Patents Examined by Lee Young
  • Patent number: 6923327
    Abstract: An integrally injection molded container for merchandise, preferably bottles. The container has two shaped halves that are connected to each other by a living hinge. A closure fastener is disposed at an end of each half that is opposite the living hinge. The closure fastener secures the two shaped halves in a closed position along their outer rims. When in the closed position, an enclosed internal space is defined between the two halves. There is a set of upstanding walls disposed on an inner surface of one of the identical halves. These walls are molded to receive a bottle. Gripping projections are disposed at the ends of the upstanding walls. These gripping projections curve inwardly toward the area where the bottle is held. When the bottle is placed in this area it is releasably secured in place, preventing it from falling out of the container when the molded shaped halves are in an open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2005
    Inventor: Jeremy Cohen
  • Patent number: 6923335
    Abstract: A case capable of airtightly closing an opening of a mouth of a case body by screwing a lid on the case body; and rotating the lid smoothly in the circumferential direction when the lid is screwed on or unscrewed from the case body. The case including a case body having a mouth, and a lid detachably screwed on the mouth so as to close an opening of the mouth and connected to the case body via an opening and closing hinge so as to pivot in directions of opening and closing the mouth is provided with a rotary ring fitted and held around the mouth so as to rotate in a circumferential direction thereof and connected to the lid via the opening and closing hinge so that the lid rotates together with the rotary ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2005
    Assignee: M.F.V. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takahiro Fujita, Michitoshi Takeda
  • Patent number: 6920994
    Abstract: A garbage storage device includes a base, a bin, a pedal, a lid, a linkage, a buffer and a guide. The bin is installed on the base. The pedal is mounted on the bin. The lid is mounted on the bin. The linkage includes a crankshaft and a rod. The crankshaft includes a shaft mounted on the base, a first crank extending from the shaft for contact with the pedal and a second crank extending from the shaft. The rod includes a middle portion, a first end extending from the middle portion into connection with the second crank and a second end extending from the middle portion into connection with the lid. The buffer includes a first end connected with the base and a second end connected with the first end of the rod. The guide is mounted on the base for guiding and ensuring smooth movement of the first end of the rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2005
    Inventor: Tsong-Yow Lin
  • Patent number: 6915921
    Abstract: A lid for a dustpan/trash can comprising a generally circular top having a downwardly depending, circumferentially extending lip projecting from the outer periphery of said top, a trough like member attached to the lip of the top including a planar base positioning the top generally perpendicular to a surface on which the base is placed, said trough section having an upwardly inclined ramp, an elongated straight edge so that waste material may be scooped into the trough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2005
    Inventor: George Mensch
  • Patent number: 6902079
    Abstract: A tank cap has outstanding operability when the fuel cap opens and closes a tank opening of a fuel tank. The tank cap is provided with a casing main body, a cover body provided with an handle and a torque mechanism. The torque mechanism transmits rotational torque to the casing main body when rotational torque is applied to the handle. A torque release mechanism is also disposed between the handle and a torque plate of the torque mechanism. A torque release mechanism is provided with a steel ball (interposing member) which is in a non-interposed state between the handle and the casing main body when affected by a predetermined or greater inertial force accompanying an external force and the steel ball sets the handle in an idle state when the torque release mechanism is in a non-interposed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2005
    Assignee: Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Hagano
  • Patent number: 6902080
    Abstract: A lockable container particularly suitable for storing confidential documents or recyclable material has a locking system provided by an elongate tongue that projects downwardly from the underside of the front of a hinged lid and passes through a slot in the material of the upper front wall so that in the closed position of the lid the tongue lies closely behind and is shielded by an apron that extends transversely across the upper end of the front wall of the container. Holes provided in the lower end of the tongue and near the bottom of the apron are brought into alignment when the lid is closed so that the lid can be locked in the closed position by a padlock with a hasp passed through the aligned apertures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2005
    Assignee: Busch Systems International, Inc.
