Compartment Partition Is Movable Or Removable Patents (Class 220/529)
  • Patent number: 6254055
    Abstract: A fishing rod holder insert for holding fishing rods in a bucket, especially a five-gallon bucket. The fishing rod holder insert includes spaced apart top and bottom plates with a plurality of elongate rods extending between the top and bottom plates to connect the top and bottom plates together. The top and bottom plates each have a plurality of spaced apart cutouts along the outer perimeter of the respective plate. Each of the cutouts of the top plate is associated with a cutout of the bottom plate. The cutouts of each associated pair of cutouts of the top and bottom plates are aligned with one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2001
    Inventor: Frank H. Lamberson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6164476
    Abstract: Collapsible container comprising a bottom element (11) with openings (21) at the corners for disengagable attachment of two opposite gable walls (12, 13). The gable walls are connected to or are associated with supporting pillars (24) which are provided with slit shaped openings (31) for disengagable mounting of longitudinally arranged sidewall elements (14, 15) which have projecting hooks (28, 29) with notches (30) for engagement with the slit-shaped openings. Openings (39-44) are arranged in the bottom element (11) for disengagable attachment of a transversal partition wall (36). The sidewall elements (14, 15) each have a height dimension (A) which is one half of the width of the bottom element (11). The distance (B) between two sidewall elements (14, 15) is less than the depth of the notch (30) in the hooks (28, 29). The corner posts (22) of the gable walls (12, 13) are manufactured with a tubular profile with attachment slit openings (31) facing inwards, for attachment of shelves (33).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2000
    Inventors: Svein Rene, Christoffer Worsoe
  • Patent number: 6155447
    Abstract: The Worm Form Organizer Insert for Compost Bins is disclosed. The device is an insert designed for commercially available domestic anaerobic style compost bins and fits independently freestanding and self supporting within and comprises 2 central hubs (7,8), a framework (1) and barrier material (9) dividing the bin into three equal sections for the addition of compost, columns of compost can now be created within the compost bin. If these columns of compost are maintained at varying levels airflow and drainage will be provided via the barriers thereby creating an improved environment for compost worms which may be added to the compost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2000
    Inventor: Ian P. Hodgson
  • Patent number: 6153237
    Abstract: A food storage and transportation device primarily including a container, a plurality of removable inserts, and a lid is described. The inner surface of the container has a plurality of groove and shelf assemblies. The removable inserts have a plurality of tabs extending radially outward, a set of handles, and a plurality of openings for receiving a plurality of cupcakes. In operation, the cupcakes are placed into the respective openings with the base of the cupcakes extending through the opening, whereas the top of the cupcake is retained above a top surface of the removable insert. The removable inserts and cupcakes are then loaded into the container. At no time does any cupcake come into contact with any other cupcakes. To remove the cupcakes, the removable insert is removed from the container and placed on a flat surface, whereupon the cupcakes are conveniently dislodged from their respective openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2000
    Inventor: Kathy Ferguson
  • Patent number: 6148995
    Abstract: The present invention is a device for combining at least two products. The device includes a container having at least one wall, the wall defining an interior of the container, and an opening for allowing access to the interior of the container. The device also includes a separating element movable with respect to the container from a first position to a second position. In the first position, at least a portion of the separating element is in the interior of the container and defines in the interior of the container a first region for a first product and a second region for a second product. In the second position, the separating element is at least substantially removed from the interior of the container so that the regions are placed in fluid communication with one another to permit mixing of the first and second products. In one aspect of the invention, the separating element moves from the first position to the second position without passing through the opening of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2000
    Assignee: L'Oreal S.A.
