Patents Examined by Gary E. Elkins
  • Patent number: 7784675
    Abstract: A carton can be placed in a dispensing configuration by separating the carton into dispenser sections. The dispenser sections may be connected by a hinge that allows the sections to stand side-by-side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert L. Sutherland, Charles F. Ho Fung, Barry D. Biddle
  • Patent number: 7780068
    Abstract: A disposable carry-out food container shaped like a picnic basket. The subject food container has a bottom wall having two side edges extending in a longitudinal direction between opposing ends, two end walls extending upwardly from the bottom wall at the opposing ends respectively, two side walls extending upwardly from the two side edges of the bottom wall to extend in the longitudinal direction between the opposing ends, two lid panels supported on the walls for pivotal movement about respective lateral axes oriented generally perpendicularly to the longitudinal direction between a closed position in which the lid panels enclose an open top end of the container and an open position in which the open top end is substantially unobstructed by the lid panels, and at least one handle coupled at opposing ends on the two side walls respectively such that said at least one handle extends generally in a direction of the lateral axes between the two side walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Inventor: Brian Donnelly
  • Patent number: 7775419
    Abstract: A collapsible, non-disassembling intersecting partition assembly for insertion into a container divides the space inside the container into individual cells for holding products. The assembly comprises a plurality of first slotted partitions intersecting with a plurality of second slotted partitions to form a collapsible matrix. Each of the first slotted partitions has opposed slots extending inwardly from opposed edges of the partition to facilitate folding the partition. An outer portion or tab of each folded partition is secured to one of the other partitions to prevent disassembly of the matrix. Each of the partitions has hooks and notches to help hold the assembly together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Assignee: Bradford Company
    Inventor: Michael R. Bale
  • Patent number: 7766219
    Abstract: A carton for containing a plurality of articles. The carton has panels that extend at least partially around an interior of the carton. The panels comprise a top panel, a bottom panel and a first side panel and a second side panel. The carton has a dispenser for allowing access to the articles in the carton. The dispenser has a dispenser panel that is at least partially defined by a tear line in the carton and is for being at least partially removed for at least further opening a dispenser opening. The carton can also have a curved end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Jean-Manuel Gomes, Raymond Rudolph Spivey, Sr.
  • Patent number: 7767049
    Abstract: The present invention relates to insulated containers useful for serving, for example, hot beverages. Specifically, the present invention relates to multilayer containers comprising a corrugated sheet as an inner insulating liner wherein the liner comprises interruptions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: Dixie Consumer Products LLC
    Inventor: Claus E. Sadlier
  • Patent number: 7762451
    Abstract: A carton for carrying a plurality of cylindrical containers in at least three rows having a dispenser flap that is easily removed from the end of the carton to expose a dispenser which has a bottom of a sufficient height from the bottom panel to prevent containers in the bottom row from rolling out, but less than a diameter of a container in the bottom row. This carton also has a panel dispenser flap that is easily removed from a top or bottom panel of the carton to expose a dispenser which has a bottom of sufficient height from the end of the carton on which it is resting while dispensing containers to prevent the containers in the bottom row from falling out, but less than the diameter of a container in the carton.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Glen R. Harrelson
  • Patent number: 7762450
    Abstract: A carton for holding a food product. The carton has a plurality of panels that extend at least partially around an interior of the carton. The plurality of panels comprises a front panel, a back panel, a first side panel, and a second side panel. The front and back panels each have a curved edge at an end of the carton.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven Manuel Oliveira
  • Patent number: 7757933
    Abstract: A carton has a multi-ply handle formed from sections of two overlapping panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Jackie W. Dunn
  • Patent number: 7753255
    Abstract: A top closure obturating panel (2) of a carton is formed with a partial depth cut (4) in the form of an open loop of which one end (4a) is at a greater distance from a central zone of the loop (4) than is the other end (4b). Following filling and top-sealing of the carton, there is applied to the panel (2) a pour spout fitment consisting of a flanged pour spout, a screw cap on the pour spout, and a plunger co-operating with the screw cap and the pour spout in such manner that, upon unscrewing of the screw cap, the plunger screws inwards. At its inner end, the plunger is formed with arcuate pushing blades (6), which thereby cause the laminate material of the panel (2) to fracture along the partial depth cut (4) such that an encircling portion (2a) of the panel (2) and an encircled portion (2b) within the loop (4) separate from each other along the loop (4), but remain interconnected by way of an intermediate portion (2c) extending through between the ends (4a) and (4b) of the loop (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Assignee: Elopak Systems AG
    Inventor: Wolfgang Kieser
  • Patent number: 7748603
    Abstract: A carton has a handle that allows a user to carry the carton when closed, and that extends to allow a user to carry the carton when the carton is in an open configuration. The carton includes gusseted end panels that create a partially closed bottom receptacle in the opened carton.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: James C. Fogle, Jean-Manuel Gomes, Colin P. Ford
  • Patent number: 7748604
    Abstract: The embodiments of the present invention provide a blank foldable material that may be configured to form a container. When formed, the container is self-locking and includes air cell structure that allows for a container with a constant outside volume to have a variable inside volume. The air cell structure container functions to prevent telescoping of vertically stacked container and for strength and stability. The container may be partially assembled for shipping and hand set into final assembly as needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: International Paper Company
    Inventors: Walter D. Keefe, Jr., David J McKenna
  • Patent number: 7743973
