Patents Examined by Lee Young
  • Patent number: 7204386
    Abstract: An improved no-spill cup construction and valve assembly which provides an extremely secure seal against accidental liquid flow from the cup spout. The act of sucking at the cup spout creates negative pressure or a partial vacuum against a valve near the spout, causing the valve to invert which unblocks an opening in the valve. When the opening is unblocked, liquid can flow freely through the valve and spout. When not in use, the valve sits in a resting, closed position, with the valve pressed against a center seal-off, sealing off the opening in the valve assembly. The closed position provides an extremely secure seal against fluid leakage, such that inadvertent spills or even deliberate attempts to force liquid outside of the cup, such as by turning the cup upside down, or shaking the cup, are ineffective. The cup assembly further allows liquid flow to be regulated between regular or maximum flow and minimal flow levels or rates by rotating the position of the valve assembly in the cover of the cup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2007
    Inventor: Nouri E. Hakim
  • Patent number: 7044328
    Abstract: A latching system for use with a dispenser having a cover hingedly connected to a back plate for movement between open and closed positions. The cover includes a latch plate or tongue which is disposed adjacent its top or now hinged end. The latch plate has one or more through apertures therein for engagement with an engagement bar carried by the back plate with the engagement bar having one or more upwardly projecting ribs for engagement with the apertures of the latch plate when the cover is closed. The back plate also carries a movable latch bar selectively movable into contact with the latch plate to disengage the latch plate from the projecting ribs. The back plate also includes one or more projecting support ribs underlying the cover it its closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2006
    Inventor: Nick E. Ciavarella
  • Patent number: 7017768
    Abstract: A floatable barrier suitably adapted for use with a beverage container having a circular base and a cylindrical wall extending vertically therefrom. The floatable barrier comprising top and bottom planar surfaces for displaying advertising material thereon and for floatingly engaging a substantial portion of a comestible liquid contained in the beverage container, respectively; an outer wall integrally connecting the top and bottom planar surfaces along the periphery thereof principally serving as means to space apart and maintain a parallel relationship of the surfaces to form an inner chamber possessing thermal retaining and buoyancy characteristics; and a plurality of apertures collectively located along the periphery of and extending from the top planar surface to the bottom planar surface, through the inner chamber, to assist in promoting the condition of laminar flow over the floatable barrier as the beverage container is being filled with the comestible liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2006
    Inventor: Randy Jerome Iskierka
  • Patent number: 7011239
    Abstract: A telescoping roof basket assembly (10) for attachment to a roof (12) of a vehicle (14) is provided. The basket assembly (10) includes a pair of rails (18) fixedly coupled to the roof (12) of the vehicle (14). Each rail (18) defines a primary channel (22) and a secondary channel (24). Furthermore, each primary channel (22) has an extension bar (26) slidably positioned therein for telescopically fitting the extension bar (26) to the rail (18). The extension bars (26) are capable of extending rearwardly from the rails (18). Moreover, these extension bars (26) are pivotally coupled to a front end portion of a moveable basket member (30). This moveable basket member (30) has a rear end portion with a pair of tabs (44) extending therefrom. These tabs (44) are intended for insertion into the secondary channels (24) and securing the moveable basket member (30) to the rails (18). The telescoping roof basket assembly (10) is moveable between a roof mounted position and a back end mounted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2006
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies LLC
    Inventor: Bruce Preston Williams
  • Patent number: 6997339
    Abstract: In a cap device for a fuel tank, a main portion includes an operation portion, a sealing member and an engaging portion. When the main portion is inserted into an opening portion of the fuel tank and rotated by a predetermined angle, the sealing member is pressed against the opening portion and the engaging portion engages the opening portion, thereby fixing the cap device to the opening portion. The main portion also includes a shaft portion, a movable member having the engaging portion, and a cam mechanism disposed between the shaft portion and the movable member for allowing the shaft port ion to move separately from the movable member, so that the engaging portion engages the opening portion according to the vertical movement of the shaft portion through the cam mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2006
    Assignee: Nifco Inc.
