Patents Examined by Ro E. Hart
  • Patent number: 4194602
    Abstract: There is disclosed a convertible bag assembly comprising a bag body and a carrier in the form of a closed loop. The carrier includes a pair of handle segments and a pair of flexible support segments adjoining the handle segments in alternating end-to-end relation. The support segments are slidably carried by the bag body for movement of the carrier member between a first position in which the handle segments are retained in relatively close proximity to the bag body and a second position in which the handle segments may be extended upwardly from the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 1978
    Date of Patent: March 25, 1980
    Inventor: Herbert Allen
  • Patent number: 4194640
    Abstract: A closure structure for a vial or container, preferably of the two-compartment type, wherein lyophilized medication is contained in one compartment and a solvent is contained in the other compartment with a displaceable, moisture-proof plug disposed between the two compartments. The closure structure is comprised of a stopper which is partially inserted into the neck of a vial and is covered by a cap member having a fastening portion for securing the cap member to the open end of the vial neck and a sleeve portion of reduced diameter which snugly surrounds the protruding portion of the stopper and is disconnectible from the fastening portion in order to move with the protruding portion of the stopper into the neck of the bottle under manually applied pressure. A dust shield is secured to the free end of the sleeve portion and is preferably removed after which the needle of a syringe can be inserted through the stopper to communicate with the interior of the vial.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 1978
    Date of Patent: March 25, 1980
    Assignee: The Upjohn Company
    Inventors: Gary K. Crankshaw, George W. Braymer
  • Patent number: 4190171
    Abstract: A container closure is provided with internal threads which compensate for variations in the external threads of a container neck onto which the container closure is to be threaded. The container closure threads extend inwardly toward the central axis of the closure and, in the illustrative embodiment, define an angle of 30 degrees with respect to the central axis. The closure thread tapers inwardly as it extends toward the central axis and is generally flexible but is sufficiently rigid to prevent the lower thread from contacting an immediately higher thread during flexing of the threads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 1979
    Date of Patent: February 26, 1980
    Assignee: Baxter Travenol Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Lee K. Kulle, William L. Rudzena
  • Patent number: 4190170
    Abstract: A flat can of a size which will fit in a person's pocket which is suited particularly for snuff, but is adapted for use with other products. The can has a bottom wall and a cylindrical side wall, and there is a lid with a top wall and a downwardly-extending peripheral flange which fits snugly around the neck of the cylindrical side wall. The lid is held in place by circumferential rib structures, respectively on the outer surface of the neck of the side wall and on the inner surface of the lid flange. There are also vertical ribs on the can neck which extend upwardly from the peripheral rib and which provide venting when the lid is installed. The vertical ribs are in pairs spaced a short distance from each other and there is a gap in the peripheral rib on the neck between the bottom ends of each pair of vertical ribs. When the lid is being installed or removed, the circumferential rib on the lid flange rides upon the vertical ribs so as to facilitate the movement of the lid flange on the neck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 1979
    Date of Patent: February 26, 1980
    Assignee: United States Tobacco Company
    Inventor: Eugene J. Boyd
  • Patent number: 4188988
    Abstract: A sheet assembly for use as a multipurpose tote bag, comprising two layers of waterproof material partially sewn together to form a two-piece sheet formation with an unsewn opening at a top portion, wherein said two-piece sheet formation is adapted to be folded, in a first folding operation in an overlapping manner along vertical and horizontal axes, from predetermined folding points, to form a folded sheet formation in which the folded portions form a top opening and two inside portions of said tote bag, and wherein the folded sheet formation is further foldable in a second folding operation along a center folding axis forming the bottom of said tote bag and is adaptable for forming the tote bag by means of two pairs of fastener attachments sewn in parallel along the vertical axes, with the mating parts of each fastener attachment sewn in parallel and extending from the bottom to the top opening of said tote bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 1978
    Date of Patent: February 19, 1980
    Inventor: Ferenc I. Agyagos
  • Patent number: 4185747
    Abstract: Bottle stopper is provided with rupturable wall section which is placed under stress when the stopper is removed from the bottle but not when the stopper is inserted in the bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 1977
    Date of Patent: January 29, 1980
    Assignee: L'Oreal
    Inventor: Antonin L. Goncalves
  • Patent number: 4184527
    Abstract: A device for collecting oil floating on the surface of water which comprises a main body made of non-ventilative and flexible sheet material and transformable from a flat configuration to a three dimensional configuration and vice versa, a first nozzle with a valve operatively connected to the main body, and a plurality of hollow elements made of non-ventilative and flexible sheet material and adapted to cooperate with each other to forcibly transform the main body to a three dimensional configuration when compressed air or gas is supplied thereinto through a second nozzle with a valve operatively connected thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 1978
