Magnet Patents (Class 206/818)
  • Patent number: 10858155
    Abstract: The magnetic food storage is formed from a container and a lid, each with one or more embedded magnets. The magnets interact with each other to hold the containers to each other, hold lids to containers, and hold lids to lids. The magnets are preferably molded inside of the lid and inside the container, the magnets being surrounded by material. This avoids any contact between stored food and the magnets, thus preventing contamination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Inventor: Anthony Caruso
  • Patent number: 10823501
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a method for drying non-fried instant noodles for obtaining non-fried noodles that are easily loosened without sticking of noodle strings and excellent in restorability. The present invention includes, as a step of drying non-fried instant noodles, a step of putting gelatinized noodle strings into a drying retainer, and blowing a high-speed air flow from above the retainer toward a noodle mass of the noodle strings to perform drying. In the drying step, the retainer employed has a shape such that a transition portion from a bottom surface to a side surface (side wall portion) is formed to be a curved surface with a radius of curvature of 5 to 15 mm, and preferably the high-speed air flow is blown at a wind speed of 50 m/s or higher in terms of the speed to which the noodle strings are exposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Inventors: Takeshi Asahina, Takaaki Hibi, Noriyuki Machida, Mitsuru Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10674702
    Abstract: An animal food and water bowl system for effectively dispensing food and water to an animal such as a pet. The animal food and water bowl system generally includes a platform having a support member and at least one leg extending downwardly from the support member. The support member includes an upper surface and a recessed portion within the upper surface that removably receives a lower surface of bowl. A first connector is adapted for removably connecting the first bowl to the upper surface of the support member in a substantially non-movable manner. At least a portion of the front upper edge of the bowl is below the rear upper edge of the bowl.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Inventor: Andy H. Gibbs
  • Patent number: 10458105
    Abstract: A magnetic sink insert. The magnetic sink insert includes a first ring including an upper portion, a lower portion, an outer wall, and an interior wall defining an opening. The inner diameter of the upper portion is equal to the inner diameter of the lower portion, and the outer diameter of the upper portion is greater than the outer diameter of the lower portion. The lower portion is configured to removably engage a sink drain via a frictional fit or a threaded connection therewith. In one embodiment, a plurality of posts extends upwardly from the first ring, and a second ring is affixed to the upper ends of the plurality of posts. The first and second rings include a magnetic material. The magnetic material attracts metallic utensils and other metallic objects to the interior walls of the rings, preventing metallic objects from falling into a garbage disposal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Inventors: Steven Lulay, Ronelle Lulay
  • Patent number: 10350126
    Abstract: A casket comprises a casket shell, a casket lid closeable on the shell, at least one keyhole groove in the shell, a medallion casket ornament having a rear side, the ornament including at least one magnet mounted on the rear side, and an adapter plate having at least one rearward facing fastener with a head thereon and having a forward facing annular magnetic plate. The adapter plate is removably secured to the shell by inserting the head of the fastener in the keyhole groove and seating the head of the fastener in the keyhole groove. The ornament is removably secured to the shell by positioning the at least one magnet of the ornament on the annular magnetic plate. The ornament is plumbed by rotating the ornament relative to the adapter plate until the ornament is plumb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Batesville Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher M. Wessel, Gregory Wray
  • Patent number: 10105012
    Abstract: A protein shaker bottle or similar beverage container that has one or more magnets on its outer surface. The magnets allow for the shaker bottle to magnetically adhere to a metallic or ferrous surface. The inventive bottle allows a user to quickly and temporarily adhere the bottle to a piece of gym equipment on a gym floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Inventors: Hanna Yurkovetskaya, Joseph Campolo
  • Patent number: 9980439
