Bag Holders Patents (Class 248/95)
  • Publication number: 20080296446
    Abstract: It is the object of the invention to provide a display strip having sufficient punch hole strength for allowing a plurality of product-enclosed bags to be attached thereto for the purpose of arrangement and display, and package assembly. The invention is a display strip for allowing a plurality of product-enclosed bags to be attached thereto for the purpose of arrangement and display, which at least comprises a substrate layer containing a woven fabric and a sealant layer having heat-sealability, a punch hole being formed at an upper portion for hanging.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2005
    Publication date: December 4, 2008
    Inventor: Yoshio Iwasaki
  • Publication number: 20080284141
    Abstract: A bracket for securing a side airbag for an automotive vehicle is provided. The bracket includes a mounting plate formed of a synthetic resin material, and including a main body and a coupling part projecting from an upper surface of the main body and having a hole, and a bracket clip including two support plates in contact with front and rear surfaces of the coupling part and having through-holes in communication with the hole, and a bent part connecting the two support plates at each one side. Therefore, it is possible to protect the bracket to prevent damage to or deformation of the bracket when a bolt is screwed, thereby maintaining the side airbag in an optimal state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2008
    Publication date: November 20, 2008
    Inventors: Myung-ryun Jang, Byoung-sun Yoo, Tae-woo Kim, Dong-jun Lee, Eun-hwan Oh, Kyun-soon Choi
  • Publication number: 20080264003
    Abstract: Supply device for bags, a frame, at least one elongated carrier means for bags that extends in a longitudinal direction and at one end is attached to the frame and of which the opposite end is free, first and second contact means that are disposed on a holder and by means of first transport means are reciprocally movable in a first direction of movement along the carrier, and third contact means that are movably connected to the frame, wherein the first, second and third contact means are suitable for engaging a wall of the bag in a retaining manner, wherein at least in a first direction of movement of the first transport means the first and second contact means have operative directions that face away from each other in the longitudinal direction, and the second and third contact means have operative directions that mutually face each other, wherein the supply device is furthermore provided with second transport means for moving the holder up and down out of and towards the first direction of movement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2005
    Publication date: October 30, 2008
    Inventors: Arie Van Der Knijff, Gerard Cornelis Van Der Knijff, Klaas Nico Bredenhoff
  • Publication number: 20080237409
    Abstract: The present invention refers to a manual bag carrier created to avoid the discomfort and the unpleasant feeling that occur to the hands due to the pressure that bag handles cause when 1 or more bags contain something. It has also been designed with the intention of avoiding spills by keeping the handles inside the bag carrier while the bags are not being carried. Designed primarily for, but not limited to, the kind of bags—whether they are bags made with handles of plastic, fabric, paper, or another material—that supermarkets, department stores, malls, and stores in general give to their customers to transport the acquired products. This bag carrier has been perfected to help carry and transport comfortably one or more bags. This product is not limited exclusively to carry bag handles, it can also be used to carry other products with handles or something similar.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2007
    Publication date: October 2, 2008
    Inventors: Alan R. Scali, Margarita Gomez
  • Publication number: 20080197245
    Abstract: An apparatus for holding stacks of plastic packaging bags, including a wicket and a securing device for securing the packaging bags to the wicket. The wicket includes a pair of elongated leg members, and a cross-member connecting together the leg members. Each of the leg members has a series of locking portions for selectively locking the securing device to the leg members at pre-determined distances from the cross-member. The securing device includes a pair of securing buttons having a bore sized and shaped to be slidable onto the leg members over the locking portions. The locking portions are pairs of aligned locking tabs shaped to prevent the securing buttons from sliding back off the leg members. A cartridge comprising a plurality of wickets coupled together by break away tabs can be used to automate a bag-stacking operation. The wicket and securing buttons are made to be recycled along with the bags lips left after bags are torn off, reducing waste.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2006
    Publication date: August 21, 2008
    Applicant: KEW ASSEMBLIES LTD.
