About Line Or Point Of Weakness Patents (Class 220/266)
  • Patent number: 10351310
    Abstract: A tamper-evident container includes a base and a lid. A base extension and a lid extension are connected to a hinge to join the base and the lid together in a closed, pre-use configuration. A tab extends from either the lid extension or the base extension in a direction away from the lid and the base such that the tab extends beyond the hinge. The tab is joined to one of the extensions via weakened regions that can be torn when the tab is pulled to indicate that the container has been tampered with or opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Genpak, LLC
    Inventor: Brian S. Allers
  • Patent number: 10315809
    Abstract: A drop lid-shaped formed lid to be fittably applied to a container having a flange section is formed with a flange, a fitting section extending downwardly from the flange, and an introducing section below the fitting section. The introducing section is composed of first and second tapered sections whose inner diameters each decrease downwardly. The taper angle ? of the second tapered section is larger than the taper angle ? of the first tapered section, and the second tapered section is formed in an arcuate shape smaller than a range in which the first tapered section is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Toyo Seikan Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kiyotaka Shinozaki, Makoto Sawada, Yoshiaki Shinagawa
  • Patent number: 10111402
    Abstract: Provided is a litter box for animals in which a suitable amount of excretion treating agent can be determined visually. A litter box for animals is provided with a granule accommodating container that accommodates a plurality of granules. The granule accommodating container is provided with: a container main body, which has a lower surface part and a side wall part standing up from the peripheral edge of the lower surface part; and a protruding part, which has a protruding part lower surface, which sticks out toward the outside from the side wall part on the container main body and is curved at a prescribed angle with respect to the side wall part, and a protruding part side wall. The lower end part of the protruding part lower surface is positioned above the upper end part of the lower surface part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Inventors: Chiyo Takagi, Shinya Kaneko, Tomoko Hirao, Nobuharu Namikawa
  • Patent number: 10112454
    Abstract: A closing cover assembly for an air spring includes a first portion defining a first internal space constructed and arranged to receive a portion of an air spring. A second portion is integral with and extends from the first portion. The second portion defines a second internal space. A passageway connects the first internal space with the second internal space. A pressure retention valve having a main body is received in the second internal space, with the second portion of the cover defining an outer protective housing for the main body of the pressure retention valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Christian Schallmeier, Garrett M. Pniewski, Sunny Makkar
  • Patent number: 9944436
    Abstract: A tamper-evident container and method is disclosed. The tamper-evident container includes a base portion and a lid (or cover). In an untampered with state, one edge of the lid is removably connected to one edge of the base portion. Namely, the lid includes a tamper-evident tab, wherein the tamper-evident tab includes a grasping overhanging portion that is flanked by at least one breakable joint and wherein the lid is removably connected to the base portion via the breakable joint of the tamper-evident tab. Further, the tamper-evident container comprises an interlocking interface between the base portion and the lid. A method of using the tamper-evident container is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Inventor: Danny Kalmanides
  • Patent number: 9932153
    Abstract: A container, that prevents an illegal operation and can be easily identified after being illegally operated, includes a bowl-shaped base and a cover selectively closing the bowl-shaped base, wherein a pre-broken structure is formed on the cover and the cover cannot be smoothly detached from the bowl-shaped base before the pre-broken structure being damaged. For the market, the salesperson easily confirms that the container has been illegally operated and the illegally operated container is replaced in time for providing fresh good to the consumers. For the consumers, the illegally operated containers can be easily confirmed and eliminated through choosing for preventing from buying unsafe or stale goods, particularly foods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Inventor: Albert Hsieh
  • Patent number: 9926111
    Abstract: A tamper-evident container comprises a lid and a base. The lid includes a lid rim. The base includes a base rim. A frangible hinge is formed between a lid hinge segment extending outwardly from the lid rim and a base hinge segment extending outwardly from the base rim. The lid hinge segment includes at least one thumb rest that is positioned, sized and shaped to receive the thumb on a user's hand. The thumb rest has a counterpart finger rest located on the base hinge segment that is positioned, sized and shaped to receive a finger on the user's hand while the thumb of the same hand is in contact with the thumb rest. The frangible hinge is configured to rupture when the container is in the initially sealed arrangement by the application of a pushing force to the thumb rest and a contemporaneous pulling force to the finger rest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Anchor Packaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Krueger, Bruce Stein
