Flange Or Tab Extends Through Opening In Box Material Patents (Class 229/149)
  • Patent number: 9873543
    Abstract: A storage container includes a bottom panel that has a parallel front edge and rear edge, and a parallel first and second side edge. A front panel is connected to the bottom panel along the front edge and is further connected with a front locking section. A first side panel is connected to the first side edge of the bottom panel and is further connected to a first side locking section. A second side panel is connected to the second side edge of the bottom panel and is further connected to a second side locking section. A rear panel is connected to the rear edge of the bottom panel and is further connected to a rear locking section. The rear panel has four deltoidal sections. The container is configured for rapid assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Connecticut Container Corp.
    Inventor: Gerald C. Earnshaw
  • Patent number: 9485921
    Abstract: A box-like enclosure for transporting cut flowers and plants is provided. The box has an upper wall, four side walls, and an open lower end. The box can be of predetermined cross-sectional dimensions sized to receive a container for holding cut flowers with a clearance fit. The box can a plurality of openings for increased air flow within the box and for a user to engage with their hands when moving the box alone or the box and enclosed container. An air gap is provided above the top of the flowers. The enclosure can be made as a flat blank of suitable water-resistant material which can easily be assembled when needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: KENDAL FLORAL SUPPLY, LLC
    Inventor: Miguel A. Flores-Ayala
  • Publication number: 20150060537
    Abstract: In one aspect, the disclosure is generally directed to a carton for holding at least one product. The carton includes a plurality of panels that extends at least partially around the interior of the carton. The plurality of panels includes a front panel, a top panel, and a lid panel foldably connected to the top panel. The carton includes a lid pivotably attached to the carton. The lid includes the lid panel and the top panel and is moveable between a closed position wherein the lid panels is positioned in face-to-face contact with the front panel and an open position allowing access to the interior of the carton. The carton includes locking features for releasably attaching the reclosable lid in the closed position. The locking features include at least one male locking portion in the front panel and at least one female locking portion in the lid panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Ronald E. Hajek, Bradley J. Burke
  • Publication number: 20150048149
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a container comprises a bottom wall, opposite sidewalls, and opposite end walls all of which foldably joined to one another to form an interior space to receive products therein. A respective first and second top wall panels is foldably joined to respective longitudinal edges of the opposite sidewalls. A first pair of end sealing flaps each of which is foldably joined to respective lateral edge of the first top wall panel. A second pair of end sealing flaps each of which is foldably joined to respective lateral edge of the second top wall panel and wherein the first and second top wall panels is capable of being partially overlapped to cover the interior space without each of the respective end sealing flaps being substantially overlapped with one another when the container is enclosed with the product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: International Paper Company
    Inventor: Timothy Joe Justice
  • Publication number: 20150034708
    Abstract: A container is formed from a one-piece blank including a bottom panel, first and second opposed side walls, and first and second end walls. A top lid panel is foldably attached to the first side wall and a bottom lid panel is foldably attached to the second side wall. A plurality of reinforcing locking tabs is formed in the respective top and bottom lid panels. Each of the respective plurality of reinforcing locking tabs is sandwiched between their respective inner panel and middle panels so as to prevent the side walls from being distorted upon outward pressure applied to these side walls when the container is unreasonably over-packed during shipping and transportation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: HECTOR ALONSO SANCHEZ, JOSE MANUEL FRAGA MUNOZ, DAVID KRETZ
  • Publication number: 20140353367
    Abstract: A carton assembled from a foldable blank including a base having a bottom panel and a plurality of walls and a lid having a top panel and a plurality of walls. The carton may include a tab extending from one of the plurality of walls of the base. The lid may have a slit defined proximate a fold line, the fold line being where at least one of the plurality of walls of the lid meet the top panel, and the slit may be adapted for receiving all or part of the tab therethrough. The lid may also have a slot disposed on the top panel and inward of the slit. After being received through the slit, the tab can be folded about the fold line to lie substantially parallel to the top panel of the lid and a distal end of the tab may be inserted into the slot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventor: Robert L. Fairchild, JR.
