Patents Examined by Christopher McKinley
  • Patent number: 8113380
    Abstract: An ergonomic serving tray with a unique design, which allows the user to lift, carry, and set down said ergonomic serving tray with a single hand, without tilting the ergonomic serving tray, comprising an ergonomic serving tray 100 equipped with at least one leg 106 that elevates the tray, allowing the user to easily insert a single hand under the ergonomic serving tray and lift it, and which is further equipped with a unique grip 108 that is ergonomically shaped to comfortably increase both the user's lifting capacity and the user's control over the ergonomic serving tray, said grip being located substantially adjacent to the center of gravity, to facilitate lifting, balancing, and carrying of the ergonomic serving tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Inventor: Dafna Goren
  • Patent number: 8109406
    Abstract: A beverage container includes a can body having a side wall, a neck portion of reduced diameter, a closure lid and an anchor structure on the closure lid. The anchor structure is offset with respect to the center of the lid. A pull tab has a mounting hole which fits onto the anchor structure. One end of the pull tab has a grip handle, and the other end has a puncturing nose. The pull tab is turnable on the anchor structure, and thus also turnable with respect to the closure lid. The pull tab is of a length whereby it normally just fits between the opposite locations of a peripheral groove on the closure lid. The pull tab can be manually turned from a first position overlying the closure lid, to a second position wherein it overhangs one part of the peripheral groove. The construction thus provides an extended handle length to permit the user to more easily grasp and raise the pull tab, and open the container, for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Inventor: Charles Chang
  • Patent number: 8109401
    Abstract: For a wall cut-out (100) defining a void (101) within a wall (102) for receiving a utility receptacle (104) wherein the cut-out has a perimeter edge (103) surrounding the void (101), the frame (10) includes an insert-flange (12) dimensioned to be inserted into and to sit within the void (101) adjacent the perimeter edge (103). The insert-flange (12) defines a through void frame opening (14) between opposed edges of the insert-flange (12). A wall-shelf (20) is secured to the insert-flange (12), and a mud-ridge (22) is secured to the wall-shelf (20) adjacent to and surrounding an interior perimeter (24) of the frame opening (14). The mud-ridge extends away from the wall-shelf (20) to facilitate application of a bonding compound and secure mounting of a receptacle component (106) within the utility receptacle (104).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Inventor: Morgan C. Davis
  • Patent number: 8104638
    Abstract: A swinging handle, which may swing with respect to a wall of a kitchen vessel, comprises an U-shape end, having free arms facing the kitchen vessel, wherein, from each end portion of the U-shape arms, mutually facing swinging pivot pins project, said pivot pins being housed in a seat of a supporting body fixed to a projection rigid with the vessel wall, the support body seat also housing herein a spring bearing with a side thereof against the bottom of the seat and by the other side thereof against one of two locating surfaces, arranged at 90° with respect to one another, and formed by an extension projecting from each swinging pivot pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: Ballarini Paolo & Figli, S.p.A.
