With Gripping Means (e.g., Pull Tab) Patents (Class 220/270)
  • Patent number: 11014707
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a container including a resealable closure mechanism having a rocker arm and a pull tab or actuator button.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: COOL GEAR INTERNATIONAL, LLC
    Inventor: Fadi Sanbar
  • Patent number: 10988288
    Abstract: Cap assemblies with magnetic closure retention mechanisms and drink containers including the same. A cap assembly includes a base, a drink spout defining a passage, a closure configured to be selectively transitioned between a closed configuration and a stowed configuration via an open configuration, and a magnetic closure retention mechanism to magnetically retain the closure in the stowed configuration. When the closure is in the closed configuration, the closure is operatively coupled to the drink spout and obstructs the flow of liquid therethrough. When the closure is in the open configuration or the stowed configuration, the drink spout is uncovered and unobstructed by the closure. When the closure is in the stowed configuration, the closure is magnetically retained against the base or a handle of the cap assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: CamelBak Products, LLC
    Inventor: Jeff Davies
  • Patent number: 10947002
    Abstract: A can end includes a center panel, an annular portion disposed about the center panel, a chuck wall disposed about the annular portion, a curl extending radially outwardly from the chuck wall, the annular portion including a subsurface step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Stolle Machinery Company, LLC
    Inventors: Steven Todd Albright, Dennis Cornelius Stammen
  • Patent number: 10882658
    Abstract: A can lid that comprises an opening region provided in the material of the lid surface and comprises a two-armed lever member that is intended to open this opening region and that is connected to the lid material, wherein this arrangement is characterized in that the opening region configured as a tongue tab is delineated from the lid surface by a tear line and the tongue tab base connected to the lid surface forms a pivot bearing that becomes effective during the opening procedure; in that the lower side of the lid is coated with a plastic material in a firmly adhering manner, and this coating of the tear line that covers the tear line is weakened in an adjacent manner; and in that the container part and the can lid at least substantially comprise the same aluminum alloy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Inventor: Gregor Anton Piech
  • Patent number: 10850888
    Abstract: A container can end includes a concave dome shape and may forgo a peripheral reinforcing bead around the center panel. The tab may also be curved. Tooling for forming the end and a corresponding method are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Crown Packaging Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Paul Ramsey, Ben Mattin, Tim Clark
  • Patent number: 10836542
    Abstract: A plastic container capable of assuming a loading state, an initially sealed state and an opened state comprises a lid including a lid rim and a base having a base rim. The lid rim sealingly engages with the base rim. A projecting portion has an accordiated section and a pull tab that projects outwardly from the lid. The accordiated section has at least one pleat. The projecting portion includes a frangible bridge. When the plastic food container is in the initially sealed state, the accordiated section has a first length and a first orientation relative to the projecting portion. When the container is in the initially sealed state and a first pulling force is applied to the pull tab, the frangible bridge ruptures. When the frangible bridge ruptures and before the lid is separated from the base, the container is in a tab-employed state in which the accordiated section springs outward and has a second length visibly longer than the first length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Anchor Packaging, LLC
    Inventor: Bruce Stein
  • Patent number: 10766682
    Abstract: A packaging container for holding contents such as fresh food. The container comprises a tray having a flange, a pre-formed sealing ring and a flexible film for sealing in the contents of the tray. The sealing ring is made from fiber, filament or tape (“FFT”) that is shaped into a shape that matches the shape of the tray flange. The sealing ring is adhered to the tray flange by heat welding or other means and the flexible film is adhered to the sealing ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Sonoco Development, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard A Schwarz
  • Patent number: 10689172
    Abstract: The present invention relates to container laminate and container having a container laminate through which materials may be accessed and/or dispensed. The laminate has multiple layers that are peeled away when opened to reveal one or more openings in a layer that remains adhered to the container after opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: SONOCO DEVELOPMENT, INC.
