Specified Shape Patents (Class 206/563)
  • Patent number: 10322842
    Abstract: A device for securely transporting multiple objects having a base, wherein the device comprises a foundation comprising multiple pieces wherein each piece has at least one adjustable opening that allows the base of an object to sit securely within the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Inventors: Steve Kohn, Amy Rigazio
  • Patent number: 10292504
    Abstract: Systems of a footrest are described, along with a process for making the footrest. The footrest may include a base with at least four side walls connected by a bottom side. The base may be folded into a flat or box shape. The footrest may also include a container lid connected by a bottom lid and a top lid, and the base may be configured to join with the container lid. The base may also fit inside the container lid when folded, and the bottom lid of the container lid includes at least two semi-circular shaped depressions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventor: Mary Gordon
  • Patent number: 9327864
    Abstract: A foldable food carton including a collapsible condiment container holder is provided. The food carton may be constructed from a single blank and is capable of being folded into a substantially flat configuration for transportation or storage. The condiment container holder is designed go from a collapsed position, where it is folded substantially flat against the sidewall panel of the carton, to an extended position, where it is capable of holding a single-serving condiment container in close proximity to the carton. The condiment container may consist of a holding section hingedly connected to a sidewall panel of the carton and a support leg hingedly connected to the holding section and capable of supporting the holding section when it is extended horizontally from the sidewall panel. The holding section can include an opening with tabs therein in order to receive and secure a condiment container for use with the carton.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: HUHTAMAKI, INC.
    Inventors: Phillip M. Bell, Ronald D. Robertson
  • Publication number: 20150122694
    Abstract: A display tray for displaying a plurality of containers. The display includes a base having a first longitudinal edge, and a second longitudinal edge; a first tray member comprising a first side extending from the first longitudinal edge of the base and terminating at an upper edge thereof, a second side extending from the upper edge of the first side and terminating at a lower edge thereof adjacent the base, the first tray member forming a substantially triangular cross-section and having a plurality of openings positioned along an apex thereof; and a second tray member comprising a first side extending from the second longitudinal edge of the base and terminating at an upper edge thereof, a second side extending from the upper edge of the first side and terminating at a lower edge thereof adjacent the base, the second tray member forming a substantially triangular cross-section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventor: Christopher J. Hession
  • Publication number: 20150122681
    Abstract: A package for a medical device includes a tray having elements that receive a medical device. The tray has proximal retainer posts for limiting proximal movement of the medical device relative to the tray. The package includes a retainer lid secured to the tray for covering the top surface of the tray at the distal end of the tray, and a retainer sleeve that is wrapped around the top and bottom surfaces of the tray and secured to the tray by the retainer lid. The proximal end of the retainer sleeve includes a top panel that covers the top surface of the tray at the proximal end of the tray. The top panel of the retainer sleeve has a free edge that is adapted to flex away from the top surface of said tray so that the medical device can be grasped.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventor: Denise Marie Dacey
  • Publication number: 20150114871
    Abstract: A vial storage and transportation assembly (10) includes a vial tray (130), a transport lid (100), and a processing lid (200). The transport (100) and the processing lid (200) are interchangeably engageable with the vial tray (30) to house a plurality rt lid vials therein, to shift the assembly (10) between a transport configuration and a processing configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: SiO2 Medical Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Fitzpatrick, Randy Crenshaw
  • Publication number: 20150014200
    Abstract: A beverage crate include a base, a pair of opposed side walls extending upward from the sides of the base and a pair of end walls extending upward from ends of the base. The end walls each include a pair of spaced apart end columns A handle extends across the pair of spaced apart columns at each end wall. The height of the handle is aligned with a portion of the bottle having a reduced diameter. For example, some bottles have a tapered or contoured middle portion to facilitate grasping the bottle. This allows the handle to be positioned closer to the bottles, which reduces the overall length of the crate. The reduced length of the crate then permits a reduced width of the crate per the required ratio for cross-stacking. The reduced width then permits a full bottle capture on the bottom surface of the crate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Applicant: Rehrig Pacific Company
    Inventors: William P. Apps, Suzanne Whitfield Clark
  • Publication number: 20140363555
    Abstract: A cupcake tray has spikes, such as paperboard spikes, that extend into a cupcake cavity. The spikes prevent the cupcake from popping up and out of the insert when the cupcake box is jarred. The spikes easily fold down when the cupcake is inserted, but provide resistance in the upward direction when the cupcake box is jarred. The cupcake tray has creased panels disposed about its outer periphery to fold downward to support the cupcake tray in a cupcake box at a desired height. Each cupcake cavity in the cupcake tray has cutouts, typically semi-circular cutouts, for a user to insert their fingers to remove the cupcakes without damaging them.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2013
