Folding Patents (Class 220/6)
  • Patent number: 11952206
    Abstract: A foldable container adjustable between an unfolded condition and a folded condition comprises a roof panel and an opposing base panel, a front panel and an opposing door panel which are each hingedly connected to solely the roof panel, a right side panel and an opposing left side panel, a right side roof skirt and an opposing left side roof skirt having disparate heights, a left side compound beam and a right side compound beam extending from the base panel, and a left side hinge-beam structure and a right side hinge-beam structure each having a hinge point and a skirt retaining portion. The right side panel and the left side panel are hingedly coupled to their respective hinge-beam structures at the hinge points. The hinge points lie in different horizontal planes. The hinge points lie within a midline of their respective side panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: Compact Container Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Norman Kendall, Joshua J. Kraft, Jay Cummings, Rich Reiter, John O'Brien
  • Patent number: 11940312
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes a reversible and expandable measuring device comprising a handle having a first end and a second end opposite the first end, and a ring coupled to the second end of the handle. According to some examples, the reversible and expandable measuring device includes an expandable member coupled to an interior portion of a side wall of the ring. The expandable member may be configured to move between a first volumetric state and a second volumetric state. In some examples, when the expandable member is in the first volumetric state, the expandable member protrudes in a first direction away from a bottom end of the ring, and when the expandable member is in the second volumetric state, the expandable member protrudes in a second direction opposite the first direction. The first volumetric state may be larger than the second volumetric state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: Nuvier Holdings LLC
    Inventor: Anthony Michael Mussehl
  • Patent number: 11903483
    Abstract: This invention discloses a storage device which consists of one drawer and one shell. The shell consists of one top panel and two side panels. Each side of the top panel offers a downward protruding wall. There are at least two downward-protruding, front-to-back-extending positioning plates located on the bottom edges of the two protruding walls of the top panels of the shell. The top ends of the two side panels are pivotally connected to the protruding walls on the corresponding sides of the top panels. Each of the positions at which the top sides of the two side panels connect to the positioning plates has a front-to-back-extending long groove. When in the standing form, the two side panels can slide backwards against the top panel, allowing each positioning plate to slide into their corresponding long grooves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: PROTREND CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Henry Chen
  • Patent number: 11891240
    Abstract: A main body for a carrying box includes first and second side walls, and a pair of first connection walls and a pair of second connection walls that are pivotally hinged to opposite ends of the first and second side walls and are pivotally hinged to each other. The main body further includes a latch assembly having a bracket and a latch disposed at the first and second side walls, respectively. When the first and second connection walls pivot, a distance between the first and second side walls is reduced and a volume of the main body is reduced. The bracket is automatically fastened to the latch as the bracket and the latch are pressed toward each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: SYSPAC SUPPLY CHAIN Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Won Sun Erm
  • Patent number: 11873595
    Abstract: A foldable laundry hamper having a folded and unfolded state, and in the folded state a floor panel and a cover of the hamper are sandwiched between the front and back panels and the hamper occupies a relatively small volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Assignee: Harsa Studio Ltd
    Inventors: Yehuda Cohen, Refael Minyan
  • Patent number: 11844335
    Abstract: Fish attractor and escape habitat systems are disclosed. The fish attractor and escape habitat systems include a pyramid-shaped base structure having a plurality of side walls forming an interior space and having an open bottom and an open top, where the side walls include elongated slots for fish to swim into and out of the interior space and brace slots for receiving braces that provide shade for the fish. Spawning devices and conservation systems for fish forage growth are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignee: TH Products, LLC
    Inventors: Chris Blood, Feiyu Shi, Paul Sides, Dale Baden, Bart Stephens, David Miner, Brett Jarriel, Noah Stewart, Will Goering
  • Patent number: 11840385
