Patents Examined by Joseph Man-Fu Moy
  • Patent number: 6702139
    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: December 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2004
    Assignee: Tekni-Plex, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark A. Bergeron
  • Patent number: 6702142
    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: May 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2004
    Assignee: Metal Container Corporation
    Inventor: Christopher G. Neiner
  • Patent number: 6702143
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a container (1), which is easily contracted and elastically expanded to restore its original shape by a coil spring (7). This container (1) includes a flexible body (3) and a capacity control ring (5). The body (3) has a cylindrical interior for containing something. The capacity control ring (5) is spirally formed around the outer surface of the sidewall of the body (3), and allows the body (3) to be contracted and elastically expanded in a vertical direction, thus controlling the capacity of the body (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2004
    Assignee: Korea Alphaline Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Soo chang Wang
  • Patent number: 6698612
    Abstract: A woven plastic container for plants is provided having an outside bottom band, a plurality of splints, an inside top band, a plurality of weave strips, and an outside top band. The outside bottom band has an interior surface and an exterior surface. Each splint is spaced apart a predetermined distance from each directly adjacent splint, and each splint is in contact with the outside bottom band interior surface. The inside top band has an interior surface and an exterior surface, with the exterior surface being in contact with each of the splints. Each of the weave strips is woven through the splints, and each of the weave strips is spaced at predetermined distances from each directly adjacent weave strip. The outside top band has an interior surface and an exterior surface, and with the interior surface being in contact with each of the splints. In one embodiment of the invention the container has a base, with the base being attached to the splints and the outside bottom band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2004
    Inventors: Roy W. Krasky, Ray B. Coblentz
  • Patent number: 6691884
    Abstract: A portable cooler tray device for storing foods and beverages on ice while being at a remote location. The portable cooler tray device includes a first tray section; and also includes a second tray section being connected to the first tray section and also being extendable and retractable relative to the first tray section; and further includes a seal for making the first and second tray sections leak-proof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2004
    Inventor: Robert F. Dwyer
  • Patent number: 6691890
    Abstract: In different situations it is desired to be able to both eat food and drink beverage without sitting at a table or having other access to flat surfaces upon which to place the plate and beverage container. This desirability has been solved by the design of a plate with at least one section (7) for food and another separate section (1) for placement of a beverage container (6), with the transition space between the two creating a recessed area on the bottom side (9) which together with the plate's outer edge (3) produces a handle which makes it possible with just one hand to hold both the plate and the beverage container so that the other hand is free to eat food with fingers or utensils, or pick up the beverage container, or used for some other task.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2004
    Inventor: Bjorn Olaf Hjalmar Persson
  • Patent number: 6685048
    Abstract: A kitchen utensil (400) has a receptacle (405) and at least one handle (420) connected to the receptacle (405), a predominant portion of the handle (420) being divided along a substantially longitudinal direction (A) into a first portion (425) and a second portion (430) which fit together at least partially along the longitudinal direction (A) and each of which is articulated to the receptacle (405) for pivoting between a rest position in which it is disposed with a free end in the vicinity of the receptacle (405) thus reducing the bulk of the utensil, and a working position in which the first portion and the second portion (425, 430) are joined together so that the handle (420) forms a substantially unitary element firmly fixed to the receptacle (405) for firm gripping of the utensil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2004
    Assignee: Bialetti Industrie S.p.A.
