Tiltable Sidewall Provides Enlarged Access Opening In Box Top Patents (Class 229/123)
  • Patent number: 8690045
    Abstract: A spreadable box includes a bottom portion, a plurality of sidewall portions, and at least one support tab. The plurality of sidewall portions is extended from the bottom portion. The at least one of the plurality of sidewall portions includes a pair of sidewall planes folded to overlie each other with a space there between. The at least one support tab is protruded from at least one of the plurality of sidewall portions and configured to be inserted into or withdrawn from the space in order to secure the box in an assembled form or a spread form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Inventor: Jae Hyuck Jang
  • Publication number: 20130313158
    Abstract: A shipping container convertible into a display container comprising a top wall, a bottom wall, and opposed side walls foldably joined to the top and bottom walls to form an interior space. A tear away window panel is formed on one of the side walls. The tear away window panel includes width and height defined by a perforated line of weakness extending across the width and on a portion of height of the side walls. A displayable insert tray is configured to be disposed into the interior space of the container to receive products and concealed therein when the container is in a shipping position. The displayable insert tray includes a bottom panel and at least one feeder ledge foldably joined to the bottom panel wherein upon removing the tear away window panel and pulling away the feeder ledge, the container is converted to a display position to expose the products.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2012
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL PAPER COMPANY
    Inventor: James Walter Nowak
  • Patent number: 8556160
    Abstract: A carton for containing a plurality of containers. The carton comprises a plurality of panels extending at least partially around an interior of the carton. The plurality of panels comprises a bottom panel, a first side panel foldably connected to the bottom panel, a top panel foldably connected to the first side panel, a second side panel foldably connected to the top panel, and an expansion panel foldably connected to the bottom panel. Opposite ends of the expansion panel are respectively foldably connected to expansion flaps, and the expansion flaps are at least partially in face-to-face contact with, and mounted to, the second side panel. A dispenser is positioned in at least the second side panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Raymond R. Spivey, Sr.
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8459449
    Abstract: An easy to carry lightweight carton for shipping and storing cut paper and for providing rapid and easy access to the paper when the carton is opened. The carton has a base portion and a lid pivotally attached to the base portion. A front wall of the carton may be pivoted down when the lid is pivoted up to facilitate access to the contents of the carton for ease of unloading of paper from the carton. A carry handle is built into the lid to facilitate carrying of the carton. The carton may be re-closed after it is opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: International Paper Company
    Inventors: Timothy J. Justice, Wayne H. Kuhn, Charles T. Strominger, Ronald F. Schmitz
  • Patent number: 8413801
    Abstract: An easy to carry lightweight carton for shipping and storing cut paper and for providing rapid and easy access to the paper when the carton is opened. The carton has a base portion and a lid pivotally attached to the base portion. The lid has a tear strip being defined by two parallel successive rows of inclined cut lines. Each of the inclined cut lines having a length (K) and further being spaced apart by a distance (D) wherein the ratio of D/K is from 1:2 to 4:1. A front wall of the carton may be pivoted down when the lid is pivoted up to facilitate access to the contents of the carton for ease of unloading of paper from the carton. A carry handle is built into the lid to facilitate carrying of the carton. The carton may be re-closed after it is opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: International Paper Company
    Inventor: Timothy J Justice
  • Patent number: 8387856
    Abstract: A shipping box is disclosed having a rotatable panel associated with the lid. The rotatable panel allows the hinge of the shipping box to be displaced outwardly from the box. As a result, the shipping box can contain a display box that can be opened while in the shipping box, without increasing the size of the shipping box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Inventors: John Lachance, Giovanni C. Meier, Gintaras A. Vaisnys
  • Patent number: 8052038
    Abstract: A dispensing container for selectively holding and dispensing products has a resiliently deformable main panel with a centrally disposed pivot emboss extending longitudinally there along. One end of the pivot emboss terminates at a pivot panel located on the main panel. The container includes a spout panel positioned distally from the pivot panel with spout panel being at least partially selectively opened by deformation of the main panel along the pivot emboss. Deformation of the main panel may be imparted by inward squeezing motion to the sides of the container, which in turn causes the main panel to outwardly deform along the pivot emboss, resulting in opening of the spout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Inventor: Francis G. Jackson
