Outer Closure Breaks Or Tears Away To Expose Second Closure Patents (Class 215/251)
  • Patent number: 11479404
    Abstract: A container has a top and a bottom endcap, a bottle sandwiched therebetween, and one or more bands coupling the top and bottom endcaps and the bottle. The bottle receives therein a flexible bladder. At least one of the top and bottom endcaps has a pair of opposing parallel surfaces, one of which has a protrusion extending therefrom and the other one of which has a recess therein at a location corresponding to that of the protrusion. A valving structure demountably engages with a neck portion of the bottle and has (i) a coupling valve assembly having two channels in fluid communication with the bottle and the bladder for injecting gas thereinto and dispensing liquid therefrom, respectively, and (ii) a twist-lock casing receiving therein the coupling valve assembly and removably coupled to the bottle's neck portion. The twist-lock casing has a structure for safely depressurizing the bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: FIRST ELEMENT PACKAGING INC.
    Inventors: Bob Stockton, Melanie Kobelka
  • Patent number: 11383904
    Abstract: A plastic bottle equipped with a tamperproof device after its opening comprises a neck (1) and a cap (2) with corresponding screw threads (3, 4). The cap (2) is provided in its skirt (6) with at least one slide (22) and one pin (8) manually sliding into the slide (22). Below its screw threads (3) the cap (2) has a nut ring (9) that is provided with a plurality of holes (10); one of these is intended to receive and hold an arrow-tip end (18) of the pin (8) until its breakage in its weakened tract (17) when the cap (2) is unscrewed for opening. In addition, the pin (8) has an elongated projection (13) for its manual sliding inside the cutout (12) in a convex band (7) whose interior contains the slide (22) of the pin (8). The cutout has a lower end working as a stop for the pin (8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Inventor: Paolo Rivelli
  • Patent number: 11377274
    Abstract: A container is configured to house a consumer product. The container includes a base, a cap, and an over-cap. The base has a bottom wall and a side wall extending from the bottom wall. The cap is engaged with the base so as to define a first compartment. The first compartment is configured to house the consumer product. The over-cap is engaged with the base and at least partially defines a second compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Christopher J. Hession, Christopher L. Simpson
  • Patent number: 11345527
    Abstract: A safety capsule for a container, comprising: a threaded closure cap (2) for closing the container; a cover (3) for said cap (2), said cover (3) comprising a base (30) and a lateral wall (31) that extends from said base (30); said base (30) and said lateral wall (31) overlying said cap (2); a press-fit engagement means (5) that enables transmission of motion from the cover (3) to the cap (2) for unscrewing said cap (2); means (6) preventing extraction of the cover (3) from the cap (2), said means (6) comprising: a) a strip (60), being part of the cover (3), bent towards the inside of the cover (3); b) a stopping abutment (61), being part of the cap (2), intended to abut said strip (60) at least whenever there is an attempt to pull out the cap (2) from the cover (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: BORMIOLI PHARMA S.P.A.
    Inventor: Valerio Paganuzzi
  • Patent number: 11053055
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a dispensing closure for a fluid container with a spout for dispensing a fluid, said dispensing closure comprising a peripheral wall, a transverse wall and a toggle member, wherein said peripheral wall and said transverse wall are made of an elastic material. The dispensing closure also comprises a valve element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Aptar Freyung GmbH
    Inventors: Bruno Koenigseder, Kristina Freund, Siegfried Runge
  • Patent number: 10954040
    Abstract: A pull-off closure for containers having an opening whose end portion defines an annular collar projecting externally; the closure including: an upper portion shaped in the form of a shell having an upper face from which extends a collar, which can be turned over to abut on the annular collar of the container, during capping of the container, the upper face and the collar forming, at their connection, an annular edge; lines of weakness formed on the upper face and on the collar forming an opening strip which extends in a tab extending beyond the collar; a gripping element which can be associated with the tab, wherein the lines of weakness extend on the collar outside the annular edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: PELLICONI & C. S.P.A.
