Patents Examined by Jimmy G. Foster
  • Patent number: 6786329
    Abstract: A packaging container comprises a container body an upper part opening of which performs as an exit, a seal lid sealing the exit of the container body, and an outer lid openably and closably covering the container body. A commercial label is adhered to an outer surface of the outer lid. The outer lid is attached to the container body openably and closably through the label. The packaging container can store unused pieces of sterilized cotton with a tight seal after a user peels the seal lid, and allows the user to easily and conveniently take out the pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2004
    Assignee: Meisei Sansho Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shunji Onishi
  • Patent number: 6763937
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a paint box (1) with replaceable color pans (6), having at the bottom of the paint box (1) a holding rail (4) which engages in a downwardly open groove (17) formed on the underside of a protruding rim (15) of the color pans (6), said rail forming a swivel bearing with a swivel axis parallel to the box bottom (2). The groove (17) has a cross section widening in downward direction and the color pans (6) rest loosely on the holding rail (4). Furthermore, on the side of the holding rail (4) close to the color pans (6) provision is made for holding elements (7, 8) extending up from the box bottom (2) and enabling the individual color pans (6) to be securely fixed by frictional engagement with the box bottom (2). Provision is made for a respective push-button (16) on the protruding rim (15) of the color pans (6) on the side of the holding rail (4) remote from the color pans (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2004
    Assignee: Pelikan PBS-Produktionsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: G√ľnter Scholz
  • Patent number: 6752267
    Abstract: A case for storing a plurality of commercial paint brushes comprised of a hinged lid and tray. Paintbrushes are suspended in the air through the cooperation of the handle pin, which secures a single brush's lower handle by its display hole, and a forward serrated bridge of aligned recesses which support the brush at the upper handle. The brush is locked in place by the closing of the lid when syncline divots in a lid mounted press form alternating seals and apertures with the recesses of the lower bridge. Brushes are kept vertically oriented through rubber protrusions forward of the apertures. The brush is prevented from slipping off the pin anchoring the handle by a bumper which cannot be cleared by the handle when a brush is in the horizontal locked position. Dividers keep the brushes segregated and the bristles protected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2004
    Inventors: Murray Allan MacPherson, Jaret Austin Parker
  • Patent number: 6082545
    Abstract: A Self-contained, portable therapy and game case assembly having sliding and opening sections and compartments and portions of the therapy assembly which can be utilized together or separately is disclosed. The therapy assembly is provided for use with various symbolized or illustrated inlay and sliding sheets, for testing and prompting selected skills and associative thinking. The invention is provided as a coupled and portably transportable first and second subassemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2000
    Inventors: Sherrill A. Ford, Carl D. Ford, Sr.
  • Patent number: 6003670
    Abstract: A package for holding abrasive, greasy or oily material, such as dry pet food. The package is formed of a web of flexible material and has an outer surface and an inner surface. The web comprising plural layers adhesively secured to one another. The layers are in sequence from the outer surface of the package to the inner surface thereof. The sequence of layers is a first film layer formed of a heat resistant and temperature resistant material, e.g., polyester film, a second layer formed of a shock-absorbing and heat resistant paper, e.g., Kraft paper, a third film layer formed of a puncture resistant, heat resistant barrier material, e.g., nylon, which also forms a gas and chemical barrier, and a fourth film layer formed of a moisture resistant sealable film material, polyethylene. The outer layer is transparent and indicia is provided between it and the paper layer so that the indicia is visible through the outer layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 21, 1999
    Assignee: Fres-co System USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Scott Beer
  • Patent number: 5992629
    Abstract: A light-activated, sound-providing device (122) is slideably received in a cavity (64) formed in an insert (52) of a size and shape for receipt in the hollow volume of a container (10) with a friction fit. The insert (52) has a volume generally corresponding to the volume of consumer food product which would normally be received in the container (10). The provisions (50) for retaining the sound-providing device (122) includes a paperboard medallion (60) secured to the insert (52) including text and graphics (62). In a preferred form, the sound-providing device (122) is not activated while in the interior of the closed container (10) but when the container (10) is opened by removal of its closure layer (13), the sound-providing device (122) is activated providing a sound for prize announcement, attention getting, or a similar function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1999
    Assignee: General Mills Inc.