    Inventors: Howard Coker, Robert Thor Versluys, Scott William Huffer
  • Patent number: 10676236
    Abstract: A pull tab crown for a bottle or other container provides an opener secured to the top of the crown. The crown has an annular skirt with an annular edge. Score lines extend from the opener assembly to the skirt. One of the score lines is curvilinear and terminates at the annular edge. A second score line has a segment that extends from the opener assembly to an endpoint substantially spaced from the bottom annular edge of the skirt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: WORLD BOTTLING CAP, LLC
    Inventor: Abe Frishman
  • Patent number: 10648871
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention include a fracture ring sensor and a method of using the same to detect out of tolerance forces. Aspects of the invention include a product having a defined an out of tolerance force, a fracture ring sensor, and a mounting assembly coupling the fracture ring sensor to the product. The fracture ring sensor is patterned with a conductive trace and is manufactured to break when subjected to a predetermined amount of force. The predetermined amount of force is substantially equal to a percentage of the out of tolerance force of the product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jonathan D. Bradbury, Jonathan R. Fry, Michael R. Kane
  • Patent number: 10611528
    Abstract: A package having a lid seated on a base where the edge of the seated lid is generally inaccessible, and where the edge is made accessible by a movement of a tamper-evident tab. The base and lid are configured so that opening of the tamper-evident tab locks the tab in the opened position. The inner edge of the tamper-evident tab is joined to the base by a hinge. The tamper-evident tab includes a protrusion that extends inwardly beyond the hinge. The lid includes a retention feature overlying the tamper-evident tab. The protrusion interacts with the retention feature to provide an audible indication when the tamper-evident tab is opened and to retain the tamper-evident tab in the opened position. The protrusion may be configured to lift the lid when the tamper-evident tab is in the opened position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Display Pack, Inc.
    Inventors: Victor D. Hansen, Andrew J. Blackmore, Elliott R. Eckert, Marc R. Meyer
  • Patent number: 10583944
    Abstract: The invention includes a closure for a container. The closure includes a lid, a tab including a base, an end opposite the base, and a rivet. The rivet is disposed between the base and the end. The tab is fastened to the lid at the base and the rivet such that the rivet pulls away from the lid to form a hole in the lid when the end of the tab is moved away from the lid during the opening process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: General Mills, Inc
    Inventor: Ali El-Afandi
  • Patent number: 10562662
    Abstract: A container includes a housing and an outer film. The housing has an inner surface, an outer surface, a rear wall and a circumferential length. The housing includes a box and a lid hingedly attached to the box at a hinge line on the rear wall of the housing. The housing also includes an opening line. The outer film is disposed on the outer surface of the housing. The outer film includes a covering portion and an opening portion. The opening portion has a length that is less than the circumferential length of the housing and the opening portion is disposed along the opening line of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventors: Arjen Hamilcar Slooff, Cassandra Sandra Alcocer Beltran, Dorothy Tritz, Lucas Chatelain, Mathias Beutler
  • Patent number: 10532860
    Abstract: A container that prevents 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 goods to the consumers. For 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: January 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: VIGOURPLASTIC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Albert Hsieh
  • Patent number: 10526502
    Abstract: A multi-coat coating system having an undercoat composition and an overcoat composition, wherein the undercoat, overcoat or both the undercoat and overcoat contain a polymer having segments of a specified formula and are substantially free of polyhydric phenols having estrogenic activity greater than or equal to that of bisphenol S. The coating system is suitable for use on a food-contact surface of food or beverage containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: SWIMC LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Niederst, Richard H. Evans, Robert M. O'Brien, Kevin Romagnoli, Mark S. Von Maier, Mary E. Tishey, Gregory M. Paulson
  • Patent number: 10494155
    Abstract: A container assembly includes a first component, a second component, and a third component. Each component has an outer wall, a side wall extending upward from the outer wall, and a lip extending outward around a perimeter of the side wall. Each of the lips of the components are releasably lockable with another lip to form a modular container assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Direct Pack, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig R. Snedden, Leonardo Magana, Robert Patrick Urciuoli
  • Patent number: 10486870
    Abstract: The present invention relates to container laminate and container having a container laminate through which materials may be accessed and/or dispensed. The laminate has multiple layers that are peeled away when opened to reveal one or more openings in a layer that remains adhered to the container after opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: SONOCO DEVELOPMENT, INC.
