Patents Examined by Donnell Long
  • Patent number: 11565930
    Abstract: A beverage system including a beverage appliance and beverage containers where the functions required for creating beverages may be activated and controlled through a pre-programmed specific App (an application, especially as downloaded by a user to a mobile device), residing external to and wirelessly communicating with the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Inventors: Dov Z. Glucksman, Andrew Joseph Rojee, Michael David Miller, Joseph Grossi
  • Patent number: 11559822
    Abstract: Provided is a cosmetic container having a retractable button including: a container body filled with contents; a pump part arranged on the upper portion of the container body in order to discharge the contents externally through a pumping action; and a button part arranged on the upper portion of the pump part to make the pumping action carried out by the user's pressing and releasing action, the button part having a discharge part to discharge the contents externally, wherein the button part has an inhalation space formed inside the button part, and the inhalation space is communicated with the discharge part, is increased or decreased in volume according to pressurization and release of the button part in order to inhale the contents remaining in the discharge part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: YONWOO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Seo Hui Jung
  • Patent number: 11555725
    Abstract: A microstructured fluid flow control device includes a substrate with a piezo-actuated first membrane arranged on a first substrate side, and a fluid channel that extends through the substrate between the first substrate side and an opposite second substrate side. In addition, the microstructured fluid flow control device includes a microvalve that extends through the fluid channel and is configured to close the fluid channel in an unactuated state, and a second membrane arranged on the first substrate side and spaced apart from the membrane and arranged between the fluid channel and the first piezo-actuated membrane. The second membrane is joined to the microvalve and is mechanically biased towards the first membrane so that a biasing force is applied to the microvalve, wherein the biasing force is part of a restoring force that causes the microvalve to close the fluid channel in an unactuated state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
    Inventors: Christian Wald, Sebastian Kibler, Martin Wackerle, Yuecel Congar
  • Patent number: 11548020
    Abstract: Retaining bracket for a fluid spray delivery apparatus to ensure that an applicator rod remains properly attached to the apparatus and in fluid communication with the fluid even when subjected to a driving force. Also disclosed is a fluid application system or assembly, and a method of applying fluid using the same, the system or assembly including a source of fluid to be applied to a target object, a siphon gun assembly, an applicator rod, tubing for placing the applicator rod in fluid communication with the siphon gun assembly, and a retaining bracket that secures the tubing to the siphon gun assembly such that the tubing remains in place and does not disconnect from the siphon gun assembly when subjected to a driving force such as water under pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: Uniweld Products, Inc.
    Inventors: David S. Pearl, II, Dragan Bukur, Robert Lee Latham
  • Patent number: 11547250
    Abstract: Exemplary dispensers that receive power from a wireless focused power signal and methods of charging such dispensers are disclosed herein. An exemplary dispenser for dispensing soap or sanitizer includes a housing, a receptacle for retaining a supply of soap or sanitizer, a processor, and a focused energy signal receiver. The focused energy signal receiver includes a reflector for reflecting at least a portion of the focused energy signal back to a transmission source and a converter for converting at least a portion of the focused energy signal into an output voltage. The dispenser further includes charge control circuitry and one or more capacitors. The charge control circuitry monitors the output voltage of the converter. If the output voltage of the converter is above a threshold, the one or more capacitors receive a charging current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: GOJO Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Jackson W. Wegelin, Chip W. Curtis, Mark T. Smith, Alexander Slepoy
  • Patent number: 11548686
    Abstract: The fuel can with water-separating member comprises a fuel can and a water-separating member. The fuel can may be a container for a liquid fuel. The water-separating member may be a non-planar, internal divider that creates a fuel chamber above the water-separating member and a water chamber below the water-separating member. Water may separate from the liquid fuel because the liquid fuel and the water are immiscible. The liquid fuel and the water may separate into a fuel layer on top and a water layer under the fuel layer. The water layer may lie entirely within the water chamber beneath the water-separating member such that the water is trapped behind the water-separating member when the fuel can is tilted to pour the liquid fuel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Inventor: Patrick Kier
  • Patent number: 11542142
    Abstract: A dispenser head for in-line mixing and dispensing of beverages, which may be carbonated or nitrogenated. The dispenser head comprising a pump, a dilution mechanism, an additive mechanism, and outlet nozzle and optionally a regulation system. In use, the pump can pump concentrate liquid for the liquid product from a concentrate source to the dilution mechanism; the dilution mechanism can receive diluent liquid suitable for the liquid product from a diluent source, operable to mix the diluent liquid and the concentrate liquid and provide diluted concentrate liquid; and the additive mechanism can receive additive fluid for the liquid product from an additive source, to combine the diluted concentrate liquid and the additive fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Inventors: Richard Paul Hayes-Pankhurst, Jonathan Edward Ford