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventors: Kip Robert Simpson, Robert Loren Simpson, Connie Susannah Davis
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140311943
    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: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventors: Charles A. Snyder, James H. Ward
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140209505
    Abstract: A packaging product and method of packaging items by using a flat stiff board having the general shape of each part to be bundled cut into the board. Preferably the board is joined with another backing board, the parts are placed within the cutouts, transparent tape may be optionally applied over one or more of the parts and a transparent wrap is placed over the board.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Inventors: Ronald Martin, Charles R. Dixon
  • Patent number: 8752701
    Abstract: A brachytherapy packaging system is disclosed including an inner tray containing a plurality of recesses, each recess for holding a strand of linked radiological seeds separated by spacers. An inner tray cover may also contain a plurality of recesses that coincide with the recesses of the inner tray when placed over the inner tray. The inner tray and inner tray cover may be supported by and enclosed in a container made out of a metal such as pewter. A retainer may also be supportable on the top of the container, shaped for holding a forceps or tweezers. An outer tray may be used for supporting and enclosing the container and optional retainer. The outer tray may be sealed with a removable sheet adhesively attached to a rim of the outer tray. Different configurations of the inner tray and inner tray cover may be used for different packaging configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: C. R. Bard, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Jacobs, Russell Riescher, Christopher D. Drobnik
  • Publication number: 20140158581
    Abstract: Disclosed is a service tray designed specifically for a particular type of wine glass called “Porto sipper”. The tray is comprised of a flat base on which is attached securing containers for the glasses and said tray is also comprised of carrying handles. The securing containers enclose the glasses so they are stable, secure and stay upright during transport.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Inventor: Félix Pellerin
  • Patent number: 8651280
    Abstract: Cup retaining apparatus and methods are described herein. Retaining a cup or glass within or along a plate assembly allows for the user to hold both the plate and cup or glass with a single hand. Generally, a cup or glass retaining plate assembly may comprise a platform defining an opening which is sized to support a cup or glass extending at least partially through the platform. A retaining clip or arm may be pivotably attached to the platform and movable between a retaining position and a releasing position, wherein the opening opens along a portion of a periphery of the platform such that the cup or glass is secured within the opening when the retaining clip or arm is in the retaining position and wherein the cup or glass is removable when the retaining dip or arm is in the releasing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Inventor: Eileen M. Raynor
  • Publication number: 20130334083
    Abstract: Cassette for housing one or more medical instrument (18) including a tray having at least one passage (20) for receiving said medical instrument, said tray having a rigid structure (12) and a resilient holding means (28) arranged to retain the medical instrument (18) within said passage, wherein the holding means is located remote from the upper surface, and the at least one passage is formed by the rigid structure (12) and the holding means such that the uppermost section (44) of the passage is formed by the rigid structure and at least a portion of the lower section (46) of the passage is formed by the holding means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Applicant: Straumann Holding AG
    Inventors: Guillaume BUGNARD, Joachim NAFZ, Klaus KANTORCZYK
  • Patent number: 8607984
    Abstract: A tray having a socket configured for holding containers of different sizes is provided. The tray includes a socket having a lower portion configured for accommodating a first container, such as a beverage cup, and an upper portion configured for accommodating a second container, such as a bowl, having a base that is larger than the base of the first container. The lower portion of the socket includes a plurality of inwardly-sloping stabilizing walls extending therein that are adapted for supporting a commonly-sized beverage cup within the lower portion of the socket. The upper portion of the socket comprises a shelf structure that is surrounded by a plurality of stabilizing shoulders for supporting a bowl therein. The socket is thus adapted for optionally holding either a beverage cup within the lower portion or a bowl within the upper portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Huhtamaki, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald V. Breton, Keegan Y. Yang
  • 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: 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
  • Patent number: 8490790
    Abstract: A plate with housings for receiving objects for bulking, each housing being delimited by lateral walls and comprising a support zone for receiving the object for bulking. Each housing is formed by a cell with the lateral walls delimiting the cells adjoining one another from one cell to an adjacent cell and extending in a direction substantially perpendicular to the plane of the plate. Each cell is shaped to at least partially receive the proximal part of an object for bulking and each cell immobilizes each object for bulking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Becton Dickinson France S.A.S.