    Inventor: Vincent De Laforcade
  • Patent number: 6146673
    Abstract: A food storage and transportation device primarily including a container, a plurality of removable inserts, and a lid is described. The inner surface of the container has a plurality of support members disposed on and extending from the inner surface. The removable inserts have a plurality of grooves, a set of handles, and a plurality of openings for receiving a plurality of cupcakes. In one embodiment, the support member includes first and second shoulder portions for supporting the inserts. In another embodiment, the support member has a substantially uniformly increasing profile distance from the inner surface of the container as the support member extends downwardly from the upper portion to the lower portion of the container. The inserts are provided with grooves that frictionally engage the support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2000
    Inventor: Kathy Ferguson
  • Patent number: 6145474
    Abstract: An animal feeder assembly including a top and a base. The top comprising an upper surface with a depending sidewall, while the base comprises a bottom wall with an upstanding sidewall. Ribs are spaced about the interior surface of the depending sidewall of the top, and depressions are formed in the outer surface of the sidewall of the base. The top is slightly larger than the base, and fits thereover. The top can be rotated relative to the base, between two operative positions. In one operative position, the ribs pass through the grooves so that the top telescopes over the base to provide a Lowered feed assembly; in the other operative position, the top is extended, relative to the base, to form an elevated feed assembly. A large storage area is formed in the interior of the feeder assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2000
    Inventor: Jack Lemkin
  • Patent number: 6142304
    Abstract: A unitary fragility packaging article for packaging at least one shock sensitive item within a container having multiple panels, includes in a preferred embodiment a platform portion defining a floor for supporting at least a portion of the item and having a peripheral edge including generally parallel front and rear edges and generally parallel side edges; a plurality of ribs disposed on the platform portion to project from the floor and to divide the floor into a plurality of item-supporting cells; and at least one of the cells being provided with at least a portion of a crush depression for forming a cushion distance between the floor and an adjacent panel of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2000
    Assignees: Plastofilm Industries, Robert, Stephens, Van Amburg Packaging
    Inventors: Michael S. Moren, Fred Schindler
  • Patent number: 6138858
    Abstract: A portable tote container is provided with an open box configuration. Divider panels and a work surface are disposed within the container. The divider panels allow for parts to be organized within the tote container. The work surface has an outer layer of anti-static material and is configured to couple with the divider panels. The work surface has an inner layer of alternative, less expensive material, which has a cavity formed inside. The cavity houses complete or partially complete components and creates an additional storage space within the container. The work surface is also movable in that it slides over the divider panel to cover the divider panels and to create additional work surface area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2000
    Assignee: Gateway 2000, Inc.
    Inventor: Lily K. Tu
  • Patent number: 6102209
    Abstract: A container is provided comprising a transparent dome shaped enclosure having a lower open end forming a cover of the container, a seal member extending across the open end for defining within the transparent dome shape enclosure a chamber for containing and displaying a product, and a lower enclosure forming a base portion of the container and having an upper open end for receiving a cosmetic related product. The dome shaped cover preferably includes a partition or dividing wall which divides the dome shaped chamber into a first and second compartment for containing and displaying at least two different products (i.e. two types of cosmetic related products).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2000
    Assignee: Nadel Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Daren Mark D'Andrea
  • Patent number: 6099812
    Abstract: A sterilization tray for supporting medical instrumentation during the sterilization process. The tray includes a base having a perforated bottom wall to allow the passage of sterilization steam into the tray. A removable floor is fitted into the base and supported spacedly above the base bottom wall. The floor also includes perforations to allow for the passage of sterilization steam into the tray and above the instrumentation therein. One or more instrument holders are supported by the floor, extending upwardly from the floor in a direction opposite the location of the base bottom wall. The instrument holders can be removed from the floor with the floor being removed from the base, reversed in orientation and fitted into the base in its spaced relationship from the base bottom wall. The instrument holders are then repositioned upon the floor, extending upwardly from the opposite side of the floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2000
    Assignee: Paragon Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Kraig H. Allen, Thomas J. Bussell, Stephen L. Peterson, Jason M. Winterrowd
  • Patent number: 6085932
    Abstract: A container having walls and defining a space between the walls in which articles may be contained. The container includes a partition and attachment. The attachment is operable, in use, to adjustably attach the partition to the container within the space, to form a smaller space of variable size. The attachment includes complementary formations on the container and on the partition, which mate so attach the partition to the container. There is sufficient resilience in or associated with the complementary formations to allow the partition to be adjusted along an adjustment direction by the application of sufficient force in that direction fo force the complementary formations tp disengage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2000
