Closure Members Having Alignable Openings Patents (Class 220/253)
  • Patent number: 8474642
    Abstract: A disposal container having a container body, a seal section disposed on top of the container body and having an opening with a seal band around the opening, a transfer barrel pivotally mounted on the seal section, the transfer barrel having a substantially spherical outer surface with an opening on the outer surface, and a handle pivotally mounted on the seal section. The handle and the transfer barrel are mounted to rotate coaxially in synchronization. When the handle and the transfer barrel are rotated to an open position, the opening of the transfer barrel is above the seal band; when they are rotated to a closed position, the opening of the transfer barrel is below the seal band. In another embodiment, a lid rather than a handle is provided and coupled to the transfer barrel to rotate it. Springs are provided to urge the lid toward an open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Baby Trend Inc.
    Inventor: Jung Tsai Chen
  • Patent number: 8474643
    Abstract: A lid for a drinking cup may include a rim portion and a raised cover portion. The rim portion may be adapted to matingly engage an upper peripheral edge of the drinking cup so as to selectively maintain the lid in a covering relationship on the cup. The raised cover portion may extend from the rim portion, and have a perimeter adapted to impede spillage of liquid over a peripheral edge of the lid. Liquid spilled or released on the cover portion or perimeter portion may drain away from the periphery of the cover portion and into the drinking opening or a recess in the cover portion that is adapted to receive a reclosable tab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: New Wincup Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Bobby V. Hundley, Joseph H. Quatmann
  • Patent number: 8469194
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure involve a pill-filtering article that is located and secured inside a pill container. Using one system, an assembly of articles distributes one pill at a time in the form of a single-pill dispensing apparatus that includes a pill-storage container and such a pill-filtering article. The container has an inner wall, an upper portion with a rim region where a cap may be secured, and a lower portion for containing pills. The pill-filtering article has a size and a shape that facilitates securing the article inside the pill-storage container near the inner wall, above the lower portion, and below the upper rim region, and also configured with a plurality of channel-defining regions including a first channel-defining region through which one-pill at a time passes and including a second channel-defining region through which one pill at a time passes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Inventors: Larry Johnson, Robert J. Crawford
  • Patent number: 8453870
    Abstract: A device by a drinking cup (1) comprising a container (2) and a valve element (4), the valve element (4) being provided with, on at least a portion of its free edge portion (12), an abutment (14) for a sealing, actuable gasket (8), and wherein a user's lip is resting against the gasket (8) when the drinking cup (1) is in its operating position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Inventors: Anne May Berg, Heidi Berg
  • Patent number: 8408409
    Abstract: A bottle closure includes the unitarily-molded combination of: an internally-threaded sidewall; a tamper indicator ring; and a hinge connecting the ring to the sidewall. The hinge permits the ring to be shifted from an initial position to an installation position. The installation position is essentially coaxially aligned with the sidewall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Plastek Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Alex S. Szekely
  • Publication number: 20130075398
    Abstract: A cap system for a container includes a cap that can be coupled to an open top of a container. The cap incorporates a hole that provides for fluid communication with an interior region of the container. A closure element movably coupled to the cap defines a solid region and an open region. The closure element is disposed at an angle with respect to a portion of the cap. At least one weight is coupled to the closure element such that the closure element moves as gravity acts thereon to align the closure element's solid region with the hole when the cap is in a first or upright orientation, and to align the open region with the hole when the cap is in a second or tipped orientation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Inventor: Herbert Morewitz, II
  • Publication number: 20130062347
    Abstract: A metering and dispensing closure for a container wherein two rotatable disks rotate in conjunction with a stationary cap member to afford accurate measuring of a powder material and dispensing of it. The disks and the container cap afford a consistent measuring of the powder material, as well as provide a variety of drive members which can be utilized with the dispensing closure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Publication date: March 14, 2013
    Applicant: DIVERSEY, INC.
