Biased Patents (Class 220/254.5)
  • Patent number: 10077144
    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: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Pacific Market International, LLC
    Inventors: Tyler Sean Gilbert, Randy Sims
  • Patent number: 10071838
    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: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Pacific Market International, LLC
    Inventors: Tyler Sean Gilbert, Randy Sims
  • Patent number: 10035629
    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: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Pacific Market International, LLC
    Inventors: Tyler Sean Gilbert, Randy Sims
  • Patent number: 10028603
    Abstract: A closure for a lid that has at least one opening may include an activator pivotally coupled to the lid, a cover pivotally coupled to the lid, and a connecting member pivotally coupled to the activator and the cover. The activator, the cover and the connecting member may form an over center latching mechanism. In addition, the activator may be pivotally connected to the lid about a first axis of rotation, the cover may be pivotally connected to the lid about a second axis of rotation, the connecting member may pivotally connected to the activator about a third axis of rotation, and the connecting member may be pivotally connected to the cover about a fourth axis of rotation. The distance between the first and second axes of rotation may be constant, and the distance between the third and fourth axes of rotation may change as the cover is moved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Runway Blue, LLC
    Inventors: Steven M. Sorensen, David O. Meyers
  • Patent number: 9908673
    Abstract: A secure drinking assembly includes a container that may contain a beverage. A valve is coupled to the container and the valve selectively opens and closes the container. A security lock is coupled to the container. The security lock may be manipulated thereby facilitating the security lock to receive a security code. The security lock actuates the valve to selectively open the container when the security lock receives the security code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Inventors: Eunice Rogers, Carl Rogers
  • Patent number: 9896246
    Abstract: A portable beverage container (e.g., an insulated, double-walled bottle) is disclosed. The container includes a lid pivotably connected to it by a hinge. The lid is arranged to be automatically pivoted open by the spring assembly when a catch on the lid is released so that the lid opens in a controlled, non-jarring manner. The spring assembly comprises an elastomeric member and a contact surface (e.g., a recess in a cap of the bottle). The elastomeric member is arranged to cooperate with the contact surface whereupon the elastomeric member operates bi-modally to effect the automatic opening of the lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Tervis Tumbler Company
    Inventors: David K. Mackenzie, Thomas Remm, Bryan Keller
  • Patent number: 9650186
    Abstract: A portable beverage container (e.g., an insulated, double-walled bottle) is disclosed. The container includes a lid pivotably connected to it by a hinge. The lid is arranged to be automatically pivoted open by the spring assembly when a catch on the lid is released so that the lid opens in a controlled, non-jarring manner. The spring assembly comprises an elastomeric member and a contact surface (e.g., a recess in a cap of the bottle). The elastomeric member is arranged to cooperate with the contact surface whereupon the elastomeric member operates bi-modally to effect the automatic opening of the lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Tervis Tumbler Company
    Inventors: David K. Mackenzie, Thomas Remm, Bryan Keller
  • Patent number: 9573757
    Abstract: Waste container includes a base defining a waste-receiving compartment, and an insert supported on the base and engaging a peripheral edge of a bag that extends into the compartment while maintaining an opening of the bag unobstructed. A movable closure component has a first engagement position in which it engages with the insert to press the bag against a bag-engagement edge of the insert, and a second non-engagement position in which it is separated from the bag-engagement edge. A lid is attached to the base and includes a waste treatment component having a base defining a compartment receivable of a waste treatment material and including apertures communicating with the compartment. A member is attached and rotatable relative to the base to selectively align apertures of the member with the apertures of the base to enable dispersion of the waste treatment material from the compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Inventor: David M Stravitz
  • Patent number: 9493279
    Abstract: A portable beverage container (e.g., an insulated, double-walled bottle) is disclosed. The container includes a lid pivotably connected to it by a hinge. The lid is arranged to be automatically pivoted open by the spring assembly when a catch on the lid is released so that the lid opens in a controlled, non-jarring manner. The spring assembly comprises an elastomeric member and a contact surface (e.g., a recess in a cap of the bottle). The elastomeric member is arranged to cooperate with the contact surface whereupon the elastomeric member operates bi-modally to effect the automatic opening of the lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Tervis Tumbler Company
    Inventors: David K. Mackenzie, Thomas Remm, Bryan Keller
  • Patent number: 9451841
