Patents Examined by Son T. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10980188
    Abstract: A disclosed vertical planter box assembly includes perimeter walls defining an interior space for holding plants. The perimeter wall includes openings aligned around the interior space. A water basin is provided at a top side for communicating water into the interior space. A drip tray is supported below a bottom side for capturing draining water from the interior space. A plurality of pins extend through the openings and across the interior space to hold the plant structures in place within the interior space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Inventor: William Stuart Duncan
  • Patent number: 10973184
    Abstract: A planter may include a housing configured to house one or more growth units, which are individual positions in the planter for growing an individual plant. The planter may include one or more liquid supply lines embedded in an upper portion of the housing, and a drain line embedded in a lower portion of the housing. A drain that is configured to remove liquid from the planter and supply the removed liquid to a pump via the drain line may also be provided. An upper surface of the housing of the planter may include, for each of the one or more growth units, a through hole that passes through the upper surface of the planter housing into the inner chamber of the growth unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Inventor: Deryck Yin
  • Patent number: 10932449
    Abstract: A pet toy product comprising at least one edible treat and a body member in the form of a ring surrounding the edible treat, with the body member having opposing sides and a body member aperture. The edible treat is receivable into the body member aperture from either side of the body member, and connected to the body member within the body member aperture by a releaseable mechanical connection formed between the edible treat and the body member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: T.F.H. PUBLICATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Glen S. Axelrod, Ajay Gajria
  • Patent number: 10925258
    Abstract: A bone holding device for an animal comprises an apparatus designed to removably secure a chewable comestible such as a bone between to support posts having two (2) support bases. The securement apparatus is size adjustable and secured between the two (2) support posts by a metallic bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Inventor: Joni S. Noaeill
  • Patent number: 10918079
    Abstract: A pet bowl lift apparatus includes a tray for holding at least one pet bowl and a lift mechanism supported on ground level, detachably supporting the tray upon and above the lift mechanism, and being vertically movable between collapsed and extended states. The lift apparatus also includes a lift control mechanism operable to actuate the lift mechanism between the collapsed and extended states to elevate the tray from proximate the ground level to different elevations above the ground level to enable a person without bending to replace and remove the tray on and from the lift mechanism and to accommodate at the different elevations pets of different sizes. The lift apparatus further includes an outer accordion tubular casing enclosing the lift mechanism and vertically moved between recoiled and extended states by actuation of the lift mechanism between the collapsed and extended states.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Inventor: Gabriel A. Mora
  • Patent number: 10918028
    Abstract: A plant irrigation system and method of use, wherein the system accepts a fluid and releases it over time to one or more plants. The improved design has the following modifications: The float valve has been re-located to inside the stake to allow the valve to be more stabilized. The outlet valve at the bottom of the container has been relocated so the water exits from the stake via the flexible outlet irrigation tube rather than a valve that was at the bottom of the container. The Inlet flow tubs has been relocated so that it feeds water directly into the stake as opposed to feeding it into an inlet in the container. The fluid that is released through the valves attached to the flexible outlet irrigation tube will be released with stronger pressure. The system can be fed manually or via an irrigation network capable of feeding fluid to one or more containers. Fluid flow into each individual container is controlled via a float valve or level switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Inventor: Faris Mohammed-Ali Alassadi
  • Patent number: 10874090
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for examining the infestation of honey bee colonies with Varroa mites. The device contains a container with a bottom, side walls and a cover. Within the container there is a means which causes the Varroa mites to drop off the bees, but does not harm the bees, and a means for fixing the dropped Varroa mites to the bottom of the container. The invention furthermore relates to a method of examining the degree of infestation of honey bee colonies with Varroa mites using the device according to the invention, and to a method for examining the sensitivity of the Varroa mites of a bee colony to various acaricid-containing active compounds using the device according to the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Bayer Animal Health GmbH
    Inventors: Klemens Krieger, Jörg Habig, Ralph Büchler
  • Patent number: 10842136
    Abstract: A fish egg incubator including a housing containing a reciprocating mechanism, at least one connector assembly associated with the reciprocating mechanism, at least one perforated containing assembly for holding the fish eggs located at least partially below a water surface and which is associated with the connector assembly where in the reciprocating mechanism periodically moves the least one perforated containing assembly in the water in order to move the eggs in the at least one perforated containing assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Inventor: Donald Allan Booth
