With Separate Replenishment Or Access Inlet Means Patents (Class 221/61)
  • Patent number: 8931663
    Abstract: The present invention is a system for dispensing horizontally stacked moist towelettes. One embodiment involves turning a tub upside down and providing a side door for accessing the stacked towels. Another embodiment involves orienting a tub in an upright position and providing a means for users to easily access the contents. Moist towelettes are dispensed one at a time, from beginning to end. Once one towelette is removed, the next is in position for removal. Any towelette that falls back into the tub can be easily retrieved through the opening without having to open the entire package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Union Street Brand Packaging, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher T. Evans, Christopher Gieda
  • Patent number: 8870023
    Abstract: A cup rack includes a cup rack body for receiving multiple cups in a stack, and a base for supporting the storage cups in the cup rack body and defining an access port for finger access to pick up the cups individually.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Dongguan Master United Plastic & Hardware Products Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tsung-Yu Tsai
  • Patent number: 8863984
    Abstract: A product dispensing device including at least a part of a dispenser housing and a cover member. The dispenser housing defines a product reservoir for containing dispensable products. The part of the dispenser housing defines an opening through which products are dispensed from the product housing and through which the product housing is refillable. The cover member is positionable between an open position in which the opening of the dispenser housing part is revealed for refilling the product reservoir with dispensable products and a closed position in which the opening of the dispenser housing is covered for dispensing. The cover member comprises a dispensing opening through which products are dispensed when the cover member is in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: SCA Hygiene Products AB
    Inventor: Justin Siebel
  • Patent number: 8851326
    Abstract: The present invention provides a dispenser for folded sheets having an overfill prevention device, which effectively prevents the dispenser from being overfilled with folded sheet material. The result of the present invention is that a maintainer of the dispenser will have a difficult time overfilling the dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Francis Tramontina, Jonathan Green, Wolfgang Heich
  • Patent number: 8777053
    Abstract: A sheets dispenser comprising a container with an opening, and a spring loaded lid adapted to close say opening, in which the opening is provided with extrusion means, and in which the lid is biased into a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Brightwell Dispensers Limited
    Inventor: Etienne Vincent Bunoz
  • Patent number: 8684226
    Abstract: A glove dispensing assembly includes a stack of interfolded gloves. In particular, the gloves are folded in an S-like arrangement including a first fold and a second fold. The finger portion of a leading glove is folded in between a cuff portion and an intermediate portion of a subsequent glove. The manner in which the gloves are folded allows for the gloves to be dispensed in a perpendicular direction or a lateral direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventor: Khoa T. Lien
  • Patent number: 8317061
    Abstract: A device includes a housing (100) in which is placed a bag (400) containing wipes, and having an extraction opening for the wipes. The housing (100) includes a front cover (102) mounted on a rear wall (101), and the front cover (102) has a wipe outlet opening (20) and bears a lid (3) covering the wipe outlet opening (20) in the closed position. The bag (400) is carried by a coupling plate (4) placed inside the housing (100) under the wipe outlet opening (20) of the front cover (102).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Laboratories Prodene-Klint
    Inventor: Eric Vignot
  • Patent number: 8113381
    Abstract: A pet waste bags dispenser provided for dispensing animal waste bags, having a collapsible container, a dispenser cavity cover and a dispensing means, wherein the dispensing means allows waste bags placed within the waste bags dispenser to be dispensed to a user easily and conveniently. The collapsible waste bags dispenser is made of a collapsible material, such that the dispenser is easy to store, light in weight, simple to manufacture, and has the flexibility to contain different amounts of waste bags within the collapsible container, wherein rolls of or individually wrapped waste bags are allowed to be dispensed. The collapsible waste bags dispenser further has external connecting means for connecting the waste bags dispenser to a foreign object, so as to facilitate the user to easily obtain a waste bag from the dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Inventor: Peter H Che
  • Patent number: 8033421
    Abstract: A dispenser configured to close and fold into a small, compact, refillable package for storing personal care products is disclosed. Specifically, the dispenser has significantly less surface area in the closed (i.e., folded) position as compared to the unfolded personal care product that is stored within the dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Christine Marie Cowell, Robert Samuel Schlaupitz, Kevin C. Possell, Jason Robert Boon, Daphne Lynn VanBuren, Erica Marie Golub
