Patents Examined by Christopher McKinley
  • Patent number: 8807359
    Abstract: A child-resistant container including a container body (10), a lid (24), and at least one resilient tab (110) is provided. The lid is pivotable about an axis through a hinge (26) joining the lid to the container body to open and close the container. The resilient tab has a proximal portion fixed to the lid, a distal portion projecting from the lid, and at least one abutment (109) on the distal portion. The abutment on the distal portion of the tab is normally biased into engagement with an abutment (118) on the container body when the lid is in its closed position. The distal portion of the tab is displaceable against the bias to disengage the abutment of the tab from the abutment of the container. Displacement of the tab releases the lid so that it can be pivoted about the hinge to open the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: CSP Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jean-Pierre Giraud, Michel Zbirka, Joseph W. Rogers
  • Patent number: 8807370
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a preservation container having a container body and a lid assembly. The lid assembly includes an upper cover, a knob provided on a top of the upper cover and rotated by a user, a vertical moving unit coupled to the upper cover and moved up and down by a rotation of the knob, an intermediate cover detachably coupled to a bottom of the upper cover and having in a central portion thereof a hole through which the vertical moving unit is exposed to an outside, a lower cover coupled to the vertical moving unit, and a packing fitted into a groove which is formed in a top of the lower cover and sliding along a bottom of the intermediate cover to be in close contact with an inner surface of the container body, when the vertical moving unit moves up.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Dongyang Chemical Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jin Woo Lee
  • Patent number: 8794480
    Abstract: The invention relates to a container (1) for intermodal transport by air and ship, train and/or motor car, comprising a block-shaped housing (2), which is characterized in that there are provided at the corners of the housing (2) castings (6) which are used for positioning when stacking the container (1) and/or for securing the container (1) during transport, and a plurality of containers (1) can be combined to form transport units (25) the base area of which corresponds to that of a standardized sea cargo container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Deutsches Zentrum für Luft—und Raumfahrt e.V.
    Inventors: Volker Gollnick, Omar Abd El Hakam
  • Patent number: 8777046
    Abstract: A drink cup includes a body formed to include an interior fluid-storage region and a brim. The brim is coupled to the body to surround an opening into the interior fluid-storage region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Berry Plastics Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Mann, Milan C. Maravich, Chris Bolek
  • Patent number: 8777035
    Abstract: A self-supporting apparatus can be placed in a pre-set opening in an existing wall substrate. A frame assembly is configured with a perimeter that corresponds to the thickness of the wall substrate. The edge of the frame thus can be in fitting contact with the substrate opening. Flanges on opposite sides of the frame extend in the planar direction of the wall substrate to be in contact with the inner and outer surfaces of the substrate to maintain the frame in position in the wall and to strengthen the structure. The frame can include appropriate mounting portions for mounting electrical boxes or low voltage devices within the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Brainwave Research Corporation
    Inventors: Jean-Guy Gagne, James W. Rogers
  • Patent number: 8770424
    Abstract: A wall plate is disclosed for use with a switch that is mounted in a wall receptacle in a wall. A plate that is made from a transparent material has embedded therein a composition of powdered photoluminescent material. The plate includes a front surface, a back surface, and at least one aperture for accepting the switch therethrough and for mounting the plate. The back surface of the plate includes a recessed area for receiving a gasket configured to fit at least partially within the recessed area of the plate. The gasket further includes the apertures therethrough, coaligned with the apertures of the plate. Preferably the gasket is a white, closed-cell foam material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Inventors: David I-Hung Shaw, Jane Kuo Shaw
  • Patent number: 8733567
    Abstract: A bottle capping assembly including a “C” member having an upper arm, a lower arm, a stem section extending between the upper and lower arms, and having a laterally opening concavity formed by the arms and stem; a ceiling member, the ceiling member incorporating the “C” member's lower arm; and a frangible channel incorporated operatively into the ceiling member, the frangible channel being adapted for, upon an application of an upward force to the “C” member's upper arm, segmenting the ceiling member to form a fluid outlet port; the assembly further including a cylindrical wall fixedly attached to and extending downwardly from the ceiling member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Inventor: Daniel A. Dopps
