Barrel-, Can- Or Round Box-carried Indicia Patents (Class 40/306)
  • Patent number: 10118729
    Abstract: A decorated tab for a beverage container has a lift end, a nose end, and central webbing. An enclosed portion of the central webbing has a coating. A symbol is located on the enclosed region which is created by selective removal of the coating by a laser ablation. The symbol has a boundary profile defining a perimeter of the symbol generated by a continuous, uninterrupted vectorized laser dot pattern defining regions of ablated coating. The symbol has an interior portion generated by a plurality of pulsed rasterized laser dots defining further regions of ablated coating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: REXAM BEVERAGE CAN COMPANY
    Inventor: Jeffrey L. Lewis
  • Patent number: 9976330
    Abstract: According to an example a dampening system for a hinged component may include a spring having a first end hooked onto a chassis and a second end hooked onto to a strap, in which the strap is connected to the hinged component. The dampening system may also include a curved guide element attached to the chassis, in which the spring is to bend around a portion of the curved guide element as the strap is moved from a first position to a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L. P.
    Inventor: Timothy J. Roels
  • Patent number: 9855193
    Abstract: A reminder identification article for a container comprises a pliable circumferential band comprising an inner and outer perimeter; indicia on the outer perimeter; a moveable indicia window to circumnavigate the band; and at least one pliable securing tab integrated at the inner perimeter that extends away from the inner perimeter to frictionally secure the container positioned within the inner perimeter. The band may comprise detent positions to facilitate discretely adjusting the position of the moveable indicia window, and such detent positions correspond to the various indicia markings; and a portion of the outer perimeter may receive identification markings. Other articles may comprise a first band at least partially encased by a second band, wherein the second band rotates about the first band and comprises a cutaway window to reveal indicia markings upon the first band. This other article may comprise the various features of the first article configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Inventor: Porter John O'Doherty
  • Patent number: 9651996
    Abstract: A flexible substrate, a display device and a method for bonding an electronic device onto a flexible substrate are disclosed. The flexible substrate includes a base substrate, the base substrate includes a bonding portion for bonding an electronic device and an auxiliary bonding portion integrally formed with the bonding portion, the auxiliary bonding portion and the bonding portion are disposed back to back, and the bonding portion completely falls into a region where the auxiliary bonding portion is provided in an orthographic projection direction. With an auxiliary bonding portion being disposed beside the bonding portion for bonding the electronic devices such as ICs and FPCs, when bonding the electronic device onto the bonding portion, the auxiliary bonding portion can enhance the strength of the bonding portion and improve the bonding alignment precision and contact property of the electronic device, which further improves the non-defect ratio of the flexible display device and has a lower cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Weifeng Zhou
  • Patent number: 9355578
    Abstract: A label for a container may include a planar body comprising a first edge and a second edge, the first and second edges disposed at opposite sides of the body from each other; a cut-out portion of the planar body disposed between the first and second edges; and first and second tear lines extending from the cutout portion to respective first and second termination locations at or proximate to the first and second edges, respectively. The first and second tear lines may diverge at an angle away from each other in a direction from the cut-out portion to the respective first and second termination locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: General Mills, Inc.