    Abstract: A vessel in a modular magnetic storage system is set forth. The vessel includes at least one magnet housing assembly configured to securely store a magnet therein. The magnet housing assembly is provided on, within a portion, or within a wall of the vessel. An interior wall of the vessel is configured to form a compartment and to selectively store at least one object therein. The magnet housing assembly is configured to hold the vessel securely in a suspended configuration through a cover provided on the magnet housing assembly. The vessel is mounted in the suspended configuration by selectively connecting the magnet to a surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Honey-Can-Do International, LLC
    Inventors: Jared Aller, Beau Oyler, Yi Cui
  • Patent number: 9890572
    Abstract: A latch assembly includes coplanar pairs of magnets that engage each other when the latch assembly is in a closed position in order to secure the latch assembly in the closed position. A related appliance with features for selectively securing a door of the appliance in a closed position is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald Scott Tarr, Srinivas Mallampalli, Anthony Durfee, Peter Nitsche
  • Patent number: 9808707
    Abstract: A magnetic dominos game set with pieces that magnetically connect end to end, side to side and side to end, and methods for manufacturing and playing magnetic dominos.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: XTRIZAK LLC
    Inventors: Isaac Estrada, Zakkery D. Estrada
  • Patent number: 9642480
    Abstract: An apparatus operable to provide hanging of an object on a vertical wall such as but not limited to an open back canvas. The apparatus includes a wall member and a frame member. The wall member includes a recessed portion having a raised perimeter edge circumferentially surrounded thereto. The frame member includes an upper surface operable to support an object thereon. A lip is formed along the rear perimeter edge of the upper surface. The frame member includes an upper portion having an angular perimeter edge. Contiguously formed with the upper portion is lower portion having a plurality of sides and a bottom. A pair of magnetic projections members are present on the rear side of the lower portion and the bottom of the lower portion. The magnetic projections members are configured to couple with the recessed portion of the wall member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Inventors: Jonathan P Tanger, Davina C Lochan
  • Patent number: 9198307
    Abstract: A carrying case assembly for one-handed texting on an electronic device includes a housing that may contain an electronic device. A display opening extends through the housing. The electronic device is aligned with the display opening. A tubular portion of the housing may receive a user's finger so the user grips the housing. A thumb aperture extends through the housing. The thumb aperture is may insertably receive the user's thumb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Inventor: Leondaus Lacy
  • Patent number: 8985330
    Abstract: A portable container for transporting and storing a plurality of perishable items including food and beverage items, having a heat-resistant outer tubular member with double-layered insulation in an adjacent inner tubular member to accommodate a plurality of perishable items and to sustain the prescribed temperature of such food and beverage items and to promote longevity thereof. The portable container optionally includes a plurality of external compartments and has removable endcaps enclosing both ends thereof. Each endcap is conveniently removed from a tubular end and then used as a cup for drinking a plurality of beverage items or used as a dish for eating a plurality of food items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Inventor: Marsha A. Normand
  • Patent number: 8967382
    Abstract: An electronic cigarette box is provided, comprising a box body, a box cover connected with the box body, an electronic cigarette container received in the box body, wherein, the box body defines a holding cavity, a bottle is received in the holding cavity, and the bottle contains perfume, air fresheners, deodorant or medicine. When the electronic cigarette box generates peculiar smell after a long time of use, a user can spray appropriate perfume into the electronic cigarette box to dispel the peculiar smell; the body of the user may have residual smoke smell when he/she has smoked the electronic cigarette a short time ago, the user can take out the perfume bottle and spray some perfume onto his/her body, thereby burnishing the user's image and improving the user's experience; the bottle can also received medicine, the user can be treated timely when feeling uncomfortable or illness due to smoking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Kimree Hi-Tech Inc
    Inventor: Qiuming Liu
  • Patent number: 8857643
    Abstract: A vessel for storing a fuel and/or operating medium for vehicles, in particular, for utility vehicles, having a filler neck for receiving a pump nozzle and a magnet configured to prevent erroneous tank filling. The vessel is formed from a plastic and has a filler neck holder formed in one piece with the vessel. The filler neck holder is shrink-fitted onto the filler neck. The filler neck has an annular chamber in which the magnet is captively accommodated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: MAGNA STEYR Fuel Systems GmbH Werk Schwäbisch Gmünd
