Patents Examined by James M Van Buskirk
  • Patent number: 10279997
    Abstract: Various trash can assembly embodiments are disclosed. In some embodiments, the trash can assembly includes a body and a lid assembly. The lid assembly can include a lid, and a multicomponent trim ring. The lid assembly can be rotatably connected with the body via a hinge unit. In certain embodiments, a flange of the trim ring is guided into and/or received into the hinge unit. A translating pin of the hinge unit can engage into the flange, thereby providing a rotatable connection between the trim ring and the body. In various embodiments, the translating pin is coupled with a handle to facilitate movement of the pin by a user during engagement of the trim ring and the hinge unit. A positioner can help to position the trash can against or adjacent to a wall or other structure. The movement of both the trim ring and the lid can be dampened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: simplehuman, LLC
    Inventors: Frank Yang, Di-Fong Chang, Joseph Sandor
  • Patent number: 10272746
    Abstract: Methods for reducing vibration or noise that is transmitted by or through a relatively thin, flat, rigid sheet of material such as a glass pane (e.g., the windshield of a vehicle) or metal panel are provided, wherein such a panel is provided with a material between the panel and a frame that is capable of causing attenuation of the noise or vibration propagating from the panel to the frame or vice versa. Such an assembly is especially useful for glazing in a vehicle for the purpose of improving acoustic comfort within the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Henkel AG & Co. KGaA
    Inventors: Michael J. Flener, Christopher J. Liddiard
  • Patent number: 10266300
    Abstract: A container (1) made of plastic material, provided with an oblate body (2) and with a bottom (3) in the extension of the body (2) at a lower end thereof, the bottom (3) including: a peripheral base (7) defining an annular standing plane (8) whose contour exhibits, along a long axis, a large dimension A, and, along a short axis perpendicular to the long axis, a small dimension A? that is strictly smaller than the large dimension, a concave arch (13) that extends from the base (7) to a central area (14); wherein the base has: along the long axis, a width C such that: 0.03 ? C A ? 0.1 along the short axis, a width C? such that: 0.05 ? C ? A ? ? 0.15 .
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventors: Michel Boukobza, Camille Guiton
  • Patent number: 10259626
    Abstract: A sealing member or closure for a container is provided having a protected security component and a removal tab. The sealing member is provided in the form of a one-piece or a two-piece construction and has a tab and an optical security component configured to be protected such that the optical clarity of the security component is maintained after induction sealing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Selig Sealing Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert William Thorstensen-Woll
  • Patent number: 10252839
    Abstract: The fastener container in the present invention includes a lid and a receptacle base as main components combined together. Said lid has a first section and a second section which are connected by a hinge. This invention used the first prominent portion with flexible cushioning effect and the pressing member of the first prominent portion of the first section, and the blocking member and the third recess of the second prominent portion of the second section to reduce the wear and tear between the pressing member and the blocking member, it also can prevent the pressing member from squeezing the blocking member for a long time to result in a problem that the pressing member and the blocking member are deformed and the first section can not be held in the open position, so that the service life of the lid can be extended and the user can easily open or close the first section of the lid to take or place screws or other items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: YI-HSIN CHEN
    Inventor: Min-Chien Chen
  • Patent number: 10252846
    Abstract: A package box includes a substrate board and a plurality of projections. The projections are formed on the substrate board. The substrate board includes a first surface and a second surface. The first surface is opposite to the second surface. Each of the projections is formed when the first surface of the substrate board protrudes toward the second surface of the substrate board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Inventors: Yu-Ching Liu, Xi-Hang Li, Er-Wei Chen, Bing Liu, Dong-Ya Wang, Cui-Ling Li
  • Patent number: 10252006
    Abstract: A syringe assembly of the present invention is composed of an outer cylinder and a seal cap. The outer cylinder has an outer cylinder body part, a piercing needle mounting part, and a piercing needle fixed to the piercing needle mounting part. The seal cap has a closed distal end part, an open proximal end part, a piercing needle mounting part-accommodating part accommodating a distal end portion of the piercing needle mounting part, a piercing needle accommodating part, and a pierceable part into which the piercing needle tip is pierceable. A polyparaxylylene coating is provided on an inner surface of the piercing needle mounting part-accommodating part of the seal cap or on an outer surface of the piercing needle mounting part of the outer cylinder. The inner surface of the piercing needle mounting part-accommodating part of the seal cap and the outer surface of the piercing needle mounting part of the outer cylinder are kept in close contact with each other through the polyparaxylylene coating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Inventors: Keiko Fukushi, Yoshihiko Abe
