Separated Section Includes Bonded Segments Of Two Overlapped Closure Flaps Patents (Class 229/241)
  • Patent number: 9586749
    Abstract: The present invention provides a dispenser tray for eye shield lenses made from a single blank of material. The dispenser tray and blank each include a top panel, a front panel, a first side panel, a second side panel and a bottom panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: TIDI Products, LLC
    Inventor: Bradly Thomas Schultz
  • Patent number: 9540133
    Abstract: A box structure comprises an inner display box and an outer box. Detachable connections are provided between adjacent outer box and inner box wall panels. In one form, attaching inner box handle opening overlays to outer box handle overlays at the respective end wall panels of the box structure, one or more outer box back wall overlays to the inner box back wall panel, and a display panel portion of an inner box front wall panel to an outer box front wall panel assist in maintaining the integrity of the box structure. Outer box corners can have tear lines and walls disconnected at one corner to reduce bending stresses on the inner box walls during manufacture and erection of the box structure, while also facilitating the removal of the outer box from the inner display box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Packaging Corporation of America
    Inventor: Joseph P. Schomisch
  • Patent number: 9327866
    Abstract: Systems and apparatuses directed to cartons with user selectable dispensing configurations. An example carton for dispensing a plurality of products stored therein includes a first removable feature configured to be selectively removed from a top surface to enable removal of a portion of a first end; a second removable feature configured to be selectively removed from the top surface to enable removal of a portion of a second end; and a third removable feature configured to be selectively removed from the top surface to enable removal of a portion of the top surface. The carton defines a closed configuration and a dispensing configuration that is defined by at least one of the portion of the first end being removed, the portion of the second end being removed, or the portion of the top surface being removed. Methods for manufacturing a carton with user selectable dispensing configurations are also contemplated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: WELCH ALLYN, INC.
    Inventors: John R. Strom, Michael T. McMahon, Sean R. Karla, Lisa Killian
  • Patent number: 8881969
    Abstract: A system for promoting and facilitating recycling having a recycle strip placed in consumer packaging that includes paperboard, chipboard and corrugated cardboard that has a consistent, conspicuous appearance and is placed in a conspicuous manner into the packaging so that the consumer recognizes that the packaging is recyclable. When removed from the package, the strip disables a plurality of structural elements of the packaging, the elements no longer maintaining the package in three dimensions, allowing the consumer to easily flatten the packaging for accumulation and eventual recycling. When placed, the strip selectively binds to the sides of the packaging, eliminating any weakness in the packaging, and selectively releases when a consumer pulls the strip from the packaging, separating the packaging into elements but maintaining a unitary article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Inventor: Fred Prins
  • Patent number: 8590774
    Abstract: A reusable item shipping container comprises a housing that is configured to retain an item therein and has an opening for inserting or removing the item therefrom. First and second sealing flaps are disposed on the housing adjacent the opening. In a first configuration, the first sealing flap is configured to be folded into the housing or across the opening and the second sealing flap is configured to be folded over the opening to seal the housing. In a second configuration, the first sealing flap is configured to be folded across the opening and to seal the housing after the second folding flap has sealed the opening and the item shipping container has been opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Inventor: Jeffrey S Sauer
  • Patent number: 8550332
    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: April 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick James DeBusk, Jean-Manuel Gomes
  • Patent number: 8186569
    Abstract: A packaging container is used to package a regulated fluid dispensing system including a regulated fluid dispensing device and a beverage container. The packaging includes carry handles, and a perforation pattern that allows a front panel of the packaging container to be removed thus exposing working parts of the dispensing device. The dispensing system may remain housed within the packaging during use that assists in stabilizing and protecting the dispensing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: MillerCoors, LLC
    Inventor: Jason Morgan Kelly
  • Patent number: 8025209
    Abstract: This invention relates to a carton having improved structural integrity and stacking strength. The carton is formed from a paperboard blank so it has reinforced end panels. A tear strip is formed by perforations in the top panel of the carton to provide an easy opening feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Assignee: Georgia-Pacific Corrugated LLC
    Inventor: Chester Garner
  • Patent number: 8011564
    Abstract: A carton having a dispensing opening. The carton can be formed from a paperboard blank so it has six corners and two corner panels and has perforations formed therein to provide an easy opening feature for dispensing product. In addition, the formed carton has improved stacking strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Georgia-Pacific Corrugated LLC
    Inventor: Chester Garner
  • Patent number: 7938312
    Abstract: A carton for containing a bag having dispensable material therein. The carton comprises a plurality of panels that extend at least partially around an interior of the carton. The plurality of panels comprises a first end panel, a second end panel, a first side panel, and a second side panel. At least two end flaps respectively foldably attached to respective panels of the plurality of panels. The end flaps are overlapped with respect to one another and thereby at least partially form a closed end of the carton. A closure removably attached to the carton having an aperture for receiving at least a portion of the bag to close the bag and seal the material held therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Colin P. Ford
