Camp Or Lunch Type Patents (Class 206/541)
  • Patent number: 10808981
    Abstract: The insulated container having an internal support to separate ice, food, and drinks from melted ice water or liquids to prevent damage to the dry items. The dry items are placed on top of the flat upper surface of the removable support. The removable support may include apertures that allow melting ice water to drain past the top surface and through the apertures of the removable support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Inventor: Clint Van Wuffen
  • Patent number: 10667965
    Abstract: A medical file and first aid assembly for storing medical files along with first aid supplies includes a storage case that is carried by a trainer of a sports team. The storage case has a plurality of trays that is pivotally positioned therein for storing first aid supplies. A file accordion is movably coupled to the storage case for storing medical history of each player on the sports team. In this way the trainer has access to medical history of each player for safely applying first aid to each player. A communication unit is coupled to the storage case and the communication unit is in electrical communication with an extrinsic communication network thereby facilitating inventory of the first aid supplies to be tracked and remotely ordered for re-supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Inventor: Greg Pixner
  • Patent number: 10582747
    Abstract: A multiple temperature storage assembly includes a sleeve that has an opening therein for accessing an interior of the sleeve and to receive food items for storage. The sleeve is comprised of a thermally insulating material to retain the food items at a selected temperature. A door is hingedly coupled to the sleeve for opening and closing the opening. A disk is slidably positioned within the sleeve such that the disk defines an upper section of the sleeve and a lower section of the sleeve. The disk is comprised of a thermally insulating material to inhibit thermal communication between the upper and lower sections. Thus, each of the upper and lower sections can store a respective one of warm food items and cold food items. A tube is slidably coupled to the sleeve. The tube has a chamber therein that is fluidly discrete from the sleeve when the tube is slidably coupled to the sleeve for storing dry objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Inventors: Phillip Odenwelder, Judy Novak
  • Patent number: 10322866
    Abstract: A livestock medication containment and administration container has a thermally insulated body defining an interior cavity and a top opening. A lid is movably attached to the thermally insulated body and has one or more apertures extending through the lid that are configured to receive a dispensing end of a livestock medication delivery device. Divider panels provide interior compartments for storage of livestock medication vials and associated administration supplies. Preferably, the lid is divided so that access to the medication and administration supplies may be accomplished through a first lid side while the medication delivery devices are carried in a second lid side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Inventor: Darla Bramwell
  • Patent number: 10321701
    Abstract: A machine for making and dispensing liquid and/or semi-liquid food products comprises a supply tank equipped with a loading mouth through which the ingredients necessary to make the basic product are loaded, and a lid for opening and closing the loading mouth; the lid comprises a covering wall with at least two parts which are foldable relative to each other and which are joined to each other by a folding line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Inventors: Roberto Lazzarini, Andrea Cocchi
  • Patent number: 10314377
    Abstract: A soft-sided insulated container assembly has a generally box-shaped form like a school lunch box, having a main body and a lid. The lid is formed of one of the largest panels of the box-structure, and is joined to the main body of the box by a hinge that lets the lid lie flat next to the main body when the box is open. The inside face of the lid then defines a work surface on which to place objects such as foodstuffs and beverages. The work surface may be formed in a substantially rigid molded stiffener member, and may be divided into sub-regions with raised retainers to discourage sliding of objects where not precisely level. The container assembly may include a rigid internal liner with which the lid may mate zipperlessly. The mating portion of the lid may be formed in the same rigid member as the work surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Inventor: Rick Stephens
  • Patent number: 10260792
    Abstract: The dry ice bag for use with a cooler is a device that receives a piece of dry ice, and which is placed inside of a cooler in order to cool said cooler. The dry ice bag includes a mesh opening along a bottom surface that is selectively exposed via a flap member in order to regulate the amount of cold that escapes from the dry ice bag. The dry ice bag also includes a securing member on a top surface such that the entire device is suspended from underneath a top surface of the cooler thereby enabling cold air to descend.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Inventor: Andrew Kyle Frank
  • Patent number: 10232983
    Abstract: A meal tray comprising a plurality of divided compartments each having a substantially planar bottom portion and an encompassing wall extending upwardly therefrom to form an open upper end of the divided compartment, each divided compartment dimensioned to receive a different portion of a meal; an encompassing tray rim defining an open upper end of the meal tray; and a first tear portion comprising a first tear line defining a boundary of a divided compartment from at least one other divided compartment, the first tear portion configured to facilitate a separation of the defined divided compartment from at least one other divided compartments along the first tear line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Inventor: Ramin Mobarhan
