Jacketed Patents (Class 222/183)
  • Patent number: 10406957
    Abstract: A head restraint for a seating assembly of a vehicle comprising: an exterior surface; one or more interior wall surfaces disposed beneath the exterior surface forming an internal receptacle; an opening into the internal receptacle; the internal receptacle comprising a bottom; and the one or more interior wall surfaces are configured to prevent an object resting on the bottom from falling out of the internal receptacle through the opening during normal use of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mohammad Omar Faruque, S. M. Iskander Farooq, Dean M Jaradi, Scott Holmes Dunham
  • Patent number: 10369589
    Abstract: A nozzle adapter for a caulking tube nozzle. Such a nozzle adapter includes a shoulder portion which has a hole into which a tapered nozzle of the caulking tube is inserted, a header portion which is protruded on the shoulder portion and configured to engage with an external nozzle which the user may select depending on a working environment; and a clutch plate which is provided under the shoulder portion and configured to engage with the tapered nozzle and fix the hole of the shoulder portion at the tapered nozzle. The header portion, the shoulder portion and the clutch plate forms an internal passageway through which the tapered nozzle is inserted and a caulking material flow from the tapered nozzle of the caulk tube to the external nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Inventor: Alan Dale
  • Patent number: 10370153
    Abstract: Various examples are provided for collapsible storage containers. In one example, among others, a storage container includes a rectangular bin, a reinforcing liner sheet, and clamping handles. The rectangular bin can include a cavity defined by a bottom and a plurality of sides including opposite sides having handle openings. The reinforcing liner sheet can include side sections separated by a bottom section, where the side sections include handle openings. The bottom section can be configured to align with the bottom of the rectangular bin and the side sections can be configured to align with the opposite sides of the rectangular bin when the reinforcing liner sheet is inserted into the cavity. The clamping handles can be configured to pass through aligned handle openings in one of the opposite sides and one of the side sections, thereby securing the reinforcing liner sheet in the rectangular bin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Inventors: Emily Yu Wan Brignola, Emil Brignola, III
  • Patent number: 10280062
    Abstract: A package including a fitment for dispensing a liquid from a flexible bag is disclosed. The fitment is secured to the bag and includes a compressible bulb and a piercing member that are coupled together. In two embodiments the fitment is configured so that the piercing member pierces through a wall of the bag to dispense the bag's contents through an outlet port of the fitment. One of those embodiments includes a separate valve to open and close the outlet port. Another embodiment does not include a separate valve to open and close the outlet port. A third embodiment makes use of a fitment connected to a filling gland of the bag and which is in communication with the interior of the bag. That third embodiment includes a frangible seal forming part of the fitment and which is pierced by the piercing member to dispense the liquid from the bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Fres-co System USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond Andrew Stever, Jeffrey Scott Beer
  • Patent number: 10228184
    Abstract: A fluid line insertion guide for a refrigerator includes a collet adapted for engagement with a fluid line. The collet includes a biased end and an insertion end. The fluid line is inserted through a fluid line aperture defined within the biased end. The insertion end is configured to be inserted into a fluid valve to a final insertion depth to place the fluid line and fluid valve in communication with each other. A fluid line guide includes a retaining channel and a biasing surface. The retaining channel engages a valve housing to define a guide position. When the fluid line guide is in the guide position, the biasing surface is disposed a predetermined distance from a valve aperture of the fluid valve and further defines a position of the biased end of the collet and the final insertion depth of the insertion end into the fluid valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: Edward E. Crompton
  • Patent number: 10144563
    Abstract: A clip cap assembly for securing an aerosol canister, including a cap having a top, a lateral side connected to the top and having a radially inward facing surface arranged to engage the aerosol canister, an opening, and a first flange extending downwardly from the top and forming a first surface in the opening, and a clip, including an arm having a first end and a second end, and a plug extending from the second end and engaged in the opening, the plug having a second surface arranged proximate the first surface, and a prong including a top surface, a bottom surface, and an end surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Avanti USA, Ltd.
