Combined Or Convertible Patents (Class 206/216)
  • Patent number: 10743726
    Abstract: The present invention provides a pack of tissues including multiple tissues arranged in a stack and a dispenser enclosing the stack. The dispenser includes a dispensing orifice. At least a portion of the tissues are folded so as to include a leading edge contacting the upper surface of a center panel and a trailing edge contacting the bottom surface of the center panel. The tissues are interfolded such as to have a portion of the leading edge of a first, or preceding, tissue to overlap the leading edge of a second, or succeeding tissue. In this manner, the leading edge of the first tissue terminates at a first vertical axis and the leading edge of the second tissue terminates at a second vertical axis where there is a distance between the first and the second vertical axis that is greater than 0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventor: Jessica Annette Ives Dieringer
  • Patent number: 10703550
    Abstract: The invention is a dispensing system (1; 101) suited to dispense a product (W), comprising a flexible container (2) defining a volume (Y) for containing the product (W), the flexible container (2; 102) being of the type comprising at least one dispensing opening (6; 106) and at least one collapsible and/or deformable portion suited to reduce the volume (V) in such a way as to cause the product (W) to be dispensed through the dispensing opening (6; 106). Said system comprises covering means (3; 103) externally associated with the flexible container (2; 102), the covering means (3; 103) comprising at least one shaped opening (21a, 21b; 22a, 22b; 121a) suited to make the flexible container (2; 102) visible and suited to provide the dispensing system (1; 101) with a decorative element as desired. The invention concerns also covering means (3; 103) suited to be externally associated with a flexible container (2; 102) that defines a volume (V) for containing a product (W).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: MIRCO ONESTI
    Inventors: Mirco Onesti, Alice Tacconi
  • Patent number: 10682583
    Abstract: In accordance with the present invention, several stand-alone pop up assembly embodiments and method for making the same are provided comprising folding planar walls, center partition and frictional opening and closing mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Inventors: Dawn Simmons, Tor Lokvig
  • Patent number: 10686320
    Abstract: A device for holding and charging an electronic cigarette element is disclosed. The device comprises a housing having a planar surface deposited with adhesive configured for coupling to a flat surface, the housing including a rechargeable battery, a first power port in the housing, the first power port conductively coupled to the rechargeable battery and configured for accepting external power for recharging the rechargeable battery, a tubular element coupled to the housing, the tubular element having a cavity that is configured to accept an electronic cigarette element, and a charging terminal located on the housing such that when the electronic cigarette element is inserted in to the tubular element, one end of the electronic cigarette element contacts the charging terminal, wherein when the electronic cigarette element contacts the charging terminal, the rechargeable battery recharges a battery of the electronic cigarette element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Inventors: Steven Stanimirovic, David Abadi, Jonathan Romero
  • Patent number: 10647477
    Abstract: A device and system for temporarily sealing an orifice in a beverage container lid comprising a plug (10, 110, 210, 310) having an upper surface (14, 114, 214), a body portion (12, 112), and a lower surface (16, 116, 216), said body portion adapted to be inserted and releasably retained in the orifice to provide a temporary seal thereof, and an external member (20, 120, 220) located on the upper surface of the plug configured to allow a user to grip the plug for ease of removal from the orifice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: StixToGo, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas Burns
  • Patent number: 10640735
    Abstract: The present invention relates to fabric cleaning and/or treatment compositions as well as methods of making and using same. Such fabric cleaning and/or treatment compositions contain species of metathesized unsaturated polyol esters that have the correct rheology. Thus, such species of metathesized unsaturated polyol esters provide unexpectedly improved softening performance and formulability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Beth Ann Schubert, Luke Andrew Zannoni, Rajan Keshav Panandiker, Joseph Jay Kemper, Robert John Strife, Safa Motlagh, Jeffrey John Scheibel
  • Patent number: 10535036
    Abstract: In some embodiments, methods and systems are provided that provided for delivering products ordered by a customer of a retailer to a delivery destination designated by the ordering customer by way of having another customer pick up the ordered products at the store location of the retailer and then hand off the picked up products to an autonomous transport vehicle that delivers the handed off products to a delivery destination designated by the ordering customer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventor: Robert L. Cantrell
