With Single Strand, Cord Or Wire Connector For Removable Outlet Elements Patents (Class 222/543)
  • Patent number: 9758285
    Abstract: The bag in box packaging comprising an inner bag, an outer carton and an inner spout retaining member. The inner bag defines a cavity with a spout coupled thereto. The outer carton includes a front wall and a first sidewall positioned adjacent the front wall, both extending from a bottom wall to a top wall. The inner spout retaining member including a first panel spanning diagonally from the first sidewall to the front wall obliquely relative to each wall and spaced apart from a side edge joining the front wall to the first sidewall, to define a triangular cross-sectional configuration. The first panel includes a spout retaining slot extending thereinto. The spout extends into the spout receiving slot so as to capture the spout within the cross-sectional configuration and directed toward the side edge. The inner bag is positioned on the opposite side of the first panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Scholle IPN Corporation
    Inventor: John Brooks
  • Patent number: 8950637
    Abstract: A fluid flow-control valve is housed within a fluid transport container or vessel. The valve is operated by a trigger actuating a plunger or shaft. The trigger is located in the handgrip space of a pouring handle so as to resiliently provide one-handed control of fluid flow from the vessel. The valve is resiliently biased to a closed state. A telescopically extendable spout is attached to and housed within the main body of the valve and may include an integral breather passageway. When the spout is retracted it locks out the operation of the trigger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Inventor: Conrad H. Wilkins
  • Patent number: 8839978
    Abstract: A closure assembly for closing an opening in a container includes a closure member including an engagement structure configured to engage the opening. A tether includes a connector portion, a first end, and a second end. The first end is coupled to the closure member and the second end is opposite the first end. A plurality of barbs are positioned at the second end of the tether, each of the plurality of barbs has a rigid construction. The plurality of barbs define a maximum splayed dimension to retain the closure member with respect to the opening. A movable joint couples each of the plurality of barbs to the second end. Each of the plurality of barbs is foldable about the respective movable joint so that the plurality of barbs define a dimension substantially smaller than the maximum splayed dimension to allow insertion through the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Bemis Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: Kevin W. Bork
  • Patent number: 8800816
    Abstract: A system and method for providing custom colored sealant are generally provided with a dispensing container, containing a quantity of sealant base solution. A bottom wall of the dispensing container is positioned to limit any headspace within the interior of the dispensing container until the contents are ready to be mixed. The bottom wall is moved prior to adding a coloring agent to the dispensing container, which is mixed with the sealant base by agitating the dispensing container, until a desired color is attained. A sealant thickener may then be added and mixed by similar agitation of the dispensing container. A rod may be provided to engage and move the bottom wall. A pull string may also be provided to move the bottom wall. A nozzle is then coupled with the dispensing container and the custom-colored sealant is ready to be dispensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Sashco, Inc.
    Inventors: Wayne Summons, Elliot Summons
  • Patent number: 8651306
    Abstract: A flip guide plug structure for a bottle includes a lower main body, an upper main body, a lower plug, a guide pipe, an upper plug, a connection unit and two magnetic members. The upper main body can be opened relative to the lower main body through the connection unit, and then positioned by the attraction of the two magnetic members to prevent an unexpected closing. The flip guide plug structure of the present invention is very convenient for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: G. Esmond International Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kuan-Mu Pai
  • Patent number: 8573442
    Abstract: A method and device are provided for controlling and reconciling a liquid inventory, such as a volume of liquid dispensed from a container. The device secures a pour spout for dispensing a predetermined amount of liquid to a container opening, such that the spout may not be removed without detection. The device includes a counting mechanism to count and indicate the total number of pours from the container for use in sales and inventory reconciliation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Inventor: Pera Odishoo
  • Publication number: 20130186917
    Abstract: A liquid dispenser efficiently and effectively delivers a liquid treatment to any site to be treated that is situated in hard-to-reach recesses, such as grooves or cracks. The liquid dispenser can be used to deliver a liquid for treatment of hoof thrush in horses. The dispenser comprises a hollow body and a throat, a removable dispenser cap, a nozzle and a dome-shaped tip comprising one or more liquid dispensing orifices. Also disclosed is a method of treating hoof thrush in horses by dispensing hoof thrush treatment from the dispenser into the grooves and cracks of a hoof to be treated. The nozzle reaches into the groove or crack to be treated. The curvature of the dome-shaped tip allows the broadcasting of the liquid thrush treatment through the orifices into all areas of the groove or crack. Further, the shape of the tip discourages clogging with dirt.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2011
