Patents Examined by Joseph Man-Fu Moy
  • Patent number: 6840397
    Abstract: Containers for beverages, e.g. cans for soft drinks are provided with a tubular lever arranged on the top part of the can. The lever (L) is mounted with possibility to pivot and once pivoted to pierce by its one extremity (17) the can's top and to perforate it. The piercing extremity (17) is connected to a flexible extension (38) protruding into the can and through which the content of the container can be consumed. In one of the embodiments the extension (38) is formed as folded tubular member made of plastic material. Once the can is perforated the extension is capable to unfold and fall into the can so as to approach the beverage and to allow its consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2005
    Inventor: Baruch Rosenberg
  • Patent number: 6837391
    Abstract: A suspension system for a bulk material cargo container liner comprises a pair of vertically oriented suspension straps fixedly mounted upon opposite side, upper front nose corner regions of the bulk material cargo container liner. Each one of the suspension straps comprises a plurality of fastener grommets located predetermined distances beneath an upper edge portion of their respective suspension strap. In this manner, regardless of the elevational at which a bulk material cargo container liner support is fixedly disposed within a bulk material cargo container, the bulk material cargo container liner will be disposed at a proper elevational level within the bulk material cargo container so as to facilitate the proper inflation of the bulk material cargo container liner within the bulk material cargo container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2005
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Oswaldo Mino
  • Patent number: 6837394
    Abstract: A sanitary container apparatus comprises a base container; a container cap providing at least one door for insertion of sanitary products; and a container insert bag. The insert bag provides a peripheral adhesive layer on a top exterior surface and on a top interior surface thereof, whereby the insert bag may be adhered to an inside surface of the base container for maintaining the insert bag in an open attitude, and for sealing the insert bag upon removal of the insert bag from the container with the insert bag in a closed attitude.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2005
    Inventor: Patricia Ann Nnamani
  • Patent number: 6834771
    Abstract: A welding structure for a fuel tank including a resin inner shell and a resin outer shell interposed by a fuel permeation prevention layer such that they are laminated, and a resin component attached to the fuel tank. The resin component includes a body formed from a resin having low permeability to hydrocarbon gases, a packing material having low permeability to hydrocarbon gases which is fixed to the body, and a resin which is insert molded to at least a connecting portion of the body that connects with a connecting portion of the fuel tank, and which can be welded to the fuel tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2004
    Assignee: Kyosan Denki Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Keiji Suzuki, Nobuharu Muto
  • Patent number: 6827233
    Abstract: A bucket has an upper opening and an interior cavity, a floor having a rear portion and a front portion within the body, and a handle extending upwardly from a first side the body. The handle has a gripping member and a pair of side portions that define a receiver opening, and the handle does not materially extend over the receiver opening. The body is eccentrically weighted by a weight member attached to the first side of the body so that the bucket is balanced when suspended by the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2004
    Inventor: Phillip F. Scallate
  • Patent number: 6827232
    Abstract: A through hole (50) with an annular groove (52) provided about its periphery is formed in a resin case (10). The through hole (10) is covered with a water/oil-repellent film (40) comprising a porous film (44). The through hole (50) makes the resin case (10) gas-permeable, and the water/oil-replacement film (40) prevents entry of external water and oil, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2004
    Assignee: Tokai Kogyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kouichi Hara, Atsushi Fukunishi, Takahito Katsuura
  • Patent number: 6827231
    Abstract: A minivan box liner comprising a molded bottom plate having a bottom lip of a predetermined height formed about a perimeter thereof; a continuous wall comprising a plurality of panels and a plurality of hinge portions therebetween for permitting bending of the continuous wall at these hinge portions for disposing the panels with relative angles therebetween, the continuous wall for being disposed adjacent the bottom lip for being biased thereby in an inward direction relative to an enclosure formed by the continuous wall and the molded bottom plate; and, a molded top for being disposed adjacent the continuous wall and at a location opposite the bottom plate in an approximately parallel relationship thereto, whereby the top, the continuous wall and the bottom plate when assembled form an enclosure therein allowing access within the enclosure is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2004
    Inventors: Allan Budowski, Robert Carriere
  • Patent number: 6827229
    Abstract: A ceiling fan box adapted to be mounted on a structural member, such as a ceiling joist, and adapted to provide a ceiling fan direct securement to the structural member. The ceiling box includes a body having a lower surface and a pair of spaced apart opposed side members defining a recess therebetween for receiving the structural member therein. An aperture formed through the lower surface for receiving a fastener therein for securement to the structural member for supporting the body thereon. A pair of spaced apart openings formed through the lower surface for receiving a respective pair of fan supporting fasteners therethrough for directly securing a fan to the structure member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2004
    Assignee: Thomas & Betts International, Inc.
