Deformation By Non-coextensive Outlet Opening Patents (Class 221/63)
  • Patent number: 10231582
    Abstract: A container for wipes, and a cap for the container, having a pop-up style dispensing means positioned beneath a reclosable lid. The container may be as upright cylindrical container for perforated wipes or a rigid tub for interfolded wipes. The dispensing means comprises flexible, rubber-like material having at least one opening through which wipes are removed from the container when the lid is open, and a hard plastic backing member underneath a portion of the rubber-like material adjacent the opening through which wipes are removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Inventor: Sharmin Mehdizadeh
  • Patent number: 10086975
    Abstract: A container (100) includes a first side (101) defining an aperture (107), a second side (102), and a plurality of other sides (103,104,105). The first side, the second side, the plurality of other sides defining an interior volume (106) of the container. A plurality of gloves (110) is disposed within the interior volume such that one or more gloves may be drawn from the container through the aperture. A magnetic device (112) is proximately located with the second side. When the second side is proximately located with a ferrous object, the magnetic device magnetically couples the container to the ferrous object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Medline Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas Silkaitis
  • Patent number: 9986875
    Abstract: A container for wipes, and a cap for the container, having a pop-up style dispensing means positioned beneath a reclosable lid. The container may be an upright cylindrical container for perforated wipes or a rigid tub for interfolded wipes. The dispensing means comprises a raised member made of flexible, rubber-like material, having at least one opening through which wipes are removed when the lid is open. When the lid is closed it compresses the raised member. When the lid is released from its closed position the raised member pushes the lid open. The dispensing means may have a hard plastic backing member underneath a portion of the rubber-like material adjacent the opening through which wipes are removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Inventor: Sharmin Mehdizadeh
  • Patent number: 9975666
    Abstract: A bag container dispenser includes a bag container. The container is formed of resilient material and has a bottom, a top, first and second sides, a front, a back and a removable access panel. The access panel has a top segment that includes a portion of the top and a connected front segment. The front segment has a height that extends from the bottom to the top. Stacked bags are sized and shaped to fit within the bag container. Each of the bags has a front wall, a back wall, an open top and a closure mechanism. The bags are dispensable from the container through an opening provided by removal of the access panel which may have a removable cover. A dispenser rack has a horizontal platform sized and shaped to support the bag container. Peripheral guards extend upward from the platform and constrain movement of the container during dispensing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Inventor: Jessica Tan
  • Patent number: 9908691
    Abstract: A dispenser plate includes a plate member having an orifice centrally arranged in the plate member, the orifice including a central portion, a first channel portion having a first channel length extending radially from the central portion, and a second channel having a second channel length extending radially from the central portion, wherein the first channel length is greater than the second channel length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: GPCP IP Holdings LLC
    Inventor: Kip K. Decker
  • Patent number: 9730562
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments of a wet wipe packaging body are designed to improve use quality as to press resistance application member against front surface of wet wipe stacked body at all times when bulk of wet wipe stacked body in bag body is reduced. Exemplary embodiments of the wet wipe packaging body include an outlet port frame body for wet wipes that pulled out from an opening portion provided in a bag body. A resistance application member, which is biased in direction in which resistance is applied to the wet wipe continuous body, is provided on an outlet port side of the outlet port frame body, and lower surface side of outlet port frame body is attached on an outer surface side of bag body so as to surround an opening portion of the bag body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Inventor: Kikuo Yamada
  • Patent number: 9648964
    Abstract: A plastic cup dispensing cooler is described. Embodiments of the present invention include a cooler adapted to store and chill a plurality of plastic cups. The cooler can include a pair of spring-loaded cup dispensers with the dispensing end of the cup dispensers located on a top surface of the cooler. Typically, the spring-loaded cup dispensers can be located substantially within the cooler. To cool the plastic cups, the cooler can be filled with an ice and water mixture. The ice and water mixture can be implemented to chill the plastic cups to a temperature ranging from 34° F. to 40° F. Chilling the plastic cups can be implemented to limit waste created by foam formed from pouring a cold beverage into a substantially warmer cup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Inventor: Dan L. Morrow
