Bag Type Patents (Class 211/85.15)
  • Patent number: 9511889
    Abstract: A bag rack and dispensing system and method of packaging and dispensing items, such as food. The bag rack and dispensing system includes a rack that is formed of a base assembly and a hanger assembly on which multiple storage bags can be hung. A method of using the bag rack and dispensing system for packaging and dispensing food items includes, but is not limited to, the steps of hanging the storage bags on the rack of the bag rack and dispensing system, opening the frontmost storage bag, holding open or propping open the storage bag using a hooking device, placing the food item(s) or any other types of item(s) into the storage bag, removing the hooking device, if used, closing the storage bag, and removing the filled storage bag from the rack of the bag rack and dispensing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: INNO-PAK, LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan D. Sill, Christopher T. Sill
  • Publication number: 20150048039
    Abstract: The disclosed invention relates to a bag rack for the multi-purpose of holding and dispensing disposable plastic bags as well as holding open reusable bags in a variety of configurations and positions. The multi-purpose bag comprises first and second bag support arm assemblies each of which comprises a pair of resiliently arms of different lengths and degree of flexibility for frictionally engaging reusable bag handles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventors: Toni Peter Laitila, Mika Brian Laitila, Antero Samuel Laitila
  • Publication number: 20140263121
    Abstract: A dispensing and handling system for dispensing, loading and/or handling food and/or beverage carriers having a flexible sheet. The system can include a rack member for storing a plurality of carriers and one or more support members for securing a single carrier in a position for loading beverage containers and/or food into the carrier. Additional support members can be provided for temporarily supporting the carrier after it is loaded with beverage containers and/or food to enable a consumer to treat the contents of the carrier or attend to other tasks once the carrier is loaded.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: BLUE SHOE INNOVATIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Paul R. Metcalfe, Scott Urban
  • Publication number: 20140103001
    Abstract: A pocketbook and accessory device is disclosed that can be used to organize purses, pocketbooks, jewelry, and other accessories for quick and convenient access when getting dressed. The pocketbook and accessory device comprises a base unit with wheels and a substantially vertical pole which extends upward from and is secured to the top surface of the base. The vertical pole comprises a plurality of openings and a plurality of hooks for hanging the purses, pocketbooks, jewelry, or other accessories. The plurality of openings are disposed on an exterior surface of the vertical pole, and are sized to accept a hook. However, the plurality of openings are sized to accept any of the plurality of hooks, such that a user can interchange the hooks and/or only insert hooks into a predetermined number of selected openings to vary the arrangement of the hooks, depending on the wants and needs of the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Inventor: Shirley Epps
  • Patent number: 8640890
    Abstract: A bag rack system adapted to hang a bag by its handles in the open position. The bag rack system includes a pair of spaced mounts or brackets. Each bracket includes an arm releasably secured to a base. The base can be attached to a top, bottom, or vertical surface of an object while the arms are repositionable relative to the base to maintain a horizontal position. Each arm includes a cleating structure to maintain the bag in the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Inventor: Andrew J. Schiller
  • Patent number: 8616384
    Abstract: A rigid strip attached to a vertical surface provides a plurality of ball socket clips which independently hold a balled end of a bag clip to independently retain each bag clip upon the common surface of the strip, the strip being attachable to a vertical surface in a location desired to store a plurality of bags, with each clip being maintained on each attached bag due to each balled end being withdrawn from each respective ball socket clip without disruption of the clip from the retained bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Inventor: Christopher D. Tucker
  • Publication number: 20130330163
