With Separate Inlet And Outlet Passages Patents (Class 215/309)
  • Patent number: 11242183
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes speech or sound-emulating bottle cap apparatuses and systems and methods for manufacture thereof. It will be understood that a bottle cap prohibits gases from escaping a pressurized bottle. Ordinarily, when the cap is removed from the bottle, the escaping gas will emit a sound, but the sound carries no discernable meaning, cognizable message or recognizable sound (aside from gas simply escaping a pressurized container). Embodiments described herein harness gas escaping from a bottle (when the cap is removed) to generate a discernable meaning, cognizable message or otherwise recognizable sound. The sound-chamber may be wrapped or twisted into a coil or helix shape (in addition or as an alternative to miniaturizing it). A coil or helix shape permits recovery of the original sound quality of the initially modeled sound-chamber, resulting in “a sound-emitting cap-chamber” removably or permanently coupled to a bottle cap or bottle as described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: Twist 'N' Shout
    Inventor: Malcolm Wallace Hatton
  • Patent number: 10968094
    Abstract: The current invention teaches a universal manifold for delivering chemical liquids to a storage container. The universal manifold contains a universal mating system that enables a single manifold to attach to a number of variously sized storage containers that include a number of variously sized fill apertures. This enables the use of the same universal manifold for the delivery and collection of liquid chemical to the storage container at different times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: COLE-PARMER INSTRUMENT COMPANY LLC
    Inventors: Justus Kessler, Jason Touhy
  • Patent number: 10822145
    Abstract: A stopper has a head part and a stopper part. The stopper part extends from the head part to a lower end and has flanges, between the head part and the lower end, that have different diameters that increase from the head part to the lower end of the stopper part. A container has a mouth and neck and shoulder inner surfaces. The stopper part is inserted into the container through the mouth, the head part remains outside the mouth, at least one of the flanges proximate neck sealingly engages the neck inner surface, and at least one of the flanges proximate to the shoulder sealing engages the shoulder inner surface. A fluid tube is retained by the stopper. The fluid tube extends from an inlet within the container outwardly through the mouth to an outlet outside the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Inventor: Joseph C. Haldiman
  • Patent number: 10631675
    Abstract: A combination lid and straw for covering a drinking container has a lid, a straw having an interlocking portion, and at least one venting slot. The lid has a lid perimeter adapted to be attached to the drinking container, and a straw aperture having an inner surface. The interlocking portion of the straw is shaped to interlock with the straw aperture to resist movement of the straw relative to the lid. The venting slots are formed between the inner surface of the straw aperture of the lid, and the outer surface of the straw. Each of the venting slots has a diameter that is large enough to allow air to vent into the container, but small enough to restrict liquid from leaking from the container. The drinking straw has a proximal and distal end. One or both ends may be shaped to prevent a water droplet from leaking from the drinking straw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Ingeniri, LLC
    Inventors: Sky Ellsworth, Daniel Massie, Claire Massie, Satish Yalamanchili
  • Patent number: 10512347
    Abstract: A dual-dispensing lid includes a pour orifice, a pour spout corresponding with the pour orifice, and a pour cap selectively detachable from direct contact with the pour spout. The pour cap seals the pour spout from fluid exiting the fluid container through the pour spout. The lid also includes a sip orifice and an elongated and resilient sip spout inserted through the sip orifice. A sip cap is selectively releasable from compression against the sip spout and selectively compressible against the sip spout in a manner that seals the sip spout from fluid exiting the fluid container through the sip spout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Zak Designs, Inc.