  • Patent number: 9572462
    Abstract: A cover for a napkin dispenser includes an elongated dispensing aperture having a major and a minor axis. The cover also includes a pair of support members disposed on an inner surface of the cover on opposing sides of the elongated dispensing aperture. Each of the support members includes a central portion and the height of at least a portion of the central portion relative to the inner surface generally increases as a distance between the elongated dispensing aperture and the central portion increases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: GEORGIA-PACIFIC CONSUMER PRODUCTS LP
    Inventor: Roy J. Rozek
  • Patent number: 9566118
    Abstract: Described is a needle assembly magazine comprising of a housing adapted to contain a plurality of needle assemblies and a slider movably disposed within the housing. The housing has a first opening providing access to an unused needle assembly and a second opening for receiving into the housing a used needle assembly. The slider separates the housing into a first region for unused needle assemblies and a second region for used needle assemblies. Movement of the slider advances the unused needle assemblies within the housing toward the first opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Sanofi-Aventis Deutschland GMBH
    Inventors: Uwe Dasbach, Verena Hofmann, Gunnar Jung, Peter Nober, Leo Zeimetz
  • Patent number: 9399540
    Abstract: A dispensing container includes a plurality of sheets of products stored within a housing. The container includes a dispensing orifice having a length that extends along a longitudinal axis from a first end to a second end. In particular embodiments, the dispensing orifice has a maximum width disposed not less than 20% and not more than 49% of the distance from the first end to the second end, a midpoint width disposed halfway between the first end and the second end, the midpoint width being less than the maximum width, and a third width disposed 80% of the distance from the first end to the second end, the third width being no greater than 80% of the maximum width. In particular embodiments, the dispensing orifice is symmetrical about a longitudinal axis but asymmetrical about a transverse axis. In particular embodiments, the dispensing orifice has an ovoid shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Lisa L. Bushman, Paul W. Christoffel, Lawrence J. Romano, III, Zachary J. Lee
  • Patent number: 9301870
    Abstract: A urinary directional device for improving the directional urination and health of a male user is provided, in which the device comprises a conduit for the passage of urine and having a proximal end adapted for engagement with the penis of the user and a distal end having a distal aperture to enable the passage of urine from the conduit, the device having an interior surface providing one or more of a cleansing, an anti-bacterial or antiseptic or an anti-fungal function whereby the penis of the user can be cleansed by wiping on the interior surface of the device after urination and the device optionally further comprising a health detection indicator capable of indicating abnormalities in urine indicative of disease or health-related conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Aim-Straight Ltd.
    Inventors: Michael Shelton, Peter Maxwell, Graheme Gunns
  • Patent number: 9277843
    Abstract: A wipes container designed for one-handed use. The wipes container may have a three-dimensional orifice to facilitate access to wipes stored therein. The wipes container may have additional convenience features, including an ergonomic opening button, gripping feet, and a size ratio consistent with moisture retention and one-handed operation. Methods and structures for communicating the proper use of the ergonomic features of the container are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Richard Shane Mays, Lucio Frias, Samir M. Aziz, James Matthew Owen, Richard Lawrence Horstman
  • Patent number: 9249007
    Abstract: This disclosure includes ice machine riser apparatuses and methods of using the same. Some of the present riser apparatuses include a housing that defines an interior channel and has a first end defining a first opening and configured to be coupled to an ice machine, a second end defining a second opening and configured to be coupled to a drink dispenser, and sidewall(s) extending between the first end and the second end and defining at least a third opening, and in some riser apparatuses a fourth opening, in direct communication with the interior channel, a door configured to selectively cover the third opening, and a removable cover configured to cover at least a portion of the fourth opening. Some riser apparatuses elevate an ice machine relative to a drink dispenser. Some riser apparatuses include a third opening disposed at a non-parallel angle relative to the first opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: BUC-EE'S LTD.
