With Aperture For Article Patents (Class 206/562)
  • Patent number: 10105927
    Abstract: The invention relates generally to carrier materials. More specifically, the present invention relates to silicon-free thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) materials for use in carrier devices. In some embodiments, a textured film to temporarily immobilize a device is provided, characterized in that a surface of the film in contact with the one or more objects is comprised of textured topology.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Delphon Industries, LLC
    Inventors: Rajesh Kumar Varma, Darby Allen Davis, Claudia Leigh Allison
  • Patent number: 10040383
    Abstract: A tray for use in a vehicle may include a base sized and shaped to fit within a vehicle cup holder and a tray attachable to the base and repositionable on the base to different positions. Slidable panels can support different sized beverage containers through openings of the tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Inventor: Forrest S. Baker
  • Patent number: 9943064
    Abstract: A pet watering apparatus which can be refilled as water is removed by evaporation or by a thirsty animal, which apparatus has a vessel, overlaid by a platform having a base and at least one leg, which platform has at least 2 apertures therein of one size and a central smaller aperture therein. Disposed in one aperture is a bottle capable of holding water, having a modified Yorker cap thereon, disposed in an inverted position; the Yorker cap's spout having been cut off at about a 45 degree angle. A siphon filter may be disposed through the platform's central aperture to the vessel for connection to a pump to re-circulate water through the siphon for microbe removal. An optional water chiller may be deployed on the platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Inventor: Barry Farris
  • Patent number: 9861169
    Abstract: A convertible placemat and carrier having a generally planar flexible sheet with a center portion for supporting an object, preferably food and beverage products. The carrier also includes a plurality of spaced-apart slits arranged in a plurality of concentric rings extending radially outward from the center portion of the sheet. The remaining portion of the sheet between the slits is interconnected to form a lattice structure. The sheet is moveable from a flat planar configuration to an expanded configuration in the form of a carrier. An object is held in the center of the sheet and handle portions are moveable upwardly away from the center portion and the sheet expands via the lattice structure to form a carrier for holding the object placed in the center portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Inventors: Susan D. Scior, William G. Weber
  • Patent number: 9603475
    Abstract: A cup holder for holding a plurality of cups on a food tray comprises a pair of spaced apart lower lip extensions for fitting onto the food tray; a sidewall region extending upwardly from each lower lip extension; and a top plane region that connects both sidewall regions and extends: substantially perpendicular to the sidewall regions and substantially parallel to a flat upper surface of the food tray. This top plane region includes a plurality of spaced apart apertures that hold a beverage cup while transporting food and drinks on the food tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Inventor: Maurice J. Faulk
  • Patent number: 9469458
    Abstract: A container that includes a tray having a base bottom portion and one or more sidewalls having a volume for holding a product; a lid that is attachable to the tray to protect the product in the tray when attached thereto; and a divider for providing a plurality of compartments with a predetermined volume in the tray, the divider configured, dimensioned and positioned to provide support to the lid, air flow between the compartments and torsional rigidity to the tray. The most preferred container of the invention is a rectangular clamshell container as described herein that includes a spine which is pivotally hinged to the base bottom portion via the lid. This preferred container also includes a plurality of snap locking members for attaching the lid to the tray for retaining contents therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Driscoll Strawberry Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Malkeet Singh Padda, Craig R. Snedden, Gandhi B. Sifuentes, Cesar Ramirez
  • Patent number: 9089235
    Abstract: A molded rubber or polymer extrusion in the form of a supplement tray designed to fit onto the standard restaurant tray of varying sizes. The supplemental tray is designed to sit upon the surface of the tray, and through various annuluses, an upwardly extending retention means, for holding beer cans and bottles in place during there delivery or removal during usage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Inventor: Thomas H. Thornton
  • Patent number: 9056694
    Abstract: The present application provides a stacking tray for use with a number of products. The stacking tray may include a floor, a wall extending from the floor, and a subpanel. The subpanel may extend from the wall at an angle towards the floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: Georgia-Pacific Corrugated LLC
    Inventors: Yavuz Aksan, Wayne P. Gasior, Ernest Widner
  • Publication number: 20150122693
    Abstract: A supporting structure for concurrently supporting a plurality of containers having a predetermined length for medical, pharmaceutical or cosmetic applications is provided. The support structure includes a carrier having a plurality of supports for the containers on the carrier, optionally, at least in a first orientation (e.g. upright) or in a second orientation (upside-down or also upright). The carrier is matched to the lengths of the containers such that the upper ends of the containers are arranged in a first position at the same distance to the carrier as the lower ends of the containers in the second position and that the upper ends and/or lower ends of the containers are accessible for a further processing of the containers while they are supported on the carrier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Gregor Fritz Deutschle, Edgar Pawlowski, Joem Wassenberg, Andreas Reisse
