Including A Sidewall Which Slants Upwardly And Outwardly Patents (Class 229/114)
  • Patent number: 10315797
    Abstract: Embodiments of a reusable stackable shipping box are provided herein. The reusable stackable shipping box may be reused and cleaned without causing harm to the integrity of the box. In addition, the box is slightly tapered in shape such that the box may be stacked upon and within other boxes for ease in shipping and organization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: United States Postal Service
    Inventor: Jim E. Lee
  • Patent number: 10202231
    Abstract: A one-piece, foldable corrugated cooler includes a storage portion having a bottom panel, two side panels, two end panels, and four corner panels; two handle panels forming a lid and a handle; and at least one locking panel. The at least one locking panel is adapted to secure the lid in a closed orientation, and the at least one locking panel is integral with at least one corner panel and at least one handle panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: THATBOX DESIGN, LLC
    Inventor: Donn J. Costanzo, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10202219
    Abstract: Dual handle box designs, blanks for forming boxes by folding, collapsible and non-collapsible boxes formed thereby, and manufacturing methods therefor are disclosed. Preferably each handle is located on an opposite end of the box; is two-ply; defines an elongate hand opening for receiving fingers of a hand; defines an elongate tab opening for receiving a tab of a center handle, and that intersects the hand opening; and defines a recess for receiving and retaining a lid panel of the box. Furthermore, the boxes preferably have a waterproof or water-resistant coating applied and are used as ice coolers for beverages and food items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: THATBOX DESIGN, LLC
    Inventor: Donn J. Costanzo, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10086972
    Abstract: In one aspect, the disclosure is generally directed to a carton for holding at least one article. The carton comprising a plurality of panels comprising a bottom panel, a front panel foldably connected to the bottom panel, at least one back panel, a top panel, a lid panel foldably connected to the top panel. At least one end flap is foldably connected to a respective panel of the plurality of panels. A base comprises at least the bottom panel, and the front panel. A lid is pivotably attached to the base. The lid comprises the top panel and the lid panel and is movable between a closed position preventing access to the base and an open position allowing access to the base. Locking features are for releasably attaching the lid to the base in the closed position. The locking features comprises at least one male portion in the front panel and at least one female portion in the at least one end flap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, LLC
    Inventor: Ronald E. Hajek
  • Patent number: 10017290
    Abstract: A carton for holding at least one food product is disclosed, and includes a plurality of panels that extends at least partially around an interior of the carton, a first side flap, and a second side flap. The plurality of panels includes a bottom panel, a first side panel foldably connected to the bottom panel, a second side panel foldably connected to the bottom panel, and at least one end panel foldably connected to the bottom panel. The first side flap is foldably connected to the first side panel and includes a first tab and a second tab. The second side flap is foldably connected to the second side panel and includes a first locking feature and a second locking feature. The first tab is engaged with the first locking feature and the second tab is engaged with the second locking feature to form a reclosable lock of the carton.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, LLC
    Inventors: William Faulkner, Aaron Lee Bates
  • Patent number: 9908690
    Abstract: The invention pertains to an egg package comprising: a bottom part (4) formed by suction molding of a fibrous material, the bottom part (4) comprising a rear side (28), a front side (30), two end sides (32), and a plurality of egg-receiving compartments (34) having non-planar side surfaces (35) so as to match at least partially the outer contours of an egg, the plurality of compartments (34) being arranged in at least two parallel rows with upwardly extending projections (36) located between the rows of compartments (34), a cover part (6) comprising two substantially planar end surfaces (10), substantially planar rear (48) and front surfaces (12), and a substantially planar top surface (14), said cover part (6) being formed by cardboard and connected to the bottom part (4) via an elongated flap (40) extending from the rear side (28) of the bottom part (4), said elongated flap (40) being provided with a weakening in the transition between said elongated flap (40) and rear side (28) of the bottom part (4), said
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: BRĂ˜DRENE HARTMANN A/S
    Inventor: Torben Rosenkrantz-Theil
  • Patent number: 9856067
    Abstract: A one-piece, foldable corrugated cooler includes a storage portion having a bottom panel, two side panels, two end panels, and four corner panels; two handle panels forming a lid and a handle; and at least one locking panel. The at least one locking panel is adapted to secure the lid in a closed orientation, and the at least one locking panel is integral with at least one corner panel and at least one handle panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: THATBOX DESIGN, LLC
