Patents Examined by Lee Young
  • Patent number: 6662839
    Abstract: A system for protecting selected glass surfaces of a vehicle having a windshield and external rearview mirrors includes a pair of mirror covers and a windshield cover. Each mirror cover includes a bag-like body portion defining an open end capable of fitting over and completely covering an external mirror. Each mirror cover includes a strap that may be secured around a respective vehicle mirror support arm and adjustably attached to the mirror cover with corresponding hook and loop fastening material. The windshield cover includes a configuration for overlaying the vehicle windshield and includes straps that may be releasably coupled to respective mirror covers. The windshield cover includes magnets along an upper edge for selectively attaching the upper edge of the windshield cover to the roof of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2003
    Inventor: Reg L. Thayer
  • Patent number: 6659297
    Abstract: A tamper-indicating closure for a beverage package includes a base wall having a peripheral skirt with at least one internal thread for securing the closure to a container. A tamper-indicating band is frangibly connected to an edge of the skirt, and a stop flange extends axially and radially from an edge of the band for abutment with a stop bead on the container finish. A plurality of circumferentially spaced drain openings extend axially through the juncture of the band and the flange. A plurality of circumferentially spaced channels extend axially through the internal thread on the closure skirt, with at least some of the channels being axially aligned with the drain openings. The stop bead on the container is in the form of a plurality of circumferentially spaced bead segments separated from each other by circumferential gaps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2003
    Assignee: Owens-Illinois Closure Inc.
    Inventors: James L. Gregory, Stephanie L. Kurtz-Rooney, David P. Piccioli, Suppayan M. Krishnakumar, Q. Peter Zhang
  • Patent number: 6659299
    Abstract: A plastic blow molded container (10) is disclosed as including a freestanding base structure (20) that is constructed with a plurality of alternating hollow legs (22) and curved ribs (34), and a hub (41) from which the legs and ribs extend radially with a construction that provides good stability against tipping as well as the capability of withstanding internal pressure. Each rib (34) has an outer upper end (36) with a circumferential width Wu and an inner lower end (38) with a circumferential width Wl that is greater than the circumferential width Wu of the upper rib end so the lower rib end is capable of resisting stress cracking. An intermediate rib portion (40) of a curved shape tapers between the ends with an included angle B in the range of about 1° to 8° and preferably about 2°.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2003
    Assignee: Plastipak Packaging, Inc.
    Inventors: William C. Young, Richard C. Darr, Dale H. Behm
  • Patent number: 6655540
    Abstract: A strap mounting space is formed around a boss formed on an upper cover and a lower cover which, when assembled together, form a case for an apparatus. One, or each, of the upper cover and the lower cover is/are formed integrally with a respective boss, preferably at each corner, so that the respective bosses at corresponding, common corners of the upper and lower covers, when assembled, are in an aligned and abutting relationship. A slits is formed in one of the corners of the upper and lower covers, extending around the respective boss(es) thereof, making up a strap mounting space. A screw 9 is inserted into a corresponding axial hole extending through each boss, affording a sufficient strength of the abutting bosses for supporting the case, with the apparatus therein, by a strap received through the strap mounting space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2003
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Yuji Shimoda, Hideki Watanabe
  • Patent number: 6655544
    Abstract: A container with a lid (10) comprises a container body (11), a lid (23) supported for turning on the container body (11) and a rubber plate (950) provided between the container body (11) and the lid (23). The lid (23) is provided with a stopping projection (32)that engages a catching projection 33 formed in an operating member (55) provided on the container body (11). A slider (60) is supported so as to be slidable on the container body (11). A recess (51) is formed at the lower end of the operating member (55) and a protrusion (61) is formed on the slider (60). In a state where the protrusion (61) of the slider (60) and the recess (51) of the operating member (55) are dislocated from each other, the operating member (55)is restrained from downward movement. Thus the mischievous opening of the lid (23) by children can be prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2003
    Assignee: Uni-Charm Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshikazu Tanaka, Takeshi Bando, Hiroki Ishikawa, Masaho Hayashi, Hiroshi Uematsu, Norikazu Shinogi, Toshihiko Uenishi
  • Patent number: 6651855
    Abstract: Holder for a pry bar of the type having an elongated handle, a claw extending in a direction generally perpendicular to the handle, and an outwardly curved fulcrum interconnecting the handle and the claw. The holder includes a loop through which the handle can be inserted in a vertical direction, a seat positioned above the loop for engaging the claw to support the pry bar in a hanging position with the handle captured by the loop, and a bumper below the loop for lateral engagement by the handle to keep the claw on the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2003
    Inventor: William T. Flynn
  • Patent number: 6651836
    Abstract: A hand-held plate for holding a beverage container and food includes flexible flaps which frictionally engage the outer peripheral surface of a beverage container to maintain the beverage container in stable condition relative to the plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2003
    Inventors: Leonard L. Hofheins, Del M. Thornock
  • Patent number: 6652045
    Abstract: A golf bag assembly including supporting legs movable between a support position for cooperating with the bag to hold the golf bag assembly in an upright position and a transport position wherein the legs are parallel to the longitudinal axis of the bag, a pull member assembly for moving the supporting legs, and an operating member for movement over a dead center position for controlling movement of the supporting legs between the support position and the transport position. A stop member can be provided for selectively allowing or preventing the operating member from assuming a closed position for releasably locking the supporting legs in the transport position. A transmission system for connecting the operating assembly and a pivot assembly for effecting movement of the supporting legs can extend across and through the golf bag so as not to expand the width of the golf bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2003
    Assignee: MS-Trade GmbH & Co.
