Patents Examined by James N Smalley
  • Patent number: 10773861
    Abstract: There is provided a lid member for a food storage device or container, as well as a food storage system having a lid that can mate with a concave base container, which is stackable or storable via one or more magnetic devices disposed on the lid member or on each of a plurality of lid members. In a related embodiment, a magnetic device is incorporated into a floor panel of the concave base or container for ease of pairing and size matching for storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: ENHANCE PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT, INC
    Inventors: Ty Joseph Caswell, Trevor Lambert, Jason Koss
  • Patent number: 10766671
    Abstract: Lid assembly for a container includes a frame having a frame latching member extending therefrom, the frame latching member including a frame projection, an inner panel hingedly coupled to the frame along a first longitudinal side thereof and movable between a closed position and an open position, the inner panel including a panel latching member extending therefrom, the inner panel defining an orifice extending between the bottom surface and the top surface, the panel latching member including a biasing member having a panel projection, the frame projection and the panel projection being lockable when the inner panel is in the closed position and the frame projection is disposed between a base of the biasing member and the panel projection when the inner panel is in the closed position, and a cover panel hingedly coupled to the frame along a second longitudinal side thereof opposite the first longitudinal side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Nice-Pak Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Mooney, Robert P. Julius
  • Patent number: 10766674
    Abstract: A cannabis storage assembly includes a cap assembly comprised of a cap and a base, as well as a container upon which the cap assembly is mounted. Upon proper alignment of the cap into the base and further manipulation of the cap relative to the base once inserted, the user of the cannabis storage assembly can fully secure the container's contents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Paper Tube, LLC
    Inventors: Parag Agrawal, Vadim David Molo
  • Patent number: 10759570
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a tank cap including a lever member that is constrained from moving to the standing position contrary to the intention of the operator. The tank cap comprises a slide member disposed in the cap body so as to be adjacent to the lever member, and provided with a cam contact portion that is to come into contact with a cam portion of the lever member, and a coil spring disposed between the slide member and the bottom of the cap body. The resilience of the coil spring causes the cam contact portion to press the cam portion and retains the retracted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: MAKITA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshiaki Takayanagi
  • Patent number: 10759575
    Abstract: A closure for a container is provided with a top portion and a skirt depending from an outer periphery of the top portion. A generally circular rim extends downwards from the lower surface of the top portion. A liner is attached to the closure between an outer surface of the rim and an inner surface of the skirt. The liner is configured to provide a fluid tight seal for containers having varied neck dimensions and/or profiles. One or more projections extend into a space formed between the lower surface of the top portion, an inner surface of the skirt, and an outer surface of the rim, with the liner enveloping and being supported in the closure by the one or more projections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Silgan White Cap LLC
    Inventors: Sungsuk Steve Kim, Timothy Graham Stephenson
  • Patent number: 10752408
    Abstract: A container assembly maximizes lid-to-container retention or prevents inadvertent removal of a lid from a container, and includes a container and a lid. The container includes an upper rim and a container wall. The container wall includes a seam and a primary indentation. The indentation traverses the seam at an inner container surface in parallel relation to the rim. The lid comprising a rim-receiving groove, a lid wall, and a wall-to-groove resilient portion. The resilient portion extends intermediate the lid wall and the rim-receiving groove and is resiliently actuable intermediate a relaxed configuration and an actuated configuration. The resilient portion has at least one indentation-engaging portion. The rim-receiving groove receives the upper container rim, and the indentation-engaging portion engages indentation when in the actuated configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Inventor: Pavel Savenok
  • Patent number: 10744992