    Inventor: Donn J. Costanzo, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9828131
    Abstract: A blank for forming a tray for shipping and displaying at least one product is provided. The blank includes a bottom panel, a pair of opposed side panels connected to the bottom panel, and at least one divider panel assembly connected to the bottom panel and one of the side panels. The at least one divider panel assembly includes a plurality of support slots configured to receive a portion of at least one of the containers to secure the container to the tray, to display the containers within the tray, and to enable individual access to each of the containers within the tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: WestRock Shared Services, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Scott James, Matthew Kiev Swenson
  • Patent number: 9580201
    Abstract: A blank assembly includes a tray blank having a first end panel assembly, a first side panel assembly, a second end panel assembly, and a second side panel assembly in series. Each panel assembly includes a removable pad panel. The tray blank further includes a bottom panel extending from each panel assembly at a fold line. The blank assembly further includes a first side insert blank configured to couple to the first side panel assembly. The first side insert blank having a removable pad panel configured to at least partially align with the removable pad panel of the first side panel assembly. A second side insert blank is configured to couple to the second side panel assembly. The second side insert blank includes a removable pad panel configured to at least partially align with the removable pad panel of the second side panel assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: WestRock Shared Services, LLC
    Inventors: James John Willman, Craig Frederick Minsky
  • Patent number: 9540132
    Abstract: Embodiments of a reusable stackable shipping box are provided herein. The reusable stackable shipping box may be reused and cleaned without causing harm to the integrity of the box. In addition, the box is slightly tapered in shape such that the box may be stacked upon and within other boxes for ease in shipping and organization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: United States Postal Service
    Inventor: Jim E. Lee
  • Patent number: 9517600
    Abstract: A structure is injection molded onto a group of panels to form a container. The container has a tray and an injection-molded feature. The tray has a plurality of side panels that extend at least partially around, and at least partially define, a cavity of the container. The tray has a plurality of multi-part flanges with at least one of the multi-part flanges including a lower flange portion and an upper flange portion. The injection-molded feature has band that is injected molded onto the lower flange portion and the upper flange portion. An injection-molded strip extends along and at least partially defines the corner of the container. The strip extends downward from the inner portion of the band in the elongate corner of the container. A tool is also disclosed for forming the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian R. O'Hagan, Philip E. Netzer, Bruce Barnard, Peter W. Blaas, Kevin J. Hjort
  • Patent number: 9499294
    Abstract: Dual handle box designs, blanks for forming boxes by folding, collapsible and non-collapsible boxes formed thereby, and manufacturing methods therefor are disclosed. Preferably each handle is located on an opposite end of the box; is two-ply; defines an elongate hand opening for receiving fingers of a hand; defines an elongate tab opening for receiving a tab of a center handle, and that intersects the hand opening; and defines a recess for receiving and retaining a lid panel of the box. Furthermore, the boxes preferably have a waterproof or water-resistant coating applied and are used as ice coolers for beverages and food items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: THATBOX DESIGN, LLC
    Inventor: Donn J. Costanzo, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9469433
    Abstract: A one-piece, foldable corrugated cooler includes a storage portion having a bottom panel, two side panels, two end panels, and four corner panels; two handle panels forming a lid and a handle; and at least one locking panel. The at least one locking panel is adapted to secure the lid in a closed orientation, and the at least one locking panel is integral with at least one corner panel and at least one handle panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: THATBOX DESIGN, LLC
    Inventor: Donn J. Costanzo, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9309024
    Abstract: A packaging structure for restraining an object comprises a panel and a film. The panel comprises a platform portion, an end flap portion, and a hinge portion. The end flap portion is foldably connected to the platform portion along an end flap fold line. The hinge portion comprises top and bottom hinge sections foldably connected to each other along a first hinge fold line between the top and bottom hinge sections. The film extends across the end flap fold line and is attached to the end flap portion and is also attached to the panel outside of the end flap portion. The packaging structure is foldable to an engaged position in which the object may be restrained between the film and the platform portion of the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Sealed Air Corporation (US)
