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Sanitary Wipe Dispenser for Beverage Cans (Roy): U.S. Patent No. 10,709,302

The Surgeon General has three Ws of advice during the current Coronavirus pandemic: “Watch your distance. Wash your hands. Wear a mask.” Good advice but we suggest a fourth W: Wipe that beverage can before drinking from it. We all enjoy a cold drink from time to time – soda, beer or juice – and they often come in convenient cans. The question everyone needs to ask before drinking from that can is: “Who touched it before I did?”

This patent addresses the needs of this once-in-a-century pandemic – how to quickly and easily clean the top of a beverage can with a sanitary wipe before drinking from it – but it also addresses a need that has existed for decades. Some retailers have hand sanitizers at locations in the store, but they do not address the specific problem of dirty soda cans. This patent creates a brilliantly simple solution – a sanitary wipe dispenser that is mounted on the refrigeration unit that holds the cold, canned beverages. Select a cold drink, pull out a wipe from the dispenser, clean the top of the can, and enjoy that beverage knowing you have significantly reduced any contaminants on the top of the can. Once this pandemic has passed, cleaning the tops of beverage cans will be a common practice just as it should have been pre-pandemic.

U.S. Patent No. 10,709,302 for a “Sanitary wipe apparatus for use on a beverage can” would be a critical acquisition for any manufacturer of wipes seeking to expand its product reach or for any supplier to the retail sector looking for a new market segment with a U.S. monopoly for the next 15 years! The original paper towel dispenser was a very simple idea - an apparatus that dispensed paper towels in bathrooms, kitchens, and other locations where they were needed. From that idea was created a new business segment. This patent has the potential to create a permanent new market segment in the retail sector.

Dual-Compartment Sandwich Container (ContainThis!): Patent, Trademark and Technology Portfolio

Since the first mother made the first sandwich for her son or daughter to take to school in the morning, and the first employee “brown-bagged” it to work a century or so ago, everyone has had the same problem: Preparing a fresh, crisp, cold sandwich and being faced with a soggy, warm sandwich when it’s time to eat it. The liquid from the cold cuts and condiments soak into the bread and make it soggy. For tuna or chicken or egg salad lovers the problem is even worse. Wax paper and aluminum foil have been replaced with ziploc sandwich bags, but the sandwich is still soggy. Fresh, but soggy. In addition, the sandwich is often squished in transport. Yuck!

U.S. Patent No. 7,968,132 solves the problem of the warm, soggy, squished sandwich by creating a rigid sandwich carrier with two departments separated by a rotatable divider. You put the bread in one half of the container, and the insides (cold cuts, chicken or tuna salad, lettuce, tomato, onion and whatever else you put on your sandwich) in the other half. When you are ready to eat, you create a fresh sandwich in seconds! The invention also includes a hot or cold insert that keeps the roast beef warm and the egg salad cold. And the sandwich is never squished!

U.S. Patent No. 7,968,132 for “Dual compartment sandwich containers having a hinged divider and removable hot/cold pack” is part of a portfolio that also includes U.S. Design Patent D668555 and several trademarks and domains including “ContainThis!” Working prototypes and considerable technology are also available, so the acquirer of this portfolio can go to market fairly quickly. This package would be a critical acquisition for any housewares or packaging manufacturer ready to create and own a new market segment!

Child-Proof Pouch for Medical Cannabis (Bodner): U.S. Patent No. 9,365,325

The growing medical cannabis industry faces the same challenge that conventional drug producers face – keeping their medications from being accidentally consumed by a curious child. This patent creates a child-proof opening for a plastic pouch. It uses a “removal tool” that sits between two edges of the pouch to form an opening. A handle is attached to one edge of the pouch, and it includes an opening that is sized to receive the removal tool. A second handle is attached to the other edge of the pouch, and it fits into a cavity in the first handle that interlocks with the other handle. When the removal tool is slid up, the pouch opens, and when it is slid down, the pouch opening is closed. The pouch cannot be opened from the top as other pouches can, so only those who understand the use of the removal tool can access the contents of the bag.

U.S. Patent No. 9,365,325 for "Child proof containers" would be a critical acquisition for any medical cannabis producer or any packaging manufacturer selling to the fast-growing medical cannabis industry. The technology can easily be adapted to the plastic pouches currently on the market – such as the zip-lock units – to create a new generation of child-proof pouches for medical cannabis that can be displayed on retail fixtures on hooks and can be constructed of mylar or clear plastic.

HandyScore® Cardboard Scoring Device (SPS): U.S. Patent and Registered U.S. Trademark

This portfolio includes both U.S. Patent No. 8,844,144 for a "Handheld Cardboard Scoring Device" and U.S. Trademark Serial No. 8707922 for "HandyScore," the brand name of the product covered by the Patent. The invention is ingeniously simple. It is a scoring tool that enables the user to score a sheet of cardboard and create a cardboard box of any size, shape or dimensions. This is a product that will prove indispensable to any business that ships out products! HandyScore is already being successfully sold online by the patentee, but the patentee and trademark owner have decided to sell or license the patent to a company that can take the product national.

This portfolio is an ideal, strategic acquisition for any office supply retailer or distributor, or any office supplies manufacturer. Included is the source of a current manufacturer of the product, so the new patentee can go to market with HandyScore immediately!

HandyScore is a registered trademark of SPS Packaging Supplies, Inc.

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