Patents Examined by James N Smalley
  • Patent number: 11659915
    Abstract: A collapsible, reusable drinking container is provided having a first opening suitable for pouring and filling, a second opening for accessing the interior of the container for cleaning, and a flexible straw for drinking the contents while the container is held in an upright position. The first opening is reversibly sealed with a cap, the second opening with an interlocking ridge and groove fastener, and the straw is reversibly sealed using a plug, a cap, a push-pull cap, a reversibly discontinuous portion of the straw, or an element for reversibly kinking the straw. The straw is attached to the container wall, to the cap for sealing the first opening, or to the fastener for sealing the second opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2023
    Inventor: Arianna Chen
  • Patent number: 11661251
    Abstract: A nozzle, such as a nozzle for use as a part of a beverage preparation package. The nozzle may include a nozzle body with a conduit, the conduit having an inlet end and an outlet end. The nozzle may also include a plug that is connected to the nozzle body in a detachable manner. The plug and the conduit may be configured such that, when the plug is detached from the nozzle body, the plug is adapted to travel along the conduit and be retained within the conduit at the outlet end such that fluid can flow through the conduit from the inlet end towards the outlet end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2023
    Inventors: Darren Nicholls, Simon Wilson
  • Patent number: 11661253
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a packing structure for packing a gap between two bodies, and more particularly, to a packing structure which tightly seals a gap between two bodies and maintains the tight contact therebetween for a long time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2023
    Inventor: Hyun-Jin Park
  • Patent number: 11655084
    Abstract: The present invention has the advantage of allowing a user to establish or release a seal between a container and a container lid with a single touch through a seal packing made of an elastic material and having a simple structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2023
    Assignee: NEOFLAM INC.
    Inventors: Hyun Dong Kim, Ju Yeon Yun, Jae Uk Kim
  • Patent number: 11649092
    Abstract: The invention relates to a plastic enclosure for enclosing industrial components. The enclosure comprises a case (2), a lid (9), and a latch device (13) for locking the lid to the case. The lid (9) has a grip means formed as a rigid lug (14) molded to be monolithic with the lid (9), the lug comprising a throughhole (19) to which a hook portion (17) of a rocker (15) can grip. The lug (14) is arranged, in the closed position of the lid, to extend over and at a distance from the second wall (7) to be substantially in parallel with a wall of the case to limit an intermediate space between the wall (7) and the lug (14) when the lid is in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2023
    Assignee: Ensto Building Systems Oy
    Inventors: Reijo Mattila, Timo Tuomisto, Markus Niemi, Turkka Heiska, Marjo Kurri
  • Patent number: 11639250
    Abstract: A closure is configured to mount on a container to close an open mouth formed in the container. The closure includes a lid and an outer layer coupled to the lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2023
    Assignee: Berry Global, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Gift, John A. Vassallo, Thomas A. Genovese
  • Patent number: 11633056
    Abstract: A non-spill drinking container assembly having a container with an open upper portion and closed lower portion. A collar may be removably attached to the upper portion of the container and may have an upper surface with a contour. A seal may be removably attached to the collar and cover the contour of the upper surface of the collar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2023
    Assignee: MUNCHKIN, INC.
