Tamper-resistant Structure Patents (Class 215/901)
  • Patent number: 11834230
    Abstract: A snap fitting, tamper evident overcap for drums and bung covers is described. The tamper evident strip is attached to a peripheral edge of the overcap, and it is removed by tearing along a vertical groove formed in the strip and then, by way of a grasping handle, rotationally pulling the strip so as to break the frangible bridge elements that previously held the strip to the overcap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: RIEKE LLC
    Inventors: Anthony Angelozzi, Dale Taylor
  • Patent number: 11779517
    Abstract: A medication bottle includes an outer container wall, an inner container wall and a fluid, such as an aversive liquid, located between the walls. In another aspect, the fluid is located within separate compartments or channels located between the walls where the walls contact or are secured to each other. A further aspect provides a removeable cap including multiple sensors, at least one of which is a biometric sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2023
    Assignees: Board of Trustees of Michigan State University, Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska
    Inventors: Bahar Aliakbarian, Muhammad Rabnawaz, Susan E. Selke, Krystal Cheng, Arun Ross, Austin Cozzo, Anurag Chowdhury, Ali Tamayol, Carina Russell, Prem Chahal
  • Patent number: 11597571
    Abstract: A closing assembly for a spout with tube for a thin-walled flexible packaging includes a cap and a connecting device comprising a strap and a guarantee seal provided with breakable bridges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2023
    Assignee: Guala Pack S.P.A.
    Inventor: Stefano Tamarindo
  • Patent number: 11542067
    Abstract: A container has an improved releasable cap, the container including a neck having external threads. The cap includes: a circular top piece for sealing the container; two sidewall sections connected to the top piece each having an internal threaded portion for engaging the neck of the container. Each sidewall section has two circumferential ends each spaced from an adjacent circumferential end of the other sidewall section such that two diametrically opposed expandable gaps are defined between the spaced circumferential ends. Two tabs each span a respective one of the two gaps, the tabs bulging outward from the sidewall section. The tabs are configured to be pressed inward thereby causing the sidewall sections to flex outward to disengage the internal threaded portions thereof from the external threads of the neck of the container permitting the cap to be removed therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Inventor: Paul Bradley Forrest
  • Patent number: 11377263
    Abstract: A dispenser (1) for liquids includes a reservoir (100) defining a volume (V100) for housing a liquid (150); a delivery tube (200) with a first end (201) attached to the reservoir, and a second end (202) distal from the reservoir, the delivery tube including a passage (203) in fluid communication with the volume of the reservoir and extending away from the reservoir; an applicator element (300) including an applicator tip (320) and a base (310) attached to the second end of the delivery tube, the applicator tip having a plurality of fingers (322) extending away from the base to a distal end of the applicator element distal from the delivery tube; and a removable seal (340), wherein removal of the removable seal creates an opening in the passage at a location upstream of the applicator tip and a fluid distribution channel between the fingers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Henry C. Gydesen, Paul R. Klaiber, Yizhong Wang, Bruce R. Broyles
  • Patent number: 10796790
    Abstract: Provided herein are medication tracking and securement devices, systems, platforms, and methods configured to be used with or in place of commercial standard medicine bottles. The wireless tracking and communications elements of the present disclosure are configured to prevent medication theft, overdosing, medication loss, and prescription noncompliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Longevity Health Corp.
    Inventor: Sean O'Keefe
  • Patent number: 9016489
    Abstract: A container including a finish, a sidewall portion, a base portion, and an inwardly directed rib member. The finish has a thread portion and an opening formed by the finish. The sidewall portion extends from the finish. The base portion extends from the sidewall portion and encloses the sidewall portion to form a volume for retaining a commodity. The inwardly directed rib member is disposed circumferentially about the finish.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Amcor Limited
    Inventors: Ronald McFarlane, Terry D. Patcheak, James Stelzer
  • 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: 8763830
    Abstract: A tamper-indicating plastic closure, and tamper-evident package includes a closure wherein the closure includes a pilfer band having a substantially continuous tamper-ring. The tamper-ring extends generally angularly upwardly and inwardly of the closure in a tamper-indicating orientation of the tamper-ring for engagement with a relatively enlarged annular locking ring of the associated container. The tamper-ring includes a plurality of circumferentially spaced projections, which comprise relatively thick regions or shoulders, which act to limit lateral movement of the pilfer band with respect to the container by engagement of at least one shoulder with the associated container generally beneath the container locking ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Closure Systems International Inc.
