Defined Means At Closed End Of Receptacle Patents (Class 206/520)
  • Patent number: 10653868
    Abstract: There is described a tip shaping device for shaping a tip of a guidewire, including an elongated body extending along a longitudinal axis between two end faces and having a lateral face extending along the longitudinal axis between the two end faces; and a planar body projecting from the lateral face of the elongated body, the planar body including a flexible section located adjacent to the elongated body and wrappable around at least a portion of the lateral face of the elongated body, the planar body having a guidewire receiving face adapted to shape the guidewire when received thereon and upon rotation of the elongated body over the planar body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Les Solutions Medicales Soundbite Inc.
    Inventors: Gholamreza Mirshekari, Louis-Philippe Riel, Maude Laforest, Domenic Santoianni, Martin Brouillette
  • Patent number: 10477998
    Abstract: A drink cup includes a body formed to include an interior region providing a fluid-holding reservoir and a brim. The brim is coupled to the body to form an opening into the interior region. The body includes a floor and a side wall that extends away from the floor. The drink cup further includes a body-strengthening system coupled to the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Berry Plastics Corporation
    Inventors: David Y. O'Nan, Brad A. Ruminer, Jeffrey A. Mann
  • Patent number: 10478000
    Abstract: A cup is disclosed. The cup includes: a cup body made of synthetic resin and having a containing part with an opening having a relatively large diameter to be able to receive a beverage or food; and a cup holder fitted on the cup body from the opposite end to the opening to be fixed on the outer side under the opening of the cup body. The upper end of the cup holder is fitted on a holder top seat on the outer side of the opening of the cup body and the lower end of the cup holder is in contact with the outer side of the lower portion of the cup body at a position such that the portion except for the upper and lower ends of the cup holder is spaced a distance from the outer side of the containing part of the cup body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Inventors: Ji Yoon Choi, Seo Young Choi
  • Patent number: 10456313
    Abstract: A cremation urn for storing cremated remains is provided. The urn includes a base, a front wall, a rear wall, a pair of side walls a top opening, an interior cavity for receiving the cremated remains, four corner beads configured at the intersection of the front wall to the side walls and the rear wall to the side walls and the corner beads extending from the base to the top opening and a plurality of stops positioned a distance above the base and secured at each of the corner beads within the interior cavity. The front wall, the rear wall and the side walls extend generally upward at outward angles from the base to the top opening to create a taper in the urn. The tapering of walls enables a second cremation urn to be nested freely within the interior cavity of the urn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Inventor: Robert Hani Zakar
  • Patent number: 10076085
    Abstract: A pot for a plant may include a container having an axis that is vertical, a base, a sidewall extending upward from the base, an interior, an exterior, drain holes extending from the interior to the exterior and an interior bottom. The container may be configured to receive and be stacked with a second container inside of the container. In one example, the legs of the second container may be configured to extend through the drain holes of the container beyond the interior bottom of the container. In another example, the legs of the second container may be visible from the exterior of the first container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Plantlogic LLC
    Inventor: Israel Holby
  • Patent number: 10023348
    Abstract: A container for receiving foodstuff or dried beverages comprising a surrounding container wall, an upper container opening and a bottom part opposite to the container opening and connected to a lower end section of the container wall, wherein the bottom part includes an essentially flat bottom section and an abutment flange which protrudes at least in some locations from the bottom section in the direction of the container opening, and the lower end section of the container wall includes a support ring protruding radially inwards from the end section. The bottom part and the lower end section is connected between the abutment flange, an inner side of the container wall, and between the lower side of the bottom section and an upper side of the support ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Seda S.P.A.
