Tethered Closure Patents (Class 220/375)
  • Patent number: 10384534
    Abstract: A closing system includes a module having a tubular body with a duct suitable for communicating with a fuel tank of a vehicle; a door hinged to the body of the module, and a lock mounted in the body of the module. The lock has a box with a shell and a lid, a closing pin suitable for fastening the pin of the door, a spring that stresses the closing pin, a cam obtained in the closing pin, a follower with a tip that acts in the cam, a latch that engages and locks the closing pin, an actuator suitable for actuating the latch, and an emergency mechanism that can be manually actuated by the user to unlock the closing pin from the latch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: CEBI ITALY S.P.A.
    Inventor: Daniele Guardianelli
  • Patent number: 10131411
    Abstract: An arm rescue device with a long rigid grab handle, a short rigid grab handle, a first and second attachment strap designed to be attached to the forearm of a person. The long grab handle terminates at both ends in a downward disposed extension post which each terminate in an attachment plate. The short grab handle is attached in a perpendicular orientation to the long grab handle. The first and second attachment straps each include a double layer allowing each attachment plate to reside between the double layers causing the attachment plates to be fixed to the attachment straps. A preferred embodiment includes the grab handles having resilient rubber-like coverings that provide a more secure grip for a rescuer when in the process rescuing a person wearing the arm rescue device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Inventors: Melinda Bean, Eric Christophersen
  • Patent number: 9975676
    Abstract: A reusable tamper-resistant squeezable tabletop bottle comprises one or more openings sealed by one or more caps and one or more collars. The collars are rotatably secured relative to the body of the bottle by one or more collar receiving shoulders. The caps are axially secured relative to the body by a coupling and the caps are rotatably secured relative to the collars by a locking mechanism. The cap may be removed using a cap removal tool that releases the locking mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Franke Technology and Trademark Ltd.
    Inventor: Chi-En Chen
  • Patent number: 9775683
    Abstract: Waste container lid assemblies configured for attachment to a base having a lid body and cap portion slidably connected by a tether. The lid body having an opening sized to accept medical waste and restrict access to prevent individuals from reaching into the waste container through the opening. A slot is in the lid body to permit slidable movement of the tether through the slot such the cap can be moved from a resting position in which the opening is configured for receiving waste to a closed position such that the cap portion covers the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventor: Kenneth O. Stark
  • Patent number: 9710014
    Abstract: Disclosed is a mobile terminal. The mobile terminal of the present invention comprises: a terminal case including a front surface case and a rear surface case which are coupled together; and a trigger unit, which is provided so as to be exposed to the exterior of the terminal case for performing user input by means of a pulling movement, wherein the trigger unit further includes a trigger switch which is exposed to the exterior of the terminal case, a trigger rubber which comes into close contact with the inside of the terminal case so as to cover the trigger switch, and a trigger bracket which supports the trigger rubber by means of pressure and which is coupled to the inside of the terminal case. According to the present invention, provided are the mobile terminal and the method for manufacturing same, the mobile terminal having a superior waterproof function and which is easy to produce and assemble.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: BLUEBIRD SOFT INC.