  • Patent number: 10489699
    Abstract: A sticker with IC tag and an installation method thereof. The sticker with IC tag comprises: an antenna portion; and an IC chip coupled to the antenna portion and having a function of communicating through the antenna portion. The sticker with IC tag is installed on a covered container. The sticker with IC tag further comprises a disconnection detection portion, which is constituted by a ring conductor. The disconnection detection portion is installed so as to stretch across both a cover portion and a container body of the covered container. The IC chip is connected to the disconnection detection portion and has a function of detecting on and off of the disconnection detection portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: TOPPAN PRINTING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Keinosuke Yamaoka, Takamitsu Nakabayashi
  • Patent number: 10463575
    Abstract: A medication dispensing assembly includes a container that has a plurality of reservoirs therein for containing pills and a liquid. A pill dispenser is coupled to the container and the pill dispenser is aligned with an associated one of the reservoirs to releases the pills from the container. A liquid dispenser is coupled to the container and the liquid dispenser is aligned with an associated one of the reservoirs to selectively release the liquid from the second reservoir. Alert unit is coupled to the container and the alert unit emits a reminder comprising an audible sounds. In this way the alert unit reminds a user to take the pills and the liquid at predetermined times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Inventor: Chinyimbiri Mwanza
  • Patent number: 10435238
    Abstract: Unitary ornamental front load containers for containing trash and/or recyclables include a container for containing the trash and/or recyclables, and an ornamental surround attached with a connector to the front load container. The attached ornamental surround defines right and left front openings aligned with right and left front pocket openings of right and left fork pockets of the container. The ornamental surround obscures from view the front sidewall, the right sidewall having the right fork pocket, the left sidewall having the left fork pocket, the rear sidewall, and the at least one hinged top of the container by an observer standing on the ground. The container and the attached ornamental surround being liftable as a unit by forks of a front loading garbage truck to empty the trash and/or the recyclables from the unitary ornamental front load container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Dumpster Dress LLC
    Inventor: Paul Nichols
  • Patent number: 10432246
    Abstract: A case, having a storage compartment, for an electronic device includes a soft protective case, a hard protective frame, and a cover. The soft protective case includes an aperture and the hard protective frame includes the storage compartment such that the aperture of the soft protective case is constructed to receive the storage compartment therein. The storage compartment of the hard protective frame fits in the aperture of the soft protective case and sides of the aperture of the soft protective case substantially surround the side walls of the storage compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: SPIGEN KOREA CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Dae-Young Kim
  • Patent number: 10398361
    Abstract: A low cost fluid collection set having an integrated package including a needle cannula having a first end and a second end, a hub configured for supporting the needle cannula, and a package at least partially enclosing the needle cannula and the hub is disclosed. The package includes at least one openable region configured for receiving a fluid collection device therein wherein this openable region is in communication with at least one of the first end or the second end of the needle cannula and wherein the package is configured to be used as a holding device to manipulate the needle cannula during fluid collection. The package also functions as a shield for the first end of the needle cannula after use. A method of using the fluid collection set having an integrated package and a method of making the fluid collection set is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventor: Kenneth Karpiloff
  • Patent number: 10368535
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide a container and retaining system that includes a container, a handle, and a retaining apparatus. The handle is coupled to the container. The retaining apparatus includes a base. The retaining apparatus also includes a first coupling member having a first handle retaining portion and a second coupling member having a second handle retaining portion. The first coupling member and the second coupling member extend downwardly from the base. The retaining apparatus also includes a first retaining arm, a second retaining arm, and a third retaining arm extending upwardly from the base. The first retaining arm, the second retaining arm, and the third retaining arm are configured to retain an object. The retaining apparatus is configured to be coupled to the container by the first coupling member and the second coupling member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Flambeau, Inc.
