Snap-type Closure Patents (Class 215/224)
  • Patent number: 11156703
    Abstract: An ultrasonic sensor is secured to an attachment object and passes through the attachment object. The ultrasonic sensor includes an oscillator which has a transceiving surface which transmits or receives an ultrasonic wave, a cylindrical elastic member which surrounds an outer surface of the oscillator extending from the transceiving surface in a thickness-wise direction of the transceiving surface and has an inner surface contacting the outer surface of the oscillator, a body which has a housing with a bottom and in which the to oscillator and the elastic member are disposed except a protruding portion on a side of said transceiving surface, and an annular body which surrounds the protruding portion of the elastic member and is disposed in the body in contact with a front of the attachment object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Keisuke Ueda, Takeo Tsuzuki
  • Patent number: 11084635
    Abstract: A vial comprises a vial top and a lid. The lid comprises a top and a bottom. A circular securing feature is attached to the bottom and has a diameter that is less than the diameter of the lid, thus forming a lip around the circumference of the bottom. The securing feature comprises a snap bead that extends outwards therefrom. An internal undercut in the vial mates with the snap bead when the lid is in the closed position. The vial top comprises a ledge. The underside of the lip secures to the ledge when the lid is in the closed position. An anti-pry wall is located on the ledge, having a diameter larger than the lid and surrounding the lid when the lid is in the closed position. The height of the anti-pry wall is taller than the underside of the lip when the lid is in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: F&S Tool, Inc.
    Inventor: James D. Faulkner
  • Patent number: 10850895
    Abstract: Closure cap intended to close off an open end of a reservoir, comprising a substantially cylindrical body (12) of longitudinal axis (Z) that is intended to be mounted on the open end of the reservoir and is provided with a flow orifice (12e) and a lid (14) that is articulated about a transverse pivot axis (A0) with respect to the body (12), by means of at least two hinges (16), between an open position of the flow orifice (12e) and a closed position of said flow orifice (12e), said lid (14) having an outside diameter greater than the outside diameter of the body (12) and forming a radial lip, said closure cap (10) also comprising a return member (18) that is disposed in a plane passing between the two hinges (16) and is able to keep the lid (14) in each of the positions. The return member (18) has a bent shape configured to be inserted into cavities (12f, 14d) made in the body (12) and in the lid (14), respectively, and to be flush with the radial lip of the lid (14) in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: L'Oreal
    Inventors: Kerem Aubret, Patrick Charnay, Raphaël Menetrat
  • Patent number: 10660299
    Abstract: A waste storage container for a litter box for pets, that consists of a housing having a bottom surface and four side walls, creating an interior cavity therein, and a lip surrounding a top edge of the four side walls, the lip extending outward from the sidewalls and away from the cavity. There is a hook connected to one of the sidewalls, and being configured for attachment to a top edge of a litter box. A foot plate extends outward from the sidewall beneath the hook to keep the waste container in an upright position when the waste container is connected to a litter box with sloped walls. There is also a lid configured for attachment to the housing to cover the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: TabbyRoo, Inc.
