Trapped Liquid Patents (Class 4/283)
  • Patent number: 9314708
    Abstract: The spill-proof coloring container is an invention that because of its unique geometry and design, will when oriented in any position prevent spillage of liquid contents when filled to predetermined amount. Because of the use of vacuum formed sheet in the construction of the container, the container pieces are compactly stackable and are of substantially low manufacturing cost. The container is principally intended for use by young children to facilitate painting pictures and dying objects such as Easter eggs without the mess otherwise associated with painting and dying. The invention is also intended to help avoid the mess associated with pouring paint or paint powder concentrates otherwise encountered when preparing a cup of paint for general purpose painting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Inventor: Michael R. Schramm
  • Patent number: 8586819
    Abstract: Absorbent pods comprise a pouch formed of a porous material. The pouch contains an absorbent polymer in an amount sufficient to absorb at least about 20 mL of fluid. Preferably, the absorbent polymer is sodium polyacrylate and the porous material is a hydrophilic material. The absorbent pods absorb and retain fluids, including saliva.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Shalva Gedevanishvili, William R. Sweeney, Heidi R. Kleinbach-Sauter, Zane Gibbs
  • Publication number: 20110083259
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention are directed to hygienic devices to control the spread of airborne viruses and bacteria emanating from coughing or sneezing. In one embodiment, the hygienic device is a cough and sneeze arrestor in the form of a “coughing cup.” The coughing cup may incorporate one or more filters with a plurality of apertures of varying sizes and/or no apertures. In some embodiments, the filters may be embedded or infused with a microbicide such as an antibacterial or viricide. The filters may be pre-attached within the coughing cup at certain predetermined locations. The coughing cup may have one or more recesses to accommodate the nose and/or a chin of a person when using the coughing cup.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2009
    Publication date: April 14, 2011
    Inventor: Victor S. Wright
  • Patent number: 5832543
    Abstract: A disposable portable pocket spittoon comprising a container having a top access opening. A means for selectively closing and opening the container is connected to the container. A fill funnel is inserted through the top open end and suspended within the container in order to direct spittle within the container. An absorbent material is retained within the container to immediately absorb a tobacco chewer's expectorate and which will not release the expectorate. This spittoon is intended to be used with only one hand and permit concealment of the container in a tobacco chewer's pocket with out spilling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1998
    Assignee: Bossmere Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Fredrick F. Bosserman
  • Patent number: 5396664
    Abstract: A portable cuspidor includes a spittle container, a removable funnel section and a cap. A reservoir cap may be used for the storage of tobacco or the like. The removable funnel section is partially suspended within the container by frictionally engaging the inside surface of the spittle container and protruding beyond the periphery of said spittle container remaining within the profile of spittle container providing a streamline cuspidor which is easily portable and which may be placed within the user's pocket. The cap nestles against the outside surface of spittle container for enclosing the interior of spittle container and restricting the outflow of spittle from the spittle container and funnel section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 1993
    Date of Patent: March 14, 1995
    Inventor: J. Donald King, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5325546
    Abstract: A spittoon comprising a receptacle and a sleeve. The receptacle includes a handle intended to be grasped by a user when transporting the same. The receptacle matingly engages the sleeve to form a seal therebetween. The sleeve is disposed substantially interiorly of the receptacle and comprises a drain hole and a drain plug received by the drain hole. The drain hole is located in a sidewall of the sleeve adjacent the open upper end thereof so as to permit the contents within the receptacle to be drained from the receptacle. The drain plug is removably received by the drain hole to block the drain hole and prevent the contents of the receptacle from passing therethrough. The sleeve is configured to provide a restrictive passage for spittle or saliva to enter into the receptacle and to form a liquid trap to resist spilling of the same from the receptacle. A cover is releasably attachable to the receptacle to seal the receptacle to prevent the contents therein from escaping therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 1993
    Date of Patent: July 5, 1994
    Inventor: Norman B. Setliff
  • Patent number: 5140711
    Abstract: Apparatus for adapting open-mouthed containers, such as 12- and 16-ounce beverage bottles, for use as a cuspidor. The converter includes a housing having top and bottom openings and an inverted frusto-conical member tapering downwardly and inwardly from a top edge of the housing to a predetermined position therebelow. The conical member has a bottom aperture which communicates with the top opening. An adapter is disposed beneath the conical member for connecting the apparatus to a container. The adapter has a central aperture communicating with the bottom aperture of the conical member for conducting material introduced into the housing through the top opening thereof into the container. The conical member cooperates with an inner wall of the housing to substantially prevent material from escaping from the housing through the top opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 1990
    Date of Patent: August 25, 1992
    Inventor: William J. Johnson
  • Patent number: 4949405
    Abstract: Apparatus for adapting containers, such as 12 and 16 ounce beverage cans and bottles, for use as a cuspidor. The conveter is comprised of a housing open at the top and bottom with an inverted frusto-conical member tapering downwardly and inwardly from a top edge of the housing to a predetermined position therebelow. The conical member has a bottom aperture which communicates with the top opening. A baffle member is disposed beneath the conical member inside the housing for dividing the housing into top and bottom portions. The baffle member has a central aperture extending therethrough which is substantially in registration with the bottom aperture of the conical member to define a central passageway. The baffle member includes a tapered portion which is adapted for being inserted into the open mouths of different sized containers, such as standard beverage bottles, to direct material introduced into the housing via the top opening into the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 21, 1990
    Inventor: William J. Johnson
  • Patent number: 4858250
    Abstract: A disposable sanitary spittoon including a spittoon container of plastic or paper, a cover associated with the container and a molded absorption block of high molecular hydrophilic polymer within the container. The block is formed with a through hole for receiving a tube, a recess at the bottom thereof, and a concave surface. The tube is made of plastic or paper and is provided with cilia on its interior surface. The lengths of the cilia increase with respect to the downward direction of the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 22, 1989
    Inventor: Chin C. Lee
  • Patent number: 4771486
    Abstract: A sputum sampling device having capability for sputum-saliva separation, the device comprising a substantially circular cup having a wall portion which tapers inwardly from top to bottom, a separation plate having a substantially elliptical planar confiuration, the major and minor axis of the plate being dimensioned to allow insertion of the plate down into the cup at a slant to position the lower portion of the plate a distance above the bottom of the cup, a plurality of apertures formed in the lower portion of the plate to provide saliva drainage ports, and an upper portion of the plate comprising a roughened textured surface for retracting and holding sputum in position for recovery in order to obtain a sensory and microbiological examination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 1987
    Date of Patent: September 20, 1988
    Inventors: Charles N. Gutierrez, David Vigil