Patents Examined by S. Castellano
  • Patent number: 5351849
    Abstract: A container for storing free-flowing materials including an outer shell having serially connected rectangular shell panels with top flaps forming a top and bottom flaps forming a bottom. The outer shell has a rectangular cross section and includes a cut-out in a lower corner. The container also has an outer liner having an irregular octagonal cross section fitting substantially snugly within the outer shell, with an opening in the lower edge of the outer liner facing the cut-out. An inner liner has the same configuration as the outer liner and fits snugly within the outer liner. The inner liner includes top flaps at the top, bottom flaps at the bottom, and an opening adjacent the outer liner slot. Several reinforcing bands encircle the inner liner. A flexible bladder is located in the inner liner and has an inlet valve near the top and a discharge valve extending through the inner liner opening and retained by the outer liner opening. The outer shell cut-out is removable to expose the discharge valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 4, 1994
    Inventors: Eugene Jagenburg, Robert Jagenburg, Bruce Jagenburg
  • Patent number: 5351846
    Abstract: An improved collapsible sidewall structure for a stackable bin having a sidewall which is of a two-ply construction defined by inner and outer layers, each being extruded plastic layers having inner and outer sheets joined by transversely extending ribs so as to define elongated flutes or channels, with one of the inner and outer layers having the flutes projecting horizontally, and the other layer preferably having the flutes projecting vertically. The horizontally fluted layer also defines a corner hinge arrangement of the sidewall structure. The horizontally fluted layer, adjacent the free edge of the vertically fluted layer, is provided with an undercut slot projecting vertically thereof and opening inwardly for communication with the interface between the inner and outer layers. This slot has a vertically elongated reinforcing bar adhesively secured therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 4, 1994
    Assignee: Carter Associates, Inc.
    Inventor: Alan T. Carter
  • Patent number: 5351851
    Abstract: Containers including bottles of either cylindrical, rectangular or other geometric or sculptural form having at least one selected area of a sidewall thereof providing a depression or indentation to receive at least one article; solid, liquid, granular or other material therein. After placement of such article in this area, the article may be retained therein through adhesives or other adherents or the area may simply be overlayed with a covering film to retain the article. The covering film may simply cover this particular area and preferably would be clear over the area to allow viewing of the article or may include labelling materials which substantially surround the container with a clear area maintained over the indented or depressed area and similarly, the container may be silk screened or otherwise decorated with clear covering film being limited to the depressed or indented area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 4, 1994
    Assignee: Kablooe Products, Inc.
    Inventor: David A. Powell
  • Patent number: 5346091
    Abstract: A box includes an elongated surrounding wall and a plurality of trays. The surrounding wall has a plurality of interconnected vertical wall sections and two distal ends. Each of the vertical wall sections has an inner wall surface. Every two adjacent vertical wall sections are pivotally interconnected along a vertically extending fold line. The surrounding wall is movable between a folded position, wherein the vertical wall sections cooperatively confine an enclosure, and an unfolded position, wherein the distal ends are spaced apart from each other. Each of the trays has a periphery secured to the inner wall surface of a respective one of the vertical wall sections. The trays are superimposed and are disposed in the enclosure when the surrounding wall is in the folded position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 13, 1994
    Inventor: Wen-Hsiung H. Hsu
  • Patent number: 5335809
    Abstract: A heat-insulating container comprising a cylindrical container having a heat-insulating layer disposed between a metal inner cylinder and a metal outer cylinder; a synthetic resin inner case with a wide mouth, in the straight cylindrical container; and a cap for closing the upper opening of the straight cylindrical container. The cap has a heat-insulating plug member fitted in the mouth of the inner case, with a plug member having an inner surface provided with an engagement portion for abutting the upper peripheral edge of a large-diameter container placed in inner case and a recess of a small-diameter storage container placed in the inner case, the inner case having a bottom provided with an engagement portion, which abuts the lower peripheral edge of the large-diameter storage container and a recess for receiving the lower portion of the small-diameter storage container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 9, 1994
    Assignee: Nippon Sanso Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shoji Toida, Seiichi Ito, Hidetoshi Ohta, Isao Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 5335815
    Abstract: A method for mounting a tank in a compatible precast concrete half shell wherein the tank is supported on ribs at a spaced distance from the inner wall of the half shell includes positioning of the half shell by means of at least partially filled, flexible containers of coagulate material which are wedged between the container and the inner wall of the half shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 9, 1994
    Assignee: The Reinforced Earth Company
    Inventor: Allan H. Josselyn
  • Patent number: 5333750