    Date of Patent: January 22, 1980
    Inventor: Akinobu Kawamura
  • Patent number: 4183443
    Abstract: A reusable cup cover having two separable parts for washing and mating in such a way that a segmented portion is slidably arranged to seal the top of the cup cover by means of a users thumb operation to enable the user to drink from the covered cup and reseal between drinks with a lockable tab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 1978
    Date of Patent: January 15, 1980
    Inventors: Lawrence T. DeParales, Edward P. Billitzer
  • Patent number: 4183441
    Abstract: A container for pressurized products wherein the container is formed of first and second container halves joined in a generally mid-height peripheral seam. Under abusive handling, the seam could open and a rupture type failure may occur. A shrunk plastics material film wrapper is applied along the central portion of the container in overlying relation to the peripheral seam and serves to permit controlled venting of the pressure from within the container in the event of such seam failure of the container per se.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 1978
    Date of Patent: January 15, 1980
    Assignee: The Continental Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul M. Erlandson
  • Patent number: 4182391
    Abstract: A combined golf bag and game equipment carrier is disclosed herein having a pair of elongated sections attached together by a common central strip and incorporating a zippered closure extending about the adjacent edges of the sections from one end of the strip to its opposite end whereby the sections may be readily opened or closed with respect to each other. Each section is box-like and is provided with internal and external pockets as well as tubular enclosures for storage of equipment and clothing useful in the playing of a game of golf. The sections are reversible when folded over upon themselves along hinge lines at their integral junction with the central strip so as to provide a first position serving as a golf bag carrier and a second position serving as an equipment carrier. Strap and handle means are provided for their respective positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 1978
    Date of Patent: January 8, 1980
    Inventor: Kenneth L. Kjose
  • Patent number: 4182458
    Abstract: A stopper for wine bottles wherein a right cylinder cork member is retractably retained as a closure in the neck of the bottle by means of a plastic crown member with a vented head and with anchor legs isolated from the liquid wine contents of said bottle, the two members being assembled as a unit with a retainer ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 1978
    Date of Patent: January 8, 1980
    Inventor: Milton Meckler
  • Patent number: 4180114
    Abstract: A flexible portfolio for flat planar objects such as works of art, acetate sheets, posters, pieces of paperboard or cardboard such as signs, illustrations, etc. The portfolio includes two rectangular flexible panels which are equal sized and in registration. Three edges of one panel are secured to the respective three edges of the other panel, i.e., the secured three edges are two end edges and a middle edge. One end of each end edge is contiguous with an end of the middle edge. A zipper having two discrete rectilinear stringers is mounted to one of the panels; the stringers are mateable when juxtaposed upon the deformation of the flexible panels into a cylindrical configuration. One stringer is mounted to the panel parallel to and spaced from the middle edge. The other stringer is mounted to the panel at a location contiguous with the middle edge. At least one flexible linear strap is mounted to at least the one panel so that the portfolio is portable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 1978
    Date of Patent: December 25, 1979
    Inventor: Diane Katz
  • Patent number: 4177905
    Abstract: A closure system is provided for a threaded container. A threaded closure cap has an annular skirt which engages a resilient gasket that is stretched over the bottle neck. The resilient gasket overlies a cap support flange which extends from the neck. Downward axial movement of the cap with respect to the container provides a vertical compressive force against the resilient gasket by the cap skirt. A heat shrinkable outer member surrounds the closure cap and provides a tamperproof seal with respect to the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1978
    Date of Patent: December 11, 1979
    Assignee: Baxter Travenol Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: David A. Winchell, Thomas A. Fowles
  • Patent number: 4176700
    Abstract: A flexible tubular casing article having an end closure comprising a base portion and a series of triangular flaps extending from said base portion, each of said triangle flaps having a common vertex and being folded, preferably in a common direction, over a portion of an adjacent flap, and anchor means for anchoring said flaps against at least a part of said base portion.A method of forming the end closure is also included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 1977
    Date of Patent: December 4, 1979
    Assignee: Union Carbide Corporation
    Inventors: Mark F. Mettler, Clifford C. Faust, Brant A. Loichinger, Walter T. Forrest
  • Patent number: 4175604