  • Patent number: 10189635
    Abstract: An adjustable tilting packaging box is provided for holding a liquid crystal module. A supporting rack is arranged in the box for carrying the liquid crystal module thereon and is connected to a support element for being mounted on a bottom of the box. The support element includes an adjustment mechanism connected to a side of the supporting rack and includes a support pillar having a lower end selectively positionable on a plurality of levels provided on an end of the pull rod having an opposite end extending outside the box, such that a movement of the pull rod allows different ones of the levels to support the support pillar thereon so as to change a position of the supporting rack to thus change an angular position of the liquid crystal module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Shenzhen China Star Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Shihhsiang Chen, Jiahe Cheng
  • Patent number: 10076200
    Abstract: A barbecue tool trivet discloses a unitary structure, said unitary structure having a bottom section, a side section, and a top section. The top section contains three pocket recesses. Each of the recesses contains three pocket recesses, one next to the other, with the middle pocket recess being larger than either of the side pockets. There is at least one cut out in a rim that goes around the circumference of the trivet, and two tall side walls in one of the pocket recesses. In one embodiment, the middle recess is at least twice as large as either of the side pocket recesses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: BASE4 VENTURES, LLC
    Inventors: Autumn Alexis Jones, Joseph Charles Thompson
  • Patent number: 9909797
    Abstract: The insulated container having a support that separates the ice, food, and drinks from the melted ice water to prevent damage to the food items. The ice, food, and drinks are placed on top of the flat upper surface of the removable support. The removable support has an inflatable bladder on the underside designed to look like downwardly positioned semi-cylindrical ridges, having apertures between the ridges in a foldable spine that allows the melting ice water to drain past the top surface, at the edges of the bladder and through the apertures of the removable support into the voids between the semi-cylindrical ridges below.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Inventor: Clint Van Wuffen
  • Patent number: 9691029
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides methods for classifying food products and predicting appropriate ages and/or developmental stages that children should be provided with certain food products. In an embodiment, the methods include mathematical models that use the measurements of key texture attributes to predict the minimum age and/or developmental stage of food products. Using the methods of the present disclosure, classification of food products can be directed during early product development. Additionally, the methods of the present disclosure have generated an understanding of which key texture attributes differentiate appropriate products across developmental stages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Sarah Elizabeth Smith-Simpson, Anne McCandlish Emenhiser, Mary Michele Foley
  • Patent number: 9371038
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention are directed to removable payload containment systems for platforms, installation methods thereof and payload integration kits for platforms. The removable payload containment system may include: a housing having internal space for components, the housing including at least one connector configured to couple with at least one corresponding connector of the platform when the system is installed in or on the platform; and a latch mechanism that couples to a member of the platform and is configured to maintain the system into substantially non-moving engagement with the platform when engaged therewith, and permit removal of the system from the platform when released. The latch mechanism may be configured to limit movement of the housing with respect to platform in substantially only one direction when one connector couples and uncouples, and is mated, with a corresponding connector of the platform when installing or removing the system from the platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventor: Richard R. Gregory, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9346599
    Abstract: Food packaging has a base tray and a second tray which nests in the base tray. The base tray has one or more walls terminating in a land. The land has an indent in its upper surface at least partially surrounded by an indent wall which extends continuously along an inward side of the indent so as to separate the indent from a main cavity formed by the base tray walls. The second tray nested has a flange supported by the land. The flange extends partially over the indent. The indent is sized to admit a finger within the indent below the flange. In consequence, after cooking of the foods in the trays, the consumer can use the indent in gripping the flange of the second tray without direct exposure to steam from the food cooked in the base tray. The consumer can then add a selected amount of food from the second tray to the base tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Erik Strilich, Bethanie L. Gasperson, Paul Andrew Cogley, Alison Wilker
  • Patent number: 9315288
    Abstract: A carton for holding a first product and a second product. The carton comprises a container comprising a plurality of panels that extend at least partially around an interior of the container. The plurality of panels comprises a front panel, a first side panel, a second side panel, and at least one back panel. The interior is for holding the first product. The plurality of panels are foldably connected at a bottom edge of the container. A carrier is attached to at least one of the plurality of panels for holding the second product. An attachment flap is foldably connected at the bottom edge of the container. The attachment flap is foldably connected to at least one of the plurality of panels and attaches the carrier to the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Felicia A. Pinkstone, Michael Keith Hockin
