Handle Is Of One-piece Construction With A Container Patents (Class 220/771)
  • Patent number: 10336262
    Abstract: A seating assembly comprises a lower seating assembly having a lower surface displaced above a floor pan, a mounting bracket operably coupling a forward edge of the lower seating assembly to the floor pan, and a storage bin comprising a horizontally disposed frame member disposed between the lower surface and the floor pan, wherein the storage bin, the floor pan, and the lower surface define an enclosure below the lower seating assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin Mozurkewich, Murtatha Zalzala, Nicholas Salenbien, Ammeswara Rao Sajja, Ken Liao
  • Patent number: 10266000
    Abstract: An improved pail container includes a container body that includes an opening and a chamber that is configured to receive and hold, e.g., a liquid, and, a lid that is removably attachable to the container body; wherein the container body may include a base defining a bottom of the container body and a sidewall that is configured to project upward from the base and form the opening; wherein the base and the sidewall include the chamber; and wherein the container body includes at least one cavity for a user to hold the pail container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: NOVA WILDCAT SHUR-LINE LLC
    Inventors: Garry Fee, John Morphey
  • Patent number: 9669959
    Abstract: An exemplary container for storing and transporting materials is disclosed. In various embodiments, the exemplary container includes one or more handles for assisting a user with lifting the exemplary container and/or controlling the exemplary container when pouring the exemplary container's contents. The one or more handles, in particular embodiments, are designed for minimum interference with other similar containers during transport. In some embodiments, certain handles are recessed within a cavity of a sidewall of the exemplary container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: BWAY Corporation
    Inventor: Frano Luburic
  • Patent number: 9655464
    Abstract: A serving tray configured to hold fresh baked pizza and hot-served food items in a prolonged hot and crispy state. The tray comprises a circular ventilated platform made of a perforated inner region surrounded by a solid rim. Stand-off dividers form a plurality of segregated breathing chambers below the ventilated platform. The stand-off dividers guide moisture vapor from the hot baked food item through the ventilated platform and toward a cool remote surface where the water vapors condense. External air drafts are obstructed by the stand-off dividers. The stand-off dividers include one annular riser divider and two internal cross-brace dividers that together form four sector-shaped breathing chambers. A flat handle extends between the two cross-brace dividers inside the annular riser divider. As slices of pizza are removed, the remaining portions of pizza on the tray stay hot and crispy as radiated heat is reflected within the still breathing chambers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Union Joints
    Inventor: Aaron Cozadd
  • Patent number: 9586723
    Abstract: The gas can includes a contoured handle that is molded out of a base portion of the gas can so as to aid in manipulating the gas can. The gas can includes a level window along a side of the gas can to indicate the volume of the contents of the gas can. The gas can also includes a base portion that provides for a glove storage compartment. The glove storage compartment extends across a width of the gas can. A plug is provided to seal the glove storage compartment in order to access and retrieve a glove there from. The gas can includes a spout on a first top surface. The gas can includes a molded handle on a second top surface. The molded handle includes a clip hole as well as a bungi cord hole. The sides of the gas can may include a reflective decal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Inventor: Harry G. Touw
  • Patent number: 9498084
    Abstract: Cookware formed from carbon steel having a handle comprising two tangs cut from a peripheral flange surrounding a formed body of the cookware, such as a fry pan, wherein end portions of the tangs are integral with the formed body, the tangs being bent to form the handle configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: All-Clad Metalcrafters LLC
    Inventors: William A. Groll, John Watkins
  • Patent number: 9365346
    Abstract: A roll-out waste bin includes a retention bar that is held in place on the bin by a pair of retention bar housings. A rib in one of the retention bar housings engages one end of the retention bar and a protrusion on the other end of the retention bar and exterior to both of the retention bars housings positions the retention bar. In another embodiment, protrusions on both ends of the retention bar allow elimination of the rib. In yet another embodiment, multiple protrusions on one end of the retention bar allow positioning of the retention bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Schaefer Systems International, Inc.
