With Means To Lift Or Draw Out Content Patents (Class 206/804)
  • Patent number: 10315836
    Abstract: A container for presenting and storing an object comprises a base and a shell with a first end and second end. The first end is operatively coupled to the base so the shell is rotatable relative thereto. The second end defines an aperture opposite to the base. The container includes a carriage that is received within the shell and that is configured to translate between a presentation position proximal to the aperture and a storage position distal to the aperture. The container includes an actuatable member, which is adjacent to the aperture, and which is configurable between an open position and a closed position. Rotation of the base relative to the shell, in a first direction, opens the actuatable member and the carriage moves towards the presentation position. Rotation in a second direction closes the actuatable member and moves the carriage towards the storage position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Inventor: Matthew James Zabloski
  • Patent number: 10167132
    Abstract: A container includes a canister having an upper lip, and an operator having an operator main body. The operator has a gripping ring at one end that defines an operator upper lip and a container opening. The gripping ring outside diameter is greater than an outside diameter of the operator main body. The canister includes a helical grooved canister engagement feature which extends about the canister. The operator includes an operator engagement feature which is a longitudinal slot formed through the operator main body. A lift having a lift projection is received in the operator, and the operator main body is received within the canister, with the lift projection extending through the operator engagement feature and into the canister engagement feature. The gripping ring extends at least partially over the canister upper lip, and a lower edge of the gripping ring is located adjacent the canister upper lip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Twist 'n Serve, LLC
    Inventor: Randy D. Sines
  • Patent number: 9956173
    Abstract: Non-psychoactive packaged frozen cubes of cannabis juice purée are provided. First, raw cannabis material is collected. Next, the cannabis material is blended with water, fruit juice, or vegetable juice and thickening agent to form cannabis juice purée. Next, the purée is poured into molds having an identical size and shape. Non-decarboxylated high concentrate cannabis extract is optionally added to increase potency. Next, the tray is frozen to obtain frozen cubes of cannabis juice purée. Next, the cubes are removed from the tray and packaged in a vacuum sealed bag. A dispensary can store the package in a freezer until distribution. The package includes a label describing amounts and types of cannabinoids present in each cube. The cubes are non-psychoactive and do not include decarboxylated cannabinoids. A consumer opens the package and deposits a desired amount of cubes into a blender with other ingredients to form a beverage with non-decarboxylated cannabinoids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Inventor: Jeff Nordahl
  • Patent number: 9956174
    Abstract: Packaged frozen cubes of cannabis juice purée having decarboxylated cannabinoids are provided. First, raw cannabis material is collected. Next, the cannabis material is blended with water, fruit juice, or vegetable juice and thickening agent to form cannabis juice purée. Next, the purée is poured into molds having an identical size and shape. Decarboxylated/non-decarboxylated high concentrate cannabis extract or decarboxylated cannabis infusion is added to the molds. Next, the tray is frozen to obtain frozen cubes of cannabis juice purée. Next, the cubes are removed from the tray and are packaged in a vacuum sealed bag. A dispensary can store the package in a freezer until distribution. The package includes a label describing amounts and types of cannabinoids present in each cube. A consumer opens the package and deposits a desired amount of cubes into a blender along with other ingredients to form a beverage with non-decarboxylated cannabinoids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Inventor: Jeff Nordahl
  • Patent number: 9955716
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing and packaging frozen ice pops of cannabis juice purée involves collecting raw cannabis material. Next, raw cannabis material is blended with water, fruit juice, or vegetable juice and a sweetening or flavoring agent to form cannabis juice purée. Decarboxylated or non-decarboxylated high concentrate cannabis extract or decarboxylated cannabis infusion is optionally added to the purée. Next, the purée is poured into a tube shaped plastic container. Next, the container is frozen to obtain a packaged frozen ice pop of cannabis juice purée. The cannabis ice pop is provided singularly or in a package having additional cannabis ice pops. A dispensary can store the ice pops until distribution. The package includes labeling describing amounts and types of cannabinoids in the cannabis ice pops. In one example, the cannabis ice pop is non-psychoactive and includes no decarboxylated cannabinoids. In another example, the cannabis ice pop includes decarboxylated cannabinoids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Inventor: Jeff Nordahl
  • Patent number: 9949491
    Abstract: Baking tray having a supporting area and a rim surrounding said supporting area on all sides, which in relation to a top face of the supporting area has a downward extending trough-shaped profile, comprising a first, downward extending trough wall, directly adjoining the supporting area, a trough base and a second, upward extending trough wall opposite the first trough wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: ACS Coating Systems GmbH
    Inventor: Christoph Stecher
