Handle Type Patents (Class 206/510)
  • Patent number: 10981697
    Abstract: A stackable spray bottle assembly includes a top stackable spray bottle and a bottom stackable spray bottle detachably engaged therewith. Each of the top stackable spray bottle and the bottom stackable spray bottle include a reservoir having an open top portion and a closed bottom portion, and an accessory removably coupled to the open top portion. Advantageously, the accessory has a first silhouette, and the bottom portion has a second silhouette conforming to the first silhouette such that, during storage, the top stackable spray bottle is maintained at a substantially stable position when stacked on top of the bottom stackable spray bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Inventor: Andrew Jaffa
  • Patent number: 10835902
    Abstract: The invention concerns a support housing for sampling cones for a pipetting system, the housing being intended to be stacked with other identical housings in a stacking direction, and comprising: a support provided with openings for housing the sampling cones; first and second opposing side walls traversed by a virtual median plane. According to the invention, each of the first and second opposing side walls is equipped with a female coupling member and a male coupling member arranged substantially symmetrically to either side of the plane, the two female coupling members of the first and second opposing side walls being arranged to a same side of the plane and the two male coupling members of the first and second opposing side walls being arranged to the other side of the plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: GILSON SAS
    Inventor: Philippe Gomes Cavaco
  • Patent number: 8763808
    Abstract: A watering can of appropriate shape consist of the main container (5) from which an open spout (6) extends, while the bottom wall (12) and the back edge of the main container continue into the extended can holder (7) with the holder opening (8). The main container widens from its bottom toward the top, while the extended can holder (7) becomes narrower from the bottom toward its top. The extended can holder wall creates a countersink (9) on the external side where into the extended handle of the next stacked can is put into. The open spout (6) has V-shaped cross section enabling the spout (6) to fit into the spout of the previous can during stacking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Inventor: Igor Juric
  • Patent number: 8714399
    Abstract: Provided are plate designs that enable a user to hold a plate in one hand, together with a drinking cup in the same hand. The subject designs find use in various situations in which a user desires to hold a plate and a drinking cup simultaneously. The subject designs also find use in various situations in which a user desires to hold a plate securely, in the presence or absence of a drinking cup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Inventor: John Zox
  • Patent number: 8701885
    Abstract: A container set which connects and packages a plurality of containers with a package sheet is provided, wherein at least one container has a shape in which a plurality of large-width portions having a larger width in a connecting direction as compared with the other portions are formed on respective sides of a small-width portion having a smaller width than the large-width portion, with the small-width portion therebetween; the package sheet has a plurality of tubular portions which are shrunk along an outer shape of the containers and which individually store the containers; and, in the tubular portions, a connecting portion is formed between adjacent tubular portions at least at a part of the tubular portion corresponding to the large-width portion, and the tubular portions which oppose each other are separated from each other at the small-width portion, with no connecting portion formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Fuji Seal International, Inc.