    Inventors: Antonio Lo Piccolo, Doriano Naldi
  • Patent number: 10899511
    Abstract: Closure for a container mouth, the closure comprising: a cover portion (18) for covering at least a portion of the container mouth; a fastener portion (20) for engaging the container for fastening the closure to the container; and a peelable bracing portion (22) extending generally in a circumferential direction of or around an axis of the closure, the bracing portion overlapping at least partly the cover portion and the fastener portion, and configured to reinforce the closure by bearing, as shear stress at an interface between the bracing portion and at least one of the cover portion and fastener portion, support force in or between one or both of the cover portion and the fastener portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Inventor: Francis Showering
  • Patent number: 10710780
    Abstract: A closure (503) for a container neck (501), the closure (503) comprising a body (401) comprising a retention member (402) for retaining the body (401) on a container neck (501). The body (401) defines a retention member disconnection line (403) that is severable to release the retention member (402).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: GCL International S.A.R.L.
    Inventors: Alexander Donald Meiklem McPherson, David Conway Richardson, Alistair Watters, Marco Antonelli
  • Patent number: 10703546
    Abstract: A cap protector for protecting a cap on a container includes a plurality of axial fins extending from a common point. Each axial fin includes a body extending between an inner edge and an outer edge, and a cap-engaging lip defined on the inner edge that is configured to selectively engage a cap of a container. The plurality of axial fins may be movable from a disengaged position to an engaged position, wherein in the engaged position the cap-engaging lip of each of the plurality of axial fins engages the cap of a container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: L'Oreal
    Inventor: Michael P. Robinson, II
  • Patent number: 10669083
    Abstract: A tamper-evident closure (1) for a container, the closure comprising: a shell comprising a first shell part (3A) and a second shell part (3B); and a tamper-evident overcap, the overcap comprising a cap (4A) which is fixed to the exterior of the first shell part and a tamper-evident member (4B) which is releasably connected to the cap (4A) and releasably located around the exterior of at least part of the second shell part (3B), such that the first and second shell parts (3A, 3B) cannot be separated unless the member (4B) is released, and thereafter the cap (4A) is removable together with the first shell part (3A).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: GCL International S.A.R.L.
    Inventor: Alexander Donald Meiklem McPherson
  • Patent number: 10427845
    Abstract: A closure (10) is provided. The closure (10) comprises a body portion (20) having engagement means (45) for engagement with a container(15), and a shell for engagement with the body portion (20), wherein the shell comprises securing means (80) arranged in use to secure the engagement means (45) onto the container(15). The container (15) may be a bottle. The body portion (20) may be a pourer fitment. The engagement means (45) may comprise at least one clip. The securing means (80) may comprise a bead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Obrist Closures Switzerland GmbH
    Inventor: Alexander Donald Meiklem McPherson
  • Patent number: 10322853
    Abstract: An apparatus for securing a vessel includes a primary cap having a threaded portion that is configured to selectively engage corresponding threads of a vessel to secure the primary cap to the vessel, and at least one projection. The apparatus further includes a removable secondary cap configured to engage the primary cap to secure the vessel, the secondary cap including at least one lug, the lug having a shear zone that contacts the projection when the primary and secondary caps are engaged and secured to a vessel. When the secondary cap is removed from the primary cap, the shear zone is broken by the projection such that the secondary cap cannot by reinstalled on the primary cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Edward Castillo, Paul Wervey
  • Patent number: 10315788
    Abstract: A closure system and method of forming containers comprising a closing element. The closing element is integrally sealable to the container at one of the openings to be closed, and a preferential separation zone between the container and the closing element, the closure system comprising a first guiding and/or coupling portion for guiding and controlling the movement of the closing element from a first blocking position, wherein the closing element is integral to the container, to a second unblocking position, wherein the closing element is separated from the container via the preferential separation zone. The closure system further includes a first thread on the insert and a second thread formed within the closing element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: BREVETTI ANGELA S.R.L.
