Patents Examined by Robert Nichols, II
  • Patent number: 10242301
    Abstract: A dispenser with a replaceable cartridge containing a product to be dispensed, and a housing configured to removably receive the cartridge. The cartridge has a surface that is marked with a first marking, and the housing has a surface that is marked with a second marking. The housing is configured so that, when the cartridge is received by the housing, the first marking and the second marking together form a machine readable code that is detectable from outside of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: OP-Hygiene IP GmbH
    Inventors: Heiner Ophardt, David Duncan, Hendrik Ophardt
  • Patent number: 10233068
    Abstract: A volumetric displacement preservation system for preserving a volume of flowable substance in a vessel. A fluid exchange structure has a stopper, a head portion, and a fluid exchange valve with a first condition where fluid inlet and exhaust pathways in the fluid exchange structure are simultaneously closed and a second condition where the fluid inlet and exhaust pathways are simultaneously opened by conduit joining portions in the fluid exchange valve. A chamber retains a volume of preservative gas and is connected to the fluid inlet pathway externally to the vessel. The preservative gas can be supplied from the chamber into the vessel through the fluid inlet pathway as liquid is exhausted through the fluid exhaust pathway. The chamber can be replenished from preservative gas displaced from the vessel in a reverse volumetric displacement process or from preservative gas supplied by a preservative gas production canister.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Boston Wine Devices, LLC
    Inventor: Carlos Fernando Bazoberry
  • Patent number: 10232392
    Abstract: A sealant applying device and a working method thereof, and a sealant applying apparatus are disclosed. The sealant applying device includes a nozzle; the nozzle includes an air inlet portion and a sealant outflow portion, a switch plate is arranged below the sealant outflow portion, the switch plate includes a plate body configured to horizontally move between a first state and a second state, one end of the plate body is provided with a through hole, and a discharge portion is provided at a position corresponding to the through hole and on a side of the plate body facing away from the sealant outflow portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Inventors: Wenchao Feng, Xiaoqiang Zeng, Hongyu Zhang, Lei Xing
  • Patent number: 10226784
    Abstract: Fluid substance dispensing device including a dispensing button provided with a hole for tight coupling with a hollow stem of a pump or a valve, and a dispensing opening associated with a shutter that, at least when subjected to fluid substance to be dispensed pressure, translates in contrast to an elastic element freeing the dispensing opening. The shutter having at least one projection cooperating with mechanical opening element associated with the dispensing button. The opening element devoid of fluid substance passages and having a first fixing portion to the dispensing button and a second portion to abut, in use, a fixed part from which the stem extends. At least one elastically deformable part mutually interconnecting the first and second portions. An actuation lever extending from second portion cooperating with the projection to open the shutter when the second portion contacts fixed part consequently deforming elastically deformable part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: LUMSON S.P.A.
    Inventor: Matteo Moretti
  • Patent number: 10221007
    Abstract: An adaptor including a lower fitting including a central axial opening including a pin valve, a lower travel stop, a lower crimp ring seating surface, an upper fitting including a male thread, a seating radius configured to conform with a curled lip of the aerosol can, an upper travel stop, configured to contact the lower travel stop during assembly, an upper crimp ring seating surface, a crimp ring configured to rest between the lower crimp ring seating surface and the upper crimp ring seating surface and configured to compressed in the axial direction while simultaneously expanding in the radial direction during installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Air Liquide Healthcare America Corporation
    Inventors: Spencer Philpot, Roderic N. Uphaus
  • Patent number: 10203235
    Abstract: A device for measuring and dispensing predetermined volumes of dry powdered or dry granular materials, and methods for using the device are disclosed. The device comprises: a rotatable cap, a rotatable measuring cylinder, a rotatable cylindrical fill ring; and a base cylinder, such that the rotatable cap, the rotatable measuring cylinder, the rotatable cylindrical fill ring; and the base cylinder are mechanically or physically attached or joined, while preserving their operational, rotatable, releasable, or stationary functionality. A rotatable leaf partition and a blocker form a measuring volume between them within a predetermined volume from ¼ teaspoon (tsp.), ½ tsp, 1 tsp, or 1 tablespoon (tbsp.). A minimum measuring volume may be formed in a hollow cylindrical measuring compartment by creating a cavity that provides reproducible measurement of the granules or powders within +/?10% by volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Inventor: Betty A. Gottfried
