Patents Examined by Anthony Stashick
  • Patent number: 10279965
    Abstract: The invention relates to a lid with drinking closure (5) for a drinking vessel (15) that includes an upwardly curved cover element (1), which internally comprises a screw thread (16) for connection with the drinking vessel (15) and comprises a drinking opening (2) with an upwardly oriented round drinking spout (6), whereby a hinge (3) is arranged on the upper cover surface (14) of the cover element (1) and is connected with a pivot arm (7) with a closure cap (8), and which closes the drinking spout (6) in a form-fitting manner upon downward pivoting. The invention is characterized in that the drinking opening (2) with the drinking spout (6) is arranged laterally offset relative to a straight line (11) through the hinge center (13) and the center point (12) of the cover element (1), and in that the pivot arm (7) is laterally bent or curved from the hinge (3) to the drinking spout (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventor: Florian Enghard
  • Patent number: 10271632
    Abstract: A hand held heatable vessel has a bottom and upward extending wall which terminates into a top having an open top receiving surface, a removable cap connects to the top receiving surface, the removable cap has an outer portion which removably sealably connects to the top receiving surface and has an interior channel extending therethrough and has a valve seat in a lower end thereof, a valve stem with a valve head seal is operably disposed in the interior channel and a spring is operably disposed about the valve stem in a manner to bias the valve head seal against the valve seat to a normally closed position. A secondary vessel is provided about the hand held heatable vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventor: Daniel J. Anerino
  • Patent number: 10272746
    Abstract: Methods for reducing vibration or noise that is transmitted by or through a relatively thin, flat, rigid sheet of material such as a glass pane (e.g., the windshield of a vehicle) or metal panel are provided, wherein such a panel is provided with a material between the panel and a frame that is capable of causing attenuation of the noise or vibration propagating from the panel to the frame or vice versa. Such an assembly is especially useful for glazing in a vehicle for the purpose of improving acoustic comfort within the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Henkel AG & Co. KGaA
    Inventors: Michael J. Flener, Christopher J. Liddiard
  • Patent number: 10264905
    Abstract: A coaster is structured to be coupled to a conventional cup, such as an iced beverage cup, using a conventional cup sleeve. The coaster includes a generally disk shaped base having an outer perimeter. Two or more elongate tethers extend outwardly from the outer perimeter of the base. The coaster assumes a combination-ready configuration with the two or more elongate tethers extending generally upright and outwardly to a same side of the base, in such a way that the coaster fits snugly within a conventional cup sleeve. In a final combination configuration with a cup sleeve, the coaster combines with the cup sleeve to create an insulating and water absorptive coaster and sleeve, frictionally and snugly coupled to the cup in a robust manner to make the coaster highly portable together with the cup and cup sleeve, and configured to collect condensation formed on the exterior surface of the cup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventor: Sean D. Detweiler
  • Patent number: 10266316
    Abstract: A self-venting self-resealing pre-cut elastomeric closure for vials, bottles and the like, comprising a dished elastomeric septum supported for closing an opening in a container, a cut across the dished elastomeric septum, and additional cuts defining with the cross cut one or more flap areas elastically displaceable from a closed condition to a venting condition in response to insertion of a liquid transfer implement through the central area of the septum dish.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventors: Abner Levy, Natalie Levy Sarraf
  • Patent number: 10246241
    Abstract: A container for receiving moisture sensitive goods includes a container body (15) and a cap (26) shaped to establish a leak-proof seal between the container body and the cap. The container body has a base and a sidewall with an insert element present inside the container body having a bottom and an insert sidewall, wherein an outer circumferential surface of the insert sidewall is in contact with an inner circumferential surface of the sidewall of the container body. The bottom of the insert element is permeable to moisture and the insert sidewall and the sidewall of the container body are designed to attach the insert element inside the container body. In addition, the container has a desiccant chamber between the bottom of the insert element and the base of the container body for receiving desiccant material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventors: Valere Logel, Franck Richir
  • Patent number: 10239667
    Abstract: A retortable container is formed with an opening formed defined by a projecting rim. The rim includes an external surface and securing structure formed thereon. A flexible membrane is sealed to the rim and closes the opening. A closure is provided having a molded plastic tubular ring and a separately formed molded plastic disk. The tubular ring includes an overlapping flange at a top and directed inwardly towards an inwardly positioned open area. The skirt includes an engagement structure for securing the closure to the external surface of the rim. The disk is separately attached to the ring within the open area after the retort process is applied to the sealed bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Sonoco Development, Inc.
