Miscellaneous Patents (Class 119/174)
  • Patent number: 10362769
    Abstract: Methods are provided for detection of a disease breakout from a mammal population. For example, the method involves continuously receiving, from two or more sensors positioned in a mammal environment, information of a population of mammals, wherein the information received from each of the two or more sensors is in a different data format; comparing the received information of the population of mammals or other animals with known disease symptom information; and in response to determining that the information of the population of mammals exceeds a pre-determined threshold alert level, generating an alert to prevent or control the disease; wherein the steps of the method are performed in accordance with a processor and a memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Uri Kartoun, Meenal Pore, Fang Lu
  • Patent number: 10332694
    Abstract: An electric double-layer capacitor contains an electrolytic solution, wherein the electrolytic solution comprises 1.2 to 1.8 mol/L of spirobipyrrolidinium tetrafluoroborate as electrolyte as well as solvent, where the solvent contains 50 to 60 percent by volume of propylene carbonate, 30 to 36 percent by volume of dimethyl carbonate, and 4 to 20 percent by volume of ethyl methyl carbonate. The electric double-layer capacitor can maintain its initial high capacitance and low internal resistance, while undergoing smaller characteristic changes after being exposed to low-temperature environments, high-voltage environments or high-temperature environments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: TAIYO YUDEN CO, LTD.
    Inventors: Takeo Tsuzuki, Takatoshi Nagase
  • Patent number: 10318773
    Abstract: A system and method for determining and tracking a location of a participant traveling along a route wherein the participant being tracked with an RFID tag using an RFID tag reader and a timing system, the system includes a location device associated with the RFID tag and has a location data receiver for receiving location information from a location providing source, and a wireless communication interface and time stamps each received location information, and transmits tag location data over the wireless interface, and a location detection device that is in wireless communication with the location device receives the transmitted tag location data, and transmits the received location data to the timing system, with the timing system associating the received location data with the RFID tag number as provided by the RFID tag reader provided tag reads of the RFID tag associated with the location device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Innovative Timing Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Kurt S. Hansen
  • Patent number: 10292802
    Abstract: This invention is directed to a device and a method for controlling fecal incontinence. The device of this invention is easily inserted into the anal canal, and is designed for remaining where required in the anal canal or rectum, above the dentate line and hemorrhoidal vein area, despite the peristaltic movements of the intestine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: ForConti Medical Ltd.
    Inventor: Haim Ackerman
  • Patent number: 10278798
    Abstract: The system comprises a straw and a liquid dilution medium. The straw comprises a tube (11) extending between a first end and a second end and comprises a gas-permeable, liquid-tight plug, said plug being arranged in the tube (11) in the vicinity of the first end of same and extending between a first end turned towards the first end of the tube (11) and a second end turned towards the second end of the tube (11). Said plug comprises an element (14) impregnated with a reagent (22) at least in the vicinity of a first end turned towards the second end of the tube (11). The liquid medium is provided to produce, by mixing, in predefined conditions, the liquid substance (21). The reagent (22) and the medium(27) are configured such that, when the substance (21) comes into contact with the first end of the impregnated element (14), it forms a hydrogel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: IMV TECHNOLOGIES
    Inventor: Eric Schmitt
  • Patent number: 10271520
    Abstract: A medical pet collar has a collar for positioning around a neck of an animal. The collar prevents the animal from biting and licking a body of the animal. A pocket is formed on the collar. The pocket has at least one side that is removably coupled to the collar. The at least one side that is removably coupled to the collar allows for different therapeutic delivery patches to be stored within the pocket. The pocket is configured to provide air transfer capabilities to allow the animal to smell the contents of a therapeutic delivery patch stored within the pocket and to prevent the animal from reaching the therapeutic delivery patch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: 21ST CENTURY ANIMAL HEALTHCARE, INC.
