With Movable Closure Removal Obstacle Patents (Class 215/225)
  • Patent number: 9815604
    Abstract: A two-piece tamper-evident band assembly for use with a container and closure combination, where the container has a peripheral collar and the closure has a skirt, is shown. The tamper-evident band assembly includes a breakaway band frangibly connected to a staying ring. The staying ring has decreased flexibility where it connects to the container and closure combination, which prevents the assembly from deforming in a manner that will cause the assembly to fail to indicate that the container has been opened. The tamper-evident band assembly also indicates whether the container has been compromised without requiring modification of the container or the closure and can be applied to existing container and closure combinations that lack a tamper-evident system, allowing the assembly to be used with a variety of container and closure combinations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Phoenix Closures, Inc.
    Inventor: Len Ekkert
  • Patent number: 9650185
    Abstract: A tamper evident closure employs a frangible tamper evident finger for initially retaining a lid in a closed position relative to a closure body. In response to an initial opening of the lid, the finger is separated from the lid and retained in a volume at least partly defined by the closure body. As the finger is connected to the lid by a frangible bridge in a confirmation window, upon separation of the finger from the lid, the now open confirmation window provides immediate and ready indication that the lid has been opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Currier Plastics, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary John Kieffer, Joel Robin Sieber, Steven Michael Faes, Massimo A. Leone
  • Patent number: 9630753
    Abstract: Described is a closure adapted to be fit on top of containers such as bottles. In various embodiments, the closure may include an outer skirt and an inner skirt. The closure may be engageable with a container neck. In some embodiments, a region of weakness may be adapted to break and/or deform upon an attempt to remove the closure from the container neck. In some embodiments, after the break and/or deformation, the closure may no longer be engageable with the container neck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: The Clorox Company
    Inventors: David Ziegenhorn, Jay Hinkle, Greg Showers, Kerry D. Azelton, Stacie M. Alvarez, Bryan Irwin
  • Patent number: 9604765
    Abstract: A cap device and methods for use with a container are provided. The cap device can include a piercer cover and a shell for comprising a composition. The piercer cover has one or more side walls comprising one or more piercers attached to the top wall and disposed toward the bottom portion of the piercer cover for breaking a film covering the bottom portion of the shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: AHHMIGO, LLC
    Inventor: Igor Besic
  • Patent number: 9199766
    Abstract: A time programmable container for timing an object, having a spacer which is positioned intermediate a lid and a base. The spacer and the base contain time indicia that correspond to a plurality of a different of time indication. The base includes a device to secure the spacer and inhibit the movement or rotation of the spacer with respect to the base. The cap removal inhibiting device includes a cavity with a lip and a tab spacer, such that when the spacer is placed upon the base and the lid is threaded onto the base, the tab of the spacer extends into the cavity of the lid, thereby securing the spacer onto the base and further preventing the removal of the lid from the base without first removing the tab from the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Inventor: Tomasz Andrzej Kosierkiewicz
  • Patent number: 9102449
    Abstract: A dispensing cap including a closure having a top pivotably mounted to a base by a hinge. The closure is rotatably mounted to a ring. The top of the dispensing cap is opened only when the hinge is aligned with a notch formed in the ring and pressure is applied to flexible areas of the ring to disengage mating members of the ring and the top.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: THE PACKAGING DESIGN GROUP
    Inventors: Brian Gatton, Kenneth Gillman
  • Publication number: 20150014270
    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: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Frederick BIESECKER, Gregory SPRISHEN, William Gordon KNESTRICK, III
  • Patent number: 8701909
    Abstract: The invention relates to a closure device (2) for closing and/or opening an opening (1.1) of a container (1), wherein the opening (1.1) of the container (1) is closed in a first position (I) of the closure device (2) and the opening (1.1) of the container (1) is open in a second position (II) of the closure device (2), and wherein the opening (1.1) of the container (1) has an opening periphery (1.2) which comprises an inner wall (1.3) and outer wall (1.4), and wherein the closure device (2) has a sealing element (4) by means of which the opening (1.1) of the container (1) can be closed with sealing action in the first position (I), and wherein the closure device (2), in the first position (I), is fastened on the container (1) by a closure element (3) and, when the container (1) is opened, can be transferred from the first position (I) into the second position (II) by means of at least one actuating element (3.2) wherein the container opening (1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Inventor: Guido Endert
