With Flow Controller Or Closure Patents (Class 222/536)
  • Patent number: 10034989
    Abstract: A blister piercing element for puncturing the lid of a blister containing a dose of medicament for inhalation by a user is disclosed. It comprises a body having a surface and an opening in the surface for the passage of air, or for the passage of medicament entrained in air, through the body. The body includes a pair of spaced cutting teeth upstanding from the surface in spaced side-by-side relation, each cutting tooth projecting in cantilevered form over said opening and each having a distal cutting edge at a free end remote from said surface. The distal cutting edge of each tooth is configured to initiate a slit in a blister lid when pressure is applied to a blister lid by the teeth and the teeth are spaced from each other so that separate slits cut by the distal cutting edge of each tooth propagate in a direction toward each other between the teeth as the teeth continue to penetrate a blister lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: VECTURA DELIVERY DEVICES LIMITED
    Inventors: Peter Wilson, Andreas Meliniotis
  • Patent number: 9271807
    Abstract: Provided is a nozzle mounting structure of a component container by which a nozzle configured to rotate between a first position and a second position may be mounted to a housing without the need for a high processing precision and a high assembly precision. A pair of shaft portions support a body with the nozzle unitarily formed therewith. The nozzle rotates between the first position and the second position. A curved convex surface provided on the body is pressed against a curved concave surface provided on a first bottom wall portion of a housing by a pressing force imparted from a support portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: SHOFU INC.
    Inventors: Tsukasa Sasaki, Ryouji Takei, Toshiyuki Nakatsuka, Shuji Sakamoto, Satoshi Takano, Satoshi Kawahara
  • Patent number: 9010952
    Abstract: A cap for a liquor bottle can have an upper wall, a cylindrical outer wall and an internally threaded inner wall configured to be secured to an externally threaded neck of a liquor bottle. The cap can include a spout pivotally coupled to the upper wall comprising first and second parallel internal passageways extending longitudinally through the spout and configured to pivot between an open position and a closed position. An annular light ring can be positioned between the outer and inner walls and can include light sources configured to emit light downwardly toward an annular shoulder of the liquor bottle. The light sources can emit light in various different manners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Edge Beverage 2 LLC
    Inventors: Chris Lenahan, Danny Mills, Lyle Andrew Ramsdell
  • Publication number: 20150090745
    Abstract: Provided is a nozzle mounting structure of a component container by which a nozzle configured to rotate between a first position and a second position may be mounted to a housing without the need for a high processing precision and a high assembly precision. A pair of shaft portions support a body with the nozzle unitarily formed therewith. The nozzle rotates between the first position and the second position. A curved convex surface provided on the body is pressed against a curved concave surface provided on a first bottom wall portion of a housing by a pressing force imparted from a support portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicants: SHOFU INC., PENTEL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tsukasa Sasaki, Ryouji Takei, Toshiyuki Nakatsuka, Shuji Sakamoto, Satoshi Takano, Satoshi Kawahara
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140319179
    Abstract: A volumetric displacement preservation system for preserving a volume of flowable substance in a vessel. A fluid exchange structure has a stopper, a head portion, and a fluid exchange valve with a first condition where fluid inlet and exhaust pathways in the fluid exchange structure are simultaneously closed and a second condition where the fluid inlet and exhaust pathways are simultaneously opened by conduit joining portions in the fluid exchange valve. A chamber retains a volume of preservative gas and is connected to the fluid inlet pathway externally to the vessel. The preservative gas can be supplied from the chamber into the vessel through the fluid inlet pathway as liquid is exhausted through the fluid exhaust pathway. The chamber can be replenished from preservative gas displaced from the vessel in a reverse volumetric displacement process or from preservative gas supplied by a preservative gas production canister.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventor: Carlos Fernando Bazoberry
  • 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: 8827106
    Abstract: A bottle assembly is provided having a body portion defining a cavity therein, a top lid assembly connectable to the body portion, which includes a selectively deployable and retractable spout, a spout bottom lid; and a resilient tube having a lumen therethrough, wherein the lumen is occluded when the spout is retracted and the resilient tube is kinked, and wherein the lumen is opened when the spout is deployed and the resilient tube is not kinked; a trigger assembly for selectively moving the spout between a deployed and a retracted condition; and a bottom lid assembly selectively connectable to a bottom end of the body portion, the bottom lid assembly including a valve assembly to open and close a fluid path into the cavity of the body portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Inventor: David Mitchell Windmiller
  • Patent number: 8827099
    Abstract: A fluid container includes a spout and a cap, where the spout has an actuation portion that is inclined with respect to a drinking portion of the spout. The spout is actuated from a closed position to an open position with an external force applied on the actuation portion. A channel through the spout encompasses an oblique angle, and the spout is pivotally coupled to the cap at a fulcrum point. The fulcrum point is laterally offset from an aperture in the cap, where the aperture forms a passageway through a thickness of the cap. The channel adjoins the aperture when the spout is in the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Lifefactory, Inc.
