Patents Examined by Stephen Castellano
  • Patent number: 10266306
    Abstract: A hand-held vessel has a bottom wall, a sidewall and a supportive strap attached to the bottom wall and the sidewall. The bottom wall and sidewall have an inner and outer surface. The sidewall extends from the bottom wall, whereby the inner surfaces of the bottom wall and sidewall define a cavity for holding fluids or loose materials therein. The strap has a first end and a second end, whereby the first end is fixedly attached to the sidewall and the second end is selectively secured to the bottom wall. The strap is adaptable to accept a user's hand disposed between the strap and the outer surface of the sidewall. The strap urges the hand against the outer surface of the sidewall to secure the vessel to the hand and stabilize the vessel with respect to movement relative to the hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Bercom International, LLC
    Inventor: Mark W. Bergman
  • Patent number: 10246217
    Abstract: A drawn aluminum can shell has a peripheral crown which is double-seamed with an end portion of an aluminum can body to provide a can end having a generally flat center panel connected by an inclined curved or straight panel wall to an inclined inner wall of an annular U-shaped countersink. The countersink has an outer wall which connects with an inclined lower wall portion of a chuck wall at a junction below the center panel, and the chuck wall has a curved or inclined upper wall portion which connects with an inner wall of the crown. The chuck wall also has an intermediate wall portion forming a break, and the inner bottom width of the countersink is less than the radial width of the panel wall. The inclined upper wall portion of the chuck wall extends at an angle greater than the angle of the inclined lower wall portion of the chuck wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignees: Ball Corporation, Container Development, Ltd.
    Inventors: R. Peter Stodd, Jess N. Bathurst
  • Patent number: 10246222
    Abstract: A handle assembly for grippably engaging a container, and methods for making and using such a handle assembly, whereby the handle assembly is adjustable between a collapsed condition and an extended condition in which the handle assembly provides a grippable element for grippably engaging the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventor: Susan Francesca Hudachek
  • Patent number: 10246221
    Abstract: A container features a pair of stacking features on its top and bottom walls enabling a plurality of such containers to be disposed in a vertically stacked configuration. One of these stacking features is a protrusion with a tip spaced from an outer surface of the respective wall and opposite sides depending from the tip on either side thereof towards the wall's outer surface, and the other one is a groove with a base recessed from an outer surface of the respective wall and opposite sides of the groove extending from the base on either side thereof towards the wall's outer surface. The groove of one such container is thus arranged to matingly receive the protrusion of another such container so that the two containers are interconnectable in the vertically stacked configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventor: Dean Rowley
  • Patent number: 10239660
    Abstract: Three-dimensional structure is provided that includes an internal structure and an external structure configured to receive the internal structure. The internal structure includes a plurality of walls forming an accommodation opening and a magnetic element configured to be affixed or located within on the plurality of walls. The external structure includes a set of two surfaces having a first configuration of protrusions where the two of two surfaces are adjoining. Another set of two surfaces have a second configuration of protrusions, where the surfaces form at least one opening configured to allow insertion and removal of the internal structure. The set of two surfaces and the another set of two surfaces are configured for mating engagement with another external structure having substantially the same configurations, where the first configuration and the second configuration are configured to couple to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Comicave Studios Pte Ltd
    Inventors: Yeung-Ee Gan, ZhongYong Guo, Zheng Ning Goh, Ka-Wei Wong
  • Patent number: 10232703
    Abstract: A system for reducing fuel slosh noise in a storage tank is described. In one particular example, the system comprises a slatted baffle with angularly arranged louvers extending therefrom to reduce sloshing noise in the tank by redirecting fuel waves while preventing surface wave collisions in the tank. In this way, the louvered baffle has the ability to provide different fuel flows based on the direction of flow incident on the slatted baffle, which may enhance the driving experience, particularly in hybrid and start-stop vehicles, where periods exist in the drive cycle where background engine noise is absent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Dhaval P. Vaishnav, Maria Fernanda Maya Diaz, Mike Dong, Mohammad Usman
  • Patent number: 10227157
    Abstract: A plastic egg carton having features that enable aligning and stacking of multiple cartons for transport, and providing easy-to-view print and labeling areas in multiple directions. In one embodiment, the egg carton has a unique lid including a flat diagonal stacking panel (also referred to as a diagonal lid panel) that extends between two opposing corners of the rectangular shaped carton. The top wall of the diagonal lid panel can receive labeling or printing. The diagonal lid panel also includes a sidewall extending downwardly from the top wall toward a bottom perimeter edge of the lid, the sidewall having at each of the two opposing corners at least one flat side panel that can also receive printing or labeling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: TEKNI-PLEX, INC.
