With Provision For Opening Tool Patents (Class 215/215)
  • Patent number: 10239501
    Abstract: A device to wash an underside of an automobile comprises a handle comprising a first end and a second end, wherein a fluid flow through the first end of the handle is regulated via a valve member, wherein the handle comprises a canister to store and dispense one or more detergents during the wash. A pipe section fixedly attached to and extending obliquely from the second end of the handle to couple with a horizontal member via an elbow section and the horizontal member comprising a spraying head positioned at a distal end of the horizontal member, wherein the spraying head comprises a plurality of nozzles to spray the fluid in the underside of the automobile during the wash. A method of washing an underside of an automobile using the device is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Inventor: Thomas Hisch
  • Patent number: 10226141
    Abstract: An apparatus can include a generally planar portion approximately in a plane. The apparatus can also include a lip portion extending in a direction generally orthogonal to the plane. The generally planar portion is joined to the lip portion at a circumferential edge of the generally planar portion to form a cover for a beverage container. Likewise, a method can include providing contact information on a disposable cover adapted to cover a beverage container. The contact information is not necessarily provided by the manufacturer of the beverage or beverage container. The method can also include receiving contact from a user of the disposable cover. The method can further include coordinating the delivery of a service to the user of the disposable cover responsive to the contact received from the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Inventors: Peter Hollister Brewster, Michael Simons
  • Patent number: 10220978
    Abstract: The separable food container is a cylindrical device that is adapted for use in storing a foodstuff. The separable food container comprises a first tube, a second tube and a fastener. The fastener attaches the first tube and the second tube such that the first tube and the second tube are separable. The advantage of separating the first tube from the second tube is such that when a portion of the foodstuff has been removed, the fastener can be removed thereby separating the first tube from the second tube. By removing the portion of the separable food container that no longer contains a foodstuff, access to the remaining foodstuff stored within the separable food container is simplified. The separable food container comprises a first tube, a second tube, a fastener, a first cap and a second cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Inventor: Dominic Vicari
  • Patent number: 10099827
    Abstract: A dual function dosing cap has an inner cap and an outer cap rotatable on the inner cap, first and second liquid dispensers on the inner cap, first and second access holes on the outer cap, the access holes being in overlying alignment with respective ones of the liquid dispensers in an open position of the outer cap, and wherein rotation of the outer cap to a closed position moves the access holes out of overlying alignment; first and second lids hinged to the outer cap for individual lifting open and closing for covering the first and second access holes respectively in a closed condition of the lids. Duct segments on each cap telescope to form ducts bridging the intra-cap space. Plugs and caps on the outer cap act as stoppers closing the liquid dispensers in both the open and closed positions of the dosing cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Inventor: Natalie Levy Sarraf
  • Patent number: 9254941
    Abstract: A resealable container and closure package includes a container and a closure cap. The container has a longitudinal center axis, and a finish. The finish includes an external thread, an annular lip, and a sealing surface. The external thread includes 1.5 turns of a complete thread having symmetrical flank angles of about 13 degrees. The lip extends radially inwardly from a neck at an angle from about 0 degrees to about 5 degrees from a plane orthogonal to the center axis. The sealing surface is on an exterior surface of the lip. The closure cap includes an end wall defining a circumferential edge, an annular skirt projecting from the end wall, and an internal thread defined on an inner surface of the annular skirt. The internal thread is threadingly engageable with the external thread. The internal thread has an “M” style cross section for an SP 400 Finish.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: BASF Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph M. Galownia, David Munsterman, James B. Carroll, Jr., Christopher J. Valovic, Daniel Malmgren
  • Patent number: 9010554
    Abstract: A tamper-evident closure for a container is provided. The closure comprises a first portion including inner and outer parts, and a second portion. The outer part is rotatable relative to the inner part from a first position in which at least part of the first and second portions are adjacent each other to a second position in which there is a gap therebetween. The first portion comprises locking means for irreversibly locking the closure in the second position upon a first opening so that the gap cannot be closed. The inner part includes a line of weakness which breaks if the outer part is reverse rotated relative to the inner part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Obrist Closures Switzerland GmbH
    Inventor: Alexander Donald Meiklem McPherson
  • Patent number: 8245867
    Abstract: A container and closure assembly is provided that defines an opening and has a lip positioned around the opening. The lip defines an inner surface, an outer surface, and a top surface. The container and closure assembly also includes a closure to attach to the container. The closure includes a top portion, a first skirt extending from the top portion, and a second skirt extending from the top portion. The closure also includes a latch and a hinge connected to the latch. The latch includes an actuator extending from the connection location and a follower portion extending from the connection location. The follower portion of the latch includes a blocking structure. Movement of actuator causes movement of blocking structure. The latch is movable between a first position in which the blocking structure is positioned in contact with the lip and a second position in which the blocking structure is spaced from the lip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Allen Tool Company, Inc.
