With Structural, Or Composition, Insulating Feature Patents (Class 206/545)
  • Patent number: 10246242
    Abstract: A dual component packaging kit that includes at least a shape holding outer container having an internal volume and an external surface. Preferably, the shape holding outer container is configured to accommodate a pair of shape holding inner containers. Preferentially, each of the pair of shape holding inner containers contain a separate and distinct viscous material and the pair of shape holding inner containers remain detached from the shape holding outer containers at all times. With the pair of shape holding inner containers removed from the shape holding outer container, the separate and distinct viscous materials may be poured into the shape holding outer container and mixed together for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventor: Douglas E. Reeves
  • Patent number: 10189619
    Abstract: The present invention features a portable food container with lockable top cover. The portable food container comprises a base and a top cover. The top cover is lockable via a combination dial with at least two numbers. The top cover is attached to the base via a separable hinge such that the top cover can be removed from the base when the top cover is unlocked. The base and the top cover are engaged together via a thread means, or a hinge lock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Inventor: Caren Crawley
  • Patent number: 10159276
    Abstract: A sleeve operable to at least partially contain two cylindrical articles in side-by-side or back-to-back relation, the sleeve including first and second openings or a single opening in a bottom thereof and the first and second cylindrical articles contained within the sleeve such that portions of the first and second cylindrical articles are exposed outside the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Scott Fath, Ryan J. Sousa, Steven R. Rinehart
  • Patent number: 10154759
    Abstract: A food processor having a work bowl and lid configured to be selectively removable from the bowl is provided. The food processor includes a mechanism for securing the lid to the work bowl. The mechanism includes a plurality of recesses formed in an interior lip of the bowl and a plurality of corresponding protrusions formed on an exterior lip of the lid. The protrusions are configured to engage the recesses to align and secure the lid to the bowl.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Conair Corporation
    Inventor: Joseph W. Zakowski
  • Patent number: 10059495
    Abstract: A shipping container, particularly suited for shipping wine bottles within a shipping box, having a pair of container halves. Each container half includes an outer tray that is shaped to fit the shipping box, and an inner tray that is configured for securely holding one or more wine bottles. Both the outer tray and inner tray are made of readily recyclable pulp material, and have a void therebetween. A starch based biodegradable insulation material fills the void therebetween, such that the shipping container is made entirely of biodegradable material, yet is sturdy and has insulative properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Inventors: Berk Korustan, Canan Korustan
  • Patent number: 10005573
    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: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Taylor Precision Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert H. J. Miros, Caroline S. Miros
  • Patent number: 9901153
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure relate to an insulated, waterproof, soft-side cooler. The soft-side cooler may comprise an insulated core formed form a single piece of closed-cell foam. pieces that, when joined, form a six-sided enclosure that provides exceptional insulation for food and beverages and other items stored in the soft-cell cooler. Further, the soft-side cooler may comprise a zipper configuration that allows for zipping down the middle of the top of the soft-side cooler, thus allowing for the full, six-sided insulation while also allowing for wide-mouth opening that allows users easy access into the insulated compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Inventor: Edwin Strudwick Nash
  • Patent number: 9726414
    Abstract: An insert configured to be disposed in a receptacle, the insert comprising a bottom surface, a first top surface, a second top surface, the second top surface being located further from the bottom surface than the first top surface in a first direction, the first direction being orthogonal to the bottom surface, and a chamber, the chamber residing between the first top surface and the bottom surface and the second top surface and the bottom surface, the chamber being configured to hold a liquid, is provided. An associated method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: SO COOL PRODUCTS, LLC
    Inventors: Gregory Donnell, Ted Krisowaty
  • Patent number: 9592951
    Abstract: A combination of a container and a plurality of food items nested within the container may include base and a first cavity in the base. A first food item may be nested in the first cavity. The first food item may include a decorated section. The first food item may include a disposable wrapper having an exposed upper wrapper edge. The container may include a lid moveable between a closed position and an open position. A first retainer may be on the lid. When the lid is in the closed position the first retainer may overlie a first portion of the upper wrapper edge. When the container is inverted with the lid in the closed position relative axial movement between the first food item and the first cavity may be limited by contact between the first retainer and the upper wrapper edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: GIVE AND GO PREPARED FOODS CORP.
