Patents Examined by Ayodeji T Ojofeitimi
  • Patent number: 11357703
    Abstract: A device for counting and dispensing objects, including two elements. A first element includes a conduit for dispensing the objects to be counted and dispensed, and a second element cooperates with the first element to form two obturators which define, in the dispensing conduit a chamber suitable for containing a predetermined number of said objects. The device includes a lock moveable between a lock state wherein said lock partially obturators the dispensing conduit, and an unlock state wherein the lock is retracted outside the dispensing conduit, the lock being configured so that the position of an object present in the chamber is not affected by a change in the state of the lock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: STIPLASTICS
    Inventors: Guillaume Zoczek, Ludovic Soual, Hugues Brouard
  • Patent number: 11361609
    Abstract: Disclosed are a vending machine and an item dispensing method of storage column thereof. In the item dispensing method of the storage column of the vending machine, controlling the first motor to start rotating for the first time to convey the target item to the inlet of the bucket; when detecting that the target item reaches the inlet of the bucket, controlling the first motor to stop rotating for the first time to make the target item enter the inside of the bucket under the driving of the second motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Inventors: Chong Zhou, Jiabo Xu, Tengfei Zhang, Xinping Wang, Qiangzi Cong, Tianxin Jiang, Chuntao Wang
  • Patent number: 11352194
    Abstract: A storage container for a storage and dispensing station for small piece goods, in particular drugs or dietary supplement products, is provided. The storage container includes a housing having a circular cylindrical section, a separating device having a plurality of channels and a base area arranged in the circular cylindrical section of the housing, as well as a retainer. The base area of the separating device is provided with a plurality of depressions and/or elevations, at least in sections, to reduce a possible contact area between the base area and small piece good, the shape and size that is selected in such a way that an electrostatic attraction between small piece goods and the base area is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Inventor: Erika Braun
  • Patent number: 11324646
    Abstract: A dispenser (100) for medical articles (163), comprising a base (110) and a cover (120), wherein the base (110) comprises at least one stopper arrangement (170) integrated in the main wall of the base (110) and protruding from the inside surface (111b) of the main wall of the base (110), wherein each of the at least one stopper arrangement (170) has at least one cut-out (171) configured to to hold medical articles (163), received in a respective opening in the cover (120) when the dispenser (100) is in a closed configuration, and configured to release receive and hold at least one medical article (163), or a container (160) configured its hold on the at least one medical article (163) or the container (160) when the dispenser (100) is in an open configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Orkla Care AB
    Inventors: David Crafoord, Maria Wik
  • Patent number: 11324362
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to a dispensing device and methods of using a dispensing device having an improved out indicator. The dispensing device includes a housing having a cavity. A tissue stack is disposed within the cavity, the tissue stack including a plurality of tissue sheets folded along a crease. An aperture is formed in a top surface of the housing such that a tissue sheet is removable from the cavity through the aperture. A portion of the tissue sheets includes an out indicator formed along a centerline of each tissue sheet and across the crease.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: GPCP IP Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Jared S. Felix, William G. Burr
  • Patent number: 11318070
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for de-stacking and spreading out medication packaged in pouches (2), which pouches are arranged successively in a ribbon-like medication roll (101), comprising a transport track (102) configured to transport the unrolled pouches of the medication roll, wherein the transport track comprises a section over which the pouches are displaceable and wherein the underside of at least one pouch lies against an upper side of the section during operation, and the section comprises means for de-stacking and spreading out the medication in a pouch lying on the section during operation, wherein the device is configured to co-act with means for supplying or discharging the medication roll over the transport track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Inventor: Willem Langemaat
  • Patent number: 11317985
    Abstract: Safety-blade dispensers for safely storing surgical blades prior to surgery and optionally for retrieving used surgical blades after surgery. In either case, the safety-blade dispenser is configured to store one or more surgical blades in an orientation that allows a user to simply and safely attach a surgical tool handle to the surgical blades (and optionally remove the handle from the surgical blades) without requiring the user to physically touch or manipulate the surgical blades by hand. The safety-blade dispensers disclosed herein may be used alone or in conjunction with a system and method of preventing wrong-site surgery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: STARTBOX, LLC
    Inventors: Kaveh Khajavi, David E. Lane, II, Luke Boland, Christopher Davis, John G. Kerwood
  • Patent number: 11302135
