Twist-off Motion Frees Reusable Closure Patents (Class 215/252)
  • 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: 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: 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: 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
  • Patent number: 10351315
    Abstract: A tamper evident closure and spout are provided. The closure includes a tamper-indicating band extending from a central wall. Formed about the tamper band are one or more spout engagement structures. Also provided about the tamper band may be one or more knuckles that assist in distorting the tamper band upon initial removal of the closure from a spout so as to increase the ease with which the tamper band can be identified as having been broken upon visual inspection by a user. The spout includes a wall portion and a central channel extending through the wall portion between an inlet opening and an outlet opening. Located about an outer portion of the spout are one or more tamper band engagement structures configured to engage a tamper band and which assist in breaking and distorting a tamper band upon initial removal of a closure from the spout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Silgan White Cap LLC
    Inventor: Gary Berge
  • Patent number: 10301079
    Abstract: The hybrid plug is a single component replacement for three components, the paint plug, conventional plug and capseal in a drum closure. It is formed from a single sheet of metal and has a plug portion and a capseal portion which vary in thickness. The plug portion has a collar and an externally threaded wall with a plug gasket disposed on a plug gasket seat. The capseal portion is provided with ears and scoring to enable separation from the plug portion and with a lining on the inner wall of the capseal portion to safeguard against plug gasket failure. The capseal portion may be recessed at intervals to form dimples which hold the hybrid plug in place in an automated insertion process. The hybrid plug provides a passage for air and gases during paint curing and leak testing without necessitating removal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventor: Sudarshan Madoprasad Saraf
  • Patent number: 10287065
    Abstract: The invention relates to a tamper evident closure cap (101). A tamper evident band is provided with an extension (107) having an upper edge (113) extending above an engagement surface (110) of a projection (109). The extension (107) and the projections (109) are arranged on an annular, circumferentially running band (105). When the closure is applied to a container, the extension (107) is clamped between the inner surface (114) of the tamper evident band or the closure and a retaining structure on a container finish.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: OBRIST CLOSURES SWITZERLAND GMBH
    Inventors: Sebastien Cedric Widmer, Lino Dreyer, Philippe Gerard Odet
  • Patent number: 10214311
    Abstract: A plastic container includes a lower supporting base portion; a sidewall portion extending upwardly from the base portion; and a neck portion extending upwardly from the sidewall portion. The neck portion includes a tamper-evident formation, threads, and a dispensing opening at the top of the neck portion. In embodiments, a closure may be provided to form an assembly. In an embodiment, the weight of the neck portion is 2.3 grams or less; a vertical distance from the lower surface of the tamper-evident formation to a top of the dispensing opening is 0.30 or less; and/or the container may be filled with a beverage. In embodiments, the volume of the container may be at least 500 ml. A preform and method for making a container are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Plastipak Packaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard C. Darr, Edward V. Morgan
  • Patent number: 10214312
    Abstract: A plastic container is provided that includes a hollow body portion including a lower supporting base portion; a sidewall portion extending upwardly from the base portion; and a neck portion extending upwardly from the sidewall portion. The neck portion includes a support flange having an upper and lower surface, a tamper-evident formation, and a dispensing opening at the top of the neck portion. In embodiments, a closure may be provided to form an assembly. In embodiments, the container is comprised of polyethylene terephthalate (PET), a volume of the container is at least 500 ml, and/or the weight of the neck portion is 2.3 grams or less. A preform and method for making a container are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Plastipak Packaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard C. Darr, Edward V. Morgan
  • Patent number: 10214325
    Abstract: A tamper-evident closure (10) for a container is provided. The closure (10) comprises a base (20) attachable to a container neck (50). The base (20) comprises a sidewall (21) having a tamper-evident drop band (40). The band includes an abutment (43) 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 (40) further comprises an extension (45) against which the sidewall pushes if the closure is reapplied to push the band (40) away from the base (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Obrist Closures Switzerland GmbH
    Inventors: Jean-Yves Rognard, Daniel Holmes, Darren Karl Garrett
  • Patent number: 10214326
    Abstract: A one piece closure has a distal section, a proximal section, and an intermediate section. The intermediate section has a cylindrical center with a first annular fold extending radially inwardly and a second annular fold extending radially inwardly. The first and second folds are parallel forming an annular channel there between extending for less than 360 degrees creating a gap. The cylindrical center is formed with a hole. A C-shaped snap ring is positioned within the annular channel. The snap ring has spaced free ends. The snap ring has a projection sized to extend into the hole in the cylindrical center. The projection of the snap ring is of a first color. The remainder of the snap ring is of a second color.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Inventors: James R. Gilliam, Gary E. Silke
  • Patent number: 10201769
    Abstract: A filter device has a filter element (3) in a filter housing (1). Corresponding threads (23, 33) form a screw connection between a housing cover (5) of the filter housing (1) and the filter element (3). A seal (29, 35) is between the filter element (3) and the housing cover (5). The screw connection is formed by threads (33) on a connecting pipe piece (31) that is part of an end cap (17) of the filter element (3) and that extends into the inner filter cavity (22) and by the threads (23) of the housing cover (5). The housing cover threads (23) are on a receiving pipe piece (21) formed by a separate component attached to the housing cover (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: HYDAC FILTERTECHNIK GMBH
    Inventors: Norbert Sann, Dirk Röder
  • Patent number: 10196189
    Abstract: A threaded closure comprises a vent assembly that can be actuated to release pressure from a container on which the closure is located. The vent assembly is made from a flexible material that allows a vent to be uncovered by tearing the material. In one embodiment, the vent assembly allows pressure to be released form a container prior to removal of the closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Zipz, Inc.