  • Patent number: 8733624
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a single-layer cardboard package (1) for food products comprising a front panel (2), a back panel (3), four side panels (4), said front panel comprising precuts (5) defining an openable portion (2a) of the front panel and a non-openable portion (2b) of said front panel, characterized in that: (i) the non-openable portion of said front panel further comprises a locking slot (6), and (ii) a locking element (7) is fixed onto the openable portion (2a) of said front panel so as to extend its length, said element (7) comprising a tongue portion (8) to be inserted into said locking slot (6) to lock said openable portion (2a) in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventor: Luis Fernando Rueda
  • Patent number: 8733625
    Abstract: A one-piece container includes a single sheet of corrugated material, including: four walls, a bottom, and a lid, the lid being hingedly and integrally connected to one of the four walls. The bottom and the four walls define a storage area for housing articles therein. The lid is configured to transition between an open position, an intermediate position, and a closed position. The one-piece container includes a mechanism for maintaining the lid in a closed position. In some embodiments, the mechanism biases the lid toward a closed position when in the closed position, an open position when in the open position, and an intermediate position when in the intermediate position. In other embodiments, the mechanism includes tabs and slots for retaining the lid in the closed position. Other embodiments include a combination of these features. The container may be a cardboard box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Thatbox Design, LLC
    Inventor: Donn J. Costanzo, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8695792
    Abstract: An exemplary embodiment providing one or more improvements includes wig or hair piece boxes for both the efficient storage and display of wigs or hair pieces before sell, as well as providing simple, efficient and effective storage facilities for wigs or hair pieces for use of the consumer. The wig or hair piece boxes include a form which holds the wig or hair piece and preserves the curl, style, and one directional curl of the hair tip end on the wig or hair piece. This avoids the common problem of loss of original curl and style of the wig or hair piece which plagues conventional wig and hair piece boxes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Sun Taiyang Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kyung Ja Kay Choi
  • 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: 8596519
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an open-top container for shipping and displaying products which comprises a plurality of side walls. Bottom wall flaps are foldably joined to bottom edges of the side walls and are folded inwardly therefrom into overlapping relationship with one another to form a bottom wall closure. A respective plurality of triangularly-shaped beams foldably joined to upper edges of the respective plurality of side walls. Each of the plurality of the triangularly-shaped beams is defined by a shoulder panel and a flange panel foldably joined to one another. A bumper sticker panel is foldably joined to upper edge of one of the plurality of side walls forming a partial top closure when the open-top container is in the shipping position and partially prevents products from falling out when the open-top container is in the displaying position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: International Paper Company
    Inventor: Jack A. McClure
  • Patent number: 8579185
    Abstract: The present invention includes a package for holding comestible products and blanks for forming the same. The packages can have opposing side walls with generally rounded contoured bottom and top ends and bottom and top walls that conform to the round bottom and top end so that the bottom and top walls have a curved surface that follows the curvature of the bottom and top ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Kraft Foods Global Brands LLC
    Inventors: Allen Aldridge, Simon Richard Gainey, Rita Dombroski
  • Patent number: 8469259
    Abstract: The invention relates to a packaging (1) for bar-like or bar-shaped foodstuffs, in particular for bars of chocolate, with a rectangular base (2), two side elements (3) which are arranged on opposite sides of the rectangular base (2), are separated from the base (2) via folding lines (5) and can be folded inwards along the folding lines (5), and a first and a second cover element (4.1, 4.2) which are arranged on the two other opposite sides of the rectangular base (2), separated from the latter via folding lines (5), and which partially overlap with the two side elements in the folded state. The first cover element (4.1) has a perforation (6) by means of which a flap (7) can be separated from a fixing region (9), and the second cover element (4.2) can be inserted into an opening (10) for re-closing of the packaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Roland Clement, Marie-Dominique Nallet
  • Patent number: 8459531
    Abstract: A container (1) for storing and removing food comprises a first and a second container half (2, 3) which are connected to each other by means of a pivotable connection in order to pivot between an open position (4) and a closed position (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Seda S.p.A.
