Sheet-formed Receptacle Patents (Class 206/271)
  • Patent number: 10266336
    Abstract: Pack (27) having a group of tobacco industry products wrapped in a laminate (2) to form a bundle (22). The pack has a base (28) containing the bundle, and a lid (30) mounted to the base for rotation between open and closed positions. The laminate has an outer layer (3) having a first cut (5) that defines an outer layer region bounded by said first cut and, an inner layer (4) having a second cut (6) that defines an inner layer region bounded by said second cut. A part of the outer layer region is attached to an inside surface of the lid such that, as the lid is rotated into its open position, the inner and outer layer regions are lifted causing the inner and outer layers to delaminate in a peripheral region (15) between the first and second cuts and an opening (19).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: BRITISH AMERICAN TOBACCO (INVESTMENTS) LIMITED
    Inventors: Andrew Jonathan Bray, Gary Fallon, Paul Gibson
  • Patent number: 9896261
    Abstract: A container for consumer articles (20) comprises a box portion (31) comprising a box front wall (32), a box rear wall (36) and two box side walls (38) extending between the box front wall and the box rear wall. The container further comprises an inner frame (10) comprising an inner frame front wall (12) and inner frame side walls (14), wherein the inner frame front wall (12) is arranged parallel and at a predefined distance to the box front wall (32). The container further comprises an additional flap (50) comprising at least two opposing side edges, the first side edge (52) being attached to an upper edge of the box front wall (32), the second side edge (54) contacting the lower edge (12d) of the inner frame front wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventor: Lucas Chatelain
  • Publication number: 20150014193
    Abstract: The invention relates to a packaging with a base body, that includes a compartment, and a closing flap. The closing flap includes a substantially shape-retaining, bent end area that is dimensioned and configured such that the end area reaches at least partially around a front surface of the base body in the closed state of the packaging.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Applicant: ZECASO GmbH
    Inventor: Urs Zeier
  • Publication number: 20140061074
    Abstract: A pack for smoking articles such as cigarettes comprises a plurality of planar panels, and a blank for producing such a pack. At least one of the panels includes a plurality of formations extending out of the plane of a surface of the or each panel. The formations may be formed by an embossing method. The formations may provide protection for the contents of the pack from subsequent processes performed thereon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: British American Tobacco (Holdings) Limited
    Inventors: Tanneguy Blaudin de Thé, John ENGLAND, Steven HOLFORD
  • Patent number: 8584854
    Abstract: A reclosable package for containing smoking papers to be dispensed therefrom, the package comprising: a body for holding the smoking papers; the body having a cover which overlays a surface of the body of the package for closure; wherein the cover opens to form a tray; and wherein the cover and/or body include a closure positioned to form a clasp when the cover is folded over the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: BBK Tobacco & Foods, LLP
    Inventors: Joshua D. Kesselman, Ryan Selby
  • Patent number: 8561793
    Abstract: A container for consumer goods comprising an outer shell, an inner housing and a resilient member arranged between the outer shell and the inner housing. The inner housing has an opening and is mounted within the outer shell for rotational movement relative thereto between a closed position, in which the opening is covered by the outer shell and an open position in which the opening is at least partially exposed. The inner housing is resiliently biased towards the closed position by the resilient member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventor: Lucas Chatelain
  • Patent number: 8393332
    Abstract: An improved packaging for rolling papers used in roll your own smoking articles that includes a single member having an inner and an outer surface, the member being folded over towards the inner surface at each end to form a substantially parallel portion at each end and a generally open interior. The unfolded portion of the member extends along a path between the ends. The path includes at least one substantially straight planar portion and a semi-cylindrical portion. The pair of substantially parallel portions are configured such that a plurality of rolling papers may be removably packaged between the pair of substantially parallel portions. The plurality of rolling papers at least initially retains a curved shape after removal from the improved packaging such that a tobacco product may be placed in the curved portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: BBK Tobacco & Foods, LLP
    Inventor: Joshua D. Kesselman
  • Patent number: 8348053
