Patents Examined by Fenn Mathew
  • Patent number: 9878822
    Abstract: A replaceable fluid container for a vehicle, the container comprising: a housing comprising a fluid reservoir; an outlet port arranged on the housing to couple the reservoir in fluidic communication with a fluid system of the vehicle for supplying fluid from the reservoir to the vehicle; an inlet port arranged on the housing to couple the reservoir for receiving fluid from the engine to the reservoir; and a vent port arranged on the housing to couple the reservoir for allowing gas to be passed into and out from the reservoir, wherein the inlet, outlet and vent ports are arranged on a common end of the housing and are arranged such that the distance between the vent port and the nearest of the inlet port and outlet port is greater than the distance between the inlet port and the outlet port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Castrol Limited
    Inventors: Andrew Philip Barnes, Peter Stuart Brett, Steven Paul Goodier, Piers Sebastian Harding, Gary Keith Jepps, Mark O'Malley, Thomas James McPherson
  • Patent number: 9751666
    Abstract: A lid for a container is described. The lid has a basin that is designed to enhance the user's olfactory experience when drinking a beverage from the container and lid. As the user tilts the container and lid to take a drink, the beverage pours through an opening on the basin valley and flows across a sipping surface area to the user's mouth, thus allowing the beverage to aerate, evaporate, and cool. The basin is sized and dimensioned to channel and concentrate the vapor rising from the beverage towards the user's nose as the user sips the beverage. The basin and the opening are sized and dimensioned to provide a comfortable and secure feeling when drinking hot beverages. In this manner, the lid enhances the drinker's olfactory experience and provides better controllability of the flow of a hot beverage to prevent burn injuries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Inventor: Samuel Lincoln Brannock
  • Patent number: 9737169
    Abstract: A universal cooking/container lid for providing ventilation includes a semi-spherical base member having a circular outer-rim and an apex. The semi-spherical base member has a stand on an exterior surface and a handle on an interior surface thereof surrounding the apex. The semi-spherical base member has one or more venting perforations. A portion of the exterior surface between the stand and the outer rim may be tapered thereby providing a ventilation channel. A top portion of the handle is configured to fit snugly into a bottom portion of the stand, thereby allowing multiple cooking/container lids to be easily stacked. A method of providing ventilation while cooking is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Inventor: Wayne Howard Denny
  • Patent number: 9731891
    Abstract: A packaged garment includes a garment and a sealed bag. The garment has a torso portion, a sleeve portion connected to the torso portion, and a leg portion connected to the torso portion. The garment has an outer surface and an inner surface opposite the outer surface. The sealed bag contains the garment with the sleeve portion folded onto the torso portion, a portion of the sleeve portion folded at least once underneath the sleeve portion between the sleeve portion and the torso portion, and the leg portion folded onto the torso portion. The garment is manipulated so that the inner surface of the torso portion faces outward and the torso portion forms an inner space containing the sleeve portion and the leg portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Veltek Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Arthur L. Vellutato, Jr., Steven S. Trombetta
  • Patent number: 9725216
    Abstract: A beverage container cover is disclosed herein and includes: a solid strip stabilizing component, a cover component, wherein the solid strip stabilizing component is hingeably coupled to the cover component, and a handle component that is operatively coupled to the stabilizing component and the cover component. A beverage container cover is disclosed herein and includes: a solid strip stabilizing component, a cover component, wherein the solid strip stabilizing component is hingeably coupled to the handle component, and a handle component that is operatively coupled to the stabilizing component and the cover component. In addition, a beverage container cover system is disclosed that includes: a beverage container cover, a beverage container, and an insulating cover, wherein the beverage container is surrounded in part by the insulating cover and wherein the solid strip stabilizing component of the beverage container cover is located in the space between the beverage container and the insulating cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Inventor: Manuel H. Alvarez
  • Patent number: 9718584
    Abstract: A multi-purpose container system includes a first container that has attached to it opposed pairs of legs. Each pair of legs may pivot from a first position to a second position rotated about 180 degrees. In the second position of the legs, the first container may be supported inverted with its opening facing downward. In that orientation, a recessed area is facing upward and has a periphery sized to receive a second container. The second container may be placed with its bottom edges received within the recessed area to support the second container. In that orientation, the second container is significantly elevated from a floor surface. Thus, tools and supplies may be stored within the second container elevated off the floor allowing a workman easy access to the interior of the second container to retrieve tools and supplies while performing work.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Inventor: Daniel J. Bohager