  • Patent number: 9815614
    Abstract: A storage device for holding at least one double ended knitting needle where the storage device includes a needle sorter including a first end and a second end with a gauge cap at the first end of the needle sorter, a bottom cap at the second end of the needle sorter, and a storage tube including a top end portion and a bottom end portion, wherein the needle sorter is located within the storage tube to provide a plurality of needle compartments within the storage tube, and wherein the needle sorter slides with respect to the storage tube to allow user removal of needles from the needle compartments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Handwork Hardware LLC
    Inventors: Cornelia Caulfield Griffin, Judith Arden VanCleve
  • Patent number: 9067720
    Abstract: In one general aspect, an apparatus can include a container for storing a contact lens where the container comprises a sealed removable lid configured to retain liquid within the container previous to unsealing and opening the sealed removable lid. The apparatus can also include a contact lens cradle configured to cradle a contact lens placed thereon and a lifting mechanism connected to the contact lens cradle and the sealed removable lid that lifts the contact lens cradle from a storage position within the container to a dispensing position above the container in response to opening the sealed removable lid of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: Brigham Young University
    Inventors: Larry L. Howell, Spencer P. Magleby, Holly C. Greenberg, Samuel E. Wilding
  • Patent number: 8997997
    Abstract: A device, system, and method system for manually aligning merchandise items in a display box. The merchandise is supported above the base of the container with product support rails. A pull member is positioned between the support rails. Merchandise is pulled forward by pulling the pull member forward. The pull member may be positioned before or after merchandise is placed in the box or carton. Multiple rows of merchandise may be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Close-In Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: James Garth Close, Scott B. Duff
  • Patent number: 8944276
    Abstract: A dumpster having a moveable false floor which moves from a bottom of the dumpster toward a top opening when the dumpster is tilted to a substantially inverted orientation during collection of trash. The moveable false floor has freedom to move a predetermined length toward the top opening, where upon reaching the predetermined length a restraining device abruptly stops the floor causing the dumpster to shake dislodging adhered trash. Upon being returned to an upright orientation the moveable false floor moves back to the bottom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Inventor: Tony Garagiola
  • Patent number: 8839986
    Abstract: A disposal device insertable into a paper roll is disclosed. The disposal device includes a cylindrical shell receptacle, a cap cover, and a clearing mechanism, adapted for removing objects from the receptacle. The clearing mechanism includes a lateral member, adapted to collect objects from the receptacle and a longitudinal member, implemented for conveying a physical force for the translation of the lateral member or serves as an actuator for the commencement of the translation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Inventor: Ofer Angert
  • Patent number: 8833548
    Abstract: An approach is provided for decreasing infection risk and simplifying operation while wearing a contact lens. A contact lens blister package comprises a body. The body has an opening and an inner space where the contact lens is housed. The contact lens has a convex surface that is corresponded to the body opposite from the opening, so that the contact lens is pushed forward to the opening by a finger and the body is turned inside out and transformed to form a protective sheath that is temporarily worn on the finger as the contact lens is placed onto the wearer's eye.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Inventors: Yi-Fan Hsieh, Ta-Chih Lin
  • Patent number: 8757413
    Abstract: A storage system relating to a removable carrier to hold items carried on a bicycle, preferably utilizing a standard-sized water-bottle cage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Inventor: Randel Ward Kephart
  • Patent number: 8757386
    Abstract: In some aspects of the present disclosure, analyte test strip containers, and methods of manufacturing the same, are provided. The analyte test strip containers may include an interior side of a base that varies in height. In some aspects of the present disclosure, inserts are provided. The inserts serve to provide the cavity floor with a varying height with respect to a longitudinal axis of the container. In some aspects of the present disclosure, analyte test strip container systems, and methods of making the same, are provided. The analyte test strip container systems include a container and insert that situates within the container to provide a cavity floor that varies in height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Abbott Diabetes Care Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin M. Rush, Craig W. Sharp
  • Patent number: 8733582
    Abstract: A cup (22) includes a base (26) and a wall (30) with an integral straw (36). A lid (24) includes a flange (52) for mating with the cup (22) to establish an assembled position of the drinking assembly (20). The lid (24) defines an orifice (66) aligned with the integral straw (36) in the assembled position, and a flexible straw (68) is disposed within the orifice (66). The flexible straw (68) has a nipple portion (70) extending to an inlet end (72) disposed in abutting relationship with the integral straw (36) in the assembled position to establish a compression fit between the flexible straw (68) and the integral straw (36). The lid (24) is also stackable with identical lids (24) and includes a cavity (60) extending between first and second ends (62, 64). The orifice (66) is disposed about one of the ends (64) and the cavity (60) has an open portion (90) disposed about the other of the ends (62) for receiving a nipple portion (70) of the identical lid (24) being stacked in alternating relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Inventors: David Fioritto, Domenic Belcastro
