Patents by Inventor Patrick Blin

Patrick Blin 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: 20200277116
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate to a carrier (90) for packaging a plurality of flanged articles, a blank (10) for forming the carrier. The carrier comprises a composite wall formed from two at least partially overlapping layers (12,20), including an inner layer (20) and an outer layer (12). The carrier further comprises a keel structure (70) folded into an interior of the carrier. The keel structure has an inner member (60) formed from the inner layer and an outer member (50) formed from the outer layer. The inner and outer members are hingedly connected to a respective one of the inner and outer layers along inner (61) and outer (51) fold lines respectively. The inner and outer fold lines are generally aligned in the direction of the thickness of the inner and outer layers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2018
    Publication date: September 3, 2020
    Inventor: Patrick Blin
  • Patent number: 10562685
    Abstract: A package includes a carton (90) and one or more articles (A). The carton includes a top panel (20), a base panel (16), a first side wall (14) and a second side wall (18). The first side wall includes at least one tab (42a) hingedly connected thereto. The at least one tab is configured to provide a support structure for facilitating stacking of the carton. The at least one tab has a lower edge in contact with an upper surface of an article and includes an upper edge in contact with an inner surface of the top panel of the carton so as to support the top panel of the carton above the upper surface of the article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: WestRock Packaging Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Patrick Blin
  • Publication number: 20190256267
    Abstract: A carton (102) for packaging one or more articles (B) includes a plurality of walls including atop wall (142), a bottom wall (132), at least two vertical walls (112, 114) and a curved corner (113) between the vertical walls. An internal buttress structure (156) adjacent the top wall provides a curved support edge located apart from the top wall and providing a support edge for the curved comer. A handle strap (266) may be provided in the top wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Publication date: August 22, 2019
    Inventors: Julien D. MERZEAU, Patrick BLIN
  • Publication number: 20180346215
    Abstract: A package (94) comprising at least one first inner carrier (92) and a second outer carrier (90), the or each of the at least one first inner carrier (92) having a first tubular structure, the second outer carrier (90) also having a tubular structure, and the second outer carrier being disposed, at least in part, on the outside of the first inner carrier such that the axes of the tubular structures are substantially perpendicular.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Inventors: Matthew E Zacherle, Gregory P Hayter, Caleb S Loftin, Bradford J Walling, Patrick Blin
  • Publication number: 20180319560
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate to a carton for packaging one or more articles, a blank for forming the carton and a method of packaging articles. The carton comprises a plurality of panels forming walls of a tubular structure including a top wall, a first side wall, a base wall, and a second side wall. An end closure structure at least partially closes an end of the tubular structure. The end closure structure includes: a top end closure flap having a handle flap which defines at least in part a handle opening in the top end closure flap for forming a carrying handle; a side end closure flap coupled to one of the first and second side walls; wherein the side end closure flap comprises a portion which underlies the handle flap when both the top and side end flaps are folded into an end-closing position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2018
    Publication date: November 8, 2018
    Inventors: Patrick Blin, Julien G. Merzeau
  • Publication number: 20180305100
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate to a carton for packaging one or more articles, a blank for forming the carton and a method of packaging articles. The carton comprises a plurality of panels forming walls of a tubular structure including a top wall, a first side wall, a base wall, and a second side wall. An end closure structure at least partially closes an end of the tubular structure. The end closure structure includes: a top end closure flap having a handle opening forming a carrying handle; a side end closure flap coupled to one of the first and second side walls; and a web panel interconnecting the top end closure flap to the side end closure flap. The web panel is hingedly connected to the top end closure flap and is hingedly connected to the side end closure flap along a fold line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2018
    Publication date: October 25, 2018
    Inventor: Patrick Blin
  • Publication number: 20180029768
    Abstract: A carton for packaging one or more articles, the carton including a first side panel (22) and a first base panel (24) hingedly connected by a fold line (27). The carton includes at least one article retention structure (L) for engaging a lower portion of an article (A). The at least one article retention structure including at least a first tab (42) struck from, and hingedly connected to, the first side panel and/or the first base panel. The at least a first tab includes an upper portion (42b), a lower portion (42a) and a central portion (42c). The central portion hingedly interconnects the upper and lower portions and is defined by a pair of fold lines (41a, 43a). The fold lines of the pair are divergently arranged with respect to each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2016
