With Means To Facilitate Closure Removal Patents (Class 215/295)
  • Patent number: 10689165
    Abstract: A reservoir system for use with a spray gun. The system includes a cup receptacle and a lid. The lid includes a lid body and a collar. The lid body provides a spout and a platform surrounding the spout. At least a portion of the platform forms a partial helical shape revolving about a central axis of the spout. The collar is rotatably connected to the lid body. Further, the collar includes a lid connector structure configured to connect the lid to the cup receptacle. In some embodiments, the reservoir system further includes one or more of an adaptor, a plug and a shaker core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Anna M. Hegdahl, Alexander T. Ebertowski, Scott D. Gullicks, Andrew R. Henry, Stephen C. P. Joseph, Sabeel Ullah
  • Patent number: 10524598
    Abstract: An easily cleanable drinking assembly having a receptacle, a lid, and a coating with hydrophobic, oleophobic, and antimicrobial properties. The receptacle has an inner curved surface having a geometry with no edges, corners, or distinctly angled connections between sections, preventing any fluid or particles from remaining in these areas. The receptacle further has a wider opening and narrower end, allowing for ease of cleaning, so that a cleaning instrument can easily be inserted and easily reach all parts of the interior of the receptacle. Both the interior of the receptacle and the lid are coated with a coating with hydrophobic, oleophobic, and antimicrobial properties, repelling common fluids and particles, maintaining the cleanliness of the interior surfaces and improving the ease of cleaning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Inventor: Benny Green
  • Patent number: 10407931
    Abstract: A modular pool cleaning robot is disclosed. The pool cleaning robot includes easily replaceable and/or interchangeable parts and allows for various end-user selectable configurations without the use of tools and without complex and time-consuming large-scale disassembly. Among these parts are a chassis and drive assembly. The drive assembly is removable securable to the chassis via a snap engagement effectuated by pressing the drive assembly against the chassis, without the use of any external fasteners or any tools. The drive assembly detaches from the chassis when a lateral force is exerted on the drive assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: AQUA PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Jason Zerweck, Alexsandr Klebanov, William Londono
  • Patent number: 10265897
    Abstract: Cap (1) for closing a container comprising a neck delimiting an opening, said cap (1) extending along a central axis (A) and comprising: a body part (2) molded from a thermoplastic material and including a top wall (5) and a skirt (15), a grip part (30) overmolded at least partly around the central axis (A), onto a part of the body part (2), from a thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) which is softer than the thermoplastic material of the body part (2), wherein the grip part (30) is overmolded only onto a part of an outer surface (18) of the skirt (15), the grip portion being delimited along the central axis (A) by a top edge (32) arranged at a distance from the top wall (5), and a bottom edge (31) spaced apart from the top edge (32) towards a free end (16) of the skirt (15).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: SOCIETE ANONYME DES EAUX MINERALES D'EVIAN et en abrégé “S.A.M.E”
    Inventors: Christine Gehringer, Michel Roussy
  • Patent number: 10259621
    Abstract: A container (10) to dispense a liquid such as sauce. The container (1.0) has a resilient deformable body (11) that may be compressed to dispense the liquid from the interior (55) of the body (11). Mounted on the body (11) is a cap (37) that is movable along a path (axis 13) between a closed position and an open position. In the open position the upper opening (38) is open to allow the liquid to be dispensed. Preferably the path is linear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Mars, Incorporated
    Inventors: Matthew Cutts, Michael Ford, Lynne Morrison, James Brennan, Stuart May, Matthew Cormack
  • Patent number: 10150594
    Abstract: A crown cap and closing device. The abstract of the disclosure is submitted herewith as required by 37 C.F.R. § 1.72(b). As stated in 37 C.F.R. § 1.72(b): A brief abstract of the technical disclosure in the specification must commence on a separate sheet, preferably following the claims, under the heading “Abstract of the Disclosure.” The purpose of the abstract is to enable the Patent and Trademark Office and the public generally to determine quickly from a cursory inspection the nature and gist of the technical disclosure. The abstract shall not be used for interpreting the scope of the claims. Therefore, any statements made relating to the abstract are not intended to limit the claims in any manner and should not be interpreted as limiting the claims in any manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Heinz Hillmann, Andreas Krieg
  • Patent number: 10077142