    Inventor: Gianfranco D'Amato
  • Publication number: 20120234903
    Abstract: A one-piece container includes a single sheet of corrugated material, including: four walls, a bottom, and a lid, the lid being hingedly and integrally connected to one of the four walls. The bottom and the four walls define a storage area for housing articles therein. The lid is configured to transition between an open position, an intermediate position, and a closed position. The one-piece container includes a mechanism for maintaining the lid in a closed position. In some embodiments, the mechanism biases the lid toward a closed position when in the closed position, an open position when in the open position, and an intermediate position when in the intermediate position. In other embodiments, the mechanism includes tabs and slots for retaining the lid in the closed position. Other embodiments include a combination of these features. The container may be a cardboard box.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2012
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
    Inventor: Donn J. Costanzo, JR.
  • Publication number: 20120234904
    Abstract: A one-piece container includes a single sheet of corrugated material, including: four walls, a bottom, and a lid, the lid being hingedly and integrally connected to one of the four walls. The bottom and the four walls define a storage area for housing articles therein. The lid is configured to transition between an open position, an intermediate position, and a closed position. The one-piece container includes a mechanism for maintaining the lid in a closed position. In some embodiments, the mechanism biases the lid toward a closed position when in the closed position, an open position when in the open position, and an intermediate position when in the intermediate position. In other embodiments, the mechanism includes tabs and slots for retaining the lid in the closed position. Other embodiments include a combination of these features. The container may be a cardboard box.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2012
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
    Inventor: Donn J. COSTANZO, JR.
  • Patent number: 8263209
    Abstract: A packaging corrugated board having peripheral edges oblique to flute direction thereof is disclosed. A board body of the packaging corrugated board is formed of a first liner board, a second liner board, and a fluted medium sandwiched between the first and the second liner board. The fluted medium is a corrugated board having a plurality of flutes, and a direction in which the flutes extend is defined as a flute direction. The board body defines a plurality of peripheral edges, and most of the peripheral edges are neither parallel nor perpendicular to the flute direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Elitegroup Computer Systems Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chih-Yuan Liao
  • Patent number: 8061586
    Abstract: A package for comestible products is provided. The package includes a front wall having a slot, a rear wall, a bottom wall and opposing sidewalls. The walls define a package interior and the rear wall includes a movable flap having a protruding member extending from the rear wall. The protruding member is adapted to engage the slot on the front wall and enclose the package interior. The front wall may include a cut-out area to guide the protruding member into the slot. The package may include a debossed area and an embossed area adjacent to and surrounding the slot on the front wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company
    Inventors: Heather L. Fluegel, Jason Billig, Charles Curtiss, Stuart Leslie
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20110248080
    Abstract: A reinforced cross laminated corrugated paperboard bulk container has an outer component with corrugations running in a first direction, and an inner liner laminated to the outer component, with the liner having corrugations extending perpendicular to the corrugations in the outer component. Reinforcing strands are in both the liner and the outer component, extending perpendicular to the respective corrugations thereof. Interlocking top flanges are on the top edges of the outer component, and interlocking bottom flanges are on the bottom edges thereof. The interlocking bottom flanges include a chevron shaped locking slot in one flange and a locking tab on an opposed bottom flange. Folds extend across the bottom flanges to enable them to deflect and slide relative to one another during set up of the container. Vertical scores in the liner are pre-broken prior to laminating it to the outer component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2010
    Publication date: October 13, 2011
    Applicant: International Paper Company
    Inventors: Ronald D. Timbrook, Ryan M. Myers, William F. Moss, Marty Patrickus
  • Patent number: 8025207
