Ear Or Wing Tags Patents (Class 40/301)
  • Patent number: 10383312
    Abstract: Tag apparatus for attachment to the ear of an animal including a male member with a stem and a penetrating head for penetrating the ear; a portion that abuts against the hack of the ear and cannot be pulled out of the ear, said portion having an end that is not directed towards the head of the animal when the apparatus is fitted to the ear; such that when the apparatus is fitted to the ear, the apparatus has no overhanging material on which the animal can entangle the tag apparatus on a structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: ENDURO TAGS PTY LTD
    Inventor: John James Steinfort
  • Patent number: 10342214
    Abstract: A device (1) to tag an animal is disclosed. The device comprises a female (20) including a case (21) with a thorough hole (22), a male (40) to be coupled to the female (20) and including a stem (41) with a tip portion (60); the female (20) includes tamperproof fastening means (23) adapted to block the tip portion (60) in the thorough hole (22) and wherein, after coupling the male (40) with the female (20), the hole (22) is closed by the tip (60), the tip becomes part of the female (20) and the stem (41) moves in the case (21).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: DATAMARS SA
    Inventors: Damien Pachoud, Julien Buros
  • Patent number: 10206372
    Abstract: A system for automatically detecting the presence of a cage or tray for containing laboratory animals in a specific position of a facility shelf and a method for managing the data relating to the cage, implemented by the system, particularly advantageous for the laboratory technician. In particular, the system is composed of a shelf comprising a plurality of devices designed to detect the position in the facility and the ID of a cage, a central control unit designed to process, through software, the information received in order to offer the operator the possibility of tracking and managing, by means of a database, the whole facility. Numerous other functions of the system are included, such as the function designed to detect and notify, visually or through the software, the correct positioning of a cage in the shelf.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Tecniplast S.P.A.
    Inventors: Pietro Bernardini, Giorgio Rosati, Alessandro Rigamonti
  • Patent number: 9626536
    Abstract: In FIG. 9 a female identification tag is formed by overmolding between mold parts (8, 9) a base section (1) which will include inwardly directed projections or fingers (4) to retain in use the head of a male tag and may include an RFID coil (6). As the mold parts (8,9) separate, the core (10) can start to eject, moving through the flexible opening (13) formed at the top of the soft boss (12) of the tag. Subsequently, a hard insert can close off the opening (13) in providing tamperproofing. The core (10) can be caused to rotate as it moves through the flexible opening (13) in order to break any bond between the plastics material and the core (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: DATAMARS SA
    Inventors: Roy Victor Bladen, Michael Stuart Gardner
  • Patent number: 9538724
    Abstract: An ear tag for recognizing livestock individual is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Hana Micron Inc.
    Inventor: Sang Yeul Yeum
  • Patent number: 9254131
    Abstract: A multi-part surgical staple assembly is provided to provide uniform compression across stapled tissues. The staple assembly generally includes a U-shaped staple, a staple plate positionable against a backspan of the staple for engagement with one side of a stapled tissue section and a platen for receipt of tissue penetrating tips of the staple and engageable with an opposite side of a stapled tissue section. The staple plate and platen are provided with holes to receive the legs of the staple. In one embodiment, the staple plate is provided with a biasing member to bias the staple plate away from the backspan of the staple and toward the stapled tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Michael Soltz, Kevin Sniffin, Jennifer Broom, Henry E. Holsten
  • Patent number: 9193210
    Abstract: A fastener for sheet objects may include first and second portions which are positioned or are positionable in an adjacent spaced relationship with respect to each other so as to define a sheet object receiving region therebetween. Piercing means are provided which are movably mounted on the first portion. The piercing means may be adapted so as to pierce one or more sheet objects disposed within the sheet object receiving region when moved into an operative state in which the piercing means extends across the sheet object receiving region between the first and second portions. The fastener may further include retaining means for retaining the piercing means in the operative position when moved thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Inventor: Shahnoor Hossain
  • Patent number: 9147151
