Waterproof Patents (Class 206/811)
  • Patent number: 10084500
    Abstract: A video recording device and holster are disclosed to reliably and covertly start and stop capture of video, audio, and metadata, and perform other commands. The holster may include a plurality of holes through which defined commands can be executed using a touch-screen interface or other control devices. In one embodiment, the holster may be confirmed as being associated with the video recording device to authenticate a user. Moreover, the video recording device may enter a mode of operation associated with using the video recording apparatus automatically when inserted into a holster.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Utility Associates Inc.
    Inventors: Ted Michael Davis, Joseph Patrick Shanahan, Simon Araya, Robert Stewart McKeeman
  • Patent number: 8939289
    Abstract: A waterproof structure of a packing box for a LCD panel is disclosed. The waterproof structure includes the first engaging portion and the second engaging portion. The first engaging portion is disposed on a bottom plate of the packing box. At least one opening passing through the bottom plate is disposed in the bottom plate. The first engaging portion is located between the opening and a side wall of the packing box. The second engaging portion is disposed on a bottom surface of a cushion of the packing box. The second engaging portion is corresponding to the first engaging portion to allow the second engaging portion engage with the first engaging portion when the cushion is disposed on the bottom plate. A packing box for a LCD panel is further disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Shenzhen China Star Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Yi-Cheng Kuo, Shihhsiang Chen, Jiaxin Li, Jiahe Cheng
  • Patent number: 8915361
    Abstract: This disclosure relates generally to an apparatus for retaining an electronic device as well as for methods for using the device for the purpose of doing the same. In various instances, the electronic device includes a housing including top and bottom members, and having a membrane region configured to facilitate interaction with a biometric scanner on the electronic device. In certain instances, the housing for the electronic device is adapted for protecting the device from one or more of shock, liquid, dust, snow, and the like. The electronic device may be any suitable electronic device, such as a computer, mobile computer, notebook computer, tablet computer, telephone, personal digital assistant, or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Treefrog Developments, Inc.
    Inventor: Gary A. Rayner
  • Patent number: 8867198
    Abstract: Described is a protective case for a tablet computer providing a compartment for receiving and holding the tablet computer in a watertight environment. The protective case can further include a mounting adaptor attachable to a mounting apparatus for holding the protective case in a fixed or stationary position on a boat. The protective case allows the optimal use and protection of a tablet computer with its connections in many environments, including protecting the tablet computer from water damage on boats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Inventor: William Steele
  • Patent number: 8770402
    Abstract: A protective case for a mobile device is provided, which includes a backing and a sidewall section, where the sidewall section has four sides and is coupled to the backing such that a cavity is formed when the backing and the sidewall section are attached. The protective case also includes a geometry seal located inside of the cavity, where the geometry seal is configured to form a lower waterproof seal with the sidewall section and the backing. Furthermore, the protective case also includes a top section, which forms an upper waterproof seal with the sidewall section and the geometry seal, thereby allowing the protective case to provide a waterproof seal around the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Iceberg Commerce Inc.