    Inventors: Sohail Sadiq, John Edie, David E. Gevers, William Moll
  • 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: 8308031
    Abstract: A container having a receptacle and a cover is disclosed. The receptacle includes a generally rectangular base portion, a continuous sidewall portion, and a collar. The sidewall portion includes a lower end and an upper end. The lower end of the sidewall portion is coupled to the base portion and the upper end defines an opening. The collar extends around the sidewall portion proximate the upper end. The cover is coupled to the receptacle and includes a top portion, a skirt, a flap, and a tear strip. The skirt extends downwardly from the periphery of the top portion. The flap is hingeably coupled to the top portion proximate a corner of the closure and is moveable between an open position in which access is provided to the opening in the receptacle and a closed position in which the opening in the receptacle is closed. The flap includes a closing apparatus to releasably retain the flap in the closed position. The tear strip is removable and is coupled to the flap and the skirt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Gateway Plastics, Inc.
    Inventors: William C. Vogel, Terrence M. Parve, Gary Swetish, Michael Phillips
  • Patent number: 8011525
    Abstract: A plastic container for a child-resistant package, including a sidewall with an outer surface, a deflectable release cantilevered from the outer surface and deflectable toward the outer surface, and deflection limiting elements carried by the deflectable release to limit deflection of the release. The deflection limiting elements include laterally spaced lugs transversely extending toward the sidewall outer surface from the deflectable release and having portions normally spaced from the sidewall outer surface, such that deflection of the release brings the portions of the lugs into abutment with the sidewall outer surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Rexam Healthcare Packaging Inc.
    Inventor: Philip J Robinson
  • Patent number: 7950540
    Abstract: An apparatus for securing containers for receiving and preserving biological specimens comprising a plug that comprises at least one connecting means such that, after interlocking with the apparatus, access to contents of the apparatus necessarily brings about a physical transformation that is irreversible and can be ascertained by the naked eye of the container, and not of the plug, which physical transformation consists, e.g., but not necessarily, of a rupture or a tear of this means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Inventor: Nicolas Bara
  • Patent number: 7857154
    Abstract: Apparatus (10) for securing sample collection, comprises an open-topped container (12), a lid (14) for securely covering the open-topped container (12) to prevent access to container contents, and first and second tamper-evident features (16, 18) each having a frangible portion (20, 22) which fractures in use to provide an indication of tampering with container contents when its respective tamper-evident feature is activated. The first and second tamper-evident features (16, 18) are independently-operable, with activation of the first tamper-evident feature (16) preventing activation of the second tamper-evident feature (18) until the frangible portion (20) of the first tamper-evident feature (16) is fractured. The second tamper evident feature (18) is operable without having to remove the fractured frangible portion (20) of the first tamper evident feature (16) from the apparatus (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: Camlab Limited
    Inventor: Sharen Louise Pedlar
  • Patent number: 7743951
    Abstract: A container having a receptacle and a cover is disclosed. The receptacle includes a generally rectangular base portion, a continuous sidewall portion, and a collar. The sidewall portion includes a lower end and an upper end. The lower end of the sidewall portion is coupled to the base portion and the upper end defines an opening. The collar extends around the sidewall portion proximate the upper end. The cover is coupled to the receptacle and includes a top portion, a skirt, a flap, and a tear strip. The skirt extends downwardly from the periphery of the top portion. The flap is hingably coupled to the top portion proximate a corner of the closure and is moveable between an open position in which access is provided to the opening in the receptacle and a closed position in which the opening in the receptacle is closed. The flap includes a closing apparatus to releasably retain the flap in the closed position. The tear strip is removable and is coupled to the flap and the skirt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: Gateway Plastics, Inc.
