Actuated By Downwardly Applied Force Patents (Class 215/301)
  • Patent number: 10724280
    Abstract: Two circular discs are collapsible towards each other and expandable away from each other by way of rotatable hinge(s) situated there-between which move the circular discs towards and away from each other. The rotatable hinge(s) are connected to the circular discs by way of living hinges. The rotable hinge(s) may be surrounded by a cloth or plastic cover which can be non-resilient or resilient, such a cover further connected in a circular manner to each disc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: QUEST USA CORP.
    Inventor: Ikey Srour
  • Patent number: 9926114
    Abstract: A quick release container is provided that includes a base having a base perimeter with a well configured to hold a product, and a lid assembly configured to be removably coupled to the base. The lid assembly includes a lid having: (i) an outer portion extending around a top of the base and having a height extending from the top of the base; and (ii) an inner portion extending between a perimeter of the outer portion and disposed over the well of the base. The lid assembly also includes a depressible element extending between the perimeter of the outer portion, spaced from the inner portion and configured to move along the height of the outer portion, and a clamping device coupled to the lid and removably coupled to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: HCT GROUP HOLDINGS LIMITED
    Inventor: David Jeffrey Eberlein
  • Patent number: 9004302
    Abstract: Improved packages, methods for manufacturing the packages and methods for producing beverages using the packages are provided. The packages (10) include a cap (60), a container (20), and an adapter (30) positioned between and connected to the cap and container. The adapter (30) is configured to penetrate seals (28, 66) on the cap and the container by means of a spike member (50) to allow contents (p) of the cap (60) to mix with contents (d) of the container (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Jean-daniel Ginzburg, Martinas Jurgis Kuslys
  • Publication number: 20150014270
    Abstract: A cap includes a top wall, an outer peripheral edge, a first section, and a second section. A skirt depends from the outer peripheral edge. The skirt includes an attached end, a free end, a plurality of slots, and a plurality of apertures. Each aperture is spaced-apart from the free end of the skirt. The top wall has a first configuration and a second configuration. When the top wall is in the first configuration, the first section is generally planer and the second section is generally arcuate. When the top wall is in the first configuration, the skirt extends generally perpendicularly to the first section to generally engage at least a portion of a container. When the top wall is in the second configuration, the free end of the skirt extends radially outwardly from the attached end thereof to allow the cap to be removed from the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Frederick BIESECKER, Gregory SPRISHEN, William Gordon KNESTRICK, III
  • Patent number: 8777032
    Abstract: A cap includes a top wall, an outer peripheral edge, a first section, and a second section. A skirt depends from the outer peripheral edge. The skirt includes an attached end, a free end, a plurality of slots, and a plurality of apertures. Each aperture is spaced-apart from the free end of the skirt. The top wall has a first configuration and a second configuration. When the top wall is in the first configuration, the first section is generally planer and the second section is generally arcuate. When the top wall is in the first configuration, the skirt extends generally perpendicularly to the first section to generally engage at least a portion of a container. When the top wall is in the second configuration, the free end of the skirt extends radially outwardly from the attached end thereof to allow the cap to be removed from the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Drug Plastics & Glass Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Frederick N. Biesecker, Gregory Sprishen, William Gordon Knestrick, III
  • Patent number: 8746476
    Abstract: A seal covering a discharge port of a container is opened without leaving superfluous elements on the container by a container closure unit which has seal-piercing knife-like elements mounted on a flexible dome-shaped base which is located to place the knife-like elements adjacent to the seal. The dome-shaped base is flexed to move the knife-like elements through the seal and then to move them outwardly toward the periphery of the seal to cut slits in the seal. The slits act as fluid passages to permit decanting of the fluid from the container. Once the seal has been opened, the dome-shaped base is removed using a pull ring and discarded. The container closure unit has a cap which is used to close the container discharge port between uses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Berlin Packaging, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Clause, Brett Niggel
