Hand Or Finger Engageable Projection Patents (Class 215/305)
  • Patent number: 10384838
    Abstract: Disclosed is a metal bottle seal that is disposed on the curl of the metal bottle. The bottle seal may be held in place by crimping of the curl. In addition, adhesive may be used to hold the bottle seal on the curl. Adhesives can be used that fill discontinuities that may exist in the curl as a result of substantial drawing and ironing of the metal. Further, the metal bottle seal can be made of a material or laminated with a material that is soft enough to fill the discontinuities. The seal can be preformed as a continuous annulus for easy application to the top of the metal bottle. The metal bottle seal can also be used in conjunction with a cap seal to ensure an adequate and reliable seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: STOLLE MACHINERY COMPANY, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher J. Olson, Edmund Gillest
  • Patent number: 10285864
    Abstract: An auto-darkening eye protection apparatus such as a welding helmet includes an externally located combined push button and rotary switch coupled to lens control circuitry. A lens control setting display is configured on an internal portion of the apparatus and located in a field of view of a user when the lens is in a lowered operational position. The externally located combined push button and rotary switch is operable to select and adjust lens control parameters by a user wearing bulky hand protection such as welding gloves or welding mittens. The selection and adjustment level of the lens control parameters can be monitored on the display during the adjustment by a user while the lens is in the lowered operational position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Snap-on Incorporated
    Inventors: Michael T DeKeuster, Roxanne M Stowell
  • Patent number: 10112199
    Abstract: A closure for attachment to a container body of a sample container for use in a centrifuge includes a top wall, an annular skirt wall depending from the top wall and defining a maximum outer diameter, and a handle extending from the top wall and including a central boss and at least two finger grips extending radially outward from the central boss. A respective free terminal end of each of the finger grips is located so as not to extend beyond the maximum outer diameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Fiberlite Centrifuge, LLC
    Inventor: Sina Piramoon
  • Patent number: 10081475
    Abstract: An overcap for a roast and ground coffee container is disclosed. The overcap can include a gasket as an airtight seal between the overcap and the container that preserves a clicking sound upon closure by an end user and an outer portion that gives an end user a visual and touchable stimulus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: THE FOLGER COFFEE COMPANY
    Inventors: Gerard Laurent Buisson, Gene Michael Altonen
  • Patent number: 10065790
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system consisting of a cap for fastening on a foam can, or generally on a container, that contains a pressurized or pressurizable medium, as well as a tilting valve and a dispenser. The tilting valve comprises a sealing part that can be connected to the container and a valve nozzle interacting with the sealing part. The cap can be fastened on the container in the area of the tilting valve. The dispenser has a fastening area by means of which it can be fastened on the valve nozzle through a central opening of the cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Tremco Illbruck Productie B.V.
    Inventor: Goslin Van Herpen
  • Patent number: 9763853
    Abstract: A locking assembly for a closure system having a first vertical member configured to extend downward along a sidewall of a closure and including a first hook element and a second hook element. A second vertical member having a first hook element and a second hook element is configured to be connected to the first vertical member such that the second vertical member extends downward along an opposite side of the sidewall of the closure from the first vertical member. When the locking assembly is installed on the closure system in a locked position, the first and second vertical members are dimensioned and configured so that the first hook elements are disposed above opposing sides of a top surface of the closure and the second hook elements are disposed beneath opposing sides of the sidewall of the closure for preventing the closure from being removed from the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Tri State Distribution, Inc.