  • Patent number: 8596457
    Abstract: This invention provides a holder for a sandwich that covers and protects the sandwich, and that allows an end of the sandwich to be exposed to the user while gripping the shell/housing. The holder includes an advancing mechanism that allows the sandwich end to be variably directed through an open end of the holder's shell/housing so that a portion to be eaten is exposed exclusively, while the remainder of the sandwich remains covered and isolated from the user's hands. In an illustrative embodiment, the holder and advancing mechanism is particularly suited to a small child's hands and associated motor skills. A flexible strip can extend from an actuation mechanism, such as a roller spool with an external knob assembly, around a plurality of guides to form a sling around a sandwich-holding base. Rotating the knob in an advance direction cause the strip to be drawn in, thereby raising the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Inventors: Hope Goblirsch, Michael J. Strasser, Imraan Aziz
  • Patent number: 8529974
    Abstract: A collapsible container includes an outer cup, an inner cup located inside the outer cup, and a seal covering the container. The inner cup includes a base and a plurality of concentric sections that are configured to collapse toward an opening in the container, when a force is exerted toward the opening on the base. The plurality of concentric sections may include three concentric sections: a base section, a middle section, and a top section, wherein the base section perimeter is smaller than the middle section perimeter, and the middle section perimeter is smaller than the top section perimeter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: PepsiCo., Inc.
    Inventors: Diana Ortiz, Jason Billig, Stuart Leslie
  • Patent number: 8490368
    Abstract: Methods are disclosed for making a band-driven package or a band-drive component for a package, and machines for performing the methods. One method comprises feeding first and second flexible webs in a feed direction, one web being fed each side of a substrate such that the webs are in mutual face-to-face disposition ahead of and behind the substrate with respect to the feed direction; joining the face-to-face webs at a first join ahead of the substrate and at a second join behind the substrate, the joins bounding web portions that together encircle the substrate between the joins; and dividing the joined web portions from the remainder of the webs such that the joined web portions together define a band that encircles the substrate, to be slid around the substrate in use of the package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Duff Design Limited
    Inventors: Timothy Michael Wood, Adrian James David Howson, Ian Dunckley, Cyrille Fuellemann, Alfred Wipf, Daniel Kummer
  • Patent number: 8307981
    Abstract: An insertable electrode insert and electrode container for a plurality of welding electrodes is described. The insert is positioned within the electrode container and is removed with the assistance of an apertured handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Lincoln Global, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul A. Weissbrod
  • Patent number: 8151981
    Abstract: The present invention is related to an apparatus to facilitate the retrieval of a personal device from a compartment or pocket. The apparatus has a back surface with a support attached to the back surface in a manner that allows the support to move and a tab or loop on one end of the support. An elastic tape is attached to the back surface and to the support. Also attached to the support is a ribbon which is secured to the elastic tape at a connection point. The support can be extended to retrieve the personal device from the compartment or pocket which stretches the elastic tape and the ribbon until the ribbon is fully extended preventing the further extension of the support. The elastic tape may then facilitate the retraction of the apparatus into the compartment or pocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Genesco, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Nordstrom
  • Patent number: 7992744
    Abstract: A dispenser, and associated method for producing such dispenser, for interfolded disposable sheets includes a dispensing container defining an interior volume sufficient for receipt of a clip of interfolded disposable sheets, the container including a first wall with a dispensing opening defined by a removable panel. At least a portion of an adhesive material is disposed at a location on the removable panel such that the adhesive is not exposed to the interior volume of the container in an adhesive state. A clip of interfolded disposable sheets is inserted into the interior volume of the container. After insertion of the clip, the adhesive material is exposed in an adhesive state to the interior volume of the container and contact is made between the adhesive and the uppermost sheet of the clip of interfolded sheets such that the removable panel is attached to the uppermost sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Krzysztof A. Szymonski, Herb Velazquez
  • Patent number: 7870705
