Patents Examined by Jimmy G. Foster
  • Patent number: 5772029
    Abstract: A foldable document file box with an adjustable volume which can be folded in a flat configuration for easier storage, having two half shells joined by releasable closure elements to permit adjustment of the volume defined by the half shells. The half shells are connected so that they can be placed in a flat configuration while remaining connected. Detent elements are provided to adjust the volume of the document file box in a stepped manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1998
    Inventor: Roberto Boccacci
  • Patent number: 5772016
    Abstract: A package, comprising a container (1) which contains a liquid (2) and a substance (8), such as a flavourant or nutrient additive, enclosed in an openable capsule (4) or the like, which substance is intended to be mixed with the liquid, where the liquid is intended to be heated in the package, prior to use, and wherein the capsule is liquid tight sealed by means of a temperature dependent bonding agent (10) which is active at temperatures up to a value, in applicable cases, slightly below the temperature to which the container contents are intended to be heated prior to being served. The package is characterized particularly in that the capsule (4) comprises two separate portions (5, 6) which are joined to each other along a continuous joining line by means of the temperature dependent bonding agent (10) and which are so arranged and disposed in the container (1) that they become mutually displaced and separated entirely, as the bonding agent has been made inactive by heating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1998
    Assignee: CD Food Technology AB
    Inventor: Jan Akerlind
  • Patent number: 5772034
    Abstract: A bag assembly includes a bag body and a valve unit. The bag body confines a receiving space and is formed with a vent hole. The valve unit is provided in the vent hole and includes an upper sheet and a lower sheet which are heat-sealed to the bag body and which cooperatively confine an air passage that is communicated with the receiving space. The upper and lower sheets of the valve unit have opposing inner surfaces which are electrostatically charged such that the upper and lower sheets normally adhere to each other via an electrostatic attraction at the inner surfaces thereof, thereby closing the air passage of the valve unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1998
    Inventor: Chih-Jen Lin
  • Patent number: 5769223
    Abstract: A device for holding the protective sheath of at least one hypodermic needle to permit recapping in a single-handed operation includes a hollow receptacle formed with a cavity which contains a deformable support material. The support material is penetrable by the sheath to embed the tip portion thereof in the support material and thereby hold the sheath in a substantially fixed position relative to the receptacle while the needle is withdrawn from or inserted into the sheath. The device also includes a contact adhesive on its base surface to selectively attach the device to a solid object to stabilize the receptacle during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 23, 1998
    Assignee: Ohana Medical Concepts, LLC
    Inventor: M. Lou Marsh
  • Patent number: 5769231
    Abstract: An end cap packaging component having a first pair of generally rectangular elements appropriately disposed at two sides thereof and a second pair of generally rectangular elements appropriately disposed at the remaining two sides thereof. The first and second pairs of elements are interconnected at their peripheries to form an interior element directly coupled to the first and second pairs of elements. All of such elements are inflatable and deflatable using an appropriately postioned valve. Each of the elements has one or more non-inflatable regions therein and further non-inflatable regions are located where the interior element is coupled to the first and second pairs of elements. When inflated, the component can be folded to form an end cap shaped configuration which encloses the end portion of a product for providing a firm and snug fit thereon which then acts as a retaining cushion therefor the product is then placed in a shipping container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 23, 1998
    Assignee: Air-Ride Packaging of America, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles A. Batsford
  • Patent number: 5769236
    Abstract: A component collective includes component holders respectively holding components therein and connected to one another in the form of a tape carrier. Each of holders is provided with a cavity to accommodate the component, a lid for shutting an opening of the cavity, and a keeping device for keeping the lid at a closed position. An apparatus for feeding the component collective includes a device for transferring the component collective, a device for forcibly opening the lid means of the component holder transferred to a predetermined position, and a device for forcibly closing the lid of the component holder after a component is removed from the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 23, 1998
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshio Maruyama, Shinji Kadoriku, Toshiaki Yamauchi, Shoriki Narita, Naomi Kuromoto, Hiroshi Yamauchi
  • Patent number: 5769226
    Abstract: A first break line is formed at a front part of a paper box for storing a film cartridge. Second and third lines connected with the first break line are formed on a top part (lid). The second and third break lines incline toward both edges of the top part. Fourth and fifth break lines connected with the second and third break lines are formed along a ridge part toward both corners of the top part. When the paper box is opened, the first break line is broken to lift the top part, the second and third break lines are broken by the lifting action. Then, the fourth and fifth break lines are broken sequentially, so that the paper box is opened. Therefore, the paper box can be opened on the first attempt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 23, 1998
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takuya Arai
  • Patent number: 5769217
    Abstract: A compact disc holder for use with a book, storage container and the like has a compact disc holder tray and transparent plastic compact disc holder cover. The cover is hingedly connected to the tray and protects the compact disc before and after purchase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 23, 1998
    Assignee: Printlink Publishers, Inc.