    Inventors: Tyson L. Webster, M. Rinley Deeds, James W. Livingston, Andy Swain, David Holden, Kenneth J. Bird
  • Patent number: 8393487
    Abstract: A three position, selectively openable twist lid for a drinking vessel has separate drinking and venting apertures. The lid has two parts—a base member and a cap member. The base and cap members can be relatively rotated from a first, closed position to a second, open position and to a third, disengaged position in which the cap and base members may be separated for cleaning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Pacific Market International, LLC
    Inventors: Michelle J. Pillers, Barry Beyerlein, Robert Freed
  • Publication number: 20130032595
    Abstract: The present invention relates to containers for drinks such as water, beverage, and the like with non-removable closures, and more particularly to drink containers with non-removable closures that allow the user to open the containers without completely removing the closure from the containers. According to one embodiment of the present invention the drink container has a non-removable closure that is provided with a rotating disk on top of the receiving member to open or close the orifice on the receiving member on top of the drink bottle. When the rotating disk member's hole aligns with the receiving member's hole, a channel is formed for drink to leave from the bottle. When the holes are not aligned, the drink is blocked by the body of the rotating member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2011
    Publication date: February 7, 2013
    Inventor: Moshe Mohadeb
  • Patent number: 8360258
    Abstract: A beverage container closure or lid that is adapted for closing an open end of a beverage container. The lid is selectively couplable to the beverage container and includes a selectively openable stopper that when closed, creates a fluid-tight seal between the beverage container and the environment. The stopper may be selectively opened by a user by the user pressing a button disposed on a side of the beverage container closure. The stopper is subsequently automatically closed when the user releases the button. Thus, a user may open and close the beverage container closure using a single hand without the need to remove the beverage container closure from the beverage container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Pacific Market International, LLC
    Inventors: Tyler Sean Gilbert, Randy Sims
  • Publication number: 20130008901
    Abstract: A compressible container (200) has a cap (100) configured to engage therewith. The cap (100) includes a first valve (150), preferably in the form of first and second disks (112,120), one above another, each disk having at least one hole (113,122) therethrough. The disks are rotatable with respect to one another The holes (113,122) of the first and second disks (112,120) align in a first position to create channel therethrough and misalign in the second position to close the channel. The cap (100) may also include a second valve (130) connected to the channel. The second valve (130) may comprise a ball (134) inside a conic section tube (132). The ball (134) is designed to float on the liquid (300) so that any liquid (300) attempting to exit the container cap (100) will be prevented from doing so as the second valve (130) will be closed when the liquid forces the ball (134) into engagement with the conic section tube (132).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2010
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Inventor: Giuseppe Costa
  • Publication number: 20120305559
    Abstract: A fluid dispensing vessel is described which includes a fluid storage container having a neck portion and which defines an internal cavity. A first portion of a cap releasably engages the neck portion; a second portion of the cap telescopingly receives at least a part of the first portion of the cap; a rotatable drinking spout is rotatably supported on the second portion of the cap; and a third portion of the cap is pivotally moveable relative to the second portion of the cap and is further releasably attached to the rotatable drinking spout. The third portion of the cap causes the rotatable drinking spout to move along a path of travel and then forcibly detaches from the rotatable drinking spout when the drinking spout reaches the terminal end of its travel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2011
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Inventor: Jeff Steininger
  • Publication number: 20120273490
