Patents Examined by Mickey Yu
  • Patent number: 9230839
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a reticle pod having gas guiding apparatus. The gas guiding apparatus communicates with at least an inlet of the reticle pod and comprises a first outlet corresponding to a first gas flowing space of the reticle pod and a second outlet corresponding to a second gas flowing space. When the inlet supplies a high-purity gas to the gas guiding apparatus, the high-purity gas will flows through the gas guiding apparatus, and flow to the first and second gas flowing spaces via the first and second outlets, respectively to distribute uniformly in the first and second gas flowing spaces. In addition, the cleaning efficiency on the reticle is improved; the contact between the reticle and air can be avoided for protecting the reticle. Thereby, the usage of the high-purity gas is reduced, and the filling efficiency of the high-purity gas is enhanced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Gudeng Precision Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Pao-Yi Lu, Tien-Jui Lin
  • Patent number: 9227748
    Abstract: A metal bottle can comprises a mouth part having a curl portion at the end, a neck part having a straight part in parallel to the can axis, a taper-shaped shoulder part, a barrel part, and a bottom part. The metal bottle can is integrally formed from a primitive plate of the thickness (wall thickness T) of 0.48 mm to 0.30 mm by drawing-processed. The metal bottle can has the barrel part with the diameter A of 40 mm to 70 mm, the neck part with the diameter B of 20 mm to 35 mm, the straight portion of the neck part with the length S of 10 mm to 40 mm, the shoulder part with the angle ? of 40 degrees to 70 degrees, the mouth part with the wall thickness X of 0.46 mm to 0.33 mm, and straight portion of the neck part with the wall thickness Y of 0.43 mm to 0.30 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: TAKEUCHI PRESS INDUSTRIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masayuki Nakagawa, Osamu Kume, Yoshio Asai
  • Patent number: 9216840
    Abstract: A container including a metal sidewall is provided. The metal sidewall includes a first end; a second end; a center portion having a principal width; a first feature positioned between the center portion and the first end, the first feature extending from the sidewall such that the maximum width of the sidewall at the first feature is greater than the principal width; and a second feature positioned between the center portion and the second end, the second feature extending from the sidewall such that the maximum width of the sidewall at the second feature is greater than the principal width. The container further includes a first bead located in the center portion of the sidewall; and a second bead located in the center portion of the sidewall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: Silgan Containers LLC
    Inventors: Elizabeth A. Metzger, Thomas J. Clyde, Thomas S. Diss, Kamchat Soisuvarn
  • Patent number: 9216891
    Abstract: A refueling assembly of an engine is provided. The refueling assembly includes a housing, a door positioned within the housing and a flow guide positioned within the housing and downstream of the door including an inlet in fluidic communication with the door, an outlet to flow fuel into a downstream filler pipe in fluidic communication with a fuel tank during a refueling operation, a planar nozzle seating section receiving a fuel nozzle during the refueling operation, and a contraction section positioned downstream of the planar nozzle seating section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Paul Chretien, Michael Wohlfahrter, Shahid Siddiqui
  • Patent number: 9211996
    Abstract: A package of tobacco articles including an inner container which houses a group of tobacco articles, and has an open top end, and a lid hinged to close the open top end, an outer container housing the inner container to allow the inner container to slide with respect to the outer container between a closed configuration and an open configuration, and a sealing flap hinged to a top edge of a front wall of the outer container and movable between a work position, in which the sealing flap is perpendicular to the front wall of the outer container and located beneath a top wall of the lid of the inner container, and a rest position, in which the sealing flap is parallel to the front wall of the outer container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: JAPAN TOBACCO INC.
    Inventors: Luca Petrucci, Michele Squarzoni
  • Patent number: 9211040
    Abstract: A food jar has an insulated body with a wide-mouth opening for receiving food. A collar is affixed to the opening of the food jar by affixing a throat member to the collar and threading the throat into the wide-mouth body. The throat member includes a gasket at the lower end to seal the throat to the body. A lid is affixed to the collar by a hinge. The lid includes a central projection that extends into sealing contact with the gasket on the throat member to seal the lid to the throat member. A button is mounted in a channel in the lid and biased by a spring to move into an engaging position to engage the collar at an opening in the collar to secure the lid to the collar. A wire loop is provided to engage the button in an embodiment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: THERMOS L.L.C.
