Patents Examined by James N Smalley
  • Patent number: 10138037
    Abstract: A closure includes a polymeric top wall portion, a polymeric liner, a polymeric disc and a polymeric annular skirt portion. The polymeric disc is located between the polymeric top wall portion and the polymeric liner. The polymeric annular skirt portion depends from the polymeric top wall portion. The annular skirt portion includes: (1) an internal thread formation for mating engagement with an external thread formation of a container; and (2) an internal prying projection to assist in removing the closure from the container. At least a portion of the internal prying projection is located nearer the polymeric top wall portion than the internal thread formation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Closure Systems International Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremiah Migas, Jeremy Morin, Ramesh Kamath
  • Patent number: 10124934
    Abstract: An anti-counterfeit bottle cap, having a body (10) and a safety ring bell (20), and a slit (30) in between; an anti-theft mechanism (40) is provided within the slit (30); the anti-theft mechanism (40) has upper rods (41), lower rods (43) and a tear ring (42) in between; upper ends of the upper rods (41) are connected to the body (10), lower ends of which are connected to the tear ring (42); upper ends of the lower rods (43) are connected with the tear ring (42), lower ends of which are connected with the safety ring belt (20). The tear ring is subject to irreversible plastic deformation after the body (10) disengages from the bottle mouth. Therefore, the tear ring (42) cannot be restored. The torn and broken upper rods (41), lower rods (43) or tear ring (42) cannot be glued back to its/their original position(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignees: Jahen Household Products Co., Ltd., Shanghai Jiaheng Daily Chemical Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Huanbin Zeng, Congyan Xu, Rong Lin, Mingquan Cheng, Peiji Lin
  • Patent number: 10124937
    Abstract: A lid assembly for connecting with an associated drinking cup includes a cover and a cap. The cover is configured to attach with the associated drinking cup for covering an open top of the associated drinking cup. The cover is formed of a soft, flexible material and includes an integrally molded spout and an integrally molded cap mount. The cap is configured to connect with the cap mount for pivotal movement with respect to the cover about a pivot axis. With the cap connected to the cap mount, the cap is moveable between an open position where the spout is accessible to be received inside a person's mouth and a closed position where the cap covers the spout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Helen of Troy Limited
    Inventor: Joshua P. Wiesman
  • Patent number: 10124935
    Abstract: An open ended container and lid combination provides a tamper indicator with a lid and container combination which can be pushed on by a manufacture and then the tamper indicator removed to allow the lid to be unscrewed relative to the container, while also still being able to be screwed back to a closed, and possibly sealed configuration. Two possible seals may be used comprising a seal against an interior surface of an upwardly extending wall of the container and an extension/groove combination of the lid and container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Inventor: Glenn H. Morris, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10124936
    Abstract: A closure (20, 2GA, 2GB) is provided for a system with an opening. The closure (20, 20A, 20B) has a body (24, 24A, 24B) with an outer end (32, 32B) and a through passage (30, 3GB) for communicating with the system opening. The body (24, 24A, 24B) has a membrane (60, 60B) mitially occluding the through passage (30, 30B). The closure (20, 20A, 20B) has a lid (26, 26A. 26B) to accommodate movement relative to the body (24. 24A, 24B) between a closed position restricting access to the through passage (30, 30B) and an open position permitting greater access to the through passage (30, 30B). The body (24, 24A, 24B) thither has a separation member (70, 7GB) that can be engaged by a user to separate at least a part of the membrane (60, 60B) from the body (24, 24 A. 24B).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: AptarGroup, Inc.
    Inventors: Marcelo Santarelli, John F. Wagner, John M. Wisniewski, Christopher A. Danks
  • Patent number: 10118743
    Abstract: A mechanical closure for includes a cap hinged in an oscillating manner about an axis, a pair of tie-rods respectively articulated at their first end on opposite sides of the cap with respect to the axis and hinged at their opposite second end on a corresponding first end of a respective arm. Each arm is provided at its second opposite end with a respective pin the pins being coaxial and intended to hinge the arms on a neck of a bottle. An arc connects the arms to one another so that the arms may be jointly actuated to rotate about the respective pin. The mechanical closure includes a tamper indicator provided to indicate the first opening of the mechanical closure includes a band which interconnects the arms and/or the tie-rods on the side opposite the arc so as to prevent the arms from oscillating about the respective pins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: TAPÌ S.P.A.