    Inventor: David O. Allen
  • Patent number: 8205762
    Abstract: Disclosed is a safety cap assembly and corresponding container. The container may feature recessed projections which have notches and the cap may feature a flexor and lugs wherein the lugs interact with the notches under a force from the flexor to prevent removal of the cap by pulling or twisting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Inventor: Craig Carroll
  • Publication number: 20120080399
    Abstract: The present invention is an integrated hinged cover and locking snap to detect tampering of the bung plugs on plastic drums. The locking snaps will break upon an unauthorized attempt to remove the cap from the drum finish. The hinged cover also provides an annular locking ring on the inside surface for engaging an annular ring on the plastic drum finish. The living hinge allows the cap to fit over the annular ring on the drum finish. The living hinge also provides a tear tab member (pull-tab) to remove the cap from the annular locking ring.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Publication date: April 5, 2012
    Inventors: Glen Barlics, Mark Barlics
  • Patent number: 8079485
    Abstract: A closure for sealing a container, in particular a container that, prior to first use by a consumer, includes an opening or aperture covered by a seal, wherein the closure is equipped with a perforating member adapted to open or break the seal, thereby enabling the consumer to access the contents of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Inventor: Brad Scott Berndt
  • Patent number: 7878351
    Abstract: A Cap arrangement comprises an opening-indicator device that has an outer edge wherefrom leads away fin members which in use extends towards the inside of said cap arrangement, said fin members comprising, in one of their portions nearest said edge, an elongated element having a substantially rectilinear extension, said fin members further comprising, in one of their portions further away from said edge, a flexible appendage elements; a cap arrangement comprises an opening-indicator device that has an outer edge wherefrom leads away fin members comprising a first portion suitable for interacting with a surface of a first collar arrangement extending radially from a neck of container arrangement, a second portion suitable for interacting with a further surface of a second collar arrangement extending radially from said neck and a third portion suitable for interacting with a yet further surface of said first collar arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Sacmi Cooperativa Meccanici Imola Societa Cooperativa
    Inventors: Alessandro Falzoni, Fabrizio Pucci
  • Publication number: 20080190879
    Abstract: A method of removing locking tabs from a container or its closure, where the container has threading and locking tabs on an outer surface and its closure has locking tabs on its inner surface, by positioning an apparatus comprising a ring and at least one blade mounted on the ring over the threading on the container or inside the closure and rotating the ring relative to the container or its closure so that the blade removes the locking tabs from the container or its closure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2007
    Publication date: August 14, 2008
    Applicant: APOTHECARY INNOVATIONS, LLC
    Inventors: William E. Holtz, Eric J. Paradisi
  • Patent number: 7350655
    Abstract: A bottle security device includes an inner member, an intermediate member and an outer member that cooperate to lock the device on a bottle neck. The inner member includes a plurality of fingers adapted to fit under the bead on a bottle neck. The intermediate member slides over the inner member and forces the fingers against the bottle. The intermediate member includes a plurality of upwardly extending arms with inwardly projecting teeth that engage outwardly extending teeth on the inner member to lock the inner and intermediate members together. A key unlocks and rotates a rotatable member to separate the intermediate and inner members to unlock the device. Upon rotation of the cover cap, camming surfaces on the rotatable member engage the upwardly extending arms to move them radially outward to disengage them from the inner member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2008
    Assignee: Checkpoint Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Dennis D. Belden, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7350654
    Abstract: A bottle security device includes an inner member, an intermediate member and an outer member that cooperate to lock the device on a bottle neck. The inner member includes a plurality of fingers adapted to fit under the bead on a bottle neck. The intermediate member slides over the inner member and forces the fingers against the bottle. The intermediate member includes a plurality of upwardly extending arms with inwardly projecting teeth that engage outwardly extending teeth on the inner member to lock the inner and intermediate members together. A key unlocks and rotates a rotatable member to separate the intermediate and inner members to unlock the device. Upon rotation of the cover cap, camming surfaces on the rotatable member engage the upwardly extending arms to move them radially outward to disengage them from the inner member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2008
