Elevated Bottom Wall Included In A One-piece Box Construction Patents (Class 229/104)
  • Patent number: 10252831
    Abstract: The present teachings are direct at tray, components in a tray, methods for assembling trays, and articles, such as boxes that include a tray. The covers and/or tray inserts include one or more features that result in one or more of the following benefits: improved performance during or after assembly of a tray, improved ease of assembling a tray, or improved appearance of a tray, or any combination thereof. The features can be used alone. However, a number of the features when combined, result in particularly robust assembly processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: MULTI PACKAGING SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Ralf Kenner, Lucien Wende
  • Patent number: 10232984
    Abstract: A reclosable pour-spout packaging, such as a bag, has a top handle and can be manufactured on a form-fill-seal machine. A reclosable structure can reversibly close and open the interior of the packaging. The handle can comprise a cut extending through the packaging. An additional seal area in the packaging can provide support so that a punch and die assembly can punch or cut the handle in the additional seal area. Additionally or alternatively, a laser device, a blade, a knife, or another cutting tool can form the handle in the additional seal area. The additional sealed area can provide stiffness for carrying the packaging and also prevent access into the packaging where the handle is made. The additional seal area can be positioned below the top seal of the packaging so that less material is used for the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Nestec SA
    Inventors: Russell A. Leeker, Erica Canavesi
  • Patent number: 9927065
    Abstract: A leak catching apparatus is provided. The leak catching apparatus may include a plate having a first section, a center section, and a second section, wherein the first section is non-coplanar with the second section; an absorbent material housed on the first section; one or more absorbent material attachments coupled to the first section to secure the absorbent material to the first section; and one or more plate attachments coupled to the first section and the second section, wherein the one or more plate attachments temporarily secures the first section and the second section to a sealed system that contains liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Inventors: Clifford David Hester, Justin Johanson
  • Patent number: 9617031
    Abstract: A foldable liquid retaining bowl made from a single sheet of flexible material and a pair of standard fastening devices. The sheet of material is capable of being folded into a bowl form with a base and four side walls without needing to be cut or otherwise modified. The side walls are held together on each end by the fastening device such as a glued joint. The sheet of material is treated on at least one side with a water resistant coating. The folded bowl form is capable of being folded flat for storage and or transport. A preferred embodiment includes the sheet of material being made of Kraft paper coated with Polylactide acid (PLA).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Inventor: Carol Jean Piechocinski
  • Patent number: 9597936
    Abstract: A carrier is provided for attachment to the trailer hitch of a vehicle which is light-weight, easy to manufacture and includes a tray that may be fabricated in one-piece from a single sheet of material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Inventor: Craig Harrison
  • Patent number: 9586717
    Abstract: A packaging container includes at least three integrally coupled panels connected by longitudinal scoring lines for forming a bottom and connecting sides of a rectangular case, which can be raised from an individual cardboard sheet; at least one end of the container is countersunk through an end panel arranged retracted inside a reinforced end zone including strips of side and bottom panel material, folded back against the bottom and side panels along a scoring line extending transversely through the bottom and side panels, wherein the end panel, via a transverse lower scoring line, is united to the folded-back strip of the bottom panel, and the end panel, in each side thereof, includes a respective tab connected with the end panel via a scoring line which extends the longitudinal scoring lines through the end zone, and the tab extends beside and parallel to an adjacent side panel of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: PACKSIZE LLC
    Inventor: Niklas Pettersson
  • Patent number: 9469460
    Abstract: A method of forming a carton or container for food or other items having a model vehicle configuration is provided that accurately depicts the contours and dimensions of the vehicle to enhance its appeal. An elongated, cardboard-like sheet is presented that is die cut to fold into a three dimensional model of the vehicle. The sheet's first end is folded along a first pair of transverse fold lines and secured in a position to present an open cabin, rear deck and tail of the vehicle, whereby the open cabin may provide the container for food and other items. The sheet's central portion is folded upwardly along a pair of longitudinal fold lines to present the sides of the vehicle, and the second end portion is folded along a second pair of transverse fold lines and secured in position to present the hood and front windshield of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Kid Stuff Marketing, Inc.
