Patents Examined by Tien Q. Dinh
  • Patent number: 10494095
    Abstract: An unmanned aircraft system has a vertical takeoff and landing flight mode and a forward flight mode. The unmanned aircraft system includes an airframe, a rotor assembly rotatably coupled to the airframe and a propeller rotatably coupled to the airframe. The rotor assembly including at least two rotor blades having tip jets that are operably associated with a compressed gas power system. The propeller is operably associated with an electric power system. In the vertical takeoff and landing flight mode, compressed gas from the compressed gas power system is discharged through the tip jets to rotate the rotor assembly and generate vertical lift. In the forward flight mode, the electric power system drives the propeller to generate forward thrust and autorotation of the rotor assembly generates vertical lift.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Textron Innovations Inc.
    Inventors: Kirk Landon Groninga, Daniel Bryan Robertson
  • Patent number: 10492377
    Abstract: A rollable five-device-in-one flower container and umbrella stand comprises: a container having multiple walls and a bottom, water-regulating channels formed in the bottom, two wheel wells formed in the bottom, anti-rolling claws formed in the bottom for digging into the ground on a slope to prevent the five-device-in-one flower container and umbrella stand from sliding down the slope, an umbrella-pole receiver screwed on the bottom, U-shaped and J-shaped spring clamps hooked on the umbrella-pole receiver for creating a clamping force therebetween, two wheels partially hidden in the two wheel wells, a tubular double-wall water reservoir having spiral water-distributing tubes and spiral water-regulating foams for spirally and timely discharging the water, and spiral water-circulating slides spirally welded or molded to the walls for spirally creating multiple spiral tractions, multiple spiral layers, multiple spiral travel distances for soil and water to create multiple spiral root growths and multiple spiral
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Inventor: Dee Volin
  • Patent number: 10492464
    Abstract: A livestock farming system for use in connection with feed for livestock and including at least one livestock-related device to carry out a livestock-related action on the feed and a controller to control the livestock farming system and generate information messages, and with a communication system. The livestock farming system is configured to define a parameter value relating to the condition of the person, and the controller is configured to send communication messages with the communication system and/or make cognizable said messages to the person depending on the defined parameter value. Since the livestock farming system can assess the condition of the receiving person, the system can make a choice in the sending and/or communicating of the information to the person, so that it can be better guaranteed that the information to be sent will be effectively processed, and is not disregarded or incorrectly processed because the person is, for example, suffering from a high level of stress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: LELY PATENT N.V.
    Inventor: Serge Louis Loosveld
  • Patent number: 10485185
    Abstract: A vegetation support structure including a frame including a back wall, and opposing side walls; a plurality of horizontal support platforms affixed to the opposing side walls at respective opposing ends; a lower horizontal support platform affixed to the opposing side walls at respective opposing ends; a plurality of horizontal support platforms above the lower horizontal support platform affixed to the opposing side walls at respective opposing ends; an upper horizontal support platform affixed to the opposing side walls above the plurality of horizontal support platforms at respective opposing ends; a plurality of vertical interior walls interconnected to the horizontal support platforms to define individual cells between the opposing side walls; and one or more front panels extending up to half of a height of one or more of the respective individual cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Inventors: Angela Di Prima-Bucci, Michael Nelson Bucci
  • Patent number: 10485219
    Abstract: A method and device for training a canine to detect certain compounds is disclosed. A training aid material delivery device (TAMDD) includes a reservoir for a compound and capillary tube for allowing the diffusion of the compound into a testing area. Dimensions of the capillary tube can be changed to alter the diffusion rate and total diffused quantity of a compound. A trainer uses a series of smaller diameter and/or longer length capillary tubes to train the canine's scent detection ability. The TAMDD is low cost, comprised of durable and inert materials, has customizable emission rates, and delivers a consistent scent/odor profile during training sessions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventor: Thomas M Hughes
  • Patent number: 10485223
    Abstract: A kit for converting a multi-stage egg incubator to a single stage egg incubator. The single-stage egg incubator conversion kit includes an air intake system, an exhaust/ventilation system, a heating source, a cooling source, an environmental control system, and humidity system all being capable of incorporation into an egg incubator. Components of the air intake system, exhaust/ventilation system, heating source, cooling source, and humidity system are operatively connected to the environmental control system to provide environmental control within a setter of the egg incubator, including selective cooling capacity, selective heating capacity, selective air flow between the setter internal environment and an external environment, and selective air flow from the external environment into two or more zones within the setter internal environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Incubation Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas J. Cull, Ralph H. Hill