    Inventors: Brooks Bergreen, David Keddie Brown
  • Patent number: 8701912
    Abstract: A window having multiple integral seals, the window being formed of a substantially optically transparent flexible membrane window panel; a substantially continuous peripheral window seal mechanism surrounding the window panel with the window seal mechanism being a continuous peripheral slot having an opening facing away from the window panel and being structured to receive thereinto a substantially rigid inner peripheral window aperture frame; a contoured skirt completely surrounding the window sealing mechanism; a substantially continuous peripheral door seal mechanism formed adjacent to an edge of the contoured skirt; and wherein the window panel, the window seal mechanism, the contoured skirt and the door seal mechanism are mutually integrally formed of a substantially water-resistant and resiliently pliable material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: National Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Carnevali, Chad M. Remmers
  • Patent number: 8637139
    Abstract: A shrinkable-stretchable polymeric laminated structure is made up of a shrink-stretch film on the outside and a nonwoven on the inside, with or without an adhesive. Preferably the film, nonwoven and adhesive are made from the same polymer family, including copolymers, which renders the laminate 100% recyclable. The film, nonwoven, and adhesive are modified to provide different responses to heat in addition to controlled water vapor permeability. The structure allows for water vapor permeability in one direction (inside-to-outside) and not in the opposite direction to allow wrapped article to dry or to keep wrapped articles dry and prevent corrosion related damage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Transhield Technology AS
    Inventors: Gregory L. Todt, Seckin Ozol
  • Patent number: 8453835
    Abstract: A water-proof container for holding a mobile device includes a base adapted to support a mobile device, a cover, a hinge for interconnecting the base and cover to one another, and a locking mechanism for locking the cover to the base. A groove is formed in an interior wall of the cover in circumscribing relation to the cover. A thin, transparent sheet of plastic has a bead formed in its peripheral edge and the bead is press fit into the groove so that the thin sheet of plastic closely overlies the operative face of the mobile device when the cover is latched to the base. A hollow lock housing is pivotally mounted about a pivot pin. A one hundred eighty degree (180°) rotation of the lock housing positions the opening on an opposite side of the container 10, capturing the latch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Inventor: Kar Ming So
  • Patent number: 8113346
    Abstract: A storage system having a housing divided into a first half housing telescopically received in a second half housing, the first and second half housing together form an inner cavity adapted to house a music player, the housing can move between at least a storage position and an extended position, the housing can be secured in the extended position via a securing means, doors pivotally placed in front panels of the housing which can each open and close for access to the inner cavity, a docking component adapted to operatively connect to a music player which is pivotally connected to a first bottom panel and can pivot about the pivot point between a first and second position, speakers in the housing which are operatively connected to the docking component, and a power source operatively connected to at least the speakers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Inventor: Deborah A. Lai
  • Patent number: 7850032
    Abstract: A window having multiple integral seals, the window being formed of a substantially optically transparent flexible membrane window panel; a substantially continuous peripheral window seal mechanism surrounding the window panel with the window seal mechanism being a continuous peripheral slot having an opening facing away from the window panel and being structured to receive thereinto a substantially rigid inner peripheral window aperture frame; a contoured skirt completely surrounding the window sealing mechanism; a substantially continuous peripheral door seal mechanism formed adjacent to an edge of the contoured skirt; and wherein the window panel, the window seal mechanism, the contoured skirt and the door seal mechanism are mutually integrally formed of a substantially water-resistant and resiliently pliable material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Carnevali, Chad M. Remmers
  • Patent number: 7701711
    Abstract: A waterproof part including a top case, a bottom case and at least one pin is provided. The top case has at least one first through hole. The bottom case has at least one second through hole that corresponds to the first through hole. The pin includes a conductive bolt, a pad, and an elastic conductive component. The conductive bolt is disposed in the second through hole and fastened to the bottom case. The pad is disposed in the first through hole and has at least one first fastening element. The pad is fastened to the top case by the first fastening element. The elastic conductive component is tightly disposed between the conductive bolt and the pad so as to connect to the conductive bolt and the pad electrically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignee: Inventec Appliances Corp.
    Inventors: Chih-Chang Chou, Wan-Yi Lin
  • Patent number: 7688580
    Abstract: A protective enclosure for an electronic device that has a protective shell that is capable of enclosing and substantially surrounding the touch screen device in a substantially watertight, substantially rigid and substantially crush-resistant manner. Modular units can be releasably connected in a rigid manner to the protective enclosure to form an integrated unitary device that is substantially crush-resistant and watertight unit. The modular units can be interchangeable and connect to the protective case using the same format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Assignee: Otter Products, LLC
    Inventors: Curtis R. Richardson, Douglas A. Kempel, Jamie L. Johnson
  • Publication number: 20080230430
    Abstract: A waterproof part including a top case, a bottom case and at least one pin is provided. The top case has at least one first through hole. The bottom case has at least one second through hole that corresponds to the first through hole. The pin includes a conductive bolt, a pad, and an elastic conductive component. The conductive bolt is disposed in the second through hole and fastened to the bottom case. The pad is disposed in the first through hole and has at least one first fastening element. The pad is fastened to the top case by the first fastening element. The elastic conductive component is tightly disposed between the conductive bolt and the pad so as to connect to the conductive bolt and the pad electrically.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2008
    Publication date: September 25, 2008
    Applicant: INVENTEC APPLIANCES CORP.