    Inventor: Trevor Price
  • Patent number: 10242897
    Abstract: Devices and methods for transferring solar cells while maintaining a controlled environment are provided. Such devices can include a solar cell carrying pod adapted to support and maintain a stack of solar cells within a sealed micro-environment of inert gas. The solar cell carrying pod can further allow for ready removal of a solar cell carrier to facilitate automated transport of solar cells. The solar cell carrying pod can include a cover adapted to receive a solar cell carrier cassette securely mounted on a base that is sealably coupled with the cover to maintain solar cells within the carrier cassette in a sealed micro-environment for an extended period of time. The base can include a collet-operated gear train to facilitate unlocking and removal of the base from the cover in an automated process to facilitate large-scale solar cell fabrication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: SolarCity Corporation
    Inventor: Pablo Gonzalez
  • Patent number: 10232985
    Abstract: The object of the present invention is a cap provided with a guarantee seal. The guarantee seal consists of guarantee portions comprising an engagement portion and a connecting portion. The seal further comprises bridges for connecting adjacent guarantee portions to one another and a safety portion that makes the engagement portion integral with the handling portion. The safety portion is structurally suitable for keeping the engagement portion constrained in the broken seal configuration, for preventing the forming of dangerous spikes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: GUALA PACK S.p.A.
    Inventor: Luigi Bisio
  • Patent number: 10232981
    Abstract: A two-sized, multi-cupped fluid holder having an upper end a plurality of hexagonally shaped upper recesses therein. There is also a lower end, with the lower end having a plurality of hexagonally shaped lower recesses therein. There is a side wall having a front surface and a back surface. The side wall front surface having at least one pair of outwardly projecting ridges. The side wall back surface having at least one pair of inwardly projecting grooves. The ridges and the grooves a first set being configured to mate with and receive the ridges and groves of another set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Inventor: Travis Franklin
  • Patent number: 10232977
    Abstract: A cap arranged to interact with a spout. The cap includes a top section, a side wall section attached to the top section and a tamper element attached to the side wall section in a tearing interface. The tearing interface may be provided with a weakening line that is arranged to break when the cap is unscrewed such that the tamper element is separated from the side wall section. The cap further includes at least one resilient cutting element arranged to the side wall. The at least one resilient cutting element is arranged to cut off a membrane of the spout when the cap is unscrewed. The cap is arranged such that the weakening line is arranged to break before the membrane of the spout is cut off when the cap is being unscrewed from the spout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Inventors: Göran Dahl, Bengt HÄkansson
  • Patent number: 10227168
    Abstract: A liquid container lid includes a seal arm assembly that stages opening and closing of a vent hole relative to a drink hole so that vapor within the liquid container may be vented to the atmosphere before the drink hole is opened. The liquid container lid and seal arm assembly reduce or eliminate the possibility of a consumer being injured by the hot vapor exiting through the drink hole due to excess gas pressure within the liquid container. The seal arm assembly is operatively connected to a cap of the liquid container lid so that the seal arm assembly is actuated by rotation of the cap. As the cap is turned in one direction, the seal arm assembly opens the vent hole before opening the drink hole. As the cap is turned in a second direction, the seal arm assembly closes the drink hole before closing the vent hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: IGNITE USA, LLC
    Inventors: Robert C. Coon, Alexander Garfield
  • Patent number: 10221319
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method for improving the auto-dispersant characteristic in water of a mineral substance. The method includes the steps of dry-grinding, in the presence of a formulation, a mineral substance selected from a dolomite, talc, titanium dioxide, alumina, kaolin and calcium carbonate, wherein the formulation contains a polyglycerol and no glycerol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Inventors: Murielle Guillot, Denis Ruhlmann, Matthias Buri
  • Patent number: 10219603