  • Publication number: 20150108034
    Abstract: Disclosed is a supporting structure for concurrently supporting a plurality of containers for substances for medical, pharmaceutical or cosmetic applications, comprising a flat, rectangular-shaped carrier having a plurality of apertures or receptacles and at least one supporting member, which is releasably coupled to the carrier, wherein the respective supporting member is configured to support a plurality of containers to said carrier by a positive-fit. According to the invention the positive-fit is formed by coupling the respective supporting member with the carrier such that the containers supported on the container extend into the apertures or receptacles of the carrier. By means of the supporting members tolerances, in particular with respect to the outer radius or the outer contour of the containers and to their length, can be compensated for in a simple manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Gregor Fritz Deutschle, Edgar Pawlowski
  • Publication number: 20150108035
    Abstract: A calendar/dispenser apparatus comprises a tray and cover. The tray has a plurality of recesses and a sufficient thickness such that a consumable and/or gift may be contained within a respective recess. The cover is arranged above the tray and has a top surface and a bottom surface. A plurality of polygonal die cuts within the cover defines a plurality of doors. Each door is moveable between a normally closed position which conceals the bottom surface of the cover as defined by the door and an opened position which reveals the bottom surface of the cover as defined by the door. The bottom surface of the cover includes a plurality of printed indicia providing health related information with each respective printed indicium printed within an area defined by a respective door. Opening of a respective door permits access to the consumable and/or gift contained with its respective recess.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventor: Annmarie Delforte
  • 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: 8985379
    Abstract: A beverage container holder is provided, consisting of an elongated body having a planar upper support surface having alternative engagement mechanisms on opposing ends thereof. At one end an aperture is formed, having an elongated ledge-like support that extends downwardly to a horizontally-extending terminus that underlies a portion of the aperture to receive and retain a beverage container—both cylindrical and goblet-shaped. At an opposing end and at a midpoint of the planar upper support surface, a pair of apertures cooperates with the thumb and fingers of a user's hand, to position and secure a food plate against an upper surface of the beverage container holder. The thumb and fingers extend through the apertures from a position below the holder, and in gripping the food plate, the user is also grasping the holder—which in turn may be carrying a beverage container held within the beverage-receiving aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Inventor: Ronald G. Evans
  • Patent number: 8978888
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are embodiments of a carrier for organizing and transporting a plurality of horticultural containers. In one aspect, a carrier includes: a plurality of connected open ended container receiving receptacles each configured to carry a horticultural container by supporting an upper portion thereof; and at least one tab configured to engage a container received by one of the plurality of container receiving receptacles such that the carrier is at least partially suspended with respect to the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Inventor: Karl Ronald Chapel
  • Patent number: 8955681
    Abstract: A multi-pot device for facilitating a press fit connection between the device and a plurality of pots or planters, which enables a user to simultaneously and securely use, store, and transport multiple pots. Further, the multi-pot device does not conceal the markings located on the exterior of the individual pots. The multi-pot device comprises a top portion and a side portion. The top portion is further comprised of a plurality of spaced apart openings therein for receipt of the pots. Further, each of the openings is formed by a side that extends downwardly from the top portion, and each side is preferably comprised of a first lip, a first wall portion, a second lip, a second wall portion, a third lip, a third wall portion, a fourth lip and a fourth wall portion, the purpose of which is to form a press fit with the side walls of the pot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Summit Plastic Company
    Inventors: Charles A. Snyder, James H. Ward
  • Publication number: 20140360909
    Abstract: A carrier for covering and transporting baked goods or other food products includes a base for supporting a pie, cake, cupcakes, or other baked goods. A cover is configured to be attached to the base to generally enclose the carrier, thereby protecting the baked goods for transport or storage. The cover is formed with a flexible membrane that makes it collapsible for more convenient storage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventors: Heather Curtin, Christine J. Lee, Caroline Park
  • Patent number: 8900533
    Abstract: A blister package for a plurality of pipette tips comprises a support block with a plurality of molded pockets that extends into the support block from a first wall. The plurality of pockets is configured to receive the plurality of pipette tips. At least one reservoir located within the support block at a distal end of and in fluid communication with at least one of the plurality of pockets. A closure member configured to close the plurality of pockets within the support block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Molecular Bioproducts, Inc.
