Patents Examined by Jacob K. Ackun
  • Patent number: 11117779
    Abstract: A paper roll support assembly is provided with a collapsible spindle with distal ends to be received in a pair of bracket receptacles. Product packaging is sized to receive the collapsible spindle only in a collapsed state of the spindle to minimize an overall size. The collapsible spindle is provided with an outer spindle member, an open end spaced apart from the distal end, and a cavity formed therein with a first diameter. An inner spindle member is provided with a proximal end spaced apart from the distal end with an outer diameter sized to be received within the cavity for translation and rotation relative to the outer spindle. A first retainer is oriented in the cavity in cooperation with a second retainer oriented on the inner spindle member such that extension is prevented in a first rotational orientation and extension is permitted in a second rotational orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: LIBERTY HARDWARE MFG. CORP.
    Inventors: Earl David Forrest, Christine Lemnios, Ryan Patrick Martin
  • Patent number: 11109953
    Abstract: The invention relates to a package (2; 3) for an object, preferably a medical object, the package comprising a bottom shell (21; 31); a top shell (22; 32) having a closure portion (24; 34) referred to as a “cap”, and a connection portion (23; 33) in the form of a hollow body and connected to the closure portion (24) by a hinge (25) to enable the closure portion (24; 34) to tilt relative to the connection portion (23; 33) in order to release access to the inside of the bottom shell (21; 31) through the connection portion (23; 33). The connection portion (23; 33) is provided with a stiffener element (290; 390) and a sealing strip (4; 4?) connects together the edges (241, 231) of the cap (24; 34) and of the connection portion (23; 33) that face each other over the entire length of said edges. Said connection portion (23; 33) of the top shell (22; 32) and of the bottom shell (21; 31) are two parts that are fastened to each other, preferably by bonding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: SELENIUM MEDICAL
    Inventor: Olivier Richart
  • Patent number: 11111063
    Abstract: A container carrier and manufacturing method therefor are provided. The container carrier may include an integrally molded body with a plurality of annular structures. Each annular structure may have a top surface, a side wall, a circumferential rib, and a plurality of inwardly projecting flanges. The plurality of flanges may be collectively configured to secure a corresponding container within the annular structure. A first annular structure may be detachably coupled to a second annular structure by a tearable first tab, and a third annular structure may be detachably coupled to a fourth annular structure by a tearable second tab. The container carrier may be configured to separate into a first truncated carrier and a second truncated carrier when tearing operations are performed on both the first tab and second tab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: OREGON PRECISION INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Zakary James Borg, Ronald Lee Mellor, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11112212
    Abstract: A secure storage system may provide secure, portable, and rapidly accessible storage for articles such as firearms. Such a system may have a shell with first and second shell members that can be closed to keep the articles secure, or opened to provide accessibility. A locking mechanism may be used to lock the shell in the closed configuration. The locking mechanism may be controlled by a wireless receiver that receives a signal to unlock the shell. The shell may include a secure-side programming interface to allow a user to set control system parameters when the system is in the unlocked state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Inventor: Ryan P. Hyde
  • Patent number: 11103634
    Abstract: An assembly for storing both new and used pen needles of an injection apparatus, comprising a plurality of storage units each configured to store a pen needle having a needle fixed to a hub, the plurality of storage units being hingedly connected, and each including a storage end, and a dispensing end having an anti-rotation structure, wherein the anti-rotation structure working in conjunction with the hub of the pen needle to prevent rotation of the pen needle when the pen needle is in a dispensing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventors: Ira Spool, Cole Constantineau, Ryan Schoonmaker, Sean P. Sullivan, Abhijitsinh Raj, Michel Bruehwiler
  • Patent number: 11097066
    Abstract: A storage device (30) for storing a pen needle assembly (10) includes a housing (30) having first wells (44) with a dimension for receiving the pen needle assembly and second wells (46) for receiving an inner shield (24) of the pen needle assembly. The second wells (46) have a diameter less than a diameter of the first wells (44). An ejector (40) in the housing (34) can be actuated to eject the used needle hub (16) and outer covers (22) from the first well (44) and the inner shield (24) from the second well (46) for disposal. A method of coupling a pen needle delivery device to a needle hub is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventors: Xi Zeng, Huasheng Huang, Wei Hu, Fei Wang, Tingting Fan
  • Patent number: 11097872
