Patents Examined by J. Gregory Pickett
  • Patent number: 12035825
    Abstract: A lid may include first and second openings disposed within a spout. The first opening may provide a first fluid pathway to a fluid disposed in an attached container and the second opening may provide a second fluid pathway to a fluid disposed in the container. The lid may also include a spout at least partially defined by an outer wall. First and second openings may be disposed within the spout and the openings may be at least partially defined by the outer wall of the spout. A conduit, such as a straw, may be coupled to an opening. If desired, a closure may be connected to the lid and the closure may selectively close one or more of the openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2022
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2024
    Assignee: Runway Blue, LLC
    Inventors: Steven M. Sorensen, David O. Meyers
  • Patent number: 12037173
    Abstract: A carrier for holding a plurality of containers includes a plurality of panels extending at least partially around an interior of the carrier, the plurality of panels includes a front panel, a back panel, a first side panel, and a second side panel. The carrier also includes a central partition that divides the carrier into a front portion and a back portion, with each of the front portion and the back portion having at least one divider flap to divide the front portion and the back portion into respective compartments for receiving a respective article. The carrier also includes a plurality of reinforcement flaps foldably connected to a respective panel of the plurality of panels, the plurality of reinforcement flaps includes at least one divider reinforcement flap reinforcing the at least one divider flap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2024
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, LLC
    Inventor: Brian Smalley
  • Patent number: 12031676
    Abstract: Systems and methods for insulating vessels are disclosed. In one or more embodiments, the disclosure provides a vessel insulation system (e.g., for use with a reactor or pressure vessel), which includes a floating ring sized to circumscribe a top nozzle of a vessel; a plurality of straps connected to the floating ring, the plurality of straps extending downward from the floating ring and being positioned to run along a length of the outer shell of the vessel; and a plurality of segmented rings positioned to circumscribe the outer shell of the vessel and connected to the plurality of straps. The plurality of segmented rings is configured to support an insulation material circumscribing the outer shell of the vessel, which can provide effective securement of the insulation material around the outer shell without welding components on the vessel to secure the insulation material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2024
    Inventors: Jon Craig, Michael Basic
  • Patent number: 12034288
    Abstract: A junction box for a light fixture. The junction box is configured to be mounted to a desired surface within an environment and includes a housing, a bracket coupled to the housing, an internal cavity defined by the housing and the bracket, a driver disposed in the internal cavity, an adapter removably disposed within the internal cavity, and a cover removably coupled to the adapter to selectively close the internal cavity. The cover includes an opening configured to receive a portion of the light fixture to removably couple the light fixture to the junction box. When the cover is coupled to the adapter, the adapter retains the driver in the cavity and prevents access to the driver, and when the cover is removed, the adapter is removable from the cavity, thereby permitting access to the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2024
    Assignee: Tech Lighting LLC
    Inventors: Tyler Hack, Sean Lavin
  • Patent number: 12023796
    Abstract: A tool box assembly includes at least one case, at least one tool holder mounted in and rotated relative to the at least one case, and multiple hand tools mounted in the at least one tool holder. The at least one case has a first pivot portion and multiple locking elements. Each of the locking elements has a second pivot portion, a connecting portion, and a press portion. The at least one tool holder has a third pivot portion. When the press portion is pressed, each of the locking elements is rotated about the connecting portion, so that the third pivot portion is detached from the second pivot portion, and the at least one tool holder is detached from the at least one case. Thus, the at least one tool holder and the hand tools are used individually.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2022
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2024
    Inventor: Kuan-Ting Liu
  • Patent number: 12017847
    Abstract: The invention relates to a cooling container e.g. a refrigerated cargo box of a truck or trailer, a railway container, an intermodal container or a shipping container comprising panels to be connected, having at least one connection between panels (10, 40) comprising a layer of overmoulding material (14), where a panel (10, 40) at least partially is covered on a first side (100) and a second side (200) by the overmoulding material (14). The invention further relates to a method of assembling a cooling container e.g. a refrigerated cargo box of a truck or trailer, a railway container, an intermodal container or a shipping container comprising panels to be connected, where at least one panel (10, 40) is provided with an overmoulding zone (11) comprising a layer of overmoulding material (14) covering at least partially a first side (100) and a second side (200) of the panel (10, 40).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2024