    Abstract: Methods are disclosed for making a band-driven package or a band-drive component for a package, and machines for performing the methods. One method comprises feeding first and second flexible webs in a feed direction, one web being fed each side of a substrate such that the webs are in mutual face-to-face disposition ahead of and behind the substrate with respect to the feed direction; joining the face-to-face webs at a first join ahead of the substrate and at a second join behind the substrate, the joins bounding web portions that together encircle the substrate between the joins; and dividing the joined web portions from the remainder of the webs such that the joined web portions together define a band that encircles the substrate, to be slid around the substrate in use of the package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Assignee: Duff Design Limited
    Inventors: Timothy Michael Wood, Adrian James David Howson, Ian Dunckley, Cyrille Fuellemann, Alfred Wipf, Daniel Kummer
  • Patent number: 7866481
    Abstract: A container for holding an article includes a deformable sleeve and an inner tray. In one embodiment, the inner tray is adapted to hold the article in the container in an orientation within the deformable sleeve with a portion of the article extending from the inner tray and at a position adjacent an opening in the deformable sleeve through which the article may be removed. In another embodiment, the inner tray includes at least one button adapted to be received in a corresponding aperture in the deformable sleeve. The at least one button and aperture cooperate to resist disengagement between the inner tray and the deformable sleeve by stress placed on the sleeve, and the inner tray is adapted to hold the article in the container in an orientation within the deformable sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Marilyn Gale Perkins-Stanaford, Samuel James Morris, III
  • Patent number: 7802696
    Abstract: The invention is a portable device designed to hold and dispense wafers used in the containment and disposal of spent chewing gum. The device is small and can be sized to fit in a person's pocket. The wafers are stacked, loaded, and housed in a chamber. When loading, the hinged lid is opened and a stack of wafers are inserted. An elevation spring and associated elevation pad propel the wafers in a position to be dispensed. The wafers are then dispensed by the user who pulls them through a lid opening. Once dispensed, the user wraps the wafer around the spent chewing gum and then disposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2010
    Inventor: Dianne Mae Moore
  • Patent number: 7757859
    Abstract: A dispensing apparatus for packaging and dispensing a single service portion of a food product. The food product is contained within an inner container cavity formed by an outer cover and a center member. Draw portions are provided for transferring a force from the user to the outer cover, whereby the force peels the outer cover from the center section, thus folding the outer cover over itself as it is removed from the center section. The food product is dispensed when the inner container is opened by removing the outer cover from the center member. An optional outer container seals and holds portions of bread or other sandwich portions while the inner container is located therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Inventor: Victor A. Grossman
  • Patent number: 7740132
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a container for sheet products that makes it easy to take out each individual piece of the sheet products stacked in the container. The container having a tray-like container body (2), an opening/closing lid (3) that is slidably mounted on the container body (2), a pressing member (5) elastically pressing the sheet products (4) stored in the container (1) toward the inner surface of the opening/closing lid (3), a friction drag member (7) that is installed on the inner surface of the opening/closing lid (3) to feed out the sheet products (4) according to the closing operation of the opening/closing lid (3), and a stopper (6) formed in the container body (2) to stop the backward movement of the sheet products (4) by the friction drag member (7) when the opening/closing lid (3) is opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2010
    Assignee: Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masahiro Oono, Hiroshi Kitsutaka
  • Patent number: 7544294
    Abstract: A container includes a vessel having an opening proximate an upper end thereof and a floor proximate a lower end thereof. A threaded shaft secures to the floor and extends along a substantial portion of the height of the vessel. A slider having a threaded portion secures to the shaft. In a preferred embodiment, the slider defines passages allowing fluid to pass through the slider. A grippable member secures to the shaft enabling a user to rotate the shaft and cause the slide to move up in order to lift food items out of fluid within the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2009
    Inventor: C. Todd Halterman
  • Patent number: 7540383
    Abstract: A self-opening blister package is provided having a packaging sleeve or carton and a formed tray. The tray includes one or more receptacle cups, which are dimensioned to receive one or more products, such as gum or the like. A peelable membrane is sealed to the tray flange. A leading edge of the membrane is attached to the sleeve. The membrane peels away from the tray when the tray is removed from the sleeve. The peeling action exposes the product contained in the one or more cups. Once the desired amount of product is extracted, the tray can be pushed back into the sleeve and the membrane rolls back over the tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2009
    Assignee: Sonoco Development, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Huffer, Michael Thornton
  • Patent number: 7527148