    Inventors: Seth Shepard, Andrew Gillespie
  • Patent number: 10392166
    Abstract: A squirt dispensing closure (10) for liquid drink flavor concentrate includes a closure body (12), a hinged cap (14), and a flow baffle (18). The closure body has a closure deck (20) and a tubular dispensing spout (22) having a lower portion (26) extending downwardly to provide a flow conduit (28) from the interior of the closure body. The flow baffle (18) includes a bottom wall (40), and a side wall (42) which is snap mounted over the lower portion of the dispensing spout (22). A fluid well (50) is formed in the bottom wall (40) and a fluid opening (52) is formed on a peripheral edge of the bottom wall. An arcuate baffling wall (54) extends upwardly from the bottom wall (40) adjacent the fluid opening (52), forming a restricted flow gap (56) from the fluid opening into an interior of the flow baffle (18). A baffling post (58) extends upwardly from within the fluid well 50) into the flow conduit (28) to form a restricted annular flow passage (60) therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Silgan Dispensing Systems Slatersville LLC
    Inventors: Clifford W. Skillin, Patrick J. Brannon, Sergey Romanov, Gordana K. Giguere, Vincent J. DeSanto
  • Patent number: 10294012
    Abstract: A fluid dispenser includes a bottle having an opening, a fluid dispensing tube inside the bottle, an inner cap having a top surface having first and second openings separated from each other, a lower cylindrical post extending from the top surface and being coupleable to the opening of the bottle, and an upper cylindrical post extending from the top surface and in an opposite direction relative to the lower cylindrical post; and a cap connector detachably coupled to the upper cylindrical post, the cap connector expanding and contracting between an expansion position and a contraction position and providing an extension path of the fluid dispensing tube in the bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Beoung-Hun Mo
  • Patent number: 10286122
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods of the present disclosure assist with management of tubes and hoses during surgical procedures. The systems, devices, and methods provide for the proper opening and closing of tubes to facilitate performance of steps in a surgical procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: LifeCell Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher Locke, James Seddon, Benjamin A. Pratt, Evan Friedman, Aaron Barere
  • Patent number: 10252838
    Abstract: A drinking bottle assembly includes a lid assembly with a lid housing having a top wall, a flap rotatably coupled to the top wall, and a gasket secured to the flap. A drink opening extends through the top wall. A rim extends above the top wall. At least one notch is located in an inner surface of the rim. The flap includes a flexible portion or extension and at least one locking lug projecting from the flexible portion. The locking lug engages the at least one notch in a closed position. The flap is rotatable from the closed position to a fully open position. The gasket is configured to seal the drink opening in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Takeya USA Corporation
    Inventor: Yukio Ban
  • Patent number: 10188583
    Abstract: A container closure is provided for use in dispensing fluids from a container, and includes a base constructed and arranged for being attached to a mouth of the container, a first port disposed on the base and in fluid communication with the mouth, a second port disposed on the base in fluid communication with the mouth, and the first and second ports being visually differentiated from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignees: BAXTER INTERNATIONAL INC., BAXTER HEALTHCARE S.A.
    Inventors: Yuangpang Samuel Ding, Steven C. Jepson
  • Patent number: 10064984
    Abstract: A system is illustratively described herein that generally comprises a vacuum chamber, an ambient pressure chamber, a valve configured for unidirectional flow from the vacuum chamber to the ambient pressure chamber during a charging stroke, and a liquid filter configured to retain liquid in the pump. In some embodiments, the liquid filter is configured to retain liquid in the vacuum chamber during the charging stroke. In other embodiments, it may be configured to retain liquid in the ambient pressure chamber during an operating stroke. In more particular embodiments, a piston may be disposed between the vacuum chamber and the ambient pressure chamber, a passage may fluidly couple the vacuum chamber and the ambient pressure chamber, and the valve can be configured to control fluid flow through the passage. Additionally, a lumen may couple the vacuum chamber to a dressing to deliver negative pressure to the dressing in some illustrative embodiments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: KCI Licensing, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Brian Locke, Richard Daniel John Coulthard, Timothy Mark Robinson
  • Patent number: 9850047
    Abstract: An airtight container, comprises a container body, a lid member covering the container body, a sieve disposed on the container body and facing the lid member, and a seal control member movable disposed in a channel of the lid member, operable sealing an opening on the channel of the lid member. Wherein the opening is uncovered when pressing the control member, and covering the lid member on the container body such that forming the negative air pressure in the container after releasing the button.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Inventors: Jui-Te Wang, Jordan S. Tarlow
  • Patent number: 9828147