    Abstract: The RFID tag part comprises at least a housing (2) to house a transponder (1), and a washer (3) to maintain said transponder in said housing first part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: ASSA ABLOY AB
    Inventor: Jean-Miguel Robadey
  • Patent number: 9038293
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for identifying an animal, comprising a male part and a female part which are intended to be joined together, said female part comprising a head (12) for holding a tip of said male part, and a rigid shell (11) containing electronic identification means (42). According to the invention, a resin (41) is placed inside a housing defined in said shell so as to cover said electronic means (42) and to secure said head (12) to said shell (11).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: ALLFLEX EUROPE
    Inventors: Johan Decaluwe, Jean-Jacques Hilpert, Emmanuel Lemaire
  • Patent number: 8985059
    Abstract: An insecticide impregnated strip configured for convenient and reliable attachment to conventional animal ear tags. The insecticide strip comprises an elongated integrally molded member having a key-hole shaped aperture formed in an upper portion thereof, enabling the elongated strip to be pendularly suspended from the ear tag. Various methods are disclosed for attaching the strip to different types of known ear tags.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Y-Tex Corporation
    Inventors: Joe D. Kellerby, Michael G. Fletcher
  • Publication number: 20150068077
    Abstract: The RFID tag part comprises at least a housing (2) to house a transponder (1), and a washer (3) to maintain said transponder in said housing first part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventor: Jean-Miguel ROBADEY
  • Publication number: 20150007467
    Abstract: A plurality of ear tags is provided and may include a panel portion and a relatively narrow neck portion extending from the panel portion. The plurality of ear tags may be arranged so that the panel portions of adjacent ear tags are at least partially overlapped and edges of the neck portions of adjacent ear tags are juxtaposed and attached to one another at an attachment location at the edges of the neck portions of the adjacent ear tags.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Applicant: Y-Tex Corporation
    Inventors: Glenn Arden Nielson, Ronald K. Knapp
  • Patent number: 8858568
    Abstract: A system for marking a non-human biological object and removing a sample of the biological object, which object is in particular an animal, comprising: a first tag part (1), a second tag part (2), a pin (3), a sample container (10) and, a sample removing stopper (20) the system further including a functional compound arranged within a compartment of the system such that said functional compound is in communication with said sample when said sample has been introduced into the sample container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Reinhard Nels
    Inventors: Reinhard Nehls, Roy Caisley, Henrik Winkeler
  • Patent number: 8763287
    Abstract: A device for sampling biological tissue (1) to be used in a label for marking animals includes: a hollow needle (3) having a cutting edge (36) at one end, capable of sampling a biological tissue sample when the sampling device is inserted into the biological tissue; a fixation part (22) of the hollow needle, made as a single piece and including a tank (2) containing a chemical for processing a biological tissue sample, the base of the tank including a partition (211) that is punctured by the needle when a pressure is applied upon the insertion of the sampling device into the biological tissue. After puncturing the partition, the content of the tank flow into the hollow needle and contacts the recovered sample. The end of the hollow needle containing the sample can further be protected by a cap, and the sample remains easily accessible for further analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Allflex Europe SAS
    Inventor: Jean-Jacques Hilpert
  • Patent number: 8727221
    Abstract: A micro marker is formed of geometric features having various colors to apply to an object. The micro marker includes a background having a first color, multiple localization features formed on the background having a second color, and multiple information encoding features, each information encoding feature having a color selected from multiple colors to represent digital values, the information encoding features being arranged proximate the localization features on the background.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Pedro Davalos, Kwong Wing Au, Sharath Venkatesha, Mahesh K. Gellaboina
  • Patent number: 8695244
