Patents Examined by Allan Stevens
  • Patent number: 8967411
    Abstract: A pressure relief device of domed construction for venting an internally pressurized container. The pressure release device includes a coined pressure vent and is characterized by a relatively high venting pressure in combination with a failure pressure in the absence of venting which is higher than the intended venting pressure. The pressure relief device includes a sloped sidewall having an outer annular segment and a sloped annular intermediate segment. The sloped annular intermediate segment has a width dimension greater than the width dimension of the outer annular segment. A circular central plateau defines a flat dome top. The circular central plateau has a center point with an arc shaped coin line extending about an arc with the apex of the arc positioned at the center point of the circular central plateau.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Mark A. Ferreira, Yurij F. Wowczuk, Richard A. Henry
  • Patent number: 8944249
    Abstract: A refuse container provides an indication of the weight of the refuse stored therein to a refuse collector to indicate whether the weight is safe to handle or requires extra caution. The refuse container includes a body into which one or more springs is places. A platform is placed on the one or more springs. A weight indicator is attached to the platform. The weight indicator has marking to distinguish a plurality of weight indicator regions. A window allows the weight indicator to be seen. As the platform moves up and down in response to the weight of the refuse thereon, certain of the weight indicator regions of the weight indicator will be viewable in the window to thereby indicate how safe the refuse in the refuse container is to handle or whether additional refuse can be added to the refuse container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Inventor: Gregory Mullaney
  • Patent number: 8939305
    Abstract: Closures having an integrated push button latching assembly including an end wall, a skirt wall depending from the end wall, an outlet opening associated with the end wall, a protrusion associated with the end wall and a push button latching assembly are disclosed. The push button latching assembly is pivotally coupled to the closure and is movable between a first position in which the outlet opening is covered by the assembly and a second position in which the outlet opening is exposed. The push button latching assembly includes a retaining mechanism, a closing member coupled to the retaining mechanism, a push button coupled to the retaining mechanism, and a tongue coupled to the retaining mechanism. The tongue is configured to engage the protrusion when the push button latching assembly occupies the first position and disengage the protrusion such that the push button latching assembly is movable to the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Runway Blue, LLC
    Inventors: David O. Meyers, Steven M. Sorenson
  • Patent number: 8936157
    Abstract: An indexing cap assembly indexes visual cues or indicia during an open and close cycle so as to help users more easily track container entry as for example with regard to medications so as to ensure proper dosage. The indexing cap assembly basically incorporates six components, including a cover construction, an indexing plate or wheel, a compression coil or spring, a push plate construction, a gear tray or swing plate construction, and an assembly ring. The cover construction and assembly ring are joined together to essentially form or close the cap assembly with the other parts coaxially aligned and operable therebetween. The indexing wheel is rotatively received within the cover construction such that axial displacements of the push plate advance the indexing wheel and indicia upon its upper surface are sequentially revealed by way of the window formed in the cover construction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Inventors: Tao Xu, Xiaojun Zhang, Linzhi Fang
  • Patent number: 8919606
    Abstract: A hole plug has a head portion, a leg portion protruding from the head portion, and a flange portion protruding on an upper circumference of the leg portion. The leg portion includes an inner wall having an approximately cylindrical shape and connected to the head portion; and an outer wall extending along the inner wall with a gap among the inner wall from a folded portion provided in an end portion of the inner wall, and forming a bendable thin-walled portion. The thin-walled portion is elastically bent by an external force to be capable of transitioning from a first usage aspect in which the outer wall is locked in the hole with the thin-walled portion being in a non-bending state to a second usage aspect in which a force larger than the first usage aspect is provided to pressure contact relative to the hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Nifco Inc.