    Inventors: Deborah Salvato, Fabiola Simone, Thomas Nagler, Michael Botta, Steven Goldberg
  • Patent number: 9944045
    Abstract: A coextruded polyethylene blown film, particularly for packaging, has a thickness between 20 ?m and 250 ?m and is formed by a foamed, particle-containing core layer between a first unfoamed weldable outer layer and a second unfoamed outer layer. The core layer has a polyethylene or a polyethylene-based mixture as a polymer component having a melt mass-flow rate (MFR) per DIN ISO EN 1133 of greater than 5 g/10 min at 190° C. and 2.16 kg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: MONDI CONSUMER PACKAGING TECHNOLOGIES GMBH
    Inventor: Matthias Perick
  • Patent number: 8807359
    Abstract: A child-resistant container including a container body (10), a lid (24), and at least one resilient tab (110) is provided. The lid is pivotable about an axis through a hinge (26) joining the lid to the container body to open and close the container. The resilient tab has a proximal portion fixed to the lid, a distal portion projecting from the lid, and at least one abutment (109) on the distal portion. The abutment on the distal portion of the tab is normally biased into engagement with an abutment (118) on the container body when the lid is in its closed position. The distal portion of the tab is displaceable against the bias to disengage the abutment of the tab from the abutment of the container. Displacement of the tab releases the lid so that it can be pivoted about the hinge to open the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: CSP Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jean-Pierre Giraud, Michel Zbirka, Joseph W. Rogers
  • Patent number: 8783483
    Abstract: A child-resistant closure (10) is provided and comprises a base (15) and a lid (20). The base has an inner skirt (50) and an outer skirt (25). The closure has locking means (81, 86) tor releasably locking the lid in a closed position. The outer skirt has one or more pressing zones (80, 85) which can be pressed to release the locking means. The inner skirt has one or more cut-outs (65, 70) in register with the or each pressing zone whereby to allow greater deflection thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Obrist Closures Switzerland GmbH
    Inventors: Stephen Faragher, Jamie Fox, Darren John Mears
  • Patent number: 8777032
    Abstract: A cap includes a top wall, an outer peripheral edge, a first section, and a second section. A skirt depends from the outer peripheral edge. The skirt includes an attached end, a free end, a plurality of slots, and a plurality of apertures. Each aperture is spaced-apart from the free end of the skirt. The top wall has a first configuration and a second configuration. When the top wall is in the first configuration, the first section is generally planer and the second section is generally arcuate. When the top wall is in the first configuration, the skirt extends generally perpendicularly to the first section to generally engage at least a portion of a container. When the top wall is in the second configuration, the free end of the skirt extends radially outwardly from the attached end thereof to allow the cap to be removed from the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Drug Plastics & Glass Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Frederick N. Biesecker, Gregory Sprishen, William Gordon Knestrick, III
  • Patent number: 8590734
    Abstract: A child-resistant lift-off cap for a container is adapted to be difficult to unseat independently to open the container. An overlay portion associated with the cap is adapted for use to lift the cap from a container to unseat it. The overlay portion has a thumb tab and is deformable to engage and lift the seated cap only when the thumb tab is lifted. The overlay portion raises independently of the cap when the deformable portion is not deformed into engagement with the cap. Alternatively, a lift-top cap having a slot through it, the slot having a first opening near an edge of the cap to be lifted to unseat the cap and a second opening. A slide in the slot has a first end biased to be flush with or recessed into the first opening and a second end biased to normally protrude out of the second opening. The second end of the slide can be depressed against the bias of the slide to displace the first end of the slide out of the first opening to function as a thumb tab to assist in lifting the cap from a container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Inventor: Jean-Pierre Giraud
  • Patent number: 8544665
    Abstract: A capping system and method of use for sealing injectable drugs within vials is disclosed. The system includes a closure assembly and a locking cap. The closure assembly includes a retainer member and a resilient stopper located within the retainer member. The retainer member is arranged to be disposed on the vial whereupon a gap results between the stopper and the vial. The retainer member is movable to close that gap. The locking cap is used to permanently seal the vial.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Genesis Packaging Technologies
    Inventors: F. William Bogle, Roger P. Asselta
  • Patent number: 8511492
    Abstract: Described is a bottle having a container which includes a threaded neck and a handle. The threaded neck includes a dispensing opening and a handle opening. The bottle also includes a dispensing closure configured to engage the container. The bottle also includes a child-resistant closure cap which includes a pair of tabs that lock into the latches on the closure base member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: The Clorox Company
    Inventors: Judith Webster, Kerry Azelton, Steve James Tomkins, Brandon C. Roy, Christian Krammer, Thomas Hlavacek, Thomas Zauser
  • Patent number: 8474635
    Abstract: An ultrasonic liquefaction endodontic system having a graspable hand piece includes a contra-angle tip assembly that has an insert and an internal fluid flow passageway. A portion of the fluid flow passageway passes through a C-shaped receiver located at the end of the receiver so that an ultrasonic frequency may pass directly to the fluid flowing through the passageway. The fluid flow passageway may be an injection tube and the tubular body portion of the tip assembly may be injection molded around the injection tube and the insert. A supply tube, which is held in position by tube guides connected to the hand piece, provides a source of flushing fluid with and without pulsed pressure. The fluid pressure pulses may have an ultrasonic energy superimposed thereon as the fluid is forced into a root canal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Inventor: Douglas B. Johnson
  • Patent number: 8353414
    Abstract: A stopper for a container neck having a skirt centered on an axis, and an internal snapping device. The snapping device fastens the stopper to the neck by engaging with an edge of the neck and an external disengagement tab projecting outwards from the skirt and running over a peripheral portion of the skirt. The skirt includes an external collar projecting outwards and running over a peripheral portion of the skirt distinct from the portion associated with the tab, by being separated from the portion associated with the tab at either end around the periphery of the skirt. At least a portion of the collar that runs through greater than 180° about the axis includes, in cross-section relative to the axis, a circular outside profile centered on the axis and having a radius substantially equal to the maximum radial distance between the axis and the outside profile of the tab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Assignee: Tetra Laval Holdings & Finance S.A.