    Inventors: Chih-Chang Chou, Wan-Yi Lin
  • Patent number: 7409148
    Abstract: A waterproof type electronic device is composed of a disc lid 13 capable of opening and closing an opening portion (17) of a camera apparatus body (2), a buckle (12) capable of detachably fastening the disc lid (13) to the camera apparatus body (2) and a sealing member (24) provided on at least one of the buckle (12) and the camera apparatus body (2) to hermetically seal the buckle 12 and the camera apparatus body (2). When the disc lid (13) is fastened to the camera apparatus body (2) by the buckle (12), the camera apparatus body (2) is hermetically sealed at least at its part of the portion covered with the buckle (12). In this kind of related-art waterproof type electronic device, operation buttons are not formed so as to have waterproof structures and water and water component can therefore enter this waterproof type electronic device relatively easily.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2008
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Nobutatsu Takahashi, Seiya Amatatsu
  • Publication number: 20080094786
    Abstract: A waterproof casing includes a first casing having a first base wall and a first surrounding wall, and a second casing having a second base wall and a second surrounding wall. The first surrounding wall surrounds a periphery of the first base wall to cooperatively define a first receiving recess therewith, and has a first wall surface confronting the first receiving recess, and a first groove provided in the first wall surface. The second surrounding wall is connected to the second base wall proximate to the first surrounding wall to cooperatively define a second receiving recess therewith, and has a second wall surface outwardly of the second receiving recess, and a second groove provided in the second wall surface and corresponding to the first groove. A resilient member is fitted between and closes the first and second grooves. The first and second receiving recesses cooperatively receive a flat panel display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2007
    Publication date: April 24, 2008
    Inventors: Guan-De Liou, Chia-Pine Huang, Li-Li Lai, Stephen Tsai
  • Patent number: 6821018
    Abstract: Flexible container with a sealable closure system comprising an envelope type enclosure having impermeable walls, an opening being defined at an upper portion of the enclosure, two rigid bars being configured to tightly engage edges of the opening in order to seal the enclosure closed, at least one of the two rigid bars being movable, and a system for locking the two rigid bars together. The system for locking the two rigid bars together engages the two rigid bars at both ends of the rigid bars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2004
    Inventor: Jacques Denko
  • Patent number: 6746734
    Abstract: The present invention provides a surface covering system including a first covering portion detachably connected to a backing and a second covering portion detachably connected to the backing, wherein the first covering portion and the second covering portion are spaced apart on the backing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2004
    Inventor: Daniel J. Tarullo
  • Patent number: 6736265
    Abstract: A general purpose mechanics toolbox that is able to withstand external environmental conditions and abuse is disclosed. Typically, the toolbox includes a main body having a front and top cover. Tubular gaskets run between the top and front covers and the body, thereby providing a watertight seal. The body is typically constructed of a high durability plastic. The toolbox can be closed and latched with a latch mechanism that can optionally be locked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2004
    Assignee: Toolbox Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Jerome Kipper, Steve LaCroix Ramos
  • Publication number: 20040089570
    Abstract: A housing of a handheld electronic device includes a front and a rear shell, a bottom cover, a cover body, and a battery cover. A bearing portion and a battery receiving room are formed above and below the backside of the rear shell. A waterproof structure comprises a main body gasket, a cover body gasket, and a battery cover gasket. The top and bottom ends of the main body gasket are connected to a top gasket and a bottom cover gasket. The main body gasket and the top gasket are embedded at the adjoining profile and the topside between the front and rear shells. The bottom cover gasket is embedded between the bottom side of the housing and the bottom cover. The cover body gasket is embedded between the cover body and the bearing portion. The battery cover gasket is embedded between the battery receiving room and the battery cover.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2002
