Flange Or Tab Includes Slit Or Aperture To Receive A Projection From A Box Wall Patents (Class 229/148)
  • Patent number: 10450121
    Abstract: A package for accommodating products comprises a first portion hingedly connected to a first side of a rear panel, a second portion hingedly connected to a second side of the rear panel, the second side being opposite to the first side. At least one of the first and second portion comprises at least one recess adapted to accommodate a product. The first portion, the second portion and the rear panel at least partly form a receptacle adapted for accommodating said at least one recess. The first portion and the second portion are movable between an open state of the package in which the at least one recess is accessible to a user and a closed state of the package in which the at least one recess is inaccessible to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Inventors: Sebastian Senftleben, Stefan Biel, Fiona Collins, Reinier Halbertsma
  • Patent number: 8950654
    Abstract: The present invention provides a carton constructed from a single blank of paperboard material featuring an auto-erecting bottom. The carton includes first through eighth sides panels, a glue flap attached along a fold line to a first side edge of the first side panel, a first bottom flap attached along a fold line to a bottom edge of the second side panel, and a second bottom flap attached along a fold line to a bottom edge of the sixth side panel. The carton includes a first bottom folding assembly attached to a bottom edge of the third and fourth side panels, a second bottom folding assembly attached to a bottom edge of the seventh and eighth side panels, a third bottom folding assembly attached to the first side panel, and a fourth bottom folding assembly attached to the fifth side panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Menasha Corporation
    Inventor: Bradly Thomas Schultz
  • Publication number: 20140263353
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a foldable carton blank that, when folded, forms a carton having a partition wall for segregating products within the carton. The partition wall member may be hingedly attached to a front panel of the carton such that the partition wall member may be unattached from the front panel and extended across the bottom panel of the carton to form two compartments within the carton. A slot in the rear panel of the carton may secure an end portion of the partition wall member when the partition wall member extends across the bottom panel of the carton to form the two compartments within the carton.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Huhtamaki, Inc.
    Inventor: Phillip Bell
  • Publication number: 20140103102
    Abstract: A clamshell container having a cover portion and a tray portion connected by a living hinge wherein the corners of the sidewalls in at least the tray portion are perforated or scored to permit easy separation by a user to create a substantially flat serving tray is described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Inventor: Carlos H Gomez
  • 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: 8668082
    Abstract: Various arrangements for a flexible package for articles of footwear or other items are presented. The flexible package generally includes a lightweight flexible package sized to accommodate a pair of shoes. The flexible package may also include a removable stiffening insert to aid in maintaining the structure of the flexible package and allow stacking of the package. Further, the flexible package may include one or more handle arrangements. Various closure arrangements may be used with the flexible packaging for footwear, such as an undercut tab arrangement, hook and loop type closure arrangement, rim and lip, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Pamela S. Greene, James E. Goddard
  • Patent number: 8646680
    Abstract: Suitably configured sheets of material and related folding methods provide self-latching clamshell folded boxes that may be used, for example, to securely package consumer goods such as shoes or other clothing items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: OIA Global Logistics SCM, Inc.
