Patents Examined by Christopher J. McDonald
  • Patent number: 5927490
    Abstract: An improved golf bag top opening collar using not only the known technique of obviating golf club contact with each other by physical separation of the golf iron openings, but also by promoting shifting movement of the irons to out-of-contact positions using appropriately directionally configurated bottom curved surfaces bounding the golf iron openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1999
    Inventor: Young J. Suk
  • Patent number: 5826786
    Abstract: A cup holder sleeve is formed in pre-assembled, flat-folded form by diecutting a flat, elongated band from blank stock material so as to have top and bottom arcuate edges concentric to and in parallel with each other, fold lines scored into the band at spaced apart positions tapering toward each other, and side edges at opposite ends of the band. The opposite ends are folded flat at the fold lines so that the side edges overlap each other and are glued together at their overlapping surfaces. The flat-folded form allows for compact storage. The pre-assembled sleeve can be readied for use simply by squeezing on the outside surfaces so as to bow out the flat-folded band into an annular tapered sleeve with opened top and bottom ends for inserting a cup therein. In a preferred embodiment, the sleeve is made of paperboard material and is printed with graphics and embossed with a pattern to provide an insulating layer as well as better gripping of the sides of the cup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1998
    Inventor: James Dickert
  • Patent number: 5810132
    Abstract: A retractable handle mounting arrangement includes a top frame, a bottom frame, a retractable handle connected between the top frame and the bottom frame and a press control device mounted in the top frame and forced springs to lock the inner bars of the retractable handle. The press control device includes two control blocks forced by springs into engagement with the inner bars of the retractable handle. A hand pulls the control block inwards, causing them to release the inner bars of the retractable handle, allowing the retractable handle to be extended.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 22, 1998
    Inventor: Fu-Cheng Chang
  • Patent number: 5799818
    Abstract: A collapsible liquid container having a flexible liquid tight bag disposed within, and having an integrally formed hand hold. The container comprises a series of generally rectangular sidewall panels interconnected along hinge lines. A plurality of endwall panels are interconnected along hinge lines to the respective sidewalls, forming automatic ends on the container. The automatic ends comprise a pair of opposing interlocking panels that interlockingly engage when the carton is erected. The flexible liquid tight bag has an opening for receiving material therein, and the bag is secured to at least one of the sidewalls. The collapsible container is designed for being shipped or stored in a flat or folded condition, and is manipulated to an unfolded or erect condition when desired to be used, such as to receive a volume of soda, water, or juice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1998
    Inventor: Don Ringer
  • Patent number: 5775575
    Abstract: A tote box intended for use in very confined locations such as under the counter of the cashier station in a retail clothing establishment, the box having four flaps, each of which has a tab formed in the center of the edge of the flap. Each wall to which the flap is attached has a gripping aperture into which the tab carried by the flap may be inserted while the box is in use. In addition, a bend line provided between the flap-wall junction and the tab means enables the portion of the flap containing the tab means to be easily inserted into the gripping aperture. Further, a slot in each of two opposing end walls functions to receive and restrain the exterior flap of the two flanking flaps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 7, 1998
    Assignee: Batts, Inc.
    Inventors: John G. Dorman, Russell O. Blanchard
  • Patent number: 5758789
    Abstract: A bottle for carbonated beverages is disclosed. The bottle almost completely prevents the dissolved carbonic dioxide from vaporizing and vanishing into carbonic acid gas when drinking the carbonated beverage sparingly, thus maintaining the cool and fresh taste of the carbonated beverage for a lengthy period of time. A bellows is formed on the bottle body and may be compressed by at least two strip fasteners, thus reducing the volume of the bottle. In order to couple the fasteners to the bottle, the bottle has at least two lock slits with respective elastic pawls and at least two passing slits with respective stop depressions. The lock slits may be formed on the neck flange of the bottle, while the passing slits may be formed on the bottle stand. Alternatively, the positions of the lock slits and the passing slits may be changed with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 2, 1998
    Inventors: Woong-Sik Shin, Duk-Sik Shin, Byung-Han Choi, Sung-Sik Shin
  • Patent number: 5749447
    Abstract: A handbag is disclosed which includes an enclosure having opposed front and rear walls, opposed side walls, a bottom wall, and an opening defined opposite the bottom wall for gaining access into an interior area of the enclosure. The interior area of the enclosure is subdivided into first and second incommunicable storage regions separated from one another by a curtain wall. The first storage region is accessible through the opening of the handbag, and the second storage region is accessible through a structural portal formed in the front wall of the handbag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 12, 1998
    Assignee: Rosetti Handbags and Accessories Ltd.