  • Patent number: 8016155
    Abstract: A dispenser is disclosed which is capable of dispensing articles from two locations. The dispenser includes first and second members pivotally connected together by a first hinge to form a first entrance into the dispenser. The first and second members are capable of housing a plurality of wet or dry, sheet-like articles. The first entrance provides reach-in access wherein multiple sheet-like articles can be withdrawn at one time. The second member also has a second entrance formed therein from which the sheet-like articles can be individually withdrawn. The dispenser further includes a third member secured to the first member by a hinge that is coaxially aligned with the first hinge. The third member is capable of pivoting on its hinge to cover the second entrance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Vincent Decker, Christopher Michael Bechyne, Stephen Robert Kehn, Cleary E. Mahaffey, Herb Flores Velazquez, John Martin Wydeven
  • Patent number: 7992745
    Abstract: A water resistant absorbent towel dispenser. The dispenser includes a container having top, bottom and side walls housing a supply of absorbent towels, and an exterior handle for facilitating transport of the dispenser. The top wall includes a finger-accessible opening through which absorbent towels may be withdrawn. In certain embodiments, the top wall is convex upwardly, but is flexible to enable it to be depressed when dispensers are stacked vertically so as to come into load bearing contact with the towel supply. In some embodiments, the top and bottom walls have interlocking configurations to add lateral stability to vertically stacked dispensers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Sellars Absorbent Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: John C. Sellars, Jerry Ballas, Balbir Singh, Neal D. Watson, Ronald A. Bogdanovich
  • Patent number: 7938294
    Abstract: A large capacity napkin dispenser for in counter mounting includes: (a) an elongate housing having a generally rectangular cross-section for receiving a stack of napkins; (b) a faceplate with a dispensing aperture, the faceplate being hinged to the housing so as to be movable between an open position for re-loading and a closed position for dispensing; (c) a movable support member mounted in the housing; (d) biasing means for urging the movable support toward the faceplate so that the stack of napkins is advanced to the aperture as it is depleted; and (e) sequestered means for locking the faceplate in the closed position. The locking means includes release means located adjacent the inner surface of the faceplate such that when the faceplate is in the closed position the release means is concealed in the interior of the dispenser, thereby eliminating the need for a key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Assignee: Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products LP
    Inventors: Antonio M. Cittadino, David R. Maroney, Brent J. Burns, Karl D. Kissinger, Andy L. Kirkpatrick, Michael R. Kilgore, Gregory D. Budz
  • Patent number: 7931170
    Abstract: A pet waste bags dispenser includes a pouch body, a pouch cover, means for detachably attaching the front cover edge of the pouch cover on the front wall of the pouch body, and a bag dispenser, wherein the bag dispenser allows waste bags placed within the waste bags dispenser to be dispensed to a user easily and conveniently. The pet waste bags dispenser is made of a collapsible material, such that the dispenser is easy to store, light in weight, simple to manufacture, and has the flexibility to contain different amounts of waste bags within the pouch body, wherein rolls of or individually wrapped waste bags are allowed to be dispensed. The pet waste bags dispenser further includes a pouch carrier for the pouch body to be carried around, so as to facilitate the user to easily obtain a waste bag from the dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Inventor: Peter H. Che
  • Patent number: 7922036
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a container for dispensing vertically configured wipes, which provides improved sequential dispensing of the contained wipes while permitting enhanced accessibility to the wipes within the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Yarron Bendor, Marcia Cole-Yocom, Donna Barker, Stefano Bartolucci, Johannes Lambertus Maria Mensink
  • Patent number: 7648044
    Abstract: A sheet product dispenser includes a housing adapted to house sheet products therein, the housing having an arching wall, a first planar wall disposed in contact with the arching wall, and a second planar wall disposed in contact with the arching wall and the first planar wall; an opening disposed in the first planar wall or the second planar wall, the opening having a size sufficient to allow dispensing of the sheet products there-through; and an access panel forming a portion of the arching wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2010
    Assignee: Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products LP
    Inventors: Christopher M. Reinsel, Michael R. Kilgore, Rachel DeSmidt, Frances Alexay
  • Patent number: 7490733