    Inventors: Ali El-Afandi, Jeremy R. Marincel
  • Patent number: 9278776
    Abstract: A system and method for laser marking can end, including a can end center panel and/or pull tab. The decorated can end and/or tabs may have a machine readable image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: Crown Packaging Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Paul Ramsey, Laura Jane McGirr
  • Patent number: 9262710
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments are directed to a product identification tag, generally including a durable material that includes indicia thereon corresponding to useful information. The durable material is generally configured to be at least one of pierced and/or punched to capture distinctive identification information for a specific product. The distinctive identification information can be at least one of a serial number, an in-service date, and an inspection date. Exemplary embodiments are also directed to a method of product identification, comprising providing a durable material that includes indicia thereon corresponding to useful information. The exemplary method further includes at least one of piercing and/or punching the durable material to capture distinctive identification information for a specific product and detachably securing the durable material to the specific product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: Etiflex Corporation
    Inventors: Norberto J. Margulis, Alicia G. Margulis
  • Patent number: 8973755
    Abstract: The present application is directed to patient compliance aids for a medicine container. A base label may be adhered to the medication container, and one or more indicia disposed on the base label. A top label may cover at least a portion of the base label.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: SpinLabel Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen M. Key
  • Patent number: 8955242
    Abstract: An advertising apparatus including a body portion adapted to be one or both of connected to or disposed on a support structure accessible for advertising purposes and, an interchangeable and/or replaceable advertising device, the advertising device being adapted to be one or both of connected to or disposed on the body portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Branded Seats, LLC
    Inventor: Shad E. Bruce
  • Patent number: 8875923
    Abstract: This invention provides an attachment for mounting electromagnetic identification tags onto the necks of bottles. The tag has a portion which provides a receptacle portion for an RFI tag. This receptacle portion is connected to a portion that embraces a neck of a bottle to attach the receptacle portion, and thereby, the RFID tag to the neck of the bottle. The identification tag may be formed from a material that does not interfere with electromagnetic signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: ITW New Zealand Limited
    Inventors: Yeong-Heng Koo, Andrew Nicholson Wrigley
  • Patent number: 8875887
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a cover for wrapping at least one article, the cover being of the type constituted by a sleeve of heat-shrinkable plastics material suitable for closely surrounding at least a portion of the article or a group of articles. In accordance with the invention, the sleeve is constituted by superposing at least two walls secured to each another by detachable adhesive means, said walls having shrinkage characteristics that are essentially identical, and the outermost wall of the sleeve also presenting, through its entire thickness, at least one cut defining a detachable circumferential strip, said circumferential strip being printed so as to present respective patterns of printing that appear on each of its sides, the other wall(s) also presenting a pattern of printing behind the detachable circumferential strip that appears after said circumferential strip has been detached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Sleever International Company
    Inventor: Eric Fresnel
  • Patent number: 8800182
    Abstract: Disclosed is a plastic film with concealed tearable strip, which includes a film body; at least one first tearable strip having two sides respectively forming first and second joint sections; and at least one second tearable strip having two sides respectively forming a third joint section and an internal tear line. The first and second tearable strips each have one side connected to the film body. The first joint section has two sides each forming a tear line. The third joint section has one side forming at least one tear line. The third joint section and the internal tear line have inside faces respectively coupled to the first and second joint sections, whereby the first and second tearable strips are respectively located at outside and inside of the film body and the second tearable strip is concealed at the inside of the film body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Inventor: Tzu-Chin Hung
  • Patent number: 8776418
    Abstract: A biometric monitoring device and multiple carrying cases for same are provided. In some implementations, the case may be made from a flexible viscoelastic material and the biometric monitoring device may be slipped into a receptacle in the case through an opening in the case; the opening may become distended during the insertion of the biometric monitoring device. In some implementations, the case may feature a display window that, in combination with materials of the biometric monitoring device, may mask a display of the biometric monitoring device from view when the display is off and may allow the display to be seen when the display is displaying content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Fitbit, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Manuel Martinez, Michael Hans Berlinger, Keeline Burdick Wilcox, Michael Joseph Francisco, Andrew Cole Axley, James Park, Eric Nathan Friedman, Shelten Gee Jao Yuen
  • Patent number: 8720686