    Publication date: July 25, 2013
    Inventor: Nora Dombrowski
  • Patent number: 8205764
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide a cap for a vessel for performing a multi-stage process for analyzing a sample, such as nested PCR or RT-PCR. In one embodiment, the cap comprises a body configured to be mated to the vessel to enclose a vessel interior, a cap cavity for holding reagents, and a cap cavity control portion that is adjustable with respect to the body between a first-stage position in which the cap cavity is enclosed and fluidicly isolated from the vessel interior and a second-stage position in which the cap cavity is fluidicly coupled with the vessel interior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Cepheid
    Inventor: Ronald Chang
  • Patent number: 8123086
    Abstract: A bottle stopper is provided having a cylindrical body formed of a resilient, flexible, elastic material that includes a first cylindrical section adapted to be inserted into an opening of a bottle in sealing engagement with the bottle and a second cylindrical section disposed adjacent the first cylindrical section for extending above the opening of the bottle when the first cylindrical section is inserted in sealing engagement with the bottle. An air passageway is disposed adjacent and extends longitudinally along substantially at least the length of the first cylindrical section and along the internal periphery of the cylindrical body. A visual indicator, preferably a spout, is disposed on an outer surface of the second cylindrical section for identifying the relative location of the air passageway with respect to the visual indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Vinum Corporation
    Inventor: James E. Haley
  • Patent number: 8100296
    Abstract: A system and method for providing custom colored sealant are generally provided with a dispensing container, containing a quantity of sealant base solution. A nozzle, is shaped and sized to be removably secured with an open end portion of the dispensing container. A supplemental container is provided that contains a quantity of sealant thickener. A transfer pipette may be provided for selectively transferring a coloring agent to the dispensing container. The coloring agent may be mixed with the sealant base solution by agitating the dispensing container, until a desired color is attained. The sealant thickener may then added and mixed by similar agitation of the dispensing container. The nozzle is then coupled with the dispensing container and the custom-colored sealant is ready to be dispensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: Sashco, Inc.
    Inventors: Wayne Summons, Elliot Summons, Heather E. Burik
  • Patent number: 7784647
    Abstract: An actuator (10, 10?, 110) for a fluid-dispenser container, e.g., an aerosol container (14) or a non-aerosol pump container (114), has in one version (actuators 10 and 10?) a base (18) having a port (20) which receives fluid from the container (14) and dispenses the fluid via a shallow cavity (24, 24?). In another version of the actuator, the actuator (110) has a base (44) and a cover (46) which may be positioned either in a closed or open position relative to each other. In the closed position, fluid is transported through an extended conduit of actuator (110) provided by a base conduit (58) which is connected in fluid flow communication with a cover conduit (70) to discharge fluid through a cover orifice (66). When cover (46) is in the open position, fluid is dispensed via base conduit (58) through a shallow cavity (54) in the same manner as that of actuators (10, 10?).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Assignee: Zynon Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Jay S. Tourigny
  • Publication number: 20090255962
    Abstract: A closure assembly for a container. The closure assembly includes a lid that sealingly engages a dispensing outlet in a closed position and is spaced a distance from the dispensing outlet in an open position. The closure assembly also includes a tab extending from a bottom portion of the lid and having a surface of sufficient dimension to engage a finger or thumb such that pressure on the surface of the tab with the finger or thumb transmits an upward force to the lid to disengage the lid from the closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2008
    Publication date: October 15, 2009
    Inventor: Mark W. Dressel
  • Publication number: 20090236365
    Abstract: A system and method for providing custom colored sealant are generally provided with a dispensing container, containing a quantity of sealant base solution. A nozzle, is shaped and sized to be removably secured with an open end portion of the dispensing container. A supplemental container is provided that contains a quantity of sealant thickener. A quantity of at least one coloring agent is added to the dispensing container and mixed with the sealant base solution, by agitating the dispensing container, until a desired color is attained. The sealant thickener is then added and the dispensing container is then agitated again. The nozzle is then coupled with the dispensing container and the custom-colored sealant is ready to be dispensed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2008
    Publication date: September 24, 2009
    Applicant: Sashco, Inc.
