Stock And Sample Patents (Class 312/118)
  • Patent number: 10729258
    Abstract: A beverage dispenser for dispensing one or more products is disclosed. The beverage dispenser may include a housing having a dispensing port, a shaft disposed within the housing, and a tray rotatably attached to the shaft. The tray may be tilted towards the dispensing port relative to the shaft. The tray may rotate the one or more products disposed thereon to the dispensing port via gravity after one of the one or more products disposed on the tray is dispensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: THE COCA-COLA COMPANY
    Inventor: Vinayak Godbole
  • Patent number: 8657391
    Abstract: A merchandise display system and method which promotes self-service by customers. The system includes plurality of cabinets each having a top surface and a plurality of pull-out racks. The top surface has a plurality of display areas corresponding to the plurality of pull-out racks. Each display area and a corresponding rack is marked with a matching identifying indicia. A merchandise sample is provided for each display area and is also conspicuously marked with matching identifying indicia. An inventory of merchandise removably hangs from each of the plurality of racks having the same features as the corresponding merchandise sample. A consumer viewing a desired merchandise sample on display can easily locate the corresponding inventory of merchandise by matching the identifying indicia of the desired sample with the rack supporting the corresponding inventory of merchandise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Rubicon, Inc.
    Inventors: Rudy Simondi, Debra Hovel, Richard Hovel
  • Patent number: 8542480
    Abstract: A stand for a computing system includes a first panel, a second panel, and a third panel. The first panel, second panel, and third panel may be pivoted to provide support in a low-angle orientation, a high-angle orientation, and a flat orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Don Williams, David N Skinner
  • Patent number: 8413821
    Abstract: Some embodiments of an apparatus for displaying media content products may provide consumers with the convenience of browsing front and rear faces of the sample media content products while all of the media content products (including the sample packages) can be secured in a manner that hinders theft. In particular embodiments, the media content products can be secured without requiring the store workers to insert each and every media content product into a security box or security tether system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Target Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Blake M. Johnson, William Donald Splain, David Joseph Floersch, Joseph H. Bowser, William Y. Stafford
  • Patent number: 8282895
    Abstract: A reagent cabinet for an automated processing apparatus. The reagent cabinet has a housing, and a drawer slidably mounted in the housing. The drawer has a lower deck adapted to receive a fluid reservoir, and an upper deck located above the lower deck and adapted to receive a fluid supply container. A supply connection hose is provided to selectively connect the fluid supply container to the fluid reservoir. A reservoir connection hose is provided to selectively connect to the fluid reservoir and to convey fluid from the fluid reservoir to a downstream location outside the cabinet. A pump is mounted on the drawer. The pump is adapted to convey fluid through either the supply connection hose or the reservoir connection hose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Qiagen Gaithersburg, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Matthew Miller, Yancy Kenan Ragin
  • Publication number: 20110031852
    Abstract: The labels for canned nuts include a preprinted wrapper label dimensioned to exactly fit around a conventional standard size can of nuts. Short witty sayings such as “Go NUTS—it's your birthday” or “I'm just NUTS about you” are inscribed on the label along with cartoon-type characters and nutritional information concerning the ingredients of the nuts. Also included is a greeting-card type top label, which top label is configured to fit the circular lid of the can. The top label is designed to open up similar to a greeting card and may optionally be provided with pop-ups and/or musical recordings. The rear surfaces of the wrapper label and top label are coated with an adhesive to enhance attachment to the can. A replica of a house, to be dubbed “The Nut House”, is contemplated for displaying the labels and toppers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2009
    Publication date: February 10, 2011
    Inventor: Cheryl J. Singleton
  • Publication number: 20080218038
    Abstract: A refrigerated retail unit has a supporting structure, at least one insulating open-topped container that is movable with respect to the structure between a display position in which the interior of the container can be accessed through an access opening, and a full access position in which the interior of the container can be accessed through most or all of its open top. The container is capable of substantially retaining cold air within when in the full access position. The unit further comprises a cooling means for cooling the interior of the container and an insulating lid supported by the structure. The container defines an overall top plan area that is partially covered by the lid when the container is in the display position, and the remainder of said area of the container not then covered by the lid defines the access opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2006
    Publication date: September 11, 2008
    Inventors: Ian David Wood, Xorge Castro Pelayo, Alexandra Eve Shelton
  • Patent number: 6520339
