Having Removal Facilitating Means Patents (Class 206/738)
  • Patent number: 10421580
    Abstract: A package assembly suitable for use in storing and shipping a plurality of product containers includes a shipping configuration and a display configuration. In the shipping configuration the package assembly is constructed from a single blank of packaging material and formed into a case into which a plurality of product containers are inserted. In the display configuration a top portion of the case is removed from a bottom portion of the case along one or more tear lines on the blank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Delkor Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard J. Gessler, Jr., Kevin Weiss
  • Patent number: 10183797
    Abstract: Trace detection media cartridges and kits to facilitate trace detection of contraband. A cartridge may store consumables to prevent contamination and may also aid in the dispensing of consumables. A housing may hold a consumables cartridge and further prevent spoilage, such as with a self-closing lid. A trace detection kit may include a housing and at least one cartridge storing consumables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Inventors: Abiy Eshetu, David J. Rutter
  • Patent number: 9974624
    Abstract: A prophylactic kit apparatus configured to be used with only a single patient includes a plurality of sealed modules and a housing configured to contain those sealed modules such that only one of the plurality of sealed modules can be removed from the housing at a time. This kit may include a physically-discrete informational patient aid disposed within the housing and having information disposed thereon. By one approach these physically-discrete informational patient aids can have a bookmark form factor. So configured, a medical services provider can readily provide the physically-discrete informational patient aid to a patient to thereby facilitate the patient becoming informed regarding the corresponding prophylactic service with little or no burden on the service provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Medline Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Jennifer Ellis Danchisin, Tom Gregory, Sr., Steve Henrikson, Deborah Adler
  • Patent number: 9818070
    Abstract: The present invention extends to methods, machines, systems, and computer program products for producing multiple packaging products in a tiled configuration within source production material, enabling production of multiple packaging products in parallel. Embodiments include accessing item data identifying items that are to be packaged, and determining packaging requirements for each item. A pair of box sizes that satisfy the packaging requirements are selected for tiled production. A packaging production machine to be used is also selected. Selection of the box sizes and/or the packaging production machine is based on a collective analysis of packaging requirements, packing system characteristics, and packaging machine characteristics. Based on the collective analysis, it is determined how to allocate box production to the production machine, and the pair of box sizes is matched to the production machine. Box production instructions are generated and sent to the packaging production machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Packsize LLC
    Inventors: Niklas Pettersson, Ryan Osterhout
  • Patent number: 9682793
    Abstract: A product package including: an inner part and an outer part, the outer part being configured to move in relation to the inner part between an open configuration and a closed configuration; wherein the inner part comprises a compartment configured to store a product; and wherein the package further comprises an opening mechanism configured to automatically pull the product out of the compartment of the inner part upon opening the package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Birgir Magnusson, Sami Saila
  • Patent number: 9617055
    Abstract: A consumer package is disclosed that can be opened with one hand. The packaging can have a finger or thumb loop attached to a panel that allows a user to use a finger of the same hand holding the package to open the package. The finger or thumb loop can be designed to have strength and structural integrity to open the package rather than just to hold the package. The package can have a finger or thumb grip portion attached to the panel to open the package. The package can have a finger or thumb hold attached to the panel to open the package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Inventor: Jan R. Lau
  • Patent number: 9499297
    Abstract: A package of multiple containers in a carton formed from a carton blank has a number of panels including a top panel, a bottom panel, opposed side panels and opposed end panels. The carton may include a dispenser defined by a dispenser tear line formed in one or more panels of the carton in which the dispenser tear line does not extend into the composite end panels nor does it remove corners from the panels. The dispenser may include a portion in the top panel of the carton and may also include a portion of the top panel and an adjacent side panel of the carton. In one aspect, the dispenser leaves the adjacent corners in the top panel of the carton intact thereby maintaining the structural integrity of the carton and the package containing the pouches or other containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignees: Mott's LLP, The C.W. Zumbiel Company
    Inventors: Darrell Bentley, Raymond L. Zacher
  • Patent number: 9199786
    Abstract: A device for the packaging and transportation of objects to be sharpened is presented. The packaging includes a box defining a space therein and at least one blade cover adapted to fit over a blade of a device to be sharpened and disposed inside the space defined by the box. The box includes a bottom; a first side in mechanical communication with the bottom; a second side in mechanical communication with the bottom and the first side; a third side in mechanical communication with the second side and the bottom; a fourth side in mechanical communication with the third side, the first side and the bottom; and a cover in mechanical communication with the third side and capable of being secured over the space and held in place by a locking mechanism. The box and blade cover are approved for use in the U.S. mail service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Inventor: Maureen Cynthia Femino
  • Patent number: 8997997
    Abstract: A device, system, and method system for manually aligning merchandise items in a display box. The merchandise is supported above the base of the container with product support rails. A pull member is positioned between the support rails. Merchandise is pulled forward by pulling the pull member forward. The pull member may be positioned before or after merchandise is placed in the box or carton. Multiple rows of merchandise may be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Close-In Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: James Garth Close, Scott B. Duff
  • Patent number: 8985336
    Abstract: A display carton includes a bottom wall, a first side wall, a second side wall, a front wall with a rolled upper edge, and a rear wall, with the rear wall formed by overlapping, folded panels that are adhered together at the overlap. The display carton can be assembled from a blank, in part by folding panels together to partially overlap the panels, and adhering the panels together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: BISSELL Homecare, Inc.