    Inventors: James W. Weldon, Randy L. Brooks
  • Patent number: 7404531
    Abstract: An improved plastic trash bag holder is presented. The invention will hold a standard t-shirt shopping bag firmly and permit the bag to be held in the hand by means of an attached handle or placed on a vertical flat surface by means of screw or other attachments mechanisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2008
    Inventor: Peter McConnell
  • Patent number: 7380667
    Abstract: A newspaper bagger system includes a bag support and a bag chute suspended around and from the bag support. The bag support includes a plurality of detachable bags that extend through the bottom of the chute. The bag chute includes a shoulder at an upper end of the chute to hang the bag chute from the bag support and can also include a vertical slot on a front side of the chute that extends down from the upper end of the chute about half the length of the chute. An upper stiffener is incorporated into the back of the chute and across the shoulder section of the chute and a lower stiffener is attached outside the chute and adjacent to a bottom of the chute. The bagger system is suspended from the interior of an automobile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2008
    Inventor: Kenneth D. Divine
  • Patent number: 7374135
    Abstract: An apparatus for collecting leaves and other yard debris supports a flexible bag in an open configuration. The apparatus has a frame for supporting the flexible bag, and a retaining element for securing the flexible bag to the frame. A handle can be attached to the frame. The apparatus can be used as a tool to collect leaves or other yard debris directly. The frame can have a shape that defines an opening through which the flexible bag is draped. The shape of the frame can have at least one substantially straight side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2008
    Inventor: Melanie J. N. Romero
  • Patent number: 7318568
    Abstract: A device is for releasably mounting a bundle of bags on a wall. The device has a wall-mounted suspension fitting. One rear major surface of the bag bundle is connected to a sheet which is parallel with said bundle and which is adapted for releasably co-action with the fitting. The bags are releasably connected to said sheet at there respective opening regions. The sheet has an opening midway of its width and the fitting has upwardly directed clip-finger that includes in an upper portion of its side facing towards the wall a projection that can be received in the opening in the sheet. The projection has two vertically separated oblique surfaces which are mutually convergent in a direction towards said wall for co-action with the upper and lower edges of the sheet opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2008
    Inventor: Tony Barouta
  • Publication number: 20070210216
    Abstract: An improved plastic trash bag holder is presented. The invention will hold a standard t-shirt shopping bag firmly and permit the bag to be held in the hand by means of an attached handle or placed on a vertical flat surface by means of screw or other attachments mechanisms.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2006
    Publication date: September 13, 2007
    Inventor: Peter McConnell
  • Publication number: 20070187558
    Abstract: A food storage bag holder is configured to maintain a food storage bag in an open and upright configuration to facilitate filling the food storage bag with contents such as food. The holder has a body comprised of a cylinder or frame with a top rim adapted to frictionally engage a folded over top edge of the food storage bag to support it and hold it open. The body defines an interior cavity. The holder is sized to engage a food storage bag. The top rim is sized to engage a bag having a resealable closure. The bag is engaged by inserting the bag into the cavity defined by the body and folding the closure of the bag over the top rim of the holder. The top rim has an outer perimeter less than the perimeter of the mouth of the bag. For example, a circular top rim may have an outer diameter less than the quotient of the perimeter of the mouth of the bag divided by ?. The height h of the holder is less than the height measured from the bottom of the body of the bag to the bottom edge of the closure of the bag.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2007
    Publication date: August 16, 2007
    Inventors: Carol Blodgett, Kara Anderson
  • Publication number: 20070186515
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for packaging items within a container. The container is supported adjacent an indicator which determines the addition of an individual item into the container. The number of items added to a container is accumulated and the accumulated data for each container during a given cycle is stored. The stored data is then communicated to a processing unit for analyzing and use as a management tool within the packaging operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2006
    Publication date: August 16, 2007
    Inventors: Roger M. Ruetten, Kendall Busch, Steve Tonkin, David L. Booher, Leon Farahnik
  • Patent number: 7243825