    Inventors: Anna Low, Richard Shih-Ning Fan
  • Patent number: 8550241
    Abstract: A package for smoking articles comprising an inner shell (2) and an outer shell (1), the inner shell defining a space for smoking articles and the outer shell defining a cavity to receive the inner shell, the inner and outer shells being hingedly connected such that they pivot relative to each other from a closed position in which the inner shell is received in the outer shell and an open position in which the inner shell extends from the outer shell, wherein the outer shell includes a sidewall that overlaps a sidewall (13) of the inner shell when the inner and outer shells are in their closed position, a recess (56) being formed in the sidewall of one of the inner or outer shells and a tab (60) extending from a corresponding sidewall of the inner or outer shell such that, when the inner and outer shells are in their closed position, the tab locates in said recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: British American Tobacco (Investments) Limited
    Inventor: Steven Holford
  • Publication number: 20130119066
    Abstract: A foldable carton blank, and erected carton are provided which include vertical and/or horizontal dividers. The dividers are removably attached to the foldable carton blank. A method of erecting a carton from such a blank is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2011
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Inventor: David Matthew HANNA
  • Publication number: 20130112695
    Abstract: An insulating shipping system may include a container and an insert assembly which may include an insert configured to be inserted into the container. The insert may have a first blank that may include a center panel, two bottom panels emanating from opposite side edges, wherein each bottom panel has at least one slot, at least one top panel emanating from a top edge of each of the bottom panels, wherein each top panel has at least one tab or flange, and at least one foldable line of weakness disposed between each top panel and bottom panel, wherein the at least one slot is sized to receive the at least one tab or flange. The insert further may include a second blank have a center panel, wherein the center panel is configured to couple to the center panel of the first blank to form at least one walled cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Publication date: May 9, 2013
    Applicant: ALPINE THERMAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Christopher E. Hall
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20120000972
    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: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2011
    Publication date: January 5, 2012
    Inventor: Angela E. Learn
  • 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: 7854371
    Abstract: Aspects of the present invention feature a stackable tray storage container suitable for holding fruit and food. The stackable tray storage container has a rectangular base having a first rectangular shape with a pair of base widths and a pair of base lengths, a pair of end walls having a second rectangular shape extending upward foldably attached along opposite base widths connecting each end wall to the rectangular base and having a corresponding pair of cutouts along each fold along the base widths forming a pair of tray handle interlocks, a corresponding pair of handle extensions foldably attached along a top edge of each end wall and a pair of walls extending upward foldably attached along opposite base lengths and having a third rectangular shape, wherein each of the walls along the length have a pair of foldably attached flaps that fold inward and attach to the pair of end walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2010
    Inventor: Chris Mittelstaedt
  • Patent number: 7614542
    Abstract: A box formed from a single piece of punched and crease-lined cardboard sheet, the box having an inviolable security seal which is broken when the closed box is opened for the first time. The closed box presents a high resistance to deformation when subjected to external stresses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2009
    Assignee: GI.BI.EFFE S.r.l.
    Inventor: Carmelo Lo Duca
  • Patent number: 7607563
    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: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2009
    Assignee: Arvco Container Corporation
    Inventors: D. Matt Hanna, Robert A. Ford
  • Patent number: 7562808
    Abstract: A container having a product cavity formed by a bottom panel, front and back panels and end panels extending upwardly from the bottom panel. The front and back panels, a receptacle platform and a pair of support panels for the platform extend outwardly from at least one end wall. The receptacle platform has a receptacle aperture. A cover panel can overlie the product cavity and the platform and may have an aperture above the platform aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2009
    Assignee: International Paper Company
    Inventor: Nicholas A Philips
  • Publication number: 20090121004
    Abstract: A carton has an auto bottom that securely closes the bottom of the carton. A reinforcing blank may be provided in the interior of the carton.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2008
    Publication date: May 14, 2009
    Applicant: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: James C. Fogle
  • Publication number: 20090072017
    Abstract: The invention provides a foldable box design having a box flap locking system, comprising: a first flap having an edge with a generally trapezoidal shaped tab cut therein, wherein said generally trapezoidal shaped tab is defined by two inwardly projecting grooves; and a second flap that locks with the first flap, wherein the second flap includes an edge with a second generally trapezoidal shaped tab cut therein, and wherein said second generally trapezoidal shaped tab is defined by two outwardly projecting grooves.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2007
    Publication date: March 19, 2009
    Inventor: Thomas West
  • Publication number: 20090039144
    Abstract: A folded food carton comprises a bottom panel 12, two opposing end panels 14, two opposing side panels 16, four gussets 18, and a top panel 20. Each adjoining pair of end and side panels 14, 16 is hingedly interconnected by one of the gussets 18 each of which includes first and second gusset panels 30, 32. In a fully folded carton configuration, the upper portion 50 of the first gusset panel 30 extends above the upper edge 52 of the second gusset panel 32 and is heat sealed to the inside surface of one of the end panels 14 such that the folded carton presents exterior panel surfaces unbroken by gussets. The top panel 20 folds over the cavity C of the folded carton and is secured in closed position by a tuck flap 42 having slot mechanisms 46 which engage with the upward-extending tabs 64 of flap mechanisms 48.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2007
    Publication date: February 12, 2009
    Inventors: Koon H. Hooi, Henry Hooi, Shirley Hooi
  • Patent number: 7267261
    Abstract: A box with at least one base is disclosed which is resistant to opening and of which portions become broken off to prevent the base being reclosed after being opened for the first time. The base includes a panel projecting from the box and a tab projecting from and separated from the panel by a folding line in which there is provided a cut through which hook-shaped teeth extend and hook thereonto, these latter projecting from two opposing lateral flaps positioned below said panel in the box when closed. In this base panel there are provided knurlings which extend from each end of said cut as far as the adjacent lateral edge of the panel, to hence define portions which break away from the base of the box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2007
    Assignee: GI.BI.EFFE S.r.l.
