Patents by Inventor James W. Yeager

James W. Yeager has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20200165047
    Abstract: A bottom-gusseted package is disclosed which includes a bottom gusset positioned transversely of a longitudinal axis of the package, and a top sleeve portion including a recloseable fastener provided at the top of the package. In the illustrated embodiment, the top sleeve portion includes a peel seal positioned above the recloseable fastener. This seal desirably acts to close the two layers of the top sleeve portion at the top of the package for a neat and aesthetically pleasing appearance. The top sleeve portion can also include a frangible region, and at least one grip strip on the interior of the top sleeve portion. The configuration of the package, and its method of formation, permit use with associated form, fill, and seal equipment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2018
    Publication date: May 28, 2020
    Inventor: James W. Yeager
  • Publication number: 20190241290
    Abstract: A bottom-gusseted package comprises a package body, and a bottom gusset positioned transversely of a longitudinal axis of the package body. Formation of the bottom-gusseted package is effected by positioning individual sleeves transversely of the longitudinal axis of a flexible web which forms the package body. During package formation, the flexible web is cut to form individual packages, with each individual sleeve positioned to form a bottom gusset in a respective package. Cooperating heat-sealing jaws, including cooperating U-shaped sealing surfaces, act to integrate and seal each individual sleeve with the flexible web to form the bottom gusset of each package, with the heat-sealing jaws preferably configured to include cooperating top sealing surfaces for simultaneously forming a top seal in an adjacent one of the packages.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2019
    Publication date: August 8, 2019
    Inventors: James W. Yeager, John F. Hogan
  • Patent number: 10322828
    Abstract: A bottom-gusseted package comprises a package body, and a bottom gusset positioned transversely of a longitudinal axis of the package body. Formation of the bottom-gusseted package is effected by positioning individual sleeves transversely of the longitudinal axis of a flexible web which forms the package body. During package formation, the flexible web is cut to form individual packages, with each individual sleeve positioned to form a bottom gusset in a respective package. Cooperating heat-sealing jaws, including cooperating U-shaped sealing surfaces, act to integrate and seal each individual sleeve with the flexible web to form the bottom gusset of each package, with the heat-sealing jaws preferably configured to include cooperating top sealing surfaces for simultaneously forming a top seal in an adjacent one of the packages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Innoflex Incorporated
    Inventors: James W. Yeager, John F. Hogan
  • Publication number: 20190177042
    Abstract: A bottom-gusseted package comprises a package body, and a bottom gusset positioned transversely of a longitudinal axis of the package body. Formation of the bottom-gusseted package is effected by positioning individual sleeves transversely of the longitudinal axis of a flexible web which forms the package body. During package formation, the flexible web is cut to form individual packages, with each individual sleeve positioned to form a bottom gusset in a respective package. Optionally, the individual sleeve portions can be configured such that when the flexible web is cut to form individual packages, and each individual sleeve is be cut to form a bottom gusset in one package, and a top sleeve portion in an adjacent package.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2019
    Publication date: June 13, 2019
    Inventor: James W. Yeager
  • Patent number: 10301074
    Abstract: A bottom and side gusseted package comprises a package body, a pair of inwardly extending side gussets, and a bottom gusset positioned transversely of a longitudinal axis of the package body. Formation of the gusseted package is effected by positioning individual sleeves transversely of the longitudinal axis of a flexible web which forms the package body. During package formation, the inwardly extending side gussets are formed, and the flexible web is cut to form individual packages, such that each individual sleeve forms a bottom gusset in a respective one of the gusseted packages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Innoflex Incorporated
    Inventors: James W. Yeager, John F. Hogan
  • Patent number: 10239664
    Abstract: A bottom-gusseted package comprises a package body, and a bottom gusset positioned transversely of a longitudinal axis of the package body. Formation of the bottom-gusseted package is effected by positioning individual sleeves transversely of the longitudinal axis of a flexible web which forms the package body. During package formation, the flexible web is cut to form individual packages, with each individual sleeve positioned to form a bottom gusset in a respective package. Optionally, the individual sleeve portions can be configured such that when the flexible web is cut to form individual packages, and each individual sleeve is be cut to form a bottom gusset in one package, and a top sleeve portion in an adjacent package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Innoflex Incorporated
    Inventor: James W. Yeager
  • Publication number: 20180339481