    Inventor: Jang Won Lee
  • Patent number: 9688137
    Abstract: A charging lid device includes a lid that opens and closes a concave portion accommodating a charging inlet provided on a vehicle, and a support arm supporting the lid so that the lid is movable between a fully closing position and a fully opening position for closing and opening the concave portion. The support arm includes first and second swinging arms. One end side of the first swinging arm is attached inside the concave portion so as to swing. One end side of the second swinging arm is connected to the first swinging arm so as to swing and the other end side of the second swinging arm is attached to the lid so as to swing. The lid is arranged at a position displaced from the concave portion and along a surface of the vehicle when the lid is in the fully opening position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignees: MITSUBISHI JIDOSHA KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA, MITSUBISHI JIDOSHA ENGINEERING KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Akira Takahashi, Shoichi Honda
  • Patent number: 9561084
    Abstract: Waste container lid assemblies configured for attachment to a base having a lid body and cap portion slidably connected by a tether. The lid body having an opening sized to accept medical waste and restrict access to prevent individuals from reaching into the waste container through the opening. A slot is in the lid body to permit slidable movement of the tether through the slot such the cap can be moved from a resting position in which the opening is configured for receiving waste to a closed position such that the cap portion covers the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventor: Kenneth O. Stark
  • Patent number: 9481240
    Abstract: A cover assembly for a filling port of a vehicle includes a hinge structure and a cover portion. The hinge structure includes an interface portion having a plurality of retention tabs. Each of the plurality of retention tabs include an inboard surface that is spaced from an outboard surface of the interface portion. The cover portion includes a plurality of cover tabs. Each of the cover tabs include an outboard surface that is spaced from an inboard surface of the cover portion. The cover portion is disposed adjacent the outboard surface of the interface portion. Each of the retention tabs is engaged with one of the cover tabs in interlocking engagement. Each of the cover tabs is disposed between one of the retention tabs and the interface portion. Each of the retention tabs is disposed between one of the cover tabs and the cover portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Matthew M. Stack, Robin L. Champion
  • Patent number: 9320567
    Abstract: Waste container lid assemblies configured for attachment to a base having a lid body and cap portion slidably connected by a tether. The lid body having an opening sized to accept medical waste and restrict access to prevent individuals from reaching into the waste container through the opening. A slot is in the lid body to permit slidable movement of the tether through the slot such the cap can be moved from a resting position in which the opening is configured for receiving waste to a closed position such that the cap portion covers the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventor: Kenneth O. Stark
  • Publication number: 20150108149
    Abstract: A cup for persons with tremors, or other difficulty holding the cup steady, has a lid with an opening from which to drink, to prevent spilling or splashing. The lid is removably attached by a strap or band to the neck or rim of the associated cup. The cup, lid, and strap are all formed of a durable, food-grade plastic material. The strap has a ring that fits over the neck of the cup and can be rotated on and off. This arrangement allows the cup and lid to remain attached through a wash cycle and during storage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventor: Janet Baker
  • Patent number: 8944269
    Abstract: A watercraft fuel cap having the ability to lock in place to a common fuel filler receiver and having a series of unique downward slot designs and necessitating a matching downward slot designed key for tightening or removing the fuel cap from the fuel filler receiver. The fuel cap would also have the ability for a tethering device which attaches the fuel cap and the fuel receiver together. When the fuel cap is removed for the re-fueling process the tether allows for removal but limits the distance the fuel cap can be moved away from the fuel filler receiver. The tether keeps the fuel cap from being missed placed or falling into the water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Vehicle Enhancement Labs
    Inventor: Michael Philip Green
  • Publication number: 20150008232
    Abstract: A Kork'd Cooz is a drink Koozie in which a rubberized or silicone cork insert suitable for application into a bottle opening, is attached to the Koozie by a means for securing it, leaving a length for it to reach the bottle top. The cork insert will mold into a bottle top to prevent mess and keep sediment or insects out of beverage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2013
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventor: MICHAEL JUSTIN FIDANZA
  • Patent number: 8926840
    Abstract: A personal, portable drinking container has a bottle with a side wall, a closed bottom, a neck, a reservoir, and a top opening in the neck providing access to the reservoir. A cap is removably fitted on the neck to close the top opening. A ledge can be on an interior surface of the bottle below the top edge. A filter assembly is supported in the bottle and can be suspended on the ledge. The bottle can have an annular formation in the side wall below the neck to prevent the neck from deforming when the bottle is squeezed. The side wall can have a pair of squeezable sides and a pair of opposed stiff sides below the annular formation, whereby the stiff sides help the bottle to rebound quickly after each squeeze.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Rubbermaid Incorporated
