With Flow Controllers Or Closures Patents (Class 222/212)
  • Patent number: 11377266
    Abstract: A valve assembly for a dispensing container includes a closure body detachably coupled to a co-injected valve. The closure body includes a main closure body coupled to a closure cap via a flexible hinge. The co-injected valve includes a valve head and a valve frame. The valve head includes a valve head portion with multiple valve head slits, a sleeve portion, and a peripheral sealing flange. The valve frame is permanently coupled to the valve head and includes a radial ledge and a radial wall that support the peripheral sealing flange of the valve head. The co-injected valve is fabricated via a two-step injection molding process. The first step includes fabricating the valve frame from a first injection material, and the second step includes fabricating the valve member from a second injection material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: Silgan Specialty Packaging LLC
    Inventors: Robert E. Proudfoot, Terrence M. Parve
  • Patent number: 11312523
    Abstract: A synthetic resin-made multilayer bottle includes: an outer shell bottle having a shoulder section continuing from an outer opening section, and a body section continuing from the shoulder section; a synthetic resin-made inner container body having a cylindrical inner opening section provided inside the outer opening section of the outer shell bottle, and an inner container main body continuing from the inner opening section, shaped along an inner surface shape of the outer shell bottle, which deforms by an external pressure; and an air passage formed between the outer opening section and the inner opening section and which introduces outside air between the outer shell bottle and the inner container body. The inner circumferential surface of the inner opening section is provided with a small-diameter section having a diameter smaller than the inner diameter of the open end of the inner opening section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignees: Hokkai Can Co., Ltd., Kikkoman Corporation
    Inventors: Akihiro Yamaguchi, Natsuyuki Mannen, Denmi Kuwagaki
  • Patent number: 11299328
    Abstract: A bottle assembly that includes a bottle with a finish having a mouth for containing an E-liquid. The mouth of the bottle is sealed with a plug having an anti-drip well. The anti-drip well sized to prevent inadvertent spillage of the E-liquid contained within the bottle. An annular cap protrusion of the plug can engage with a channel on an upper portion of the bottle to attach the plug with the upper portioned with the mouth of the bottle. A lower channel edge can include a notch that can be used as a wedge to incrementally remove the plug from the mouth of the bottle without damage thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Chubby Gorilla, Inc.
    Inventor: Ibrahiem H. Aboabdo
  • Patent number: 11278159
    Abstract: A liquid soap dispenser (10) includes a container (18) having a flexible outer wall (22) and including a quantity of liquid soap (36) therein. The upper surface (16) of the container (18) can be moved between an upper position and a lower position but is spring (30) biased into the upper position. A pump (32) within said container (18) pumps a portion of the liquid soap (36) onto the upper surface (16) when it is moved downwardly into its lower position. A normally closed valve (26) at the bottom (28) of the container (18) opens to dispense liquid soap (36) from the bottom (28) of the container when the container is squeezed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Scrub Daddy, Inc.
