Elongated Clamping Elements Patents (Class 383/68)
  • Patent number: 9156592
    Abstract: A rapid closing security container which is adapted to quickly and efficiently secure various items from theft or tampering. The rapid closing security container generally includes a container having an upper opening which may be closed using a closure assembly. The closure assembly includes a first tube and a second tube which extend parallel to each other. Using a draw cord and a pair of closure cords, the first and second tubes may be drawn toward each other to close the container. A lock may be utilized to secure the draw cord and prevent the container from being opened without disengaging the lock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Inventor: Philip Burnie Smith
  • Publication number: 20150093052
    Abstract: Some disclosed bladder closures comprise a first rigid member adapted to be secured to a first side of a bladder opening and a second rigid member adapted to be secured to a second side of the bladder opening opposite from the first side. At least one fastener is included for clamping the first and second rigid members together to seal the bladder opening. The fastener is rotatably mounted in the first rigid member and comprises a latch positioned on an outer side of the first rigid member, a shaft that passes through the first rigid member, and at least one tab that engages with a portion of the second rigid member when the latch is rotated. The latch pivots at least partially around the shaft to engage with a projection of the second rigid member that extends through a hole in the first rigid member to lock the fastener in place.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventor: Matt Hoskins
  • Patent number: 8887962
    Abstract: An improved disposable hydration pouch and method of delivery is disclosed herein. The hydration pouch may be manufactured from poly-ethylene or other high self-friction polymers that can be thermally sealed, which allows the pouch to be inexpensive to manufacture and disposable. The hydration pouch also includes a plurality of latitudinal thermally sealed baffles to provide improved lateral support and strength while holding liquids during use over existing poly-ethylene hydration pouches in the prior art. The disposable hydration pouch may be used by athletes, hikers, cyclists, travelers, and more as a portable hydration source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Inventors: Gregory Ellis Herivel, Jeffrey Brooks Goodner
  • Patent number: 8678650
    Abstract: An improved flexible package and method thereof are disclosed herein. In accordance with one embodiment of the present invention, a package system comprises a flexible package having at least a front wall, a back wall, a top wall, a bottom wall, and a plurality of side walls; and a locking means for maintaining a portion of the flexible package in a predetermined position, the locking means cooperating with at least a portion of the flexible package and comprising at least one semi-rigid member; wherein one of the front wall, the back wall, the top wall, the bottom wall, or any of the plurality of side walls has a substantially negligible surface area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Inventor: Danielle Z. Savage
  • Patent number: 8568030
    Abstract: A utility bag having a closure arrangement coupled with opposing first and second panels of the utility bag. The first closure member coupled to the first panel at about an entrance of the utility bag. The first closure member includes a pair of parallel bulbous elements which form a longitudinal channel parallel to the entrance of the utility bag. A second closure member includes a third bulbous element having an interfacing surface complementary with an interfacing surface of the longitudinal channel to form an overlapping closure arrangement. Counterpart strips of hook/loop fasteners coupled to complementary interfacing surfaces associated with the first and second closure members are used to maintain the utility bag in a closed state. The bulbous elements may be formed from deformable materials disposed in sleeves which surround the entrance to the utility bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Inventors: Kenneth Martin, Kelly Martine
  • Patent number: 8550714
    Abstract: A pocket closure assembly can have a pocket and a first member coupled to the pocket, where the first member has a first surface. A second member may be rotatably coupled to the first member, where the second member has a second surface that mates with the first surface to form a seal for the pocket if the second member is rotated to a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignees: Alexander Danch, Yoav Ben-Shushan
    Inventors: Yoav Ben-Shushan, Alexander Danch, Joe Molinari
  • Publication number: 20130016924
    Abstract: A clip apparatus (100) for sealing storage bags (200) includes a first body member (101), a second body member (102), a tongue (103), and a seal member (118). The first body member (101) includes a valve (120). The second body member (102) is rotatably coupled with the first body member (101) to move between an open position and a closed position where the first and second body members (101, 102) are engaged. The tongue (103) is disposed at least partially between the first and second body members (101, 102) and defines a flow passage (124) for communicating with an interior of a storage bag (200) and the valve (120) in the first body member (101). The seal member (118) ensures that the storage bag (200) and the clip apparatus (100) are sealed to enable evacuation of the storage bag (200) prior to storage of perishable items.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2012
    Publication date: January 17, 2013
    Inventors: John Helmsderfer, Alex Androski, Andrew Ahr