    Inventor: Ernst Christiaan Koolhaas
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20130177381
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a workpiece carrier for transporting and/or storing components of a drug delivery device, comprising: an array of accommodating recesses extending in a first lateral plane (x, y) and being adapted to receive at least one component of the drug delivery device, at least one stack forming structure adapted to mate with a corresponding stack forming structure of another workpiece carrier for mutually aligning workpiece carriers when stacked on one another, wherein the center of the at least one stack forming structure is arranged laterally offset with respect to the center of the array of accommodating recesses in at least one lateral direction, and wherein the stack forming structure comprises a surrounding edge comprising at least in sections a corrugated or undulated structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2011
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Applicant: SANOFI-AVENTIS DEUTSCHLAND GMBH
    Inventors: Clemens Josef, Christian Simon, Andreas Bode, Christian Pommereau, Pascal Lampre, David Plumptre, Olaf Zeckai
  • Patent number: 8424681
    Abstract: A packaging box is provided, for specialty shingles, wherein there are provided multiple compartments of an interior box, for accommodating shingles, with a sleeve disposed thereabout, and with a handle of the box projecting through an upper wall of the sleeve, with there being no bottom wall for the sleeve, to accommodate ready removal of the sleeve from the multiple-compartment box. A projecting handle of an underlying box can be accommodated in an opening of a next overlying box, when the packages are assembled in stacked relation one upon the other, such as in palletized form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: CertainTeed Corporation
    Inventors: Patrick Schonhardt, Anna C. Amatruda, Robert L. Jenkins, Steven A. Koch
  • Patent number: 8382730
    Abstract: A surgical fluid basin includes a receptacle member having a lower wall and a peripheral wall extending from the lower wall and arranged about a longitudinal axis, and having an internal chamber within the peripheral wall for reception of fluids. The peripheral wall has at least one terrace defined within the peripheral wall corresponding to a volume of fluid contained within the internal chamber. The at least one terrace defines an internal rise surface and an internal run surface intersecting the internal rise surface. The internal run surface includes indicia markings corresponding to the volume of fluid contained within the internal chamber. A plurality of terraces may be defined within the peripheral wall with each terrace corresponding to a predetermined volume of fluid contained within the internal chamber. The internal run surface defined by each terrace includes indicia markings corresponding to the volume of fluid contained within the internal chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Mark Tauer
  • Publication number: 20120211390
    Abstract: A bakery tray includes a base and side walls extending upward from sides of the base, each side wall including an outer side rail and an inner side rail. Side drag rails extend downward from the base proximate sides of the base, with feet projecting outward from the side drag rails. An outer rib projects downward from an outer edge of each of the feet such that the side drag rail of an identical upper tray being stacked on the bakery tray contacts the flanges while the outer ribs of the upper tray are received between the outer side rail and the inner side rail. In another feature, the side walls include handle openings, the handle openings each partially defined by a convex outer wall. In another feature, an upper edge of the front wall includes finger corrugations for accommodating the fingers of a user's hand grasping the tray.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2012
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Inventors: Jon P. Hassell, Margaret McCanless, Kyle L. Baltz, Glenn E. Rindfleisch
  • Patent number: 8235214
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a liquid container generally includes a base member, a sidewall member, a neck member, a spout, and a handle. The sidewall member is attached to and extends upwardly from the base member. The neck member couples the sidewall member to the spout. The base member has a recessed portion and at least one slot. The recessed portion extends upwardly into the container such that the base member may rest upon the neck member of another container. The slot may be tunnel-shaped to conform to one or more ribs of the neck member of another container. The tunnel shape may form a cavity that extends across the base member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Dean Intellectual Property Services II, Inc.
    Inventors: Carl T. Eiten, Matthew J. Simpson
  • Patent number: 8123067
    Abstract: The invention provides a set of cooking pans which nest completely one within the other, optionally together with their lids. Each pan of the set comprises a pan body ad a side handle, and the pan bodies are of progressively smaller diameter so that each pan body can be completely received within the next larger pan body for storage purposes, and each pan handle from the largest pan to at least the second smallest pan in the set is concave, creating along the top of that handle a longitudinal recess, each longitudinal recess communicating with a concavity in the top rim of the associated pan body so that when the body of a pan of smaller size is received in the pan body, the handle of the smaller pan extends through that concavity and is received wholly within the longitudinal recess in the handle of that next larger pan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Inventor: Gavin Thomson