    Inventors: Wayne L. Summons, Elliot P. Summons, Heather E. Burik
  • Patent number: 7549559
    Abstract: Resealable caps and tops for directional pour spout containers currently available for liquid and semi-solid products are either a spout and cap design, in which the tip is cut off to pour or squeeze out the container contents, or a non-spout, hinged top-and-bottom design, which defines a flat surface with an opening. These designs have many limitations. For example, the closure portion of a conventional spout closure can become detached, leading to production line delays, lost tips in transit, product recall at the store level, loss of shelf life and potential chocking hazards to children and pets. The non-spout hinged, top-and-bottom design does not offer the directional dispensing capabilities. This invention addresses the shortcomings of conventional caps and tops by providing a one-piece directional pour spout container cap in which the base has an upwardly directed spout and a hinged flip top cap is attached to the spout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2009
    Assignee: Conroy Foods, Inc.
    Inventors: Leslee Ann Conroy, James Lawrence Conroy, William Patrick Conroy
  • Patent number: 7537130
    Abstract: A food-cooking apparatus having a bowl and a drainer configured to be substantially the same size for stacking one of the bowl and the drainer within the other, and attaching means for movably attaching the drainer and the bowl to one another to move from a retaining position wherein one of the drainer and the bowl is stacked within the other to a flipping position wherein the drainer and the bowl are facing each other, and the rims of the bowl and the drainer are sealingly compressed against each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2009
    Inventors: Avia Annemarie Lee, Anthony Alphanso Lee
  • Patent number: 7537141
    Abstract: A dispensing closure, in accordance with one aspect of the present disclosure, includes a closure shell of plastic construction having a skirt for mounting on a container neck finish. An insert of plastic construction different from and more rigid than the shell includes a mid portion mounted to the shell, a base with the skirt for sealing engagement with a container neck finish when the closure is mounted on the neck finish, a tip extending from the mid portion and a through-passage for dispensing product from within the container. An overcap is provided for removable receipt over the tip, and preferably is of one-piece integrally molded construction with the shell and flexibly tethered to the shell. The base of the insert preferably is constructed for sealing engagement with the inside surface of the container neck finish, the end surface of the container neck finish and/or the outside edge of the container neck finish.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2009
    Assignee: Rexam Closure Systems Inc.
    Inventor: Philip James Robinson
  • Publication number: 20090114681
    Abstract: A nozzle that inhibits clogging while dispensing granular material. The nozzle includes a tubular spout having an interior passageway through which a granular material flows. A cap is releasably fitted upon the spout for selectively stopping the flow of granular material from the passageway. A stiff cord connects the cap to the spout. The cord has opposed ends, with one of the ends being positioned within the passageway and being provided with a bulge thereon. When the cap is released from the spout and caused to swing upon the cord, the cord wiggles the bulge to maintain the flow of the granular material in the passageway.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2007
    Publication date: May 7, 2009
    Inventor: Scott R. Mabry
  • Publication number: 20090001106
    Abstract: The present invention is a dispenser protector device and method. In a preferred embodiment, the present invention comprises a fastener that is associated with a dispenser spigot, or like device. A shield is formed, or otherwise connected, to the fastener such that when the fastener is mounted to a dispenser spigot, the shield prevents direct contact with the spigot of outside elements. While numerous, differing types of contacts are anticipated and protected against by the present invention, the most typical is that when water bottle openings come in contact with dispenser spigots, which generally occurs when water bottles are being refilled. The present invention protects against such direct contact, and other forms of bacterial transmission. It is anticipated that the present invention may be of varied configuration, size, and material construction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2008
    Publication date: January 1, 2009
    Applicant: The Hardway, LLC
    Inventor: Jennifer Massey
  • Publication number: 20080197135
    Abstract: A beverage spout and threaded cap are joined by a safety tether that further acts as a guarantee strip to establish the integrity of the contents prior to opening. The safety tether as it is wrapped around the pour spout is connected by a series of break-away tabs the cooperate to form the guarantee strip, whereupon when the cap is unscrewed off the tabs are ruptured to unfurl the safety tether. The break-away tabs can be selected to promote ordered extension of the safety tether as the cap is removed from the spout.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2007
    Publication date: August 21, 2008
    Inventor: Ronald H. Berman
  • Publication number: 20080029557
    Abstract: A beverage container closure with a spout and cap that includes a base which contains a threaded inner wall to be attached to a beverage container by twisting on to mating threads of a beverage container. The base contains an aperture extending through it for conveying the fluid from the beverage container. The base further contains a narrower central portion with a threaded outer wall for selectively mounting a protective outer cap. The base further contains a ring around its lower perimeter attached to a retaining strap which fastens to the protective outer cap. The base further contains a flow control spout assembly. The flow control spout assembly is mounted to the central portion of the base and optionally rotatable. The flow control spout assembly has a lower portion with vertically grooved outer walls to facilitate grip when rotating.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2006
    Publication date: February 7, 2008
    Applicant: Megatrade International, Inc.