    Inventor: Yasushi Ueki
  • Patent number: 6983859
    Abstract: A child proof and tamper evident container (C) includes a pail (10) and a screw top cover (12) screwed onto the top of the pail to enclose contents of the pail. A latching mechanism (18) is formed on the pail. A plurality of tamper evident tabs (26) and second a child proof tab (14) are formed on the cover. Both types of tabs means engage the latching mechanism as the cover is screwed onto the pail. The one tab provides an indication as to whether or not the contents of the container have been tampered with, and the second tab prevents a child from removing the cover and opening the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2006
    Assignee: U.S. Can Company
    Inventor: Francis T. Azzarello
  • Patent number: 6981606
    Abstract: A trash can assembly has a shell, a lid fitted over the top end of the shell, a pedal positioned adjacent the bottom end of the shell, a link assembly coupling the pedal and the lid, and a motion damper coupled to the link assembly for slowing the closing motion of the lid. The assembly also includes an inner liner that is retained inside the shell, with a support frame secured to the top end of the shell and having a ridge on which a peripheral lip of the inner liner rests.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2006
    Assignee: Simplehuman LLC
    Inventors: Frank Yang, Joseph Sandor, Alex Grande Fermin, Jr., Myk Wayne Lum, Adam Courtney Wade
  • Patent number: 6971536
    Abstract: A pallet container includes a bottle, an enclosure for the bottle as well as a plastic pallet. The enclosure is a grid connected to a plastic pallet by having a lower horizontal circumferential rod received in a laterally opening circumferential groove in the plastic pallet. The rod can be locked through the use of a side plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2005
    Assignee: Royal Packaging Industries Van Leer B.V.
    Inventor: Jérome Emmanuel Chevillotte
  • Patent number: 6945417
    Abstract: A transfer set for transferring fluid, including drugs, vaccines, medicaments, solutions and the like, between a first container, such as a conventional vial, and a second container, such as a conventional syringe having a unique multipurpose resealable member. The transfer set assembly includes an elastomeric tubular fluid transfer and resealable valve member preferably including an open end mounted on the pierceable closure or stopper of a vial and a generally closed distal end having a longitudinal slit and a piercing member is telescopically received within the fluid transfer valve member having a piercing end opposite the pierceable closure. The fluid transfer valve member is preferably formed of silicone and is surrounded by a generally tubular luer connector member having an open end mounted on the pierceable closure and a distal end having male luer threads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2005
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventors: Hubert Jansen, Jean-Claude Thibault
  • Patent number: 6945424
    Abstract: A newspaper recycling container includes a main body having a peripheral sidewall formed by a plurality of panels hingedly connected together, the panels including tab sections at lower edges thereof which can be bent inwardly and secured to an adjacent panel to retain the main body in a box-like configuration; and a bottom wall positioned on the bent tab sections so as to be spaced above a ground surface on which the newspaper recycling container is positioned and to facilitate retention of the main body in the box-like configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2005
    Assignee: Intercycle LLC
    Inventor: Scott R. Gardner
  • Patent number: 6942077
    Abstract: A towable, wheeled-backpack includes a towing handle attached to a curved, single-pole, telescoping towing member which retracts into the backpack when not in use. The curvature of the towing member provides support for a backing sheet that is attached to the towing member, and the backing sheet is contoured so that the backpack can be comfortably supported on a wearer's back. A rigid base with wheels is pivotally attached to a bottom end of the towing member. The pivot attachment allows the base and wheels to move independently of the towing member as the bag is worn or as the bag is rolled along the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2005
    Assignee: TRG Assessories, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Cory O. Nykoluk
  • Patent number: 6942117
    Abstract: A filler neck closure assembly (30) includes a closure apparatus (32) formed to include a pump nozzle-receiving opening (36) and adapted to be mounted on an open mouth of a filler neck 24. A cover 40, pivotally mounted to the closure apparatus (32), is movable between a first position covering the nozzle-receiving opening (36) to seal the filler neck (24) and a second position uncovering the nozzle-receiving opening (36) to allow access thereto. An overcenter leaf spring (42) normally biases the cover (40) toward its first closed position. A tether (94) coupled to the cover (40) has its other end (96) coupled to a filler neck access door (90) so that as the access door (90) is moved from a closed position blocking access to the filler neck (24) to an open position unblocking access to the filler neck (24), the cover (40) is moved from the first position covering the nozzle-receiving opening (36) to the second position uncovering the nozzle-receiving opening (36).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2005
    Assignee: Stant Manufacturing Inc.
