Patents Examined by Brenda J. Ehrhardt
  • Patent number: 4969557
    Abstract: A toner cartridge is provided for use in replenishing toner to a toner storing section of an imaging machine, such as a copying machine, which uses toner to produce a visible image. The toner cartridge includes a container having an opening, a folded over seal member having one end fixed to the container and another end fixed to a roller, and means for winding up the seal member which includes a roller provided with a shaft. When the shaft is rotated, the seal member is peeled off the container to unseal its opening. The toner drops from the container into the toner storing section. The seal member can be easily peeled off from the container, and toner is kept from being spilled and from soiling the operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 1985
    Date of Patent: November 13, 1990
    Assignee: Ricoh Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Seiji Oka
  • Patent number: 4739882
    Abstract: The present invention is a transportable container for storing articles and maintaining a clean article, such as semiconductor wafers, clean. The container provides a box which defines an interior space for containing the articles. The box includes a box top and box base which supports the box top and includes a box door for opening and closing the container. The box door provide a region for supporting the articles in the interior space. A liner is insertable into the interior space and surrounds the region. The box door is retractable from the box space. The articles in the region are retractable with the box door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 1986
    Date of Patent: April 26, 1988
    Assignee: Asyst Technologies
    Inventors: Mihir Parikh, Anthony C. Bonora, W. George Faraco, Barney H. Huang
  • Patent number: 4722439
    Abstract: Tray (1) for receiving and retaining a rigid circular information disc (4) can be inserted into a storage cassette (28) and comprises a recess (3) and retaining means (7, 15, 16) for retaining the information disc (4) in the recess (3). The tray (1), which constitutes an easy-to-remove and easy-to-introduce insert for the storage cassette, is constructed as a drawer-type insert for a playing apparatus. The retaining means (7, 15, 16), which include one resilient retaining means (7), are arranged opposite one another on the edge of the recess (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 1986
    Date of Patent: February 2, 1988
    Assignee: Polygram International Holding B.V.
    Inventors: Hermann Grobecker, Gilbert E. Mestdagh, Masashi Ito
  • Patent number: 4721210
    Abstract: A lid and cup assembly for storing and dispensing comestibles is disclosed which provides a tamper-evident package to indicate unauthorized tampering. The tamper-evident package for storing and dispensing comestibles and the like, includes a cup formed of a sidewall member having at its open end a rim with an unrolled peripheral edge. The package also includes a lid configured and dimensioned for engagement with the cup at its open end. The lid includes a panel member having along its periphery an annular rib configured and dimensioned so as to snap-fittingly and sealingly engage the cup. The annular rib is formed of an inner wall an outer wall and a transverse top wall. The outer wall has three spaced apart detent ribs of predetermined length for securing engagement with the cup peripheral edge at least when the lid is pried off. The outer wall also has adjacent at least one of the detent ribs a pair of tear lines on each side of the respective detent rib.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1986
    Date of Patent: January 26, 1988
    Inventors: Richard R. Lawrence, Charles R. Malsbury, Glenn Moreau
  • Patent number: 4720011
    Abstract: Enclosed package such as an envelope-like package, which may be substantially impermeable to gas, water and chemical vapor and preferably is essentially light opaque having two surfaces sealed together, e.g., at least one end, and having a tearstrip. The improvement comprises hot melt adhesive-covered tearstrip present between the two surfaces and is sealed in an area along the entire length of the outer edge of the tearstrip, the inner edge of the entire length of the tearstrip remaining unsealed except at the opposite ends. The seal can be opened easily by tearing in a substantially perfect line with virtually no ragged edges which impede the removal of the package contents. The package, when light opaque, is useful for containing light-sensitive photographic films, e.g., x-ray films, including x-ray intensifying screens, photopolymer elements and other light sensitive sheets. In nonlight opaque embodiments, the package can contain paper sheets, flat materials and various solid and liquid food items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1986
    Date of Patent: January 19, 1988
    Assignee: E. I. Du Pont de Nemours and Company
    Inventor: Ernest V. Canamero
  • Patent number: 4718549
    Abstract: A container for the storage and shipment of silicon wafers has three parts; namely:(1) a lower box half,(2) an upper box half or a lid which, when joined together, forms an external protective box-like receptacle of the container, and(3) a cassette having ribs defining seats for accommodating the silicon wafers arranged in the interior of the box-like receptacle. The two box halves are closed in a shape-mating, releasable fashion and can be fixedly clamped together with the cassette by restraining action of a lock arrangement. Additional auxiliary ribs are provided at the upper box half to effect a fixed clamping of the cassette and to retain the silicon wafers in the grooves or seats of the cassette. Guide rails are arranged in the box halves to engage the cassette and prevent movement within the box-like receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 1986
    Date of Patent: January 12, 1988
    Assignee: Dynamit Nobel Silicon S.p.A.
