Carlson Pet Products issued US patent for 'quickly slideable and incrementally adjustable barrier' for inside of a home

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia , October 23, 2013 () – United States Patent no. 8,561,349, issued on Oct. 22, was assigned to Carlson Pet Products Inc. (Longboat Key, Fla.).

"Quickly slideable and incrementally adjustable barrier" was invented by Mark A. Flannery (Longboat Key, Fla.) and Lyle H. Rogalla (Hugo, Minn.).

According to the abstract* released by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office: "A barrier for the inside of a home. The barrier includes two partitions that slide relative to each other to increase and decrease a distance between ends of the barrier. The partitions slide into and out of confronting relationships with each other. The partitions engage each other at upper and lower locations and further at a medial location where an elongate member of one partition is received in a tube engaged to the other partition. A threaded piece upon being turned brings pressure to bear upon an end of the tube such that the partitions can be incrementally expanded apart and thereby pressurized between two locations within the home so as to block off one portion of the home. The threaded piece is slideable along the elongate member."

The patent was filed on Sept. 11, 2012, under Application No. 13/610,776.

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