Patents Examined by Frederick C. Nicolas
  • Patent number: 11661250
    Abstract: A flip-top dispensing closure is provided. The closure includes a base and a lid. The base is attachable to a container neck and includes an integral spout. The lid includes a fixing ring and a cap. The fixing ring is attachable to the base and the cap is hingedly attached to the ring. The closure is provided with tamper-evident parts including first and second parts which are initially frangibly connected to each other within the lid, and upon first opening of the cap the first and second parts are separated, one of the parts being retained by the cap and the other of the parts dropping onto the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2023
    Inventors: Jean-Yves Rognard, Daniel Holmes
  • Patent number: 11661329
    Abstract: A method and computer program product for defining a PWM drive signal having a defined voltage potential. The PWM drive signal has a plurality of “on” portions and a plurality of “off” portions that define a first duty cycle for regulating, at least in part, a flow rate of a pump assembly. At least a portion of the “on” portions of the PWM drive signal are pulse width modulated to define a second duty cycle for the at least a portion of the “on” portions of the PWM drive signal. The second duty cycle regulates, at least in part, the percentage of the defined voltage potential applied to the pump assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2023
    Assignee: DEKA Products Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Russell H. Beavis, James J. Dattolo
  • Patent number: 11661331
    Abstract: Methods and systems for providing a resource dispenser status for a resource dispenser associated with a facility. One system includes an electronic processor. The electronic processor is configured to receive a set of signals. The electronic processor is also configured to compare a first signal included in the set of signals to a set of thresholds. The electronic processor is also configured to determine a resource dispenser status based on the comparison of the first signal to the set of thresholds. The electronic processor is also configured to generate and transmit the resource dispenser status to a remote device, wherein the remote device provides the resource dispenser status to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2023
    Inventors: Brian Olmstead, Brandon Feil, Kevin Brockman, Kevin Ferenc, Arindam Chakraborty
  • Patent number: 11648577
    Abstract: The cosmetic container includes: a housing provided to be brought into close contact with an opened upper end of a container body and having a hole formed in a central portion thereof to communicate with an interior of the container body; a pumping member provided inside the housing to be connected to the hole, having a content accommodation space defined therein, and configured to be elastically compressed or expanded along an axial direction to transfer the contents in one direction along an axial direction; and a nozzle member coupled to the pumping member and having an internal conduit to allow the contents to move, and configured to connect the pumping member and the outlet, compress the pumping member with an operation of the discharge head, and selectively open or close between the inner conduit and an internal space of the pumping member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2023
    Inventor: Young-Kwang Byeon
  • Patent number: 11649156
    Abstract: A system for dispensing a gaseous fuel from a liquefied fuel and a method for operating such a system are provided. The system includes a storage tank, a pressure sensor, a dispenser, a temperature sensor, and a vapor supply unit. The storage tank stores a liquefied fuel including phases of liquid and vapor. The pressure sensor is configured to measure a vapor pressure inside the storage tank. The dispenser is configured to receive the liquefied fuel and dispense the gaseous fuel to a receiving tank. The temperature sensor is configured to measure temperature of the dispenser. The system further includes a vapor supply unit fluidly coupled with the storage tank and configured to provide the vapor of the liquefied fuel from the storage tank into the dispenser or in thermally contact with at least one portion of the dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2023
    Assignees: China Energy Investment Corporation Limited, National Institute of Clean-and-Low-Carbon Energy
    Inventors: Jerad Allen Stager, Xianming Li, Anthony Ku
  • Patent number: 11634274
    Abstract: A bulk fluid storage container has a top wall structure and a bottom wall structure held in spaced relation by a side wall structure. An internal baffle assembly is disposed in the fluid storage volume between the side wall structure for reducing fluid sloshing. A fill port formed in the top wall structure has a fill flange for coupling with a source of the fluid. A vent port formed in the top wall structure has a pressure vacuum value. A drain port formed in the side wall structure in a lower region adjacent the gutter region has a drain valve assembly is coupled to the drain port. A frame assembly includes an upper rectangular frame member and a lower rectangular frame member arranged in spaced relation by a plurality of post; wherein the frame assembly surrounds and supports the fluid storage vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2023
    Inventors: Justin M. Shepherd, Daniel Miers
  • Patent number: 11633706
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a dispenser for viscous materials that includes a static mixer, a first and second receptacle R1 and R2 for a first and second viscous material, connected in fluid communication with the static mixer, a first and second actuator configured for discharge of receptacle R1 and R2, an electrically or manually operable drive and a mechanical or hydraulic power transmission configured to translate drive motion into first and second actuator motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2023
    Inventors: Gerhard Müller, Kin Saito, Makoto Ohara, Dennis Tenhünfeld
  • Patent number: 11634311
    Abstract: A flow sensor includes a fluid chamber configured to receive a fluid. A diaphragm assembly is configured to be displaced whenever the fluid within the fluid chamber is displaced. A transducer assembly is configured to monitor the displacement of the diaphragm assembly and generate a signal based, at least in part, upon the quantity of fluid displaced within the fluid chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2023