    Abstract: A container for storing a plurality of individually packaged sticks of rock crystal candy for selection and sale to the public and having a transparent plastic case attached to the container and extending across a front surface thereof, which case houses a series of unpackaged sticks of rock crystal candy for viewing by the purchasing public of samples of the packaged sticks stored in the container is disclosed. The case is removably attached to the container so that the samples can be removed and replaced as necessary but cannot be easily entered by members of the public. The display permits grouping of numerous different colors of the stick candy in a single upstanding row and presents the samples in their sparkling and glossy unpackaged form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2003
    Inventor: William F. Conway, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6497329
    Abstract: A display for merchandising products is disclosed. The display includes a base panel, two side panels coupled to the base panel, and a top panel coupled to the two side panels. A plurality of display panels are disposed between the two side panels. The display panels are configured to receive products. The display panels have surface treatments. At least two display panels have different surface treatments and the different surface treatments are configured to be associated with different product lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2002
    Assignee: Newell Operating Company
    Inventors: David R. Johnson, David A. Allen
  • Patent number: 6481808
    Abstract: A device for carrying and displaying medical articles, wherein the device comprises an upper cabinet with a top transparent lid hinged to a back wall of the cabinet and capable of being opened around the hinged connection, the cabinet housing a plurality of boxes which in turn define corresponding divisions by a plurality of partition walls, for organizing the articles into separate spaces within each box, the cabinet being mounted at an upper end of a supporting stand for mounting the device from the floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2002
    Inventor: Antonio Enrique Cinese
  • Patent number: 6447079
    Abstract: Shadowboxes traditionally have been used to show, and at the same time protect, hobbyist's items on display. The arrival of limited edition collectibles has led to a revival of the crafts of fabricating, not only shadowboxes, but other multiple compartment storage cases for use by hobbyists. Unfortunately the compartments in such cases cannot meet all of the size and shape requirements needed for various items now being collected. Such shadowboxes and stowage cases are not quite practical because they must be made to order. They also are not useable by artists and others desiring storage compartments that are not visible. Provided herein are multiple compartment storage cases that meet the stowage requirements for a wide variety of articles because they can be assembled by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2002
    Inventor: Russell S. Irwin
  • Patent number: 6351964
    Abstract: A refrigerated beverage merchandiser is provided which has a display case for the placement and viewing of product housed within the merchandiser. The display case provides for a plurality of individual hangers which position the merchandise for viewing through a transparent window defined by the display case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2002
    Assignee: Specialty Equipment Companies, Inc.
    Inventors: Harry A. Brancheau, Robert J. Reese, Karl F. Jobst, Richard D. Kusel
  • Patent number: 6267258
    Abstract: A retail apparatus for storing and displaying a product includes a base member having a roller surface associated therewith and a rack assembly having a number of rollers rotatably secured thereto. The rack assembly has a product bin and a storage rack. The storage rack is substantially horizontally disposed. The product bin is positioned at an inclined orientation relative to the storage rack. The rollers are positioned in contact with the roller surface so as to allow the rack assembly to roll relative to the base member. A method of storing and displaying a number of products is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2001
    Assignee: Gilmour, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig A. Wilkerson, Phil O. McKinney
  • Patent number: 6079572
    Abstract: A rack for removably mounting in-line skate wheels includes a top plate having a retainer for releasably locking a wheel-mounting spindle thereto. The spindle is rotatably secure to the rack. Preferably, a plurality of spindles are deplayed. The rack may be incorporated into a multi-compartment framing which includes shelves and at least one drawer. By enveloping the rack within a suitable covering, a carry-all or carrying bag or case is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2000
    Inventor: Patricia N. Irvin
  • Patent number: 5690402
    Abstract: A novel product display case is disclosed having detachable and separately functional upper and lower units. The upper unit comprises a plurality of slidable display panels on which items can be secured for inspection, and can be slid aside to reveal shelves for the secure storage of items corresponding to the items on display. The lower unit comprises a display box which encases items secured for display and inspection, and is hingedly movable to reveal a plurality of shelves for the secure storage of items corresponding to items in the display box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 25, 1997
    Inventor: Rudolf Koppe
  • Patent number: 5553724
    Abstract: An improved display rack for the commercial display of tableware comprising a back panel, having two side panels attached thereto, a plurality of full shelves in parallel relationship to one another, each abutting the back panel and side panels, at least one rotatably hinged front panel corresponding to each full shelf, each front panel positioned so that a bottom edge is aligned with a corresponding full shelf, a display pad detachably affixed to at least one front panel, at least one hinge rotatably affixing each front panel to the rack, and at least one retainer for retaining tableware on the front of the display pad for display thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 10, 1996
    Assignee: Oneida Ltd.
