Patents Examined by Nathan Newhouse
  • Patent number: 8925795
    Abstract: A container having a locking closure and a method of forming the locking closure. The container includes bottom, side and top walls and at least one of the walls being an opening wall formed of panels which provide an opening to an interior of the container and which overlap to provide the locking a closure of the opening wall. In a closed condition of the container, a bottommost panel of the opening wall is partially overlapped by adjacent panels of the opening wall and a topmost panel of the opening wall located opposite the bottommost panel partially overlaps the adjacent panels and the bottommost panel. A tab of the bottommost panel is lifted upwardly to partially overlap the topmost panel to form the locking closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: York Container Company
    Inventor: Troy Little
  • Patent number: 8733602
    Abstract: A child carrier consisting of an adult harness and child harness. The adult harness has an adjustable adult belt with cooperating interlocking closure members to secure the belt around the waist of an adult and adjustable shoulder straps secured to the belt. In some embodiments one end of the shoulder strap is secured to the adult belt by a center strap, secured at approximately the center of the back of the belt, by an adjustable connector. The other end of the shoulder straps can be adjustably affixed to a connector strap that is affixed to said adult belt adjacent to said child foot support member. A child foot support member has a center brace and footrests, preferably hingably attached to either side of the center brace which is secured to the adult belt. The child harness consists of an adjustable child belt dimensioned to fit around the body of the child with releasable securing members at each end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Inventor: Brooke Bostic
  • Patent number: 8720761
    Abstract: The invention relates to a roof luggage rack (2) for a motor vehicle, comprising at least one roof drip molding (3) provided with a fastening device (5) for the detachable installation on the roof of the motor vehicle. It is provided that the fastening device (5) is a sliding fastening device (6). The invention furthermore relates to a corresponding method for fastening the roof luggage rack (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Hans und Ottmar Binder GmbH Oberflachenveredelung
    Inventors: Hans Binder, Ottmar Binder
  • Patent number: 8690033
    Abstract: A tank assembly is configured for attachment to a mount of a tire carrier of a vehicle. The tank assembly includes a hub reservoir and a flange reservoir. The hub reservoir radially surrounds a central axis and is configured for connection to, and being supported by, the mount of the tire carrier. The flange reservoir extends radially from the hub reservoir about the central axis. The hub reservoir and the flange reservoir cooperate to define a cavity which is configured for holding a volume of fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Streetcar ORV LLC
    Inventor: David Harriton
  • Patent number: 8596507
    Abstract: A storage apparatus for a vehicle may include a rear bumper having a back beam mounted under an inner space thereof, and a storage case provided in a space above the rear bumper, having a portion exposed to the outside formed so as to coincide with an outer surface of the rear bumper, and drawn-out/drawn-in by being slid to the outside in a state in which a load is supported above the back beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Seung Mok Lee, Nae Ung Jang, Hee Chan Yang, Dong Eun Cha, Nam Cheol Kim, Kwang Jae Choi, Jo Han Kim, Yong Won Jeong, Seung Hwan Lee, Cheol O Kim, Ki Tae Kim, Myung Eun Kim, Hun Soo Kim, Hoo Taek Cho, Jeong Ho Lee
  • Patent number: 8590758
    Abstract: An apparatus for racking a watercraft on a vehicle, in particular, a Recreational Vehicle comprising: a first end configured to engage a receiver hitch, wherein the first end accommodates a portion of a watercraft; a second end spaced apart from the first end, the second end removably enclosing another portion of the watercraft; and a connecting member connecting the first end with the second end. Also, a method for racking a watercraft on a vehicle comprising: providing a watercraft rack, the watercraft rack including a first end having a lower support frame, a connecting member connecting the first end to a spaced apart second end, the second end having an upper support frame; removably engaging the first end of the watercraft rack with a standard receiving hitch; accommodating a portion of a watercraft with the first end; and removably enclosing another portion of the watercraft within the second end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Inventor: Larry A. Gray
  • Patent number: 8459516
    Abstract: An attachment mechanism is described for attaching accessories to a stake hole in the sidewall of a cargo area of a vehicle, such as a pickup truck. The mechanism comprises of a base plate with a grove formed in the top of the base plate having the shape of an inverted T. An attachment plate having a connector, also having the shape of an inverted T, is attached to the bottom surface of the attachment plate. An attachment such as a tie down ring, a tie down anchor, a flag pole or tent pole holder or the like is attached to the top surface of the attachment plate. The attachment plate can then be attached to the base plate by sliding the inverted T shaped connector into the inverted T shaped groove in the base plate. Another attachment mechanism is described which can be used to attach accessories to vehicles without stake holes or to other regions of a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Inventors: Joseph P. O'Regan, Jack P. Oriente
  • Patent number: 8444046
    Abstract: Cartons have dispensing features that enable containers or other articles to be selectively dispensed from the cartons while preventing inadvertent escape of the articles from the cartons. A carton can have an exiting end panel closing an interior space and a dispenser pattern defining a dispenser having a bottom door extending across the exiting end panel. The dispenser pattern can comprise a plurality of tear lines that define a removable portion comprising at least a portion of the exiting end flap, the top panel, and at least one of the first side panel and the second side panel. The dispenser pattern further comprises a pivot line in the bottom panel, a first line, and a second line that are for enabling pivoting of the bottom door about the pivot line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick J. DeBusk, Jean-Manuel Gomes, Raymond Rudolph Spivey, Sr.