    Inventors: David Sparks, Colin Brodie
  • Patent number: 10244730
    Abstract: A digestate composition comprising lignocellulosic fibrous materials is provided having one or more solvents and a lignocellulosic fiber, wherein the lignocellulosic fiber has been processed by ruminant digestion and anaerobic digestion. A method for preparing a digestate composition is also disclosed including the steps of providing excrement from a ruminant which has undergone ruminant digestion, introducing the ruminant excrement into an anaerobic digester, modifying the ruminant excrement to a first wet product, modifying the first wet product to generate a first dry product, and densifying the first dry product to, in turn, generate the digestate composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: CCD Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Carey J. Boote, Russ Malek
  • Patent number: 10237956
    Abstract: A system and method for illuminating livestock within an agricultural dwelling. The system has a plurality of lighting assemblies that are electrically connected to a dimming device. The lighting assemblies are dimmed from a white color to predetermined wavelength to result in a predetermined behavior of the livestock. The predetermined wavelength and behavior includes a red wavelength that is undetected by the livestock thus resulting in the predetermined behavior of the livestock sleeping while workers can continue to work or function within the agricultural dwelling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Once Innovations, Inc.
    Inventor: Zdenko Grajcar
  • Patent number: 10206378
    Abstract: A method of increasing the probability of breeding swine via a lighting system with a programmable timing device. The lighting system is programmed to present differing photoperiods such that the amount of light observed by a swine every day or week gradually decreases, mimicking a seasonal change, typically from summer to fall. As a result, swine psychologically and physiologically believe that seasons are changing resulting in increased probability of breeding for the swine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Once Innovations, Inc.
    Inventors: Zdenko Grajcar, Juliette Delabbio
  • Patent number: 10098328
    Abstract: A method of monitoring the physiological condition, and/or suitability of animal feed, of ruminant animals, comprising: a. sensing the occurrence of at least a first predetermined type of activity of the animal; b. determining a length of a time period of a first type during which in step a. a sensed first predetermined type of activity has taken place; c. transmitting information about the length of a time period of the first type determined in step b. wherein preferably the transmission starts on a moment in time which depends on the moment in time on which the time period of the first type has ended; d. repeating steps a.-c. for next sensed occurrences of activities of the first predetermined type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: N.V. NEDERLANSCHE APPARATENFABRIEK NEDAP
    Inventors: Jeroen Martin van Dijk, Rudie Jan Hendrik Lammers, Jan Anne Kuipers
  • Patent number: 10076102
    Abstract: A bovine monitoring system may include a rumination sensor, a motion sensor, a posture sensor. The rumination sensor may detect chewing by sensing jaw motion. The motion sensor may detect motion. The posture sensor may detect orientation of the bovine asset through detection of gravitational acceleration, detection of gyroscopic rotation, or a combination of gravitational acceleration and gyroscopic rotation. Using the recorded rumination, motion, and posture sensors, the bovine asset monitoring system may identify aberrations in the estrous cycle or physical or mental health of the bovine assets. A bovine monitoring system may include a thermal scanning device to detect localized heating of the vulva area of the bovine asset, which may be used to identify aberrations in the estrous cycle or physical or mental health of the bovine assets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Horse Sense Shoes, LLC
    Inventors: Roger Roisen, Michael McHugh, Craig S. Wilson
  • Patent number: 10064580
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for diagnosis of animal respiratory diseases using auscultation techniques. Animal lung sounds are recorded and stored as digitized data. Algorithms are applied to the data producing an output indicative of the health of the animal. Another method determines effectiveness of antibiotics administered to animals based upon observed relationships between lung score categories obtained from auscultation. A comparison is made between sample populations of animals that receive different classifications of antibiotics, and this data is compared to lung score categories observed for each of the animals that received the antibiotics. A statistical analysis is conducted to confirm statistical differences in case fatality rates between lung score categories.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: INTERVET INC.