    Abstract: An identification tag (10,100) is provided which comprises a first body portion (12), a second body portion (14) and a web portion (13) located between the first and second body portions (12,14). The web portion (13) permits the second body portion (14) to be pivoted relative to the first body portion (12). The tag (10,100) further comprises a drive member (26,126) projecting from the first body portion (12). The drive member (26,126) has a drive surface (32,132) adapted to be driven, in use, by a tag loading mechanism of a tag applicator. A lock (16,22) is also provided on the tag (10,100) to lock the free ends of the first and second body portions (12,14) together after application. The drive member (26,126) may also include a fixing surface (36,136) for fixing the second body portion (14) at a chosen angle relative to the first body portion (12) prior to application of the tag (10,100) to an item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Inventor: Brian Eadie
  • Publication number: 20140096422
    Abstract: Methods and device for marking animals are disclosed. An ear tag configurable for attachment to a rodent ear, e.g., a mouse ear, is presented, wherein the ear tag includes a color-coded image, an alphanumeric character string, a bar code and/or a visual signage. The tag may include the visual identifier and an RFID device. A card may be provided that redundantly displays some or all of the visual identifier. An applicator is alternately or additionally provided that removes separated elements of the tag from a tray force generated by manual compression of a pair of handles of the applicator, and additionally includes jaws that compress towards each other when the handles are initially compressed, yet splay and release the tag elements as additional compressive force is applied to the handles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Inventors: BRETTON MARK SWOPE, MICHAEL ERNEST BEUTLER, ERIC MALCOMB IBSEN
  • Publication number: 20130119142
    Abstract: A modular animal ear tag with both visual identification and RFID identification components, with the visual and RFID identification components being easily mated and subsequently separated to facilitate re-use of either or both such components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2011
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Inventor: William E. McCoy
  • Patent number: 8398652
    Abstract: An apparatus and method of installing livestock ear tags are provided. The apparatus includes handle members that control the insertion of a piercing needle that cuts an opening through an animal's ear. A slidable head assembly enables efficient manipulation of the piercing needle and reload of a new piercing needle for installing another tag. The piercing needle has attached to it a securing tab of the ear tag. The tab is stripped from the piercing needle after the needle clears the far side of the ear thereby securing the tag to the ear by placing the tab on the opposite side of the ear. The piercing needle is preferably disposable. The piercing needle has an integral tissue capturing cavity for capturing a slug of tissue from the animal's ear as the needle passes through the ear. The tissue sample can be used for subsequent animal health testing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Ritchey Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Eugene B. Ritchey, Craig E. Ritchey, Grant A. Ritchey
  • Patent number: 8336239
    Abstract: The field of the present invention relates to an identification assembly, and in particular, to a clasp device for securing to an identification wristband, and to a wristband and clasp assembly. In one embodiment, a identification assembly for a patient includes a band with first and second opposite ends and first and second opposite edges and a width measured between the first and second edges. The identification assembly also includes a clasp secured to the band. The clasp has a first section having an inside surface and an outside surface; a second section having an inside surface and an outside surface, the inside surface of the second section facing the inside surface of the first section; and a protrusion extending from one of the first or the second section to engage the other of the first or the second section to secure the first and second sections together in a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: St. John Companies, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert McDermott, Adam Preisach, Andrew Bishop, Tracey Carpentier, Karen Joseph
  • Publication number: 20120285056
    Abstract: A system and method for maintaining animal ear tags are disclosed. Said system comprising an animal ear tag. Said animal ear tag comprises a body, a control chemical, one or more identifiers, and an ear attachment assembly. Said ear attachment assembly is capable of attaching to an ear of an animal. Said body and said ear attachment assembly are one-piece. Said method comprising attaching one or more identifiers to an animal ear tag having a body and an ear attachment assembly, and attaching said ear attachment assembly to an ear of an animal. Said body and said ear attachment assembly are one-piece. A portion of said animal ear tag comprises a control chemical capable of protecting said animal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2011
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Inventor: Eugenio Corrales, JR.
