Through Pivotal Link (e.g., Hinge Or Fold Line) Patents (Class 206/755)
  • Patent number: 10939984
    Abstract: An apparatus, method, and system are described for unique storage of baby teeth. The disclosed embodiments describe a storage unit that may have a removable (or removably secure) cover and a base. A baby tooth storage kit may include the storage unit adapted to house tubes that may store baby teeth together with their corresponding “tooth fairy” note. The kit may also be adapted to store a writing implement and a plurality of notes. Also, described herein is a unique game or instruction set for using the kit in an original way if so desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Babak Forutanpour
    Inventor: Babak Forutanpour
  • Patent number: 10696446
    Abstract: This disclosure provides a packaging box. The packaging box includes a box body, a cover body, a pressing member, a linkage member, and a lifting member. The box body includes a base plate. The cover body is configured to be closed or opened relative to the box body. The pressing member is connected to the box body. The linkage member is connected between the pressing member and the cover body. The lifting member is connected to the box body and is located above the pressing member. When the cover body is opened relative to the box body, the linkage member moves with the cover body to drive the pressing member to press against the lifting member, so that at least one part of the lifting member is pushed by the pressing member to move away from the base plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Inventors: Chuan-Ming Lee, Lin-Hua Xu
  • Patent number: 10532865
    Abstract: A presentation box for presenting a transaction card may include a hinged lid connected to a hinge edge of the presentation box, the hinged lid to pivot about the hinge edge of the presentation box when moved between a closed position and an open position; and/or a presentation apparatus that may include a tether that may be attached to the hinged lid, and/or a sleeve to receive the transaction card, where the presentation apparatus is to move the transaction card between a first position when the hinged lid is in the closed position and a second position when the hinged lid is in the open position, where the first position is different from the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Capital One Services, LLC
    Inventors: Adam Koeppel, Molly Johnson, Natasha Jensen, Daniel Clifton
  • Patent number: 9371151
    Abstract: A container is provided, including a box and a lid, and at least one lifting panel for lifting articles, in particular smoking articles, is provided in the container. The at least one lifting panel includes a lifting panel hingedly connected via a first hinge line to the inside of a bottom wall of the box, and a back-folding panel depending from the lifting panel via a second hinge line. The back-folding panel is configured to transfer a movement of the lid to the lifting panel, such that the lifting panel is lifted, when the lid is moved in the open position. The lifting panel further includes at least one cut-out provided in the lifting panel, wherein the at least one cut-out is configured to at least partially receive the articles. A process of lifting the articles in the container using the at least one lifting panel is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventor: Sandrine Nadeau
  • Patent number: 9139353
    Abstract: A transaction card holder for holding a transaction card, such as a gift card, on or within an insert that may be withdrawn from an enclosing main body of the holder. The holder is shaped to associate a transaction card with a product related to the transaction card via marketing, subject matter, point of sale placement or the like. The holder includes a sleeve sized for receiving and holding a sliding insert, an outer surface or outer conformation shaped to evoke the related product and may include one or more enhancement elements such as graphics and text upon the holder surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Gift Card Impressions, LLC
    Inventors: Brett R. Glass, Nicole E. Glass
  • Publication number: 20150114880
    Abstract: A retail packaging system includes an electronic device case and a packaging box for enclosing and displaying the electronic device case. The packaging box includes a bottom cover and a top cover pivotally coupled to the bottom cover. A pedestal is positioned at least partially within the bottom cover and supports the electronic device case, and a hinge is coupled to the pedestal and the top cover such that the pedestal lifts the electronic device case relative to the bottom cover as the packaging box is opened into a display position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Graham Hough, Barry Marshall
  • Publication number: 20140319021
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a popup-structure intended to accommodate a card, preferably a gift card (K) of bank card format, and comprising a first cover (1) and a second cover (3) which are joined together by a first fold line (A).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2012
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: JAKEBOX AB
    Inventor: Jakob Skarin
  • Publication number: 20140262932
    Abstract: The invention relates to containers that include a pop-up pocket and a pocket support that is attached to container and tilts the pock-up pocket when the container is opened.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Gary Lenkeit
