Patents Examined by Christopher McKinley
  • Patent number: 7350664
    Abstract: A hinge device for a storage containerand includes a housing mounted on any one of the door and a container body, a pair of hinge shafts rotatably fit in respective ends of the housing, each of the pair of hinge shaft including a cam shaft part with a first cam provided on an outer circumferential surface thereof, and an extension shaft part outwardly extending from the cam shaft part to couple to a remaining one of the door and the container body, a pair of movable members, which are received in respective ends of the housing and fit on the cam shaft parts of the respective hinge shafts, each of the pair of movable members having a second cam to engage with the respective first cam, and a pair of compression springs disposed in ends of the housing to bias the pair of movable members toward the pair of first cams, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2008
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jeong Man Nam, Yong Myoung Kim
  • Patent number: 7350656
    Abstract: A cap for use with bottled water dispensing systems. The cap includes a main cap and a liner. The main cap has an opening which receives and seals against a probe. The liner is gripped between the main cap and the bottle neck and has a outside part and an inner movable part. The inner movable part is separated from the outer part by perforations and is connected to the outer part by a large connecting section, which serves as a hinge, and small connecting sections, which serve as frangible ties. When the bottle is lowered onto the dispensing system, the probe enters into the opening in the main cap, breaks the frangible ties, and pushes the inner movable part open like a flap. The liner, at the location of the large connecting section, is resilient such that the inner movable part tends to close when the bottle is removed from the dispensing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2008
    Assignee: Blackhawk Molding Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Douglas J. Hidding
  • Patent number: 7344042
    Abstract: A fuel cap has a torque mechanism that transmits a rotational torque to a casing main body through engagement elements in response to rotation of a cover. When the rotational torque exceeds a predetermined level, the engagement is released to give a click. The first torque arm is constructed as a cantilever beam having a free end facing an arm support member across a preset gap. Under application of pressure, the first torque arm is deformed and transmits a rotational torque in the closing direction to the casing main body. This arrangement assures setting of the rotational torque of the torque mechanism to the predetermined level to apply a sufficient sealing stress to the fuel cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2008
    Assignee: Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Hagano
  • Patent number: 7334694
    Abstract: The invention relates to a closure cap (1) which cooperates with a bottle container (4). A catching protection (5) is disposed on the neck (3) of the bottle container (4) and a lower-engaging projection (6?) is disposed on the closure cap (1). An insert (2) is associated with the closure cap (1). Said insert (2) can be fixed to the neck (3) of the bottle, resulting in a structurally advantageous, functionally reliable solution whereby the insert (2) is provided with means (22, 26) for rotationally secure retention on the neck (3) of the bottle and the closure cap (1) which can be pressed onto said insert (2) can be unscrewed from the insert (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2008
    Assignee: Alpla-Werke Alwin Lehner GmbH & Co.KG
    Inventor: Udo Suffa
  • Patent number: 7318536
    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. The lid includes lid-removal blocker walls arranged to engage undercuts formed in the cup to retain the lid in a mounted position on the cup closing the opening into the liquid reservoir chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2008
    Assignee: Berry Plastics Corporation
    Inventors: Milan C. Maravich, Jeffrey A. Mann, David J. Jochem
  • Patent number: 7318534
    Abstract: A sealable container cover includes both a flexible film and an elastic film for sealing the container cover to the wall or walls of a container. The elastic film creates an expandable opening of the container cover, which can accept containers of various sizes and shapes. Pull tabs are provided to facilitate removal of a container cover from atop a container. Also constructed in the same manner as the container covers provided herein is a container liner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2008
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson Home Storage, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert R. Turvey, Leland J. Smith, Kenneth S. Nurkiewicz
  • Patent number: 7314148
    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: January 1, 2008
    Inventors: Michael J. Simmons, Jack Simmons, John M. Simmons, Tom M. Simmons, David M. Simmons
  • Patent number: 7287663
    Abstract: A pressure vessel is disclosed which includes a lower metallic dome having a lower rim portion, and an upper metallic dome having an upper rim portion, a plastic liner disposed within the upper and lower metallic domes, a metallic band disposed between the plastic liner and the upper and lower metallic domes proximate the respective rim portions thereof, and an insulating material disposed between the metallic band and the plastic liner, the metallic band and insulating material protecting the plastic liner from elevated temperatures when the upper and lower rim portions of the metallic domes are welded together. A method of fabricating the pressure vessel and a connector for assembling the pressure vessel are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2007
    Assignee: Amtrol Inc.
