Patents Examined by James N Smalley
  • 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: 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
  • Patent number: 10494174
    Abstract: A foot actuated animal waste receptacle enables sanitary and efficient disposal and storage of animal waste. A counterweighted outer housing forms a protective casing and an ornamental design. A weight integrates into the base end of the housing to prevent tipping over. A lid hingedly connects to a housing perimeter of the outer housing, pivotally moving between open and closed positions through a foot actuated hinge mechanism. The hinge mechanism comprises a series of connected rods that pivotally articulate to move the lid. The lid is securely maintained in a closed position through a compression load stored in a compression spring, and a hook and catch that detachably couple. A rim inside the housing perimeter holds a replaceable bag inside the outer housing to directly receive animal waste. A plurality of fastening tabs are disposed around the perimeter of the rim to detachably fasten replaceable bag to the rim.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Inventor: Robin Muir
  • Patent number: 10485364
    Abstract: A dish covering assembly for protecting contents of a dish includes a shell. The shell has a top that is closed and a bottom that is open. The bottom is configured to insert a dish, such as a chafing pan, into the shell to couple the shell to the dish to cover the dish. A penetration is positioned through the top of the shell. A lid is hingedly coupled to the top of the shell and is selectively couplable to the shell to close the penetration. The lid and the shell are substantially transparent. The lid is positioned to pivot to an open configuration to allow access to the contents of the dish through the penetration. The lid also is positioned pivot to a closed configuration so that the shell and the lid are configured to protect the contents of the dish, such as from insects, germs, and temperature changes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Inventor: Charmaine Rivers
  • Patent number: 10486860
    Abstract: A container with dividers is provided. The container includes a container body having a bottom with ribs extending upward, a first side wall, a second side wall, a first end wall and a second end wall. An upper portion of the side walls and/or end walls include matching slots. A divider is provided having upper tabs for securing the divider in a set of slots, and rib slots in a bottom portion for securing the divider to the ribs in the bottom of the container body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: ORBIS Corporation
    Inventors: Jason R. Frankenberg, Paul Mans
  • Patent number: 10486852
    Abstract: A can end for a two-piece beverage container has a curl positioned about a longitudinal axis which defines an outer perimeter of the can end. A circumferential wall angles downwardly and radially inwardly relative to a radially inner portion of the curl. A strengthening member extends radially inwardly relative to the circumferential wall. A center panel extends radially outwardly from the longitudinal axis towards the strengthening member and has a diameter greater than 87.7% of an overall diameter of the can end. A frangible score and a hinge portion define an openable tear panel in the center panel. A stay-on tab is attached to the center panel and has a nose portion overlying the tear panel opposite a lift end of the tab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Inventors: Michael R. Gogola, Randall G. Forrest
  • Patent number: 10479570
    Abstract: A beverage container and cap assembly for selectively dispensing a first beverage or a powder into a second beverage, including: a beverage container and a cap assembly, wherein the cap assembly includes: a base member; a reservoir member; wherein the reservoir member includes a piercing member disposed therein having a first end that is coupled to a deformable first surface of the reservoir member and a second piercing end that is disposed adjacent to an opposed pierceable second surface of the reservoir member; and a cap structure disposed partially within the base member that is configured to be selectively depressed, thereby contacting the first end of the piercing member and biasing the second piercing end of the piercing member through the opposed pierceable second surface of the reservoir member, thereby allowing the first beverage or the powder to flow from the reservoir member into the beverage container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Inventor: Mark Streisfeld
  • Patent number: 10479569
    Abstract: A container for storage is provided which includes, as principle components, a base member (1) and a lid (100) therefor, with the lid (100) in use overlaying said base member (1) in a sealing relationship, with both the base member (1) and lid (100) having associated therewith a strip or base (5.104) of a color different to the remainder of the base member (1) and lid (100) respectively, the strip or band (5) of the base member (1) being of the same color as the strip of band (104) of the lid (100), thereby to allow for ready matching of the lid (100) with container base (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Inventors: Arthur Richard Carlson, Jim Samartgis
  • Patent number: 10479196
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a torque element to transmit torque between a first part and a second part of a cap assembly. The torque element includes a base having a first surface and a second surface opposite to the first surface; and an annular wall extending from the base in a direction away from the second surface. The first surface of the base includes at least one first ratchet and the annular wall includes at least one second ratchet on an outer side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Charles Qin, Le Hong, Steven Shi, Seven Qi
  • Patent number: 10477714
    Abstract: A pressure compensation element for casings includes a connecting body in the form of a hollow body, a membrane seat having a contact surface for a membrane and an impact protection device. The membrane seat is arranged on the connecting body wherein the impact protection device is coupled to the connecting body. The membrane is arranged on the contact surface between the impact protection means and the membrane seat. The connecting body has a first opening arranged on a first free end, and a second opening leading to the contact surface of the membrane seat, wherein a spring element is arranged inside the second opening abutting the contact surface. The spring element provides a support contour for the membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Vitesco Technologies GmbH
    Inventor: Edward Kotowicz
  • Patent number: 10472155
    Abstract: A synthetic resin bottle, wherein a bottom includes: an annular-shaped peripheral portion; a protruding ridge disposed radially inward from the peripheral portion and configured to serve as a ground contacting portion of the bottle by protruding downward from the peripheral portion and configured, when deformed under reduced pressure, to make the peripheral portion serve as the ground contacting portion by displaced toward an inside of the bottle (upward); and a depressed recess located radially inward from the protruding ridge and depressed toward the inside of the bottle. The peripheral portion has an outer diameter dimension less than that of a lower end portion of the trunk, or a plurality of radiately extending groove portions is arranged side by side at an equal interval in the circumferential direction in the peripheral portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Inventors: Toshimasa Tanaka, Hiroki Oguchi
