Patents Examined by Michael K. Collins
  • Patent number: 9896260
    Abstract: A container includes a canister having an upper lip, and an operator having an operator main body. The operator has a gripping ring at one end that defines an operator upper lip and a container opening. The gripping ring outside diameter is greater than an outside diameter of the operator main body. The canister includes a helical grooved canister engagement feature which extends about the canister. The operator includes an operator engagement feature which is a longitudinal slot formed through the operator main body. A lift having a lift projection is received in the operator, and the operator main body is received within the canister, with the lift projection extending through the operator engagement feature and into the canister engagement feature. The gripping ring extends at least partially over the canister upper lip, and a lower edge of the gripping ring is located adjacent the canister upper lip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Twist 'n Serve, LLC
    Inventor: Randy D. Sines
  • Patent number: 9888774
    Abstract: An exemplary embodiment includes a cabinet having at least one drawer with selectable access for storing items, such as medications. A slidable cover with a first opening allows for closure and/or access to items in an interior of the drawer. The cabinet further includes an actuator coupled to the cover and a controller coupled to the actuator to control movement of the first opening relative to the drawer interior in response to signals generated from a user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: ARxIUM, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott I. Biba, Randall S. Koplin, Daniel J. Lee, Kathy L. Soukup, James A. Michael
  • Patent number: 9873559
    Abstract: A dispensing system including a dispenser for dispensing a product and a waste receptacle for receiving a used product. A triggering connection is present between the dispenser and the waste receptacle. The triggering connection is suitable to trigger in response to a dispensing action an encouraging action of the waste receptacle to encourage use of the waste receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: SCA HYGIENE PRODUCTS AB
    Inventors: Cecilia Nordlund, Anna Nelvig, Gunilla Himmelmann
  • Patent number: 9865003
    Abstract: A system and method for vending digital video discs is provided. A request is received from a user to complete a rental transaction for a first digital video disc. A database is queried to determine whether a quantity of a set of second digital video discs in a vending inventory exceeds a predetermined threshold. A discount offer notification is presented to the user to rent one of the set of second digital video discs, upon determining that the quantity of the set of second digital video discs exceeds the predetermined threshold. A second request from the user to rent one of the second set of digital video discs is received, and one of the set of second digital video discs is vended to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Redbox Automated Retail, LLC
    Inventor: J. Mitch Lowe
  • Patent number: 9850118
    Abstract: Systems and methods for packaging beverage components and dispensing beverages are provided. Bag-in-box packages include connectors that contain rotary pumps. Each rotary pump includes a resiliently deformable housing and a rotor that form a plurality of chambers. The bag-in-box package may be incorporated into a dispenser system that includes a touch screen that allows users to input beverage selections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: PepsiCo, Inc.
    Inventors: Indrani Deo, Steven Jersey
  • Patent number: 9846766
    Abstract: A method for monitoring the filling of a medication dispenser that comprises a first and a second container for receiving a strip of medication packages. In the method a taking time of the first medication package of the second strip inserted into the second container is compared with a taking time of the last medication package of the first strip inserted into the first container, in order to determine if the delivery of medication packages can be continued after the first strip with the second strip. The invention also relates to a medication dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: EVONDOS OY
    Inventors: Mika Apell, Jyrki Niinistö
  • Patent number: 9830583
    Abstract: An article vending machine in a network of article vending machines capable of exchanging an inoperable rental article received from a user for an operable replacement article. The article dispensing machine checks customer identification information against one or more customer rental criteria to determine if the customer is eligible to exchange an inoperable article for an operable one. The article vending machine searches for an identical replacement article within an inventory of the machine itself and within inventories of the networked article vending machines. Alternatively, the article vending machine may provide a refund for the inoperable article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Redbox Automated Retail, LLC
    Inventors: J. Mitchell Lowe, Eric Hoersten, Christopher A. Kapcar
  • Patent number: 9819489
    Abstract: A device having user-selectable content includes a storage having the capacity to store pre-loaded content and a controller. The controller is operative to manage access to the pre-loaded content, by way of limiting the access to a user-selected portion of the pre-loaded content. The controller limits access subject to and performed according to an indication of an initial purchase transaction. Also provided is a controller that includes a processing unit and an interface to a memory. The processing unit is operative to manage access to pre-loaded content stored on the memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: SANDISK IL, LTD.
