Having Defined Means To Limit Extent Of Nesting Patents (Class 206/519)
  • Patent number: 10315677
    Abstract: A cart includes a chassis and attached wheels; an upper basket attached to the chassis; and a lower basket attached to the chassis. In some embodiments, the cart includes no widthwise push bar in a rear of the cart such that access is unobstructed to the upper and lower baskets from the rear of the cart by a person. In some embodiments, the chassis defines on each lateral side of the cart a pair of vertically spaced handles, each handle surrounding and defining an opening. The handles preferably include handle bars shaped in an oval. On each cart side a curved elongate member extends between and connects the handles, and the curved elongate members represent the rearmost part of the cart. The rear area of the upper basket defines a seat for an infant, and a rear ledge of the lower basket defines a seat for a toddler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: ZIBRA, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Milton Sherman, William Lane Ball
  • Patent number: 10086981
    Abstract: In accordance with one embodiment of the invention, there is provided an improved disposable aluminum lids configured for use with a pan. The lid has a continuously rolled lip around a skirt that when placed on the pan is bent to secure the two together. The rolled lip around the entire periphery of the skirt includes both the sides and the corners of the improved disposable aluminum lid. This significantly reduces the possibility of cuts and injuries to the user with securing the lid to the pan or removing it therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: HFA, Inc.
    Inventors: Brad Sarnoff, Raj Patel
  • Patent number: 10039422
    Abstract: A powdered drink shaker bottle is provided with a rigid, disposable liner to minimize clean up and eliminate residual odors. The liner is shaped to fit inside the cup of the bottle, and includes a plurality of projections to facilitate mixing of a powdered drink in the bottle. The projections eliminate the need for a separate, removable mixing device, such as a ball or grate. An optional cap liner may also be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: FITSOLUTIONS, LLC
    Inventor: Mark Fouad
  • Patent number: 9957078
    Abstract: A shipping container for containing hydraulic loads, the container having a first pair of opposing walls having a convex inner surface and a second pair of opposing walls having a concave inner surface. The shipping container further has a rectangular base, the rectangular base having a first pair of opposing edge portions and second pair of opposing edge portions, wherein each of the first pair of opposing sidewalls arise from one of the first pair of opposing edge portions of the rectangular base and each of the second pair of opposing sidewalls arise from one of the second pair of opposing edge portions of the rectangular base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: MACRO PLASTICS, INC.
    Inventor: Todd T. Turner
  • Patent number: 9938077
    Abstract: An in-ground apparatus includes a receptacle and a liner into which the receptacle can be placed and removed. The liner may be a molded plastic liner having a tapering body to permit stacking. The lower margin includes a set of seats for anchor fittings in the form of re-bar prongs that, when installed, extend radially outwardly from the liner. The seats, and hence the prongs, are located upwardly of the bottom edge of the liner so that they are embedded above and below when concrete is poured around the bottom of the liner. The bottom edge of the liner is folded upwardly and inwardly to form a V-shaped channel. The seats for the anchor fittings extend across the channel. The seats may include a cylindrical wall sealed from the inside of the liner. The liner may have intermediate stiffening ribs between bottom and top. The top of the liner may have a seat for the receptacle, and an external concrete break.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: EARTHBIN INC.
    Inventor: David Hallman
  • Patent number: 9927450
    Abstract: Systems and methods for use in an in vitro diagnostics setting may include an automation track, a plurality of carriers configured to carry a plurality of sample vessels along the automation track, and a characterization station including a plurality of optical devices. A processor, in communication with the characterization station, can be configured to analyze images to automatically characterize physical attributes related to each carrier and/or sample vessel. A method may include receiving a plurality of images from a plurality of optical devices of a characterization station, wherein the plurality of images comprise images from a plurality of perspectives of a sample vessel being transported by a carrier, automatically analyzing the plurality of images, using a processor, to determine certain characteristics of the sample vessel, and automatically associating the characteristics of the sample vessel with the carrier in a database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin Pollack, Ryan German
  • Patent number: 9883683
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a composition for making a coffee beverage, the composition having roast and ground coffee having a X50 of from 700 to 1250 ?m; and a milk powder with a X50 of from 50 ?m to 3 mm; wherein the ratio by weight of the roast and ground coffee to the milk powder is from 4:1 to 2:3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Kraft Foods R&D, Inc.