    Abstract: A bag holder for use in a vehicle trunk comprising a trunk lid having trunk hinges which attach the trunk lid to the vehicle. The bag holder device comprises a band portion having two ends, the band portion being at least partially elastically stretchable and of sufficient length when the partially elastically stretchable portion is partially stretched so as to be held in tension when the ends are connected to respective trunk hinges. The ends of the band portion are connected by connection means to slideable hinge rings, each of the slideable hinge rings having a sufficient circumference so as to permit encircling of the trunk hinges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2007
    Inventor: Neil Lawrence Weisenfeld
  • Patent number: 7243884
    Abstract: A tilt-out laundry bag assembly for use with a bottom hinged cabinet door, comprises a suspension bracket subassembly and a laundry bag subassembly, the latter being suspended from the former. The suspension bracket subassembly includes a pair of parallel inter-bracket rods located in a plane perpendicular to the bottom hinged cabinet door. One of the rods is spaced from the mentioned door, while a second one is located in a position somewhat retracted from that door. The laundry bag subassembly comprises at least one laundry bag and a pair of hangers for each laundry bag. A laundry bag includes a pair of opposite flat panels and a pair of opposite folded panels. Each of the former has at the top a pair of loops for each hanger. Each hanger has a central grip for a hand and at each extremity a semi-circular configuration to fit with each one of the inter-bracket rods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2007
    Inventors: Stephen Lawson, Christopher Isfeld
  • Publication number: 20070158507
    Abstract: A lightweight portable holder for trash bags which comprises a ring set upon adjustable legs that is capable of holding disposable trash bags, preventing them from falling over and assisting in ease of cleanup.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2007
    Publication date: July 12, 2007
    Inventors: Victor Cirrincione, John D'urso
  • Patent number: 7237753
    Abstract: A debris collector is provided that includes a sleeve including a top opening and a bottom opening, the sleeve being operable to be attached to a bag adjacent to the bottom opening, the sleeve defining an interior. A support structure is connected to the sleeve, the support structure consisting of at least one support element, wherein the support element is manually operable to bring the sleeve in a generally upright position that permits debris to be readily inserted into the opening. The sleeve also includes a connecting means for connecting the bag to the sleeve. The sleeve is operable to funnel debris inserted in the top opening from the interior into the bag through the bottom opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2007
    Inventor: Donna Metcalfe
  • Patent number: 7222825
    Abstract: A yard waste bag loading assembly includes a base having dimensions able to accommodate a yard waste bag therein, the yard waste bag having a given opening size. A plurality of vertical supports extend from the base to a height necessary to accommodate the yard waste bag. A funnel is hingeably secured to the tops of the vertical supports. The funnel has a mouth greater than the bag opening size. The components of the loading assembly are readily formed from tubular plastic pieces, elbow fittings and tee fittings to facilitate easy breakdown and storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2007
    Inventor: Jeffrey Gilbert
  • Patent number: 7210659
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a combination of a telescopically extendable frame with a laundry bag assembly, adaptable to be mounted in closet receptacles of various articles of furniture. The combination comprises a telescopically extendable frame incorporating front and back support bars and a laundry bag assembly including one or more laundry bags interengaged with the front and back support bars and hanging below them. The one or more laundry bags can be translatable with respect to the front and back support bars. The front and back support bars are so spaced apart as to permit the laundry bag assembly to be located between and suspended from them. The telescopically extendable frame comprises left and right slides of ball bearing drawer type slides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2007
    Inventors: Stephen Lawson, Christopher Isfeld
  • Patent number: 7175139
    Abstract: A bag holder (75) is adapted to hold a flexible bag (B) in an upright and open position. The bag holder includes a wire-frame member (78) having a back portion, a top portion, a left side portion, and a right side portion, and a bag bottom support (91, 82) adapted to be mounted on the frame. The bag bottom support may be mounted on the frame in different positions so as accommodate different size bags. A lid (112) may close the upper end of the bag, and may have a bag storage compartment (116) therein. Preferably, the lid and cover is of one-piece construction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2007
    Assignee: CPI Plastics Group Ltd.
