Patents Examined by Gary E. Elkins
  • Patent number: 7850064
    Abstract: A container is adapted to transport food or other articles. The container includes a floor, two side walls, a front end closure coupled to the side walls, and a rear end closure coupled to the side walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: TIN Inc.
    Inventor: Michael B. McLeod
  • Patent number: 7845595
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an aerial delivery system that provides for the controlled delivery of items from an aircraft into a selected drop zone. In accordance with the present invention, the aerial delivery system includes a base and a sidewall arrangement adjacent the base. The sidewall arrangement generally acts as a sleeve defining an inner volume. Within the inner volume is a tray or cassette configured to be moveable within the inner volume. Adjacent the sidewall arrangement opposite the base is a top cover. The top cover is generally oversized relative to the shape defined by the sidewall arrangement. A plurality of straps connects the top cover, sidewall arrangement and, optionally, the material within the inner volume. The aerial delivery system is activated by an air stream that catches the oversized top cover, forcing the separation between the top cover and the other portions of the aerial delivery system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Assignee: Caylym Technologies International, LLC
    Inventor: Richard V. Goddard
  • Patent number: 7841511
    Abstract: A carton has an auto bottom that securely closes the bottom of the carton. A reinforcing blank may be provided in the interior of the carton.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: James C. Fogle
  • Patent number: 7841512
    Abstract: A container comprises a knockdown carton made from a flat blank of corrugated material, and a knockdown lid. The carton comprises a center panel, foldable end panels, foldable side panels, and foldable corner panels. A pair of diametrically opposed corner panels are folded inwardly into contact with opposed end panels. The end panels comprise rectangular cutout holes surrounding foldable flaps. The lid has a central panel that is divided from integral end panels and integral side panels. A lid side panel extending vertically downwardly is coupled to the carton. Lid end panels have elliptical orifices that register with carton cutout regions and adjoining slots that align with handle anchor orifices. An alternative lid has flaps comprising major and minor segments separated by a diagonal fold line. The minor segment has an apex that releasably biases the flap in engagement with the end panel, yieldably locking the lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Assignee: Wes Pak, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank E. Westerman, Frank G. Westerman
  • Patent number: 7837090
    Abstract: A folded product container provides the benefit of reduced cost of a container formed from a single sheet of material that is folded to produce the container without requiring gluing. The novel configuration of the folded container provides four triangular cross-section column walls at the four corners of the container that reinforce the container for stacking, while still allowing display of products in the container through a top opening and front and rear openings of the stacked containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: Supply One Rockwell, Inc.
    Inventor: Myron E. Bostian
  • Patent number: 7837089
    Abstract: A box includes an outer shell surrounding an inner sleeve having spaced apart first and second sleeve side walls attached to a sleeve bottom wall. A split sleeve top wall spaced apart from sleeve bottom wall defines spaced apart first and second open ends therebetween. Split sleeve top wall includes first and second sleeve sections separated by a sleeve split. Outer shell includes first and second shell side walls attached to a shell bottom wall and covering first and second open ends of inner sleeve. A shell top wall spaced apart from shell bottom wall includes first and second shell sections separated by a shell split substantially perpendicular to sleeve split. Flanges extend from shell top and bottom walls and first and second shell side walls along and bonded to outside surfaces of the sleeve side walls. The shell and sleeve are constructed from shell and sleeve blanks respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: International Paper
    Inventor: Lee James Pacheco
  • Patent number: 7832624
    Abstract: A pull type packing box comprises inner and outer containers. The outer container is a tube type box for receiving the inner container like a drawer. The outer container is provided with handles and performs the function of a shopping bag. As the outer container partially exposes a head portion of the inner container, a user can grasp the head portion to open the inner container, and information about an article can be printed on the exposed head portion. The strength of the mouth part of the outer container is increased so that the mouth part does not bend and the outer appearance of the packing box is not deteriorated. The outer container generates appropriate frictional force so that the drawer is not excessively opened and closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: Hanjin Printing & Chemical Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Seung-oh Kong
  • Patent number: 7832623
