Biased Patents (Class 220/326)
  • Patent number: 10359108
    Abstract: A housing a housing container, a housing cover configured to close an open end of the housing container and a snap-fit fastener that secures a rim of the housing cover to a sidewall of the housing container. The housing container includes a base and a sidewall that protrudes from the base. The fastener includes an elastic clip that is disposed on an outer surface of the sidewall and a rigid lug that protrudes from the cover and engages the clip. The clip has a U-shaped plate portion that extends in parallel to the sidewall and defines clip opening. The lug includes a ridge that protrudes into the clip opening and engages the plate portion. The plate portion is dimensioned so that an outer edge of the plate portion is disposed no further from the container base than the sidewall free edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignees: Robert Bosch Mexico Sistemas Automotrices S.A. DE C.V., Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Luis Angel Ramirez Ortiz, Alex Martin, Pablo Daniel Molina Cardozo
  • Patent number: 10340488
    Abstract: Disclosed is a battery pack, which includes a battery module having a plurality of battery cells, a case configured to accommodate a plurality of the battery modules, and a protection cover coupled to the case to be capable of opening or closing, the protection cover being configured to protect an installation member installed at the case, wherein the protection cover is pivotally coupled to the case and is separable from the case depending on a pivoting angle of the protection cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: LG Chem, Ltd.
    Inventors: Sang-Hyun Jo, In-Jae Gang, Ki-Youn Kim, Jin-Kyu Shin, Bum-Hyun Lee
  • Patent number: 10302238
    Abstract: A lining drum which has a tubular body having open ends, an inlet for compressed air and an outlet for liner is disclosed. The lining drum has end pieces removably attached to the tubular body for closing the open ends of the tubular body, a rotatable shaft inside the tubular body and a crank for rotating the shaft. The end piece has a spring-loaded flange mounting, wherein bias of springs pushes the flange mounting towards the tubular body and a closed position of the flange mounting, and air pressure inside the lining drum pushes the flange mounting away from the tubular body and towards an open position of the flange mounting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Innotia Eesti Oü
    Inventor: Mika Lokkinen
  • Patent number: 10279998
    Abstract: An attachment for a side loading refuse vehicles wherein the attachment can secure several different types of refuse containers. The attachment is operated without electronics and hydraulics, thus making retrofitting already in-use refuse vehicles easy and inexpensive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Kann Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Jared Rowland, Kenneth Goedken
  • Patent number: 10245033
    Abstract: A surgical instrument can comprise a handle including a battery cavity and electrical contacts and, in addition, a battery removably positionable in the battery cavity. The battery is configured to engage and supply power to the electrical contacts when the battery is operably seated in the battery cavity. The handle further comprises diagnostic means for assessing whether the handle is in a suitable operating and a battery lockout configured to permit the battery from being operably seated in the battery cavity if the diagnostic means determines that the handle is not in a suitable operating condition. Additionally or alternatively, the handle can comprise a battery lock configured to prevent the battery from being disengaged from the electrical contacts when the handle is transmitting an operating motion to a shaft assembly attached to the handle, for example. Either one system or two systems can comprise the battery lockout and battery lock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Mark D. Overmyer, Michael D. Auld, Shane R. Adams, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris
  • Patent number: 10154604
    Abstract: A mechanical assembly in a drawer may include a handle rotationally coupled to a cover and configured to rotate between a closed position and an open position relative to the cover. The mechanical assembly may also include a spring latch mechanically coupled to the cover and having a spring force for maintaining the spring latch in a biased position in the absence of mechanical force opposing the spring force, the spring latch having its most significant dimension in a direction perpendicular to a direction of translation of the drawer when the drawer is inserted and removed from a corresponding chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Yi-Wei Lu, Chun Yang Tseng
  • Patent number: 10119746
    Abstract: An indoor unit according to the present invention includes a securing plate provided at an upper edge of a sidewall of a drain pan that collects drain water generated from an indoor heat exchanger, and an antimicrobial-agent-containing case that contains an antimicrobial agent and includes a case frame positioned in an area where the drain water is collected, a case-attaching portion conforming to the securing plate and being detachably attached to the securing plate, and an arm connecting the case frame and the case-attaching portion. The antimicrobial-agent-containing case is attached to the securing plate from an opening of an air inlet from which air is taken into a body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Masaaki Maruyama, Takaaki Takishita, Akinori Toyoda, Tatsuo Furuta, Hiroyuki Hatakeyama, Naoya Matsunaga, Takahiro Komatsu
  • Patent number: 10081971
    Abstract: An enclosure is provided which meets NEMA standards of construction but with an improved latch assembly including a latch coupled to opposed latch arms which permits closure and locking of the front panel of the enclosure without the use of a key to operate the latch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Daws Manufacturing Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Harrison Craig
  • Patent number: 9932154
