With Cover Patents (Class 215/11.6)
  • Patent number: 10384833
    Abstract: A vent for attachment to the hollow handle of a container is provided to prevent glugging and splashing of the fluid during pouring. The present vent enables the venting of air into the container as the fluid within the container is poured out. The present vent is angled to prevent attachment and flow of liquids on its outer surface during pouring, and to prevent outflow of liquids through the vent. The vent includes a venting conduit or other tube bent in at least one section and a hollow handle engager, such as an elastomeric stopper, to engage the inner passage of the hollow handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Inventor: Matthew F. Dean
  • Patent number: 10085919
    Abstract: A bottle feeding device, including a bottom piece of a bottle body having a first perimeter wall and a top piece of a bottle body having a second perimeter wall. The top piece is pivotally affixed to the bottom piece and is rotatable with respect to the bottom piece about an axis extending generally orthogonally through the first perimeter wall and the second perimeter wall. A pair of detent feature is provided to restrain the bottom piece and the top piece into either a first relative rotational position or a second relative rotational position. A nipple is operatively affixed to the top piece of the bottle by a nipple ring threaded onto the top piece of the bottle. A method of feeding an infant and of manufacturing the bottle are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Edgewell Personal Care brands, LLC.
    Inventors: Charles Renz, Hassan Mohammed, Michael Jackson, Steve Casteel
  • Patent number: 10016342
    Abstract: A nipple-shaped pacifier kit provides hypoallergenic molding powder, liquid silicone, a mixing bowl, a mixing tool, pacifier rings, and paper discs, each providing a slit for the insertion of the pacifier ring. The kit enables the adult user to create one or more pacifiers shaped like the human nipple.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Inventors: Kortnie Kempker, Dylan Kempker
  • Patent number: 10006567
    Abstract: Vessel closures having a variety of inserts for aseptically sealing vessels. The vessel closures have a body with one or more apertures, one or more inserts extending axially through the one or more apertures, and a cast seal surrounding the inserts. The cast seal is preferably east silicone. The vessel closures may have one or more anchors securing the inserts to the body of the vessel closure. Also disclosed are methods of manufacturing vessel closures and a method of using the vessel closures disclosed herein for circulating fluids into and out of a vessel while also having the ability to regulate the temperature of the pumped fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Sartorius Stedim North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael A Zumbrum
  • Patent number: 9999572
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a system including a closure device, the closure device including an opening for providing fluid communication there through, an outflow component configured to be disposed over the closure device, the outflow component including an outflow aperture to provide fluid communication between the outflow component and a user, and a securing member for supporting the outflow component in a position over the closure device is provided. The system further includes a stopper component removably engageable with the opening of the closure device, wherein when the stopper component is engaged with the opening, the stopper component obstructs the opening preventing a flow of fluid through the opening, and wherein displacement of the stopper component from the opening allows fluid communication through the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: READY MADE INC.
