With Shipment Package Patents (Class 47/84)
  • Patent number: 8985329
    Abstract: A system for efficient transportation and display of plants or flowers has been designed that contains two or more trays and a container. The first tray and alternative tray house the plants or flowers. The second tray, in which the first tray and alternative tray nest, allows for easy movement of the first tray, the alternative tray and the supply of water or nutrients. The container is designed to serve two functions, shipping and displaying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Inventor: Peter Ullrich
  • Patent number: 8955681
    Abstract: A multi-pot device for facilitating a press fit connection between the device and a plurality of pots or planters, which enables a user to simultaneously and securely use, store, and transport multiple pots. Further, the multi-pot device does not conceal the markings located on the exterior of the individual pots. The multi-pot device comprises a top portion and a side portion. The top portion is further comprised of a plurality of spaced apart openings therein for receipt of the pots. Further, each of the openings is formed by a side that extends downwardly from the top portion, and each side is preferably comprised of a first lip, a first wall portion, a second lip, a second wall portion, a third lip, a third wall portion, a fourth lip and a fourth wall portion, the purpose of which is to form a press fit with the side walls of the pot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Summit Plastic Company
    Inventors: Charles A. Snyder, James H. Ward
  • Patent number: 8745921
    Abstract: A tray has a plurality of receptacles. A receptacle is enabled to receive a container with a locking device. The container contains a potted plant. The locking device contains a protrusion, the protrusion being a protrusion on a wall of the container when the locking device is in a neutral position. The protrusion can move inwards and outwards from the neutral position relative to the wall when an inward or outward force is applied. The container is in a secured position in the receptacle when the protrusion mates with an opening in the receptacle. The protrusion has a slanted side allowing the protrusion to be lifted from the opening by rotating the container around a vertical axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Inventor: Daniel E. Boyce
  • Patent number: 8372783
    Abstract: Packaging using Gas Permeable Non-Woven Fabric based Film extends the shelf life and vase life of fresh cut flowers by changing the atmosphere in which these living products are stored and respires. The high oxygen and carbon dioxide permeability of the Gas Permeable Non-Woven Fabric based Film establishes an ideal atmosphere for the cut flowers, and therefore extends its shelf life and vase life. The establishment of lower oxygen and carbon dioxide atmospheres inside packages using Gas Permeable Non-Woven Fabric based film, also leads to reduction in the respiration rate of the cut flowers. The reduction in the respiration rate prevents loss of moisture, production of metabolic heat, and yellowing, browning, reduction in production levels of ethylene. Thus the created atmosphere is able to extend shelf life, maintain high quality and preserve nutrients of cut flowers items by naturally regulating respiration of said flower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Inventors: Shubham Chandra, Bhavna Chandra
  • Patent number: 8250805
    Abstract: Methods, devices and compositions to preserve plants, such as cut flowers. The methods include, e.g., sealing cut stems in antimicrobial preservative media, sealing the leaves in a substantially unvented compartment and sealing the flower blossoms in a less humid vented environment. Methods include, e.g., sealing cut flower ends in a preservative liquid, sealing the majority of the stem length and leaves in a stem compartment and holding the blossoms and at least a portion of the leaves in a relatively open blossom compartment. The devices include, e.g., packaging materials and preservative to vitalize and protect uprooted plants and/or cut flowers. The compositions of the invention provide, e.g., packaging systems and preservative media which inhibit microbe growth and vitalize cut plants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Inventor: Sudhir K. Jaiswal
  • Patent number: 8205789
    Abstract: A plant handling, tagging and shipping system includes a flood trailer towed by a cart for delivering potted plants from a grow site to a prepping station while also soaking the pots, an on-demand tag-printing system for printing plant tags based on customized client data, and a conveyor system that enables workers to trim, weed, clean, and tag the plants as they travel along the conveyor. This novel system and process for handling, tagging and shipping plants provides enormous efficiencies as compared with traditional processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: 842781 Ontario Inc.