    Inventor: Jesse B. Cohen
  • Patent number: 8893917
    Abstract: An overflow pan for a water heater utilizing recycled material for cost and material efficiency. The overflow pan includes a bottom, a sidewall with an outlet for water drainage therefrom as is standard, a U-shaped lip and a plurality of ribs spaced therearound. The pan bottom includes an exterior surface having a series of regular hexagon shapes, each comprising a concave web for material reduction while retaining integrity and durability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Camco Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey R. Russell, David M. Krawiec
  • Patent number: 8887943
    Abstract: A decorative serving container system that includes a serving dish, a ring element, and a cover element. At least two ring element handle portions extend outwardly from a ring element lip, wherein each ring element handle portion has a shape that substantially corresponds to the shape of a serving dish handle, wherein each ring element handle portion includes a handle skirt portion that extends downwardly from the handle portion and is formed to be positionable around at least a portion of a serving dish handle and provide frictional engagement of the handle skirt portion with at least a portion of the serving dish handle. The cover element has one or more handles formed to be at least partially received within a recess of the ring element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Inventor: Sabine S. Miller
  • Patent number: 8830677
    Abstract: The present invention is to provide an engaging structure applicable to a display device and including a housing and an inflatable element, wherein the housing serves as a protective case of the display device and is formed with at least one assembly hole, and the inflatable element is formed with at least one connecting portion, such that, when the housing is assembled into an accommodating space of the inflatable element and the inflatable element is fully inflated, the connecting portion is engaged in the corresponding assembly hole. Thus, the portions of the inflatable element that correspond in position to the accommodating space are tightly pressed against the sides of the housing other than the side where a screen is installed at the display device. Since the inflatable element is lightweight and occupies a tiny space while in a deflated state, it will effectively reduce storage space and transportation costs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Hannstar Display Corporation
    Inventors: Yi-Chung Chiu, Chien-Kun Hsu, Chu-Fang Yang
  • Publication number: 20140238887
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to reusable food covers. Such reusable food covers may be flexible so that they can create a seal with partially consumed foods, such as fruits and vegetables, to preserve these foods and extend the time of being suitable and desirable for consumption. Each cover may include a base and a flexible wall formed as a single unitary structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2013
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Inventors: Michelle IVANKOVIC, Adrienne McNicholas
  • Patent number: 8813963
    Abstract: The package structure for glass containers for pharmaceutical use (e.g.: bottles, carpules and phials . . . ), comprises a tray (2) accommodating, at a raised position with respect to its bottom, a support plane (4) having a plurality of holes (12) for introducing containers spaced with a preset spatial order, the support plane comprising, at each introduction hole, elastically yielding means (13) for holding the container by means of a radial holding force, the holding means extending inside the volume enclosed by the projection of the perimeter of the hole in a manner parallel to the central symmetry axis (S) of the latter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Stevanato Group International A.S.