    Inventor: Corwin Pearl Littell
  • Patent number: 9987198
    Abstract: A multi-pack of disposable, liquid-containing pacifiers includes a plurality of pacifiers and an outer packaging containing the plurality of pacifiers therein. Each pacifier includes a bulb containing liquid, a nipple operatively coupled to a proximal end of the bulb, the nipple having an aperture located at a proximal end thereof, and a valve coupled to a proximal end of the bulb, the valve defining open and closed positions. The valve is configured to move to the open position when a pressure is applied to at least one of the nipple and bulb, so as to allow at least a portion of the liquid to flow from the bulb to the nipple.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Inventor: Claudia Finney
  • Patent number: 9945513
    Abstract: A device and method for holding or securing an article against a surface using a suction cup connected to a bi-stable snap action ribbon spring. The device and method utilize the bi-stable characteristics of a snap action ribbon spring together with the adhesion characteristics of a suction cup to create a self-latching, spring-loaded mechanism for securing an article to a surface. The device and method for holding or securing an article against a surface using a suction cup connected to a bi-stable snap action ribbon spring can be used to greatly simplify the ease in draining liquid from a hollow container in an effortless manner by the use of gravity by allowing the liquid within the hollow container to accumulate or settle towards the vicinity approximate to the opening where the liquid is dispensed from.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Inventor: Melissa Jo Whitney
  • Patent number: 9901518
    Abstract: An improved apparatus, system, and method for assisting in feeding a baby is desired. A device included within this system can be made in a variety of beneficial shapes and sizes, including being configurable to be operable with only one hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: InventorsLaunchpad.com
    Inventors: Carmine Denisco, Rick Valderrama
  • Patent number: 9827168
    Abstract: A beverage container system for babies through small children has a thermally insulated outer container which is sized to receive a standard baby bottle and hold it therein with a retainer securable to hold a standard baby bottle. A cap may be positioned over the baby bottle nipple system to protect the nipple. The retainer and standard baby bottle may be removed. An adapter may be thereupon attached to the outer container which can be used with other beverage accessories such as a sippy cup, straw spout and drink tube spout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Inventors: Cameron Honarvar, Yuen Seung Hung
  • Patent number: 9814654
    Abstract: A compressible pacifier having a nipple, a conical protective sleeve and a handle. The protective sleeve has a first end connected to the nipple and a second end which covers the nursing end of the nipple when in an extended position. The handle is connected to the first end of the protective sleeve. While the protective sleeve is in a retracted position, a second end of the sleeve is concentrically disposed over the first end of the sleeve thereby exposing the nursing end of the nipple for use by an infant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: MUNCHKIN, INC.
    Inventor: Matthew Joseph Saxton
  • Patent number: 9770393
    Abstract: The present patent application discloses a multifunctional feeding-bottle, including an outer cup, a liner, a nipple assembly connected to an opening of the outer cup, and a bottom cover connected to the bottom of the outer cup. The feeding-bottle further includes a valve piece disposed between the bottom of the outer cup and the bottom cover. An air inlet is disposed in a central part of a body of the valve piece. A stiffener is disposed at a part other than the air inlet. A cavity is formed between one side of the valve piece provided with the stiffener and the bottom cover. A sealing protrusion capable of sealing the air inlet is disposed at a central part of the bottom cover. An air vent is disposed at a part different from the sealing protrusion. The liner is disposed in the outer cup, and is configured to be removed from the outer cup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Inventor: Qian Zhou
  • Patent number: 9717656
    Abstract: A feeding apparatus includes a food container. The food container includes an open end and a closed end. The food container is provided on a surface thereof with one or more apertures. The food container is made of a resilient material for use with foodstuff.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Dongguan Kidsme Industrial Limited
    Inventor: Fu Man Herman Lo
  • Patent number: 9708098
    Abstract: A receptacle has at least one elastomeric sidewall with a contoured non-linear shape defining a container with a predetermined volume for housing a substance to be contained. The at least one sidewall includes a substance-contacting surface. The receptacle is fully reversibly eversible to transform between a first stable conformation with the substance-contacting surface facing inward and a second stable conformation with the substance-contacting surface facing outward allowing for facile cleaning and drying of the substance-contacting surface. The at least one elastomeric sidewall possesses sufficient structural strength to stand upright in the first and second stable conformations without extraneous support. The receptacle can include a cap and an attachment joint for securing the cap to the elastomeric receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: flipsi ltd.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Stephen Plott, Christopher John Plott
  • Patent number: 9456960