    Inventor: William Mori
  • Publication number: 20110232187
    Abstract: A nursery container includes a container body and a grip-and-hold arrangement. The container body has at least one sidewall having a top edge portion and defining a nursery compartment within the container body, and a bottom panel. The grip-and-hold arrangement is formed at the top edge portion of the sidewall of the container body, and comprises a reinforcing rim integrally and outwardly extended from the top edge portion of the sidewall, wherein the reinforcing rim has a curved sectional shape formed along an entire length of the reinforcing rim so as to evenly distribute externally applied force along the reinforcing rim without substantial stress concentration, wherein a user is allowed to effectively grip on the reinforcing rim to carry an entire structure of the nursery container without significant risk of breakage at the reinforcing rim.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2010
    Publication date: September 29, 2011
    Inventors: Theresa Z. Quan, James H. Wu, Xin Wang
  • Patent number: 7739832
    Abstract: A floral arrangement assembly according to the present invention embodiments provides protection and maintenance of a floral arrangement during display, transport and/or shipping. The floral arrangement assembly includes a floral retaining structure, a base to secure the floral retaining structure and a cover. The floral retaining structure includes a floral holding material secured to a platform via a suitable adhesive. A plurality of prongs may further be secured to the platform and utilized to engage the floral holding material. The floral retaining structure may further include a plate secured to the assembly base with the platform secured to the plate via a plurality of ties. Alternatively, the floral retaining structure may be secured directly to the assembly base via the plurality of ties. The floral arrangement assembly may be placed within a water proof bag or other containers, where optional cooling and absorption materials may be placed underneath the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2010
    Inventors: Irit Elazar-Mittelman, Shai Mittelman
  • Publication number: 20100139164
    Abstract: A method and system suitable for ordering, packaging, and delivering harvested plants, such as fresh-cut flowers. The method and method entail placing an order for harvested plants by selecting at least one plant varietal, identifying a recipient for the plant by name and address, indicating a date for the recipient to receive the plant, and optionally creating a message to be delivered with the plant to the recipient. The plant is then placed in at least one recess within a transparent shell comprising a raised peripheral edge that surrounds and defines the recess. The shell and plant are then placed in a transparent enclosure formed from a perforated transparent foil, and the enclosure and a shipping label are then inserted in a shipping container that is at least translucent to enable the plant and the label to be visible therethrough.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2010
    Publication date: June 10, 2010
    Applicant: 'T GROENE LOO BV
    Inventors: Bastiaan Rinke Anthony Groeneweg, Paulus Josephus Benedictus Maria Van De Loo
  • Publication number: 20100115836
    Abstract: An agricultural growth management tool can include a biodegradable polymer body having a synthetic polymer and an optional biodegradability enhancement additive. The biodegradability enhancement additive can include a microbial attractant. The biodegradable polymer body can be configured as a plant stake, branch tag, blister pack, plantable container, agrifilm, drip tubing, drip tubing connectors, drip tubing accessories, market trays, plug and propagation trays, flats and inserts, transfer pots, transfer trays, landscape ribbon, landscape twine/rope, landscaping bags, pot wraps, floral wraps, hanging basket assemblies, greenhouse films/sheets or the like. The synthetic polymer can be a biodegradable polymer, inherently non-biodegradable polymer, or a combination of the two.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2009
    Publication date: May 13, 2010
    Inventor: Brandon J. Julian
  • Patent number: 7703237
    Abstract: An apparatus for cultivating a cucumber, eggplant or the like includes a fastening element for allowing an opened cover body to be fastened into a closed state or a closed cover body to be separated into an opened state by causing a catching protrusion opened along the longitudinal direction of the cover body, and a plurality of catching steps to allow the cover body to be coupled and fastened when catching steps are hooked on a catching protrusion, and a cover body distortion prevention projection formed protruding from the catching protrusion to fix opposite sides of each of the catching steps when each catching step is hooked on the catching protrusion. Cover body separation/opening supports are formed, respectively, on the top of each catching step and on the catching protrusion such that the fastened cover body can be unfastened and opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Inventor: Sung-rae Cho
  • Publication number: 20090282737
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a flower flat compartment retention device to assist in storage and transportation of plants in flower flats. The invention comprises a retention means to prevent the accidental dislodging of the contents of a flower flat compartment during storage and transportation of said flower flat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2008