    Inventor: Terry Whaley
  • Patent number: 9150342
    Abstract: A container for food product includes a film affixed to a food tray. The film forms a top of the container and has an access opening. The sealing label, adhesively sealed to the top around the opening, is resealable when a tab of the sealing label is pulled back. The sealing label is resealable against the top layer to seal the opening when the label is moved back against the top. In one form, the sealing label extends along the top of the container and seals along a portion of the film which is affixed to one or more top end surfaces of walls forming the tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: Intercontinental Great Brands LLC
    Inventors: Gladys Odette Sierra-Gomez, Eva Marie Peters, Alexis Julian Gracia-Lugo, Paul Anthony Mankowski, Douglas Philipsen, Daniel Robert Feldmeier
  • Patent number: 9139355
    Abstract: A glove packaging comprises a container for holding the gloves and a barrier positioned to cover at least a portion of an opening in the container. The barrier protects the gloves from airborne particles and other materials or contaminants that may contaminate the gloves prior to removal from the packaging. The barrier also includes an antimicrobial material for protecting the gloves from microorganisms, pathogens or other materials or contaminants that come in contact with the barrier to further reduce the possibility of contamination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Medline Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Min Yao, Samuel T. H. Amdur, III
  • Patent number: 9138111
    Abstract: Disclosed is a dispensing cap adapted to be removably, or permanently affixed to a container comprising a plurality of interconnected individual wipes, which dispensing cap includes a partly stationary and partly moveable plate having a dispensing orifice a portion being defined by a stationary plate part, a further portion of the dispensing orifice being defined by a moveable plate part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Reckitt Benckiser LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Dennis Crudge, Jesse Del Gigante, Christopher Michael Evans, Christopher Leonard Padain
  • Patent number: 9113727
    Abstract: A method of loading stacked strainers in a dispenser while minimizing strainer contamination is disclosed. The method includes providing a stack of strainers that is enclosed in a protective material to form a pod, placing the pod within a dispenser, and removing the protective material from the pod of strainers while the strainers are in the dispenser. The strainers dispensed from the thus loaded dispenser avoid being contamination during loading. The protective material may be perforated to facilitate removal from the stack, and include an extended portion to be grasped during removal from the dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: Louis M. Gerson Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald L. Gerson, Robert A. Brunell, Pierre LaPointe, Michael H. McCombe
  • Patent number: 9101250
    Abstract: One embodiment for dispensers for dispensing wet wipes includes a container, a plurality of wet wipes contained within the container and a dispensing nozzle made of a resilient material secured to the container. The dispensing nozzle includes an outlet opening in the nozzle. A fluid retaining member is located at a point below the opening. Another embodiment includes a container for holding a plurality of wipes. A dispensing nozzle includes a resilient member having an outlet opening is secured to the container. A fluid retaining member is located below the outlet. In one embodiment, the fluid retaining member has a surface that is sloped. Embodiments of dispensing nozzles for wet wipes are also disclosed wherein the dispensing nozzle includes a resilient dome shaped member having an opening located therein. In addition, the dispensing nozzle includes an annular fluid retaining ring. The annular fluid retaining ring may have a sloped surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: GOJO Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Eugene W. Ray
  • Patent number: 9095243
    Abstract: A wipes dispenser includes a container having an interior holding a plurality of wipes. A grip orifice provides communication between the interior and the exterior of the container, and the grip orifice serves to prevent wipes from falling back into the interior. The dispenser also includes a rip fence, and a lead end of a lead wipe of the plurality of wet wipes within the container extends through the grip orifice and then through the rip fence such that pulling on the lead end to pull the lead wipe against the rip fence causes the remainder of the lead wipe to be removed from the container and become disassociated with the remaining wipes of the plurality of wipes. As the lead end is pulled against the rip fence, the following wipe of the plurality of wipes is pulled through the grip orifice to provide its lead end outside of the interior of the container, and the grip orifice prevents this lead end of the following wipe from falling back into the interior of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: GOJO Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Eugene W. Ray, Keith A. Pelfrey
  • Patent number: 9067724
    Abstract: A wet tissue package having a folded wet tissue body that has a separation section formed so that the wet tissues can separate. A housing container houses the folded wet tissue body and has an opening formed for the wet tissues configuring the housed folded wet tissue body to be pulled out therefrom. The wet tissue package also has a base plate attached to the opening and to which a notch section has been formed at a predetermined position. The notch section has a plucking hole and a portion of the opening's edge of the base plate that is attached to the opening. The notch section is provided with a removal hole that interconnects with the plucking hole and separates a wet tissue from the wet tissue body at the separation section. The wet tissue package also has a lid that can seal the plucking hole and removal hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Inventor: Kikuo Yamada
