Patents Examined by Christopher J. McDonald
  • Patent number: 5556305
    Abstract: An electric fuse junction box is provided with a fuse receptacle lockout cover which is movable between two positions to alternatively prevent insertion of a fuse into one or the other of two commonly wired fuse receptacles. The lockout cover thereby eliminates the possibility of fuses being present in both of the two fuse receptacles simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 17, 1996
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventor: Conrad L. Naegelin
  • Patent number: 5553773
    Abstract: Hinge-lid box for cigarettes or the like, with box part (12) and lid (13).For the material-saving and simpler manufacture of hinge-lid boxes, a collar (38) is connected integrally, via material webs (43, 44, 45), to a main blank (33) for the hinge-lid box. The resulting overall blank is folded in a conventional manner, the material webs (43, 44, 45) effecting a connection of the lid (10) to the box part (12) in the region of the lid front wall (20). When the hinge-lid box is opened for the first time, the material webs (43, 44, 45) are broken.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 10, 1996
    Assignee: Focke & Co. (GmbH & Co.)
    Inventors: Heinz Focke, Hans-J urgen Bretthauer
  • Patent number: 5553725
    Abstract: A quarters glass has two compartments, one for receiving a liquid and the other for receiving a quarter which is bounced off a surface. A slot may be formed in the second compartment to permit the quarter to exit the glass. A guide may be connected to the slot to guide the quarter to a predetermined area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 10, 1996
    Inventor: Keith P. Clemons
  • Patent number: 5551629
    Abstract: A granular substance storing and dispensing container is disclosed, that comprises:(i) a nearly rectangular parallelepiped carton being adapted for storing and dispensing a granular substance and having a front panel, a rear panel, a pair of side panels, an upper panel, a lower panel, and at least one opening portion, the front panel and the rear panel being disposed in opposed relation, the side panels being disposed in opposed relation, the upper panel and the lower panel being disposed in opposed relation, the at least one opening portion being disposed at least at one of four corners defined by the upper panel, the front panel, the rear panel, and the side panels; and(ii) a detachable lid adapted for measuring a predetermined amount of the granular substance and having,(a) at least three panels being connected to each other with is substantially right angle and adapted for forming a cup-shaped container with a vertex; and(b) at least one hermetically resealable device disposed on at least one of the three
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 3, 1996
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventor: Kanna Fujimoto
  • Patent number: 5551497
    Abstract: A decorative cover for computer keyboards having a covering material assembly (10) of textile fabric, leather, vinyl, or other covering material (12) sewn or otherwise fastened together, configured to conform to the general size and shape of a computer keyboard (22). The cover has a body covering portion (14) and a key covering portion (16). The body covering portion has an opening through which the keyboard keys extend. The body covering portion is held in place on the keyboard by elastic banding (18) and/or hook and loop fastening strips (20). The key covering portion overlays the keyboard keys and extends over and down the front and back sides of the keyboard lapping over the front and back sides of the body covering portion. The key covering portion is held in place by hook and loop fastening strips or other coordinated fastening devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 3, 1996
    Inventor: David B. Stanley
  • Patent number: 5549243
    Abstract: A box blank can be used for American boxes (10), the main flaps (20, 20', 22, 22') of which have dimensions practically equal to the opening of the box and which are glued to each other to close this box. The outer top flap (20) has a perforation (30) located in the vicinity of the fold and the inner top flap (22) has a first cutout (40) adapted so as not to interfere with the pressing down of the middle part (36) of the perforation (30) during the opening of the box, and a second cutouts (42, 44) adapted so as not to interfere with the tearing off of the outer top flap 20 when the box is opened completely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 27, 1996
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Regis G. Dorier, Daniel Staszak
  • Patent number: 5549242
    Abstract: A stackable container has corners which have ridges that extend above the sidewall. These ridges mate with slots in the bottom walls of similar containers when the containers are stacked. Corner flaps which connect adjacent sidewalls form triangular posts that serve to support the weight of containers stacked on it. The section of the corner flap that extends along the adjacent sidewalls also have ridges that extend above the sidewall but the section that extends diagonally across the corner has a height that is equal to the height of the sidewalls. This allows this section to rest against the bottom wall of a container stacked on it instead of mating with a slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 27, 1996
    Assignee: Iberoamericana Del Embalaje S.A.