    Abstract: The meter box has an inside wall defining a cavity and having upper and lower ends, with upper and lower openings respectively leading to the cavity whereby the cavity may receive a meter by way of the lower opening. An outside wall having upper and lower ends is spaced from and surrounds the inside wall. A receptacle wall is coupled between the upper ends of the inside and outside walls for receiving and supporting a cover. A flange is coupled to and surrounds the outside wall between the upper and lower ends of the outside wall. The flange has an upper flange wall coupled to the outside wall and a lower flange wall spaced from the upper flange wall. The outside wall has alternate inner and outer wall sections spaced from each other and having upper and intermediate ends respectively. The lower flange wall is coupled to the intermediate ends of the outside wall sections of the outside wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 2, 1994
    Inventor: Robert M. McKinnon
  • Patent number: 5333752
    Abstract: A storage container unit comprises an inner tank for containing a hazardous liquid disposed within an outer tank. The side wall of the inner tank is spaced radially inwardly of the side wall of the outer tank to provide an annular air chamber. The top wall of the inner tank has a radially outwardly extending annular lip which overlaps an annular flange on the upper edge of the said wall of the outer tank to close the air chamber. The outer tank and air chamber provide a secondary dike against the escape of hazardous liquid, and also prevents accidental contamination of the annular space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 2, 1994
    Assignee: Clawson Tank Company
    Inventor: Robert A. Harding, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5330068
    Abstract: A fuel closure assembly is especially useful in multi-layer fuel tanks. An opening in a fuel tank wall having an externally threaded nipple forms a planar sealing surface. An seal is centered about a radial surface of the nipple. A plate closes the opening and is retained in position by a threaded ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 1993
    Date of Patent: July 19, 1994
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Daniel M. Duhaime, Mark R. Henault, Daniel J. Kmiecik
  • Patent number: 5328049
    Abstract: This invention relates to a vivarium for keeping, raising, and/or observing animals or plants. The present invention provides a vivarium comprised of a generally rectangular tank having four side walls and a base. A pair of guide tracks extend generally along the upper edge of two of the side walls. A cover is provided which slides horizontally onto the vivarium along the guide tracks. A stop along one edge of the cover engages a clip, hanging over one of the side walls of the vivarium, when the cover is in a closed position. When the stop has engaged the clip, a locking pin may be inserted through the stop to prevent the unauthorized access to the interior of the vivarium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 1993
    Date of Patent: July 12, 1994
    Assignee: All-Glass Aquarium Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Gerald R. Ritzow
  • Patent number: 5323922
    Abstract: A collapsible, bag-like container, that incorporates the features of a rigid, free-standing container, with the flexibility and collapsibility of a bulk bag. Stiffening members are placed into pockets, created by sewing together two sheets of woven polypropylene. The stiffening members may be removed and placed inside the bag for shipping, and then installed in the sewn pockets to create a collapsible container, suitable for containment, and shipment, of bulk materials of up to seventy (70) percent liquid composition. The container side walls have flaps that can be folded onto the top of the container, and tied together with flexible tie elements, such that the container has a desired transverse reinforcement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 1993
    Date of Patent: June 28, 1994
    Inventors: John H. Lapoint, Jr., John H. Lapoint, III
  • Patent number: 5322178
    Abstract: A tub-type container having a one-hand operable latch includes a tub portion with an upper edge, a front wall, a rear wall and first and second side walls, the walls integrally joined to each other. A skirt depends from a peripheral edge of at least the front wall, and a forwardly projecting flange extends from the skirt along at least a portion of the front wall. The container also has a lid including a peripheral edge and front, rear, and first and second side portions corresponding to the walls of the container, the lid provided with a skirt depending from at least the front portion of the lid. The container is provided with a handle formation integrally formed into the skirt on the front side and projecting vertically above the peripheral edge, the handle formation being pivotable from a generally vertical closed position to a rearwardly projecting open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 1993
    Date of Patent: June 21, 1994
    Assignee: Plastofilm Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Douglas E. Foos
  • Patent number: 5322184
    Abstract: A package for pourable substances like liquids or loose fine granulates includes an inner plastic container holding the substance to be packed and a cardboard envelop surrounding the plastic container, wherein the plastic container is a thin-walled hollow plastic body made by a blowing process. The envelope, when set up as a package, is at least locally in contact with the plastic container and is fitted with apertures facilitating its holding the plastic container. The hollow plastic body has at least two straight surfaces substantially forming one edge, in which a region of the associated side has a recess, and apertures in the cardboard envelope formed as a supporting case correspond to the recess in the edge region of the hollow plastic body to provide a handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1992
    Date of Patent: June 21, 1994
    Assignee: Henkel Kommanditgesellschaft auf Aktien
    Inventors: Rainer Bergner, Hubert Droessler, Sieqfried Konkel, Volker Weiss, Paul-Otto Weltgen
  • Patent number: 5320246