    Inventor: Roberto Consolaro
  • Patent number: 10293988
    Abstract: A closure assembly (20) that includes a cap or overcap (28) and a fitment (24) for a container is provided wherein the fitment (24) has a laterally projecting shear member (40), and the overcap (28) has an aperture (74) for initially receiving the shear member (40) when the overcap (28) and fitment (24) are in an initially assembled orientation or condition. The aperture (74) and the shear member (40) cooperate in the initially assembled orientation such that when subjected to a flow of a sterilizing gas, turbulence is created in the sterilizing gas flow to enhance sterilization of the combination. The closure assembly (20) may, instead, or additionally, be provided wherein the overcap (28) has an elongate, hollow plug (58) for establishing a first seal between the fitment (24) and the overcap (28) in the initially assembled orientation, and the wherein overcap (28) has a skirt (50) for establishing a second seal between the fitment (24) and the overcap (28) in the initially assembled orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: AptarGroup, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy Mazurkiewicz, John Wisniewski
  • Patent number: 10214324
    Abstract: A cap-type synthetic resin container lid is easily removable from a container without separating to form scrap pieces, The container lid includes thin-walled inversion pieces that extend upward beyond a top panel wall from their lower ends which connect to the outer surface of a skirt wall, a restraint wall that is connected to the upper ends of the thin-walled inversion pieces and that has a specific site in the circumferential direction, and an operating section connected to the outer surface of the skirt wall via a connecting piece that extends radially out from the skirt wall at a position in alignment with the specific site. Locked projections and locking projections, on the restraint wall and the connecting piece respectively, restrict expansion of the restraint wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: NIPPON CLOSURES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Satoru Shimada, Masataka Iyadomi
  • Patent number: 10189614
    Abstract: A cap for closing an opening in a container, the container having a top wall in which the opening is formed, a bottom wall, and at least one container side wall extending between the top wall and the bottom wall defining a cavity for storing a material for dispensing through the cap includes an end face having at least one fluid inlet adapted to allow air to flow through the cap and at least one fluid outlet, separate from the at least one fluid inlet, adapted to allow liquid to flow through the cap, a side wall extending from the end face, and a retaining element provided on at least a portion of the side wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: BISSELL Homecare, Inc.
    Inventor: Jason W. Pruiett
  • Patent number: 10099825
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an attachment system for attaching together two tubular members comprising two tubular members, rotational attachment members and longitudinal attachment members. The rotational attachment members comprise a plurality of attachment elements which are disposed in angularly spaced relationship along the first tubular member to define a plurality of seats between two successive attachment elements and a plurality of reference elements disposed in angularly spaced relationship along the second tubular member and at least partially accommodated in respective seats. The longitudinal attachment members comprise a plurality of stop surfaces disposed in angularly spaced relationship along the first tubular member and a plurality of abutment elements formed on the second tubular member, each abutment element extending in the longitudinal direction and cooperating with a respective stop surface. The invention also relates to a liquid container having said attachment system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: GRUPPO CIMBALI S.P.A.
    Inventors: Luca Viale, Marco Giovannini
  • Patent number: 9975669
    Abstract: A closure device includes a first part forming a fastening base for fastening to the container neck and having at least one peripheral fastening groove and a second part forming a lid, a fastening ring defining a reference geometrical axis, and a hinge connecting the fastening ring to the lid for guiding the lid relative to the fastening ring between a closed position and an open position, the fastening ring being engaged by snap-in action into the fastening groove of the first part. The second part additionally also forms a first-opening indicator and a frangible connection between the first-opening indicator and a peripheral rim flange of the lid, a free space being maintained in the axial direction between the fastening ring and the first-opening indicator in the closed position prior to the first opening, the first-opening indicator being retained by at least one lock zone of the first part so as to be separated from the lid and drop into the free space upon the first opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Berlcap
    Inventors: Philippe Pellerin, Anne-Cécile Ropele
  • Patent number: 9815603
    Abstract: An anti-tamper synthetic elastomeric cap structure, of the type having a dilated external head in abutment with an apex to form a “T-cap”, includes a composite structure having, embedded in the head, an endoskeleton with external appendages that provides a cage having a circumferential projection, with respect to a penetrating body under the head that defines a band having a notching therein and disposed about the neck of a bottle to provide a pre-fracture line and a grasping appendage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Inventor: Mirco Bannini
  • Patent number: 9778201
    Abstract: A capsule placed on a beverage bottle. The capsule includes a capsule material layer and at least two layers of security ink on the capsule material layer. Each of the at least two layers has a different chemical composition. At least one layer of the at least two layers includes a first composition having flakes exhibiting full reflection of light received at a predetermined wavelength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: SICPA HOLDING SA
