For Plural Beverage-type Receptacles Patents (Class 206/427)
  • Patent number: 10556730
    Abstract: A package including a carton and a plurality of articles. The carton can include a plurality of panels that extends at least partially around an interior of the carton. The plurality of articles can be arranged in a plurality of rows of articles in the interior of the carton, the plurality of rows of articles can include at least a first row and a second row, and the first row can include at least one more article than the second row forming a void between a first article at an end of the first row and a second article at an end of the second row. A handle can include the first article at the end of the first row and a handle feature extending in the carton. The handle feature can be at least partially aligned with the void and can be proximate the first article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Baldino, Aaron Lee Bates
  • Patent number: 10548434
    Abstract: The apparatuses and methods of making and using the same are directed to bathing apparatus to support an object while bathing the object with a fluid. The bathing apparatus may comprise a support assembly constituting a support structure of the apparatus; a support surface to support the object, the support surface supported by the support portion; and a fluid catch disposed on at least three sides of the support surface, the fluid catch serving as a basin for the fluid in such manner to contain the fluid separate from the support surface. The bathing apparatus may be used in combination with a support wall that includes a plurality of channels to hold household items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Inventor: Marjory McCaffery
  • Patent number: 10513367
    Abstract: A carton for carrying a plurality of articles. The carton has a plurality of panels for at least partially forming an interior of the carton. The plurality of panels includes a top panel, a bottom panel, and at least one side panel. A handle is in at least the top panel. The handle includes a handle feature in the top panel and a flexible handle panel adjacent the handle feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Smalley, John Carsten Nielsen, Renae Kylie Yeomans
  • Patent number: 10507950
    Abstract: A shipping insert for shipping bottles, comprising: a bottom tray; a center divider; and a top tray. The bottom tray may include a plurality of base receptacles that engage with and removably hold a plurality of bottles. The center divider may include one or more supporting side extensions, one or more top center supports, and a plurality of openings. The center divider may engage and align with said bottom tray, such that said center divider is centered on said bottom tray and remains substantially in place when said plurality of bottles are loaded or unloaded into said shipping insert. The top tray may have a plurality of neck receptacles, one or more side walls, and one or more raised segments. The raised segments and side walls may have one or more shoulders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Berkley International, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Alan Carrier, Jeff Berkley, Joseph Martin Taber
  • Patent number: 10494162
    Abstract: A milk crate stabilizer system is described. The stabilizer system may include at least one row of milk crates, each milk crate comprising a floor, four sidewalls extending from the floor and defining an interior, and an open top, and a milk crate stabilizer comprising a plate located above the at least one row of milk crates, and a plurality of groups of four pegs extending downwardly from the plate. The pegs may contact the sidewalls of adjacent milk crates and removably join the adjacent milk crates. The bottoms of the pegs may be narrower than the tops of the pegs to facilitate placement into the corners of the milk crates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: CRATE MATE STABILIZER PARTNERS
    Inventors: Matthew M. Jernigan, Jeffrey Marcum
  • Patent number: 10442593
    Abstract: A load cap (10) comprises a central portion (12) having an edge (14), and a rim arrangement (16) on the edge. The rim arrangement comprises a plurality of corrugations (20) extending substantially parallel to the edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: LOADHOG LIMITED
    Inventors: Leigh Jowett, John Butterworth, Martin Leslie Baker
  • Patent number: 10414538
    Abstract: A carton includes a top wall, a bottom wall, and a front wall. A display window is formed through at least a portion of the front wall and through at least a portion of the top wall. The display window is formed by an inwardly-folding window panel. The inwardly-folding window panel forms at least a portion of the bottom wall. The top wall includes first and second top major flaps that partially overlap to form an outwardly-projecting overlapping portion of the top wall. The bottom wall includes first and second bottom major flaps that define a recess therebetween. The overlapping portion of a first such carton is configured to be received within the recess of a second such carton when the second such carton is stacked on top of the first such carton.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: WestRock Shared Services, LLC
    Inventors: David J. Brundage, Chad Rebmann, Jory B. Mack
  • Patent number: 10384846
    Abstract: A package comprising a carton and an arrangement of containers. The carton can comprise a plurality of panels extending at least partially around an interior of the carton. The plurality of panels can comprise at least a first panel and a second panel disposed opposite to one another. The arrangement can comprise a number of rows of containers disposed at least partially in the interior of the carton. The arrangement can include at least a first row and a second row extending along the respective first and second panels. A load width of the arrangement can be less than the number of rows multiplied by a first difference between the diameter of the containers approximately an eighth of an inch, and the load width can be greater than the number of rows multiplied by a second difference between the diameter and approximately a half of an inch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, LLC
    Inventors: Aaron Lee Bates, Raymond R. Spivey, Sr.
