Patents Examined by Ernesto A Grano
  • Patent number: 10703559
    Abstract: A punnet for strawberries, configured by a sheet with a flat surface, from which a number of cavities extend inferiorly, to accommodate strawberries in a horizontal position, and superiorly a number of protuberances, located in correspondence with the cavities. The protuberances feature a hollow interior which defines a niche to accommodate strawberries in a vertical position. The geometry and dimensions of each of the cavities and the niches are determined by those of the strawberries to be accommodated therein. The sheet of the punnet further comprises a plurality of tear lines to enable its division into a plurality of punnets. The punnet thus defined therefore enables the accommodation of strawberries in a horizontal position in a first orientation and in a vertical position in a second orientation, opposite and alternative to the first.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: SONANA 1998, S.L.
    Inventor: Manuel Matos Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 10703194
    Abstract: A tank assembly and a stiffening assembly include first and second inserts and an elongate coupler. The inserts comprise a base having flange, a head, and a neck. The elongate body has first and second couplers at respective first and second ends of the body, each coupler including a pocket sized to receive the head of a respective one of the inserts. The related method include forming a fuel tank such that the tank wall carries at least a first and second insert, locating a rigid connector within the tank interior aligned with the first and second inserts, the connector including a first coupler and a second coupler, and coupling at least a portion of the first insert with the first coupler and at least a portion of the second insert with the second coupler to limit movement of the two wall portions relative to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Inventors: Albert J. Boecker, Ahmad Chehade, Alex Ehler, Patrick Gmuend, Peter Grauer, Moez Haouala, Gerrit A. Michaelis, Matthias B. Olbrich
  • Patent number: 10702071
    Abstract: The invention discloses a packaging structure of a folding bed and a packaging method thereof. The packaging structure includes a folding bedstead including at least three unit frames, the adjacent unit frames are mutually hinged, and a mattress capable of being rolled up. When the folding bedstead is packaged, a space for receiving the rolled mattress is formed by the unit frames. The packaging method includes the following steps: S1, folding the unit frames of the folding bedstead to form a space; S2, rolling up the mattress and putting the rolled mattress into a space formed by the unit frame; S3, putting the folded folding bedstead into the box. The invention method allows for the most space efficient packing possible thereby reducing the amount of space occupied by the bed and reducing transportation costs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Inno-Sports Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Kwan Jun Choi
  • Patent number: 10696455
    Abstract: By securely affixing or bonding a multi-layer film to the terminating end of a closure/stopper, with the multi-layer film being constructed for promoting the transfer of all of the desirable gases, chemicals, and/or compounds while preventing the transfer of undesirable gases, chemicals, and/or compounds, a unique, closure or stopper having a sealed and/or barrier bearing terminating end is achieved. In this way, wine sealed in the wine bottle by the closure/stopper of the present invention is assured of possessing a long storage life, while also having the flavor, bouquet, taste, and quality desired for the wine fully maintained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Inventors: Darrell James Miller, Lindsay Herman Davis, Marco Josef Otto Kirch, Daniel Robert Bartholomew, Olav Marcus Aagaard, Malcolm Joseph Thompson
  • Patent number: 10689169
    Abstract: A child resistant flip top closure system is provided that combines a flip top closure for a container with a child resistant locking mechanism system, which uses an automatic locking element that is depressed to enable a simultaneous rotation of a locking member to transition the flip top from a locked position preventing opening the flip top to dispense any substance in the container to an unlocked position, in which the flip top can be opened to enable dispensing of a substance in the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Inventors: Emil Meshberg, Ralph J. DeVito
  • Patent number: 10674867
    Abstract: A foldable container for use in microwave ovens that comprises a first section that defines a hollow volume; with the first section closed by a second folded section that is adapted to unfold automatically between a folded configuration in a flower pattern and an expanded configuration, providing an open upper base to the unfolded container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Dode S.A
    Inventors: Salvador Montagut Sala, Jordi Campa Anfruns
  • Patent number: 10668492
    Abstract: A closure assembly includes a vented closure and a dispensing fitment. The closure includes an upper deck, a tubular hub extending downwardly from the upper deck, an annular outwardly threaded fitment neck extending upwardly from the upper deck, and a fitment seat surrounding the fitment neck. The fitment seat has a vent hole radially spaced from the hub. The dispensing fitment includes a fitment body, an arbor extending downwardly from the fitment body, an annular inwardly threaded sealing wall extending downwardly from the fitment body, and a dispensing neck extending upwardly from the fitment body. The arbor is movable between an open venting position and a closed position which blocks the vent hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Silgan Dispensing Systems Slatersville LLC
    Inventors: Patrick J. Brannon, Clifford Skillin