    Inventors: William N. Derraugh, Peng Cheong Loo
  • Patent number: 5769233
    Abstract: The present invention comprises an assembly of a substantially block-shaped object and four packaging elements for placing over one or more edge parts formed by a short edge of the object, wherein the packaging elements are each manufactured from one piece of at least slightly flexible foamed plastic and each comprise:a first engaging surface for engaging on a surface of the object which extends on one end of the edge substantially transversely thereof, anda second engaging surface for engaging on a second surface of the object which extends substantially parallel to the first surface on the other end of the edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 23, 1998
    Assignee: Bestpak Holding B.V.
    Inventor: Jan Fredriks
  • Patent number: 5765685
    Abstract: A wrap-around carrier suitable for packaging tub-shaped articles which have recessed bottom portions. The bottom panel is formed from an inner flap to which article retainer flaps are hinged and an outer flap to which secondary locking tabs are hinged. The retainer flaps are pivoted into the interior of the carrier by the locking tabs and include edges which contact the bottom portions of adjacent articles and also foldable retainer tabs which also contact the bottom portions. A projection on the locking tabs extends through an opening in the retainer flap and the end edge of the locking tab supports the retainer flap. A further opening in the retainer flap receives a locking tab shoulder to prevent withdrawal of the locking tab. A slit in the inner bottom panel flap allows passage of another locking tab shoulder which engages the inner bottom panel flap to further prevent withdrawal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 16, 1998
    Assignee: Riverwood International Corporation
    Inventor: Paul Roosa
  • Patent number: 5762184
    Abstract: A jewelry holder with at least one self-standing removable stand, the holder having a base and at least one removable holder wherein the holder has at least one crosspiece with at least one aperture for receiving a portion of an earring. The base may be in the form of a box with a slidable drawer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 9, 1998
    Inventor: Lori Greiner
  • Patent number: 5762202
    Abstract: The tray is designed to hold medical and dental instruments in firm and parallel alignment during transport and sterilization and to be opened for ready withdrawal or placing of such instruments. It includes a main part in the form of a rectangular bottom surrounded by upstanding rims along both side edges and along its rear edge of which the rear rim is higher than the side rims and forms a channel-shaped pocket configured to cover the heads of the instruments. Two serrated strips are firmly attached to the bottom in parallel spaced-apart alignment with the serrations serving to support and hold the instruments in position. A trough-shaped front cover is pivotally attached to the side rims and can be swung from a top position covering the front ends of the instruments into a position underneath the bottom serving to raise the front of the tray into rearwardly inclined position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 9, 1998
    Inventor: Jack Atad
  • Patent number: 5762203
    Abstract: A display container is formed from a unitary sheet material and comprises a receptacle for receiving the product and a display flag. The receptacle has a floor and a plurality of upright side walls attached thereto that define a product cavity which has an open upper end. The display flag comprises a cantilevered shaft member attached to an upper edge of one of the upright side walls and extending generally horizontally therefrom over a portion of the product cavity upper end, and further comprises a flag member attached to an end of the shaft member and extending generally vertically therefrom. In this configuration, the flag member can dangle in a position to catch a consumer's attention; however, no assembly of parts by a retail store employee is required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 9, 1998
    Assignee: Goodmark Foods, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven C. Klawiter, Kevin Harrell
  • Patent number: 5762197