  • 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: 8490804
    Abstract: A tamper-evident closure may include a base, a lid, and a tamper-evident member. The tamper-evident member may be irreversibly moveable between a first position in which part of the member is visible prior to initial opening of the closure and a second position in which the part is masked by the lid so as to be partly hidden from view. Upon initial opening of the closure, the tamper-evident member may be moved from the first position to the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Obrist Closures Switzerland GmbH
    Inventors: Claude Benoit-Gonin, Philippe Bardet
  • Patent number: 8479935
    Abstract: A child resistant closure for a container (1) comprises a collar (3) fixable to a container (1) and a rotatable cap (4). The cap (4) is provided with a first engaging member (10) and the collar (3) is provided with a corresponding second engaging member (21). Adjacent said engaging member the collar (3) is provided with a resiliently deformable integral push tab (24), characterised in that the first and second engaging members (10, 21) are adapted to engage by rotation of the cap (4). It is an advantage of one embodiment that the cap of the closure does not require an internal screw thread. The cap may therefore be simpler and less expensive to manufacture. In addition, the two components, e.g., the cap and the collar, can be assembled prior to application onto the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Cope Allman Jaycare Limited
    Inventor: Simon Straughan
  • Patent number: 8372328
    Abstract: An apparatus for opening sealed packaging, including three parts, a pouring nozzle having a flange, a cylindrical cutting element and a screwcap. According to this invention, all three parts of the apparatus are produced in one piece as a semi-finished product. The teeth of the cutting element protrude into the pouring nozzle, while the screwcap is held on the flat edge of the cutting element. The three parts are connected to one another via predetermined breaking point bridges. This invention reduces the production costs and simplifies the assembly and the systems which are required for this purpose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Deltona Innovations AG
    Inventor: Werner Fritz Dubach
  • Patent number: 8360256
    Abstract: A storage and drinking container for pressurized beverages includes a drinking vessel 1 having a lip 3 and a lid formed from a cap 5 and retaining ring 12. The cap 5 seals with a surface 4 on the inside neck of the vessel and is retained in place by fingers 8 engaging under a lip 3. The fingers 8 are retained in position by a retaining ring 12. Cooperating sets of cammed surfaces 10 and 13 on cap 5 and ring 12 act on rotation of the ring to axially separate the ring 12 from the cap 5, releasing the fingers 8 from under the lip 3 and permitting the lid to be removed. A drinking vessel with a wide neck can be reliably sealed without the necessity to provide screw threads on the outer surface of the vessel 1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Packaging Innovation Limited
    Inventor: Michael O'Brien
  • Patent number: 8286811
    Abstract: A child-proof closure cap for containers having an inner cap and an outer cap assembled for tilting with respect to each other. The inner cap includes a partially spherical or curved outer surface with notches for engagement with internal teeth on a partially spherical or curved inner surface of the outer cap to facilitate removal of the closure cap from the container with either left hand or right hand operation according to user's natural ability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Inventor: Gregory Mark Adamczak
  • 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: 7870967
    Abstract: A vial includes a container having a receptacle formed to include an interior region and a mouth opening into the interior region and a child-resistant closure for the container. The closure includes a cap to be mounted on the receptacle in a closed position to close the mouth and separated from the receptacle to open the mouth. A latch coupled to the closure mates with a lug coupled to the container to retain the closure in a closed position on the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Assignee: Berry Plastics Corporation
    Inventor: Duane Sawyer
  • Patent number: 7661547
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a closure cap for a container, with a hinge and a lid which is intended to be tightened to the rim of a container body, and with a closure element which is movable to a temper-evident position. The closure element 34 is attached to the closure cap 14 and movable to an intermediate position in which the closure cap 14 seals against the rim 18 of the container body 12. Additionally, the closure element 34 is movable from the intermediate position to the temper-evident position in a single stroke.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2010
    Assignee: Airsec S.A.S.
