Combined Or Convertible Patents (Class 215/228)
  • Patent number: 11021311
    Abstract: A storage container apparatus is provided for storing air sensitive materials under a vacuum. The apparatus includes having a cylindrical container body opened at its upper end and a cap apparatus with an integral air pump to evacuate air from the container body to create a vacuum. The cap apparatus comprises an inner cap with a one-way air valve and an outer cap. The outer cap is slidably nested over the inner cap and confines a central air chamber which fills with air from the container body through the one-way air valve when pulled upwardly in a reciprocating motion. In the down stroke the air is evacuated from the air chamber through vents. The outer cap may include locking mechanism and vacuum level indicator. The outer cap may include an activated carbon cloth insert that suppresses odors from the material stored in the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Illmatik Concepts LLC
    Inventor: Christian Pace
  • Patent number: 11001424
    Abstract: A preservation apparatus and method for using the same are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, the preservation apparatus comprising: a removable closure adapted to fit together in sealed relationship with a first container for containing an item, where the removable closure comprises a second container to contain a substance operable to collect oxygen molecules contained within the first container. The preservation apparatus also comprises a removable cap adapted to cover a portion of the removable closure including the second container, in order prevent the second container from being exposed to oxygen molecules outside the cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: ZERO OXYGEN SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventor: Gregory John Luzaich
  • Patent number: 10993882
    Abstract: A pill container having removable tabs, a cap, and a magnifying lens is described. The cap can rotatably fit and lock with the housing of the pill container. The housing is a hollow cylinder that includes a flange having breakable tabs where each tab is labeled with an hour of administration (HOA) that identifies the time at which the medications are to be taken. The breakable tabs include perforations around them to allow for the breaking. The cap of the pill container contains a magnifying lens that allows its user to use by removing the cap and using it to view the label, the contents of the pill container, and other writings and items in an enlarged manner. The cap includes retention features that allow the insertion and removal of the magnifying lens. The magnifying lens can be replaced with another lens that matches their eyeglass prescription.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Inventors: Miteshkumar Ishwarbhai Patel, Raj Kalpesh Patel
  • Patent number: 10961039
    Abstract: An evacuated bottle system including a bottle defining a hollow interior, the bottle having a neck with a rim defining an opening; a cap assembly supported on the bottle, the cap assembly including a funnel having a first portion and a second portion, the first portion being insertable within the interior of the bottle and the second portion engaging a portion of the bottle to support the funnel above the rim, the funnel defining a bore that fluidly communicates with the hollow interior of the bottle; a self-sealing membrane that covers the bore formed by the funnel to selectively seal the hollow interior of the bottle; a cap attachable to the bottle, the cap including a cover portion that extends at least partially over the self-sealing membrane to restrain movement thereof, the cover portion being axially spaced from the self-sealing membrane to define a gap that permits axial movement of the self-sealing membrane to selectively open the bottle to fluid communication outside of the bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Cornerstone CM, Inc
    Inventors: Michael G. Marantis, Joshua W. Hubbard, Jonathan P. Richards, Richard A. Ponton
  • Patent number: 10878726
    Abstract: Described herein is a polymorphic display, which is a unitary apparatus constructed such that a wide variety of electro-optic functions are enabled. The polymorphic display is used in an intelligent container system for monitoring and evaluating actions taken at the container system. In this way, relationships between displayed information and actions may be determined. The polymorphic display, even when having multiple pixels, enables sharing of selected structures among the pixels. In a multi-pixel construction, there is a set of pixels in the display that exhibit one set of operable properties, such as particular stability, sequencing, and switching properties, and another set of pixels that are different from the first set. That is, they have different stability, sequencing, or switching properties. In such a way, a highly flexible polymorphic display may be construed to satisfy a wide range of display needs, including novel applications on intelligent container systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Chromera, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Atkinson, John Rilum
  • Patent number: 10843096
