Patents Examined by Christopher J. McDonald
  • Patent number: 5524753
    Abstract: The device for securing golf clubs is intended for use in combination with a golf club bag having a mouth portion for receiving golf clubs and comprises a set of plates having slots which cooperate with each other to secure one or more golf club shafts between the slots. The device also contains a locking mechanism to secure the golf clubs to the bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 11, 1996
    Inventor: Thomas Murphy
  • Patent number: 5522519
    Abstract: A plastic bottle, made of polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP), or poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET), blown with a very thin overall wall thickness within the range 0.1 to 0.3 mm, includes a triangular or polygonal cross-section, the bottle being preferably surrounded by a supporting jacket. The bottle can be blown with a uniform wall thickness and adequate strength without the need for reinforcing ribs via walls formed by pressing them against the surface of a blow mold which has been worked at least in some areas by etching, form-cutting or eroding, having features with heights of 0.05 to 0.15 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 4, 1996
    Assignee: Henkel Kommanditgesellschaft auf Aktien
    Inventors: Rainer Bergner, Hubert Droessler, Peter Kittscher, Siegfried Konkel, Volker Weiss, Paul-Otto Weltgen
  • Patent number: 5522538
    Abstract: A carton for a food product or the like is prepared from a pre-cut and scored single blank of paperboard with a provision for a locking top closure and self-erecting rhombic shaped end panels. The rhombic shaped end panels include integral connector panels and paired intermediate end panels, at least one pair of which are adhered to a side wall of the carton to assist in the self-erection of the carton as it is folded from a flat pre-formed condition to an upright fully formed condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 4, 1996
    Assignee: Westvaco Corporation
    Inventor: Larry D. Gray
  • Patent number: 5522518
    Abstract: A closure for a tube is a two piece stopper. The inner piece extends into the tube and the outer piece engages the exterior of the tube's sidewall. The outer piece has an inwardly extending shoulder which supports a projection of the inner piece. The two pieces are held together by a C-shaped washer that rests above the inner piece and in a channel formed in the outer piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 1993
    Date of Patent: June 4, 1996
    Assignee: C.A. Greiner & Sohne Gesellschaft m.b.H
    Inventors: Franz Konrad, Gunther Pakanecz, Manfred Lederer
  • Patent number: 5522516
    Abstract: A liquid flow control attachment for a baby nurser to control flow of liquid contents contained in the baby nurser to a nipple adapted to be sucked on by an individual, having a self contained attachment unit with one end adapted to be connected to the baby nurser and another end adapted to be connected to a nipple, a colic control mechanism associated with the one end adapted to receive the liquid from the baby nurser and transfer it to the other end; a washer associated with the other end for transferring the liquid from the baby nurser to the nipple, and a flow rate control comprising a liquid path coupling the colic control mechanism with the washer, and an adjuster associated with the liquid path for adjustment thereof for controlling the quantity of liquid passing from the baby nurser to the nipple.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 4, 1996
    Assignee: Mother's Love Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Gurpinder Duggal, Rakeshwar Sachathamakul
  • Patent number: 5520284
    Abstract: The carton of the present invention is formed from a one-piece blank of foldable paperboard or the like which includes, an automatic bottom closure, a top closure having a front lock, and remote side wall extensions which include slots and tabs to permit a plurality of the cartons when stacked to be secured together, or for the use of a separate carrying handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 28, 1996
    Assignee: Westvaco Corporation
    Inventor: Larry D. Gray
  • Patent number: 5520325
    Abstract: A combined shipping and display carton is formed from a plurality of unitary, folded paperboard blanks. The carton has an interior H shaped divider located between top and bottom panel closures, with each closure having vertically extending side and end panels or skirts. The free edges of the skirts are vertically spaced apart. The carton is in the form of a rectangular parallelepiped with a vertical post at each of the four corners. Ends of the side and end skirts of the top and bottom closures are glued to respective corner posts, leaving middle, unglued portions of the skirts. The corners of the top closure panel and the ends of the top closure panel skirts are perforated to permit tearing. After loading the carton with product, typically cylindrical containers, the top closure is glued to the posts. For opening the carton, the middle, unglued portions of the top closure are ripped upwardly, thus removing most of the top closure to thus permit side and top access to the product containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 28, 1996
