Patents Examined by Joseph Man-Fu Moy
  • Patent number: 6789669
    Abstract: A small inline spinner box comprised of an enclosure, anchoring spacers, and a top lid that provides a case for containing fishing spinners which enables their organized placement to further facilitate access and handling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2004
    Inventor: Po-Hui Lin
  • Patent number: 6789693
    Abstract: An improved temperature control device for maintaining the temperature of the contents of a beverage receptacle. The device is designed to keep a contained two-liter bottle cold for long periods of time. The device includes an annular column formed from insulating material encased within a durable sheath. The annular column defines a cylindrical container for placement of the two-liter bottle. A cover is included enclosing the two-liter bottle within the container. The cover is also formed from an insulating material and enclosed within a durable sheath. An outer wrap surrounds the cover and container, hingedly attaching the cover to the container so that the cover is removably securable. The outer wrap additionally includes a zipper, enabling the nylon wrap to be opened or closed, fastening the cover to the cylindrical container. The device also includes a variety of carrying straps that are removable from the outer wrap for ease and convenience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2004
    Inventor: Milton Lassiter
  • Patent number: 6789711
    Abstract: A stable product holding system or assembly includes a vertical panel, a stabilizing panel pivotally hinged to the vertical panel for triangular bracing, and a base panel pivotally secured to the lower edge of the vertical panel. In addition, broad strapping arrangements are secured to the ends of the vertical panel to hold products against the vertical panel. The assembly is fully collapsible, with the straps holding the panels firmly against one-another to provide a compact unit for storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2004
    Inventor: Jason P. Kinsella
  • Patent number: 6786349
    Abstract: A refuse container system that resists tipping due to wind or animal activity is disclosed. The system includes a support plate adapted to be anchored to the ground and a refuse container having a magnet supported by the container's bottom. The plate should be made of a material that is attracted by a magnet. The magnetic attraction between the support plate and the magnet attached to the bottom of the refuse container gives the refuse container added resistance to tipping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2004
    Inventor: Fadi Najd
  • Patent number: 6786351
    Abstract: A food container preferably for heated food, has a lid member and a base member. The base member has complimentary embossed portions in the bottom of the base member to engage a complimentary indented portion in the top surface of the lid member. The retaining mechanism allows containers to be stacked so as to secure each container while allowing steam to escape from the lid of a container. Also, a fluid return system retains fluid in the container and promotes flow of fluid into the bottom of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2004
    Assignee: Anchor Packaging, Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin Krueger
  • Patent number: 6783024
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a spout assembly for thin-film containers having an upper side end, a lower side end, a right side end, a left side end and a rounded corner side end comprising a fixing support fixed to the rounded corner side end, a spout portion extended from the fixing support to the outside of the container, a cap coupled with the spout portion, and a fluid guide member extended from the fixing suport to the lower side end of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2004
    Inventor: Jung Min Lee
  • Patent number: 6783023
    Abstract: A legged pot has a pot body and at least one leg. The leg has a fluid conduit in fluid communication to and from the pot body. The legged pot can be used with a fluid source, a plastic film, or a tray to reduce watering cost, labor and material cost, water and fertilizer lose, environmental contaminate, and soil in use, and to avoid plant damage by water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2004
    Inventor: Jian-Hua Fan
  • Patent number: 6779679
    Abstract: A desired serving temperature of a beverage contained in a flexible beverage bag for soft-sided container (20) is maintained for a prolonged period without undesirable leakage in a structure that includes an insulating container having a bottom wall (10), an upstanding, insulated side wall (12) defining a beverage bag receiving space (18) and having an upper opening (14) together with a closure (16) arranged for movement between positions opening and closing the upper opening (14). A rigid straw (42) is mounted on the container and has opposed ends (44,46) with one of the ends (44) having a sharp, lance-like tip located within the beverage bag receiving space (18) and the other end (46) extending away from the insulating container. A straw-like mouthpiece (50) is disposed on the other end (46) and a seal (68) is disposed about the end (44) that seals against the rigid straw (42) as well as the beverage bag (20) when the end (44) is pierced and enters the beverage bag (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2004
    Assignee: Thermos L.L.C.