  • Patent number: 7234631
    Abstract: A packaging case which can store a plurality of stored items, enables the stored items to be individually removed, and prevents the occurrence of formation failures. First broken cut lines (perforations) extend from a first flat plate (a side plate) over one flat plate (side plate) neighboring the first flat plate (side plate), and form openings through which the stored items (cartridge containers) can be taken out individually. A second broken cut line (perforation) is formed at a joining portion between the first flat plate (side plate) and the one flat plate (side plate) neighboring the first flat plate (side plate).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2007
    Assignee: Fujifilm Corporation
    Inventors: Haruo Ichikawa, Akira Wakabayashi
  • Patent number: 6981631
    Abstract: A carton is provided for containing brick-shaped containers which has a dispenser in the top permitting the removal of any of the containers while maintaining the structural integrity of the carton through the provision of either a top gusset or middle gusset spanning each end of the carton. The top of the carton serves as a dispenser when the dispenser flap is removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2006
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: James C. Fogle, Raymond R. Spivey, Sr., Jean-Manuel Gomes, Robert L. Sutherland
  • Publication number: 20040238611
    Abstract: An enclosed carton for carrying a number of containers, such as cans, which is easily convertible into a tray with a lid, from which the cans can be easily removed. The tray is formed by a zipper with two tear lines that are formed in the adjoining bottom flaps of the carton. The carton may have a carrying handle for carrying the carton loaded with containers. This carton is especially designed to be easily convertible into a tray for holding cans between two closely spaced shelves in a refrigerator. Provision is made for the easy removal of the lid. Another embodiment of this invention discloses an enclosed carton with diamond shaped corners so that the carton can be tightly packed and which is also convertible into a tray.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2003
    Publication date: December 2, 2004
    Inventor: Robert L. Sutherland
  • Publication number: 20040226988
    Abstract: A carton is provided for containing brick-shaped containers which has a dispenser in the top permitting the removal of any of the containers while maintaining the structural integrity of the carton through the provision of either a top gusset or middle gusset spanning each end of the carton. The top of the carton serves as a dispenser when the dispenser flap is removed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2003
    Publication date: November 18, 2004
    Inventors: James C. Fogle, Raymond R. Spivey, Jean-Manuel Gomes, Robert L. Sutherland
  • Patent number: 6766941
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a container having a tear-away top. In general, the container comprises a substrate layer and a cut in the substrate layer. The cut is sufficiently deep so that a predetermined portion of the top may be torn away from the container at the cut. The present invention also includes a method for manufacturing a container that has a tear-away top. The method generally includes the steps of providing a substrate layer, making a cut in the substrate layer, and then forming a container. After the container has been formed, a predetermined portion of the top may be torn away from the container at the cut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2004
    Assignee: SIG Combibloc, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael G. Tokarski
  • Patent number: 6510982
    Abstract: There is described a shipper/display carton that has high structural integrity as a shipper carton, is easy opening, and is functional as a display carton. The carton comprises a front panel with a weakened area near a bottom edge, two side panels, each having a weakened area extending substantially diagonally across the sidewall, and a weakened area across a top edge of the rear wall. Additionally, there can be a further weakened region where the rear panel weakened area intersects the weakened areas of the side panels. There is a grip aperture in the rear wall. Due to the placement and structure of the weakened areas, the carton with these weakened areas is sufficiently strong to function as a shipper carton.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2003
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Charles Raymond White, Leonard Beer
  • Patent number: 6478219
    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: November 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2002
    Assignee: The Mead Corporation
    Inventor: John M. Holley, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6446860
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a package having a tear-away opening. The package comprises an outer substrate layer, an inner aseptic layer secured to the outer substrate layer, and a cut in the outer substrate layer. In order to preserve the product in the package, the cut is of a predetermined depth such that the cut does not puncture the inner aseptic layer. The cut, however, is sufficiently deep so that a predetermined portion of the package may be torn off at the cut. The present invention also includes methods for manufacturing and opening a package having a tear-away opening. The method for manufacturing a package having a tear-away opening generally includes the steps of providing an outer substrate layer, securing an inner aseptic layer to the outer substrate layer, making a cut of predetermined depth in the outer substrate layer such that the cut does not puncture the inner aseptic layer, and then forming a package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2002
    Assignee: SIG Combibloc, Inc.