    Inventors: J. Henry Scott, Bruce T. Cleevely, Robert J. Early
  • Patent number: 10196179
    Abstract: A combination of a closing element (28) and a receiving structure (24) is provided wherein the closing element (28) and receiving structure (24) are in an initially assembled orientation which prevents, but which can he subsequently operated to permit, communication through the receiving structure (24). The receiving structure (24) includes at least one laterally projecting shear member (40) and a spout (30) defining (A) an access passage (32). The closing element (28) has an aperture (78) for receiving a shear member (40) of the receiving structure (24). At least one frangible bridge (78) extends across a portion of the aperture (74) for being severed by the shear member (40) during relative rotation between the closing element (28) and the receiving structure (24).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: AptarGroup, Inc.
    Inventor: John Wisniewski
  • Patent number: 10183790
    Abstract: In one embodiment there is provided a closed non-refillable dispenser having a bottle configured to hold a liquid with a neck surrounding an opening for access to the liquid, and having a pump assembly fitted to the neck to manually pump liquid out of the bottle. The dispenser further having a closure cap fitted over the neck of the bottle and having a central closure opening to receive the pump assembly and a collar seated entirely over the closure cap. The collar and closure cap have corresponding engaging means configured to tighten the closure cap onto the neck when the collar is rotated clockwise and the collar being further configured to not engage the closure cap when the collar is rotated counter-clockwise, such that the closure cap is non-removably affixed to the bottle, thereby preventing the bottle from being refillable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Berlin Packaging, LLC
    Inventors: Nora Flood, Brett Niggel
  • Patent number: 10179214
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for injection of a product into an injection site. The device including a needle shield for protection of a needle prior to use of the device; a housing; and a deshielder for removing the needle shield from the device. The deshielder is coupled to the needle shield and mounted on the housing in a separable manner. The deshielder may include tamper evidence features that are activated by the removal of at least one part of said deshielder. At least one part of the deshielder may be configured to be removed from the housing by exerting a force equal or less to 30 N.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Becton Dickinson France
    Inventors: David Llewellyn-Hyde, Vernon Rich, Herve Abry, Frederic Perot, Jerome Blanc, Lionel Maritan
  • Patent number: 10138035
    Abstract: A closure is provided for a container. The closure includes a base having a substantially cylindrical shape with a recessed area along a top perimeter of the base. The closure also includes a lid configured to close over and open off of the base. The closure further includes a tab that extends from a lower surface of the lid and includes a lip portion configured to fold back onto the tab and lock with the base when the lid is closed over the base. The tab detaches from the lid when opening the lid from the base after the lip portion is folded back onto the tab. A portion of the outer surface of the tab is visible through the at least one recessed area after the lid is closed over the base and remains partially visible after the tab has detached from the lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Inventor: Stefan Loukov
  • Patent number: 10138037
    Abstract: A closure includes a polymeric top wall portion, a polymeric liner, a polymeric disc and a polymeric annular skirt portion. The polymeric disc is located between the polymeric top wall portion and the polymeric liner. The polymeric annular skirt portion depends from the polymeric top wall portion. The annular skirt portion includes: (1) an internal thread formation for mating engagement with an external thread formation of a container; and (2) an internal prying projection to assist in removing the closure from the container. At least a portion of the internal prying projection is located nearer the polymeric top wall portion than the internal thread formation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Closure Systems International Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremiah Migas, Jeremy Morin, Ramesh Kamath
  • Patent number: 10124934