    Inventors: Cong T. Dinh, John Archer
  • Patent number: 6824005
    Abstract: An automatic lining refuse receptacle device, a kit for the device and an associated method of using same are disclosed for use in providing a means for conveniently holding and replacing trash liners from within a trash can. The device includes a base; a hinge; a spring latch; a collar; a dowel; a spindle; a catch; a bucket; and a ridge. The hinge is attached to the base. The spring latch is attached to the base. The collar is attached to the base. The dowel is pivotally attached to the collar. The spindle has a distal and proximate ends, in which the proximate end of the spindle is attached to the dowel. The catch is attached to the base, wherein the catch is capable of contacting the distal end of the spindle. The bucket is attached to the hinge, in which the bucket has a top rim and a bottom plate, wherein the bottom plate has an elongated slot cut through the bottom plate of the bucket. The ridge is attached to the bucket, wherein the ridge is capable of being clamped onto with the spring loaded latch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2004
    Inventor: Kenneth C. Ashinhurst
  • Patent number: 6817481
    Abstract: An access opening closure device is provided for enabling passage of food or medication into a confined space without providing direct access from within the confined space to outside of the confined space. The device includes a housing defining a receptacle, an access door and a cover. The cover and the access door are independently movable between open and closed positions to provide access to within the receptacle. An engagement member is provided adjacent the access door to selectively lock the access door at a plurality of different positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2004
    Inventor: Thomson Alexander
  • Patent number: 6817482
    Abstract: Safety shield apparatus for a bottled gas tank valve includes a cover which fits over the valve and an internal flange or plate within the cover that fits underneath the valve handle. A tail portion secured to the cover extends outwardly beyond the vertically extending flange which is disposed arcuately about the valve handle and which comprises also a handle for the bottle. The tail portion includes holes which receive a lock to prevent the shield apparatus from being removed from the bottled gas tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2004
    Inventor: Thomas W. Borter
  • Patent number: 6811051
    Abstract: To reduce the volume of a metal container body after the juice or beer contained therein has been consumed, the container body/wall is formed with accordion-shaped portions having horizontal ring-shape hill portions valley portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2004
    Assignee: Gohsho Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Mitsuo Higuchi
  • Patent number: 6811050
    Abstract: A packing tray is provided for use in both cell pack and tray pack arrangements. The packing tray is unitarily formed from polystyrene foam to have a cellular structure. Cells are arranged in longitudinal rows of alternating odd and even numbers, and the cells are partially separated by cell dividers, which have at least major portions recessed within the tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2004
    Assignee: Tekni-Plex, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark A. Bergeron
  • Patent number: 6811052
    Abstract: A drinking device 10 lifted and held by a person's mouth while the person consumes the liquid contents includes a lower base portion 12, an upper mouth portion 14 having an aperture 15 in a top portion 17, and a mid-portion 16 having a relatively cylindrical outer wall 18 integrally joined to the lower base portion 12 and the upper mouth portion 14. The upper mouth portion 14 includes a relatively arcuate first side ridge 35 positioned adjacent to a horizontal portion 33 of an upper end 32 of the outer wall 18, and a substantially right angled second side ridge 36 positioned substantially opposite the first side ridge 34 and adjacent to an arcuate portion 35 of the upper end 32 of the outer wall 18. The aperture 15 is positioned in axial alignment with the outer cylindrical wall 18 of the mid-portion 14.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2004
    Inventor: Wayne B. Barnett
  • Patent number: 6802432
    Abstract: An enamel cooking ware, of which the cooking ware's body consists of an inner coating layer, an outer coating layer, and the cooking ware's body; wherein, the cooking ware body is made of stainless steel, and a dense mass of small concaves with small sizes is formed on its surface. Both of the inner and outer coating layers are enamel layers; such enamel cooking ware, of which the thickness of cooking ware's body can be greatly reduced, the covering capability of the enamel-surface layer also can be enhanced greatly, and the weight can be lowered substantially.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2004
    Assignee: First Enamel Industrial Corp.