  • Patent number: 9884701
    Abstract: An ecology stay-on tab beverage can end has a first curvilinear segment of frangible score severable to form a vent region and a pressure equalization port. A second curvilinear segment of frangible score has opposing terminal ends separated by a hinge segment of the center panel. The second curvilinear segment of frangible score is severable to form a pour opening. A lifting of a lift end of a tab actuates an opening sequence in which the first curvilinear segment of frangible score is severed causing the vent region and the pressure equalization port to form before the pour opening is completely formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Inventors: Randall G. Forrest, Michael R. Gogola
  • Patent number: 9745106
    Abstract: A tamper-evident container formed by thermoforming includes a tub having a bottom and a sidewall forming an interior volume. The container has a lid with an edge extending peripherally outward therefrom which is configured to mate with the tub edge to close the container. The lid edge has an inner portion and an outer portion with a perforated section therebetween. The perforated section extends continuously around the entire periphery of the lid, whereby the outer portion forms a tamper-evident seal removable from the inner portion for removing the lid from the tub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Sabert Corporation
    Inventors: Yohanan Siskindovich, Darryl Nazareth, Radhikan Kusam, Stephen Ricci, Sameh Guirguis, Bernard Ampomah
  • Patent number: 9624009
    Abstract: A tamper evident and resistant container includes a tray, a cover and a hinge extending from the cover and tray defining a hinge axis about which the tray and cover relatively rotate between a closed position and an opened position. The container further includes a first tab provided on one of the cover or the tray and at least partially defined by a line of weakness. When the cover is in the closed position, a user may pull the first tab to tear the hinge to separate the cover from the tray, wherein the line of weakness at least partially defining the first tab is configured to tear when the first tab is pulled to tear the hinge to separate the cover from the tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Dart Container Corporation
    Inventors: Ryan P. Gingras, Dean Garza, Todd M. Monroe, Craig M. Monahan
  • Patent number: 9611078
    Abstract: A food container has a temporary rim formed in one-piece structure on the edge thereof. It has as first sealing rim and a second sealing rim as the surface for a sealing film to be heat-sealed thereon. When the outer rim is torn off, an irreversible tear-off structure on the sealed cover would leave the trace, allowing the consumers and the sellers to decide whether to purchase or dispose of the goods simply by visual judgments; in other words, it has a tamper-proof function. In addition, when the outer rim is removed from the container, the sealing film would detach from the first sealing rim but still stick on the second sealing rim, providing a reusable sealed cover for the container that ensures more safety of food hygiene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Inventor: Chia-Hao Chou
  • Patent number: 9580219
    Abstract: A tamper evident container comprises a lid and a base. The lid includes a lid rim having a lid rim flange. The base includes a base rim having a base rim flange. A frangible hinge is formed between a top pinch segment peripherally projecting from the lid rim flange and a bottom pinch segment peripherally projecting from the base rim flange. The frangible hinge is configured to rupture when the container is in the initially sealed arrangement by the application of a pinching force to the top pinch segment and bottom pinch segment that results in the relative vertical movement of the segments toward each other. As compared to the prior art, the container hinges about a frangible vertex instead of hinging about a square-shaped structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Anchor Packaging
    Inventors: Tim Cimmerer, Kevin R. Krueger, Mike Pohlman
  • Patent number: 9546937
    Abstract: A tissue cassette includes a body having a first floor and a first perimeter wall encircling and extending from the first floor so that the first floor and first perimeter wall at least partially bound a body cavity, the first floor having a plurality of spaced apart openings extending therethrough. A mold has a second floor and a second perimeter wall encircling and extending from the second floor so that the second floor and second perimeter wall at least partially bound a mold cavity, the second floor having at least one micropore extending therethrough, the at least one micropore having a maximum diameter less than 0.040 inches. A hinge couples the body to the mold so that the body and mold can move between a closed position wherein the first floor overlies the second floor so as to form a tissue compartment therebetween and an open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignees: Richard-Allan Scientific Company, Western Michigan University Research Foundation (WMURF)
    Inventors: Jennifer H. Freeland, Keith O. Whittlinger, Parviz Merati, Nathanael J. Cooper