    Inventors: Clinton Lawrence McDade, Michael Daniel Lewis
  • Patent number: 9060629
    Abstract: The tea cup (1) of the invention is used with a pocket (2) that includes a sieve (3) for tea material. The tea cup (1) has a functional shape achieved with two bottom sides (6,7) enabling the tea cup (1) to be placed in two different positions. The pocket (2) is designed so that it forms a tea compartment (4), which is attached to the inner wall (5) of the cup (1). The tea compartment (4) is integrally or detachably inserted in the tea compartment (4) at the upper part of the cup (1) on the same side as one of the bottom sides (6). This arrangement enables the tea compartment (4) to be on vertically different levels with respect to a water surface (or a tea surface) (11) in the cup (1) when the tea cup (1) is tilted in said different positions constituting a tea-making position and a drinking position in order to make tea of sufficient strength. The placement of the tea compartment (4) thus enables a functionality with respect to these positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Inventor: Laura Bougdanos
  • Patent number: 9038826
    Abstract: A stackable cup having a rigid handle with an open top, the open top shaped and dimensioned to receive a complementary handle of a stackable cup of the like such that one or more cups may be angularly stacked, the cup having a lip projecting from the open top and extending outwardly to a circular rim, which in turn extends downwardly to define the drinking cup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Inventor: Marco David Cocci
  • Publication number: 20150136779
    Abstract: Containers are disclosed herein that include a reservoir, a handle disposed on the reservoir at an angle defined by a grip axis. The handle is configured for a single grip position and having a midpoint that coincides with a midpoint of a user's grip when the handle is gripped by a user. A first center of gravity coincident with a resting axis is substantially perpendicular to the bottom wall when the bottom wall is placed on a horizontal surface. A second center of gravity coincident with a carrying axis is substantially perpendicular to the grip axis when the container is carried by the handle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: Simon M. Conway, Linda J. Babinski
  • Publication number: 20150102004
    Abstract: A glass container in the form of a growler is provided with a re-sealable roll-on closure. An improved construction is provided for the container enabling it to handle higher pressures in which minimum glass wall thicknesses are optimized to provide necessary strength for the container, yet the construction conserves amounts of glass used. In a preferred embodiment, the container is capable of holding a 64 oz beverage, and the container includes a re-sealable roll-on 38 mm closure with a capacity to hold up to 3.00 v/v CO2 pressure at 145° F. A minimum glass wall thickness along a sidewall of the container starting from a mid-neck down to a heel portion of the container is 2.5 mm. An integral glass handle is provided with a minimum break strength of 170 pounds. In a preferred embodiment, the container has a maximum to minimum sidewall thickness ratio of approximately 2:1 and a base thickness ratio of approximately 1.5:1.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Jason M. Kelly, Scott Pridemore
  • Patent number: 9004282
    Abstract: A nestable container and lid are provided. A first container may be received by a second container such that the first container nests in the second container. The lid of the first container is also nestable in the open lid of the second container when the lids of the first container and the second container are opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Inventor: William Van Ness
  • Patent number: 8978911
    Abstract: Container having a helical grip translating down the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Brian Lee Floyd, Philip Edwin Hague, Jason Craig Campbell
  • Patent number: 8925758
    Abstract: The invention relates to a container for refrigerated goods. The container includes a body part and a front part coupled to the body part. The front part is formed by a pair of side pieces and at least one central piece extending to and connected to the side pieces. The central piece has a constant cross-sectional shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: BSH Bosch and Siemens Hausgerate GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Benz, Jürgen Fink, Christine Linke
  • Publication number: 20140374426
    Abstract: A blow moulded plastics container for storing liquid (e.g., milk) has a body with a central axis intended to be generally vertical during storage. A part line of the container bisects an integral handle on the body. The body defines a footprint having a width which is greater in a middle region than at either longitudinal end of the footprint. The body has opposing side surfaces extending in a direction at least generally aligned with the part line of the container and forming part of the footprint. In one embodiment, the footprint is longer than it is wide and is asymmetrical about a transverse axis extending in a direction perpendicular to said part line. This reduces thinning effects associated with blowing a parison in a mould cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventor: Andrew Glover
