Patents Examined by James N Smalley
  • Patent number: 10577158
    Abstract: The present invention provides a closure for a hot-fill container comprising: a cap member having a top surface, a bottom surface, and a wall portion having an outer surface and an inner surface wherein the inner surface comprises threads to mate with a threaded neck finish of a hot-fill container; a flexible diaphragm member comprising: at least one flexible portion in a first position and a sealing lip portion to seal a liquid in the container thus preventing the liquid from traveling to the threaded neck finish of the container; and a disc member interposed between the cap member and the diaphragm member, wherein the disc member comprises: a hydrophobic filter membrane and at least one vent providing a path for air to travel from an area near the threads to the hydrophobic filter member, wherein the flexible diaphragm member flexes to compensate for a change in pressure within the container by transitioning downwards in response to a decrease in pressure and/or by transitioning upwards in response to an in
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: GRAHAM PACKAGING COMPANY, L.P.
    Inventors: Michael P. Wurster, Scott E. Bysick, Robert Waltemyer, Paul Kelley
  • Patent number: 10561265
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention relate to a cookware safety device. More particularly, the present invention pertains to cooking vessels, such as pots and pans, having a safety feature which is configured to lock to the burner grate of a stovetop, preventing these types of cookware devices from tipping or being pulled off from the stovetop. Further, the present invention provides a guiding mechanism formed on the bottom of the cookware device which places the handle of the cookware device in a position that does not extend beyond the front of the stovetop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Inventor: Eric Le Blanc
  • Patent number: 10555588
    Abstract: An adjustable luggage trunk stroller with seat cushion is provided. The luggage trunk stroller has an innovative structure, comprising a casing, a rod assembly, a seat cushion and a seat belt. As comparing to the conventional structure, the casing can be manually rotated for changing the tilt angle of the casing at 0˜90 degrees and fastened to a certain position with the coordination of the rod assembly. When disposing the casing at a certain angle, the seat cushion can be swayed and extended for an infant to sit. Or, when the casing is disposed in a horizontal planar state, the seat cushion can be swayed and folded for the infant to lie flat. Thus, the luggage trunk stroller is capable of carrying the infant during walking. The luggage and the infant can be carried at the same time for effectively improving the added value of the luggage trunk stroller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Inventor: Tongsen Guo
  • Patent number: 10543982
    Abstract: A waste receptacle is provided herein having a linkage assembly extending from a foot operated actuator near a lower end of the waste receptacle body to the lid at an upper end of the body. In accordance with one form, the foot operated actuator may be configured to pivot about a pivot point internal to the waste receptacle housing such that the foot operated actuator and corresponding linkage does not penetrate or otherwise require a slot or opening in the body of the waste receptacle for operation. The linkage assembly may also include one or more shock absorbing portions intermediate the lid and the foot operated actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Magnuson Group Inc.
    Inventors: Craig A. Kral, Daniel J. Merkle
  • Patent number: 10532858
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a closure (1) having a base (3) with a top deck (4) and a therewith adjacent skirt (5) extending in an axial direction (z) comprising an internal thread (6). The closure (1) is comprising a sealing arrangement (16) with an inner seal (18) extending in the axial direction (z) from the top deck (4). The inner seal (18) is having an inner annular sealing surface (29) arranged radially inward with respect to an outer seal (17) and pointing in an outward direction. The sealing arrangement further comprises an outer seal (17), which in its cross-section comprises a base section (20) extending in the axial direction (z) from the top deck (4) and an end section (21), which is bend inwardly with respect to the course of the base section (20) in the direction of the inner seal (18) and which terminates in a sealing surface (22) pointing in an inward direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: CREANOVA UNIVERSAL CLOSURES LTD.