    Inventor: Craig William Wayne Busch
  • Patent number: 6883678
    Abstract: A food container sealing structure is constructed to include a container body having a peripheral coupling flange, and a cover having a peripheral coupling flange coupled to the coupling flange of the container body to seal the container body, the coupling flange of the container body having endless concave portions respectively formed in horizontal section and vertical section thereof, the coupling flange of the cover having endless convex portions respectively formed in horizontal section and vertical section thereof and respectively engaged into the endless concave portions of the container body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2005
    Inventor: Hsin-Hung Chou
  • Patent number: 6883680
    Abstract: A lid opening device includes a lid body having a pivotal support part on one end thereof pivotally supported on a main body for opening and closing a part of the main body; an engaging member provided on a perimeter around the pivotal supporting part on the lid body; a spring device for urging the engaging member toward a direction in which the lid body opens from the completely closed position; a locking device for holding the lid body in the completely closed position against a springing force of the spring forcing device; and an engaging range restricting device for restricting a range of engagement between the spring forcing device and the engaging member. The lid body urged by the springing force opens at a specific initial opening position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2005
    Assignee: Nifco, Inc.
    Inventor: Akihiko Hirose
  • Patent number: 6868767
    Abstract: A flexible manufacturing press assembly for the processing of sheet material through punching and forming operations having a plurality of tool assemblies of which each, in turn, group and support a plurality of processing tools. Each tool assembly has a punch magazine, a die block, and a stripper plate for processing the sheet material in the manner of a Class A die. A sheet material positioning assembly clamps the sheet material and positions it within a two-axis plane adjacent the tool assemblies. A punching head assembly, supported by the sheet material positioning assembly, positions a punching head adjacent the grouped tool supports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2005
    Inventor: David C. Dunn
  • Patent number: 6868978
    Abstract: The invention relates to a closing cap for infusion and transfusion bottles. The inventive cap is provided with a flanged cap which encompasses a flanged neck of the bottle, secures a closing plug in the bottle and is provided with a middle recess that is closed by the middle region of a plastic lid in such a way that a ring zone (21) of the plastic lid (2) supports the edge of the middle recess from behind. At least one radially extending desired folding line (I) of the plastic lid (2) is embodied. Said line is formed by thinning the material. The aim of the invention is to indicate when said cap has been used. In an advantageous embodiment, the desired folding line (I) opens into a circumferential weakened area (S) that extends at a radial distance (y) from the center (z) of the plastic lid (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2005
    Assignee: Helvoet Pharma Belgium N.V.
    Inventors: Roland Amschlinger, Udo B├Ąchler
  • Patent number: 6860397
    Abstract: The present invention provides a container closure with a handle, wherein the handle acts as a lever when squeezed against the neck of the container. The force on the lever handle is transferred to the container closure forcing a portion of the closure to slip over the bead of the container and release the closure's hold on the container's top. Once the closure's hold is released, the closure is easily removed from the container. The closure is reusable and can be replaced over the container opening to secure the container's contents for storage or transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2005
    Inventor: Lawrence S. Walters, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6857538
    Abstract: A cover assembly includes a ring mounted on a garbage bin, a cover mounted on the ring and a slow pivot device for slowly pivoting the cover relative to the ring. The slow pivot device includes a slow pivot element installed between the ring and the cover. The slow pivot element includes an internal tube, an external tube enclosing the internal tube and a spring connected between the internal tube and the external tube. Thus, rotation of the internal tube relative to the external tube exerts a torque on the spring. The spring is received in the internal tube so that an end thereof is connected with the internal tube. The internal tube is received in the internal tube so that an end thereof is connected with the internal tube. The internal tube is received in the external tube so that the other end of the spring is connected with the external tube. The internal tube includes a clip formed on an internal side thereof for clipping an end of the spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2005
    Inventor: Tsong-Yow Lin
  • Patent number: 6854616
    Abstract: A protective cap for a threaded valve stem includes a generally cylindrical portion including a closed end, an open end and a cylindrical wall portion therebetween. A plurality of locating ribs are located on an internal surface of the cylindrical wall portion. A plurality of fingers project radially inward from the internal surface between the locating ribs. A tear strip formed by two frangible members, and a pull tab are formed on an external surface of the cylindrical wall portion. Each finger is located between a pair of the locating ribs and has a flexible portion adjacent the internal surface for locating the fingers in unlocked state and a locked state. The fingers in the unlocked state are inclined toward the open end, and the fingers in the locked state curl toward the closed end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2005
    Assignee: Alliance Plastics
    Inventor: Daniel J. Steffan
  • Patent number: 6851569
    Abstract: The combination of a reusable lid and a container, the lid being provided with locking tabs and the container being provided with openings designed to accept the locking tabs and to make an interlocking connection by relatively rotating the lid and container. A latch element is formed on the lid for engagement with one of a plurality of cooperating catch elements formed on the container. The engaged catch element prevents removal of the lid from the container until the latch element is depressed inwardly far enough to allow the lid to be turned to a position in which the tabs may be removed from the openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2005
    Assignee: Plastican, Inc.
