Patents Examined by Joseph Man-Fu Moy
  • Patent number: 6726050
    Abstract: A cutting and fillet board with drain is adapted for removable attachment to a conventional IGLOO® ice chest cooler and other similar ice chest coolers. The cutting and fillet board has a planar, generally rectangular board member fabricated of a high-density polymer and includes a raised peripheral wall. The board member has a generally smooth filleting surface designed for use during cutting, cleaning, and filleting fish. An attachment means facilitates removable attachment of the board member to an upper surface of an ice chest cooler top. A pair of drainage portals facilitate drainage from the filleting surface, while drain plugs serve to prevent drainage onto the ice chest cooler top. A cutting instrument retention means provides for temporary storage of a desired cutting instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2004
    Inventors: Robert A. Barentine, Susan G. Barentine
  • Patent number: 6726051
    Abstract: A portable repository for discarded smoking products and incidental trash consisting of a hollow body having a closed upper surface and a pivotable bottom member providing a variable degree of closure for the lower surface, the bottom member normally providing a recessed cavity. An aperture is provided near the upper end to access the cavity for trash deposit having an appended ledge for butt snuffing and perforations in the sidewall for tying the repository to a support post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2004
    Inventor: Robert D. Rennick
  • Patent number: 6722521
    Abstract: The present invention involves a low permeation pinchoff connection at a pinchoff region having a pinchoff end between first and second formed sheets of a fluid tank. The low permeation pinchoff connection comprises a continuous inner polymeric layer at a pinchoff region having a pinchoff end between the first and second formed sheets. The connection further comprises an outer polymeric layer in side-by-side relationship with the continuous inner polymeric layer. The outer polymeric layer tapers at the pinchoff region to first and second outer polymeric ends at the pinchoff end separating the first and second outer polymeric ends. The connection further comprises a low permeation barrier layer disposed between the continuous inner polymeric layer and the outer polymeric layer. The low permeation barrier layer tapers with the outer polymeric layer at the pinchoff region to first and second barrier ends separated at the pinchoff end to determine a pinchoff gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2004
    Assignee: Visteon Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: James Fuller Potter, Erich James Vorenkamp, Duane Allen Fish, Link Eugene Vaughn, Huan-Kun Chang
  • Patent number: 6722522
    Abstract: A vessel incorporating an improved article support surface for supporting an article, such as a food product, during processing (e.g., baking, thawing or freezing), has a surface for supporting a food product or another article and a pattern is formed or otherwise incorporated in the article supporting surface. The pattern incorporated into the support surface is comprised of a raised portion and a low portion or valley and combine to define or create a pocket underneath the supported article or food product in which air circulates or flows during processing. In a preferred embodiment various shapes of baking sheets incorporating a “pebble-grain pattern” is embossed on a metal sheet and the embossed metal sheet is then formed into the desired shape. The sheets are constructed of various aluminum alloys used in the food equipment industry including, but not limited to, 3003, 3004 or 5052 aluminum alloys.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2004
    Assignee: Doughmakers, LLC
    Inventors: Willie Bryant, Bette A. LaPlante
  • Patent number: 6722519
    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: August 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2004
    Assignee: Rieke Corporation
    Inventor: Gary M. Baughman
  • Patent number: 6719162
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a pallet container assembly with a thin-walled rigid inner container of thermoplastic material for the storage and transport of liquid or flowable contents, including a cage-like bar frame closely surrounding as support jacket the inner plastic container, and a bottom pallet for placement of the inner plastic container and secure attachment of the support jacket, wherein there are provided, within the support area of the inner plastic container on the surface of the bottom pallet optionally on the surface of an intermediate plate, respective means (form-fitting means/frictional connection means) which—as viewed in the direction of the horizontal plane—result in a substantial increase of the slip resistance between the downwardly pointing outer surface of the bottom pallet or the intermediate plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2004
    Assignee: Mauser-Werke GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Dietmar Przytulla
  • Patent number: 6719161
    Abstract: A storage container for liquids. The container has a see-through sight marked to clearly see amount of product in the container. It uses placards to identify the product stored in the container. The container has a wide and stable bottom so it does not tip over easily. The can has small holes in each corner to secure a bungee cord. The containers can be stacked for easy storage. The containers have dovetails formed about the base so that they can lock together on the sides making securing then less time consuming and easier. The spout is stored in the handle to prevent contamination and to keep a user's hands away from the contents of the container. Thus, the container is designed to get the contents into a fuel tank while keeping the product off the ground, the user, and machinery, in a safe, secure, easy to use portable container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2004
    Inventor: Troy Craig
  • Patent number: 6719164
    Abstract: A pallet container for liquids (10) comprises an inner plastic container (12), equipped with a filler (13) and a drain tap (14), both with a hermetic seal, protected by metal plating (16) and resting on a pallet (15), suitable to be moved with lifting means, and composed of a stamped metal plate tray (17), provided with stiffening grooves (22) and bearing elements, corner feet (18), central spacers (19, 19′) and a drainer (20), made of plastic, and equipped with complementary engaging elements, for connection with a base ring (24) and with the tray (17).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2004
    Assignee: Mamor S.p.A.