    Inventors: Howard Coker, Robert Thor Versluys, I, Scott William Huffer
  • Patent number: 10464719
    Abstract: A dispenser (10) for dispensing flowable materials has a container assembly (12) having a dividing wall (19). A first chamber (18) and a second chamber (20) are defined in the container assembly (12). The first chamber (18) is configured to contain a first flowable material (M1) (140) and the second chamber (20) is configured to contain a second flowable material (M2) (142). A membrane (34) is positioned in the container and cooperates with the dividing wall (19) to enclose the first and second chambers (18, 20). The membrane (34) has a first section (132) having a first weld seam (148) and a second section (134) having a second weld seam (150). The first section (132) is separated from the second section (134) by a non-rupturable member (33). Rupture of the membrane (34) allows the flowable materials into a third chamber (42) in which the flowable materials mix to form a mixture, and from which the mixture is dispensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: James Alexander Corporation
    Inventor: Richard J. May
  • Patent number: 10450103
    Abstract: The invention relates to a lid consisting of metal for a beverage can, which lid is designed to be permanently connected to a can body and has a lid panel in which a rivet for a grip tab is formed and in which a predetermined breaking line defining a breaking-open area is impressed, along which line an opening in the lid panel can be opened by the grip tab, wherein a rivet base, which has resulted from a formation of the rivet, is present around the rivet, within which base the metal of the lid is thinner and/or more brittle than in adjoining regions of the lid panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: IMV INNOVATION MARKETING UND VERTRIEBS GMBH
    Inventors: Thomas Hundeloh, Andreas Umbreit-Pluta, Matthias Nagel
  • Patent number: 10392163
    Abstract: A dispenser (10) for dispensing flowable materials has a container (12) having an outer wall (16) and a membrane (34) collectively defining a first chamber (18) configured to contain a flowable material. The membrane (34) extends from the outer wall (16) at an angle. The membrane (34) has a thickness and a weld seam (40), and the weld seam (40) has a thickness less than the thickness of the membrane (34).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: James Alexander Corporation
    Inventors: Richard J. May, Philip J. Blyskal, George Clark
  • Patent number: 10370164
    Abstract: A composite film for closing a container by sealing the composite film against a circumferential sealing surface of the container or of a cap ring to be connected to the container has a support layer made of a metal film and a sealing layer connected to the metal film. The sealing layer comprises a coextruded layer with a cohesively breaking intermediate layer and adhesion promoter layers arranged on both sides of the intermediate layer. The composite film is suitable for tight sealing against sealing surfaces made of polished tinplate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: AMCOR FLEXIBLES SINGEN GMBH
    Inventors: Christoph Dietrich, Klaus Hafner, Sven Bauer
  • Patent number: 10322858
    Abstract: A container includes a casing defining an opening and formed with a first abutting edge surrounding the opening. A cover is selectively mounted onto the casing for closing the opening, wherein the cover has a second abutting edge laterally extending therefrom and abutting against the first abutting edge when the cover closes the opening. A puller extends from the second abutting edge of the cover. A snapping device is formed between the casing and the puller. The snapping device includes a plug formed on the puller and a socket defined in the casing for receiving the plug. Two weakened portions are formed on the puller such that the puller is irreversibly curved after being lifted due to the weakened portion and the curved puller is used as a basis for easily identifying whether the container is illegally operated or not.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: VIGOURPLASTIC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Albert Hsieh
  • Patent number: 10301063
    Abstract: Package material comprises one or more layers of plastic laminate, a first side, a second side and an penetration area (40). Two weakening lines (30, 30b) extend from the penetration area (40) creating a space in between and thus forming an opening ( ) in the package material. The package material comprises a plastic opening device ( ), with a first and second portion ( ) attached to the first and second side, respectively and a material bridge ( ) penetrating through the penetration area (40). The second portion covers at least partly the penetration area and comprises a guiding portion ( ) extending from the penetration area (40) onto the space adjacent and to the weakening lines (30, 30b) as to facilitate rupturing substantially along the at least one weakening line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: TETRA LAVAL HOLDINGS & FINANCE S.A.
