Twist-off Motion Frees Reusable Closure Patents (Class 215/252)
  • Patent number: 11565854
    Abstract: What is described here is a closing cap (1) for a container (2), in particular for a container (2) intended to contain pressurised beverages. The cap comprising a lateral wall (3) extending around an axis (Z) and a transversal wall (4) positioned at one end of the lateral wall (3), a separating line (5) being provided on the lateral wall (3) to define a retaining ring (301), which extends as far as a free edge (304) and is configured to internally engage with a locking ring (206) of a neck (201) of the container (2), and a closing element (302) removably engageable with the neck, so as to open or close the container. The cap comprises an inner thread structure, positioned on the inside of the lateral wall (3) of the closing element (302) to engage with an outer thread structure of the neck (201) and to removably couple the closing element (302) to the neck (201) of the container (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: SACMI COOPERATIVA MECCANICI IMOLA SOCIETA' COOPERATIVA
    Inventor: Alessandro Falzoni
  • Patent number: 11511915
    Abstract: A container having a child resistant lock and an audio device has a bottom, an outer wall, and a neck extending upward from its top. The neck has one or more slots formed by a vertical channel and a slanted channel leading to a seat. The slanted channel has two opposing protuberances where it joins the seat. A lid has a cuff configured to fit over the neck. The inside wall of the cuff has one or more pins complementary to the one or more channels which together form bayonet lock mechanisms. And gasket at the inside top of the cuff seals the container when the bayonet lock mechanisms are engaged and provide an upward bias to the cuff, thereby securing it in place. The outer wall of the cuff and outer wall of the canister lie flush with each other when the bayonet lock mechanisms are engaged. The top of the lid has a removable screen covering a compartment in the lid which houses an audio device. A plurality of apertures in the plate allow sound to emit from the music box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Inventors: Brian Louis Lipshy, Robert S. Saraga
  • Patent number: 11492179
    Abstract: A tamper-evident closure for a container is provided. The closure comprises a base attachable to a container neck. The base comprises a sidewall having a tamper-evident drop band, the band including an abutment for engaging the container neck to cause the band to break away from the sidewall if an attempt is made to remove the closure from the neck once fitted. The band further comprises an extension against which the sidewall pushes if the closure is reapplied to push the band away from the base. The extension extends only part of the way around the band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: Obrist Closures Switzerland GmbH
    Inventor: Jean-Yves Rognard
  • Patent number: 11485550
    Abstract: A closure device for a container having a neck including an annular flange, the closure device comprising: a cap body; a tamper evident (TE) band positioned below the annular flange when assembled in the container; a first hinge and a second hinge defined on the cap body; a leash connected to the TE band, the first hinge and the second hinge; the leash allowing for the cap body to be separated from the TE band during opening, but to remain connected thereto via the leash; a tongue protruding from the cap body between the first and second hinges; when the cap body is actuated from a closed configuration relative to the neck to a fully open position: the leash is configured to retain the cap body to the TE band; an interaction of the tongue and the neck is configured to retain the cap body in the fully open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd.