    Abstract: A collapsible cargo utility box for storing items is provided. The utility box comprises a housing having a front wall, a rear wall, and a pair of sidewalls forming an interior volume. An upper wall extends from the rear wall, wherein a lid is pivotally secured to the upper wall. A base forms the bottom section of the housing and is pivotally secured between the front wall and rear wall. The housing is movable between a collapsed configuration and an in-use configuration, wherein the in-use configuration the utility box can transport objects while secured within a bed of a truck and in the collapsed configuration the utility box is easily carried. A pair of cutouts are disposed on opposite sidewalls, wherein the cutouts receive the first or second sidewall in the collapsed configuration. A handle extends from the upper wall to allow for easy transport in the collapsed configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Inventors: Christine Layton, Robert Garcia
  • Patent number: 11820549
    Abstract: A foldable container, comprising a base (1) and two pairs of side plates (2). The two pairs of side plates (2) are hingedly connected to the edges of the base (1) and capable of being folded relative to the base (1). The foldable container further comprises connecting rods (5). Extending portions (21) are provided at the lower edges of at least one pair of the two pairs of side plates (2), protruding portions (13) which extend perpendicular to the base are provided on the corresponding edges of the base (1). The protruding portions are provided with opening portions (11). The opening portions (11) are opened facing the interior of the container and facing upper ends of the protruding portions (13). One end of the connecting rod (5) is pivotally connected to a bottom end of the opening portion (11), and the other end of the connecting rod (5) is slidably and rotatably connected to an upper end of the extending portion (21) in a direction perpendicular to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: HOREN CORTP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuanli Jian, Long Feng
  • Patent number: 11807414
    Abstract: A collapsible crate with improved stability and smooth movement includes a top having two opposing top side sections defining top side axes and two opposing top end sections defining top end axes; a bottom having two opposing bottom side edges defining bottom side axes and two opposing bottom end edges defining bottom end axes; first and second opposing end walls, the first and second end walls each being pivotably connected to the top along the corresponding top end sections with interlocking projections; and first and second opposing side walls. The crate includes one or more features which help the crate remain in the erect configuration, for example, a first protrusion protruding from an inner surface of a first side wall, wherein the first protrusion is configured to abut with a portion of a first end wall with an interference fit when the crate is in an erect configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Assignee: U.S. Merchants Financial Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeff Green, Jose F. Gomez-Mustafa
  • Patent number: 11787625
    Abstract: An intermodal container includes first and second ends, joined by first and second sides in a generally rectangular configuration. A generally continuous floor cooperates with the first and second ends and the first and second sides to form an open top container. A plurality of roof overhangs extend adjacent a top of the open top container, generally parallel to the floor. The intermodal container includes a roll cover having a first position in which the open top container is substantially open to the ambient environment to allow for loading from above the first and second sides and first and second ends of the open top container. The roll cover has a second position in which the open top container is substantially closed to the ambient environment to prevent any contents of the open top container to be ejected from the open top container during transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2023
    Assignee: ARROWHEAD ENVIRONMENTAL PARTNERS, LLC
    Inventors: James Francesco, William W. Gay, Robert Berns
  • Patent number: 11772844
    Abstract: A bin assembly includes a container and a pallet. The container has a base and sidewalls that extend upwardly and outwardly from the base. The base includes a centrally disposed alignment means and at least one spaced apart locking portion. The pallet includes a centrally disposed alignment means that is complementary to the container alignment means and at least one spaced apart locking mechanism disposed on the pallet and that is complementary to the at least one spaced apart locking portion. The at least one spaced apart locking mechanism is configured to engage or disengage the at least one spaced apart locking portion upon relative rotation between the container and the pallet to respectively lock or unlock the pallet and the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2023
    Assignee: Kenneth R Moras Pty Ltd.
