Patents Examined by Joseph M. Moy
  • Patent number: 6547092
    Abstract: A pressure vessel for containing a fluid at elevated pressure features an unstressed corrugated metallic liner forming part of a hermetic seal. The liner has corrugations extending parallel to a first direction to accommodate deformation in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction. Around the liner is a filler layer of elastic material forming a contiguous layer adjacent to the external surface of the liner and filling the corrugations. An external primary load-bearing container has at least one wall made of fiber-reinforced composite material adjacent to the filler layer. The shape of the primary container, the reinforcing directions of the fiber-reinforced composite material, and the mechanical properties of the filler layer are configured such that, under a given change in the pressure of the contained fluid, a strain caused in the liner parallel to the first direction is at least one order of magnitude less than a corresponding strain in the second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2003
    Inventor: Solomon Chervatsky
  • Patent number: 6540096
    Abstract: A reusable and returnable container for holding product therein during shipment and then being returned for reuse comprises a body having at least two opposing and moveable side structures, which are configured for being selectively moved into an erected position for shipment and moved into a collapsed position for reducing the size of the container for return. A dunnage structure spans between the side structures and is operably coupled to the side structures for moving to an erected position for receiving product when the side structures are erected and moving to a collapsed position in the body when the side structures are collapsed so that the dunnage remains with the container when returned. The dunnage structure has an open end facing at least one side structure of the body, and the side structure defines an open area which is in alignment with the dunnage structure open end for accessing the dunnage structure and transferring product into and out of the dunnage structure from a side of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2003
    Assignee: Bradford Company
    Inventors: Donald J. Bazany, Judson A. Bradford
  • Patent number: 6536622
    Abstract: The invention concern the field of storage, transport, recovery and recycling of bottles or packs (2) made of plastic or other material. It provides the possibility of using the content of bottles or packs (2) at will, using the pouring spout (6) and the cap (3) mounted on the tops (1) which are screwed on, clipped on or fixed by other means, and on the standard seals (5) in any material, fixed on the top of bottles or packs before the tops or seals are definitively removed for stacking the bottles or packs (2). The inventive design aims at facilitating the stacking of bottles or packs to reduce storage space and for transport for refill in a reduced space, and, ultimately to facilitate collection for recycling or transformation into raw material. The inventive concept uses for transport supports (10) designed to receive the bases of the bottles or packs (2), the top of the stack receiving plates with the impression of the caps (3) to protect them during transportation of the filled bottles or packs (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2003
    Inventor: Robert Planet
  • Patent number: 6530494
    Abstract: A folding collapsible bottle basket is constructed to include a rectangular open top frame, the top frame having two parallel stretchers, the stretchers each having an insertion hole on the middle, a bottom frame, the bottom frame having a frame body and two sliding tracks spaced below the frame body, two side frames inserted through the gap between the frame body and sliding tracks of the bottom frame and pivoted to the top frame and moved along the sliding tracks between the operative position and the non-operative position, stop means provided at the sliding tracks and adapted for holding the side frames in the operative position, and a handle pivoted to the top frame, the handle having two straight end rod portions inserted through the insertion holes of the stretchers and respectively pivoted to two opposite short sides of the top frame and a -shaped middle handgrip portion connected between the straight end rod portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2003
    Assignee: Racer Sporting Goods Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shyan-Wei Chen
  • Patent number: 6530497
    Abstract: A plastic transporting container for liquids, in particular high-purity liquids, has a submersion tube (1) which extends from a top wall (2) of the container to the container base (3) and is integrally formed in the transporting container. At its end which opens out in the top wall (2) of the container, the submersion tube is provided with a screw-connection device (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2003
    Assignee: Merck Patent GmbH
    Inventors: Joachim Horn, Martin Benzinger, Thomas Schwortschik
  • Patent number: 6520369