    Abstract: The invention relates to a cover (1) for opening and closing cans, in particular beverage cans, having a top circular cover component (3) and a bottom cover component (2). By moving the two cover components (2, 3) relative to one another, at least one through-hole can be opened and re-closed by both cover components (2, 3). A highly effective seal is obtained by precise coordination of the form of the top (3) and bottom (2) cover components, which can be increased even further by the additional use of sealing materials such as varnish, rubber, plastic or welded connections.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2010
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Inventor: Michael Keigan Jensen
  • Publication number: 20120261416
    Abstract: A container cap includes: a first cap body formed with at least one first perforation and sealedly connectable to an opening of a container; a second cap body rotatably mounted on the first cap body and formed with at least one second perforation; and a sealing member positioned between the first and second cap bodies and formed with third perforations. The number of the third perforations is equal to the number of the first perforations. The third perforations are aligned with the first perforations of the first cap body respectively. The first and second cap bodies can be relatively rotated to unseal or seal the container for a user to select a desired mode for drinking a beverage contained in the container. For example, a user can directly drink a hot beverage with his/her mouth or insert a straw into the container to drink a cold beverage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2011
    Publication date: October 18, 2012
    Inventor: CHENG-CHI LIN
  • Patent number: 8286812
    Abstract: The invention disclosed is a cap or other device and method of using same, the device comprising at least a first and second member, the cap having a first configuration in which the first and second members are rotatably connected to each other, and a second configuration in which the first and second members are fixed to each other. The second configuration is substantially irreversible, such that the device cannot be reverted to the first configuration without the aid of tools, breaking the device, or causing the device to lose functionality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Inventor: Andrzej Buczkowski
  • Publication number: 20120248055
    Abstract: A bottle is presented including a body portion having a dividing wall therein; a first chamber for holding a first liquid; a second chamber for holding a second liquid; a removable cap adapted to be operational in an oblique configuration with respect to a base portion of the bottle; and a single slidable orifice configured to travel on a substantially circular track adapted and dimensioned to be flush with a non-movable top surface of the removable cap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Inventor: Theodosios Kountotsis
  • Patent number: 8267276
    Abstract: A cap for holding a powder to be mixed with a fluid in a bottle has a product cap with a reservoir. The product cap has a top wall and a side wall. The product cap has a number of inner protrusions on the side wall and a number of outer protrusions on the side wall. A cylindrical safety gate has a number of grooves. The inner protrusions of the product cap mate with the grooves of the safety gate. The cylindrical safety gate has a gate and an aperture at an end of the cylindrical safety gate. A bottle cap with a cylindrical body has a threaded end and a gate end. The gate end has a number of grooves that mate with the outer protrusions. The bottle cap has a gate and an aperture between the threaded end and the gate end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Inventor: Joel Francomano
  • Patent number: 8251240
    Abstract: The plastic closure consists of a rotating cap (1) with a sectoral pouring hole and with a slide (2) guided on its under side in such a way as to be capable of being displaced in a translational manner in relation to the pouring hole. The slide exhibits a downward-projecting cam on its under side. Lying beneath the slide (2) is a gate cap (3). Also present in its cover (6) is a sectoral pouring hole and behind it additionally a groove as a gate guide for the cam on the slide (2). The gate cap (3) is installed in a stationary manner on a bottle neck or a container spout. If the rotating cap (1) is caused to rotate relative to the gate cap (3), the cam of the slide will be guided along the gate guide and will pull the slide (2) into the open position, whereas rotation in the opposite direction will cause the slide (2) to be displaced back into the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventor: Fritz Seelhofer
  • Patent number: 8251263
    Abstract: Caps and container systems suited to dispensing products like cosmetics. Some of the caps include two portions that can be coupled together and that include a dispensing system that has at least two open positions and at least one closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Mary Kay Inc.