  • Patent number: 8701906
    Abstract: A dispensing cap for storing one or more ingredients in the cap body until the time of use. The stored ingredients in the cap are dispensed manually into a primary container for mixing. The dispensing cap includes a push-pull, flow-through drinking spout with a fluid valve for opening and closing the fluid flow from the primary container. The dispensing cap body includes several elements all of which are formed in a single molded cap body. The storage chamber of the dispensing cap includes a foil seal that can be partially opened by an activating member manually connected to the drinking spout for dispensing the ingredients into the primary container. The cap body is threadably attached to a primary container threaded neck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Blast Max LLC
    Inventor: Michael R. Anderson
  • Patent number: 8490835
    Abstract: A container cover assembly that has at least two states. In the first, closed state, the removal of the contents of the container through the opening of the container is prevented. In the second, open state, the removal of the contents of the container through the opening of the container is possible. The cover assembly comprises a mechanism for preventing the transfer of the cover assembly from the first state to the second state, unless at least a predetermined number of shaking motions is applied to the container and cover assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Apus Innovation Ltd
    Inventors: Tal Benyamin, Eran Aharon Medina, Asaf Galili
  • Patent number: 8434639
    Abstract: A push button, flip top closure for a container, includes a base portion, a push button actuator situated on the base portion and twistingly mounted thereon to pivotally rotate with respect to the base portion, a central cap having an orifice formed through the thickness thereof, the push button actuator at least partially surrounding the central cap, and a lid hingedly mounted to the base portion and positionable between at least a closed position to cover the orifice formed in the central cap and an open position to uncover the orifice formed in the central cap. The push button actuator selectively forces the lid to pivot to the open position to allow the contents of the container on which the closure is mounted to pass through the orifice in the central cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: C & N Packaging, Inc.
    Inventor: Brooks R. Markert
  • Patent number: 8322548
    Abstract: A packaging including a container body and a closure wherein the closure comprises upstanding wall portions on the upper face defining a receiving area for e.g. a pen. The packaging having first and second engagement means engaging each other for locking said closure to said container body. The closure further comprises release means for disengaging the first engagement means from the second engagement means wherein the release means being arranged such that a depressable portion thereof protrudes into a groove or receiving area. The release means being operable to disengage first engagement means from the second engagement means an elongated object being received by the receiving area or groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Knudsen Plast A/S
    Inventor: Lars Pedersen
  • Patent number: 8181801
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a closure for mounting on a reagent vessel, the closure including a main body, a top wall attached by its edges to the top edges of the main body, at least one incision dividing the top wall into at least two parts, a flange attached to and extending outwards from the top edge of the top wall, and a hinge area connecting the top edge of the main body to the flange and the top wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Thermo Fisher Scientific Oy
    Inventors: Vesa Nuotio, Henrik Johansson, Matti Hassinen
  • Patent number: 7988014
    Abstract: An exemplary lid lock mechanism (20) includes a main body (22) and a lid (24). Two resilient hooks (222) and two resisting portions (224) are formed on an inner surface of the main body. The lid includes a lid cap (242). Two hooking portions (246) and two extending pieces (248) are formed on a surface (244) of the lid cap. The hooking portions are engaged with the resilient hooks of the main body when the lid is connected to the main body. To detach the lid from the main body, the hooks of the hooking portions are disengaged from the resilient hooks of the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Te-Sheng Jan, Yu-Tao Chen, Chun-Che Yen, Gang Cheng, Zheng-Qiang Song, Meng-Hua He, Jian-Jun Li, Bing-Jing Xu
  • Patent number: 7878354