    Inventor: Jorge E. Moran
  • Patent number: 7014077
    Abstract: A container system has a container defining a volume. Inlet structure includes a cap that threads onto a spout. A tether has a first end formed integral with the base or neck of the spout. A second end of the tether is attached to a mount in the cap extending downward so that when installed and in the closed position, the second end of the tether attached to the mount is substantially in the same plane as the first end and the spiral stretch of the tether in between. When the tether moves from the stored position and the deployed position, it urges itself back toward the closed position. The tether has a length for positioning the cap of the inlet structure away from the inlet. A discharge port is connected to a discharge tube and a bite valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2006
    Assignee: Nalge Nunc International
    Inventor: Dennis B. Brown
  • Patent number: 6926179
    Abstract: An improved aerated dispensing cap provides an airway tube that does not become plugged when the bottle is turned abruptly for quick dispensing of liquid. This dispensing cap provides for smooth, controlled flow at all flow rates. It includes a dispensing tube and an airway tube having a small diameter lower portion and a large diameter upper portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2005
    Inventors: George J. Wagner, III, Troy Cleaver
  • Patent number: 6796462
    Abstract: A child-resistant fluid delivery device, comprising a container for storing fluid to be dispensed by the fluid delivery device and a wand assembly connected to the container. The wand assembly having a nozzle at a distal end through which fluid may be dispensed and a child-resistant connector at a proximal end. A ratchet mechanism is formed on the exterior of the child-resistant connector to permit attachment of the connector to the container and thereafter prevent removal of the connector from the container. The nozzle is sealed by a removable, child-resistant cover that includes at least one member that engages the nozzle to resist removal therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2004
    Assignee: H. D. Hudson Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: William A. Hudson, Raymond Cracauer
  • Publication number: 20040129728
    Abstract: A child-resistant fluid delivery device, comprising a container for storing fluid to be dispensed by the fluid delivery device and a wand assembly connected to the container. The wand assembly having a nozzle at a distal end through which fluid may be dispensed and a child-resistant connector at a proximal end. A ratchet mechanism is formed on the exterior of the child-resistant connector to permit attachment of the connector to the container and thereafter prevent removal of the connector from the container. The nozzle is sealed by a removable, child-resistant cover that includes at least one member that engages the nozzle to resist removal therefrom.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2003
    Publication date: July 8, 2004
    Inventors: William A. Hudson, Raymond Cracauer
  • Patent number: 6666354
    Abstract: A child-resistant fluid delivery device, comprising a container for storing fluid to be dispensed by the fluid delivery device and a wand assembly connected to the container. The wand assembly having a nozzle at a distal end through which fluid may be dispensed and a child-resistant connector at a proximal end. A ratchet mechanism is formed on the exterior of the child-resistant connector to permit attachment of the connector to the container and thereafter prevent removal of the connector from the container. The nozzle is sealed by a removable, child-resistant cover that includes at least one member that engages the nozzle to resist removal therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2003
    Assignee: H. D. Hudson Manufacturing Co.