    Inventors: David A. Miceli, Joseph A. Miceli
  • Patent number: 9718574
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for manufacturing a covering structure for a cardboard package comprising a tubular body made up a cardboard material. The covering structure comprises a flat assembly of three materials: (1) a cellulosic material covered with a reactivatable barrier material over the face thereof oriented towards a safety membrane, making up a lid cardboard, (2) a laminating part arranged between said lid cardboard and the safety membrane, with a shape conjugated to the shape of the opening of the tubular body, made from paper, or paper whereof the face oriented towards said lid cardboard is coated with a material having barrier and sealing properties, and (3) a safety membrane, made up of a paper coated with at least one reactivatable barrier material on the surface thereof not oriented towards the laminating part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Inventor: Georges Sireix
  • Patent number: 9687850
    Abstract: A cap is provided for a laboratory vessel. The cap includes a lid that can be rotated relative to the laboratory vessel from a closed position to an open position. The lid includes at least one tab dimensioned and disposed for receiving manual digital pressure for opening and/or closing the lid. The tab is in an offset position to prevent a thumb or forefinger from passing over and in contact with the opening to the vessel. Additionally, the lid includes a shield inwardly from the tab for further preventing contact between a finger and the open top of the vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Corning Incorporated
    Inventor: David C. Giusti
  • Patent number: 9573735
    Abstract: A crown cap, configured based on a sheet with a circular body perimetrally presenting, after being adjusted to the rim of the mouth of a bottle, a plurality of folds. The sheet has an extension that extends from the circular body and a first transverse folding line to determine a folded arm with two sections, an upper, external section that extends from the circular body followed by a lower, internal section, located between the external or front section and the bottle. The extension also has a continuous cut on the external section that determines a flap with an inverted U-shaped surface, the continuous cut allowing the flap to bend out of a plane of the external section so that during removal of the cap from the bottle, a distal end of the flap engages an area where the extension extends from the circular body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: DESARROLLOS TAMARIT PLAZA SL
    Inventor: Ramon Tamarit Rios
  • Patent number: 9462904
    Abstract: A cleanable lid assembly is provided for a beverage container. The lid assembly has a lid housing having a drink aperture, and a seal assembly that is connected to the lid housing while movable between a first or operable position and a second or cleaning position. The seal assembly has a stopper that can open and close the drink aperture in the first position. The seal assembly is pivotally connected to the lid housing to transition to the cleaning position. A locking member extends transversely from the seal assembly to engage a stop on the lid housing and lock the seal assembly in the operable position. The locking member is moveable radially inward to disengage from the stop and to allow the seal assembly to transition from the first position to the cleaning position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: IGNITE USA, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Coon, Paul Hurley
  • Publication number: 20150034585
    Abstract: A cap is provided for a laboratory vessel. The cap includes a lid that can be rotated relative to the laboratory vessel from a closed position to an open position. The lid includes at least one tab dimensioned and disposed for receiving manual digital pressure for opening and/or closing the lid. The tab is in an offset position to prevent a thumb or forefinger from passing over and in contact with the opening to the vessel. Additionally, the lid includes a shield inwardly from the tab for further preventing contact between a finger and the open top of the vessel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventor: DAVID C. GIUSTI
  • Publication number: 20140332493
    Abstract: A screw lid (100; 400) for a food container (102; 402) is disclosed. The screw lid (100; 400) comprising a series of radially extending asymmetric protrusions (116; 416) arranged around a peripheral edge region (110; 410), wherein the asymmetric protrusions (116; 416) facilitate enhanced gripping when the lid (100; 400) is turned in an opening direction (106) as compared to the gripping facilitated when the lid (100; 400) is turned in a closing direction (104).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2013
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventor: Christopher Paul Ramsey
  • Patent number: 8875919
    Abstract: The present invention pertains to a stopper (1) for closing a dispensing opening (70) of a container (8). The stopper comprises a body element (2) for closing the dispensing opening, the body element having a top face (20) and a bottom face (22), the bottom face being directed towards the inside of the container; a moving element (3) which is situated at the top face (20) of the body element (2), wherein the moving element is movable relative to the body element from an initial position in which the moving element does not extend beyond the outer extension of the top face (20) in the plane of the top face of the body element, to an opening position in which the moving element is moved relative to the body element to extend at least partly beyond the outer extension of the top face (20) of the body element (2) in the plane of the body element, wherein the moving element provides, in the opening position, a gripping surface (32) for a user to remove the body element from the dispensing opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Clariant Production (France) SAS
    Inventors: Stephane Rault, Jacquy Lebon
  • Patent number: 8863968