    Inventor: Horst Fetzer
  • Patent number: 8851753
    Abstract: An enclosure liner is provided which includes a bag, which bag has a top panel, two side panels, a back panel, and a bottom panel. The front panel forms an access to enable items to be placed within, and withdrawn from, the interior of the liner, and a closure, such as a zipper, is attached to the periphery of the access to enable the liner to be sealed shut. Pockets to accommodate the hooks often found in conventional lockers are strategically placed and are sized to allow clothes and other items to be hung from the pocket-covered hooks. A plurality of magnets suspend the liner within the enclosure and a pad forms a floor suitable for storing shoes and other like articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Inventor: Marshell D. Belser
  • Patent number: 8827335
    Abstract: A magnetic medical pick up device having a top piece and a bottom piece which removeably engage one another with a cavity positioned between the top and bottom piece. At least one magnetic piece is positioned within the cavity and a handle is connected to the top exterior portion of top piece for handling the magnetic medical pick up device. In use, the top piece and bottom piece are separated from one another, and the top piece is positioned over a contaminated medical device. In this position the magnetic attraction of the magnet pulls the contaminated medical device within the cavity and the bottom piece is engaged with the top piece thereby quarantining the contaminated medical device. As at least a portion of the top piece and/or bottom piece are transparent, the contaminated medical device can be inventoried at the end of the procedure while remaining quarantined within the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Inventors: James Tortelli, Michelle A. Tortelli
  • Patent number: 8720681
    Abstract: A quiet opening and closing clam shell pouch with a bag and a hinge connected lid, each of the pouch and lid having a peripheral wall, a soft compressible sleeve on the peripheral wall of the bag and surrounding an open mouth of the bag and on a peripheral wall of the lid; a solid shape defining and shaping member in each soft compressible sleeve shapes and holds open the mouth of the bag and shapes the periphery of the lid so that the lid can be pivoted to close the mouth of the bag; cooperating surfaces of magnets, enrobed in a soft net mesh, are spaced around the peripheral walls and alongside each soft compressible sleeve to pull the padded sleeves together and to compress the sleeves and soft strands of the net mesh that extend across the cooperating surfaces of the magnets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Hancock, Christopher N. Schenck
  • Patent number: 8701336
    Abstract: An improved pest control device having a bottom, two side walls, two end walls with holes therethrough to permit an animal to enter, and a lid, with a bait holder inside the trap, which may optionally be raised off of the floor of the trap and magnets positioned near the top edge of at least two of the walls to secure the trap to a dumpster, thereby holding the lid in the closed position when the trap is secured to the dumpster to prevent access to the bait other than through the holes in the end walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Inventor: Daniel J. Kay
  • Patent number: 8701337
    Abstract: A method of controlling rats and the like by magnetically attaching a pest control device to a dumpster.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Inventor: Daniel J. Kay
  • Patent number: 8672136
    Abstract: A tray system is disclosed, comprising a tray for carrying food articles which is magnetized in at least one magnetized area of the tray, and comprising at least one holder adapted for holding a filled food article, the tray and the at least one bread holder being adapted such that when the bread holder is placed on the at least one magnetized area of the tray, the bread holder is attracted to the tray, the magnetic attraction force between the bread holder and the tray being large enough in order to prevent the holder from falling over when filled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Inventor: Roberto D'Amico
  • Patent number: 8662298
    Abstract: A mobile electronic device cover has a first cover portion with a first edge surface along a perimeter thereof. A second cover portion has a second edge surface along a perimeter thereof. A magnetic clasp has a first part in the first portion of the cover adjacent the first edge surface and a second part in the second portion of the cover adjacent the second edge surface. The magnetic clasp is adapted to magnetically hold the first edge surface meeting the second edge surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Leonardo Aldana, Felipe Oliveira Simoes
  • Patent number: 8540075