    Inventor: Albert P. Caruso
  • Patent number: 10099842
    Abstract: A product dispensing system includes a housing that has a sidewall with at least one communication element provided thereon. The sidewall has at least a first side and a second different side coupled to the first side, the first side and the second side each configured to extend below a bottom of a container coupled to the housing. A dispensing opening is provided on a first side of the sidewall. A switch controls an automatic dispensing sequence. The at least one communication element is configured to provide guidance as to how to set-up, hold, orient, spray, or otherwise use the product dispensing system, and the second different side of the sidewall is configured to accommodate a user's hand in an ergonomic manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: S.C. JOHNSON & SON, INC.
    Inventors: Brad P. Baranowski, David C. Belongia, Scott D. Walter, Aparna Unnikrishnan
  • Patent number: 10065762
    Abstract: The present invention provides a gravity fed dispenser. The gravity fed dispenser includes a tower portion including a front wall, a back wall, a top wall, a bottom wall, and a pair of side walls, and an insert portion located within the tower portion, the insert portion including a front wall, and a pair side of walls attached to opposite edges of the front wall. The dispenser also includes an opening in a lower portion of the tower portion, and at least one tab located in the opening. The tower portion and insert portion are preferably made from a single blank of material. In another embodiment, the insert portion includes a front wall, and a first wing and a second wing attached to opposite edges of the front wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: TIDI Products, LLC
    Inventors: Bradly Thomas Schultz, Brian Wilt, Katie Umentum, Rob Sweitzer
  • Patent number: 10029831
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a multipurpose water bottle, which comprises: a water bottle main body having a reception space for receiving a liquid therein; and a cap coupled to an upper part of the water bottle main body to discharge the liquid to the outside, wherein the cap comprises: a main body coupling tube coupled to a cap coupling tube disposed at the upper part of the water bottle main body; a liquid discharge tube disposed at an upper part of the main body coupling tube to discharge the liquid to the outside; and an inner coupling tube disposed inside the main body coupling tube and coupled to a first discharge port of a first kind of water bottle, which is received in the reception space of the water bottle main body, to guide, to the liquid discharge tube, a first auxiliary liquid which has been received in the first kind of water bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Inventor: Seo Jun Lee
  • Patent number: 9987647
    Abstract: Provided is a head having an actuating and product dispensing mechanism (30), which includes a coupling part, at least one product dispensing conduit (44), supported by the coupling part; a maneuvering lever (46), rotatably mounted on a pivot axis. A protective cap (32) is provided covering the actuating and dispensing mechanism (30), the protective cap (32) having the pivot axis situated outside the dispensing conduit (44), between the movement axis (A-A?) and the dispensing opening (70).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: L'OREAL
    Inventors: Lionel Drugeon, Jean-Marc Lebrand, Thierry Ramboz, Charles Boussiquet
  • Patent number: 9955620
    Abstract: The invention concerns a fitting line which is arranged to fit printed circuit boards with electronic components. A method for determining equipment families for the fitting line comprises the following steps: initial forming of a number of equipment families, each having allocated printed circuit boards; selecting of one of the equipment families; and distributing of the printed circuit boards of the selected equipment family to the other equipment families by means of integral linear programming.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Christian Royer
  • Patent number: 9920553
    Abstract: Various embodiments of a point-of-care hygiene dispenser and an electronic hand hygiene event monitoring system are disclosed. One embodiment is directed to point-of-care dispenser and a corresponding electronic monitoring system, wherein the point-of-care dispenser is movable between predetermined zones of interest. Another embodiment is directed to a secure point-of-care dispenser having corresponding dispenser cover and main body interlocks. A still further embodiment is directed to point-of-care dispensing system comprising a point-of-care dispenser having a dispenser cover and a main body, a locking mechanism configured to secure the dispenser covers with the main body in a closed condition, and a docking unit configured for mounting with the point-of-care dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: DEB IP LIMITED
    Inventors: Dean Philip Limbert, Christopher Lang, Robert Butler, David Creaghan
  • Patent number: 9914631
    Abstract: A beverage container includes a flexible inside container and a rigid outside container. The flexible container can retain a liquid and seal the liquid from environmental air, while the surrounding rigid container facilitates handling and pouring in a form factor that reproduces the look and feel of a conventional wine bottle. A one-way valve permits pouring from the flexible container while preventing ingress of atmospheric oxygen or other contaminants. In particular, the one-way valve can be configured to retain a beverage within the flexible container until an exit path for the beverage through the valve is filled with liquid to seal the exit path and effectively eliminate any return path for ingress of air. To create a bottle-like pouring experience, the valve may automatically open to allow for the pouring of fluid when the bottle is tilted, and the valve may automatically close at the end of a pour.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Kuvee, Inc.
