Into Container Recess Patents (Class 222/534)
  • Patent number: 10946402
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a dispensing device (100) for dispensing a liquid or fluid held in a container (C). The device (100) comprises: an engagement portion (101) for mutually engaging the device (100) and the container; drawing and dispensing means (102) suited to draw the fluid or liquid from the container (C) and then dispense it; a hollow operating cap (103) for operating the drawing and dispensing means (102); a dispensing nozzle or spout (104) provided with a dispensing duct (105) fixed to the operating cap (103). The dispensing nozzle or spout (104) can be switched through a rotary movement between a first dispensing position and a second non-dispensing position. The operating cap (103) and the dispensing nozzle or spout (104) are shaped in such a way as to respectively define a first stop surface (107) and a second stop surface (108); in the dispensing position the first and the second stop surfaces (107, 108) are arranged against each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Inventor: Evans Santagiuliana
  • Patent number: 10196254
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a portable container for a beverage, such as beer, from a Sixth barrel or Cornelius keg. The portable container is specifically designed for storing, cooling, transporting and dispensing a beverage, such as beer. The portable container has a self-contained container of CO2, a regulator, and a tap for the keg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Pik Six LLC
    Inventors: David A. Kincaid, Tim Kalbas, Dan Wirtz, Allen Broughton, Sean McLaren, Ian Mackay
  • Patent number: 9415994
    Abstract: A fuel container includes a container, a spout, an outlet valve, an air intake valve, and an actuator. The spout is coupled to the container at a bottom end portion of the container. The outlet valve is positioned at the bottom end portion and operable to control fluid flow into the spout. The air intake valve is positioned at a top end portion of the container. The actuator is operable to open both the outlet valve and the air intake valve concurrently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Inventor: Brad C. Ouderkirk
  • Publication number: 20150102054
    Abstract: A fuel container includes a container, a spout, an outlet valve, an air intake valve, and an actuator. The spout is coupled to the container at a bottom end portion of the container. The outlet valve is positioned at the bottom end portion and operable to control fluid flow into the spout. The air intake valve is positioned at a top end portion of the container. The actuator is operable to open both the outlet valve and the air intake valve concurrently.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventor: Brad C. Ouderkirk
  • Patent number: 8910835
    Abstract: A fuel container includes a container, a spout, an outlet valve, an air intake valve, and an actuator. The spout is coupled to the container at a bottom end portion of the container. The outlet valve is positioned at the bottom end portion and operable to control fluid flow into the spout. The air intake valve is positioned at a top end portion of the container. The actuator is operable to open both the outlet valve and the air intake valve concurrently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Inventor: Brad C. Ouderkirk
  • Patent number: 8833617
    Abstract: A fuel container includes sealed vessel having a pivoting spout assembly and fill nozzle assembly and a locking assembly. The container provides storage and dispensing of fuels without a user having to manually remove any caps. The spout assembly pivots closed and automatically seals when not in use. An air vent is built into the locking assembly to allow air to enter the vessel only during filling or dispensing, thereby effectively containing fumes within.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Inventors: Mark A. P. Compton, Gene Compton
  • Patent number: 8701436
    Abstract: A refrigerator is provided to prevent sustaining of injuries by users, and which is capable of being hygienically used. The refrigerator prevents users sustaining injuries from inadvertently bumping into a dispenser or a tray when passing by the refrigerator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Hyeon Jin Kim
  • Patent number: 8672174
    Abstract: A lid assembly including a cover member for attachment to a container, the cover including first and second apertures providing access to contents of the container; a drinking member having a bore there through, the drinking member pivotal between a first closed position wherein the drinking member seals the first aperture and a second open position wherein the bore is aligned with the first aperture to allow contents of the container to pass through the first aperture and the drinking member; and a closure member pivotal between a first closed position wherein the closure member seals the second aperture and a second open position wherein the second aperture is exposed to allow contents of the container to pass there through.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Leedsworld, Inc.