    Inventor: Takehiro Sato
  • Patent number: 8915386
    Abstract: A disposable baby bottle kit (10) that is easy to assemble with lowered risk of contamination of the baby bottle. The disposable baby bottle kit comprising a container that has a first portion (1) and a second portion (2), a collapsible baby bottle (3) positioned within the first portion of the container and a teat unit (4) fitted to the second portion of the container. The first portion and the second portion of the container are coupled to each other enclosing the collapsible baby bottle and the teat unit therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Asian Mos Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Amonrat Limwanawong
  • Patent number: 8875882
    Abstract: A holder and disposal device for hypodermic needles safely detaches a needle from a syringe, permits use of multiple needles in sequence, and allows for the re-capping of needles without accidental puncture. The device includes a container having an interior space configured for receiving needles and needle covers. A top edge of the container defines an opening into the interior space. A lid is couplable to the container and is positionable in a closed position to cover the opening and in an open position to expose the opening. A gap is positioned in the lid. A clamp is couplable to the lid proximate the gap wherein pivoting the clamp opens and closes a pair of jaws above the gap such that the needles and needle covers positioned over the needles extend through the gap when the jaws are clamped onto the needle cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Inventor: Maan G. Salloum
  • Patent number: 8875918
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a packaging (1) comprising a container (2) with a container body (5), and a container opening (6) having an upper edge (7), and a closure (4) for closing said container, the container (2) and the closure (4) being made out of polyethylene terephtalate (PET), polyethylene naphtalate (PEN), or a combination thereof, said container and said closure comprising respectively first (8) and second (9) attachment means, characterized in that: (i) the attachment means (8, 9) are adapted in shape and size to cooperate with each other, and (ii) at least the second attachment means (8) is made of PET or PEN and adapted in shape and size to deform permanently by punching or rolling to link both attachment means, and create a permanent, preferably fluid-tight, arrangement between said container (2) and said closure (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Jean-Paul Cerveny, Christian Detrois
  • Patent number: 8875929
    Abstract: A container for holding a collapsible food pouch that includes a hard-plastic bottom segment forming an elongated concave dish and a rotatably attached top segment. The top end of the bottom segment and optionally the top end of the top segment has a slot sized to receive a plastic discharge tube of the collapsible food pouch such that when the pouch's pliant material is placed below the top end, the discharge port of the pouch is positioned outside the top end of hard-plastic bottom segment. When the top segment is rotated closed, the top segment engages the plastic neck to hold it within the slot. The top segment may have two doors. A loop of hard plastic may serve as a tethering point and a lock may lock the container closed. Vent holes permit entry of air into the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Inventors: DonnaMarie Forney, Matthew Forney
  • Patent number: 8839980
    Abstract: A corner caddy includes a basket assembly and a bracket configured to be coupled to the basket assembly wherein the bracket includes a spreader, a first contact member pivotally connected to a first end of the spreader, a second contact member pivotally connected to a second end of the spreader, a first adhesive positioned adjacent to an outer surface of the first contact member, and a second adhesive positioned adjacent to an outer surface of the second contact member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Maytex Mills, Inc.
    Inventor: David Baines
  • Patent number: 8829824
    Abstract: A nesting stemware drinking vessel generally provides a body and a base releasably interconnectable in at least two configurations, a first configuration forming conventional stemware vessel for containing and drinking liquids and a second configuration wherein portions of the base are enclosed within an interior volume defined by the body to minimize space required for storage of the base and body to eases transport and minimizes the risk of breakage when not in use. Plural locking protrusions on an upper surface of the base releasable frictionally engage with a circumferentially extending inner lip of an aperture of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Inventor: Donald Allen Scott
  • Patent number: 8807361
    Abstract: The present invention directs a safe sealing cap for container, having a sealing cap body and at least a secure component, the secure component includes a curved part, a swinging support and a retaining plate, the swinging support is fixed on the outer wall of the sealing cap body, the back end of the curved part is fixed on the bottom side of the front end of the swinging support, the back end of the retaining plate is fixed on the inner wall of the back end of the curved part, and the front end of the retaining plate is extended towards the sealing cap body; the safe sealing cap further comprises at least two protection components, the protection components are connected to the sealing cap body respectively, and the protection components are successively arranged on the sealing cap body in the circumferential direction thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Shantou Hongqiao Packaging Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shize Luo
  • Patent number: 8807385