    Abstract: A combined bottle and cap assembly has a cap assembly secured to a bottle by snap-fit engagement. The cap assembly has downwardly directed ramps on an underside and bottle has upwardly directed ramps on a top wall. When the cap assembly is rotated relative to the bottle, the downwardly directed ramps cooperatively engage the upwardly directed ramps to lift the cap assembly from the bottle sufficiently to disengage the snap-fit engagement and allow cap assembly to be easily lifted from the bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: ELC MANAGEMENT LLC
    Inventor: Hervé Georges Buzot
  • Patent number: 9950843
    Abstract: A packaging container has an improved degree of freedom in the shapes of a container body and a cap, and prevents required turning force from being excessively large. The packaging container includes a container body having an upward-facing mouth, and a cap for closing the mouth. The container body has a plurality of axial drive ribs and a circumferential locking groove formed on an outer perimeter of the mouth. The cap has protruding rib portions on an inner surface side and locking claws to elastically lock into the locking groove, extended down from a top surface thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: SHINKO CHEMICAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yumiko Kitano, Atsushi Doi
  • Patent number: 9814335
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a drinking container and a lid. The lid encircles a portion of the drinking container, and includes a body and a rim. The body is formed of an elastomeric material and defines a hollow pocket with an open end and an aperture or scored region. The rim is formed of the elastomeric material and defines a ring running about the open end. Lids in accordance with aspects of the invention are capable of capturing and suspending straws, and preventing spills.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Inventor: Gary E. Beck, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9617043
    Abstract: A container comprises a releasable metal closure formed with an end wall and a depending skirt and having an annular layer of sealing compound provided on the inside of the end wall adjacent the skirt and a container body comprising a neck with an annular sealing surface surrounding a circular opening and adapted to seal against the annular layer of sealing compound over an annular sealing interface in the closed position of the closure on the container body. The container body and the closure are formed with no mechanical means for coupling them together to form or maintain a seal therebetween and the seal is provided by a partial vacuum formed in the container during processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Crown Packaging Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Laura Jane McGirr, Anne Elizabeth Nicholls, Christopher Paul Ramsey
  • Publication number: 20150102005
    Abstract: A cap for a bottle is provided with taps that make it easy for someone with a disability, e.g., arthritis, to twist the cap off of the bottle. The cap can have two or more rectangular vertical tabs arranged along the perimeter of the top face of the cap so as to face each other in parallel on opposite sides of the top surface of the cap. The tabs have an extended height, i.e., greater than ¼th inch and are separated by a distance approximately equal to the diameter of the top surface of the cap. The top corners of the tabs are squared (90 degree angles) to provide better gripping of a corner against which the tabs are placed while twisting the bottle so as to cause the cap to be released from the bottle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventor: Brian Greenfield
  • Patent number: 8985404
    Abstract: A fluid dispense head is removably joined to a bottle, such as a wine bottle, or similar container, by having a hollow cylinder extend into the bottle and on one end sealed to a neck of the bottle with an annular gasket and on an opposite end joined to the dispense head. A nut on opposite end of the hollow cylinder limits entry of the cylinder into the bottle. When the nut is turned relative to the cylinder, the gasket seal is broken and the dispense head can be removed from the bottle. A set of annular gaskets of different diameters may be provided for bottles of different neck sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Inventors: Nick Moezidis, Morris Taradalsky, Ross Rittiman, Jeffrey Brooks, Edward A. Vetter
  • Patent number: 8720714
    Abstract: A multi-purpose device is disclosed for opening beverage containers, such as glass bottles, plastic bottles and/or cans and for covering some open beverage containers having a neck, such as beverage bottles. The device includes a housing. The housing can represent various decorative forms of headgear. The housing includes a bottle cap remover and bottle retainer. For twist-off caps, a twist-off bottle cap remover can be provided that includes a cup-like guide member that can receive the cap of a beverage container. Ridges formed on and projecting outward from the surface of the cup-like guide member's inner circumference can be received by indentations between ridges typically found on the outer circumference of beverage container caps (e.g., bottle caps). By twisting the guide member, the twist-off cap becomes loosened for easy removal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Roadrunner Promotions, LLC