    Inventors: Robert Moher, Thomas J. Nook
  • Patent number: 5496103
    Abstract: In order to visibly display products of various types and provide product storage therefor while restricting access to the products for security reasons and/or to maintain the products in a clean condition, a product display and storage cabinet is provided. The cabinet includes first and second distinct product display sections arranged integrally adjacent to one another. The first section has a plurality of distinct product display levels extending from a lower extreme to an upper extreme in generally step-like fashion. The cabinet also has a single product display level for the second section extending from the first section at one of the extremes thereof. In one embodiment, a plurality of walls integrally surround the first and second sections to define an enclosure for product storage and separate transparent lids cover the first section and the second section to restrict access thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 1993
    Date of Patent: March 5, 1996
    Inventor: Burton Kozak
  • Patent number: 5443310
    Abstract: A merchandising case adapted for displaying and storing cutter bits includes a cabinet, storage rack within the cabinet, a door movably mounted on the cabinet for concealing the storage rack, and a display rack mounted on the front of the door for holding the cutter bits on display. The display rack will retain a plurality of cutter bits on a display rack behind a transparent safety plate and above a display area. The display area has a plurality of individual receptacles, each receptacle retaining a plurality of chips each of which contains a die cut edge emulating the kerf profile created by a corresponding router bit positioned on the display rack, above the receptacle retaining the specific chip. A customer can remove one or more of the chips from the receptacle and compare it to the cutting edge of other cutter bits, or lay it against a workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 22, 1995
    Assignee: Oldham Saw Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas H. DeFelice, Michael M. Sherman
  • Patent number: 5405193
    Abstract: A display cabinet is provided for displaying two sides of a computer video game pak or similar merchandise in a secure enclosure. The display cabinet includes an elongated vertical enclosure unit or paddle with a set of spaced apart shelves between transparent facings or panels to form a set of vertically arranged compartments. The game paks or other merchandise are held within the compartments. The enclosure unit or paddle is pivotable back and forth in order to expose the transparent front and back facings of the paddle, thereby enabling the purchaser to view front and back sides of the merchandise, respectively. A lockable access door on the paddle is slidable between open and closed positions, and lockable in the closed position to provide security for the merchandise. Several enclosure units or paddles are pivotably mounted upon a frame by either a hinge or by pivot pins for either flipping or spinning the paddles for viewing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 11, 1995
    Assignee: Frank Mayer & Associates, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffery J. Herrenbruck
  • Patent number: 5251972
    Abstract: A device (10) removably matable to the front of a box (12) allows consumer products to be displayed and dispensed from the box in which they are shipped. The device (10) comprises a frame (14) including a lower front wall portion (32) spaced from the front of the box (12) for defining a compartment (36). A rear opening in the frame (14) communicates with an opening in the front of the box (12) such that products from the box pass into the compartment (36) for easy access by consumers. The device (10) is also capable of supporting interchangeable point-of-sale written materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 12, 1993
    Inventor: Michael Zurawin
  • Patent number: 5097673
    Abstract: Air-conditioned display case has two separate inside rooms divided by a partition having a plurality of partition members which can be individually opened. One of the two rooms is a display room with a front access opening situated on the front side of the partition for displaying the merchandise therein. Display shelves for displaying merchandise thereon are disposed in the display room extending frontwardly from the partition. The other room is a walk-in supply room situated on the rear side of the partition. Supply shelves are disposed in the supply room extending rearwardly from the partition. The supply room also has a closeable entrance and preliminary storage shelves so that the merchandise can be brought into the supply room by a work personnel through the entrance and can be preliminarily stored therein. The merchandise can further be placed on the supply shelves and, subsequently, slidingly moved onto the display shelves past the partition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 24, 1992
    Assignee: Sanden Corp.