    Inventor: Fabiano Nicoletti
  • Patent number: 8794442
    Abstract: The package structure for glass containers for pharmaceutical use (e.g.: bottles, carpules and phials . . . ), comprises a tray (2) accommodating, at a raised position with respect to its bottom, a support plane (4) having a plurality of holes (12) for introducing containers spaced with a preset spatial order, the support plane comprising, at each introduction hole, elastically yielding means (13) for holding the container by means of a radial holding force, the holding means extending inside the volume enclosed by the projection of the perimeter of the hole in a manner parallel to the central symmetry axis (S) of the latter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Stevanato Group International A.S.
    Inventor: Fabiano Nicoletti
  • Patent number: 8752715
    Abstract: A sink storage tray system for organizing and storage of kitchen accessories and other items is provided. The sink storage tray system comprises a storage tray having a base section and a top section with at least a portion of the top section being parallel to the base section. A plurality of upturned, angled storage bas extend from a first end of the storage tray. A pair of angled storage bars extends from a second end of the storage tray with a distal end of the angled storage bars contacting each other. A substantially circular shaped opening is fanned in the top section of the storage tray, the opening, sized and shaped for holding a bottle in an inverted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Inventor: Valerie Dimock
  • Patent number: 8752683
    Abstract: A piece of luggage including at least one section of a stiff shell material is provided. The at least one section of the stiff shell material defines a first face of the piece of luggage and has at least one corner. A portion of the at least one section has been removed to define at least one notch proximate the at least one corner. First and second edges of the at least one section adjacent the notch are folded inward relative an inner surface of the at least one section forming first and second sides. The first and second sides define second and third faces of the piece of luggage. The piece of luggage further includes at least one rigid corner piece secured to the first and second sides proximate the at least one notch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Tumi, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul Scicluna
  • Patent number: 8746456
    Abstract: A food and/or beverage tray includes a tray body portion having an upper surface and a lower surface, a first portion of the lower surface of the tray body portion configured to rest on the forearm of the user, a second portion of the lower surface of the tray body portion configured to rest on the hand of the user; a notch provided in a first end of the tray body portion, the notch configured to receive a cross-sectional portion of an arm of the user near the elbow; and at least one finger aperture disposed through the tray body portion, the at least one finger aperture configured to accommodate a finger of the hand of the user, the at least one finger aperture being located proximate to a second end of the tray body portion that is disposed generally opposite to the first end of the tray body portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Inventor: Donald Joseph Bradley
  • Patent number: 8727115
    Abstract: A portable golf ball retaining plate includes a plate body provided with multiple grooves, wherein two opposite adjusting portions are arranged at upper side of each of the grooves, wherein the opposite adjusting portion at adjacent ones of the grooves are alternatingly arranged longitudinally and transversely. Thereby, the grooves can expand for receiving golf balls. When the golf ball is being retained in one of the grooves, the corresponding adjusting portions expand first and then contract such that the golf ball is retained. When the golf ball is being taken out, the corresponding adjusting portions first expand to the surrounding space and then contract to the original state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Inventor: Yun-Hsian Liao
  • Publication number: 20140097119
    Abstract: A container system includes a tray support unit and at least one tray. The tray is received in tray guides of the tray support unit that allow the tray to extend from and retract into the tray support unit. The tray support unit includes a bracket with a pair of arms, a frame and a compression element, which components facilitate secure but removable attachment of the container system to a fixed item without the need for tools or hardware. The tray may comprise a plurality of apertures for securely receiving a plurality of items within the tray.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2012
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Inventors: Andrea Zabinski, Armando Martija
  • Publication number: 20140091087
    Abstract: A portable display tower and packaging for carrying and displaying cupcakes comprising a first level platform with a plurality of circular cavities for holding the cupcakes in place; a second level platform with a plurality of circular cavities for holding the cupcakes in place, wherein said second level platform is a different size than said first level platform; a means for connecting said base, said first level platform and said second level platform together in a perpendicular direction, spaced at a distance apart so that a user can easily view and remove the desired cupcake.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Inventors: Carol B. Vollano, Brenda D. DePonte
  • Patent number: 8662299
    Abstract: A modular system facilitates packaging, marking, handling, sterilizing, tracking, tagging and storing small components such as surgical screws. A small, suitably cylindrical or similar cell receives a screw or other component and seats the component in a predetermined orientation. A complementary cap is adapted to engage the cell from above, closing the top and retaining the component in the cell. The cap is also adapted for use as a tool for handling the cell and the component contained therein. A coupling between the cell and the cap allows the cap to be snapped securely on the cell under manual pressure; the coupling is further adapted to release on application of sufficient bending moment across the co-axis of the cell and cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Kinamed, Inc.
