Patents Examined by James N Smalley
  • 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: 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
  • 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: 10694830
    Abstract: A case for a cosmetic product includes a tray intended to receive the cosmetic product, an actuating means allowing for the passage of the tray from a rest position to a position of use, and a cover. The tray includes a notched zone able to cooperate with a toothed wheel of the cover in such a way that the passage of the tray from the rest position to the position of use results in the opening of the cover, and, reciprocally, the passage of the tray from the position of use to the rest position results in the closing of the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: ALBEA SERVICES
    Inventors: Franck Seguin, Melodie Bazinval
  • Patent number: 10689165
    Abstract: A reservoir system for use with a spray gun. The system includes a cup receptacle and a lid. The lid includes a lid body and a collar. The lid body provides a spout and a platform surrounding the spout. At least a portion of the platform forms a partial helical shape revolving about a central axis of the spout. The collar is rotatably connected to the lid body. Further, the collar includes a lid connector structure configured to connect the lid to the cup receptacle. In some embodiments, the reservoir system further includes one or more of an adaptor, a plug and a shaker core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Anna M. Hegdahl, Alexander T. Ebertowski, Scott D. Gullicks, Andrew R. Henry, Stephen C. P. Joseph, Sabeel Ullah
  • Patent number: 10683144
    Abstract: A cap assembly for use with multiple bottles having different size necks is provided. The assembly includes a base, at least one adapter and a lid. The base includes a compartment for storing the adapter and an opening having at least two internally threaded sections of different size and a port. The adapter includes an internally threaded opening having at least two sections of different size and an externally threaded surface having at least two sections of different size. The lid is mounted on the base for movement between a position wherein the base opening port is closed and a position wherein the base opening port is open. Additional adapters may be included. The additional adapters are configured to accept bottle necks of different sizes than the base opening and first adapter such that at least six bottles with different size necks can be used with the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Inventors: Jay A. Klapper, Michael Klapper
  • Patent number: 10683139
    Abstract: A replaceable fluid container for a vehicle, the container comprising: a housing comprising a fluid reservoir; an outlet port arranged on the housing to couple the reservoir in fluidic communication with a fluid system of the vehicle for supplying fluid from the reservoir to the vehicle; an inlet port arranged on the housing to couple the reservoir for receiving fluid from the engine to the reservoir; and a vent port arranged on the housing to couple the reservoir for allowing gas to be passed into and out from the reservoir, wherein the inlet, outlet and vent ports are arranged on a common end of the housing and are arranged such that the distance between the vent port and the nearest of the inlet port and outlet port is greater than the distance between the inlet port and the outlet port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Castrol Limited
    Inventors: Andrew Philip Barnes, Peter Stuart Brett, Steven Paul Goodier, Piers Sebastian Harding, Gary Keith Jepps, Mark O'Malley, Thomas James McPherson
  • Patent number: 10683145
    Abstract: An easy opening container is provided that includes a body with an opening, and a lid for the opening. The opening includes a neck having at least one screw thread and a sealing edge. The closing lid having an upper part and a peripheral skirt, the skirt including a free edge. The free edge has a plurality of inwardly extending lugs, the lugs being configured for being coupled with the screw thread when the lid is closed on the opening. The container further includes at least one element for easy opening, such as a strip, between the screw thread and the lugs, the element being configured for being removed before opening the lid in order to make the opening easier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignees: VIDRALA S.A., AINIA
    Inventors: Liher Irizar Gonzalez, Carlos Enguix Nicolas, Pedro Zomeño Alcala
  • Patent number: 10676257
    Abstract: Container systems that include a squeeze-and-turn closure. Closure systems that include a squeeze-and-turn closure. Methods related to such systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Richard Michael Girardot, Nicole Lynn Briggs, Brian Joseph Sullivan, Christopher Robert Kopulos
  • Patent number: 10676250
    Abstract: A lug closure (10) includes a central top panel (20), an annular channel (30) outboard of the top panel, a downwardly extending skirt (50) outboard of the channel, the skirt terminating at an inward curl (54) that defines a curl height, and lugs (60) formed in the curl. Each one of the lugs includes a body that extends radially inwardly from the skirt. The body includes a leading edge (70a) that merges into a leading portion (80a) of the curl. The leading edge tapers in thickness from the curl height to a minimum lug thickness and forms a leading edge vertical taper angle from horizontal between 6 and 15 degrees. A trailing edge (70b) merges into a trailing portion (80b) of the curl and the trailing edge (70b) tapers in thickness from the curl height to the minimum lug thickness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Crown Packaging Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Bart Sims, Galen German
  • Patent number: 10676225
    Abstract: A container of the present invention may include a base, a lip extending around the periphery of the base, a perforation defined by the lip, and a lid adhered to the lip, wherein the lid includes a first undercut, wherein the first undercut overlaps the perforation. The perforation and undercut allow for a portion of the lid to remain on the lip after the lid has been opened. The portion remaining on the lid may include an outwardly facing adhesive surface, configured to adhere to the lid to reseal the lid to the base once the lid is closed after the initial opening. As such, the lid is permanently adhered to a first portion of the lip and resealably adhered to a second portion of the lip. The first portion may be an outer lip portion and the second portion may be an inner lip portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Direct Park, Inc.