    Inventors: William A. Hudson, Raymond Cracauer
  • Publication number: 20030209570
    Abstract: A medicament-disposing container includes a bottle having a large diameter for storage of a medicament and an initially sealed narrow nozzle. A cap is threadably engaged on the nozzle and includes a piercer for penetrating a nozzle upon rotation of a cap on the nozzle. The piercer as a tapered end and a lumen therethrough including communication with a port in a piercer circumference. Upon penetration of the nozzle, the port is disposed proximate an internal surface of the nozzle in order to provide a restricted passage for throttling medicament therepast in order to enable dropwise dispensing of the medicament through the piercer lumen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2003
    Publication date: November 13, 2003
    Inventors: Abhay Joshi, Awni I. Jadallah
  • Patent number: 6540114
    Abstract: A dual tamper evident container closure for a dispensing container, the cap portion being of a type intended to be held permanently captive on the container having a nozzle dispensing opening, multiple sealing flanges and dual locking engagement beads to retain the cap portion on the container. The closure portion is registerable over the dispensing opening and retained to the cap portion by a flexible web. Both the cap portion and the closure portion have depending interconnected frangible bands that engage and are retained on the respective container and nozzle to indicate prior opening or tampering with the container closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2003
    Assignee: West Penn Plastic, Inc.
    Inventors: John Popovich, Mark Clause, Michael Marino
  • Patent number: 6467654
    Abstract: A personal hygienic cleansing lotion and dispenser for further cleansing one's self after performing toiletry duties. The personal hygienic cleansing lotion and dispenser includes a special cleansing lotion comprising purified water, sorbitol, stearic acid, mineral oil, lanolin alcohol, dimethicope, emulsifying wax, and benzethonium chloride which is stored in a dispensing container having a dispensing cap. The dispensing container is designed to be attached to the toilet tissue holder for the purpose of accessibility. The lotion is to be applied to toilet tissue for extra personal hygienic cleaning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2002
    Inventor: William R. Ayres
  • Patent number: 6415939
    Abstract: An aperture forming structure for a sealed containment and dispensing package for flowable products is provided. The structure includes a breakaway tip member of thermoformable plastic. In one embodiment a cap may be integrally formed with the aperture forming structure and may be used to protect the tip member or for reclosing the aperture. An alternative embodiment relates to a pouch, wherein a flap member portion of the pouch is folded over and sealingly attached to the body of the pouch. When the flap member portion is pulled away from the body, an outlet aperture is produced through the surface of the pouch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2002
    Inventor: Sanford Redmond
  • Patent number: 6412657
    Abstract: A spray can system including a spray can with a hollow body with contents therein and gas under pressure for expelling the contents therefrom, and nozzle apparatus connected to the spray can and having a nozzle with a fluid flow channel therethrough with an exit port for the passage of the contents out from the spray can, a cap releasably emplaced on the hollow body for covering the nozzle apparatus, a tube holder comprising a tube holder for holding a spray tube insertable into the nozzle, the tube holder formed of the cap and separable therefrom, the tube holder having a ring, the tube holder connected to the cap by a plurality of connection members between the cap and the ring, the connection members severable so that at least a remaining part thereof remains connected to the ring and the part projects inwardly of the ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2002
    Inventors: Mary T. Riley, Michael J. Riley
  • Patent number: 6382476
    Abstract: A dispensing structure is provided for a container that has an opening from which a product can be dispensed. The structure includes a body for extending around the container opening. The body defines a first dispensing aperture communicating with the container opening. An intermediate member defines at least one second dispensing aperture that is smaller than the first dispensing aperture. The intermediate member is pivotable about an axis between a closed position and an open position. A lid is pivotable on the closure body about the same axis as the intermediate member, and the lid is pivotable between a closed position and an open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2002
    Assignee: Seaquist Closures Foreign, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey T. Randall, Kelly A. Smith, Susan De Groot
  • Publication number: 20010054622
    Abstract: A child-resistant fluid delivery device, comprising a container for storing fluid to be dispensed by the fluid delivery device and a wand assembly connected to the container. The wand assembly having a nozzle at a distal end through which fluid may be dispensed and a child-resistant connector at a proximal end. A ratchet mechanism is formed on the exterior of the child-resistant connector to permit attachment of the connector to the container and thereafter prevent removal of the connector from the container. The nozzle is sealed by a removable, child-resistant cover that includes at least one member that engages the nozzle to resist removal therefrom.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2001