    Abstract: A bottom-gusseted package comprising a package body, and a bottom gusset positioned transversely of a longitudinal axis of the package body. Formation of the bottom-gusseted package is effected by positioning individual sleeves transversely of the longitudinal axis of a flexible web which forms the package body. During package formation, the flexible web is folded and cut to form individual packages, with each individual sleeve positioned to form a bottom gusset in a respective package. Attendant to folding of the flexible web, each gusset-forming sleeve is folded. Optionally, the individual sleeve portions can be configured such that when the flexible web is cut to form individual packages, each individual sleeve is cut to form a bottom gusset in one package, and a top sleeve portion in an adjacent package.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Publication date: November 29, 2018
    Inventor: James W. Yeager
  • Publication number: 20180105296
    Abstract: A bottom-gusseted package comprises a package body, and a bottom gusset positioned transversely of a longitudinal axis of the package body. Formation of the bottom-gusseted package is effected by positioning individual sleeves transversely of the longitudinal axis of a flexible web which forms the package body. Tape elements are applied in overlapping relationship to opposite ends of each individual sleeve. During package formation, the flexible web is cut to form individual packages, and each individual sleeve can be cut to form a bottom gusset in one package, and a top sleeve portion in an adjacent package. A top sleeve portion of the package body can be configured to include a reclosable fastener. The tape elements facilitate formation such that the packages can be formed and filled on an associated vertical form, fill and seal apparatus have conventionally configured heat-sealing jaws.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Publication date: April 19, 2018
    Inventor: James W. Yeager
  • Publication number: 20160297568
    Abstract: A bottom and side gusseted package comprises a package body, a pair of inwardly extending side gussets, and a bottom gusset positioned transversely of a longitudinal axis of the package body. Formation of the gusseted package is effected by positioning individual sleeves transversely of the longitudinal axis of a flexible web which forms the package body. During package formation, the inwardly extending side gussets are formed, and the flexible web is cut to form individual packages, such that each individual sleeve forms a bottom gusset in a respective one of the gusseted packages.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Publication date: October 13, 2016
    Inventors: James W. YEAGER, John F. HOGAN
  • Publication number: 20160194116
    Abstract: A bottom-gusseted package comprises a package body, and a bottom gusset positioned transversely of a longitudinal axis of the package body. Formation of the bottom-gusseted package is effected by positioning individual sleeves transversely of the longitudinal axis of a flexible web which forms the package body. During package formation, the flexible web is cut to form individual packages, with each individual sleeve positioned to form a bottom gusset in a respective package. Optionally, the individual sleeve portions can be configured such that when the flexible web is cut to form individual packages, and each individual sleeve is be cut to form a bottom gusset in one package, and a top sleeve portion in an adjacent package.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Publication date: July 7, 2016
    Inventor: James W. Yeager
  • Patent number: 9315299
    Abstract: A package having a reclosable pour spout is disclosed, with the package including front and rear package panels which may be joined at respective side edges thereof by inwardly extending side gussets. An upper edge portion of the package is removable, including one of the side gussets, to form a pour spout for dispensing the contents of the package. A fastener strip, which can be detachably connected to itself, extends between confronting inside surfaces of the front and rear package panels, adjacent to the pour spout, whereby the pour spout can be conveniently closed after the package is initially opened. A method of forming the present package is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Innoflex Incorporated
    Inventor: James W. Yeager
  • Publication number: 20160067937
    Abstract: A bottom-gusseted package comprises a package body, and a bottom gusset positioned transversely of a longitudinal axis of the package body. Formation of the bottom-gusseted package is effected by positioning individual sleeves transversely of the longitudinal axis of a flexible web which forms the package body. During package formation, the flexible web is cut to form individual packages, with each individual sleeve positioned to form a bottom gusset in a respective package. Cooperating heat-sealing jaws, including cooperating U-shaped sealing surfaces, act to integrate and seal each individual sleeve with the flexible web to form the bottom gusset of each package, with the heat-sealing jaws preferably configured to include cooperating top sealing surfaces for simultaneously forming a top seal in an adjacent one of the packages.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2015
    Publication date: March 10, 2016
    Inventors: James W. Yeager, John F. Hogan
  • Patent number: 9272481
    Abstract: A bottom-gusseted package comprises a package body, and a bottom gusset positioned transversely of a longitudinal axis of the package body. A top sleeve portion of the package body can be configured to include a recloseable fastener, a dispensing spout, or an upper package seal. Formation of the bottom-gusseted package is effected by positioning individual sleeves transversely of the longitudinal axis of a flexible web which forms the package body. During package formation, the flexible web is cut to form individual packages, and each individual sleeve can be cut to form a bottom gusset in one package, and a top sleeve portion in an adjacent package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Innoflex Incorporated
