Patents by Inventor Kirsten L. Brand

Kirsten L. Brand 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: 20110068160
    Abstract: A carton for containing a plurality of articles. The carton comprises panels that extend at least partially around an interior of the carton. The panels comprise a top panel, a first side panel, a second side panel, and a bottom panel. The carton includes a reinforcing insert comprising at least a first insert panel foldably connected to a second insert panel. The first insert panel is at least partially in face-to-face contact with at least the top panel and the second insert panel is at least partially in face-to-face contact with the first insert panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2010
    Publication date: March 24, 2011
    Inventors: Kirsten L. Brand, Ana Gonzalez
  • Publication number: 20110049228
    Abstract: A carton for holding a plurality of containers. The carton comprises panels that extend at least partially around an interior of the carton. The panels comprise a top panel, a bottom panel, a first side panel, and a second side panel. At least two end flaps are respectively foldably attached to respective panels and are overlapped with respect to one another to at least partially form a closed end of the carton. A reinforcing insert comprises a central panel at least partially in contact with the top panel, at least one reinforcing end flap at least partially in contact with at least one of the end flaps, and at least one reinforcing side flap foldably connected to the central panel. The carton comprises a dispenser for allowing access to the articles in the carton. The dispenser comprises at least a portion of the top panel and the central panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Publication date: March 3, 2011
    Inventor: Kirsten L. Brand
  • Publication number: 20110048975
    Abstract: A carrier for holding a plurality of containers. The carrier comprises a plurality of panels that extend at least partially around an interior of the carrier. The panels comprise at least one bottom panel, a first side panel, a second side panel, and at least two end panels. The carrier comprises at least one divider flap comprising a longitudinal segment foldably connected to at least the first side wall or the second side wall, at least one transverse segment foldably connected to the first longitudinal segment, and at least one end segment foldably connected to the at least one transverse segment. A central divider wall divides the interior of the carrier into a front portion and a rear portion. The central divider wall comprises at least the at least one end segment of the at least one divider flap. A handle is attached to the central divider wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Publication date: March 3, 2011
    Inventor: Kirsten L. Brand
  • Publication number: 20110030321
    Abstract: A carton for holding a plurality of containers. The carton comprises a plurality of panels that extends at least partially around an interior of the carton. The plurality of panels comprises at least one top panel, a bottom panel, a first side panel, and a second side panel. At least two end flaps are respectively foldably attached to respective panels of the plurality of panels. The at least two end flaps are overlapped with respect to one another and thereby at least partially form at least one closed end of the carton. The carton comprises a handle in the top panel and a dispenser for allowing removal of articles from the carton. The dispenser comprises 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.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2010
    Publication date: February 10, 2011
    Inventor: Kirsten L. Brand
  • Publication number: 20100320098
    Abstract: A carrier for holding a plurality of containers. The carrier comprises a first side panel, a second panel, and at least one handle panel. A central flap is foldably connected to the at least one handle panel, and the central flap divides the interior of the carrier into at least a first container-receiving space and a second container-receiving space. A divider comprises at least one divider panel, wherein the at least one divider panel extends generally parallel to the central flap, and at least one divider flap foldably connected to the at least one divider panel to divide a respective one of the first container-receiving space or the second container-receiving space into at least two container compartments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2010
    Publication date: December 23, 2010
    Inventor: Kirsten L. Brand
  • Publication number: 20100147932
    Abstract: A carrier for containing a plurality of articles. The carrier comprises a plurality of panels that extend at least partially around the interior of the carrier. The panels comprise a front panel, a back panel positioned opposite to the front panel, at least one side panel foldably connected to at least one of the front and back panels, at least one top panel foldably connected to one of the front panel and the back panel, and a divider flap foldably connected to the at least one side panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2009
    Publication date: June 17, 2010
    Inventor: Kirsten L. Brand
  • Publication number: 20100140335
    Abstract: A cooler carton for items such as beverage containers is erected from a blank (11) having a unique configuration of panels (12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 41, 47, 56, 66, 96, 99), tabs (28, 29, 31, 32), flaps (111), creases (18, 19, 21, 22, 33, 34, 36, 37, 42, 48, 57, 67, 77, 87), perforations (23, 26, 27), cut-creases (24, 97, 101), and gussets (46, 52, 81, 91). The erected carton has top panels (12, 17) forming a top with a central longitudinal perforation line (23, 26) and oblique cut-creases and perforation lines (24, 27) extending from the ends of the central perforation line (23, 26) to the corners of the top. Flaps (111) are formed at respective end portions of the top by folded tabs (28, 29, 31, 32). In use, the carton is erected and filled with articles to be contained. An end user may open the carton by pulling up and back on the flaps (111) at the end portions of the top, which severs the oblique cut-creases and perforation lines (23, 26), and severs the top along its central perforation line (23, 26).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2010
    Publication date: June 10, 2010
    Inventor: Kirsten L. Brand
  • Publication number: 20100140337
    Abstract: A carton for containing a plurality of articles. The carton comprises a plurality of panels that extend at least partially around an interior of the carton. The plurality of panels comprises at least one top panel, a bottom panel, a first side panel, and a second side panel. At least one end flap is foldably attached to at least one panel of the plurality of panels to at least partially close an end of the carton. A dispenser is in the at least one top panel, the dispenser comprising at least one dispenser panel that comprises a plurality of tear-away panels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2009