    Inventor: Roland Jungkind
  • Patent number: 6648164
    Abstract: The present invention provides a pail and cradle system and method for collectively containing one or more chemicals. The cradle comprises an interior surface having an opening with a circumferential rim for reception onto the lip of a pail. The cradle further comprises an extended return so that when the lugs of a lid are crimped onto the pail, the cradle return is clamped by the lugs against the sidewall of the pail. A gasket is mounted under the rim of the cradle so that a seal is formed between the cradle and the top lip of the pail. The lid for the pail further comprises a groove in which a gasket is mounted for sealing the lid against the rim of the cradle when the lid is crimped to the pail assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2003
    Assignee: Cleveland Steel Corporation
    Inventors: Mike DeCola, Mike Doran
  • Patent number: 6648162
    Abstract: A pressure cooker handle assembly that relieves pressure in the cooker and unlocks the lid by pushing a single button twice. The button includes a tab that directly activates a pressure relief valve to release the pressure and a leg that depresses a stopbar to unlock the lid. Pressing of the button a first time releases the pressure in the cooker, but does not unlock the lid. A latch system prevents the cooker from again building pressure once the button is pressed. When the button is pressed a second time the leg depresses the stopbar to unlock the lid from the cooker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2003
    Assignee: Innovation IP Holding Co.
    Inventors: Blaise M. Wooderson, Frederick A. Rose
  • Patent number: 6648158
    Abstract: A self-closing cap for a bottle that includes a fixed portion that engages the neck of the bottle, a movable portion that is movably attached to the fixed portion, and apparatus that movably attaches the movable portion to the fixed portion. The apparatus includes a pair of resilient bands that engage in an aligned pair of throughbores in a pair of tabs of the fixed portion and in a pair of tabs in the movable portion so as to allow the movable portion to return to the closed position thereof when the movable portion is moved to the open position thereof and released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2003
    Inventor: Kevin Q. Lawrence
  • Patent number: 6648159
    Abstract: A collapsible, reusable, general purpose shipping box is made from an inexpensive polymer composition, and can be mass produced by extrusion or coextrusion. The boxes are extruded or coextruded in an almost wasteless production as endless webs of inner layouts and outer layouts, which are folded into respective configurations with one of the configurations being outer one and another inner one. The enclosure is assembled by inserting the inner configuration into the outer one and snap-connecting the complementary male-female locking elements already extruded into the layouts. An extruded web may be many layouts wide as a given extruder and die allow. The boxes can be easily assembled from substantially flat and rectangular layouts at the point of packaging, either by hand or by using a slightly modified and currently widely used box erection machine, and as easily disassembled for transportation and cleansing at the point of unloading.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2003
    Inventors: Vladimir Prutkin, Oskar Kalman
  • Patent number: 6640856
    Abstract: A collapsible bag arrangement includes a compartment for holding articles having at least a first side, a second side and a bottom. At least the first and second sides are constructed of a foldable material. A bottom strip has a middle portion, a first end portion and a second end portion. The first and second end portions are of bendable construction and extend outward beyond the length of the first and second sides. The first piece of a two-piece fastener attaches to the first portion of the bottom strip and the second piece of the two-piece fastener attaches to the second portion of the bottom strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2003
    Assignee: Tumi, Inc.