    Inventors: Daren Joy, Kazuna Tanaka, Jeffrey Kapec
  • Patent number: 8690022
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a button-sliding-type opening/closing device for a cosmetic container consisting of a vessel for storing cosmetics in a liquid or gel state, and a discharge pump coupled to a top inner portion of the vessel for discharging cosmetics by applying external pressure thereto, wherein the button-sliding-type opening/closing device comprises: a shoulder (20) coupled to the top portion of the vessel (10); a button body (30) inserted into the shoulder (20) and upwardly and downwardly movable; and a button (40) slidably coupled to a top surface of the button body (30), for opening and closing a cosmetic pumping hole (31) in the button body (30), as well as for preventing the button body (30) from being pressed and actuated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Inventor: Young Joo Lee
  • Patent number: 8668106
    Abstract: A fluid container includes a spout and a cap, where the spout has an actuation portion that is inclined with respect to a drinking portion of the spout. The spout is actuated from a closed position to an open position with an external force applied on the actuation portion. A channel through the spout encompasses an oblique angle, and the spout is pivotally coupled to the cap at a fulcrum point. The fulcrum point is laterally offset from an aperture in the cap, where the aperture forms a passageway through a thickness of the cap. The channel adjoins the aperture when the spout is in the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Lifefactory, Inc.
    Inventors: Daren Joy, Kazuna Tanaka, Jeffrey Kapec
  • 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: 8596499
    Abstract: Cartridge systems for application of a material have at least one cartridge having cartridge walls, a cartridge head having at least one opening in the cartridge head, and a bracket arranged on the cartridge head. A valve is mounted in rotatable manner in the bracket and has at least one passage through the valve that is connected to an outlet opening of the valve. In a closed position, the valve closes the at least one opening of at least one cartridge in a sealed manner. The at least one passage of the valve is connected to the at least one opening when the valve is located in an open position such that the cartridge content is squeezable out of the at least one cartridge through the outlet opening, and further wherein the valve is configured to be transitioned from a closed position to an open position through a rotation of the valve about an axis of symmetry of the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Heraeus Medical GmbH
    Inventors: Sebastian Vogt, Hubert Büchner, Tim Schnieber
  • Patent number: 8550309
    Abstract: A disposable molded dispenser for a non-pressurized container capable of dispensing a variety of fluid materials having a deformable spout chamber with an integral outlet valve through which fluid is expelled as the spout is selectively depressed compressing the chamber. A molded inlet valve serves to permit fluid to be pushed by ambient air pressure from a container into the spout chamber when pressure on the spout is removed and the spout chamber is restored to an initial configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Inventor: Conrad Flick
  • Patent number: 8459502
    Abstract: A dispensing closure for a vessel comprising a base member engageable with the vessel and a flip top spout member defining a flow channel. The spout member engaged with the base member and pivotable relative to the base member for dispensing fluid from the vessel. The spout member including a rupture membrane and the base member having an actuator for rupturing the rupture membrane during pivoting of the spout member to define a flow opening in the base member in fluid communication with the flow channel and to permit fluid flow through the flow opening. The spout member defining a vent positioned to be in communication with the flow opening when the spout member is pivoted to the flow position to permit air to pass through the vent channel. The rupture member configured to prevent fluid from passing into the vent channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Calibre Closures, LLC
    Inventor: Kenneth P. Swanick
  • Patent number: 8453890
    Abstract: The product container, in particular for spices, is made of opaque material, wherein one wall (2) of the container (1) comprises a viewing window (3) made of transparent material. A dispenser (6) which is secured pivotably on a pivot axis (7) between two limit positions, is shaped and dimensioned so that in one limit position it completely covers the viewing window (3) and in the other limit position completely exposes the viewing window (3). The dispenser (6) is connected in a non-rotatable manner to an closing flap (8), which is pivoted at the same time as the dispenser (6) and closes an outlet opening (5) in one limit position and releases it in the other limit position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: WIBERG Besitz GmbH
    Inventor: Leon Widdison
  • 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: 20120181302
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a closure for a container comprising a first component which assembles onto an outlet opening of a container and provides a seal; said first component containing a snap component to engage to a second component to form a closure; a second component combined with first component forms a dispensing orifice wherein the dispensing orifice is positioned directly adjacent to the open portion of container outlet; a motion of second component pivots about an axis to open a dispensing orifice; wherein second component engages with first component when second component is moved relative to first component to enable operation of orifice; first component comprising one or more elements being in a specific juxtaposition enabling a small height and a low profile for one or more elements of first component; said element(s) being in the plane or below the plane of the outlet of the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2012