    Abstract: There is provided an inflatable cushion inflated through a single inflation valve. A pair of inflated panels held in place by at least one tie strap connecting the panels rest beneath each end of the bottom of an article to be protected. The cushion has a pair of inflatable end chambers interconnected to the bottom panels and a pair of inflatable side chambers interconnected to the end chambers, which when inflated protect the ends and sides of the article. This is facilitated by internal openings which allow the inflated panels to easily bend underneath the ends of the article and around the corners. There are recesses at each corner which extend from each corner of one internal opening toward a peripheral edge of the cushion to provide a wedge-like portion of the side chambers. In one of the embodiments, an additional pair of internal openings facilitates a pair of top inflatable chambers interconnected to the end chambers to rest on the top of the article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 9, 1998
    Inventor: Brian K. Farison
  • Patent number: 5762231
    Abstract: A tabless container closure for a compartmentalized container with a cover and a base. The cover includes a sidewall and a rim coupled thereto. The rim has a depression that fits within an opening in a sidewall of the base. The rim depression and opening provide a snap-fit closure to releasably connect the cover and base. In a second aspect, the compartments of the container are closed off from one another such that the contents of a given compartment substantially remain therein, even after a perturbation of the container. In a third aspect, a divider separating the compartments is bowed to enhance the structural integrity of the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 9, 1998
    Assignee: Genpak Corporation
    Inventors: Edward W. Rider, Jr., Alex Augustin
  • Patent number: 5758770
    Abstract: A substantially rigid combined personal transport and storage case for a single set of ski equipment is configured and to provide at a longitudinal chamber and protruding chamber such that a pair of skis are intended to lie longitudinally in said container and toe portions of a pair of skis boots extend into said protruding chamber to provide a compact combined personal transport and storage case for a single set of ski equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 2, 1998
    Inventor: John E. Moneta
  • Patent number: 5758972
    Abstract: A sundries caddy to hold sundries for use with a with a fastening arrangement in being suspended from a bed. A suspendable container portion of the caddy is held by a clampable portion over the edge of a mattress support by a mismatched hooks and loops patches fastener adhered to the mattress support supplemented by the pressure of the mattress thereon and on much of the remainder of the clampable portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 2, 1998
    Inventors: Deborah K. Mack, Tamara W. Starkey
  • Patent number: 5758794
    Abstract: A container closure for a container with a cover and a base. The cover includes a sidewall and a rim coupled to the sidewall. The rim includes a depression that takes the place of a male closure component. The base includes a sidewall and an opening in the sidewall for receiving the rim depression. The rim depression and receiving opening provide a snap-fit closure to releasably connect the cover and base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 2, 1998
    Assignee: Genpak Corporation
    Inventors: Edward W. Rider, Jr., Alex Augustin
  • Patent number: 5758769
    Abstract: A tool case is provided with more storage than conventional tool cases, and has a lidded storage area which does not reduce the area available for primary storage. The box portion of the tool case has a recess in the bottom thereof, defining a secondary storage area on the opposite side of the case from the lid. The secondary storage area also has a lid, so that pieces can be stored without falling out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 2, 1998
    Assignee: Mastercut Industries Inc.
    Inventor: Kailash C. Vasudeva
  • Patent number: 5755331
    Abstract: The invention is concerned with a packaging insert device adapted to prevent contact between a product and its container so as to support the product in a position in which shocks to the packaged product caused by, for example, dropping the package, are absorbed by the resilient properties of stiffly resilient lightweight plastics spacer devices received in apertures formed in end panel pieces, collars and the like formed of cardboard or other suitable insert material. A spacer device may comprise at least one protuberance projecting from a plate member and passing through a respective aperture of the plate member. Preferably multiple spacer devices comprise two or more plate members joined at a hinge line so that the plate members can be arranged, for example, into an L-shape to bridge corners and abutting edges of said end pieces or collars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 26, 1998
    Assignee: A. & W. Fullarton Limited
    Inventor: Geoffrey Oliver Watson