    Publication date: December 27, 2001
    Inventors: William A. Hudson, Raymond Cracauer
  • Patent number: 6247616
    Abstract: A cap equipped with a dispensing nozzle is provided for use with a hermetically sealed container which includes a body portion and a neck portion sealed by a pierceable membrane. A spike within the cap pierces the membrane when the cap is threaded onto the neck portion of the container so as to provide access to the contents of the container. The spike includes a passageway in fluid flow communication with a dispensing nozzle on the cap so as to allow dispensing of the contents of such container. In one cap embodiment, the draining spike is an element nestable within the cap which is made of a relatively harder material than the cap. In another cap embodiment, the draining spike is unitary with the cap and made of the same relatively harder material as the cap. A flip top assembly is also provided including a flip top which covers the dispensing nozzle to seal the cap. The flip top is retained on the dispenser by a flexible arm which is unitary with the cap or with a ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2001
    Assignee: Automatic Liquid Packaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerhard H. Weiler, Kristian Schaeffer
  • Patent number: 6244467
    Abstract: A container and dispenser having a litterless closure comprising a body member having an interior region for containing a material to be dispensed, a frangible portion integral with the body member, the frangible portion adapted to rupturably open a portion of the body member to the interior region and a connector member having first and second portions, the connector member first portion engaged to the body member and engaged at the connector member second portion to the frangible portion whereby the frangible portion remains secured to said body member upon opening of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2001
    Inventor: Benjamin Lewit
  • Patent number: 6126048
    Abstract: A removable paint can extension and cover apparatus which can be temporarily attached to manufactured containers of paint products is provided. The apparatus includes, generally, a vertically extending skirt having a lip at an upper edge of a first end and a rim-covering flange towards a second end of the skirt, a lid insertable over the skirt to frictionally engage the lip of the skirt and having a top surface and a wall extending downwardly from the top surface, a spout removably connected to the top surface of the lid and having a filter removably positionable therein, and a fastener for attaching the skirt to the paint container. The top surface of the lid includes a spout-accepting aperture having a flange to which the spout is connected, and an air inlet aperture and a tether aperture to which a detachable spout cap having a tether is attachable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2000
    Inventor: Todd F. Bublitz
  • Patent number: 6102258
    Abstract: A tube holder has been invented for holding straw or a hollow spray tube, the tube holder having a first ring, an interconnection member having a first end and a second end, the first end connected to or formed integrally with the first ring, a holding ring connected to or formed integrally with the second end of the interconnection member, the holding ring made of stretchable material for releasably holding a hollow spray tube, and at least one tab projecting from the first ring and connected thereto or formed integrally thereof. A method has been invented for releasably holding with such a tube holder a spray tube of a spray can system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2000
    Inventors: Mary T. Riley, Michael J. Riley
  • Patent number: 6076704
    Abstract: A cap equipped with a dispensing nozzle is provided for use with a hermetically sealed container which includes a body portion and a neck portion sealed by a pierceable membrane. A spike within the cap pierces the membrane when the cap is threaded onto the neck portion of the container so as to provide access to the contents of the container. The spike includes a passageway in fluid flow communication with a dispensing nozzle on the cap so as to allow dispensing of the contents of such container. In one cap embodiment, the draining spike is an element nestable within the cap which is made of a relatively harder material than the cap. In another cap embodiment, the draining spike is unitary with the cap and made of the same relatively harder material as the cap. A flip top assembly is also provided including a flip top which covers the dispensing nozzle to seal the cap. The flip top is retained on the dispenser by a flexible arm which is unitary with the cap or with a ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2000
    Assignee: Automatic Liquid Packaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerhard H. Weiler, Kristian Schaeffer
  • Patent number: 5988575