    Abstract: A self-propelled spinning device having a first and second hemisphere connected together to form a hollow housing. A drive system is disposed in the hollow housing and a plurality of projections extends outward from the first or second hemisphere. The drive system includes an eccentric path of rotation causing the hollow housing to spin about a rotational axis. The projections propel the self-propelled spinning device in a forward direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Munchkin, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Saxton, Mark G. Tebbe, Maryann Chi
  • Patent number: 10683155
    Abstract: A container cover for storage container includes a rotary device, an outer cover member, an inner cover member, a first guide block, second guide block, a pumping piston and a piston seat so arranged that when the rotary device is driven by a user to rotate the first guide block, guide rods of the first guide block are moved along a first continuous wave-shaped track of the second guide block, causing the second guide block and the pumping piston to move alternatively up and to further pump air out of the storage container through an air-pimping hole of the piston seat to create a negative pressure. Further, a first spring member an upper rail seat can be provided to balance the movement of the pumping piston and to stabilize the rotation of the first and second guide blocks. A relief valve rod can be selectively used for giving a visual indication indicative of the presence of a negative pressure in the storage container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: SHIN HUNG YIH TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yi-Hung Ho
  • Patent number: 10683147
    Abstract: A lid assembly that includes a lid body member, a stopper, and a flow control. The lid body member includes a pouring aperture configured to allow a fluid to flow therethrough. The stopper allows the fluid to flow through the pouring aperture at first and second flow rates when the stopper is positioned in first and second open positions, respectively. The second flow rate is faster than the first flow rate. The flow control is operable to position the stopper in the first and second open positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Pacific Market International, LLC
    Inventors: Evan Michael Choltco-Devlin, Jacob D. Silsby
  • Patent number: 10654639
    Abstract: A container cover for storage container includes a rotary device, an outer cover member, an inner cover member, a first guide block, second guide block, a pumping piston and a piston seat so arranged that when the rotary device is driven by a user to rotate the first guide block, guide rods of the first guide block are moved along a first continuous wave-shaped track of the second guide block, causing the second guide block and the pumping piston to move alternatively up and to further pump air out of the storage container through an air-pimping hole of the piston seat to create a negative pressure. Further, a first spring member an upper rail seat can be provided to balance the movement of the pumping piston and to stabilize the rotation of the first and second guide blocks. A relief valve rod can be selectively used for giving a visual indication indicative of the presence of a negative pressure in the storage container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: SHIN HUNG YIH TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yi-Hung Ho
  • Patent number: 10654628
    Abstract: A cap for a pouch including a spout engaging body, a handle member and a multimode handle coupling assembly. The spout engaging body includes a depending skirt defining a central bore configured to engage a spout. The handle member extends from the spout engaging body. The multimode handle coupling assembly includes at least one handle tab formed into the handle member and at least one mode three slot. The at least one mode three slot includes a multi direction slot defined in the handle member having a central opening and a plurality of radial slot portion pairs, to, in turn, sized to receive a handle tab of another cap in a plurality of orientations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Scholle IPN IP BV
    Inventors: Paul Van Den Hoonaard, Kyle Erickson
  • Patent number: 10625904
    Abstract: A beverage bottle, a method of manufacturing a beverage bottle and a method of designing an illustration on a beverage bottle, the beverage bottle including a container (12) and a shrink-wrap (14), the container (12) having an annular sidewall (16), a bottom (18) and an opening (20) opposed to the bottom (18), the sidewall (16) extending along a longitudinal central axis (X-X) between the bottom (18) and the opening (20), the sidewall (16) being provided with a first outside constriction (22) and a second outside constriction (24) and with a first embossment (26) located between the first and second outside constrictions (22, 24), the sidewall (16) being covered with the shrink-wrap (14), the shrink-wrap (14) being depicted with an illustration having a first simulate relief (R1), the first simulate relief (R1) and the first embossment (26) being in correspondence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignees: COMPAGNIE GERVAIS DANONE, GRAHAM PACKAGING COMPANY L.P.
