Patents Examined by Bryon Gehman
  • Patent number: 9871550
    Abstract: A protective enclosure for an electronic device includes a cushion layer and a structural layer. The cushion layer covers the back surface and side surfaces of the installed electronic device. The structural layer is disposed over the cushion layer and includes a back portion, a right side portion, and a left side portion. The structural layer includes a thinned region on the back portion. The thinned region has a thickness that is less than the thickness of the remainder of the back portion of the structural layer. The thinned region of the structural layer allows a section of the protective enclosure to bend away from the back surface of the electronic device for installation and removal of the electronic device from the protective enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Otter Products, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin W. Witter, Matthew S. Krajec, Patrick J. Nelson, Paul N. Walker, Thomas D. Boileau
  • Patent number: 9862520
    Abstract: A package for a prolate spheroidal ball having a longitudinal axis. A back plate is disposed between a first end and a second end of the package. A first cradle extends from the back plate adjacent the first end, and is operative to receive a first portion of the prolate spheroidal ball along the longitudinal axis. A wing portion extends from the back plate adjacent the second end, and at least partially circumscribes the longitudinal axis of the prolate spheroidal ball. A flap portion extends from the wing portion and defines an end surface of the package. The longitudinal axis intersects the flap portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard S. Fan
  • Patent number: 9856075
    Abstract: Provided is a reusable tie down storage case including a housing having a tie down storage area and first and second strap storage areas, at least one tab in the tie down area for engaging a tie down, a first movable flap covering the first strap storage area to prevent removal of a first strap, and a second movable flap covering the second strap storage area to prevent removal of the second strap. The reusable case can be used as a retail package and as a reusable case after purchase to hold the tie downs in the case without an additional fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Winston Products, LLC
    Inventors: Winston H. Breeden, III, Curtis P. Taylor, Matthew G. Hanson, Ryan Chepla, Colleen Kurniawan, David Drabousky
  • Patent number: 9849366
    Abstract: A collapsible carrying case cover for use with board sports equipment having an expanded configuration and a fully collapsed configuration is described. The collapsible carrying case cover includes a cover that is configured to completely cover a bottom surface and edges of the board sports equipment and partially cover a top surface of the board. A peripheral edge continuously extends around the periphery of the cover and forms a channel that houses an elastic cord. The elastic cord is configured to draw the peripheral edge inwardly when in assembled relation to the board sports equipment. The cover may be held in place by a hook and loop type strap. The collapsible carrying case cover also includes a plurality of carrying handles and straps to facilitate multiple carrying modes. The collapsible carrying case cover is collapsible into a fully collapsed configuration when in unassembled relation to the board sports equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Inventor: David Thornbury
  • Patent number: 9848682
    Abstract: With respect to cases for laptop computers, and the like and, an improvement comprises pair of opposing strap guides through which elastic side retention straps are respectively journaled to prevent the straps from interfering with the closure of the case. A case according to the invention comprises top and bottom covers hinged in the rear of the case, and a closure mechanism such as a zipper is for closing the top and bottom covers. Right and left elastic retaining straps respectively connect the top and bottom portions of the case, and the right and left elastic retaining straps pass through respective strap guides, each attached to the inner surface of the top portion of the case, to prevent the retaining straps from being caught in the hinged portions of the computer or the closure mechanism as the case is closed. Each elastic retaining strap may twist between the bottom cover of the case and each strap guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Inventors: Mark Zadvinskis, Adam Ostroff
  • Patent number: 9850062
    Abstract: Packaging with a double collar lid may be used for any type of consumer product, including electronic devices. The packaging includes a base, a tray disposed within the base, and a lid comprising an outer portion and a first inner collar. The tray is configured to support an electronic device to be raised relative to a bottom of the base with an available area for the electronic device disposed above a top of the base. The first inner collar is configured to constrain the position of the electronic device within the available area such that when the lid is removed from the base the electronic device is framed by the tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Ricardo Alba Mariano
  • Patent number: 9840106
    Abstract: A comic book case includes a base and a cover configured to compress and secure a comic book in place under frictional pressure such that the book cannot easily shift or slip within the case. Prior art cases that included walls surrounding the top, bottom and side edges of a book typically allowed some free movement or slippage of the book between the walls. This movement or slippage could result in damage such as curling or crinkling of the edges of the book if the case were exposed to a physical shock, such as by being dropped. The base includes a raised base platform and the cover includes a depressed cover platform, which extends towards the base platform to create a space within which the book is securely held.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Inventors: Matthew Aaron Nelson, Harshen Patel, Joseph R Yanarella, Jr., Stephen Lam
  • Patent number: 9840363
    Abstract: A base platform carrying a plurality of lower rail members on an upper surface. A pair of opposing laterally spaced end plates engaging the lower rail members. A series of lower positioning teeth formed in the lower rail members. A series of complementary lower connecting teeth included on the end plates engaging the lower positioning teeth. A plurality of upper rail members carried by the end plates. A series of upper positioning teeth formed in the upper rail members. A series of complementary upper connecting teeth included on the end plates engaging the upper positioning teeth of the upper rail members securing the end plates to the upper rail members. The series of upper and lower connecting teeth provide for the end plates to be repositionable along at least a portion of the upper and lower rail members to adjust spacing between the end plates to accommodate various roll sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Marshane Corp.