    Abstract: The Aerosol Spray Can Tool is a device that holds and stores certain accessories and vital parts of the common aerosol spray can. It is a flexible bracelet that snaps around the can and it has holes thru it, slots, clips and a suitcase. The holes hold the spray straw, the slots hold the spray straw and the clip holds the spray straw. The suitcase molded or machined with the bracelet stores the spray nozzle. A very long straw is laced thru two or more holes to store the long straw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1999
    Inventor: Joseph John Lesko
  • Patent number: 5944228
    Abstract: A thermoplastic closure for a fluid container which has a flexible needle-like dispensing extension continuous with and extending from the base and ending at a tip wherein the extension has an internal cylindrical cavity with an interior aperture positioned within the base and an exterior aperture positioned at the tip. The flexible, needle-like extension facilitates ease in refilling reservoirs such as ink-jet cartridges and facilitates control over the rate of flow of the ink from the container into the reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 31, 1999
    Assignee: Renewable Resources Company
    Inventor: Stephen M. Gray
  • Patent number: 5887767
    Abstract: A tube holder has been invented for holding a spray tube for use with a nozzle of a spray can, the tube holder, in one aspect, having a ring stretchable or non-stretchable for encircling part of the spray can (e.g. body, nozzle, or nozzle projection) for mounting the tube holder to the spray can, an interconnection member having a first end and a second end, the first end connected to or formed integrally with the ring, and a holding member connected to or formed integrally with the second end of the interconnection member. In one embodiment the holding member is a ring (stretchable or non-stretchable) and in another embodiment the holding member is a body with at least one slit opening therethrough, the spray tube insertable through and removably holdable in the at least one slit opening. The present invention discloses a spray can with any such tube holder and with a hollow spray tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 30, 1999
    Inventors: Mary T. Riley, Michael J. Riley
  • Patent number: 5799839
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to the exemplary embodiment of a fluid dispensing apparatus which is sealingly engaged with the discharge opening of a container. The present invention is structurally comprised of a cylindrical skirt, which is sealingly engageable with the discharge opening of the container and an internal tubular sleeve which is concentric with the cylindrical skirt and is integrally attached to a circular annular plate. The circular annular plate is, in turn, integrally attached perpendicular to the cylindrical skirt and a cylindrical shield. The cylindrical shield is concentric with the cylindrical skirt and is integrally attached to the circular annular plate, as well as the cylindrical skirt and extends upward perpendicular thereto. The present invention is also comprised of a manually actuatable cylindrical valve assembly comprising a telescoping dual spout assembly and an internal tubular sleeve in cooperative arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1998
    Assignee: Megatrade International, Inc.
    Inventors: Jorge E. Moran, Ariel Lijtenstein
  • Patent number: 5788129
    Abstract: The present invention comprises an improved mechanism that permanently attaches a spray tube to an aerosol spray can, stores the spray tube conveniently and effectively when not in use, provides a user the opportunity to use or not to use the spray tube, and positively prevents loss of the spray tube. Further, the improved mechanism is constructed without extraneous materials or extensions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 4, 1998
    Inventor: Charles J. Markos
  • Patent number: 5657905
    Abstract: The present invention is a spray dispenser device closure. It includes a main closure base for attachment to a container, an outer ring, a spray mechanism attached to the base, a semi-flexible tether, and an overcap. The main closure base has a top portion with a circular horizontal track thereon for attachment with an outer ring. The outer ring has a circular inside wall with a horizonal track thereon for attachment to the track of the base so as to connect them in such a way as to be horizontally and freely rotatable thereabout. The outer ring has a top with an outwardly or, alternatively, an inwardly biased ledge for retaining an overcap and has at least one cut out on the ledge to permit an overcap to be inserted and removed from the outer ring. The overcap has a circular bottom adapted to be inserted into or, alternatively, onto the outer ring and over the spray mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 19, 1997
    Assignee: Ideal Ideas, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth P. Glynn
  • Patent number: 5607003
    Abstract: A thermoplastic closure for a fluid container which has a flexible needle-like dispensing extension continuous with and extending from the base and ending at a tip wherein the extension has an internal cylindrical cavity with an interior aperture positioned within the base and an exterior aperture positioned at the tip. The flexible, needle-like extension facilitates ease in refilling reservoirs such as ink-jet cartridges and facilitates control over the rate of flow of the ink from the container into the reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 4, 1997
