Ring Patents (Class 215/352)
  • Patent number: 10214086
    Abstract: A panel structure of a sun roof includes: a panel; an inner panel that is made of a metal plate, is provided below the panel to extend along an edge portion of the panel, and has a recessed portion that is recessed downward and a flange portion that spreads outward along the panel over an entire periphery of the recessed portion; a sealing member that is made of a resin molding material having a constant cross section, is interposed between the flange portion and the panel over an entire periphery of the flange portion, and is bonded to a lower surface of the panel and an upper surface of the flange portion; and a covering member that is made of a resin material, is fixed to the panel, and is provided to cover the inner panel and the sealing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Satoshi Kono, Tatsuya Matsui
  • Patent number: 9682805
    Abstract: A canister includes a container and a closure. The container is formed to include a product-storage region and an open mouth that opens into the product-storage region. The closure is configured to couple to the container to close the open mouth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Berry Plastics Corporation
    Inventor: Jeffrey C Minnette
  • Patent number: 9392894
    Abstract: A glass bell jar for the protection of food such as desserts, pies and the like, which is designed to be rested on a dish, also made of glass, so as to cover the food contained in the dish, includes a U-shaped structural section, made of a soft plastic material such as polypropylene or the like, fitted along the edge of the bell jar to cushion the impact between the dish and the bell jar when the latter is rested on the dish, to prevent direct contact between the two glass parts, and to guarantee better airtightness. The risk is avoided, that one or both parts from crack, with the danger that shards of glass could contaminate the food contained in it. Health risks are thus avoided, and the unpleasant sound caused by the impact between two glass parts is eliminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: VETRERIA DI BORGONOVO S.P.A.
    Inventor: Pier Francesco Piccioni
  • Patent number: 9027775
    Abstract: A lock ring for securing a lid to a container has a ring shaped body with a first end and a second end. A clamping pin is exposed near the first end and a lever is connected near the second end and has a hook thereon configured to engage the clamping pin. The lever is pivotable between a closed position and an open position. The hook is configured to selectively engage the clamping pin and draw the first and second ends to one another with the lever moved to the closed position and capable of disengaging the clamping pin the lever in the open position. The body, lever, and lock pin are integrally formed of a one-piece unitary structure and the lever is connected via a living hinge to the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Container International, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard P. Brandt
  • Patent number: 8919588
    Abstract: An apparatus for fastening and carrying bottles includes a cap ring and a connecting device. The cap ring has at least an opening. The cap ring is received in a cavity of the bottle. The cap ring is initially connected to the cap, and the cap ring is separated from the cap while the cap is turned to open. The connecting device engages the opening of the cap ring to allow people to carry the bottle by holding the connecting device or by engaging the connecting device with an object. The apparatus has many advantages, including never loss, low cost for manufacture, and recycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Inventor: Hsueh-Lee Tai
  • Patent number: 8556070
    Abstract: Some embodiments of a tobacco product package device can be used to enhance freshness and other characteristics of tobacco products or other products contained therein. Certain features can improve product freshness both during shelf life and during consumer use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company
    Inventors: David Karl Bried, James Arthur Strickland, Mark T. Nielsen, Frank Scott Atchley, Lamar Eugene Walters, II, Gregory A. Pace
  • Patent number: 8480895
    Abstract: Liquid filter assemblies including an upper sample reservoir, a sample filter and a lower storage bottle are supported by a vacuum base. The base has a vacuum inlet port and, for connection to the liquid filter assembly, a vacuum outlet port. A vacuum is provided through the base to below the sample filter to draw sample liquid through the sample filter into the storage bottle. The base may include an auxiliary vacuum outlet port for connection with additional devices. The bases may be connected from one to another through auxiliary vacuum outlets and the vacuum inlets to make a chain of liquid filter assemblies supplied from one vacuum source. Alternatively, one base may include multiple vacuum outlet ports so that it may support and supply vacuum to a plurality of liquid filter assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Roush Life Sciences, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Taylor, Jeffrey F. Kane, Vito Lore, Sean Landis Phillips
  • Patent number: 8453857
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a closure preferably for containers which have a standard threaded neck, which comprises a metal cap to prevent liquid from escaping from the container, a metal sleeve and a polymer ring which are coaxial relative to the latter, wherein the polymer ring comprises a first portion which has a diameter D1 and a second portion which has a diameter D2<D1, the metal cap comprises an end portion which is disposed around the second portion before the initial opening takes place, the closure being able, during the initial opening, to allow said end portion to pass over the first portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Guala Closures S.p.A.