    Inventor: Franck Richir
  • Patent number: 7497346
    Abstract: The invention relates to a closure system for containers comprising a threaded plug (1) and the neck (3) of the container (2) or the similar embodied in the form of an pouring aperture (5), the threaded plug being screwed on the neck in such a way that said pouring aperture is closed. The inventive closure system for containers is characterised in that it is embodied in the form a single-use closure system which comprises an extensible flange (15) arranged at the level of the threaded plug in the back clamping area of the flange (7) of the neck (3) embodied for this purpose. The external radial size of said extensible flange is greater than the radial dimension of a hole defining the back clamping area of the flange. The extensible flange can, for example be engaged in the pouring aperture (5) of the neck (3), and the back clamping zone (7) can be provided in a pouring passage (4) in a neck part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2009
    Assignee: Gerogemenshen GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Martin Albers
  • Publication number: 20080116163
    Abstract: A vial includes a container and a child-resistant closure for the container. A latch coupled to the closure mates with a lug coupled to the container to retain the closure in a closed position on the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2007
    Publication date: May 22, 2008
    Applicant: BERRY PLASTICS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Duane Sawyer
  • Patent number: 7222754
    Abstract: A dispense system such as an aerosol or pump system includes a container having an upper rim, a collar secured to the upper rim, and a cap removably attached to the collar. The collar may be rotatably secured to the container such that when the cap is rotated, the cap and collar rotate together about the rim of the container without detaching. The cap may enclose an actuator or pump of the container preventing inadvertent dispensing of the contents as well as rendering the container more tamper resistant. Each of the cap and collar includes various features to interlock with one another. In one variation, the cap includes at least one tooth which engages a slot or an opening in the collar to achieve locking. The cap may be rotated or snap fit into place depending on the variation. Caps that are directly mountable to a rim of a container are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2007
    Assignee: Connetics Corporation
    Inventor: Yeong Ho
  • Patent number: 7070069
    Abstract: A dispense system such as an aerosol or pump system includes a container having an upper rim, a collar secured to the upper rim, and a cap removably attached to the collar. The collar may be rotatably secured to the container such that when the cap is rotated, the cap and collar rotate together about the rim of the container without detaching. The cap may enclose an actuator or pump of the container preventing inadvertent dispensing of the contents as well as rendering the container more tamper resistant. Each of the cap and collar includes various features to interlock with one another. In one variation, the cap includes at least one tooth which engages a slot or an opening in the collar to achieve locking. The cap may be rotated or snap fit into place depending on the variation. Caps that are directly mountable to a rim of a container are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2006
    Assignee: Connetics Corporation
    Inventor: Yeong Ho
  • Patent number: 7028085
    Abstract: An accounting system includes a plurality of host computers, an accounting server connected to the plurality of host computers, a storage control device connected to the plurality of host computers and the accounting server and having a plurality of channel ports for performing data input/output operation, storage devices connected to the storage control device for storing data inputted/outputted to/from the plurality of host computers, an accounting data generating unit for generating accounting data containing at least one of number of times of access and a data transfer quantity for every accounting subject control unit, and a transfer unit for informing the accounting server of the accounting data generated by the accounting data generating unit, executing the accounting process for the plurality of accounting subject control units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2006
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshihito Nakagawa, Shizuo Yokohata
  • Patent number: 6612450
    Abstract: A cap and container for providing a child resistant closure by engaging one side of the cap with the container, and providing a non-child resistant closure by engaging another side of the cap with the container. The child resistant closure includes a wall and a bounding outer skirt having a tab formed therein. A pair of tangs are supported on a distal end of the tab on the child resistant closure side of the cap. The tangs engage a lip formed on a mouth flange of the container when the child resistant closure side of the cap is forced against the flange, for engaging the tang with the lip and securing the cap to the container. An inner skirt formed on the non-child resistant closure side of the cap is spaced from the outer skirt to form a friction fit with the mouth flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2003
    Assignee: Van Blarcom Closures, Inc.