    Inventors: Christof Hammerschmidt, Devin C. Ridgeway
  • Patent number: 8887983
    Abstract: A foldable packaging which may include a liquid-resistant paperboard form that is foldable to provide an attractive stackable container that resists water leakage, can be assembled without fastening hardware and has concealed gussets. The packaging can be folded into overlapping flaps and wings which are folded and interlocked to define a generally trapezoidal packaging which can receive a variety of different pot sizes and types. The die cut pattern forming the packaging can be of a universal shape but formed in a variety of different sizes to accommodate different sized potted plants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Multi Packaging Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis M. Kaltman, Richard C. Thibault, John R. Widener, Carol J. Moore
  • Patent number: 8814032
    Abstract: A lunch box includes a main body having a bottom portion, two side portions, a front portion and a back portion to define a receiving space, and a cover that covers upper portion of the main body extending from the back portion. Two side portions extend from bottom part of the junction of the front portion and back portion to form first shaping lines, and a retracting portion is formed between two side portions and two first shaping lines, and an expanding portion is formed at the junction of first shaping lines and the front portion. When the cover is bended down to cover the main body, the front portion is restored when the retracting portion rebounds, and the expanding portion is outwardly against the junction of the front cover and side covers to form a restricting position, so the box can be closed securely without external securing components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Inventor: Hsin-Chieh Li
  • Patent number: 8763888
    Abstract: A blank assembly includes a tray blank having a first end panel assembly, a first side panel assembly, a second end panel assembly, and a second side panel assembly in series. Each panel assembly includes a removable pad panel. The tray blank further includes a bottom panel extending from each panel assembly at a fold line. The blank assembly further includes a first side insert blank configured to couple to the first side panel assembly. The first side insert blank having a removable pad panel configured to at least partially align with the removable pad panel of the first side panel assembly. A second side insert blank is configured to couple to the second side panel assembly. The second side insert blank includes a removable pad panel configured to at least partially align with the removable pad panel of the second side panel assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Rock-Tenn Shared Services, LLC
    Inventors: James John Willman, Craig Frederick Minsky
  • Patent number: 8752683
    Abstract: A piece of luggage including at least one section of a stiff shell material is provided. The at least one section of the stiff shell material defines a first face of the piece of luggage and has at least one corner. A portion of the at least one section has been removed to define at least one notch proximate the at least one corner. First and second edges of the at least one section adjacent the notch are folded inward relative an inner surface of the at least one section forming first and second sides. The first and second sides define second and third faces of the piece of luggage. The piece of luggage further includes at least one rigid corner piece secured to the first and second sides proximate the at least one notch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Tumi, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul Scicluna
  • Patent number: 8740050
    Abstract: A carton for holding a food product can comprise a tray and a lid. The lid can cooperate with the tray to at least partially close the carton. The carton further can comprise a hinge at least partially foldably connecting the lid and the tray. The hinge can comprise a first hinge fold line, a second hinge fold line, and a cut extending between the first hinge fold line and the second hinge fold line. The first hinge fold line and the second hinge fold line are generally aligned along a hinge axis, and the cut comprises a central portion that is generally parallel to the hinge axis and is offset from the hinge axis. Portions of a side panel of the tray are foldably connected to respective portions of a side panel of the lid along the respective first and second hinge fold lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Becky L. Zinck, Jeffrey T. Wright
  • Patent number: 8733622
    Abstract: A blank of sheet material for forming a container is provided. The blank includes a tray panel assembly, a cover panel assembly, a fold line connecting the tray panel assembly and the cover panel assembly, and an anti-buckling mechanism interrupting the fold line. The anti-buckling mechanism includes a series of cuts positioned at least partially below the fold line in the tray panel assembly. The series of cuts extends more than half a length of the fold line. Each cut of the series of cuts is substantially straight. The anti-buckling mechanism further includes an upper cut line defined in the cover panel assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Dopaco, Inc.