    Inventors: Russell R. Lacoste, Stephen Wass, James Bonhivert, Toni Lee Gazaway, Sarah Yacoub, Thomas Classick
  • Patent number: 9523451
    Abstract: A system comprising a visual element for indicating the security of a pipe fitting and associated method. The visual element is configured to adhere to an outer surface of a pipe fitting and disjoin from the outer surface of the pipe fitting according to a set of disjoining criteria. The criteria comprises at least one of application of a sufficient force at the outer surface of the pipe fitting to form a fluid-tight seal between the pipe fitting and another pipe and a circumferential change of the visual element greater than a threshold amount of circumferential change. The visual element may be placed on a pipe fitting into which a pipe is inserted, and the connection between the pipe fitting and the pipe may be secured. Determination of whether the pipe fitting and the pipe are properly connected is performed based on monitoring of the visual element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: ELKHART PRODUCTS CORPORATION, C/O AALBERTS INDUSTRIES N.V.
    Inventor: Robert Nichols
  • Patent number: 9346591
    Abstract: Composite cap intended to be snapped on the glass ring of a bottle and then to serve as a stopper that can screwed and unscrewed as required, the glass ring being provided with at least one annular bead. It comprises a shell with a skirt provided with an internal annular bead; a first insert, disposed inside said shell, provided with an internal screw thread, characterized in that it also comprises a second insert having at least two roughly cylindrical portions; the first portion being provided on its external wall with a screw thread complementary to that of said first insert, the second portion being provided with axial immobilization means intended to cooperate with said annular bead and axial stop means, cooperating with said internal annular bead, so that the inserts secured together by screwing are trapped inside said shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: AMCOR FLEXIBLES CAPSULES FRANCE
    Inventor: Hervé Martinengo
  • Patent number: 9241587
    Abstract: A container (1), such as a drink container, comprises a body (2) for accommodating fluids, a bottom (10), a side wall (12), a body opening (28), and a first connecting element (32). A fluid-tight closing unit (30) is connectable to the first connecting element (32) in a fluid-tight manner and has a region where a fluid passage to the body can be provided. A mouthpiece module (24) comprises a mouthpiece (26), a fluid line (34), and a unit (36) for creating a fluid passage to the body in the region. By way of a guiding unit, the fluid line (34) and the unit (36) can be transferred from a distance from the region to a position in which a fluid passage through the closing unit (30) and, by way of the fluid line (34), a connection between the body (2) and the mouthpiece (26), is created.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Red Bull GmbH
    Inventors: Matthias Rinderer, Catherine Reiter, Nathalie Mikhaeel, Peter Huels, Roland Concin, Gabriele Weber-Trinkfass
  • Patent number: 8950609
    Abstract: A stopper device including a stopper, cap and ring provided with tabs for locking onto a container neck and a body for handling the ring. The body includes a first mechanism for transmitting a thrust force to the ring and a second mechanism for activating the tabs. The ring and the handling body are respectively provided with first and second retainers that hold the handling body in a waiting position. The handling body is mobile parallel to the thrust force direction and in relation to the ring, between a first position activating the tabs of the ring and is mobile in translation only in the thrust force direction, and a second position that also activates the tabs and is immobilized in relation to the ring in axial translation. The tabs extend from a continuous edge of the ring and are each arranged in an opening with a closed contour.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: West Pharmaceutical Services Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Antoine Aneas
  • Patent number: 8839971
    Abstract: This device comprises an elastomer stopper (501) and a cap (502) suitable for covering both the neck (12) of a container and the stopper in position in this neck. The cap comprises a ring (503) provided with means (503G) for locking it to the neck and an operating member (504). The operating member (504) is fitted with at least one deformable part (506C) for transmitting a thrust load (f2) parallel to a central axis (X503) of the ring (503), between two portions (505, 506) of this member (504) or between an external material (301) and this member (504). The load transmitting part (506C) is deformable between a first configuration in which its length (L506) parallel to the central axis (X503) is a first value and a second configuration in which this parallel length is a second value that is less than the first value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: West Pharmaceutical Services Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Antoine Aneas
  • Patent number: 8813988
    Abstract: A cap (23) for a container closure or closure plug comprises a cap top (24), attachment means (24) under the cap top and securingly engageable with a given container closure or closure plug; a frangible connection (30) between the cap top and the attachment means designed, in use, to be broken upon removal or attempted removal of the cap from said container closure or closure plug and a permanent connection (31) between the cap top and the attachment means which, upon breaking of the frangible connection, retains the cap top and the attachment means connected together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Greif International Holding B.V.
