Patents Examined by Sandra M. Nolan
  • Patent number: 7083839
    Abstract: A laminate structure (e.g., hot or cold wrap) formed from outer substrates that are bonded together to form at least one pocket is provided. The pocket is separated by an inner substrate such that the pocket defines an upper pocket region and a lower pocket region, each of which contains a reactant. Due to the presence of the inner substrate, the reactants do not intermix prior to activation of the laminate structure. To activate the laminate structure, a tension force is exerted so that the inner substrate ruptures, thereby allowing the reactants to freely intermix and produce the desired result. For example, in some instances, the reactants undergo and exothermic or endothermic reaction so that the laminate structure may be utilized as a hot or cold wrap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2006
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey E. Fish, Michael S. Brunner, Naveen Agarwal, Laura Folkenberg
  • Patent number: 7067182
    Abstract: The passage of a container along a conveyor is lubricated by applying to the container or conveyor a lubricating coating that is thermally cured at less than 200° C. or radiation-cured. The mixture can be applied in relatively low amounts and with relatively low or no water content, to provide thin, substantially non-dripping, renewable lubricating films. In contrast to dilute aqueous lubricants, the lubricants of the invention provide dry lubrication of the conveyors and containers, a cleaner conveyor line and reduced lubricant usage, thereby reducing waste, cleanup and disposal problems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Assignee: Ecolab Inc.
    Inventors: Minyu Li, Robert D. P. Hei, Keith D. Lokkesmoe, Keith Edward Olson
  • Patent number: 7052752
    Abstract: A blow molding multilayered resin container used for holding contents containing an oxidation dye which comprises a moisture barrier layer having a water vapor transmission rate of 0.4 g·mm/(m2·d) or lower and an oxygen barrier layer having an oxygen transmission rate of 10 cm3·mm/(m2·d·MPa) or lower, the oxygen barrier layer being closer to the outside of the container than the moisture barrier layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2006
    Assignee: Kao Corporation
    Inventors: Mitsugu Iwatsubo, Yuuji Yamaguchi, Takurou Ito
  • Patent number: 7045183
    Abstract: The ease of opening of a tubular casing is facilitated based on a plastic film comprising three or more layers. The tubular sealed casing (1) for packaging the contents therein is based on a composite plastic film formed into a tubular form by bending the base film into a circular form, overlaying two edges of the bent base film, and heat-sealing the overlaid section so that a not heat-sealed section (8) will be left in an edge section of an upper film when the two edges thereof are overlaid on each other. The casing base film (2) is a composite plastic film comprising three or more layers. In this casing, the peel strength between the outer layer (5) and intermediate layer film (3) is set to a lower level as compared to the peel strength between the inner layer film (4) and intermediate layer film (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2006
    Assignee: Japan Patent Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hirozo Amano, Toru Abe, Keiichi Hayashi, Hirotsugu Fukumori
  • Patent number: 7018561
    Abstract: The present invention provides a beverage surfactant composition that includes a surfactant, a phosphonium compound, and a carrier; wherein the beverage surfactant composition exhibits stability as a solution or as a dispersion at a temperature of about 0° C. to about 8° C. The present invention also provides a container or a conveyor for a container having a surface that is at least partially coated with the composition. The present invention also provides a process for lubricating a container that includes contacting at least a portion of a surface of the container and the composition together. The present invention also provides a process for lubricating a conveyor that includes contacting at least a portion of a surface of the conveyor and the composition together. The present invention also provides a method for enhancing stability as a solution or a dispersion of a composition containing a surfactant and a carrier, involving incorporating a phosphonium compound into the composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2006
    Assignee: Ecolab, Inc.
    Inventors: Minyu Li, Kim Person Hei, Joy G. Herdt, Amy Haupert
  • Patent number: 7011872
    Abstract: A polymer blend for fabricating medical products having a first 1,2 polybutadiene present from about 1% to about 99% by weight of the blend and having a first melting point temperature; and a second 1,2 polybutadiene present from about 1% to about 99% by weight of the blend and having a second melting point temperature higher than the first melting point temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2006
    Assignee: Baxter International Inc.