    Inventors: Jason Holm, John Rafferty
  • Patent number: 11767160
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a folding container (100) that comprises a base (102) further comprising a floor (112). At least two side panels (104, 104?) are mechanically attached to the base. A rear panel (106) comprises rear hinges (118) attached thereto that are pivotably connected to the base (102) and operable to pivot between a folded position that contacts the floor and a vertically deployed position. A hinge block (119) is attached to the base (102). A front panel (108) comprising a front door (109), and further comprising front hinges (122) is pivotably connected to the hinge block (119), and operable to pivot between a folded position that contacts the front panel (108) and a vertically deployed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2023
    Assignee: Boxwell LLC
    Inventors: Rodney Wayne Bolls, Austin Trever Krueger
  • Patent number: 11667455
    Abstract: A configurable container includes a first divider and a container body. The divider has a divider body and a first projection extending from the divider body, wherein the first projection has a length having a first dimension and a width having a second dimension different than the first dimension. The container body includes a first wall that includes a first groove facing inward toward the internal cavity, wherein the first groove has a width configured to receive the width of the first projection of the first divider in a first orientation. At least one of the first wall and a second wall includes a second groove also facing inward toward the internal cavity, wherein the second groove has a width configured to receive the length of the first projection in a second orientation, wherein the width of the second groove is different than the width of the first groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2023
    Assignee: Otter Products, LLC
    Inventors: Grady E. Barfoot, Joshua R. Cornish, W. Travis Smith, Alan V. Morine
  • Patent number: 11648715
    Abstract: A mould for forming a collapsible container from an expandable material, the container comprising, at least a base and two pairs of a side walls extending at right angles from opposing sides of the base, the mould comprising: a first mould member and a second mould member movable with respect to each other between an open and a closed moulding position to define a mould cavity; and a plurality of anvils mounted on a rear surface of at least one of the first mould member and/or second mould member, each anvil being movable so as to be extended into the mould cavity so as to form one or more hinges in the expandable material at predetermined locations within the mould cavity; wherein the mould cavity defined by the first mould member and the second mould member is a three-dimensional representation of an inside-out configuration of the assembled container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2023
    Assignee: ICEE HOLDING PTY LTD
    Inventors: Leslie John Skinner, Hamish Hingston
  • Patent number: 11618611
    Abstract: A collapsible food container, comprising a collapsible container and a lid assembly, the collapsible container including an upper portion, a lower portion, and a seating wall, the seating wall coupled to a first end of the upper portion and the lower portion coupled to a second end of the upper portion opposite the first end, the upper portion being collapsible as to transition the collapsible container between an expanded state and a collapsed state, the lid assembly including a rigid collar and a rigid lid, the rigid collar removably coupled to the seating wall of the collapsible container and the rigid lid removably coupling to the rigid collar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2023
    Inventors: Jurrien Swarts, Richard Smiedt
  • Patent number: 11589696
    Abstract: A beverage holder with an insulating sleeve holds a beverage container and a magnetic mount to magnetically secure the insulating sleeve with the beverage container therein to a ferromagnetic support structure. The magnetic mount comprises an exterior housing located outside the insulating sleeve and on a lateral wall of the insulating sleeve. A magnet is carried by the exterior housing and located outside of the insulating sleeve. An interior backing is located on an interior of the insulating sleeve and fastened to the exterior housing through the insulating sleeve. The exterior housing and the interior backing sandwich a portion of the lateral wall of the insulating sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2023
    Assignee: Best Promotions, LLC
    Inventor: Stefan Leimer
  • Patent number: 11542088
    Abstract: A storage container system for storing items includes a tote, an insulated shell with a lid. The insulated shell is configured for receiving the tote. The insulated shell includes a base and a plurality of side walls and is foldable between an expanded configuration and a collapsed configuration such that the tote fits inside the insulated shell when the insulated shell is in the expanded configuration. The lid is configured for closing the tote inside the insulated shell when the insulated shell is in the expanded configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: Otter Products, LLC
    Inventors: Grady E. Barfoot, Joshua R. Cornish, W. Travis Smith, Alan V. Morine