    Abstract: Disclosed is a square cigar tube, comprising a first square tube part (1) and a second square tube part (2). The first square tube part and the second square tube part are connected; a through hole (11) is arranged in the first square tube part, and a through hole (21) is arranged in the second square tube part; a first magnet accommodating space (12) is arranged on an end surface of the first square tube part connected to the second square tube part, and a first tube lid (3) is arranged on the other end; a second magnet accommodating space (22) is arranged on an end surface of the second square tube part connected to the first square tube part, and a second tube lid (4) is arranged on the other end; a first magnet (8) is arranged in the first accommodating space, and a second magnet (9) is arranged in the second accommodating space. The square cigar tube makes it easy to take out or put in a cigar, is accurate in positioning, and is convenient to clean.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Almaster Research & Development Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ngan Andrew Chau
  • Patent number: 8528775
    Abstract: A spice rack assembly includes a rack and at least one container that is magnetically coupled to the rack. The at least one container comprises a body and a lid. The body comprises a sidewall and a bottom, wherein the sidewall circumscribes the bottom. The lid is coupled to the body such that a cavity is defined by an inner surface of the lid, an inner surface of the sidewall, and an inner surface of the bottom. The container sidewall comprises an opening extending therethrough in flow communication with the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Inventor: Laura Ann Martin
  • Patent number: 8511468
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for holding and organizing surgical instruments in a surgical environment. In one embodiment, a surgical instrument holder comprises an elongated body portion including a plurality of slots. Each of the slots may be configured so as to retain a surgical instrument in a fixed position. The elongated body portion may have a base surface configured to contact a table surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Nichols-Reeves Enterprises, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher L. Reeves, Markyia S. Nichols
  • Patent number: 8499943
    Abstract: A magnetic tool holding apparatus having: a) a plastic molding having a front tool holding side portion, a similarly dimensioned rear side portion and a peripheral edge extending between the front and rear side portions; b) a magnetic receptor opening, dimensioned to closely receive and tightly hold a magnet, extending from and the rear side portion of the plastic molding, but said opening not extending entirely through the molding to the front side portion; c) wall attachment means on the rear wall side of the molding for attachment to a wall; and, d) a magnet for insertion within the magnet receptor opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Inventor: Jaqueline P. Neldner
  • Patent number: 8408387
    Abstract: A holder for removably storing therein circular disc-like objects. The holder comprises a body having a front opening surrounded by a first annular ledge facing a rear portion of the body. The front opening is smaller than the circular objects and the first annular ledge is of a size to support the circular objects thereon such that the circular object in engagement with the first annular ledge is viewed through the front opening. The rear portion of the body has a circular rear opening that is larger than the first annular ledge. A second annular ledge is disposed inwardly of the rear opening and supports a metal ring that is engageable by a circular magnet to releasably close the rear opening and rear portion of the body. The body may be opened by applying rearward pressure through the front opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Inventor: Valerian F Sottile
  • Patent number: 8387669
    Abstract: Embodiments of golf club head covers are described herein. Other embodiments and related examples comprising magnetic elements are also described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventor: Xiaojian Chen
  • Patent number: 8387788
    Abstract: A cigarette package of the invention has a casing (10), which includes an open end (12) that is opened/closed with a tongue lid (16). The tongue lid (16) has a lid portion (18), a tongue portion (22), and a magnet (28) fixed onto the tongue portion (22). A sheet (34) capable of being attracted to the magnet (28) is fixed onto a front wall (10f) of the casing (10). When the tongue lid (16) is in the closed position, the magnet (28) and the sheet (34) keep the tongue portion (22) attracted to the front wall (10f) in cooperation with each other by using the attracting force of the magnet (28). At the time of closing the tongue lid (16), the tongue portion (22) hits the front wall (10f) and thus makes a clap sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Japan Tobacco Inc.