    Abstract: An adjacent article package for holding a consumer product and a promotional product includes a combining sleeve formed from a blank. The first container can be a pack of cigarettes and the second container can be a small package containing promotional products such as smokeless tobacco products. The adjacent article package can be sized to be compatible with cigarette cartons, cigarette display racks, tax-stamping equipment and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen J. Bellamah, William T. Griffin, Dominic J. C. Howard, William E. Tucker, Jr., John A. Konings, Xuan M. Pham
  • Patent number: 8276750
    Abstract: A package of cigarettes, having: a group of cigarettes; an inner package enclosing the group of cigarettes and made from a sheet of wrapping folded about the group of cigarettes; and a U-shaped stiffener made of rigid material and located inside the inner package, contacting the group of cigarettes; the sheet of wrapping has two flaps which are superimposed and heat sealed to each other at a rear wall or front wall of the group of cigarettes defined by the cylindrical lateral walls of the cigarettes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: G.D Societa' per Azioni
    Inventors: Andrea Biondi, Luca Cavazza, Michele Squarzoni
  • Patent number: 8252352
    Abstract: A package assembly encloses a plurality of individual elongate consumable products. The package assembly includes a plurality of products aligned in a side-by-side array. A package housing encloses the array of products. The package housing has front and back walls for supporting the products therebetween in a closable cover for closing a product dispensing opening. The front wall includes a wall flap extending inwardly towards the back wall in frictional engagement with the array of products for removable retention of the products therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Kraft Foods Global Brands LLC
    Inventor: Allen Sydney Aldridge
  • Patent number: 8047362
    Abstract: A hinge lid pack has a lower pack outerframe and an upper lid hingedly attached to the lower pack outerframe for movement between opened and closed positions. The lid includes front, top, back and opposite sidewall portions. An innerframe is within and upwardly extends from the outerframe, and the innerframe has front and opposite sidewall portions. Microencapsulated aroma surfaces on the pack move across roughened perforations on the pack upon opening of the pack to thereby release flavor by rupturing the microcapsules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Xuan M. Pham, Scott A. Fath
  • Patent number: 7992708
    Abstract: A cigarette pack of the hinge-lid-box type comprises an outer pack (13) and an inner pack which can be displaced in the longitudinal direction within the outer pack (13). A hinge lid (36) is fitted on one side of the outer pack (13). This hinge lid is moved into an open position by displacement of the inner pack (12) relative to the outer pack (13), to be precise by an opening force being transmitted by means of a pushing-action tab (27) arranged within the pack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Focke & Co. (GmbH & Co. KG)
    Inventors: Viktor Hein, Henry Buse
  • Patent number: 7992745
    Abstract: A water resistant absorbent towel dispenser. The dispenser includes a container having top, bottom and side walls housing a supply of absorbent towels, and an exterior handle for facilitating transport of the dispenser. The top wall includes a finger-accessible opening through which absorbent towels may be withdrawn. In certain embodiments, the top wall is convex upwardly, but is flexible to enable it to be depressed when dispensers are stacked vertically so as to come into load bearing contact with the towel supply. In some embodiments, the top and bottom walls have interlocking configurations to add lateral stability to vertically stacked dispensers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Sellars Absorbent Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: John C. Sellars, Jerry Ballas, Balbir Singh, Neal D. Watson, Ronald A. Bogdanovich
  • Publication number: 20110114518
    Abstract: An aroma-tight or moisture-tight pack for cigarettes (10) having an inner pack (12), produced from cardboard or a comparable packaging material, made tight as a result of corresponding treatment, and an outer pack (13) in the form of a hinge-lid box, however without a collar. A cigarette group (11) is positioned directly, that is without an inner envelope, in the inner pack (12). The inner pack is provided in an upper region, namely in the region of a cover (15) of the outer pack (13), with a particular opening aid. A closure tab (39) of the inner pack (12) is covered over its entire surface area by an actuating tab (42) which is realized as tape and is produced from a separate blank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2009
    Publication date: May 19, 2011
    Inventor: Viktor Hein
  • Patent number: 7901719
    Abstract: A package assembly encloses a plurality of individual elongate consumable products. The package assembly includes a plurality of products aligned in a side-by-side array. A package housing encloses the array of products. The package housing has front and back walls for supporting the products therebetween in a closable cover for closing a product dispensing opening. The front wall includes a wall flap extending inwardly towards the back wall in frictional engagement with the array of products for removable retention of the products therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Assignee: Cadbury Adams USA LLC
