Patents Examined by Michael Mar
  • Patent number: 7909125
    Abstract: A dual pivoting hood support mechanism includes a first support mounted on the vehicle near a rear end of the hood, a second support mounted on the vehicle forward of the first support, a first arm coupled to the rear end of the hood, and a second arm pivotally coupled to a central portion of the hood. The first arm is releasably and pivotally coupled to the first support, and the second arm is releasably and pivotally coupled to the second support. The hood can be pivoted rearwardly about the first support to a fully raised position by uncoupling the second arm from the second support. The hood can also be placed in a service position wherein the rear end of the hood is higher than the front end of the hood and when the first arm is uncoupled from the first support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventor: Eric Albert Keen
  • Patent number: 7398897
    Abstract: An apparatus for both holding a tube of toothpaste and squeezing out a volume of toothpaste onto a toothbrush is disclosed. The apparatus would have an associated roller which would allow a user to squeeze out a small volume of toothpaste each time that it would be needed for brushing their teeth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2008
    Inventor: Tony Walker
  • Patent number: 7121436
    Abstract: An improved non-spill water bottle cap is developed for preventing water spillage when a water bottle is inverted to place on a water dispenser. The improved non-spill water bottle cap comprises a cylindrical plastic tube (10), a spherical float (20) for controlling the water flow, a plastic cap head (30) integrally formed with the cylindrical plastic tube (10), an edge frame (11) disposed at the end of the cylindrical plastic tube (10) and an annular flange (13) with a plurality of peepholes (13a) disposed at the mouth of the plastic cap head (30) for retaining the spherical float (20) inside the cylindrical plastic tube (10), and an annular sealing ridge (12) for momentarily blocking the water flow path by contacting the spherical float (20) to form a seal when the water bottle is inverted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2006
    Inventors: Myong-Hoon Lee, Won-Hie Choi
  • Patent number: 7111763
    Abstract: A fluid-storing portion 4 includes an external container (110), an internal container (120), and a coupling material (140) which forms an internal space (130) shielded from the outside between the internal container (120) and the external container (110). When the volume of the internal container (120) is decreased, the internal space (130) is depressurized and receives force in a direction toward the internal space (130) from outside. Consequently, air flows into the internal space (130) from the outside by the action of a runoff prevention mechanism (144 and 147) of the coupling material (140).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2006
    Inventor: Masatoshi Masuda
  • Patent number: 7104473
    Abstract: A pull-out kitchen sprayer, comprising a central body that is accommodated within an outer enclosure whose shape is such as to require assembly with a particular orientation, the central body comprising a switching device with a slider and a rod provided with a flow control element and with actuation buttons at its two ends, the outer enclosure having facing openings that allow to access the buttons, one of the openings being formed so as to face the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2006
    Assignee: AMFAG S.p.A.
    Inventor: Orlando Bosio
  • Patent number: 7100805
    Abstract: An air freshener for dispensing a spray of deodorant, includes a housing in which a holder can be received for containing deodorant. A sliding bar has an end in contact with a door or doorway, so that a door movement results in a movement of the sliding bar. A wedge-shaped press member is coupled with the sliding bar, which during a movement of the sliding bar causes the dispensing member to move in a direction transverse to the movement of the sliding bar. The sliding bar includes a guide along which the press member can be moved in a direction transverse to the sliding bar. The press member operates a coupling piece between the press member and the dispensing member, and the coupling piece includes a round upper side including a contact surface for the wedge-shaped press member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2006
    Assignee: Sara Lee/DE N. V.
