Detachable Patents (Class 220/23.4)
  • Patent number: 10408567
    Abstract: A modular canister is provided for containing a missile for launch. The canister includes a set of four longitudinal assemblies, an electronics module, and a hatch module. The assemblies are attachable to form a rectangular cross-section chamber between fore and aft ends. Each assembly includes a wall extrusion and a corner extrusion. The electronics module connects to the chamber at the breech. The hatch module connects to the chamber at the muzzle. The hatch module includes an aperture cover, a door and a hinge. The door pivots on the hinge between a default closed position and a command open position. The chamber can receive or else launch the missile through the muzzle when the door is in the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Inventor: William R. Carver, II
  • Patent number: 10399731
    Abstract: A cluster pack comprises at least two containers connected by a glued joint. One of the containers has a thickened wall region in the region of the glued joint. This region acts as a well reinforcement to reduce the risk of tearing a container during detachment from the cluster pack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Frank Haesendonckx, Christian Rommel
  • Patent number: 10364089
    Abstract: A materials containment canister comprising an optional lower cap with an upper thread, a body with multiple interior chambers and an upper cap with a lid, optional handle and orifice. The upper cap is capable of rotating to allow for the orifice to access individual chambers which can store materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Inventors: Ronnie Daniels, Jr., Christopher Bello
  • Patent number: 10314248
    Abstract: Bottomless in-ground plant containers with watering-wells that are open at both ends that are both functional and decorative. The above-ground portions, the watering-well bowls, of these present embodiments have faux decorative pavers that add support in keeping the watering-wells above ground-level. The bottom, below-ground portions, the well barrels, have two attached horizontal flanges permanently attached to their bases to help prevent upward and downward movement, as-well-as adding extra stability in keeping the watering-well bowls above ground-level. These non-organic watering-well bowls replace the organic soil watering-wells; and these in-ground plant-containers with watering-wells are for conserving water and the localized containment of water contaminated by pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Inventor: Donald Eugene Harris, Sr.
  • Patent number: 10307001
    Abstract: The present display system enables the display and rearrangement of one or more decorative elements on a base structure to create a decorative arrangement that can be easily and selectively adjusted to move or rotate the decorative elements. The display system generally comprises an attachment assembly mounted on a base structure and supporting a decorative element support. An angular adjustment lock and a lateral adjustment lock permits the decorative element support to rotate and translate relative to the base structure. The base structure comprises one or more mounts arranged on a face of the base structure. The mounts receive and support one or more attachment assemblies. Using the present display system, multiple decorative elements can be adjusted to create aesthetically pleasing compositions of complementary or connected decorative elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Allure Ventures Inc.
    Inventor: John Fitzpatrick
  • Patent number: 10294522
    Abstract: A sample handling system and a process for the handling of chemical or biological samples is provided. The system includes a dosing device with a receiving plate configured in an essentially horizontal position in a plane defined by a first and a second axis. The dosing device has at least one working arm that is movable. The pipetting mechanism includes at least one pipetting channel that is movable and has a pipette tip mounted or mountable thereon. The system further includes at least one thermal cycler provided in the area of the receiving plate. The thermal cycler is configured on the receiving plate in such a way that the pipetting mechanism is movable in a position above the sample vessels in the thermal cycler, in a setting that allows a pipetting step to be carried out into the sample vessels in the thermal cycler by the pipetting mechanism in the position above the sample vessels in the thermal cycler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventors: Martin Gajewski, Mario Arangio
  • Patent number: 10287056
    Abstract: A holding structure for concurrently holding a plurality of containers for substances for cosmetic, medical or pharmaceutical applications, in particular of vials, is provided. The holder includes a carrier having a plurality of apertures or receptacles into which the containers can be inserted, and holding tabs for holding the containers in the apertures or receptacles. The holding tabs are at least two holding tabs, which are provided at the edge of a respective aperture or receptacle and protrude from an upper side of the carrier for holding the respective container. The holding tabs are resiliently pivoted or folded back as the containers are inserted into the apertures or receptacles. The holding tabs are matched to the containers such that the containers are held by the holding tabs with a radial clearance and low tension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: SCHOTT AG
    Inventors: Kai Wissner, Gregor Fritz Deutschle, Kristopher Koch
  • Patent number: 10214100