    Inventors: Kurt Brattain, Randolph K. Geissler
  • Patent number: 10004204
    Abstract: An inline analyzer for a milking machine system includes an outer body having a central axis, a fluid input channel, an upper cover attached to the fluid input channel, a central portion attached to the upper cover, a lower portion attached to the central portion, and a fluid output channel attached to the lower portion, wherein the fluid input channel, the central portion and the fluid output channel each have a hollow central channel. A float portion is disposed loosely within the outer body and is free to move axially along the central axis such that milk flows around the float portion. Electrode(s) extend through an upper portion of the float portion. A battery, processor(s), memory and actuator are disposed within float portion. The actuator causes the float portion to move axially along the outer body central to regulate the flow of milk through the outer body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Guardian Research Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Roger Hayes, Daniel McCabe, Robert Mills, Shannon Lance Warren, Teresa Hayes
  • Patent number: 10003182
    Abstract: A cover assembly for an insulator and first and second conductor portions extending therefrom includes first and second coupled hub members defining a central cavity sized and configured to receive the insulator. The first hub member includes a first leg defining a first lengthwise cavity extending from the central cavity and configured to receive the first conductor portion. The second hub member includes a second leg defining a second lengthwise cavity extending from the central cavity and configured to receive the second conductor portion. The first and second hub members are configured to be slidably rotated relative to one another to selectively adjust an angle between the first and second legs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: TE Connectivity Corporation
    Inventors: John Newman, Lee Evans
  • Patent number: 9988781
    Abstract: A sand cleaning vehicle including a debris collection mechanism that collects debris from sand, a storage compartment that stores the collected debris, a capture device that captures at least one image of the collected debris, a memory storing a computer program, and a processor that executes the computer program. The computer program categorizes the collected debris into a plurality of different debris types using at least one image of the collected debris.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Clifford A. Pickover, Maja Vukovic, Komminist Weldemariam
  • Patent number: 9980467
    Abstract: The invention relates to a data network for automatically monitoring voluntary behaviors of individual animals of an animal herd. The individual animals of the animal herd each have a node of the data network. A further node is attached at a location which an animal preferably approaches in the course of a behavior to be monitored. In the event that the animal approaches the node, communication occurs between the nodes, in which communication one node is identified by the other node and a central data-processing system is informed that the two nodes have come into contact. The communication between the two nodes occurs by means of the transfer of electrical signals in a closed electrical alternating-current circuit, which also passes, among other things, through the body of the animal as an electrical conductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: SMARTBOW GMBH
    Inventor: Wolfgang Auer
  • Patent number: 9974284
    Abstract: An electronic monitoring device (20) for attaching to an animal (21) for determining a plurality of states of an animal (21). The monitoring device (20) comprises an NFC module (31) which facilitates wireless communication between a smart phone (32) and the monitoring device (20). The monitoring device (20) comprises an accelerometer (27) for monitoring acceleration of the head (25) of the animal (21). A microprocessor (28) determines various states of the animal from signals received from the accelerometer (27). The smart phone (32) is programmed by a software application which allows an identifying code of the monitoring device (20) to be read from the memory chip (36) and cross-referenced in the smart phone (32) with the identity of an animal, which can be inputted into the smart phone (32). Data relating to the state or states of the animal can be read from the microprocessor (28) through the NFC module (31) wirelessly into the smart phone (32).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: DAIRYMASTER
    Inventors: Edmond Patrick Harty, Liam Eoghan Mullane, John Gerard Daly
  • Patent number: 9808181
    Abstract: A system for monitoring digestive efficiency within the rumen of one or more ruminant animals comprises rumen boluses shaped and sized to be retained within the rumen dorsal sac and each comprising temperature, pH sensor, and redox sensors, and a wireless transmitter. A processor is arranged to derive from the sensor data one or more parameters indicative of animal digestive efficiency including any combination of one or more of hydrogen scale (rH), partial pressure of hydrogen (pp[H2]), oxygen fugacity (f(O2)) and free energy of the system (?G). A method and bolus are also claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Kahne Limited