    Inventor: Eitan Mardiks
  • Patent number: 9814359
    Abstract: A system for dispensing paper product at a food-selling establishment. The system includes a point-of-sale device for entering details of a particular sale transaction, with the point-of-sale device being configured to output a slip containing specific indicia associated with the particular sale transaction. A dispenser of paper product is configured to obtain information from the specific indicia on the slip and to dispense a predetermined quantity of paper product in response to the obtained information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: SCA HYGIENE PRODUCTS AB
    Inventor: Kenneth Ernest Saffran
  • Patent number: 9811637
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for a medical pill dispensing system. A method involves accessing a plan. The plan indicates a first pill distribution for a first period of time, and a second pill distribution for a second period of time. The method also involves receiving an input, where the input indicates a change to the plan. The input indicates at least one pill to be distributed in the first period of time. The method also involves determining whether to modify one or more of the first pill distribution or the second pill distribution. The method involves, in response to a determination that the second pill distribution is to be modified, modifying the plan to indicate a change in the second pill distribution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: MEDITAB SOFTWARE INC.
    Inventors: Miteshkumar Ishwarbhai Patel, Feros Khan Seyed Yousuf Khan, Sergey Shkapov
  • Patent number: 9801791
    Abstract: A medication dispensing cart having a computer and monitor, a work surface with pull out keyboard, and plural drawers arranged as a vertical series of cassettes that can be added as needed. The battery powered device uses software and pass codes for controlling access to each drawer, and requires a second pass code for any drawer designated to contain narcotics. Records can be kept of who dispenses what medication and when for each cart in a system of carts. The cart in the system is in wireless communication with a system administrator. Emails alerting the system administrator of low battery power, of a cart switching to off, of an attempted break-in, and of inventory and usage data are sent automatically by email.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: MV Circuit Design Inc.
    Inventors: Ray Reckelhoff, Markos P. Paradissis, William Colley, III, Neil Kammiller, Michael Mott
  • Patent number: 9798862
    Abstract: An apparatus for distributing medicines, vitamins and/or samples, including an organizer and dispensing units for medicines, vitamins and/or samples. The organizer includes seats in which to place the dispensing units. The apparatus includes an identification device connected to a data processing device and containing dispensing data on medicines, vitamins and/or samples, including detecting members controlled to a detecting state by detecting signals generated on the basis of dispensing data in the data processing device. The identification device is configured to be brought in connection with the organizer so that at least some of the detecting members are aligned with at least some of the seats of the organizer, wherein at least those dispensing units, which are aligned with at least one detecting member, can be identified by means of detecting signals generated on the basis of dispensing data in the data processing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: NEWICO OY
    Inventor: Ossi Parviainen
  • Patent number: 9790028
    Abstract: The present invention is a robotic system for maintaining product inventory and dispensing products upon request from a customer or other user. Product items are stored in an inventory storage unit (ISU), one item per bin. Controller logic allows items to be stored in, and retrieved from, arbitrarily-assigned storage locations. The bins hang on rails within drawers. Configuration of the rails facilitates bins of variable height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: BBY SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Chad Stiernagle, Glendon T. Kraetsch, Dean R. LaValle, Cameron P. Sheikholeslami
  • Patent number: 9779216
    Abstract: A medication storage/dispenser unit comprises a processor connected to medication package storage compartments. The storage compartments comprise a medication package, and preferably may also include a content reader, a medication information reader, and a medication package indicator. The processor receives a medication request from the medical information system, receives content and other medication from the storage compartments, processes the information and automatically opens the appropriate compartment with the correct medication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: MTS Medication Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd Siegel, Ron Rosenbaum
  • Patent number: 9776324
    Abstract: A method for queuing robots destined for a target location in an environment, includes determining if a first robot occupies the target location and if it is determined that the first robot occupies the target location, determining if a second robot destined for the target location has entered a predefined target zone proximate the target location. If the second robot has entered the predefined target zone, the method further includes navigating the second robot to a first queue location and causing the second robot to wait at the first queue location until the first robot no longer occupies the target location. The method also includes navigating the second robot to the target location after the first robot leaves the target location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Locus Robotics Corporation