    Inventors: Michel Luzzato, Jérôme Mezerette
  • Publication number: 20120267336
    Abstract: A child-resistant closure (10) is provided and comprises a base (15) and a lid (20). The base has an inner skirt (50) and an outer skirt (25). The closure has locking means (81, 86) tor releasably locking the lid in a closed position. The outer skirt has one or more pressing zones (80, 85) which can be pressed to release the locking means. The inner skirt has one or more cut-outs (65, 70) in register with the or each pressing zone whereby to allow greater deflection thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Applicant: OBRIST CLOSURES SWITZERLAND GMBH
    Inventors: Stephen Faragher, Jamie Fox, Darren John Mears
  • Patent number: 8240492
    Abstract: A snap closure for a container includes an annular snap bead in a skirt portion. A top portion extends upwardly from the skirt portion, the top portion having horizontal slits. When the snap closure is engaged with a container, the snap beads snap onto a mating locking ring of the container. An upwards force is applied to the snap closure to disengage the closure from the container. The horizontal slits enable the top portion to flex axially to provide additional rotational leverage for disengaging the snap beads from the annular locking ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: RFR Design LLC
    Inventor: Robert J. Mileti
  • Patent number: 8235233
    Abstract: A container for over-the-counter drugs or the like that includes a cylindrical plastic bottle with a closure. The closure including a cap and a ring that mates with the mouth of the bottle. The cap ring has a tongue that mates with a capture structure on the cap in a child resistant configuration. The tongue being lockable by a pad lock to block access by unwanted adults and teenagers. The tongue having a senior friendly configuration also.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Inventor: Harold T. Pehr
  • Patent number: 7975862
    Abstract: A child-resistant package includes a housing having an internal volume for holding items to be dispensed, a cylindrical neck, an end wall on the neck and a dispensing opening in the end wall. A closure has an end wall with a dispensing opening and a skirt. One of the skirt and the neck, preferably the neck, has a channel and the other of the skirt and the neck, preferably the skirt, has a bead for receipt in the channel such that the closure is rotatable on the neck for selectively aligning the dispensing openings to dispense items from within the housing. A child resistance mechanism between the closure and the neck resists rotation of the closure on the neck. The end wall of the closure preferably includes a dosage window, and a disk preferably is disposed between the closure and the end wall of the neck having dosage indicia viewable through the dosage window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Rexam Healthcare Packaging Inc.
