Baby Bottle Type Patents (Class 426/117)
  • Patent number: 9480625
    Abstract: A method of feeding breast milk to an infant includes providing a spout pouch having a spout, providing a plurality of adapters configured to couple to the spout pouch, coupling the spout of the spout pouch to a first adapter, coupling the first adapter to a breast pump, operating the breast pump to express breast milk into the spout pouch, so that the spout pouch collects the expressed breast milk, coupling a second adapter to the spout of the spout pouch, and coupling the second adapter to a nipple, so that expressed breast milk flows from the spout pouch to the nipple. Other systems, methods, and components are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Inventors: John M. McBean, Kailas N. Narendran
  • Patent number: 9433562
    Abstract: A container for collecting, storing and dispensing fluid, as in enteral feeding and/or medication deliver to neonatal infants. The container includes a hollow tube with a body, a first end, a second end, and an outer diameter. The hollow tube is configured to receive a movable plunger that advances and retracts therein to define a variable contained volume. The container also includes a sealing head assembly removably mounted at an end of the hollow tube. The sealing head assembly has a diameter or outside dimension that is substantially similar or identical to a corresponding outside diameter or dimension of the hollow tube, so that the container lies flat within the receiver of an enteral feeding pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: NEOMED, INC.
    Inventors: Aaron N. Ingram, Anthony C. Lair, Mark Martin Costello, Tony Doherty
  • Patent number: 8951589
    Abstract: A heat exchange apparatus includes an outer shell defining a cavity and a volume-occupying member received within the cavity. The outer shell and the volume-occupying member cooperate to define a fluid-receiving volume therebetween. An opening in the outer shell defines a passageway for receiving a liquid to be heated therethrough. The opening includes a fastener for removably attaching to an open top of a container containing a liquid to be heated, wherein the liquid to be heated will flow from the container into the fluid-receiving volume when the apparatus is inverted and the liquid will flow back into the container when the bottle is returned to the upright position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Inventors: Julian A. Devlin, Marisa D. Devlin
  • Patent number: 8763827
    Abstract: A novel baby nipple assembly for use with a flexible drink pouch, wherein the baby nipple assembly generally comprises a mount subassembly (sometimes hereinafter referred to as simply “the mount” or “the disk”) for attachment to the flexible drink pouch, and a nipple subassembly (sometimes hereinafter referred to as simply “the nipple”) for connection to the mount subassembly, wherein the mount subassembly comprises a relatively large flat element for adhesion to an outside surface of the flexible drink pouch, and the nipple subassembly comprises (i) means for connection to the mount subassembly, (ii) a sharp tube for extending through the mount subassembly and puncturing the side wall of the flexible drink pouch, and (iii) a soft nipple in fluid communication with the sharp tube, whereby a baby or young child can suckle on the nipple and receive the beverage from the flexible drink pouch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Inventor: William E. Cohn
  • Patent number: 8709518
    Abstract: A system for managing the fluid intake of a person is disclosed. The system consists of multiple containers of various volumes, a common lid configured to incorporate a flow control valve, multiple flow control valves having varying flow rates, a date indicator ring incorporated circumferentially on said containers, a content indicator disposed on said lid, a chiller insert, and an optional slip on handle. The user selects a container based on the fluid needs of a person and a flow control valve based on the drinking ability of the person. The user fills the container with a drinkable fluid, and indicates the nature of the contents with the content indicator and the date of filling with the date indicator ring. The chiller insert allows the user to cool the contents without the possibility of dilution as with standard ice cubes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Inventor: Diane Young Jones
  • Patent number: 8596314
    Abstract: A container including a body defining an outflow opening and at least one chamber adapted for storing a product, such as a fat containing liquid product, and a container closure including a primary seal for hermetically sealing the product within the chamber during storage. The container closure includes a sealing member forming a substantially fluid-tight seal between the container closure and the body, and a dispensing member in fluid communication with the chamber. The container closure and body move relative to each other between a first position where the primary seal is seated about the outflow port to hermetically seal the product in the chamber during storage, and a second position where the primary seal is displaced from the outflow port to allow product to pass from the chamber through the outflow port and into dispensing member to dispense the product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Medical Instill Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Py, Julian Chan, Jeffrey Willey