    Inventors: Kenneth W. Hull, Larry T. McKinney, Jacob Connelly
  • Patent number: 8919588
    Abstract: An apparatus for fastening and carrying bottles includes a cap ring and a connecting device. The cap ring has at least an opening. The cap ring is received in a cavity of the bottle. The cap ring is initially connected to the cap, and the cap ring is separated from the cap while the cap is turned to open. The connecting device engages the opening of the cap ring to allow people to carry the bottle by holding the connecting device or by engaging the connecting device with an object. The apparatus has many advantages, including never loss, low cost for manufacture, and recycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Inventor: Hsueh-Lee Tai
  • Patent number: 8915234
    Abstract: A cap assembly includes a body and a tether. The body is configured to be fastened to a container for closing an opening in the container. An aperture is formed in the body, and the tether has a fastener, where a portion of the fastener extends through the aperture in the body. A gap is formed between the portion of the fastener and the body that allows for venting of vapors from the container around the portion of the fastener that is extending through the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Briggs & Stratton Corporation
    Inventors: John Gulke, Christy L. Matuszewski, Geoffrey P. Zabrowski, Elliot Matel, Peter D. Shears
  • 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: 8839977
    Abstract: A strap receivable water kettle cap includes a cap coupleable to a water kettle. The cap has a side wall forming an elongate slot and a bottom to which a rotary ring is mounted. The rotary ring has an upper portion forming a diameter reduced vertical wall. The vertical wall and the side wall of the cap form therebetween a receiving space for receiving strap in a winding fashion. The vertical wall forms an extension and retention section, and the strap extends through and is retained by the extension and retention section. The strap further extends through the slot of the side wall of the cap to have end extension sections of the strap projecting outside the cap. The tips of the end extension sections of the strap are processed to form a closed terminal. The strap can be selectively retracted back into the receiving space inside the cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Universal Trim Supply Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shih-Sheng Yang
  • Patent number: 8839978
    Abstract: A closure assembly for closing an opening in a container includes a closure member including an engagement structure configured to engage the opening. A tether includes a connector portion, a first end, and a second end. The first end is coupled to the closure member and the second end is opposite the first end. A plurality of barbs are positioned at the second end of the tether, each of the plurality of barbs has a rigid construction. The plurality of barbs define a maximum splayed dimension to retain the closure member with respect to the opening. A movable joint couples each of the plurality of barbs to the second end. Each of the plurality of barbs is foldable about the respective movable joint so that the plurality of barbs define a dimension substantially smaller than the maximum splayed dimension to allow insertion through the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Bemis Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: Kevin W. Bork
  • Publication number: 20140263324
    Abstract: Drink containers include a liquid container and a cap assembly removably coupled to the liquid container. Cap assemblies include a base, a drink spout extending from the base, a closure configured to be removably coupled relative to the drink spout in a closed position to selectively restrict dispensing of drink liquid through the drink spout and to selective permit dispensing of drink liquid through the drink spout when removed from the drink spout. Cap assemblies further may include a handle extending from the base and configured to selectively retain the closure in a stowed position when the closure is selectively removed from the drink spout. In some embodiments, the handle defines a closed perimeter and the closure is received within the closed perimeter when positioned in the stowed position. Some embodiments further include a tether that couples the closure to the cap assembly or to the liquid container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: CamelBak Products, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew W. Latham, Derek Gavin Sullivan
  • Patent number: 8820557
    Abstract: A bottle has a funnel member defining a pouring spout attached thereto by a retainer which allows the spout to rotate relative to the bottle. The funnel member retains the spout in a storage/transport mode wherein it is affixed to the exterior of the bottle and in a use mode in which the spout is attached to the neck of the bottle so as to facilitate transfer of a fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Bar's Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Clayton Parks, Jr., Patrick E. Mulry
  • Patent number: 8794460
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a hinged closure (1) preferably molded in a closed position. The closure has a base (2) and a lid (3) interconnected to the base by a hinge arrangement (4). A latching mechanism (15) holds the closure (1) in position with respect to a neck (12) and prevents unwanted opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Creanova Universal Closures Ltd.