    Inventor: William D. Billen
  • Patent number: 9315311
    Abstract: A bag formed of plastic film material has two side panels with a rear gusset and a bottom gusset extending between the first and second side panels. Margins at front and top edges of the first side panel join margins at front and top edges of the second side panel at a first join. A bottom margin of the rear gusset joins a rear margin of the bottom gusset at a second join. The rear gusset terminates at a top, rear part of the first join and the bottom gusset terminates at a bottom, front part of the first join.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: PEEL PLASTIC PRODUCTS LIMITED
    Inventors: Brian George Hutchison, Lorne Andrew Gelz
  • Patent number: 9107243
    Abstract: A construct for heating, browning, and/or crisping a food item in a microwave oven includes a platform having a first surface substantially defined by a microwave energy interactive element and a pair of side members joined to the platform along respective lines of disruption. The side members extend upwardly and downwardly from the plane of the platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Kelly R. Fitzwater
  • Patent number: 9090371
    Abstract: There is provided a carton comprising a side wall (4) comprising a first panel (6) connected to a second panel (8), a first lower flap (16) hingedly connected to the first panel, the first and second panels having free ends, a second lower flap (18) hingedly connected to the second panel, a hinged locking base panel (30) hingedly connected to the first lower panel and an inner base panel (36) hingedly connected to the second lower panel, a plurality of strengthening tabs (54,56,58,60) attached to the hinged base locking panel or the inner base panel, the first lower flap being folded over and affixed to the first panel, the second lower flap being folded over and affixed to the second panel, the hinged base locking panel being folded along a hinge line (34) thereof and affixed to the inner base panel, in which substantially diagonal weakening lines (80,82,84,86) are positioned on the lower flaps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: Concept Packaging Service Limited
    Inventors: Chris Hallam, Mayur Mistry
  • Patent number: 9078296
    Abstract: A tray for holding a food product includes a plurality of panels extending around an interior of the tray. The plurality of panels includes at least a central panel, at least one side panel foldably connected to the central panel, and at least one end panel foldably connected to the central panel along an arcuate fold line. The central panel forms a curved bottom surface of the tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Kelly R. Fitzwater
  • Patent number: 8905263
    Abstract: A dispenser box having a modified rectangular shape with leaf-shaped end walls and partly curved main walls that may form symmetrically or non-symmetrically configured halves of the dispenser box. The first main wall has a substantially flat surface extending from a first side edge of the dispenser box and changing into a curved surface when moving in a direction from the first side edge towards a second side edge of the dispenser box. The second main wall has a corresponding substantially flat surface at the second side edge, which changes into a curved surface when moving in a direction towards the first side edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: SCA Hygiene Products AB
    Inventors: Thorsten Becherer, Annie Sporre Thorburn
  • Patent number: 8857701
    Abstract: A convertible food transporting box consists of a single blank which, when appropriately folded, serves the dual purposes of transporting food, i.e. pizza, and elevating the box for displaying and serving the pizza. The lid section of the box has a plurality of perforated inserts as part of the lid section itself. When used to transport pizza or like food, the box is a standard pizza box type container. To convert the box to an elevated food display and serving tray, the perforated inserts are pushed out of and locked to the lid section, such that they extend outwardly from the lid section. The lid section is then rotated to a position beneath the container section, such that the extended inserts act as legs to support the box, now converted to a food tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Innovative Pizza Products LLC
    Inventors: Marcello Mandreucci, Andrew DePascale, Robert Petner
  • Patent number: 8523048
    Abstract: An article may include a single piece of material, such as corrugated cardboard, with scores situated such that when folded along the scores a square or rectangular container is formed with first and second adjacent triangular subcontainers. The article may include locking tabs to join the first triangular subcontainer with slots in the second triangular container which results in a near square box. The insert subcontainers complete with 2 bottles are then placed in a box for shipping. The added protection and buffer zones provide additional protection in the event the carton receives a sudden impact such as being dropped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Inventor: Jack Spiegelman
  • Patent number: 8348053