    Inventors: Ines Dias Rosa Nunes Serras, Armel Archeny, Gilles Perez
  • Patent number: 10578246
    Abstract: A handle and grip system for manipulating miniature objects is provided. The system embodies a handle portion and a base portion. The handle portion is adapted to provide three finger rests and a grip portion dimensioned to snap on to a neck portion of the base portion for simultaneously rotating and manipulating both portions. The base portion provides supporting surfaces for the miniature object. A base extension may also be provided by the system to removably engage the base holder to provide full support or for providing additional support while the user manipulates the snapped-on handle portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Inventor: Christopher A. Peteranecz
  • Patent number: 10562690
    Abstract: A valve assembly for use on a food storage container including an opening formed in the lid member, at least one air hole formed adjacent thereto, a valve member extending through the lid opening having a portion thereof extending over the at least one air hole when the valve member is in its closed position, the valve member being movable to an open position wherein the portion of the valve member extending over the at least one air hole is at least partially uncovered from the at least one air hole when a vacuum is generated within the storage container, and a vacuum release button engageable with the valve member and movable from a first position wherein the valve member remains in its closed position to a second position wherein the valve member is moved to its open position for releasing the vacuum generated within the storage container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Sunbeam Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Enrique Plazarte
  • Patent number: 10556735
    Abstract: The present application discloses a vacuum sealed container, including a container body, a container lid, a vacuum generator and at least one magnifier. The container body includes a first wall and a bottom surface, wherein the first wall and the bottom surface define an accommodation space. The container lid is coupleable to the container body. The vacuum generator coupled to the container lid to evacuate fluid from the accommodation space. The at least one magnifier coupled to the bottom surface of the container body and are molded integrally. In addition, the at least one magnifier and the bottom surface of the container body are light-permeable, wherein the at least one magnifier is a lens. A method for using the aforementioned vacuum sealed container is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Inventor: Alex Lung
  • Patent number: 10537163
    Abstract: A composition dispensing device engages a body surface, such as the scalp, while simultaneously dispensing a composition from an attached container on the surface. The device detachably joins a container of a composition and enable uniform dispensing and application of the composition on a body surface. The device comprises a housing that detachably joins with a container of composition. A platform having a plurality of apertures rests coplanar with the housing. A plurality of conduits, or hollow bristles, extend from the platform. The conduits include channels that are in communication with the housing and the container of composition. The conduits are arranged as inner and outer conduits, with the outer conduits being slightly longer to create a generally concave effect. The conduits terminate at an angled tip portion that engages the body surface, while simultaneously dispensing the composition from terminal openings or lateral openings formed at the tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Inventor: Kendy Coffee
  • Patent number: 10507965
    Abstract: A container cover for storage container includes a rotary device, an outer cover member, an inner cover member, a first guide block, second guide block, a pumping piston and a piston seat so arranged that when the rotary device is driven by a user to rotate the first guide block, guide rods of the first guide block are moved along a first continuous wave-shaped track of the second guide block, causing the second guide block and the pumping piston to move alternatively up and to further pump air out of the storage container through an air-pimping hole of the piston seat to create a negative pressure. Further, a first spring member an upper rail seat can be provided to balance the movement of the pumping piston and to stabilize the rotation of the first and second guide blocks. A relief valve rod can be selectively used for giving a visual indication indicative of the presence of a negative pressure in the storage container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Shin Hung Yih Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yi-Hung Ho
  • Patent number: 10368696
    Abstract: Apparatus for mixing culinary ingredients including a container with a lid and mixer with fingers are disclosed. Methods of mixing culinary ingredients using apparatus are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Onofrio Severino
    Inventor: Onofrio Severino
  • Patent number: 10368668