    Inventors: Rodney Druitt, Louis Lagler
  • Patent number: 8783487
    Abstract: A container made of silicone resin is sufficiently compactable in a collapsed state. The container includes a tubular barrel portion, a bottom portion having a flat surface, a mouth portion having an opening, and a lid portion sealing the opening of the mouth portion, with at least the barrel portion and the bottom portion formed by molding. One end of a binder is attached to the mouth portion and can hold the rolled-up barrel portion and the bottom portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Inventor: Masaru Hojo
  • Patent number: 8752720
    Abstract: A molded tether for coupling a cover to a bottle includes a primary ring, a flexible strap, and a bent portion. The primary ring is configured to be attached to a neck of the bottle. The flexible strap is configured to be coupled to the cover. The bent portion extends from the primary ring and couples the primary ring to the flexible strap. The bent portion has a higher level of rigidity than the flexible strap. The bent portion includes a flange and a depending tab. The flange extends radially outwardly from the primary ring. The depending tab extends from an end of the flange opposite the primary ring at a downwardly extending angle away from a plane containing the primary ring and toward the flexible strap. When the molded tether is coupled to the bottle and the cover is removed from the bottle, the strap hangs from the primary ring with an initially non-vertical orientation due to the bent portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Target Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael M. Habig, Rachel Ann Jones, Richard P. Riedel
  • Patent number: 8720730
    Abstract: A device for flexibly retaining lids or tops to containers or receptacles. Flexible coil chord secures a container or receptacle to its lid or top. The device allows for flexibly securing a lid to its container or receptacle to reduce loss or damage that could be avoided by retaining them in proximity to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventor: Douglas Bodden, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8720716
    Abstract: A closure for a container has an integral tether section of the closure skirt attached to a tamper band at frangible sections. In the open position, the tether section has a free length providing for a plurality of resiliently docked closure positions retaining the closure on the container and not interfering with the transfer of contents therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventor: Phillip John Campbell
  • Patent number: 8672164
    Abstract: Drinking vessels have an elongated container body joined with a closure body having a dispensing orifice and a vent orifice, each in fluid-passing communication with the interior of the container body. A closure arm is rotatably mounted near one end of it and has at least two sealing members spaced from each other along the length of the closure arm, one of the sealing members opening and closing the vent opening while another of the sealing members opens and closes the vent opening while another of the sealing members opens and closes the dispensing orifice when the closure arm is rotated between its open and closed positions. At least the sealing member for the vent orifice has an elastomeric surface that sealingly engages a surface at the vent orifice when at the closed position. Elastic surfaces can instead or in addition be provided at the vent orifice surface or one or both opposing surfaces of the dispensing area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: MEDport, LLC
    Inventor: Vanessa Honeyghan
  • Patent number: 8651553
    Abstract: A tank closure system intended for closing a filling opening of a tank includes a tank cap, which closes the filling opening, and a tank flap, which covers the tank cap. The sides of the tank cap and the tank flap that face each other are designed to engage with one another in a positive locking manner by way of a defined shape, when the tank cap is situated in a predetermined position, in which the filling opening is closed, relative to the tank flap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Stefan Aulinger, Hauke Voges, Ulrich Schablitzki, Rainer Blottko, Hans-Ulrich Stahl
  • Publication number: 20140034647
    Abstract: A device for flexibly retaining lids or tops to containers or receptacles. Flexible coil chord secures a container or receptacle to its lid or top. The device allows for flexibly securing a lid to its container or receptacle to reduce loss or damage that could be avoided by retaining them in proximity to each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2012
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Inventor: Douglas Bodden, JR.
  • Publication number: 20130341443
    Abstract: A modular supplement beverage container for storing and mixing a powder supplement and a liquid includes a lid that is removably connected to an upper chamber, and a filter that is removably disposed between the upper chamber and a lower chamber. The filter including a plurality of cutters for breaking clumps of supplements into a fine powder, and the lid including a spout. Each of the lid, upper chamber, filter and lower chamber including threaded elements for securing the elements together in a removable and watertight manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2012
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Inventor: Zach Stephenson
  • Patent number: 8590734
    Abstract: A child-resistant lift-off cap for a container is adapted to be difficult to unseat independently to open the container. An overlay portion associated with the cap is adapted for use to lift the cap from a container to unseat it. The overlay portion has a thumb tab and is deformable to engage and lift the seated cap only when the thumb tab is lifted. The overlay portion raises independently of the cap when the deformable portion is not deformed into engagement with the cap. Alternatively, a lift-top cap having a slot through it, the slot having a first opening near an edge of the cap to be lifted to unseat the cap and a second opening. A slide in the slot has a first end biased to be flush with or recessed into the first opening and a second end biased to normally protrude out of the second opening. The second end of the slide can be depressed against the bias of the slide to displace the first end of the slide out of the first opening to function as a thumb tab to assist in lifting the cap from a container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Inventor: Jean-Pierre Giraud