    Inventors: Richard J. Dias, Jr., Alex Yuan-Fu Huang
  • Patent number: 6779680
    Abstract: A molded plastic container having an open top and bail receivers molded integrally into the side wall at opposite positions. The receivers are shaped and sized to act as lifting handles as well as to receive the ends of a wire bail. Flexible finger guards are molded into the interior volumes of the receivers to prevent contact between the fingers and the bail wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2004
    Assignee: Letica Corporation
    Inventor: Stefan H. Schwarz
  • Patent number: 6779678
    Abstract: A molded plastic bottle of generally parallelepiped configuration and having two opposing sides has an integrally molded reentrant beam support extending inwardly of the bottle and engaging the other opposing side, with that support including a flexible portion to permit a limited amount of deflection of the two opposing sides toward or away from one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2004
    Assignee: Vitality Foodservice, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard D Baron
  • Patent number: 6779674
    Abstract: A disposable barrier for a laboratory splash pan made of a non-porous yet durable material, form fitted to fit snugly within the interior surface of a laboratory splash pan, so as to avoid the need to autoclave or disinfect such pans after each use. A reservoir is formed within the base of the insert to provide a convenient means to store cleaning or polishing agents, such as pumice, within the insert. Flaps extend from the base of the insert to protect the elevated perimeter of the splash pan, and assist in securing the insert within the splash pan. Side and back walls project upward from the insert to protect and shield corresponding side and back walls of the splash pan. A top panel may be utilized to protect the interior surface of an overhanging canopy present in some splash pans.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2004
    Inventor: Randall W. Ayres
  • Patent number: 6776303
    Abstract: The present invention is a fluid-storage container facilitating its efficient retrieval, use, and discard by an individual engaged in an athletic activity. The invention is comprised of a weighted base attached to a tube so that both are rotatably disposed effecting a self-righting movement about a preferred axis. In preferred embodiments, fluid is stored within a chamber along the tube. In alternate embodiments, fluid is stored within both tube and base. In yet other embodiments, the base is comprised of a rigid upper element attached to a lower deformable element capable of absorbing and dissipating impact energy. One or more optional hand grips are provided about the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2004
    Inventor: Anthony Fripps
  • Patent number: 6772897
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a transport container, preferably made of plastic material, especially for vegetables, fruit and the like, with a floorboard (2) and several, preferably four, collapsible side walls (3, 4, 5, 6) that are arranged circumferentially on the floorboard (2) and can be folded down onto it. According to a first aspect of the invention, the floorboard (2) is provided with an essentially rectangular frame (8) in which there extends a floor profile (9) with a smooth surface, said floor profile (9) being stiffened by the provision of several bulges (10) that are formed by the curvature of the floor profile (9) in several space directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2004
    Assignee: IFCO Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Richard Kellerer, Christian Barth, Heinz Oster
  • Patent number: 6763969
    Abstract: A hot-fillable, slender, blow-molded plastic bottle for use in containing hot-filled beverages. The bottle has a sidewall with various interactive zones of function. For example, some of the zones are primarily responsible for accommodating vacuum absorption, while other zones are primarily intended to rigidify the container such as by providing post strength to improve container top loading capability. Although each zone may have a primary function, each zone also aids adjacent zones in providing their functions. Thus, the entire sidewall, and not merely selected locations, reacts to the forces generated by the hot-fill process on the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2004
    Assignee: Graham Packaging Company, L.P.
    Inventors: David M. Melrose, Richard K. Ogg
  • Patent number: 6763962
    Abstract: A container with double layers includes a metallic outer layer having through holes on a surrounding portion, and a plastic inner layer formed directly over an inner side of the outer layer by means of injection molding with a mold; the mold is shaped such that three-dimensional projecting portions are formed over corresponding ones of the through holes of the outer layer to project beyond the outer layer in the injection molding, and that the edges of the three-dimensional projecting portions cover those portions of the outer layer that define the through holes; thus, the layers can't easily separate from, or move relative to, each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2004
    Assignee: Duo Yeu Metal Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chih Hung Wang
  • Patent number: 6761277
    Abstract: Disclosed is a square knock-down bin with “L” shaped side elements so as to deploy on the base along portions to two adjacent base sides. Each of the side elements includes locking elements along each of its two ends. The locking-element at one of the ends is configured to interlock with the locking element of the adjacent side element to which it abuts. At least one of the side elements includes a displaceable locking-element along one of its two ends. The shape of the side elements is such that disassembled side elements from several bins will nest inside an assembled bin for storage and return shipping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2004
    Assignee: Dolav Dvir Lahav Plastics Products
    Inventor: Moshe Dotan
  • Patent number: 6761282
    Abstract: The invention provides a plastic container that comprises the container body with an integral handle and lid. The container body has a sidewall which terminates in an upwardly facing rim defining a surface to which a sealing member such as a sheet of plastic or aluminum foil can be adhesively bonded. A pair of hinge supports are integrally molded with the container body and each has an upper hinge end which is in alignment with the rim of the container. The handle has a central hand grip portion and a pair of legs each of which is hinged to the hinge support and molded integrally therewith. A pair of hinges defined by plastic ligaments of reduced thickness are both aligned with the top of the rim between one of the supports and the legs of the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2004
    Inventor: Dennis C. Anderson
  • Patent number: 6761276
    Abstract: A covering system for use in connection with an appliance mount having a at least one self-closing tubular sleeve and a plurality of retaining rings. The retaining rings are adapted to engage a support structure. The sleeve wraps around the support structure and creates an inwardly directed clamping action which secures the sleeve to the rings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2004
    Assignee: Lucasey Manufacturing Co.
    Inventor: Edward L. O'Neill
  • Patent number: 6758365
    Abstract: A container has a handle region specifically designed to receive a rope handle. The handle region is provided with a rope fitting opening which leads to a flexible rope grip member. The rope grip member flexes open to a rope insertion and release position in a direction away from the opening and pinches inwardly to a rope grip position in a direction at the opening in the handle region of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2004
    Assignee: Royal Alliance Inc.
    Inventor: Steven Jackson
  • Patent number: 6755305
    Abstract: A condiment container has a base and an upwardly extending sidewall that together define a storage space. The upwardly extending sidewall terminates in a perimeter lip that defines an opening for accessing the storage space. The condiment container also includes an attachment arm extending downwardly from the perimeter lip to a terminal end. A nesting aperture is positioned behind the attachment arm to enable nesting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2004
    Inventor: Gary Nance