    Abstract: An apparatus for selling cigarettes and a system for accessing cigarettes are described herein. The apparatus comprises a vending machine and a smoke purification system. The smoke purification system includes a housing, an extraction device, a smoke purifier, and an exhaustion device. An upper face of the housing is provided with an air inlet for sucking in air in an upper space of a smoking room, and a front face of the housing is provided with a fresh air outlet. An intake port of the extraction device is coupled with the air inlet, an escape port of the exhaustion device is coupled with the fresh air outlet through an exhaust channel, and two ends of the smoke purifier are coupled with an escape port of the extraction device and an intake port of the exhaustion device, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Inventors: Xianzhou Lv, Yingkui Zhou, Dan Lin, Faqing Lv, Huidong Yao, Lei Chai, Ming Zhu, Qiyong Xu, Bing Liu, Haize Zhao, Lin Qi, Yilong Jin, Shixiang Zhang, Jianguo Fang, Tao Hu, Liang Cheng, Qiang Jin, Shuanggui Li, Yun Li, Xishu Tang
  • Patent number: 11291518
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for applying a barrier to a medical scope are provided. An apparatus may comprise a source of film and a housing. The housing may comprise a chamber configured to support therein the source of film, and an opening provided through a wall of the housing to permit a portion of the film to extend out of the chamber when the film is dispensed. The housing may comprise a recess located such that the extended portion of the film is permitted to hang freely in proximity to the recess. The recess may be sized to receive a distal portion of the medical scope. The recess may be adapted to allow the extended portion of the film to be applied to the distal portion of the medical scope when the distal portion is placed into the recess with the portion of the film located therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: SANO CURATIO, LLC
    Inventors: Richard Alan Swartzbaugh, Norman Tien-Yo Chien, Harvey Allan Bogarat, Barry Ray Hix, Michael Douglas Plaut, Mitchell Edward Skroski
  • Patent number: 11291610
    Abstract: Various methods and apparatus disclosed herein relate to apparatus and techniques for harvesting energy from operation of a pill pack, and utilizing that energy for various purposes. In various embodiments, an energy harvesting apparatus configured to receive a pill pack (104, 304) is disclosed. An energy harvesting apparatus in accordance with various embodiment may include a housing (102, 302), where the housing is configured to receive a pill pack (104, 304), and an electrical generator incorporated into the housing (102, 302), where the electrical generator converts motion associated with compression of at least one blister (1031-n, 3031-n) of the pill pack (104, 304) expelling one or more pills (1051-n, 3051-n) from the pill pack into electrical energy, where the electrical energy is used to collect one or more data points associated with operation of the pill pack during the expelling of the one or more pills.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Inventors: Adam Jones, Kiran Hamilton J. Dellimore, Martin GrĂ¼terich, Arthur Bouwman
  • Patent number: 11295571
    Abstract: A towel set includes a towel holder and a plurality of towels stacked on one another. Each towel includes an opening, and the towel holder projects through the openings of the towels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Inventor: Malgorzata Plamondon
  • Patent number: 11291338
    Abstract: A wipe dispenser and related methods are disclosed herein. In one form, a wall mounted wipe dispensing system is disclosed comprising a wall mount support bracket, a dispensing bag of wipes having a rigid collar from which to suspend the dispensing bag from the wall mount support bracket, and wherein the wall mount support bracket and dispensing bag have first mating structures for mating the dispensing bag to the wall mount support bracket. In other forms, a wall mounted support bracket is disclosed and/or replaceable wipe packaging is disclosed. In still other forms methods related to these are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: Medline Industries, LP
    Inventors: Paige Wexler, Michael Turturro, Megan Henken
  • Patent number: 11288911
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device (100) for the sale of goods (161), having at least two storage areas (111, 112), in each of which a temperature different from the other storage areas can be set and/or adjusted in a respectively associated temperature range, and which are each arranged for the storage of goods (161), having an automated handling system (120), by means of which goods (161) can be removed from each of the storage areas (111, 112), and having a output device (130) in which goods (161) can be provided for removal, the device (100) being arranged to remove selected goods (161) from the storage areas (111, 112) by means of the handling system (120) and, after a release, to provide them for removal in the output device (130), a system having at least one such device and a method for operating such a device (100).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: LATEBIRD GmbH
    Inventor: Markus Belte
  • Patent number: 11284752
    Abstract: A towel moistening assembly includes a first container for containing a plurality of towels. A second container is provided for containing a fluid bodily treatment. The second container has an entry way that is aligned with the first container to facilitate the towels to be drawn upwardly therethrough. A lid is removably attachable to the second container for closing the second container. The lid has an exit extending therethrough and the towels can be drawn outwardly therethrough when the towels are drawn outwardly through the entry way in the second container. In this way the towel can be moistened with the fluid bodily treatment to be employed by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Inventor: Jeffrey Haberman
