Patents Examined by Lee Young
  • Patent number: 6817468
    Abstract: A neck strap attachable to the foldable side pieces of a pair of eyeglasses, making it possible for an individual to wear his glasses hanging from the neck, with a decorative locket of rigid material, joinable to the cable of the neck strap, and having a lens cleaner stored therein. The locket in combination with the neck strap creates a decoration located at the rear of the individual's neck, which complements the appearance of the eyeglasses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2004
    Assignee: Trend Design Patent Ltd.
    Inventor: Zvi Horesh
  • Patent number: 6811049
    Abstract: A splash-proof lid assembly is a substantially planar unit which is made up of a disc and a bottom section that is rotatably connected to the disc. By rotating the bottom section to the underside of the disc, a chamber is formed which allows for drinking from a cup once the lid is placed on the cup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2004
    Inventor: Temo Lukacevic
  • Patent number: 6789692
    Abstract: A container is provided having corresponding shells that mate together about a joint to create an enclosed airtight container. A valve seat is formed on the exterior of a shell adjacent the joint. The valve seat has an opening in communication with the container interior. A latch assembly is used to secure the shells in a closed position. The assembly includes a latch body which is attached to a shell by a hinge fastener close to said joint. The inside face of the latch body is provided with a valve gasket having a curved outer face that is aligned and sealingly engageable with the valve seat. When the latch is closed, the gasket will seal against the valve seat. When the latch is dislodged from its connection to the other shell, the gasket will be simultaneously removed from the valve seat and allow air to flow through the opening. This action permits equalization of any pressure differentials between ambient pressure and the pressure in the container interior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2004
    Inventor: Louis M. Prezelin
  • Patent number: 6789690
    Abstract: A hose direct cannister lid includes a port that accepts a hose connected to a source of vacuum in order to evacuate a cannister to which the lid is connected. The hose direct cannister lid includes a first valve for exposing the cannister to the source of vacuum when the vacuum hose is secured to the lid, and wherein the first valve closes when the source of vacuum is removed in order to seal the lid and cannister from ambient. The hose direct cannister includes a second valve used to break the vacuum and expose the interior of the cannister to ambient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2004
    Assignee: Tilia International, Inc.
    Inventors: Luther T. Nieh, Michael H. Tsao, Djabbar Moustafaev, Landen M. Higer
  • Patent number: 6790201
    Abstract: The present invention relates to strap assemblies. More specifically, the present invention relates to strap assemblies for supporting one or more devices mountable on an individual or patient, such as a drainage reservoir or other medical devices. Furthermore, the strap assemblies of the present invention are designed to alleviate some of the discomfort in wearing such an assembly. The strap assemblies of the present invention generally comprise a waist strap, a shoulder strap device and one or more front straps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2004
    Inventor: Helen B. Meyer
  • Patent number: 6786352
    Abstract: A self-sealing drinking container includes a cup body having a hollow interior for holding and dispensing a liquid, and a lid assembly which fits sealingly on the cup body. The lid assembly has an inlet passage with an inlet value in communication with an outlet value in communication therewith, each of the values including a resilient flexible diaphragm member. Each of the inlet and outlet valves includes a cage having an open top and an open bottom to allow fluid passage therethrough, the cage having a seat formed therein for receiving a diaphragm member. The diaphragm member is located seatably into the seat so as to selectively seal thereagainst and thereby prevent fluid flow therepast. A locator post in each cage is secured to the diaphragm member thereof to ensure its sealing. A predetermined level of fluid pressure differential across each diaphragm member courses, respectively, the diaphragm members to concavely bend away from their respective seat and thereby allow fluid flow through the valves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2004
    Inventor: Domenic Belcastro
  • Patent number: 6786348