    Abstract: A case for supporting a disc-shaped digital recording medium formed by a tray including means for holding the disc, formed by at least two radial shoulders defined to overlap, at rest, a marginal zone of the disc, one at least of the radial shoulders being mobile between an inactive position wherein it overlaps the marginal zone of the disc and a release position wherein the shoulder releases the marginal zone, wherein at least one of the radial shoulders comprises an ejection button borne by two lateral plates linking the tray and a central plate urged to process elastically against a bottom surface of the disc and extending above the linking plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2009
    Assignee: MIP Packaging — Moulage Industriel de Perseigne
    Inventor: Alain Crouan
  • Patent number: 7458459
    Abstract: A container having a longitudinal dimension may comprise a first pocket member, a second pocket member, and a third pocket member each having substantially the same longitudinal dimension, with the third pocket member being sandwiched between the first and second pocket members. A first pocket may be defined by the second and third pocket members, and a second pocket may be defined by the first and third pocket members. The first, second, and third pocket members may each have a free edge, and the free edges may cooperate with one another to form openings to the first and second pockets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2008
    Assignee: MMDesign Studio International, Inc.
    Inventor: Marcel B. Manzardo
  • Patent number: 7438873
    Abstract: A scent lure is configured as a reusable container with two separate compartments, one for a scent wick and one for a disposable heating element. The compartments are separated by a common dividing wall and are independently accessible for ease of use. The separate compartments allow the heating element to be removed and/or replaced without contact with the scent wick and vice versa. Preferably, the heating compartment has vents to facilitate continued activation of a heating element during use. The vents are preferably configured to provide a chimney effect that creates a heated air flow over the sent wick for enhancing the lure's effectiveness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2008
    Assignee: Warmkraft, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald C. Saxon, Jeremiah Parker, Mark Mattox
  • Patent number: 7387204
    Abstract: A cosmetic brush container has a cylindrical sidewall, a closed bottom, and an open top. A tray is carried within the container for axial movement relative to a longitudinal axis of the container from a lower storage position. A lid releasably fits over the top of the container. A rod extends between the tray and the lid. Brushes are carried in the container, with lower ends supported on the tray and bristles supported by the sidewall of the container. Lifting the lid causes the tray to move upward and the bristles of the brushes to move above the top of the container for access by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2008
    Assignee: Bao Sheng Corporation
    Inventor: Choon Woo Lee
  • Patent number: 7377387
    Abstract: In a CD storage device, the combination comprising an upstanding post to receive CD's in a stack, and via openings therethrough, a carrier for each CD having circularly spaced retainers to retain the periphery of each CD at spaced locations, an identification zone associated with a retainer, for each CD, and cam surfaces on said carriers for inter-engagement in response to selected CD rotation, for locally elevating the carrier of a selected CD for retrieval off the post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2008
    Inventor: Andrez Gutierrez
  • Publication number: 20080110881
    Abstract: An apparatus for accessing products stored in standing containers. The apparatus comprises a container member having each of a first predetermined shape and formed of a predetermined material. The container member has a slot formed into a side of such container member. A flexlift member having a second predetermined shape is engageable with the slot formed on the side of the container. A lift member is engageable with the flexlift member for raising such product disposed in the container when such flexlift member is pushed downward. A bottom cap member is engageable with a bottom portion of the container member for closing off the bottom of the container. A track cover for engagement with a portion of the flexlift member and is further engageable with the bottom cap member. A top cap member is engageable with a top portion of the container member for closing off the top of the container member thereby keeping products stored therein from falling out.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2007
    Publication date: May 15, 2008
    Inventors: Gerald B. Schulz, Steven K. Schulz
  • Patent number: 7353942
    Abstract: Insertion and removal of an index, which is interposed between a disk tray and a case half in which the disk tray is fitted, is facilitated in a disk housing case. The disk housing case is constituted by a disk tray and a first and a second case half for housing the disk tray. The index is interposed between the disk tray and the second case half. An index opening is provided at an end at which the case halves are linked, or at an end opposite the linked end. Contact openings, for enabling a finger or an index sliding member to contact the index to insert and remove the index, are provided in at least one of the disk tray and the second case half.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2008
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Sunhee Lee, Kazuaki Taga, Yosuke Sumiya
  • Patent number: 7320397
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an eyeglasses case for storing a pair of eyeglasses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2008
    Assignee: Contour Optik, Inc.
