Including Means To Facilitate The Application Of An Opening Force To The Closure (e.g., Pulltab, Thumb Notch, Etc.) Patents (Class 229/160.2)
  • Patent number: 10654611
    Abstract: A shipping and display container having a plurality of panels defining a tray portion and a cover portion removably coupled to the tray portion. The container includes a separating line that bisects various panels of the container so that after the container is received at a retail point-of-sale location, the cover portion can be separated from the tray portion. After the cover portion is separated from the tray portion, the cover portion is discarded and the tray portion is utilized as a retail display tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: VANGUARD PACKAGING, LLC
    Inventor: Jerry Ryan Frost
  • Patent number: 9150327
    Abstract: A box folded from a single cardboard sheet includes two handle members incorporated into the cardboard sheet. The box includes a first handle member removably attached near a top panel of the enclosure portion of the box, and a second handle member removably attached to the rear panel of the box. When the cardboard sheet is folded to assemble the box, the first handle member and second handle member come together in an overlaying configuration to form a box handle. Holes in the handle members form a structure through which users may insert their fingers for carrying the box, and a perforated area, allows the handle to be easily separated from the box leaving a flap to overlay or be tucked in the box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Inventor: Moshe Yair Begim
  • Patent number: 8910855
    Abstract: A foldable box that is interchangeable from a flat configuration to a three-dimensional configuration. The foldable box includes a first set of panels, a second set of panels and a third set of panels. The second set of panels and the third set of panels can be adhesively and foldably connected to the first set of panels to form the foldable box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Papillon Ribbon & Bow, Inc.
    Inventors: Chi Yin Wong, Vanessa Hui
  • Patent number: 8550246
    Abstract: A collapsible box for disposal of articles such as sanitary wear, comprises a base, at least three walls upstanding therefrom and a top, the top having an aperture through which articles or items may be placed in the box and a flap at least partially occluding the aperture, the flap being urged upwardly and at least a part of which being engaged by a wing portion to inhibit upward motion thereof, the wing portion being moveable between a first condition for collapsing the box and a second condition at least partially overlying the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Seiquelle Innovation Limited
    Inventor: Susan Hofgartner
  • Patent number: 8459538
    Abstract: An opening system for a container includes an end flap for extending over an opening of the container, and a sealing flap overlying the end flap. The end flap includes an open area and the sealing flap includes a perforation pattern. The perforation pattern includes a first perforation line including a central section extending over the open area, and a second perforation line extending from the first perforation line to one edge of the sealing flap. The first perforation line is configured to tear at a lower force than the second perforation line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Federal Express Corporation
    Inventors: Erika J. Raeth, Kenneth Vilag, Thomas J. Wood
  • Publication number: 20120305634
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a base box comprising a planar format and raised walls about a perimeter of the base box. The base box further comprises a smooth plastic material being washable for sanitizing. The base box is further configured to be operable for containing a food product. A foldable covering lid has an edge joined to the base box at a top plane of one of the raised walls. The foldable covering lid includes a planar format and lid walls about a perimeter of the foldable covering lid adjacent to the joined edge. The lid walls are configured to fit snugly against the raised walls in a closed position. The foldable covering lid further comprises the smooth plastic material where the apparatus is operable for containing the food product and being washed and sanitized for reuse as a food container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2011
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Inventor: Robert Leroy VonAlst
  • Patent number: 8066175
    Abstract: A container for food, such as used for the storage or packaging of tostadas, manufactured as a carton, which is formed with eight sections or sides that are joined by adhesive at an edge to fold the container is disclosed. The container also has edges placed on the top and bottom ends that, when interwoven towards the center of the container, permit the formation of a kind of bow with which the container is kept closed. In order to open the container, it is only necessary to pull outwards on opening projections which are part of the bow. Likewise, and as a consequence of the interweaving of the edges, an internal pulling acts as a muffling, thereby helping the food, e.g., tostadas, to be maintained in a good state, without being broken.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: Grupo Fiesta Charra, S.A. DE C.V.