    Inventor: Pietro Maschio
  • Patent number: 6715625
    Abstract: An electrical receptacle has at least one side wall defining a receptacle interior, wherein the side wall includes an edge defining a receptacle opening and further includes at least one raised protrusion formed thereon and an aperture formed therein as a result of forming the protrusion. The protrusion has a banking surface substantially parallel with the opening edge for positioning the receptacle and the protrusion substantially occludes access to the receptacle interior through the aperture of the side wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2004
    Assignee: Thomas & Betts International, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian MacDonald
  • Patent number: 6715631
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a pot with a multi-layered bottom and a manufacturing process thereof. More specifically, the pot with a multi-layered bottom made of a stack of different materials is characterized by: an upper aluminum plate being fixed to the base bottom in contact with each other; a perforated plate being fixed to the lower side of the upper aluminum plate and having a plurality of hollow portions; a lower aluminum plate being fixed to the lower side of the perforated plate; a stainless steel plate being fixed to the lower side of the lower aluminum plate and being magnetic; and the corresponding portions of the upper and lower aluminum plates are inserted into the hollow portions of the perforated plate by pressure and thus are interconnected in the hollow portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2004
    Inventor: Myung Suk Kim
  • Patent number: 6715627
    Abstract: A work bucket vertical extension apparatus provides a lower pedestal bucket, an upper, elevated bucket vertically aligned into a nested position above the lower pedestal bucket, an da a sliding track mechanism such that the internal volume of the upper bucket is sufficient to receive the upper, elevated bucket when nested.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2004
    Inventors: James D. Bonner, Kevin B. Smith
  • Patent number: 6715630
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to rigid disposable food containers provided with a relatively steep sidewall with a generally linear profile and an outwardly flared arcuate flange portion. The containers are further characterized by a flange outer vertical drop wherein the ratio of the length of the vertical drop to the characteristic diameter of the container is greater than about 0.01. By virtue of unique geometry, the containers of the invention exhibit improved rigidity and/or rim stiffness yet have favorable runnability in pressware manufacturing systems characteristic of plates of lower strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2004
    Assignee: Fort James Corporation
    Inventors: Mark B. Littlejohn, Gerald J. Van Handel, Thomas W. Zelinski, Jerome G. Dees
  • Patent number: 6715628
    Abstract: A medical instrument sterilization container (10) is provided which includes a port (18). A removable filter (32) is received within port (18) to enable sterilization of instruments placed within container (10). A removable plug (48) replaces filter (32) to enable container (10) to be used to transport instruments without leaking of fluids therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2004
    Assignee: Steris Inc.