    Inventors: Luigi Rissotti, Moreno Morici, Fabrizio Leoni, Adriano Girardi
  • Patent number: 4717024
    Abstract: A portable organizer case for jewelry or cosmetics is disclosed comprising a semi-circular dome shaped lid hinged to a receptacle. Within said receptacle is stored a pair of unattached, removeable trays, each fitted with a mounting bracket. When the case is opened, the trays may be removed from the receptacle and may be mounted outwardly astride the end walls of the receptacle to form a dressing table. Within the hollow of the lid is mounted a mirror pivotably rotateable. Lower and upper rails are molded onto the receptacle and lid. When the case is closed, upper and lower rails nest allowing a pair of catches to sealably slide over both rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 1986
    Date of Patent: January 5, 1988
    Inventor: Vasa Djezovic
  • Patent number: 4717023
    Abstract: A convention box is folded from a single flat sheet of cardboard, corrugated board or other similar rigid material, to form a disposable yet durable attache case that can be handed out to attendees at a convention or meeting. Side panel members attached to a back panel fold over tabs that are associated with top and bottom panels to lock the box into a rigid, rectangular shape, and also provide rigidity to the side panels. The handles for the convention box are formed as handle halves each formed in a respective front and rear top panel. A slot can be provided in the rear panel for insertion of literature without having to open the box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 1986
    Date of Patent: January 5, 1988
    Inventor: George Oprean
  • Patent number: 4717018
    Abstract: A unitary snap hinge made of plastic with two hinge parts which are connected with each other by means of a main joint. A flexible connecting piece is connected with the hinge parts by means of secondary joints, whereby the secondary joints have a distance from the main joint transverse to the joint axis and that the joints are designed as film joints. The hinge parts have the tendency to snap into the one or other end position from a position of an unsteady balance within their own pivot range. The snap hinge is a separate structural element. The one hinge part supports a locking element for a removal opening, the other hinge part supports at least one adapter piece with arresting elements. Thereby, the snap hinge can be mounted on a container or on the locking piece of the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 1986
    Date of Patent: January 5, 1988
    Assignee: Boehringer Mannheim GmbH
    Inventors: Klaus D. Sacherer, Erich Weiss, Jochen Koehn, Ulrich Brach
  • Patent number: 4717021
    Abstract: A specially arranged, display jacket and protective casing is attached to a video cassette storage case to provide transparent pockets for holding identification labels and promotional material to identify, advertise, and promote the movie or program recorded on the video tape cassette housed in the storage case and to identify, advertise, and promote the products and services of others.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 1986
    Date of Patent: January 5, 1988
    Inventor: Albert Ditzig
  • Patent number: 4715492
    Abstract: A hinged coin holder having two semi-circular parts hinged together at one curvilinear extremity and releasably joined at the other is improved by the provision of a plurality of internal pockets or compartments which are dimensioned to receive no greater than a predetermined number of coins of a specific denomination, irrespective of the thickness of the coins, so that the maximum desired number of coins may be unerringly packaged in the holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 1985
    Date of Patent: December 29, 1987
    Assignee: Professional Packaging Limited
    Inventor: Gordon W. Holmes
  • Patent number: 4715496
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a shoe-polish can with removable closure lid (2), integrated applicator (12) and shoe-polish containing space. In order to obtain a structural shape which is simple to manufacture and handle, the shoe-polish containing space be developed as an arcuate trough (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 1986
    Date of Patent: December 29, 1987
    Assignee: Bramlage Gesellschaft mit beschrankter Haftung
    Inventor: Ludger Hackmann
  • Patent number: 4711354
    Abstract: A cosmetic dispenser including an elongated hollow cylindrical plastic container, closed at one end and open at the other end. An elongated plastic article is provided in the container. The article has an enlarged portion intermediate its ends. One end is coated with a cosmetic which extends toward but spaced away from the enlarged portion. The coated end is placed in the container but the enlarged portion is welded to the opening of the container. The uncoated end extends entirely outside of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 1986
    Date of Patent: December 8, 1987
    Assignee: KJS Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Bennett
  • Patent number: 4709813
    Abstract: An anti-theft device for restricting unauthorized removal of an article such as a CD audio disc from a cartridge having a mounting stud resiliently engaging a central opening in the article when it is positioned in the cartridge. The device includes a locking plate, a lock spring and a lock gear for locking the article between the plate and cartridge. The locking plate has a plurality of holes therethrough arranged in a pre-selected pattern, and a release tool having a similarly disposed plurality of pins which when inserted through the holes actuates the lock spring allowing the plate to be removed and the article taken from the cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 1986