    Abstract: A carton particularly well suited for storing packaged dry goods is designed such that the closure flaps that close a top opening of the carton do not obstruct the loading of goods into the carton through the top opening when the carton is placed on its side. The carton includes a front and rear panel that bow slightly outwardly so as to apply tension to the closure flaps connected to the front and rear panel. This tension prevents the flaps from falling into the opening during loading of the carton. This tension is created by vertical score lines in the front and rear panels as well as their associated closure flaps. In this regard, the mechanism to hold the closure flaps open is integrally formed with the carton.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: Green Bay Packaging, Inc
    Inventor: Andrew M. Capogrosso
  • Patent number: 7828199
    Abstract: A storage container includes a receptacle having a circumferential sidewall and a sleeve fixedly attached to the receptacle having a circumferential sidewall with a left edge, a right edge, and marginal portions adjacent the left and right edges wherein the edges meet to form a butt seam. The receptacle sidewall and the sleeve sidewall define an insulating layer therebetween. The insulating layer includes a first edge and a second edge wherein the first and second edges do not extend under the marginal portions such that the insulating layer has a smaller circumference than that of the sleeve sidewall. A method for forming a storage container is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Assignee: Huhtamaki, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald D. Robertson, William D. McKahan
  • Patent number: 7823765
    Abstract: An elongate, rectangular box (12, 14, 40, 60, 70, 90, 100) and method for packaging containers (C), wherein the box can be cross-stacked for stable stacking of the boxes, and optimizes utilization of pallet space. Containers (C) are placed in the box in nested, offset relationship in a parallelogram shaped arrangement, and in one embodiment interior corner panels (20, 21) extend angularly across two diagonally opposite corners of the box, defining an interior box shape closely conforming to the parallelogram-shaped arrangement of the containers. The corner panels may be cut from the side walls (18, 19) and folded inwardly and secured at a free edge (28) to an adjacent end wall (16, 17), defining openings (22, 23) in the side wall through which the containers are visible. Side wall segments (24, 25, 26) at the bottom and sides of the opening, in cooperation with the corner panels, retain the containers in place in the box. The box is especially suited for packaging four one-gallon containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: International Paper
    Inventor: Charles P Weimer
  • Patent number: 7819305
    Abstract: In accordance with the invention, a method of manufacturing packaging and resulting packaging and associated pre-assemblies and blanks are provided, which, when utilized, result in packaging that has increased side panel strength and corner strength so as to enable effective vertical stacking of packaging when the packaging includes product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: York Container Company
    Inventor: Troy Little
  • Patent number: 7815098
    Abstract: A resealable carton, having a product-containing bag liner, is constructed such that the liner bag is positively held in the folded, sealed condition by the incorporation of a fold support ledge which extends inwardly from an end wall of the carton. The bag is held against the support ledge by one of the closure flaps, which creates a tightly constructed U-shaped fold in which the bag is folded around the end of the closure flap. The liner is secured in that position in part by being captured between the top of the inner closure flap and an outer closure flap along a top run of the fold. A bottom fold is held between the support ledge and the inner closure flap. The support ledge may be formed in various ways including folding the end wall, embossing the end wall or forming the ledge by adding a bead of self-adhesive material to the end wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: Sealstrip Corporation
    Inventors: Harold Forman, Robert E. Lincoln
  • Patent number: 7810707
    Abstract: In accordance with the invention, a method of manufacturing containers such as shipping, display and display ready packaging, for example, and resulting containers and associated preassemblies and blanks are provided, which, when utilized, result in preassemblies that include end supports that provide increased stacking strength and are easily and quickly assembled into fully assembled containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: York Container Company
    Inventor: Troy Little
  • Patent number: 7806313
    Abstract: The present invention includes a blank and container formed from cellulose-based materials configured to form an octagonal shaped display and/or shipping container. The container includes a multiple sidewall thickness throughout a majority of the various sidewalls to add to stacking strength and stability of the container. Also in certain embodiments, the container includes top panels closing off the top portion of the container. Additionally in another embodiment, the container does not have any top panels at all. Likewise, the container may have solid sidewalls, or the container may have viewing and access cutouts formed in the sidewalls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Assignee: International Paper Co.
