Patents Examined by Mollie Impink
  • Patent number: 10717318
    Abstract: A universal paint brush holder for paint buckets has a paint brush handle bracket extending perpendicularly from a slide fit speed clip which is removably attachable to the rim of an open paint bucket. The device accommodates paint brushes and paint buckets of a wide variety of sizes. The paint brush handle bracket has two arms that extend from a base outward and define a nook in which a paint brush handle is retained. The slide fit speed clip is formed from a front guide extending down from the front of the base and a back panel extending downward from the back of the base. The paint brush holder has no moving parts and is therefore durable, long-lasting and inexpensive to manufacture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Inventor: Patrick Baker
  • Patent number: 10702033
    Abstract: A carrying case for a portable electronic device includes an adjustable viewing stand for supporting the electronic device at an angle selected by the user, the adjustable viewing stand comprising at least two panels hingably connected to one another and foldable so as to be able to reside inside the carrying case when the carrying case is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: R.D.S. INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventor: Richard D. Smith
  • Patent number: 10683162
    Abstract: A sludge digester including a vessel and floating cover. The vessel includes a sidewall and an interior volume configured to receive and contain sludge. According to one embodiment, the cover comprises a frame structure that is constructed and arranged to form a skirt member formed at a periphery of the cover and extending downwardly into the vessel, and a continuous ballast ring attached to a lower portion of the skirt member and configured to form a trough member with an interior surface of the skirt member. The sludge digester may also include a guide system coupled to the sidewall and the skirt member and configured to allow vertical displacement of the cover with change in volume of at least one of a gas and a sludge contained in the vessel beneath the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Evoqua Water Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Matthew P. Bronk, Douglas N. Muller, Thomas Mangione
  • Patent number: 10669084
    Abstract: An equipment locking system. The system includes a base container forming a partial enclosure. The base container including a bottom wall, a set of sidewalls, a rotatable anti-intrusion lid, and a locking mechanism that form a partial enclosure. The partial enclosure is configured to enclose a piece of equipment. The partial enclosure is configured to prevent access to the piece of equipment when the rotatable anti-intrusion lid is closed. Portions of the piece of equipment may protrude from gaps in individual sidewalls of the set of sidewalls. The rotatable anti-intrusion lid can be coupled to a sidewall of the set of sidewalls and rotated about the sidewall. Portions of the rotatable anti-intrusion lid can be inserted in the locking mechanism. The locking mechanism may restrict rotation of the rotatable anti-intrusion lid when the rotatable anti-intrusion lid is in the closed position, and the locking mechanism is in a locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Green Touch Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel J. Keegan
  • Patent number: 10667634
    Abstract: An article of tableware has a container portion defining a well, and a base portion coupled to the container portion. The base portion includes a foot portion and a hinge portion. The hinge portion includes a first hinge line and a second hinge line, and the foot portion is coupled to the hinge portion at the first hinge line. The hinge portion is pivotable about the first and second hinge lines such that the foot portion is movable between an extended position and a retracted position to adjust a height of the tableware article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Olababy, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Wang, Qiao Lin, Benny Sun
  • Patent number: 10653255
    Abstract: A container cap with integrated straw includes a cap body which carries a drinking straw and is attachable to a beverage container. The container cap engages a neck of the beverage container in a watertight seal to prevent spillage of the beverage from the beverage container during use. A cap retainer can embrace the container cap for enhancing the watertight fitting of the container cap against the neck of the beverage container. The drinking straw can include a distal closed end that opens in the event of user aspiration on the straw. The distal closed end can be provided on the straw or on a disconnectable straw extension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Inventor: Nicholas M. Trawinski
  • Patent number: 10654633
    Abstract: There is provided a pack (10) in the form of a stirrer for a hot or cold beverage. The stirrer comprises first and second films (13, 14) sealingly connected around a periphery to enclose a volume in which is disposed a liquid. The liquid is conveniently disposed in an elongate channel (15) formed in one of the films. Openable portions (17, 55) are provided at respective ends of the stirrer, one openable portion (17) allowing the liquid to flow out once opened and the other openable portion (55) acting as a vent. Each openable portion is opened by peeling apart the two films and has a stronger connection (52, 57) provided to limit the opening of the ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Meta4sys Limited
    Inventor: Martyn Sydney Wilford
  • Patent number: 10647496
    Abstract: A container apparatus includes a first container and a second container for receipt by the first container. A temporary seal is formed in part by each of the first container and the second container. The temporary seal maintains the second container in the first container. The second container is movable between a first position, in which the temporary seal is engaged, and a second position, in which the temporary seal is disengaged. A lid forms a sealing engagement with the second container to define a lifting mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Inventor: Pnina Alon
  • Patent number: 10647049
    Abstract: To guard against injury to persons engaging the trim edges of a hinged container, a protective flap extends from the lid on either end of the axial hinge. The flaps extend from the corners of the lid adjacent respective trim edges of the hinge. The flaps have a rounded bottom portion which is extended past the axial hinge line. The curved structure of the protective flaps helps to gently deflect objects, such as fingers, away from any sharply angled trim edges of the hinge, thereby guarding handlers from accidental injury.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Tekni-Plex, Inc.