    Abstract: A vehicle floor lower structure comprising a fuel tank that is disposed under a floor of a vehicle, and a battery pack that is disposed under the floor of the vehicle and at a vehicle body rear side of the fuel tank, and the battery pack is configured to be a power source to drive a traction motor installed in the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Inventor: Satoshi Ajisaka
  • Patent number: 10188189
    Abstract: First and second individual containers each containing a razor cartridge with a storage region and having a perimeter around an entrance to the storage region. Each container includes a first side wall, a second side wall opposite the first side wall, a first end wall, a second end wall opposite the first end wall, a bottom wall extending between the first side wall, the second side wall, the first end wall and the second end wall. A front flange extends outward from the first side wall at the perimeter. A joint secures the front flange of the second individual container to the second side wall of the first individual container at the perimeter. The front flange of the second individual container extends beyond the second side wall of the first individual container and above the storage region of first individual container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: The Gillette Company LLC
    Inventors: Patrick Francis McNally, Jessy Lee Cusack
  • Patent number: 10179547
    Abstract: Disclosed is a side pack that may be on a utility vehicle. In example embodiments, a top panel of the side pack includes channels that are used to connect an option, for example, mechanical equipment, to the side pack. Disclosed also is a method of moving the side pack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Stellar Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: James Aaron Flatebo, Scott Aaron Britson, Matthew Wendell Schroeder
  • Patent number: 10124928
    Abstract: A holding structure for concurrently holding a plurality of containers for substances for cosmetic, medical or pharmaceutical applications, in particular of vials, is provided. The holder includes a carrier having a plurality of apertures or receptacles into which the containers can be inserted, and holding tabs for holding the containers in the apertures or receptacles. The holding tabs are at least two holding tabs, which are provided at the edge of a respective aperture or receptacle and protrude from an upper side of the carrier for holding the respective container. The holding tabs are resiliently pivoted or folded back as the containers are inserted into the apertures or receptacles. The holding tabs are matched to the containers such that the containers are held by the holding tabs with a radial clearance and low tension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: SCHOTT AG
    Inventors: Kai Wissner, Gregor Fritz Deutschle, Kristopher Koch
  • Patent number: 10104795
    Abstract: Protective assemblies for enclosures are described. An example apparatus includes a chassis configured to hold one or more electronic systems, a first frame configured to engage a first side of the chassis, a second frame configured to engage a second side of the chassis opposite the first side, and members attached between the first frame and the second frame using fasteners, the members extending between the first frame and the second frame to rigidly secure the first frame and the second frame against the chassis to create an enclosure comprising the first frame, the second frame, and the chassis, the members being exterior to the chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Stephen Liebert, Paul William Garvey
  • Patent number: 10065774
    Abstract: A materials containment canister comprising a lower cap with an upper thread, a body with multiple interior chambers and an upper cap with a lid, optional handle and orifice. The upper cap is capable of rotating to allow for the orifice to access individual chambers which can store materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Inventors: Ronnie Daniels, Jr., Christopher Bello
  • Patent number: 10053840
    Abstract: A Modular Architectural Cistern (MAC) may be provided. The cistern may be embodied as slim, vertically ribbed structure. The interior of the structure may be configured to receive, store, and output rainwater. The cistern may comprise slip-fit connection joints configured to allow a plurality of connections to other MACs. Connections with other MACs may increase the rainwater storage volume available to the MAC. Moreover, the MAC may be aesthetically designed so as to accompany various architectural structures without taking away from the aesthetic appeal of the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Inventor: Jeffrey Steven Ginn
  • Patent number: 10034541
    Abstract: A set of panels includes a first panel having a first main plane and a second panel having a second main plane. The panels are provided with a mechanical locking device for locking a first edge of the first panel to a second edge of the second panel. The mechanical locking device includes an edge groove at the first edge, wherein an edge tongue of the second edge is insertable into the edge groove. A flexible tongue is arranged in an insertion groove provided in the edge section groove, and cooperates with a tongue groove provided at the edge section of the second panel. The first and the second panels are locked at a junction plane which is extending between the first main plane and the second main plane. The first edge comprises an edge tongue that extends from the junction plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Inventors: Christian Boo, Peter Derelov