    Inventors: Babu Kuruvilla, Roger Lichtle, Mark A. Bergeron, Robert Andrew Eberle, Oleg Berger
  • Patent number: 10227159
    Abstract: A container (10) comprises a base (12), upstanding walls (14) on the base and a lid arrangement (16) pivotally attacked to at least one of the walls at a hinge (17). The lid arrangement is pivotally moveable about the hinge from an open position to a closed position. When the lid arrangement (16) is in the open position, the container (10) can be nested within a similar further container having a similar further lid arrangement, and the lid arrangement (16) can be received within the further lid arrangement in a nested condition of the lid arrangements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Inventors: Leigh Jowett, Matthew Bacon
  • Patent number: 10220978
    Abstract: The separable food container is a cylindrical device that is adapted for use in storing a foodstuff. The separable food container comprises a first tube, a second tube and a fastener. The fastener attaches the first tube and the second tube such that the first tube and the second tube are separable. The advantage of separating the first tube from the second tube is such that when a portion of the foodstuff has been removed, the fastener can be removed thereby separating the first tube from the second tube. By removing the portion of the separable food container that no longer contains a foodstuff, access to the remaining foodstuff stored within the separable food container is simplified. The separable food container comprises a first tube, a second tube, a fastener, a first cap and a second cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Inventor: Dominic Vicari
  • Patent number: 10208895
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are a pump tower installation structure of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) storage tank and a manufacturing method thereof. The pump tower installation structure of the LNG storage tank includes an adaptor disposed at a predetermined area of an opening portion formed at an inner hull disposed on an upper side of the LNG storage tank, and a cover having through-holes corresponding to pipes of the pump tower installed at the storage tank, and disposed at a remaining area of the opening portion to be connected with the adaptor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Heavy Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sang-Eon Chun, Dae-Jung Kim, Sung-Oh Park, Soo-Ho Lee, Ki-Hun Joh, Jeong-Oh Hwang, Chang-Seon Bang
  • Patent number: 10196168
    Abstract: A plastic container (1) is provided with a body (5) and a bottom (6) that extends from a lower end of the body (5), the bottom (6) including: a peripheral base (7) defining a bearing surface (8); a concave arch (10) that extends from a central zone (11) to the base (7); and a series of main reinforcing grooves (13) hollowed into the arch, extending radially from the central zone (11) at least to the base (7) and dividing the arch into a series of angular sectors (15). Where each groove (13) joins each sector (15) of the arch (10) adjacent thereto it is bordered laterally by a reinforcing rib (18) projecting in relation to the sector (15).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Sidel Participations
    Inventor: Ivan Pierre
  • Patent number: 10172487
    Abstract: One embodiment of an stemmed glass including a bowl having a rim, a bowl base, and a continuous bowl surface extending between the rim and the bowl base; and a stem having an upper stem end attached to the bowl and a lower stem end attached proximate a periphery of a planar foot, such that the stem, the bowl base, and the planar foot define a space to accommodate a second stemmed glass bowl.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Inventor: Gustavo A. Toca
  • Patent number: 10167591
    Abstract: A laundry hamper is adapted to contain articles of clothing in transit. The laundry hamper includes a basin with a bottom and four sides connected to a rounded upper lip. A first handle connection point is attached to the rounded upper lip proximate the first side. A second handle connection point is attached to the upper lip proximate the third side. A handle includes a first handle rotation attachment point is rotationally attached to the first handle connection point. A first handle riser portion is joined to the first handle rotation attachment point and a first handle rounded portion. A handle crossing portion is joined to the first and second handle rounded portions. A second handle riser portion is joined to the handle crossing portion and a second handle rotation attachment point. The second handle rotation attachment point is rotationally coupled to the second handle rotation attachment point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Inventor: Michael D Rodgers, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10160569