    Inventor: Angela Elizabeth Learn
  • Patent number: 8714436
    Abstract: The invention relates to a tray for transporting and displaying items such as yogurt containers. The tray is of the type comprising a bottom wall (1), side walls (2, 3, 4, 5) perpendicular to the bottom (1) and side flaps (27) enabling the attachment of a first wall (2, 4) to the adjacent wall (3, 5), each flap being hingedly connected to the side edge of the first wall (2, 4) and attached to the following wall (3, 5). According to the invention, the hinged connection of the side flap (27) to the first wall is provided by an interface area (16) in the shape of a triangle the apex (17) of which points toward the free upper edge (31, 32) of the two consecutive side walls (2, 3, 4, 5) and the base (18) of which rests on the bottom wall (1), this triangular interface area (16) being slanted from its base (18) to the apex (17) toward the outside of the outline defined by the bottom wall (1). The invention can be used for trays for transporting products such as yogurt containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignees: Societe Normande de Carton Ondule, Papeteries D-Espaly, Emballages Laurent SAS, STE Mediterraneanne D'Emballages
    Inventors: Denis Valot, Jean-Yves Malnoy, Frederic Catherine, Damien Tartre
  • Patent number: 8672215
    Abstract: There is described herein a disposable clam shell food service container having a continuous sidewall which includes a novel flex-hinge panel between the lid and bottom of the container. This construction permits the container to open easily when the lid is pushed upwardly resulting in a flat tray like configuration devoid of the typical upstanding median wall or divider and which may be used as a serving plate by the consumer. The container may be easily snapped closed and locked to allow later consumption of any uneaten food products. Several additional embodiments of the invention are also presented, all of which include a continuous sidewall which ensures that the food product will remain warm and one of several lock means to secure the container in its closed condition. A triangular form of the container is also described for serving of pizza, pies and similar shaped food products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Pactiv Packaging Inc.
    Inventor: Angela E. Learn
  • Patent number: 8631997
    Abstract: A taco holder including a rigid, foldable template that retains a crease when folded, which has portions and fold lines configured so that the taco holder is easily configurable between an open configuration and a folded configuration. The open configuration is defined by the fold lines being substantially unfolded such that front edges of the portions of the taco holder define an opening configured to receive a taco or other folded sandwich food. The folded configuration is defined by the fold lines being substantially folded such that the foldable food container is substantially flat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Inventors: David L. Millet, Gary Millet
  • Patent number: 8550331
    Abstract: A foldable packaging which may include a liquid-resistant paperboard form that is foldable to provide an attractive stackable container that resists water leakage, can be assembled without fastening hardware and has concealed gussets. The packaging can be folded into overlapping flaps and wings which are folded and interlocked to define a generally trapezoidal packaging which can receive a variety of different pot sizes and types. The packaging may include a handle having an elongated strip, a gripping portion, one or more widened portions adjacent the gripping portion; a bulbous portion and a narrowing head portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Multi Packaging Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel T. Smith, Eric A. Rosendall, Dennis M. Kaltman, Richard C. Thibault, John R. Widener, Carol J. Moore
  • Patent number: 8523049
    Abstract: A clamshell carton may be erected from a blank for holding a food product. The blank may include various fold lines and corner features such as gussets or glue tabs that facilitate formation of the blank into the clamshell carton that includes a tray and a lid. The tray may have a bottom panel for supporting a food product. The lid may include a window that allows inspection of the food product held in the carton. The carton may include flanges that project outwardly from the tray and lid. When the carton is closed the flanges may define overlapping pairs that may be sealed together to enclose and seal the food product within the carton.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Kelly R. Fitzwater
  • Patent number: 8490808
    Abstract: An open clamshell-type food container is prevented from collapsing by means of a securing tab joined to the side wall of one of the container shells, a side wall joined to the other container shell, the two side walls being in alignment, and the securing tab being affixed to the other side wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Inventor: Robert George Snyder
  • Patent number: 8479972