    Inventor: Piero Battegazzore
  • Patent number: 8418870
    Abstract: A preservation container cover includes a flexible film to contact with the rim of the container, an upper sealing ring, and a lower sealing ring affixing a periphery portion of the flexible film. The upper sealing ring has a ring slot extending along the periphery portion of the flexible film. The lower sealing ring comprises a ring plug along the periphery portion of the flexible film. The ring slot and the ring plug form a clamp structure to affix the flexible film. The present invention is convenient to use, adaptable to various containers of different types and sizes, and won't cause waste of natural resources and environment problems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Inventor: Xubin Song
  • Publication number: 20130075356
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a single serving beverage vessel with a resealable lid. Most often this will be prefilled with beverage for retail sale. The vessel can be shaped in various designs similar to wine, beer, coffee, or soft drink glasses. It can be made from either recyclable plastic or glass. A tamper evident seal can be either non-obtrusive or act as a removable advertising skin. The twist on/off lid extends over the opening at the top of the vessel and down the sides of the walls, interlocking with beads, threads, other protrusions or indentations. The locking features, in securing a fluid tight seal, are located sufficiently below the rim of the glass to not interfere with the user's lips. Additionally, the leak proof lid reseals to minimize spills and for reuse of the product at a later time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Applicant: Celebrate Everywhere, LLC
    Inventors: John R. Bergida, Mike Bergida
  • Patent number: 8297458
    Abstract: A cap includes a cap main body and a gasket, and the gasket includes an inner leg, a bent part, and a flange part. A portion of the gasket connected to an inner circumferential side of the inner leg is positioned lower than a portion of the gasket connected to an outer circumferential side of the inner leg. The top plate of the gasket includes a flange part disposed between the inner leg and the bent part, and the flange part is thinner than a portion of the top plate that is contiguous with the inner circumferential side of the inner leg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Nihon Yamamura Glass Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Katsuaki Sumimiya, Hiroshi Hamana
  • Publication number: 20120267301
    Abstract: A method of removing a filtrate storage bottle from a water bath includes inserting at least two finger underneath a radially protruding lip of a filtrate storage bottle sealing cap and raising the at least two fingers to lift the bottle from the water bath. A side wall portion of the filtrate storage bottle sealing cap is smaller in perimeter than a circle surrounding the radially protruding lip. The cap creates a liquid tight seal with the filtrate storage bottle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Applicant: ROUSH LIFE SCIENCES, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey F. Kane, Thomas Taylor, Vito Lore, Sean Landis Phillips
  • Patent number: 8281945
    Abstract: Closure system for a container including a cap and a ring adapted to engage by screwing in order to seal the opening, the cap including an upper wall from which in a downwards direction there extends an annular skirt that has a lower annular end and a radially inner surface fitted with a thread. The ring has an annular top rim, an annular collar and a thread complementary to the thread of the cap provided between the collar and the rim of the ring. The skirt of the cap includes a projecting annular member forming a barrier and adapted to be supported against the whole periphery of the collar of the ring in a substantially radial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: SA des Eaux Minerales d'Evian SAEME
    Inventors: Michel Roussy, Vincent Loisel
  • Publication number: 20120187074
    Abstract: A child resistant cap includes: (a) a main closure base; (b) an outer ring that functions as a safety collar; (c) a dispensing mechanism on the base; (d) an overcap. The base attaches to a top dispensing container and the horizontally rotatable ring is attached to the base. The overcap has protrusions and the ring has corresponding cut outs. Because the overcap and ring are frictionally engaged, when one rotates, the other rotates with it. They must be held separately and rotated relative to one another to effect proper alignment for overcap remove and container dispensing. In some embodiments, the base is eliminated and the ring is attached directly to a container rim.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2011
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Inventor: Kenneth P. Glynn
  • Patent number: 8181803
    Abstract: The present invention consists of an improvement made on the patent “Means for sealing bottle caps with evidence of opening” with Spanish application number P200202864, which made use of a concealed tongue that was revealed after the first opening without allowing to recover the original situation. The present invention maintains a connection between the top and bottom segments of the capsule, preventing their rotation relative to each other and providing an audible evidence of opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Compania de Tapones Irrellenables, S.A.