    Abstract: A one touch-type stopper operable with one hand is provided. The one touch-type container stopper comprises a hermetically sealing part which has, at a lower end thereof, first supporting protrusions formed to protrude inwardly such that they are elastically supported along an outer peripheral surface of a mouth of the container and is fitted around the mouth to seal the container: and a cover part which has a hinge part formed integrally with and extending from the first supporting protrusions and then bent, and second supporting protrusions at a lower end thereof to protrude inwardly therefrom and is positioned outside of the sealing part. The second supporting protrusions are connected to one another through a band member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Inventor: Dong-Seuk Chae
  • Patent number: 7648037
    Abstract: A lid structure for opening and closing an opening in an upper portion of a reagent container includes an outer lid member attached to the reagent container and having a first opening corresponding to the opening of the reagent container, an inner lid member arranged inward of the outer lid member, attached to the outer lid member in a vertically movable manner, and having a second opening opposing the first opening, and a rotator having a through hole, arranged inward of the inner lid member, engaging with the outer lid member and the inner lid member via an engaging unit in a rotatable manner around a horizontal axis. The engaging unit rotates the rotator to open the opening when the inner lid member performs a downward opening operation, and rotates the rotator to close the opening when the inner lid member performs an upward closing operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2010
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventor: Naoki Ohashi
  • Patent number: 7370773
    Abstract: The invention features a child resistant, moveable closure member and container device and an overcap and container device. The overcap has opposed end walls and opposed sidewalls, with at least one leading locking pin and at least one trailing locking pin in at least one of said sidewalls. The inner closure may have at least one guiding bar, which extends downwardly from its lower surface, that is compatible in shape with an opening slot that may be in at least one of the sidewalls along the upper body of the container. The container further has a fixed cover portion facing the inner closure with a dispensing opening therethrough. At least one of the container sidewalls may have a closing notch, a stopping notch distal to the closing notch, and an opening notch therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2008
    Assignee: McNeil-PPC, Inc.
    Inventors: Mary Toth, Javier Verdura, Craig Pirie, Daniel Peter Sterling, Erik Joseph Moses, Peter Michaelian, Richard A. Gross, Dieter F. Lay, Roger Rinker, Kristin Recchiuti, Leonard Wojnarowicz, Jr., John Spano
  • Patent number: 7278547
    Abstract: A fuel cap has a male threading element which is formed on an outer circumference of a closer of the fuel cap, a female threading element which is formed on an inner wall of a filler neck, and a handle. Rotation of the handle in a closing direction screws the male threading element into the female threading element. A stopper formed on the male threading element comes into contact with the start end of the female threading element to complete the closing operation. At this fully closed position, a gasket located between the closer and a sealing face of the filler neck is pressed and displaced in an axial direction to seal the sealing face of the filler neck with a sealing face pressure of not less than a preset level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2007
    Assignee: Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Hagano, Masayuki Nakagawa, Masaki Akagi
  • Patent number: 6732873
    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. A detent mechanism is used to control opening the door in at least two stages. In the first stage, the detent mechanism substantially fixes the push section in a closed position, and in the second stage substantially fixes the push section in an open position. In one embodiment, the floor of the recess is sloped to increase container space and limit flexure of the push section of the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2004
    Assignee: J.L. Clark, Inc.
    Inventors: David K. Bried, George Solowiejko, Gary D. Johnson, C. Alan Peet, Philip M. Baerenwald, Michael A. Yarbro
  • Publication number: 20020125203
    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. A detent mechanism is used to control opening the door in at least two stages. In the first stage, the detent mechanism substantially fixes the push section in a closed position, and in the second stage substantially fixes the push section in an open position. In one embodiment, the floor of the recess is sloped to increase container space and limit flexure of the push section of the door.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2001
    Publication date: September 12, 2002
    Applicant: J.L. Clark, Inc.