    Abstract: A decanter stopper having a hollow, main cylinder body. A protuberance in the form of a notched H-shaped insert extends from the proximal end of the main cylinder body. Curved side walls are disposed at each opposing end of the H-shaped insert. Two channels are formed in the insert between the curved side walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Inventor: Joaquin Escudero Prior
  • Patent number: 9708108
    Abstract: A portable beverage container includes a base adapted to contain a liquid and a lid assembly that is removably coupled to the base. The lid assembly is reconfigurable between an open position, whereby a user can drink the liquid from the base at any portion along the circumference of the top of the lid assembly, and a closed position, whereby the liquid is substantially prevented from exiting the base, such that the lid assembly prevents accidental spilling or splashing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: RUBBERMAID INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Michael Gregory, Robert C Coon
  • Patent number: 9676370
    Abstract: A washer fluid a vehicle comprises a motor and pump assembly and a holster assembly configured to receive a washer bottle. The holster assembly includes a cage configured to receive a washer bottle, a handle to secure the washer bottle within the holster assembly, a locking device to secure a handle of the washer bottle in place, and a bayonet to pierce a foil cap of the washer bottle when the washer bottle is received within the cage portion of the holster assembly. Once the washer bottle is secured within the holster assembly the motor and pump assembly are in fluid communication with the bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel Jerome Gunnels
  • Patent number: 9624015
    Abstract: A system includes a cap having an opening, and a septum configured to engage with the cap. The septum includes a first portion having a first width, and a second portion having a second width smaller than the first width. The second portion is sized and shaped to be received by the opening of the cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: SAINT-GOBAIN PERFORMANCE PLASTICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Scott Richard Johnson, Daniel Salvatore Montuori
  • Patent number: 9586802
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide corks and cork systems that find particular use in connection with wireless spouts used for monitoring the amount of liquid poured from liquid containers. It is desirable to be able to use a wireless spout with various differently-sized bottle. Accordingly, the cork features provided can ease removal and replacement of the wireless spouts onto and off of variously sized bottles, and allow the same spout to be re-used with a differently sized bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Automatic Bar Controls, Inc.
    Inventors: James M. Tuyls, Dennis J. Honrine, Thomas R. Hecht
  • Patent number: 9511176
    Abstract: A homecare suction device includes a main body having a housing. An air pump is mounted in the housing and in communication with an air outlet and an air inlet of the housing. A breast pump includes a cover mounted to an opening of a container for receiving a liquid. The cover includes a liquid sucking unit and an air sucking unit. The liquid sucking unit includes a liquid passage and a cup for contacting with an object. The air sucking unit includes an air passage and a connection port in communication with the air inlet of the main body. A funnel is mounted in the cover and in communication with the liquid passage, the air passage, and the interior of the container. The cover further includes a vent communicating the interior of the container with the outside. The air inlet is connected to the connection port by a hose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Inventor: Wen Ching Lee
  • Patent number: 9376305
    Abstract: Fluid transfer interfaces for transferring fluid into or out of vessels, namely flexible polymeric bags. The fluid transfer interfaces have a body for use in connection with a vessel, or combined therewith, one or more apertures extending through the body, and one or more fluid transfer conduits secured to the body by way of a cast seal and extending continuously and axially through the one or more apertures. Also disclosed is a vessel closure having one or more fluid transfer conduits extending through the closure, the fluid transfer conduits affixed to the closure by a cast seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Allpure Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael A Zumbrum
  • Patent number: 9370791
    Abstract: A vacuum pump accommodates a drip-proof dispenser so that the vacuum pump encapsulates and houses the dispenser. The same vacuum pump functions as cap to keep the vacuum pump and the dispenser on a bottle. The vacuum pump further incorporates a de-vacuuming feature, a damper feature, and anti-pinching feature while implementing a one-way valve as part of the vacuum pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Inventor: Trong D Nguyen
  • Patent number: 9334090
    Abstract: A liquid dispensing lid includes a lid body having an upper lower surface and a peripheral edge, and is sized so as to releasably cooperate with a fluid dispensing vessel having an internal cavity, and the lid body further defines a drinking aperture and a vent aperture; an elongated fluid dispensing member is mounted on the upper surface of the lid body; and an elastomeric valve member is releasably borne by the elongated fluid dispensing member, and which further is operable to move the elongated fluid dispensing member along a predetermined path of travel between a first and a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: ZAK DESIGNS, INC.
