Patents Examined by Gary E. Elkins
  • Patent number: 8146796
    Abstract: A cardboard container for drinks and a process for making it is provided. The container has a perimetral wall (2) and a bottom wall and includes elements (4) for supporting another such container (1) nested inside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Seda S.p.A.
    Inventor: Gianfranco D'Amato
  • Patent number: 8011567
    Abstract: Cartons have dispenser sections that when opened, allow easy access to containers or other articles stored within the carton. The cartons can be configured to allow placement on a door shelf or other shelf within a refrigerator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick James DeBusk, Raymond Rudolph Spivey, Sr., Robert L. Sutherland
  • Patent number: 8011568
    Abstract: A board tray, a method for manufacturing a board tray and a tray blank from which the board tray is manufactured, said board tray containing side walls and a bottom wall made of a board layer provided on at least one surface thereof with a plastic coating, wherein areas of reduced thickness are formed in the board layer whereby portions of the plastic layer which have been melted and are disposed adjacent to areas of reduced thickness are compressed into such areas forming double-folded linear plastic compressions which seal on themselves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Stora Enso Oyj
    Inventors: Paivi Maeaettae, Risto Vesanto, Panu Tanninen, Petri Laakso, Jari Hovikorpi
  • Patent number: 8011566
    Abstract: A hinged lid structure is provided that is configured for attachment to a paperboard receptacle. The lid structure includes a tamper evident shield structure that requires breaking at least a portion of the shield structure away to effect exposure of a portion of the lid structure to a user to effect opening of the lid structure. The lid structure also includes a plurality of peripherally spaced apart webs for providing structural rigidity to the lid structure and therefore additional strength the upper open end of the receptacle it is attached to.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Huhtamaki, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald D. Robertson, Michael Liming
  • Patent number: 8011564
    Abstract: A carton having a dispensing opening. The carton can be formed from a paperboard blank so it has six corners and two corner panels and has perforations formed therein to provide an easy opening feature for dispensing product. In addition, the formed carton has improved stacking strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Georgia-Pacific Corrugated LLC
    Inventor: Chester Garner
  • Patent number: 8002170
    Abstract: A dual-ovenable container is formed from a blank of laminate material that includes a paperboard layer sandwiched between outer heat-sealable layers of amorphous polyester or heat-sealable cellophane. The blank is wrapped into a tubular or conical configuration and opposite edges of the blank form a lap joint at which the edges are heat-sealed together to form a container body. End closures can then be applied to the ends of the container body. The laminate is heat-sealable to itself, is able to withstand heating/cooking conditions in both conventional and microwave ovens, and has a low oxygen permeability. The edge of the blank exposed to contents of the container can be wrapped by a sideseam tape in order to protect the edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Sonoco Development, Inc.
