Patents Examined by Frederick C. Nicolas
  • Patent number: 11365110
    Abstract: Disclosed is a smart device housing configured to fixably attach to a beverage vessel having a domed surface at a distal end, the domed surface adjacent a wall terminating at a lip, the smart device housing including an exterior configured as a transformable shape enabling a locking fit between the lip and the domed surface of the beverage vessel. Also disclosed is a system wherein a smart device has at least one proximity, image or distance sensor having a beam of detection with a path, the sensor located and directed such the beam of detection covers a location where a coupler can be attached to the beverage vessel, the smart device configured to determine whether the coupler is attached to the beverage vessel by measuring whether the path is obstructed by the coupler. Also disclosed is a method of determining the fill status of a beverage container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Inventors: Michael Edwin Burton, Edward Ellis Esdaile-Watts
  • Patent number: 11365107
    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: January 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    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
  • Patent number: 11365999
    Abstract: A measured fluid dispenser for dispensing fluid from a storage container includes a measurement chamber, a fluid flow passage fluidly connecting the measurement chamber with the storage container, and a valve that is movable between an open position in which the fluid flow passage is opened to permit fluid flow from the storage chamber to the measurement chamber, and a closed position in which the fluid flow passage is closed to prevent fluid flow between the measurement chamber and the storage chamber. The measurement chamber may be adjustable to vary a fillable volume of the measurement chamber to thereby preselect an amount of fluid to be dispensed. The valve may be a rotating valve including first and second valve parts which may form a divider of the dispenser that separates the measurement chamber from the storage container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: AMS LLC
    Inventors: Matthew Battle, Adrian Bischoff
  • Patent number: 11365112
    Abstract: A delivering tap is described, for delivering liquids from a container including a main body with a connecting element that includes a fitting component for fitting with the container, and a supporting body adapted to be closed by a plug including an upper plug, an internal sealing valve and a stem, the supporting body including an outlet opening, an internal sealing surface and an external guiding component; the upper plug including the internal guiding component, a first fastening component and an upper sealing component; the stem including a second fastening component to the first fastening component of the upper plug, a stem sealing component, and the lower sealing component; the internal valve including a second valve sealing component and the first valve sealing component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: VITOP MOULDING S.R.L.
    Inventor: Diego Nini
  • Patent number: 11359952
    Abstract: A dispenser for dispensing a predefined volume of cleaning solution is provided. The dispenser comprises a dispensing section and a base. The dispensing section comprises a dispensing reserve, a measuring component disposed within the dispensing reserve, and a spout fluidly coupled to the measuring component. The measuring component is configured to provide a predefined volume of cleaning solution to be dispensed via the spout during a dispensing action of the dispenser. The base comprises a reservoir portion configured to contain the cleaning solution. When the dispensing section is coupled to the base, the dispensing reserve is in fluid communication with the reservoir portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Butler's Brand, Inc.
    Inventor: David N. Youdovin
  • Patent number: 11352178
    Abstract: A closure (40, 40A, 40B) for use with a container includes a body (54, 54A, 54B) defining a passage (72, 72A, 72B) and a first latch portion (92, 92B). The closure (40, 40A, 40B) has a lid (56, 56A, 56B) defining a deflectable press portion (96, 96A, 96B) that has a connection (100, 100A, 100B) to the closure body (54, 54A, 54B). The lid (56, 56A, 56B) has a cover portion (100, 100A, 100B) including a second latch portion (120, 120A, 120B) for engaging the first latch portion (92, 92B) to releasably hold the cover portion (100, 100A, 100B) in a latched closed position in which the cover portion (100, 100A, 100B) at least partially occludes the passage (72, 72A, 72B). The lid (56, 56A, 56B) has a biased hinge (104, 104A, 104B) connecting the cover portion (100, 100A, 100B) with the press portion (96, 96A, 96B) to accommodate movement of the cover portion (100, 100A, 100B) between the latched closed position and an unlatched open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: AptarGroup, Inc.