  • Publication number: 20130134211
    Abstract: A dispenser carton having more than one dispenser opening, permitting two different modes of access to products or articles contained within the carton. Preferably, the dispenser openings are oriented to permit the optimal orientation of products for dispensing from each of the dispenser openings. In accordance with another aspect of the present invention, separate and independent from the first aspect yet complementary thereto if desired, the dispenser openings are provided to permit loading of articles therein in an oriented manner corresponding to automated carton-loading equipment and optionally also to permit dispensing through at least one of the openings in a desired dispensing orientation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2011
    Publication date: May 30, 2013
    Inventor: Stephan M. Linkel
  • Patent number: 8393271
    Abstract: The invention relates to a pocket stamp (1) comprising a housing (2) which is configured in the shape of a case (3) having two articulately connected shell-shaped housing parts (4, 5) which can be displayed from a closed position, in which they are detachably connected to one another, into an open position, in which a die plate (24) accommodated in one of the housing parts (4) and protruding over the edge thereof is present in the operating or impression position thereof, in which the other housing part (5) is offset toward the rear in relation to the die plate (24), wherein in one housing part (5) at least one detent element (10) in the form of a hook (18) is provided and in the other housing part (4) a detent element (16) in the form of a ledger (20) cooperating with the hook (18) is provided, one of the detent elements (16) being resiliently movable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Colop Stempelerzeugung Skopek Gesellschaft m.b.H. & Co. KG.
    Inventor: Alois Feilecker
  • Publication number: 20120292227
    Abstract: A jewelry box includes a first box portion and a second box portion connected by a hinge, a linkage inside the jewelry box, the linkage comprising a first link connected to the first box portion by a first joint and a second link connected to the first link by a second joint, and a jewelry mounting portion on the first link or the second link. When the jewelry box is adjusted from an open configuration to a closed configuration, one of the first link and the second link rotates toward, to, or through a vertical position and the other of the first link and the second link rotates toward, to, or through a horizontal position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2012
    Publication date: November 22, 2012
    Inventors: Arthur Aykanian, Armand Andonian
  • Patent number: 8220656
    Abstract: An organizer is presented including a front portion including a bag compartment, a rear portion is connected to the front portion with a hand grip and a first side portion and a second portion each connected to the front portion and the rear portion. The first side portion and the second side portion each including a number of slots each adapted to connect to a holder having a slide portion. The bag compartment includes an opening surrounded with a soft and flexible material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Evriholder Products, LLC
    Inventor: Gary S. Seehoff
  • Patent number: 8177062
    Abstract: A protective case for a retractable item, such as a magnifier or digital media. The case is a hollow shell bisected from end to end to form two halves. At each end of each half there is a pivotal hinge. The hinges at one end join the halves mutually. The hinges at the other end support two arms separately. The two arms at their ends support the item mutually via a pivotal hinge. The case halves may be affected to remain apart by a spring and to remain joined by a releasable hook. To use the item, the halves are parted, the arms extend the item, and the halves are re-joined. To protect the item, the halves are parted, the arms retract the item, and the halves are re-joined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Inventor: Anne Hill Fruits
  • Patent number: 8066957
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention relate to a test strip container which provides easy access to test strips. The test strip container includes a lower housing, an upper housing, and a retaining member configured to releasably retain the test strips in a nested configuration. The nested configuration of the test strip container provides easy access to test strips by arranging the test strips so that they extend radially outward from the retaining member. The radial arrangement of the test strips operates to separate the test strips so that test strip users may easily select a single test strip from a plurality of test strips. Alternatively, the test strip container includes a lower housing, an upper housing, and a retaining member configured to releasably retain the test strips in a longitudinal configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: Roche Diagnostics Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank A. Chan, Chris Wiegel
  • Patent number: 8056720