  • Publication number: 20130309180
    Abstract: An anti cavity bioconsumable liquid which may be provided in the liquid form or frozen form is disclosed herein. The liquid may include up to about 5 wt. % xylitol for the purposes of mitigating tooth decay when the bioconsumable liquid is ingested or consumed by a person. Moreover, the bioconsumable liquid may include up to about 5 wt. % of dextrose but never more than the wt. % of xylitol for the purposes of sweetening the bioconsumable liquid to retain an acceptable flavor profile. An infant, child or adult may consume the bioconsumable liquid during which the xylitol acts to mitigate tooth decay. The bioconsumable liquid may also be frozen in an ice pop configuration and consumed by a child or an adult. The ice pop retains an acceptable flavor profile and also mitigates tooth decay.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2013
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Inventor: Mark William Brisley
  • Patent number: 8579131
    Abstract: The invention relates to a teat for feeding bottles, including a receiving head, produced from a dimensionally stable material, and a rubber-elastic suction element. An entry channel leads to the bottle interior and channels lead from there to the outer surface of the receiving head. The suction element, in an initial position, elastically and sealingly rests on at least one section of an outer surface of the receiving head. Milk ducts are located in the contact area between the suction element and the receiving head and communicate with the channels of the receiving head which lead towards the outlet channel in the mouthpiece so that, when a vacuum is produced in the mouthpiece, milk can flow from the feeding bottle through the milk ducts to the outlet channel, the suction element being returnable to its initial position and the flow of milk being interrupted when there is no vacuum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Medela Holding AG
    Inventors: Andy Greter, Rochus Stöckli
  • Patent number: 8556094
    Abstract: A baby formula delivery assembly includes a container that has a bottom wall, a top wall, and a perimeter wall extending between the top and bottom walls. A housing has an upper wall and a peripheral wall that is attached to and extends downwardly from the upper wall. The peripheral wall extends downwardly around the container adjacent to the top wall and is rotatably and non-removably coupled to the container. A lower wall is attached to the peripheral and is spaced from the upper wall and defines an interior space of the housing. The lower wall has a second powder aperture extending therethrough. A nipple is attached to the upper wall and is in fluid communication with the interior space of the housing. A quantity of water is positioned within the container. A quantity of baby formula is positioned within the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Inventors: Jeddah B Brown, Jessica Rimene, Delwyn Hawk
  • Patent number: 8512682
    Abstract: An anti cavity bioconsumable liquid which may be provided in the liquid form or frozen form is disclosed herein. The liquid may include up to about 5 wt. % xylitol for the purposes of mitigating tooth decay when the bioconsumable liquid is ingested or consumed by a person. Moreover, the bioconsumable liquid may include up to about 5 wt. % of dextrose but never more than the wt. % of xylitol for the purposes of sweetening the bioconsumable liquid to retain an acceptable flavor profile. An infant, child or adult may consume the bioconsumable liquid during which the xylitol acts to mitigate tooth decay. The bioconsumable liquid may also be frozen in an ice pop configuration and consumed by a child or an adult. The ice pop retains an acceptable flavor profile and also mitigates tooth decay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: R & B Tooth Armour, LLC
    Inventor: Mark William Brisley
  • Patent number: 8501287
    Abstract: The invention is generally directed to baby bottles and other articles produced by blow molding from polymeric materials having glass transition temperatures ranging from 100° C. to 130° C., as well as to processes for producing them. These articles can be exposed to boiling water and can be produced by using a suitable combination of a stretch ratio of less than 3 and a preform temperature at least 20° C. greater than the glass transition temperature (Tg) of the polymeric material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Eastman Chemical Company
    Inventors: Thomas Joseph Pecorini, Spencer Allen Gilliam, Alan Keith Phillips, Robert Ellis McCrary
  • Patent number: 8376003
    Abstract: A container is provided for storing a product, such as a fat containing liquid product, and includes a body defining a chamber for receiving the product; and a container closure including a sealing portion for sealing the product within the chamber. The container closure includes a member forming a substantially fluid-tight seal between the container closure and the body; a nipple in fluid communication with the chamber that seals the chamber with respect to the ambient atmosphere during storage of the product in the chamber and that can be opened to dispense product from the chamber therethrough; and a needle penetrable and laser resealable portion that is penetrable by the needle for aseptically filling the chamber with the product, and that is thermally resealable by the application of laser radiation thereto to seal the product within the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Medical Instill Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Py, Benoit Adamo, John Guthy, Nathaniel Houle, Brian Tulley, Jeffrey Willey
