Patents Examined by Nathan J. Newhouse
  • Patent number: 11684140
    Abstract: A hydration pack includes a main body, a strap, a bladder, a hydration tube, a first chain of magnets, and a second chain of magnets. The main body defines a storage compartment. The strap is coupled to the main body. The bladder is disposed in the storage compartment of the main body and configured to retain liquid. The hydration tube includes a proximal end coupled to the bladder and a distal end. The first chain of magnets is disposed on the strap. The second chain of magnets is disposed along a length of the hydration tube. The first and second chains of magnets are configured to connect by magnetic forces and disconnect by a force exceeding the magnetic force of the first and second chains of magnets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2023
    Assignee: Thule Sweden AB
    Inventors: Eric Hassett, Derick Noffsinger, Mark Thibadeau
  • Patent number: 11679723
    Abstract: A ladder is safely and securely transported on a work vehicle using a pair of stanchions spaced along one side of the work vehicle. Each stanchion has a lower base portion carried on one side of the work vehicle, and an upper pole portion insertable into a hollow rung of a ladder. In this fashion, a ladder, such as an extension ladder, is supported on only one of its side rails without the need for engagement with tensioned load straps. Because the stanchions and ladder are located on the side of a work vehicle, the ladder takes up no cargo space on the cargo area of the work vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2023
    Inventor: Robert H. Maxwell, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11673708
    Abstract: A corrugated fiberboard blank has a first section that forms a container and a second section that is receivable within the formed container. The first section can be singlewall board and the second section can be singleface board that is hingedly coupled to the first section such that the second section can be received within the first section when the first section forms the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2023
    Inventor: James D. Southwell
  • Patent number: 11673715
    Abstract: A card carrier includes a presentation substrate, a pocket layer connected to an interior side of the presentation substrate, and a notification carrier configured to fit within a receiving pocket. The presentation substrate defines a presentation address window. The receiving pocket is defined by the pocket layer and the presentation substrate. The pocket layer defines an interior display window configured for displaying card object data and is connected to the presentation substrate such that the interior display window is positioned in a top half of the presentation substrate. When the notification carrier is positioned within the receiving pocket, an address on the notification carrier is visible through the presentation address window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2023
    Assignee: Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
    Inventors: Rikuno Shimizu, Ifeoma M. Metu
  • Patent number: 11667428
    Abstract: A sheet packaging material for producing a sealed package comprises two first boundary edges parallel to a longitudinal direction and two second boundary edges parallel to a transversal direction orthogonal to the longitudinal direction. The sheet packaging material includes at least a bottom transversal crease line including a bottom central portion, a bottom end portion and a bottom side portion. The sheet packaging material includes a pair of slanted crease lines inclined relative to both the longitudinal and transverse directions. The slanted crease lines have first ends pointing to one of the second boundary edges and second ends pointing to a continuous line parallel to the transversal direction and including the bottom central portion and the bottom end portion. The slanted crease lines delimit, with the bottom side portion, a flap area of the sheet packaging material designed to form at least part of a lateral flap of the package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2023
    Inventors: Marcello Barbieri, Andrea Giampieri, Omar Succi, Carlo Forcellini, Luca Ronchetti, Lorenzo Zagnoli, Davide Morciano
  • Patent number: 11667431
    Abstract: A multi compartment package with slide openings for storing and dispensing two different types or flavors of solid pourable product such as candies or mints is made from a single blank having a number of panels extending lengthwise and all foldably connected. From the blank the exterior of the package is formed having a front panel and a rear panel, and the interior having two compartments. The front panel has cut outs for dispensing the pourable product, and the rear panel connects to package enclosure tabs. Each compartment has a detachably connected slide, and the slides are glued to the package enclosure tabs to seal the package. To open the package, the slides are detached and moved to expose the cut outs through which the pourable product is dispensed. Conveniently, if all the product is not immediately consumed, the slides may be closed to retain freshness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2023
    Inventor: David Todjar Hengami
  • Patent number: 11667429