  • Publication number: 20120097495
    Abstract: A versatile bag including: a bag, one or more removable and optionally reversible art panels, and one or more devices for attaching the one or more removable and optionally reversible art panels to the outside of the bag is provided. A method of decorating the bag is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2011
    Publication date: April 26, 2012
    Inventor: Michael Moore
  • Patent number: 7757384
    Abstract: The present invention provides an apparatus for protecting a device from water damage. The apparatus is capable of being repeatedly opened and then hermetically sealed even when the device has a wire that must be extended outside of the apparatus. The present invention comprises a housing having at least two members that, when juxtaposed and clamped, form a dry interior region. More specifically, each member includes a pair of gaskets that together define the dry interior region and substantially form a hermetic seal about a pouch or container. The apparatus includes a portal through which the wire may extend from a device inside the pouch or container to the outside and a slide mechanism that adjust a gasket around the wire to maintain the dry interior region. The slide mechanism forms a hermetic seal around the wire so that the opening in the pouch from which the wire extends is hermetically sealed. If no wire is present, the slide mechanism may be adjusted to maintain the hermetic seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Inventors: Andrew S. MacAuley, Charles Brian Durler Cooke, Christopher Benjamin James Groombridge, Nicholas John Bowman
  • Patent number: 7648276
    Abstract: Sealing device for flexible liquid container is disclosed. In one preferred embodiment of the invention, the sealing device comprises an elongated member with a hollow passage extending through it with a longitudinal slot, slidingly mountable over a rod, which is provided over a lateral opening of a flexible liquid container. In another preferred embodiment of the present invention the rod is attached to the member extending through the passage. When the portion of the container provided with the lateral opening is folded over the rod, substantially overlapping an adjacent portion of the container and the sealer is slidingly mounted over the folded portion of the container, liquid is prevented from leaking out of the container through the lateral opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2010
    Assignee: Source Vagabond Systems Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoram Gill
  • Patent number: 7398804
    Abstract: The sealed docking system comprises first and second coupling elements each having respective first and second coupling elements with respective first and second flexible receptacles. Each coupling element has a slot. The two coupling elements engage with one another. The coupling elements are flexible so that when force is applied the slots open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2008
    Assignee: GEA Buck Valve GmbH
    Inventors: Martin Koch, Gary Heath
  • Patent number: 7300207
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an air-tight closure for enhancing accessibility to contents of a container when the container is opened and for preventing exposure of the container contents to ambient air when the container is closed. The invention further relates to re-closable containers including the same. The closure comprises at least two elongated male units disposed a gap apart on the outer surface of one wall of the container and at least two corresponding elongated female units disposed a gap apart on the outer surface of an opposite wall of the container opposite the male units, forming at least two male-female pairs. The closure may further include a tongue for facilitating opening the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2007
    Inventor: Ron Linneweil
  • Patent number: 6988828
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an air-tight closure for enhancing accessibility to contents of a container when the container is opened and for preventing exposure of the container contents to ambient air when the container is closed. The invention further relates to re-closable containers including the same. The closure comprises at least two elongated male units disposed a gap apart on the outer surface of one wall of the container and at least two corresponding elongated female units disposed a gap apart on the outer surface of an opposite wall of the container opposite the male units, forming at least two male-female pairs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2006
    Inventor: Ron Linneweil
  • Patent number: 6886982
    Abstract: The invention relates to a process for automating the positioning and fastening of a clip to a pouch. The system describes automated assembly of first and second clip members having ends, clamping surfaces, latching components, and hinge components with a product. Each of the clip members are loaded into feed mechanisms and mechanically manipulated into desired orientations. The clip members are dispensed in aligned, spaced apart relation with their clamping surfaces, latching components, and hinge components disposed one toward the other with the product situated between the clamping surfaces. The invention also relates to a product created by the automated assembly of clip members with a product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2005
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventor: Gary M. Reynolds
  • Publication number: 20040208400