    Abstract: Tamper proof security mail and bag collection bag including front and rear wall panels and gusseted side walls wherein the mouth end of the front panel is reinforced with steel plates and terminates below the reinforced plated rear wall, and the latter has spaced clevis pins therein and a pair of foldable reinforced plated wing members formed thereon and foldable relative thereto, with the gussets, wing members and front panel having grommeted eyelets therein alignable with the clevis pins enabling the wing members to be folded inwardly and the mouth end of the rear panel and the wing members to be single folded downwardly over the front panel so that the clevis pins project through the eyelets and receive padlock means for securing the bag mouth and gussets in closed untampering position. The plates in the front panel are midway spaced apart and enable this wall to be moved outwardly, when unlocked, to provide a large fully expanded V-shaped opening for the entry and removal of bag contents therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 1978
    Date of Patent: November 27, 1979
    Inventor: Cletus D. Bonner
  • Patent number: 4175602
    Abstract: A frame for holding flexible bags to be opened and filled comprising bendable rods in continuous side frame formations. These side frame formations in one embodiment may be Z-shaped and are spaced with respect to each other and joined together by a telescopic rod at their respective lower foot extremities formed with aligned toed-in or inboard continuations of the foot extremities. The side frame formations at their respective upper top portions are each made with special forwardly extending arms provided with bag storage and holding formations. The bags to be supported on the arms include resilient and flexible material with stiffened portions in the form of an integral zipper around the opposed lip edges of the bag mouth. The relatively thicker lip edges are formed with spaced corner openings to mate with the free ends of the forwardly extending arms of the side frames of the bag support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 1978
    Date of Patent: November 27, 1979
    Inventors: Michael T. Cavalaris, Michael E. Spanondis
  • Patent number: 4174784
    Abstract: Provided is a device for preventing the inward deformation of a hollow plastic container which would normally inwardly deform after closure due to the cooling of hot liquids therein. The device comprises a membrane extending across the container spout for sealing the spout, which membrane is more flexible than the walls of the container, means for securing the membrane into sealing engagement with the spout, and means for applying the ambient pressure existing on the outside of the container to the outside of the surface of the membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 1977
    Date of Patent: November 20, 1979
    Inventor: Philip F. Hartung
  • Patent number: 4172534
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a container of blow molded plastic material which may contain a hermetically sealed biological. Attached to its outer side is an elastomeric diaphragm, adapted for cooperative use with a hypodermic needle as a self-sealing puncture site for injection or aspiration. The diaphragm may be protected by a storage cover which can readily be snapped off when the container is to be used. Also disclosed is a method and an apparatus for making the just described container with diaphragm and storage cover, in the preferred embodiment, as an assembled device, in a blow mold operation in which the container body is blown to fit against and lock to the diaphragm and storage cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 1978
    Date of Patent: October 30, 1979
    Assignee: Respiratory Care, Inc.
    Inventor: Orlando D. Cambio
  • Patent number: 4171717
    Abstract: A handbag whose exterior surface can be changed to display a selected color in order to match a particular ensemble. The handbag includes two opposed compartments which are hingedly connected to each other. Each compartment has a C-shaped sidewall with a top and bottom wall connected thereto. Spools are supported within each compartment adjacent the ends of the sidewall. A roll of material is threaded between the spools and passes around the exterior of the sidewall. By turning knobs connected to the spools, the material can be moved from one roll to the other roll passing around the exterior of the sidewall. The roll of material includes a sequence of colored sections, whereby a particular desired color section can be displayed on the exterior of the handbag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 1978
    Date of Patent: October 23, 1979
    Inventor: Charlie Fleming
  • Patent number: 4170316
    Abstract: The invention relates to a one-piece molded plastic over-cap, collar, container, or housing, of the type that preferably snaps down over or within an aerosol type spout or screws onto the spout, the over-cap differing from prior devices in that the resilient wedge projections extending about radially inwardly have upper-edge faces separate from and space away from and extending beneath the inner surface of the top horizontal inner wall of the cap device such that the molding process thereof and the resulting product from the molding process does not result in a top surface characterized by sink marks characteristic of prior art caps, the sink marks resulting from contraction of the cooling plastic of the respective wedge projections, the contracting plastic pulling downwardly on the top of the cap at the particular locations at which the radially inwardly wedge projections are in prior art caps positioned and integral with the upper wall, the present over-cap devices being free of such contraction-sink indent
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1977
    Date of Patent: October 9, 1979
    Inventor: Mannie LaBarbera