    Abstract: A packaging container includes a base section having a U-shaped perimeter wall and a cover section having a cover outer wall, the cover section adapted to cover the base section when in a closed state. The packaging container includes a closure mechanism including an aperture formed within an outer wall segment of the base section and a projection extending inward from the cover outer wall for engaging the outer aperture of the base section. The closure mechanism retains the cover section over the base section and securing the packaging container in a closed position, wherein an obstructive member obstructs movement of the inner wall segment of the base and prevents the projection from being released from the outer aperture. A release tool is provided for being inserted between the cover outer wall and the base outer wall, wherein the release tool is adapted to move the cover outer wall outwardly to release the projection from the outer aperture, thereby opening the packaging container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Inventor: Jay Baker
  • Patent number: 9932156
    Abstract: A child resistant packaging container having a closure and release mechanism is provided having a base section and a cover section, with the cover section adapted to cover the base section when in a closed state. The closure and release mechanism includes an inner aperture formed within an inner wall segment of the base section and an outer aperture formed within an outer wall segment of the base section, which is aligned with the inner aperture. A projection extending inwardly from a side wall portion of the cover section is also provided for engaging the outer aperture and the inner aperture of the base section. Thus, the closure and release mechanism retains the cover section over the base section and secures the packaging container in a closed position. The projection is released from the outer aperture by depressing a deformable flange and applying inward pressure to the outer wall, thereby opening the packaging container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Inventor: Jay Baker
  • Patent number: 9890570
    Abstract: A latch includes a protrusion that extends from a latch body. The protrusion moves from a fully extended position to a partially extended position when the door or window to which the latch is mounted is moved to a closed position. This movement of the protrusion disengages an anti-slam mechanism, allowing movement of a latch mechanism. Further, the partially extended protrusion engages in an anti-lift recess in the strike. Alternatively, the protrusion may extend from the strike and engage with an anti-lift recess in the latch body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Assa Abloy New Zealand Ltd.
    Inventor: Stuart Horwood
  • Patent number: 9853430
    Abstract: A plug with which the opening of a hole can be covered through a one-touch operation in which a plugging member is pressed against a plate is provided. A plugging member having a size sufficiently large enough to cover the hole created in the plate of which the opening is to be covered is provided with a protruding portion in bridge form that is formed by making a part of the member protrude from the rear surface of the plugging member, the support plate lies in the gap between the bottom surface of the protruding portion and the rear surface of the plugging member where the support plate is formed of an elastic material and extends in the direction from left to right so that the two ends protrude to the outside from the outer periphery of the plugging member so as to be able to be bent between fingers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Inventor: Tsuyako Shibata
  • Patent number: 9764346
    Abstract: An adapter (14) allows direct connection of a handheld spray device (10) to paint cans (12, 12A, 12B, 12C), of varying dimensions. The adapter (14) includes a cage (60) for holding the paint can (12, 12A, 12B, 12C), a cap (62) that connects the cage (60) to the handheld spray device (10), and a gasket (64) that seals the open upper end of the paint can (12, 12A, 12B, 12C) to the cap (62). The adapter (14) may also include a suction tube extension 66 that is connectable between the pump inlet (52) and the suction tube (54) of the spray device (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Graco Minnesota Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel R. Johnson, Dale C. Pemberton, Charles W. Dawson, Pamela J. Muetzel
  • Patent number: 9718615
    Abstract: A refuse container has a bin defining a cavity and a lid selectively inhibiting access to the cavity. A pair of opposing brackets is located below the lid. The brackets are in laterally spaced relationship such that a space is located between portions of the brackets. Each bracket has opposing inner and outer face portions with an interior gap formed between therebetween. The interior gap is fluidly isolated from the cavity. A rib is located within the interior gaps such that each rib extends inwardly relative to the space between the brackets. A retention bar is coupled to each bracket and spans the space from one bracket to the other bracket wherein opposing ends of the retention bar extend into the interior gap of each bracket, and an exposed portion of the retention bar spans the space between the brackets. The end portions of the retention bar abut the ribs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Orbis Canada Limited
    Inventors: Narayan Raghunathan, Basil Thompson Martheenal
  • Patent number: 9631822
    Abstract: A locking claw on an outer face of a container portion made of resin is engaged with a locking hole in an outer periphery of a case made of sheet metal, the container portion being covered by the case, a locking claw on an outer face of a cover is engaged with a locking hole in an outer periphery of a lid body, the cover being covered by the lid body, they are assembled so that a part of an opening edge of an opening portion of the case is covered by an opening edge of an opening portion of the cover, the container portion and the case as well as the cover and the lid body are fixed to form an electric equipment box and a flame spread inhibiting path is formed between the lid body and the case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuhito Kojima, Toshihiro Hotta, Tetsuya Tazawa, Hiroshi Ohmura, Yasushi Oba, Takuya Goto, Den Ozaki
  • Patent number: 9545352