    Inventors: Wade Maple, Jeff Steininger
  • Patent number: 9333527
    Abstract: A nozzle that includes a connecting section, a main hollow elongated and conical body, a bell shaped section and an injection bottom is described. The design of the connecting section allows it to be connected to injections machines or to a sealant containing cartridges. The injection button is non-permanently connected to the bell shaped section and it has a circular central protrusion, a series of radially oriented channels ending in circularly positioned openings, which facilitates the direction of the expelled sealant. Alternatively, the button may also include lateral grooves at the walls of the central circular protrusion. The particular design of the injection button allows an efficient and highly accuracy distribution of the sealant on the surfaces and selected parts of machines and artifacts wherein the sealant is applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Inventor: Miguel Jurado Blazquez
  • Patent number: 9193506
    Abstract: A hair color delivery system includes a flexible bottle, a dispensing cap having a tapered nozzle, an asymmetric bi-directional valve assembly, and a dispensing tube. The valve assembly comprises a platform, and a pair of valves, comprising tapered extensions through which fluid may be expelled from the bottle and ambient air may enter the bottle. The valves are offset from each other so that they are not co-axial or rotationally symmetric. The delivery system enables a method of substantially continuous delivery of a fluid chemical, yielding a hair treatment that it is easy and safe to use in which the tapered nozzle stays fully charged with product as air can be admitted to a dispensing bottle through a different valve than that used for dispensing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Inventors: Kathryn Madison, Monte Cook
  • Patent number: 9179934
    Abstract: A surgical port includes a port body having a lumen extending therethrough and a plate having an opening. The port body may be made from foam. The port is configured such that rotation of the plate with respect to the port body aligns the opening and lumen defining a passage therethrough for the insertion of surgical instruments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Joshua Stopek
  • Patent number: 9010568
    Abstract: An improved no-spill cup construction and valve assembly. When not in use, an opening in the flexible material rests against a blocking element, sealing off the opening against the flow of liquid. The closed position provides an extremely secure seal against fluid leakage, such that inadvertent spills, such as by turning the cup upside down, are ineffective. The act of sucking at the cup spout creates negative pressure or a partial vacuum against the flexible material, lifting the opening off of the blocking element, and unblocking that opening. When the opening is unblocked, liquid can flow freely through the valve and spout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Admar International, Inc.
    Inventor: Nouri E. Hakim
  • Patent number: 8985360
    Abstract: A cap for a drain hose and a plurality of bottles with different opening sizes is provided. The cap includes a main body and an extension body. The main body includes a main sleeve, a sleeve for drain hose and a leakage-proof part, wherein the main sleeve is for engaging with a first bottle, the sleeve for drain hose is for engaging with the drain hose, and the leakage-proof part is for closely sealing the opening of the first bottle. The extension body is formed integrally with the main body and extends outwardly from the main body, the extension body including an extension sleeve for engaging with a second bottle, the opening size of the second bottle being larger than the opening size of the first bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Inventor: Yen-An Chen
  • Patent number: 8985359
    Abstract: A cap for use in a neck of a laboratory vessel, such as a roller bottle, is disclosed. In embodiments, the cap is assembled from two parts, an annular skirted cap body and a cap insert. In embodiments the cap insert has integral connectors for attaching tubing, vents, filters, or the like. In embodiments, the cap insert fits into the annular skirted cap body through a rotatable fitting. In embodiments, when the cap is assembled, the top portion of the cap, having integral connectors, is rotatably fitted to the annular side wall of the cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Corning Incorporated
    Inventors: Adam J Bear, Gail H Pentheny, Paul Kevin Seeto
  • Patent number: 8967406
    Abstract: A drinking attachment assembly allows a user to drink a carbonated beverage more quickly by reintroducing air into a beverage bottle to remove the vacuum from the bottle. The assembly includes a tube having an open upper end and an open lower end. The lower end is configured for positioning within a beverage bottle filled with a carbonated fluid. The upper end is configured for being spaced from the fluid wherein the upper end is in fluid communication with ambient space surrounding the upper end such that air is transferred into the beverage bottle through the upper end. A coupler is attached to the tube. The coupler is configured to releasably couple the tube to a neck of the beverage bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventors: Jacob A. Cool, Adrian Currie, Amanda Currie
  • Patent number: 8967412