    Inventors: Tobias Naumann, Stephan Scherer, Christophe Halter, Christophe Simon Pierre Beck
  • Patent number: 11440695
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a metal bottle having a mouthpiece in an upper part of a bottomed cylindrical bottle body, including forming a screw part on the mouthpiece and then forming a curl at a tip of the mouthpiece. During formation of the screw part, a height of the first-stage screw thread from a tip side in a complete screw part and a height of the second-stage screw thread from the tip side are substantially equal and a distance between an apex part of the first-stage screw thread and a bottle axis is smaller than a distance between the apex part of the second-stage screw thread and the bottle axis. After formation of the curl, a distance between the apex part of the first-stage screw thread and the bottle axis and a distance between the apex part of the second-stage screw thread and the bottle axis are substantially equal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: TOYO SEIKAN CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takeshi Aihara, Masaomi Tamura, Toshiyuki Hasegawa, Takeshi Murase, Tomohiko Nakamura, Naoya Matsumoto, Nobuhiro Sasajima
  • Patent number: 11401079
    Abstract: The invention relates to a tamper evident cap for removable screwing onto a fluid outlet provided on an enteral fluid source, the cap includes a tamper evident feature comprising a deflectable element configured to be momentarily deflectable in a longitudinal direction by a deflecting element provided on the fluid outlet as the cap is screwed onto the fluid outlet, and wherein the deflectable element is configured to be permanently deflected outwardly in relation to the longitudinal axis by the deflecting element as the cap is unscrewed from the fluid outlet to provide a visual indication that the cap has been unscrewed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: GBUK Group Limited
    Inventors: Joseph Cowan, Ross Allsopp, Nicholas Scard
  • Patent number: 11401078
    Abstract: The present invention relates to tethered plastic stopper having a closure shell, a tamper band, and an annular ring. The annular ring is formed between a bottom weakness line separably linked through bottom bridges to the top edge of the tamper band and to the bottom edge of the annular ring and a top weakness line separably linked through top bridges to the top edge of the annular ring and to the bottom edge of the closure shell. At least one of the bottom bridges is configured to prevent disconnection of the annular ring from the tamper band and at least one of the top bridges is configured to prevent disconnection of the annular ring from the closure shell. The remaining bottom bridge and the remaining top bridge having a section exceeding at least 30% relative to the section of the bottom bridges and top bridges, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Novembal USA Inc.
    Inventor: Stéphane Graux
  • Patent number: 11377271
    Abstract: The invention concerns a plastic closure part (10) which can be fixed to a container or a further closure part to be fixed to the container, comprising a tubular discharge portion (3) whose cross-section is closed by a membrane (7) which has a tear line (8) extending peripherally over more than 180° along its outer edge and a corresponding method for the production of such a closure. In order to develop a closure part having the features set forth in the opening part of this specification and a method for the production thereof to the effect that the problems occurring upon injection moulding due to narrow flow passages are eliminated it is provided according to the invention that the tear line (8) is formed by a cut introduced into the material of the membrane (7) with a cutting or punching tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: BERICAP Holding GmbH
    Inventor: Günter Krautkrämer
  • Patent number: 11377267
    Abstract: A closure includes: a cap member for engaging a fitment; a handling member wall encircling the cap member; and septa connecting the cap and handling members and providing an interior space between them. The handling member can include an upper rim smaller than its lower rim, and multiple openings, providing structures for allowing air flow into or out of the interior space. The openings and rims are aligned to provide multiple ventilation passageways traveling in: straight, vertical directions; straight, horizontal directions; indirect horizontal directions; or indirect transverse pathways that include vertical and horizontal orientations. The closure can include a tamper-evident band for indicating the closure has disengaged from the fitment. The band can comprise indentations defining segments that the tamper-evident band can separate into when the closure disengages, and connecting elements that keep the intact tamper-evident band, and its separated segments, connected to the closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: PHOENIX CLOSURES, INC.