  • Patent number: 8287970
    Abstract: The invention is generally directed to baby bottles and other articles produced by blow molding from polymeric materials having glass transition temperatures ranging from 100° C. to 130° C., as well as to processes for producing them. These articles can be exposed to boiling water and can be produced by using a suitable combination of a stretch ratio of less than 3 and a preform temperature at least 20° C. greater than the glass transition temperature (Tg) of the polymeric material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Eastman Chemical Company
    Inventors: Thomas Joseph Pecorini, Spencer Allen Gilliam, Alan Keith Phillips
  • Patent number: 8100276
    Abstract: A collapsible container for fluids consists of a flexible bag or pouch hermetically attached to a cover. The container may be provided flat packed, pre-sterilised and hermetically packaged and may be a single use, disposable, container useful for drinking bottles for young children and babies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: EV (Baby Limited)
    Inventor: Timothy Nicholas Moor
  • Patent number: 8066141
    Abstract: A sealed package for pourable food products includes a removable portion and a closable opening device. The opening device has a frame defining a pour opening and fixed to the package about the removable portion, and a cap fitted to the frame to close the pour opening and movable to free the pour opening. A pull-off opening device is housed in the frame and has a rigid plane integral with the removable portion and extractable from the frame, by pulling action, together with part of the removable portion. A pull tab of sheet material is interposed between the removable portion and the plate and attached to both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: Tetra Laval Holdings & Finance SA
    Inventors: Cristiano Casale, Sara De Simoni
  • Patent number: 8025168
    Abstract: A storage device has a second cap for actuating a rod and permitting a fluid to flow through that cap. The storage device has an outer container and an inner container. Mounted at one end of the inner container is a first cap that rotates open and closed for allowing the contents of the inner and outer containers to mix together when desired. The other end of the inner container has an opening that is enclosed by the second cap that is operable to actuate the rod. When actuated, the rod pushes against the first cap thereby opening it in order to mix the contents. Moreover the second cap defines a plurality of holes adapted to permit a fluid to flow through them. Thus the second cap actuates the rod, yet also is disposed at the same end of the outer and inner containers from which the fluid can flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Inventors: Brian L. Bullard, Jon Hull
  • Publication number: 20110151069
    Abstract: An infant feeding system comprising a sterile sealed laminated bag having a predetermined quantity of liquid infant food sealed therein, a compressed integral sterile teat sealed with the bag closure and or spout and a protective cap for the teat, the system being arranged such that the cap can be removed to enable the infant to feed from the sterile teat and food.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2007
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Inventor: Edward James Harding
  • Patent number: 7832576
    Abstract: A novel baby nipple assembly for use with a flexible drink pouch, wherein the baby nipple assembly generally comprises a mount subassembly (sometimes hereinafter referred to as simply “the mount” or “the disk”) for attachment to the flexible drink pouch, and a nipple subassembly (sometimes hereinafter referred to as simply “the nipple”) for connection to the mount subassembly, wherein the mount subassembly comprises a relatively large flat element for adhesion to an outside surface of the flexible drink pouch, and the nipple subassembly comprises (i) means for connection to the mount subassembly, (ii) a sharp tube for extending through the mount subassembly and puncturing the side wall of the flexible drink pouch, and (iii) a soft nipple in fluid communication with the sharp tube, whereby a baby or young child can suckle on the nipple and receive the beverage from the flexible drink pouch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Inventor: William E. Cohn
  • Publication number: 20100284947
    Abstract: An anti cavity bioconsumable liquid which may be provided in the liquid form or frozen form is disclosed herein. The liquid may include up to about 5 wt. % xylitol for the purposes of mitigating tooth decay when the bioconsumable liquid is ingested or consumed by a person. Moreover, the bioconsumable liquid may include up to about 5 wt. % of dextrose but never more than the wt. % of xylitol for the purposes of sweetening the bioconsumable liquid to retain an acceptable flavor profile. An infant, child or adult may consume the bioconsumable liquid during which the xylitol acts to mitigate tooth decay. The bioconsumable liquid may also be frozen in an ice pop configuration and consumed by a child or an adult. The ice pop retains an acceptable flavor profile and also mitigates tooth decay.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2010