  • Publication number: 20130306635
    Abstract: Disclosed is a refillable aperture pouch for food or beverage comprising a refill-base and a lid; the refill-base and lid releasably connect; the refill-base allows the pouch to be refilled and allows access to the contents of the pouch through use of a utensil; an aperture is in the lid; the aperture pouch is adapted for use by children; the aperture pouch may be cleaned in a dishwasher; the aperture pouch may be hung on a rack by a cap, which cap connects to and seals the aperture; the aperture pouch may be refilled through use of a funnel; the funnel comprises an air-release channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2012
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Applicant: BOOGINHEAD LLC
    Inventors: Sari CREVIN, Tana SINNOTT, Barry BEYERLEIN, David CZARNECKI, Cameron SMITH, Bryan CABATIC
  • Patent number: 8550273
    Abstract: A vial including an end wall with a given perimeter, a side wall depending from the end wall about the given perimeter, and a plug wall depending from the end wall such that an outer surface of the plug wall is radially inward and spaced from the side wall. The plug wall has an attached end portion and a free end portion. The outer surface along the attached end portion of the plug wall is angled relative to the end wall by a first angle and the outer surface along the free end portion is angled relative to the outer surface along the attached end portion and extends at a second angle relative to the end wall with the second angle being larger than the first angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Wheaton Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin Levin, Brian M. Gatton, Jr., Peter M. Zielinski
  • Patent number: 8522997
    Abstract: A stopper (10) is provided for a beverage container (12) having a fill opening (14) that is closed by the stopper (10). The stopper (10) includes a main body (18), a lid (22), and a rigid lanyard loop (16). The main body (18) is configured for releasable engagement with the opening (14) of beverage container (12) and includes a drinking port (24) to allow a beverage to flow from the beverage container (12) to the mouth of a user. The lid (22) has an upper surface (26) and is hinge mounted to the main body (18) for movement between a closed position wherein the drinking port (24) is covered and an open position wherein the drinking port (24) is exposed for access by a user. The rigid lanyard loop (16) is hinge mounted for movement relative to the lid (22) between an stowed position wherein the lanyard loop (16) extends adjacent the upper surface (26) of the lid (22) and a deployed position wherein the lanyard loop (16) extends away from the upper surface (26) with the lid (22) in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Thermos L.L.C.
    Inventors: Marvin Lane, Dwayne Boroski, Shawn Young
  • Patent number: 8469213
    Abstract: [Problems to be Solved] In a synthetic resin container closure of a type which includes a body and a tamper evident bottom portion connected to the body via a plurality of breakable bridge portions arranged with spacing in a circumferential direction, and in which the body continues to be connected via unbroken connecting pieces to the tamper evident bottom portion continuously mounted on a mouth-and-neck portion of a container even after the bridge portions are broken to remove the body from the mouth-and-neck portion of the container, an improvement is made so that the container closure can be applied, without posing problems, even when the ascent distance of the body when removed is relatively long. [Means to Solve the Problems] Each of the unbroken connecting pieces is in such a form as to include two tilting portions whose tilting directions are opposite to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Japan Crown Cork Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Osamu Ishii, Takashi Kimura, Seiji Fukushi
  • Patent number: 8443994
    Abstract: The present invention is a bottle cap assembly including an anchor, a cap portion, and a retaining device. The anchor attaches to a bottle and has a threaded neck and a ridge extending outward from the threaded neck. The cap portion removably attaches to the anchor and the bottle. The cap portion has a retaining sleeve along an entire circumference of the cap portion. The retaining device keeps the cap portion connected to the anchor, so that the cap portion is not lost. The retaining device includes a rod element housed in the retaining sleeve, and the rim of the retaining sleeve prevents detachment of the rod element from the retaining sleeve. The rod element extends between the anchor and cap portion, while only the anchor remains attached to the bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Inventor: Michael C. Desselle
  • Patent number: 8443993
    Abstract: The present invention is a bottle cap assembly comprising an anchor for attachment to a bottle and a cap portion removably attached to the anchor. The anchor has a first connector, and the cap portion has a second connector. The second connector removably engages the first connector, when the cap portion detaches from the anchor, and extends around the circumference of the cap portion, so that the cap portion can be attached to the first connector in any orientation. The first connector can also be mounted on a tab extending down from the anchor. The first and second connectors can be male and female connectors, respectively. Alternatively, the first and second connectors can be compatible magnets. A retaining member can also be used to permanently attach the cap portion and anchor member to reduce the risk of loss when the first and second connectors are being engaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Inventor: Michael C. Desselle
  • Publication number: 20130105485
    Abstract: A closure assembly for closing an opening in a container includes a closure member including an engagement structure configured to engage the opening. A tether includes a connector portion, a first end, and a second end. The first end is coupled to the closure member and the second end is opposite the first end. A plurality of barbs are positioned at the second end of the tether, each of the plurality of barbs has a rigid construction. The plurality of barbs define a maximum splayed dimension to retain the closure member with respect to the opening. A movable joint couples each of the plurality of barbs to the second end. Each of the plurality of barbs is foldable about the respective movable joint so that the plurality of barbs define a dimension substantially smaller than the maximum splayed dimension to allow insertion through the opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2012
