Breakaway links for underwater gear

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United States of America Patent

PATENT NO 5913670
SERIAL NO

08770592

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The invention relates to a breakaway link and a system for its use in conjunction with underwater gear, such as fishing nets, to prevent the prolonged entanglement and subsequent stress, harm to or death of cetaceans, including whales. The breakaway link system comprises underwater gear and at least one link which will rupture, break or experience calculated material failure upon receiving sufficient load induced by the force or struggling of the entangled cetacean. The breaking of the link frees the animal from the underwater gear, thereby reducing or eliminating the risk of severe stress, injury or death to the cetacean.

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Anderson, Erik S 38 Georges Ter., Portsmouth, NH 03801 1 17
Anderson, Peter Martin 1061 Neil Ave., Columbus, OH 43201 1 17

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Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (4)
* 4696121 Fishing lure breakaway clip 15 1986
* 4858369 Fishing float 14 1988
* 5076006 Fishing connector 8 1990
* 5461821 Breakaway fishing sinker 13 1994
* Cited By Examiner

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MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (1)
6685518 Buoyant device that resists entanglement by whales and boats 3 2002
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (12)
* 6357162 Whale release apparatus for use with fishing gear 4 1999
6457896 Breakaway coupling 12 2000
6564500 Breakable link 5 2002
6779294 Breakable link 3 2003
* 2005/0055,866 Gravity-operated separable link 0 2003
* 2004/0200,126 Breakaway connector 3 2004
7607252 Method of retrieving fishing gear 3 2008
* 8028466 Thwartable bottom link for vertical line 3 2009
* 2012/0011,763 RELEASABLE FISHING SINKER ASSEMBLY 0 2010
* 2012/0103,241 WATERCRAFT IMMOBILIZING APPARATUS AND SYSTEM 0 2011
* 9517822 Watercraft immobilizing apparatus and system 0 2014
* 2014/0299,031 WATERCRAFT IMMOBILIZING APPARATUS AND SYSTEM 0 2014
 
ERNSTROM TECHNOLOGY AB (2)
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* 2005/0155,194 Device for fastening emergency equipment to a ship's deck 2 2003
 
Mote Marine Laboratory, Inc. (2)
* 8033044 Bycatch-friendly fishing buoy 0 2009
* 2011/0094,146 BYCATCH-FRIENDLY FISHING BUOY 0 2009
 
SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION (1)
* 6588542 Borehole tool actuating mechanism 7 2001
 
CM HAMMAR AB (3)
* 7743597 Marine safety device attachment with automatic release capability 4 2008
* 2010/0050,590 MARINE SAFETY DEVICE ATTACHMENT WITH AUTOMATIC RELEASE CAPABILITY 2 2008
* 7971422 Marine safety device attachment with automatic release capability 5 2010
 
SKYSIGHT TECHNOLOGIES LLC (4)
8177595 Scoop point buoy 0 2010
8177596 Fishing trawler net resistant subsurface buoy tether system 0 2010
* 2011/0183,555 Fishing Trawler Net Resistant Subsurface Buoy Tether System 1 2010
* 2011/0183,556 Scoop Point Buoy 0 2010
 
Gayton, Richard A. (1)
* 8776710 Watercraft immobilizing apparatus and system 2 2011
 
Blue Water Concepts, Inc. (1)
* 6928765 Tension activated, hydraulically controlled rope severing device 2 2003
 
BETTER GEAR, LLC (1)
* 2005/0155,271 Whale-safe rope 1 2004
* Cited By Examiner