    Abstract: A lidded container assembly includes a container having a lid that rotates between a closed position to close the container and an opened position to open the container. A coupling assembly joins a flag and the container to allow rotation of the flag between lowered and raised positions. When the container is moved from an upright position to an inverted position, gravity moves the lid from the closed position to the open position, and the lid acts on the flag positioned over the lid to overcome friction between the coupling assembly and the container to rotate the flag from the lowered position to the raised position. When the container is returned to the upright position, gravity moves the lid from the open position to the closed position, and the friction between the coupling assembly and the container automatically holds the flag in the raised position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventor: Keith E. Shuman
  • Patent number: 8635793
    Abstract: The visual alert for placement on free-range animals includes active and/or passive lighting to alert motor vehicle drivers of such animals crossing the roadway when traveling through open rangeland. The visual alert is a sleeve having fins extending radially therefrom, the fins having reflective and/or active lighting elements thereon. Power for active lighting is provided by electrical batteries that are recharged during daylight. The permanently installed sleeve may be formed as a circumferentially closed distensible unit that passes over the hoof of the animal, or as an open sheet that is rolled about the leg of the animal and permanently secured by plastic ties or other suitable elements. The sleeve is lined with a non-abrasive material to preclude injury to the animal during long term wear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Inventor: Salman Abdullah Al-Dashti
  • Patent number: 8609211
    Abstract: A label that is removable from the article with which it is associated, or includes a removable section thereof, and includes only a single substrate. The substrate has a front side and a back side, and an ink disposed on the back side of the substrate, which remains with the substrate during removal of the substrate, or a section thereof, from an article. The label further includes an abhesive disposed adjacent the ink on the back side of the substrate. The label may have at least one set of perforations to provide a removable section of the label. These perforations may be provided by an apparatus for providing consistent perforations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Multi-Color Corporation
    Inventors: Steve Boucher, Wally Zychowski, Tom Renier
  • Patent number: 8607488
    Abstract: An advertising system for a bollard includes a bollard shield that can be installed over a conventional bollard. The bollard shield includes a shield inner diameter greater than the bollard outer diameter, forming a shield gap between the bollard and the bollard shield. One or more compressible foam pads are positioned in the shield gap between the bollard and the bollard shield. A resilient bollard sheath can be rolled onto the bollard shield. The bollard sheath includes advertising or graphical materials disposed thereon. The bollard sheath is generally replaceable without replacing the entire bollard shield. A removable sheath panel may be detachably secured on the bollard sheath to provide additional advertising or graphical material. The sheath panel may be interchangeably and replaced with additional sheath panels having different advertising information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Screen Trans Development Corp.
    Inventor: Brandon Steele Johnston
  • Patent number: 8567103
    Abstract: An elastic wristband with an elongate strip of injection molded resilient thermoplastic material and one or more graphic panels. The elongate strip includes a center portion, a left side portion and a right side portion joined by left and right living hinges. The central portion includes recessed areas for receiving the graphic panels. The central portion of the elongate strip also includes end tabs that are welded together to form a continuous circular band. The band is elastic in nature and can fit over a person's hand and onto a person's wrist to form a decorative wristband.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Inventor: Brandon Wolf
  • Publication number: 20130180138
    Abstract: A labeling device that can be affixed to articles of different shapes by more than one method and can provide information regarding the contents of the article.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2012
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Applicant: MULTI PACKAGING SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventor: Jon Luea
  • Patent number: 8458932
    Abstract: An apparatus for creating a visual display. The apparatus includes a mirror element and a framing element. The mirror element has a curved reflective surface and a printed primary image contacting the reflective surface. The framing element is spaced apart from the mirror element and includes a background image element positioned to face toward the reflective surface. The framing element also includes a transparent view port that is positioned opposite the primary image so as to provide a line of sight through the framing element to the reflective surface and the primary image. The apparatus further includes a lens sandwiched between the mirror and framing elements, such as a lens with a cylindrical body, formed of a transparent or translucent plastic, ceramic, glass, or other material. The apparatus may include a light source that transmits light into the lens or onto the primary image or the background images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Alameda Technology, LLC
    Inventor: Gary Schnuckle
  • Patent number: 8365947
    Abstract: An infinitely variable diameter beverage sleeve includes a first surface configured to contact the container and extend around a circumference of the container, and a second surface configured to extend around the circumference of the container and face away from the container, and a securing device to hold the sleeve to the outside surface of the container. A first portion of the securing device is provided on one end of the sleeve on the first surface, and a second engaging portion of the securing means is provided as the second surface of the sleeve. The top edge of the sleeve is non-planar and the bottom edge of the sleeve is formed of a plurality of segments with at least two segments having a different radius of curvature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Inventor: Merrill Solomon
  • Patent number: 8341861