    Abstract: Beverage container lid with a container side and a consumer side, wherein the lid has a fastening portion running about a lid axis in a circumferential direction, which fastening portion defines a reference plane, wherein the lid has a drinking opening, wherein the lid has a lid face inclined with respect to the reference plane in such a way that, at least in a diametric strip, which contains the drinking opening, of the lid face, a nose tip receiving region of the lid face diametrically opposing the drinking opening is set back axially with respect to the drinking opening in the direction of the container side, the drinking opening and a tab being dimensioned and arranged in such a way that the nose tip region, even when the drinking opening is opened in accordance with intended use, remains uncovered by the tab on the consumer side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: HUHTAMAKI OYJ
    Inventor: Stephen Knipe
  • Patent number: 9054609
    Abstract: A touch control arrangement is arranged for a container having a foldable cover being folded between an opened position and a closed position via an actuation unit. The touch control arrangement includes a power source and a touch actuator electrically linked to the power source, wherein the touch actuator is located out of the storage cavity of the container body and is arranged in such a manner that when the touch actuator is activated by a presence of a touch, the actuation unit is actuated to move the foldable cover from the closed position to the opened position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Inventor: Xin Wang
  • Patent number: 8985370
    Abstract: Certain embodiments of the present invention include a drink bottle with a removable lid including an inner lid attached to the mouth of the bottle and an outer lid pivotably mounted to the inner lid. A drink spout extends from the inner lid. The outer lid may be latched into a closed position covering the drink spout. A push button can be selectively actuated to release the latched outer lid, permitting the outer lid to open to access the drink spout. The push button moves a lid slide containing a catch extension that engages a catch notch in the outer lid to latch the outer lid closed. Actuating the push button moves the catch extension out of engagement with the catch notch, thereby opening the outer lid. A push button lock selectively prevents the push button from being depressed and the lid slide from being actuated, thereby locking the outer lid in a latched and closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Thermos L.L.C.
    Inventor: Marvin Lane
  • Publication number: 20150060449
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein describe systems and methods for a reusable pharmaceutical waste container with a restrictive lid. In embodiments, as the amount of pharmaceutical waste increases to a pharmaceutical waste threshold, the pharmaceutical waste may interact with a flywheel to vertically move the axis of rotation of the flywheel from a first position to a second position. Responsive to the axis of rotation of the flywheel being vertically changed to the second position, a first of a plurality of fans of the flywheel may lock the restrictive lid, such that the restrictive lid may not open internally within the restrictive lid so no additional waste may be placed on any of the plurality of fans.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Christopher R. Brooks, Jamie Hoff
  • Patent number: 8960490
    Abstract: A lid assembly including a cover member for attachment to a container, the cover member including a top surface and a side surface extending from the top surface, wherein the top surface includes an aperture providing access to contents of the container; an actuating member attached to the cover member and positionable between closed and open positions to close and open the aperture, wherein depressing the actuating member opens the aperture and releasing the actuating member closes the aperture; and a locking member provided on the actuating member, the locking member positionable to lock the actuating member in either the closed or open position to maintain the aperture in either the closed or open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Leedsworld, Inc.
    Inventors: Alison Carlile, Mindy Hoffmann, Jaime Morgan
  • Patent number: 8915358
    Abstract: A moist wipes dispenser has a top attached to a bottom along a hinge. The top is adapted to pivot about the hinge's axis of rotation. The top is adapted to assume a closed position and a dispensing position. In one embodiment, the top can assume a warning position adapted to warn a user that the top is not shut. The top is urged to the warning position if the top is angularly disposed in a red zone that extends between the closed position and the warning position. The warning position is angularly displaced from the closed position by at least five degrees. In another embodiment, the hinge includes a pin integrally molded with the top or bottom, and an open knuckle integrally molded with the other of the top and bottom. The hinge is adapted to urge the top into closed and dispensing positions in selected angular ranges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Kroy D. Johnson, Linda J. Van Dyke, Robert Schlaupitz
  • Patent number: 8893911
    Abstract: A container lid biasing means for urging a lid pivotally attached to a container member towards an open position, including a flexible biasing pin having a first longitudinal end portion and a second longitudinal end portion, a first biasing pin anchor disposed on the container lid, the first end portion being held by the first biasing pin anchor, and a second biasing pin anchor disposed on one of the container member and the container lid, the second end portion of the biasing pin being held by the second biasing pin anchor, such that the biasing pin urges the container lid towards the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Nutek Disposables, Inc.