    Inventors: Lawrence Yost, Patrick William Laurie, III
  • Patent number: 8789704
    Abstract: A shipping container convertible into a display container comprises a top wall, a bottom wall, and opposed side walls foldably joined to the top and bottom walls to form an interior space. A tear away window panel is formed on one of the side walls. The tear away window panel includes width and height defined by a perforated line of weakness extending across the width and on a portion of height of the side walls. A displayable insert tray is configured to be disposed into the interior space of the container to receive products and concealed therein when the container is in a shipping position. The displayable insert tray includes a bottom panel and at least one feeder ledge foldably joined to the bottom panel wherein upon removing the tear away window panel and pulling away the feeder ledge, the container is converted to a display position to expose the products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: International Paper Co.
    Inventor: James Walter Nowak
  • Patent number: 8752708
    Abstract: A shipping container convertible to a display configuration has a removable cover base removable along perforated lines of weakness to form a display opening. Packages of product in the carton are supported in a horizontal orientation during shipping and in an upright orientation when the removable cover base is removed for display of the products at a point of sale. Roll-over flaps on one wall at the bottom of the display opening capture tuck flaps on opposite side walls, and full overlapping top flaps folded inwardly from opposite side walls close the display opening during shipment. An outer top flap has an end extending over the roll-over flaps, and the end is free of attachment to the roll-over flaps. The top flaps are removed with the removable cover base. In one embodiment a flange extends inwardly over an edge of the display opening to keep packages from falling out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: International Paper Co.
    Inventor: Walter D. Keefe
  • Patent number: 8608018
    Abstract: A container including a base container having a side wall that extends about a longitudinal axis to define an internal volume and an overwrap positioned over the side wall, the overwrap including a first zone circumferentially extending about the base container, the first zone including a first pattern of bosses, and a second zone circumferentially extending about the base container, the second zone including a second pattern of bosses, the second pattern of bosses being different than the first pattern of bosses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: MeadWestvaco Corporation
    Inventors: Vladislav Babinsky, Sven Samuel Arenander, Melvin Joshua Leedle, Jonathan P. Sundy
  • Patent number: 8584860
    Abstract: The present invention provides a foldable shipping carton that easily converts to a retail display. The carton of the present invention incorporates an integral detachable panel that protects the product and the product's primary graphics area. Once at a retail location, the detachable panel is removed exposing the graphics. The carton then doubles as a display to draw attention to the product. The carton of the present invention replaces the unattractive brown cardboard shipping box and is intended to build brand awareness and drive sales.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Menasha Corporation
    Inventors: Douglas William Orischak, Thomas Wray McCarthy
  • Patent number: 8556080
    Abstract: A shipping and display carton is provided that may be used for panel filters. The carton preferably has three display positions including horizontally flat, vertically upright, and side filter display positions to provide a retailer with display options. The box has several features such as releasable interlocked retainer flaps to retain filters in one display position, perforated removal portions including a removable card carrying a cover lid, a single glue seam with interlocking bottom panels so as to provide break down without a cut knife, and other features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Clarcor Air Filtration Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Sinclair, LaMonte A. Crabtree
  • Patent number: 8387856
    Abstract: A shipping box is disclosed having a rotatable panel associated with the lid. The rotatable panel allows the hinge of the shipping box to be displaced outwardly from the box. As a result, the shipping box can contain a display box that can be opened while in the shipping box, without increasing the size of the shipping box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Inventors: John Lachance, Giovanni C. Meier, Gintaras A. Vaisnys
  • Patent number: 8154670
    Abstract: A video screen assembly for a vehicle seat is movable between an upper position and a lower position and includes a fitting and a pivoting arm. A belt drive connects the pivoting arm and the video screen such that a torque applied to move the pivoting arm results in a torque being transmitted to move the video screen by preferably a directly proportional angular amount. The video screen can be rotated to a storage position where the vide screen display is protected from cargo with in the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Ioannis Maniatopoulos, Wolfgang Pellenz, Robin Ndagijimana, Philipp Helmich
