Zenion Industries Patenting Device for Growing Marijuana

The i-Grow Device sold by i-Green has been heralded by marijuana growers as an huge advance in marijuana technology

The i-Grow Device sold by i-Green has been heralded by marijuana growers as an huge advance in marijuana technology

Zenion Industries Air Ionizing Apparatus

We recently posted about how the changing marijuana culture is creating new opportunities for patenting marijuana technology.  One example of this phenomenon can be seen through Zenion Industries.  Zenion Industries has invented and filed international patent applications on its devices for improving crop health and yield.  The device has received a rapid and enthusiastic reception amidst marijuana growers—an industry where the resulting crop demands a relatively high price per gram.  According to Zenion Industries, marijuana growers in Norther California have alerted them to a tremendous market opportunity for using the device to increase cannabis yields: “this may have not been your intended market but you really need to make this available to all legal cannabis growers.”

We found the development of the i-Grow particularly interesting because Zenion Industries intelligently decided to claim the invention in PCT Application (No. PCT/US2012/043325) by Jimmy L. Lee.  According to Zenion, the company has filed for patent protection in 161 countries.  Good thinking.

Zenion’s Licensee, i-Green LLC, Sells the i-Grow Device

Zenion is already benefiting from licensing it’s technology.  Zenion licenses it’s air ionizing apparatus to i-Green LLC.  Last May, 2013, iGreen exhibited the i-Grow device at the National Hardware Show in Las Vegas, NV.  The show was attended by almost 100,000 suppliers and dealers from the US and abroad.  According to Rohnert Park, i-Green LLC’s booth was “buzzing with interest from crowds of vendors.”  People at the show were attracted to the idea that a solar-powered product  could benefit ground plants.  The i-Grow helps plants grow healthier and produce more.  According to Zenion’s data, the increases in crop yield are dramatic:

The i-Grow system, leveraging Zenions technology and sold by i-Green LLC boosts crop yield.

The i-Grow system, leveraging Zenions technology and sold by i-Green LLC boosts crop yield.

Zenion Industries Invention

In Zenion’s patent application, they describe their technology as follows:

“An air ionizing apparatus for enhancing plant growth that includes a housing, solar cells mounted atop the housing, a voltage regulator/conditioner circuit coupled to the solar cells, an oscillator/modulator circuit coupled to the voltage regulator/conditioner circuit, a high voltage converter/multiplier circuit coupled to the oscillator/modulator circuit, and an ion emitter element coupled to the high/voltage converter/multiplier circuit and disposed at the bottom of the housing. Solar energy transferred to the solar cells and converted into current is converted to high voltage through the voltage/regulator, oscillator/modulator, and high voltage converter/multiplier circuits. The high voltage is then applied to the ion emitter element to produce ions from ambient air in close proximity to a plant being treated.”  See PCT Application.

Zenion Industries Claims

Based on the above description of the invention, Zenion has claimed 19 inventions, all directed to the air ionizing technology.  Claim 1 illustrates the broadest device (aka “machine” or “apparatus”) claim.  Zenion has also claimed some new methods of using the device.  Claim 12 illustrates the broadest method claim.

Zenion’s Claim 1

Zenion’s claim 1 recites as follows (bullet points added for reading ease):

1. An air ionizing apparatus for enhancing plant growth, comprising:

a housing;

  • an electrical power source;
  • a voltage regulator/conditioner circuit electrically coupled to said electrical power source and disposed in said housing;
  • an oscillator/modulator circuit disposed in said housing and electrically coupled to said voltage regulator/conditioner circuit;
  • a high voltage converter/multiplier circuit disposed in said housing and electrically coupled to said oscillator/modulator circuit; and
  • an ion emitter element electrically coupled to said high/voltage converter/multiplier circuit, said ion emitter element having a tip exposed through a bottom of said housing; wherein solar energy upon the solar cells is converted to high voltage through said voltage/regulator, said oscillator/modulator, and said high voltage converter/multiplier circuits, the high voltage then being applied to said ion emitter element to produce ions from ambient air.

Zenion’s Claim 12

12. A method of enhancing and accelerating plant metabolism and growth, comprising the step of positioning and operating an air ionizing apparatus in close proximity to a plant so as to expose the plant to ions produced in the air proximate the plant.

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