    Inventors: Hans-Erik Kiil, Lars L├╝bker
  • Patent number: 12017829
    Abstract: Container having support for a membrane (30) which is sealed (by sealing means or adhesive bonding) onto the inner side (41) of the container wall (40) of the container, particularly while the container is being filled with contents or by virtue of a positive pressure being introduced. The intention is to relieve the sealing of the membrane of loading, wherein the action of force during the filling operation from beneath is advantageous or easily withstandable. For this purpose, the container is provided with the container wall (40), a container opening (2), a lid (10), the membrane (30) and a supporting structure (20). The lid (10) closes the container opening (2). A portion of a membrane collar (31) of the membrane (30) is fastened on a portion of the inner side (41) of the container wall (40), a fastening region (33) therefore being formed. The supporting structure (20) has a supporting portion (21) and a carrying portion (22).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2024
    Inventor: Peter Horz
  • Patent number: 12017833
    Abstract: A container for transporting and storing liquid, viscous or pourable substances, in particular a container of the Intermediate Bulk Container type. The container has a base, a side wall, and at least one outlet recess in the base and/or the side wall, in which an outlet valve is or can be arranged and which is closable on the outside of the container by a cover. The cover has a base section, by which the cover is fastened or fastenable to the container, and a closure section which is hinged on the base section via a hinge assembly such that it can pivot about a rotational axis. The hinge assembly can hold or lock the closure section in a self-supporting manner in a position releasing the outlet recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2024
    Assignee: Schoeller Allibert GmbH
    Inventors: John Andrew Stringer, Andrew Christopher Cope
  • Patent number: 12007071
    Abstract: A hydrogen pressure vessel capable of preventing hydrogen-induced cracking of a cylinder is provided. In a hydrogen pressure vessel according to one embodiment, a gap part (G) in which an inner peripheral surface of a cylinder (10) is spaced apart from an outer peripheral surface of a lid (20) is provided between a female thread part (10a) of the cylinder (10) into which the lid (20) is screwed, and a resin seal member (30), and the cylinder (10) includes a first through hole (41) for discharging gas in the gap part (G) into a relief pipe (51) and a second through hole (42) for introducing gas containing oxygen into the gap part (G) formed therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: Japan Steel Works M&E, Inc.
    Inventors: Yoru Wada, Takafumi Hosoya, Hironobu Arashima
  • Patent number: 12004690
    Abstract: A frypot of a commercial deep fat fryer includes a foam deck and a front wall that is a downward extending vertical face of the frypot. The foam deck and the front wall are formed by sheet metal that has a radius bend between the foam deck of the frypot and the front wall. The radius has a bend radius of between 0.25 inches and 1.5 inches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: FRYMASTER, LLC
    Inventors: Justin T. Baker, Eric Pitchford, Ralph Macy, Henry Preston Hutson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11998138
    Abstract: A cooking vessel includes a base having a flat bottom and a sidewall connected to and surrounding the base, thereby defining an interior space configured for containing food. The base comprises a layered composite material that includes a first layer of the composite material has a positive Poisson's ratio (PPR) and a second layer of the composite material is disposed in contact with the first layer. The cooking vessel includes a material having a negative Poisson's ratio (NPR).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2024
    Inventor: Joon Bu Park
  • Patent number: 11994258
    Abstract: A pressure vessel and a method of manufacturing the pressure vessel is provided that reduces leaks in type IV pressure vessels having a liner with a corrugated section. The method includes providing a liner having a tubular portion having a corrugated section with circumferential corrugations providing alternating ridges and grooves arranged from one end to an opposing end of the corrugated section, applying a barrier to an outer surface of the corrugated section from one end to an opposing end of the corrugated section such that air voids are formed in annular cavities between the liner and the barrier; and applying resin to an outer surface of the barrier. The barrier prevents intrusion of the resin between the barrier and the liner in the corrugated section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Assignee: Linamar Corporation
    Inventors: Jamie Shilling, Jason Wexler, Jordan Sanches, Vladimir Kovalevsky, Rustie McCumber, Brian Schlotterbeck
  • Patent number: 11986124
    Abstract: A cookware assembly including a cooking vessel comprising an interior, an exterior, a vessel side wall and an elongated handle extending outwardly from the exterior, a cover, and an opening in at least one of the vessel side wall and the cover above the elongated handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: Lagom Kitchen Co.