    Inventor: Len Ekkert
  • Patent number: 11365035
    Abstract: A seal releasing lid assembly includes a lid configured for coupling across a container opening of a container. The lid includes a lid surface and a lid wall extending from the lid surface. The lid wall includes a lid edge and a slidable coupling surface between the lid edge and the lid surface. The assembly includes a retaining and releasing ring configured for coupling with the container and with the lid. The retaining and releasing ring includes a ring flange and a release ridge. A ring wall extends from the ring flange to the release ridge. The retaining and releasing ring includes decoupling and release ready configurations. In the decoupling configuration the release ridge is slidably coupled along the lid wall. In the release ready configuration the release ridge is seated beneath the lid edge and slidably disengaged from the lid wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: TECNOCAP, LLC
    Inventors: Federico Santini, Carmine Barbato
  • Patent number: 11338963
    Abstract: A closure for closing an opening defined by a finish of a container. The closure includes a main body and a tamper band. The tamper band is connected to the main body by a plurality of bridges. A hinge of the closure is configured to permit the main body to pivot relative to the tamper band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Inventors: Bradley W. Caszatt, Bradley Wilson
  • Patent number: 11332290
    Abstract: A cap for a container is formed so that the cap has a top plate and a circular sidewall. Two opposite sides of the circular sidewall circularly connect to each other, one periphery of the circular sidewall connecting to one surface of the top plate forming a closed end, and another periphery of the circular sidewall at an opposite side of the closed end forms an opened end. Incisions are in the circular sidewall. The incisions form a ring member located at the opened end of the cap separated from a main body of the cap by a first incision and a second incision between the opened end of the main body and the ring member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: ThisCap, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Joseph Maguire
  • Patent number: 11254475
    Abstract: A structure of a mouth plug portion includes a nozzle and a cap, the nozzle includes a first outer protrusion and a second outer protrusion, the first outer protrusion includes a locking surface that locks the cap and a first guide surface spirally extending, the cap includes a cap body and a tamper band provided with a weak portion that can be broken by an external force received from the second outer protrusion during rotation of the cap body, the cap body includes a first inner protrusion and a second inner protrusion, an outer peripheral surface of the nozzle is provided with a second guide surface along which the first inner protrusion and the second inner protrusion can move in an axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: HOSOKAWA YOKO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Umenaka, Hideki Tanaka, Hiroaki Takashima
  • Patent number: 11225361
    Abstract: A closure for a container includes a cap connected to a retaining ring. The cap includes a cover and a skirt. A plurality of concentric threads are disposed on an inside surface of the skirt. The plurality of threads includes at least a first thread at a first level and a second thread at a second level. The first thread is comprised of at least a first thread segment separated from a second thread segment by a first space. The second thread is comprised of at least a third thread segment separated from a fourth thread segment by a second space. A plurality of latch segments includes a first latch segment separated from a second latch segment by a third space. The first space, the second space, and the third space at least partially overlap in along a radial direction of the cap to provide a flex point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: BLACKHAWK MOLDING CO., INC.
    Inventors: Douglas J. Hidding, Jeffrey S. Davis, Thomas M. Urie
  • Patent number: 11214418
    Abstract: A seal cover for sealing a filling tube of a container, includes a cover wall and a cover plate. An outer wall of the filling tube is provided with external threads; the seal cover includes an inner cover body and an outer cover body; the cover wall encloses a barrel structure, with one end sealed by the cover plate, and the other end being an open end; an inner surface of the cover wall is provided with internal threads matched with the external threads of the filling tube; a boss is formed on an end face of the open end of the inner cover body; the filling tube is provided with a wedge block; the external threads of the filling tube and the internal threads of the inner cover body are screwed with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: XIAMEN DEGUAN TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Manfan Lin
  • Patent number: 11214410
    Abstract: A container closure and methods are disclosed for providing visible evidence of removal of the closure from a container after installation by a manufacturer. The closure includes tamper evidence bridges comprising small tabs of material that extend from a bottom-most edge of the closure to a tamper evidence ledge of the container. The bridges break when the closure is rotated relative to the tamper evidence ledge, thereby providing readily visible evidence that the closure has been removed after installation by the manufacturer. In some embodiments, a tamper evidence closure engages with threads of a finish of the container. Cam locks around the perimeter of the tamper evidence closure are permanently flared by cams on the finish during loosening of the closure. Outward flaring of the cam locks provides a visual indication that the tamper evidence closure has been loosened after installation by a manufacturer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: Niagara Bottling, LLC
    Inventor: Jay Clarke Hanan
  • Patent number: 11180288
    Abstract: A container lid (2) can be removed from a mouth-neck section (106) of a container without the need for a tool. Following the breakage of a breakable thin-walled line (70) in a transition region (52), the breakage of a breakable thin-walled connection wall (68) in a side wall separation region (54) can be started sufficiently smoothly in the container lid (2). For this purpose, the breakable thin-walled line (70) formed in a side wall (10) in the transition region (52) is brought into a form in which at least a part thereof extends obliquely downwardly in a counterclockwise direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: NIPPON CLOSURES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Satoru Shimada, Hiroaki Hayashi, Takashi Sugiyama, Jun Wakishima, Go Oota, Yusuke Tani
