With Valve For Liquid Patents (Class 215/11.4)
  • Patent number: 10206855
    Abstract: A feeding assembly includes a container having an open top and defining a liquid chamber therein for holding a liquid. A collar assembly defines a closure for the open top of the container upon assembly with the container. A vent assembly is positionable at least in part on the open top of the container and is configured to facilitate venting of the container to atmosphere as liquid exits the feeding assembly during feeding. The vent assembly being disposed intermediate the container and the nipple, has at least one opening through which liquid is able to flow from the container to the nipple during feeding. The vent assembly has a siphon member extending longitudinally of the feeding assembly and generally away from the nipple and is configured to facilitate the flow of liquid from the nipple back into the container when feeding is ceased and the container is oriented generally upright.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Handi-Craft Company
    Inventors: Mark D. Reed, Bernard J. Kemper
  • Patent number: 10080452
    Abstract: A cover device (2) for a drink container comprises a basic assembly (9) which is provided with a drink opening (32), and a valve arrangement (20) for blocking or unblocking a passage to the drink opening (32) from a drink container side of the cover device (2). The valve arrangement (20) comprises a valve element (26) having two portions (27, 28) which are connected to each other through an area of the valve element (26) at a position where the valve element (26) is hingably associated with the basic assembly (9), and wherein only one of the two portions (27, 28) is in direct communication with the drink opening (32) of the basic assembly (9), so that a smallest total moment of force may be realized on the one portion (28) when the valve element (26) is subjected to pressure from the drink container side of the cover device (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Wiecher Ferdinand Kamping, Bastiaan Uitbeijerse, Peter Ronald Van Den Broek, Maarten Joannes Botman, Jacob Brinkert, Christoph Dobrusskin
  • Patent number: 9968523
    Abstract: Systems and devices for controlling delivery of a breast milk supplement are described which include a substrate sized for placement on a surface of a breast region of a lactating female, one or more supplement reservoirs associated with the substrate, at least one of the one or more supplement reservoirs including a port with a controllable valve, a data storage component including a breast milk supplement regimen; and a control unit including a microprocessor and circuitry, the control unit operably coupled to the data storage component and to the controllable valve of the at least one of the one or more supplement reservoirs, the circuitry including actuation circuitry configured to actuate the controllable valve of the at least one of the one or more supplement reservoirs based on the breast milk supplement regimen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: Hon Wah Chin, Roderick A. Hyde, Elizabeth A. Sweeney, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9925122
    Abstract: Systems and methods for controlling delivery of breast milk supplementation are described which include receiving information associated with a breast milk supplement regimen with a breast milk supplement delivery device, the breast milk supplement delivery device including a substrate sized for placement on a surface of a breast region of a lactating female, at least one supplement reservoir associated with the substrate and adapted to contain one or more breast milk supplements, the at least one supplement reservoir including a port with a controllable valve, a data storage component configured to store the breast milk supplement regimen, and a control unit operably coupled to the data storage component and the controllable valve and including a microprocessor and circuitry; and actuating the controllable valve of the at least one supplement reservoir to modulate release of the one or more breast milk supplements based on the received breast milk supplement regimen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: Hon Wah Chin, Roderick A. Hyde, Elizabeth A. Sweeney, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9790007
    Abstract: A lid may be sized and configured to be attached to a container, and the lid may include an activator, a fluid-flow member, and a connecting member. The activator, the fluid-flow member and the connecting member may be pivotally connected. The activator, the fluid-flow member, and the connecting member may be movable between open and closed positions. When the activator, the fluid-flow member, and the connecting member are in the closed position, fluid may be prevented from exiting the container. When the activator, the fluid-flow member, and the connecting member are in the open position, fluid may exit the container through a fluid passageway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: RUNWAY BLUE, LLC
    Inventors: Steven M. Sorensen, David O. Meyers
  • Patent number: 9737463
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for a baby bottle assembly are provided. The baby bottle assembly may include a nipple and an internally threaded collar configured to receive a bottom portion of the nipple. The assembly may also include a receptacle including an externally threaded neck and a cylindrical surface defining a mouth of the receptacle. The assembly may further include a bottle insert including a flange, the flange having an outer circumference greater than or equal to a circumference of the mouth. A top surface of the bottle insert may include a plurality of apertures and a top portion of a hollow protrusion. A bottom surface of the bottle insert may include a bottom portion of the hollow protrusion, the plurality of apertures and a diaphragm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: C & A Marketing, Inc.
