Patents Examined by Jim Foster
  • Patent number: 7055293
    Abstract: A transportable container for bulk goods and a method for forming the container are disclosed. The transportable container is formed from a bag having a closed base and an open top. The open top is in a folded over position and a bottom support is located adjacent to the closed base. A particulate material is filled into the bag and an outer wrap is spirally wrapped around the bottom support and the bag such that the outer wrap secures the bag to the bottom support and secures the open top in the folded over position. The method for forming the transportable container includes the steps of securing the open top of the bag in an opened position and supporting a base of the bag. The bag is filled to a predetermined level with a particulate material and while being filled the fill level of the particulate material in the bag is monitored. Simultaneously with filling of the bag, an outer wrap is spirally wrapped around the bag in an upward direction to a predetermined fill level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2006
    Assignee: Kellogg Company
    Inventors: David C. Ours, Randall L. Cary
  • Patent number: 7055294
    Abstract: An integrated medicament package comprises a prefabricated medicament container having a plurality of initially open top blisters, a closure cover affixed to one marginal edge thereof by at least one living hinge, the closure cover having at least one clasp on an open end of the closure cover opposite the living hinge, the blisters arranged in rows and columns separated by longitudinal and transverse shoulders, at least one of the longitudinal and the transverse shoulders having perforations therethrough wherein the prefabricated medicine container is adapted to be separated along the perforations into a plurality of units, and a sealing sheet with medicament information at a location corresponding to the at least one said plurality of blister such that the medicament information on the outside surface of the sealing sheet corresponds with the medicament in the blisters, the medicament information comprising the name of the patient, the name of the medicament, the dosage of the medicament, the time of day, th
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2006
    Inventor: Graham L. Lewis
  • Patent number: 7007804
    Abstract: A game ball bag that includes a compartment adapted for holding a large, round object such as a basketball and which includes a lockable strap assembly for securing the bag to an immovable structure such as a park bench, chain link fence, tree or similar structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2006
    Inventor: Frank Witherspoon, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7004315
    Abstract: A device for packaging at least one disc-shaped item together with other materials comprising a pair of complementary container elements attached by means of an interlocking mechanism such as a hinge, such that said complementary container elements are in a mating top and bottom configuration. The container has an open position in which the complementary container elements are separated, and a closed position in which the complementary container elements engaged each other and cooperate to form a cavity therebetween. The container elements include means for retaining the container in a closed position such that the chamber formed thereby is relatively insulated. A sealing member may also be provided to cover said opening, which sealing member must be removed to provide access to the opening. Alternatively, the sealing member may include a second opening and access is provided by rotating the sealing member so that the two openings are aligned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2006
    Assignee: Avecmedia, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexandra Gordon, Charles W. Grimes, William L. Plumb
  • Patent number: 6997319
    Abstract: The invention is a thermoplastic film having a heat resistant coating. The film is particularly useful in the preparation of bags and associated packaging systems that are used for protecting and packaging articles. Typically, the heat resistant coating has a melting range that is greater than the melting temperature of the thermoplastic film and exceeds the temperature of the heat generated during foam formation. As such, packaging films and bags that are prepared in accordance with the invention help prevent foam-in-bag cushions from fusing together. Particularly useful heat resistant coatings include ink varnishes and resins that are solvent-based, water-based, or energy cured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2006
    Assignee: Sealed Air Corporation
    Inventors: William Joseph Mahon, Timothy Theodore Oberle, Joe Milton Bowen, Robert Don Wheeler
  • Patent number: 6993888
    Abstract: This invention is related to a metal hydride storage canister, comprising a storage canister body, a wafer baffle stacked on the body for containing metal hydride of a pre-determined amount, and a tubing having a porous surface for securing the wafer baffle in the body and for guiding hydrogen discharged from the metal hydride to an outlet of the body. This invention further discloses the manufacture of the storage canister.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2006
    Assignee: Asia Pacific Fuel Cell Technologies, Ltd.
