Pivotable Patents (Class 220/259.1)
  • Patent number: 10166009
    Abstract: A medical apparatus and method of preparing one or more cell blocks. The medical apparatus comprises at least one elongate tubular body having a proximal end and a distal end and a filter membrane disposed between the proximal end and a distal end of the elongate tubular body. The filter membrane, which can include alignment features and structural features to engage the tubular body, and/or cover, is sectionable. In other embodiments, a valve is provided for opening and closing fluid communication with the filter membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: THE TRUSTEES OF COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY IN THE CITY OF NEW YORK
    Inventors: Anjali Saqi, Keith Yeager
  • Patent number: 9668561
    Abstract: An airtight cosmetic powder box includes an outer box having an upper lid and an outer box body. The outer box body includes a receiving space receiving an inner box unit. The inner box unit includes an upper cover and an inner box body. The inner box body includes an inner receiving space. A seal ring is received in an annular groove in a top face of the inner box body. The upper cover is pivotable relative to the inner box body between an open position and a closed position. The upper cover includes an annular rib extending from a bottom face of the upper cover. The annular rib is received in the annular groove of the inner box body. The bottom face of the upper cover and an inner peripheral face of the annular rib sealingly contact the seal ring, providing an airtight cosmetic powder box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: LIBO COSMETICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hsiao Yun Lin
  • Publication number: 20150083724
    Abstract: A closure is provided having a closure body dimensionally formed for closing an opening within a container. A closing flap is pivotally positioned on the closure body and is moveable between an opened position, wherein the flap is pivoted upward, and a closed position, wherein the flap is pivoted to overlap a recess in a top surface of the body. A frangible area is provided in the recess. A flexible dome is formed on the closing flap. A contact member projects from the flap, opposite the dome. The contact member is positioned adjacent the frangible area when the closing flap is in the closed position. A downward actuation force to the dome causes a flexing of the dome toward the frangible area and at least a partial tearing of the frangible area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: Sonoco Development, Inc.
    Inventors: Chad E. Lagace, Keith E. Antal, SR.
  • Patent number: 8960423
    Abstract: A fillable closure is used to initiate emptying of a separately fillable capsule molded into this closure. The capsule is made oxygen-impermeable on the inside or outside with a vapor-deposited layer of silicon dioxide or metal. The volume of the capsule can be reduced through pressurization from the top, through deformation of its side walls, for cutting or rupturing a sealing foil. The capsule has an asymmetric push button with a pusher surface, a deformable front and side wall and a stable rear wall. The upper end of the rear wall forms a stationary edge, on which the pusher surface can be pivoted downward through deformation of the front and side wall. On the bottom of the pusher surface, a triangle-shaped blade is formed, which ends in a tip, and its triangle edge forming a cutting edge for piercing and cutting the sealing foil on the bottom of the capsule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Bevaswiss AG
    Inventor: Fritz Seelhofer
  • Publication number: 20150028043
    Abstract: A closure is for a container, for example a beverage container. In some examples the closure comprises an outer portion connectable to an opening of the container, an axially actuatable inner portion having a sealing member for restricting fluid flow through the closure with the inner portion in a first position and allowing fluid flow through the closure with the inner portion in a second position axially displaced relative to the outer portion, and an annular membrane connecting the outer and inner portions and configured to provide a returning force to resiliently bias the inner portion towards the first position. A beverage container comprises a closure. A method is for operating a closure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Applicant: SMARTSEAL AS
    Inventors: Kjetil Naesje, Kyrre Fredriksen, Rune Knutsen
  • Patent number: 8931656
    Abstract: A recloseable and resealable beverage can end closure includes a base plate beneath the center panel and a tab plate above the center panel. The closure is slidable relative to the center a panel to uncover the pour aperture and then to position the closure over the pour aperture to enable resealing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Crown Packaging Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Paul Ramsey, Christopher Althorpe, Michael Unwin, Vincent Manaut, Florian Christian Gregory Combe, Mark Jonathan Prestidge, Iain Charles Edward Stuart, Sylvia Maria Farrow, Alexandre Paris