    Assignee: International Paper Company
    Inventor: Benjamin W. Quaintance
  • Patent number: 5518173
    Abstract: A closure device for a carton having a gable top. The device comprises a flanged cap including a pair of inner surfaces defining a longitudinal slot. The device further includes inclined side walls extending from the flanged cap and adapted to make a snug fit with the gable top. The device further includes front and rear walls contiguous with the inclined side walls and angled side walls adjacent the inclined side walls extending from the rear wall toward the front wall. The inclined side walls and angled side walls are spaced a distance apart to define a recess. The carton comprises a pair of vertical strips have an upper and lower edge, and inclined sidewalls extending outwardly and downwardly from the lower edge of the vertical strips. The strips have inner and outer surfaces. The inner surfaces of the strips are sealed together along their longitudinal length, so that when one end of the strips are pried apart, a pouring spout is formed for dispensing contents from the carton.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 21, 1996
    Inventor: Hy Wald
  • Patent number: 5515954
    Abstract: A suitcase has an extendable handle movable between extended and retracted positions, and wheels whereby the suitcase is tilted for transport on the wheels and manipulated via the handle. The case is generally rectilinear in shape, with the top, bottom, front, rear and side panels occupying orthogonal planes. The extensible handle can have a U-shape with spaced elongated arms extending from a central gripping portion and slidable in sockets in the case. The handle and wheels are mounted at the front and rear edges of the bottom wall, and two compartments are accessible by slide fasteners on the top and around an internal partition. The bottom panel is connected to the front and rear panels by front and rear inclined panel sections. The handle sockets are mounted on one inclined panel, permitting the handle to extend and retract. Wheel-carrying brackets are mounted on the other inclined panel, the wheel axes being fixed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 14, 1996
    Assignee: Lenox, Incorporated
    Inventor: Mark Nordstrom
  • Patent number: 5515897
    Abstract: A golf bag travel cover for use in transporting a golf bag. The golf bag travel cover includes a base member which is connected to a flexible cover and an interior ring. The golf bag travel cover also includes a strap which connects directly to the golf bag instead of the golf bag travel cover. The golf bag travel cover also has a pair of wheels which are located on the outer portion of the base member for use in pulling the golf bag travel cover hands-free with just a shoulder strap. The golf bag travel cover combines the durability and protection of a high density plastic golf bag cover with the lightweight and convenience of a nylon type cover to create the ultimate in a travel golf bag design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 14, 1996
    Assignee: Douglas Fehan
    Inventor: Douglas R. Fehan
  • Patent number: 5516034
    Abstract: A stackable, open top, paperboard, produce tray for holding and transporting articles that require considerable venting, The tray has side and end walls joined to and extending upwardly from side and end edges of a bottom wall, and the end wall are provided with aligned vent openings that accommodate the passage of air through the tray in a direction longitudinally of the tray to maximize the venting of articles in the tray. Also, the side walls of the tray are provide with internal cavities adapted to receive portions of star wire stacking wires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 14, 1996
    Assignee: Jefferson Smurfit Corporation
    Inventors: James R. Jensen, Robert C. Olsen
  • Patent number: 5515996
    Abstract: A recloseable container comprises an outer carton and a liner constructed and arranged for placement within the carton. The carton includes opposing top and bottom walls, opposing front and back walls, and opposing first and second side walls. The first and second side walls and the front wall include a continuous horizontal tear strip for opening up the carton from a sealed form to form a lid hingedly attached to a base section. The liner includes a front panel and opposing first and second side sections for fitting the liner within the carton. The first and second side sections include respective first and second side panels having outer surfaces adjacent inner surfaces of the respective first and second carton side walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 14, 1996
    Assignee: Packaging Corporation of America
    Inventor: James L. Stone
  • Patent number: 5509591
    Abstract: A holster for holding a weapon within the holster against the forced removal of the weapon from the holster. The holster includes a projection associated with a biased weapon holding mechanism for engagement of a trigger guard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 23, 1996