    Inventor: Avraham Yeshayah Rosskamm
  • Patent number: 9408776
    Abstract: A medicine bottle including a bottle body and a bottle top attached to the bottle body is provided. The bottle body has an inner space to receive a medicine. The bottle top includes a riser tube projecting into the inner space to facilitate pumping the medicine through the riser tube and out of the medicine bottle. The inner space can be delimited by a bottom side of the bottle body. The height of the bottom side varies over a base area of the bottle body between a maximum height and a minimum height. This allows the medicine to accumulate in the region of the minimum height when the medicine is below a particular level. Additionally, a length of the riser tube can be chosen such that the riser tube projects further into the inner space than to the maximum height of the bottom side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Optipharma GmbH
    Inventor: Hans Oschwald
  • Patent number: 9326916
    Abstract: A non-spill valve for the neck of a liquid container. The invention also relates to a non-spill valve for the nipple of a feeding bottle, to a teat which is provided with such a nipple and to a feeding bottle which has such a teat. The valve has a tube which is open at one end and upstands from a support, which is complementary with interior element so that it forms a partition and permits the passage of liquid from an aperture in the support only into the tube interior, wherein the other end of the tube is closed except for an incision which separates the closed end from an adjoining side wall portion. The incision defines a flap that can permit liquid to reach from the tube interior to the mouth of the neck or spout or nipple.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: BB IPR Limited
    Inventor: Stephen Paul Tollman
  • Patent number: 9033167
    Abstract: An insert which is useable with a baby bottle, a baby bottle including an insert, and a method of feeding an infant that serves to pace the infant's feeding rhythm. Generally, these devices and methods will be of use for a preterm infant, but that is by no means limiting because full term infants could also benefit from these devices and methods. The device generally cues the infant to swallow and breathe after each 1-4 sucks by stopping the flow of the fluid from the bottle after the infant has sucked sufficiently. Once the baby breathes, the bottle resets for the next repetition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Inventors: Roberta Pineda, Alyssa Abramoski, William Forrester, Rebecca Salisbury
  • Patent number: 9004301
    Abstract: A container having an first chamber; a second chamber; an upper seal forming a lower portion of the upper chamber; a lower seal adjacent the upper seal, the lower seal forming an upper portion of the lower chamber; a plurality of upper seal apertures in the upper seal; and a plurality of lower seal apertures in the lower seal, the upper seal apertures and the lower seal apertures rotatable between an open position with the upper and lower seal apertures aligned and a closed position with the upper and lower seal apertures nonaligned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Inventor: Matthew Wahlstrom
  • Patent number: 8967412
    Abstract: A drinking cup that has a lid with a receiving portion is provided. The receiving portion may have a flow control engagement surface. A flow control element that may be configured for releasable attachment with the lid may be included and can have an attachment portion. The attachment portion may have a lid engagement surface. When the flow control element and the lid are attached, the flow control engagement surface engages the lid engagement surface. At least one of the flow control engagement surface and the lid engagement surface may have a concave shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventor: James A Loging
  • Patent number: 8960465
    Abstract: A teat unit for sucking a liquid from a liquid container includes a teat and a flow restrictor with a through-opening. The teat comprises a mouthpiece, with a suction opening, and a main body which is formed integrally on the mouthpiece and widens relative to the mouthpiece. The flow restrictor defines a maximum flow of the liquid passing through the suction opening from the liquid container. According to the invention, the flow restrictor is arranged outside the mouthpiece, and the suction opening has a greater cross-sectional surface area than the through-opening of the flow restrictor. The teat unit permits a feeding action that is as true to nature as possible, since the mouthpiece can be deformed very considerably, without substantially impairing the flow restriction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Medela Holding AG
    Inventors: Erich Pfenniger, Peter Vischer, Mario Rigert, Leon Robert Mitoulas
  • Patent number: 8950607