    Inventors: Francesco Ranzoni, Giulio Iacchetti
  • Patent number: 6681948
    Abstract: Herein taught is a novel protective cover plate for temporarily covering a prior art electrical outlet box during the construction process so as to protect the electrical outlet box from contaminants, such as plaster, joint compound, or the like. The cover plate is formed from any suitable material that can be corrugated so as to form ridges and grooves. This arrangement provides unusual results as it provides a natural finger grip and it allows the cover plate to be easily adapted or modified on site so as to be useable with substantially any type, style or various size of electrical outlet box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2004
    Inventors: Cathy D. Santa Cruz, David M. Bates
  • Patent number: 6681951
    Abstract: A container for keeping filled bottles cool includes an outer cup-shaped component and an inner cup-shaped component placed in the outer cup-shaped component at a distance from the side wall and the bottom of the outer cup-shaped component. The inner cup-shaped component has a hollow projection which protrudes upwardly from its bottom for laterally supporting bottles placed in the inner cup-shaped component between the side wall thereof and the projection. The inner and outer cup-shaped components are covered by a common cover. The cover has holes arranged on a circle for passing filled bottles therethrough. The interior of the projection is filled with gas or is evacuated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2004
    Assignee: Schlösser GmbH
    Inventor: Monika Schlösser
  • Patent number: 6681952
    Abstract: A paint brush wiper and holder for a paint can which is removably mountable thereon whether the can is open or closed. The brush wiper and holder includes a short, cylindrical sidewall for partially capping the paint can and a lip which extends inwardly and generally perpendicularly to the sidewall. A promontory-like protrusion on the lip extends inwardly from the remainder of the lip and slopes downwardly therefrom, so that paint collected on the protrusion can drain into an open paint can. The leading edge of the promontory-like protrusion is both sharpened and generally convex in shape, so that it can serve as an efficient brush wipe. As the bristles of a brush are pressed against this leading edge, they spread open, fan-like, releasing excess paint. Affixed to the lip near the mid-section of the promontory-like protrusion and projecting generally upwardly of the sidewall is a pair of bowed plastic arms which exhibit leaf spring action or similar releasable fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2004
    Inventor: Kelly L. Mowe
  • Patent number: 6679398
    Abstract: A paint container liner system including disposable liners and an open container for receiving at least one of the disposable liners, the liners being sized and configured to fit into the inside of the container and around the rim of the container, the liners being maintained in position in the container by a suction generated during installation in one embodiment and by a noncuring adhesive interposed between the liner and container in another embodiment, the liners also being stretched around the rim of the container and in another embodiment configured with a rounded bottom to retain the liner in place during use, the system also including a container cap with a slot for supporting a paint brush during periods of nonuse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2004
    Inventor: Robert O'Brien
  • Patent number: 6679399
    Abstract: An integral fuel tank fastener having a unitary fastener feature or hollow protuberance carried by and formed into a preferably blow molded multi-layer plastic fuel tank shell. The fuel tank shell preferably has a continuous intermediate layer, or permeation barrier, between continuous inner and outer layers in which the protuberance is formed without producing any discontinuities that could degrade the permeation integrity of the fuel tank. The hollow protuberance projects into a fuel chamber defined by the inner layer and has an enlarged head at its distal end. The outer layer defines a blind cavity of the hollow protuberance which substantially follows the contours of the opposite side. A female clip, independent of the fuel tank, preferably engages the protuberance about the inner layer of the shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2004
    Assignee: TI Group Automotive Systems LLC
    Inventors: Vladimir Franjo, Christopher K. Quick
  • Patent number: 6672473
    Abstract: A thermoformed plastic food container for use in microwave heating. The container includes a bottom, a sidewall and a flange. The sidewall extends upwardly from the bottom, terminating at a top end. The flange extends from the sidewall opposite the bottom and includes a rim section and a return section. The rim section extends radially outwardly from the top end of the sidewall, and is curved in transverse cross-section. With this configuration, the rim section defines a radius in transverse cross-section. Further, an outer surface of the rim section is configured to receive a sealing film. Additionally, the rim section defines, in top plan view, at least one side that is longitudinally curved, preferably forming a convex curve relative to a central axis of the container. The return section extends from the rim section opposite the top end. More particularly, the return section extends generally downwardly relative to the rim section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2004