  • Patent number: 7866538
    Abstract: An apparatus includes container. The container includes a polygonal bottom panel comprising of N sides, N sidewalls and N flaps. Each flap is located between two adjacent sidewalls. The flaps are capable of unfolding to increase the volume of the container. N is a positive integer greater than two.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: Foxnum Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yu-Chieh Liao, Chun-Hua Wang, Un-Chi Show, Chih-Chien Tsai, Chau-Lin Chang
  • Patent number: 7806314
    Abstract: A carton for containing a plurality of articles. The carton has a plurality of panels that extend at least partially around an interior of the carton. End flaps are respectively foldably attached to panels of the plurality of panels. The end flaps are overlapped with respect to one another and thereby at least partially form a closed end of the carton. A dispenser has a tear line and at least one dispenser section foldably attached to the carton for at least partially defining an opening in the carton for accessing the containers. A gusset connects the end flaps, wherein the gusset can be unfolded to allow relative movement between the end flaps and to allow the dispenser section to pivot outwardly to enlarge the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert L. Sutherland
  • Patent number: 7681727
    Abstract: A packet comprises an outer shell (0) and an inner shell (I) connected by a spring member (12). The outer shell (0) defines a cavity for receiving the inner shell (I) and comprises a bottom wall (4B), a front wall (1) and two side walls (3R, 3L) upstanding from respective edges of the bottom wall. The inner shell (I) comprises a front wall (11), a rear wall (7) and two side walls (8R, 8L), the rear wall being connected to the bottom wall of the outer shell. The spring member (12) is hingedly connected by a first hinge (H 1) at a lower portion of the front wall (11) of the inner shell and is hingedly connected by a second hinge (H2) to the inner surface of the front wall of the outer shell. The inner shell (I) is hingedly connected to the outer shell (0) by a third hinge (H3) at the said bottom wall such that the inner shell moves with spring action between closed and open positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Assignee: British American Tobacco (Investments) Limited
    Inventors: Philip Richard Hunt, Steven Holford
  • Patent number: 7367490
    Abstract: A container for shipping and/or storing a stack of paper is disclosed. The container, according to a disclosed embodiment, comprises a bottom wall and first and second upright, opposing side walls extending from respective edges of the bottom wall. First and second shell portions are connected in a pivotal manner to respective edges of the bottom wall. The shell portions are pivotable toward and away from each to close and open the container, respectively. When the container is closed, the stack is securely contained between the shell portions and the side walls for shipping or storing. When the container is opened, at least two opposing sides of the stack are exposed to facilitate removal of paper from the container. A handle for carrying or lifting the container may be coupled to one of the shell portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2008
    Assignee: Boise White Paper, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Christopher G. Forthaus, George I. Nukuto, Scott Belliveau, Dale J. Waite, James L. Pfaffendorf
  • Patent number: 7204406
    Abstract: Multi-unit product cartons for store racks, shelves, walls, columns, and floors, in particular, cartons with advantageous product visibility and accessibility via a radially-openable access panel disposed on at least one of the carton sides. The access panel has at least one side arm that inter-leaves between two adjacent carton sides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2007
    Assignee: Mars Incorporated
    Inventor: Larry Bone
  • Patent number: 7172110
    Abstract: A container for transporting meat, produce, and other goods contains a bottom wall, side walls, and end walls. The end walls include hinged platform structures movable between a closed position and an open position. The closed position enables stable stacking of multiple containers and the open position allows easy access to the interior of the container for loading and unloading. The hinged platforms further add stability to the container walls when in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2007
    Assignee: Packaging Corporation of America
    Inventor: Keith A. Jackson
  • Patent number: 7160515
    Abstract: Volatile material-containing articles of manufacture are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2007
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Rachel Murdell, Stephan Gary Bush
  • Patent number: 7036715
    Abstract: A box formed from a single piece of cardboard and having internal flaps presenting a folding line in correspondence with one of the edges of the box, to define with those two lateral panels of the box adjacent to it a corner pocket housing an illustrative leaflet or the like which is folded on itself and is housed in correspondence with the edge of the box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2006
    Assignee: GI.Biieffe S.r.l.