    Inventor: David Torrent Ortega
  • Patent number: 8132685
    Abstract: A closure for a container (14) comprises a first portion (12) for mounting to the container and a second portion (10) adapted for mounting to the first portion. When the second portion is removed from the first portion it opens the container. When the first portion is mounted to the container and a deformable seal (66) is positioned therebetween, and when the second portion is then mounted to the first position, the seal is deformed and is simultaneously able to seal between the first portion and the container, and between the first portion and the second portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: Pathtainer Systems International Pty. Ltd.
    Inventor: Craig Wellman
  • Patent number: 8097224
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide to apparatuses and media used in drug elution studies and methods for making and using them. Such methods and materials can be used for example to assess and control the manufacturing process variability of drug eluting implantable devices such as cardiac leads. One embodiment of the invention is a drug elution method that can be used for in-vitro studies of a matrix impregnated with a compound such as a drug blended polymer matrix. A related embodiment of the invention is an apparatus that is used for example to facilitate the practice of the above-noted methods by inhibiting the evaporation of dissolution media from the vessels in which elution is observed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Medtronic MiniMed, Inc.
    Inventors: Sarnath Chattaraj, Elango S. Minnoor, Eugene Levin, Poonam S. Gulati, John Pennala
  • Publication number: 20100264110
    Abstract: The present invention provides a cap capable of improving sealing performance of a container, and suited for use in the case where the internal pressure of the container is high, for example, when the contents of the container is carbonated beverage, and a container having the cap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2008
    Publication date: October 21, 2010
    Inventors: Katsuaki Sumimiya, Hiroshi Hamana
  • Patent number: 7798319
    Abstract: Some embodiments of a tobacco product package device can be used to enhance freshness and other characteristics of tobacco products or other products contained therein. Certain features can improve product freshness both during shelf life and during consumer use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company
    Inventors: David Karl Bried, James Arthur Strickland, Mark T. Nielsen, Frank Scott Atchley, Lamar Eugene Walters, II, Gregory A. Pace
  • Patent number: 7766182
    Abstract: A closure cap comprises a base having at an inner side thereof an annular gland for receiving an annular seal. The annular gland has a bottom surface and an annular side surface depending from the bottom surface. A skirt depends from base and has an internal fastening thread for attaching the cap to a correspondingly but externally threaded body. Additionally, the annular side surface of the annular gland has a venting thread depending from the bottom surface of the gland to enable venting of air that may otherwise be trapped behind the annular seal when fitted in the gland. Also disclosed is a method of molding the cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: Parker-Hannifin Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas C. Trent, Jeffrey M. Grau
  • Publication number: 20090289027
    Abstract: The present invention consists of an improvement made on the patent “Means for sealing bottle caps with evidence of opening” with Spanish application number P200202864, which made use of a concealed tongue that was revealed after the first opening without allowing to recover the original situation. The present invention maintains a connection between the top and bottom segments of the capsule, preventing their rotation relative to each other and providing an audible evidence of opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2007
    Publication date: November 26, 2009
    Applicant: COMPANIA DE TAPONES IRRELLENABLES, S.A.