  • Patent number: 8046961
    Abstract: A tactical portable solar control system which can be modular, extremely resistant to destruction, capable of being assembled by a person without instructions, and which creates a small footprint when assembled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: Solarcraft, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul G. Cutting, Kevin Louis Conlin
  • Patent number: 8025174
    Abstract: A recycling bin has a left and right sidewall, a base, and front wall; the front wall is lower than the other three walls, and when two bins are stacked in a 0° stacking configuration, the lower front wall of the lower bin and a sloped surface on the lower portion of the upper bin create a recyclable receiving chute that accepts recyclable materials freely. When in the stacked configuration, the upper bin is substantially securely held to the lower bin by a combination of a channel on the lower rear portion of the base that fits over a handle that rests upon on upper portion of the rear wall. Furthermore, a lower lip on the lower portion of the rear wall aligns with the handle and substantially prevents front-wards and backwards motion of the upper bin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Assignee: Orbis Canada Limited
    Inventor: Basil T. Martheenal
  • Patent number: 7780036
    Abstract: A handbasket includes a container and a handle. The container includes an upper rim, a pair of opposed side panels, and a pair of opposed end panels, with each side panel including a generally concave exterior surface. The handle extends between, and is pivotally mounted relative to, the respective opposed end panels of the container. The handle is movable between a first generally vertically upright position relative to the container and a second position. In the second position, a first portion of the handle rests against the upper rim of the container and a second portion of the handle is spaced from the upper rim adjacent the generally concave exterior surface of one of the respective side panels to define a grasping zone for grasping the handle for movement between the first position and the second position of the handle relative to the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Assignee: Target Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: William D. Splain, Robert D. Peota, Alexandre Hennen, Allan Cameron
  • Publication number: 20100206759
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a liquid container generally includes a base member, a sidewall member, a neck member, a spout, and a handle. The sidewall member is attached to and extends upwardly from the base member. The neck member couples the sidewall member to the spout. The base member has a recessed portion and at least one slot. The recessed portion extends upwardly into the container such that the base member may rest upon the neck member of another container. The slot may be tunnel-shaped to conform to one or more ribs of the neck member of another container. The tunnel shape may form a cavity that extends across the base member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2009
    Publication date: August 19, 2010
    Applicant: Dean Intellectual Property ServicesII, Inc.
    Inventors: Carl T. Eiten, Matthew J. Simpson
  • Patent number: 7764497
    Abstract: A transit container, such as a rack-mount style container, includes a temperature control system for maintaining a desired temperature within the container such that any cargo within the container remains operational at selected times and possibly in selected locations. The temperature control system includes support or mounting brackets, a temperature control assembly, shock isolation devices for shock attenuation of the temperature control assembly, exhaust assemblies that include exhaust fans and exhaust/intake louvers, and a mounting plate attachable to a lid of the transit container. The temperature control assembly and the aforementioned components may be arranged to have a low-height profile or envelope, which in turn permits the temperature control system to be located in a cavity or chamber of the lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Assignee: Environmental Container Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Dennis M. Becklin
  • Publication number: 20100096289
    Abstract: An improved stackable storage tray has a flat bottom wall with a generally U-shaped recess formed therein, a pair of end walls with a bar extending therebetween for manually transporting the tray, a pair of outwardly sloped side walls, and a plurality of dividers extending between the side walls and upwardly extending divider walls forming a plurality of sub-compartments. The improvements include a pair of spaced generally right angled ledges on the end walls which lie in a horizontal plane with top edges of the side wall, sub-compartment dividers, and a divider edge formed by the upstanding divider walls for supporting an upper tray stacked thereon; a plurality of bosses on the bottom wall providing support feet for the tray; and drain holes in the bosses and in the sub-compartments dividers for removing any liquid trapped in the sub-compartments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2009
    Publication date: April 22, 2010
    Applicant: EVERHARD PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Scott L. Anderson, Daniel J. Long, John J. Wojcicki, JR.
