Patents by Inventor Mark A. Bergeron

Mark A. Bergeron 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: 20200223109
    Abstract: Thermoplastic packaging trays are provided that are filled with a product and wrapped in film, and methods of producing the tray with a peripheral edge region that avoids tearing of the overwrap film. In various embodiments, the tray has a beaded, a flat, or a combined beaded and flat peripheral edge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2020
    Publication date: July 16, 2020
    Inventors: Babu Kuruvilla, Joe Labadie, Roger Lichtle, Mark A. Bergeron, Rafael Rivera, JR.
  • Patent number: 10647049
    Abstract: To guard against injury to persons engaging the trim edges of a hinged container, a protective flap extends from the lid on either end of the axial hinge. The flaps extend from the corners of the lid adjacent respective trim edges of the hinge. The flaps have a rounded bottom portion which is extended past the axial hinge line. The curved structure of the protective flaps helps to gently deflect objects, such as fingers, away from any sharply angled trim edges of the hinge, thereby guarding handlers from accidental injury.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Tekni-Plex, Inc.
    Inventors: Babu Kuruvilla, Mark A. Bergeron
  • Publication number: 20200116521
    Abstract: Systems and methods useful in providing equivalent visual operation (EVO) for the flight crew of an aircraft independent of the actual outside weather and visibility conditions through the use of synthetic vision (SV) and enhanced vision (EV) technologies are described. The systems and methods described herein can contribute toward gaining an operational credit that can expand the operational capabilities of an aircraft. The systems and methods described herein can provide relatively simple and intuitive solutions for activating and operating such systems.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2019
    Publication date: April 16, 2020
    Inventors: Anthony J. BARBER, Nami BAE, Marc BERGERON, William Murray COLQUHOUN, Christopher MARTIN, Mark SCHLEGEL, Natalie W. WONG, Olivier LEBEGUE
  • Publication number: 20200062494
    Abstract: A plastic egg carton that enables secure packaging of different size eggs, preferably in both oriented and non-oriented positions, while also allowing for easy filling, closing, handling and packing in shipping containers. The egg carton has a base tray and a lid hingedly connected to the tray for pivoting between open and closed positions. Each cell of the base tray has a plurality of collapsible bubbles formed in the cell sidewall, the bubbles extending radially inwardly in a relaxed state (when no egg or an egg up to a predetermined size (diameter) is present in the cell) and configured to move (compress) outwardly when eggs of increasing size (diameter) above the predetermined size are placed in the cell, thereby accommodating a range of different size variations, and holding each received egg in a vertically aligned position in its cell. The lid post also has a plurality of collapsible bubbles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Publication date: February 27, 2020
    Inventors: Mark A. Bergeron, Babu Kuruvilla, Roger Lichtle
  • Publication number: 20190375534
    Abstract: A molded plastic tray is provided according to the invention adapted to display meat or other perishable thawed food patty products in a disc configuration, and designed to withstand movement of the patties during shipping and display. The tray is designed to hold the meat products in a flat disc configuration while being loaded, wrapped, shipped and displayed on one side edge. The tray is designed to provide structural rigidity that resists warping and breakage, thus enabling the loaded and sealed tray to be handled, shipped, and displayed with minimal leakage or breakage. In some embodiments the tray includes features that facilitate de-nesting of a stack of empty trays, and is adapted to facilitate movement of the wrapped package on a moving conveyor line. The tray is easy to manufacture and provides a lightweight and cost effective packaging product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Publication date: December 12, 2019
    Inventors: Mark A. Bergeron, Babu Kuruvilla
  • Patent number: 10472164
    Abstract: Tri-fold egg carton has a base and a cover each having a complementary matrix of egg receiving cells such that, when the cover is assembled on top of the base, the complementary cells encapsulate each egg in an individual cell pocket (see FIGS. 3-5). Each base cell and cover cell includes a central dome and first and second radially spaced apart circumferential hinges that surround the central dome, and lie radially inward of a lowermost standing ring, enabling the dome to move up and down above the plane of the standing ring (in the height direction of the closed carton) between multiple positions to accommodate jumbo eggs of varying dimensions (height and width) to hold them securely in their respective cell pocket. The base and cover further include full height cell posts with mating surfaces that engage in the assembled state. The carton further includes a lid which fits over the cover (of the assembled cover and base), in a secure and locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Tekni-Plex, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark A. Bergeron, Babu Kuruvilla, Roger P. Lichtle
  • Patent number: 10421601
    Abstract: Processor tray for displaying tubular meat products in an arcuate configuration, and designed to help guide the packer to mold and place curved meat products in the tray. The filled tray is wrapped in film, and the configuration of the filled tray maintains the film taut to avoid leakage. The tray includes a rectangular upper shaped cavity, and a plurality of curved recessed pockets extend below the upper cavity to define a lower cavity. The tray is designed to provide structural rigidity that resists warping and breakage, thus enabling the overwrapped tray to be handled, shipped, and displayed with minimal leakage or breakage. In some embodiments the tray includes features that facilitate de-nesting of a stack of empty trays, and is adapted to facilitate movement of the wrapped package on a moving conveyor line. The tray is easy to manufacture and provides a lightweight and cost effective packaging product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Tekni-Plex, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark A. Bergeron, Babu Kuruvilla