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Applicant: BEMIS MANUFACTURING
    Inventor: BEMIS MANUFACTURING
  • Publication number: 20130081965
    Abstract: Waste container lid assemblies configured for attachment to a base having a lid body and cap portion slidably connected by a tether. The lid body having an opening sized to accept medical waste and restrict access to prevent individuals from reaching into the waste container through the opening. A slot is in the lid body to permit slidable movement of the tether through the slot such the cap can be moved from a resting position in which the opening is configured for receiving waste to a closed position such that the cap portion covers the opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Publication date: April 4, 2013
    Applicant: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventor: Kenneth O. Stark
  • Patent number: 8397959
    Abstract: A packaging container formed by a container body has a connector with a thread. The connector has a predetermined breaking point where a tear-off part may be torn off. The tear-off part has a handle and may be torn off without a tool. The container body is fitted with an application nozzle which, when not in use, is positioned on the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Fischbach KG Kunststoff-Technik
    Inventor: Achim Helmenstein
  • Publication number: 20130043251
    Abstract: A child's toy for collecting fish includes a clear bowl with a rope handle attached to it. Tethered to the rope handle is a lid with a water and air permeable mesh. The handle preferably includes a buoyant member such as a wooden cylinder hand grip which will keep the apparatus from sinking if let go. The apparatus is preferably made from a plastic fish bowl into which two diametrically opposed holes are created to receive ends of the rope handle which is held in place by tying. The fish bowl has an upper lip and a ring dimensioned to fit over the lip. A circular mesh screen is attached to the ring and the ring is attached by a tether to the bowl or to the rope handle. A kit and a method of assembly are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2011
    Publication date: February 21, 2013
    Inventor: Richard S. Hendey, III
  • Patent number: 8336745
    Abstract: A dispensing closure has a key-hole shaped flow conduit that provides a sufficient flow restriction to prevent unwanted spurting of the product. The dispensing closure includes a closure body with an upper and lower deck, inner and outer skirt, and a flow conduit extending through the upper deck. The flow conduit includes including two or more vertically oriented walls and a bottom wall. The vertically oriented walls define a fluid trapping area and a partition wall depending downwardly from said upper deck. The bottom wall configured and arranged to be positioned along a horizontal axis. The flow conduit includes one entrance orifice having one entrance axis and an exit orifice having an exit axis. The entrance axis is stepped or offset from the exit axis whereby the flow conduit provides a non-linear flow path of product from an interior of the closure to an exterior of the closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: MWV Slatersville, LLC
    Inventors: Patrick J. Brannon, Clifford W. Skillin, Sergey Romanov
  • Patent number: 8308014
    Abstract: A fuel cap of an internal combustion device includes a fuel cap body, a restraining element, a resilient element, and a positioning element. The slide block of the restraining element is normally resiliently pressed by the resilient element and therefore protrudes from the outer periphery of the main body portion of the fuel cap body. The fuel cap body can be inserted into a fuel tank when the engaging blocks of the fuel cap body are aligned with the gaps of the fuel tank, and the fuel cap body is subsequently secured when the slide block is engaged in a positioning notch formed on the outer projecting wall of the fuel tank. By pushing the pushing plate of the restraining element inward, the slide block is retracted into the slide groove of the fuel cap body to allow removal of the fuel cap body from the fuel tank opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Inventor: Chun-Li Chen
  • Patent number: 8302824
    Abstract: A dispensing closure has a flow conduit that provides a sufficient flow restriction to prevent unwanted spurting of the product when the container is initially opened. The dispensing closure includes a closure body with an upper deck and a flow conduit extending through the upper deck. The flow conduit includes an entry orifice having an entrance axis and an exit orifice having an exit axis. The entrance axis is parallel to, but not co-linear with, the exit axis to provide a non-linear flow path from an interior of the closure to the exterior of the closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Polytop LLC
    Inventors: Patrick J Brannon, Clifford W. Skillin, Sergey Romanov
  • Patent number: 8297536
    Abstract: To make a change of paint colors during painting work easy and thus quick to perform on a spray gun, the invention proposes a spray gun container having a paint holding area, which is accessible essentially through two main openings, and having at least one additional access to the paint holding area, in which the additional access is reclosable by means of a closure means, whereby said closure means is at least partially arranged in the additional access during the closing of the additional access.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Inventor: Martin Ruda
  • Publication number: 20120261421
    Abstract: A method of making a plastic container that has a tethered closure using an extrusion blow molding process includes steps of extruding a parison, capturing the parison within a mold and inflating the parison against the mold to form a container blank having a container portion, a closure portion and a tether portion for connecting the container portion to the closure portion. The tether portion, which is preferably elongated and string like, may be formed out of flash material that is created during the molding process. The resulting container is relatively inexpensive to manufacture and facilitates the plastic recycling process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2011
    Publication date: October 18, 2012
    Applicant: GRAHAM PACKAGING COMPANY, L.P.