    Inventors: William C. Vogel, Terrence M. Parve, Gary Swetish, Michael Phillips
  • Patent number: 7735666
    Abstract: A coupling piece coupling a cap body and a band is prevented from being cut off to tampering and the cutting-off thereof due to deformation of the band. An open/close cap a cap body to be screwed to an outer peripheral surface of a mouth portion of a pouring spout and a band extending in the circumferential direction of the cap body and engaged with the pouring spout, the band being formed with at least one portion at which the band 10 circumferentially separated, the end of the band being connected by a connection piece at that portion at which the band is cut off. The band is disposed below the lower surface of the cap body and coupling pieces are attached to the lower portion of the cap body. A band shape maintaining member is disposed to the lower end of the cap body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: Hosokawa Yoko Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Susumu Niwa, Kouichi Inoue, Toshikazu Kenmotsu, Hiroaki Takashima, Kazuhiro Umenaka
  • Patent number: 7735678
    Abstract: The invention relates to an outer container for holding an inner container in particular where the inner container has a sensitive product. The outer container comprises at least one of a moveable display board; retaining formations for retaining a hygroscopic element; or a stand for gripping the base of the inner container to retain it in an upright position. The invention also relates to a combination pack comprising the inner container retained in the outer container, particularly where the inner container holds a moisture sensitive product such as an adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: Loctite (R&D) Limited
    Inventors: Peter Rushe, Liam P. O'Dwyer, Geoffrey F. Seymour, David J. Gibson, Patrick Kealy
  • Patent number: 7661547
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a closure cap for a container, with a hinge and a lid which is intended to be tightened to the rim of a container body, and with a closure element which is movable to a temper-evident position. The closure element 34 is attached to the closure cap 14 and movable to an intermediate position in which the closure cap 14 seals against the rim 18 of the container body 12. Additionally, the closure element 34 is movable from the intermediate position to the temper-evident position in a single stroke.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2010
    Assignee: Airsec S.A.S.
    Inventor: Franck Richir
  • Patent number: 7581651
    Abstract: A metallic pilfer-proof cap, in which the skirt of a skirt portion of a cap can be so separated by a weakening portion having horizontal slits and bridges formed alternately in the circumferential direction of the cap that the skirt may be left in a ring shape as a pilfer-proof band on the side of a container mouth. The horizontal slits formed by shearing in the transverse direction from the outside to leave the bridges are offset radially more inward of the cap at the portion above a shearing plane than at the portion below the shearing plane so that the bridges are formed on the upper side of the shearing plane of the horizontal slits. The upper end portion, as located on the lower side of the shearing plane, of the pilfer-proof band is made to have an internal diameter larger than the maximum external diameter of the annular bulging portion which is formed at the container mouth for retaining the pilfer-proof band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2009
    Assignee: Daiwa Can Company
    Inventors: Yosihiko Matukawa, Eiji Araki, Kunitosi Goto
  • Patent number: 7568586
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an improved container closure or lever cap comprising one or more of the following features: (i) an improved interface on the interior surface of the closure that consists of strategically positioned locking lugs to securely affix the closure onto a container, (ii) a repositioned lever handle and fulcrum to optimize function and mechanical advantage, (iii) a retro-fit sleeve for an incompatible container, which on the inner surface is fashioned to interface with twist necks bottles, or other closure designs and mechanisms incompatible with the interior fitting of the lever cap, and which on the exterior is fashioned to receive the interior fitting of the lever cap, (iv) a tamper-evident safety indicator, (v) a specialized vertical sloping sidewall at the container's distal end near the opening to improve the closure's vertical lift during operation, (vi) a child safety design and mechanism that requires two functions to unlock the lever and position it for normal operation
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2009
    Inventor: Lawrence S. Walters, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7527161
    Abstract: The embodiments described herein illustrate a cap for a container comprising a cap body that includes an upper portion and a lower portion. The lower portion has an outer circumferential sidewall defining a ring-positioning member. The cap also has a ring that includes an outer member selectively engaging the ring-positioning member and an inner member disposed proximate an inside surface of the lower portion. The inner member has at least one tab extending inwardly and upwardly and terminating at a first edge. The inner member also has at least one finger member protruding inwardly from the inner member and terminating at a second edge above the first edge of the tab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2009
    Assignee: Fisher Scientific Company L.L.C.