    Inventor: Maurice R. Gnepper
  • Publication number: 20110114591
    Abstract: A child-resistant container including a container body (10), a lid (24), and at least one resilient tab (110) is provided. The lid is pivotable about an axis through a hinge (26) joining the lid to the container body to open and close the container. The resilient tab has a proximal portion fixed to the lid, a distal portion projecting from the lid, and at least one abutment (109) on the distal portion. The abutment on the distal portion of the tab is normally biased into engagement with an abutment (118) on the container body when the lid is in its closed position. The distal portion of the tab is displaceable against the bias to disengage the abutment of the tab from the abutment of the container. Displacement of the tab releases the lid so that it can be pivoted about the hinge to open the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2007
    Publication date: May 19, 2011
    Inventors: Jean-Pierre Giraud, Michel Zbirka, Joseph W. Rogers
  • Patent number: 7938293
    Abstract: A lid construction for a container, canister (can), or the like, includes a top piece and a skirt piece. The top and skirt pieces are connected together using a folded and crimped joint that is located primarily on the inside of the lid adjacent to the inner surface of the skirt and generally below the top surface of the lid, providing a substantially flush and flat upper surface and a substantially flush and flat side surface of the lid at the location of the joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Assignee: Planet Canit LLC
    Inventor: Sunil Gidumal
  • Patent number: 7883269
    Abstract: A structure for closing a track rail mounting hole is disclosed, which prevents a closing cap from being press-fitted with an inclined state into the rail mounting hole, thereby being capable of positively preventing formation of a gap between the rail mounting hole and the closing cap. The closing cap includes a fitting portion having an outer diameter larger than an inner diameter of the rail mounting hole, to be press-fitted into the rail mounting hole; and a leading end portion to be inserted into the rail mounting hole before press-fitting the fitting portion into the rail mounting hole, for provisionally positioning the closing cap with respect to the rail mounting hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignees: THK Co., Ltd., THK GmbH
    Inventors: Katsuya Iida, Yoshiaki Saito, Masahiro Kumagai, Reinhard G. Welle
  • Patent number: 7804405
    Abstract: An overcap structure supports an electronic tag on a container cap. The overcap structure includes an overcap for supporting the electronic tag where the overcap is rotatably positionable about the cap of the container. The overcap includes a planar upper surface and depending annular skirt having an inwardly directed lip for positioning beneath the cap. The overcap is formed of mating components which are attachable about the cap preventing nondestructible detachment of the overcap from the container cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2010
    Assignee: B&G International, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Norman, Chester Kolton, Robert Whittemore
  • Patent number: 7581656
    Abstract: A container includes a container base and a lid interconnected by a hinge and being of one-piece integrally molded plastic construction. The container base is of generally rectangular outline having a back wall to which the hinge is connected, a front wall, opposite sidewalls and an open end. The front wall is connected to the back wall opposite the open end by a continuously curving end wall so that the front wall, the back wall and the continuously curving end wall form a continuous surface for application of a label to the front wall, the back wall and the continuously curving end wall. The sidewalls have flat coplanar edges opposite the open end to permit the container to be stood on end with the open end facing upwardly. The container preferably includes a child-resistant latch having a first latch element on the lid opposite the hinge and a second latch element on the front wall of the container ban adjacent to the open end and opposite the hinge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2009
    Assignee: Rexam Prescription Products Inc.
    Inventors: Maurice R. Gnepper, John M. Shingle
  • Publication number: 20090159603
    Abstract: A container for the storing and dispensing a part-frozen or semi-frozen product. The container has an upper portion including an outlet spout defining an outlet aperture to receive a re-sealable complimentary closure. A crushable container body portion is disposed from the container upper portion. A container base portion defines a plurality of vertical facets between the upper portion and container base. The container body portion includes a crush zone, the crush zone of the container body portion is separated from the container upper position by an isolation zone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2007
    Publication date: June 25, 2009
    Inventor: David Lilico
  • CAP
    Publication number: 20090152269
    Abstract: A cap comprises a body suitable for being associated with a container neck and provided with a dispensing arrangement, a lid arranged for closing said dispensing arrangement, an opening indicating device connected to the lid through a breakable arrangement and comprises a hooking arrangement arranged for engaging with a corresponding further hooking arrangement of the body, wherein with the further hooking arrangement there is associated a guide arrangement arranged for limiting deformations of the opening indicating device when the hooking arrangement interacts with the further hooking arrangement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2007
    Publication date: June 18, 2009
    Applicant: SACMI COOPERATIVA MECCANICI IMOLA SOCIETA' COOPERA
    Inventor: Fabrizio Pucci
  • Publication number: 20090020493
    Abstract: A child resistant package comprising a container having a neck finish including an annular locking ring with at least one notch having a locking rib therein and indicium indicating the location of the notch, and a snap-on closure of rigid and stiff material disposed for rotary movement on the neck finish, said closure comprising an end wall, a resilient peripheral skirt, and a crown extending upwardly and outwardly from the end wall and the skirt to form a surface that provides leverage for removal of the closure from the container with a locking lug extending radially inwardly from said skirt in alignment in a fire position with said notch upon rotation of the closure to permit removal of said closure only when in the fire position, and snap beads co-planar with the locking luck and extending inwardly from the skirt, said snap beads being longer than the notch is wide, a finger tab comprising indicium and extending radially outwardly from said skirt in alignment with said locking lug, said snap beads camming
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2008
    Publication date: January 22, 2009
    Applicant: ALCAN GLOBAL PHARMACEUTICAL PACKAGING INC.