    Inventors: Vijay Girdhar Manwani, Duane Junior Gilbert, Geoffrey Blake Lansberry, Nils Arnaud Teissier du Cros, Adam Elliot Bercu, David Dolloff Chesley
  • Patent number: 9826813
    Abstract: An airless pump container equipped with an impregnated member and an absorbing member includes: a container main body (10); a pushing plate (20); an impregnated member (30) installed inside of the container main body (10); a shielding member (40); a pump holder (60) coupled to the upper portion of the shielding member (40); an airless pump (50) installed on the inside of the shielding member (40) and the pump holder (60); an absorbing member holder (70) coupled to the upper end of the airless pump (50); an absorbing member (90); and a moving member (100) for fixing the absorbing member (90). The impregnated member is impregnated with content in a gel-state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: PUM-TECH KOREA CO., LTD
    Inventor: Do Hoon Lee
  • Patent number: 9828226
    Abstract: A compressed gas delivery adapter for use with a conventional self contained gas-powered beverage dispensing device is operative to couple the beverage dispensing device to an external source of compressed gas. The compressed gas delivery adapter is structured at one end to attach to a conventional self contained gas-powered beverage dispensing device, while mating with and sealing against an annular seal of the beverage dispensing device which typically engages an annular tip of a standard cylindrical 6.5 gram cartridge of compressed gas. At the other end, the compressed gas delivery adapter is configured to receive a hose that is connected to a larger, external compressed gas supply. In this regard, the compressed gas delivery adapter facilitates the delivery of compressed gas from an external gas supply, which may be of any size, to the conventional self contained gas-powered beverage dispensing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Inventor: Ronald Larry Andres
  • Patent number: 9779746
    Abstract: A method performed in an audio decoder for reconstructing an original audio signal having a lowband portion and a highband portion is disclosed. The method includes receiving an encoded audio signal and extracting reconstruction parameters from the encoded audio signal. The method further includes decoding the encoded audio signal with a core audio decoder to obtain a decoded lowband portion and regenerating the highband portion based at least in part on a cross over frequency and the decoded lowband portion to obtain a regenerated highband portion. The method also includes creating a synthetic sinusoid with a level based at least in part on a spectral envelope value for the particular subband and a noise floor value for the particular subband and adding the synthetic sinusoid to the regenerated highband portion in the particular frequency band specified by the location information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Kristofer Kjoerling, Per Ekstrand, Holger Hoerich
  • Patent number: 9709321
    Abstract: A refrigerator equipped with a water tank that is easily accessible to a user and a method of using the same. A water dispenser is installed on the front side of a refrigerator. A water tank coupled to the water dispenser is detachably installed on a lower inner inside of a refrigerator door such that a user can conveniently observe the state of the water tank and access the water tank for maintenance and refill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Inventor: Sung Jin Yang
  • Patent number: 9695517
    Abstract: A Two-part, Wall-mountable Electrochemical Dispenser. The dispenser assembly consists of a disposable fluid storage reservoir and a non-disposable dispenser. The dispenser holds an electrochemical gas generator, its associated electronics, and a power source. The generator can be set for fluid delivery rates of between 1 mL/day and 50 mL/day. The system has a battery-determined operational life of about 2 years, assuming rates of up to 2 mL/day and 2 C-size batteries. The fluid storage reservoir is formed by two plastic shells separated by a plastic diaphragm. Gas produced by the generator acts on the diaphragm thereby displacing fluid that is then captured by an evaporation pad from which it can readily emanate into the environment. The reservoir can be removed and discarded after depletion of the liquid, and then replaced by another filled assembly. As needed, the refill holds an anti-theft coded card that prohibits the re-use of the refill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Inventors: Henri Maget, Mark Johansson, James Dikeman, Randy Houk
  • Patent number: 9623200
    Abstract: A reservoir for a nebulizer, and a nebulizer with a reservoir in which, to avoid undesirable rises in pressure, a fluid chamber of the reservoir is pre-collapsed and filled with an initial amount of fluid which is less than the maximum volume of the fluid chamber. Preferably, before being filled, the fluid chamber is compressed and/or expanded by means of gas to a defined volume which is less than the maximum volume of the fluid chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Boehringer Ingelheim International GmbH
    Inventors: Holger Holakovsky, Matthias Hausmann, Guido Schmiedel, Florian Witte, Johannes Geser, Gerald Mathe, Martin Meisenheimer, Antonino Lanci, Elmar Mock, Martin Sigrist
  • Patent number: 9573737