    Inventors: William Ralph Pratt, Clyde Ronald Pratt, Robert A. Bruce, Richard L. Kendall
  • Patent number: 8646608
    Abstract: A packaging system includes a tray that supports candy canes in a side-by-side presentation while maintaining the candy away from the outer walls of the packaging. A template of cardboard stock is cut and folded to define a candy can support tray that is covered by a transparent wrapper or inserted into a box. The tray includes a bottom base and sides that are folded upward and end portions that fold inward with tabs align to create the rectangular tray with an open top. A first end of the tray includes a portion extending downward from the top edge to the base at an oblique angle with orifices receiving ends of the candy canes. At an opposite end of the tray, a second support portion has a portion extending downward at an oblique angle from the end wall to the base of the tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Ferrara Candy Company
    Inventors: Kenneth Clarke Struthers, Kevin McElvain, John Robert Flanyak
  • Patent number: 8607983
    Abstract: A system for discretely packaging liquid or solid medication, or other substances, comprising a tray (10) with individual compartments (12) each containing a removable pot (17) and a perforated sealed sheet (21) enabling individual pots to be removed from the tray (10) for dispensing of its contents. The system also includes a computer and printer with software to create printed matter for the sheet (21) representative of the contents of the individual pots (17). An outer container (24) may receive several such filled and sealed trays (10) and an information sheet (28). One or more windows (30) in the container (24) provide a visual display of the contents. The system enables safe, accurate and easy packaging and dispensing of medication or other substances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Protomed Limited
    Inventors: Norman Niven, John Niven
  • Patent number: 8596490
    Abstract: A tray in accordance with the present disclosure includes a floor and a side wall arranged to extend along a perimeter edge of the floor. The floor and the side wall cooperate to form a product-storage region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Berry Plastics Corporation
    Inventors: Ryan P. Davidson, Gail S. Becke, Jeffrey C. Minnette
  • Patent number: 8573437
    Abstract: A beverage container holder is provided, consisting of an elongated body having a planar upper support surface having alternative engagement mechanisms on opposing ends and at a mid-point thereof. At one end an aperture is formed, having a support suspended therein to receive and retain a beverage container—cup, glass or can. At an opposing end and at a midpoint of the planar upper support surface, a pair of apertures cooperates with the thumb and fingers of a user's hand, to position and secure a food plate against an upper surface of the beverage container holder. The thumb and fingers extend through the apertures from a position below the holder, and in gripping the food plate, the user is also grasping the holder—which in turn may be carrying a beverage container held within the beverage-receiving aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Inventor: Ronald G. Evans
  • Publication number: 20130277266
    Abstract: A reusable food pouch includes a rigid neck through which food is passed and into a storage reservoir. The rigid neck includes threads onto which either a storage cap or dispensing cap is attached. Resilient, pliable sidewalls form the storage reservoir and are generally bullet shaped when viewed from either the front or rear.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2012
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Inventor: Kathleen Hower
  • Patent number: 8550250
    Abstract: A package is disclosed comprising a reclosable blister attached to a paperboard card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: MeadWestvaco Corporation
    Inventor: Michael P. Wade
  • Patent number: 8545914
    Abstract: A carrier for food products such as muffins and cupcakes includes a pan and a cover. The pan including multiple pan wells that project from an upper surface thereof. At least some of the pan wells each includes an opening in respective bottom surfaces thereof. The cover includes multiple cover wells or supports projecting from a surface thereof, each corresponding to one of the pan wells. At least some of the cover wells each includes a support extending from a bottom surface thereof. The cover secures to and substantially covers the pan in a first configuration. The pan nests on the cover in a second configuration such that the supports project through a respective one of the openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Focus Products Group International, LLC
    Inventor: Michael R. Mastroianni
  • Patent number: 8540476