    Abstract: Disclosed is a display structure in which an insertion opening, slide grooves, a first fitting portion and a ridged portion along which the display plate bends when the display plate is bent arranged in the loading sections of a support body in a suitable manner to ensure that when the display plate is inserted into or removed from the loading unit, a force is exerted on both sides of the display plate in either the direction from the display surface side to the rear surface side thereof or the direction from the rear surface side to the display surface side thereof, and a force is exerted in another direction at the center region of the display plate. As a result of configuring in this manner, the display plate deforms so that the entire display surface side comes to have a convex or concave shape, thereby allowing the display plate to be attached to or detached from the support body without forcible localized deformation of the display plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Inventor: Teruaki Matsushita
  • Publication number: 20120311898
    Abstract: A labeling device that can be attached to an article and subsequently modified by separating at least a portion of the device to be located within the article to provide information regarding the contents of an article.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2012
    Publication date: December 13, 2012
    Applicant: MULTI PACKAGING SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Rick Vulgamott, Daniel T. Smith
  • Patent number: 8266832
    Abstract: A label system including a label having a first portion which has a protective coating thereon and a second portion on a same side thereof which does not have the protective coating. The label further includes a generally transparent window, wherein the window is configured to overlie the second portion when the label is wrapped around a body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Wisconsin Pharmacal Company, LLC
    Inventor: James K. Markee
  • Patent number: 8261772
    Abstract: A fluid distribution system including an elongated manifold defining fluid ports, lengthwise ridges, and radial ridges. Label plates couple to the manifold and have a planar body with a front side for indicating information related to the respective port. A finger extends from each label plate and has two inwardly turned prongs for coupling to a first lengthwise ridge. The prongs form a space for capturing a radial ridge. A collar also extends from the planar body for coupling to the port. The planar body also has three stiffening bars on a back side thereof. Each stiffening bar includes a feature for coupling to a second lengthwise ridge on the manifold body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Watts Water Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul J. Lake, Jeffrey A. Scilingo
  • Patent number: 8231000
    Abstract: A container indicator system having an internal surface and internal area for storage of materials and an external surface; and an indicator (swiveling arm, reflector, textile material, rubber, plastic, metal flag, sign) attached to the container. The indicator described is optionally a flexible material, a swiveling arm integrated with an axis and a swiveling arm without an axis, a reflector or combinations of the foregoing and even multiple combinations of the foregoing to indicate various states of the container. The indicator is attached to the internal or external surface of the container or in the case of the swiveling arm (using a mounting plate) that acts itself as an indicator a further indicator like a reflector, or flag is attached near its extreme external end. The indicator is moveable from the internal area of the container to an external area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Inventors: Miguel Gonzalez, Veronica Gonzalez
  • Patent number: 8166686
    Abstract: An apparatus and a system for affixing a label to a cup, bottle and/or container is provided. The apparatus and system may allow for affixing a pre-printed label having a plurality of colors and indicia thereon to a cup whereby the label may be viewed as integral part to the cup itself. The preprinting of the labeling prior to the affixation of the cup insures consistency and uniformity of the indicia thereon. Additionally, the printing of the label prior to affixing it to the cup may allow the printer to ensure proper angles of the indica prior to the application of the label onto the desired cup apparatus. Moreover, the present invention may allow for the peeling away of a portion if the label to review the outside edge of the receiving cup/container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Inventor: Mitch Junkins
  • Patent number: 8122626
    Abstract: An optical illusion device such as a drinking glass/cup for providing a multi-dimensional visual display. The device includes a body with tubular sidewalls extending from an opening at a first end to an opening at a second end. A base assembly is provided at the second end. The base assembly includes a top wall, a bottom wall, and a sidewall that together form or define an inner chamber. A visual display assembly is provided with a mirror element with a convex reflective surface or mirror positioned within the chamber with the reflective surface facing the top wall of the base assembly. A primary image element is provided proximate to the reflective surface such that the primary image and mirror element can be observed via the opening in the body. A framing element is included proximate to the top wall of the base assembly including background images facing the reflective surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Gary W. Schnuckle
  • Patent number: 8051590
    Abstract: An optical illusion device such as a drinking glass/cup for providing a multi-dimensional visual display. The device includes a body with tubular sidewalls extending from an opening at a first end to an opening at a second end. A base assembly is provided at the second end. The base assembly includes a top wall, a bottom wall, and a sidewall that together form or define an inner chamber. A visual display assembly is provided with a mirror element with a convex reflective surface or mirror positioned within the chamber with the reflective surface facing the top wall of the base assembly. A primary image element is provided proximate to the reflective surface such that the primary image and mirror element can be observed via the opening in the body. A framing element is included proximate to the top wall of the base assembly including background images facing the reflective surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Gary W. Schnuckle