  • Patent number: 10660734
    Abstract: Described herein are systems and methods for packaging dental aligners. A container for dental aligners includes a top compartment, a bottom compartment, and a plurality of individually packaged dental aligners separably connected in a strip. The bottom compartment is configured to receive the plurality of individually packaged dental aligners. The bottom compartment further includes a slot through which an individually packaged dental aligner can be pulled and separated from the strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: SmileDirectClub LLC
    Inventors: Josh Chapman, Brittany Lacey
  • Patent number: 10653221
    Abstract: Described are unique jewelry storage and display apparatuses that can be modular and than can include modules adapted beneficially to store and display differing types of jewelry. Also described are individual modules that can be used separately or combined to form an overall combined jewelry storage and display apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Inventor: Nancy Larsh
  • Patent number: 10654623
    Abstract: A beverage bottle may include a vessel portion configured to contain fluid. The vessel portion may include an open end and a closed end. A cap may be configured to mate to the open portion of the vessel portion. The cap may include a butterfly valve configured to prevent the fluid from exiting the bottle when in a closed position and to enable the fluid to exit the beverage bottle when in an open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Inventors: Michael Circosta, Clay Burns, Adriana Kliegman, James Best
  • Patent number: 10640274
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a shock-absorbing packaging material having multi-layered air cells. Between outer covers forming air cells, an auxiliary inner cover is provided to be fused alternately and partially with the outer covers and thus form air cells of a multi-layered structure, which are alternately stacked between the outer covers. When packaging an article using the shock-absorbing packaging material, it is possible to more safely protect the article due to an enhancement in shock-absorbency through the air cells of a multi-layered structure. Moreover, the structure of the air cells of a multi-layered structure, which are alternately stacked, may effectively block heat transfer between the inside and the outside of the packaging material through portions where the air cells are connected with each other, whereby the shock-absorbing packaging material having multi-layered air cells may be useful for packaging an article which needs to be kept warm or cold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Reco Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Young Soo Kim
  • Patent number: 10639124
    Abstract: A container for carrying a medical instrument such as an endoscope after use and before cleaning, comprises a perimeter wall having a height h and defining an enclosure with a diameter d. The perimeter wall is substantially rigid in the height dimension. A flexible base and a flexible cover are attached to the wall. The wall is compressible to a reduced diameter configuration for storage and expandable to an increased diameter configuration for use. The wall may comprise a series of adjacent panels foldable concertina-style to reduce the diameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Inventor: John Hynes
  • Patent number: 10632246
    Abstract: A container for closing caps for syringes has a plurality of seats, each of which is suited to be engaged, in a sliding manner, by a respective closing cap, and has a movable portion configured to move between a locking position of the relevant closing cap in the seat and a release position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Health Robotics S.r.l.
    Inventors: Walter Bianco, Gabriele Kucich, Fabio Fioravanti
  • Patent number: 10633149
    Abstract: The invention relates to a container made of glass or hard plastic having a container neck (52) with a plurality of external thread elements (53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58), which are offset circumferentially relative to one another, as thread segments. The container can be closed by means of the thread segments by a closure cap made of metal sheet, wherein the closure cap (1, 2) has a circumferential plastic layer (30;30h,30v) on the inside of the cap and on the rim of the cap which has a sealing and retaining action. The closure cap can be pressed onto the container neck (52) and over the thread elements (53, 54, 55, . . . ) during closure and a vertical portion (30v) of the plastic layer can be opened with a rotary movement relative to the thread segments (53, 54, 55, . . . ). The container neck (52) has an upper horizontal end face (52a) as an annular surface which is adapted and suitable to be pressed into a horizontal portion (30 h) of the plastic layer (30;30h,30v) of the closure cap (1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Silgan Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Fink, Hans-Peter Hein, Helmut Klemm, Andreas Maniera, Ludwig Kramer
  • Patent number: 10625913
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a tampering/opening evidence mechanism to avoid the adulteration and reuse of packages, which corresponds to a device having a dual lid with a series of mechanisms that, when the user turns the lid to open the product, make the side surface thereof to be stained by an ink located therein. Thus, the mechanism of the invention stains with a permanent/indelible ink the inside of the dual lid, when it is rotated by the user for the first opening of the container, and wherein said movement allows both surface to be stained due to an element, such as a foam, being charged with ink which stains both surfaces with the rotation of the lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignees: Labinst S.A.S.