    Inventors: Bruno Cocheteux, Lionel Vedrine
  • Patent number: 8469222
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention include a main body portion for holding cake(s) and/or cupcake(s). The main body portion includes a plurality of recesses configured to retain a baked good therein. Various portions of the main body along with the cake(s) and/or cupcake(s), can be designed, colored, and decorated so as to collectively portray a desired theme for the cake and/or cupcake display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Decopac, Inc.
    Inventors: David Stavitzski, Carol Decker, Elizabeth Glover
  • Patent number: 8445043
    Abstract: A multi-temperature and multi-texture frozen food microwave heating tray includes a first integral compartment defined by at least one sidewall and an upwardly convex bottom, and a second integral compartment defined by at least one sidewall and a bottom and comprising a microwave energy access modulating structure for one of the first and second compartments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: H.J. Heinz Company
    Inventors: Daniel C. Jackson, Christopher P. Rowoth, Elizabeth Ritchey, William J. Rodgers, Amber Fisher Koehler
  • Publication number: 20130087477
    Abstract: A stabilizing tray for shipping and displaying stacked containers has a plurality of indexing openings through its bottom wall for receiving the necks of subjacent containers so that the necks of containers in a lower tray extend into recessed bottoms of containers in an upper tray. The bottom wall of the tray around the openings rests on shoulders of subjacent containers, and indexing notches around the edges of the indexing openings engage with protrusions on the containers to uniformly orient the containers. In one embodiment interlocking tabs and openings in adjacent walls hold the tray in erected configuration, and in another embodiment flaps on the ends of some of the walls are adhered to adjacent walls to hold the tray in erected configuration. The tray front wall has a reduced height and the back wall has an increased height to obscure date codes on the containers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2011
    Publication date: April 11, 2013
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL PAPER COMPANY
    Inventors: Wayne Harry Kuhn, Frederick R. Holch
  • Publication number: 20130015097
    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: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2012
    Publication date: January 17, 2013
    Inventor: Thomas H. Thornton
  • Patent number: 8353403
    Abstract: Cup retaining apparatus and methods are described herein. Retaining a cup or glass within or along a plate assembly allows for the user to hold both the plate and cup or glass with a single hand. Generally, a cup or glass retaining plate assembly may comprise a platform defining an opening which is sized to support a cup or glass extending at least partially through the platform. A retaining clip or arm may be pivotably attached to the platform and movable between a retaining position and a releasing position, wherein the opening opens along a portion of a periphery of the platform such that the cup or glass is secured within the opening when the retaining clip or arm is in the retaining position and wherein the cup or glass is removable when the retaining clip or arm is in the releasing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Inventor: Eileen M. Raynor
  • Publication number: 20130001117
    Abstract: A handling system for use in the manufacture of syringe barrels includes a tray having an array of apertures with a tubular upstand around each aperture, each upstand at the upper end thereof defining a support surface for a syringe barrel. Each syringe barrel comprises a cylindrical part and an enlargement at or adjacent the rear end of the barrel and carries at its forward end a safe needle device or a needle shield of a greater diameter than the syringe barrel. At least one of the enlargement of the syringe barrel or the support surface has a profile tapering or rounded inwardly in the downward direction so that when the tray is supported generally horizontally and a syringe barrel is lowered into an upstand, the syringe barrel is centred by co-operation between the enlargement and the support surface. The enlargement may be a flange at the rear end of the syringe barrel or could be a further component fitted to the barrel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2011