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a device. In an embodiment, a device for dispensing a fluid under pressure is provided and includes: (A) a flexible container comprising four panels, each panel formed from a flexible multilayer film composed of one or more polymeric materials, the four panels forming (i) a body, and (ii) a neck; (B) a fitment comprising a top portion and a base, the base composed of a polymeric material, the base sealed in the neck; (C) a sleeve bag on valve assembly (SBoV) comprising (i) a valve housing, (ii) a core tube attached to the valve housing, (iii) a bag around the core tube, the bag attached to the valve housing, (iv) a sleeve surrounding the bag and the core tube, and (v) a valve seat; (D) the SBoV inserted through the fitment and located in the body; and (E) the valve seat attached to the fitment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Dow Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey E. Bonekamp, Cristina Serrat, Matthew J. Turpin
  • Patent number: 9561517
    Abstract: A tamper-proof and ligation-resistant apparatus for dispensing a liquid from a liquid container contained within a dispenser. The apparatus includes a back housing, a cover pivotally coupled to the back housing, a liquid cartridge coupled to the back housing, and an actuator coupled to the cover. The apparatus includes plates coupled to the cover and back housing to strength the apparatus or reduce gaps to prevent ligation. The actuator includes a dispensing hole small enough to prevent ligation. A pump nozzle insert compressibly fitted inside the pump nozzle reduces the liquid stream diameter and extends the pump nozzle so that the liquid stream passes through the dispensing hole unimpeded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Archer Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Wertheim, Andrew Wertheim
  • Patent number: 9546086
    Abstract: A tapping device for at least one bag-in-box packaging equipped with a tap valve, comprising at least one accommodating area for the bag-in-box packaging, wherein the accommodating area has at least one loading opening, at least one device door that closes the loading opening of the accommodating area, wherein the device door has at least one trigger of an operating apparatus that corresponds to the tap valve, and at least one beverage outlet associated with the tap valve, the operating apparatus has at least one operating element that acts from above on certain parts of the tap valve in order to operate the tap valve and at least one valve accommodating bearing is provided in the area of the loading opening, the at least one valve accommodating bearing having bearing surfaces for wings of the tap valve protruding at least on both sides of the valve housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Inventor: Rainer Samson
  • Patent number: 9518703
    Abstract: A disposable compressed gas cartridge has an envelope formed of a cylindrical wall portion, an end wall portion enclosing a first end of the cylindrical wall portion, a neck portion formed at a second end of the cylindrical wall portion, and a membrane spanning across the neck portion such that the envelope is arranged to contain gas under pressure therein. A resilient sealing member is integrally and externally supported on the second end of the envelope so as to abut the seat surface about a charging pin of a compressed gas consuming device. Sealing engagement between the cartridge and the device being charged with compressed gas by the cartridge is provided primarily by the sealing member on the cartridge which is replaced together with the cartridge to always ensure that the sealing between the cartridge and the device is accomplished with a new and effective sealing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Inventor: Jeffrey James Quail
  • Patent number: 9504360
    Abstract: A dispenser having a base unit with an actuation mechanism for dispensing liquid and a refill unit insertable into the base in an inverted configuration with its outlet lowermost to supply liquid to the base. The refill comprises an annular wall projecting into the base and defining an outlet from the refill. The annular wall is closable by a valve element. The base comprises a hollow spigot and an annular seal surrounding and spaced from the spigot whereby insertion of the refill into the base causes the spigot to enter the annular wall and lift the valve element from the annular wall to define a flow path from the refill to the spigot. The base also comprises a proximity sensor and an inclination sensor each of which may independently or jointly trigger the actuation mechanism causing the device to operate to deliver one or more doses of liquid from the dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Reckitt Benckiser LLC
    Inventor: Jacobus Simon Petrus Van Diepen
  • Patent number: 9422092
    Abstract: An inner container for transporting and storing liquids includes an outlet neck and a bottom wall. The bottom wall connects two side walls, one rear wall and one front wall of the inner container to one another. The outlet neck is arranged in a funnel bottom of an outlet funnel embodied in the bottom wall, and includes one front funnel wall, two lateral funnel walls and one rear funnel wall, wherein the lateral funnel walls are inclined from a lower edge of a side wall towards the funnel bottom in each case, in such a way that the outlet funnel has the shape of a truncated pyramid above the funnel bottom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: PROTECHNA S.A.