    Abstract: An apparatus has at least one fastener and a first plate defining an opening for receiving the at least one fastener and a second plate slidably engaged with the first plate. The second plate defines at least one slot for slidably receiving the at least one fastener. The at least one fastener is adapted to secure the position of the first plate relative to the second plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: Life Remembrance, LLC
    Inventor: Douglas Lee Flin
  • Patent number: 9452881
    Abstract: A cargo transportation locker, the locker comprising: a floor; a first corner post in communication with the floor; a second corner post in communication with the floor; a third corner post in communication with the floor; a fourth corner post in communication with the floor; a first door in rotatable communication with the first corner post, the first door comprising: a first angled door member located in an upper corner of the first door adjacent the first post, where the first angled door member makes an angle with the top side of the first door of less than 90°, and makes an angle of less than 90° with the hinged side of the first door; a second angled door member located in a lower corner of the first door adjacent the first post, where the first angled door member makes an angle with the bottom side of the first door of less than 90°, and makes an angle of less than 90° with the hinged side of the first door; a second door in rotatable communication with the second corner post; the second door comprisin
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: Mobile Shelter Systems AS
    Inventors: Eirik Smedsrud Skeid, Jonas Dovik
  • Patent number: 9382050
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an airtight container lid used for an airtight container to seal a container body by a foldable locking element, and more particularly, a sealing packing is easily detached without being damaged while the sealing packing is installed in the lid, thereby solving an unhygienic problem generated in a region in which the packing is installed. That is, the packing can be easily detached, and it is possible to seal and hygienically clean the region in which the packing of the lid is installed. To this end, a lid is divided into an upper surface, which covers a container body, and a rim having a locking element, the upper surface is detachably coupled to the rim, and an installation groove is formed to closely couple a packing when the upper surface and the rim are coupled and the installation groove is removed when the upper surface and the rim are separated so that the packing is easily attached and separated and the installation groove is easily cleaned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Inventor: Young-Won Lee
  • Patent number: 9365331
    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 a second tab provided on the other of the cover or the tray. When the cover is in the closed position, the first and second tabs are spaced relative to each other such that a user may grasp the first tab with one hand and the second tab with another hand and relatively pull the first tab and the second tab away from each other to tear the hinge and separate the cover from the tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Dart Container Corporation
    Inventors: Ryan P. Gingras, Dean Garza
  • Patent number: 9272821
    Abstract: An enclosure can include a first enclosure portion having a first flange, at least one first engagement feature disposed on a first inner surface of the first enclosure portion, and at least one mounting support. The enclosure can also include a second enclosure portion mechanically coupled to the first enclosure portion and having a second flange and at least one second engagement feature disposed on a second inner surface of the second enclosure portion. The enclosure can further include at least one fastening device mechanically and movably coupled to the at least one mounting support, where the at least one fastening device engages the first flange and the second flange when the one fastening device is in a closed position, and where the at least one fastening device is disengaged from the first flange and the second flange when the one fastening device is in an open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Cooper Technologies Company
    Inventors: Joseph Michael Manahan, Yabin Zhao
  • Patent number: 9266649
    Abstract: The present invention includes a lockable safety container that incorporates a pop-up lid to enable person having disabilities to open the safety container, while the safety container retains childproofing features. The childproofing features include a locking pin, a locking tab, and a slide detent. The locking pin is internally biased by a spring that urges the pin to slide in a slideway in the lid of the container. The locking pin may be locked into a closed position by positioning the locking tab into a lock-out position. In the lock-out position, the locking tab cannot slide within a mating slot in the lid and thus the locking pin cannot slide in the slideway in the lid. The childproofing features of the safety container may require the user to engage in at two least distinct hand motions in order to open the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Inventor: Bob Mar
  • Patent number: 9198410
    Abstract: An animal-resistant system for inhibiting access to refuse containers by animals is disclosed. The system comprises at least one latch mechanism, at least one actuation member, at least one shroud member, and a cover defining an opening which permits access to the actuation member. The actuation member communicates with the latch mechanism so as to move the latch mechanism between the latched and unlatched positions. In the latched position, the latch mechanism secures the container lid to the container base, substantially inhibiting access to the container. The access hole and actuation member are dimensioned and positioned on the container in a selected manner so as allow human hands access to the actuation member and unlatch the container while simultaneously inhibiting such access by animals. The shrouds are further configured to inhibit forcible entry into the container when the system is latched.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Compumeric Engineering, Inc.