    Abstract: An adjacent article package for holding a consumer product and a promotional product includes a combining sleeve formed from a blank. The first container can be a pack of cigarettes and the second container can be a small package containing promotional products such as smokeless tobacco products. The adjacent article package can be sized to be compatible with cigarette cartons, cigarette display racks, tax-stamping equipment and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen J. Bellamah, William T. Griffin, Dominic J. C. Howard, William E. Tucker, Jr., John A. Konings, Xuan M. Pham
  • Patent number: 8177118
    Abstract: A demountable packing box of the present invention comprises a main body, an upper cover located at the upper portion of the main body, a lower cover located at the lower portion of the main body, and a plurality of connecting bands respectively connected to the upper cover and the lower cover. The main body is a flat plate with two connecting portions at opposite sides thereof after disassembled. A pair of fixing parts matable with each other is respectively disposed at the two connecting portions of the main body. The upper cover is a flat plate with a predetermined shape. A plurality of upper tabs respectively extends outwards from the periphery of the upper over. The lower cover is a flat plate with a shape corresponding to the upper cover. A plurality of lower tabs extends outwards from the periphery of the lower cover. The upper portion of the main body is provided with a plurality of upper positioning parts corresponding to the upper tabs of the upper cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Inventor: Jian Tao
  • Publication number: 20110259949
    Abstract: The present invention provides an improved system and method for dispensing solid food product containers. It comprises a shaped dispensing tube (62) of a predetermined length, having a plurality of support clips (76) arranged inside the dispensing tube (62) for holding a stack of solid food product containers (70) in place within the tube (62). The dispensing tube (62) preferably includes a bracket (68) for mounting the entire device on a wall or the like. A nested stack of containers (70) is fed into the preferably open top (78) of the dispensing tube (62) until the bottommost container engages (or is engaged by) the support clips (76). This results in the bottommost container extending a predetermined distance below the bottom of the dispensing tube (62). By minimizing the amount the bottommost container extends below the dispensing tube (62), a user's ability to take more than one solid food container at a time is greatly minimized.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2007
    Publication date: October 27, 2011
    Inventors: Paul A. Omdoll, Michael Young
  • Patent number: 7931188
    Abstract: An embodiment of the present invention is a combination of a pizza box and leveling device for the pizza box. The pizza box has at least one sidewall that is formed having two adjacent panels with a cavity between the adjacent panels, and, a bottom that has at least one slot. The at least one slot is substantially aligned with and provides access to the cavity. And, the leveling device has at least one portion thereof formed for insertion into the at least one slot and further into the cavity of the sidewall of the pizza box so as to detachably attach the leveling device to the pizza box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Inventors: Vito Marinelli, Richard J. Macor
  • Patent number: 7793821
    Abstract: A carton capable of containing a plurality of food items is disclosed. The carton can be separated into two portions or trays, each of which can be converted into a tray for heating a food item in a microwave oven. One or both of the trays may be designed to elevate the food product from the turntable or floor of the microwave oven to enhance the efficiency of the heating process. One or both trays may include a microwave energy interactive to enhance browning and/or crisping of the food item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven Manuel Oliveira
  • Patent number: 7621438
    Abstract: A carton is provided for holding and positioning articles for easy access. The carton may also be used for dispensing articles that contain products such as food and beverages. The carton includes various unique features, including an opening feature that provides easy access to the articles, and a tilt feature that positions the articles at the front end of the carton. Also provided is a carton blank, such as a paperboard blank, which is cut to a specific shape, and creased and scored, cut or perforated in specific areas. Methods for forming the blanks into cartons and for operating the opening and positioning features are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2009
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Raymond Rudolph Spivey, Sr.
  • Patent number: 7617968
    Abstract: A dispenser for rectangular cans having a rectangular elongated box dimensioned to hold a plurality of the cans in a side-by-side relationship. The box includes a top panel, bottom panel, first end panel, second end panel, and two side panels. A dispensing opening is formed by perforations through the first end panel to allow a single can to be removed from the box. An elevation member is formed by perforations through the opposite end of the box for elevating the opposite end of the box relative to the first end panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2009
    Inventor: Stephen C. Mertz
  • Publication number: 20090152333
