Patents Examined by Bruce H. Bernstein
  • Patent number: 4089417
    Abstract: An improved heavy duty, octagonally shaped bulk container is disclosed which is preferably used with a pallet. The container comprises a tubular body portion with a plurality of outer side walls having upper and lower flaps foldably attached to the ends thereof. The end flaps are selectively folded inwardly and locked into either a rectangular or octagonally shaped end closure. The end closures are prepared from flat sheets that are cut and scored for either the rectangular end or octagonal end closure configurations. The container further includes an inner liner member that is cut and scored to correspond to the octagonal shape of the container and a pair of upper and lower end reinforcing panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 1977
    Date of Patent: May 16, 1978
    Assignee: Westvaco Corporation
    Inventor: Edward L. Osborne
  • Patent number: 4089416
    Abstract: A kit for easy and rapid repair, without tools, of umbrella tips from which the fabric covering has become loosened, torn, or otherwise separated. The kit comprises a short section of plastic tube, a conical cap having a threaded bore, and a small envelope for carrying several sets of the tubes and caps. In use, the plastic tube is expanded over the tip end of the umbrella rib, then a section of the covering is placed over and around the tube, and finally the conical cap is manually screwed over the tube to hold the covering tightly in place on the end of the umbrella rib. Several tubes and caps are preferably carried in the envelope which is secured interiorly around an umbrella rib, thus making the kit immediately available for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 1977
    Date of Patent: May 16, 1978
    Inventor: Joseph Wade Sims
  • Patent number: 4088225
    Abstract: A package or package assembly comprising a carton for holding a plurality of five funnel-neck portions for television picture tubes with one such tube portion resting on the bottom of the carton in a neck-up orientation and including a paperboard separator and support assembly for spacing and supporting the remaining four of the tube portions in the carton with the necks thereof extending generally horizontally past the neck of the first tube portion in a rotary arrangement substantially corresponding to that of the ends of the arms of a swastika.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1977
    Date of Patent: May 9, 1978
    Assignee: Corning Glass Works
    Inventor: Freeman H. Hartnell
  • Patent number: 4088262
    Abstract: A shipping and handling carton for varying size articles, such as bottles and the like, adapted to be formed from a single sheet of foldable material, such as corrugated paper. The carton is designed to provide a plurality of individual article-holding internal partitions, while providing complete exterior coverage for the articles therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 1977
    Date of Patent: May 9, 1978
    Inventor: Bert O. Kuehlhorn
  • Patent number: 4087003
    Abstract: A protective package for a stacked array such as nestable potato chips or similar articles where it is desired to provide protection for the objects by spacing them away from the sides of the carton, which includes a rectangular tube-like carton lined with shrinkable plastic film which surrounds the array and is shrunk to suspend the array away from the sides of the carton, the film being attached to diagonally opposite corners of the carton.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 1976
    Date of Patent: May 2, 1978
    Assignee: Champion International Corporation
    Inventor: David J. Adamek
  • Patent number: 4086263
    Abstract: A shipping rack of the type having a backwall secured to a base for supporting automotive windshields in a vertical position has spacer strips pivotally mounted on each of a pair of spaced bars secured to the rack. A spacer strip from each of the bars is positioned between adjacent windshields to separate the windshields loaded on the rack. Restraining facilities secure the windshields on the rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 1976
    Date of Patent: April 25, 1978
    Assignee: PPG Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: James R. Rowley
  • Patent number: 4085846
    Abstract: A container has a separately formed floor which is attached to a pallet. The floorless body of the container is placed on the pallet and trapped in position by the floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 1977
    Date of Patent: April 25, 1978
    Assignee: South Warwickshire Packaging Services Limited
    Inventor: John Williams
  • Patent number: 4086455
    Abstract: A snap action type of electric switch in which a contact plate is provided with a movable contact facing a stationary contact located in a housing. The movable contact is free to move back and forth, and the contact plate is connected through an intermediate snap spring to a switching rod which extends at the back of the spring and is also free to move back and forth. The contact plate has a play space in forward and rearward directions in relation to the snap spring, and is urged in forward direction by an auxiliary spring. The snap spring is formed of an elastic metal strip which is bent into a channel form. A pair of levers bridge a neck portion of an enlarged head portion of the switching rod. When moving back and forth, the rod 5 may apply a predetermined movement to the snap spring. A holding member extends rearwards from the contact plate and has an opening into which a transverse portion of the snap spring is loosely inserted so as to form the play space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1977
    Date of Patent: April 25, 1978
