Patents Examined by Christopher Demeree
  • Patent number: 10329048
    Abstract: A stackable paperboard container is provided and includes a bottom panel, a pair of side panels, a pair of end panels, a pair of side flaps, and a pair of top walls. The pair of side panels extend from the bottom panel and are foldable about a side panel fold line. The pair of end panels extend from the bottom panel and are foldable about an outer end fold line. Each side flap extends from one of a pair of side panels and is foldable about a side flap fold line. Each top wall extends from one of pair of end panels and is foldable about a top wall fold line. Each top wall includes a wall section, a pair of top wall flaps, each top wall flap extending from one side of the wall section and foldable about by a top flap fold line, and a pair of bottom locking tabs, wherein each bottom locking tab extends from each of the pair of top wall flaps along a locking tab fold line and is insertable into a bottom tab slot of the bottom panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: JAJAC, Ltd.
    Inventors: J. David Nelson, Edwin Schimmel, Kevin Grubbs
  • Patent number: 10293971
    Abstract: A reclosable carton has a releasable closure, with one portion of the closure adhered to a wall of the carton body, and a mating portion of the closure adhered to a flange of a lid of the carton, such that the closure portions overlap with the lid closed. Each closure portion has an exposed surface defining a series of tapered ridges, each formed as a row of tapered scallops, spaced apart in a box lid closing direction, such that the ridges of one closure portion sequentially engage the ridges of the other closure portion as the lid is closed, to hold the lid in its closed position. The closure is subsequently released by flexure of the carton body or lid to separate the engaged ridges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Velcro BVBA
    Inventor: Arjan van Waarden
  • Patent number: 10287076
    Abstract: A drinking straw wrapper comprises an upper portion and a lower portion detachably engaged with the upper portion. The upper and lower portions are collectively configured to enclose a drinking straw. Detachment of the upper portion from the lower portion creates an opening in the upper portion and an opening in the lower portion, with the opening in the upper portion being substantially wider than the opening in the lower portion so as to facilitate replacement of the upper portion on a top of the straw after its initial removal therefrom. The upper portion may be formed from a first material and the lower portion formed from a second material different than the first material. Alternatively, the upper portion may be formed from a material having a first thickness and the lower portion formed from a same material but having a second thickness that is less than the first thickness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventor: Janet A. Ryan
  • Patent number: 10279981
    Abstract: A reusable shipping box with a shipping container state and a compacted state is disclosed. The reusable shipping box may comprise a lid that seals the shipping box, a base, and a set of four sidewalls. The shipping box may also comprises a zipper that: (i) zips down from the lid to the base between two adjacent sidewalk in the set of four sidewalls; (ii) is closed in the shipping container state; and (iii) is open in the compacted state. The shipping box may also comprises a cavity that is: (i) surrounded by the set of four sidewalls, the lid, and the base in the shipping container state; (ii) accessible via the lid when the shipping box is open; and (iii) collapsed in the compacted state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Returnity Innovations, Inc.
    Inventors: Mitchell E. Barlas, Thomas Bilodeau
  • Patent number: 10279951
    Abstract: A carton (90) for packaging one or more articles (A) includes a plurality of panels (12, 14, 16, 18) for forming a tubular structure. The plurality of panels include a top panel (16) and a pair of first and second opposed side panels (14, 18) hingedly connected to first and second opposite sides of the top panel respectively. The first and second side panels include first and second corner edges (C2, C1) respectively which are free of hinged connection to any other part of the carton. The first and second corner edges extend from the first and second sides of the top panel respectively. The carton includes a first severance line (70) extending from the first corner and a second severance line (78) extending from the second corner edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: WestRock Packaging Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Bradford J. Walling, Caleb S. Loftin
  • Patent number: 10259610
    Abstract: Embodiments of foldable containers, such as foldable produce containers, and related sheets and methods. In some embodiments, a container may comprise a first side panel comprising a first locking tab and a rollover flap. The rollover flap is configured to be folded with respect to the first side panel to expose the first locking tab. The first side panel further comprises a clearance aperture, wherein the first locking tab is positioned within the clearance aperture such that the clearance aperture provides spacing between the first locking tab and the rollover flap. The container may further comprise a first top panel comprising a slot for receiving the first locking tab. The first top panel may further comprise a first locking flap configured to extend adjacent to an exterior surface of the container to secure the first top panel in a closed position to at least partially enclose the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Inteplast Group Corporation
    Inventor: Gregory A. Carman
  • Patent number: 10259611