    Inventors: David K. Bried, George Solowiejko, Gary D. Johnson, C. Alan Peet, Philip M. Baerenwald, Michael A. Yarbro
  • Patent number: 6382444
    Abstract: A tamper evident closure for containers having finish a with thread means and a radially outwardly circumferentially extending bead below the threads comprising, a cap portion of cup-like form having internal threads for cooperatively engaging the threads on a container to apply and remove the cap portion, a retainer ring depending from the lower edge of the skirt portion of the cap and connected thereto by a series of circumferentially spaced bridge connections, and a tamper evident band having means for rotatably mount on the retaining ring and rotatable thereto and including a series of spring fingers for engaging under the retainer bead on the container when the closure is fully seated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2002
    Assignee: Sentinel Packaging Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Henry Nyman
  • Publication number: 20010019033
    Abstract: A safety closure for use on a container neck portion, providing an end wall and a side wall depending from the end wall. The side wall has at least one lug projecting therefrom near a lower end thereof, which is engageable with at least one lug-receiving recess provided in the container neck portion. A sealing plug depends from the end wall and is sealingly engageable with a dispensing orifice provided in the container neck portion. At least one spring member depends from the end wall and are resiliently engageable with the container neck portion to bias the safety closure away from the container neck portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2001
    Publication date: September 6, 2001
    Inventor: Gary V. Montgomery
  • 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: 6213323
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a universal stopper for closing opened bottles (1), in particular for sparkling-wine or wine bottles. Said stopper comprises a hollow cylindrical body (2), a cap (7) for the hollow cylindrical body (2) and at least two tongues (8) which are inclined with respect to the longitudinal axis of the hollow cylindrical body, seated inside shaped recesses (2b) and fixed to the hollow cylindrical body (2) by means of joints (9) forming an axis of rotation for said tongues. It also comprises securing means (10) acting against the tongues (8) and designed to keep the said tongues pressed underneath the lip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2001
    Assignee: Ferrari Group S.r.l.
    Inventor: Ruggero Ferrari
  • Patent number: 6168037
    Abstract: A resealable vial featuring a connector assembly having a membrane and a pusher for selectively opening or sealing the fluid passageway between the bottle and the connector end of a luer hub. The connector assembly includes a body disposed on said bottle, and means for communicating fluid such as a luer connector hub which may be separately provided with the body or formed integrally therewith. The luer connector hub features a connector end open for access by medical delivery instrument, and an opposed end which is disposed for fluid communication with a recess defined by the body. The body defines a recess having a fluid path with the open top of the bottle. A membrane, preferably formed from an elastomeric material, is secured across both the recess and the open top of the bottle, and may be retained between the top surface of the bottle and the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2001
    Assignee: Becton Dickinson France, S.A.
    Inventor: Jean Pierre Grimard
  • Patent number: 6116445
    Abstract: A sealing cap for the mouth of a container facilitates both the sealing of new bottles containing unused contents, and the re-sealing of those bottles already in use so as to preserve their contents. The sealing cap includes an inner cap and an outer cap. The inner cap includes a shielding plate which is fixed on the mouth of a container, and an annular strip which is provided at the lower end of the outer circumferential wall of the inner cap. The outer cap, which is fixed on the inner cap, includes a top lid, and a main cap with a guide tube having a lower-end sharp edge located opposite the shielding plate. By removing the annular strip from the inner cap and pressing down the outer cap, the lower end of the outer cap engages the outer circumference of the mouth of the container, and at the same time, the lower-end sharp edge of the guide tube pierces the shielding plate. The user then opens the top lid of the outer cap to access the contents of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2000
    Assignee: Kabushikikaisha Fancl
    Inventors: Kenji Ikemori, Takeharu Ohta
  • Patent number: 6003702
    Abstract: A resealable vial featuring a fluid access device having a membrane for selectively opening or sealing a fluid passageway between the bottle and the fluid access device. The vial includes a body disposed on said bottle. The fluid access device can be configured as a spike assembly, a needle assembly, or a luer lock assembly, and features a hollowed rod in sliding, fluid-tight relation to an orifice defined by the body. A membrane, preferably formed from an elastomeric material, is secured across both the orifice and the open top of the bottle, and may be retained between the top surface of the bottle and the body. The membrane preferably includes a central area sealing the orifice from the open top of the bottle, with one or more fluid passages defined on a portion of the membrane outside of the central area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 21, 1999
    Assignee: Becton Dickinson France, S.A.