    Inventor: John O'Brien
  • Patent number: 11225362
    Abstract: A discharge device for a liquid medium includes a storage container for receiving a medium, a discharge head which can be secured on the storage container and comprises a discharge opening for discharging the medium out of the storage container, an outlet valve which is paired with the discharge opening and comprises a pretensioned valve element that delimits a valve pre-chamber by means of a pressure application surface formed on a membrane. The pressure application surface has a stationary clamping region on the outside, and a pressure equalization channel which opens into the storage container and comprises a filter assembly that operates microbiologically and is inserted into the pressure equalization channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: Silgan Dispensing Systems Hemer GmbH
    Inventors: Sven-Uwe Höhm, Heiko Harms
  • Patent number: 11213843
    Abstract: A discharge head for a liquid dispenser having a coupling device fastening to an outlet connector of a liquid store, a liquid inlet, and a discharge opening. The discharge head has a pump device conveying liquid from the liquid inlet to the discharge opening, and a ventilation channel. The discharge head has an end surface by which the liquid store is substantially closed off at the distal end of the outlet connector and which is extended through by the liquid inlet. The end surface and the coupling device are formed as part of a common main component. The end surface has a ventilation aperture which is part of the ventilation channel and through which air flows into the liquid store in an inflow direction. The ventilation aperture has a minimum clear cross section of at most 3·10?2 mm2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: APTAR RADOLFZELL GMBH
    Inventor: Tobias Baumann
  • Patent number: 11136160
    Abstract: The need for a bottom dispensing package comprising a base having an orifice comprising a slit-valve, which is less prone to leakage, even when a lower viscosity product is comprised in the container, is met by providing the container with a more elastic resiliently squeezable container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventor: Jimmy Schoubben
  • Patent number: 11089914
    Abstract: A liquid pump mechanism for a soap dispenser includes a pump body, and an outlet tube, an upper wave-shaped pad, a piston, a spring, an annular internal sleeve, and a lower wave-shaped pad which are sequentially disposed inside the pump body from top down. A dividing member formed in the pump body divides an inner cavity of the pump body into a main chamber and an inlet chamber. An outlet passage is formed in the outlet tube. The outlet tube and the main chamber are movably sealed and engaged. The piston divides the main chamber into a compatible chamber and a liquid soap chamber. An outlet hole communicating the outlet passage and the liquid soap chamber is disposed on the piston. An inlet hole communicating the liquid soap chamber and the inlet chamber is disposed on the dividing member. The upper wave-shaped pad is disposed between the outlet tube and the piston and movably closes the outlet hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: PURITY (XIAMEN) SANITARY WARE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: James Wu, Alex Wu, Ce-Wen Yang, Gao-Shan Lin, Shi-Fa Huang, Guo-Zhong Wu
  • Patent number: 11066215
    Abstract: A tattoo ink bottle is provided having an openable sanitary cap that is configured for one-handed operation and a tight closed seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: INK PROJECTS LLC
    Inventor: Louis Rubino, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11059636
    Abstract: A discharge container includes: a double-walled container body including an inner layer body and an outer layer body; a discharge cap having a discharge outlet, the discharge cap being attached to a mouth of the double-walled container body; and a check valve structure. The check valve structure has a tubular partition wall defining a flow path of the content and a valve body which is provided on the partition wall with a hinge portion and has a single swing structure, and space inside the partition wall rather on the discharge outlet side than on the valve body side serves as a liquid reservoir space where part of remaining content is stored after the discharge of the content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: YOSHINO KOGYOSHO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shinya Maeda
  • Patent number: 11033922
    Abstract: The device includes a drop dispenser orifice formed in a dispenser end, and a mechanism for visually locating the orifice, by forming a demarcation zone having a color that contrasts strongly with other portions of the dispenser end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Inventors: Xavier Julia, Gaetan Painchaud, Guillaume Grevin
  • Patent number: 10974878
    Abstract: A cap assembly is used in a container. A food product to be dispensed from the container is in an inner volume of the container, and the inner volume of the container is closed by a lid. An identifier is arranged on the cap assembly and/or on a surface of the container. The cap assembly includes two parts relatively moveable with respect to each other in a relative movement. The relative movement and/or a solidary movement of these two parts allows displacement of the identifier according to a certain path and allows opening and/or closing a communication between the cap assembly and the inner volume of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Societe des Produits Nestle S.A.
    Inventors: Andre Noth, Alexandre Kollep, Damien Neurohr, Etienne Claude Jaquier
  • Patent number: 10945881
    Abstract: A plural-use drop-by-drop dispenser for sterile liquid product comprises a vial (1) for containment of the liquid product (2) and a connector (4) provided with a plug (8) which is normally hermetically closed and with a cartridge (19) with sterilizing filter (24) which can be axially moved to force open said plug (8) to dispense the liquid product and allow the hermetic reclosure thereof at the end of dispensing. The cartridge (19) is provided with a filter-holding bottom element (25) provided with a dispensing spout (26), possibly in antimicrobic material, with elastically flexible converging lips (27), which open under pressure of the liquid product (2) for drop-by-drop dispensing thereof and elastically hermetically reclose at the end of the dispensing operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: PAOLO GOBBI FRATTINI S.R.L.