    Inventor: Carmelo Lo Duca
  • Patent number: 6935557
    Abstract: A separable bowl forming carton retains an inner package, wherein the separable bowl forming packaging is selectively separated into separate components which can be deformed along preset fold lines to define a bowl periphery having a greater number of facets than the sealed separable bowl forming carton.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2005
    Assignee: Diamond Paper Box Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Bethany A. Aubry, Dennis Bacchetta, Lesley Bethune-Bates, MaryAnn Hussar, Mark McOmber, Lisa V. Palvino, David Rydell, Thomas Simmons, Scott D. Sylvester, David Ziemba
  • Patent number: 6923366
    Abstract: A box, particularly suitable for containing packs of pharmaceutical products, which is formed from a single piece of cardboard and defines in its interior a pocket into which an illustrative leaflet or the like is inserted during the box manufacture. The box includes a projecting tab which covers, and is superposed on, the free end of the illustrative leaflet to prevent it interfering with the packs during their insertion into the box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2005
    Assignee: GI.BI. EFFE S.r.l.
    Inventor: Carmelo Lo Duca
  • Patent number: 6808107
    Abstract: A container for transporting meat, produce, and other goods contains a bottom wall, side walls, and end walls. The end walls include hinged platform structures movable between a closed position and an open position. The closed position enables stable stacking of multiple containers and the open position allows easy access to the interior of the container for loading and unloading. The hinged platforms further add stability to the container walls when in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2004
    Assignee: Packaging Corporation of America
    Inventor: Keith A. Jackson
  • Patent number: 6523738
    Abstract: The invention concerns a package for a bottle including an envelope having parts which are alternatively planar and accordion-folded, and capable of being unfolded to receive a liquid for refrigerating the bottle. Each accordion-folded part is folded on each side of a planar folding line, extending in zigzag from the base of the envelope to a free edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2003
    Assignee: Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Maison Fondee en 1772
    Inventors: Giorgio Sarne, Benoit Simottel
  • Patent number: 6345758
    Abstract: The cut blank includes a rectangular bottom F having its sides extended by four sets of panels and flaps respectively forming a back panel (11) and a wrapping cover (1) with a double front panel (13, 14), a frontal flap (2), a first small side with a double wall (31, 32), and a second small side with a double wall (41, 42) extended by a double bottom (43) snapping into a wall (32) of the first small side. Flaps articulated on the back panel (11) and caught between the double walls (31, 32; 41, 42) of the small sides are extended by snugs (8a, 8b) which engage in notches (9a, 9b) of a front panel (14) of the cover (1) to lock the box in a completely closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2002
    Assignee: The Swatch Group Management Services AG
    Inventor: Felix Jäggi
  • Publication number: 20020000463
    Abstract: The cut blank includes a rectangular bottom F having its sides extended by four sets of panels and flaps respectively forming a back panel (11) and a wrapping cover (1) with a double front panel (13, 14), a frontal flap (2), a first small side with a double wall (31, 32), and a second small side with a double wall (41, 42) extended by a double bottom (43) snapping into a wall (32) of the first small side. Flaps articulated on the back panel (11) and caught between the double walls (31, 32; 41, 42) of the small sides are extended by snugs (8a, 8b) which engage in notches (9a, 9b) of a front panel (14) of the cover (1) to lock the box in a completely closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2001
    Publication date: January 3, 2002
    Applicant: The Swatch Group Management Services AG
    Inventor: Felix Jaggi
  • Patent number: 6206279
    Abstract: A reclosable, stackable, standable package for food products such as baked goods easily converts from a parallelepiped form to a widened shape on top for easy access to the snack which is contained within an inner liner bag. The package stays in a widened open configuration throughout hand-to-mouth snacking even while resting on its front or back panel. The outer carton of the package has score lines on the front and the back panels of the carton extending from the lower corners of the front and the back panels to the center of the upper edge of the front and the back panels. Score lines also extend across the center of the top front and back flaps. The score lines in combination with the disconnected top flaps design not only allows the top of the package to form a wide oval shaped opening for easy access to the packaged goods, but also allows the package to stay opened while snacking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2001