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for manufacturing a board tray (7), to a tray blank feasible for the method, and to a tray obtained by the method. The method comprises moulding a blank of plastic-coated board into the tray (7) comprising a bottom (3), side walls (4), as well as a rim flange (5), the blank being compressed in a direction transverse to the tray's side walls and rim flange. According to the invention, the blank is made thinner on its side opposite to the plastic coating such that, during the moulding process, the plastic coating double-folds at the compressed parts and stabilizes compressions (8) by becoming sealed to itself. Making the blank thinner is most conveniently effected by carving the board layer with a laser beam for having the fiber material predominantly or completely removed from where the cuts are located. As a result of the moulding process, the tray's rim flange (5) develops a smooth plastic surface which enables closing the tray hermetically with a heat-sealed cover.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2006
    Publication date: June 18, 2009
    Applicant: STORA ENSO OYI
    Inventors: Paivi Maeaettae, Risto Vesanto, Panu Tanninen, Petri Laakso, Jari Hovikorpi
  • Publication number: 20090057381
    Abstract: An apparatus for containing a hot food product for delivery. The apparatus comprises a box member formed of molded paper pulp having a first predetermined shape and a first predetermined size. The box member has a base portion and a wall portion each of the base portion and the wall portion have an interior surface and an exterior surface. A plurality of raised portions having a second predetermined shape are disposed on the interior surface of the base portion. Such raised portions cover greater than 50 per cent of the interior surface of the base portion of the box member. A molded paper pulp lid member is engageable with the box member. The lid member has a second predetermined shape and a second predetermined size and has both an interior surface and an exterior surface. There is at least one closure means having a first portion formed on the lid member and a second portion formed on the box member for closing such box after such hot food product is placed therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2007
    Publication date: March 5, 2009
    Inventor: Chandan Gokhale
  • Publication number: 20090032575
    Abstract: A container (1) for the transport of a foodstuff comprises an upper and a lower container half (2, 3) which are interconnected for pivoting between a closed and an open position (4). Each container half comprises a flat bottom and/or cover wall (5, 6), from which side walls (7, 8, 9, 10) extend essentially obliquely upwards or downwards and outwards to the respective other container half (2, 3). In order to improve the thermal insulation with containers of this nature and at the same time to achieve increased stability, in particular with containers made from paper, cardboard or the like, the bottom and/or cover wall (5, 6) is formed double-walled at least in places. A one-part blank (40) is provided for the manufacture of a container of this nature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2006
    Publication date: February 5, 2009
    Inventor: Gianfranco D'Amato
  • Publication number: 20080156858
    Abstract: A container comprising a top wall, a bottom wall, a front wall, a rear wall, a first side wall, and a second side wall. Each of the walls has a substantially rectangular shape. The rectangular shape of each wall enables the container to be stored easily on a shelf or counter-top. The top wall and portions of the front wall, the rear wall, the first side wall, and the second side wall form a lid. The lid is pivotally attached to the rear wall by a hinge. The lid can be opened by rotation thereof about the hinge. The front wall has at least one recess and the rear wall has at least one recess. The at least one recess of the front wall and the at least one recess of the rear wall are adjacent to the first side wall. The recesses provide a grip feature, which enables the user to manipulate the lid of the container with one hand when the container rests on a flat surface, e.g., a tabletop or a counter top.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2006
    Publication date: July 3, 2008
    Inventors: James P. Perry, Ashley A. Gohlke, William J. Hook, Katherine J. Jordan, Frank S. Walczak, J. Kevin Clay, Richard C. Darr, Jack E. Elder, Marc A. Pedmo, Charles R. Schotthoefer
  • Patent number: 7380702
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a box, namely a pizza box having a bottom wall; a peripheral side wall attached to a periphery of the bottom wall; a top cover including a rear edge hingedly attached to the side wall, a front edge, and two side edges between the front edge and the rear edge. The box is fitted with a serving tray having handles on at least two opposing sides. The serving tray is designed to fit inside the pizza box. The box may contain at least two slits in the top cover, each slit extending along the front edge, side edge or back edge. These slits are configured so that the handles from the serving tray partially fit into each slit thereby providing additional support for the overall structure of the pizza box. This allows the pizza box to be constructed of lighter material with the additional support coming from the handles of the serving tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2008
    Assignee: VI Innovations, Corp.