    Abstract: A drinking cup that has a lid with a receiving portion is provided. The receiving portion may have a flow control engagement surface. A flow control element that may be configured for releasable attachment with the lid may be included and can have an attachment portion. The attachment portion may have a lid engagement surface. When the flow control element and the lid are attached, the flow control engagement surface engages the lid engagement surface. At least one of the flow control engagement surface and the lid engagement surface may have a concave shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventor: James A Loging
  • Publication number: 20150014363
    Abstract: Air-vented liquid dispensers are disclosed herein, including refill units for use in connection with such dispensers. A cap is attached to the rigid container. A manifold of the refill unit is secured to the neck portion, and includes an air passage for air to enter into the container and a liquid passage for liquid to exit the container. In some embodiments, one of the cap and the container comprises a protrusion, and the other of the cap and the container comprises a seat for the protrusion, such that an interface between the protrusion and the seat forms an air vent pathway for the refill unit. In other embodiments, one of the cap and the container comprises a flexible and resilient valve member which in a rest position extends to contact the other of the cap and the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Applicant: GOJO INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Shelby Jay Buell, Kaitlin Anne Wolf
  • Patent number: 8919608
    Abstract: A container for dispensing a two-component liquid comprises an outer resilient container for containing one component with a neck defining an opening and an inner tubular container. The inner container contains a piston slidably received within it. A closure member extends over the entire area of the inner container and closes its lower end. The piston and the inner container define a reservoir for containing a second component. The neck carries a closure cap which affords a liquid dispensing opening. A first non-return valve communicates with the liquid dispensing opening and with the interior of the inner container. An airflow path extends through the closure cap and the piston and includes a second non-return valve. The first non-return valve is arranged to permit liquid to flow from the inner container to the liquid dispensing opening and the second non-return valve is arranged to permit air to flow through the airflow path into the inner container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Carbonite Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew Eric Smith, Karl Mondszein
  • Patent number: 8857639
    Abstract: A device that assists with equalizing air pressure within a bottle with the atmospheric air pressure as liquid is being poured from the bottle and includes one or more relatively short air tubes. The air tubes are situated with an upper inlet rim of the air tubes located flush with or relatively near the bottle rim. Whether an insert or integrated into the manufacture of a container, the one or more air tubes that extend partially into the container allow air to pass into the container as the liquid exits the container. The pressure equalizer not only minimizes or prevents the common glugging effect, but it allows liquid from a bottle to be poured smoothly at any angle and orientation. A cap incorporating a detachable pressure equalizer is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Paha Designs, LLC
    Inventor: Benjamin Meager
  • Patent number: 8807358
    Abstract: An in-bottle aerator for mixing the oxygen in the air with wine as the wine is poured from its bottle. The aerator has at least one air ingress channel extending from one end of the aerator to the other allowing air into the bottle to displace wine exiting the bottle. Air mixing channels draw air from outside the bottle and direct that air to lateral channels that intersect a central flow channel extending from one end of the bottle to another. The air mixing and air ingress channels are preferably arranged to allow the user to pour and aerate wine at the same time and with the bottle in any orientation about its axis. The aerator may be a separately formed component that can be inserted into the bottle by the bottle manufacturer, by a wine bottler or by an enduser. Alternatively, the aerator may be wholly or partly formed as part of the neck of the bottle. A completely and integrally formed aerator may be formed a part of a plastic wine bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Mars Aerator LLC
    Inventors: Joseph Devoy, Brian Whalen
  • Patent number: 8763540
    Abstract: A method is provided for injecting a substance into a boiler of a waste incineration plant using a gaseous propellant, the substance being conducted, starting from at least one distributor, via lines which branch off from the distributor, in each case to a nozzle which is assigned to the respective line and by means of which the substance and the propellant are injected into the boiler. The substance quantity to be conducted to the respective nozzle is set in the distributor. The boiler is subdivided into multiple boiler sectors, in which the nozzles are arranged in a plurality of horizontal nozzle planes. To each boiler sector at least one separate distributor is assigned. The substance and the propellant are combined upstream of the branch-off with the respective line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Hitachi Zosen Inova AG
    Inventor: Roland Halter
  • Patent number: 8695841
    Abstract: An improved no-spill cup construction and valve assembly which provides an extremely secure seal against accidental liquid flow from the cup spout. An initially blocked opening in a flexible material moves up along a protruding member until the opening is unblocked, so as to allow fluid flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Luv n' care, Ltd.