    Inventors: Ahron Hersh, Chi Yueh Chen
  • Patent number: 5749483
    Abstract: The improved baby bottle device includes a liquid holding container having a flexible liquid flow tube engaged thereto. A baby nipple is engaged to the distal end of the liquid flow tube, and a liquid flow control device is disposed within an adaptor that serves to engage the nipple with the liquid flow tube to control the flow of liquid from the bottle to the nipple, such that liquid neither leaks from the nipple when the nipple is disposed below the container nor drains from the nipple when the nipple is disposed above the container. In the preferred embodiment, the liquid flow control device includes a spring loaded check valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 12, 1998
    Inventor: Jason Tebeau
  • Patent number: 5746265
    Abstract: A lanyard connects a pair of head covers for golf clubs together by a connector section of predetermined thickness with a hole therein for receiving the lanyard. The lanyard includes an elongated line element having opposed ends with a pair of protruding members near each of these opposed ends. Each pair of protruding members has an outer most and and inner most member which are spaced apart a distance about equal to the predetermined thickness of the connector section. One end of the line element has a tab section that extends from an adjacent outer most protruding member nearby the one end of the line element which facilitates pulling the adjacent outer most protruding member through one hole in one cover. The other end of the line element has another tab section that extends from an adjacent outer most protruding member nearby this other end of the line element which facilitates pulling the adjacent outer most protruding member through this other hole in the other cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1998
    Assignee: Principle Plastics, Inc.
    Inventors: David Hoyt, Gary T. Aldcroft
  • Patent number: 5738157
    Abstract: A golf club head cover for use with golf clubs having graphite shafts has a generally hollow, cylindrically shaped head cover for the head of a golf club. The head cover has a closed upper end and an open lower end. The head cover is made of a first member of a semi-cylindrical shape; and this member has an elongated shaft protector secured to it externally from the closed upper end and extending beyond the open lower end of the first member. The portion of the shaft protector which extends beyond the open bottom of the first member has closure elements on it for closing the shaft protector around a shaft of a golf club.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 14, 1998
    Inventor: John Gaffney
  • Patent number: 5735421
    Abstract: A plastic bottle having a substantially uniform side wall thickness yet having a sculptured appearance is formed generally symmetrically about a vertical axis. The bottle includes a base portion, a side wall portion extending upward from a lower margin united to the base portion to an upper margin, a shoulder portion extending from the upper margin of the side wall portion to a neck portion, and a finish portion united to the neck portion and adapted to receive a closure. At least one of the side wall and shoulder portions includes a plurality of generally vertical ribs spaced uniformly around a circumference of the bottle, each generally vertical rib having an upper and lower end and, in cross-section, a central portion situated at a first radius from the bottle axis and a pair of generally symmetric side portions leading to the bottle surface at a second radius from the bottle axis, at least one set of the upper and lower ends of the ribs terminating at a common height on the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1998
    Assignee: Constar Plastics, Inc.
    Inventors: David A. Deemer, Charles M. Brandt
  • Patent number: 5729866
    Abstract: A retractable handle assembly for a suitcase includes a handle with an actuating member. Each end of the actuating member is connected to an end of a rod which is received in an inner tube slidably received in an outer tube. The outer tube has an inner side with a plurality of protrusions extending radially therefrom so as to define a plurality of recesses. A first member disposed on the other end of the inner tube has a top from which a flexible plate depends. The plate has a block disposed at a distal end. The second end of the rod is connected to a second member. The second member pushes the block against the inner side of the outer tube. When the actuating member is lifted, it lifts the rod and frees the block. The inner tubes can then be lifted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 24, 1998
    Inventor: Chang Chin Chg
  • Patent number: 5725147
    Abstract: A gable top carton and its corresponding carton blank are disclosed. The carton includes curved side creases that are defined by curved score lines that divide one or more side panels from a top gabled structure and/or a bottom structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 10, 1998
    Assignee: Tetra Laval Holdings & Finance S.A.