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Inventor: Barry Peter Liversidge
  • Patent number: 8337755
    Abstract: The present invention provides a protocol and apparatus for enriching circulating tumor cells and other rare cells from blood, including debris and other components, from samples with high precision and at high throughput rates. This invention discloses an improved processing system from previously described semi-automated sample processing. The system further reduces operator intervention and hands-on time from prior systems. While this system has general utility in processing diverse materials, the system is configured for sample processing of biological specimens to provide an enriched fraction suitable for detection, enumeration and identification of target cells by appropriate analytical methodologies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Veridex, LLC
    Inventors: Teresa Bendele, Thomas Harbart, Dave Howard, Michael Kagan, Douglas Keene, Dave Lapeus, Jared Mayes, Douglas Paynter, Jerry Prohaska, Herman Rutner
  • Publication number: 20120273384
    Abstract: A food and beverage tray is provided having a generally planar base and a generally horizontal outer lip extending outward from the top of the sides. A cup-shaped structure having a size and shape to hold a cup and a bowl-holding structure sized to hold a salad or soup bowl are provided on the generally planar base. An implement container may be provided on the tray base or on the lip. A tray support means is below and at the edges of the generally planar base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2011
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Inventor: Rupinder Jaswal
  • Patent number: 8272512
    Abstract: Food and drink trays have flat surfaces and peripheral edges with openings adapted for receiving and securely carrying a plurality of beverage and food containers. A bearing member attachable to a tray has an arched configuration and fits over the forearm of a user, while a gripping member attachable to the tray is adapted for gripping by a user's hand. A second embodiment has a pair of large circular openings on the upper surface that will hold full plates of food. The food and drink carrying tray may be made from wood, or from a lightweight material, such as plastic, and is useful for holding a plurality of beverages and plates of food when dining buffet-style in a restaurant or a home dinner party. Additional embodiments have removable grips and removable bearing members, as well as large food trays capable of receiving a variety of container-holding adapters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Inventor: Silfred Joseph
  • Publication number: 20120222392
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods of regulating food intake including providing a base structure having a plurality of holding areas sized to contain a food item and corresponding movable covers in various shapes and designs. The covers are connected to the board allowing for at least two different types of movement to provide for use of diverse motor skills and controlled receipt of snacks for young children.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2012
    Publication date: September 6, 2012
    Inventor: Maureen J. Theis-Handwerker
  • Patent number: 8251219
    Abstract: A new package for medicine has an extended base section that has a generally planar top surface. A series of separate receptacles with frusto-conical walls are positioned across the base section. The receptacles are not integral with (or adhered to) the base section. Instead, each of the receptacles is nested in one of a series of apertures in the base section. Each receptacle has a flange that extends outwardly from and surrounds the opening on the receptacle. The flange has a top surface that is wider than the aperture in which the receptacle is nested, preventing the receptacle from falling through the aperture. A flexible, removable top sheet is sealed to a part of the top surface of the base section, sealing the medicine within the walls of the receptacles and preventing the receptacles from being lifted out of the aperture until the top sheet is peeled back. The top sheet may be adhered to the base section along lines of adhesion that surround each of the openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Walgreen Co.