    Inventor: Jerome Romero
  • Patent number: 8616394
    Abstract: An aspect of the invention provides a container cap. The container cap comprises a cap, a handling outer portion, and connecting walls. The cap has a closed end and an open end. The handling outer portion encloses the cap and including recesses and a plurality of protrusions. The plurality of connecting walls connect an outer wall of the cap and an inner wall of the handling outer portion, wherein the connecting walls are disposed radially. The voids are provided between the outer wall of the cap, the inner wall of the holding outer portion, and the connecting walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Inventor: Jeong-seon Kim
  • Patent number: 8590734
    Abstract: A child-resistant lift-off cap for a container is adapted to be difficult to unseat independently to open the container. An overlay portion associated with the cap is adapted for use to lift the cap from a container to unseat it. The overlay portion has a thumb tab and is deformable to engage and lift the seated cap only when the thumb tab is lifted. The overlay portion raises independently of the cap when the deformable portion is not deformed into engagement with the cap. Alternatively, a lift-top cap having a slot through it, the slot having a first opening near an edge of the cap to be lifted to unseat the cap and a second opening. A slide in the slot has a first end biased to be flush with or recessed into the first opening and a second end biased to normally protrude out of the second opening. The second end of the slide can be depressed against the bias of the slide to displace the first end of the slide out of the first opening to function as a thumb tab to assist in lifting the cap from a container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Inventor: Jean-Pierre Giraud
  • Publication number: 20120152882
    Abstract: A bottle for a medicine is disclosed. The bottle may have a base portion, a threaded neck portion, a child resistant cap and a grip portion. The bottle may be part of a kit having other bottles without a grip section. The bottle may be part of a retail display system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2010
    Publication date: June 21, 2012
    Applicant: Schering-Plough Healthcare Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael P. Tune
  • Patent number: 8201700
    Abstract: Provided is a container 1 for inspection which stores and pours out contents therein, and the container is provided with a container main body 2 having a mouth portion 22 formed thereon, a cover portion 3 attached to the mouth portion 22 to seal the container main body 2, and an opening cap 4 attached to the cover portion 3. The cover portion 3 has a closing wall 34 for closing the mouth portion 22, and the opening cap 4 is provided with an pouring outlet 421, and a cutting portion 431 for cutting the closing wall 34. When the opening cap 4 is attached to the cover portion 3, the cutting section 431 cuts the closing wall 34 to enable pouring out the contents. Thus, in the provided container 1 for inspection, sealing properties of the container main body 2 are ensured by the cover portion 3, and the closing wall 34 of the cover portion 3 is cut by the opening cap 4 attached to the cover portion 3 without removing the cover portion 3, whereby the contents can be poured out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignees: Toyo Seikan Kaisha, Ltd., Eiken Kagaku Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Shibata, Manabu Hosokawa, Hiroaki Hayashi, Natsuki Masuya, Yoshiaki Seto, Shingo Saito, Hidetoshi Kanda
  • Patent number: 8104801
    Abstract: A fixing mechanism for fixing a battery in a sleeve defines a receiving groove therein, a latching member including a body, a restraining flange extending out from one end of the body and a contact end formed at the other end of the body, a latching slot defined in an inner surface of the sleeve, an elastic member compressed and received in the receiving groove and a barrel detachably fixed in the receiving groove. An end of the compressed elastic member resists a bottom surface of the receiving groove and the other end of the elastic member resists the restraining flange, to press the latching member contact end to pass through the barrel and finally to be received in the latching slot, and the restraining flange is blocked by the barrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wei-Jun Wang, Wei Yang
  • Patent number: 8079485
    Abstract: A closure for sealing a container, in particular a container that, prior to first use by a consumer, includes an opening or aperture covered by a seal, wherein the closure is equipped with a perforating member adapted to open or break the seal, thereby enabling the consumer to access the contents of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Inventor: Brad Scott Berndt