    Inventors: Jenny DeMarco, John Lamie
  • Patent number: 8240497
    Abstract: A bottle including a body portion having a dividing wall extending from a base portion to a connection region; a first chamber for holding a first liquid; a second chamber for holding a second liquid; and a removable oblique cap; wherein a height of the dividing wall is less than an overall height of the body portion and the connection region is configured to be a maximum height of the dividing wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Inventor: Theodosios Kountotsis
  • Publication number: 20120187124
    Abstract: An automatic opening-and-closing discharging structure for a loose powder jar in which a discharging porous face can be automatically opened and closed based on a makeup demand. In this design, overlapped fixed and movable trough plates having opposite discharging porous faces are arranged at a filling port of a jar body. Long and short arc grooves are disposed oppositely at an external perimeter of the porous face of the fixed trough plate, wherein an elastic member is disposed in each long arc groove. Convex inserted columns are inserted at the bottom of the movable trough plate corresponding to the positions of the long and short arc grooves, so as to form a rotation control guide. Convex points are preset on a top-edge ring plate of the movable trough plate, so that when a jar cover is locked, the discharging is closed by dislocation and disconnection of the porous faces as the cover body rotates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2011
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Inventor: CHIA-SHENG CHANG
  • Patent number: 8215511
    Abstract: A container lid with a latch handle is taught that incorporates a drinking lip, having a flared brim, configured to interface with a liquid container. A lip sealing ring is disposed on the drinking lip creating a watertight fit between the lip and the container. A lid body, having lid male threads, is configured to interface with container lid female threads, and the lid body includes a bottom cover which forms a dead air space for insulation purposes within the lid. The lid body incorporates a vertical arched handle with a snap-in hinged spring loaded latch for quick release attachment of the container lid and container securely to an object. A lid sealing ring is disposed on the lid body forming a watertight fit between the lid body and the container drinking lip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Inventor: Shin-Shuoh Lin
  • Patent number: 8152008
    Abstract: A bottle cap including an additive holding unit which is supported in a mouth of a bottle has in a lower portion thereof an opening for discharging the additive, and is open at the top. An open-and-shut unit is seated to be coaxial with the additive holding unit and moves up and down to open or shut the opening. An outer cap unit includes a sealing tube which is placed between the open-and-shut unit and the additive holding unit and performs a sealing function. A skirt having a forgery preventing function is integrally provided on a lower end of the outer cap body. A delay hook retains the skirt for a period when the opening is opened, thus delaying separation of the skirt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Inventor: Young Kook Cho
  • Patent number: 8152016
    Abstract: A cover for sealing a container and preferably containers for a well plate. The cover is comprised of at least a top layer and a bottom layer structured in a way to form a recloseable aperture. Preferably, each of the layers comprise a recloseable aperture structured as flap, damper, baffle or butterfly valve respectively, wherein the recloseable apertures are arranged on top of each other. In a preferred embodiment of the invention a third moveable layer is arranged between the top and the bottom layer. By moving the middle layer, the aperture in the cover can be closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Agilent Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Manfred Berndt, Jose-Angel Mora-Fillat, Jan Eickhoff
  • Patent number: 8146768
    Abstract: A container has a selectively openable panel defined at least in part by a frangible score groove in a surface of the container. The frangible score groove is selectively fracturable by a lifting action administered by a user to a secured to the container. The tab has a nose portion separated from a lift end by a central webbing. The central webbing has a hinge region and a rivet island. The rivet island is at least partially surrounded by a first void region. The central webbing also has a grab portion at the lift end of the tab. The grab portion has an enclosed region defining a billboard surface. The billboard surface has a top side and a bottom side opposite the top side. A bead created by displacing the material of the central webbing is located on the billboard surface. A pigment-carrying layer covers at least a portion of the billboard surface. A tactile indicium is located on the billboard surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Rexam Beverage Can Company