    Abstract: A feeding assembly for a baby feeding bottle includes a control nipple for receiving a fluid from a container, and an outlet nipple positioned to receive the fluid from the control nipple and having a feeding outlet through which the fluid flows from the feeding assembly. The control nipple and outlet nipple are moveable relative to each other from a first position to a second position, such that in the first position the fluid is transferred through a tip of the control nipple to the outlet nipple at a first flow rate, and in the second position the fluid is transferred through the tip of the control nipple to the outlet nipple at a second flow rate different from the first flow rate. A baby feeding bottle includes a container portion for containing a fluid, and the described the feeding assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Inventor: Michele Rieppel
  • Patent number: 8915387
    Abstract: In accordance with certain embodiments of the present disclosure, a nursing bottle is provided. The bottle includes a body having a hollow interior and defining an upper opening. The bottle further includes a nipple joined to the body and disposed over the upper opening. The bottle also includes a means for generating negative pressure within a portion of the interior of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: University of South Carolina
    Inventors: Arash Kheradvar, Wilfried Karmaus
  • Patent number: 8910810
    Abstract: According to a first embodiment, a feeding bottle comprises a vessel, collar, and nipple. The nipple comprises a base portion, a teat portion, an areola portion allowing movement of the teat portion towards and away from the base portion. According to a second embodiment, a feeding bottle comprises a vessel, collar, nipple and handle portion removeably secured to the vessel by the collar. The invention includes a flexible region or regions to provide a more natural feeding by closely mimicking the human breast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Jackel International Limited
    Inventors: Arnold Rees, Ian Webb, Mark Armstrong, Tom Cotton
  • Patent number: 8910809
    Abstract: A teat unit has a teat with a suction opening, a support body, and a securing part for securing the teat unit on a drinking vessel. The securing part and the support body are fixedly connected to each other indirectly or directly, and they cannot be detached from each other without being destroyed. The support body has a surface with recesses, which are covered by the teat. The teat is overmoulded over the support body, wherein the teat covers the recesses. This teat unit permits a sucking action that is as natural as possible. It is of a simple construction and can be produced inexpensively, which means that it can be disposed of after one use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Medela Holding AG
    Inventors: René Fischer, Etienne Furrer, Bernhard Emmenegger
  • Patent number: 8899427
    Abstract: A baby bottle including a nipple and separable compartments for holding powdered formula and water. By sliding or rotating a knob to a pre-selected mix position, apertures in the separable compartments are aligned thereby allowing mixture of the powdered formula from an upper compartment into a lower compartment containing the water. The bottle is shaken to thoroughly mix the formula and the water, after which, the bottle and formula mix are ready to use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Inventor: LaShana M. Harris
  • Patent number: 8881920
    Abstract: A nursing bottle for automatically rinsing a baby's teeth by independently dispensing first and second liquids, includes a nursing bottle having a nipple, a rinsing device having a dispensing end and a plurality of dispensing holes adjacent to the dispensing end for retaining the second liquid within the rinsing device while the nursing bottle receives the first liquid, and dispensing the second liquid automatically when the first liquid has been substantially depleted. The second liquid remains retained within the rinsing device when the bottle is at least substantially inverted due to the pressure of the first liquid at the dispensing holes and the vacuum created inside the rinsing device. When the first liquid is depleted sufficiently to expose at least one dispensing hole, the pressure is released, air is introduced into the rinsing device and the second liquid is dispensed through the other dispensing hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Inventor: Hooshang Bral
  • Publication number: 20140260117
    Abstract: A beverage container is provided for separately storing a liquid apart form an additive until mixing. The beverage container has a vessel for retaining the liquid and a compartment for retaining the additive. The vessel has an open base at an end and a release valve is connected to another end. A base coupler is connected to the open base. The compartment has a connector at each of an open end and an opposing closed end of the compartment. Connecting the closed end and the open end of the compartment to the base coupler selectively separates and mixes the liquid and the additive, respectively. The beverage container has a closure for sealing the open end of the compartment when the liquid and additive are separated. A method for separating storing and mixing a liquid and additive is also provided. A kit assembly for a beverage container is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Donna S. FARBER, Mark C. SEGAL, Darryl Michael FARBER, Michael BASARA
  • Patent number: 8833575