    Inventor: Daniel Acevedo
  • Patent number: 10625899
    Abstract: In some embodiments, systems, apparatuses and methods are provided herein that enable delivery of retail products. Some embodiments provide retail product delivery transport packages, comprising: a base; a first set of tapered walls comprising at least two side walls that are separated by a length of the base and extend from the base at an angle such that a distance between the first tapered wall and the second tapered wall at the opening is greater than a distance between the first tapered wall and the second tapered wall at the base, and wherein the first and second tapered walls are configured to frictionally engage first and second tapered package support walls, respectively, of a delivery package carrier system; and a second set of at least one wall comprising at least a first vertical wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Michael D. Atchley, Robert C. Taylor, John P. Thompson, Eric A. Letson
  • Patent number: 10618699
    Abstract: A blending system is shown and described herein. A blending system may include a base An injection molded plastic closure, stackable with similar closures in a known manner to prevent warping during cooling and to increase box storage capacity, is formed with a lead-in taper at the bottom of the closure skirt, maintaining and enhancing the stacking function while greatly reducing and nearly eliminating problems of cross-threading when the closure is screwed onto a container by machinery during a capping operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: RIEKE LLC
    Inventor: Grahame M. Reid
  • Patent number: 10611075
    Abstract: Container having a body and a bottom that together delimit an internal primary volume of the container, this container also comprising a protruding base comprising an outer wall and an inner wall, the base comprising a skirt which protrudes from the region of the join between the body and the bottom, and a foot which lies at a lower end of the skirt and defines a setting-down plane for the container, in which container: —the walls are locally welded together in the region of the skirt; —the foot forms a hollow bulge, and the outer wall, the inner wall and the setting-down plane together define a secondary volume isolated from the primary volume by the weld.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Inventor: Mikael Derrien
  • Patent number: 10611503
    Abstract: A rigid structure propellant management device (PMD) liquid storage tank includes an outer shell and internal structures inside the outer shell that include a plurality of vertical columns each made up of a stack of individual storage cells. Each of the storage cells has solid vertical sidewalls and top and bottom capillary windows that allow vertical liquid transfer between adjacent cells in a vertical column. The top and bottom capillary windows in each of the storage cells have permeabilities that result in a selected direction of liquid flow in each column. A piping and valve system may be connected to the top capillary window of a top storage cell and to the bottom capillary window of a bottom storage cell of each vertical column, configured to allow controlled liquid transfer between adjacent vertical columns so that locations of empty cells in the tank as liquid is drawn from the tank achieves a selected column by column drainage sequence and controls a center of mass of the tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Keystone Engineering Company
    Inventors: Robert Manning, Ian Ballinger, Wayne H. Tuttle
  • Patent number: 10611564
    Abstract: Waste container including a telescoping wall construction defining an interior space receivable of a bag and which has wall sections positionable in a plurality of different positions to provide the wall construction with different operational heights, and a bag handling assembly coupled to the wall construction. The wall sections can be locked into engagement with one another and released when desired. The bag handling assembly includes a bag support defining an opening and including a membrane having at least one slot. Each slot is defined by a pair of opposed walls, possibly parallel to one another. The opposed walls of each slot are spaced apart a distance to enable a bag, when inserted through the slot(s), to be pinched by the opposed walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Dooli Products, LLC
    Inventor: David M Stravitz