Patents Examined by Trinh Nguyen
  • Patent number: 9901069
    Abstract: An animal crate assembly including an animal crate with a vertically operable access door and a securing assembly for mounting the animal crate to an architectural structure. The architectural table may be a table having a flexible cover. The animal crate is supported by a platform that is moveable between a retracted, concealed position and an extended, exposed position. The animal crate may be selectively concealed within an environment and appear as an article of furniture. The crate includes a door assembly which may be opened and positioned within the article of furniture in the concealed position to enable the crate to be used by the animal even in the concealed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Beltline Marketing, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Duffy Jones, Courtney Nations Jones
  • Patent number: 9894875
    Abstract: A milking robot comprises a frame that is movable along a guide track that is positioned adjacent to a rotary platform such that the frame can move in conjunction with the movement of the rotary platform. The milking robot further comprises a moveable arm having a first end that couples to the frame and a second end that extends in a longitudinal direction, and at least one gripper coupled to the movable arm at the second end. The gripper is extendable in the longitudinal direction of the movable arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Technologies Holdings Corp.
    Inventors: Peter Willem van der Sluis, Henk Hofman
  • Patent number: 9894883
    Abstract: An improved device to retain a dog leash in a manner so that the garment can be used to walk the dog in a hands-free manner and also retain portable electronic devices in an operative condition while the dog is being walked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Inventors: David Partiel, Daniel Krakowski
  • Patent number: 9888668
    Abstract: A portable fresh water supply apparatus for providing continuous fresh water to an animal when a caregiver is absent includes a reservoir capable of receiving and dispensing fresh water and a water supply line in fluid communication with the reservoir. A shut-off valve is located within the reservoir and is in fluid communication with the water supply line. A water drain line is in fluid communication with the reservoir, and an over-flow drain valve is located exterior of the reservoir as well as in fluid communication with the water drain line. In this manner, when a water level inside the reservoir reaches a threshold level, the shut-off valve is automatically toggled between open and closed positions and thereby selectively supplies fresh water from the water supply line to an interior of the reservoir. The overflow drain line diverts excess water away from the reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Inventors: Jerry Coleman, Robert Griffin
  • Patent number: 9883657
    Abstract: A collar for conditioning behavior in an animal and system and method for same are disclosed. The collar includes a main body configured to generate electric stimuli. A pair of conductive polymer multi-ridge electrodes extends outward in a concave configuration from base portion of main body at first end and second end of base portion such that electrodes and base portion form a unitary component. The pair of electrodes is configured to have inner and outer indentations integrally formed with base portion such that inner indentations are suitable for receiving smaller animals and outer indentations are suitable for receiving larger animals. A housing receives main body and is integrally formed with a pair of elongated planar members extending orthogonally from band portion of collar at first end and second end of housing such that collar is positioned around animal neck while inserted to main body for support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: SOS Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Minjae So
  • Patent number: 9877461
    Abstract: A deer feeder includes an upper enclosure, a collapsible middle sleeve, a bottom enclosure, and a feed distribution mechanism. At least three support members may be attached to the upper enclosure for holding the deer feeder in a vertical position. The upper enclosure, collapsible middle sleeve, and bottom enclosure may form a feed storage area that is rainproof. The feed storage area may be made rainproof by attaching a top opening of the collapsible middle sleeve to an inner wall of the upper enclosure and a bottom opening of the collapsible middle sleeve to an outer wall of the bottom enclosure. The feed distribution mechanism may include an auger for removing feed from the feed storage area and/or a centrifugal force mechanism for dispersing feed around the deer feeder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: CABELA'S INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Ronald D. Nelson
  • Patent number: 9867361