    Inventor: Julie Almant
  • Patent number: 9856052
    Abstract: An injection-molded plastic bucket with a base, a substantially circumferential wall expanding conically upward to an upper edge, and a pouring handle, where a lower edge of the wall is provided with a recess for the pouring handle, and a process for manufacturing an injection-molded plastic bucket. The bucket design is such the mold costs and curing time can be reduced and of which the universal utility of the molds can be improved, this task being solved in that the plastic bucket is molded in one piece, where the pouring handle is of substantially the same thickness as the bucket wall, and is integrally formed with the bucket body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Bucket Innovations, UC
    Inventors: Brian O'Leary, David S Quinn, Casey Holder, Ron German
  • Patent number: 9801488
    Abstract: A steamer container system is provided having a container body, a lid assembly and a steamer basket. The lid assembly is removably connected to the container body to close the opening to the cavity of the container body. The lid assembly includes a vent aperture and a vent tab having a protrusion extending therefrom that is adapted to engage and selectively close the vent aperture. The lid assembly may also have a viewing window to view the food being cooked in the container. The steamer basket is sized to fit within the cavity of the container body for cooking food thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: CNA International Inc.
    Inventors: Kristin Marie Affatato, Steve Cho, Hyunchul Kim, Patrick Scott Nally
  • Patent number: 9713274
    Abstract: Electronic apparatus includes a housing configured to have an inner layer portion forming an inner surface and an outer layer portion forming an outer surface. The inner layer portion and the outer layer portion are formed by two-color molding. The electronic apparatus includes one of a region in which the inner layer portion is not formed and a region in which the inner layer portion is thin. The one region is set in the inner surface of the housing. The electronic apparatus further includes a component configured to be housed in the housing and is disposed in the one region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Furubo Takayuki, Shinichi Takeyama, Beppu Hirokuni, Nobuyuki Sugawara
  • Patent number: 9682719
    Abstract: A method of making a shopping cart includes forming a frame capable of supporting a plurality of basket assembly types, selecting from the plurality of basket assembly types a first basket assembly defining a first basket assembly type; and connecting the first basket assembly to the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Bemis Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Rick Stauff, Gary Vande Berg, Roy Watson
  • Patent number: 9669992
    Abstract: A mold includes a forming insert that includes an upper portion and a lower portion. The upper portion includes a sidewall segment and a heel segment extending from a bottom of the sidewall segment. The sidewall segment has a sidewall radius, and the heel segment has a heel radius that is less than the sidewall radius. The lower portion extends axially downward from the upper portion to define a base cavity. A forming base is positionable within the base cavity. The rim has a rim radius that is less than the heel radius and the step has a step radius that is less than the rim radius.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Polyone Designed Structures and Solutions LLC
    Inventors: Loren F. Temple, Jr., Pranabes K. Pramanik
  • Patent number: 9629495
    Abstract: A beverage brewing package includes a cup and a filter bag. The filter bag is supported in an interior region formed in the cup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Berry Plastics Corporation
    Inventors: Darin C Koestring, Ryan Dewig, Milan C Maravich
  • Patent number: 9561892
    Abstract: An airtight enclosure comprising a pair of enclosure shells each having a pair of first edges and a pair of second edges extending transversely to the first direction. The first edges are spaced apart by a distance corresponding to the length of the second edges, the second edges are spaced apart by a distance corresponding to the length of the first edges, and the first edges have complementary assemblages for assembling first edges of the enclosure shells, and at least one of the second edges has a groove for accommodating a resilient sealing member in sealing contact with a second edge of the other one of the enclosure shells so that mating edges of each pair of second edge portions allow being assembled within a range of relative positions transverse to their longitudinal direction with the resilient seal or gasket in sealing contact with the mating edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Airmaster A/S
    Inventor: Erik Bjørn
  • Patent number: 9555916
    Abstract: The invention relates to pressed paperboard containers, such as disposable paper plates and bowls, having increased strength and rigidity, and the processes used to form such containers by the formation of non-radial pleats at outer regions of the container. The invention also provides pleats about the outer periphery that are non-linear along the length of the pleat. Such non-radial and non-linear pleats are formed by forming non-radial and non-linear scores in a blank of paperboard converted into the container geometry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: SOLO CUP OPERATING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ayberk Abayhan, Stephen A. Smith, Robert J. Schaefer
  • Patent number: 9493289