    Inventors: Babu Kuruvilla, Mark A. Bergeron
  • Patent number: 10633170
    Abstract: A container comprises a housing 12 that comprises a box 14 and a lid 20 that is hingedly attached to the box. The lid 20 comprises a front wall 24 that has an inner surface 22, an outer surface 26 and a bottom edge. The box comprises a front wall 16 that has an upper edge 21 and an access region 62. At least some portion of the upper edge 21 of the box is formed by at least some portion of the access region 62. The container also comprises an inner package 30 disposed at least partially within the housing and at least partially defining an interior volume for housing consumer goods. The inner package 30 comprises a first layer 40 and a second layer 50. The first layer 40 comprises a flap 44 which is attached to the inner surface of the lid and is configured to be releasably attached to a sealing region 72 of the second layer 50 to open and close the inner package by opening and closing the lid of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventors: Arjen Hamilcar Slooff, Timothee Cailleaux
  • Patent number: 10625921
    Abstract: A spill proof integrated container having a flexible cover, a snack container, a beverage cup and a straw. The snack container is attached to the beverage container. The snack container has a straw port. The flexible cover is secured over at least the snack container and has a diaphragm with slit openings formed through the diaphragm in order to access a first compartment within the snack container. The integrated container being useful for carrying both snacks and a beverage, all within a single integrated container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: MUNCHKIN, INC.
    Inventors: Kevin Douglas Johnson, Mark A Hatherill, Mark Gerard Tebbe, Adlin Aslan
  • Patent number: 10604300
    Abstract: An engineered handheld bin system constructed of modular components. The bins can be selectively assembled to maximize the number of components within the bins. The bins are transportable on a skid. The bin system includes a wall member, a base, four corner members, and a frame. The four corner members releasably and interlockably couple the frame to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Evolve Packaging Solutions LLC
    Inventors: Elliott Eckert, Joseph D. Rotonda
  • Patent number: 10602818
    Abstract: A modular travel case for transporting items includes: a base having opposing side rails formed along sides of the base, the side rails forming elongate channels therein; a plurality of container modules removably secured on the base, the plurality of container modules having a base plate having a width extending across a width of the base such that sides of the base plate fit within the elongate channels formed by the side rails of the base, one or more containers formed on the base and extending upwardly therefrom, the one or more containers including an open end, and one or more caps secured to the one or more containers over the open end. Sides of the plurality of base plates slidably engage the elongate channels formed on the base. A spatula is located in a recess cavity formed in the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Inventor: Jennifer L. Kerr
  • Patent number: 10597209
    Abstract: There is provided a pack (10) for a product (12) which is sealingly retained in a volume defined by first and second films (13, 14) sealingly secured about a periphery. The pack has an openable portion through which a liquid contained in the product (12) can be dispensed. One of the films (14) has a pre-formed hinge (20) across at least part of the volume to assist folding of, and liquid extraction from, the product (12). The pre-formed hinge (20) may be in the form of a pre-formed fold line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Meta4sys Limited
    Inventor: Martyn Sydney Wilford
  • Patent number: 10575669
    Abstract: A container for holding a product such as snack food, wherein the container is transformable from a cylindrical shape to a bowl shape adapted to hold and provide easy access to the product. The container comprises rigid sidewall panels connected by frangible lines and a flexible inner sleeve adhered to the inner surface of each sidewall panel. Pulling outwardly on the sidewall panels transforms the container into a bowl shaped structure large enough to hold the product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Sonoco Development, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Edward Miller, Jamie Lynn Ackerman, Lawrence Robert Carpenter, Steven Kubilius