    Inventors: Jean-Pierre Grimard, Jean-Claude Thibault
  • Patent number: 5887736
    Abstract: A container having a hinged stopper with a safety latch to deter unauthorized persons from opening the container. The underside of the stopper is provided with a channel which carries a slide pin movable to first and second positions: a first latching position in which an enlargement at the end of the slide pin is seated in a recess in the lip of the container and a second unlatched position in which the enlargement is freed from the recess enabling the stopper to be opened. The slide pin is biased to the latched position, and the slide pin should be pushed against the bias to unlatch the stopper, and while maintaining this force, the stopper must be simultaneously opened. The requirement of two simultaneous pushing motions is beyond the capability of most young children.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 30, 1999
    Inventor: Bob Mar
  • Patent number: 5871110
    Abstract: A resealable transfer assembly for a container such as a bottle or vial featuring a membrane for selectively opening or sealing a fluid path between the bottle and a medical delivery device introduced into the assembly. The assembly includes a body disposed on the bottle, and a luer connector hub which may be separately provided with the body or formed integrally therewith. A free plug rests in a cavity defined within the luer connector hub. The free plug includes an orifice dimensioned to accept a luer tip associated with the medical delivery device. A membrane, preferably formed from an elastomeric material, is secured across both the opposed end of the luer connector hub and the open top of the bottle, and may be retained between the top surface of the bottle and the body. The membrane preferably includes a central area sealing the opposed end of the luer connector hub from the open top of the bottle, with one or more fluid openings defined on a portion of the membrane outside of the central area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 16, 1999
    Inventors: Jean-Pierre Grimard, Herbert Jansen
  • Patent number: 5788099
    Abstract: A vessel for containing a batch quantity of chemicals for preparation of physiologic, therapeutic, or irrigation solutions, such as dialysate. The vessel has a cap and a bottle shell having features that make the vessel suitable for mounting to an apparatus for automatically opening the vessel. In a preferred embodiment, the cap has a frangible membrane sealing the vessel. A protective overcap is removable mounted to the cap to protect the cap from puncture prior to installation on the opening apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 4, 1998
    Assignee: AKYSYS, Ltd.
    Inventors: Dennis M. Treu, Dilip H. Shah, Donald C. Walker, Kenneth E. Pawlak
  • 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: 5702019
    Abstract: A resealable assembly for a container such as a bottle or vial featuring a membrane for selectively opening or sealing a fluid path between the bottle and a medical delivery device introduced into the assembly. The assembly includes a body disposed on said bottle, and a luer connector hub which may be separately provided with the body or formed integrally therewith. The luer connector hub features a connector end open for access by the medical delivery device, and an opposed end which is disposed for fluid communication with the open top of the bottle. A membrane, preferably formed from an elastomeric material, is secured across both the opposed end of the luer connector hub and the open top of the bottle, and may be retained between the top surface of the bottle and the body. The membrane preferably includes a central area sealing the opposed end of the luer connector hub from the open top of the bottle, with one or more fluid openings defined on a portion of the membrane outside of the central area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 30, 1997
    Assignee: Becton Dickinson France S.A.
    Inventor: Jean Pierre Grimard
  • Patent number: 5615787
    Abstract: A condition indicating child-resistant closure having an inner cap captivated within an outer cap wherein the caps are freely rotatable relative to each other when the closure is in the child-resistant mode, and are interconnected to each other for removal from a container when the closure is in the non-child-resistant mode. An indicating post is connected to the top wall of the inner cap and is adapted to be contained wholly within a space between the inner and outer caps and therefore not visible when the closure is in the child-resistant mode, the post being extendable through the top wall of the outer cap and therefore visible when the closure is in the non-child-resistant mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 1, 1997
    Inventor: Glenn H. Morris, Sr.