  • Patent number: 8241300
    Abstract: An animal tag applicator (1) has handles (2) and (3) pivotally connected together and extending to respective jaws (6) and (7) for dispensing an ear tag (10) to be engaged about an animal's ear (39). The tags (10) are in the form of an elongate, longitudinally connected, strip which can be accommodated within the hollow handle (2). A slider (17) has a pusher (18) engaged with the front-most tag (10A) to move it into the dispensing position where its male portion is engaged by the top jaw (7) and a cutting means (31) severs the connection between the front-most tag (10A) and the immediately following tag. A releasable stop member (42) engages the front-most tag (10A) before it is dispensed. A lost motion slot (43) enables the cutting means (31) to be raised before the pusher (18) engages with the next tag (10) to move it into the dispensing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Tagam Limited
    Inventors: Malcolm Norman Lynd, Roy Victor Bladen
  • Publication number: 20120030977
    Abstract: An ear tag is provided and may include a main body and a stem extending from the main body and having a first bore formed therethrough. A head may be disposed at a distal end of the stem and may include a tip and a plurality of retention features. The tip may be received within the first bore and may overlap the plurality of retention features to transmit a force applied to the tip to the stem and the plurality of retention features.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2011
    Publication date: February 9, 2012
    Inventor: Ronald K. Knapp
  • Patent number: 8099884
    Abstract: Device for identifying articles such as animals, comprising a male part and a female part, which male part comprises an arrow-shaped element and which female part is provided with a passage with a front end and a rear end, wherein the arrow-shaped element can be inserted into the passage along the front end, wherein the passage is provided close to the front end with at least one protruding element, and wherein the passage is partly closed close to the rear end by a closing part, wherein the partly closed passage, including the protruding element, are manufactured integrally from a hard material; method for manufacturing such a device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: Allflex Europe SAS
    Inventors: Antoon van Wijk, Bart Louis Maria Verlinden
  • Publication number: 20110232142
    Abstract: An ear tag for attachment to an animal for identification comprises a piercing element and a tab portion. The piercing element includes a post having a terminal end and at least one expandable member carried by the post. The expandable member is configured and dimensioned to be pierced through an ear of the animal and to expand and retain the post in the ear after piercing. The piercing element also includes an interior bore extending through the post to the terminal end, the bore dimensioned to receive a portion of a piercing tool. The tab portion is secured to the piercing element, and the ear tag is shaped and dimensioned to receive an indicia for identifying the animal. Air apertures may be provided around the piercing element to permit the piercing to breathe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2011
    Publication date: September 29, 2011
    Inventor: Mark Jones
  • Patent number: 7937861
    Abstract: An ear tag retainer system for efficiently and easily securing an ear tag to an animal. The ear tag retainer system generally includes a retainer including a plurality of nodes, wherein the plurality of nodes extend from the retainer and a holder including a plurality of openings, wherein the plurality of openings receive the plurality of nodes when attaching an identification tag to an animal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Inventor: Clayton S. Zacher
  • Publication number: 20110088295
    Abstract: Methods and device for marking animals are disclosed. An ear tag configurable for attachment to a rodent ear, e.g., a mouse ear, is presented, wherein the ear tag includes a color-coded image, an alphanumeric character string, a bar code and/or a visual signage. The tag may include the visual identifier and an RFID device. A card may be provided that redundantly displays some or all of the visual identifier. An applicator is alternately or additionally provided that removes separated elements of the tag from a tray force generated by manual compression of a pair of handles of the applicator, and additionally includes jaws that compress towards each other when the handles are initially compressed, yet splay and release the tag elements as additional compressive force is applied to the handles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2009
    Publication date: April 21, 2011
    Inventors: Eric Ibsen, Michael Ernest Beutler, Bretton Mark Swope
  • Patent number: 7895776
    Abstract: In a tag for identifying and marking animals, the tag associates a receiver button (1) by irreversible fitting of a finger (2). The button (1) includes a head (13) wherein is provided a cavity (8) for receiving a punch (3) of the finger (2). The head (13) is secured to a shell (5) retaining the punch (3) which is provided with an opening (6) for introducing the punch (3) inside the button (1). The axial wall (7) of the retaining shell (5) delimiting the opening (6) is radially deformable. A chamber (11) is arranged between the head (13) and the axial wall (7) for receiving the latter (7) deformed under the effect of the punch (3) passing through the opening (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Assignee: Allflex Europe SAS
