Patents Examined by Gene Mancene
  • Patent number: 7175054
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing sanitized water in a cabinet and spigot type bottled water dispenser features an ozone generating system to generate ozone for sanitizing the water. Ozone is generated and collected within an ozone generator housing. A blower transmits air to the ozone generator housing. The air carries the ozone that is generated through a flow line to an air diffuser that is positioned upstream of the spigot (or spigots) used to dispense water. In one embodiment, a valve that is activated on the spigot to dispense water also activates the blower and ozone generator. In other embodiments, a flow sensor activates the ozone generator and blower. Various spigot and flow sensor arrangements are disclosed as a part of the overall apparatus and method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2007
    Assignee: S.I.P. Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth A. Davis, James J. Shelton
  • Patent number: 7172031
    Abstract: A fire extinguisher for automotive vehicles, boats, and technical environments which is either automatically controlled, in case of fire, by the action of a thermosensitive cable or, in case of front impact, by the action of a percussion pin switch or manually by a push button located in the interior compartment. It consists of a cylindrical cell box, a valve assembly, a pyrotechnic charge, a bottle of carbon dioxide. When the pyrotechnic charge is electrically energized, it explodes and the percussion pin perforates the diaphragm of the CO2 bottle. The gas pressurizes the cell box and causes the extinguishing substance to flow out through a hose at the end of which a nozzle is disposed that sprinkles the extinguishing substance through a circular crown. The fire extinguisher has two small pipes within the cell box which mix CO2 with the extinguishing substance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2007
    Inventor: Domenico Piatti
  • Patent number: 7168597
    Abstract: A metering valve that includes a valve body defining a metering chamber having an inlet valve adapted to be reversibly actuable from an open position to a closed position located at the inlet, and an outlet valve adapted to be reversibly actuable from a dispensing to a non-dispensing position located at the outlet, where the outlet valve includes an outlet valve seat adapted to be in biasable contact with an outlet valve poppet is described. Aerosol containers and inhalation devices that include such metering valves are also described, as are methods of using such inhalation devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Assignee: Smithkline Beecham Corporation
    Inventors: Anthony Patrick Jones, Gregor John McLennan Anderson, Paul Kenneth Rand
  • Patent number: 7143911
    Abstract: A closure for a liquid container comprising a base including a conduit extending therethrough, the base further including a substantially tubular spout guide and a plug positioned radially within the tubular spout guide, and a substantially annular spout mounted to the tubular spout guide for reciprocation between an open and a closed position, the spout including an annular wall and an annular deck extending radially inwardly from an upper end of the annular wall forming a central orifice, where the plug includes a leading end and an annular, outer seal surface that is received within, and blocks the central orifice when the spout is in the closed position and that is removed from the central orifice when the spout is in the open position, and where at least a substantial portion of the outer circumferential seal surface of the plug is axially recessed with respect to the tubular spout guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2006
    Assignee: Creative Packaging Corp.
    Inventors: Thomas C. Stoneberg, Terry E. Kubitz, Dennis J. Tortorella
  • Patent number: 7108158
    Abstract: A liquid dispensing device includes at least one piston pump (7), which sucks liquid to be dispensed from a container in a filling cycle and applies the liquid to a target in an emptying cycle and which is driven by an actuator comprising an actuating element (1) that is arranged to move a piston rod (2) between two extreme positions, and a gripper (3) attached to the actuating means (1), which gripper is able to engage with the piston rod (2) so as to move it along with the actuating element. The gripper (3) is made able to engage with the piston rod (2) only in its first extreme position and arranged to disengage automatically from the piston rod in its second extreme position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2006
    Assignee: CPS Color Group Oy
    Inventor: Pentti Airaksinen
  • Patent number: 7100800
    Abstract: An apparatus and method of dosing pre-set quantities of gas, wherein the addition of known quantities of gas is required. The apparatus is designed to dosify gases in variable quantities, with temperature correction. The apparatus and the method is mainly applied to the gasification of containers used to transport foodstuffs, which must be kept at a controlled environment in order to better preserve them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2006
    Assignee: YT Ingenieria Ltda.