    Abstract: A bag rack and packing system for a plastic grocery bag having a pair of handles has a base to which is connected (1) a three-sided rack having a reservoir bag holder for plastic bags and two arms and (2) a three-sided support having two side supports and an intermediate back support, with each of the side supports having a forward upper tab close to the three-sided rack, an intermediate top and then a rearward edge. The three-sided rack and three-sided support have open faces that face each other so that the three-sided support temporarily creates a defined physical frame for a first plastic grocery bag when its handles are secured over the forward upper tabs of the two side supports. The forward upper tabs help separate an individual bag from a reservoir of bags and the individual bag may remain attached to, or be detached from, the reservoir of bags as it is being filled.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2013
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Inventor: Karl Marsh
  • Publication number: 20130327734
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention are directed to storage systems for milk bags. A storage system for milk bags receives milk bags and management of the stored milk bags. The milk bags are stored in compartments for easy storage and retrieval.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Inventors: Tina Ting-Yuan Wang, Chih-Cheng Tai, Michael Clair Houston
  • Patent number: 8567618
    Abstract: A bag dispenser rack, includes a first bag pack support tray that has a first base, a first left side wall, a first right side wall, a first back wall, a first front wall and holds a first merchandise bag pack. The first front wall has a first opening that permits extraction of first bags from the first pack. A second bag pack support tray has a second base, a second left side wall, a second right side wall, a second back wall, a second front wall and holds a second merchandise bag pack. The second front wall has a second opening to permit extraction of second bags from the second pack. The second bag pack support tray is hingedly attached to the first bag pack support tray. The second bag pack support tray pivots upwardly to permit loading of a first bag pack into the first bag pack tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Inventor: Daniel Brian Tan
  • Patent number: 8544660
    Abstract: A rack for surgical sponge counter bags that facilitates sponge counting, comprising a spindle and a plurality of rotatable support members mounted for rotation about the spindle, each support member carrying one or more mechanical devices that are constructed and adapted to grasp a sponge counter bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Inventor: Frances P. Foley
  • Publication number: 20130153522
    Abstract: The present invention is a seasonings storage device that includes a frame with a linear rectangular shape, a bottom tub that is disposed on the bottom portion of the frame and a support pole with two ends that are secured across the top portion of the frame. The device also includes one or more hangers that include a hook portion and a horizontal base portion where one or more attachment clips are secured onto the horizontal base portion where a pair of tabs is disposed on the horizontal base portion to open and close the attachment clip and one or more seasonings holding bags that contain one or more seasonings, wherein an individual seasoning holding bag is held by an individual attachment clip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2011
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Inventor: Donald Kurtis Hatcher
  • Patent number: 8413824
    Abstract: A folding wire caddy has a horizontal base member, a leg support member pivotally attached with a vertical axis at a point along the horizontal base member near a first end, such that the leg member may be folded to be parallel and adjacent to the base member, or to be at a right angle to the base member, a second leg support member pivotally attached with a vertical axis at a point along the horizontal base member near an end of the base member opposite the first end of the base member, such that the second leg member may be folded to be parallel and adjacent to the base member, or to be at a right angle to the base member, and one or more spindle members pivotally attached near one end of each spindle member with horizontal axes at points along the first length of the base member, such that each spindle member my fold to be parallel and adjacent to the base member, or at a right angle to the base member, extending vertically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Inventor: Albert Louis Cabassa
  • Patent number: 8397923
    Abstract: A tilting tray bag dispenser rack includes a support tray that has a base, a first side wall, a second side wall, a back wall and a front wall that holds a merchandise bag pack and has an opening for extraction of bags. The tray is hingedly attached adjacent an upper edge of the back wall to an underside of a counter. First and second side support linkage has a first and second upper and lower arms The upper arms are pivotally attached to first and second side brackets attached to the underside of the counter. The lower arms are pivotally attached to the upper arms and pivotally attached to outer surfaces of the first and second side walls. A position retention device retains the tray in an upper, bag delivery position when engaged and permits the bag pack support tray to move to a lower, loading position when disengaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Inventor: Daniel Brian Tan