    Date of Patent: December 1, 1987
    Assignee: Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: Theodor N. Wildt
  • Patent number: 4709817
    Abstract: A shock protective device for use with a carton for shipping shock sensitive products. The device comprises a foldable padded insert which fits inside the carton. The insert folds over and surrounds the product to be shipped with a first group of interior blocks of shock absorbing material attached to one face thereof. A second group of exterior blocks of shock absorbing material are attached to the opposite face of the insert which hold the insert in place within the carton. The exterior blocks are vertically aligned with the interior blocks when the insert is folded over a product to be shipped to preclude squashing of the device within the carton during shipment. The exterior blocks absorb shock transmitted to the carton and the interior blocks absorb any shock transmitted to the insert within the carton.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 1986
    Date of Patent: December 1, 1987
    Assignee: Viking Container Company
    Inventors: Peter Keady, Thomas P. Magennis
  • Patent number: 4706815
    Abstract: A dispenser for solid dosage form pharmaceutical preparations for self-administration on a daily basis related to the menstrual cycle is made up of a blister pack in a carrying case. The case has a septagonal post and the blister pack a cooperating septagonal opening. The dose form to be taken on the first day is indicated and is aligned with the day taken. The remaining dose forms are taken sequentially. Once inserted on the starting day, the blister pack is not moved. A triphasic, 21-day regimen for oral contraceptives is described which may be followed by seven days of iron tablets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 1982
    Date of Patent: November 17, 1987
    Assignee: American Home Products Corporation
    Inventors: H. Edward Curtis, Thomas J. Gaffney
  • Patent number: 4706816
    Abstract: A module packing system for packing and transporting goods especially work shop machines is built from standard details and includes bottom beams (1), vertical beams (2), horizontal side and/or upper beams (3), stays (10) and whole-threaded screws (5) with belonging nuts (9). The vertical and longitudinal dimensions of the module packing system can now be adjusted to accommodate the form of the goods intended to be packed. The invention is adjustable in a transverse direction by spacing bottom beams (1) on lower supporting means. Bottom beams (1) are mounted to bottom blocks (12), which include a bottom plate (13). On these plates (13) bits (15) of square tube are, for example, welded parallel to each other and with the bottom beams (1). These bits (15) are provided with holes (20) extending perpendicular to the bottom beams (1). The interspaces (19) between the bits (15) are adapted so that the bottom beams (1) can be brought into the spaces (19) to be attached at the bottom blocks (12) in desired positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 1985
    Date of Patent: November 17, 1987
    Inventor: Bengt Fjallstrom
  • Patent number: 4705208
    Abstract: A multiple article display carton having the end walls of the display cells spaced from the end panels of the carton. Instead of gluing the end closure flaps together the top panel is provided with three foldably connected flaps designed to provide the assembly with a force or friction fit. The first flap is folded down to become the end panel of the carton, the second flap is folded up on the other side of the first flap with the transversely extending side panel flaps therebetween, and the third flap extends from the end panel to the end cell wall to hold the end cell wall in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 1987
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1987
    Assignee: Manville Corporation
    Inventor: Randall A. Kiedaisch
  • Patent number: 4705164
    Abstract: A match package includes a synthetic resin core in combination with cover members sandwiching the core to define a space of uniform height. The core includes partition walls dividing the space into oblong compartments. The walls are joined at one end to block those ends of the compartments and at the other end are joined by floors which reduce the height of the space in each compartment. The head of a match is positioned at the blocked end of the compartment and its free end projects from the other, open end. Striking material on the cover portions which oppose the floors frictionally engage a match head to ignite same in response to axial withdrawal of a match from its compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 1985
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1987
    Inventor: Eric W. M. V. Parein
  • Patent number: RE32540
    Abstract: An improved method and construction for positioning a plurality of socket terminals on an electrical circuit board in a predetermined configuration prior to the solder connection thereto. A sheet of electrically insulative, flexible, resinous plastic material is provided with a plurality of holes in an array conforming to the desired positioning of the sockets on the circuit boards. The socket terminals are provided with an enlarged generally cylindrical head including an intermediate groove such that the heads extend into the holes and are adapted for frictional snap engagement with the sheet. The sheet with the array of sockets temporarily held thereby is positioned on the circuit board which is then conventionally soldered so as to electrically and mechanically fix the sockets to the board. Thereafter, the sheet may be removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 1986
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1987
    Assignee: Advanced Interconnections, Inc.
    Inventor: James V. Murphy