    Inventors: Tommy Bo Goran Ljungstrom, David R. Anchor
  • Patent number: 5725095
    Abstract: A golf bag comprising a top formed in a generally cylindrical configuration with a lower surface and an upper surface. The top is formed with spacers forming openings and with a smaller front opening constituting a generally triangular putter well. The lower surface of the top is formed with at least one downwardly facing recess. A bottom is formed in a generally cylindrical configuration with a lower surface and with a peripheral wall terminating in an upper surface. The upper surface of the bottom is formed with at least one upwardly facing recess in alignment with the downwardly facing recess of the top. The bottom has a rearwardly extending wall adjacent to the lower surface and an aperture therethrough for constituting a handle. An exterior cover has an upper edge coupled over the periphery of the top adjacent to its lower surface and coupled over the periphery of the bottom adjacent to its upper surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 10, 1998
    Assignee: Lisco, Inc.
    Inventors: Edwin Beck, Chuck Heidenreich
  • Patent number: 5716232
    Abstract: A female terminal which enables a tab of a male terminal to be fitted into a female terminal even if the tab is bent when a connector housing receiving the male terminal is fitted relative to a connector housing receiving the female terminal. An elastic engagement arm is provided within a terminal receiving chamber in a connector housing. A female terminal includes a fitting portion for receiving a male terminal, an engagement portion for being retained by the engagement arm, and a wire connection portion. A guide projection is formed on the fitting portion of the female terminal, the guide projection projecting forwardly beyond the front end surface of the female terminal. There is provided a slanting guide surface extending from the guide projection 18 to an inlet of the fitting portion. A groove for allowing the passage of the guide projection therethrough is formed in the engagement arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 10, 1998
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Takayoshi Endo, Takashi Ishii
  • Patent number: 5713480
    Abstract: A molded plastics bottle including a bottom having improved strength and stability, the bottom comprising a concave central portion (26) which connects via a plane annular surface (28) with a convex peripheral surface (30) for standing on a support surface (32), radial grooves (38) being formed in said convex annular surface (30) and connecting tangentially with the plane annular surface (28).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 3, 1998
    Assignee: Societe Anonyme Des Eaux Minerales D'Evian
    Inventors: Jean-Marie Petre, Alain Colloud
  • Patent number: 5711477
    Abstract: A method and adhesive pattern for reverse folding and sealing a carton that enables the carton to be sift proof, the method including providing a carton having a first open end including first and second inside and outside major flaps and a pair of opposing minor flaps. The minor flaps and outside major flap are initially folded in an open position and the first inside major flap is folded to cover the open end of the carton. Multiple beads of adhesive are then applied with a non-contact application head to selected areas of the first inside major flap, the second outside major flap and both of the minor flaps. The minor flaps are then folded on top of the first inside major flap and the second outside major flap is folded on top of the minor flaps to provide sealing contact between the flaps about the entire periphery of the first open end so that the carton is sift proof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 27, 1998
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Paul M. Jenkins
  • Patent number: 5704506
    Abstract: A method for attaching a service device, such as a plastic handle, to a flexible container sidewall, and a container prepared by the method. The inside of the container is supported rigidly to effect a strong bond between the container and the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 6, 1998
    Assignee: Graham Packaging Corporation
    Inventors: John W. Tobias, Frank E. Semersky
  • Patent number: 5704500
    Abstract: A dispensing-sealing arrangement (10) is disclosed for a container (12) comprising a resiliently deformable dispensing apparatus typically in the form of a teat (14) connected about opening (16) of the container (12). The teat (14) is provided with an outlet (18) for dispensing matter contained in the container (12). Cap (20) is provided with a skirt (22) for insertion into the opening (16) for sealing the container (12). Sealing is achieved by the skirt (22) deforming the teat (14) in the manner so that a first portion (24) of the teat is sandwiched between the opening (16) and the skirt (22). The skirt (22) is configured so that sufficient pressure is applied to the teat (14) to ensure positive sealing between the teat and the first skirt (22). The skirt (22) is located in board of the periphery of, and depends from, upper wall (26) of cap (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 6, 1998
    Inventors: David John Hoffmann, Robert Anthony James Hunter
  • Patent number: 5704540
    Abstract: A carton has a bottom, side walls and top. A strap handle is attached to both sidewalls and extends over the top. The handle fits into slots that extend from the side wall into the top. The handles are attached to the side wall below these slots. The ends of the slots have enlarged areas that retain the handle as it extends through the slot. The enlarged areas can be any number of different shapes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 6, 1998
    Assignee: The Mead Corporation
    Inventors: Guy Coalier, Gerard Mathieu