    Inventor: David Chao
  • Patent number: 7240797
    Abstract: A sealed dispensing apparatus suitable for packaging and dispensing a single service portion of a food product. The food product is contained within an inner container cavity formed by an outer cover and a center member. Draw means are provided for transferring a force from the user to the outer cover, whereby the force peels the outer cover from the center section, thus folding the outer cover over itself as it is removed from the center section. The food product is dispensed when the inner container is opened by removing the outer cover from the center member. An optional outer container seals and holds portions of bread or other sandwich portions while the inner container is located therebetween. Box means holds the combination formed by the inner container and the outer container as well as optional condiments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2007
    Inventor: Victor A. Grossman
  • Patent number: 7178666
    Abstract: A contact lens case includes a cup adapted to receive minimized quantity of cleaning solution and a cap removable of the opening mouth of the cup. The lens support structure is pivotally connected to the cap that holds one of a pair of lens within the cup. The lens support structure consists of a base plate where a pair of contact lenses lay on each side and is held by a pair of swiveling arms, one on each side. The lens support structure also acts as two contact lens eye wearing device, one on each side, when removed from cup and having the arms swiveled mechanically downward. When swiveled back to upright position the suction cup at the end of the swivel holds the contact lens against the lens support structure plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2007
    Inventor: Joey Huang
  • 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: 6948600
    Abstract: A fetching structure for a carrier bag essentially comprised of a support board fixed to the inner edge of the opening of the bag; one fixation band being each laterally provided on the surface of the supporting board; a penetration section not connected to the supporting board being provided on the fixation band; one end of a pull band penetrating through the penetration section and the other end being suspended; and the contents inside the bag being exposed out of the opening for easy fetch when the pull band being pulled up.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2005
    Inventor: Yao-Tang Chuang
  • Patent number: 6926137
    Abstract: A storage unit for storing a utensil having a handle portion and head portion, the storage unit including a container having a bottom wall and sidewalls connected to the bottom wall to define a chamber, a pair of opposed container closure units pivotably connected to the container sidewalls for movement between an open position exposing the chamber and a closed position closing the chamber from the outside environment; a utensil holder sized to receive the head portion of the utensil, a support platform for connection to the utensil holder, the support platform being movably positioned in the chamber between a first position away from the bottom wall and a second position towards the bottom wall, and a mechanism for pivotably biasing the container closure units to the open and closed positions, the mechanism being connected at a first end to the support platform and a second end to each container closure unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2005
    Inventors: Linda T. Rudnick, Edward Schamback
  • Patent number: 6923365
    Abstract: A carton and blank for forming a carton for accommodating one or more articles which carton is provided with an access structure for the removal of articles from within the carton. The access structure comprises a closure panel hinged to a carton wall for forward and backward pivotal movement and a movable platform hinged to the closure panel for moving the contents of the carton forward for their removal in response to the forward pivotal movement of the closure panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2005
    Assignee: MeadWestvaco Packaging Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Jean-Michel Auclair, Alain Saulas
  • Patent number: 6920974
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for inexpensively storing a quantity of packages awaiting transfer to a manufacturing process station includes a dispenser for quickly removing the packages from the container and directly into a secondary receptacle which is particularly adapted for feeding the packages to the process station. The provision of an inexpensive container to hold the packages is advantageous in that the more expensive secondary receptacles are not tied up for the sole purpose of holding packages which are awaiting the next process station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2005
    Assignee: Bausch & Lomb Incorporated
    Inventors: Ger Reynolds, Trevor O'Neill