    Inventor: Allen Sydney Aldridge
  • Patent number: 7857128
    Abstract: A laminate including a flavorant useful for packaging cigarettes or other products such as food products. The laminate includes crosslinked polymer coatings adhered to at least two metal foils, and a volatile flavor component such as menthol is applied to one of the polymer-coated surfaces. The laminate minimizes loss of volatile and/or heat sensitive flavor components from the package during extended periods at elevated temperature which are often associated with long term storage and/or shipping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventor: Sarojini Deevi
  • Patent number: 7845491
    Abstract: A rigid package for tobacco articles has a cup-shaped container, which is substantially parallelepiped-shaped and has two major lateral walls, two minor lateral walls, a bottom wall, and an open top end; a cup-shaped lid hinged along a first hinge to rotate between an open position and a closed position respectively opening and closing the open end; and an additional panel hinged to the container along a second hinge to rotate, with respect to the container, between an unfolded position, in which the additional panel is detached from the container, and a folded position, in which the additional panel rests on a major lateral wall of the container and is maintained contacting the major lateral wall of the container by the lid in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Assignee: G.D Societa' per Azioni
    Inventors: Roberto Polloni, Marco Brizzi
  • Patent number: 7832556
    Abstract: A package for tobacco articles, having a group of tobacco articles, and a cup-shaped container which houses the group of tobacco articles and has an open top end, a bottom wall, two parallel, opposite major lateral walls, and two parallel, opposite minor lateral walls; at least one retaining member is located inside the container, projects perpendicularly from at least one of the lateral walls, defines a supporting surface for the group of tobacco articles, and is defined by two rigid panels separated from each other by a crease line and folded one towards the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: G.D Societa' per Azioni
    Inventors: Marco Ghini, Luca Petrucci, Stefano Negrini
  • Patent number: 7827769
    Abstract: A method of folding a sheet of packing material, having an extraction opening, about a group of cigarettes; the method includes the steps of: bringing a first end wall of the group of cigarettes into contact with the flat sheet of packing material, so that the major transverse edges of the group of cigarettes are parallel to the short sides of the sheet of packing material, and the minor transverse edges of the group of cigarettes are parallel to the long sides of the sheet of packing material; folding the sheet of packing material into a U about the major transverse edges of the first end wall, so that the sheet of packing material covers both the major lateral walls of the group of cigarettes completely; folding the sheet of packing material onto a second end wall of the group of cigarettes; and folding the sheet of packing material onto the minor lateral walls of the group of cigarettes; the first end wall of the group of cigarettes is positioned asymmetrically with respect to the sheet of packing material
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Assignee: G.D Societa′ per Azioni
    Inventors: Ivanoe Bertuzzi, Roberto Polloni, Michele Squarzoni, Fausto Negrini, Stefano Negrini
  • Patent number: 7757846
    Abstract: In order to manufacture folding packets having a packet part (11), a lid (12) and a collar (13), a single-piece blank is used, in which a collar (13) is connected to a main blank (14) via connecting webs (15, 16). The collar (13) is connected to a connecting web (15) via an edge-side collar folding line, and the connecting webs (15, 16) are connected to the main blank (14) via transversely oriented web folding lines (41, 42), with the result that the collar (13) can be moved into the position with two folding steps which follow one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Assignee: Focke & Co. (GmbH & Co. KG)
    Inventors: Hermann Blome, Viktor Hein
  • Publication number: 20100155274
    Abstract: The disclosure addresses aspects of a PACK FOR SMOKING ARTICLES, wherein smoking articles may include, but are not limited to, cigarettes and the like. This disclosure details a pack for smoking articles comprising a plurality of planar panels, and a blank for producing such a pack. In one embodiment, at least one of the panels includes a plurality of formations extending out of the plane of a surface of the panel(s). In one non-limiting implementation, the formations may provide protection for the contents of the pack from subsequent processes performed thereon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2008
    Publication date: June 24, 2010
    Inventors: Tanneguy Blaudin de The, John England, Steven Holford
  • Patent number: 7721942
    Abstract: Packets of cigarettes (2) sold in multiples are wrapped in a rigid carton (1) with a predominating longitudinal axis (L) that extends parallel to the longitudinal axes (7) of the single packets (2) and presents a prismatic shape of polygonal section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: G.D. S.p.A.