    Inventor: Paolo Giuseppe Gobbi Frattini
  • Patent number: 10932947
    Abstract: The invention described herein concerns a micro drop adapter that is adapted to engage with dropper bottles. The micro drop adapter engages with and surrounds the original tip of the bottle. The micro drop adapter comprises at least one inner tube that is urged against the original tip of the bottle forming a seal and a channel in fluid connection with the bottle. The micro drop adapter comprises an adapter tip that dispenses micro drops, which are drops having a volume of less than approximately 50 microliters. The micro drop adapter further comprises a cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Inventor: Paul Enemark
  • Patent number: 10829276
    Abstract: A discharge device for a liquid medium includes a storage container for receiving a medium, a discharge head which can be secured on the storage container and comprises a discharge opening for discharging the medium out of the storage container, an outlet valve which is paired with the discharge opening and comprises a pretensioned valve element that delimits a valve pre-chamber by means of a pressure application surface formed on a membrane. The pressure application surface has a stationary clamping region on the outside, and a pressure equalization channel which opens into the storage container and comprises a filter assembly that operates microbiologically and is inserted into the pressure equalization channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Silgan Dispensing Systems Hemer GmbH
    Inventors: Sven-Uwe Höhm, Heiko Harms
  • Patent number: 10800579
    Abstract: Provided are a tube container having a shutoff function on a shoulder and a neck and a method of manufacturing the same, in which a head gas barrier layer formed of an aluminum sheet is bonded to inner surfaces of the shoulder and the neck serving as a head to correspond to the inner surfaces according to formation of the head, and thus the shutoff function is provided to prevent chemical changes in even a shoulder and neck portion due to external environmental factors, so that contents filled in the tube container are prevented from decaying or deteriorating, and intrinsic ingredients of the contents are prevented from being lost for a long time. Accordingly, the contents are prevented from decaying or deteriorating due to the external environmental factors, and the intrinsic ingredients of the contents are used for a long time without losing the intrinsic ingredients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Inventor: Jong Su Lim
  • Patent number: 10792697
    Abstract: A drippage prevention system including: a first automatic control valve (ACV), an input of the first ACV fluidically connected to a source of fluid to be dispensed, the first ACV having a position ranging from fully closed to fully open; a second ACV, an input of the second ACV being fluidically connected to the output of the first ACV, and an output of the second ACV being fluidically connected to a nozzle, the second ACV having positions ranging from fully closed to fully open; a proxy sensor configured to generate a proxy signal representing an indirect measure of a position of the first ACV; and a controller electrically connected to the first and second ACVs and the proxy sensor, the controller being configured to cause the second ACV to close based on the proxy signal and thereby stop flow of the liquid to the nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Chien-Hung Wang, Chun-Chih Lin, Chi-Hung Liao, Yung-Yao Lee, Wei Chang Cheng
  • Patent number: 10737870
    Abstract: A liquid discharge container includes a container body having a space in which liquid contents are accommodated, a discharge port through which the contents are discharged, and a push plate for supporting the contents and pushing up the contents. An intermediate joint formed of an intermediate plate member is coupled to a lower side of the container body. A one-way check valve is formed at the center of the intermediate plate member, and a lower fastening member is formed at a lower portion of the intermediate plate member. A cylindrical bottom support is coupled to the lower fastening member of the intermediate joint. A shape resilient body is coupled to a lower portion of the intermediate joint, and is compressible and recoverable with a vent hole at the lower center of the shape resilient body, and that comes in contact with the bottom support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Inventor: Seon Hye Song
  • Patent number: 10689168
    Abstract: A plastic bottle, in particular a toilet cleanser bottle, has a bottle container, preferably formed by blow-molding, with a bottle neck and an angled attachment. The attachment is snapped onto the bottle neck in a direction of placement. The bottle neck has a first snap connection element and the attachment has a second snap connection element. In order to ensure a defined angular orientation between the angled attachment and the bottle container, an anti-rotation lock is formed between the attachment and the bottle neck, in particular between the two snap connection elements. To this end, preferably the snap connection elements engage positively with one another by way of toothings. Alternatively, an elevation having recesses is formed on a bottle shoulder for ensuring the anti-rotation lock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: SHB GmbH
    Inventor: Jens-Olaf Stolle
  • Patent number: 10654629
