Patents Examined by Christopher R Demeree
  • Patent number: 11993430
    Abstract: Cardboard packaging for shipping collector cards in protective card holders is disclosed. The cardboard packaging may include a rectangular cardboard section having first and second pluralities of creases. The cardboard section may have a first flap, a central support section and an upper flap defined by the first and second pluralities of creases and opposed ends of the cardboard section. The rectangular section of cardboard may include a rectangular window disposed adjacent the first plurality of creases. The rectangular section of cardboard may also include a tab at one end of the rectangular section of cardboard, which tab may be adapted for engagement with the window when the rectangular section of cardboard is in a closed position in which it is ready for shipping. The cardboard packaging may come in a variety of sizes and configurations depending on the size of the cards and card holders to be shipped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Inventor: Eddie Kalapinski
  • Patent number: 11993431
    Abstract: A box can include a body portion at least partially defining a cavity, the body portion defining a top body end and a bottom body end, the body portion including a plurality of panels, the top body end defining an opening to the cavity; a telescoping panel including an upper telescoping subpanel and a lower telescoping subpanel, the lower telescoping subpanel coupled to the body portion by a top hinge, the upper telescoping subpanel coupled to the lower telescoping subpanel by a telescoping hinge, the lower telescoping subpanel extending into the cavity and positioned in facing engagement with a first panel of the plurality of panels, the upper telescoping subpanel extending across the cavity from the first panel to a second panel of the plurality of panels, the second panel positioned opposite from the first panel; and a bottom portion coupled to the bottom body end by a bottom hinge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Assignee: Pratt Corrugated Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Shifeng Chen, Greg Sollie, Jamie Waltermire
  • Patent number: 11993428
    Abstract: A carton.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Assignee: Inno-Pak, LLC
    Inventor: Steven A. Mayer
  • Patent number: 11987427
    Abstract: A packaging box includes a first pair of side plates facing each other, a second pair of side plates facing each other, an upper plate to close an upper opening of the packaging box, a bottom plate to close a lower opening of the packaging box, a folded inward contact flap, and a holding mechanism. The folded inward contact flap is connected to a lateral side of one of the first pair of side plates and folded at the lateral side to be in contact with one of the second pair of side plates. The holding mechanism holds contact between the folded inward contact flap and the one of the second pair of side plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Tomoaki Arai
  • Patent number: 11987428
    Abstract: A partitioned container having a plurality of individual compartments formed from mated slotted interior panels. One or more exterior panels surround the mated interior panels to form the outside of the partitioned container. The interior panels may include folding tab sections and partitioning sections, and the panels may be mated with one another through a self-locking mechanism. The various panels may be folded about fold lines to permit the assembly to be folded into a substantially flat state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: DRYIP, LLC
    Inventor: D. Rudolph Youell
  • Patent number: 11981491
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein relate to systems, devices, and methods for packaging nutritional supplements. In one aspect, an apparatus can include a housing with a cover. The housing can define a chamber and the cover can move between an open configuration and a closed configuration. A plurality of pouches can be disposed in the chamber, and each pouch from the plurality of pouches can contain a strip having a nutrient disposed therein. In some embodiments, each pouch can contain a single strip. In some embodiments, the housing can be composed of a biodegradable material. In some embodiments, the housing can be composed of paper, cardboard, biodegradable plastic, KAPA® board, polyurethane, poster board, or any combination thereof. In some embodiments, each of the plurality of individual pouches can be composed of polyethylene, polypropylene, polyethylene terephthalate, acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene, polyvinyl chloride, polyamide, polycarbonate, polyoxymethylene, polyurethane, or any combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: Nustrips, Inc.