    Assignee: Checkpoint Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Dennis D. Belden, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7350653
    Abstract: A bottle security device includes an inner member, an intermediate member and an outer member that cooperate to lock the device on a bottle neck. The inner member includes a plurality of fingers adapted to fit under the bead on a bottle neck. The intermediate member slides over the inner member and forces the fingers against the bottle. The intermediate member includes a plurality of upwardly extending arms with inwardly projecting teeth that engage outwardly extending teeth on the inner member to lock the inner and intermediate members together. A key unlocks and rotates a rotatable member to separate the intermediate and inner members to unlock the device. Upon rotation of the cover cap, camming surfaces on the rotatable member engage the upwardly extending arms to move them radially outward to disengage them from the inner member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2008
    Assignee: Checkpoint Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Dennis D. Belden, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7350652
    Abstract: A bottle security device includes an inner member, an intermediate member and an outer member that cooperate to lock the device on a bottle neck. The inner member includes a plurality of fingers adapted to fit under the bead on a bottle neck. The intermediate member slides over the inner member and forces the fingers against the bottle. The intermediate member includes a plurality of upwardly extending arms with inwardly projecting teeth that engage outwardly extending teeth on the inner member to lock the inner and intermediate members together. A key unlocks and rotates a rotatable member to separate the intermediate and inner members to unlock the device. Upon rotation of the cover cap, camming surfaces on the rotatable member engage the upwardly extending arms to move them radially outward to disengage them from the inner member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2008
    Assignee: Checkpoint Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Dennis D. Belden, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7334694
    Abstract: The invention relates to a closure cap (1) which cooperates with a bottle container (4). A catching protection (5) is disposed on the neck (3) of the bottle container (4) and a lower-engaging projection (6?) is disposed on the closure cap (1). An insert (2) is associated with the closure cap (1). Said insert (2) can be fixed to the neck (3) of the bottle, resulting in a structurally advantageous, functionally reliable solution whereby the insert (2) is provided with means (22, 26) for rotationally secure retention on the neck (3) of the bottle and the closure cap (1) which can be pressed onto said insert (2) can be unscrewed from the insert (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2008
    Assignee: Alpla-Werke Alwin Lehner GmbH & Co.KG
    Inventor: Udo Suffa
  • Patent number: 7100783
    Abstract: A bottle security device includes an inner member, an intermediate member and an outer member that cooperate to lock the device on a bottle neck. The inner member includes a plurality of fingers adapted to fit under the bead on a bottle neck. The intermediate member slides over the inner member and forces the fingers against the bottle. The intermediate member includes a plurality of upwardly extending arms with inwardly projecting teeth that engage outwardly extending teeth on the inner member to lock the inner and intermediate members together. A key unlocks and rotates a rotatable member to separate the intermediate and inner members to unlock the device. Upon rotation of the cover cap, camming surfaces on the rotatable member engage the upwardly extending arms to move them radially outward to disengage them from the inner member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2006
    Assignee: Alpha Security Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Dennis D. Belden, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7100784
    Abstract: A bottle security device includes an inner member, an intermediate member and an outer member that cooperate to lock the device on a bottle neck. The inner member includes a plurality of fingers adapted to fit under the bead on a bottle neck. The intermediate member slides over the inner member and forces the fingers against the bottle. The intermediate member includes a plurality of upwardly extending arms with inwardly projecting teeth that engage outwardly extending teeth on the inner member to lock the inner and intermediate members together. A key unlocks and rotates a rotatable member to separate the intermediate and inner members to unlock the device. Upon rotation of the cover cap, camming surfaces on the rotatable member engage the upwardly extending arms to move them radially outward to disengage them from the inner member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2006
    Assignee: Alpha Security Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Dennis D. Belden, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7004340