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an air-tight closure for enhancing accessibility to contents of a container when the container is opened and for preventing exposure of the container contents to ambient air when the container is closed. The invention further relates to re-closable containers including the same. The closure comprises at least two elongated male units disposed a gap apart on the outer surface of one wall of the container and at least two corresponding elongated female units disposed a gap apart on the outer surface of an opposite wall of the container opposite the male units, forming at least two male-female pairs. The closure may further include a tongue for facilitating opening the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2003
    Publication date: October 21, 2004
    Inventor: Ron Linneweil
  • Publication number: 20040208399
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an air-tight closure for enhancing accessibility to contents of a container when the container is opened and for preventing exposure of the container contents to ambient air when the container is closed. The invention further relates to re-closable containers including the same. The closure comprises at least two elongated male units disposed a gap apart on the outer surface of one wall of the container and at least two corresponding elongated female units disposed a gap apart on the outer surface of an opposite wall of the container opposite the male units, forming at least two male-female pairs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2003
    Publication date: October 21, 2004
    Inventor: Ron Linneweil
  • Publication number: 20040052435
    Abstract: The invention relates to a process for automating the positioning and fastening of a clip to a pouch. The system describes automated assembly of first and second clip members having ends, clamping surfaces, latching components, and hinge components with a product. Each of the clip members are loaded into feed mechanisms and mechanically manipulated into desired orientations. The clip members are dispensed in aligned, spaced apart relation with their clamping surfaces, latching components, and hinge components disposed one toward the other with the product situated between the clamping surfaces. The invention also relates to a product created by the automated assembly of clip members with a product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2002
    Publication date: March 18, 2004
    Applicant: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventor: Gary M. Reynolds
  • Patent number: 6692146
    Abstract: Prior-art rubber hot-water bottles have a screw cap, which is arranged directly on the bottle body and forms a rather hard thickening there, which is felt to be irritating when the user is lying on the bottle. Moreover, a screw cap is difficult to use and must be screwed in with a certain force, which also requires corresponding forces for loosening. To avoid these drawbacks, it is proposed according to the present invention that a clamping means (23, 40), by which the bottle neck can be closed, be provided on the bottle neck (21) of the rubber hot-water bottle. Clamping means are simple to use and require only little force for closing. In addition, they can be opened easily and are very flat, so that they are not irritating. Furthermore, the bottle neck (21) may be designed such that the clamping means (23, 40) can be led away from the body of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2004
    Inventor: Georg Oswald Lange
  • Publication number: 20030081861
    Abstract: A flexible fluid containment vessel fabricated out of a fabric for transporting and containing a large volume of fluid, particularly fresh water, having a tapered front and/or rear portions on which an end portion is affixed in the form of a clamping mechanism sealing the same.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2001
    Publication date: May 1, 2003
    Inventors: Trent W. Davis, Mary M. Toney
  • Publication number: 20020094140
    Abstract: Sealing device for flexible liquid container is disclosed. In one preferred embodiment of the invention, the sealing device comprises an elongated member with a hollow passage extending through it with a longitudinal slot, slidingly mountable over a rod, which is provided over a lateral opening of a flexible liquid container. In another preferred embodiment of the present invention the rod is attached to the member extending through the passage. When the portion of the container provided with the lateral opening is folded over the rod, substantially overlapping an adjacent portion of the container and the sealer is slidingly mounted over the folded portion of the container, liquid is prevented from leaking out of the container through the lateral opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2001
    Publication date: July 18, 2002
    Inventor: Yoram Gill
  • Patent number: 6231235
    Abstract: A snap closure for a flexible, gusseted package and a flexible gusseted packing including the closure. The package includes a mouth portion arranged to be opened to provide access to the contents of the package. The package is formed of a flexible material and includes a front panel, a rear panel, and a pair of opposed side gussets. The panels and gussets each include a top portion, which between them define the package's mouth. The package's mouth is initially sealed but arranged to be opened, e.g., peeled apart. The snap closure enables the resealing of the mouth of the package and is made up of a pair of elongated elements, one of which includes a tongue extending along the length of it. The other element includes an undercut groove extending along the length of it. The elements are arranged to be pressed together, whereupon the tongue of the one element enters the groove of the other element with portions of the panels and side gussets tightly interposed therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2001
    Assignee: Fres-co System USA, Inc.
