Having Specified Means For Lateral Stacking Patents (Class 206/504)
  • Patent number: 11472600
    Abstract: A storage compartment assembly for a motor vehicle includes a plurality of compartment bins, each having a first wall connected at an angle to a second wall connected at an angle to a third wall connected at an angle to a fourth wall also connected at an angle to the first wall, the first, second, third, and fourth walls connected at an angle to a base portion, the first, second, third, fourth walls, and the base portion partially enclosing a volume, a plurality of foot portions extending from the base portion at intersections of the first, second, third, and fourth walls, a plurality of support members extending from the intersections of the first, second, third, and fourth walls and displaced vertically directly above the foot portions, each of the plurality of compartment bins stackable atop each of the others of the plurality of compartment bins in a plurality of permutations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Inventor: Jeffrey G. Combs
  • Patent number: 11192686
    Abstract: A box for packaging core samples from rock drilling is provided, used in particular in the field of mineral sampling from geological exploration activities for subsequent analysis. The box is defined by a structure formed by a single body produced by injection molding of a thermoplastic material which includes female fittings and male fittings for laterally interlocking the boxes, closing and locking devices for the cover on the box, anatomical transport handles, openings and channels for draining liquid fractions and texturing for identifying the collected samples.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Inventors: Flavio de Barros Ramos, Daniel Bortowski Carvalho
  • Patent number: 11034483
    Abstract: Various modular container systems and methods are disclosed. The system can include one or more container modules configured to be pivotably or hingedly connected together. Food items can be placed in individual container modules separately and the container modules can be coupled together to form a portable interlocking unit and the container modules can be pivotably coupled with adjacent container modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Inventors: Ira Maroofian, Dean R. Brown
  • Patent number: 10950361
    Abstract: An underground ventilated system for storing nuclear waste materials. The system includes a storage module having an outer shell defining an internal cavity and an inner shell. A majority of the height of the outer shell may be disposed below grade. The outer shell may include a hermetically sealed bottom. First and second canisters are positioned in lower and upper portions within the cavity respectively in vertically stacked relationship. A centering and spacing ring assembly is interspersed between the first and second canisters to transfer the weight of the upper second canister to the lower first canister. The assembly may include centering lugs which laterally restrain the first and second canisters in case of a seismic event. A natural convection driven ventilated air system cools the canisters to remove residual decay heat to the atmosphere. In one non-limiting embodiment, the shells are made of steel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Inventor: Krishna P. Singh
  • Patent number: 10934054
    Abstract: A container system has a plurality of separable interlocking vessels. Each of the vessels defines a separately sealed volume. Each of the vessels has an outlet. One of the plurality of the vessels is an upper vessel and one of the plurality of vessels is a lower vessel. The outlet of the upper vessel is the lowermost portion of the upper vessel and is disposed to one side of the upper vessel. The outlet of the lower vessel is the uppermost portion of the lower vessel and is disposed to one side of the lower vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Inventor: Joseph Richard Garrison, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10647471
    Abstract: A container having a center portion and two side portions each situated at an angle to the center portion and extending in opposite directions such that the a left half of the container is substantially identical to a right half of the container. The container includes recesses and protrusions which enable the container to stack in two orientations generally perpendicular to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Stackcan LLC
    Inventor: Alvaro Mauricio Olarte
  • Patent number: 10642319
    Abstract: An adaptable chassis having an upper box chassis structure including a power supply. The upper box structure includes side walls to receive at least one component sled and registration features. A lower box structure includes side walls to receive at least one component sled. The lower box structure includes a registration feature to engage the registration feature of the first chassis structure. The lower box structure includes a power connector to obtain power from the power supply. The lower box structure may be replaced with large capacity structures when additional component sleds need to be added since the power supply resides in the upper box structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Inventors: Chao-Jung Chen, Chih-Wei Lin, Ming-Lun Ku
  • Patent number: 10631680
    Abstract: One embodiment: A portable insulated beverage brewing device 10 for liquids and gravity fed method for brewing. A device 10, with lid 14 and vessel 12, may house insulation 52A and 52B, liner reservoir 50A and 50B, and filter 28 to brew hot or cold liquids and contain hot or cold liquids for controlled dispensing 26. A large capacity filter 28 secures inside the vessel 12 accepting brew mixtures for gravity fed brewing method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Big Spoon Productions, LLC
    Inventor: Joshua F. Johnson
  • Patent number: 10399748