  • Patent number: 10384826
    Abstract: A packing box including lattice members which are arranged in a stacked state into stages, a stage-partition plate which is arranged between the stages of the lattice members, two or more inner tubular-trunk frames which are provided in a stacking direction of the lattice members to surround one or more stages of the lattice members, an outer tubular-trunk frame surrounding an outside of two or more stages of the inner tubular-trunk frames, a bottom lid which is arranged under the outer tubular-trunk frame, and a top lid which is arranged on the outer tubular-trunk frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI MATERIALS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tetsuya Atsumi
  • Patent number: 10358274
    Abstract: A tray system includes a first tray having a plurality of stacking units. In one embodiment, each stacking unit forms a lower receptacle for receiving a neck portion of a first bottle, and an upper receptacle for receiving a base portion of a second bottle to be stacked above the first bottle. The lower receptacle has a first end, a second end opposite the first end, and a sidewall connecting the first end with the second end. The first end forms an opening for receiving a neck of a first bottle into the lower receptacle. The sidewall has a taper that prevents racking. The tray system may also include a second tray and a pallet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Polymer Solutions International, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel E. Kelly, John A. Spadavecchia, James A. Favaron, Jeff Jacobs
  • Patent number: 10301091
    Abstract: A carton includes primary panels (12, 14, 16, 18) hingedly interconnected to form a tubular structure and an end closure structure (1). The primary panels include a first wall panel (12) and a second wall panel (14). The end closure structure includes a first end flap (22b) connected to the first wall panel and a second end flap (24b) connected to the second wall panel. The first end flap includes two arm portions (52, 54) each hingedly connected to the first wall panel, and a bridging portion (50) extending between the arm portions. The two arm portions are spaced apart from each other such that a display window (56) is defined between the two arm portions and that one or more containers (A) in the carton are exposed to view through the display window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: WestRock Packaging Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Brandon L. Ramsuer, Caleb S. Loftin
  • Patent number: 10239659
    Abstract: A container for receiving therein a liquid is provided. The container comprises an upper portion, a lower portion opposite thereto, and sidewalls extending therebetween and all defining an enclosed volume therewithin. The upper portion comprises an opening to the volume. The container further comprises a cap configured to be secured to the upper portion for closing the enclosed volume. The upper portion is configured to be connected to the lower portion. The sidewalls are associated with one or more arrangements configured to facilitate connection to sidewalls of similarly constructed containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Inventor: Gilead Meroz
  • Patent number: 10233000
    Abstract: A package including a carton and a plurality of articles. The carton can include a plurality of panels that extends at least partially around an interior of the carton. The plurality of articles can be arranged in a plurality of rows of articles in the interior of the carton, the plurality of rows of articles can include at least a first row and a second row, and the first row can include at least one more article than the second row forming a void between a first article at an end of the first row and a second article at an end of the second row. A handle can include the first article at the end of the first row and a handle feature extending in the carton. The handle feature can be at least partially aligned with the void and can be proximate the first article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Baldino, Aaron Lee Bates
  • Patent number: 10178914
    Abstract: A sleep assist device for seated persons that when placed either on top of a seated person's lap, over a desk, on an airliner seat tray table or any equivalent base contiguous to said seated person provides him/her with an adequate raised support for his/hers head and also allows the seated person to embrace (to hug) a two-open-ends box-like structure 10 by positioning his/her arms and hands inside an open-throughout volumetric-space 12 preferably over-and-around a pair of inner panels 17-17 in a cozy and comfortable resting posture that, indeed, is conducive to relaxation and sleep. Meanwhile, a vertical panel 16 that is connected to the pair of inner panels 17-17 may contact said seated person's chest. The sleep assist device for seated persons when folded up for storage or to be carried is relatively small and lightweight, allowing a user to conveniently place it into: carry-on luggage, a ladies' handbag, a business briefcase or a suitcase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: AeroSiesta Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Horacio Andres Trucco
  • Patent number: 10173820
    Abstract: A carton includes panels for forming a tubular structure. The panels include a top panel (16), a base panel (12) and a pair of first and second opposed side panels (14, 18) hingedly interconnecting the top and base panels. The carton includes at least one end closure panel (24b, 28b) forming an end wall which at least partially closes a first end of the tubular structure. The carton includes a dispenser for facilitating access to the carton contents. The dispenser includes a first severance line (76) and a second severance line (84) each defined in one (16) of the panels forming the tubular structure. A third severance line (60) and a fourth severance line (70) are each defined in the end wall. The first and second severance line are divergently arranged with respect to each other. The third and fourth severance line are divergently arranged with respect to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: WestRock Packaging Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Tanuja A. Patwardhan
  • Patent number: 10131491
    Abstract: Described is a packet for tobacco products, substantially in the shape of a parallelepiped and extending about a respective main direction, having a front wall, a rear wall facing the front wall, a pair of side walls, a bottom wall and a top wall; the bottom wall and the top wall have a same perimeter extension; the packet also has at least a first and a second corner wall, each of which is interposed between a side wall and the respective front wall or rear wall and has a transversal dimension variable along the main direction; the first corner wall has a geometry complementary to that of the second corner wall in such a way as to keep substantially constant the perimeter extension of each section of the packet transversal to the main direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: G. D S.P.A.