    Publication date: June 10, 2010
    Inventor: Kirsten L. Brand
  • Publication number: 20100122999
    Abstract: A carton for containing a plurality of articles. The carton comprises panels that extend at least partially around an interior of the carton. The panels comprise a top panel, a bottom panel, a first side panel, and a second side panel. At least one divider panel is in the interior of the carton. The divider panel is attached to at least one of the panels. A dispenser is for allowing access to the articles in the carton. The dispenser is for separating the carton into a first portion and a second portion. At least one of the first portion and the second portion is at least partially closed by the at least one divider panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2009
    Publication date: May 20, 2010
    Inventor: Kirsten L. Brand
  • Patent number: 7717318
    Abstract: A cooler carton for items such as beverage containers is erected from a blank (11) having a unique configuration of panels (12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 41, 47, 56, 66, 96, 99), tabs (28, 29, 31, 32), flaps (111), creases (18, 19, 21, 22, 33, 34, 36, 37, 42, 48, 57, 67, 77, 87), perforations (23, 26, 27), cut-creases (24, 97, 101), and gussets (46, 52, 81, 91). The erected carton has top panels (12, 17) forming a top with a central longitudinal perforation line (23, 26) and oblique cut-creases and perforation lines (24, 27) extending from the ends of the central perforation line (23, 26) to the corners of the top. Flaps (111) are formed at respective end portions of the top by folded tabs (28, 29, 31, 32). In use, the carton is erected and filled with articles to be contained. An end user may open the carton by pulling up and back on the flaps (111) at the end portions of the top, which severs the oblique cut-creases and perforation lines (23, 26), and severs the top along its central perforation line (23, 26).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2010
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Kirsten L. Brand
  • Publication number: 20100108747
    Abstract: A carton for holding containers is disclosed. The carton can be converted from a first configuration for storing and shipping containers therein to a second configuration in which the carton forms an open-top cooler for chilling and serving the containers. According to an embodiment, a handle is formed in a top panel and end panels of the carton in the first configuration. Conversion of the carton from the first configuration to the second configuration can be accomplished by detaching the handle from the top panel and folding open portions of the top panel and end panels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2009
    Publication date: May 6, 2010
    Applicant: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Kirsten L. Brand
  • Publication number: 20100089988
    Abstract: A carton for carrying a plurality of articles and a blank for forming the carton generally include a top panel, a first side panel foldably connected to the top panel, a second side panel foldably connected to the top panel, a first bottom panel foldably connected to the first side panel, the first bottom panel comprising a plurality of female locking openings and having opening flaps adjacent the female locking openings. The opening flaps are foldably connected to the first bottom panel at respective first arcuate fold lines. A second bottom panel is foldably connected to the second side panel. The second bottom panel comprises a plurality of male locking projections. The male locking projections are foldably connected to the second bottom panel at respective second arcuate fold lines.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2009
    Publication date: April 15, 2010
    Inventor: Kirsten L. Brand
  • Publication number: 20100072267
    Abstract: A carton with locking sections comprises a male panel section and a female panel section. The male panel section has an edge with protruding wings, and edge tabs are formed along the edge portion inboard of the wings. The female section has a pair of females configured to receive and interlock with the males. For locking the sections together, the edge tabs are hooked beneath the edge of the female section and the males extend over the top of the female section and are pressed and locked into the females. With this arrangement, the two sections are securely locked together with the edge tabs preventing the sections from moving toward one another and the males and females preventing them moving away from each other. The sections thus do not tend to disengage during transport or as containers of product within the carton are sequentially removed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2009
    Publication date: March 25, 2010
    Applicant: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin T. May, Kirsten L. Brand
  • Publication number: 20090308915
    Abstract: A cooler carton for items such as beverage containers is erected from a blank (11) having a unique configuration of panels (12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 41, 47, 56, 66, 96, 99), tabs (28, 29, 31, 32), flaps (111), creases (18, 19, 21, 22, 33, 34, 36, 37, 42, 48, 57, 67, 77, 87), perforations (23, 26, 27), cut-creases (24, 97, 101), and gussets (46, 52, 81, 91). The erected carton has top panels (12, 17) forming a top with a central longitudinal perforation line (23, 26) and oblique cut-creases and perforation lines (24, 27) extending from the ends of the central perforation line (23, 26) to the corners of the top. Flaps (111) are formed at respective end portions of the top by folded tabs (28, 29, 31, 32). In use, the carton is erected and filled with articles to be contained. An end user may open the carton by pulling up and back on the flaps (111) at the end portions of the top, which severs the oblique cut-creases and perforation lines (23, 26), and severs the top along its central perforation line (23, 26).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2009
    Publication date: December 17, 2009
    Inventor: Kirsten L. Brand
  • Publication number: 20090282843
    Abstract: A blank, carton, package, and method for enclosing a plurality of containers in a carton is disclosed. The carton includes first and second top panels, first and second side panels, and a bottom panel. The top panels each include separation lines with one top panel disposed over the other top panel when formed as a carton. The carton is openable along the separation lines to expose the containers. The carton is capable of receiving a cooling substance therewithin when the top panels are separated along the separation lines. The carton including at least two handle tear lines with a handle disposed therebetween. The handle capable of being engaged to move the carton or package as desired.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2009
    Publication date: November 19, 2009
    Inventor: Kirsten L. Brand
  • Patent number: D589788
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2009
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Kirsten L. Brand