    Inventor: Dean C. Foltz
  • Patent number: 6942118
    Abstract: This invention relates to a closure arrangement for closing an opening in a base component. In particular—but not exclusively—this invention relates to a closure arrangement for a container, to serve as an openable lid for the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2005
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Martin Zethoff, Thomas Radtke, Kenneth Young, Bernard Sams, Stephen Sams
  • Patent number: 6938794
    Abstract: A closure for a liquid container, such as a sports drink bottle, includes a base component that is engaged over the mouth of the container, and a cap component engaged on the base component for movement from a closed position to an open position by pressure from the lips of the consumer. The base component includes a valve element supported on a fenestrated pedestal. The cap component includes a body defining a drinking surface for contacting the lips of the consumer and an annular sealing disc recessed below the drinking surface. The sealing disc is retained by the valve element against the force of a resiliently deformable seal disposed between the base component and the cap component. The seal has a sealing rim that is in constant contact with the base portion and provides an upward spring force to hold the sealing disc in the normally closed position. The seal includes a flexible hinge that allows the resiliently deformable seal to bow outward or bellows when the cap is depressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2005
    Assignee: Innatech, LLC
    Inventor: Jack E. Elder
  • Patent number: 6932255
    Abstract: A bottle holder includes a bottle cage having a peripheral chamber to receive a water bottle, and having one or more orifices. A bracket includes one or more bulges engaged into the orifices of the bottle cage to prevent the bottle cage from moving up and down and sidewise relative to the bracket. One or more fasteners may be engaged through the bracket and the bottle cage to secure the bottle cage and the bracket to various objects, such as the cycles. One or more seats may be attached to the bottle cage, and each may include a cavity to receive the bulge of the bracket, and to solidly retain the bottle cage between the bracket and the seats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2005
    Inventor: Philippe Van Houtte
  • Patent number: 6929137
    Abstract: The cap (1) comprises a head and skirt and is characterised in that it comprises two assembled parts: a) an inner part (3) comprising a so-called inner head (30) and a so-called inner skirt (31), typically with a rotation axis (12), carrying out the so-called technical functions of said cap, b) an outer part (4) carrying out all or part of the decorative function of said cap (1), so as to be able to modify the appearance of said cap (1) at will without having to modify said technical functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2005
    Assignee: Pechiney Emballage Alimentaire
    Inventors: Jacques Granger, Yves Peyrin, Jean-Marie Bourreau
  • Patent number: 6929142
    Abstract: A hatch cover for deployment over a hatchway formed in a floating roof liquid storage tank permits rapid loading and unloading of inspection or maintenance equipment and minimizes vapor emissions from the tank. The portable hatch cover has two base plates movably connected at a hinge and each defining complementary recesses. A circular flange extends from the bottom surfaces of the base plates to seat the hatch cover in the hatchway. Two door panels are movably connected at hinges to the top surfaces of the base plates. When one or both of the door panels are opened, equipment may be loaded into the tank through the complementary recesses. When closed, the door panels cover the recesses in the base plates. Complementary notches in the door panels provide an opening through which equipment tubing or wiring may extend when the door panels are closed. A collar gasket optionally may be wrapped around the tubing or wiring as a further means to limit vapor emissions from the tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2005
    Assignee: AST Services LLC
    Inventors: David L. Gilbert, David G. Reed
  • Patent number: 6929136
    Abstract: The present invention provides a cap, which includes: a cap body of a plastic composition; and at least one thermochromic material in contact with or admixed with the plastic composition, the thermochromic material selected such that the cap has a visually altered appearance when the cap temperature changes within a temperature range of ?25 to 85° C.; wherein the cap is adapted to be removably secured to a beverage container, the container having an opening through which a beverage in the container can be dispensed from the container, and to cover the opening of the beverage container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2005
    Assignee: Fabricas Monterrey, S.A. de C.V.
    Inventor: Rita Lorena Salazar-Leal
  • Patent number: 6926162
    Abstract: A tamper indicating band arrester is described herein for use with a container neck or finish bead comprising an upper portion and a lower portion. The TI band has an annular step having a smaller diameter than the lower portion of the finish bead. The TI band further comprises a TI bead which positioned beneath the lower portion of the container neck or finish bead. The plurality of frangible webs or bridges are located above the annular step and adjacent the upper portion of the finish bead. The thickened cross section of the annular step provides interference between the TI band and container neck bead inhibiting the TI band from tiring over the container neck bead when opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2005
    Assignee: Rexam Medical Packaging Inc.
    Inventor: Brian K. Culley
  • Patent number: 6926165
    Abstract: The combination of a container and a screw-type lid is improved by a tamper-evident feature comprising a locking tab on the exterior of the container having upwardly facing teeth and mating teeth on the lid, the teeth on the container and lid being arranged so as be slidable relative to one another while in mutual engagement when the lid is rotated in one direction and to lock to one another when the lid is urged to rotate in an opposite direction. The tab is tearable to terminate the locking action, thereby evidencing tampering. A catch member formed on the container is positioned to engage and cam one of several latch lugs formed on the lid, whereby to establish a locking action with that latch lug. The catch member prevents removal of the lid from the container until the engaged latch lug is pressed inwardly far enough for it to be released from the catch member, whereupon the lid may be unscrewed from the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2005
    Assignee: Plastican, Inc.
    Inventor: Rino Conti