    Inventor: John W. Carver
  • Patent number: 5509531
    Abstract: A golf bag sectioning device wherein respective first and second tubes have respective telescoping legs extensible and retractable therefrom in a spring-biased relationship to extend the telescoping legs relative to the tubes, wherein a first clamp member is secured to the tubes, with a second clamp member secured to the telescoping legs, the clamp members are arranged to engage the rim portion of a golf bag, and when thusly positioned within the entrance opening of the golf bag, the golf bag is divided and compartmentalized relative to the entrance opening to accommodate golf clubs and the like directed through the entrance opening of the golf bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 23, 1996
    Inventors: Timothy M. Patrick, Steven Aungst
  • Patent number: 5507384
    Abstract: A golf bag stand tensioner suitable for permanently used and readily controlling the tensile force of the golf bag stand is disclosed. The golf bag stand tensioner is movably fitted over a folding grip of the golf bag stand so that the tensioner selectively goes up and down the folding grip in order for controlling tensile force of the folding grip as well as tensile force of the golf bag stand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 16, 1996
    Inventor: Seop Maeng
  • Patent number: 5507430
    Abstract: A shipping container apparatus for goods, convertible for use as a display apparatus for the goods. A tray, which holds and displays the goods, has a bottom panel member and at least one tray wall member, which includes at least one integrated separable member. A lid is releasably attached to the tray for covering the goods during shipping. The lid at least one lid wall member positionable over at least a portion of the tray wall member. The lid wall member includes at least one flap member, which is moveable from a substantially closed position to a substantially open position. The flap member of the lid means is positionable over and attachable to at least a portion of the frangibly integrated separable member. Attachment of the flap member of the lid means to a frangibly integrated separable member maintains the lid means and tray means attached to each other as an integrated shipping container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 16, 1996
    Assignee: Stone Container Corporation
    Inventor: Scott M. Imhoff
  • Patent number: 5507401
    Abstract: A perfume carrier including a casing made of impact resisting material and defining a holding chamber, a compression spring received inside the holding chamber, a perfume bottle received in the holding chamber and supported on the compression spring, and a bottle cap detachably fastened to the casing through a screw joint to seal the perfume bottle and having a perfume application rod, which is inserted into the perfume bottle when the bottle cap is fastened to the casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 16, 1996
    Inventor: Yu-Hwei Huang
  • Patent number: 5505298
    Abstract: A box suitable for holding a garment bag or for clothes hung on hangers during travel includes front and rear panels, two side panels, a bottom, and a top. The top is constructed from panels folded to form a peak and gables. The top includes a slot allowing passage of the neck of a hanging hook of a garment bag or of clothes hangers to protrude out from the box, and a hole spaced from the slot allowing re-entry of the end of the hanging hook or hanger. When the hanging hook or hanger are properly installed, the garment bag or clothes hangers are securely suspended in the box. The box shape reduces the possibility of becoming snagged in a baggage conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 9, 1996
    Assignee: Fidelity Container Corp.
    Inventor: Joseph J. Dlugopolski
  • Patent number: 5503269
    Abstract: A device for displaying a pair of articles such as gloves having a sleeve with a front, a back, and sides connecting the front and back to form an opening therein. The back has an upwardly extending top portion with stepped side edges and a clamp receiving opening. A pair of articles engage the sleeve, one extending through the opening of the sleeve and the other article disposed outside the sleeve and adjacent the other article. Means engage the back top portion and the pair of articles and maintain the sleeve and pair of articles in a displayed condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 2, 1996
    Assignee: Sara Lee Corporation
    Inventor: Brain F. DeBiasio
  • Patent number: 5503283
    Abstract: A base structure for a hot-fill plastic container provides the container with enhanced structural integrity. The base structure uses a series of vertically staggered circumferential ribs interrupted by radial lugs. The disclosed base structure enables the container to withstand the various forces encountered in filling, cooling, and handling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 2, 1996
    Assignee: Graham Packaging Corporation
    Inventor: Frank E. Semersky