    Inventor: Arthur W. Robichaud
  • Patent number: 6419152
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a container having a tear-away top. In general, the container comprises an outer substrate layer, an inner aseptic layer secured to the outer substrate layer, and a cut in the outer substrate layer. In order to preserve the product in the container, the cut is of a predetermined depth such that the cut does not puncture the inner aseptic layer. The cut, however, is sufficiently deep so that a predetermined portion of the top may be torn away from the container at the cut. The present invention also includes a method for manufacturing a container that has a tear-away top. The method generally includes the steps of providing an outer substrate layer, securing an inner aseptic layer to the outer substrate layer, making a cut of predetermined depth in the outer substrate layer such that the cut does not puncture the inner aseptic layer, and then forming a container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2002
    Assignee: SIG Combibloc Inc.
    Inventor: Michael G. Tokarski
  • Patent number: 6273329
    Abstract: A paperboard container adapted to hold pastries or the like is fashioned from a unitary blank. The blank is provided with a plurality of generally rectangular panels defined by fold lines. The container assumes two forms, with each having a bottom panel with upstanding side walls therefrom to define a bottom tray, a top panel with depending side walls therefrom to define a top tray, and two latching tabs. One latching tab is carried by the front wall of the lower tray, while the other latching tab is carried by the front wall of the upper tray. The two front walls are overlapping and in substantial surface contact with each other. Each latching tab is outwardly bendable from its respective front wall, with each latching tab being coated on at least one surface with a cohesive material. Such a material has the property that it adheres only to other cohesive material coated surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2001
    Assignee: International Paper Company
    Inventor: James F. Zavatone
  • Patent number: 6209786
    Abstract: Disclosed is a container for shipping, display, and subsequent removal of a plurality of articles. The container includes a first surface having two oppositely extending flaps folded towards each other. Each of the flaps has a proximal end and a distal end. The distal ends of the flaps are oppositely disposed and form a flap gap therebetween. The container further includes a line of weakness having two ends. Each end of the line of weakness is juxtaposed with at least one of the distal ends of the flaps. The line of weakness extends therefrom to intercept at least one panel of the container adjacent one of the flaps. The line of weakness may include perforation lines having a multiplicity of cuts and skips. The line of weakness defines a removable segment, which may be removed by tearing along the perforation lines. The flap gap between the distal ends of the flaps provides an opening for the hand access to remove the removable segment of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2001
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Donald W. Yelton, James T. Fenton, Mark R. Butscha
  • Patent number: 6098874
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a container having a tear-away top. In general, the container comprises an outer substrate layer, an inner aseptic layer secured to the outer substrate layer, and a cut in the outer substrate layer. In order to preserve the product in the container, the cut is of a predetermined depth such that the cut does not puncture the inner aseptic layer. The cut, however, is sufficiently deep so that a predetermined portion of the top may be torn away from the container at the cut. The present invention also includes a method for manufacturing a container that has a tear-away top. The method generally includes the steps of providing an outer substrate layer, securing an inner aseptic layer to the outer substrate layer, making a cut of predetermined depth in the outer substrate layer such that the cut does not puncture the inner aseptic layer, and then forming a container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2000
    Assignee: SIG Combibloc Inc.
    Inventor: Michael G. Tokarski
  • Patent number: 6062470
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a package having a tear-away opening. The package comprises an outer substrate layer, an inner aseptic layer secured to the outer substrate layer, and a cut in the outer substrate layer. In order to preserve the product in the package, the cut is of a predetermined depth such that the cut does not puncture the inner aseptic layer. The cut, however, is sufficiently deep so that a predetermined portion of the package may be torn off at the cut. The present invention also includes methods for manufacturing and opening a package having a tear-away opening. The method for manufacturing a package having a tear-away opening generally includes the steps of providing an outer substrate layer, securing an inner aseptic layer to the outer substrate layer, making a cut of predetermined depth in the outer substrate layer such that the cut does not puncture the inner aseptic layer, and then forming a package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2000
    Assignee: SIG Combibloc Inc.
