Abstract

A utensil dispensing tray that cooperates with a dispenser. The tray includes at least one feature that causes the utensil, such as a knife, fork, spork, or spoon, to rotate from a first orientation to a second orientation for presentation as the utensil drops into the tray. The tray also includes one or more features …

Legal parties

Party
Inventors (applicants): Shawn A. Oakes, Jay F. Perkins, Christopher M. Reinsel, Eric M. Krouse, Jamison J. Float, Michael T. Kopczewski
Assignees (initial): Dixie Consumer Products LLC (Atlanta, US)

The application was examined by Rakesh Kumar, Gene O. Crawford (USPTO dept. 3651)

Claims

  • 1. A cutlery dispenser comprising: …
  • 2. The cutlery dispenser of claim 1 , wherein the housing of the dispenser stores …
  • 3. The cutlery dispenser of claim 1 , wherein the channel is shaped to receive …

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Brief Description of the Drawings

A full and enabling disclosure including the best mode of practicing the appended claims and directed to one of ordinary skill in the art is set forth more particularly in the remainder …

Description

Related Fields

Cutlery utensil dispensers, and more particularly, dispenser trays for use in cutlery utensil …

Cross Reference to Related Applications

This application is a continuation-in-part application of U.S. Ser. No. 12/247,805 filed on Oct. 8, 2008 and titled “Cutlery Utensil Dispenser,” the contents of which are hereby incorporated by …

Detailed Description

FIG. 1 illustrates a dispenser 8, such as a knife dispenser, that is configured to house one or more stacks of utensils, such as one or more stacks of knives …

More details about Cutlery Dispenser Trays

Miscellaneous patent data

The protection scope is defined by 39 claims, the application publication date is Apr. 7, 2011, 33 figures are supplied with the description, the patent particularly claims a cutlery dispenser comprising…, the assignee classification - a United States company, developed by Jay F. Perkins et al., the patent extension term is 413 days, the patent was granted on Apr. 22, 2014, the applicant's state - OH, city - Westerville, the recorded applicant's name is Jamison J. Float, the exemplary patent drawings are Front perspective view of a knife, Top view of a knife, Cutlery Dispenser Trays, Front top perspective view of the knife, the grant number is 08701932, the application number is 13/082,213 (U.S.), illustrated by 21 drawings, the invention is titled Cutlery Dispenser Trays, the exemplary claims include number 1, categorized under Dispensers in juxtaposed alignment as a primary classification, the application was examined by Rakesh Kumar, Gene O. Crawford (3651 USPTO department), located in Atlanta (US), the assignee organization is Dixie Consumer Products LLC, similar patents are classified under collecting in juxtaposed carriers, Rotary, return to supply, Adjusting or controlling tension in filamentary material, e.g. for preventing snarling, Applications of tension indicators, Devices for domestic use, direct action on web of moving fluid, the piles being disposed in juxtaposed carriers, Advancing in streams of overlapping articles, filamentary material, to effect step-by-step advancement of web, Plural Sources, Stacks or Compartments, Conveyer type, Outlets formed by pins, Members rotated about an axis perpendicular to direction of article movement, e.g. star-wheels formed by S-shaped members, the paths not enclosing an area, the inventor's location - Grove City, OH, the known inventor's name is Kopczewski Michael T.

Invention classification information

The invention is classified under By member adjacent conveyor for contacting successive conveyed items, Reading indicia, Selective separation from supply, Opened by dispensed article, Gravitating articles contacting fixed abutments, Separating articles from piles, By retarding velocity or reducing volume, Cutlery, With common discharge outlet, Coin-freed apparatus for dispensing, or the like, discrete articles, By discharge assistant, With Supply Cartridge or Container Removable From Enclosing Casing, Traveling item turned to predetermined position, By conveying randomly faced items and turning items to uniform facing, Supports or magazines for piles from which articles are to be separated, Dispensers in juxtaposed alignment, Stationary guide or abutment cooperating with leading edge of article, Simultaneously, alternately, or selectively separating articles from two or more piles. The designated search classifications include By retarding velocity or reducing volume, Selective separation from supply, By member adjacent conveyor for contacting successive conveyed items, Separating articles from piles, By conveying randomly faced items and turning items to uniform facing, Coin-freed apparatus for dispensing, or the like, discrete articles, Reading indicia, Traveling item turned to predetermined position, Cutlery, Gravitating articles contacting fixed abutments, Opened by dispensed article, By discharge assistant, With common discharge outlet, Stationary guide or abutment cooperating with leading edge of article, With Supply Cartridge or Container Removable From Enclosing Casing, Supports or magazines for piles from which articles are to be separated.

Patent details
Publication number 08701932
Publication date Apr. 22, 2014
Kind code B2
Application number 13/082,213
Application date Apr. 7, 2011
Application type U
Application series code 13
Extension term 413
National classification 221/131
Total number of claims 39
Exemplary claims 1
Number of drawings 21
Number of figures 33
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