Patents Examined by James N Smalley
  • Patent number: 10351318
    Abstract: A lid for a container is described. The lid has a basin that is designed to enhance the user's olfactory experience when drinking a beverage from the container and lid. As the user tilts the container and lid to take a drink, the beverage pours through an opening on the basin valley and flows across a sipping surface area to the user's mouth, thus allowing the beverage to aerate, evaporate, and cool. The basin is sized and dimensioned to channel and concentrate the vapor rising from the beverage towards the user's nose as the user sips the beverage. The basin and the opening are sized and dimensioned to provide a comfortable and secure feeling when drinking hot beverages. In this manner, the lid enhances the drinker's olfactory experience and provides better controllability of the flow of a hot beverage to prevent burn injuries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Harl-Bella Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Samuel Lincoln Brannock
  • Patent number: 10336495
    Abstract: A container of a plastic material is produced using a blow-fill-seal method, and has a container body (1) for receiving a fluid as well as a neck section (5) connected to the container body (1). At the container free end, a dispensing opening (13) for fluid is sealed via a separating region (15, 19) with a head section (17) that can be removed from the neck section (5) by actuating a movable sleeve section (35). By releasing the separating region (15, 19), the dispensing opening (13) is exposed. From the unactuated state to the actuated state in which the separating region (15, 19) is released, the sleeve section (35) is guided so as to be at least partially in contact with a guide path (23) that is part of the removable head section (17).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Inventor: Bernd Hansen
  • Patent number: 10336508
    Abstract: A cover for sealing a container having an interior chamber that holds a quantity of material therein. A first channel provided on a base of the cover receives a rim on the container's side wall. A first sealing member is provided on the base. A second sealing member provided on the lid is complementary to the first sealing member and is engageable therewith when the lid is moved to a closed position. A flexible bridge extends between the base and the lid. One of the first or second sealing members is a protrusion and the other is a second channel. The protrusion may be received within the second channel when the lid is closed. Pressure may be progressively applied to the lid to zipper the cover into a sealed position. When the lid is in the sealed position material cannot be accidentally or purposefully removed from the interior chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Inventor: William Battaglia
  • Patent number: 10328745
    Abstract: An artist's container having a bottom wall and a peripheral wall of non-uniform height surrounding the bottom wall. The peripheral wall defines a footprint of the container when viewed from the top. The container includes one or more interior walls positioned within the footprint of the container to divide the interior into a plurality of storage compartments. The container also includes a plurality of support posts. The plurality of support posts extend to varied heights above the bottom wall such that an imaginary support plane is collectively defined by the tops of the plurality of support posts. The support plane is inclined relative to the bottom wall and is configured to support an artist's palette near the edges of the palette.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Be ArtSmart, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Charles D. John, Richard W. Chatham
  • Patent number: 10329056
    Abstract: A container (100) with a lid lever (132) to disengage a lid present on a rim portion (112) of the container (100) is disclosed. The lid lever (132) is integrated between two cuts and is attached to a primary skirt (114) of the container (100). The lid lever (132) is pulled laterally outward towards a free end to disengage the lid. A secondary skirt (138) in the form of a flange is present behind the lid lever (132). The secondary skirt (138) prevents deformation of the primary skirt (114) and the rim portion (112) of the container (100). The shape of the lid lever (132) extends past the primary skirt (114) thereby making the lid lever (132) more effective and further makes it distinguishable from the primary skirt (114).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: RPC SUPERFOS A/S
    Inventor: Torben Noer
  • Patent number: 10327533
    Abstract: Provided is a container device for cosmetics, including a containing portion including a cavity configured to contain a capsule constituting the cosmetic material, a cover portion configured to cover the containing portion, a hinge connecting the cover portion to the containing portion, wherein the containing portion, the cover portion and the hinge are made of silicone and are made as a single piece, and wherein the hinge consists of a thin connecting portion of the containing portion and the cover portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: COSMEI S.r.L.