    Inventor: Gianfranco D'Amato
  • Patent number: 9718582
    Abstract: A multiple chamber stackable cup or bottle has an air space separation between the chambers. A rotatable cap with a single sealable spout pivots to access each chamber individually. Alternately, a stationary cap has multiple sealable openings, one for each chamber, which communicate one chamber at a time or can be placed to bridge both chambers to allow access to both chambers at the same time. Tapered bodies enable the multiple chamber bodies to be stacked in a nested array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Inventor: Ricardo A. Hylton
  • Patent number: 9598231
    Abstract: A cup-shaped body comprises a circumferential wall and a first end wall. The first end wall comprises a deepened portion, forming a first recessed space. The first end wall further comprises a projection protruding from said deepened portion into said first recessed space. The body is formed such that identical specimens of the body are slidable into one another. The deepened portion is formed to comprise abutment structure having an abutment condition in which the extent of said slidability of a first one of said specimens into a second one of said specimens is limited.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Koninklijke Douwe Egberts B.V.
    Inventor: Ralf Kamerbeek
  • Patent number: 9527620
    Abstract: A commercially viable paper wrapped foam cup comprising a taper portion that prevents the shrinkage-induced curling from interfering with the un-nesting of nested paper wrapped foam cups. The paper wrapped cup further comprises a fillet for strengthening the cup foot to retard shrinkage-induced curling of the foot. The paper wrapper has abutting to overlapping opposing ends to completely hide the foam cup to enhance the visual appearance of the cup. The overlapping portions of the paper wrapper are not bonded to each other to prevent wrinkling of the paper wrapper as the cup shrinks. A machine and corresponding method provide for automatically supplying foam cups and paper wrappers, wrapping the paper wrapped cup, and stacking the wrapped cups.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Dart Container Corporation
    Inventors: Robert C. Dart, Roger E. Payne, Steven C. Hills, Steven K. Makela, Brent M. Smith
  • Patent number: 9340345
    Abstract: An insulative cup includes a side wall having an upper end formed to include a brim defining a mouth opening into an interior region formed at least in part by the side wall and a floor coupled to side wall. A stack shoulder configured to provide a support surface is formed in the side wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: Berry Plastics Corporation
    Inventors: Chris K Leser, John B Euler, Holger Aubele
  • 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: 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
  • Publication number: 20140158577
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention generally relate to nested beverage containers and methods thereof. More specifically, embodiments of the present invention relate to improved beverage containers having interlocking features with adjacent containers, allowing for ease of transportation and lower cost of packaging. In one embodiment, a nestable beverage container comprises a voluminous body defined by a top portion and a bottom portion; a cap for temporarily sealing the nestable beverage container; and a connection means positioned beneath the sealing means; a bottom portion comprising a receiving means shaped to conform to the connection means of an adjacently nested bottle, the receiving means adapted to receive a cap when the cap is engaged with a threaded neck of a second nestable beverage bottle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2013
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Inventor: James Furey
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20130118945
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention generally relate to nested beverage containers and methods thereof. More specifically, embodiments of the present invention relate to improved beverage containers having interlocking features with adjacent containers, allowing for ease of transportation and lower cost of packaging. In one embodiment, a nestable beverage container comprises a top portion comprising an opening into a voluminous body, a sealing means, and a connection means positioned beneath the sealing means, a bottom portion comprising a receiving means shaped to conform to the connection means of an adjacently nested container, and the voluminous body being defined by the top portion, the bottom portion and a side wall, wherein the opening into the voluminous body is the only means for accessing contents of the nestable beverage container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2013
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Inventor: JAMES FUREY
  • 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
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20120018337
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention generally relate to nested beverage containers and methods thereof. More specifically, embodiments of the present invention relate to improved beverage containers having interlocking features with adjacent containers, allowing for ease of transportation and lower cost of packaging. In one embodiment, a nestable beverage container comprises a top portion comprising an opening into a voluminous body, a sealing means, and a connection means positioned beneath the sealing means, a bottom portion comprising a receiving means shaped to conform to the connection means of an adjacently nested container, and the voluminous body being defined by the top portion, the bottom portion and a side wall, wherein the opening into the voluminous body is the only means for accessing contents of the nestable beverage container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2010
    Publication date: January 26, 2012
    Inventor: JAMES FUREY
  • Patent number: 8006843
    Abstract: A stackable food and beverage service tray includes a substantially planar tray bottom and a sloping side wall extending upwardly and outwardly from an inner peripheral edge of the tray bottom so as to surround said tray bottom. The tray bottom has an upper floor surface and an underside surface. The tray's sloping side wall has an inner surface and an outer surface with the side wall's outer surface adjoining the tray's underside surface at a peripheral bottom edge of the tray. A raised rib is provided on the inner surface of the sloping side wall. Feet are also provided on the tray's underside surface along the bottom edge of the tray. The tray's raised rib and feet cooperate to define a space between stacked trays through which air can flow to facilitate drying of the stacked trays after they have been washed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Gadsen Coffee Co., Inc.