    Inventor: James W. Yeager
  • Patent number: 9126383
    Abstract: A bottom-gusseted package comprises a package body, and a bottom gusset positioned transversely of a longitudinal axis of the package body. Formation of the bottom-gusseted package is effected by positioning individual sleeves transversely of the longitudinal axis of a flexible web which forms the package body. During package formation, the flexible web is cut to form individual packages, with each individual sleeve positioned to form a bottom gusset in a respective package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Inventor: James W. Yeager
  • Publication number: 20150010252
    Abstract: A package having a recloseable pour spout is disclosed, with the package including front and rear package panels which may be joined at respective side edges thereof by inwardly extending side gussets. An upper edge portion of the package is removable, including one of the side gussets, to form a pour spout for dispensing the contents of the package. A fastener strip, which can be detachably connected to itself, extends between confronting inside surfaces of the front and rear package panels, adjacent to the pour spout, whereby the pour spout can be conveniently closed after the package is initially opened. A method of forming the present package is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventor: James W. Yeager
  • Publication number: 20140294326
    Abstract: A bottom-gusseted package comprises a package body, and a bottom gusset positioned transversely of a longitudinal axis of the package body. Formation of the bottom-gusseted package is effected by positioning individual sleeves transversely of the longitudinal axis of a flexible web which forms the package body. During package formation, the flexible web is cut to form individual packages, with each individual sleeve positioned to form a bottom gusset in a respective package.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: Innoflex Incorporated
    Inventor: James W. Yeager
  • Publication number: 20140161373
    Abstract: A bottom-gusseted package comprises a package body, and a bottom gusset positioned transversely of a longitudinal axis of the package body. A top sleeve portion of the package body can be configured to include a recloseable fastener, a dispensing spout, or an upper package seal. Formation of the bottom-gusseted package is effected by positioning individual sleeves transversely of the longitudinal axis of a flexible web which forms the package body. During package formation, the flexible web is cut to form individual packages, and each individual sleeve can be cut to form a bottom gusset in one package, and a top sleeve portion in an adjacent package.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2013
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: Innoflex Incorporated
    Inventor: James W. Yeager
  • Publication number: 20130316887
    Abstract: A package having a recloseable pour spout is disclosed, with the package including front and rear package panels which may be joined at respective side edges thereof by inwardly extending side gussets. An upper edge portion of the package is removable, including one of the side gussets, to form a pour spout for dispensing the contents of the package. A fastener strip, which can be detachably connected to itself, extends between confronting inside surfaces of the front and rear package panels, adjacent to the pour spout, whereby the pour spout can be conveniently closed after the package is initially opened. A method of forming the present package is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2013
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Applicant: Innoflex Incorporated
    Inventor: James W. Yeager
  • Publication number: 20120238426
    Abstract: A package having a reclosable pour spout is disclosed, with the package including front and rear package panels which may be joined at respective side edges thereof by inwardly extending side gussets. An upper edge portion of the package is removable, including one of the side gussets, to form a pour spout for dispensing the contents of the package. A fastener strip, which can be detachably connected to itself, extends between confronting inside surfaces of the front and rear package panels, adjacent to the pour spout, whereby the pour spout can be conveniently closed after the package is initially opened. A method of forming the present package is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2012
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
    Inventor: James W. Yeager
  • Patent number: 8182407
    Abstract: A package having a recloseable pour spout is disclosed, with the package including front and rear package panels which may be joined at respective side edges thereof by inwardly extending side gussets. An upper edge portion of the package is removable, including one of the side gussets, to form a pour spout for dispensing the contents of the package. A fastener strip, which can be detachably connected to itself, extends between confronting inside surfaces of the front and rear package panels, adjacent to the pour spout, whereby the pour spout can be conveniently closed after the package is initially opened. The package can include a longitudinal seal which extends from adjacent the pour spout to overlap the fastener strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Innoflex Incorporated
    Inventor: James W. Yeager