With Starter Strip Patents (Class 221/50)
  • Patent number: 10358278
    Abstract: A bag container dispenser includes a bag container. The container is formed of resilient material and has a bottom, a top, first and second sides, a front, a back and a removable access panel. The access panel has a top segment that includes a portion of the top and a connected front segment. The front segment has a height that extends from the bottom to the top. Stacked bags are sized and shaped to fit within the bag container. Each of the bags has a front wall, a back wall, an open top and a closure mechanism. The bags are dispensable from the container through an opening provided by removal of the access panel which may have a removable cover. A dispenser rack has a horizontal platform sized and shaped to support the bag container. Peripheral guards extend upward from the platform and constrain movement of the container during dispensing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Inventor: Jessica Tan
  • Patent number: 10358279
    Abstract: A bag container dispenser includes a bag container. The container is formed of resilient material and has a bottom, a top, first and second sides, a front, a back and a removable access panel. The access panel has a top segment that includes a portion of the top and a connected front segment. The front segment has a height that extends from the bottom to the top. Stacked bags are sized and shaped to fit within the bag container. Each of the bags has a front wall, a back wall, an open top and a closure mechanism. The bags are dispensable from the container through an opening provided by removal of the access panel which may have a removable cover. A dispenser rack has a horizontal platform sized and shaped to support the bag container. Peripheral guards extend upward from the platform and constrain movement of the container during dispensing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Inventor: Jessica Tan
  • Patent number: 10246245
    Abstract: A bag container dispenser includes a bag container. The container is formed of resilient material and has a bottom, a top, first and second sides, a front, a back and a removable access panel. The access panel has a top segment that includes a portion of the top and a connected front segment. The front segment has a height that extends from the bottom to the top. Stacked bags are sized and shaped to fit within the bag container. Each of the bags has a front wall, a back wall, an open top and a closure mechanism. The bags are dispensable from the container through an opening provided by removal of the access panel which may have a removable cover. A dispenser rack has a horizontal platform sized and shaped to support the bag container. Peripheral guards extend upward from the platform and constrain movement of the container during dispensing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventor: Jessica Tan
  • Patent number: 10005593
    Abstract: A bag container dispenser includes a bag container. The container is formed of resilient material and has a bottom, a top, first and second sides, a front, a back and a removable access panel. The access panel has a top segment that includes a portion of the top and a connected front segment. The front segment has a height that extends from the bottom to the top. Stacked bags are sized and shaped to fit within the bag container. Each of the bags has a front wall, a back wall, an open top and a closure mechanism. The bags are dispensable from the container through an opening provided by removal of the access panel which may have a removable cover. A dispenser rack has a horizontal platform sized and shaped to support the bag container. Peripheral guards extend upward from the platform and constrain movement of the container during dispensing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Inventor: Jessica Tan
  • Patent number: 9969532
    Abstract: A bag container dispenser includes a bag container. The container is formed of resilient material and has a bottom, a top, first and second sides, a front, a back and a removable access panel. The access panel has a top segment that includes a portion of the top and a connected front segment. The front segment has a height that extends from the bottom to the top. Stacked bags are sized and shaped to fit within the bag container. Each of the bags has a front wall, a back wall, an open top and a closure mechanism. The bags are dispensable from the container through an opening provided by removal of the access panel which may have a removable cover. A dispenser rack has a horizontal platform sized and shaped to support the bag container. Peripheral guards extend upward from the platform and constrain movement of the container during dispensing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Inventor: Jessica Tan
  • Patent number: 9878829
    Abstract: A bag container dispenser includes a bag container. The container is formed of resilient material and has a bottom, a top, first and second sides, a front, a back and a removable access panel. The access panel has a top segment that includes a portion of the top and a connected front segment. The front segment has a height that extends from the bottom to the top. Stacked bags are sized and shaped to fit within the bag container. Each of the bags has a front wall, a back wall, an open top and a closure mechanism. The bags are dispensable from the container through an opening provided by removal of the access panel which may have a removable cover. A dispenser rack has a horizontal platform sized and shaped to support the bag container. Peripheral guards extend upward from the platform and constrain movement of the container during dispensing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Inventor: Jessica Tan