    Inventors: Tomás Ivan Yakasovic Saavedra, Gonzalo Leonardo Tomasello Rayo
  • Patent number: 7097079
    Abstract: The present invention refers to a dosing screw unit for an automatic dosing device The purpose of the automatic dosing device is to control the dosing of stored material, kept inside (29) a container (27), out of the storage. The object of the dosing screw unit according to the invention is to achieve a dosing, closing and cleaning arrangement for the automatic dosing device. The screw unit therefore comprises parts that interact with the thread of the dosing screw (1), which parts constitutes an attacher (14) that interacts with the thread and scratches of material clogged on the screw, closer that closes the outlet of the dosing unit and a director that prevents the parts from rotating around the dosing screw (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2006
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Products Corporation N.V.
    Inventors: Hakan Miefalk, Linda Menrik
  • Patent number: 7073688
    Abstract: Quick-connect assemblies and hydration systems incorporating the same. The hydration system includes a fluid reservoir and may be housed within a pack. Drink fluid is drawn from the reservoir through a drink tube to a mouthpiece. In some embodiments, the drink tube is connected to the reservoir at an exit port, the hydration system includes a manually actuated on/off valve, a filter, a pump, and/or a bite-actuated mouthpiece. The quick-connect assembly fluidly interconnects components of the hydration system and is configured to quickly release, and permit reattachment of, the detached components or replacement components. In some embodiments, the replacement components enable different performance from the detached components. In some embodiments, the quick-connect assembly is adapted to selectively couple a bite-actuated mouthpiece and a gas mask adapter to the drink tube. In some embodiments, at least a portion, if not the entire, hydration system is formed from a chemically resistant material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2006
    Assignee: CamelBak Products, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Choi, Herbert Douglas, Barley A. Forsman, Jeremy Galten
  • Patent number: 7044340
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for mixing and injecting or applying a viscous material which is especially useful for mixing and applying a two part epoxy. The apparatus in its preferred form utilizes two uniformly heated holding tanks with auger feeds which each feed two synchronized variable ratio pumps having spring biased check valves which ensure positive closure of each valve. The apparatus further comprises a unique dispensing and mixing head which is fed from the synchronized pumps and serves to uniformly mix the viscous materials and dispense the aforesaid as a blend.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2006
    Inventor: Luther W. McClellan
  • Patent number: 7032787
    Abstract: A dispenser for powdered, granular or related fluent materials. The dispenser includes a reservoir and an actuation mechanism that together define a housing, or enclosure. The reservoir sealingly contains a fluent material such that the contents are not easily contaminated or tampered with. User-imparted relative movement between cooperating parts of the actuation mechanism and reservoir enables a predetermined and repeatable quantity of the fluent contents to be discharged from the dispenser and onto a desired area, such as a food product. The dispenser is configured as a disposable device such that, after depletion of the fluent material contents arising out of a multiplicity of uses, it can be thrown away.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2006
    Inventors: William M. Sherk, Jr., Edwin Chan, Marco Perry, Richard C. Shonfeld
  • Patent number: 7025922
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a plastics material bellows, wherein a preform is made by molding plastics material in a mold, the mold having preferred deformation zones, and then before the part has completely left the mold, the bellows is formed by folding the preform in the preferred deformation zones, with the resulting bellows being open at both ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2006
    Assignee: L'Oreal
    Inventor: Nicolas Albisetti
  • Patent number: 7000807
    Abstract: A baton suitable for use in self-defense includes a body adapted to receive a canister of spray therein, a nozzle securable to the body and adapted to receive spray therethrough, and a trigger mounted on the body. The trigger mounts on the body in a location that permits grasping of the body underhanded with the thumb positioned over the trigger to permit movement of the trigger from an unfired position to a fired position that facilitates ejection of spray from the canister through the nozzle. The trigger includes an actuator and a lock coupled therewith. One motion performed with the thumb releases the lock and moves the actuator from the unfired position of the trigger to the fired position of the trigger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2006
    Assignee: Lightstick Partners, LLC
    Inventors: Vito Cellini, Richard W. Martin
  • Patent number: 6994274
    Abstract: The present invention provides a tank having a bottom portion that is adapted to be received by a truck platform between the wheel wells so that the tank can be easily moved past the wheel wells. In addition, the tank preferably has a first top panel that is adapted to receive the pump, engine, hose and/or reel. Since the foregoing are mounted onto the tank, the useable space on the platform is increased. Further, the first top panel is preferably positioned near the edge of the platform so that the sprayer system controls are accessible and convenient for a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2006
