With Vent Or Valve For Air Patents (Class 215/11.5)
  • Patent number: 10285911
    Abstract: Briefly, a feeding device embodying features of the present invention approximately conforms to the shape of a human breast and includes at least one housing for storing fluid coupled to a dispensing portion having an apertured dispensing tip for delivering the fluid to an infant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Presque
    Inventor: Soody Tronson
  • Patent number: 10239647
    Abstract: A reusable food pouch having a removably insertable one-way valve is disclosed herein. The one-way valve may be used with the reusable food pouch if food product having a water-like consistency is being stored in the reusable food pouch to prevent spills if the reusable food pouch is inadvertently laid on its side. Conversely, the one-way valve may be removed from the reusable food pouch if the food product has a consistency more like thick oatmeal and/or applesauce to allow for free flow of the food product through a spout of the reusable food pouch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Inventor: Kiley Steven Wilson
  • Patent number: 10138034
    Abstract: A vent prevents a vacuum from forming within an inverted container of liquid when the liquid is dispensed. The vent is a double vent, formed of a vent tube, upon which a reservoir and its integral vent tube locate, the reservoir securing with the vent tube that extends through the reservoir upper surface, to achieve the double venting of the interior of the container. The container is a nursing bottle, with a collar and nipple applied to the top, and the vent tube being integrally formed extending downwardly from the collar, and securing the reservoir and its integral tube thereon, when assembled for usage. The bottle may be formed of a transparent material, tinted to one coloration, while the reservoir and its reservoir tube may be tinted to a different coloration, which when they are assembled, exhibits a third coloration for the reservoir tube when viewed from exteriorly of the tinted nursing bottle during its application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Inventors: Craig E Brown, Robert J Brown
  • Patent number: 10123946
    Abstract: A feeding teat (40) constructed and arranged to be used on a bottle (52) that holds and dispenses a liquid to be fed to an infant or child. The teat (40) has a nipple portion (70) with an orifice (71) at a terminal end, and defines an interior profile shaped by intersecting reverse curves (75, 76) that generally decrease the interior diameter of the nipple portion (70) toward the orifice (71), so as to channel fluid flow into the orifice (112). There is a flange portion (66) constructed and arranged to be releasably coupled to the bottle (52) such that the liquid can flow from the bottle (52) into the teat (40), and a convexly shaped intermediate portion (80) integrally connecting the nipple portion (70) to the flange portion (66). A pressure relief valve (60) built into the teat (40) is constructed and arranged to admit air into the interior of at least one of the teat (40) and the bottle (52).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Momma Goose, Inc.
    Inventors: David A. Tesini, Joshua P. Wiesman
  • Patent number: 9820914
    Abstract: There is disclosed a drinking receptacle comprising: a container for containing a fluid for drinking; and an outlet member having an outlet through which the fluid is delivered under a pressure supplied by a user of the receptacle and a collar portion that attaches to an opening of the container such that an undersurface of the collar portion abuts with an upper surface of the opening of the container to form a substantially sealed engagement between the outlet member and the container; wherein either the undersurface of the collar portion or the upper surface of the opening of the container has at least one vent formed therein, the at least one vent being configured such that when said pressure is applied to the outlet member the at least one vent member permits the controlled ingress of air into the container to facilitate flow of fluid from the outlet, and when said pressure is removed the at least one vent member substantially prevents the ingress of air into the container to facilitate a controlled vacuu
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Sepal IP Pty Ltd.