    Inventor: David E. Moore
  • Patent number: 9143591
    Abstract: A clipping structure configured to clip a key cap of a key module on a housing having an outer surface and an inner surface oppositely disposed is provided. The clipping structure includes a main part, a sealing part, and at least two latch parts. The main part is connected to the key cap and has a sticking portion. The sealing part is disposed between the sticking portion of the main part and the outer surface of the housing. Each latch part includes an end with a latch buckled to the inner surface of the housing. Each latch part includes another end tightly bonded to the main part. Each latch part is leaned against the inner surface of the housing by each latch, so that the outer surface of the housing is pressed by the sticking portion of the main part. A key module with the clipping structure is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Getac Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Ting-Wei Liang
  • Patent number: 9120605
    Abstract: The present invention includes a lockable safety container that incorporates a pop-up lid to enable person having disabilities to open the safety container, while the safety container retains childproofing features. The childproofing features include a locking pin, a locking tab, and a slide detent. The locking pin is internally biased by a spring that urges the pin to slide in a slideway in the lid of the container. The locking pin may be locked into a closed position by positioning the locking tab into a lock-out position. In the lock-out position, the locking tab cannot slide within a mating slot in the lid and thus the locking pin cannot slide in the slideway in the lid. The childproofing features of the safety container may require the user to engage in at two least distinct hand motions in order to open the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Inventor: Bob Mar
  • Patent number: 9108686
    Abstract: An air guide assembly for a vehicle includes an air guide depending from an underside of the vehicle and an air guide extension contiguously disposed at one lateral end of the air guide. The air guide extension includes a tab received through a tab aperture defined in the air guide. The tab includes a tab feature facilitating sliding movement of the tab relative to the tab aperture due to an external force being applied to one of the air guide and the air guide extension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ryan L. Kabbes, Matthew W. Wolfe, Nicholas Goldsberry, S. Don Gibson, Jr., Michael J. Kralik, Jeremy Lucas
  • Patent number: 9101086
    Abstract: Access Panels for electronic devices are disclosed herein. An example electronic device disclosed herein includes a housing having an opening to access a card holder and an access panel coupled to the housing to cover the opening. The access panel slides and rotates relative to the housing when the access panel moves between an open position to allow access to the opening and a closed position to cover the opening. A first biasing element has a first end attached to the access panel and a second end attached to the housing and biases the access panel laterally relative to the housing. A second biasing element is coupled to the access panel to cause the access panel to rotate in a first rotational direction relative to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Li Huang, Timothy Herbert Kyowski, James Infanti
  • Patent number: 9061580
    Abstract: A hollow body (1) comprises an accessory module (2) fastened to the wall (13) thereof by being inserted by sliding into a slide (12) formed in said wall. The module (2) comprises a housing (20) and two flat and flexible wings (23) that extend from the housing in opposite directions, the distant edges (24) of said wings extending substantially parallel and being inserted respectively into the opposite grooves (14) of the slide, and the module also comprises at least one flexible fin (25) that extends from the housing, said fin (25) being shaped so that it is bent elastically during the sliding insertion of the module (2) into the slide (12) and so that its end (26) is facing a stop member (151) of the slide when the fin is not bent and is situated beyond the end of said slide in the direction of sliding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: INERGY AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS RESEARCH (Societe Anonyme)
    Inventors: Stéphane Philippe Pascal Gardien, Nicolas Le Clec'h, Laurent Guyotte
  • Patent number: 9038843
    Abstract: A food container includes a glass container, a lid and a protective sleeve. The sleeve covers at least a portion of the side walls and bottom surface of the glass container. The lid has a perimeter that is absent of features directly securing the lid to the container. The lid has a receiving feature which is engaged by a latch on the protective sleeve when the latch is moved from an open position to a locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Lifefactory, Inc.