    Abstract: A bottle security device includes an inner member, an intermediate member and an outer member that cooperate to lock the device on a bottle neck. The inner member includes a plurality of fingers adapted to fit under the bead on a bottle neck. The intermediate member slides over the inner member and forces the fingers against the bottle. The intermediate member includes a plurality of upwardly extending arms with inwardly projecting teeth that engage outwardly extending teeth on the inner member to lock the inner and intermediate members together. A key unlocks and rotates a rotatable member to separate the intermediate and inner members to unlock the device. Upon rotation of the cover cap, camming surfaces on the rotatable member engage the upwardly extending arms to move them radially outward to disengage them from the inner member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2006
    Assignee: Alpha Security Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Dennis D. Belden, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6769563
    Abstract: A one-piece aerosol can cap formed of molded plastic has a top wall with an outside edge. A skirt depends from the outside edge of the top wall to a lower perimeter edge. A plurality of arcuate segments depends from the top wall inside the skirt. Each arcuate segment has an inwardly protruding detent. Each arcuate segment has an inner wall and an outer wall coupled to each other so as to define a space between the walls. An opening is provided in the top wall leading to the space between the walls of an arcuate segment for receiving a tool capable of moving the lower end of the arcuate segment outward sufficiently to release the detent so that the cap can be removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2004
    Assignee: L.L. Culmat, L.P.
    Inventors: Ricky W. Tumlin, L. Cullen Underwood
  • Patent number: 6688484
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a method and apparatus for closing a container (10) with a tamper evident closure (26) wherein the closure has a tamper evident ring (38) with driving features (52) that enable a given closure fitting tool (54) with driving features (60) complementary to those of the closure and the ring to be used to drive the closure and the ring onto the container neck (12) without exerting closing torque on the frangible links (40), the links may be made more readily frangible than heretofore; in an embodiment the ring driving features are one-way to prevent the tool from being used to open the container without breaking the links.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2004
    Inventors: Michel Boulange, Philippe Davous
  • Publication number: 20030102279
    Abstract: A bottle security device includes an inner member and an outer member that cooperate to lock the bottle security device on the neck of a bottle. The inner member includes a plurality of fingers that are adapted to fit under the bead on a bottle neck. The inner member further includes outwardly extending teeth. The outer sleeve member of the device slides over the inner member and forces the fingers against the bottle. The outer sleeve member further includes a plurality of upwardly extending arms that have inwardly projecting teeth that engage the teeth of the inner member to lock the two members together. A key is used to separate the two pieces and release the security device from the bottle. The key extends down through the top of the outer sleeve member to physically engage the upwardly extending arms and to move them radially outward to where they disengage the inner member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2003
    Publication date: June 5, 2003
    Inventors: Robert L. Michael, Nicholas M. Sedon, Christopher G. Gallagher, Dennis D. Belden, Michael S. Jaeb
  • Patent number: 6527109
    Abstract: A cap for a water bottle or other liquid container. The cap has a liquid-dissolvable disk in it that dissolves in the water when the bottle is shaken. The preferred cap also has an annular cavity between inner and outer walls in the sidewall of the cap into which the liquid can flow through fluid passageways once the disk is at least partially dissolved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2003
    Inventors: William W. Schoo, Sheryl A. Mulne, Cynthia S. Levy, Stephanie S. King, J. Craig Mullins
  • Patent number: 6302289
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a safety device in an opening arrangement for packaging containers, the opening arrangement having a part fixedly connected to the packaging container and a lid portion displaceable in relation thereto. In the closed position of the opening arrangement, a tongue-shaped projection (9) extends via a slit (15) into a recess (14) in the openable part. The projection (9) will thus be partly visible from the upper side of the opening arrangement until such time as the moving part (4) has been displaced to an open position in which the projection (9) irreversibly departs from the recess (14) and gives a clear, visual indication that the opening arrangement has previously been opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2001
    Assignee: Tetra Laval Holdings & Finance S.A.
