Patents Examined by Joseph M. Moy
  • Patent number: 6732880
    Abstract: The present invention is an improved hinged receptacle or container which allows quick, safe and convenient dislodging, removal or ejection of contents of any shape or size, lined or unlined with plural uses having a hollow body member and an interior horizontal base bottom floor, which is halved and is attached to it's vertical side(s). It has a pivotal piano type hinged side, with the opposite side(s) or it's vertical side having a locking closure fastener system on it's side wall(s), and opposite the said horizontal halved base bottom floor an opening with a top of any type for closure and sealing in it's contents in normal operational uses and purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2004
    Inventor: Franklin Delano Nash, Sr.
  • Patent number: 6722524
    Abstract: A tool box is formed with two counter bores, and includes a handle formed with headed latches. Each of the counter bores has an upper enlarged section and a lower constricted section confined by an inward flange. Each of the headed latches includes an enlarged head received in the enlarged section of the respective counter bore, and a bifurcated shank having a pair of elastic legs that are respectively formed with barbed ends, and extending through the constricted section of the respective counter bore such that the flange is sandwiched between the enlarged head and the barbed ends of the elastic legs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2004
    Assignee: Stanley Chiro International Ltd.
    Inventors: Steve Huang, Wesley Lee
  • Patent number: 6716500
    Abstract: A container with a flange having excellent heat resistance and impact resistance in the lower part of the barrel portion and having excellent transparency in the wall despite the container is formed by molding an amorphous polyester sheet, and a method of producing the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2004
    Assignee: Toyo Seikan Kaisha, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Oda, Masahiko Otsuki, Tsutomu Iwasaki, Masahito Kogure
  • Patent number: 6708836
    Abstract: The invention describes a container comprising a plurality of flaps, several of the flaps being adjustably joined in the region of their front edges by means of hinge mechanisms with the flap forming the base and at least one hinge pin extending parallel with a front edge of a flap is retained at a distance therefrom by means of a connecting link and is insertable in a groove of another flap and one of the two end regions of the groove is closed off across its width by a retaining shoulder and forms a housing chamber for one of the two end regions of the hinge pin, the groove being arranged at least in part regions in a peripheral ridge projecting above one of the flaps and having an open length which corresponds to at least the length of the hinge pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2004
    Assignee: Steiner Technology GmbH
    Inventor: Johannes Zelko
  • Patent number: 6688485
    Abstract: A bowl assembly includes a base having a concave receiving area and a bowl with a compatibly shaped bottom for being fit within said receiving area. The bowl and the base include engaging formations for a mutual releasable engagement. In an alternate embodiment the bowl and base are formed as a single piece. In a further alternate embodiment, the bowl can be adjusted to assume a range of tilt angles with respect to the base. The bowl can be tilted toward the user to assist young children in retrieving food from the bowl with a utensil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2004
    Inventors: Jennifer L. Lauer, Marianne H. Michel, Kevin Krauss, John Lapetina
  • Patent number: 6685047
    Abstract: A glass beverage container having a thermally insulated exterior surface that reduces the heat transfer between the glass beverage container and the hand of the person holding the glass. A thermally insulating material is fixedly attached to the glass handle or glass side wall of a beverage container. The thermally insulating material is bonded to the glass via an adhesive. The insulating material can comprise one or more layers of material such as rubberized latex and/or Neoprene. The glass beverage containers can include, but are not limited to, beer mugs, soda glasses, or pitchers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2004
    Inventors: Geoffrey P. Mott, Maryann S. Mott, Richard Freeman
  • Patent number: 6679396
    Abstract: A redundant seal for a vehicle fuel tank filler neck closure is provided for closing and opening an automobile fuel tank to the atmosphere. The redundant seal (48) includes a lower shoulder (51) which sealably engages a first valve seat and an upper shoulder (53) which sealably engages a second valve seat. The redundant seal (48) is appropriate for use in applications such as filler neck closures, pressure and vacuum-relief systems within tank filler neck closures, and capless filler neck closure systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2004
    Assignee: Stant Manufacturing Inc.