    Abstract: Teats adapted to be placed in an infant's mouth, comprising a nipple comprising at least one perforation adapted for the flow of a liquid, an areola, and an isthmus joining the nipple to the areola, wherein the nipple comprises asymmetrical palatine and lingual parts and the isthmus joins the nipple and the areola in a manner adapted for the correct positioning of lower and upper jawbones during use, and further wherein the teats are adapted to allow controlled expulsion and flow during use. Also disclosed are feeding bottles comprising such teats and feeding systems comprising such feeding bottles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Inventor: Francois Fave-Lesage
  • Publication number: 20140251939
    Abstract: A nipple assembly is removably attachable to a baby bottle via a retainer ring and comprises a nipple having a flow aperture through one end, and a nipple flange structured to support the nipple. A flow control valve assembly is mounted to the nipple flange and extends inwardly from an inner surface of the nipple flange, the flow control valve assembly is structured to allow pressures to equilibrate between the inside and outside of the baby bottle, without allowing fluid to leak therethrough. A training cup spout assembly is removably attachable to a cup and comprises a spout having a spout channel extending therethrough. The spout channel has a dual valve assembly mounted therein to permit flow for drinking, as well as to prevent leakage of fluid from the cup. A flow control valve assembly is mounted to the training cup spout assembly to permit pressure equilibration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventor: Pruck Boonprasop
  • Patent number: 8820549
    Abstract: A multi-chamber beverage container. The container includes an insert having an opening. The insert also includes a first chamber containing a first set of contents and a second chamber containing a second set of contents. The first and second chambers are separated by a frangible seal. The frangible seal is ruptured to mix the first set of contents with the second set of contents in an interior of the insert. In one embodiment, the present invention includes a container shell to house the insert. The insert may also include a cap that accommodates a nipple assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Inventor: Christopher Estrada
  • Patent number: 8807386
    Abstract: An accessory for a drinking vessel is disclosed as including a body (102) with a passageway allowing air or liquid to pass through, the body including a first wall (104a) and a second wall (104b) which are opposite to each other, and a valve (110) in the passageway, the valve (110) including a first valve member (110a) and a second valve member (110b), in which both the first and second valve members (110a, 110b) are integrally formed with the first and second walls, and each of the first and second valve members (110a, 110b) includes respectively a first surface (111a, 111c) and a second surface (111b, 111d) which are opposite to each other, in which the first surfaces of the first and second valve members face generally a first direction, and the second surfaces of the first and second valve members face generally a second direction which is opposite to the first direction, and the first valve member is deformable between a first configuration in which at least part of the second surface of the first valve
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Great Fortune (HK) Limited
    Inventor: Chi Shing Lam
  • Patent number: 8800793
    Abstract: A teat unit has a flexible teat, a receiving head and a dimensionally stable base part. The teat is arranged on the receiving head. The receiving head and the base part are connected to each other by a releasable plug connection, and the receiving head has a securing element for securing the teat unit on a drinks container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Medela Holding AG
    Inventors: Erich Pfenniger, Peter Vischer, Mario Rigert, Alex Stutz
  • Patent number: 8777048
    Abstract: Drink bottles, or drink containers with cap assemblies that include a drink spout. In some embodiments, the drink spout is pivotally coupled to a base of the cap assembly. In some embodiments, the drink spouts include mouthpieces, including self-sealing mouthpieces. In some embodiments, the cap assembly includes a handle, which may include at least one guard for the drink spout and/or mouthpiece. In some embodiments, the drink containers include a manual on/off valve. In some embodiments, the dispensing spout includes a mount for the mouthpiece and/or cooperates with the cap to provide a manual on/off valve to selectively restrict flow of drink fluid from the drink container regardless of the drink spout's and/or mouthpiece's configuration. In some embodiments, the drink containers include a drink tube extending from external of the drink containers and/or an air return system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: CamelBak Products, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Choi, Barley A. Forsman, Jeremy Galten
  • Patent number: 8777028