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention relate to a system for storing and/or transporting platforms of pipette tips. The system includes packaging in which a stacked tower of platforms may be transported. Embodiments of the present invention further include a loader for transferring platforms from the packaging to a rack for holding pipette tip platforms. The loader transfers the platforms by accessing the uppermost platform in the stack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Labcon, North America
    Inventor: Thomas Moulton
  • Publication number: 20130233864
    Abstract: A system comprising a tray, utensils, and utensil adapters is disclosed. The tray features a plurality of holes into which customized utensils may be placed vertically, or into which standard utensils fitted to appropriate adapters may be placed vertically. In addition, the tray features one or more recesses, which may contain a sauce or dip, or may contain a serving utensil (itself too large to be placed vertically in a hole while maintaining stability). The system allows the user to serve utensils needed to consume an appetizer course or other food serving in an elegant and efficient manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2012
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Inventor: Jennifer Kilpatrick
  • Patent number: 8505468
    Abstract: A substrate accommodating tray for accommodating a substrate includes a frame including a pair of first frame portions facing each other and a pair of second frame portions facing each other; a plate-like support element provided in an area surrounded by the frame for supporting the substrate, the support element having a first opening provided between the pair of first frame portions; and at least one support member provided along the first opening between the pair of first frame portions for supporting the support element. The substrate is placed on an upper surface of the plate-like support element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignees: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha, Sydek Corporation
    Inventors: Takenori Yoshizawa, Hiroto Shibata
  • Patent number: 8505723
    Abstract: A packaging fixture may include a first member including a plurality of first generally round apertures and a plurality of first elongated apertures. The first member may include a thickness from a first side to an opposite second side and each of the plurality of first round apertures and the plurality of elongated apertures may extend through the thickness of the first member. Each of the plurality of elongated apertures may be connected to and extend from a corresponding one of the plurality of first round apertures. Each of the plurality of first round apertures may be adapted to receive a portion of a propulsive device. The first member may be adapted to retain the propulsive device when a protrusion of the propulsive device is misaligned with a corresponding one of the plurality of elongated apertures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Autoliv Asp, Inc.
    Inventors: Marcus T. Clark, Patti Quinney, Nyle K. Longhurst
  • Patent number: 8464889
    Abstract: A transportable pastry container comprises a modular system of portable containers which comprises a lid portion and a storage portion. The lid portion comprises a flat, rectangular lid with a handle located centrally on a top surface. The storage portion comprises a rectangular bottom surface of as well as integral side walls which extend perpendicularly upward from the sides of the bottom surface. The top edges of the side walls further comprise a plurality of fasteners which extend above the top of the walls. The bottom edges of the side walls and the sides of the lid portion are further comprised of corresponding fasteners which selectively attach or detach the lid portion to the top of a storage portion. In a preferred embodiment, one (1) side wall of each storage portion further comprises a hinged door for selective accessibility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Inventors: Lois Keithley, Darrin Keithley
  • Patent number: 8453843
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a tray for storing a semiconductor device of a ball grid array type. More specifically, a tray structure is provided, which includes a pocket formed in the tray for holding the semiconductor device, the pocket includes sidewalls having an upper portion and a lower portion, and a shelf portion located between the upper and lower portions of the sidewalls. The shelf portion extends horizontally inwardly from the upper portion of the sidewalls to support a portion of peripheral edges of the semiconductor device. The plurality of solder balls along the peripheral edges are spaced apart from the lower portion of the sidewalls of the pocket and an inner edge of the shelf portion when one of the opposing sides of the semiconductor device abuts the upper portion of the pocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Stephen Peter Ayotte, Jr., Timothy M. Sullivan, Jacques Tetreault
  • Publication number: 20130134067