  • Patent number: 9546032
    Abstract: This product is a storage container with a depressible cover that can create an internal vacuum. In doing so it can reduce it's volume, allowing another similar container to be stored inside the initial container without removing its cover. Through these features, this product's primary aims are to preserve food for longer in a vacuum, thereby reducing waste and drastically reducing the amount of space being used for storage (whether it's food in the refrigerator or clothes in the wardrobe). This product is also available as an airtight cover that can be attached to cans, jars or similar products to provide the ability to simply reseal canned or jarred foods in a vacuum (partial or 100% vacuum) as well as the ability to stack these cans or jars into each other to save storage space. Such airtight covers can also be applied to dishware.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Inventor: Karl Stephen Reilly
  • Patent number: 9486601
    Abstract: A ports cap for a mask assembly includes two closure portions adapted to seal respective ports of the mask assembly, a bridge piece that joins the two closure portions, and two gripping tabs extending outwardly from respective closure portions. Each gripping tab includes one or more ribs on at least one side thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: ResMed Limited
    Inventors: Philip Thomas Stallard, Mark Bertinetti, Scott Alexander Howard
  • Patent number: 9440774
    Abstract: The invention relates to a closure for an in particular cylindrical packaging (1) for foodstuffs, having an insert (3) that comprises a preferably central outlet opening (6) and one part (5) of which is intended to be fastened to the packaging (1), and a cover (4) connected in an articulated manner thereto for sealing the top of the outlet opening (6), which cover is connected to the insert (3) by a tamper-evident closure, wherein the tamper-evident closure has a tamper-evident element (9) connected to the cover (4) or the insert (3) via at least one target break point (27), which element is arranged to the side of an in particular circumferential edge (12, 13) of the closure in the covering situation and is thus arranged offset to the outlet opening (6), wherein the tamper-evident element (9) has at least one stop (39, 38) edge on each of opposite ends, between which the tamper-evident element (9) is held to a protrusion (10) of the cover (4) or the insert (3) after loosening the tamper-evident closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventor: Werner Schick
  • Patent number: 9409683
    Abstract: A container includes a tray having an outwardly extending tray flange and a rib projecting upwardly from at least a portion of the tray flange to at least partially define an open top and a cover terminating in an outwardly extending cover flange with a skirt projecting upwardly from the cover flange. When the cover is mounted to the tray to close an open top of the tray, a portion of the skirt lies on top of the rib, and an amount of the skirt that is pinchable is insufficient to apply the force required to overcome a peripheral seal between the cover and the tray to separate the cover from the tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Dart Container Corporation
    Inventors: Ryan P. Gingras, Dean Garza
  • Patent number: 9326455
    Abstract: The present invention provides an apparatus for plants, said apparatus that features a planter with a closed bottom, sidewalls, and an open top, wherein a protruding lip is defined on an exterior surface of the sidewalls in proximity to the open top; and a first cover with an open bottom, sidewalls, and a closed top, wherein a set of clasping mechanisms are located on two opposing sidewalls in proximity to the open bottom, and wherein the clasping mechanism reversibly attaches the cover to the lip of the planter. The invention further provides a second, insulating cover with an open bottom, sidewalls, and a closed top, wherein the second cover is received by the first cover after the first cover is reversibly attached to the planter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Inventor: James McClay
  • Patent number: 9315302
    Abstract: A tamper-evident container having a tamper-evident structure that indicates to a user when the container has been previously opened or otherwise tampered with. The container can include a body and a lid, where the lid is snap fit into a recess of the body. Based on the snap-fit, the lid is difficult or impossible to remove from the body without activating the tamper-evident structure. The tamper-evident structure can remain at least partially attached to the lid or body to thereby indicate to a user that the container has been opened or otherwise tampered with.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: D&W Fine Pack LLC
    Inventors: Joseph Stone, Gregory Jimenez, Richard M. Collins
  • Patent number: 9296533
    Abstract: A biased sliding lock for use with containers provides a locking mechanism to lock the lid relative to a pail. The bias can be overcome to place the container in an unlocked configuration allowing the lid to be rotated relative to the pail. The locking mechanism preferably includes a slide with a leg which may cooperate with a leg of the pail to prevent rotation of the lid relative to the pail in the locked configuration. The legs may have angled surfaces to facilitate closing directly into the locked configuration for at least some embodiments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Inventor: Glenn H. Morris