  • Patent number: 8381921
    Abstract: A rolling extension tray bag dispenser rack includes a bag pack support tray that has a base, a first side wall, a second side wall, a back wall, a front wall and is sized and shaped to hold a merchandise bag pack. The front wall has an opening sized and shaped to permit extraction of bags from the pack. Rolling extenders are provided that have fixed portions and moving portions. The moving portions are attached to outer surfaces of the first and second side walls or the underside of the support tray and are slidably mounted to the fixed portions. The fixed portions have mounting features for attaching to an underside or back wall of a counter. A spring-loaded check ball or other latching mechanism is mounted to the support tray. A detent panel or other mating latching mechanism is mounted to the underside or back wall of the counter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Inventor: Daniel Brian Tan
  • Publication number: 20130014433
    Abstract: A free-standing support frame (1) for a horticultural growing bag (B) and plants (P) growing therefrom, the support frame comprising a pair of substantially A-shaped uprights (3), held in spaced apart relationship by upper and lower cross-members (5), the lower cross-member being adapted to engage with and support a horticultural growing bag (B) along one of its longitudinal edges. The growing bag is supported such that the bag presents an increase depth of growing media (C) for the roots (R) of the plant (P) to grow therein and form a void (V) over the growth media to retain a volume of water to percolate therethrough.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2010
    Publication date: January 17, 2013
    Inventors: Norman Pratt, Leon Cross
  • Publication number: 20120298602
    Abstract: A pet waste collecting apparatus for easily collecting animal solid wastes. The apparatus comprises an upper portion, a lower portion, and a support. The upper portion comprises a canister for storing grocery sacks. The lower portion comprises a pair of hands and a stand. A grocery sack can hang on the pair of hands. The support can be utilized for maintaining the upper and lower portions in an upright position. The pair of hands acts as an extra set of hands while disposing a solid waste of the pet animal. The stand placed on the back of the lower portion can be utilized for holding a scooper device. When the user operates the scooper device with one or both hands, the hands attached to the lower portion can maintain the grocery sack open for facilitating the user to place the picked up waste.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2012
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Inventor: Lena Margo Eddings
  • Patent number: 8251208
    Abstract: A flat roll gift wrap package has an elongated form with planar opposed sides and convex arcuate transitions between the sides. Flexible material in sheet form, such as, for example, paper or plastic, can be wound about the form without formation of creases or folds at the arcuate transitions. Printed patterns applied to the flexible material in sheet form are visible in full or repeated one or more times on the material which extends over the planar opposed sides of the form. Multiple flat roll gift wrap packages are combined in display packages or envelopes, poly bags or boxes and stacked on the planar sides of the flat rolls or with the arcuate transitions of the flat rolls arranged side-by-side. Retail displays of flat roll gift wrap products include flat rolls of gift wrap sheet material contained in envelopes which are suspended or otherwise held in a generally vertical orientation upon a retail displays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: American Greetings Corporation
    Inventors: Scott Morrissey, David E. Blinderman, Joel Hageman
  • Patent number: 8231956
    Abstract: A source roll having a first layer of liner paper and a second roll of two-sided adhesive is fed through a pair of rollers having six aligned rotary die cutters sized to cut through only the adhesive layer. The excess adhesive web is peeling off and removed from the process. The liner paper with spaced apart sets of six aligned adhesive dots is then laminated with a clear plastic having two sides, one uncoated and one coated, to allow the clear plastic to be easily rolled up and then unrolled, and the liner paper is peeled off and removed from the process. The material remaining having the adhesive circular dots is cut into six long strips each having six adhesive dots which can be used to display small discrete packages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Tru-Vision Plastics Inc.