  • Patent number: 11111058
    Abstract: A self-destruct-upon-opening cap applicable to a small-diameter connector used for a gastrointestinal tract includes a top lid and a cap body. The top lid is arranged on the cap body and fixedly connected to the cap body, and a connecting structure is arranged at one end of the cap body which is not connected to the top lid. The cap body includes a first casing and a second casing. One side of the second casing which is not provided with the connecting structure extends into the first casing, and a top face of the second casing is provided with serrated protrusions in a circumferential direction. The side of the second casing which is not provided with the connecting structure is fixedly connected to the first casing through ribs or contact points. An inner side face of the top lid is provided with grooves matching with the serrated protrusions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Inventor: Baodong Bai
  • Patent number: 11034494
    Abstract: A bottle-shaped resin container with a bottle body and a cap, the container being configured to determine whether the seal has been broken by: the container having a long, tall cylindrical section between a neck ring and a flange that connects the neck ring and the flange; and when the cap body is rotated in the unscrewing direction, bridges being broken and the cap ring separating from the cap body and falling by its own weight so that the lower surface thereof contacts the flange and remains above the flange, exposing the side surface of the long, tall cylindrical-section between the upper surface of the cap ring and the lower surface of the neck ring. As the side surface of the long, tall cylindrical section is a straight line when viewed from the front, it is possible to determine the taper angle definitively and the taper angle is 60-80 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: NISHIAKI KOUSAKUSHO CO., LTD
    Inventor: Norimichi Nishiaki
  • Patent number: 10994897
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a security closure system and devices for containers, which can be used in any type of container and can be validated by means of simple sight and touch, thereby being tamper-resistant and preventing any adulteration by means of the non-authorised re-use of the original container. The system and devices are preferably used in containers made from vitreous materials such as ceramics, plastics and thermoplastics, owing to the properties of stiffness. The devices of the invention can be used for any product and any type of container, such as bottles for alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, containers for cosmetics, perfumes, drugs, food and valuable items such as watches, electronics or fine jewelry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Inventor: Juan Francisco Salcido Pinera
  • Patent number: 10981700
    Abstract: A twist and flip closure includes first and second closure portions. The first closure portion includes a top wall portion, a skirt portion, and first and second frangible connections. The first frangible connection extends around the closure circumference. The second frangible connection has first and second sections. The second frangible connection is spaced from the first frangible connection. At least a portion of the second frangible connection is located further from the top wall portion than a portion of the first frangible connection. The second frangible connection defines an area adapted to form a tab. The second closure portion includes a tamper-evident band. The closure is adapted to be opened by twisting to break the frangible connections and expose the tab and then flipping the first closure portion from the second closure portion via the exposed tab. The closure is adapted to be locked when flipped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Closure Systems International Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremiah Migas, Jeremy Morin, Aravind Murali
  • Patent number: 10974860
    Abstract: A lightweight neck finish includes a retaining structure that interacts with a tamper band to cause frangible connectors between the tamper band and closure to break upon initial removal of the closure from the neck finish. An upper retention portion of the retaining structure has a profile with a reduced footprint as compared to a conventional retaining structure. A lower support portion of the retaining structure has an outermost diameter similar in size to an outermost diameter of a conventional retaining structure. However, the lower support of the lightweight neck finish is formed with one or more circumferentially extending slots and/or one or more vertical slots. The reduced footprint of the retention portion and the slots of the support portion minimize the amount of material, weight, and time and cost required to make the lightweight neck finish, while providing for increased tamper evidence visibility as compared to conventional neck finishes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Silgan White Cap LLC
    Inventor: Sungsuk Steve Kim
  • Patent number: 10974884
    Abstract: Closure assembly comprising a spout (1) and a cap (2) including a tamper-evident ring (3). The spout (1) has a neck (14) around a product passage (15) and a wall (10). The wall is spaced from the neck (14) to form an inner space (11) which is open from above to receive the tamper-evident ring (3). The tamper-evident ring (3) is integrally moulded via breakable bridges (34) to the cap and comprises a base portion (32) with at least one snap portion (33) at abase portion outer face (32a). The wall (10) of the spout (1) comprises at least one window (16), wherein the at least one snap portion (33) fits inside the window (16) to snap the tamper-evident ring (3) to the spout (1) when the tamper-evident ring (3) is inserted in the inner space (11).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Scholle IPN IP BV
    Inventor: Peter Jan Van Der Molen
  • Patent number: 10926923
    Abstract: Closure device comprising a base (100) and a lid (200) articulated by a hinge (205) comprising at least one opening indicator (207) allowing the user to know that a container has been opened at least once. Prior to the first opening, the opening indicator (207) is attached to the lid (200) by at least one separable connector (208), said separable connector (208) being broken on the opening of the container. The base (100) further comprises at least one housing (111) that receives the opening indicator (207) after its separation and shows it to the user through at least one window (112).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: BETAPACK, S.A.U.