    Inventor: Paul Benjamin Mallinson
  • Patent number: 9743636
    Abstract: A system and method for remotely managing gas concentrations in gas-sensitive facilities comprises a computer system communicatively connected to one or more atmospheric sensors and ventilation systems. When a sensor reports that a predetermined threshold for a measured atmospheric condition has been exceeded, such as for atmospheric concentrations of ammonia, the computer system generates an alert and forwards the alert across a wireless communications network to a user's mobile device. The user may select a user command to send to the computer system, whereupon the computer system may activate one or more ventilation systems in accordance with the response action or alternatively override the user command based upon one or more contextual determinations, the ventilation systems able to reduce the atmospheric condition to optimal, sub-threshold levels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Cell Sign International, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Casebolt, Dennis William Dormady, Stephen M. Obsharsky
  • Patent number: 9741476
    Abstract: A protective cover assembly for an electrical power distribution line conductor mounted on a horizontally oriented post insulator includes an insulator cover and a retaining pin. The insulator cover includes a cover body defining an insulator cavity configured to receive the insulator and a mounting bracket integral with the cover body. The mounting bracket defines a bracket slot having a bottom entry opening configured to receive the horizontally oriented insulator to couple the cover body to the insulator. The retaining pin is configured to close off the bottom entry opening to secure the insulator cover to the insulator. The cover body is formed of a flexible first material and the mounting bracket is formed of a second material that is more rigid than the first material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Laura Hiller, David Bowling
  • Patent number: 9714524
    Abstract: A force transmission device configured to laterally displace a plane, such as a sliding door or glass, by joining with the plane and transmitting a lateral force to the plane. Once securely joined with the plane, the device forms a securely fastened, textured surface area enabling an object, such as a foot or hand, to laterally displace both the device and the attached plane. The device includes a base portion having a mount surface and an outer surface. The mount surface adheres to the plane through an adhesive portion. A cover portion may detachably cover the adhesive portion and be removed by a tab. A wedge portion having an apex end and a base end extends from the base portion to provide a surface for the object to apply a force on the device. The force is transmitted to the plane for lateral or pivotal displacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Inventor: Kristine L. Parish-Allaire
  • Patent number: 9702485
    Abstract: A protective conductor cover for a distribution line conductor includes an elongate cover body having a longitudinal axis and including first and second opposed, elongate sidewalls. The sidewalls define an axially extending cover channel terminating at axially opposed end openings, and an axially extending bottom opening communicating with the cover channel and terminating at the axially opposed end openings. The protective conductor cover further includes an integral conductor retention tab having a base end attached to the first sidewall and extending laterally from the first sidewall into the cover channel to a free terminal end of the conductor retention tab. The conductor retention tab is configured to elastically deflect and secure the conductor in the cover channel when the conductor is inserted into the cover channel through the bottom opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: TE Connectivity Corporation
    Inventors: Laura Jackson Hiller, David Edwin Bowling, John Anthony Newman
  • Patent number: 9697701
    Abstract: A foot actuated doorbell button assembly can comprise a housing that contains a button as well as a pedal that can be stepped on to actuate the button. The housing can be configured to mount to a wall or to the ground so that the pedal is positioned at or near the ground where it can be easily stepped on. The housing can contain wired or wireless circuitry to allow the doorbell button assembly to be used with virtually any of the existing doorbell assemblies currently available.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Inventor: Tony Gomez
  • Patent number: 9662382
    Abstract: The present invention pertains to a vaccine comprising live attenuated Pasteurella multocida bacteria for protection of a ruminant against pneumonia caused by P. multocida by administration of the vaccine to the upper respiratory tract of the ruminant via intranasal atomization of the vaccine. The invention also pertains to a method to use the vaccine to protect a ruminant against pneumonia caused by P. multocida bacteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Intervet Inc.