    Inventors: Dean C. Foltz, Jason K. Jobe, Robert S. Harris
  • Patent number: 6669041
    Abstract: A service box for mounting in a floor includes a rigid container having walls and a lid for covering an upper opening in the container. The opening provides access into a cavity defined by the container. The container has access apertures in the walls for receiving service conduits such as cables, wires, or the like therethrough. The walls include sides which are closely adjacent the floor when the container is mounted in the floor. The container is adapted for mounting of service outlets in the cavity in service communication, that is, electrical communication or telecommunication with the service conduits. At least one recess is formed in the sides. Each recess has a side opening exposing the recess horizontally outwardly of the sides. An elongate first threaded member such as a bolt is rotatably and generally vertically mounted within each recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2003
    Assignee: Spider Manufacturing Inc.
    Inventor: Gordon S. Almond
  • Patent number: 6666347
    Abstract: A storage device assembly adapted for attachment to a computer tower housing has a pair of opposing side panels and includes a storage member having a main panel and at least one pair of opposing walls extending from the main panel defining therein a storage area for retaining objects therein. It also includes an attachment assembly which is coupled to the storage member. The attachment assembly has a pair of adjustable members. Each of the pair of adjustable members has side portions which engage a corresponding one of the pair of opposing side panels of the computer tower for retaining the attachment assembly thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2003
    Inventor: George A. Diamond
  • Patent number: 6662959
    Abstract: A wine bottle convertible to a wine glass permitting the consumption of the wine directly therefrom is provided. The wine bottle may be sized to house a single serving of wine. The convertible wine bottle comprises four main elements which are assembled and filled with wine in a bottling process. The wine bottle has basically four integrated components with ancillary structure. These four components are assembled and filled with wine at a bottling plant. Once bottled, the convertible wine bottle may be packaged in 4-, 6-, or 8-packs, as well as individually. The wine bottles would then be transported and sold. These four integrated components are manipulated by the consumer to transform the wine bottle into a wine glass with an appropriate portion of wine therein. Such a convertible bottle of wine would give users the pleasure of drinking their wine from a stemmed glass. Once completed, the structure may be reassembled and recycled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2003
    Inventor: John Westerhold
  • Patent number: 6662962
    Abstract: A flexible liner for shipping containers is provided and includes a flexible sack made of impermeable plastic material configured and dimensioned to be places in standard containers, and fastening means that will keep the flexible liner suspended from the superior part of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2003
    Assignee: Keyworld de Embalagens Ltda.
    Inventor: Hercilio de Fontes Galvao Neto
  • Patent number: 6655541
    Abstract: A sectioned storage container for liquids has an inner plastic container to be filled with a liquid and a plastic receptacle that surrounds the inner container so that an intermediate space is formed between the inner container and the receptacle. The inner container is made of at least two blow-molded monolithic parts connected with one another by a groove-shaped vertical recess extending in the sidewalls, the container bottom, and the top of the inner container. The receptacle has an insertion opening for the inner container so that the inner container projects with top portions thereof upwardly from the receptacle through the insertion opening. The sidewalls and the receptacle bottom of the receptacle have a groove-shaped vertical recess which is matched to the recess of the sidewalls and the container bottom of the inner container. A peripheral vertical reinforcement strap engages the vertical recesses and reinforces the storage container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2003
    Assignee: Schütz GmbH & Co. KGaA
    Inventor: Udo Schütz
  • Patent number: 6655542
    Abstract: An ink tank producing a stable negative pressure regardless of material used is provided. In the ink tank, inner and outer walls include a bonding region having a bonding force distribution. With this arrangement, since the inner wall separates from the outer wall as ink in the ink tank is being guided out, the area of a non-bonding region increases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2003
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroshi Koshikawa, Masanori Takenouchi, Shozo Hattori, Hajime Yamamoto, Eiichiro Shimizu, Fumitaka Goto
  • Patent number: 6655526