    Abstract: A carton for packaging one or more articles includes a plurality of panels for forming a top wall, a base wall, a first side wall and a second side wall. The carton includes an access structure for dispensing the one or more articles. The access structure includes a first detachable section, defined by a first series of frangible connections, and a second detachable section, defined by a second series of frangible connections. The first detachable section and second detachable section share a common portion of one of the plurality of panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: WestRock Packaging Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Michael J. Grace, Kelly A. Harrigan, Matthew E. Zacherle, Brandon L. Ramsuer
  • Patent number: 10246216
    Abstract: The package includes a front panel, a back panel opposing the front panel, the back panel defining at least one first cut line in a semi-circular shape at an upper portion of the back panel, a bottom panel forming a lower end of the package, a first side panel forming a first side of the package, a second side panel forming a second side of the package, and an upper panel forming a top end of the package. The first cut line is configured to form a tear line on an outermost surface of the package, the tear line being configured to be torn to open the top end of the package. The blank is capable of being assembled into the package. The method includes providing a blank, and assembling the package from the blank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: ALTRIA CLIENT SERVICES, LLC
    Inventor: Scott A. Fath
  • Patent number: 10246234
    Abstract: A packaging sheet for wrapping an article or object, providing structure around the article or object, or forming a box. The packaging sheet includes first, second, third, fourth, and fifth panels, the second panel being connected to the first panel, the third panel being connected to the first panel opposite the second panel, the fourth panel being connected to the second panel opposite the first panel, and the fifth panel being connected to the third panel opposite the first panel. The packaging sheet also includes first, second, third, and fourth flaps connected to the first, second, third and fourth panels, respectively. In some embodiments, a first edge is defined between the third and fifth panels so that the fifth panel is adjoined to the third panel along the first edge, and the fifth panel defines second and third edges along which no flaps are adjoined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: FIVE LITTLE PRINCES DEVELOPMENT, LLC
    Inventors: Jennifer Prince, Kenneth B. Prince
  • Patent number: 10246236
    Abstract: An insulated container may include a rigid container surrounding an insulation layer formed from a post-industrial, pre-consumer card waste. The insulation layer may be characterized by a lack of any wrapping material. The insulation layer may be manufactured using a variety of converting processes including, carding, airlay, and needle punch to form a non-woven material for providing consistent density throughout the insulation layer. The insulation layer may include a natural fiber lamination layer on an outer surface of the insulation layer. The insulation layer may be biodegradable in an anaerobic environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: MENZEL DIVERSIFIED ENTERPRISES
    Inventor: Robert William Menzel, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10239654
    Abstract: A packing box includes first and second sidewall parts spaced apart and facing each other, first and second connecting parts, a third connecting part attaching the second connecting part to the first sidewall part, a bottom part connecting lower portions of the first and second sidewall parts and the first and second connecting parts, and a top part facing the bottom part and connecting upper portions of the first and second sidewall parts and the first and second connecting parts to form a receiving space. The top part includes first to fourth upper paperboards folded and extended from the upper portions of the first and second sidewall parts and the first and second connecting parts to form a handle, and a fifth upper paperboard folded from the third connecting part and disposed under the first to fourth upper paperboards to prevent withdrawal of contents from the receiving space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: YUHA PRINTING & PACKAGING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jae Hyun Choi, Beak Jin Kim, Ji Hun Jeong, Eun Jeong Kim
  • Patent number: 10239651
    Abstract: A carton for holding at least one article includes a plurality of panels that extends at least partially around an interior of the carton. The plurality of panels includes a front panel, a first side panel, a second side panel, and a back panel. A plurality of end flaps includes a first end flap foldably connected to the front panel and a second end flap foldably connected to the back panel. A first gusset is foldably connected to a portion of the first side panel and a second gusset is foldably connected to a portion of the second side panel. At least the first end flap, the first gusset, and the second gusset cooperate to form a first closure of the carton, and the second end flap forms a second closure of the carton. The second closure at least partially overlaps the first closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, LLC
    Inventors: Dana Exner, Gary Lenkeit
  • Patent number: 10239649
    Abstract: A double container includes: an inner container having a cylindrical barrel portion the upper circumferential edge of which is formed to have a curled portion, and a bottom portion provided on a lower end of the barrel portion so as to close the lower face thereof; and a exterior sleeve) which covers the barrel portion, and is secured thereto, so as to form a thermal insulating space between itself and the outer side of the barrel portion. The outer surface of the barrel portion of inner container is provided over the entire circumference thereof with a plurality of elongated projections, which consist of thermoplastic resin, arranged in a row and spaced apart in the circumferential direction, the projections extending in elongated fashion circumferentially and each having an amount of projection of 1.0 to 2.0 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tatsuya Tomioka, Sunao Murata