  • Patent number: 10017299
    Abstract: The present invention provides, in at least one embodiment, a basket such as a grocery basket or laundry basket, where the basket includes a packaging wrap strap. When the basket is in an open position, the wrap strap is flush to the bottom side of the base of the basket such that it is out of the way. When the basket is in a closed position, the wrap strap, made from elastic, stretches to get around the base of the basket and pulls the base upwards while applying downward force on a rim of the basket to keep the basket closed very flat. The wrap strap advantageously does not interfere with the closing and opening functions, improves storage and carrying, and provides better packaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Clevermade, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas A. Quinn, Michael Carlson
  • Patent number: 9987549
    Abstract: Game piece in the form of a polyomino or polycube or similar, consisting of a number of blocks (5) that are put together in an orthogonal pattern, characterized in that the game piece (4) comprises at least two parts (6) that are each formed by a number of aforementioned blocks (5) connected together in a fixed way, whereby these parts (6) are slidably coupled with respect to one another in such a way that they enable a number of forms of game pieces (4) to be formed with the game piece (4) concerned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Inventor: Rolf Vandoren
  • Patent number: 9980607
    Abstract: A multi-section skillet apparatus for providing a cooking surface for a conventional range of increased size includes two mirror image skillet sections which are removably attachable to one another. Both skillet sections include four short legs which raise the bottom of the skillet sections uniformly so that the cooking surface is level when disposed over multiple stove burners while still keeping the skillet section's close enough to the burners for the burners to can heat the skillet sections. The skillet sections are selectively connected together through the inclusion of corresponding portions of a clamp fastener on thereon. When the sides of the skillet section are pressed together, the clamp fasteners engage so as to fasten the skill sections together. The multi-section skillet apparatus can be separated back into two discrete skillet sections through the application of manual force in a separating direction sufficient to disengage the clamp fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Inventor: Frank Baldwin
  • Patent number: 9944173
    Abstract: A vehicle floor lower structure includes: a floor panel configuring a floor of a vehicle and formed with a floor tunnel, that projects out toward a vehicle body upper side and extends along a vehicle body front-rear direction, the floor tunnel is disposed at a vehicle width direction center of the floor panel; a fuel tank that is disposed at a vehicle body lower side of the floor panel and that includes a main tank section disposed inside the floor tunnel and an extension tank section that is disposed inside the floor tunnel and that projects out from the main tank section toward a vehicle body front side or a vehicle body rear side; and an exhaust pipe that is routed so as to pass by inside the floor tunnel at a vehicle width direction outer side of the main tank section and the extension tank section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Inventor: Satoshi Ajisaka
  • Patent number: 9936829
    Abstract: A system for assisting a user in selecting food types for a balanced meal is disclosed. The system comprises a plate having a plurality of food type segments. Each of the food type segments is associated with a particular one of the food types.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Pediaplate Inc.
    Inventor: Alison Verdirame
  • Patent number: 9914121
    Abstract: A tube for chemical, biological or biotechnological matter is provided, wherein the tube has a positioning element, the positioning element shaped for engagement in a corresponding structure provided in a carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: QIAGEN GMBH
    Inventors: Sasa Lazevski, Thomas Voit
  • Patent number: 9868566
    Abstract: The invention relates to a composite package (8) linked together into a single unit, and comprising a plurality of individual containers (1, 2, and 3) of varying shapes and/or volumes and being assembled according to different orientations in the composite package. In the composite package are defined strong and weak containers according to their mechanical resistances on which apply external loads. According to the invention, the strong containers are arranged in their orientation along the direction(s) of external loads placed upon the composite package thereby protecting the weakest ones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventor: Klaus Hartwig
  • Patent number: 9862576
    Abstract: A carrying device for large panels, such as drywall, plywood and the like. The carrying device includes a rigid one-piece panel receiving bracket with a dual flexible strap and adjustable handle extending therefrom. The panel is received on a platform portion of the bracket which has multiple impact surfaces for positioning, engaging and releasing the bracket from the panel so positioned thereon and a panel positioning strap handle attachment extending therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Inventor: John Stelmach
  • Patent number: 9814350