    Abstract: Partially collapsible bottles (10) for providing nutritional compositions and other fluids and methods of using the partially collapsible bottles are provided. In a general embodiment, the present disclosure provides a bottle (10) having a rigid wall (20), and a semi-rigid wall (30). The semi-rigid wall (30) is constructed and arranged to conform to an inner side of the rigid wall (20) in a collapsed form. The bottle (10) can be sized to hold any suitable volume such as, for example, from about 100 to 5000 mL.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Jean-Daniel Ginzburg, Bjorn Joakim Lindberg, James Scott Teresi, Andrea Rigardo
  • Patent number: 9452109
    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: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Inventors: Asif M Sheikh, Ambreen S. Qureshi
  • Patent number: 9408455
    Abstract: A device and method for aseptically storing and dispensing a liquid. The device has container forming a variable-volume storage chamber, and a one-way valve coupled in fluid communication with the storage chamber and having an elastic valve member forming a normally closed valve opening. The valve member is movable between a normally closed position, and an open position with at least a segment of the elastic valve member spaced radially away from the closed position to allow the passage of fluid from the storage chamber through the valve opening. The liquid is maintained hermetically sealed in the storage chamber with respect to ambient atmosphere throughout dispensing multiple portions of the liquid from the storage chamber through the one-way valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: MedInstill Development, LLC
    Inventor: Daniel Py
  • Patent number: 9227761
    Abstract: A protective device for at least partially encasing a bottle includes an elastomeric sleeve type member for receiving at least a first predetermined portion of such bottle, such sleeve type member having a first predetermined size and a first predetermined shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Inventor: Jesse A. Knaack
  • Patent number: 9211553
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for spraying a liquid relating to a gravity-fed spray gun are disclosed. Disclosed gravity fed spray guns may comprise a body and an attachment point located at a top portion of the body; and a spray nozzle located at a front portion of the body. An apparatus may further comprise a fluid reservoir configured to contain a fluid to be sprayed through the spray nozzle, the fluid reservoir comprising a container comprising an open end; a lid for cooperative engagement with the open end of the container, the lid comprising a connector to couple the fluid reservoir to the attachment point of the spray gun and an aperture through which the fluid can flow from the fluid reservoir to the spray nozzle in use; and a filter positioned to filter the fluid before reaching the spray nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Inventors: Stephen C. P. Joseph, Malcolm F. Douglas, Alan F. Butler, David R. Bastow, Jerome E. Salhus, Margaret A. Hartfel
  • Publication number: 20150122765
    Abstract: An insulated baby bottle having a temperature indicator thereon. The baby bottle has a cylindrical construction with an open lower end and an open upper end. The upper end of the baby bottle is preferably angled. A cap having a nipple thereon can be removably secured to the upper end of the baby bottle to allow a baby to feed therefrom. The lower end includes a removable base thereon so that the baby bottle can be easily cleaned. The base includes a window on the lower surface thereof through which any of various indicia can be displayed. The indicia are positioned on a wheel that is rotatable by a user so that the window can display a desired indicia, such as the word “hot” or “cold” among others. Further, the lower end of the baby bottle may include a temperature display for measuring and displaying the temperature of bottle's contents.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Mesha Cannon, Cheron Reid
  • Patent number: 9006683
    Abstract: A portable sterilizing device for sterilizing at least one of a feeding bottle, a nipple, a bottle stopper, and a cap comprises: a sterilization covering body and a containing bottle. The sterilization covering body includes a covering member and a sterilizing member provided on the covering member, a UV-light emitting unit of the sterilizing member is emitting the UV light in a covering direction. The containing bottle includes a body portion and a connecting portion extensively formed from the body portion, the body portion covering the covering member along the covering direction in a manner that the connecting portion is attached to the attaching portion so as to form a containing space that faces toward the UV light for the sterilization. Thus, the portable sterilizing device has the advantages of small size and low power consumption, and therefore it is convenient for baby caretaker to portably carry it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Jing Pin International Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chiao Wei Wen
  • Publication number: 20150096956
    Abstract: A baby bottle cover with tactile stimulation design is used to cover a baby bottle, the baby bottle includes a silicone case with an inner surface and an outer surface, and the inner surface defines an inner surface which conforms with the shape of the baby bottle. A plurality of the conical portions is integrally formed on the outer surface of the silicone case. When the baby holds the bottle, the soft conical portions formed on the outer surface of the baby bottle cover come into contact with the baby's hands to promote the development of baby's tactile sense.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventors: Chia-Hung LIN, Chan-Wei KUAN
  • Patent number: 8978906