    Inventors: Greg McCurry, David Greene
  • Patent number: 9839488
    Abstract: A disposable bag for maintaining sterility of a medical instrument having a detection mechanism and cable extending from the detection mechanism, wherein the bag comprises: a pair of flexible sheets comprised of a polymeric material, the pair of sheets being arranged in parallel to each other and sealed along opposing lateral sides that extend longitudinally from a top end to a bottom end, the cable having a selected length such that upon insertion of the detection mechanism through the enclosed interior chamber of the bag, the cable extends longitudinally through the open bottom end, the bag being adapted to be attached to at least a portion of the cable that extends from the detection mechanism downstream toward the open bottom end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Inventor: Richard Ma
  • Patent number: 9833696
    Abstract: A lockable wagering chip container is disclosed which includes a case, a drawer, and a lock mechanism. The case includes a case top, a case bottom, two case sides, and two case ends. The case top includes a through-hole and at least one of the two case ends is open. The drawer includes a drawer top, a drawer bottom, two drawer sides, and two drawer ends. The drawer bottom, two drawer sides, and two drawer ends partially enclose a drawer interior configured to hold a plurality of chips; the drawer top is open. At least one of the drawer ends includes a chip slot configured to accept a chip inserted when the drawer is in a closed position. The lock mechanism is positioned within the case and configured to secure the drawer in the closed position until the lock mechanism is released by a key inserted into the through-hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: CHIP LOCKER LLC
    Inventor: Eric Brown
  • Patent number: 9827664
    Abstract: A tool box includes a housing defining a front opening, a rear opening and an accommodation chamber in communication with the front opening and the rear opening to open to the outside; a swing seat pivotally mounted in the housing within the accommodation chamber and providing a storage rack at the bottom side, multiple insertion slots at the top side and a retaining block, a first baffle plate mounted in the housing at a front side relative to the storage rack, a second baffle plate mounted in the housing at a rear side relative to the insertion slots, a push-button, the swing seat to be biased relative to the housing to an access position when the user pushes a push-button.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Inventor: Tsai-Ching Chen
  • Patent number: 9820543
    Abstract: A grooved case construction selectively encases and displays an electronic device, and includes a grooved device-holding mechanism and either a panel assembly or a kickstand element made structurally cooperable with the device-holding mechanism. The device-holding mechanism is sized and shaped to removably receive an electronic device, and provides an anterior device-receiving section and a posterior component interface. The posterior component interface includes at least one, but preferably a plurality of component-receiving grooves for providing a grooved pattern. Both the panel assembly and the kickstand couple to the posterior component interface via the grooved pattern and may be so coupled in any number of orientations for providing the user with any number of options for displaying the device-holding mechanism. When outfitted with a panel assembly, a cover panel may selectively either cover the anterior device-receiving section or provide support for the device-holding mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Inventors: Edison Huang, Sararut Sirichai, Iordanka Koleva Mulhern
  • Patent number: 9815615
    Abstract: Disclosed is a multiple seat shipping container (100) that includes a bottom base structure (101) configured to attach one or more first seats (120), a forward wall (103) with a lower portion (103a) pivotally attached to a forward side of the bottom base structure, a top wall (104) pivotally attached to an upper portion (103b) of the forward wall, the top wall configured to attach one or more second seats (121), and a rear wall (105) attached to a rear side of the bottom base structure. The multiple seat shipping container is configured to fold into a box shape configuration such that the one or more second seats are suspended from the top wall adjacent to the one or more first seats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Zodiac Seats US LLC
    Inventor: Travis D. Doolittle
  • Patent number: 9809363
    Abstract: A packaging assembly comprising a base or pedestal portion (36) and a top portion (10) including a plurality of foldable panels (12, 14, 16) and flaps (18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28) and one or more rigid cap portions (30a, 30b).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Inventors: Kenneth Glinert, Rick Vulgamott