    Abstract: A slow cooker accessory for separating food into desired configurations for the duration of the cooking time and for easily removing food from cooking fluids, juices, and fats at any time during the cooking process. The slow cooker accessory includes a receptacle that fits within existing slow cooker vessels, wherein the receptacle has a walled body with a plurality of openings, an open end with a rim, and handles that engage the slow cooker vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: ME Accesories, LLC
    Inventors: Erica Terrell, Micah Terrell
  • Patent number: 9724820
    Abstract: The invention relates to an assembly of at least two stackable transport trunks, each trunk having a body with a generally parallelepiped shape, including a bottom and four sidewalls connected to the bottom and being closed by a removable lid, one of the sidewalls of each trunk including nesting means for engaging with the nesting means of the sidewall of another trunk on which it is stacked. According to the invention, the nesting means are adapted for defining, when in engagement, a sliding link having a translation direction parallel to the side surfaces having the nesting means and to the bottoms of the trunks, and for guiding the translation of the trunks on each other, the corresponding sidewalls being adapted for enabling the cooperation of the nesting means and enabling said translation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: K-PLAN
    Inventors: Sébastien Parzy, Dominique Parzy, Emilien Henry
  • Patent number: 9718589
    Abstract: A container system includes a tub including a front wall, a back wall opposite the front wall and side walls extending between the front wall and the back wall. A bottom extends between the front wall, back wall and side walls. A mouth structure includes a fastening feature configured for connecting to a lid. The mouth structure has an opening therethrough that provides access to a containing volume of the tub. A shoulder extends inwardly from the side walls to the mouth structure. A plurality of unitized doses of a detergent composition is located within the containing volume of the tub. A lid is connected to tub using the fastening feature. The lid has an open position for allowing user access to the containing volume and a closed position for preventing user access to the containing volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Christopher Robert Kopulos, Brian David Andres
  • Patent number: 9722223
    Abstract: An exemplary battery pack retention assembly includes a bracket, a protrusion configured to transition from a disengaged position with the bracket to an engaged position with the bracket in response to movement of a battery pack enclosure relative to a portion of vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Patrick Daniel Maguire
  • Patent number: 9706864
    Abstract: Various embodiments, aspects and features of the present invention encompass a wine glass stem spacer configured to be coupled to, and decoupled from, a stemmed glass. An exemplary wine glass stem spacer is in the general form of a foam or soft rubber cylinder having a height that is substantially equivalent to the depth of a typical cup holder cavity. A stem receiving cavity may be bored through the spacer along a vertical axis and a vertical stem insertion slit may be cut from the outer surface of the spacer to the stem receiving cavity, thereby providing for coupling of the spacer around the stem of a wine glass. Advantageously, when an embodiment of the spacer is coupled to the stem of a certain wine glass, the wine glass may be protected from tilting when placed in a cup holder cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Inventor: Jose Orlando Matus, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9693619
    Abstract: The present invention may provide a cosmetic container including: a container part (100) that includes a first container (110) including a first composition and a second container (120) including a second composition and is formed by combining the first container (110) and the second container (120); a first airless pump module (200) that includes a first intake tube (210) and a first pipe (220) communicating with the first intake tube (210) and is mounted on the first container (100); a second airless pump module (300) that includes a second intake tube (310) and a second pipe (320) communicating with the second intake tube (310) and is mounted on the second container (120); and a pressing unit (400) that includes a first pressing cap (410) having a first intake hole (411) connected with the first pipe (220) and a first dispense hole (412) for dispensing the first composition in the first intake hole (411), and a second pressing cap (420) having a second intake hole (421) connected with the second pipe (320)
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: MINJIN CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Keun Seo Ki
  • Patent number: 9655309
    Abstract: A rooftop greenhouse built into a roof infrastructure is disclosed. The roof infrastructure is constructed from conjoining modular building segments. The conjoining modular building segments are prismatic box-like structures, each having at least three walls, and the prismatic box-like structures are arranged and attached horizontally to create the roof of a building infrastructure. Inside each prismatic box-like structure is a displaceable garden box and a mechanism for lifting the garden box out of the prismatic box-like structure. The prismatic box-like structures and garden boxes may also be equipped with glass ceilings, thin insulation, mirrors, a growing medium, a grid system, an automated water supply system, an automated gas supply system, an automated temperature control system, an automated shading and light control device, and artificial lighting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Inventors: David R. Hall, Benjamin Jensen, Max Tarver, Clayton Kimball, Eimi Priddis