  • Patent number: 8047387
    Abstract: Apparatus and associated methods for carrying and manipulation of bottles are presented herein. The apparatus may include a closure that may be sealably secured to a bottle. The apparatus may further include a movable handle attached to the closure with portions of the movable handle received in a recess defined by the bottle. The movable handle may be locatable between at least a first position and a second position. The methods may include providing a closure and a movable handle, attaching the movable handle to the closure, and locating the movable handle in at least the first position and the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: Tote One, LLC
    Inventors: Adam Chalekian, Aaron Chalekian
  • Patent number: 8002131
    Abstract: A stopper apparatus for closing wine bottles and like receptacles having an elongated stopper body of flexible material adapted for insertion into the neck of the bottle so as to create a water-tight and air-tight seal between the media contained within said bottle and the outside environment. The stopper body has a generally cylindrical shape with a slight taper near the base of the cylinder and features a cavity near the top of the cylinder. The cavity features a concealed apparatus therein. At least one self revealing handle is attached to the stopper body for extracting said stopper from the neck of the bottle, wherein extracting said stopper body from the neck of said bottle exposes said concealed apparatus contained therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Inventor: Walter Karabin
  • Publication number: 20110139745
    Abstract: A modular bottle closure comprises one or more exterior surfaces (2,6) defining a hollow interior, a plurality of spaced engagement elements (4) outwardly protruding from the exterior surfaces, a bottle cap interface element (8A) formed within the interior, and a coupling section (21) coinciding with, or recessed from, a terminal edge of the closure. The coupling section frictionally engages engagement elements of another closure, whereby to couple together one or more closures. The plurality of engagement elements, which may protrude from the upper surface (2) or from a sidewall (6) of the closure, are arranged by regions. A side of each engagement element of a region defines a locus of contact surfaces of substantially equal shape and length as the perimeter of the selected coupling section portion. As a desired construction system can be assembled from a plurality of closures, users will be encouraged not to discard the bottle closures, thereby providing an ecological benefit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2009
    Publication date: June 16, 2011
    Inventors: Ben Ezra, Eyal Ovadya, Harel Shwarts
  • Patent number: 7958911
    Abstract: A shipping plug is disclosed herein. The shipping plug is formed from a cylindrical member that is configured to be operatively disposed within a bore of a component to create a seal therewith. The cylindrical member is a resilient material, and has an upper wall, a lower wall, and a circumferential side defined between the upper and lower walls. A recess is defined in the upper wall. The recess includes a bottom end and at least one wall extending between the bottom end and the upper wall. The recess is configured to operatively receive a complementarily shaped rod which selectively distorts the circumferential side of the cylindrical member in response to a twisting or rotating action exerted thereon to temporarily release the seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventor: Charles Robert Martus
  • Patent number: 7857155
    Abstract: A closure that can be threadingly screwed onto an associated container includes a body having a thread form for engaging a thread form on the container. The body has a wall with projecting hook-like ribs. By the provision of the hook-like ribs, the closure exhibits an enhanced capability for being gripped by the rollers of an automatic capping machine, to accommodate a relatively high torque installation without slipping in an automatic capping machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: Seaquist Closures L.L.C.
    Inventors: Charles E. Roberts, Stacy L. Beilke
  • Patent number: 7846395
    Abstract: A closure for a container includes: (a) an inner cylindrical wall having first and second ends and defining a space; (b) an outer cylindrical wall opposite the inner cylindrical wall and having the first and second ends to form an outer surface of the closure; (c) a first end wall extending across said first end, wherein the first end wall comprises a recess extending a least partially into the space, and a first set of threads disposed on the recess. An apparatus usable on a diagnostic analyzer container and includes: a threaded rotatable spindle adapted for threading into a closure having a threaded depression and for applying a rotational force to remove the closure; and a clutch having an element adapted to engage the closure and apply a rotational to the closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Assignee: Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics, Inc.