    Inventors: Amir Tehrani, Zachary Rosner
  • Patent number: 11982937
    Abstract: The invention discloses a reticle pod including a base and a lid mounted to the base. The base has a bottom surface having at least one first mark and at least one second mark. The first mark has a first reflectivity relative to a light source, and the second mark has a second reflectivity relative to the light source. The first reflectivity is different from the second reflectivity, and both are also different from that of the rest area of the bottom surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Inventors: Chia-Ho Chuang, Hsing-Min Wen, Yi-Hsuan Lee, Hsin-Min Hsueh, Ming-Chien Chiu
  • Patent number: 11981484
    Abstract: A labelling arrangement for a multi-part container includes a sleeve-shaped cap element having an interlocking structure adapted to be applied to a first part of the container and coupled to the first part by the interlocking structure. The labelling arrangement further includes a sealing label adapted to be attached to a second part of the container by a second label portion and to surround the applied cap element by a first label portion. The labelling arrangement further includes at least one severing region so that, when the container applied with the labelling arrangement is opened, the labelling arrangement is severable in the severing region and at least a part of the cap element is removable together with the first part of the container from the second part of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Inventors: Andreas Hofenauer, Stefan Krauss, Tanja Messmer, Robert Unglert, Harald Reber
  • Patent number: 11984714
    Abstract: The present invention pertains to devices and applications for electrical enclosures designed with one or more mounting methods with one or more input openings for electrical power and one or more openings for installation of electrical delivery products which provide a means for mechanically mounting or connecting, and providing electrical power to at least one connected electrical apparatus. More specifically, the invention pertains to outdoor, weather resistant, electrical junction boxes with rear openings and side conduit removable plugged openings for input of electrical power, weather resistant GFCI outlets with outlet covers and a junction box cover which provide an electrical junction box mechanical interface for mounting and providing electrical power to a connected electrical apparatus such as a lighting apparatus, security camera, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: Jasco Products Company, LLC
    Inventors: Trey Lazear, Mark Solomon, Walter Curtis Gobble
  • Patent number: 11980320
    Abstract: A lid holder is a device for temporarily holding cooking pot container lids for cooking pots while cooking. The lid holder prevents lid condensate from dripping on the countertop without the need for a drip pan. The lid holder is simple, inexpensive, and easy to construct. The lid holder is formed from a continuous solid rod or wire with only four bends and a single connection point. The lid holder is shaped into an inverted U-shaped loop structure with a top section and a base section. The lid rests on the top section and the bottom section rests on the countertop. The loop is closed and joined together at a connection point by a weld or solder joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2023
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Inventor: John Burke
  • Patent number: 11975886
    Abstract: Devices and associated methods for containing and/or disposing of hydrocarbon fluids are disclosed herein. One aspect of the present technology, for example, includes a vessel formed of a plant-based absorbent substrate with an interior region configured to receive and retain a hydrocarbon fluid of at least 250 degrees Fahrenheit for at least 14 days without substantial deformation of the vessel or leaching of the hydrocarbon fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2023
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Inventors: Ella Cecelia Allgor, Thomas Reed Bioren, Mira Rose Shupe
  • Patent number: 11974697
    Abstract: An anti-spill aid for use in cooking and serving vessels may be integrated into the vessel or removable and attachable. The anti-spill aid is an improved cooking tool to prevent messy cooking mishaps. Embodiments can include a removable conformed heat-resistant tool or a non-removable extension of a cookware to enable the upper portion of the cookware to have a curved area that is overarching to assist in meal preparations and prevent food from going over the edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Inventor: Kathryn Boatright
  • Patent number: 11975891
    Abstract: A closure includes a closure portion defining a closure top wall and a closure side wall extending from closure top wall. The closure portion is configured to be removed from a finish portion of the container by rotatably disengaging from threads of the finish portion. A tamper evidence band configured to remain engaged with the finish portion when the closure portion is removed from the finish portion. A multiplicity of thin connections attaching the tamper evidence band to the closure portion. The thin connections configured to break apart when the closure portion is removed from the container. An anchor extending from the closure portion to the tamper evidence band. The anchor configured to keep the closure portion attached to the tamper evidence band when the closure portion is removed from the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2023
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Inventor: Jay Clarke Hanan