    Inventor: Viraj Mohan
  • Patent number: 11975897
    Abstract: A box can include a container portion, the container portion defining a top end and a bottom end, the container portion defining a cavity, the container portion including a main panel; and a side panel including a first side subpanel and a second side subpanel, the first side subpanel hingedly coupled to the main panel; and a dividing portion disposed within the cavity, the dividing portion defining a plurality of cells within the cavity, the dividing portion including a first dividing wing coupled to the first side subpanel; and a second dividing wing coupled to the second side subpanel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2023
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignee: Pratt Corrugated Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Shifeng Chen, Greg Sollie, Jamie Waltermire
  • Patent number: 11975910
    Abstract: An insulation wrap includes an insulation batt defining a top end and a bottom end, the insulation batt defining an inner side and an outer side; a wrap liner blank including an inner portion extending across a first panel and a second panel of the wrap liner blank, the inner side of the insulation batt positioned facing the inner portion; a ledge portion extending across the first panel and the second panel of the wrap liner blank, the ledge portion hingedly coupled to the inner portion by an inner hinge, the top end of the insulation batt positioned facing the ledge portion; and an outer portion extending across the first panel and the second panel of the wrap liner blank, the outer portion hingedly coupled to the ledge portion by a ledge hinge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2023
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignee: Pratt Retail Specialties, LLC
    Inventors: Greg Sollie, Jamie Waltermire, Shifeng Chen, Markel Graham
  • Patent number: 11970316
    Abstract: An enclosable and stackable container comprising a tray and lid is provided with structural elements to permit rapid covering and uncovering of the tray, efficient stacking of containers, and safe transportation. At least one catching mechanism may be engaged quickly to securely cover the tray and its food contents and disengaged quickly to uncover the tray and its food contents, improving food hygiene practices. Foldable flange flaps enhance stacking strength to permit safe transportation of stacked containers and their food contents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Inventors: David Chapman, Elton Ross Farren, Pascale Didit Grenier, Daniel Albert McCallie, Mark Steven Smith
  • Patent number: 11970318
    Abstract: A container can include a plurality of side panels defining an interior space, and an inner partition member disposed at least partially within the interior space. The inner partition member can be configured to be at least partially conformal with the plurality of side panels in a first position, and to form one or more partitions dividing the interior space in at least a second position. In certain embodiments, only a portion of the inner partition member can be attached to an interior surface of the plurality of side panels such that the inner partition member can be configured to be moved between the first position and at least the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Assignee: WestRock Shared Services, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey S. James, Chad Rebmann
  • Patent number: 11964802
    Abstract: A package includes a structure and a handle structure portion. The structure constitutes a housing space to house a packaged object. The handle structure portion is disposed in the structure, formed by a perforated line, and lifted from the structure. The perforated line includes a cut portion, a connecting portion, and a notched cut line. The notched cut line is provided with respect to a central reference line that is an axis of symmetry of the handle structure portion. The notched cut line includes a base portion and a leading end. The notched cut line is included within a range closer to the boundary point than a center line of the connecting portion parallel to the lifting direction of the handle structure portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Shinya Suehiro
  • Patent number: 11964807
    Abstract: Packaging may include a base box and a lid having a tamper-evident seal. The tamper-evident seal may include a paper substrate having a first adhesive portion configured to attach to a side panel of the base box, a second adhesive portion configured to attach to a second side panel of the lid. The first and second adhesive portions may be disposed on opposing sides of the paper substrate, and a tab configured to be accessible on an exterior of a package when the tamper-evident seal is applied may be a part of the paper substrate. When the tab is pulled with sufficient force, the paper substrate tears such that the first adhesive portion and the second adhesive portion remain fixed to the first and second side panels, respectively, while the remainder of the paper substrate tears free so that the packaging may be opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Amanda Y. Lin, David Samuel Kumka, Bartley K. Andre, Abidur Rahman Chowdhury, Wei Dai, Isaac Hayes, Geng Luo
  • Patent number: 11952182