    Inventors: Keiko Nakano, Akira Miyazawa
  • Patent number: 8317040
    Abstract: A magnetic divider system for forming one or more sub-compartments to isolate and organize articles therewithin in the interior region of a compartment having a ferruginous surface is provided. The magnetic divider system includes at least one rail member for defining one or more sub-compartments in the interior region of the compartment, the rail members having a base portion, a distal portion, and a channel extending therethrough. The magnetic divider system further includes one or more attachment members comprising magnets for fixedly restraining the rail members in the interior region of the compartment. The attachment members are disposed in the channel to magnetically attract the ferruginous surface of the interior region of the compartment to, in turn, restrainably affix the at least one rail member to the ferruginous surface of the interior region of the compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Inventor: Terry Lanning
  • Patent number: 8276768
    Abstract: A magnetic knife guard that attaches to one side of a knife and enables a user to safely and easily store individual knives in a drawer or hang individual knives on kitchen utensil racks without damaging or dulling the cutting surface of the knife. An embedded magnet within the guard holds the guard to the blade while a plurality frictional contact pads prevent slipping or rotation of the guard on the blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Inventor: Bart A. Johnson
  • Patent number: 8267245
    Abstract: A display package includes a blister assembly and a storage container. The blister assembly includes a front blister surface having a first opening therein and a rear blister surface coupled to the front blister surface and defining a first cavity. The storage container includes a first container portion secured within the first cavity, a second container portion hingedly coupled to the first container portion for pivotal displacement between an open position and a closed position, and a magnet fixed to an outer surface of the second container portion. The magnet is located at or beyond an outer perimeter of the blister assembly when the first container portion is secured within the first cavity. The magnet is configured to secure the display package to a metallic structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: Stanley K. Kotula, Darren B. Moss, Daniel G. Findle, Mark E. Brunson, David B. Lee, Lauren M. Wenchel
  • Patent number: 8256618
    Abstract: A magnetic storage device is disclosed which is capable of retaining a plurality of articles, each having a thickness and a magnetic affinity. The storage device includes a base having a cavity which houses a magnetic member and a tray which mates with the base to enclose the magnetic member. The tray has a plurality of cavities formed in an upper surface and each of the cavities is designed to retain one of the articles. Each of the cavities has an elongated, semi-circular configuration with opposite ends located adjacent to a pair of raised abutments. The pair of raised abutments extends to a height less than the thickness of each article. The storage device also includes a cover which can be secured to the tray to enclose the plurality of articles therein. A method of assembling the magnetic storage device is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: All About Packaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas P. Schein, Brent J. Grinwald
  • Patent number: 8240512
    Abstract: A magnetically-hanging spice dispenser comprises a plate assembly and a container assembly. The plate assembly comprises a non-magnetic planer plate and permanent magnets. The container assembly comprise a cylindrical spice container, a circular removable cap and a magnetic element. Magnetic attraction force between the magnetic element of the container assembly and the permanent magnet of the plate assembly is exerted when the container assembly is placed in proximity to the plate assembly. The container assembly and the plate assembly form self-seal in order to prevent dust, air, moisture and the like from entering into the spice container. The plate assembly further comprises ferromagnetic materials. Each ferromagnetic material has a greater dimension than each hole of the plate assembly so that the permanent magnet can securely attach to the planer plate by magnetic attraction force alone without use of glue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Inventor: Go Simon Sunatori
  • Patent number: 8173189
    Abstract: A method and device for treating a perishable object, the method exposing the perishable object to a south magnetic field created by magnetic interference of a plurality of magnets. The device comprising a panel defining a portion of a space for containing the perishable object, the plurality of magnets housed within the panel and arranged such that the magnets extend into the space for containing the perishable object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: Esmo Technologies Pte Ltd
    Inventor: Loh You Chua
  • Patent number: 8091701
    Abstract: Disclosed are embodiments of an apparatus to store and protect paintbrushes. The apparatus comprises a first outer shell flexibly coupled to a second outer shell in an arrangement suitable for the storage of a paintbrush in the interior space described by first and second outer shells. A brush shaping flap, which is flexibly coupled to an outer shell, maintains the shape of brush bristles while a brush is stored in the apparatus. One or more magnetic elements are used to hold the brush in place in the apparatus. The magnetic elements are positioned to engage the ferromagnetic ferrule of a paintbrush. An attachment means may be coupled to the apparatus thus allowing for convenient attachment to a persons belt. A plurality of ventilation holes may be provided on the apparatus. A spring means may be provided for urging the bristle shaping flap against the brush bristles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Inventor: Claudio DePietro
