Patents Examined by Harry A. Grosso
  • Patent number: 8579135
    Abstract: An electrical box including at least four walls extending forward from a back wall to an open front, at least two opposing walls of the four walls each including a rear mounting tab and a front mounting tab, wherein each of the rear mounting tabs are rigidly mounted to the wall and each of the front mounting tabs are pivotably mounted to the electrical box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Marcus J. Shotey, Jeffrey P. Baldwin, Iven Dieterle, Richard L. Cleghorn, Thomas A. Miserendino, John Klein
  • Patent number: 8534490
    Abstract: A “clean can” beverage can includes a beverage can body and a beverage can top coupled to the body. The can top is shaped to define a groove between a lower inside edge of the rim of the can top and an upper surface of the can top. A non-toxic groove cover is disposed to cover the groove along at least a portion of the groove that is located adjacent to the openable section of the can top. The groove cover prevents collection of debris in the groove. The groove allows the can top to be wiped clean without debris getting stuck in the groove by sloping upwards towards the top of the tim. The groove can also cover the rim and an upper portion of the can body. The groove cover remains in place before, during and after opening of the can and while pouring to provide a more sanitary drinking experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Inventor: Barry W. Chapin
  • Patent number: 8523007
    Abstract: Snapable narrow width rectangular dust pan that can clip about a flat side outer edge of the open end of a refuse container having curved or flat side open rim edges. The dust pan can be used for converting a refuse container into a dust pan refuse container. The receptacle can include an open upper end with a D-shaped configuration and a closed bottom end with a substantially circular bottom configuration. The receptacle can have a generally cylindrical shape and a flat side wall having a triangular tubular shape for allowing the receptacle to be laid on its side so that rakes and brooms can move debris into the D-shaped opening. At least one handle located on the apex of the D-shaped opening allows the container to be lifted to a vertical standing position, and curved interior wall surfaces allow debris to slide toward the bottom of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Xtreme Plastics, LLC
    Inventor: David H. Miller
  • Patent number: 8522992
    Abstract: A foldable box includes a floor having a fixed exterior wall extending from the floor in a vertical direction upwards and an exterior wall having a shaft arranged in the base area of the exterior wall. The foldable box further includes a guide opening in the fixed exterior wall area in which the shaft is arranged, the guide opening including an opening section extending basically in the vertical direction through which the shaft may be guided out from the top, and a lateral opening section extending in a lateral direction from an outside of the fixed exterior wall area inwards, in which the shaft may be shifted basically in a lateral direction. A cam arranged in the base area of the exterior wall has a cam contour which is implemented such that the cam contour, when erecting the exterior wall, gets into contact with a contact surface arranged at the fixed exterior wall area such that the shaft is moved inwards in the lateral opening section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: IFCO Systems GmbH
    Inventor: Wolfgang Orgeldinger
  • Patent number: 8517204
    Abstract: A drip pan device featuring a semi-circular a base platform having a front edge and a curved back edge, wherein the front edge is bevelled. A lip extends upwardly and generally perpendicularly from the back edge of the base platform. The lip tapers down at intersections of the back edge and front edge of the base platform. A plurality of raised ribs extends upwardly from the top surface of the base platform. A first buckle and a second buckle are disposed on a back surface of the lip. The buckles allow hook-and-loop fasteners, bungee cords, string, or rope, to secure the drip pan device to a hand truck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Inventor: Stephan J. Spanninger
  • Patent number: 8517207
    Abstract: A reusable packaging device for protecting an object during shipment may include at least four end caps and strap assemblies configured to selectively hold the end caps in a desired expanded position relative to one another during shipment of the object and to hold the end caps in contact with one another after the object has been received. In one embodiment the object may be clamped between two of the packaging devices for shipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Inventor: Randy Mesch