    Inventor: Caetano Buono
  • Patent number: 6439409
    Abstract: A child-resistant and elder-friendly vial/cap system in which a locking ledge located on either the vial or the cap is engaged by a latch located on the other of the vial or the cap. The latch is located on one end of a lever and a pressure tab is located on the other end. A fulcrum is located between the latch and the pressure tab. Pressing in an inward radial direction on the pressure tabs disengages the latch from the locking ledge and allows the cap to be removed from the vial. The cap has a plug on its opposite end so that it may be readily reversed make the cap easily removable when the child-resistant feature is not needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2002
    Inventors: Mark W. Dressel, John M. Bitner
  • 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: 6425639
    Abstract: A tire isolation device has a cylindrical body with a closed end having a number of different length concentric tire sealing elements mounted at different diameters on an inner surface. An outer surface of the closed end has a handle and a number of pull strips mounted concentrically and at equivalent diameters to the concentric sealing elements to enable a user to remove the pull strips to adjust the diameter of the tire isolation device to cover selected diameter wheels or wheel covers to protect the same during cleaning or chemical treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2002
    Inventor: James W. Getzelman
  • Publication number: 20020084239
    Abstract: A child-resistant and elder-friendly vial/cap system in which a locking ledge located on either the vial or the cap is engaged by a latch located on the other of the vial or the cap. The latch is located on one end of a lever and a pressure tab is located on the other end. A fulcrum is located between the latch and the pressure tab. Pressing in an inward radial direction on the pressure tabs disengages the latch from the locking ledge and allows the cap to be removed from the vial. The cap has a plug on its opposite end so that it may be readily reversed make the cap easily removable when the child-resistant feature is not needed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2001
    Publication date: July 4, 2002
    Inventors: Mark W. Dressel, John M. Bitner
  • Patent number: 6371316
    Abstract: A child resistant closure and container having a lid base recess. A closure includes an annular inner member defining an opening, the inner member having a camming recess. The closure also includes an outer member engageable with the inner member, the outer member including a lid base, a lid hingably connected to the lid base, and an annular guard ring surrounding the lid and lid base. The annular guard ring is frangibly connected to at least one of the lid and lid base, preferably along a frangible line formed by a plurality of bridges. The outer member can be formed integrally as one piece. When the inner member and outer member are joined, the guard ring preferably separates from the lid and lid base, and the lid base is at least partially retained within the camming recess. Once separated from the lid and lid base, the guard ring is movable between a guarding position in which it obstructs access to the lid, and a revealing position in which the lid can be rotated or lifted upward, away from the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2002
    Assignee: Kerr Group, Inc.
    Inventors: James E. Herr, Mark R. Fricke
  • Publication number: 20010032827
    Abstract: A two stage dispensing cap for a carbonated beverage container is described. The cap has a flip top which is hingedly connected to a collar wherein the collar is rotatable on the container. The cap, upon rotation of the collar, is first opened into a venting position wherein the flip top vents the pressurized contents of the container but remains locked partially closed. Continued rotation of the cap releases the locked flop top to allow the container to be fully opened. A set of cams on the container neck work in conjunction with annular beads to first allow partially opening of the flip top into the venting position and then allowing it to fully open.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2001
    Publication date: October 25, 2001
    Inventors: Gary V. Montgomery, Joseph M. Ladina
  • Patent number: 6170683
    Abstract: A two stage dispensing cap for a carbonated beverage container is described. The cap has a flip top which is hingedly connected to a collar wherein the collar is rotatable on the container. The cap, upon rotation of the collar, is first opened into a venting position wherein the flip top vents the pressurized contents of the container but remains locked partially closed. Continued rotation of the cap releases the locked flop top to allow the container to be fully opened. A set of cams on the container neck work in conjunction with annular beads to first allow partially opening of the flip top into the venting position and then allowing it to fully open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2001
    Assignee: Rexam Medical Packaging Inc.
    Inventor: Gary V. Montgomery
  • Patent number: 6112920
    Abstract: A child-proof, senior-friendly safety closure for medicine containers is formed with a cylindrical wall including a continuous mid-level band and slotted upper and lower walls. The slotted walls, in conjunction with the mid-level band, form a plurality of lever-like locking elements which can be pivoted about the region of the mid-level band with which they are integrally associated. The associated receptacle is formed with a dispensing neck having an internally projecting locking flange arranged to engage with notches at lower ends of each of the cylindrically arrayed locking levers, the latter being resiliently biased to remain in locking engagement with the flange. To release the cap, an adult finger is inserted downward into the upper end of the cap, the dimensions of which are such that insertion of an adult finger causes the upper ends of the locking levers to be displaced radially outward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2000
    Inventor: Pierre Lahaussois
  • Patent number: 6095354
    Abstract: A closure according to the present invention includes an annular inner member defining an opening, the inner member having a camming recess. The closure also includes an outer member engageable with the inner member, the outer member including a lid base, a lid hingably connected to the lid base, and an annular guard ring surrounding the lid and lid base. The annular guard ring is frangibly connected to at least one of the lid and lid base, preferably along a frangible line formed by a plurality of bridges. The outer member can be formed integrally as one piece. When the inner member and outer member are joined, the guard ring preferably separates from the lid and lid base, and the lid base is at least partially retained within the camming recess. Once separated from the lid and lid base, the guard ring is movable between a guarding position in which it obstructs access to the lid, and a revealing position in which the lid can be rotated upward, away from the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2000
    Assignee: Kerr Group, Inc.