    Inventor: Sébastien Yves Adolphe Ledemeney
  • Patent number: 8808593
    Abstract: The invention relates to a cap for the neck of a container and to a method for producing one such cap. According to the invention, the skirt (12) of the cap (1) is provided with frangible bridge elements (44A, 44B) which break when the cap is first opened. In addition, on either side of the aforementioned frangible bridge elements, the skirt includes a non-removable part and a removable part provided with an outer biasing tab (24) that only extends along a peripheral portion (12A) of the skirt. In order to limit the biasing force of the tab, so as to release the removable skirt part, the radial dimension (e44A) of the bridges (44A) located in the skirt portion (12) associated with the tab is smaller than the radial dimension (e44B) of the bridges (44B) located outside said portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Tetra Laval Holdings & Finance S.A.
    Inventors: Fabrice Guerin, Stéphane Iacopi
  • Patent number: 8701906
    Abstract: A dispensing cap for storing one or more ingredients in the cap body until the time of use. The stored ingredients in the cap are dispensed manually into a primary container for mixing. The dispensing cap includes a push-pull, flow-through drinking spout with a fluid valve for opening and closing the fluid flow from the primary container. The dispensing cap body includes several elements all of which are formed in a single molded cap body. The storage chamber of the dispensing cap includes a foil seal that can be partially opened by an activating member manually connected to the drinking spout for dispensing the ingredients into the primary container. The cap body is threadably attached to a primary container threaded neck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Blast Max LLC
    Inventor: Michael R. Anderson
  • Patent number: 8695842
    Abstract: A protector for containers for improving hygiene conditions, especially for cans with an essentially cylindrical form. The protector includes an upper protector element covering the upper part of the container and a lower ring arranged peripherally around the container connected to the upper protector element by a hinge section. The upper protector element also includes a ring pull projecting towards the outside in a downwards direction from the body of the upper protector element and having a cambered form following the contour of the can.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Inventors: Jose Francisco Gonzalez Sanchez, Francisco Javier Cana Martinez
  • Publication number: 20130319967
    Abstract: This patent design is involved in leakage-proof sealing design for a plastic bottle cap, which works with water dispenser. Technique issue: It focuses on designs of an interior water outlet lid at leakage-proof and on design of a pliably wedged sealing ring in the cap. The patent design aims at eradicating phenomena that an interior water outlet lid drops in water to create secondary pollution and rescinding use of a leakage-proof foaming gasket in the cap. Embodiment: 1. Employ a kind of non-toxic, odorless, and food grade aluminum foil lid to seal the interior water outlet in a cap. 2. Add a fixed pliably wedged ring onto interior sidewall of a cap to replace a mobile polyethylene foaming gasket. Effects: The patent cap design possesses simple structure, hygiene, and strong sealability. It can eradicate leak from plastic interior lid, rescind foaming gasket use, reduce cost and avoid secondary pollution to bottled water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Inventor: Xiping GUO
  • Patent number: 8567621
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a closure and a container having the same, wherein the closure can be opened or closed through up/down operation to keep contents pressurized. A closure of the present invention comprises a sealing unit for surrounding a mouth of a container to ensure airtightness; a locking unit having a plurality of locking projections hingedly connected to a lower end of the sealing unit so that the locking projections can be caught by a locking flange-of the container; and a cover unit having a vertically movable annular body for surrounding an outer peripheral surface of the locking unit and including a push projection formed to protrude from an inner peripheral surface of the body and to be positioned below the locking unit, and a support projection formed to protrude at a position above the push projection to support the outer peripheral surface of the locking unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Inventor: Dong-Seuk Chae