  • Patent number: 9717379
    Abstract: A dispenser for dispensing a selectable quantity of absorbent sheet products is provided. The dispenser includes a container for containing a stack of absorbent sheet products, and an opening through which at least one absorbent sheet product is graspable. The opening includes a main portion in a first side of the container and at least one additional portion extending the main portion towards a second side of the container such that the, at least one, additional portion extends above and transversally relatively to the stack of absorbent sheet products contained in the container. The, at least one, additional portion defines multiple exposing zones along an axis (x) from one end of the main portion towards another end of the main portion. Each additional portion has a length from the axis (x) being associated with a maximum amount of absorbent sheet products graspable at the same time in a single seizure by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: SCA TISSUE FRANCE
    Inventors: Yoann Denis, Karine Papin, Loïc Sieber, Matti Ellonen
  • Patent number: 9676542
    Abstract: A bag container dispenser includes a bag container. The container is formed of resilient material and has a bottom, a top, first and second sides, a front, a back and a removable access panel. The access panel has a top segment that includes a portion of the top and a connected front segment. The front segment has a height that extends from the bottom to the top. Stacked bags are sized and shaped to fit within the bag container. Each of the bags has a front wall, a back wall, an open top and a closure mechanism. The bags are dispensable from the container through an opening provided by removal of the access panel which may have a removable cover. A dispenser rack has a horizontal platform sized and shaped to support the bag container. Peripheral guards extend upward from the platform and constrain movement of the container during dispensing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Inventor: Jessica Tan
  • Patent number: 9004313
    Abstract: A stack of hygiene sheet products including first and second webs that are interfolded with each other. The stack includes a top panel of the first web and a top panel of the second web, wherein the top panel of the first web overlays the top panel of the second web but has been cut away so that the top panel of the second web is revealed by the top panel of the first web. An adherence layer is placed on the top panel of the first web and the top panel of the second web and is exposed at the top of the stack so that it can adhere to an adjacent stack so that when the last sheets of the adjacent stack are pulled through a dispenser opening of a dispenser, the first and second sheets are pulled securely through with it as a result of the direct adherence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: SCA Hygiene Products AB
    Inventors: Anders Andersson, Björn Larsson
  • Patent number: 8393496
    Abstract: A representative stack of sheets including sheet bodies each of which is formed by folding a sheet and has a plurality of pieces between both ends of the sheet body. The sheet bodies are stacked one on another in such a manner that one of the plurality of pieces of each of the sheet bodies on one side in a stacking direction and another piece on the other side are inserted between pieces of an adjacent sheet body on one side in the stacking direction with respect to the sheet body and between pieces of an adjacent sheet body on the other side in the stacking direction, respectively, wherein an auxiliary piece is formed by folding an end of the piece of the sheet body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Uni-Charm Corporation
    Inventors: Takeshi Bandoh, Koji Sangawa
  • Patent number: 8342360
    Abstract: A product including a stack of a: plurality of interfolded sheets assembled from a folded sheet material. The stack having a first side, a second side, a plurality of first side folded sheets and a plurality of second side folded sheets. A majority of the first side folded sheets folded into a first fold configuration and a majority of the second side folded sheets folded into a second fold configuration. Within the stack, the first fold configuration is different than the second fold configuration. In one embodiment, the first side folded sheets were V-folded and the second side folded sheets were Z-folded. In another embodiment, the first side folded sheets were V-folded and the second side folded sheets were C-folded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Inventor: Leslie Thomas Long
  • Patent number: 8186541
    Abstract: A dispenser for dispensing interfolded disposable sheets is disclosed. The dispenser includes a removable panel that is attached to the first sheet in the stack contained in the container. When the removable panel is pulled off the container, the first sheet in the stack is partially or completely withdrawn from the container. The removable panel may be adhered to the first sheet using an adhesive material. The adhesive material may be contained in a recess formed in the removable panel. The recess is designed to protect the adhesive material during manufacture of the product and/or to prevent the adhesive material to adhering to other portions of the product. In one embodiment, after the stack of sheets are loaded into the dispenser, the recess is inverted forming a protrusion that contacts the first sheet in the stack and forms a bond between the removable panel and the first sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Krzysztof Andrzej Szymonski, Daphne Lynn VanBuren, Sara Marie Etheridge