    Abstract: A substantially crimpless and monolithic paperboard container lid and method of making same is provided. The lid comprises a single contiguous molded paperboard body configured to conformingly couple to a top periphery of a container for covering the container's opening. The body includes a sealing ring located adjacent the body's periphery. The sealing ring includes a sealing channel composed of a radiused cross-section that extends to a tangent ring terminating with a tab ring. The radiused cross-section and tangent ring assist providing a snug fit between the lid and the container. Despite being made from paperboard, the lid does not include one or more substantial crimps in the sealing ring. Having no substantial crimps, the lid fits onto the container and prevents fluid from leaking between the container's periphery and the lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Peerless Machine & Tool Corporation
    Inventors: Lonnie E. Hyder, Michael E. Tibbets
  • Patent number: 10342368
    Abstract: An eating utensil assembly may include a first eating utensil that may include a first handle having an opening therein and an eating utensil head coupled to an end of the first handle and having a curved shape. The eating utensil assembly may also include a second eating utensil removably carried by the first eating utensil within the opening in the first handle. The second eating utensil may include a second handle and a cutting blade coupled to an end of the second handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Snap Out Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Kimberly A. Truog, Corbet A. Truog
  • Patent number: 10283100
    Abstract: A lyrics display apparatus for an automobile including a lower base unit and an upper base unit. A bottom side of the lower base unit is removably disposed on a dashboard of an automobile. A rechargeable battery, a first storage element, and a central processing unit are disposed within the upper base unit. A charging port, at least one battery status indicator light, an activation control, and a display screen are disposed on the upper base unit. A projector, a speaker, and a microphone are disposed on the upper side of the upper base. The central processing unit is configured to recognize and acquire lyrics of a song from the first storage element when the microphone relays the song to the central processing unit. The projector is configured to display lyrics of the song recognized and acquired by the central processing unit onto a windshield of an automobile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventor: Jesse Cole
  • Patent number: 10238579
    Abstract: A cap is configured to be securely attached to a bottle, such as a medication bottle, and includes a base having a first compartment that contains a power source and a second compartment that is below the first compartment. The second compartment is defined by a peripheral side wall that includes on an inner surface thereof one or more locking tabs. The cap also includes an insert that is configured to be received within the second compartment. The insert includes a peripheral side wall and further including inner threads that are configured to threadingly mate with outer threads of the bottle for securely attaching the cap to the bottle. The insert includes a locking lip that snap-fittingly mate with the one or more locking tabs to detachably attach the insert to the base within the second compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: COMPLIANCE MEDS TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventor: Moses Zonana
  • Patent number: 10233068
    Abstract: A volumetric displacement preservation system for preserving a volume of flowable substance in a vessel. A fluid exchange structure has a stopper, a head portion, and a fluid exchange valve with a first condition where fluid inlet and exhaust pathways in the fluid exchange structure are simultaneously closed and a second condition where the fluid inlet and exhaust pathways are simultaneously opened by conduit joining portions in the fluid exchange valve. A chamber retains a volume of preservative gas and is connected to the fluid inlet pathway externally to the vessel. The preservative gas can be supplied from the chamber into the vessel through the fluid inlet pathway as liquid is exhausted through the fluid exhaust pathway. The chamber can be replenished from preservative gas displaced from the vessel in a reverse volumetric displacement process or from preservative gas supplied by a preservative gas production canister.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Boston Wine Devices, LLC
    Inventor: Carlos Fernando Bazoberry
  • Patent number: 10159368
    Abstract: A tumbler apparatus comprising a mug cap and a tumbler wherein the mug cap comprises a cylindrical section having an upper section and a lower section wherein the lower section comprises male threads along its outer perimeter and the tumbler having female threads along its inner perimeter and further comprises a lower straw apparatus; the lower straw apparatus comprises an opening and a straw attached to the opening; the top section comprises a primary opening and a sipper opening, a top half straw apparatus, a leveler and a lid; the lid is comprised of a protruding tab and a base, the lid's base is attached to the perimeter of the primary opening providing a pivot for the lid switch between close and open configurations and when in closed configuration the protruding tab seals the sipper opening; the top straw apparatus comprising a cylindrical body with a hallow section inside the cylindrical body having a first opening near its proximal end and a second opening near its distal end; an attachment device nea
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Inventor: Shin-Shuoh Lin
  • Patent number: 10120125