    Inventor: Antonius Arnoldus Christiaan Jacobs
  • Patent number: 9538730
    Abstract: A device and method detects the orientation of a copulating livestock to indicate when the copulating livestock is mounted over a recipient livestock. A mounting base attaches the device over the dorsal spine and in the middle line of the back of the copulating livestock. The copulating livestock orients its dorsal spinal cord at about 45° incline while copulating with the recipient livestock. A tilt sensor detects the angle of inclination in relation to gravity or a predetermined reference angle. The copulation angle is generally greater than 45°. A counting apparatus registers the count every time the copulation angle is detected. A transmitter sends the count data to a remote data storage for analysis of copulating patterns. A solar panel provides renewable energy to recharge a battery. A control portion controls the device with a power switch and a reset switch. A camera and light provide more efficient analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Inventor: Pablo Rafael Torres
  • Patent number: 9530430
    Abstract: An input signal analyzer determines a boundary frequency within the limit of a range which does not exceed a first frequency from the mode of an input signal. A spectrum compressor compresses a power spectrum of frequencies in a band higher than the first frequency in a frequency direction. A gain corrector performs a gain correction on the compressed power spectrum. A spectrum synthesizer reflects the power spectrum outputted from the gain corrector in a band determined by both the first frequency and the boundary frequency. A frequency-to-time converter converts both a synthesized power spectrum provided by the spectrum synthesizer and a phase spectrum of the input signal into ones in the time domain, and outputs these spectra.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Satoru Furuta, Kosuke Hosoya
  • Patent number: 9521829
    Abstract: A livestock identification system/method configured to identify individual animals from a pool of livestock is disclosed. The system/method utilizes images of individual animals and determines the identity of a specific animal based on markers extracted from the image of the animal. These markers may then be used to characterize the state of the animal as to weight, health, and other parameters. The system is configured to log these parameters in a temporal database that may be used to determine historical activity of the animal, including but not limited to activity relating to food and/or fluid intake. This historical record in conjunction with analysis of the animal state parameters is used to determine the animal health status and may also be used to determine whether the animal is ready for harvesting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: Animal Biotech LLC
    Inventors: John J. McGlone, Brian Nutter, Sunanda Mitra, Ranadip Pal
  • Patent number: 9420766
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer code products for monitoring the behavior, health, and/or characteristics of an animal are disclosed herein. In one implementation, the animal is positioned inside a waste container placed on a system that is adapted to determine, record and communicate over a network various animal health parameters. These parameters can be processed to determine trends, statistics and changes of animal physiological functions. The results can be used to access animal health conditions and issue warnings, alarms, messages, and other notifications to designated caretakers. These notifications may be displayed using various means such as computers and/or mobile devices. Data retrieval and review capability can provide improved understanding of an animal's health conditions and facilitate early illness detection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Pet Wireless, Inc.
    Inventor: Alexander Triener
  • Patent number: 9332738
    Abstract: An egg transfer system is provided. Such an egg transfer system includes a controller configured to receive a classification signal indicative of an egg classification status for each of a plurality of eggs carried by a flat. A transfer head assembly is in communication with the controller and is configured to remove a plurality of eggs from the flat. The eggs are grouped into at least a first and second subset based on the egg classification status. The controller is configured to direct the transfer head assembly to selectively release the first and second subsets separately based on the respective egg classification status of the eggs. An associated method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: Zoetis Services LLC
    Inventors: John H. Hebrank, Daniel Scott Rees, Michael Glenn Schnupper, Paul Archie Steen
  • Patent number: 9298756
    Abstract: A method for maintaining identification and records relating to animals comprising the steps of obtaining information about an animal electronically and using RFID technology with a read/write functionality for storage of information; and implanting a RFID microchip implant having the read/write functionality within the animal which may be utilized for animals such as equine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Inventor: Mark Johnson
  • Patent number: 9249617
    Abstract: Described is an animal door that is movable between a closed position and an open position and that has an adjustable resistance against the door being removed from the closed position to the open position. More specifically, the animal door defines a passageway and includes a flap that is moveable between the closed position and the open position, whereby the flap obstructs the passageway when at the closed position. The animal door generates a magnetic force that generates a resistance against the flap being moved from the closed position to the open position, whereby magnitude of the magnetic force, and thus the resistance, is adjustable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: Radio Systems Corporation
    Inventors: James R. Bosserdet, Jr., Thomas P. Bjorholm
  • Patent number: 9241778
    Abstract: This invention is directed to a device and a method for controlling fecal incontinence. The device of this invention is easily inserted into the anal canal, and is designed for remaining where required in the anal canal or rectum, above the dentate line and hemorrhoidal vein area, despite the peristaltic movements of the intestine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: ForConti Medical Ltd.