  • Patent number: 11279550
    Abstract: There is disclosed a dispenser 10 for dispensing product objects, comprising: a main chamber 20 for storing product objects; and a portion dispensing mechanism for dispensing a portion comprising a plurality of project objects 40. The portion dispensing mechanism comprises a gate arrangement 36 and a collection chamber 24 which are configured for relative linear movement between a loading configuration and a dispensing configuration. In the loading configuration a plurality of product objects 40 within the main chamber 20 collect within the collection chamber 24 and the gate arrangement 36 prevents product objects 40 from being dispensed from the collection chamber 24. In the dispensing configuration the gate arrangement 36 prevents product objects within the main chamber 20 from entering the collection chamber 24 and a plurality of product objects are dispensed from the collection chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Inventors: David Gadd, John MacDonald, Matthew Wright, Duncan Colquhoun, Richard Donaldson, Jake Dale-Brown
  • Patent number: 11282328
    Abstract: A food management system includes a cabinet having a chamber, a lift, and an ejector. The chamber is defined, in part, by a front wall including a chute defining a first end of a dispensing region along the cabinet. At least one lift is disposed within the chamber, and is configured to receive a plurality of containers therein. The lift is operable to sequentially present at least one of the containers to the dispensing region of the cabinet. The ejector includes a bumper disposed within the dispensing region. The bumper is operable to translate through the dispensing region from a retracted position on an opposite side of the at least one lift from the chute, to an extended position between the retracted position and the chute to bias the at least one of the containers from the at least one lift through the chute.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Little Caesar Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Kent A. Deemter, R. William Kneifel, II, David Scrivano, Christopher P. Ilitch
  • Patent number: 11278130
    Abstract: An apparatus for the display of small format beverage containers is disclosed. According to one embodiment, an apparatus comprises a front door that allows access to beverage containers; front panels; a left panel and a right panel; a loading opening; back panels; bottom panels; and an internal channel having a curved ramp that stores beverage containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: E. & J. Gallo Winery
    Inventors: Peter Abdelmesih, Philip West
  • Patent number: 11273938
    Abstract: Embodiments of product handling systems facilitate transfer of individual product items from incoming bulk form into dedicated trays for inspection, sorting, selection, and packaging. Inspection may comprise interrogation of product items within a tray by electromagnetic (e.g., optical, hyperspectral) or other (e.g., physical, acoustic, gas sensing, etc.) techniques. Prior to packaging, product items disposed within the tray may be stored in a moveable carousel responsible for controlling environmental factors such as temperature, humidity, illumination, ambient gases, product-to-product interactions, and/or others. Movement of product items from a carousel's transfer station to an outside staging position may be accomplished using robots and/or conveyor belts. Embodiments may allow rapid, low-cost consumer selection of specific individual product items based upon their accompanying metadata (e.g., source, identifier), in combination with the results of inspection (e.g., visual appearance).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: Fulfil Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Gilad Almogy, Jason Kalus, Nathan Beckett, David Cameron Hosken, Brock Csira
  • Patent number: 11270546
    Abstract: This disclosure describes, in part, systems for tracking the removal of shopping bags or other items from a dispenser. Folded shopping bags are stacked in a holder so that a front shopping bag can be removed by pulling it along an axis that is parallel to the length and/or width dimension of the shopping bag. A motion sensor is positioned to sense movement of the front shopping bag as it is removed. Control logic monitors and/or analyzes data or other signals from the motion sensor and determines whether movement of at least a threshold distance has occurred. If movement of at least the threshold distance has occurred, the control logic concludes that a shopping bag has been removed and generates a corresponding event notice. Other system components may respond to the event notice by applying a charge for the removed shopping bag or by performing other actions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Inventors: Mike Mosman, Andrew Pierce, Jacob Drewniak, Robert Riggs, Dan Beltzer, Greg Justice, Julie Yu
  • Patent number: 11261020
    Abstract: A container for housing household tissue paper includes a container body that stores household tissue paper inside. The container body has an upper container body that forms an upper portion of the container body and a lower container body that forms a lower portion of the container body. The upper container body has an outlet through which the household tissue paper is taken out and an open/close lid that seals the outlet. A lower end of the upper container body and an upper end of the lower container body are connected to each other, and the upper container body and the lower container body are pivotable with respect to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Inventor: Akiteru Miura