  • Patent number: 10577162
    Abstract: There is provided a pack (10) for a product (12) comprising a piece of fruit having a rind and a flesh portion containing a liquid in the form of juice. The product (12) is sealingly retained in a volume defined between two films (13, 14) which are sealingly connected around their periphery. The pack (10) has a first openable portion (16) from which the liquid/juice can be dispensed. The fruit product has one or more cuts (47) in its rind to facilitate the manipulation of the fruit to improve juice extraction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Meta4sys Limited
    Inventor: Martyn Sydney Wilford
  • Patent number: 10562701
    Abstract: A web (8) of cleaning products (10) and a method of manufacturing the same is disclosed. The web includes first (20) and second carrier (30) sheets and a plurality of pouches (50) containing a cleaning composition. Each of the pouches is disposed in a respective depression (26) formed in an upper surface (28) of the first carrier sheet. A first internal atmosphere (80) is enclosed within each of the pouches. The first carrier sheet is sealed to the second carrier sheet such that a second internal atmosphere (82) exists between the second carrier sheet and the plurality of pouches. The second internal atmosphere has a greater absolute pressure (P) than the first internal atmosphere so that the plurality of pouches and at least a portion of the cleaning composition in the plurality of pouches are compressed into the plurality of depressions in the first carrier sheet by the second internal atmosphere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: MONOSOL, LLC
    Inventors: David M. Lee, David Brian Edwards
  • Patent number: 10543964
    Abstract: A container includes a container body and a lid, which has an outer lid wall portion surrounding a central portion. The outer lid wall portion provides a lid-side sealing surface, which engage with body-side sealing surface, when the lid is applied to the container body to close the container. The container further includes a securing ring inserted within the outer lid wall portion. The securing ring having a lower portion and an upper flange portion extending from the lower portion at an acute angle (?) of less than 80° from vertical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: BALTIC PACKAGING A/S
    Inventor: Jan Mortensen
  • Patent number: 10543965
    Abstract: A child-resistant smoking article package 100 is provided which comprises a case 103 with an opening 104 that is adapted to receive a smoking article 102 and a cap 107 movable between a closed state wherein the cap 107 closes the case 103 and an open state wherein the opening 104 of the case 103 is accessible. The child-resistant smoking article package 100 further comprises a first releaseably engageable fixation member 108-1 and a second and third releaseably engageable fixation member 108-2, 108-3, wherein the second and third releaseably engageable fixation members 108-2, 108-3 are arranged on opposing sides of the child-resistant smoking article package 100. The first, second and third releaseably engageable fixation members 108-1, 108-2, 108-3 are adapted to immovably fix the cap 107 to the case 103 in the closed state and to release the cap 107 when they are simultaneously actuated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Fontem Holdings 1 B.V.
    Inventor: Thorben Rehders
  • Patent number: 10532866
    Abstract: A shaker cup is provided that allows a user choose when to blend a mix, within a pod, with a liquid. The shaker cup includes a lid which has a spout. The shaker cup includes a container which has a reservoir, which is able to hold a liquid. The shaker cup may have a pod placed within, which is sized and shaped to allow the liquid to flow from the reservoir around the pod, and through the spout. The shaker cup also includes a pod holder which has a pod holder mechanism that, in a first position, allows the pod holder to selectively retain the pod or, in a second position, release the pod. The pod holder further includes an actuating mechanism for selectively allowing the pod holder to move between its first and second positions. The container is able to selectively engage with the lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Inventor: Braxton Teague