    Inventor: Nicholas C. Broeders
  • Patent number: 7077364
    Abstract: A material-receptacle hanger system includes a base frame and a channeling-panel support structure depending from the base frame and being adapted for reciprocation along a reciprocation axis between a rearwardmost retracted position and a forwardmost extended position with respect to the base frame. Pivotably attached to the channeling-panel support structure are front and rear material-channeling panels. Each channeling panel is pivotable about a panel pivot axis that extends along an axis extending orthogonal to the reciprocation axis. A set of receptacle-supporting linkage members depends from each panel for the selective support of a material receptacle such as a parcel or mail sack below the channeling-panel support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2006
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventor: Louis J. Hendzel
  • Patent number: 7040582
    Abstract: A hanger for hanging bags wherein a card body (2) cooperates with a holding strip (11) that is connected to the card body by a film hinge (10) to define a gap between the card body and the holding strip. A means for latching the holding strip (11) to the card body (2) includes a first mechanism (9) for latching the holding strip to a fastening surface (7) of the card body (2) or a second mechanism for latching the holding strip to a side edge (14) of the card body (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Inventor: Peter Rosler
  • Patent number: 6983754
    Abstract: A support structure and method, designed to maintain a resealable plastic bag in an open position within a dishwasher through the washing and drying cycles, has at least two vertically extending support and restraining straps that may be engaged with like straps to form a resilient support framework. A plurality of mating dimples and protrusions offer controlled size adjustments, while maintaining the reliability of the structure. The structure is readily collapsible to a flat and compact structure prior to purchase and when not in use, and includes features to engage with the rack in the dishwasher to prevent the support and bag from being substantially relocated during the wash process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2006
    Inventors: Randy M. Anderson, Jeannie L. Piekos
  • Patent number: 6971611
    Abstract: A stand for supporting an open-ended conical plastic bag, has an upper rim portion, over which a portion of the bag open end may be folded, in securing relation; a like lower rim portion supports the stand in stable, self-supporting relation. The stand consists of two identical segment portions, which clip together. Each segment has first and second longitudinal ribs joining the opposed rim portions. Almost half the length of each first rib is arcuately recessed to secure a corresponding length of the other first rib, when reversed, in entered relation within the recess. The arcuate recess has protruding ear portions which serve as clips for securing the entered other first rib, which ear portions also engage the sides of protrusions of the other first rib to stabilize it in the recess. Other local first rib protrusions enter into corresponding recesses located in the bottom of the opposed first rib arcuate recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2005
    Inventor: Jan Folkmar
  • Patent number: 6899256
    Abstract: A system for stabilizing articles is provided. The system is particularly well-suited for stabilizing plastic grocery bags during transport in a vehicle. The system comprises a stabilizing element that, when in use, extends from a first point to a second point and passes through the handles of a bag to be stabilized. Preferably, the first and second points are fixed, either detachably or semi-permanently, on the sidewalls in the interior of a vehicle. Further, the stabilizing element preferably is flexible. In addition, the stabilizing element preferably can be disconnected from the second point and also preferably, the stabilizing element can recoil into a location at the first point so that only a portion of the stabilizing element is visible. Other preferred embodiments of the present invention, including those with intermediary fixtures or intermediary support features, as well as those with multiple stabilizing elements, also are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2005
    Inventor: William R. Richter
  • Patent number: 6863249
    Abstract: A device for hanging garbage bags on an exterior of a vehicle such as a car for hauling the garbage bags to a disposal area. The device includes a vehicle attachment member attached to a hook member via a strap. The vehicle attachment member has a base portion and a vehicle engagement arm extending from the base portion. The vehicle engagement arm is configured to hang over a door frame or open window of the vehicle and thereby removably suspend the vehicle attachment member on the vehicle. The hook member has a base portion and at least one garbage bag suspension arm extending from the base portion, the garbage bag suspension arm configured to securely suspend a garbage bag. The vehicle engagement arm of the vehicle attachment member and the garbage bag suspension arm of the hook member are preferably positioned on opposite sides of the strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2005
