Patents Examined by Stephen J. Castellano
  • Patent number: 11565847
    Abstract: A storage device includes a base, and a number of side panels selectively coupled to the base. Each of the side panels include a protrusion. The base includes a number of voids defined therein. The protrusions, once inserted into the voids, restrict movement of the side panels relative to the base in at least two coordinate directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: Brian Matthew Sneddon
    Inventor: Brian Matthew Sneddon
  • Patent number: 11564519
    Abstract: An automatic self-adjusting beverage container receptacle has a plurality of handles for the end-user to stabilize the receptacle in operation. The receptacle contains a plurality of parallel polygons of flexible bands inside the receptacle that permit a caregiver to easily and quickly insert a beverage container. The bands also stabilize and grip the container in operation to prevent it from shifting or falling out when the receptacle is lifted and tilted by the end user in consuming the beverage. An accessory mounting system permits the rapid attachment of accessories in a temporary, semi-permanent, or permanent fashion, making each receptacle assembly customizable for individual users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Inventor: Matthew D. Mills
  • Patent number: 11555643
    Abstract: A refrigerator cabinet is provided. The refrigerator cabinet includes an inner liner and an external wrapper. The inner liner is positioned within the external wrapper such that a gap is defined between the external wrapper and inner liner. A first insulator is positioned within the gap, and a second insulator is positioned within the gap. A pressure within the gap is below about 1000 Pa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Paul B. Allard, Abhay Naik
  • Patent number: 11549645
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a cryogenic vessel (300a, 300b) having an inner container (301), an outer container (302), an intermediate space (303) between the inner container (301) and the outer container (302) which can be evacuated, and having at least one fluid distribution container (200), which has an internal volume which extends proceeding from one wall of the inner container (301) into the intermediate space (303), is arranged at least partially within the intermediate space (303) and is fluidically connected to the inner container (301), wherein the internal volume of the fluid distribution container (200) is delimited by a wall which has openings (211, 212, 213) that are designed for the connection of one line (311, 312, 313) each or are each connected with one such line (311, 312, 313). The wall (121, 221) has a convex section (101, 201), wherein a wall thickness of the wall at at least one point is less than 90% of a wall thickness of the inner container (301).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: Linde GmbH
    Inventor: Florian Ehegartner
  • Patent number: 11548375
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a flange that includes a base region, a raised region, and a sloped region there between. The sloped region includes concave and convex curved regions positioned in a plane parallel to an elongate axis of the flange, and concave and convex curved regions positioned in a plane perpendicular to the elongate axis of the flange so as to reduce stress within and fatigue failures of the flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Inventors: Daniel Ray Enyeart, Evan Waymire
  • Patent number: 11543172
    Abstract: A refrigerating appliance includes an inner liner, an outer wrapper and a trim breaker extending between the inner liner and the outer wrapper to define an insulating cavity therebetween. The trim breaker includes a liner portion coupled with the inner liner, a wrapper portion coupled to the outer wrapper and an outer glazing member that extends between the liner and wrapper portions. An external surface of the outer glazing member defines a contact surface that is configured to receive a seal of an operable panel in a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: Aaron M. Stewart
  • Patent number: 11543077
    Abstract: A pressure vessel can include a liner having a cylindrical section and a pair of dome sections; and a reinforcement layer constituted by a fiber-reinforced resin material and formed on the outside of the liner. The pressure vessel's reinforcement layer can include protruding sections formed so as to protrude at the dome sections by high-angle helical winding; and a central section formed by hoop winding which spans the area between each peak of the pair of protruding sections, or by approximate hoop winding in which winding is carried out at a higher angle than the high-angle helical winding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Inventor: Wataru Iwase
  • Patent number: 11539196