    Inventor: Kozaburo Negishi
  • Patent number: 4811872
    Abstract: The beverage and condiment dispensing server is disclosed. The server consists of a support framework having a base, a cup supporting surface and sidewalls extending generally vertically therebetween. The double-wide server's base is dimensioned to receive thereon two, laterally positioned, frusto-conically tapered beverage containers, each having a manually operable spigot near its top for dispensing a beverage into a cup, and further being dimensioned to receive two, laterally positioned, removable trays for receiving and organizing condiments and the like. The sidewalls of the framework form a through opening extending from the front of the framework to the rear of the framework, providing access to the condiment trays to remove their contents and to remove and install the trays themselves, and providing a rear access for installing and removing the containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 1987
    Date of Patent: March 14, 1989
    Assignee: Boyd Coffee Company
    Inventor: David D. Boyd
  • Patent number: 4802715
    Abstract: In a system for the storage of objects in a container configured as a cupboard, a drawer or other similar structures, the objects are stored in a plurality of compartments of various sizes forming a grid and filling out the base surface of the container. Each compartment is configured as a square or rectangular container open at least on one side and said containers are arranged in a plurality of levels, behind or on top of each other while being arranged, on each level next to each other and/or on top of each other. The containers may be pushed sideways individually or by groups so as to create a void which facilitates access to the farthest row of containers in the bottom or down in the container. This system is particularly appropriate for storage, warehouse deposition of sorting installations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1987
    Date of Patent: February 7, 1989
    Inventors: Walter Grobly, Bruno Stocker
  • Patent number: 4736996
    Abstract: A shoe display and storage cabinet includes a wall array having a first shoe compartment with a plurality of vertically arranged, substantially horizontal shelves displaying a plurality of half-pairs of shoes. The first compartment includes an open display side exposing the shelves and shoes to view. Also provided is a selectively closable, second shoe compartment horizontally adjacent the first shoe compartment, the second shoe compartment having a plurality of vertically arranged, substantially horizontal shelves corresponding to the shelves of the first compartment. The shelves of the second compartment hold a plurality of shoes that correspond to the shoes of the first compartment and together with the shoes of the first compartment form matching pairs of shoes. The second compartment includes a selectively openable door for covering a side of the second compartment corresponding to the open display side of the first compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 1987
    Date of Patent: April 12, 1988
    Inventor: Norman K. Zeichner
  • Patent number: 4561705
    Abstract: A storage and transport container comprises a pair of like housings each having a normally vertical back wall having upright and parallel side edges and horizontal top and bottom edges, a pair of generally parallel side walls extending horizontally in one direction from the side edges, and respective generally parallel top and bottom walls bridging the side walls and extending in one direction from the top and bottom edges. Thus the housing has a front side open in the one direction. At least one horizontally extending partition projects in the one direction from the back wall intermediate the top and bottom walls, bridges the side walls, and forms two housing compartments. The top, side, and bottom walls each have a rear edge attached to the respective edge of the back wall and a front edge spaced in the one direction therefrom. A loop formed generally at the front edge of the top wall and extending upwardly therefrom is generally centered between the side walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 1983
    Date of Patent: December 31, 1985
    Assignee: Fritz Schafer Gesellschaft mit beschrankter Haftung
    Inventor: Gerhard Schafer
  • Patent number: 4423913
    Abstract: A display and storage assembly constituting a plurality of interlocking stackable bins with each bin having a top, bottom and opposed sides incorporating fasteners which permit the bins to be interlocked in a juxtaposed side by side relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 1981
    Date of Patent: January 3, 1984
    Inventor: William J. Lee
  • Patent number: 4417774
    Abstract: A collapsible display booth is disclosed which is used to vend merchandise at concerts on a tour, the booth comprising two easily movable boxes with storage areas inside the boxes for storing merchandise when the booth is being moved from one location to another, the merchandise being sold directly from the storage areas. The front box contains a sales counter, an elevated display which is mounted above the counter to prominently display the merchandise being vended, and two side doors which fold out of the front box to both form the sides of the booth and open the merchandise storage compartment in the front box. The rear box is fastened to the side gates of the front box to form a structurally secure, pilfer-resistant sales booth, and has an additional merchandise display which, when moved into position to display the merchandise, opens the merchandise storage area in the rear box to the interior of the booth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 1981
    Date of Patent: November 29, 1983
    Assignee: Hastings, Clayton, Tucker & Craig, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark H. Bevan, Garry C. Kief
  • Patent number: 4382526
    Abstract: The disclosed wall-mounted paperboard container for dispensing stacked articles, one at a time, has a mouth opening in a lower portion of a front wall. The mouth opening is formed from a container blank by infolding a lip panel and gusset flaps in front and side wall panels of the blank. The infolded lip panel supports the stack of articles so that the articles are inclined downwardly and rearwardly. Access to the articles is had by pulling the bottommost article in the stack outwardly through the mouth opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 1979
    Date of Patent: May 10, 1983
    Assignee: Pack Image Incorporated
    Inventor: Orison W. Stone
  • Patent number: 4305628
    Abstract: A cabinet for manually dispensing various brands of cigarettes or other packaged product wherein each package is stacked in individual compartments and dispensed from the rear of the cabinet to the front thereof by using a finger of the dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 1980
    Date of Patent: December 15, 1981
    Assignee: Dynagraphic Merchandising Corp.