    Publication date: November 11, 2010
    Inventor: Mark William Brisley
  • Patent number: 7780023
    Abstract: A container is provided for storing a product, such as a fat containing liquid product, and includes a body defining a chamber for receiving the product; and a container closure including a sealing portion for sealing the product within the chamber. The container closure includes a member forming a substantially fluid-tight seal between the container closure and the body; a nipple in fluid communication with the chamber that seals the chamber with respect to the ambient atmosphere during storage of the product in the chamber and that can be opened to dispense product from the chamber therethrough; and a needle penetrable and laser resealable portion that is penetrable by the needle for aseptically filling the chamber with the product, and that is thermally resealable by the application of laser radiation thereto to seal the product within the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Assignee: Medical Instill Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Py, Benoit Adamo, John Guthy, Nathaniel Houle, Brian Tulley, Jeffrey Willey
  • Publication number: 20100178393
    Abstract: Disposable bottle for supply of beverage, of special use for babies, with fastening means which externally attach the hermetic container to the body; said container is designed to hold liquid and has an upper element consisting in both a cup and a dispenser with the hermetic container detachably integrated in the interior thereof and consisting in a teat, the bottle being a feeding bottle, thereby covering the mouth of the body, characterised in that the body and upper part are disposable, for single use, and in addition having a hermetic container of reduced size which contains a dose of powder product for mixing with the liquid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2008
    Publication date: July 15, 2010
    Inventor: Carmen Paracuellos Pulgarin
  • Patent number: 7632457
    Abstract: An oral feeding bottle includes a feed container with an open end and surfaces adapted to come into contact with a liquid feed in the container, a teat releasably connected to the open end and adapted to contact both the liquid feed and a person or animal feeding from the bottle, and a cap with two modes of operation, where in the first mode, the teat is connected to the container and the cap is adapted to fit over, enclose the teat, and be releaseably connected to the feed container, and where in the second mode, the cap includes a means for stowing the teat in a non-dispensing position spaced from the container, where the teat and the surfaces that contact the liquid feed are in fluid communication so that the teat and the feed container are sterilized with a fluid sterilizing medium disposed in the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2009
    Assignee: MRDC limited
    Inventors: John Richard Calvert, Martyn Omar Rowlands, Michael Anthony Hobbs
  • Patent number: 7484633
    Abstract: A fluid dispensing and mixing system for use with a container such as a baby bottle. A cap having a chamber containing dry contents may be placed in threaded engagement with the bottle in a first storage position. The baby bottle is filled with fluid. At the time of use, the cap is removed and inverted and placed in threaded engagement with the bottle. In this position, the fluid contents of the bottle and the dry contents in the dry chamber may be intermixed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2009
    Inventor: Laura E. Moher
  • Patent number: 7387202
    Abstract: A convenient, portable, “all-in-one” kit that contains all of the feeding accessories that a child would require for a meal, and also provides a sanitary environment for eating the meal. The kit is comprised of members including a container member, which is a cup; and closing member, which is a lid with a controlled-flow drinking spout. The cup fitted with the lid is commonly known as a sippy cup. The lidded cup serves as an enclosure for the other members of the kit. The kit also includes a utensil member, such as a spoon or fork or both. The entire kit is inexpensive and therefore disposable after a single usage. A unique feature about the kit is the inclusion of a protective member that is a specialized sheet that can be adhesively fastened to a table or highchair and, as such, provides a sanitary zone for eating the meal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2008
    Assignee: Neat Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: James T. Beaty
  • Patent number: 7347337
    Abstract: A feeding bottle including an upper and lower circular-shaped cylindrical body portion having a first radius, a generally triangular-shaped cylindrical body portion intermediate the cylindrical upper and lower body portions, wherein said generally triangular body portion includes a first and a second planar wall and an arched third wall defined by a third radius perpendicular to said central longitudinal axis to provide a “V-shaped” section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2008
    Assignee: Bristol-Myers Squibb Company - Mead Johnson & Company
    Inventors: Joseph E. Schultheis, Thomas C. Horton
  • Patent number: 7073674