    Inventors: Jack Rodriguez, John T. Glaser
  • Patent number: 7513377
    Abstract: A tamper-indicating band arrester including a closure having a tamper-indicating band depending therefrom. The tamper-indicating band has a plurality of folding fingers of first and second lengths extending inwardly. The folding fingers of the second length centering the closure during removal and inhibiting tiring of the tamper-indicating band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2009
    Assignee: Rexam Closures and Containers Inc.
    Inventor: Brian K. Culley
  • Patent number: 7497346
    Abstract: The invention relates to a closure system for containers comprising a threaded plug (1) and the neck (3) of the container (2) or the similar embodied in the form of an pouring aperture (5), the threaded plug being screwed on the neck in such a way that said pouring aperture is closed. The inventive closure system for containers is characterised in that it is embodied in the form a single-use closure system which comprises an extensible flange (15) arranged at the level of the threaded plug in the back clamping area of the flange (7) of the neck (3) embodied for this purpose. The external radial size of said extensible flange is greater than the radial dimension of a hole defining the back clamping area of the flange. The extensible flange can, for example be engaged in the pouring aperture (5) of the neck (3), and the back clamping zone (7) can be provided in a pouring passage (4) in a neck part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2009
    Assignee: Gerogemenshen GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Martin Albers
  • Patent number: 7413095
    Abstract: A device for closing, connecting and/or locking including a driving element and a driven element having a threaded end. The driven element is at least partially positioned within the driving element. An axial anchoring structure axially anchors the driving element to the driven element while allowing rotation of the driving element and the driven element. A rotational anchoring structure anchors the driving element to the driven element for unitary rotation in a first rotation direction, only up to a limited tightening torque. The rotational anchoring structure allows the free rotation of the driving element in a second rotation direction opposite to the first rotation direction. A locking structure locks the driving element with driven element for unitary rotation in the second rotation direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2008
    Assignee: Elesa S.p.A.
    Inventors: Alberto Bertani, Michele Girino
  • Patent number: 7176796
    Abstract: A sealing cap with an anti-counterfeit and identification capability comprises a cap body, an identification chip with a signal emitting device generating an identification signal, and a destructive device, characterized in that the cap body is electrically connected with the signal generating device and serves as an antenna of a relatively large area and in that the destructive device after dismounting of the cap destroys the capability to emit radiation and thus prevents said identifying chip from being dismounted and reused.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2007
    Assignee: Industrial Technology Research Institute
    Inventors: Li-Huei Chen, Tsung-Ju Gwo, Feng-Heh Wang, Chien-Ben Chen
  • Patent number: 7097058
    Abstract: A container (10) has a lid (12) for rotation mounting thereon. A tamper evident mechanism is located for operation between the container and lid. The mechanism includes at least one projection (42) on the container and at least one corresponding flange (44) on the lid. Each flange and projection pair is arranged such that, when the lid is rotation mounted on the container, the flange moves relatively past the projection to a position such that removal of the lid by counter rotation may only occur by deforming or breaking of the flange and/or projection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2006
    Assignee: Pathtainer Systems International Pty Ltd.
