Patents Examined by Jacob K. Ackun, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9138088
    Abstract: A leak resistant drinking cup has a container for holding liquid and a lid assembly selectively attachable to the container. A diaphragm of the cup includes a liquid discharge member and a sealing member adapted for movement between a sealed position in which the sealing member blocks the flow of liquid from the container to the liquid discharge member, and an unsealed position in which liquid is permitted to flow from the container to the liquid discharge member. The liquid discharge member and sealing member are formed as one-piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Handi-Craft Company
    Inventors: Bernard J. Kemper, Charles H. Miller
  • Patent number: 8997995
    Abstract: The beverage transport organizer is an apparatus system that provides a user with a facilitated means of transporting a plurality of different beverage vessels. The apparatus system utilizes a beverage carrier and an insert panel. The beverage carrier is a container that holds the plurality of different beverage vessels during transport. The insert panel is positioned within the beverage carrier and provides a means of organizing beverage vessels for transport. The insert panel uses particularly shaped holders that accommodate beverage vessels of varying shapes and sizes. The beverage holders of the insert panel prevent beverage vessels from hitting against each other during transport, reducing the broken or chipped glassware.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventor: Adam Chitsazan
  • Patent number: 8668085
    Abstract: A paint brush cover has a bottom opening; a stretchable, breathable, moisture-wicking fabric body with an internal volume less than a volume of an inserted paint brush head; and a top opening narrower than the fabric body and the paint brush head and sized to freely admit the brush handle. A paint brush is inserted handle-first through the bottom opening until the wider brush head registers in a fully covered position with the brush head stretching the fabric body into moisture-wicking contact against the bristles, and with the bristle ends spaced above the bottom opening. The bottom opening may be stiffened with a flexible stiffener that flexes open when a brush head is inserted, or with a closure flap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Inventor: Andrew D. Oliver
  • Patent number: 8281922
    Abstract: A slide and shell container for consumer goods includes an outer shell and an inner slide. The inner slide includes a box and a lid, which is hingedly connected to the box at a hinge. The inner slide is slidable within the outer shell between a closed position in which the lid is closed and an open position in which the lid is open. The lid includes a lid flap which is arranged between the inner slide and the outer shell such that an engagement of the lid flap and the outer shell is capable of opening the lid. The lid flap is capable of engaging with the outer shell during movement of the inner slide from the closed position to the open position. The lid also includes a top wall, a back wall, a first side wall and a second side wall. The first side wall is connected through a fold line to the back wall and is connected through a fold line to the top wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventor: Lucas Chatelain
  • Patent number: 8206201
    Abstract: A method of producing a brush for carrying out surface roughing, polishing, lapping, and smoothing operations comprises a first molding operation of one or more mixes including one or more moldable synthetic materials so as to obtain a base portion (6; 160) and a plurality of bristle members (3; 130, 130a, 130b) projecting from a surface (6a; 160a) of the base portion (6; 160) and including at least one abrasive material. The invention also relates to a brush tool of synthetic material including one or more abrasive grain material in the bristle members (3; 130, 130a, 130b) thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Tenax SpA
    Inventor: Stefano Fioratti
  • Patent number: 8104612
    Abstract: Sleeve and album page devices for holding flat items, in particular a compact disc such as a photo compact disc together with an associated index print, the preferred embodiment including an embedded synthetic paper strip with an exposed write-on area for identifying the subject matter of the compact disc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: Ultra Pro Corporation
    Inventors: David Fu, Robert D. Shipp
  • Patent number: 8020696
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a storing and mixing apparatus is provided and includes a container having a reservoir, a neck, and a seal protrusion extending toward the longitudinal center of the container. The apparatus further includes a cap having a compartment with an off-center funnel part that extends toward an inner surface of the neck and ends in a dispenser opening that engages or disengages with the seal protrusion upon actuation of the cap between a first position and a second position of the dispenser opening relative to the seal protrusion. A method of using such an apparatus is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Inventor: Ernest J Kim
  • Patent number: 8020704
    Abstract: There is provided a storing case adapted to be disposed on top of an amplifier, an amplifier head, or an amplifier stack. The storing case is adapted to receive various accessories normally used by a musician and for storing them. The storing case has an external surface which is made of a material at least visually similar to the material of external surfaces of the amplifier, amplifier head, or amplifier stack. When the storing case is disposed on the amplifier, amplifier head, or amplifier stack, which is disposed on a stage, the storing case seems to be, for a spectator in front of the stage, an integral part of a set comprising the storing case and the amplifier, amplifier head, or amplifier stack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Inventor: Denis Houle
  • Patent number: 8016107
    Abstract: A holder for portable electronic devices is provided. The holder seats the portable electronic device upon a tray, and secures the device in such position preferably via a compression fit where the walls of the tray engage against and hold the edges of the device. The holder further provides a user the ability to adaptably position the display of the device relative to vertical or horizontal surfaces through use of a mounting assembly and support assembly that are connected to the back side of the tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Inventor: Timothy Emsky
  • Patent number: 8016114
    Abstract: A continuously electrically-conductive container contains an electrically-insulating support for holding an electric-field-sensitive article, such as a reticle, so that the article is shielded from external electric fields and is not in electrical contact with a conductive container wall. A SMIF pod comprises an electrically conductive container for holding an electric-field-sensitive article. A system has boundary walls that form a chamber for a controlled environment. The system includes a load port for receiving a SMIF pod and an end effector made of insulating material for moving a field-sensitive article within the chamber to and from the SMIF pod. An ionizer neutralizes electric charges on the field-sensitive article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Microtome Precision, Inc.