  • Patent number: 8046941
    Abstract: An optical illusion device such as a drinking glass/cup for providing a multi-dimensional visual display. The device includes a body with tubular sidewalls extending from an opening at a first end to an opening at a second end. A base assembly is provided at the second end. The base assembly includes a top wall, a bottom wall, and a sidewall that together form or define an inner chamber. A visual display assembly is provided with a mirror element with a convex reflective surface or mirror positioned within the chamber with the reflective surface facing the top wall of the base assembly. A primary image element is provided proximate to the reflective surface such that the primary image and mirror element can be observed via the opening in the body. A framing element is included proximate to the top wall of the base assembly including background images facing the reflective surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Gary W. Schnuckle
  • Patent number: 8034433
    Abstract: An article including a writing surface includes a surface, a recess on the surface of the article, and a writing surface formed of a waterproof material disposed in the recess. A method of making an article with a writing surface includes providing an article with a recess in a surface of the article, and attaching a writing surface formed of a waterproof material in the recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Inventors: Ng Chi Fai, Tse Hing Kan
  • Patent number: 7992331
    Abstract: An optical illusion device such as a drinking glass/cup for providing a multi-dimensional visual display. The device includes a body with tubular sidewalls extending from an opening at a first end to an opening at a second end. A base assembly is provided at the second end. The base assembly includes a top wall, a bottom wall, and a sidewall that together form or define an inner chamber. A visual display assembly is provided with a mirror element with a convex reflective surface or mirror positioned within the chamber with the reflective surface facing the top wall of the base assembly. A primary image element is provided proximate to the reflective surface such that the primary image and mirror element can be observed via the opening in the body. A framing element is included proximate to the top wall of the base assembly including background images facing the reflective surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Gary W. Schnuckle
  • Patent number: 7987621
    Abstract: An apparatus and related method for conveying information associated with containers. The apparatus comprises a container supporting modification means which when selectively altered effectively changes the appearance of the container such that a unique visual communication is produced. The related method comprises selectively altering the modification means supported by the container thereby providing a unique visual communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Inventor: Brian K. Elias
  • Publication number: 20110162242
    Abstract: A separate add on label that includes additional information such as product information features, temporary price changes, consumer incentives or comments by satisfied customers, as well as any other information. The information may be printed on any desired material on at least one side surface and includes a part by which the temporary label can be placed onto a container. The add on label should have a size and a shape by which the separate add on label can be placed onto the container without covering the entire container surface as well as the information on the fixed label.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2010
    Publication date: July 7, 2011
    Inventor: Alex Jay Lindsey
  • Publication number: 20110154699
    Abstract: The present invention describes a label comprising a shrinkable film material section with a leading end, a trailing end, an upper edge portion and a lower edge portion, where the upper edge portion and the lower edge portions extend between the leading end and the trailing end of the section, wherein the section is wrapped around an article with the leading end secured to the article with a patterned adhesive, and the adhesive is confined to a narrow region of the leading end such that the trailing end overlaps and is secured to the leading end by the patterned adhesive, and the adhesive is also confined to a narrow region of said trailing edge, allowing the section to encircle the article in an initially unshrunken or first condition such that when a catalyst is subsequently applied to the section, the section shrinks around the article and is thus securely adhered to the article by the adhesive at both the leading end and the trailing end of the film section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2010
    Publication date: June 30, 2011
    Applicant: AVERY DENNISON CORPORATION
    Inventors: John Walsh, Charles K. Herrmann, Dirk Lovelace, Robert Morris, Dennis Rene Benoit
  • Publication number: 20110155840
    Abstract: A morphing aircraft that is achieves multi-modality location and camouflage for payload emplacement The morphing aircraft includes a substantially cylindrical fuselage including a shape configured as a packaging container with a first end and a second end A set of wings is coupled to the fuselage The set of wings includes a first position where the set of wings is extended outwards from the fuselage and a second position where the set of wings is retracted inwards towards the fuselage A tail is coupled to the second end of the cylindrical fuselage The tail includes a first position where the tail is extended outward from the fuselage and a second position where the tail is retracted inward towards the fuselage A propeller is mounted to the first end of the fuselage An engine is mechanically coupled to the propeller The engine is enclosed within the fuselage and powers the propeller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2009
    Publication date: June 30, 2011
    Applicant: UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA RESEARCH FOUNDATION, INC.
