Patents Examined by James N Smalley
  • 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: 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: 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
  • Patent number: 10271671
    Abstract: A beverage container lid for dispersing heat includes a cover portion having an inlet opening and forming a dispensing spout. The dispensing spout has one or more dispensing sides that rise upwardly from the cover and form a mixing chamber with a dispensing opening and fluidly connected to the inlet opening. The dispensing sides have one or more side perforations for allowing air to enter the mixing chamber. At least some of the beverage contained in an interior chamber of a cup is drawn into the inlet opening, mixed with air in the mixing chamber, and dispensed by the dispensing opening such that the at least some of the beverage has a lower temperature than the beverage contained in the interior chamber of the cup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventor: Chaudhary M. Ramzan
  • Patent number: 10273038
    Abstract: Overpack drum assemblies are disclosed. The overpack drum assemblies include a container base and a lid that may be securely closed on the base within a range of acceptable closure positions that may be visually indicated. The lid may include at least one leverage bracket for receiving a bar or other leverage tool that facilitates tightening and loosening of the lid. The container base may include at least one indented anti-rotation notch to help secure the container base against rotation during tightening or loosening of the lid. An anti-rotation fixture may be used to resist rotation of the container base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: New Pig Corporation
    Inventors: Anthony Scott Diminick, R. Douglas Evans, Jr., Robert J. Starr
  • Patent number: 10273062
    Abstract: A lid apparatus for a multi-chambered container. The lid apparatus has a top-lid that is hingedly attached to a bottom-cap. The top-lid includes one or more openings for fluid filling multiple passages that extend from the bottom-cap. A lower bottom-cap includes welding features for welding to the multi-chambered container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Cepheid
    Inventor: Paul Jordan
  • Patent number: 10273036
    Abstract: The open ended container with resealable lid combination has a seal ring which cooperates with a seal engagement surface to provide a resealable construction to provide at least one of an airtight and watertight configuration after the lid has initially been removed from the container and re-applied. The seal engagement surface preferably provides at least two ramps and the seal ring deforms along at least one, if not both of the ramps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventor: Glenn H. Morris, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10273063
    Abstract: A container closure device (20) for a container (10), in particular for a beverage can (10), comprises a lid (30) having an upper face (31), a lower face (32), and an opening (33). The container closure device (20) further comprises a closure (50) having a closure part (51) for opening and closing the opening (33) and an operating device (40) for actuating the closure part (51). The closure part (51) is arranged on the lower face (32) so as to be pivotable about a first axis (A) which extends substantially parallel to the lower face (32). The operating device (40) is arranged on the closure part (51) so as to be rotatable about a second axis (B) and be rotatable from a first position (S1) into a second position (S2). The opening (33) can be closed by rotating the operating device (40) into the first position (S1) and can be opened by rotating the operating device (40) into the second position (S2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: can2close GmbH
    Inventor: Christian Schandl
  • Patent number: 10259618
    Abstract: Closing system for bottles and small bottles and method for the use thereof for the opening of said bottles integrated by a single piece with three differentiated parts, two of them, inner threaded hole and screw (7), made of rigid material and joined by a pre-cut line, used as a base on which an elastic part (10) is overpressed. This elastic part (10) has some perimeter grooves (18) that, when fastening the screw (11) in the inner threaded hole (4) of the neck (3), presses the elastic part (10) and secures it against the walls of the bottleneck (3). The bottle can be opened by just lifting the covering half fins (9) and turning them in the opposite direction to the thread, so the elastic part (10) is decompressed and can be easily removed, leaving the bottle opened. All materials are food grade materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: TAPOINTEL S.L.
    Inventor: Juan Gonzalez Valencia
  • Patent number: 10260402
    Abstract: A non-negative pressure radiator cap is provided and includes a pressure valve having a pressure member, disposed inside a body while having an aperture formed therein. The pressure member is pressed based on an increase in pressure of coolant to move coolant toward a reservoir tank. Additionally, a vacuum valve that includes a head part and a neck part moves vertically based on the pressure of the coolant to open or close the aperture. The neck part passes through the aperture from bottom to top. A sealing member is disposed between the pressure valve and the vacuum valve and has an insertion aperture that is formed at a position corresponding to the aperture of the pressure valve. A retainer is further inserted into the aperture and the insertion hole and a guide directs the vacuum valve to move vertically when the vacuum valve is opened or closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Su Dong Han, Hyung Kook Kim
  • Patent number: 10259617
    Abstract: The invention relates to a cap having a base portion (2A) that has been raised in order to match a circular internal capping wall (6) in order to provide a better grip when removing the cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: SOLOCAP-MAB
    Inventor: Mathias Mélan-Moutet
  • Patent number: 10246218
    Abstract: A beverage can for carbonated soft drinks, beer, and other pressurized uses includes a drawn and ironed can body, a highly necked portion, and an relatively small end that is attached to the can body by a double seam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Crown Packaging Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Paul Ramsey, Laura Jane McGirr, Brian Fields
  • Patent number: 10246239
    Abstract: A vacuum bottle sealing apparatus includes a lower unit disposed in an opening of a bottle; an upper unit installed on an upper portion of the lower unit; and a lifting and lowering unit disposed to pass through the lower unit and protrude inwardly of the upper unit from inside of the opening of the bottle. The lifting and lowering unit includes a lifting and lowering bar connected to the upper unit through the lower unit and lifted and lowered by the upper unit; and an elastic sealing ring mounted on an outer circumferential surface of the lifting and lowering bar and sealing am interior of the opening of the bottle as the elastic sealing ring is pressed by the lower unit and then deformed when the lifting and lowering bar is lifted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignees: ROLLPACK, CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kyul-Joo Lee
  • Patent number: 10246233
    Abstract: A bottle cap retaining device comprises a flap cap configured to retain a bottle cap to a bottle and includes a lever extending from a lateral side of the flap cap and a grip extending convexly from a crown of the flap cap to the brake configured to stop the angular movement of the lever against the bottle. The device also includes a bi-tether connected to the flap cap in two places. The device additionally includes an O-ring connected to the bi-tether in two places, the O-ring includes a boss and a skirt, the boss configured on a lateral portion of the O-ring to inhibit a torque of the O-ring and the skirt configured on a bottom portion of the O-ring to provide a frictional surface against the bottle. The flap cap also comprises teeth or helical threads configured to hold a bottle cap or act in its place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventor: Mario Fagone