    Abstract: There are provided a check valve structure that not only prevents backflow of fluid but does not discharge fluid for unintended pressure in a correct direction, and a squeeze container using the check valve structure. A squeeze container includes a container and a nozzle member attached to an opening of the container. The nozzle member is provided with a check valve structure that is closed in an unloaded state, and that blocks a flow of fluid from downstream and allows a flow of fluid from upstream. The check valve structure is opened when an elastic valve element elastically deforms in two stages due to pressure of fluid from upstream (container).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignees: TAKEUCHI PRESS INDUSTRIES CO., LTD., SENJU PHARMACEUTICAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takahiro Murase, Tadashi Otsuka
  • Patent number: 10537903
    Abstract: A spray cap for a spray container constitutes a one-piece moulding of polymeric material and includes a cap plate in which a plurality of spray slits is formed. Integral with the cap plate is a non-return valve arranged to permit air to flow through it in one direction which, in use, is towards the interior of the spray container but substantially to prevent flow of air through it in the opposite direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: INNOVATION JUNCTION LIMITED
    Inventor: Mark Erich Sillince
  • Patent number: 10506865
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a dispensing device comprising: a) a container comprising a deformable wall, and b) a composition stored in the container, and comprising, in a cosmetically acceptable medium: i) at least one aqueous phase, and ii) optionally at least one oily phase, iii) at least one structuring agent; the said composition having a stiffness modulus G*>5000 Pa, and c) a dispensing head closing off the container and comprising an application wall defining at least one product dispensing orifice which is a slit. The present invention also relates to a cosmetic process for treating and/or caring for human keratin materials, characterized in that it consists in applying to the surface of the keratin material a composition dispensed via the device as defined previously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: L'OREAL
    Inventors: Nicolas Albisetti, Odile Aubrun, Fabrice Springinsfeld
  • Patent number: 10470973
    Abstract: The present application describes a drug dispensing device. The device is comprised of an armband, a rigid housing, made of polymeric or composite material, with any geometric shape, which separates in two along the longitudinal axis, incorporating therein a capsule containing a concentrated fluid whose geometric shape allows its storage within said housing. The centre of the top of one of the capsule faces contains a valve which, upon being actuated by at least one flexible tab, by pressing the mouth of the user, is expelled from the inside of the capsule, allowing him to suck the concentrated fluid contained therein. In this way, the device allows the user to correct the reference values quickly and effectively and thus regain the sense of physical safety while practicing sports in extreme situations or while practicing activities in water environments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Inventor: Catarina Sofia Machado Pires
  • Patent number: 10364073
    Abstract: A dispenser for dispensing a liquid or viscous product, comprising a dispensing valve (2). The dispensing valve, in turn, comprises: —product sealing/releasing means (21), which in a first configuration prevents outflow of the product from the dispenser and in a second configuration enables outflow of the product from the dispenser; —elastic return means (22) for returning the sealing means (21) to the first configuration from the second configuration. The elastic return means (22) and at least part of the product sealing/releasing means (21) are integrated in the same body (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: BORMIOLI PHARMA S.P.A.
    Inventor: Valerio Paganuzzi
  • Patent number: 10350442
    Abstract: A dispenser cap for a fire extinguisher includes a main body portion that has a generally hemispherical shape. The dispenser cap also includes a securing portion adjacent to the main body portion. The securing portion is configured to be removably attached to a dispenser of the fire extinguisher.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Kronebusch Industries, LLC
    Inventor: Allen R. Kronebusch
  • Patent number: 10350620
    Abstract: An outlet valve for a dispensing nozzle comprising a first valve component constructed and arranged to be received by the dispensing nozzle and a second valve component constructed and arranged to cooperate with the first valve component. The first valve component and the second valve component define a normally-closed flow interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Rieke Packaging Systems Limited
    Inventor: Simon Christopher Knight
  • Patent number: 10322427
    Abstract: A liquid soap dispenser includes a container having a flexible outer wall and including a quantity of liquid soap therein. The upper surface of the container can be moved between an upper position and a lower position but is spring biased into the upper position. A pump within said container pumps a portion of the liquid soap onto the upper surface when it is moved downwardly into its lower position. A normally closed valve at the bottom of the container opens to dispense liquid soap from the bottom of the container when the container is squeezed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Scrub Daddy, Inc.