    Inventors: Peter J. Vandal, Bruce Murdock, Christopher A. VanHaaren
  • Patent number: 7287660
    Abstract: A two-compartment container has a lid portion and a base portion hingedly connected to one another and openable and closable in the manner of a clamshell. Both the lid portion and the base portion have partitions, which extend from the hinge and which are aligned with one another. When the container is closed, the partitions abut against one another, effectively isolating the two compartments formed in the base portion by its partition from one another. The base portion includes a locking flap which fits into a gap between the partition in the lid portion and its face and seals it to further isolate the two compartments from one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2007
    Assignee: Tekni-Plex, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard L. Ramirez, Mark A. Bergeron
  • Patent number: 7284733
    Abstract: A utensil cover lift and support apparatus for use with a cooking and food serving utensil fitted with a geometrically configured cover, the apparatus comprising a support fork assembly having a latch mechanism pivotally attached to a pair of elongate arms and a vertical support member situated in between the elongate arms and pivotally connected thereto and having an adjustable support block slidably connected thereto for engaging an outer lip inherently made part of the serving utensil, a lid bracket slidably mounted to the elongate arms and having at least two outwardly extending flanges integrally connected to a top plate situated therebetween, each of the flanges having a suction cup threadably mounted to an undersurface thereof for engaging the cover, and at least two suction cups mounted to the vertical support member to engage the serving utensil's sidewalls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2007
    Inventor: Christopher Eugene Parenteau
  • Patent number: 7284674
    Abstract: A double-layer vacuum container includes: an inner container having a bridging member supported by an outer container in a bridging manner; the outer container through which the bridging member extending from the inner container is externally exposed; and a cover member for externally covering the portion of the outer container through which the bridging member is exposed and for sealing a space inside the cover member and a space between the inner container and the outer container in a vacuum state between the cover member and the outer container. With such a structure of the double-layer vacuum container, the inner container other than a lip is supported by the outer container with a good heat retaining property to prevent the displacement or damage of the inner container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2007
    Assignees: Tiger Corporation, Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha, Denso Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroshi Ueda, Shigetaka Yoshikawa, Hideo Kobayashi, Yoshikazu Shinpo, Mamoru Suzuki, Isao Goto, Masaaki Iinuma, Toshio Morikawa, Shigeo Ito, Yoshio Miyata
  • Patent number: 7284673
    Abstract: Locking structure for thermoformed plastic containers for food and other articles wherein the lid and the base of the containers are provided with locking means, specifically a detent and a tab. The detent, which depends from the front of the lid, has rounded ends and an inwardly extending lip disposed on its outer side. The tab, which depends from the front of the base, has an upper surface, a lower surface, and two end surfaces. The upper surface is angled toward the lower surface and the end surfaces are substantially flat. The upper surface and the inwardly extending lip are constructed and arranged with respect to each other so that when the detent is pressed into the tab the inwardly extending lip will snap into position beneath the upper surface and interlock with it to lock the lid and base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2007
    Assignee: Reynolds Food Packaging LLC
    Inventors: Hollis James Habeger, Gregory L. Nelson, Richard Thomas Steichen
  • Patent number: 7281640
    Abstract: A cap device of the invention has a tether mechanism, which is used to link a fuel cap to a fueling lid. The tether mechanism includes a cord-like flexible linkage body having one end as a first support end, which is fit in a support member of a rotating ring. The first support end is inserted from inside of the rotating ring through an insertion opening into a support recess. This fits the first support end in the support recess, while allowing the linkage body to be led through a lead opening. The first support end is accordingly fixed to the support member. The rotating ring is then attached to a circular groove formed on the fuel cap. The tether mechanism of this simple structure is readily fixed and thereby ensures easy attachment to the fuel cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2007
    Assignee: Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Hagano, Masayuki Nakagawa
  • Patent number: 7278547
    Abstract: A fuel cap has a male threading element which is formed on an outer circumference of a closer of the fuel cap, a female threading element which is formed on an inner wall of a filler neck, and a handle. Rotation of the handle in a closing direction screws the male threading element into the female threading element. A stopper formed on the male threading element comes into contact with the start end of the female threading element to complete the closing operation. At this fully closed position, a gasket located between the closer and a sealing face of the filler neck is pressed and displaced in an axial direction to seal the sealing face of the filler neck with a sealing face pressure of not less than a preset level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2007
    Assignee: Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Hagano, Masayuki Nakagawa, Masaki Akagi
  • Patent number: 7276661
    Abstract: Disclosed is an electrical box mud ring member adapted to either receive an electrical device or receive an extending member adapted to both receive an electrical device and be elevated relative to the mud ring via one or more elevating fasteners. Either the mud ring member or the extending member, or both, have protrusions that maintain mechanical and electrical contact between the two members. The electrical box mud ring member preferably has frangible electrical device mounting plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2007
    Inventors: Wesley Gene Wegner, Paul Brett Wegner
  • Patent number: 7243674
    Abstract: A collapsible enclosure includes a roof, a rear wall, a pair of sidewalls, a front wall, each wall having an outside and inside surface and an open bottom. The cover includes heat insulation material covering substantially all of each inside surface of each wall. A hinge pivotally mounts the roof to rear wall and a hinge pivotally mounts each side wall to the rear wall. Bolt fasteners removably attach the front wall between the side walls. A heating element is disposed within the housing. The front wall includes an upper panel and a lower panel mounted together by a hinge in a manner to allow the upper panel to be foldable outwardly and downwardly to position the outside surface of the upper panel against the outside surface of the lower panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2007
    Inventor: Michael J. Devine
  • Patent number: 7243685
    Abstract: A closure includes a hub having a bore in fluid communication with the port of a vessel. A door is removably positioned within the bore of the hub, and a locking ring is threaded with the hub thread for moving the door to a closed and circumferentially sealed position against the shoulder. At least one rotatable actuator element, such as a plurality of gears, engages the locking ring and is rotated to rotate the locking ring. A breaker bar or impact wrench could be used to rotatable drive the actuator elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2007
    Assignee: Robbins & Myers Energy Systems, L.P.
    Inventors: Billy W. White, Lawrence F. Angelo, Michael J. Guidry, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7182215
    Abstract: A trash can closure cover to be used in place of existing lids to provide a resilient collapsible cover on the trash can that can be easily removed and retained thereon. The trash can closure defines a flexible sheet cover configuration to be resiliently retained temporarily over the open end of the receptacle trash can container that will be retracted and collapsed on itself as it is removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2007
    Inventor: Maurice Clardy