    Abstract: A cap is provided for a laboratory vessel. The cap includes a lid that can be rotated relative to the laboratory vessel from a closed position to an open position. The lid includes at least one tab dimensioned and disposed for receiving manual digital pressure for opening and/or closing the lid. The tab is in an offset position to prevent a thumb or forefinger from passing over and in contact with the opening to the vessel. Additionally, the lid includes a shield inwardly from the tab for further preventing contact between a finger and the open top of the vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Corning Incorporated
    Inventor: David C. Giusti
  • Patent number: 8844762
    Abstract: A lid assembly for a beverage container having a lid housing, a seal assembly and a trigger member. The seal assembly has a drink seal to close the drink aperture. The seal assembly is rotatedly connected to the lid housing and movable between a use position and a cleaning position to allow the drink aperture to be open for cleaning. The trigger member is connected to the lid housing and is capable of engaging the seal assembly in the use position, but it cannot engage the seal assembly in the cleaning position. Additionally, a trigger lock is connected to the lid housing to prevent engagement of the seal assembly by the trigger member when the trigger lock is locked. The trigger lock may also contain a visual indicator to indicate that the lock is in the locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Ignite USA, LLC
    Inventors: Joe Y. Chiou, David Joseph, Paul Hurley
  • Patent number: 8746499
    Abstract: In a container for solid, paste-like or flowable products, particularly food products, comprising a lower container part for containing the products and a container top part for closing the container, wherein the container bottom part has a rim which extends around the container bottom part opening, the container top part has a collar element which extends around the rim of the container bottom part and an essentially flat areal cover element connected to the collar element and releasably connected to the rim of the container bottom part when, after filling of the container bottom part with a product, the container is closed by the container top part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Arta Plast AB
    Inventor: Henning Steg
  • Patent number: 8727176
    Abstract: A lid assembly for a beverage container having a lid housing, a seal assembly and a trigger member. The seal assembly has one or more drink seals that engage a corresponding one or more drink apertures to close the drink apertures. The seal assembly is rotatedly connected to the lid housing and movable between a use position and a cleaning position for cleaning. The trigger member is connected to the lid housing and is capable of engaging the seal assembly in the use position, but not in the cleaning position. The trigger member is connected to the seal assembly such that the vent aperture is opened during a first portion of the operation of the trigger, and the drink apertures are opened during a second portion of the operation of the trigger so that the vent aperture is opened before the drink apertures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Ignite USA, LLC
    Inventors: Sami M. El-Saden, Daniel M. Wodka, Joe Y. Chiou
  • Patent number: 8695821
    Abstract: A plastic closure formed from polymeric materials in accordance with the present invention is configured for enhanced performance, including enhanced strength and impact resistance. In one aspect of the present invention, the closure includes a top wall portion, and an annular, depending skirt portion which defines a plurality of circumferentially spaced, axial columns. Notably, in accordance with the illustrated embodiment, each of these axial columns is provided by a group of gripping knurls provided on the exterior of the skirt portion, with each group of the gripping knurls having relatively shallow valleys between adjacent ones of the knurls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Closure Systems International Inc.
    Inventor: Navaneeth Bashyam
  • Patent number: 8689989
    Abstract: A drink bottle with a removable lid includes an inner lid attached to the mouth of the bottle and an outer lid pivotably mounted on the inner lid. A drink spout extends from the inner lid. The outer lid may be locked into a closed position covering the drink spout. A push button on the inner lid can be operated to release the locked outer lid, permitting the outer lid to open to permit drinking from the drink spout. The push button moves a lid slide that extends opposite to the hinge and contains an extension that engages with a notch in the upper lid to hold the upper lid closed. On actuating the push button, the lid slide is pulled toward the push button and the extension at the other end of the lid slide moves out of engagement of the outer lid, thereby opening the outer lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Thermos L.L.C.
    Inventor: Marvin Lane
  • Patent number: 8672158
    Abstract: A closure including a top panel and a transition section extending from a peripheral edge of the top panel is provided. The closure includes a skirt extending from a peripheral edge of the transition section such that the skirt extends away from the top panel. The skirt includes a plurality of projections extending outwardly and away from an outer surface of the transition section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Silgan White Cap LLC
    Inventors: James M. Taber, Darren R. Neputy
  • Patent number: 8668098
    Abstract: A polymer lid for capping the mouth of a PET bottle having a neck with a male thread, the lid comprising a threaded female cylindrical section for engaging the male thread of the neck; an outer surface comprising an arcuate skirt consisting of at least three quarters (270°) of a torroidal cylindrical section around the female cylindrical section; and further consisting of a protrusion having first and second surfaces than meet at an apex whose maximum extension protrudes between 1 mm and 5 mm from the inner cylindrical female surface; the protrusion for engagement by a thumb of a person attempting to open the bottle, enabling increased torque in a counter-clockwise direction for removal of the lid from a PET bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Sabi, Inc.