    Abstract: A box is made by folding a sheet of material. Preferably, the box is formed by applying adhesive and folding using a machine, and a waterproof or water-resistant coating is applied to the sheet of material so that the box is configured for use as a cooler. The box includes: a storage portion, including a bottom panel, first and second end panels, and first and second side panels; four corner panels; and first and second top panels. The top panels include openings that register when the box is assembled and in a closed configuration to define an opening to be used as a handhold for gripping the box. Reinforcing panels of one of the top panels includes flaps located on an interior of the box that cover the handhold opening. The box further preferably includes a locking tab and locking panel for latching closed the top panels of the box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2023
    Assignee: BRRR BOX, LLC
    Inventor: Donn J. Costanzo, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11660995
    Abstract: A cupholder adapter configured for use with an existing cupholder on a vehicle is provided. The cupholder adapter includes a cylindrical cupholder having a hollow internal volume, a collar attached to a top portion of the cylindrical cupholder, wherein the collar includes a plurality of tabs extending perpendicularly into the hollow internal volume, and an adapter base coupled to the cylindrical cupholder, wherein the adapter base includes a plurality of legs configured to expand and retract such that the diameter of the adapter base is configured to expand from a minimum diameter to a maximum diameter. The plurality of tabs includes tabs of different lengths and widths which enables and accommodates wide, tall, and narrow beverage containers during vehicle use. The adapter base is configured to install into the recessed cupholder near the console of most vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2023
    Inventor: Benjamin Cook
  • Patent number: 11641931
    Abstract: An extendable and retractable coupling system is configured with a retractable coupler that is tethered to a coupler body to retain valuable item to a person or other item. An extendable coupling system has a dual coupler having a fixed coupler that is stationary, or configured on the coupler body and a retractable coupler that is coupled to the coupler body by a tether. The retractable coupler may be coupled to a valuable item, such as a mobile phone and the fixed coupler may be coupled to a person clothing, such as to a belt loop, for example. The user may then extend the tether to use their mobile phone and place the phone back into a pocket when not in use. The tether may prevent the valuable item, such as the mobile phone, from dropping to the ground and being damaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2023
    Assignee: MEA Ventures LLC
    Inventors: Michele Amoroso, John H. Phares, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11623782
    Abstract: A retail-ready container includes internal corner supports. The container is erected from a preassembly formed from a combination including a primary blank and a secondary blank. The primary blank includes a side panel, a bottom panel, and a top panel. The secondary blank is selectively adhered to the side panel of the primary substrate. Each of the side panel and the secondary blank include a plurality of sections connected by respective fold lines. Fold lines of the side panel are laterally offset from fold lines of the secondary blank so that unfolding of the preassembly yields the container with internal corner supports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2023
    Inventors: Troy M. Little, Thomas E. DeCello
  • Patent number: 11618607
    Abstract: A leak resistant bliss-type container comprising a first blank defining a bottom wall, opposed first side walls hingedly connected to longitudinal edges of the bottom wall and extending upwardly from the bottom wall, a vertical side flange hingedly connected to each of a pair of opposing lateral edges of the first side walls, and opposing bottom flanges hingedly connected to lateral edges of the bottom wall and extending upwardly in overlapping relation to the vertical side flanges. Second and third identical end blanks are provided, each end blank defining at least an end wall secured in overlapping relation to the vertical side flanges. A corner piece is defined by a web of material, each corner piece extending between a longitudinal edge of one of the vertical side flanges and a longitudinal edge of the bottom flange to define a leak resistant corner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2023
    Inventor: James William Sloan, II
  • Patent number: 11613322
    Abstract: An attachment apparatus and/or system for securely attaching objects to a bicycle frame having a transport platform that is attachable to the top of a bicycle rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2023
    Inventors: John Zappa, Marta Guerrero Merino, David Lopez Alonso, Alejandro Herrera Perdomo, Thomas Chiang, David Filicicchia, David Zappa, Mary Lubben
  • Patent number: 11603229
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a box having two chamfered corners. The box has a front and a back panel, two side panels and two corner panels. The box also has a top panel and a bottom panel. The top panel has two major flaps and two minor flaps with unique configuration which enables easy folding, closing and opening of the box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2023
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Jonathan Hodgetts, Carsten F. Neumann, Volker Quaas, Timo Teubert, Jutta Scherban
  • Patent number: 11597329
    Abstract: To my surprise Jeep-type door storage is not as versatile and accommodating as you would think. For as long as there have been Jeep-type vehicles with detachable doors, you'd think every storage problem would be solved, but it has not been-until now. The nature of my invention is to provide multiple ways of door storage for detachable Jeep-type doors through one storage system. It is made as simple as possible with all components concentrated to accommodate every thinkable way of storing detachable Jeep-type doors, using one single storage frame per door, that can accommodate multiple storage needs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2023