    Abstract: A self-supporting cartridge is proposed having at least one reception chamber for a medium to be dispensed extending in a longitudinal direction, having a cartridge base and having a cartridge wall all of which define the reception chamber, wherein the cartridge is made by a thermoforming process or by a blow molding process and the cartridge is adapted to be collapsible in a controlled manner. Further a dispensing apparatus for at least one cartridge in accordance with the invention is provided having a support cartridge for the reception of at least one cartridge having a closure device provided at a first axial end of the support cartridge as well as a dispensing plunger provided at the second axial end of the support cartridge for the controlled collapse of the at least one cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: SULZER MIXPAC AG
    Inventor: Sasan Habibi-Naini
  • Patent number: 9321572
    Abstract: A nestable crate for bottles includes a floor portion having a floor top surface, a floor bottom surface and a plurality of bottle support areas. A wall structure is connected to the floor portion and forms a containment area therewith. The wall structure has a peripherally extending upper band portion with an interior surface and an exterior surface, and also has a single-walled lower wall construction comprising adjacent column members which extend between the upper band the and floor portion. The wall structure includes sidewalls and end walls, and adjacent column members have curved facing surfaces extending inwardly into the containment area. The inner surface of the upper band portion, one of the plurality of bottle support areas, and the facing surfaces define a plurality of bottle receiving pockets extending around the periphery of the wall structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: Rëhrig Pacific Company
    Inventors: William P. Apps, Robert V. Gruber
  • Patent number: 9227646
    Abstract: A method of making a shopping cart includes forming a frame capable of supporting a plurality of basket assembly types, selecting from the plurality of basket assembly types a first basket assembly defining a first basket assembly type; and connecting the first basket assembly to the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Bemis Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Rick Stauff, Gary Vande Berg, Roy Watson
  • Patent number: 9096370
    Abstract: A sleeve is disclosed for adornment and decoration of a baked good, including reshaping, to produce an appearance other than that of the original baked good. The sleeve may be constructed of a mineral-based substrate including a graphic on an outer surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: Moon Cherie
    Inventor: Sheri Mersola
  • Patent number: 9089233
    Abstract: A wine glass constructed from molded plastic includes an upper body defining an upwardly narrowed flume for concentrating the wine bouquet, in combination with a contoured lower base defining an annular moat surrounding a central punt for enhanced visual inspection of the wine. In addition, the upper body further includes a notched indent at an outboard side thereof forming a shelf for facilitated fingertip grasping and manipulation of the assembled glass. In one form, the upper body and lower base of the wine glass are provided as separate modules adapted for assembly to form the wine glass, and disassembly for respective compact stacking. In another form, the wine glass has a one-piece construction adapted for compact stacking by nested reception of the upwardly narrowed flume partially into the underside of the lower base of an overlying glass in the stack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: govino, LLC
    Inventors: Boyd I. Willat, Joseph T. Perrulli, Paul H. Velick
  • Patent number: 8931657
    Abstract: A pharmaceutical container including a bottle having a bottom wall and side walls. A ridge proximate to the bottom wall projects from an interior surface of at least one of the side walls, to facilitate nested stacking of a plurality of bottles. One or more of the side walls includes a cover locking receptacle proximate to the top end of the side wall. The pharmaceutical container also includes a cover including a sliding lid contained in a cover housing. The cover housing has a top wall, which includes an opening, and cover side walls. A child-resistant closure mechanism is also provided to limit the movement between the sliding lid and the bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Pioneer Plastics, Inc.
    Inventors: Volker Kientzle, Nathan T. King
  • Patent number: 8875937
    Abstract: A unitary plastic container, which is optionally used for waste collection comprises a base, a front wall, a back wall and two opposing side walls, each wall extending upwardly from the base to define an open container top and an interior container volume. Each side wall has an outwardly extending sidewall portion which is outwardly offset relative to the rest of the container side wall. In each outwardly extending sidewall portion, an elongated cutout, indentation or channel is present. The elongated channel has a forward opening, a rearward opening and an elongated side opening extending from the forward opening to the rearward opening. The elongated channel lies within the interior container volume and divides the outwardly extending sidewall portion into two areas: an upper outwardly extending sidewall portion and a lower outwardly extending portion. The outwardly open elongate channel may be fitted with a reinforcing sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: NOVA Chemicals (International) S.A.