    Inventor: Amy R. Tucker
  • Patent number: 6637939
    Abstract: A microwave cooking container includes a bag portion having an open end for access to an interior of the bag and a closure mechanism for sealing the open end having elongated interfitting elements extending adjacent the open end of the bag. The container also includes a valve assembly providing controlled discharge of pressurized fluid from the bag interior when a positive pressure equal to or exceeding a predetermined pressure is created within the bag interior. The valve assembly includes a vent member and a flow limiter. The vent member is located at the open end of the bag adjacent an end of the closure mechanism such that the first end of the internal passage is in fluid communication with the bag interior. The internal passage provides an exit path for discharge of a pressurized fluid from the interior of the bag. The flow limiter may include an end portion of a closure clamp adapted to receive the vent member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2003
    Assignee: Sonoco Development, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott Huffer
  • Patent number: 6637595
    Abstract: A cable tie wrap holder system has a plurality of vertically oriented primary tubes in a cylindrical configuration with an open upper end and a closed lower end. A plurality of vertically oriented secondary tubes are in a cylindrical configuration with an open upper end and a closed lower end. The primary tubes are coupled with the secondary tubes to form a tube assembly with the axes of all the tubes parallel with respect to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2003
    Inventors: William D. Frossard, Suzanne E. Frossard
  • Patent number: 6637617
    Abstract: An inflatable cup holder secures a variety of beverage container sizes and shapes. The cup holder includes a shell having an inner wall defining an internal bore, the inner wall having an aperture therein. An inflatable bladder adjacent to the aperture extends through the aperture and reduces the bore volume upon pressurization. An inflation device for pressurizing the bladder is located within the shell. A manual or air compressor inflation device operation are contemplated. A pressure release valve in full communication with the bladder prevents bladder inflation above a pre-selected threshold and also is activated to release a beverage container from the inventive cup holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2003
    Inventors: Kenneth D. Eisenbraun, Richard G. Leveille
  • Patent number: 6637613
    Abstract: A flattened bottle comprising a neck, a shoulder, a body and a bottom; said body having an upper body section, a lower body section and a middle body section, said upper body section and said lower body section showing a substantially rectangular cross section with quadrant corners; said middle body section showing an elliptic cross section and having inwardly deformable front and rear walls and inwardly curved side walls, said side walls being adapted to be deformed outwardly corresponding to any inward deformation of the front and rear walls due to pressure reduction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2003
    Assignee: Yoshino Kogyosho Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shinji Shimada, Atsushi Ohta, Tomoya Sueki
  • Patent number: 6634497
    Abstract: A support mechanism mounted on golf bag. The support mechanism includes a bottom member including a space and an arcuate flange projected on the edge of the space, a base including an extension and a perforation between the extension and the body of the base, a fabric coupled between the bottom member and the base for enclosing the space, supports having bottom ends pivotably coupled to the base and legs having top ends pivotably coupled to the supports. Inclined legs can stably support the bag on the ground. This also facilitates the access of golf clubs contained in the bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2003
    Inventor: Shu-Chin Chang
  • Patent number: 6634532
    Abstract: A foldable map stand apparatus for automotive vehicles is set forth comprising a means for fastening the apparatus onto an automobile interior surface, a pivotally attached telescoping arm for adjusting the angle of display, and a holding means for receiving and displaying a portion of a map. The foldable map stand apparatus can be folded into a more collapsed form so that it may be stored in a more convenient location within the automobile when the map holder is not in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2003
    Inventor: Martha E. Maguire
  • Patent number: 6634528
    Abstract: A golf accessory holder device designed to be held in a compartment of a belt clip and frequently inserted and removed therefrom during the golfer's round of golf, and to prevent damage to or soiling of the pocket or the pocket entry area which frequently occurs when a golfer keeps such accessories in his pocket; said device having smooth top and bottom surfaces and having the capability of firmly holding one or two tees, a ball marker, a green ball mark repair tool, and a towel, one end of said device being so constructed as to be particularly adapted for firmly gripping the towel, but also adapted that the towel can be easily released from the device and also easily re-inserted into same. One embodiment includes a unique combination of the device with the ball mark repair tool. Another embodiment includes a unique combination of the device with the belt clip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2003
    Inventor: Mervin Ward Hurtgam