    Abstract: Disclosed are containers that can nest with one another at different heights between the containers based on a relative orientation in which the containers are brought into nesting engagement. Support features (e.g., arranged about an interior of a receiving container and/or about an exterior of a received container) may interact with one another differently based on the particular orientation (e.g., rotational alignment) in which the containers are brought together, which can cause the containers to be supported at different heights relative to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: George Diep, Christopher Albert Park, Curtis H. Nauseda
  • Patent number: 10159236
    Abstract: A beverage container useful for fishing includes a recessed channel for receiving and dispensing fishing line. The container with a fishing line spool is configured such that a hand-line-fishing device is provided without the need for a fishing pole. Optionally, the spool is removable from the beverage container body and may be rotatably mounted with respect thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Inventors: Matthew J. Grimes, Timothy M. Kneale
  • Patent number: 10151394
    Abstract: A leak patching system includes a container that may contain a fluid. The container is perforated such that the container has a leak. A first magnet is selectively positioned to engage the container. The first magnet magnetically engages the container when the container is comprised of a ferromagnetic material and the first magnet is aligned with the leak. A sealant is applied to the first magnet. The sealant seals the leak when the first magnet is applied to the container. In this way the sealant inhibits the fluid from escaping through the leak. A second magnet is selectively positioned to engage the container when the container is comprised of a non-ferromagnetic material. The first magnet magnetically engages the second magnet to retain each of the first magnet and the second magnet on the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Inventor: William Pittman
  • Patent number: 10143281
    Abstract: A modular organizational system for use in organizing a suitcase includes an insert portion having opposed top and bottom panels a pair of opposed side panels extending between therebetween. The panels of the insert portion have inner surfaces that define spaced apart grooves. A plurality of primary panels includes upper and lower edges selectively received in the plurality of grooves of the top and bottom panels, each primary panel having an inner edge defining a plurality of slots. The system includes a plurality of auxiliary panels, each auxiliary panel having an outer edge defining a slot extending away therefrom configured for mating with a respective slot of a primary panel, respectively. A plurality of pegboard panels are attached to inward edges of the top, bottom, and side panels, respectively, the plurality of pegboard panels defining a plurality of spaced apart holes suitable for hanging articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Inventor: Justin S. Gardner
  • Patent number: 10131465
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a container including a container body with a removable tray wherein the container can house at least two materials that must be kept separate until use. The container also may have upwardly extending fingers in the removable tray for securing a material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Inventors: Slawek Witkowski, R. Michael Schock, Laura Boatwright, Michael L. Thornton
  • Patent number: 10131498
    Abstract: A system and method for preventing leaks from rubbish containing liquids and noxious smells has an air-tight and water-tight reusable trash receptacle. The receptacle uses an inner ring and an outer ring to secure a trash bag. A gasketed lid provides a seal when the lid is engaged with the outer ring. A fabric cover attaches to the outer ring and protects and hides the trash bag held within.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Inventor: Ed Schairbaum
  • Patent number: 10118727
    Abstract: A container having an interior, comprising a base and four walls. One of the walls having an opening allowing access to the interior. The one of the walls having an at least one catch along a lateral side disposed a wall intermediate location. A door having a rigid upper portion and a rigid lower portion coupled together by a first hinge at a door intermediate location which is positioned at or above the wall intermediate location. The door having at least one rigid latch extending from the upper portion to a location below the door intermediate location when the door is in an unflexed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Inventors: Donald E. Wilcox, Charles S. Arena