    Inventors: Henry F Hay, Daniel Andrew Depenhart, Sean Barton
  • Patent number: 8869985
    Abstract: A packaging container has a lid (2) and a container (1) for keeping preferably hot, fillable foods, in particular food packaging made of plastic, having a tamper-evident closure, situated on a skirt (3) which extends next to a side wall (12), and which has a tamper-evident tab (6). The container (1) has a holding space which is delimited by the side wall (12), and the lid (2) which is designed as a clamp-on lid or snap-on lid being fixable at the top container edge, and the container (1) has an anti-twist lock (13) such that a plurality of the containers (1) may be fixed in a stack in the peripheral position before filling. At least one anti-twist lock (13) of the container (1) is formed by an offset which tapers downwardly in a side wall (12) in the direction of a contact surface (19), and which has two contact edges (35) in the circumferential direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Pöppelmann Holding GmbH
    Inventor: Werner Schick
  • Patent number: 8794441
    Abstract: An apparatus including a box portion which may include a left side, a right side, a front side, a rear side, and a bottom. Each of the left, the right, the front, and the rear sides is connected to the bottom to be foldable with respect to the bottom, from an orientation parallel to the bottom to an orientation substantially perpendicular to the bottom. A device may be connected to the bottom, including an inner peripheral wall which extends, substantially perpendicularly from the bottom. The inner peripheral wall may be substantially in the shape of a loop and may have a width and a length, substantially perpendicular to the height of the device, slightly less than a width and a length, respectively, of an inner chamber defined by top edges of the left, the right, the front, and the rear sides, of the box portion in an upright state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Inventor: Joseph N. Laurita
  • Patent number: 8783482
    Abstract: The invention relates to a modular receptacle formed by a plurality of axially-nestable necked containers. The neck of the containers includes a flange which cooperates with a recessed tubular chamber provided in the base of the containers. The flange is housed in the chamber, such that it is free to move radially, but bears axially against a shoulder in one direction. Bosses are provided on a flared section that extends from the neck and said bosses are received in cavities located in a flared pocket that extends from the above-mentioned chamber. The bosses and cavities form members that provide axial and radial stabilization for the nesting arrangement formed when the flange bears against the shoulder and they include inclined lateral-pressure-bearing ramps used to separate two assembled containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: BTC Concept
    Inventors: Mohammed Bou Mezrag, Yann-Loig Bassing
  • Patent number: 8777010
    Abstract: A blank for being formed into a container. The blank has a marginal area that includes a plurality of score lines for facilitating forming of the blank into the container. The score lines are positioned to facilitate formation of denesting features of the container. A container formed from the blank has denesting features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Patrick H. Wnek
  • Patent number: 8771428
    Abstract: A double bucket cleaning system for use with microfiber mat mops. One bucket contains clean water; the second holds dirty water. The second bucket has a slide press for extracting dirty water from the mop. The system can use a connector to connect the two buckets together, or a single bucket with two compartments can be used. Both designs use a footpad upon which the user stands during the pressing operation. This ensures that the device remains in place during the sliding. Finally, once the dirty water has been extracted from the mop, the user can pick up clean water from the first bucket for the next portion of the floor to be cleaned. In this way, the user is able to quickly clean a large floor with clean water, instead of repeatedly dipping the mop back into dirty water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Inventor: Howard Goentzel
  • Patent number: 8763810
    Abstract: This is a stackable cleaning bucket composed of two adjacent compartments divided by a partition, where the bucket has the merit of being able to be stacked inside a similar bucket practically up to the top edge, and which is equipped with sufficient structural rigidity when in use, with the positioning at the bottom of the two compartments of a spacer element that connects them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: T.T.S. s.r.l.