    Inventors: David E. Galomb, David K. Suto, Jeffrey Scott Beer
  • Patent number: 6168312
    Abstract: A closure system for use in repetitively opening and sealing closing an openable end of a pliable container includes at least one bowed band which is connected to the container, as well as at least one closure member. In certain preferred embodiments, bands are connected to opposing side walls of the container, with the bands being interconnected by the closure member. When the container assumes an open condition, the bands are generally located in offset planes and, when the container is in a closed condition, the bands nest with at least one side wall portion of the container being located between the bands. The closure member has spring characteristics which tend to bias the bands together when the closed condition is selected, yet permits the container to be readily maintained in the open condition when desired. In other preferred embodiments, a closure member which tends to coil up is utilized to establish the closed condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2001
    Assignee: Arthur D. Little Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert W. Hausslein
  • Patent number: 6132089
    Abstract: A snap closure for a flexible, gusseted package and a flexible gusseted packing including the closure. The package includes a mouth portion arranged to be opened to provide access to the contents of the package. The package is formed of a flexible material and includes a front panel, a rear panel, and a pair of opposed side gussets. The panels and gussets each include a top portion, which between them define the package's mouth. The package's mouth is initially sealed but arranged to be opened, e.g., peeled apart. The snap closure enables the resealing of the mouth of the package and is made up of a pair of elongated elements, one of which includes a tongue extending along the length of it. The other element includes an undercut groove extending along the length of it. The elements are arranged to be pressed together, whereupon the tongue of the one element enters the groove of the other element with portions of the panels and side gussets tightly interposed therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2000
    Assignee: Fres-co System USA, Inc.
    Inventors: David E. Galomb, David K. Suto
  • Patent number: 6082897
    Abstract: A snap closure for a flexible, gusseted package and a flexible gusseted packing including the closure. The package includes a mouth portion arranged to be opened to provide access to the contents of the package. The package is formed of a flexible material and includes a front panel, a rear panel, and a pair of opposed side gussets. The panels and gussets each include a top portion, which between them define the package's mouth. The package's mouth is initially sealed but arranged to be opened, e.g., peeled apart. The snap closure enables the resealing of the mouth of the package and is made up of a pair of elongated elements, one of which includes a tongue extending along the length of it. The other element includes an undercut groove extending along the length of it. The elements are arranged to be pressed together, whereupon the tongue of the one element enters the groove of the other element with portions of the panels and side gussets tightly interposed therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2000
    Assignee: Fres-co System USA, Inc.