    Abstract: Packing tray for packing fruit and other fragile objects including a drainage system that channels water away from the fruit. The packing tray includes a plurality of cell pockets, each cell pocket having a lowermost sump area with at least one flap door punched out but not removed from the sump area, providing a drainage opening from the cell. Inner and outer cell pocket channels are provided on both the inner and outer surfaces of the cell pockets to direct water flow and removal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2011
    Publication date: May 30, 2013
    Applicant: Tekni-Plex, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard L. RAMIREZ, Mark A. BERGERON
  • Patent number: 8439198
    Abstract: A blank of cardboard or plastics, the blank comprising a transverse fold line dividing the blank into a bearing portion and a support portion, the bearing portion having an aperture to accommodate the neck of a bottle or wall of a drinking glass or cup, the support portion being foldable under the bearing portion and terminating in at least one leg which is foldable relative to the support portion and arranged to co-operate with an underside of the bearing portion and to bear against a side of the neck or wall of the bottle or glass whereby the bearing portion is supported to extend laterally from the bottle or glass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Inventor: Aden Hines
  • Patent number: 8436452
    Abstract: A carrier for holding a plurality of chip packages and a carrier assembly are provided, wherein the chip package has a central area without solder balls and a peripheral area with solder balls formed thereon. The carrier includes a tray component and a plurality of supports disposed on the tray component, wherein each support holds the central area of a respective chip package. The carrier assembly is formed by stacking a plurality of the carriers through a plurality of peripheral projections disposed at a periphery of each tray component, wherein each peripheral projection has a pin formed thereon and a hole formed thereunder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Nanya Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Pai-Sheng Shih
  • Patent number: 8382728
    Abstract: An emergency medication storage and integrated single use device for providing oral dissolving medications strips in a convenient transparent transfer environment. A thin card size dispenser holds a single medicated strip in user access orientation positioned for direct card insertion to the user's mouth assuring proper dispensing of the medication in an emergency situation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Inventor: Sam Gibson
  • Patent number: 8360238
    Abstract: The package structure for glass containers for pharmaceutical use (e.g.: bottles, carpules and phials . . . ), comprises a tray (2) accommodating, at a raised position with respect to its bottom, a support plane (4) having a plurality of holes (12) for introducing containers spaced with a preset spatial order, the support plane comprising, at each introduction hole, elastically yielding means (13) for holding the container by means of a radial holding force, the holding means extending inside the volume enclosed by the projection of the perimeter of the hole in a manner parallel to the central symmetry axis (S) of the latter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Stevanato Group International A.S.
    Inventor: Fabiano Nicoletti
  • Publication number: 20130009606
    Abstract: An apparatus for delivering electrical power to an electrically powered medical device includes a battery, a first compartment, and a second compartment where the second compartment can hold the first compartment and the first compartment can hold the battery. A sterile space is defined between the first compartment and the second compartment. The first compartment and the battery may be selectively electrically coupled with the electrically powered medical device such that the first compartment does not compromise the sterility of the electrically powered medical device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2011
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Inventors: Bret W. Smith, John A. Hibner, David N. Plescia, Foster B. Stulen, Emmanuel V. Tanghal
  • Patent number: 8333275
    Abstract: A tray for holding canning jars comprising a plurality of wells arranged in a first row, second row and third row, each well comprising a bottom surface with ridges. The ridges in the first and third rows comprise an inner circle, two first opposing crescents, and two second opposing crescents. The ridges in the second row comprise a first semicircle and a second semicircle. The two first opposing crescents are situated opposite one another, and the two second opposing crescents are situated opposite one another on the bottom of the well and at a ninety-degree angle relative to the first opposing crescents. The first semicircle is situated opposite the second semicircle and is closer to the center of the bottom surface of the well than the second semicircle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Store-it-More, LLC
    Inventors: Jeri A. McFarlane, Robert J. Wright, Patrick M. Thayer