  • Publication number: 20140346172
    Abstract: A tamper-evident closure (100) is described, wherein the tamper-evident closure (100) comprises a body (102), a cap portion (104) coupled to the body (102) by a joint (106), and a tab (124) attached to a closure body skirt (122) of the body (102) to provide a space (126) between the closure body skirt (122) and the tab (124) to accommodate a lip portion (114) of the cap portion (104). Further, an inset (129) is provided below the tab (124) in the body skirt (122), wherein the tab (124) and the closure body skirt (122) are attached to one another by a seal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2012
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: ESSEL PROPACK LIMITED
    Inventors: Mrinal Kanti Banerjee, Chandrashekhar Ramchandra Abhyankar, Avinash Velandy Mukkolath
  • Patent number: 8871160
    Abstract: Provided is a biomaterial detecting device for confirming or detecting a biomaterial reaction, and more particularly to a biomaterial detecting device, which is formed in a stick type to thereby be immersed in a tube containing a biomaterial solution to be tested; has an upper portion with a cap structure to thereby induce reaction with a biomaterial, and thus facilitate confirmation and detection of the biomaterial; and is formed in a cap structure to thereby prevent evaporation of a sample and infiltration of an external material at the time of a biomaterial reaction in the tube, and thus improve reliability in analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: K-MAC
    Inventors: Sung-Min Seo, Jae-Hyung Park, Oleksandrov Sergiy, Joong Hwan Lee, Mun-Cheol Paek, Su-Jin Ku
  • Patent number: 8844744
    Abstract: The invention relates to the field of packaging for a consumable product, the packaging being provided with a wall (15) provided with an orifice (13).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: 3L Distribution Industrie
    Inventor: Franck Lucas
  • Publication number: 20140263324
    Abstract: Drink containers include a liquid container and a cap assembly removably coupled to the liquid container. Cap assemblies include a base, a drink spout extending from the base, a closure configured to be removably coupled relative to the drink spout in a closed position to selectively restrict dispensing of drink liquid through the drink spout and to selective permit dispensing of drink liquid through the drink spout when removed from the drink spout. Cap assemblies further may include a handle extending from the base and configured to selectively retain the closure in a stowed position when the closure is selectively removed from the drink spout. In some embodiments, the handle defines a closed perimeter and the closure is received within the closed perimeter when positioned in the stowed position. Some embodiments further include a tether that couples the closure to the cap assembly or to the liquid container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: CamelBak Products, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew W. Latham, Derek Gavin Sullivan
  • Patent number: 8833585
    Abstract: A can end combination, a resealable beverage can, and a method of sealing a beverage can are disclosed. The can end combination may include a metal can end and a resealable closure coupled to the can end. The can end may include a center panel having an aperture formed therethrough. The closure may include a base plate and a top plate coupled to the base plate. The closure may have a sealed position in which the base plate contacts the center panel about the aperture to form at least one of a bore seal and a face seal. The closure may also have an intermediate position in which the base plate is proximate the aperture but the closure is devoid of the bore seal and the face seal. The closure may also have a fully open position in which the aperture is exposed to enable pouring liquid through the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Crown Packaging Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Paul Ramsey, Sylvia Maria Farrow, Florian Christian Gregory Combe, Graham Martin Gossedge, Philip Norman Horton, Andrew Jonathan Sant
  • Patent number: 8820564
    Abstract: One container lid embodiment includes a body and a cap pivotably attached to the body via a hinge assembly. The body has internal threads configured to engage external threads on a fluid port of the container. The body has an opening corresponding to less than all of an area of the fluid port. The opening, configured as a modified teardrop opening through the body, includes an arc portion adjacent a circumference of the body opposite the hinge in fluid cooperation with an elongate vent extending perpendicularly from the arc portion towards the hinge. The body has a lip adjacent to the arc portion of the opening, extending radially away from the opening. The cap is configured to seal the body when articulated in proximity with the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Square Jug Design, LLC