    Assignee: Renewable Resources Company
    Inventor: Stephen M. Gray
  • Patent number: 5564608
    Abstract: A transportable safety gasoline container suitable for use in the workplace. The gasoline container has safety features that include, an automatically venting pour spout, a protective skirt on top of the gasoline container to prevent damage to valves and fittings, and a pressure relief cap which satisfies the various regulations associated with using gasoline containers in the workplace as well as for the transportation of such gasoline containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 15, 1996
    Assignee: Safe-T-Way
    Inventor: Clinton T. Cooper
  • Patent number: 5529226
    Abstract: An apparatus for deploying a pressurized fluid from a pressurized container having a lip and a nozzle head, is disclosed which comprises: a mounting attachment for frictional engagement with the lip, a malleable guide member having proximal and distal guide ends, the proximal guide end being affixed to the mounting attachment, and a flexible tubular member having an internal passage and first and second tube ends, the first tube end being adapted to engage the nozzle head so as to provide continuous fluid passage therewith and the second tube end being affixed to the distal guide end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 25, 1996
    Inventor: Rudy Alberth, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5409145
    Abstract: Disclosed is a new container for small engine oil for providing a storage and dispensing container specifically configured for use with small engines such as those used on portable generators, lawn mowers, and the like which have constricted, slow moving oil fill openings. The new container has additional enhancements for retail display whereby a product may be easily recognized by a customer as being specifically for use with small engines. The container for small engine oil comprises a hollow container body in which oil may be stored. The container body has an outlet portion formed thereon including a substantially elongated neck in communicating relationship with the hollow interior. A spout for directing flow out of the container body is threadedly mounted on the neck and includes an elongated tapered tube having an annular groove formed on the outside thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 25, 1995
    Inventor: Donnie R. Payne
  • Patent number: 5407098
    Abstract: A fluid pouring aid includes a substantially flat solid imperforate disk being larger in size than a dispensing opening of a container with which the aid is to be used and an interconnecting structure attached to the solid flat disk for releasably interconnecting the disk to the container. To use the pouring aid, a user holds the container with one hand and uses the index finger to place and hold the solid flat disk in an contacting position overlying and closing the dispensing opening of the container such that flow of fluid from the container is blocked as the container is moved from an upright position to a tipped pouring position. Once at the tipped pouring position, the user moves the index finger and slides the solid flat disk laterally relative to the dispensing opening of the container to unblock the opening and allow flow of fluid directly from the container into a fluid reservoir without risk of spilling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 18, 1995
    Inventor: Rex F. Tomer
  • Patent number: 5356045
    Abstract: A fluid dispensing apparatus is disclosed. The apparatus includes a fluid container defining a fluid cavity. A manifold assembly is mounted over a container bunghole. A tube assembly including a fill tube extends into the fluid cavity. Keyed couplings are mounted on the manifold assembly. One of the couplings is in communication with the fill tube and another coupling is in communication with the cavity. A pressure relief valve is mounted adjacent the manifold assembly. Tamper evident assemblies are provided on the manifold assembly for determining if the fluid container has been opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 18, 1994
    Assignee: Aeroquip Corporation
    Inventors: Richard D. Parks, Ernest F. Kulikowski, Paul J. E. Fournier, Douglas R. Fortman, John D. Boland
  • Patent number: 5353965
    Abstract: A bottle which may be in a straight-up position for storage and in an inverted position for dispensing of condiments, such as ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard, etc. The top has a cap which may be removed and replaced by a dispensing nozzle. The bottom has two parallel ridge members and has a hole in the flat area therebetween that is closable with a tethered plug. When the bottle is ready to be used for dispensing condiments, the cap is replaced with the dispensing nozzle and the bottle is turned upside down. At this time, the tethered plug is removed so as to release pressure in the bottle so its contents may escape through the dispensing nozzle. The bottle is of shape and weight so that when inverted and hung on a stand, it will hang properly perpendicular to the ground. The bottles are also shaped so that they will nestle against one another with very little clearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 11, 1994
    Inventor: Gary K. Lee