Patents Examined by Donnell A Long
  • Patent number: 11518672
    Abstract: A fluid pressure feeding device includes: a follower plate that is inserted into a tank, that applies a pressing force to a fluid, and that has an opening for pumping up the fluid from an inside of the tank; a pump having a primer plate configured to exhibit reciprocating movement to pump up the fluid in the tank into a pump internal space; and a position control unit configured to control a position of the primer plate within a range of the reciprocating movement. An outer shape of the primer plate substantially matches a shape of the opening of the follower plate, and the position control unit is configured such that the primer plate is positioned in the opening of the follower plate when the follower plate is taken out from the tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignees: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, PYLES JAPAN Co., LTD., TOYOTA PRODUCTION ENGINEERING
    Inventors: Masahiro Tasaka, Kunimi Abiru, Shoji Suzuki, Takatoshi Urashi, Katsura Hara, Tomohiro Tokunaga, Naoki Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 11518663
    Abstract: The beverage drinking apparatus may include a spout, a pivot arm, and an entry portion. The spout may include a bore. The pivot arm may include a curved portion that defines a fulcrum for rotating the beverage drinking apparatus. The entry portion may include a flow portion defining a plurality of apertures. The entry portion may include a piercing portion that is distal from the first end of the spout. The piercing portion and the flow portion may be configured to pierce and penetrate a hole in a sidewall of the beverage can as the beverage drinking apparatus is pivoted about the fulcrum with the curved portion engaged with a bottom surface of the beverage can such that liquid flows from the beverage can into the bore through the plurality of first apertures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: Wild Man Lab LLC
    Inventor: Nicholas Widmann
  • Patent number: 11517935
    Abstract: A caulking gun handle and a caulking gun are provided. A caulking amount adjusting assembly is mounted on a movable handle of the caulking gun; the caulking amount adjusting assembly comprises a driving shaft and a driving shaft positioning member; portions at two sides of a mounting groove are each formed as a handle mounting portion; a driving protrusion and first and second positioning recesses are provided on a peripheral surface of the driving shaft, the driving shaft can slide left and right with respect to the two handle mounting portions, so that in a first workstation, an end portion of the driving shaft positioning member located in the driving shaft mounting hole is engaged in the first positioning recess, and in a second workstation, the end portion of the driving shaft positioning member located in the driving shaft mounting hole is engaged in the second positioning recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: TIANJIN JINMAO GROUP CO., LTD
    Inventors: Jie Li, Shengjiang Wang, Fengming Li
  • Patent number: 11511985
    Abstract: A contactless beverage dispenser, system, and method of contactlessly dispensing a beverage are disclosed herein. Embodiments of the present invention utilize a sensor that is operatively coupled to a pump for selective activation thereof. The sensor detects, in a sensor zone, the presence of a beverage container proximal a dispensing spout of the beverage dispenser. The sensor may be a proximity sensor, such as a photoelectric sensor. Upon detection of the beverage container, the pump is activated and dispenses a beverage to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Inventor: Vincent Theodore Juratovac
  • Patent number: 11498728
    Abstract: A closure assembly includes a top, a base, and a follower. The top includes a plurality of top teeth extending from the inner surface and arranged around a fluid orifice. The base is coupled to the top, wherein the top is moveable relative to the base. The base includes a central hub defining a cam path. The follower includes a plurality of top follower teeth engaged with the plurality of top teeth of the top and a plurality of base follower teeth disposed in the cam path of the base. The top and the follower are biased away from the base, and depressing the top relative to the base causes the follower to rotate relative to the top between an open position in which a fluid flow path is open to the fluid orifice and a closed position in which the fluid flow path is closed to the fluid orifice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: KAO USA INC.
    Inventor: Steven J. Schwartz
  • Patent number: 11492192
    Abstract: A spray delivery system with minimal pressure loss can is used with an aerosol container having a valve. The system includes a vertically extending conduit having an opening at a lowermost end conduit and two openings through a surface at an opposite end. The surface is disposed at an angle relative to a vertical. The system also has a first horizontally extending conduit communicating with the vertically extending conduit though one of the two openings and a second horizontally extending conduit fluidly communicating with the vertically extending conduit though the other one of the two openings. A manifold defines an inner annular volume and fluidly communicates with the first and second horizontally extending conduits. A spray nozzle insert is in fluid communication with the manifold. The spray nozzle insert has a plurality of blades that radiate inward and connect with a center round well having a sharp end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: Precision Valve Corporation
    Inventor: John B. Fore
  • Patent number: 11473871
    Abstract: A liquid replenishing mechanism and a water gun include a housing, a conductive component, a conveying component, and a liquid storage component. The housing includes a first outer surface. The conductive component is exposed outside the first outer surface and is electrically connected with the conveying component. The conveying component defines a liquid inlet end extended to the first outer surface and communicated with an outside of the housing and a liquid outlet end. The liquid storage component includes a liquid storage cavity communicated with the liquid outlet end. The conductive component is driven by the first outer surface to contact with liquid or moved away from the liquid. The conveying component is electrically connected with a power supply through the liquid. The liquid is input through the liquid inlet end and is output to the liquid storage cavity through the liquid outlet end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Inventor: Teng Cai
  • Patent number: 11472613
    Abstract: A closure for a container, and more specifically a closure that is selectively openable and/or lockable providing, for example, one or more child resistant opening features is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: Berry Global, Inc.