    Publication date: May 13, 2004
    Inventors: Shen Yuan Chien, Ming Che Chan
  • Publication number: 20040011696
    Abstract: A transportable carrying cases for toiletries, cosmetics and personal hygiene items, for use in both wet and dry environments is disclosed. The carrying case has a main body portion with a top opening, and a perforate floor, a bottom portion configured to receive a lower portion of the main body portion in nesting or contiguous relationship, whereby excess moisture shed from articles contained in the main body portion is drained through the perforate floor into a reservoir provided in the bottom portion spaced below the perforate floor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2002
    Publication date: January 22, 2004
    Inventor: Jeffrey S. Shaeffer
  • Patent number: 6659274
    Abstract: Waterproof casings for use with a portable handheld computer, such as a HP Jornada™ portable handheld computer, for example. The waterproof casings comprise a separable plastic casing having a watertight rubber seal. The plastic casings are compact, light and durable with a clear rubber screen protector, allowing a touch point screen of the portable handheld computer to be operable. The portable handheld computer is placed inside the waterproof case which is latched closed to create a watertight container. The plastic casing is preferably designed to be waterproof up to a depth of about 100 feet. The present invention allows the use and protection of a HP Jornada portable handheld computer in many environments including protecting it from the possibility of water damage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2003
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Ryan S. Enners
  • Publication number: 20020117414
    Abstract: A general purpose mechanics toolbox that is able to withstand external environmental conditions and abuse is disclosed. Typically, the toolbox includes a main body having a front and top cover. Tubular gaskets run between the top and front covers and the body, thereby providing a watertight seal. The body is typically constructed of a high durability plastic. The toolbox can be closed and latched with a latch mechanism that can optionally be locked.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2001
    Publication date: August 29, 2002
    Applicant: Toolbox Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Jerome Kipper, Steve LaCroix Ramos
  • Patent number: 6386382
    Abstract: A container for storage of items during watersports is described, having a base (10) affixed to the watersports equipment such as a surfboard or diver's gas tank and a body forming a waterproof enclosure detachably secured to the base. The top cover (14) of the body has tabs (44) which are retained under projections (22) of the base such that the bottom tray (12) and top cover of the body cannot be unsealed without disengaging the body from the base. The top surface (40) of the cover forms a ramp engageable by the foot of the surf rider and may have grip material attached thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2002
    Assignee: Sunbum Pty Limited
    Inventor: William Thomas McCausland
  • Patent number: 6361210
    Abstract: A waterproof case which seals out sea water and opens upon the application of pressure on two opposite points. The case has a flattened wallet shape and is made from a single piece of synthetic material. The case has two opening edges with at least one opening edge having a compressible strip. The case is absolutely waterproof in a static state until pressure is applied to the edges of the case which forces the opening edges to separate from one another. The case is useful for protecting various objects, such as coins, bank notes, keys, identity papers again water, perspiration, sand, dust and similar objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2002
    Inventor: Jacques Denko
  • Patent number: 6353215
    Abstract: The invention relates to a soft-sided carrying case and a method of manufacture thereof. The carrying case is made from moisture-impermeable, flexible, stretchable material, particularly adapted for outdoor use. A main body of the bag is secured by dielectric welding with a pair of drop-shaped end panels to form the carrying case. The main body, being cut on a bias, allows stretching of narrow ends of the main body to substantially conform to the drop-shaped end panels and form a wrinkle-free attachment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2002