    Inventor: Roberto Vincenzo Garziera
  • Patent number: 8100277
    Abstract: A peelable seal having one or more layers for sealing containers by heat sealing may include a stiffening structure, a foil portion, and a sealant structure. The stiffening structure of the seal includes an outer periphery or overhanging portion which extends beyond the rim of a neck of a container thereby allowing the peelable seal to be loosened from the container by flicking the overhanging portion of the peelable seal with a portion of the hand and without the need to pinch the seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignees: Rexam Closures and Containers Inc., Momar Industries, LLC
    Inventors: Randall G. Bush, William J. Shankland, Louis J. Marsella
  • Patent number: 8091732
    Abstract: A food container made of thin plastic sheet material comprises a bowl and a lid, each having a peripheral sealing region with a downwardly facing channel generally shaped like an inverted “U”. The outward edges of the channels are lockingly engaged. The channels mate and engage to form a primary seal at a conical interface and a secondary seal at a rib. The rib may be on either the base, the lid, or both. Leverage provided by elastic forces in the lid's channel tightens the seals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Absolute Plastics, LLC
    Inventors: Raymond J. Bryson, Michael G. Miller
  • Patent number: 8079493
    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: June 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Inventor: Craig V. Taylor
  • Patent number: 8074833
    Abstract: A trash can assembly has a shell and a lid fitted over the top end of the shell, with the lid having a bracket secured to the bottom of the lid. A slot provided adjacent the top of the shell, with the bracket moving through the slot as the lid is opened and closed. A movable lock member provided at the top of the shell, the lock member movable from an extended position where the lock member covers a portion of the slot, to a retracted position where the lock member is clear of the slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Simplehuman LLC
    Inventors: Frank Yang, Joseph Sandor
  • Patent number: 8074831
    Abstract: A liquid container includes a brim forming an opening into a liquid reservoir chamber formed in the cup. A lid is coupled to the brim to form more than one seal with the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Berry Plastics Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas B. Walker, Milan C. Maravich, David O'Nan
  • Patent number: 8056758
    Abstract: A rectangular container and cover are disclosed. The container and cover have complimentary latching feature. An inner cover skirt is offset inward toward the cover interior at each corner. The offset is sufficient to permit use of a moveable mold tooling to form each of the corners of the cover. This allows full formation of latching hooks extending around the entire interior of the skirt, such that when the cover is placed on the container the cover latching hooks engage with container latching ribs to secure the cover on the container. A tear strip is also disclosed, the removal of which leaves residual flaps at each sidewall intersection and at about the lateral center of each sidewall. A portion of the cover skirt remains affixed to the container when the tear strip is removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: BWAY Corporation
    Inventor: Forrest A. Burney
  • Patent number: 8020723
    Abstract: A container lid for use with a container with a neck. The lid includes a top and bottom, a skirt extending downward from the circumference of the lid, and a circumferential flange extending radially outward from the lid. The skirt preferably includes at least one integral bead shaped to engage the neck or rim of the container. The lid preferably includes a convex center section including at least one vent. The at least one vent is preferably integral with the lid, and is opened by the steam pressure buildup inside the container when the contents are heated. When the cover is locked on the container, the skirt provides a seal against the outside of the container neck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Stull Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Thomas Auer, Jason Wesley Stull
  • Patent number: 8020722
    Abstract: A lightweight, ergonomically beneficial, hydrodynamic, and volumetrically efficient hybrid pressure vessel having at least two longitudinally extending, semi-cylindrical sections with flattened rib portions at a common interface between the sections. Additional longitudinally extending sections may be employed to provide additional internal volume. One or more apertures extend through the ribs to provide communication between sections. The pressure vessel comprises a cast metal material, optionally including exterior reinforcing structure for containing internal pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Inventors: Kevin W. Richards, Nathan G. Christensen
  • Patent number: 8002138
    Abstract: An item receiving apparatus that, in various embodiments, comprises: (1) a housing defining an interior storage area and an opening through which at least one item may be received for storage within the interior storage area; (2) an item support surface disposed adjacent the interior storage area for supporting one or more items as the items are stored within the interior storage area; (3) an item repositioning assembly disposed between the opening and the item support surface. The item receiving apparatus may be adapted to move the item repositioning assembly from a first orientation to a second orientation in response to the occurrence of a pre-determined event. The item repositioning assembly may be adapted to push one or more items within the storage area laterally away from at least a portion of the item repositioning assembly as the item repositioning assembly is moved from the first orientation to the second orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Innovative Product Achievements, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert M. Fitzgerald, Kyle A. Joiner, Joel H. Eisler, James W. Dotson, Sr.