    Abstract: A pizza box and blank having a unique cover-locking structure comprising (a) a tab extending from a front end edge of a panel of a side wall assembly and (b) a tab engaging edge disposed in or on a cover assembly. A main advantage is a cover-locking structure that provides ease of use and secure cover closure, along with possible material savings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Inventor: John D. Correll
  • Publication number: 20110186452
    Abstract: A package includes a stack of checkbook blanks, a box in a flat, shipping state placed on the stack; and a wrapper surrounding the stack checkbook blanks, and the box in the flat, shipping state. The wrapper positioned around the stack, and the box can be a film or a paper envelope. The box can be formed from a one piece box blank or can be a two piece box having a top portion and a bottom portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2011
    Publication date: August 4, 2011
    Inventor: Richard M. Schroeder
  • Patent number: 7891541
    Abstract: Featured is a storage container having a rectangular base with a front wall folded upwardly along a front edge of the rectangular base, a back wall folded upwardly along a back edge of the rectangular base, a outer cover panel extension to the front wall having a pair of widths and having a cover tuck flap, wherein each edge along the pair of widths in the outer cover panel extension has cutouts in a smooth shape, an inner cover panel extension to the back wall having a pair of widths folded along a top edge of the back wall, each edge along the pair of widths of the inner cover panel extension has cutouts in a smooth shape and a pair of end walls extending upwardly along a side edge of the rectangular base with a pair of grab areas allowing fingers extending towards outer cover panel passing over cutouts having the smooth shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Inventor: Chris Mittelstaedt
  • 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: 7841512
    Abstract: A container comprises a knockdown carton made from a flat blank of corrugated material, and a knockdown lid. The carton comprises a center panel, foldable end panels, foldable side panels, and foldable corner panels. A pair of diametrically opposed corner panels are folded inwardly into contact with opposed end panels. The end panels comprise rectangular cutout holes surrounding foldable flaps. The lid has a central panel that is divided from integral end panels and integral side panels. A lid side panel extending vertically downwardly is coupled to the carton. Lid end panels have elliptical orifices that register with carton cutout regions and adjoining slots that align with handle anchor orifices. An alternative lid has flaps comprising major and minor segments separated by a diagonal fold line. The minor segment has an apex that releasably biases the flap in engagement with the end panel, yieldably locking the lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Assignee: Wes Pak, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank E. Westerman, Frank G. Westerman
  • Patent number: 7673787
    Abstract: Featured is a case storage container formed from cardboard material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2010
    Inventor: Chris Mittelstaedt
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20100006567
    Abstract: A package for heating a food product in a microwave oven. The package has a tray for holding the food product, a lid foldably connected to the tray, and a partition at least partially received in the tray. The partition separates an interior space of the tray into a first compartment and a second compartment. At least one of the lid and the partition comprises a microwave interactive material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2009
    Publication date: January 14, 2010
    Inventor: Lorin R. Cole
  • Patent number: 7628312
    Abstract: Aspects of the present invention feature a storage container formed from cardboard material. This particular storage container has a rectangular base unit having a front wall folded upwardly along a folded front edge of the rectangular base, a back wall folded upwardly along a folded back edge of the rectangular base with at least one cover slot and integral cover secure flap extending from within the at least one cover slot. On the top of the storage container, a outer cover panel extension to the front wall is folded in a spaced and parallel relationship to the rectangular base along a folded top edge of the front wall and having at least one cover tuck flap with an integral cover secure slot both cooperating with the at least one cover slot and integral cover secure flap respectively. Under the cardboard outer cover panel is an inner cover panel extension to the back wall folded along a folded top edge of the back wall in a spaced and parallel relationship to the rectangular base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2009
    Inventors: Chris Mittelstaedt, Richard G. Hansen, Kevin McKim, Erich Boese, Tony Joyce