    Inventors: Jefferson Y S Yang, Mike Kao
  • Patent number: 6994215
    Abstract: A inverted U-shaped retainer clip is provided for securing sleeves to a binder for storing and protecting disc type objects. One embodiment of the retainer clip includes a body portion as well as downwardly extending legs on each end. Each leg terminates in a coupling device having outwardly extending fingers having a notch on the outer surface of each finger. A pair of receptacles is used in conjunction with each clip and is designed to receive the coupling devices and engage the notch on each finger to secure the clip within the receptacles. The receptacles are installed in the binder through the back side of apertures formed in a reinforcement strip provided on the inside of the spine. After the sleeves are threaded on the body portion of the clip the ends are inserted into the receptacles to permanently retain the sleeves and clip in the binder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2006
    Assignee: Hai Yang Corporation
    Inventor: Tae Soo Kim
  • Patent number: 6991106
    Abstract: A modular container system for storing and dispensing labels, the container system including a plurality of individual container modules configured for mutual coupling. Each container module having a first engagement element on a first wall and a complementary second engagement element on a second wall and each container module further including a receptacle configured for receiving a roll of labels and an opening for dispensing the labels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2006
    Assignee: Ecolab Inc.
    Inventor: J. Michael Milliorn
  • Patent number: 6988613
    Abstract: A solid, stable composition containing a meiosis activating substance can be prepared by adding a protein or a phosphoglycid in the presence of an atmosphere having a low content of oxygen, for example in vacuo.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2006
    Assignee: Novo Nordisk A/S
    Inventors: Tina Meinertz Andersen, Lars Klingberg Muller
  • Patent number: 6988614
    Abstract: A disposable folding food tray having container ports for mounting to a beverage container. The disposable tray is mounted to the beverage container such that the consumer need only hold the bottom portion of the container in one hand in order to support the food tray. The food tray includes a food support area the size and shape of which can be adjusted to accommodate any desired food item. The food tray need only have sufficient strength to support the food item, not the beverage container, thereby significantly reducing the amount and strength of material needed for the tray. The tray is convenient in that one of the consumer's hand is always free, and the tray can be configured to fold into either a right handed or left handed version. The folding food tray can be conveniently and inexpensively made from a single piece of cardboard and supplied to the site of use in a generally flat configuration. Folding to the final configuration is conveniently accomplished at the site of use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2006
    Inventors: George F. Hemingway, George F. Hemingway, II
  • Patent number: 6986422
    Abstract: An index card (10) holding device (12) to be attached to the surface of an object in a very convenient location which can be used to keep notes and record ideas when they are needed. The device allows the outer card being held to be in full view to the user. The outer end caps (18) are closely connected to the middle spacers (16) which are closely connected to the inner flat plate (14) in manner which creates a slot for holding 5 to 20 index cards (10) while allowing the cards to be removed and replaced easily. The thickness of the cards (10) being held creates the holding pressure against the inner flat plate piece (14) and the outer end caps (18). The shape of the middle spacers (16) prevents the cards from sliding out the back of the device. The present invention is attached to a surface by means of pressure sensitive adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2006
    Inventor: Donald Jeffrey Boatwright
  • Patent number: 6983839
    Abstract: A packaging system for producing a foam-in-bag cushion upon demand includes a bag of flexible plastic film and defining therein an enclosed space which is vented to the outside of the bag, a foam precursor packet positioned at a predetermined location within the enclosed space in the bag and being formed of a barrier material. The packet includes first and second compartments with a first frangible seal separating the first and second compartments which when ruptured will permit the contents of the compartments to be mixed to form a foam cushion and a second frangible seal between one of the compartments and the enclosed space in the bag. A first foam precursor component is contained in the first compartment of the packet and a second foam precursor component is contained in the second compartment of the packet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2006
    Assignee: Sealed Air Corporation
    Inventors: George T. Bertram, William R. Armstrong, Lawrence J. Pillote, William J. Mahon, Robert D. Wheeler, Laurence B. Sperry
  • Patent number: 6983844
    Abstract: The invention relates to a transportation method and a package system for transporting a set of large longitudinal items such as blades for a wind turbine (1) or a tower for a wind turbine. Taking wind turbine blades (1) as an example, the advantages of the invention reside in packaging a tip (3) of one blade and a base (2) of a second blade in the one and same package (5) such that two blades (1) may be transported in packages (5, 16) having an overall lateral extension, approximately the same as the base of only one blade (1) for the wind turbine. Thereby a very compact but also a very easy means of transportation of large longitudinal items such as wind turbine blades (1) is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2006