    Inventor: Assaf Wand
  • Patent number: 8646635
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a closure for a container. In one of the embodiments provided herein, the closure is provided with a roof portion, a shoulder portion that merges with the roof portion, and a skirt portion depending from the shoulder portion. Provided on the shoulder portion are recessed regions and full-depth regions. The recessed regions and full-depth regions alternate around the shoulder portion and are provided for improving a number of manufacturing, costs, and structural factors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Portola Packaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerry Mavin, Tim Stephenson
  • Patent number: 8622229
    Abstract: A drink bottle with a removable lid includes an inner lid attached to the mouth of the bottle and an outer lid pivotably mounted to said inner lid. A drink spout extends from the inner lid. The outer lid may be latched into a closed position covering the drink spout. A push button can be selectively actuated to release the latched outer lid, permitting the outer lid to open to access the drink spout. The push button moves a lid slide containing a catch extension that engages a catch notch in the outer lid to latch the outer lid closed. Actuating the push button moves the catch extension out of engagement with the catch notch, thereby opening the outer lid. A push button lock selectively prevents the push button from being depressed and the lid slide from being actuated, thereby locking the outer lid in a latched and closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Thermos, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Marvin Lane
  • 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: 8490804
    Abstract: A tamper-evident closure may include a base, a lid, and a tamper-evident member. The tamper-evident member may be irreversibly moveable between a first position in which part of the member is visible prior to initial opening of the closure and a second position in which the part is masked by the lid so as to be partly hidden from view. Upon initial opening of the closure, the tamper-evident member may be moved from the first position to the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Obrist Closures Switzerland GmbH
    Inventors: Claude Benoit-Gonin, Philippe Bardet
  • Patent number: 8479937
    Abstract: A bottle opener for a closure cap for a bottle neck, includes a hood equipped with a first hook including a contact surface with a lower surface of the closure cap, and a transmission lever hinged onto the hood and provided with a gripping section and a working section able to come to bear against an upper surface of the closure cap. It is also provided with two other hooks which include a contact surface with the lower surface and which are offset in the circumferential direction on both sides of the position diametrically opposite the first hook, by an angle of less than 90°, typically ranging between 40° and 80°, and preferably ranging between 40° and 50°.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: EOS
    Inventors: Jacques Barange, Jerome Collard, Christian Gonzalez, Laurent Hainon, Nicolas Leduc, Philippe Christophe
  • Patent number: 8420189
    Abstract: The sealing cover (1) comprises a planar support (3), on which a number of sealing elements (4) are arranged, each of which is provided for the sealing of a sample container (2). The planar support (3) and the sealing elements (4) are produced from different materials in the same injection molding tool (21) by means of two-component injection molding. The planar support (3) is detachably connected to the sealing elements (4) by means of adhesion. The planar support (3) and the sealing elements (4) are preferably made from related plastics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Weidmann Plastics Technology AG
    Inventors: Heinz Buttgen, Heidi Owegeser, Tilo Callenbach
  • Patent number: 8413832
    Abstract: A tamper-evident closure (40) is provided for a container. In one particular embodiment, the closure (40) has a body (42) and a hinged lid (44), and has the following additional features as next described. A tamper-indicating tab (120) is connected to the lid (44) by a frangible junction (130). A pressing member (150) is connected to the closure body (42) for movement from an initial unactuated configuration and to an inwardly deformed, actuated configuration. A post (170) is provided on either the pressing member (150) or tab (120), and a slot (140) is defined in the other of the pressing member (150) and tab (120), wherein the slot (140) non-releasably receives the post (170) when the lid (44) is first closed. The closure body (42) also has an inwardly located retention wall (160) defining an aperture (164).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: AptarGroup, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy M. Mazurkiewicz, Charles E. Roberts, Kelly A. Smith, Albert D. Bailey, Jr., John Wisniewski
  • Publication number: 20130082023
    Abstract: A polymer lid for capping the mouth of a PET bottle having a neck with a male thread, the lid comprising a threaded female cylindrical section for engaging the male thread of the neck; an outer surface comprising an arcuate skirt consisting of at least three quarters (270°) of a torroidal cylindrical section around the female cylindrical section; and further consisting of a protrusion having first and second surfaces than meet at an apex whose maximum extension protrudes between 1 mm and 5 mm from the inner cylindrical female surface; the protrusion for engagement by a thumb of a person attempting to open the bottle, enabling increased torque in a counter-clockwise direction for removal of the lid from a PET bottle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2011
    Publication date: April 4, 2013
    Applicant: Sabi Inc.