    Abstract: An expandable food carton expands to a non-trapezoidal shape when in an open and expanded state. The expanded state creates a wider top opening which provides a larger access to the interior of the package and thus to the food product. The expandable carton has a bottom end with upstanding side panels therefrom, where each side panel has at least one score line that extends between an upper end region and a lower end region. The carton has a top flap attached at an upper end of each side panel, each top flap also having a score line that extends longitudinally between an upper end region and a lower end region at a midpoint region. Upon shifting the carton into the expanded state, the side panels of the carton shift outward along their respective score lines and the top flaps of the carton fold down adjacent respective side panels and shift outward along their respective score lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Intercontinental Great Brands LLC
    Inventors: Rachel Lyn Craft, Gladys Odette Sierra-Gomez
  • Publication number: 20120292378
    Abstract: A foldable packaging which may include a liquid-resistant paperboard form that is foldable to provide an attractive stackable container that resists water leakage, can be assembled without fastening hardware and has concealed gussets. The packaging can be folded into overlapping flaps and wings which are folded and interlocked to define a generally trapezoidal packaging which can receive a variety of different pot sizes and types. The packaging may include a handle having an elongated strip, a gripping portion, one or more widened portions adjacent the gripping portion; a bulbous portion and a narrowing head portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2011
    Publication date: November 22, 2012
    Applicant: Multi Packaging Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel T. Smith, Eric A. Rosendall, Dennis M. Kaltman, Richard C. Thibault, John R. Widener, Carol J. Moore
  • Patent number: 8215539
    Abstract: A disposable holder for food that includes a separable component for grasping a food item previously contained within the holder during consumption by a user. The holder has separable upper and lower portions that include corresponding tabs for keeping the holder closed. One of the upper or lower portions includes a series of fold lines, such that the upper or lower portion may be folded around a food item after separated from the other portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Burrows Paper Corporation
    Inventor: Donald B. Stonehouse
  • Patent number: 8146743
    Abstract: A clamshell style paper board container including a tab-and-slot closure to openably secured the top and bottom halves of the clamshell in a closed position. Unlike conventional designs where the tabs in the bottom half extend from the side walls toward the front of the container, the tabs in the bottom half extend from the front wall toward the sides of the container. Also, a punch in device that can be used to provide a steam hole and/or an indicator of package contents where the punch in device include four generally parallel fold lines extending between two generally parallel perforations. When the punch-in device is punched in by a user, one of the fold lines is moved from: (i) a folded state at a location at a corner between two walls of the container to; (ii) an unfolded state at a location displaced from the corned toward the interior of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Burrows Paper Corporation
    Inventor: Donald B. Stonehouse
  • Patent number: 8056799
    Abstract: A container for packaging a product is provided. The container includes a blank of sheet material including a first panel, and at least one tab identifier defined within the first panel and moveable with respect to the first panel. The at least one tab identifier is configured to cooperate with a flex member assembly defined at least partially within the first panel. The blank forms the container including a tray portion and a lid portion coupled along a fold line to the tray portion. The lid portion is moveable about the fold line with respect to the tray portion between an open configuration and a closed configuration. In the closed configuration, the tray portion and the lid portion define a volume for storing the product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Bradley John Burke, Rachel K. Mortenson
  • Patent number: 7980452
    Abstract: The present invention provides a container configured to selectively enclose a food product or the like, including: a tray including a first side wall, a second side wall, a front wall, a back wall, and a bottom that collectively define a compartment configured to hold a food product or the like, wherein the first side wall and the second side wall each include an enlarged flap; and a tapered cover including a first side wall, a second side wall, a front wall, a back wall, and a tapered top, wherein the first side wall, the second side wall, the front wall, the back wall, and the top are substantially coextensive with the tray, and wherein the first side wall and the second side wall each include an enlarged flap that is configured and positioned to interlock with the corresponding enlarged flap of the first side wall and the second side wall of the tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Paris Packaging, Inc.