    Inventor: John O'Brien
  • Patent number: 10220988
    Abstract: The device makes it possible to dispense predetermined metered quantities of liquid. It includes a sealing member that can take up a liquid release position, allowing liquid to flow out of the device, and a non-return position preventing liquid from flowing back into the device. The sealing member is provided with metering means for metering out the liquid to be dispensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Nemera La Verpillière
    Inventors: Gaetan Painchaud, Sylvain Lanzi, Xavier Julia, Guillaume Grevin
  • Patent number: 10189613
    Abstract: The invention relates to a closure assembly configured to be mounted on a neck of a container, which closure assembly includes a cap with a dispensing opening and a self-closing dispensing valve attached to the cap such that it is located adjacent the dispensing opening, and wherein the dispensing valve is a disc of foil material having a central valve area in which at least one self-closing slit is located and an annular peripheral attachment area extending around the central valve area, with which attachment area the dispensing valve is attached to the attachment area of the dispensing cap such that its central valve area aligns with the dispensing opening of the dispensing cap to close off that dispensing opening, and wherein an annular rib offsets the central valve area of the dispensing valve relative to a substantially flat attachment area of the cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: WEENER PLASTICS NETHERLANDS B.V.
    Inventors: Lenny Marita Ellenkamp-Van Olst, Willem Ramon, Albertus Rap, Gerrit Jan Stegeman, Sebastiaan Wilhelmus Josephus den Boer
  • Patent number: 10150598
    Abstract: A flow control device (20) and process are provided for controlling the flow of a pressurized fluid substance from a supply system (22). The device (20) includes a housing (30/40) that defines an orifice (84) for communicating between the supply system (22) that has an outlet end defining a discharge opening (57). The device 20 further includes a valve (140) having a flexible, resilient valve head (160) that has confronting, openable portions (186) movable from a closed configuration to an open configuration when the valve head (160) is subjected to a pressure differential acting across the valve head (160). The valve (140) is located across the housing outlet end discharge opening (57) so that the valve (140) and the housing (30/40) together define an expansion chamber (198) between the orifice (84) and the valve (140).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: AptarGroup, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Hatton, Andrew Brunner, Andrew Smith
  • Patent number: 10136677
    Abstract: A retractable mouthpiece includes an upper cover of a hollow structure with an receiving cavity, a lower cover that fits with the upper cover, a fastener arranged between the upper cover and the lower cover and housed inside the receiving cavity, a smoking pipe housed inside the receiving cavity, and an elastic component arranged between the smoking pipe and the lower cover. The fastener is sleeved on the smoking pipe, and the smoking pipe is extended out of the upper cover or retracted within the upper cover when the smoking pipe is pressed or rotated. The retractable mouthpiece is both healthy and convenient. An electronic cigarette with the retractable mouthpiece is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: JOYETECH EUROPE HOLDING GMBH
    Inventor: Weihua Qiu
  • Patent number: 10137466
    Abstract: A discharge head for a dispenser including a securing element coupling the discharge head to the dispenser, a housing having an outlet opening, and a valve body. The valve body closes the outlet opening when the pressure of a medium in the discharge head is below a threshold value, and in a ready-for-use state the valve body releases the outlet opening when the pressure of the medium in the discharge head is above the threshold value. The valve body is mounted over a travel path for releasing and closing the outlet opening, and a locking handle moves in relation to the securing element in order to transfer the discharge head into a locked state in which the travel path of the valve body is reduced to zero, and/or in order to transfer the discharge head from the locked state into the ready-for-use state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: APTAR RADOLFZELL GMBH
    Inventors: Thomas Bruder, Tobias Baumann
  • Patent number: 10080631
    Abstract: A dental pipette. The dental pipette includes a container having a chamber configured to receive and retain fluids therein. A nozzle positioned at one end of the container is in fluid communication with the chamber via a conduit. A plurality of apertures disposed on the nozzle enable fluids within the chamber to be dispensed from the nozzle. A plurality of bristles extend radially outwardly from the nozzle and taper in length from one end of the nozzle to a second end of the nozzle forming a cone-like construction. The apertures and bristles are positioned at intervals and assist with the cleaning of teeth, gums, and the like. A hollow, beveled tip disposed at one end of the nozzle facilitates easy insertion under the gum line and in between teeth. Usage of the dental pipette provides protection from gum infection, bone loss, and tooth loss.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Inventor: Gail Love
  • Patent number: 10071836