    Inventor: David Bruce McFarland
  • Patent number: 7984846
    Abstract: A process for producing a cup made of a paper material and comprising a fillable interior is described. A sleeve forming the interior is attached in an essentially liquid-tight manner to a wall of a pot-shaped bottom by means of the forming of a bottom skirt. In joining the sleeve to the bottom, two height areas of the wall of the pot-shaped bottom are provided. The wall of the pot-shaped bottom is joined only to a first height area of the sleeve, which is referred to as the fixed area of the bottom skirt. A second height area remains, in which the wall of the pot-shaped bottom is not attached to the sleeve, and which is referred to as the non-attached area of the bottom skirt. The bottom skirt can be widened subsequently in the non-attached area in at least one area along the periphery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2011
    Assignee: PTM Packaging Tools Machinery Pte.
    Inventors: Uwe Messerschmid, Werner Stahlecker
  • Patent number: 7861888
    Abstract: Stackable stemware provides nestably stackable respective upper and lower portions wherein the lower portions include at least one reinforcing rib to limit the stacking depth of similar lower portions when nestably stacked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: Solo Cup Operating Corporation
    Inventor: Scott Niedzwiecki
  • Patent number: 7481356
    Abstract: Described is a stackable, heat-insulating paperboard cup having an inner sleeve and an outer sleeve with a gap there between. A rolled lip is applied to the lower end of the outer sleeve, which rolled lip is disposed on the inner sleeve. A shoulder is formed on the inner sleeve for the rolled lip of another paperboard cup to be stacked. The diameter of the inner sleeve below the shoulder is reduced discontinuously. The support of the lower rolled lip on the outer surface of the inner sleeve is arranged at the same level as, or below, the cup bottom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2009
    Assignee: PTM Packaging Tools Machinery PTE Ltd.
    Inventor: Werner Stahlecker
  • Patent number: 7290775
    Abstract: A stackable refuse cart includes a container, an axle, a set of wheels. The container includes first and second axle supports. The first axle support supports the axle in an operative position to rotatably support the container. The second axle support supports the axle in a stowage position enabling the container to be stacked with other containers without interference from the axles. In one embodiment, the second axle support includes a recess defined in the floor of the container. In another embodiment, the second axle support includes a pair of supports that hold the axle against a sidewall within the container. In yet another embodiment, the second axle support is a cradle integral with the container handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2007
    Assignee: Cascade Engineering, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian G. Parker, Mariano D. Acosta, James R. Kilduff, Joseph A. Bollo, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7100770
    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: January 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2006
    Assignee: Seda S.p.A.
    Inventor: Gianfranco D'Amato
  • Patent number: 6644846
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a stackable, recyclable, plastic beverage tasting vessel, preferably used for tasting wine. The vessel comprises a bottom portion and a side wall extending upwardly and outwardly from the bottom portion and terminating in an open top having an outwardly extending rim. The rim comprises one or more of the following portions: (a) a curved portion with a plurality of radially extending ridges for aerating the beverage, (b) an angled edge portion, and (c) a curved pouting lip portion. The vessel may further comprise a raised portion or dome formed in the bottom of the vessel and projecting upwardly into the interior of the vessel, and a platform portion formed on a portion of the raised portion. The vessel may further comprise at least one radially projecting rib integral with the interior surface of the side wall and positioned opposite the platform portion. The platform portion and the rib are designed to maximize the mixing of the beverage inside the vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2003
    Inventor: Boyd J. Willat
  • Patent number: 6557720
    Abstract: A pan for use with a well for receiving the pan is disclosed herein. The pan includes a bottom panel, a plurality of walls, and a ramp. The plurality of walls extend upwardly from the bottom panel and define a cavity. The plurality of walls also have an upper end which defines a top opening. The upper end has an extension away from the cavity which defines a rim. The ramp is proximate the rim and exterior to the cavity, whereby the pan rides up on the ramp when the pan is drawn up against the well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2003
    Assignee: The Vollrath Company, L.L.C.