    Inventors: Robin Damaghi, William M. Child, Dan Allen Murray
  • Patent number: 8844745
    Abstract: A lid structure for use with a container for storing personal care products is disclosed. The lid structure includes a lid-activation button that when pressed allows the lid top to rotate about the lid base giving a consumer access to the contents of the container. Additionally, the lid-activation button functions so that the lid top is released independent of where the lid-activation button is pressed by the consumer. To create better and more consistent opening of the lid top portion, an inner longitudinal edge of the lid-activation button may be attached to the lid bottom via a living hinge that is formed integrally with the lid base. A strengthening rib is attached to the living hinge that keeps the main body side of the living hinge immobile and encourages the button side of the living hinge to flex when the lid-activation button is depressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy James Peters, Ryan Leslie Fulscher, Robert Samuel Schlaupitz, Kieron H. Tse, James Wolford, Tyson Manullang
  • Patent number: 8844746
    Abstract: Closures having an integrated over center latching assembly including an end wall, a skirt wall depending from the end wall, an outlet opening associated with the end wall and an over center latching assembly are disclosed. The over center latching assembly includes a link pivotally coupled to the closure at a first pivot point, a lever pivotally coupled to the link at a second pivot point, a closing member pivotally coupled to the closure at a third pivot point and pivotally coupled to the lever at a forth pivot point and a biasing spring coupled between the first pivot point and the fourth pivot point. The link and the lever are configured to move the over center latching assembly between a first position and a second position and the closing member is configured to close the outlet opening when the over center latching assembly is moved to the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Runway Blue, LLC
    Inventors: David O. Meyers, Steven M. Sorensen, Kim Sorensen
  • Patent number: 8833586
    Abstract: Closures having an integrated flip top handle for use with liquid containers and for carrying the liquid containers include an end wall, a skirt wall depending from the end wall, an outlet opening associated with the end wall, and a pivot hinge mount for pivotally mounting a flip top to the closure. The closure also includes the flip top pivotally supported by the pivot hinge mount. The flip top includes a closing member that closes the outlet opening when the flip top is in a first position, a pivot support member extending from the closing member to the pivot hinge mount and pivotally attached to the pivot hinge mount, and a carrying member extending from the closing member on a same side of the closing member as the pivot support member with a distal end that extends at least as far as the pivot hinge mount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Runway Blue, LLC
    Inventors: David O. Meyers, Steven M. Sorensen
  • Patent number: 8783483
    Abstract: A child-resistant closure (10) is provided and comprises a base (15) and a lid (20). The base has an inner skirt (50) and an outer skirt (25). The closure has locking means (81, 86) tor releasably locking the lid in a closed position. The outer skirt has one or more pressing zones (80, 85) which can be pressed to release the locking means. The inner skirt has one or more cut-outs (65, 70) in register with the or each pressing zone whereby to allow greater deflection thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Obrist Closures Switzerland GmbH
    Inventors: Stephen Faragher, Jamie Fox, Darren John Mears
  • Patent number: 8727165
    Abstract: A panel (10) for a modular bulk container is described. The panel (10) has a frame (16) and a door (18) pivotally attached to the frame (16) by a hinge (20). The frame (16) has a first frame surface defining a first imaginary plane and an opposing second frame surface defining a second imaginary plane. The door (18) has a first door surface. The hinge (20) is extendable from a portion of the frame (16). The hinge (20) has a single pivoting axis and is movable from a first position in the door closed condition wherein the hinge (20) is entirely located between the first imaginary plane and the second imaginary plane to a second position located outwardly from the first position in a door open condition wherein an angle between the first imaginary plane and the first door surface is less than 30 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: ORBIS Corporation
    Inventor: Roger Nolan
  • Patent number: 8708175
    Abstract: Closure (1) comprising a ring shaped base (12) laterally surrounding a cap (13) which is functionally interconnected to the ring shaped base (12) via a hinge arrangement (14), whereby the ring shaped base (12) is having an in general horizontal section (15) on which a first end of the hinge arrangement (14) is fixed protruding vertically (z) above the horizontal section (15) of the ring shaped base (12) and whereby a second end of the hinge arrangement (14) is laterally fixed to an outer sidewall (30) of the cap (13).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Creanova Universal Closures, Ltd.