    Abstract: The present invention generally provides a dispenser assembly which houses a disposable container of consumer product. The dispenser assembly improves an aperture that allows access to the product from the exterior of the dispenser assembly. In one embodiment, the disposable container of consumer product is configured to engage with the dispenser assembly in a manner that retains a portion of the container through which the product is dispensed in a pre-defined orientation relative to the cover of the dispenser assembly. In one embodiment, a neck of the container of consumer product through which the product may be accessed engages the aperture of the dispenser assembly to selectively retain the container and the dispenser assembly. In one embodiment, the neck is snap-fit into the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2009
    Inventor: Daria Tagliareni
  • Publication number: 20080251528
    Abstract: A container system includes a container having an opening and an insert configured to be placed in the container through the opening. The insert includes a sleeve substantially corresponding in shape to a shape of an inner surface of the container adjacent to the opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2007
    Publication date: October 16, 2008
    Inventors: Dikran S. Babikian, Marvin C. Wells
  • Patent number: 7380687
    Abstract: A wet and dry towel dispenser contains and dispenses both dry towels and wet towels (also referred to as towelettes or wipes). The dispenser includes coaxially located compartments for containing the dry towels and wet towels, preferably in a nested arrangement to use space most efficiently within the dispenser. One preferred embodiment of the dispenser has a substantially cylindrical shape and a removable cover on one end to allow the towels to be loaded into the respective compartments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2008
    Assignee: Nester, LLC
    Inventors: Ryan M. FitzSimons, Timothy Bassett, Timothy Collins
  • Patent number: 7367470
    Abstract: A free-standing dispenser for inter-folded towels capable of being placed in a wide variety of postures having an opening which facilitates one handed dispensing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2008
    Assignee: Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products LP
    Inventors: Antonio M. Cittadino, Scott M. Kouri, Richard J. Page, Jean E. Kiple
  • Patent number: 7296705
    Abstract: An assembly useable in conjunction with a plurality of flexible articles. The assembly includes at least one compartment configured to hold a plurality of the flexible articles. The compartment defines an outlet configured to enable the flexible articles to be removed from the compartment through the outlet at least one at a time. The assembly includes at least one mount connected to the housing and a door. The door has a shelf surface. The assembly provides users with increased shelving and storage space, access to flexible articles, and convenience of use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2007
    Assignee: Amazer, Inc.
    Inventor: Renee Marie Boulet-Mazer
  • Patent number: 7275658
    Abstract: A dispenser is disclosed which is capable of dispensing articles from two locations. The dispenser includes first and second members pivotally connected together by a first hinge to form a first entrance into the dispenser. The first and second members are capable of housing a plurality of wet or dry, sheet-like articles. The first entrance provides reach-in access wherein multiple sheet-like articles can be withdrawn at one time. The second member also has a second entrance formed therein from which the sheet-like articles can be individually withdrawn. The dispenser further includes a third member secured to the first member by a hinge that is coaxially aligned with the first hinge. The third member is capable of pivoting on its hinge to cover the second entrance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2007
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Vincent Decker, Christopher Michael Bechyne, Stephen Robert Kehn, Cleary E. Mahaffey, Herb Flores Velazquez, John Martin Wydeven
  • Patent number: 7232040
    Abstract: A dispenser is disclosed which is capable of dispensing articles from two locations. The dispenser includes first and second members pivotally connected together by a first hinge to form a first entrance into the dispenser. The first and second members are capable of housing a plurality of wet or dry, sheet-like articles. The first entrance provides reach-in access wherein multiple sheet-like articles can be withdrawn at one time. The second member also has a second entrance formed therein from which the sheet-like articles can be individually withdrawn. The dispenser further includes a third member secured to the second member at a first location and has a second hinge spaced apart from the first location. The first and second hinges are situated on opposite sides of the dispenser. The third member is capable of pivoting on the second hinge to cover the second entrance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2007
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Vincent Decker, Stephen Robert Kehn, Cleary E. Mahaffey, Herb Flores Velazquez, John Martin Wydeven
  • Patent number: 7178690