    Assignee: DEKA Products Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Russell H. Beavis, Benjamin W. Jones, Jr., John M. Kerwin, Larry B. Gray, Casey P. Manning, Felix Winkler, Robert A. Charles
  • Lid
    Patent number: 11628985
    Abstract: A lid is disclosed having a spring mechanism that pushes up an activator lever while also lifting up a flow stopper that keeps fluid from the mug and out through the lid. A button in the side of the lid activates the lever. This button can be locked in either the open or closed position. The open architecture allows for easy disassembly and deep cleaning of all of the parts of the lid. Due to the design of the lid, a mug can be filled without having to remove the lid. Similarly, the user does not have to touch any part of the lid from which water flows. This makes the use of this lid more sanitary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2023
    Inventors: Gary Ross, Griffin Ross
  • Patent number: 11628986
    Abstract: A device for discharging a flowable substance, in particular for applying a medical substance, a pharmaceutical substance, a food supplement or a cosmetics, includes_an activation mechanism and a body which has a discharge opening at a first end and forms a containing space in which a frangible capsule is disposed. The capsule has two ends each having a first and a second tip and at least one of the two tips can be snapped off by actuating the activation mechanism so that the flowable substance is discharged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2023
    Inventors: Andreas Hiemer, Alberto C. Sögaro, Sebastian Seitz
  • Patent number: 11629986
    Abstract: A squeeze doser with a childproof cap is described herein. The squeeze doser with a childproof cap includes a container, a reservoir, and a cap. The container includes a neck. A reservoir is coupled with the neck of the container, wherein the reservoir further comprises a spout and at least one notch located on an outer surface of the neck, said spout coupled with a fill tube that guides liquid stored in the container to the spout, the spout including one or more holes positioned to maintain a predetermined dosage of liquid within the reservoir. The cap is releaseably attached to the neck and includes at least one protrusion that is configured to mate with the at least one notch of the neck, whereby the at least one protrusion coupled with the at least one notch renders the container childproof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2023
    Assignee: Curaleaf, Inc.
    Inventors: Katharine Mamos, Jessie Kater, Cristopher Benitah, Jason White, James McWhorter
  • Patent number: 11623809
    Abstract: A fitment assembly for use with a spout of a fluid container. The assembly includes a fitment and a poppet seal with a flexible element. The fitment includes a top portion and a bottom portion. The poppet seal extends from the bottom portion into the top portion. An attachment portion secures the flexible element within the bottom portion of the fitment. The flexible element provides a closing force to move the poppet seal from a closed to an open position. The poppet seal has a closed position, an open position, and a transport position. The poppet seal has a central support member that extends from the sealing surface of the poppet seal into the top portion of the fitment in the closed and transport condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2023
    Assignee: Liqui-Box Corporation
    Inventor: James W. Johnson
  • Patent number: 11624582
    Abstract: A toy water gun actuation mechanism for controlling opening of a valve with a base, a trigger, a coupling member being configured to be connected to the valve member and including a movably supported blocking member with an abutment that enables a valve to be opened and closed in a given period if the blocking member is in a blocking position and if the coupling member is in the a first position, the abutment then being positioned in trajectory of the coupling member defined by a movement of the coupling member from the first position into a second. If the blocking member is in its non-blocking position, the abutment is located outside the trajectory. A first elastic member is connected to the trigger and to the coupling member, The trigger has a pusher dog configured to move and/or release a movement of the blocking member into a non-blocking position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2023
    Assignee: Spyra GmbH
    Inventor: Julia Paul
  • Patent number: 11618627
    Abstract: A child-resistant assembly includes a collar member for coupling to a container. The collar member includes an upper wall, opposing passageways on the upper wall, opposing biasing members and a slide member integrally formed. The slide member extends longitudinally through the opposing passageways and includes a longitudinal slot and a pair of lateral slots formed along the longitudinal slot, with a stop member formed between the pair of lateral slots. The assembly also includes an intermediate member positioned on the collar member and includes a locking member extending downwardly therefrom. The locking member is configured to be positioned within each of the pair of lateral slots. In a rested state, the locking member is prevented from downward movement by the stop member. In an engaged state, the locking member can be positioned within a lateral slot and material from the container is capable of being discharged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2023
    Assignee: Pierson Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Theodore J. Pierson, Stephane Orofino
  • Patent number: 11619533
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to a container for dispensing equal doses of a flowable solid. The container may include a body defining an interior volume including a storage volume, an outlet passage, and a dosing chamber in communication with the storage volume and the outlet passage. The container may include a closure that has a lid and a plunger. The lid may be rotatably coupled to the body such that it rotates about a first axis from a closed position to an open position. The plunger may be rotatably coupled to the lid and configured to seal the dosing chamber. The container may be configured to dispense a dose of the flowable solid when the plunger is in the unsealed position and the container is at least partially inverted, and each dose may have an equal volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2023
    Assignee: PepsiCo, Inc.