  • Patent number: 11542143
    Abstract: A beverage dispensing system includes a nozzle assembly and a valve system, the nozzle assembly including a nozzle body having a diffuser chamber, a mixing chamber, and one or more cooling channels formed therein, a diffuser disposed within the diffuser chamber, and a manifold having one or more cooling channels formed therein and being configured to receive a flow of a base fluid and a flow of a concentrate for mixing of the base fluid and the concentrate in the mixing chamber to provide a beverage, and the valve system including one or more valves for regulating respective flow rates of each of the base fluid and the concentrate to substantially achieve a target mix ratio of the base fluid to concentrate within the mixing chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: Accenture Global Solutions Limited
    Inventors: Julia Rue, Lee Foster Powers, Michael Christopher Fox
  • Patent number: 11542149
    Abstract: An example system includes an incompressible, airtight pressurized container operable to maintain a pressure level in an internal pressurized environment, a transport system including at least two liquid transport conduits, and a mixing component, the two liquid conduits each being releasably coupled to a pressurized container interface coupled to the pressurized container and a dispensing interface, each liquid transport conduit including a controllable valve to enable or disable a flow of the liquid volume, the pressurized container interface capable of maintaining the pressure level, the mixing component being coupled to the at least two liquid transport conduits and the dispensing interface, a pressure regulation system connected to the pressurized container, the pressure regulation system operable to exert and maintain the pressure level within the pressurized container to enable compression of the first compressible liquid volume, and a control system operable to control the controllable valves and the
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: Versabev, Inc.
    Inventor: Sal Comunale
  • Patent number: 11529640
    Abstract: A dispenser for discharging flowable compounds has a reservoir for holding the compound and a dispensing pump. The dispenser has a longitudinal axis. The dispensing pump has an inflow and an outflow channel, a pumping chamber which is delimited on the inflow and outflow sides by valves, and a head piece. The head piece has a dispensing opening. A pumping part can be moved relative to a cup part against an elastic force of a restoring device in order to achieve a pumping stroke, and the head piece is coupled to the pumping part with respect to motion such that a motion of the head piece from a completely depressed position to a reachable extension height corresponds to the pumping stroke. A variable limiting device is provided for variably limiting the pumping stroke and a change in the pumping stroke corresponds to a change in the extension height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2022
    Assignee: RPC Bramlage GmbH
    Inventor: Martin Presche
  • Patent number: 11524821
    Abstract: A dispensing closure (40) includes a body (54) for being located at the opening of a container (44) defining a central axis (30) and having a pour spout (72). The body (54) including a crushable seal (200) surrounding the pour spout (72), and the body (54) including a lateral projection (210) extending therefrom. The closure (40) includes a closing element (56) for being removably attached to the body (54) and having a lateral projection (220) extending therefrom. The closing element (56) and the body (54) have a closed condition in which the crushable seal (200) seals between the closing element (56) and the body (54) and the lateral projections (210, 220) are confronting to inhibit separation of the closing element (56) away from the body (54) along the central axis (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Assignee: AptarGroup, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas J. Jelich, Curt Prusko
  • Patent number: 11524886
    Abstract: A cartridge and an associated beverage mixture dispensing system are disclosed. The cartridge is detachable from the associated beverage mixture dispensing system. The cartridge includes a casing and at least twenty ingredient reservoirs located within the casing and storing at least twenty respective ingredients. The cartridge also includes a dispensing interface for dispensing the at least twenty ingredients into the beverage mixture dispensing system. The at least twenty ingredient reservoirs include a first reservoir of a concentrated salt and a second reservoir of a concentrated food grade acid. The remaining ingredient reservoirs include additional concentrated ingredients. The beverage mixture dispensing system includes a solvent reservoir and a receiving interface for receiving the at least twenty ingredients from the cartridge. The beverage mixture dispensing system also includes a mixing area fluidly connected to the solvent reservoir and the at least twenty ingredient reservoirs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Assignee: Cana Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffery Lance Kizer, Gregory Allen Springer, Matthew Ambauen, Stephan Weidi Tai, Erik James Shahoian, David Friedberg, Andrés Ornelas Vargas, Simon Spence, Peter Delmenico, Andrew Christopher Jenkins, Nathan Andrew Ray
  • 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
    Inventors: Masahiro Tasaka, Kunimi Abiru, Shoji Suzuki, Takatoshi Urashi, Katsura Hara, Tomohiro Tokunaga, Naoki Yamaguchi
  • 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
    Inventors: Jie Li, Shengjiang Wang, Fengming Li
  • 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: 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: 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: 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