    Inventors: Randall G. Forrest, Timothy L. Turner
  • Patent number: 8136687
    Abstract: A cover of a container is provided. The cover displays the number of times a user has ever opened the container which contains medication to thereby inform the user of the user's history of medication use with a view to protecting the user from unnecessary repeat medication and suggesting the user to take medication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Inventor: Hung Kuan Wu
  • Patent number: 8136666
    Abstract: The apparatus and method of the present invention provide for the simple and accurate dispensing of articles, particularly solid oral medication. The apparatus of the present invention according to one embodiment comprises a holder device, in which said holder device comprises a bottom surface, a sidewall engaging said bottom surface, a pair of radial walls adjoining a center of said bottom surface and said sidewall, and a sloped slide adjoining said pair of radial walls. In a preferred embodiment, the holder device further comprises seven pairs of radial walls to correspond with each day of the week. The present invention also includes a plurality of compartments within each pair of radial walls, which correspond to the time periods during which medication must be taken during a single day. Each compartment according to this embodiment contains a sloped slide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Inventor: Kenneth N. Goldman
  • Publication number: 20120037669
    Abstract: A dispenser in which an outlet opening is provided in the container lid which is opened by tearing open a sealing membrane in order to open the container. A removal tube is connected to the outlet opening and extends to the container base in order to dispense a portion of goods at the outlet opening when the dispenser is tilted and the removal opening of a rotary slide lid is aligned with the outlet opening in the lid. The rotary slide lid may be rotated into a position in which the outlet opening in the lid is hermetically sealed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2010
    Publication date: February 16, 2012
    Inventors: Hermann Goetz, Dieter Folland, Bruno Ackermann
  • Patent number: 8091719
    Abstract: An improved container cap has a structural design for preventing pills from spilling out of a container closed with the container cap. The container cap includes a movable cover that is extensible to enable indirect, two-step dispensing of pills, so that the pills come out of the container at a reduced speed and will not fall out accidentally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Inventor: Hung Kuan Wu
  • Publication number: 20120000929
    Abstract: Packaging for a powdered beverage includes a container of powdered beverage, and a dispenser secured to the container. The dispenser includes an outer dispensing member having an exit opening, and an inner dispensing member in opposed relationship with the outer dispensing member and in part defining an interior space of the container. The inner dispensing member has at least one dispensing opening. At least one of the outer dispensing member and the inner dispensing member is moveable relative to the other one of the outer dispensing member and the inner dispensing member between a blocked position and a dispensing position of the dispenser in which the at least one opening of the inner dispensing member is at least in part aligned with the exit opening of the outer member to permit powdered beverage to be dispensed from the packaging.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2010
    Publication date: January 5, 2012
    Applicant: ABBOTT LABORATORIES
    Inventors: David Carl Ulstad, Wilson George Zeitler, Dean Maune, Tobe Cohen, Ilan E. Moyer, Andrew Boyce, Philip Charles Walker, Allan Lee Cameron, Elizabeth M. Kneen, Gaurav Rohatgi, Jeffrey Kalman, Bill Rabbitt, Marc Vitantonio, Craig Saunders, Keith E. Antal, Chad Lagace
  • Publication number: 20110198351
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a lid for a container, in particular to a lid for a drink container such as a paper cup. The lid is detachably mountable onto the edge of an opening of the container. The lid comprises a lower lid part with an inner outlet opening, and an upper lid part with an outer outlet opening. In an assembled position, the upper lid part is mounted rotatable relative to the lower lid part between at least two positions, such that the outlet openings are mutually aligned in one position and are without any overlap in the other position. The lower lid part has a circumferential mounting flange for overlapping the opening edge of the container, and the upper lid part has a circumferential mounting flange for overlapping the mounting flange of the lower lid part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2008
    Publication date: August 18, 2011
    Applicant: SEDA S.P.A.