  • Patent number: 9027173
    Abstract: A toilet training device includes an odor remediation system for absorbing or masking odors that may be created during toilet training. The odor remediation system may include a modular odor remediating insert that may be releasably positioned within a recess that is provided within the toilet training device. The odor remediating insert may include an odor absorbing substance such as sodium bicarbonate, an odor masking substance such as a fragrance or a combination of an odor absorbing substance and an odor masking substance. The toilet training device also includes a system for dispensing wipes that may utilize a recess that is defined in a side wall of the main body portion of the toilet training device. A wipes cartridge is designed so that it can be used to conveniently dispense wipes regardless of whether it is separated from the toilet training device or mounted within the recess of the toilet training device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Munchkin, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven B. Dunn, Keith G. Ciampa, Mark A. Hatherill, Mark G. Tebbe, Huisok Pyon
  • Publication number: 20150114984
    Abstract: A container for wipes, and a cap for the container, having a pop-up style dispensing means positioned beneath a reclosable lid. The container may be as upright cylindrical container for perforated wipes or a rigid tub for interfolded wipes. The dispensing means comprises a raised member made of flexible, rubber-like material, having at least one opening through which wipes are removed when the lid is open. When the lid is closed it compresses the raised member. When the lid is released from its closed position the raised member pushes the lid open. The dispensing means may have a hard plastic backing member underneath a portion of the rubber-like material adjacent the opening through which wipes are removed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Sharmin MEHDIZADEH
  • Publication number: 20150114985
    Abstract: A container for wipes, and a cap for the container, having a pop-up style dispensing means positioned beneath a reclosable lid. The container may be as upright cylindrical container for perforated wipes or a rigid tub for interfolded wipes. The dispensing means comprises flexible, rubber-like material having at least one opening through which wipes are removed from the container when the lid is open, and a hard plastic backing member underneath a portion of the rubber-like material adjacent the opening through which wipes are removed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Sharmin MEHDIZADEH
  • Publication number: 20150102050
    Abstract: The present invention refers to a flexible container for dispensing wet wipes which has a stack of non-intertwined wet wipes inside it. In the described embodiments, the container has a lid that tightly seals an opening in the container. Further, the present invention has at least one fastening element which allows for the fastening at each time of the top wet wipe of the stack contained inside the flexible container. Thus, the present invention provides a flexible container with a system for dispensing non-intertwined wet wipes contained therein, wherein only the top wet wipe of the stack contained inside the container is dispensed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Manuel de Jesus Marin-Quintero, Lucia del Carmen Sanchez-Fernandez, Carlos Canales-Espinosa De Los Monteros
  • Patent number: 9004314
    Abstract: A dispenser is disclosed for flat items such as disposable gloves that are contained within a dispensing bag that has an at least partially-open front side. The dispenser includes a base that has a rear wall and a pair of opposing side walls. A non-opaque cover with a dispensing aperture therethrough is pivotally fixed between each side wall and adapted to swing between an open and a closed position. At least one elastic cord is stretched between each side wall to urge the dispensing bag towards the cover when the cover is in the closed position and the dispensing bag is between the cover and the at least one elastic cord. The front side of the dispensing bag may be non-opaque and open at a dispensing bag aperture therethrough, a temporary adhesive being fixed proximate a periphery of the dispensing bag aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Inventor: David Cohen
  • Patent number: 8978925
    Abstract: A paper towel cabinet includes a first side wall and a second side wall, a pivotally mounted front wall defining a door, a back wall extending between the side walls, and a paper towel tray having an opening to provide access to paper towels. The paper towel cabinet also includes a module assembly comprising a first module having a front surface extending transversely relative to the first side wall and toward the second side wall. When the door is in an open position, the front surface prevents paper towels leaning toward the door from falling out of the cabinet. The cabinet also includes a bar mounted proximate to the opening and having a length extending between the side walls. The bar is positioned between a stack of paper towels and the opening when the stack of paper towels is placed on the paper towel tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Bobrick Washroom Equipment, Inc.