    Inventors: Anne Costantini, Jean-Jacques Hilpert
  • Publication number: 20110000111
    Abstract: An auricular label includes a fastening system that combines, with a male part, a female part including a button having an opening and a cavity for receiving the male portion, the button including an essentially cylindrical or frusto-conical head and a circular surface extending in a plane substantially perpendicular to the axis of the head from the base thereof, the loop being characterized in that the surface of the reception button includes at least two perforations ensuring the communication of the lower face of the surface with the atmosphere. The label ensures an improved healing of the insertion point into the ear of the animal, without impairing the rigidity or the solidity of the button, and without permitting the forced extraction of the male part or any other manipulation for forging the data contained in the ring.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2008
    Publication date: January 6, 2011
    Applicant: ALLFLEX EUROPE SAS
    Inventors: Jean-Jacques Hilpert, Emmanuel Lemaire
  • Publication number: 20100325926
    Abstract: The invention relates to a marking device for identifying and marking an animal that is connected by a non-reversible engagement: a male portion (2) including a rod extending from a holder (10); and a female portion (5) including a cavity for interaction with a rod.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2008
    Publication date: December 30, 2010
    Inventors: Jean-Jacques Hilpert, Emmanuel Lemaire
  • Patent number: 7854079
    Abstract: The invention relates to an animal marking and identification tag which is intended to receive a protrusion using an irreversible joining technique. The inventive tag comprises upper and lower shells which house an electronic member therebetween. The shells are assembled to one another by means of laser welding. The upper shell comprises at least two elements which are assembled such as to extend axially from one another, said elements including a dark base element which serves as an obstacle to the laser beam and a brightly-coloured top element which renders the tag visible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2010
    Assignee: Allflex Europe S.A.S.
    Inventor: Jean Jacques Hilpert
  • Publication number: 20100210011
    Abstract: An ear tag for identifying animals, enables a sample of biological tissue to be taken when the tag is applied to the animal. The tag includes a male part and a female part which are assembled by irreversible socketing. The stem of the male part includes a detachable head having a hollow distal part provided with a cutting edge for cutting out a biological sample when the head perforates the ear of the animal. The female part includes a central tube for receiving the head and at least partially receiving the stem when the ear tag is applied, the tube being associated with a detachable sample container arranged in the axial extension of the tube. The proximal end of the container has a first opening for receiving the head of the stem when the ear tag is applied, and the distal end of the container has a second opening enabling the inside of the sample container to be reached.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2008
    Publication date: August 19, 2010
    Applicant: CHEVILLOT SAS
    Inventors: Jean Jacques Hilpert, Johan Decaluwe
  • Publication number: 20100199531
    Abstract: An improved animal tag for application to an animal's ear which comprises a male portion that includes a flat segment and a projection segment, a female portion that includes a generally square or generally oval shaped flat segment and a raised segment with an aperture; wherein the projection segment of the male portion is adapted to be inserted through the animal's ear and into the aperture when pressure is applied thereto.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2009
    Publication date: August 12, 2010
    Inventors: STEVE BRETEY, Keith Kuhnly, Larry Davis
  • Publication number: 20100132233
    Abstract: The invention relates to a cattle marking and identification ear tag of the type that combines a male part and a female part, including a tag (2) and an essentially cylindrical or frusto-conical button (3) which is secured to an eyelet (4) in the tag, such that the base (5) of the button abuts against the edge of the eyelet, the contact surfaces having a complementary shape. The ear tag is characterised in that the base of the button includes at least one reinforcing rib (6). The button is provided with reinforcing elements such that the tag cannot be detached from the button at the eyelet using a cutting instrument without leaving visible traces of attempted forgery of the tag.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2008
    Publication date: June 3, 2010
    Applicant: ALLFLEX EUROPE SAS
    Inventor: Jean-Jacques Hilpert
  • Patent number: 7726055
    Abstract: The invention relates to an electronic button tag for tagging and identifying cattle and other animals, of the type which is intended to be placed on one of the ears of the animal. The inventive button tag includes a transponder which is enclosed in a shell. The shell is made from two half-shells, namely a lower half-shell and an upper half-shell, which are assembled together at a median plane. The transponder is fixed in place, without compression. between the two half-shells using a glue; and the two half-shells are assembled by a laser weld.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignee: Allflex Europe S.A.S.