    Inventors: Jonas Björk, Håkan Hansson
  • Patent number: 10279967
    Abstract: A sealing cover for containers with increased heat resistance, easy-opening performance and sealability is provided. The sealing cover includes an upper layer which is provided with the opening tab, and a lower layer which includes an aluminum foil and a heat sealing adhesive layer thermally-adhering to the container. The upper layer and the lower layer are integrated with each other via thermal adhesion using a heat adhesive resin or film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventor: Se-Hwang Wei
  • Patent number: 10279963
    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: May 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: SABERT CORPORATION
    Inventor: Danny Kalmanides
  • Patent number: 10279953
    Abstract: A container seal includes a top layer having an opening tab and a bottom layer thermally bonded to aluminum foil and a container. The top layer includes: first and second partial opening tabs; first and second opening guide-separating bands connected to the first and second partial opening tabs and extending along an inner edge of a container entrance so that the top layer and the bottom layer can be open along the inner edge of the container entrance when the first and second opening tabs are pulled; and a ring-shaped thermal bonding layer spaced from the first and second opening guide-separating bands by first and second separating lines and being in contact with a lip of the container outside the first and second opening guide-separating bands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventor: Se Hwang Wei
  • Patent number: 10279962
    Abstract: A package having a lid seated on a base where the edge of the seated lid is generally inaccessible, and where the edge is made accessible by a movement of a tamper-evident tab. The base and lid are configured so that opening of the tamper-evident tab locks the tab in the opened position. The inner edge of the tamper-evident tab is joined to the base by a hinge. The tamper-evident tab includes a protrusion that extends inwardly beyond the hinge. The lid includes a retention feature overlying the tamper-evident tab. The protrusion interacts with the retention feature to provide an audible indication when the tamper-evident tab is opened and to retain the tamper-evident tab in the opened position. The protrusion may be configured to lift the lid when the tamper-evident tab is in the opened position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Display Pack, Inc.
    Inventors: Victor D. Hansen, Andrew J. Blackmore, Elliott R. Eckert, Marc R. Meyer
  • Patent number: 10272610
    Abstract: A formation device melts a plastic material and places the melted plastic material into a mold. The mold has an upper case, a lower case and a cavity, and a blowing aperture is disposed at a conjunction area of the upper and lower cases and extending to the cavity. The formation device utilizes a blowing tube to connect to the blowing aperture to reach into the plastic material in the cavity. During a blow molding process, the formation device inflates the plastic material through the blowing tube such that the plastic material expands to conform with a shape of the cavity, and when the mold is opened, a hollow casing member is obtained. The casing member further comprises a framed base, and two opposite sides of the base respectively connected to a top board and a bottom board via a connecting lip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventor: Yueh Er Tu
  • Patent number: 10150589
    Abstract: A pull-tab sealing member for a container containing an upper laminate forming a pull-tab bonded to a lower laminate capable of being heat sealed to a container's mouth or opening. The upper laminate defines the pull tab wholly within a perimeter or circumference of the seal. The sealing member further includes a sub tab layer or member under the gripping tab for concentric structural support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Selig Sealing Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert William Thorstensen-Woll
  • Patent number: 10150590
    Abstract: A pull-tab sealing member for a container containing an upper laminate forming a pull-tab bonded to a lower laminate capable of being heat sealed to a container's mouth or opening. The upper laminate defines the pull tab wholly within a perimeter or circumference of the seal. The sealing member further includes a sub tab layer or member under the gripping tab for concentric structural support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Selig Sealing Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert William Thorstensen-Woll
  • Patent number: 10060422
    Abstract: A device for generating a flow of air, particularly for cooling electronic components, with an annular piezo element and an emitter element, wherein the annular piezo element can be vibrated radially by applying an alternating voltage, the emitter element is coupled radially to the annular piezo element, and wherein the radial vibration of the annular piezo element is configured so as to set the emitter element into axial vibration to generate the air flow which thereby permits a device of small dimensions for generating the an air flow to be created that is simultaneously characterized by low energy consumption and a long service life.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Oztzan Akif, Randolf Mock, Thomas Vonz
  • Patent number: 10000310
    Abstract: A pull-tab sealing member for a container containing an upper laminate defining a circular segment and forming a pull-tab bonded to a lower laminate capable of being heat sealed to a container's mouth or opening. The upper laminate defines the pull tab wholly within a perimeter or circumference of the seal, but the upper laminate does not extend the full width of the sealing member in order to define the gripping tab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Selig Sealing Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert William Thorstensen-Woll
  • Patent number: 9994369
    Abstract: A container having tamper evident and resistant features comprises a tray having a bottom wall and a peripheral side wall extending upwardly from the bottom wall, which collectively define a compartment, and terminating in a tray rib to at least partially define an open top providing access to the compartment. The container further comprises a cover comprising a top wall that terminates in a cover rib having a peripheral cover lip, an interference element extending from the container, at least one tab provided in the container and associated with the interference element, and at least one line of weakness coupling the tab to the container. The tab is moveable between a first position where the line of weakness is not severed and a second position where the line of weakness is severed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Dart Container Corporation
    Inventor: Wayne J. Myer
  • Patent number: 9956715
    Abstract: A method of producing a container and a closure comprises blow molding a body comprising a container portion and a closure portion joined together, and separating the closure portion from the container portion. A container and/or a closure produced according to the method are also disclosed, as well as an intermediate product for producing a container and a closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: GRAHAM PACKAGING COMPANY, L.P.