  • Patent number: 8028839
    Abstract: A combination shipping and dispensing carton contains a plurality of articles. The carton comprises a plurality of panels that extends at least partially around an interior of the carton. At least two end flaps are respectively foldably connected to respective panels of the plurality of panels and are overlapped with respect to one another to at least partially form a closed end of the carton. The carton is for shipping articles to the point of sale vendor and can be converted to a dispensing carton that displays the articles and allows removal of the articles from the carton.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Angela E. Learn
  • Patent number: 7992716
    Abstract: A container comprising a front panel, a first back panel, a second back panel, a first side panel bridging the front panel and the first back panel, a second side panel bridging the front panel and the second back panel, a top portion, and a bottom portion. The front panel, first and second back panels, first and second side panels, top portion, and bottom portion define an interior of the container. The container further comprises a divider extending from the first back panel into the interior of the container and attached to the front panel. The container further comprises a detachable portion comprising a removable section of the top portion, a removable section of the front panel, and a removable section of the divider. The detachable portion is separable from the container along a plurality of lines of weakness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Packaging Corporation of America
    Inventor: Keith A. Jackson
  • Publication number: 20100270204
    Abstract: A shipping and display carton is provided that may be used for panel filters. The carton preferably has two display positions including horizontally flat and vertically upright positions to provide a retailer with display options. The box has several features such as releasable interlocked retainer flaps to retain filters in one display position, perforated removal portions including a removable card carrying a cover lid, a single glue seam with interlocking bottom panels so as to provide break down without a cut knife, and other features.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2009
    Publication date: October 28, 2010
    Applicant: Clarcor Air Filtration Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Sinclair, LaMonte A. Crabtree
  • Publication number: 20100155292
    Abstract: A naked collation package comprising a plurality of individual units laid end-to-end or side-by-side to form a unit row comprising at least one interface between a neighbouring pair of individual units in the unit row, the unit row being overwrapped with a sheet of polymeric film having a length and a width, the length of the sheet being sufficient to envelop the unit row with sufficient overlap between the ends of the sheet to provide an overlap region for providing a girth seal along at least part of the length of the unit row, the sheet being sealed to itself in that region to provide the girth seal, and the sheet being provided along its length, or part or parts of it, with a line of weakness positioned in substantial register with the interface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2009
    Publication date: June 24, 2010
    Applicant: Innovia Films Limited
    Inventors: John Fell, Barry Frizell, Wolfgang Zimmerer
  • Patent number: 7533773
    Abstract: The present invention provides a reclosable consumable product package for retaining an array of products until the products are desired to be removed. The package includes a container packet formed of a planar extent roll for retaining and enclosing the array of products. A cover with adhesive attached thereto defined by an openable flap overlies the packet. The packet is scored along its surface in such a way that opening of the flap causes the packet to open along the scoring to expose the product for dispensing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2009
    Assignee: Cadbury Adams LLC
    Inventors: Allen Sydney Aldridge, Charles F. Flynn, IV, James S. Mandle
  • Patent number: 7451878
    Abstract: A shipping container for facilitating the conversion of the shipping container into a dispensing or all-around display container from formed an outer blank (10) having a centrally positioned bottom wall (12), front and rear walls (18, 26), top panels (32, 38), side flaps (14, 16, 22, 24, 28, 30, 34, 36, 40, 42) and an interior divider structure (50) for structural stacking support both during shipping and display modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2008
    Assignee: Smurfit-Stone Container Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Oscar Rochefort, Michael McLeod
  • Publication number: 20080173671
    Abstract: A fluid dispenser assembly, characterized in that it comprises: a fluid dispenser (1, 2) comprising a fluid reservoir (1) and a closure member (2), the reservoir comprising at least one flexible sheet (11) provided with an opening (14) cut out in the sheet, the closure member (2) being mounted in said opening (14); and a flexible covering (3) wrapped around the dispenser, the covering including a window (34) through which the closure member (2) can be accessed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2008