    Inventor: Ismael Palacios Nieto
  • Patent number: 7909235
    Abstract: A carton for containing a plurality of articles such as cans, the carton comprises a pair of side walls, a bottom wall, a top wall and end closure panels for at least partially closing the ends of the carton, wherein the top wall is of multi-ply construction and the carton further comprises an access means defined by a series of weakened lines in the top, side and end walls, the access means including at least one initiating means formed in the top wall, each initiating means including a pair of weakened lines which form a displaceable tab and each initiating means being of single-ply construction to facilitate easy opening of the carton access means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: Mead Westvaco Packaging Systems, LLC
    Inventor: John Murdock Holley, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20100270204
    Abstract: A shipping and display carton is provided that may be used for panel filters. The carton preferably has two display positions including horizontally flat and vertically upright positions to provide a retailer with display options. The box has several features such as releasable interlocked retainer flaps to retain filters in one display position, perforated removal portions including a removable card carrying a cover lid, a single glue seam with interlocking bottom panels so as to provide break down without a cut knife, and other features.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2009
    Publication date: October 28, 2010
    Applicant: Clarcor Air Filtration Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Sinclair, LaMonte A. Crabtree
  • Publication number: 20100206944
    Abstract: A package (100) includes modules (110) that are connected to one another. The modules (110) can be alternatively arranged for different purposes such as shipping or display and can be secured in an arrangement. The modules (11) can include reinforced walls (116) and corners (C) that provide the package (100) with a structure that can support a load such as when packages (100) are stacked on top of one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2008
    Publication date: August 19, 2010
    Applicant: MEADWESTVACO PACKAGING SYSTEMS, LLC
    Inventors: Aaron Bates, John A. Gelardi
  • Patent number: 7717324
    Abstract: The embodiments of the present invention provide a blank of foldable material configurable to form a container. When formed, the container includes a removable top portion of panel assemblies that converts the container from shipping container to a display container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2010
    Assignee: International Paper Company
    Inventor: Walter D Keefe, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7712653
    Abstract: A carton has a removeable dispenser that forms a dispenser opening that allows articles to be removed from the carton. The dispenser also has access flaps that create access openings that provide access to articles in the carton.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick J. DeBusk, Michael R. Schmal, Graham Hand, Elaine Yokubat, Raymond R. Spivey, Sr.
  • Patent number: 7708185
    Abstract: A plastic box formed of plastic that closes an opening by bending inner Flaps, arranged on one pair of opposite two sides at a periphery of the opening, towards the inside, and folding an outer flap arranged on one side of the other pair of opposite two sides, while inserting and latching an insertion flap piece into the inside of the opening. The plastic box includes a lock mechanism that functions by engaging respective base end parts of the inner flap with notches formed on respective end parts of a bend line bent from the outer flap of the insertion flap piece. In addition, the plastic box includes a finger-receiving brim piece protruding from the bend line towards the outside at a position shifted from the center of the bend line towards the side edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Assignee: Kao Corporation
    Inventor: Kyoichi Kato
  • Publication number: 20100059581
    Abstract: A rigid packet for loose pastilles, sweets or similar items is composed of an outer casing (2), and an inner casing (3) with a small opening (4), accommodated slidably in the outer casing (2). The packet can assume a closed configuration in which the opening (4) is concealed completely by the outer casing (2), or an open configuration in which the opening (4) is at least partly exposed and is furnished with a mechanism (14) designed to lock the inner casing (3) in the closed position; the locking mechanism (14) can be operated from externally of the packet to release the inner casing (3) and allow it to slide toward the open position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2007
    Publication date: March 11, 2010
    Inventors: Marco Ghini, Giuseppe Marcante
  • Patent number: 7673788
