Patents Examined by Christopher McDonald
  • Patent number: 5720622
    Abstract: A member for securing conduction for being placed between connecting elements of a connector has a sheet made of an insulating, elastic material and at least one conductive chip embedded in said sheet. The sheet is made electrically conductive between both surfaces by means of said at least one conductive chip. Since the member for securing conduction has a sheet made of an insulating, elastic material and at least one conductive chip embedded in the sheet, the member for securing conduction is applicable to both a flat conductive surface and a curved conductive surface. The member for securing conduction can easily correspond with various sizes of connectors and has a sufficient durability to be repeatedly used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 24, 1998
    Assignee: NGK Insulators, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shuhei Ishikawa, Naoki Sakamoto
  • Patent number: 5660257
    Abstract: An aerobic step incorporated as an integral part of a carrying case, having its platform as an outer surface thereof, which case having thereby sufficient internal volume for carrying personal items and other belongings, thereby eliminating the need for carrying two items using the aerobic step case for both purposes. The case being formed by attaching to the step flexible fabric material of the type normally employed in tote bags and soft suitcases. The means for attachment being of several types depending upon the end use of the case, that is, by adhesives, staples, snap-on fasteners or the like. The flexible material further comprises a handle and slide fastener for opening and closing. Other embodiments comprising rigid container portions with an end open for attachment to the aerobic step by hinges or other means so constructed and arranged to substitute for a typical cosmetic case or suitcase used in traveling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 26, 1997
    Assignee: Richard T. Holzmann
    Inventor: Nancy Douglas
  • Patent number: 5540343
    Abstract: A locking cap (1) with a snap hinge (4) and that attains a structural solution which is favourable by using a hinge strap that (6) changes into a crosspiece (8) via a thin spot (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 30, 1996
    Assignee: Robert Finke GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Clemens Schumacher
  • Patent number: 5501323
    Abstract: A sealed dispenser includes a cover having a first dispensing hole therein; a base having a second dispensing hole aligned with the first dispensing hole; and first and second flexible overlapping flaps mounted between the cover and base and covering the holes for forming a sealed barrier when the flaps are closed and permitting extraction of dispensable material when the flaps are opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 26, 1996
    Assignee: Pioneer Packaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary L. Denesha, deceased, Donald B. Kostanski, Frank L. Carter, Jeffrey G. Shinners
  • Patent number: 5490631
    Abstract: A heat-insulating paper container comprising a body member and a bottom panel member, part of the outer surface of said body member being provided with printing of an organic solvent based ink, wherein a thick foamed heat-insulating layer that is made of a thermoplastic synthetic resin film is formed in the printed area of said outer surface whereas a less thick foamed heat-insulating layer that is made of the same thermoplastic synthetic resin film is formed in the non-printed area of said outer surface. If desired, part of the thermoplastic synthetic resin film may be adapted to remain totally unfoamed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 13, 1996
    Assignee: Nihon Dixie Company Limited
    Inventors: Akira Iioka, Kenji Ishii, Yasushi Oguma
  • Patent number: 5489063
    Abstract: A plastic container has four trapezoidal walls that slant upward and outward to create a top that is larger than its bottom. Each sidewall has a closure flap that is connected to it by a living hinge. There are projections on two opposed sidewalls that are attachment points for a handle. The handles have several apertures that mate with the projections. The plurality of apertures allow the handle to be attached in close relation to the top of the container, allowing the handle to act as a tie-down for the closure flaps. The container also employs several means to limit the extent of nesting of the containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 1991
    Date of Patent: February 6, 1996
    Assignee: W-Y Plastics Products Corp.