  • Patent number: 9156595
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to a tamper evident lid formed of a thermoformed material for use with a container. The lid includes a round, substantially planar surface having a periphery defining a surface circumference. The lid further includes an engagement portion surrounding the periphery and extending there from. The engagement portion includes a friction fit portion extending generally upward from the planar surface; and a tear away portion removably connected to the friction fit portion and being generally parallel to the friction fit portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: D&W Fine Pack
    Inventors: Steve Pace, George A Golota, Andrei Voitnya
  • Publication number: 20150129594
    Abstract: Food packages comprising a tray with a cover sealed about a surrounding flange of the tray are provided, where the flange is non-planar. The flange can have a planar leading edge and a planar trailing edge that lie in planes angled relative to each other. Side edges of the flange extending between the leading and trailing edges can include non-planar segments in addition to planar segments. A recloseable feature can also be provided with the cover.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Ronald H. Exner, Adam Lloyd, Stephen P. Wilcox, Jo-Ann Clark, Vincenzo Disavino, Leonard S. Scarola, Paul Anthony Zerfas
  • Publication number: 20150129533
    Abstract: A container closure assembly includes a cap and a spout assembly. The cap includes an internal thread that is configured to engage with an external thread located on the spout assembly. The cap further includes an engagement prong assembly that is configured to engage with the cylindrical band located on the spout assembly. The cylindrical band is supported by a plurality of tabs such that the engagement prong assembly extends between the band and the external threads when the internal and external threads are engaged and the cap is rotated such that the interaction of the threads moves the cap toward the band, the engagement prong assembly engaging the band when the cap seals the open end of the hollow cylinder, and the engagement prong assembly breaks the tabs when the cap is rotated causing the cap to unseal the open end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: Silgan White Cap LLC
    Inventors: James M. Taber, Darren Neputy, Dennis Szczesniak
  • Patent number: 9027603
    Abstract: An open ended cap for a pipe is provided comprising a flexible tubular body wherein one end has a downwardly-extending radial rim. The tubular body includes a finger grip member recessed from the end of the cap and extending inwardly from an inner periphery of the rim and connected to a tear strip extending across the rim and downwardly along at least a portion of the tubular body. The tubular body optionally has an interior wall surface having multiple compressible longitudinal fit beads which are configured to provide contact with the external surface of a pipe upon being inserted into the end cap. The open ended cap may be used in conjunction with a closed end cap fit within the bore of the pipe to maximize protection of both the exterior and interior of the pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Protective Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Frederick W. Zeyfang, William H. Sardini, Brian Lyle Mayo
  • Patent number: 9016503
    Abstract: A novel and unique container of a general clamshell configuration is provided. The hinge of the container of the present invention is particularly unique in that it not only provides a hinged connection between the lid and the base of the container for ease of use by the contents manufacturer during filling but is also breakable in different ways to provide a tamper-evident function without creating small parts that must be disposed of separately from the lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Easypak LLC
    Inventors: Marco Barbier, Lawrence Murdoch
  • Publication number: 20150108130
    Abstract: A canister with a novel dispensing aperture is described. The aperture is located within a continuous surface opposite the seamed canister end. By thus locating the aperture, canister contents may be dispensed or sipped without the interference of debris-collecting grooves, seam edges, and sharp angles typical of canisters with dispensing apertures located on seamed ends.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Robert A. Ziegler, Joel Carpenter
  • Patent number: 8991650
    Abstract: A stopper for being sealed between two sheets of a reservoir, including a body defining a front face, rear face, internal edge, and external edge. The body forms a dispenser orifice that passes through from the rear face to the front face, the front and rear faces defining front and rear heat-sealing zones for the sheets. The front face defines a fluid collection zone at the orifice and the rear face defines a fluid delivery channel that extends from the dispenser orifice to the internal edge of the body. A closure lid is provided, the lid connected to the base body via a hinge. The body defines tapering side edges where the front and rear heat-sealing zones are contiguous, and the front and rear faces are convex, to define a maximum thickness where the dispenser orifice, the delivery channel, and a fraction of the collection zone are formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Aptar France S.A.S.
