Patrick J. McNaughton 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).
Abstract: A flexible vase that is suspendible from a smooth surface is disclosed. The vase is formed by a watertight pouch that has an open mouth for receiving flowers. The pouch is formed by sealing the edges of two layers of flexible, watertight materials together. One of the pouch layers extends beyond the other at the mouth to form a flap. The flap has an oval button hole. The vase also uses a suction cup that may be mounted to a smooth surface. The back of the cup has a button and a shaft between the button and the back of the cup. The pouch may be removably suspendible from the suction cup by stretching the oval button hole over the button and onto the shaft. The vase may also have a transparent pocket for receiving a card. The vase may also be dispensed from a perforated roll of two-ply material such as polyethylene.
Abstract: An apparatus for catching containers dispensed from an opening of a storage unit having a plurality of such containers therein for the transport and storage of the containers therein. The storage unit is positionable such that each of the plurality of containers exits the storage unit one at time through the opening. The apparatus comprises a base member and a stop member. The base member is positionable adjacent a lower edge of the storage unit and extends outward from the lower edge of the storage unit such that a discharge station is defined adjacent to the opening for receiving and dispensing each of the plurality of containers. The stop member is attached to the base member for retaining each of the plurality of containers in the discharge station such that the plurality of containers remaining within the storage unit are retained therein.