    Inventor: Kenneth A. Glasener
  • Patent number: 4212506
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a merchandising device, and more particularly to a counter organizer device adapted to divide an elongate counter into a series of bins or receptacles for the display of merchandise. The device is characterized in particular by the provision of a kit of stock parts, shipped in knocked condition and readily assembled, the device being adaptable to organize or subdivide shelves of various heights and depths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 1978
    Date of Patent: July 15, 1980
    Assignee: Marlboro Marketing, Inc.
    Inventor: Milton J. Merl
  • Patent number: 4175807
    Abstract: Modular constructional units are used to form a combined storage bin and display assembly for rolls of decorative paper such as wallpaper. The modular constructional units are vertically stacked and horizontally adjoined by interlocking surfaces while the units extend along an essentially straight-line path and form storage bins and displays disposed at an angle with respect to the straight-line path. Each constructional unit includes three mutually-adjoined side walls to a square prism which defines the shape of the bin. These side walls define a horizontal bin floor, a vertical bin rear end wall and a vertical longitudinal bin side wall. An outwardly-facing vertical display wall is projected from the bin side wall beyond the forward edge of the bin floor. The display wall and the bin side wall form a side wall for a horizontally-adjacent storage bin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 1978
    Date of Patent: November 27, 1979
    Assignee: Joel H. Kranich
    Inventors: Joel H. Kranich, Robert A. Adam, Charles L. Culbertson
  • Patent number: 3995925
    Abstract: Free standing, combined product display and storage device particularly suitable for store merchandising of shoes and characterised by including the combination of two end panels having between them a plurality of storage shelves positioned one above the other with storage spaces between them, the end panels extend a distance beyond the front edges of the shelves and carry between them a series of horizontally disposed trough-like formations positioned side-by-side with one above the other and hiding the storage shelves from customer view, each trough-like formation having an upper and a lower outwardly extending sides with each lower side being comprised of a plurality of contiguous product display platforms in a row and resting on the outer edge of the upper side of the next lower trough-like formation, each product display platform being fulcrumed to pivot upwardly to provide access to the storage space on an associated one of the storage shelves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 1974
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1976
    Inventor: Guenter R. Roesler
  • Patent number: 3990752
    Abstract: A dispensing system for dispensing a selected combination of disposable portion control packets and the like including a carton containing a plurality of stackable inner cartons, each of which is filled with a plurality of a selected type of disposable packets and wherein the outer carbon is formed with removable sections in the face panel thereof, which in turn are positioned in registration with removable sections provided in the front end portions of each of the inner cartons so as to provide access to and enable the dispensing of a disposable packet from each inner carton. The present invention further contemplates the method of dispensing a combination of packets in accordance with the foregoing arrangement, and further including a coding system, such as a color coding, to visually indicate the nature of the combination of packets dispensed, as well as the completeness and correctness of the combination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 1975
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1976
    Assignee: Diamond Crystal Salt Company
    Inventors: Louis S. Hoffman, Maurice Y. La Barre