  • Patent number: 5582309
    Abstract: A bottle closing cap is disclosed that is openable merely by a finger pressure on a domed top side of the cap, whereby it is possible to provoke an expansion of a depending, axially preslit cap skirt portion of the cap. The cap can resist overpressure in the bottle because the ends of the skirt segments are stabilized against overlapping, e.g. in that at each slit (6) they are shaped with respective counterphased edges (12,14). Hereby the caps will be mountable by a fully conventional equipment and, despite being easy to open, they will resist a considerable pressure in the bottles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 10, 1996
    Assignee: Ribi Invest ApS
    Inventor: Esben Bruhn
  • Patent number: 5273177
    Abstract: A press-to-open dispensing closure with a flexible arcual top surface(22) in convex orientation is provided which includes a flexible, aperture cover(26) having an arcuate hinging connection to the top surface. The hinging connection of the appeture cover articulates between a convexly arcuate closed condition and a concavely arcuate open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 28, 1993
    Inventor: Phillip J. Campbell
  • Patent number: 5261548
    Abstract: A closure for a container, including means for counting and indicating the number of times the closure has undergone a cycle of closing and opening the container, and further including means for incorporating the closure into means for resisting the opening of the container by a child.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1993
    Assignee: Senetics, Inc.
    Inventors: Allan Barker, Gage Garby
  • Patent number: 5229127
    Abstract: Quick miosis with 24 hour control of intraocular pressure of patients undergoing extracapsular cataract extraction surgery is achieved by applying to the eyes of the patient during surgery acetylcholine as a first miotic agent and carbachol as a second miotic agent. Acetylcholine provides quick miosis while carbachol enhances the miotic effect while providing post-surgery control of intraocular pressure. The two miotic agents can be dissolved in a common saline carrier. The two agents can be combined in a unit dosage package by disposing acetylcholine in powder form in a first compartment and a solution of carbachol in a second compartment. The combined miotic agent of the invention is especially useful when substances which raise IOP such as viscoelastic agents are used during ocular surgery and/or with sensitive patients who enter the surgery with elevated pressure such as those suffering from glaucoma.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1990
    Date of Patent: July 20, 1993
    Inventor: James W. McKinzie
  • Patent number: 5161706
    Abstract: A twist and push snap-on, child resistant cap and container has an inner cap seal which is easily snapped onto a neck of a container and an outer cap. The outer cap has a top and sidewalls and has a greater cross-sectional area than the inner cap, and receives and physically restrains the inner cap within the outer cap such that the inner cap may be moved upwardly and downwardly within it over specified distance. The outer cap includes a locking lug located on its inside wall adapted to snap over a circumferential bead located on the neck of the container. There is a stop located on the inside wall of the outer cap and is freely rotatable about the neck of the container except when in contact with stop(s) on the neck of the container at its level of rotation when the outer cap is on the container. A spring mechanism located between the inner and outer cap so as to bias downwardly the inner cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1992
    Assignee: Primary Delivery Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Jack Weinstein
  • Patent number: 5147059
    Abstract: A seal for a container having an outwardly directed annular rim. The seal includes a top panel with a central section and an annular lever section integrally joined to the central section by a living hinge. A side wall integrally depends from the outer periphery of the lever section and includes an inwardly directed concavity for receiving the rim edge. A continuous convexity below the concavity provides for a snap-mounting of the seal to the container rim and a vertical skirt below the convexity provides for a guide for mounting the seal. A fulcrum rib depends from the undersurface of the lever section and engages the container rim on a depression of the top panel at the hinge to swing the side wall away from the rim. Vent openings are provided through both the fulcrum rib and the convexity to maintain pressure release air flow as the seal is mounted and removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 1991
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1992
    Assignee: Dart Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Eskil H. Olsen, Stig Lillelund, Robert H. C. M. Daenen
  • Patent number: 5105965
    Abstract: A single finger-opening resilient safety closure cap for use by arthritic sufferers needing quick and easy access into medication receptacles. The cap has a top wall and rim which fully covers and is pressure fitted in the opening of the receptacle. A finger-receiving well is formed into the top wall which when engaged and pushed permits enough deformation to release the rim of the cap from the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 21, 1992
    Assignee: Boardman Molded Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Myron E. Ullman
  • Patent number: 4946061