    Inventor: James D. Shaw
  • Publication number: 20100044337
    Abstract: Provided is a container 1 for inspection which stores and pours out contents therein, and the container is provided with a container main body 2 having a mouth portion 22 formed thereon, a cover portion 3 attached to the mouth portion 22 to seal the container main body 2, and an opening cap 4 attached to the cover portion 3. The cover portion 3 has a closing wall 34 for closing the mouth portion 22, and the opening cap 4 is provided with an pouring outlet 421, and a cutting portion 431 for cutting the closing wall 34. When the opening cap 4 is attached to the cover portion 3, the cutting section 431 cuts the closing wall 34 to enable pouring out the contents. Thus, in the provided container 1 for inspection, sealing properties of the container main body 2 are ensured by the cover portion 3, and the closing wall 34 of the cover portion 3 is cut by the opening cap 4 attached to the cover portion 3 without removing the cover portion 3, whereby the contents can be poured out.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2008
    Publication date: February 25, 2010
    Applicants: TOKYO SEIKAN KAISHA, EIKEN KAGAKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Shibata, Manabu Hosokawa, Hiroaki Hayashi, Natsuki Masuya, Yoshiaki Seto, Shingo Saito, Hidetoshi Kanda
  • Patent number: 7568586
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an improved container closure or lever cap comprising one or more of the following features: (i) an improved interface on the interior surface of the closure that consists of strategically positioned locking lugs to securely affix the closure onto a container, (ii) a repositioned lever handle and fulcrum to optimize function and mechanical advantage, (iii) a retro-fit sleeve for an incompatible container, which on the inner surface is fashioned to interface with twist necks bottles, or other closure designs and mechanisms incompatible with the interior fitting of the lever cap, and which on the exterior is fashioned to receive the interior fitting of the lever cap, (iv) a tamper-evident safety indicator, (v) a specialized vertical sloping sidewall at the container's distal end near the opening to improve the closure's vertical lift during operation, (vi) a child safety design and mechanism that requires two functions to unlock the lever and position it for normal operation
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2009
    Inventor: Lawrence S. Walters, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20080290060
    Abstract: In the case of a closure for a container having a content, in particular a bottle or the like made from plastic, glass or the like, with a cap, in particular made of plastic, for sealing connection to a neck of the container, which neck has an edge, with at least one knife edge, which is arranged around a central axis of the cap in the region of the clear width of the neck and is intended for severing a sealing foil, which is sealed onto the edge, during axial displacement of the at least one knife edge through the sealing foil, a screw cap which can be screwed onto and can be unscrewed from the cap is provided, during the screwing-on of which the at least one knife edge can be displaced in the direction of the sealing foil, wherein this screw cap has an initial screwing position, in which the sealing foil is still undamaged, and, after further screwing, an end-stop screwing position, in which the sealing foil is pierced by the at least one knife edge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2006
    Publication date: November 27, 2008
    Inventor: Rainer Ammann
  • Publication number: 20080179270
    Abstract: The invention concerns a device comprising a combination: of at least two individual flasks or containers (1, 2) mutually linked by all or part of their undersides (3), and of a removable fixing system (4) essentially comprising a suction cup and/or a rod (6) provided with a hook, while one of said flasks comprises in said underside a cavity which, alone or in combination with a similar cavity located on the underside of another flask of said combination of flasks, defines a recessed space wherein the head of said suction cup and/or said rod provided with a hook can penetrate and remain force- or spring-locked, with the possibility of being eventually rotated and separated by a simple manual effort.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2006
    Publication date: July 31, 2008
    Applicant: FORUS CONCEPTS TECHNOLOGIQUES
    Inventor: Thierry Thibaut
  • Patent number: 7306767
    Abstract: A method of sealing the open mouths of an array of test tubes comprises providing a plurality of plugs with upwardly facing recesses, and a flexible carrier sheet having the same array of mutually spaced downwardly projecting pegs inserted into and frictionally retained within the recesses of respective ones of the plugs. Sealing is effected by aligning the plugs with the open mouths of the test tubes, pressing the carrier sheet towards the test tubes to seat the plugs in the open tube mouths, and peeling the carrier sheet away from the test tubes to extract the pegs from the plug recesses while allowing the plugs to remain seated in the tube mouths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2007
    Assignee: Matrix Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Gregory Mathus, George Lyman
  • Patent number: 7147393