    Inventors: Callum MacLeod, Toby Hartley, Mark Turner, John Petschel, Justin Armistead, George Kotsiopoulos, Diana Tomoiaga
  • Patent number: 9789988
    Abstract: A reusable food pouch having a removably insertable one-way valve is disclosed herein. The one-way valve may be used with the reusable food pouch if food product having a water-like consistency is being stored in the reusable food pouch to prevent spills if the reusable food pouch is inadvertently laid on its side. Conversely, the one-way valve may be removed from the reusable food pouch if the food product has a consistency more like thick oatmeal and/or applesauce to allow for free flow of the food product through a spout of the reusable food pouch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Inventor: Kiley Steven Wilson
  • Patent number: 9750664
    Abstract: To provide an infant drinking device with a more reliable aerator, the infant drinking device comprises a teat, a reservoir for holding a liquid, a connector for detachably connecting the reservoir to the teat, and an aerator. The aerator (e.g., a duckbill valve) includes a deformable opening (e.g., a slit) whereby internal/external pressure differential during use of the device is reduced in an open position of the opening by allowing air to enter through the opening into the reservoir and such that leakage of fluid from an inside of the drinking device to an outside of the drinking device is hindered in a closed position of the opening. During assembly of the teat, connector and reservoir, a minimally defined deformation of the opening of the aerator is enforced by at least one of a geometrical property and a material property of the teat or the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: KONINKLIJE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Jason Palmer, Bart-Jan Zwart, Christopher John Huff
  • Patent number: 9676508
    Abstract: An in-bottle aerator for mixing the oxygen in the air with wine as the wine is poured from its bottle. The aerator has at least one air ingress channel extending from one end of the aerator to the other, allowing air into the bottle to displace wine exiting the bottle. Air mixing channels draw air from outside the bottle and direct that air to lateral channels that intersect a central flow channel extending from one end of the bottle to another. The air mixing and air ingress channels are preferably arranged to allow the user to pour and aerate wine at the same time and with the bottle in any orientation about its axis. The aerator may be a separately formed component that can be inserted into the bottle by the bottle manufacturer, by a wine bottler or by an enduser. Alternatively, the aerator may be wholly or partly formed as part of the neck of the bottle. A completely and integrally formed aerator may be formed as a part of a plastic wine bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Mars Aerator LLC
    Inventors: Joseph Devoy, Brian Whalen
  • Patent number: 9603778
    Abstract: An infant feeding system. An infant feeding system comprising a bottle with a closed first end and an second end comprising an aperture that is configured to receive a liquid or semi-liquid substance into the bottle, a nipple comprising a vent system, a ring configured to enable the nipple to couple to the second end of the bottle, and a cap configured to couple to the second end of the ring and configured to couple to the first end of the bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Inventor: Bijal Ajmera
  • Patent number: 9561157
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a teat for a feeding bottle. The teat has an outer wall (18) and a plurality of recesses (25) formed in an outer wall (18). The plurality of recesses (25) extend in a circumferential arrangement around a longitudinal axis of the teat. The present invention also relates to a teat with an outer wall (5, 46, 66). The outer wall has a region of reduced wall thickness (7, 47, 67, 84) extending in a circumferential band around a longitudinal axis of the teat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: KONINKLIJIKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Simon Christopher Knight, Carolien Willemijn Geijzendorffer, Michael Van Den Bosch, Johannes Tseard Van Der Kooi
  • Patent number: 9492358
    Abstract: A silicone baby bottle which is made of silicone which does not generate environmental hormones is disclosed. The silicone baby bottle allows an infant or young child to be safely fed. The silicon baby bottle includes a body part, a nipple, and a coupling member composed of a first coupling ring and a second coupling ring which are screwed with each other to be coupled. The body part and nipple are made of silicone which is a soft material and the coupling member is made of a rigid material so that a coupled structure of the body part and nipple can be tightly sealed. Since only the body part and nipple made of silicone are allowed to come into contact with infant formula and infant's mouth, the infant is not exposed to environmental hormones attributable to synthetic resin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Inventor: Yong Kwon Lee
  • Patent number: 9486392
    Abstract: A nipple for use with a bottle assembly includes a base portion that has a bottom surface, a vent region that is coupled to and extends upward from the base portion of the nipple, and a nipple portion that extends upward from the vent region. The nipple portion includes an outlet opening therein, and the vent region includes a vent channel and an air valve substantially aligned with the vent channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Inventors: Bernard J. Kemper, Steve Simmons, Charles H. Miller
  • Patent number: 9320574
    Abstract: A liquid tank capable of preventing a gas passage from being clogged and a dental device including this liquid tank are provided. A liquid tank having an accommodation space in which a liquid L to be supplied to outside is accommodated includes a tank body having a mouth part with an opening, a cap mounted on the mouth part to close the opening, a liquid passage through which the liquid L in the liquid tank flows toward outside, a gas passage having a gap between the mouth part and the cap and a path communicatively connecting to the gap and the accommodation space, a liquid flow valve provided on the liquid passage to allow or inhibit a flow of the liquid L to outside, and an aeration valve provided on the gas passage to compensate for a negative pressure occurring in the accommodation space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: NAKANISHI INC.