    Inventor: Brent H. Alvord
  • Patent number: 6854695
    Abstract: Tool pouch frames support a tool pouch in an upright position and hold tools. The tool pouch frame comprises a U-shaped base, U-shaped upper member, and an inverted J-shaped front member connected to the exterior of the tool pouch by straps with side release buckles. The base ensures that the tool pouch cannot fall over and spill, even when it is heavily loaded. The tool pouch frame also holds frequently used tools in a position where they are easily accessed using rings with hook and loop fasteners. In addition, the front member acts as a convenient carrying handle for the tool pouch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2005
    Inventor: Victor A. Kop
  • Patent number: 6817581
    Abstract: A bag storage and holding apparatus for a recyclable or disposable handle bag. The apparatus has a receptacle for storing handle bags for future use and in some embodiments it has a cover over the open top portion of the receptacle. The cover can be opened or closed. On each end of the receptacle is a rotatably mounted side arm, which can swing up or down through approximately 90 degrees. When the arms are in an approximately horizontal position, the apparatus is positioned for receiving a handle bag and maintaining it in an open position. Securing means, in the form of a locking tab, are provided to secure the side arms in an upward position. Each side arm has handle engaging means, preferably in the form of at least two upwardly projecting hooks with slots therein for retaining the bag in an open position for receipt of refuse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2004
    Assignee: McAllister Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert J. McAllister
  • Publication number: 20040217237
    Abstract: A bag storage and holding apparatus for a recyclable or disposable handle bag. The apparatus has a receptacle for storing handle bags for future use and in some embodiments it has a cover over the open top portion of the receptacle. The cover can be opened or closed. On each end of the receptacle is a rotatably mounted side arm, which can swing up or down through approximately 90 degrees. When the arms are in an approximately horizontal position, the apparatus is positioned for receiving a handle bag and maintaining it in an open position. Securing means, in the form of a locking tab, are provided to secure the side arms in an upward position. Each side arm has handle engaging means, preferably in the form of at least two upwardly projecting hooks with slots therein for retaining the bag in an open position for receipt of refuse.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2003
    Publication date: November 4, 2004
    Inventor: Robert J. McAllister
  • Publication number: 20040195467
    Abstract: A trash bag holder comprising a collapsible frame having a plurality of elongated support members flexibly connected end-to-end. A trash bag is secured to the frame by the use of a plurality of clips mounted on the frame. The frame engages the trash bag in a manner which holds the mouth of the trash bag open when the frame is in a ready-to-use configuration. The frame is maintained in the ready-to-use configuration by a brace pivotally mounted to one of the support members and releasably engaged to a second support member. To collapse the frame, the brace is disengaged from the second support member thereby allowing the support members to be collapsed into a convenient and compact size for transport or storage. A handle is attached to one of the support members to allow a person to maneuver the trash bag holder into any desirable position. The support members are optionally adjustable in length to allow for the use of trash bags of varying sizes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2003
    Publication date: October 7, 2004
    Inventor: Christopher Passage
  • Publication number: 20040195468
    Abstract: An adjustable collapsible refuse funnel has a generally planar body formed of a relatively rigid but flexible and shape-retentive material, the body having a front edge, a rear edge, and opposing side edges, the body being deformable into a funnel configuration by bringing the rear corner portions of the body into overlapping relation and releasably connecting the overlapping rear corner portions to form a throat, leaving the front portion of the body adjacent to the front edge in generally planar configuration. Attachment means for releasably attaching a leaf bag or other refuse container are provided on the body. Creases are preferably formed in the body to facilitate forming the rear portion into a throat while maintaining the generally planar configuration of the front portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2003
    Publication date: October 7, 2004
    Inventor: Wilbert L. Singleton