    Inventors: David R. Tosdale, Mark L. Baumann, Victor M. Frauenfeld, William C. Heimerl, Ronald J. McGettrick, Richard E. Velten, Jeffrey T. Zank, Cory R. Boudreau, William C. Lindeman, Sheldon D. Roberts
  • Publication number: 20020159328
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a stackable, recyclable, plastic beverage tasting vessel, preferably used for tasting wine. The vessel comprises a bottom portion and a side wall extending upwardly and outwardly from the bottom portion and terminating in an open top having an outwardly extending rim. The rim comprises one or more of the following portions: (a) a curved portion with a plurality of radially extending ridges for aerating the beverage, (b) an angled edge portion, and (c) a curved pouting lip portion. The vessel may further comprise a raised portion or dome formed in the bottom of the vessel and projecting upwardly into the interior of the vessel, and a platform portion formed on a portion of the raised portion. The vessel may further comprise at least one radially projecting rib integral with the interior surface of the side wall and positioned opposite the platform portion. The platform portion and the rib are designed to maximize the mixing of the beverage inside the vessel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2002
    Publication date: October 31, 2002
    Inventor: Boyd I. Willat
  • Patent number: 6409374
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a stackable, recyclable, plastic beverage tasting vessel, preferably used for tasting wine. The vessel comprises a bottom portion and a side wall extending upwardly and outwardly from the bottom portion and terminating in an open top having an outwardly extending rim. The rim comprises a curved portion with a plurality of radially extending ridges for aerating the beverage, an angled edge portion for directing the beverage to the top of a taster's tongue, and a curved pouting lip portion for directing the beverage to the sides and under a taster's tongue. The vessel further comprises a raised portion or dome formed in the bottom of the vessel and projecting upwardly into the interior of the vessel, and a platform portion formed on a portion of the raised portion. The vessel further comprises at least one radially projecting rib integral with the interior surface of the side wall and positioned opposite the platform portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2002
    Inventor: Boyd I. Willat
  • Patent number: 6318575
    Abstract: An egg server for cooked eggsin the shell. The server includes a bottom wall from which a sidewall extends, to form an interior which partially receives an egg. An inclined support face is formed within the interior to accommodate a wide variety of egg sizes, increasing the usefulness of the server. The lower outer face of the server may be of reduced size to nest within the interior of another of the egg servers, permitting multiple egg servers to be placed in a stacked position for storage. An upper rim of the sidewall may have a shape which mates with itself in an inverted position, permitting the upper rims of two egg servers to abut when the upper of the two egg servers rest upon the other egg server in an inverted relationship referred to as an insulating position. In this insulating position the two egg servers combine to encase an egg, retaining its heat prior to serving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2001
    Assignee: Dart Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Stig Lillelund, Jakob Heiberg
  • Patent number: 6276530
    Abstract: A container 10 comprises walls 12 which are upstanding from a base 14 to define a space 16 within which items may be placed, such as for transportation or storage. The walls 12 are sloped to allow the container 10 to nest with a like container. The container 10 further comprises filler members 18 locatable within the space 16 at positions fixed relative to the walls 12. When so located, the fillers 18 define, in use, a substantially vertical boundary to the said space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2001
    Assignee: McKenzie Components Limited
    Inventor: Mark William Bailey
  • Patent number: 6138862
    Abstract: A cup structure with heat isolation effect is disclosed, thereby, if two cups according to the present invention are overlapped, the combined cups have a preferred heat isolation effect. The bottom of the cups are installed with respective isolation elements. When th user overlaps two cups, he (or she) can rotate the inner cup with an angle, so that the isolation element of the inner cup can rest against the isolation element of the outer cup. Therefore, by the shielding the isolation element of the outer cup, the bottom of the inner cup can not rest against the bottom of the outer cup, thus a space is formed therebetween. Especially, the handle on the lateral side of the cup has a preferred effect. Therefore, it a hot food is filled into the cup, because of the isolation of the space, the hot temperature of the inner cup can not be transferred to the outer cup and thus the good heat isolation effect is attained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2000