  • Patent number: 7614519
    Abstract: A sealing push-button lid for consumer wipes is disclosed. The lid may be used to seal a package of wipes for infant care, and may also be used for sealing and dispensing of one-at-a-time wipes for general cleaning purposes. The lid makes it easy for a busy person to use a single hand to pop open the lid in order to grasp and dispense the next wipe in a series of Z-folded wipes or inner-folded wipes in a preferably soft and flexible container. Containers with the push button lid may also be used with wipes that are folded in other ways. The lid is formed as one piece or two pieces, the pieces joined by a hinge that allows movement of the lid top with respect to the lid bottom. The lid is designed for easy joining and sealing to a container, preferably by a bead of hot melt adhesive or adhesive strips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2009
    Assignee: Rockline Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Marlene N. Krauth, Peter Piscopo, Richard Seager
  • Patent number: 7410072
    Abstract: Disclosed is an electrical box extension that includes an extending member for a switch and/or plug mounting having one or more fastening brackets, one or more base fastening brackets and one or more fasteners that together with optional contact points provide for mechanical and electrical connectivity between the extending member and its associated electrical box and provide sufficient mechanical resistance to support the adjustable elevation of the elevating member thereby supporting a flush surface for surface mounted sockets, switches and their associated plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2008
    Inventors: Wesley Gene Wegner, Paul Brett Wegner
  • Patent number: 7380681
    Abstract: A sealing lid for the fixed nozzle of a container, particularly a motor vehicle radiator, comprising an outer part and an inner part. The outer part of the lid is provided with a sealing element for the container nozzle and a grip element which is rotatable in relation thereto. A torsional stop acts between the grip element and the sealing element of the outer part of the lid. The inner part of the lid is provided with a flow connection between the inside and outside of the container and a valve system opening and closing the flow connection. The torsional stop which can be disengaged by applying prestress to a spring or is disengaged, can be engaged by a pressure-controlled drive in the form of a membrane. The drive is positioned in the outer part of the lid and is provided with an elongate pressure-transmitting element which penetrates the pressure relief valve body in the lid axis and extends into the area of the inner part of the lid, which is connected to the container nozzle so as to interact therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2008
    Inventor: Heinrich Reutter
  • Patent number: 7380685
    Abstract: Containers, lids, and sleeve structures are disclosed. Particularly, sleeve structures configured for insulating, stabilizing, or both insulating and stabilizing a container are disclosed. Further, a sleeve structure including a plurality of circumferentially adjacent, longitudinally extending sections and a sleeve structure including one or more frustoconical regions are disclosed. Containers, lids, and sleeve structures including at least one stabilizing feature are disclosed. Assemblies including a lower container, associated lid and sleeve structure, wherein at least one of the lower container, the lid, or the sleeve structure includes at least one stabilizing feature for engaging at least a portion of a sleeve structure associated with an upper container, wherein the upper container is positioned longitudinally above and is substantially aligned or centered with respect to a lower container, are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2008
    Inventors: Michael J. Simmons, Jack Simmons, John M. Simmons, Tom M. Simmons, David M. Simmons
  • Patent number: 7380682
    Abstract: A garbage bin includes a base. A barrel is installed on the base and defines two apertures. A cover is pivotally installed on the barrel. A pedal is pivotally installed on the barrel and includes an external member and an internal member. The external member of the pedal is put outside the barrel and formed with two ends inserted in the barrel through the apertures. The internal member of the pedal is put in the barrel and formed with two ends connected with the ends of the external member. Linkage is provided between the cover and the internal member of the pedal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2008
    Inventor: Tsong-Yow Lin
  • Patent number: 7374057
    Abstract: A T-bar clip assembly that securely couples to T-bar structures that are used to construct suspended ceiling is disclosed. The T-bar assembly is configured to support one or more electrical fixtures and provide power feeds to the one or more electrical fixtures. The T-bar clip assembly comprises support brackets that secure to the T-bar structures and one or more housing structures that attach to a portion of the support brackets to form one or more corresponding junction box enclosures. The junction box enclosures provide the power feeds to the one or more electrical fixtures at locations that are substantially flush with support flanges of the T-bar structure, an outer surface of the removable ceiling tiles or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2008
    Assignee: Finelite
    Inventors: Brian S. Hendrickson, Walter Blue Clark
  • Patent number: 7372363
    Abstract: A security device for tagging a bottle has a body defining a sleeve into which part of the bottle neck and its closure are received. A housing is defined to one side of the sleeve and first and second catch members are pivoted within the housing for movement between free and locking positions. When in their locking positions, the catch members project into the sleeve to engage behind a shoulder on the bottle neck or the closure, to resist removal of the device. An operating member is also pivoted to the housing for movement between open and closed positions, springs being arranged between the operating member and the first and second catch members to urge the catch members to their respective locking positions. A magnetically-releasable latch is arranged to hold the operating member in its closed position unless the latch member is acted upon by an external magnetic field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2008
    Assignee: Plescon Limited
    Inventor: Paul Francis Durbin