    Inventors: Doug Brummer, Samir R. Parikh
  • Patent number: 9545459
    Abstract: A system for use in an orthopedic surgical procedure including a container for orthopedic surgical instruments. The container includes a first shell, and a second shell configured to be coupled to the first shell to define a chamber therein. The second shell is configured to be coupled to the first shell in a plurality of orientations including a first orientation in which fluid is permitted to advance into and out of the chamber, and a second orientation in fluid is prevented from advancing into and out of the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: DEPUY IRELAND UNLIMITED COMPANY
    Inventors: Kurt A. Scott, Kyle S. Moore, Jason T. Sherman
  • Patent number: 9463915
    Abstract: A packaging container can be configured to include cushioning material and to be foldable between an expanded state in which the container can be used to ship an article and a compressed state in which the container occupies a smaller volumetric space without the article being contained therein. This can reduce shipping costs associated with transporting the empty container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Inventors: John McDonald, Frank Comerford, Myles Comerford
  • Patent number: 9417661
    Abstract: A portable computing device is disclosed. The portable computing device can take many forms such as a laptop computer, a tablet computer, and so on. The portable computing device can include a single piece housing and a display module. The display module can include a protective top glass cover that is bonded to a plastic display frame and surrounded by a seal frame. The display module can also include a display panel and its associated circuitry suspended from the display frame below the protective glass cover. The display module is coupled to the single piece housing using mounting clips in a manner that allows the display module to move relative to the single piece housing during an impact event. The plastic display frame can include inserts that provide structural support near openings in the single piece housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen R. McClure, Joshua D. Banko, Jonathan Ternus, Matthew B. Morris, Peter M. Thompson, Kevin Gibbs, Timothy G. Van Vorhis, Martin B. Adamcyk, Arthur J. Lucchesi, Brian Scott Carpenter
  • Patent number: 9366467
    Abstract: An iceless chill chamber cooler includes a chill chamber block and an iceless chill chamber. The chill chamber block can include at least one attachment feature. The iceless chill chamber can include a wall having at least one receiving feature. The receiving feature can complement and receive the attachment feature of the chill chamber block. The chill chamber block can be configured to transfer cold to an item positioned inside the iceless chill chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: IGLOO PRODUCTS CORP.
    Inventors: Gary Kiedaisch, John Maldonado
  • Patent number: 9320938
    Abstract: A full-body workout system comprises a cooler having a hinged lid and defining an insulated compartment and an adjustable weighted bottom portion, at least two drink bottles having an adjustable weighted bottom portion and configured for releasable attachment to the cooler, at least one cooler handle configured for releasable attachment to the cooler and the at least two drink bottles, a full-body workout strap having a strap body with first and second ends, each end including a padded hand grip and a latching mechanism configured for releasable attachment to the cooler, wherein the cooler may be carried by at least the at least one cooler handle and the full-body workout strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Inventor: Paul T. Belmore
  • Patent number: 9162808
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an insulated take home food container. In particular, the present invention relates to a laminate of metallic or non-metallic heat reflective film, either flat or in a manner to create air pockets, utilized to increase the holding time a food stays warm in the container. The container can have flat surface or dividing walls depending on the use of the box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: Global Trading Associates, Inc.
