Patents Examined by Bryon Gehman
  • Patent number: 9944430
    Abstract: An assembly of stacked mattresses and a method for preparing such an assembly are provided. The assembly of stacked mattresses comprises a first pallet, a second pallet, a plurality of mattresses positioned between the first pallet and the second pallet and straps coupling the first pallet to the second pallet, the plurality of mattresses being in a compressed state between the first pallet and the second pallet and the straps restraining expansion of the plurality of mattresses. The second pallet is comprised of a supporting member and a plurality of elongated reinforcing members extending across the supporting member, at least some of the reinforcing members including respective strap guiding members extending longitudinally along the elongated reinforcing member. At least some of the straps engage respective ones of the strap guiding members of the plurality of elongated reinforcing member of the second pallet so that displacement of the straps is constrained by the strap guiding members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: PRIMO BEDDING INC.
    Inventors: Niaina Andria, George Itzkovitz
  • Patent number: 9947569
    Abstract: A carrier tape is provided from which LEDs can be easily picked up. A carrier tape for accommodating an LED includes a sheet defining recessed embossed portions that can accommodate the LED. The embossed portion is formed to accommodate the LED which includes a light emitting portion having light-transmissive resin and arranged on its lateral surface as viewed in plan view. The embossed portion includes a protruding part that is arranged on one of the interior surfaces of the recessed embossed portion and can face the light emitting portion of the LED. Depressed parts are provided on the both sides of the protruding part so that the depressed surfaces can be spaced away from the LED when the LED is accommodated in the embossed portion. The width of the protruding part is smaller than the width of the light emitting portion of the LED as viewed in plan view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: NICHIA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Naoki Iwakado, Yosuke Tamura, Yukihiro Shibano, Wataru Minamoto
  • Patent number: 9944362
    Abstract: A surfboard bag includes a body having first and second sides, a closed end, and an open end. The body is formed from upper and lower exterior surfaces of a first material and upper and lower interior surfaces of a second, different material. The surfaces of the body are joined to one another along the first and second sides of the body and the closed end of the body so as to define an interior cavity. The open end of the body defines a mouth providing access to the interior cavity. One or more release tabs are disposed on the upper exterior surface of the body and/or the lower exterior surface of the body. The release tab(s) are spaced-apart from the first and second sides of the body and spaced-apart from the open and closed ends of the body. The release tab(s) are configured to facilitate breaking a seal created by board sticking between a surfboard disposed within the interior cavity and the upper exterior surface of the body and/or the lower exterior surface of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Inventor: Dean R. Damore
  • Patent number: 9939041
    Abstract: According to certain embodiments, a container assembly for protecting a flexible panel comprises a back panel positioned behind the flexible panel and offset by a first substantially airtight compartment, a front panel positioned in front of the flexible panel and offset by a second substantially airtight compartment, and a stiffener panel positioned in front of the front panel and offset by a third substantially airtight compartment. The front, back, and stiffener panels each comprise one or more rigid materials. Each rigid material has higher natural frequency and lower excursion properties than the flexible panel. The container assembly is tuned using fixed, gas-piston principles to impart the higher natural frequency and lower excursion properties of the rigid materials to the flexible panel such that the natural frequency of the flexible panel increases and the extent to which the flexible panel experiences excursions greater than 350 microns is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: The Supporting Organization For the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
    Inventors: Dale Kronkright, Robert Chave, Gregory Bearman
  • Patent number: 9938063
    Abstract: A package kit includes a plurality of primary packages, each having a cavity for storing one of a plurality of products, and a secondary package that stores the plurality of primary packages and includes a back and front panels between which the primary packages are sandwiched. The front panel has a first row of apertures, each displaying at least a portion of a primary package. A first outer circumferential portion of the front panel partially surrounds the apertures and is attached to the back panel, and a second outer circumferential portion of the front panel is attached to the back panel. The front panel includes an elevated portion between the first and second outer circumferential portions. The first outer circumferential portion has a first and second limbs, and the second outer circumferential portion has a third and fourth limbs. The elevated portion extends from, and is hingeably connected to, the first, second, third, and fourth limbs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: THE GILLETTE COMPANY LLC
    Inventors: Erwin Paul Mark, Craig Wilburn, Martin Jay Marotti, Oliver Horst Heilmann, Harald De Buhr, Eric Latza, Christian Stief
  • Patent number: 9937288