  • Patent number: 9302232
    Abstract: An adaptor for a vortex paint mixer. The adaptor includes a pair of semi-cylindrical holding structures pivotably connected together by a pair of pivot links. Each of the halves has a depression formed therein. When the holding structures are placed together, the two depressions form a cavity having first and second regions adapted to hold a conventional cylindrical quart paint container and a rectangular quart paint container, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: The Sherwin-Williams Company
    Inventor: Dwight R. Huckby
  • Patent number: 9131763
    Abstract: A container is disclosed for facilitating storing and transporting tableware. The container may be particularly useful for picnics or other outdoor activities in which meals are served. The container may include three compartments that may be removably attached together. A first compartment may have various chambers for receiving knives, forks or spoons. The first compartment may also include a cup chamber for receiving cups. The cup chamber may include a biasing member to assist in dispensing the cups. A second compartment may be attachable to the first compartment, and may be configured for receiving napkins. A third compartment may be attachable to the first compartment and may be configured for receiving plates. A handle may be provided to carry the container as a single unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Inventors: Jason Groberg, Holli Groberg
  • Patent number: 9120598
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a stackable container system that includes containers and lids that are configured to allow any of the lids to be used on any of the containers. The bottom of each container interlocks with the top of each lid to allow the containers to be stacked. A handle may also be included that is configured to attach to any of the lids to form a handle for carrying a stack of the interlocked containers. The stackable container system may also include a storage container, such as a beverage bottle, for storing a stack of interlocked containers. Accordingly, each container can be used to store ingredients that are to be later combined in the storage container for consumption. The lids can be configured to be heated or cooled to provide heating or cooling to contents of the container or to the storage container in general.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: RUNWAY BLUE, LLC
    Inventors: David O. Meyers, Steven M. Sorensen
  • Patent number: 9038840
    Abstract: A multi-compartmented food storage device having a top hermetic storage compartment, a bottom hermetic storage compartment and a central hermetic storage compartment that is interposed there between. Each of the top and bottom compartments being hingedly secured to the central compartment along an upper and lower end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Inventor: Kurt Umholtz
  • Patent number: 8997995
    Abstract: The beverage transport organizer is an apparatus system that provides a user with a facilitated means of transporting a plurality of different beverage vessels. The apparatus system utilizes a beverage carrier and an insert panel. The beverage carrier is a container that holds the plurality of different beverage vessels during transport. The insert panel is positioned within the beverage carrier and provides a means of organizing beverage vessels for transport. The insert panel uses particularly shaped holders that accommodate beverage vessels of varying shapes and sizes. The beverage holders of the insert panel prevent beverage vessels from hitting against each other during transport, reducing the broken or chipped glassware.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventor: Adam Chitsazan
  • Patent number: 8997994
    Abstract: A portable kitchen storage cabinet sized appropriately to fit atop a tailgate of an extant pickup truck, the portable kitchen storage cabinet including a rectangular prismatic box having a triangular prismatic lid section hingedly disposed at a front surface of the box, the lid section imposable into the rectangular prismatic box when moved to a closed position, the lid section moveable into an open position disposed in front of the front surface of the box, wherein the interior of the box is partitioned by a first shelf, a second shelf, a vertically oriented first partition, and a vertically oriented second partition, whereby extant kitchen utensils and accoutrements are storable sorted inside the box and readily transportable and accessible therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventor: Jeffrey A. Jung
  • Patent number: 8967408
    Abstract: A food container system for a take-out main course food item includes a plastic lid adapted for sealing arrangement with a plastic base and one or more securable inner vessels adapted to hold an accessory food item. The floor of the base includes one or more first vessel-receiving mechanisms designed to locate and receive the bottom of a securable inner vessel. The lid includes one or more second vessel-receiving mechanisms, each designed to receive and engage the top rim of a securable inner vessel when such vessel is received by a first vessel-receiving mechanism and the lid and base are in the sealed arrangement. The engagement of the top rim of a vessel by a second vessel-receiving mechanism of the lid results in a leak resistant seal between the vessel and the lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Anchor Packaging, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Tyberghein
  • Patent number: 8960470