    Inventors: Eric Revels, James Diaz
  • Patent number: 6349824
    Abstract: A watertight equipment cover for protecting equipment comprising first and second housing portions with sealing mechanisms attached thereto. The sealing mechanisms of the first and second housing portions are sealably engageable with each other to provide a watertight seal therebetween. Further, the first and second housings are designed to conform substantially to the contours of the protected equipment. The watertight equipment cover may also include a rotatable mechanism or blister for engaging and rotating a rotatable structure on the protected equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2002
    Assignee: Asahi Research Corporation
    Inventor: Masahiro Yamada
  • Publication number: 20020003096
    Abstract: A waterproof fly fishing fly box is disclosed including a central base member, a top cover and a bottom cover. The top and bottom covers affix to the central base member so that, when closed, the top cover and central base member define a first internal environment therebetween. Similarly, when the bottom cover is closed, the bottom cover and central base member define a second internal environment. The fly fishing fly box further includes a first and second closed cell foam layers affixed to and covering substantially all of a top surface and bottom surface, respectively, of the central base member. The first and second foam layers serve to fix the flies within the first and second internal environments, and to ensure a tight seal of the first and second internal environments against water from the surrounding environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2001
    Publication date: January 10, 2002
    Inventor: Todd Blake
  • Patent number: 6335027
    Abstract: Controlled release compositions of matter are disclosed comprising complexes for treating a population of one or more aquatic organisms in a column of water. The complexes comprise at least one system wherein the system comprises at least one bioactive agent as a component selected for treating a population of aquatic organisms, at least one carrier component, and at least one coating component for regulating the controlled release rate and release profile of the bioactive agent in water or at least one bioactive agent and one joint-function component that can serve as both a carrier and coating to regulate the controlled release rate and release profile of the bioactive agent in water, with or without optional binder components and/or additional formulation materials. The components are selected to sink or float so that the complexes will permeate and/or remain in any planar or volumetric segment of a water column for a period of time that is sufficient to effectively treat a population of aquatic organisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2002
    Assignee: Lee County Mosquito Control District
    Inventor: Richard Levy
  • Patent number: 6321957
    Abstract: A watertight container (10), comprising a rigid watertight box (32, 132, 232, 332) connected by means of a wrist strap (12) to limbs or other members of the human or animal body, allows to safely carry, contiguously to the arm, the leg, or the neck, small size articles, such as either wounded or folded banknotes, valuables, pills, jewels, etc. also in situations of water immersion such as bathing or swimming, excessive sweating, steal or robbery dangers, engaging sporting activities, etc, thanks to the watersealing feature of the box (32, 132, 232, 332), provided with suitable gaskets seals (62, 66), to the anatomical suitability and the strength of the wrist strap (12) housing the box (32, 132, 232, 332).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2001
    Inventor: Federico Rossi
  • Patent number: 6273252
    Abstract: A protective covering for a hand-held device includes a resilient water-impermeable bag which is of one piece. The bag has a single opening through which the device can be inserted in the bag, and a layer of adhesive runs around the opening on the inside of the bag. The adhesive layer is covered by a nonadhesive strip which can be peeled off to expose the adhesive layer. When the bag is closed following removal of the nonadhesive strip, the adhesive layer forms a water-impermeable seal for the opening of the bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2001