    Inventor: Javier Berroa Garcia
  • Patent number: 10919670
    Abstract: A system for a tamperproof seal having a cap assembly and a bottle assembly is disclosed. The bottle assembly includes a bottle with a neck and bottle threads. The cap assembly includes a cap with a top portion and a bottom portion which engage the neck of the bottle. Between the top and bottom portion there is a seal created. The seal is initially intact and only broken once the top and bottom portion are separated. The seal cannot be replaced once it has been broken. If the seal is broken reaching the intended party, then tampering occurred. The top portion may be removably mounted to the bottle. The top portion includes inner threads that engage the bottle threads. The bottom portion includes inner teeth angled towards each other which engage the bottommost of bottle threads. Inner teeth prevent the replacing of the cap once the seal is broken.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Inventor: Gervasio A. Chicaia
  • Patent number: 10913580
    Abstract: A container cap assembly provides a tamper-evident component for detecting cap integrity on a container includes one or more elongate bridges connecting a tamper-evident ring to a cap. The cap assembly also provides radially-extending links on the cap and the tamper-evident ring to help protect the integrity of the bridges as the cap assembly is applied to a container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: GE HEALTHCARE AS
    Inventor: Martin M. Browne
  • Patent number: 10906713
    Abstract: An improved threaded coupling arrangement for non-removably securing an outer collar member onto an inner tubular member against removal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: OP-Hygiene IP GmbH
    Inventors: Heiner Ophardt, Andrew Jones, Zhenchun Shi
  • Patent number: 10899505
    Abstract: A closure with a top panel, a skirt extending downward and away from the top panel, frangible connections that connect the skirt to a tamper band. The frangible connections provide a visual indication, when broken, that the closure has been opened. The tamper band includes a sidewall coupled to the frangible connections, the sidewall including a recess in which a pivotable engagement structure is displaced while the closure is applied to a container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Silgan White Cap LLC
    Inventors: Darren Neputy, Kevin Orth
  • Patent number: 10894642
    Abstract: A closure (100) for a container (104) comprises a base (106) and a spout (110) disposed upon a mouth of said container (104) and defining a void space (134) between them; a cap (118) which comprises an inner body (124) concentrically disposed within an outer body (122), said cap configured to be disposed on said base (106) so as to seal therewith; and at least one tamper-evident device (136) extending between and locking together said cap (118) and said base (106), said tamper-evident device (136) comprising a flattened member extending from an edge of said inner body member (124) over at least one frangible link (140) and engaging said base (106) such that when the cap (118) is opened said at least one frangible link (140) ruptures, said tamper-evident device (136) consequently falling into and being partially obscured by said void space (134).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Societe des Produits Nestle S.A.