    Inventors: Xavier Cortadellas, Syed Peer, Toby Richard David Wingfield, Albert Kwak, Charles Simon Paradise, Emma Pearl Willmer-Shiles
  • Patent number: 11612276
    Abstract: A sanitizing apparatus includes a main housing, a dispensing member, a supporting platform, and a sanitizing fluid pouch. the main housing comprises a front wall, a first sidewall, a second sidewall, a rear wall, a bottom wall, and an opening. The front wall, the first sidewall, the second sidewall, the rear wall, the bottom wall of the main housing together form an internal space accessible through the opening of the main housing. The dispensing member is inserted into the internal space through the opening of the main housing. The dispensing member comprises a dispensing mechanism. The sanitizing fluid pouch is filled with a sanitizing fluid and is flexible and deformable. The supporting platform is placed within the dispensing member. The supporting platform comprises a supporting plate on which is seated the sanitizing fluid pouch. The supporting platform further comprises a pressure-applying member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2023
    Inventors: Jorge Alberto Gimenez, Deborah Medel-Gimenez
  • Patent number: 11613454
    Abstract: A beverage dispensing machine for dispensing a mixed beverage has a first inlet configured to receive a concentrate; a second inlet configured to receive a base fluid; a gas inlet configured to receive a gas; a gas injection device configured to pulsate the gas into the concentrate such that the gas agitates the concentrate and is injected into the concentrate to form a gas-injected concentrate; and a dispensing valve configured to dispense the base fluid and the gas-injected concentrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2023
    Assignee: Marmon Foodservice Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: E. Scott Sevcik
  • Patent number: 11613417
    Abstract: A container and method of manufacture of a container made of a single material is provided. The container includes a base having a base perimeter with a surface, and a wall having an upper edge and a lower edge, the upper edge comprising two upper edge portions, wherein the lower edge is affixed about the entire perimeter surface, and the first upper edge portion is affixed to the second upper edge portion, thereby forming a space to hold foodstuffs. The base stock material is cut and formed into a base with the base perimeter. A seal is applied between the lower edge of the wall and the surface of the base perimeter. Another seal is applied to two vertical end portions of the wall, forming a cup-like container with an internal space. A final seal is applied between two portions of the upper edge of the wall completing the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2023
    Assignee: Winpak Ltd.
    Inventors: Manuel Jose Moreno Brociner, Mustafa Bilgen, Olivier Yves Muggli, Ashley Robert Andrews
  • Patent number: 11607088
    Abstract: Various dispensing devices, such as foaming soap pumps, are disclosed. The soap pump can include a fluid storage unit and a fluid handling unit. The fluid storage unit can include a reservoir that is configured to hold a quantity of product, such as liquid soap. The fluid handling unit can include a pumping assembly and dispensing assembly. The soap pump can be configured to withdraw liquid soap from the reservoir, convert the liquid soap to foamed soap, and dispense the foamed soap from the discharge assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2023
    Assignee: simplehuman, LLC
    Inventors: Frank Yang, David Wolbert, Kenneth Yen, Guy Cohen, Hon-Lun Chen, Nasser Pirshafiey, Joseph Sandor
  • Patent number: 11590525
    Abstract: A device for closing a delivery head of a dispensing machine for delivering fluid products includes a stationary support, a drive shaft, which rotates with respect to the stationary support around a vertical axis, and can be moved with respect to the stationary support along the same vertical axis, a cup-shaped closing element carried at the distal end of an arm fixed to a lower end of the drive shaft, and a screw and nut mechanism which controls a translation of the closing element in the direction of the longitudinal axis and a rotation movement to the longitudinal axis using a single actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2023
    Inventor: Luca Drocco