  • Publication number: 20140361026
    Abstract: Example embodiments of the present invention include improved bucket designs that have one or more handles located toward a base portion of a bucket. For example, the bucket can include a body portion that defines an interior portion of the bucket. In addition, the bucket can include a base portion below the body portion of the bucket. Further, the bucket can include one or more voids located in the base portion that form a handle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventor: Zac Carnesecca
  • Patent number: 8851312
    Abstract: Pinhole detection is achieved when pinholes happen to develop near stoppers used to fit a handle. A biaxially drawn synthetic resin bottle has a recessed portion, and a synthetic resin handle, fitted in an undercut engagement to the recessed portion by insert molding. The handle comprises upper and lower fitting arms disposed at a grip in a vertically long plate shape. Both arms extend forward from the grip. A stopper extends upward from a front end of the upper fitting arm, and a stopper extends upward and/or downward from a front end of the lower fitting arm. A ridge or groove is formed extending rearward of a stopper of either arm, along a top surface of the upper fitting arm or along a top surface and/or an underside surface of the lower fitting arm. A connecting passage for air release is formed along the ridge/groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Yoshino Kogyosho Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Junichi Itokawa, Yoshinori Matsuo, Takao Iizuka
  • Publication number: 20140263383
    Abstract: A container for storing and dispensing liquids, with at least one stacking feature, a dispenser to dispense liquid contained in the container, a handle for carrying the container, an angle (?) which is the angle between a line (DD?) perpendicular to a reference lifting plane (Lp) cutting through the handle and a line parallel to a vertical of the container in a filling orientation, and a tilt angle (B) which is the angle between the line (DD?) and a line going through a location of a center of gravity of the filled container in the direction of a weight force of the container. When the container is in a filling orientation the tilt angle (B) and the angle (?) coincide, while when the container is lifted perpendicular to the lifting plane (Lp), the tilt angle (B) is substantially zero.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: McCormick & Company, Incorporated
    Inventors: Thomas Koll Porter GIESKE, David A. Rainey, Donald H. Ankney
  • Patent number: 8727152
    Abstract: A container may employ an upper portion defining a mouth, a shoulder portion formed with the upper portion and extending away from the upper portion, a bottom portion forming a base, a sidewall extending between and joining the shoulder portion and the bottom portion, and a plurality of smooth surfaced vacuum panels formed in the sidewall, which may be separated by one or more strengthening grooves. The vacuum panels and/or the container in a profile view may form an hourglass shape. The container may also employ a sidewall utilizing three smooth, grooveless, vacuum panels, which may form a triangle in cross-section. The vacuum panels may be concave inward toward a central vertical axis of the container and have an hourglass shape when the container is viewed in a side view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Amcor Limited
    Inventors: Walter J. Strasser, Bradley S. Philip, Richard J. Steih, Richard K. Rangler, Brad Caszatt, John B. Simon
  • Patent number: 8708191
    Abstract: A method of making and transporting a container with a carrying handle and a container with a carrying handle therefor. The abstract of the disclosure is submitted herewith as required by 37 C.F.R. §1.72(b). As stated in 37 C.F.R. §1.72(b): A brief abstract of the technical disclosure in the specification must commence on a separate sheet, preferably following the claims, under the heading “Abstract of the Disclosure.” The purpose of the abstract is to enable the Patent and Trademark Office and the public generally to determine quickly from a cursory inspection the nature and gist of the technical disclosure. The abstract shall not be used for interpreting the scope of the claims. Therefore, any statements made relating to the abstract are not intended to limit the claims in any manner and should not be interpreted as limiting the claims in any manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Axel Rose, Roger Kesting, Jörg Syring, Ludger Pauls
  • Patent number: 8690006