    Abstract: A composite lid of a cylindrical container includes an outer metal lid having an integral top wall and sidewall and an inner plastic lid having a top wall and sidewall fitted inside the outer metal lid such that a free end of the sidewall of the inner plastic lid extends beyond a free end of the sidewall of the outer metal lid. The composite lid can be fitted on a base having an integral bottom wall and sidewall such that the sidewall of the inner plastic lid frictionally engages the sidewall of the base. The outer metal lid can be formed by stamping sheet metal, the inner plastic lid can be formed by molding a polymer material and the base can be formed by molding a polymer material. The outer metal lid can be adhesively bonded or mechanically fitted to the inner plastic lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventor: James D. Evans
  • Patent number: 11096506
    Abstract: An anti-theft assembly for deterring theft of a ring is provided. The anti-theft assembly includes a base that can be used to support an electronic article surveillance marker; a product engagement member including a support member that supports the ring during use and a locking member that secures the support member to the base; and an attachment member for securing the ring to the support member. In one embodiment, the support member and the locking member are a single, unitary member. In another embodiment, the support member and the locking member are separate members. Once assembled, upon applying a twisting force to the ring the engagement member rotates within the opening so that the attachment member is not broken.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: A & H Mfg. Co. LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Feibelman, Andrew S. Feldman, David W. Brown
  • Patent number: 11091308
    Abstract: A container (100) having: a housing member (10) having a bottom surface member (12) and a side surface member (14); and a protective member (20a) having a receiving surface in contact with an item to be housed. The bottom surface member defines the xy plane and the side surface member defines the xz plane and the yz plane that are orthogonal to the xy plane. The side surface member has a cut-out section (15a) that faces a housing space. The protective member has: an inside member (22a) comprising a receiving section (22R) having two receiving surfaces (23, 24) parallel to the xz plane and the yz plane; and an outside member (32a) arranged between the inside member and a side surface parallel to the yz plane of the side surface member, said outside member being fitted to the inside member so as to be slidable in a direction intersecting the bottom surface. The inside member and the outside member are arranged in the cut-out section so as to each be independently attachable and detachable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: SAKAI DISPLAY PRODUCTS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kazuki Nakamichi
  • Patent number: 11077545
    Abstract: A tool storage device for storing application tools and/or assembly aids includes at least one plug-in member and at least one storage housing. The plug-in member is configured to retain application tools or assembly aids. The storage housing includes a receiving region for releasably fastening the plug-in member to the storage housing. The plug-in member has a first retaining end connected to the receiving region of the storage housing, and a second retaining end connected to the receiving region of the storage housing, in order to secure the plug-in member in a form-fitting manner with respect to at least a first direction. The plug-in member is connected to the storage housing such that the plug-in member is mounted, in particular clamped in place, firmly, in particular in a play-free manner, in at least a second direction on the storage housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Stefan Christen, David Steinlin, Simon Isch
  • Patent number: 11078001
    Abstract: An inflatable web is disclosed. The web includes first and second film plies sealed together via a plurality of generally transverse seals to define a first and second inflatable chambers and an inflation region. The chambers are inflatable with a fluid and operable to contain the fluid. The sealed plies have a first longitudinal edge and a second longitudinal edge. The web defines a separation region extending at least partially transversely across the web between the first and second inflatable chambers and is configured to facilitate separation thereof. The separation region includes a tear propagation line extending transversely across at least a portion of the web with an end of the tear propagation line terminating proximal to the first longitudinal edge of the web. The separation region includes a tear initiation feature including edges spaced apart from one another longitudinally to form a permanent opening in the web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Pregis Innovative Packaging LLC
    Inventor: Thomas D. Wetsch
  • Patent number: 11071817
    Abstract: A syringe nest assembly includes a base having a first surface and an opposing second surface and a first plate movably coupled to the base. The base includes a plurality of nesting units extending upwardly away from the first surface of the base. Each nesting unit includes a hollow body having a first open end distal from the first surface of the base and an opposing second open end. The first plate has a first surface and an opposing second surface. The first plate includes a plurality of apertures extending from the first surface to the second surface of the first plate. Each aperture of the first plate is generally aligned with a respective nesting unit of the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: WEST PHARMACEUTICAL SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Christopher Evans, Brian Costello, Raymond Protasiewicz, Christopher Gieda