    Inventor: John Kennedy Chebli
  • Patent number: 9010565
    Abstract: A collapsible bowl described herein includes a base, wherein the base includes a top, a bottom, a chamber that is between the top and the bottom, a first edge, and a seam, wherein the base is foldable along the seam. The collapsible bowl also includes a first side that includes a top edge and a bottom edge, wherein the bottom edge of the first side is coupled to the first edge of the base, wherein the chamber is configured to receive a foldable cooling apparatus that is adapted to modify a temperature of a liquid in the collapsible bowl.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventor: Jerry Allen Warner
  • Patent number: 9010569
    Abstract: A bottle-warming container device maintains the warmth of baby bottles for an extended period of time to ensure that warmed bottles are available when needed. The device includes a container having a bottom side and a perimeter wall extending upwardly from the bottom side. The perimeter wall and the bottom side define an interior space of the container configured to hold a plurality of baby bottles. A pad is positioned in the interior space and comprises an insulating material wherein the pad is configured for preventing heat transfer between the interior space and the extrinsic environment relative to the interior space. A plurality of slots extends through the pad wherein the slots are configured to receive the baby bottles. A flexible portion of the pad is positioned around each slot wherein a size of the slots is selectively adjustable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventors: Rosa M. Estrada, Claudia Thomas-Valdivia
  • Patent number: 8997981
    Abstract: A triangular golf bag cooler that includes a triangular longitudinal cross-section configured to fit the cooler within an extant golf bag pocket; the triangular golf bag cooler having a gel layer disposed between an outer liner and an interior liner; said gel layer freezable with a high specific heat capacity to provide extended cooling to items stored within an interior cavity; a drain plug disposed in a first side to drain condensation and melt water from the interior cavity; the triangular golf bag cooler collapsible when empty for easy portage and storage; to provide ready access to food items proximal to the golfer's clubs when playing on a fairway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventor: Daniel E. Gilkerson
  • Patent number: 8991600
    Abstract: A portable container for transporting and storing a plurality of perishable items including food and beverage items, having a heat-resistant outer tubular member with double-layered insulation in an adjacent inner tubular member to accommodate a plurality of perishable items and to sustain the prescribed temperature of such food and beverage items and to promote longevity thereof. The portable container optionally includes a plurality of external compartments and has removable endcaps enclosing both ends thereof. Each endcap is conveniently removed from a tubular end and then used as a cup for drinking a plurality of beverage items or used as a dish for eating a plurality of food items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Inventor: Marsha A. Normand
  • Patent number: 8985330
    Abstract: A portable container for transporting and storing a plurality of perishable items including food and beverage items, having a heat-resistant outer tubular member with double-layered insulation in an adjacent inner tubular member to accommodate a plurality of perishable items and to sustain the prescribed temperature of such food and beverage items and to promote longevity thereof. The portable container optionally includes a plurality of external compartments and has removable endcaps enclosing both ends thereof. Each endcap is conveniently removed from a tubular end and then used as a cup for drinking a plurality of beverage items or used as a dish for eating a plurality of food items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Inventor: Marsha A. Normand
  • Patent number: 8925724
    Abstract: A portable container for transporting and storing a plurality of perishable items, including food and beverage items, having a heat-resistant outer tubular member with double-layered insulation in an adjacent inner tubular member to accommodate a plurality of perishable items and to sustain prescribed temperatures of food and beverage items and to promote the longevity thereof. The portable container optionally includes a plurality of external compartments and have removable endcaps enclosing both ends thereof. Each endcap is conveniently removed from a tubular end and then used as a cup for drinking a plurality of beverage items or used as a dish for eating a plurality of food items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventor: Marsha A. Normand
  • Patent number: 8919591
    Abstract: An insulating lid includes a cover having an outer edge and a base. The base includes an upper surface, a lip projecting upwardly from the upper surface about an outer perimeter of the base to define an inner area, and a plurality of spacer members extending upwardly from the upper surface positioned within the inner area. The plurality of spacer members are configured to space the cover a distance from the upper surface of the base to define an insulating space between the cover and the upper surface of the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Pactiv LLC
    Inventors: Liming Cai, Chris T. Bruch, Ayberk Abayhan
  • Publication number: 20140374304
    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: September 9, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Applicant: PLANETBOX, LLC
    Inventors: Robert H. J. MIROS, Caroline S. MIROS
  • Patent number: 8820367
    Abstract: An activity and storage bag is includes a central compartment for holding one or more removable objects. The central compartment has an inner surface that is water-resistant and an outer surface. The activity and storage bag further includes a wallet attached to the outer surface of the central compartment for storing wallet items. The wallet includes an external flap that folds out from and attaches back with an internal flap that is connected to the outer surface of the central compartment. The activity and storage bag further includes one or more side pockets attached to the outer surface of the central compartment adjacent to the wallet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Inventor: Cathi Reyes