    Abstract: A system for addition to a box for transporting hot food includes a sheet of paper having a fold at a midpoint defining a top sheet and a bottom sheet, the top sheet having a length and a width equal to an interior of the box, such that the top sheet fits within the box without being folded, the bottom sheet having a length and a width longer than the interior of the box, such that when the bottom sheet is placed within the interior of the box, edges of the bottom sheet are configured to extend upwards along sides of the interior of the box, a second fold defining a strip of paper above the top sheet, a food-safe laminate coating on an interior surface of the top and bottom sheets, wherein said coating has heat reflecting characteristics and oil-resistant characteristics, and orifices in the top sheet for allowing moisture to escape therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Inventor: Paul J Forsberg
  • Patent number: 11953262
    Abstract: A recyclable, thermally insulated shipping container is entirely constructed from organic fiber materials in such a manner that the container is curbside recyclable without separation of component materials. The container includes a corrugated cardboard outer box having a bottom wall, a plurality of sidewalls and a top wall, a corrugated cardboard inner liner assembly comprising a corrugated cardboard inner box having a bottom wall and a plurality of sidewalls, and a corrugated cardboard lid assembly. The outer box, inner liner assembly and lid assembly cooperate to create a plurality of thermally insulated cavities which are filled and uniformly packed with predetermined volumes of loose-fill cellulose (organic fiber) insulation to create a predetermined insulating value. The container provides a fully insulated six-sided product cavity to receive a temperature-controlled product. A portion of the product cavity may be filled with a PCM or other thermal media to provide a consistent temperature profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: Packaging Technology Group, LLC
    Inventors: William C. Blezard, Thomas Lawlor, Kyle Phalen
  • Patent number: 11952181
    Abstract: A tray for holding at least one food product includes a plurality of panels extending at least partially around an interior of the tray, the plurality of panels including a bottom panel, a front panel, a back panel, and at least one side panel, and a plurality of end flaps including a plurality of top end flaps cooperating to form a rim extending from the plurality of panels, each top end flap of the plurality of top end flaps foldably connected to an adjacent top end flap of the plurality of top end flaps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, LLC
    Inventor: John Murdick Holley, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11945627
    Abstract: A blank can include a first end panel; a first main panel joined to and extending from the first end panel; a second main panel connected to the first main panel; a second end panel joined to and extending from the second main panel; an inside end panel connected to the second main panel; and a locking tab extending from and separable from the first main panel, passable through a first opening defined between the second end panel and the inside end panel, and engageable with a locking opening separate from the first opening and defined in the blank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: Pratt Corrugated Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Kendrick Michael Borst, Sr., Robert F. Humberstone
  • Patent number: 11939120
    Abstract: A collapsible and self-erecting polyhedron system is provided. The system includes a collapsible and self-erecting box. The box comprises cardboard and includes outer surfaces upon which images (e.g., photographic reproductions), graphics, and text are printed to provide a three-dimensional greeting card. The three-dimensional greeting card (the box) is collapsed and placed into an envelope, and upon being removed from the envelope, automatically self-erects providing a fun and exciting experience. Confetti also is included within the box that is ejected during the box self-erecting, thereby providing even more enjoyment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: MAKE IT MINE LLC
    Inventor: Vincent Wang
  • Patent number: 11932472
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate to a carrier (90) for packaging a plurality of flanged articles, a blank (10) for forming the carrier. The carrier comprises a composite wall formed from two at least partially overlapping layers (12,20), including an inner layer (20) and an outer layer (12). The carrier further comprises a keel structure (70) folded into an interior of the carrier. The keel structure has an inner member (60) formed from the inner layer and an outer member (50) formed from the outer layer. The inner and outer members are hingedly connected to a respective one of the inner and outer layers along inner (61) and outer (51) fold lines respectively. The inner and outer fold lines are generally aligned in the direction of the thickness of the inner and outer layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: WestRock Packaging Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Patrick Blin
  • Patent number: 11932461
    Abstract: A sheet packaging material for producing a sealed package containing a food product, comprising crease lines that have sections that are angled towards each other such that at least two sides panels of the sealed package are given a trapezoidal shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: TETRA LAVAL HOLDINGS & FINANCE S.A.
    Inventors: Nicola Garuti, Marcello Barbieri
  • Patent number: 11932467
    Abstract: A cover for at least partially overlying a tray holding one or more containers includes a central panel, at least one end flap foldably connected to the central panel, and at least one attachment flap foldably connected to the central panel, the at least one attachment flap includes a base portion and an attachment portion separably connected to the base portion, the attachment portion for being attached to a portion of the tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, LLC
    Inventor: Robert Ackroyd