    Inventor: Morgan Requel McMullin
  • Patent number: 8662359
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus provide for a gasoline can air vent apparatus. The gasoline can air vent apparatus includes a platform having a platform fuel passage and a platform air channel. A nozzle assembly is in removable-mechanical communication with the platform. The nozzle assembly includes a nozzle assembly air channel substantially aligned with the platform air channel. A nozzle fuel channel extends into the nozzle assembly. A nozzle air channel extends into the nozzle assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Inventor: James R. Hickey
  • Patent number: 8657163
    Abstract: A draining device and a package with such a draining device for a liquid material. The draining device comprises a housing part and a draining part, which is articulated around an axis in relation to the housing part. The housing part comprises a first channel with an inlet which ends on the inside of the package. The draining part comprises a second channel with an outlet which ends on the out-side of the package. The housing part is arranged to be attached on the outside of the wall of the package. The draining part is arranged with at least one puncturing device in its end being arranged opposite to the outlet. The puncturing device is arranged to puncture the wall of the package so that at least one passage is formed through which liquid material being located in the package may be made to flow out through the draining part to the outside of the package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Inventor: Vilho Eriksson
  • Patent number: 8616419
    Abstract: A reusable container having a body with an inlet, and an outlet provided with an elongate dispensing spout mounted for pivotal movement between a first position, where the spout overlies a portion of the body, and a second position, where the spout extends away from the body. A valve adjacent the first end of the spout prevents passage of liquid from the body into the spout when the spout is in the first position and allows passage of liquid from the body into the spout when the spout is in the second position. The valve changes between first and second conditions in response to pivotal movement of the spout. The spout includes a first locating portion which engages a second locating portion on the body to retain the spout in the first position. A second valve adjacent the spout is biased to a closed state by a resilient element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Inventor: Martin Slack
  • Publication number: 20130068800
    Abstract: A fuel container includes a container, a spout, an outlet valve, an air intake valve, and an actuator. The spout is coupled to the container at a bottom end portion of the container. The outlet valve is positioned at the bottom end portion and operable to control fluid flow into the spout. The air intake valve is positioned at a top end portion of the container. The actuator is operable to open both the outlet valve and the air intake valve concurrently.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2011
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Inventor: Brad C. Ouderkirk
  • Publication number: 20120018460
    Abstract: A reusable container is disclosed for storing, dispensing and carrying liquids. The container includes body provided with an inlet and an outlet. The outlet is provided with an elongate dispensing spout which is mounted for pivotal movement between a first position, in which the spout overlies a portion of the container body, and a second position, in which the spout extends away from the container body. A valve adjacent the first end of the spout that prevents passage of the liquid from the container body into the spout when the spout is in the first position and that allows the passage of the liquid from the container body into the spout when the spout is in the second position. The valve changes between the first and second conditions in response to pivotal movement of the spout. The spout is provided with a first locating portion which engages with a second locating portion on the container body so as to retain the spout in the first position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2011
    Publication date: January 26, 2012
    Inventor: Martin Slack
  • Patent number: 8091744
    Abstract: The invention relates to an arrangement for pouring free-flowing media out of a container. The arrangement contains a pour-out valve (3, 50) which can be specifically opened and closed by the user via an easy to operate actuating device (9), and thus allows a controlled pouring-out action. A pour-out tube (2) arranged in a pivotable manner on the container (1) makes it possible, depending on the position of the pivoted pour-out tube (2), to lock or unlock the pour-out valve (3, 50) using a blocking device. Locking the pour-out valve in the closed position prevents accidental opening of the pour-out valve (3, 50). The arrangement according to the invention also contains a venting valve (8), which can likewise be locked in the closed state. A compression spring ensures that, in the rest state, that is to say when the actuating device (9) is not actuated, the pour-out valve (3, 50) seals off the spout and the venting valve (8) is likewise closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Birchmeier Sprühtechnik AG