    Inventor: Anne Costantini
  • Patent number: 7690141
    Abstract: An animal tag comprising, a penetrating component (3) having two ear penetrating members (9) joined by a strip of intermediate material (13), a complementary component (15) having a locking portion (17) for each penetrating member, and ramp means (21) for each locking portion, wherein the arrangement is such that the ear penetrating members are designed to be passed through the ear (33) of an animal and to lock onto the locking portions to sandwich the ear in a gap (28) between the penetrating component and complementary component and the ramp means are arranged to co-operate with the skin penetrating members to vary the size of the gap whereby to provide a range of gap sizes to accommodate varying ear thicknesses and/or growth of the animal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Inventors: John James Steinfort, Neil Frederick Edney
  • Patent number: 7685752
    Abstract: The carrier comprises a male part (1) and a female part (2), wherein the male part (1) has a stud (3) able to cooperate with a cavity (4) of the female part (2), wherein the stud (3) contains a ferrite rod (5) on his central axis (7). Said female part (2) comprises said antenna coil (6) so that when the stud (3) fully cooperates with the cavity (4) of the female part (2) through positioning means (9,10), the ferrite rod (5) is placed in the center (8) of the antenna coil (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Assignee: Assa Abloy AB
    Inventors: Jean-Miguel Robadey, André Meilland
  • Publication number: 20100064985
    Abstract: The present invention concerns an automated ear tagging device for tagging an animal. Pre-filled magazines with ear tag elements are loaded into the device whereby a quick and easy tagging of a large amount of animals may be carried out. Thereby an ear tagging device is provided for easing and minimising the workload in attaching ear tags, in particular circular ear tags on piglets and slaughter pigs, but also other livestock animals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2008
    Publication date: March 18, 2010
    Inventors: Henrik Jacobsen, Jesper Blok
  • Publication number: 20100058629
    Abstract: An animal ear tag that is sufficiently light and small that it may be secured to the ear of an animal without causing irritation to the animal or loss of attachment. The ear tag includes an identification code that may be in the form of human-readable or machine-readable indicia or an RFID tag mounted on or inside the ear tag. The ear tag may be part of a sequential set of ear tags arranged in a strip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2009
    Publication date: March 11, 2010
    Applicant: The Jackson Laboratory
    Inventors: Joan Emily Malcolm ALBEE, Shannon Byers, Michael V. Wiles
  • Patent number: 7591091
    Abstract: A system for identification of animals. The system includes an animal identification device adapted for application to an animal and a device for secure storage of organic material taken from the animal to be identified by the identification device. The storage device and identification device each are marked with a common identifier. The identification device and the storage device are mounted, prior to use, in a holder which can be in the form of a moulded tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2009
    Assignee: Allflex Australia Pty. Limited
    Inventor: Michael John Connole
  • Patent number: 7533482
    Abstract: An electronic animal identification ear tag. A self powered transponder is encased in a plastic housing, and the housing is affixed to a one piece metal ear clip. The ear clip has self clinching provisions that are metal only, and the housing has a bubble opening therein to accommodate the closure of the self clinching means. The self clinching locking means and, in a first embodiment, a retaining tooth formed on a leg of said metal ear clip maintain the position of the sleeve on said metal ear clip. In the first embodiment, the housing is a sleeve sliding onto the metal ear clip, while a second embodiment has the housing formed and molded around the metal ear clip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2009
    Inventor: James Allen Huenefeld
  • Publication number: 20090094869
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an electronic tag, and more particularly to an electronic tag including an insulating cap. When the electronic tag is being made, the insulating cap is arranged adjacent to heat-sensitive electronic components. The insulating cap protects the electronics from the heat generated when injection molding with hot plastic.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2008
    Publication date: April 16, 2009
    Inventors: Randolph K. Geissler, Steven Lewis
  • Publication number: 20080250682
    Abstract: The invention concerns an ear tag for identifying and marking animals, said tag associating a receiver button (1) by irreversible fitting of a finger (2). Said button (1) comprises a head (13) wherein is provided a cavity (8) for receiving a punch (3) of the finger (2). The head (13) is secured to a shell (5) retaining the punch (3) which is provided with an opening (6) for introducing the punch (3) inside the button (1). The axial wall (7) of the retaining shell (5) delimiting said opening (6) is radially deformable. A chamber (11) is arranged between the head (13) and said axial wall (7) for receiving the latter (7) deformed under the effect of the punch (3) passing through said opening (6).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2006
