Patents Examined by Stephanie E Williams
  • Patent number: 9156596
    Abstract: A fluid dispenser head (T) for associating with a fluid dispenser member (P), such as a pump, the head (T) forming a dispenser duct (12) that communicates upstream with an outlet (S) of the dispenser member (P), and downstream with a dispenser orifice (31), the head (T) further including a shutter (2) for selectively closing the dispenser duct (12), the shutter (2) being movable in the duct (12) along a movement axis between a closed position and a dispensing position, the head (T) further including a thrust element (42) so as to thrust the shutter (2) towards its closed position, said dispenser head being characterized in that the thrust element (42) is movable substantially perpendicularly and tangentially to the movement axis of the shutter (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: APTAR FRANCE SAS
    Inventor: Francis Moreau
  • Patent number: 9145221
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a two compartment container, and more particularly, to a two compartment container for holding two fluids separate until such time as mixing is desired. A first compartment holds a first fluid. A second compartment holds a second fluid. A door separates the first compartment and the second compartment. A shaft holds the door in a closed position when the shaft is in a first position. A release component, coupled to the shaft, moves the shaft to a second position causing or allowing the door to move to an open position. The first fluid and the second fluid mix in response to the door moving to the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: La Prairie, Inc.
    Inventors: Anil Kalyanpur, Richard Suhr
  • Patent number: 9089244
    Abstract: A dispensing system includes a decomposition chamber having a catalyst for the decomposition of hydrogen peroxide. The hydrogen peroxide and a foaming soap are provided in separate first and second chambers of a product reservoir portion of a refill unit. Decomposition of the hydrogen peroxide produces oxygen gas and water that may be used as a propellant for the creation of the foamed product, or may be used to power a pump. Additionally, the oxygen gas may be used to power a scavenger for the creation of electricity for charging a battery within the dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Inventors: Robert L. Gray, Nick E. Ciavarella
  • Patent number: 9055844
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the invention provide a novel utensil for transferring ingredients into a container with a small opening and for minimizing ingredient spillage during the transfer. In some embodiments, the utensil comprises a hollowed-out scoop, a cover that folds over the scoop to cover ingredients in the scoop, a funnel through the bottom of the fold-over cover, a handle for orienting the scoop, a hinged element that is connected at opposite sides to the scoop and the cover at a scooping end of the hinged element and is connected to the handle at the other end of the hinged element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Inventor: Evan Eric Schuelke
  • Patent number: 9050433
    Abstract: A device for dispensing a substance having a dispensing outlet, a dispensing member mounted for movement in a dispensing direction U from a first position to a second position, such movement, in use, causing the substance to be dispensed from the dispensing outlet, and an actuator mechanism for moving the dispensing member from the first position to the second position. The actuator mechanism has a first member mounted for movement in a predetermined direction and a second member pivotally mounted on the first member for pivotal movement in a predetermined pivotal sense A. The actuator mechanism is adapted such that movement of the first member in the predetermined direction results in the second member moving therewith and pivoting in the predetermined pivotal sense and the pivotal movement of the second member in the predetermined pivotal sense results in the dispensing member moving from the first position to the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: Glaxo Group Limited
    Inventors: Ralph George Lamble, Allen John Pearson, Paul Kenneth Rand
  • Patent number: 9052228
    Abstract: A precision measurement dispenser provides for storage of a granular bulk material in a storage container that is preferably airtight. The granular material is held in a storage container which feeds a dispensing section that is preferably positioned within the storage container. The dispensing section selectively dispenses the ingredient by gravity to a weighting tray of a scale. The ingredient is dispensed by weight. The storage dispensing unit may also include a display and keypad for entry of a desired quantity of ingredient to be dispensed, and optionally which of plural ingredients to be dispensed. A controller can convert a requested volumetric measure to an equivalent weight measure, and dispense by weight in place of volume. The storage dispensing unit further optionally includes pressure control, temperature control, and/or humidity control on the storage container. The dispensing section uses screw, roll, vibration, or shuttle mechanisms for precise dispensing of material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Inventors: Nicole Sollazzo Lee, William Patrick Conley
  • Patent number: 9016522