  • Publication number: 20190241340
    Abstract: A molded plastic tray adapted to receive a plastic overwrap film for preservation, secure handling and display of a perishable food product in the wrapped tray, such as fresh fruit or vegetables. The tray has a pair of central ribbing elements extending from opposing longitudinal side walls and into the bottom wall and is designed to provide structural rigidity that resists warping and collapse, thus enabling the overwrapped tray to be handled, shipped, and displayed with minimal leakage while preserving the food product therein. The tray is easy to manufacture and provides a lightweight and cost effective packaging product. The tray has a rectangular shape that provides for consistent wrapping strength and can be handled on standard processing equipment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Publication date: August 8, 2019
    Inventors: Babu Kuruvilla, Oleg Berger, Mark A. Bergeron, Robert Andrew Eberle
  • Patent number: 10329058
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for forming a hinge in a thermoformed container, such as an egg carton, and the resulting container. The hinge is formed in the mold, by severing a thermoformed container along the length of a hinge line, with the exception of plurality of spaced connecting membranes that are not severed. The alternating severed portions and connecting membranes are referred to herein as a notched hinge connection. The width, depth, and location of the connecting membranes can be adjusted so the hinge area is strong enough to withstand multiple openings during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Tekni Plex, Inc.
    Inventors: Babu Kuruvilla, Richard L. Ramirez, Mark A. Bergeron
  • Patent number: 10227157
    Abstract: A plastic egg carton having features that enable aligning and stacking of multiple cartons for transport, and providing easy-to-view print and labeling areas in multiple directions. In one embodiment, the egg carton has a unique lid including a flat diagonal stacking panel (also referred to as a diagonal lid panel) that extends between two opposing corners of the rectangular shaped carton. The top wall of the diagonal lid panel can receive labeling or printing. The diagonal lid panel also includes a sidewall extending downwardly from the top wall toward a bottom perimeter edge of the lid, the sidewall having at each of the two opposing corners at least one flat side panel that can also receive printing or labeling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: TEKNI-PLEX, INC.
    Inventors: Babu Kuruvilla, Roger Lichtle, Mark A. Bergeron, Robert Andrew Eberle, Oleg Berger
  • Patent number: 10099846
    Abstract: Plastic egg cartons having mating cell and lid posts for improved egg protection. The carton has a base tray and hinged lid, the tray including a plurality of cells for receiving individual eggs, and the tray having a plurality of cell posts each formed at an intersection of four adjacent cells as an extension of the sidewalls of the four adjacent cells. Preferable, each cell post has four generally planar ramp surfaces, one disposed respectively on each of the four sidewall extensions. The lid has a plurality of lid posts for mating with the cell posts when the lid is in a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Tekni-Plex, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard L. Ramirez, Mark A. Bergeron, Roger P. Lichtle
  • Publication number: 20180273284
    Abstract: Tri-fold egg carton has a base and a cover each having a complementary matrix of egg receiving cells such that, when the cover is assembled on top of the base, the complementary cells encapsulate each egg in an individual cell pocket (see FIGS. 3-5). Each base cell and cover cell includes a central dome and first and second radially spaced apart circumferential hinges that surround the central dome, and lie radially inward of a lowermost standing ring, enabling the dome to move up and down above the plane of the standing ring (in the height direction of the closed carton) between multiple positions to accommodate jumbo eggs of varying dimensions (height and width) to hold them securely in their respective cell pocket. The base and cover further include full height cell posts with mating surfaces that engage in the assembled state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Publication date: September 27, 2018
    Inventors: Mark A. Bergeron, Babu Kuruvilla, Roger P. Lichtle
  • Patent number: D834952
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Tekni-Plex, Inc.
    Inventors: Babu Kuruvilla, Roger Lichtle, Mark A. Bergeron, Robert Andrew Eberle, Oleg Berger
  • Patent number: D847629
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Tekni-Plex, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark A. Bergeron, Babu Kuruvilla, Roger Lichtle, Phil Laughlin
  • Patent number: D853794
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Tekni-Plex, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark A Bergeron, Babu Kuruvilla
  • Patent number: D853795
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Tekni-Plex, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark A. Bergeron, Babu Kuruvilla
  • Patent number: D864668
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Tekni-Plex, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark A Bergeron, Babu Kuruvilla
  • Patent number: D871930
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Tekni-Plex, Inc.
    Inventors: Babu Kuruvilla, Mark A. Bergeron
  • Patent number: D877626
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Tekni-Plex, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark A. Bergeron, Babu Kuruvilla, Roger P. Lichtle
  • Patent number: D894758
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Tekni-Plex, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark A Bergeron, Babu Kuruvilla, Roger Lichtle