  • Patent number: 8534477
    Abstract: A closure system for containers used for storing or administering substances in the form of liquids, pastes or powders that allows the container to be securely closed permanently and in a virus-proof, bacteria-proof and spore-proof manner. The container having an opening that is to be closed, a cap provided with a through-hole, the cap including a substantially cylindrical securing area, and a closure element for sealing the opening. The container includes an end face which surrounds the opening and on which the closure element bears. The closure element comprises a virus-proof, bacteria-proof and spore-proof film, and the cap comprises at least one closed, elastic sealing lip bearing resiliently in a direction towards the closure element in the operative position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: LTS Lohmann Therapie-Systeme AG
    Inventors: Hans-Rainer Hoffmann, Rudolf Matusch
  • 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: 8486043
    Abstract: Described here are unit dose containers, methods, and kits for treating asthma and other pulmonary conditions by nebulization. The unit doses of active agents are provided in a low volume formulation, which results in faster nebulization of the unit doses. The containers are also formed to minimize internal surface area so that effective re-dispersion of the active agents can be achieved while reducing adsorption to the walls of the containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: MAP Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
    Inventors: Laxmi Iyer, Paul S. Uster
  • Patent number: 8424697
    Abstract: A pressure cap comprises a closing part associable with an opening of a container, engaging means associable with a neck of said container, said engaging means being provided with retaining means for engaging in a projection of said container, a line of intended opening in said engaging means interposed between a side body of said engaging means and said closing part, said line of intended opening being defined by fracturable means, said line of intended opening and said closing part being positioned in relation to one another so that said fracturable means breaks along said line of intended opening when said closing part is induced to detach itself from said side body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Sacmi Cooper MacCanici Imola Societa'Cooperativa
    Inventor: Fabrizio Pucci
  • Patent number: 8418878
    Abstract: Provided is a packaging container that simplifies the opening operation. The packaging container includes a front cover member and a back cover member, which are attached to each other to form a housing space for accommodating an article therein. The back cover member is integrally molded from a sheet-shaped plastic. The back cover member includes an opening portion, which is surrounded by an opening assisting line portion formed in a linear form and opened by tearing the opening assisting line portion when the packaging container is opened. The back cover member is formed so that its surface is recessed at the opening assisting line portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignees: Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., Nihon Houzai Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenji Yoda, Takanori Noda, Yasuo Shiina
  • Patent number: 8281944
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an anti-tamper closure (1, 1?) for threaded bottles (100, 100?) comprising an outer cap (20, 20?) and an outer skirt (22, 22?) which is connected to the outer cap (20, 20?) prior to initial opening, and an inner cap (30, 30?) and an inner annular element (32, 32?) which is connected to the inner cap (30, 30?) prior to initial opening, in which the inner annular element (32, 32?) is connected to the inner cap (30, 30?) with respect to both rotation and translation by inner connection means (31, 31?) which render the inner annular element (32, 32?) free to rotate and to translate relative to the inner cap (30, 30?) after initial opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Guala Closures S.p.A.