    Inventor: David E. Galomb
  • Patent number: 5997586
    Abstract: A bag for the cleaning and containment of soiled fabric articles is provided which comprises a fastening system that, when fastened provides a vapor impermeable container and an interior surface releasably impregnated with an effective amount of a gelled liquid dry-cleaning composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1999
    Inventors: James A. Smith, George W. Kellett
  • Patent number: 5931117
    Abstract: A combination bag closure and scoop is disclosed for use with flat closing bags, such as for dog kibble or coffee. The combined closure and scoop has a long, split handle attached to a cup for scooping out the contents of the bag. The split handle is used to seal the top of the bag after use by clamping around opposite sides of the bag. One side of the split handle is provided with a J-shaped portion on its distal end and the other side is provided with a flattened portion. The J-shaped and flattened portions are fastened together by slidable engagement to releasably close the bag after each use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 3, 1999
    Assignee: Conceptual Marketing & Development, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Lantz, Patricia Lantz
  • Patent number: 5921601
    Abstract: The bag closure comprises a first arm, a second arm, and a third arm. The first, second and third arms each include a first and second end. The second arm is disposed intermediate the first and third arms. The first ends of each arm are permanently attached to a groin and extend therefrom into a first position wherein the second ends of each arm are maintained in a spaced apart orientation where the second ends of each arm are not touching each other and are not secured to each other. In this first position, a first open slot separates the first and second arms and a second open slot separates the second and third arms. A ring is utilized to secure the second ends of the first, second, and third arms in a second position where the first and third arms are moved closer in proximity to the second arm and the first and second slots are substantially closed at the second ends of the arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1999
    Inventor: Kathleen A. Buckles
  • Patent number: 5913456
    Abstract: A liquid dispenser 16 includes a container 20 formed of flexible synthetic resin material, and a hose 22 connected to the container for dispensing liquid. A valve assembly 46 is positioned in the hose 22, and is shiftable between a flow-blocking position in which flow of the liquid is blocked and a flow-permitting position in which the liquid is dispensed. The container 20 includes an interior liquid-receiving cavity 32, a handle 40, 41 by which the container can be supported while the cavity is filled with liquid, and a mouth 36 located above the cavity adjacent the upper end of the container. The mouth 36 is movable between an open position presenting a fill opening in fluid communication with the cavity 32, and a closed position. The dispenser 16 also includes a closure assembly 21 that is positionable in a sealed position sealing the cavity shut beneath the mouth so that the cavity is substantially liquid tight, and an unsealed position exposing the cavity to the mouth for filling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 22, 1999
    Inventor: W. Cary Dikeman
  • Patent number: 5803245
    Abstract: A package for dispensing one or more condoms directly on a penis. The package consists of a flexible container having the general configuration of a penis with a first leak proof layer inside with the open end of the layer stretched over the outside of the container. The layer has a strip for providing penetration or unsealing. The condom is located within the layer and the open end is rolled over the outside of the container and the leak proof layer. A second leak proof layer lines the inside of the condom with the open end rolled over the first leak proof layer and the condom. To dispense the condom on a penis, the penis is inserted and the strip is pulled to unseal the condom from the first layer, permitting the penis and the condom to be removed from the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1998
    Assignee: Airtite Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Frederick Wood
  • Patent number: 5797683
    Abstract: A bag (2) with an access opening defined by a pair of edges and a closure (4) for closing the access opening is described. The closure (4) comprises a first bar (6, 8, 6a, 8a) secured to one edge and a second bar (6, 8, 6a, 8a) releasably connectable to the first with the edges clamped together to close the opening. The releasable connection is formed by at least one bayonet connector (20, 22, 30, 20a, 22a, 33a).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 25, 1998
    Assignee: Aquaman (UK) Ltd.
    Inventors: Laurence A. Gunzi, Massimo G. F. Malavasi
  • Patent number: 5738444
    Abstract: A combination bag closure and scoop is disclosed for use with flat closing bags, such as for dog kibble or coffee. The combined closure and scoop has a long, split handle attached to a cup for scooping out the contents of the bag. The split handle is used to seal the top of the bag after use by clamping around opposite sides of the bag. One side of the split handle is provided with a J-shaped portion on its distal end and the other side is provided with a flattened portion. The J-shaped and flattened portions are fastened together by slidable engagement to releasably close the bag after each use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 14, 1998
    Assignee: Conceptual Marketing & Development, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Lantz, Patricia Lantz
  • Patent number: 5735395
    Abstract: An airtight garment hanging bag has an entrance on lower side for receiving a garment and a clip strip disposed at the entrance, which has a length slightly longer than the width of the entrance. The clip strip is formed with a lengthwise central bending section which divides the clip strip into upper and lower clip plates. The edges of the upper and lower clip plates are respectively formed with a hook section and a latch section, whereby after the garment is placed into the garment bag through the entrance, the bottom edge of the entrance is reversely folded and the clip strip is bent about the bending section so as to engage the upper and lower clip plates with each other by means of the hook section and latch section for airtightly sealing the entrance. A sucking nozzle is disposed on the upper side of the garment bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1998
    Inventor: Luke Lo
  • Patent number: 5622431
    Abstract: A reclosable bag arrangement comprises a bag and an external zipper clip. The bag includes first and second opposing films. The external zipper clip includes first and second opposing closure profiles adapted to releasably engage each other. Each of the first and second closure profiles has opposing ends, and the opposing ends of the first closure profile are attached to the respective opposing ends of the second closure profile. The first and second opposing films extend through the zipper clip between the first and second closure profiles. The zipper clip closes the bag in response to interlocking the first and second closure profiles with the first and second films interposed therebetween. The zipper clip is not heat-sealed or adhered to the bag such that the zipper clip is separable from the bag in response to disengaging the first and second closure profiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 22, 1997
    Assignee: Reynolds Consumer Products Inc.