  • Patent number: 8720718
    Abstract: A foldable carrying case is described that has an integrated one-piece body of hingeably connected panels, and flexible gussets hingeably connected to the panels. The body is further provided with releasable fasteners. The body converts from a plane configuration to a container configuration, and vice versa. The container configuration is formed by folding the panels and the gussets, and the panels and gussets are connected by the releasable fasteners to prevent the container from unfolding. Also described is a method for making and using such a foldable carrying case. Also described is a kit including such a foldable carrying case and at least one storage container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventors: Nancy O. Myers, Michael O. Myers, Peter C. King, Lisa A. King
  • Patent number: 8714383
    Abstract: Compound bung-type stopper assemblies for wine and spirits barrels, comprising a body having an enlarged head portion, a reduced, tapered neck portion and a tapered, disposable elastomeric cup that snugly fits over the neck. The taper permits the inventive compound bung to be universal in fit and the elastomeric material of the cup grippingly conforms to bunghole irregularities. The body can be re-used with multiple cups, each being dedicated to a different wine or spirit, or after the cup has worn out. Body materials are selected from any essentially low- or non-resilient material, including glass, hard plastic (such as polycarbonate), wood, metal or ceramic, and may be colored. The head may be domed or flat, and may be decorated, as by etching, embossing or painting with the winemakers or winery mark. The inventive compound bungs/bodies that are identified by such marks may be sold as collectibles or as commemorative devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Corson Family Enterprises, LLC
    Inventor: Donald L. Corson
  • Patent number: 8708190
    Abstract: An anti-sloshing apparatus comprising: a plurality of buoyant members having buoyancy to be floated on the surface of liquid; a foam member having open cell structure to absorb the liquid and covering the buoyant member; and a connecting member to connect the adjacent buoyant members one another, allows effectively preventing liquid cargo sloshing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Heavy Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sang-Eon Chun
  • Patent number: 8708178
    Abstract: A container assembly can have a plurality of sides. Two or more of the sides has one or more grooves. An insert can be installed into one or more of the grooves. Clips can be used to connect groove(s) and/or insert(s) on one side of the container assembly to groove(s) and/or insert(s) on another side of the container assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Diversified Fixtures, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Kvols, Stephen Schloesser
  • Patent number: 8701912
    Abstract: A window having multiple integral seals, the window being formed of a substantially optically transparent flexible membrane window panel; a substantially continuous peripheral window seal mechanism surrounding the window panel with the window seal mechanism being a continuous peripheral slot having an opening facing away from the window panel and being structured to receive thereinto a substantially rigid inner peripheral window aperture frame; a contoured skirt completely surrounding the window sealing mechanism; a substantially continuous peripheral door seal mechanism formed adjacent to an edge of the contoured skirt; and wherein the window panel, the window seal mechanism, the contoured skirt and the door seal mechanism are mutually integrally formed of a substantially water-resistant and resiliently pliable material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: National Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Carnevali, Chad M. Remmers
  • Patent number: 8701884
    Abstract: A shipping container for glass bottles such as are used with wine or juice is provided. The shipping container has a lower tray and an upper tray which fit inside of a cardboard box. The upper tray engages the shoulder of the bottle rather than the neck or cap of the bottle and thus holds the bottle more securely and with less risk of damage to the bottle or shipping tray when the cardboard box is dropped or when weight is placed thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Inventors: Kevin Gregg Williams, William Michael Phillips
  • Patent number: 8701916
    Abstract: A plastic pan and a plastic drain plug assembly is disclosed. The pan has upstanding walls, a bottom wall, an exterior surface and an interior surface. One of the walls has an opening extending through it. On the exterior, the opening has a circular raised collar with cutouts opposite each other and stop tabs located between the cutouts. On the interior, the opening has a circular raised non-threaded tubular wall. A portion of the non-threaded tubular wall has nibs projecting into the opening. The plug has a head portion, a body portion, an end portion. The head portion has an upstanding crown with downwardly extending tabs located opposite each other. The body portion has a circular groove, and a spiral groove. The end portion of the plug is tapered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Dana Automotive Systems Group, LLC
    Inventors: Chris M. Cook, Michael Puckett