    Inventors: Masaki Nakagawa, Shinichi Tanaka, Tomohiro Sakanushi
  • Patent number: 9295614
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a venting baby bottle that includes an outer container, and an inner container, adapted to fit within the outer container, wherein the inner container has a base, a neck, and a vent tube projecting upwardly into the inner container. The baby bottle of the present invention also includes a gasket having a gasket base adapted to fit the neck of the inner container, one or more gasket channels, and a gasket lip. A reservoir is defined between the wall of the outer container, the gasket lip, and the gasket base. The venting baby bottle of the present invention has an air passage, when inverted and filled with liquid, from a point outside the baby bottle to a point inside the inner container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: Light Bulb Inventions, LLC
    Inventor: Joseph A. Morrone, III
  • Patent number: 9248077
    Abstract: A cap and rigid bottle converts an expressed milk syringe from an open system to a closed system. The cap is in fluid communication between a breast pump and breast cup. The rigid bottle is attached to the bottom of the cap and the syringe is captured inside the bottom under the cap in a sealed environment. The pump provides varying positive vacuum to the cap and through the cap to the breast cup. Milk is drawn by the vacuum into the cap and flows by gravity down into the syringe. A passage between the interior of the syringe and the interior of the bottle equalizes pressure and allows the syringe to fill while maintaining a closed system, allowing a piston in the syringe to remain stationary. The closed system protects a mother's milk being pumped into a milk collecting syringe from air born contaminants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: LIMERICK, INC.
    Inventors: Patricia A. Kelly, Joan P. Ortiz, Leslie Beckwith
  • Patent number: 9241588
    Abstract: A non-spill container assembly having a container, a collar and an annular seal from which drinking can occur at any location around a rim of the container assembly. The collar has an internal frustoconical shape wall with a circular upper end that extends downward and inwardly into a closed lower end. The closed lower end has a projection that extends outward from its center. The collar includes a support surface arranged along an inner surface of an upper edge of the circular upper end and a fastener assembly disposed adjacent to a bottom of the collar provided to securely fasten to a container. A plurality of passages are radially disposed around the projection in the internal frustoconical shape wall to channel a fluid. A plurality of radial protrusions disposed radially adjacent to the support surface defining various channels along the support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Munchkin, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Bryan Dunn, Mark A. Hatherill, Kevin Douglas Johnson, Matthew Joseph Saxton
  • Patent number: 9192544
    Abstract: A feeding bottle preventing a nipple from falling out and with an air return function including a nipple body and a bottle body, the feeding bottle further includes an air inlet plate, a capping and a fitting ring, and the air inlet plate is fixed between the nipple body and the bottle body by the capping. The present application can prevent the nipple from falling out, prevent leakage caused by drawing out of the nipple when baby is sucking and even falling out, and achieve the automatic air return.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: DONGGUAN YINYAN PLASTIC CONTAINERS CO., LTD
    Inventor: Zhujin Wang
  • Patent number: 9168204
    Abstract: A teat unit has a teat, a securing device for securing the teat on a liquid container, and an air valve, the securing device having a first securing part and a second securing part. The air valve has a first valve part, which is arranged in the first securing part, and a second valve part, which is arranged in the first or in the second securing part. The air valve opens and closes with respect to the second securing part. The valve is preferably a diaphragm valve, and the first valve part is a valve diaphragm. This teat unit functions very reliably even at very small pressure differences between the bottle and the environment. Moreover, the range of function of the various teat units of the same type is relatively narrow, such that different teat units function very similarly and the air valves are actuated at similar pressure differences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: MEDELA HOLDING AG
    Inventors: Erich Pfenniger, Mario Rigert
  • Patent number: 9161886
    Abstract: Colic can be a particular problem for babies feeding on liquid feed from a feeder bottle. The colic can be formed by air from various sources in the liquid feed. Typically, there is less air in the liquid feed towards the bottom of the liquid feed container in the feeding position than towards the top of the liquid feed. The present invention provides apparatus for drawing milk from the bottom of the feeding apparatus chamber when the feeder is held in the operating position. This is achieved by positioning a flow restrictor for allowing the passage of liquid feed from a main chamber into a flexible feeding teat at a suitable location. The present invention also provides a resiliently-biased cartridge to assist in priming and/or draining of the flexible feeding teat. The present invention also provides a construction in which the flow restrictor is always provided in the correct position regardless of the relative angular orientation of the elements of the feeder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: Haberman Products Limited