    Publication date: July 24, 2008
    Applicant: VALOIS SAS
    Inventor: Herve PENNANEAC'H
  • Patent number: 7367490
    Abstract: A container for shipping and/or storing a stack of paper is disclosed. The container, according to a disclosed embodiment, comprises a bottom wall and first and second upright, opposing side walls extending from respective edges of the bottom wall. First and second shell portions are connected in a pivotal manner to respective edges of the bottom wall. The shell portions are pivotable toward and away from each to close and open the container, respectively. When the container is closed, the stack is securely contained between the shell portions and the side walls for shipping or storing. When the container is opened, at least two opposing sides of the stack are exposed to facilitate removal of paper from the container. A handle for carrying or lifting the container may be coupled to one of the shell portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2008
    Assignee: Boise White Paper, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Christopher G. Forthaus, George I. Nukuto, Scott Belliveau, Dale J. Waite, James L. Pfaffendorf
  • Patent number: 7364064
    Abstract: A carton is disclosed. In this carton, a first connection plate is connected to an upper plate, a second connection plate is connected to the first connection plate, and a partition plate is connected to the second connection plate. When the partition plate is pulled outward from the opening, the partition plate moves in the same direction, and is pulled out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2008
    Assignee: Fujifilm Corporation
    Inventors: Shino Kanamori, Kazuhiro Tokuda
  • Patent number: 7080736
    Abstract: A container for distribution and display of goods is convertible from a first configuration for distribution into a second configuration for display. The conversion is accomplished by removing a front cover panel. The front cover panel may be attached to the container using a variety of methods, including a perforated score line, a tear-away strip, adhesives, tapes, or a combination of these methods. When the front cover panel is removed for retail display, an access opening is uncovered, allowing users to easily view and access the contents of the container. The front cover panel may further cover graphics and text provided along the front of the container so that the graphics and text are not marred or otherwise damaged during distribution. In addition, the front cover panel may be provided with distribution information thereon, which is unimportant to an end user such as a retail customer and is easily removed for display of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2006
    Assignee: Packaging Corporation of America
    Inventors: Keith A. Jackson, Joseph P. Schomisch
  • Patent number: 7066333
    Abstract: A shipping container converts into a display tray, wherein the container has a base and a removable lid, and a single tear line crosses a plurality of side, end and bottom panels of the base, dividing the base into two sections of unequal size. The smaller section of the base is removed and discarded, leaving the larger section as the display tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Assignee: International Paper Company
    Inventor: Timothy J Justice
  • Patent number: 7036716
    Abstract: A carton is disclosed. In this carton, a first connection plate is connected to an upper plate, a second connection plate is connected to the first connection plate, and a partition plate is connected to the second connection plate. When the partition plate is pulled outward from the opening, the partition plate moves in the same direction, and is pulled out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2006
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shino Kanamori, Kazuhiro Tokuda
  • Patent number: 6902062
    Abstract: A dispensing package that is capable of accommodating relatively a large number of stick-like articles, of separating old and new articles and of storing remaining articles as disclosed. This dispensing package comprises a case for accommodating therein unit packages containing a plurality of stick-like articles like batteries aligned in parallel by stacking a plurality of unit packages, an opening for putting in and taking out the unit packages provided on an upper part of the case, a lid for closing the opening, and a tear-off portion for forming the extracting outlet that is provided on a side wall corresponding to the unit package in the lowest position. The extracting outlet is formed on a side wall of the case facing to one end of the stick-like articles in the unit package. A large number of articles can be effectively displayed and a specified number of articles can be taken out smoothly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2005
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Katsuhiko Kumakura, Tadashi Ono
  • Patent number: 6843408