    Inventor: D. Emilio M. Gimeno
  • Patent number: 5549241
    Abstract: An interlock is disclosed for stackable lower and upper boxes. The lower box is provided with upstanding hook-shaped tabs extending upwardly from parallel walls and the upper box is provided with slots in the bottom which register with the tabs when the upper box is laterally offset from the lower box. After the tabs are inserted into the slots, the boxes are shifted laterally into alignment with each other and the hook-shaped tabs overlap the bottom of the upper box. Box blanks are disclosed for making the upper and lower boxes with the interlock tabs positioned so that the box blanks can be nested for saving material. A corner interlock is disclosed for latching the interlock tab in the locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 27, 1996
    Inventor: John D. Correll
  • Patent number: 5544766
    Abstract: An improved nipple member for an infant nursing system includes a nursing portion that is formed of a first material and a mounting flange portion that is formed of a second material. The nursing portion is preferably transparent, while the mounting flange portion is color coded to indicate a design flowrate or a type of beverage that the nipple member is designed to dispense. The first material is preferably harder than the second material, which makes the nipple member harder to pull out of an infant nursing system during use. A method of making a nipple member is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 13, 1996
    Assignee: Munchkin Bottling Inc.
    Inventors: Steven B. Dunn, Fernando Suarez
  • Patent number: 5542557
    Abstract: A container closure comprising a container closure shell and a resin liner applied to the inner surface side of the shell, wherein the resin liner is constituted by an upper layer portion which is composed of a resin composition containing such additives as disoxidation agent, drying agent, deodorant, antibacterial agent and thermo color agent and which forms a panel portion on the inside of the hermetically sealing portion, a lower layer portion which is composed of a thermoplastic resin having cushioning property and elasticity and which is interposed between the upper layer portion and the top surface of the shell to join them together, and a hermetically sealing portion which is formed on the outer peripheral side of the panel portion integrally with the lower layer portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 6, 1996
    Assignee: Toyo Seikan Kaisha, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masayasu Koyama, Yasuhiro Oda, Hiroaki Kikuchi, Muneki Yamada
  • Patent number: 5540381
    Abstract: A paperboard blank is disclosed which is formable into a sleeve for holding a tub shaped container. The sleeve includes top and bottom walls generally corresponding to the lid and bottom wall of the container, side walls adjacent the side wall of the container and having cutouts for engaging the container lid, and an angled strip between the bottom wall and one side wall. The cutouts and angled strip hold the container in place in the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 30, 1996
    Assignee: BC-USA
    Inventor: Martha Davis
  • Patent number: 5538180
    Abstract: A paper cup comprises a cylindrical body having an open top and a bottom which is provided on the underside thereof with a plurality of waterproof tearing traces radiating from the center of the underside and is further provided centrally on the underside thereof with a handle fastened thereto and a large arrow indicating the direction in which the handle is pulled to bring about a total breakdown of the bottom of the paper cup. The bottom of the cylindrical body is still further provided centrally on the underside thereof with a plurality of small arrows serving to identify the area to be pressed with finger to bring about the tearing up of the bottom along the tearing traces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 23, 1996
    Inventor: Hsin-Hsin Lo
  • Patent number: 5535797
    Abstract: A purse has walls that form an enclosed cavity. The walls have an opening that communicates with the cavity. Inside of the cavity are plural holders. A holder can be of a variety of configurations, such as a bag, a wallet, a checkbook, a key ring, etc. Each holder is secured to a support member by a line. The support member is coupled to the purse walls and has notches formed therein, which notches are located near the purse opening. The line from each holder extends through a respective notch in the support member. The free end of the line has a stop located thereon to prevent the line from being pulled through the notch. The stops can have unique tactual and visual characteristics to help a user of the purse identify a particular holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 16, 1996
    Inventor: Otis L. Martindale
  • Patent number: 5535901