    Inventor: Carmelo Lo Duca
  • Patent number: 6978924
    Abstract: A stackable food container includes a lower food receptacle portion, and an upper tray forming section with one or more sides foldably coupled to the lower food receptacle portion. The upper tray forming section encloses the contents of the food container when the one or more sides are in a closed state. The upper tray forming section is configured to cooperatively deploy into a tray when the one or more sides are in an open state. The tray may include an upward-facing rim substantially surrounding the contents of the food container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2005
    Inventor: Wayne B. Graham
  • Patent number: 6926192
    Abstract: A collapsible, automatically locking box is appropriately sized for transporting the typically five to seven reels of film of a complete movie, and includes the reinforced bottom and top necessary to support the weight of the complete movie.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2005
    Assignee: Technology Container Corporation
    Inventor: Fred Dowd
  • Patent number: 6913190
    Abstract: A reclosable container made of a semi-rigid paperboard material or the like has a lower component with a bottom panel and an upstanding side wall and an upper component or lid that is pivotally connected to the lower component along one edge thereof. An opposite edge of the lid component has a tab formed therein which can be punched out and folded inwardly relative to the lid to releasably engage a horizontal extension or catch formed along the corresponding top edge of the lower component of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2005
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd R. Ruhbusch, Natalie G. Casey-Shuman, Michael L. Roy
  • Patent number: 6851603
    Abstract: A pizza box is provided which has a top wall, bottom wall, rear and front wall and opposing side walls while also having an angled support surface which extends from the top wall to the front wall. Within the angled support surface are provided cup apertures for receiving containers which are maintained securely fitted within the apertures while also viewable from the exterior of the pizza box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2005
    Assignee: Papa John's International, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert C. Carlson, Owen Glock, Dana M. Tilley, Stanley E. Knierim, Melissa M. Bailey
  • Publication number: 20040211821
    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: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2003
    Publication date: October 28, 2004
    Inventor: John D. Correll
  • Publication number: 20040178252
    Abstract: A container is provided with a simple opening and closure mechanism which provides for easy reclosure of the container. A user may grasp a reclosable flap and move the flap between open and closed positions to effect opening and closure of the container. The reslosable flap may overlay a container lid such that the container lid is kept in a closed position when the reclosable flap overlays the container lid with the reslosable flap in its closed position. The container may be open and closed several times, and a seal may be maintained in the vicinity of the reclosable flap even after multiple uses of the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2003
    Publication date: September 16, 2004
    Inventors: James L. Stone, Thomas J. Brink, Scott A. Lampe
  • Publication number: 20040108369
    Abstract: A box having at least one closure panel and with a security seal which is broken on first opening the panel, the box having elements which mutually cooperate to enable the panel to be repeatedly retained in its closed position after the seal has been broken.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2003
    Publication date: June 10, 2004
    Applicant: GI.BI.EFFE SRL
    Inventor: Carmelo Lo Duca
  • Patent number: 6736309