    Publication date: July 19, 2012
    Inventors: Alfredo PAGAN, Chow-chi Huang, Gene Michael Altonen, Su-Yon McConville, Widalys Luz Desoto-Burt, Gregory Christopher Peischl, Cristian Alexis Viola-Prioli
  • Publication number: 20120181303
    Abstract: A dispensing closure for a vessel comprising a base member engageable with the vessel and a flip top spout member defining a flow channel. The spout member engaged with the base member and pivotable relative to the base member for dispensing fluid from the vessel. The spout member including a rupture membrane and the base member having an actuator for rupturing the rupture membrane during pivoting of the spout member to define a flow opening in the base member in fluid communication with the flow channel and to permit fluid flow through the flow opening. The spout member defining a vent positioned to be in communication with the flow opening when the spout member is pivoted to the flow position to permit air to pass through the vent channel. The rupture member configured to prevent fluid from passing into the vent channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2012
    Publication date: July 19, 2012
    Applicant: Calibre Clousres LLC
    Inventor: Ken P. Swanick
  • Publication number: 20120125953
    Abstract: A disposable molded dispenser for a non-pressurized container capable of dispensing a variety of fluid materials having a deformable spout chamber with an integral outlet valve through which fluid is expelled as the spout is selectively depressed compressing the chamber. A molded inlet valve serves to permit fluid to be pushed by ambient air pressure from a container into the spout chamber when pressure on the spout is removed and the spout chamber is restored to an initial configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Publication date: May 24, 2012
    Inventor: Conrad Flick
  • Publication number: 20120129127
    Abstract: A device for dispensing a dental material comprises a container for containing the material and an outlet which is closed by a closure. A breakable seal is arranged between the closure and the container. The device further is operable between a storage position in which the outlet is closed and an operational position in which the outlet is open. An initial operation toward the operational position causes the seal to break, whereby the closure is captured in the device. The device may provide a relatively long shelf life for the material, and may facilitate preparation of the material for use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2010
    Publication date: May 24, 2012
    Applicant: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Andreas Johannes Boehm, Marc Peuker
  • Publication number: 20120064482
    Abstract: A dispensing device for a dental substance is provided which has an outlet for the dental substance, and a valve for opening and closing the outlet. The device is switchable between a storage mode and an operative mode. In the storage mode a cannula is locked in the device and the valve opens the outlet, and in the storage mode the cannula can be released from the device and the valve closes the outlet. The device may facilitate handling and may be relatively inexpensive.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2010
    Publication date: March 15, 2012
    Inventors: Andreas Johannes Boehm, Marc Peuker, Alexander Walter, Peter Müller
  • Patent number: 8074849
    Abstract: A toggle-action dispensing closure is provided for manipulation between a closed, non-dispensing orientation and an open, dispensing orientation that is easily assembled, resists inadvertent opening and has an improved aesthetic appearance for variously shaped closures. The closure includes an actuator rotationally mounted on a housing whereby the housing may be secured to a container. The axis of rotation of the actuator is asymmetrically disposed in the housing. The actuator has a rear flange with an articulatable hinge that is longer than its front flange. When the closure is securely mounted to a container, the portion of the rear flange below the hinge resiliently contacts the container assisting in preventing inadvertently opening the closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Conopco, Inc.
    Inventors: Brett Christopher Domoy, Michael Lyons
  • Patent number: 7828140
    Abstract: A cap with a storage space for containing a secondary material includes a storage portion having a storage space and provided with a seal plate formed on a lower end of the storage space, an outer cap foldably formed on the storage portion and coupled to a spouting portion, a spouting member inserted in the spouting portion, and an operational member for breaking the seal plate when the spouting member is in operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Inventors: Jeong-Min Lee, Seong-Jae Lee
  • Publication number: 20100276460
    Abstract: A toggle-action dispensing closure is provided for manipulation between a closed, non-dispensing orientation and an open, dispensing orientation that is easily assembled, resists inadvertent opening and has an improved aesthetic appearance for variously shaped closures. The closure includes an actuator rotationally mounted on a housing whereby the housing may be secured to a container. The axis of rotation of the actuator is asymmetrically disposed in the housing. The actuator has a rear flange with an articulatable hinge that is longer than its front flange. When the closure is securely mounted to a container, the portion of the rear flange below the hinge resiliently contacts the container assisting in preventing inadvertently opening the closure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2009
    Publication date: November 4, 2010
    Applicant: Conopco, Inc.