    Inventors: Ingvar Andersson, Thomas Pettersson, Peter Öhman, Göran Helldin
  • Publication number: 20010013500
    Abstract: An apparatus for removing a cork from a bottle in which an anchor is embedded in the cork and a cork-pulling sleeve is provided for engaging the anchor for removal of the cork. The cork-pulling sleeve includes inner threads that mate with external threads on the neck of the bottle, and rotation of the cork-pulling sleeve in relation to the bottle extracts the cork.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2001
    Publication date: August 16, 2001
    Inventors: Gil G. Gilley, William A. Gardner
  • Patent number: 6192948
    Abstract: A closure for a transportable container used in the transfer of materials to or from an enclosed process area is described. The container docks with a port in a wall of the process area forming a sealed connecting chamber which is sterilized by irradiation. Communication between the interiors of the container and the process area is then established. The closure has a collar and a lid, which portions are formed so that all the surfaces which form part of the connecting chamber in use are in the direct line of the sterilizing radiation, which is normally ultra-violet or pulsed white light radiation. No relevant surface is shadowed from the radiation. The lid may be formed integrally with the collar with a thin web separating the two to define a fracture line. The lid is provided with a grip which can be grasped from within the process area. Application of a pulling force to the grip causes the lid to be pealed away from the collar without the generation of particulates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2001
    Assignee: Duras Trading Limited
    Inventors: Albert Louis Victor Jozef Claessens, Austin McDonald, Gerhard Liepold, Donald Stollenmaier
  • Patent number: 6179140
    Abstract: An apparatus for removing a cork from a bottle in which an anchor is embedded in the cork and a cork-pulling handle is provided for engaging the anchor for removal of the cork. The cork-pulling handle can be connected to the anchor by any of several means, and can be stored with the bottle as an integral part of the bottle/capsule/label package or provided separately.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2001
    Inventor: William A. Gardner
  • Patent number: 6082564
    Abstract: A secured container closure system is provided for preventing access to the container's contents by small children while allowing ease of access to the container contents by persons of limited strength or dexterity. The system is provided with a first cap having a smooth exterior and being provided with a catch. The first cap is provided within a second cap which has an opening which allows access to the catch. Both the exterior of the first cap and the interior of the second cap are smooth to reduce torque transfer between the second cap and the first cap. A key is provided which may be extended through the opening and engaged to the catch to allow torque transfer between the second cap and first cap for either opening or closing the container. The key may be of an extended length or secured to a wall to allow greater leverage in opening or closing the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2000
    Inventor: Brett J. Trout
  • Patent number: 6032811
    Abstract: A child resistant cap assembly includes an outer cap member having a top wall and a substantially cylindrical side wall depending therefrom. On the exterior surface of the top wall is a key slot and an alignment aperture. An inner cap member for threadedly engaging a container neck is concentrically received within said outer cap member has a mark and key slot on its top wall. The outer cap member normally rotates independently of the inner cap member. When the outer cap member's alignment aperture registers with the mark on the inner cap member, the key slots are aligned allowing a key member to be inserted therethrough. Accordingly, the inserted key member is then rotated to simultaneously rotate the inner and outer cap. The top wall of the outer cap member also includes means for removably retaining the key thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2000
    Inventor: Anthony Marconi
  • Patent number: 6029834
    Abstract: A childproof and tamper-proof closure for a container has an outer cap which can be twisted relative to the inner cap and can be shifted axially. Coupling projections on each of the caps can be brought into and out of engagement by the axial displacement of the outer cap with respect to the inner cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 29, 2000
    Assignee: Friedrich Sanner GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Jurgen Sanner
  • Patent number: 5957313
    Abstract: A theft preventing device for an article having a substantially cylindrical end with a substantially ring-shaped bulge, e.g. a bottle or container. The device comprises a releasable body having a clamping means gripping the cylindrical end when in the closed position, and a locking means for preventing the clamping means from being opened unless a special tool is used. The body comprises of a substantially tubular element with a larger diameter than the ring-shaped bulge, and comprises a member that is movable relative to the tubular element between a closed position in which it defines a cross-section smaller than that of the ring-shaped bulge, and a released position in which it defines a cross-section greater than that of the ring-shaped bulge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1999
    Assignee: Fors France S.A.