  • Patent number: 10827724
    Abstract: The dog walking and watering device enables the user to provide his or her dog with water while away from their usual drinking receptacle. Fluid is stored in a fluid source or reservoir and then delivered to a drinking receptacle. A dispensing actuator controls the valves and positions the drinking receptacle of the device. The dispensing actuator adjusts between a transport position and a use position. In the transport position, the drinking receptacle is adjusted inward toward the body of the device and the dispensing valve closes to limit fluid delivered to the drinking receptacle. In the use position, the drinking receptacle is adjusted outward away from the body and the dispensing valve is open are arranged such that fluid flows to the drinking receptacle from the fluid source or reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Inventor: Hershel Edward Conley, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10813344
    Abstract: A beehive according to this disclosure includes a plurality of modular sections that are configured to be positioned adjacent to one another in a manner that enables simplified, even automated, extraction of honey. Such a beehive may include, or even consist essentially of, a plurality of interchangeable rings, or plates, that are configured to be stacked relative to one another in an assembled relationship, and to be secured together in the assembled relationship. In some embodiments, a beehive may consist of a plurality of rings and a mechanism for securing the rings in an assembled relationship (e.g., tie rods, etc.).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Inventor: Cody Adams
  • Patent number: 10791703
    Abstract: The invention relates to a wall element (6) for an animal cage (1), particularly for a dog cage, particularly for housing an animal in the luggage compartment of a passenger-carrying motor vehicle. According to the invention, the wall element (6) comprises at least one elastically compressible cavity in order to increase the level of safety of said animal cage (1) in the event of a crash.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: BRUEGGLI
    Inventors: Marco Stoffel, Benjamin Bachmann, Arno Lenzi, Nico Spinelli, Remo Sommer
  • Patent number: 10772286
    Abstract: A climate control system (20) for an animal house (10) is configured by determining a minimum ventilation curve for required minimum ventilation. A plurality of ventilation stages is created based on the minimum ventilation curve and the plurality of ventilation fans (23) in the climate control system, each stage providing a percentage of the required minimum ventilation. Creating the stages includes prioritizing the ventilation fans to create a selection hierarchy and determining a minimum stage ventilation and a maximum stage ventilation for each stage. Ventilation fans are selected following the hierarchy that provides the desired percentage of the minimum required ventilation. An increment between a maximum stage ventilation and a minimum stage ventilation for the next higher stage is defined, wherein the minimum capacity level is a function of the minimum capacity of the group of fans added to the next higher stage and the maximum capacity for the next higher stage is determined based on the increment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: The GSI Group LLC
    Inventors: Adam Weiss, Benoit R. Laberge, Yvon Gaudreau, Khaled Saad, Nicolas Bégin
  • Patent number: 10757918
    Abstract: A pet waste container that attaches to the animal and does not require direct contact with waste for removal and disposal. The container includes a disposable waste bag, a tail drawstring, a hind leg cord, and an elastic support cord. The disposable waste bag collects waste material from the animal. The tail drawstring is looped and slidably attached about a main opening of the disposable waste bag and attaches around the animal's tail and lower back portion. The hind leg cord is positioned parallel and offset to the tail drawstring and is attached to the disposable waste bag. The hind leg cord secures about either hind leg of the animal. The elastic support cord ensures the disposable waste bag remains adequately positioned next to the animal's rear end throughout various movements. The elastic support cord is attached to the disposable waste bag and is connected to the hind leg cord.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Inventor: David William Stoccardo
  • Patent number: 10721905
    Abstract: A modular animal pen system comprises front and rear panels and opposed side panels extending between the front and rear panels to form a primary enclosure. The front panel has adjacent doorway apertures formed therein to receive respective selectively closable gates, and a mullion is disposed between the doorway apertures. The mullion has a first slot, and a second slot in the rear panel is in registration with the first slot. The animal pen system further comprises a removable divider panel whose longitudinal ends are sized to fit removably within the respective slots so that the divider panel can divide the primary enclosure into two secondary enclosures. The side and divider panels may be formed by interchangeable profile panels, and the front and rear panels may be formed by interchangeable face panels connectable end-to-end to form a junction slot therebetween sized to receive the longitudinal ends of the profile panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Poly Dome Ontario Inc.