    Inventor: David Torrent Ortega
  • Publication number: 20090084753
    Abstract: This manufacturing process of a composite part (B), including a stamped body (11, 12) and an injected polymer material part (14), includes steps consisting of: a) placing a blank (1) of a body (11, 12) between a support (456) and a mold (31, 32), such that the said hollow part forms a pattern cavity (33) communicating with an opening (13) going through the blank (1); b) stamping the blank (1) using a punch (8); c) placing the holder (456) in a position in which it defines with the blank (1) at least one cavity (400) and in which there is at least one injection runner (50-60) leading to the said cavity (400). d) injecting the polymer material through the injection runner (50-60), said cavity (400) and said opening (13), so as to fill the said pattern cavity (33); and e) removing the composite part (B) from the mold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2008
    Publication date: April 2, 2009
    Inventor: Victor Ramos
  • Publication number: 20080203051
    Abstract: The invention relates to a lid for jars or tins having a screw-lock or twist-lock mechanism for sealing the content of the jar or tin in an air-tight manner. The lid is made up of a rubber or plastic seal between the inside of the lid and the upper peripheral edge of the jar or tin. The lid has a discoid plate having a continuous opening or alternatively-no opening is inserted between the lid and the upper edge of the jar or tin. The peripheral edge representing the upper edge of the jar or tin is configured to form a tight seal with the discoid plate when the jar or tin is closed. The opening of the plate is associated with a seal facing the inside of the lid and blocking air from penetrating the opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2005
    Publication date: August 28, 2008
    Inventor: Anton Dusel
  • Publication number: 20080197102
    Abstract: A beverage container comprising a container body (3) including an opening and a plurality of recesses (80) in an exterior surface thereof, a cap (5) for closing the opening, and a collar (73) having a plurality of flaps (13) engagement with the recesses (80) to mount the collar (73) on the container body (3), the cap (5) and the collar (73) being connected to each other by a screw thread such that when secured together the collar (73) and hence the cap (5) is secured to the container body (3).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2005
    Publication date: August 21, 2008
    Applicant: DUBOIS LIMITED
    Inventors: Peter Antony Farrar, John Hein, Anthony Henry Joseph Fraser, William George Dando
  • Publication number: 20080164235
    Abstract: A tamper-evident closure and container combination identifies a compromised seal when a severable ring has been detached from a closure upon a first opening of the container. Successful detachment of the severable ring is improved whereby a lower neck portion of a container is angled or arced downwardly and outwardly from a point immediately adjacent an annular ring.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2007
    Publication date: July 10, 2008
    Applicant: Phoenix Closures, Inc.
    Inventor: Len Ekkert
  • Patent number: 7367465
    Abstract: A closure cap and method of making the same wherein an annular or ring-shaped gasket is injection molded onto the inner surface of a cap shell formed of plastic or metal. The annular or ring-shaped gasket includes radially extending tabs integrally formed therewith, one of said tabs being formed at a location wherein the plastic melt is fed to an annular gasket-forming channel in a mold core and another of said tabs being formed at the location wherein plastic melt is discharged from said channel. Preferably, said other tab includes a cold well formation which communicates with the annular gasket through a connecting portion of reduced cross-sectional area with respect to the cross-sectional areas of both the gasket and the cold well formation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2008
    Assignee: Silgan Holdings Inc.
    Inventors: James Taber, Stephen B. Kras
  • Patent number: 6964346
    Abstract: A closure cap and method of making the same wherein an annular or ring-shaped gasket is injection molded onto the inner surface of a cap shell formed of plastic or metal. The annular or ring-shaped gasket includes radially extending tabs integrally formed therewith, one of said tabs being formed at a location wherein the plastic melt is fed to an annular gasket-forming channel in a mold core and another of said tabs being formed at the location wherein plastic melt is discharged from said channel. Preferably, said other tab includes a cold well formation which communicates with the annular gasket through a connecting portion of reduced cross-sectional area with respect to the cross-sectional areas of both the gasket and the cold well formation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2005
    Assignee: White Cap, Inc.
