Patents Examined by Christopher McKinley
  • Patent number: 8573424
    Abstract: A container, particularly a beverage bottle, can be closed in a bottle opening of a bottle body with a closure made of a plastic material or glass. A fixing element is detachable fastened to the bottle body and holds the closure in the bottle opening. Such a bottle closure solves the problems involving, in particular, wine bottles and which arise when otherwise common bottle cork stoppers are used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Alcoa Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Hans-Dieter Dubs, Jürgen Soldan, Karl Matheis
  • Patent number: 8561835
    Abstract: A Dutch oven with an improved handle assembly is provided. The assembly may include a handle configured to removably engage a receiver on the lid of the Dutch oven. The handle may be used to transport a Dutch oven to a heating source and, once placed in the heating source, removed and stored so that the handle is not subject to heat while the Dutch oven is used for cooking. To remove the Dutch oven from the heating source, the handle may be reinserted into the receiver and used to lift the Dutch oven from the heating source. The Dutch oven may also include one or more retaining members to securely hold the Dutch oven's lid in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Utah Valley University
    Inventor: Sheldon Hansen
  • Patent number: 8556115
    Abstract: A surgical instrument container assembly includes a container and a handle assembly. The handle assembly includes at least one wire handle pivotally coupled with the container. A handle grip has a longitudinally extending opening. A portion of the wire handle is positioned radially within the opening. The handle grip has an outer surface with an elliptical cross sectional shape, and a plurality of laterally spaced and longitudinally extending ribs on the outer surface. The handle grip is preferably formed of an elastomeric material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Symmetry Medical Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Jean E Bellerose, Valentine T. Faust, III
  • Patent number: 8556101
    Abstract: A packaging device forming a container, comprising a formable rigid structural element (6) joined to a sheet of flexible material (3) provided at the periphery with means for retaining a clamping tie (4). The rigid structural element (6) has a first part (5) which comprises a multiplicity of radial branches (50), which are made of flexible material, and a second part (7) made of rigid material, which has at its periphery radial arms (71), which are designed to define the shape and the volume of the container and which each have an end part which diverges from the plane of a central planar part (70) by flaring. The first and second parts (5, 7) are provided with means (53) for securing to one another such that they are coaxial with one another and such that the branches (50) are in line with the arms (71); while at one of the faces the flexible sheet (3) is secured to the first part (5) by its face opposite the face intended to accommodate the second part (7).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Inventors: Thierry Delatour, Gilles Cardoso
  • Patent number: 8550289
    Abstract: A drink vessel holder holds a drink vessel on a target surface such as a plate of food and allows the user to hold both the plate and the drink vessel held thereon with the same hand in order to allow the other hand to be used for enjoyment of the products being held. The drink vessel holder has a body member with a convex upper surface that seats within a concave bottom surface of a drink vessel. A tab extends outwardly from the body member, the tab being used by the user to hold the drink vessel on the plate. The tab may have an arcuate channel that receives a portion of the bottom structural ring of the drink vessel or the structural ring may be depressed or slotted for passage of the tab therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Inventor: James M. Gibbar
  • Patent number: 8540112
    Abstract: A disposable child's drinking cup has a lid with a drinking spout defining multiple open holes sized to resist leakage in the absence of suction, such as by the development of surface tension at the holes, and to allow flow when suction is applied. The holes are formed during molding of the lid. An inner contour of a groove of the lid and an outer contour of the cup body rim are selected to provide a slight snap fit of the lid onto the cup body, to provide a secure seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Learning Curve Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: James A. Connors, Jr., David E. Medeiros, George S. Dys, James J. Britto, John A. Hession
  • Patent number: 8528771
    Abstract: The invention closures that opens sealed containers and close such containers thereafter and method of using the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc.