    Abstract: A compact, organized, space-saving storage design for multiple coolers allows each smaller cooler in a set of coolers fitting into the next larger cooler. The lid of each of the next larger coolers may be capable of fully closing and the smaller cooler may fit completely inside the larger cooler. The nesting coolers may improve the use of storage space, omit risk of falling over, reduce stress and organize all coolers in one easily located place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Inventors: Carol Tarble, Michael Tarble
  • Patent number: 8960478
    Abstract: A food and condiment container having a first storage space for a food item and a second storage space for a condiment. The container includes a paperboard carton and an appliqué fold-out pocket affixed thereto and moveable between open and closed positions for receiving a condiment The pocket includes a front panel, a back panel, and first and second side panels extending therebetween. The back panel is joined to the carton, and the front panel is joined to the back panel along a portion thereof to hinge forward from the back panel. The side panels are connected between the front and back panels and are collapsible along a crease extending the vertical length of the side panels. Prior to use, the appliqué pocket remains flush with the carton and is opened along a perforation line to form a storage space for a condiment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Inventor: Caleb C. Crye
  • Publication number: 20150014209
    Abstract: Season-Eaze is a container with a compartment on top for holding a pair of tongs when seasoning or flowing raw meat and other foods.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventor: Lloyd Lamont Fairgood
  • Publication number: 20140367302
    Abstract: A multi-compartmented food storage device having a top hermetic storage compartment, a bottom hermetic storage compartment and a central hermetic storage compartment that is interposed there between. Each of the top and bottom compartments being hingedly secured to the central compartment along an upper and lower end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2013
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventor: KURT UMHOLTZ
  • Publication number: 20140366484
    Abstract: Packaging (10) in flexible material, comprising a supporting base (11) wherefrom two opposite side walls (12) rise up, each one sealed to a half-perimeter (13) of the base (11) and sealed one to the other along respective side edges (14) and along the upper edge with a head sealing (16), characterised in that in an intermediate area of the packaging (10) at least one continuous transverse sealing (17) is provided, suitable for dividing the interior of the packaging (10) into two separate chambers, a lower chamber (20) and an upper chamber (21), suitable for containing two different components of a product to be heated and brought into contact at the time of consumption, said transverse sealing (17) being such as to open when a certain pressure is reached in said lower chamber (20), thus forming a single chamber inside the packaging (10).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Applicant: GOGLIO S.P.A.
    Inventor: Roberto GALBASINI
  • Patent number: 8881905
    Abstract: In summary there is provided in one embodiment a combination of a pan with a label for holding a roasting bag. The pan is defined by having a bottom base having a base periphery edge and a sidewall extending upwardly from the base periphery edge and terminating at a side edge to create a well therebetween. The label includes front and rear sides. The rear side being secured to the bottom base and includes a pocket formed thereon. The pocket has an access opening into an internal space of the pocket. The roasting bag is positioned within and removable from the pocket of the label.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Handi-Foil Corporation
    Inventors: Norton Sarnoff, David Sarnoff, Raj Patel
  • Patent number: 8851314
    Abstract: A container assembly for holding, shipping, and consuming a product, such as a frozen confection, is provided. The container assembly includes a container, a lid, and a utensil. The utensil is connected to the assembly so that a consumer is able to spoon the product from the container. A consumer may purchase the assembly containing a product, open the container, remove the utensil, and consume the product using the self-contained utensil. The assembly may also include a membrane for ensuring freshness and to indicate tampering of the product. The utensil may be attached directly to the lid, or in a pocket between sealed membranes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Wells Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Clinton M. Hudson, Wendy J. Tabbert
  • Patent number: 8844739
    Abstract: A reusable food storage container includes bottom and top members, each having first and second portions. Each bottom member first portion includes a bottom wall with opposed side walls and an end wall extending between the side walls and extending upwardly from the bottom wall. Each bottom member defines an open end opposite its outside end wall and an open top. The bottom member portions are selectively coupled together using tab and channel structures. The top member portions each include a top wall having opposed end walls with an outer side wall connecting the end walls and extending downwardly from the top wall. The top member portions are selectively connected using tab and channel structures. Each top member defines an open side opposite its respective outside side wall and an open bottom. The top portion includes a circumference slightly larger than that of the bottom portion, enabling a nesting attachment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Inventors: Susan M. Holey, James Farrell
  • Publication number: 20140272044