  • Patent number: 10457462
    Abstract: A package for the storage of food or other suitable products includes a tray and, optionally, a lidding film. The tray is thermoformed, molded, or otherwise shaped to provide a recessed portion and flange, the recessed portion defining a product-receiving cavity. The flange includes a frame portion surrounding the cavity and a margin portion disposed alongside the frame portion and, in some embodiments, extending substantially a full width of the tray. The optional lidding film attaches to both the frame and margin portions and typically seals the cavity. The margin portion and a side wall of the recessed portion may include locking features to allow the margin portion to snap close against the side wall. The package may then be made to stand on end with the margin portion acting as a base. The lidding film may include a peelable/sealable film to allow repeated access to the product while sealing the cavity between uses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Bemis Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Aaron J. Wallander
  • Patent number: 10458597
    Abstract: The present invention is related to a corner panel of an LNG cargo that includes a main body, which constitutes a corner area of the cargo, and a stress diverging part, which reduces the convergence of stress of the main body by being integrated with an internal face of the main body and being formed with curvature. Therefore, by forming the corner area of the LNG cargo in a single body having a round-shaped curvature, convergence of stress caused by the deformation of the hull and thermal deformation can be prevented, and possibility of crack in a secondary barrier can be removed. By allowing the secondary barrier to be formed in a curved shape, the constructability of the secondary barrier can be greatly improved. Since no hardwood key or plywood is required, the thickness of a primary barrier can be reduced as the stress is decreased and the reliability of the secondary barrier is improved, and the weight can be greatly reduced over the conventional cargo corner area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG HEAVY IND. CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ki-Hun Joh, Sang-Eon Chun, Chang-Seon Bang, Dai-Gil Lee, Byung-Chul Kim, Bu-Gi Kim, Jin-Gyu Kim, Soon-Ho Yoon, Sang-Wook Park, Kwan-Ho Lee, Byoung-Jung Kim, Po-Chul Kim, Ha-Na Yu
  • Patent number: 10457453
    Abstract: The invention relates to child-resistant closure systems including a container, closure, and a resilient deformable liner positioned therebetween. The container and closure include mechanisms for engaging each other when the closure system adopts a closed configuration. In the closed configuration, the liner adopts a moderately non-flat profile and covers a mouth of the container. The closure can include a deflection rib and a highly curved top panel; when a pushing movement of sufficient force is applied to the closure, the closure system transitions from the locked configuration to an unlocked configuration. At this time, the deflection rib deforms a central portion of the liner, and the highly curved portion of the top panel engages the mouth of the container; this action can cause an outer portion of the liner to contact the highly curved portion and transition to a highly curved profile mimicking the profile of the top panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Inventors: Thomas Stoneberg, David Anderson
  • Patent number: 10449885
    Abstract: A device for holding a container is disclosed. The device includes a base configured to support the container, a retaining mechanism configured to retain the container relative to the base, and an actuator mechanism coupled to the retaining mechanism. The retaining mechanism includes a longitudinal axis and an iris moveable between an insertion position and a retaining position. A central opening formed by the iris in the insertion position has an insertion diameter greater than a retaining diameter of the central opening formed by the iris in the retaining position. The iris includes a plurality of arms arranged in a first level and a second level. User rotation of the actuator mechanism in a first direction causes the arms of the iris to move to the retaining position, and user rotation of the actuator mechanism in a second direction opposite the first direction causes the arms of the iris to move away from the retaining position towards the insertion position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: INOAC USA, INC.
    Inventors: Andrew L. Dargavell, James V. Gorman
  • Patent number: 10442586
    Abstract: Various embodiments of containers are described having a body with a base and sidewall that defines a hollow interior portion of the body. A separable band can be affixed to the body to provide an attachment mechanism for a cap to be coupled with the body. An insert can be disposed between the body and cap to provide a liquid-tight and air-tight seal when the cap is coupled with the body. Preferably, the insert is dual layer with a layer of foam that compresses when the cap is coupled with the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: KushCo Holdings
    Inventors: Douglas Patton, Gary Bordenkircher, Jeffrey Thompson, Heather Patton, Mathew Astengo, Ben Wu
  • Patent number: 10433664
    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: August 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Harl-Bella Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Samuel Lincoln Brannock
  • Patent number: 10435218
    Abstract: An ammunition tray is provided for containing a plurality of bullet cartridges within an ammunition box container having a stowage volume. The tray includes a substantially rectangular template having a horizontal surface bounded by first and second opposing longitudinal edges and opposing lateral edges joined at four corners. Each longitudinal edge includes a first tab bent substantially perpendicular to the surface to form a rib. Each lateral edge includes a second tab bent substantially perpendicular to the surface to form a wall. The surface includes a first row of internal cutouts that point towards the first longitudinal edge as a proximal orientation. The surface further includes a second row of internal cutouts that point towards the second longitudinal edge as a distal orientation. The template has longitudinal and lateral edges bent to form the respective ribs and walls fits within the stowage volume as a vertical stack of plural templates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Gregory D. Little, John P. Shebalin, James S. Fetsko, Joseph A. Silber, John E. Brough
  • Patent number: 10433663
    Abstract: This invention relates to an apparatus that facilitates self-feeding by, for example, a person having limited fine motor skills and methods related thereto. Specifically, the disclosed apparatus enables food to collect in a specific area and guides a utensil to this area. This abstract is intended as a scanning tool for purposes of searching in the particular art and is not intended to be limiting of the present invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Numnum LLC
    Inventors: Doug Gonterman, Jessica Lineberry