  • Patent number: 7628311
    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: August 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2009
    Assignee: International Paper
    Inventors: Wayne H Kuhn, Frank Pizzitola
  • Patent number: 7527189
    Abstract: A package for comestible products is provided. The package includes a front wall having a slot, a rear wall, a bottom wall and opposing sidewalls. The walls define a package interior and the rear wall includes a movable flap having a protruding member extending from the rear wall. The protruding member is adapted to engage the slot on the front wall and enclose the package interior. The package may include a debossed area and an embossed area adjacent to and surrounding the slot on the front wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2009
    Assignee: Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company
    Inventors: Jason Billig, Charles Curtiss, Stuart Leslie, Heather Gross
  • Publication number: 20090014507
    Abstract: A container (1) for storing and removing food comprises a first and a second container half (2, 3) which are connected to each other by means of a pivotable connection in order to pivot between an open position (4) and a closed position (5).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2006
    Publication date: January 15, 2009
    Inventor: Gianfranco D'Amato
  • Publication number: 20090001145
    Abstract: The invention relates to a foldable cutout (4) for a package (1) used for containing a flowable products such washing agents comprising elements (5, 6, 7, 8) separated by folding lines (9) and arranged next to each other, in particular a front side (6), a front side (5), a rear side (8) and a second front side (7), several bottom flaps (5a, 6a, 7a, 8a) which form the package (1) bottom and are connected to the lower edge (11) of the elements (5, 6, 7, 8) by folding lines, several top flaps 5b, 6b, 7b, 8b) which form at least one part of the pivotable cover element (2) of the package (1) and connected to the top edge (12) of the elements (5, 6, 7, 8) by said folding lines and a collar (16) which, when the package (1) is closed, contacts at least one element and is covered at least partially by the cover element when it is in the opened position thereof, wherein the collar (16) is connected to at least one element (5, 6, 7, 8) and/or to at least one cover flap (5b, 6b, 7b, 8b) by means of the folding in a singl
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2008
    Publication date: January 1, 2009
    Applicant: Henkel Kommanditgesellschaft auf Aktien (Henkel KGaA)
    Inventors: Eiko Hasse, Wolfgang Barthel, Benny Schroeyers
  • Publication number: 20080308616
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a pack for holding a food item or items comprising a bag (10) and a channel shaped holder (11) for the bag formed in card and comprising a pair of side walls (12,15) to which the sides of the bag are adhered by adhesive areas (40) and a base (14) hinged at first fold lines (21) to the side walls and having a plurality of spaced second fold lines (22) extending parallel to the first fold lines to allow the base to take up a generally convex or concave shape with the side walls of the holder spaced apart and holding the side walls of the bag apart.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2005
    Publication date: December 18, 2008
    Applicant: RAPID ACTION PACKAGING LIMITED
    Inventor: Quang Phung
  • Publication number: 20080290150
    Abstract: A corrugated cardboard assembly comprises a plurality of adjacent sheets of corrugated cardboard arranged in a layered fashion to form a corrugated block. The adjacent sheets are not attached to one another using any adhesive. Instead, the block formed by the layered, adjacent sheets of corrugated cardboard is enveloped by a wrap-around carton that maintains the adjacent positioning of the sheets. The sheets, individually and collectively, include at least one opposing straight, narrow cut, opening, aperture, or “slit,” that is defined within them. The wrap-around carton includes means for interlocking a portion of the carton with a longitudinally-extending slot that is formed by the slits that are defined within each of the adjacent sheets of corrugated cardboard. In this fashion, the block formed by the adjacent sheets is maintained without the use of extra glue or adhesive to maintain the structural integrity of the block of adjacent sheets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2008
    Publication date: November 27, 2008
    Inventor: Michael E. KRAUS
  • 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: 7121403