    Inventor: Jack Burton
  • Patent number: 7980454
    Abstract: The present invention provides a container configured to selectively enclose multiple food products, including: a tray including a first side wall, a second side wall, a front wall, a back wall, a bottom, and an internal wall disposed between the first side wall and the second side wall, wherein the first side wall, the second side wall, the front wall, the back wall, the bottom, and the internal wall disposed between the first side wall and the second side wall collectively define a first compartment configured to hold a first food product and a second compartment configured to hold a second food product; and a unified cover including a first side wall, a second side wall, a front wall, a back wall, and a top, wherein the first side wall, the second side wall, the front wall, the back wall, and the top are substantially coextensive with the tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Paris Packaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Jack Burton, Karl Merkley, Lynn English
  • Publication number: 20110139862
    Abstract: A carry out box formed of a single sheet of flexible material cut, scored and folded having front, bottom, first and second side walls; a sealable top closure; a back wall having an integral panel extending substantially above the assembled container top formed by the folded material forming the back wall of the container; a plurality of corner folds disposed at each end of the first and second sidewalls in the vertical plane, each the corner fold folded toward the corner fold sharing a common sidewall therewith in the same plane and parallel to the common sidewall, each corner fold having an overlapping portion with a opening therethrough. The opening in each corner fold portion is disposed to align with the opening in the overlapping corner fold forming a reinforced opening therethrough.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2009
    Publication date: June 16, 2011
    Applicant: THE LINDY BOWMAN COMPANY
    Inventor: Linden H. Bowman
  • Patent number: 7959061
    Abstract: A foldable pot cover provides a foldable die cut pattern which can be imprinted on its exterior surfaces with any of a number of designs. The pot cover is formed from a die cut pattern which can be folded into overlapping flaps and tabs which are folded and interlocked to define a generally trapezoidal pot cover which can receive a variety of different pot sizes and types and resists moisture. The die cut pattern forming the pot cover can be of a universal shape but formed in a variety of different sizes to accommodate different sized potted plants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: Multi Packaging Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis M. Kaltman, Richard C. Thibault, John R. Widener, Carol J. Moore
  • Publication number: 20110089227
    Abstract: A foldable packaging which may include a liquid-resistant paperboard form that is foldable to provide an attractive stackable container that resists water leakage, can be assembled without fastening hardware and has concealed gussets. The packaging can be folded into overlapping flaps and wings which are folded and interlocked to define a generally trapezoidal packaging which can receive a variety of different pot sizes and types. The die cut pattern forming the packaging can be of a universal shape but formed in a variety of different sizes to accommodate different sized potted plants.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Publication date: April 21, 2011
    Applicant: MULTI PACKAGING SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Dennis M. Kaltman, Richard C. Thibault, John R. Widener, Caroi J. Moore
  • Patent number: 7874476
    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: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignee: Seda S.p.A.