  • Patent number: 7661529
    Abstract: An improved stackable storage tray has a flat bottom wall with a generally U-shaped recess formed therein, a pair of end walls with a bar extending therebetween for manually transporting the tray, a pair of outwardly sloped side walls, and a plurality of dividers extending between the side walls and upwardly extending divider walls forming a plurality of sub-compartments. The improvements include a pair of spaced generally right angled ledges on the end walls which lie in a horizontal plane with top edges of the side wall, sub-compartment dividers, and a divider edge formed by the upstanding divider walls for supporting an upper tray stacked thereon; a plurality of bosses on the bottom wall providing support feet for the tray; and drain holes in the bosses and in the sub-compartments dividers for removing any liquid trapped in the sub-compartments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2010
    Assignee: Everhard Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott L. Anderson, Daniel J. Long, John J. Wojcicki, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7523827
    Abstract: A sterilization case assembly including a plurality of sterilization cases having a first sterilization case and a second sterilization case. The second sterilization case is stacked upon the first sterilization case in a vertical direction. The second sterilization case is offset from the first sterilization case in a direction transverse to the vertical direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2009
    Assignee: Symmetry Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary T. Dane, Daniel L. Sands, Jason K. Hawkes
  • Patent number: 7299927
    Abstract: A wafer container comprising a base and a cover that nest together. The cover includes tabs on a lower portion that engage notches on the frame. The cover can be combined with the base without indexing to a precise opening on the frame. A handle on the cover enables an operator to easily rotate the container into a locked position. A ribbed pattern on the exterior surface of the frame enables the wafer container to be stacked with another wafer container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2007
    Assignee: Peak Plastic & Metal Products (International) Limited
    Inventors: Steven R. Emter, David M. Christensen
  • Patent number: 6840378
    Abstract: A connection structure of a storage compartment consists of handles stored into a storage part provided at a top board member of the storage compartment; engaging pieces arranged at a base board and engages with means for engaged in the storage compartment located below due to a spring power of a spring in case that the handles are laid flat at a vertical state respectively; means for traction to connect to the handles and engaging piece respectively; and the engaging piece, in case that the storage compartments having same form are piled up respectively, interlocks a movement of the handles in a case that the handle installed with the storage compartment located above is brought at a standing-up state and rotates in a moving direction against the spring power of the spring, so that it can connect or dissociate automatically by only operating the handle prepared in the top board member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2005
    Inventor: Yoshiaki Toguchi
  • Publication number: 20030132184
    Abstract: Stackable plastic container including side portions having at least one of protrusions and depressions which nest with one of matching protrusions and depressions of a second container, and with the bottom portion including depressions which nest with the pouring spout and handle of a second container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2002
    Publication date: July 17, 2003
    Inventors: James C. Dorn, Richard A. Lovelace, John P. Reynolds, Richard C. Darr
  • Patent number: 6588612
    Abstract: Stackable plastic container including side portions having at least one of protrusions and depressions which nest with one of matching protrusions and depressions of a second container, and with the bottom portion including depressions which nest with the pouring spout and handle of a second container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2003
    Assignee: Plastipak Packaging, Inc.
    Inventors: James C. Dorn, Richard A. Lovelace, Jr., John P. Reynolds, Richard C. Darr
  • Patent number: 6585090
    Abstract: A shock resistant carrying case in which to transport fragile equipment (e.g. a portable computer) having a body that is configured to facilitate a stable, close together stacking of a plurality of such carrying cases side-by-side and one above the other in an array of rows and columns that is suitable for storage and/or shipment. The carrying case has a pair of wheels located at one end of a base thereof and a pair of locking feet projecting from the opposite end of the base. The carrying case also has a first pair of interlocking cavities formed in one end of a lid thereof and a second pair of interlocking cavities formed in the opposite end of the lid. The pair of wheels and the pair of locking feet from the base of a first carrying case are received within respective ones of the first and second pairs of interlocking cavities formed in the lid of an adjacently positioned carrying case, whereby the first and adjacent carrying cases are held in face-to-face interlocking engagement with one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2003
    Inventor: Stephen C. Harvey
  • Patent number: 6449993
    Abstract: A combined handle and lock assembly for use on shipping cases that have limited space available for a separate handle and a separate lock. The combined handle and lock assembly includes a recessed mounting plate that is attached to the front side of the shipping case. A handle is attached with a hinge to the mounting plate and rests within the recessed area when it is not being used. A locking device is included on the bottom portion of the mounting plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2002
    Assignee: Jelco, Inc.