    Inventor: Franco R. Oddo
  • Publication number: 20080048013
    Abstract: A container for use in transporting food, such as pizza, and formed from a foldable blank. The container incorporates therein a cut-out adjacent a top wall thereof which serves as a finger grip for opening the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2007
    Publication date: February 28, 2008
    Inventors: D. Matt Hanna, Robert A. Ford
  • Patent number: 7210613
    Abstract: A pizza box having a plurality of ribs, which are selectively moveable between a first stored position and a second upright position is provided. The ribs are coupled to at least one actuating strip, which enables the ribs to be simultaneously shifted from the first stored position to the second upright position. The ribs and the actuating strip are formed from the same piece of material. The actuating strip may be configured to interlock with the box to maintain the ribs in the second upright position. There is also a stop tab configured to prevent the actuating strip from moving the ribs beyond a predetermine point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2007
    Inventor: Richard M. Lehrer
  • Patent number: 6889891
    Abstract: A box and/or blank comprising one or more of the following features: (1) a unique configuration of wall panels comprising a first wall panel, second and third wall panels disposed adjacent the first wall panel, and a fourth wall panel disposed at an acute angle to one of the second and third wall panels and at an obtuse angle to the other of the second and third wall panels; (2) a wall panel having a unique end-edge structure comprising a fold line portion and a free-edge portion, the fold line portion being a fold line attaching a corner flap panel to the end of the wall panel and the free-edge portion extending from a bottom point of the fold line to an edge of the bottom panel of the box or blank; (3) a unique tab engagement structure comprising first and second slits in a first panel that's joined at a fold line to a second panel, the first slit being disposed approximately parallel to the fold line and the second slit intersecting the first slit and extending toward and at least part way to the fold line
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2005
    Inventor: John D. Correll
  • Patent number: 6877654
    Abstract: A container primarily for hot (or cold) beverages such as gourmet coffee has an outer shell formed of a stiff sheet material having heat insulating properties such as cardboard which can be erected from a flat storage condition to enclose an inner lining member for containing the liquid. The inner liner is blow molded from a plastics material to form an integral structure including a neck and a handle projecting through openings in the shell so as to be exposed on an exterior of the container for manual transportation and lifting of the container. The use of a blow molded integral liner allows the handle to be integral with the liner and relatively stiff as a tubular member parallel to an inclined upper surface of the liner. An optional folded leg can be provided to allow the liner to be drained through an optional spigot on the neck. An optional accessory box can be slung on a flap engaged around the neck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2005
    Assignees: Reliance Products Limited Partnership, The Seanet Group Inc.
    Inventors: Glenn J. Bartlett, Edward F. Urquhart
  • Patent number: 6866185
    Abstract: A carton with a dispenser at one end of the carton which has a tilt platform that is formed in the bottom panel of the carton at the opposite end of the carton to facilitate the rolling of containers contained in the carton toward the dispenser when the dispenser is opened. The tilt platform is an integral part of the bottom panel of the carton and can be torn partially loose and folded to form a tilt platform with a bottom wall, two side walls, two end walls and a locking flap that is inserted into a locking slot on the end of carton away from the dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2005
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Glenn Harrelson
  • Publication number: 20040238613
    Abstract: A pizza box having a plurality of ribs, which are selectively moveable between a first stored position and a second upright position is provided. The ribs are coupled to at least one actuating strip, which enables the ribs to be simultaneously shifted from the first stored position to the second upright position. The ribs and the actuating strip are formed from the same piece of material. The actuating strip may be configured to interlock with the box to maintain the ribs in the second upright position. There is also a stop tab configured to prevent the actuating strip from moving the ribs beyond a predetermine point.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2003
    Publication date: December 2, 2004
    Inventor: Richard M. Lehrer
  • Publication number: 20040195300
    Abstract: An expandable container generally includes at least two walls pivotably coupled along at least two junctures so as to lie generally flat in a collapsed position. The container also includes at least one flap pivotably coupled to at least one of the walls. A pull cord is coupled to the flap such that pulling the cord pivotably moves the flap relative to the walls thereby expanding the walls apart from one another from the collapsed position to an expanded position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 2, 2004
    Publication date: October 7, 2004
    Inventor: Donna J. Duchek
  • Patent number: 6752311
    Abstract: A pizza packaging system, pizza packaging blank and method for packaging more than one pizza in a stacked configuration. An upper level insert is provided for insertion into the pizza receiving compartment, the upper level insert being elevated above a bottom panel and providing an upper level surface adapted to receive and support a second pizza. The upper level insert is supported by at least one support flap and may be further supported by at least one support member. In addition, the pizza box packaging system and pizza box blank may be provided with perforations to allow the division of the pizza box for use as plates and/or to facilitate disposal. The upper level insert may also be provided with a venting means to allow heat transfer between the pizza receiving compartments, and/or elevating tabs that elevate the pizza box off a support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2004
    Inventor: Martin Tulkoff
  • Patent number: 6748722
    Abstract: A method for reducing heat loss of hot pizzeria pizza shipped in corrugated box packaging. The method involves placing a recently-cooked pizzeria pizza into a corrugated box having at least one tab-like structure projecting downward from a wall structure of the box and extending beyond a bottom edge of a wall panel by a distance of at least nine millimeters when the box is in a fully-erected format, whereby the method solves the problem of a downward-warping bottom panel of a loaded corrugated pizza box coming into contact with a cool support surface underneath the box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2004
    Inventor: John D. Correll
  • Patent number: 6739499
    Abstract: An apparatus and corresponding method for contouring a container bottom to form carton legs from a standard carton blank through the use of a seal plate and a mandrel pad. The carton legs provide improved free standing stability of the carton.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2004
    Assignee: Nimco Corporation
    Inventor: Jerry G. Bachner
  • Patent number: 6719190
    Abstract: A finger food container formed as a flat carton expandable into a truncated conical configuration with a substantially cylindrical lower portion extending upward to a scoop-forming upper portion. Front and rear walls of the folded carton have lower edges interconnected by a bottom wall which, upon an outward bowing of the front and rear walls, expands therebetween in close conformance thereto for a locking of the front and rear walls in the outwardly bowed positions thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2004
    Assignee: Dopaco, Inc.