  • Patent number: 8517203
    Abstract: A tray includes a base, a pair of opposed side walls extending along side edges of the base and a pair of opposed end walls extending along end edges of the base. A central lateral divider extends between the side walls. The central lateral divider has a width approximately twice a width of the side walls to permit cross stacking. The central lateral divider includes a pair of spaced-apart divider walls and at least one center rib between the divider walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Rehrig Pacific Company
    Inventor: William P. Apps
  • Patent number: 8511499
    Abstract: A container (210) for holding granular or powdered material and formed by a top wall (212), a bottom wall (214), a front wall (216), a rear wall (218), a first side wall (220), and a second side wall (222). A rotatably removable lid (D) is interiorly mounted with a scoop (32) and is pivotally hinged to a collar (300) that includes a sealing gasket (330). The collar (300) mounts to the walls of the container (210). A sealing wall 240 of the lid (D) cooperates with the gasket 300 to prevent the contents from spilling. The container (210) incorporates powder control features, a container wall junction (50) preferred geometry and congruent scoop (32) enabling convenient access to the contents, a tolerance variation accommodating and strength improving, J-shaped collar (300) and interlocking indentations (290) and flex clips (310), and a pressure controlling portion (350) that prevents unwanted deformation due to pressure differentials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Abbott Laboratories
    Inventors: James P. Perry, Craig A. McCardell, Jeremy McBroom, David Compeau, Ashley A. Gohlke, William J. Hook, Katherine J. Jordan, Frank S. Walczak, Peter B. Clarke, J. Kevin Clay, Richard C. Darr, Jack E. Elder, Marc A. Pedmo, Charles R. Schotthoefer
  • Patent number: 8496132
    Abstract: A can end having a countersink bead, an inclined chuck wall and a strong seam, resists distortion from its circular profile when subjected to thermal processing or when packaging carbonated beverages. This high hoop strength affects the manner in which the can end ultimately fails when placed under extreme abuse conditions, even if buckle pressure performance is within industry specified standards. The can end of the invention has control features introduced which control the failure mode whilst maintaining specified buckle pressure performance. In one embodiment, the can end has a two part wall and a control feature that comprises expansion of the countersink bead to act as a trigger for local peaking, together with a groove in the chuck wall which prevents the peaking force from being concentrated at a single point which could result in leaking by the production of a pin hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Crown Packaging Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Martin J. Watson, Brian Fields, Andrew Robert Lockley
  • Patent number: 8490809
    Abstract: A produce packaging system incorporates a container having ample top ventilation enabling efficient ingress of cooling water into container to cool produce contained inside. The container also having a sloped bottom for draining water toward a bottom vent and out of the container during hydrocooling. The system also includes a cooling box configured for holding the containers in an upright orientation enabling inflow of cooling water into the containers and out of the box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Sambrailo Packaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony Cadiente, Mark Sambrailo
  • Patent number: 8490819
    Abstract: A container (1) for holding a fluid comprising: a fluid chamber (2) having an inner wall (3); an outlet-opening (14); and a high pressure chamber (4) for driving the fluid towards the outlet-opening; wherein the container further comprises as at least part of a divider between the high pressure chamber and the fluid chamber a moveable element (5) for advancing in a predetermined direction of motion through the container from a first position to a second position for reducing a volume of the fluid chamber when fluid is dispensed via the outlet-opening, wherein a first and a second cross section of the fluid chamber taken transverse the direction of motion at respectively the first and second position have different dimensions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Packaging Technology Participation S.A.