    Inventors: James A. Raisbeck, William J. Schulz
  • Patent number: 10343828
    Abstract: A secure mailer including a rigid three dimensional body having a lid hingedly attached thereto. A surface of the body exhibiting a breakaway panel for gaining access to an interior enclosure. A plurality peel away strips reveal adhesives supported upon an inside surface of the lid and, upon pre-depositing a first item within the enclosure, for sealing the lid against the body in tamper evident and closing fashion. A plurality of tear-away strips extend in inwardly and perimeter extending fashion relative to the adhesives, the strips being accessible from an exterior of the lid and along three sides interconnecting with a fourth hinged side. In this manner, removal of the strips causes detachment of an inner remaining area of the lid from the adhesives for re-accessing the interior enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Inventor: Raymond R. Shaw
  • Patent number: 10327599
    Abstract: An apparatus and process for dispensing a measured quantity of liquid from a container. The apparatus includes a pour chamber having a dam, a spout, a vent, and a timer that is independent of flow in the pour chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Christopher Lawrence Smith, Nicole Lynn Briggs, Hua Hu, Richard Lawrence Horstman, Scott Eugene Mizer
  • Patent number: 10324003
    Abstract: A process for monitoring for the presence of fretting and/or smearing with false brinelling potential in a non-rotating bearing provides the steps of: acquiring acoustic emission data emanating from the non-rotating bearing under an alternating load; and comparing the acoustic emission data with a threshold indicative of fretting and/or smearing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Aktiebolaget SKF
    Inventors: Allan Thomson, Joseph Erskine, Donald Howieson
  • Patent number: 10274198
    Abstract: A handheld computer case having an integral lighter for providing a flameless lighter in a case for a mobile phone includes a case body defining a rigid housing sized to fit a conventional handheld computer, a lighter actuator for selectively availing and activating an electric lighter, and a lighter housing in which the electric lighter is disposed. In operation, a user may apply manual force to mechanically actuate the lighter actuator, thereby causing both the lighter housing to open and expose the electric lighter and an electrical switch to direct electricity from an internal battery to a heating element which defines the electric lighter. Once the user is finished with the lighter, the manual force may be removed to cause the lighter housing to automatically close and the flow of electricity to the heating element to be interrupted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventor: Luis Tijerina
  • Patent number: 10273626
    Abstract: A portable, collapsible clothes dryer, for use in drying small articles of clothing while traveling and/or for use in households with limited space, is composed of a cylindrical collapsible central housing with an inlet opening at the bottom, an airflow adapter at the inlet to attach a portable hair dryer, a spin-able clothes hanger, and a removable top member with air exhaust vents. When collapsed, the assembly assumes a compact, flat disk shape. When expanded, the portable hair dryer can blow hot air into the housing, forming a vortex stream within the cylindrical enclosure that exits through the exhaust vents in the top. The top member can be removed to attach articles of clothing to the spin-able clothes hanger. The unit is designed such that the vortex air stream that flows upward within the cylindrical enclosure and out the upper exhaust vents spins the clothes hanger with the articles of clothing, thereby ensuring complete coverage of the hot air over the clothing surfaces and speeding the drying time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventors: Robert K. Spitz, John Spitz, Beth K. Wallach, Brian Wallach
  • Patent number: 10251814
    Abstract: The present invention relates to safety delivery systems for intracameral administration of an appropriate dose of cefuroxime subsequent to cataract and other eye surgery. A preferred embodiment of an cefuroxime safety delivery system according to the invention comprises (a) a perforable sterile vial sterile-filled with a measured amount of cefuroxime, (b) a reconstitution syringe with a male luer fitting sterile-filled with 0.1 ml of isotonic salt solution per mg cefuroxime in the perforable vial and a vial adapter with a female luer fitting or one or more needles with female luer fitting, and (c) one or more sterilized delivery syringes with male luer fitting, each delivery syringe being capable of holding at least 0.1 ml of ejectable liquid and containing a marking indicating a fill volume of 0.1 ml of ejectable liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: CIS PHARMA AG