    Inventor: Renato Zorzo
  • 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: 8727206
    Abstract: A cup made of paper material having a fillable interior is provided. The cup is formed by a conical sleeve and a bottom. The bottom is attached to the sleeve at the lower end of the interior with a bottom skirt in an essentially liquid-tight way. The sleeve and/or the bottom in the area of the bottom skirt and/or the bottom skirt itself includes, at least in one area along the periphery, an outwardly projecting widening. A lower edge of the widening forms a standing surface for the cup. The widening can form a structure for holding another cup of the same type, which structure can act together with a similar cup during stacking. The cup can include a heat-insulting outer sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: PTM Packaging Tools Machinery Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Uwe Messerschmid, Werner Stahlecker
  • Patent number: 8727121
    Abstract: A tray for a food product is thin-walled, unitary, and plastic. The tray comprises a central portion. The central portion comprises a plurality of downwardly extending recesses for receiving at least one of the food products, and a plurality of upwardly extending posts interspersed amongst the recesses. A first set of the posts is positioned on a first side of a horizontal axis of the tray, and a second set of the posts is positioned on a second side of the horizontal axis. The first set of posts and the second set of posts are positioned asymmetrically on either side of the horizontal axis. Each post comprises a plurality of reinforcing ribs extending lengthwise therealong. The reinforcing ribs are integral to the posts. The tray further comprises an outer wall portion extending about the central portion. A plurality of webs extend between the outer wall portion and the central portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Par-Pak Ltd.
    Inventors: Samir R. Parikh, Sajith Chenat
  • Patent number: 8726618
    Abstract: An apparatus including a box portion which may include a left side, a right side, a front side, a rear side, and a bottom. Each of the left, the right, the front, and the rear sides is connected to the bottom to be foldable with respect to the bottom, from an orientation parallel to the bottom to an orientation substantially perpendicular to the bottom. A device may be connected to the bottom, including an inner peripheral wall which extends, substantially perpendicularly from the bottom. The inner peripheral wall may be substantially in the shape of a loop and may have a width and a length, substantially perpendicular to the height of the device, slightly less than a width and a length, respectively, of an inner chamber defined by top edges of the left, the right, the front, and the rear sides, of the box portion in an upright state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Inventor: Joseph N. Laurita
  • Patent number: 8720688
    Abstract: A stacking crate for bottles has a plurality of tapered pylons extending upward from a periphery of a floor. A rib extends downwardly in the interior of a cavity in each pylon. Each pylon further includes a slot in an upper surface of the pylon substantially aligned with the rib. When similar crates are nested, the ribs in the pylons of one crate will rest in the slots in the upper surface of the pylons of the lower crate, thus permitting the crates to be nested.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Rehrig Pacific Company
    Inventors: Jon P. Hassell, William P. Apps, Gerald R. Koefelda
  • Patent number: 8708148
    Abstract: Various embodiments of flanged containers that can be stacked in a nested relationship are disclosed so as to provide uniform spacing between the containers to facilitate reliable denesting thereof. The flanges and/or sidewalls of the containers may be provided with features that facilitate alignment and uniform spacing of the nested containers so that a denesting apparatus can reliably denest the containers. Other containers include sidewalls divided into two sections that serve to stabilize stacked container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Graphics Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick H. Wnek, Ronald P. Marx, James Kluz, Brian R. O'Hagan, Scott W. Middleton
  • Patent number: 8695831
    Abstract: A package comprises a lid and a container forming a lower contact area, the container having a receiving space bordered by a side wall, an apron extending along an upper region of the side wall, and a tamper-evident closure preferably including a tamper-evident tab which, after filling the packaging container, can be detached by a consumer. The lid is formed as a clamp-on or clip-on lid and can be fixed to the upper container rim, wherein the tamper-evident tab is transparent and the container has an optical indicator for marking the tamper-evident tab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Poppelmann Holding GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Werner Schick
  • Publication number: 20140027336
    Abstract: The invention relates to a modular receptacle formed by a plurality of axially-nestable necked containers. The neck of the containers includes a flange which cooperates with a recessed tubular chamber provided in the base of the containers. The flange is housed in the chamber, such that it is free to move radially, but bears axially against a shoulder in one direction. Bosses are provided on a flared section that extends from the neck and said bosses are received in cavities located in a flared pocket that extends from the above-mentioned chamber. The bosses and cavities form members that provide axial and radial stabilisation for the nesting arrangement formed when the flange bears against the shoulder and they include inclined lateral-pressure-bearing ramps used to separate two assembled containers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Applicant: BTC Concept
    Inventors: Mohammed Bou Mezrag, Yann-Loig Bassing
  • Patent number: 8636169