    Abstract: An anti-counterfeit bottle cap, having a body (10) and a safety ring bell (20), and a slit (30) in between; an anti-theft mechanism (40) is provided within the slit (30); the anti-theft mechanism (40) has upper rods (41), lower rods (43) and a tear ring (42) in between; upper ends of the upper rods (41) are connected to the body (10), lower ends of which are connected to the tear ring (42); upper ends of the lower rods (43) are connected with the tear ring (42), lower ends of which are connected with the safety ring belt (20). The tear ring is subject to irreversible plastic deformation after the body (10) disengages from the bottle mouth. Therefore, the tear ring (42) cannot be restored. The torn and broken upper rods (41), lower rods (43) or tear ring (42) cannot be glued back to its/their original position(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignees: Jahen Household Products Co., Ltd., Shanghai Jiaheng Daily Chemical Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Huanbin Zeng, Congyan Xu, Rong Lin, Mingquan Cheng, Peiji Lin
  • Patent number: 10023345
    Abstract: A plastic container is provided that includes a lower supporting base portion; a sidewall portion extending upwardly from the base portion; a neck portion extending upwardly from the sidewall portion; and a closure. The neck portion includes a support flange having an upper and lower surface, threads, a tamper-evident formation, and a dispensing opening at the top of the neck portion. In an embodiment, the weight of the neck portion is 3.0 grams or less; and the vertical distance from the top of the dispensing opening to the lower surface of the support flange, including the threads and the tamper-evident formation, is 0.580 inches or less. A preform and method for making a container are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Plastipak Packaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard C. Darr, Edward V. Morgan
  • Patent number: 9975677
    Abstract: A cap for a container includes a main body having 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 connects to one surface of the top plate forming a closed end and the other periphery of the circular sidewall at the opposite side of the closed end forms an opened end. A ring member is located at the opened end of the main body. A first incision between the opened end of the main body and the ring member has a first end and a second end. The first end is separated from the second end. A second incision located on the main body or the ring member has a first end and a second end. The first end of the second incision is separated from the second end of the second incision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Inventor: Michael Joseph Maguire
  • Patent number: 9976835
    Abstract: Collars are provided for broadheads. In some embodiments, the collars are shock collars with frangible tabs which restrain the blades of an expandable broadhead during flight, stabilizing the flight path of the expandable broadhead. The frangible tabs break off of the shock collar upon impact, allowing the blades of the expandable broadhead to deploy and increase the size of the entrance hole made in the target. In some embodiments, the collars center a ferrule of a broadhead within an insert of an arrow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: FeraDyne Outdoors, LLC
    Inventor: William E. Pedersen
  • Patent number: 9956057
    Abstract: A method is for manufacturing a cartridge (10, 27, 30) for containing and meterably dispensing a reservoir (11) contained flowable dental material (36). The reservoir (11) is connected to a cannula section (14) for dispensing the dental material (36). A separate functional element (15) is connected to the cannula section (14). The cartridge (10, 27, 30) is manufactured together with the functional element (15) according to a multicomponent injection molding method. The functional element (15) is designed as a detachable closing element. The functional element (15) and the cartridge (10, 27, 30) are positioned during the manufacture such that the functional element (15) is mounted at least partially in the cannula section (14). The functional element (15) has a plug part (16) for closing the cannula section (14) and a cannula duct (24) of the cannula section (14) is filled at least partially with the plug part (16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Pheneo GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Essler, Sasan Habibi-Naini
  • Patent number: 9944428
    Abstract: A cap arranged to interact with a spout. The cap comprises a top section, a side wall section attached to the top section and a tamper element attached to the side wall section in a tearing interface. The tearing interface may be provided with a weakening line that is arranged to break when the cap is unscrewed such that the tamper element is separated from the side wall section. The cap further comprises at least one resilient cutting element arranged to the side wall. The at least one resilient cutting element is arranged to cut off a membrane of the spout when the cap is unscrewed. The cap is arranged such that the weakening line is arranged to break before the membrane of the spout is cut off when the cap is being unscrewed from the spout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: TETRA LAVAL HOLDINGS & FINANCE S.A.
