Patents by Inventor Kurt Ziegenfelder

Kurt Ziegenfelder has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 9829362
    Abstract: A container and spout assembly in which the spout is pivotally attached to the container. The spout is pivotally moveable between a closed position in which a spout exterior wall is flush with the container sidewall and an open position in which a spout interior wall is flush with the sidewall and spout legs frictionally engage a detent. The spout accommodates a metered dose of product. In the fully open position, the spout seals the opening in the sidewall to prevent product from exiting the container while a metered dose is dispensed from the open spout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Sonoco Development, Inc.
    Inventors: Lawrence Robert Carpenter, Kurt Ziegenfelder
  • Publication number: 20170284848
    Abstract: A container and spout assembly in which the spout is pivotally attached to the container. The spout is pivotally moveable between a closed position in which a spout exterior wall is flush with the container sidewall and an open position in which a spout interior wall is flush with the sidewall and spout legs frictionally engage a detent. The spout accommodates a metered dose of product. In the fully open position, the spout seals the opening in the sidewall to prevent product from exiting the container while a metered dose is dispensed from the open spout.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Publication date: October 5, 2017
    Applicant: Sonoco Development, Inc.
    Inventors: Lawrence Robert Carpenter, Kurt Ziegenfelder
  • Patent number: 9759594
    Abstract: A container and overcap assembly includes an open mouth container and an overcap with a built-in spout that is hinged to the overcap. The spout snaps shut inside the overcap when in a fully closed position and snaps into a fully open position as well. The spout accommodates a metered dose of product. In the fully open position, the spout seals the opening in the overcap to prevent product from exiting the container while a metered dose is dispensed from the open spout. The container assembly is particularly useful for containing and providing metered dispenses of dry products such as powders and granulated materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Sonoco Development, Inc.
    Inventors: Lawrence Robert Carpenter, Kurt Ziegenfelder
  • Patent number: 9580224
    Abstract: A composite container for storing product in a hermetically-sealed volume includes a fitment that forms one end of the container. The fitment has an outer face, an inner face, a perimeter edge with an attachment surface formed therein, and an aperture between the outer face and the inner face with an aperture mount configured to receive and secure a closure for sealing the aperture of the container. The fitment also includes a sealing surface on the inner face that surrounds the aperture, and a products pouch with a pouch opening that is sealed to the sealing surface. The fitment further includes a can having a first end that is coupled to the attachment surface of the fitment and a substantially-rigid tubular body extending away from the fitment to form an interior volume that surrounds the products pouch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Sonoco Development, Inc.
    Inventors: Kurt A. Ziegenfelder, Robert T. Versluys
  • Publication number: 20160244218
    Abstract: A container and overcap assembly includes an open mouth container and an overcap with a built-in spout that is hinged to the overcap. The spout snaps shut inside the overcap when in a fully closed position and snaps into a fully open position as well. The spout accommodates a metered dose of product. In the fully open position, the spout seals the opening in the overcap to prevent product from exiting the container while a metered dose is dispensed from the open spout. The container assembly is particularly useful for containing and providing metered dispenses of dry products such as powders and granulated materials.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2015
    Publication date: August 25, 2016
    Inventors: Lawrence Robert Carpenter, Kurt Ziegenfelder
  • Patent number: 9227766
    Abstract: A pouring spout is mounted within an opening in a container. The spout includes an open channel or trough dimensioned for slidable engagement within the opening. The open channel is defined by a u-shaped wall extending between a mounting end and a discharge end. An end wall is formed at the discharge end, adjacent a discharge opening formed in the bottom surface of the u-shaped wall. A visible flow path is formed along the open channel, between the inlet to the discharge opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Sonoco Development, Inc.
    Inventor: Kurt Ziegenfelder
  • Publication number: 20150232239
    Abstract: A pouring spout is mounted within an opening in a container. The spout includes an open channel or trough dimensioned for slidable engagement within the opening. The open channel is defined by a u-shaped wall extending between a mounting end and a discharge end. An end wall is formed at the discharge end, adjacent a discharge opening formed in the bottom surface of the u-shaped wall. A visible flow path is formed along the open channel, between the inlet to the discharge opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2014
    Publication date: August 20, 2015
    Applicant: Sonoco Development, Inc.
    Inventor: Kurt Ziegenfelder
  • Publication number: 20150210458
    Abstract: A composite container for storing product in a hermetically-sealed volume includes a fitment that forms one end of the container. The fitment has an outer face, an inner face, a perimeter edge with an attachment surface formed therein, and an aperture between the outer face and the inner face with an aperture mount configured to receive and secure a closure for sealing the aperture of the container. The fitment also includes a sealing surface on the inner face that surrounds the aperture, and a products pouch with a pouch opening that is sealed to the sealing surface. The fitment further includes a can having a first end that is coupled to the attachment surface of the fitment and a substantially-rigid tubular body extending away from the fitment to form an interior volume that surrounds the products pouch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Publication date: July 30, 2015
    Inventors: Kurt A. ZIEGENFELDER, Robert T. Versluys
  • Patent number: 8651311
    Abstract: In insert is provided for use with a container and for positioning in the container opening. The insert includes a body having an outer periphery dimensioned for receipt within container opening. A utensil is frangibly secured to the insert body within an internal open area. A receiving tab is provided that projects from the body into the open area. An engagement structure is formed on the utensil and on the receiving tab. The engagement portions cooperate with one another for removably securing the utensil to the receiving tab after the frangible connection to the body is removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Sonoco Development, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael T. Drummond, Kurt Ziegenfelder, Veronique Sins
  • Publication number: 20080060965
    Abstract: A lid for a container is provided. The lid may include a central panel, an annular wall, an outer flange, an upwardly projecting ring, and an internal lip. The annular wall extends around the outer periphery of the central panel. The annual wall defines a recessed area adapted to engage an inward portion of the container. The outer flange extends outwardly from an upward region of the annular wall to a curled outer edge. The curled outer edge extends inward of and above a top edge of the container, such that the top edge of the container and the outer edge of the lid may support a second container stacked upon the first container. The internal lip extends inwardly from the upward region of the annular wall such that it provides a surface for fingers to grab and aid in the removal of the lid from the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2006
    Publication date: March 13, 2008
    Inventors: James P. Stevens, Kurt Ziegenfelder
  • Publication number: 20070007290
    Abstract: The present invention provides an improved scooping and measuring device that not only allows a user to scoop product out of a lipped container when there is ample product in the container, but also advantageously includes at least one protruding feature that allows a user to access remaining product that is typically trapped between the inner wall of the container and the container lip when the container is inverted. The protruding features of the scooping device allow a user to tip the container upside down and remove the otherwise trapped product by fitting the protruding features between the container inner wall and the container lip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2005
    Publication date: January 11, 2007
    Inventors: Thomas Setty, Kurt Ziegenfelder