    Abstract: A stackable lid for a container includes a main body having an interior portion circumscribed by a lip. The interior portion has a plurality of raised surface features, a plurality of channels, and a plurality of connecting bridges formed therein. A plurality of bosses extend from the interior portion of the main body. Each of the bosses includes a plurality of sidewalls. At least one support feature depends from an interior surface of at least one of the bosses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Creative Plastic Concepts, LLC
    Inventor: Nickolas Reinhart
  • Patent number: 10293976
    Abstract: A mounting system to couple containers together includes a pair of container bodies coupled together, each container body having a bottom end connected to a top open end with a cap disposed thereon, a pair of recesses disposed in the bottom ends of the first and second container bodies, the recess of the first container body being sufficiently large to receive the cap of the second container body, the recess formed by an inner face coupled to a side wall, the side wall of the recess having a plurality of friction beam assemblies coupled thereto, each friction beam assembly in the plurality of friction beam assemblies separated from an adjacent friction beam assembly by space along the side wall of the recess. Insertion of the cap of the second container body into the recess of the first container body creates a frictional grip and a vacuum seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventor: Steven Klein
  • Patent number: 10286540
    Abstract: A container, e.g., a carry-case, includes: a body having an internal cavity for storing contents, the body including at least one access side of the body having at least one opening sufficient in size to accommodate movement of the contents through the opening(s); and at least one lid configured to releasably close the at least one opening, respectively. The body further includes: first and second stacking sides in which are formed complimentarily-shaped surface feature(s) and surface feature(s), respectively, configured to be releasably engageable with the corresponding surface feature(s) formed in second and first stacking sides, respectively, of other instances of the container. And each access side and corresponding lid are configured to permit access through the corresponding opening while one or more of the first and second stacking sides are disposed in states of releasable engagement, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventor: Robert Barry
  • Patent number: 10275966
    Abstract: A transport container for secure transport of packages. In one embodiment, the transport container includes a body, a cover, a cover lock, a locking bar, and an electronic controller. The cover is coupled to the body. The cover is movable from a closed state covering the opening to an open state. The cover lock is configured to engage the cover and keep the cover in the closed state. The locking bar is coupled to the base. The locking bar is configured for attachment to anchor points. The electronic controller is electrically coupled to the cover lock and to the locking bar. The electronic controller is configured to adjust the cover lock between a locked state and an unlocked state. The electronic controller is also configured to adjust the locking bar between the locked state and the unlocked state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Motogo, LLC
    Inventor: David Ruth
  • Patent number: 10252834
    Abstract: Large format rigid structured polymer container includes a hollow main body portion. The hollow main body portion includes four corner column configurations. Each corner column configuration has a top end and a bottom end. The top end of each corner column configuration defines a top reference plane, and the bottom end of each corner column configuration defines a bottom reference plane. The hollow main body portion has first and second end walls, and first and second sidewalls. Each end wall extends between two adjacent corner column configurations along a transverse direction of the main body portion. Each sidewall extends between adjacent corner column configurations along a longitudinal direction of the main body portion. The container has a recessed top surface extending between the top ends of the four of corner column configurations, and a raised bottom surface extending between the bottom ends of the four corner column configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Graham Packaging Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Sheldon E. Yourist
  • Patent number: 10023357
    Abstract: A storage device includes a base, and a number of side panels selectively coupled to the base. Each of the side panels include a protrusion. The base includes a number of voids defined therein. The protrusions, once inserted into the voids, restrict movement of the side panels relative to the base in at least two coordinate directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Inventor: Brian Matthew Sneddon
  • Patent number: 9994375
    Abstract: A modular packing system includes a pallet exhibiting a continuous and unperforated support surface affording a plurality of seating features distributed thereon, a plurality of containers of base measurements as submultiples of the pallet dimensions and constant height so as to form even layers of uniform height, and an uppermost cover element for positioning on top of a final layer of containers and equipped with a first pair of belts engageable to corresponding belt portions which, in turn, engage with a second pair of belts associated to the pallet. Each container exhibits a lower base surface affording raised features configured to engage in seating features in the pallet support surface. Each container further exhibits a cover element exhibiting a plurality of seating features, analogous in conformation and positioning to the seating features in the pallet support surface, so as to form another support and engagement surface for a subsequent layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Inventor: Luca Zacchi
  • Patent number: 9981774