    Abstract: A beverage container having a tilted groove at or near the bottom of the bowl or reservoir of the container. The groove, of substantially uniform depth and shape, encircles the entire circumference of the reservoir, and is inclined at a preselected acute angle with respect to the bottom thereof for enhancing the drinker's grip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Franmara, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank P. Chiorazzi, Frank O. Chiorazzi
  • Patent number: 8678215
    Abstract: A container for containing a flowable substance includes a container body, a substantially elliptical opening in the container body, and a resealable closure affixed over the opening. The container body defines an internal cavity that is adapted to contain the flowable substance therein. The opening is adapted to allow the flowable substance to flow therethrough. The resealable closure is adjustable between an open position, where the flowable substance can flow through the opening, and a closed position, where the closure obstructs the opening to prevent the flowable substance from flowing through the opening. When the closure is in the open position and the container is substantially filled with the flowable substance, the flowable substance can flow through the opening without interrupting airflow through the opening when the container is tilted over a range of tilt angles of approximately 35 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Tropicana Products, Inc.
    Inventors: John Steiger, Machelle D. Stockwell
  • Patent number: 8584856
    Abstract: Containers for containing a laundry product, having a helical grip translating down the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Brian Lee Floyd, Philip Edwin Hague, Jason Craig Campbell
  • Patent number: 8579145
    Abstract: There is provided an infant feeding bowl comprising a bowl container defining an inner bowl surface, an outer bowl surface and a bowl rim; and projecting away from said bowl rim, a bowl handle defining an arc form handle rim. The bowl handle includes a lamellar portion that extends from said handle rim to the bowl rim and provided to the lamellar portion, a thumbhole arranged for receipt of the user's thumb in use. The thumbhole is arranged symmetrically about a chord axis extending from the arc form handle rim to the bowl rim.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Brother Max Limited
    Inventors: Jonathan Morris Gold, Daniel Jason Tyler
  • Patent number: 8567625
    Abstract: A synthetic resin container including a mouth part 2, a shoulder part 3, a trunk part 4 and a bottom part 5, wherein the trunk part 4 has rectangular cylindrical parts 41 and 42, and a round cylindrical part 43 which is formed by narrowing into a cylindrical shape a region between the upper rectangular cylindrical part 41 positioned near the shoulder part 3 and the lower rectangular cylindrical part 42 positioned near the bottom part 5 side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Toyo Seikan Kaisha, Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshinori Nemoto
  • Patent number: 8550285
    Abstract: A hand-held vessel has a bottom wall, a sidewall and a supportive strap attached to the bottom wall and the sidewall. The bottom wall and sidewall have an inner and outer surface. The sidewall extends from the bottom wall, whereby the inner surfaces of the bottom wall and sidewall define a cavity for holding fluids or loose materials therein. The strap has a first end and a second end, whereby the first end is fixedly attached to the sidewall and the second end is selectively secured to the bottom wall. The strap is adaptable to accept a user's hand disposed between the strap and the outer surface of the sidewall. The strap urges the hand against the outer surface of the sidewall to secure the vessel to the hand and stabilize the vessel with respect to movement relative to the hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Bercom International, LLC
    Inventors: Mark W. Bergman, Matthew V. Leyden, Jeffrey B. Waffensmith
  • Patent number: 8528772
    Abstract: A rectangular container has a child resistant lid assembly wherein the rectangular closure is provided with an opening. The child lid assembly is preferably removably mounted on the closure to close the opening and is preferably positioned during shipment and storage to be substantially planar with the closure. The side walls of the container may be tapered to facilitate nesting with a similar container. The locking mechanism on the closure engages an exterior portion of the lid, such as at least one of a plurality of teeth in a locked configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Inventor: Glenn H. Morris, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8517195