    Inventors: Brett Christopher Domoy, Michael Lyons
  • Publication number: 20100258594
    Abstract: A dispensing head for dispensers of fluid products includes: a connecting body (3) operatively engaged to a dispensing pump of a respective dispenser (2) of the fluid product; and a nozzle (4) for dispensing the liquid product, associated to the connecting body (3) and rotatably associated on a surface (7) of the connecting body (3) to rotate between a position of use in which it projects from the surface (7) of the connecting body (3), and a position of non use in which it is retracted inside the overall size of the surface (7).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2008
    Publication date: October 14, 2010
    Applicant: EMSAR S.P.A.
    Inventors: Lamberto Carta, Marco Zavarella
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20100213211
    Abstract: Described is a bottle having a bottle base, a transition fitment with a pouring spout and a measuring cup closure, where the measuring cup in multifunctional, for example, serving as a measuring cup, a bottle closure, and a pretreatment applicator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Publication date: August 26, 2010
    Inventors: Audrey M. Whaling, John E. Jamieson, Shannon Fong, Ramesh Annapindi, Maarten Dinger
  • 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: 7562680
    Abstract: An improved multi fluid dispenser for simultaneous dispensing of a plurality of fluids shown and described. The dispenser includes a controller that is linked to a coordinator board. The controller has a memory with a plurality of recipes stored in the memory. A coordinator board is linked to a first module. The first module may include one or two pumps, each connected to a fluid reservoir. The module is then linked in series to a plurality of other modules as well as a manifold module. Each module includes a module board for controlling the pump or pumps of that module. The controller, coordinator board and module boards are all programmed for the simultaneous or sequential pumping of multiple fluids from the reservoirs through outlet nozzles of the manifold in accordance with a recipe selected by the user and retrieved from the memory of the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2009
    Assignee: Fluid Management Operations, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Khoo, William A. Miller, James R. Cleveland
  • Publication number: 20090084814
    Abstract: A dispensing closure system is provided for a container that has an opening wherein a membrane is interposed between the container opening and the dispensing closure system. The system includes a body for extending from the container at the opening. The system includes a movable spout that (1) has a dispensing opening at one end, (2) has a piercing edge at the other end, and (3) is mounted in the body for pivoting the movement between (a) a non-dispensing position in which the piercing edge is above the membrane to locate the spout dispensing opening at a first, non-dispensing location, and (b) a dispensing position in which (i) the piercing edge can pierce the membrane, and (ii) the spout projects outwardly from the body to locate the spout dispensing opening at a location that is further outwardly than the non-dispensing location of the spout dispensing opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2007
    Publication date: April 2, 2009
    Inventors: John Wisniewski, Travis J. Hoepner
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20080277424
    Abstract: A flip-top shaker for mixing and pouring is presented. The flip-top shaker may include a container sealed with a collar which may be integrated with a strainer assemblage. The strainer assemblage may be pivoted to a first position in which the flip-top shaker may be completely sealed. In this position the shaker may be shaken with one hand for mixing the contents of the container without holding any of the components together to maintain the seal. The strainer assemblage may be pivoted to a second position in which a passageway is opened allowing communication between the container and the outside. In this position the shaker may be tilted for pouring the contents of the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2007
    Publication date: November 13, 2008
    Inventors: Robert Larimer, Edward Kilduff, William Kang, Chun Ming Cheung
  • Publication number: 20080257858
    Abstract: The invention relates to a container (1) for liquid contents, comprising a closure means for reclosing the container. The container has a pouring spout portion (6) made of two opposite side walls (2) and provided with a removable end flap (8). The closure means comprises a squeezing means (7), which is permanently arranged on said pouring spout portion (6) and comprises a first and a second leg (9, 10), which are joined to each other by a joining means (11). The closure means also comprises a connecting portion (20, 21) which is permanently connected to the pouring spout portion (6), and a joint means (19) which is arranged between the joining means (11) and the connecting portion (20, 21). The joint means allows mutual relative turning of the first and the second leg to open and close the squeezing means. The invention also relates to such a closure means for reclosing of a container, and use of such a closure means for opening and reclosing a container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2006
    Publication date: October 23, 2008
    Applicant: ECO LEAN RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT A/S
    Inventors: Per Abrahamsson, Per Gustafsson
  • Patent number: 7152767
    Abstract: A guarantee closure having a closure body with a guarantee foil and a pour-out spout as well as a closure cap fitting onto the closure body. The pour-out spout is arranged on the closure body such that it may be pivoted up. The guarantee foil, by pivoting-up the pour-out spout into the pour-out position, is cut open and thus frees the passage to the pour-out spout. The closure body comprises a relief for receiving the guarantee foil and forms above the relief, by two shoulders arranged over one another and distanced from one another, a free space for receiving the lying pour-out spout. This is enclosed and held by a film-hinge material bridge which in the lying condition connects the two shoulders with a surface which seen from the outside is concave and on the upper side of the lying pour-out spout runs together to a point which defines the pivoting axis of the pour-out spout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2006
    Assignee: SIG Technology Ltd.