  • Patent number: 8800795
    Abstract: Disclosed therein is to an icebox, which has volume varying means so as to selectively vary a storage space of the icebox for storing various food supplies and to simultaneously store various portable means and household items to thereby prevent convenience in use. The icebox includes: an icebox body having a bottom and side walls, which are filled with insulating material, and a storing part opened at one side for storing foods therein; a cover for selectively opening and closing the opened side of the icebox body, the cover having a receiving part; a capacity varying part interposed between the icebox body and the cover and slidably joined to the storing part so as to vary the capacity of the storing part. Because the capacity of the storing part of the icebox is selectively varied, the icebox enables the user to utilize the space of the storing part in various ways, can accommodate various kinds of food supplies and household items, and is convenient in going long distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Inventor: Hyung Keun Hwang
  • Patent number: 8365943
    Abstract: Disclosed is a portable cooler device comprised of recyclable materials. Some embodiments of the device comprise components constructed entirely of, or substantially of, cellulose. Other embodiments may be comprised of recyclable materials not classified as cellulose such as, but not limited to, cotton, bamboo, hemp, or other natural fibers. The specific percentages of recycled and/or recyclable content are not limiting factors for the invention; however, most embodiments have consistent materials of construction such that the entire device may be recycled in a single recycling process without the need for deconstruction. Further, if not recycled, embodiments are operable to biodegrade within a reasonable amount of time when exposed to the elements in a landfill. Typical embodiments are comprised of an inner shell, an outer shell having an integrally hinged lid, and pressed cellulose insulating boards sandwiched between the shells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Recycool, Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin William Bentley
  • Patent number: 8356712
    Abstract: A portable, insulated container, preferably a cooler, including an integrated table surface upon which items can be placed. The table surface is movable between a stowed position and an extended position, wherein each position the lid of the container can be lifted to access the interior cavity of the container. Advantageously, the footprint of the table surface in a horizontal plane is always located above the footprint of the container in a horizontal plane such that object or item in a surrounding area need not be disturbed in order to move the table surface between the stowed position and the extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Inventor: Joseph A. Piazza, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8213168
    Abstract: A portable computing device is disclosed. The portable computing device can take many forms such as a laptop computer, a tablet computer, and so on. The portable computing device can include a single piece housing and a display module. The display module can include a protective top glass cover that is bonded to a plastic display frame and surrounded by a seal frame. The display module can also include a display panel and its associated circuitry suspended from the display frame below the protective glass cover. The display module is coupled to the single piece housing mounting clips in a manner that allows the display module to move relative to the single piece housing during an impact event. The plastic display frame can include inserts that provide structural support near openings in the single piece housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen R. McClure, Joshua D. Banko, John P. Ternus, Matthew B. Morris, Peter M. Thompson, Kevin Gibbs, Timothy G. Van Vorhis, Martin B. Adamcyk, Arthur J. Lucchesi, Brian S. Carpenter
  • Patent number: 7891493
    Abstract: A method for carrying a plurality of food containers that includes an insulated housing having a closed bottom, a closed top located substantially vertically above the bottom, and at least one side wall having a first opening proximate the top of the housing and a second opening proximate the bottom of the housing, the first opening being sized to receive at least one meal container therethrough, the second opening being sized to allow removal of at least one meal container from within the housing as received within the housing from the first opening and to preclude simultaneous removal of all of the meal containers from within the housing, thereby limiting heat transfer from within the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: Oliver Packaging and Equipment Company
    Inventors: Paul T. Dege, Jim C. Nensewitz, Edward W. Burmeister, Brian E. Ainsworth
  • Publication number: 20100243511
    Abstract: The combination carrier and insulated food containers provides a food storage device having a plurality of thermally insulated containers for holding a variety of different types of food. The carrier is substantially planar and has a plurality of openings formed therethrough. Each food container includes a lower wall, at least one sidewall, and an open upper end defining a rim portion formed along an upper edge of the at least one sidewall adjacent the open upper end of each container. Each food container is secured to or integral with the substantially planar carrier so that each respective rim portion projects through or above a respective one of the openings. The containers are permanently fixed to the substantially planar carrier. A plurality of covers are further provided, with each cover releasably sealing a respective open upper end of one of the plurality of food containers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2009