    Abstract: A packaging system consisting of a sealable thermoplastic bag with an exterior pocket and integral handle fastened across the top side and an open-domed, rigid plastic, stackable container that allows for the horizontal storage and transport of food products and other goods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2003
    Inventors: Craig A. Urman, Martin Reall
  • Patent number: 6655543
    Abstract: A highly adaptable beverage container insulator is designed for a significant size range of beverage containers. The insulator is tubular with open ends that are formed from two elastic panels. Each panel has straight top and bottom edges with elastic hems. The side edges of each panel are slightly curved to maintain the properties and proper appearance of the insulator. To form the insulator, two of the panels are joined along their side edges to form a tube. The insulator is placed around a beverage container to better insulate the container and maintain the temperature of the beverage located therein. The insulator accommodates significant variation in the size and shape of beverage containers. For example, a smaller version of the insulator is readily adaptable to conform to both a standard twelve ounce soda can and to a ten ounce juice bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2003
    Inventor: Doyle Keith Beuke
  • Patent number: 6651835
    Abstract: The present invention is a container assembly that includes an inner tube formed from a plastic that is substantially inert to bodily fluids and an outer tube that is formed from a different plastic. Collectively, the container assembly is useful for providing an effective barrier against gas and water permeability in the assembly and for extending the shelf-life of the container assembly, especially when used for blood collection. The inner container is spaced from the outer container at most locations. However, the inner container includes an enlarged top configured to engage the outer container. The enlarged top has a roughened outer surface to permit an escape of air from the space between the containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2003
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventor: Michael Iskra
  • Patent number: 6648167
    Abstract: A substrate protected by a polymeric lining wherein passageways are provided between the lining and the substrate for channeling of fluids which may penetrate through the lining to the substrate surface. In one embodiment the lining is formed to provide for passages between the lining and the substrate. Mesh attached to the substrate provides for securement of the lining to the substrate by at least partial embedment of the mesh within the lining. Wire spacers are positioned between the mesh and the substrate to separate portions of the lining from the substrate surface and form passageways for channeling fluid which may penetrate the lining. In another embodiment a vessel includes a network of spacers forming a generally parallel array of passageways and at least one passageway transverse to the parallel array of passageways.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2003
    Assignee: Sermatech International, Inc.
    Inventors: John M. Brupbacher, Scott E. Vogt
  • Patent number: 6648168
    Abstract: The inner container and outer container which are formed from a transparent material are integrally formed leaving a space section therebetween, a thermally insulating layer is formed in the space section, and a radiation prevention film is formed on at least one of an outer surface of the inner container and an inner surface of the outer container. The radiation prevention film has a radiation prevention film omission section having a surface area which is 30% or less of the surface of the container on which the radiation prevention film is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2003
    Assignee: Nippon Sanso Corporation
    Inventors: Takafumi Fujii, Eiji Otsuka
  • Patent number: 6644493
    Abstract: The weighted garbage can with legs has a receptacle with a rounded weighted base such that the empty garbage can will tend to remain upright and will upright itself if tipped. The weighted garbage can with legs also has retractable legs that function in conjunction with a spring suspended inner platform to retract when the garbage can is empty and extend as the receptacle is filled. The legs extend as the receptacle is filled to stabilize the can as the self-uprighting tendency is overcome when the filled receptacle becomes top-heavy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2003
    Inventors: Sandra T. Walton, Rasheed S. Walton
  • Patent number: 6644488
    Abstract: The present invention is an apparatus for carrying gum and mints in separate compartments thereof. The gum and mint caddy is preferably constructed with a plurality of compartments, one or more of which are separable from the other so as to allow a user to carry gum, mints or both gum and mints. The caddy includes locking, resealable lids, and an adjustable inner lid and alignment mechanism to allow the gum compartment to be used with a plurality of gum package sizes (e.g., different stick quantities).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2003
    Inventor: June L. Coleman