  • Publication number: 20040124322
    Abstract: A holding device includes a support surface and a first holding portion integral with the support surface and adapted to suspend a bag. A second holding portion is also integral with the support surface and is adapted to suspend a rigid container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2003
    Publication date: July 1, 2004
    Inventor: Robert R. Turvey
  • Publication number: 20040118983
    Abstract: An apparatus for supporting a material bag, includes a main frame which is arranged around the material bag and includes a device for suspending the material bag. The material bag is made of a flexible material and has the shape of a block that is open at the top side and has at its four corner points of the opening a loop or an eye intended for transport or suspension in the main frame. The main frame has two substantially rectangular frames, which are pivotable with respect to one another, with one such frame having space within the other. The two substantially rectangular frames have two mutually opposing first frame parts and two mutually opposing second frame parts, of which the first frame parts are of a length that corresponds approximately to the length of the first edge of the horizontal projection of the bag and the second frame parts are of a length that is larger than the total of the second edge length of the horizontal projection of the bag and twice the loop or hook length.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2003
    Publication date: June 24, 2004
    Inventor: Wilhelm Reichert
  • Publication number: 20040104316
    Abstract: A suspension device for an item comprises a base member and a clamping assembly. The clamping assembly is mounted for sliding movement relative to the base member and is adapted to clamp a pouch. A method of suspending such a pouch includes the steps of opening the clamping assembly, placing the pouch in the clamping assembly and simultaneously closing and sliding the clamping assembly into the housing such that the pouch is suspended from the clamping assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2003
    Publication date: June 3, 2004
    Inventor: Robert R. Turvey
  • Patent number: 6726156
    Abstract: A holder for supporting a bag having handles in an open position is disclosed. The holder includes a mounting member to removably mount the holder to a support structure, and a pair of support arms which interlock with the handles of the bag during use. The support arms extend from the mounting member, include a pair of notches on an upper edge thereof, and a pair of cutout portions on the bottom coners of each support arm. In use, the handles of the bag are disposed from an inner surface of an adjacent support arm, outwardly through the upper notches, extend downwardly over an outer surface of either arm, and are secured within the lower corner cutout portions of each arm. The interlocking of the handles and the arms allows the bag to maintain an open position, while providing sufficient support for items placed within the bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2004
    Inventor: Vito A. Scola
  • Patent number: 6698695
    Abstract: A cargo hook (10) for organizing and securing bags within a motor vehicle. The cargo hook (10) includes a based (12) adapted for attachment to a motor vehicle surface. A flexible tab (14) extends from the base (12). An inner area (16) is formed between the flexible tab (14) and the motor vehicle surface. This inner area (16) is designed to receive bag handles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2004
    Assignee: Waveland Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Louis M. Spoto
  • Patent number: 6692175
    Abstract: A thin, flat device (10) for inserting scrapbook page device (22) for quick application of article protectors (20). The device is made of a flexible material, with a spine (12) so it can be repeatedly folded, without fracturing, tearing or cracking. In addition it provides a fast, easy and hassles free approach to applying article protectors (20). Not only does it provide a quick method of inserting it also protects a scrapbook page (22) from being torn, folded, bent or torn during the application of article protectors (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2004
    Inventor: Jenny Lee Trump
  • Patent number: 6691959
    Abstract: A refuse bag holder for holding a collapsible bag in an open orientation includes a mount portion including an elongate member having an upper end and lower end. A hook is attached to the upper end. A loop is hingedly coupled to the elongate member by a hinge and is positioned on an opposite side of the elongate member with respect to the hook. The loop has an outer surface and an inner surface. A coupling member removably attaches the refuse bag to the loop. A securing member releasably secures the loop in a generally horizontal position. An edge of a refuse bag may be extended between the loop and the coupling member such that the refuse bag is held in an open orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2004
    Inventor: James H. Dancy