    Inventors: Fabrice Perignon, Christophe Pierre
  • Patent number: 8944270
    Abstract: A container includes a basket and lid. The basket and lid each have a lip along at least a portion of a periphery and a tear strip connected along at least a portion of the lip. An outer edge of the lip includes notches and an inner edge of the tear strip complements the outer edge of the lip. The tear strip is connected to the lip by links arranged at notches of the outer edge of the lip. The basket tear strip is bonded to the lid tear strip to resist separation of the lid from the basket. The bonded basket tear strip and lid tear strip are detachable from the basket lip and the lid lip urged away from the basket and the lid, exposing the outer edge of the basket lip and the outer edge of the lid lip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Natural Selection Foods, LLC
    Inventors: Richard Louis Bontrager, Randall Glenn Strange
  • Patent number: 8939307
    Abstract: A container having tamper evident and resistant features includes a tray, a cover and a hinge extending from the cover and tray to a radially outermost portion and having a first portion extending from a first side of the cover and a second portion extending from a first side of the tray, wherein the first and second portions are connected by at least one weakened line to define a hinge axis about which the tray and cover relatively rotate between a closed position and an opened position. The container is provided with a first tab which a user may grasp with one hand and a second tab which the user may grasp with another hand and the user may relatively pull the first tab and the second tab away from each other to tear the hinge along the at least one weakened line and separate the cover from the tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Dart Container Corporation
    Inventors: Ryan P. Gingras, Dean Garza
  • Publication number: 20150014317
    Abstract: A container for a powder material includes an inner portion in the form of a flange (13), and a peelable sealing membrane sealingly attached onto the flange (13) via a peripheral sealing cord (27). The sealing membrane also has at least one pull tab (23) so as to enable the peeling thereof relative to the flange (13) by breaking down the sealing cord (27). The flange (13) has at least one passageway (18) for circulating gas; the passageway (18) is to be sealed by the attached sealing membrane and is located opposite the pull tab (23) so as to release the internal excess pressure from the container (3) upon the initiation of the peeling of the sealing membrane. The container is particularly useful for eliminating, or at least reducing, the splatter of the packaged material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: David Breton, Alain Le Talludec
  • Patent number: 8925755
    Abstract: A container comprising a lid comprising a central portion and a circumferential rim, the rim comprising an aperture at least at one location around a perimeter of the rim; and a body comprising a base and lateral walls extending up from the base and ending up in a rim, the rim comprising a knob at least at one location thereof; wherein, in a closed position of the lid over the body, the knob is received in the aperture and is seen emerging from the aperture, and, upon lifting the lid up from the closed position for the first time, the knob disengages from the aperture, thus deforming at least one of the aperture and the rim of the lid, the deformed part testifying of a first opening of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: IPL, Inc.
    Inventors: Dominique Lesquir, Stephane Mercier, Steve Lavoie
  • Patent number: 8919594
    Abstract: A dispensing utensil (102) including a body (104) having: a carcass (104); and a pliable top wall (112) and a bottom wall (106), the walls (112, 106) supported by the carcass (104), wherein the pliable top wall (112) and bottom wall (106) define a cavity (124) for storing dispensable cavity contents; the utensil (102) further including: a lid (108) connected to the pliable top wall (112) and openable about a hinge (114) formed by the pliable top wall (112); a seal (110) sealing the lid (108) to the body (104?) to seal the cavity (124); a tool portion (150); and a handle portion (152); wherein the seal (110) may be broken and the lid (108) opened about the hinge (114) formed by the pliable top wall (112), thereby allowing the cavity contents to be dispensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Sands Innovations Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Bradley Donald Teys
  • Patent number: 8910817
    Abstract: A single-use storage and dispensing container is provided for use with small volumes of consumer products. The container is generally sleeve-like, sealed at both ends to contain the flowable material, and is scored or otherwise includes a break point for rupture by a user to dispense the container contents. Application of a threshold pressure to the container by the user will cause the container to rupture at the break point, dispensing flowable material therefrom. The container is suitable for one-handed use. Various cross sectional shapes of the sleeve are possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: CLIC Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: John S. Kanderka, Dean Vincent Borschneck
  • Publication number: 20140361013
    Abstract: A tear-open packaging is formed by a pair of plastic film panels having inner faces joined together by a weld. One of the film panels is formed by a two- or three-layer coextrusion having a nonsticky foam core layer and a weldable inner layer that is secured by the weld directly to the inner face of the other film panel. The strength of the core layer and of the bond between the core layer and inner and outer layers are such that, when the two panels are pulled away from each other, the core layer or an interface between the core layer and the weldable inner layer will tear along the weld. If the weld does not extend directly to an edge of the film tear-open packaging, the weldable layer breaks on both sides of the weld.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventors: Matthias PERICK, Dana SIEWERT