    Inventors: Mike Johnson, Sean Johnson, Bradley Powers, Kaitlin Margaret Gallagher
  • Patent number: 9773095
    Abstract: An apparatus for distributing medicines, vitamins and/or samples, including an organizer and dispensing units for medicines, vitamins and/or samples. The organizer includes seats in which to place the dispensing units. The apparatus includes an identification device connected to a data processing device and containing dispensing data on medicines, vitamins and/or samples, including detecting members controlled to a detecting state by detecting signals generated on the basis of dispensing data in the data processing device. The identification device is configured to be brought in connection with the organizer so that at least some of the detecting members are aligned with at least some of the seats of the organizer, wherein at least those dispensing units, which are aligned with at least one detecting member, can be identified by means of detecting signals generated on the basis of dispensing data in the data processing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: NEWICO OY
    Inventor: Ossi Parviainen
  • Patent number: 9770106
    Abstract: A cabinet for securely storing items includes a drawer enclosure, a drawer, a cover, an electric actuator, and a switch. The drawer is slidable at least partially into and out of the enclosure, and includes a compartment. The cover is designed to block access to the compartment of the drawer when the cover is in a first configuration, and to allow access to the compartment when the cover is in a second configuration. The electric actuator is designed to move the cover from the first configuration to the second configuration. The switch is connected to the electric actuator, and when activated the switch selectively shorts the electric actuator. Sliding the drawer relative to the enclosure activates the switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: ARxIUM, Inc.
    Inventor: James A. Michael
  • Patent number: 9747743
    Abstract: A medication dispensing system is described. In some embodiments, the system includes a medication station and a controller responsive to patient admittance status information. The medication station includes at least one securable compartment configured to hold medication. The controller is configured to assign a patient to the at least one securable compartment such that medications for the patient are able to be placed into the at least one securable compartment. The controller is also configured to selectively permit access to the medications for the patient in the at least one securable compartment when the patient admittance status information indicates the patient is currently admitted, and restrict access to retrieval of the medications for the patient in the at least one securable compartment when the patient admittance status information indicates the patient is not currently admitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: CAREFUSION 303, INC.
    Inventor: Barry Arthur Brown
  • Patent number: 9741197
    Abstract: An automated prescription dispensing system and method for facilitating dispensing of medications from an automated prescription dispenser designed for in-home use. The dispenser may connect to a remote patient monitoring center for monitoring of the patient's dispenser use and adherence to a medication regime. The dispenser may further connect to a remote medication operations center for monitoring replenishment of the patient's medications and to a remote medical center for monitoring the patient's reaction to medications and clinical signs. A connection to a data analytics center and analytical engine facilitates communications among and between the users and/or caregivers at the remote centers. The dispenser may be loaded with a standardized cartridge that is replenished according to the patient's needs. The dispenser is further equipped with a camera that allows a caregiver at the remote patient monitoring center to view the patient while the patient uses the dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Humana Inc.
    Inventors: Ahmed Ghouri, Sheldon Ball
  • Patent number: 9731853
    Abstract: A system enables management of dispensable units by supporting functions such as retrieval, scheduled distribution, analysis, and notifications. To this end, a dispensable retrieval mechanism may be programmed to carry out blind retrievals of dispensable units using a retrieval strategy with a predetermined sequence of retrieval attempts (e.g., fixed or varying two-dimensional retrieval patterns), which may be open loop or closed loop. Techniques may also include the identification of dispensable units through optical sensors and weight measurement devices that can detect, e.g., a texture, a shape, and a size of dispensable units. Such identification can be used to program retrieval attempts by a retrieval robot and in the formulation of the retrieval pattern. Additionally, networked notification systems for dispensable units can be used for updating rules or schedules related to the dispensable units, or alerting users and remote resources of any potential misuse or hazards of the dispensable units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Makefield LLC
    Inventors: Kutadgu Akdogan, Christian Von Heifner, Maya Kelley, Greggory Paul Hagopian, Kalyan C. Vepuri