    Inventors: Göran Dahl, Bengt Håkansson
  • Patent number: 9935306
    Abstract: Battery parts having retaining and sealing features and associated assemblies and methods are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, a battery part includes a base portion that is configured to be embedded in battery container material of a corresponding battery container. The battery part and base portion include several torque resisting features and gripping features that resist torsional or twist loads that are applied to the battery part after it has been joined to the battery container. For example, the base portion can include several internal and external torque resisting features and gripping features that are configured to resist twisting or loosening of the battery part with reference to the battery container material, as well as prevent or inhibit fluid leakage from the battery container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Water Gremlin Company
    Inventors: Michael A. Garin, Kurt T. Gifford
  • Patent number: 9932159
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a cap for a container. The cap comprises a main body having a top plate and a circular sidewall, wherein one periphery of the circular sidewall connects to the top plate forming a closed end, and the other periphery of the circular sidewall at the opposite side of the closed end forms an opened end; and a ring member located at the opened end of the main body, separated from the main body by a first incision line, and connected to the main body by a plurality of connecting portions, wherein a plurality of second incision lines locate on the main body or the ring member and locate at one side of the plurality of connecting portions. The cap provided by the present invention will, while in its open and/or closed state, continue to be connected to its container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Inventor: Michael Joseph Maguire
  • Patent number: 9856056
    Abstract: A container assembly including a container and a metallic closure. The container includes a polymeric body and a polymeric finish. The polymeric finish includes a plurality of threads. A lug lock is associated with each one of the plurality of threads. The metallic closure includes at least three metallic lugs configured to cooperate with the plurality of threads to couple the metallic closure to the polymeric finish.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Amcor Group GmbH
    Inventors: Peter Bates, Bradley Wilson, Richard Steih, Luke A. Mast
  • Patent number: 9850019
    Abstract: A plastic preform is provided that includes a closed bottom portion; a lower portion extending upwardly from the bottom portion; and a neck portion extending upwardly from the lower portion. The neck portion includes a support flange having an upper and lower surface, threads, a tamper-evident formation, and a dispensing opening at the top of the neck portion. In an embodiment, the weight of the neck portion is 3.0 grams or less; and the vertical distance from the top of the dispensing opening to the lower surface of the support flange, including the threads and the tamper-evident formation, is 0.580 inches or less. A container and method for making a container are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Plastipak Packaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard C. Darr, Edward V. Morgan
  • Patent number: 9828146
    Abstract: A closure is provided for a container. The closure includes a base having a substantially cylindrical shape with a recessed area along a top perimeter of the base. The closure also includes a lid configured to close over and open off of the base. The closure further includes a tab that extends from a lower surface of the lid and includes a lip portion configured to fold back onto the tab and lock with the base when the lid is closed over the base. The tab detaches from the lid when opening the lid from the base after the lip portion is folded back onto the tab. A portion of the outer surface of the tab is visible through the at least one recessed area after the lid is closed over the base and remains partially visible after the tab has detached from the lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Inventor: Stefan Loukov
  • Patent number: 9821934
    Abstract: A closure (10,30) attachable to a container having an opening. The closure (10,30) comprising a top portion (11) and a skirt portion (12) depending from the top portion (11). A tamper evident band (13,33) is joined to the skirt portion (12) by one or more frangible connectors (14,34). The band (13,33) comprises a first portion (15,35) extending generally away from the skirt portion (12) and a second portion (16,36) hingedly connected to the first portion (15,35) and movable between a first moldable orientation and at least a second operable orientation. For closure (10), the second portion (16) comprises a plurality of curved undercuts (18) extending at least partially into a cavity of the closure (10) when it is in its operable orientation. For closure (30), the inner surface (35a) of the first portion (35) can have a plurality of inwardly extending protuberances (40) positioned thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: CREANOVA UNIVERSAL CLOSURES LIMITED
    Inventors: David Bevan, Rodney Druitt
  • Patent number: 9802737
    Abstract: The invention relates to a container (1) comprising a container body (4), a closure cap (3), which can be crewed onto said body, and a tamperproof ring (2), which is connected to said cap by way of breakaway webs (10). The closure cap (3) has first driver elements (18), which extend in the axial direction and, when the container (1) is opened for the first time, act on second ramp-like driver elements (19) of the tamperproof ring (2) that extend in the axial direction, and thereby push the tamperproof ring (2) away from the closure cap (3). On a shoulder (6) of the container body (4) that surrounds the container opening, two grooves (22.1, 22.2), one arranged above the other, are provided for receiving and engaging element (23) of the tamperproof ring. The engaging means is engaged first, upper groove (22.1) before the container (1) is opened for the first time and, as a result of the interaction of the driver elements (18, 19) on both sides, is engaged in the second, lower groove (22.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Hoffmann Neopac AG