    Inventors: Robert J. Fuglie, Kenneth V. Schomburg
  • Publication number: 20140217099
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a package, and more particularly to a package for sterile fluids, such as contrast media. More particularly the invention relates to a package comprising a container, a stopper (40), a cap (50) and a flip cover (60).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Inventor: Martin Monteagle Browne
  • Patent number: 8783494
    Abstract: A waste container (10) comprising a receptacle (11) and a closure (13) connectable to the receptacle (11). The closure (13) comprises a base (14) and a support (15) extending upwardly from the base (14). The support (15) defines a front opening (16) and having a rear wall (17). A tray (18) comprising a shelf (19) and an inferiorly depending guard (21) is also provided in the support (15), with the tray (18) being at least partially rotatable relative to the support (15). The closure (13) further comprises a shield (23) comprising a main body (24) extending from one edge (25) to a free edge (26) and having an upper surface (27) and a lower surface (28). The shield (23) is hingedly connected to the support (15) at or adjacent to the one edge (25) and is moveable between an open position in which it overlies the rear wall (17) of the closure (13) and a closed position in which it is secured to the closure (13) to at least substantially cover the front opening (16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventors: Hoong Sim Lee, Neville Chia
  • Patent number: 8777040
    Abstract: A beverage container or flask that includes a lower body portion and a selectively openable upper body portion. The upper body portion is configured to include a fastener that allows a user to selectively lock the panel in place by pivoting the upper body portion relative to the remainder of the flask. When the openable upper body portion is locked in place on the remainder of the flask, the upper body portion provides a leak proof seal such that a liquid may be contained in the flask without escaping. When the openable upper body portion is opened, access to an interior volume or compartment of the flask is provided, which facilitates simplified and more effective cleaning of the flask.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Pacific Market International, LLC
    Inventor: Andrew C. F. Wahl
  • Patent number: 8777030
    Abstract: In various embodiments, a non-reusable closure may include a base attachable to a container. The closure base contains an engagement insert that can screw onto a container neck. The base and engagement insert together contain one or more regions of weakness which break and/or deform when the closure is removed from the container thereby preventing re-attachment of the closure to the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: The Clorox Company
    Inventors: David Ziegenhorn, Jay Hinkle, Greg Showers, Kerry D. Azelton, Stacie M. Alvarez
  • Patent number: 8757410
    Abstract: A sealing mechanism for a container opening having a cylindrical opening disposed on a container body and a cap for sealing the cylindrical opening. The cap includes a screw-on cap body and an upper lid for sealing the cylindrical opening. The cap body and the upper lid are independent of each other so that the cap body can be rotated without rotating the upper lid and are engaged by a concave/convex portion. When the cap body is moved away from the container, the cap body slidably abuts on the upper lid, and pushes up the upper lid to open the cylindrical opening, and when the cap body moves toward the container, the cap abuts on the upper lid and pulls down the upper lid to re-seal the cylindrical opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Hosokawa Yoko Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroaki Takashima, Yuichiro Moriyama, Susumu Niwa, Kazuhiro Umenaka
  • Patent number: 8740000
    Abstract: An opening device of a liquid food container includes a bottom, a main body, and a top part joined to an upper end of the main body and formed with thermoplastic resin. The top part has a lid integrally moulded with thermoplastic resin. The lid divides the top part and includes weakening lines, a first lid part, a second lid part, and a gripper. A first hinge is formed between the first lid part and the second lid part, the weakening lines are cut when the gripper is pulled up, and the-first lid part rotates on the-first hinge such that the weakening lines open narrowly. A second hinge is formed in an edge of the second lid part, the weakening lines are cut by further pulling the gripper, and the second lid part rotates on the second hinge such that the weakening lines open more widely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Tetra Laval Holdings & Finance, S.A.