    Abstract: A device at a package comprises a bottom and walls protruding upwards therefrom. The package is formed by a foldable blank and comprises an arrangement for locking the package in its erected state. The locking arrangement comprises locking tips (25, 26, 32, 33) connected to a wall, which locking tips are located inside a cavity in an adjoining wall in the erected state of the package and arranged to lock the wall first mentioned by bearing upon an upper panel portion (21, 23) of the adjoining wall from the inside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2005
    Inventor: Goran Agren
  • Patent number: 6837378
    Abstract: A transportable merchandise display unit (10) is provided comprising: an outer container (20) containing an inner display case (30) removable via an opening in the top of said outer container, the outer container including display case support means (50, 50?); the support means arranged to move from a first position to a second position; the first position is resiliently retained by an elastic band until the inner display case is vertically displaced from an initial transit position to a display position, at which instant the support means resiles to the second position to engage and support the inner display case thus preventing the inner display case from returning under the force of gravity to the initial transit position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2005
    Assignee: Terry Smith Group Limited
    Inventors: David G. Mason, Robin K. Youngs
  • Patent number: 6830151
    Abstract: A container is disclosed for dispensing a controlled amount of paper products. The container includes a housing including a first end wall and a plurality of exterior walls defining an interior surface and an interior area within the interior surface for receiving the plurality of paper products. A first, second and third of the exterior walls intersect a first end wall to form a portion of the interior surface and define an open face of the container. The exterior walls further include a fourth wall extending between the second and third walls adjacent the first end wall and the open face. The container defines a dispensing throat extending through the fourth wall adjacent the slit in the cartridge. The first end wall may be slanted relative to the second and third walls. A cartridge is inserted into the interior area of the housing through the open face of the container. The cartridge contains the plurality of paper products to be dispensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2004
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Jan Byron Charles Spencer, Paul Francis Tramontina
  • Patent number: 6821325
    Abstract: A multi-surface anti-bacterial protective device for preventing transferring of bacteria from one person to another. The multi-surface anti-bacterial protective device includes a multi-layered material capable of being rolled up and also being capable of being severed into multi-layered pieces of material and also being adapted to fastenably cover a surface such as a light switch plate and a door knob; and also includes an anti-bacterial solution being disposed in the multi-layered material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2004
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Williams, Bob D. Archibald
  • Patent number: 6766908
    Abstract: A container for the bulk packing and display of artificial firelogs comprising a generally rectangular base panel having a front side rear side and opposed ends, a generally rectangular rear panel extending generally perpendicularly upwardly from the rear side of said base panel to a rear top edge, opposed generally rectangular end panels extending generally perpendicularly upwardly from the opposed ends of base panel to a pair of generally parallel top edges, and a front panel extending generally perpendicularly from the front side of the rectangular base panel to a top front edge, wherein said front panel has at least one cut away section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2004
    Assignee: Conros Corporation
    Inventor: Sachen Chandaria
  • Publication number: 20040031724
    Abstract: A container converts into a display tray, wherein the container has a base, a removable lid and a single tear line crossing the removable lid and dividing the lid into two sections of unequal size. The display tray is created by inverting the container and tearing the tear line, physically dividing the lid, whereupon both the smaller section of the lid and the base are removed and discarded, leaving the inverted, larger section of the lid as the display tray.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2003
    Publication date: February 19, 2004
    Inventor: Timothy Joe Justice
  • Publication number: 20020179483
    Abstract: A display container formed from a one-piece blank and having a base panel and four side panels, wherein a portion of the base panel is folded up to form an internal compartment. A triangular segment of the front panel is folded against the side of the internal compartment to stabilize same. Individual food servings are held by the main part of the container while appropriate utensils are held in the internal compartment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2001
    Publication date: December 5, 2002
    Inventors: Kenneth A. Sears, Paul T. Collier
  • Patent number: 6478159