    Inventor: Michele Cicchetti
  • Patent number: 10322858
    Abstract: A container includes a casing defining an opening and formed with a first abutting edge surrounding the opening. A cover is selectively mounted onto the casing for closing the opening, wherein the cover has a second abutting edge laterally extending therefrom and abutting against the first abutting edge when the cover closes the opening. A puller extends from the second abutting edge of the cover. A snapping device is formed between the casing and the puller. The snapping device includes a plug formed on the puller and a socket defined in the casing for receiving the plug. Two weakened portions are formed on the puller such that the puller is irreversibly curved after being lifted due to the weakened portion and the curved puller is used as a basis for easily identifying whether the container is illegally operated or not.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Inventor: Albert Hsieh
  • Patent number: 10322065
    Abstract: A closure system includes an inner cap including a plurality of driving structures disposed proximate a periphery of a top surface of the inner cap, a child proof element separated from the inner cap configured to be assembled with the inner cap to form a child proof cap, and a key having a plurality of projections. The child proof element when assembled with the inner cap in a child proof mode is configured to require the plurality of projections of the key to engage at least a portion of the plurality of driving structures of the inner cap to remove the assembled child proof cap when the child proof cap is installed on the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Tri State Distribution, Inc.
    Inventors: David A. Miceli, Joseph A. Miceli
  • Patent number: 10323748
    Abstract: A closing plug for the sealed closure of an opening of a component of a car, wherein the closing plug includes a bottom part and a top part which can be connected to the bottom part, wherein the bottom part has a latching section with a connecting receptacle, which latching section can be inserted into the opening, and the top part has a connecting section which can be inserted into the connecting receptacle, wherein the connecting receptacle and/or the connecting section have/has holding means which hold the connecting section in the connecting receptacle, wherein, furthermore, the top part has a cover section which extends starting from one end of the connecting section, wherein latching means are provided on the latching section of the bottom part, with which latching means the latching section latches at the opening in the state in which it is inserted into the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Inventors: Manuel Huebner, Jochen Kraus
  • Patent number: 10314377
    Abstract: A soft-sided insulated container assembly has a generally box-shaped form like a school lunch box, having a main body and a lid. The lid is formed of one of the largest panels of the box-structure, and is joined to the main body of the box by a hinge that lets the lid lie flat next to the main body when the box is open. The inside face of the lid then defines a work surface on which to place objects such as foodstuffs and beverages. The work surface may be formed in a substantially rigid molded stiffener member, and may be divided into sub-regions with raised retainers to discourage sliding of objects where not precisely level. The container assembly may include a rigid internal liner with which the lid may mate zipperlessly. The mating portion of the lid may be formed in the same rigid member as the work surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Inventor: Rick Stephens
  • Patent number: 10315808
    Abstract: A tamper indicating closure cap or overseal comprises a top wall, and an annular top wall skirt attached to a periphery of the top wall. A locking member is attached to the top wall skirt so as to be movable between: i) a first position projecting inwardly with respect to the top wall for application of the closure cap or overseal to a container opening and/or to a container closure plug and ii) a second position projecting inwardly and upwardly towards the top wall, thereby to lock the closure cap or overseal to the container closure and/or closure plug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Inventors: Dale Taylor, Cornelis Van De Klippe, Steven Talaga
  • Patent number: 10308402
    Abstract: Provided are a spout stopper that prevents a decrease in sealing performance to a cap without deterioration of liquid-shutting-off performance of a stopper body, and a packaging container using the spout stopper. The spout stopper includes: a stopper body including a cylindrical side wall; and a cap to be mounted from an upper end side that is one end of the side wall. A projection is formed at an upper end edge of the side wall so as to project outward from the side wall, and a top surface at an upper end of the side wall is in surface contact with a predetermined contact surface inside a cap over an entire circumference thereof in a state where the cap is mounted on the side wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventors: Kiyoshi Wada, Takekuni Seki, Nobukazu Fujiwara
  • Patent number: 10308187