    Publication date: November 19, 2009
    Inventor: Ethan Adam Argo
  • Publication number: 20090255178
    Abstract: A plant pail includes a base and a wall extending upwardly from a periphery of the base. The wall includes an upper portion defining a mouth of the container and a body portion below the upper portion. The upper portion includes opposite portions of increased width, such that the opposite portions protrude outwardly relative to the body portion, thereby defining upper handles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2008
    Publication date: October 15, 2009
    Inventors: Daniel Barbalho, Sean T. Ogburn
  • Publication number: 20080282611
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the field of hydratable polymer materials and hydrogels. In particular, the present invention describes polyurethane polymer networks for releasably retaining water, and methods for preparing the same.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2006
    Publication date: November 20, 2008
    Inventors: Neil Bonnett Graham, John Angus Fraser, Abdul Rashid, Charles Martin
  • Publication number: 20080190023
    Abstract: A method and system suitable for ordering, packaging, and delivering harvested plants, such as fresh-cut flowers. The method and method entail placing an order for harvested plants by selecting at least one plant varietal, identifying a recipient for the plant by name and address, indicating a date for the recipient to receive the plant, and optionally creating a message to be delivered with the plant to the recipient. The plant is then placed in at least one recess within a transparent shell comprising a raised peripheral edge that surrounds and defines the recess. The shell and plant are then placed in a transparent enclosure formed from a perforated transparent foil, and the enclosure and a shipping label are then inserted in a shipping container that is at least translucent to enable the plant and the label to be visible therethrough.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2007
    Publication date: August 14, 2008
    Applicant: 'T GROENE LOO BV
    Inventors: Bastiaan Rinke Anthony Groeneweg, Paulus Josephus Benedictus Maria Van De Loo
  • Publication number: 20080172940
    Abstract: A packaging carton box for flower and plant transportation is disclosed. The flower and plant packaging carton box comprises a main body having a bottom surface, wherein the bottom surface comprises at least a first pore hole. While plural of the packaging carton boxes are piled up, an air flow channel is formed by the first pore holes at the bottom surfaces of the main bodies, so as to cooperate with the transport carrier having a cold air flow blowing from bottom to top. Therefore, the cold air flow may enter the interior of each of the main body of the packaging carton box through the first pore hole and the air flow channel for adjusting the interior temperature and humidity of the packaging carton box.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2007
    Publication date: July 24, 2008
    Applicant: AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Chao Chia Huang, Chin Chieh Huang
  • Patent number: 7395926
    Abstract: Packaging for protecting or for sending of plants or plant containers in which the packaging is formed from at least two parts. A lower part is connected to an upper part in such a manner that a recess is present between a wall of the lower part and an inner wall of the upper part and in which recess a plant container is secured against movement or displacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2008
    Assignee: Mars, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Petri
  • Patent number: 7331458
    Abstract: A sealed container system for packaging and displaying a live plant for sale. The system has a subcontainer that is partially filled with a hydrogel, or has a divider lid that separates the hydrogel from the rest of the container system. A lid covers the subcontainer, where the lid has a tapered or elongate lumen to accommodate the plant roots while preventing the leakage of the hydrogel. The clear or transparent container, with the hydrogel, allows the container to operate as a miniature greenhouse allowing the plant to be displayed for an extended period of time without the need for interventional care by a human.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2008
    Inventor: Walter Scott
  • Patent number: 7219797
    Abstract: A box, a blank that can be easily formed into the box via an intermediate box assembly, and methods for generating and using the box allows one to quickly and easily package flowers and accessories for shipment to a consumer without bending, bruising or otherwise damaging the flowers. The box includes an insert that extends from a side of the box and is pivotable into an interior of the box. The insert includes a divider that extends from the insert and can be attached to a side after the flowers have been placed in the interior to extend between two sides and divide the interior into two compartments. One compartment contains the flower portion of the flowers while the other compartment contains the stem portion of the flowers and the accessories. The blanks allow one to quickly and easily generate the boxes and ensure that the box generated will have an insert to protect the flowers during shipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2007
    Assignee: Alliance Packaging LLC.