    Abstract: A tote having both a caddy and a removable mini caddy is disclosed. The removable mini caddy attaches to the caddy with a series of guide walls and guide rails that allow the removable mini caddy to be cooperatively received by the caddy. The handle of the removable mini caddy nests with the handle of the caddy while they are attached, providing the user with a single handled tote that is easy to transport and use while still having the convenience of an extra tote where objects can be temporarily removed and then replaced without the need for transferring the objects from one tote to another. The removable mini caddy may be easily removed and then replaced within the caddy while remaining securely in place during use and transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Casabella Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Andre Sampaio
  • Patent number: 8631940
    Abstract: A unitary plastic container, which is optionally used for waste collection comprises a base, a front wall, a back wall and two opposing side walls, each wall extending upwardly from the base to define an open container top and an interior container volume. Each side wall has an outwardly extending sidewall portion which is outwardly offset relative to the rest of the container side wall. In each outwardly extending sidewall portion, an elongated cutout, indentation or channel is present. The elongated channel has a forward opening, a rearward opening and an elongated side opening extending from the forward opening to the rearward opening. The elongated channel lies within the interior container volume and divides the outwardly extending sidewall portion into two areas: an upper outwardly extending sidewall portion and a lower outwardly extending portion. The outwardly open elongate channel may be fitted with a reinforcing sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Nova Chemical (International). SA
    Inventors: Henry F. Hay, Daniel Andrew Depenhart, Sean Barton
  • Patent number: 8607981
    Abstract: A grocery transport container that can be hung, having a bottom (20) includes two pairs of opposing peripheral walls (22), (24) that slope upwardly and outwardly. A top rim horizontal surface (32), and walls (24) having stacking protuberance (26) along the bottom edges and connect to the bottom (20) via the offset shoulder (28). The top rim horizontal surface (32) contains stacking protuberance interlock open cavity (48). The top rim vertical surface (36) contains a plurality of reinforcing ribs (42) that are shaped to accommodate a pair of opposing open through cavities (40) that project out through the top rim vertical surface (36) at both ends thereby enabling hanging. The top rim vertical surfaces (34) contain a plurality of reinforcing ribs (44) and reinforcing ribs with nesting standoff projections (46), the top rim vertical surfaces (34) and side walls (24) contain void spaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Inventor: Christopher W Wojno
  • Patent number: 8602233
    Abstract: A bottle-shaped container comprises at least three components. The first component is injection molded, has a desired shape, side walls, an opening at a top and a neck portion that connects the side walls to the top. The ratio of a diameter of the opening to a largest length of the inside wall is no greater than 0.75. The second component is a sleeve that abuts the inside side walls. The sleeve comprises side walls and a bottom section. An outside portion of the sleeve is fixed to inside side walls by a notch or lip located at an inside portion of the neck. The third component is a bottom that abuts an outside portion of the bottom section of the sleeve. A portion of each end of bottom is fixed to a portion of an undercut of a bottom of the bottle side walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: CSP Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Jean-Pierre Giraud
  • Patent number: 8561823
    Abstract: Stackable trays for food items are made from fibrous plant material, the source of which may be any fibrous plant or combination of fibrous plants, such as bamboo, wheat straw, bagasse or recycled paper or other paper products. Each tray includes a plurality of locking beads which define recesses. The locking beads and recesses of adjacent identical trays mate with each other when the trays are stacked. Likewise, the locking beads and recesses of two identical trays employed to provide a food container mate with each other to secure the two trays together in a food containment configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Ultra Green Packaging, Inc.
    Inventor: Calvin S. Krupa
  • Patent number: 8534460
    Abstract: Various embodiments of flanged containers that can be stacked in a nested relationship are disclosed so as to provide uniform spacing between the containers to facilitate reliable denesting thereof. The flanges and/or sidewalls of the containers may be provided with features that facilitate alignment and uniform spacing of the nested containers so that a denesting apparatus can reliably denest the containers. Other containers include sidewalls divided into two sections that serve to stabilize stacked container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick H. Wnek, Ronald P. Marx, James Kluz, Brian R. O'Hagan, Scott W. Middleton
  • Patent number: 8528772
    Abstract: A rectangular container has a child resistant lid assembly wherein the rectangular closure is provided with an opening. The child lid assembly is preferably removably mounted on the closure to close the opening and is preferably positioned during shipment and storage to be substantially planar with the closure. The side walls of the container may be tapered to facilitate nesting with a similar container. The locking mechanism on the closure engages an exterior portion of the lid, such as at least one of a plurality of teeth in a locked configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Inventor: Glenn H. Morris, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8474622
    Abstract: A bulk material container and method for its use is provided. In one or more embodiments, the bulk material container includes: a lid with a lid reinforcement frame positioned substantially at least around the perimeter of said lid, a vertical stop on the exterior of the walls of said container that contacts a projection from an interior wall of said container when one of said bulk material containers is stacked in another, a modular design in which the walls and base of the bulk material container are detachable and replaceable, a stiffening ring positioned around the perimeter of the container walls near their vertical top, and a lid having a lateral motion restraining system to restrain the lateral motion of one container stacked on another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: R3 Composites, Inc.