    Inventor: Gianfranco D'Amato
  • Patent number: 7997443
    Abstract: A center-pull dispenser for dispensing paper towels from a continuous roll, wherein each individual towel is separated from an adjoining towel by a plurality of perforations. The dispenser comprises a housing having a housing back and a detachable front cover hingedly connected thereto at the lower periphery of said housing back and front cover for opening and closing the housing, a paper support tray removably connected to a lower portion of the housing back, the tray having a centrally located dispensing nozzle and at least one locking element for releasably locking at least one first hinge element on the lower periphery of the front cover to at least one second hinge element on the lower periphery of the housing back, an opening in the lower periphery of said housing through which the towels are dispensed, and a wall-mounting member for removably mounting the housing back to a wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: Cintas Corporation
    Inventors: Richard Petras Titas, Christopher Andrew Brizes, Mark Edward Cipolla, Paul Dana Stephens, Christopher Daniel Carsten
  • Patent number: 7992741
    Abstract: A lid for a drinking cup may include a rim portion and a raised cover portion. The rim portion may be adapted to matingly engage an upper peripheral edge of the drinking cup so as to selectively maintain the lid in a covering relationship on the cup. The raised cover portion may extend from the rim portion, and have a perimeter adapted to impede spillage of liquid over a peripheral edge of the lid. Liquid spilled or released on the cover portion or perimeter portion may drain away from the periphery of the cover portion and into the drinking opening or a recess in the cover portion that is adapted to receive a reclosable tab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: New Wincup Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Bobby V. Hundley, Joseph H. Quatmann
  • Publication number: 20110089174
    Abstract: A reclosable lid for a container holding a flowable substance has a cover having an opening and a moveable element connected to the cover. The moveable element is moveable between at least one open position, wherein the flowable substance may flow through the opening, and at least one closed position, wherein the opening is obstructed. In some embodiments, the lid may include an overlay moveable between at least one open position and at least one closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Publication date: April 21, 2011
    Applicant: SOLO CUP OPERATING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Stephen Alan Smith, Warren Giles Wiedmeyer, Richard Matthew Chin, John Stewart Gitschlag, David Raymond Langelan, Kevin Ray Smith, Richard Michael Sandusky, Ayberk Abayhan, Masahiko Ishimitsu
  • Patent number: 7922034
    Abstract: A paper dispenser includes a casing for housing a roll of paper, the casing having a front face, with a dispensing nozzle through which the paper is dispensed, wherein the front face has a hatch for access to the inside of the casing, through which a free end of the roll can be extracted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: Georgia-Pacific France
    Inventors: Jean-Louis Neveu, Nicolas Pommier, Philippe Guillemette
  • Patent number: 7882991
    Abstract: A food container particularly configured for use with food products having a refuse component, such as sunflower seeds having shells and cherries having pits. The food container comprises an inner cup having a wall that encloses a receptacle that is open at the top and a chamber that is closed at the bottom. A divider separates the chamber, which stores the food product for consumption, from the receptacle, which receives the refuse. The inner cup is rotatably received in a sleeve. The consumer rotates the sleeve to align an outer opening thereon with an inner opening on the inner cup to dispense food product from the chamber. A cover closes the outer opening and prevents rotation of the sleeve. A beverage can be served in the receptacle. An indexing mechanism and a rotation mechanism can be incorporated into the food container. The food product chamber can include a freshness seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Inventor: Frederick M. Schechter
  • Patent number: 7819280
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for sealing food product containers, in particular drink containers, comprising: a sealing element adapted to engage on a wall of a food product container around a wall opening arranged in the wall, and an operating element adapted to co-act with the sealing element for displacing the sealing element between an opened position leaving the wall opening clear and a closed position sealing the wall opening. The invention also relates to a food product container provided with such a device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: Bound2B B.V.
    Inventor: Antonio Giuseppe Perra
  • Patent number: 7799284
    Abstract: A sample container includes a cap that covers a container body holding a liquid sample containing a reagent and a test body. The cap includes an outer lid that covers the container body, an inner lid that is slidably attached to the outer lid and has an opening for dispensing the liquid sample, a shutter that has a shaft engaging with the inner lid, a translating unit that is fitted to the outer lid and translates sliding movements of the inner lid against the outer lid to rotation of the shutter around the shaft, and a pressing member that presses the shutter in a direction to close the shutter. The rotation of the shutter opens and closes a hole formed in the translating unit for dispensing the liquid sample.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: Beckman Coulter, Inc.
    Inventors: Naoki Ohashi, Tetsuya Abe
  • Patent number: 7785537
    Abstract: A sample container includes a cap that covers a container body holding a liquid sample containing a reagent and a test body. The cap includes an outer lid that covers the container body, an inner lid that is slidably attached to the outer lid and has an opening for dispensing the liquid sample, a shutter that is driven integrally with the inner lid and covers the opening of the inner lid so that the opening can be opened and closed, a translating unit that is attached to the outer lid and has an engaging portion which is formed obliquely descending from a center of the cap to an outer edge of the cap and to which the shutter is fitted, and a pressing member that is arranged between the outer lid and the inner lid to press the inner lid to close the shutter, wherein the translating unit translates sliding movement of the inner lid to a movement of the shutter in a direction perpendicular to the sliding movement to open and close the opening of the inner lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Assignee: Beckman Coulter, Inc.