    Abstract: A luminous cup-shaped body includes a light-permissible cup (10), a power supply module (20) and a lighting unit (30). The light-permissible cup (10) has a base (11) and a ring body (12) extending from the base (11). The light-guiding structure (122) is formed on a surface of the ring body (12). The power supply module (20) is fixed on the base (11). The lighting unit (30) is correspondingly installed on the base (11) and electrically connected to the power supply module (20). Thereby, the light-permissible cup (10) can be completely equably lit up.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Inventors: Chia-Shin Kuo, Yu-Feng Kuo
  • Patent number: 10031015
    Abstract: A beverage multi-tool includes an appliance and a cap. The appliance functions as a stopper, pourer, aerator and muddler. The appliance is made primarily of wood, specifically of oak or another wood with flavor enhancing properties for a liquid such as liquor or wine. A rubber or other compressible-material grommet is disposed at an end of the appliance adjacent to the pourer. The grommet has a plurality of concentric rings. A cap may be included which functions as a shot measurer and/or shot glass. The cap is held in place by concentric rings about the grommet closest to the pourer, the rings being slightly larger in diameter than an inner diameter of a receptacle of the cap. Other concentric rings disposed opposite the pourer end may have different diameters and are configured for fitting bottles having a variety of neck inner diameters. An air channel acts as a vacuum breaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Inventors: Samuel Centioli, Conan Storlie
  • Patent number: 9994366
    Abstract: A closure for beverage containers that have a substantially cylindrical neck with an end opening and a closure cap includes a neck with an inside circumferential detent collar and a closure cap having an insertion shaft. A circumferential detent groove is provided on an outer circumference of the shaft. The detent groove corresponds to the detent collar, is profiled in a direction of insertion, and engages over the detent collar on a ring surface thereof that lies in the direction of insertion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Wilfried Ehmer, Alois Monzel
  • Patent number: 9963277
    Abstract: The utility model relates to a cover, and discloses a cup cover with quick locking function, and a cup, wherein the cup cover includes a cover body and a rotating member arranged on the cover body, the rotating member is provided with a clamping hook, and the rotating member can rotate relative to the cover body, so as to drive the clamping hook to reciprocate between a first position and a second position. A rotatable clamping buckle locking structure is used in the utility model to replace a screw thread locking structure in the related art, which can reduce the time for operating the cup cover, implements quick opening and closing of the cup cover, enables the drinking action of a user more smooth and nature, and helps to improve the user experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: SHENZHEN MECARE NETWORK TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: XiaoLiang Li, YaFeng Bao
  • Patent number: 9901073
    Abstract: Disposable water bottle and bowl combination with water bottle having a cylindrical shape that transitions into a threaded neck at the top. The bowl has a round shape with a cylindrical, threaded, protrusion at its base. These units attach to one another by way of these threaded parts. A valve is present at the top of the threaded protrusion in the base of the bowl. This valve serves as a barrier to the water in the bowl when upright; and opens to allow liquid passage when the bowl is inverted. The bowl has a lid that can act as a flying disc toy when detached. The bottle and bowl may be used as a singular unit to offer water from the bowl, or the bottle and bowl may be used individually by detaching the bowl and using the bottle to fill, and replenish, the water in the bowl.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Inventor: Jamie Hunt
  • Patent number: 9809367
    Abstract: A package for a particulate laundry scent additive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Natalie Vitalia Lopez, Adrian Keith McKinney, Richard Horstman, Kristin Marie Finley, Karen Hussong Strader
  • Patent number: 9771192
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for producing tubular bags made from plastic film or from composite film having a plastic layer on the bag content side, having a self-cutting plastic closure attached to the tubular bag, consisting of a spout part having a fastening flange, a cutting body, which is movably guided in the spout part, and a screw cover having means for activating the cutting body. The film material (5) is supplied from a supply roll to a bag manufacturing machine and the plastic closure is sealed onto the film material in a spout region of a tubular bag. According to the invention, the film material (5) is thinned on the inside of the bag in a ring-shaped region, which is intended for cutting by the cutting body, by means of a thermal embossing process. The plastic closure is then positioned and sealed onto the film material such that the cutting organ embedded in the spout part can become effective in the thinned, ring-shaped region upon use thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Dan Barron
  • Patent number: 9713937