  • Patent number: 11534653
    Abstract: A yoga block includes panels forming a quadrilateral tube and secured to one another by hinges such that the tube may be collapsed. Endcaps secure to ends of the quadrilateral tube and engage the quadrilateral tube to resist collapse when in place. Panels may define protrusions engaging recesses on edges of the endcaps. Magnets in the endcaps may engage the hinges to secure the endcaps in place. Rotating or sliding tabs may also be used to lock the endcaps. Inner surfaces of top and bottom panels may define grooves for receiving a weight plate. Endcaps may be secured to panels by hinges. The hinges securing panels or endcaps may be double hinges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Inventor: Lindsey Constantz
  • Patent number: 11510517
    Abstract: A secure, lockable folding storage box is disclosed herein. The storage box may attach to doors or walls. The storage box and fastening mechanism is adjustable to accommodate doors of various sizes. The storage box may also be mounted to any fixed or mobile structure. The storage box may be remotely locked, or unlocked, and/or have a programmable key access code interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: PORCHIE LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Todd McLean, Stephen B. Swensen
  • Patent number: 11498753
    Abstract: A collapsible container wherein the left side panel is hingedly connected to the top panel and includes at least one strut, one end of the strut being pivotally connected at an intermediate point along the end edge of the left panel, the other end of the strut being pivotally connected to the bottom panel; the right side panel being hingedly connected to the bottom panel and includes at least one strut, one end of the strut being pivotally connected at an intermediate point along the end edge of the side panel, the other end of the strut being pivotally connected to the top panel, such that the container is moveable between a collapsed configuration and an erect configuration, wherein the struts maintain a spaced apart relationship between the edges of the hingedly connected panels and the respective top or bottom panel during such movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: ICF SA
    Inventor: Eric Alfred Kyte
  • Patent number: 11498720
    Abstract: This application discloses a foldable container. The foldable container has a base and two pairs of opposite side plates. The side plates are hinged to the base. Adjacent side plates are capable of being engaged with each other through engaging structures and being locked with each other through locking mechanisms to form a container body. At least one of the side plates is arranged such that when being unlocked from an adjacent side plate, it can be rotated towards the inner side of the container body and can be also rotated towards the outer side of the container body relative to the base. At least one side plate of the foldable container in this application can be rotated towards the inner side of the container body and can be rotated towards the outer side of the container body, and can be removed after being rotated, thereby greatly facilitate accessing goods, especially bulky and heavy goods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: HOREN CORTP CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yuanli Jian
  • Patent number: 11492172
    Abstract: A collapsible container for receiving delivery packages is disclosed herein. The collapsible container comprises a bottom, and collapsible front and rear walls. Further, the collapsible container comprises sidewalls mounted to the front wall and the rear wall. Each of the sidewalls comprises a rail. Additionally, the collapsible container comprises an elongated rod slidable along the rails. The collapsible container comprises a top cover mounted to the rear wall. The top cover comprises a hook and an electronic keypad electronically mounted to the hook. The front wall and the rear wall are collapsed and the sidewalls and the top cover are placed over the front wall and the rear wall to form a flat structure such that the collapsible container can be used as a floor mat. The collapsible container provides an efficient and easy to use method for a user to secure delivery packages to their front porch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Inventor: Roberto Izquierdo
  • Patent number: 11447289
    Abstract: A collapsible container includes rigid sidewalls and end walls that are hinged together and a rigid bottom wall that is hinged to one of the sidewalls. A short leg on an end of each of the sidewalls gives the sidewall a L-shape (when viewed from above). Hinges formed on distal ends of the legs enable the bottom wall to fold against an inboard surface of one of the sidewalls, and enable one of the end walls to lie flat to conserve volume for shipping multiple containers in the collapsed configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Kaushal Mehta, Travis James Englert, Sydney Ogawa Garcia, Suzanne Clark Ward
  • Patent number: 11420789