    Abstract: A quick erecting, disposable cooler which is transformable from a flat blank of corrugated sheet material may be non-destructively “knocked down” or collapsed after being semi-erected. The deployed cooler is moisture-proof and lacks leak paths, so it reliably stores and transports melting ice and beverage containers. A generally rectangular center panel is integrally bordered by pairs of end panels and side panels. Each side panel supports a foldable top panel with special knockouts and tabs to facilitate subsequent coupling of the panels. Each end panel has a small flap at its outer edge facilitating coupling. Four, integral, diametrically spaced-apart corner panels interconnect the center panel with the end and side panels. Score lines defined between the orthogonally arranged panels facilitate folding. Corner panels include diagonal score lines. The center panel forms a cooler bottom, and the end and side panels respectively form carton ends and sides when foldably deployed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2004
    Assignee: Wes-Pak, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank E. Westerman, Frank G. Westerman
  • Publication number: 20040079795
    Abstract: A recloseable beverage container is provided having two halves and a releasable handle, the container comprising a bottom half having a front, back, opposing sides, and a bottom. A top half is provided having a front, back, opposing sides, and a bottom, hingedly joined to the bottom half thereby forming upon closure a hollow enclose for storing a plurality of beverage containers. A recloseable handle formed upon closure by an extended tab in the front of the bottom and a cutout in the front of the top. The container includes an elongated releaseably adhesive flap located on the front of the top that overlaps the front of the bottom.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2002
    Publication date: April 29, 2004
    Inventor: Earl Wagner
  • Patent number: 6719131
    Abstract: Hinge-lid box for cigarettes or other packaged items, comprising a box part (10), lid (11) and collar (12) with a closure aid for the lid (11). Inwardly directed protrusions, namely anchoring tabs (37), are arranged on the inside of a lid front wall (21) or of a lid inner flap (28) and, in the closed position, interact, by form-fitting engagement, with recesses in the region of a collar front wall (32). The depressions in the region of the collar front wall (32) are positioned immediately above a mating closure edge (30) formed by a box front wall (14), with the anchoring tabs (37) arranged appropriately on the lid inner flap (28).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2004
    Assignee: Focke & Co. (GmbH & Co.)
    Inventors: Heinz Focke, Viktor Hein
  • Patent number: 6685085
    Abstract: A food container formed from a foldable blank of corrugated cardboard into a box-like configuration for transport and/or storage of a food product such as pizza or the like. The container incorporates therein tamper-resistant features adjacent the front corners, including a pair of inwardly foldable locking walls provided on the bottom part of the container which cooperate with upright tabs located on the top part which prevent opening of the container. An additional pair of tabs are provided on the top part of the container which block access to the folded locking walls, which tabs are then removed by the consumer to open the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2004
    Assignee: Arvco Container Corporation
    Inventor: David M. Hanna
  • Patent number: 6676010
    Abstract: A reclosable food container is created from a unitary blank. The container includes a bottom panel, a pair of opposing end panels extending from the first bottom panel, a lateral side panel extending from the first bottom panel, and an opposing side panel extending from the bottom panel on an opposing side to the lateral side panel. The container also includes a plurality of foldable gussets, where each gusset hingedly connects a side panel-end panel pair. The container also includes a lid extending from the lateral side panel, where the lid includes a top panel and a tuck flap. There is a score line between at least one of the lateral side panel and the top panel, and the top panel and the tuck flap. The score line has a ratio of penetration between about 0.1 and about 0.9.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2004
    Assignee: MasterCraft Packaging Corporation
    Inventors: Steven H. Roseth, Gerald Pfieffer
  • Patent number: 6604676
    Abstract: A carton having a lid lock comprising a lip or flap extending from a liner and a debossment, embossment or opening in a panel forming the cover. The debossment, embossment or opening receives and/or limits the motion of the lip to lock closed the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2003
    Assignee: Unilever Home & Personal Care USA, division of Conopco, Inc.