    Abstract: A novel candy or mints box has an opening near the top of the box and an underlying slide that is moveable sideways across the opening. Preferably the top portion of the box includes a flap with an opening, and the flap extends over a corresponding opening in the front side such that the openings align, and the slide lies between the front side of the box and the top flap. The slide also preferably further includes a stop member and the box has a corresponding catch member, such that the slide is always contained within the box. Advantageously, the box is formed from a single blank piece of paper or cardboard stock, and folded in a particular sequence such that the slide ends up inside the box without the need for a separate insertion step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Inventor: David Todjar Hegami
  • Patent number: 7743972
    Abstract: A carton comprises a divider panel that connects a front panel of the carton to a back panel. The lower edge of the divider panel is offset from the bottom panel, and therefore is less likely to buckle or bend when the carton is subjected to axial compression. The divider panel therefore provides greater axial stiffness and strength to the carton.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: James C. Fogle
  • Patent number: 7743969
    Abstract: A wrap-around style or end-loaded carton for enclosing articles such as cans in multiple rows is formed from a single blank of sheet material, and includes a three-ply top wall and an integrated composite handle that is centrally located so as to balance the load in the carton when the handle is raised to an upright position. The top wall includes an outer panel, and intermediate panel, and an inner top panel, each hingedly connected to another. The composite handle is struck from the outer panel and the intermediate panel and is liberated or partially detachable therefrom so as to be hingedly connected to the top wall, and rotatable to an upright position. When the handle is raised, at least a portion of each edge of the top wall is reinforced by at least one additional layer of carton material, and thus, is at least two plies thick.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: MeadWestvaco Packaging Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Tom Von Bokel
  • Patent number: 7743971
    Abstract: A carrier for food, beverages and other items and methods for carrying food, beverages and other items. The carrier is especially suitable for use at food and beverage concessions at sporting and entertainment venues and in fast-casual restaurants. The carrier is preferably made of paper and includes a carry tab which permits a customer to carry multiple carriers in one hand. The carry tab may include an aperture sized to accommodate the customer's thumb and fingers, providing for a sure and comfortable grip of the carrier. The carrier fits into a standard cup holder in the seating area at sporting and entertainment venues, or may hang from a hook provided in the seating area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: Levy (IP) Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Christopher Michael DeVine, Todd Peter Hauptmann, Carrie Pienias, Nancy Quesada, Julie Tolhurst
  • Patent number: 7740163
    Abstract: An end closure design for a paperboard container having four or more end panels that form the end closure hingedly joined respectively to four side panels connected to each other by parallel, spaced apart fold lines. Each of the hinged end panels has a straight free edge parallel the hinged edge and each free edge has two spaced apart notches of the same shape and size cut therein, each positioned the same distance from the parallel, spaced apart fold lines such that when the panels are folded over, a notch from each end panel interlocks with a notch from an adjacent end panel. An opposing two of the hinged end panels also include two diagonal score lines, each extending from an interior edge of the notches to the interior corner formed by the fold lines between the end closure panel and its respective side panel. To form the end closure, the end closure panels without the diagonal score lines are folded inwardly, then the end closure panels with the diagonal score lines are folded inwardly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2010
    Inventors: Tony Joseph Abshire, Michael Louis Boudreaux, Brian K. Jambois
  • Patent number: 7731082
    Abstract: A reinforced container assembly and method for making the same are provided. The reinforced container assembly comprises a fiberboard container and a first reinforcement strap. The fiberboard container has a lower portion and an upper portion. The first reinforcement strap wraps continuously around a periphery of the container a plurality of times in a spiraling manner from a starting point of the reinforcement strap to a terminating point of the reinforcement strap. The reinforcement strap physically connects to the container at a first location. The reinforcement strap is further physically connected to the container at second location. The reinforcement strap provides structural support to the fiberboard container to increase the strength of the container assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Assignee: Packaging Corporation of America
    Inventors: Keith A. Jackson, Benjamin Frank
  • Patent number: 7726549
    Abstract: A box formed from a single piece of cardboard or the like having an internal panel defining within the box an internal pocket for housing an extractable leaflet or the like, this internal panel being situated in proximity to that box main panel which is parallel to but distinct from that from which the box lid extends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignee: GI.BI.EFFE S.r.l.
    Inventor: Carmelo Lo Duca
  • Patent number: 7726551
    Abstract: A folding closure that is foldable to a closed orientation having a pair of gabled lid sections oriented to be linearly aligned and abutting one another in an end-to-end relationship and a pair of lateral lid sections oriented to be linearly aligned with one another and abutting opposite sides of the gabled lid sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignee: Shamrock Cups, LLC
    Inventor: Phillip G. Abbott
  • Patent number: 7721940
    Abstract: A box for packaging objects, said box including a first belt made up of four vertical panels and terminated by a return tab, each vertical panel being extended by two opposite side flaps designed so that, once they have been folded over at right angles, they form a bottom and a first top for said box, each of at least two of the side flaps having a cutout on a fold line parallel to its outside edge, which cutout enables a tongue to be detached from said flap, said box further including a second belt made up of four other vertical panels and terminated by another return tab, each vertical panel being extended by a single other side flap designed to form a second top for the box, each of two other side flaps being provided with at least one opening or at least one notch for receiving said tongues.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: NEOPOST Technologies
    Inventors: Guillaume Moenne-Loccoz, Alexandre Nisse, Christophe Peynet