    Inventor: Jan Wuethrich
  • Patent number: 9796265
    Abstract: A support member includes a base projection. A cover includes a press-fitting portion and a cover projection. The press-fitting portion is press-fitted to a press-fitting hole of the support member. The cover projection is placed at a location, which is spaced from the base projection in a state where the press-fitting portion is press-fitted. At time of disassembling between the support member and the cover by sliding the cover in a releasing direction, the base projection and the cover projection contact with each other to form a disassembly indication mark, which indicates the disassembling between the cover and the support member, on at least one of the base projection and the cover projection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hidekazu Watanabe, Takehiro Saito
  • Patent number: 9776779
    Abstract: A closure for a container has an integral tether section of the closure skirt attached to a tamper band at frangible sections. In the open position, the tether section has a free length providing for a plurality of resiliently docked closure positions retaining the closure on the container and not interfering with the transfer of contents therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Inventor: Phillip John Campbell
  • Patent number: 9738409
    Abstract: A plastic container is provided that includes a lower supporting base portion; a sidewall portion extending upwardly from the base portion; a neck portion extending upwardly from the sidewall portion; and a closure. The neck portion includes a support flange having an upper and lower surface, threads, a tamper-evident formation, and a dispensing opening at the top of the neck portion. In an embodiment, the weight of the neck portion is 3.0 grams or less; and the vertical distance from the top of the dispensing opening to the lower surface of the support flange, including the threads and the tamper-evident formation, is 0.580 inches or less. A preform and method for making a container are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Plastipak Packaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard C. Darr, Edward V. Morgan
  • Patent number: 9697708
    Abstract: Tracking device embodiments, comprising: portable housing with a locking mechanism; band latched about a wrist; tampering detection device to detect tampering with the band, comprising: power source; latch configured to latch one end of the band within the housing; a shape memory material component connected to the latch; an electrical circuit for controlling the power source to heat the shape memory material component to cause the shape memory material component to change from a first length/shape to a second length/shape during supply of power to perform a locking function; a timer; two-way network communication device; a tracking element; tampering signal generation circuit. In embodiments, a tamper resistant container cap, comprises: cap housing releasably lockable to an open end of a container and a locking mechanism using a shape memory material component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Unlimited Liability, LLC
    Inventors: Ronald S. Adrezin, Robert Dinan, Steven G. Legum, John Nordyke
  • Patent number: 9643762
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a cap for a container. The cap comprises a main body having a top plate and a circular sidewall, wherein one periphery of the circular sidewall connects to the top plate forming a closed end, and the other periphery of the circular sidewall at the opposite side of the closed end forms an opened end; and a ring member located at the opened end of the main body, separated from the main body by a first incision line, and connected to the main body by a plurality of connecting portions, wherein a plurality of second incision lines locate on the main body or the ring member and locate at one side of the plurality of connecting portions. The cap provided by the present invention will, while in its open and/or closed state, continue to be connected to its container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Inventor: Michael Joseph Maguire
  • Patent number: 9637279
    Abstract: A safety closure for a beverage container that prevents an infant from ingesting the closure is provided. The closure includes a cylindrical cap body to be released securely into a beverage container. The cap body includes lateral projections extending from the cylindrical cap are sufficient to prevent an infant from ingesting the cap. The projections are provided to also facilitate rotation of the cap and to be releasably secure the cap of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: DEUTSCHE SISI-WERKE BETRIEBS GMBH
    Inventors: Erhard Schwartz, Christopher Schmitt
  • Patent number: 9511905
    Abstract: A synthetic resin container closure does not render required initial torque and required secondary torque for unsealing excessively high, and but can fully reliably prevent slipping-out, a phenomenon where a locking device ascends while elastically climbing over a locking jaw portion, without causing breakage of a circumferential breakable line, at the time of unsealing. Such a synthetic resin container closure and a combination of the synthetic resin container closure and a container are provided. An inverted truncated cone-shaped fitting surface extending upwards at a radially outward incline from the base edge of an upper surface of the locking device is disposed in the inner peripheral surface of a tamper evident bottom section demarcated below the circumferential breakable line formed in a skirt wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: NIPPON CLOSURES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Youichi Tsujiguchi, Shinji Ooka, Shinji Oomori, Mitsuo Kumata, Hiroomi Matsutani, Yuji Tomitaka, Manabu Aihara
  • Patent number: RE47156
    Abstract: A tamper-evident package with pressurized contents which includes a closure and associated container which cooperate to provide desired tamper-evidence upon initial removal of the closure from the container, while promoting convenient and comfortable removal and use by consumers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Closure Systems International Inc.
    Inventors: John Erspamer, Steve McBride, Dave Gevers, Lawrence M. Smeyak