    Inventor: Jürg Zwahlen
  • Patent number: 7802704
    Abstract: A gasoline can having a nozzle assembly which includes a ball valve that is in an open mode when the can's nozzle is lifted for pouring, and which when the can's nozzle is in a lowered storage mode, the ball valve is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2010
    Inventors: David A. Hatch, James R. Hickey
  • Patent number: 7793690
    Abstract: A water dispenser mounted on a door of a refrigerator freezer that is provided with a spigot that is movable between inner and outer dispensing positions. The dispenser includes a dispenser housing having a dispensing cavity and the spigot is movably mounted in the top of the dispensing cavity. When the spigot is in the inner dispensing position water can be dispensed into a container positioned in the dispensing cavity. In the outer dispensing position the spigot can dispense water into a container positioned outside the dispensing cavity. The dispenser housing can be provided with a movable tray in the bottom of the dispensing cavity. The movable tray can be withdrawn to support a container under the spigot in the inner dispensing position and extended to support a container under the spigot in the outer dispensing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Ronald L. Voglewede, Kevin J. Gilboe
  • Patent number: 7757732
    Abstract: A water dispenser mounted on a door of a refrigerator freezer that is provided with a spigot that is movable between inner and outer dispensing positions. The dispenser includes a dispenser housing having a dispensing cavity and the spigot is movably mounted in the top of the dispensing cavity. When the spigot is in the inner dispensing position water can be dispensed into a container positioned in the dispensing cavity. In the outer dispensing position the spigot can dispense water into a container positioned outside the dispensing cavity. The dispenser housing can be provided with a movable tray in the bottom of the dispensing cavity. The movable tray can be withdrawn to support a container under the spigot in the inner dispensing position and extended to support a container under the spigot in the outer dispensing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Ronald L. Voglewede, Kevin J. Gilboe, Patrick J. Boarman, Daryl L. Harmon, Gary W. Wilson, Sr., Jerry M. Visin
  • Publication number: 20100072230
    Abstract: A gasoline can having a nozzle assembly which includes a ball valve that is in an open mode when the can's nozzle is lifted for pouring, and which when the can's nozzle is in a lowered storage mode, the ball valve is closed. The gasoline can also has an air vent utilizing flap vents which are urged together in a closed mode and opened by air passing from outside the gasoline can into the gasoline can in an open mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2008
    Publication date: March 25, 2010
    Inventor: David A. Hatch
  • Patent number: 7584873
    Abstract: A beverage container of the type having an internal CO2 cartridge, that is adapted to be tapped from the outside and to be connected to a constant pressure-maintaining mechanism, has a tap provided on the upper edge of the container. The tap: is connected on its inner end with a riser line; comprises an outside tube in which an inside tube is slidably arranged; has a terminal coupling of the outside tube that is located at the end of the riser line; and is formed so that the inside tube comprises a projection which closes the riser line when the tap is in its pushed-in condition. A tapping actuator on the outer end of the inside tube operates a plunger that is connected to a tapered member that cooperates with a correspondingly tapered seat positioned within the inside tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2009
    Inventor: Günter Grittmann
  • Patent number: 7500622
    Abstract: Granule distributing apparatus comprises a container (1) having a discharge opening (3) for a product to be distributed and a duct member (6) connected to the discharge opening provides a distribution chamber (64) for the product. The duct member (6) is foldable between working and storage positions. In the working position it projects away from the container (1) and allows products to pass through the discharge opening (3) and along the distribution channel (64). In its storage position the duct member (6) obturates the discharge opening (3) and extends over the top of the container. A locking member (5) is preferably provided which is manipulatable to locate the duct member (6) in the working position and also serves to close an entry end of the distribution channel (64) when the duct member is in the storage position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2009
    Assignee: PBI Home and Garden Limited
    Inventors: Colin Golding, Keith Michael Nicholson
  • Publication number: 20090032556