    Inventor: Don F. Yeager
  • Patent number: 7478739
    Abstract: A connector cap of a trigger sprayer is integrally formed with the sprayer housing of the trigger sprayer. The connector cap has a flexible cylindrical sidewall of varying thicknesses that enables the cap to be flexed and snap fit on a bayonet-type connector of a bottle neck by pressing the cap downwardly onto the bottle neck. The different thicknesses of the sidewall allow portions of the sidewall to flex, while maintaining a smooth, cylindrical exterior surface appearance of the sidewall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2009
    Assignee: Meadwestvaco Calmar, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald D. Foster
  • Publication number: 20080154103
    Abstract: A pulse signal drive circuit includes an energy storage device. A source of energy supplies a substantially constant flow of energy to the energy storage device. A switch circuit draws repetitive pulses of substantially constant energy from the energy storage device to generate corresponding pulse drive signals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2008
    Publication date: June 26, 2008
    Inventor: Charles R. LeMay
  • Publication number: 20080041808
    Abstract: A beverage container comprises a receptacle (2) which has a central axis (3) and is sealed by a lid (6) of resilient material. The receptacle includes a neck (8) defining an opening and the lid includes a closure plate (30, 32), integral with which is a depending skirt (18) extending around the outer surface of the neck. The inner surface of the skirt (18) carries a continuous annular flange (20), which is in sealing engagement with the underside of a continuous downwardly directed annular shoulder (14) on the outer surface of the neck and thus prevents movement of the lid in the axial direction away from the receptacle. The annular flange (20) on the lid is connected thereto by a resilient hinge connection (22). The annular flange (20) is elongate in axial sectional view.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2005
    Publication date: February 21, 2008
    Inventors: Matthew Eric Smith, Karl Mondszein
  • Publication number: 20040245204
    Abstract: The invention relates to a combination of a bottle (1) comprising a bottle neck (3) and a snap-on adapter (6) and/or a sealing cap (7) that is/are held on the bottle neck (3). The aim of the invention is to produce a structural shape of great mechanical strength that is easy to assemble. To achieve this, both a snap-on projection (8) and an alignment projection (9) are configured on the bottle neck (3).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2004
    Publication date: December 9, 2004
    Inventor: Udo Suffa
  • Patent number: 6772902
    Abstract: A thin-walled child-proof container is formed entirely in one piece in a molding process. The container has a self-engaging child-proof safety closure between the container and its cover. The cover is attached to the container by a living hinge. A self-aligning tapered self-sealing lip is provided between the cover and the container. The child-proof safety closure comprises a hook retainer with a V-shaped bottom point or edge attached to the container and a flexible tab with a mating bottom V-shaped hook attached to the cover. The cover further comprises a visual indicator on an outer surface of the cover, adjacent to the tab. The visual indicator indicates a compression point to be contacted to compress the cover and the visual indicator further indicates a direction in which the tab must be moved to release the V-shaped hook of the tab from the V-shaped point of the hook retainer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2004
    Inventor: Colin White
  • Patent number: 6758358
    Abstract: A child-resistant package includes a container having a body with an open end for dispensing product. A shoulder on the body is positioned adjacent to the open end and has an external surface. A circumferential groove is recessed radially inwardly from the shoulder surface at an end of the shoulder remote from the container end. A bead around the shoulder extends radially outwardly from the shoulder surface and is spaced from the groove and the container end, and at least one external axially extending channel is parallel to the axis of the shoulder surface and extends into the surface from the groove through the shoulder and the bead. A cup-shaped overcap has an open end, at least one internal lug adjacent to the open end for receipt in the groove on the container shoulder, and a radially inwardly extending bead around an inner periphery of the cap spaced from the open end for snap-fit over the radially outwardly extending bead on the container shoulder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2004
