Patents Examined by Stephen Marcus
  • Patent number: 5261552
    Abstract: Box or case for a lighter or the like has a hinge the hinge including a flat tenon integral with one of the parts and engaging into a slot provided on the other part, the tenon being equipped with pins interacting with identations formed laterally on the slot and opening towards the inside of the case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 1991
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1993
    Assignee: Marin's Edition
    Inventors: Francois L'Hotel, Jacques Tenenhaus, Sylvie Dugain
  • Patent number: 5251776
    Abstract: A pressure vessel including a lid with integral fixed lock tabs engageable with notches in the housing side wall to secure the lid to the housing. The housing includes a vent opening formed through the side wall. The lower edge of the lid is substantially bevelled and has a flattened portion to seal the vent when the lid is in its closed position. On opening of the lid, the seal between the vent and lid is broken before the fingers disengage the housing to vent residual pressure from within the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 12, 1993
    Assignee: H. William Morgan, Jr.
    Inventors: H. William Morgan, Jr., James D. Hall
  • Patent number: 5228583
    Abstract: The present invention involves a child resistant closure for containers with threaded necks. It involves an inner cap and an outer cap which engages with one another by ratchets in order to close but these ratchets do not engage when an attempt is made to open the closure. The inner cap and the outer cap are generally cylindrical and have sides and a top, although the outer cap may have an open top. The inner cap has threads on its inside and is adapted to non-removably receive the outer cap so that the outer cap is rotatably engaged therewith. The outer cap is non-removably but rotatably mounted on an engaged with the inner cap. Atleast one keyway slot is located either on the outside of the inner cap or the inside of the outer cap and there is atleast one keyway protrusion extending toward the keyway slot and located on which ever of the inner cap and outer cap does not contain the slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 1991
    Date of Patent: July 20, 1993
    Assignee: Primary Delivery Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Jack Weinstein
  • Patent number: 5228584
    Abstract: An electrical enclosure having a base, a cover, and hinge pivotally connecting the base and cover. The cover has a pair of ears, each provided with a key hole for receiving hinge pins mounted on the base. The pivot pins are provided with keys that align with notch portions of the key holes when the cover is disposed at an obtuse angle, preferably about 180.degree. with respect to the base. After assembly, the base is connected to a support which limits the range of pivotal movement of the cover to an angle less than 180.degree. so that the keys and notch portions can no longer be aligned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 1992
    Date of Patent: July 20, 1993
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventor: Howard M. Williams, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5215207
    Abstract: A container disclosed herein comprises a tubular sidewall defining a peripherally enclosed space, the sidewall having an annular end portion defining an open end of the space. The end portion is provided with through openings spaced circumferentially about the open end. A plurality of blocks of a synthetic resin of a size and shape corresponding to a size and shape of the sidewall through openings are retained therein. A closure of synthetic resin has a U-shaped annular connecting portion receiving the end portion of the sidewalls. The sidewall is secured to the closure by vibrationally welding the connecting portion to the blocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 1, 1993
    Inventor: Michael D. Stolzman
  • Patent number: 5209364
    Abstract: A collapsible 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 pieces of woven polypropylene. The 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 70% liquid composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 1991
    Date of Patent: May 11, 1993
    Inventor: John LaPoint, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5197624
    Abstract: A cup lid for use with a beverage cup comprising a peripheral flange to fit over a cup rim and a central portion containing a reclosable access closure flap selectively movable between an open and closed position having a pull tab formed on one end portion thereof and a hinge formed on the opposite end portion thereof and a first retainer element such that when the reclosable access closure flap is moved from the closed position to the open position the reclosable access closure flap engages the first retainer element to releasably retain the reclosable access closure flap in the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 30, 1993
    Assignee: M&N Plastics, Inc.