    Inventor: Andrew Christopher Cope
  • Patent number: 6073794
    Abstract: An organizer defining a plurality of compartments which are adjustable in size and shape by panels defining the compartments being adjustable in length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2000
    Inventor: Eduardo Bidot
  • Patent number: 6062411
    Abstract: A cooler insert for organizing articles inside a cooler. The insert is adapted for receiving tubular members. The tubular members are sized to hold beverage containers such as two liter bottles and the like. The insert provides an interconnecting structure for arranging the tubular members in modular fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2000
    Inventor: David J. Garland, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6062468
    Abstract: A serving container for an elongated food product and a condiment has a conduit formed by a sidewall having an upper sidewall region, which forms an open top, and a lower sidewall region. A condiment container is aligned with and affixed to the lower sidewall region, and has a container rim with leading and rim trailing edges. The condiment container is sealed by a sealing sheet which peelably engages the container rim, having leading and sheet trailing edges which respectively engage the leading and rim trailing edges. A tab attached to the sheet leading edge extends over the sealing sheet and is superimposed over the sheet trailing edge. The tab is maintained in close proximity to the rim trailing edge such that, when the tab is pulled, the pull on the sealing sheet is substantially parallel to the container rim, allowing the sealing sheet to be removed without dislodging a food product contained in the conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2000
    Inventor: Peter Tausanovitch
  • Patent number: 6036388
    Abstract: A windshield washing service unit for providing a station for holding the equipment and supplies needed for cleaning windshields and other windows. The windshield washing service unit includes a housing with a spaced apart pair of side walls, spaced apart front and back walls extending between the side walls, and a bottom wall extending between the side walls and connecting the front and back walls together. The front, back, and bottom walls define a receptacle therebetween. An insert is inserted into the receptacle. The insert defines an open topped reservoir designed for holding a liquid therein. An elongate dowel is extended between and rotatably mounted to the side walls above the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2000
    Inventor: Samuel L. Atcher
  • Patent number: 6024241
    Abstract: A box divider used in conjunction with boxes having differing side wall thicknesses includes a vertical partition which carries locking assemblies on its opposing sides. The locking assemblies operationally engage a pair of mounting pins horizontally extending within the interior of the box. The locking assemblies are vertically adjustable and abuttingly contact ribs formed along the body of the mounting pins. The bottom of the partition includes a base having a series of spikes depending therefrom which penetrate the bottom surface of the box to thereby hold the same securely in place. The back surfaces of the locking assemblies are formed having a high coefficient of friction, to thereby frictionally engaging the interior surface of the box. The locking assemblies each preferably include a guide having a vertical channel onto which is slidably mounted a wedge having a channel in registration with the channel formed in the guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2000
    Inventor: Ronald J. Keillor
  • Patent number: 5984137
    Abstract: A sheet metal packing for disposable materials, comprises a container with a wall, a bottom and an opening, as well as a lid to close the opening. A partition (40) is fixed rigidly inside the container (1) and delineates, with the bottom (4) and the wall (3) of the container, a receptacle (60) for the materials, whereby at least one orifice (43) has been arranged in the partition for the passage of the materials in the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1999
    Assignee: Ferembal
    Inventor: Maurice Grosjean
  • Patent number: 5971263
    Abstract: A foldable box includes six substantially rectangular plastic sides which are connected to each other by live hinges so that the sides may be folded flat or opened to a substantially hexagonal configuration. A substantially hexagonal plastic bottom is connected to the bottom edge of one of the sides by a live hinge and a substantially hexagonal plastic top is connected to the top edge of one of the sides by a live hinge. An inner flange extends substantially orthogonally from the bottom edges of at least two of the sides other than the one to which the plastic bottom is attached for supporting the plastic bottom when the box is assembled by folding. An outer extending flange is provided on at least two edges of the plastic top to support it when the box is folded closed. A removable substantially hexagonal plastic shelf is preferably provided and inner surfaces of at least two sides are provided with interior flanges to support the shelf.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1999
    Inventor: Joy Mangano
  • Patent number: 5927787