    Inventors: Edwin B. Elliott, James S. Burkey
  • Patent number: 6367631
    Abstract: The invention describes a locking system for stacking boxes that is characterized by individual plate-shaped elements, where two such plate-shaped elements each are assigned and can be attached to two opposite sides of a stacking box. Each element exhibits locking components at its top and bottom side, that can be locked in an engaging manner to locking components of elements that are assigned to a stacking box stacked above or below.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2002
    Assignee: I.V.E. AG Gesellschaft fuer Innovative Verpackungsentwicklungen
    Inventor: Manfred Steigerwald
  • Publication number: 20010023839
    Abstract: A first construction of a tray for electronic parts according to the present invention is provided with an engaging cut-out corner portion which is formed by cutting a corner portion of a table-like flat portion which is arranged diagonally with respect to a cut-out corner portion. A second construction of a tray for electronic parts according to the present invention is provided with a pawl engaging protruding portion which is formed on a step-like peripheral edge portion above a cut-out portion. In a third construction of a tray for electronic parts according to the present invention, when two trays are stacked up so that the top faces thereof face each other, an engaging first-shaped protrusion which is formed around a predetermined pocket of one tray engages an engaging second-shaped protrusion which is formed around a predetermined pocket of the other tray.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2001
    Publication date: September 27, 2001
    Applicant: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Hisayoshi Kunii, Koji Koga, Reikichi Hatori
  • Patent number: 6273006
    Abstract: A pallet assembly including a main base pallet and at least one small pallet. The main base pallet includes alignment ribs and alignment recesses. The at least one small pallet is configured for removable placement in the alignment recesses of the main base pallet to be maintained in position by the alignment ribs of the main base pallet. The at least one small pallet includes a handle adapted for carrying the at least one small pallet and for laterally supporting objects resting on the at least one small pallet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2001
    Inventors: Robert J. Reutter, Marc P. Haring
  • Patent number: 6266919
    Abstract: A flat (40) for containing a plurality of nestable pots (20). Flat (40) includes a like plurality of “cells” (42) each sized and configured to frictionally hold one of the pots (20). Each cell (42) includes a frame (44) and a plurality of “struts” (54), each strut including a top portion (58) and a bottom portion (60). The top and bottom strut portions have different angles, so that only the strut bottom portions, which are angled at approximately the same angle as the sides of the pots (20), actually grip the pot(s); whereas the strut top portions (58) angle away from the pots and do not frictionally grip same. Preferably, the strut bottom portions (60) grip the bottom portion of the lower pot (of a stack of nested pots) in register with the “dead space” (32) between the nested pots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2001
    Assignee: J. R. Johnson Supply, Inc.
    Inventors: Stanley J. Hoium, Jr., David J. Schouweiler
  • Patent number: 6202847
    Abstract: A box comprising a bottom, a pair of side walls, and a pair of end walls is stackable due to the shape of the end walls and their interaction with the bottom of the box. The end walls include parallel, upwardly directed arches flanked by flat surfaces which prevent lateral relative movement of stacked boxes. Notching the bottom to receive the end walls such that they grip the bottom prevents longitudinal relative movement of the stacked boxes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2001
    Assignee: Design Ideas, Ltd.
    Inventors: Christopher Hardy, Jason Walsh
  • Patent number: 6095333
    Abstract: A bucket that children cannot put over their head, having a bottom wall, side walls, a removable lid and a non-pivoting U-shaped handle. The side walls project upwardly from the bottom wall and form an opening having circumscribing edges. The removable lid fits in the circumscribing edges for closing the bucket. The non-pivoting U-shaped handle has opposite side legs slidably mounted onto the side walls. The U-shaped handle also has stopping means for limiting sliding of the handle between a first position where the U-shaped handle bears against the lid when the same is fitted in the circumscribing edges and a second position where the U-shaped handle extends away from the lid and thus makes it possible to remove the lid from the circumscribing edges. Thus, the U-shaped handle, both in first and second positions, divides the opening into two smaller openings which are smaller than a child's head, thus children cannot put the bucket over their head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2000
    Assignee: Ritvik Holdings Inc.