  • Publication number: 20040026578
    Abstract: The bag insert of the present invention is an apparatus for aiding in the management of a waste collection bag during waste collection. In one embodiment, the bag insert is placed inside the waste collection bag and then expanded. Once expanded, the bag insert maintains the bag in an upright and open position. Further, the bag insert forms a hollow rectangular tube such that waste can be placed inside the bag by dropping the waste through the open top of the bag insert. The waste collection bag may be placed inside the expanded bag insert, wherein the bag insert maintains the bag in an upright and substantially open position. After waste collection is complete, the bag insert is capable of being folded along several axes such that the size of the bag insert is reduced for storage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2003
    Publication date: February 12, 2004
    Inventors: Patrick F. King, Myron P. Andersen
  • Patent number: 6679462
    Abstract: A stiffener apparatus, including first and second stiffener body sections, each section forming an open, geometric structure, with U-shaped channels facilitating mechanically mating the two sections, i.e. a quasi-congruent, multi-planar surface, snap-ring construction, that effects reliable compression of flexible material disposed between two mating sections. The stiffener sections are sized for fitting an opening of a flexible trash bag. An integral clamping mechanism securely latches the stiffener sections together and facilitates separating the sections. Mating channels compress the outer edges of the trash bag's opening material, greatly improving the compression fit keeping the trash bag open, especially in heavily loaded trash bag conditions. Each stiffener section, has a scooping ramp edge member for channeling material into the trash bag. One stiffener section has at least one handle with a notch for hanging the apparatus. The apparatus has means for attaching an optional hinged cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2004
    Inventor: Victor G. Valdez
  • Patent number: 6676092
    Abstract: A trash bag holder includes a base and a plurality of posts are pivotally connected to the base. A flexible ring is connected to respective second ends of the posts. The posts each includes an outer tube and a rod which is received in the outer tube. A trash bag is received in the space enclosed by the posts and the open top of the trash bag is folded outward onto the ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2004
    Inventor: Bi-Hau Tsai
  • Patent number: 6675493
    Abstract: A holder for drying plastic bags including a base with series of interconnected sockets; and dowels, each dowel having a smooth and rounded end, to accommodate a bag and an opposite end being inserted into the sockets of the base. A bag is placed upside-down over the dowels to dry. The dowels may be positioned in different sockets to accommodate different size bags. Alternatively, the end of the dowel being placed in the base may be hollow thereby accommodating a spring placed between the sockets of the base and the dowels so that the dowels may be easily adjusted. The bag holder may optionally provide a horizontal attachment to permit simultaneous drying of a plastic bag and a dish towel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2004
    Inventor: Rosemary Martin
  • Patent number: 6666416
    Abstract: A bag storage and holding apparatus for a recyclable or disposable handle bag. On each end of the receptacle is a rotatably mounted side arm, which can swing up or down through approximately 90 degrees. When the arms are in an approximately horizontal position, the apparatus is positioned for receiving a handle bag and maintaining it in an open position. Securing means, in the form of a locking tab, are provided to secure the side arms in an upward position. Each side arm has handle engaging means for retaining the bag in an open position for receipt of refuse. The apparatus has a receptacle for storing handle bags for future use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2003
    Assignee: McAllister Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert J. McAllister
  • Patent number: 6659407
    Abstract: A collapsible trash bag stand having a sleeve-shaped body made from durable semi-rigid sheet material and having a plurality of punch-out, retainer tabs that snap into position to prevent the bag from slipping into the stand and to accommodate loading of multiple layers of trash bags at one time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2003
    Inventor: Vito Frank Asaro
  • Patent number: 6648153
    Abstract: A supply cabinet with inventory sensors in a bore/slot arrangement. The supply cabinet contains a plurality of vertically adjustable shelves. Each shelf has a plurality of bore/slot arrangements extending from the front to the rear of the shelf. Each bore/slot arrangement secures a plurality of containers, which are suspended from a lower surface of the shelf.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2003
    Assignee: SupplyPro, Inc.