    Inventors: Sabrina Dixon-Garrett, Elizabeth Rhue
  • Patent number: 7992764
    Abstract: The invention relates to a folding carton for the preservation and for the transport of goods with a reduced complexity, comprising a front wall element, a rear wall element, side wall elements connected to the front wall element and to the rear wall element by fold lines, a lid connected to the front wall element by a fold line, a base connected to at least one of the front wall element, the rear wall element and the side wall elements by a fold line and a separation flap element connected to one of the rear wall element and the side wall elements by a fold line, wherein the separation flap element comprises a plurality of flap sections, the flap sections by folding being arranged relative to each other in such a way that at least three compartments are formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Nokia Corporation
    Inventor: Birgir Magnusson
  • Patent number: 7992766
    Abstract: A paper cup with a hand grip has a cylindrical cup body with an open upper end to accommodate beverages and a hand grip attached to an outer wall of the cup body and a pair of ring-shaped portions. The ring-shaped portions are symmetrically disposed on right and left ends of the contact portion and each include a through hole through which a user puts a finger when grasping the hand grip. The ring-shaped portions are movable between a first position where they are attached to the outer wall of the cup body and a second position where the ring-shaped portions face each other. In this way the paper cup can be stably and conveniently grasped to prevent a beverage in the paper cup from being shaken and overflowing, even when a hot or cold beverage is filled in the paper cup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Inventor: Mi Soo Seo
  • Patent number: 7988034
    Abstract: A container of the present invention is designed for shipping and holding various items. The container is formed from a blank of a material, such as corrugated material, plastic, paperboard, etc. and includes side panels extending between a top portion and a bottom portion. A tear line extends around the side panels for disengaging the top portion from the container thereby exposing all of the items extending along the side panels. An improved configuration of the perforations or slits along the tear line prevents the corners defined between the side panels from being damaged and deformed and provides for smooth tearing of the tear line from the container. A second tear section is defined in the a portion of the container by a perforation line with the tear section being separable from the top portion thereby partially exposing the items contained in the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: Kellogg Company
    Inventor: Paul Pezzoli
  • Patent number: 7984846
    Abstract: A process for producing a cup made of a paper material and comprising a fillable interior is described. A sleeve forming the interior is attached in an essentially liquid-tight manner to a wall of a pot-shaped bottom by means of the forming of a bottom skirt. In joining the sleeve to the bottom, two height areas of the wall of the pot-shaped bottom are provided. The wall of the pot-shaped bottom is joined only to a first height area of the sleeve, which is referred to as the fixed area of the bottom skirt. A second height area remains, in which the wall of the pot-shaped bottom is not attached to the sleeve, and which is referred to as the non-attached area of the bottom skirt. The bottom skirt can be widened subsequently in the non-attached area in at least one area along the periphery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2011
    Assignee: PTM Packaging Tools Machinery Pte.
    Inventors: Uwe Messerschmid, Werner Stahlecker
  • Patent number: 7984845
    Abstract: A packaging container is used to package a regulated fluid dispensing system including a regulated fluid dispensing device and a beverage container. The packaging includes carry handles, and a perforation pattern that allows a front panel of the packaging container to be removed thus exposing working parts of the dispensing device. The dispensing system may remain housed within the packaging during use that assists in stabilizing and protecting the dispensing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2011
    Assignee: MillerCoors, LLC
    Inventor: Jason Morgan Kelly
  • Patent number: 7984842
    Abstract: A megaphone popcorn cup is provided. The cup includes a first end, which is open to an interior of the cup, and a second end, which has a smaller diameter than the first end. The cup has a side wall with overlapping first and second side edges that are attached to one another. An end cap at least partially seals the second end. The end cap is vertically offset from the second end toward the first end and is formed with the side wall as a single, continuous piece of material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2011
    Inventor: Jon A. Richie
  • Patent number: 7984844
    Abstract: A carton for holding a dispensable material. The carton has a dispenser panel including a spout for dispensing the material. An outer spout panel overlaps the spout in the dispenser panel and is at least partially detachable from the dispenser panel to facilitate opening the spout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2011
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Edward W. Jones
  • Patent number: 7980450
    Abstract: A disposable servingware container press-formed from paperboard includes (a) a bottom panel; (b) an annular transition portion; and (c) an outer portion extending upwardly and outwardly with respect to the transition portion, the container having an outer surface and an inner surface distal to the outer surface, the inner surface being adapted as a serving surface. The paperboard is infused with a wax composition on one side thereof in an amount of at least 3 lbs of wax per 3000 ft2 ream such that the paperboard is partially saturated with wax and has a wax-enriched layer proximate one side thereof and a layer undersaturated with wax proximate the other side thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Dixie Consumer Products LLC
    Inventors: Dean P. Swoboda, Thomas W. Zelinski
  • Patent number: 7980453
    Abstract: The present invention is a handled container for retail products. The handled container defines an upper opening wherein a first upper panel and a second upper panel together cover a substantial portion of the upper opening. The second upper panel is provided with a pair of substantially parallel cuts extending across the second upper panel to define a handle in the second upper panel. A first upper panel is shaped such that it provides access to the handle when the first upper panel is positioned above the second upper panel and both are in the closed position to substantially seal the handled container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Poly-America, L.P.