    Inventor: Dirk Jan Bulsink
  • Patent number: 7097074
    Abstract: A closure mechanism for a beverage preparation machine comprising a fixed lower part, an upper part rotatable relative to the lower part and a cartridge holder interposed between the lower part and the upper part and being rotatable relative to the lower part and the upper part, wherein the lower part comprises inlet piercing means and outlet piercing means for forming, respectively, an inlet and an outlet, in use, in a cartridge received in the cartridge holder, wherein rotation of the upper part towards the lower part causes the upper part to engage the cartridge holder and to move the cartridge holder into contact with the lower part and at the same time to cause, in use, the inlet piercing means and the outlet piercing means to pierce a cartridge received in the cartridge holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2006
    Assignee: Kraft Foods R&D, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Halliday, Steve Carter
  • Patent number: 7093741
    Abstract: A pressurized applicator and concentrate carriage system provides a concentrate container support having a spout guide and lock structure which permits a pump dispenser unit to operate when a spout is over a central opening and disenables pump dispenser unit operation when the spout is swung away from the main opening. The concentrate container support has several methods of installation and includes an opening with a specialized groove to provide non-vertical slip stabilization to the concentrate container. A collar adapter carries a circumferentially outwardly projecting land for interfitting with the specialized groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2006
    Inventor: Andrew Durant
  • Patent number: 7083070
    Abstract: Substantially cylindrical condiment containers with extendable and retractable pouring spouts are provided. A dispensing mechanism in each container can be actuated by simply rotating a portion of the body of the container, without the need for separate knobs or levers. The central projection of the carousel is made of a plurality of spaced vertical struts or rods to reduce weight and cost. The central projection is releasably attached to the base with a locking mechanism, and there is a like locking mechanism at the top. The central projection of one carousel can be locked into the locking mechanism at the top of another carousel to attach one carousel on top of another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2006
    Assignee: Robbins Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Carter W. McGuyer
  • Patent number: 7083119
    Abstract: A connector system for releasably securing a reservoir to a spray gun includes hook members on a lid of the reservoir that engage a flange of an inlet adaptor on the spray gun with a push/twist action to secure the reservoir to the spray gun. A retainer clip mounted on the inlet adaptor is movable between an inoperative position to allow the reservoir to be connected to and disconnected from the spray gun, and an operative position in which the clip blocks release of the reservoir. The clip provides security against accidental release of the reservoir in use of the spray gun.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2006
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Phillip J. Bouic, Neil Delbridge
  • Patent number: 7080759
    Abstract: A fluid dispenser device comprising a pump (50) and a dispensing head that comprises a body (1) defining a fluid discharge channel (2) ending in a dispensing orifice (3), a rigid insert (4) being disposed in said discharge channel (2), said rigid insert forming or being secured to the outlet valve of said pump, said fluid dispenser device being characterized in that said dispensing head further comprises a closure element (10) disposed in said discharge channel (2), said closure element (10) being mounted to move and/or to deform between a closure position in which it closes off the discharge channel (2) and a non-closure position in which it does not close off the discharge channel (2), said rigid insert (4) being mounted to move inside said discharge channel (2) between a rest position and an actuating position, said closure element (10) co-operating at one end with said rigid insert (4) and at the other end with said body (1) so that, when the insert (4) is in the rest position, the closure element (10) is
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2006
    Assignee: Valois S.A.S.
    Inventor: Ludovic Petit
  • Patent number: 7077299
    Abstract: A faucet comprises a valve body having a bore, an inlet port and an outlet port. A plunger is disposed in the valve body and is reciprocated in the bore. The inlet port opens into a fluid passage adapted for connection to a pressurized source, and the outlet port opens into a dispensing spigot adapted to discharge materials from the faucet. A handle having a pivotal lever is disposed in the valve body and engages the plunger to reciprocate longitudinally through the bore. A plug is mounted on the plunger and has axial and radial sealing surfaces. The plug is forced against the axial valve seat when the valve is closed to deform in both axial and radial directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2006
    Assignee: Vent-Matic Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Bradford G. Amidzich
  • Patent number: 7073691
    Abstract: A caulking gun for dispensing caulking material from a standard caulk tube. The gun is fabricated in three basic parts; a trigger assembly, a trigger housing and a barrel cage for holding the tube. The facing portions of the barrel cage and trigger housing is provided with a mating configuration which enables the gun to be easily assembled for use and easily disassembled for storage in a toolbox. A novel drip/no drip feature is provided wherein a cam actuator conveniently positioned on the trigger housing enables an operator to select between no drip operation or drip type operation when caulking material and application requirements warrant such. A thumb release mechanism is provided on the rear of the trigger housing so the operator can release the driving rod for insertion of another tube of caulk when the unit has been placed in the drip position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2006
    Inventors: Danny Rumrill, Larry C. Childs
  • Patent number: 7073686
    Abstract: A pouring spout for use in providing a conduit for the discharge of the contents of a closed container containing fluids or granulated materials includes a cylindrical inner housing having an open top end and a removable tethered cap. A pair of opposing punch blades affixed to the cylindrical inner housing is provided for insertion into a top surface of a container where the cylindrical inner housing and the punch blades serve to provide a discharge conduit for the container. A projection spur is formed on each of the punch blades for forcing open the top surface of the container. An outer safety sleeve is provided for covering the punch blades when the punch blades are withdrawn from the top surface of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2006
    Inventor: Edward G. Hanell
  • Patent number: 7070070
    Abstract: An improved lifting assembly for removing contents from containers consistent with mechanized containerizing operations are disclosed. The lifting assembly of the present invention comprises a support plate for lifting contents coupled to the top of a container by a connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2006
    Inventors: Gary K. Michelson, Wiley Alan Kittrell
  • Patent number: 7070067
    Abstract: A modular fluid-dispensing system includes a master control dispenser and/or one or more satellite dispensers that communicate bi-directionally with the master control dispenser. The master control dispenser is programmable and may dispense one or more solutions. Each satellite may dispense fluid in either a stand-alone mode or under control of another fluid-dispensing-system component, such as a master control dispenser, or a grinder/polisher. A master control dispenser may store various multi-step dispensing methods and may advance a dispensing method to a next step automatically or based on a control signal received from a grinder/polisher. A master control dispenser may perform a fluid-dispensing method that is synchronized with a corresponding grinder/polisher method performed by a grinder/polisher that is coupled to the master control dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2006
    Assignee: Buehler, Ltd.