    Abstract: The package opening device is an adhesive strip adapted for mounting on a cover of a package, the adhesive strip having a gripping member allowing the user to pull on the gripping member to tear at least a portion of the cover of the package. The package opening device includes a base strip having a proximal portion, a distal portion, an upper surface, and a lower surface. An adhesive layer at least partially covers the distal portion of the lower surface of the base strip, and the uncovered proximal portion forms the gripping member. Further, a release liner may be provided for covering the adhesive layer prior to application to the cover of the package. Alternatively, a plurality of adhesive strips may be provided, with the plurality of adhesive strips being joined together by a line, with user-generated tension in the line creating the tearing force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2010
    Inventor: Mario Calabretta
  • Patent number: 7673789
    Abstract: A dispensing carton includes a dispenser section having a deformation pattern provided therein. The deformation pattern facilitates removal of the dispenser section during opening of the carton.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2010
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick James DeBusk, Jean-Manuel Gomes
  • Patent number: 7648060
    Abstract: A carton includes a V-shaped opening in an exiting end of the carton that allows articles in the carton to be accessed through the exiting end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2010
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Patrick J. DeBusk
  • 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: 7552857
    Abstract: A carton for carrying a plurality of cans in at least three rows having a dispenser flap that is easily removed from the end of the carton to expose a dispenser which has a bottom of a sufficient height from the bottom panel to prevent containers in the bottom row from rolling out, but less than the diameter of a container in the bottom row. The top of the dispenser is at a height from the bottom panel that is equal to diameter of a can contained in the carton plus the distance that is substantially less than the diameter of a can, such height being sufficient to prevent any container in the middle row from automatically rolling out of the dispenser when opened, but allowing a person to grasp and pull out the container in the middle row that is adjacent to the dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2009
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Glen R. Harrelson
  • Publication number: 20080308618
    Abstract: An embodiment of the present invention is a pizza pie container that is in a defined distribution mode. The pizza container comprises a bottom with four sidewalls and a lid. Each sidewall is elongated with two outer ends. Each outer end of at least one sidewall is non-detachably connected to an outer end of another sidewall thereby non-detachably connecting at least three of the sidewalls to each other. The lid connects to at least one of the sidewalls and comprises at least one flap to facilitate lid closure. The container is formed from a material having a predetermined means to enhance rigidity of the container to resist distortion of the container when held or transported. The material also has a predetermined means of insulation to resist heat transfer from a pizza through the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2007
    Publication date: December 18, 2008
    Inventor: Vito Maranelli
  • Publication number: 20080257944
    Abstract: A carton of the type includes an open top container (10) and a separate top closure (20). The top closure (20) has a plurality of apertures (56) each to receive the neck of a bottle held within the container. Each aperture (56) has a frangible connection (37) to at least one other aperture (56) to facilitate the removal of the bottles such that the removal of the bottles breaks the frangible connection. The frangible connection (37) is arranged such that the structural integrity of the carton is substantially maintained upon removal of the bottles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2005
    Publication date: October 23, 2008
    Inventor: Patrick Blin
  • Patent number: 7434371
    Abstract: Confectionery products (2) are packaged singly in double twist wraps (1) prepared from a strip (3) coated with first longitudinal bands (4) and second transverse bands (5) of adhesive, the transverse bands spaced apart to create adhesive-free zones (6) offered in direct contact to the products (2), and caused to advance along a set path (P) in a given feed direction (D). The strip is prepared with an easy tear point (A) on each second adhesive band (5), consisting of a first notch (7) extending parallel to the longitudinal axis of the strip (3) and a second notch (8) superimposed on the first notch (7); the strip (3) is then cut transversely along the second bands (5) to generate single leaves (11), each presenting an indentation (12) and a projection (13) generated by the second notch (8). The leaf (11) is folded around the product (2) to produce a hermetically sealed wrap (1) designed to tear open from the notches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2008
    Assignee: Azionaria Costruzioni Macchine Automatiche A.C.M.A. S.p.A.