    Abstract: The present invention relates to multi-compartment devices having a pre-applied dispensing element. The device is adapted for dispensing multi-component compositions that are kept separate prior to use. Supplying a pre-applied dispensing element facilitates and simplifies the dispensing operation during use and reduces the chance of misuse due to improper application of the mixing element, loss and/or damage of the component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Discus Dental, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Hayman, Eric P. Rose, William Landsman, John Raybuck, Marc Orloff
  • Patent number: 9010586
    Abstract: A cartridge for squeezing-out a cartridge content, like a cement, or a medical cement, having a cylindrical hollow space bordered by a cartridge wall, a feed plunger arranged in the hollow space to be mobile along the cylinder axis of the hollow space and abutting the cartridge wall, and at least one snap-in means for locking the feed plunger in place at the cartridge wall, to a locking device arranged on the feed plunger and comprises at least a snap-in means which is accessible from outside when the feed plunger is locked. The invention also provides a cartridge system with a cartridge for squeezing out content and a method for dispensing such cartridge content, preferably a cement, through the use of a cartridge of said type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Heraeus Medical GmbH
    Inventors: Sebastian Vogt, Tim Schnieber
  • Patent number: 9010583
    Abstract: An improved undercounter ice dispenser is disclosed that has a multiple piece auger made in sections for moving ice from the dispenser bin to its ice chute. The auger ice chute invention includes a sensor to reduce ice jamming and to detect when the ice chute is filled or needs filling and works in conjunction with a paddle on the auger to help make the transition. Proportional size ice quantities may also be selected via an interface and auger control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Cornelius, Inc.
    Inventors: E. Scott Sevcik, Dusan N. Ivancevic, Andrew J. Sanguinet, Thaddeus M. Jablonski, Andrew J. Tobler, Peter S. Tinucci, Vincenzo DiFatta
  • Patent number: 9010577
    Abstract: A fountain beverage dispenser for constituting a beverage by mixture of a beverage syrup and a diluent for the syrup is characterized by use of a highly concentrated beverage syrup supply and at least one diluent and syrup blending station for diluting the highly concentrated syrup with diluent before the diluted syrup is mixed with diluent in the final mixture of syrup and diluent delivered to a dispensing nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: IMI Cornelius, Inc.
    Inventor: George Harold Hoover
  • Patent number: 9010585
    Abstract: A dry ingredient dispensing unit includes a plurality of containers affixed to a sliding rail mountable to a structure such as a cupboard. Each container is configured into a hopper. A volume of a dry ingredient is loaded through a top portion of each hopper. Each hopper is provided with a plurality of sliding dispensing plates stacked on top of each other. Each dispensing plate is provided with a calibrated aperture to dispense a specific volume of dry ingredient when the plate is slid outward from the hopper. Further, the hoppers are interconnected to provide an assembly of multiple compartments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventor: Kenneth D. Schultz
  • Patent number: 9010584
    Abstract: A pump dispenser is intended for oral administration of medicines. A pump receives fluid product through a valved inlet from a container, preferably of the airless type with a follower piston. The dispenser may be a movable-nozzle or fixed-nozzle dispenser. The discharge outlet of the dispenser has a stub nozzle incorporating a closure valve. A spring urges the closure valve forward to close a discharge opening of the stub nozzle. The nozzle attachment is shaped for oral dosing and has an internal rearwardly-projecting actuating structure which, when the nozzle attachment is coupled onto the stub nozzle, pushes the closure valve open. When the nozzle attachment is removed the spring closes the outlet again. Child-resistant features are described for fitting the nozzle attachment to the stub nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Rieke Corporation
    Inventors: Brian Robert Law, David John Pritchett, Roy Cox
  • Patent number: 9004325
    Abstract: An ice dispenser for a domestic refrigerator includes a lever having a housing with a passageway defined therein and a flapper door configured to pivot between a closed position in which ice is prevented from advancing into the passageway and an open position in which ice is permitted to advance into the passageway. A linkage is coupled to the lever and the flapper door such that movement of the lever causes the flapper door to move from the closed position to the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin E. Licht, Garett L. Strandemo
  • Patent number: 9004321
    Abstract: A reusable pour-on gun system is disclosed that is comprised of a pour-on gun component that does not need an inlet valve, a cap assembly including a one-way valve system, the cap assembly adapted to be coupled to a liquid reservoir container, and a hose component coupled on one end to the pour-on gun component and on the other end to the cap assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Neogen Corporation