    Inventors: James Taber, Stephen B. Kras
  • Patent number: 6872796
    Abstract: A sealing gasket for closure, made of a polyurethane elastomer obtained by reacting the following (A) and (B): (A) a polyisocyanate component having an isocyanate group content of 5 to 38% by weight and average 2 to 3 functional groups, obtained by modifying an aliphatic isocyanate and/or an alicyclic isocyanate, and (B) a polyol component having a hydroxyl value of 20 to 350 mgKOH/g and average 2 to 3 functional groups; and a process for producing a closure using such a sealing gasket. The closure sealing gasket made of a polyurethane elastomer, obtained by the present invention, when used for a closure (e.g. a metal closure of food container), causes no yellowing by ultraviolet light, has a strength at least equal to those of sealing gaskets produced from an aromatic isocyanate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2005
    Assignees: Toyo Seikan Kaisha, Ltd., Nippon Polyurethane Industry Co, Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshinori Moriga, Hiroei Yokota, Toshihiko Tsuchida, Noriyoshi Yano
  • Patent number: 6823651
    Abstract: A thermoplastic retort container for receiving a closure having a compressible gasket. The present invention further includes a sealing system for sealing the finish of a thermoplastic retort container. The sealing system includes a finish configured to engage a compressible gasket within a closure. Moreover, the present invention includes a method of sealing a container using a closure having a compressible gasket, wherein the container has a land portion for engaging the compressible gasket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2004
    Assignee: Pechiney Emballage Flexible Europe
    Inventors: George A. Thierjung, James R. Lamb
  • Patent number: 6772892
    Abstract: A reusable closure system for containers, such as wine bottles. The closure system is designed for containers or bottles having a finish ring disposed on an outer surface of the neck of the container. The system includes a disk connected to a plug. The disk includes a first flat surface and a second opposing surface. The plug extends outward from the second surface. In the initial sealed and packaged condition, the flat surface of the disk overlies the rim of the container and a removable compression ring securely holds the disk in place over the rim of the container. The removable compression ring includes a cylindrical body with an upper end connected to a radially inwardly extending upper lip which engages the second surface of the cap and through which the plug extends. The compression ring also includes a radially inwardly extending lower lip which engages the finish ring of the container. The compression ring preferably includes a pull tab and perforations for easy removal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2004
    Assignee: E. & J. Gallo Winery
    Inventor: Hal Stephen Flesher
  • Patent number: 6761825
    Abstract: The invention herein provides a method of treating water in situ to both sterilize the water and remove unwanted odors and tastes produced during sterilization. The water is preferably intended for drinking. The water is sterilized by a sterilizing treatment such as ozonation and the odors are removed by incorporating zeolite into the container cap, a capliner, or both. The invention also provides a container for packaging sterilized water for human consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2004
    Assignee: I. du Pont de Nemours and Company
    Inventor: Allen G. Kirk
  • Patent number: 6753088
    Abstract: A method for at least locally providing an article coated with an organic coating with a layer of readily deformable sealing material (so-called compound), which involves a layer of an intermediate of the compound being applied to the coating layer, after which the article is temporarily kept at an elevated temperature in order to form the compound from its intermediate, wherein the coating layer of the article comprises a polyethylene terephthalate and the compound is chosen from the group consisting of urethanes, amides, mixtures thereof and heteropolymers thereof, and in that the free surface of the coating layer prior to the application of the intermediate of the compound, at least at the location where this intermediate is applied, is briefly subjected to a processing operation from the group of equivalent processing operations comprising a flame treatment in the course of which the coating layer does not melt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2004
    Assignee: Corus Technology BV
    Inventors: Renauld Robert Belvroy, Jan Willem Van Veenen
  • Patent number: 6626310
    Abstract: A closure for connection to a container with a threaded neck portion includes an upper wall with a lower surface and a skirt formed integrally with and extending generally downwardly from the upper wall. An internal helical thread is formed on an inner surface of the skirt for engaging the threaded neck portion to thereby secure the closure to the container. An inner annular seal extends generally axially downwardly from the upper wall to sealingly engage an inner surface of the neck portion. The inner annular seal has an inner seal apex area and a downwardly sloped surface extending generally downwardly and away from the upper wall to the inner seal apex area. A gas barrier seal has an annular sealing bead positioned between the inner seal apex area and the upper wall inner surface for sealingly engaging the inner surface of the neck portion. The downwardly sloped surface of the inner annular seal holds the annular sealing bead at least adjacent the lower surface of the upper wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2003