    Inventor: Tony Dodaro
  • Patent number: 5197617
    Abstract: A closure (30) for an aperture (70) with a co-operative peripheral rim profile, such as the mouth of a container, the closure incorporating a self-locking fastener element (40) which cooperates with the rim profile and locks the closure on to the aperture upon limiting engagement thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 30, 1993
    Assignee: Ariel Industries plc
    Inventor: Cyril K. Edwards
  • Patent number: 5193713
    Abstract: Expandable, elastic material is connected in a circle with two or more straps of the same material attached in such a manner as to create several sectors to hold any type of disposable or non-disposable trash bags. The design is such that it could fit most existing trash containers. A hard plastic center holding cap would secure the bags.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 16, 1993
    Inventors: Dan L. Greathouse, Thomas C. Street
  • Patent number: 5190178
    Abstract: A tamper-evident, snap-on, screw-off closure is used with a specially shaped container neck. The neck has double lead external threads and, below the threads, external ratchet teeth arranged in two diametrically opposed quadrants. The closure has an upper skirt having internal threads mating with the neck threads. A lower skirt is connected to the upper skirt by a plurality of frangible bridges. The lower skirt has opposed quadrants having internal ratchet teeth to mate with the neck ratchet teeth. The lower skirt has a tear tab which, when pulled, fractures the lower skirt on a vertical line. Continued pulling on the tab sequentially fractures the bridges. The tear tab constitutes an orientation means to properly locate the cap on the neck so that an axial downward push on the cap engages the internal and external threads and internal and external ratchet teeth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 2, 1993
    Assignee: Cap Snap Co
    Inventor: Daniel Luch
  • Patent number: 5190210
    Abstract: An automated system for mail preparation and record keeping includes a data processor having a memory for storing program instructions and data including postage fees for different types of mailing, and a printer connected to a supply of continuous mailing forms which are separable along transverse tear lines and which conform to postal requirements for at least one type of tracked mailing. The processor is programmed to receive and store a list of names and addresses to whcih items are to be mailed, to compute the postage fees, and to print the names and addresses successively in designated addressee areas on successive forms in the form supply. The processor also keeps a record for each prepared form of the addressee, an article number provided on the form, and the postage fee.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 1989
    Date of Patent: March 2, 1993
    Assignee: Walz Postal Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Gerard F. Walz
  • Patent number: 5186347
    Abstract: A spill-proof closure for containers used in dispensing liquid beverages. The closure has a spout containing a thin membrane at or near the upper end. The thin membrane includes a through slit which remains closed except when external suction is applied during normal drinking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 1991
    Date of Patent: February 16, 1993
    Inventors: Mark A. Freeman, Timothy K. Stringer
  • Patent number: 5180072
    Abstract: A container having a child resistant closure which is secured by an internal latch and is openable by application of opposing pinching forces to the sides of the container to cause the sides to flex inwardly and thereby release the latch. The closure is provided with child resistance by the provision of stiffening ribs on the closure which direct flexing in one direction to provide release of the container latch and by the provision of tabs which serve to distract the child's attention and encourage application of pressure at a position on the container which will not release the closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 19, 1993
    Inventor: Neil L. Oehlert
  • Patent number: 5180079
    Abstract: The combined cup of the present invention for soft drinks is constituted with an upper cup body and a lower cup body jointed together by a connecting body; and in the center of the connecting body, there is formed a nozzle sticking upward to be received into the nozzle sleeve formed on the upper cup body so as to keep both cup bodies firmly connected. The lower cup body is used to contain soft drink while the upper cup body is used to contain solid snacks. By applying such combined cup, the user can therefore enjoy the fun of eating and drinking with one hand holding the combined cup containing both snacks and drink and one hand free.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 1992
    Date of Patent: January 19, 1993
    Inventor: John Jeng
  • Patent number: 5180073
    Abstract: A cap for a flask includes a top portion; an inner collar extending downwardly from the top portion for insertion into the mouth of the flask; an outer collar spaced from the inner collar and extending downwardly from the top portion for covering the lip of the flask; detent means on the inner surface of the outer collar extending inwardly to positively engage the lip of the flask and sealingly engage the cap with the mouth of the flask; and a permeable section in the top portion within said inner collar for enabling exchange of gases in the flask.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 19, 1993
    Assignee: Biomedical Polymers, Inc.