    Inventor: John W. Stump, II
  • Patent number: 11596143
    Abstract: A long-term outdoor storage container is provided to store items at a wildlife or game observation or hunting location, optionally adjacent a treestand or other elevated platform. The storage container can include a closure panel hingedly secured to a housing having integral legs that stabilize and/or space the container relative to a tree or other support, latches to securely close the panel relative to the housing, optionally in a waterproof sealed manner, an insert in an internal compartment of the container to stow items therein, and retention strap flanges to retain a retention strap that secures the container to a tree. The container can include flanges or loops to accommodate a lock and cable, thereby securing the container against theft. The container can include a display to display time, temperature, barometric pressure and other information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2023
    Assignee: Xtaris LLC
    Inventor: Benjamin R. Spencer
  • Patent number: 11584307
    Abstract: A hitch-mount bicycle carrier including a stinger, a support member coupled to the stinger by a variably configurable hub, a foot having a distal end disposed distally from the support member, and a manual actuator disposed at a distal end of the support member. The stinger is configured to be inserted into a hitch receiver of a vehicle. The support member is configured to be disposed in a plurality of orientations relative to the stinger. The support member supports one or more bicycles. The manual actuator includes a trigger coupled to the variably configurable hub to dispose the support member in the plurality of orientations. A portion of the foot is disposed below the trigger when the support member is in a bicycle carrying position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2023
    Assignee: Thule Sweden AB
    Inventors: Keith L. Prescott, Jeffrey R. Edgerly
  • Patent number: 11585484
    Abstract: This disclosure pertains to a unique, versatile article for providing both storage and display of clothing, headwear, and other items within the internal area of an automated vehicle. Such an article is symmetrical in shape with a three-dimensional configuration having two opposing ends with curved edges and a bottom portion extending outward and below a top ovate portion with four corner regions having leg components that incline upward. Such an article allows for placement of headwear, clothing, and other types of items over the ovate top portion with the inclined legs of the bottom extended portion present for retention thereof. Clips may be attached for facilitating such retention as well, particularly on the bottom portion legs. Such an article may be placed anywhere on and attached to internal vehicle portions, including a dashboard, windows, seat backs, and the like, utilizing adhesives, suction cups, and other means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2023
    Inventor: William Wooten
  • Patent number: 11578462
    Abstract: A paperboard structure including a paperboard substrate having a first major side and a second major side, a barrier coating layer on the first major side of the paperboard substrate, a top coat on the first major side of the paperboard substrate, wherein the barrier coating layer is positioned between the paperboard substrate and the top coat, and the paperboard structure providing a blocking rate of less than 2 at 50° C. and at 60 psi in a 24-hour period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2023
    Assignee: WestRock MWV, LLC
    Inventors: Jiebin Pang, Natasha G. Melton, Steven Parker, Teresa Krug
  • Patent number: 11564477
    Abstract: A portable cup holder contains: multiple placing sheets, a connection shaft, and a first carry strap. A respective placing sheet includes a receiving orifice defined on a first side thereof, and the respective placing sheet includes a rotating orifice formed on a second side thereof. The connection shaft is inserted through the rotating orifice of the respective placing sheet to rotate the respective placing sheet along the connection shaft, and the connection shaft includes a hollow orifice and a partition post horizontally extending in the hollow orifice. The first carry strap is formed in a ring shape and includes an accommodation space defined inside the first carry strap, the partition post of the connection shaft is received in the accommodation space of the first carry strap so that the first carry strap is connected with the connection shaft and is pulled to the partition post upward or downward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Inventors: Yi-Chun Chao, Chueh-Ying Huang
  • Patent number: 11565630
    Abstract: A long gun carrier rests on a vehicle seat, and is secured to the seat by a seat belt. A slated top of the long gun carrier slopes generally downward and forward. One or more gun-holding channels formed in slanted top, each configured to hold a long gun pointed generally forward and downward, toward the vehicle floor. The long guns may be secured in the gun-holding channels by strap assemblies. Long guns are conveniently placed into and extracted from the long gun carrier, held securely during transportation, and pointed in a safe direction during transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Inventors: Robert Neal Page, Charles Dunn Kim, Jihoon Kim