    Inventor: Piero Battegazzore
  • Patent number: 8256631
    Abstract: A closure system is provided for containers used for storing or administering substances in the form of liquids, pastes or powders, which includes a cap, provided with a through-hole, and a closure element, wherein the cap holds the closure element with a force fit and/or form fit on the container, in the area of the container opening that is to be closed, by a catch element present on the container. The end face which surrounds the container opening, and on which the closure element bears, comprises a depression. The closure element is a virus-proof, bacteria-proof and spore-proof film that lies on the end face and, at least in some areas, over the depression. The cap is then fitted in place, an elastomer ring or adhesive ring is arranged between the closure element and the depression and fills the depression.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: LTS Lohmann Therapie-Systeme AG
    Inventors: Hans-Rainer Hoffmann, Rudolf Matusch
  • Patent number: 8242915
    Abstract: A closure assembly is provided that prevents tampering and counterfeiting of a container while at the same time protecting the contents stored therein from contaminants such as air and moisture. The closure assembly may include an upper closure portion securable to the container and a lower closure portion attached to the upper closure portion and securable to the container and adapted to evidence disengagement from the container. The lower closure portion may include a first section having a first cross section and a second section having a second cross section. The second cross section may be smaller than the first cross section, and may be adapted to evidence disengagement from the container if the lower closure portion is disengaged from the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Access Business Group International LLC
    Inventors: Zhirong Yan, Chang Biao Chai
  • Patent number: 8231019
    Abstract: Closure for bottles, particularly for a bottle with a neck (2) provided with a thread (5), the said closure comprising an inner cap of plastics material, having an end wall (9) and a tubular skirt (10) connected to the rim of the said end wall and extending axially along the neck, the said tubular skirt (10) being provided with an internal thread (12) which engages with the said thread (5) provided on the neck, together with an outer cap (14) of sheet metal which covers the said inner cap and which is fixed to the neck of the bottle by fixing means (22), at least one circular weakening line (19) being provided in the said sheet metal outer cap (14), the said outer cap (14) having a tubular shape and being provided with an annular enlargement (24) extending radially outwards and axially over a specified distance with the formation of an inner annular channel (25) delimited by corresponding axial end stops (26, 27) and facing the tubular skirt (10) of the inner cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Guala Closures, S.p.A.
    Inventor: Piero Battegazzore
  • Patent number: 8201385
    Abstract: A covering substrate which is inexpensive to manufacture and adhere to a container yet provides a hygienic environment at a top portion of the container as well as provides multiple promotional or advertising surfaces. A covering substrate capable of being bonded to a rim of a container, the container including a top wall and the rim extending beyond the top wall defining a top portion of the container, the covering providing a hygienic environment at the top portion of the container, including a substrate, a heat seal coating laminated to the substrate and disposed for bonding the substrate to the container substantially along the perimeter of the rim, and a bondable material layered in part to the substrate opposite the heat seal coating, a portion of the bondable material defining a tab therein substantially contained within the perimeter of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: Selig Sealing Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew Fenwick McLean
  • Patent number: 8181803
    Abstract: The present invention consists of an improvement made on the patent “Means for sealing bottle caps with evidence of opening” with Spanish application number P200202864, which made use of a concealed tongue that was revealed after the first opening without allowing to recover the original situation. The present invention maintains a connection between the top and bottom segments of the capsule, preventing their rotation relative to each other and providing an audible evidence of opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Compania de Tapones Irrellenables, S.A.
    Inventor: David Torrent Ortega
  • Patent number: 8091727
    Abstract: A single-use, clamshell protective cap for use primarily in healthcare settings in order to maintain the integrity of a medication solution. The cap has two halves, a cylindrical skirt, a puncture resistant lid portion, an interior flange, and an interlocking snap. When placed around a flanged injection port such as is found on a conventional fluid container and closed, the lid portion covers an access site on an injection port. After the cap is placed, the interior flange engages the port flange to prevent upward axial movement relative to the port, thereby preventing removal of the cap and thus deterring unwanted or erroneous drug administrations or withdrawals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Hospira, Inc.