    Inventor: Bruno Bouan
  • Patent number: 5884789
    Abstract: An apparatus for removing a cork from a bottle in which an anchor is embedded in the cork and a cork-pulling handle is provided for engaging the anchor for removal of the cork. The cork-pulling handle can be connected to the anchor by any of several means, and can be stored with the bottle as an integral part of the bottle/label package or provided separately.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 23, 1999
    Inventor: William A. Gardner
  • Patent number: 5586670
    Abstract: A device to prevent the unauthorized removal of a closure from the mouth of a bottle having an annular ring adjacent to the mouth about the bottle neck. A cap portion fits over the end of the bottle neck and receives within it the annular ring, the bottle mouth and the closure. A locking mechanism housing is formed adjacent the cap and communicates with the bore in the cap by means of a slot. In a first embodiment a pawl means is pivotally mounted in the housing and is spring biased to extend through the slot into the bore. A second embodiment uses a cam controlled spring mechanism to slideably position pawl means in the cap portion or withdraw it therefrom. A tapered leading edge of the pawl means causes the pawl to be displaced into the housing as the annular ring of the bottle passes the pawl. The spring forces the pawl in behind the ring to prevent removal of the cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 24, 1996
    Inventor: Kenneth Greenwald
  • Patent number: 5509550
    Abstract: The child resistant cap device is for containers with a threaded neck openings. It includes an inner cap, an outer cap and a key bar. The inner cap has a top and a sidewall having threads on its inside. The sidewall has on its outside, one of a male attaching mechanism and a female attaching mechanism for receiving and attaching the outer cap onto the inner cap so as to be rotatably fixed thereon. The top of the inner cap has a release key engagement on its outside, and the outside of the inner cap also has one way ratchets or ratchet blocks to permit engagement of the outer cap for rotating thereon, in a single, closing direction and preventing engagement of them for rotating them in a single, opposite, opening direction. The outer cap has a top and a sidewall having on its inside the other of a male attaching mechanism and a female attaching mechanism. The top of the outer cap has a release key bar with a key which is pivotable for 180.degree.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 23, 1996
    Assignee: Primary Delivery Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Stuart W. DeJonge
  • Patent number: 5464114
    Abstract: A cap member for fitment over a gas outlet nozzle having a plurality of serrations on the exterior thereof, is disclosed. The cap member comprises a peripherally disposed main body portion spanning between an open first end and a closed second end. The main body portion has an outer surface defining the periphery of the cap member and an inner surface defining a nozzle receiving recess. A lock member having a arcuately shaped central portion terminating in opposed outwardly projecting first and second end tabs having a key-receiving gap therebetween is retained within an annular slot within the nozzle receiving recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 7, 1995
    Inventor: Garrey D. Green
  • Patent number: 5464109
    Abstract: A device to prevent the unauthorized removal of a closure from the mouth of a bottle having an annular ring adjacent to the mouth about the bottle neck. A cap portion fits over the end of the bottle neck and receives within it the annular ring, the bottle mouth and the closure. A locking mechanism housing is formed adjacent the cap and communicates with the bore in the cap by means of a slot. In a first embodiment a pawl means is pivotally mounted in the housing and is spring biased to extend through the slot into the bore. A second embodiment uses a cam controlled spring mechanism to slideably position pawl means in the cap portion or withdraw it therefrom. A tapered leading edge of the pawl means causes the pawl to be displaced into the housing as the annular ring of the bottle passes the pawl. The spring forces the pawl in behind the ring to prevent removal of the cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 7, 1995
    Inventor: Kenneth Greenwald
  • Patent number: 5437382
    Abstract: A container having a removable stopper located within the neck of the container and a cap with a handle disposed over the neck. The cap, when removed and inverted, also functions as a tool or driver for removing the stopper. The handle assists persons with impaired dexterity in opening the container, and while a child may likewise remove the cap, the contents cannot be accessed and will not spill out because the stopper is still disposed in the neck. Further, the stopper being disposed within the neck places it out of the grasping ability of the child making it very difficult to remove without using the handle as a tool. The cap also has a tab or tabs on its inside, so that when the cap is removed and inverted, the previously external handle or tab is used as the driver blade and the previously internal tab or tabs are used as a driver handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 1, 1995