    Inventor: Nouri E. Hakim
  • Patent number: 8684205
    Abstract: A device that assists with equalizing air pressure within a bottle with the atmospheric air pressure as liquid is being poured from the bottle and includes one or more relatively short air tubes. The air tubes are situated with an upper inlet rim of the air tubes located flush with or relatively near the bottle rim. Whether an insert or integrated into the manufacture of a container, the one or more air tubes that extend partially into the container allow air to pass into the container as the liquid exits the container. The pressure equalizer not only minimizes or prevents the common glugging effect, but it allows liquid from a bottle to be poured smoothly at any angle and orientation. A cap incorporating a detachable pressure equalizer is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Paha Designs, LLC
    Inventor: Benjamin Meager
  • Patent number: 8672155
    Abstract: The invention relates to a closure cap for a container filled with medicinal fluid, which container has an aperture piece which is sealed off by a diaphragm which can be punctured. The closure cap has a cap-shaped closure body (1) and a drinking neck (4) with a drinking opening (4a) which is pivotable between a first position, in which the drinking neck bears against the closure cap, and a second position, in which the drinking neck projects from the closure cap. In addition, the closure cap has means (20, 22) for puncturing the diaphragm which seals off the aperture piece of the container, which means (20, 22) interact with the drinking neck in such a way that, as the drinking neck (4) is pivoted, the diaphragm is punctured such that a connection is produced between the opening (4a) of the drinking neck and the container interior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Fresenius Kabi Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Bernd Knierbein, Helmut Walter, Janina Luke, Walter Schulte, Frank Römer, Wolfgang Heukamp
  • Patent number: 8651306
    Abstract: A flip guide plug structure for a bottle includes a lower main body, an upper main body, a lower plug, a guide pipe, an upper plug, a connection unit and two magnetic members. The upper main body can be opened relative to the lower main body through the connection unit, and then positioned by the attraction of the two magnetic members to prevent an unexpected closing. The flip guide plug structure of the present invention is very convenient for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: G. Esmond International Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kuan-Mu Pai
  • Patent number: 8602235
    Abstract: A device that assists with equalizing air pressure within a bottle with the atmospheric air pressure as liquid is being poured from the bottle and includes one or more relatively short air tubes. The air tubes are situated with an upper inlet rim of the air tubes located flush with or relatively near the bottle rim. Whether an insert or integrated into the manufacture of a container, the one or more air tubes that extend partially into the container allow air to pass into the container as the liquid exits the container. The pressure equalizer not only minimizes or prevents the common glugging effect, but it allows liquid from a bottle to be poured smoothly at any angle and orientation. A cap incorporating a detachable pressure equalizer is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Paha Designs, LLC
    Inventor: Benjamin Meager
  • Patent number: 8511492
    Abstract: Described is a bottle having a container which includes a threaded neck and a handle. The threaded neck includes a dispensing opening and a handle opening. The bottle also includes a dispensing closure configured to engage the container. The bottle also includes a child-resistant closure cap which includes a pair of tabs that lock into the latches on the closure base member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: The Clorox Company
    Inventors: Judith Webster, Kerry Azelton, Steve James Tomkins, Brandon C. Roy, Christian Krammer, Thomas Hlavacek, Thomas Zauser
  • Publication number: 20130174937
    Abstract: A puncture free bottle cork has a body and a cap for covering a bottle opening. The body has at least one channel defined therein for receiving a syringe or an infusion bottle connector. The body is composed of an exterior body and a flange integrally formed with and extending downward from the exterior body for direct insertion of the bottle opening. The number of the at least one channel corresponds to number of the syringe or the infusion bottle connector such that when the number of the at least one channel is one, injection and drawing of medication to/from the bottle is using the single one channel and when the number of the at least one channel is plural, injection and drawing of medication to/from the bottle is using different channels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2011
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Applicant: HAINAN WEIKANG PHARMACEUTICAL (QIANSHAN) CO.,LTD
    Inventors: Liuyi Wang, Jincan Wang, Zuhong Li, Da Zhong, Xiaofang Gui
  • Patent number: 8454567
    Abstract: Multi-conduit connector apparatuses for use in negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) apparatuses to wound dressing, and methods for installing multi-conduit connector apparatuses in NPWT apparatuses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: KCI Licensing, Inc.