    Inventors: Craig Wellman, Victor Paul Ho
  • Patent number: 7087298
    Abstract: A system and method are disclosed for constructing a rotatable label and attaching the rotatable label to a container. The rotatable label may have a transparent portion and is temporarily secured to a container or an inner label that is permanently secured to the container via a temporary adhesive disposed on a leading edge of the rotatable label's back surface. Permanent adhesive is disposed on the trailing edge of the rotatable label's back surface. The rotatable label is then wrapped around the container so that the trailing edge of the rotatable label's back surface comes in contact with the rotatable label's front surface. The rotatable label is then rotated with respect to the inner label or container, thereby breaking the temporary bond formed by the temporary adhesive between the rotatable label and inner label or container. Alternatively, temporary adhesive may be disposed on the trailing edge of the rotatable label's back surface to allow the rotatable label to be easily removed from the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2006
    Assignee: Stephen Key Design, LLC
    Inventor: Stephen M. Key
  • Patent number: 7061382
    Abstract: An apparatus for detecting the authenticity of a container sealed with a cap (or other closure) which automatically disables itself when the cap is first removed. A radio frequency identification (RFID) tag includes a substrate, a radio frequency transceiver circuit mounted upon the substrate and connected to an antenna having a fixed length that is also mounted upon the substrate, and a protrusion affixed to or a slot in the substrate. A cap for a container includes the RFID tag mounted on an inner surface adjacent to the closed end. When mounted on the container, the cap mates with a ratchet wheel connected to the container that engages the protrusion or slot such that removing the cap from the container will cause the substrate to fracture and thereby cause the RFID tag to become permanently disabled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2006
    Inventors: Francis M. Claessens, Timo W. Kipp, John P. Palmer
  • Patent number: 7004341
    Abstract: A composite closure type container assembly that is designed for use with unthreaded containers includes a container having an unthreaded outer surface and an opening that is defined by an upper rim, a sealing disc that is sized and shaped to cover the opening and to seal against the upper rim and a securement member that is removably anchored to the container for securing the sealing disc on the container. In one embodiment, the securement member is removably anchored to the container by using a tight frictional engagement. In a second embodiment, the anchoring is accomplished by shaping the container so as to have a downwardly depending skirt that engages and retains the securement member in position until the container assembly is opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2006
    Assignee: Crown Cork & Seal Technologies, Corporation
    Inventors: Emanuel Shenkar, James L. Martin, Galen German, Min Miles Wan, Chris Ramsey
  • Patent number: 6942114
    Abstract: A cap is used for a container as a bottle or jar. The cap includes a cylindrical cap main portion with a closed upper end and an open lower end, and a ring member. The cap main portion is screwed in an upper portion of the cylindrical container to close an opening of the container with the closed upper end. The ring member includes engaging pieces formed on an inner periphery of the ring for hooking from below on an extraction controlling projection formed on an outer periphery of a base portion of the container. A plurality of window holes is disposed on a lower side of the cap main portion along a periphery thereof so that the integrated ring member can be seen from the outside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2005
    Assignee: Nifco Inc.
    Inventor: Ryuhei Nishida
  • Patent number: 6929137
    Abstract: The cap (1) comprises a head and skirt and is characterised in that it comprises two assembled parts: a) an inner part (3) comprising a so-called inner head (30) and a so-called inner skirt (31), typically with a rotation axis (12), carrying out the so-called technical functions of said cap, b) an outer part (4) carrying out all or part of the decorative function of said cap (1), so as to be able to modify the appearance of said cap (1) at will without having to modify said technical functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2005
    Assignee: Pechiney Emballage Alimentaire
    Inventors: Jacques Granger, Yves Peyrin, Jean-Marie Bourreau
  • Patent number: 6926162
    Abstract: A tamper indicating band arrester is described herein for use with a container neck or finish bead comprising an upper portion and a lower portion. The TI band has an annular step having a smaller diameter than the lower portion of the finish bead. The TI band further comprises a TI bead which positioned beneath the lower portion of the container neck or finish bead. The plurality of frangible webs or bridges are located above the annular step and adjacent the upper portion of the finish bead. The thickened cross section of the annular step provides interference between the TI band and container neck bead inhibiting the TI band from tiring over the container neck bead when opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2005
    Assignee: Rexam Medical Packaging Inc.