    Abstract: A cover and a dispenser for a tissue package, said dispenser comprising a tissue dispensing aperture and a manipulating opening, both opening into a tissue-containing space of the package. The tissue dispensing aperture is sized for dispensing one tissue at a time while separating a duty tissue from a successive tissue; and the manipulating opening is normally closed by a flap and is deformable to allow introduction of a user's fingers into the tissue-containing space, and wherein said tissue dispensing aperture and the manipulating opening are coverable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2007
    Assignee: Albaad Massuot Yitzhak Ltd
    Inventors: Shlomit Chasid, Uri Zaidman
  • Patent number: 6951292
    Abstract: A container (10) with a hinged lid comprises a container body (11), a hinged lid (23) hinged on the container body (11), and a bottom wall (12) tightly covering the open lower end of the container body (11). A rubber plate 50) is provided between the hinged lid (23) and the container body (11). The container body (11) has an upper wall (27) provided with an opening (24), and a side wall (13). The hinged lid (23) is supported on the side wall (13) of the container body (11). Since the hinged lid (23) is supported on the side wall (13), the hinged lid (23) can be formed in a large shape. The container body (11) is provided with a catching projection (33) for catching a locking projection (32) formed on the hinged lid (23).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2005
    Assignees: Uni-Charm Corporation, Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeshi Bando, Yoshikazu Tanaka, Katsumi Kameda, Masaho Hayashi, Norikazu Shinogi
  • Patent number: 6920999
    Abstract: A dispenser is provided for dispensing stacked folded sheets. The dispenser includes a housing defining an internal storage space for the stack of sheets. A cover member is pivotally attached to the housing and is movable between an open position and a closed position for loading a stack of folded sheets into the housing. A device, such as a mechanical stop system, is provided and located such that the device must be manually operated with both hands while closing the cover member. In this way, an individual is prevented from using a free hand to compress the stack of folded sheets within the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2005
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Antwain D. Taylor, Victoria L. Bischoff, Robert C. Ziegenfuss
  • Patent number: 6915923
    Abstract: An improved coupon dispenser is disclosed comprising a rigid housing assembly that includes a front cover and a mating rear housing section engaged together to provide a storage chamber for a stack of folded coupon sheets. The front cover is provided with a rounded dispensing mouth having a rectangular opening formed therein between upper and lower panel surfaces that extend across the mouth in separate inclined planes. The front cover is further provided with a plurality of internal ribs integrally formed and extending longitudinally through the chamber on all sides, the ribs along the upper chamber being curved and tapered at the dispensing mouth leading to the opening. A P-shaped pusher member engaged to the rear housing section and mounted on a coil spring is disposed for travel longitudinally through the chamber of the front cover to urge the coupons forwardly toward the opening in the dispensing mouth guided along by the internal ribs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2005
    Assignee: Floorgraphics, Inc.
    Inventor: Edward Magid
  • Publication number: 20040211788
    Abstract: A promotional display item provides an easel mounted sheet dispenser box, especially one dispensing individually folded coupon. The easel has a display panel supporting itself in an upright position by a base and two side supports. The display panel has an opening in it that aligns with an opening in the front wall of the dispenser box mounted onto the easel base. The sheet dispenser includes an arched member supporting and biasing a stack of sheets toward the openings such that a free end of the outermost sheet protrudes through the openings to facilitate dispensing a single sheet at a time. Preferably, the easel and the dispenser box are each formed from one sheet folded and scored paper blanks.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2004
    Publication date: October 28, 2004
    Inventor: Raymond Simpson
  • Publication number: 20040206769
    Abstract: The present invention provides a container for dispensing individual paper products that includes a housing, a cover hingedly or removably attached to the housing wherein the cover defines a dispensing opening, a means for elevating paper products, and a plunger disposed in the interior area of the housing. The plunger is urged toward the dispensing opening by the means for elevating paper products. The container may be included in a system for dispensing paper products that further includes a cartridge containing paper products. The cartridge defines a dispensing opening and a second opening wherein the means for elevating paper products extends through the second opening into the interior area of the cartridge to contact the paper products and urge the paper products toward the dispensing opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2003
    Publication date: October 21, 2004
    Applicant: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Lee Sanders, James J. Lee
  • Patent number: 6799695