    Abstract: The system contains a base with a plurality of base ventilation holes and a plurality of side walls. The base includes a base instrument holder fixed to the base. At least one stage with a plurality of stage ventilation holes is positioned within the base. The stage includes at least two legs fixed to the stage, at least one stage instrument holder fixed to the stage, and a stage notched member fixed to the stage and positioned to engage a medical instrument beneath the stage. A fixed or removable cover having a plurality of cover ventilation holes is included to surround the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Symmetry Medical Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: Jason Hawkes
  • Patent number: 7775356
    Abstract: A laptop computer carrying case and stand includes a substantially planar bottom panel, two planar side walls parallel to one another and fixedly attached perpendicular to and adjacent opposing edges of the planar bottom panel, and the side walls have top edges distal the bottom panel. A substantially planar rear wall is fixedly attached perpendicular to the planar bottom panel and the two planar side walls. A top member having at least two substantially planar and rigid sections is hingedly connected adjacent a top edge of the rear wall panel and hingedly attached at an opposing edge to a second of the rigid sections. A top member positioning means is included for removably engaging the sections of said top member in at least one inverted V pattern for the purpose of supporting a laptop computer an angle to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Inventor: Russell K. Palmer
  • Publication number: 20100181227
    Abstract: A jewellery box for storing a piece of jewellery formed of two box halves positioned against one another with their open sides and which are connected to one another by means of a hinge at one of their connecting edges is presented. A presentation plate is provided in the space inside the box on whose top side the piece of jewellery can be placed, and which is made in such a way that the piece of jewellery on the presentation plate, when the jewellery box is opened around the above-mentioned hinge, automatically comes out so as to present the piece of jewellery.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2010
    Publication date: July 22, 2010
    Inventor: Jean-Paul Meijer Tolkowsky
  • Patent number: 7614543
    Abstract: A package includes an article group formed of cylindrical articles disposed on their sides in a side-by-side parallel fashion, and a carton disposed around the group. The carton includes a top wall, opposed side walls, end walls and an article dispenser. The side walls are disposed alongside the ends of the articles while one end wall is disposed adjacent to the side wall of an endmost article. The dispenser is formed from the end and top walls and includes at least one retaining panel to hold all the articles in the carton until removed by the user. Removal of the articles is assisted by a gravity feed stand included in the carton which when implemented promotes the gravity feed of the articles toward the dispenser for convenient access and removal from the carton by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2009
    Assignee: The C. W. Zumbiel Company
    Inventor: Charles A. Miller
  • Patent number: 7597243
    Abstract: An exemplary box includes two sleeves and a receptacle sleeved with the sleeves. Each sleeve includes a bottom wall, a top wall, and two sidewalls perpendicular to the top and bottom walls. The receptacle includes a rack and two blocking plates depending from the sidewalls. The rack includes a support disposed between the blocking plates and parallel to the bottom walls of the sleeves, two engaging flanges at opposite sides of the support, and two wings connecting the engaging flanges to the support respectively. The engaging flanges are secured to the top walls of the sleeves respectively, and the support and the wings are suspended in the sleeves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2009
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ya-Fen Tsai
  • Patent number: 7585447
    Abstract: A process for molding a plastic object with at least one stationary part and at least one appendage connected to the stationary part via a hinge is provided. The process uses a molding tool having a turnable middle section to mold the object. The turnable middle section rotates, the appendage is moved from an open position to a closed position, and the object is ejected from the molding tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2009
    Inventor: Jes Tougaard Gram
  • Patent number: 7571813
    Abstract: A battery package comprising a backing having a first area and a second area. The package also includes a first compartment extending from the first area of the backing, a second compartment extending from the second area of the backing, and batteries in the first compartment and the second compartment. The backing has a first position wherein the first compartment and the second compartment are closed and the batteries therein cannot be removed from the first compartment and the second compartment, with the first compartment closing the second compartment and the second compartment closing the first compartment. The backing has a second position wherein the first compartment and the second compartment are open and the batteries therein can be removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2009
    Assignee: Eveready Battery Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Jean-Marie Weisskopf
  • Patent number: 7469785