    Inventors: Giuseppe Marchitto, Lorena D'Alfonso, Stefano Negrini
  • Patent number: 10131482
    Abstract: A packaging material includes an antimicrobial agent adhered to a substrate. The antimicrobial agent can include copper, and the packaging material can include cellulose. The substrate can be paperboard, and the copper can be a copper salt, such as copper sulfate. The packaging material may be provided by causing adherence between the substrate and the antimicrobial agent, such as by coating the substrate with the antimicrobial agent. Then, the packaging material may be cut into sheets. The sheets may be formed into cartons or other suitable packages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, LLC
    Inventors: Samuel F. Keller, Alan Fontaine
  • Patent number: 10117532
    Abstract: A pitcher for safely receiving, transporting and decanting a hot liquid includes a body with first and second openings, and a bottom cover removably attached to the body. An opening baffle near the first opening reduces the hot liquid flow rate through the first opening during decanting, and a funnel near the second opening directs the hot liquid through the second opening when receiving the hot liquid. The funnel directs the hot liquid from the second opening to the first opening if the hot liquid exits the second opening during decanting. The pitcher includes an elongated handle, a fin for dividing the hot liquid during decanting, and a scalloped outer sidewall for limiting contact with a user's hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Inventor: Earl Votolato
  • Patent number: 10118733
    Abstract: A storage system includes at least two modular containers, at least two anchor members, and at least one coupler. Each of the modular containers includes a bottom wall and a surrounding wall unit with two opposite walls. Each of the two opposite walls has two lateral regions and an elongated depressed region which extends inwardly to form an elongated groove. Each of the anchor members includes a fitted end fitted slidably in a corresponding elongated groove, an enlarged head, and a neck disposed between the fitted end and the enlarged head. The coupler couples the enlarged heads of the at least two anchor members together so as to permit the at least two modular containers to be disposed in their respective orientations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Inventor: Tung-Pen Yen
  • Patent number: 10059485
    Abstract: A carton for holding a plurality of articles. The carton has a plurality of panels that extends at least partially around an interior of the carton. The plurality of panels include a bottom panel, a first side panel, a second side panel, a top panel, and a handle panel at least partially overlapping one of the first side panel and the second side panel. At least one gusset is foldably connected to the bottom panel and one of the first side panel and the second side panel. An access feature is formed in the top panel for accessing the interior of the carton. A handle includes a handle opening in the handle panel. The handle opening is spaced apart from the access feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, LLC
    Inventors: Raymond R. Spivey, Sr., Graham Hand, Michael Cerio
  • Patent number: 9993084
    Abstract: A sleep assist device for use by a seated person consisting of a box-like three-sided pylon 10 that when placed on top of a seated person's lap, or on top of a suitable support surface, provides him/her with an adequate raised support for his/her head and also allows the seated person to embrace (to hug) said box-like three-sided pylon 10 by positioning his/her arms and hands over and around an embraceable volume 38 in a cozy and comfortable resting posture that, indeed, is conducive to relaxation and/or sleep. Meanwhile, a vertical back panel 14 (part of said embraceable volume 38) may contact said seated person's chest. The box-like three-sided pylon 10 when folded up for storage or transport is relatively small and lightweight (comparable in size to a periodical magazine) allowing a user to conveniently place it into: an airplane's seat back pocket, carry-on luggage, a ladies' handbag, a business briefcase or a suitcase, among others.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Inventor: Horacio Andres Trucco
  • Patent number: 9981778
    Abstract: A container includes a bottom, lateral walls, and a device for dividing the interior of the container. The device has a groove at each opposing lateral wall and a partition. Each groove extends from an upper edge of the lateral wall over a part of the height of the lateral wall. Each groove and the end faces of the partition have a cross-sectional shape transverse to their longitudinal extension, so that the end face of the partition and each groove can be united by a form-fit. Each groove can have an undercut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: GEORG UTZ HOLDING AG
    Inventor: Patrik Plattner
  • Patent number: 9932146
    Abstract: An apparatus attached or formed on the sidewalls of a standard 5 gallon bucket with diverging sidewalls that enables stacked buckets to be vertically stacked and locked together so the handle on the upper bucket may be used to carry the stack of buckets and allows the individual buckets to be easily separated from the stack. The apparatus comprises a ring body made of elastic material with a center opening configured to fit transversely around the middle or upper region of the bucket. The ring body includes a downward facing circular groove sufficiently configured to receive and engage the upper edge on the bucket. Located inside the groove may be a protruding outer lip that extends inward and engages the upper edge. In another embodiment, a plurality of hooks are integrally formed on the top surface of the ring body that engage a laterally extending reinforcement ring on the bucket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Inventor: Dennis Katz
