Patents Examined by Bryon Gehman
  • Patent number: 10023375
    Abstract: An outsert for affixing to a product package includes a base layer, a top layer, and a printed document. The base layer includes a perforated region arranged to be aligned with a tear tape on an outer wrapping of the package. The top layer is arranged on the base layer and has one or more edge regions adhered to the base layer. The printed document is enclosed in an inner volume established between the base layer and top layer. A laminate layer can be disposed in the inner volume between the top layer and the printed document to increase the rigidity of the outsert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventor: Stephen Bellamah
  • Patent number: 10023374
    Abstract: An anti-theft display card is provided, including: a main body, having at least one sleeved structure protruding thereon, the at least one sleeved structure having a through slot open on a free end thereof and forming two restricting walls spacingly, a side of the main body opposite to the through slot having at least one through hole communicating with the through slot, a direction in which the two restricting walls face each other defining a variation direction; at least one restricting member, each said restricting member having a connecting portion connected to the main body and at least one abutting portion, each said abutting portion being inserted into one said through slot of the at least one sleeved structure through one of the through holes to restrict the two restricting walls to move relative to each other along the variation direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Inventor: Yu-Hua Ou
  • Patent number: 10016074
    Abstract: Merchandise displays including headboards that self-deploy under the action of a shape memory alloy actuator, display systems incorporating them, and methods of merchandising and displaying merchandise employing self-deploying displays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Inventors: Dean Finnegan, Chia-Jung Lin
  • Patent number: 10005590
    Abstract: Disclosed is a container for storing, displaying, and dispensing many types of articles. The container comprises a body comprising a cavity to store the articles and an open end for access to the articles. The container further comprises a lid comprising a cavity, a first open end engaged with the open end of the body and a flexible sheet engaged with and fully disposed within the cavity of the lid. The container further comprises a cap engaged with a second open end of the lid. Removal of the cap from the lid allows the flexible sheet to be moved between a first position where the flexible sheet is disposed outward of the lid with the articles resting on the flexible sheet and a second position where the flexible sheet is held to form a u-shaped tube allowing the articles to be poured into said second open end of the lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Inventor: David Fleming Gallagher
  • Patent number: 10004567
    Abstract: A package for a medical device includes a folder having bottom and top panels, the bottom panel including a leading edge, a trailing edge, and at least one medical device securing element. The top panel has a leading edge, and a trailing edge joined with the trailing edge of the bottom panel. The folder has an unfolded configuration in which the leading edges of the top and bottom panels face in opposite directions, and a folded configuration in which the top panel is folded over the bottom panel so that the leading edges of the top and bottom panels face in the same direction and are aligned with one another. The folder is insertable into a sealable pouch having a seal with a first leg whereby the leading edges of the folder are abutted against the first leg of the seal of the pouch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: Denise Marie Dacey, Xiaole Fan, Jared James Patriarca, Meredith McHugh Karow
  • Patent number: 10002379
    Abstract: An 18V power tool having one 18V battery pack attachable thereto and a 36V power tool having two 18V battery packs attachable thereto are housed in a tool case and sold as a set or kit. Two or more battery packs and/or a charger may also be included in the set, and sold therewith. A tool case may be used to house and carry the power tools, as well as the battery packs and/or charger, if provided. Sales systems for selling such power tools are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: MAKITA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masahiko Goto, Tomonori Araki
  • Patent number: 10000322
    Abstract: A hang tag includes a main body and a retaining portion. The main body includes a ridge that extends in a direction from a top of the main body to a bottom of the main body. The ridge divides the main body into a first region at a first side of the ridge and a second region at a second side of the ridge. The retaining portion includes (a) prongs configured to, when the portion of the object is inserted in the retaining portion, engage with side grooves in opposite sides of the object to prevent the object from rotating, and (b) ribs configured to support the prongs when the prongs are forced towards the ribs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Chris Nowacki, Adrian Vagnoni, Simone Bosatelli, Dominic Winkler
  • Patent number: 9988195
    Abstract: The present invention is a novel, theft-resistant, and senior-friendly packaging for consumer and retail products that is cheap and easy to manufacture. The packaging is designed to prevent individuals from gaining access to the enclosed product through tampering with the packaging while at the same time meeting or exceeding federal child-resistant and senior-friendly guidelines. The packaging incorporates plastic material and multiple cuts to be tear-resistant and to halt the propagation of a tear, if one should occur.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Key-Pak Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Wade E. Williams-Hartman
  • Patent number: 9980547
    Abstract: A writing instrument case includes a base having a first member and a second member rotatably attached to the first member via a hinge. A flap is attached to the base and includes at least one button adapted to fit within at least one dimple of the second member. The flap further includes a plurality of grooves, at least one groove having a knob to secure a portion of a writing instrument to the flap. The second member of the base is rotatably moveable between a closed position, in which the flap fits within the second member of the base, and an open position, in which the projection of the second member fits into the slot of the first member of the base upon rotation of the second member toward the first member, forming a locking mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: SANFORD, L.P.
    Inventors: Prince Earl Brown, Jr., Daniel Francis Debartolo, Jr., Eliott Guy Copier, Ejung Kim, Mark Alan Zavada, Stefaan Van Den Broecke
  • Patent number: 9974370
    Abstract: A system for releasing a contained volume of gas. The system has a base with a pressure-release vent positioned within a flex region and a seal to disengagably seal the pressure-release vent. The seal has a gas vent path that extends from the pressure-release vent. The contained volume of gas passes through the gas vent path to apply force against the flex region and disengage the seal from the pressure-release vent, allowing the gas to exit through the pressure-release vent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Better Vision Solutions LLC
    Inventors: Lynn Winterton, Jack White
  • Patent number: 9975680
    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: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: SONOCO DEVELOPMENT, INC.