    Inventors: Yasuyuki Moriyama, Koshaku Ito
  • Patent number: 8720725
    Abstract: An attachable closure device for reclosing contains a base member, a resilient expandable band coupled to and extending from the base member, an adhesive layer on a surface of the base member, and a release agent on the adhesive layer. The release agent is housed in a coating on a release support layer, which may be coupled to the base member and unitary with the base member. The resilient, expandable band may be coupled and retained to the attachable closure device solely by a portion of the unitary base member-release support layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventor: Kenneth A. Abrams
  • Patent number: 8695842
    Abstract: A protector for containers for improving hygiene conditions, especially for cans with an essentially cylindrical form. The protector includes an upper protector element covering the upper part of the container and a lower ring arranged peripherally around the container connected to the upper protector element by a hinge section. The upper protector element also includes a ring pull projecting towards the outside in a downwards direction from the body of the upper protector element and having a cambered form following the contour of the can.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Inventors: Jose Francisco Gonzalez Sanchez, Francisco Javier Cana Martinez
  • Publication number: 20140069919
    Abstract: A molded article comprising a container top is disclosed. The molded article includes a threadless frame defining an opening, a flip cap located substantially coplanar with, and integrally formed with, the frame, a compound hinge between the frame and the flip cap, the hinge allowing the flip cap to rotate about the hinge to rest on top of the frame, an in-mold lidding film having a perimeter molded to the frame such that the in-mold lidding film covers the opening defined by the frame, wherein the in-mold lidding film is removable from the frame, and a pull tab, formed from the in-mold lidding film, that extends past the opening defined by the frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2013
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: Phoenix Packaging Operations, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Robert, William Traynor
  • Patent number: 8622281
    Abstract: A tamper-evident dispensing spout is configured for use on single-serve cartons, such as paper-based gable-topped cartons. The spout structure includes a spout body having a generally cylindrical wall portion, and a mounting flange extending outwardly from one end of the wall portion. The spout body defines a dispensing opening generally opposite the flange portion, with an opening member hingedly mounted on the spout body for movement from a first, sealed position, to a second, opened position for consumption of the container's contents. The opening member preferably includes a locking element so that the opening member is conveniently retained in its opened position during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Closure Systems International Inc.
    Inventor: Lanny Baker
  • Publication number: 20130306636
    Abstract: A storage container set comprises multiple plastic lid elements (20, 30) and a common container element (10), the side wall (11) of which has outward-protruding locking projections (12) that have a downward-extending locking profiled section (14) at their outer ends and are provided for locking the alternatively placeable lid elements. The first lid element (30) has hinged locking clips (31) for gripping the locking projections. The second lid element (20) has a continuous peripheral edge profile (21) and a vertical profiled section (22) which embraces the locking projections (12) from outside when the second lid element (20) is placed on the container element. A profiled tongue (23) at the end of the vertical profiled section (22) resiliently engages with the locking projections (12) while temporarily and peripherally tensioning the profiled section (22).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2012
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Applicant: EMSA GMBH
    Inventor: Franz-Jörg Wulf
  • Patent number: 8528778
    Abstract: A substantially moisture tight container and lid assembly for storing and packaging moisture-sensitive items comprising an assembly with a container and a lid, the lid is attached by a hinge to an upper housing portion of the container, the lid includes a lip seal member that depends downwardly from the lid, the lip seal member is configured to abut at least a portion of the interior side of the container when the lid is in the closed position resulting in a substantially moisture tight seal between the lid and the lid, and the container assembly further comprising a base portion and an upper housing portion, the upper housing portion is capable of being snap-fit into the base portion by employing a lip seal mechanism to form a substantially moisture-tight seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: CSP Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Jean Pierre Giraud
  • Patent number: 8511492
    Abstract: Described is a bottle having a container which includes a threaded neck and a handle. The threaded neck includes a dispensing opening and a handle opening. The bottle also includes a dispensing closure configured to engage the container. The bottle also includes a child-resistant closure cap which includes a pair of tabs that lock into the latches on the closure base member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: The Clorox Company
    Inventors: Judith Webster, Kerry Azelton, Steve James Tomkins, Brandon C. Roy, Christian Krammer, Thomas Hlavacek, Thomas Zauser
  • Publication number: 20130186896
    Abstract: An environmentally conscious, integrated reusable gift packaging made from a recycled durable flexible sheet material having decorative patterns and/or coloring thereon, comprised of top and bottom panels affixed together by front and rear walls, and left and right side flaps which are affixed to the bottom panel by right and left side walls, and which are foldable to lie over the top panel. Ribbon strips are affixed to one or more of the top panel, left side flap, and right side flap to close and secure the package and provide the appearance of a conventional ribbon-wrapped gift.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2012
    Publication date: July 25, 2013
    Inventor: Kristen Doyle
  • Patent number: 8454567
    Abstract: Multi-conduit connector apparatuses for use in negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) apparatuses to wound dressing, and methods for installing multi-conduit connector apparatuses in NPWT apparatuses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: KCI Licensing, Inc.