    Abstract: The dose dispense closure for a squeezable container. The closure has a body cap 20 with inlet orifices 37 and a transit orifice 34 which allows composition into the body cap. A piston 80 is provided within the body cap 20. When the container is squeezed, the piston 80 is forced down, thereby expelling liquid from a control cap 40 until the piston 80 lands on the end of a duct 60 in the control cap 40 to prevent further dispensing. When the squeezing force is removed, the piston 80 returns to its start position. The piston 80 is biased towards the end wall 33 of the body cap 20 by a compression element 87. The body cap 20 is attached directly to the container such that rotation of the body cap allows adjustment of the dosage without having to remove the body cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Reckitt Benckiser (Brands) Limited
    Inventors: Simon Holroyd, Aki Hannu Einari Laakso, Xorge Castro Pelayo, Benjamin John Strutt
  • Patent number: 9914570
    Abstract: The invention is a valvular closure element (5), in particular for dispensing a liquid from a container, the valvular closure element (5) comprising a support element (10) having an annular shape and a valve insert (12) having a side wall and a cover portion made of a resilient material and abutting to an internal surface of the support element (10) by its side wall. The cover portion (17) is formed with slits (14) defining valve flaps (15), wherein each valve flap (15) has an adjoining periphery connected to the side wall. In the valvular closure element (5) the side wall has a cylindrical shape, and the slits (14) are formed radially, and a projection (18) is formed on the external periphery of the support element (10) for each valve flap (15) at the middle of the adjoining periphery corresponding to the respective valve flap (15). The invention is, furthermore, a closure cap comprising the valvular closure element (5), and a method and an apparatus for manufacturing the valvular closure element (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Inventor: Gabor Fazekas
  • Patent number: 9884336
    Abstract: A dispensing device is selectively operable in a first mode of operation and a second mode of operation. The device comprises a base and a refill removably connectable with the base. The base comprises a first dispensing system and a first actuator communicably connected with the first dispensing system. The refill comprises a reservoir having a sidewall and an orifice. The first dispensing system is in fluid communication with the refill in the first mode of operation and the refill is disconnected from the base in the second mode of operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Paulus Antonius Augustinus Hoefte, Olga Lahuerta Salas, Dominic Robert Doyle, Cedric Gobber, Ruben Garcia Fabrega
  • Patent number: 9833799
    Abstract: A package includes a container and a closure arranged to close an opening into an interior region formed in the container. The closure includes a dispensing cap formed to include a body adapted to be coupled to a neck of the container and a product-discharge spout coupled to the body to discharge product stored in the container that passes from the interior region of the container into a discharge passageway formed in the product-discharge spout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Berry Plastics Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey C Minnette, Eric W Kost
  • Patent number: 9757752
    Abstract: A double-walled tube for dispensing product includes an inner wall, an outer wall positioned around the inner wall, and an opening defined by the inner wall. The inner wall and outer wall are flexible to dispense product held within the inner wall through the opening when the inner wall and outer wall are flexed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Kao Corporation
    Inventor: Daisuke Kodama
  • Patent number: 9669973
    Abstract: Double container includes: inner layer body provided with upper opening; outer layer body accommodating inner layer body and including mouth portion provided with aperture; and dispensing cap provided with content dispensing spout and fitted to mouth portion. Double container further includes: inside plug provided with dispensing passage and fitted to upper opening; and check valve configured to open and close dispensing passage. Dispensing cap has a cylindrical wall, and cylindrical wall has a lower end portion fitted to an outer circumferential surface of outer layer body to provide vent region inside dispensing cap. Throttle passage is provided in a passage extending from ambient air introducing hole through vent region to aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: YOSHINO KOGYOSHO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shinya Hoshino, Katsuhito Kuwahara
  • Patent number: 9580224
    Abstract: A composite container for storing product in a hermetically-sealed volume includes a fitment that forms one end of the container. The fitment has an outer face, an inner face, a perimeter edge with an attachment surface formed therein, and an aperture between the outer face and the inner face with an aperture mount configured to receive and secure a closure for sealing the aperture of the container. The fitment also includes a sealing surface on the inner face that surrounds the aperture, and a products pouch with a pouch opening that is sealed to the sealing surface. The fitment further includes a can having a first end that is coupled to the attachment surface of the fitment and a substantially-rigid tubular body extending away from the fitment to form an interior volume that surrounds the products pouch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Sonoco Development, Inc.