    Inventors: Jordan Robert French, Seth A. Tempel
  • Patent number: 11470997
    Abstract: A control assembly of a solenoid valve for a delivery device; the control assembly comprising a first input configured to be coupled to a control device of the delivery device and to be supplied by a power supply voltage from the control device; a first output configured to be coupled to a second input of a solenoid valve; a control unit being coupled to the first input; and a drive unit coupled to the first output and to the control unit; the control unit being configured to detect a first voltage at the first input; the control unit being configured to control the drive unit so that, when the control unit detects a first voltage equal to a power supply voltage, the first output of the control assembly delivers: a rated voltage for a first period of time, and a hold voltage different from the rated voltage for a second period of time following the first period of time, and wherein the hold voltage is lower than the rated voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: R.P.E. S.R.L.
    Inventor: Giuliano Ravazzani
  • Patent number: 11465824
    Abstract: A dispenser cap includes a threaded top to mount to a container having a product stored therein, the threaded top having a CAM positioned within an interior; a base engaged with the threaded top; a transfer chamber positioned within an interior of the base and having an opening extending therein, the transfer chamber having a predetermined volume; a baffle ring engaged with the threaded top, the baffle ring having one or more openings to open and close between the threaded top and the transfer chamber such that the product can flow therethrough; and a plunger extending into the base and having an opposing CAM engaged with the CAM such that interaction cause opening and closing of the transfer chamber; rotation of the base relative to the threaded top causes the plunger to extend and contract such that product is loaded into the transfer chamber and dispensed from the transfer chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Inventor: Daniel Joseph Aplington
  • Patent number: 11457755
    Abstract: A teapot is provided with a pot body, a tea leaf filter basket in the pot body, and a lid on the pot body. A tea leaf filter basket bracket is sleeved at a pot opening of the pot body on an outer edge of the tea leaf filter basket; the tea leaf filter basket bracket and an inner side surface of the pot opening of the pot body are in interference fit; and the tea leaf filter basket bracket is in pivoted connection with the lid. The tea leaf filter basket is placed on the tea leaf filter basket bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: Shenzhen Buydeem Technology Co.
    Inventors: George Mohan Zhang, Pengrui Zhong, Shubin Zou, Haixin Wu, Chenfa Kang
  • Patent number: 11459154
    Abstract: The present application relates to a system for evacuating fluid from a flexible container. The system includes a spout connected to a flexible container. A passageway within the spout is in fluid communication with an inside of the flexible container, and the passageway has a top end and a bottom end. An evacuation facilitating structure is positioned proximate the bottom end of the passageway and has a fluid channel therethrough. The evacuation facilitating structure blocks portions of the wall of the flexible container from entering the bottom end of the passageway and preventing fluid from evacuating the container via the passageway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: LIQUI-BOX CORP.