    Inventors: Justin Alexander Long, Aidan Marcus Tout, Larry Tab Randolph, Christopher Brian Locke
  • Publication number: 20130082056
    Abstract: The container (1) which can be sealed in a tamper-proof manner by a seal assurance means (5) has an outwardly projecting opening edge (2) and connected to the opening edge with sealing contact a cover (3) which is connected to the container (1) by the seal assurance means (5) in such a manner that non-destructive release is impossible. The seal assurance means (5) is formed on one side by a retaining ring (6) which encircles the container (1) below its opening edge (2) and on the other side by a cover part (7) which covers over the cover (3) of the container (1) at least partially. The retaining ring (6) is hingedly connected to the cover part (7) of the seal assurance means and at at least one area across the container and opposite the hinge connection (8, 9) there are, mutually engaging in such a manner that non-destructive release is impossible, locking means (10-13) which interlock the retaining ring (6) and the cover part (7) of the seal assurance means (5).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2012
    Publication date: April 4, 2013
    Applicant: BERLINGER & CO.
    Inventor: BERLINGER & CO.
  • Patent number: 8381935
    Abstract: Cup lid with integrated container(s) that couples with the top of a cup. The cup and cup lid form at least two containment volumes, Embodiments enable easy containment, inclusion of fresh food, transportation and access of solid or liquid in the container and cup without disengagement of the cup lid from the cup. Contents of the lid container may be accessed, partially consumed, replaced in the container and resealed at any time as desired by the user. Additionally, an independent drop-in container within the lid cavity may be resealed and removed from the lid cavity and taken to other locations such as home, work, or car. Simplifies eating and drinking from one unified container and cup in a theater or stadium having seats for example that provide one cup-holder per seat. Provides one free hand to hold a child's hand for safety while in stadiums and amusement parks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Inventor: Ronald Mark Buck
  • Patent number: 8336745
    Abstract: A dispensing closure has a key-hole shaped flow conduit that provides a sufficient flow restriction to prevent unwanted spurting of the product. The dispensing closure includes a closure body with an upper and lower deck, inner and outer skirt, and a flow conduit extending through the upper deck. The flow conduit includes including two or more vertically oriented walls and a bottom wall. The vertically oriented walls define a fluid trapping area and a partition wall depending downwardly from said upper deck. The bottom wall configured and arranged to be positioned along a horizontal axis. The flow conduit includes one entrance orifice having one entrance axis and an exit orifice having an exit axis. The entrance axis is stepped or offset from the exit axis whereby the flow conduit provides a non-linear flow path of product from an interior of the closure to an exterior of the closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: MWV Slatersville, LLC
    Inventors: Patrick J. Brannon, Clifford W. Skillin, Sergey Romanov
  • Patent number: 8336726
    Abstract: A recloseable and resealable beverage can end closure includes a base plate beneath the center panel and a tab plate above the center panel. The closure is slidable relative to the center a panel to uncover the pour aperture and then to position the closure over the pour aperture to enable resealing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Crown Packaging Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Paul Ramsey, Christopher Althorpe, Michael Unwin, Vincent Manaut, Florian Christian Gregory Combe, Mark Jonathan Prestidge, Iain Charles Edward Stuart, Sylvia Maria Farrow, Alexandre Paris
  • Publication number: 20120318798
    Abstract: A container is provided which includes a container body, a cap closure and a plastic membrane. The container body has a receiving area capable of holding a product. An open mouth surrounds the receiving area. A cap closure is arranged over the open mouth. The cap closure includes a fitment engageable around the mouth and a lid hingedly connected to the fitment. The plastic membrane is integrally molded with the cap closure and sealingly prevents leakage from the receiving area. The membrane includes a minor area non-frangibly attached to the fitment having a V-shaped outer border with sections of the border converging to a pivot point, and a major area tangibly attached along its perimeter to the fitment and to the V-shaped outer border. A pull tab is formed on a surface of the membrane at the pivot point.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2011