    Abstract: A reservoir includes at least a container, a cap, a diaphragm, and a sealing device. The container includes a neck portion that extends from a body of the container. The neck portion includes an opening that provides access to an interior of the container. The cap is structured to interact with the neck portion. The cap includes a vent for pressure balancing of the reservoir. The diaphragm includes a slit that communicates with the vent. The sealing device includes a sealed vessel and a holder. The sealed vessel includes a sealing member sealed by a seal. The sealed vessel is movable to at least a first position such that the sealed vessel physically contacts the diaphragm to seal the slit. The sealed vessel is movable to a second position such that the sealed vessel is spaced from the diaphragm to unseal the slit. The holder is configured to bold the sealed vessel in alignment with the cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Josh Macy, Alejandro Martinez
  • Patent number: 10737847
    Abstract: A cover structure of a sealed can includes an upper cover, a lower cover, a handle component, an elastic member and a sealing ring. The upper cover has a through hole; the lower cover is installed under the upper cover; the handle component includes a connecting lever, a shifting handle and a pivot connecting the connecting lever and shifting handle, and the connecting lever passing through the through hole and then connecting the lower cover; each elastic member is elastically clamped between the upper and lower covers; the sealing ring has an end coupled to the lower cover and the other end extending towards the upper cover; the connecting lever is formed at the center of the lower cover, and each elastic member is installed symmetrically on both sides with respect to the connecting lever. This structure features simple structure and uniform force exertion and has good sealing effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignees: FREE-FREE(USA) INC, FREE-FREE INDUSTRIAL CORP
    Inventor: Sheng-Yu Liu
  • Patent number: 10737859
    Abstract: A package for a particulate laundry scent additive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Natalie Vitalia Lopez, Adrian Keith McKinney, Richard Horstman, Kristin Marie Finley, Karen Hussong Strader
  • Patent number: 10737570
    Abstract: When a fuel tank inclines, a valve body device for the fuel tank restricts the flow of fuel to the exterior of the fuel tank, thereby preventing environmental pollution and improving fuel consumption. A rise/fall member and a valve body are lowered by an urge force less than a combined weight of the valve body and the rise/fall member, thereby creating an opening in a valve portion. A coil spring expands and the valve body contacts convex portions on a first inner surface of a cylinder main body. After a pressure reduction at a communication port of a resistance member, the fuel flows from a small-diameter space of a blow-up member, so that the flowing fuel pushes up the valve body and the rise/fall member closes the valve portion together with the urge force of the coil spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Inventors: Masao Iwami, Masashi Iwami
  • Patent number: 10730669
    Abstract: An improved snap-on/twist off closure which is very durable. The invention is also directed to a package comprising the closure, e.g., a bottle in combination with the closure. The closure includes an upper wall defining an opening and a cylindrical snap on pipe depending from the upper wall. The pipe includes threads designed to mate with external threads on a neck of the bottle. The threads on the pipe and threads on the neck of the bottle pass over each other when the closure is snapped onto the bottle during manufacture. The pipe includes a resistance recess and a guidance recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Conopco, Inc.
    Inventors: Slavica Cesare, Gregory Lalier
  • Patent number: 10730673
    Abstract: A crown cork closure and closing method. The abstract of the disclosure is submitted herewith as required by 37 C.F.R. § 1.72(b). As stated in 37 C.F.R. § 1.72(b): A brief abstract of the technical disclosure in the specification must commence on a separate sheet, preferably following the claims, under the heading “Abstract of the Disclosure.” The purpose of the abstract is to enable the Patent and Trademark Office and the public generally to determine quickly from a cursory inspection the nature and gist of the technical disclosure. The abstract shall not be used for interpreting the scope of the claims. Therefore, any statements made relating to the abstract are not intended to limit the claims in any manner and should not be interpreted as limiting the claims in any manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Heinz Hillmann, Andreas Krieg
  • Patent number: 10723518
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a closure, especially a closure for packages for liquids such as beverages. In particular the invention relates to a closure for containers for carbonated liquids such as soft drinks. The closure comprises an outer shell with a reduced weight and a sealing means which actively compensates the deformation of the outer shell to avoid loss of performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Creanova Universal Closures, Ltd.