    Inventor: Udo Schütz
  • Patent number: 9247724
    Abstract: A product dispensing system includes a housing that has a sidewall with at least one surface variation provided thereon. A dispensing opening is provided on a first side of the sidewall. A manual actuation button is provided on a second different side of the sidewall. A gripping force between about 25 N to about 40 N is utilized to hold the housing within a human hand without additional support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: S.C. JOHNSON & SON, INC.
    Inventors: Brad P. Baranowski, David C. Belongia, Scott D. Walter, Aparna Unnikrishnan
  • Patent number: 9243837
    Abstract: A dispensing device for free-flowing or pourable products, in particular in a refrigeration device. Said dispensing device has a feed pipe for a pourable product, comprising an exit opening and a shut-off flap that is situated at the exit opening, and an outlet for the free-flowing product, said outlet being attached to the flap and displaceable with the latter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: BSH Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Martin Buchstab, Irene Dumkow, Adolf Feinauer, Klaus Flinner, Bernd Heger, Marek Myszko, Peter Nalbach, Nathan Wrench, Kasim Yazan
  • Patent number: 9211987
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a flexible pouch for bottom-dispensing a liquid. A dock for holding the flexible pouch is also provided. Further disclosed herein is a system for dispensing a liquid. The system includes the pouch for placement in the dock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: Dow Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Timothy James, Haley A. Lowry, Jill M. Martin
  • Patent number: 9174231
    Abstract: A fluid supply for a liquid sprayer includes a collapsible liner for holding the liquid; a cup for supporting the collapsible liner; a lid for connecting to the cup; and an air relief valve. The collapsible liner is secured relative to the lid and the cup. The lid includes an opening for connecting the lid to the pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: Graco Minnesota Inc.
    Inventors: Mark D. Shultz, Bradley H. Hines, Craig J. Wojciechowski
  • Patent number: 9156670
    Abstract: Systems for storing beverages are disclosed, which include a container for storing, transporting and dispensing a beverage, e.g. beer. In some implementations the container includes a pressure-tight lid closure system including wire bails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Inventors: Nicholas Hill, John Herrick
  • Patent number: 9045260
    Abstract: The present application provides a beverage dispensing system for dispensing a number of beverages. The beverage dispensing system may include a housing, a pouch with one of the beverages therein, the pouch including a first pouch end and a second pouch end, and a beverage basket removably positionable within the housing. The beverage basket may include a pouch clip for the first pouch end and a slanted floor for the second pouch end such that the pouch may be positioned substantially vertically therein for good evacuation of the beverage from the pouch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Joseph T. Norris, Javier Verdura, Jesse S. Kruska, James McCay, John P. Kalinowsky, Roberto WaChong Castro
  • Patent number: 9035765
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods are provided for adherence monitoring, and devices, systems, and methods are provided for monitoring use of consumable dispensers. In general, the devices, systems, and methods can facilitate an individual's adherence to a schedule for consuming consumables and can facilitate monitoring and tracking of the individual's adherence to the schedule. The devices, systems, and methods can allow data regarding the individual's historical adherence to the schedule to be accessible via a computer system. In one embodiment, an accessory is provided that can be configured to attach to consumable dispensers. The accessory can be configured to be removably and replaceably coupled to the dispenser. The accessory can be configured to provide a notification to a user indicating that a certain event occurred and/or that a certain action needs to be taken. The accessory can be configured to sense attachment thereof to and removal thereof from the dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Gecko Health Innovations, Inc.