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Applicant: CONOPCO, INC., D/B/A UNILEVER
    Inventor: Brett Christopher Domoy
  • Patent number: 8333290
    Abstract: A discharge cap for discharging a content liquid from a container body includes a cylinder assembly that can be tightly fitted to a mouth portion of the container body. The cylinder assembly includes a cap main body provided with a main discharge cylinder, a discharge cylinder body provided with an auxiliary discharge cylinder that is smaller in diameter than the main discharge cylinder, and a lid body for opening or closing the auxiliary discharge cylinder. Hinge-connections are provided between the cap main body and the discharge cylinder body, and between the discharge cylinder body and the lid body, for allowing a selective opening of the main discharge cylinder and the auxiliary discharge cylinder, thereby readily changing the discharge amount or discharge mode of the content liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Yoshino Kogyosho Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Katsuhito Kuwahara, Yoshiyuki Kakuta, Natsuo Shinozaki
  • Patent number: 8328037
    Abstract: A bottle cap assembly includes a mount, a hose unit connected to the mount, a mouthpiece unit and a dust cap. A lug is connected to the mount and the dust cap is pivotably connected to the lug. A tubular portion is located in the mount and has two spiral ribs. The mouthpiece unit includes a rotatable member, a seal ring and a mouthpiece. The rotatable member is engaged within the tubular portion and has spiral grooves with which the spiral ribs are engaged. The rotatable member has a knob and has a passage is defined therethrough. The seal member seals the mouthpiece unit when the rotatable member is located at the lowest position. When the knob is rotated, the spiral grooves moved upward along with the spiral rib and the passage is separated from the seal member to open the mouthpiece unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Inventor: Tung Feng Wu
  • Publication number: 20120279966
    Abstract: A tamper-evident closure (40) is provided for a container. In one particular embodiment, the closure (40) has a body (42) and a hinged lid (44), and has the following additional features as next described. A tamper-indicating tab (120) is connected to the lid (44) by a frangible junction (130). A pressing member (150) is connected to the closure body (42) for movement from an initial unactuated configuration and to an inwardly deformed, actuated configuration. A post (170) is provided on either the pressing member (150) or tab (120), and a slot (140) is defined in the other of the pressing member (150) and tab (120), wherein the slot (140) non-releasably receives the post (170) when the lid (44) is first closed. The closure body (42) also has an inwardly located retention wall (160) defining an aperture (164).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2011
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Inventors: Timothy M. Mazurkiewicz, Charles E. Roberts, Kelly A. Smith, Albert D. Bailey, JR., John Wisniewski
  • Patent number: 8302824
    Abstract: A dispensing closure has a flow conduit that provides a sufficient flow restriction to prevent unwanted spurting of the product when the container is initially opened. The dispensing closure includes a closure body with an upper deck and a flow conduit extending through the upper deck. The flow conduit includes an entry orifice having an entrance axis and an exit orifice having an exit axis. The entrance axis is parallel to, but not co-linear with, the exit axis to provide a non-linear flow path from an interior of the closure to the exterior of the closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Polytop LLC
    Inventors: Patrick J Brannon, Clifford W. Skillin, Sergey Romanov
  • Publication number: 20120261379
    Abstract: A cap for a liquor bottle can have an upper wall, a cylindrical outer wall and an internally threaded inner wall configured to be secured to an externally threaded neck of a liquor bottle. The cap can include a spout pivotally coupled to the upper wall comprising first and second parallel internal passageways extending longitudinally through the spout and configured to pivot between an open position and a closed position. An annular light ring can be positioned between the outer and inner walls and can include light sources configured to emit light downwardly toward an annular shoulder of the liquor bottle. The light sources can emit light in various different manners.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2012
    Publication date: October 18, 2012
    Inventors: Chris Lenahan, Danny Mills, Lyle Andrew Ramsdell