    Assignee: Neg Micon AS
    Inventors: Roger O'Kane, Carsten Sørensen
  • Patent number: 6983846
    Abstract: A top frame assembly having an upper member having a central opening defined therethrough and a generally planar upper wall, a first plurality of ribs extending downwardly therefrom, and a first mating surface. Also included is a bottom member having a central opening defined therethrough and a generally planar lower wall, a second plurality of ribs extending upwardly therefrom, and a second mating surface, wherein the first and second mating surfaces are attached to each other. Also included is at least one insert member disposed between the upper wall and the lower wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2006
    Assignee: Rehrig Pacific Company
    Inventor: Gerald R. Koefelda
  • Patent number: 6983843
    Abstract: The invention is particularly, although not exclusively, concerned with a protective container (1; 1?) for fragile articles (100), such as bottles, vials or ampoules of fluid medicament. In one aspect, the protective container is provided with impact energy-absorbing structural features for protecting the fragile article in the event of it being dropped, for instance impact energy-absorbing collars (45, 47; 45?, 47?) at, or adjacent to, the forward and rear end surfaces, respectively. In other aspects of the invention, the protective container (1; 1?) has a hanging member (17; 17?) and/or a corrugated wall structure (37, 39, 41, 43; 37?, 39?41?43?) and/or a latchable flap (55; 55?) for a dispensing aperture (57; 57?) in the container. In yet further aspects, there is provided a protective container having a re-formable label (101; 101?) and/or an internal skirt (73; 73?) for locating and retaining a feature on an article to be housed therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2006
    Assignee: Eli Lilly and Company
    Inventors: Peter Van Geert, Mischa Marteleur, Johan Berte
  • Patent number: 6981586
    Abstract: A magnetic tape cassette storage case (1) comprising a storage section (3) for storing a magnetic tape cassette (81), a lid section (5) for covering the storage section (3), and a connecting section (7) for connecting the storage section (3) and the lid section (5) so as to enable the open-and-closed motion; in which the storage section (3) and the lid section (5) comprise plate portion (11, 21) and sidewall portions (13, 23) provided along the outer peripheries of the flat portions (11, 21) respectively. A notch (26b) having at least the height of the sidewall portion (13) provided on the storage section (3) is formed on the inner side of the end of the sidewall portion (23) closer to the connecting section (7) of the lid section (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2006
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shozo Onmori, Kazuo Hiraguchi, Kiyoo Morita
  • Patent number: 6978897
    Abstract: A recording medium holder for accommodating a recording medium which records information is disclosed. The recording medium holder has an accommodating member which forms a first accommodating region being capable of accommodating at least one sheet of the recording medium to be held and a second accommodating region being capable of accommodating at least one recording device for recording relevant data generated in relation to the processing of information by an information processing apparatus. The accommodating member includes a recording medium holding portion for positioning and holding the recording medium to be held in the first accommodating region and a recording device holding portion for positioning and holding the recording device to be held in the second accommodating region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2005
    Assignee: Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Ken Kutaragi, Teiyu Goto, Mariko Hino
  • Patent number: 6978890
    Abstract: A tool container has a first and second housing as well as a tool retainer. The first and second housings are rotatably coupled with the tool retainer. The first and second housings move from a closed position, surrounding the tool retainer prohibiting access to the tool retainer, to an open position, enabling access to the tool retainer. The tool retainer is independently rotatable with respect to the first and second housings in the open position. The tool retainer has at least one member to retain a tool on the tool retainer. The tool retainer has a compartment which is accessible when the first and second housings are in both said open and closed positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2005
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: James E. Pangerc, Robert P. Welsh, William Bredlow, Carlo Massobrio
  • Patent number: 6978898
    Abstract: There is provided a hair setting assembly having a split top lid for improving heat conservation. The assembly also has a tilt adjustable housing that holds a set of hair rollers and encloses an electrical means for heating the rollers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2005
    Assignee: Conair Corporation
    Inventors: Vito James Carlucci, Daniel Santhouse, Richard Neil Tobin
  • Patent number: 6976584
    Abstract: A package for storing an implantable medical device during storage and shipping includes a containment region for containing the device, a flange surrounding the containment region, and lidstock sealed against this flange. A recess in the containment region permits insertion of a surgical gripping tool below the device support surface. The package may further include ribs that facilitate steadying or gripping the package during removal of the lidstock, and a separate receptacle for holding the device after removal from the containment region. The device is preferably a device implantable in the human eye.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2005
    Assignee: Bausch & Lomb Incorporated
    Inventors: Anthony Walter Maiola, Matthew Scott Jonasse