    Inventors: Matt Kroeze, George Jamison
  • Patent number: 7007426
    Abstract: A floral product container and method of making the same is disclosed. The floral product container has a back and two sides that define an open top. A front portion of the floral product container is partially, selectively closeable with flaps connected to the two side panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2006
    Assignee: Ohlman Farm and Greenhouse
    Inventors: Lawrence J. Ohlman, III, Lawrence J. Ohlman, Jr., William H. Bettinger
  • Patent number: 7000347
    Abstract: A device and method for preparing a vase or other container to receive a floral arrangement. The device includes a grid cover that is placed around the open end of a vase or similar container. The grid cover has a flat top surface and a peripheral wall that extends downwardly from the edge of the top surface. The grid cover is made of elastomeric material and is initially smaller than the open top of the vase. The grid cover is stretched over the open top of the vase, wherein the peripheral wall of the grid cover passes over the edge of the vase's open top and retains the stretched grid cover element in place. A plurality of openings are distributed throughout the top surface of the grid cover. As the grid cover is stretched over the top of a vase, the openings become positioned across the open top of the vase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2006
    Inventor: Linda Roskin
  • Patent number: 6968948
    Abstract: A sealed container system for packaging and displaying a live plant for sale. The system has a subcontainer that is partially filled with a hydrogel, or has a divider lid that separates the hydrogel from the rest of the container system. A lid covers the subcontainer, where the lid has a tapered or elongate lumen to accommodate the plant roots while preventing the leakage of the hydrogel. The clear or transparent container, with the hydrogel, allows the container to operate as a miniature greenhouse allowing the plant to be displayed for an extended period of time without the need for interventional care by a human.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2005
    Inventor: Walter Scott
  • Patent number: 6915606
    Abstract: The invention concerns a bag for transporting flower bouquets or plants. It comprises a support for receiving the bouquet or the plant, forming the bottom of the bag, and two substantially parallel lateral portions comprising at least one cutout over at least one of the lateral portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2005
    Inventors: Nicole Lantier, Pierre Lantier
  • Patent number: 6907991
    Abstract: The invention concerns a portable packaging device for a floral bouquet, comprising a support element (14) for maintaining the bouquet (12), and a packaging film (16) made of soft material designed to enclose the support element (14). The packaging film (16) is provided with carrier means (18) designed to be fixed when the sheet (16) is laid flat in unfolded state, and to be positioned in a state to be grasped when the sheet (16) encloses the lateral surface of the support element (14). The carrier means (18) are formed by a couple of handles (18a, 18b) fixed to the packaging film (16) with securing members (20a, 20b).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2005
    Inventors: André Charrin, Philippe Charrin
  • Patent number: 6883270
    Abstract: The Christmas tree stand of this invention includes an annular ring base supporting a central upright post having a tree trunk set pin at its bottom end and a transverse opening adjacent its top end for receiving the screw thread end of a screw crank for threading into the side of a tree trunk. The screw crank extends from the screw thread end to an intermediate angular bend which includes an arcuate portion providing an impact anvil aligned with the screw thread for striking by a hammer to set the screw thread into the side of a tree trunk. The screw crank is secured releasably to the ring base for storage, by a socket member secured to the ring base for receiving the screw thread end and by an angular clip member secured to the ring base to capture an intermediate portion of the screw crank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2005
    Inventor: John H. Davis
  • Publication number: 20040200148
    Abstract: A device and method for use in growing, transporting and transplanting aquatic plants. The device includes an open web fibrous strip of water resistant material. When utilized in conjunction with a juvenile water lily or marginal plant, the material is configured as a coil around the roots of a single plant. When utilized in conjunction with “oxygenator” stems or bare root cuttings, the material is configured as a strip folded to enclose multiple cuttings/plants spaced at periodic intervals. Using the present invention, aquatic plant(s) are grown in a soil-less environment, making them lightweight for economically shipping via parcel post and exportable to all states and many foreign countries because they do not contain potentially contaminated soil. A plant grown in the present invention is fully developed and will quickly resume growing once planted in an end user's pond.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2004
    Publication date: October 14, 2004
    Inventors: Brian Schuck, Richard J. Schuck, Stuart Schuck
  • Patent number: 6782659
    Abstract: A flower pot assembly for keeping at least one plant temporarily alive without having to water it, includes a pot permeable to water in which the plant is potted with the required amount of soil, and a container impermeable to water in which the pot is received, so that a space is formed between the pot and the container. A gel formed of a water-absorbing polymer and water at least partially fills the space between the pot and the container. The container and gel are used as a packaging for the potted plant in order to keep this plant alive without having to water it during transport and when put on display for sale.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2004
    Assignee: Russell Weiss