    Inventors: Ted M. Dean, William R. Fuller
  • Patent number: 8215500
    Abstract: An embodiment of the present invention is directed to a device for hanging a storage bag having a resealable mechanical seal. The device includes an elongate body. The body includes at least two opposing flaps, a longitudinal slit passing a distance between the opposing flaps and having a width that is narrower than the mechanical seal of the storage bag, and a tapered opening at an edge of the body. The tapered opening is adapted to guide a leading edge of the storage bag that is below the mechanical seal into the slit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Inventor: Douglas Constantine
  • Patent number: 8196890
    Abstract: There is provided a display system that may be hung and that holds one or more pouches or bags containing an item to be used. The display is made from a blank having upper, middle and lower panels and an upper edge. There is a tab arrangement on the upper panel for holding the merchandise to be displayed. The bags are inserted from the back of the blank between the upper and middle panels and attached to the tab arrangement. After the bags are attached to the tab arrangement, the upper edge of the upper panel is inserted between the lower and middle panels and the lower panel is folded over the upper panel in order to hold the bags relatively firmly on the tab arrangement. The display may then be hung by the use of slots or hooks in the upper panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventor: Khoa T. Lien
  • Publication number: 20120132600
    Abstract: A rack for surgical sponge counter bags that facilitates sponge counting, comprising a spindle and a plurality of rotatable support members mounted for rotation about the spindle, each support member carrying one or more mechanical devices that are constructed and adapted to grasp a sponge counter bag.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2011
    Publication date: May 31, 2012
    Inventor: Frances P. Foley
  • Publication number: 20120006777
    Abstract: A bag rack system adapted to hang a bag by its handles in the open position. The bag rack system includes a pair of spaced mounts or brackets. Each bracket includes an arm releasably secured to a base. The base can be attached to a top, bottom, or vertical surface of an object while the arms are repositionable relative to the base to maintain a horizontal position. Each arm includes a cleating structure to maintain the bag in the open position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2011
    Publication date: January 12, 2012
    Inventor: Andrew J. Schiller
  • Publication number: 20110272371
    Abstract: Bag holder apparatus for a boot of a car, comprises a collapsible frame having an adjustable bag hanging element and two adjustable legs at each end of the bag hanging element for holding the bag hanging element in spaced relationship relative to a supporting surface. The bag hanging element is elongate and has a plurality of, preferably lockable, pivotable joints for pivoting in a common plane and which are spaced along its longitudinal extent. At least one bag retaining element is also provided intermediate two consecutive said pivotable joints. The bag retaining element is rotatable about the longitudinal axis of the bag hanging element, and retaining means are provided for releasably holding the bag retaining element in at least two angularly spaced positions about the bag hanging element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2010
    Publication date: November 10, 2011
    Inventor: Ben PETTIFER
  • Patent number: 7967153
    Abstract: A compact multi-unit carousel of the present invention contains multiple t-shirt bag racks in which the arms for holding the handles of the T-shirt are parallel to one another and supported by extensions that are radially approximately 120 degrees from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Inventor: Ebrahim Simhaee
  • Publication number: 20110114727
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a bag supporting table includes a pair of hooking sections configured to support a shopping bag and an auxiliary-bag supporting section. The shopping bag has a pair of grips. The pair of hooking sections are spaced apart from and opposed to each other. The pair of hooking sections respectively hook the grips of the shopping bag and support the shopping bag. The auxiliary-bag supporting section is arranged on the outer side of an arrangement area for the shopping bag supported by the pair of hooking sections.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2010
    Publication date: May 19, 2011
    Applicant: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kaoru Matsuhisa, Toshiyasu Terahara, Yuuki Kawaguchi
  • Patent number: 7926669
    Abstract: A rack for hanging four packs of different sized plastic bags of the type having an upper disposable portion and a lower bag portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: Better Bags, Inc.
    Inventor: Rafael A. Alvarado
  • Publication number: 20110048859
    Abstract: A bag rack, method and system for reducing the time needed to open a bag and have it ready for use at a checkout terminal or other station where the time required to opening a bag is critical. The rack allows a bag to be opened with one hand using a single upward and forward motion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2009
    Publication date: March 3, 2011
    Inventor: Kevin J. Ellis
  • Patent number: 7887146
    Abstract: A storage system for a pharmacy that has a frame containing a rack-like structure with a plurality of storage carriers detachably suspended therefrom. The carriers are sized to receive filled prescription orders and the like and include individual identifiers that facilitate locating the carriers at a specific location on the rack-like structure. Preferably, the storage system includes a tracking system that detects, monitors, and displays to a worker the location of the storage carrier containing a particular customer's prescription order, thereby providing easy retrieval of the customer's prescription order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: GSL Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Shelton Louie, Stephen A. Garrett
  • Publication number: 20110006021
    Abstract: An embodiment of the present invention is directed to a device for hanging a storage bag having a resealable mechanical seal. The device includes an elongate body. The body includes at least two opposing flaps, a longitudinal slit passing a distance between the opposing flaps and having a width that is narrower than the mechanical seal of the storage bag, and a tapered opening at an edge of the body. The tapered opening is adapted to guide a leading edge of the storage bag that is below the mechanical seal into the slit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2009
    Publication date: January 13, 2011
    Applicant: SEARS BRANDS, LLC
    Inventor: Douglas Constantine
  • Patent number: 7850018
    Abstract: A bag rack which is configured to support and dispense bags from bag stacks of varying size, wherein a larger size bag pack is positioned to receive a smaller bag pack overlying fashion, the bags positioned so that the smaller bag pack is situated distal the rack and closer to the user, the larger bag pack situated closer to the bag rack, with the smaller pack situated thereupon relative to the user. The rack of the present system comprises contemplates a generally horizontally situated support bar having provided thereon, in slidingly adjustable fashion, support hooks or prongs formed to engage support apertures in the handles of the bags.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Advance Polybag, Inc.