    Abstract: A drinking vessel includes an open top end; a bottom end; a side wall that extends from beyond the bottom end, and forming a peripheral edge, to the top end; and a non-slip member overmolded onto the bottom end, inward of the peripheral edge and extending below the peripheral edge, supporting the drinking vessel and inhibiting slippage of the vessel on a support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2003
    Inventor: Walter S. Cytacki
  • Patent number: 6520368
    Abstract: A thermos includes a container detachably mounted on a stand via a coupling member that is formed with a plurality of angularly spaced apart elongated slots, each of which has an enlarged end and a reduced extension. A plurality of studs project from a top seat of the stand into the elongated slots, respectively. The container is rotatable relative to the stand between an engaging position, in which each stud anchors on the reduced extension of a respective one of the slots, and a disengaging position, in which each stud is aligned with the enlarged end of the respective one of the slots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2003
    Assignee: FUU HWA Vacuum Bottle Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Brian Chiu
  • Patent number: 6508378
    Abstract: The tank type container of the present invention comprises a long, horizontally placed, drum-shaped tank 3 and a parallelopiped container frame 5 surrounding the tank 3. The tank 3 is provided with a charging tube 20 at the top of the longitudinal front end, a discharging tube 21 at the bottom of the longitudinal back end, and, at the outside, an air-supplying apparatus for supplying compressed air into the tank to discharge polycarbonate resin pellets. The tank 3, the charging tube 20, the discharging tube 21 and the air-supplying apparatus are accommodated in a space surrounded by the container frame 5. The container frame 5 is provided with metal fitting members 6 for locking engagable with a locking mechanism possessed by the bed of a trailer. Therefore, the present tank type container is usable as a large-capacity container for land transportation and sea transportation, allowing for improved efficiency in transportation of polycarbonate resin pellets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2003
    Assignees: Nippon Aluminum Co, Teijin Chemicals Ltd
    Inventors: Kenichi Maeda, Kouhei Ogawa, Akira Kazamoto
  • Patent number: 6508377
    Abstract: A multiple-sectional garbage container for providing a safer and less strenuous manner of removing a trash bag from the garbage container. The multiple-sectional garbage container includes a base member including a bottom wall, a side wall, and an open top; and also includes an elongate tubular member including a side wall, an open bottom, an open top, and an opening therethrough and being removably fastened upon the base member with the opening being adapted to receive a garbage bag; and further includes a lid member being removably disposed upon the open top of the elongate tubular member; and also includes a plurality of handle/latch members being pivotally attached to the elongate tubular member and being fastenable to the base member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2003
    Inventors: Susan K. Griswold, Brian K. Casperson
  • Patent number: 6502715
    Abstract: A drinking receptacle for liquids and frozen food products has an interior, vertical, annular ridge with notches. Liquid from the interior chamber of the receptacle or from dripping of the frozen food product are collected in an annular channel formed between the ridge and an outwardly sloping rim. The notches in the ridge allow liquid to pass from or into the interior chamber of the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2003
    Inventor: Graciela Miorelli
  • Patent number: 6499622
    Abstract: A preferred embodiment of the disclosed can lid has a center panel having a central axis that is perpendicular to a diameter of the outer rim, or peripheral curl portion, of the can lid, an annular countersink surrounding the center panel, an arcuate chuckwall extending radially outward from the annular countersink, an arcuate step portion extending radially outward from the arcuate chuckwall, a transitional portion extending radially outward from the arcuate step portion, and a peripheral curl portion extending outwardly from the transitional portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2002
    Assignee: Metal Container Corporation, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher G. Neiner
  • Patent number: 6494336
    Abstract: A modular combat load system which is portable, light weight and easily moved from one location to another and which allows the military to supply troops with mission critical consumable supplies, such as drinking water, in a combat environment. The system has sixteen modular combat load units stacked on a pallet. Each modular combat unit has a water/fuel module positioned at the upper end of the unit, a mission requirements module which comprises the lower portion of unit and a field pack module assembly which is positioned within a cavity formed within the interior of the mission requirements module. The field pack module assembly holds a plurality of field pack storage units which are stacked on top of one another within the tray. The field pack storage units are of sufficient size to hold one day of consumable supplies for use by a soldier in a combat environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2002