    Inventors: Steven Bryan Dunn, Mark A. Hatherill, Kevin Douglas Johnson, Matthew Joseph Saxton
  • Patent number: 11628972
    Abstract: A container lid and base assembly includes lid and base stacking features, as well as base chamfers that align with vents provided in the lid. When a plurality of the container assemblies is stacked, the lid and base stacking features nest with each other, while the chamfers align with corresponding vents in the stacked assemblies so that none of the vents is blocked by a next-higher container assembly. The stacking features can be centrally located, and the vents can be peripherally located. A plurality of the container assemblies can have differing sizes and/or shapes, while including mutually compatible stacking features, thereby enabling container assemblies of differing sizes to be stacked without blocking any of the vents thereof. The vents can be holes or ā€œCā€ vents. The lid and/or base can be manufacturable by thermoforming. The lid and base can be separate, or joined by a hinge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2023
    Assignee: Waddington North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Russell L. Simms, II
  • Patent number: 11619074
    Abstract: A security device for mounting over the neck of a bottle having an exterior lip has outer cap structure including an annular housing portion (16) for location about the neck of a bottle and an end cap portion (18) at one end of the annular housing portion. A claw member (14) is slidably mounted to the outer cap structure for movement in a direction parallel to a longitudinal axis of the annular housing portion between operative and inoperative positions. A latch mechanism (60) releasably secures the claw member in the operative position. The claw member has a plurality of resiliently deformable elongate claws (52a, 52b) for engagement with the neck of a bottle to which the device is mounted when the claw member is in the operative position. The claw member comprises at least two sets of claws (52a, 52b) of different lengths. The latch mechanism (60) may be a magnetically-releasable latch enabling the device to be removed using a magnetic key. The device may incorporate a RF or RFID tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2023
    Inventors: Omar Yasin, Chao Han
  • Patent number: 11618620
    Abstract: A cap protector for protecting a cap on a container includes a plurality of axial fins extending from a common point. Each axial fin includes a body extending between an inner edge and an outer edge, and a cap-engaging lip defined on the inner edge that is configured to selectively engage a cap of a container. The plurality of axial fins may be movable from a disengaged position to an engaged position, wherein in the engaged position the cap-engaging lip of each of the plurality of axial fins engages the cap of a container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2023
    Assignee: L'Oreal
    Inventor: Michael P. Robinson, II
  • Patent number: 11618621
    Abstract: One embodiment of a vertical tube (26) for an improved tamper-evident container having no threads which descends from the underside of a cap (12) and is permanently adhered to a receiving cylindrical, threadless body neck (50) on the top of the body (10). A tape (46) is adhered to the underside of the lid (14) and runs towards the front of the cap where the opening is located, extends down to a plateau (22) where it runs back towards the rear, hinged (18) end of the cap. The tape breaks apart when the lid is opened for the first time. The cap and lid are clear and see-through which allows the customer to see if the tape is torn apart and know whether the product has been tampered with or not. Other embodiments are described and shown.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2023
    Inventor: Richard John McCormick
  • Patent number: 11612259
    Abstract: The invention relates to a vessel which accommodates a metal element in its base, wherein the vessel comprises a lower recess in the base which accommodates the metal element, wherein the metal element is bonded to the base by means of a transparent adhesive at the bottom of the recess and is embedded by a transparent plastic which fills up a remaining area of the recess. The invention further relates to a method for producing a vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2023
    Assignee: MAGLASSX GMBH
    Inventor: Christoph Fritz
  • Patent number: 11613413
    Abstract: A package assembly enables a user to adjust package assembly volume and includes a first (static or dynamic) package body and a second dynamic package body. The first package body has an upper body rim. Each dynamic package body provides a dynamic lid volume and has a rim-receiving groove, a lid wall, and at least one resilient portion. The rim-receiving groove is removably attachable to the upper body rim for defining a dynamic package assembly volume with the package body when in a closed configuration with the first package body. The resilient portion extends intermediate the lid wall and the rim-receiving groove and is resiliently actuable intermediate (a) a relaxed configuration for defining a maximum package assembly volume when in the closed configuration and (b) an actuated configuration defining a minimum package assembly volume in the closed configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2023
    Assignee: Resolute Patents, LLC
    Inventor: Pavel Savenok
  • Patent number: 11603238