    Inventors: Tina M. Gullord, William E. Archibald
  • Patent number: 5984130
    Abstract: A catering container assembly for storing, transporting, and presenting food is presented having a tray and a domed cover. The tray has a base and side walls extending upwardly from said base. The domed cover has a top and cover walls extending downwardly from said top. The tray has a plurality of recessed platforms disposed adjacent its side walls while the domed cover has a plurality of indentations adjacent its cover walls. Each indentation abuts a respective one of the recessed platforms for transferring a force from the domed cover into said tray. Both the tray and domed cover preferably have stiffening elements joining and strengthening the side walls and cover walls, respectively. The tray is preferably hexagonal to allow for modular positioning. A bowl similar to the tray is also presented which has longer side walls for containing more food.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1999
    Assignee: Tenneco Packaging Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas J. Hayes, Thomas T. Taber, Michael J. A. Sagan
  • Patent number: 5947287
    Abstract: A high temperature steam-sterilizable flexible pouch package includes a non-woven barrier web, a perforated plastic intermediate web, and an imperforate plastic upper web. Line heat seals bonding the webs form a cavity into which high temperature sterilizing steam may enter after passing through the barrier and intermediate webs. The line heat seal bonding the upper and intermediate webs is of the delamination failure type. An access opening is provided for insertion of an object to be sterilized into the cavity after which the access opening is sealed, enclosing the object in the cavity. After high temperature steam sterilizing, the package is opened by peeling apart the upper web from the intermediate web which causes a delamination failure of the line heat seal. Preferred materials enable vacuum cycle steam sterilization at a temperature of at least F.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1999
    Assignees: Whitesell of North Carolina, Inc., American National Can Company
    Inventors: Mark E. Weiss, Thomas J. Bauer, Richard E. Johnson
  • Patent number: 5871102
    Abstract: A bin loader package for shipping, storing and dispensing cut paper directly into the paper supply bin of a photocopier, printer or other equipment which uses the paper and which has a storage compartment for storing a supply of paper used in the operation of the equipment. The package includes a box enclosure having opposite side walls, opposite end walls, a bottom wall, and a cover or lid, enclosing a stack of paper sheets to protect the paper during shipment, storage and handling. The enclosure is defined by a first member formed from a single blank folded to define the bottom wall and the opposite side and end walls, with the side walls having inturned flaps adhesively attached to the end walls to hold the walls in their erected relationship, defining a wrapper. A second member is folded to define a tray having a bottom wall with a handle at each end. The tray is supported in the box enclosure on the bottom wall of the wrapper and supports the stack of paper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 16, 1999
    Assignee: Union Camp Corporation
    Inventor: William E. Lambert
  • Patent number: 5868306
    Abstract: A detachable storage box including a box body formed by folding up a sheet element and securing it into shape by hook and loop materials and having male fastening elements, and a collapsible lattice type partition device mounted inside the box body and defining a plurality of separated open spaces for keeping small items and having female fastening elements respectively fastened to the male fastening elements of the box body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 9, 1999
    Inventor: Wang Wen-Tsan
  • Patent number: 5865307
    Abstract: Disclosed is a one piece construction holder or container for irregularly shaped objects such as keys, dimensioned so as to fit within a card compartment of a conventional wallet, whereby said container is substantially rectangular and consists essentially of a rimmed top panel and a rimmed bottom panel integrally hinged together on one side, such that the hinge is thinner than either of the panels to which it is connected, and closure means on the opposite side from the hinge including a plug one one panel aligned with an accomodating hole on the other panel and mutually offset thumb access cutouts; the hinged top and bottom panels are disposed so as to hold the container open or snugly closed as required; the inside distance between the top panel and the bottom panel when the container is closed is defined by the width of the rim on each panel and is sufficient to accomodate from one to three keys placed in the container, and said distance taken together with the thickness of the top panel and the thickness
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 2, 1999
    Inventor: Jack Friedman
  • Patent number: 5860525
    Abstract: A bag for transporting substantially rigid elongate loads including an envelope made of a deformable but non-stretchable material comprising a bottom, a peripheral wall and having an opening plane as well as a direction of insertion of the loads in the bag extending perpendicularly to the opening plate; and handles made of a deformable but non-stretchable material joined to the bag, the space delimited by the envelope being divided into at least two compartments by a partition wall made of a deformable but non-stretchable material, the function of the bag when it is in its position of use, in which it is held by the handles, being to fasten the loads positioned inside it so as to keep them in a fitted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 19, 1999
    Inventor: Djamal Bellehchili
  • Patent number: 5850922
    Abstract: A shipping and retail display pallet pack having a base adapted to receive one end of the articles to be shipped and displayed mounted on a pallet. The base has a formed seat for each article to be shipped and displayed and retainer walls dividing the interior of the base into a compartment for each article. A top retainer, vertically separated from the base, has a plurality of cavities which enclose the ends of the articles opposite the base. For shipping side panels enclose the pallet pack between the base and the top retainer and a cover is disposed of the top retainer. Horizontal strapping secures the side panels to the base and the top retainer and vertical strapping secures the cover on top of the top retainer and the remainder of the pallet pack to a shipping pallet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 22, 1998
    Assignee: Ryobi North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald A. Fraser
  • Patent number: 5845769