    Inventors: Yechiel Engelhard, Mark Maalouf
  • Patent number: 9027795
    Abstract: A portable dispenser assembly for dispensing disinfectant to a user. The assembly includes a main housing defining a cavity for receiving a container in an inverted position. The main housing defines an opening into the cavity through which the container is inserted in the inverted position so that a stem of the container is directed downwardly in the main housing. The main housing including a bottom wall, a side wall, and a nozzle fixed with respect to the walls. The nozzle defines an inlet opposite the opening for receiving the stem of the container in the inverted position and the nozzle defines a discharge aperture configured to direct the disinfectant fluid from the container toward the user when the user depresses the container relative to the main housing to dispense the disinfectant fluid from the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Sterilogy, LLC
    Inventors: Harold H. Zaima, Bradley D. Ahlgren
  • Publication number: 20150122843
    Abstract: A squirting toy including a housing. The housing includes a chamber having an interior wall, a first end that defines a hole, a second end, and a bushing disposed at the second end, the bushing having an outer surface that defines an opening and a flange formed around the opening. A piston is slidably engaged with the interior wall of the chamber and connected to a shaft. The shaft extends from the second end of the housing through the opening and includes a handle external to the housing. A soft non-water-absorbing shell is disposed over a portion of the housing. A packaging label is held by the flange and extends around the handle of the squirting toy to thereby prevent the housing from falling away from the handle when the squirting toy is hung vertically for display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: PRIME TIME TOYS LTD.
    Inventor: Francis S.C. CHIA
  • Patent number: 9010580
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a refrigerator cabinet and a refrigerating compartment within the refrigerator cabinet. A beverage dispensing system is operatively connected to the refrigerator cabinet, the beverage dispensing system configured to dispense a stream of a beverage. The beverage dispensing system includes a light source and a light sensor positioned on opposite sides of the stream of the beverage. The beverage dispensing system is configured for detecting if dispensement of the beverage is occurring and characterizing the volume or amount of the beverage being dispensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: Robert J. Rolek
  • Patent number: 8998036
    Abstract: A dispenser including a base unit with an actuation mechanism for dispensing liquid and a refill unit insertable into the base unit in an inverted configuration with its outlet lowermost for the supply of liquid to the base unit. The refill unit includes an annular wall projecting into the refill unit and defining an outlet from the refill unit, the annular wall being closable at its innermost end by a valve element biased onto the annular wall. The base unit includes a hollow spigot and an annular seal surrounding and spaced from the top of the spigot whereby insertion of the refill unit into the base unit causes the spigot to enter the annular wall and to lift the valve element from the annular wall to define a flow path from the refill unit, and the annular seal to seal between the spigot and the annular wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Reckitt & Colman (Overseas) Limited
    Inventors: Xianzhi Zhou, Dong Xiao You, Christopher Leonard Padain, Jacobus Simon Petrus Van Diepen
  • Patent number: 8991635
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a container (1) having a hollow shell defining a body with a dispensing aperture, and a bag (4) within the shell (2), the open end of the bag extending through the dispensing aperture and being secured with respect to the outside of the shell. The bag (4) is made from a material suitable for containing the intended contents of the container (1). Therefore the shell (2) may be formed from a material that would not be suitable for containing the intended contents of the container alone. The shell (2) may be formed from a biodegradable material, such as wood or paper pulp. The bag (4) may be separated from the main body of the container to allow for separate disposal. The container (1) 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: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Greenbottle Limited
    Inventor: Martin Myerscough
  • Publication number: 20150083755
    Abstract: A dispensing system includes a housing for receipt of a product to be dispensed and a discharge orifice for emission of the product. The housing includes at least one decorative recessed portion that does not extend completely through the housing and at least one decorative aperture that does extend completely through the housing. Further, one or more optional apertures are provided within the housing for receipt or viewing of a functional component of the system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Alex Mecker, Jesse Richard, Ronald M. Llanes, Kylie L. Levake, Jeffrey J. Christianson, Christopher P. Wolack
