Patents Examined by Steven A. Reynolds
  • Patent number: 10737608
    Abstract: A tank for transporting fluids on a truck chassis includes a front wall, side walls, a back wall, a top, and a floor. Interior stairs extend from the floor to an opening in the top to allow stair access into the interior with integrated safety handrails on the fill port cover. Stair toe kicks act as internal transverse baffles to help control fluid motion and surging. The stairs also act as a structural stiffener between longitudinal baffles. Horizontal baffles assist in controlling fluid motion and surging. Formed baffles provide strength and stiffness. A baffle interlocking system improves joint integrity and aids manufacturing. Formed outer skins provide structural strength for the tank. Ports located in front and rear bulkheads may be used for tank ventilation or, depending on local safety codes, as secondary access points. Doors or other access openings may be located in the tank bulkheads to provide better interior access.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Austin Engineering USA Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Frederick J. Reynolds, Scott Taylor
  • Patent number: 10730676
    Abstract: Embodiments of caseless container trays are disclosed. In an embodiment, a caseless container tray includes a top surface and a bottom surface. The top surface is configured to contact and receive base portions of a first plurality of containers. The top surface includes a plurality of top projections configured to divide the first plurality of containers into a plurality of rows. The bottom surface is configured to contact and receive spouts of a second plurality of containers. Furthermore, the bottom surface includes a plurality of bottom projections extending from the bottom surface, wherein a bottom surface of each bottom projection is configured to contact a shoulder portion of a container of the second plurality of containers and wherein each projection surrounds a center portion configured to contact and receive a spout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Dean Foods Company
    Inventors: Daniel J. Slavin, John Kreider, Brett A. Johnson
  • Patent number: 10729535
    Abstract: A variety of configurations of implant management devices are provided. The configurations provide different combinations of features for maintaining a location of an implant with respect to the device and managing filaments of the implant. One exemplary embodiment of a device includes a generally rectangular-shaped body having an implantable body retainer, an opening disposed a distance apart from the retainer and configured to receive a ligament graft therein, and a fold extending across the body and intersecting the opening. Folding one end of the body towards a bottom surface of the body along the fold can form a filament loop engaging region to hold in tension a filament loop extending from the implant. Additional filament(s) associated with the implant can be managed by various filament retention features. Methods for preparing a ligament graft for implantation by relying upon indicia formed on a surface of the device body are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Inventors: Jacob A. Marks, Meghan A. Pasquali, Danielle Dufour
  • Patent number: 10729880
    Abstract: An intravascular medical device is prepared for shipping by being sealed within a sterile volume of a package. Prior to closing the package, an intravenous liquid solution is pumped into and through the medical device to displace all air bubbles. The liquid is pumped at sterilization temperatures corresponding to when the liquid has a low viscosity, but the liquid is chosen to have a relatively high viscosity at room temperatures corresponding to when the package is opened for use. The liquid solution remains adsorbed to the interior surfaces of the medical device at room temperature against a force of gravity. The strategy reduces the risk of air embolism when a medical device is put into use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Cook Medical Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Woong Kim, Kenneth Haselby
  • Patent number: 10717591
    Abstract: A container for ice cream according to an exemplary embodiment of the present disclosure is an ice cream container having an inner space, in which ice cream is stored, formed by coupling between a container part and a cap part, and the container for ice cream includes: a container part which is formed of a material obtained by mixing polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and silicone resin in order to endow the same with elasticity and has a first coupling flange formed on the periphery thereof and a first grip portion formed on one side thereof; and a cap part which has a second coupling flange corresponding to the first coupling flange and has a second grip portion corresponding to the first grip portion and thus corresponds to the container part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Inventor: Byung Yong Kim
  • Patent number: 10716378