  • Patent number: 7992744
    Abstract: A dispenser, and associated method for producing such dispenser, for interfolded disposable sheets includes a dispensing container defining an interior volume sufficient for receipt of a clip of interfolded disposable sheets, the container including a first wall with a dispensing opening defined by a removable panel. At least a portion of an adhesive material is disposed at a location on the removable panel such that the adhesive is not exposed to the interior volume of the container in an adhesive state. A clip of interfolded disposable sheets is inserted into the interior volume of the container. After insertion of the clip, the adhesive material is exposed in an adhesive state to the interior volume of the container and contact is made between the adhesive and the uppermost sheet of the clip of interfolded sheets such that the removable panel is attached to the uppermost sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Krzysztof A. Szymonski, Herb Velazquez
  • Patent number: 7934597
    Abstract: In order to improve the reliability of cleanly dispensing the first tissue in a pop-up dispensing tissue container, a relatively high strength sacrificial top sheet is interfolded with the tissue clip. The sacrificial top sheet is adhered to the underside of a removable surfboard in the top of the container, such that when the surfboard is removed to access the tissues, the sacrificial sheet is simultaneously removed, which causes the first tissue to pop up into a ready position for subsequent dispensing by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth John Zwick, Mark Anthony Barnes, Dennis Edward Fryer, Cynthia Watts Henderson, Leslie Thomas Long, Paul Kerner Pauling, Bart John Rabas, Stephanie Marie Stoddart
  • Patent number: 7753204
    Abstract: An element dispensing package suitable for dispensing adhesive strips or bandages. Each element is contained within an envelope formed by opposed upper and lower sheets. The lower sheet has a release liner secured thereto to protect the element while it is within the dispenser. The element is releasably secured to a first tab and is separated from the package when the envelope is opened. The first tab has one or more gripping means to facilitate dispensing of the element contained within the package. Additionally, the upper sheet and the lower sheet have optional gripping means (e.g., a second tab) to facilitate dispensing of the element contained within the package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Inventor: Victor A. Grossman
  • Patent number: 7731056
    Abstract: A dispenser for dispensing gloves is provided which includes a housing having an exit port, the housing also formed to include a compartment which is configured to hold a plurality of gloves therein. The dispenser includes a glove pusher movably coupled to the housing. At least a portion of the glove pusher is configured to move within the compartment of the housing and push at least a portion of a glove disposed in the compartment through the exit port. A cartridge configured to be disposed into a compartment of a dispenser is disclosed. The cartridge is formed to permit a portion of a dispenser to move into the internal compartment of the cartridge to move at least one of the plurality of gloves at least partially through the at least one opening in the cartridge. A dispensing assembly also may include a stack of gloves or a cartridge containing a plurality of gloves. A method of using a glove dispenser is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul Francis Tramontina
  • Patent number: 7661552
    Abstract: By interfolding or interleaving at least a portion of the dispensing panel of a dispenser with the first sheet in a stack of sheet material such that a leading edge of the first sheet is exposed, it is no longer necessary to reach into the dispenser to dispense the first sheet. To dispense the first sheet, the optional removable panel is torn from the dispenser, and then the already exposed leading edge of the first sheet protruding from the dispensing panel is grasped and pulled to withdraw the first sheet from the dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2010
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Allen Baum, Charlcie C. K. Leitner, Leslie Thomas Long
  • Patent number: 7661554
    Abstract: A dispenser, and associated method for producing such dispenser, for interfolded disposable sheets includes a dispensing container defining an interior volume sufficient for receipt of a clip of interfolded disposable sheets, the container including a first wall with a dispensing opening defined by a removable panel. At least a portion of an adhesive material is disposed at a location on the removable panel such that the adhesive is not exposed to the interior volume of the container in an adhesive state. A clip of interfolded disposable sheets is inserted into the interior volume of the container. After insertion of the clip, the adhesive material is exposed in an adhesive state to the interior volume of the container and contact is made between the adhesive and the uppermost sheet of the clip of interfolded sheets such that the removable panel is attached to the uppermost sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2010
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Krzysztof A. Szymonski, Herb Velazquez
  • Patent number: 7644836