    Inventor: Daniel Tai
  • Patent number: 6095332
    Abstract: A canister includes a substantially cylindrical body having (i) a sidewall shell; (ii) a transition region; (iii) a dome portion extending from a convex annular portion to define at least a partially closed dome at one end of the body cylinder; (iv) and an opposing, open end of the cylindrical body; and a curved bottom member recessed within and sealed at a periphery thereof to the sidewall shell at the open end of the cylindrical body. An annular, exterior surface portion of the bottom member bears on an annular, exterior surface portion of the transition region thereby forming a space between and within the annular exterior surface portion of the bottom member and an exterior surface of the dome portion when the canister is stacked on a substantially identical canister.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2000
    Assignee: Application Des Gaz
    Inventors: Daniel Finand, Gerard Scremin
  • Patent number: 6062388
    Abstract: A stackable bin includes two spaced apart side walls, each having a front, rear, upper and lower edges; a rear wall having opposite side edges connecting the rear edges of the side walls together, an upper edge and a lower edge; the side walls and the rear wall being slightly inclined inwardly with respect to a vertical plane from the upper edge to the lower edge thereof such that the lower edges of the side walls and the rear wall fit within upper edges of side walls and a rear wall of a second, lower stackable bin; a bottom wall connected to lower portions of the side and rear walls; and a plurality of parallel, spaced apart vertically oriented ribs provided on outer surfaces adjacent the front and rear edges of the side walls, for supporting the stackable bin on the upper edges of the side walls of the second stackable bin, and for increasing structural rigidity of the side walls, at least some of the ribs including a notch in a lower end to receive the upper edges of the side walls of the second stackable
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2000
    Inventor: Abraham Ohayon
  • Patent number: 6039205
    Abstract: A stackable shopping basket in which the proximal side wall is inwardly curved in a contour adapted to an adult human user's body. The opposite or distal side wall may also be curved with a contour that is symmetrical with the proximate side wall. The side walls and end walls have an outwardly-turned peripheral top edge forming a lip, the lip being extended downward along at least a portion of the proximal side wall to form a cushion portion. Stand-off fins are provided along the periphery of the basket between the lip and the end walls and side walls other than the cushion portion. A centrally located handle projects from the bottom of the basket and defines a channel through the bottom wall of the basket for nesting identical baskets in a stack. The grip of the handle is oriented along the longitudinal axis of the basket. The grip may have a detachable cover to display advertising.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2000
    Inventor: Christopher M. Flink
  • Patent number: 5641087
    Abstract: A paint bucket having cylindrical side walls, a bottom, has two integrally-formed inclined rolling surfaces extending upward from the bottom and inward toward the center, which meet at a peak below the top rim and form rolling surfaces. The rolling surfaces are angled inward, the side walls are angled outward and the area underneath the rolling surfaces is hollow to allow multiple paint buckets to be stacked together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 24, 1997
    Assignee: Steven P. Moffitt & John David Moffitt Partnership
    Inventor: Steven P. Moffitt
  • Patent number: 5590780
    Abstract: An assembly comprising a container having a body portion and a nozzle at one end of reduced cross-section, a closure cap engagable over the nozzle portion, at least one internal rib in the container adjacent the juncture of the body portion and nozzle extending downwardly into the body portion a predetermined depth whereby when container and cap are nested, and the cap portion of a first container cap assembly engages interiorly the body portion to a point where it abuts the ribs, there is defined a gap of predetermined axial distance between the lower edge of the body portion of the first container cap assembly and the transition shoulder between the body portion and nozzle of a second container cap assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 7, 1997
    Assignee: Wheaton Holding, Inc.