  • Patent number: 8985399
    Abstract: [Problems] To provide an ejection container capable of falling a liquid in drops from the container body without relying on the sense of the fingertips and without affected by a change in the temperature. [Means for Solution] A knock-type ejection container 1 in which an ejection port 8 is provided at one end of a container body 2, a knock button 4 is provided at the other end thereof, a container chamber 22 is provided in the container body 2 to contain a liquid, and the liquid contained in the container chamber 22 is ejected from the ejection port 8 being interlocked to the operation of the knock button 4.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Tokuyama Dental Corporation
    Inventors: Hidetoshi Gyakushi, Nobutoshi Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 8978933
    Abstract: A fluid dispenser comprising: a fluid reservoir (1) defining a neck (11) and a bottom wall (12) provided with a filling valve (13, 15); a dispenser member (5), such as a pump, that is mounted on the reservoir (1) so as to take the fluid, the dispenser member (5) including a body (51) and an actuator rod (56) that is movable downwards and upwards along an axis X; a pusher (6, 7) that is mounted on the actuator rod (56) of the dispenser member (5) in such a manner as to turn about the axis X of the rod (56); a vent passage that puts the reservoir (1) into communication with the outside; closure means (3) for selectively closing the vent passage; and control means (4) for urging the closure means (3) into a closed condition, in which they close the vent passage, from an open condition, in which they do not close the vent passage; the dispenser being characterized in that the control means (4) are secured to the pusher (6, 7) or moved by the pusher.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Aptar France SAS
    Inventors: Patrick Muller, Bruno Stuart
  • Publication number: 20150048118
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a reservoir which can be used on its own or inside of an insulated cooler to dispense liquids. The reservoir generally comprises a lid for retention of liquid and at least one opening in one vertical wall which is used to connect to a conduit which connects to a horizontally, non-gravity mounted coupling. The coupling connects to another conduit which connects to a spigot. The reservoir has a flat bottom surface, which allows for it to stand alone, outside of the insulated cooler if desired. The reservoir may also be placed inside the insulated cooler and in that case, the conduit connected to the spigot threads through one of the insulated cooler's walls to connect to the spigot to allow the flow of liquid to the exterior of the cooler.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventors: Edward A. ENGLISH, Mark A. ENGLISH
  • Publication number: 20150034677
    Abstract: A shroud cover for a dispenser comprising in a first aspect a flexible sheet disposed about an open framework. Preferably, the flexible sheet is resiliently stretchable and stretched over the frame work.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: David Duncan, Heiner Ophardt
  • Patent number: 8944285
    Abstract: A dispensing device for dispensing metered dosages of a medicament from a container includes an indicator housing having an interior and an opening communicating with the interior. A first actuator is disposed within the interior and includes a resilient arm member defining a pawl portion. The first actuator is reciprocally moveable between an actuated position and an at-rest position. A spring is disposed in the indicator housing and biases the first actuator towards the at-rest position. A ratchet gear is rotatably disposed in the indicator housing, and is rotatable in response to the movement of the first actuator between the actuated and at-rest positions. An indicator is rotatably disposed in the indicator housing and is rotatable in response to the rotation of the ratchet gear. A second actuator is shaped to be received through the opening in the indicator housing. The second actuator and indicator housing are moveable relative to each other between first and second positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Trudell Medical International
    Inventors: Richard Blacker, Daniel K. Engelbreth, James N. Schmidt
  • Patent number: 8944290
    Abstract: A recirculation loop for a beverage dispensing system. The beverage dispensing system has a fluid supply, a cold plate, a valve/manifold assembly, and a bar gun connected to the valve/manifold assembly. The recirculation loop draws off fluid being carried from the cold plate to the valve/manifold assembly and, having a pump as part thereof, pumps some of that fluid to a point just upstream of the cold plate. In this manner, the recirculation loop keeps fluid cool, even when the bar gun is not dispensing beverages therefrom, for long periods of time. That is, the pump runs independent of the bar gun and is typically on all the time, so that fluid in the line from the cold plate to the valve/manifold assembly stays chilled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Schroeder Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: A. A. “Jud” Schroeder