    Inventor: Edward John Giblin
  • Publication number: 20030102363
    Abstract: A paperboard box is made from a piece of paperboard with split lines and folding lines to form a shape like a ship so as to make the food or the like inside worthwhile and enhance the purchase desire of the consumer. Further, the paperboard box is easy to be treated after using without a problem to the environment protection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2001
    Publication date: June 5, 2003
    Inventor: Shih-Jen Chang
  • Patent number: 6536655
    Abstract: A package for holding a lamp and collapsible shade where a blank is folded into an open ended generally triangularly shaped box, the lamps and collapsible shade being disposed in the box and the open end of the box being closed off by a foldable panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2003
    Assignee: Trade Source International
    Inventor: Neall W. Humphrey
  • Patent number: 6386441
    Abstract: Embodiments of a pizza container are described using a container blank formed from a single piece of paperboard material. The container includes a bottom panel, first and second opposing side wall panels, and first and second opposing end wall panels. Each container further includes two top cover panels that fold over onto the container and act as lids. At least one U-shaped cut is formed along a hinge line connecting a top cover panel with an end wall panel. The U-shape has a closed side and an open side. The cut is oriented with the closed side extending into either the first end wall panel or the first top cover panel. The open side is positioned along the first hinge line. As assembled, the U-shaped portion is generally perpendicular with the panel from which it was formed. Various embodiment of lock mechanisms are described as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2002
    Assignee: Weyerhaeuser Company
    Inventor: Nicholas A. Philips
  • Patent number: 6334532
    Abstract: A hinged-lid pack for filter cigarettes comprises a box-shaped body and a box-shaped lid. When the lid is shut down, an inner frame that forms a part of the body is covered by the lid. The inner frame includes a raised lug, and an inner front flap of the lid includes an engaging portion that engages the lug. When the lid is on, the engaging portion adjoins the distal end of the lug. When the lid in this state is rocked slightly in the opening direction, the distal end of the lug is held between the engaging portion and the inner surface of the lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2002
    Assignee: Japan Tobacco Inc.
    Inventors: Hitoshi Tambo, Toru Iwano
  • Patent number: 6332538
    Abstract: A reclosable container (10) is disclosed comprising a box (12) having an opening and comprising a base panel (20), end panels (22, 24), a back panel (26), a front panel (28) and a lid (14) which is hingedly connected to the box. The lid comprises a top panel (30) and a skirt (16) which incorporates a tamper evident seal, preferably formed as a tear strip (18). When the seal has been broken the lid can pivot between a position in which it closes the box and an open position. The container may be formed from a single sheet and a back folded locking arrangement (60) is incorporated in the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2001
    Assignee: R. Twining & Company Limited
    Inventor: Barry Douglas Pritchard
  • Publication number: 20010017315
    Abstract: A box made substantially of paperboard, the box having one or more support formations attached to an interior surface of the box and projecting into the interior of the box, wherein the one or more support formations act to (a) locate within the box an object having a shape or size different from that of the box, and (b) brace the box against damage when the object is located within the box by the support formations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2001
    Publication date: August 30, 2001
    Inventor: Bassim Baroudi
  • Patent number: 6189779
    Abstract: A latching mechanism is provided for a container such as a card wallet, folder, small box, small carton, etc. having a closure flap or lid overlying another panel of the container. The container is formed of stiff sheet material such as card stock. Interengaging parts of the latching mechanism are an embossed catch rising from a slit in an under panel and a debossed, stamped out, tongue to engage in the slit in the overlying flap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2001
    Inventors: Richard Verdicchio, Michael Cranwell
  • Patent number: 6109512
    Abstract: A folder type paperboard container formed from a single piece having a hexagonal bottom wall panel, a rear wall panel, a front wall panel, a pair of side wall panels and a cover panel. The front wall panel includes a tuck that adds strength to the location and also serves as a securing mechanism. The securing mechanism does not extend beyond the front panel. The cover panel includes two depending flaps that cooperate with and are part of the securing mechanism. The folder type container includes an angled front panel arrangement that secures the cover in place, requires less material, and increases the strength of the center front section of the box where it generally is grasped by a handler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2000
    Assignee: Jefferson Smurfit Corporation
    Inventor: Mark D. Morrison
  • Patent number: 6105856
    Abstract: A hinge lid pack for filter cigarettes comprises a body and lid. An Inner frame for forming a part of the body has a tongue, and an inner front flap of the lid has an engaging area, which is positioned close to an opening edge of the lid and engages with the tongue. The engaging area is formed by notching the inner front flap. When the lid is closed, the tongue is inserted between an inner surface of the lid and the engaging part. When the lid is opened and closed, the tongue clicks an edge of the engaging area so as to produce a clear click sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2000
    Assignee: Japan Tobacco Inc.
