Sheet-formed Receptacle Patents (Class 206/271)
  • Patent number: 5137148
    Abstract: A box-like cigarette pack includes an innerframe with a front wall having an initially lower portion which is folded up so that it projects into the cutout conventionally provided in the upper portion of the innerframe front wall. All or part of the folded-up portion may be made readily removable by providing a line of weakness between the removable part and the remainder of the innerframe. The folded-up portion may be printed with any desired information and may form a coupon or coupon-like article when removed. Until removed, the folded-up portion may be somewhat of an impediment to easy removal of cigarettes, thereby prompting the consumer to remove it as intended.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 1991
    Date of Patent: August 11, 1992
    Assignee: Philip Morris Inc.
    Inventor: Donald H. Evers
  • Patent number: 5129513
    Abstract: A box-like cigarette pack having tab-like retention members formed in the walls of one of the innerframe and lid. The retention members function to help keep the lid completely closed by producing interference between the lid and the innerframe. The retention members are formed with cuts made at an angle to the plane of the wall in which they are formed. These cuts form pointed edges which are on opposite faces of the wall. Once the retention member is pushed out of the plane of the wall, the pointed edge of the surrounding wall retains the retention member outside the plane of the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 1991
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1992
    Assignee: Philip Morris Incorporated
    Inventors: Wallace M. David, Duane C. Wilder
  • Patent number: 4948038
    Abstract: A freshness-preserving container is disclosed. The container includes a lid and a base which are connected and which pivot about a hinge line along their rear walls. The front wall of the lid has an inward facing surface disposed toward an outward facing surface on the fornt wall of the base. Between the inward and outward facing surfaces is a freshness-preserving element for preserving the freahness of the contents of the container. The freshness-preserving means includes a flap mounted on either the lid or the base which engages a shoulder on the other part of the container. As the container closes, the flap slides across the shoulder effecting a latch closing and making a clicking sound indicating the freshness-preserving characteristics of the container. An adhering element also may be provided, such as tape or magnetic pieces, for resealing the container when it is closed. In addition, the lid may overlap the base of the container, further contributing to its freshness-preserving characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 1989
    Date of Patent: August 14, 1990
    Assignee: Philip Morris Incorporated
    Inventor: Robert E. Moeller
  • Patent number: 4895251
    Abstract: Hinge-lid packs consisting of a pack part (11) and a hinged lid (12) articulated on said pack are well known as cigarette package. The hinge-lid packs have the standard international dimensions. For pack contents (cigarette group 10) which do not entirely fill the interior space of the hinge-lid pack a large-area projection (28; 40, 41) is disposed in the region of a pack rear wall (14) and/or a pack front wall (16). Said projection projects into the interior of the hinge-lid pack and rests against and provides support for the pack's contents (cigarette group 10). The projection (28; 40, 41) can be produced by means of embossing or by folding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 1988
    Date of Patent: January 23, 1990
    Assignee: Focke & Co. (GmbH & Co.)
    Inventors: Heinz Focke, Kurt Liedtke
  • Patent number: 4850482
    Abstract: A paperboard innerframe for insertion into a cigarette box is provided. The innerframe allows a bundle of smaller than standard size cigarettes or a bundle of a small number of standard size cigarettes to be retained securely in a cigarette box that is larger than necessary to hold a bundle of such cigarettes exactly. The innerframe has a front panel, outer side panels, inner side panels, a back panel, a concealing flap and tapering tabs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 1988
    Date of Patent: July 25, 1989
    Assignee: Philip Morris Incorporated
    Inventor: Christopher J. Campbell
  • Patent number: 4784261
    Abstract: A cigarette package is provided having a desired number of individual packets which are wrapped by a clear cellophane wrapper to provide a single package. Each of the individual packets contains a predetermined quantity of cigarettes. An advertising card is provided between the individual packets which in turn forms a part of the completed package upon wrapping of the package itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 1987
    Date of Patent: November 15, 1988
    Inventor: Sidney W. Kutchin
  • Patent number: 4776461
    Abstract: In (cigarette) packs, sealing and consequently aroma and moisture preservation are unsatisfactory, particularly because of a lack of sealing of an inner wrapping (tin foil blank 13). With the external appearance and constructive design of a (soft-cup) pack being maintained, the inner wrapping is sealed off by means of bonding strips in specific regions of the overlap or fold. Of particular importance here is a bonding strip (23) in the region of a continuous longitudinal overlap 20 which ensures a considerable increase in leak-proofing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 1986
    Date of Patent: October 11, 1988
    Assignee: Focke & Co. (GmbH & Co.)