    Inventor: Mark Smith
  • Patent number: 8689989
    Abstract: A drink bottle with a removable lid includes an inner lid attached to the mouth of the bottle and an outer lid pivotably mounted on the inner lid. A drink spout extends from the inner lid. The outer lid may be locked into a closed position covering the drink spout. A push button on the inner lid can be operated to release the locked outer lid, permitting the outer lid to open to permit drinking from the drink spout. The push button moves a lid slide that extends opposite to the hinge and contains an extension that engages with a notch in the upper lid to hold the upper lid closed. On actuating the push button, the lid slide is pulled toward the push button and the extension at the other end of the lid slide moves out of engagement of the outer lid, thereby opening the outer lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Thermos L.L.C.
    Inventor: Marvin Lane
  • Patent number: 8622229
    Abstract: A drink bottle with a removable lid includes an inner lid attached to the mouth of the bottle and an outer lid pivotably mounted to said inner lid. A drink spout extends from the inner lid. The outer lid may be latched into a closed position covering the drink spout. A push button can be selectively actuated to release the latched outer lid, permitting the outer lid to open to access the drink spout. The push button moves a lid slide containing a catch extension that engages a catch notch in the outer lid to latch the outer lid closed. Actuating the push button moves the catch extension out of engagement with the catch notch, thereby opening the outer lid. A push button lock selectively prevents the push button from being depressed and the lid slide from being actuated, thereby locking the outer lid in a latched and closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Thermos, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Marvin Lane
  • Patent number: 8579140
    Abstract: A child-resistant dispensing closure for a container may include one or the other or both of a dispensing cover non-removably securable to a container, or an outer cover non-removably securable and rotatable with respect to the inner cover and cooperable with the dispensing cover to render the closure child-resistant. According to another embodiment, an outer cover may include a flange to aid users in pushing and turning the outer cover with their fingers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Rexam Healthcare Packaging Inc.
    Inventors: Donald Paul Delagrange, Philip D. Bourgeois, Gregory A. Geisinger, Maurice R. Gnepper, Darin M. Pugne
  • Patent number: 8550283
    Abstract: A lid system for a shielding cask is provided, the system comprising a plurality of contiguous panels, each panel is axially actuated by a first lift piston located laterally from the casks' longitudinal principal axis, and rotated about the cask by a ‘hinge’ piston at approximately 90 degrees along an arc from the first piston, the arc formed by a portion of the lip of the cask.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Uchicago Argonne, LLC
    Inventors: James W. Morgan, Donald E. Preuss, Daniel M. Nestor
  • Patent number: 8534487
    Abstract: A battery cover assembly (100) includes a housing (10), a button assembly (20), a driving assembly (30), and a back cover (40). The button assembly includes a button portion (21) and a first latching portion (23). The back cover has a second latching portion (451). The driving assembly is configured for driving the back cover along a second axis. The button assembly is mounted on the housing and is movable along a first axis. The back cover covers the housing and is movable along the second axis. The first latching portion engages with the second latching portion in order to lock it to the back cover. When the button portion is pressed to move along the first axis, the second latching portion disengages from the first latching portion, and the back cover is moved along the second axis, under the force of the driving assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignees: Shenzhen Futaihong Precision Industry Co., Ltd., FIH (Hong Kong) Limited
    Inventors: Jin-Jiang Luo, Tai-Jun Liu, Gang Yang, Jun Wang, Peng-Jin Ge, Hsiao-Hua Tu
  • Patent number: 8499958
    Abstract: A packing box of wet wipes, which includes a body and a cover connected to the body. The cover includes: a cover body having a press button mounted therein, a top lid having a fastening part mounted thereon and mated with the press button, and a resilient connection part having a first end secured to a side of the top lid opposite to the fastening part and a second end protruding through a through hole of the top lid and secured to the cover body. The packing box of wet wipes of present invention has a simple structure, and can be used repeatedly and easy to open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Shanghai Shine Trade Ltd.
    Inventor: Linda Wang
  • Publication number: 20130193144
    Abstract: Lid for a container, in particular a liquid container, comprising an opening (2) for filling the container with its contents from above, the opening being closable by means of a pivotable closure element (3) mounted on the inner side of the lid so as to be rotatable about a first axis (X), the axis (X) being horizontal when the lid is located on top of the container, the closure element (3) comprising a part (4) for closing the top opening of the container, the part (4) being located on one side of the axis (X), and a part constituting a counterweight () of the part (4) on the other side of the axis (X). A pivotable bias element (6) is provided between the closure element (3) and the lid (1), the bias element (6) falling by gravity on the counterweight part (5) and causing that the closing part (4) is being pressed to the opening (2).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Applicant: FORMASTER S.A.