    Inventor: Victor J. Bertrand
  • Patent number: 6047842
    Abstract: A new bucket device for storing and organizing items. The inventive device includes a bucket with a plurality of stackable storage trays disposed in the interior space of the bucket. The bottom of the bucket is inserted into a hole in the top face of a support base which has ground engaging members extending from its bottom face. A lid substantially covers the top opening of the bucket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2000
    Inventor: Bernard J. Feidt
  • Patent number: 5979654
    Abstract: A nestable display crate for bottle carriers having a floor and a wall structure with that is designed to reveal the labels on the bottle carriers. The wall structure is of double thickness and comprises a lower wall portion adjacent the floor and a plurality of integrally formed contoured upper wall portions extending upward from the lower wall portion. The wall structure is hollow throughout allowing the contoured upper wall portions to be received within the lower wall portion of a crate nested thereabove. The contoured upper wall portions are tapered to be smaller in cross section at the top and larger near the lower wall portion to enable easy nesting and to avoid nested crates from becoming wedged together due to interference. The upper wall portions are in the shape of gear teeth that are spaced along the opposing sidewalls and endwalls of the crate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1999
    Assignee: Rehrig Pacific Company
    Inventor: William Patrick Apps
  • Patent number: 5855277
    Abstract: A low depth, nestable display crate for bottles, preferably of single serve capacity, is integrally molded from plastic and comprises two basic components--a floor and a wall structure extending up from the floor and extending around the periphery of the floor. The floor preferably has an open lattice design and includes container support areas. The bottom surface of the floor is configured for accommodating the tops of bottles in a similar crate underneath. The wall structure comprises a lower wall portion adjacent the floor and a plurality of integrally formed pylons arranged around the periphery of the crate. The pylons are hollow and tapered so that pylons of empty crates can nest within one another. Handles are integrally formed to extend between pylons on opposing walls to provide handle bars flush with the tops of the pylons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 5, 1999
    Assignee: Rehrig Pacific Company, Inc.
    Inventors: William P. Apps, Gerald R. Koefelda
  • Patent number: 5704482
    Abstract: A low depth, nestable display crate for bottles is integrally molded from plastic and comprises two basic components--a floor and a wall structure extending up from the floor and extending around the periphery of the floor. The floor has bottle support areas. The wall structure comprises a lower wall portion adjacent the floor and a plurality of integrally formed pylons arranged along the sidewalls of the wall structure. The endwalls of the wall structure comprise extended handles which may be grasped in either a palm-up or palm-down orientation and allow for minimum crate dimensions. The handles are configured so as to provide sufficient clearance for a user's hands to grasp the handles. The extended configuration also provides for easy lifting as the handle bars are located well above the center of gravity of the crate for easy lifting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 6, 1998
    Assignee: Rehrig Pacific Company, Inc.