    Abstract: There is provided a nurser liner having a closure member for selectively sealing the liner. The nurser liner limits the transmission of oxygen and/or UV rays into the inner volume of the liner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2006
    Assignee: Playtex Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Rosemary F. Knuth, John Rousso, Henry Kalinoski, Paul Siracusa
  • Patent number: 7005152
    Abstract: A device and method for adding the perception of flavoring to a product that is consumed from a receptacle. The device is a cover for a receptacle, wherein a person can drink from a receptacle through the structure of the cover. At least a portion of the receptacle cover is scented with a desired fragrance. Furthermore, the scented portion of the receptacle cover enters the mouth when a person is drinking through the receptacle cover. As the scented portion of the receptacle cover is taken within the mouth, the receptacle cover scents the air contained within the mouth. By scenting the air inside the mouth, the nose is saturated by the desired fragrance and a more effective olfactory sense deception is obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2006
    Inventor: Steven Landau
  • Patent number: 6991121
    Abstract: An infant feeding pouch is provided which has collapsible walls mounted to a structural supporting fitment. A nipple for feeding an infant may be attached to the fitment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2006
    Assignee: Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
    Inventors: Stuart R. Kipperman, Hagins Fugate, George Nukuto
  • Patent number: 6786344
    Abstract: A baby bottle including an upper and lower circular shaped cylindrical body portion having a first radius, a elliptical shaped cylindrical body portion intermediate the cylindrical upper and lower body portions, where the center portion has a minor axis radius and a major axis radius that are each smaller than the first radius, and a cylindrical top portion located proximate the upper body portion and adapted to receive a removable closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2004
    Assignee: Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
    Inventors: Stuart R. Kipperman, David Schweitzer, Catherine O. Smay
  • Patent number: 6737091
    Abstract: A disposable baby bottle device for providing pre-packaged liquids for babies. The disposable baby bottle device includes a container having a side wall, an open top, and a plurality of holes being spacedly disposed through the side wall, and also having a lip being disposed along a top edge thereof; and also includes an inner liner being disposed in the container and being leak-proof and sterilized; and further includes a nipple being securely disposed over the open top of the container; and further includes a protective cover being sealingly and removably disposed over the nipple; and also includes a protective cap being removably disposed over the protective cover; and also includes a seal being removably fastened about the protective cap and a portion of the container; and further includes liquids being disposed in the inner liner in the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2004
    Inventor: Corwin P. Littell, II
  • Patent number: 6708833
    Abstract: A container for nursing infants, the container including an interior with a first end (or top end) opening into the interior. A flexible nipple attaches across the opening and is positioned such that at least a portion of the nipple extends into the interior of the container. A container lid is then positioned over the flexible nipple and encloses the interior of the container. Also, the present invention includes a second end (or bottom end) with internal walls extending upwards toward the top end and thereby forming an internal cavity in the container. A thermic module is then positioned in this internal cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2004
    Inventor: Kenneth W. Kolb
  • Publication number: 20030118701
    Abstract: The present invention includes a baby bottle liner constructed and arranged to fit into a cavity of a baby bottle. The baby bottle liner includes a continuous, profiled, elongated reclosable fastener. The continuous, profiled, elongated reclosable fastener has a first continuous elongated profile strip and a second continuous elongated profile strip. The first continuous elongated profile strip and the second continuous elongated profile strip are dimensioned to provide an airtight and/or watertight seal upon interconnection thereof. The baby bottle liner further comprises an airtight and watertight side seal at each end of the reclosable fastener. Each side seal connects an end of the reclosable fastener to an inside surface of a front wall and an inside surface of a back wall of the liner. The invention also provides a baby bottle with a baby bottle liner and a kit for infant nursing that has a plurality of baby bottle liners.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2003
    Publication date: June 26, 2003
    Inventor: Gregory S. Sprehe
  • Patent number: 6576278