    Inventors: James E. Herr, Mark R. Fricke
  • Patent number: 6085745
    Abstract: A pharmaceutical container and inhaler device having a mouthpiece and a cap which are rotatably connected to each other. For providing a certain child-resistance against disconnection, the mouthpiece has an external circumferential groove, whereas the cap is provided with an internal boss for engagement with the groove. There is an axial notch extending from the groove to the end of the mouthpiece and "traps" for the boss, in the form of recesses on the groove, are provided at either side of the notch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2000
    Assignee: Pharmacia & UpJohn AB
    Inventors: Gustav Levander, Fredrik Forssell, Jesper Sjogren
  • Patent number: 6039195
    Abstract: A child resistant package which includes a container having an open end and multiple threads on the external surface of the container adjacent the upper end. A closure having a base wall and a peripheral skirt has an inner surface formed with single or multiple threads corresponding in number to the multiple threads on the container for engaging the threads on the container. A deflectable release element is formed integrally on the container. The release element includes an integral axially deflectable lug extending upwardly toward the open end of the container. The closure has at least one locking lug on the skirt of the closure, the number of locking lugs preferably corresponding to the number of threads on the container and closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2000
    Assignee: Owens-Brockway Prescription Products Inc.
    Inventors: Robert S. Konefal, Noel T. Vander
  • Patent number: 5938054
    Abstract: The closure assembly of FIGS. 1 and 3 comprises a container 1, a cap 2 having a skirt portion 3, and a captive band 4 attached via a tamper-evident tear-off band 5 and a pair of frangible connections 6 and 7 to the skirt portion 3. Arrows 8 on the skirt 3 and 9 on the container 1 show that the cap 2 has been put on in the aligned position. A tab 10 on one end of the tear-off band 5 provides a grip for the fingers in removing the band. In FIG. 3 the tab 10 has been torn away to reveal a detent means on the container neck in the form of a projection 11. This is partly situated in a gap 19 under the tab 10 before this has been lifted away, and partly under the start end of the tear-off band 5, which is adapted to flex slightly to accommodate the projection 11 without any significant damage to the frangible connections 6 and 7.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 17, 1999
    Assignee: Rexam Containers Limited
    Inventor: John Anthony Loader
  • Patent number: 5927529
    Abstract: A child resistant container having a container body, a ring and closure. The container body has an annular guide disposed on its neck's outer surface. The ring has an annular support disposed on its inner surface. The ring rotatably couples to the container body by sliding the ring over the container body's neck and positioning the support inside the guide the ring has an annular protrusion on its outer surface. The protrusion is divided into segments. The closure has an annular protrusion on its wall's inner surface. The closure's protrusion is divided into segments. The closure is snapped on the ring and retained on the ring via an interlocking of the segments. The closure is removed from the ring by aligning the closure segments in a position so they will pass through the gaps in the ring protrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1999
    Assignee: Magenta Corporation
    Inventors: Richard W. Hofmann, Alex J. Kutaj
  • Patent number: 5860543
    Abstract: The closure cap for sealing a container has an inner skirt shaped and sized to fit externally and to be secured onto the neck of the container. The cap also has an outer skirt projecting from the inner skirt. This outer skirt extends over the inner skirt at a given distance from same, thereby defining a gap there between. The outer skirt is made of a material that is resiliently flexible and can be deformed when an external pressure is applied onto its external surface. The cap further has a foldable cover shaped and sized to close the neck of the container. This cover has a peripheral edge attached to the outer skirt by a hinge. A snap having one part integral to the upper portion of the other skirt and another part integral to the cover is provided for releasably locking the cover in a closed position when it is folded down over the neck of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 19, 1999
    Assignee: Bouchons Mac Inc.