    Inventors: Richard Charles Lind, JR., Daniel Thurmond Grant, David Eaton
  • Patent number: 7939145
    Abstract: The invention provides a method for labeling a glass, plastic or metal container or surface with a polymeric label by means of a water based adhesive composition by the following steps: (a) selecting a polymeric label having a density of less than 0.9; (b) applying a water based adhesive to said polymeric label to form a fastenable polymeric label; (c) fastening said fastenable polymeric label to a glass, plastic or metal container or surface; and (d) allowing said polymeric label to dry on said glass, plastic or metal surface or container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Assignee: Process Resources Corporation
    Inventor: Peter J Dronzek, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7919164
    Abstract: An insulating label stock includes a thermal insulating layer, which may a fiberfill batt. The batt is laminated to at least one layer of film, paper or fabric. The label stock can be wrapped around a container, such as a can, bottle or pouch. The label stock may be coated with a coating material so that it is printable, thus imparting both insulating properties and print capability to a container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2011
    Assignee: E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company
    Inventors: Thomas E. Benim, Susan Gogol Chamberlin, Jeffrey Allen Chambers, Steven R. Cosentino, Peter R. Hunderup, Ross A. Lee, Susan D. Procaccini
  • Patent number: 7900384
    Abstract: An optical illusion device such as a drinking glass/cup for providing a multi-dimensional visual display. The device includes a body with tubular sidewalls extending from an opening at a first end to an opening at a second end. A base assembly is provided at the second end. The base assembly includes a top wall, a bottom wall, and a sidewall that together form or define an inner chamber. A visual display assembly is provided with a mirror element with a convex reflective surface or mirror positioned within the chamber with the reflective surface facing the top wall of the base assembly. A primary image element is provided proximate to the reflective surface such that the primary image and mirror element can be observed via the opening in the body. A framing element is included proximate to the top wall of the base assembly including background images facing the reflective surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Gary W. Schnuckle
  • 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: 20100229436
    Abstract: A gas cylinder collar is provided comprising a planar collar having a through-hole generally centrally positioned in the collar, the collar having opposing surfaces, one of the surfaces being comprised of at least one pre-selected indicia color, and the opposing surface being comprised of a different pre-selected indicia color, the respective indicia colors on one of the opposing surfaces being indicative of one or more of the type of gas in the gas cylinder and/or the source of the gas, and/or the customer, while the indicia color of the opposing surface being indicative of the gas cylinder being empty.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2009
    Publication date: September 16, 2010
    Inventor: Frederick W. Zeyfang
  • Patent number: 7740137
    Abstract: A liquid-container assembly for indicating the contents contained therein is provided. The assembly preferably includes a liquid-container body for holding liquid, with a horizontal base and an outer wall structure extending upwardly from the base, where an upper portion of the wall defines an open top rim; a plurality of liquid-indicia being disposed about the periphery of the outer wall of the container body; and a lid covering the open top rim of the assembly. The lid has a tab that may be used as a pointer for selecting liquid-indicia, and therefore, visually displays the contents contained in the liquid-container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2010
    Inventor: Thomas Rocco
  • Patent number: 7731053
    Abstract: A self righting container having a hollow and generally spherical shape and an eccentrically weighted ballast and a method of using the container. Upon rotation or other movement of the container, the weighted ballast urges the container to return to a predetermined orientation, typically determiner such that a container opening would be positioned at a desired location. The weighted ballast may further comprise a magnet such that metallic objects may be contained within the interior of the container and may even be retained in a particular orientation as determined by the magnetic forces. As the container is a highly desirable device, especially for office locations, graphical or advertising material may be imprinted on at least one portion of its outer surface for the purpose of providing advertising or promotion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Inventor: Jason Ivey
  • Publication number: 20100126426