    Inventor: William Holmes
  • Publication number: 20030189141
    Abstract: A holding device for thermoplastic bags utilizes bags having side panels and a reclosable seal at one end thereof, the reclosable seal comprising a pair of opposed interlocking closure strips and a slider for opening and closing the closure strips. The holding device comprises a support surface and a pair of elongate holding members each having a proximal portion adjacent the support surface and a distal portion wherein the holding members define a channel therebetween. The channel has a first section for receiving and enclosing a portion of the slider and a second section for receiving only the closure strips but not the slider. The channel further has a slot formed by the distal portions of the holding members wherein the slot has a width sufficient to allow the side panels of the thermoplastic bag to enter the slot but prevent passage of the closure strips through the slot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2002
    Publication date: October 9, 2003
    Inventors: Robert R. Turvey, Douglas P. Gundlach, Allison K. Betancourt, Daniel Warwick Stanley
  • Patent number: 6543732
    Abstract: A rack includes a base, a supporting rod, and a hanging member. The base has opposing connecting parts on two opposing ends. The middle portions of the connecting parts define an upright cylindrical holding space in between. The supporting rod is passed into the upright holding space, and pivoted to the connecting parts at a lower end so that the supporting rod can be pivoted between a laid down position and an upright in-use position. The hanging member includes a ring-shaped supporting part pivoted to the top of the supporting rod such that it can be disposed perpendicular to the supporting rod for a bag to be hung on. The supporting rod is provided like a telescope so that the height of the hanging member can be changed to be suitable for bags of different sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2003
    Inventor: Shih-Hwa Yuan
  • Patent number: 6536488
    Abstract: An insert for use in filling paper or plastic bags with yard waste materials. An elongate rectangular sleeve of corrugated paper board has an open top and open bottom. Weight retaining elements are formed near the bottom of opposing sidewalls of the insert. Tuck openings are formed along the length of the opposing sidewalls to receive gathered segments of the top edge of a plastic bag in which the insert is placed. Hand openings are formed near the upper ends of opposing sidewalls. The insert may be inverted while a yard waste bag is placed over it and then righted to rest in an upright position with the yard waste bag surrounding it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2003
    Inventor: Thomas E. Pochobradsky
  • Patent number: 6517033
    Abstract: A plastic bag holder system for allowing an individual to reuse a plastic grocery bag as a garbage bag or storage bag. The plastic bag holder system includes a loop member, a first arm attached to the loop member on one side, a second arm attached to the loop member opposite of the first arm, and a plurality of brackets attached to the arms for securing to a vertical structure with conventional fasteners. The arms each have an angled member that is angled upwardly toward a rear section thereof for catchably receiving the handles of the plastic bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2003
    Inventors: David S. Russell, Luke J. Retka
  • Patent number: 6511026
    Abstract: A bag opener support apparatus includes a frame having members movable between a collapsed position allowing easy insertion through an end of a flexible container to an expanded position in which the members are movable to a position expanding the interior of the flexible container and the open end of the container to a full cross section shape. The apparatus includes first and second frame members formed of interconnected side legs, with the second frame members pivotally connected to the first frame member for pivotal movement between the collapsed and expanded positions. A lock arm is mountable on one of the second frame members for lockingly engaging the opposed second frame member to maintain the second frame members in the expanded position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2003
    Inventor: Jerry Hatfield
  • Patent number: 6499638
    Abstract: A readily detachable and attachable saddle bag for motorcycles and other vehicles. The saddle bag is securable to a plane defining mounting plate that matches indices on a saddle bag and quick release couplings so that the the saddle bag can be quickly attached to and detached from the mounting plate. The mounting plate is low cost and is provided with means for securing the plate to a flat surface or for attaching transition links to the mounting plate for securing the mounting plate to the irregular structures such as the frame of a motorcycle or the like. The bag is provided with detachable wheels and pulling or carrying straps and an attachment for joining two similar saddle bags together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2002
    Inventor: Gregory L. Campbell