    Inventors: Mandy Haberman, Paul Bottomley, Steve Reese, James Turner, Colin Jones
  • Patent number: 9138088
    Abstract: A leak resistant drinking cup has a container for holding liquid and a lid assembly selectively attachable to the container. A diaphragm of the cup includes a liquid discharge member and a sealing member adapted for movement between a sealed position in which the sealing member blocks the flow of liquid from the container to the liquid discharge member, and an unsealed position in which liquid is permitted to flow from the container to the liquid discharge member. The liquid discharge member and sealing member are formed as one-piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Handi-Craft Company
    Inventors: Bernard J. Kemper, Charles H. Miller
  • Patent number: 9060917
    Abstract: Briefly, a feeding device embodying features of the present invention approximately conforms to the shape of a human breast and includes at least one housing for storing fluid coupled to a dispensing portion having an apertured dispensing tip for delivering the fluid to an infant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Inventor: Soodabeh Tronson
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20150129535
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a venting baby bottle that includes an outer container, and an inner container, adapted to fit within the outer container, wherein the inner container has a base, a neck, and a vent tube projecting upwardly into the inner container. The baby bottle of the present invention also includes a gasket having a gasket base adapted to fit the neck of the inner container, one or more gasket channels, and a gasket lip. A reservoir is defined between the wall of the outer container, the gasket lip, and the gasket base. The venting baby bottle of the present invention has an air passage, when inverted and filled with liquid, from a point outside the baby bottle to a point inside the inner container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2015
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventor: Joseph A. Morrone, III
  • Publication number: 20150083685
    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: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: Jackel International Limited
    Inventors: Arnold Rees, Ian Webb, Mark Armstrong, Tom Cotton
  • Publication number: 20150069005
    Abstract: An airless baby bottle includes: a) an elongated shaft having an open top and an open bottom and having a constant internal cross-section, and having attachment means for securing a nipple piece fastening collar thereto; b) a nipple piece fastening collar; c) a nipple piece; d) a piston to sealably and moveably fit within the elongated shaft, the piston having external sides with a peripheral upper blade and a peripheral lower blade, each of said peripheral upper blade peripheral lower blade having a plurality of peripheral ridges running perpendicular to the elongated shaft elongation direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventor: Priska I. Diaz
  • Publication number: 20150069009
    Abstract: A pacifier food/liquid/medicine/vitamin delivery system for toddlers and infants. The system delivers contents on the go thus eliminating the need for carrying utensils and other content containers. The pacifier in front will deliver food/liquid/medicine/vitamins in mouth and a pouch attached in the back will carry the contents. When the pre-packaged content pouch/container is attached at the end of the pacifier by twisting or snapping, the penetrating edges break the seal thus allow the flow of contents in the pacifier and into the mouth. The pacifier portion comprises of elongated pieces in the bottom to apply pressure to puncture protective seal from the content pouch/container to allow contents to move in the pacifier portion. It also has a seal and a hole to relieve air to prevent colic.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Asif M. Sheikh, Ambreen S. Qureshi
  • Publication number: 20150060386
    Abstract: To provide a drinking device with a more reliable aerator the invention relates to an infant drinking device (1), comprising a teat (10),a reservoir(60) for holding a liquid, the reservoir (60) being detachably connected to the teat (10) by a connector (50) of the infant drinking device (1), and an aerator (31), such as a duckbill valve, the aerator thereto comprising a deformable opening, for example a slit, such that an internal/external pressure differential during use of the device (1) is reduced in an open position of the opening (35)by allowing air to enter through the opening (35) into the reservoir (60) and such that leakage of fluid from an inside of the drinking device (1) to an outside of the drinking device (1) is hindered in a closed position of the opening (35), wherein the aerator (31) is included in the connector (50) or the teat (10), wherein during assembly of the teat (10), connector (50) and reservoir (60), a minimally defined deformation of the opening (35) of the aerator (31) is enforced