    Abstract: One disclosed aspect of the embodiments is a technique to package a dish having strips of dough, garnishes, pieces of meat, and broth. A main container has an inner wall and is configured to be sealed with a main lid. A secondary container has an outer wall and is configured to contain a first type of broth and sealed with a secondary lid. The secondary container is placed inside the main container such that the outer wall and the inner wall form a space accommodating the strips of dough and the pieces of meat. A separator is placed above the secondary container to hold the garnishes underneath the main lid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Van-Thanh Nguyen
  • Patent number: 8833584
    Abstract: The disclosed aspects relate to a dispensing closure that comprises a utensil retention mechanism. The utensil retention mechanism can comprise at least two outward extending tabs that can be located on a lid portion of the dispensing closure. The at least two outward extending tabs can be positioned on the lid portion such that a section of a utensil can be securely engaged and retained by the at least two outward extending tabs. The dispensing closure can comprise a stay open mechanism, in an aspect. In another aspect, the dispensing closure can comprise a sift-resistance feature. In a further aspect, the dispensing closure can comprise a flex-lock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Weatherchem Corporation
    Inventor: Brian David Groubert
  • Patent number: 8833595
    Abstract: A package for food products, including a cup (2) adapted to contain a food substance and a sealing member (6) applied to the mouth profile of the cup and in combination a take-up member (12) for taking up the food substance, such as a spatula or the like. The base wall (8) of the cup (2) has a depression (10) wherein the eating member (12) is housed and wherein the package includes a laminar member (14) applied to cover the depression (10) and the eating member (12); preferably, the laminar member (14) has on its face facing toward the eating member (12) a peripheral region (20) having an adhesive, which allows its fastening by adhesion to at least a portion of the wall of the cup (2) adjacent to the depression (10) and an internal non-adhesive region (16) overlying the eating member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Soremartec S.A.
    Inventor: Mauro Raballo
  • Publication number: 20140251864
    Abstract: A packaging system is provided. The packaging system may include a barrier sheet and a container. The barrier sheet may have a first half and a second half. The second half may include a perforation bisecting the second half into two approximately equal quarters. Each of the two quarters may form a pull tab near the rectangular corners. A user may easily and conveniently assemble a food product having at least one wet fixing, a first portion of dry fixings and a second portion of dry fixings, whereby the barrier sheet sandwiches the at least one wet fixing between the first and second portion of dry fixings. When ready to eat, the user may grasp the pull tabs and evenly tear apart the second half along the perforation so that the dry fixings and the at least one wet fixing do not adhere to the barrier sheet as the second and first half may be removed from the food product, whereby the dry fixings remained as dry as when the food product was made.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventor: Keith VOELLER
  • Patent number: 8813994
    Abstract: A kit containing portion control tableware, the kit containing a portion control plate and a portion control drinking cup, whereby when used, the portion control cup limits the amount of beverage consumed to a healthy portion size, and the portion control plate provides a visual indication of the size of a healthy portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Inventor: Sally Ng
  • Publication number: 20140166530
    Abstract: Packages for food products and food products packaged in such packages are described. A packaged food product may include a plurality of food items and a package comprising a container removeably coupled to a lid. The container may define an interior configured to receive the plurality of food items. The container can include a bottom portion and opposing first and second sidewalls forming a plurality of support portions configured to support the plurality of food items independent from one another. The support portions each include a support surface extending upward along at least a portion of the first and second sidewalls and across the bottom portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: The Hillshire Brands Company
    Inventors: Martha E. Cassens, Stuart M. Leslie, Jason C. Billig, Daniel Taek Kim
  • Patent number: 8684183
    Abstract: Described is a portable carrying case for storing and transporting culinary essentials such as cooking equipment, instruments and accessories such as cutlery, spices, cookbooks, scales and other assortment of kitchen necessities. A knife compartment within said portable carrying case may be detached to serve as a standalone knife retaining compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Inventor: Vaughn D. Trannon
  • Patent number: 8651279
    Abstract: A container system is described. In one or more implementations, the container system comprises a lower container for receiving a first food component (or components) and an upper container assembly for receiving a second food component (or components) so that the second food component is separated from the first food component. The upper container assembly is configured for engagement with the lower container and is operable to be at least partially opened while the upper container assembly is engaged with the lower container to introduce the second food component into the lower container with the first food component. In one or more embodiments, a pull tab is coupled to the upper container assembly. The pull tab is configured to be pulled while the upper container assembly is engaged with the lower container to at least partially open the upper container assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: ConAgra Foods RDM, Inc.