  • Patent number: 9604749
    Abstract: The flanged container for a dairy product or similar food composition is provided with a hollow body and a generally planar annular flange connected to the top of the body, the flange having outer straight side edges and an inner edge defining a circular upper opening of the container. The body has a planar bottom and a lower portion tapering from a generally cylindrical upper portion toward the bottom in a curved manner. The lower portion has a height h1 in some embodiments not less than 14 mm and the ratio h1/H is less than 2:5 where H is the height of the container. The side wall of the body has a thickness profile such that the average thickness of the lower portion is more than the average thickness of the upper portion. Several identical containers can be grouped in a pack with breakable junctions at the outer straight side edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Compagnie Gervais Danone
    Inventor: Vincent Ferry
  • Patent number: 9598234
    Abstract: Systems and methods for efficiently collecting and disposing waste from disparate locations within a facility, the method including coupling a series of empty waste receptacles to a tow vehicle and transporting the receptacles to a first location. At the first location, identifying a first full waste receptacle and exchanging it with one of the empty receptacles coupled to the vehicle. The full waste receptacle and remaining empty receptacles are thereafter transported via the tow vehicle to a second location, where a second full waste receptacle is exchanged with one of the remaining empty receptacles. Thereafter, the first and second full waste receptacles are transported to a waste processing location. In some embodiments, the process may be repeated until all the empty waste receptacles on the vehicle have been exchanged with full waste receptacles, at which point the vehicle transports the full waste receptacles to the waste processing location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: CONRAC Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Anthony Wayne Criddle, Matthew Reed Fairbanks
  • Patent number: 9592955
    Abstract: A container is provided herein. The container may include a container joint structure, wherein the container joint structure may include a top side rail provided along a top edge of the container, and provided with a groove-shape having an open top; and corner castings respectively provided at end points of the top edge of the container to be in contact with both ends of the top side rail, wherein a hole may be formed at an abutment surface of each corner casting to the top side rail, and the hole may allow an internal space of the top side rail and an inside of the corner casting to communicated with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Urbantainer Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ji Won Baik
  • Patent number: 9591935
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are compounds having the formula (I) wherein a dashed line represents the presence or absence of a bond; Y is an organic acid functional group, or an amide or ester thereof; or Y is hydroxymethyl or an ether thereof; or Y is a tetrazolyl functional group; A is —(CH2)6—, cis —CH2CH?CH—(CH2)3—, or —CH2C?C—(CH2)3—, wherein 1 or 2 carbon atoms may be replaced by S or O; or A is —(CH2)m—Ar—(CH2)o— wherein Ar is interarylene or heterointerarylene, the sum of m and o is 1, 2, 3, or 4, and wherein 1 —CH2— may be replaced by S or O, and 1 —CH2—CH2— may be replaced by —CH?CH— or —C?C—; U1 and U2 are independently selected from —H, ?O, —OH, —F, —Cl, and —CN; and B is aryl or heteroaryl, for use as acular hypotensive agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: ALLERGEN, INC.
    Inventors: David W. Old, Vinh X. Ngo, Mark Holoboski, Mari Posner
  • Patent number: 9586206
    Abstract: A reaction vessel for an automatic chemical or biological analysis appliance includes a connection part (22) for connection to another vessel (10) of the same type, the connection part is resiliently snap-fastened on the top end of the vessel (10) and is also resiliently snap-fastened to the connection part (22) of another vessel so as to form a string of vessels that are hinged to one another about transverse axes (xx)?.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Inventors: Philippe Croisard, Olivier Valverde
  • Patent number: 9567136
    Abstract: A dip clip includes a container portion and a clip portion. The container portion is configured to hold a desired quantity of a dip such as salsa, dressings, or other such food items. The clip portion is configured to provide a point of attachment so that the container portion may be removably attached to a plate or other dish.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Progressive International Corporation
    Inventors: Sul Gi Myoung, Jeffery David Madden
  • Patent number: 9486115
    Abstract: A primary outer housing component for equipment is disclosed. The housing may be configured to include two or more opposing continuous curvature forms, a form outlined generally defined by a series of arcs, a forward facing primary surface having a compound curve, and a secondary surface having a compound curve. The primary surface may be configured to have at least one roundtangle feature and one or more primary touch points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: ECOLAB USA INC.