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Jason Palmer, Bart-Jan Zwart, Christopher John Huff, Jacob Brinkert
  • 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: 8967405
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a venting baby bottle that includes an outer container, and an inner container, adapted to fit within the outer container, wherein the inner container has a base, a tapered neck, and a vent tube projecting upwardly into the inner container. The baby bottle of the present invention also includes a gasket having a gasket base adapted to fit the neck of the inner container, one or more gasket channels, and a lip. A reservoir is defined between the neck of the inner container and the wall of the outer container. The venting baby bottle of the present invention has an air passage, when inverted and filled with liquid, from a point outside the baby bottle to a point inside the inner container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Light Bulb Inventions, LLC
    Inventor: Joseph Morrone
  • Publication number: 20150053637
    Abstract: There is disclosed a nipple (10) suitable for a soother, feeding bottle or drinking vessel. The nipple (10) has a teat portion (12), an areola portion (14) and a base portion (16). The nipple (10) has an interior wall (15) and a plurality of paths (20), prefereably at least partly recessed, in the interior wall (15). Each path (20) has a first end (25) located in the teat portion (12) and a second end (26) located in the areola portion (14).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Sandra Joy Archer, Arnold Rees, David A Tesini, Joshua Wiesman
  • Patent number: 8961562
    Abstract: A nipple simulating the shape, surface geometry and function of a woman's breast is provided. The nipple has a stem and a base. The base has an areola region and a bulbous region. The areola region is positioned between the stem and the bulbous region, and can simulate the areola of a woman's breast. The bulbous region can simulate the region of a woman's breast surrounding the areola. The areola region has a texture or surface geometry that is different from the texture or surface geometry of the stem or bulbous region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Eveready Battery Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Ross Steven Randolph, Charles John Renz, John George Rousso, Brenda O'Grady Liistro
  • Publication number: 20150014268
    Abstract: A bottle assembly includes a container and a vent assembly positionable at least in part of a rim of the container. A collar assembly generally defines a closure for the container and is releasably engaged with a neck of the container. The collar assembly and the vent assembly are configured relative to one another to permit selective configuration between a first configuration and a second configuration. In the first configuration, the collar assembly urges the vent assembly onto the rim of the container such that at least a majority of a cross-section of a lateral vent of the vent assembly is disposed below the rim. In the second configuration, in which the vent assembly is omitted from the bottle assembly, the collar assembly substantially sealingly engages the rim of the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Scott Rhodes, Bernard J. Kemper, Charles H. Miller
  • Patent number: 8931650
    Abstract: Baby bottles can have a single container, or two containers to create a space for thermal isolation, as selected by the user. The baby bottle can be vented to allow air to enter the bottle through a passageway as liquid is removed. A filter and one-way valve can be provided in the passageway. The passageway can be formed by radially aligning a vent opening in a top cap with a vent opening in a nipple flange, or by providing a channel in the top cap which is always in radial alignment with both the top cap vent opening and the flange vent opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Inventors: Bruce McKendry, Sung Lee
  • 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: 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: 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: 8887904
    Abstract: A container for storing and dispensing a substance including a deformable nipple having an open end, a feeding tip and a storage cavity; a lid adapted to releasably engage the open end of the nipple; and a (optionally) a tether having resilient properties, the tether connecting the nipple to the lid; wherein, in a storage position the substance, when placed within the storage cavity of the nipple, is contained; wherein in a mixing position, the substance is released from the storage cavity of the nipple; and wherein the container transitions from the storage position to the mixing position upon application of an external force to the nipple, causing the nipple to deform and the lid to disengage the open end of the nipple.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Inventor: Henry Alfonso Gutierrez
  • Patent number: 8863969
    Abstract: Feeding bottle (10) comprising a neck to which a teat (14) is attached, characterized in that it comprises at least two visual marks (20, 22) located on one and the same circumference near the neck or near the teat and separated from one another about the axis of the feeding bottle, one of these marks (20) defining an angular position of the feeding bottle (10) about its axis for which the other mark (22) indicates a point through which the free surface (24) of the liquid contained in the feeding bottle needs to pass in order for the hydrostatic pressure of the liquid at an outlet orifice (16) of the teat (14) to be substantially zero.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Inventor: Chantal Lau