    Inventor: Burke H. Mitchell
  • Patent number: 6138826
    Abstract: A waterproof case for a camera comprises a case body, which contains the camera, and a lid, which is hinged to the case body and closes an opening of the case body watertightly. The hinge connecting the lid to the case body is provided with a friction member that holds the lid stationary at an arbitrary opening angle or at a predetermined opening angle regardless of the weight of the lid. The waterproof case is provided with a camera attachment member and a coil spring for moving the camera contained in the case body to a predetermined position as the lid opens. It is therefore possible to easily exchange recording mediums, and replace and charge a battery in the camera without taking the camera out completely from the case body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2000
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shino Kanamori, Michihiro Miyake
  • Patent number: 6133181
    Abstract: A mixture of granulated particles comprising ceramic fibers sized to pass through a screen having an opening measuring not more than 3/4of an inch, a binder of colloidal silica, and water are mixed to form a granulated mixture. The ceramic fibers comprise 68.3 wt % of the mixture, colloidal silica comprises 7.5 wt %, and water comprises 24.2 wt % of the mixture. Further, the mixture may be encased in a moistureproof bag for storage and shipping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2000
    Inventors: Bryce T. Wentworth, David Messina, Arthur A. Corry
  • Patent number: 6082535
    Abstract: A protective covering for a communications device includes a resilient water-impermeable bag which is of one piece. The bag has a single opening through which the communications device can be inserted in the bag, and a layer of adhesive runs around the opening on the inside of the bag. The adhesive layer is covered by a nonadhesive strip which can be peeled off to expose the adhesive layer. When the bag is closed following removal of the nonadhesive strip, the adhesive layer forms a water-impermeable seal for the opening of the bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2000
    Inventor: Burke H. Mitchell
  • Patent number: 6051159
    Abstract: This invention relates to a preferred composition for use in preparation of flexible cold packs which are useful for medicinal, research and other uses where cooling to low temperatures is required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2000
    Inventor: Jie Hao
  • Patent number: 5996790
    Abstract: A watertight equipment cover for outdoor or marine use that includes an interior and exterior surface, with the interior surface configured to fit substantially adjacent to and to completely enclose a piece of equipment such as photographic equipment or portable electronic equipment. The cover includes transparent portions that allow, as required for operation, either the equipment to transmit or receive light, or the operator to view specific areas of the equipment while the equipment is enclosed in the cover. The cover further includes resiliently deformable portions that enable operation of the equipment control functions while the equipment is enclosed in the cover. The cover further includes a watertight sealing mechanism that is sealable and resealable by the end user. An outdoor or marine protective cover system that includes a watertight cover and a piece of equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1999
    Assignee: Asahi Research Corporation
    Inventors: Masahiro Yamada, Kiichi Sandow, Hiroyuki Inagawa
  • Patent number: 5957283
    Abstract: The invention provides an exemplary ski protector comprising an elongate sleeve body having a top side, a bottom side, a back end, a front end, and a midsection between the front and back ends. The sleeve body flares at the midsection so that the sleeve body is adapted to closely conform to the shape of a ski when placed therein. A fastener extends at least part way between the back end and the front end and provides an access way into the sleeve body when unfastened. A handle is attached to the sleeve body at the midsection such that the sleeve body may be balanced about the handle when the ski is within the sleeve body. A pair of resilient straps are attached to the bottom side of the sleeve body and are adapted to hold a second ski against the bottom side of the sleeve body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1999
    Assignee: Gear Reichert, Ltd.