  • Patent number: 9856053
    Abstract: A detachable storage container for a drinks container comprising of: a storage container comprising of a plurality of storage compartments; a plurality of lids, each lid attached to a compartment, each lid openable and closable, and a distinguishing mark on each lid; and a slide track on each side of the storage container to attach and detach to and from a drinks container; a drinks container comprising of: a drinks container with a deep wide groove and slide tracks to attach and detach the detachable storage compartments; a drinks container with legs to support the drinks container in a lying position; and a removable cap with a partially flat surface to be used as a drinking cup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Inventor: Eric Pisarevsky
  • Patent number: 9845182
    Abstract: A package including a carton and a plurality of articles. The carton can include a plurality of panels that extends at least partially around an interior of the carton. The plurality of articles can be arranged in a plurality of rows of articles in the interior of the carton, the plurality of rows of articles can include at least a first row and a second row, and the first row can include at least one more article than the second row forming a void between a first article at an end of the first row and a second article at an end of the second row. A handle can include the first article at the end of the first row and a handle feature extending in the carton. The handle feature can be at least partially aligned with the void and can be proximate the first article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Baldino, Aaron Lee Bates
  • Patent number: 9656789
    Abstract: A carton for containing a plurality of articles is disclosed herein. The carton can comprise a plurality of panels that extends at least partially around an interior of the carton. The plurality of panels comprises a top panel and a side panel foldably connected to the top panel. The carton further comprises at least one end flap foldably connected to the top panel and at least partially closing an end of the carton. A handle comprises a handle portion in at least the top panel and a handle flap in at least the end flap. The handle portion is connected to the handle flap. The carton comprises an upper portion that is removably attached to a tray portion. The handle being configured to carry the tray portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Emili Requena
  • Patent number: 9636882
    Abstract: A carton for holding a plurality of articles. The carton can comprise a plurality of panels comprising at least a top panel and a side panel. A plurality of end flaps can be respectively foldably connected to respective panels of the plurality of panels, can be at least partially overlapped to at least partially form a closed end of the carton, and can comprise at least a side end flap foldably connected to the side panel along a first fold line. A handle can be formed in the closed end of the carton for grasping and carrying the carton. The handle can extend in at least the side end flap. A reinforcing flap can be foldably connected to the side end flap along a second fold line, and the reinforcing flap can at least partially overlap the side end flap for reinforcing the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: John Murdick Holley, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9526398
    Abstract: A rack for receiving dishes, intended to be inserted into a dishwasher, including a frame delimiting an upper area and a lower area between which a support grid for supporting the dishes is arranged. The upper area including receptacles for receiving the dishes and the lower area is equipped with at least one flap. The flap is moveable between a closed position in which the flap blocks a lower window bordered by the frame and an open position in which the flap allows passage through the lower window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Inventor: Nicolas Larose
  • Patent number: 9475619
    Abstract: A beverage container sealing lid includes a pouring aperture with a hinged closure arranged to seal the aperture. An engagement assembly is located on an inside of the lid and has first and second engagement means. The first and second engagement means include first and second concentric recesses formed on an inside of the lid for engagement with beverage containers having can ends of corresponding first and second diameters. A skirt depends downward about the lid for a sufficient distance to provide an area for the skirt to bear markings such as logos, slogans, indicia and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Inventor: Andrew John Procter
  • Patent number: 9447927