    Abstract: A disposable container for solvent contaminated wipes and a method of using the disposable container to prevent solvent contaminated wipes from spontaneously combusting is disclosed. The disposable container may be a flexible bag made of a material having a solvent-resistant, non-permeable layer and optionally other layers. The disposable container has an oxygen-reduction system including an air-tight seal, which may be formed in a variety of ways, and an oxygen-removal mechanism, such as a small pump that is integral to the flexible bag or a pump outlet that can be connected to an external pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Inventors: Patrick H. Boyer, John Donovan, Jackie O. Jordan, II
  • Patent number: 10710785
    Abstract: A lockable child-resistant, senior-friendly package of the sleeve-and-drawer style may be utilised for in healthcare type applications for the unit dose dispensing of pharmaceutical tablets, capsules and lozenges; in consumer good packaging applications for items such as food, recreational drugs (e.g., tobaccos, cigars, cigarettes, etc.), toys, hardware, and electrical items, or the like; and in security package applications to deter package pilferage for small high-value items, such as consumer electronics. The sleeve-and-drawer style package has an internal slidable lockable receptacle, having a two-part locking mechanism and an improved release mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: WestRock MWV, LLC
    Inventor: Tanuja A. Patwardhan
  • Patent number: 10703539
    Abstract: A supporting structure for concurrently supporting a plurality of vials is provided. The supporting structure includes a carrier having apertures or receptacles, into which the vials can be inserted to be supported therein on the carrier. The vials have a bottom that forms a base, a cylindrical side wall, and an annular transition region between the base and the cylindrical side wall. The carrier has a retaining protrusion at a lower end of the aperture or receptacle that extends into the respective aperture or receptacle inward in radial direction. The retaining protrusion supports the vial in cooperation with the transition region outside the base in such a manner that the bottoms or bases of the vials jut out of the apertures or receptacles of the carrier and are freely accessible from the lower side of the carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: SCHOTT AG
    Inventors: Gregor Fritz Deutschle, Edgar Pawlowski
  • Patent number: 10703558
    Abstract: Packaging units for products like eggs, and a mould and method therefore, are disclosed. According to one embodiment a packaging unit for products like eggs includes a carton made of moulded pulp with a bottom part including compartments for individual products, and a cover part including top, front and rear surfaces, and a label made of paperboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Inventor: Wijbe Dijkstra
  • Patent number: 10694780
    Abstract: A sleeve operable to at least partially contain two cylindrical articles in side-by-side or back-to-back relation, the sleeve including first and second openings or a single opening in a bottom thereof and the first and second cylindrical articles contained within the sleeve such that portions of the first and second cylindrical articles are exposed outside the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Scott Fath, Ryan J. Sousa, Steven R. Rinehart
  • Patent number: 10696445
    Abstract: A blank for a carton includes: a sheet of material defining a plurality of panels separated by a plurality of fold lines, the panels defining an enclosure including first perforation lines which demarcate a separation of the enclosure into a lower portion and an upper portion; the panels within the lower portion defining an open-top enclosure; and the upper portion including second perforation lines defining a display tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: U.S. COTTON, LLC
    Inventor: Abby Morgan Miller
  • Patent number: 10694731
    Abstract: A system and method for retaining and storing selected items is disclosed. The system may include a first hub, a second hub, a gap between the first and second hubs, and first and second flanges formed of an elastomeric material. The first flange may connect to the first hub and extend away therefrom and into the gap. Similarly, the second flange may connect to the second hub and extend away therefrom and into the gap. An item to be stored may be inserted into the gap between the first and second hubs. This inserting may deflect the first and second flanges. The resilience of the first and second flanges may hold the item in place within the gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Gruv Fishing, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric E. Aston, Kenneth I. Aston, Timothy G. Jenkins
  • Patent number: 10690041
    Abstract: An expansion tank for a cooling system of a motor vehicle has an inlet mouth and is provided with a shell in plastic material having a wall which defines a cavity for containing a coolant liquid; the shell has, in addition, a projecting collar, at the inlet mouth, and a first inner tubular wall, which protrudes downwards into the cavity and defines a passage with a lower outlet opening, to make the coolant liquid flow into the cavity; the shell has, in addition, a second tubular wall, projecting upwards into the cavity and defining a compartment which is vertically aligned with the passage and has an upper overflow opening vertically arranged at a height that is equal to or greater than that of the outlet opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: FCA Italy S.p.A.