    Abstract: A drug storage and dispensing system that includes a packaging unit and an injection device for pre-filled containers having a needle shield and containing a medication is disclosed. The drug storage and dispensing system of the present disclosure provides for drug administration while minimizing the space occupied by such containers in the cold chain. The packaging unit minimizes the risk of a needle-stick injury, as a healthcare worker does not have to manually remove the needle shield. The injection device provides a novel way of auto-disabling a container, such as a syringe, as a plunger rod is not engaged with the container until the container is actually used. The drug storage and dispensing system provides for a reduction in the number of steps required to perform an injection, and thus a productivity and efficiency gain in mass immunization campaigns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Becton Dickinson France
    Inventors: Justin Wright, Hervé Monchoix, Damien Maréchal, Amanda Black, Eric Schneider, Chet Larrow
  • Patent number: 9938038
    Abstract: A shipping and display container includes, for example, a first tray element and a second tray element, each tray element having a tray element bottom panel and a tray element back panel, a bridge element disposed between the first and second tray elements, the bridge element having a first center panel and a second center panel. The first and second center panels are accordion-foldable between a first position confronting one another and a second position extending in a common plane. The shipping and display container further includes a cover element for covering a space between the first and second tray elements. The first tray element, the second tray element, the bridge element and the cover element are interconnected as a single unit, and no adhesive materials are required for assembling the container, and wherein all of the elements are integrally formed in a single blank or sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Menasha Corporation
    Inventors: Mike Pfeifer, James L. Einstein
  • Patent number: 9932141
    Abstract: The invention provides a container (2) comprising a base (4) for storing and displaying one or more items (42), and a cover (22), wherein the container (2) is configurable between a closed position in which the base (4) is covered by the cover (22) and an open position in which at least one item is (42) visible and removable from the base (4), in use, and wherein at least one of the cover (22) and the base (4) comprises an attachment point or area on a surface thereof, for connecting a base (4) or cover (22) of a second container (2) to the cover (22) or base (4), in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: KRAFT FOODS R&D, INC.
    Inventors: Paul Collier, Peter MacQueen
  • Patent number: 9926100
    Abstract: A pallet-sized shipping and display tray includes a base portion having an interior space and opposed sides ends. The respective spaced-apart first and second vertical columns each of which is configured to be positioned in the opposed ends of the interior space of the base portion. Each of the respective first and second spaced-apart vertical columns includes two shoulder panels, two coterminous spine panels, and two arm panels all of which are foldably joined to one another. At least one deck is configured to be attached to the respective spaced-apart first and second vertical columns to form a bridge. The at least one deck includes a supporting panel having two side depending flanges and two end depending flanges, the flanges foldably joined to one another so as to adequately support a weight of one or more upper display trays when they are stacked upon one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL PAPER COMPANY
    Inventor: Wesley N. Adams
  • Patent number: 9919851
    Abstract: Single-dose bottle for a fluid and a measuring cap for introducing a soluble substance in the bottle, said substance being stored in a sterile manner in a breakable capsule housed inside the measuring cap at the mouthpiece portion of the bottle; the measuring cap comprising a lower sleeve portion bottle for coupling with the neck of the bottle and an upper portion extending above the mouthpiece of the container and configured to make a seat for housing the capsule, the upper portion in turn comprising lateral walls for the at least partial lateral containment of the capsule and an upper roof portion for the upper containment of the capsule, the upper roof portion being movable by manual action of a user between a raised resting position, wherein it is in contact without compression against the capsule, and a lowered operating position wherein it compresses the capsule in a collapsed configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Montefarmaco OTC SpA
    Inventor: Angela Frosio
  • Patent number: 9919415
    Abstract: A combined tool storage container includes a first storage container and a locking device. The first storage container defines a first storage recess and includes a first clipping member. The first storage recess is adjacent to a first channel. The locking device is slidably connected to the first storage container and includes a first locking portion and a second locking portion. The first locking portion is inserted through the first channel. The first locking portion is movable between a locked position and a released position and selectively covers the first storage recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Inventor: Cheng-Wei Su
  • Patent number: 9914577
    Abstract: The present subject matter provides a packaging assembly. The packaging assembly includes an inner protection layer which fits and is in contact with a surface of an object to be packaged, and an outer protection layer which covers the inner protection layer. The materials of the outer protection layer and the inner protection layer have different elastic coefficients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignees: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD., BEIJING BOE MULTIMEDIA TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xianlei Meng, Jianbin Gao
  • Patent number: 9907379