  • Publication number: 20140360532
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure generally relate to a composition, system, and method of unclogging and maintaining a drain or conduits that deliver fluids such as water. The system includes delivering a predetermined amount of drain cleaning composition to an obstruction wherein the predetermined amount may be delivered by a single-use packet. The composition for clearing a clogged drain may include sodium bisulfate, moisture, sodium sulfate, potassium, calcium, or iron.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventors: Eric Sternberg, Randy Kaplan, Mathew Sternberg
  • Patent number: 8899429
    Abstract: A closing arrangement includes a neck having an end closed by a wall and an associated cap. The end of the neck is provided with a weakening line that surrounds the neck. The cap is provided with an opening promoting device arranged for engaging with a further opening promoting device of the wall to separate at least a part of the wall of the neck along the weakening line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Sacmi Cooperativa Meccanici Imola Sociata' Cooperativa
    Inventors: Fiorenzo Parrinello, Fabrizio Pucci, Bo Larsson
  • Patent number: 8899437
    Abstract: A child resistant closure is provided that is configured to fit over the opening of a receptacle to form a container. The closure includes an inner dosage cup and an outer cap portion that receives and retains the inner dosage cup. The outer cap portion is rotatable relative to the inner dosage cup and defines at least one viewing window that allows for visual indication of a level of contents within the inner dosage cup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Gateway Plastics, Inc.
    Inventors: William C. Vogel, Terrence M. Parve, Michael Walker
  • Patent number: 8887369
    Abstract: A personal-care appliance having a handle defining a cavity. A fluid connector is positioned within the cavity. A fluid reservoir is positioned within the cavity. The fluid reservoir has a frangible seal that is spaced apart from the fluid connector. A cover is mounted to the handle over the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: The Gillette Company
    Inventors: Lee Burrowes, Paul Michael Jessemey, Kevin James Wain
  • Publication number: 20140299503
    Abstract: The present invention relates to kit of monodose perfume capsules comprising two or more of said capsules, each capsule consisting of a material that is impermeable to the components of the perfume, having a region of weakness that breaks under pressure, and a non-permanent adhesion material, that may be removed form the kit of capsules (1) individually or in any quantity for immediate or later use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: Natura Cosméticos S.A.
  • Patent number: 8851325
    Abstract: A lid of a disposable beverage cup, which has at least one drinking hole provided for a consumer to drink the beverage stored in the beverage cup, and at least one vent hole provided for maintaining the pressure equivalence between an inner side and an outer side of the beverage cup, includes at least one drinking hole plug arranged for detachably coupling with the drinking hole to seal and close the drinking hole so as to prevent the beverage from leaking out of the beverage cup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Inventors: Charles N. Chiang, Benjamin H. Chiang
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8844761
    Abstract: Resealable beverage containers include caps that are twisted to impart translational motion of the cap to push a tear panel into the container. Cam elements are used to convert rotational movement to translational movement. The caps are preferably made of molded plastic material, and include cam elements formed on the sidewalls of the caps that engage cam followers or projections formed on the inner cylindrical surface of a socket which is formed in the lid of the beverage container. Methods of manufacturing resealable beverage containers avoid the need to form rivets and to attach pull tabs, thus saving costs and making the beverage containers more easily recycled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Inventors: Daniel A. Zabaleta, Sam Hackett
  • Publication number: 20140263326
    Abstract: A closure is provided for use in covering a discharge opening in a container and engaging a peripheral rim defining the opening. The closure lid includes a body for covering the container opening and a plurality of projecting portions that extend from a periphery of the body. The projecting portions are spaced from one another, with each formed to surround a portion of the container rim. A ring is connected to the projecting portions and surrounds the container rim. A plurality of retaining fingers are provided, with each finger spaced from one another and interleaved within the spacing between adjacent projecting portions. The fingers project inwardly from the ring and engage the bead on the container rim. The engagement of the fingers with the container rim is visible through the spacing between the projecting portions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Sonoco Development, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith E. Antal, SR., Chad E. Lagace, Terry Smith
  • Publication number: 20140263314
    Abstract: A cap for closing an opening in a container, the container having a top wall in which the opening is formed, a bottom wall, and at least one container side wall extending between the top wall and the bottom wall defining a cavity for storing a material for dispensing through the cap includes an end face having at least one fluid inlet adapted to allow air to flow through the cap and at least one fluid outlet, separate from the at least one fluid inlet, adapted to allow liquid to flow through the cap, a side wall extending from the end face, and a retaining element provided on at least a portion of the side wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: BISSELL Homecare, Inc.