    Inventor: Haim Ackerman
  • Patent number: 9241476
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for preparing an invasive test on an egg, such as determining the gender of an embryo in an egg, comprising the step of: providing a passage to the interior of an egg. The present invention also relates to a method for determining the gender of an embryo in an egg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: VISSER 'S-GRAVENDEEL HOLDING B.V.
    Inventor: Cornelis Frans Taco Visser
  • Patent number: 9241477
    Abstract: A fluid delivery system for an in ovo injection apparatus is provided. Such a fluid delivery system includes a plurality of fluid pumps each having a select valve, a diaphragm valve, and an outlet valve. The select valves are individually controllable such that each select valve is selectively operated via a pneumatic actuator. The diaphragm valves and the outlet valves are commonly operated via respective pneumatic actuators. An input valve is provided for each fluid pump in instances that require high pressure delivery of a fluid substance via the fluid pumps. In such instances, the input valves and the diaphragm valves are commonly controlled via high pressure solenoid valves, while the select valves are selectively controlled and the outlet valves are commonly controlled via low pressure solenoid valves. An associated apparatus and method are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: FORMULATRIX, INC.
    Inventors: Kabir Mukaddam, Pratomo Alimsijah
  • Patent number: 9220242
    Abstract: A method for monitoring movements of an animal, wherein the animal is provided with a device having sensor means for detecting movements, and generating at least a signal with information about detected movements of the animal. The device is further provided with a control unit for processing the information in the signal and for storing the processed information and transmitter means for transmitting information stored in the control unit. The method comprises: storing in the control unit a number of predetermined-type movements counted during a predetermined set of periods which comprises a number of successive first periods, and transmitting a number of the stored numbers of counted movements at moments which depend on the number of detected predetermined-type movements in at least one of the past first periods and/or depend on at least one of the stored orientations of the sensor means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: N.V. NEDERLANDSCHE APPARATENFABRIEK NEDAP
    Inventors: Derk Jan Roosenboom, Jeroen Martin van Dijk, Egbert Gert Jan Uninge
  • Patent number: 9055733
    Abstract: An animal tracking system is provided for remotely monitoring animal positioning, The system includes an implant device, a global positioning system, a network, one or more remote servers, and at least one wireless computing device. The implant device acts as a GPS receiver, calculating the animal's position and then transmitting the results to the remote server where they are stored in a database. Owners can remotely access the database via a software application installed on a wireless computing device. Users can select an acceptable roaming range for the animal, an acceptable range between the animal and other animals being tracked, a lack of movement, or substantial changes in body temperature. Additionally, the implant device can directly connect with the wireless computing device via a Bluetooth connection. In this way, the computing device can access or transfer data regarding the owner's contact information, and an animal's medical history.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Inventor: Johnny Jones, II
  • Publication number: 20150122194
    Abstract: A modular assembly set system for use in modular constructions suitable for behavioral research made of a polycarbonate, acrylic or other material walls with magnetic edges, joints and parts with a support base (floor) made of magnetically active metal sheet glued over a plastic inert polymer surface (or one of similar inert properties). The system comprises a multi piece set that allows to build different mazes or structures for use in behavioral, memory and health sciences studies. The magnetic edges of the walls along with joints and other pieces attaches to the metal base (floor) and permits to modularly build any configuration. The use of this device can be extended to virtually any kind of modular construction (toys, provisional constructions, stands and other low weight assembly). The walls and floor set can be used many times, and assemble and disassemble as required.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventor: CLAUDIO ALFREDO DE LA ROSA