    Publication date: February 1, 2018
    Inventor: Patrick Blin
  • Patent number: 9821939
    Abstract: A composite package includes a preliminary package (70) and a carrying handle structure (60). The preliminary package includes a group of articles (C), contained and secured together as a unit by a wrapping film (80) disposed around the group. The carrying handle structure (60) is wrapped around the preliminary package and is provided with at least one foldable tab (100) that is forcibly pushed and folded inwardly of the carrying handle structure such that the wrapping film is punctured and at least part of the at least one foldable tab is disposed within the preliminary package for interlocking the carrying handle structure to the preliminary package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: WestRock Packaging Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Patrick Blin
  • Publication number: 20170158402
    Abstract: A package includes a carton (90) and one or more articles (A). The carton includes a top panel (20), a base panel (16), a first side wall (14) and a second side wall (18). The first side wall includes at least one tab (42a) hingedly connected thereto. The at least one tab is configured to provide a support structure for facilitating stacking of the carton. The at least one tab has a lower edge in contact with an upper surface of an article and includes an upper edge in contact with an inner surface of the top panel of the carton so as to support the top panel of the carton above the upper surface of the article.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2015
    Publication date: June 8, 2017
    Inventor: Patrick Blin
  • Publication number: 20150344205
    Abstract: A package (P) comprising: a group of articles (A) arranged in one or more tiers; an engaging member (F); and a handle attached to the group of articles via the engaging member. The handle comprising: a handle portion (312; 312?; 214a?/214b?) structured and arranged for being grasped by a user and at least one hook (316a/316b; 316c/316d; 316a?/313a?/316b?/313b; 313c?/316c?/316d?/313d; 213a?/216a?/216b?/213b?) coupled to the handle portion and comprising at least one tooth (330; 330; 230?). The at least one hook comprising at least two hook panels (316a, 316b) folded with respect to one another and each comprising at least one tooth (330; 330?; 230?), at least part of the handle being received in an aperture defined in the engaging member such that the at least one tooth of each of the at least two hook panels engages the engaging member and thereby the group of articles, whereby the handle is connected to the group of articles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2013
    Publication date: December 3, 2015
    Inventors: Philippe LEBRAS, Patrick BLIN, Arnaud DEMANGE
  • Publication number: 20150291328
    Abstract: A composite package includes a preliminary package (70) and a carrying handle structure (60). The preliminary package includes a group of articles (C), contained and secured together as a unit by a wrapping film (80) disposed around the group. The carrying handle structure (60) is wrapped around the preliminary package and is provided with at least one foldable tab (100) that is forcibly pushed and folded inwardly of the carrying handle structure such that the wrapping film is punctured and at least part of the at least one foldable tab is disposed within the preliminary package for interlocking the carrying handle structure to the preliminary package.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2013
    Publication date: October 15, 2015
    Inventor: Patrick Blin
  • Patent number: 8061587
    Abstract: A carton for a group of bottles arranged in rows is of substantially tubular structure comprising a bottom panel (18), a first side panel (16), a top panel (14), a second side wall panel (12) and end closure panels for at least partially closing the ends of the carton. The carton has an access means, integrally formed in the carton walls and is defined by a weakened line of severance (3). The access means provides a means for accessing the bottles contained within the carton while providing means for retaining the articles to prevent them from being inadvertently dislodged. The access means being formed so that the carton can be oriented to sit on either its bottom panel or the second side panel while articles are accessed via an opening in the first side wall panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Meadwestvaco Packaging Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Patrick Blin
  • Publication number: 20100147933
    Abstract: A carton for a group of bottles arranged in rows is of substantially tubular structure comprising a bottom panel (18), a first side panel (16), a top panel (14), a second side wall panel (12) and end closure panels for at least partially closing the ends of the carton. The carton has an access means, integrally formed in the carton walls and is defined by a weakened line of severance (3). The access means provides a means for accessing the bottles contained within the carton whilst providing means for retaining the articles to prevent them from being inadvertently dislodged. The access means being formed so that the carton can be oriented to sit on either its bottom panel or the second side panel whilst articles are accessed via an opening in the first side wall panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2005