    Inventor: Assaf Wand
  • Patent number: 8397959
    Abstract: A packaging container formed by a container body has a connector with a thread. The connector has a predetermined breaking point where a tear-off part may be torn off. The tear-off part has a handle and may be torn off without a tool. The container body is fitted with an application nozzle which, when not in use, is positioned on the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Fischbach KG Kunststoff-Technik
    Inventor: Achim Helmenstein
  • Patent number: 8286813
    Abstract: A device to be detachably mounted on the neck of a bottle in replacement of the bottle's screw cap, and which as mounted provides a reversible closure function by which a flow communication to the interior of the bottle is shifted between open and closing modes, the device including a mounting part (1; 1?; 1?) having an internal thread which engages an external thread formed on the bottle's neck, and a handle (7; 7?; 7?) which is journalled in the mounting part for rotation. The handle carries a head (9; 9?; 9?) which in result of rotation of the handle upwards/outwards from the bottle in a vertical plane provides access to the mouth of a canal (15; 15?; 15?) running through the mounting part, and which head further includes a seal (17; 17?; 36) which, in result of rotation of the handle downwards/inwards towards the bottle, is positioned for closing the canal through the mounting part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Inventor: Tore Eklund
  • Patent number: 8240492
    Abstract: A snap closure for a container includes an annular snap bead in a skirt portion. A top portion extends upwardly from the skirt portion, the top portion having horizontal slits. When the snap closure is engaged with a container, the snap beads snap onto a mating locking ring of the container. An upwards force is applied to the snap closure to disengage the closure from the container. The horizontal slits enable the top portion to flex axially to provide additional rotational leverage for disengaging the snap beads from the annular locking ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: RFR Design LLC
    Inventor: Robert J. Mileti
  • Patent number: 8235233
    Abstract: A container for over-the-counter drugs or the like that includes a cylindrical plastic bottle with a closure. The closure including a cap and a ring that mates with the mouth of the bottle. The cap ring has a tongue that mates with a capture structure on the cap in a child resistant configuration. The tongue being lockable by a pad lock to block access by unwanted adults and teenagers. The tongue having a senior friendly configuration also.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Inventor: Harold T. Pehr
  • Patent number: 8231020
    Abstract: A closure including a top panel and a transition section extending from a peripheral edge of the top panel is provided. The closure includes a skirt extending from a peripheral edge of the transition section such that the skirt extends away from the top panel. The skirt includes a plurality of projections extending outwardly and away from an outer surface of the transition section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Silgan White Cap LLC
    Inventors: James M. Taber, Darren R. Neputy
  • Patent number: 8172101
    Abstract: A cap is provided for a laboratory vessel. The cap includes a lid that can be rotated relative to the laboratory vessel from a closed position to an open position. The lid includes at least one tab dimensioned and disposed for receiving manual digital pressure for opening and/or closing the lid. The tab is in an offset position to prevent a thumb or forefinger from passing over and in contact with the opening to the vessel. Additionally, the lid includes a shield inwardly from the tab for further preventing contact between a finger and the open top of the vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventor: David C. Giusti
  • Patent number: 8100277
    Abstract: A peelable seal having one or more layers for sealing containers by heat sealing may include a stiffening structure, a foil portion, and a sealant structure. The stiffening structure of the seal includes an outer periphery or overhanging portion which extends beyond the rim of a neck of a container thereby allowing the peelable seal to be loosened from the container by flicking the overhanging portion of the peelable seal with a portion of the hand and without the need to pinch the seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignees: Rexam Closures and Containers Inc., Momar Industries, LLC
    Inventors: Randall G. Bush, William J. Shankland, Louis J. Marsella
  • Patent number: 8066141
    Abstract: A sealed package for pourable food products includes a removable portion and a closable opening device. The opening device has a frame defining a pour opening and fixed to the package about the removable portion, and a cap fitted to the frame to close the pour opening and movable to free the pour opening. A pull-off opening device is housed in the frame and has a rigid plane integral with the removable portion and extractable from the frame, by pulling action, together with part of the removable portion. A pull tab of sheet material is interposed between the removable portion and the plate and attached to both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: Tetra Laval Holdings & Finance SA