    Inventor: Steven H. Simonsen
  • Patent number: 5601221
    Abstract: An insulated beverage pouch system that includes an inner beverage pouch and an outer insulated carrying bag into which the inner beverage pouch is placed. The beverage pouch-is sealable with a clip mechanism having parallel clamping ridges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 11, 1997
    Inventor: Joseph M. Karr
  • Patent number: 5542766
    Abstract: A waterproof closure seal (20, 22) for closing openings on bags, pockets and other items having two components, a male (2) and female (1) component. The male component (2) has a planar base (12) with a wide insert having indentations (10a, 10b) on each side which fits into a cavity (8) on the female component (1) when pressure is applied on the outside of both components (1, 2). The female component (1) has legs (7a,7b) on each side of the cavity (8) with hooks (6a, 6b) which fit into the indentations (11a, 11b) on each side of the male insert (3) to better grasp the insert. The female component (1) may have one or more ribs (14) extending from it which fit into matching grooves (15) on the male cavity (2) to form an even better seal. An elastomeric overlay (16) can be molded on the male insert (3) to better maintain the seal even in extreme temperature conditions. The male and female component may be attached to each other at one end and used to seal a bag, such as a potato chip bag, to preserve freshness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 6, 1996
    Inventor: Richard J. Cadwallader
  • Patent number: 5435648
    Abstract: A reusable bag system for use in popping popcorn kernels is a microwave oven. The system provides a foldable bag having front and rear walls joined by foldable side walls, a closed bottom wall, and an open mouth. The bag is closeable by double folding the bag over in its mouth region. Creased lines separated from one another by one-half inch from the open mouth on the front and rear walls of the bag aid the user in accurately double folding the mouth region closed. The system uses a microwave safe plastic closure clip having two spaced apart side walls joined at their upper region, and having inwardly directed pressure exerting ridges to air-tightly close the bag. Unpopped kernels are placed in the bag and sealed therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 25, 1995
    Inventor: William Berkoff
  • Patent number: 5421827
    Abstract: An incontinence device comprising a generally tubular soft latex shape (20) open at both ends. The upper end (24) is smoothly curved and tapered inward (28) to the opening (26) with the latex of minimal thickness and coated on the outside adjacent the opening (26) with a suitable adhesive for contact with the skin about the anal opening. The lower end (22) is partially folded and clipped to permit the device to be affixed with an applicator (30) specifically shaped (32) for the purpose and inserted within the device. The shape and material of the device permits the device to fully stretch and shrink with the anal opening while remaining adhesively affixed to the skin. An extended polyvinyl chloride/urethane mixture of similar elasticity, flexibility and elongation may be substituted for the latex. Because of the very thin wall thickness, the device may be formed as a fiat hollow body (120) which expands in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 6, 1995
    Inventor: John E. Temple
  • Patent number: 5282322
    Abstract: A solar sanitary dryer bag to be used for drying and exterminating tiny worms and insects existing in a mattress or the like, characterized by having an opening for vacuuming the bag and having a black layer therein for effectively absorbing the solar heat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 1992
    Date of Patent: February 1, 1994
    Inventor: Shiro Kasuya
  • Patent number: 5240105