    Abstract: A blank for forming a carton, the carton formed therefrom, and a closure for the carton are provided for enclosing a plurality of unbound elongate smoking articles. The blank includes a base sub-blank at the distal end which is folded to form an open top box and a lid sub-blank at the proximal end which is folded to form a top for the box. A movable lid sub-panel is formed in the lid sub-blank which is hingedly removable therefrom to open the top of the box and which is reclosable by use of a foldable member provided therein. After opening of the movable lid sub-panel, the foldable member is folded over to form an extending tab which is received in a weakening line provided in an underlying front panel of the carton when it is desired to hold the movable lid sub-panel in a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2006
    Inventors: Walter Bohdan, Christopher M. Morgan, Christine Hannah Jones, Maureen Jane Jeffrey, James Jerome Petit
  • Patent number: 7021525
    Abstract: A blank for forming a carton. The blank includes a first major panel, a second major panel, a first minor panel, a first closure flap, and a second closure flap. The first minor panel is connected between the first and second major panels. The first closure flap is connected to a first end of the first major panel and extends therefrom to a leading edge. The first closure flap includes a central region forming a tuck slot that is open relative to the leading edge. The second closure flap extends from a first end of the second major panel and forms a tab. The tuck slot is adapted to selectively receive the tab in a carton formed by the blank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2006
    Assignee: General Mills, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick T. Jouppi, Stephen J. Surmik
  • Patent number: 6926195
    Abstract: A retaining structure for securing first and second flaps of a box structure in an overlapping, closed condition comprising a first tab pliably coupled to the first flap and defining a free end having a substantially circular shape and an a complementary aperture having a shape and size substantially the same as the free end and disposed in substantial alignment with the free end when the first and second flaps are in the overlapping condition. The tab and aperture cooperate when the tab is pivoted so as to be retainably received by the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2005
    Assignee: World Kitchen (GHC), LLC
    Inventors: Edward Rhyne, Jonathan Videtti
  • Publication number: 20040178253
    Abstract: An interactive food serving package (10) formed from a single unitary blank (B) of paperboard has a compartmented tray portion (11) with a plurality of openings (19) for receiving and holding items, and a combined lid and game piece (12) detachably connected to the tray portion. The tray portion has front and back walls (13, 14), opposite end walls (16, 17), a bottom wall (15) and a top wall (18). The front and back walls are pivotably connected at their top and bottom edges to the top and bottom walls, and the end walls comprise releasably interlocking end closure flaps (24, 25 and 46, 47), whereby the tray portion,may be moved between a flattened condition with the top and bottom walls lying flat against one another, and an open expanded condition with the top and bottom walls in spaced parallel relationship.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2004
    Publication date: September 16, 2004
    Inventor: David E. Stier
  • Patent number: 6749106
    Abstract: In accordance with the aspects of the present invention, an improved container locking arrangement for a single piece blank and container is disclosed. The present invention includes a blank or a container including a bottom panel with first and second bottom sidewall panels, front and rear opposing wall panels, and first and second box corner locking constructions. Engagement of the corner locking constructions hingedly controls the relative position of the bottom sidewall panels. The corner locking constructions form first and second angled sidewall panels. Sidewall panel tabs disposed on an edge of the angled sidewall panels engage slots on the front wall panel to lock the first and second sidewall panels and the front wall panel in an assembled position. A top panel is hingedly configured to cover the bottom panel, thereby closing the container. First and second top panel flaps engage the first and second corner locking constructions to lock the top panel relative to the bottom panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2004
    Assignee: Weyerhaeuser Company
    Inventors: Walter D. Keefe, Jr., Nicholas A. Philips
  • 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
  • Patent number: 6729533
    Abstract: A reclosable container made of a material, such as paperboard, has a locking corner in the form of a two-section bellows panel that V-folds to form a slot between two rounded edges, free of any cut or raw edges. A closure panel folds over an upper edge of the container. Locking tabs at opposite ends of the closure panel fit into the slots. The rounded edges enable multiple openings and closings of the container without damage to either the slot or the locking tab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2004