  • Publication number: 20140291272
    Abstract: A feeding bottle (10) comprises a container (12) having a threaded neck (22) around an opening of the container, a teat (16), and, a threaded annular collar. The teat has a flange (84), adapted to seat on said neck, a nipple (88), remote from the flange, and a one-way valve (110) formed in a depression (112) in the teat to allow the passage of air into the container but prevent leakage of liquid from the container through the valve. The collar is adapted to receive the teat through the aperture (56) of the collar. The depression (112) is provided with an upstanding flange (114) above the surface of the teat where the depression (112) joins a main surface of the teat, which flange (114) serves to protect the depression (112) against deformation of the main surface of the teat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2012
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: Mothercare UK Limited
    Inventors: Daniel Weil, Paul Walker, Neil Williams, Heiko Li
  • 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
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140224758
    Abstract: A feeding bottle preventing a nipple from falling out and with an air return function including a nipple body and a bottle body, the feeding bottle further includes an air inlet plate, a capping and a fitting ring, and the air inlet plate is fixed between the nipple body and the bottle body by the capping. The present application can prevent the nipple from falling out, prevent leakage caused by drawing out of the nipple when baby is sucking and even falling out, and achieve the automatic air return.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2014
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: DONGGUAN YINYAN PLASTIC CONTAINERS CO., LTD
    Inventor: Zhujin WANG
  • 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: 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
  • Publication number: 20140190922
    Abstract: A bottle assembly includes a container having a liquid chamber defined therein, and a vent assembly positionable substantially entirely within the liquid chamber of the container. A collar assembly generally defines a closure for the container and is releasably engageable with a neck of the container. The collar assembly and the container are configured relative to each other to enable selective configuration between a first configuration in which the vent assembly is disposed substantially entirely within the liquid chamber of the container and a second configuration in which the vent assembly is omitted from the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2014
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: HANDI-CRAFT COMPANY
    Inventors: Scott Rhodes, Idus L. Rhodes, II, Charles H. Miller, Bernard J. Kemper
  • Patent number: 8763828
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for venting and compressing a fluid. The apparatus comprising a valve having a vent and a compressible element attached to the vent. The vent and the compressible element define a flow-through channel therein. The compressible element has an internal space adapted to be elastically compressed and expanded. The valve is further adapted to regulate a pressure in a container when a predetermined pressure is applied to the compressible element of the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Munchkin, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Bryan Dunn, Kevin Douglas Johnson
  • Publication number: 20140151319
    Abstract: A child's cup including an inflatable bladder within the cup and separated from the contents of the cup, and a valve between the contents of the cup and the exterior of the cup and closed when the cup is not in use to resist deflation of the bladder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2014
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Inventor: Marty DeFelice
  • Publication number: 20140144865
    Abstract: An orthodontic feeding nipple adapted for attachment to a feeding bottle, said feeding nipple having a monolithic, single-walled hollow body of elastomeric material. The body has an annular securing flange at a base end of the body. An inner contour of the flange defines an inlet opening for liquid into said feeding nipple. A bottle ventilation hole is present in said flange allowing the passage of air into the feeding bottle. The body has a hollow shell portion integral with the flange at the inner contour thereof. The shell portion has a lower shell portion, a central shell portion, and a top shell portion. The top shell portion includes a dispensing holes containing wall section that is provided with a group of multiple liquid dispensing holes. This wall section is arranged at the side of the ventilation hole and has a substantially uniform wall thickness in the region of the group of dispensing holes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Applicant: IPN IP B.V.
    Inventor: Laurens Last
  • 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