    Inventor: Christian Damian Malcolm
  • Patent number: 10676261
    Abstract: A closure including a base, a cutter and a cap is described which is configured to be attached to a container. Upon initial removal of the cap from the base, the cutter is configured to move downwards relative to the base so as to create an opening through the container. The portion of the container through which the cutter creates an opening may be formed of a film that is configured to be easily pierceable by the cutter. Methods of molding the closure components may include co-molding the cutter and base an in integral unit so as to facilitate and expedite assembly of the base, cutter and cap components to form the closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Silgan White Cap LLC
    Inventor: Gary Berge
  • Patent number: 10669075
    Abstract: Disclosed is a metallic cover cap for sealing a metallic bottle, comprising a gasket provided with a flat central zone and an annular zone which includes an outer rim and an inner rim that are separated by a notch, such that the outer rim extends axially, continues circumferentially, and includes: a first surface; a second surface with a flat portion and a concave portion radially opposite the notch; and a third flat surface that extends between the first and second surfaces, and the inner rim extends axially, continues circumferentially and spaced radially inwards of the first rim, and includes: a first flat surface opposite and perpendicular to the flat zone; a second concave surface radially opposite the notch; and a third flat surface between the first and second surfaces that is inclined toward the notch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Crown Packaging Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Gilberto Robles González, Romualdo Segura Ruiz, Eric Gerardo Rodríguez Balbuena, Ana Karen Meléndez Rivera
  • Patent number: 10669080
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a container having a tamper evidence collar integrally formed on the container body, wherein the tamper evidence collar comprises: an annular portion which extends circumferentially outwardly from the container body; a discontinuous skirt portion which extends vertically from the annular portion, extends substantially circumferentially about the container body; a tamper evidence tab disposed in the circumferential location of the skirt discontinuity, wherein the tab comprises: an annularly extending portion aligned with the annular portion of the collar; and a skirt portion aligned with the skirt of the collar, one or more pins that rotatably join the tab to the tamper evidence collar; and at least one frangible web which connects the tab to the tamper evidence collar prior to actuation of the tab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Sonoco Development, Inc.
    Inventor: James P. Stevens
  • Patent number: 10654626
    Abstract: A lid-to-container locking combination maximizes lid-to-container retention and includes a container and a container lid. The container includes an upper container rim and a container wall. The container wall includes a radially outwardly extending indentation or groove located in inferior adjacency to the upper container rim at an inner surface thereof. The container lid includes a rim-receiving groove, a lid wall, and a wall-to-groove resilient portion. The resilient portion traverses a structural distance between the lid wall and the rim-receiving groove and is resiliently actuable intermediate a relaxed configuration and an actuated configuration. The resilient portion includes a radially outer indentation-engaging portion. The rim-receiving groove receives the upper container rim, and the indentation-engaging portion engages the radially outwardly extending indentation when in the actuated configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Inventor: Pavel Savenok
  • Patent number: 10647498
    Abstract: Insulated shipping container with rabbet-joint side panels and the procedure for making the same. The insulated shipping container consists of an outer box and six insulated panels. The outer box is made of corrugated fiberboard. The insulated panels are made of expanded polystyrene foam with a thickness of at least 2 inches. The panels are cut with a hotwire machine and the rabbet-joint design locks the side panels in place, which gives the insulated container superb structural and thermal integrity. The box is assembled with a specific H-shape taping and the six panels are inserted to form the insulated container. The invention is the first to meet the packaging requirements of postal carriers and their insurance underwriters. The cost-effective manufacturing process allows for multiple container sizes without additional setup expense, which lowers the cost of shipping affected by dimensional weight versus actual rate shipping rates by the carriers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Inventor: Walter Anthony Brygier, III
  • Patent number: 10647478
    Abstract: A closure for a container, the closure comprising a top panel, a skirt extending from the periphery of the top panel, and a tamper indicating band frangibly connected to an open end of the skirt at a line of weakness, the band including a retaining segment (109) on an inner surface thereof so arranged, when the closure is in a closed position on a neck of the container, to engage under an engagement surface of a retaining structure arranged on the container neck, wherein the tamper indicating band includes at least one indent (117) arranged on an outer surface of the tamper indicating bond.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Inventors: Lino Dreyer, Sebastien Cedric Widmer
  • Patent number: 10633155
    Abstract: A disposable food container is configured with a lid that enables similar containers to be securely stacked and enables easy verification that loaded and stacked containers contain utensils and/or condiments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Inno-Pak, LLC
    Inventor: Nathan A. Sedgwick
  • Patent number: 10633152
    Abstract: Aspects and techniques of the present disclosure relate to an internal cover/vent handle arrangement, in association with a container, such as a 5 gallon bucket with a slanted sidewall for evacuating air volume above stored material. The disclosure relates to a squeeze-actuated vent valve arrangement arranged and configured to be easily operated even while deeply recessed in the bucket. The disclosure also relates to a deflectable outer seal arrangement configured to seal against a slanted sidewall of a bucket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Planetary Design
    Inventors: Scott T. Billadeau, David J. Yakos, Joel R. Switzer