    Inventors: Giorgio Grava, Maurizio Giani, Giacinto Giai Gischia, Davide Balestro
  • Patent number: 10683147
    Abstract: A lid assembly that includes a lid body member, a stopper, and a flow control. The lid body member includes a pouring aperture configured to allow a fluid to flow therethrough. The stopper allows the fluid to flow through the pouring aperture at first and second flow rates when the stopper is positioned in first and second open positions, respectively. The second flow rate is faster than the first flow rate. The flow control is operable to position the stopper in the first and second open positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Pacific Market International, LLC
    Inventors: Evan Michael Choltco-Devlin, Jacob D. Silsby
  • Patent number: 10683131
    Abstract: A package (30) is provided for containing, dispensing and displaying products (64) such as confectionery products. The package includes a floor (32) and an upstanding perimeter wall (40) bounding the floor and defining an open end (42). The floor includes a detachable portion (70) which can be detachably removed therefrom and attached to an upper edge of the perimeter wall to form a display header (52) which can display information regarding the product at the point of purchase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Intercontinental Great Brands LLC
    Inventors: Greta Lais Boff Zortea, Daniel Marcelo Di Santi Correa da Silva
  • Patent number: 10683154
    Abstract: A retention packaging system includes a frame (102), a sheet (108), and an attachment zone (170). The frame includes a first panel (106), a second panel (112), and a sheet panel (108). The frame is foldable to a first folded state where the frame forms a space having an opening with the sheet panel (108) foldably connected to the first panel (106). The sheet is attached to the frame across a portion of the sheet panel. The frame is foldable to a second folded state where an attachment end (158) of the sheet panel (108) is attached to the attachment zone (170) with the sheet spanning across of the opening. In the second folded state, one side of the attachment end (158) is attached to a portion of the attachment zone (170) on the second panel (112) and the other side of the attachment end (158) is attached to another portion of the attachment zone (170) on an attachment flap (142, 146) foldably connected to the second panel (112).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Sealed Air Corporation (US)
    Inventor: Christof Hammerschmidt
  • Patent number: 10675693
    Abstract: A continuous strip of T-Nuts formed on a common strip of metal. Each T-Nut of the strip of T-Nuts is integrally connected to the next adjacent T-Nut by carry tabs. The carry tabs can be frangible themselves or contain a frangible portion. Each T-Nut includes a cylindrical bore therein and a threaded interior. A mechanism feeds and severs the endmost T-Nut in endwise fashion. The mechanism to feed and sever the endmost T-Nut includes a cutting blade positioned vertically below the frangible portion of the carry tab. A shearing ram having a guide positioned axially in line with the cylindrical bore in the endmost T-Nut is adapted to move vertically from an upper to a lower position to engage the cutting blade with the frangible portion and sever the endmost T-Nut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Inventors: Jonathan Wayne Dieter, Stephen R. Selle
  • Patent number: 10670976
    Abstract: An EUV reticle pod is provided. The pod includes an inner and an outer box assembly. The inner box assembly contained in the outer box assembly includes a base and a cover. The base has an upper surface and a surrounding wall. The upper surface includes a carry surface, at least one trench, and a first contacting surface. The EUV reticle is carried above the carry surface. The trench has a circular loop structure and its bottom is lower than the carry surface. The carry surface, the trench, and the first contacting surface are sequentially distributed from the center of the upper surface towards the surrounding wall. The cover has a concave for accommodating the EUV reticle and a second contacting surface for cooperating with the first contacting surface to form an air-tight seal. The trench captures and traps particles to reduce the particle contamination on the reticle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Inventors: Hsin-Min Hsueh, Chia-Ho Chuang, Cheng-Ju Lee, Jeng-Jie Huang
  • Patent number: 10662024
    Abstract: Bags and bag assemblies are provided for facilitating tangle-free storage of cords, ropes, cables, and other long and flexible members within the bags and bag assemblies. The body of the bag includes two compartments which are at least partially separated from each other by an internal divider. Each of the two compartments include outer surfaces which define respective openings that each include a closing mechanism for selectively switching between an open and closed configuration. The internal divider is positioned directly between the two openings, and the bag is configured to provide access to the cord in the bag from either of the openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Inventor: Jeffrey B. Kirkham
  • Patent number: 10661966
    Abstract: A storage system for storing a product sensitive to oxygen or moisture includes a container with a bottom, a top edge defining a top opening, and a wall extending between the bottom and the top edge. The bottom, top edge, and wall define an inside volume. The system further includes a sealing member removably attached to the top edge and sealing the top opening, and a scavenger element in fluid communication with the inside volume, where the scavenger element is constructed to absorb moisture, oxygen, or a combination thereof. The wall and the bottom of the container include layers with at least one of an in-mold label, an oxygen barrier, or a moisture barrier. The system may further include a scavenger compartment and a retainer disc for retaining the scavenging element in the scavenger compartment. The container may optionally be flushed with an inert gas and hermetically sealed, and be closed with a lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Link Snacks, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger Moore, Kent L. Oakland