    Inventor: Brian K. Culley
  • Patent number: 6871753
    Abstract: A tamper proof ABS plastic container comprising a container body within which medical or hygiene products such as capsules or tablets can be accommodated, the container body including a base section (1) and a lid section (3) of an intermediate section (7) and cover (5) with cooperating coupling means (17) to engage with the intermediate section (7); a tamper prevention means (9) interconnecting the base and lid sections of the container body, the tamper prevention means including a web section (11) located between and secured to both the base and lid sections, and a hanging pull tab (13); wherein the web section is detachable from the container, the detaching of the web section allowing separation of the base and lid sections of the container body and visual indication that the container has been opened. Also provided is a method of injection molding of the base section, web section and intermediate section as an integral unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2005
    Assignee: In-Vivo Systems Limited
    Inventor: Roy Neil McHutchinson
  • Patent number: 6739466
    Abstract: A tamper-indicating band arrester including a closure having a tamper-indicating band depending therefrom. The tamper-indicating band has a plurality of folding fingers of alternating first and second lengths extending inwardly. The fingers of a longer length have an offset surface disposed at a distal end, which engage a container neck finish bead preventing tiring of the tamper-indicating band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2004
    Assignee: Rexam Medical Packaging Inc.
    Inventor: Brian K. Culley
  • Patent number: 6726042
    Abstract: A closure for a container has a cap portion with screw threads to engage screw threads on the container and a tamper evident band connected to the cap by frangible bridge elements. The tamper evident band includes segments that engage a retaining flange on the container to separate the band when the closure is first removed from the container. Expansion segments on the band permit the closure to be initially installed on the container without breaking the frangible elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2004
    Assignee: Delta Plastics, Inc.
    Inventors: Lothar Schweigert, Ui Hwan O
  • Patent number: 6398067
    Abstract: A tamper-proof container and cap assembly is provided, comprising a container having an upper portion and an outer surface. The container has a rim at the upper portion. The upper portion includes a flexible and detachable protrusion having a contact element and a break point. The container also has a cap having a base with an outer periphery and a skirt extending perpendicularly and outwardly around the outer periphery of the base. The cap has a hinge and a tap with a first and second slot wherein the first slot is capable of housing the protrusion, and the second slot has an interlocking device that mates with the protrusion. In an empty stage, the protrusion is positioned within the first slot. In a filled stage, the cap is placed upon the container and the protrusion is repositioned within the second slot and the contact element engages the interlocking device to form a tamper-proof seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2002
    Assignee: CV Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: John Belfance, Ronald Supranowicz
  • Patent number: 6394294
    Abstract: A safety closure and a container is comprised of a container having an externally threaded neck portion and a first locking bead spaced downwardly from the threaded neck portion and a closure having a cap portion and a tamper indicating band portion. The cap portion is provided with a top wall and a side wall which extends downwardly from an outer periphery of the top wall and terminates in a lower end. The side wall is provided with an internal thread which is engageable with the externally threaded neck portion of the closure. The tamper indicating band portion is attached to the lower end of the cap portion with a plurality of frangible bridge segments. The tamper indicating band portion is also provided with an inwardly projecting second bead which is engageable with the first beads whereby the engagement of the bead prevents removal of the tamper indicating band portion upon removal of the cap portion. At least one ramp is integrally formed with the second bead and projects downwardly therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2002
    Assignee: Rexam Medical Packaging Inc.