    Abstract: A spout for attachment to bottles, cups or other drinking vessels and containers having a dome shaped enclosure and a set of stability ribs. The stability ribs specifically ensuring that fluid flow through the fluid conduit remains as laminar as possible, and prevents the fluid conduit from collapse if a high amount of suction or mastication is provided by a user of the drinking vessel or container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Royal King Infant Products Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Chawarin Sakulsacha
  • Patent number: 8770202
    Abstract: A nipple protection device for breast-feeding mothers having a nipple portion projecting upwardly from an arched shield portion. The nipple portion is provided with at least one drinking opening at its front side. The nipple portion is of generally oval cross-section and the at least one drinking opening is formed by at least one longitudinal slit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Bamed AG
    Inventor: Peter Röhrig
  • Patent number: 8757406
    Abstract: A nursing bottle (1) formed of a large volume container, incorporating a vent tube (3) that extends inwardly of the container, having a vent port (4) arranged approximately at the volumetric midpoint (12) of the container, so as to allow for venting of pressure, whether of excessive or vacuum, to the atmosphere, at all times. The volumetric capacity of the nursing bottle container may be formed of a spherical shape (1), hemispherical shape (40), cylindrical shape (18), or to other configurations that provide for the internal volumetric capacity so that any formula placed therein will be prevented from blocking the vent port (4), the vent tube (3), regardless of the angular disposition undertaken by the nursing bottle during usage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: New Vent Designs, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig E. Brown, Robert J. Brown
  • Patent number: 8757405
    Abstract: A bottle liner or insert for administering at least two different liquids to a feeding child, includes a first reservoir of polymer fabric, the reservoir comprising two walls sealed together at their mutual bottom and sides and having an open top and flaps extending from both walls at the top of said first reservoir; a sheet of polymer fabric having a smaller area than either wall of said first reservoir, the sheet sealingly anchored to the inside of either wall such that the sheet and inner wall together form a second reservoir extending to and open at its top, the sheet also having a flap extending from its wall at the top; and a valve in fluid communication with and disposed between the first and second reservoirs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: DrinkNRinse, LLC
    Inventor: Sharon L. Snyder
  • Patent number: 8752719
    Abstract: A baby feeding bottle (1) is provided that comprises a wall member (4) having an inner surface (6), a bottom part (2) and an upper part (7). Further a temperature indicator (11) is provided. The inner surface (6) of the wall member (4) defines an internal space (10). The bottle (1) further comprises a thermally conductive element (13) that is thermally connected to the temperature indicator (11) and extends from the bottom part (2) to the upper part (7) of the wall member (4) along at least part of the inner surface (6) thereof. The thermally conductive element (13) has a surface area that is significantly smaller than the surface area of the inner surface (6) of the wall member (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Carolien Willemijn Geijzendorffer, Johannes Tseard Van Der Kooi, Paulus Cornelis Duineveld
  • Patent number: 8739991
    Abstract: In an embodiment, the device comprises a stainless steel container portion, a stainless steel annular portion, and a silicone mouthpiece portion. Fluid or other contents stored in the device only come in contact with the stainless container portion, the stainless steel annular portion, and the silicone mouthpiece portion. The stainless steel container portion, the stainless steel annular portion, and the silicone mouthpiece portion all do not contain plastic, therefore the fluid in contact with these surfaces is not exposed to any toxins or other compounds found in plastic and therefore the leaching of plastic toxins and compounds cannot occur while the fluid is stored in the device. The mouthpiece portion can be any of a number of different varieties, sizes and shapes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Pura Stainless LLC
    Inventors: Roger P. Moore, Jenifer R. Moore
  • Patent number: 8733565
    Abstract: A nipple assembly is removably attachable to a baby bottle via a retainer ring and comprises a nipple having a flow aperture through one end, and a nipple flange structured to support the nipple. A flow control valve assembly is mounted to the nipple flange and extends inwardly from an inner surface of the nipple flange, the flow control valve assembly is structured to allow pressures to equilibrate between the inside and outside of the baby bottle, without allowing fluid to leak therethrough. A training cup spout assembly is removably attachable to a cup and comprises a spout having a spout channel extending therethrough. The spout channel has a dual valve assembly mounted therein to permit flow for drinking, as well as to prevent leakage of fluid from the cup. A flow control valve assembly may be mounted to the training cup spout assembly to permit pressure equilibration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Mikko Vault, LLC