    Inventors: Brian Philip Carlson, Ryan A. Chernik, Brian Michael Clemens, Bradley Keith Lohrding, Dana Marie Vajen Habig
  • Patent number: 9483055
    Abstract: A mobile robot that includes a robot body having a forward drive direction, a drive system supporting the robot body above a cleaning surface for maneuvering the robot across the cleaning surface, and a robot controller in communication with the drive system. The robot also includes a bumper movably supported by a forward portion of the robot body and a obstacle sensor system disposed on the bumper. The obstacle sensor system includes at least one contact sensor disposed on the bumper, at least one proximity sensor disposed on the bumper and a auxiliary circuit board disposed on the bumper and in communication with the at least one contact sensor, the at least one proximity sensor, and the robot controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: iRobot Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph M Johnson, Christopher Morse, Marcus R Williams
  • Patent number: 9427136
    Abstract: A collapsible dish drainer is formed using a resilient material allowing the dish drainer to collapse to a smaller size for storage. The dish drainer may be formed with one or more feet to raise the dish drainer above a countertop or other surface. A bottom or base of the dish drainer is configured to direct water toward a drain, with a pivotally mounted spout. An upper shelf is attached for lateral movement between an extended and retracted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Progressive International Corporation
    Inventor: Joseph Kent
  • Patent number: 9387556
    Abstract: Assembling blow molded parts to form cantilevered structures incorporating a joint among three blow molded parts. A joint incorporates connector components from each part. One part comprises a cantilever, and has a tab with a through hole disposed substantially at the fixed end. The other two parts are assembled using a barbed post-and-hole joint, such that the post is inserted through the hole in the tab. The tab acts in tension at an angle to oppose the moment and shear generated by the weight of the cantilever. Other aspects of the invention include an additional dovetail joint connecting the cantilever part and the other part or parts, The dovetail joint may be blind, and may contribute to supporting the weight of, as well as opposing the moment and shear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: Custom-Pak, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald A. Zimmer, Alan W. Knapper
  • Patent number: 9346661
    Abstract: A liquid dispenser has containers, sized, shaped and arranged to enclose different volumes but each of the containers has a top with a refill opening that is substantially the same as the top and openings of the other containers. The containers are provided with curving transition sections that taper the sides of the container to increase or decrease the width of the container to provide a smaller or large top sizes as needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: Prince Castle LLC
    Inventors: Loren Veltrop, Christopher Lyons, Michael A. Graef
  • Patent number: 9180460
    Abstract: An apparatus has a) a flat, flexible test tube holder ring, and b) a mechanism to manipulate the angular orientation of the flat flexible test tube holder ring. The test tube holder ring includes: (1) an outer circumference, (2) an inner circumference, and (3) apertures to hold test tubes, wherein alternate apertures have circumferential walls to enable positioning the test tubes higher compared to their adjacent test tubes. The mechanism includes an engagement mechanism that orients the angle of the test tube holder ring. When the test tube holder ring is at one angle, the test tube holder ring is flat and planar, and when the test tube holder is at a different angle the test tube holder ring has a conical shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Inventor: Amir Zilberberg
  • Patent number: 9149979
    Abstract: Embodiments directed to a process for producing a reagent container assembly made of plastic and a reagent container assembly are disclosed. The process may comprise: assembling a group of particular reagent containers, and joining the reagent containers to form the reagent container assembly where at least two of the reagent containers are permanently joined together by at least one welding process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: Roche Diagnostics Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephan Sattler, Reinhold Kraemer
  • Patent number: 9119490
    Abstract: Attachable and detachable shot glass and pocket type accessories having a clip on one side for allowing the shot glass type accessories to securely clip onto exterior edges of larger beverage containers, such as glasses, plastic container, paper and cardboard cups, while keeping top of the shot glass and the liquid contents in the shot glass level with the top of and the liquid contents in the larger beverage container, such as beverage glasses, coffee and tea and beverage cups, on insulation sleeves on cups, and the like. The shot glass can hold extra liquids, such as alcohol and non-alcohol therein, as well as hold sweeteners, creams, and the like. The shot glass is attachable to containers of other edible substances, such as desserts to hold toppings in the shot glasses. Shot glasses can be used to hold paints clipped on a container holding painting supplies, such as brushes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: GetMugShot, Inc.