    Publication date: September 30, 2010
    Inventor: Maria M. Nicholls
  • Publication number: 20100133141
    Abstract: A lunch box transforming into a placemat has at least two zippers with one of the two zippers running along at least three but preferably four sides while the second zipper runs along the remaining sides so as to allow, when all unzipped, to open the lunch box so that it lays flat and becomes a placemat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2010
    Publication date: June 3, 2010
    Inventors: Caroline Lebel, Denis Lebel
  • Patent number: 7718924
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a multiple-compartment insulated food tray and lid for storage and service. The insulated food trays allow for two or more stacked strays to be mechanically unified using the weight of the top tray on the bottom tray in any orientation where the weight of the second tray remains on the first tray. In another embodiment of the present disclosure, a polymer with foam and blowing agents are used during the molding process to create in a first phase a hard shell in contact with the mold. In a second phase, insulation is created in the hard shell by thermal treatment and expansion of the residual polymer inserted in the mold. In a third embodiment of the present disclosure, the insulated food trays, when stacked, can be placed in a nondiscriminatory arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2010
    Inventor: Joseph Claffy
  • Patent number: 7658288
    Abstract: Disclosed, among other things, are packaged bisulfite solutions comprising bisulfite reagent in an oxygen-impermeable container and methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2010
    Assignee: Applied Biosystems, LLC
    Inventors: Yafei Liu, Haley O. Fiske, Steven M. Menchen
  • Publication number: 20100019007
    Abstract: A device attachable to an article provides drinking water and storage of hot and cold food. The drinking water is stored in an insulated container that can be pressurized by a hand-pump inlet valve. A plastic tube is attached to an outlet extending to a position reachable to a user's mouth. The tube has a valve allowing the user to control the flow of the drinking water. The device further comprises a pair of insulated containers, one for storing cold food and the other hot food. The container with the drinking water and the pair of insulated containers are attachable to (and separable from) each other (or can be permanently affixed). A plurality of plastic clips can hold the tube to the article.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2009
    Publication date: January 28, 2010
    Inventor: Andrew C. Wagner
  • Patent number: 7584847
    Abstract: Interchangeable portions of a cooler or container, having a sports logo thereon, allows a single cooler body or container body to have a first logo at one particular time, and a second logo at another time, upon replacement of interchangeable the portions. Preferably, the portions comprise a plurality of cooler tops, each having a different sports logo, each mating directly or through interchangeable hinge portions with the same cooler body, or being secured to a planar portion of the cooler or container. Alternatives for securing the attachment to the cooler planar portion are disclosed and include adhesive, VELCRO brand fasteners, guide members, or elastomeric attaching members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2009
    Inventor: Mary Purvis
  • Publication number: 20090206092
    Abstract: The present invention is food container assembly comprising, a container having a food compartment, a semi-flexible sheet fitted within the container, a doily attached to one edge of the semi-flexible sheet with the opposite edge attached to the container and one or more moistened towelettes or sanitizing agent sealed within an airtight enclosure affixed to the flexible sheet. The doily is folded in a manner that maintains the doily under the flexible sheet and away from the food such that when the flexible sheet is withdrawn from the container the doily is extended across an eating or food preparation surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2009
    Publication date: August 20, 2009
    Inventor: Patricia N. ERBERICH
  • Patent number: 7491912
    Abstract: A portable food delivery container includes a food storage compartment, a control compartment, and a temperature control source. A control compartment lies adjacent to and in thermal conductivity with the food storage compartment. A modular removable temperature control source is disposed within the control compartment, where the temperature control source effects transfer of thermal energy between the food storage compartment and the control compartment to maintain the food storage compartment at a temperature other than the ambient temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2009
    Assignee: Check Corporation
    Inventor: Robert Check
  • Publication number: 20080128312
    Abstract: A food container is described and which includes an enclosure for holding a food product to be consumed and which is defined by a sidewall, and which has a first open end, and a second closed end; and a lid which releasably and matingly engages the first open end of the enclosure and which permits limited access to the enclosure, and which further defines a cavity which matingly receives the second end of the enclosure when the lid is removed from the enclosure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2006
    Publication date: June 5, 2008
    Inventor: David M. Carpenter
  • Patent number: 7353952
    Abstract: A bag has a first compartment for receiving a food item, a second compartment for receiving a beverage container, the second compartment having an open end for receiving the beverage container and a closed end opposite the open end. The closed end has a rounded profile when the bag is in a flattened condition, and is radially expandable to allow the bag to stand upright.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2008
    Assignee: Built NY, Inc.
