Patents by Inventor Michael M. Lloyd

Michael M. Lloyd 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).

  • Patent number: 6253993
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a self-erecting container formed from the rapid deployment of flattened, partially articulated and/or pre-glued blanks into an articulated orientation, for the facilitated containment and dispensing of fluid articles. The self-erecting container comprises a bottom panel, two end panels, two side panels, and a pair of corner panels joining each end panel to each side panel. One of each pair of corner panels is affixed to one of opposed side or end panels, forming a container pocket having a substantially collapsed orientation. Upon raising of the end or side panels, respectively, the corner panels cause the respective side or end panels to be automatically be raised relative to the bottom panel, and the container pocket prompted to a substantially upright and expanded orientation. The container further comprises a fluid article holding bag attached to a nozzle, which is inserted into at least one aperture in one of the bottom, end and side panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2001
    Assignee: Stone Container Corporation
    Inventors: Michael M. Lloyd, Jeffrey S. James, Kerry Donavon Wellner, Karen M. Chiera, Kenneth J. Zion
  • Patent number: 5894933
    Abstract: A container apparatus for the packaging, storage and transportation of articles, in which the apparatus may be articulated from a substantially enclosed container configuration to a stackable point-of-purchase display configuration. When in the display configuration the cover of the apparatus acts to present the articles within the container at repeatedly stackable, acute angle--respective to a level surface, for the viewing of the articles. Additionally, when in the display configuration, the container apparatus may be vertically or horizontally stacked on another similarly configured container apparatus with stability and without entirely obscuring the presentation of the articles contained therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 20, 1999
    Inventors: Mitchell S. Crews, Michael M. Lloyd