    Inventors: William P. Apps, Gerald R. Koefelda
  • Patent number: 5577613
    Abstract: A carry handle and interlock system for stackable equipment units includes dual functionality in a simple yet elegant design. A primary unit, such as a computer printer, is provided with a housing shell that includes outwardly warped side panels that also form downwardly facing grooves in the side panels. The grooves are shaped and dimensioned for allowing fingers to be at least partially received within the grooves for lifting and moving the primary unit. The primary unit is made stackable with accessory units, such as sheet feeder paper trays, by providing each accessory unit with side panel projections that have an upwardly directed tongue designed to be inserted in the grooves of the primary unit, thereby interlocking the accessory unit subjacent the primary unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 26, 1996
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Company
    Inventor: Anthony G. Laidlaw
  • Patent number: 5564805
    Abstract: A plastic storage container with wheel assemblies having an axle pin rotatably fixed to the container, a secure lid latch having a double-wall construction to ease opening and closing as well as an offset hinge to allow protection of the latch during distribution, and an internal tray having dependent flanges which mate to the storage container to prevent the walls of the storage container from splaying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 15, 1996
    Assignee: Contico International, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas Dickinson
  • Patent number: 5485920
    Abstract: A Stackable Space Saving Container is disclosed which can be stored or transported in square cases with virtually no wasted space. This container is substantially rectangular having a diagonally slanting upper surface so as to form a rectangular cube when joined with another Stackable Space Saving Container of like size. The container is supplied with a handle and neck as well as a receptacle for each when a pair of Stackable Space Saving Containers are joined. A further embodiment uses a vent tube along the pouring edge of the container so as to allow for quick splash free pours.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 23, 1996
    Inventor: Lawrence E. Fritz
  • Patent number: 5423445
    Abstract: A stackable container/storage bin combination is provided and includes at least one stackable container comprising an outer circumferential portion, a plurality of legs secured about the outer circumferential portion, each of the legs having a lower portion which extends below a lower edge of the circumferential portion for defining a notch with the lower edge, and an inner tray portion positioned within and secured to the circumferential portion, the inner tray portion defining at least one storage compartment with the outer circumferential portion, and at least one removable storage bin adapted to be received in at least one storage compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 1993
    Date of Patent: June 13, 1995
    Inventors: Mark J. Montanari, Lee Hamiel
  • Patent number: 5415277
    Abstract: A system of stackable containers including a plurality of carriers, each container comprising means for linking a carrier with a next adjacent stacked carrier, a plurality of means for containing objects, a handle, adapted to suspend the carrier and containers and a plurality of inferiorly stacked carriers with containers, and a lower recess adapted to receive a handle from an inferior stacked carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 16, 1995
    Assignee: Barbara A. Bernsten
    Inventor: William O. Berntsen
  • Patent number: 5307956
    Abstract: A disposable and recyclable plastic container for use in a post-mix beverage dispensing system includes first and second openings at a top end thereof. The container may be filled with syrup through the first opening and withdrawn by a pump through the second opening. The second opening is defined by an upper end of a tube, which is integrally formed with the container by blow-molding. The tube extends from the top end of the container, down the exterior of the container sidewall and through the bottom. As syrup is withdrawn, the first opening, or an associated vent, vents the container to assist in the withdrawal of syrup. The second opening and tube have a valve actuator therein for a spring-loaded valve in a conventional quick-disconnect coupling such as used in bag-in-box type systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 1991
    Date of Patent: May 3, 1994
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Simon J. Richter, Frank G. Hohmann
  • Patent number: 5265743
    Abstract: A stackable plastic container, manufactured as one piece in a blow molding process and designed for transporting hazardous liquids has a parallelepipedal form with rounded corners and edges. The container is provided with a U-shaped protruding stacking surface with two legs, whereby the legs in the direction are sloped toward the front wall in a downward direction toward the upper corners of the lateral edges of the front wall to a point below the shoulder of the filling and pouring socket arranged at the front wall and from there in an upward slope toward the shoulder of the socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1993
    Inventor: Walter Frohn
  • Patent number: 5249549