    Abstract: The present invention includes a baby bottle liner constructed and arranged to fit into a cavity of a baby bottle. The baby bottle liner includes a continuous, profiled, elongated reclosable fastener. The continuous, profiled, elongated reclosable fastener has a first continuous elongated profile strip and a second continuous elongated profile strip. The first continuous elongated profile strip and the second continuous elongated profile strip are dimensioned to provide an airtight and/or watertight seal upon interconnection thereof. The baby bottle liner further comprises an airtight and watertight side seal at each end of the reclosable fastener. Each side seal connects an end of the reclosable fastener to an inside surface of a front wall and an inside surface of a back wall of the liner. The invention also provides a baby bottle with a baby bottle liner and a kit for infant nursing that has a plurality of baby bottle liners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2003
    Assignee: Com-Pac International, Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory S. Sprehe
  • Patent number: 6551639
    Abstract: A disposable, aseptic package for storage and serving of perishable beverages, such as human breast milk. The package is generally cylindrical in shape, the top of which is provided with a circular flange about the circumference of the package, such that the filled package can be dropped down into a cylindrical outer holder. The package is held with its top surface near the top of a holder by the flange. A dispensing assembly, such as a nipple assembly or straw assembly, is mounted atop the holder. As the dispensing assembly is mounted on the holder, a penetrating conduit engages the top surface of the package and punctures it, thereby providing a via for the beverage to flow freely from the package to the dispensing assembly, such as through a nipple or through a straw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2003
    Inventors: Rebecca R. Nye, Daniel J. Nye
  • Patent number: 6517878
    Abstract: A cartridge for a compressible bottle containing a liquid. The cartridge comprises a housing attachable to the bottle and a collapsible bag. The housing and the bag together form an interior which contains a concentrate such as a drink mix. A transfer mechanism is provided whereby the liquid is pumped from the bottle into the cartridge by repeatedly compressing the bottle. As liquid is transferred into the cartridge, the bag expands within the bottle. In the preferred embodiment, the transfer mechanism is provided as part of the cartridge and the cartridge may be sized to fit a standard water bottle. In an alternate embodiment, the transfer mechanism is provided as part of a special bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2003
    Inventor: James Heczko
  • Patent number: 6465024
    Abstract: A nursing bottle having a rigid body, an open end, and an aperture, a flexible liner suspended from the open end of the body, a feeding nipple attachable to the open end of the body. An attached, slidably engagable, pump for pumping air into the chamber between the liner and body. The pump pressurizes the chamber and expels air from the liner. An air regulating device permits airflow in and out of the chamber in restricted quantity, so when pressure is applied to the pump, there is an increase of pressure within the chamber to force out the air trapped within the liner. The pump, also fashioned to be the protective storage hood for the nipple.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2002
    Inventors: Luciano Di Scala, Frank Ida
  • Patent number: 6365202
    Abstract: A method of feeding an infant utilizing a nursing bottle, having a resilient shell body with at least one aperture, a flexible liner, and a feeding nipple that utilizes air pressure to expel trapped air from a liner. That when the aperture or apertures are covered by the operator's finger or hand, and pressure is applied to the shell body, air trapped in the liner can be expelled prior to feeding the infant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2002
    Inventors: Frank Ida, Luciano DiScala
  • Patent number: 6171623
    Abstract: A liquid feed bottle for an infant having a body made from a container portion bonded to a teat with an orifice. The body holds a liquid feed such as milk. A cap is bonded or sealed to the body and protects the teat. A cap portion is initially detachable from the body by pulling and removing a tear strip, the cap portion thus released being subsequently securable on the body by a press fit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2001
    Assignee: Cambridge Consultants Limited
    Inventors: Ian Michael Daines Gaylor, Christopher John Andrew Barnardo, Patrick Sweeting
  • Patent number: 6089389
    Abstract: A container holding two separate components, which are mixed prior to use is provided. The container comprises a housing defining a first compartment having a sealable opening and a neck portion between said first compartment and said opening. The container further comprises a displaceable member which is disposed within the housing which has a partition wall with an edge adapted for sealing engagement with the internal wall of the neck portion, thereby defining a second compartment sealed from the first compartment and being in flow communication with the opening. The displaceable member is axially displaceable between two positions along an axis extending through the neck portion. These two positions comprise a first position where the edge of the partition wall sealably engages the internal walls of the neck portion, and a second position where the edge of the partition wall and the internal walls of the neck portion are disengaged, permitting flow communication between the two compartments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2000
    Assignee: M.L.I.S. Projects Ltd.