  • Patent number: 10245025
    Abstract: A packaged antimicrobial suture. The packaged antimicrobial suture includes an inner package having a source of antimicrobial agent, the source of antimicrobial agent comprising a plurality of patches, each patch having a pair of antimicrobial material reservoirs; at least one suture positioned within the inner package, the at least one suture comprising one or more surfaces; and an outer package having an inner surface, the outer package having the inner package positioned within; wherein the at least one suture, the inner package and the inner surface of the outer package are subjected to time, temperature and pressure conditions sufficient to transfer an effective amount of the antimicrobial agent from the antimicrobial agent source to the at least one suture and the inner package, thereby substantially inhibiting bacterial colonization on the at least one suture and the inner package. A method of making a packaged antimicrobial suture having is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael David Prikril, Howard L. Scalzo, Jr., Leon Gisin
  • Patent number: 10237990
    Abstract: A retractable storage system for a handheld electronic device includes a protective housing member operative shaped and sized to bound the handheld electronic device and enable wrapping around the handheld electronic device. At least one accessory station structured is on the housing member, and has an aperture to arrest and dispense an accessory item. At least one storage chamber is structured on the housing member to store the accessory item. The protective housing member has a first housing part and a second housing part which combine to form one protective housing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Inventor: John T. Merenda
  • Patent number: 10207851
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for a container that comprises multiple interlocking panels. According to various embodiments, a first panel includes a first notch, a second notch, a third notch, and a fourth notch. A second panel includes a first tab that is configured to be inserted into the first notch of the first panel. A third panel includes a second tab that is configured to be inserted into the second notch of the first panel. A fourth panel includes a third tab that is configured to be inserted into the third notch of the first panel. A fifth panel includes a fourth tab that is configured to be inserted into the fourth notch of the first panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Patricia Terumi Yoshida Shigihara, William Anthony Lopes, David Dzung Lu
  • Patent number: 10189620
    Abstract: A combination locking puzzle gift box consisting of a drawer, a cover, and a plurality of dials. When an unlocking code word is positioned beneath a marker on the cover, the drawer maybe be freely inserted or withdrawn from the cover assembly. In a locked state, the unlocking code is rotated away from beneath the marker and the drawer is locked in place and may not be withdrawn from the cover, thereby securing an item held within.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Inventor: Steven Douglas Small
  • Patent number: 10189605
    Abstract: A detachable attachment assembly has a receptacle unit and a carrier unit. The receptacle unit includes a housing defining a receptacle slot and a piston having a profile substantially matching the receptacle slot. The piston is movable between an engaged position, proximal the receptacle slot, and a retracted position, distal to the receptacle slot. A biasing member biases the piston toward the engaged position. A flange of the carrier unit has a width greater than the length of the receptacle slot. A lock tab is offset from the flange and is configured to pass through the receptacle slot. A first angle of the carrier unit lets the lock tab move the piston from the engaged position to the retracted position. A second angle prevents passage of the lock tab through the receptacle slot. An accessory is attached to the carrier unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Inventor: Thomas E. Houck
  • Patent number: 10183767
    Abstract: Improved packaging materials for packaging multiple mattress spring cores together in a compressed stack, wherein the two ends of the stack are covered by end panels comprising a laminated paper stack panel that includes one or more layers of a stretchable paper called extensible kraft paper laminated together with a water soluble glue. The mattress spring cores are separated by an interleaving sheet comprising one layer of extensible kraft paper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Inventor: Matthew Edward Zerial
  • Patent number: 10179692
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a bottle shipment assembly that can withstand shock and impact during shipping. The assembly can accommodate a wide variety of bottles, uses very little material such as HDPE and PVC, and is easily recyclable. There are three parts to the assembly: a neck portion that locks around the bottle's neck, a base portion that snugly fits around the bottle's bottom, and an exterior box that securely and immovably houses the bottle fitted with the neck portion and base portion. The neck portion has a center portion and two wings that move from inoperable to operable position. The center portion has with a head-engagement recess that slips over the bottle's neck. In operable position, the neck portion has a square configuration, and fits snugly inside the exterior box. The base portion also has a square configuration that fits snugly inside the exterior box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Inventor: Benoit Tremblay