    Abstract: An easy opening and reclosable top closure assembly for a container is provided. The assembly comprises a container top having a substantially circular aperture of a given diameter formed therein, a closure disc having a diameter greater than the given diameter of the aperture whereby the closure disc completely covers the bottom of the aperture when it is positioned in the closed position, a cover disc having a diameter at least as great as the given diameter of the aperture whereby the cover disc completely covers the top of the aperture when it is positioned in the closed position, and a narrow hinged post connecting the closure disc and the cover disc, said post being of such a length whereby the discs are tightly frictionally engaged against the container when opened and said post being sufficiently flexible that the cover disc can be rotated and inserted through the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 1989
    Date of Patent: August 7, 1990
    Assignee: Shell Oil Company
    Inventor: Douglas H. Hobbs
  • Patent number: 4838441
    Abstract: An improved child resistant closure for a container comprises a base fixedly securable to the container, the base having an orifice communicating with an opening defined by the neck of the container and a first engaging means, a cover having a second engaging means, one of the cover and the base having a deformable portion, such that the cover is moveable between a closed position wherein the cover obturates the orifice in the base and wherein the first and second engaging means are engaged for retaining the cover in the closed position, and an open position when the orifice is exposed for dispensing the contents from the container, the cover being moveable to the open position by deforming the deformable portion which serves to disengage the first and second engaging means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 1988
    Date of Patent: June 13, 1989
    Inventor: Milton P. Chernack
  • Patent number: 4723676
    Abstract: A sealed container is provided comprising a container body and a container closure. The container body comprises a main barrel-shaped body portion, a closed lower end and an open upper end, together with a generally peripherally extending ridge and an outwardly extending ear. The container closure comprises a generally circular top panel, a downwardly depending peripheral wall terminating in a curled lower end edge, and a generally outwardly extending mounting projection which is adapted to engage a mounting projection extending inwardly from the peripheral wall of the closure. The closure can be easily removed from, and positioned onto, the container body; and the opening and closing operations can be performed safely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 1986
    Date of Patent: February 9, 1988
    Assignee: Hokkai Can Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Nobunori Kobayashi, Kenji Imada
  • Patent number: 4586623
    Abstract: A container cap is disclosed. It has a cap body and a push button member vertically slidably fitted within the cap body. The cap body is integrally formed with a cylindrical wall for engagement with a neck portion of a container, and the push button is integrally provided with a plurality of leg pieces. A plurality of lever pieces are connected at one end thereof to the leg portions and at the other end to the cap body through hinge means, respectively. The intermediate portions of the lever pieces are abutted against a supporting point of the container, whereby the lever members are, upon downward movement of the push button, rotated around the supporting point to thereby push the cap body upward while releasing engagement between the neck portion and the cylindrical wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 1984
    Date of Patent: May 6, 1986
    Assignee: Yoshida Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshiharu Hatakeyama, Yosiro Kikuma
  • Patent number: 4535905
    Abstract: A safety closure of the type having a unitary construction with a closed top from which an interiorly threaded skirt depends and a container having an exteriorly threaded neck on which the closure is mounted in sealing relationship. The safety closure has at least one locking member formed integrally therewith which is movable under the action of actuating apparatus between a non-locking position and a locking position in which the locking members engage appropriate corresponding locking elements provided on the neck of the container. The actuating apparatus is constituted by the top of the closure which has a dish-like configuration formed such that the application of a sufficient finger pressure on the top will result in the movement of the locking members from the locking to the non-locking position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 1984
    Date of Patent: August 20, 1985
    Inventor: Jeffrey Sandhaus
  • Patent number: 4533058
    Abstract: A one-piece molded thermoplastic child-resistent dispensing closure in which the dispensing opening in the closure is sealed by the downwardly extending projection of a locking flap that is foldably attached to an edge of the closure, in which the top of the closure comprises a recess to receive the sealing flap when it is in its closing position and in which the portion of the recess which is adjacent the free end of the locking flap is deeper than the thickness of the locking flap so that the free end of the locking flap can be depressed within the recess to facilitate the opening of the closure. Certain embodiments are described in which the locking flap is provided with a downwardly depending tab which is received in a recess in the skirt of the closure when the locking flap is in the closed position and which is deflected outwardly from the recess by the depression of the locking flap into the recess in the top of the closure to further facilitate the opening of the closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 1984
    Date of Patent: August 6, 1985
    Assignee: Owens-Illinois, Inc.