    Abstract: A high-durability storage case is provided in which a disc can be smoothly inserted into and taken out from the storage case, and in which attachment and detachment operations of the disc can be stably performed. According to the storage case (2), a case body (3), a case cover (4), and a supporting plate (5) supporting a disc (1) are pivotally supported in a mutually openable/closeable manner by a four-link mechanism (16) defined by first, second, third, and fourth hinges (11), (12), (14), (15) and an arm segment (13). When the case cover (4) is opened or closed with respect to the case body (3), the supporting plate (5) is drawn into or drawn away from the case body (3) together with the case cover (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2008
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Morihiro Murata, Mitsunori Matsumura, Ippei Suzuki
  • Patent number: 7188726
    Abstract: A toolbox is disclosed to include a box body, a top cover pivoted to the box body, a plurality of tool holders respectively pivoted to the box body and linked to one another, and an actuating arm coupled between the box body and one tool holder in such a manner that the tool holders are turned out of the box body for arrangement of storage tool members when opening the top cover, or turned into the inside of the box body when closing the top cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2007
    Inventor: Hung-Lin Lin
  • Patent number: 7128215
    Abstract: A container for swabs with and opening, a hinged lid and a movable internal support member. The movable support member is mechanically linked to the lid so that the support member moves up when the lid is opened so that the swabs protrude from the opening. Grasping a swab is thus facilitated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2006
    Inventor: Sasan Danechi
  • Patent number: 7021464
    Abstract: A tool box includes a base, a top cover pivotally mounted on the base, a receiving rack pivotally mounted in the base for receiving a plurality of hand tools, and a driving lever pivotally mounted in the base and having a first end connected to and driven by the top cover and a second end connected to the receiving rack for moving the receiving rack. Thus, when the top cover is removed from the base, the receiving rack is lifted to the optimum inclined position, so that the user can take the screwdriver tips from the receiving rack easily and conveniently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2006
    Inventor: Chang-Ying Chen
  • Patent number: 6910584
    Abstract: A display box including a base tray and lid, the lid being connected to the base tray by a hinge element formed integrally with the lid. The hinge element includes a formed flexible hinge portion having inner and outer webs extending between the lid and base tray across an offset between their rear walls. It also includes a rigid hinge portion that lies adjacent to the inner face of the base tray's rear wall, and is attached to a tray insert via a tab. The arrangement is such that, at closure, the lid sits flush on the base tray, and such that the lid can remain in an open position inclined to the vertical, with the flexible hinge portion taut and the lower end of the lid rear wall abutting the outer face of the base tray rear wall. This allows an item to be displayed in the box in an attractive and pleasing manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2005
    Assignee: Henderson McPherson Pty. Ltd.
    Inventor: Terry Newth
  • Patent number: 6896140
    Abstract: A crush proof cupcake holder for transporting a single pastry without crushing and includes a main container assembly with a bottom wall and a perimeter wall extending upwardly from a perimeter edge of the bottom wall, the main container assembly defines an interior space which is used for selectively receiving a pastry; and a lid assembly operationally couplable to the main container assembly for selectively inhibiting access to the interior space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2005
    Inventor: Ramsey Perry
  • Patent number: 6547074
    Abstract: A tool box includes a base and a cover is pivotally connected to the base by extending two shafts through two sides of the base and two lugs of the cover. An inner frame has two sidewalls and a rack is connected between the two sidewalls. A plurality of recesses are defined in the rack for receiving tools therein. A slot is defined through each of the sidewalls and two operation members are connected between the two sidewalls and the two lugs. The two shafts extend through the two operation members and two respective ends of the two sidewalls. Each of the operation members has a protrusion which is engaged with the slot corresponding thereto so that when the cover is opened to a certain degree, the rack is pivoted upward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2003
    Inventor: Chang-Ying Chen
  • Patent number: 6386370
    Abstract: Three-dimensional structures are preferably formed of folded printed material which becomes three-dimensional and exhibits a shadowbox effect when in the open position, but which remains substantially two-dimensional when closed. The structures are formed from a base sheet having a plurality of fold-lines that define a plurality of panels. Two panels are hinged and may be opened to display one or more tiers, which are defined by additional panels. Optionally, one or more panels may have cutout sections, particularly the panels forming the tiers, thereby providing a tiered shadowbox effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2002
    Assignee: Quebecor World (USA) Inc.
