Patents Examined by Nova Stucker
  • Patent number: 5433331
    Abstract: The cap assembly comprises: a cap which when unscrewed causes a detachment or distancing of a safety strip from the cap; and a convex seal which, when the cap assembly is inserted on a bottle, is deformed by internal pressure in the bottle and guarantees a seal on an internal wall of a bottle neck, even when there are small axial movements of the cap assembly with respect to the bottle neck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 18, 1995
    Assignee: Bormioli Metalplast, S.p.A.
    Inventor: Emilio Morini
  • Patent number: 5429257
    Abstract: To assist a person having reduced manual dexterity in removing a twist closure from a container, the closure comprises a first tab extending upright from an upper surface of the closure to a height suitable to engage the forearm near a central portion of the ulna, and a second upright tab having the same height and being positioned on the upper surface to be on an opposite side of the forearm and longitudinally offset to allow the forearm to press against the tabs and provide an opening torque. A forearm of the person is positionable on the closure with the ulna of the forearm over the upper surface and the first and second tabs extending upright on opposite sides of the forearm, such that the closure can be opened by putting weight using the forearm on the upper surface with the container on a fixed surface and turning the forearm within the first and second tabs. No forceful digital, manual or carpal movements are required to remove the closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1992
    Date of Patent: July 4, 1995
    Assignee: Brian Greenfield
    Inventors: Brian Greenfield, Etienne Guay
  • Patent number: 5427260
    Abstract: A tamper-evident dispensing closure is provided with a base suitable for attachment to a container. The base has a deck defining a dispensing orifice and an anchor-receiving opening with an adjacent anchor-retention structure. A lid is provided to close the orifice and defines an aperture spaced from the dispensing orifice when the lid is seated on the base. A tamper-indicating element is provided with an anchor retained in the opening below the deck in the base. The element has a first segment extending from the anchor through the base opening, between the base and lid, and through the lid aperture. A second segment extends from the first segment and is disposed adjacent a portion of the lid to inhibit movement of the lid from the closed position. A first frangible connection joins the first and second segments at the lid aperture. Preferably, a second frangible connection joins the first segment to the anchor at the anchor-receiving opening in the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 27, 1995
    Assignee: Aptargroup, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce M. Mueller, William O. Rowlands
  • Patent number: 5423442
    Abstract: A cap structure having an elastic turnover cover. Body 1 of the cap structure is closed at the top of its first circumferential wall 2 with a cover 5 having a second circumferential wall 7 depending from the outer circumference of its top wall 6 by placing the lower end of the second circumferential wall 7 on the upper end of the first circumferential wall 2. The first and second circumferential walls 2 and 7 have their individual backs connected at their upper and lower ends by a hinge 10. The upper and lower portions of the backs of the first and second circumferential walls 2,7 are so connected through an elastic band 12 that the cover 5 can be opened or closed by the hinge 10. The hinge 10 is integrally molded of a synthetic resin at the back of the elastic band 16. This eliminates notches as a mold parting mark, which might otherwise be left in the cover when the cap structure of this kind is to be integrally molded of a synthetic resin in accordance with the prior art.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 13, 1995
    Assignee: Yoshino Kogyosho Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takamitsu Nozawa, Takaharu Tasaki
  • Patent number: 5421473
    Abstract: A plastics container (10) for hermetically sealed unrefrigerated storage of perishable food that is capable of retaining the hermetic seal during steam retort cooking and sterilizing at temperatures up to 130.degree. C. The container has a body (12) and cover (16) of a lightweight, disposable nature made from thermoformable plastics barrier sheet capable of prolonged resistance to transmission of oxygen, other gases and water vapor. The container and lid have flange portions (14, 18) that are retained in contact by an injection moulded thermoplastics reinforcing clamp ring in two pieces, a plug half (24) and a socket half (26) that twist-to-lock together in screw thread manner. The clamp ring parts are preferably of polypropylene and moulded with structural cross-sectional thicknesses (t1, t2FIGS. 4, 5) at least twice the thickness of that of the body sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 6, 1995
    Assignee: Radley Valley Pty Ltd.