    Inventor: Marvin Lane
  • Patent number: 9205032
    Abstract: A pressed sanitary tissue receptacle and dispenser comprised of a main body which defines nested inner and outer housing walls. The outer housing wall houses a quantity of liquid which is adapted to initially be isolated from a volume defined by the inner housing wall which houses the dry tissue. In one embodiment, the inner and outer housing walls are covered on their lower ends by a lower cover, and the upper ends of the inner and outer housing walls are covered on their upper ends by an upper cover. The upper cover may be a foil sheet. The liquid is permitted to enter the volume defined by the inner housing wall and become absorbed by the tissue upon the exertion of force on the upper cover, which causes the tissue to press against and deflect the lower cover in such a manner as to cause the lower cover to dislodge from sealing engagement with the inner cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: Ozsoy Organik Ternizlik Urunler Pazarlama Sanayi Ve Ticaret Limited Sirketi
    Inventor: Hailil Aydeniz
  • Patent number: 9198537
    Abstract: In summary there is provided in one embodiment a quick-cook bean pot which creates an environment whereby beans cook far more efficiently than traditional methods. The constant low-temperature applied to the base causes the food to travel up the large, spherical cooking chamber toward the narrow, short cylindrical neck. At the short cylindrical neck, the (relatively cooler) beans encounter the relatively hotter beans that have traveled more recently from the base and the “cooler” beans travel back to the base which again heats them, sending a constant flow of hotter beans from the base through the spherical cooking chamber, up the cooler short cylindrical neck where the cooler beans settle and the cyclical process is repeated continually until the beans are done and the heat source is removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Inventors: Eliza Sproat, Tarik EL-Maraghy
  • Patent number: 9199760
    Abstract: The flat bottle includes a cylindrical body and a bottom closing a lower opening of the body, and is formed in a flattened shape in lateral cross-section having a major axis (La) and a minor axis (Sa). A bottom wall of the bottom includes a rising circumferential wall extending upward; an annular movable wall projecting inward from the rising circumferential wall in a bottle radial direction; and a recessed circumferential wall extending upward from the movable wall. The movable wall is movable around a connected portion with the rising circumferential wall. The length of the bottom along the major axis is 1.2 to 2.0 times the length of the bottom along the minor axis. The length of the movable wall along the major axis is 0.8 to 2.5 times the length of the movable wall along the minor axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: YOSHINO KOGYOSHO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Atsushi Nagaoka, Hiroki Oguchi, Tetsuo Takahashi
  • Patent number: 9194229
    Abstract: An apparatus for production testing. According to one aspect, the apparatus is modular and suitable for transport and assembly in the field. The apparatus comprises a platform and one or more pressure vessels. The platform includes a mounting bracket for the pressure vessel and the mounting bracket includes a guide mechanism. The guide mechanism allows the pressure vessel to be lowered into the mounting bracket and coupled to the platform for example using a load sling on a helicopter. According to another aspect, the pressure vessels comprise spherical containers and the spherical containers are configured to be heliportable to a field site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: C&J Energy Production Services—Canada, Ltd.
    Inventor: Larry James Heighington
  • Patent number: 9187232
    Abstract: According to an aspect of the invention, a latching mechanism/device is provided, as well as a method of maintaining a closed position between opposing first and second portions of a container. The latching mechanism includes a latch attached to the first portion and a latch keeper integrally molded to the second portion. The latch keeper includes an elongated keeper slot and a recessed pocket formed in the keeper slot, such that when at least a portion of the latch is received within the recessed pocket, the container is closed and/or sealed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: YETI Coolers, LLC
    Inventor: Roy Joseph Seiders
  • Patent number: 9185854
    Abstract: A configurable fluid retention apparatus includes a plurality of detachable panels configured to interlock with each other to form an outer structure of the configurable fluid retention apparatus, an internal bladder secured to at least one of the plurality of detachable panels, and comprising an intake connection, an outlet connection, and an air relief device. An intake valve is fluidly coupled to the internal bladder at the intake connection and configured to allow unidirectional fluid flow. Each of the plurality of detachable panels includes a plurality of interlock members and interlock gaps of substantially equal widths positioned along a perimeter of each detachable panel, a plurality of variable connection openings extending through the body of each detachable panel, and the orientation panel comprises an orientation portion comprised of two interlock members extending substantially perpendicular to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Inventors: Omar Galal, Tawfik Sharkasi
  • Patent number: 9187889
    Abstract: The invention relates to a tank (100) provided with at least one effluent-filling opening and at least two effluent-emptying openings, a bucket capable of tilting between a filling position, in which it can be filled with an incoming effluent through said at least one filling opening, and a discharge position, in which it can discharge the contents thereof through one or more of said emptying openings. According to the invention, the tank (100) includes means for modifying the position of the bucket (200, 200?) so as to change the direction thereof or to enable the replacement thereof with another bucket of a different type. It is thus possible to modify the effluent outlet direction by a simple change in the bucket position. It is also possible to replace a bucket with a bucket of a different type. In this way greater versatility of the adaptation to the connection of the tank on the installation site is afforded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignees: MAYA GROUP, PREMIER TECH TECHNOLOGIES
    Inventors: Yannick Juhere, Jean-Pierre Dautais
  • Patent number: 9190819
    Abstract: A fastener assembly for releaseably fastening a first body to a second body is disclosed. The fastener assembly has a manual rotating mechanism to permit closing of the fastener by hand. Once closed, the manual rotating mechanism is not easily accessible to the user by hand. A separate tool operating rotating mechanism is accessible by a tool when the fastening mechanism is in the closed position. The fastening mechanism can be used to fasten a lid to a box in which case the lid has a recess for receiving the manual rotating mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: IPEX TECHNOLOGIES INC.