    Inventors: John Wisniewski, James W. Hammond
  • Patent number: 11351013
    Abstract: A container 10 for mixing and dispensing of material having a liquid receptacle 14 and a plunger 18. The receptacle 14 has a front portion 36 and the plunger 18 has a forwardly projecting sharp protrusion 42 having a shaft 72 which terminates in a sharp outer end 78, 82. Upon the plunger 18 being depressed the sharp protrusion 42 pierces a front portion 36 of the liquid receptacle 14 and the liquid in the receptacle 14 is pushed hydraulically through the front portion 36 into the main chamber 17. Thus the liquid contacts material in the main chamber 17 to form a mixture. The plunger 18 can continue to be depressed so as to break the front portion 36 of the liquid receptacle 14 away and then push the material in the main chamber 17 towards a dispensing nozzle 26. The main chamber 17 has a frangible membrane 22 at a distal end 13 thereof which is hydraulically broken by pressure applied from the material in the main chamber 17 so that the material can be dispensed from the container 10.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Inventor: Joshua James Cheetham
  • Patent number: 11352195
    Abstract: Heads for an aerosol container are disclosed. The head comprises a handle body having a base configured to be coupled to the aerosol container, an outlet, a flexible tube housed within the handle body. The flexible tube is configured to provide fluid communication between the container exit of the aerosol container and the outlet. And the head further comprises an elastically deformable actuator having a lever arm, and a coupling portion integrally formed with the lever arm and configured to be mounted around the flexible tube, wherein the coupling portion is further configured such that when the lever arm is deformed by a user, the coupling portion actuates on the valve body of the aerosol container. Aerosol containers having such heads and kits for treatments skin lesions are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: DOC BIBAWO A/S
    Inventor: Martin Thomsen
  • Patent number: 11345581
    Abstract: A beverage dispenser includes a gas infusion device configured to infuse a gas into a base liquid to form a gas-infused liquid, a mixing chamber configured to mix the gas-infused liquid and a concentrate to thereby form a reconstituted beverage, a first flow control configured to decrease pressure of the gas-infused liquid prior to mixing with the concentrate, and a second flow control configured to decrease pressure of the concentrate prior to mixing with the gas-infused liquid. A restrictor device downstream from the mixing chamber and configured to apply backpressure on the concentrate and the gas-infused liquid, and a dispensing valve is configured to dispense the reconstituted beverage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Cornelius Beverage Technologies Limited
    Inventor: Christopher Michael Cook
  • Patent number: 11345535
    Abstract: Liquid mixing apparatus includes a housing having an open lower end and a pour opening normally sealed with a closure. A bottom assembly extending across the open end of the housing and sealingly engaged in the open end for relative rotation between the housing and the bottom assembly. The bottom assembly forms a liquid sealed cavity with the housing and further includes apparatus for removably attaching the bottom assembly to a liquid container. A mixing opening defined in the horizontal wall with a flapper valve pivotally mounted therein for pivotal movement between a closed orientation and an open orientation. A stop bar attached at a lower surface to the upper surface of the horizontal wall and extending across a mid-portion of the mixing opening. An activating bar affixed to the housing for rotation with the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Inventor: Matthew Staus
  • Patent number: 11340102
    Abstract: A handheld solids dispenser. The dispenser includes a housing defining an inlet passage and an outlet passage. A delivery mechanism is supported within the housing and is positioned between the inlet passage and the outlet passage. Actuation of the delivery mechanism causes the delivery mechanism to transport a desired amount of solids material from the inlet passage to the outlet passage. The delivery member may be in the form of a plunger slidably positioned within the housing. The delivery mechanism may be in the form of a screw conveyor driven by a drive motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: Seven Star Pharmaceutical Services LLC
    Inventor: Sathyanarayana Reddy Perumalla
  • Patent number: 11338968
    Abstract: A fixed quantity discharge device for a liquid container is provided. The device includes a container main body in which contents are accommodated, a pipette part including a pipette tube to suction and discharge the contents accommodated in the container main body, and a support disposed in an upper portion of the container main body and including a coupling part formed in an upper end portion thereof to be coupled to the pipette part, a tube accommodation part extending from the coupling part to an interior of the container main body such that the pipette tube is inserted into or withdrawn from the tube accommodation part, and a contents inflow hole formed in a lower end portion thereof to communicate with the interior of the container main body, wherein, when the pipette part is separated from the support, the contents accommodated in the container main body may be suctioned into the pipette tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: YONWOO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Seo Hui Jung
  • Patent number: 11338987
    Abstract: A configurable fluid vessel including a flexible bladder having a fluid port through which a fluid such as water can be provided into the bladder. The fluid vessel includes an internal support frame within the flexible bladder to increase rigidity and can be manipulated into a predetermined shape. The fluid vessel is collapsible for storage whilst retaining rigidity when in use. The fluid vessel is particularly suited for use in explosive jet disruptors for tailoring the formation of a fluid jet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: The Secretary of State for Defence
    Inventor: David Timothy Newell
  • Patent number: 11332301