    Inventor: Fritz Seelhofer
  • Patent number: 7066358
    Abstract: A fluid container includes a body defining a storage compartment, an elongated spout carried by the body and in fluid communication with the storage compartment, and a swivel coupling between the spout on the body accommodating swiveling of the spout relative to the body about an axis extending upwardly from the bottom of the body. The spout may swivel between a pouring position extending away from the body and a storage position disposed closely adjacent to the body. The spout may be of light transmitting material and volume indicia may be formed on the body adjacent to the spout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Assignee: Helen of Troy Limited
    Inventors: Luis Arsenio García Monsalve, Agnete Enga, Antonio Carlo Hernandez Celestin, Anthony Di Bitonto, Adriana Bárcena Kliegman
  • Patent number: 6976611
    Abstract: A pressure dispensing cap for a liquid container, and more particularly to a pressure dispensing cap for liquid container that is designed such that its spout is inclined to one side at a predetermined angle thereby easily dispensing the contents of the container, and is possible to selectively open and close an inlet and an outlet over again and is more suitable to a long term storage container for a liquid like an edible oil and molasses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2005
    Inventor: Jung Min Lee
  • Patent number: 6932240
    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: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2005
    Assignee: CCL Container Corporation
    Inventors: Ron E. Harriman, Edward F. Csaszar
  • Patent number: 6932249
    Abstract: A toggle-action dispensing closure according to one embodiment of the present invention includes a base having a deck with a dispensing opening, a recess adjacent to the deck and a toggle lid pivotally carried on the deck. The lid has a first portion overlying the deck and closing the dispensing opening in a closed position of the lid, and a second portion overlying the recess in the closed position of the lid. The lid can be pivoted between its closed and an open position in which the first portion of the lid is spaced from the deck and the second portion of the lid is disposed at least in part in the recess. The lid has a first protrusion and the base has second and third protrusions that cooperate with the first protrusion on the lid to releasably hold the lid in its closed position and in its open position respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2005
    Assignee: Owens-Illinois Closure Inc.