    Inventor: Scott William Huffer
  • Patent number: 9969547
    Abstract: An expandable holding tank includes a base supporting a first sidewall to define a liquid retaining enclosure. A second sidewall travels up and down one of an exterior face or an interior face of the first sidewall from a stored position to an operative position. In the stored position, the second sidewall is nested with the first sidewall to position a lower edge of the second sidewall adjacent to the base. In the operative position, the second sidewall is telescopically extended relative to the first sidewall to place the lower edge of the second sidewall at a distance from the base and an upper edge of the second sidewall extending above an upper edge of the first sidewall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Inventor: Gregory A. Whittaker
  • Patent number: 9961977
    Abstract: A leisure apparatus comprises a body having a volume that is able to contain articles for storage therein and for removal therefrom, or that defines an internal space that is able to seal therein a gas, liquid or solid. An output device is arranged externally at the body. A receiver is located behind a wall of the body to be separated from articles stored in and removed from the body, or is located and sealed within the internal space of the body. The receiver is adapted for receiving an electronic signal transmitted wirelessly from a proximate device and for communicating that signal to the output device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Yetimo International Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Antony J. Magnus
  • Patent number: 9962825
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, a toolbox includes a housing, one or more drawers received in the housing, and a handle extending from the housing. The handle comprises a pair of spaced grasping surfaces connected by a central grasping surface, the spaced grasping surface and the central grasping surface each spaced from the housing. According to another embodiment, a toolbox includes a housing and one or more drawers slidably received in the housing. The one or more drawers each comprise an integral latch, and the housing comprises an integral latch receptacle. Closing the drawer of the toolbox with a first amount of force does not engage the integral latch with the latch receptacle, while closing the drawer of the toolbox with a second amount of force automatically engages the integral latch with the latch receptacle, securing the one or more drawers within the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.
    Inventors: Terry L. Gonzales, John C. Murray, Megan E. McNeill, Chih-Hung Chen, Tolga Caglar, Jin Chi Huang, Oaty A. Frye, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9964649
    Abstract: Described is a device comprising a retro-reflective marker sphere comprising: a core ball comprising: a generally spherical body portion, a mounting base extending from one end of the body portion of the core ball, and a mounting recess having a recess opening in the mounting base and extending into the body portion of the core ball, and a retro-reflective covering on the core ball, the retro-reflective covering comprising an opening through which the mounting base of the core ball extends, wherein a flat lower surface of the mounting base is spaced proximally from a lower edge of the opening of the retro-reflective covering, and wherein the mounting recess includes an interior screw thread for engaging an exterior screw thread of a mounting post when the retro-reflective marker sphere is mounted on the mounting post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: IZI Medical Products
    Inventors: Helen Zinreich Shafer, David Alan Zinreich, Douglas Abraham Crumb
  • Patent number: 9966288
    Abstract: The lower lid includes a bottom plate that supports the substrate storing container and a lower lid peripheral wall that extends upwards from a periphery of the bottom plate. The sleeve member has a tubular shape having an axial center that extends in the vertical direction. The upper lid has a top plate and an upper lid peripheral wall that extends downwards. The lower lid includes device positioning portions. The device positioning portions can engage the positioned portion of the lifting device that lifts, from the lower lid, the substrate storing container which is supported by the lower lid in a state of the upper lid being removed therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: MIRAIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tsuyoshi Nagashima
  • Patent number: 9956683
    Abstract: A metal work box includes a base having a horizontal planar member having an upper surface and a lower surface. The metal work box also includes a plurality of side walls secured to and extending upwardly from the base. The plurality of side walls include a front first side wall formed along a front first edge of the base, a back second side wall formed along a rear second edge of the base, a left third side wall formed along a left side third edge of the base, and right fourth side wall formed along a right side fourth edge of the base. A door is formed along the front first side wall. The door includes a door panel having a free edge and a hinged edge, the hinged edge being pivotally secured to a front hinge side wall portion of the front first side wall so as to enable easy access to contents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Inventors: Keith E Rose, John H Boldridge, III
  • Patent number: 9955762
    Abstract: An apparatus for housing an electronic device includes a top member, a bottom member, and a compressible gasket seated in a channel in either the top member or the bottom member. The top member includes a perimeter portion defined by a proximal end portion, a distal end portion, and opposing side portions. The top member further including a first clasping mechanism. The bottom member includes an inner surface, a back surface, and a perimeter portion surrounding the inner surface and the back surface. The perimeter includes a wall including a second clasping mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: TreeFrog Developments, Inc.
    Inventor: Gary A. Rayner
  • Patent number: 9950840
    Abstract: A reclosable battery package includes a first panel having a first removable portion and a second panel optionally having a second removable portion. A pouch is disposed between the first panel and the second panel. The first panel and the second panel are joined along perimeter edges and a pouch perimeter flange is disposed between the first panel and the second panel. The pouch is slidably movable between the first panel and the second panel when the first removable portion is removed from the first panel to expose contents stored within the pouch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: DURACELL U.S. OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Arseni Radomyselski, Scott A. Stewart
  • Patent number: 9950848
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including a packing-list-pouch comprising a back sheet and a front sheet attached to a pocket, a protective lip sheet attached to cover a top edge of the front sheet, and a removable release liner attached to an exterior surface of the back sheet via an adhesive coating. The packing-list-pouch may include a flap sheet attached to the protective lip sheet and an adhesive strip configured to fasten a bottom portion of the flap sheet to the front sheet to form a resealable closure over an opening of the pocket and the protective lip sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Federal Express Corporation
    Inventor: Yongquan Zhou