    Abstract: A container includes a pallet having a plurality of elongated grooves of predetermined pattern in the upper surface of the pallet, and at least one stackable container body formed with a wall member, the bottom edge surfaces having a plurality of protrusions formed thereon, the top edge surfaces having a plurality of slots formed therein at a corresponding location with the protrusions to allow one container body to stack on another container body with the protrusions of one container body inserted into the slots of the other container body. The container body includes a folding configuration at its side surfaces thereof to allow the container body to fold to reduce its size, wherein the elongated grooves of the pallet are configured to receive the protrusions of the container body both in the unfolded (original) shape and the folded shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: INPACK GLOBAL CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Young-Seok Park
  • Patent number: 9975659
    Abstract: A reusable cap for a container comprising a central body extending along a central axis with a lower end that is open and a top end that is closed by a top plate, wherein the lower end is rotatably engageable with the top end of a similar cap; a skirt that extends around the central axis to surround the central body with an inner edge adjacent to the central body and an opposing outer edge and is radially spaced from the central body by a plurality of tabs to form an open space allowing air passage; a plurality of external cooperating engaging formations on said skirt, wherein the plurality of external cooperating engaging formations comprise at least one male engaging formation and at least one female engaging formation; and wherein the male engaging formation is a protrusion extending radially outward from said skirt and the female engaging formation is defined by an indent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: 1316 LLC
    Inventors: Thomas E. McConnell, Qianqian Wang
  • Patent number: 9869083
    Abstract: A system and methods for the storage, and preservation of mechanical assets, including collectable automobiles, small airplanes and watercraft in a storage unit. The storage unit includes a plurality of asset modules. The volume of each asset module is variable. The atmosphere of each asset module may be controlled by a control system. Control of the atmosphere of each asset module includes control of parameters including the type of gas each atmosphere is composed of and the temperature, the pressure and relative humidity of each atmosphere. These parameters may be monitored and controlled from a remote location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Inventor: Michael P. Gibbons
  • Patent number: 9856066
    Abstract: The invention relates to modular elements for building a storage basin, to a network obtained by assembling a plurality of modular elements, to a supporting structure, to a storage basin and to a process for obtaining a storage basin. The modular element according to the invention is provided in the interior with a network element constituted by main half joints (10), secondary half joints (11) and tertiary half joints (10), vertical channels (8,15), oblique channels (9), compartments (18), and is provided with joint elements (16,17). The network comprises horizontal annular channels and main, secondary and tertiary joints connected by vertical and oblique channels. The storage basin comprises a supporting structure at the interior of an insulating structure obtained by assembling the modular elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Inventor: Laurentiu Dumitru Breaz
  • Patent number: 9845174
    Abstract: A holder for receiving, storing and carrying photographic items such as cameras, printers, film packs or photographic prints. The holder has a front/distal case that is removably connected to a back/proximal case so that the two cases can be used together or separately. A multi-clip having a pair of open sections and a base member removably attaches the front case to the back case. A pair of side members guide the multi-clip into place to be received in a clip receiver. The cases are configured be used with various carrying devices that allow the user to carry the holder or one of the cases thereof. In one embodiment, the front case has a back section with a divider that defines separate areas for a film pack and prints and a front section that pivots to open or close the front case and allow access to the items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Inventor: Gary M. Sibbett
  • Patent number: 9785187
    Abstract: Modular computing device techniques are described. In one or more implementations, a computing device includes a display modular component including a housing, a display device physically and communicatively coupled to the housing via a hinge, and one or more display hardware elements disposed within the housing that are configured to output a display for display by the display device. The computing device also includes a computing modular component including a housing that is physically and communicatively coupled to the display modular component, a processing system disposed within the housing, and memory disposed within the housing. The processing system is configured to execute instructions stored by the processing system to generate a user interface for display by the display device of the display modular component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Young Soo Kim, Timothy G. Escolin
  • Patent number: 9611072
    Abstract: A modular interconnecting knockdown container system includes a plurality of individual containers selectively coupled together to form a free standing unit. Each container is a knockdown container formed from a single substrate assembled into the container having a plurality of side members and extending between opposed ends of the container. Each container includes a plurality of coupling tabs adjacent each container end on at least two of the sides, wherein each tab may selectively extend beyond the adjacent container end. Each container includes a plurality of coupling tab receiving slots adjacent each container end on at least two sides at each container end and aligned with the coupling tabs adjacent the container end, wherein each tab receiving slot may selectively receive a tab of an adjacent container. Adjacent containers have the coupling tabs adjacent one end received within the tab receiving slots of an adjacent end of an adjacent container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Inventors: Arie Nissan Sharon, Michael Sharon