    Inventor: Peter C. McCrossen
  • Patent number: 5421472
    Abstract: An insect-proof and tamper-evident cover is disclosed for a disposable, metal, one-time use beverage container. A lid, non-rotatably secured to the upper end of the beverage container, includes an opening with bars formed there-across, and with a plurality of cover-supporting bumps and a position-controlling groove. A rotatable cover is secured to said lid in a fluid-tight arrangement. The cover includes an opening with bars there-across, at least one finger-engaging member, a tamper-evident indicator, and a projection arranged to travel in the position-controlling groove of the lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 1993
    Date of Patent: June 6, 1995
    Inventor: Nicholas G. Beckertgis
  • Can
    Patent number: 5415313
    Abstract: A can for containing beverages. The can includes a sanitary beverage guider normally hidden under a can lid and jumping out of the cart lid when opening the can lid by pulling a handle ring along with an opening part of the can lid. The guider guides the beverages when drinking the beverages, thus to prevent the contaminants of the can lid from introduction into the human body and to achieve a desired good sanitary condition. The cutting line along which the opening part is cut off may remain a connection part at inside ends thereof, thus to still partially connect the opening part to the can lid when the can is opened by drawing the opening part. Hence, this can is thrown away under the condition that the opening part is not completely removed from the can body, thus to prevent the opening part from causing an environmental contamination and a wound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 16, 1995
    Inventor: Hong Sang-Seo
  • Patent number: 5415317
    Abstract: A gas migration inhibitor which lyes on a surface of a material to inhibit the migration of gas from the material. This migration inhibitor has a specific gravity of less than a liquid in which it is placed, floating on a surface of such material within a container in which the liquid material is held, and is non porous so as to inhibit the escape of gas from the material, or the evaporation of the material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 16, 1995
    Inventor: Ira V. Hager
  • Patent number: 5413235
    Abstract: The closure comprises a cap portion and a ring portion. The cap portion has a top wall and an annular skirt. The ring portion comprising an upper ring, a lower ring and a plurality of inwardly oriented wedges positioned between the upper and lower ring. The ring portion is connected to the lower edge of the skirt so as to be easily breakable. The plurality of inwardly oriented wedges are circumferentially distributed and spaced apart from each other between the upper and lower ring. Each wedge has an upper and lower edge connected along a thin folding lines to the lower and upper ring. Each wedge also has an inwardly and upwardly projecting apex positioned and sized to fit under the outwardly extending flange of the threaded neck portion of the container when the cap portion of the closure is fully screwed onto the threaded neck portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 9, 1995
    Inventor: Gilles Decelles
  • Patent number: 5405039
    Abstract: A can for containing a beverage has a cylindrical body, a top lid for forming an opening through which the beverage can be drunk from the can, a small tab having a finger-receiving hole staked to a central portion of the top lid with a staking member, and a line of weakness defining the opening. This line is in the form of a segment of a circle centered about the staking member. This segment is between an approximately semicircular segment and a 90 degree segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 11, 1995
    Assignee: Komura & Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masahiro Komura
  • Patent number: 5405044
    Abstract: A layered combination of porous material mounted over the edge of a drum to siphon water from the top of the drum over the edge thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 11, 1995
    Inventor: Donald M. Lee
  • Patent number: 5405031
    Abstract: A closure for a medicine bottle, the closure having a flanged cap for covering the bottle mouth and having in the region of its base a tear-out section defined by a weakened line. A cover having a front and a rear part connected by an articulation is disposed over the flanged cap. The front part attaches to the tear-out section of the flanged cap at a first attachment area. The rear part of the cover is connected to the flanged cap outside the tear-out section at a second attachment area. When the front part of the cover is lifted up, the tear-out section is removed to provide access to the bottle. If the front part is pulled even further, the entire closure can be removed with ease from the bottle, especially if weakened lines extending from the second attachment area are provided. The closure may also be developed as a medicine bottle closure with a sealing element through which a syringe may be inserted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 11, 1995
    Assignee: Firma Pohl GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Klaus Derksen
  • Patent number: 5405038