    Inventors: Cristiano Casale, Sara De Simoni
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20110220607
    Abstract: A plastic bottle closure, which is screwed onto an opening of a plastic bottle, has an outer form in which an outer circumferential portion fits in a hole of a standardized dodecagonal socket wrench. The outer circumferential portion of the plastic bottle closure includes a concavo-convex portion including a plurality of convex portions and a plurality of concave portions. The concavo-convex portion fits in a convexo-concave portion of the hole of the standardized dodecagonal socket wrench.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2011
    Publication date: September 15, 2011
    Inventor: Chuichiro MUKUNOKI
  • 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
  • Patent number: 7988007
    Abstract: A unitary threaded closing cap for a closure includes a body having a sidewall and a top panel and at least one bail handle unitarily joined to the top panel wherein the at least one bail handle is arranged in three sections, including an intermediate section and opposing end sections, the intermediate section including a shaped portion that extends above the top panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: Rieke Corporation
    Inventors: Gary M. Baughman, Lynn A. Brooks
  • 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: 7938282
    Abstract: A closure for a container having a top portion having a centered region; and a plurality of slots radially arrayed about the top section, each slot being sized to receive a finger tip of a human hand interspaced about the top portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Assignee: Berlin Packaging, LLC
    Inventors: Liam Hawry, Scott Jost, Ralph Guy Considine
  • Patent number: 7891511
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a closure for a container. In one of the embodiments provided herein, the closure is provided with a roof portion, a shoulder portion that merges with the roof portion, and a skirt portion depending from the shoulder portion. Provided on the shoulder portion are recessed regions and full-depth regions. The recessed regions and full-depth regions alternate around the shoulder portion and are provided for improving a number of manufacturing, costs, and structural factors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: Portola Packaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerry Mavin, Tim Stephenson
  • 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: 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
  • Publication number: 20100308006
    Abstract: A closure for closing over the opening of a bottle comprises a body attachable to the bottle and at least one projection that projects out from the body. An in-use underside surface of the projection has an ergonomic curvature whereby a user's finger F can be closely received against the underside surface in use. A plurality of discrete apertures extend through the one or more projections and are located around the closure. Alternatively, the one or more projections with optional discrete apertures are located to projects out from the bottle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2008
    Publication date: December 9, 2010
    Inventor: Richard Walker-Smith
  • Publication number: 20100294739
    Abstract: A multi-compartment container cap comprising a hollow tubular body having a dividing wall forming a proximal compartment located at a proximal end of the hollow tubular body and a distal compartment located at the distal end of the hollow tubular body. The proximal end of the hollow tubular body is adapted to be releasably attached to a container body while the distal compartment comprises a separate compartment for the storage and dispensing of a composition which can be selected to be complementary to any composition store within the container cap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2009
    Publication date: November 25, 2010
    Inventors: Samuel James Morris, III, Lawrence Andrew Schumacher
  • Patent number: 7802690
    Abstract: A closure includes a ribbed design wherein the ribs improve the ability to manually manipulate the closure and produce a distinctive aesthetic appearance. The new design allows improved manufacturing ability while reducing closure cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2010
    Assignee: Portola Packaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard D. Lohrman, Mike Xiaoli Ma
  • Patent number: 7798356
    Abstract: A cylindrical case receives a stick in a reciprocating manner so through an opening of the case. A cap is arranged to engage with the opening of the case. Engagement release of the cap is carried out by rotating an operating member. The operating member includes a peripheral member and an operating force imparting portion continuous with the peripheral member mounted on an upper portion of the case. When the operating force imparting portion is pressed downward, force apply points opposite to the operating force imparting portion impart a push-up force to the cap thereby releasing the cap from the engagement with the case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: Kokuyo S&T Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Shogo Kobayashi, Hideto Shima