    Abstract: A disposable litter container for pets, usually cats, includes a molded tray of water-absorbent paper material that does not lose appreciable structural strength upon absorption of limited quantities of water. The paper material preferably includes an appreciable wax content. The tray has a bottom wall formed integrally with side walls, enclosing a litter chamber, with the side walls extending upwardly from the bottom wall for a predetermined height greater than the litter chamber height. Lid retainers are molded into the side walls at the top of the chamber. A lid interfits with the lid retainers to seal the top of the litter chamber. There are complementary, interfitting supports on the lid and on the tray that adapt the lid to service as a base for the tray when the lid is removed. The lid can be replaced, when the litter is spent, to re-seal the container for disposal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 5, 1993
    Inventor: Joseph J. Rockaitis, III
  • Patent number: 5117997
    Abstract: A disposal container comprising a generally rectangular body portion defining a receptacle with an open top bounded by a rim, and a lid member which is slidably and engagingly mounted over the top of the rim of the container body. The lid member is secured to the container body using a tamper evidencing locking strips. The lid member has a convex raised top surface with a centrally located upwardly projecting cylindrical neck region defining a generally circular aperture. The aperture is selectively sealed by a plastic plug having a concave, recessed interior. The lid member has an pivotably mounted carrying handle, and the entire disposal container may be seated within a mounting bracket which is attached to a wall or vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 1990
    Date of Patent: June 2, 1992
    Inventor: James J. Fink
  • Patent number: 5086917
    Abstract: A utility caddy is provided which can be used for transporting cleaning supplies and the like. The caddy includes a pair of triangular compartments separated by a double-walled partition. A handle formed integrally with the partition allows the caddy to be easily carried. The caddy is preferably provided as part of an assembly including a similarly configured bucket. The caddy can be inserted within the bucket so that both items can be stored in a minimal amount of space, or carried together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 1991
    Date of Patent: February 11, 1992
    Assignee: Mobil Oil Corporation
    Inventors: Mark Dziersk, Melissa Rader, A. Stanley Tucker, Walter Wilsford
  • Patent number: 5064101
    Abstract: A disposable and recyclable plastic container for use in a post-mix beverage dispensing system includes first and second openings at a top end thereof. The container may be filled with syrup through the first opening and withdrawn by a pump through the second opening. The second opening is defined by an upper end of a tube, which is integrally formed with the container by blow-molding. The tube extends from the top end of the container, down the exterior of the container sidewall and through the bottom. As syrup is withdrawn, the first opening, or an associated vent, vents the container to assist the withdrawl of syrup. The second opening and tube have a valve actuator therein for a spring-loaded valve in a conventional quick-disconnect coupling such as used in bag-in-box type systems. The top and bottom of the container have complementary shapes to permit vertical nesting and stacking of plural like containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 1989
    Date of Patent: November 12, 1991
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Simon J. Richter, Frank G. Hohmann
  • Patent number: 5052557
    Abstract: A shipping package for beverageware which functions to also display the beverageware as it is offered for sale on retain shelves. The package is stackable with like packages during transit and handling at all points from the manufacturing source to the consumer's home, and can be thermoformed as one sheet with integral hinges and friction-type interlocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 1989
    Date of Patent: October 1, 1991
    Assignee: Newell Co.
    Inventors: Frederic L. Contino, Robert Greathouse
  • Patent number: 5036971
    Abstract: A polyolefin mould for casting contact lenses from a polymerizable monomer composition which shrinks on polymerization, said mould comprising: male (50) and female (51) mould halves at least one of which has a flexible diaphragm portion (53, 54) which is shaped to provide a surface corresponding to a lenticular surface, said mould halves (50, 51), when closed together, cooperating to define a mould cavity (52) for receiving a volume of said monomer composition, at least one of said mould halves (50, 51) having a shoulder portion (55, 56) surrounding said cavity and shaped to engage with said other mould half to define an edge moulding portion of said cavity: whereby in use said diaphragm (53, 54) is deflected into said cavity under forces exerted on said mould by said monomer composition when polymerized in said closed cavity (52), thereby compensating for the shrinkage occurring on polymerization and avoiding the formation of bubbles or voids in the resulting lenses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 1989
    Date of Patent: August 6, 1991
    Assignee: CooperVision Optics, Ltd.
    Inventors: William E. Seden, David W. J. Shepherd, Peter Henderson
  • Patent number: 4881647
    Abstract: A plastics can 15 has a screw closure comprising a screw cap 34. In the closed position, a flat surface 44 of the screw cap 34 lies in one common horizontal plane with the upper edge of two edge handles 28, 29. When several such cans are stacked one upon another, as the result of the additional support on the flat surface 44, greater stability is achieved. Such cans can, therefore, be stacked with less danger. Of particular importance for cans of more than 10 liter capacity (FIG. 1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 1988
    Date of Patent: November 21, 1989
    Inventor: Wolfram Schiemann