    Abstract: An electrical outlet cover with a lid having an adjustable enclosure. The electrical outlet cover includes a base coupled to an electrical outlet and a hinged lid. The lid includes a frame with a central aperture and a telescoping enclosure with a flange at a front edge of a sleeve, the flange extending outward from the sleeve. The sleeve may include a ledge extending outward from the sleeve adjacent a back edge of the sleeve on at least two sides of the sleeve. The sleeve is slidably coupled within the central aperture and movable between an expanded position and a collapsed position. A front surface of the sleeve enclosure may include a window that extends forward of the sleeve walls and may further bulge forward of the front surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Inventors: Jeffrey P. Baldwin, John E. Klein
  • Patent number: 11530081
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a rigid plastics-material internal container (12) from a thermoplastic plastics material for a pallet container (10) or a similar large-volume retainer for storing and for transporting liquid or free-flowing filling materials, having a flexible inliner (28) from a thin-walled plastics-material or composite-material film that is inserted into the rigid plastics-material internal container (12). For filling and removal at the base, the thin-walled inliner (28) at the base side has at least one filling and removal connector (42), said filling and removal connector (42) at the front being fixedly welded into a corresponding filling and removal connector (32) at the base side of the rigid plastics-material internal container (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2022
    Inventor: Detlev Weyrauch
  • Patent number: 11518236
    Abstract: A device for reinforcing vehicle fuel tank improves a structure of a rigid reinforcement pillar mounted in an enclosed fuel tank by maintaining stiffness of the reinforcement pillar in a state in which the fuel tank is under positive pressure and an engine negative pressure acts thereon as well as inducing breakage of the reinforcement pillar when a large impact applies, such as in the event of vehicle collision, thereby preventing a fused portion between upper and lower plates of the fuel tank from rupturing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Inventor: Bu Yeol Ryu
  • Patent number: 11511909
    Abstract: Contact lens packages are provided and each includes a base member having a cavity and a sealing member coupled to the base member. An unworn contact lens is provided in a packaging solution within the sealed cavity. The base member is a thermoplastic or other recyclable material. The base member includes at least one connecting member that can be an interlocking feature and/or a stackable feature. The connecting member is configured to connect to the connecting member of another base member, after the contact lenses are removed from the cavities. A recyclable thermoplastic contact lens assembly is also provided that includes empty contact lens package base members stacked and connected together. A method of manufacturing contact lens packages and a method to recycle used contact lens package base members, such as by curbside recycling, are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Inventors: Jesus Javier Rivera Velez, Javier E. Alayon Rivera, Jose A. Burgos Cruz, Lucas Sievens Figueroa
  • Patent number: 11498717
    Abstract: Disclosed is a bottle for containing liquid content including a body portion, at least part or the entire portion of an upper portion of which is provided with a plurality of guides which protrudes inward from an inside surface thereof and is in a spiral pattern so that the liquid content can be guided towards an opening of a neck portion of the bottle while spirally revolving inside the bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Inventor: Kyung Hwa Kim
  • Patent number: 11492029
    Abstract: Collapsible reusable watertight carrying cases are provided in sizes varying from small containers without wheels to large sealable container bins on wheels, to provide large quantities of water or other supplies and cargo. The cases are assembled or in disassembled from a joined flat space-saving configuration to a functioning case and vice-versa. The sides of the cases are erected progressively by hand by interlocking self sealing reciprocating channel and channel engaging members elements at the corners. The panels also disassemble progressively by being manually pulled apart. When folded into a flat storage or shipping configuration, the panels stay together, resisting unfolding by virtue of snaps which are either molded into the panels or bonded to them. The carrying cases are resistant to water, dirt, bacteria, molds, allergens, and inclement weather.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: Allpillars, Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory Joseph Ryan
  • Patent number: 11493174
    Abstract: A getter assembly is provided and includes a first canister, an internal can including getter, and a second canister. The internal can is disposable in the first canister to occupy a first position at which the getter is hermetically sealable and second positions at which the getter is exposed to an exterior environment. The second canister is engageable with the first canister to drive movements of the internal can between the first position and the second positions following activation and hermetic sealing of the getter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Inventors: Cliff L. Shock, Michael A. Feeley, John Kenneth Venezia