    Inventor: Jean-Paul Cerveny
  • Patent number: 10889048
    Abstract: A container that is formed using a blow molding method. The container includes a neck wall and tamper bead extending from the neck wall. The tamper bead engages a tamper band when a lid comprising the tamper band is mounted to the container. A ratio of a height of the tamper bead to a ratio of the width that the tamper bead extends from the neck wall is in the range of 1.3 to 3.0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: RING CONTAINER TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Douglas Dygert, Dan Gamber
  • Patent number: 10836549
    Abstract: A cap for a container is formed so that the cap has a top plate and a circular sidewall. Two opposite sides of the circular sidewall circularly connect to each other, one periphery of the circular sidewall connecting to one surface of the top plate forming a closed end, and another periphery of the circular sidewall at an opposite side of the closed end forms an opened end. Incisions are in the circular sidewall. The incisions form a ring member located at the opened end of the cap separated from a main body of the cap by a first incision and a second incision between the opened end of the main body and the ring member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: ThisCap Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Joseph Maguire
  • Patent number: 10836544
    Abstract: A closure that remains coupled to a container after the upper portion of the closure has been rotatably removed from the container. The closure may include an attachment channel, which includes alternating segments of linear openings and frangible connections. The attachment channel may also include two hinge bridges that remain unbroken when one or more of the frangible connections are broken.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Silgan White Cap LLC
    Inventor: Sungsuk Steve Kim
  • Patent number: 10829274
    Abstract: A flip-top closure includes first and second closure polymeric portions. The first closure portion includes a top wall portion, a skirt portion and a tamper-evident feature being detachably connected to the annular skirt. The second closure portion includes a top wall portion, a skirt portion with an internal thread formation and an upwardly-extending locking tab, and a tamper-evident band. The first and second closure portions are attached via a hinge. The closure moves to an open position, resulting in the tamper-evident feature being detached from the remainder of the first closure portion and remaining adjacent to the skirt portion of the second closure portion in which the upwardly-extending locking tab assists in preventing or inhibiting the tamper-evident feature from falling off of the closure after the closure has been opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Closure Systems International Inc.
    Inventors: Jeff Pristera, Ryan Konger, Leland Troy Lutton
  • Patent number: 10815035
    Abstract: A system and method for implementing cap closure for a carbonated beverage is disclosed. According to one embodiment, an apparatus includes a cap liner having a circular ring shape. The apparatus further comprises an outer lip and an inner portion of the circular ring shape. The outer lip is taller than the inner portion, and the outer lip has two or more structures extending away from a center of the outer lip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: G3 Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Miriam Torrison, John Cunningham, Scott DeJong
  • Patent number: 10807121
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for coating workpieces, which preferably consist at least sectionally of wood, wood-based materials, plastics material or the like, with a coating material, wherein the method includes the steps of: providing a functional layer, which can be rendered adhesive by energy input, supplying a coating material to the workpiece to be coated, at least partially activating the functional layer by treating the functional layer with a heated gas, wherein the heated gas is emitted onto the functional layer via at least one outlet opening and is at a positive pressure of at least 1.5 bar in a region of the at least one outlet opening, and joining the coating material to the workpiece by means of the activated functional layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignees: HOMAG GmbH, HOMAG KANTENTECHNIK GmbH
    Inventors: Johannes Schmid, Ralf Garnjost
  • Patent number: 10780259
    Abstract: A tamper evident closure assembly is for use with a fitting having an outer sidewall with internally-directed threads, externally-directed splines, and an open post. The closure assembly includes a cap, a collar, and a frangible attachment coupling the cap and collar. The cap, collar, and frangible attachment are formed integrally as an integral unit. A radial lug on the cap engages with the fitting threads. A pawl on the collar allows rotation of the integral unit on the fitting in a first rotational direction and prevents rotation in a second rotational direction. Application of the integral unit to the fitting engages the radial lug with the threads on the fitting and the post and the cap form a fluid seal. Tampering with the integral unit when the integral unit is applied to the fitting severs the frangible attachment, thereby defining the cap and collar as separate pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: BioQ Pharma Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew M. Godin, Ralph I. McNall, III, Christopher Z. Vasilas
  • Patent number: 10702357
    Abstract: A mold includes a first section, a second section, and a weakened region that joins the first section to the second section. The weakened region is breakable, deflectable, or deformable in response to a first threshold force to enable the first section to be removed from a shell independently of the second section after the shell is formed over the mold. The first threshold force is less than a second threshold force that would damage or permanently deform the shell. The first section is a first mold of at least a portion of one or more first teeth of a dental arch and the second section is a second mold of at least a portion of one or more second teeth of the dental arch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Align Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Webber, Rohit Tanugula, Shiva P. Sambu, Crystal Tjhia
  • Patent number: 10695956
    Abstract: A mold includes a main body and a separable feature. One or more first weakened regions join the separable feature to the main body. The one or more first weakened regions are breakable to enable the main body to be removed from a shell independently of the separable feature after the shell is formed over the mold. The main body includes a first section and a second section that are at least partially separable at one or more second weakened regions to enable the first section to be removed from the shell independently of the second section after the shell is formed over the mold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Align Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Rohit Tanugula, Dennis Te, Peter Webber, Shiva P. Sambu, Crystal Tjhia
  • Patent number: 10688258
    Abstract: Dispenser cap arrangements for enclosing a portion of a dispenser of a medicament are described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: EURO-CELTIQUE S.A.