    Assignee: Owens-Illinois Closure Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth S. Bloom
  • Publication number: 20030136753
    Abstract: A child resistant cap for a bottle includes a cover portion with a periphery having a wall with an internal surface surrounds the neck when the cap is positioned on the bottle. The bottle includes a neck, an opening and a rib with a gap. A finger and a locking lug extend from the internal surface. The finger has a length less than a length of the gap. The locking lug has a length greater than the length of the gap. The locking lug and the finger engage the rib and permit a rotation between a first position, where the finger and gap are aligned and a series of second positions, where the finger and gap are not aligned. A tab extends from the cover portion for applying a force to the cover when the cap is in the first position to remove the cap from the bottle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2002
    Publication date: July 24, 2003
    Inventors: Frederick N. Biesecker, Gregory Sprishen
  • Patent number: 6431380
    Abstract: A closure is described wherein a flip top is provided with a child-resistant opening mechanism. The flip top closure is attached to a neck finish, fitment or other container spout and includes a flip top that is hingedly attached to a depending sidewall. The child-resistant mechanism includes a retention tab that engages a retention bead when the flip top is closed, but allows the top to be opened by the alignment of the retention tab with a retention lug, located on the neck finish or fitment, over which the retention tab may slide when upward force is applied to a thumb tab attached to the top. The interaction of the retention tab and the retention lug when the flip top is closed prevents the closure from being automatically aligned for opening, after the closure is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2002
    Assignee: Rexam Medical Packaging Inc.
    Inventor: Mark K. Branson
  • Patent number: 6364101
    Abstract: A dispenser of moist wipes, towelettes, or liquid impregnated fibrous tissues, comprising a container, a lid having an orifice therein for withdrawal of the wipes, and a cap over the orifice to prevent evaporation of liquid from the container. The wipes may be placed in the container in roll form, and withdrawn sequentially and individually by pulling through the orifice and tearing apart at perforations between the wipes. The lid is removably attached by a snap fit to the container, and the lower edge of the lid is protected by an outwardly extending circumferential protrusion on the vertical side of the container adjacent the lower edge of the lid, so as to inhibit accidental removal of the lid. An opening is provided in the protrusion to permit removal of the lid as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2002
    Assignee: S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventor: Marissa A. Schultz
  • Patent number: 6161711
    Abstract: A closure and container system for storing prescription or over-the-counter medications is disclosed that is reversible between child-resistant and non-child resistant modes of use. The system includes a pair of endless beads, one on each of the container neck and closure, to improve moisture-barrier protection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2000
    Assignee: Tri State Distribution, Inc.
    Inventors: David A. Miceli, Joseph A. Miceli
  • Patent number: 5992657
    Abstract: A safety closure is provided for threadingly engaging a neck portion of a container. The safety closure includes a cap portion and a tamper-indicating band connected to a lower end of a peripheral side wall of the cap portion by a plurality of frangible bridge segments. A cap lug projects downwardly from an outer surface of the cap portion and is sized to engage a band lug projecting upwardly from an outer surface of the tamper-indicating band. At least one bead segment projects inwardly from an inner surface of the tamper-indicating band and is sized to engage a continuous bead projecting outwardly from an outer surface of the container neck portion to prevent removal of the tamper-indicating band therefrom upon a first application thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1999
    Assignee: Rexam Plastics Inc.