    Inventor: Jason W. Pruiett
  • Patent number: 8833576
    Abstract: The re-closable container (1) for fluid products, particularly for medical, pharmaceutical and cosmetic products, includes: a hollow body (2) for containing a fluid product, which extends to a neck (4) having at least a dispensing mouth (5) for the product, and closing elements (7) for closing the dispensing mouth (5), which include: a flat-plane gripping member (8), from which a shutter pin (9) of the dispensing mouth (5) extends substantially coplanar, an annular collar (12), which is associated with the flat-plane gripping member (8) along at least a pre-established breaking area (13) and which is rigidly associable with the neck (4), and a resting base (17) suitable for allowing the flat-plane gripping member (8) to rest on a supporting surface (18) in a resting configuration in which the shutter pin (9) remains lifted with respect to the supporting surface (18).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Lameplast S.p.A.
    Inventor: Antonio Fontana
  • Patent number: 8833589
    Abstract: A container which includes a base (12) that can hold food and a lid (14) that closes on the base, which clearly indicates if the lid has been opened after a clerk loaded food into the base and closed the lid. The base and lid each have trapping portions (20, 22) and pull-open portions (24, 32) with a tear-tab, or tear-open barrier (80). To close the lid, a clerk projects a tab (30) on the pull-open portion of the lid through a slot (26) in the pull-open portion of the base, and then presses down the entire trapping portion of the lid into the trapping portion of the base. The lid cannot be lifted up because the tear-open barrier (80) forming the top wall of the slot lies over the tab. To open the container, a person must tear the barrier so he/she can pull up the tab 30 and open the lid. The fact that the barrier has been torn is obvious.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Pactiv Packaging Inc.
    Inventor: Terry Vovan
  • Publication number: 20140224803
    Abstract: A two-piece tamper-evident and tamper-resistant container having a base, a lid and a welded hinge connecting the lid and base to one another for use in packing, identifying and selling fresh food items and the like. A rim about an upper periphery of the base engages an identically contoured flange about a lower periphery of the lid, and a protective lip integral to and extending from an outermost end of the rim prevents access to the lip making the tear-strip of the hinge the only possible access point of the container. Any tampering to access the inside of the container would be made evident by a torn or missing welded hinge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: Strategic Global Sourcing, LLC
    Inventor: Charles Pickering
  • Patent number: 8794470
    Abstract: A container assembly having a body and a cover. The cover includes a cover rim having an inverted U-shape defining an outer flange and an inner flange separated by a top section, a lower part of the outer flange terminating in an end. The body includes a body rim defined by an upstanding inner wall and an upstanding outer wall joined to the inner wall by a top wall, a lower portion of the outer wall terminating in a gutter. The outer wall includes a recess and the outer flange includes a protrusion to enable a fitting of the protrusion into the recess. The outer flange includes a tab extending parallel to the top section and arranged at the lower part of the outer flange. The outer flange has weakening lines to allow a tear out of a section of the outer flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: N.V. Omniform S.A.
    Inventors: Alain Wambeke, Guy Lagaeysse
  • Publication number: 20140209606
    Abstract: A sealed dispensing port in a wall of a container or package, the wall including an outer sheet having a formed aperture there through, and an inner comprising a seal portion registered with the aperture, and a release cover that includes a seal portion over the aperture that irreleasably attaches through the aperture to the seal portion of the inner sheet to form a seal. When the release cover is pulled from over the aperture, the seal is removed to form a dispensing port.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Inventor: William E. KEARNEY
  • 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