    Inventor: Pruck Boonprasop
  • Patent number: 8727147
    Abstract: A bottle assembly including a bottle, a top closure member adapted for releasable engagement with a top portion of the bottle, and a bottom closure member adapted for releasable engagement with a base portion of the bottle. The bottom closure member has a base panel with at least one aperture therein. A diaphragm is positionable between the bottom closure member and the base portion. The diaphragm has at least one sealing element for sealingly engaging the base panel of the bottom closure member and an air passage extending through the at least one sealing element. The diaphragm is moveable between a sealed position and an unsealed position. The air passage is configured to inhibit liquid contained within a liquid chamber of the bottle from entering the air passage when the diaphragm is in its sealed position by trapping air within the air passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Handi-Craft Company
    Inventors: Bernard J. Kemper, Charles H. Miller
  • Patent number: 8709518
    Abstract: A system for managing the fluid intake of a person is disclosed. The system consists of multiple containers of various volumes, a common lid configured to incorporate a flow control valve, multiple flow control valves having varying flow rates, a date indicator ring incorporated circumferentially on said containers, a content indicator disposed on said lid, a chiller insert, and an optional slip on handle. The user selects a container based on the fluid needs of a person and a flow control valve based on the drinking ability of the person. The user fills the container with a drinkable fluid, and indicates the nature of the contents with the content indicator and the date of filling with the date indicator ring. The chiller insert allows the user to cool the contents without the possibility of dilution as with standard ice cubes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Inventor: Diane Young Jones
  • Patent number: 8708174
    Abstract: A bottle teat comprising: A nipple sleeve having a hollow nipple and a through-hole connected at the bottom to a hollow nipple sleeve which is connected at the bottom to a nipple flange that is connected to the nipple sleeve to be fastened to a bottle by a fastening ring which serves at the bottom with an annular disc-shaped ring flange overlapping the nipple flange, A contact area projecting downward or upward from the nipple flange, or from the nipple sleeve above the nipple flange outward into the area for placing a ring flange, and A lip valve that is opened when the nipple flange is not fastened to a bottle arranged in a deforming area next to the contact area so that the deformation of the nipple flange that arises from pressing the fastening ring against the contact area closes the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: MAPA GmbH
    Inventor: Eckhard Itzek
  • Patent number: 8701928
    Abstract: A spout for a spill-proof beverage container has a side wall defining an outer surface and an inner surface defining a discharge passage. A valve in the discharge passage includes two flanks formed integrally with the side wall and projecting from opposite sides of the inner surface of the spout. The front end faces of the flanks mate with one another along a slit that extends generally parallel to the longer axis of the spout. At least the front portions of the flanks are inclined away from the mouth of the spout such that pressure within the container acts to urge the flanks against one another so as to maintain the slit closed. Deformation of the side wall when the spout is held between the lips of a drinker acts to open the slit and create an opening between the flanks to allow the beverage to be discharged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Inventor: Ilan Zadik Samson
  • Patent number: 8684201
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a drinking apparatus including a vent system that removably connects to a drinking container. The vent system is used to create a variety of leak resistant drinking containers, such as toddler drinking cups, baby bottles, and other drinking containers. The vent system includes a substantially rigid disc portion and base portion, the base portion including base air vent channels merging into an integral one-way valve. The vent system provides passage for air from the exterior of the bottle to the interior of the bottle, but it does not allow liquid to exit the bottle via the vent system. An optional anti-bubble tube may be used with the vent system to provide for air entering the inverted container to reach an air pocket formed in the bottom portion of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Coralinda Trading Corporation
    Inventors: Amikam Berkovitch, Tamir Tirosh
  • Patent number: 8678228