    Inventor: Albert P. Uhlig
  • Patent number: 4479585
    Abstract: A safety closure of the type having a unitary construction with a closed top from which an interiorly threaded skirt depends and a container having an exteriorly threaded neck on which the closure is mounted in sealing relationship. The safety closure has at least one locking member formed integrally therewith which is movable under the action of actuating apparatus between a non-locking position and a locking position in which the locking members engage appropriate corresponding locking elements provided on the neck of the container. The actuating apparatus is constituted by the top of the closure which has a dish-like configuration formed such that the application of a sufficient finger pressure on the top will result in the movement of the locking members from the locking to the non-locking position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 1982
    Date of Patent: October 30, 1984
    Inventor: Jeffrey Sandhaus
  • Patent number: 4442945
    Abstract: A safety closure of the type having a unitary construction with a closed top from which an interiorly threaded skirt depends and a container having an exteriorly threaded neck on which the closure is mounted in sealing relationship. The safety closure has one or more locking members formed integrally therewith which are movable under the action of actuating apparatus between a non-locking position and a locking position in which the locking members engage appropriate corresponding locking elements provided on the neck of the container. The actuating apparatus is constituted by the top of the closure which has a dish-like configuration formed such that the application of a sufficient finger pressure on the top will result in the movement of the locking members from the locking to the non-locking position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 1982
    Date of Patent: April 17, 1984
    Inventor: Jeffrey Sandhaus
  • Patent number: 4423824
    Abstract: A closure device, which may serve as a bottle closure or as a sink plug, or may constitute a container such as for an air-freshener material, comprises a base and a lid, formed by a resiliently deformable disc, centrally resiliently mounted on a bridge spanning the base and capable of flexing reversibly between two stable dished conditions, respectively an externally convex closed form and an externally concave open form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 1982
    Date of Patent: January 3, 1984
    Assignee: Shell Internationale Research Maatschappij B.V.
    Inventor: John A. Varndell
  • Patent number: 4413742
    Abstract: A child-resistant closure member adapted to be threadedly fastened onto the neck of a container is formed of a deformable material and has a top and an integral peripheral skirt on the inwardly facing surface of which screw threads are formed to allow the closure member to be rotatably screwed onto the container neck. A locking member having a locking portion is integrally formed with the closure member so as to be movable between a first position wherein the locking portion extends into the interior space defined by the skirt and a second position wherein the locking portion is withdrawn from the interior space. In a preferred embodiment, the locking member is constituted by a segment of the peripheral skirt itself and a radial segment of the closure top which is integral with and forms a continuation of the peripheral skirt segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 1981
    Date of Patent: November 8, 1983
    Inventor: Jeffrey Sandhaus
  • Patent number: 4312695
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for removing a liner from a formed metal closure by at least partially everting the closure with an advancing punch adapted to temporarily couple the everted closure. By everting the closure, the liner becomes accessible to be retained within the closure support and is separated from the closure when the punch is retracted. A stripper is provided adjacent the punch to separate the everted metal portion of the closure from the punch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 1980
    Date of Patent: January 26, 1982
    Assignee: Aluminum Company of America
    Inventor: W. Coy Willis
  • Patent number: 4260067
    Abstract: The closure consists of inner and outer caps which are disposed concentrically about the mouth of a container. A flap or latch is cut into the side wall of the inner cap and the latch is biased such that its upper edge is normally disposed beneath a lip formed in the brim of the container to lock the inner cap about the mouth of the container. The outer cap is maintained concentrically about the inner cap by means of the lower edge of the latch which is accommodated in an annular groove formed in the inside wall of the outer cap. The caps may be removed from the container by first forcing the outer cap downwardly relative to the inner cap. As the outer cap moves downwardly the wall of its groove contacts the lower portion of the latch and causes the latch to pivot to a position at which its upper edge is no longer beneath the brim lip. Secondly the inner cap is grasped along with the outer cap and the two caps are removed together as a unit from the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 1979
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1981
    Inventor: Roman Andruchiw