    Abstract: A method of producing a plastics milk container involves blow molding a parison in a mold tool configured to produce a container having a body with a handle eye which defines a central axis extending in a first direction through the body, and a footprint with a longitudinal axis extending in a direction perpendicular to the first direction. The footprint defines four major sides and four major corner regions, each corner region arranged between a respective two of the major sides. The longitudinal axis extends through a center point of the footprint, and the maximum radial extent of the footprint from the center point is greatest where the footprint intersects the longitudinal axis, corresponding to the location of two of the corner regions, so that the extent of parison stretch away from the mold tool split line is less than the extent of parison stretch along the split line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Nampak Plastics Europe Limited
    Inventor: Andrew Glover
  • Publication number: 20130146616
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a container having a hollow shell defining a body with a dispensing aperture, and a bag within the shell, the open end of the bag extending through the dispensing aperture and being secured with respect to the outside of the shell. The bag is made from a material suitable for containing the intended contents of the container. The shell may be formed from a material that would not be suitable for containing the intended contents of the container alone. The shell may be formed from a biodegradable material, such as wood or paper pulp. The bag may be separated from the main body of the container to allow for separate disposal. The container may be sealed by providing a spout through which the contents of the container are to be dispensed, and by folding the spout over to create a nip which seals the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Publication date: June 13, 2013
    Applicant: GreenBottle Limited
    Inventor: Martin Myerscough
  • Publication number: 20130146617
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a container having a hollow shell defining a body with a dispensing aperture, and a bag within the shell, the open end of the bag extending through the dispensing aperture and being secured with respect to the outside of the shell. The bag is made from a material suitable for containing the intended contents of the container. The shell may be formed from a material that would not be suitable for containing the intended contents of the container alone. The shell may be formed from a biodegradable material, such as wood or paper pulp. The bag may be separated from the main body of the container to allow for separate disposal. The container may be sealed by providing a spout through which the contents of the container are to be dispensed, and by folding the spout over to create a nip which seals the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Publication date: June 13, 2013
    Applicant: GreenBottle Limited
    Inventor: Martin Myerscough
  • Patent number: 8459479
    Abstract: A molded plastic container is shaped so as to resist deformation as a result of compressive forces that may be applied by the consumer during use. The container includes a pair of recessed grip portions that are molded into forward and rearward sides of the container and an outer handle portion. Reinforcing ribs are integrally molded into the forward and rearward sidewalls of the container in areas that are substantially adjacent to the recessed grip portions in order to provide additional crush resistance as the container is squeezed. Additionally, a torsional reinforcement rib is integrated into an upper side portion of the container in order to resist deformation of the container and the pouring opening of the container during pouring. The torsional reinforcement rib is integral with the two reinforcing ribs, which provides additional strength and pouring stability to the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Graham Packaging Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Sheldon E. Yourist
  • Publication number: 20130140326
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a container having a hollow shell defining a body with a dispensing aperture, and a bag within the shell, the open end of the bag extending through the dispensing aperture and being secured with respect to the outside of the shell. The bag is made from a material suitable for containing the intended contents of the container. The shell may be formed from a material that would not be suitable for containing the intended contents of the container alone. The shell may be formed from a biodegradable material, such as wood or paper pulp. The bag may be separated from the main body of the container to allow for separate disposal. The container may be sealed by providing a spout through which the contents of the container are to be dispensed, and by folding the spout over to create a nip which seals the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Applicant: GreenBottle Liminted
    Inventor: Martin Myerscough
  • Publication number: 20130140325