    Abstract: A glue bottle with flow regulation comprises a bottle body, a bottle cap, and a liquid outlet cap engaged with the bottle cap through thread. The bottle cap is partially contained in the liquid outlet cap. A cavity is formed between the inner wall of the liquid outlet cap and the outer wall of the bottle cap. and is provided with a first opening and a second opening. A seal body is arranged on the top part of the bottle cap, and is positioned inside of the cavity. The position of the seal body in the cavity is adjusted by rotating the liquid outlet cap relative to the bottle cap. The closer the seal body is to the second opening, the smaller the gap is between the liquid outlet cap and the bottle cap. The glue bottle is capable of precisely controlling the quantity of the glue flowing out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Hangzhou Great Star Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yueming Li
  • Patent number: 9714132
    Abstract: Manually operated dispenser for media, with a reservoir (1), with a pump part (2) which is mounted on the reservoir (1) and comprises a nozzle-shaped discharge portion (3) with a discharge portion end (5) having a discharge opening (4), with an actuation mechanism (6) assigned to the pump part (2), and with a protective cap (7) covering at least the discharge portion end (5), wherein a soft porous insert (8) provided with an antimicrobial additive is inserted into the protective cap (7) and can be pressed when the protective cap (7) is fitted from above onto the discharge portion end (5) with spring support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: WestRock Dispensing Systems Hemer GmbH
    Inventor: Gisbert Welp
  • Patent number: 9694532
    Abstract: A bottle for dispensing fluids into a capless filler system, the bottle configured with an elongated smooth neck designed for insertion into a capless filler opening to actuate and displace one or more flapper seals when emptying the fluid into the capless filler. The bottle is sealed with a cap with a first set of screw threads that engages the neck at a top portion with a second set of screw threads on an interior surface of the top portion of the neck. The cap can be a child proof cap. The bottle can be made of plastic that is clear or opaque.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS
    Inventors: John Samuel McKenzie, Nicholas Emile Stanca, Bernard Kwame Asante
  • Patent number: 9669975
    Abstract: A cap for a container has two portions. The first portion attaches to and closes the mouth of the container. The second portion attaches to the mouth of the container to support the container in a mouth-down position that promotes draining and enables evaporation within the interior space of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Inventor: Carson Artz
  • Patent number: 9561899
    Abstract: A package for a particulate laundry scent additive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Natalie Vitalia Lopez, Adrian Keith McKinney, Richard Lawrence Horstman, Kristin Marie Finley, Karen Hussong Strader
  • Patent number: 9511906
    Abstract: A tamper-evident closure includes a tamper-evident strip connected with frangible connection points to a shoulder portion of a closure body before first time opening of the closure. In the closed position of a lid, a skirt portion of the lid is located behind the tamper-evident strip. The skirt portion includes locking lugs that protrude from the outer skirt surface towards the front and in the closed position of the lid engage an underside of the tamper-evident strip, such that upon a first-time opening the lid is only movable to the open position when the tamper-evident strip is permanently removed by breaking the frangible connecting points. The tamper-evident strip has bent end portions with frangible connection points that are bent towards the skirt portion, whereby a virtual straight line through these frangible connection points, seen from the front, lies behind a virtual straight line through the other frangible connection points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: PLASTICUM NETHERLANDS B.V.
    Inventors: Jan van Alfen, Shi Ming Pun, Sebastiaan Wilhelmus Josephus den Boer, Gerrit Jan Stegeman
  • Patent number: 9417255
    Abstract: An analyzer for use with in vitro diagnostics includes one or more containers. Each container includes a container body configured to hold one or more fluids, a closure device disposed on the container body and housing a movable cannula, and a sealing portion configured to seal off the one or more fluids in the container body from matter outside the container body when the sealing portion is closed. The system also includes one or more pick and place devices configured to move the one or more containers between different locations. The movable cannula is configured to move downward responsive to a force from the one or more pick and place devices and cause an opening in the sealing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Brennan, James Kegelman
  • Patent number: 9376240
    Abstract: A cap for a bottle having a safety seal over its mouth, the cap provided with one or more integral seal-cutting fins to facilitate removal of the safety seal. The cap further includes mouth alignment ribs and may include one or more depressor fins. The cap may have an inner stage and an outer stage. When inverted, the cap may be positioned on the lip of the mouth of a heat induction sealed bottle. Upon application of downward force and rotation of the cap, the seal-cutting fins score or cut the safety seal to facilitate removal of the seal. The depressor fin(s) prevents the entire circumference of the seal from being scored or cut, and therefore reduces the risk that the seal will fall into the bottle during removal of the seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: TUF-TITE, INC.