    Abstract: A combination shipping and display container includes a unitary blank of material foldable into a substantially rectangular container for receiving one or more items packed therein. The container has a top wall, a bottom wall, a front wall, a rear wall and first and second side walls. The container has a line of continuous perforations extending across the rear wall, the first side wall, the front wall and the second side wall for dividing the container into a first or tear away top section and a second or bottom section. The perforations in the first and second side walls define curved slopes extending between the rear wall and the front wall. The top section may be torn away from the bottom section along the perforations formed in the container for converting the bottom section into a display container for displaying the one or more items, commonly referred to as primary packages, packed in the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2002
    Assignee: Warner-Lambert Company
    Inventors: Thomas H. Taylor, David Dombrowski, Brian W. Foster, Peter A. M. Robberecht, Ramon Edward Stroink
  • Patent number: 6386368
    Abstract: A shipping and display container having packaged product arranged for shipping and display to consumers that minimizes shipping space and manual handling of the individual packages contained therein. The container has side walls and top and bottom walls defining a compartment and a removable section that is affixed to the container during shipment of the packaged product and is removable to provide an opening for displaying product for sale to consumers. The container further includes a plurality of irregular shaped packaged articles each having a display card and a housing for housing one or more products, wherein the housing has a thickness substantially greater than the thickness of the display card. The arrangement includes an upper packaged article offset and supported on a lower packaged article to provide efficient use of container space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2002
    Assignee: Eveready Battery Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey P. Pirro
  • Publication number: 20020020655
    Abstract: A portable, compact computer and projector stand is provided. A table top having a generally planar upper surface for supporting a laptop computer and a projector includes an L-shaped track receiving lip for engaging a linearly elongated channel formed within a table bottom for providing a linearly extendible table surface area. The table bottom is supported by removably attachable, hollow, telescopic legs and includes a lower surface forming an accessory insert receiving cavity for removably securing a foam insert which acts as a storage volume for telescoping legs and other accessories. A removably attachable, telescopic working document holder is provided for supporting documents, notes, sketches, and similar items.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2001
    Publication date: February 21, 2002
    Inventor: Mark McKsymick
  • Patent number: 6168027
    Abstract: A cardboard box suitable for both shipping and displaying articles is in the form of a box having six sides and eight corners. A vertical divider panel disposed inside the box is oriented perpendicularly to front and rear sides of the box. The front side and a top side of the box include perforations defining a tear-out segment. The tear-out segment includes a front portion disposed in the front side of the box, and a top portion disposed in the top side of the box. The tear-out segment is spaced from all eight corners of the box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2001
    Assignee: Fort James Corporation
    Inventor: Jeffrey R. Esser
  • Patent number: 6135288
    Abstract: A corrugated board packaging box including an opening portion which is formed on a front surface portion of a box body, through which goods are taken in and out. On both sides of the front surface portion, a cut-off portion is formed to cut off by a cutting line, defined by a vertical supporting member disposed on the intermediate portion of the front surface, and on an edge of the one side of the cut-off portion, a cut-off protrusion is disposed by forming an inclined cutting line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2000
    Inventor: Seung-Wook Kim
  • Patent number: 6063415
    Abstract: A food container and its method of use are disclosed. The food container includes a top panel, bottom panel and plurality of sidewalls. A movable panel is hingedly connected to one of the sidewalls, allowing a consumer to open the container. Attached to the lower edge of the movable panel is a shelf supporting a food item. A consumer can access the food item by opening the movable panel, which causes the shelf to carry the food item outside the container into a position that permits the consumer to easily manipulate it. The food item or a portion thereof can then be replaced in the container by simply closing the movable panel. The shelf may engage one or more sidewalls of the bottom panel to assist in maintaining the container in a closed position after initial opening and reclosing. The container is suitable for packaging food items that include both microwaveable and non-microwaveable ingredients. A foldable blank for manufacturing the container is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2000
    Assignee: Kraft Foods, Inc.