    Inventors: Roberto Polloni, Chiara Colo′, Fiorenzo Draghetti
  • Patent number: 7686166
    Abstract: A packing box for photosensitive recording material comprising a box body 5 and a lid member 9, wherein the box body 5 includes a storage section 11 and a lid-covered portion 13; the lid-covered portion 13 includes a lid-covered fixed surface 15 and a lid-covered rotatable portion 19 rotatable outward and downward along a valley bending line 17, a first lid-covered end surface 21 having an upper corner portion formed into an arcuate shape and a second lid-covered end surface 23; and the lid-covered rotatable portion 19 is formed with an inner flap 43 on the side of the second lid-covered end surface 23.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Yasushi Kikuchi
  • Patent number: 7686162
    Abstract: A generally flat carton blank is arranged for assembly into a carton shape holding multiple cigarette packs. The carton blank has a defined periphery, and a generally flat promotional sheet overlies the carton blank within the outer periphery thereof. A portion of the promotional sheet is adhesively secured to the carton blank. In another embodiment a generally flat promotional sheet overlies the carton blank essentially within the outer periphery thereof. Both carton blank each with its associated promotional sheet may then be assembled and loaded with cigarette packs utilizing standard assembly machinery and standard procedures. Fold lines on the carton blank and the promotional sheet facilitate assembly of the carton blank into a carton shape with the promotional sheet inside the assembled carton.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Assignee: Philip Morris USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott A. Fath, James D. Evans
  • Publication number: 20100051486
    Abstract: A container for consumer goods comprising an outer shell, an inner housing and a resilient member arranged between the outer shell and the inner housing. The inner housing has an opening and is mounted within the outer shell for rotational movement relative thereto between a closed position, in which the opening is covered by the outer shell and an open position in which the opening is at least partially exposed. The inner housing is resiliently biased towards the closed position by the resilient member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2009
    Publication date: March 4, 2010
    Applicant: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventor: Lucas Chatelain
  • Publication number: 20100032324
    Abstract: A container having a surface including at least one high friction surface region having a coefficient of friction of between about 0.63 and about 2. Optionally, the at least one high friction surface region includes a coating layer, which may include fibers. The surface of the container may further include at least one low friction surface region having a coefficient of friction of less than 0.5, or preferably less than 0.3.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2009
    Publication date: February 11, 2010
    Applicant: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Bodo-Werner Lutzig, Zsolt Igo
  • Patent number: 7569008
    Abstract: A gum packaging design that utilizes two separate compartments, an upper compartment and a lower compartment. Each of the compartments may be formed from a separate paperboard blank. The blanks are folded to form the compartments and then the lower compartment is adhered to the upper compartment in a fashion that allows the lower compartment to be later separated therefrom by tearing along a perforation after the lower compartment is emptied. A cover flap on the upper compartment can be used to hold the package in a compact, closed position by folding the compartments to face each other and tucking an end into a receiving slot formed in the back panel of the lower compartment. Once the lower compartment is separated from the upper compartment, the same cover flap can be used to close the remaining package by tucking the same end of the cover flap into a receiving slot formed in a front panel of the upper compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2009
    Assignee: Cadbury Adams USA LLC
    Inventors: Allen S. Aldridge, Paul K. Bowers, Dan Devine, Christopher J. Feltman, Frank Schiro
  • Patent number: 7562772