    Abstract: A thermoformed thermoplastic truck bedliner has at least one pair of under-cut load restraint pockets formed by portions of opposed bedliner sidewalls. The pockets are recessed from the sidewall so that a load restraining member such as a 2.times.4 beam or a cylindrical pipe may be pressed downwardly to be snapped into engagement with the pockets. The pockets support the boards in a horizontal orientation, with the wide dimension of the board extending from front to back within the liner to give greater board stiffness against loads shifting from front to back. The pockets may be formed in either under the rail bedliners or in over the rail bedliners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1999
    Assignee: Penda Corporation
    Inventors: Phillip L. Emery, William L. Dresen
  • Patent number: 5912033
    Abstract: A food storage and transportation device primarily including a container, a plurality of removable inserts, and a lid is described. The inner surface of the container has a plurality of groove and shelf assemblies. The removable inserts have a plurality of tabs extending radially outward, a set of handles, and a plurality of openings for receiving a plurality of cupcakes. In operation, the cupcakes are placed into the respective openings with the base of the cupcakes extending through the opening, whereas the top of the cupcake is retained above a top surface of the removable insert. The removable inserts and cupcakes are then loaded into the container. At no time does any cupcake come into contact with any other cupcakes. To remove the cupcakes, the removable insert is removed from the container and placed on a flat surface, whereupon the cupcakes are conveniently dislodged from their respective openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 15, 1999
    Inventor: Kathy Ferguson
  • Patent number: 5871116
    Abstract: A food service and storage foodstuff holding container assembly formed of pair of matched open-faced upper and lower dishes and an interconnecting member having a perforate floor,the upper dish containing a foodstuff and the lower dish containing a liquid. The interconnecting member is frictionally seated within the lower dish. The upper dish is inverted and frictionally engaged with the interconnecting member to form the container assembly. Oppositely opening wells are carried along the periphery of the interconnecting member, a bead formation is within each well. The rim of the dishes seat within the wells while the interconnecting member is frictionally seated within the dishes, the bead formation tightly engaging the rims to supplement the frictional engagement of interconnecting member and the dishes, maintaining such engagement from unwanted disassembly. Once assembled, the container is inverted without separation of the dishes, even if shaken.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 16, 1999
    Inventor: Romana Picchietti
  • Patent number: 5868269
    Abstract: A portable article carrier apparatus includes a floor and a plurality of walls extending upward from the floor. The floor and the walls define an interior storage space, Each of the walls includes a bottom wall portion, a top wall portion, and an intermediate wall portion between the bottom wall portion and the top wall portion. Partition-support brackets are connected to intermediate wall portions of the walls and project into the interior storage space. A removable and replaceable partition is supported by the partition-support brackets. A lid is supported by the top wall portions of the walls. The walls are connected to the floor at an obtuse slant angle. The obtuse slant angle flares the walls outward, whereby the partition is permitted to be easily placed in and removed from the interior storage space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 9, 1999
    Inventor: Shirley M. Juarez
  • Patent number: 5823393
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a consumable product dispenser that is easy to fill with product and also serves as a package for shipment of the product to an intended vending site, is easy to transport, allows vending of most or all of the contained product, remains clean and intact during its intended period of use, and shows potential consumers the contained product in an aesthetically pleasing fashion. A disposable candy dispenser, made of inexpensive and lightweight materials is disclosed, the dispenser including an internal storage region, a front dispensing area, and a front window that contains candy in a position where it can be viewed by potential consumers. A visible product window is also disclosed which displays the contained product and which includes a means for opening the window such that the contents of the window may be moved to another like dispenser, and then dispensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1998
    Assignee: The Scandinavian Candy Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Torvid Hafstrom
  • Patent number: 5816432
    Abstract: An ice chest container partition device, adapted to be adjustable for different diameter beveraae containers, and employed by placement thereof within an ice chest to provide an ice retention barrier opening in the ice pack within the chest so that when a beverage container is removed it may thereafter be replaced without ice in the ice pack of the chest having fallen into and filled the ice pack opening therefor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1998
    Inventors: Robert J. Hammen, Linda G. Hammen
  • Patent number: 5797488
    Abstract: A case for a circular saw, including a pivotable compartment for holding at least one blade. When the compartment is closed, at least a portion of the compartment is accommodated by a recess of the base. In this position, access to the interior of the compartment is restricted, such that a blade may not be removed from, or placed in, the compartment. A lock may be used to keep the compartment in this position. When access to the compartment is desired, the compartment may be pivoted, so that at least a portion of the compartment is projecting outwardly, substantially horizontally, from the base. In this open position, access to the compartment is permitted, and at least one blade may be placed in, or removed from, the compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 25, 1998
    Assignee: Zag Ltd.