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventor: John Michael Bylo
  • Patent number: 6494339
    Abstract: A cup holder including a resilient tube having opposed ends with a keyhole slot open at its bottom extending between the opposed ends for engaging a support and the tube also having a bore in its top for receiving a beverage container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2002
    Inventors: John S. Engelhard, Cindy M. Engelhard
  • Patent number: 6491183
    Abstract: A swivelling glass is generally composed of a cup and a base. The bottom portion of the cup has a swivel section which has a sphere surface at its bottom portion thereof, and a slanting surface at its bottom end. The base comprises a hole on top portion with an arcuate surface corresponding to the sphere surface of the swivel section of the cup, thus the cup may swivel on top of the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2002
    Assignee: Tien Yang Enterprise Co., LTD
    Inventor: I-Chen Huang
  • Patent number: 6491184
    Abstract: A container having an interior, a device for opening the container, the device for opening having an orifice, a straw arranged in the interior of the container, the straw having a first end, a device and method for automatically extracting the straw from the interior of the container. The device for automatically extracting includes a straw supporting element movable between a free position in which the first end of the straw is located in the orifice of the device for opening the container and a locked position in which the first end is arranged in the interior of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2002
    Inventor: Dany Prieto
  • Patent number: 6488168
    Abstract: An article-storing box placed in automobile trunk includes a bottom base, two lateral side plates, two lengthwise side plates and plural separating plates. The bottom base is provided with a chamber having stepped surfaces on two lengthwise sidewalls. The lateral side plates respectively have their bottom sides fitted pivotally between the two stepped surfaces of the chamber, having two insert blocks movable in two opposite sides. The lengthwise side plates respectively have their bottom sides disposed pivotally between the two stepped surfaces of the chamber, two hooks for receiving two insert blocks of the lateral side plates and plural guide grooves for the separating plates to insert therein. The separating plates are movable and have the same structure as that of the lateral side plates. The article-storing box can be separated into several compartments for storing different articles and is collapsible to take small space in an automobile trunk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2002
    Inventor: Chu-Li Wang
  • Patent number: 6488167
    Abstract: A frame for pallets includes a plurality of frame bars that define a surface of the frame to which a frame insert is secured in a manner enabling the frame insert to be loaded transversely within a plane of the frame. The frame insert is form-fittingly interlocked with at least one frame bar transversely to the plane of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2002
    Assignee: Anton Hurtz GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Eckhard Napp
  • Patent number: 6481591
    Abstract: A cylindrical hamper bag or covering snugly fit over an internal frame that includes a circular top, a circular base, and at least six vertically upstanding leg members. The six leg members are of equal height and include hinges at the points connecting the leg members to the top and the base, and at points a third and two thirds of the length of each leg member permitting pivotal movement. The pivotal movement of the leg members allow the hamper to expand outwards and change shape from a cylindrical to a polygon shape ball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2002
    Inventors: Rey Zabat Mendoza, Wilhelmina Navarro Mendoza
  • Patent number: 6474499
    Abstract: Base cup for receiving a container body bottom and for reducing heat gain to fluid contents in the container body. A passive base cup is made of foam and has a reflective layer on a majority of the outer surface thereof, or made of plastic, with an outer reflective layer, and optionally a foam layer. An active base cup serves to actively cool the fluid in the container, by including a compartment therein with a fluid that can be frozen. Again, a reflective layer and an optional foam layer extend over a majority of the outer surface of the cup. The reflective layer materials have a density different than the cup materials to facilitate recycling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2002
    Assignee: Eastman Chemical Company
    Inventors: Michael E. Donelson, Lawrence A. Coppari, Stephen Weinhold, Marcus D. Shelby, Steven S. Duncan, Robert N. Estep
  • Patent number: 6474495
    Abstract: An improved garbage can defining apertures around an open end and a closed end of a receptacle in order to maintain equilibrium of air pressure within the receptacle so as to avoid the suction-cup effect when inserting and removing a garbage bag from the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2002
    Inventor: Lynn A. Frei