    Inventors: Cathal Duignan, Peter Prior
  • Patent number: 10654624
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a container cap which is easily and separately collected and, more particularly, to a container cap which is easily and separately collected, in which when the container cap is opened for use, a state in which the container cap is connected to a container is maintained by a display ring, and when it is required to completely separate the container cap from the container for separate collection, the display ring is simply separated by a cut part by external force without a separate tool. To achieve this, the cut part including cut bridges formed from one end or both ends of a cut silt in a lengthwise direction of the cut slit to a lower end of the cut slit is formed in a container cap having a cap body and a display ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Inventor: Bo Youn Sung
  • Patent number: 10647478
    Abstract: A closure for a container, the closure comprising a top panel, a skirt extending from the periphery of the top panel, and a tamper indicating band frangibly connected to an open end of the skirt at a line of weakness, the band including a retaining segment (109) on an inner surface thereof so arranged, when the closure is in a closed position on a neck of the container, to engage under an engagement surface of a retaining structure arranged on the container neck, wherein the tamper indicating band includes at least one indent (117) arranged on an outer surface of the tamper indicating bond.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: OBRIST CLOSURES SWITZERLAND GMBH
    Inventors: Lino Dreyer, Sebastien Cedric Widmer
  • Patent number: 10569924
    Abstract: A polymeric container including a base, a body, a finish, finish threads, and a tamper lip. The body extends from the base. The finish defines an opening through which a product can pass into, and out of, an internal volume of the container defined at least in part by the body. The finish threads are at an outer surface of the finish, and are configured to cooperate with closure threads of a closure to secure the closure to the finish. The tamper lip extends from the outer surface of the finish, and is configured to replace the support flange during handling, and to cooperate with a tamper tab of the closure. The closure diameter is about the same as the neck diameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: AMCOR RIGID PLASTICS USA, LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan P. Jarman, Luke A. Mast
  • Patent number: 10532858
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a closure (1) having a base (3) with a top deck (4) and a therewith adjacent skirt (5) extending in an axial direction (z) comprising an internal thread (6). The closure (1) is comprising a sealing arrangement (16) with an inner seal (18) extending in the axial direction (z) from the top deck (4). The inner seal (18) is having an inner annular sealing surface (29) arranged radially inward with respect to an outer seal (17) and pointing in an outward direction. The sealing arrangement further comprises an outer seal (17), which in its cross-section comprises a base section (20) extending in the axial direction (z) from the top deck (4) and an end section (21), which is bend inwardly with respect to the course of the base section (20) in the direction of the inner seal (18) and which terminates in a sealing surface (22) pointing in an inward direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: CREANOVA UNIVERSAL CLOSURES LTD.