  • Patent number: 8959982
    Abstract: Vapor wake detection is a highly advantageous method and system for detecting explosives and other illicit substances. With vapor wake detection, a canine and a handler are used; however, unlike other detection schemes, the canine leads the handler. After the handler positions the canine in a desired location, the canine detects scents in the air that come to the canine. When the canine detects a trained scent, the canine leads the handler to or follows behind the carrier of the item with the scent. Once the carrier is identified by the handler, the proper personnel are contacted. To implement vapor wake detection effectively, specific rigorous training is utilized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Auburn University
    Inventors: John Pearce, L. Paul Waggoner, Jeanne S. Brock, Timothy Baird, David A. Baffa, Daniel McAfee, Robert E. Leonard
  • Patent number: 8960128
    Abstract: A method for providing anesthesia to a subject having a wound, such as a laceration, a surgical incision, an ulcer, an abrasion or a burn, said method comprising the step of applying topically to the wound a composition comprising: at least one local anesthetic agent; a hydrophilic or hydroalcoholic gelling agent; an antiseptic agent; a vasoconstrictor; and a detectable marker such as a food dye, wherein when the composition is topically applied to the wound of the subject the presence of the anesthetic agent on the subject is indicated by the detectable marker. The method has been developed primarily for anaesthetizing open wounds of animals, particularly those caused by husbandry procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Animal Ethics Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Meredith Sheil, Allan Giffard, Charles Robert Olsson
  • Patent number: 8931327
    Abstract: Vapor wake detection is a highly advantageous method and system for detecting explosives and other illicit substances. With vapor wake detection, a canine and a handler are used; however, unlike other detection schemes, the canine leads the handler. After the handler positions the canine in a desired location, the canine detects scents in the air that come to the canine. When the canine detects a trained scent, the canine leads the handler to or follows behind the carrier of the item with the scent. Once the carrier is identified by the handler, the proper personnel are contacted. To implement vapor wake detection effectively, specific rigorous training is utilized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Auburn University
    Inventors: John Pearce, L. Paul Waggoner, Jeanne S. Brock, Timothy Baird, David A. Baffa, Daniel McAfee, Robert E. Leonard, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8925495
    Abstract: The present invention features a multifunction pet waste scooper. The multifunctional pet waste scooper also integrates with pet leash and plastic bag holder. The multifunctional pet waste scooper comprises a handle housing, a connection tube and two scoops. The scoops are closed in default state and can be opened by a Y-shape bracelet pulled back a spring loaded trigger. When the trigger is released, the spring will push the scoops to be closed. The pet waste scooper further comprises a retractable pet leash to hook a collar used on a pet and a curved slot disposed on the handle housing to hang a bag containing pet waste.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventor: Chang Sup Lee
  • Patent number: 8929971
    Abstract: A method and system for managing at least one animal is disclosed. The method can include imaging, such as ultrasound imaging, a lung of a live animal, such as a ruminant or bovine. The imaging can be performed to determine a degree of respiratory damage from past respiratory illness. After imaging, information regarding respiratory damage can be used to select at least one aspect of the treatment, care or disposition of the animal. For example, the information can be used to select the amount or type of feed provided to the animal at a feedlot. The information also can be used to select how long the animal should be housed at the feedlot prior to slaughter. If an animal is diagnosed with a respiratory illness, information about its degree of respiratory damage from past respiratory illness also can be used to select the appropriate medical treatment or lack of treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: MWI Veterinary Supply Co.