    Inventor: Candace Mary Walters
  • Patent number: 5871102
    Abstract: A bin loader package for shipping, storing and dispensing cut paper directly into the paper supply bin of a photocopier, printer or other equipment which uses the paper and which has a storage compartment for storing a supply of paper used in the operation of the equipment. The package includes a box enclosure having opposite side walls, opposite end walls, a bottom wall, and a cover or lid, enclosing a stack of paper sheets to protect the paper during shipment, storage and handling. The enclosure is defined by a first member formed from a single blank folded to define the bottom wall and the opposite side and end walls, with the side walls having inturned flaps adhesively attached to the end walls to hold the walls in their erected relationship, defining a wrapper. A second member is folded to define a tray having a bottom wall with a handle at each end. The tray is supported in the box enclosure on the bottom wall of the wrapper and supports the stack of paper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 16, 1999
    Assignee: Union Camp Corporation
    Inventor: William E. Lambert
  • Patent number: 5837979
    Abstract: Foods cook especially effectively in microwave ovens when raised above the level of the floor of the oven, and arrayed to occupy the volume of the oven chamber while the food portions, such as bacon strips, are hung to permit grease to rapidly drain from the cooking strips. The disclosed system 10 includes a dish 12 sized to catch the resulting liquids. Food supports 14 which attach to protrusions 28 projecting up from the bottom of the dish. The system is held together for sale or storage by a clip 80 which attaches to these same protrusions to trap the upright supports in the dish cavity. The dish preferably includes a handle 24 with cooling ribs 26.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 17, 1998
    Assignee: A de F Ltd.
    Inventors: Jonathan E. Fleck, Abigail M. Fleck
  • Patent number: 5730296
    Abstract: A ready to stock multiple product package has upper and lower box portions. The upper box portion has an open bottom and the lower box portion has an open top. The lower box portion is selectively sized so that it can be slidingly inserted into the upper box portion to close the open bottom of the upper box portion. A plurality of identical product packages are contained within the lower box portion, each of which has a spike receiving hole proximate its top. The product packages are arranged so that the holes are in line. By holding the lower box portion in one hand, the spike can be passed through a notch in the top edge of the lower box portion and sequentially through the in line spike receiving holes of the individual packages whereupon the lower box portion can be lowered to separate the lower box portion from the individual packages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 24, 1998
    Assignee: Emhart Inc.
    Inventor: William E. Limmer
  • Patent number: 5711428
    Abstract: A tool box includes a receiving member and a receiver pivotally received in the receiving member, the receiver having a plurality of tubular recesses defined therein for receiving bits therein and two shafts respectively extending laterally from each one of two sides thereof, the receiving member having a hole and a slot defined in each one of two side walls thereof such that the receiver is received in the receiving member by rotatably inserting the shafts into the holes via the slots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 27, 1998
    Inventor: Chiu-Fu Ho
  • Patent number: 5657872
    Abstract: The present invention provides a shipping/display container which includes a tray portion having a bottom panel, two opposed end panels, and two opposed side panels One of the side panels comprises a float side panel and the other of the side panels comprises a rear side panel. The container further includes a cover portion attached to the container and disposed so as to engage the end panels and the side panels. More particularly, the front side panel includes a line of weakness defining a severable portion of the front side panel which extends in at least an intermediate portion downward to the lowermost edge of the front side panel. The severable portion includes a preformed aperture located adjacent to the lowermost edge of the front panel for initiating removable of the severable portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 19, 1997
    Assignees: The Procter & Gamble Company, Stone Container Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Blake Leftwich, Linda Susan Matthews, Timothy Paul Burda
  • Patent number: 5533646
    Abstract: A golf cart ball dispenser comprising: a rigid tube having a small interior diameter and having a large outside diameter, the tube having an elongated upper linear extent, the tube having a lower curved portion, the curved portion having a radius of curvature with the center of curvature located laterally offset from an intermediate portion of the upper linear extent, the curved portion having an opening on its upper extent, the opening being of a length greater than the small diameter and a width greater than the small diameter; and an end cap at the end of the curved portion remote from the upper linear extent to retain golf balls therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 9, 1996
    Inventor: Charles N. Dildine
  • Patent number: 5533625
    Abstract: A container for storing objects is disclosed. The container includes a housing, a lid, a tray, and a lift mechanism. The lid is pivotally attached to the housing. The tray is pivotally attached within the housing and is adapted to removably secure objects thereon. The tray pivots about an axis generally transverse to the pivot axis of the lid. A lift mechanism is coupled between the tray and the lid for lifting at least a portion of the tray upon opening of the lid. In one embodiment, the lift mechanism includes a lift arm and a lift member. The lift arm is secured to the lid. The lift member is pivotally coupled to the lift arm and coupled to the tray. In another embodiment, a spring and retraction arm are used as the lift mechanism. A line coupled between the lid and tray is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 9, 1996
    Inventor: Dennis L. Mikkelsen