    Inventors: Igal Sharon, Michael Inbar
  • Patent number: 6045833
    Abstract: A device and method for adding the perception of flavoring to a product that is consumed from a receptacle. The device is a cover for a receptacle, wherein a person can drink from a receptacle through the structure of the cover. The receptacle cover is scented with a desired fragrance. Furthermore, the receptacle cover is shaped so that a portion of the cover enters the mouth when a person is drinking through the receptacle cover. A person who consumes a product directly from the receptacle will bring the receptacle cover to his/her mouth. As the receptacle cover is taken within the mouth, the receptacle cover scents the air contained within the mouth. Simultaneously, the portion of the receptacle cover outside of the mouth scents the air surrounding the outside of the nose. By scenting the air inside the mouth and outside the nose, the nose is saturated by the desired fragrance and a more effective olfactory sense deception is obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2000
    Inventor: Steven M. Landau
  • Patent number: 6042850
    Abstract: A nursing bottle having a body, a flexible liner, and a feeding nipple. In one embodiment, the body includes a check valve to allow air into a chamber formed between the body and the flexible liner to equalize the pressure in the chamber and prevent air from leaving the chamber. This prevents the liner from expanding and air from reentering the liner. Other embodiments of the nursing bottle include a pump for introducing pressurized air into the chamber and thereby expelling air from the liner. In still other embodiments, the bottle comprises a two-part body in which the parts of the body are slidably and sealably engageable with each other wherein movement of the parts relative to each other pressurizes the air in the chamber and expels air from the liner. Disclosed are also methods of feeding an infant or animal utilizing such nursing bottles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2000
    Inventors: Frank Ida, Luciano Di Scala
  • Patent number: 5932262
    Abstract: A flavored nipple device for an infant feeding apparatus such as a baby bottle is provided having a taste-modifying agent incorporated therein in an amount effective to modify the taste of a beverage dispensed through the device. The flavored nipple encourages young children to drink adequate amounts of important dietary liquids, such as water, by providing such liquids with improved taste.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 3, 1999
    Inventor: Misty L. Little
  • Patent number: 5747083
    Abstract: Device of the feeding-bottle type comprising: an external tubular body (1) having an open extremity (1b); a flexible capsule or container (3) housed or capable of being housed within said tubular body and presenting also an extremity (C) which is open or arranged to be opened; means(2, 42) allowing to communicate with environmental air, the space (D) existing between said flexible capsule (3) and the body (1); a specific teat (12) mounted or conformed to be mounted ahead of the openings (A, C) of said body (1) and said capsule (3); and an intermediary non-return valve (5) arranged between the open extremity (C) of said capsule (3) and the base of said teat (12) and delimiting with the latter a dispensing chamber (F); characterized in that a second valve (19, 20) is provided in the nipple piece (15) of the teat (12), between the dispensing chamber (F) and the outlet perforations (18) of said teat, said second valve (19-20) allowing the passage of nutrient liquid towards said outlet perforations (18) and opposi
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1998
    Inventors: Jean-Louis Raymond, Jean-Luc Nierga, Pedro Planas
  • Patent number: 5424086
    Abstract: A system for feeding infants with an artificial formula includes the supply of a formula (20) into a bag (10) under sterile conditions. The bag (10) is not completely filled with formula (20), the formula (20) occupying one portion (12) with another portion (14) being collapsed as a result of withdrawal of air therefrom. The bag (10) is sealed. In use, the collapsed portion (14) of a bag (10) is inserted into a nursing bottle (16) and the formula (20) caused to flow into the collapsed portion (14) located within the bottle (16). The former filled portion (12) is removed to provide an opening to the formula (20) in the bag (10), and the free end is located between a cap (26) holding a teat (28) and the neck (18) of the bottle (16). The formula (20) may have an increased initial vitamin content to allow for loss of vitamins during storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 1993
    Date of Patent: June 13, 1995
    Inventor: Rohan C. W. Walker