    Abstract: A storage bag with soaker pad, and a material and method for making same. The bag of the invention includes a bag having a front and rear panel of a plastic film, the front and rear panels being closed at one end to form a bottom of the bag, the bag being open at the opposite end for receipt of goods to be stored in the bag, a fluid absorbing pad located inside the bag, and an enclosure connected to the inside of the bag for containing the fluid absorbing pad. The material of the invention comprises a bag film connected to a perforated enclosure material with a plurality of soaker pads sandwiched between the two layers. The width of the perforated enclosure material is substantially less than the width of the bag film whereby the soaker pads are continued to a limited space near the center of the material that creates the bottom fold of the resulting bags formed from the material. The method of making the bag of the invention includes a continuous supply of bag film be fed forwardly towards a bag machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 8, 1998
    Inventor: James W. Yeager
  • Patent number: 5836446
    Abstract: A tool carrying insert for a bucket, the insert having an upper plate rigidly joined by a centrally located vertical connector to a dish spaced below the plate; the plate being of a size to overhang the rim of a bucket, being pierced by a plurality of passageways to receive and hold tools positioned vertically, and having a centrally located handle projecting upwardly therefrom; the dish being a flat open shallow container with upwardly disposed outer edges and having a plurality of spaced partitions with the bottom of the dish spaced upwardly from the bottom of the bucket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 17, 1998
    Assignee: Bowvar Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Laurence T. Varnom
  • Patent number: 5833066
    Abstract: A unique carrying case for oral inhalers, nasal inhalers, other medications, or similar items that protects such devices from damage while providing a counting mechanism for the user to track the number of doses dispensed from an inhaler, other medication, or similar item. The preferred embodiment described in the drawings includes a case constructed of lightweight, impact-resistant, molded plastic that is opened and closed by a hinged lid. The counting mechanism shown in the preferred embodiment depicts a three-digit, manual, mechanical device with digits from zero to 999. The user operates each digit independently by pressing a "+" button to advance or a "-" button to retract the digits. A polyurethane foam pad surrounds the counting mechanism. The foam protects the counting mechanism and inhaler from damage and reduces noise that may result when an inhaler is allowed to move freely within the case. The case may be carried in a pocket, purse, or bag or may be carried with an optional wrist strap or clip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1998
    Assignee: InhalerMate, LLC
    Inventors: Susan D. Hargus, Karen J. Biehle
  • Patent number: 5833056
    Abstract: A non-spill steady cup holder (10) for beverage containers (12) comprises a panel (14) sized to snugly fit horizontally against an interior surface (16) of a paper bag (18). A facility (20) in the panel (14) is for holding a beverage container (12). When the panel (14) is placed within the paper bag (18), the beverage container (12) will be stabilized, allowing the paper bag (18) to be carried, to prevent the beverage from spilling out of the beverage container (12), wetting the paper bag (18) and losing the beverage from the beverage container (12). In other embodiments, a second beverage container (12) can be held in the panel (14), so that two beverage containers (12) can be carried in a side by side relationship within the paper bag (18). In still other embodiments, solid food can be held in the panel (14), so that a beverage container (12) and the solid food can be carried in a side by side relationship within the paper bag (18).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1998
    Inventor: Jay R Goldman
  • Patent number: 5833055
    Abstract: A package for maintaining a needle-suture product in a sterile condition includes a peelable foil container in which a peripheral heat seal defines a cavity for retaining a suture packet. The packet has a plastic tray and a stiff paper lid secured to the tray by hinged paper cleats extending into sockets in the tray. The lid covers most of the area of the tray, leaving an uncovered portion for accessing a needle mounted in the tray. A suture attached to the needle is coiled in a peripheral track in the tray so that an extended length of suture material can be retained in a relatively small space. The container has top and bottom aluminum foils with differentiated polymeric coatings on their interior surfaces, which are thermally fused to form the seal. Unsealed foil flaps are provided at one end of the container to enable peeling apart the foils to open the package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1998
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Cerwin, Clifford A. Dey, John M. Findlay, Konstantin K. Ivanov, Robert Nunez, Donald Pompei, William R. Reinhardt, Mehmet Reyhan, David A. Szabo
  • Patent number: 5833061
    Abstract: This applicator mitt includes an inner pouch and an outer pouch providing a cover for the inner pouch. The inner pouch includes an outer face receiving a treating substance and is formed from a pair of panels, attached on two sides and one end and having separable margins on the other end to receive the hand portion of the user. The outer pouch can be a simple envelope or can be formed from a pair of panels attached to each other and to the inner pouch, said panels being removable to expose the inner pouch treating substance but remaining attached to the inner pouch during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1998
    Inventor: Duane L. Storandt
  • Patent number: RE45677
    Abstract: An anti-glare protection device for a welding mask includes a transmission control circuit for determining a darkening signal from a control signal, a welding activity detection circuit (6) for detecting a welding activity, based on the output of a first sensor circuit. The welding activity detection circuit is arranged to control, via an activation switch, whether either the darkening signal or a signal corresponding to an undarkened optical filter is input to a filter drive circuit. The filter drive circuit drives a controllable optical filter to a transmission value according to the signal input to the filter drive circuit. A manual input device allows a user to manually adjust a user selected signal. A second sensor circuit determines a sensed signal. A manually operable mode selection switch for selecting either, in a manual mode, the user selected signal or, in an automatic mode, the sensed signal to be used as the control signal to the transmission control circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: OPTREL AG
    Inventor: Lukas Steinemann