    Abstract: A storage compartment including a roll top, which is trapezoidal from the front, and pivotable panels disposed next to the roll top. The panels are driven mechanically by way of radial cams, which are rotationally fixed to drive wheels around which the roll top runs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: fischer automotive systems GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Jörg Flothmann, Gunter Leopold
  • Patent number: 10308428
    Abstract: Lift rod assemblies for waste receptacles having pedal-operated lids are provided. Such lift rod assemblies can include a first end configured to couple to the pedal and a distal second end configured to couple to the lid, and a spring configured to dampen a force in excess of a predetermined force threshold applied to the pedal by the user and transferred to the elongated lift rod assembly. Waste receptacles including such lift rod assemblies are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Rubbermaid Commercial Products LLC
    Inventors: Gary DeCarr, Jacob Connelly
  • Patent number: 10299612
    Abstract: An article for extracting a viscous fluid from a vessel comprising a plurality of concentric annular ring portions; said ring portions connected in a stack with a series of grooves located in between them; said stack connected to a shaft; and an annular lid portion connected to said shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventor: Russ Dean
  • Patent number: 10301078
    Abstract: The invention discloses a container stopper capable of being rapidly opened and closed, comprising a columnar plug body, the plunger body includes a stopper rod, the bottom portion of the stopper rod is provided with a base, the shape and size of the base correspond to the shape and size of the straight section of the container mouth or the minimum cross section of the container, the upper part of the base is provided with an annular plug body, a foldable and deformable elastic seal cartridge is arranged between the annular plug body and the base, the annular plug body and the base can both move mutually along the axial direction of the container in the container mouth under the effect of an external force to press the elastic seal cartridge, and the seal ring and the base together form a sealing layer which realizes the rapid closing of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventor: Hui Shao
  • Patent number: 10285395
    Abstract: The mesh lid system for a garbage can is a protective system for garbage cans. It provides a barrier between the garbage can and the animals on the lid of the can and around the bottom of the can—two areas that are the most likely to be targeted by animals. It also prevents the lid from being opened by the animals. The barrier is made of a metal mesh material. The lid is kept closed by one or more bungee cords that may be attached to the metal mesh material and other parts of the garbage can.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventor: Vince Ehrenberg
  • Patent number: 10279963
    Abstract: A tamper-evident container and method is disclosed. The tamper-evident container includes a base portion and a lid (or cover). In an untampered with state, one edge of the lid is removably connected to one edge of the base portion. Namely, the lid includes a tamper-evident tab, wherein the tamper-evident tab includes a grasping overhanging portion that is flanked by at least one breakable joint and wherein the lid is removably connected to the base portion via the breakable joint of the tamper-evident tab. Further, the tamper-evident container comprises an interlocking interface between the base portion and the lid. A method of using the tamper-evident container is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventor: Danny Kalmanides
  • Patent number: 10279982
    Abstract: The invention relates to a container assembly for liquids, such as beverages and oils, comprising a container, chimes and a valve assembly for feeding a propellant to and dispensing the liquid from the container. A portion of the assembly has a polygonal cross-section, which cross-section at least partially circumscribes the cross-section(s) of the remainder of the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: EUROKEG B.V.
    Inventor: Hubert Joseph Frans Hanssen
  • Patent number: 10279962
    Abstract: A package having a lid seated on a base where the edge of the seated lid is generally inaccessible, and where the edge is made accessible by a movement of a tamper-evident tab. The base and lid are configured so that opening of the tamper-evident tab locks the tab in the opened position. The inner edge of the tamper-evident tab is joined to the base by a hinge. The tamper-evident tab includes a protrusion that extends inwardly beyond the hinge. The lid includes a retention feature overlying the tamper-evident tab. The protrusion interacts with the retention feature to provide an audible indication when the tamper-evident tab is opened and to retain the tamper-evident tab in the opened position. The protrusion may be configured to lift the lid when the tamper-evident tab is in the opened position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Display Pack, Inc.
    Inventors: Victor D. Hansen, Andrew J. Blackmore, Elliott R. Eckert, Marc R. Meyer