    Inventor: FORMASTER S.A.
  • Publication number: 20130175271
    Abstract: Disclosed is a button type container cap. The button type container cap includes a body having a discharge hole at an upper portion thereof, a cover provided in the body to open and close the discharge hole in a foldable fashion, a pressing part formed in the body to unlock the cover from the body through a pressing operation, and a resilient button member provided in the body to surround the pressing part such that the cover is rotatably open by flexibly pulling the cover when the cover is unlocked from the body. The button type container cap is prevented from being broken by external physical force because the pressing part and a spaced part are surrounded by a pressing part cover of the resilient button member. The button type container cap is prevented from being deformed or broken even if pressing operations are repeatedly performed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2012
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Applicant: IPACK CO., LTD.
    Inventor: IPACK CO., LTD.
  • 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: 8464895
    Abstract: A drinking vessel and lid assembly that is adapted for selectively opening an open end of the drinking vessel. The lid is selectively couplable to the drinking vessel and includes a selectively openable stopper that when closed, creates a fluid-tight seal between the drinking vessel and the environment. The stopper may be selectively opened by a user by the user pressing a button disposed on a side of the drinking vessel at a location where a user normally grasps the drinking vessel. The stopper is subsequently automatically closed when the user releases the button. Thus, a user may open and close the stopper using a single hand operation without the need to remove the lid from the drinking vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Pacific Market International, LLC
    Inventors: Tyler Sean Gilbert, Randy Sims
  • Patent number: 8376174
    Abstract: The invention is a spill proof snack bowl or container with a box section which may have a beveled bottom. The box section may be square, rectangular, round, oval or spherical. The bowl has a continuous wall to create a depth and an open top and a removable lid. The removable lid has a secondary opening which opening is closed by a secondary opening piece. The secondary opening piece is attached to the removable lid with a regular or living hinge. The secondary opening piece closes the secondary opening with a flat spring. The distance between the front wall and the secondary opening piece edge, and the distance between side perpendicular width of the secondary opening piece and side walls are between about ? and ½ inch. Optionally the secondary opening has an elastomeric seal. The secondary opening piece has rounded edges, and the secondary opening has rounded ridges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Inventors: Thomas A. Nerswick, David Hamann
  • Patent number: 8376162
    Abstract: A water stop structure is mounted to a water jar. A main body includes a depression bar device, a resiliency device, and a water stop member. The depression bar device includes a movable depression bar that is releasably connectable to a hanger formed on the main body. The resiliency device includes a rod that maintains the depression bar in position with a first resilient element. A second resilient element maintains the rod in position to have the water stop member blocking a water passage of the main body. When the depression bar is depressed to travel through a first stroke, the depression bar disengages from the hanger to form an opening therebetween for easy hanging and use of the water jar. When the depression bar travels through a second stroke, the rod drives the water stop member away from the water passage to allow a user to drink water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Universal Trim Supply Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shih-Sheng Yang
  • Patent number: 8342353
    Abstract: An interlock vessel has an air-tight body having open opposing ends. A portion of the body is designed to fit into a decompression (hyperbaric) chamber, wherein a diver or a patient undergoing a decompression treatment is positioned. The opposing ends are closed by pivotally moveable doors and latching assemblies that retain the door in a closed position until the pressure inside the decompression chamber and the exterior of the chamber is equalized. Both latching assemblies are manually operated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Inventor: Robert D. Bartlett
  • Publication number: 20120298665
    Abstract: A flap device of one-piece type, made of elastic material, which separates two distinct volume spaces, said device including: a) A substantially cylindrical body, presenting a through conduit, b) A flap which seals the aperture of the through conduit of said body, when the device is in a closed position, said flap being positioned inside said body, c) An arm connecting the body of said device to said flap, said arm being in an elastically stressed position, regardless of the position of said flap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2011
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Applicant: BIOMERIEUX
    Inventor: Frederic Foucault
  • Patent number: 8317051
    Abstract: The present invention relates to Trash field. More particularly, the present invention relates to Trash can lid. The present invention provides a design of a big lid and a small lid. When an inhabitant usually disposes trash, he or she need only press a button to open the small lid. Since the small lid is connected with the big lid by magnetism and a spring buffer unit is installed in the seat of small lid, opening the small lid is very smooth, without any noise or vibration. When a dustman collects the trash, what he needs to do is only to open the big lid, being very convenient and sanitary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Zhejiang Jiaxing Zhongda Group Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jiaming Jin, Xiaofeng Lu, Zhongjun Zhou