    Inventors: Eros Stivani, Stefano Cavallari
  • Publication number: 20080245850
    Abstract: A blank capable of being formed into a carton for enclosing a plurality of containers that includes a first side panel, a top panel, a second side panel, a bottom panel, an adhesive flap, at least one first end flap extending along a first marginal area of the blank, and at least one second end flap extending along a second marginal area of the blank. A tear line is formed in the top panel, the first side panel, and the second side panel. In some embodiments, the tear line in each side panel extends perpendicular from the top panel and continues to at least one turn to proceed into side panel end flaps. One or more stair steps can be included in each side panel along the tear line. Separation of a detachable portion from the carton along the tear line creates an opening through which the containers can be removed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2008
    Publication date: October 9, 2008
    Applicant: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Raymond Rudolph Spivey
  • Publication number: 20080210745
    Abstract: A reclosable pouring element for cardboard/plastic composite packagings, in particular beverage packagings, comprising a frame element having a circular mounting flange and an external thread and an internal thread, a piercing element having an external thread and a screw cap with an internal thread wherein the piercing element in the injection-moulding position is produced on the end of the frame element opposed to the mounting flange and injection-moulded integrally therewith via connecting bridges and wherein the piercing element in the assembly position of the pouring element is arranged inside the frame element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2007
    Publication date: September 4, 2008
    Applicant: SIG TECHNOLOGY AG
    Inventor: Felix Rigling
  • Publication number: 20080078823
    Abstract: A container of the present invention is designed for shipping and holding various items. The container is formed from a blank of a material, such as corrugated material, plastic, paperboard, etc. and includes side panels extending between a top portion and a bottom portion. A tear line extends around the side panels for disengaging the top portion from the container thereby exposing all of the items extending along the side panels. An improved configuration of the perforations or slits along the tear line prevents the corners defined between the side panels from being damaged and deformed and provides for smooth tearing of the tear line from the container. A second tear section is defined in the a portion of the container by a perforation line with the tear section being separable from the top portion thereby partially exposing the items contained in the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2007
    Publication date: April 3, 2008
    Inventor: Paul Pezzoli
  • Patent number: 7331507
    Abstract: A carton with a new type of dispenser that is placed midway between the ends of the carton adjacent a fold line between the top panel and adjoining side panel. The dispenser is designed so that it is slightly larger than the diameter of the bottom ends of from two to three containers. Said dispenser may have a push tab or starting flap to aid in commencing tearing the dispenser flap open. A coupon may be located on the inside or outside of the dispenser flap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2008
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert L. Sutherland, Raymond R. Spivey, Sr., Glen R. Harrelson
  • Patent number: 7207474
    Abstract: A carton includes a top wall, a pair of opposed side walls connected to the side edges of the top wall, an end wall interconnecting the side walls and an article dispenser for dispensing articles from the carton. The dispenser includes a detachable portion of the carton formed at least from the side and end walls. The detachable portion is connected at least to the side and end walls by a detachable connection to be detached from the carton to define an opening for exposing at least an endmost article for removal. At least one of the side walls comprises a tear initiation arrangement for facilitating a user's cross-tearing motion for detaching the detachable portion along the detachable connection. The detachable connection of the detachable portion comprises a frangible line of joinder for defining an edge of the opening. The frangible line extends from the tear initiation arrangement into at least the end wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2007
    Assignee: MeadWestvaco Packaging Systems, LLC
    Inventor: John Murdock Holley, Jr.