    Inventor: Francis B. Galle
  • Publication number: 20100270249
    Abstract: [Problem to be Solved] To provide a display strip capable of attaching by heat sealing bags comprising a biaxial oriented film and having no low-melting-point layer on the outer surface of the bag. [Solution] In the display strip comprising a substrate layer and a sealant layer, problems can be solved by using the display strip characterized in that the sealant layer contains an acid-modified olefin resin. In particular, it is more preferable that the sealant layer contains (a) an acid-modified olefin resin, (b) a non-acid-modified olefin resin and (c) an adhesion-imparting agent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2008
    Publication date: October 28, 2010
    Applicant: Ishida Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Yoshio IWASAKI
  • Patent number: 7820262
    Abstract: A source roll having a first layer of liner paper and a second roll of two-sided adhesive is fed through a pair of rollers having six aligned rotary die cutters sized to cut through only the adhesive layer. The excess adhesive web is peeling off and removed from the process. The liner paper with spaced apart sets of six aligned adhesive dots is then laminated with a clear plastic having two sides, one uncoated and one coated, to allow the clear plastic to be easily rolled up and then unrolled, and the liner paper is peeled off and removed from the process. The material remaining having the adhesive circular dots is cut into six long strips each having six adhesive dots which can be used to display small discrete packages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: Tru-Vision Plastics, Inc.
    Inventors: Ted M. Dean, William R. Fuller
  • Publication number: 20100264101
    Abstract: A multiple purpose handbag hanger for supporting multiple suspendables, such as handbags, purses, ties, scarves, and the likes, in suspension under a wire and board shelf has a plurality of holders, a connecting rod, and a pair of hanging devices coupled to the connecting rob by two extension chains. The hanging devices feature two C-shaped hooks for hanging under a wire shelf, or two U-shaped clips for hanging under a board shelf, respectively. The plurality of holders engages in holding multiple handbags and other suspendables in suspension. This invention generally relates to a novel hanger to hang multiple suspendables on one such hanger under a shelf without concerning uneven weight distribution on the hanger. The hanger is removable for easy storage. It is an addition to an existing shelf for better organizing space and suspendables.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2010
    Publication date: October 21, 2010
    Inventor: Tianlin Ma
  • Patent number: 7784625
    Abstract: An organizer is configured to store and organize storage article product packages. The organizer has a first storage bin with a front panel and is configured to hold one or more storage article product packages which can dispense individual storage articles through a dispenser opening. The first storage bin is mountable to a generally vertical mounting surface. An opening in the front panel of the first storage bin is positioned to align with the dispenser openings of the one or more product packages. A second storage bin has a front panel, an open top, and a bottom and is configured to hold one or more elongate product packages in a vertical orientation and accessible via the open top. The second storage bin is mountable to the mounting surface and can pivot forward from and rearward back toward the generally vertical surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Assignee: Rubbermaid Incorporated
    Inventors: Roddy Burgess, Michael A. Zarkis
  • Patent number: 7753588
    Abstract: A tabless, self-opening T-shirt-styled thermoplastic bag is provided having a handle, stress relief notch, and mounting tab structure for providing a wide-opening bag mouth and a bag having high weight carrying capacity. Handles have a narrow upper portion, a wide middle portion and a narrow lower portion. Handle mounting apertures are provided in the wide middle portion, which projects inwardly above the mouth of the bag. The handle mounting apertures are formed by a blade having an elongate section that is bent to form an obtuse angle. The handle mounting aperture has a sufficient width for accommodating arms of a dispensing rack and a height about three times as great as the width. The bag has a central mounting tab extending above the mouth of the bag and between the handles. A stress relief notch having a reasonably tight radius of curvature is provided between each handle and the mounting tab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Assignee: Superbag Corp.