  • 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: 6880208
    Abstract: A tether based connector for locating, identifying, inventorying, controlling and helping to ensure the retrieval of one or more items packaged within a container loaded with potentially obscuring packaging materials. The connector is formed from a stratified body having a die-cut upper sheet layer to form one or more extractable tethers, each of which terminates at a fastener at one end for releasably fastening to an item, and at an easily located terminus at the other end. The terminus may be formed as an anchorment for anchoring to the container. A single anchorment may be adapted to serve a plurality of tethers for fastening to a plurality of items. A badge carrying item identifying information can be associated with a connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2005
    Inventor: James Cahill
  • Patent number: 6874629
    Abstract: A small case for protecting a microkeratome blade while allowing inspection and cleaning of the blade cutting edge incorporates adjacent walls which are hinged together to open and close relative to an inserted microkeratome blade. In position, when the case is closed the blade is set in a recess in one of the walls and held in position by an opposing surface on the other wall. Windows encompassing the cutting edge in each of the walls allow visual inspection and cleaning, if desired. When the case is opened, a converging guide groove extending from a side of one wall into the blade unit and to a point behind the cutting edge allows a surgeon to insert and guide a forceps into the blade unit so that it can be gripped and removed without contacting the cutting edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2005
    Inventor: Theodore Wortrich
  • Patent number: 6851550
    Abstract: An improved infusion package serves both for the storage of an infusion bag prior to use and for the reception and secure retention of both the infusion bag and surplus infusion liquid after use. The infusion package is of the kind having an infusion bag housed within a container formed from folded panels of flat sheet material, the container including first and second panels joined at respective opposite parallel edges and held in an outwardly bowed convex or pillow shape by overlapping margins that are folded about concave lines extending between the parallel edges, one of said opposed panels having an opening and a third panel located relatively to the one panel by a hinge and closing the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2005
    Assignee: Tea Projects Limited
    Inventors: Oliver Bishop, Illtyd Llewellyn Lewis, Christopher Charles Russell, Philip Stankus, Nicholas Smart
  • Patent number: 6840390
    Abstract: A container racking system for a plurality of refillable containers. A crate has a bottom and side walls arranged to secure the plurality of refillable containers in a position when the plurality of refillable containers are placed into the crate. The bottom of the crate has at least one opening positioned below at least one of the plurality of refillable containers. A rack holds the crate when it is desired to have the plurality of refillable containers available for refilling. The rack is capable of supporting the crate when the crate is placed on the rack. At least one member is positioned within the rack such that the at least one member protrudes through the at least one opening of the bottom of the crate when the crate is placed on the rack. In this way, at least one of the plurality of refillable containers is raised up from the bottom of the crate when the crate is placed on the rack making the at least one of the plurality of refillable containers readily available for refilling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2005
    Assignee: Ecolab Inc.
    Inventor: John E. Thomas
  • Patent number: 6820755
    Abstract: A beauty and hair accessories organizer for holding and neatly storing hair managing tools and beauty aids. The beauty and hair accessories organizer includes a support member having a front side and a back side and being adapted to be mounted to a structure in a building; and also includes a storage rack member being securely attached to the front side of the support member; and further includes a plurality of cup-like members being attached to the storage rack for supporting and holding hair managing items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2004
    Inventor: Mike P. Ranjit
  • Patent number: 6796429
    Abstract: A dispenser for conveniently dispensing multiple transdermal/transmucosal drug-containing patches from a single container. The dispenser has an inner cartridge defined by walls made of an impermeable material, wherein the inner cartridge is hermetically sealed during storage. In another aspect, the dispenser incorporates a child-resistant mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2004
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Brian D. Cameron, Shu Kun Chang, Stacey H. Chang