    Inventor: Sadao Kakiuchi
  • Patent number: 6032853
    Abstract: The container made of cardboard or similar material intended to the packaging of objects is formed from a blank which is comprised at least one flat rough form and which presents, when in flat condition, different components: a polygonal planar base intended to receive the objects to be packaged and walls adjacent to the base and intended to be straightened up with respect to said base in order to set the container in volume, a so-called "closure " panel being optionnally provided in order to close the container once the objects to be packaged have been placed on the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2000
    Inventor: Pierre Andre Marc Chevalier
  • Patent number: 5908152
    Abstract: A multi-compartment box comprising a compartment portion including two compartments with a divider therebetween, and a lid connected to the compartment portion by a hinge. The divider between the two compartments is arranged substantially normal to the hinge which connects the lid to the compartment portion of the box. The box is formed from a unitary blank of semi-rigid material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 1, 1999
    Assignee: Burrows Paper Corporation
    Inventor: Stephen D. Tullis
  • Patent number: 5890648
    Abstract: The tray of the carton is divided into larger and smaller compartments by a transverse intermediate wall. The tray outer end wall at the smaller compartment is integrally formed with a lid panel folded to overlie the smaller compartment and extend laterally outward of opposed side walls of the tray. The intermediate wall is integral with and depends from the lid panel. A cover, with depending side walls, is integrally hinged to the second end wall of the tray with the cover side walls including forwardly extending lugs engagable with and beneath the transversely extending portions of the lid panel to releasably lock the cover in a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 6, 1999
    Assignee: Dopaco, Inc.
    Inventor: Liming Cai
  • Patent number: 5878948
    Abstract: A reclosable, cuboidal folding box, which can be manually assembled, having a single closure flap which comprises a double-walled hanging tab with hanging means and separate tabs to stabilize the box, and form a tamperproof closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 9, 1999
    Assignee: Beiersdorf AG
    Inventors: Gunther Schultz, Klaus-Peter Stange
  • Patent number: 5860555
    Abstract: A container which is useful in storing articles which are to be recycled until the filled container is returned to the original manufacturer or recycling depot. The container has a port through which cartridges may be conveniently inserted to be stored. The container, which has a plastic bag in communication with the port, is preferably supplied to the consumer as a folded blank and which may be easily erected by the consumer to form a recycling container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 19, 1999
    Inventor: Edward C. Mayled
  • Patent number: 5833057
    Abstract: An apparatus for packaging and shipping biological fluid samples collected in vials is disclosed. The apparatus includes an absorbent body for supporting a plurality of vials, a packaging container for surrounding and protecting the absorbent body when at least one of the vials is received and supported therein, a shipping container for surrounding and protecting at least one of the packaging containers and a shipping carton for surrounding and protecting the shipping container during shipment from a facility where the biological samples are collected to a facility for analyzing the biological samples. The apparatus in accordance with the invention is particularly useful in clinical drug trials, phases 1 to 4. The apparatus is designed to be used with robotic analyzers which automatically locate and remove the vials from the absorbent body in a predefined order in accordance with an index associated with the top surface of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1998
    Inventors: Aka Loka Char, Barry Sibley
  • Patent number: 5803345
    Abstract: A box for containing goods during storing, delivering, mailing, or shipping. The box has at least one closure panel secured to a body panel to selectively close an opening in the box. A locking tab on the box selectively engages a panel of the closed box, so that the box cannot be opened without separating the locking tab and thereby providing visible evidence of the opening. The locking tab includes an opening tab to separate at least part of the locking tab in a predetermined manner, by pulling the opening tab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1998
    Assignee: Why Wrap? Incorporated
    Inventors: M. Lee Jones, H. English Robinson, Jr.