    Inventor: Gianfranco D'Amato
  • Patent number: 7870995
    Abstract: A foldable packaging which may include a liquid-resistant paperboard form that is foldable to provide an attractive stackable container that resists water leakage, can be assembled without fastening hardware and has concealed gussets. The packaging can be folded into overlapping flaps and wings which are folded and interlocked to define a generally trapezoidal packaging which can receive a variety of different pot sizes and types. The die cut pattern forming the packaging can be of a universal shape but formed in a variety of different sizes to accommodate different sized potted plants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Assignee: Multi Packaging Solutions
    Inventors: Dennis M. Kaltman, Richard C. Thibault, John R. Widener, Carol J. Moore
  • Patent number: 7743971
    Abstract: A carrier for food, beverages and other items and methods for carrying food, beverages and other items. The carrier is especially suitable for use at food and beverage concessions at sporting and entertainment venues and in fast-casual restaurants. The carrier is preferably made of paper and includes a carry tab which permits a customer to carry multiple carriers in one hand. The carry tab may include an aperture sized to accommodate the customer's thumb and fingers, providing for a sure and comfortable grip of the carrier. The carrier fits into a standard cup holder in the seating area at sporting and entertainment venues, or may hang from a hook provided in the seating area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: Levy (IP) Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Christopher Michael DeVine, Todd Peter Hauptmann, Carrie Pienias, Nancy Quesada, Julie Tolhurst
  • Patent number: 7731039
    Abstract: The disclosure shows a retail display stand that can be used to display products sold in tapered packages. The display stand has at least one row of upper product apertures and a corresponding row of lower product apertures. The lower product apertures have a lateral dimension that is smaller than the corresponding lateral dimension of the upper product apertures. The stand also has distinct forward and back sets of product apertures. The back apertures have a lateral dimension that is smaller than the corresponding lateral dimension of the forward apertures. The difference in sizing causes tapered packages in the back row to sit in an elevated position with respect to the packages in the forward row of apertures, improving purchaser visibility of the back row of products and creating a better retail display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Assignee: Walgreen Co.
    Inventors: Paul Minger, Daniel Keippel
  • Patent number: 7661580
    Abstract: Described is a food container made from a single piece of material. The food container includes a front and rear panel joined by opposite sides and a bottom. The rear panel includes a flap cover with a pair of locking members and the front panel includes a flap and a pair of cut-outs on opposite sides thereof wherein the cut-outs are configured to secure the locking members so that the flap is positioned beneath the flap cover when the container is closed. The disclosed container allows for the quick and efficient collection of food product without the food product being touched by human hands. The container, having closure means, acts as a measuring device such that the size of portions is consistent. The closure means also maintains the temperature of the food product, allows for later storage of food product and prevents food product from unintentionally spilling from the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2010
    Inventor: Edward Bazan
  • Patent number: 7631800
    Abstract: A clamshell container and sauce holder for receiving a sauce container is constructed from a one-piece carton blank cut and scored to facilitate erection into a clamshell container with top and bottom portions hingedly connected along a common fold line. A bottom portion of the container includes an upper flat section extending inwardly from a bottom side wall, an integral support and a base member including a tuck flap for positioning the upper flat section. In addition, an opening is defined in the upper flat section for holding a sauce container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2009
    Assignee: Dopaco, Inc.
    Inventors: Liming Cai, Deanna Dixon Sievers
  • Patent number: 7523854
    Abstract: A drain pan assembly for receiving liquids from air conditioners, refrigerators, and freezers comprising a blank having peripheral edges, base forming fold lines, and corner piece forming fold lines, wherein at least two corner piece forming fold lines and a portion of the peripheral edges, form each corner piece. The corner piece further comprises a diagonal corner fold line. Folding each corner piece along each diagonal corner fold line forms corner flaps. Each corner flap is bent about each of the corner piece forming fold lines to dispose the corner piece forming fold lines adjacent to each other and the diagonal corner fold lines adjacent to a surface of each peripheral wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2009
    Inventor: William R. Gray
  • Patent number: 7431198
    Abstract: A box-shaped container is formed with two container halves joined together for swiveling along an adjoining edge. Each of the halves comprises a bottom wall, side walls protruding away from same, and rear walls joining them at their ends. The joining edge is formed by the upper end edges of the rear walls. To improve such a box-shaped container in that removal of the food stuff is simplified in a simple constructive manner and without dispensing with the advantages of known containers and at the same time avoiding dirtying the user, the side walls of the first container half are formed with increasing height, and the side walls of the second container half are formed with decreasing height in the respective direction to the front wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2008
    Assignee: Seda S.p.A.