    Inventor: Guy Victor Van Laere
  • Patent number: 6745514
    Abstract: A container for shipping and/or display of flowers includes a watertight or water-resistant inner receptacle for holding flowers and water; an outer shipping and display sleeve which protects the flowers and inner receptacle during shipping and display; and a holding unit which supports the inner receptacle within the outer sleeve at least during shipping. These components may be made of paperboard (e.g., corrugated cardboard) if desired. For shipping, the inner receptacle (with flowers and water) may be placed in the holding unit, which may then be placed in the outer sleeve for shipping purposes. Upon arrival, the holding unit and inner receptacle may be removed from the outer sleeve, which may be converted into a display pedestal for the holding unit and inner receptacle if desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2004
    Inventor: Brian Myrland
  • Patent number: 6694671
    Abstract: A plant container comprising a lower section, an upper section removably securable to said lower section so as to define a cavity therein, said upper section presenting a top opening communicating with said cavity, fastening means associated with said upper and lower sections for fastening said upper section to said lower section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2004
    Inventor: Ronald Vahrmeyer
  • Patent number: 6672002
    Abstract: The technical field of the invention is that of making receptacles, packages, or parcels for living organisms or materials that are sensitive to changes in atmospheric conditions or surroundings, such as cut flowers. The lower portion (31) of a funnel-shaped shell overlies and matches the shape of a top portion (21) of a vase (2) which has the same funnel shape as the lower portion of the shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2004
    Inventor: Marie Gumpper
  • Publication number: 20030145520
    Abstract: The container of the present invention relates to a type of box for containing plant products, especially flowers, for transport, which includes an external box that contains an internal box, which is covered by a thermal wrapper applied by vacuum, with inserts at the ends of the box, which can be taken out of the box, and chemical compounds that prevent the deterioration of the plaint products caused by ethylene emanations and by humidity (caused by cold temperature) in a bag with cooling gel incorporated therein. This container eliminates the need for electromechanical cold chains for express deliveries of plant products.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2002
    Publication date: August 7, 2003
    Inventor: Nicolas Bazzani
  • Patent number: 6595363
    Abstract: A floral shipper comprising an inner container for supporting a floral grouping therein in an upright position and an outer container sized to receive therein the inner container and the upright floral grouping. The outer container has a bottom wall and a plurality of side walls extending upwardly therefrom. At least some of the side walls have a heightened portion that is greater than the height of the inner container and the floral grouping and have disposed therein ventilation openings for allowing air to circulate within the outer container. The ventilation openings are disposed in the at least some of the side walls so that when two or more outer containers are oriented adjacent one another, at least some ventilation openings of one outer container align with the ventilation openings of the adjacent outer container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2003
    Assignee: Professional Package Company
    Inventor: Gerald E. Peters
  • Patent number: 6591550
    Abstract: A floral container including a receptacle that holds a liquid and an insert which supports the floral grouping. The insert is positioned within the receptacle above the bottom wall of the receptacle to define a liquid-holding region. The side walls of the receptacle and the side walls of the insert may define a spill-catching region which communicates with the liquid-holding region of the container to catch displaced liquid if the floral container is tilted. The insert may include a divider positioned to form compartments through which the stems may extend to the liquid-containing region of the receptacle. The floral container may be loaded into an outer container to form a floral shipper and a plurality of these floral shippers may be assembled on a pallet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2003
    Assignee: Professional Package Company
    Inventor: Scott R. Gilbert
  • Patent number: 6581330
    Abstract: Packaging for cut flowers comprises: a rectangular crate (1) with sloping side walls which are provided close to their top walls with a channel (5, 6, 7) that projects outwards and is open at the top, the base of which channel serves to support a foldable rectangular protective tube (2). In order to be able to nest a number of crates (1) deeply into one another without risk of binding, a shoulder (9) is arranged between the top edge of the sloping side walls of the crate and the base (7) or the bottom end of the inner flange (6) of the channel (5, 6, 7) open at the top. Said shoulder can also serve as support for a rectangular presentation collar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2003
    Assignee: Pagter & Partners International B.V.
    Inventors: Joannes Carolus Antonius Helsloot, Janus Adriaan Willem De Pagter
  • Patent number: 6578758
    Abstract: A container for leaf product and other bulk pack materials wherein a blank of corrugated paperboard is scored to define side walls of the container, and a field of passageways are defined in at least one side wall of the container by a conical pin punch-pressed from opposing sides of the blank to define a passageway for communication of moisture from the container to the atmosphere for drying and long term storage of the leaf products. A method of defining passageways in the blank of paperboard is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2003
    Assignee: North American Container Corp.