    Abstract: The invention relates to an arrangement for pouring free-flowing media out of a container. The arrangement contains a pour-out valve (3, 50) which can be specifically opened and closed by the user via an easy to operate actuating device (9), and thus allows a controlled pouring-out action. A pour-out tube (2) arranged in a pivotable manner on the container (1) makes it possible, depending on the position of the pivoted pour-out tube (2), to lock or unlock the pour-out valve (3, 50) using a blocking device. Locking the pour-out valve in the closed position prevents accidental opening of the pour-out valve (3, 50). The arrangement according to the invention also contains a venting valve (8), which can likewise be locked in the closed state. A compression spring ensures that, in the rest state, that is to say when the actuating device (9) is not actuated, the pour-out valve (3, 50) seals off the spout and the venting valve (8) is likewise closed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2007
    Publication date: February 5, 2009
    Applicant: BIRCHMEIER SPRUHTECHNIK AG
    Inventor: Jurg Zwahlen
  • Patent number: 7455085
    Abstract: A water dispenser mounted on a door of a refrigerator freezer that is provided with a spigot that is movable between inner and outer dispensing positions. The dispenser includes a dispenser housing having a dispensing cavity and the spigot is movably mounted in the top of the dispensing cavity. When the spigot is in the inner dispensing position water can be dispensed into a container positioned in the dispensing cavity. In the outer dispensing position the spigot can dispense water into a container positioned outside the dispensing cavity. The dispenser housing can be provided with a movable tray in the bottom of the dispensing cavity. The movable tray can be withdrawn to support a container under the spigot in the inner dispensing position and extended to support a container under the spigot in the outer dispensing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2008
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Ronald L. Voglewede, Kevin J. Gilboe, Patrick J. Boarman, Daryl L. Harmon, Gary W. Wilson, Sr., Jerry M. Visin
  • Patent number: 7059490
    Abstract: A beverage can lid (10) is provided with an articulated neck (15) which can be lifted after partly tearing a closure seal (13) to drink the beverage contained in the can and which can be then folded down together with the seal so as to close hermetically the can to preserve the remaining part of the beverage for subsequent consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2006
    Inventor: Paul Son
  • Patent number: 6691394
    Abstract: A dispensing package for fluent products includes a container of one-piece integrally molded plastic construction having a hollow flexible body, and a rigid integral finish defined by a deck that spans one end of the body, a package dispensing opening in the deck and a wall upstanding from a perimeter of the deck surrounding the deck and the opening. An actuator disk is mounted within the peripheral wall overlying the deck and the dispensing opening, and is pivotal between a closed position closing the opening and an open position for dispensing product from the opening through the actuator disk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2004
    Assignee: Owens-Brockway Plastic Products Inc.
    Inventor: Craig E. McClean
  • Publication number: 20030197039
    Abstract: A container for carrying loose products, the body of which, without inner protective liner, is made of stainless steel. For unloading loose products there is provided at least one elongated dorsal opening, which is equipped with an openable door and to which there is applied a conveyor consisting of a flexible element generally shaped like a funnel, which can be configured in a condition packed inside the opening in the position of closing of the door, and in a distended condition outside the body of the container in the position of opening of the door.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2003
    Publication date: October 23, 2003
    Applicant: COBRA CONTAINERS S.p.A
    Inventors: Cesare Marino, Giuseppe Revello
  • Patent number: 6564978
    Abstract: A dispensing package for fluent products includes a container of one-piece integrally molded plastic construction having a hollow flexible body, and a rigid integral finish defined by a deck that spans one end of the body, a package dispensing opening in the deck and a wall upstanding from a perimeter of the deck surrounding the deck and the opening. An actuator disk is mounted within the peripheral wall overlying the deck and the dispensing opening, and is pivotal between a closed position closing the opening and an open position for dispensing product from the opening through the actuator disk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2003
    Assignee: Owens-Brockway Plastic Products Inc.
    Inventors: John W. Safian, Richard R. Johnston
  • Publication number: 20030015556
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a closure element for a packing for receiving liquid or paste-like material, in particular for a film bag. For an easy opening and re-closing of a closure element which requires little space and tightly closes a packing microbiologically also after the filling process, the closure element comprises a tiltable spout with a spout channel and a spout opening which is closed by the spout in a first tilt position and communicates in a second tilt position of the spout with the spout channel thereof, the spout being connected in the area of the spout opening to a membrane which closes the spout opening and is torn open upon a tilting movement of the spout.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2002
    Publication date: January 23, 2003
    Applicant: Indag Gesellschaft, Fuer Industriebedarf MBH & Co.