    Inventor: Domenico Liberati
  • Patent number: 10118744
    Abstract: A package comprises a latch including first and second legs and an actuating portion. The first and second legs are joined at an angle. The actuator portion of the first leg is positioned to be displaced generally laterally to displace the second leg generally longitudinally to release the latch. In another embodiment the package has base wells on the inside surface. A generally flat marginal sealing surface encircles the first and second base wells. The wells of the base and/or lid are covered with a cover sheet to close them. Still another embodiment is a child-resistant container comprising a shell, two drawers, a stop, and a latch. The drawers are prevented from sliding apart past a limit of travel when one drawer is open sufficiently to provide access to its contents and the other drawer is not.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Inventors: Jean-Pierre Giraud, Herve Pichot
  • Patent number: 10106302
    Abstract: A pouring cap for a container automatically opens to pour the contents when tilted, and automatically closes when pouring is complete. The cap is affixed to the container along a bottom portion and to a locking upper lid along a top portion. An internal valve is provided which is guided vertically within the cap which covers a plurality of pouring apertures. When the cap and container are upturned during pouring, the valve is displaced to uncover the pouring apertures. When the container is downturned following pouring, the valve moves downwardly to cover the pouring apertures. When the locking upper lid is installed, it biases the valve to securely cover the pouring apertures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Inventors: Christy F. Sorby, John K. Sorby
  • Patent number: 10106306
    Abstract: A vented metal can end is provided. The can end includes a tab and a tab rivet. The can end includes an outer score and a vent score. The vent score is formed in the end wall and located beneath the nose of the tab. The vent score is positioned such that the tab rivet is located between the vent score and the center point of the end wall and the vent score is also located between the outer score and the tab rivet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Silgan Containers LLC
    Inventor: David Dunn
  • Patent number: 10099834
    Abstract: An improved blow molded plastic container having generally rounded sidewalls that are adapted for hot-fill applications has two adjacent sides and two pairs of controlled deflection panels, each pair reacting to vacuum pressure at differing rates of movement, whereby one pair inverts under vacuum pressure and the other pair remains available for increased squeezability or extreme vacuum extraction. The opposing sidewalls are symmetric relative to vacuum panel and rib shape and placement. The ribs and controlled deflection panels cooperate to retain container shape upon filling and cooling and also improves bumper denting resistance, decreases vacuum pressure within the container, and increases light weight capability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Inventor: David Murray Melrose
  • Patent number: 10093464
    Abstract: A receiving box comprises a cover and a base. The cover comprises a first slit, a first connection part and a top surface. The first slit and the first connection part are respectively disposed at opposite sides of the top surface. The base comprises a first convex portion comprising two first bending parts and a first link part, and a second convex portion. The first convex portion is correspondingly disposed at the first slit. The second convex portion is correspondingly disposed at the first connection part. Two first bending parts are respectively located on opposite sides of the first link part. When the cover combines with the base, the second convex portion inserts into the first connection part, the first convex portion inserts into the first slit, the two first bending parts bend to contact the top surface. Thus, the cover firmly attaches to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Inventor: Wei-Chun Tsao
  • Patent number: 10086984
    Abstract: A fluid container is provided that comprises a body portion configured to at least partially surround fluid. The container also includes a cap portion connected to and above the body portion at a frangible separation site surrounding an opening between the body portion and the cap portion. The cap portion is configured to separate from the body portion at the separation site to expose the opening when a substantially downwardly directed force is applied to a part of the cap portion at a certain radial distance from a longitudinal axis through the opening. The container can include a collar configured to be disposed at least around a part of the body portion. A portion of the collar can be configured to facilitate separation of the cap portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Inventor: Kevin Colin Colangelo
  • Patent number: 10086985
    Abstract: A seal cap (10) for a container closure includes a cover disc (11) having a fastening ring, connected to an underside of the cover disc, with a latching element, for producing a detachable engagement connection with the container closure, connected to a pull tab arranged at the circumference of the cover disc via a connecting element. The connecting element has a cover strip formed in the cover disc that is separated from adjacent areas of the cover disc by lateral cover-strip predetermined breaking lines, which have predetermined breaking elements and has a pull web connected to the latching element of the fastening ring. The cover strip extends from the pull tab, at the circumference of the cover disc into a central inner portion (18) of the cover disc within the fastening ring and the pull web is arranged in an intersecting area between the cover strip and the fastening ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: SCHÜTZ GMBH & CO. KGAA
