Rhode Island Patent of the Month – July 2021

Veterinarians use livestock-marking methods to keep track of different animals in various stages of care. For instance, marking them according to size, breed, vaccination and so on. Typical markers found in the industry work like grease pens or paint sticks, physically applied to the hide of the animal. These tools are usually covered in a paper sheath that is peeled away as the marker is used. Cotran Corp. has developed a marking tool with an improved sheath that better protects the portion not in use.

The sheath is segmented at intervals along the length, and has a cut vertically. These segments are easily removed when needed. As the marker is used, a segment can be unsheathed, leaving the remaining unused portion protected until needed. The sheath is made of a semi-rigid structure, pried open at the vertical cut and easily removed from lower segment. The segmented portion of the sheath is stacked above a “plug”. The plug is a solid section at the base of the marker where the user can hold the marker. Cotran Corp is a family-operated business in Rhode Island. They have a keen interest in the development of products used throughout the agricultural and livestock world and so they began developing their own novel and improved products.

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