    Inventors: Heinz Focke, Kurt Liedtke
  • Patent number: 4773531
    Abstract: A cigarette carton and a cigarette carton spacer for spacing and protecting smaller than standard size cigarette packs in a standard size cigarette carton. A single or plurality of spacers can be used depending upon the size of the undersized packs to be installed in the standard size carton. At least one spacer is installed to extend longitudinally along the centerline of the carton between adjacent rows of the packs in the carton. The spacer is an elongated rectangular panel of single wall corrugated board having a length dimension corresponding to the length dimension of the interior of the carton and a width dimension corresponding to the height dimension of the interior of the carton. Each longitudinal edge of the spacer is formed with a plurality of spaced apart finger notches open to its peripheral edge. Each finger notch along one longitudinal spacer edge is in alignment with a different one of the finger notches along the other longitudinal spacer edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1987
    Date of Patent: September 27, 1988
    Assignee: Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas T. Tudor, Chris P. Radley
  • Patent number: 4771882
    Abstract: A cigarette package includes a plurality of undersized cigarettes which do not entirely fill the cigarette package. The cigarettes are arranged in an orderly group such as, for example, two rows of ten cigarettes each. As is conventional practice, the group of cigarettes is bundled in a foil wrap to keep the cigarettes fresh, and this foil bundle of grouped cigarettes is located in an outer package.A planar spacer is located between the foil bundle and one side wall of the package to take up the space difference between the depth of the foil bundle and depth of the package. An apparatus for installing the spacer includes a first conveyor path for moving foil bundles of grouped cigarettes in single file and a second conveyor path for moving foil bundles of grouped cigarettes in single file each stacked on a spacer. The spacers are placed on the second conveyor one at a time so that they move therealong in single file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1987
    Date of Patent: September 20, 1988
    Assignee: Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corporation
    Inventors: Byron L. Lowe, Thomas T. Tudor, Chris P. Radley
  • Patent number: 4753383
    Abstract: An essentially cuboid hinge-lid pack with a pack part (10) and a hinge lid (11) is rounded in the region of vertical longitudinal edges (26,27) and lid longitudinal edges (28 and 29) and in the region of collar longitudinal front edges (30). The dimensions of the rounded portions of the longitudinal edges (26 and 30) are such that they correspond to the dimensions of cigarettes, so that the latter can fit into the rounded corners inside the hinge-lid pack. Measures for locking the hinge lid (11) in the closed position are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1986
    Date of Patent: June 28, 1988
    Assignee: Focke & Co. (GmbH & Co.)
    Inventors: Heinz Focke, Hugo Mutschall
  • Patent number: 4753384
    Abstract: Hinge-lid packs for cigarettes or other pack contents are very expensive in respect of material consumption. A saving of material is achieved as a result of bevelled longitudinal edges (26,27) and lid longitudinal edges (28,29), while preserving the storage capacity, because, in particular, side tabs (31,32) and lid side tabs (33,34) of the side wall (13) and of the lid side wall (18,19) are made with less width and hence save material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 1986
    Date of Patent: June 28, 1988
    Assignee: Focke & Co.
    Inventors: Heinz Focke, Kurt Liedtke
  • Patent number: 4508218
    Abstract: In the production of soft packs for receiving cigarettes or the like it is important, where possible, to save material, while maintaining the functional characteristics of the pack, on the one hand, and its external appearance. For this reason, the proposed (soft) pack consists of a single one-piece blank made especially of paper or the like. By special folding in the region where the pack envelope merges into the end wall, an offset or a step with an upper edge rim is formed here, and this gives the external impression of a conventional cup pack and moreover imparts increased dimensional stability to the pack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 1983
    Date of Patent: April 2, 1985
    Assignee: Focke & Co.
    Inventors: Heinz Focke, Kurt Liedtke
  • Patent number: 4119196
    Abstract: A partially collapsible package including a pair of opposing rigid front and rear panels. A bottom panel and a pair of side panels are hinged to the front and rear panels to form a package closed at the bottom and open at the top to receive and remove articles therethrough. Each side panel and the bottom panel has a weakened zone to permit collapse of the package in the direction bringing the front and rear panels together. An arrangement of tabs is hinged to the house and positioned so that as the package is collapsed the tabs will be free for limited movement to permit partial collapse of the package and then to support the package and resist further collapse by engagement between the moved tabs and surfaces of the package thereby providing for a partially collapsed supporting package to protect articles contained therein when the package is full and while articles are being removed and the package collapsed accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 1977
    Date of Patent: October 10, 1978
    Assignee: Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corporation
    Inventor: Kenneth A. Flaherty