  • Patent number: 9580970
    Abstract: A cutting element includes, a body having two planes, each of the two planes defining a plurality of edges, and a support extending from a first of the two planes. The support and the body are configured such that when the cutting element is resting against a planar surface such that at least one of the plurality of edges and the support are in contact with the planar surface, the second of the two planes forms an acute angle with the planar surface. Additionally, a protrusion extends laterally from at least one face of the body and an indentation is formed in at least one face of the body. The protrusion and the indentation are complementary to one another such that the protrusion of a first of the cutting elements is positionable within the indentation of a second of the cutting elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Inventors: Calvin J. Stowe, Rustom K. Mody
  • Patent number: 9521815
    Abstract: A container for stacking with an alike container for use in hydroponics, the container includes a base and a side wall extending from the base and defining an opening, the side wall having an inner profile and an outer profile, the inner profile interfits with the outer profile when the container is in a stacked relationship with an alike container, and wherein the inner profile includes at least one formation located at a height from the base of the container, and the outer profile includes at least one abutment for engaging the formation of an alike container when stacked therein, and when in use, the container can be stacked with an alike container in a nesting relationship such that one container forms a receiver and the other forms a nester that is positioned in a lowered operative position within a receiver, and the relative positions of the containers can be adjusted by locating the at least one abutment of the outer profile of the nester on the at least one formation of the receiver and thereby suppor
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: Nutrifield Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Greg Panopoulos, Daniel Leonardo
  • Patent number: 9493275
    Abstract: Disclosed are compositions directed to resealable containers and methods directed to making and using resealable containers. Also disclosed are methods of containing an article. The resealable containers can include a thermotropic adhesive sealing composition to aid in opening and sealing the containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Empire Technology Development LLC
    Inventors: Georgius Abidal Adam, Scott Andrew Needham
  • Patent number: 9439551
    Abstract: A reusable fluid dispensing system comprising a fluid dispensing head with a descending dip tube having an end and a container for holding fluid that is detachably connected to the fluid dispensing head. The container has a bottom that has a single lower recess region to receive the dip tube end, a detachable base member defining at least one region and, within that region, at least one accessory. The accessory is from a group consisting of a funnel for use in dispensing fluid concentrate and dilution fluid in to the container, a reusable non-paper sheet-like or pad-like element for smoothly spreading dispensed fluid onto a surface or scouring or polishing the surface, and concentrate for making the fluid when dissolved in dilution fluid. In addition, methods of use are taught.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Inventors: Lucas James Atkinson, Christopher Alton Horne
  • Patent number: 9205950
    Abstract: Packaging system (1) including multiple interconnected lockable boxes (2-5) that can be closed with at least one cover (8), wherein the boxes (2-5) in each case are interconnected on a panel, such as the side panel (30), by forming a spacer joint (7) and thereby form a box row (14, 15), and that in each case a box row is connected with the adjacent box row (14, 15) by forming a dividing joint (6) via a film hinge (18) and dividers bridging the film hinge (18).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Inventor: Peter Roesler
  • Patent number: 8985366
    Abstract: An interlocking container for tattoo ink includes a body defining a reservoir for retaining ink and first and second spaced interlocking members, each having a particular size and shape. The members extend outwardly from the container and define a space therebetween adapted to receive a similarly shaped and sized interlocking member from another container. An assembly of containers arranged in many different configurations can be formed by interlocking multiple containers together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Intenze Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Mario Barth
  • Patent number: 8978921
    Abstract: A crate comprises a bottom and two respective pairwise opposing side walls and end walls, wherein the bottom is arch-shaped curving towards the interior of the crate, such that a space between a lower surface of the bottom and a plane defined by a lower end of the crate is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: IFCO Systems GmbH
    Inventor: Wolfgang Orgeldinger
  • Patent number: 8950612
    Abstract: A shipping container comprising a cradle portion, including a plurality of upright members, formed of a first material and a basket formed of a second material wherein when a first shipping container is stacked on a second shipping container the load of the first shipping container is transferred through the plurality of upright members of the second container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Macro Plastics, Inc.