    Inventors: Hans-Peter Wild, Eberhard Kraft
  • Publication number: 20020179644
    Abstract: A toggle action dispensing closure has a locking mechanism which prevents the closure from being actuated to an open position. This closure includes a base, a lid and a movable lug. The lid is movably mounted to the base. The lug is attached to the lid and engages the base to prevent the lid from being toggled from a closed position to an open position. The lid is moved to an open position by displacing the movable lug to an actuating position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2002
    Publication date: December 5, 2002
    Inventors: Christopher T. Evans, Kenneth R. Jones
  • Publication number: 20020170930
    Abstract: A spout assembly for use with a container having an internal chamber in communication with a predefined opening that is sealed with a frangible sealing material includes a base member, a hollow body, and a puncture member. The base member is configured to be secured to the container, and is further configured to cover the predefined opening. The hollow body defines a passage therethrough and is rotatably mounted to the base member to be movable between an open position and a closed position. The puncture member is formed with the hollow body, the puncture member configured to puncture the sealing member when the hollow body is moved from the closed position to the open position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2002
    Publication date: November 21, 2002
    Inventor: Jack E. Elder
  • Publication number: 20020166879
    Abstract: An insert is positioned in an opening in a fluid container and between a closure member and the fluid container. The insert generally includes a funnel and an obstructive member disposed therewithin. The insert inhibits evaporative emissions from the fluid container by seating against a conical body portion of the funnel when the fluid container is in an upright or storage position. When the fluid container is in a tilted or use position, the obstructive member locates to an outlet end of the funnel to create a passage from an inlet end of the funnel to the outlet end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2001
    Publication date: November 14, 2002
    Inventor: Kevin John Steen
  • Patent number: 6471101
    Abstract: A receptacle (20) having a pocket (29) in which a spout assembly (24) is stored prior to placing it in an open mode in which the receptacle's content is dispensed. Spout assembly (24) includes a spout proper (25) to which a body formation (27) having a chamber (39) in communication with spout proper 25 and by apertures (41) to receptacle (20). An arm (65) connects the spout proper (25) with a floor (37) of pocket (29). Floor (37) includes a frangible area (48) formed by scoring (49) and which is broken from floor (37) upon introducing a breaking member (47) into the frangible area (48). Body formation (27) includes breaking member (47). Body formation (27) also includes an endless peripheral flange (52) around it and from which an endless lug (54) depends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2002
    Inventor: Gevorg Vardanyan
  • Publication number: 20020125274
    Abstract: A one-piece side-dispensing closure including a cap, a dispensing lid, and a flexible actuating section connected between the cap and the dispensing lid is described. The cap has an inner wall connectable with a container, a platform overlying the inner wall and having an aperture, a discharge tube positioned over the aperture, and a top wall supported by the platform. The dispensing lid includes a lever portion, a conduit portion formed on an end of the lid opposite the lever portion, a fulcrum about which the lid rotates, a connector for pivotally connecting the lid to the cap, and a fluid passageway formed in the conduit portion and connected to the discharge tube. The flexible actuating section is connected on its upper end to the dispensing lid by a top hinge and on its lower end to the cap by a bottom hinge. The closure is formed to permit transition from a closed position to an open position when a force is applied to the flexible actuating section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2001
    Publication date: September 12, 2002
    Inventor: W. Gordon Beecroft
  • Patent number: 6439441
    Abstract: A container for storing and dispensing viscous liquids which dispenses from the bottom of the container and which has a self-closing, non-drip dispensing spout. The dispensing spout may be provided on the bottom of an upright container having a cap at the other extremity or as a part of a removable cap for the container having a flat upper surface for storing the container in an inverted position. A self-operating closure allows one-handed operation of the container. The self-operating closure has a pivotable dispensing tube and valve with an open position and a closed position which is operated by the pivoting action of the dispensing tube. The pivotable dispensing tube and the valve are biased into a closed position to make the closure self-operating. A detent may be provided for holding the pivotable dispensing tube in an open position against the bias.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2002