    Inventors: David Gordon Jones, Richard Hugh Schlieker
  • Patent number: 9181001
    Abstract: A tamper-evident cap is disclosed having a circular closure member, a cylindrical annular wall depending generally from the periphery of the closure member terminating with a base and having a plurality of serrations, and a tamper-evident band circumferentially positioned around the base having teeth and attached to a portion of the base. The tamper-evident band may be mounted to the base by at least one of the teeth or attached by at least one of the serrations extending below the base. The interior and/or exterior of the cylindrical wall may be stepped. The tamper-evident band may have a groove between the teeth for retaining the tamper-evident band on a neck finish. A neck finish having at least one set of teeth and optional raised portions for securing the tamper-evident band in place is also disclosed. The neck finish may be stepped to correspond with a cap having a cylindrical wall with a stepped interior. A cap and neck finish combination for a container is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Omega Cap Solutions LLC
    Inventors: Luca Molinaro, Robert E. Crisci
  • Patent number: 9181026
    Abstract: A containment berm comprising a containment material that is configured to provide at least a floor and four walls of the berm, a plurality of brackets positioned on the floor and adjacent to the inside surface of the four walls, and a top rail. Each bracket comprises a vertical member, connecting member, and horizontal member. A first end of the vertical member is pivotally connected to a first end of the horizontal member at a first pivot point. A first end of the connecting member is pivotally connected to the horizontal member at a second pivot point between the first and second ends of the horizontal member. The top rail extends around a top perimeter of the four walls of the berm. Each bracket comprises a clamp portion that is situated on a second end of the vertical member and that clamps onto the top rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Custom Chemical Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Charles R. Laing, Ryan L Roemmich, Reuben J. Spomer
  • Patent number: 9181007
    Abstract: A can end for a beverage container has a center panel with a stay-on tab opening system. A tear panel is defined by a first frangible score and a non-frangible hinge segment. A tab is attached to the center panel by a rivet. The tab has a void region partially surrounding a rivet island. A first circle has a first center point located at a center of the rivet and a first radius equal to a distance from the center of the rivet to a radially outermost point of the void region on a first axis running through the nose and lift ends of the tab and a center of the rivet. A second circle has a coincident center and a second radius less than 2.5 times first radius. A second frangible score is spaced completely radially outwardly from the rivet island and between the first and second circles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Rexam Beverage Can Company
    Inventors: Randall Forrest, Michael Gogola, Derek Siegal
  • Patent number: 9174780
    Abstract: Disclosed is a single-piece container adapted to receive and secure an insert card. The container is a generally rectangular, relatively flat structure having an interior chamber defined by a top surface, a bottom surface, one open end, and one closed end. The container is formed from a blow molding process and adapted to receive an insert card. The container further comprises locking elements that work in cooperation with the insert card to secure the insert card within the interior chamber such that it can not be removed without manipulation of the locking elements. The material comprising the container can be a clear plastic such that optical scan codes present on an insert card contained within the container can be read through the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: WestRock MWV, LLC
    Inventors: John A. Gelardi, Elisabeth Gelardi, Ryan A. Bailey, Sara Falcon
  • Patent number: 9174776
    Abstract: A plug device is disclosed for snugly sealing material within a container. The plug device has a flexible, foldable, deformable plug body sized to be positioned within the container. The plug device also has a plug handle section with handles for facilitating insertion and removal of the plug body and for deforming the plug body out of an unfolded state. A first handle is attached to the plug body at both its beginning and end and along a radial axis of the plug body. A second handle, offset from the first handle, is also attached to the plug body at both its beginning and end and along the radial axis. The handles may be manipulated to deform the plug body out of an unfolded state. The manipulation, which may be twisting, squeezing, or using a tool, facilitates insertion of the plug body into the container and removal from the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Inventor: Andrew J. DeTolla
  • Patent number: 9168781
    Abstract: This device is comprised of a paint tray, a handle, an attachable and removable paint screen, a canopy, and ladder step hooks. The screen attaches to the paint tray, which allows painters to roll off excess paint from their paint rollers. The excess paint will drip through the screen and drain to the deep end of the paint tray. The canopy, handle, and attachable paint screen provide painters with an alternative option of using the device in a vertical position rather than a horizontal position. The canopy additionally obstructs paint from spilling out when a painter is dipping the paint roller in the paint at the deep end of the paint tray and prevents any remaining paint in the tray from being contaminated with debris. The canopy and handle also provide painters with an option of holding the paint tray and a paint roller in each hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Inventor: Greg Cooper