    Inventors: Greg McMurray, Wayne A. Huerth, Gordon D. Wade
  • Patent number: 9375714
    Abstract: A device and method for extending the useful life of a liquid in a container used in an automated clinical analyzer. The liquid comprises a material subject to deterioration, the subject material capable of deteriorating as the result of reaction with a contaminant in a gas present in the atmospheric air surrounding the container. Atmospheric air surrounding the container that displaces the liquid consumed from a container is routed through a gas scrubber insert in order to remove or at least reduce the quantity of at least one contaminant present in that air. The gas scrubber insert is positioned between the liquid in the container and the atmospheric air surrounding the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Abbott Laboratories
    Inventors: Patrick P. Fritchie, Gregory E. Gardner
  • Patent number: 9215954
    Abstract: A twist action mixing container is capable of separately storing various substances for later mixing. The mixing container includes an upper and lower housing which respectively define an upper and lower chamber. The upper and lower chambers are separated by a valve assembly that seals off one chamber from the other until the valve assembly is opened. The valve assembly includes upper and lower valve halves, each of which includes one or more tracks along their periphery and corresponding guide members that insert into said tracks. When the upper and lower housings are twisted in opposite directions, the guide members travel along their respective tracks moving upper and lower valve openings into alignment, thus opening the valve assembly. A preventer is operably coupled to the lower valve for blocking the container opening while the valve assembly is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Inventor: Colin Mortimer Bennett
  • Patent number: 9199778
    Abstract: There are provided an oxygen absorbing resin composition, an oxygen absorbing multilayered body, and an oxygen absorbing hollow container that can absorb oxygen in an atmosphere even under a low-humidity atmosphere. The oxygen absorbing resin composition includes: (I) an oxygen absorbing agent consisting of a metal (a metal of (I)) obtained by subjecting an alloy comprising (A) at least one transition metal selected from the group consisting of manganese, iron, platinum, and copper group metals and (B) at least one metal selected from the group consisting of aluminum, zinc, tin, lead, magnesium, and silicon, to treatment with an acidic or alkaline aqueous solution to elute and remove at least a part of the component (B); and (II) a thermoplastic resin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI GAS CHEMICAL COMPANY, INC.
    Inventors: Akihiro Masuda, Kiyonori Michiba, Yoshiki Itou, Kenichi Niimi, Tatsuo Iwai, Takashi Kubo
  • Patent number: 9193520
    Abstract: A package for a particulate laundry scent additive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Natalie Vitalia Lopez, Adrian Keith McKinney, Richard Lawrence Horstman, Kristin Marie Finley, Karen Hussong Strader
  • Patent number: 9187224
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and an apparatus employing at least two magnets one on a top surface of a lid and one on the bottom surface of the lid to secure the magnet on the bottom surface of the lid to the bottom surface of the lid and to provide magnetic fastening means for the measuring spoon or scooper inside the container. This facilitates the ability to store and acquire the scooper from inside the container without the need for reaching into and touching the contents of the container thus avoiding making physical contact with the contents. An additional feature is securing a handle to forming a handle with the magnet located on the top, outside surface of the lid so that the handle can be centrally located on the lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Inventor: Joseph C Mazzilli
  • Patent number: 9162804
    Abstract: The present invention provides a dispensing cap for attaching to a container, which includes a dispensing chamber having an interior compartment for holding an ingredient to be dispensed into the container. The top end of the dispensing chamber has a flexible diaphragm and an actuator button and the lower end of the dispensing chamber is connected to a frangible membrane. The dispensing chamber includes a threaded bottle cap for attaching the container to the dispensing cap. A piercing shaft includes four rectangular shaped vanes which engage and pierce the center of an s-shaped frangible section of the frangible membrane at the bottom of the dispensing chamber. This causes the s-shaped frangible section of the frangible membrane to rupture and thereby form an opening in the bottom of the interior compartment of the dispensing chamber so that the ingredient housed within the compartment freely passes through the dispensing opening and into the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Inventors: Ezra Hamway, Cory Robertson
  • Patent number: 9156719
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a glass container with a cylindrical neck (1) suitable for plugging the container by means of a stopper inserted in said neck, said neck (1) comprises an internal thread (6) allowing for reversible plugging and unplugging of the container by screwing and unscrewing said stopper, wherein the internal thread (6) of the neck consists of at least two independent thread turns (7) allowing unplugging and plugging of the container by screwing and respectively unscrewing the stopper by rotating it over an angle of less than 180°.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Owens-Brockway Glass Container Inc.