    Inventor: Jerome D. Gluckman
  • Patent number: 5423443
    Abstract: A closure stopper for a dispensing cartridge is withdrawn from the dispensing opening by a screw ring. An extension piece of the stopper projects over the screw ring. A disk or similar component is detachably connected to the extension piece and to the screw ring to pull the stopper when the screw ring is moved away from the dispensing cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 1993
    Date of Patent: June 13, 1995
    Inventor: Wilhelm A. Keller
  • Patent number: 5386924
    Abstract: A cap member for fitment over a gas outlet nozzle having a plurality of serrations on the exterior thereof, is disclosed. The cap member comprises a peripherally disposed main body portion having an inner surface and an outer surface, the inner surface defining a nozzle receiving recess, an open first end, a generally closed second end, and a lock member. The lock member has a projecting lock portion movable between a first locking position and a second unlocking position. When the projecting lock portion is in the first locking position, the projecting lock portion projects into the nozzle receiving recess so as to be in interfering relation with one of the plurality of serrations on the exterior of the gas outlet nozzle, so as to thereby lock the cap member in place and preclude the cap member from being removed from the nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 7, 1995
    Inventors: Frank J. Flinta, Garrey D. Green
  • Patent number: 5158194
    Abstract: A child-resistant, two-piece closure is formed with a resilient wedge in the outer cap member which can be pressed into interlocking relationship with an upstanding locking lug element of the inner cap member to facilitate rotational movement in the closure loosening direction by a healthy adult. An aperture is provided in the outer cap member so that a pencil may be radially inserted therein and into contact with the upstanding locking lug element so as to interlockingly couple the outer cap member and inner cap member for rotational movement in the closure loosening direction with the pencil by an elderly or handicapped individual. The child-resistant closure serves as a duel function device by allowing push-in and turn closure removal by healthy adults and easy removal with an inserted pencil or the like by elderly or handicapped adults while still being resistant to removal by young children.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1992
    Assignee: Glaxo Inc.
    Inventors: Mark A. Sirgo, Robert M. Wygant, Charles F. Woodward, Paul V. Engelmann
  • Patent number: 5147052
    Abstract: A two-piece child resistant closure having projections on the top of the inner cap. These projections are accessible through the open center of the outer cap top to assist the user in unthreading the container. This provides a user friendly closure for the elderly and arthritically impaired while still maintaining the usual child resistant opening feature, which can, for example, require a simultaneous push and turn movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1991
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1992
    Assignee: Sunbeam Plastics Corporation
    Inventor: Jeffrey C. Minette
  • Patent number: 5092493
    Abstract: A captive key release closure structure includes a base ring for connection to a rim of a container, a closure member or cap integrally hinged to the base ring, latch indentations on an outer surface of a neck wall of the base ring, and latch pawls on an inner surface of a depending circumferential wall of the cap and aligned with the indentations. A key slot is formed in the cap wall at a position opposite the hinge, and a key receiving recess is formed in the base ring. The latch indentations and pawls are positioned in sets on opposite sides of the key slot and key recess. The closure structure is opened by insertion of a small keylike tool, such as a coin, spoon, or the like, and twisting against the surfaces forming the key slot and recess to separate and thereby release the pawls from the indentations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1992
    Inventor: Harold T. Pehr
  • Patent number: 4991730
    Abstract: A captive key release closure structure includes a base ring for connection to a rim of a container, a closure member or cap integrally hinged to the base ring, latch indentations on an outer surface of a neck wall of the base ring, and latch pawls on an inner surface of a depending circumferential wall of the cap and aligned with the indentations. A key slot is formed in the cap wall at a position opposite the hinge, and a key receiving recess is formed in the base ring. The latch indentations and pawls are positioned in sets on opposite sides of the key slot and key recess. The closure structure is opened by insertion of a small keylike tool, such as a coin, spoon, or the like, and twisting against the surfaces forming the key slot and recess to separate and thereby release the pawls from the indentations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 1989