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a container having a hollow shell defining a body with a dispensing aperture, and a bag within the shell, the open end of the bag extending through the dispensing aperture and being secured with respect to the outside of the shell. The bag is made from a material suitable for containing the intended contents of the container. The shell may be formed from a material that would not be suitable for containing the intended contents of the container alone. The shell may be formed from a biodegradable material, such as wood or paper pulp. The bag may be separated from the main body of the container to allow for separate disposal. The container may be sealed by providing a spout through which the contents of the container are to be dispensed, and by folding the spout over to create a nip which seals the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Applicant: GreenBottle Limited
    Inventor: Martin Myerscough
  • Patent number: 8444000
    Abstract: A paint tray includes a cavity defined by a bottom wall, a first side wall, a second side wall, a first end wall, and a second sloping end wall. Each of the first side wall, second side wall, first end wall, and second sloping end wall inclines upwardly and outwardly from the bottom wall. The cavity terminates at a top edge. The paint tray also includes a top tray rim adjacent the top edge of the cavity, a perimeter rim that inclines downwardly and outwardly from the top tray rim, a handle disposed at an edge of the perimeter rim proximate each end wall, and a leg panel extending downwardly and outwardly from each of a first side and a second side of the perimeter rim proximate the second sloping end wall. The leg panel has a bottom edge that is co-planar with the bottom wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Bercom International, LLC
    Inventors: Mark W. Bergman, Christopher M. Bergman, Matthew V. Leyden, Jeffrey B. Waffensmith, Jeffrey T. Given
  • Patent number: 8365939
    Abstract: A packing that includes a bottle and/or a bottle and box combination wherein the container may have a first handle portion, a second handle portion, and a bottom grip portion. The first handle portion can extend in a front to back direction and the second handle portion can extend in a transverse direction to the first handle portion. The bottom grip may include a protrusion and recess on the bottom of the container. The box can be configured to have openings to provide access to the first and second handle portions such that the container need not be removed from the box to utilize the contents contained therein. The box may also include a bottom opening and a push-up portion to provide access to the bottom grip portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: RING Container Technologies
    Inventors: Douglas M. Dygert, Daniel W. Gamber, Eugene E. Kuhar, Gary W. Price
  • Patent number: 8322563
    Abstract: There is provided an infant drinking cup (1) comprising a cup-shaped container (10) having a base from which upwardly extends side walling (14), which side walling (14) defines a mouth of said cup-shaped container. The side walling (14) centers about an axis that extends at an angle from normal to the container base (12) such that the cup-shaped container (10) has a leaning form. The cup-shaped container is provided with one or more handles (30) extending from a lower portion of the cup-shaped container (10) to an upper portion thereof such that said one or handles (30) support the cup-shaped container (10) to prevent accidental tipping over thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Brother Max Limited
    Inventors: Jonathan Morris Gold, Daniel Jason Tyler
  • Patent number: 8313005
    Abstract: A plastic container for a particulate product includes a base and a surrounding wall member upstanding therefrom which generally define a container main interior volume. A top connects to the surrounding wall member and includes a large opening sufficient to receive about a 5 inch cylinder therethrough. The surrounding wall member includes a pair of pinch pockets having a lateral opening separation W which is not greater than about 2.5 inches and/or a lateral minimum separation C of not greater than about 2.0. In some embodiment, a thumb receiving cavity is provided above the pinch pockets. The pinch pockets are configured and sized for easy grasping and holding of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Kraft Foods Global Brands, LLC
    Inventor: Leonard S. Scarola
  • Patent number: 8286815
    Abstract: A package includes a container having a closed bottom, an open top having an outwardly extending flange, and a body having an enclosed generally cylindrical perimeter surrounding a longitudinal axis between the bottom and the top. The body can include an opposed pair of longitudinally extending inward protrusions forming a graspable handle dividing the body into a front label surface occupying at least 180° of the body and a back label surface smaller than the front label surface. Each inward protrusion can include a plurality of longitudinal ridges on a forwardly facing surface to facilitate single handed grasping of the package. A plurality of circumferential ribs can be situated between an upper end of the inward protrusions and the outwardly extending flange to preserve the package shape during storage on commercial food storage racks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Amcor Rigid Plastic USA, Inc.