    Inventor: John A. Domkowski
  • Publication number: 20110168660
    Abstract: A tamper evident cap adapted to close an opening on a vessel includes a main body having an outer circumference, a pull tab extending from the main body, and a flange, forms an annulus around the main body and connected to the main body. The flange includes an outer circumference that is larger than the outer circumference of the main body. It is essential to the present invention that the flange is made of a very thin layer of material. In addition, the flange includes at least a pair of perforation lines. Further, the present invention includes a bump in the pull-tab for enabling a person grasping the pull-tab, to obtain a firmer hold thereon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2011
    Publication date: July 14, 2011
    Inventor: James F. Chmela
  • Patent number: 7951109
    Abstract: A storage and dispensing cap for a liquid receptacle having a cap body storage chamber for use with a receptacle such as a bottle, pouch or intravenous bag that is used to store a liquid for use with a syringe that is inserted into the receptacle for drawing the liquid contents into the syringe. A liquid, powder or capsule in the cap body chamber is mixed into the liquid receptacle for use with the syringe. A sleeve penetrator is mounted inside said cap body chamber and is sized in length to permit rupture of the bottom floor of said cap body chamber when manually depressed for dispensing whatever material is placed inside said cap body chamber and sleeve penetrator into said syringe bottle. An open passage from the cap body to the inside of the receptacle is provided once the storage chamber is ruptured by manually depressing the penetrator to allow the syringe needle end to be inserted into the liquid receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: Andeboh Holdings, FLP
    Inventor: Michael R. Anderson
  • Publication number: 20100282705
    Abstract: A cap (23) for a container closure or closure plug comprises a cap top (24), attachment means (24) under the cap top and securingly engageable with a given container closure or closure plug; a frangible connection (30) between the cap top and the attachment means designed, in use, to be broken upon removal or attempted removal of the cap from said container closure or closure plug and a permanent connection (31) between the cap top and the attachment means which, upon breaking of the frangible connection, retains the cap top and the attachment means connected together.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2008
    Publication date: November 11, 2010
    Applicant: GREIF INTERNATIONAL HOLDING BV
    Inventor: Sebastien Yves Adolphe Ledemeney
  • Patent number: 7651003
    Abstract: A closure used on a beverage container has an outlet neck centered on an axis. The closure has a mount secured to the neck and a valve body formed with an outwardly open passage extending along a passage axis generally coaxial with the outlet-neck axis. This body is pivotally displaceable in the mount about a valve-body axis generally coaxial with the passage axis and outlet-neck axis between an open position and a closed position and through an intermediate position. Structure on the valve body and mount block flow through the passage in the closed position, allow free flow through the passage in the open position, and limit flow through the passage in the intermediate position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2010
    Assignee: Georg Menshen GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Martin Albers, Frank Römer
  • Publication number: 20090159553
    Abstract: A closure system for containers used for storing or administering substances in the form of liquids, pastes or powders, which system in one embodiment includes a cap, provided with a through-hole, and a closure element, wherein the cap holds the closure element with a force fit and/or form fit on the container, in the area of the container opening that is to be closed, by means of a catch element present on the container. For this purpose, the end face which surrounds the container opening, and on which the closure element bears, comprises a depression. The closure element is a virus-proof, bacteria-proof and spore-proof film that lies on the end face and, at least in some areas, over the depression. The cap is then fitted in place, an elastomer ring or adhesive ring is arranged between the closure element and the depression and fills the depression.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2008
    Publication date: June 25, 2009
    Inventors: Hans-Rainer Hoffmann, Rudolf Matusch
  • Patent number: 7488311
    Abstract: A port closure system for use with a fluid container having fluid ports includes administrative and additive port closure assemblies. The administrative assembly receives a piercing pin and includes an administrative housing which seals closed one fluid port. A sleeve extends from an interior surface past a base surface in the administrative housing. The sleeve has an upper portion and a lower portion, of differing diameters. A cap assembly mates with the administrative housing, sealing the interior surface of the administrative housing. A removable cap provides access to the interior surface. The additive assembly receives a needle and includes a reseal housing which seals closed another fluid port. Another cap assembly mates with the reseal housing, sealing an interior face of the reseal housing. Another removable cap provides access to the interior face. A reseal element is mechanically retained between the reseal housing and cap assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2009
    Assignee: Hospira, Inc.
    Inventors: John Domkowski, Richard E. Burg, Glenn A. Caspary, Marc M. Daniels, Mark I. Ostler, Joseph Pasini, Stanley F. Pytel, John Sergot
  • Publication number: 20090008354
    Abstract: A hermetically sealed thermoplastic container is equipped with a unitary closure that includes a draining spike access aperture occluded by a removable, twist-off cap and an internal draining spike stabilizer situated in the neck portion of the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2007
    Publication date: January 8, 2009
    Inventors: Gerhard H. Weiler, Kathleen E. Kurek