    Abstract: A container for a stack of individually removable paper products (9) such as facial tissues, handkerchiefs, towels and the like, or similar products made of non-woven material is described. The container has an upper wall (2), in which a withdrawal opening is formed which is closed by a tear-off-able lid (8) and a cavity accommodating the stack of products. The lid (8) has on its inner surface (12) an adhesive or bonding surface (11) by which the uppermost paper product (10) of the stack adheres, preferably detachably, to the lid (8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2010
    Assignee: SCA Hygiene Products AB
    Inventors: Emmanuelle Morin, Thami Chihani, Ann Chihani, legal representative
  • Publication number: 20080217354
    Abstract: In one aspect, a method of dispensing a test strip is provided in which the dispensed test strip remains stationary while the inner housing moves within an outer housing. In another embodiment, a test strip dispenser is provided that dispenses one test strip at a time. The test strip dispenser includes a movable inner housing nested inside an outer housing. A test strip dispensing system is also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2007
    Publication date: September 11, 2008
    Inventors: Michael John Newman, Edwin Paul Earnshaw, Yannick Pierre Hourmand, Andrew Macleod, Benjamin Erland Impey, Barry Weber
  • Publication number: 20080041873
    Abstract: By interfolding or interleaving at least a portion of the dispensing panel of a dispenser with the first sheet in a stack of sheet material such that a leading edge of the first sheet is exposed, it is no longer necessary to reach into the dispenser to dispense the first sheet. To dispense the first sheet, the optional removable panel is torn from the dispenser, and then the already exposed leading edge of the first sheet protruding from the dispensing panel is grasped and pulled to withdraw the first sheet from the dispenser.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2006
    Publication date: February 21, 2008
    Inventors: Scott Allen Baum, Charlcie C.K. Leitner, Leslie Thomas Long
  • Patent number: 7028860
    Abstract: A dispenser for inter-folded sheet includes a replaceable cartridge. In preferred embodiments, the replaceable cartridge includes a generally planar rectangular core having a stack of inter-folded food service sheets wrapped around the core in a U-shape and retained in position by shrink wrap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2006
    Assignee: Fort James Corporation
    Inventors: Janica S. Behnke, Kathleen R. Rigotti, Katie L. Thomas, Timothy P. Hartjes, Michael R. Kilgore, Gregory D. Budz
  • Publication number: 20040182875
    Abstract: A dispenser for dispensing interfolded disposable sheets is disclosed. The dispenser includes a removable top that is releasably attached to the first sheet in the stack contained in the container. In accordance with the present invention, when the removable top is pulled off the container, the first sheet in the stack is partially withdrawn from the container. After being partially withdrawn, however, the sheet releases from the removable top.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2004
    Publication date: September 23, 2004
    Inventor: Craig M. Thoms
  • Patent number: 6685050
    Abstract: An improved stacked sheet material assembly is disclosed. A carton or container for reliably releasing stacked tissues also is disclosed. The assembly includes at least a first web and a second web on the top of the assembly where dispensing is started. The first and second webs are shown using various efficient starter folding patterns, for releasing sheet material webs, or tissues, more reliably and consistently. Folding patterns preferably achieve dispensing of one tissue at a time, from the beginning of the carton to the end of the carton, with relative ease, no tissue tearing, and no package induced fallback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2004
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul R. Schmidt, Leslie T. Long
  • Patent number: 6514585
    Abstract: A W-stacked pads of tape strips dispensable at a low peel angle, comprising a plurality of superimposed tape strips longitudinally reversed so as to align the first end of each tape strip with the second end of an immediately overlaying and an immediately underlying tape strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2003
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Scott D. Pearson, Dennis L. Crawford
  • Patent number: 6419114
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a box (10) for containing tissues, comprising at least one opening (11) located on at least one side of the box, under which a dispensing insert (14) is positioned so that it covers at least partially said opening of the box, said dispensing insert further comprising a cut-out portion (15) or a dispensing slot with at least two portions (16) that contact the border of the box opening, said box being characterized in that the dispensing insert is made out of material with high resilience, so that after being bent it is capable of coming back to its initial shape on its own, without losing its elastic properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2002
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Martina Lenz, Rached Menif
  • Patent number: 5740913
    Abstract: A pop-up tissue dispenser is provided for improved removal of a top tissue from a clip of tissues located within a carton. In one embodiment, a visually distinctive tissue has primary and secondary folds and a visual indicator disposed adjacent the secondary fold. Except for the presence of the visual indicator, the visually distinctive tissue is substantially identical to the other, substantially visually uniform tissues in the clip. In another embodiment, the visually distinctive tissue and the other tissues form a color interface that is visible through the carton opening prior to the removal of any tissues from the carton.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 21, 1998