    Inventor: Marc A. Briere
  • Patent number: 6325226
    Abstract: A plastic screw closure for bottles comprising a cap having a substantially cylindrical peripheral portion (1) with an internal screw thread (8) for screwing onto an external screw thread (11) of a bottle neck (10), and with a disc-like top plate portion (2). A substantially cylindrical sealing strip (4) which extends axially from the inside of the top plate portion (2) has an outside diameter at least equal to the bottle neck's outside diameter (D) and an inside diameter (2r2) smaller than the bottle neck's outside diameter (D). Inside the cylindrical sealing strip (4), a further, substantially cylindrical sealing olive-shaped button (3) is radially fitted, the outside diameter (2R1) of which, at least in the area near the top plate and opposite the sealing strip (4), is larger than the inside diameter (d) of the bottle neck (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2001
    Assignee: Bericap GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Gunter Krautkramer
  • Patent number: 6260721
    Abstract: A plastic cap of this invention is opened by tearing-off and is comprising a top plate provided with a sealing portion to be engaged with the mouth of a container, a skirt extending perpendicularly from the top plate, and a tear-off portion arranged around the skirt and defining an upper closure portion for resealing and a lower opening band, wherein in the inner surface of the skirt, at an upper position than the tear-off portion, a diametrically inwardly-directed protrusion which is engaged with a jaw of the container is formed peripherally intermittently, simultaneously, at a lower position than the tear-off portion, a flap piece whose tip portion is engaged with the jaw of the bottle is formed peripherally intermittently, and the engaged protrusion and the flap piece are formed at least alternately in most of the peripheral direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2001
    Assignee: Japan Crown Cork Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hidehiko Ohmi, Tateo Kubo, Mitsuo Kumata
  • Patent number: 6253939
    Abstract: A closure having a tamper-evident band secured to a container neck by a retaining band. The tamper-evident band is attached to the retaining band by a hinge so that the retaining band rotates upward about the hinge when the closure is applied to the neck of a container, causing the inner wall of the retaining band and the inner wall of the tamper-evident band to form a cavity therebetween. A number of rectangular openings are spaced around the circumference of the retaining band. The upper edge of each opening extends beyond the hinge and into the tamper-evident band. A recess in the inner wall of the tamper-evident band is located above each opening so that the lower edge of the recess intersects with the rear wall of the opening. The openings and recesses cooperate to ensure that any liquid that spills or splashes from the container neck into the cavity during capping will drain out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2001
    Assignee: Crown Cork & Seal Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Min Miles Wan, Manuel J. Mueller, Valentin Hierzer, Donald Deubel
  • Patent number: 6227399
    Abstract: A tamper-evident fastening assembly for an outlet of a conduit, including a closure member for covering the outlet of the conduit, a strap extending from the closure member, and first and second fasteners connected to the closure member. The first fastener secures a first portion of the strap to the conduit by forming a first loop. The second fastener secures a second portion of the strap to the closure member by forming a second loop. Removal of the closure member from the outlet breaks the second loop but leaves the first loop intact on the conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2001
    Assignee: Bunzl Plastics Inc.
    Inventors: Mark W. Angus, Dennis R. Gray
  • Patent number: 6220484
    Abstract: A beverage dispensing device includes a dispensing spout disposed at the mouth of a bottle. A single-piece, disposable security strap is used to secure the spout to the bottle to prevent unauthorized removal of the spout to dispense drinks. The spout has a distal portion with a spout opening and a proximal shoulder larger in cross-sectional than the distal portion. The security strap includes a strap ring having an opening configured to surround and capture the proximal shoulder of the spout. The strap further includes at least a pair of connecting portions extending from the strap ring. Each connecting portion has an affixing member at an end. At least one of the affixing members has a self-adhering surface for adhering to the exterior of the bottle. To dispense the beverage, the strap is broken and discarded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2001
    Assignee: Automatic Bar Controls, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard A. Martindale
  • Patent number: 6179821
    Abstract: A membrane port. The membrane port includes a flow port portion defining a lumen therethrough. A frangible connector portion is mounted on an enlarged portion of the flow port portion. A pierceable membrane is disposed in the lumen defined through the flow port portion to prevent fluid flow through said lumen. A cover portion is mounted on the frangible connector portion. The cover portion is constructed to fluidly seal a first end portion of the flow port portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2001
    Inventors: Glenn A. Caspary, Ralph E. Saunders
  • Patent number: 6179139
    Abstract: This relates to the provision of a button type closure with a tamper-indicating element that visually indicates when a container has been opened. A deflectable button on an actuator panel is utilized to fracture a disk of brittle material situated between the button and a rigid transparent plastic holder into which the actuator panel and brittle disk are inserted. The plastic holder not only carries the actuator panel and brittle disk, but it also has provisions to hold the deflectable button in its down position by pressing the down button tightly against a rib on the underside of the holder, thus holding the deflectable button in the down position before the closure is applied to a container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2001
    Inventor: Robert John Heilman
  • Patent number: 6109465
    Abstract: A tamper-proof closure construction including a cap having a top wall, a skirt and a plurality of tabs extending from the bottom edge of the skirt. The cap fits over the opening in the neck of a container which neck includes a shelf, cams having portions beneath the shelf extending outwardly from the neck beyond the shelf and all portions of the neck between the shelf and a sealing surface on the end of the neck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2000
    Assignee: Product Investment Inc.