    Abstract: A device that emits light in response to an electrical or optical excitation, such as LEDs, displays, e-readers, device includes at least one anisotropic flat colloidal semiconductor nanocrystal whose smallest dimension, namely the thickness, is smaller than the other two by a factor of at least 1.5, the emitted light having an intensity and a polarization that vary according to the angle formed by the light emitting direction and the normal to the largest surface of the flat nanocrystal. The device allows to realize a light-emitting device exhibiting simultaneously a high emission spectral finesse and allows proper control of the wavelength, the directivity and/or polarization of the emitted light, and thus increases the brightness and color gamut of displays composed of such a device. Such devices are found for example in displays, televisions, mobile phones, tablets, or computers. The various embodiments of these devices are also presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: NEXDOT
    Inventors: Benoit Mahler, Thomas Pons, Elsa Cassette
  • Patent number: 9434520
    Abstract: A carton has composite wall which includes a handle that has a handle opening. The handle opening is defined at least in part by a load bearing edge. The load bearing edge includes a first segment to which a first handle flap is hingedly connected along a first fold line, and second and third segments to which second and third handle flaps are hingedly connected along second and third fold lines respectively. The first handle flap is formed from the outer layer. The second and third handle flaps are formed from the inner layer. The second and third fold lines are spaced apart from each other with a free edge of the inner layer extending between the second and third fold lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: WestRock Packaging Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Aaron L. Bates
  • Patent number: 9434502
    Abstract: A packing box for display comprising a top plate adapted to surround the top surfaces of items disposed in the packing box; a bottom plate adapted to surround the underside surfaces of the items; a left plate adapted to surround the left surfaces of the items; and a right plate adapted to surround the right surfaces of the items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: CJ Cheiljedang Corporation
    Inventor: Eun Jin Park
  • Patent number: 9315291
    Abstract: A pallet system may include at least one pallet having a tray portion and a pedestal portion. The tray portion may include a generally flat platform having a perimeter edge. The pedestal portion may form at least one receptacle extending beneath the platform for receiving a neck portion of a bottle positioned beneath the platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Polymer Solutions International, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel E. Kelly, John A. Spadavecchia, James A. Favaron, Jeff Jacobs
  • Patent number: 9290301
    Abstract: Devices and methods for packaging food cups is provided. The devices include unitary blanks with a front panel, bottom panel, rear panel, top panel, and side closures (in various forms) configured for assembly into a hollow substantially polyhedral package enclosure for 2 cups, 4 cups, or other even number of cups. Package enclosures with different side closures are designed for assembly with no glue joints, one glue joint, 3 glue joints (two cup enclosure), or 5 glue joints. Package enclosures provide visual displays that permit viewing of contents of cups secured in the enclosures. Package enclosures are structurally stable for packaging, transport, and storage. And the visual displays provide aesthetic appeal for consumers. Material and manufacturing costs and product waste are minimized with the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: Del Monte Foods, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Dominski, Brian J. Olson, Roy Greengrass, James E. McCay, Jonathan Lee, Thomas Lebeau
  • Patent number: 9156587
    Abstract: A consumer packaged good includes a case, a plurality of translucent vessels vertically stacked within the case, a beverage stored in each of the plurality of the vessels and a barrier sealed to each vessel for containing the beverage in the respective vessel. The case includes a base wall and at least one side wall extending upwardly from the base wall. The plurality of translucent vessels are surrounded by the sidewall. Each vessel includes an opening for drinking from the vessel and a base surface for supporting the vessel on an associated support surface. The barrier seals to each vessel for covering the opening and containing the beverage in the respective vessel. The barrier is peelable from the vessel without destroying the vessel to provide access to the beverage stored in the vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Nottingham Spirk Partners LLC
    Inventors: Craig Saunders, John Evan Spirk, Jeffrey Kalman, Jens P. Johnson
  • Patent number: 9126716
    Abstract: A carton for containing a plurality of articles. The carton includes a plurality of panels that extends at least partially around an interior of the carton. A handle extends in at least one panel of the plurality of panels. The handle can include a handle grip and at least one handle opening. The at least one handle opening can include a main portion extending adjacent the handle grip of the handle and an expanded portion that is for being generally aligned with a respective space at least partially defined by at least two adjacent articles of the plurality of articles. The expanded portion can allow access to the respective space via the at least one handle opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Karl A. Kohler, Raymond S. Kastanek
  • Patent number: 9073682