    Inventor: John Parodi, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9108764
    Abstract: A package system is provided for compactable package that can be reused as an assembly block, which system has a compressible package (10) and two structural pieces (12, 13) for compacting and housing the package. Each of the structural pieces comprise: mutual engagement elements couplable to; an inner cavity for housing the package; external engagement elements arranged on its outer surface, engageable with at least one external piece provided with compatible engagement elements, wherein at least one of the structural pieces (12, 13) has a retention element arranged in the inner cavity for retaining the package inside said two structural pieces, and when the package is in the compressed state the structural pieces (12, 13) are engaged and locked with each other by the mutual engagement elements, forming an assembly block (14) for reusing the packages (1) and avoiding disposal and accumulation of garbage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Inventor: Luis Antônio Valesini Gegembauer
  • Patent number: 9090276
    Abstract: A system and method for facilitating the organization, transport, and storage of items while shopping. A cart provides a mobile transport for carrying at least one detachable container. The container can contain and enable access to items in an organized manner. The items are placed inside the container during selection. The item are removed from the container during check out and returned back inside the container for further transport to a storage area, such as a pantry or refrigerator. At the storage area, the container is detached from the cart for stationary storage in the storage area, or stored as a system with a pantry cart without detaching from the cart. In this manner, the container has the dual purpose of serving as a mobile shopping basket, and a stationary storage container. Additionally, handling of the items is minimized by eliminating the need to transfer the items between containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Inventors: Evelyn R. G. Ihrke, Hanna C. Ihrke
  • Patent number: 9044111
    Abstract: A plate that is designed to be held in one hand of a user together with a drinking glass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: Holdaplate, LLC
    Inventor: John Zox
  • Publication number: 20150128491
    Abstract: A vessel in a modular magnetic storage system is set forth. The vessel includes at least one magnet housing assembly configured to securely store a magnet therein. The magnet housing assembly is provided on, within a portion, or within a wall of the vessel. An interior wall of the vessel is configured to form a compartment and to selectively store at least one object therein. The magnet housing assembly is configured to hold the vessel securely in a suspended configuration through a cover provided on the magnet housing assembly. The vessel is mounted in the suspended configuration by selectively connecting the magnet to a surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Jared Aller, Beau Oyler, Yi Cui
  • Patent number: 9005348
    Abstract: A device for controlling a relative humidity level in an enclosed volume storage device includes a plurality of container segments each including two side walls with internal edges joined at an interior edge of the container segment, an outer wall extending between external edges of the two side walls, a base wall extending between bottom edges of each of the two side walls and the outer wall of the container segment, and a permeable top wall. The container segments are configured in a first instance to be compactly adjacently positioned so that each side wall of a container segment abuts another side wall of another container segment and the segments are radially arrayed around a central axis of the device. A binding element is applied to maintain the segments in this position. The binding element is removable to allow the segments to be individually distributed within the storage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: M&D Wholesale Distributors, Inc.
    Inventor: Bryan J. Ott
  • Publication number: 20150090740
    Abstract: A flexible thermoformed dispensing package for a flowable material includes an integrally formed dispensing tube extending from the container portion having an internal extension defined by one or more integral thermoformed walls extending from the bottom surface of the container and terminating proximate the base when the package is in a vertical position to facilitate sipping of a beverage from the container portion; alternatively, a straw is placed in the dispensing tube to reach the base of the package. In another embodiment, at least one integrally formed internal dividing wall extends from the sealed end of the dispensing tube and intersects an interior wall to define separate dispensing chambers, where the sealed ends of each of the dispensing chambers can be independently opened along a weakened transverse parting line and separated into separate dispensing channels along a longitudinal parting line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventor: Lewis BARTON