    Inventors: Mark D. Wigton, Daniel W. Leidig
  • Patent number: 6105770
    Abstract: A tool container, such as a toolbox or gift case, has at least one pivotable component holder pivotally mounted therein for pivoting movement between a storage position and an access position. The pivotable component holders are biased towards the access position when the lid is open. The tool container brings an element directly or indirectly into contact with at least one of the pivotable component holders to rotate it to the storage position when the lid closes, with no direct connection between the lid and the pivotable component holders. Where there are multiple pivotable component holders, they may be ganged together, for example via a gang bar. Instead of rotation of the pivotable component holders being triggered by lid closure, such rotation could be triggered by removal or storage of the tool for which the components are intended. Pivotable holder components may be manipulated manually between storage and access positions when the lid is open and movement may be independent of the lids position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2000
    Assignee: Maxtech, Inc.
    Inventor: Kailash C. Vasudeva
  • Patent number: 5971157
    Abstract: The compact disc package of the present invention comprises a rectangular cardboard structure folded in a three-fold manner, once at its overall midpoint and at the midpoint of each part of the structure on either side of the overall midpoint. Each side is then folded inwards towards the overall midpoint forming a two-panel structure on both sides. The package further includes a tongue-like strip attached to a panel on one end and folded-over at its other end. The panel opposite that to which the tongue-like strip is attached is slit in a manner to enable passage of a compact disc into and out of the slit. The tongue-like strip carries the disc, on its folded-over end, into and out of the slit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1999
    Assignee: F.M. Howell & Company
    Inventors: George L. Howell, Michael Paliotta
  • Patent number: 5769234
    Abstract: An arrangement for packaging a cosmetic product includes a container which includes a receptacle, a plate, possibly a lid and a base piece, and a mechanism for fixing the plate on the receptacle, this receptacle being transparent and obtained without any undercuts. In particular, this receptacle is made of glass or of cast resin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 23, 1998
    Assignee: L'Oreal
    Inventor: Jean-Louis H. Gueret
  • Patent number: 5573120
    Abstract: A storage container including an outer case having a bottom tray and a cover hinged to it and a tongue assembly in the bottom tray. The tongue assembly can be integrally formed, with the bottom tray and/or the cover or separately formed and subsequently inserted into the bottom tray. When separately formed it can include an outer frame and a tongue extending from the frame side to which it is pivotally attached to the frame center. The tongue has a compact disc retainer mounted thereon for fitting into a center opening of a compact disc and holding the compact disc in the frame center when the tongue is in a "down" position. When the tongue is in an "up" position, pivoted relative to the one frame side, the compact disc is lifted up away from the frame and bottom tray for easy access thereto. The tongue, the frame and the hinge therebetween are preferably integrally formed together and as one unit. According to one embodiment the tongue is formed with a natural upward or raised bias, an elastic memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 12, 1996
    Assignee: Pop-Pak, Limited
    Inventors: Harrison Kaufman, Michael B. Palmer
  • Patent number: 5533625
    Abstract: A container for storing objects is disclosed. The container includes a housing, a lid, a tray, and a lift mechanism. The lid is pivotally attached to the housing. The tray is pivotally attached within the housing and is adapted to removably secure objects thereon. The tray pivots about an axis generally transverse to the pivot axis of the lid. A lift mechanism is coupled between the tray and the lid for lifting at least a portion of the tray upon opening of the lid. In one embodiment, the lift mechanism includes a lift arm and a lift member. The lift arm is secured to the lid. The lift member is pivotally coupled to the lift arm and coupled to the tray. In another embodiment, a spring and retraction arm are used as the lift mechanism. A line coupled between the lid and tray is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 9, 1996
    Inventor: Dennis L. Mikkelsen