  • Patent number: 9802744
    Abstract: Improved packages and methods for constructing packages are provided that are designed such that the user can peel back a lidding member of the package to reveal an independently peelable portion covering one of the compartments. The independently peelable portion is a layer of the lidding member that maintains the respective compartment in an unopened (sealed) condition until the user independently peels that layer off to access the items in that compartment. The lidding member can be used to re-seal all of the compartments before and/or after the independently peelable portion is removed. The independently peelable portion may include a visual indication of a sealed condition of the compartment that serves as a tamper evidence feature. In multiple-compartment packages, peeling back the lidding member allows the user to access some of the compartments of the package, while at least one of the compartments remains sealed via the independently peelable portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Inventor: Scott William Huffer
  • Patent number: 9795235
    Abstract: A disposable beverage container sleeve has a substantially rectangular upper body and a gusset. The upper body has a vertical upper body fold line and an integrated upper body flap along a first vertical edge of the upper body. The upper body flap is adapted to fold over a second vertical edge of the upper body and is affixed to the upper body proximate the second vertical edge. The gusset is formed from a first gusset portion and a second gusset portion, the first and second gusset portions being integrated with and depending from a lower edge of the upper body on opposing sides of the vertical upper body fold line. The gusset further comprises a gusset support band formed by at least one thickness of the first gusset portion and at least one thickness of the second gusset portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Inventor: Roy Bouse
  • Patent number: 9796515
    Abstract: A package has an air sealed portion near an outer edge of the package to allow part of the package to float above water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Inventor: Takashi Terayama
  • Patent number: 9788931
    Abstract: A holder for heart valve prostheses, the holder including a hub portion having a longitudinal axis, an engagement portion coupled to the hub portion and including plural L-shaped finger members variably positionable relative to the hub portion between a collapsed condition wherein the finger members are closed onto the hub portion and an expanded condition wherein the finger members radially protrude with respect to the hub portion to engage a heart valve prosthesis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Sorin Group Italia S.r.l.
    Inventors: Giovanni Giordano, Paolo Gaschino, Giovanni Rolando, Arnaldo Giannetti
  • Patent number: 9790021
    Abstract: Detachable container for strawberries which allows the transport, storage, presentation and consumption of the fruit in optimum conditions and with minimum handling from harvesting until consumption, formed by the joining through fitting by pressure between triangular cross-sectional-shaped cavities and protuberances of a base and a lid respectively, the base having cells to house the individual pieces of fruit. The number and the size of cells depend on the characteristics of the strawberries that they must contain. The container may be separated into up to four sub-units by simple pulling along diagonal tear lines, and it has retracting handles on its sides to facilitate its transport, as well as a central orifice to thread the containers on a vertical rod in the point-of-sale and obtain a more attractive presentation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Donana 1998, S.L.
    Inventor: Manuel Matos Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 9792839
    Abstract: A length of fastener stock (111) includes opposing first and second continuous side members—(113-1) and (113-2) which are coupled together by a plurality of flexible cross-links (117). Individual fasteners (121) are selectively obtained from the stock (111) by cutting or separating the side members (113-1) and (113-2) at appropriate points (i.e., midway) between the cross-links or filaments (115). Accordingly, each fastener (121) will include a first cross-bar (123-1), which has been cut from side member (113-1), and a second cross-bar (123-2), which has been cut from side member (113-2), the cross-bars (123-1) and (123-2) being interconnected by the flexible filament (115). Suitably, with respect to an axial cross-section thereof, the width W of the flexible filament (115) is greater than or equal to approximately one and a half-times the height H of the filament (115).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventors: William J. Cooper, Adam Dickson