    Inventor: Todd T. Turner
  • Publication number: 20150001120
    Abstract: A stackable container has a body with base, pair of opposing side walls and pair of opposing end walls, the walls extending from the base to form an opening having a rim portion extending around its upper periphery. A lid member is pivotally mounted to the body to close the opening and provide access through the opening. One or more connector members are provided with the body and are operable between stored and active states. In the active state, the connector members enables interconnection with an adjacent container so as to support the container in a stacked arrangement, whereby an adjacent container does not prohibit access into the opening of another adjacent container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventor: John GASKELL
  • Patent number: 8770432
    Abstract: The invention relates to a wash bucket (1), the volume of which can be divided by means of a separate partition (2) into at least two compartments (3, 4). Projections (7) are disposed on at least two mutually opposing lateral walls (5, 6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Carl Freudenberg KG
    Inventors: Markus Rueckheim, Andreas Eisenhut, Georg Huber, Isik Ozkan
  • Patent number: 8770407
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a flexible or semi-flexible stackable package (1) for flowable products, comprising a package body (2) with side (3), top (4) and bottom (5) walls, and a neck (6) adapted to receive closing and/or dispensing means (15) that extends outwardly from one of said walls (3, 4, 5) characterized in that: (i) said neck (6) is off-centered and tilted relative to the vertical axis (V) of said package (1) with an angle (?) comprised between 1° and 179°, preferably comprised between 20° and 60°, more preferably an angle of 45°, and (ii) the package body walls (3, 4, 5) comprise at least one flattened, rounded, or recessed portion (7), such that when stacked in a package assembly (10), the neck (6) of said package (1) fits in between a space (8) defined by similar packages disposed adjacent to said neck (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Marc Laupie, Nicolas Dabrowski
  • Patent number: 8763825
    Abstract: Plastic container (100), particularly for storing liquid under pressure, comprising an integrally formed body with a bottom (101), an upright substantially cylindrical side wall (102) and an upper side (103) with a neck (104) having a bottom end and an open top end (115) in which a closing element of the container can be mounted, wherein the upper side of the container, around the neck, is formed with at least one shoulder (105) and at least one valley (106) which runs downward in radial direction from the neck in the direction of the upright side wall; wherein each shoulder (105) protrudes upward relative to the at least one valley (106); which at least one shoulder and at least one valley are formed integrally with the body of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Dispack-Projects NV
    Inventor: Albert Marie Wauters
  • Patent number: 8746453
    Abstract: A plastic blow molded pourable product container is constructed to support the combined weight of additional like containers stacked on top of the container, and is also constructed to efficiently use a three dimensional space occupied by a stack of containers and to resist relative movement between adjacent containers assembled together in a three dimensionally arrayed stack of the containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Buddeez, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles E. Hall, William A. Hall
  • Patent number: 8684218
    Abstract: Vessel including a unitary or two-part vessel base having an intermediate wall portion, upper and lower wall portions on opposite sides of the intermediate wall portion, and upper and lower seal rims adjacent the respective upper and lower wall portions. The upper and intermediate wall portions define an upper chamber space including at least one upper chamber. The lower and intermediate wall portions define a lower chamber space including at least one lower chamber. The seal rims include edges configured to provide suction when pressed against a flat surface, preferably when these rims are wet. Lids engage with upper and lower lid-receiving portions, respectively, defined by the vessel base to selectively close the upper or lower chamber space. The two-part vessel base has a mating structure to facilitate selective attachment and separation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Inventor: David M Stravitz