  • 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: 7147143
    Abstract: An opening assist for a dispensing carton to facilitate the opening of the carton to dispense articles without unintentional tearing of the carton. The dispensing carton includes a plurality of panels hingedly connected to one another. A displaceable portion is detachably connected to an end of the carton to define an opening for exposing an endmost article for removal from the carton end. The displaceable portion is at least partially defined by a frangible line on the carton end. An opening assist is defined in the carton end at least partially along the frangible line to facilitate the opening of the dispensing carton via the displaceable portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2006
    Assignee: MeadWestvaco Packaging Systems, LLC
    Inventor: John W. Cargile
  • Patent number: 7097093
    Abstract: A carton is provided having a door that is shiftable from a closed position to an open position to permit access to an interior of the carton. The door includes a gripping tab for opening the door. The gripping tab is restricted from movement by a blocking member prior to the initial shifting of the door from the closed position to the open position. Upon sufficient movement of the gripping tab, the blocking member is removable to permit shifting of the door from the closed position to the open position, thereby permitting access to the interior of the carton.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2006
    Assignee: Kraft Foods Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Neil E. Darin, Christopher P. Guzowski
  • Patent number: 6957765
    Abstract: A package having a locking mechanism and reinforced cell includes first, second, and third panels, wherein the first and third panels are foldable over each other. The reinforcing cell is defined by at least one flap of the third panel folded to have an edge engage an interior surface of the first panel. The locking mechanism is provided by an upper edge of the second panel being engaged by a top edge of the first panel. A push button provided on the second panel is used to disengage the locking mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2005
    Assignee: Howell Packaging a division of F.M. Howell & Company
    Inventors: George Howell, Michael Paliotta
  • Patent number: 6955289
    Abstract: A container is the form of a cup which includes an integral lid hingedly connected to the wall of the cup at a position adjacent to the rim. The wall of the cup includes a groove disposed entirely below the rim of the cup with the peripheral edge of the lid captured in the groove when the lid is closed and positioned below the rim thereby accomplishing a seal of the lid to the cup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2005
    Assignee: Lid Lock Cup Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: John Green
  • Patent number: 6938819
    Abstract: The packaging container includes a container body formed from a packaging material, and a cap unit attached to a top wall of the container body. The cap unit includes a lip, a pull tab which covers a discharge opening and an inner tape which covers the discharge opening portion from a reverse side of the packaging material. Since the cap is attached to the packaging material in advance of forming the container, positioning of the container body is not required for cap attachment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2005
    Assignee: Tetra Laval Holdings & Finance S.A.
    Inventors: Claude Bergerioux, Yasuyuki Moriyama
  • Patent number: 6932265
    Abstract: A container for the shipping and display of goods includes a box formed from a first blank. The box includes a front panel having upper and lower flaps, a first side panel having upper and lower flaps, a second side panel having upper and lower flaps, and a rear panel having upper and lower flaps. A breakaway panel defined by a first line of weakness is formed within a portion of one or more of the aforesaid panels. A breakaway assist panel is formed from a distinct, separate second blank. The breakaway assist panel is adhered to the breakaway panel to facilitate separation of the breakaway panel from the box, by first pulling on the breakaway assist panel to rupture the first line of weakness and then removing the joined breakaway panel and breakaway assist panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2005
    Assignee: Smurfit-Stone Container Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan Sax, Andre C. Smith
  • Patent number: 6902104
    Abstract: A carton includes a plurality of walls including a top wall, a pair of opposed side walls connected to side edges of the top wall and an end wall interconnecting the side walls defining an upper corner of the carton. The carton also includes an article dispenser for dispensing articles from the carton. The dispenser includes a detachable portion of the carton formed from the top, side and end walls and detachably connected to the top, side and end walls to be detached from the carton to define an opening for exposing an endmost article for removal. The detachable portion is adapted to define a heel for engaging the lower portion of the carton to support the carton in an inclined position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2005
    Assignee: MeadWestvaco Packaging Systems, LLC
    Inventors: John Holley, Jr., Tamio Ikeda
  • Patent number: 6869009
    Abstract: A carton with a new type of dispenser that is placed midway between the ends of the carton adjacent a fold line between the top panel and adjoining side panel. The dispenser is designed so that it is slightly larger than the diameter of the bottom ends of from two to three containers. The dispenser may have a push tab or starting flap to aid in commencing tearing the dispenser flap open. A coupon may be located on the inside or outside of the dispenser flap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2005
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert L. Sutherland, Raymond R. Spivey, Sr., Glen R. Harrelson
  • Patent number: 6866188
    Abstract: A carton for carrying a plurality of cylindrical containers in at least three rows having a dispenser flap that is easily removed from the end of the carton to expose a dispenser which has a bottom of a sufficient height from the bottom panel to prevent containers in the bottom row from rolling out, but less than a diameter of a container in the bottom row. This carton also has a panel dispenser flap that is easily removed from a top or bottom panel of the carton to expose a dispenser which has a bottom of sufficient height from the end of the carton on which it is resting while dispensing containers to prevent the containers in the bottom row from falling out, but less than the diameter of a container in the carton.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2005