    Inventors: Kurt A. Ziegenfelder, Robert T. Versluys
  • Patent number: 9440773
    Abstract: A dispenser for dispensing a substance, such as a liquid lipstick or other cosmetic, pharmaceutical or cosmeceutical product, has a body with a variable-volume storage chamber for storing the product. A dispensing portion is connected with the body and a one-way valve for dispensing amounts of product therethrough. The dispensing portion defines a compression chamber in fluid communication with the storage chamber for receiving product therefrom, and an outlet aperture coupled in fluid communication with the compression chamber. The one-way valve has a valve seat, and a visco-elastic valve cover seated on the valve seat and defining a normally-closed, axially-extending seam therebetween forming a fluid-tight seal between the valve cover and valve seat. The flexible valve cover is movable relative to the valve seat, and the seam is connectable in fluid communication with the outlet aperture to allow the passage of product through the seam and out of the dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: MEDINSTILL DEVELOPMENT LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Py, Julian V. Chan, Giovanni Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 9392857
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a container provided with a vacuum pump for creamy-type cosmetics. According to the container provided with a vacuum pump for a creamy-type cosmetics of the present invention, the discharge hole of a button part is positioned so as to be biased, and a pressure display part is formed in the upper middle portion of the button part, in order to pressurize the button part and thus enable the user to accurately ascertain the pressure portion of the button part, and the contents can be uniformly discharged by simply pumping using one hand without causing the button part to incline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: YONWOO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shin-Bok Jung
  • Patent number: 9254498
    Abstract: An outlet valve assembly for fluid dispenser includes an outlet nipple having a proximal end for fluidically coupling to a pump and a distal end and defining a flow conduit. An outlet nozzle comprises a sleeve and an inward annular protrusion cooperating to define a counterbore coaxially receiving at least a portion of the outlet nipple. A resilient valve member within the counterbore includes a valve head portion and a peripheral valve portion around the valve head portion. The peripheral valve portion is retained between the annular protrusion and the distal end. A vent-resisting member integrally formed within the conduit includes a perforated baffle adjacent a first side, upstream of the valve head portion. The baffle is positioned close to the first side of the valve head portion to resist inward opening of the orifice during operation to prevent inward venting of ambient air during a dispensing operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Inventor: Warren S. Daansen
  • Patent number: 9089841
    Abstract: A method for taking a sample includes drawing blood into a vacuum blood collection tube and transferring at least part of the blood from the vacuum blood collection tube to a sample storage space of a dropper. The vacuum blood collection tube includes a sample storage portion and a stopper sealing the sample storage portion, and the drawing is performed by stabbing a hollow needle into the stopper. The dropper includes and internal space at least part of which is the sample storage space for storing a sample and which includes a volume changeable space defined, by an elastically deformable portion having flexibility. The dropper further includes an insertion portion including a through-hole connected to the internal space, and the transfer of the sample is performed by inserting the insertion portion into a through- formed in the stopper by the stabbing of the hollow needle into the stopper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: ARKRAY, Inc.