    Abstract: A pallet includes a cover plate configured to accommodate articles, and at least two runners arranged underneath the cover plate, each runner including a runner standing surface, wherein each runner standing surface is subdivided centrally of each runner transversely thereto at a dividing plane and into at least two separate runner elements including a first runner element and a second runner element which, in the mounted position, combine to form the runner standing surface, and wherein each runner element includes an elongated reinforcing element which is held at a first end remote from the dividing plane by a stop in the first runner element and is held at a second end by the second runner element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: Schoeller Allibert GmbH
    Inventors: Jan Vinke, Patrick Breukers
  • Patent number: 11389943
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a base portion, a workbench, and a compartment system. The base portion includes a first side, a second side, and an opening between the first side and the second side, the opening being sized to accommodate a lift to elevate the apparatus and move the apparatus from a first location to a second location. The workbench portion is disposed on an opposite end of the apparatus as the base portion, the workbench portion including a first side and a second side. The compartment system is disposed between the base portion and the workbench portion and comprising a plurality of support members coupled to the first side of the base portion and second side of the workbench portion. The compartment system further comprises at least one of a vertical divider and a horizonal divider to accommodate a worksite equipment. The plurality of support members support the workbench portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: One Pass Innovators, LLC
    Inventor: Ryan DeWind
  • Patent number: 11382445
    Abstract: Illustrative embodiments of systems and methods for protecting delivered packages from being stolen are disclosed. The invention described a portable drop box in which to place a delivered package that is weather-proof box and which has sides, a bottom, and a top that includes a lid for easy access to the contents of the box. The box is further collapsible or foldable for easy storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Inventor: Randy Quastad
  • Patent number: 11377844
    Abstract: A collapsible dwelling includes a front wall assembly, a rear wall assembly, opposed sidewall assemblies, a roof assembly and a floor assembly. The wall assemblies are collapsible to be received between the floor assembly and the roof assembly, and at least one of the roof assembly and the floor assembly defines at least one recess, the, or each, recess being dimensioned to receive an appliance that is mounted on one of the wall assemblies when that wall assembly is in a collapsed configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Inventor: Matt James Clifton
  • Patent number: 11374386
    Abstract: A foldable extension enclosure for a utility enclosure, each having first, second, third, and fourth sides connected by hinges and each folding only in one direction by means of detents on the sides. A first end of the first side slidably overlaps a second opposite end of the third side and a first end of the second side slidably overlaps a second opposite end of the fourth side. There is an internal top ledge on each side in an interior near a top end of the extension enclosure and the utility enclosure and an external bottom ledge on each side on an exterior near a bottom end of the extension enclosure, to mount the extension enclosure to the utility enclosure with concave and convex detents. Convex detents are at the top end of the utility and extension enclosures and concave detents are at the bottom end of the extension enclosure. The convex detents also reversibly lock a lid to the tops of the utility and extension enclosures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: AFL Telecommunications LLC
    Inventors: Dustin Kyle Nolen, Raymond George Thompson, Selvum Pillay
  • Patent number: 11311132
    Abstract: A package-receiving container includes: a receptacle portion; a lid portion coupled to the receptacle portion and configured to control access to a receptacle volume associated with the receptacle portion; and a tether coupled to the receptacle portion, the lid portion, or a combination thereof; wherein: the tether is configured to engage at least one of: a door and a door jamb; and the package-receiving container is configured to receive a package within the receptacle volume. The package-receiving container may further include electronics features for smart home integration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Inventor: Ahmad Eivaz
  • Patent number: 11254492
    Abstract: The present invention provides a collapsible intermodal container stacker, comprising: a stationary section and a movable section disposed adjacent the stationary section. The stationary section comprises: a substantially upright planar face part; and a side wall securing device configured to operatively connect to a first side wall of a collapsible intermodal container and to secure the first side wall in use against or with respect to the planar face part. The movable section comprises: a track extending substantially perpendicular to the planar face part; a carriage engaged with and movable along the track, the carriage being configured to attach to a second side wall of the collapsible intermodal container in use; and a lower wall moving device configured to operatively connect to a lower wall of the collapsible intermodal container and to move the lower wall in use such that the lower wall pivots upwards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: SPECTAINER PTY LIMITED