    Inventor: Liu Shu Tien
  • Patent number: 6802431
    Abstract: The invention is a plastic, molded paint tray (used in conjunction with roller applicators) with a handle integral to the body, a spout at the reservoir end of the tray, and inclined ribbing on the incline of the tray extending onto the floor of the paint reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2004
    Assignee: Indigo Wind Films Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew Allen Schinkel
  • Patent number: 6799691
    Abstract: The invention presents a system for assembling a box (1), comprising plate (3-6), each having, in the assembled condition of the box (1), an inner side and an outer side, and fittings (8, 9), each serving, in the assembled condition of the box (1), as a connection between at least two adjacent plates (3-6), and each comprising an inner fitting part (13, 13′) and an outer fitting part (12, 12′), to be placed at the inner side of the plates (3-6) and the outer side of the plates (3-6) respectively. In each fitting, the inner and the outer fitting parts (13, 13′, 12 12′) are joined with each other by means of at least one bridge (14, 14′), the bridge (14, 14′) being positioned, in the assembled condition of the box (1), between at least two of the plates (3-6), between which the fitting (8, 9) serves as a connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2004
    Inventor: Mats Wincent
  • Patent number: 6793085
    Abstract: A high-stability composable case of the type comprising a thermoformed element made of plastic material consisting of a central panel (12) having a quadrilateral shape, the sides of which are connected, by means of fold-inviting lines (17, 18), to four sides of side panels (13, 14, 15, 16), which may be folded, in a box-like manner, on the central panel (12), there being provided corner elements for forming and blocking (25) between the central panel and the side panels, where the side panels are equipped with flap-like edges (20, 21) which protrude outwards with respect to the side panels (13, 14, 15, 16) and which can be set alongside one another in a closed box-like position of the case to be inserted two by two within a slit (37) of each corner element for forming and blocking (25), in which the flap-like edges (20, 21) provide longitudinal and transverse elements for engagement and connection (23, 27; 29, 30; 31, 32) designed to bring about a stable reciprocal positioning between the flap-like edges (20,
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2004
    Assignee: Costruzioni Meccaniche Luigi Bandera S.p.A.
    Inventor: Gerlando Russo
  • Patent number: 6793088
    Abstract: A container and method for preventing leakage therefrom through isolating deformation in the container caused by external forces. The container comprises a container wall having an opening therein, the opening capable of receiving a closure bushing with a sealing member wedged between the closure bushing and the container wall, and a weakened portion of the container wall not in wedged engagement with the sealing member capable of bending in response to an external force so as not to deform the portion of the container wall in wedged engagement with the sealing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2004
    Assignee: Rieke Corporation
    Inventor: Gary M. Baughman
  • Patent number: 6793092
    Abstract: A disposable container for disposing of used oil. The container includes a housing, tin foil, an oil absorbent material, and a filter. The housing is made from cardboard and has a substantially open top and an interior. The tin foil lines the interior of the housing and prevents the used oil poured into the housing from leaking therethrough, so as to form therewith, an oil-proofed housing. The oil absorbent material fills the interior of the oil-proofed housing and absorbs the used oil poured thereon. The filter is sandwiched between the oil absorbent material and the substantially open top of the housing and filters particles in the used oil as the used oil is poured through the substantially open top of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2004
    Inventors: Warren Hayakawa, Mark Shimabukuro