    Inventor: Saad Taha
  • Publication number: 20030098287
    Abstract: A closure cap and method of making the same wherein an annular or ring-shaped gasket is injection molded onto the inner surface of a cap shell formed of plastic or metal. The annular or ring-shaped gasket includes radially extending tabs integrally formed therewith, one of said tabs being formed at a location wherein the plastic melt is fed to an annular gasket-forming channel in a mold core and another of said tabs being formed at the location wherein plastic melt is discharged from said channel. Preferably, said other tab includes a cold well formation which communicates with the annular gasket through a connecting portion of reduced cross-sectional area with respect to the cross-sectional areas of both the gasket and the cold well formation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2003
    Publication date: May 29, 2003
    Inventors: James Taber, Stephen J. Kras
  • Publication number: 20020125205
    Abstract: A novel method for sealing a plastic closure to a container flange using an elastomeric gasket. A plurality of annular sealing bands are positioned on the diametric sealing surface of the closure on which the gasket rests. As the closure is threaded into the container, the annular sealing bands become embedded within the gasket to improve the seal and overcome the negative sealing effects of the parting line flash present on the closure portion of the seal gland as a result of the manufacturing process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2001
    Publication date: September 12, 2002
    Inventors: John Hathaway, Dale Taylor
  • Publication number: 20020079286
    Abstract: A packaging for an implantable medical device such as a heart valve wherein the implantable medical device is immersed in a liquid medium. The packaging comprises ajar and a lid assembly having a seal and a ridge therebetween, the ridge being adapted to contact the seal. At least one circumferential leg is interposed between the lid assembly and the jar. The leg maintains a predetermined spacing between the lid and the jar and may be loaded in compression. The lid assembly may comprise a lid and an overcap. The overcap may turn independently of the lid and may apply compressive pressure to the lid over the ridge and seal. The lid and overcap may be coupled together by, for example, mating snap hooks. At least one of the lid or overcap may have a plurality of snap hooks. At least one of the plurality of snap hooks may be of different length than other of the snap hooks, whereby an asymmetric force may be applied to the lid when the overcap is loosened from the jar.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2000
    Publication date: June 27, 2002
    Inventors: Clinton A. Haynes, Reginald D. Fortson, Kenneth R. Waeber, Douglas L. Marriott, Thomas William Lytle
  • Patent number: 6371319
    Abstract: A closure system for molded plastic containers having a threaded container neck, the closure system comprising a screw cap having internal threading constructed for threaded engagement with the threaded container neck, a gasket, means for retaining the gasket on the screw cap and an abutment surface integrally formed in and extending substantially radially from the container neck for sealably contacting the gasket, wherein the screw cap and the abutment surface are constructed so that downward axial rotation of the screw cap is effective to seal the gasket against the abutment surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2002
    Assignee: Abbott Laboratories
    Inventors: Stephen C. Yeaton, George M. Ramsay, Jacquie Trausch, Michael D. Laferriere
  • Publication number: 20020000420
    Abstract: A closure for connection to a container with a threaded neck portion includes an upper wall with a lower surface and a skirt formed integrally with and extending generally downwardly from the upper wall. An internal helical thread is formed on an inner surface of the skirt for engaging the threaded neck portion to thereby secure the closure to the container. An inner annular seal extends generally axially downwardly from the upper wall to sealingly engage an inner surface of the neck portion. The inner annular seal has an inner seal apex area and a downwardly sloped surface extending generally downwardly and away from the upper wall to the inner seal apex area. A gas barrier seal has an annular sealing bead positioned between the inner seal apex area and the upper wall inner surface for sealingly engaging the inner surface of the neck portion. The downwardly sloped surface of the inner annular seal holds the annular sealing bead at least adjacent the lower surface of the upper wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2001
    Publication date: January 3, 2002
    Inventor: Saad Taha
  • Patent number: 6299608
    Abstract: A bottle having a sterility seal and a method for producing same are disclosed. The bottle, which can be configured to retain a medicament in powder or tablet form, features a protective cap configured to engage a transfer assembly associated with the bottle. The cap includes one or more raised ridges on an interior surface engageable with a portion of the transfer assembly. A band or layer configuration of a sealing material such as silicone is applied to the transfer assembly prior to insertion of the cap thereover. As the cap comes into surface contact with the sealing material, the ridges cause the material to “roll up” into a toroidal O-ring configuration, thereby forming a seal between the cap and the bottle adapted to the dimensional variations of those components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2001
    Assignee: Becton Dickinson France, S.A.