    Inventors: Yuan-pang Samuel Ding, Birenda K. Lal, Michael T. K. Ling, Richard Mennenoh, Michael K. Oberhaus, Lecon Woo, Sarah Corbin, George Dillon, Dale Pennington, Chuan Qin, Patrick T. Ryan
  • Patent number: 6969545
    Abstract: A container for storing hydrogen comprises an outer shell having an inlet for inputting hydrogen gas and an outlet for outputting hydrogen gas. A thermally conductive liner which is a carbon foam coating lines the interior of the outer shell. An inner hydride core is in communication with the inlet and outlet for storing the hydrogen gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2005
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventor: Peter Finamore
  • Patent number: 6967059
    Abstract: A surface reforming method capable of efficiently carrying out a sustainable, even reforming treatment on a prescribed surface part of an element, a surface treatment liquid to be employed for the above-described method, and an element having a reformed surface treated by the above-described method. A part of the surface of an element is subjected to the reforming treatment by providing the object surface with a polymer, which is different from a constituent material of the objet surface and comprises a first part having a functional group and a second part having an interfacial energy different from that of the functional group and approximately equal to the surface energy of the object surface and orienting the second part of the polymer toward the object surface and orienting the first part in a direction different from the object surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2005
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Mikio Sanada, Sadayuki Sugama, Hiroki Hayashi
  • Patent number: 6960376
    Abstract: The oxygen absorptive resin composition of the present invention includes: a thermoplastic resin (a) having carbon-carbon double bonds; a gas barrier resin (b) having an oxygen transmission rate of 500 ml·20 ?m/m2·day·atm or less (20° C. 65% RH); and a transition metal salt (c). This resin composition and molded articles formed using the resin composition effectively absorb and scavenge oxygen when used to package products susceptible to degradation by oxygen, such as foods and drinks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2005
    Assignee: Kuraray Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shinji Tai, Hiroyuki Shimo, Masakazu Nakaya, Hideo Takamatsu, Mizuho Maeda
  • Patent number: 6955846
    Abstract: A web for the manufacture of fluid filled units with a novel machine and process is disclosed. The web includes an elongate heat sealable, flattened plastic tube comprised of face and back imperforate layers. The layers are imperforately joined together along spaced side edges. The layers include superposed longitudinal lines of weakness disposed generally transversely midway between the side edges. The web has longitudinally spaced, pairs of transverse seals. Each transverse seal extends from a respective side edge to an end near but spaced from the longitudinal lines of weakness. The transverse seal pairs include transverse lines of weakness extending from one side edge to the other generally centrally of each seal in a longitudinal direction. The side edges, transverse seals and lines of weakness together delineating two oppositely oriented strings of pouches with each pouch having three imperforate sides and a centrally located fill opening at its fourth side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2005
    Assignee: Automated Packaging Systems
    Inventor: Hershey Lerner
  • Patent number: 6951674
    Abstract: A combination of urethane polymeric components provides desired characteristics in forming medical instruments such as catheters and balloons for dilatation catheters. For example, a balloon material is formed form a blend of urethane polymeric components, including a first polymeric component having a first glass transition temperature and a second polymeric component having a second glass transition temperature. The first polymeric component can be branched or straight chain of thermoplastic polyurethane compound having a glass transition temperature polyurethane compound having a glass transition temperature higher than normal human body temperature. The second polymeric component can be a second thermoplastic polyurethane having a glass transition temperature equal to or lower than normal human body temperature. The polymeric blend can be heat treated to further enhance the properties or stability of the balloon material, including significantly increasing burst pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2005
    Assignee: SciMed Life Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Show-Mean Wu
  • Patent number: 6951340
    Abstract: Provided are a gasket member for a substrate-holding container which is little liable to contamination of the substrate materials contained with organic matters due to the low content of organic matters to be emitted as a gas still without decreasing the operability in opening and closing of the covering as well as a substrate-holding container by using the same. The gasket member for a substrate-holding container provided is formed from a thermoplastic polyester-based elastomer resin containing absolutely no softening agent and having a surface hardness not exceeding 80A by the hardness testing method specified in JIS K6301, of which the amount of gas emission as determined under heating conditions for 60 minutes at 80° C. does not exceed 10 ppm based on the weight of the material. Disclosure is given of a polyester-based block copolymer suitable as a molding material of the said gasket member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2005
    Assignee: Shin-Etsu Polymer Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tsutomu Suzuki, Chiho Seki, Hideo Kudo, Takashi Matsuo
  • Patent number: 6942909
    Abstract: A cling film system includes first and second film piles having different composition. Each film ply includes at least one cling layer and, desirably, one or more additional layers. Each film ply includes an overlapping portion and a second portion. The cling layer of the first film ply engages the cling layer of the second film ply in the overlapping portion of the first film ply and in the overlapping portion of the second film ply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2005
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Jack N. Shirrell, Patrick T. Rigney, Eldrige J. Presnell, Jeffrey G. Kellermann, Christopher Brunning, Xavier J. Maka, Guy L. Rosenthal, Chad D. Broussard
  • Patent number: 6939602
    Abstract: This invention provides a coated thermoplastic film label comprising a first skin layer comprising a thermoplastic wherein the first skin layer has a first side and a second side, wherein the first skin layer is voided and wherein the first side has an open-cell structure; a core layer comprising a polyolefin, wherein the core layer has a first side and a second side, and the first side of the core layer is adjacent to the second side of the first skin layer; and a second skin layer comprising a polyolefin, wherein the second skin layer has a first side and a second side, the first side of the second skin layer is adjacent to the second side of the core layer, wherein the second side of the second skin layer has a closed-cell structure and wherein the second side is suitable for a surface treatment selected from the group consisting of flame, corona, and plasma treatment; metallization, coating, printing; and combinations thereof, and an inorganic coating on the first side of the first skin layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2005
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Oil Corporation
    Inventors: Dennis E. McGee, Kevin A. Kirk, W. Robert Osgood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6939618
    Abstract: Various application are provided for an enclosure having a first wall and two or more second walls surrounding a cavity. The enclosure also has an inlet and outlet each in fluid communication with the cavity. The second walls each have at least a portion shaped such that a force acting on the first wall tending to deflect the element causes an amplified deflection of the second walls into the cavity. Such applications include a pump, a structure comprised of one or more enclosures, structural elements, and apparatus for storing and releasing energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2005
    Assignee: OmniTek Research & Development, Inc.