    Inventors: Sheldon Yourist, David W. Cargile, Edward V. Perone
  • Patent number: 9957081
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are disclosed for sealing openings on containers and other structures, permitting selective removal of portions of the seal structure, and for similar selective removal of portions of adhesive elements such as bandages. A seal layer is sized and configured to cover an opening. The seal layer has at least one tear line, where the tear line is positioned and formed for tearing the seal layer for selective removal of a portion of the seal layer from the opening. A tab is connected to the seal layer providing a gripping portion for the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Inventor: Mark Gayer
  • Patent number: 9950845
    Abstract: A container includes a casing having an opening and a first abutting edge surrounding the opening. A cover is selectively mounted onto the casing for closing the opening, wherein the cover has a second abutting edge laterally extending therefrom and abutting against the first abutting edge when the cover closes the opening. A puller extends from the second abutting edge of the cover. A snapping device is formed between the casing and the puller. The snapping device includes a plug formed on the puller and a socket defined in the casing for temporarily receiving the plug and holding the plug in place. A weakened portion is formed on at least one place of the puller such that the puller is irreversibly curved after being lifted due to the weakened portion and the curved puller is used as a basis for easily identifying whether the container is illegally operated or not.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: VIGOURPLASTIC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Albert Hsieh
  • Patent number: 9943654
    Abstract: A nebulizer (1), in particular inhaler, having a pre-installed container (3) is proposed. The nebulizer comprises a securing member (30) preventing fluidic connection or opening of the container in a delivery state. The securing member can be manually opened, removed, released or destroyed by torsioning, by opening along a pre-determined breaking line and/or by means of an actuator (50). This facilitates handling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Boehringer Ingelheim International GmbH
    Inventors: Frank Herrmann, Holger Krenz, Guido Endert, Horst Wergen
  • Patent number: 9776774
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a container lid, comprising a lid surface having an area for an outlet opening that is defined by a circumferential edge, a lifting tab for opening the area, said lifting tab being fastened to a top side of the lid surface by a fastening means, possibly in the form of a rivet. The lid surface has a first locking element protruding from the lid surface or protruding into the lid surface, wherein the lifting tab has a second locking element that interacts with the first locking element such that a rotation of the lifting tab about the fastening means is prevented. The fastening means is configured to interact with element and/or the second locking element such that a rotation of the fastening means is prevented. The disclosure further comprises a container and a method for producing a container lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Red Bull GmbH
    Inventors: Matthias Rinderer, Roland Concin
  • Patent number: 9741985
    Abstract: A sealing plate for a prismatic secondary battery includes a pair of mouths for attaching a negative and positive electrode terminals, one mouth being formed near one end in a longitudinal direction of the sealing plate, and the other mouth being formed near the other end, coining areas used for positioning of an insulating member and formed around the pair of mouths on a front face of the sealing plate, a gas release valve and an electrolyte pour hole formed between the pair of mouths, and grooves formed between the respective coining areas and the long side edge of the sealing plate. The groove has a smaller depth near the gas release valve than the depth near the coining area. Even when the sealing plate is produced through forging, the front face has good flatness and the coining areas are unlikely to have a sink mark or a shear drop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: SANYO Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Eiji Okutani, Yoshinori Yokoyama, Takayuki Hattori, Yasuhiro Yamauchi
  • Patent number: 9694935
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a container end closure that generally comprises a pour opening and a secondary vent opening which improves venting during emptying of contents from the container. In particular, the present invention relates to an end closure for a container having scores defining a secondary vent opening which may optionally be opened. The secondary vent opening has a significantly larger area then vents of prior art designs and thereby improves pour rate and smoothness of pour. After the pour opening is opened using a pull tab interconnected to the end closure, a consumer may selectively open the secondary vent opening by pulling back on the tab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Ball Corporation
    Inventor: Anthony J. Scott
  • Patent number: 9682798
    Abstract: A container having a wall, where the wall includes a score line that defines a removable lid, where the score line defines the perimeter of the lid. The container lid includes a protective component extending inwardly of the perimeter of the lid and covering a sharp edge of a burr formed by removing the lid from the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Lincoln Global, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul A. Weissbrod
  • Patent number: 9649500
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a medical device housing includes deforming an inner surface of a shield member to produce a seam area along the inner surface. The shield member has an inner surface and an outer surface spaced apart by a shield thickness. A seam seals the inner surface seam area of the shield member to a second shield member. The shield member inner surface has a bend extending to an interior edge of the seam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew J. Ries
  • Patent number: 9617405
    Abstract: The invention provides liner resin compositions which are essentially free of ethylene vinyl alcohol (EVA) copolymer and molded plastic closures which include the described liner resin compositions. Instead of EVA copolymers, the provided liner resin compositions generally include low density polyethylene (LDPE). Accordingly, in one embodiment, the invention provides a liner resin composition comprising: a) LDPE; b) metallocene-catalyzed very low density polyethylene; c) a random copolymer; and d) a lubricant; wherein said liner composition is essentially free of EVA copolymer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Closure Systems International Inc.