    Inventor: Gilles Decelles
  • Patent number: 5791504
    Abstract: A child resistant container having a container body, a ring and closure. The container body has an annular guide disposed on its neck's outer surface. The ring has an annular support disposed on its inner surface. The ring rotatably couples to the container body by sliding the ring over the container body's neck and positioning the support inside the guide. The ring has an annular protrusion on its outer surface. The protrusion is divided into segments. The closure has an annular protrusion on its wall's inner surface. The closure's protrusion is divided into segments. The closure is snapped on the ring and retained on the ring via an interlocking of the segments. The closure is removed from the ring by aligning the closure segments in a position so they will pass through the gaps in the ring protrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 11, 1998
    Assignee: Magenta Corporation
    Inventors: Richard W. Hofmann, Alex J. Kutaj
  • Patent number: 5779072
    Abstract: A child resistant package includes a plastic container and a plastic closure. The container includes a body and a finish having an opening. The closure includes a base wall, an outer flexible peripheral skirt and an inner peripheral skirt. Interengaging retaining means on the finish of the container and the inner skirt of said closure restrict relative movement between said container and closure to rotary movement. The plastic closure also includes opposed flexible portions on said outer skirt and opposed lugs on the inner surface of the outer skirt. The container has opposed lugs on the finish engaging said lugs on said closure precluding rotation of said closure unless said flexible portions of said skirt are squeezed. A portion of the base wall of the closure is hinged to the base wall and normally lies in the same plane as the base wall. The container has a securing bead on the finish and the top portion has means engaging the securing bead. The container includes an inclined ramp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1998
    Assignee: Owens-Illinois Closure Inc.
    Inventor: John D. Krebs
  • Patent number: 5727704
    Abstract: The present invention is a container closure device, which includes a container, a collar ring and a cap. The container has a neck, an open top and a horizontal retainer track thereon for affixing a collar ring thereto. A collar ring affixed to a track of the container has a plurality of cut outs on a ledge to permit a cap to be inserted and removed from the collar ring. The cap has has a plurality of bosses which correspond to and are sized to freely move through the cut outs of the ledge of the collar ring and, when the cap is so inserted and rotated, of adequate size to cause frictional engagement and to cause simultaneous rotation of the cap and the collar ring and to prevent removal of the cap from the collar ring, except when the cap and the collar ring are held separately and are rotated relative to one another such that the bosses and the cut outs are in alignment for lift up removal of the cap from the collar ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 17, 1998
    Assignee: Ideal Ideas, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth P. Glynn
  • Patent number: 5709306
    Abstract: An adult container according to the present invention comprises a container body and a cup-shaped closure which is installed telescopically over the open end of the container body. An annular rib, a plurality of longitudinal ramps and an annular groove and retaining lip are provided on the adjacent walls of the container body and the closure to coact with one another as the closure is longitudinally urged from a closed position to an open position. A cylindrical plug seal extends from a top wall of the closure to engage the open end of the container body when the closure is in the closed position. The closure has a side wall aperture which is unblocked to form a dispensing orifice when the closure is in the open position. The closure wall aperture is formed by relieving or omitting a portion of the cylindrical side wall of the closure from a bottom edge of the aperture through the top wall, with side edges extending parallel to a longitudinal axis of the closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 20, 1998
    Assignee: Magenta Corporation
    Inventor: Richard W. Hofmann
  • Patent number: 5593054
    Abstract: The present invention is a container closure device, which includes a container, a collar ring, a semi-flexible tether and a cap. The container has a neck, an open top and a horizontal retainer track thereon for affixing a collar ring thereto. The collar ring has a circular inside wall with a horizontal track thereon for attachment to the track of the container so as to be horizontally and freely rotatable thereabout. The collar ring also has a top with a ledge thereon forming a horizontal arc track for frictionally engaging and retaining a cap, and has at least one cut out on the ledge to permit a cap to be inserted and removed from the collar ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 14, 1997
    Assignee: Ideal Ideas, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth P. Glynn
  • Patent number: 5551582
    Abstract: A child resistant, snap on, twist off closure container package which is open by squeezing and deflecting diametrically opposed side portions of the closure to bring cam followers into engagement which cams on the container so that subsequent turning causes axial displacement and opening movement of the closure from the container. Guide members prevent deforming of the closure to maintain sealing surfaces and adjoining surfaces of the closure and container in alignment with each other and prevent distortion on to expose surfaces which can be gripped by the fingers or teeth in an effort to open the closure and container in a manner other than the intended method of squeezing and twisting of the closure relative to the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 3, 1996
    Assignee: Rexam Closures
    Inventor: Clayton L. Robinson
  • Patent number: 5540342