    Inventor: George M. Hall
  • Patent number: 7980454
    Abstract: The present invention provides a container configured to selectively enclose multiple food products, including: a tray including a first side wall, a second side wall, a front wall, a back wall, a bottom, and an internal wall disposed between the first side wall and the second side wall, wherein the first side wall, the second side wall, the front wall, the back wall, the bottom, and the internal wall disposed between the first side wall and the second side wall collectively define a first compartment configured to hold a first food product and a second compartment configured to hold a second food product; and a unified cover including a first side wall, a second side wall, a front wall, a back wall, and a top, wherein the first side wall, the second side wall, the front wall, the back wall, and the top are substantially coextensive with the tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Paris Packaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Jack Burton, Karl Merkley, Lynn English
  • Patent number: 7980452
    Abstract: The present invention provides a container configured to selectively enclose a food product or the like, including: a tray including a first side wall, a second side wall, a front wall, a back wall, and a bottom that collectively define a compartment configured to hold a food product or the like, wherein the first side wall and the second side wall each include an enlarged flap; and a tapered cover including a first side wall, a second side wall, a front wall, a back wall, and a tapered top, wherein the first side wall, the second side wall, the front wall, the back wall, and the top are substantially coextensive with the tray, and wherein the first side wall and the second side wall each include an enlarged flap that is configured and positioned to interlock with the corresponding enlarged flap of the first side wall and the second side wall of the tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Paris Packaging, Inc.
    Inventor: Jack Burton
  • Patent number: 7975905
    Abstract: A thermal insulating liner for a container lid has a top sheet and a bottom sheet spaced by a core. The bottom sheet has an exterior metal foil layer. A side edge-to-side edge transverse cut line extends through the bottom sheet proximate each of two opposed ends of the liner. The liner has reduced thickness end margins extending between each said side edge-to-side edge transverse cut line and each of the opposed ends. A die to make the lid liner has a central well and, proximate each end of the die, an upward step to a land with an inside edge of the step having a ramp surface. A first cutting blade protrudes upwardly from the land and a second cutting blade protrudes upwardly above the land at each end of the die and above the level of the first cutting blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Fresh Bailiwick Inc.
    Inventors: Gary W. Humphries, Alan W. McKinnon
  • Patent number: 7971774
    Abstract: A drinking apparatus comprising a base and a sheet having a first end and a second end. The sheet is rolled to exhibit an inner side and a predefined perimeter, such that the first end is adhesively attached to the inner side of the rolled sheet, and such that the second end protrudes outwardly from the predefined perimeter of the rolled sheet. The rolled sheet is adhesively attached to the base to form an impervious cup. The second end comprises an operationally separable spoon-like stirrer, the spoon-like stirrer comprising an elongated end and a broadened end. Separating the operationally separable spoon-like stirrer leaves a hollow in the second end. The hollow is arranged to operationally serve as a handle to the impervious cup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Inventors: Ofir Yaloz, Ilan Shaya, Idan Azulay
  • Patent number: 7971773
    Abstract: A carton for containing a dispensable material. The carton has a plurality of panels that extends at least partially around an interior of the carton. The plurality of panels comprises at least a first panel and a second panel foldably connected to the first panel at a fold line. A spout is at least partially formed in the first panel and the second panel. The spout is moveable between a closed position substantially preventing the removal of the dispensable material from the carton and an open position allowing removal of the dispensable material from the carton. The spout comprises a first spout panel formed from a portion of the first panel and a second spout panel formed from a portion of the second panel. The second spout panel is foldably connected to the first spout panel at at least a portion of the fold line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: Graphic Packing International, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd A. Wagner, Sean Alan Moss