    Inventor: Rolf Schäfer
  • Patent number: 10214314
    Abstract: Containers having weakened regions in one or more corners to prevent or inhibit container damage and related methods. In some embodiments, the container may comprise a bottom wall and one or more bottom wall corners defined in part by the bottom wall. Weakened regions or crumple zones may be positioned about one or more such corners. In some embodiments, the weakened region(s) may comprise weakened line(s) circumscribing the bottom wall corner(s) that may be configured to deform and absorb drop forces resulting from the container being dropped to reduce the possibility of the drop forces tearing the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Inteplast Group Corporation
    Inventor: Christopher L. Claxton
  • Patent number: 10183798
    Abstract: A packaging and cooking device includes a bottom, top and four side walls, each including a first fold line parallel to and slightly distant from the bottom, a second fold line parallel to the first line, two opposing side walls including two diagonal fold lines in the portion of the side walls located above the first line, the top including two flaps, each having a free edge and connected to two opposing side walls and a hooking system enabling flaps to be held in closed position. The hooking system includes a tab connected to the free edge of a first flap and a cut-out, provided in a second flap for inserting the tab in an insertion direction, the cut-out extending in a direction approximately perpendicular to the insertion direction and including a projecting shape offset relative to the ends thereof and oriented in the direction opposite to the insertion direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Inventor: Francois Berthault
  • Patent number: 10160470
    Abstract: A personal shopping cart, or trolley, to be used to transport purchased items, includes a wheeled base, a handle that extends and retracts, and multiple nesting bins or containers. The wheels and handle are such that the trolley can be easily pulled or pushed. The bins are attached to a frame allowing different vertical positions, enabling the bins to either nest into each other (for storage, minimizing its size), or to extend vertically for carrying merchandise. All bins, with the exception of the bottom bin, are removable from the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Inventor: Nancy K. N. Unrath
  • Patent number: 10138027
    Abstract: A device and system for temporarily sealing an orifice in a beverage container lid comprising a plug (10, 110, 210, 310) having an upper surface (14, 114, 214), a body portion (12, 112), and a lower surface (16, 116, 216), said body portion adapted to be inserted and releasably retained in the orifice to provide a temporary seal thereof, and an external member (20, 120, 220) located on the upper surface of the plug configured to allow a user to grip the plug for ease of removal from the orifice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: StixToGo, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas Burns
  • Patent number: 10132099
    Abstract: A method of forming a post sleeve within a post hole in the ground to include a post receiving cavity to insertably receive and support a post is provided. The method includes positioning a post sleeve core within the post hole with the aid of an elongate installation member and depositing uncured material into the post hole to at least partially surround the post sleeve core while the post sleeve core is attached to the elongate installation member. The method further includes allowing the uncured material to harden around the post sleeve core to form at least a portion of the post-receiving cavity of the post sleeve and removing the post sleeve core from the hardened material to expose the post receiving cavity to receive and support the post. Other related methods of forming post sleeves are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Inventor: N. Eric Knudsen
  • Patent number: 10114410
    Abstract: A cover includes a first plate, a second plate, an input device, a connecting base and a plurality of fixing components. The cover can change between a plurality of states. The states of the cover are kept via the fixing components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: ASUSTEK COMPUTER INC.