    Inventor: Arthur W. Robichaud
  • Patent number: 5957294
    Abstract: A container assembly having a removable display panel formed in a wall panel defined by a separation line along which the display panel is separable from the remainder of the wall panel. An insert panel is secured to the inner face of the wall panel and positioned to overlap at least a portion of the separation line and reinforce the wall panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1999
    Inventor: Allen Kanter
  • Patent number: 5799865
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a paperboard envelope which utilizes a single strip of tear tape having adhesive applied to both sides for sealing and opening. The envelope structure includes starter elements in both the sealing flap and the panel to which the sealing flap is adhered for assisting in the opening function. The improvement lies in extending the starter elements beyond the side edges of the envelope body to provide starter tabs that can be readily grasped to open the envelope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1998
    Assignee: Westvaco Corporation
    Inventor: Larry D. Gray
  • Patent number: 5709302
    Abstract: A package for a film cartridge has a carton enclosing an inner holder which contains a sealed film product. The carton has a tab which is secured to a tab on the inner holder, so that both the inner holder and the carton are torn away at the same time along a tear line formed on the carton, when pulling the carton tab. In another embodiment, the inner holder has an upper and lower portion, and is enclosed within a central rectangular opening of a mount by two pieces of paperboard. There is a notch where the mount and the lower portion of the inner holder overlap, and a tear line is formed in connection with the notch on the mount, so that both the inner holder and the carton are torn away at the same time along the tear line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 20, 1998
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takuya Arai, Kazunori Mizuno
  • Patent number: 5628452
    Abstract: A pack of cigarettes or of products of the tobacco industry is effectively protected against light, as well as against the loss or the penetration of humidity and the loss of aroma or off flavor of the products it contains, even though it is wrapped in a blank generally comprising only a single layer of material, when particular precautions are taken order to form the corners of the pack. Another advantage of the proposed package resides in the fact that it possesses several opening mechanism at the user's choice, permitting the latter to open his pack either as a conventional soft pack or as a hard pack. A package of this type is particularly ecological since it is preferably made up from a biodegradable material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 13, 1997
    Assignee: Philip Morris Incorporated
    Inventors: Albert Sigrist, Roberto Rizzolo
  • Patent number: 5624033
    Abstract: A package for a film cartridge comprises a paperboard carton and a wrapper. A main body of the wrapper is housed in a film cartridge housing part of the carton. A sealing part is held between two pieces of paperboard forming a hanging part. A tongue-shaped tab is formed at a sealing part in a direction in which the wrapper extends. The tab projects toward outside from an aperture which is formed at the hanging part. Tear lines 32, 32 are formed on a rear wall of the carton. When the tab is pulled in a tear-out direction, the film cartridge housing part is torn out along the tear lines, and the main body of the wrapper is also torn out at the same time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 29, 1997
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takuya Arai, Kazunori Mizuno
  • Patent number: 5423423
    Abstract: A wrapping film having a barrel seal portion made up of both end portions of the wrapping film which are overlapped with each other and sealingly welded together, and a slit for unwrapping the film along the barrel seal portion. The slit is formed across the barrel seal portion, whereby, in unwrapping it, the wrapping film is widely torn to expose the wrapped article with ease.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1993
    Date of Patent: June 13, 1995
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Makoto Sato, Takayoshi Ose, Kazuaki Taga, Satoshi Aramaki
  • Patent number: 5118036
    Abstract: In a packaging container of parallelepiped type, with material for manufacture of the same, there is, limited by means of fold lines, a fold-out corner flap (4) which contains a pouring opening (7) and serves as a pouring lip when pouring out contents in liquid form from the packaging container. In order to ensure that air can flow into the packaging container in conjunction with the pouring out of the contents the upper end wall (1) of the packaging container is provided with weakening lines (8), which diverge from the pouring opening and weaken the material to such an extent that the area at the rear end of the pouring opening stands out in a raised position obtained on the opening of the packaging container and facilitates the inflow of air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 2, 1992
    Assignee: Tetra Pak Holdings SA
    Inventor: Ragnar Mandersson