  • Patent number: 10195624
    Abstract: A fluid dispenser assembly including a fluid dispenser having a reservoir forming a bottom wall. The dispenser assembly further includes a casing that surrounds the fluid dispenser at least in part, and that defines an insertion and extraction opening through which the fluid dispenser is insertable by sliding. The casing includes a blocker mechanism for blocking the dispenser in the casing, and an unblocker mechanism for de-activating the blocker mechanism so as to be able to extract the fluid dispenser from the casing by sliding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Inventors: Eric Bertrand, Fabrice Perignon, Thomas Reichle
  • Patent number: 10173813
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a flexible container. In an embodiment, the flexible container includes a first multilayer film and a second multilayer film. Each multilayer film comprises an inner seal layer. The multilayer films are arranged such that the seal layers oppose each other and the second multilayer film is superimposed on the first multilayer film. The multilayer films are sealed along a common peripheral edge. The flexible container includes an orifice in one of the multilayer films, and a pop-up spout extends through the orifice. The pop-up spout has a flange sealed to the multilayer film around the orifice. The pop-up spout comprises an ethylene/?-olefin multi-block copolymer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Dow Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Liangkai Ma, Jorge Caminero Gomes, Scott R. Kaleyta, Daniel Ramirez, Ronald K. Jenkins, Kevin L. Church, Jeffrey D. Zawisza, Sam L. Crabtree, Keith L. Kauffmann, Peter J. Schulz, John F. Kohn, Chad V. Schuette
  • Patent number: 10150127
    Abstract: The invention provides a dispensing assembly to dispense a foam, comprising: ?—a double cylinder element (2) mounted or to be mounted in an opening of a container (100), comprising a liquid cylinder (3) and an air cylinder (4), wherein the liquid cylinder has a smaller diameter than the air cylinder, and wherein the liquid cylinder and the air cylinder are arranged substantially concentrically, and ?—a piston assembly (10) comprising a liquid piston (11) and an air piston (12) for reciprocal movements in the liquid cylinder and air cylinder, respectively, and a common operating part for operating the liquid piston and air piston, ? wherein a liquid pump chamber (14) is at least delimited by the liquid cylinder and the liquid piston, said liquid pump chamber having a liquid inlet (15) and a liquid outlet (16), ? wherein an air pump chamber (25) is at least delimited by the air cylinder, the air piston and the liquid piston, said air pump chamber having an air inlet (26) and an air outlet (27), ? wherein the pi
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Twist Beauty Packaging Airspray N.V.
    Inventors: Marcus Cornelis Jacobus Tepas, Arjen Haisma, Peter Jozef Jan Albertz
  • Patent number: 10131484
    Abstract: A container (100) for isolating first and second fluids, such as beverage concentrate components, until dispensing is provided, as well as methods of assembly and dispensing. The container can have first (111) and second (113) enclosed bodies for containing the first and second fluids to be dispensed and an insert (130) directing fluid from the enclosed bodies, such as toward one or more valves or separate discharge paths (148a, 148b).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC
    Inventor: Piaras Valdis De Cleir
  • Patent number: 10117532
    Abstract: A pitcher for safely receiving, transporting and decanting a hot liquid includes a body with first and second openings, and a bottom cover removably attached to the body. An opening baffle near the first opening reduces the hot liquid flow rate through the first opening during decanting, and a funnel near the second opening directs the hot liquid through the second opening when receiving the hot liquid. The funnel directs the hot liquid from the second opening to the first opening if the hot liquid exits the second opening during decanting. The pitcher includes an elongated handle, a fin for dividing the hot liquid during decanting, and a scalloped outer sidewall for limiting contact with a user's hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Inventor: Earl Votolato
  • Patent number: 10105720
    Abstract: A tip for dispensing liquid for mounting on a container. A valve includes at least two elements that are mobile in relation to one another, each mobile element including a bearing zone against the other mobile element. One of the mobile elements bears anti-microbial material on or in the immediate proximity of a part of its bearing zone forming a blocking barrier and all surfaces of the dispensing tip in contact with the inside are free of anti-microbial material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Nemera La Verpillière S.A.S.