    Abstract: This device has three main components: a storage container, an air-tight lid and a pump for extracting air. The storage container is distinguished by a ring-shaped protrusion in the concave bottom of the container. This protruding ring is designed to fit tightly into a concave ring on the lid of another container of the same design. This feature enables the containers to be stacked conveniently on top of one another. The storage container is further distinguished by an elevated lip on the upper rim of the container, which forms an air-tight seal with the lid. The lid is distinguished by a vacuum valve containing two layers with several holes in each layer. The vacuum valve contains an umbrella-shaped silicon piece, which can bend upwards to allow air to be drawn out by the pump, but is restricted from bending downwards (which would allow air to enter the container).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 11, 1995
    Inventor: Hsiao-Cheng Chuang
  • Patent number: 5402905
    Abstract: A light-lock cap for protecting container contents from exposure to light. The cap has a labyrinth passage to allow liquids into a container covered by the cap and a labyrinth passage to allow gases to exit a container covered by the cap. The liquid passage has an upward facing inlet and a downward facing outlet. The gas passage has a side facing orifice on the interior of the cap and a side facing orifice on the exterior of the cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 4, 1995
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Michael E. Couch, William H. Mullen, Edward J. Verdouw
  • Patent number: 5402904
    Abstract: A reuseable lid for beverage cans which includes a cammed hinged flip lid (which is capable of being locked in place in an open or closed position) drip prevention lip protection shield, a release lever for greater mechanical advantage for removing the lid, and an integral grating which prevents insects and debris from entering the beverage can.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 4, 1995
    Inventor: William T. Close
  • Patent number: 5400915
    Abstract: A seal for a container is described for sealing a product viewing window. In one embodiment, an opening is formed in the lid of a container. A barrier layer of transparent film is adhesively secured to the inside of the window. An outer layer of transparent film is adhesively secured to the outside of the barrier layer and the inside of the window. A label having a window formed in its middle is adhesively secured to the outside of the window and to the outside of the outer layer of film. Variations of the seal are described as alternate embodiments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 28, 1995
    Inventor: Michael R. Kennedy
  • Patent number: 5398830
    Abstract: A closure system for a receptacle having a neck in which an opening is formed and provided with outwardly projecting external threads each extending between a first end further from the opening and a second end closer to the opening, the system comprising a cap having a side wall that surrounds the neck and that fits substantially snugly over the shape of the external threads thereof. The cap is made of a material that is elastically deformable, and at least some of the threads of the neck are spaced apart in pairs by a circumferential distance around the neck that decreases progressively between the first and second ends of the threads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 21, 1995
    Assignee: Etablissements Valois (Societe anonyme)
    Inventors: Olivier de Pous, Claude Jouillat
  • Patent number: 5397008
    Abstract: The present invention is a container and closure device, which includes the container, a collar ring and a cap. The container has a neck, an open top and a horizontal retainer track for affixing a collar ring thereto. The collar ring has a circular inside wall with a horizontal track for attachment to the track of the container so as to be horizontally and freely rotatable thereabout. The collar ring also has a top with a ledge thereon for frictionally engaging and retaining a cap, and has at least one cut out on the ledge to permit a cap to be inserted and removed from the collar ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 14, 1995
    Assignee: Ideal Ideas, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth P. Glynn
  • Patent number: 5397024
    Abstract: A container includes a top-open container body having a tapered top-flange around the top opening thereof, and a top cover having a tapered bottom flange fitted around the top flange of the container body, wherein the top cover has a stepped air hole and a push-button plug assembly mounted within the stepped air hole and pressed to control the passage; the top cover has a recessed retaining portion moved to engage with a raised retaining portion on the container body for letting air pass through air guide grooves on the top cover and container body into the inside space of the container body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 14, 1995
    Inventors: Ching-Lieh Wu, Jui-Te Wang
  • Patent number: RE34930
    Abstract: A child resistant reminder closure comprising an outer closure member having a base wall and a peripheral skirt, an inner closure member having a base wall and peripheral skirt with a bead on the outer closure member retaining the inner closure member against limited axial outward movement relative to the outer closure member. An assembly of a day disk and an indexing disk is provided in the outer closure member and is rotatable relative thereto. A first set of flexible radial ratcheting fingers extend radially from the day disk and engage radial lugs on the undersurface of the base wall of the outer closure member. A second set of flexible radial ratcheting fingers extend radially from the day disk and engage circumferentially spaced lugs on the upper surface of the indexing disk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 9, 1995
    Assignee: Owens Illinois Closure Inc.
    Inventor: Maximillian Kusz