    Inventor: Daren Edward Joy
  • Patent number: 8985385
    Abstract: A protective case which includes two mating case components and a liner extending between a peripheral area for mating engagement to ensure a relatively sealed relationship when the case components are closed. A latch face is a single elongated element on the front and has two spaced interlocking components to cooperate with hooks in the opposite case component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Pelican Products, Inc.
    Inventors: David H. Parker, John Hoven, Kevin Deighton
  • Patent number: 8973770
    Abstract: A pressure cooker cover comprises a cover (1) and a float valve (2), wherein a seal ring (7) is installed in the inner edge of the cover while hooks (8) are installed in the two side edges of the cover. A push-pull device (9) which can move the hooks back and forth is mounted in the ends of the hooks. The push-pull device comprises a rotating base (9-1) arranged in the middle portion of the cover, a rotating shaft (9-2) and a locking piece (9-3) which is coupled with the rotating shaft (9-2). Sliding chutes (9-31) are provided at the two sides of the locking piece. Guide columns (8-1) which are slidingly matched with the sliding chutes are set at two ends of the hooks (8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventors: Zhigang He, Zhibin Huang
  • Patent number: 8967414
    Abstract: A drinking mug includes a lid affixed at the mouth of the mug. The lid includes fluid openings between a bottom portion of the lid and sidewalls of the lid about the circumference of the lid to permit drinking from any position along the circumference. The lid has a gasket that seals the mug closed when the lid is threaded to a closed position. When the lid is partially unscrewed, the gasket opens, permitting liquid to be consumed from the beverage container through the fluid openings in the lid. The lid includes a ramp-shaped cam and the mug includes a pivotable latch that engages the cam that prevents the lid from being unscrewed from the mug. The latch has a push button that releases the latch from the cam to permit removal of the lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Thermos L.L.C.
    Inventor: Marvin Lane
  • Publication number: 20150008224
    Abstract: A reclosable elastomeric fastener and method for sealing storage and serving containers using same. The fastener consists of two complementary elastomeric profiles, having male and female interlocking elements, which extend around the periphery of the lid and container components of a storage receptacle. The reclosable fastener forms a water-resistant seal when the male and female elements of the complementary profiles are mutually occluded.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventor: Robert J. Friedland
  • Patent number: 8915393
    Abstract: A child resistant container (10) has a container cavity (20) for the receipt of one or more items to be stored therein. The container cavity (20) is defined by a pair of lids (14, 16) which are hingedly connected to one another. Primary lock means (50) includes a first lock assembly on one lid (14, 16) which engages with a second lock assembly on the other lid (14, 16). A primary lock actuation includes an externally open topped pocket (60) formed in the body of said one lid (14, 16). The pocket (60) has a pocket side wall (62) which is resiliently deflectable from a lock position to an unlock position. The pocket (60) is shaped and sized to permit a finger of an operative to enter the pocket (60) to effect deflection of the pocket side wall (62) to its unlock position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Archimedes Development Ltd.