    Abstract: A fast absorption side leakage-prevention pet urinal pad includes a urinal pad body that includes a stratiform structure, wherein the urinal pad body includes a non-woven fabric coating layer; an absorbing layer below the coating layer; and a PE film leakage-prevention layer below the absorbing layer; wherein a toilet paper absorbing layer is also arranged between the PE film leakage-prevention layer and the absorbing layer, wherein the absorbing layer comprises two parts: a fast absorbing layer in the middle of the urinal pad body and a mixed absorbing layer at the periphery of the fast absorbing layer, wherein a thickness of the urinal pad body at a location corresponding to the mixed absorbing layer is larger than the thickness of the urinal pad body at a location corresponding to the fast absorbing layer, thereby a recess structure is formed on the surface of the urinal pad body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Jiangsu Zhongheng Pet Articles Joint-Stock Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Qiu Bin
  • Patent number: 9867362
    Abstract: A leakage-prevention pet urinal pad includes a urinal pad body having a stratiform structure that includes: a non-woven fabric coating layer; an absorbing layer arranged below the non-woven fabric coating layer; a PE film leakage prevention layer arranged below the absorbing layer; and a toilet paper absorbing layer arranged between the PE film leakage prevention layer and the absorbing layer, wherein the absorbing layer includes two parts: a first absorbing layer arranged in a middle section of the urinal pad body and having a lower expansivity, and a second absorbing layer arranged at a periphery of the urinal pad body around the first absorbing layer and having a higher expansivity, thereby after absorbing water, the second absorbing layer becomes thicker than the first absorbing layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Jiangsu Zhongheng Pet Articles Joint-Stock Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Qiu Bin
  • Patent number: 9861080
    Abstract: The present invention is generally directed to a pet tracking device that receives and transmits wireless signals indicative of the location of the pet tracking device. The pet tracking device has a body including a power source and electrical circuits located within a housing and at least one hoop antenna extending outwardly from a surface of the housing. The at least one hoop antenna also functions as a collar attaching location for affixing the pet tracking device to a pet worn collar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Netgear, Inc.
    Inventors: James Hathway, Jingyuan Tan, James Cao
  • Patent number: 9854783
    Abstract: A cooling mat for cooling an object comprising a first layer bonded to a second layer to define an interior space, a cooling composition within the interior space and a fill spout allowing the addition of water to the interior space. A support opening for hanging the mat may be included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Inventor: John Westgarth
  • Patent number: 9844204
    Abstract: A folding corral system is operable to define an enclosed space and to selectively adjust the size of the enclosed space. The folding corral system broadly includes a corral structure, a swingable corral panel, and a powered drive system. The corral structure is operable to be installed adjacent the enclosed space. The corral panel is pivotally supported relative to the corral structure to swing about an upright pivot axis. The corral panel is swingable relative to the corral structure into and out of a deployed condition where the swingable corral panel at least partly defines the enclosed space. The powered drive system is drivingly attached relative to the swingable corral panel. The powered drive system is operable to drive the swingable corral panel into and out of the deployed condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: RK Industries, LLC
    Inventor: Wayne D. Schwartz
  • Patent number: 9839199
    Abstract: An improved dog fetch toy product is disclosed. The fetch toy may generally have a bone-like shape, with an elongated middle section and bulbous end sections at either end. Cavities in the bulbous end sections may allow a person to pick up the fetch toy by inserting a finger into a cavity. The fetch toy may then be flung/thrown by the finger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Inventor: Alan J. Dewey
  • Patent number: 9832975
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a prefabricated plaything for a pet. More specifically, the present invention provides an amenity that a pet can easily ascend and descend, including: an easily replaceable friction means and a shelter, wherein the pet relieves stress and trains its body while rubbing its body, claws, and teeth against the friction means or biting the same, and rests in the pouch of the shelter in which a darkroom comfortable for resting is maintained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Inventor: Hak Soo Song
  • Patent number: 9832976
    Abstract: Reconfigurable pet toy products and releasable twist-locking interfaces which may be used in connection with the reconfigurable pet toy products are disclosed. Some example reconfigurable pet toy products may comprise at least one middle piece, a first end piece, and a second end piece. The different pieces may couple with one another in multiple different configurations. The middle piece may include an internal cavity and a chew access window. The end pieces, when coupled with the middle piece according to one configuration, may provide closures for the internal cavity. In another configuration, the first and second end pieces may be coupled directly together, without the middle piece. In still further configurations, multiple middle pieces may be coupled together, and a variety of different middle pieces and/or end pieces may be mixed and matched.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Inventors: Alan J. Dewey, Suman K. Shrestha