    Abstract: A container blank is provided for a box with a hinged lid wherein the lid is reliably closed by way of an enlarged collar section. The closure of the box can be aided by surfaces formed on the container blank such that when folded into a box, the surfaces of the closure can provide resistance to the lid opening. Additionally, a lid portion of the container blank can optionally be provided with an embossed section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2009
    Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventor: Bodo-Werner Lutzig
  • Publication number: 20090071101
    Abstract: A method of folding a sheet of packing material, having an extraction opening, about a group of cigarettes; the method includes the steps of: bringing a first end wall of the group of cigarettes into contact with the flat sheet of packing material, so that the major transverse edges of the group of cigarettes are parallel to the short sides of the sheet of packing material, and the minor transverse edges of the group of cigarettes are parallel to the long sides of the sheet of packing material; folding the sheet of packing material into a U about the major transverse edges of the first end wall, so that the sheet of packing material covers both the major lateral walls of the group of cigarettes completely; folding the sheet of packing material onto a second end wall of the group of cigarettes; and folding the sheet of packing material onto the minor lateral walls of the group of cigarettes; the first end wall of the group of cigarettes is positioned asymmetrically with respect to the sheet of packing material
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2008
    Publication date: March 19, 2009
    Applicant: G.D SOCIETA' PER AZIONI
    Inventors: Ivanoe Bertuzzi, Roberto Polloni, Michele Squarzoni, Fausto Negrini, Stefano Negrini
  • Publication number: 20080308432
    Abstract: A wrapped bundle comprises an inner liner wrapped about a predetermined collation of smoking articles, the inner liner comprising an inner liner outer edge, the inner liner further comprising at least two sections defining an opening in the wrapped bundle, at least one section of the at least two sections being provided with means for releasably attaching the at least two sections to reclose the opening, wherein at least one section comprises a part of the inner liner outer edge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2008
    Publication date: December 18, 2008
    Applicant: Philip Morris USA Inc.,
    Inventors: Bodo-Werner Lutzig, Eduardo Schmitt
  • Patent number: 7455177
    Abstract: A packet of cigarettes having a rigid container in turn having a hinged lid; and a group of cigarettes housed inside the container and enclosed in an inner foil wrapping having a front tear-off portion; a front wall of the container has a transparent window superimposed over the front tear-off portion of the inner foil wrapping (FIG. 1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2008
    Assignee: G.D Societa' Per Aziono
    Inventors: Stefano Serafini, Fiorenzo Draghetti
  • Patent number: 7431153
    Abstract: A package (1) of tobacco items, of which form part a packet (2) of tobacco items, which opens at the top, is substantially parallelepiped-shaped, and houses a group (3) of tobacco items; and a foldable protective member (4), which assumes a closed configuration, in which it is flat and rectangular, and an open configuration, in which it is tubular to house a portion of the packet (2) of tobacco items with no clearance; the protective member (4) being folded into the closed configuration and attached removably to the packet (2) of tobacco items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2008
    Assignee: G.D Societa' per Azioni
    Inventors: Angelo Li Vigni, Fiorenzo Draghetti
  • Patent number: 7377384
    Abstract: A cigarette pack has a pair of complementary packets each having a box that includes a straight or angled or non-orthogonal side panel and wherein each box contains a group of cigarettes. The packets are arranged adjacent one another along their straight or non-orthogonal sides and then overwrapped to produce the cigarette pack. Each packet includes ten cigarettes for a total pack count of twenty cigarettes. The individual packets promote ease of transport and overall freshness. The packet may have rounded or beveled corners, and each packet may have a hinge lid or comprise an outer shell and interior cigarette holding slide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2008
    Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Robert T. Mitten, Scott A. Fath
  • Publication number: 20080093234
    Abstract: An assembled container for smoking articles includes an outer sleeve that includes a front wall, a rear wall, a right side wall, and a left side wall. Packets of cigarettes are positioned within the outer sleeve. For example, two packets, each containing ten cigarettes, are positioned within the outer sleeve. The packets, and the outer sleeve, include mechanisms that interact during movement of the individual packets within the outer sleeve. As such, a portion of each packet is maintained within the outer sleeve during conditions of normal use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2006
    Publication date: April 24, 2008
    Inventors: Wesley Steven Jones, Pankaj Patel
  • Patent number: 7344024
    Abstract: In the case of a (soft) pack for cigarettes, the blank (10) made of paper or similar material is provided, adjacent to an end wall (16), with a multi-layered folding strip (21) running all the way round. In order that inner layers can be connected to outer, covering layers via glue—spot of glue (20)—a round cutout (29) made by punching is provided, the spot of glue (20) being positioned in the region of said cutout. A special feature is constituted by the production of blanks (10) for such a pack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2008
    Assignee: Focke & Co. (GmbH & Co. KG)
    Inventors: Jürgen Focke, legal representative, Hans-Jürgen Bretthauer, Henry Buse, Heinz Focke
  • Patent number: 7320399
    Abstract: A rigid cigarette packet having a case (1) defined by a cup-shaped container (12) closed by a hinged, lateral-opening lid (11), and wherein the lid (11) incorporates at least part of a top wall (4) of the case (1); and the case (1) is formed from a blank (44) having two panels (4?, 4?) which are superimposed to form the top wall (4) of the case (1), and houses a tubular collar (18) closed at the top by a wall (20; 67; 74) adjacent to the top wall (4) of the case (1) and including a removable panel (27; 71; 80) located at the lid (18).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2008
    Assignee: G.D Societa′ per Azioni
    Inventors: Marco Ghini, Fiorenzo Draghetti
  • Patent number: 7318523
    Abstract: A rigid container for tobacco items, defined by a tubular lateral wall (11) and by at least one end wall (6), and wherein one of the two walls (6, 11) has at least one inwardly concave portion (13; 82; 91; 96; 102; 113), and the other wall has at least one flat portion (8; 114), which mates with the concave portion (13; 82; 91; 96; 102; 113) along a convex outer edge portion (10, 115) of its own, and is formed from a panel (6?; 6?, 6?; 121a, 122a) having a first portion (6?a; 6?a, 6?a; 128) corresponding to the flat portion (8; 114), and a peripheral second portion defined by at least one curved strip (20; 20?, 20?; 127) bounded internally by a curved crease line (19; 19?, 19?; 126) extending along the convex outer edge portion (10; 115); the strip (20, 20?, 20?; 127) being folded squarely, by drawing, to define a convex border (23; 129) extending along the convex outer edge portion (10; 115), and being made integral with an inner surface of the concave portion (13; 82; 91; 96; 102; 113).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2008
    Assignee: G.D Societa' per Azioni
    Inventor: Mario Spatafora
  • Patent number: 7290652
    Abstract: The invention relates to a container, especially for cigarettes, having a base and a lid. The base includes a bottom area and a first wall, and the lid includes a cover area and a second wall. The base and the lid are hinged to each other on a first side of the first wall and a first side of the second wall. When the container is in a closed state, a gap is formed between the other sides of the first wall and the other sides of the second wall. A protective cover is disposed around the base and the lid when the container is in the closed state. The protective cover, in the area of the gap, is provided with a perforated section and is at least partially linked with the base and/or the lid, especially glued to it or linked with it in a similar manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2007
    Inventor: Josef Rath
  • Patent number: 7234593