    Inventors: Nicholas Oliver Press, Robert Bruce Tiller, Stephen Richard Hill, Daniel Graham Salmon, Lior Hershkovitz
  • Patent number: 11246443
    Abstract: A secure containing device with an adjustable volume for receiving and safeguarding items includes a bag, a rear cover, a mounting element connected to opposite sides of the bag, a lock assembly on the rear cover and protruding toward the mounting element, and an active element overlapping with the mounting element. When the mounting element moves to a closed position, the bag is compressed. When the mounting element moves to an unfolded position away from the rear cover, the bag presents a containing space. When the mounting element is in the unfolded position, the active element is movable and rotatable relative to the mounting element to cover a top of the bag and engage with the lock assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: NANNING FUGUI PRECISION INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Zhi-Ming Lin
  • Patent number: 11235921
    Abstract: A collapsible intermodal container includes first and second opposing side walls, the first side wall extending substantially parallel to the second side wall. Each of the first and second side walls having a lower end portion and an upper end portion. An upper wall is hingedly attached to the upper end portion of the first side wall, and a lower wall is hingedly attached to the lower end portion of the second side wall. In an erected configuration of the container, the upper wall extends from the upper end portion of the first side wall to the upper end portion of the second side wall, and the lower wall extends from the lower end portion of the second side wall to the lower end portion of the first side wall, such that the first and second side walls are spaced apart by a first distance to define an interior for storing goods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: SPECTAINER PTY LIMITED
    Inventors: Nicholas Oliver Press, Robert Bruce Tiller, Stephen Richard Hill, Daniel Graham Salmon, Lior Hershkovitz
  • Patent number: 11214401
    Abstract: A welded steel rack has angular protrusions on the top that engage matching recesses on the bottom for stacking, and has offset front posts that form a flue gap when arranged side-by-side. A deck is perforated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: James Doreā€² Emmitt, Peter A. Grant, Sriram Radhakrishnan, Jeffrey Stephen Rebmann
  • Patent number: 11203479
    Abstract: A collapsible container includes a base having a base wall with a plurality of support surfaces separated by a longitudinal drainage channel and a plurality of lateral drainage channels intersecting the longitudinal drainage channel. The drainage channels are lower than the support surfaces. The base wall does not include any openings therethrough, so the drainage channels retain fluid leaking from products or packages in the container. The base may further include a plurality of troughs proximate edges of the base. The plurality of troughs are lower than the drainage channels. Walls are pivotably mounted to the base and are pivotable between an upright position and a collapsed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: Rehrig Pacific Company
    Inventors: William P. Apps, Jon P. Hassell, Travis James Englert
  • Patent number: 11186984
    Abstract: A flooring system that folds up to form a large crate. This crate can be used to hold constructions materials for the building to be built on the floor. The crate is designed to be placed on a foundation. The crate is placed on top of the foundation in the center, perpendicular to beams that make up part of the foundation. Once the base is in place on the beams the crate is unfolded and a flat floor is achieved. All of the pieces of the crate have the flanges that fit onto the beams. They can then be fastened to the beams to secure them in place. The system uses a unique hinge and locking system. At the edges of the sides of each floor panel of the crate are torque tubes that support a cam link and a cam arm that are used to fold and unfold the floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Inventor: Stephen C. Webb
  • Patent number: 11178848
    Abstract: An improved pet birthing box for animals having a clear enclosure structured and arranged to prevent accidental smothering of puppies by their mothers suitable for use in early life to keep pets contained and safe due to the sides of the box to be erected quickly to mimic a natural den shape thereby aiding puppies get moving faster while being able to be folded down flat for quick storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Inventors: Brittney Newman, Billy Vitale
  • Patent number: 11161686