  • Patent number: 8678188
    Abstract: The present invention comprises a storage container that comprises a front panel, a back or rear panel, a left side panel, a top portion, and a bottom portion. Each of the panels, as well as the top portion and the bottom portion of the storage container, comprises a contact surface with each contact surface comprising at least one contact point. The use of multiple contact surfaces and multiple contact points allows a plurality of storage containers to be efficiently and securely stacked and nested, thereby allowing for quick and easy storage of items while conserving valuable yet precious storage space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Inventor: Helen D. Larsen
  • Patent number: 8662328
    Abstract: An interconnecting container system is described. Each container has a rounded rectangular parallelepiped body with four symmetrical sidewalls, a rounded square base and a rounded square top. An elongated sidewall slot is provided on each sidewall, the slot has a surrounding lip thereby creating an internal edge recess. The sidewall slot has an open end and an adjoining closed end. The adjoining closed end is centrally disposed along a transversal axis of the rectangular sidewall. A similarly constructed elongated base slot is provided on the base. The adjoining closed end of the base slot is centrally disposed on the square base. A neck is centrally provided on the top and extends from the top, it has a surrounding rim and an opening thereon. The rim of the neck and the internal recess of the base slot and the sidewall slot are dimensioned and shaped for sliding and interconnecting engagement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: 9224-9838 Quebec Inc.
    Inventor: Raymond Boisvert
  • Patent number: 8651276
    Abstract: Packaging for heatable food portions comprises an ovenable tray including a plurality of serving containers connected by a detachable support matrix. In one embodiment, the support matrix is attached to the serving containers by hot melt glue which melts during baking or heating to automatically release the support matrix from the serving containers. Pre-filled trays are shipped with display covers fitted to the serving containers, such that the covers may be placed on the individual serving containers after the food portions are baked and the serving containers are separated from the support matrix to provide individually packaged, freshly baked food portions for display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Rich Products Corporation
    Inventor: Noel F. Galluch
  • Patent number: 8640487
    Abstract: A refreezable container for storage of perishable and/or temperature-sensitive items is described herein. A bottom surface, contiguous with one or more side surfaces is provided, each surface having an interior cavity at least partially filled with refreezable material, usable to retain contents within the container at a temperature less than ambient temperature. The bottom surface includes a lower groove therein. The side surfaces include a lip adapted for secure engagement for an upper object, which can include a top cover having a complementary groove, or the lower groove of an adjacent refreezable container, allowing multiple containers, with or without top covers, to be nested for storage or transport, and allowing multiple covered containers, or top covers independent of containers, to be stacked and nested.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Inventor: Adan Francisco Chapa
  • Patent number: 8602217
    Abstract: A container assembly that includes a first container, a second container and a latch arrangement movable between a latched position and an unlatched position is provided. The first container has a first container portion having a first opening into a first interior space in which articles to be transported can be stored and a first cover for closing the first opening. The second container has a second container portion having a second opening into a second interior space in which articles to be transported can be stored and a second cover for closing the second opening. The latch arrangement, when in the latched position, is constructed and arranged to connect the first container portion to the second container portion. The latch arrangement is positioned and configured such that when it connects the first container portion to the second container portion, the first opening and the second opening face opposite directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: The Stanley Works Israel Ltd.