    Inventors: Paul Hayton, Philip Walsh, Tom Walker, Christopher Althorpe
  • Patent number: 8910819
    Abstract: According to an aspect of the invention, a latching mechanism/device is provided, as well as a method of maintaining a closed position between opposing first and second portions of a container. The latching mechanism includes a latch attached to the first portion and a latch keeper integrally molded to the second portion. The latch keeper includes an elongated keeper slot and a recessed pocket formed in the keeper slot, such that when at least a portion of the latch is received within the recessed pocket, the container is closed and/or sealed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: YETI Coolers, LLC
    Inventor: Roy Joseph Seiders
  • Patent number: 8887949
    Abstract: A foldable food container includes a container body which is made of silicone material and formed with a receiving chamber and an upper open end, and a cover which is engaged on the top peripheral edge cover. A reinforced frame is built in a top peripheral edge of the open end of the container body, and on the top peripheral edge is provided at least one elastic nip portion. The reinforced frame is located below the peripheral edge of the cover, and a peripheral edge of the cover is engaged in the at least one nip portion of the top peripheral edge and pushed against the top peripheral edge of the container body by the nip portion, so that the open end of the contain body is sealed with the cover in an airtight manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Inventor: Ronald Tuan
  • Patent number: 8881930
    Abstract: A refuse container has a container assembly. The container assembly has a bin defining a cavity, a lid, a telescopingly extensible handle assembly, a locking mechanism, a pair of wheels, and a pair of bottom handles. The lid is rotatably coupled to the bin at a pivot point, has a generally horizontal lid axis of rotation, and is movable relative to the bin between an open position providing access to the cavity and a closed position inhibiting access to the cavity. The extensible handle assembly is located adjacent the pivot point and is movable from a lower retracted position to an upper extended position above an upper surface of the lid. The locking mechanism maintains the lid in the closed position and is located opposite the extensible handle assembly. The wheels are located at the bottom of the refuse container. The bottom handles are located on opposing sides of the bin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: ORBIS Corporation
    Inventor: Joachim Banik
  • Patent number: 8870014
    Abstract: A mask box having a buckling structure includes a base, a cover and a plurality of buckling elements. The base is configured to support a mask and has a plurality of troughs. The cover covers the base and has a plurality of pivotal portions. The buckling elements are positioned to correspond to the troughs. Each buckling element includes an engaging block and an elastic arm connected to the pivotal portion. The engaging block moves away from the periphery of the cover when the engaging block is subjected to an external force. The engaging block is buckled into the trough via an elastic restoring force of the at least one elastic arm when the external force is removed. By this arrangement, the assembly of the buckling elements is simplified and its product cost is reduced. Further, the present invention conforms to the requirements for environmental protection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Gudeng Precision Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chih-Ming Lin, Kuan-Lun Pan
  • Patent number: 8870021
    Abstract: An exemplary embodiment of a vessel-lid combination includes a ceramic or glass vessel having an open top surrounded by a peripheral edge, a lid fabricated of a plastic material, and a seal structure. The lid is configured to attach to the open top by means of a latch or set of latches integrated with the lid, and the seal structure is configured to provide an air-tight seal between the lid and the peripheral edge of the vessel when the lid is attached to the vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Snapware Corporation
    Inventor: Justin Smyers
  • Patent number: 8844746
    Abstract: Closures having an integrated over center latching assembly including an end wall, a skirt wall depending from the end wall, an outlet opening associated with the end wall and an over center latching assembly are disclosed. The over center latching assembly includes a link pivotally coupled to the closure at a first pivot point, a lever pivotally coupled to the link at a second pivot point, a closing member pivotally coupled to the closure at a third pivot point and pivotally coupled to the lever at a forth pivot point and a biasing spring coupled between the first pivot point and the fourth pivot point. The link and the lever are configured to move the over center latching assembly between a first position and a second position and the closing member is configured to close the outlet opening when the over center latching assembly is moved to the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Runway Blue, LLC
    Inventors: David O. Meyers, Steven M. Sorensen, Kim Sorensen
  • Patent number: 8813982
    Abstract: A cap resistant to impact forces and providing a leak-tight fitting to a container while allowing simple and quick release.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Filip Dominique Hubert Van Geel, Katrien De Malsche, Rainer Scharrenberg, Gene Michael Altonen, Guy Hubert Stephane Sylvain Culeron, Neil Anthony Litten, Georgina Lindsey Clare
  • Patent number: 8794473
    Abstract: A console box includes a housing defining an article accommodating space therein and having an opening formed at a front side thereof; a cover coupled to the front side of the housing via hinge couplers disposed at opposite sides of the cover; dampers, each being disposed between each of the hinge couplers of the cover and the housing and controlling an opening speed of the cover; and a torsion spring disposed between each of the hinge couplers of the cover and the housing and elastically supporting the cover. The console box further includes a hinge cover disposed outside each of the hinge couplers of the cover and preventing the cover and the torsion spring from separating from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Nifco Korea Inc.