    Abstract: A generally flat carton blank is arranged for assembly into a carton shape holding multiple cigarette packs. The carton blank has a defined periphery, and a generally flat promotional sheet overlies the carton blank within the outer periphery thereof. A portion of the promotional sheet is adhesively secured to the carton blank. In another embodiment a generally flat promotional sheet overlies the carton blank essentially within the outer periphery thereof. Both carton blank each with its associated promotional sheet may then be assembled and loaded with cigarette packs utilizing standard assembly machinery and standard procedures. Fold lines on the carton blank and the promotional sheet facilitate assembly of the carton blank into a carton shape with the promotional sheet inside the assembled carton.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2007
    Assignee: Philip Moris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Scott A. Fath, James D. Evans
  • Patent number: 7228961
    Abstract: A multi-ply wrapper for a package includes an inner ply of material having printed indicia at selected portions thereon and an outer ply of material laminated to the inner ply wherein the outer ply is provided with perforated sections aligned to cover the printed indicia. A two-ply wrapper is particularly useful in cigarette packaging for circumscribing a foil wrapped bundle of cigarettes whereby upon peeling away the perforated section of the outer ply, graphics are disposed which include consumer information, advertising, special offers, coupons and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2007
    Assignee: R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
    Inventors: Stephen Koetter, Donald A. Stringfield
  • Patent number: 7159717
    Abstract: A gum packaging design that utilizes two separate compartments, an upper compartment and a lower compartment. Each of the compartments may be formed from a separate paperboard blank. The blanks are folded to form the compartments and then the lower compartment is adhered to the upper compartment in a fashion that allows the lower compartment to be later separated therefrom by tearing along a perforation after the lower compartment is emptied. A cover flap on the upper compartment can be used to hold the package in a compact, closed position by folding the compartments to face each other and tucking an end into a receiving slot formed in the back panel of the lower compartment. Once the lower compartment is separated from the upper compartment, the same cover flap can be used to close the remaining package by tucking the same end of the cover flap into a receiving slot formed in a front panel of the upper compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2007
    Assignee: Cadbury Adams USA, LLC
    Inventors: Allen S. Aldridge, Paul K. Bowers, Dan Devine, Christopher J. Feltman, Frank Schiro
  • Patent number: 7121403
    Abstract: A blank for forming a carton, the carton formed therefrom, and a closure for the carton are provided for enclosing a plurality of unbound elongate smoking articles. The blank includes a base sub-blank at the distal end which is folded to form an open top box and a lid sub-blank at the proximal end which is folded to form a top for the box. A movable lid sub-panel is formed in the lid sub-blank which is hingedly removable therefrom to open the top of the box and which is reclosable by use of a foldable member provided therein. After opening of the movable lid sub-panel, the foldable member is folded over to form an extending tab which is received in a weakening line provided in an underlying front panel of the carton when it is desired to hold the movable lid sub-panel in a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2006
    Inventors: Walter Bohdan, Christopher M. Morgan, Christine Hannah Jones, Maureen Jane Jeffrey, James Jerome Petit
  • Patent number: 7000761
    Abstract: The invention relates to a soft-cup package (29) for smoking articles wherein the outer wrap material (10) is a paperboard or cardboard material having the ability to collapse along lines of weakening (26, 28) in the side panels (16, 20) as smoking articles are removed from the package (29). The invention also includes further means of collapse along lines of weakening (14.2, 18.2) in the base panel (14.1, 18.1). Retaining means may he provided by a collapsed side panel (20) and a dummy stamp or seal (34) across the top walls of the package (10) to hold captive the remaining exposed smoking articles (46).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2006
    Assignee: British American Tobacco (Investments) Ltd.