    Inventor: Darin M. Pugne
  • Patent number: 6896160
    Abstract: A disc top dispensing closure which includes a body having an opening and an actuator having a channel mounted to the closure body. The actuator is pivotable between an open position, wherein the channel and the opening of the body form a continuous fluid path, and a closed position, wherein the channel and the opening of the body do not form a continuous fluid path. The actuator is also rotatable between a locked position, wherein the actuator is not movable between the open and the closed position, and an unlocked position, wherein the actuator is movable between the open and the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2005
    Assignee: Poly-Seal Corporation
    Inventors: Brett Kaufman, John Tauber, Frank Cassidy
  • Patent number: 6796464
    Abstract: A multi-functional finger-press structure of a spray can is disclosed. The structure includes a pressurized can spray cap, a spray head seat, a spray tube mounting seat, a sealing pad, a spray tube and at least one to two spray heads. The top of the pressurized can spray cap is a recessed through slot having the inner edge of one end thereof connected by a connection arm to the spray head seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2004
    Inventor: Ching-Sung Tung
  • Patent number: 6715649
    Abstract: The invention relates to a liquid delivery pump (1) connected to the neck of a container comprising: a cylindrical hollow body (2) defining a suction and compression chamber (5) communicating with outside through a liquid distribution channel (7); a manually actuated piston (8) slidingly coupled to said hollow body (2); elastic means (12) cooperating with a push button (83) connected to said piston; first valve means (13) adapted to connect said suction chamber (5) with a liquid suction tube (6); second valve means (14) adapted to connect said suction and compression chamber (5) with said distribution channel (7) during the delivery phase. Said distribution channel (7) has a first stationary part (71) made in the plug (23) and a second swinging part (30) consisting of a tube (13) having at the end facing the first stationary part (71) a substantially spherical body (32) whose outer surface closes the first stationary part when said second part is substantially perpendicular to the first part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2004
    Assignee: Taplast SPA
    Inventor: Stefano Santagiuliana
  • Patent number: 6705482
    Abstract: A closure for sealing the open end of body fluid collection, transport or storage containers or tubes. The closure includes a ball and socket arrangement, wherein the ball rotates within the socket to align a passageway through the ball with the opening in the tube. To close the closure, a tab or protrusion extending from the ball is pushed to rotate the ball and orient the passageway perpendicular to the opening of the tube. When the closure is in the closed position, the ball and socket form a liquid tight seal to prevent liquid in the tube from leaking out of the tube, evaporating or being contaminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2004
    Inventors: Steven Robert Savitz, Gary S. Grant
  • 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
  • Patent number: 6640828
    Abstract: The flushing apparatus comprises a reservoir for storing liquid, the reservoir having an outlet end movable between a raised position where liquid accumulates in the reservoir, and a down position where liquid stored in the reservoir is flushed out; a counterweight for producing an effect of urging the outlet end of reservoir toward the raised position; a reservoir ballast for cancelling the effect of the counterweight when the liquid stored therein reaches a predetermined amount; a channel for channelling a liquid into an inlet of the ballast when the outlet end of the reservoir is in the raised position; and a means for preventing an overflow of the outlet end of the reservoir. There is also provided a method for flushing liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2003
    Inventor: Jean-Pierre Dautais
  • Patent number: 6631833
    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: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2003
    Assignee: CCL Container Corporation
    Inventors: Ron E. Harriman, Edward F. Csaszar
  • Patent number: 6572827
    Abstract: A biological fluid collection device with a pivotable faucet is disclosed. The device is designed to collect, hold and transfer a biological specimen into a non-evacuated tube through an integrated pivotable faucet component. This device uses no needles, either blunt or sharp, and provides safety from needle puncture. The device works with a non-evacuated tube and a specially designed cap that attaches to the container via the pivotable faucet. The device includes a container for collecting, holding and transferring the biological fluid. The design of the container facilitates use of the tube as a handle in order to position the container to receive collection of the biological fluids. The method of collection begins with using the non-evacuated tube as a handle to hold the container and collecting the biological specimen in the container. A lid is attached to the top of the container to prevent contamination and exposure to the specimen during transfer into the non-evacuated tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2003
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventors: Bradley M. Wilkinson, Robert S. Golabek, Jr.
  • 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: 20030057235
    Abstract: A device for dispensing a product may comprise a variable-volume receptacle for containing the product and a dispenser head associated with the receptacle. The dispenser head may be rotatable about an axis of rotation. The device may further comprises an outlet orifice in the dispenser head and a dip tube configured to extend into the receptacle. The dispenser head may be movable between a dispensing position in which flow communication between the outlet orifice and an inside of the receptacle is established, and a closed position in which flow communication between the outlet orifice and the inside of the receptacle is interrupted. The product may be dispensed from the outlet orifice in response to a reduction in the volume of the inside of the receptacle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2002
    Publication date: March 27, 2003
    Inventor: Jean-Louis H. Gueret
  • Patent number: 6520378
    Abstract: A dual-outlet dispensing closure for dispensing fluid products from a dual-chamber container that includes a base for securement to a container and having laterally adjacent outlet openings for alignment with outlets in the container. A turret is mounted on the base for conjoint pivotal movement of dual outlet passages between a closed position in which the turret blocks the outlet openings in the base, and an open position in which the turret passages are aligned with and open to the outlet openings to dispense product. The passages are preferably provided in the form of elongated barrels that are angulated with respect to each other so that the fluid products dispensed from the respective barrels meet and mix with each other at a position spaced from the closure. The base preferably includes vent openings for venting the container chambers to atmosphere as products are dispensed from the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2003
    Assignee: Owens-Illinois Closure Inc.
    Inventors: Michael K. Goettner, Eugene F. Haffner, Jon B. Ogilvie, Gregory A. Geisinger