    Inventors: David Sosnovsky, Mark Bensman
  • Patent number: 8590726
    Abstract: A doll organizer to store particularly suited for carrying dolls or similar items along with associated accessories includes a plurality of removably stackable compartments which includes a pair of rolling wheels at a retractable handle. The various compartments are particularly adapted to organize and retain a variety of common doll toy accessories. Additionally, each compartment includes a plurality of removable dividers for organizing the dolls and accessories in a selectable, modular manner. The individual compartments can be removed during use for ease of access to the various toys.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Inventors: Autumn M. Mickelson, James D. Mickelson
  • Patent number: 8573400
    Abstract: A thermoformed container system with a tray and a lid mounted on the tray, that includes special structures to help two or more containers to stand on their bottom edges when nested together, even though each individual container would be too unstable to stand in isolation. Alternative embodiments of the invention include a product case pack comprising at least two containers with product inside each container, and a method of retail sales display of two or more containers, where the containers are adapted to stand on their bottom edges when nested together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Plastic Ingenuity, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert G. LaMasney
  • Patent number: 8561832
    Abstract: A bakery tray includes a base. A front wall extends upward from a front edge of the base. Side walls extend upward from side edges of the base. A rear wall extends upward from a rear edge of the base. The rear wall includes an inner panel portion and an outer lip portion that protrudes outward and then downward from an uppermost edge of the inner panel portion. A plurality of ribs connect the inner panel portion to the outer lip portion. In one feature, the plurality of ribs may include an increased concentration of the ribs in the center of the tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Rehrig Pacific Company
    Inventor: Jon P. Hassell
  • Patent number: 8561769
    Abstract: An interlocking case system includes a base case having a luggage receptacle and an overlying lid that together form a luggage compartment. One or more swivel wheels are located in proximity to one end of the base case and at least one non-swivel wheel is located at the other end. An upper case is configured to interlock with, and be supported by, the base case when the base case is supported by the first and second swivel wheels and the at least one non-swivel wheel. The case system may be towed using a flexible towing strap coupled to the base case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Inventor: Scott E. Andochick
  • Patent number: 8540105
    Abstract: An easily openable metal can largely openable in the arranged state of two sheet metal-made cans in series. A means such as a projection for opening the drinking mouth of another can is formed at the lower part of a can body, and a break line and a means for guiding the means such as the projection are formed at the upper part thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Inventor: Norio Yasui
  • Patent number: 8540076
    Abstract: Whether constructed of square or rectangular configuration with handles for lifting and carrying about, and with internal shelves or braces to receive and hold compartmentalized partitioned layers to accept the various tools of various trades, the container of the invention, when of a composition to support the weight of studs and boards placed upon them, provides a crate which cannot only carry the tools of the trade, but can serve as a workbench in performing needed work at a jobsite location, as well as to support the weight of a workman standing upon included boards and studs as a “step” to reach elevated heights in the doing of a required job.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Inventor: Gary Bucholz
  • Patent number: 8505729
    Abstract: A container constructed and arranged to be connected to at least one other container. The container has a container portion, a cover, and a latch member movable between a first position and a second position. A retaining member on the container portion is engageable with the latch member. In the first position, the latch member engages the retaining member to inhibit movement of the latch member away from the first position. In the second position, the latch member is engageable with a container portion of the other container to connect the containers. The latch member is pivotally movable in a clockwise and counterclockwise manner. The latch member can be pivoted upwards to the second position to engage the other container and the latch member can be pivoted downwards to the first position to engage the retaining member to inhibit movement of the latch member away from the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: The Stanley Works Israel Ltd.
    Inventors: David Sosnovsky, Mark Bensman
  • Patent number: 8499955
    Abstract: An apparatus for at least one of the transport, storage, and display of one or more items of at least one of apparel and accessories is provided. The apparatus includes at least one crib defined by a bottom plate, a back plate, and first and second side plates, each of the at least one crib for having disposed therein one or more items of at least one of apparel and accessories. The at least one crib includes the bottom plate that is one of square and rectangular in shape, the back plate that is one of square and rectangular in shape, and the first and second side plates that have the same shape and that are facing each other. Each of the back plate and first and second side plates are perpendicular to the bottom plate. One edge of each of the back plate and first and second side plates is coupled to a respective one edge of the bottom plate. One edge of each of first and second side plates is coupled to a respective one edge of the back plat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Inventors: Kristin Marie Raffone Vazquez, Robert Gooch, Douglas D. Stout
  • Patent number: 8453862
    Abstract: A foldable storage box comprises a soft walled body open at its top end and closed at the opposing end, a top frame being mounted with the walled body and contiguous to the open top end, and a bottom frame being mounted with the walled body and contiguous to the closed opposing end; wherein the top frame are provided with attachment elements respectively on its bottom and side surfaces, the bottom frame are provided with attachment elements respectively on its top and side surfaces, such that separate boxes can be held in stacks or side by side with the attachment elements. A plurality of supporting bars are provided within the walled body to each serve as a support between the top and bottom frames to form a container. The supporting bars can be detached from the both frames to enable the walled body to be folded into a flat pack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Inventor: Wen-Tsan Wang