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy Maurice McFarland
  • Patent number: 5520308
    Abstract: A tissue package comprising a dispensing package and tissues. The dispensing package has a dispensing opening which constricts the tissues as they are withdrawn through the opening. The tissues are disposed in the dispensing package in a non-interleaved pattern. Each tissue is releasably attached to the adjacent tissue, so that upon withdrawal through the dispensing opening, the tissue pulls an adjacent tissue through the dispensing opening. Both reach-in and pop-up dispensing are possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 28, 1996
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Charles J. Berg, Jr., Charles D. Cook
  • Patent number: 5368188
    Abstract: The present invention relates primarily to folded fabric products, such as baby wipes, hand wipes, fabric softener sheets, and the like. Folded individual sheets include a visual indicator, such as a line of contrasting color, at the location of the sheet which should be removed first by the user. In a preferred example, folded baby wipes include moistened, non-woven fabric, folded in such a way that the visual indicator is located at the top of each folded sheet. A plurality of sheets can be stacked in a tub or container. Removal of one sheet will present the indicator of the next lower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 29, 1994
    Assignee: Meridian Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Harvey J. Twardowski
  • Patent number: 5356032
    Abstract: A generally rectangular sheet is folded upon itself along a first crease that is parallel with two edges of the sheet. The position of the fold is located to create a structure having a region of double thickness but in which one of the edges is offset from the other. The folded structure is folded upon itself along a second crease that is parallel with the first crease to provide a first flap of double thickness that lies upon one surface of the structure. The structure also is folded upon itself along a third crease that is parallel with the first and second edges and within the region of double thickness to provide a second flap lying upon the one surface. In the totally folded sheet, the one of the edges is closer to the center of the sheet than the other edge. A unique dispenser is provided which allows the user to grasp only the one edge so that the sheet product unfolds completely when pulled from the dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 18, 1994
    Assignee: Encore Paper Company
    Inventor: Randel L. Rhodes
  • Patent number: 5127873
    Abstract: Disclosed is a food emulsion casing packaging system which incorporates means for readily and rapidly removing non-shirred, flat casing from its shipping carton, means or facilely and rapidly threading that casing into automated food emulsion stuffing equipment, and means for rapidly and readily forming the casing into a tubular form at the point of introduction of the food emulsion to the casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 1990
    Date of Patent: July 7, 1992
    Assignee: Teepak, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas R. Stanley, Mark L. Fox
  • Patent number: 4221304
    Abstract: Starter sheet and method for a pop-up type dispensing package for individual product sheets, arranged in an interleaved stack or in a perforated web. The package is of the type having a restrictive dispensing orifice so sized that the topmost product sheet cannot be conveniently grasped by the consumer through the dispensing orifice. The starter sheet is less porous than the product sheets. The starter sheet is interleaved with and overlies the topmost product sheet of a stack thereof or is interleaved with or attached to the first product sheet of a perforated web thereof. During the packaging process a vacuum is applied to the dispensing orifice or directly to the starter sheet through the dispensing orifice to draw a sufficient portion of the starter sheet through the dispensing orifice to enable withdrawal of the starter sheet, bringing the topmost product sheet into its pop-up position ready for withdrawal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 1978
    Date of Patent: September 9, 1980
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Kent R. Wahl, A. Robert Harm
  • Patent number: 4197964
    Abstract: A starter sheet for a package of the type dispensing individual product sheets, one at a time in pop-up fashion, and alternately from discrete first and second continuous webs of product sheets. The webs are interfolded to form a stack of product sheets with the first half of the first product sheet of the first web overlying the first half of the first product sheet of the second web at the top of the stack. The package has a restrictive dispensing orifice of such size that the consumer cannot start the first product sheet of the first web through the dispensing orifice with his fingers. The starter sheet is formed into a Z-fold overlying and underlying the first half of the first product sheet of the first web and partially underlying the first half of the first product sheet of the second web. A portion of the starter sheet extends through the restrictive dispensing orifice of the package by an amount sufficient to be conveniently grasped by the fingers of the consumer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 1978
    Date of Patent: April 15, 1980
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventor: Rochelle Y. Pryor