    Abstract: A dispensing device is provided for sanitary napkins of various shapes and sizes. The device is conveniently and efficiently packaged for optimal placement and utility within the private facilities of a home. The device includes a hinged lid allowing ready placement of the sanitary napkins within the device housing. When closed, a latch secures the lid. On one or more sides of the housing, a door is provided near the bottom that allows the user to retrieve a sanitary napkin from the bottom of the housing. The door or doors are hinged with a spring providing a bias to the closed position. Attached to the lid is a spring, the spring having an attached compression plate. When the lid is closed, the spring forces the compression plate against the sanitary napkins within the housing, thus maintaining the sanitary napkins in the proper position and orientation for grasping by the user, through the door. Hooks are provided to support a disposal bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2004
    Inventor: Miguel Borrero
  • Patent number: 6779683
    Abstract: A dispenser for dispensing individual sheets of a paper product from a stack of sheets loaded in the dispenser includes a housing having an internal compartment configured to hold a stack of sheets, and at least one door coupled to the housing. The door provides access and closure to the internal compartment, and the door has at least a portion of a dispensing opening formed therein through which individual sheets are dispensed. The door is configured to move into the internal compartment to provide an opened loading position for loading a stack of sheets. The door is also configured to move into alignment with adjacent portions of the housing when in a closed dispensing position such that the door abuts adjacent portions of the housing to provide a closure and hides an entry point into the dispenser, thereby providing an illusory appearance of being an unmovable portion of the dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2004
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Antwain Demone Taylor, Victoria L. Bischoff, Robert C. Ziegenfuss
  • Patent number: 6756100
    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: December 31, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2004
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Scott D. Pearson, Dennis L. Crawford
  • Publication number: 20040084471
    Abstract: A dispenser is provided for dispensing stacked folded sheets. The dispenser includes a housing defining an internal storage space for the stack of sheets. A cover member is pivotally attached to the housing and is movable between an open position and a closed position for loading a stack of folded sheets into the housing. A device, such as a mechanical stop system, is provided and located such that the device must be manually operated with both hands while closing the cover member. In this way, an individual is prevented from using a free hand to compress the stack of folded sheets within the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2002
    Publication date: May 6, 2004
    Inventors: Antwain D. Taylor, Victorial L. Bischoff, Robert C. Ziegenfuss
  • Patent number: 6708841
    Abstract: Glove dispenser having a back plate, a cover, a angled rack for securing a pre-packaged box of gloves within the device at an angle with respect to the back plate, and an aperture in the cover through which gloves can be dispensed at an ergonomic angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2004
    Assignee: Safety Today, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven W. Baughman
  • Publication number: 20030201274
    Abstract: A dispenser for dispensing individual sheets of a paper product from a stack of sheets loaded in the dispenser includes a housing having an internal compartment configured to hold a stack of sheets, and at least one door coupled to the housing. The door provides access and closure to the internal compartment, and the door has at least a portion of a dispensing opening formed therein through which individual sheets are dispensed. The door is configured to move into the internal compartment to provide an opened loading position for loading a stack of sheets. The door is also configured to move into alignment with adjacent portions of the housing when in a closed dispensing position such that the door abuts adjacent portions of the housing to provide a closure and hides an entry point into the dispenser, thereby providing an illusory appearance of being an unmovable portion of the dispenser.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2002
    Publication date: October 30, 2003
    Inventors: Antwain Demone Taylor, Victoria L. Bischoff, Robert C. Ziegenfuss
  • Patent number: 6585130
    Abstract: A dispenser for the wipes is described suitable for use in a shower environment, utilizing a shell having opposed top and bottom ends and, in a preferred embodiment, a support device connected to the shell for securing the dispenser to an outside surface. In another embodiment, the dispenser prevents water spray from the shower from contaminating the wipes contained therein. The bottom end has a dispensing slot with a length dimension greater than a width dimension and a finger-access opening to enable the user to urge wipes in the direction of the dispensing slot. The inventive wipe dispenser also is conveniently refilled with disposable wipes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2003
    Assignee: Unilever Home & Personal Care, USA division of Conopco, Inc.