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Fumitaka Takahashi
  • Patent number: 4085841
    Abstract: A carton assembly is provided which may be formed of pasteboard, or other suitable material, and which is particularly useful for packaging and displaying articles such as containers for perfumes, lipsticks and the like. The carton assembly of the invention comprises an outer shell of rectangular cross-section having a top cover hinged to one edge of the upper end of the shell by a scoreline, and the shell has an open bottom; and the carton assembly also comprises an insert of rectangular cross-section which is slidable in the shell, and which is suspended from a top flap; the top flap being hinged to the outer edge of the top cover by a further scoreline. The insert has an open front so that the article may be displayed when the insert is moved to an open position in which its upper portion protrudes through the top end of the shell. The upper end of the insert is open, so that the article may be removed from the carton when the insert is in its open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 1977
    Date of Patent: April 25, 1978
    Assignee: Graphic Arts Packaging Corporation
    Inventor: Matsuyama, Glen
  • Patent number: 4084690
    Abstract: A video disc package comprises a base member and a cover member hingedly secured to the base member. The members define a cavity for enclosing a centrally-apertured disc record when juxtaposed. A center post includes first and second portions attached respectively to the base and the cover members. Each of the portions has arcuate peripheral surfaces dimensioned for engagement with diametrically opposite portions of the wall defining the central aperture of the record when it is enclosed in the cavity. The first and the second portions are constructed such that they nest within the central aperture during the reception of the record in the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 1977
    Date of Patent: April 18, 1978
    Assignee: RCA Corporation
    Inventor: Carl Frederick Pulse
  • Patent number: 4083452
    Abstract: An improved container for medications and the like includes a first section having therein a plurality of compartments with a second section mounted to the first section in overlying relationship to the compartments with the second section including mounting means permitting the second section to be indexed to any one of a plurality of positions relative to the first section. The second section has an opening therein to permit access to any one of the compartments after such section has been indexed to any one of the above mentioned positions. The container includes locking means for securing the second section at any one of the positions indicated above, the locking means including a catch means movably mounted to one of the sections and engageable with any one of several recesses provided in the other section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 1977
    Date of Patent: April 11, 1978
    Inventor: William Rossmo
  • Patent number: 4079835
    Abstract: Enclosed shipping container assembly for an elongated article such as a roll of flexible sheet or film material. The container assembly includes a pair of open five-sided container halves of identical structure which fit together in opposite orientation to form an enclosed container, and a pair of spaced end plates inside the container for supporting a roll. The enclosed container protects the sheet or film material from dust and from accidental damage in handling. The configuration of the containers is such that a plurality of containers can be joined together to form a unitized load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 1976
    Date of Patent: March 21, 1978
    Assignee: ICI Americas Inc.
    Inventor: Robert N. Kendig
  • Patent number: 4078657
    Abstract: A case is disclosed for storing and transporting a tape cassette having at least one tape reel that includes a clutch element registrable with a corresponding driving spindle of a reel drive mchanism so that the reel may be rotated. The case comprises a base formed to receive the cassette and a non-rotating latch pin registrable with the clutch element of the reel to prevent reel rotation and, hence, unwinding of stored tape. The latch pin is mounted with the base by a leaf spring assembly which permits the pin to retract to accommodate the cassette when not registered with the clutch element. However, the spring assembly urges the pin into reel-rotation preventing engagement with the element when the two are registered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 1977
    Date of Patent: March 14, 1978
    Assignee: Plastic Forming Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter T. Schurman
  • Patent number: 4078659
    Abstract: A thermoplastic film package having a plurality of tightly held articles, such as beverage bottles, is provided with a thermoplastic film handle and with an upper surface permitting opening of the package in a manner which facilitates removal of all or a portion of the articles from the package and return of articles to the package. The positions of attachment of the handle to the package in relation to the opened upper surface of the package enable the handle to assist in maintaining the integrity and usefulness of the package after it is opened, even though it is made of thin thermoplastic film. The opened package is thus suitable for carrying all or only a portion of the contents by using the handle. The end portions of the handle can be attached to the package by a process involving preliminary tacking and subsequent heating by contact with a hot gas in a film-shrinking operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 1976
    Date of Patent: March 14, 1978
    Assignee: Pepsico, Inc.