    Inventors: John T. Haynes, William C. Pratt
  • Patent number: 8919280
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for sterile insect technique comprising a plurality of x-ray sources surrounding a container containing insects targeted for reproductive sterilization, wherein the container is at an optimized distance from the x-ray sources, moves at a fixed rate along a direction perpendicular to a plane intersecting the x-ray sources, and rotates about an axis parallel to the longitudinal axes of said x-ray sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: The United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of Agriculture
    Inventors: Ronald P. Haff, Eric S. Jackson
  • Patent number: 8677938
    Abstract: A feed block is formed of compacted feed components with a coating of oils or fats that causes the compacted feed components to separate and the feed block to break apart during liquid absorption making the feed block accessible to the animals. Feed blocks have an initial weight that is substantially free of liquid. Liquid is then introduced to the feed block to cause the feed block to absorb liquid and break apart. After a treatment period during which liquid is absorbed into the feed block, a final resulting weight of the feed block is at least 100 percent greater than the initial weight. The feed block with the broken apart feed components and absorbed liquid is provided the to the animals for the simultaneous ingestion of feed and liquid. Feed blocks are formed by introducing feed components coated with the oils or fats in a high pressure press and compacting the coated feed components to form the feed block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Purina Animal Nutrition LLC
    Inventors: Mary Elizabeth Gordon, Kent J. Lanter, Michael Jerina
  • Patent number: 8677941
    Abstract: A system and method for tracking the health of a group of livestock. In an exemplary embodiment of the invention, the vital signs of a small number of sentinel animals is tracked and used to assess the existence and/or progress of a disease in the group. In an exemplary embodiment of the invention, the vital signs are assessed using a vitality sensor, for example, an accelerometer which provides signals indicating the type and/or other properties of movements made by the sentinel animals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Faunus Ltd.
    Inventors: Ehud Yanai, Ron Elazari-Volcani
  • Patent number: 8642262
    Abstract: This invention relates to systems and methods for managing livestock, such as cattle, from conception to consumption. More particularly, this invention relates to systems and methods in which users, such as producers, feedlot managers, packers, buyers, sellers, and consumers, are brought together through shared information and improved communication. Users may access one or more applications, tools, and/or systems to increase the value of each animal, monitor and track each animal, and improve the efficiency of their operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: MWI Veterinary Supply Co.
    Inventors: Richard D. Stroman, Khurshid A. Afimiwala, James B. Gibb, Philip C. Brink, Scott L. Crain, Timothy G. Niedecken
  • Publication number: 20130340686
    Abstract: Semiochemical compositions comprising a feline scratch marking semiochemical analogues of these semiochemical compositions and a method to prevent cats from scratching in particular places and on multiple objects are described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2012
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Applicant: Institut de Recherche en Semiochimie et Ethologie Appliquee
    Inventor: Patrick Pageat
  • Patent number: 8551012
    Abstract: Estrus of animals and particularly sows is determined for planning of a preferred time period of insemination by a sensing system arranged to detect standing of the animal. Data from the sensing system is collected and analyzed using an algorithm and information that is displayed on an indicating system to provide an indication to a worker of the time period of estrus and ovulation and of a useful insemination time period and a preferred insemination time period of the animal. The indicating system includes a countdown clock to the preferred time period of insemination. In the event that the insemination fails, an indication is provided about whether the actual time of insemination occurred at the preferred time of insemination indicated to the worker. When estrus is completed, a confidence level is provided about the likelihood of success based on the position of the actual time of insemination relative to ovulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Inventors: Walter Signorini, Eleonora Rizzi
  • Patent number: 8505770
    Abstract: An animal waste bag dispenser wherein a roll of waste bags with the leading waste bag protruding from the center is inserted into a holder with an aperture on one end, and the holder is inserted into a plush animal with a second aperture aligned with the first aperture so that waste bags may be dispensed therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Four Paws Products, Ltd.
    Inventor: Barry Askinasi
  • Patent number: 8505488
    Abstract: Embodiments of a method and system are described for tracking and managing animals and/or food products. Identification data and location data for animals is entered into a computer system. A data service provider may collect this data and transmit it to a data trustee. The data trustee may filter the data into official and non-official data, and send official data to an official database. When a public health issue arises, the government may use an identifier for a diseased animal or a location identifier to request a trace report. The data trustee may then use the official data to provide a report showing, for example, which animals have commingled with the diseased animal. Based on this report, other animals can be treated, quarantined, or slaughtered. The disclosed embodiments also may be used to facilitate commercial transactions by providing data that validates an animal's health and food quality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: MWI Veterinary Supply Co.
    Inventor: William C. Pratt