    Inventor: Zvi Yemini
  • Patent number: 5788100
    Abstract: In a closure for a container having an opening presenting an upstanding circular bead, said closure comprising: a closure body presenting a spout for dispensing liquids from said container, said spout including an annular recess for releasable securement to said bead; a cap releasably securable to said spout; a lock ring frangibly connected to said cap, said lock ring aligned with said closure body, said annual recess and said bead, said lock ring frangibly breakable from said cap to lock said closure body to said container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 4, 1998
    Inventor: Ron Sturk
  • Patent number: 5775522
    Abstract: A divider and holder of the present invention is adapted to support and divide a number of articles such as cards within a rectangular container. The divider and holder includes a pair of flat surfaces connected by hinge portions. By bending the flat portions, a V-shaped member is formed which can be inserted between the side walls of the container, holding and dividing articles within the container. The bottom edges of the divider include a number of pointed protrusions which help prevent the divider from sliding along the length of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 7, 1998
    Inventor: Chester Martin, Sr.
  • Patent number: 5630537
    Abstract: A compartmentized box (20) and a knapsack (10) incorporating same. The knapsack (10) has straps (16) allowing carrying of the compartmentized box (20) on a person's back. The compartmentized box (20) has columns (30) formed of a plurality of panels (23) for supporting a plurality of containers (32) and for allowing the containers (32) to be slid in and out of the compartmentized box (20). Edgewise adjacent ones of the panels (23) can be disconnected from each other and the panels rearranged to allow containers (32) of differing sizes to be slid into the compartmentized box (20) so that the knapsack (10) can be readily restocked with any desired arrangement of the containers (32).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 20, 1997
    Inventor: Vince Sciacca
  • Patent number: 5615797
    Abstract: An insert assembly for a bin, the insert comprising a sleeve (10) which is insertable into the bin sad which can be positioned adjacent a bottom wall of the bin, the sleeve (10) including a first engaging means (12A, 12B); a bin dividing panel (11) insertable into the bin to divide the bin into a plurality of separate zones, the panel (11) being extendible from adjacent the bottom wall of the bin and being engageable with the first engaging means (12A, 12B) to prevent sideways movement of the panel in at least one direction in the bin; second engaging means (13A, 13B) in use being adjacent the mouth of the bin to hold the panel (11) against sideways movement in at least one direction, and, means (20A-21A, 20B-21B) to prevent the panel (11) from being removed from the bin upon emptying of the bin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 1, 1997
    Assignee: Otto Plastics Pty. Ltd.