    Abstract: A snap-on tamper resistant lid having a dual locking system to retain the lid on the container. The lid has a top and a depending skirt. A plurality of beads extend inwardly from the skirt and serve as a primary locking device to retain the lid on a container. A plurality of secondary locking ribs are hinged to the skirt below the level of the beads. The secondary locking ribs have a distal end or edge biased toward the container. Upon initial installation the locking ribs are positioned below the container lip. To remove the lid one must remove the tear strip and the locking ribs. The beads still serve to secure the lid to the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 30, 1996
    Assignee: Rathbun Family Real Estate Group
    Inventor: Willard J. Rathbun
  • Patent number: 5520305
    Abstract: A two-piece safety cap for a container is disclosed. The safety cap comprises a collar and a corresponding cover arranged for movement between a locked position at which it cannot be removed from the collar and a removable position at which it may be readily removed therefrom. The cover and the collar may normally be arranged in frictional engagement so that rotation of one of the components causes rotation of the other. In order to overcome the normal frictional engagement between the collar and the cover, it is necessary to rotate one of the components while restraining movement of the other component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 28, 1996
    Assignee: Pierson Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Theodore J. Pierson
  • Patent number: 5464112
    Abstract: The invention relates to a tamper-evident closure cap for a container having a neck and an opening defined in the neck. The closure cap of the invention includes an annular skirt member adapted to be secured to the neck of the container to prevent removal of the closure cap from the container, and a closure member hingedly connected to the skirt member for pivotal movement between a closed position whereat the closure member closes the opening of the container and an open position whereat the closure member permits access to the opening. A manually graspable tab is fixedly connected to the closure member for moving same from the closed position to the open position. The closure cap further includes a tamper-indicating member removably connected to the skirt member in overlying relation with respect to the tab and adapted to prohibit initial opening of the closure member prior to removal of the tamper indicating member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 7, 1995
    Assignee: Crealise Conditionnement Inc. - Crealise Packaging Inc.
    Inventor: Christian Guillot
  • Patent number: 5464110
    Abstract: An apparatus for containing material, the apparatus including a container and a container closure. The container has a main body portion and a generally cylindrical top portion, the generally cylindrical top portion including a first generally cylindrical closure cooperating portion and a second generally cylindrical closure cooperating portion adjacent the first closure portion. The first closure cooperating portion has a first diameter and a first projecting bead and the second cooperating portion has a second diameter unequal to the first diameter and has a tab cooperating portion. The second cooperating portion also defines an access opening to an interior portion of the container. The container closure includes a body having an axis, the body having first and second cylindrical walls. The first cylindrical wall extends in a first direction about the axis and defines a first receptacle operable to cooperate with the first portion of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 7, 1995
    Inventor: Richard G. Heyworth
  • Patent number: 5431293
    Abstract: A container closure and locking system, allowing authorized access to the container when indicia on the locking system is correctly aligned. The container closure and locking system, for selectively allowing access to a container having a lip, comprising a container cap having an upper cap and lower cap. The lower cap comprises a main body having a main body bore. Latches mounted within the main body have a tail end, a hook that grips the lip, and a fulcrum between the tail end and hook. The tail end of each latch extends directly below the main body bore. The upper cap is rotatable to an unlocked position. The upper cap has a rotatable disk, having a plunger that can extend downward through the main body bore when the upper cap is in the operable position, to pivot each latch about its fulcrum, freeing its hook from the lip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 11, 1995
    Inventor: Ludwig A. Piron
  • Patent number: 5423441
    Abstract: Tamper indicating, child proof system includes annular tear strip on the cap; 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 a 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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 1993
    Date of Patent: June 13, 1995
    Assignee: American Safety Closure Corp.
    Inventor: Vincent N. Conti
  • Patent number: 5402900
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a child resistant snap cap container device which includes a container, a collar ring, a snap cap and a spring. The container has a neck with a lower retainer bead and an upper retainer bead thereon and has at least one stop located below the lower retainer bead and at least one derailer lift located above the lower retainer. The collar ring is fitted onto the neck and has undercut ledges located on its inside so as to fit under the lower retainer bead of the neck and in horizontal alignment with the stop(s). The snap cap has a snap lip and has derailers located on its inside wall. It is hinged to the collar ring. The cap is adapted to fit onto the neck with the derailers being located below the upper retainer bead. There is at least one spring located between the ring and the shoulder of the container which biases the ring upwardly such that the container cannot be opened merely by rotation but must be pushed down and rotated to open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 4, 1995
    Assignee: Ideal Ideas, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth P. Glynn