    Inventor: Alberto Friedman
  • Patent number: 5979680
    Abstract: A child-resistant adult-friendly prescription storage vial is presented with an over-cap which can only be removed from the vial by first orienting the cap at a particular point on the vial and then depressing a pair of push-tabs on the cap. When the cap is properly oriented the push-tabs mechanically operate a pair of locking tabs on the vial which hold the cap in place. The locking tabs are designed so that an extended lip on the tab interlocks with a slit on the cap and can only be removed from the slit when the push-tabs on the cap are manually operated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1999
    Assignee: Kerr Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Nicholas C. Farside
  • Patent number: 5865354
    Abstract: An easy opening dispenser closure is disclosed having a top and an annular depending base skirt with a lid mounted on the top. The lid has a downwardly depending annular edge which in turn has an extension with an end shaped to fit the end of a thumb. The skirt has a thumb recess in which the extension fits. The extension locks the lid securely and detachably to the base skirt. The lid has a chamfered edge on the top to assist in centering the entire closure on the container during capping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 2, 1999
    Assignee: Lipton, Division of Conopco, Inc.
    Inventor: Vinod Kumar Bansal
  • Patent number: 5845820
    Abstract: In a cap and container closure, the cap is integrally formed with a trigger sprayer housing and the cap and container have a bayonet-type closure that attaches the cap to the container by pressing the cap downwardly on the container without turning, or by no more than a quarter turn of the cap relative to the container, and the cap also has upper and lower lugs that engage against the top and bottom surfaces of ridges on the container neck to hold the cap securely on the container neck and prevent any rocking movement of the cap on the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 8, 1998
    Assignee: Continental Sprayers International, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald D. Foster
  • Patent number: 5829609
    Abstract: A child-resistant closure for a container having a neck and a mouth covered by a flexible cap of inverted cup shape. The container neck includes an outwardly projecting, ramped rib having a lower ramp end. The cap has at least one projection extending inwardly from a sidewall, with the projection being normally positioned radially spaced outside of the ramped rib, but being manually movable inwardly with the side wall to engage the ramped rib near the lower end in a predetermined rotational position of the cap. A detent member hold the cap in a position closing the container mouth but permitting cap rotation. The sidewall may be squeezed to engage the projection and ramped rib, and rotated in one direction, with the ramped rib raising the projection, to force the cap upwardly to open the container by disengaging the detent member from its cap-holding position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 3, 1998
    Assignee: Creative Packaging Corp.
    Inventor: James M. Beck
  • Patent number: 5752612
    Abstract: A closure 1 for a container comprises a slidable opening member 3 slidable between a retracted position and an extended position. In the retracted position, substantially no opening force can readily be applied to the opening member 3. In the extended position, an opening force can be applied to the opening member 3 to open the container. A spring or similar device is provided for automatically returning the opening member to the retracted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 19, 1998
    Inventors: Rodger Erich Fritzsche, Alan L. G. Bearne
  • Patent number: 5740905
    Abstract: The key ring attachable lighter holding shell with flexible holding flaps is a shell-shaped holder into which a reusable lighter or a disposable lighter may be inserted and held securely, yet can also be taken out and replaced again, and it may be attached to a key ring or key chain in order to help prevent a person from losing a lighter as long as the keys are not lost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 21, 1998
    Inventor: Kevin Lee Kilfoy
  • Patent number: 5740933
    Abstract: A tamper indicating, child proof, container cap designed for easy manipulation by arthritic fingers of a user includes an annular tear strip and a rotatably indexing latch finger on the cap which engages a raised annular retainer ridge with bypass opening on the neck of the container. A tactile indicator of the rotational location of the bypass opening is under the tear strip for sensing by the user's finger that is in simultaneous contact with the cap when the tear strip is removed. A lower ridge includes an index key for orienting the latch finger away from the bypass opening during assembly of the system. The top of the cap includes an extended axial length portion that is shaped for easy grip by arthritic fingers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 21, 1998
    Assignee: American Safety Closure Corp.
    Inventors: Vincent N. Conti, Don Yeager
  • Patent number: 5636756
    Abstract: A childproof closure for containers is particularly suited for use by arthritic or manually handicapped adults which retains child resistant qualities. This is accomplished by a thumb-engageable projection extending from the upper surface of the end wall of the closure at that portion of the circumferential periphery adjacent the opening index mark.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 10, 1997
    Assignee: Lermer Packaging Corp.