    Inventors: Gavin Charles Rider, Joseph A. Durben, Robert K. Lindsley
  • Patent number: 8011507
    Abstract: A receptacle for holding a meltable sharps container during a sterilization process in which the meltable sharps container and any contained sharps are heated. The receptacle includes a side wall and a bottom wall having respective interior surfaces defining a space for receiving the meltable sharps container. The receptacle also includes a plurality of recessed areas in the interior surface of the bottom wall, and a plurality of elevated areas on the interior surface of the bottom wall, whereby as the sharps container melts, material from the sharps container flows into the recessed areas and the elevated areas hold the contained sharps above the recessed areas, so as to inhibit the contained sharps from protruding through the melted sharps container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Bemis Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Barry Anderson, Joseph Hand
  • Patent number: 8006841
    Abstract: A storage element for the storage of cases (16) full of nuclear fuel in the horizontal position, said element comprising ventilation means (19, 32) arranged on the sides of the element, so that storage stacks according to this invention can be created. The storage elements may have a cross-section in the shape of regular hexagon to optimise the storage density.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique
    Inventors: Virgine Bontemps, Jean-Claude Argoud
  • Patent number: 7997412
    Abstract: A container comprises a storage compartment and a lid. The storage compartment may be formed of plastic, and may include indicia of measuring. The lid may be removably attached to the storage compartment by a latching mechanism. The latching mechanism may be sturdy enough to contain the contents of the storage compartment, even when those contents are substantially heavy. The contents of the storage compartment may pass through an opening in the lid. The opening may be covered by a removably attached closure, and the closure may include indicia of measuring. The closure may thus be removed from the lid, and used as a measuring device. A scoop may be removably attached to the inside of the lid, may include indicia of measuring, and may be used as a measuring device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: Wilton Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Lou Henry, Chris Mellen, Jennifer Courington, Jeff Chiu, Sarah Mault
  • Patent number: 7992709
    Abstract: A biodegradable tube comprises a mom-rigid paper tubular body defining a lumen for containing a semi-solid composition; a paper tubular cap that slidably mates with the body; and wherein interior surfaces of the each of the body and the cap have a coating that is substantially impermeable to the semi-solid composition. In preferred embodiments the tube body and cap have tapered sealed ends, the coating comprises an adhesive, and the walls of the tube/cap comprise a rolled paper material upon which the coating has been applied. Contemplated semi-solid product materials include for example lip balm, facial cream, lotion, deodorant, sunscreen, caulk, grease sticks, mosquito repellant, and shoe polish.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Inventors: Ellery West, Gail West
  • Patent number: 7987987
    Abstract: A bi-layer product package (12) includes a protective case (20) secured between opposed display and backing layers (14, 16) of the product package (12). A product display base (24) of the case projects through a display void (18) of the display layer (14) and houses a product (30). A capture lid (22) and twist-off securing structures (32, 40A, 40B, 42) of the case are secured between the display and backing layers (14, 16) of the package (12) to prevent the display base (24) from passing completely through the display layer (14). The display base (24) replaces a traditional transparent blister or projection of a blister pack during display of the product (30), and during usage of the product (30), thereby minimizing materials and manufacturing costs, while providing in one package (12) both a product (30) and a removable protective case (20) integral with the package (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Inventor: Donald R. Rochelo
  • Patent number: 7987975
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a wrench rack comprising a main frame, two recess bases, a linkage member and a cover plate. Two recess bases are set on the main frame, and each recess base has a plurality of recesses defined on its front for handle portions of wrenches to be engaged. The linkage member links with the main frame and the cover plate respectively. When the cover plate covers up the front of the main frame, the wrenches are limited. When the cover plate is flipped to the rear of the main frame, the cover plate is able to sustain the main frame along with the stand of the main frame. Therefore, the stability of the holder to place wrenches can be improved and so can the flexibility for users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Inventor: Hong-Jen Lee
  • Patent number: 7987989
    Abstract: Techniques for providing cost effective and tamper evident prepaid card packaging are described. By forming a cutout in a panel of the prepaid card packaging, covering the cutout with a material such as red glassine, and aligning an activation bar code or other indicia on the card with the cutout when mounting the card within the packaging, the security of the activation indicia can be better maintained. After purchase, the bar code can be scanned through the red glassine but prior to purchase, the red glassine prevents photocopying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Inventor: David Garland Abell
  • Patent number: 7971722
    Abstract: A wafer container includes a container body that having a plurality of slots therein for placing a plurality of wafers; an opening is formed on a sidewall of the container body for importing or exporting the wafers; and a door having an inner surface and an outer surface, in which the inner surface of the door is joined with the opening of the container body for protecting the plurality of wafers therein, the characteristic in that: a recess is disposed in the central portion of the inner surface of the door to divide the inner surface into two platforms, and each restraint module is located on two platforms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: Gudeng Precision Industral Co, Ltd
    Inventors: Chin-Ming Lin, Kuan-Lun Pan
  • Patent number: 7971715
    Abstract: A disposal system including a container having a door movable between a first position and a second position for introducing material to be disposed into the container, and a sensing system operatively associated with the container to sense the position of the door and to generate an alarm signal in response to a predetermined position of the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: DeRoyal Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig Fernandes, Terry B. Kehne, Gary F. Peters, William G. Pittman, E. Steven Ward
  • Patent number: 7971716
    Abstract: The present invention is related to an adjustable inclined tool box for holding tools. In addition, the user can comfortably lie on the tool box at an incline when working in a supine position. The incline of the tool box can be changed by adjusting the height of at least one height adjustable foot connected to the bottom of the tool box. An optional lip connected to the tool box and extending therefrom can be provided in order to provide a smooth transition from the back rest of the tool box to a cabinet space floor if being used for work under a cabinet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Inventor: Michael R. Eaton