    Assignee: Nabisco Technology Company
    Inventor: Joseph Countee
  • Patent number: 5881948
    Abstract: A one-piece expandable pizza box having a bottom panel, a fully-reclinable rear wall, a cover attached to the rear wall, at least one fall-back side wall structure with a side wall that can assume both a vertical position and a fall-back position, and a double-panel wall adjacent the side wall; plus an associated method of use involving placing a pizza into the partially-erected expandable pizza box and causing the side wall to move from the fall-back position to the vertical position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 16, 1999
    Inventor: John D. Correll
  • Patent number: 5794770
    Abstract: A package especially suited for shipping and storing cut paper and for providing rapid and easy access to the paper when the carton is opened. The package comprises a carton having a lid that may be removed and one side which may be pivoted down when the lid is removed to facilitate access to the contents of the carton for ease of unloading of paper from the carton and ease of reloading. A preferred construction employs a moisture vapor barrier in the walls of the carton to maintain the moisture content of the paper in the carton within acceptable limits when the package is subjected to adverse environmental conditions. In this form of the invention the need for individual ream wraps is eliminated, and the package may be opened and re-closed without detriment to the moisture vapor barrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 18, 1998
    Assignee: Union Camp Corporation
    Inventors: John Frederick Plomgren, Billy P. Cannon
  • Patent number: 5476218
    Abstract: A cardboard box for storing and easily removing cards which box has a smooth flat bottom. The box has a bottom panel to which front and back panels are hingedly affixed. The back panel has a pair of end flaps, each of which have flaps extending from them. The front panel has a pair of end flaps and the top panel is hinged to the back panel and an outer front panel is also hinged thereto. When the box is folded the end flaps of the back panel fold around so that the bottom panel has an upper surface that is not interrupted by any flaps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 19, 1995
    Inventor: Morris Reisman
  • Patent number: 5292058
    Abstract: A package (10) of a hollow rectangular parallelepiped shape is disclosed including a liner (14) inside of a carton (12). A first score line (72) extends from the free edges (47, 96) of the front and back top closure panels (48, 60) and onto the front and back panels (18, 28) parallel and intermediate the side edges (20, 22, 26, 30, 50, 52, 59, 64) thereof. Second and third score lines (74, 76) are further located in each of the front and back panels (18, 28) and extend at an obtuse angle from and on opposite sides of the first score lines (72), with the score lines (72, 74, 76) having a Y-shape. The bottom of the carton (12) holds the bottom edges (40, 44) of the front, back, and side panels (18, 24, 28, 32) in a rectangular configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 1993
    Date of Patent: March 8, 1994
    Assignee: General Mills, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert A. Zoss, Francis M. Snee
  • Patent number: 5196988
    Abstract: A front plate adapter panel containing television and telephone hookups can be factory-installed or field-installed within existing metallic power pedestal enclosure to provide such telephone and television facility along with electric power facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 23, 1993
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Dale W. Horn
  • Patent number: 5183202
    Abstract: A folding carton design consisting of 23 working panels, 22 fold lines, and 1 round hole. The design incorporates an opening/reclosing feature which opens to allow access to the contents of the carton, then recloses in a secure fashion.The opening/reclosing feature utilizes an overlapping, double closure system guided by rounded side guides. The side guides incorporate stop tabs which act to prevent the box from opening to a point where the overlapping closure would be dislodged. Upon closure, the side guides are retracted into the body of the carton and hidden from view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 1991
    Date of Patent: February 2, 1993
    Assignee: Atlas Die, Inc.