    Inventor: Jacobo Bazbaz
  • Publication number: 20090308821
    Abstract: A method of displaying merchandise which creates a more user friendly display that facilitates quicker and easier shopping for a consumer includes an arrangement of gift wrapping items in a section of a display fixture initially by size. The section includes a first display section for displaying items of a first average size, a second display section for displaying items of a second average size and a third display section for displaying items of a third average size. The display sections are adjacent one another and do not contain items that do not fall within the general size of the average display size. This arrangement by size quickly directs the consumer to a small subset of merchandise being displayed in a section that would meet the consumer's needs. A total number of price points may be reduced to at least partially correspond with the display sections. Sections may also be configured so that only items of a particular color and theme are displayed therein such that each section has an overall hue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2009
    Publication date: December 17, 2009
    Applicant: HALLMARK CARDS, INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Claire Conley Brand, Brian Russell Palmer, John Richard Keeling, Angela Canent, Lauren Lane Beeman, Curt A. Creason, Michael D. Davids, Clinton G. Newton
  • Publication number: 20090289019
    Abstract: A bag dispensing assembly according to the present invention has a rack with side protectors, a pack of plastic bags suspended from the rack and a shield assembly pivotally connected to the rack.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2009
    Publication date: November 26, 2009
    Inventors: Rafael A. Alvarado, Alejandro J. Alvarado, Pedro A. Monterrosa
  • Patent number: 7611019
    Abstract: A rack for hanging packs of plastic bags, the rack having side protectors to direct attention to the top center of the front of a bag to ease opening of the bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2009
    Assignee: Better Bags, Inc.
    Inventor: Rafael A. Alvarado
  • Publication number: 20090261050
    Abstract: A bag storage and loading unit includes a first arm and a second arm substantially parallel with and spaced a distance from the first arm to define an interior space having a width measured between the first and second arms. A first upwardly-open hook member extends laterally from the first arm into the interior space. The first hook member is configured to retain a plurality of handles of a plurality of bags that are in a storage orientation in the interior space. A second upwardly-open hook member extends laterally from the second arm into the interior space. The second hook member is configured to retain one handle of one of the plurality of bags that is in a loading orientation, such that the plurality of bags may be opened with a side-to-side movement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2009
    Publication date: October 22, 2009
    Inventor: Andrew Curren
  • Publication number: 20090145866
    Abstract: A wall organizing system includes a generally elongate track. A member is provided for attaching the track to a wall or other substantially vertical surface. At least one attaching member is slidably and selectively movable along the track between opposing lateral ends of the track for attaching to an item to be secured to the wall or other surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2007
    Publication date: June 11, 2009
    Inventors: Michael Harmik Panosian, Joshua Keeler, James Stobar
  • Patent number: 7516820
    Abstract: A retail checkout station includes a housing having at least a front wall, a first side wall and a second side wall, and a product scanning portion mounted to the housing. The product scanning portion includes a scanning device for scanning products purchased by a consumer. The checkout station also includes a collapsible multiple bag holder having a guide track mounted to at least one of the front wall, the first side wall and the second side wall of the housing. A plurality of bag support arms are shiftably mounted to the guide track. The plurality of bag holders extend outward from the guide track and are adapted to support a plurality of bags for holding items scanned at the product scanning portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2009
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Aaron R. Cox, Thomas J. Sluchak, Robert P. Tennant
  • Patent number: 7475785
    Abstract: A rack that is easily stored and used and on which a plurality of bags can be placed for drying. The rack is X-shaped and includes a plurality of bars each of which has a pad on the distal end thereof over which a bag is placed. The X-shape of the rack makes the rack self-supporting. The bars cross each other at a central location on each bar and the intersection is flexible so the rack can be closed for storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2009
    Inventor: Phyllis A. Kidd
  • Patent number: 7395842
    Abstract: An apparatus to aid in the filling or refilling of a flexible, collapsible container having a pour spout and a method for using same. The apparatus includes a center frame element having attached to its upper end an upper frame element adapted to receive at least a portion of the pour spout of the container. At its lower end, the center frame element is attached to a lower frame element adapted to cradle a lower portion of the container being filled and to urge the container toward the center frame element as the flexible, collapsible container fills and expands. The apparatus is portable and may be removably mounted to a variety of vertical or horizontal surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2008