    Inventors: Leslie A. Voss, Catie A. Morley, James Timothy Davis, Gary S. Hall
  • Patent number: 8522997
    Abstract: A stopper (10) is provided for a beverage container (12) having a fill opening (14) that is closed by the stopper (10). The stopper (10) includes a main body (18), a lid (22), and a rigid lanyard loop (16). The main body (18) is configured for releasable engagement with the opening (14) of beverage container (12) and includes a drinking port (24) to allow a beverage to flow from the beverage container (12) to the mouth of a user. The lid (22) has an upper surface (26) and is hinge mounted to the main body (18) for movement between a closed position wherein the drinking port (24) is covered and an open position wherein the drinking port (24) is exposed for access by a user. The rigid lanyard loop (16) is hinge mounted for movement relative to the lid (22) between an stowed position wherein the lanyard loop (16) extends adjacent the upper surface (26) of the lid (22) and a deployed position wherein the lanyard loop (16) extends away from the upper surface (26) with the lid (22) in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Thermos L.L.C.
    Inventors: Marvin Lane, Dwayne Boroski, Shawn Young
  • Patent number: 8522995
    Abstract: The invention closures that opens sealed containers and close such containers thereafter and method of using the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc.
    Inventors: Leslie A. Voss, Catie A. Morley, James Timothy Davis, Gary S. Hall
  • Patent number: 8520474
    Abstract: The protective case includes a back cover (2) and a cover (3), which are provided to fit together. The case further includes a flange (6), inserted in the back cover and held laterally by the edge (4), and an elastically deformable stake (7), which is for immobilizing a plate-shaped part pierced with an aperture (11). The stake is mounted on the top surface of the flange and it is inserted into the aperture of the plate-shaped part. The bottom surface of the cover (3) further carries a projecting portion (8) that presses against the stake when the case is closed, so as to increase the external diameter of the stake and jam it in the aperture of the plate-shaped part. Elastic means (9) are also provided for returning the flange (6) in the direction of the cover (3) so as to hold the stake (7) jammed in the aperture in the plate-shaped part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Montres Breguet S.A.
    Inventors: Stéphane Cadau, Pascal Bourret
  • Patent number: 8505768
    Abstract: In one aspect, the present invention provides a foldable food tray that includes first and second panels, each having upper and lower surfaces and inner, outer, and side edges. Each panel can also include one or more hinge members and one or more locking members. The hinge member(s) can be operatively coupled to one another to permit the first and second panels to move between a closed position and an open position. The locking member(s) can be configured to releasably lock the first and second panels in the open position, thereby preventing the first and second panels from inadvertently moving from the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Envionmental Dining, LLC
    Inventors: Michele E. Bardwell, Neal P. Barnes
  • Patent number: 8499961
    Abstract: An egg caddy system for holding eggs in an immobilized position featuring a base with a plurality of egg protrusions disposed in the top surface. The egg protrusions may be arranged in a linear fashion or in parallel sections or groups. A flange extends downwardly and perpendicularly from the bottom surface of the base and forms a T-shaped cross-section. The flange can be inserted between two surfaces such as countertops, sinks, and stoves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Inventors: Melvin Goldenberg, Judy Goldenberg
  • Patent number: 8490822
    Abstract: A combination beverage mixer and strainer is disclosed, comprising a first container and a second container, each container having a closed end, an open end, a peripheral wall defining an interior space therein. The area of each open end is greater than the area of each closed end. The first container includes a straining edge of the peripheral wall proximate the periphery of the open end and having a plurality of apertures traversing therethrough. The area of the open end of the second container is greater than the area of the closed end thereof but smaller than the area of the open end of the first container. The open end of the second container may be inserted fully into the open end of the first container such that the peripheral wall of the second container contacts the peripheral wall of the first container below the straining edge so that the internal spaces of each container are sealed and the contents of the containers shaken and mixed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Inventor: Jason Griffin
  • Patent number: 8490810
    Abstract: A method of merchandising a modular home storage container system includes providing a plurality of individual groups of containers adapted for use on standardized shelving. Each container has side walls extending upwardly from a bottom wall to an open top and a removable lid. The containers, in each group, have a uniform length which correlates with one of the shelving depths, a uniform width to provide a uniform footprint size to accommodate the use of a single size lid and a plurality of different heights to allow a consumer to optimize the use of the available shelf height space. The heights of the containers are graduated so that the overall height of two stacked shorter containers will approximate the height of a taller container. Preferably a chart correlating the lengths of the individual groups of containers with standard shelving depths is available at the display site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Snapware Corporation
    Inventor: John M. Lown
  • Patent number: 8474642
    Abstract: A disposal container having a container body, a seal section disposed on top of the container body and having an opening with a seal band around the opening, a transfer barrel pivotally mounted on the seal section, the transfer barrel having a substantially spherical outer surface with an opening on the outer surface, and a handle pivotally mounted on the seal section. The handle and the transfer barrel are mounted to rotate coaxially in synchronization. When the handle and the transfer barrel are rotated to an open position, the opening of the transfer barrel is above the seal band; when they are rotated to a closed position, the opening of the transfer barrel is below the seal band. In another embodiment, a lid rather than a handle is provided and coupled to the transfer barrel to rotate it. Springs are provided to urge the lid toward an open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Baby Trend Inc.