    Inventors: Chih-Teng Ke, Chung-Jen Chung, Sheng-Chieh Huang, Iven Benjamin Dieterle, Ying-Jing Chen, Hui-Chuan Ma
  • Patent number: 10100458
    Abstract: A storage and drying container for storing and drying outerwear, sports clothing or equipment is provided. The unit comprises an enclosure having a back wall, a front wall, a top wall, and two side walls defining the internal storage portion of the container. The container may also include shelf members for supporting the outerwear, sports clothing or equipment. The shelf members may optionally include holes for allowing for air circulation throughout the container in order to facilitate the drying of the outerwear, sports clothing or equipment placed in the chamber. Further the design of the drying container is such that sports equipment may remain in a bag, such as a hockey bag, thereby allowing for easy storage and drying prior to the next use. The container may be provided with a heating element and drying fan to encourage airflow to facilitate drying and temperature uniformity throughout the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Inventor: Chad Alonzo Stewart
  • Patent number: 10096270
    Abstract: A display system may include a decal including a substrate layer, and a removable adhesive layer applied to the substrate layer, the removable adhesive layer being capable of forming a temporary adhesive bond between the substrate layer and a support surface, and a folded display including a first panel connected to a second panel along a seam, a first tab connected to the first panel along a first side edge, a second tab connected to the second panel along a second side edge, and a permanent adhesive material applied to the first tab and the second tab, the permanent adhesive material being capable of forming a permanent adhesive bond between the tabs and the substrate layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Outta The Box Dispensers, LLC
    Inventor: Michael J. Emoff
  • Patent number: 10072837
    Abstract: A lighting box having LED units in the interior of a body thereof to allow an elegant exterior appearance for the lighting box to be designed, and having a switch and a control unit so that the LED units are turned on and off with the opening and closing of the box The lighting box comprises a body; a control panel attached on an inner surface of the body; a battery unit attached to the control panel; LED units driven by the battery unit and located inside the body and attached to the control panel; an LED cover for covering the LED units; a switch, attached to the body, for controlling the operations of the LED units; a cover which covers the body; and a control unit, disposed on the cover, for controlling the switch being turned on and off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Inventor: Soon Chang Hong
  • Patent number: 10045554
    Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus for boiling an egg, comprising a device for providing microwave radiation in a confined space, comprising a holder with at least one cavity adapted to the shape of an egg with an eggshell, said cavity provided with a first layer surrounding the eggshell, said first layer: —is in heat exchanging contact with the shell of the egg; —has a dielectric constant with an imaginary part, ??, between 20-500 at a temperature between 0° C.-100° C. and at a microwave frequency of 2.45 GHz, and—having a layer thickness d of 1-6 millimeter and varying less than 30% over the egg, or said holder for holding at least one egg assembly adapted for cooking an egg using microwave radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: NEWTRICIOUS B.V.
    Inventor: Jos Nelissen
  • Patent number: 10040080
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a tubular holder. The tubular holder includes a tubular main body, the tubular main body including an interior surface and an exterior surface, a film that extends around at least a portion of the circumference of a first end of the tubular main body and covers an opening of the first end of the tubular main body, and a sheet including a first surface and a second surface, the second surface opposed to the first surface, the first surface operably attached to the seal at at least one point, the sheet configured to extend a distance along an interior of the tubular main body from the first end towards a second end, wherein at least a portion of the first surface of the sheet contacts the interior surface of the tubular main body, and wherein a liquid composition contacts a second surface of the sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Inventor: Michelle Duchnowski
  • Patent number: 10000323
    Abstract: A package configured to contain and provide for sterile presentation of a product. The package includes a housing portion, a handling portion integrally formed with the housing portion, and a separation feature. The housing portion defines an interior product storage cavity and extends from a first end to a second end. The handling portion includes a cuff at the second end of the housing portion and a gripping portion extending from the cuff. The gripping portion is configured to extend inside the cuff and toward the storage cavity. The separation feature is disposed between the cuff and the housing portion, and the separation feature is configured to separate the housing portion and the handling portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Bemis Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Aaron R. Bentz