    Inventor: Dikran Babikian
  • Publication number: 20150069081
    Abstract: Conventional sheet storage boxes have problems that the sheet storage box with a sheet-fixing sheet pasted on the sheet-removing opening is wasteful from the point of view of resources and that, in the case of the sheet storage box without the sheet-fixing sheet pasted on the opening, the fixing of sheet becomes weaker as the opening itself becomes larger due to the excessively wide rim of the opening and when the rims of the opening are made too close, the rim of the opening partially becomes smaller and the resistance to remove the sheets becomes too large.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventor: Hiromichi FUJIMOTO
  • Publication number: 20150048105
    Abstract: Referring to FIG. 6. The invention relates to a container of wipes (3) with a dispensing nozzle (20). The housing (4) is provided containing wet wipes (10). The dispensing nozzle (20) extends from the housing. The nozzle (20) is formed with a resilient aperture (21) through which wipes can be withdrawn from the housing. The resilient aperture (21) is expandable to allow withdrawal of (wipes 10) therethrough, but is biased toward a contracted state. In use a wipe can be withdrawn through the nozzle and separated by rupturing the perforations joining the wipe to a next adjacent wipe with the nozzle expanding as required to allow passage of the wipe through the nozzle aperture. The nozzle contracts around the tail of the next adjacent wipe to prevent release of moisture from the inside of the housing and to help prevent wicking of moisture from a wipe tail.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventor: Michael John GORDON
  • Patent number: 8944279
    Abstract: A container for storing personal care articles comprising a lid structure attached to the container is disclosed. The lid structure has a top lid portion connected to a base lid portion. The base lid portion includes a rigid port surrounding a unitary dispensing partition extending in an x and z direction to the rigid port, the unitary dispensing partition having a dispensing slit formed therethrough. The unitary dispensing partition forms an arc extending a first depth into the interior of the container in a z-direction. The depth of the dispensing partition allows for the personal care article to be stored in a pop-up dispensing position with a larger portion of the personal care article extending from the dispensing slit. This allows for easier retrieval of the product by a consumer and less dispensing failures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy Walter Shoaf, Andrew Dale Brinkdopke, Robert Samuel Schlaupitz
  • Patent number: 8931663
    Abstract: The present invention is a system for dispensing horizontally stacked moist towelettes. One embodiment involves turning a tub upside down and providing a side door for accessing the stacked towels. Another embodiment involves orienting a tub in an upright position and providing a means for users to easily access the contents. Moist towelettes are dispensed one at a time, from beginning to end. Once one towelette is removed, the next is in position for removal. Any towelette that falls back into the tub can be easily retrieved through the opening without having to open the entire package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Union Street Brand Packaging, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher T. Evans, Christopher Gieda
  • Publication number: 20150008238
    Abstract: A wet tissue packaging unit provided with: a storage container, which is capable of storing a continuous body of wet tissues in which separating parts are formed at each of prescribed intervals; a take-out port formation member having a take-out port formation part, which is attached to the opening of the storage container and in which is formed a take-out port for imparting resistance when the continuous body of wet tissues passes therethrough, and a storage space capable of storing the leading end of the continuous body of wet tissues that passed through the take-out port; and a cover section that freely opens and closes from the outside of the storage space, wherein there is provided a linking part for linking the storage space of the take-out port formation member and the space inside the storage container in an area other than the take-out port.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2013
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventor: Kikuo YAMADA
  • Publication number: 20140374435
    Abstract: A refillable dispenser includes a flexible pouch having a top and a bottom spaced apart in a width dimension. The bottom terminates at a bottom edge. The pouch has a front wall, a back wall, and an interior space therebetween. The dispenser includes a dispensing opening formed in the front wall. The dispensing opening has a width that extends in the width dimension, and the dispensing opening defines a midpoint along its width. The dispenser includes a seam that extends generally in a length dimension and that is disposed generally at the pouch top. The seam can be opened to an open position and resealed to a closed position to connect the front wall to the back wall. The seam defines a seam inner edge and a seam outer edge. The midpoint of the dispensing opening is disposed closer to the bottom edge than to the seam inner edge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2013
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Rhiannon Lynn Thoresen, Terri Lynn Meisel, Rebecca Catherine Mohr, Karen Marie Menard, Christopher Michael Bechyne, Jennifer Laurel Nobui, Ryan Leslie Fulscher, Jonathan Adam Dien, Jennifer Lee Schiffman
  • Publication number: 20140367400