    Inventor: Yong Gu Kang
  • Patent number: 8770426
    Abstract: A shock-resistant and environmentally sealed container comprising a first section and a second section. A latching system for the container comprises a deflectable pin coupled to the first section of the container with a latch coupled to the second section. The latch includes a deflectable pin engaging member. When the deflectable pin engaging member is engaged with the deflectable pin, the deflectable pin absorbs relative movement between the first section and the second section of the container. Another embodiment of the container employs a latch containing a deflectable member. The latch is pivotally coupled to a latch pin that is mounted to either the first section or the second section of the container. The deflectable member is positioned between the latch pin and the latch, and the deflectable member is configured to absorb relative movement between the first section and the second section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Arnett, Matthew P. Thomas, Alan K. Uke
  • Patent number: 8763851
    Abstract: A door assembly is provided that includes a door, a hinge portion, a locking member and a damper member. The locking member locks the door in an opened position and the damper member provides resistance as the door moves from the opened position to the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Manitowoc Foodservice Companies, LLC
    Inventors: Weiwei Allen Jiang, Yong Terry Wang
  • Patent number: 8757438
    Abstract: The multiple compartmented and condiment dispensing apparatus includes a housing into which a plurality of packet compartments are arranged. The packet compartments open to enable a refill packet to be inserted and loaded for use in dispensing a condiment therefrom. The packet compartments are each in fluid communication with a spout provided on a distal end of the housing. The spout includes a plurality of channels that each connects via ductwork to the packet compartments where the refill packets connect. The refill packets dispense a condiment through the respective ductwork and out a channel of the spout. Each packet compartment includes a loader door that is pivotally engaged with respect to the housing, and which can open outwardly to enable the refill packets to be inserted and removed from the respective packet compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Inventor: Hector Garcia
  • Patent number: 8746487
    Abstract: A food container includes a glass container, a lid and a protective sleeve. The sleeve covers at least a portion of the side walls and bottom surface of the glass container. The lid has a perimeter that is absent of securing features for the container. The lid has a receiving feature which is engaged by a latch on the protective sleeve when the latch is moved from an open position to a locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Lifefactory, Inc.
    Inventor: Daren Joy
  • Publication number: 20140151376
    Abstract: A lid for a beverage container including a quick release valve including a lid connector, a drinking tube connector, and a quick-release apparatus, the quick-release apparatus including a push button and a release mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Inventors: Joshua Clay Sprague, Elizabeth Sprague
  • Patent number: 8733566
    Abstract: The invention concerns a tamper evidence and locking means for a closure and a tamper evident closure. The tamper evidence and locking means indicate initial opening and allow relocking the closure after initial opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Creanova Universal Closures, Ltd.
    Inventors: Rod Druitt, Louis Lagler
  • Patent number: 8714394
    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: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: EMSA GmbH
    Inventor: Franz-Jörg Wulf
  • Publication number: 20140103050
    Abstract: A slow cooker with fastening mechanism includes a housing, handles on the side wall of the housing, and a lid, wherein a movable fastening mechanism is provided on the upper side of the lid, and each of the handles is hinged to a clamping hook and corresponds to the movable fastening mechanism, so that the clamping hook can interact with the movable fastening mechanism. The inner pot can be closed tightly by the action of the clamping hook. With two compressing parts provided on the clamping hook and the dismountable sealing ring around the lid rim, the inner pot can be closed tightly by the lid. The lid handle is fixed onto the lid via threaded connection with sealing plugs in the connection sites.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: Zhanjiang New Nanfang Electrical Appliance Co., Lt
    Inventor: Hui LI
  • Patent number: 8678230
    Abstract: An exemplary embodiment of a vessel-lid combination includes a glass, ceramic or metal vessel having an open top surrounded by a peripheral edge, a lid fabricated of a plastic material, and a seal structure integrated with the lid to form a unitary structure. The lid is configured to attach to the open top by means of a latch or set of latches integrated with the lid, and the seal structure is configured to provide an air-tight seal between the lid and the peripheral edge of the vessel when the lid is attached to the vessel. In one exemplary embodiment, the vessel is a container fabricated of a glass suitable for baking or oven heating applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Snapware Corporation
    Inventor: Justin Smyers