    Inventors: John R. Swartz, Aaron Lown
  • Patent number: 7344028
    Abstract: A portable tote is provided which has flexible, insulating walls to insulate the contents of the tote from the environment and maintain e.g., a reduced temperature of its contents. The tote is configured to receive a beverage box, in particular, an elongated twelve pack box. An end wall access flap provides selective access to the contents of the tote, such as the twelve ounce beverage cans contained in the beverage box. An asymmetric handle strap can be used to support the tote in a stable manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2008
    Assignee: Igloo Products Corporation
    Inventor: Ann Hanson
  • Patent number: 7276676
    Abstract: A food and food-plate warming device includes a base plate that has a planar top surface and has an outwardly beveled edge provided with laterally stepped ridges concentrically spaced from the top surface center. A cover plate is positioned on the base plate and has an outer lip that is nested on one of the stepped ridges. Handles are conjoined to the outer lip for receiving at least four contiguous metacarpals therethrough. A mechanism is included for heating the base plate top surface such that the food and food-plate interfitted between the base plate and the cover plate can be heated. The heating mechanism includes a heating element intercalated between the top and bottom surfaces of the first base plate. An automatic shut off switch is coupled to the heating element for interrupting power to the heating element when an interior temperature of the device reaches a maximum threshold temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2007
    Inventor: Jennifer J. Thompson
  • Patent number: 7178673
    Abstract: A cooler has front, rear, end and bottom walls. The walls form an interior chamber. The interior chamber has an upper ledge, a lower ledge and an intermediate ledge. A lower tray is positionable upon the lower ledge. Slots extend through the lower tray and are adapted to support ice. An intermediate tray is positionable upon the intermediate ledge. A plurality of apertures extend through the intermediate tray. The apertures are adapted to removable support food containers. A lid is positionable upon the upper ledge for securement and thermal insulating purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2007
    Inventor: Amy M. Miller
  • Patent number: 7134552
    Abstract: The food pan carrier has a pan carrier body and a pan carrier door. The pan carrier door is slidable relative to the pan carrier body from an open to a closed position. When the door is in the closed position, the food pan carrier will maintain food that has been heated to at least 185° at a minimum of 141° for an extended period of time. The pan carrier body has grooves in which the food pan door is received. The food pan door preferably has rails that are slidable in the grooves. The door slides in the grooves from a second end to a first end of the grooves. As the door slides from the open to the closed position, it moves toward a sealing surface that circumscribes an opening through which food pans are inserted and removed from the pan carrier body. In the fully closed position, the door sealingly engages the sealing surface that circumscribes the opening through which food pans are inserted and removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2006
    Assignee: Carlisle FoodService Products, Incorporated
    Inventors: Richard McDonagh, James H. Cook, Martin R. Benning, Kent A. Birt, Larry B. Henderson, Ronald J. Meredith
  • Patent number: 7032753
    Abstract: Interchangeable portions of a cooler or container, having a sports logo thereon, allows a single cooler body or container body to have a first logo at one particular time, and a second logo at another time, upon replacement of interchangeable the portions. Preferably, the portions comprise a plurality of cooler tops, each having a different sports logo, each mating directly or through interchangeable hinge portions with the same cooler body, or being secured to a planar portion of the cooler or container. Alternatives for securing the attachment to the cooler planar portion are disclosed and include adhesive, VELCRO brand fasteners, guide members, or elastomeric attaching members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2006
    Inventor: Mary Purvis
  • Patent number: 7013671