  • Patent number: 8061518
    Abstract: A protective brush cover is described for use with a makeup brush. In some versions, the protective brush cover comprises a body and a closing feature. In some versions the protective brush cover comprises a body, a lid, and a securing feature. In some versions, the body is operable to hold the head of a makeup brush, and the body may further have an opening such that the handle of the makeup brush may extend through the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Inventor: Brigitte Shaughness
  • Patent number: 8047365
    Abstract: A foldable case for storing a multimedia device including a first protective sheet, a second protective sheet and a connecting unit is disclosed. The second protective sheet is used for securing the multimedia device. The connecting unit disposed between the first protective sheet and the second protective sheet may serve as a hinge with respect to which the first protective sheet is foldable over the second protective sheet. The connecting unit has an earphone receiving cavity, and a magnetic element is located in the earphone receiving cavity for magnetically attracting a wireless earphone. Moreover, as the wireless earphone is in the proximity of the earphone receiving cavity, the magnetic element magnetically attracts the wireless earphone so that the wireless earphone may be accommodated within the earphone receiving cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Inventors: Pi-Fen Lin, Man-Chun Wei, Hsiao-Hsuan Wei
  • Patent number: 8020694
    Abstract: A transport unit includes a plurality of permanent magnets arranged to provide a magnetic holding field for protecting hyperpolarized gas during storage and/or transport. The permanent magnets are configured in a relatively light weight manner to project a substantially cylindrical magnetic holding field or spherical holding field in space. The magnet arrangements can include primary magnets and field shaping secondary magnets which act to enlarge the region of homogeneity. The permanent magnet arrangement can also be provided with a cylindrical shaped flex sheet magnetically activated to provide the magnetic holding field. The permanent magnet arrangements do not require disassembly to insert or remove one or more containers of hyperpolarized gas in or out of the transport unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Medi-Physics, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenton C. Hasson, William Happer, Geri T. K. Zollinger
  • Patent number: 7954526
    Abstract: Embodiments of golf club head covers are described herein. Other embodiments and related examples comprising magnetic elements are also described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventor: Xiaojian Chen
  • Patent number: 7918620
    Abstract: An embodiment of a cosmetic applicator set comprises a holder for cosmetic applicators, which holder has within it a first magnetizable element, and at least one cosmetic applicator comprising a second magnetizable element. At least one of the first magnetizable element and the second magnetizable element is a permanent magnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2011
    Assignee: Anisa International, Inc.
    Inventor: David J. Del Ponte
  • Patent number: 7909234
    Abstract: A compact storage organizer comprising an outer casing having a front panel, a bottom panel, a rear panel, an extension panel portion and a closure cover, all hinged and serially connected to each other at adjoining edges. The outer casing further includes a pair of side panel sheets that extend between the front panel and the rear panel defining an enclosed opening. A closure mechanism is provided to fasten the closure cover to the front panel. A file assembly is disposed in the compact storage organizer that includes at least one divider with a magnetic tab system disposed in the enclosed opening between the front and rear panels defining at least two envelope containers sequentially disposed adjacent to each other. The magnetic tab system may be pre-printed and personalized according to a user's preference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Inventor: Stephanie Catherine Maistrellis
  • Patent number: 7909167
    Abstract: A wafer container includes a container body, the internal of which is disposed with a plurality of slots for supporting a plurality of wafers and an opening is formed on one sidewall of which, and a door, which is joined with opening of the container body for protecting the plurality of wafers in the container body, the characteristic in that: a magnetic member is formed at the inner edge of the opening of the container body and a magnet is disposed at the inner surface of the door corresponding to the magnetic member, the magnet being disposed in a magnetic yoke with recessed cross section, with the design of which the magnet on the door attracts the magnetic member at the opening of the container body for the door and the container body to be lock-fastened to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Inventors: Ming-Chien Chiu, Pao-Yi Lu, Chin-Ming Lin, Kuo-Chun Hung
  • Patent number: 7886902
    Abstract: A magnetically fastened storage pocket for a storage container such as a golf bag. A fabric pocket provides overlapping pocket panels that are arranged to accommodate one-handed opening/closing operations. A fastener assembly includes mating magnetic pieces. Resilient stay member(s) having shape retaining properties and fittings and/or elastic members define and resiliently maintain the pocket shape and align the pocket and magnet pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: Dynamic Brands, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Cimini, Michael Fox
  • Patent number: 7850006