    Inventors: Donald D. Solomon, Jean-Claude Thibault
  • Patent number: 6213597
    Abstract: An apparatus for the ink cartridge of a jet printer, which mainly comprises an ink-storage container and a cylinder; the ink-storage container has a cylindrical body portion, of which the bottle mouth is furnished with a retaining ring and screw threads to be connected with a piston ring and a threaded cap respectively so as to store ink; one end of the cylindrical body portion is furnished with an outer body portion having a large diameter; the cylindrical body portion and the inner cylinder of the cylinder are assembled together; the piston ring of the bottle mouth is in close contact with the inner cylinder; the front end of the sealed surface of the cylinder is furnished with a tapered ink straw to be plugged and connected with a through hole of the ink cartridge; hold the outer surface of the cylinder, and then the thumb pushes the shoulder portion of the ink-storage container upwards so as to generate a negative pressure for replenishing ink into the ink cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2001
    Inventor: Win-Yin Liu
  • Patent number: 6179141
    Abstract: A container assembly provided with an antibacterial agent against “slow-leak” bacteria, comprising a container such as a plastic bottle which has a mouth portion having a rim; and a seal member such as a crown cap fitted to the mouth portion at the rim, wherein at least either a surface portion of the rim or the rim-contacting surface portion of the seal member includes an antibacterial agent such as silver zeolite in the form of a coating or a liner, thereby effectively blocking the entry of unwanted live bacteria and eumycetes which may enter the interior of the container assembly due to slow-leak.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2001
    Inventor: Kenji Nakamura
  • Patent number: 6149023
    Abstract: A wide-mouth recloseable container and cover device with a pair of two-position bails used for holding liquids, powders and like substances. The device includes a container and a cover which are cylindrical in shape. The container has a lower portion and an upper portion. The upper portion has a wide-mouth opening with a top flange disposed around the opening. The top flange has a diameter approximately the same as the diameter of the lower portion of the container. The upper portion is "necked down" to provide room for six longitudinally oriented ribs. Four of the ribs are used for supporting opposite ends of two "U" shaped bails. The two bails are used for engaging opposite sides of an upper surface of the cover for holding a lower surface of the cover against the top flange of the container. The cover has an annular recess for receiving the top flange therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2000
    Inventor: Kenneth S. Palmer
  • Patent number: 6142343
    Abstract: A cap (18,120) and a thrust washer (62,128) seal a flexible silicone dispensing tube (10,118) to a neck (20,114) of a container (12,116) which holds a fluid to be dispensed. The thrust washer is shaped to inhibit contact between a lip (50,110) of the dispensing tube and the interior of the cap so that the soft material of the dispensing tube is not damaged when the cap is screwed on to the neck of the container. The thrust washer slides on the cap as the cap is screwed on to limit sliding movement relative to the dispensing tube. A dust cover (24,138) protects the dispensing tube during shipment and storage. The dust cover is attached to the cap by a frangible portion (66) which is broken prior to dispensing the cleaning fluid. A lower projecting ring (86,134) on the thrust washer prevents the dust cover from compressing and damaging the lip of the dispensing tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2000
    Assignee: Steris Inc
    Inventors: Allan E. Wade, Keith D. Alsberg, Jon B. Taylor
  • Patent number: 6056143
    Abstract: A threaded drum cover is disclosed for selectively closing an open head drum. The drum comprises a tubular drum open at a top end defined by a threaded chime. The cover comprises a closure having a central circular wall of a size corresponding to that of the chime and a downwardly depending annular sidewall receivable radially outwardly of the chime. The sidewall includes radially inwardly directed threads for mating with a threaded chime to provide a tight head drum. A radially outwardly opening annular recess in the sidewall above the threads provides for external gripping of the tight head drum. The cover is of one piece plastic construction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2000
    Inventor: Michael D. Stolzman
  • Patent number: 6012596
    Abstract: An adaptor cap for a container. The adaptor cap includes a skirt constructed to engage a fluid container and to retain the adaptor cap on the fluid container. The adaptor cap further includes a dome projecting outwardly from said skirt. The dome defines an interior chamber. The dome further defines a spike port providing fluid communication between the chamber and an exterior environment of the dome, the spike port being constructed to receive and retain a hollow spike therein. The dome also defines at least one vent aperture therethrough, the vent aperture providing fluid communication between the chamber and the exterior environment of the dome. The adaptor cap further includes a microbial filter mounted on the dome across the vent aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2000