    Abstract: A sports bag includes a top portion having a pair of openings or a sleeve through which an athlete's stick or bat may be mounted. The stick or bat when mounted on the sports bag provides a handle for carrying the sports bag. Preferably, the sports bag is slung over the shoulder of the athlete. The sports bag may be in the form of an elongated triangular shape having a bottom which is substantially rectangular, the narrow portion of the sports bag being positioned on a top thereof. The front end includes a contour to fit around and over the shoulder of the athlete. The invention also includes a method of carrying sporting equipment using the sports bag and sliding a sport's stick through the openings or sleeve and using the stick as the handle to carry the sports bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Inventor: Stephen E. Tyrer
  • Patent number: 9896255
    Abstract: A packaging member includes a packaging box and an intermediate buffering member. The intermediate buffering member is provided in a space formed between a bottom plate and a side plate of the packaging box and a main body part of the article. The intermediate buffering member has a vertical direction supporting part and a positioning part. The vertical direction supporting part abuts against a lower face of the main body part and the bottom plate. The positioning part is coupled with the vertical direction supporting part. The positioning part prevents the vertical direction supporting part from being moved toward the side plate. The vertical direction supporting part has an inclined part extending from the lower face of the main body part in an oblique lower direction toward near a lower corner between the bottom plate and the side plate and abutting against the bottom plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Yoshimasa Okura
  • Patent number: 9892948
    Abstract: A wafer container is provided. The wafer container includes a pod base having a top surface and a bottom surface, a cassette disposed on the top surface, and a damping device, disposed on the bottom surface. The damping device includes a housing disposed in the pod base, and a damping mechanism disposed in the housing and protruding over the bottom surface. The damping mechanism is configured to provide a damping force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hung-Jen Lu, Ming-Hsien Lee, Chih-Hung Huang, Chuan-Pu Chen
  • Patent number: 9883916
    Abstract: A surgical sponge counter includes a unitary molded plastic sponge tray defining a plurality of wells each sized to hold a lap sponge. Each well has a ledge defining a recess below the sponge for collecting fluid once the sponge is replaced in the tray. A needle counting receptacle tray may be nested within the sponge tray above the sponges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Variamed LLC
    Inventor: David Sellers
  • Patent number: 9881820
    Abstract: A pod for exchanging consumable parts with a process module includes a base plate having a front side, a back side, and first and second lateral sides. A first support column is disposed on the first lateral side proximal to the front side. A second support column is disposed on the second lateral side proximal to the front side. A third support column is disposed on the first lateral side proximal to back side and a fourth support column is disposed on the second lateral side proximal to the back side. Each of the support columns includes a plurality of support fingers distributed lengthwise and directed inward. A first hard stop column is disposed parallel to the third support column and a second hard stop column is disposed parallel to the fourth support column. A shell structure connected to the base plate is configured to enclose the first, second third and fourth support columns, top plate and first and second hard stop columns and includes a front opening disposed on the front side of the base plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Lam Research Corporation
    Inventors: Scott Wong, Damon Tyrone Genetti, Derek John Witkowicki, Alex Paterson, Richard H. Gould, Austin Ngo, Marc Estoque
  • Patent number: 9878823
    Abstract: A display package for a consumer product includes a base, a surround window positioned upon the base, and a top cover positioned upon the surround window. Each of the front, back, and two opposed side walls include a respective edge defining an upper perimeter of each of the walls and each of the front, back, and two opposed side walls include a respective edge defining a lower perimeter of each of the walls, wherein these upper and lower edges are constructed such that when the surround window is positioned upon the base and the top cover is positioned upon the surround window the front exposed surface area is greater than the back exposed surface area and wherein when the surround window is removed from between the base and top cover, the edges of the top cover are constructed to mate in a close fitting relationship with the edges of the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Chanda Janese Davis, Raniele Janine Jago
  • Patent number: 9878529
    Abstract: The invention relates to a disposable container for holding food or for decorative purposes. The disposable container has a surface with an adhesive layer to removably detach the disposable container from the surface of another disposable container, to form a stacked configuration with multiple disposable containers. The disposable container can also contain a fragrance or non-toxic insect repellent on a surface or in the adhesive layer, which can release the fragrance or non-toxic insect repellent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Inventor: Charlotte Arce
  • Patent number: 9872754
    Abstract: A package for an orthopedic device is disclosed. The package includes inner and outer packaging and preferably allows for accessibility of the orthopedic device without direct handling by hand. Methods of utilizing such packaging are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Stryker European Holdings I, LLC
    Inventors: Inka Tuechsen, Christian Heizmann