    Inventors: Roy James Carver, III, David J. Burken, Mark A. Post, Aron Rutin, Brig W. Vanderwoude
  • Patent number: 8276783
    Abstract: A food/beverage container includes a cup-shaped main body for containing liquid content, and a cap having a hemisphere body provided with a spouting portion. The cap is designed to be normally or inversely fitted on the cup-shaped main body. The cap includes a first coupling part along an outer circumference configured to attach to and tightly contact a coupling edge of the container for normal fitting in an opposed second coupling part positioned opposite the first coupling part for inversely fitting to the cup-shaped main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Inventor: Jung-Min Lee
  • Patent number: 8231002
    Abstract: A containment device includes a base, vertical walls extending from the base and an open end for accepting the mailpieces therein. The containment device, furthermore, has a slot formed in at least one of the vertical walls thereof. The containment device also includes a recess extending on an underside of the base between the vertical walls; a lip extending outward from an edge of the vertical walls; detents provided in the lip of opposing vertical walls of the vertical walls; and protrusions extending beyond the base and structured and adapted to mate with detents of a lower container in a stacked configuration of containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventor: Denis J. Stemmle
  • Publication number: 20120181205
    Abstract: The container includes a superiorly opened tubular body formed by a peripheral side wall which affixes a bottom wall and which presents at least two inverted frusto-conical portions defining respective circumferential reductions in the contour of the tubular body, so that, upon fitting one container inside the other, the lower end edge of the peripheral side wall of the upper container is seated on the lower frusto-conical portion of the lower container; the lower frusto-conical portion of the upper container is seated on another frusto-conical portion of the lower container; and the upper frusto-conical portion of the upper container is seated on the upper end edge of the lower container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2010
    Publication date: July 19, 2012
    Inventors: Antonio Carlos Teixeira Alvares, Silverio Candido da Cunha
  • Publication number: 20120152789
    Abstract: A nestable crate for bottles includes a floor portion having a floor top surface, a floor bottom surface and a plurality of bottle support areas. A wall structure is connected to the floor portion and forms a containment area therewith. The wall structure has a peripherally extending upper band portion with an interior surface and an exterior surface, and also has a single-walled lower wall construction comprising adjacent column members which extend between the upper band the and floor portion. The wall structure includes sidewalls and end walls, and adjacent column members have curved facing surfaces extending inwardly into the containment area. The inner surface of the upper band portion, one of the plurality of bottle support areas, and the facing surfaces define a plurality of bottle receiving pockets extending around the periphery of the wall structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2012
    Publication date: June 21, 2012
    Inventors: William P. Apps, Robert V. Gruber
  • Patent number: 8172127
    Abstract: A cup made of a paper material having a fillable interior is described, which cup is formed by a conical sleeve and a bottom. The bottom is attached to the sleeve at the lower end of the interior with a bottom skirt in an essentially liquid-tight way. The sleeve and/or the bottom in the area of the bottom skirt and/or the bottom skirt itself comprises, at least in one area along the periphery, an outwardly projecting widening. A lower edge of the widening forms a standing surface for the cup. The widening can form means for holding another cup of the same type, which means can act together with a similar cup during stacking. The cup can comprise a heat-insulating outer sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: PTM Packaging Tools Machinery Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Robert Frost, Uwe Messerschmid, Werner Stahlecker
  • Patent number: 8146796
    Abstract: A cardboard container for drinks and a process for making it is provided. The container has a perimetral wall (2) and a bottom wall and includes elements (4) for supporting another such container (1) nested inside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Seda S.p.A.
    Inventor: Gianfranco D'Amato