    Abstract: A carton for holding a plurality of articles. The carton comprises a bottom panel, a first side panel comprising a first lower side panel and a first upper side panel, a second side panel comprising a second lower side panel and a second upper side panel, a top panel, a first end panel, and a second end panel. A dispenser pattern defines a dispenser section at least in the first upper side panel, the top panel, the second upper side panel, and one of the first end panel and the second end panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick James DeBusk, Raymond Rudolph Spivey, Sr., Robert L. Sutherland
  • Patent number: 9033210
    Abstract: A carton for containing a plurality of articles. The carton comprises panels that extend at least partially around an interior of the carton. The panels comprise a top panel, a bottom panel, a first side panel, and a second side panel. The carton has a reinforced handle for grasping and carrying the carton.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Raymond S. Kastanek
  • Patent number: 9010533
    Abstract: A carton for packaging one or more articles (B), includes a series of main panels (2, 6, 8, 10, 14) hinged one to the next to form a tubular structure. The tubular structure includes a top panel (8), first and second side panels (6, 10) and a base panel (2, 14) and at least one display window (59) struck from at least one of the side panels (6, 10). The at least one window extends from the top panel (8) to the base panel (2, 14) and is interrupted by a retention strap (72).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: MeadWestvaco Packaging Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Maria Psalidas, Caleb S. Loftin
  • Patent number: 9004278
    Abstract: The cardboard container (100) comprises a base wall (B) and two lateral walls (L1, L2), in a single body with the base wall (B) and foldable with respect thereto, so as to enable the container (100) to assume a flat configuration (I) and an opened-out configuration (V). The container (100) further comprises at least a tab (1), in a single body with a first lateral wall (L1), at a first transversal edge (L11) thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Marchesini Group S.p.A.
    Inventor: Giuseppe Monti
  • Patent number: 8997987
    Abstract: A carrier is constructed from paperboard and includes a rounded or non-rectangular top in combination with a non-rounded or rectangular bottom. Dust flaps which extend from the top and bottom of the carrier overlap one another to form a pair of opposing composite side panels. The dust flaps which are attached to the side panels include a crease or fold line adjacent to the bottom of the carrier which only extends partially along the height of the carrier so that the juncture between the side flap and the associated side panel adjacent the top of the carrier does not include a crease or fold line. As such, the side panel and adjacent side flap adjacent the top of the carrier can be tightly wrapped around the arcuate sidewall of the containers within the carrier to thereby provide a neat and tightly packed package configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: The C.W. Zumbiel Company
    Inventor: Steven J. Block
  • Patent number: 8997986
    Abstract: A carton for carrying a plurality of articles. The carton having a plurality of panels at least partially extending around an interior of the carton, the plurality of panels comprising at least one bottom panel and at least one side panel foldably connected to the bottom panel. The carton further having at least one retention tab foldably connected to the at least one bottom panel. The at least one retention tab is for engaging at least a portion of an article of the plurality of articles, and the at least one retention tab comprises a first portion foldably connected to the bottom panel at a first fold line and a second portion foldably connected to the first portion at a second fold line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Raymond R. Spivey, Sr.
  • Patent number: 8991600
    Abstract: A portable container for transporting and storing a plurality of perishable items including food and beverage items, having a heat-resistant outer tubular member with double-layered insulation in an adjacent inner tubular member to accommodate a plurality of perishable items and to sustain the prescribed temperature of such food and beverage items and to promote longevity thereof. The portable container optionally includes a plurality of external compartments and has removable endcaps enclosing both ends thereof. Each endcap is conveniently removed from a tubular end and then used as a cup for drinking a plurality of beverage items or used as a dish for eating a plurality of food items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Inventor: Marsha A. Normand
  • Publication number: 20150083625
    Abstract: An enclosed carton for housing and dispensing a plurality of containers has front and back panels, side panels, and top and bottom end panels connected to the front and back panels and the side panels to form a closed structure with the containers extending height-wise between the side panels. The containers are arranged in at least one row between the front and back panels and are stacked between the bottom and top end panels. The front panel has a plurality of access panels removably connected to the front panel and to each other such that, with said carton positioned on the bottom end panel and the containers oriented horizontally, the access panels can be removed in succession as the containers are removed from the carton to provide access to the remaining containers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: Owens-Brockway Glass Container Inc.