    Abstract: A system and apparatus for storing and transporting small amphibians and reptiles comprised of a housing and novel a lid net member made from a spherical piece of die cut mesh attached to a reinforced border hem which accommodates a draw string, and which further includes a selectively attached net component, said net component having a handle which is anthropometrically proportioned for grasping by a child over the age of three.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2008
    Publication date: May 27, 2010
    Inventor: Michele Lauenstein
  • Patent number: 7722083
    Abstract: A labeling apparatus has a source of printed labels that have adhesive backing, a vacuum pickup with two opposable arms, a blower bar to support a label on air. Each opposable arm has its own vacuum head and each head is removably attachable to a respective end portion of the label. The apparatus also has a label position sensor, and the vacuum pickup is movable from a pickup position to a wrap position. Each pickup arm has a plurality of spring loaded pins. A two layer label has a backing strip, an inner layer, and an outer layer, and at least one removable portion of the outer layer. The label has a neck portion and two end portions, such that the label set may be wrapped a container with the two end portions adhered back to back to each other. The neck portion is relatively narrower than either of the two end portions and is relatively offset so that it is closer to a front edge of the label.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: Talyst Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas G. McCarthy, James E. Torina, Darcy Clarke, John Andrew Moulds, Thomas E. Vorndran
  • Publication number: 20100101124
    Abstract: An object identification apparatus for efficiently distinguishing an object. The object identification apparatus generally includes a body comprised of a unitary one-piece structure, wherein the body is comprised of an expandable material throughout thereof. The body includes a band portion and an identification portion linearly connected to form a non-ending circular structure to encircle an object, such as a beverage container. The identification portion includes a marking space for writing thereupon with a writing utensil. The identification portion is also generally larger in height and thickness than the band portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2009
    Publication date: April 29, 2010
    Inventor: Margaret A. Sorensen
  • Patent number: 7690493
    Abstract: Systems and methods to facilitate the cleaning of arenas, such as stadiums having different seating levels. Pivotable bins can collect and funnel trash from different levels such as the concourse level. A series of tubes or chutes can be fixed to the arena structural undercarriage. Approximately 24? diameter tubes can be used to funnel trash from the bins located on perimeter arena walkways to receptacle containers, recycling containers at ground levels, and even refuse removal trucks. The chutes and tubes can be located adjacent to walkway aisles on different levels of the arena. The chutes/tubes can be vertically oriented and/or be inclined as long as refuse can move down the chutes by gravity. Grates can be also used beneath the bins. And locks can further provide safety.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Assignee: University of Central Florida Research Foundation, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard A. Nunis
  • Publication number: 20100058630
    Abstract: An apparatus and related method for conveying information associated with containers. The apparatus comprises a container supporting modification means which when selectively altered effectively changes the appearance of the container such that a unique visual communication is produced. The related method comprises selectively altering the modification means supported by the container thereby providing a unique visual communication.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2009
    Publication date: March 11, 2010
    Inventor: Brian K. Elias
  • Patent number: 7654020
    Abstract: Among other things, disclosed is a device with an adhering mechanism and signage that can be placed on a gun, such as a paint ball gun, that can identify the user or a sponsor or advertiser. A thin flat piece of material may be rolled up and its sides connected into a seam, with signage placed on an outside surface, and the material is placed on a gun, e.g. on a gun barrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Inventor: Benjamin Lynn Frederick
  • Patent number: 7627968
    Abstract: A sleeve with an indication assembly comprises a sleeve; and a toggle having an inner diameter corresponding to an outer diameter of the sleeve; and the toggle being made of aluminum alloy; a surfaces of the toggle being anodic processed so as to form with a protection film of different colors; thus the surfaces of the toggle is prevented from cracking, collision, mist and falling off. Furthermore, in another case, the toggle has an inner diameter corresponding to an outer diameter of the sleeve; and the toggle is made of iron. A surface of the toggle is electroplated so as to form with a copper layer and then is performed with anodic processing so as to have the effect of indication of sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2009
    Inventor: Yu-Chun Lin