    Inventors: Arnold Buchanan, Doug Ceckowski, Deborah Doan, Nicolas John Dougill, Michael F. Hart, Scott Holt, Kelly Leithner, Chuck Shewey
  • Patent number: 7066359
    Abstract: A dispenser for flowable media is provided, which operates in user-independent manner with respect to the pressure buildup and dosage quantity. On pressing on an operating head (35) a piston rod (29) is forced into a pump cylinder. As the pump chamber (52) is sealed by means of a delivery valve (51), which operates in path-dependent manner as a slide valve, under the action of a spring (42) pressing on the piston collar (43), a pressure builds up in the pump chamber (52), which is released following a predetermined length of travel on opening the delivery valve. A relatively constant pressure can be obtained over the entire discharge phase through the pretension of spring (42).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Assignee: Ing. Erich Pfeiffer GmbH
    Inventor: Juergen Greiner-Perth
  • Patent number: 7063235
    Abstract: A metering pump made of plastic for the metered dispensing of liquid and/or pasty media from a bottle-like container, can-like container or tube-like container with a follower piston. A pump chamber delivering the medium is connected via a suction valve with the container and has as the pumping member an elastic bellows that forms the pump chamber and is arranged between a dimensionally stable lower housing part and a likewise dimensionally stable upper housing part that is telescopically movable in relation thereto. The upper housing part has the discharge opening, which is connected via a discharge channel and a discharge valve with the pump chamber. The bellows has an upper ring collar sealingly surrounding a ring wall of the upper housing part. The ring wall is provided with a displacement piston that has a smaller diameter and protrudes into the bellows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2006
    Assignee: MegaPlast GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: G√ľnter Auer
  • Patent number: 7063239
    Abstract: A dispenser for foamed detergents includes a cylinder (C) in which a piston (P) airtightly slides, the cylinder (C) being connected through a valve (V) to a foamer (F) where the detergent is mixed with air to form the foam which is dispensed through a dispensing chamber (U) provided with a nozzle (N), and further includes an additional piston (S) connected to the piston (P) through a shaft (A) and airtightly sliding in an additional cylinder (C?) in communication with the outside through a one-way valve (Y), a duct (D) extending between said additional cylinder (C?) and the dispensing chamber (U). In this way there is obtained the delivery of air through the duct (D) during the return travel to achieve the cleaning of the dispensing chamber (U) and of the dispensing nozzle (N) so as to prevent dripping of the foam and the development of mildew in case of a long interval before the next use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2006
    Assignee: QTS S.R.L.
    Inventor: Gianandrea Niada
  • Patent number: 7059501
    Abstract: A valve seat portion 20 has a nearly tubular shape, at the bottom of which a circular opening portion 23 which functions as a valve seat is formed. A valve portion 10 has a ring-shaped supporting portion 11 which is disposed inside the valve seat portion 20. A valve body 12 has a shape corresponding to the circular opening portion 23, and multiple coupling portions couple the supporting portion 11 and the valve body 12. In the valve portion 10, the valve body can move between a closed position in which the valve body closes the opening portion 23 in the valve seat portion 20 and an open position in which the valve body opens the opening portion 23 by the flexibility of the four coupling portions 13.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2006
    Inventor: Masatoshi Masuda