    Abstract: The teachings provided herein are directed to an impact-resistant casing for breakable containers, and a system comprising the impact-resistant casing and a breakable container, such as a glass container. Very useful systems incorporating these components could include, of course, a glass baby bottle, a toddler sippy-cup, or an adult drinking glass, for example. These and other embodiments will be apparent to one of skill upon a review of the teachings provided herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Inventors: Stacey Feeley, Giuliana Schwab
  • 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
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140374372
    Abstract: A closure system for a bottle for baby food having a bottom shell part and a bottom closure ring that can be screwed onto a thread of a bottle, and a bottom partition wall above an inner thread on the edge connected to the bottom shell part blocking the cross-section of the bottom shell part, the bottom partition wall having a top side and a bottom side with a bottom flow hole ending in the first top side and in the bottom side, a top closure ring connectable to a threaded ring to fasten a teat to the top edge of the top shell part, with a top partition wall blocking the cross-section of the top shell part and connected at the edge to the top shelf part, locking elements locking the bottom closure ring and top closure ring in a rotatable, releasable manner, and an elastic sealing lip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2011
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Eckhard Itzek, Böjrn Frederik Seidler
  • 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: 8915386
    Abstract: A disposable baby bottle kit (10) that is easy to assemble with lowered risk of contamination of the baby bottle. The disposable baby bottle kit comprising a container that has a first portion (1) and a second portion (2), a collapsible baby bottle (3) positioned within the first portion of the container and a teat unit (4) fitted to the second portion of the container. The first portion and the second portion of the container are coupled to each other enclosing the collapsible baby bottle and the teat unit therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Asian Mos Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Amonrat Limwanawong
  • 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: 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
  • Publication number: 20140339189
    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: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventors: Roger P. Moore, Jenifer R. Moore
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8875913
    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 having a main body with an outer rim and having a nipple with at least one liquid-release orifice and nipple having a plurality of accordion segments so as to create a rest short nipple position and so as to permit a stressed elongated nipple position when a baby sucks on it; 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: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Inventor: Priska I. Diaz
  • Patent number: 8844763
    Abstract: A fabric tube has a closed bottom and an open top. The closed bottom forms a semicircular section when unstretched. The tube has a cylindrical section between the open top and the semicircular section. The cylindrical section has a common circumference when unstretched. A tunnel is formed in the open top of the tube. The tunnel is formed by a folded back edge adjacent to the open upper end of the tube. An elastic thread joins the folded back edge of the tube to a portion of the tube there beneath. A cord has a central section within the tunnel. The cord has two free ends extending through end openings to exterior of the tunnel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Inventors: Emilia Momirov, Guy W. Michaud
  • 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: 20140251496
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a disposable infant feeding bottle including a disposable water bottle comprising a neck adapted to attach to an infant feeding nipple. For example, a disposable infant feeding bottle can include a disposable bottle having a neck; water, contained within the bottle, in an amount sufficient to be mixed with infant formula to feed an infant, and in an amount that is less than the volume of the bottle so that infant formula mix can be added to the bottle to mix with the water without overflow of the water or the infant formula mix, such as about 2 to about 16 ounces of water. The infant feeding bottle may further include a coupling component configured to allow an infant feeding nipple to be removably attached to the bottle, wherein the coupling component forms a liquid-tight seal when the nipple is attached to the bottle; a disposable cap; and a tamper resistant component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventor: Debra Kay Ashworth
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140197125
    Abstract: A bottle holder for attachment to a baby bottle including a frame having an opening for placement around the neck of the baby bottle and a cover configured to attach the frame to the bottle is provided. The frame has at least 2 handles positioned on opposite sides and extending outwardly away from the frame. The frame includes a flexible material and the opening of the frame widens when the first and second handles are squeezed inwardly towards one another in order to allow the neck of the baby bottle to be inserted into the opening of the frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2013
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Inventors: Stephen S. Makrinos, Angelica Makrinos
  • Publication number: 20140158658
    Abstract: The present invention is directed toward a food storage container comprising a body with a mechanism for denoting a time in which a food item was placed in the storage container for storage. In one embodiment, the time designation mechanism comprises a plurality of rings where each ring comprises at least one marker. Time is denoted by aligning the marker with a label located proximate to said ring.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2013