  • Patent number: 9718604
    Abstract: A packing box is disclosed. The packing box includes a box body having an inward concave forming four blocking portions at four sides, and a plurality of supporting members. The supporting member includes a big head end and a small head end fixedly connecting to the blocking portions. The small head end is arranged above an up surface of the blocking portion. A bottom surface of the big head end comprises an inward concave, the small head end of the supporting member of the packing box located at a lower altitude engages with the big head end of the supporting member of the packing box located at a higher altitude when the packing boxes are stacked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Shenzhen China Star Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Liang Yue, Shihhsiang Chen, Yuchun Hsiao
  • Patent number: 9717356
    Abstract: The present invention provides a cup sleeve formed with a reverse damping structure having one or more rings inwardly bent and annularly arranged on one or both of the edge and the inner periphery of the cup sleeve, so when the mentioned cup sleeve is sleeved with a cup-shaped or bottle-shaped or can-shaped container, the anti-slip damping for enhancing the anti-loose function is provided by the reverse damping structure, thus the cup sleeve is less likely to be released from the cup-shaped or bottle-shaped or can-shaped container, and with the reverse damping structure, the interval formed between the cup sleeve and the cup-shaped or bottle-shaped or can-shaped container is enlarged thereby increasing the thermal insulation effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Inventors: Tai-Her Yang, Chun Rong Yang
  • Patent number: 9718614
    Abstract: A sealing mechanism for a waste storage container includes a waste storage container that has a body, a lid and a cartridge adapted to be positioned in the body. The cartridge has a continuous length of storage film therein. The storage film emanates through a gap between a rim and a core tube of the cartridge and is folded down through a core opening in the core tube into an interior space of the body of the waste storage container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Edgewell Personal Care Brands, LLC.
    Inventors: Richard S Chomik, Mark Yoho, Stuart Leslie, Taek Kim, Aidan Petrie, Joe Sejnowski
  • Patent number: 9713402
    Abstract: Disclosed is a container lid for vacuum sealing which generates negative pressure in the internal space of a container, which is provided by covering the open upper part of a container main body, and seals same. An annular packing is mounted so as to go around the inner surface of a lid main body, and a check valve is mounted in the inner part of the outer surface of the lid main body. The check valve generates negative pressure in the internal space of the container by allowing air inside the container to flow to the outside but preventing outside air from flowing into the container when a pressure difference occurs between the inside and outside of the container. A plurality of self catching protrusions are provided respectively at a plurality of points on the edges of the lid main body, and a plurality of locking members are mounted respectively and pivotably in sections adjacent to the plurality of self catching protrusions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Inventor: Sou Kyu Park
  • Patent number: 9714109
    Abstract: In a container formed of resin in which a concave portion is provided adjacent a vertical center portion of a body portion, the concave portion includes a bottom face, an upper inclined face continuous from an upper side of the bottom face and a lower inclined face continuous from a lower side of the bottom face, and the upper inclined face and the lower inclined face are inclined such that these upper and lower inclined faces are located closer to each other toward the bottom face side, inclination of the lower inclined face is set smaller than inclination of the upper inclined face, and there is provided a vertical groove extending from the bottom face to the lower inclined face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Inventors: Go Kira, Daisuke Kikuchi
  • Patent number: 9708110
    Abstract: A venting liner is connectable in fluid communication between a closure and an interior of a device for venting gas from the interior into the ambient atmosphere. The venting liner has a first fluid impervious and gas permeable outer layer, a second relatively rigid and substantially incompressible outer layer defining an open cell structure, and an inner foam layer defining an inner surface and an outer surface, a plurality of fluid-flow apertures spaced relative to each other, extending between the inner and outer surfaces, and forming substantially vertical fluid-flow paths through the inner layer. The first outer layer is in fluid communication with the interior of the device for venting gas through the interior of the first outer layer, substantially vertically through the apertures and, in turn, through the interior open cell structure of the second outer layer and into the ambient atmosphere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Inventor: Edward D. Walsh
  • Patent number: 9700892