    Inventor: Cornelius F. Leary
  • Publication number: 20020113097
    Abstract: A dispensing closure is provided for attachment to the discharge port of a standard circular-headed tube. The closure comprises a skirt with a circular cross-sectional shape at its base that merges gradually to an oval-shaped face at its top. When the closure is attached to a standard circular-headed tube, with the long axis of the oval face oriented substantially parallel to the straight crimped edge of the filled tube, the combination of closure and tube appears to the ordinary observer to have a continuously oval cross-sectional shape throughout the length of the combination. The dispensing closure can be manufactured using typical injection-molding techniques, and may be adapted for use with dispensing mechanisms and attachment means known in the personal care products industry.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2001
    Publication date: August 22, 2002
    Inventors: Ron E. Harriman, Edward F. Csaszar
  • Patent number: 6431416
    Abstract: A toggle-action dispensing closure includes a base having an upper edge, and internal thread or bead for securement to a container, and a recessed deck disposed beneath the upper edge and having a fluid dispensing opening. A dispensing disk or actuator is pivotally mounted to the base above the deck, and includes a seal for cooperating with the dispensing opening for selectively opening and closing the dispensing opening. A lug element on a periphery of the disk has a sharp edge in opposed abutment with the upper edge of the base to resist first movement of the actuator to open the dispensing opening. First movement of the actuator to open the dispensing opening causes permanent deformation at the upper edge of the base and/or at the lower edge of the element, such that the element and the edge present lesser resistance to opening of the actuator after such first opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2002
    Assignee: Owens-Illinois Closure Inc.
    Inventor: Richard D. Lohrman
  • Publication number: 20020074367
    Abstract: Drawing FIG. 3 shows a Gravity-fed Liquid Chemical Dispenser Bottle (100), which stops the irritating wait for a bottle turned upside down to dispense thick Liquid Chemical (204) such as condiments, pharmaceuticals, motor oil, etc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2001
    Publication date: June 20, 2002
    Inventor: Kevin Kawakita
  • Patent number: 6394323
    Abstract: A dispenser package for a fluent product that includes a plastic container having an axially extending cylindrical neck, and a closure secured to the open end of the neck. The closure includes a plastic fitment having a dispensing opening and a cylindrical wall received within the neck. The container neck has a radially opening circumferential channel, while the fitment has a radially projecting circumferential bead received by snap fit into the channel to secure the fitment to the neck. A top is pivotally secured to the fitment or to the container neck for selectively opening and closing the dispensing opening. In the preferred embodiments of the invention, the dispensing opening is circular, and the top has an annular wall that forms a plug seal within the dispensing opening when the top is in the closed position. The top is flush with the fitment or the axial end of the container neck in the closed position to form a compact visual structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2002
    Assignee: Owens-Brockway Plastic Products Inc.
    Inventors: Craig E. McClean, Robert E. Harman
  • Patent number: 6343725
    Abstract: A toggle-action dispensing closure includes a base having an upper edge, and internal thread or bead for securement to a container, and a recessed deck disposed beneath the upper edge and having a fluid dispensing opening. A dispensing disk or actuator is pivotally mounted to the base above the deck, and includes a seal for cooperating with the dispensing opening for selectively opening and closing the dispensing opening. A lug element on a periphery of the disk has a sharp edge in opposed abutment with the upper edge of the base to resist first movement of the actuator to open the dispensing opening. First movement of the actuator to open the dispensing opening causes permanent deformation at the upper edge of the base and/or at the lower edge of the element, such that the element and the edge present lesser resistance to opening of the actuator after such first opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2002
    Assignee: Owens-Illinois Closure Inc.