    Abstract: A press-on, twist-off container assembly of the type that is used, for example, and baby food containers includes a container that has, as conventional, a finish portion with at least one external threadand a closure that is mounted on the container. The closure is of the press-on, twist-off type and includes a panel portion and a skirt portion that together define a generally cylindrical interior recess. As is conventional, a deformable gasket is mounted within the interior recess that has a thread engaging portion that is deformed so as to at least partially conform to the external threads of said finish portion of said container. The thread engaging portion advantageously has a plurality of inwardly extending raised flutes that are circumferentially spaced irregularly about the thread engaging portion. At least some of the flutes are in contact with at least one of the external threads at respective points of contact, and each external thread has a total distance spanned by such points of contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2004
    Assignee: Crown Cork & Seal Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Jim L. Martin, Larry A. Hottle, Galen G. German, C. Roger Hamrick
  • Patent number: 6779922
    Abstract: A sealable bag for storing merchandise includes a body having a pocket that is adapted to receive the merchandise. The pocket has an opening through which merchandise is placed into the pocket. The body has a pair of flanges disposed along the sides of the body. The body has a neck with the opening of the pocket being disposed at the neck of the body. The neck has a sealing area. The bag includes a pair of stress relief notches disposed in the flanges intermediate the sealing area and the opening of the pocket. Each stress relief notch extends into the neck of the body. The stress relief notches prevent the sealing area from becoming wrinkled while the bag is being sealed with automated equipment thus allowing a clean, unwrinkled seal to be formed in the bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2004
    Assignee: Gates Automation, Inc.
    Inventor: Anthony H. Gates
  • Patent number: 6776318
    Abstract: A holder for a mobile telephone includes a generally tube-shaped body comprising an exterior and an interior cavity having an opening at a first end of the body and an opening at an opposing second end of the body. The interior cavity has a surface comprising a material having frictional properties allowing the device to be slidingly inserted by hand into the interior of the tube-shaped body. The tube-shaped body is semi-rigid and sufficiently elastic so that the body can stretch to allow the hand insertion of the device into the interior of the body and can retain the inserted device in the interior of the body. The tube-shaped body can be positioned on a belt so that the belt extends through the interior cavity and out of the first opening and the second opening. A mobile electronic device can be slidingly inserted into the interior cavity, thereby stretching a portion of the body to cause the tube-shaped body to retain the inserted device in the interior cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2004
    Inventor: John D. Washington
  • Patent number: 6769558
    Abstract: A leakproof, resealable container and cap assembly, consisting essentially of: a container having a rim at its upper portion and a cap having a circular base with an outer periphery, a cylindrical tubular skirt having an inner wall with at least one recess, a thumb tab for facilitating the opening and closing of the container, and a hinge connecting the cap to the container; and in a closed portion, the skirt of the cap overlies the container and the rim of the container is situated within the recess of the inner wall of the skirt of the cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2004
    Assignee: CSP Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Bucholtz
  • Patent number: 6764639
    Abstract: This invention concerns a drum-like container made of a discontinuously extruded hose-like perform of thermoplastic in a blow molding process. The drum-like container has a wall consisting of an inner layer, an outer layer, and at least one intermediate layer. To make it possible to monitor the fill level of the fill material, the wall has a visual indicator strip of translucent plastic running in the axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2004
    Assignee: Greif Bros. Corporation
    Inventor: G√ľnter Richter
  • Patent number: 6761275
    Abstract: A liner disc for a bottle cap for sealingly closing a bottle includes an annular rim portion and a downwardly domed portion depending from the annular rim portion. The domed portion is convex toward the contents of the bottle. A seal layer is provided on the domed portion. Internal pressure of the contents of the bottle acts in a direction tending to flatten the domed portion which in turn expands an annular side wall of the domed portion outwardly to press the seal layer against the inside surface of the bottle to assist in effecting a seal between the bottle and the cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2004
    Assignee: Alcoa Closure Systems International
    Inventors: Stephen W. McBride, David Babcock
  • Patent number: 6761255
    Abstract: A portable carrier includes compartments for a purse/wallet, an organizer, business documents, lunch, a laptop computer, a pair of shoes, and various other accessories.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2004
    Inventors: Dennis Clements, Pamela Clements
  • Patent number: 6755318