    Inventor: Marc C. Love
  • Patent number: 5174492
    Abstract: A multiple-purpose dispensing package having inner and outer shells wherein the inner shell is movable without the outer shell between fully closed and fully open positions. The inner shell is integrally pivotably connected to the outer shell. The package includes a snap-lock member. The inner and the outer shell are made from a single blank. Optionally, the inner shell, the outer shell, and the snap-lock member can be made from a single blank. The inner shell and the outer shell are connected along a hinge line integral with the single blank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 29, 1992
    Inventor: Gabriel Gero
  • Patent number: 5014906
    Abstract: A multiple-purpose dispensing package having inner and outer shells wherein the inner shell is movable within the outer shell between fully closed and fully open positions. The inner shell is integrally pivotably connected to the outer shell. The package includes a snap-lock member. The inner and the outer shell are made from a single blank. Optionally, the inner shell, the outer shell, and the snap-lock member can be made from a single blank. The inner shell and the outer shell are connected along a hinge line integral with the single blank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 14, 1991
    Inventor: Gabriel Gero
  • Patent number: 5011021
    Abstract: A cardboard, paperboard, or fiberboard carton having a generally-rectangular parallepiped configuration is constructed and utilized so that even when the carton is deep, items packed at the bottom of the carton can be easily removed. Side panels of the parallepiped carton each have vertical corners extending along the lengths of its edges. The lines of separation are formed at the corners defining one of the side panels. The lines of separation, such as through-extending slits or perforations, are spaced from but near the top of the container (e.g., at a distance about one to four inches from the top of the container) and extend several inches toward the middle of the container, being spaced from the bottom. A horizontal score line may be provided at the bottom of the lines of separation, to facilitate bending over the side panel between the lines of separation once the top of the carton has been unpacked and it is desirable to unpack the bottom of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 1990
    Date of Patent: April 30, 1991
    Assignee: Burlington Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Jack D. Coltrane, Joseph R. Kushner
  • Patent number: 4955925
    Abstract: The Raker Taker is basically a box which opens its sides with winged bottoms, lifts its top for further openness, and lowers its front to increase flat area for raking. The sides open easily and are held and guided by diagonal rods above and below the bottom of the box. The sides swing off of the back on hinges. Likewise, the top is raised from the back, and the front lowered, on hinges. Handles are optional, but help with lifting the box. Thus handles are shown on the top, front and sides of the box. The closing of the box tend to compact the material gathered. The box is designed to open easily, close easily, carry easily and dump easily. The box may vary in size to suit the needs of the gardener. Also, some variation in shape and detail may be made as long as the essence and the purpose of the box is there, namely to assist the raking gathering of the debris.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 1989
    Date of Patent: September 11, 1990
    Inventor: Rita J. Platti
  • Patent number: 4752029
    Abstract: A display carton for bulk items having a removable portion in the front panel and a front bin wall with attached side walls immediately behind the removable portion. The front bin wall is foldably attached to the bottom panel structure so that when it is exposed it can be pulled out to reveal the contents of the carton. An automatic bottom is incorporated into the structure, allowing a flat folded and glued carton blank to be opened into carton shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 1987
    Date of Patent: June 21, 1988
    Assignee: Manville Corporation
    Inventor: John C. Buford
  • Patent number: 4742955
    Abstract: For the easier removal of the contents, particularly of cigarettes (32), of a flip-top packet, fold lines are pre-shaped (central fold line 33, continuation fold lines 35, 36) in the region of a front wall (13) and of a collar front wall (29) in a manner such that by application of pressure via side walls (21) the front wall (13) with the collar front wall, when the flip-top packet is open, are brought into a position which is V-shaped in cross-section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 1987
    Date of Patent: May 10, 1988
    Assignee: Focke & Co. (GmbH & Co.)
    Inventors: Jurgen Focke, Kurt Liedtke