    Inventor: Naoki Ohashi
  • Patent number: 7780032
    Abstract: A fuel cap of the invention has a pressure regulating valve, which includes a positive pressure valve and a negative pressure valve. The positive pressure valve has a positive pressure valve plug and a first spring, whereas the negative pressure valve has a negative pressure valve plug and a second spring. A valve support member is located in the upstream of the negative pressure valve to support the positive pressure valve plug. A tubular body is integrally formed with the valve support member. The tubular body eliminates the turbulence of the inflow of the air current and leads the laminar air flow into the negative pressure valve in its open position. This arrangement of the invention effectively increases the maximum flow rate of the negative pressure valve in the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Assignee: Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Hagano
  • Patent number: 7766197
    Abstract: A dispenser for dispensing a viscous material in a selected one of a multiplicity of configurations comprises a container for a volume of a viscous material and having a squeezable body and a neck with a discharge opening at its upper end. Engaged on the container is a closure body of generally circular cross section having a top wall and a skirt, and the top wall has a discharge passage therethrough aligned with the discharge opening of the neck. The body top wall has a generally circular recess therein extending from the periphery thereof and beyond the discharge passage of the closure. Disposed in the circular recess is a generally circular rotating disc which has a multiplicity of discharge openings spaced about the disc in a circular array, and the discharge openings have a multiplicity of configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: Silgan Plastics Corporation
    Inventor: Stephen B. Getsy
  • Publication number: 20100187235
    Abstract: A disposal container having a container body, a seal section disposed on top of the container body and having an opening with a seal band around the opening, a transfer barrel pivotally mounted on the seal section, the transfer barrel having a substantially spherical outer surface with an opening on the outer surface, and a handle pivotally mounted on the seal section. The handle and the transfer barrel are mounted to rotate coaxially in synchronization. When the handle and the transfer barrel are rotated to an open position, the opening of the transfer barrel is above the seal band; when they are rotated to a closed position, the opening of the transfer barrel is below the seal band. In another embodiment, a lid rather than a handle is provided and coupled to the transfer barrel to rotate it. Springs are provided to urge the lid toward an open position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2009
    Publication date: July 29, 2010
    Inventor: Jung Tsai CHEN
  • Patent number: 7757880
    Abstract: A fuel cap includes a spring stopper mechanism to lock a first spring included in a pressure regulating valve of the fuel cap. A spring stopper mechanism includes stopper support members that are formed along an inner circumference of a valve chest formation-member, and a spring support member that is held by the stopper support members and supports an upper end of the first spring. The spring support member is pressed down in an axial direction of the fuel cap against a pressing force of the spring. The spring support member at the pressed-down position is rotated relative to the stopper support members by a preset angle. The spring support member is then pressed against the stopper support members by the pressing force of the spring and is fixed by mating lock elements. This arrangement facilitates assembly of a pressure regulating valve and ensures sufficiently high assembly strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Assignee: Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Hagano
  • Patent number: 7731047
    Abstract: A reclosable lid (10) for a container holding a flowable substance has a cover (12) having an opening (28) and a moveable element (850) connected to the cover (12). The moveable element (850) is moveable between at least one open position, wherein the flowable substance may flow through the opening, and at least one closed position, wherein the opening is obstructed. In some embodiments, the lid (10) may include an overlay (250) moveable between at least one open position and at least one closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Assignee: Solo Cup Operating Corporation
    Inventor: Masahiko Ishimitsu
  • Patent number: 7721911
