line. The first tensioning line is attached to a first end of the lever arm and wrapped at least once around the spool assembly, and has an opposite end attached to other than the rotatable portion of the spool assembly, such as a fixed location on the leash housing on a mounting of the spool assembly. A surface of the spool assembly slidingly rotates relative to the tensioning line portion that wraps at least once around the spool assembly. A second tensioning line is wound about the spool assembly and extends outside of the housing. The second tensioning line is guided around a wheel attached to a second end of the lever arm located on an opposite side of the lever arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Season 4, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Lee Bizzell, Thomas James Philpott, Brian Neil Smith, Michael Starkey
  • Patent number: 8671886
    Abstract: The invention relates to a milking unit comprising a milk collection part and at least two milk tubes that are connected to the milk collection part. At least one end of the milk tube has an essentially spherical clamping body, the central point of the clamping body being offset in relation to the longitudinal axis (S) of the milk tube and/or the clamping body having a channel with a mouth. The longitudinal axis (S) penetrates a plane, on which the cross-sectional surface of the mouth lies at an angle that is not equal to 90°.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: GEA Farm Technologies GmbH
    Inventors: Markus Auburger, Martin Neumann, Thomas Rohring