    Inventors: Raul M. Paredes, Douglas Laib, David J. Bohman
  • Publication number: 20150083624
    Abstract: A carton for multiple beverage containers having a height HC in which the carton has a bottom panel, a top panel opposite the bottom panel, a front and a back panel, and first and second opposed end panels that form a closed carton. The carton has a transport orientation with the carton resting on the bottom panel and containers supported on their ends in an upright position. The carton has a first dispensing configuration in which the carton is resting on one of the front and back panels and the beverage containers are resting on their sides. A hinge on the bottom panel divides the bottom panel into two bottom panel portions. With the carton in the first dispensing configuration and the containers supported on their sides, the two bottom panel portions are in a common plane and the hinge is oriented in the vertical direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: Owens-Brockway Glass Container Inc.
    Inventors: Raul M Paredes, David J. Bohman
  • Patent number: 8985330
    Abstract: A portable container for transporting and storing a plurality of perishable items including food and beverage items, having a heat-resistant outer tubular member with double-layered insulation in an adjacent inner tubular member to accommodate a plurality of perishable items and to sustain the prescribed temperature of such food and beverage items and to promote longevity thereof. The portable container optionally includes a plurality of external compartments and has removable endcaps enclosing both ends thereof. Each endcap is conveniently removed from a tubular end and then used as a cup for drinking a plurality of beverage items or used as a dish for eating a plurality of food items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Inventor: Marsha A. Normand
  • Patent number: 8978907
    Abstract: A drink cover for covering a mouth of a can or a bottle is formed of a flexible sheet material. The drink cover includes a mouth-covering portion dimensioned for placement above the mouth of the one of the can and the bottle so that the entire area of the mouth is covered by the mouth-covering portion and a retaining portion proximate the mouth-covering portion comprising a first edge engageable with the pull tab of the can or the bottle adjacent to the mouth for retaining the drink cover in an installed position on the can or the bottle. The mouth-covering portion is attached to the retaining portion by at least one connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Greenberg Surgical Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Alex M. Greenberg
  • Patent number: 8978889
    Abstract: A carton for containing at least one article. The carton includes a plurality of panels that extends at least partially around the interior of the carton. The plurality of panels comprises a top panel, a bottom panel, a first side panel, and a second side panel. At least one article retention panel is for retaining the at least one article. The article retention panel is foldably connected to the at least one panel. The article retention panel is positioned relative to the at least one panel to contact the at least one article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Graphic Packing International, Inc.
    Inventors: Kelly R. Fitzwater, Steven M. Oliveira, Raymond R. Spivey, Sr., Ana Gonzalez
  • Patent number: 8967380
    Abstract: A carton for holding a plurality of containers. The carton comprises a plurality of panels comprising a top panel. A plurality of end flaps are at least partially overlapped with respect to one another to thereby at least partially form a closed end of the carton. The plurality of end flaps can comprise a top end flap foldably connected to the top panel. A reinforcing insert can comprise a central panel and at least one reinforcing end panel foldably connected to the central panel. At least one reinforcing end flap can be foldably connected to the at least one reinforcing end panel. A handle can comprise at least a first handle feature in the top end flap and a second handle feature in the reinforcing end panel. The second handle feature can be generally aligned with the first handle feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank N. Moncrief, Raymond S. Kastanek, Mark Baldino
  • Patent number: 8955674
    Abstract: A package comprising a carrier holding at least one container. The carrier can comprise a bottom panel, first and second inner side panels foldably connected to the bottom panel, first and second outer side panels foldably connected to the respective first and second inner side panels, and first and second top panels foldably connected to the respective first and second outer side panels. At least one container-receiving feature can comprise a first retaining feature extending in at least the first inner side panel and an opposing second retaining feature extending in at least the second inner side panel. A top portion of the at least one container can be at least partially retained by the first and second retaining features. The bottom panel can be at least partially disposed between the top portion of the at least one container and at least one of the first and second top panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond R. Spivey, Sr., Jean-Manuel Gomes, Colin P. Ford