    Inventors: Rino Conti, Mark J. Keyes
  • Patent number: 6848590
    Abstract: A child-resistant closure and container package includes a container having a finish with an external thread and pockets in the thread. A closure has a base wall, a peripheral skirt with an internal thread and lugs on the internal thread for receipt in the pockets, and a spring element on the base wall for engagement with the container finish to bias the closure away from the container finish and resiliently urge the lugs into the pockets. A liner is urged by the spring element into engagement with the container finish. The liner may include a base with metal and plastic layers for induction-welded sealing engagement with the finish such that, upon removal of the closure, the metal and plastic layers remain secured to the finish and the liner base is removed with the closure. The metal and plastic layers may be removed by a user for access to the contents of the container, and the liner base continues to serve as a package seal during use of the package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2005
    Assignee: Owens-Illinois Closure Inc.
    Inventors: Brian J. Brozell, Robert A. Perry
  • Patent number: 6845895
    Abstract: A rear-mounted, removable vehicle storage device for storing and/or transporting items with a vehicle. The vehicle storage device includes a material shell defining a storage space therein. The material shell may be self-supporting or supported by an interior frame structure. The vehicle storage device may be mounted on a vehicle ladder, equalizer hitch, tire mount, or bumper. In addition, a recreational equipment carrier may be incorporated with the vehicle storage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2005
    Inventors: Casey C. Jones, Nola M. Samuels
  • Patent number: 6832710
    Abstract: A saddlebag includes a body and a lid pivotally attached to the body by a hinge assembly. The lid moves in a substantially translational manner to disengage and engage the body, and moves in a pivotal manner when not engaging the body. The saddlebag also includes a locking assembly selectively securing the lid in a closed position and being operable via a push-button located on an outer surface of the saddlebag body. A gas spring is interconnected between the body and the lid of the saddlebag, biasing the lid toward the open position such that depressing the push button releases the lid, allowing the gas spring to expand and fully open the saddlebag with no further intervention by the operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2004
    Assignee: Harley-Davidson Motor Company Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen L. Galbraith, Thomas R. Wargin, P. Kirk Rasmussen
  • Patent number: 6824002
    Abstract: A disposable fixture for supporting a beverage container and for supporting a food plate having a central hole approximately three inches in diameter, suitable for holding with one hand. In the preferred embodiment the fixture is made entirely of corrugated fiberboard (aka corrugated cardboard) and, except for two rubber bands, requires no fasteners (e.g., glue, tape, or staples). The fixture can support several kinds of beverage containers without needing modifications or additional parts. All unassembled parts can be laid flat so as to take up minimal storage space. The fixture weighs approximately two ounces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2004
    Inventor: Wayne Oliver Hadland
  • Patent number: 6820783
    Abstract: A back support apparatus having a pair of elongated, inflatable bladders which are spaced parallel to each other. The pair of bladders are vertically attached to a front panel of a backpack such that when the bladders are inflated by a pump, the user may experience cushioned back support on opposite sides of the user's spinal column, especially along the thoracic region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2004
    Inventor: Ronald L. Beale
  • Patent number: 6817500
    Abstract: The invention relates to a roof-rack bar for automobile vehicles comprising a transverse bar and two fastening feet mounted at the ends of the transverse bar. The feet operate in conjunction with side rails mounted on an automobile vehicle, wherein the feet can slide along the side rails during adjustment. The angle between the transverse bar and each of the side rails remains substantially constant when the bar is displaced. At least one of the feet includes a housing in which one end of the transverse bar can slide between two extreme positions in order to adapt to a variable distance between non-parallel side rails. This housing includes a first locking and reinforcement means capable of operating in conjunction with a second locking and reinforcement means fitted on the transverse bar to immobilize or authorize the displacement of the end of the transverse bar in the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2004
    Assignee: Wagon Automotives SNC
    Inventor: Jean-Claude Neaux