    Inventor: Jurgen G. Rensner
  • Patent number: 4076118
    Abstract: A timer is attached to a cigarette container to permit opening only after a preset time by mounting on the container wall with a rotary timing member presenting after the elapsed time a notch to release a container locking member for opening the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 1977
    Date of Patent: February 28, 1978
    Inventor: Jack Karlsson
  • Patent number: 4076120
    Abstract: A cartridge for holding hemostatic clips comprises an outer casing and an elongated body positioned within the casing. The body includes a plurality of sets of pairs of walls on each side of a longitudinal line along the body. Each pair of walls defines a clip-receiving compartment between the walls, and each compartment is transversely aligned with a compartment on the other side of the longitudinal line so that each end of a generally U-shaped hemostatic clip can be received in one of the transversely aligned compartments. The walls of each pair of walls are flexible away from each other so that a clip can be removed by inserting the jaws of applying forceps between the walls and over the clip to flex the walls apart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 1976
    Date of Patent: February 28, 1978
    Assignee: American Hospital Supply Corporation
    Inventors: Ronald L. Carroll, John S. Ziegler
  • Patent number: 4074827
    Abstract: A closure for a container. The closure includes a base member having a central portion and a peripheral flange and a cover member also having a central portion and a peripheral flange. The cover member is adapted to be releasably secured to the base member such that when secured a cavity is formed between the respective members. The cavity is adapted for holding products, e.g., premiums or advertising material therein. Alternatively, a game or amusement device can be disposed within the cavity. To that end, in one embodiment of the invention the base member includes at least one recess and at least one ball adapted to fit within the recess to provide a game of skill. Means are provided, such as a cross-cut in the closure to enable a straw to be extended therethrough and into the container with the closure in place. A marginal portion is provided in one embodiment on the flange of the cover member to facilitate the separation of the cover member from the base member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 1976
    Date of Patent: February 21, 1978
    Inventor: Jacob Labe, III
  • Patent number: 4073950
    Abstract: A dough container is described which consists of a spiral body stock winding of paperbased material, a liner bonded to the interior of the body and label bonded to the exterior surface of the body material. Each of these layers consists of a helically wound strip. The side edges of the body stock strip lie adjacent one another to form a butt joint and the liner is provided with a zigzag fold or pleat substantially in alignment i.e. beneath the butt joint in the body stock. Metal ends are crimped to each end of the can to form the top and the bottom. During opening, the pleat allows the dough which is usually under pressure to expand, separate the butt joint and then rupture the liner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 1975
    Date of Patent: February 14, 1978
    Assignee: The Pillsbury Company
    Inventors: Eldon D. Hansen, Douglas A. Edmonson
  • Patent number: 4071141
    Abstract: A plurality of individual, pre-formed cutting tips attached to one another in an adjoining series to form an elongate stick of tips for sequential attachment to the teeth or cutting portions of cutting tools. Each tip in the stick has a commonly oriented contact surface for attachment to the cutting tool, and a separate pre-formed cutting edge that forms the cutting edge of the tool once the tip has been attached. Attachment of a tip to a cutting tool is accomplished by positioning the contact surface of the lead tip in a stick proximate the tool, and severing the connection between the tip and the remainder of the stick. The tips forming the stick are preferably attached to one another by a meltable adhesive spread over their respective contact surfaces, such adhesive having a melting point lower than that of the tips. The respective tips in the stick are operatively connected to separate teeth or tools by the same adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 1975
    Date of Patent: January 31, 1978
    Assignee: Lifetime Carbide Co.
    Inventor: Gorman D. Gray
  • Patent number: 4071140
    Abstract: A display device for folded soft goods comprising a planar back portion, a folded up front portion, a bottom portion separating the front and back portion and forming a space for the reception of the folded goods, a roof portion adapted to be folded down from the other end of the back portion, side flaps cut out from the bottom portion and adapted in folded-up condition to act as distance spacers between said front and back portions, the arrangement being such that the spacers, from which the side flaps are cut out, form windows in the bottom portion so that the color of the contents of the package becomes visible when stacked horizontally and the side flaps act as lateral supports for the folded goods resting on the bottom portion.The tops of the side flaps are formed by U-shaped score lines so that the upper edge of each side flap has upwardly extending fingers providing additional lateral support for the folded article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 1977
    Date of Patent: January 31, 1978
    Inventor: Richard G. Rattner