    Inventors: John E. Fay, Michael T. Faulkner
  • Patent number: 5178322
    Abstract: A secure disposable container assembly for medical sharps and waste comprises the combination of a substantially rigid box-like lower housing defined by upstanding front, back, and side walls terminating with a top having an upwardly extending rectangular opening for providing access to the housing, and a top cover secured by locking tabs for permanent securement thereto, an elongated horizontally extending access opening in the top for receiving a disposable syringe or the like, and a pivotable closure for said opening pivotably mounted about said axis within said top and having a receptacle area normally exposed to said access opening in a first position for receiving a disposed article and a curved surface for covering said access opening upon pivoting from said first position to a second position for dumping said article into said housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 12, 1993
    Assignee: Med-Safe Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard A. Shillington
  • Patent number: 5176282
    Abstract: A dinner plate for serving, consuming and storing greasy foods, such as bacon, sausages or steaks. The plate has a central surface and a food-supporting plane raised above a portion of the central surface and having a plurality of channels for receiving greasy juices released from the food. The central surface is preferably inclined to facilitate drainage of such greasy juices to a lower side of the plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 5, 1993
    Inventor: Antonio M. R. Rapaz
  • Patent number: 5176271
    Abstract: A bottle assembly for storing and retailing a liquid substance such as fabric bleach that generates gases when it is heated or contaminated. The bottle of the assembly has a neck on which a closure cap may be screwed. The neck is closed by a peelable seal made of porous plastic foam such as polystyrene, which is fixed by a pressure adhesive across the neck and sized so as to be easily graspable and peelable with two fingers with a reduced risk of contact with the substance within the bottle. Another seal made of the same porous foam is freely mounted within the cap to allow the bottle to be sealed again in a permanent manner after the peelable seal has been removed. Both seals prevents the bottle from bulging and from leaking if it is inadvertantly knocked over.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 1992
    Date of Patent: January 5, 1993
    Assignee: Groupe Lavo Inc.
    Inventors: Michel Painchaud, Jean P. Richard, Jean-Paul LaPointe
  • Patent number: 5176281
    Abstract: A tackle box has a box body with a hinged lid. The box body has a deeper front portion and an shallower back portion. Correspondingly, the lid has a deeper back portion and shallower front portion. The back portion of the box body carries a stack of interconnected slidably mounted superimposed trays which can be pulled out rearwardly cantilever fashion when the lid is opened. The front portion of the box body has superimposed pull-out drawers. The box has a bail-type pivoting handle with a lid-latching mechanism which only allows the lid to open when the handle is swung forwardly from a box-carrying position. In the top of the lid, there is a removable shallow carrying case which can be used separately from the box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 1992
    Date of Patent: January 5, 1993
    Assignee: Woodstream Corporation
    Inventor: Joseph F. Fiore
  • Patent number: RE34193
    Abstract: A .[.snack.]. bag.Iadd., such as for example for snacks, .Iaddend.including a bag within a bag wherein the inside bag is inverted with its ends opposed to and portions thereof secured to the opposed ends of the outside bag, with the sides of the inside bag being opposed to, and in substantial engagement with, but not secured to, the sides of the outside bag to provide a substantially air tight seal therebetween, and with the bottom of the inverted inside bag being spaced from the bottom of the outside bag to provide .[.a snack.]. .Iadd.an object .Iaddend.receiving container comprised of the opposed bottoms, sides and ends of the inside bag and portions of the sides and ends of the outside bag. Access to the .Iadd.objects such as .Iaddend.snacks is readily provided by permitting the hand of a person to be readily inserted between opposed sides of the bags which sides, after the hand is withdrawn with the .Iadd.objects such as .Iaddend.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 9, 1993
    Inventor: Robert J. Carey