    Abstract: A liquid metering assembly is described and which includes a container for enclosing a source of a liquid to be dispensed; a container cap defining a dispensing aperture and a vent aperture which is releasably affixed to the container; a moveable diaphragm releasably cooperating with the container cap, and coupled in fluid flowing relation relative to the dispensing aperture, and wherein the moveable diaphragm has a valve member; and a moveable liquid volume control member which cooperates with the moveable diaphragm, and wherein, when a predetermined suction is applied to the dispensing aperture of the container cap, a user may withdraw a given volume of liquid from the beverage container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Zak Designs, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeff Steininger
  • Patent number: 8672877
    Abstract: A nursing system includes a fluid delivery module mounted to a portion of a human body. The fluid delivery module is coupled to a fluid source via a channel. A feeding recipient latches-on to a portion of the delivery module to draw fluid from the fluid source, thereby simulating conventional breastfeeding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Inventor: William David Gust
  • Publication number: 20140069885
    Abstract: An infant cup includes a container, a lid, and an elbow straw. The container is configured to receive and hold a fluid and contains an opening at the top of the container. Furthermore, the lid is sealingly engaged with the container and includes an outlet configured to output the contents of the container. Moreover, the elbow straw is rotatably coupled to the lid and configured to sit and rotate within the container when the lid is coupled to the container. Additionally, the straw is weighted and thus, no matter what direction a child tips the infant cup, the tip of the straw will always rotate to be in contact with the fluid within the container. The elbow straw is also removable from the lid for ease of cleaning. The container may also contain handles attached to the outside of the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Inventors: Ryan Paxson, Charlie Smith, Domenic T. Gubitosi
  • Publication number: 20140061147
    Abstract: A teat unit for sucking a liquid from a liquid container includes a teat and a flow restrictor with a through-opening. The teat comprises a mouthpiece, with a suction opening, and a main body which is formed integrally on the mouthpiece and widens relative to the mouthpiece. The flow restrictor defines a maximum flow of the liquid passing through the suction opening from the liquid container. According to the invention, the flow restrictor is arranged outside the mouthpiece, and the suction opening has a greater cross-sectional surface area than the through-opening of the flow restrictor. The teat unit permits a feeding action that is as true to nature as possible, since the mouthpiece can be deformed very considerably, without substantially impairing the flow restriction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Inventors: Erich Pfenniger, Peter Vischer, Mario Rigert, Leon Robert Mitoulas
  • Patent number: 8640897
    Abstract: A teat for a feeding bottle has a one-way valve located remotely from the nipple of the teat to allow air to enter the feeding bottle to replace liquid sucked out of the bottle through the nipple while preventing liquid from leaking from the bottle. The one-way valve comprises an inwardly-oriented depression having opposed mutually inclined side walls meeting along a ridge having a slit. In the invention, when undeflected, the side walls make line contact with one another at the ridge and the thickness of the side walls is less than 0.4 mm so that, when acted upon by an increased pressure in the feeding bottle, the side walls collapse against one another and make sealing contact along a surface that extends from the ridge in the direction away from it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Inventor: Ilan Zadik Samson
  • Patent number: 8636158
    Abstract: A dual chamber nursing bottle includes a first, relatively larger, storage chamber and a second, relatively smaller feeding chamber. A soft rubber nursing nipple is connected to the second chamber for feeding an infant. The first and second chambers are connected by a threaded closure. A transfer valve is mounted on the threaded closure to allow the transfer of selected quantities of milk from the first chamber into the second chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Inventor: Ruchama Frisch
  • Patent number: 8622237
    Abstract: Drink bottles, or containers, with bite-actuated mouthpieces. In some embodiments, the mouthpieces are self-sealing mouthpieces that are biased to return from a dispensing configuration to a closed configuration. The bottles may be rigid or collapsible and may include a removable cap assembly. In some embodiments, the bottles include a manual on/off valve adapted to prevent drink fluid from being dispensed regardless of the mouthpiece's configuration. In some embodiments, the bottles include a straw extending into the bottle and/or a drink tube extending from external of the bottle and/or an air return system. In some embodiments, the bottles include a dispensing spout that is pivotally coupled to the cap of the drink bottle. In some embodiments, the dispensing spout includes a mount for the mouthpiece and/or cooperates with the cap to provide a manual on/off valve to selectively restrict flow of drink fluid from the bottle regardless of the mouthpiece's configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: CamelBak Products, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Choi, Barley A. Forsman, Jeremy Galten