    Inventors: Robert L. Nichols, William H. Patterson, Keith F. Lindsey
  • Patent number: 6712234
    Abstract: A fuel tank has a plurality of fuel system components therein and is formed by incorporating the fuel system components into the fuel tank as it is being formed. The fuel system components may be mounted on a carrier and then disposed with the carrier within a parison subsequently molded to form the fuel tank around the components and carrier. Desirably, all electrical, fuel and vapor lines may extend out of a single opening of the fuel tank to reduce openings in the formed fuel tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2004
    Assignee: TI Group Automotive Systems Technology Center GmbH
    Inventor: Albert Boecker
  • Patent number: 6708719
    Abstract: A mounting structure, for a plurality of high pressure gas vessels (11a, 11b), has a block-shaped vessel mounting member (1) with a high rigidity formed with accommodating portions (5a, 5b, 9a, 9b) for accommodating first neck portions (12a, 12b) formed at one sides of the plural high pressure gas vessels and vessel base-valves (13a, 13b) and formed with a gas flow passage (6) that opens at openings (7a, 7b) of right and left side walls of the vessel mounting member (1) to allow the accommodating portions to communicate with one another. The neck portions (12a, 12b) and the vessel base-valves (13a, 13b) at the one sides of the plural high pressure gas vessels are accommodated in the accommodating portions (5a, 5b, 9a, 9b) of the vessel mounting member 1, and the plural high pressure gas vessels are mounted in the vessel mounting member (1), enabling the gas flow passage 6, formed in the vessel mounting member (1), to serve as a high pressure conduit portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2004
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ryuichi Idoguchi
  • Patent number: 6708824
    Abstract: A vertically stackable and nestable tub-like container is preferably formed of injection molded plastic and includes a circumferential sidewall formed with alternate inwardly and outwardly facing channel portions. Outwardly facing channel portions taper outwardly from a peripheral rim defining the upper edge of the container toward the bottom edge of the sidewall. The bottom edge of the sidewall is joined to a bottom wall by a curved intermediate wall portion and the bottom edge of the sidewall extends slightly beyond the bottom wall of the container for transferring forces acting on the sidewall directly to a support surface. Circumferentially spaced axially extending anti-nesting stops and reinforcing ribs extend along the outwardly facing channel portions of the sidewall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2004
    Assignee: Southwest Agri-Plastics, Inc.
    Inventor: Victor A. Sahm, III
  • Patent number: 6705485
    Abstract: The drinking cup for learning which can train babies in the drinking movement step-by-step in order to provide a baby, who is at the age of taking milk and taking the liquid food, the lessons of the technique for taking either liquids or the liquid food naturally without spilling them. The drinking cup for learning includes a main container 12 for containing liquid, the main container having at least a cup-shaped opening 12a and a drinking spout member 11 removably attached to the main container. The drinking spout member 11 includes an opening communicating with the main container and a top-opened guide means 14 provided with barrier portions 15 forming at least both side edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2004
    Assignee: Pigeon Corporation
    Inventors: Ryotaro Sato, Emi Kuramoto, Hitoshi Takagi
  • Patent number: 6705480
    Abstract: Provided is a pouring attachment for a paint container. The container has a peripheral side wall extending upwardly to an upper peripheral annular rim which defines a container opening. The attachment comprises an annular attachment body having an inner surface and an outer surface and a bottom edge portion sealingly engageable with the annular rim. The attachment body is funnel shaped, extending upwardly and outwardly from the bottom portion to an upper edge of the body. Releasable clip members pivotally secured to the inner surface of the attachment body can be used to releasably lock the bottom portion of the attachment body to the rim in a sealing manner, thereby allowing the liquid to be poured out via said attachment. The clip members secure the attachment to the rim with sufficient strength so as to prevent inadvertent/accidental detachment of the attachment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2004
    Inventor: Garry A. Saddler
  • Patent number: 6702141
    Abstract: A refreshment center capable of holding a plate and a beverage container, formed of a rigid mold having first and second ends, a recessed portion sized to receive and hold a plate in the first end, and a hole and at least one L-shaped prong located in the second end to receive and hold almost any type of beverage container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2004
    Inventor: Richard Cinque
  • Patent number: 6702144
    Abstract: A can apron comprising an indented groove cover including an outer flange and a inner flange connected by a lateral surface, the indented groove cover constructed of flexible material providing for the snap-on fitting of the can apron, a magnet, a magnet cover piece, and means for attaching the magnet cover piece to the indented groove cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2004
    Inventor: David E. Lyon