    Inventors: James Lynn Turbett, Natalie Charambura, Michael Edward Ross
  • Patent number: 6578731
    Abstract: A system for dispensing wipes includes: (1) a continuous web of material joined at perforations and configured into a center feed roll; and (2) a flexible, moisture impervious pouch for containing and dispensing discrete lengths of web from the roll. The pouch includes a resealable opening for accessing and staging a leading edge of the roll of material and is adapted to dispense discrete lengths of web separated from the roll at the perforations. The pouch is constructed such that its shape closely conforms to the shape of the roll of web material and may be configured with a gusset to enable it to stand without external support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2003
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Paul Lewis, Craig Farrell Thomaschefsky
  • 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: 6439386
    Abstract: A product comprising an absorbent paper material and a container for use as a dispenser, which is adapted to hanging from a support member, such as a towel bar, is disclosed. The container can be optionally located on a surface, such as a counter top, and used as a dispenser. This provides the container with two different dispensing modes. The container has a hanger member integral with the container on one end, and the hanger member is attachable to the container in at least two separate positions. The hanger member is also adapted to covering at least a portion of the absorbent paper material exposed by an opening into the container prior to hanging the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2002
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Barbara O. Sauer, Mary Rece Holt, Richard Frederick House, Paul Roy Schmidt, Herb F. Velazquez
  • Patent number: 6364156
    Abstract: A goods dispenser adapted particularly for the dispensing of substantially flat flexible goods such as anti-static dryer sheets, napkins, thin protective gloves and the like that also provides for convenient disposal of used goods and other trash. The dispenser comprises a holding means for the goods and a support means for supporting a trash receptacle. In a preferred embodiment, the trash receptacle is a plastic shopping bag and the support means is one or more hooks for engaging the handles of the plastic shopping bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2002
    Inventors: Paul C. Smith, Thomas L. Nixon
  • Patent number: 6230929
    Abstract: An adapter for dispensing a plurality of vertically stacked, interfolded sheets is disclosed herein, the adapter being configured to fit within a standard vertically-stacked dual roll dispenser. The adapter includes a housing having an interior adapted to receive a plurality of vertically stacked, interfolded sheets. Each sheet may include a leading edge and a trailing edge separated by spaced-apart side edges. The housing may include a front wall, a back wall spaced apart from the front wall, and two spaced-apart side walls, each side wall extending between the back wall and the front wall. The housing may further include a bottom wall including a boss that extends upwardly into the interior of the housing. An opening having a width dimension is formed in the front wall, the opening adapted to dispense vertically stacked interfolded sheets from the interior of the housing. The side edges of the sheets are urged inwardly by the width dimension of the opening as the sheets pass through the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2001
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Lawrence Phelps, Richard Paul Lewis, Paul Francis Tramontina
  • Patent number: 6213345
    Abstract: A pop-up tissue dispenser comprising a dispensing package and tissues is disclosed. The tissue-dispensing package is cylindrically shaped with a dispensing opening through which tissues are removed individually. The tissues are disposed in the dispensing package in a specific interleaved pattern and orientation, permitting the convenience of pop-up tissue access from the cylindrically shaped dispensing package. The dispensing package may be disposable or refillable, and may also be provided with an attachment means to further facilitate tissue removal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2001
    Inventor: Wendy Ann Plank
  • Patent number: 6170698
    Abstract: An adapter is provided for dispensing stacked interfolded sheets from a rolled product dispenser. The adapter includes a body having a configuration so as to fit over an open front of a conventional rolled product dispenser. The body cooperates with the dispenser to define a receptacle space for stacked interfolded sheets, such as bathroom or facial sheets. A dispensing opening is defined through the front wall of the body. The opening may have a width dimension so that side edges of the stacked interfolded sheets are urged inwardly upon being pulled through the dispensing opening. A releasable attaching device is configured on the body whereby the body is removably attachable to the rolled product dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2001
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen L. Phelps, Diane Scheurell
  • Patent number: 6129239
    Abstract: A pocket tissue holder comprises an upper material with a slit where tissue papers are taken out from a tissue paper container part, and a lower material, having the same width as that of the upper material, which is longer than the upper material. Both edges of the upper material in the horizontal direction are not attached to the lower material and serve as supply inlets so that tissue papers can be inserted therefrom. A pocket for keeping small articles is constructed with the edge part of the lower material in the horizontal direction, and a pocket material which is placed over the lower material. A take-out opening of the pocket is facing toward the center of the pocket tissue holder, and is arranged perpendicular to the take-out slit. According to such a structure, it is possible to obtain a pocket tissue holder with more convenient applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2000
    Inventor: Noriko Fukazawa
  • Patent number: 6102247