    Abstract: Disclosed is a dispensing cap adapted to be removably, or permanently affixed to a container which container contains a plurality of individual wipes interconnected to one another but separable along one or more perforations between individual wipes, which dispensing cap includes a partly stationary and partly moveable plate having a dispensing orifice which is offset from the center part of the dispensing cap, said dispensing orifice being surrounded by a plurality of individual flexible lobes, a portion of the dispensing orifice being defined by the stationary plate part, a further portion of the dispensing orifice being defined by a moveable hinged plate part of the dispensing orifice which is moveable along a hinge line from which the hinged plate part depends from a part of the stationary plate, and further wherein the hinged plate part includes a depending brace wall which extends downwardly from the hinged plate part from the underside thereof, which brace wall is located at or near the periphery of th
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2012
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Applicant: RECKITT BENCKISER LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Dennis Crudge, Jesse Del Gigante, Christopher Michael Evans, Christopher Leonard Padain
  • Patent number: 8881943
    Abstract: Disclosed is a tissue paper supply case comprising a case body for containing tissue paper, a lid having a slot-like take-out hole for taking out the tissue paper therethrough, a platform member mounted within the case body for placing the tissue paper thereon, and means for energizing the platform member from the bottom of the case body toward the lid, wherein the lid is provided on its inner surface with a plurality of lid projections formed in parallel rows to the take-out hole on both sides of the take-out hole, which lid projections are tapered each having a protrusion height becoming larger with increasing distance from the take-out hole, and the platform member is provided on its upper surface with a plurality of platform projections formed in parallel rows to the take-out hole on both sides of the position facing the take-out hole, which platform projections are tapered each having a protrusion height becoming larger with increasing distance from the position facing the take-out hole and wherein the p
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignees: Evermate Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Isao Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 8870023
    Abstract: A cup rack includes a cup rack body for receiving multiple cups in a stack, and a base for supporting the storage cups in the cup rack body and defining an access port for finger access to pick up the cups individually.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Dongguan Master United Plastic & Hardware Products Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tsung-Yu Tsai
  • Publication number: 20140312049
    Abstract: A wedged dispenser for provisioning tissues and/or wet wipes. The wedged dispenser has a tapered retention wall and a dispensing panel that delineate an interior storage volume. A terminal end of the tapered retention wall allows the wedged dispenser to be utilized in tight, limited space areas, while a widened end opposite the terminal end allows for a larger surface area from which tissues and/or wet wipes are dispensed. The dispensing panel is positioned across the widened end, with a panel opening traversing through the dispensing panel. The panel opening provides access to the interior storage volume and allows tissues and/or wet wipes to be readily dispensed through the dispensing panel. Depending on the desired material to be stored within the interior storage volume, the wedged dispenser is outfitted with either a flexible cover or a lid assembly having a self-contained storage bag, which is positioned about the panel opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventor: Julia B. GLENN
  • Publication number: 20140305957
    Abstract: A container for storing a plurality of wipes that can be dispensed by a consumer is disclosed. The container includes a container body including a bottom wall, a midsection, and a top wall. The container body defines an interior cavity that is configured for storing the plurality of wipes. The container includes a dispensing aperture in the container body and a lid that is configured to be opened and closed. The lid provides access to the dispensing aperture when opened and hinders access to the dispensing aperture when closed. The container includes a minimum container depth and a minimum container width and the bottom wall includes a maximum bottom wall depth and a maximum bottom wall width. The maximum bottom wall depth can be greater than the minimum container depth and the maximum bottom wall width can be greater than the minimum container width.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2013
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan L. Fulscher, Kroy D. Johnson, Kevin C. Possell, Robert Schlaupitz
  • Publication number: 20140305958
    Abstract: A container for storing wipes that can be dispensed by a consumer is disclosed. The container includes a container body defining an interior cavity for storing the wipes. The container can further include a lid configured to be opened and closed, providing access to the dispensing aperture when open and hindering access to the dispensing aperture when closed. The container can exhibit a Stability Value greater than about 24 on a Tip Test when the container is oriented in a forward facing direction or a rear facing direction during the Tip Test and a Stability Value greater than about 30 on a Tip Test when the container is oriented in a side facing direction during the Tip Test.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2013