    Abstract: A stem (1) for a two-way valve has a main body (10) outer face that is substantially cylindrical about a main axis, with (i) a first tubular wall (11) closed at its lower end by a first bottom wall (13) and open at its upper end (111), defining a central channel (113); (ii) a second tubular wall (12), concentric with the first tubular wall (11) and partially surrounding it, closed at its lower end (122) by a second bottom wall (14) and open at its upper end (121), defining an annular channel (123) around the central channel (113), one or more through-holes (124) bringing the inside of the annular channel (123) in contact with the cylindrical outer face of the main body (10); and (iii) a tubular insert (20) dimensioned so as to be able to be inserted into the annular channel (123).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Inventors: Bernard Borel, Eric Gaillard
  • Patent number: 11332286
    Abstract: A portable beverage container is provided. The portable beverage container may include a glass vessel having a neck; a metal outer shell configured to surround a first portion of the glass vessel; a cap configured to engage with the metal outer shell to surround a second portion of the glass vessel; and an amorphous thermoplastic spout having a neck configured to be inserted through an opening in the cap and into the neck of the glass vessel. The spout may be configured to securely engage with the cap. The cap may include a lid with an elastomeric sealing member having a knob configured to extend into a recess in the spout and a recess configured to wrap around and over a lip of the spout. The spout may be removable from the cap while the cap is engaged with the outer shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: HYDROVAZE LLC
    Inventors: Hardy Steinmann, James Steven Keith Pelletier
  • Patent number: 11332300
    Abstract: An actuator cap (1; 50) for a fluid spray dispenser comprises a second body part (2) and a first body part (3). The first body part (3) is adapted for connection to a container for the fluid to be dispensed and incorporates a spray channel arrangement (4). The second body part (2) incorporates an actuator button (5) and is rotatable with respect to the first body part (3) from a first position in which the actuator button (5) is non-elevated into a second position in which the actuator button (5) is elevated and capable of depression to cause depression of a part (16) of the spray channel arrangement (4). The actuator button (4) defines a first cam profile (20) along which a first cam follower (22) defined by the first body part (3) travels to cause elevation or retraction of the actuator button (5) when the second body part (3) is rotated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Coster Tecnologie Speciali S.p.A.
    Inventors: Valentino Stenghel, Adalberto Geier
  • Patent number: 11325821
    Abstract: A water ejecting apparatus includes a case and a water ejection unit coupled to the case and at least partially protruding therefrom. The water ejection unit includes a fixed cover separably coupled to one side of the case and allowing a rack gear extending in a horizontal direction to be fixed thereto, a moving cover accommodated to be movable in the horizontal direction inside the fixed cover, a driving motor coupled to inside of the moving cover, a gear module configured to interwork with the driving motor, and a water ejection nozzle installed at a lower end of the moving cover and configured to eject water, in which the moving cover appears or disappears, while moving from the inside of the fixed cover in the horizontal direction or moving to the outside form the inside of the fixed cover in the horizontal direction, when the driving motor operates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Minho Kim, Heesang Yoon, Hoon Jang, Dongkoo Han, Hyeonggeun Kim, Keunho Roh, Jongho Park, Younggwan Song
  • Patent number: 11328619
    Abstract: A method for training a worker to delivery heating oil to homes and commercial establishments, comprises having the worker drive a first truck rated at no more than 10,000 pounds gross vehicle weight, the truck carrying as cargo a portable assembly comprising a less than 119 gallon capacity heating oil tank, an up to 29 gallons per minute pump, and a meter sub-system. The Preferably, the portable apparatus with an oil-filled tank weighs less than 1,500 pounds. By using the first truck, the worker becomes better situated to seek the license and other qualifications needed to drive a conventional heating oil tank second truck that typically carries 2,000 or more gallons of heating oil, to deliver heating oil to customers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Inventor: Jeffrey Hale Suntup
  • Patent number: 11317695
    Abstract: Disclosed is a cosmetic dropper which includes a container main body having a container body in which a cosmetic liquid is stored and a cap part detachably coupled to the container body; a pipette coupling part coupled to the cap part; a pipette part having a pipette member coupled to the pipette coupling part, a piston coupling bar provided to elevate inside the pipette member, and a piston part coupled to an end of the piston coupling part to elevate together with the piston coupling bar and allows the cosmetic liquid to be suctioned into the pipette member or discharged to the outside reversely; and a separation prevention part coupled to the piston coupling bar so as to cover an outer wall of the piston coupling bar to prevent the end of the piston coupling bar from being separated to the outside of the pipette member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: F.S. Korea Industries Inc.
    Inventor: Jae Kwang Hwang
  • Patent number: 11312612
    Abstract: A metered dispensing device for plant extracts is provided. The device includes a main body having an inner volume for holding plant extract, a rotatable dial operably coupled on an end of the main body, a dispensing end located on an end of the main body opposite the rotatable dial, and a dispensing tip coupled to the dispensing end. The device also includes a dispensing mechanism including a plunger moveable along the length of the main body in response to rotation of the dial. The plunger pushes plant extract from the inner volume out the dispensing tip. The device also includes a feedback system providing tactile and audible feedback after a predetermined amount of plant extract has been dispensed through the dispensing tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Jupiter Research, LLC
    Inventor: Mark A. Scatterday