    Abstract: A stick-type glue dispenser for dispensing solid or liquid glue content, which allows a cap to be easily separated from the glue dispenser by a simple operation. The glue dispenser includes an inner tube, an outer tube coupled to the inner tube at an upper end thereof in such a way to allow a lower end of the outer tube to be pressed radially inward, and a cap coupled to a lower end of the inner tube, with an upper end of the cap having a slant face. The cap is separated from the inner tube by a sliding contact between the lower end of the outer tube and the slant face of the cap when a lower part of the outer tube is pressed raidally inward. In one embodiment, the inner tube contains a holder for holding solid glue content. The holder is threadedly coupled to a screw which passes through the inner tube, thereby enabling the holder to move the solid liquid content in the inner tube by rotating the screw. In another embodiment, the inner tube contains liquid glue content therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2006
    Assignee: Morris Corporation
    Inventor: Hyun-son Yoon
  • Patent number: 6932229
    Abstract: A simple structure for a container closure system that allows for ease in closure and removal of a cap from the container is disclosed. The container closure comprises a cap having a skirt of substantially rectangular cross-section. Disposed in a central location on each of the internal surfaces of the skirt are rim-engaging members that are substantially coplanar. The container has a neck portion terminating in an outer peripheral rim surrounding an oval-shaped opening in one end of the container through which the container contents may be dispensed. Cap-engaging portions on the outer portion of the peripheral rim engage with the rim-engaging members disposed on the skirt internal surface when the cap is in a closed position over the container opening. The rim-engaging members of the present invention can be in the form of small ridges or grooves and can engage with cap-engaging portions formed by small ribs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2005
    Assignee: SmithKline Beecham Corporation
    Inventor: James L. Pitassi
  • Patent number: 6929474
    Abstract: A support apparatus for supporting components of a dental material includes two individual bottles each capable of receiving therein a component which can be shaken. Each individual bottle has a coding associated therewith and a cover has cover regions with respective codings corresponding to the bottle coding. A mixing base has a pair of recesses each with individual coding corresponding to the coding of a respective one of the individual bottles, whereby each respective bottle has a respective cover region and a respective recess of the mixing base associated therewith and identifiable as associated therewith by virtue of the corresponding coding thereon. The individual bottles collectively comprise a bottle unit and are closeable by a common cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2005
    Assignee: Ivoclar Vivadeat, AG
    Inventors: Laurent Schenck, Philipp Gabriel, Steffen Riethmuller
  • Patent number: 6742666
    Abstract: A lid for a container is provided generally comprising a main body and a door having a flip section pivotally connected to a push section, the push section pivotally connected to the main body. The main body includes a recess that defines a pivot wall. The flip section is positioned to engage the pivot wall and rotate relative to the push section in response to downward pressure on the push section. The floor of the recess includes a dispensing hole sized to dispense large items. Preferably, the dispensing hole is sized to accommodate a person's fingers while gasping an item. Additionally, the flip section of the door includes a sealing ring projecting from the underside of the door. The sealing ring is sized to engage the inner periphery of the dispensing hole to provide a seal to preserve organic or other perishable items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2004
    Assignee: J.L. Clark, Inc.
    Inventors: David K. Bried, George Solowiejko, Gary D. Johnson, C. Alan Peet, Philip M. Baerenwald, Michael A. Yarbro
  • Patent number: 6666879
    Abstract: An apparatus, device, or inlet port plug, may close an inlet port that is formed in a sheet of flexible material. The inlet port is adapted for mounting on an inflatable device and is shaped and constructed to receive and retain an air hose nozzle through which air flows to inflate the inflatable device. The inlet port plug blocks the inlet port when no air hose nozzle is engaged. Consequently, air cannot easily pass out of the inflatable device through the inlet port when the device is inflated or being inflated. The inlet port plug has a generally planar shape with coplanar extensions extending radially from a plug body. The inlet port plug may be engaged with an inlet port by causing at least two of the extensions to be received in the inlet port. When the extensions are received, the plug is retained against the inlet port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2003
    Assignee: Arizant Healthcare Inc.
    Inventors: Randall C. Arnold, Scott D. Augustine
  • Patent number: 6588615
    Abstract: A container closure system enabling persons with weakened hands to open or close a container easily. A cap has a skirt. Internal surfaces of the skirt include substantially coplanar rim-engaging members. The container has a neck portion terminating in a peripheral rim. Cap-engaging portions on the peripheral rim engage with the rim-engaging members on the skirt. The rim-engaging members can be ridges or grooves. A slight twist of he cap of only approximately 5°-20° disengages the rim-engaging member and the cap-engaging portions, releasing the cap to the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2003
    Assignee: SmithKline Beecham Corporation
    Inventor: James L. Pitassi
  • Patent number: 6403173