    Abstract: A multi-purpose eyeglasses pouch includes a pouch body formed from a rectangular piece of cloth and having three sides provided with a row of evenly distributed holes. The pouch body is folded so as to align the holes in two opposite sides of the pouch body and so as to cause the holes in the remaining side to overlap. A fastening unit includes a pair of first flexible strips and a pair of second flexible strips. One of the first flexible strips is formed with a row of holes which are aligned with the holes formed in the two opposite sides, while the other one of the first flexible strips is formed with a row of projections which extend into the holes in the two opposite sides and which engage releasably the holes in the other first flexible strip so as to join the two opposite sides of the pouch body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 31, 1993
    Inventor: Allan Tsai
  • Patent number: 5097568
    Abstract: A divider clamp assembly for use in compressing the opposed sidewalls of a tubular, flexible-walled container against one another, the assembly comprising a first member being substantially U-shaped in cross-section and a second member of substantially round cross-section, the interior surface of the first member conforming in shape with the exterior shape of said second member, the U-shaped member preferably having integral, sharp edged ribs extending lengthwise on its inner surface and having oval-shaped rings on each of its ends positioned such that the rings hold the second member within each interior thereof, the second member being enlarged on both ends such that it may not be separated from the first member but may be compressed into the interior of the first member to form a tight fit therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 24, 1992
    Assignee: American Cyanamid Company
    Inventor: Robert D. Giglia
  • Patent number: 4983047
    Abstract: A security envelope for transporting confidential papers or money is disclosed having a high degree of security, being easy to close and seal as well as simple to manufacture. The envelope of the invention is provided with a closure and seal device having a first part extended along one side of the opening thereof, external of the envelope, such part being formed with a series of long pins distributed along its length. The pins pass through both sides of the envelope along a line adjacent to the opening to be received and locked in locking sockets formed in a second part extended along the opening on the other side of the envelope. The two parts of the closure and seal device are preferably hinged together along corresponding londitudinal edges so that when closed, the hinge lies along the opening so as to prevent access to the interior of the envelope through the spaces between the pins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 1989
    Date of Patent: January 8, 1991
    Inventor: Eduardo D. L. C. Netto
  • Patent number: 4946065
    Abstract: A plastic open-ended generally U-shaped holder (25) has three sides (31, 33 and 35) of suitable area for advertising. The free ends of the legs of the U are bent together and flared out to form a slot (37). This can be parted with the fingers so as to fit over the top edge of a waste basket (38), the handles (40) of plastic grocery bags (26) can be anchored within the attachment in order to suspend said bags in open and upright position for receiving waste for disposal. Holder (25) can also be used when inverted to receive and embrace handles (40) of one or more plastic bags (26) so as to provide a handpiece (25) for comfortable carrying of bags (26) to and from a vehicle. In the vehicle, or elsewhere, the holder holds said handles clustered together so as the prevent rolling and spilling of the contents of said bags during travel. At a destination, the said bags can then be collectively removed and carried to the kitchen with speed and ease.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 1986
    Date of Patent: August 7, 1990
    Assignee: David Pressman
    Inventors: Victor H. Goulter, Brian A. Brown
  • Patent number: 4928829
    Abstract: A device for tightly sealing bags and/or envelopes destined to the vacuum packaging of products, in particular foodstuffs, comprising a clamping member equipped with means for grasping and tightly closing against each other mutually opposite edges in correspondence of the open side of said bag. With the grasping and clamping means, a valve element cooperates, through which the air contained inside the bag can be evacuated when to the bag a vacuum source is applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 29, 1990
    Assignee: Interdibipack S.p.A.