    Inventors: Yolanda A. Malone, Catherine Shapiro, Svava Atladottir, Lynda Deakin, John Dixon, JoAn Hernandez, Stephen Kim, Gina Romero, Gabriel Trionfi, Martin Zabaleta, Lauren Shimek
  • Patent number: 8651311
    Abstract: In insert is provided for use with a container and for positioning in the container opening. The insert includes a body having an outer periphery dimensioned for receipt within container opening. A utensil is frangibly secured to the insert body within an internal open area. A receiving tab is provided that projects from the body into the open area. An engagement structure is formed on the utensil and on the receiving tab. The engagement portions cooperate with one another for removably securing the utensil to the receiving tab after the frangible connection to the body is removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Sonoco Development, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael T. Drummond, Kurt Ziegenfelder, Veronique Sins
  • Patent number: 8641693
    Abstract: Reduced-pressure canisters and methods for recycling are disclosed. In one instance, a method for performing multiple reduced pressure treatments on one or more patients includes providing a reduced-pressure treatment system that includes a first canister body, a fluid reservoir, and one or more modules, such as a pump control module. The method involves using the reduced-pressure system and then removing one or more modules and placing the one or more modules in fitted shipping receptacle that disallows shipping of the fluid reservoir. The one or more modules may be reconditioned and coupled to a second canister body. Other systems and methods are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: KCI Licensing, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Brian Locke, Jonathan Paul Jaeb, Aidan Marcus Tout
  • Publication number: 20130327766
    Abstract: A multi-container system having an outer container and an inner container. The outer container may at least partly define a hole extending entirely though the outer container, with the outer container at least partly surrounds the hole. The inner container may fit into and be received by the hole. The multi-container system may be shiftable between an assembled configuration, where the inner container is received and held within the hole, and a disassembled configuration, where the inner and outer containers are decoupled and separated from one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Inventors: Paul E. Skelton, Bruce A. Wardlow
  • Patent number: 8596451
    Abstract: A kit comprising the items needed to build an emergency shelter in the flexible-form rammed earth style, and a method of packing the items for shipment. The kit, designed for easy shipment to persons requiring emergency shelter, also includes the items needed to add a waterproof exterior layer to the outside of the shelter, along with items to construct a canvas awning, a water catchment system, lockable doors and lockable window shutters, and a composting toilet. The kit also includes mosquito netting to cover the doorway and windows of the shelter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Inventor: Timothy X Merritt
  • Patent number: 8596457
    Abstract: This invention provides a holder for a sandwich that covers and protects the sandwich, and that allows an end of the sandwich to be exposed to the user while gripping the shell/housing. The holder includes an advancing mechanism that allows the sandwich end to be variably directed through an open end of the holder's shell/housing so that a portion to be eaten is exposed exclusively, while the remainder of the sandwich remains covered and isolated from the user's hands. In an illustrative embodiment, the holder and advancing mechanism is particularly suited to a small child's hands and associated motor skills. A flexible strip can extend from an actuation mechanism, such as a roller spool with an external knob assembly, around a plurality of guides to form a sling around a sandwich-holding base. Rotating the knob in an advance direction cause the strip to be drawn in, thereby raising the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Inventors: Hope Goblirsch, Michael J. Strasser, Imraan Aziz
  • Patent number: 8591976
    Abstract: A pouch, designed to be attached, either directly or indirectly, to a container, is provided with two end portions, each of which is formed with an elongated slit. When the pouch is directly attached atop a container, the end portions are pulled over the lid and catch a rim portion of the container. When the pouch is placed upon a lid covered container, the end portions of the pouch can catch or engage the lid. In accordance with an aspect of the invention, a pair of spaced slits extends from each elongated slit, thereby creating a tab or flap in each end portion. The flap is configured to either directly catch a rim of the container or be tucked under the lid, i.e., between the lid and the container, to attach the pouch to the lid and, indirectly, the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: General Mills, Inc.