    Inventors: Dalmazio Perrone, Frederico Campodonico, Gino Giovanni Brignolo, Ambrogio Morettin, Benoit Villaret De Chauvigny
  • Patent number: 9149139
    Abstract: This device holds a beverage afloat in an upright position in the water at all times while the beverage is being consumed. This is accomplished by placing a flotation ring around the outer surface of the beverage holder and a weight at the bottom for stability. The device additionally provides a piercing rod for prying open a tab on an aluminum can or puncturing an aluminum can, a bottle opener for opening a different type of beverage and a lanyard and lanyard ring as well as a pouch for litter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Inventors: Michael Rogers, Catherine Rogers
  • Patent number: 9096365
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a vacuum container. The vacuum container includes a piston member linearly movably disposed in a receiving portion which is formed at the vacuum container and has a first outlet and provided with a second outlet, an elastic member disposed in the piston member, a first valve plate disposed in the receiving portion and adapted to open or close the first outlet, a second valve plate disposed at the piston member and adapted to open or close the second outlet, a separation preventing plate mounted in the receiving portion and preventing separation of the piston member, and a unit for pressuring the first valve plate which is mounted in the receiving portion and is adapted to close the first outlet by pressurizing the first valve plate if the piston member descends and is caught by and fixed to the separation preventing plate. Thereby, vacuum state can be continuously maintained in the vacuum container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Inventor: Yong-Kug Kim
  • Publication number: 20150129532
    Abstract: The present arrangement is applied to a can including a body portion; a neck portion incorporating an outer peripheral ridge and joined to the body portion by a transition portion; and a lid carrying an outer peripheral rib. A retention ring is seated on the outer peripheral, surrounding the latter and the outer peripheral ridge and being locked under said outer peripheral ridge; and a suspension ring carrying a grip handle and surrounding the neck portion, and locking, upwardly, the retention ring. A seal strip is joined to the suspension ring by breakable connection means, blocking access to a surrounding wall of the suspension ring, which is elastically deformable to unlock the retention ring.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Antonio Carlos Teixeira Alvares, Antonio Roberto Sene
  • Patent number: 9016500
    Abstract: A universal cap to be placed on standard containers for lip balm and lipstick that contains one or more modules that house therein functional items to assist the user for personal health and safety applications. The cap includes modules that contain space for the inclusion of identifying information, interior space for a flashlight and battery, interior space for an audio alarm, an interior space to house medication, a place for a nail file and a place for a glass breaker along with a flange to allow attachment to a lanyard or similar item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Inventor: Thomas Ralph Rossi
  • Publication number: 20150083686
    Abstract: Containers with hooks are provided including those that hold personal care products such as shampoo or shower gel, and which comprise a cap at each end of an elongated container, the cap at one end comprising an articulating hook attached to the cap by a film hinge. The articulating hook, in the open configuration, allows the container to hang from an object such as a shower rod.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: Avon Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Paul Jordan, Amanda Micallef