    Inventor: Pietro Di Bernardo
  • Patent number: 4871264
    Abstract: Bag closure devices include elongate male and female members each having a wall which is generally U-shaped in cross-sectional configuration and terminating in a pair of opposing, separated edge regions which define therebetween a slot extending the axial length of the members. The U-shaped walls of the male and female members are formed of a resilient, shape-retaining plastic material (e.g., PE) which permits the opposing edge regions to be resiliently displaced relative to one another so as to facilitate the entry of the male member into a generally cylindrical interior space defined by the female member when the two members are moved into frictional nested relationship. The male and female members are preferably interconnected to one another by an integral hinge which facilitates moving the same into such nested relationship. A locking member may optionally be provided so as to releasably lock the male and female members in their nested relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 1988
    Date of Patent: October 3, 1989
    Assignee: Edward S. Robbins, III
    Inventors: Edward S. Robbins, III, Theodore J. Onocki
  • Patent number: 4836690
    Abstract: A bag is converted into a box by overlapping flaps. The box is maintained in a closed position by closure members movable to a closed position in which the closure members overlap and maintain the flaps in overlapping state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 1988
    Date of Patent: June 6, 1989
    Inventor: Peter S. C. Cheng
  • Patent number: 4796300
    Abstract: A reclosable flexible container is provided as a pouch having a front wall with an inside and an outside surface, a rear wall with an inside and an outside surface and a pouch opening. A pair of exterior closure elements are provided for mechanical interlocking with a pair of interior closure elements. A wall of the pouch is interposed between each interior and exterior closure element. The interior closure elements further have a mechanical mechanism for selective interlocking with each other so as to seal the pouch or reopen it as desired. As a result a reclosable pouch is provided without the use of heat seals or adhesives.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 1986
    Date of Patent: January 3, 1989
    Assignee: KCL Corporation
    Inventor: Mark Branson
  • Patent number: 4787755
    Abstract: A reclosable pouch is provided having front and back walls and an opening along its upper edge. A first fastener profile is sealed on its ends to the exterior of the front wall of the pouch. The fastener profile extends longitudinally near the pouch opening. A second fastener profile is sealed on its ends to the exterior of the back wall of the pouch. The first and second fastener profiles each have a rib member extending longitudinally thereon and a groove for reception of the oppositely disposed rib. The fastener profiles are adapted for interlocking with the front and back walls of the pouch being interposed therebetween. A method and apparatus for manufacturing the aforesaid pouches are also described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 1987
    Date of Patent: November 29, 1988
    Assignee: KCL Corporation
    Inventor: Mark Branson
  • Patent number: 4753489
    Abstract: A disposable bag mouth opener is equipped to a bag (1) in a stage of charge and packing or in a stage of purchase by a consumer, the bag being sealed after charge of contents. This opener has a simple design comprising a bag attachment plate (2) and a holding device (3) for hold. The bag attachment plate (2) is provided with a mouth end (20) and a plate section (22) having characteristic of contact and separation and forming a cause of contact and separation of inner surfaces of the mouth end (20). The holding device is provided with an inner wall narrow portion (30) having a design which can hold and support the mouth end (20). The attachment plate (2) is attached by suitable means to the bag (1) at a section of bag mouth level of a projecting edge surface (10) previously provided or additionally provided on the bag (1) in the form of a projection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 1986
    Date of Patent: June 28, 1988
    Inventor: Junji Mochizuki
  • Patent number: 4703518
    Abstract: Disclosed are bags especially adapted to be made from plastic material and in which the bag body film or material and extruded plastic zippers are fusibly incompatible. A pair of extruded plastic zipper strips having reclosable zipper profiles facing toward one another along the lower sides of pull flanges of the bag have the opposite ends of the strips sandwiching opposite side seal seams of the bag therebetween. The opposite side seal seams have holes therethrough, and fused connecting anchors formed from the material of the zipper strip ends extend through the holes. The bag may be closed by squeezing the zipper strips together so that the profiles interlock with one another and interlock the intervening area of the bag walls therebetween. A method of making the bags is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 1986
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1987
    Assignee: Minigrip, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven Ausnit
  • Patent number: 4486923
    Abstract: A closure device for a surgical post-operative drainage bag comprises a first panel which is curved and a second panel. The two panels are joined by a hinged connection. The second panel comprises two strip-like portions joined together by an intermediate hinge. When the device is closed, the free edge of the second panel tightly engages within the inside of the lip so as to be placed in a stressed condition and so that a portion of the bag positioned between the inside of the lip and the free edge of the second panel may be secured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 1979
    Date of Patent: December 11, 1984
    Assignee: Matburn (Holdings) Limited
    Inventor: Peter J. Briggs