    Assignee: General Mills, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul M. Torniainen, Arne H. Brauner
  • Patent number: 6672472
    Abstract: A container houses a flexible bag into which soiled clothing can be deposited. The open end of the flexible bag is twisted relative to the closed bottom end of the flexible bag once the clothing has been deposited in the bag. This relative twisting will close the bag around the deposited item while leaving the open end of the bag open to receive further items. This process can be repeated until the bag is full, at which time, the bag can be removed from a container and discarded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2004
    Inventors: Elayne D. Rockwood, David A. Rockwood
  • Patent number: 6669049
    Abstract: A blow-molded plastic container and reinforced lid are simultaneously produced in a blow mold. A lid is reinforced by having a portion of the lid formed by blow molding techniques and another portion of the lid formed by compression molding techniques. The container and lid combination, a method for making the combination and apparatus for making the combination are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2003
    Assignee: Graham Packaging Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Matthew A. Crider
  • Patent number: 6669045
    Abstract: A folding collapsible combination storage box assembly is constructed to include at least one collapsible fabric box body of rectangular shape each having a horizontal top open side, a plurality of upright support rods respectively embedded in four corners of each collapsible box body, and a hard base plate respectively fitted into each collapsible box body and supported on the horizontal bottom panel of each collapsible box body for supporting storage items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2003
    Inventor: Wen Tsan Wang
  • Patent number: 6669042
    Abstract: An integrated positioning and locking device is disclosed. The integrated positioning and locking device is well suited for installing an assembly onto a chassis. In particular, the integrated positioning and locking device has a latch formed in an external wall of the assembly. The latch latches against the chassis. Moreover, the latch includes a lip which points externally from the external wall. In addition, the integrated positioning and locking device further includes an inner wall for blocking access through the external wall to an internal region of the assembly when the assembly is in an installed position on the chassis. Furthermore, the integrated positioning and locking device has a T-shaped boss integrated into the inner wall for positioning the assembly relative to the chassis to facilitate placing the latch into a latched position for locking the assembly in the installed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2003
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Michael Wortman
  • Patent number: 6662965
    Abstract: A receptacle includes a base and a cylindrical or annular sidewall attached to the base and extending above the base to an open upper end. The sidewall and base define an interior of the receptacle to receive items. The sidewall includes one or more rigid plates spaced along the circumference of the sidewall, and one or more cutouts removed from at least one of the plates to define an ornamental feature in the sidewall. Each cutout is formed by cutting and defined by a cut edge extending along the periphery of the cutout. The cutouts can be torch-cut under automatic control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2003
    Assignee: DuMor, Inc.
    Inventor: Howard M. Dill
  • Patent number: 6651838
    Abstract: Bottle retaining device to aid pouring with a bottle retaining frame made of resilient, injection molded plastic such as polypropylene or the like, an inverted T shaped handle attached to the bottle retaining frame, the handle capable of being held in a vertical or horizontal position, the bottle retaining frame including an integral resilient strip connected to a C shaped bottle neck holding portion, and the bottle retaining frame including a flat base portion and a plurality of horizontally disposed ring portions and a plurality of vertical ribs that connect to said ring portions that enable the user to removably retain a standard two liter beverage bottle from said retaining frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2003
    Inventor: Frederick J. Bissell
  • Patent number: RE38450
    Abstract: A glass panel for a cathode ray tube including a substantially rectangular face portion and a skirt portion. Further constituting a side wall of the face portion, a compressive stress layer having a thickness of at least {fraction (1/10)} of the thickness of the face portion, is formed on each of the inner and outer surfaces of a useful screen area of the face portion, so as to satisfy 0.4≦&sgr;di/&sgr;ci≦1.0, where &sgr;ci is the compressive stress on the inner surface at the center of the useful screen area, and &sgr;di is the compressive stress on the inner surface in the vicinity of ends of diagonal axial lines of the useful screen area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2004
    Assignee: Asahi Glass Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Naoya Shimizu, Hiroshi Yamasaki