    Inventor: Mario B. Ripamonti
  • Patent number: 5594207
    Abstract: A self-locking divider plate made of flat sheet metal is provided in an electrical box to form separate compartments. The electrical box has several upper and lower front ledges which form aligned slots which in turn, cooperate to receive the divider plate. The side edges of the divider plate has a biased sheared tab which locks the plate in place between the slots upon installation of the plate into the box. These sheared tabs extend outwardly from one of the planar surfaces of the plate. When the plate is inserted into two aligned front slots, the tabs are pushed inwardly toward the planar surface of the plate, and spring back to their normal position when the plate is in its proper position in the box. The tabs engage an inside surface of the ledges when the plate is moved outwardly from the box to prevent its accidental removal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 14, 1997
    Assignee: Thomas & Betts Corporation
    Inventors: Mark E. Fabian, Serge Michaud
  • Patent number: 5577609
    Abstract: Various two-part articles, such as metal trading cards, which safely and advantageously combine a metal substrate having front and rear sides, and an insert sheet made of metal, glass or plastic. In some embodiments, both the metal substrate and a metal insert sheet are embossed. The metal substrate includes a central main portion, four edge marginal portions terminating in respective substrate edges, and four corner marginal portions. The marginal portions surround the central main portion, sharing respective boundaries therewith, and are rolled towards the substrate rear side and around such that the substrate edges contact the insert sheet so as to hold the insert sheet in position. The rolled marginal portions together define a continuous bead around the periphery of the card without any exposed sharp edges. In some embodiments the rolled edges are replaced by hinge sleeves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 26, 1996
    Assignee: CUI, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter K. Hexter, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5573131
    Abstract: An attachment to the top of a softdrink cup typically used in fast food restaurants and snack bars. Conal container attachment (1) and locking device (2) come together to attach to the top of the drinking cup. In effect the cup attachment creates a space to hold a snacking food like popcorn or french fries on top of the cup. Accordingly, one can use one instead of two hands to carry both items at once.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 12, 1996
    Assignee: Devine Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Pejman A. Berjis
  • Patent number: 5526972
    Abstract: In order to partition a storage area of a vehicle so that bags of groceries and the like can be arranged in a neat orderly manner, a space organizer includes a backboard which extends laterally across the storage area and at least two wing-like partition members which can be either fixed or hinged and which partition a given area of the storage area into three cells or sub-areas for bags and the like. A lid member can be provided to enclose at least the top of the center cell and in the case where the partition members are hingedly connected to the backboard a bungee cord can be used to retain the two partition members in desired space dividing positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 18, 1996
    Inventors: Richard K. Frazier, Barry V. Davis
  • Patent number: 5525475
    Abstract: The diffusion through a membrane assaying apparatus and method facilitates rapid detection of small or larger molecular weight substances such as hazardous wastes, toxic chemicals or the like by using a semipermeable membrane having a predetermined molecular weight cutoff. The semipermeable membrane is provided as part of a container having a removable barrier which facilitates control of diffusion through the membrane. The assaying method includes the use of a reaction mechanism for detection of a predetermined substance. The reaction mechanism includes one or more reagents which are designed to either react or compete for a substance for which assaying is being performed. By selecting the proper reagents and molecular weight cutoff of the semipermeable membrane, the presence or absence of a reaction such as a color change or production of vapor provides indication whether the substance being assayed for is present in the test sample.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 11, 1996
    Inventor: Cynthia A. Ladouceur
  • Patent number: 5501361
    Abstract: A container and method for containing documents which protects documents from damage by suspending the corners of the documents from the container's surfaces through an integral or attached mid-portion lining or raised surface. This lining or raised surface may be made of pliant material having a texture which prevents slippage of the document within the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 26, 1996
    Inventor: Jeff P. DeMordaunt
  • Patent number: 5486172
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for treating cutaneous vascular lesions in a target area of a patient. The apparatus has a lower housing having a bottom with an opening therethrough, and an upper housing adapted to be connected in liquid tight engagement to the lower housing. The upper housing has a top with an opening therethrough and substantially in alignment with the opening of the lower housing. A pair of glass windows are provided one positioned in the opening of the lower housing, and the other positioned in the opening of the upper housing. The apparatus further comprises at least one fenestrated wall adapted to be removably positioned in the lower housing to form a first and a second chamber when the upper and lower housings are connected together. The first chamber is adapted to receive a cooling medium, and the second chamber prevents the cooling medium from obstructing the passage of a laser beam between the pair of glass windows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 23, 1996