    Inventors: Neil E. Zaporski, Anthony W. Swenson
  • Patent number: 8579145
    Abstract: There is provided an infant feeding bowl comprising a bowl container defining an inner bowl surface, an outer bowl surface and a bowl rim; and projecting away from said bowl rim, a bowl handle defining an arc form handle rim. The bowl handle includes a lamellar portion that extends from said handle rim to the bowl rim and provided to the lamellar portion, a thumbhole arranged for receipt of the user's thumb in use. The thumbhole is arranged symmetrically about a chord axis extending from the arc form handle rim to the bowl rim.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Brother Max Limited
    Inventors: Jonathan Morris Gold, Daniel Jason Tyler
  • Patent number: 8550290
    Abstract: A storage container system comprising an arrangement for adjustable ventilation intended for storing at least one article that is thermally sensitive and/or requires ventilation to the ambient atmosphere. The device includes at least one door and at least one aperture ventilation assembly. The aperture ventilation assembly includes a planar wall aperture array and a corresponding planar shutter aperture array, wherein the sliding relationship between the two arrays results in a plurality of ventilation levels, including a fully open state, and a closed state capable of substantially sealing off the contents of the container from the ambient atmosphere. Certain preferred embodiments include a plurality of storage compartments configured within the container's inner volume wherein each compartment is sealed from one another and possesses its own aperture ventilation assembly for ventilation adjustments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Inventor: Robert L. Davis
  • Patent number: 8496112
    Abstract: In summary there is provided in one embodiment a combination of a pan with a label for holding a roasting bag. The pan is defined by having a bottom base having a base periphery edge and a sidewall extending upwardly from the base periphery edge and terminating at a side edge to create a well therebetween. The label includes front and rear sides. The rear side being secured to the bottom base and includes a pocket formed thereon. The pocket has an access opening into an internal space of the pocket. The roasting bag is positioned within and removable from the pocket of the label.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Handi-Foil Corporation
    Inventors: Norton Sarnoff, Raj Patel, David Sarnoff
  • Publication number: 20130175197
    Abstract: Provided herein is packaging for use with a disposable cup that is adapted to hold dehydrated edible products where hot water is applied to the disposable container in order to rehydrate the product. The packaging allows for making a stand that is operative to more securely hold the cup in its upright position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Inventor: Lisa D. Fieldman
  • Publication number: 20130081361
    Abstract: A lunch box assembly having a main housing having a lid rotatably, hingedly attached to a base to provide access to an opened interior of one or more compartments is disclosed. The lid can have ferrously magnetic material and recesses to accept magnets. The magnets can be shaped to fit the recesses. The base can have compartments aligned with corresponding compartments in the lid. The base and the lid can form one or more closed food storage compartments that separate the contents from the neighboring compartments. A latch on the base and lid can produce a clamping force on a small lidded container or containers placed in one or more of the compartments. The clamping force can clamp the lidded container closed and prevent leakage of fluids in the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2012
    Publication date: April 4, 2013
    Applicant: 3rd Stone Design Inc.
    Inventor: 3rd Stone Design Inc.
  • Patent number: 8371447
    Abstract: A portable caddy, comprising: a base portion; a handle portion removably secured to an upper surface of the base portion, the handle portion having a pair of support members and an elongated member extending therebetween, the handle portion being configured to rotatably support a roll of paper towels above the upper surface of the base portion; a plurality of recessed areas disposed in the upper surface; and an opening in a side wall of the base portion, the opening providing access to a receiving area disposed between the upper surface and a bottom surface of the base portion, wherein the receiving area is configured to store a plurality of plates therein and wherein the opening allows removal of the plates from the receiving area and a rotatable base portion securable to a lower surface of the base portion, wherein the rotatable base portion allows the portable caddy to be rotated with respect to the rotatable base portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Inventors: Mark Dewolf, Michael Tomaszewski