    Inventors: Justin Alexander Long, Aidan Marcus Tout, Larry Tab Randolph, Christopher Brian Locke
  • Patent number: 8434318
    Abstract: A refrigerator is provided. The refrigerator includes a body defining a storage space; a door selectively shielding the storage space; a container connecting part disposed in the storage space or the door; a water supply container separably coupled to the container connecting part, the water supply container including an opening for injecting water; an ice making device for making ice using the water supplied from the water supply container; a water supply passage fluidly connecting the water supply container to the ice making device, the water supply passage extending in an inside direction of the water supply container; and a pump connected to the water supply passage to supply the water within the water supply container into the ice making device. According to the refrigerator, installation cost is reduced, and quality and reliability are improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Sung Kyoung Kim
  • Patent number: 8336724
    Abstract: A beverage container is configured to prevent a beverage from leaking out even when a user tilts the container, and to allow the user to easily drink the beverage even when pressure within the container is negative. The beverage container can include a container main body, a base member, and a cap body. The base member can have a vent for regulating a pressure variation in the container main body, and a ventilation valve for introducing air from the outside when the pressure within the container main body becomes negative in relation to the outside pressure and capable of preventing leakage of a liquid beverage contained in the container main body. The cap body can include a ventilation open/close hood capable of changing the state of the vent to a ventilation state or a closed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Pigeon Corporation
    Inventors: Daisuke Yamashita, Yoshiyuki Oushi
  • Patent number: 8327920
    Abstract: A heat accumulator includes a thermally insulated heat storage vessel having an opening formed in a bottom wall thereof, a quantity of heat accumulating medium arranged within the vessel, and a fluid circulation tube of double tube structure inserted from the opening into the vessel and extending vertically upward toward a top wall of the vessel for introducing a fluid into the vessel or discharging the fluid out of the vessel. The heat accumulator further includes a heat-insulating layer provided on an outer peripheral surface of the fluid circulation tube and extending over at least a longitudinal portion of the fluid circulation tube extending from the bottom wall of the vessel in an upward direction to a predetermined height of the vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tomohide Kudo
  • Patent number: 8123086
    Abstract: A bottle stopper is provided having a cylindrical body formed of a resilient, flexible, elastic material that includes a first cylindrical section adapted to be inserted into an opening of a bottle in sealing engagement with the bottle and a second cylindrical section disposed adjacent the first cylindrical section for extending above the opening of the bottle when the first cylindrical section is inserted in sealing engagement with the bottle. An air passageway is disposed adjacent and extends longitudinally along substantially at least the length of the first cylindrical section and along the internal periphery of the cylindrical body. A visual indicator, preferably a spout, is disposed on an outer surface of the second cylindrical section for identifying the relative location of the air passageway with respect to the visual indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Vinum Corporation
    Inventor: James E. Haley
  • Patent number: 8110102
    Abstract: A liquid filter intended for use as a fuel filter is composed of a housing produced from aluminum by an extrusion process and of a cover (1) formed as an aluminum casting. The cover (1) is provided with connecting bores (4?, 5?) in which pipe elements (6, 9) which are intended for delivering and discharging fuel are held by means of an adhesive bond. This results in a cover which can be produced more cost-effectively than the prior art and which can further be used as a casting which can be employed in modular fashion, this casting allowing different variations for the connections of the pipe elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignee: A. Kayser Automotive Systems GmbH
    Inventor: Ronald Fay
  • Patent number: 8016146
    Abstract: A spill resistant cap for a container, such as a commercially available water or other beverage bottle, includes a cap body that forms a mating fit with the container and a spout having liquid dispense holes that allow fluid to flow out of the container. A removable valve is sized to fit within the cap body. The valve includes a valve mechanism that opens in response to a pressure differential applied across the valve face, such as the mouth suction applied to the spout when a person attempts to drink from the container, allowing fluid to flow through the valve and through the liquid dispense holes in the spout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Inventor: Stephen S. Rekstad
  • Patent number: 7789264
    Abstract: An improved no-spill cup construction and valve assembly which provides an extremely secure seal against accidental liquid flow from the cup spout. An initially blocked opening in a flexible material moves up along a protruding member until the opening is unblocked, so as to allow fluid flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignee: Luv n' care, Ltd.
    Inventor: Nouri E. Hakim
  • Patent number: 7789263
    Abstract: An improved no-spill cup construction and valve assembly. When not in use, an opening in the flexible material rests against a blocking element, sealing off the opening against the flow of liquid. The closed position provides an extremely secure seal against fluid leakage, such that inadvertent spills, such as by turning the cup upside down, are ineffective. The act of sucking at the cup spout creates negative pressure or a partial vacuum against the flexible material, lifting the opening off of the blocking element, and unblocking that opening. When the opening is unblocked, liquid can flow freely through the valve and spout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignee: Luv n' care, Ltd.
    Inventor: Nouri Edward Hakim