    Inventor: Cyrus Chess
  • Patent number: 5486650
    Abstract: A partition for dividing an electrical or telecommunications device box having a substantially planar dividing member with at least one retaining member extending therefrom for cooperating with a mounting post on the base member of the box to support the dividing member substantially perpendicularly to the base member. The partition is removably retained in the box by the retaining member frictionally engaging the post. The retaining member has a specific amount of interference to cause the spring action in the material and to create gripping forces around the mounting post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 23, 1996
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventor: Karl Yetter
  • Patent number: 5484613
    Abstract: The invention provides a container and a method which includes substantially encasing a long thin pile of meat in a separator sheet defining a meat packet. Meat packets filled with a similar meat or a preselected combination of meats are placed, on edge, in groups into a container. Rigid members are placed between groups of packets of similar meat packet type. The container has sides which define an angle. The rigid members have edges which define a similar angle such that the rigid members are kept from falling over in the container in a self-locking way. The method minimizes the tendency of the meat packets to sag in the container by pressing the meat packets against an end wall of the container via one of the rigid members thereby imparting stress to the meat packets. The self locking of the rigid members tend to maintain the stress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 16, 1996
    Inventor: A. William Fisher, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5482423
    Abstract: Goods drop out device 14 having goods receptacle portions 27 defined in a drop out box 23 and shutter devices 21 for opening and closing the bottoms of the goods receptacle portions 27, comprises the shutter devices 21 each comprise a smaller opening and closing member 56 pivotable about a support shaft 58 extending substantially in parallel to the bottom of the goods receptacle portion 27 for opening and closing the bottom, a pushing rod 62 contacting with the lower surface of the smaller opening and closing member 56 and moving toward and away from the lower surface, and an opening and closing cylinder device 63 for driving the pushing rod 62 and operating to close the bottom of the goods receptacle portion 27 by pushing up the opening and closing member 56 by the pushing rod 62.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 9, 1996
    Assignee: Kao Corporation
    Inventor: Hirotoshi Tawara
  • Patent number: 5464141
    Abstract: A carrier for carrying elongate materials of varying lengths comprises an outer container, an insert which fits and is slidable within the outer container, and a shelf assembly disposed within the insert for holding the elongate materials. The insert has top access ports (preferably, two) and side access ports for viewing and obtaining access to materials stored within the interior of the insert. The shelf assembly has, preferably, a T-shaped cross-section, and comprises a horizontal member for holding materials stored in an upper portion of the insert, and a vertical member dividing the lower portion of the insert into separate compartments. Further features include a retrieve handle connected to the insert and a pair of brackets for mounting the outer container to the top of a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 7, 1995
    Inventor: David R. Brindle
  • Patent number: 5460291
    Abstract: A transport container for textile packages, especially sliver, includes a vertically displaceable bottom element and a wall surrounding the bottom element and having a given length. The wall is formed of at least two joined-together wall parts being extended over all of the given length. The wall has guide gaps formed therein over large portions of the given length, for guidance of the bottom element. The transport container preferably has a rectangular outline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 24, 1995
    Assignee: W. Schlafhorst AG & Co.
    Inventor: Peter Kerstiens
  • Patent number: 5456357
    Abstract: A nestable bucket and carrier servingh as a caddy for assisting in cleaning motor vehicles and other objects include a sturdy rectangular bottom carrier of molded plastic materials having tapered sides, ventilating holes in the sides, sturdy legs which extend vertically from the top of the carrier to provide with support of the carrier and also bins or shelves attached to its external surfaces. Nesting within the carrier is a rectangular plastic bucket for holding liquids and which includes latch devices for fastening to the bottom carrier. A sturdy bail is fastened to the rim of the bucket. A top container is also generally rectangular in cross section and is configured to rest within the bucket or, if the bucket is removed, within the bottom carrier. The top container is also of molded plastic and includes a sturdy lid which can be opened to store cleaning supplies in the container or, when closed, may be used as a seat or step stool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 10, 1995
    Inventors: John W. Wenner, Joan L. Wenner
  • Patent number: 5419471
    Abstract: A collapsible structure for maintaining articles in a stabilized condition and a method of making same. The structure comprises an integral blank of bendable material having pre-cut lines formed therein, fold lines formed thereon. Portions of the blank are interconnected into a generally flat collapsed position, and it is bendable into an open position to define a plurality of article receiving receptacles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 30, 1995
    Assignee: DHP Co.