    Abstract: A beverage container lid comprising a body having drinking hole and an air hole, and a slide-seal automatic Open and Close retention mechanism that comprises a sealing arm pivotally connected to the body, a movement and position retention linkage structured and operable to move the sealing arm between an Opened and a Closed position, a control mechanism slidingly disposed within the body and operably connected to the movement and position retention linkage such that movement of the control mechanism will control movement of the sealing arm between the Opened and Closed positions, and a biasing device structured and operable to exert constant force on the sealing arm, such that force exerted by the biasing device in combination with the structure and operation of the movement and position retention linkage will selectively retain the sealing arm in the Opened position and in the Closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2023
    Inventors: Hongbin Ma, Hao Bai, Michael Merwin, Christopher Vincent
  • Patent number: 11597569
    Abstract: A can for containing a liquid has a top end having a dispense area defined by a first score line and a pull tab coupled to the top end by a rivet. The pull tab has a puncturing end for breaking the first score line and pushing into the interior of the can without detaching the dispense area to open a dispense aperture. A vent area is defined by a second score line and positioned on the opposite side of the rivet. The first and second score lines are separated by at least one torsion stripe of the can top material for acting as a hinge by torsion upon lifting the actuating end of the pull tab. As the dispense aperture is opened by pushing the dispense area into the interior of the can, a vent aperture is opened by pulling the vent area outwards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2023
    Inventor: Christopher Neiner
  • Patent number: 11591139
    Abstract: A lid for an insulated container comprises a flexible gasket configured to facilitate a seal between the lid and an inner wall of the insulated container, and further configured to expand into an interior compartment of the insulated container responsive to a vacuum developing in the interior compartment. A diaphragm chamber is situated opposite the flexible gasket from the interior compartment when the lid is fully engaged with the insulated container. One or more air channels couple the diaphragm chamber to an exterior of the lid. The development of a vacuum in the interior compartment of the insulated container draws a force on the flexible gasket, thereby reducing pressure in the diaphragm chamber. The negative pressure in diaphragm chamber is back-filled with external air, which enters the lid via the air channels. The lid may then be removed without excessive vacuum forces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2023
    Assignee: KLEAN KANTEEN, INC.
    Inventors: Richard John Adams, Jr., Joshua James Birkle, James M. Osgood
  • Patent number: 11591140
    Abstract: A liquid container includes a cup having a brim forming an opening into an interior region of the cup. The container also includes a lid configured to mount on the brim of the cup to close the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2023
    Assignee: Berry Global, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Eickhoff, Braxton J. Bragg, Jeffrey A. Mann
  • Patent number: 11583056
    Abstract: The present utility model discloses a replaceable cosmetic bottle, comprising a bottle body and a bottle cap that covers the bottle body, wherein the bottle body comprises an outer bottle and an inner container which are detachably connected; the outer bottle comprises a first threaded connection portion and a second threaded connection portion which are vertically connected, and the second threaded connection portion is in threaded connection with the bottle cap; the inner container comprises a vertical ring boss; and the inner container is arranged in an inner cavity of the outer bottle, and the vertical ring boss is in threaded connection with the first threaded connection portion. According to the present utility model, the inner container can be conveniently replaced, thereby effectively saving costs and conforming to the idea of energy conservation and environmental protection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2023
    Inventors: Jun Shen, Min-Yan Zheng, Fengying Fu
  • Patent number: 11565854
    Abstract: What is described here is a closing cap (1) for a container (2), in particular for a container (2) intended to contain pressurised beverages. The cap comprising a lateral wall (3) extending around an axis (Z) and a transversal wall (4) positioned at one end of the lateral wall (3), a separating line (5) being provided on the lateral wall (3) to define a retaining ring (301), which extends as far as a free edge (304) and is configured to internally engage with a locking ring (206) of a neck (201) of the container (2), and a closing element (302) removably engageable with the neck, so as to open or close the container. The cap comprises an inner thread structure, positioned on the inside of the lateral wall (3) of the closing element (302) to engage with an outer thread structure of the neck (201) and to removably couple the closing element (302) to the neck (201) of the container (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Inventor: Alessandro Falzoni
  • Patent number: 11560263
    Abstract: A valve for a lid of a fluid vessel includes a valve body having an adapter portion coupling first and second opposite ends of the valve body. The first and second ends are rotatably fixed to each other and have an angle formed therebetween. The adapter portion is configured to be rotatably coupled to the lid about a first axis. The first end of the valve body is configured to be coupled to a button for rotating the first end about the first axis. The valve includes a stopper coupled to the second end of the valve body and configured to cover an opening in the lid. The stopper is configured to be separated from the opening when the first end of the valve body is rotated in a first direction about the first axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: Olympia Tools International, Inc.
    Inventor: Cecil Wilson