  • Patent number: 5112628
    Abstract: A bottle feeder comprises a tamper evident overcap, which captures a nipple and hold-down cap and has a pop-up indicator to insure the integrity of the bottle is discribed. Upon removal of the overcap the tamper evident band remains on the bottle and the pop-up indicator indicates the feeder has been opened. The nipple and hold-down cap can be withdrawn from the overcap and placed on the bottle for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 1990
    Date of Patent: May 12, 1992
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: George R. Conrad
  • Patent number: 5079013
    Abstract: Dripless liquid training/feeding containers, being either a cup and/or a bottle, are described, particularly useful and suitable for babies, toddlers, as well as others requiring them. In operation, a liquid is first placed into, for temporary storage within the container's liquid housing. The container housing is then enclosed by a removably-mounted container sealing lid. During use by a baby or toddler, the liquid stored within the container, is slowly sucked or sipped out of the container's liquid housing, by means of a liquid outlet control valve, incorporated preferably within the container's sealing lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 7, 1992
    Inventor: Richard A. Belanger
  • Patent number: 4888188
    Abstract: An inexpensive disposable sanitary sealed food package extrudes paste-like food products to a feeder implement, such as a spoon, fork, or projecting knife therefrom. The package is in the form of a squeeze tube with a nozzle discharging to the feeder implement on the tube. A shrink wrap plastic seal covers the dispensing end of the tube and implement and may directly seal the nozzle or carry a plug seated in the nozzle. The squeeze tube has longitudinal stiffening ribs so that the tube will act as a handle for the feeder implement projecting therefrom. A chemical heat pack activated by bending the tube may be suspended in the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 1988
    Date of Patent: December 19, 1989
    Inventors: John F. Castner, Sr., John F. Castner, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4869912
    Abstract: An aseptically pre-filled, clear plastic pouch for a nurser is insertable into a sleeve-like holder and has upwardly diverging side edges at its upper end for gripping same and to provide sufficient material to be folded downwardly over the upper edge of the holder after opening of the pouch and before assembly of a nursing nipple on the upper end of the holder, one or more V-shaped notches being provided just below a sealed upper edge of the pouch as an aid in opening same. The aseptically pre-filled pouch provides a convenient single serving of a pediatric nutritional which has an excellent shelf-life without refrigeration, the plastic film material being a multi-layer co-extrusion which is not only puncture-resistant but which also has excellent oxygen and water barrier properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 1988
    Date of Patent: September 26, 1989
    Assignee: Abbott Laboratories
    Inventors: Ned R. McCoy, James C. Lierman
  • Patent number: 4830205
    Abstract: A baby feeding pack comprises a pouch-like bag for containing a liquid infant food or drink having walls of flexible sheet plastics material and a gusset, also of a flexible plastics sheet material, sealed to the walls and carrying a teat with a removable closure. The gusset defines part of a sealed auxiliary compartment in which the teat is disposed and protected from contamination and which is closed by a top seal between the walls or between the upper margins of a sheet which also forms the gusset. On opening the auxiliary compartment along a severance line, the gusset can be inverted to form a frustoconical projection by which the teat is presented for access for feeding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 16, 1989
    Assignee: MB Group, plc
    Inventors: John M. Hammond, Leonard W. Reed
  • Patent number: 4722850
    Abstract: A disposable container is provided that has a semi-rigid generally concave body and a collapsible panel sealing an open mouth of the semi-rigid body. An access assembly is mounted to the outside surface of the semi-rigid body. Liquid sealed within the semi-rigid body by the collapsible panel is removed through the access assembly, during which removal the collapsible panel collapses to generally conform to the generally concaved shape of the body. Space efficient assemblies of these disposable containers are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 1986
    Date of Patent: February 2, 1988
    Assignee: Baxter Travenol Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Leonard A. White, James L. Cabernoch