    Abstract: A kettle is adapted for use on a narrow ledge of a wood, pellet, or coal burning stove or the like by flattening one side and providing substantially greater weight per unit area to the flattened side and bottom such that the center of gravity of the kettle is located in the vicinity of the juncture between the bottom and the flattened side. A spout for the kettle is adapted with an opening which points horizontally away from the flattened side to direct steam to a space in front of the stove and thereby minimize damage from steam otherwise rising directly upward and depositing moisture on adjacent or nearby stove pipes or parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 1992
    Date of Patent: June 14, 1994
    Inventor: Craig Issod
  • Patent number: 5320248
    Abstract: The mixing bucket and integral mold (10) has frustoconical walls (12), a bottom wall (14), a bottom rim (32) and top rim (24). A lid (16) closes and seals the bucket. A bail (28) is provided for lifting and carrying the bucket. A flange (38) that is integral with the bottom wall (14) and inside the bottom rim (32) reinforces and supports the bottom wall and forms a mold cavity (36). Agitators (60) each of which has a base, an integral post (68) and agitation surfaces (72) are attached to the inside surface of the frustoconical walls (12) along two helixes (62,64). The agitation surfaces are shaped and oriented to agitate and mix material when the bucket is rolled on its side walls (12). The agitation surfaces can be shaped and oriented to merely divide the material being mixed, to move material toward the lid (16), to move material toward the bottom wall (14), to move material radially inward toward the central axis (18) or to move material radially outward toward the side walls (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 1993
    Date of Patent: June 14, 1994
    Inventor: Hugh V. Jamieson, III
  • Patent number: 5320235
    Abstract: A disk-like support member is dimensioned to be attached to a spout end of a thermoplastic tube in snap fit engagement. A tear band is attached to the member periphery by weakened regions. A cap is hinged to the support member to close the spout. The tube has an annular groove. The tear band has a first rib which locks to the annular groove of the tube and a second rib which engages a recess in the cap to lock the cap to the tear band in a closed condition. The locking arrangement is such that the tear band must be removed to remove the support member from the tube or to open the cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 1993
    Date of Patent: June 14, 1994
    Assignee: Joyce Molding Corporation
    Inventor: Michael Joyce
  • Patent number: 5316163
    Abstract: A bottle top that comprises a tough plastic outer cap (11), a tough plastic inner cap (6) and a soft polymer stopper (4). The stopper fits inside the inner cap. The bottle has a bead (3) around its neck. The wall of the composed of several vertical strips (9). The strips are resilient radially outward and are held against the neck of the bottle by the outer cap. The bottom ends of the strips have a beveled-in edge (5) that engages the bottom edge of the bead, forcing the stopper against the upper surface of the bottle's neck. At least one area (8) of the inner cap's roof rips out. The outer cap has a hole over the rip-out area of the inner cap and screws over a thread (10) on the resilient strips that constitute the wall of the inner cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 31, 1994
    Assignee: Pohl GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Alfred von Schuckmann
  • Patent number: 5312013
    Abstract: A beverage container for use in a holder having an outer wall and an inner wall which form a space therebetween for receiving the base of the beverage container. The base of the beverage container includes a substantially vertical surface disposed inwardly from the container outer surface and extending upwardly from the container lower surface. When the beverage container is within the holder it is easily removed therefrom in a vertical direction without frictional resistance. When the beverage container is tipped within the holder, however, it is wedged between the inner and outer walls of the holder and thus prevents the contents from spilling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 1991
    Date of Patent: May 17, 1994
    Assignee: Aladdin Industries, Incorporated
    Inventor: John A. Bridges
  • Patent number: 5310080
    Abstract: Conformal fuel tank which includes an elongate, flexible or rigid, tubular member having a storage chamber therein. The tubular member is bent into a coiled configuration which can conform to a variety of irregular two and three dimensional shapes. Preformed saddle members are provided which include channel members thereon which receive bent portions of the tubular member and maintain them in a bent condition which corresponds to the curved channels. Cap members are provided on the end portions of the tubular members for closing the storage chamber, thereby enabling fuel to be stored therein. The tubular member may include an inner core made of a nylon monomer or copolymer, an intermediate layer around the core made of a fiber-reinforced composite material, and an outer protective layer of polyurethane or the like. The conformal fuel tank is particularly adapted for use in storing fuel such as methane or propane under high pressure in irregular spaces available in a vehicle or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 10, 1994
    Assignee: Atlantic Research Corporation
    Inventor: Irving E. Figge, Sr.
  • Patent number: 5310070
    Abstract: A biodegradable container baked from a waffle material is composed of a pair of half shells each of which has a pair of lugs for flaps engaging in recesses of the other half shell and formed with ribs along generatrices of the respective side wall having detent recesses engageable by bulges or beads of the recesses of the other half shell. Additional ribs can be provided for stiffening purposes. The container is useful for foods distributed at fast-food restaurants or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1992
    Date of Patent: May 10, 1994
    Assignee: Franz Haas Waffelmaschinen Industriegesellschaft m.b.H.
    Inventors: Johann Haas, Franz Haas, Franz Haas