  • Patent number: 10239652
    Abstract: Disclosed is a glove container that comprises a top portion, bottom portion, first and second side portions, and first and second end portions. When one of the end portions is torn away to reveal the contents of the container, at least one tab or flap containing visual indicia that indicates a characteristic of the contents of a container will remain attached to the container. The visual indicia may convey information such as the size or material of the gloves. The container is deemed particularly to suitable for use in emergency vehicles, where glove boxes are often stored in compartments with the end being exposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Medline Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Vanderhulst, Jerome Shurell, Danielle Carlin, Brianna Nelson, Reena Fernandes
  • Patent number: 10232976
    Abstract: A carton for holding at least one article includes a dispenser that includes a dispenser feature and at least two first panels extending at least partially around an interior of the dispenser. The carton also includes a sleeve including at least two second panels extending at least partially around an interior of the sleeve. The interior of the sleeve at least partially receives the dispenser, and the dispenser is in slidable engagement with the sleeve and is moveable between a first position in which the dispenser feature is inaccessible and a second position in which the dispenser feature is accessible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, LLC
    Inventor: Paul Waddington
  • Patent number: 10227169
    Abstract: Containers for baked goods such as cookies may include liners and bags. A liner may be formed from paperboard and include an enclosure that is defined by a plurality of panels. A lower portion of a baked good or another food product may be received within the enclosure, and an upper portion of the baked good may extend above the enclosure and be visibly supported by one or the panels. The liner may have dimensions that are selected to standardize the size of a baked good, and may be inserted into an appropriately sized bag that may be folded over the liner or otherwise sealed. The enclosure of the liner enables the baked good to be presented vertically on a shelf, rather than horizontally, and in series with other baked goods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Gordon Mueller, Herman Hou Meng Chan, Sigifredo Carriedo Nunez, Shannon Quek
  • Patent number: 10226909
    Abstract: A moisture resistant poultry box having a composite structure with a fluted paper medium, a top backing board assembly secured to one side of the fluted medium and a bottom backing board assembly secured to the other side of the fluted medium. The backing board assemblies and the fluted medium are impregnated with a hydrogenated triglyceride, and each backing board assembly has PET film glued thereto covering an outside surface to provide moisture resistant recyclable poultry box so that it has a Cobb value ranging between about 0 to about 1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: INDEVCO PLASTICS, INC.
    Inventors: Neemat Frem, Rabih Osta, Elie Njeim, Sylvain Seif
  • Patent number: 10220976
    Abstract: A carton includes an outer shell (102) defining an interior space with upper and lower tiers. A divider (120) is disposed at least in part in the outer shell dividing between the upper and lower tiers. A tear strip (118) defined in the outer shell operatively connecting an upper portion of the outer shell to a lower portion thereof. The upper portion defines a six-sided structure, a bottom side of which includes the divider. The upper portion is configured to be removed from the lower portion by lifting the upper portion after the tear strip is activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: WestRock Packaging Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Matthew E. Zacherle
  • Patent number: 10220975
    Abstract: Containers for column or cross stacking and related methods. In some embodiments, the top wall of the container may comprise a first plurality of vent openings and the bottom wall may comprise a second plurality of vent openings. One or more of the first plurality of vent openings is configured to be aligned with one or more of a plurality of vent openings formed in a bottom wall of an adjacent container positioned above the container in a column-stacked configuration, and one or more of the first plurality of vent openings is configured to be aligned with one or more of the plurality of vent openings of the adjacent container in a cross-stacked configuration. Various stacking tabs/openings may also be provided, which may be configured to facilitate either cross or column stacking, as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Inteplast Group Corporation
    Inventor: Gregory A. Carman
  • Patent number: 10220588
    Abstract: A foldable container moveable between a stowed configuration and a deployed configuration defining an interior area for holding bulk material is provided. The container includes opposed side panels and a bottom flap extending from a bottom edge of each side panel. A tab member extends from a distal end of each bottom flap and a tab finger extends from each tab member so as to define a hook at a distal end of each bottom flap. The hooks are interconnected so as to hingedly connect the distal ends of the bottom flaps together, thereby causing the bottom flaps to rotate between their respective stowed and deployed configuration positions as the end panels are translated between their respective stowed and deployed configuration positions. Locking tabs extending from distal ends of end flaps extend into the interior area of the container to secure the container in the deployed configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Innovative Design Concepts, Inc.
    Inventor: Ted E. Wiley