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Inventor: Tara Strong
  • 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: 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: 8720713
    Abstract: A case is described for use, for example and without limitation, with a nipple shield or nipple protector. The case, which has an interior volume to contain a nipple shield/protector, generally provides a rigid container to protect a nipple shield/protector and to protect it from the environment. Certain embodiments provide rigid container that may be opened to place or remove a nipple shield/protector and closed to hold the shield/protector with a minimal amount of contact. The case may also include ventilation holes to permit drying of the contents of the case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventor: Ariane Olshansky
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140107608
    Abstract: A method of collecting expressed breast milk for later feeding to an infant includes providing a spout pouch, coupling the spout of the spout pouch to a breast pump, and operating the breast pump to express breast milk into the spout pouch, so that the spout pouch collects the expressed breast milk. A method of feeding a liquid to an infant includes providing the liquid in a spout pouch, and coupling a nipple to the spout of the spout pouch. A nipple for such use includes a connector having an axial bore that is coupled to an orifice in the nipple and the connector forms a liquid tight seal with the spout of the spout pouch. Other systems, methods, and components are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Inventors: John M. McBean, Kailas N. Narendran
  • Patent number: 8689987
    Abstract: A container adapter for use in feeding human infants and animal infants is shown. The container adapter has an internal threaded portion that can comprise a set of thread segments sized and configured to match the external threads of a commercially available soda or bottled liquid container, and can have an external threaded portion sized to match the internal threads of a standard nipple ring for an infant feeding bottle. The container adapter includes a funnel that provides a user with assistance in inserting infant feeding ingredients into the liquid container by placing the container adapter on the liquid container to use the funnel of the container adapter to place infant feeding ingredients into the liquid container. The container adapter is then inverted and installed onto the liquid container. A nipple within a collar is attached to the container adapter thus converting the liquid container to an infant feeding bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Inventor: Linda A. Lewis
  • Patent number: 8646632
    Abstract: A mouthpiece has a bite-off-prevention feature. The mouthpiece has been manufactured from an elastomeric parent material with at least one first component, where a reinforcing component embedded within the parent material forms the bite-off-prevention feature and derives from the same group of substances or group of materials as the first component. The reinforcing component is preferably composed of fibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Medela Holding AG
    Inventors: Peter Vischer, Beda Weber, Erich Pfenniger, Stefan Baumann
  • Patent number: 8633454
    Abstract: A sterilizing apparatus for sterilizing a feeding bottle assembly for a baby, the feeding bottle assembly comprising a feeding bottle, a top end and a base end, the top end having an open neck; the sterilizing apparatus comprising a housing which is adapted to attach to and sit on the top end of the bottle, an ultraviolet (UV) light source on the housing which extends into the bottle for UV sterilization of the bottle when the housing is attached to the bottle, and a switch which automatically switches on the UV light source when the sterilizing apparatus is attached to the bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Shasta Limited
    Inventor: Anne Marie Durkin
  • Publication number: 20130299443
    Abstract: A sports ball bottle holder for retaining a bottle is disclosed. The sports ball bottle holder includes a skin cover forming the outermost layer of the bottle holder. A foam insert having a central cavity therein and opening at one end to receive the bottle is disposed within the skin cover. A pouch lining is disposed within the central cavity for receiving the bottle. A shoulder bushing is disposed within the opening and extends into the central cavity to receive the bottle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Inventor: Glenn Stewart
  • 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: 8579133
    Abstract: Aspects of the invention include a sleeve or wrap for protecting a container. In certain embodiments, the sleeve or wrap is a protective encasement for protecting a container, such as a bottle. In certain embodiments, the sleeve or wrap includes a body with a lumen, wherein the body is configured for holding and/or containing the container. For instance, in one embodiment, the protective sleeve includes a tubular body and at least a first opening in the protective body that is adapted for receiving the container. In certain embodiments, the body of the sleeve includes silicone. Accordingly, in certain embodiments, the sleeve is a protective silicone sleeve that is adapted to hold and/or contain a container, thereby protecting the container from damage (e.g., breaking). Also provided is a system for protecting a container that includes a protective sleeve, as described above, and a container that is configured for being associated, e.g., fit within, the protective sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Lifefactory, Inc.
    Inventors: Pamela Wong Marcus, Daren Edward Joy
  • 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