  • Patent number: 9981777
    Abstract: Packaging for displaying an accessory with a beverage such as a wine bottle includes a compartment having a front, a tab coupled to the compartment for receiving and hanging from the neck of the wine bottle, and a window in the front of the compartment for displaying the accessory within the compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Inventors: Stephen J. Thomson, Joseph M. Rahm
  • Patent number: 9956475
    Abstract: A game action figure for use in a tabletop combat game with other game action figures is disclosed. The game action figure includes a body having arms and legs; a lower housing, the lower housing including a first storage location for a pair of dice, a second storage location for a set of cards, a hexagonal spacer, and a weapon held by one of the arms during game play, and a third storage location for a measuring string; and an upper housing, the upper housing configured to attach to the lower housing and enclose a space between the lower and upper housing in which the set of cards, hexagonal spacer and measuring string are stored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Inventors: James Campbell, Benjamin Cichoski, Daniel Mandel
  • Patent number: 9951463
    Abstract: Portable clothes-drying assemblies are provided to allow travelers to quickly and easily dry articles of clothing. In one embodiment of the invention, the assembly includes a specially configured garment bag from which a conventional hand held hair dryer is suspended. The garment bag includes a pair of exterior side walls defining a clothing compartment, an inlet opening configured to direct heated air from the dryer to a heated air chamber inside the bag, and a baffle system for ensuring that the warm or hot air in the heated air chamber is distributed evenly throughout the clothing compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Inventors: Loi McLoughlin, Le Phung
  • Patent number: 9937103
    Abstract: The emesis receptacle is a container that is adapted for use in receiving and storing discharge of emesis. The emesis receptacle is designed to receive the discharge with a minimum of spillage. The emesis receptacle further provides storage areas for the purpose of containing domestic articles necessary for maintaining comfort and cleanliness throughout the discharge process. The emesis receptacle comprises a hollow container, a plurality of handles, one or more pockets, a drawer, a false bottom, and a chin extension. The plurality of handles, the chin extension, and the one or more pockets are attached to the container. The drawer is installed within the container. The false bottom is positioned within the container such that the false bottom protects the contents of the drawer from the discharge of emesis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Inventor: Mark Streit
  • Patent number: 9936780
    Abstract: A protective case for a mobile device having a storage compartment for a user's personal items such as credit cards, license, cash, etc. is disclosed. The protective case includes a first or main panel and a second or sub-panel that are configured to cover the storage compartment and provide access thereto, via a hinged connection. Each panel may also function as independent pivot stand that can position the case in one or more operating/viewing positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Incipio, LLC
    Inventors: Peter Tu, Timothy Hemesath, Andy Fathollahi
  • Patent number: 9927774
    Abstract: A pill dispensing watch with a wrist watch assembly that includes a housing that encloses a time keeping apparatus as well as a plurality of pill storage drawers and microprocessor controlled electro mechanical drawer extending assemblies that allow the user to set the time for a pill taking event and for the pill retaining drawers to each open at the time the pill needs to be taken. A micro USB port built into the watch housing lets the user plug the on board microprocessor into a standard computer so that the user can program the times that the drawers need to open and an audio alarm needs to sound. In one embodiment the watch housing includes two of the drawers extending from the left side of the watch housing and two drawers extending from the right side of the watch housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Inventor: Rebecca Rotbergs
  • Patent number: 9927212
    Abstract: A one-hand operable telescopable knife assembly comprising an elongated outermost jacket enclosing an internal emission or containment chamber and an elongated knife blade assembly. A thumb stud is attached to and extends radially outwardly from the elongated knife blade assembly. The thumb stud extends slidingly through an elongated guide slot to permit a first locking notch to a second locking notch movement and control of the knife assembly contained within the outermost jacket. The first locking slot and the second locking slot are arranged at opposite ends of but are also arranged on the same side of the elongated guide slot. A transversely arranged slot on the blade assembly simultaneously lockingly engages a jacket locking tab at the second end of the outermost jacket upon rotation of the blade assembly by the thumb stud entering into the second locking slot on the side of the outermost jacket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Inventor: Matthew J. Ota