    Abstract: Sealing cap for closing screw top receptacles includes a metal cap having inner and outer surfaces, a threaded insert formed of a plastic material disposed within the metal cap and rigidly fixed to the inner surface thereof, and a coating bonded to at least a portion of the inner surface of the metal cap. The coating contains plastic material in a divided state and is heat sealed to the insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2002
    Assignee: Pechiney Emballage Alimentaire
    Inventors: Jacques Granger, Yves Peyrin
  • Patent number: 6394295
    Abstract: A container (1) includes a body (2) and a cap (20). At least one elastically deformable portion (26, 27) of the cap has a set of beading (17, 18) capable of interacting with a snap-fit edge (6) provided on the neck. A first ramp (6, 16, 11) causes, in response to a rotational movement of the cap (20) with respect to the body (2), an axial displacement of the set of beading (17, 18) along the snap-fit edge (6) between a bottom position and a top position, and a second ramp (6, 16, 11) simultaneously causes the set of beading (17, 18) to part radially so as to allow the set of beading, when in the top position, to pass over the snap-fit edge (6) under the effect of an elastic return force exerted by the elastically deformable portion (26, 27).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2002
    Assignee: L'Oreal
    Inventor: Isabelle Claude
  • Patent number: 6253938
    Abstract: The present closure is one that is actuated and opened indirectly. A force on a push pad causes the lid to open. There is no direct manual force applied to the lid to open the lid. The closure is comprised of a base section and a lid section. These are separate molded sections. These separate molded sections are attached after molding. The base section has the attachment to a container, structural integrity, a spout, and a lid actuator mechanism. The lid actuator mechanism is comprised of a strap with a push pad with an actuator rod at the end adjacent an actuator wall. The lid section has a spout closing section for the spout of the base section and an attachment fitting for attachment to the base section. The spout closing section is attached to the attachment fitting by living hinges, and preferably, preloaded living hinges. Such living hinges reduce the force to actuate. The closure is opened by pushing on a push pad which in turn causes the living hinges to be actuated and the lid snap opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2001
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Issac Zaksenberg, Alan Nimmey, Kevin Harrity
  • Patent number: 6109465
    Abstract: A tamper-proof closure construction including a cap having a top wall, a skirt and a plurality of tabs extending from the bottom edge of the skirt. The cap fits over the opening in the neck of a container which neck includes a shelf, cams having portions beneath the shelf extending outwardly from the neck beyond the shelf and all portions of the neck between the shelf and a sealing surface on the end of the neck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2000
    Assignee: Product Investment Inc.
    Inventor: John C. Henning
  • Patent number: 6089391
    Abstract: A novel container cap and containment system is disclosed which includes a cap with an upper and a lower portion, being removable one from the other. The upper portion has an upper wall that is continuous with an outer rim. The outer rim is constructed such that it fits over the orifice of a container. A blade is included inside of the peripheral edge of the outer rim and preferably extends from the upper wall. The lower portion of the cap has one end that is capable of receiving the end of the upper portion opposite to the upper wall and a second end that is adapted to be able to be releasably secured about the orifice of the container, the orifice also including a safety seal. The blade, in one embodiment, is preferably oriented in a "C" shape, whereby the cap can be removed from the container and the upper portion oriented over the orifice and depressed therein, thus cutting the safety seal while allowing a small portion to remain, thereby preventing the cut seal from falling into the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2000
    Assignee: Annette Umphlett
    Inventors: Kevin G. Abelbeck, Annette Umphlett
  • Patent number: 5876140
    Abstract: A cap is fitted onto an engagement portion of a main body such as that of a writing implement, paint applicator, make-up applicator, or container. An inner wall of the cap is provided with a flexible operating member having a free end capable of bending inward. An oblique guide surface is formed on at least one of the main body and the cap such that the cap can be separated from the main body by pressing the operating member inward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 2, 1999
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Pilot
    Inventors: Michiaki Kuramoto, Minoru Machida, Norio Moriyama
  • Patent number: 5873476
    Abstract: A cap includes a cap body attached to a discharge port portion of a container and having a pouring port through which a content of the container can be discharged, and a lid pivotally supported by the cap body and capable of opening and closing the pouring port. The cap is provided with: a pushing member whose intermediate portion is pivotally supported by a pivotally supporting portion on a side surface of the cap body, the pushing member being swingable about the pivotally supporting portion; and a thin-walled hinge for connecting an end portion of the pushing member and a rotatably supporting portion of the lid, the thin-walled hinge being adapted to convert swinging motion of the pushing member into motion for opening or closing the lid as an upper portion or a lower portion of the pushing member is operated by being pushed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 23, 1999
    Assignee: NIFCO, Inc.