    Inventor: Rodney Druitt
  • Patent number: 10532864
    Abstract: A package includes a container and a lid. The container may include a tamper evident feature, a child resistant feature, or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Berry Plastics Corporation
    Inventors: Kerry Austin, Tim Willett
  • Patent number: 10532860
    Abstract: A container that prevents illegal operation and can be easily identified after being illegally operated, includes a bowl-shaped base and a cover selectively closing the bowl-shaped base, wherein a pre-broken structure is formed on the cover and the cover cannot be smoothly detached from the bowl-shaped base before the pre-broken structure being damaged. For the market, the salesperson easily confirms that the container has been illegally operated and the illegally operated container is replaced in time for providing fresh goods to the consumers. For consumers, the illegally operated containers can be easily confirmed and eliminated through choosing for preventing from buying unsafe or stale goods, particularly foods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: VIGOURPLASTIC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Albert Hsieh
  • Patent number: 10531753
    Abstract: A beverage can holding apparatus for holding a beverage can includes a cam lever having a hook end engaging a pull tab and a clamping end defining a bore. A pin is positioned in the bore for pivotal movement of the cam lever thereabout. A cam handle member includes an actuator end coupled to the pin and an opposing finger ring, the actuator end having an irregular shape having narrow and expanded portions acting as a cam. A clamp is coupled to the cam handle member for engaging an outer surface of the lip of the beverage can. The cam handle member is a cam that selectively locks the cam lever onto the beverage can. A cover assembly is removably coupled to the cam lever, the cover base having a lip portion operable for engaging the lip of the beverage can and covering the drink opening of the beverage can.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Inventors: Kevin Cleveland, Sarah Cleveland
  • Patent number: 10532859
    Abstract: An invertible container for display and dispensing of product, that uses a lid with a raised surface or solid plug that aligns with the interior of the container neck, such that when closed the lid forms a flat surface with the interior of the container and no product is permitted to enter the neck of the container where it would be obscured from view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: CMG PARTNERS, INC.
    Inventors: Sarah Rose Rothrock, Jr., Marcus LeJay, Tracy Liang Ogishi, Dennis Robert O'Malley, Adrian X. Trejo
  • Patent number: 10524569
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a method of forming a container comprising forming a basket portion of metal mesh material and a rail connected to the basket portion. The rail extends substantially outwardly from the outer surface of the basket portion and the rail extends continuously around the outer surface of the basket portion. In one example, the method includes forming the rail so that it does not contain or surround a free edge of the basket portion. In another example, the method includes forming the rail so that it includes an opening for containing or surrounding a free edge of the basket portion. The method may also include forming a lower rail. The present invention is also directed to a container formed by such method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Design Ideas, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hsi-Ming Cheng, R. Neal Post, Christopher Hardy
  • Patent number: 10524598
    Abstract: An easily cleanable drinking assembly having a receptacle, a lid, and a coating with hydrophobic, oleophobic, and antimicrobial properties. The receptacle has an inner curved surface having a geometry with no edges, corners, or distinctly angled connections between sections, preventing any fluid or particles from remaining in these areas. The receptacle further has a wider opening and narrower end, allowing for ease of cleaning, so that a cleaning instrument can easily be inserted and easily reach all parts of the interior of the receptacle. Both the interior of the receptacle and the lid are coated with a coating with hydrophobic, oleophobic, and antimicrobial properties, repelling common fluids and particles, maintaining the cleanliness of the interior surfaces and improving the ease of cleaning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Inventor: Benny Green
  • Patent number: 10526116
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a cap body operable to be removably coupled to a distal end of the container in a hermetically sealed configuration, wherein the cap body includes a button or nodule cover, a cap channel defined and surrounded by the cap body, and a gas discharge port defined on an outer surface of the cap body. The cap body includes a valve assembly disposed within the cap channel and has a longitudinally biased valve stem, wherein the valve stem has a static position with the distal valve end disposed proximal to the button or nodule cover and with the valve assembly in hermetically sealed configuration with the cap body to fluidly uncouple the first channel end and the container cavity and a gas-evacuation position with the distal valve end in a depressed position to fluidly couple the container cavity, the gas discharge port, and ambient environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Inventors: Maximo Dorra, Federico Dorra
  • Patent number: 10518948
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an assembly for closing a tube. The assembly includes a tube head including a neck and a closure liner sealing the neck. The assembly also includes a cap that includes a punch adapted to cut the closure liner. The neck and the cap are configured to allow the cap to be fixedly held on the neck in a first position—the standby position—in which the punch is held at a distance from the closure liner, and in a second position—the position of use—in which the punch perforates the closure liner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: ALBEA SERVICES