    Inventor: J. Randolph Lewis
  • Publication number: 20120103861
    Abstract: Each of said elongated objects comprises a body and a flange. The tray includes a plate with openings and bearing surfaces. According to the invention: the tray includes at least one first bearing surface near a first opening, located at a first distance from the plate of the tray, and at least one second bearing surface near a second opening adjacent said first opening located at a second distance from the plate of the tray, said second distance being different from said first distance; said first and second openings are located at a distance one with respect to the other such that the flange of the object engaged in one of these openings is able to partially overlap the flange of the object engaged in the other of these openings without contact with this flange.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2009
    Publication date: May 3, 2012
    Applicant: BECTON DICKINSON FRANCE
    Inventors: Xu Song, Behzad Mottahed, Ruane Jeter, Samuel Gagnieux, Antoine Boulet, Franck Carrel, Nicolas Eon
  • Patent number: 8157090
    Abstract: An organization system for a series of objects to be sequentially run downhole is disclosed. The preferred objects are spheres of progressively larger diameter put into a wellbore to land at discrete locations for operation of ports in a given sequence so that a specific producing zone or zones can be completed in increments that preferably go in an uphole direction as progressively larger spheres are inserted. In the preferred embodiment the process is fracturing where a series of ported subs are operated to selectively open for the fracture procedure at a specific location and then close or become isolated when another sphere is dropped. Optionally the balls can be recovered at the surface when production starts. The organizer prevents size confusion and gives a ready feedback as to the progress of a given job. Trays can be stacked and carried in a carrying case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Donald F. Ingvardsen, Rafael Ramirez, David B. Ruddock, Michael J. Naquin
  • Patent number: 8136667
    Abstract: Cup retaining apparatus and methods are described herein. Retaining a cup or glass within or along a plate assembly allows for the user to hold both the plate and cup or glass with a single hand. Generally, a cup or glass retaining plate assembly may comprise a platform defining an opening which is sized to support a cup or glass extending at least partially through the platform. A retaining clip or arm may be pivotably attached to the platform and movable between a retaining position and a releasing position, wherein the opening opens along a portion of a periphery of the platform such that the cup or glass is secured within the opening when the retaining clip or arm is in the retaining position and wherein the cup or glass is removable when the retaining clip or arm is in the releasing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Inventor: Eileen M. Raynor
  • Patent number: 8118157
    Abstract: A firework launching platform apparatus includes a panel that has a top side, a bottom side and a peripheral edge. The panel has a plurality of apertures therein extending into the top side and outwardly of the bottom side. The apertures receive a body of a firework to support the firework in an upright manner. The apertures include primary apertures and secondary apertures. Each of the primary apertures is positioned adjacent to the peripheral edge of the panel. A plurality of channels is positioned in the bottom side of the panel. The channels each extend through the peripheral edge and into one of the primary apertures. Each of the primary apertures is linked by at least one of the channels to the peripheral edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Inventor: Attilio M. Piccolin
  • Publication number: 20120031806
    Abstract: A serving apparatus includes a serving tray, a detachable support, and a support stem extending from the detachable support. The detachable support temporarily assembles to the serving tray, which may be configured as serving tray for serving food or drink, or as an elevated serving platter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2011
    Publication date: February 9, 2012
    Inventor: SUNEE WONGSUWANLERT RILEY
  • Patent number: 8109201
    Abstract: A kitchen appliance for heating foodstuff includes a container defining a heating cavity therein. The container is positioned on a supporting surface during heating of the foodstuff. The kitchen appliance further includes a utensil for manipulating the foodstuff. The utensil has a first and opposite second end. A tray is slidably positioned within a portion of the container. The tray is movable between a storage position in which the tray is substantially within the container and a use position in which the tray is at least partially removed from the container. The tray has a concave portion on a top surface thereof. The concave portion is sized and shaped to support at least a portion of the first end of the utensil above the supporting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignee: Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: David Schandel, Cuong Truong