    Abstract: In a bottle made of synthetic resin of the present invention, a handle is combined to a bottle body so that the bottle can be easily handled for carrying it and pouring the content. When the joint of the handle to the bottle body is unstable, it is difficult to handle the bottle and it will occur an accident when the handle comes off the bottle body. Therefore, in the present invention, a reinforcing structure is provided to necessary portions not to deform the joining portion of the handle to the bottle body and further a coming off-preventing mechanism is provided so that the handle does not comes off the bottle. The coming off-preventing mechanism is accomplished by a supporting projection and/or a supplementary engaging protruding portion and a supplementary engaging recess portion. To ensure the coming off-preventing mechanism, the bottle body is formed by biaxial oriented blow molding with assembly beams of the handle as an insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 16, 1996
    Assignee: Yoshino Kogyosho Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroichi Ishii, Takao Iizuka, Takamitsu Nozawa, Fujio Shioiri, Shinji Shimada
  • Patent number: 5535899
    Abstract: An infant nursing bottle nipple is disclosed herein having an elongated feeding tip projecting from a bulbous base carried on an outwardly extending flange adapted to overlap the mouth of an infant nursing bottle. The flange includes an integrally formed reinforcement element such as a solid, rigid washer coaxially disposed with respect to the mouth of the bottle and which is of a diameter greater than the mouth so as to be placed on the bottle shoulder defining the mouth. A cap secured to the bottle bears against the reinforced flange preventing inadvertent withdrawal or displacement of the nipple during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 16, 1996
    Inventor: Dave M. Carlson
  • Patent number: 5531373
    Abstract: A blank and carton formed therefrom including a pentagon-shaped bottom panel, first, second and third side wall panels integral with three edges of the bottom panel with fold lines defined therealong, fourth and fifth side wall panels integral with opposed edges of the third side wall panel, a top panel integral with the outer edge of the third side wall panel opposed from the bottom panel along a defined fold line, and glue flaps on selected edges of the panels whereby upon a folding of the panels an erected receptacle with folding lid is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 2, 1996
    Assignee: Dopaco, Inc.
    Inventor: Larry Eisman
  • Patent number: 5531375
    Abstract: Packaging containers for beverages, for example milk or juice, as well as blanks for producing the packaging containers, are often manufactured from paper-plastic laminate which, by fold forming and sealing, is given the desired container configuration, normally parallelepipedic. With the aid of a specifically designed pattern of fold or crease lines which divide the material into, for example, six side panels (1) and associated primary end panels (7) and secondary end panels (8), respectively, prismatic, preferably hexagonal containers may instead be produced using substantially known methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 2, 1996
    Assignee: Tetra Laval Holdings & Finance SA
    Inventor: Lars-Erik Palm
  • Patent number: 5529240
    Abstract: A partition for separating bottles in a carton. The partition is formed from a unitary blank having fold lines designed to form a short leg connected to parallel long legs. Bottle separating wings are connected to the legs along fold lines so as to extend out at right angles to the legs, with some of the wings extending out on opposite sides of the leg to which they are connected. Irregular edges of the wings enable portions of the wings to extend out a distance slightly greater than the distance between the long legs so as to ensure that the wings extend beyond the midpoint of adjacent bottles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 25, 1996
    Assignee: Riverwood International Corporation
    Inventor: Randall L. Harris
  • Patent number: 5529195
    Abstract: A plastic preform for forming blow molded containers including at least one internal wall member separately formed from the molded plastic article and extending completely across the hollow space therein, wherein the internal wall member has edge portions which engage the body portion and are joined thereto. Also discloses the blow molded plastic container and method for forming preform and container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 25, 1996
    Assignee: PepsiCo., Inc.
    Inventor: Emery I. Valyi
  • Patent number: 5525068
    Abstract: The electric busway busbars within a plug-in busway system are covered by an insulating cover to prevent inadvertent contact when the busbars are energized. To allow contact with the busbars for busway plug connection, the insulating cover is arranged for automatic exposure of the busway plug access openings by means of a sliding shutter. The shutter automatically returns to the closed position immediately upon removal of the busway plug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 11, 1996
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Eric J. Graham, Laura G. Dunn, Richard K. Mann