  • Publication number: 20150014354
    Abstract: The insulated bottle containment system supports a disposable water or sports drink bottle under a hard plastic ring below the cap. Supporting the bottle by this ring allows the invention to port the top of the disposable bottle with a puncture tube that is angled in a way that, while puncturing the top, it does not introduce a piece of the cap into the drink. At the top of the containment system is a hinged or pivoted top that introduces the puncture tube into the top and at its closed position locks into place. Through the puncture tube, the drink is allowed to flow to the drink port, where the consumer can drink their beverage. The top is adaptable to various different neck sizes. The insulated container is sized to accommodate a range of bottles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventor: Jason Kellenberger
  • Publication number: 20150008242
    Abstract: A multipurpose nozzle access door, content management insert, and anchor for a flexible cooler and dispenser alternative is an insulated beverage cooler/utility bag body that accepts a waterproof and water tight content management insert. The content management insert lines the inside of the cooler body and is fastened to selected portion of the interior of the cooler body. In concert the liner covers the entire inner cavity which is the storage space of the cooler. Individually the liner permits arrangement, separation, variable insulation of items placed in the cooler storage space. The cooler has a cascading door with a cancelable cup holder attached. Additionally, the cooler has two types of anchors that allow the carrying strap to act as the linkage between the cooler body and either one of the anchors so that the cooler can be restrained near a fixed point.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventor: Thomas Kolaco Kpabar, JR.
  • Publication number: 20140374447
    Abstract: An improved paperboard structure to hold a fluid filled carton is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: George Coogan, Jason Ray, Stokes Smith, Bill Jones, Ron Couvillon
  • Publication number: 20140367418
    Abstract: The portable beverage dispensing system disclosed is a portable cooler for dispensing bulk beverages, such as beer in various sized kegs, for example, comprising: a lower tub component that defines an open interior region for removably receiving the keg(s); a hollow upper component that removably attaches to the lower tub component and surrounds the upper portion of the keg(s); and a table top that removably attaches to the hollow upper component and which may furthermore have aperture(s) that allow standard beverage dispensing components to pass through and attach to the table top for dispensing of beverages. The portable beverage dispensing system may also comprise: a wheel attachment apparatus, connected to the lower tub in a fixed or removable manner; and a handle apparatus, connected to the table top in a fixed or removable manner; both of which allow portability of the portable beverage dispensing system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2013
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventors: Mark McNitt, Anh Nguyen
  • Patent number: 8905267
    Abstract: A bag-in-box type of assembly is disclosed where numerous features are provided. One of the features helps to lock the drainage tube of the bag in a predetermined position at the bottom of the box. Another feature is directed to a ramp inside the box that aid drainage of the bag's content, e.g., concentrate for a postmix beverage. Yet a further feature is directed to structures that prevent slippage of the bag when placed on the ramp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Carrier Corporation
    Inventors: James J. Minard, Mark E. Bush
  • Publication number: 20140353337
    Abstract: Provided is a dripping container capable of inhibiting variation in dripping. The dripping container (1) capable of containing and dripping a liquid medicine, the dripping container includes a container (10) provided with a main body (11) to contain the liquid medicine formed in a tubular shape including a bottom on one side thereof and an opening portion (13a) with which the dripping container capable of dripping the liquid medicine, and a container cover (20) to cover the main body of the container, wherein the container cover includes an outer peripheral wall portion (21) to cover an outer peripheral portion of the container formed in a tubular shape and a bottom portion (22) to cover a bottom of the container, and a surface of the outer peripheral wall portion facing to the container is a surface having a close contact with the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: GC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takumi SUZUKI, Shinichi KOJIMA