    Abstract: A single-piece dispenser blank of integrally formed construction with (i) a central section having a circumferential wall projecting from the first major surface and defining an open well, (ii) a first section pivotably connected to the central section and having a concave first surface, an access opening, and projections extending from the second surface proximate opposite ends of the opening, (iii) a means for repeatedly permitting nondestructive attachment and detachment of the first section to the central section, with the first surface of the first section in overlapping engagement with the first surface of the central section, (iv) a second section pivotably connected to the central section and having a concave first surface, and (v) a means for repeatedly permitting nondestructive attachment and detachment of the second section to the first section, with the first surface of the second section in overlapping engagement with the second surface of the first section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2000
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventor: Dennis L. Crawford
  • Patent number: 5939161
    Abstract: A centrally tabbed adhesive tape strip pad and centrally tabbed adhesive tape flag pad in which the centrally positioned pull tab portion of the leader strip facilitates initiation of dispensing without the use of prethreaded leader bands and facilitates insertion of a new pad into typical refillable dispensers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 17, 1999
    Assignee: Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Joseph P. Callahan, Jr., Bruce E. Samuelson
  • Patent number: 5927488
    Abstract: A rolling paper dispenser includes a cover defining an inner periphery, an inlet, and an outlet. The inlet is sized to receive the booklet of rolling paper. The outlet is configured to dispense individual rolling papers from the booklet of rolling paper. When the inlet receives a rolling paper booklet, the enclosure holds a rolling paper booklet by the edges of the booklet. Preferably, the rolling paper booklet is held by an inner rim integrated with the inner periphery of the enclosure. The inner rim is precisely sized to hold a booklet of rolling paper in a press-fit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1999
    Inventor: Keith W. Gray
  • Patent number: 5899356
    Abstract: An eating utensil is provided for holding pieces of food. The eating utensil is provided in the form of gripping tongs (1) with gripper arms (2-3) which can be moved towards each other against a restoring force from an open position into a gripping position. Also provided is a dispenser for the eating utensil. The dispenser holds a plurality of such eating utensils in a stacked relationship within the dispenser. A lowest one of the eating utensils in the dispenser is held in place by the combination of stop elements on the dispenser and catch devices on the utensils. While held in this manner, the lowest eating utensil protrudes partially from the dispensing shaft of the dispenser. The lowest eating utensil therefore can be pulled out of the dispenser for use. The next eating utensil, which was above the lowest eating utensil, then falls to the position of the lowest eating utensil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 4, 1999
    Inventor: Ronald Huisman
  • Patent number: 5884805
    Abstract: An overfill prevention system for an folded sheet dispenser. The system is composed of: 1) a cover including a front face, a first side panel, a second side panel and a top panel; 2) a mounting frame adapted to hold a supply of folded sheets and to engage the cover, the mounting frame including a back panel and a bottom portion having at least one dispensing opening; and 3) at least one overfill bracket movably connected to the mounting frame such that an over-capacity of folded sheets in the mounting frame displaces the overfill bracket to prevent the mounting frame from engaging the cover. The system may include means to prevent deformation of the cover to override an overfill bracket displaced by an over-capacity of folded sheets. The system may include over-fill bracket with sloped surface to prevent folded sheets from being positioned over the overfill bracket. Desirably, the cover is pivotally attached to the mounting frame by links.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 23, 1999
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Corp.
    Inventor: Paul Francis Tramontina
  • Patent number: 5826745
    Abstract: There is disclosed a stocker for flat healds according to the present invention is a flat heald stocker for stocking a lot of flat healds in order to selectively discharge an arbitrary flat heald A out of the many flat healds A juxtaposed, in which the flat healds A kept in a horizontal state are stacked vertically in a housing, a heald refilling aperture is provided at a top portion of the housing, and a heald drawing opening for discharging the lowermost of the stacked flat healds horizontally is provided at a lower portion of the housing, whereby easy horizontal drawing of flat heald can be achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1998
    Assignee: Hamamatsu Photonics K.K.
    Inventor: Kazunori Kuroyanagi
  • Patent number: 5785205
    Abstract: Dispensing member (200) having a guide rail (202) for dispensing an individual bag holder from a nested stack. Dispensing member (200) having a plurality of curves (208, 210, and 207) which cause a spreading or fanning out enabling bag holders (40) to be removed one by one at outfeed station (206). Bag holders (40) are loaded in clips (230) which are bound together by breakable retaining strip (232) and fed onto guide rail (202). The action of said clip (230) being pushed around curve (208) of dispensing member (200) breaks retaining strip (232), thus facilitating loading. A nib (209) prevents individual bag holders (40) from inadvertently becoming detached from dispensing member (200).In the preferred embodiment, dispensing member (200) having curves (208, 210, and 207) which cause the nested stack of bag holders (40) to fan out at their unsupported ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 28, 1998
    Assignee: Innogrip, L.P.
    Inventors: Jonathan F. Kerr, Peter D. Dieterich, Jr.