    Abstract: A rotating type cup lid, includes a cover having a cover portion with a first through hole formed therein, a wall surface disposed around the cover portion, and a flange connecting surface extended from the bottom edge of the wall surface. The rotating type cup lid further includes a rotating body corresponding to the cover portion of the cover. A protruding knob passes through a central circular hole and a downwardly tapered edge is formed at the periphery of the rotating body that is embeddable into an internal surface of the a first latch portion of the cover. The rotating surface of the rotating body includes a second through hole corresponding to the position of the first through hole, a punchable hole with X-shaped break lines, a small opening corresponding to a smaller straw, and a closed surface having no hole, each of which may be rotated into alignment with the first through hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Inventor: Bob Chou
  • Patent number: 7677402
    Abstract: The invention concerns a device for hermetically and safely closing a feeding bottle to avoid any leakage of the liquid. Said closing device comprises: a rotary closure consisting of an inner ferrule and of an outer ferrule each having an offset opening respectively and, the inner ferrule being lodged in the outer ferrule. An internal thread of the inner ferrule enables the rotary closure to be fixed to the threaded neck of the feeding bottle. A nipple, inserted in a retaining ring comprising an internal thread, is fixed to the threaded neck of the rotary closure. A cap is provided, which enables the nipple to be protected. The inventive device is particularly designed for hermetically closing the feeding bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Assignee: Ayawovi Lucie Nous-Soukpoe-Mensan
    Inventors: Messanvi Vincent Mensah-Ouvor, Ayawovi Lucie Nous-Soukpoe-Mensan
  • Publication number: 20100018975
    Abstract: Caps and container systems suited to dispensing products like cosmetics. Some of the caps include three portions that can be coupled together and that include a dispensing system that has an open position and a closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2009
    Publication date: January 28, 2010
    Inventor: Jenny DeMarco
  • Publication number: 20100011716
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a closure device for a package comprising a first panel (2) and a second superposed panel (3) with superposed through-openings (5) and a third panel (4) with at least one opening (11), the third panel (4) being able to occupy two positions in which the opening (11) is either superposed on said openings (5) of the other panels (2, 3) or is not superposed thereon. The second panel and/or the first panel (3, 2) comprises at least one tube (6) attached in a substantially perpendicular manner to its surface oriented toward said first panel (2) respectively the second panel (3) and housing a channel in communication with said at least one opening (5) of the second panel (3) respectively of the first panel (2), said at least one tube (6) making it possible to attach the first panel (2) and the second panel (3) together.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2009
    Publication date: January 21, 2010
    Inventor: France DHENAIN
  • Patent number: 7648037
    Abstract: A lid structure for opening and closing an opening in an upper portion of a reagent container includes an outer lid member attached to the reagent container and having a first opening corresponding to the opening of the reagent container, an inner lid member arranged inward of the outer lid member, attached to the outer lid member in a vertically movable manner, and having a second opening opposing the first opening, and a rotator having a through hole, arranged inward of the inner lid member, engaging with the outer lid member and the inner lid member via an engaging unit in a rotatable manner around a horizontal axis. The engaging unit rotates the rotator to open the opening when the inner lid member performs a downward opening operation, and rotates the rotator to close the opening when the inner lid member performs an upward closing operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2010
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventor: Naoki Ohashi
  • Patent number: 7644834
    Abstract: A liquid medical waste receptacle includes an open top vessel having a bottom and an upstanding wall defining an upper rim. A lid is adapted to cover the open top vessel in sealing engagement with the upper rim. The lid includes a body portion defining a recess portion. The recess portion extends into the open top vessel. In some embodiments, the recess portion makes up a majority of the body portion. In some embodiments, the recess portion has a plurality of fingers. Select fingers have a proximal section, a distal section, and an intermediate section disposed between the proximal and distal sections, wherein the proximal section or the intermediate section includes a flexibility that is greater than the flexibility of at least a portion of the distal section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2010
    Assignee: Navilyst Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Valarie Castora, Kip Moen, Mark Van Diver, Tim Hall, Kristina Ernst, Peter Pendergrass, Dennis C. Deutsch