    Inventors: Darren VanBuuren, Burton Mark Wood
  • Patent number: 10716295
    Abstract: A bee swarm box and associated method of use is disclosed. The bee swarm box includes a first and second body portions. The first and second body portions are convertible between a closed configuration and a nested configuration. In the closed configuration, the first and second body portions are brought together forming an internal cavity configured to receive bees and a first plurality of framelike elements. In the nested configuration, the first aligning portion of the first body portion projects so as to nest with the first aligning portion of the second body portion, aiding the first and second body portions in forming the nested configuration. The nested configuration saves space when transporting the bee swarm box between locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Inventor: Jeff Nelson
  • Patent number: 10681877
    Abstract: A plant growing system configured to facilitate the growing of plants in an indoor environment. The plant growing system includes a reservoir fluidly coupled to a plurality of plant buckets by a pipe network. The pipe network has additionally operably coupled thereto a water temperature controller, an ozonator and a controller wherein the controller is configured to transfer water from the reservoir into the plurality of plant buckets. Each of the plant buckets has a float valve operably coupled to the pipe network which function to maintain the water level inside of the plant buckets. A plant support member is configured to be superposed the plant buckets and is operable to have a plant disposed therein. A metering pump and nutrient container are further provided so as to introduced contents disposed within the nutrient container into the reservoir. The pipe network includes a plurality of air vent lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Inventor: Robert Goodwin
  • Patent number: 10568273
    Abstract: Disclosed is a hydroculture pot that can store an optimum amount of water at which a water level is appropriate for a depth of roots. A soil culture pot, having a supply and drainage hole that enables supplying and draining of water in a bottom portion, is used and a partitioning wall, vertically partitioning an interior of the pot main body in a watertight manner to store an optimum amount of water at which a water level is appropriate for a depth of roots of a spider plant, is disposed at an inner circumferential surface of a pot main body. An interior of the pot main body is filled with hydroculture soil and the optimum amount of water is stored in the pot main body so that the water level appropriate for the depth of roots of spider plant planted in the pot main body is a maximum level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Inventor: Masahiro Muranaka
  • Patent number: 10555499
    Abstract: Vehicle-mountable animal feed spreader device for spreading feed for livestock, game animals, or other animals. The device is configured to mount to a vehicle. The device is also configured so that it can be activated while driving to spread feed. The animal feed spreader includes a hopper that funnels animal feed towards a spinning plate that is driven by a motor to spin. Animal feed falling through the hopper strikes the spinning plate as it spins, which spreads the animal feed away from the spinning plate as the vehicle moves or is stationary. A protective cage surrounds the spinning plate and may also operate as a pedestal or other base. The motor and spinning plate are attached to a removable floor of the hopper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Wilson Customs
    Inventor: Ethan Jay Jahns
  • Patent number: 10531641
    Abstract: In accordance with one or more embodiments of the present invention, a destruction resistant pet toy includes a first member having a first material, the first material being a destruction resistant nylon; a second member having a second material, the second material being softer than the first material; wherein the destruction resistant nylon comprises a Shore D hardness. The first member may be a substantially tubular structure having an inner space and the second member is disposed at least partially within the inner space of the first member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Inventors: Andrea Valle, Jonathan Willinger
  • Patent number: 10492474
    Abstract: A system for treating water for subsequent consumption by animals. Illustratively, the system includes a wastewater treatment facility configured to treat wastewater effluent from an egg washer for subsequent consumption by egg producing birds. Further illustratively, stormwater run off collected from the facility is treated for subsequent consumption by the birds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Midwest Poultry Services, L.P.
    Inventor: Robert L. Krouse