    Inventors: John M. Grigsby, Jr., Jeffrey C. Banks
  • Patent number: 6553714
    Abstract: A plant container containing side walls extending from a bottom to a top opening so as to define a cavity, the top opening smaller than the bottom; means for introducing seeds of the plant into the cavity from the bottom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2003
    Inventor: Ronald Vahrmeyer
  • Publication number: 20030047474
    Abstract: A flower container in accordance with the invention is characterized by a container shell comprised of a head portion, a base portion, and a connecting trunk portion. The trunk portion defines a plurality of parallel elongate channels, each dimensioned to accommodate one or more flower stems. First ends of the channels open into an upper cavity, defined by the head portion, dimensioned to accommodate flower blooms. Second ends of the channels open into a lower cavity defined by the shell base portion. The lower cavity is useful for accommodating an aqueous gel intended to contact the stem lower ends to nourish the flowers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2001
    Publication date: March 13, 2003
    Inventor: David Dahlson
  • Patent number: 6523740
    Abstract: A floral container which is tapered from a relatively large horizontal cross-section at the upper end of the container to a relatively small horizontal cross-section at the lower end of the container. The container has a pair of forward walls, a pair of rearward walls, and a bottom wall. At least one of the forward walls has a transparent portion adjacent the upper end of the container which constitutes a viewing window for the contents of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2003
    Inventor: Ronald C. Campbell
  • Publication number: 20030033752
    Abstract: A flower pot assembly for keeping at least one plant temporarily alive without having to water it, includes a pot permeable to water in which the plant is potted with the required amount of soil, and a container impermeable to water in which the pot is received, so that a space is formed between the pot and the container. A gel formed of a water-absorbing polymer and water at least partially fills the space between the pot and the container. The container and gel are used as a packaging for the potted plant in order to keep this plant alive without having to water it during transport and when put on display for sale.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2002
    Publication date: February 20, 2003
    Inventor: Guy Victor Van Laere
  • Patent number: 6521307
    Abstract: A substantially flexible, shape-sustaining article having an appearance simulating paper made by forming a flexible, laminated material having a paper-like texture or appearance into a substantially flexible article for receiving an object. The substantially flexible article includes a base having a lower end, an open upper end with an object opening extending therethrough and a decorative border extending outwardly from the open upper end of the base. The lower end of the base of the article may be closed and may also contain a gusset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2003
    Assignee: Southpac Trust International, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald E. Weder
  • Patent number: 6516565
    Abstract: A biodegradable seed pouch having in a preferred embodiment the ability to partially penetrate the ground when delivered by a slow moving airborne system. The pouch is a small package which contains the tree seed or seeds, along with their soil and nutrients. These are contained in a biodegradable skin which is dropped from the slow flying airborne system from altitudes just high enough to avoid contact with the local terrain. The inside of the pouch skin may be coated with a mixture of ground cover seeds and nutrients immersed within a biodegradable adhesive. The pouch, spherical or conical in shape, includes a flared open end formed by constricting the skin. Additionally, contained within the pouch, in a first embodiment, is an elongated member vertically oriented therein, where the lower end is pointed to facilitate penetration of the ground. The upper end is flared essentially laterally to facilitate maintaining the member within said soil and to assist in releasing the skin at impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2003
    Inventor: Raoul G. Fima
  • Publication number: 20030024163
    Abstract: Plants are grown on a growing medium to a seedling stage in which the stems of the plants remain soft and edible. The growing medium is placed in a shallow tray or the shallow bottom of a container. The stems of the plants project upwardly from the growing medium above the tray or into the top portion of the closed container. The tray or container is distributed to consumers while the plants are still in the seedling stage so that both the stems and leaves of the plants are consumable. The shallow tray or bottom portion of the container allows easy snipping of the plant stems for consumption of some of the plants and keeping the rest of the plants in the tray or container for later use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2001
    Publication date: February 6, 2003
    Inventor: David G. Sasuga
  • Publication number: 20020189963
    Abstract: A floral shipping container comprising a base portion, a tube and a lid. The base portion has sidewalls, an upper end, a closed lower end and a retaining space encompassed by the sidewalls, the upper end, and the lower end thereof. The tube is adapted to receive at least one or a plurality of flowers. The tube is supported by the upper end of the base portion such that the tube extends into the retaining space of the base portion. The lid is supported by the base portion such that the lid extends above the upper end of the base portion to encompass the flowers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2002