    Inventors: Brian Buchalski, Wai F. Cheng, Michael Lai, Nelson Yeung
  • Patent number: 5487504
    Abstract: A paperboard tray is provided with sidewalls forming a T-shaped beam. Optional corner posts may be provided to further increase the stacking strength of the tray. An optional cover may also be employed to provide a sealed container assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 30, 1996
    Assignee: Inland Container Corporation
    Inventor: William J. Baird
  • Patent number: 5482204
    Abstract: The bottom of a paperboard container of the type suitable for consumer distribution of liquid foods such as milk and fruit juice includes an embossed concavity to reinforce the bottom against bulging under content fill pressure for improved free-standing stability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 9, 1996
    Assignee: International Paper Company
    Inventors: Vincent Mills, Tim P. Hughes
  • Patent number: 5478011
    Abstract: A hinged lid box having an innerframe and interlocking means for maintaining the box substantially closed. The interlocking means includes a panel of material including a tab that is secured to the inside of the front panel of the lid so that the tab is opposed to but not secured to the lid surface whereby the tab is disposed to pass inside the innerframe during closure. The innerframe is thus frictionally engaged by the tab and the opposing surface of the front panel of the lid to retain the lid closed. The tab may be formed by a slit in the panel of material and provided with a score line to facilitate bending the tab at the desired location to engage the innerframe. The tab also may be formed by cutting a notch in the panel, thereby providing a space between the tab and the panel from which the tab is cut. The notch may be provided with a configuration that facilitates inserting the tab behind the innerframe. Means for raising the tab a distance above the surface of the panel of material also may provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 26, 1995
    Assignee: Focke & Co (GmbH & Co.,)
    Inventor: Xuan M. Pham
  • Patent number: 5467916
    Abstract: A collapsible container is fashioned from a unitary blank of paperboard. The container is in the general form of a lower and truncated tray having a top closure lid hingedly secured to the top of the rear wall of the tray. After glueing of the lower tray, the tray is collapsed by bowing its side walls inwardly so that the entire tray may assume a substantially flattened configuration. The flattened container may then be shipped to a retail establishment, such as a fast food outlet, for subsequent set up or erection by merely unfolding the tray and pushing its sidewalls outwardly. In order to overcome the natural tendency of the sidewalls to resume their inwardly bowed configuration, having been stored in this shape for, typically, a substantial length of time, the sidewalls are provided with a novel latching slit and corner tab configuration which maintains the sidewalls in their desired substantially planar form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 21, 1995
    Assignee: International Paper Company
    Inventor: Jonathan T. Beales
  • Patent number: 5445315
    Abstract: A collapsible beverage holder for a beverage container is formed from a substantially rigid paperboard sheet having a rectangular body portion having opposite lateral side edges. The rectangular body portion is provided with several longitudinal creases which divide the rectangular body portion into panels so that the panels can be folded relative to each other. By joining the lateral ends of the body portion together, a sleeve can be formed from the rectangular body portion. A bottom portion is provided with the beverage holder by providing an extended portion of the paperboard sheet which extends from a lower end of the rectangular body portion. The bottom portion is provided with a transverse crease dividing the bottom portion into rigid sections which are foldable relative to each other along the transverse crease. The bottom portion has a free end which is joined to a lower edge of the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 29, 1995
    Assignees: John R. Sexton, Michael L. Morton, Charles B. Shelby
    Inventor: Charles B. Shelby
  • Patent number: 5445314
    Abstract: A space saving pizza box and method of use with the box being half as wide as it is long containing upper and lower stacked compartments with one-half of a circular pizza in each compartment and a panel separating the two compartments that is a cover for the lower compartment and a floor for the upper compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 29, 1995
    Inventor: Reginald W. Newsome
  • Patent number: 5435452
    Abstract: In a multilayer bottle having at least two layers including an outer layer and an inner layer according to the present invention, the inner layer and the outer layer adjacent thereto are separable from each other at a body of the bottle while the inner layer and the outer layer are adhered to each other at at least a part thereof in order to prevent the deformation of the bottle due to the reduction of a pressure in the bottle. When the pressure in the bottle reduces due to the volatilization of a content in the bottle or due to the discharge of the content by a pump and the like, the inner layer is separated from the outer layer and is crushed in the form of a bag, so that the outer layer is not deformed at all.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 1993
    Date of Patent: July 25, 1995
    Assignee: Yoshino Kogyosho Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Akira Nishigami, Tetsuzo Nakamura, Masato Honda
  • Patent number: 5431291