  • Patent number: 8317050
    Abstract: A disposable cup lid including a body and a mounting portion extending around the periphery of the body. The body defines a suitably shaped clearance area to accommodate a person's nose when drinking the contents of a cup having the lid positioned thereon. The body also defines an enhanced drinking area which is suitably configured to provide a person with a drinking experience more similar to the drinking experience of drinking from an uncovered cup or glass. In one embodiment, the body includes a raised portion which defines a lip engaging front wall and an enhanced drinking area. The enhanced drinking area includes a closure member having an upwardly extending gripping member and a drink-through opening initially covered by the closure member, wherein the drink-through opening is positioned substantially adjacent to the lip engaging front wall. The closure member is movable about a hinge from an initial closed position to an open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Pactiv LLC
    Inventors: Robert W. Hollis, Weston S. Koennecke, John Russell Geer, III
  • Patent number: 8297457
    Abstract: A closure for a container including a downwardly depending skirt having an upper end and a bottom end and a periphery defining a perimeter of the closure for sealable connection to the mouth of said container. Each of two side edges of the lid has a proximal end adjacent a different side of the hinge on the skirt and angling outwardly from the hinge at increasing distances from the opposing side edge to a distal end defining a different end of the outer edge. The end wall has shoulders integrally formed with the end wall and skirt proximate the upper end of the skirt on opposite sides of the lid hinge. The shoulders extend across portions of the end wall such that the thickness of the end wall in the regions of said shoulders is thicker than a thickness of said end wall free of the shoulders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: C.A.P.S., Inc.
    Inventor: James Kick
  • Patent number: 8297462
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for allowing a user to use the same mechanism to connect a container to another object and to open a normally-closed opening in the container. In a preferred embodiment, the apparatus comprises a closure body having an opening therein; a stopper that closes the opening; and a carabiner that comprises a spine that is fixed to said body and a gate that is operably connected to said stopper. In use, this embodiment of the invention is operated by moving the gate to a full open position, which causes the stopper to move away from the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Inventor: Jared L. Joyce
  • Patent number: 8292101
    Abstract: A child resistant dispensing system having a flip-top closure. The flip-top closure has a push button positioned in the skirt of the flip-top lid wherein an opposed squeeze disengages the child resistant latch mechanism. The child resistant latch mechanism includes a latch projecting from the flip-top lid and engaging a projection of the closure body. A latch guide assists in positioning the latch during engagement with the projection of the closure body. The push button may be positioned substantially flush with the outside surface of the flip-top lid and closure body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Remax Healthcare Packaging Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Bragg, Mark K. Branson, Clifton C. Willis
  • Patent number: 8286817
    Abstract: A multi-section lid for a can containing edible material includes a lid base, a cover portion, and a tear strip. The lid base can attach the lid to the can. The lid base defines one or more openings that permit access to the edible material. The cover portion includes one or more doors to cover the openings. The tear strip portion is positioned between the lid base and the cover portion. The tear strip portion is connected to the lid base and the cover portion by a plurality of bridges. The mold for forming the lid includes cavities that define flow channels that permit the lid material to flow through bridge cavities to fill the cavities in the mold during formation of the lid such that the lid base, the cover portion, and the tear strip portion are the single integral component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: McCormick & Company, Incorporated
    Inventors: Tracie Lynn Wilson, Steve Gift, Tom Coulter, Duane Sawyer
  • Patent number: 8256643
    Abstract: An articulated structure to connect a cover to a support, which may be installed on a container or is formed from a single piece with an opening section of the container, comprising an articulated joint to guide the cover between a closed position and an open position with a pivot point situated on the outer side of the cover and/or the support, and an elastomer spring part, which grips the outer side of the cover as well as the support and is prestressed at least in the closed position of the cover under tension, characterized in that a force application point of the elastomer spring part to the cover and/or to the support at least in the closed position of the cover is displaced to the outside beyond the pivot point of the articulated joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Seaquist General Plastics
    Inventors: Luc Uytterhaeghe, Frédéric Berthelin, Chi Hung Vo, Serge Lebalc'h
  • Patent number: 8245865
    Abstract: A container includes a bottom and a plurality of walls that form a storage cavity. A primary lid is disposed over the storage cavity. The primary lid includes a top surface that defines a dispenser portion through which items within the storage cavity may be dispensed. A dispenser lid is pivotally attached to the primary lid. The dispenser lid has a closed position in which the dispenser lid is pivoted downwards relative to the primary lid to cover the dispenser portion and an open position in which the dispenser lid is pivoted upwards relative to the primary lid to expose the dispenser portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Nutek Disposables, Inc.