    Assignee: Commercial Turf Products
    Inventors: Peter Thompson, Jimmy N. Eavenson, Sr., Michael Utz
  • Patent number: 6991133
    Abstract: A container which is adhered, in an inverted orientation, to a vertical surface (such as a wall or other vertical surface) of a kitchen, sink, or bath room by a stretch release adhesive, wherein said stretch release adhesive is resistant or substantially resistant to water and humidity, which container comprises: a) one or more side surfaces, an end surface and a surface comprising an orifice; b) a self-sealing valve which covers said orifice; c) a construction or coating that is resistant or substantially resistant to external corrosion; and wherein said container is dispensed by hand through the application of a force whose principal component acts perpendicularly or approximately perpendicularly to the vertical surface; is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2006
    Assignee: Unilever Home & Personal Care USA division of Conopco, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith Leslie Rutherford, Guy Thompson, Mark Neuhalfen
  • Patent number: 6988638
    Abstract: A dispensing figurine formed in the image of at least a portion of a being or some other non-cap object. The dispenser figurine of the present invention preferably includes a body, at least a portion of which has an outward appearance in the form of a portion of a being or some other non-cap object, means for attaching the dispenser figurine to a tube of toothpaste (or a tube of some other gel or paste), a conduit extending through the body through which the toothpaste passes, and an exit port through which the paste (or gel) is dispensed or otherwise exits the dispenser figurine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2006
    Inventor: Marc Zak
  • Patent number: 6978915
    Abstract: Valve for an aerosol container for a chemical formulation. The valve including a valve body having an inlet port through which the chemical formulation may enter the valve body, an outlet port through which the chemical formulation may exit the valve body, and an open/close mechanism. The open/close mechanism controls flow through the outlet port. The internal surfaces of the valve that come into contact with the chemical formulation include a material with an electrical conductivity greater than 3.8×107??1m?1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2005
    Assignee: SmithKline Beecham Corporation
    Inventor: David Joseph Russell
  • Patent number: 6969046
    Abstract: A liquid sprayer is provided. This liquid sprayer comprises a bottle having an opening and a sprayer housing attached to the bottle. This sprayer housing includes an electric motor, a voltage source for powering the electric motor, a pump driven by the motor, a switch for completing an electrical circuit, a nozzle mechanism attached to the sprayer housing for spraying a liquid. The liquid sprayer also comprises a venting mechanism. This venting mechanism comprises a vent housing having an inner surface and an outer surface, and a translating piston disposed in the vent housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2005
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Alen David Streutker, Travis Edward Langevin, Robert James Good, Ka-Nam Ho, Steve Lynn Sweeton, Phillip Joseph DiMaggio
  • Patent number: 6959840
    Abstract: A cap to be fitted on a double container including a flexible outer container and an inner bag, being composed of a main cap which has a flow opening for discharging the contents and is fixedly fitted on the neck of the double container and a nozzle cap which has an outlet for discharging the contents and is slidably fitted on the main cap. The cap makes a switch between a state with a flow passage shut and a ventilation passage open and a state with the flow passage open and the ventilation passage shut by vertical sliding movement of the nozzle cap on the main cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2005
    Assignee: Kao Corporation
    Inventor: Mitsugu Iwatsubo
  • Patent number: 6948640
    Abstract: A fluid reservoir (1) having a neck (11) defining a substantially cylindrical drum (12) and an opening (110), said neck being externally provided with an external thread (13) serving to co-operate with a ring (21) internally provided with an internal thread (210) having the same pitch as the external thread (13) of the neck, the external thread (13) being provided with locking means (16) to prevent the ring from being unscrewed, said locking means comprising at least one projection (16) situated under the external thread (13) on the path of the internal thread (210), said fluid reservoir being characterized in that said projection (16) comprises a ramp (161) on which the internal thread (210) engages during tightening, and a locking edge (162) at the end of the ramp (161) defining therebeyond a locking wall (163) against which the internal thread (210) abuts in the event of unscrewing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2005
    Assignee: Valois S.A.
    Inventors: Hervé Pennaneac′h, Marc Prieur
  • Patent number: RE39431
    Abstract: A kettle is provided which includes a body defining a storage unit and including a spout coupled to the body and defining an opening. The kettle also includes a handle having first and second ends and coupled to the body for rotation about a second axis disposed between the first and second ends and engageably coupled to the spout lid, wherein the rotation of the handle in a first direction causes movement of the lid to its open position and rotation of the handle in a second direction causes movement of the lid to its closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2006
    Assignee: Helen of Troy Limited
    Inventors: Mark Naden, Donald Strum