  • Patent number: 10173831
    Abstract: A blank for forming an inner packaging container of a pack for consumer goods including an outer packaging container and the inner packaging container. The inner packaging container includes a dispensing opening with a resealable closure, a front panel, a back panel, a top panel, a bottom panel, and opposing side panels; each side panel having an inner panel and an outer panel, the inner panel having a first width defining a width of the inner packaging container, and the outer panel including at least a portion having a second width defining flanges having a width greater than the first width. The inner packaging container is insertable within the outer packaging container such that the flanges extending from the back panel of the inner packaging container exert a biasing force on the hinged lid of the outer packaging container to assure lid closure is maintained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Robert T. Mitten, Christopher J. Hession
  • Patent number: 10150610
    Abstract: A capsule includes a deformable and/or compressible casing provided with a base wall and a side wall defining a cavity suitable for containing an initial product to be combined with a fluid to make a final product. The deformable base wall is provided with an outlet passage for the outflow and dispensing of the final product, and when the casing is compressed and/or crushed, it changes from an initial configuration to a final configuration. The capsule further includes a closing device inside the cavity, substantially facing and adjacent to the base wall and provided with a closing portion arranged inside the cavity for engaging and closing the outlet passage in the initial configuration of the base wall, and for disengaging and opening the outlet passage, so as to dispense the final product through the outlet passage in the final configuration of the base wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Sarong Societa' per Azioni
    Inventors: Andrea Bartoli, Flavio Traldi, Alberto Bartoli
  • Patent number: 10106301
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a flexible container. In an embodiment, the flexible container includes (A) four panels adjoined along a common peripheral seal. The common peripheral seal is composed of a first side seal, an opposing second side seal, a top seal, and an opposing bottom seal. The four seals form a chamber. (B) Each panel includes a bottom face, and the four bottom faces are sealed together to define a bottom section. The flexible container includes (C) an upper spout seal extending from the first side seal to the second side seal. The flexible container also includes (D) a lower spout seal. (E) The upper spout seal and the lower spout seal each include a respective spout seal segment and a respective chamber seal segment. (F) The chamber seal segments define a sealed chamber top. (G) The lower spout seal segment is reciprocally aligned with the upper spout seal segment to form a spout. The spout extends from the sealed chamber top to the second side seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Dow Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Peter J. Schulz, Lamy J. Chopin, III, Michelle L. Boven, Jeffrey E. Bonekamp
  • Patent number: 10104991
    Abstract: An assisted eating aid for use with an eating utensil constructed to carry food portions is disclosed as a serving vessel body having a bottom surface and an opposing upper surface with a centrally disposed food receiving region, an outermost perimeter, and a plurality of flanges projecting upwardly from the upper surface of the serving vessel body to divide the centrally disposed food receiving region from an outermost food receiving region where at least two of the flanges are spaced apart with each flange having an interior facing scoop surface and exterior facing scoop surface constructed to shove food portions pushed thereagainst onto the eating utensil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Inventor: Kurt Reichel
  • Patent number: 10099831
    Abstract: What is disclosed is a storage and transport system for storage and transport objects such as jewelry or any other objects to be stored or carried. In a preferred embodiment, the carrier is a roll having a series of interchangeable attachments. In a further preferred embodiment, the interchangeable attachments are capable of being layered. The system further discloses a system in which attachments are interchangeable between various items or articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Inventor: LaRece Egli
  • Patent number: 10081480
    Abstract: An oxygen-absorbing container includes a container body having a multilayer structure constituted by an innermost layer, an outermost layer and an intermediate layer therebetween, the container body having an opening part on an upper part thereof; and a sealing member bonded to an upper end surface of the opening part of the container body to seal an opening of the opening part. The innermost layer and the intermediate layer are bent outward at an upper end of the opening part and form a flat part and a surface of the flat part forms the upper end surface of the opening part. When the sealing member is unsealed, part of the innermost layer on the upper end surface of the opening part is configured to be peeled off so as to leave an unsealed mark.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Inventors: Kenichi Niimi, Kiyonori Michiba, Takashi Kubo, Kazuyuki Minato, Yoshiki Itou, Takayoshi Itoh, Jungo Taguchi, Akihiro Masuda, Tatsuo Iwai