  • Patent number: 8105555
    Abstract: The invention relates to a pipette tip package, which has one pipette tip (1) in an enclosure (2) with a closed bottom end and a top end tightly closed by a lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: Thermo Fisher Scientific Oy
    Inventor: Arto Lahti
  • Publication number: 20120012500
    Abstract: A tray having a socket configured for holding containers of different sizes is provided. The tray includes a socket having a lower portion configured for accommodating a first container, such as a beverage cup, and an upper portion configured for accommodating a second container, such as a bowl, having a base that is larger than the base of the first container. The lower portion of the socket includes a plurality of inwardly-sloping stabilizing walls extending therein that are adapted for supporting a commonly-sized beverage cup within the lower portion of the socket. The upper portion of the socket comprises a shelf structure that is surrounded by a plurality of stabilizing shoulders for supporting a bowl therein. The socket is thus adapted for optionally holding either a beverage cup within the lower portion or a bowl within the upper portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2010
    Publication date: January 19, 2012
    Inventors: Donald V. Breton, Keegan Y. Yang
  • Patent number: 8074800
    Abstract: A tray for supporting linear lamps in large cartons may be made to nest in one orientation and on rotation by 180 degrees may stack to form a latched array of lamp cradles. The cradle walls are formed along their lengths with alternating lengths and gaps. The alternating wall sections of the cradle walls are asymmetric right to left along the cradle axis. The walls forming the rows of cradles are arranged to be paired with a non-nesting wall on rotation by 180 degrees. In this way, at least one point along the length of each wall is supported in the non-nesting orientation. By forming latching features at the support points, the trays can be locked together as a rigid array of lamp cradles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Osram Sylvania Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory J Hardy
  • Publication number: 20110240171
    Abstract: A device to hold a patient pill cup and receive medication as they are dispensed from blister packs. The structure is designed to capture pills that miss the pill cup, which may then be poured via a spout back into the cup without contamination or waste. The device may comprise a rimmed tray with a central cup holder, as well as a pour spout and handle on opposing ends.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2011
    Publication date: October 6, 2011
    Inventor: Janeas Munden
  • Publication number: 20110094901
    Abstract: An organization system for a series of objects to be sequentially run downhole is disclosed. The preferred objects are spheres of progressively larger diameter put into a wellbore to land at discrete locations for operation of ports in a given sequence so that a specific producing zone or zones can be completed in increments that preferably go in an uphole direction as progressively larger spheres are inserted. In the preferred embodiment the process is fracturing where a series of ported subs are operated to selectively open for the fracture procedure at a specific location and then close or become isolated when another sphere is dropped. Optionally the balls can be recovered at the surface when production starts. The organizer prevents size confusion and gives a ready feedback as to the progress of a given job. Trays can be stacked and carried in a carrying case.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2009
    Publication date: April 28, 2011
    Inventors: Donald F. Ingvardsen, Rafael Ramirez, David B. Ruddock, Michael J. Naquin
  • Patent number: 7906075
    Abstract: The pipette tip rack for detachably housing a plurality of pipette tips used in a liquid dispensing apparatus for dispensing liquid comprises a rack body comprising a pipette tip supporting portion for detachably supporting the pipette tips, and a pipette tip housing portion disposed below the pipette tip supporting portion having a plurality of pipette tip inserting holes, and a lid member detachably attached to the rack body for covering a root portion of the pipette tip inserted into the hole. The rack body includes a grasping portion grasped by a user when the pipette tip rack is set to the liquid dispensing apparatus in a state in which the lid member is attached to the rack body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2011
    Assignee: Sysmex Corporation
    Inventor: Makoto Ueda
  • Patent number: 7891486