    Inventors: Mark Smith, Rodney Druitt
  • Patent number: 10723221
    Abstract: A filler cap for a fuel tank is disclosed and is configured to prevent environmental pollution and improve fuel consumption without discharging fuel or harmful gas to an exterior of the fuel tank. A rise/fall member and a valve body are lowered by an urge force that is less than a total weight of the valve body and the rise/fall member, thereby opening a valve portion. When the fuel tank inclines, a coil spring expands and the valve body contacts with convex portions on an inner surface of a cylinder main body. After a pressure reduces at a communication port of a resistance member, the fuel flows from a small diameter space of a blow-up member. The flowing fuel pushes up the valve body and the rise/fall member thereby closing the valve portion together with the urge force of the coil spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Inventors: Masao Iwami, Masashi Iwami
  • Patent number: 10717568
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a tube closure assembly. The assembly includes a tube head that includes a neck and a closure liner sealing said neck, and a cap that includes a punch provided with at least one tooth. The one or more teeth are configured to peripherally cut said closure liner. The cap is configured to transition from an open flush position, in which the one or more teeth are flush with said closure liner, to a perforation position, in which the one or more teeth perforate the closure liner, then from the perforation position to an end-of-travel position allowing partial cutting of the closure liner, the transition from the perforation position to the end-of-travel position being carried out with an angular rotational range below 360°.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: ALBEA SERVICES
    Inventor: Sylvain Defert
  • Patent number: 10710782
    Abstract: A filter baffle assembly including a filter cap engageable to a mouth of a container, the filter cap including a filter vent operatively attached to a liner situated within an inner space of the filter cap, and a gas permeable point baffle welded to the liner and covering the filter vent, the point baffle including at least one perforation to permit gas exchange between the container interior and the filter vent, and to protect the filter vent from contact with contents in the container. A gas permeable point baffle for protecting a filter vent from contact with the contents of a container, including at least one perforation, the point baffle being welded to a liner and covering a filter vent operatively attached to the liner, housed within a cap engageable to the mouth of the container. A method for protecting a filter vent from the contents of a container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Performance Systematix, Inc.
    Inventor: Adam Jeffery Fisch
  • Patent number: 10710777
    Abstract: An automatic opening device for a carton package comprising a spout (3) and a cap (26), the device being provided with a plurality of protruding cutting elements (30) onto the internal face (29) of a cap element (27) thereof. The spout (3) is provided with a thread (2) having grooves (2c) and (2f) of opposite orientation and connected each other, within which pass internal screw thread segments (19) distributed equidistantly in the internal part of the elongate lateral wall (28) of the cap (26). The spout is applied in a carton package over a hole in the carton layer which exposes the aluminium layer. When the cap (26) is unscrewed from the spout (3) the first time it makes a downward axial movement and next the protruding cutting elements (30) are able to cut the aluminium layer of the carton package in order to open a passage for the content of the carton package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Icmatech Inovações Tecnológicas
    Inventor: Ivan Ferreira da Costa
  • Patent number: 10703544
    Abstract: A lid for a drinking vessel is described. In one embodiment, the lid is an insulated lid configured to engage an opening of a container, where the lid is configured to at least partially retain the liquid within the container. The lid may further include a first opening for exposing the contents of the container to the atmosphere and for drinking from the container if desired. Additionally, the first opening may include an insert designed to reduce the heat transfer between the interior and exterior of the container, while in other embodiments aiding in the equalization of pressure between the interior and exterior of the container. Other aspects and embodiments of the present invention will be apparent from the following detailed description, drawings, and claims.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Base Brands, LLC
    Inventors: Patrick Spivey, Kenneth Kreafle
  • Patent number: 10703546
    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: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: L'Oreal
    Inventor: Michael P. Robinson, II
  • Patent number: 10703551
    Abstract: The present invention includes an inner holder, an outer can, a first check valve and a second check valve. The inner holder includes a storage space. The outer can includes a slidable variable space for the inner holder to slide therein and an air channel for the slidable variable space to communicate with an exterior. The inner holder includes an air hole for the storage space to communicate with the slidable variable space. The first check valve is provided on the air hole and has an airflow direction towards the slidable variable space. The second check valve is provided on the air channel and has an airflow direction towards the exterior. The outer can is slidably moved outwards relative to the inner holder to suck out the air in the storage space and then slidably moved inwards relative to the inner holder to discharge air to the exterior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Inventor: Wei-Ling Chen