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Glen R. Harrelson
  • Publication number: 20040188509
    Abstract: A package comprises an article group formed of at least two vertically arranged tiers of cylindrical articles disposed on their sides in a side-by-side parallel fashion, and a carton disposed around the group. The carton comprises a top wall, opposed side walls, an end wall and an article dispenser. The side walls are disposed alongside the ends of the articles of the group while the end wall is disposed adjacent to the side walls of the adjacent endmost articles. The dispenser includes a corner portion of the carton formed from and detachably connected to the top, side and end walls to be removed from the carton to thereby define an opening for exposing at least some of the articles for removal. The opening is shaped to define a recess in each side wall to reveal at least a part of the endmost article in the lowermost tier of the article group.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2003
    Publication date: September 30, 2004
    Inventor: John Holley
  • Publication number: 20040188508
    Abstract: A carton includes a plurality of walls including a top wall, a pair of opposed side walls connected to side edges of said top wall and an end wall interconnecting said side walls defining an upper corner of the carton. The carton also includes an article dispenser for dispensing articles from the carton. The dispenser includes a detachable portion of the carton formed from the top, side and end walls and detachably connected to the top, side and end walls to be detached from the carton to define an opening for exposing an endmost article for removal. The detachable portion is adapted to define a heel for engaging the lower portion of the carton to support the carton in an inclined position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2003
    Publication date: September 30, 2004
    Inventors: John Holley, Tamio Ikeda
  • Publication number: 20040099722
    Abstract: A carton is provided having a door that is shiftable from a closed position to an open position to permit access to an interior of the carton. The door includes a gripping tab for opening the door. The gripping tab is restricted from movement by a blocking member prior to the initial shifting of the door from the closed position to the open position. Upon sufficient movement of the gripping tab, the blocking member is removable to permit shifting of the door from the closed position to the open position, thereby permitting access to the interior of the carton.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2002
    Publication date: May 27, 2004
    Applicant: Kraft Foods Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Neil E. Darin, Christopher P. Guzowski
  • Patent number: 6698650
    Abstract: A boxed end container is shown having one end closed by a transverse ridge seal and carrying a pull tab. The pull tab allows a separating force to be applied to the ridge seal of the sealed container to separate at least part of the ridge seal and thus open the container and allow discharge of its contents. The pull tab is a generally planar member having an axially extending shank member with a proximal end portion which can be gripped and pulled by a user and a distal end portion having foot members extending transversely to each side of thereof. The shank and foot members are substantially co-planar with one another. The pull tab is secured by the foot members externally to a wall of the container at or adjacent to the ridge seal of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2004
    Assignee: Easycarton Limited
    Inventors: Jonathan Paul Laker, Kirk Anthony Laker
  • Patent number: 6695202
    Abstract: A food container has a top and a bottom joined by sides walls. An interface between the top and the side walls is perforated to permit separation of the top from the side walls. The top and bottom being formed with fold lines, the fold lines adapted to permit the container to be collapsed to a first, substantially flat configuration and to be erected to a second erect configuration wherein the top, bottom and side walls define an interior. A tab is formed in the top, and the tab is arranged to be grasped and pulled to separate the top from the side walls for opening the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2004
    Assignee: Field Container Company, LP.
    Inventor: Kenneth R. Miess
  • Patent number: 6669083
    Abstract: A carton includes a first wall, a second wall connected to the first wall along a corner fold line and disposed at an angle with respect to the first wall to define a corner of the carton along the corner fold line, and a tear line formed in the first wall and extending into the second wall to define a tear panel disposed astride the corner fold line. The tear panel includes a push tab connected thereto along a transverse fold line extending transversely of the corner fold line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2003
    Assignee: Meadwestvaco Packaging Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Aaron Bates
  • Patent number: 6592024
    Abstract: The invention relates to a boxed end container having one end closed by a transverse ridge seal and carrying a pull tab whereby a separating force can be applied to the ridge seal of the sealed container so as to separate at least part of the ridge seal and thus open the container and allow discharge of its contents, which pull table comprises a generally planar member having an axially extending shank member with a proximal end portion adapted to the gripped and pulled by a user and a distal end portion having foot members extending transversely to each side of thereof, the shank and foot members being substantially co-planar with one another, the pull tab being secured by the foot members externally to a wall of the container at or adjacent to the ridge seal of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2003
    Assignee: Easycarton Limited
    Inventors: Jonathan Paul Laker, Kirk Anthony Laker
  • Patent number: 6588652
    Abstract: A foldable food tray with an integrally formed condiment pocket coextensive with one wall of the tray and defined by a movable partition panel pivotal between a first closed position for foldable collapsing of the pocket with the tray, and a second open position engaged between opposed tray walls to define the pocket and preclude an inward folding of the pocket and tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2003
    Assignee: Dopaco, Inc.