    Inventors: Pierre Radyn Swart, Hugh Dermot Roe
  • Patent number: 6889827
    Abstract: A resealable hard box cigarette pack is provided with a window type opening extending across a portion of the pack top wall and also a portion of the front wall of the pack. The window is covered by a closure that may be resealed to the pack body either through insertion of a tab on the closure into a tab receiving slot in the front wall of the pack or by applying a permanent package adhesion along the outer edges of the closure with the edges of the openings in the top wall and the front wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2005
    Inventor: Don Stringfield
  • Patent number: 6851553
    Abstract: A carton assembly for packages of smoking articles comprises a top wall, a bottom wall, a first side wall, a second side wall, a first end wall, a second end wall and a dispensing portion. The dispensing portion is defined by a perforation line on the first and second side walls and the bottom wall before the dispensing portion is removed. When the perforation line is torn, the dispensing portion may be removed allowing cigarette packages to be withdrawn from the carton assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2005
    Inventors: Mitchell A. Venable, Karen Marie Keith
  • Patent number: 6823989
    Abstract: A dual cigarette carton has overall dimensions compatible with commercially available tax-stamping machinery as well as structural features that enable subsequent separation of the dual carton into two five-pack cartons. The dual cigarette carton comprises first and second cartons each having relatively long front and back walls, an interconnecting bottom wall and narrow end walls. First and second cover flaps are connected to the front wall of the first and second cartons along upper edges thereof. The first and second cover flaps overlie one another when the cartons are positioned in back-to-back relationship. A perforated fold line extends between each cover flap and the front wall to which it is connected, and each perforated fold line includes an unperforated portion at one end thereof for strengthening connection between the cover flaps and the front walls as the cartons with cigarette packs therein pass through the tax-stamping machinery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2004
    Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Duane Curtis Wilder, Frederick Ried Bruchbacher, Claudette M. Calder, Joe Rush, Lenny Lee Harris, Steven L. Brown
  • Patent number: 6779658
    Abstract: A rigid pack (100) with a hinged lid (12) serves both as a carton proportioned to accommodate a plurality of packets (1) of cigarettes (3), and as a single packet (1); in either instance the pack comprises a container (10) surmounted by a lid (12) hinged to one open end (11) of the container and rotatable between positions in which the container (10) is open and closed, respectively. The pack (100) appears prismatic in shape and substantially triangular in section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2004
    Assignee: G.D. S.p.A.
    Inventors: Roberto Polloni, Chiara Colo', Igino Conti, Fiorenzo Draghetti
  • Publication number: 20040140234
    Abstract: In the case of a (soft) pack for cigarettes, the blank (10) made of paper or similar material is provided, adjacent to an end wall (16), with a multi-layered folding strip (21) running all the way round. In order that inner layers can be connected to outer, covering layers via glue-spot of glue (20)—a round cutout (29) made by punching is provided, the spot of glue (20) being positioned in the region of said cutout. A special feature is constituted by the production of blanks (10) for such a pack.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2004
    Publication date: July 22, 2004
    Inventors: Heinz Focke, Jurgen Focke, Hans-Jurgen Bretthauer, Henry Buse
  • Patent number: 6752265
    Abstract: A cigarette packet includes a first inner wrapper (2) enveloping a group of cigarettes, a second outer wrapper (5) wrapped around the first inner wrapper (2), a revenue stamp (14) and, in the event that the packet (1) is of the rigid type with a hinged lid, a reinforcing frame (10), all identifiable as specific packaging components of the packet (1). The packet (1) includes a layer (16) of opaque material, removable by scratching, which is designed to conceal at least one predetermined message or image (18) on at least one predetermined area (17) of at least one of the specific packaging components (13).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2004
    Assignee: G.D. S.p.A.
    Inventors: Fiorenzo Draghetti, Chiara Colo', Angelo Li Vigni
  • Publication number: 20040112771
    Abstract: A package (10) can support separate groups of cigarettes (12, 13) by an inner frame (14) which has a central fold or pleat (28) to locate the groups. A common single barrier layer wrapper (16) surrounds the groups. The package (10) may be contained in a sleeve-like shell (240) to form a packet similar to a slide and shell packet. Also disclosed is a package 410 which has a disposable cover (424) for an access aperture, the cover having a lower edge (424B) which is inclined, curved or otherwise non-alignment to make minor differences in position of the edge lens noticeable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2004
    Publication date: June 17, 2004
    Inventors: Thomas Williams Bailey, Michael John Cahill, Brian Hill, Andrew Ronald House, Robert Howard Taylor