    Inventors: Norio Takahashi, Yukio Ojima
  • Patent number: 5853097
    Abstract: A closure for use with an associated container having a finish with an external securing member formed thereon, includes a closure cap having an enlarged top wall portion defining an outermost edge and an annular skirt portion depending from the top wall portion inwardly of the outermost edge. The skirt portion has an outer wall and an inner wall having an internal securing member engageable with the container external securing member. The closure cap includes a plurality of parallel, spaced apart, tapered ribs. At least some of the ribs extend between the top wall portion and the skirt outer wall. Each rib defines an outer edge and tapers inwardly or thins from the closure cap to the outer edge to define a region adjacent to a juncture of each rib and the closure cap having a cross-sectional area that is greater than a cross-sectional area at the outer edge of each respective rib. The ribs can taper in one or more directions. The ribs are separated from one another by parallel recessed regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 29, 1998
    Assignee: Phoenix Closures, Inc.
    Inventor: Len Ekkert
  • Patent number: 5850951
    Abstract: A package has a "push-pull" type dispensing closure either threadably engaged with or in press-fit engagement with the container mouth. The closure includes an outer skirt that is pliable and inwardly deformable when squeezed and a dispenser plug member selectively positionable to seal or unseal a dispensing orifice. The container has a mouth and a shoulder below the mouth which slants upwardly and inwardly. When the outer skirt of the closure is squeezed inwardly, the lower skirt edge engages the shoulder causing an upward camming of the closure, whereby the plug member unseals the dispensing orifice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 22, 1998
    Assignee: Anchor Hocking Packaging Company
    Inventor: Thomas H. Hayes
  • Patent number: 5806700
    Abstract: A tamper-proof closure construction including a cap having a top wall, a skirt and a plurality of tabs extending from the bottom edge of the skirt. The cap fits over the opening in the neck of a container which neck includes a shelf, cams having portions beneath the shelf extending outwardly from the neck beyond the shelf and all portions of the neck between the shelf and a sealing surface on the end of the neck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1998
    Assignee: Product Investment, Inc.
    Inventor: John C. Henning
  • Patent number: 5752612
    Abstract: A closure 1 for a container comprises a slidable opening member 3 slidable between a retracted position and an extended position. In the retracted position, substantially no opening force can readily be applied to the opening member 3. In the extended position, an opening force can be applied to the opening member 3 to open the container. A spring or similar device is provided for automatically returning the opening member to the retracted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 19, 1998
    Inventors: Rodger Erich Fritzsche, Alan L. G. Bearne
  • Patent number: 5746338
    Abstract: A cap includes a cap body attached to a discharge port portion of a container and having a pouring port through which a content of the container can be discharged, and a lid pivotally supported by the cap body and capable of opening and closing the pouring port. The cap is provided with: a pushing member whose intermediate portion is pivotally supported by a pivotally supporting portion on a side surface of the cap body, the pushing member being swingable about the pivotally supporting portion; and a thin-walled hinge for connecting an end portion of the pushing member and a rotatably supporting portion of the lid, the thin-walled hinge being adapted to convert swinging motion of the pushing member into motion for opening or closing the lid as an upper portion or a lower portion of the pushing member is operated by being pushed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1998
    Assignee: NIFCO Inc.
    Inventors: Norio Takahashi, Yukio Ojima
  • Patent number: 5740933
    Abstract: A tamper indicating, child proof, container cap designed for easy manipulation by arthritic fingers of a user includes an annular tear strip and a rotatably indexing latch finger on the cap which engages a raised annular retainer ridge with bypass opening on the neck of the container. A tactile indicator of the rotational location of the bypass opening is under the tear strip for sensing by the user's finger that is in simultaneous contact with the cap when the tear strip is removed. A lower ridge includes an index key for orienting the latch finger away from the bypass opening during assembly of the system. The top of the cap includes an extended axial length portion that is shaped for easy grip by arthritic fingers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 21, 1998
    Assignee: American Safety Closure Corp.
    Inventors: Vincent N. Conti, Don Yeager
  • Patent number: RE36334
    Abstract: A tamper-proof closure for use with a bottle having a neck, a lip, and shelf surrounding the neck and a plurality of ramp sections. The closure includes a top wall, a skirt and a plurality of tabs extending from the bottom edge of the skirt. The tabs include first and second side edges and a transverse edge. The tab is longer adjacent to one side edge than the other. The ramp sections include an upwardly sloping portion of the shelf and a cam wall extending across the shelf from the neck to the outer edge of the shelf.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 12, 1999
    Assignee: Product Investment, Inc.
    Inventor: John C. Henning