    Abstract: A collapsible intermodal container includes first and second opposing parallel side walls, and an upper wall and a lower wall. The container has an erected configuration in which the upper wall extends from an upper end portion of the first side wall to an upper end portion of the second side wall, and the lower wall extends from a lower end portion of the second side wall to a lower end portion of the first side wall. In a collapsed configuration, the upper wall extends downwardly from the upper end portion of the first side wall to the lower end portion of the first side wall, and the lower wall extends upwardly from the lower end portion of the second side wall to the upper end portion of the second side wall. Front and rear end assemblies close front and rear ends of the container in the erected configuration and are engageable with the second side wall to secure the first side wall with respect to the second side wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: Spectainer Pty Limited
    Inventors: Nicholas Oliver Press, Robert Bruce Tiller, Stephen Richard Hill, Daniel Graham Salmon, Lior Hershkovitz
  • Patent number: 11136818
    Abstract: Described is a pallet including a base having a length extending between a first end and a second end opposite the first end and a width transverse to the length; and a cage removably coupled to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Inventor: Peter Zwierzykowski
  • Patent number: 11116345
    Abstract: A device having a front, top, bottom and side panel components, in which each panel includes a front panel mesh and a surrounding bar portion, wherein said surrounding bar portion is configured to support said front panel mesh, a first locking mechanism, a second locking mechanism, a back support panel component configured to be operable for mounting onto a wall with screws, and a hinge mechanism, wherein said hinge mechanism is configured to be operable for allowing the device to be folded or collapsed when not in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Inventor: Sanjeevkumar Killikulangara Sankaran
  • Patent number: 11117707
    Abstract: Provided is a foldable box having a left part and a right part, the left and right parts which include a pair of left auxiliary plates and a pair of right auxiliary plates, respectively, and most of which is made of a hard material, and therefore, it is possible to protect an item stored therein from an external impact and easily fold or unfold the foldable box, thereby maximizing convenience of storage and use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Inventors: Jae Ho Song, Won Seok Song, Bo Kyoung Song
  • Patent number: 11116174
    Abstract: A collapsible pet crate is provided that includes a top; a bottom base; and a plurality of walls including a first wall pair. The first wall pair includes a first wall pivotably connected to the bottom base for pivoting about a first horizontal axis and a second wall pivotably connected to the first wall for pivoting about a first vertical axis. The collapsible pet crate being configured for arrangement in a crating orientation in which the top is removably connected to at least one of the walls and a collapsed orientation in which the top is removably connected to the bottom base. A method of providing a collapsible pet crate is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Inventor: Amy Kim
  • Patent number: 11091291
    Abstract: A foldable box includes a floor, two longitudinal-side and transverse-side exterior walls, and two lock elements having integrated rim areas. The longitudinal-side exterior walls extend a rim area at their free ends, respectively. The lock elements are arranged, at a free end of the transverse-side exterior walls, such that the integrated rim areas of the two lock elements of the transverse-side exterior walls and the two rim areas of the longitudinal-side exterior walls together form the rim of the foldable box in the folded-open state. The two lock elements of the transverse-side exterior walls are mounted to be moveable in relation to the transverse-side exterior walls to form a locking mechanism, wherein the two lock elements may be transferred from a respective locking state to a releasing state by a movement in a direction away from the floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: IFCO Systems GmbH
    Inventor: Richard Kellerer
  • Patent number: 11066802
    Abstract: A foldable extension enclosure for a utility enclosure having first, second, third, and fourth sides connected by hinges. The extension enclosure folds only in one direction. A first end of the first side slidably overlaps a second opposite end of the third side and a first end of the second side slidably overlaps a second opposite end of the fourth side. A second opposite end of the first side abuts a first end of the fourth side and a first end of the third side abuts a second opposite end of the second side. There is an internal top ledge on each side in an interior near a top end of the extension enclosure and an external bottom ledge on each side on an exterior near a bottom end of the extension enclosure to mount the extension enclosure to the utility enclosure through mounting holes. The mounting holes are in the sides between the top ledge and the top end and between the bottom ledge and the bottom end. The extension enclosure folds with the utility enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: TAN Composites, LLC
    Inventors: Dustin Kyle Nolen, Raymond George Thompson, Selvum Pillay
  • Patent number: 11040800