    Abstract: Limited flow cups are provided which deliver a metered amount of fluid to a user during a drinking motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2004
    Assignee: Reliant Medicals Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrea Burke, Richard M. Davis, Gerald Melsky, David Porat, Jerry Porter
  • Patent number: 6745914
    Abstract: A fuel cap 10 maintains high sealing even when subjected to external force; is easy to operate; and requires minimal space for accommodation. The cap device comprises a casing body 20 for closing the filler opening FNb in a sealed condition, a cover 40, a handle 45, a clutch mechanism 60 and a torque transmission mechanism 80. By upraising the handle to the handling position and applying rotational torque, rotational torque is transmitted to the casing body 20 via the clutch mechanism 60 and the torque transmission mechanism 80, closing the filler opening FNb. The handle 45 lowers back to the retracted position when released, whereupon the clutch mechanism 60 assumes non-transmission mode wherein the cover 40 and the handle 45 rotate freely if subjected to external force such as in a collision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2004
    Assignee: Toyoda Gosei., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Hagano, Masayuki Nakagawa
  • Patent number: 6742686
    Abstract: A load carrier foot arrangement comprising a load carrier foot (3) which is mounted on a rail profile (2) which exhibits a mounting opening (12), wherein the load carrier foot is secured to the rail profile by means of a locking device having a locking spindle (21) which actuates a locking plate (27) and locks the foot to the rail profile, and wherein a retaining catch (32) is eccentrically and rotatably disposed on the locking spindle, which retaining catch interacts with notches (13) in the rail profile to prevent unwanted movement of the load carrier foot along the rail profile when the locking device is in locked position, the retaining catch having for this purpose a stop face (38) and a sensing element (39), that the retaining catch is prestressed by a tensioning element (37) to a position such that the stop face interferes obstructively with an edge region (41) of the load carrier foot (3) when the sensing element is not actuated, and that the mounting opening (12) is of such a size that the sensing el
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2004
    Assignee: Thule Sweden AB
    Inventor: Anders Lundgren
  • Patent number: 6742665
    Abstract: A nursing bottle with a vent located in its base. The vent is positioned so that the user can easily open it by pressing on it with a finger or thumb. The vent remains open only so long as it is pressed. Once released, a spring returns the vent to its closed position. The user may therefore set the bottle down without having to do anything to close the vent. The vent assembly may be easily removed from the bottle for thorough cleaning. An access notch is provided so that the user does not have to strain to reach the vent. Mounting features are included to position the notch in a right-handed or left-handed configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2004
    Inventor: Lori Lombardo
  • Patent number: 6739468
    Abstract: A freight container (1) having a base (2) and a roof (5) wherein fittings (8, 9) for lifting the container and/or stacking a second container on the roof are provided with a support strut (24) moveably mounted on the container such that the support strut can be moved from a load-bearing position in which the support strut transfers a load between the fittings and the base during lifting and stacking and a loading position in which the support strut does not substantially impede loading and unloading of the freight container from a side of the container. The support strut is carried on one side of a gate structure (20) hinged to a corner post (3, 4) of the container by a hinge at the opposite side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2004
    Assignee: Sea Containers Services Ltd.
    Inventor: David Colebrook
  • Patent number: 6739466
    Abstract: A tamper-indicating band arrester including a closure having a tamper-indicating band depending therefrom. The tamper-indicating band has a plurality of folding fingers of alternating first and second lengths extending inwardly. The fingers of a longer length have an offset surface disposed at a distal end, which engage a container neck finish bead preventing tiring of the tamper-indicating band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2004
    Assignee: Rexam Medical Packaging Inc.
    Inventor: Brian K. Culley
  • Patent number: 6739471
    Abstract: A container, particularly in the form of a beverage can, which has a drinking opening preparation in its upper lid wall, and may be reclosed after being opened by a rotary lid closure. Means are provided for coupling the rotary lid closure to the lid wall when the lid wall recedes somewhat after opening the container so that the drinking opening made can be reclosed sealingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2004
    Inventors: Hermann Goetz, Bruno Ackermann, Dieter Folland