  • Patent number: 8695840
    Abstract: A closure assembly for a container including an internally-threaded annular flange, an externally-threaded closure plug that is received by the annular flange, and an annular gasket positioned between the annular flange and the closure plug for establishing a sealed interface. The container includes a container end panel that is formed over and around a portion of the annular flange and provides an inner axial wall that is positioned between the annular flange and the annular gasket. The clearance between the closing plug and the inner axial wall relative to the size of the annular gasket determines the degree of radial compression of the annular gasket as the plug is threaded into the flange. A radial lip of the plug is designed to contact an upper surface of the container end panel that is formed over the flange as a visual indication when the required tightening torque of the plug within the flange has been reached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Rieke Corporation
    Inventor: Gary M. Baughman
  • Patent number: 8690007
    Abstract: A lid for industrial or commercial large size solid waste containers has a ribbed single layer central portion and a peripheral edge having a hollow double wall boxed configuration. The lids have substantial symmetry so that the lids may be stacked and nested with alternate lids oriented in opposite front-to-back directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Inventor: Craig V. Taylor
  • Patent number: 8689997
    Abstract: A container with a removable lid for sealing a container, wherein the container is rotationally symmetrical to an axis and has a circular bottom, the outer periphery of which is connected to a surrounding outer wall, which comprises at the top a first rim element that co-operates with a second rim element along the outer periphery of the lid. The lid comprises a circumventing U-shaped track, extending a predetermined way into the container and connects to the second rim element of the lid to an upper circular surface of the lid, wherein the said U-shaped track has an outer wall. The container has a protecting device, comprising a circumventing skirt, arranged to be placed in the U-shaped track, wherein a radial stiffening of the upper rim of the container and the lid are achieved to protect against external influence directed towards the upper rim.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Emballator Ulricehamns Bleck AB
    Inventors: Torbjorn Johansson, Joakim Steen, Per Svennsson, Thomas Hjalmarsson
  • Patent number: 8689994
    Abstract: A safety device for a fluid storage tank having a first port for filling the tank with fuel oil and a second port for allowing airflow therethrough is disclosed. The safety device includes a tubular body having a first open end and a second open end connectable to the second port, and a flow check valve contained within the tubular body and configured to remain open when air flows through the safety device and configured to close based on a predetermined fluid force of the fuel oil through the safety device. Related systems and methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Inventor: Milton Pashcow
  • Patent number: 8684225
    Abstract: The invention relates to a locking cap (1) made of a molded plastic material for a vessel (2) having a neck, intended for blocking a stopper (4) in said neck (3), including a wire-cap (6) adapted for surrounding the stopper (4) and the neck in the mounted configuration of the cap (1). The wire-cap includes first and second flexible tabs capable of being respectively blocked on the neck and on the stopper (4), said first tabs (8) being offset relative to said second tabs (9) in an axial direction relative to said neck (3). The cap (1) also includes a ring (7) surrounding the wire-cap (6) for preventing access to said tabs from outside the ring (7). The ring (7) and the wire-cap (6) are designed so as to be fitted and locked together. The tabs (8, 9) of the wire-cap are respectively arranged at an angle in first and second openings (13, 14) which are formed by the mesh of the wire-cap (6), and in which the tabs (8, 9) can disappear when mounting the cap (1) on the neck (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: A. Raymond et Cie
    Inventors: Stéphane Gelibert, Guillaume Belle
  • Patent number: 8678215
    Abstract: A container for containing a flowable substance includes a container body, a substantially elliptical opening in the container body, and a resealable closure affixed over the opening. The container body defines an internal cavity that is adapted to contain the flowable substance therein. The opening is adapted to allow the flowable substance to flow therethrough. The resealable closure is adjustable between an open position, where the flowable substance can flow through the opening, and a closed position, where the closure obstructs the opening to prevent the flowable substance from flowing through the opening. When the closure is in the open position and the container is substantially filled with the flowable substance, the flowable substance can flow through the opening without interrupting airflow through the opening when the container is tilted over a range of tilt angles of approximately 35 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Tropicana Products, Inc.
    Inventors: John Steiger, Machelle D. Stockwell