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert M. Hill, Robert Schlaupitz, Ryan L. Fulscher, Kevin C. Possell, Kroy D. Johnson
  • Patent number: 8857660
    Abstract: The present invention provides an improved system and method for dispensing solid food product containers. It comprises a shaped dispensing tube (62) of a predetermined length, having a plurality of support clips (76) arranged inside the dispensing tube (62) for holding a stack of solid food product containers (70) in place within the tube (62). The dispensing tube (62) preferably includes a bracket (68) for mounting the entire device on a wall or the like. A nested stack of containers (70) is fed into the preferably open top (78) of the dispensing tube (62) until the bottommost container engages (or is engaged by) the support clips (76). This results in the bottommost container extending a predetermined distance below the bottom of the dispensing tube (62). By minimizing the amount the bottommost container extends below the dispensing tube (62), a user's ability to take more than one solid food container at a time is greatly minimized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: San Jamar, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Omdoll, Michael Young
  • Patent number: 8857614
    Abstract: The invention relates to a container (1) of wipes with a dispensing nozzle (20). A housing (2A, 2B) is provided containing wipes (10). The wipes (10) formed on a continuous sheet of impregnated material with spaced lines of perforations (11) dividing the sheet of material into wipes. A dispensing nozzle (20) extends from the housing. The nozzle (20) is formed with a resilient aperture (21) through which wipes can be withdrawn from the housing. The resilient aperture (21) is expandable to allow withdrawal of (wipes 10) therethrough, but is biased towards a contracted state. In use a wipe can be withdrawn through the nozzle and separated by rupturing the perforations joining the wipe to a next adjacent wipe with the nozzle expanding as required to allow passage of the wipe through the nozzle aperture. The nozzle contracts around the tail of the next adjacent wipe to prevent release of moisture from the inside of the housing and to help prevent wicking of moisture from a wipe tail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Inventor: Michael John Gordon
  • Publication number: 20140291343
    Abstract: There is provided a method of use and a canister closure member configured to selectively enclose a canister containing a continuous web of we towelettes defining individual wet towelettes by a plurality of perforations so that the web of towelettes can be separated into individual sheets. The canister closure member includes a dispensing structure and a single wipe dispenser structure defined in the dispensing structure. The single wipe dispenser includes three fingers defined in the dispensing structure. The fingers define a dispensing orifice with the three fingers configured to prevent more than one individual sheet of towellete to exit the canister. Each finger has a characteristic of flexibility, of sufficient pliability, to allow the towelettes to move through the dispensing orifice and a characteristic of strength sufficient to restrain the towelettes until a single towelette separates from the continuous web at the perforations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2013
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventor: Donald C. Neitzel
  • Publication number: 20140246450
    Abstract: A sheet product dispenser for dispensing a strip of a sheet product from a static center-feed coreless roll of sheet product is disclosed. The roll includes a central cavity. The dispenser includes a container for accommodating the roll, and a dispensing piece which protrudes toward an interior of the container from one end of the container and which includes a guidance between a receiving opening for receiving the strip of sheet product from the roll and a dispensing opening for dispensing the strip of sheet product outside of the dispenser. The dispensing piece is arranged to engage into the central cavity of the roll. The dispensers provide a dispensing opening so that withdrawal of a sheet product is facilitated by avoiding collapsing or clogging. Furthermore, the dispenser has a compact configuration that gains space during delivery and transportation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2012
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Inventors: Julien Marietta-Tondin, Gilles Cattacin, James Taylor
  • Patent number: 8813962
    Abstract: A holder for used plastic bags having at least two tubular containers, one container larger than the other. The larger container is used for storing bags that are larger than the bags stored by the other container. Each container has a first opening at one end of the container for passing bags into or out of the container and a second opening at the other end of the container for passing bags into or out of the container. The openings are at least large enough for a user to insert his thumb and a finger within the container to be able to withdraw a bag from within the container. There is a slot in each container between the openings allowing a member to be inserted into the container to move bags within the container toward either opening. The holder can be mounted with either end at the top, normally forming an inlet for the bags while the opening at the bottom forms an outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Inventor: Robert Winikoff
  • Patent number: 8813998