    Date of Patent: February 12, 1991
    Inventor: Harold T. Pehr
  • Patent number: 4801039
    Abstract: An animal proof container is set forth. The container comprises a can having a bottom, a sidewall having an inside surface having a plurality of substantially flat portions each having a recess defined thereby, an outside surface having a corresponding plurality of holes communicating to the recesses and a rim defining an open top. A lid of the container has a cover portion adapted to cover the open top of the can and a plurality of members extending downwardly peripherally from the cover portion, fitting adjacent the inside surface of the can and having lower end portions adjacent the flat portions of the inside surface, the lower end portions being biased outwardly towards the flat portions sufficiently to proceed into the recesses when the lid is pushed fully downwardly onto the can. The lid is biased normally upwardly relative to the can sufficiently for preventing the lower end portions from entering the recesses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 1988
    Date of Patent: January 31, 1989
    Assignee: Netra Plastics
    Inventors: Mark McCall, Jeffrey W. Vinson
  • Patent number: 4775061
    Abstract: A screw top closure is provided with a freely rotating ring surrounding its periphery thus preventing the user from rotating the closure by gripping the periphery. The ring is captivated on the closure and cannot easily be removed. The closure is provided with a key way on its upper surface which the user can engage with a key which is accessible only to authorized users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 1987
    Date of Patent: October 4, 1988
    Inventor: David J. Coote
  • Patent number: 4731512
    Abstract: A two-piece, press-twist, child resistant closure is formed with upwardly extending lugs, protrusions, ribs or channels on the upper surface of the outer closure member. The lugs assist in holding the outer closure against rotation while being axially depressed to engage the inner closure so that rotation of the container relative to the closure will effect removal of the closure. The closure system serves as a convenient system for arthritic or manually handicapped adults to use and still retain the child resistant nature of the closure for bottles containing harmful products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 1987
    Date of Patent: March 15, 1988
    Assignee: Owens-Illinois Closure Inc.
    Inventor: Jacques J. Barriac
  • Patent number: 4688703
    Abstract: The tube has a peg-shaped neck extension (3) at its upper end, which contains a predetermined breaking point (4). The neck extension (3) is generally positioned under the removable protective cap (7). A short socket (9) is formed on the upper side of the cap (7) in an axial direction, the interior diameter of which is slightly greater than the diameter of the neck extension (3). The inner surface of this socket (9) and the outer surface of the neck extension (3) are provided with corresponding notch flanges (5) or notch grooves (10), such that the cap (7) and the neck extension (3) are non-positively connected to each other when rotated about the longitudinal axis, when the cap (7) with the socket (9) is positioned on the peg-shaped neck extension (3). If the cap (7) is rotated in this position about the longitudinal axis with slight pressure simultaneously exerted then the peg-shaped neck extension (3) is sheared off at the predetermined breaking point (4) and the tube is thereby opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 1986
    Date of Patent: August 25, 1987
    Assignee: Bayer Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Michael Bayer
  • Patent number: 4579247
    Abstract: A cap for a fuel tank has a cap body for screwing into the filler neck of the fuel tank with an "O" ring interposed therebetween, and a lid member for mating to the cap body, both the lid member and the cap body having coacting structure for mutual interengagement to maintain the lid member normally mated to the cap body but separable in break-away relationship from the cap body to leave the cap body intact within the filler neck upon application of external force, such as through collision, to the lid member. The coacting structure may take the form of engaging recesses, holes or grooves on one member and of engaging projections, tabs or pins on the other member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1983
    Date of Patent: April 1, 1986
    Assignee: Nihon Radiator Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Hasui, Hidetoshi Ogida, Akira Kitsukawa
  • Patent number: 4555035
    Abstract: The present invention provides a closure for a container. The closure is provided with a tunnel member into which any appropriate implement such as the handle of a teaspoon can be inserted when it is desired to manipulate the closure e.g. for opening. The provision of the tunnel member is of great assistance to people lacking in manual dexterity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 1984
    Date of Patent: November 26, 1985
    Assignee: Johnsen & Jorgensen (Plastics) Limited
    Inventor: Eugene E. Davis