    Inventor: James A. Yocum
  • Publication number: 20040060972
    Abstract: A carton with a dispenser at one end of the carton which has a tilt platform that is formed in the bottom panel of the carton at the opposite end of the carton to facilitate the rolling of containers contained in the carton toward the dispenser when the dispenser is opened. The tilt platform is an integral part of the bottom panel of the carton and can be torn partially loose and folded to form a tilt platform with a bottom wall, two side walls, two end walls and a locking flap that is inserted into a locking slot on the end of carton away from the dispenser.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2002
    Publication date: April 1, 2004
    Inventor: Glenn Harrelson
  • Patent number: 6644539
    Abstract: A package with bottom panel stand-offs includes a plurality of upstanding side walls, each side wall contiguous or sealed to adjacent side walls, a sealed top panel, and a sealed bottom panel. The sealed bottom panel has a generally planar portion and three stand-offs formed therein. The three stand-offs are non-coplanar with the generally planar region and define a triangular pattern other than a right angle triangle. The stand-offs raise the generally planar portion above and spaced from a surface on which the package rests. A method for forming a stable carton is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2003
    Assignee: Tetra Laval Holdings & Finance, SA
    Inventors: Craig Boyd, Charles Christensen
  • Patent number: 6612483
    Abstract: A display including a box having a top wall, a first side wall joined to the bottom wall along a first edge, a second side wall joined to the bottom wall along a second edge, a third side wall joined to the bottom wall along a third edge and straddled by the first side wall and the second side wall; and a projection projecting outwardly from the third side wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2003
    Assignee: First Act, Inc.
    Inventors: Marc Harris, Mark S. Izen, Mitchell Myers, Jonathan Rhodes
  • Publication number: 20030106926
    Abstract: This invention relates to an integrated detachable coupon container, wherein said coupon(s) is/are formed by perforations strategically sited on the container design in such a manner to permit them to be readily detached by the ultimate consumer and used as redeemable coupons, without impairing the structural integrity of the packaging. The detachable portions of the container are printed with advertising materials in the form of redeemable coupons. Further the container includes perforations strategically placed along the bottom of the packaging which permit the end user to fold out supports integrated into the container which are sufficiently strong an properly placed so as to support the weight of the container and the intended contents, and to protect a table or other surface(s) on which the container may be placed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2001
    Publication date: June 12, 2003
    Inventors: Raymond E. Beatificato, John Paul Beatificato
  • Patent number: 6561414
    Abstract: A food scoop of a generally upwardly tapering truncated configuration having a lower portion of rectangular cross section and an upper portion of circular cross section with a bottom in edge contact with the peripheral wall of the scoop completely thereabout and with opposed combined glue and sealing flaps integral with the bottom and bonded to opposed sides of the scoop wall and with the surface of the bottom devoid of fold lines, score lines or perforations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2003
    Assignee: Dopaco, Inc.