    Inventor: Sylvain Defert
  • Patent number: 10518939
    Abstract: A high quality child resistant container comprising a durable metallic reservoir and durable plastic metal cap. The child resistant container comprises a durable and rugged reservoir and similarly durable locking cap. The cap is secured to the reservoir by a threaded, or bayonet-style connection. Once installed on the reservoir, the cap is prevented from being easily removed by a child, due to child resistant features integrated in the design of the cap and reservoir. Also, a method of reducing friction between the sealing surfaces of a sealed container. Specifically between the reservoir, cap and seal of a container, which allows easier closing of containers which require a simultaneous compression and twist motion to close.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Inventor: Daniel Anthony Estoque
  • Patent number: 10513377
    Abstract: A closure (100, 100A, 100B, 100C, 100D, 100F, 100G, 100H, 100I) having a base (112, 112A, 112B, 112C, 112D, 112F, 112G, 112H, 112I), a lid (116, 116A, 116B, 116D, 116F, 116I), and a utensil (124, 124A, 124B, 124E, 124F, 124G, 124I) is provided for a container (104). One of the base (112, 112A, 112B, 112C, 112D, 112F, 112G, 112H, 112I) and the lid (116, 116A, 116B, 116D, 116F, 116I) includes a raised platform region (198, 198A) for releasably holding the utensil (124, 124A, 124B, 124E, 124F, 124G, 124I) and includes a recessed region (194, 194A) such that a handle portion (172, 172B, 172E, 172F, 172G, 172I) of the utensil (124, 124A, 124B, 124E, 124F, 124G, 124I) projects beyond the platform region (198, 198A) over the recessed region (194, 194A).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: APTARGROUP, iNC
    Inventors: Franz Lenz, Nils Deringer, Timothy Mazurkiewicz
  • Patent number: 10507951
    Abstract: A packaging assembly for a product includes a tray for holding the product, a sleeve for slidably receiving the tray, and a hanger insertable into a slot in the sleeve. The hanger includes a spring arm configured to exert a spring force between an inside surface of the sleeve and the tray when the tray is in the sleeve to increase a force required to remove the tray from the sleeve, the hanger also providing a hang point for the packaging assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Otter Products, LLC
    Inventors: Mark A. Giannasi, James V. Eyerman, Timothy J. Lancaster
  • Patent number: 10501244
    Abstract: A lid component for use with a glass jar and band of a mason jar, and a fermentation kit comprising these components. The lid component is made of an air-impermeable material and is dimensioned and configured to be releasably attachable to the jar by the band and to seal the wide mouth opening of the glass jar in an air-tight manner. The lid component further comprises a one-way valve adapted to allow gas produced by a fermentation process occurring inside the jar to escape from the jar while, at the same time, prevent oxygen-containing air from entering the jar, when the lid component is releasably attached to the jar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Masontops, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Bacher, Philip D. Baron
  • Patent number: 10501233
    Abstract: A multiple-opening container is configured to facilitate the simultaneous opening of two or more material containing compartments, thus allowing for the material contents within the multiple containing compartments to be suitably mixed upon pouring into another container. As a result of the simultaneous opening and pouring ability facilitated by the multiple-opening container, the time for mixing of multiple materials, such as beverages, fluids, powders or other like contents, can be suitably reduced. In addition, the de-carbonization and/or deterioration or other side affects caused from pre-mixing of the contents can be eliminated. In accordance with another exemplary embodiment, engagement portion can comprise a snap clip and a ring portion configured for sealed coupling to a material containing compartment. Second compartment can be suitably filled within beverages or other materials, and then positioned within the container portion and sealed or otherwise coupled by the engagement portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Inventor: Thomas C. Roberts
  • Patent number: 10492634
    Abstract: A closure device for containers suitable for holding liquids may include: a collar adapted to be applied to a neck of a liquid container, the collar having a lip; an elastically deformable membrane, configured to connect to the collar and to close the liquid container, wherein the membrane is configured to rest upon the lip and to define a seal along the lip, and wherein the seal is at least partially releasable by pressure exerted by a mouth of a user; and first and second flanges. The first flange is formed as a single piece with the membrane. The second flange is fixed to the collar to be locked between the first flange and the membrane. The first flange includes: a first portion projecting out of the membrane; and a second portion projecting out of the first portion. The second portion is oriented perpendicularly to the first portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: ARTSANA S.P.A.
    Inventor: Gianluca Beltrami
  • Patent number: 10494161
    Abstract: A tamper evident closure includes a first snap, a second snap, a tear strip connected to the second snap, a third snap connected to the tear strip, and a first projection extending around three sides of the first snap. In a closed position, a cavity of the second snap is configured to be placed over the first snap, and the third snap is configured to be placed in a cavity in the first snap. Further, in a closed position, the first projection is configured to surround three sides of the third snap that has been placed in a cavity in the first snap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Lindar Corporation
    Inventor: Daniel K. Fosse