    Inventor: Jeffrey H. Reichert
  • Patent number: 5914159
    Abstract: Indented grooves having a concavo-convex bottom respectively are formed on abutting surfaces of a case body and a case cover. The indented grooves constitute a sealant filling space when case body is engaged with case cover. Sealant filled in the space can have enough contacting area within a limited space with respect to the inner wall surfaces of the indented grooves, perfectly preventing water inflow from outside and obtaining pressure-resistance as well. A wall portion formed to extend in the axial direction prevents inflow of overflowing sealant from the sealant filling space into case body. Thus, without enlarging an overall size of the case, a water-proofing structure with good sealing property can be obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 22, 1999
    Assignee: Asmo Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Manabu Kato
  • Patent number: 5875916
    Abstract: A waterproof container is provided including a housing formed of an elastomeric material defining an interior space with an open top having a planar top peripheral edge. An interior lining of the housing is constructed from a foam material. The lining is situated within the interior space of the housing for protecting the contents thereof. Further provided is a cover having a planar rectangular configuration with a top face, a bottom face, and a periphery formed therebetween. The bottom face of the cover has a cut out with a rectangular cross-section formed adjacent the entire periphery. The cut out has a width equal to a thickness of the faces of the housing. The cover further has a planar bottom lining constructed from a foam material situated on the bottom face of the cover. Next provided is a gasket having a planar rectangular configuration and a width equal to the thickness of the faces of the housing. A coupling mechanism is included for selectively securing the cover to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 2, 1999
    Inventors: Larry Crockett, Sr., Delores Crockett
  • Patent number: 5723063
    Abstract: The invention relates to composition for use in preparation of cold packs which are useful for medicine, research and other uses where cooling to a low temperature is required, said composition comprising 70-85% water, 4-10% salt, 8-15% glycerine and 2-6% polyacrylamide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1998
    Inventor: Hae Jie
  • Patent number: 5708565
    Abstract: A thermal and shock resistant data recorder assembly as an outer container (1) containing an inner container (2) which in turn houses one or more data recorder elements (3). The elements (3) which have a thin conformal coating thereon are encapsulated in an innermost cavity (4) of the inner container (2) in an Ester wax material which absorbs heat when changing from a solid to a liquid. An outermost cavity (8) surrounds the innermost cavity (4) in the container (2) and in turn contains a first insulating material which gives off water vapor when heated to absorb heat. Surrounding the inner container (2) in the outer container (1) is a second insulating material. The Ester wax material is enabled to leak when liquid into the outer container and from thence, if necessary, to the exterior of the outer container. This permits pressure equalization. The first insulating material is provided with a fusible material plug which melts under heat and allows the vapor to escape to the exterior of the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 13, 1998
    Assignee: British Aerospace Public Limited Company
    Inventor: Terence M. Fairbanks
  • Patent number: 5615769
    Abstract: A sports ball bag provides for the drying and warming care of a sports ball during the course of a ball game. The bag is particularly adapted for the care of one or more footballs placed therein, as would be used in the play of amateur and professional football games, but may be used for the care of balls used in other types of ball games as well. The bag is formed of a waterproof outer cover (e.g., vinyl) having an openable side closure and opposite openable end closures thereby allowing the cover to be laid out flat. A removable and replaceable moisture absorbent liner (e.g., a terry cloth towel) may be secured within the cover in order to dry the ball and to provide some thermal insulation properties. A warming device, such as a chemical hand warmer packet, may also be placed within the bag to warm any balls or other articles placed therein. The end closures are preferably draw strings in order to provide rapid access to the interior of the bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 1, 1997
    Inventor: Stanley L. Stephenson
  • Patent number: 5511390
    Abstract: A pendant locket holder for keys and other articles comprising a casing being a pair of complementary half-sections with each half-section having a recessed chamber. An element flexibly connects the longitudinal edges of the half-sections together. The half-sections may be moved from a substantially coplanar relationship in an open position of the casing to a closed position, wherein the half-sections are in a juxtaposed relationship. An assembly on the opposite longitudinal edges of the half-sections is for releasably holding the same in the juxtaposed relationship, when the casing is in the closed position. A component is formed within each recessed chamber in each half-section of the casing for retaining the keys and other articles therein. A structure is for suspending the casing from about the neck of a person, so that the person will always maintain access to the keys and other articles held within the retaining components in the casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 30, 1996
    Inventor: Mon Dod Mah
  • Patent number: 5305031
    Abstract: A sealed case comprises a communication hole in an outer wall of the case for communicating the inside and outside of the case, and the communication hole is closed by a seal element comprising a highly restorable elastic element having airtightness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 19, 1994