    Inventor: Stephane Miche
  • Patent number: 9550616
    Abstract: A container having provisions that indicate tampering or previous attempts in opening the container is described. The container includes a peel tab for opening the container to thereby gain access to the container interior and contents therein. The container further includes pull tab provisions which must be at least partially separated from a container substrate, in order to gain access to the peel tab. Separation of the pull tab provisions provides indication of tampering or prior opening attempts. Related methods of providing such indication are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventor: Bassam Hallak
  • Patent number: 9550604
    Abstract: A can end that is attached to a metal can body with a bottom end forming a cavity that may be filled with food, liquid, etc. The can end is made of metal with a bead configuration located in the outer circumference of the can end that increases its resistance to deformation when subjected to high pressure cooking environments and assists in preventing the can end from separating along the frangible score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Silgan Containers LLC
    Inventors: Lynn A. Burleson, Jr., John L. Phillips, Donald M. Gust, Rohm E. Bloedorn
  • Patent number: 9475621
    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: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Anchor Packaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Krueger, Bruce Stein
  • Patent number: 9296538
    Abstract: The invention includes a closure for a container. The closure includes a lid, a tab including a base, an end opposite the base, and a rivet. The rivet is disposed between the base and the end. The tab is fastened to the lid at the base and the rivet such that the rivet pulls away from the lid to form a hole in the lid when the end of the tab is moved away from the lid during the opening process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: General Mills, Inc.
    Inventor: Ali El-Afandi
  • Patent number: 9285352
    Abstract: An apparatus may be configured to test a beverage, the apparatus may include but is not limited to, a beverage container that may be configured to hold a beverage, wherein the beverage container may include a material. An indicator may be chemically bonded to at least a portion of the material of the beverage container, wherein at least the portion of the material of the beverage container may include the indicator, wherein the indicator may be associated with at least part of a brand profile to identify a brand of the beverage, wherein the indicator may visibly react when the indicator is contacted with the beverage to show whether the beverage may be identified as the brand of the beverage, and wherein the visible reaction may be shown on at least the portion of the material of the beverage container via the indicator chemically bonded to at least the portion of the material of the beverage container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: DrinkSavvy, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael T. Abramson, Alex Nivorozhkin, Nelson Landrau, John C. MacDonald, Brendan Walker
  • Patent number: 9278506
    Abstract: A covering substrate adhered to a container providing a hygienic environment at a top portion of the container. The covering substrate includes a non-metallic covering with a tab defined within the perimeter of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: SELIG SEALING PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventor: Andrew Fenwick McLean
  • Patent number: 9259117
    Abstract: A can for extemporaneous preparation of beverages by extraction and/or infusion including a first chamber configured to collect a final beverage, a second chamber containing a drinkable liquid, and a filtering device containing a substance to produce the required beverage by extraction and/or infusion. The can is configured to be put onto a heating source after opening the can lid and operating the filtering device by the user. The lid includes: an outer rim portion configured to remain fixed to the can lateral wall when opening the can; an inner removable portion configured to be ripped to open the can; and a predetermined breaking line separating the inner removable portion from the outer rim portion. The breaking line is provided in an annular portion forming part of the lid and made of plastic material. The outer part of the annular portion part of the outer rim portion while the inner part thereof is part of the inner removable portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Inventor: Adriana Brizio