  • Patent number: 11065095
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a flexible container, a port, and a support structure. The container includes a first layer coupled to a second layer to define a storage volume within which a tissue specimen can be contained. The first layer is characterized by a first stiffness and the second layer characterized by a second stiffness. An edge of the first layer is spaced apart from an edge of the second layer to define an opening into the storage volume. The edge of the first layer and the edge of the second layer are configured to form a peelable seal that hermetically seals the storage volume such that the first layer can be peeled away from the second layer to expose the storage volume. The port is coupled to the flexible container and allows fluid communication between the storage volume and an external volume. The support structure is configured to support the tissue specimen within the storage volume and is characterized by a third stiffness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Instant Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Madeline C. Alden, Kimber L. Burley, Tara C. Ramsey
  • Patent number: 11053047
    Abstract: Container systems having improved messaging structures. Container systems that include a tab that partially occludes a mouth or passageway to an interior volume. Methods of making and using container systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Nikola Curcic, Eric Douglas Banks, Ashley Chonta Robinson, Mary Ellen Finnegan, Sofie Van Assche
  • Patent number: 11051659
    Abstract: A customizable toothbrush container, including a main body to receive at least a portion of a toothbrush therein, and a UV light disposed on at least a portion of an interior surface of the main body to sterilize the toothbrush in response to an illumination of the UV light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Inventor: James LaRocca
  • Patent number: 11046488
    Abstract: A substance container has a cap that defines a cap space for an additive. The cap has a cap space opening closed by a seal which may or may not be pre-weakened, and a flexible press top having a pushing mechanism that reaches through the cap space attached on one end to the flexible top, while another end of the pushing mechanism is directed to the opening. The flexible press top has an upper side and an opposite lower side arranged such that upon depression the pushing mechanisms hold fixed radial positions during translation to the opening, contact with the seal and push through the seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Inventors: Richard Patrick Versluijs, Gerard van Amerongen
  • Patent number: 11040814
    Abstract: The invention relates to a packaged product or group of products, such as a candy, wherein said product or group of products has an elongated form, wherein the package comprises at least one film which encloses said product or group of products, and wherein part of said film extends from at least one outer end of the product or group of products, and wherein said part of the film is bent away from the direction of the axis of the elongated product or group of products back towards a part of the film that surrounds the product and is bonded therewith. The invention also relates to an easy opening arrangement for packaged products, and to an array or bandoleer of products with reduced packaging material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Mars, Incorporated
    Inventor: Albertus Cornelis Van Liempd
  • Patent number: 11027893
    Abstract: A container with a selectively openable cover to selectively allow access to one or more compartments is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Berry Global, Inc.
    Inventors: Jordan Robert French, Seth Tempel
  • Patent number: 11029727
    Abstract: Systems and methods are involved with but are not limited to an apparatus including a keyboard case structure including side portions with walls extending therefrom, and being sized and shaped to detachably engage with a keyboard assembly; a display case structure including side portions with walls extending therefrom, and being sized and shaped to detachably engage with a display assembly; and a hinge case structure including one or more first engagement edges being sized and shaped to detachably engage with the keyboard case structure, and one or more second engagement edges being sized and shaped to detachably engage with the display case structure. In addition, other aspects are described in the claims, drawings, and text forming a part of the present disclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: PIONEER SQUARE BRANDS, INC.
    Inventors: Jaimie Emerald Chan, Michael Cooper Ferren, Megan Elizabeth Zumel Manzano, Brian Lewis Piper
  • Patent number: 11021309
    Abstract: A cushion member includes a tubular portion and an abutting portion. The tubular portion has, in its inside, a hollow that extends in a second direction perpendicular to a first direction that is a longitudinal direction of a storage portion. The tubular portion can be elastically deformed by an external force in the first direction. The abutting portion abuts on, in the first direction, a portion of the cover portion other than the lid. An evasive cut portion is formed at a portion of the tubular portion that faces the lid of the cover portion in the first direction, the evasive cut portion being a cut that is cut into from an end of the tubular portion in the second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Yuta Nohara, Yoshihiro Ando