    Inventor: Rodney Druitt
  • Patent number: 10526128
    Abstract: A container is provided having a container body (2), which forms a receiving space (3) for goods to be packaged. The container body (2) has a side wall (4) and a container base (5) connected integrally to the side wall (2), The container body (2) also has an opening (6), wherein the container body (2) has a chamber (13), which is filled with a solid treatment substance (14). The chamber (13) is provided with a cover (15), which prevents the solid treatment substance (14) from leaving the chamber (13) and is moisture-permeable and/or gas-permeable. The container is characterized in that the container body (2) has a synthetic material injection-moulded part, which forms the container base (5) and the side wall (4). The invention also relates to a method for producing such a container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: SANNER GMBH
    Inventor: Matthias Schneider
  • Patent number: 10486867
    Abstract: A closure system for a container. The system includes a closure configured to couple with a finish of the container to close an opening of the container defined by the finish. A tamper ring is removably attached to the closure. Upon removing the closure from cooperation with the finish of the container, the tamper ring detaches from the closure and remains on a neck of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: AMCOR RIGID PLASTICS USA, LLC
    Inventors: Myles Graybill, Jonathan P. Jarman
  • Patent number: 10395078
    Abstract: A method for detecting package tampering, comprising performing scanning of a container comprising a packaged item and a plurality of packaging elements surrounding the packaged item, wherein each of the plurality of packaging elements comprises a sensing component comprising a stress sensor, determining a stress on each of the plurality of packaging elements surrounding the packaged item from the scanning, and generating an output indicating the stress on each of the plurality of packaging elements surrounding the packaged item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Ermyas Abebe, Brendan Haesler, Dileban Karunamoorthy, Lenin Mehedy
  • Patent number: 10377544
    Abstract: A bottle-shaped resin container with a bottle body and a cap, the container being configured to determine whether the seal has been broken by: the container having a long, tall cylindrical section between a neck ring and a flange that connects the neck ring and the flange; and when the cap body is rotated in the unscrewing direction, bridges being broken and the cap ring separating from the cap body and falling by its own weight so that the lower surface thereof contacts the flange and remains above the flange, exposing the side surface of the long, tall cylindrical-section between the upper surface of the cap ring and the lower surface of the neck ring. As the side surface of the long, tall cylindrical section is a straight line when viewed from the front, it is possible to determine the taper angle definitively and the taper angle is 60-80 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: NISHIAKI KOUSAKUSHO CO., LTD
    Inventor: Norimichi Nishiaki
  • Patent number: 10363025
    Abstract: Apparatus for securing an object to bone, the apparatus comprising: an anchor assembly comprising an anchor and an actuation element extending from the anchor, wherein applying a force to the actuation element when the anchor is disposed in a hole formed in a bone secures the anchor to the bone; and an inserter for deploying the anchor assembly in a hole formed in a bone, the inserter comprising: a shaft for releasably engaging the anchor; and a force delivery mechanism mounted to the shaft and connected to the actuation element, the force delivery mechanism being constructed so as to receive an input force from an external source and to selectively apply an output force to the actuation element, with the force delivery mechanism being constructed so that the magnitude of the output force is limited regardless of the magnitude of the input force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Pivot Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Lantz, J. Brook Burley, Jeremy Graul, James Flom
  • Patent number: 10363693
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a manufacturing method for a plug for a container neck. In one implementation, a skirt of the plug is molded and provided with an attachment device adapted to removably attach to the container neck and with a permanent retention strip around the container neck. The retention strip is adapted to pass, by folding, from a molding configuration to an operating configuration. A peripheral break line is then cut out in the skirt, adapted so as to be broken during the first opening of the plug. In some implementations, the retention strip may be prefolded and thereby pass from a molding configuration to an intermediate prefolded configuration. The retention strip is then folded until it passes into an operating configuration. In some implementations, the folding of the retention strip may pass the retention strip from an intermediate prefolded configuration to an operating configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Novembal USA Inc.
    Inventors: Michel Luzzato, Anthony Gaillard, Fabien Flamand, Ronald Kirk Dodd
  • Patent number: 10358273
    Abstract: A head stand container closure is provided. The closure comprises a base, and a lid having a top plate upon which the closure rests in use. The base is attachable to a container and the lid is attached or attachable to the base. The closure comprises an internal tamper-evident member comprising a part which is initially spaced from the lid top plate and upon first opening of the closure the part moves to or towards the top plate when the head is in a head down orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Obrist Closures Switzerland GmbH
    Inventors: Claude Benoit-Gonin, Philippe Bardet