    Inventors: Roland Vanblaere, Willy Kegels
  • Patent number: 8485376
    Abstract: A folding container including a base portion, first and second lower side wall portions, and first and second upper side wall portions having a hinge connection to the lower side wall portions. The folding container including locking tabs in the base portion for engaging notches in the lower side wall portions when the container is in a folded configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: ORBIS Corporation
    Inventor: Venu Samprathi
  • Patent number: 8485386
    Abstract: The invention relates to a fuel tank (1) with at least one filler pipe (2) enclosing a refueling duct and with at least one vent line (6), which comprises at least one first and one second line section (6a, 6b), the first line section (6a) extending from a vent connection (7) of the fuel tank (1) to a connection on the filler pipe (2), and the second line section (6b) extending from a connection on the filler pipe (2) to a fuel vapor filter (10), wherein at least one line section (6a, 6b) opens directly into the filler pipe (2) via a connection fitting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Kautex Textron GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Ibrahim Koukan, Harald Lorenz
  • Patent number: 8485377
    Abstract: A modular container assembly is provided for packaging a plurality of products. The modular container assembly includes a frame and a portable container. The frame includes a plurality of edge portions that define a plurality of openings. The container includes a sidewall that defines a cavity. The container is sealable at a rim portion of the sidewall to retain a product within the cavity. The container is configured to fit within a first opening of the plurality of openings such that the rim portion is removably coupled to a first edge portion of the plurality of edge portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Spartech Corporation
    Inventors: Sandy McDonald, Nicholas Harry Zompolas
  • Patent number: 8479946
    Abstract: A portable drip containment device comprises a tray formed of fuel and chemical resistant fabric. Side walls of the tray are supported by removable bolster segments formed of resilient open cell foam members enclosed within sleeves. The bolster segments are wrapped within a flap of material extending from under the side wall of the tray and around the bolster segments to secure them to the side walls. The outer edge or end of the flap is secured to the side wall. The bolstered side walls may be repeatedly driven across by industrial vehicles without harming the bolster or side wall. The modular bolster segments may be removed and easily stacked, and the tray folded and rolled into a compact modular form, for transport, storage, and reuse of the portable containment tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Matson, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Matson
  • Patent number: 8474622
    Abstract: A bulk material container and method for its use is provided. In one or more embodiments, the bulk material container includes: a lid with a lid reinforcement frame positioned substantially at least around the perimeter of said lid, a vertical stop on the exterior of the walls of said container that contacts a projection from an interior wall of said container when one of said bulk material containers is stacked in another, a modular design in which the walls and base of the bulk material container are detachable and replaceable, a stiffening ring positioned around the perimeter of the container walls near their vertical top, and a lid having a lateral motion restraining system to restrain the lateral motion of one container stacked on another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: R3 Composites, Inc.
    Inventors: Roy James Carver, III, David J. Burken, Mark A. Post, Aron Rutin, Brig W. Vanderwoude
  • Patent number: 8469222
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention include a main body portion for holding cake(s) and/or cupcake(s). The main body portion includes a plurality of recesses configured to retain a baked good therein. Various portions of the main body along with the cake(s) and/or cupcake(s), can be designed, colored, and decorated so as to collectively portray a desired theme for the cake and/or cupcake display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Decopac, Inc.
    Inventors: David Stavitzski, Carol Decker, Elizabeth Glover
  • Patent number: 8469224
    Abstract: A crate comprises a bottom and two respective pairwise opposing side walls and end walls, each side wall comprising a plurality of vent holes in a region extending along a horizontal direction of the side wall, and each end wall comprising a grip hole, wherein the region is a distance away from a corner of the crate, the distance being equal to the distance the grip hole is away from the same corner of the crate, and wherein a height of the region is equal to the height of the grip hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: IFCO Systems GmbH
    Inventor: Wolfgang Orgeldinger
  • Patent number: 8459495
    Abstract: A portable container (1) is proposed, with a container body (2) which has a top (4), facing upwards in a first container alignment. A movable carrying handle (5) provided on the container body (2) may be moved from a not-in-use position close to the container body (2) into a position of use, so that it may be used to carry the container in the first container alignment. Also formed on the top (4) is an immovable additional carrying handle (6) formed by a side wall of a recess (38) which has an engaging recess (54) in which the fingers of one hand may engage in order to carry the container (1) in a second container alignment with its top (4) oriented to the side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: TTS Tooltechnic Systems AG & Co. KG
    Inventors: Andreas Koenig, Timo Kuhls, Raimund Schäffer, Lutz Wolle
  • Patent number: 8459486
    Abstract: A lid for a container includes a central portion; a channel at a periphery of the central portion configured to form a substantially liquid-tight gasketless seal with the container, the channel including an inner skirt for contacting an inner surface of the container and an outer skirt; and a protrusion protruding from the inner skirt and being configured to form an interference fit with the inner surface of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Ropak Corporation
    Inventors: Frano Luburic, Terrance Iker, Josef Bingisser, Kirk Samlalsingh, Dennis Willis