    Abstract: A dispenser for sanitary tissue products is provided. The dispenser comprises a housing defining a cavity configured to receive sanitary tissue products therein and an opening defined in the housing. The sanitary tissue products within the cavity are configured to be dispensed through the opening. The opening is defined by a first portion having a first width, a second portion having a second width, and a third portion having a third width. The third portion extends between the first portion and the second portion. The first width and the second width are both larger than the third width.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Emma Lynn Sartini, Kyoko Mignot, Michael Sean Farrell, Nicholas August Vitucci
  • Patent number: 8814021
    Abstract: An apparatus for removing a portion of a protective covering from a drinking straw, including a support mounted on a container for receiving the portion of the protective covering removed from the drinking straw, and an orifice in the support having a shape and size adapted for receiving a drinking straw packaged in a protective covering through the orifice to the extent corresponding to the length of the portion of the covering to be removed from the drinking straw, the orifice positioned in the support to allow the protective covering to be received through the orifice but not withdrawn from the orifice. A related method is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Inventor: Aaron W. Jones
  • Publication number: 20140209625
    Abstract: An apparatus for refilling a cylindrical wipes dispenser. The apparatus includes a plurality of rectangular wipes configured in a flat stack and having packaging that contains an opening mechanism. The opening mechanism is operable for opening the apparatus to allow common removal of the plurality of rectangular wipes. The plurality of rectangular wipes are interleaved and folded to form an indentation along a longitudinal axis of the plurality of rectangular wipes. The plurality of rectangular wipes is operable to be folded along the indentation to form a V shape for insertion into a cylindrical dispensing container. The width of the rectangular flat stack wipes is slightly larger than the diameter of the dispensing cylinder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: The Clorox Company
    Inventor: E. Jason White
  • Publication number: 20140190983
    Abstract: A towelette dispenser is provided with a lid. The lid has a central aperture for allowing access to a roll of towelettes maintained within a tub receiving the lid therein. The lid includes an inwardly tapered annular surface extending towards the tub. A gap segment is configured in the annular surface to define an entrance. The gap segment travels through the surface structure to a capturing element configured to exert a force on a towelette to permit separation of one towelette from supply of interconnected towelettes. The gap segment is further configured to travel upwardly along the surface structure in a direction away from the entrance towards the capturing element, such that the capturing element is offset and upwardly positioned along the surface structure from the entrance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2013
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: BERLIN PACKAGING, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Sanguinet, Brett Niggel, Scott Jost
  • Patent number: 8757432
    Abstract: A pop-up type dispenser is provided for paper towels, in which a specially sized and shaped hole in the dispenser top cooperates with a stack of paper towels housed in the dispenser. The towel stack has at least two interfolded webs of perforated absorbent sheet material in which the perforations of one web are not aligned with the perforations of an adjacent web. The towels may be withdrawn through the opening one sheet at a time, by a user pulling on a first sheet of said one web protruding through said opening without needing to touch a next sheet on the adjacent web or a subsequent sheet on the one web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: SCA Tissue North America LLC
    Inventors: Janne Muntzing, John S. Formon
  • Patent number: 8752729
    Abstract: The present invention fulfills the above and other objects by providing a combination dispensing and disposal container (1) having a dispensing end (2) with a dispensing opening (3) for dispensing new items, such as facial tissue, wet wipes, candy, etc. On the opposite end of the container is a disposal end (4) with a disposal opening (5) for accepting trash. A bladder (6) located inside of the container separates a storage compartment (7) where new items are held from a disposal compartment (8) where trash is held. In addition to or in lieu of a bladder, a rigid partition (9) may also separate the storage compartment from the disposal compartment. One or more lids (10, 11) keeps the dispensing and end and the disposal end sealed when not in use. An additional feature is a strap (12) that allows a user to attach the tissue container to his or her wrist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Inventor: Susan C. Maccario
  • Patent number: 8657153
    Abstract: The present invention provides a dispenser for moisturized sheets in the core of a toilet paper roll. Not only are wet and dry wipes provided coincidentally, the location is particularly handy for toilet use. In a utilization of existing bathroom fixtures, the novel concept offsets the rotational axis of the toilet paper roll to make an aperture available to dispense the moisturized sheets from the volume of the core previously occupied by the conventional spool. The invention further provides a hermetically sealed refill unit, a mechanism for singlating individual wipes, and means for preventing moisture loss from the sheets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Inventors: Donald Hatter, Lawrence Lambelet