    Abstract: A kit for performing long term storage of biological matter is provided. The kit includes an elongate rod, extending between opposed first and second ends, and at least one holding point disposed upon the rod between the first and second ends, the holding point comprising a recess defined within a wall. A cryovial with an internal volume is configured to receive a biological sample therein, the cryovial comprising at least one finger that extends radially outward from an outer circumference thereof, wherein the finger is configured to releaseably mate with the at least one holding point upon the rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Cook Medical Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Jorge L. Jimenez-Rios, Bryan Woodward
  • Patent number: 9702563
    Abstract: Collapsible combustion containers are disclosed and described. Such combustion containers generally include a first pair of vertically oriented panels joined by a hinge and a second pair of vertically oriented panels joined by a hinge. The pairs of panels are hinged to one another to form a closed perimeter with a box like shape. One panel of the first pair may further include a relief space feature that creates a relief space so that the second pair of panels may be folded flat between the panels of the first pair when the container is collapsed for storage. Such combustion containers may burn a variety of fuels, including wood and other combustible matter, and be used as a portable stove or heating device and are especially useful during activities such as camping or backpacking, and for emergency preparedness reasons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Firebox Outdoors LLP
    Inventors: Benjamin W. Probst, Steven S. Despain
  • Patent number: 9688470
    Abstract: A garbage bin cover is disclosed. The cover includes a flexible fabric tube having opposite open top and bottom ends and a middle portion which are dimensioned to fit snuggly over a garbage bin. A pair of elongated zippers is provided on opposite sides of the cover, the zippers extend parallel to each other upwardly from the bottom end such that the zippers open from the bottom end. An elongated pouch containing a drawstring is formed at the upper end of the tube. A separate lid cover is provided with consists of a pouch dimensioned to fit snugly over a garbage bin lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Inventor: Kerry J Kirby
  • Patent number: 9687074
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a method of forming a container comprising forming a basket portion of metal mesh material and a rail connected to the basket portion. The rail extends substantially outwardly from the outer surface of the basket portion and the rail extends continuously around the outer surface of the basket portion. In one example, the method includes forming the rail so that it does not contain or surround a free edge of the basket portion. In another example, the method includes forming the rail so that it includes an opening for containing or surrounding a free edge of the basket portion. The method may also include forming a lower rail. The present invention is also directed to a container formed by such method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Design Ideas, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hsi-Ming Cheng, R. Neal Post, Christopher Hardy
  • Patent number: 9688456
    Abstract: A container is formed to include an interior region and a brim defining a mouth opening into the interior region. The container includes a floor and a side wall coupled to the floor and to the brim.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Berry Plastics Corporation
    Inventors: John B Euler, David Dezhou Sun, Chris K Leser, Roy E Ackerman
  • Patent number: 9687850
    Abstract: A cap is provided for a laboratory vessel. The cap includes a lid that can be rotated relative to the laboratory vessel from a closed position to an open position. The lid includes at least one tab dimensioned and disposed for receiving manual digital pressure for opening and/or closing the lid. The tab is in an offset position to prevent a thumb or forefinger from passing over and in contact with the opening to the vessel. Additionally, the lid includes a shield inwardly from the tab for further preventing contact between a finger and the open top of the vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Corning Incorporated
    Inventor: David C. Giusti
  • Patent number: 9687054
    Abstract: Handbags, including soft handbags, are easily customizable by attaching or changing handbag covers of virtually any design. The handbag covers can include, at least in part, an essentially collapsible material, and are relatively small and easily stored. Accordingly, the aesthetic and design of handbags can be easily altered without requiring the purchase of different handbags of different styles. In at least one implementation of the present invention, the handbag covers essentially envelope the base handbag. Additionally, one or more implementations of the present invention include handbag covers that attach to a base handbag via a plurality of attachment forces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Inventors: Jennie Platt, Christian J. Seegmiller, Corbin B. Church
  • Patent number: 9682810
    Abstract: This application describes a footwear storage bag having a fabric bag body and an attached fabric mitten for cleaning, shining, or polishing footwear. The mitten may be attached to the bag body or to a means for closing the bag. The bag body and mitten may have a variety of shapes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Inventor: LyLy Le Fisher