    Abstract: An objective of the present invention is to provide a shipping tray for optical elements that prevents toppling of optical elements during transportation and optimally maintains the optical characteristics of the optical elements. In a shipping tray for optical elements, single edges of a plurality of optical elements, each having two main surfaces formed as horizontal flat surfaces, are sequentially disposed upright in the lateral and longitudinal directions on an adhesive tape provided on a base surface of a main container; and the plurality of optical elements is covered with a cover in which is formed a plurality of concavities for individually accommodating the plurality of optical elements. Each concavity in the cover has an aperture portion provided in a plateau portion thereof, into which is inserted one of the optical elements upright with the free edge side protruding therefrom, and the shape of the aperture portion is oval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: Nihon Dempa Kogyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Motoo Takada, Ryoichi Koseki
  • Patent number: 7857131
    Abstract: A packaging system and method which provides at least one tray or nest, having a number of wells and ribs to position and secure a patch-like, self-contained substance infusion device having one or more patient needles which can be placed in fluid communication with a fluid reservoir assembly within the device and upon which a disk, or Belleville spring assembly, applies an essentially even and constant pressure to the contents. The device further provides for the release of one or more spring-loaded patient needles into a patient's skin surface to establish a fluid communication path between the patient needles and the pressurized fluid reservoir contents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventor: Lionel Vedrine
  • Publication number: 20100243512
    Abstract: A tray for supporting linear lamps in large cartons may be made to nest in one orientation and on rotation by 180 degrees may stack to form a latched array of lamp cradles. The cradle walls are formed along their lengths with alternating lengths and gaps. The alternating wall sections of the cradle walls are asymmetric right to left along the cradle axis. The walls forming the rows of cradles are arranged to be paired with a non-nesting wall on rotation by 180 degrees. In this way, at least one point along the length of each wall is supported in the non-nesting orientation. By forming latching features at the support points, the trays can be locked together as a rigid array of lamp cradles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2009
    Publication date: September 30, 2010
    Applicant: OSRAM SYLVANIA INC.
    Inventor: GREGORY J. HARDY
  • Publication number: 20100230419
    Abstract: Food and drink trays have flat surfaces and peripheral edges with openings adapted for receiving and securely carrying a plurality of beverage and food containers. A bearing member attachable to a tray has an arched configuration and fits over the forearm of a user, while a gripping member attachable to the tray is adapted for gripping by a user's hand. A second embodiment has a pair of large circular openings on the upper surface that will hold full plates of food. The food and drink carrying tray may be made from wood, or from a lightweight material, such as plastic, and is useful for holding a plurality of beverages and plates of food when dining buffet-style in a restaurant or a home dinner party. Additional embodiments have removable grips and removable bearing members, as well as large food trays capable of receiving a variety of container-holding adapters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2010
    Publication date: September 16, 2010
    Inventor: Silfred Joseph
  • Publication number: 20100206768
    Abstract: In a device and a method for aligning and holding a plurality of singulated semi-conductor components in receiving pockets of a terminal carrier (5) that are separated from each other, the terminal carrier (5) has spring elements (12a, 12b), which are part of a spring plate (2). The spring plate (2) has a plurality of recesses (11) disposed next to each other for forming a corresponding plurality of receiving pockets (6) for the semi-conductor components, wherein the spring elements (12a, 12b) are formed from the spring plate (2) in one piece.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2009
    Publication date: August 19, 2010
    Applicant: MULTITEST ELEKTRONISCHE SYSTEME GMBH
    Inventors: Thomas Hofmann, Max Schaule
  • Publication number: 20100182368
    Abstract: A tray 2 includes a holder 10 into which a golf ball is to be set. The holder 10 has: in an upper surface thereof and a lower surface thereof, openings 46 and 48 from which parts of the golf ball are exposed, respectively; and a contact portion 52 that comes into contact with the golf ball to fix in place the golf ball. The holder 10 is invertible. Preferably, the tray 2 further includes a base plate 12 on which the holder 10 is mounted. The base plate 12 has a stopper 72 that comes into contact with the golf ball set into the holder 10. The golf ball is fixed to the holder 10 such that the position of the center of the golf ball is caused to agree with the position of the center of the holder 10 in a thickness direction thereof due to this contact.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2009
    Publication date: July 22, 2010
    Inventors: Noriyuki MATSUI, Masaaki Amasaki