    Inventor: Gianfranco D'Amato
  • Publication number: 20080110966
    Abstract: A clamshell container comprising a tray and a cover formed from a blank; the tray including a bottom and four curved side walls foldable upward from the four edges of the bottom along arcuate fold lines, the tray walls having defined corners inwardly offset relative to the center points of the walls; and a cover provided with corresponding walls, at least three of which are folded from arcuate fold lines along corresponding edges of a cover top panel and which define depending arcuate cover walls and a cover with a maximum width at transverse centerlines between opposed sets of walls and minimum widths at corners defined by the cover walls; the cover pivotally closing over the tray with the arced walls of the tray received within the arced walls of the cover and engaging therewith.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2007
    Publication date: May 15, 2008
    Inventor: James A. Yocum
  • Publication number: 20080061121
    Abstract: A metal crushing device includes a crush chamber having front and rear walls, side walls, a top wall and a base wall and a movable inner top wall mounted within the crush chamber and extending generally parallel with the base wall and four hydraulic cylinders mounted on the top wall and having extendable piston rods. The piston rods connect to the movable inner top wall through the top wall generally adjacent the corners thereof. Front and rear doors provide for loading and unloading of the crush chamber, and a lift device is mounted beneath the crush chamber for raising and lowering the crush chamber. An hydraulic actuator is operatively connected to the four hydraulic cylinders to extend the piston rods downwards forcing the movable inner top wall downwards to crush items within the crush chamber between the movable inner top wall and the base wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2006
    Publication date: March 13, 2008
    Inventor: Dan Railsback
  • Patent number: 7325718
    Abstract: A portable food dispenser includes one or more containers. A first container is capable of being only partially opened to provide access to food or a second container. The second container includes a cover that can be opened to provide access to food.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2008
    Assignee: LBP Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew R. Cook, Kurt Wolf
  • Publication number: 20070267468
    Abstract: A container for packaging a product is provided. The container includes a blank of sheet material including a first panel, and at least one tab identifier defined within the first panel and moveable with respect to the first panel. The at least one tab identifier is configured to cooperate with a flex member assembly defined at least partially within the first panel. The blank forms the container including a tray portion and a lid portion coupled along a fold line to the tray portion. The lid portion is moveable about the fold line with respect to the tray portion between an open configuration and a closed configuration. In the closed configuration, the tray portion and the lid portion define a volume for storing the product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2006
    Publication date: November 22, 2007
    Inventors: Bradley John Burke, Rachel K. Mortenson
  • Patent number: 7261231
    Abstract: A folded food carton is formed from a matable, lay flat blank for retaining, transporting and serving hot food such as pizza. The blank includes an arrangement of end panels, side panels and cover panels foldable relative to a bottom panel such that, in the erected carton, the cover panels overlap and are interlocked with the side panels by means of offset locking tabs. The end panels slant upwardly and inwardly from the bottom panel to add rigidity and save material for the carton. The side panels flare upwardly and outwardly from the bottom panel and extend above the cover panels to enhance stackability and prevent shifting of stacked cartons one on top of the other. Several methods of packaging pizza in the folded carton are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2007
    Assignee: International Paper Company
    Inventors: Wayne H. Kuhn, Frank Pizzitola
  • Patent number: 7232054
    Abstract: A closable type container for packaging items is constructed of a one piece flat sheet of carton material which is cut and scored to facilitate erection into a box like structure. The closable or clam shell type structure includes an ergonomic toggle action tab having a circular or generally oval shape and a fold line which divides the tab into two tab sections. This ergonomic toggle action tab is movable from a normal position by inward digital pressure on the fold line. Further, radius score lines each have an arc shape which causes a depressed tab section to have a slightly concave surface. An offset fold line between the two tab sections is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2007
    Assignee: Dopaco, Inc.
    Inventor: James A. Yocum