  • Patent number: 9826710
    Abstract: A portable, trapping system for capturing and non-lethally retaining a large number of large animals, such as wild horses or feral hogs. A specialized trailer aligns and secures deployable corral components for transportation. The corral comprises a modular fence erected on-site from multiple fence panels that are hinged together by pinning. The fence panels are configured with voids to prevent animal climbing. A gate with a remotely actuated trap door is similarly pinned between adjacent fence panels. The gate threshold is concealable. Stakes secure panels to the ground, forming a stable enclosure. The trailer comprises a rigid confining frame structure adapted to constrain and transport corral components. When the corral is disassembled, multiple individual fence panels are slidably captivated between spaced apart upper and lower ceiling and floor channels, being maintained in a parallel and stable configuration. Separate upper and lower aligned channels constrain the gate assembly during transportation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Inventor: Jeffrey Wayne McNew
  • Patent number: 9826720
    Abstract: Implementations described and claimed herein provide an aesthetically pleasing bird feeder hanger display. In one implementation, a bird feeder comprises a bottle, a display insert, and a hanger. The bottle has a transparent, elongated body extending from a proximal end to a distal end. The proximal end is configured to attach to a cap, and the distal end is configured to attach to a basin. The display insert is sized and configured to extend along a length of the bottle in the interior from the cap to the basin. The display insert has a rigid, planar surface with a proximal tab and a distal tab defined therein. The hanger has a proximal hook and a distal hook. To display the hanger through the transparent, elongated body of the bottle, the proximal hook is configured to engage the proximal tab, and the distal hook is configured to engage the distal tab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Classic Brands, LLC
    Inventors: Robert W. Donegan, Bryan Krueger, Jennifer Ouimette
  • Patent number: 9826719
    Abstract: A hanging assemblage holding plants and feed for a bird and protecting the bird and the feed from a rodent. The hanging assemblage includes a feeder assembly, a planter assembly, and a protective assembly. The feeder assembly holds the feed for the bird. The planter assembly extends replaceably upwardly from the feeder assembly and holds the plants 12. The protective assembly is affixed around the planter assembly, is spaced over the feeder assembly, and protects the bird and the feed from the rodent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Inventor: Arthur A. Myrberg, III
  • Patent number: 9820473
    Abstract: Implementations described and claimed herein provide apparatuses and methods for providing different perch positions for feeding birds. In one implementation, a bird feeder includes a reservoir having a wall defining an interior. The wall has a wall opening to provide access to the interior. A port is mounted on the wall relative to the wall opening. The port includes a protruding portion extending from a surface. The protruding portion defines an opening providing access to the wall opening. A perch has a projecting portion extending from a surface covering the opening defined by the protruding portion. The surface has one or more holes providing access to the opening. The perch is connected to the port such that the projecting portion is moveable to a plurality of positions relative to an axis line extending through a center of the opening defined by the protruding portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Classic Brands, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Donegan, Bryan Krueger
  • Patent number: 9820449
    Abstract: A fill tube for a water filled plant protector is formed by folding the top edge of the outer wall of the protector between the inner and outer walls and capturing the edge with the welds that create the vertical columns. The protector is filled through a port in the tube. Air is vented as the columns fill with water through the open top of each column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Inventor: Thomas P. Bovington
  • Patent number: 9814216
    Abstract: A pet toy includes a flexible pocket having a proximal end opposite a distal end. A single opening is formed at the proximal end, where the single opening leads to an inner chamber closed at the distal end. A rope pet toy body includes a prolongated end which is partially disposed within the single opening of the pocket allowing a first portion of the pocket along the proximal end to overlay a second portion of the prolongated end. A cylindrically-shaped, heat shrinkable film is disposed over both the first portion of the proximal end of the single opening and the second portion of the prolongated end. The heat shrinkable film has been heated and shrunk fit onto both the proximal end of the pocket and the prolongated end of the rope pet toy body thereby joining the pocket to the rope pet toy body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: C.B. Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles A. Byrne, Jose Luis Andreu