    Inventor: Liming Cai
  • Publication number: 20030116614
    Abstract: A container formed from an integral blank with a configuration having a top section and a bottom section attached to each other by a first line of weakness such that upon the application of sufficient pressure, the first line of weakness breaks the attachment of the top section from the bottom section. Upon breaking the attachment, a cover is formed from the top section that is hingedly attached to the bottom section at the rear wall panel. A releasable locking device having a first locking member on the cover is attached by a second line of weakness to a second locking member on the front wall portion. The first locking member and second locking member is in an aligned relationship such that when the second line of weakness is broken, the cover pivotally moves to the open position and a recess is formed between the front panel and side panels and the inner body portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2001
    Publication date: June 26, 2003
    Inventors: Christine Sieglinde Block, Denise M. Dacey, Enrico Fulfaro, Werner Martin Hipp, Markus Andreas Neugart, Massimo Rosati
  • Patent number: 6543679
    Abstract: A food tray for holding food and a condiment is formed from a unitary paperboard blank. The food tray has a food compartment and a condiment compartment, and the condiment compartment is deployable from a stowed position overlaying one or more sidewalls of the food compartment to a deployed position for holding condiments. Multiple trays can be stacked in a nested fashion when the condiment compartment is stowed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2003
    Assignee: Dopaco, Inc.
    Inventors: Liming Cai, Larry Eisman
  • Publication number: 20020195483
    Abstract: The invention relates to a boxed end container having one end closed by a transverse ridge seal and carrying a pull tab whereby a separating force can be applied to the ridge seal of the sealed container so as to separate at least part of the ridge seal and thus open the container and allow discharge of its contents, which pull table comprises a generally planar member having an axially extending shank member with a proximal end portion adapted to the gripped and pulled by a user and a distal end portion having foot members extending transversely to each side of thereof, the shank and foot members being substantially co-planar with one another, the pull tab being secured by the foot members externally to a wall of the container at or adjacent to the ridge seal of the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2002
    Publication date: December 26, 2002
    Inventors: Jonathan Paul Laker, Kirk Anthony Laker
  • Patent number: 6436499
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a cold seal package that includes constructions wherein two substrates, or two portions of one substrate, are sealingly engaged to one another using a substantially natural latex rubber-free contact adhesive. The two substrates can be easily peeled apart without substantial damage to the substrates. Furthermore, the substrates cannot typically be resealed, or refastened, once peeled apart. That is, the cold seal formed by the adhesive between the substrates is substantially non-refastenable. Advantageously, a cold seal package of the present invention is particularly well suited for aseptic delivery of packaged goods, such as bandages, dressings, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2002
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Stephen E. Krampe, Michael D. Delmore
  • Patent number: 6427908
    Abstract: A boxed end container is shown having one end closed by a transverse ridge seal and carrying a pull tab. The pull tab allows a separating force to be applied to the ridge seal of the sealed container to separate at least part of the ridge seal and thus open the container and allow discharge of its contents. The pull tab is a generally planar member having an axially extending shank member with a proximal end portion which can be gripped and pulled by a user and a distal end portion having foot members extending transversely to each side of thereof. The shank and foot members are substantially co-planar with one another. The pull tab is secured by the foot members externally to a wall of the container at or adjacent to the ridge seal of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2002
    Assignee: Easycarton Limited
    Inventors: Jonathan Paul Laker, Kirk Anthony Laker