  • Patent number: 8251252
    Abstract: A child-resistant lift-top container is disclosed. The container includes a vessel, a lift-off inner cap and an outer locking cap. The outer locking cap engages the lift-off inner cap and is rotatable about the inner cap. The vessel includes a generally downwardly-facing abutment that engages an upwardly-facing abutment on the locking cap to lock the container and prevent the lift-off inner cap from opening. The container is opened by rotating the outer locking cap to disengage the abutments, permitting the lift-off inner cap to be lifted to open the container. The outer locking cap includes at least one spring that engages a spring-engaging surface on the vessel as the outer locking cap is rotated to assist in disengaging the abutments and to allow the outer locking cap to return to its closed and locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: CSP Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Jean Pierre Giraud
  • Patent number: 8235236
    Abstract: A cup lid for attachment to a disposable drinking cup having a center portion with an opening therein, a peripheral edge surrounding the center portion for engaging the drinking cup, a plug disposed outside the peripheral edge of the cup lid and connected to the peripheral edge of the cup by two flexible support arms for allowing the plug to be repositioned at the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Inventors: Daniel J. Zuares, Robert M. Schwartz, Tony Licari
  • Publication number: 20120193362
    Abstract: A dispensing cap for a container includes a body portion and an integrally formed chamber for holding an additive substance. The body portion includes a closed top end and an inner wall that defines the chamber whose open end is sealed by a chamber closure member. The closed top end includes a diaphragm and a plunger extends axially from the diaphragm within the chamber for unsealing the chamber closure member. The body portion, the closed top end, the plunger, and the inner wall are integrally formed in one-piece.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2012
    Publication date: August 2, 2012
    Applicant: Granite State Product Development LLC
    Inventor: John PORTER
  • Publication number: 20120080436
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a bucket is described as including a primary reservoir and a secondary reservoir. A bottom of the secondary reservoir is located at a corresponding elevation between a top and a bottom of the secondary reservoir. The primary reservoir is disposed in selective fluid communication with the secondary reservoir.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2011
    Publication date: April 5, 2012
    Inventors: William A. Shumaker, Brian Belcher, Troy Daniel Mason
  • Patent number: 8113367
    Abstract: The present invention is a non-removable closure. A non-removable closure in accordance with the present invention may comprise (a) a first sealant layer; (b) a sealant interface layer; and (c) a second sealant layer. A non-refillable container for flowable materials in accordance with the present invention may comprise: (a) a cap; (b) a first sealant layer; (c) a sealant interface layer; (d) a second sealant layer; and (e) a flowable material receptacle. A method for manufacturing a non-removable bottle closure in accordance with the present invention may comprise the steps: (a) disposing a first sealant layer on a first surface of a sealant interface layer; (b) disposing a second sealant layer on a second surface of the sealant interface layer; (c) adhering the first sealant layer to a cap; and (d) adhering the second sealant layer to a receptacle mouth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Con Agra Foods RDM, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam Pawlick, Doug Czajkowski
  • Patent number: 8113374
    Abstract: A closure for a container includes a base having an aperture therethrough, a membrane attached to the bottom of the base and adapted to be attached to the container to seal the opening, a pull tab positioned within the aperture and connected to the base around at least a portion of an inner periphery of the aperture by a frangible portion, and a cap connected to the base by a hinge. The base is adapted to be connected to the container such that the aperture is positioned over the opening. The pull tab is connected to the membrane, so that when a user pulls on the pull tab, the frangible portion breaks to allow removal of the pull tab to open the aperture, and removal of the pull tab causes the portion of the membrane to tear away to unseal the opening of the container. The cap is pivotable about the hinge between an open position and a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Tropicana Products, Inc.