    Assignee: Abbott Laboratories
    Inventors: Richard K. Oglesbee, William J. Hook, Julie L. Soltesz
  • Patent number: 5979683
    Abstract: A cap assembly for sealing a spout of a container, the cap assembly comprising:a) a cap including:1) a top wall formed with a plurality of vertical holes; and2) a skirt that is suspended from the top wall so that the vertical holes in the top wall form respective shelves extending laterally near a boundary region between the top wall and the skirt; andb) a gasket that is mounted on an inner side of the top wall, the gasket having:1) a body adapted to seal the spout of the container; and2) a plurality of ears, the ears extending laterally outward from the body, spaced from each other along a circumference of the body, corresponding to the respective vertical holes in the top wall, and supported by the respective shelves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1999
    Assignee: Kioritz Corporation
    Inventors: Fujio Kobayashi, Minoru Yonekawa
  • Patent number: 5950848
    Abstract: A dispensing cap (3) having a body (32) made of a rigid or semirigid material, intended to be mounted on a reservoir (21) containing a product of a fluid-to-viscous consistency, is provided with an opening (4) permitting the dispensing of the product and a lid (5) of a rigid or semirigid material capable of obturating the opening (4). The lid (5) is articulated on the body (32) in the vicinity of an articulation axis (A) so as to be capable of selectively passing from an open position to a closed position, and is connected to the body (32) by a connecting element (10) having one of its ends joined to the lid (5) and its other end joined to the body (32). The connecting element (10) is disposed so as to be situated on one side of the articulation axis (A) in the open position and on the other side of the axis (A) in the closed position. The connecting element (10) is subjected to an elongation when the lid (5) passes from one to the other of its open and closed positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1999
    Assignee: L'Oreal
    Inventor: Gilles Baudin
  • Patent number: 5836465
    Abstract: A child-resistant container and closure assembly having a container neck with a first screw thread and two first locking elements located below the first screw thread on opposite sides of the container neck. A closure for the container neck has a second screw thread complementary to the first screw thread, a resiliently deformable skirt, and two second locking elements on opposite sides of the resiliently deformable skirt. The first and second locking elements mutually engage in ratchet fashion when the closure is screwed onto a fully engaged position on the container neck and subsequently block unscrewing of the closure unless a radial pressure is applied to the skirt at positions spaced from the locking elements to deform the skirt to release the locking elements. The first and second threads are two-start, fast-turn threads so that the closure can be moved from a substantially fully disengaged position to a substantially fully engaged position on the neck by rotation through about 180.degree. or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 17, 1998
    Assignee: Beeson and Sons Limited
    Inventor: Roger M. King
  • Patent number: 5762218
    Abstract: A plastics seal for a bottle having a beaded rim comprises a sealing cap (3), which comprises a circular flat cover plate (2) and on the underside (4) of which are provided an outer ring (5), which, in the locking position, embraces the bottle neck, and an inner sealing ring (6) which abuts at least regionally against the inner circumference of the bottle opening in the manner of a tight cap, the two rings (5, 6), which are arranged substantially concentrically relative to the central longitudinal axis (7), being integrally moulded on to the cover plate (2). The inner sealing ring (6) is provided on its inner side (10, 10') which is opposite the contract surface (9; 9') with a plurality of reinforcing ribs (11) which extend substantially parallel relative to the central longitudinal axis (7) and are designed to be shaped parts (12; 12'; 12"; 12'"; 12"") which at least regionally provide a flexible supporting engagement for the inner sealing ring (6) when disposed in the sealing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 9, 1998
    Assignee: Franz Rossberg
    Inventor: Werner Sachau
  • Patent number: RE39340
    Abstract: Two cap modifications are disclosed for use on water bottles to be installed in water dispensers. A central conical well in the top of the cap is formed with a scoreline. When the bottle is lowered into a dispenser, a probe of the dispenser enters the well and causes it to split along the scoreline. When the bottle is raised, the well substantially returns to initial condition, inhibiting spillage of any liquid remaining in the bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2006
    Assignee: Portola Packaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian M. Adams, Hoa Pham, Daniel Luch