  • Patent number: 9888794
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a plate defining a surface for holding food and further defines at least one opening therein. A collapsible beverage holder fits within the at least one opening defined within the surface of the plate and moves between a collapsed configuration responsive to the apparatus being placed on a surface and an un-collapsed configuration responsive to the apparatus being lifted off the surface by the plate. A plurality of flexible latching tabs secures the collapsible beverage holder to an edge of the at least one opening. The plurality of flexible latching tabs further comprises at least one locking member for engaging the edge of the at least one opening to removeably secure the collapsible beverage holder to the plate. A flexible member interconnects the at least one locking member to the collapsible beverage holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: COGENT TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: David W. Douglas, Robert R. Durkee, III
  • Patent number: 9855187
    Abstract: An oral device includes an intraoral bolus simulator having an exterior surface and an interior volume fillable with a fluid. An extraoral user interface extends from the bolus simulator, and can be used to locate or position the intraoral bolus simulator. In various embodiments, the fluid may be a gas or a liquid, or combinations thereof. In other embodiments, an oral device includes an extraoral handle, a shield connected to the handle, a tether extending from the shield, and a bolus simulator connected to the tether.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignees: Trudell Medical International, The University of Western Ontario
    Inventors: Ruth E. Martin, Marcus Sieffert, Peter Scarrott, Andreas Rifani, Kelly Armstrong
  • Patent number: 9856597
    Abstract: A drying system embodying a method and glove dryer mountable to an outlet of an already-running furnace when in use so as to safely and efficiently dry out articles, and that dissembles into stackable elements when stored is provided. The glove dryer may include a base providing a plurality of detachable nozzles. The base may form a volumetric enclosure for both safely mounting the outlet of an already-running furnace as well as for storage purposes. The plurality of detachable nozzles may be stacked in a nest configuration when removed from the base for storing in the volumetric enclosure. When in use, the plurality of detachable nozzles each provide a plurality of holes through which heated air from the outlet reaches to tops of articles of clothing slidably received thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Inventor: Karen Smoots
  • Patent number: 9759413
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention use light to add human-like features to an inanimate object. In one embodiment, the object includes a film with an image that has been manipulated to provide for a low profile projection of an image onto a vertical surface directly adjacent to the object. For example, the image of a witch's head could be projected onto a wall and directly beneath, a witch's hat could be hanging on the wall. In another embodiment, changing lights and shadows are used to create animated objects out of otherwise inanimate objects. Various embodiments include components to create the illusion of changing facial expressions. These components include a plurality of light sources and an electronic device that controls the light sources to create the animation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: HALLMARK CARDS, INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Timothy Jay Lien, Jason Blake Penrod, Steve Eikos, Robert D. Wertanen, Ma Lap Man, Wesley D. Lindquist, Kari Jean Walberg
  • Patent number: 9701443
    Abstract: A toolbox includes a space for receiving tools and includes a peripheral side and top and bottom sides. The peripheral side includes at least one snap fastener on an upper end thereof and at least one engagement portion on a lower end thereof. The at least one snap fastener includes a flexible engagement plate. A hook is formed on an upper end of the engagement plate. The lower end of the engagement plate can be pressed to move the hook away from the peripheral side of the toolbox. The hook of the at least one snap fastener of the toolbox can engage with at least one engagement portion of another similarly constructed toolbox stacked above the toolbox. The at least one engagement portion of the toolbox can engage with a hook of at least one snap fastener of another similarly constructed toolbox stacked below the toolbox.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: COMPASS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tzu-Chien Wang
  • Patent number: 9694129
    Abstract: A package for a medical cannula with a hub, such as a pen needle, is disclosed. The package includes a cover for receiving a medical cannula and for engaging a hub of the medical cannula. The cover has open ends that are in communication through the cover. The packaging also includes a sterility barrier for the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventors: Robert Banik, Peter Skutnik, Sean Sullivan