  • Patent number: 11485682
    Abstract: Devices and systems for collapsible engagement mechanisms are described herein. In some examples, one or more embodiments include a front panel, a first side panel connected to the front panel, a second side panel connected to the front panel, and a collapsible portion connected to at least one of the first side panel and the second side panel, where the collapsible portion is collapsible about a hinge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Inventor: Jordon Peter Marshall
  • Patent number: 11480297
    Abstract: Disclosed is a membrane bonding structure for bonding a membrane for forming a sealed wall between first and second surfaces of a storage tank for storing liquefied gas. The membrane bonding structure may comprise: a planar portion panel installed on the first and second surfaces so as to thermally insulate the storage tank; a bonding panel installed on the boundary portion between the first and second surfaces together with the planar portion panel; a first membrane attached to the planar portion panel on the first surface and to the bonding panel so as to seal the storage tank; and a second membrane attached to the planar portion panel on the second surface and to the bonding panel so as to seal the storage tank. The first membrane and the second membrane may be attached to the bonding panel so as to make no direct connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kwang Jun Park, Haeng Sung Heo, Beom Seok Hwang, Joong Kyoo Kang
  • Patent number: 11471918
    Abstract: A bucket implement coupler is detachably attachable to a top rim of a bucket by an attachment flange that snaps down under a rim flange of the bucket when the bucket implement coupler is aligned over the top rim of the bucket and pressed down. The attachment flange may be configured proximal to the ends of the rim extension of the bucket implement coupler and an end slot may extend inward along the top of the rim extension to allow the interior and/or exterior flange of the rim extension to expand the rim slot and allow the attachment flange to slide down over the rim flange. The attachment flange extends inward into the rim slot from the exterior flange. Any number and type of implement may be attached to the bucket via the bucket implement coupler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Inventor: John Cardosa, II
  • Patent number: 11466920
    Abstract: An organizer system for an ice cooler, ice chest or the like includes multiple trays of different heights that can be supported within a body of the ice cooler. The trays having different heights define multiple height compartments within the ice cooler, thereby enable different items such as cans, bottles, etc., to be stored with enhanced space efficiency. The trays each have dividing walls that define handles thereby enabling the trays to be removed from the ice cooler. The trays may be supported by a shelf within the ice cooler, or by an additional insert provided in the cooler. The insert may have sidewalls that abut the walls of the ice cooler. Cutouts may be provided in the insert sidewalls to enable drainage. The trays may also have openings for allowing cool air to circulate and to allow liquids to drain out of the trays. The openings may be positioned on the walls, bottom or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Inventor: Stacey Hanna
  • Patent number: 11466814
    Abstract: A solid hydrogen storage device provides an improved heat-transfer efficiency by improving the contact properties between heat-exchange tubes and heat-transfer fins. The solid hydrogen storage device includes a heat-transfer fin including a plurality of tube through holes, a heating tube, and a cooling tube. The heating tube and the cooling tube respectively extend through the tube through holes, and the heating tube and the cooling tube have different coefficients of thermal expansion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Inventors: Ji Hye Park, Kyung Moon Lee, Dong Hoon Nam, Young Jin Cho, Seung Hyeon Choi, Yun Su Lee, Hoon Mo Park
  • Patent number: 11459174
    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 lid contains a seal such that an air-tight and water-tight seal is formed when the lid is engaged with the outer ring. The outer ring has a seal that engages the trash bag such that an air-tight and water-tight seal is formed when the outer ring is engaged with the liner on the inner ring. A fabric cover attaches to the outer ring and protects and hides the trash bag held within. The lid is attached to the outer ring in a variety of ways, including hinges, threads, tether, and tabs. The outer ring secures to the inner ring in a number of ways including threads, clips, and tabs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Inventor: Ed Schairbaum