    Inventor: Jung Tsai Chen
  • Patent number: 8469219
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a steam ventilation system for providing an easy way to release steam from a container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Inventor: Robert J. Henry
  • Patent number: 8459487
    Abstract: A securing assembly for fastening a container lid to an open topped container, the container having a pair of container fixture elements at opposed positions at the top of the container. The securing assembly is a strap having a pair of strap spans. One strap span extends between one of a pair of lid fixture elements and one buckle member. The other strap span extends between the other lid fixture element and another buckle member, the buckle members engageable to buckle the strap spans together. The container fixture elements engage with respective lid fixture elements for fixing the buckled strap spans so that the lid is held against the container top. A loop is attached to and extends from one anchor location on the first strap span to another anchor location on the second strap span, the loop position at the one anchor location being adjustable, so as to alter the length of the loop and to correspondingly alter the length of the first strap span.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Inventors: Rajneesh Sharma, Alicia Lai Yin Sharma
  • Patent number: 8459479
    Abstract: A molded plastic container is shaped so as to resist deformation as a result of compressive forces that may be applied by the consumer during use. The container includes a pair of recessed grip portions that are molded into forward and rearward sides of the container and an outer handle portion. Reinforcing ribs are integrally molded into the forward and rearward sidewalls of the container in areas that are substantially adjacent to the recessed grip portions in order to provide additional crush resistance as the container is squeezed. Additionally, a torsional reinforcement rib is integrated into an upper side portion of the container in order to resist deformation of the container and the pouring opening of the container during pouring. The torsional reinforcement rib is integral with the two reinforcing ribs, which provides additional strength and pouring stability to the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Graham Packaging Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Sheldon E. Yourist
  • Patent number: 8453863
    Abstract: A liquid reducing agent container structure adapted for an exhaust emission purifying system that is capable of reductively purifying NOx in the exhaust gas using a liquid reducing agent, and provided with a configuration such that a lock (42, 60, 70) is detachably disposed on the outer face of an inlet port (34) disposed on a container body (24A) of a reducing agent container (24), and an engagement portion (36a, 50, 54, 56, 58) with which a locking member (42d, 60d, 70b) of the lock (42, 60, 70) can be engaged is disposed on the side of a cap member (36) which is configured to be screwed on the inlet port (34) to seal the inlet port (34), thereby engaging the locking member (42d, 60d, 70b) with the engagement portion (36a, 50, 54, 56, 58) with a locking operation by the lock (42, 60, 70) to block and prevent a rotation of the cap member (36).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Nissan Diesel Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasushi Osaku, Kiyoshi Fukuda, Toshio Kondou
  • Patent number: 8444005
    Abstract: In a lid opening/closing apparatus of an electronic device according to the present invention, a lid is supported on a housing through a slide type pivot mechanism, and can reciprocate among a fully closed position, a slide position, and a fully open position. The slide type pivot mechanism comprises: an axis part projecting from the base end part of the lid; an arm plate part formed on the housing; an engagement receiving part formed on the arm plate part and to be engaged with the axis part of the lid; a bearing part formed on the arm plate part and supporting the axis part of the lid rotatably; and a holding part formed on the housing, holding the axis part of the lid between the holding part and the arm plate part, and allowing the axis part to slide. The arm plate part is elastically deformable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: SANYO Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasutoshi Kawai, Takahiro Kitai