    Inventor: John C. Henning
  • Patent number: 6102225
    Abstract: A tamper-indicating container-closure package assembly is composed of a container including a base, a sidewall portion extending upward from the base, and a finish portion connected to an upper region of the sidewall portion defining a mouth of the container. The finish portion includes a threaded portion located inside the mouth which can include at least one interruption for allowing venting of the container as a closure is removed. A seal seat is recessed inside the mouth, yet is situated above the threaded portion, while a radially outwardly bulbous portion protrudes outside of the mouth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2000
    Assignee: Ball Corporation
    Inventor: Stephen R. Lynn
  • Patent number: 5890609
    Abstract: Tamper indicating closure and container assembly which prior opening of the assembly is indicated by exposing projections formed integrally with the closure with such projections remaining concealed in the originally closed position of the assembly. The tamper indicating features are associated with a pouring spout on a gable-top container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 6, 1999
    Assignee: Rexam Closures, Inc.
    Inventor: William J. Shankland
  • Patent number: 5875907
    Abstract: A closure is provided for a container. The closure has a body and a lid. The closure includes a tamper-indicating member connected to the body of the closure by an anchor member received in an anchor member-receiving aperture defined in the closure body. The tamper-indicating member is also connected along a frangible junction to the lid of the closure. A plug member extends from the tamper-indicating member and is receivable in a plug member-receiving aperture defined in the body. When the tamper-indicating member is depressed to force the plug member into the plug member-receiving aperture, the frangible junction is broken, and the tamper-indicating member is retained in its depressed position. This provides an indication that the closure may have been previously opened. Also, an overhanging portion of the lid can be readily engaged by a finger to facilitate opening of the lid relative to the body of the closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 2, 1999
    Assignee: AptarGroup, Inc.
    Inventor: Dieter F. Lay
  • Patent number: 5853093
    Abstract: A bottle cap assembly, comprising a main portion, and a lid. The main portion and lid are attached by a hinge. The main portion is selectively secured to the lid with a latch, the latch opposite the hinge. The main portion has a central bore, and the hinge has a plug which fits in the central bore when the cap is closed. The central bore has internal grooves, and the plug has protuberances which match the internal grooves to effect a tight seal between the central bore and plug. The main portion further has an upper groove, and the lid has a ring which fits in the upper groove. The ring is larger in diameter and concentric with the plug. At least one opening preventer attaches between the lid and main portion to prevent inadvertant opening of the bottle and for revealing tampering to the bottle, since the opening preventer can be opened once, and then cannot be restored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 29, 1998
    Inventor: Eliezer Neiger
  • Patent number: RE36334
    Abstract: A tamper-proof closure for use with a bottle having a neck, a lip, and shelf surrounding the neck and a plurality of ramp sections. The closure includes a top wall, a skirt and a plurality of tabs extending from the bottom edge of the skirt. The tabs include first and second side edges and a transverse edge. The tab is longer adjacent to one side edge than the other. The ramp sections include an upwardly sloping portion of the shelf and a cam wall extending across the shelf from the neck to the outer edge of the shelf.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 12, 1999
    Assignee: Product Investment, Inc.
    Inventor: John C. Henning