    Inventors: Kimberly Quinn, Mitchell D. Rivenbark, James B. Holland
  • Patent number: 8991649
    Abstract: A dispensing system includes a housing and a refill container carrying a dispensable material and received in the housing. A pump mechanism is coupled to the refill container and movable from a first position to a second position and back to the first position. An identifier is carried by either the refill container or the pump mechanism, and a detection device is carried by the housing. The detection device monitors a status of the identifier and allows operation of the pump mechanism based on a status change of the identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Gojo Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Jackson Wegelin, Christopher Cole
  • Patent number: 8991650
    Abstract: A stopper for being sealed between two sheets of a reservoir, including a body defining a front face, rear face, internal edge, and external edge. The body forms a dispenser orifice that passes through from the rear face to the front face, the front and rear faces defining front and rear heat-sealing zones for the sheets. The front face defines a fluid collection zone at the orifice and the rear face defines a fluid delivery channel that extends from the dispenser orifice to the internal edge of the body. A closure lid is provided, the lid connected to the base body via a hinge. The body defines tapering side edges where the front and rear heat-sealing zones are contiguous, and the front and rear faces are convex, to define a maximum thickness where the dispenser orifice, the delivery channel, and a fraction of the collection zone are formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Aptar France S.A.S.
    Inventors: Fabrice Perignon, Christophe Pierre
  • Patent number: 8978938
    Abstract: A portable chargeable spray bottle is disclosed comprising a body comprising an upper part and a lower part; a spray nozzle assembly equipped on the upper part, and a liquid charging structure placed at the bottom part. It is further comprises an exhaust structure comprising an exhaust hole penetrating the body, whereby exhaust air flow can escape via the exhaust hole to outside the bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Dongguan Yixin Magnetic Disk Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yi Ming Hui, Zhi Wang
  • Patent number: 8967430
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a tap assembly for dispensing fluids from a flexible film bag such as a “bag-in-box”. Known taps associated with such flexible bags do not efficiently dispense fluid from a bag which is partially collapsed and/or can damage the opposite wall of the partially collapsed bag. The tap assembly includes a body with a bore, an actuation member to cover at least a portion of the bore and a piercer which is configured to pivot within the bore and pierce and cut a sterility membrane positioned over an open end of the bore upon movement of the actuation member by a user. The piercer comprises a curved surface which functions to position the piercer away from the plane of the adjacent bag wall after initial piercing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew Nicholson Wrigley
  • Patent number: 8960504
    Abstract: A dispensing apparatus for containing a pressurized composition, said dispensing apparatus comprising: a reservoir for containing a composition; an actuator head comprising a side wall having an interior surface, said actuator head forming a dispensing orifice through said side wall; a displaceable flow conduit comprising a proximal end in fluid communication with said reservoir and a distal end forming a flow conduit orifice, said distal end being movably engaged with said interior surface of said actuator head; and an intermediate member interposed between said interior surface and said distal end and forming an aperture; and wherein said displaceable flow conduit is biased to an at-rest position and can be movably actuated to at least partially engage said intermediate member in a dispense position, thereby at least partially aligning said dispensing orifice with said flow conduit orifice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: The Gillette Company
    Inventors: William Mercer Benson, Andrew William Franckhauser, Todd Mitchell Day, Shaun Shang-Yun Chan, David Matthew Groh, Brian David Andres, Scott Edward Smith
  • Patent number: 8955722
    Abstract: An assembly (1) of a tapping keg (2) with neck (5) and a connecting device (15) for placement on said neck (5). In the neck is at least one valve (20, 22). The neck is provided with an outwardly reaching flange (8) with a top surface (14) and an inclined bottom surface (9). The bottom surface (9) is inclined with respect to the top surface (14). The connecting device has a substantially horse shoe-shaped connecting element (16), provided with a slot (18) by way of which the connecting element (16) is slidable over the flange (8). The side of the slot facing the bottom surface (46) during use comprises a lower surface (19) which is inclined at an angle which is at least virtually equal to the angle of inclination of the inclined bottom surface (9) and, in coupled condition, abuts at least against a planar central part (9A) of the inclined bottom surface (9).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Heineken Technical Services B.V.
    Inventors: Guido Petrus Johannes Van Der Klaauw, Bart Jan Bax