    Assignee: Fidelity Container Corporation
    Inventor: Roger Wozniacki
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20030222130
    Abstract: An improved recloseable paperboard package for containing a granular material, includes a container base and a lid formed from a single piece of paperboard. The container base includes a first panel which forms a locking mechanism with the lid. When the lid is closed, an audible locking sound is heard having a sound pressure level of at least about 78 dBSPL.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2003
    Publication date: December 4, 2003
    Applicant: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Kimiko Fukushima, Naoko Hano, Akiko Taneko
  • Patent number: 6644473
    Abstract: A carton is provided for displaying balls. The has top, bottom, front, back, and side walls. The top and bottom walls have openings therein sized and shaped to engage the ball substantially along the full circumference of the holes. Additionally, the carton includes interior braces, preferably at the four corners of the box. The ends of the braces have curved edges, the curvature of which correspond to the curvature of the ball, such that the ends of the braces contact the ball substantially along the full length of the braces. The braces preferably urge the ball upwardly (or downwardly) to urge the ball against the edge of the hole in the top (or bottom) wall. The size and shape of the braces and of the holes allow for a frictional engagement of the ball by the carton to reduce the possibility of unassisted movement of the ball relative to the carton.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2003
    Assignee: Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation
    Inventor: Karl A. Kohler
  • Publication number: 20030150903
    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: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2002
    Publication date: August 14, 2003
    Inventor: David M. Hanna
  • Patent number: 6595411
    Abstract: A container (10) formed from a one-piece blank (12) including a bottom panel (14), first and second opposed side walls (16), (18), and first and second end walls (20), (22). A top lid panel (24) connects to the first side wall and a bottom lid panel (26) connects to the second side wall. A locking tab (46) is formed in the first side wall and includes a thumb notch (48) located within the tab. The top lid panel includes a pair of cover latches (28) located on the outer corners thereof. The bottom lid panel includes a pair of alignment tabs (40) located on the outer corners thereof. Each end wall includes a hand hole lock (60), a lock slot (64), and a recess (66) located along the end wall exterior edge. The lock slot is located between the recess and the hand hole lock. Each end wall further includes first and second reinforcing panel sub-assemblies (56), (58), each having an inner panel (70), (100), a middle panel (72), (102), and an outer panel (74), (104).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2003
    Assignee: Weyerhaeuser Company
    Inventor: Jack A. McClure
  • Patent number: 6575356
    Abstract: A container (10) formed from a one-piece blank (12) including a bottom panel (14), first and second opposed side walls (16), (18), and first and second end walls (20), (22). A top lid panel (24) connects to the first side wall and a bottom lid panel (26) connects to the second side wall. A locking tab (46) is formed in the first side wall and includes a thumb notch (48) located within the tab. The top lid panel includes a pair of cover latches (28) located on the outer corners thereof. The bottom lid panel includes a pair of alignment tabs (40) located on the outer corners thereof. Each end wall includes a hand hole lock (60), a lock slot (64), and a recess (66) located along the end wall exterior edge. The lock slot is located between the recess and the hand hole lock. Each end wall further includes first and second reinforcing panel sub-assemblies (56), (58), each having an inner panel (70), (100), a middle panel (72), (102), and an outer panel (74), (104).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2003
    Assignee: Weyerhaeuser Company
    Inventor: Jack A. McClure
  • Publication number: 20030062406
    Abstract: A container for carrying hot pizzas and the like, comprising a box (1) made of cardboard or of a similar material, having a base (2) and a lid (3) connected to the base (2) in such a way that it can be opened and re-closed. The lid (3) has breather openings (16) and at least one pair of raised parts (13) set at a distance apart, which project upwards and have the function, during use, of spacer supports for a similar box superimposed in a stacked condition on the lid (3). The raised parts conveniently consist of elongated tubular elements (13) which are integral with the lid (3).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2002
    Publication date: April 3, 2003
    Applicant: FILIPPO LIZZIO
    Inventor: Filippo Lizzio