  • Patent number: 10485218
    Abstract: A gundog training tool prevents gun shyness by gradually allowing a pup to adapt to the sound of a gunshot. A pop gun shoots treats upon creating a simulated gunshot so that the dog grows used to the sound of a gunshot and creates positive reinforcement rewarded by the treat. As the pup learns, a charge in a housing is introduced to provide a simulated gunshot that expels a treat that trains the dog to feel excitement at the sound and smell of a gunshot. The size of the charge adjusts to create louder simulated gunshots as the pup learns so that the pup is prepared for introduction to actual gunshots, such as from a shotgun shooting at a bird.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: SPECIFI-KALI, LLC
    Inventors: James C. Bianchi, Robert W. Holland
  • Patent number: 10477835
    Abstract: In an apparatus for feeding animals including one or more feed dispensing containers from which the animals can take feed which are fed by supply ducts from a supply a device is provided which includes a feed supply duct portion arranged such that the feed falls through the feed supply duct portion under gravity. A drive member is mounted at the duct and includes a plurality of paddle blades of a wheel mounted for rotation about an axis of the wheel such that falling feed in the duct acts to drive the blades to rotate the wheel about the axis and a driven component driven by the wheel. The driven component is in most cases a dispenser for feeding a liquid or particulate additive material from a supply cartridge, which is mounted on a common housing forming the duct and containing the wheel, to an injection opening on the bottom of the housing for addition to the feed passing through the duct portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Crystal Spring Colony Farms Ltd.
    Inventors: Tom McAdams, Ethan Hofer, Lucien Dnestrianschii
  • Patent number: 10477781
    Abstract: A horticulture tray including a plurality of growing cells each configured to accommodate a stabilized growth plug therein. A support peak of each cell is configured to protrude into a center of the stabilized growth plug and force soil of the stabilized growth plug outward and away from the support peak. A sidewall of each cell is angled to force soil of the stabilized growth plug inward and away from the sidewall. The support peak and the sidewall force soil of the stabilized growth plug together between the support peak and the sidewall to compact the soil to form a soil bridge that extends between the support peak and the sidewall, and prevents soil from passing through the growing cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Blackmore Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Fred N. Blackmore, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10479502
    Abstract: An aircraft provided with a wing and a winch device. The winch device is provided with a hoist device that includes a storage drum and a motor member for winding a suspension member around the storage drum and for unwinding said suspension member off the storage drum. The hoist device is surrounded at least in part by a fairing of the winning, said hoist device being arranged in an inside volume of the wing at least in a position referred to as the “streamlined” position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Inventor: Andre Barbieri
  • Patent number: 10479475
    Abstract: A stringer beam joint structure of an aircraft formed from fiber-reinforced composites includes a wing and a wing box. The wing is joined to the wing box at a side of a joint structure. The wing and the wing box each includes a lower skin. A plurality of stringers is coupled to the lower skin and all made of fiber-reinforced composites. A first end of at least one of the plurality of stringers at the side of the joint structure features a web cutout with a taper formed in the base flange that spans longitudinal to the respective stringer and the taper located at the end of each respective stringer, where the taper runs from a knife edge of a base flange of the respective stringer to a full height of the base flange. The tapered surface of the base flange is contiguous with an edge of the web cutout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Zeaid Fouad Hasan, Jeffrey F. Stulc, Phillip Roger Pratt, James A. Backlund, Jr., Nickolas Scott Ellerbeck, Lyle Ray Deobald
  • Patent number: 10472084
    Abstract: A system for driving an environmental control system (ECS) of a vehicle with ground-based electrical power may include a turbine engine on board the vehicle, coupled to the ECS to pneumatically drive the ECS, and an electric machine, on board the aircraft, mechanically coupled to the turbine engine, to drive the turbine engine. A control system such that the electric machine provides motoring assistance to the turbine engine, and that the motoring assistance is limited to match the available current from the ground-based electrical power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Inventors: Ming Xu, Cristian Anghel, Eric Blumer, Wayne Pearson
  • Patent number: 10462989
    Abstract: Methods and systems for utilizing deep ocean water in the cultivation and harvesting of nutrients and CO2 for algae and other valuable aquaculture species for the production of algal biomass and the like. The systems of the present invention include a floating deep water harvesting barge, a containment device, and a storage or pumping device. The containment device may be a closed system, an open system, or a photo-bioreactor. The present invention is also directed to improved methods for drying algae biomass and further downstream applications and uses of the algae biomass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Inventor: Stephen K. Oney