    Inventors: Robin Damaghi, William M. Child, Dan Allen Murray
  • Patent number: 8215512
    Abstract: A cap for a consumable liquid container, the cap comprising a seal made of a flexible material and having a top section with a depressibJe portion and a flange portion at least partially surrounding the depressible portion for overlspping the spout of the cap and a peripheral wall extending downwardly from the top section; wherein the seal is in closed position where the depressible portion is above the flange portion and the flange portion has a portion covering the spout for hampering the outward flow of the consumable liquid through the spout, and wherein, upon pressure of a user on the depressible portion, the depressible portion is moved downwardly such that the flange portion is above the depressible portion and frees the spout for allowing unimpeded passage of the consumable liquid outwards from the interior of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Trudeau Corporation 1889 Inc.
    Inventor: Pierre Tardif
  • Patent number: 8181810
    Abstract: A container and a lid for a container or container is provided. The container includes a lid and container body to which the lid is attached. The container may further include a storage compartment attached to the end of the container body. The lid includes a lid body defining a drinking aperture providing access to a central cavity of the container. The lid includes a snap closure pivoting relative to the lid body between an open position permitting fluid to pass through the drinking aperture, a first closed position with a portion of the snap closure is only biased against, but not engaged with, the lid body to prevent fluid to pass through the drinking aperture and a second closed position wherein the snap closure is engaged with the lid body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: J.L. Clark, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles Jones
  • Patent number: 8087532
    Abstract: A waste container includes a top chamber, a base chamber, upper and lower lids, and a drive mechanism mechanically coupling the lower lid with the upper lid. The upper lid is disposed on the top chamber and moves between a closed position covering a first opening and an open position exposing the first opening. The lower lid is disposed on the base chamber and moves between a closed position covering a second opening and an open position exposing the second opening. The drive mechanism is actuated so as to move the lower lid to the open position when the upper lid moves to the closed position from the open position. The lower lid returns to the closed position when the upper lid is in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Assignee: Brown Newman, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Jolie Brown, Eric F. Cabahug, Benjamin F. Feldman, Rachel Katherine Newman
  • Patent number: 8087531
    Abstract: A container lid for dispensing a pourable substance is disclosed, the lid comprising a flexible closure tab having a snap, a lid opening closure, an opening actuator disposed on a planar cantilever section of the flexible closure tab between the snap and the lid opening closure; a lid base having a snap receptacle for releasably retaining the snap, a lid opening for receiving the lid opening closure, and an actuator guide cutout for enclosing the opening actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Inventor: J. Derek Riemer
  • Patent number: 8051982
    Abstract: A container particularly well suited to hold premoistened wipes is described. The container can be formed primarily from flat polymeric sheets. In one embodiment, for instance, the container can be formed and loaded with a stack of wipes all in a single process. Further, the flat polymeric sheets used to form the container can be printed with various graphics during formation of the container so as to apply any suitable graphics to the container. Through the process of the present disclosure, containers can be formed having a sleek and compact design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventor: Duane Lyle McDonald
  • Patent number: 8028854
    Abstract: The subject invention is a lid assembly (20) for use on a container (22) presenting an endless top rim (24). A frame (26) includes shell-shaped sidewalls (36) that face one another, and present upper concave central edges (48). The upper concave central edges (48) are connected by lower edges (50) to define opposed L-shaped openings (54) between the central edges (48). A pair of abutting L-shaped flaps (28) each define a top leg (64) and a side leg (68). The flaps (28) are complementary to the L-shaped openings (54) by extending away from each other along the upper central edges (48) of the sidewalls (36) and then downward to the lower edge (50). The top legs (64) may be pushed down into the opening (54) to provide access to the container (22) while the side legs (68) bias the flaps (28) to a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: HMS Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Janet M. Sofy, Robert W. Patterson, Scott M. Luplow