    Abstract: A liquid container is encased in an insulated jacket type pack, which has back-straps and a handle for ease of carrying, pockets for storage and zippered openings for access to the liquid container. The liquid container has recessed drink holders located near the bottom of the container with another recessed opening for sandwich type storage. The container has a spout at the top for drinking or pouring liquid from the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2006
    Inventor: Daniel H. Bolda
  • Patent number: 6959814
    Abstract: The present invention 10 is a portable insulin and accessory kit for diabetics that is a case 24 made of polymeric or waterproof material having an inside portion divided in three equal sections, each section securing and storing insulin and accessories such as an insulin pen or syringe 26, alcohol cloths 16 or similar accessories for sterilization and a supply of additional needles 18. The kit is foldable and provides hook and loop fasteners 20 for a secure closure. In addition, a polymeric, portable insulin storage box 28 is provided having a hingedly attached cover 32 attached to a bottom portion having divided sections for the storage of insulin and accessories such as an insulin pen or syringe 26, alcohol cloths 16 or similar accessories for sterilization and a supply of additional needles 34.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2005
    Inventor: Jane M Hyman
  • Publication number: 20040256278
    Abstract: The beverage cooler includes a vessel for a coolant such as ice water or a conventional refrigerant such as glycol or Freon. A coil is mounted in the interior of the vessel and has an inlet through which a beverage from an external source, separate and apart from the cooler enters the coil. A drain located above the coil carries off excess coolant. A tap at the outlet of the coil controls the flow of the beverage from the coil.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2004
    Publication date: December 23, 2004
    Inventors: Donald Kett, Frank Schraa
  • Patent number: 6821019
    Abstract: A portable soft sided insulated container has an impermeable liner that provides a liquid holding barrier. The liner is folded from a single monolithic plastic sheet to reduce or eliminate the need for heat welded seams. The liner seats within the container and has a releasable attachment around its lip for mating with the rim of the container. The container has an insulated lid so that the entire assembly may be closed. The liner can be removed for cleaning, or replacement if punctured. When not in use the entire assembly can be folded into a collapsed position for storage. The container has two storage chambers that share a common insulated dividing wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2004
    Assignee: California Innovations Inc.
    Inventor: Melvin S. Mogil
  • Publication number: 20040211699
    Abstract: A flexible carry bag for the transport and consumption of fluid by an individual, the flexible carry bag defining a receptacle for a flexible bladder formed of flexible resilient plastic such as polyethylene having a closure means at one end and pre-filled with the fluid, this flexible bladder insertable within the flexible carry bag such that its closure means extends out of said carry bag, carry bag having a closure means to allow access thereto by the user, the flexible carry bag having a support means in the form of a strap or clip for the transport of the flexible bladder and flexible carry bag by the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2003
    Publication date: October 28, 2004
    Inventor: Linda Kucharski
  • Patent number: 6802802
    Abstract: A carrier for beverage containers formed of a sheet material such as plastic or paperboard which includes a bottom panel attached to side panels, a pair of opposed end panels connected to the bottom and side panels, and a central handle formed of two halves folded together in a first position for ease in carrying. The handle is pivotal to an open position along its top fold line, allowing the carrier to spread outwardly to form a central cavity capable of holding ice for the purpose of cooling the beverage containers. The top panels are provided with a plurality of openings, for example, six or eight, each of which is adapted to receive a beverage container. The method for forming the beverage container is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2004
    Assignee: USI International, Inc.
    Inventor: Gunter Woog