    Abstract: The packaging includes a container provided with an opening at the top and bounding a housing designed to receive the product, a lid designed to close the opening of the container and a deformable membrane borne by the lid to ensure the leak-tightness of the housing when the lid is in a closed position. The deformable membrane includes a generally flexible central wall surrounded by a generally rigid annular rim which is urged in the axial direction of closure by spring element bearing on a base of the lid such that the annular rim bears in a leak-tight manner on an annular bearing surrounding the opening of the container when the lid is in the closed position and the central wall may be deformed as a result of the differences in pressure prevailing on either side of the deformable membrane. The packaging may be used in particular for cosmetic preparations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Inventor: Christian Tatin
  • Patent number: 10215468
    Abstract: The disclosure pertains generally to shave ice confection machines and processes, and more particularly to a block ice shaving apparatus, system and method whereby an improved blade and blade assembly produce more consistent output with increase machine life.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Snowie LLC
    Inventor: Carl A. Rupp
  • Patent number: 10213914
    Abstract: A blow molding toolbox has a casing, a cover, and multiple reinforcing elements. The casing has multiple connecting recesses, multiple guiding slots, and multiple positioning recesses. The connecting recesses are deposited on an external surface of the casing at corners of the casing. The cover is pivotally connected to the casing and has a same structure as the casing. Each one of the reinforcing elements is connected to the casing at one of the corners of the casing to cover a corresponding connecting recess of the casing or is connected to the cover at one of the corners of the cover to cover a corresponding connecting recess of the cover, and each reinforcing element has a body, at least one fixing tube, and at least one tapping screw. The reinforcing elements may increase the structural strength of the blow molding toolbox.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: A-TINA TOOLS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kun-Chen Chen
  • Patent number: 10219056
    Abstract: A protective case for an electronic device includes a main housing and a lid. The main housing and lid are removably joined to define an air and water tight volume receiving an electronic device. The electronic device includes a switch. The main housing includes a slot formed therein proximate the switch of the electronic device. A toggle is rotatively positioned within the slot. The toggle includes a C-shaped contact portion and the switch is positioned in the C-shaped contact portion and actuated by rotation of the toggle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Inventors: Joshua Wright, June Lai
  • Patent number: 10207833
    Abstract: The invention provides a packaging container for plate shaped articles and a packaging method using the same. The packaging container comprises a container sole plate, a container lid plate and container side plates. Each of them is provided with detachable assembling parts which allow the container sole plate, the container lid plate and container side plates to be detachably assembled to form the packaging container. The arrangement of detachable assembling parts on the container sole, the container lid and the container side plates may realize the detachable assembly among them. That is, any side of the cubic packaging container can be separately detached during the packaging operation, such that it is possible to more easily and promptly package or obtain the plate shaped articles, while the plate shaped articles are hardly to be damaged when being packaged, thereby fulfilling the demand on automatic packaging for plate shaped articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Inventors: Xuan Cheng, Xingguang Jin, Lei Jin, Yimin Wang, Hao Li
  • Patent number: 10202566
    Abstract: A device for the preservation of degradable substances (e.g. degradable by oxidation) such as liquids or powders, especially edible substances, beverages (e.g. wine), or foods (e.g. coffee) as well as oils, tobacco, pharmaceuticals, colorants or paints in an opened container, e.g. a bottle, exposed to the oxygen of the air is provided herein. Aspects of the invention include an apparatus for removing oxygen from an opened container or bottle by coupling the container or bottle to a shell that contains an oxygen absorbent material such as reduced iron.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Inventor: Alan Crisp
  • Patent number: 10202238
    Abstract: A locking device for a container is provided. The locking device contains a weighted mechanism having a mounting block and at least one paddle mounted on the mounting block. The weighted mechanism is movable between a locked position and an unlocked position. The at least one paddle having two opposing ends. A first end is mounted to the mounting block by a rotatable coupling to allow the paddle to pivot thereon. A second end of the paddle is detachably mounted to a surface of the mounting block, such that a sudden jerking or jarring motion, such as by impact with the ground, causes the second end to detach from the mounting block to block the weighted mechanism from moving from the locked position to the opened position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Serio-Us Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: David L. Reeb, James L. Martin, II