Paint Can Spill Guard

*****Patent For Sale, Licensing, Manufacturing, and/or Investors*****

U.S. Patent : # 6,539,991

Inventor : Jim Ackerman

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As attorney for the inventor of the innovative Paint Can Spill Guard we are currently seeking manufacturing companies to license, purchase patent rights or enter into a royalty agreement for this timely invention.

Objects of the Paint Can Spill Guard:

The following pictures are meant to display possible physical characteristics of the present invention and are not to be taken in a limiting sense. It is understood that other embodiments may be utilized and that structural changes may be made without departing from the scope of the invention.

10 paint can spill guard 20 paint can spill guard wall
11 paint can22 outer shoulder
12 paint 24 inner shoulder
13 paint can outer side26 engaging member
14 paint can rim shoulder 28 engaging member tapered side
15 paint can rim channel30 spill guard interior
16 paint can rim inner lip 32 spill guard opening
17 paint can interior34 lift tabs
18 paint brush

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Figure 1 is an illustrative view of the present invention in use. Shown is the present invention installed on a paint can for the purpose of preventing paint from collecting in the paint can rim channel. Additionally the conical shape of the device provides a larger opening for dispensing the paint from the paint can as well as pouring the paint back into the paint can as from a roller tray.

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Figure 2 is an illustrative view of the present invention in use. Shown is the installed device being used in a typical paint application process. Normally, when applying paint by brush, the tendency is to extract excess paint by wiping the brush on the paint can interior rim. This often causes an undesireable accumulation in the paint can rim channel, interfering with the hermetic seal of the paint can, rendering long term storage useless. The conical shaped device of the present invention seals the paint lid-closing channel while providing an edge and interior work surface.

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Figure 3 is a perspective view of the present invention. The present invention has two lifting tabs aligned with the uppermost horizontal surface positioned roughly 180 degrees apart. These serve to facilitate positioning of the device atop a paint can and also to allow convenient removal without having to come in contact with the surfaces that may contain wet paint.

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Figure 4 is a top view of the present invention. The lower base of the device contains an aperture allowing for passage of paint into and out of the paint can. It is conveniently sized to overlap the paint can rim channel structure so as to further prevent possibility of contamination.

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Figure 5 is a cross sectional view of the conical device of the present invention. Shown is the exterior side of the paint can closure channel engaging member having a slope whereby the engaging member has a tapered side so that the engaging member will seat within the channel even though the channel may differ in distance across the rim of the channel.

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Figure 6 is a perspective view of the present invention with a paint can positioned immediately beneath. The present invention has a flange portion conforming substantially to the paint can rim channel thereby forming a seal with the can.

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Figure 7 is a perspective view of the present invention in operating position atop a paint can. Shown is the conical device having oppositely opposed tabs located on the upper periphery acting as handles for attaching and removing the device from a paint can.

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Figure 8 is a cross sectional view of the present invention in use. Shown is a cross sectional view of the present invention mounted on a typical paint can, whereupon the conical shape of the invention increases the effective opening of the paint can. In addition, the engaging member of the invention is seated in the rim channel preventing paint from accumulating in the rim channel.

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Figure 9 is an enlarged view of the conical device flange portion shown in mating position with the paint can rim channel. The engaging member and shoulders of the flange portion form a mating seal with the paint can rim channel thereby no paint can enter said channel. The flange at the base of the device is sized to extend beyond the innermost lip of the paint can rim channel whereby any paint on the walls will drip into the interior of the can instead of running down the sides.


If you are interested in licensing, purchasing the rights to the above invention or entering into a royalty agreement please contact the office of Michael I. Kroll as follows:

Michael I. Kroll
80 Skyline Drive, Suite 304
Plainview, New York 11803
Tel. #: 800-367-7774
Tel. #: 516-367-7777
Fax #: 800-367-7999
Fax #: 516-802-0510

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