    Abstract: A container case contains a capsule endoscope which incorporates a magnet. A magnetic body is disposed so as to guide, from one magnetic pole to the other magnetic pole, a magnetic field which is generated from the magnet of the capsule endoscope that is accommodated between and positioned by a first hold portion of an outer case and a second hold portion of an inner case which position the capsule endoscope. Thereby, there is provided a capsule medical apparatus containing device which can facilitate handling of a capsule medical apparatus and can enhance the efficiency in storage of the capsule medical apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventor: Akio Uchiyama
  • Patent number: 7837033
    Abstract: A magnetic storage device and a method of assembling the device are disclosed. The magnetic storage device includes a tray, a base and a magnetic member. The tray has a lower surface with a hollow area, and an upper surface. The upper surface has an upwardly extending member with a plurality of cavities formed therein. Each cavity is configured to enable one of a plurality of products to be at least partially retained therein. The base is designed to engage with the tray to completely enclose the hollow area. The magnetic member is sized and configured to be positioned within the hollow area. The magnetic member is capable of exerting a magnetic attraction to temporarily retain the plurality of products in the cavities and exerts a magnetic attraction through the base to releasably attach the magnetic storage device to a magnetically attractive surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: All About Packaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas P. Schein, Brent J. Grinwald
  • Patent number: 7837032
    Abstract: A golf bag is provided that includes a bag body and a golf bag having a pocket that includes magnetic assemblies that cooperate with one another to hold the pocket together in a closed configuration. In addition, the pocket is configured to close itself without need of any additional manipulation by the user. The pocket can further include first and second edges aligned with one another defining an opening for a compartment accessible on a bag body of the golf bag. The pocket can further include first and second magnetic assemblies disposed along the first and the second edges. The first and the second magnetic assemblies can each include a plurality of magnets. For example, the magnetic assemblies can each include a sleeve that confines the plurality of magnets in end-to-end, spaced-apart relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: Gathering Storm Holding Co. LLC
    Inventor: Bryan Smeltzer
  • Patent number: 7793782
    Abstract: A carrying case includes a retaining structure including outer and inner surfaces, an intermediate first flexible board, a first padding between the outer surface and the first flexible board, a lower magnetic member between the inner surface and the first flexible board, and two longitudinal openings on either side proximate either end of a bottom; and a suspension plate including lower and upper surfaces, an upper magnetic member having a polarity opposing that of the lower magnetic member, a second flexible board on the upper magnetic member, a second padding between the upper surface and the second flexible board, and two spaced latches projecting from either end into the openings. The weight of a received object (e.g., notebook computer) pushes the suspension plate to slide down the latches along the openings, and the repelling force between the magnetic member counteracts the effects of the weight to suspend the suspension plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Inventor: Yao-Tang Chuang
  • Patent number: 7789229
    Abstract: A magnetic tool holder includes a body having an area defining a cavity, the body including an inner surface and an outer surface, a magnet disposed on the outer surface of the body, wherein the magnet is operable to releasably adhere the body to a magnetic surface, an insert, wherein the insert is operable to be received within the cavity, wherein the insert includes at least one area defining a compartment, at least one tool, wherein the tool is selectively operable to be received within the compartment, and a cap, wherein the cap is selectively operable to engage an end portion of the outer surface of the body, wherein a magnet is disposed on an outer surface of the cap, wherein the magnet is operable to releasably adhere the cap to a magnetic surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Inventor: Alexander Frakes
  • Patent number: 7757844
    Abstract: An article display and method of use thereof, comprising a magnetic article display for releasably attaching two or more jewelry displays together or to a platform, to provide an article display set, wherein any display can be easily separated from the article display set; thereby providing for individual viewing of the removed article display and/or rearrangement of the remaining article displays within the article display set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Inventor: Tammy J. Mobley
  • Patent number: 7748569
    Abstract: A hanging spice dispenser comprises a plate assembly and a container assembly for storing spices. The plate assembly comprises a non-magnetic planer plate and a plurality of magnetic elements embedded at pre-determined locations. The container assembly comprises a generally cylindrical spice container, a removable cap and a magnetic element. Magnetic attraction force between the magnetic element of the container assembly and the magnetic element of the plate assembly is exerted when the container assembly is placed in proximity to the plate assembly. The container assembly is capable of detaching from the bottom surface of the plate assembly when force is applied to the container assembly. The removable cap and the plate assembly form self-seal in order to prevent air and moisture from entering into the generally cylindrical container. This invention relates to spice dispensers, and the principal use of the invention is for dispensing spices in a kitchen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Inventor: Go Simon Sunatori