    Abstract: A tamper evident container includes a first container portion, a second container portion, and a tamper evident closure. The tamper evident closure includes a first snap connected to the first container portion, a second snap connected to the second container portion, a tear strip connected to the second snap, and a third snap connected to the tear strip. In a closed position, the first snap is placed in a cavity in the second snap, the third snap is placed in a cavity in the first snap, and the tear strip faces outward from the taper evident container. The container is opened by removing the tear strip and then separating the first snap from the second snap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Lindar Corporation
    Inventor: Daniel K. Fosse
  • Patent number: 8777028
    Abstract: A spout for attachment to bottles, cups or other drinking vessels and containers having a dome shaped enclosure and a set of stability ribs. The stability ribs specifically ensuring that fluid flow through the fluid conduit remains as laminar as possible, and prevents the fluid conduit from collapse if a high amount of suction or mastication is provided by a user of the drinking vessel or container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Royal King Infant Products Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Chawarin Sakulsacha
  • Patent number: 8777033
    Abstract: A plastic container and closure, and system and method of making the same. Container can include a solid bottom end, an outer sidewall extending from solid bottom end, a shoulder portion extending from outer sidewall, and neck portion extending from shoulder portion, forming an open end of container. Solid bottom end includes a circumferential heel portion having a plurality of radially asymmetrical projections and recesses disposed on an outer periphery of the heel portion, the plurality being configured to increase heel portion rigidity while maintaining substantially uniform material thickness. Shoulder portion forms an angle with a plane perpendicular to the container central axis. At an angle of 50° a desirable failure mode may be achieved where the yield strength of the shoulder portion is balanced against that of the heel portion and the outer sidewall to maximize the top load strength of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Graham Packaging Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Lawrence Korpanty, Kevin D. Himes, John E. Denner, David B. Clements, Robert D. Stoolmaker, Thomas J. Atkinson
  • Patent number: 8757422
    Abstract: There is provided a cryogenic tank having a dual construction for storing ultralow temperature liquid with improvement which allows simplicity in its construction and readiness of setup and allows reduction in the setup, yet achieves high reliability. For accomplishing the above-noted object, in a cryogenic tank having a dual construction with an inner tank for storing low-temperature liquefaction fluid therein and an outer tank enclosing the bottom and the shell of the inner tank. The inner tank includes a bottomed inner vessel formed of concrete and an inner cold resistant relief covering the inner face of the inner vessel. The outer tank includes a bottomed outer vessel formed of concrete and an outer cold resistant relief covering the inner face of the outer vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Osaka Gas Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeyoshi Nishizaki, Motohiko Nakatani, Tomoki Ushida
  • Patent number: 8727156
    Abstract: A package suitable for storing liquids therein, having a pocket (16) being formed between superposed front and rear sheets (10; 12), which are joined together peripherally by a liquid-tight seal (14), a top package portion comprising an end of a neck portion (20), which extends from the pocket (16), a top part (22) of the neck portion (20) being narrower than the pocket (16), at least one reinforcement portion (28) being arranged at the top package portion and extending on at least one side of the top part (22) of the next portion (20). The front sheet (10) and the rear sheet (12) each have a substantially uniform rupture strength along the extension of the pocket (16) and the neck portion (20). In order to open the package, the neck portion (20) is ruptured by bending the top package portion backwards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Intervet Inc.
    Inventors: Gary Skwarek, Sam Tan
  • Patent number: 8720732
    Abstract: A plastic fuel tank including an upper wall, a lower wall and at least two compartments, such compartments being established by a dividing wall including a part of the tank upper and lower walls, this dividing wall having at least opening enabling free flow of liquids between the at least two compartments and at least opening enabling free flow of vapors between the at least two compartments, such openings occupying less than 80% of the dividing wall, the at least 20% remaining of the dividing wall being constituted by at least one kiss point formed by welding together a multiplicity of contact points of the upper and lower walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Inergy Automotive Systems Research (SociétéAnonyme)
    Inventors: Bjorn Criel, Vincent Cuvelier, Jules-Joseph Van Schaftingen, Benoit Devaux
  • Patent number: 8714384
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for stopping a container (1) having a neck (12). The device includes a stopper (51) and a plastic cap (52) configured to surround both the stopper (51) and the neck (12). The cap (52) includes a ring (53) that can surround the stopper and the neck when mounted and is provided with a locking tab (537) for locking onto the neck, and a body (54) for handling the ring, provided with an external rib (535) for transmitting a thrust force to the ring and an edge (541) for activating the tab for locking the ring. The ring (53) is provided with a continuous outer peripheral collar (5311), and the handling body (54) is provided with at least one raised element (5431) designed to abut (E4) against the continuous outer peripheral collar (5311) when the edge (541) activates the locking tab (537).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: West Pharmaceutical Services Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Antoine Aneas
  • Patent number: 8708176
    Abstract: A quick access closure apparatus including a reusable bottle and lid that secure together. The bottle has at least one protrusion and the lid has a channel and ridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Inventor: Tim Andis