  • Patent number: 9687115
    Abstract: A novel food serving and storage set including cover formed to be similar to and of realistic size, shape and color for the food in which it is covering, an accompanying complimentary receiving unit that has a vertical raised lip around its edge for the cover to fit exactly on top. The receiving unit has a flat peripheral area surrounding a depression in its center on which food may rest directly or indirectly. The food can rest on a separate removable disc which fits on top of the receiving unit in order to separate any elements in the receiving unit's depression (e.g. a cooling or warming element) from the food. Attached to the lower outer and upper inner rims of the cover and receiving unit respectively is a non-slip lining that creates an airtight seal allowing this system to store food for an extended time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Inventor: Dorothy Mai Win-Hall
  • Patent number: 9682851
    Abstract: A single serving scoop and funnel both conveniently measures a correct amount of any liquid, gel, solid, granulated, or any pourable material, and facilitates pouring the measured material into a container. The funnel is moveably attached to a scoop handle, and may be moved between a first position over the scoop, and a second position withdrawn from the scoop. In one embodiment the funnel is hingedly attached to the scoop handle and rotates 180 degrees to latch opposite to the scoop, and may contain projections on each side of a funnel handle allowing single had use. In another embodiment the funnel slides along the handle away from the scoop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Inventor: Adrian Rivera
  • Patent number: 9676533
    Abstract: A tamper-evident package includes a flexible web having first and second opposed surfaces, and a tamper-evident layer on at least the first surface. The tamper-evident layer defines a blank space on the web, and includes a first pattern of protected areas and a second pattern of tamper-evident areas. A first semi-rigid outer layer is attached to the first tamper-evident layer so as to adhere only to the tamper-evident areas on the tamper-evident layer, the first semi-rigid outer layer including a transparent portion aligned with the blank space. A second semi-rigid outer layer is attached to the second surface of the web. The blank space may be removed to form a hole in the web, and the second outer layer may include a transparent portion aligned with the hole. A second tamper-evident layer may optionally be provided on the second surface of the web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: ADCRAFT PRODUCTS CO. INC.
    Inventors: Keith Mottram, Kenneth Collins
  • Patent number: 9669964
    Abstract: A container for storing dispensable contents includes a tub. The tub includes a body having one or more walls extending from a base, an opening, a neck formed around the opening and extending out from the body to form a lip, and a shelf disposed on an inner perimeter of the neck and below the lip. The container also includes a removable insert disposed below the lip and above the contents. The removable insert includes a scoop implement for dispensing the contents, and an outer frame removably coupled to the scoop implement, the outer frame configured to rest on the shelf and support the scoop implement above the contents. The container also includes a closure configured to removably cover the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: GATEWAY PLASTICS, INC.
    Inventors: William C. Vogel, Terrence M. Parve
  • Patent number: 9629486
    Abstract: An apparatus for creating floral arrangements by having a structure where the structure has specific locations such as openings in the structure with an insert having indicia including numbers on the insert with a respective number aligned with and visible through an aligned opening in the structure and the number corresponding with a flower and stem cut from a living plant so that the stem of the flower is inserted with the corresponding number visible through an opening in the structure so that different flowers and other floral items taken from living plants can be placed in the structure to provide a decorative floral arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Inventor: Rhonda Allan
  • Patent number: 9617045
    Abstract: Caps, containers embodying such caps, and methods of enhancing cap safety. Air flow passages through the cap enable one, who accidentally swallowed the cap, to breathe/pass air through the cap. Some air passages extend top to bottom. Openings in the outer side wall, and an air flow path across the cap, allow air to enter the cap on a first side, flow transversely through the cap, and exit an opposing side. The top-to-bottom air flow passages, and the air flow path across the cap, including the openings in the outer wall of the cap, collectively support air flow through the cap, thus through the person's airway, if/when the cap becomes accidentally lodged in a person's airway. The openings can be used to engage and extract an accidentally swallowed cap. Elements of an optional tamper evident ring remain attached to the cap after the cap is removed from the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Inventor: Robert C. Reinders