    Inventor: Bernd Klatt
  • Patent number: 10086982
    Abstract: A closure assembly for a container is provided, the closure assembly comprising: a closure body for securing to the container to extend across and seal an opening in the container; the closure body comprising a bore therein, the bore communicating with the opening in the container and providing a conduit between the interior of the container and the exterior of the container through which product within the container may be dispensed; a closure member having a port therein, the closure member slideably mounted to the closure body and slideable between a closed position in which the port is out of alignment with the bore in the closure body and the closure member acts to close the bore in the closure member and an open position in which the port is aligned with the bore in the closure body. A measuring vessel for use with the closure assembly is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Inventor: James Timothy Bristow
  • Patent number: 10081466
    Abstract: A container case with locking device which allows tool-free unlocking and access includes a top cover having a latching protrusion, a base with sliding top cover, and a handle assembly fixed on the base. The handle assembly includes a resilient catch plate and a handle portion having an operating portion and an elastic arm. When the operating portion is forced by a thumb or finger, the latching protrusion is released from the elastic arm and the handle portion, and the top cover can slide free. When top cover is replaced, the latching protrusion slides and forces back the catch plate until the latching protrusion is again latched by the catch plate and the handle portion. The handle assembly is on the side plate of the base, operators need to use only one thumb or finger to open the top cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Inventors: Wei-Sin Chu, Ming-Tsz Lin, Feng-Jung Yang
  • Patent number: 10081459
    Abstract: A closure device designed to be put in place on, or removed from, a container, including a cap carrying at least two security projections, each provided with an axial locking abutment that can be moved radially between a cooperation position, in which the axial locking abutment engages with an axial locking abutment carried by the container, in order to hold the cap on the container, and a separation position, in which the axial locking abutment is separated from the axial locking abutment carried by the container. The closure device further includes a security ring snap-fitted onto the cap. The security projections are arranged on an internal surface of the security ring and the radial position of each axial locking abutment changes, by ovalization, from its cooperation position to its separation position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Nemera La Verpillière S.A.S.
    Inventors: Gaëtan Painchaud, Frederic Alfonsi, Thierry Decock
  • Patent number: 10081462
    Abstract: This invention discloses an innovative device to effectively open a recipient or container whose cap is formed by a laminated surface, also forming a mouthpiece that allows the direct and hygienic consumption of the content within. The disclosed device is an overcap comprising: i) a base with an inner hollow space, and ii) a tab located within the hollow space of the base, having piercing and cutting means on one of its ends and comprising an inner hollow space; which is connected to the base by means of two end pieces forming an axis for the tab to be turned. Once said overcap is coupled with the container, the laminated surface can be pierced and removed/pulled away by turning the tab, thereby creating an opening in the laminate allowing the content to exit there from.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: DANONE ALQUERIA S.A.S.
    Inventors: Claudia Largacha, Adriana Wolff
  • Patent number: 10081971
    Abstract: An enclosure is provided which meets NEMA standards of construction but with an improved latch assembly including a latch coupled to opposed latch arms which permits closure and locking of the front panel of the enclosure without the use of a key to operate the latch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Daws Manufacturing Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Harrison Craig
  • Patent number: 10076720
    Abstract: A fuel cap configured to be coupled with the opening of a fuel tank defining an interior for containing a volume of fuel. An inlet opening is configured to establish fluid communication with the fuel tank interior. An exit is in communication with a surrounding atmosphere, exterior to the fuel cap. A flow path is defined from the inlet opening to the exit. Adsorption media substantially fills the flow path and is configured to reduce the emission of VOC vapors through the exit to the surrounding atmosphere. The flow path extends spirally about an axis of the fuel cap from the inlet opening to the exit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Bemis Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: Kevin W. Bork
  • Patent number: 10076174
    Abstract: A container that seals in a volume of material is provided. The container may be routinely opened, closed and material may be removed or added. A removable plate and a base define a maximum volume available for material when the container is sealed. A screen may be disposed between the plate and the base. The screen may optionally be comprised within the base, adhered to the base, or removable from the base. Features for enabling manipulation of the plate and/or screen are optionally provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Inventor: Ted Tobey