    Assignee: Asahi Kogaku Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masahiro Hayakawa
  • Patent number: 5269413
    Abstract: A pill container has a casing with a closed end, an open end, and a chamber. The chamber can hold the pills and communicate with the open end. A cap having an inside surface can releasably attach to the open end and close the casing. A pin is centrally secured at the inside surface of the cap. This pin is positioned to extend into the chamber of the casing when the cap is attached to the casing. A plunger is slidably mounted in the chamber of the casing. A spring mounted in the casing can urge the plunger toward the open end of the casing to hold the pills in position, so that agitation would not tend to powder the pills.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 14, 1993
    Inventor: George Stern
  • Patent number: 5205404
    Abstract: A shipping container for decorative wreaths comprising a box having two ends and four sides with three inserts each having a base and four side walls installed in the box. The base of each insert has a tube hole formed through it and an elongated tube extends through the tube holes perpendicular to the bases from one end of the box to the other. The wreaths and inserts slide onto the elongated tube through the ends of the box. To prevent moisture given off by the wreaths from condensing and rotting the wreaths and from being absorbed by the cardboard of the container, ventilation holes are cut into the box and inserts. Ventilation holes in the ends of the box are also used for carrying the container. To further prevent the cardboard from absorbing moisture, one side of the box and each insert is treated with a moisture barrier and a curtain coating is applied to the middle strip of the inserts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 27, 1993
    Assignee: Mickman Bros. Nurseries, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher R. Mickman, John S. Mickman
  • Patent number: 5186318
    Abstract: A container particularly well suited for maintaining an air-tight seal for protecting cosmetic compositions stored therein is provided. The container includes an openable top hinged to a container bottom, one of which includes a deformable flange. The flange is formed of a thin deformable material which is deflected towards the opposite member when the container top is closed. This compression of the dish flange effectively provides an air-tight seal when the container is held in a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1988
    Date of Patent: February 16, 1993
    Assignee: Estee Lauder, Inc.
    Inventors: Curtis J. Oestreich, Joseph S. Cannizzaro, Joseph S. Wargo
  • Patent number: 5169261
    Abstract: A pre-packaged bituminous sandstone material, which can be applied to damaged pavement areas at ambient temperatures, is prepared by comminuting bituminous sandstone in the presence of water to form an intimate mixture of bituminous sandstone having particles which pass through a one-quarter inch minus screen, preferably through a one-eighth inch minus screen with sufficient water, to form a material having a water content of from about 3% to about 20%, based on the weight of the mixture. The mixture is then packaged in a vapor-proof container, to maintain its water content. Damaged pavement is subsequently repaired simply by removing the mixture from the container and applying the material, at ambient temperatures, to the damaged areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 8, 1992
    Inventors: James L. Barnes, Dennis S. Barnes
  • Patent number: 5159366
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for protecting a camera or other apparatus from a water environment with a flexible, pressure compensated bag-like housing which is maintained at a slight positive pressure. The housing is larger than its contents to permit the contents to be moved relative to at least one wall to activate controls by frictional engagement between the wall and control during the relative movement. The housing may be configured as a merchandising container for the contents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1992
    Assignee: Sea Fathoms Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Harold A. Gell, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5158174
    Abstract: An apparatus and method is disclosed for an improved jewelry container for cremation ashes which includes a minor container for filling with cremation ashes having a minor opening and a minor container cap for temporarily and permanently hermetically sealing the cremation ashes within the minor container. The minor container is insertable within a major opening of a decorative major cylindrical container and a major container cap is affixed to the major container to retain the minor container within the major container. A support is secured to the major container for enabling the major container to be suspended by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1992
    Inventor: William M. Hereford
  • Patent number: 5125531
    Abstract: An improved carrying case for personal articles wherein the case has a lower part and a cover hinged to the lower part. The lower part and cover forms a water-tight enclosure or case when a hasp releasably connects the outer end of the lower part to the cover. An inclined upper margin of the lower part carries a seal in a groove in the cover of the lower part. The concave outer surfaces for the case provide additional inner volume for containing a greater number of personal articles as well as the reinforcement of the case. An eyelet on the cover receives a nylon cord, string or thong so that the case can be worn around the neck. The hasp is of conventional design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1992
    Inventor: Richard J. Wentz