    Inventors: George A. Thierjung, James C. Gratke
  • Patent number: 8272531
    Abstract: A set of handles is provided for gripping a first cooking culinary article that includes a first container, and a second cooking culinary article that includes a second container. These containers can be stacked in a stationary stacked position. Each handle includes a stud and/or a housing defined at least partly by a hollow zone of the handle, and a locking protrusion adapted to engage a reception zone and/or a reception zone adapted to engage a locking protrusion. The housing and/or stud of the first handle can engage with the housing and/or stud of the second handle for holding the containers superimposed in the stationary stacked position in which the first container does not contact the second container. The locking protrusion and/or reception zone of the first handle can engage with the locking protrusion and/or reception zone of the second handle, with the locking protrusion located along a vertical wall of the stud, and the reception zone located along a vertical wall of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: SEB SA
    Inventors: Pascal Cuillery, Stéphane Plichon, Guy Magnouloux, Jean-Francois Brasset
  • Publication number: 20120228319
    Abstract: A unitary blank is configured to be assembled into a portable carrier. The unitary blank includes a bottom panel, a plurality of side panels connected with the bottom panel, and a top panel connected with one of the side panels. The unitary blank also includes a carrier divider panel connected with one of the side panels. The carrier divider panel includes perforations such that the carrier divider panel is detachable from the side panel and configured to be inserted into an interior of the portable carrier formed by the bottom panel, the plurality of side panels, and the top panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2011
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Inventors: Matthew R. Cook, Thomas Fu, Kurt M. Wolf
  • Patent number: 8196772
    Abstract: The invention comprises a disposable beverage cup that comprises a ledge between the cup's rim and the grasping portion of the cup that is commonly held in the user's hand. The ledge, which comprises a curb, a horizontal plane, and one or more indentations, acts as a barrier between the user's hand and other objects, preventing a lid that has been press fit onto the cup's rim from being dislodged. In order to remove the lid, the user must insert a finger and/or thumb into the indentation(s) and press upward on the lid. The cup has a contour between the ledge and the grasping portion with ergonomic features to increase the user's comfort in handling the cup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Inventors: Richard Joseph Leon, David W. McGinnis
  • Patent number: 8186529
    Abstract: A pressure resistant thermoplastic container. The container may include a sidewall and a number of indentations formed in the sidewall. One or more of the indentations may include one or more reinforcements formed therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Malcolm Kinmont, Tracey M. Momany, Robert J. Groll
  • Patent number: 8162169
    Abstract: A paint tray includes a cavity defined by a bottom wall, a first side wall, a second side wall, a first end wall, and a second sloping end wall. Each of the first side wall, second side wall, first end wall, and second sloping end wall inclines upwardly and outwardly from the bottom wall. The cavity terminates at a top edge. The paint tray also includes a top tray rim adjacent the top edge of the cavity, a perimeter rim that inclines downwardly and outwardly from the top tray rim, a handle disposed at an edge of the perimeter rim proximate each end wall, and a leg panel extending downwardly and outwardly from each of a first side and a second side of the perimeter rim proximate the second sloping end wall. The leg panel has a bottom edge that is co-planar with the bottom wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Bercom International, LLC
    Inventors: Mark W. Bergman, Christopher M. Bergman, Matthew V. Leyden, Jeffrey B. Waffensmith, Jeffrey T. Given
  • Patent number: 8152012
    Abstract: A handle for gripping a container includes a circumferential portion and a plurality of arm portions. The circumferential portion defines an opening configured to receive therethrough, along an axis of the opening, a container such that the circumferential portion surrounds and grips the container in an interference fit therewith. A plurality of arm portions integral with the circumferential portion extend therefrom in a radial direction relative to the axis of the opening of the circumferential portion. Each of the plurality of arm portions defines an opening configured to receive therethrough one or more fingers of hand for gripping engagement of the handle by the hand, whereby the arm portion defines a handle grip for handling the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Edison Nation, LLC
    Inventor: David Nathan Berglund
  • Patent number: 8146760
