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Pub. No.:    WO/2005/029948    International Application No.:    PCT/US2004/032408
Publication Date: 07.04.2005 International Filing Date: 30.09.2004
A01K 1/01 (2006.01)
Applicants: LUCKY LITTER LLC [US/US]; Suite 2503, 1730 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60614 (US) (For All Designated States Except US).
COOK, Alan, Jay [US/US]; (US) (For US Only).
GRUBE, Kristin, William [US/US]; (US) (For US Only).
DEVLIN, Thomas, Edward [US/US]; (US) (For US Only).
GREASON, Jeff, Reed [US/US]; (US) (For US Only).
ULRICH, Karl, Thatcher [US/US]; (US) (For US Only).
ULRICH, Nathan, Thatcher [US/US]; (US) (For US Only).
YAU, Chi, Lam [GB/US]; (US) (For US Only)
Inventors: COOK, Alan, Jay; (US).
GRUBE, Kristin, William; (US).
DEVLIN, Thomas, Edward; (US).
GREASON, Jeff, Reed; (US).
ULRICH, Karl, Thatcher; (US).
ULRICH, Nathan, Thatcher; (US).
YAU, Chi, Lam; (US)
Agent: PANIAGUAS, John, S.; Katten Muchin Zavis Rosenman, 525 West Monroe Street, Suite 1600, Chicago, IL 60661-3693 (US)
Priority Data:
60/507,416 30.09.2003 US
Abstract: front page image
(EN)A self-cleaning litter box (50) which provides various advantages over the prior art. In particular, in one embodiment, the self-cleaning litter box (50) is configured to use a cartridge (20) which may include a litter compartment (26) and a waste compartment (24). In another embodiment, the cartridge (20) may be non-compartmentalized. The cartridge (20) may be disposable, thus eliminating the need for the user to clean the litter tray and handle heavy litter containers. In other embodiments, the system includes a rake assembly (56) configured with a drive assembly (58) that is protected from contamination. In accordance with another embodiment of the invention, the self-cleaning litter box (50) is configured to be used with all types of litter including crystal type litter.
(FR)Cette invention concerne un bac à litière auto-nettoyant qui offre divers avantages comparé aux bacs de la technique antérieure. Dans un mode de réalisation, en particulier, le bac à litière auto-nettoyant est conçu pour utiliser une cartouche qui peut comprendre un compartiment à litière et un compartiment à déchets. Dans un autre mode de réalisation, la cartouche peut être non compartimentée. La cartouche peut être jetable, ce qui permet à l'utilisateur de ne pas avoir à nettoyer le bac de litière et à manipuler de lourds contenants de litière. Dans d'autres modes de réalisation, le système comprend un ensemble racloir muni d'un ensemble d'entraînement qui est protégé de toute contamination. Selon un autre mode de réalisation de cette invention, ce bac à litière auto-nettoyant est conçu pour être utilisé avec tous les types de litière, y compris la litière de type cristalline.
Designated States: AE, AG, AL, AM, AT, AU, AZ, BA, BB, BG, BR, BW, BY, BZ, CA, CH, CN, CO, CR, CU, CZ, DE, DK, DM, DZ, EC, EE, EG, ES, FI, GB, GD, GE, GH, GM, HR, HU, ID, IL, IN, IS, JP, KE, KG, KP, KR, KZ, LC, LK, LR, LS, LT, LU, LV, MA, MD, MG, MK, MN, MW, MX, MZ, NA, NI, NO, NZ, OM, PG, PH, PL, PT, RO, RU, SC, SD, SE, SG, SK, SL, SY, TJ, TM, TN, TR, TT, TZ, UA, UG, US, UZ, VC, VN, YU, ZA, ZM, ZW.
African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (BW, GH, GM, KE, LS, MW, MZ, NA, SD, SL, SZ, TZ, UG, ZM, ZW)
Eurasian Patent Organization (AM, AZ, BY, KG, KZ, MD, RU, TJ, TM)
European Patent Office (AT, BE, BG, CH, CY, CZ, DE, DK, EE, ES, FI, FR, GB, GR, HU, IE, IT, LU, MC, NL, PL, PT, RO, SE, SI, SK, TR)
African Intellectual Property Organization (BF, BJ, CF, CG, CI, CM, GA, GN, GQ, GW, ML, MR, NE, SN, TD, TG).
Publication Language: English (EN)
Filing Language: English (EN)