    Inventor: Nicholas A Philips
  • Patent number: 7806314
    Abstract: A carton for containing a plurality of articles. The carton has a plurality of panels that extend at least partially around an interior of the carton. End flaps are respectively foldably attached to panels of the plurality of panels. The end flaps are overlapped with respect to one another and thereby at least partially form a closed end of the carton. A dispenser has a tear line and at least one dispenser section foldably attached to the carton for at least partially defining an opening in the carton for accessing the containers. A gusset connects the end flaps, wherein the gusset can be unfolded to allow relative movement between the end flaps and to allow the dispenser section to pivot outwardly to enlarge the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert L. Sutherland
  • Patent number: 7798391
    Abstract: A container assembly having an inner container and an outer cover that fits over the inner container. The inner container is positioned within the outer cover. The outer cover includes an overlay formed in the outer cover sidewalls by a tear line allowing the overlay to be detached from the outer cover. An adhesive secures the inner container and the outer cover together with the adhesive being provided between the inner container and the overlay so that the overlay can detach from the outer cover and remain attached to the inner container over the adhesive when the outer cover is removed from the inner container. A knockdown assembly that can be erected into a container assembly is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: Innovative Packaging Designs L.P.
    Inventors: Brian Tibbels, Carl Jeffrey Jolley
  • Patent number: 7793821
    Abstract: A carton capable of containing a plurality of food items is disclosed. The carton can be separated into two portions or trays, each of which can be converted into a tray for heating a food item in a microwave oven. One or both of the trays may be designed to elevate the food product from the turntable or floor of the microwave oven to enhance the efficiency of the heating process. One or both trays may include a microwave energy interactive to enhance browning and/or crisping of the food item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven Manuel Oliveira
  • Patent number: 7789292
    Abstract: An octagonal shaped foldable box having a flap locking system. The foldable box includes: eight sidewall sections; a pair of opposing locking flaps extending from two of the eight sidewall sections, each opposing locking flap having a generally trapezoidal shaped tab cut therein for locking a first opposed locking flap with a second opposed locking flap; and a pair of opposing interior flaps, wherein each opposing interior flap extends from three of the eight sidewall sections, and wherein each opposing interior flap includes a first and a second flap edge, and each flap edge includes a fold-over region for forming a sealed corner with two sidewall sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignee: Norampac Schenectady, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas West
  • Patent number: 7784674
    Abstract: A bulk materials container having a first wall-forming blank of corrugated paperboard sheets made of at least a flute member and a liner sheet, and scored to provide a series of main panels foldably joined together at opposing edges with each main panel having opposing top and bottom flaps foldably joined to respective edge portions and laminated to a second wall-forming blank having at least a flute member attached to a liner sheet scored to provide a series of main panels each having opposing top and bottom flaps foldably joined to respective edge portions, and a liner sheet and one of the first or second blanks extending beyond a distal edge of the respective top and bottom flaps, and folded over the distal edge and attached adhesively to the opposing surface so that the open channels of the flutes at the distal edge are covered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Assignee: North American Container Corporation
    Inventor: Charles F. Grigsby
  • Patent number: 7784676
    Abstract: A carton is provided that may be used for multiple packages of various products, such as food snack items, and includes a tear-away feature that allows ready access to and display of the products. The carton in its open/display configuration still has sufficient strength to allow other cartons to be stacked on top of each other. The carton may be formed from a blank of paperboard or corrugated board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Assignee: Georgia-Pacific Corrugated LLC
    Inventors: Rick Borek, Jody Brittain