    Inventor: John R. O'Meara
  • Patent number: 5489063
    Abstract: A plastic container has four trapezoidal walls that slant upward and outward to create a top that is larger than its bottom. Each sidewall has a closure flap that is connected to it by a living hinge. There are projections on two opposed sidewalls that are attachment points for a handle. The handles have several apertures that mate with the projections. The plurality of apertures allow the handle to be attached in close relation to the top of the container, allowing the handle to act as a tie-down for the closure flaps. The container also employs several means to limit the extent of nesting of the containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 1991
    Date of Patent: February 6, 1996
    Assignee: W-Y Plastics Products Corp.
    Inventors: Brian Buchalski, Wai F. Cheng, Michael Lai, Nelson Yeung
  • Patent number: 5375719
    Abstract: A receptacle configured for nested stacking with a lower receptacle of the same construction includes walls intersecting at corners and with a bottom to form a well having an open top bounded by a rim. The rim lies generally in a first plane and has an inner limit adjacent the well which defines a first area larger than the bottom to facilitate nested stacking. Each wall extends in a first direction generally perpendicular with the first plane toward the bottom to a juncture. The juncture defines a second area slightly larger than the first area so that the juncture extends outward from the well an overlap distance beyond the inner limit of the rim of the lower receptacle to establish a generally line-to-line interference with the rim of the lower receptacle. The receptacle also includes a respective juncture-bump, or deviation, at each corner deviating outward from the well at each corner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 27, 1994
    Assignee: The Vollrath Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey C. Mittmann, Alan J. Schommer
  • Patent number: 5333633
    Abstract: An improved animal grooming clipper cleaning, storing and transporting unit that has a top that seals to a base and an internal separation unit that separates clipper head assemblies placed within the separation unit, a strainer to allow grooming clipper parts to drain free of cleaning solution, a motor to agitate the cleaning solution and are capable of being interlocked to stick several assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 2, 1994
    Inventor: Kim Laube
  • Patent number: 5261537
    Abstract: A container used for containing powders such as a washing powder and the like has bottom stopper means for fixedly supporting another container when another container is inserted into the container. When a lot of containers are stored before containing contents therein, many can be stacked on top of one another. With these containers, the space needed for storing can be reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 1991
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1993
    Assignee: Lion Corporation
    Inventors: Nobuaki Shindo, Seiji Naruse, Fumiaki Maeda, Yuujirou Miyamoto, Toshio Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 5235795
    Abstract: A system for the delivery, storage and disposal of medical supplies including a lidded receptacle for receiving the supplies and facilitating their delivery to a use site, such lidded container subsequently being employed in the collection and ultimate disposal of waste medical supplies. The preferred receptacle includes lid means that serves to temporarily close the receptacle when unused medical supplies are held within the receptacle, and that serves the further subsequent function of lockingly closing and sealing the receptacle when waste medical supplies are contained in the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 17, 1993
    Assignee: DeRoyal Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Autry O. V. DeBusk
  • Patent number: 5195639
    Abstract: Stackable box for storing and transportation of a number of similar objects, where the front and rear walls of the box being tapered downwards and being provided with upwards tapered webs for transversal support of the objects, the box being provided with an interior shoulder on the interior surface of the walls in the lower portion such that one box may be stacked into another and rest on the shoulder of the lower box, the bottom of the box being such that the bottom of one box may rest on the surrounding flanges provided on the top of a lower box when having correct orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 23, 1993
    Inventor: Georg Osbakk
  • Patent number: 5158203