  • Patent number: 8616391
    Abstract: A teat has a main body, a mouthpiece with a suction opening, and at least one milk channel extending from the main body to the suction opening. During use, the mouthpiece has an upper side directed towards a palate of a baby, and a lower side directed towards the baby's tongue. It is designed, on its upper side, with at least two walls, and with at least one air space arranged between said walls. The at least one air space extends separately from the at least one milk channel. The mouthpiece is designed on the upper side in such a way that this at least one air space inflates in the presence of an underpressure. This allows the palate, tongue and teat to interact in a manner that imitates breastfeeding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Medela Holding AG
    Inventor: Erich Pfenniger
  • Patent number: 8602232
    Abstract: A teat unit for sucking a liquid from a liquid container includes a teat and a flow restrictor with a through-opening. The teat comprises a mouthpiece, with a suction opening, and a main body which is formed integrally on the mouthpiece and widens relative to the mouthpiece. The flow restrictor defines a maximum flow of the liquid passing through the suction opening from the liquid container. According to the invention, the flow restrictor is arranged outside the mouthpiece, and the suction opening has a greater cross-sectional surface area than the through-opening of the flow restrictor. The teat unit permits a feeding action that is as true to nature as possible, since the mouthpiece can be deformed very considerably, without substantially impairing the flow restriction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Medela Holding AG
    Inventors: Erich Pfenniger, Peter Vischer, Mario Rigert, Leon Robert Mitoulas
  • Patent number: 8597329
    Abstract: A dummy teat including a nipple carrier and a hollow dummy nipple projecting from the nipple carrier, which has areas of a smaller wall thickness at least on two opposed longitudinal sides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: MAPA GmbH Gummi- und Plastikwerke
    Inventors: Alexander Du Chesne, Guenter Marr, Helmut Tomforde
  • Patent number: 8579131
    Abstract: The invention relates to a teat for feeding bottles, including a receiving head, produced from a dimensionally stable material, and a rubber-elastic suction element. An entry channel leads to the bottle interior and channels lead from there to the outer surface of the receiving head. The suction element, in an initial position, elastically and sealingly rests on at least one section of an outer surface of the receiving head. Milk ducts are located in the contact area between the suction element and the receiving head and communicate with the channels of the receiving head which lead towards the outlet channel in the mouthpiece so that, when a vacuum is produced in the mouthpiece, milk can flow from the feeding bottle through the milk ducts to the outlet channel, the suction element being returnable to its initial position and the flow of milk being interrupted when there is no vacuum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Medela Holding AG
    Inventors: Andy Greter, Rochus Stöckli
  • Patent number: 8579130
    Abstract: A nursing bottle formed of a large volume container, incorporating a vent tube that extends to vent pressure at all times. The nursing bottle may have a cylindrical shape or other configuration that prevents formula placed therein from blocking the vent tube regardless of its angular disposition. The vent tube extends distally from the vent insert, operatively associated with a collar, that holds the vent structures and the nipple to the wide rimmed opening. In addition, the vent tube has a conical shape of decreasing diameter distally toward the center of the bottom to dissipate the pressure that may cause leakage from the bottle. Further, the vent insert has a major and minor seal that prevents leaks out of the collar and onto an infant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: New Vent Designs, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig E. Brown, Robert J. Brown
  • Patent number: 8573421
    Abstract: A container including a body defining an outflow opening and at least one chamber adapted for storing a product, such as a fat containing liquid product, and a container closure including a primary seal for hermetically sealing the product within the chamber during storage. The container closure includes a sealing member forming a substantially fluid-tight seal between the container closure and the body, and a dispensing member in fluid communication with the chamber. The container closure and body move relative to each other between a first position where the primary seal is seated about the outflow port to hermetically seal the product in the chamber during storage, and a second position where the primary seal is displaced from the outflow port to allow product to pass from the chamber through the outflow port and into dispensing member to dispense the product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Medical Instill Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Py, Julian Chan, Jeffrey Willey