    Inventors: John Steiger, Machelle D. Stockwell
  • Publication number: 20120018431
    Abstract: A bottle cap assembly includes a mount, a hose unit connected to the mount, a mouthpiece unit and a dust cap. A lug is connected to the mount and the dust cap is pivotably connected to the lug. A tubular portion is located in the mount and has two spiral ribs. The mouthpiece unit includes a rotatable member, a seal ring and a mouthpiece. The rotatable member is engaged within the tubular portion and has spiral grooves with which the spiral ribs are engaged. The rotatable member has a knob and has a passage is defined therethrough. The seal member seals the mouthpiece unit when the rotatable member is located at the lowest position. When the knob is rotated, the spiral grooves moved upward along with the spiral rib and the passage is separated from the seal member to open the mouthpiece unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2011
    Publication date: January 26, 2012
    Applicant: TAIWAN VERTEX PRODUCTION CORP.
    Inventor: Tung Feng 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: 20110309082
    Abstract: A waste disposal device comprises a container having a top opening. The container provides access to an inner cavity that receives a bag with opened and closed ends. A pivoting lid closes/opens access to the opening. An actuation mechanism has a user-actuated interface. A linkage connected to the interface opens/closes the lid. A pair of jaws is connected to the linkage. The jaws move between a clamped position, in which the jaws close off a portion of the bag, and an opened position, in which the jaws are separated to allow waste to reach the closed end. The jaws and the lid are actuated concurrently by a single degree of actuation on the interface, allowing the lid to open and close while the jaws move from the clamped to the opened position, and back to the clamped position. A method for disposal of a waste object is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2010
    Publication date: December 22, 2011
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL REFILLS COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventor: Michel Morand
  • Publication number: 20110290800
    Abstract: A container having a body, the body defining a cavity for storing dispensable cavity contents and having an opening, a covering for covering said opening; and a lid connected to the body by a failure zone and openable, in use, after failure of the failure zone, about a hinge formed by the covering. The lid may have a re-closable arrangement, the covering may be hinged with the container and may include strengthening ribs. The body may also have multiple cavities and multiple lids.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2008
    Publication date: December 1, 2011
    Inventor: Bradley Donald Teys
  • Patent number: 8033421
    Abstract: A dispenser configured to close and fold into a small, compact, refillable package for storing personal care products is disclosed. Specifically, the dispenser has significantly less surface area in the closed (i.e., folded) position as compared to the unfolded personal care product that is stored within the dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Christine Marie Cowell, Robert Samuel Schlaupitz, Kevin C. Possell, Jason Robert Boon, Daphne Lynn VanBuren, Erica Marie Golub
  • Patent number: 8020720
    Abstract: A stopper member (C) for mounting on an opening (31) of a fluid reservoir (P), said member being characterized in that it comprises: a base body (1) forming a fluid dispenser orifice (17); an assembly part (20) for mounting in stationary manner on the base body (1); and a closure lid (25) for closing the dispenser orifice (17), the lid (25) being connected to the assembly part via a hinge (26), characterized in that the lid (25) and the part (20) are made as a single piece, the lid (25) initially being connected to the assembly part (20), before the lid is opened for the first time, via at least one bridge (28) of material able to be broken at the first opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Valois S.A.S.
    Inventors: Frédéric Duquet, Fabrice Perignon
  • Patent number: 7980432
    Abstract: A dispensing closure has a key-hole shaped flow conduit that provides a sufficient flow restriction to prevent unwanted spurting of the product when the container is initially opened. The dispensing closure includes a closure body with an upper and lower deck, inner and outer skirt, and a flow conduit extending through the upper deck. The outer skirt is configured to mount to a product container. The flow conduit includes including two or more vertically oriented walls and a bottom wall. The bottom wall configured and arranged to be positioned along a horizontal axis. The flow conduit includes one or more entrance orifices having one or more entrance axes and an exit orifice having an exit axis. The entrance axis is stepped or offset from the exit axis whereby the flow conduit provides a non-linear flow path of product from an interior of the closure to an exterior of the closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Polytop Corporation
    Inventors: Patrick J. Brannon, Clifford W. Skillin, Sergey Romanov