    Publication date: October 16, 2008
    Applicant: Allflex Europe SAS
    Inventors: Anne Costantini, Jean-Jacques Hilpert
  • Publication number: 20080236001
    Abstract: An electronic animal identification ear tag. A self powered transponder is encased in a plastic housing, and the housing is affixed to a one piece metal ear clip. The ear clip has self clinching provisions that are metal only, and the housing has a bubble opening therein to accommodate the closure of the self clinching means. The self clinching locking means and, in a first embodiment, a retaining tooth formed on a leg of said metal ear clip maintain the position of the sleeve on said metal ear clip. In the first embodiment, the housing is a sleeve sliding onto the metal ear clip, while a second embodiment has the housing formed and molded around the metal ear clip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2007
    Publication date: October 2, 2008
    Inventor: James Allen Huenefeld
  • Publication number: 20080222930
    Abstract: An animal ear tag includes a tag body and a locking insert, wherein once the locking insert is placed within the boss of a receptacle of the body of the ear tag, the insert is not easily dislodged therefrom. In addition, the present invention relates to an animal ear tag and locking insert wherein the locking insert prevents separation of the locking components of the animal ear tag once the ear tag is installed on an animal, thereby inhibiting loss of the ear tag.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2006
    Publication date: September 18, 2008
    Applicant: BAYER HEALTHCARE LLC
    Inventors: Robert G. Pennington, Earl Shumate
  • Patent number: 7146757
    Abstract: A combined animal information tag and system comprising a relatively permanent primary information tag attached directly to the animal to provide primary information about the animal and a removable or replaceable supplemental identification or informational tag attached to the primary information tag to provide additional information about the animal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2006
    Assignee: Volk Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel J. Volk, Jeffrey Mark Kearnan, Steven J. Volk
  • Patent number: 7107936
    Abstract: Devices and methods for tracking animals. More particularly, embodiments of the present invention provide a method of tracking an animal that includes assigning an animal identification to a first animal, collecting a biological sample from the first animal and associating the first animal with each premises at which the first animal is located. The invention further provides an identification device that includes a tag portion and a sample portion. The tag portion can be configured to be attached to animal in any method known in the art. The sample portion can be detachably coupled to the tag portion and can include a biological collector that can collect a biological sample from the animal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2006
    Assignee: MMI Genomics, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis Fantin, Stephen Bates, Bridger Feuz, Sue K. DeNise, Tom Holm
  • Patent number: 7096616
    Abstract: A tag (1) for attachment to an animal skin comprising, a body portion (2), a skin penetrating head (4) attached to the body portion, and a locking member (6) attached to the body portion at a different location to the skin penetrating head, the locking member being engageable with the skin penetrating head to secure the two from being pulled apart, wherein the construction is such that the body portion is adapted to be bent and held in a configuration of at least two loops when the skin penetrating head is initially inserted through the skin of an animal and engaged with the locking member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2006
    Inventors: John James Steinfort, Neil Frederick Edney
  • Patent number: 7069858
    Abstract: The invention is of an improved method and process for printing plastic tag blanks for producing plastic identifier tags (such as cattle ear tags). By printing images on tag blanks using conventional ink jet printer technology and thereafter “welding” the image to be plastic of the printed tag blank, a durable image is provided all the tag without the need for undertaking conventional hot stamp printing with its associated costs, inconveniences, and even safety hazards as associated with the heated metallic print blocks of such conventional method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2006
    Inventors: Dennis Apana, William E. McCoy, William L. Nabers
  • Patent number: 6968639
    Abstract: An ear tag for marking animals includes a female portion consisting of a female head optionally borne by or formed in a first panel, a male portion consisting of a male punch optionally borne by or formed in a second panel, identifying means being borne by at least one of the male or female portions. The male punch is configured in two separable elements, one of which is housed in the female head and the other forms an organic matter sampling device during the passage of the male punch through the ear of an animal, which is moveable in an axial channel thereof and is withdrawn through the panel of the male portion after fastening the tag onto the animal's ear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2005
    Assignee: Chevillot S.A.
    Inventor: Jean-Jacques Destoumieux