    Inventor: James W. Johnson
  • Patent number: 11447308
    Abstract: Disclosed is a cup lid with pressing linkage, which includes a hollow cover body with a water outlet. A linkage assembly including a first linkage, a second linkage, and a third linkage that are connected in sequence is arranged in the cover body; a though-hole is provided on one side of the cover body, and a pressing handle is hinged to an outer wall of the cover body and is rotatable relative to the cover body around the hinge. One end of the pressing handle is hinged to one end of the linkage assembly through the though-hole, and the other end of the linkage assembly is connected with a sealing plug to open and seal the water outlet. The pressing handle can be operated with one hand and the sealing plug is driven via the linkage assembly to open or close the water outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Shenzhen Zhongmin Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yitong Lin
  • Patent number: 11434465
    Abstract: The invention relates to a tubing device for sterile media including a container for storing sterile media, a discharge port for discharging liquid sterile media, an inlet port for introducing fluid into the tubing device and a multiple-way-connector. The multiple-way-connector is connected to the container, the discharge port, the inlet port, and an apparatus for preparing, mixing and discharging a sterile medium for use with a tubing device, including a water inlet port for introducing water, a water outlet port configured to be connected to the inlet port of the tubing device, a fluid pump for conveying the fluid, the fluid pump is connected to the fluid inlet port and the water outlet port and a container support for supporting the container of the tubing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: Merck Patent GmbH
    Inventors: Stephane Olivier, Gaetan Bour
  • Patent number: 11426743
    Abstract: A liquid tank for an electrostatic atomizer for liquids is provided, including a receiving space for a liquid and a delimiting wall delimiting the receiving space with respect to the surrounding area. The liquid tank further includes a self-closing valve connecting the liquid tank to the atomizer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: J. Wagner GmbH
    Inventors: Jan Barthelmes, Thomas Jeltsch, Holger Stohl
  • Patent number: 11401150
    Abstract: Embodiments provide an automated fluid dispenser that comprises a housing, a pump subsystem, a dispenser subsystem, and a receptacle sensor. The housing defines an enclosure that covers one or more subsystems and provides an interface for attachment to a fluid reservoir. The receptacle sensor is configured to detect a fluid receptacle within a detected distance and transmit an activation signal to the pump subsystem to pump a volume of fluid. The volume of fluid is dispensed via the dispenser subsystem to a fluid receptacle. In embodiments, the volume of fluid is proportional to a detection distance or a detection time. In embodiments, the automated fluid dispenser is configured with a display device to provide one or more graphical user interface elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: SOFI PAPER PRODUCTS, LLC
    Inventors: Brandon Leeds, Jordan Leeds
  • Patent number: 11401151
    Abstract: A service trolley for dispensing beverages includes a frame having an upper end opposite a lower end, and a tabletop arranged on the upper end of the frame. The trolley further includes wheels arranged on the lower end of the frame configured to allow the frame to roll on a surface. The trolley includes a beverage dispenser arranged within the frame that includes a multi-serve beverage container for storing a beverage, a dispensing head in communication with the beverage container via a conduit, and a pressurized vessel configured to contain a pressurized gas in communication with the beverage container so as to drive a flow of the beverage from the beverage container to the dispensing head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: PepsiCo, Inc.
    Inventors: Vipin Arora, Rahul Sadashiv Kamble, Gurmeet Singh Bhutani, Prashant Deshpande, Dewang Parikh
  • Patent number: 11389035
    Abstract: A fluid dispenser with a pump mechanism that dispenses fluid when activated. A light sensor detects light in or around the fluid dispenser, and a controller controls a function of an electronic component of the fluid dispenser based on detection data received from the light sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: OP-Hygiene IP GmbH
    Inventors: Albrecht Lang, Adrian Senn, Michael Müller
  • Patent number: 11385088
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a dosing system (100) with an actuator unit (60) and a fluidic unit (10) which can be coupled thereto in a detachable manner, wherein the fluidic unit (10) has a nozzle (20) an element (30), mounted in a movable manner, and the actuator unit (60) has an actuator system (90), in order to actuate the movable element (30) of the fluidic unit (10), wherein the fluidic unit (10) has a first plug coupling part (11) and the actuator unit (60) has a second plug coupling part (61), which can be plugged into one another for coupling the fluidic unit (10) to the actuator unit (60) along a plugging axis (S) and can be coupled to one another integrally. The invention additionally relates to a fluidic unit (10) and an actuator unit (60) for such a dosing system (100) and also a method for the detachable coupling of a fluidic unit (10) to an actuator unit (60) of a dosing system (100).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: VERMES MICRODISPENSING GMBH
    Inventor: Mario Fliess
  • Patent number: 11377273
    Abstract: A dispensing closure system includes an upper closure portion and a lower closure portion including an axial flow conduit and a vent conduit. The upper closure portion is axially movable relative to lower closure portion between shipping and dispensing positions. A seal is disposed on the lower closure portion over the flow and vent conduits. A peripheral spacing strip is removably secured to the upper closure portion and engages with either the lower closure or the outside of the container to prevent movement. A piercing probe includes piercing elements in alignment with the flow and vent conduits for piercing the seal. In the shipping position, the piercing elements are spaced from the seal. However, when the spacing strip is removed and the upper closure portion is axially moved to the dispensing position, the piercing elements pierce the seal to open the flow conduit and the vent conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: Silgan Dispensing Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Thanhhung Le, Brandon Ramsuer, John Scott, Frederick Thompson