    Inventors: Douglas H. Polumbaum, Philip L. Fickling, Rona Jaffe
  • Patent number: 5405043
    Abstract: A hamper attachable to a back of a door for receiving laundry. The hamper is dimensioned to fit between the door and an adjoining wall when the door is in an open position and includes a receptacle structure in which the front panel may take the form of either a rigid panel or a deformable fabric panel. A spring supported movable wall for ejecting laundry from the hamper is disclosed and an alternate embodiment of the present invention includes a deodorant dispenser for spraying a mist of sanitary fluid onto the associated laundry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 11, 1995
    Inventor: Donald W. Meloney
  • Patent number: 5402908
    Abstract: A divisible container apparatus comprising a molded plastic tapered cylindrical open head container, a divider having a centrally located upstanding hollow handle and a tapered peripheral skirt, the divider being locatable within the container in parallel, spaced relationship to the bottom and supported by a plurality of interior support ledges with the peripheral skirt in sealing engagement with the interior wall of the container. A snap-on lid is provided for the container along with a bail for carrying the container apparatus and its contents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 4, 1995
    Assignee: Letica Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Warden, Michael D. Dunham, Sr.
  • Patent number: 5402714
    Abstract: A fork segregating partitioning array for use with a fondue pot. The fondue pot is of the type defining a container with a large cavity to receive meltable foodstuff to be warmed by a heating source. The partitioning array consists of a cup member, freely releasably engageable into the container large cavity, and at least two partitioning walls disposed in crossing fashion relative to one another, whereby four distinct subcavities are defined within the cup member. The subcavities are for use in segregating a corresponding number of forks in cooking fondues such as meat fondue or chinese fondue. The cup member is further pierced by a plurality of through-bores, for free passage of the meat soup between the fondue pot and the cup member and vice-versa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 4, 1995
    Inventors: Robert Deneault, Pierre Vigneault
  • Patent number: 5390815
    Abstract: A rectangular box is provided with parallel slots in the sidewalls and parallel slots in the endwalls. Elongate pieces of elastomeric material extend across the interior of the box and through the slots. The pieces can be positioned in a plurality of positions by holes in the pieces which fit on projections in the slots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 21, 1995
    Assignee: Mark Bernard Spiegel
    Inventor: Mark B. Spiegel
  • Patent number: 5386911
    Abstract: Two or more pairs of packing spacers support objects within a shipping container in a floating arrangement that absorbs shock and vibration and protects the object from impact damage. Each packing spacer is comprised of rigid frames enclosed in stretchable membranes (22) which are held in position by collars (20) having off-center slots which form the frame assembly (18). These assemblies may be reversed or inverted in relation to each other thereby providing multiple spacing options to accommodate a variety of object shapes and sizes within a single size container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1993
    Date of Patent: February 7, 1995
    Inventor: Thomas M. Payne
  • Patent number: 5366089
    Abstract: A separable food and beverage combination has an upper chamber and a lower chamber. The upper chamber is formed by a first circumferential wall and a first bottom wall attached to the first circumferential wall. A first lid is releasably connected to the first circumferential wall and opposes the first bottom wall. The first lid has a hinged spout hingingly movable from a closed position and an open position. The lower chamber is formed by a second circumferential wall and a second bottom wall attached to the second circumferential wall. A lid plate, threadingly connected to the first bottom wall and threadingly connected to the second circumferential wall, opposes the second bottom wall. A bowl is removably placed within the lower chamber. A removable partition forms separable compartments in the bowl.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 22, 1994
    Inventor: Eddy D. Parker