    Publication date: December 19, 2002
    Inventors: Donald E. Weder, Ole B. Nissen
  • Publication number: 20020179474
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for securing a vase upon a car seat, the apparatus and method including elements and steps of providing a vase holder, the vase holder, having a ceiling panel, including a forward end, a rearward end, a right end, a left end, and a vase receiving aperture, the vase holder further having a front wall panel hingedly attached to the forward end of ceiling panel, a rear wall panel hingedly attached to a rearward end of the ceiling panel, a floor panel hingedly attached to a lower end of the front wall panel, a car seat engaging panel hingedly attached to a rearward end of the rear wall panel, and a tab and slot attachment for connecting the rearward end of the floor panel to the lower end of the rear wall panel; downwardly pivoting the front and rear wall panels; rearwardly pivoting the floor panel; attaching the floor panel to the lower end of the rear panel; inserting the car seat engaging panel into a cleft within the car seat; and, inserting the vase into the vase receiving aperture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2001
    Publication date: December 5, 2002
    Inventors: Deborah Levieux, Robyn Rouse
  • Patent number: 6463697
    Abstract: A floral shipping container comprising a base portion, a tube and a lid. The base portion has sidewalls, an upper end, a closed lower end and a retaining space encompassed by the sidewalls, the upper end, and the lower end thereof. The tube is adapted to receive at least one or a plurality of flowers. The tube is supported by the upper end of the base portion such that the tube extends into the retaining space of the base portion. The lid is supported by the base portion such that the lid extends above the upper end of the base portion to encompass the flowers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2002
    Assignee: Southpac Trust International, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald E. Weder, Ole B. Nissen
  • Patent number: 6453613
    Abstract: A tray is provided for holding a plurality of flower pots during transport and display. The tray includes a supporting structure having an outer periphery and a plurality of pot receiving cavities formed therein. The pot receiving cavities are provided for receiving corresponding flower pots. An edge member extends about and is interconnected to the outer periphery of the support structure for discouraging the flexing of the support structure during transport of the tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2002
    Assignee: Fibreform Containers, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey J. Gratz
  • Patent number: 6451363
    Abstract: This invention relates to a novel method for the storage and transport of fresh fruit, vegetables and cut flowers. More particularly, this invention pertains to a novel method to prolong the postharvest life of such horticultural produce that is packaged in a modified atmosphere by the inclusion of a small amount of nitric oxide gas into the package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2002
    Assignee: The SunBlush Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Perry Lidster, Ron Wills, Miriam O'Donovan
  • Patent number: 6447813
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the in situ manufacture of plant extracts from living plants. Since the plant remains intact, a flower or other component of the plant can be extracted one or more times. Following the extraction process, the plant is typically able to continue with its lifecycle. Such extracts have a variety of uses including use for, but not limited to: herbal and homeopathic medicines, hair and skin treatments, and cosmetics. The present invention also relates to apparatus useful for manufacturing plant extracts from living plants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2002
    Inventor: Brent W. Davis
  • Patent number: 6421959
    Abstract: A flower pot assembly for keeping at least one plant temporarily alive without having to water it, includes a pot permeable to water in which the plant is potted with the required amount of soil, and a container impermeable to water in which the pot is received, so that a space is formed between the pot and the container. A gel formed of a water-absorbing polymer and water at least partially fills the space between the pot and the container. The container and gel are used as a packaging for the potted plant in order to keep this plant alive without having to water it during transport and when put on display for sale.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2002
    Inventor: Guy Victor Van Laere
  • Publication number: 20020092233
    Abstract: A tray is provided for holding a plurality of flower pots during transport and display. The tray includes a supporting structure having an outer periphery and a plurality of pot receiving cavities formed therein. The pot receiving cavities are provided for receiving corresponding flower pots. An edge member extends about and is interconnected to the outer periphery of the support structure for discouraging the flexing of the support structure during transport of the tray.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2001
    Publication date: July 18, 2002
    Inventor: Jeffrey J. Gratz