  • Patent number: 7367481
    Abstract: A vehicle roof rack assembly (50) including a pair of clamp assemblies (11) that secure a roof rack bar (10) to the rails (12) of a vehicle having a roof over which the bar (10) is extend. Each clamp assembly (11) includes a pivotally mounted jaw member (26) that co-operates with a jaw (16) to engage the vehicle rail (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2008
    Assignee: Roof Rack Industries Pty Ltd.
    Inventor: Anthony Barbara
  • Patent number: 7344055
    Abstract: A pivoting wheelchair backpack holder is provided. The pivoting wheelchair backpack includes a lever rod and a swing-out handle to move the lever rod, a frame moved by the lever rod, and a backpack attached to the frame. In its closed position, the backpack rests behind the user sitting in the wheelchair with the handle positioned flush to the side of the wheelchair. The user grabs the handle from its resting position, locks the handle into place against the lever rod, and pulls the handle to move the lever rod. The lever rod opens the frame, which then moves from the back of the wheelchair to the side of the wheelchair. A second hinged joint between the lever rod and frame allows the user to pull the backpack down toward the user. The user can access the backpack now at his or her side. The user can close the frame by pushing the frame back up, moving the handle in the opposite direction and replacing the handle to its resting position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2008
    Inventor: Chandler Matthew Macocha
  • Patent number: 7328824
    Abstract: A tower device for supporting a crossbar over the roof of a vehicle includes a tower body, a clip retention mechanism and a clip selected to adapt to a particular vehicle profile. Various mechanisms may be used to secure the clip to the clip receiving mechanism. For example, a lock body may insert through coinciding apertures in a clip and clip receiver. A spring retainer may slide into slots or grooves in the lock body to prevent the lock body from disengaging. Other mechanism employ lock mounts that pivot to swing lock bodies through apertures in the clip and clip receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2008
    Assignee: Yakima Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy C. Smith, Joseph J. Settelmayer
  • Patent number: 7316340
    Abstract: The present disclosure is an altered backpack, which allows the wearer to reconfigure the shoulder straps while wearing, swing the backpack around to the wearer's front, and access the contents of the backpack while still wearing the backpack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2008
    Inventor: Libor Marik
  • Patent number: 6644492
    Abstract: A container (2) and closure (4) arrangement where the container includes a closure displacement lever (16) to assist a user with removal of the closure. The lever is pivotally connected to the container at one end (20) and the other end (18) is free for manipulation by a user. In use, a skirt of the closure sits over part of the lever, so that movement of the free end of the lever in a direction away from the container exerts a force on the skirt to facilitate removal of the closure from the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2003
    Assignee: Viscount Plastics (NZ) Limited
    Inventor: Paul Bernard Mitchell
  • Patent number: 6491192
    Abstract: It is an object of the present invention to provide a roof carrier structure capable of reducing the amount of movement of a roof carrier for a vehicle during the rapid acceleration or deceleration of the vehicle. In order to achieve this object, there is provided a roof carrier mounting structure for mounting a roof carrier on a member to which a roof carrier is mounted of a vehicle, comprising a roof carrier; and an inclined portion formed on the roof carrier and inclined to gradually approach or move away from a member to which a roof carrier is mounted in a longitudinal direction of a vehicle for converting inertia force acting on the vehicle in the longitudinal direction into a fastening force for fastening the roof carrier to the member to which a roof carrier is mounted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2002
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Makoto Aki
  • Patent number: 6129268
    Abstract: A container has a sleeve-shaped container body part and a front wall. The discharge opening in the front wall is closed by a pull tab which is extended from the container body part for improved hygiene in the discharge area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2000
    Assignee: Ruediger Haaga GmbH
    Inventor: Werner Stahlecker
  • Patent number: 6116442