    Abstract: A blow molded, PET container having a unitarily formed body defining a hollow cavity for receiving a product. The body includes a base, a side wall, a neck finish and a mouth. The neck finish, located at the upper end of the container, is formed from substantially amorphous PET that has been thermally stabilized by a heat treating process. A thread is formed on the neck finish to receive a closure cap. The thread is generally in the form of a raised ridge that spirals at least partially around the neck finish. Spaced interruptions divide the thread into thread segments which reduce the PET needed to form the neck finish. The interruptions reduce the residual stresses in the neck finish and thereby reduce the distortion which occurs in the neck finish during hot filling or hot washing of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 11, 1995
    Assignee: Hoover Universal, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher C. LaBombarbe, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5431263
    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 30, 1993
    Date of Patent: July 11, 1995
    Assignee: Lenox, Incorporated
    Inventor: Mark Nordstrom
  • Patent number: 5431336
    Abstract: A corner brace for a tote box assembly, wherein the tote box assembly comprises a box portion foldable from a box blank having a bottom, two side walls, two end walls and four end flaps extending from the side walls. The end walls and end flaps bonded together and have apertures into which are receivable hand holds. Four rails each having a channel and is fitted over a top edge of each said side walls and end walls. Each corner brace comprises an outer panel for extending about a corner, an inner panel integrally extending inwardly from said outer panel presenting a stackable surface and a flap, and a fastener for fastening said corner braces to said side walls and end walls. The improvement comprises said inner panel sized to fit about and enclose an end region of said side rail and an end region of said end rail and said fastening means joins said inner panel to said outer panel below said rails, clamping said rails and walls together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 11, 1995
    Assignee: Pine Valley Packaging Limited
    Inventor: Michael Clee
  • Patent number: 5427259
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for nursing an infant, comprising in combination a cord adapted to extend around the neck of a person, a disk defining a hole to secure the cord, and an infant feeding bottle having a fluid container defining a bottle hole to secure the disk within the bottle hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 27, 1995
    Inventor: Emil R. Krastanov
  • Patent number: 5419445
    Abstract: A baby bottle 10 with two separate compartments for storage of powdered baby formula 104 and water 106. Water 106 is stored in a bottle portion 12 and baby powdered formula 104 is stored in a cartridge assembly 14. The cartridge assembly 14 consists of a housing member 16, a seal member 18, a storage cylinder 20 and a nipple assembly 22. Nipple assembly is attached to the top of storage cylinder 20 which is disposed through the top of housing member 16. Seal member 18 is attached to the bottom of housing member 16 and engages an opposing mating surface on the bottom of storage cylinder 20, thus providing a releasable connecting means to disconnect the seal member 18 from the housing member by allowing the seal member to be turned by the storage cylinder. The bottom of housing member 16 is attached to the top of bottle portion 12. Seal member 18 provides an internal leakproof seal that can be released by external means at a desired time by rotating nipple assembly 22.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 30, 1995
    Inventor: David M. Kaesemeyer
  • Patent number: 5409124
    Abstract: A unitary beverage container includes a main body defining a container volume in which a beverage is contained. A top of the main body includes a channel disposed horizontally therealong as well as an uppermost bisecting ridge extending from one side of the main body to the other and a respective remainder portion on each side of the ridge sloping downwardly away from the ridge. A bottom of the main body has a lowermost continuous base surface and a central concavity extending inwardly therefrom. The central concavity is particularly formed by a horizontal recess surface and a peripheral recess band sloped radially inward. A flexible straw has a proximal end fluidly connected with the container volume and a distal end having an aperture therein which is located in the channel of the top. A holding mechanism removably holds the distal end of the flexible straw in the channel. In order to fill the beverage container, the bottom includes a filling conduit extending from the central concavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 25, 1995
    Assignee: Kraft Foods, Inc.
    Inventors: Maurice Nasrallah, Fred Sadeghi
  • Patent number: 5407040
    Abstract: A piece of baggage comprising two half bodies and a middle body combined between the two half bodies by shafts, each half body having a projecting board at both bottom sides, a projection on the projecting board fitting and moving in a curved slot of a side board of a top board of the middle body to enable each half body to open or close in a limited route, the middle body having a top board and a bottom board screwed together, each half body possible to be opened separately or at the same time without forming any projecting-up wall in the middle to make clothes put therein get wrinkled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 18, 1995
    Assignee: Yih Kai Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shih-Che Hu