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventor: John J. Dyer
  • Patent number: 7380664
    Abstract: A packaging bag for containing products has a bag body and a display member attached to the bag body in order to close the opening of the bag body. The display member has a front portion on one side of the bag body and a back portion on the other side of the bag body. The front portion of the display member has a first region colored with a first color and a second region colored with a second color. The first color and the second color are respectively indicative of a type of product and a standard of product. The display member has a tearable line so that the display member can be torn along the tearable line in order to enable access to the products within the bag body via the opening. The front portion may remain on the bag body after opening the packaging bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2008
    Assignee: Yahata Neji Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kengo Suzuki
  • Patent number: 7318568
    Abstract: A device is for releasably mounting a bundle of bags on a wall. The device has a wall-mounted suspension fitting. One rear major surface of the bag bundle is connected to a sheet which is parallel with said bundle and which is adapted for releasably co-action with the fitting. The bags are releasably connected to said sheet at there respective opening regions. The sheet has an opening midway of its width and the fitting has upwardly directed clip-finger that includes in an upper portion of its side facing towards the wall a projection that can be received in the opening in the sheet. The projection has two vertically separated oblique surfaces which are mutually convergent in a direction towards said wall for co-action with the upper and lower edges of the sheet opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2008
    Inventor: Tony Barouta
  • Publication number: 20070267370
    Abstract: A storage and retention unit for gas cylinders is provided wherein a movable inner frame defines a plurality of cylinder receptacles which are indexed from an opening in a surrounding outer frame about an axis such that any cylinder within a receptacle is restrained by the outer frame and inner frame as it advances about the axis until the receptacle returns to the opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2006
    Publication date: November 22, 2007
    Inventor: Matthew Johnson
  • Patent number: 7278544
    Abstract: A system and method for storing items, such as food wrapping products, according to which two or more stacked modules are provided with each being adapted to store, and permit the dispensing of, a plurality of items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2007
    Assignee: Diani, LLC
    Inventor: Frank Blateri
  • Publication number: 20070186515
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for packaging items within a container. The container is supported adjacent an indicator which determines the addition of an individual item into the container. The number of items added to a container is accumulated and the accumulated data for each container during a given cycle is stored. The stored data is then communicated to a processing unit for analyzing and use as a management tool within the packaging operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2006
    Publication date: August 16, 2007
    Inventors: Roger M. Ruetten, Kendall Busch, Steve Tonkin, David L. Booher, Leon Farahnik
  • Patent number: 7243884
    Abstract: A tilt-out laundry bag assembly for use with a bottom hinged cabinet door, comprises a suspension bracket subassembly and a laundry bag subassembly, the latter being suspended from the former. The suspension bracket subassembly includes a pair of parallel inter-bracket rods located in a plane perpendicular to the bottom hinged cabinet door. One of the rods is spaced from the mentioned door, while a second one is located in a position somewhat retracted from that door. The laundry bag subassembly comprises at least one laundry bag and a pair of hangers for each laundry bag. A laundry bag includes a pair of opposite flat panels and a pair of opposite folded panels. Each of the former has at the top a pair of loops for each hanger. Each hanger has a central grip for a hand and at each extremity a semi-circular configuration to fit with each one of the inter-bracket rods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2007
    Inventors: Stephen Lawson, Christopher Isfeld
  • Patent number: 7201283
    Abstract: A rack, or caddy, is disclosed which stores and dispenses used plastic bags. Normally the bags are grocery store or department store sized bags made from a thin film of plastic which have been saved for reuse somehow. The caddy includes a sheet member which may be made of molded plastic material such as polypropylene, and it has several cups joined to it. The interior walls of the cups are spaced far enough apart to permit a user to insert hand compacted plastic bags into the cups, and thereafter the walls hold them there by limiting the expansion of the bags.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2007
    Inventor: Craig B. Matuszewski