    Abstract: The tamper indicating closure disclosed herein is designed for use with containers having a threaded neck section and an annular bead or flange located below the threaded neck section. The tamper indicating closure includes a cap with a top wall and a downwardly extending annular side wall. The cap includes a thread on the inner surface of the side wall for locating the closure on the threaded section of the container neck, and a tamper indicating member is connected to the lower section of the side wall. The tamper indicating member includes an annular band with a plurality of upwardly extending locking tabs. A plurality of flexible hinges are used to interconnect the locking tabs and the annular band. The locking tabs are configured to react against the annular head or flange of the container neck to prevent the removal of the annular band from the container when the closure is in a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2000
    Assignee: Amcor Limited
    Inventor: Phillip Higgins
  • Patent number: 6102235
    Abstract: A paint container lid with integral, self-supporting paint roller tray including a planar lid surface defined by a peripheral border and including means for attaching the border in a sealing relationship to the upper boundary of a paint container, a first opening formed in the lid surface defined by a peripheral edge, a cover for the first opening having a planar first surface and an opposite, textured second surface, the cover pivotally attached along a portion thereof to the lid, means to attach the cover to the lid, the cover capable of first and second configurations with the lid, in the first configuration, the planar first cover surface is arranged in co-planar relationship with the planar lid surface when the cover is placed flat over the opening with the planar first cover surface facing upward, in the second configuration, the textured, second cover surface is arranged facing upward at an acute angle with the lid, the cover slanting toward the first opening, to act as a paint roller tray, and a suppo
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2000
    Inventors: Max M. Stern, Elyon Krok
  • Patent number: 6098830
    Abstract: A resealable flip-top beverage can lid has a lid having a rim disposed on the periphery thereof; a swinging seal positioned to seal an opening in the lid; and a tab rotatably attached to the lid with a rivet. The tab has a hole punching lip and an extended lifting section on opposite sides of the rivet. The extended lifting section extending at least to the rim and is shaped to cover and substantially seal the opening in the lid. While it is preferred that the seal be strong enough to maintain any carbonation within the beverage can, a weaker seal is also beneficial in excluding insects and preventing or limiting spills. The extended lifting section preferably further includes a rim locking section to locks onto the rim of the lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2000
    Inventor: Michael Jamieson
  • Patent number: 6089390
    Abstract: A container closer (10) particularly for use on screw top containers such as carbonated beverage containers, the container closure (10) having a generally cylindrical continuous tamper evident band (11) joined by a plurality of frangible bridges (13) to the free edge of a skirt (16) of the closure (10). The band (11) has a segmented internal rib (18) which engages an external retaining flange of the container when the closure (10) is applied to the container so that on removal of the closure (10) the tamper evident band (11) remains on the container or is visually clearly damaged by removal of the closure (10) from the container. The band (11) is provided with longitudinal reinforcement by projections (25 and 28) or other areas of thickening (26) to provide the band (11) with longitudinal stiffness while still permitting it to expand over the retaining flange on the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2000
    Assignee: Closures and Packaging Services Limited
    Inventors: Rodney Malcolm Druitt, Charles Martin Tansey
  • Patent number: 6085920
    Abstract: A childproof closure for bottles in general with easier operation and improved safety, including a hood, which can be rigidly coupled to a metal cap which can be screwed onto the neck of a bottle and the like, and an outer cap, which can be superimposed on the metal cap and the hood. Axial protrusions are provided on the base of the hood which can be detachably coupled to inner teeth formed by the outer cap. Elastic means are furthermore provided for axially spacing the bottom of the outer cap and the base of the hood and are suitable to allow the engagement of the axial protrusions and of the inner teeth in order to rigidly rotationally couple the outer cap and the hood when axial compression is applied to the outer cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2000
    Assignee: Phaba S.r.l.
    Inventor: Cesare Moretti