    Inventor: Jahangir S. Rastegar
  • Patent number: 6933027
    Abstract: A fluororesin coating includes in its surface (13) a fluororesin coating film (11) formed on a coating surface (6) of a metal substrate (6) forming a vessel (1). In surface portions of the fluororesin coating film (11), there are formed a plurality of compressed areas (15) arranged in distribution. Then, the fluororesin coating having the compressed areas (15) formed therein is provided on an inner face (2) of the vessel (1). As the surface (13) portions where the compressed areas (15) are present are smoothed out for obtaining gloss, deterioration of the mold releasing performance of the surface (13) can be prevented even in the event of insufficient heating during a drying process of the fluororesin coating film (11).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2005
    Assignee: Takehara Can Co., LTD
    Inventor: Mamoru Takehara
  • Patent number: 6929835
    Abstract: The present invention provides an anti-solvent laminate body baying an excellent anti-solvent characteristic when used in a solvent atmosphere or a manufacturing method thereof. In the anti-solvent laminate body used in a solvent atmosphere comprising a substrate portion or a manufacturing method thereof an which an electrostatic latent image developing toner is printed and a printing portion formed of the electrostatic latent image developing toner, wherein the electro latent image developing toner contains a binder resin which has a solubility parameter (SP2) which is different from a solubility parameter (SP1) of a solvent which forms a solvent atmosphere by not lees than about 5(MJ/m3)1/2 in an absolute value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2005
    Assignee: Kyocera Corporation
    Inventor: Yukinori Nakayama
  • Patent number: 6929841
    Abstract: The invention relates to a plastic-based composite product which consists at least partially of a plastic in which a material consisting substantially of particles is homogeneously embedded, which particles have tensile strength in at least one principal direction. The invention provides a product of the stated type which has the special feature that the particles comprise: small particles, in particular plates or fibres, with a random orientation and a length of 0.2-2 mm; and large particles with a dominant orientation, for instance 80-95%, of the said principal direction of the particles in a chosen product principal direction and a length in the particle principal direction of about 2-6 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2005
    Assignee: Tech-Wood International Ltd.
    Inventors: Dirk Van Dijk, Franciscus B. A. De Vries
  • Patent number: 6926938
    Abstract: The present invention provides a process for preparing hardshell gelatin capsule reducing the static electricity and enhancing the lubrication of film having good film distribution in capsule comprising the steps of: i) preparing an emulsion containing 0.4˜0.8 part by weight of diacetylated monoglycerides, 0.05˜0.1 part by weight of sodium lauryl sulfate, and 0.005˜0.01 part by weight of colloidal silicon dioxide; ii) adding the emulsion to gelatin solution containing 100 part by weight of gelatin; iii) mixing and homogenizing the resulting solution; iv) adjusting viscosity of mixture; v) allowing the obtained product to stand; and vi) forming a hardshell gelatin capsule therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2005
    Assignee: Suheung Capsule Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Joo Hwan Yang
  • Patent number: 6919111
    Abstract: An improved paperboard has been bulk enhanced by retaining a substantial portion of bulk-enhanced additives including expandable microspheres in a suitable distribution within the paperboard. The cellulosic paperboard web has an overall fiber weight (w) of at least 40 lbs. per 3000 square feet and, at a fiber density of 3, 4.5, 6.5, 7, 8.3, and 9 pounds per 3000 square foot ream at a fiberboard thickness of 0.001 inches, has a GM Taber stiffness of at least about 0.00246 w2.63 grams-centimeter/fiber mat density1.63, and a GM tensile stiffness of at least about 615+13.18 w pounds per inch. The high retention of the bulk enhancing additives is believed to result from the incorporation of suitable retention aids. The resulting paperboard has better GM Taber stiffness values and GM tensile stiffness than prior art paperboards. The paperboard also has increased strain to failure and is able to be formed into suitable paperboard containers without loss of integrity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2005
    Assignee: Fort James Corporation
    Inventors: Dean P. Swoboda, Anthony J. Swiontek, Timothy P. Hartjes, Kenneth J. Shanton, Erland R. Sandstrom