    Inventor: Richard D. Lohrman
  • Publication number: 20010048008
    Abstract: A dispenser package for a fluent product that includes a plastic container having an axially extending cylindrical neck, and a closure secured to the open end of the neck. The closure includes a plastic fitment having a dispensing opening and a cylindrical wall received within the neck. The container neck has a radially opening circumferential channel, while the fitment has a radially projecting circumferential bead received by snap fit into the channel to secure the fitment to the neck. A top is pivotally secured to the fitment or to the container neck for selectively opening and closing the dispensing opening. In the preferred embodiments of the invention, the dispensing opening is circular, and the top has an annular wall that forms a plug seal within the dispensing opening when the top is in the closed position. The top is flush with the fitment or the axial end of the container neck in the closed position to form a compact visual structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 1999
    Publication date: December 6, 2001
    Inventors: CRAIG E. MCCLEAN, ROBERT E. HARMAN
  • Publication number: 20010035436
    Abstract: A double opening container of various sizes and shapes having different size openings at either end. The larger opening serves as the base with a wide enough diameter relative to the size of the container to allow the container to stand securely on this end. The screw on caps provide for ease of dispensing, refilling and washing the container from the larger opening. The smaller opening serves as the dispensing end with interchangable caps depending on the application for use. Both ends and their caps have adaptable threads and screw on caps to provide tight enough application to prevent leakage. The container and caps are composed of a durable material such as plastic to allow for repeated washing, drying and reuse.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2001
    Publication date: November 1, 2001
    Inventors: Patrick L. Foley, Patrick L. Foley
  • Patent number: 6267265
    Abstract: A pill dispenser to dispense a pill received from a pill container engaged therebelow. The pill dispenser comprises a cavity, said cavity having an exposed end and shaped to form a conical surface therein. The conical shape of the dispenser cavity, advantageously, allows pills to be engaged therein and dispensed therefrom, one at time, regardless of the shape and size of the pills. Optionally, the pill dispenser is disposed within a cap or closure member, mountable to common containers available at most retail outlets. Further optionally, the pill dispenser is disposed within the container itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2001
    Inventor: Hassan Issa
  • Patent number: 6223746
    Abstract: A metered dose inhaler pump for delivering a metered dose of an active compound from an active compound inlet through a spray outlet without the need of a pressurized active compound container. Reciprocating action of an inlet valve, an outlet valve and a plunger alternately draw a metered dose of the active compound from an active compound container into an active compound chamber and pressurize the drawn metered dose of the active compound to eject the metered dose through the spray outlet. The plunger substantially fills and evacuates the metered dose chamber, leaving no void head space therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2001
    Assignee: IEP Pharmaceutical Devices Inc.
    Inventors: Warren R. Jewett, Robert C. Williams, III
  • Patent number: 6161737
    Abstract: A container for storing and dispensing viscous liquids which dispenses from the bottom of the container and which has a self-closing, non-drip dispensing spout. The dispensing spout may be provided on the bottom of an upright container having a cap at the other extremity or as a part of a removable cap for the container having a flat upper surface for storing the container in an inverted position. A self-operating closure allows one-handed operation of the container. The self-operating closure has a pivotable dispensing tube and valve with an open position and a closed position which is operated by the pivoting action of the dispensing tube. The pivotable dispensing tube and the valve are biased into a closed position to make the closure self-operating. A detent may be provided for holding the pivotable dispensing tube in an open position against the bias.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2000
    Inventor: Cornelius F. Leary
  • Patent number: 6152329
    Abstract: A closure cap for a container is disclosed which has a body disposed over e mouth of a container. The body has a passage for fluid flow from the mouth of the container to an opening. The closure cap also has a top plate pivotally attached to the body for movement between open and closed positions. A locking lever is provided which extends in the direction of the longitudinal axis and having a fulcrum so that the upper end of the locking lever can be located in the path of movement of the top plate when it is closed to thereby obstruct movement of the top plate to the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2000
    Assignee: Innocos Innovative Verpackungen fur Die Kosmetische Industrie GmbH
    Inventors: Karl-Heinz Rosenthal, Norbert Filip
  • Patent number: 6119894