    Inventor: Gustav E. Johnson
  • Patent number: 5560504
    Abstract: A novel snap on pull off tamper indicating cap and neck configuration for containers, the cap having a top with an annular depending wall on its peripheral edge and seven circumferentially spaced continuous spiral thread configurations on the inner surface of the annular depending wall. A removable tear skirt with continuous opposing groups of ratchet teeth on its inner surface depends from the outer peripheral edge of an out-turned flange on said annular wall. An inturned continuous annular rib on said annular depending wall engages on and deforms the neck configuration. The tear skirt is joined to the flange with multiple frangible connections from the ratchet teeth, a pull tab on the tear skirt with frangible lines requiring removal of the tab and tear skirt from the cap before the cap can be rotated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 1, 1996
    Inventor: Luca Molinaro
  • Patent number: 5358129
    Abstract: An easy open container which is also child resistant provides for a cap for attachment to the container. The cap contains an indent for retaining the cap on the base. On the neck of the container there is contained a lip which retains the indent thereon so that the cap is child resistant. In addition, the cap is also easy to open in that extending from the cover portion of the cap is a flange, which provides for an easy to grip mechanism so that an arthritic user is able to grip the cap and align the detent with a discontinuity in the lip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 25, 1994
    Assignee: McNeil-PPC, Inc.
    Inventor: Colin F. Watts
  • Patent number: 5351845
    Abstract: A generally cylindrical relative rotatable lock structure comprises three relatively rotatable coaxial members. The first and second members have generally opposed surfaces carrying connecting means which interengage to prevent relative axial movement between those members except in predetermined relatively rotatable positions. The third member is supported by one of the first or second members to prevent axial movement relative to the supporting member, but to permit rotatable movement. Friction between the third and non-supporting member causes the third member to rotate with the non-supporting member. The third member has connecting means cooperable with the connecting means on the member which does not support the third member to prevent relative axial movement between the third and non-supporting members except in predetermined relative position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 4, 1994
    Assignee: Yellowstone Environmental Science, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert M. Hunter
  • Patent number: 5316162
    Abstract: A two-piece safety cap for a container including a valve assembly having a valve rim thereon is disclosed. The safety cap comprises a collar having an inner surface and an outer surface and top and bottom portions. The collar is securably seatable on the valve rim so that the inner surface is arranged adjacent the valve rim. The bottom portion of the collar is sized and shaped so that the collar can be arranged on the valve rim regardless of the diameter of the barrel of the associated container without any interference occurring between the bottom portion of the collar and the container. The safety cap also comprises a cover adapted to be mounted between a removable position and a non-removable position on the collar. Additionally, a locking mechanism is arranged between the cover and the collar so that the cover can be selectively locked thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 1992
    Date of Patent: May 31, 1994
    Assignee: Pierson Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Theodore J. Pierson
  • Patent number: 5312010
    Abstract: A wide mouth container or jar suitable for storage of viscous jells, such as hair dressings in which the closure includes provision for preventing unauthorized removal by children. To open the closure, it must be rotated to a predetermined location relative to the container to align a small radially extending tab opposite a corresponding gap in a radially extending flange on the outer surface of the container, following which the tab is pushed in a direction away from the flange to free to closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 17, 1994
    Assignee: Lermer Packaging Corp.
    Inventor: Gustav Johnson
  • Patent number: 5292017
    Abstract: A child resistant package includes a snap-on closure of rigid and stiff material on a container having a neck finish with an annular locking rib having at least one notch. The closure has a locking lug extending radially inwardly from its skirt in alignment in a fire position with the notch upon rotation of the closure to permit removal of the closure when in the fire position. A finger tab extends radially outwardly from the skirt in alignment with the locking lug, and the skirt has rib structure extending radially inwardly from the skirt circumferentially spaced from the locking lug. The locking rib and rib structure having coacting cams for resiliently expanding the skirt upon snap locking the closure to the neck finish and upon removal of the closure. The locking lug and the rib structure are interengaged with the locking rib upon snap locking and the rib structure becomes disengaged from the locking rib upon removal of the closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 1993
    Date of Patent: March 8, 1994
    Assignee: Calmar Inc.
    Inventor: Richard F. Reifers