    Abstract: A circumferential rib-stiffened hollow cylinder and method for fabrication thereof featuring construction of the cylinder from complementarily shaped nestled prefabricated rings and resultant circumferential ribs which are integral with the rest of the cylinder. In one embodiment ring sections which are "L"-shaped in cross-section are axially and sequentially mated; ring sections which are "U"-shaped are axially and correspondingly integrated therewith, therein for a cylinder having internal circumferential ribs and thereout for a cylinder having external circumferential ribs. The dominant load path for the cylinder is through the reinforced cylinder elements, and the cylinder's wall-thickness-to-diameter ratio is effectively reduced, thereby allowing radial reinforcement of the ribs, reducing residual stresses and increasing strength; these advantages are especially significant for cylinders which are composite or are to be subjected to hydrostatic pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1992
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventor: Paul Coffin
  • Patent number: 5137316
    Abstract: A plastic stackable measuring scoop of the type which is frequently included in packages of granular detergents wherein a generally rectilinear scoop bowl has a front wall which slopes inwardly from top to bottom and a rear wall the central portion of which also slopes inwardly from top to bottom and has a corrugation providing a median ridge terminating just above the bottom of the bowl as an inwardly projecting shoulder which serves as a stop to limit the extent of entry of a scoop bowl thereinto. The front wall of the shoulder has a five degree backdraft to increase the distance that the shoulder extends inwardly. The slope of the central portion of the back wall of the bowl is substantially greater than the draft of the side portions thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 1991
    Date of Patent: August 11, 1992
    Assignee: Plastofilm Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Douglas E. Foos
  • Patent number: 5123461
    Abstract: A container for dispensing and draining liquid held therein is disclosed wherein the container is nestable with like containers prior to filling and after the liquid therein has been dispensed. The container comprises a body including a longitudinal axis, a side wall, a large bottom end, and a small top dispensing end. The side wall tapers from the bottom end to the top end of the container to define a tapered liquid defining space having inner and outer side wall surfaces and bottom and top openings at the top and bottom ends. The top end of the container is adapted to receive a readily removable top cap and the bottom end is adapted to receive a readily removable tear-type bottom closure. During initial manufacture, the bottom end is left open so that the containers may be nested for shipment to the filling point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 23, 1992
    Inventors: Paul Belokin, Jr., Martin P. Belokin
  • Patent number: 5108768
    Abstract: A cartridge of cup like shape having a substantially impervious frusta-conical wall provided with a first circumferential seal adjacent the open mouth of the cup and a second circumferential seal spaced toward the bottom of the cup. The bottom is perforated and is sealed by a strippable foil. The cartridge contains a preselected amount of material (say ground coffee) that fills the receptacle to a selected level. Preferably a plurality of such receptacles are packaged as telescoped stack of cartridges with a first receptacle telescoped within a second receptacle so that the second circumferential seal on the first cartridge is received in the first circumferential seal of the second receptacle thereby to seal the material in the second receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 1988
    Date of Patent: April 28, 1992
    Inventor: Peter K. L. So
  • Patent number: 5088615
    Abstract: The present invention provides an apparatus for containing goods. A bail member is connected to a pail in such a manner that the pail and the pail member are able to withstand a centrifugally directed impact upon the bail member. A contact portion of the bail member substantially contacts a cross support member of the pail in response to such an impact. Additonally, the pails are designed to be stacked within one another. The structure is such that the bail members do not catch on the ridges or rims of lower pails in the stack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 1990
    Date of Patent: February 18, 1992
    Assignee: Schwan's Sales Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Clayton L. Neuman
  • Patent number: 4957217
    Abstract: A dispenser mechanism is provided for removing a filter paper from a stack of filter papers without disturbing other papers of the stack. A gripper member is manually rotated to rotate the topmost filter paper relative to the next lower paper of the stack. Surfaces of the uppermost and next lower papers rub against each other to break area surface contact. Peripheral corrugations on the papers may cam over each other to break the area surface contact. Then, the paper can readily be lifted and removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 1989
    Date of Patent: September 18, 1990
    Inventor: Wilbur Ritson