    Abstract: A pill dispensing cap assembly to dispense a pill or the like received from a pill container engaged therebelow. The assembly comprises two components, namely a pill transferor to dispense one pill and a base. A cavity in said pill transferor is provided, said cavity having an exposed end and being shaped to form a conical surface therein. The conical shape of the pill transferor cavity, advantageously, provides for the engagement and dispensing of one pill from the pill container regardless of the shape and size of the pills. The base is adapted to pivotably receive said pill transferor, the base having an opening for pill communication between the pill container and the cavity, and a bottom portion of the base adapted to engage the pill container in a child proof manner. In addition, there are two opposed pins extending outwardly on lateral surfaces of the pill transferor to engage the base. A cam on a bottom portion of said pill transferor engages said opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2000
    Inventor: Issa Hassan
  • Patent number: 6059154
    Abstract: The invention relates to a stopping capsule with self-retracting spout which comprises a capsule body with a central orifice, a mobile spout and a rotating lid which controls the emergence and retraction of the spout. The capsule body comprises a shaft which communicates with the spout by a supple, elastically deformable, hollow body, and the lid comprises a sleeve fitted in the shaft and presenting a lateral hole capable of being opposite the pipe of the spout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2000
    Assignee: Niob Plastique
    Inventors: Fran.cedilla.ois Bigotte, Christian Tatin
  • Patent number: 6053374
    Abstract: The invention is a plastic cap for liquid containers, comprising a main body, which is essentially cylindrical, and an element (20) for dispensing the liquid. The upper part of said dispensing element is essentially circular, level and hinged to the main body, while its lower part is socle-shaped and is characterized by a partially cylindrical base surface (27), covered by a layer of soft material (270) sliding in the corresponding groove (30) belonging to the main body (1). Said layer of soft material (270) serves as a seal when the dispenser is open. When, on the other hand, the dispenser is closed the cylindrical projection (8) of the hole (7) of the main body, coupled with the layer of soft material (270) present on the socle, fits into the groove (30) in such a way as to ensure the seal between the dispenser and the cap body in any case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2000
    Assignee: Taplast
    Inventor: Evans Santagiuliana
  • Patent number: 6029866
    Abstract: A dispensing structure is provided for an opening to a container. The dispensing structure includes a body for extending from the container around the opening. The dispensing structure defines a discharge aperture communicating with the container opening. An actuator, which defines a pivot axis, is pivotally mounted on the body for occluding flow from the container through the discharge aperture when the actuator is in a closed position and permitting flow from the container when force is applied to the actuator to tilt the actuator to an open position. The actuator includes a first, generally rigid piece which is molded from a material and which defines a force-receiving region on one side of the pivot axis. The actuator includes a second piece which is molded from a material onto the first, rigid, force-receiving region and is bonded to the first, rigid piece to define a finger pad against which a finger may be pressed to tilt the actuator to the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 29, 2000
    Assignee: AptarGroup, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher J. Wood, Marian Singer, Walt Witkowski
  • Patent number: 6029864
    Abstract: A container (1) for petrochemical products comprises a pour adapter (19), provided with a pour spout (20) and is parallelepiped-shaped, the pour adapter (19) being disposed within an upper corner area (recess 28). In order to control and facilitate respectively a tilting of the container always in a direction towards the pour adapter (19) partly a diagonally disposed handle (9) in the top side (2) of the container is provided and partly on the bottom side (3) of the container a depression (13). Provided one hand seizes the handle and the other hand holds the depression, an automatically controlling outflow moment diagonally through the container towards the pour adapter (19) is simultaneously attained. The pour spout (20) can be swung out from an entirely recessed position into a diagonally outwardly bent position. Also, particular means (11) for filing and/or ventilation are provided, possibly via means mounted in the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 29, 2000
    Assignee: Nillson, Hugo
    Inventors: Hugo Nilsson, Karl-Eric Johnsson
  • Patent number: 5961010
    Abstract: An injection moldable closure includes a base member having a top and a substantially cylindrical side with internal threads thereon. The top of the base member includes a socket with an aperture at the bottom of the socket and a groove extending away from the socket. The closure includes a pour spout which is symmetrical about a longitudinal axis thereof. The pour spout includes a cylindrical stem, a ball attached at one end of the cylindrical stem and a passageway extending through the cylindrical stem and the ball along the longitudinal axis of the pour spout. The ball of the pour spout is received within the socket such that the pour spout can be moved between a closed position with the cylindrical stem received within the groove and an open position wherein the passageway is aligned with the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 5, 1999
    Assignee: Erie Country Plastics Corporation
    Inventor: Robert J. Smith