    Inventors: Thierry Decock, Guillaume Grevin, Xavier Julia, Gaëtan Painchaud, Thierry Rimlinger
  • Patent number: 10099913
    Abstract: A sump base dispensing system for dispensing a flowable material includes a bulk bin container having a bottom wall and a plurality of upstanding side walls foldably joined to the bottom wall to form an interior space. One of the plurality of the side walls includes a dispensing opening. A cassette is configured to be disposed into the interior space bulk bin container and is positioned within the bottom wall of the bulk bin container. The cassette includes a product bag having a respective inlet and outlet ports used for respective filling and dispensing the flowable material from the product bag. A sump base dispensing apparatus is configured to be attached to the product bag via a dispensing fitment so as to assist in removing the flowable material residual through the dispensing fitment by gravity force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Inventor: Elmar Oostveen
  • Patent number: 10093481
    Abstract: A discharge assembly has a flexible bulk container having a base and an outlet channel extending from the base and having an outlet at one end through which product is to be dispensed. The discharge assembly has a seat onto which the base of the bulk container is seated for a discharge operation, and a vibration unit for selectively vibrating the seat. The seat includes an outlet region through which the outlet channel of the bulk container extends when seated thereon, and the seat is configured for the base of the container to overhang a periphery of the seat when seated thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Inventor: George William Snape
  • Patent number: 10086394
    Abstract: A discharge device having an actuating handle, a first pump system for conveying a first medium and a second pump system for conveying a second medium. The actuating handle can be moved between an initial position and an end position. The first pump system includes a first pump chamber and a first piston arranged in a displaceable manner in the first pump chamber. The second pump system includes a second pump chamber and a second piston arranged in a displaceable manner in the second pump chamber. The first piston and the second piston can be displaced via the actuating handle in the direction of actuation, and the actuating handle and the first piston are coupled to each other such that the actuating handle and the first piston can be displaced relative to each other in a direction of actuation via a free travel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Inventor: Thomas Bruder
  • Patent number: 10070759
    Abstract: A dispenser includes a housing, a cartridge, and a pump assembly. The housing defines an internal volume. The cartridge is coupled with the housing. The pump assembly includes a tube that extends through the cartridge and into the internal volume of the housing. The tube includes a first inlet through which a first liquid is drawn into the tube from the internal volume when the pump assembly is actuated, and a second inlet through which a second liquid is drawn into the tube from the cartridge when the pump assembly is actuated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Kiat-Cheong Toh, Joseph Knorr
  • Patent number: 10035167
    Abstract: A valve arrangement for applying fluid media, in particular glue, to surfaces, comprising a plurality of individual modules detachably connected to form a row, wherein in the row and between the adjacent individual modules is respectively formed a dividing plane, in which the respectively adjacent individual modules bear one against another, and at least one dividing plane is assigned a heating member for warming the valve arrangement, preferably a plurality of or all dividing planes are respectively assigned a heating member, which is seated in appropriate, mutually opposing receptacles, arranged to both sides of the dividing plane, of the two adjacent individual modules, and cooperates in such a way with those walls of the individual modules which delimit the receptacles that relative movements of the two individual modules in at least one spatial direction are limited or prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Focke & Co. (GmbH & Co. KG)
    Inventors: Jan-Christian Walter, Marc-Daniel Stegen, Nils Neuhaus
  • Patent number: 10005602
    Abstract: A collapsible pouch (1) is provided with a closure assembly (10; 110; 210; 310; 410), which comprises a monolithic spout base and cap part (11; 111; 311) and a tubular inner part (30; 130; 230; 330; 430). The inner part comprises a fixation portion (31; 131; 331; 431) and a neck portion (32; 132; 232) and has been inserted into the spout base and cap part via the lower opening of the bore thereof in a pre-assembly operation prior to sealing of the pre-assembled closure assembly between the two walls (3, 4) of the pouch. The fixation portion is received and fixed in the bore of the spout base (12; 112; 212). The neck portion protrudes from the spout base into the cap cavity and extends to a mouth opening (34; 134) of the neck portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Scholle IPN IP BV
    Inventor: Peter Jan Van Der Molen
  • Patent number: 9987645
    Abstract: In an example embodiment, an atomizer for dispensing cleaning solution from a capsule is provided. The atomizer comprises a handle, a base, and a pipette extending from the base to the nozzle. The handle comprises a nozzle, a trigger, and a capsule receiving portion. The base comprises a reservoir portion configured for receiving cleaning solution from the capsule. The handle is configured to be secured to the base. When the capsule is positioned within the capsule receiving portion and the handle is secured to the base the cleaning solution is provided to the reservoir portion. When the capsule is positioned within the capsule receiving portion, the handle is secured to the base, and the trigger is activated, the cleaning solution is dispensed from the reservoir portion through the pipette and out of the nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Butler's Brand, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven C. Richman, David N. Youdovin
  • Patent number: 9981278
    Abstract: A liquid sprayer apparatus includes a multi-chamber spray mechanism, with at least one chamber being adapted to accumulate pressurized fluid for dispensation over an extended time period. The liquid sprayer apparatus is capable of emitting a liquid spray over a period of time that is substantially greater than a manual pump action applied to the trigger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Zhejiang JM Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Xufeng Tu