    Inventor: Liming Cai
  • Publication number: 20030071113
    Abstract: A package with bottom panel stand-offs includes a plurality of upstanding side walls, each side wall contiguous or sealed to adjacent side walls, a sealed top panel, and a sealed bottom panel. The sealed bottom panel has a generally planar portion and three stand-offs formed therein. The three stand-offs are non-coplanar with the generally planar region and define a triangular pattern other than a right angle triangle. The standoffs raise the generally planar portion above and spaced from a surface on which the package rests. A method for forming a stable carton is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2001
    Publication date: April 17, 2003
    Inventors: Craig Boyd, Charles Christensen
  • Patent number: 6513704
    Abstract: The packaging box for bottles is made from a blank in a flexible foldable material that comprises two similar body panels which are foldable against each other about a lateral generatrix and that form together a side wall for said box when their remote side edges are secured together, so that said box can be shelved flat in a collapsed form. The blank further comprises two symetrical bottom elements having the shape of a half-section of the bottom face of said box, with two bottom flaps connected each along the diameter of one of said bottom elements. The two bottom flaps are securable flat on each other into a grip for pushing said bottom elements into said side wall where they are blocked by jamming, thereby erecting said box, that further constitutes a strengthening element for said bottom face of said box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2003
    Inventor: Nicolas Perot
  • Patent number: 6471629
    Abstract: An apparatus for the formation of packaging from unitary blanks comprising a first tool having a convex end surface said convex end surface having edges that define a first center segment and a first plurality of triangular segments and a second tool having a concave end surface said concave end surface having edges that define a second center segment and a second plurality of triangular segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2002
    Inventor: Aliseo Gentile
  • Publication number: 20020139835
    Abstract: An expandable container for holding articles includes a pull cord to facilitate expansion of the container. The container includes at least two walls pivotably inter-connectable along at least two junctures. The walls are designed to collapse so as to lie substantially flat in a collapsed position. A flap attachable to at least one of the walls is capable of pivotable movement with respect to the walls so that pivoting the flap with respect to the walls expands the walls apart from one another from the collapsed position to an expanded position. The pull cord is attachable to the flap to facilitate expansion of the container from a collapsed position to an expanded position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2001
    Publication date: October 3, 2002
    Inventor: Donna Duchek
  • Publication number: 20020088848
    Abstract: A display including a box having a top wall, a first side wall joined to the bottom wall along a first edge, a second side wall joined to the bottom wall along a second edge, a third side wall joined to the bottom wall along a third edge and straddled by the first side wall and the second side wall; and a projection projecting outwardly from the third side wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2001
    Publication date: July 11, 2002
    Applicant: First Act, Inc.
    Inventors: Marc Harris, Mark S. Izen, Mitchell J. Myers, Jonathan H. Rhodes
  • Publication number: 20020084319
    Abstract: A finger food container formed as a flat carton expandable into a truncated conical configuration with a substantially cylindrical lower portion extending upward to a scoop-forming upper portion. Front and rear walls of the folded carton have lower edges interconnected by a bottom wall which, upon an outward bowing of the front and rear walls, expands therebetween in close conformance thereto for a locking of the front and rear walls in the outwardly bowed positions thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2001
    Publication date: July 4, 2002
    Inventor: James A. Yocum
  • Publication number: 20020079357
    Abstract: A pizza packaging system, pizza packaging blank and method for packaging more than one pizza in a stacked configuration. An upper level insert is provided for insertion into the pizza receiving compartment, the upper level insert being elevated above a bottom panel and providing an upper level surface adapted to receive and support a second pizza. The upper level insert is supported by at least one support flap and may be further supported by at least one support member. In addition, the pizza box packaging system and pizza box blank may be provided with perforations to allow the division of the pizza box for use as plates and/or to facilitate disposal. The upper level insert may also be provided with a venting means to allow heat transfer between the pizza receiving compartments, and/or elevating tabs that elevate the pizza box off a support surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2002
    Publication date: June 27, 2002
    Inventor: Martin Tulkoff
  • Patent number: 6312370
    Abstract: A machine for container formation by folding a die-scored paperboard structure to close flaps shaped by the scoring that serve as the top and bottom of the container. A scored paperboard sheet is loaded onto a male pedestal inner pattern such that the foldable top and bottom container portions extend beyond the pattern, whereupon armature driven semicircular outer patterns, having upper and lower fingers adapted to be driven by corresponding fluid driven pin stabilizers, close upon the sheet. While closed over the sheet, the pins are activated to move the fingers inward on the inner pattern and force fold the container along the score lines, followed by automatic retraction of the pins and outer patterns. The container is thus pre-folded in preparation for shipping as a flat paper form that is ready for folding on the crease lines thus formed. One or both flaps of the container can be folded along the crease lines to form a closure at one or both ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2001
    Inventor: Gary Allmon