    Publication date: June 17, 2010
    Inventor: Patrick Blin
  • Publication number: 20090173773
    Abstract: A carton includes an open top container (10) and a separate top closure (20). The upper periphery of the open top container is reinforced by reinforcing panels (76, 88, 96) and the top closure is releasable from the open top container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2005
    Publication date: July 9, 2009
    Inventor: Patrick Blin
  • Publication number: 20090008437
    Abstract: A carton for containing bottles, has a top closure (20). The top closure (20) has a plurality of apertures (56) each to receive a bottle neck. At least one of the apertures (56) has a tear feature which comprises at least one group of short slits (37). The short slits (37) are offset from one another and arranged such that removal of the bottles causes the tear feature to break and the one aperture (56) to be enlarged.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2005
    Publication date: January 8, 2009
    Applicant: MEADWESTVACO PACKAGING SYSTEMS LLC
    Inventor: Patrick Blin
  • Publication number: 20080257944
    Abstract: A carton of the type includes an open top container (10) and a separate top closure (20). The top closure (20) has a plurality of apertures (56) each to receive the neck of a bottle held within the container. Each aperture (56) has a frangible connection (37) to at least one other aperture (56) to facilitate the removal of the bottles such that the removal of the bottles breaks the frangible connection. The frangible connection (37) is arranged such that the structural integrity of the carton is substantially maintained upon removal of the bottles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2005
    Publication date: October 23, 2008
    Inventor: Patrick Blin
  • Publication number: 20080257943
    Abstract: A carton includes an open top container (10) and a separate top closure (20) and is provided with at least one reinforced handle. The or each reinforced handle is provided in part by the open top container (10) and in part by the top closure (20).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2005
    Publication date: October 23, 2008
    Inventor: Patrick Blin
  • Patent number: 7357254
    Abstract: A carton for dispensing articles having a dispensing feature is adapted for restraining articles within the carton until the consumer desires to remove the endmost articles from the carton. To erect the carton, a plurality of panels are connected together to define an end of the carton. A first detachable portion at the end of the carton may be detached from the carton to define an opening for dispensing articles from an upper or lower row of articles within the carton. A second detachable portion at the end of the carton borders the first detachable portion and may also be detached from the carton to enlarge the opening in an alternative embodiment. The second detachable portion restrains articles in an upper row of articles prior to detaching the second detachable portion from the erected carton.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2008
    Assignee: MeadWestvaco Packaging Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Jean-Michel Auclair, Patrick Blin, Aaron Bates, Erica Watson
  • Patent number: 7328798
    Abstract: A carton for dispensing and retaining articles such as cans or bottles is opened by at least partially removing a first detachable portion and then by at least partially detaching a second detachable portion. Removal of the first detachable portion defines an opening for dispensing articles, and defines means for retaining articles in the carton after one or both of the detachable portions have been removed, such as a stopper wall. Removal of the first detachable portion provides access to the second detachable portion to facilitate subsequent and at least partial detachment thereof. The second detachable portion may be yieldable so as to variably and reversibly redefine or reconfigure the opening to enlarge the opening to facilitate removal of articles that are being dispensed, and to reduce the opening to retain articles in the carton that are not being dispensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2008
    Assignee: MeadWestvaco Packaging Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Jean-Michel Auclair, Patrick Blin, Aaron Bates, Erica Watson, John W. Cargile, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7322464
    Abstract: A carton for holding a plurality of articles, comprises a top wall, a base wall, opposed side walls and opposed end walls. A divider structure for separating adjacent articles is formed from at least one of the end walls. The divider structure includes first and second inwardly folded divider panels and an inwardly folded support panel. The divider panels are hinged together and to the opposed side walls respectively while the support panel is hinged to and extending between the respective lower portions of the first and second divider panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2008
    Assignee: MeadWastvaco Packaging Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Patrick Blin