  • Patent number: 10464658
    Abstract: An aircraft wing having a wing tip device at the tip thereof is disclosed. The wing tip device is configurable between: a flight configuration for use during flight and a ground configuration for use during ground-based operations to reduce span. In the flight configuration, flight loads may be transferred via a load transfer arrangement from the wing tip device into the fixed wing, but during movement of the wing tip device towards the ground configuration, the load transfer arrangement is disengaged. The wing includes an actuation assembly having a sliding chassis coupled to the wing tip device, via a track and follower arrangement. The track includes a wide portion and a narrow portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Inventors: Matthew Harding, Stefan Napier, Nicola Marongiu
  • Patent number: 10455804
    Abstract: A toilet for separating excreta of a cat into feces and urine includes a supporting part, a feces storage container, an inclined classifying part, and a urine storage container. The supporting part has a supporting surface and an egestion opening formed on the supporting surface. The feces storage container is disposed below the supporting surface, and has a first entrance. The inclined classifying part has a sloped surface and through holes formed on the sloped surface. The egestion opening allows the sloped surface to be exposed for guiding the feces, so as to move the feces along the sloped surface to the first entrance, and allow the feces to enter the feces storage container from the first entrance. The urine storage container is disposed below the sloped surface for receiving urine flowed from the through holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Inventors: Shih-Chieh Chou, Lu-Ting Hsu
  • Patent number: 10455819
    Abstract: The sex of embryos in eggs is influenced or controlled through the application of light having selected wavelengths in order to promote the development of embryos of a selected sex. An incubating device is provided having an interior cavity that can be sealed from an outside, and having a plurality of lighting elements disposed on each of a plurality of trays disposed in the interior cavity. Eggs are disposed on the trays, and pre-determined environmental conditions are applied to the interior cavity to promote hatching of the eggs. Concurrently with the application of the environmental conditions, the eggs are irradiated according to pre-determined lighting conditions. The lighting conditions include applying light having wavelengths substantially concentrated in selected ranges, such as light wavelengths within the 390-419 nm, 410-450 nm, 420-450 nm, 450-495 nm, or other narrow range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Inventor: Zdenko Grajcar
  • Patent number: 10455818
    Abstract: A bird feeder including a shroud embracing a vertically disposed feed container with the feed container having a feed tray at the lower end thereof. The shroud is vertically movable between an upper position and a lower position with respect to the feed container. In its upper position, birds are able to gain access to the feed tray. In its lower position, the shroud blocks access to the feed tray. A spring yieldably maintains the shroud in its upper position. If a squirrel climbs onto the shroud, the weight of the squirrel overcomes the resistance of the spring which results in the shroud moving to its lower position to prevent the squirrel from gaining access to the feed tray. Three different embodiments of the spring are described and shown. The design of the cover of the shroud partially shields the spring from inclement weather.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Inventor: Paul L. Cote
  • Patent number: 10457425
    Abstract: A satellite is disclosed comprising an anti-nadir panel having a first side and a second side. In one or more embodiments, the first side of the anti-nadir panel is mounted to an anti-nadir side of the main body of the satellite. The satellite further comprises at least one battery pack mounted to the second side of the anti-nadir panel, where at least one battery pack comprises at least one battery cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Richard W. Aston, Michael J. Langmack, Anna M. Tomzynska
  • Patent number: 10442554
    Abstract: A system comprising an unmanned aerial vehicle launch tube comprising a sabot disposed in an interior of the launch tube, the sabot having a first clasp tab and an expandable skirt. The sabot is hollow, and the expandable skirt has a circumferential skirt protrusion and is configured to provide a pressure seal with the inner circumferential wall of the launch tube. The system further comprises a clasp detachably coupled to the first clasp tab and contacting the inner circumferential wall of the launch tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Inventor: Alexander Andryukov
  • Patent number: 10427801
    Abstract: A variety of refueling devices, systems and methods are disclosed for use in in-flight refueling. In one example one such device is towed by a tanker aircraft via a fuel hose at least during in-flight refueling, and has a boom member with a boom axis. The boom member enables fuel to be transferred from the fuel hose to a receiver aircraft along the boom axis during in-flight refueling. The device maintains a desired non-zero angular disposition between the boom axis and a forward direction at least when the refueling device is towed by the tanker aircraft in the forward direction via the fuel hose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Inventors: Ohad Rix, Joshua Gur, Michael Litvak, Elie Koskas