    Abstract: A baby bottle comprising an asymmetrically divided lower portion continuous with a common upper portion that is attachable to a nipple assembly. The upper portion and lower portion together define a single, continuous fluid chamber. The upper portion includes an open top providing access to the fluid chamber. The lower portion comprises first and second side-by side tubular sections together defining a central opening between them and through the bottle. The central opening is sized to receive the hand of a nursing child so that each of the first and second tubular sections is alternately grippable by the child nursing from the bottle. The diameter of the first tubular section is greater than the diameter of the second tubular section so that the bottle is grippable by different sized hands, that is, by infants and toddlers of different ages and sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Inventor: Jamie S. Leach
  • Patent number: 8141733
    Abstract: A plastic beverage container that can withstand deformation by positive pressure and that can be stably stored lying on its side is provided. The beverage container for storing a product under positive pressure includes a body portion having an outer wall made of plastic, and the body portion has a symmetrical cross-sectional shape formed by a plurality of circular arcs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventor: Kenshi Matsuoka
  • Patent number: 8123059
    Abstract: A synthetic resin bottle including a body having a bottom, wherein the body is divided by a waist into an upper body portion and a lower body portion. The bottle is easily portable and operable without requiring an additional handle, etc. and has high buckling strength. The bottle has a dome-shaped upper body portion connected, with the waist in between, to the lower body portion having the bottom, a shoulder surrounding the upper end of the upper body portion, and a tubular neck part connected to the shoulder. Two depressions facing each other are arranged on the rear side of the upper body portion along its circumferential direction. The portion formed between the depressions functions as a grip, and vertical ribs are each provided on a step surface formed on the front side of each depression.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Yoshino Kogyosho Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Keiji Shimamoto, Masaaki Sasaki, Tadayori Nakayama
  • Publication number: 20120037661
    Abstract: A collapsible container and a method of using the collapsible container are provided. In one embodiment of the container, the container comprises a collapsible fold area associating a base portion with a nestable portion, the collapsible fold area being structured such that a collapsing of collapsible fold area results in disposal of at least a portion of the nestable portion within the base volume. In one embodiment of the method, the method comprises the steps of nestling the collapsed containers with one another for efficient space storage when said collapsed containers are not in use, and releasing a vacuum or applying a force to return a collapsed container to its full or expanded position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2011
    Publication date: February 16, 2012
    Inventors: Charles Ishmael Mays, III, Gregory M. Hogle, Byron Lee Sharp, Donald Harold Ankney, Brady Glen Gutekunst
  • Patent number: 8113380
    Abstract: An ergonomic serving tray with a unique design, which allows the user to lift, carry, and set down said ergonomic serving tray with a single hand, without tilting the ergonomic serving tray, comprising an ergonomic serving tray 100 equipped with at least one leg 106 that elevates the tray, allowing the user to easily insert a single hand under the ergonomic serving tray and lift it, and which is further equipped with a unique grip 108 that is ergonomically shaped to comfortably increase both the user's lifting capacity and the user's control over the ergonomic serving tray, said grip being located substantially adjacent to the center of gravity, to facilitate lifting, balancing, and carrying of the ergonomic serving tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Inventor: Dafna Goren
  • Patent number: 8109398
    Abstract: A plastic container that particularly adapted for hot-fill applications includes a bottom portion; and a sidewall portion that is unitary with the bottom portion. The sidewall portion has a maximum outer diameter, and includes first and second pairs of opposing first and second vacuum panels, respectively. At least one of the second vacuum panels includes gripping structure. The first and second vacuum panels respectively have first and second substantially constant radii of curvature as measured in a horizontal plane that are substantially constant from upper to lower ends of the vacuum panels. At least one of the second vacuum panels may be asymmetric about a central vertical axis as viewed in side elevation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignee: Graham Packaging Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Benton A. Lewis, Luis Carvallo, Justin A. Howell