    Inventor: Sheldon E. Yourist
  • Patent number: 8245870
    Abstract: A drinking container has a bottle with an open top, a cap assembly attachable to the bottle to cover the open top, and a drinking spout with a top opening on the cap assembly. A spout cover is removably fitted on the top opening of the drinking spout. A flexible tether is connected to the spout cover and to the cap assembly or the bottle. The tether is looped unto itself permitting the spout cover and a portion of the tether to be extended to reach the top opening and to be retracted withdrawing the spout cover to a position remote from the drinking spout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Rubbermaid Incorporated
    Inventors: Larry T. McKinney, Jacob Connelly
  • Patent number: 8235236
    Abstract: A cup lid for attachment to a disposable drinking cup having a center portion with an opening therein, a peripheral edge surrounding the center portion for engaging the drinking cup, a plug disposed outside the peripheral edge of the cup lid and connected to the peripheral edge of the cup by two flexible support arms for allowing the plug to be repositioned at the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Inventors: Daniel J. Zuares, Robert M. Schwartz, Tony Licari
  • Publication number: 20120187129
    Abstract: Apparatus providing a tethered cap for a fill opening of a sprayer tank which is tethered inside, rather than outside the tank, via a tether line movably attached to a basket suspended in the tank, and having a gasket at an upper end of the basket which is engaged by the cap to seal the fill opening in the tank when the cap is closed. The tether line extends through the gasket so that the basket, the gasket, and the cap are tethered to each other. Since the tether line is inside the tank, catching or snagging of the line and the cap on obstacles, such as trees, or branches, is precluded. The cap remains connected to the sprayer tank when it is removed from the tank in order to fill the tank and misplacement of the cap is also precluded even though the cap is not held by the sprayer operator while the tank is being filled.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2011
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Inventors: John D. DeLorme, Ronald M. Odessa
  • Patent number: 8210385
    Abstract: A container lid retaining system includes a housing with a bottom wall and a perimeter wall attached to and extending upwardly from the bottom wall. The perimeter wall has an upper edge defining an opening extending into the housing. A cover is removably positioned on the perimeter wall to selectively close the opening. A flexible tether has a first end and a second end. The tether extends through the perimeter wall adjacent to the upper edge to position the first end within the housing. The tether extends through the cover to position the second end under the cover when the cover is positioned on the housing. A panel is attached to the first end to prevent the first end from is pulled through the perimeter wall. A stop is removably coupled to the tether adjacent to the second end to prevent the second end from being pulled through the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Inventors: Lawrence A. Zurek, Eric C. Myers
  • Patent number: 8205764
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide a cap for a vessel for performing a multi-stage process for analyzing a sample, such as nested PCR or RT-PCR. In one embodiment, the cap comprises a body configured to be mated to the vessel to enclose a vessel interior, a cap cavity for holding reagents, and a cap cavity control portion that is adjustable with respect to the body between a first-stage position in which the cap cavity is enclosed and fluidicly isolated from the vessel interior and a second-stage position in which the cap cavity is fluidicly coupled with the vessel interior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Cepheid
    Inventor: Ronald Chang