    Inventors: Yasunori Shiraki, Daisuke Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 9079694
    Abstract: A cap assembly comprising a body, a sealing membrane and a retaining ring. An opening is provided through the body and includes a recessed circumferential channel and a membrane engaging flange positioned proximate the recessed circumferential channel. The sealing membrane covers the opening and includes a body engaging flange and a pierceable surface. The retaining ring is positioned with the sealing membrane engagement surface in overlying engagement with the sealing membrane. Extension of the tab into the recessed circumferential channel of the body releasably maintains the overlying engagement and biases the retaining ring against the membrane. The inner wall structure of the retaining ring extends radially inward beyond the membrane engaging flange of the sealing membrane, to, in turn, protect the membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: Scholle Corporation
    Inventors: James J. Arch, Charles Thurman
  • Patent number: 9079198
    Abstract: A dispensing closure for a squeeze-type container produces a fan-type spray in a low pressure environment. The dispensing closure includes a closure body having an upper deck and a skirt depending from the upper deck. The skirt is configured and arranged to attach to a product container, such as a squeeze-type container. A flow conduit extends from an interior of the closure body and through the upper deck to provide a flow path from an interior of the closure to an exterior of the closure. The flow conduit has an entrance orifice and an exit orifice. The flow conduit has an inner wall extending between the entrance orifice and the exit orifice. The flow conduit and the closure body are integrally formed. The flow conduit includes a tip portion with an exit orifice defining a shape to provide a fan-type spray in a low pressure environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: MWV SLATERSVILLE, LLC
    Inventors: Sergey Romanov, Clifford W. Skillin, Patrick J. Brannon
  • Patent number: 9073248
    Abstract: A method of injection molding a plastics component includes providing a first mold member with a mold cavity, which is defined by an internal surface, and a second mold member with an external surface whose shape is complementary to the shape of the mold cavity. Either the internal surface or the external surface carry an elongate formation with an elongate apex. The method includes advancing the second mold member into the mold cavity such that the apex is spaced from the opposed one of the internal surface and the external surface by a predetermined distance and the internal surface of the first mold member and the external surface of the second mold member together define a mold space. Molten polyolefin material is then injected into the mold space to substantially fill it. The predetermined distance is so dimensioned that the polyolefin material does not completely fill the space between the apex and the opposed surface and the slit is thus formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: Carbonite Corporation
    Inventor: Matthew Eric Smith
  • Patent number: 9004317
    Abstract: A device for packaging and dispensing a flowable product comprises a casing comprising a nozzle for dispensing the product and a container designed to contain the product to be packaged. The casing comprises a rigid bottom, an air renewal and filtration assembly, a filter element, and an air inlet passage located in said rigid bottom. The nozzle comprises a tapered portion that defines a free end of the nozzle, an actuating portion resiliently movable between an engagement position and a rest position. A dose-defining chamber may be isolated from the air contained in the container and may have a determined volume in the rest position. The engagement position may be obtained by engaging the actuating portion against a stationary wall portion, so as to empty the chamber and expel a dose exactly corresponding to the determined volume of the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Sivel
    Inventor: Jacques Pozzi
  • Patent number: 8991648
    Abstract: A shut-off system for a dispenser includes a pinch member that moves relative to a guide and which is normally biased against a flexible outlet tube that is disposed therebetween. The flexible outlet tube that carries material, such as soap, supplied from a pump to an outlet nozzle. The pump and the pinch member are in operative engagement with an actuator, such that when the actuator is not engaged, the pinch member closes the outlet tube to prevent residual material retained in the outlet tube from flowing or drooling out of the outlet nozzle. Correspondingly, when the actuator is engaged, the pump is compressed, and the pinch member is moved away from the outlet tube, allowing the material to be pumped through the outlet tube and dispensed from the outlet nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: GOJO Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: David J. Smith, John J. McNulty, Robert Quinlan, James M. Yates
  • Patent number: 8985395
    Abstract: A device for dispensing individual servings of a cold beverage, either having a refrigeration unit to chill the beverage or a removable pitcher that may be put in a refrigerator. A special disposable beverage cartridge or beverage pouch fits into the holder. This cartridge or pouch may have pressure rupturable seals or diaphragms and contain beverage concentrate. A dispensing mechanism puts pressure on the cartridge or the pouch to break the pressure rupturable seal or diaphragm to discharge the concentrate into a mixing structure. The mixing structure also receives chilled liquid from the refrigeration unit or the pitcher, and ensures that the concentrate mixes with the liquid without contacting the walls of the mixing structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Fountain Master LLC
    Inventor: Francis X Tansey