    Abstract: A collapsible dunnage box is provided that includes a box base and first and second opposed base sidewalls attached to the box base on opposing sides of the box. First and second opposed top sidewalls are pivotally attached to the top edge of respective ones of the base sidewalls. First and second opposed top endwalls are provided to form a box enclosure. The base endwalls are pivotally-mounted to the top endwalls and are moveable between a lowered, vertical deployed position enclosing respective ends of the box and a raised, horizontal stowed position to contain and store dunnage positioned in an upper portion of the box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Inventors: Clinton Lawrence McDade, Edward James Drummond, Mark Edward Ward
  • Patent number: 11014705
    Abstract: A collapsible container (100) has an unfolded configuration for use of the container and a folded configuration for storage of the container. The container 100 comprises a plurality of panels arranged to form a base (104a); a first side wall (104h) pivotally connected to a first edge of the base (104a) by a first flexible hinge member (108); a second side wall (104b) pivotally connected to a second edge of the base (104a) by a second flexible hinge member (108), the second edge of the base being adjacent to the first edge of the base. In the folded configuration, the first side wall (104h) lies between the base (104a) and the second side wall (104b) and the second flexible hinge member (108) is longer than the first flexible hinge member (108) so as to accommodate the first side wall (104h) between the base (104a) and the second side wall (104b).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: The Benjamin Group Limited
    Inventor: Benjamin Alex Strange
  • Patent number: 10953808
    Abstract: A vehicle utility rack with a foldable frame and floor. The frame includes a back support and two arms attached to the back support with hinges. Each arm includes a top part and a bottom part forming a track therebetween. When the arms are extended, they allow the floor to extend from a stored position to a working position. The floor includes an end support attached to the exterior end. The end support functions as a wall when the floor is in the working position. When the floor is in the stored position, the arms are locked to the back support. This allows the vehicle utility rack to remain closed, even when the vehicle is in motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Inventor: Jascen Hyatt
  • Patent number: 10912376
    Abstract: A multi-storage carrying case for storing utensils and accessories therein. The multi-storage carrying case provides a user with a device that includes a main compartment for storing large items, and a series of sub-compartments that store utensils and accessories that are commonly needed during and after eating food, including floss picks, napkins, drinking straws, and hand sanitizer, in a single, easily accessible location. The multi-storage carrying case includes an upper shell rotatably affixed to a lower shell, wherein the upper shell and the lower shell cooperatively form the enclosed main compartment in a closed configuration. The sub-compartments have a recessed area sub-flush from a lower base panel such that an open front face of each sub-compartment is positioned on a same plane as the lower base panel. Further, the lower base panel forms a divider between each of the sub-compartments to not commingle the items of the sub-compartments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Inventor: Gerald Thompson
  • Patent number: 10889247
    Abstract: Truck storage devices are adapted to convert between a storage configuration and a folded configuration. According to one example, a truck storage device may include a bottom panel with four edges forming a rectangle. The bottom panel may be movably coupled to a lower section of a back panel along a first edge of the bottom panel, a front panel along a second edge of the bottom panel opposite from the first edge, a first side panel along a third edge of the bottom panel, and a second side panel along a fourth edge of the bottom panel opposite from the third edge. A top panel may be movably coupled to an upper section of the back panel, where the upper section of the back panel is movably coupled to the lower section of the back panel. Other aspects, embodiments, and features are also included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Inventor: Brian Goldwitz
  • Patent number: 10829024
    Abstract: According to the present disclosure, a vehicle includes: a main body; a first inner side surface and a second inner side surface of the main body located in a widthwise direction of the main body; and a cooling box provided at the first inner side surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Zekai Qiu, Hironobu Kitaoka, Naoki Yamamuro, Kozo Kosho, Hiroaki Sugiyama, Makoto Ikegami
  • Patent number: 10786103
    Abstract: An example collapsible secured parcel drop box is disclosed and includes a plurality of side panels defining an interior space, a back panel secured to the side panels, a lid movable between open and closed positions over the interior space and a lock assembly disposed on the lid for locking the lid in position to prevent opening of the lid. The disclosed example drop box also includes a bracket temporarily securing the parcel drop box to a fixed structure and an anti-rotation bracket to maintain a fixed position of the drop box relative to the fixed structure. The drop box collapsible for storage and removable from the door when not required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Inventor: Soo Teoh