Nonreclosable Box Includes Means For Tearing It Open Without Completely Removing Box Material Patents (Class 229/243)
  • Patent number: 10611512
    Abstract: A snack food container having a square base, side walls substantially consisting of four right triangular panels and two isosceles triangular panels, and a flat, two dimensional end seal. The container is opened by use of a tear feature just below the end seal. The container is of paperboard construction and is resealable by virtue of a score line on each side of the container located below the end seal in combination with a horizontal cut through the container located below one score line. After opening, the container can be resealed by folding the container over the score lines towards the horizontal cut. An edge of the container is then secured in the horizontal cut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Frito-Lay North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Johannes Bayer, Martin Bernhard Dierl, Eduard Edwards, Niklas Gustafsson, David Lestage, Sunitha Nair, Bich-Van Pham, Stephen Tyner, Patrick Ryan Windley
  • Patent number: 10421578
    Abstract: A carton for containing a plurality of articles is disclosed. The carton includes a plurality of panels that extends at least partially around an interior of the carton. The plurality of panels comprises a first top panel, a second top panel, a bottom panel, a first side panel, and a second side panel. The first top panel and the second top panel are at least partially overlapped to form a top wall of the carton. A plurality of end flaps comprises a first top end flap foldably connected to the first top panel and a second top end flap foldably connected to the second top panel. A handle extends in at least the top wall of the carton and comprises a first handle portion in the first top panel, a second handle portion in the second top panel, and a third handle portion in the closed end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, LLC
    Inventor: John Murdick Holley, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9376244
    Abstract: A carton for containing a plurality of articles. The carton comprises a top panel, a first side panel, a second side panel, and a bottom panel. End flaps can be respectively foldably connected to respective panels and at least partially overlapped with respect to one another to thereby at least partially form a closed end of the carton. A dispenser panel can be at least partially defined by a dispenser tear line extending in at least the top panel and at least one of the end flaps. An opening section can be at least partially defined by the dispenser tear line and can be foldably connected to one of the first side panel and the second side panel. The dispenser panel is at least partially removable from the carton to create a dispenser opening, and the opening section is positionable relative the first side panel to expand the dispenser opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond S. Kastanek, Mark Baldino
  • Patent number: 9290731
    Abstract: A filter apparatus comprises a filter having first and second opposed surfaces. A first reservoir is positioned adjacent with the first surface and in communication with the first surface, and a first inlet-outlet port is in communication with the first reservoir and spaced from the first surface. A second reservoir is positioned adjacent the second surface, and in communication with the second surface, and a second inlet-outlet port is in communication with the second reservoir and spaced from the second surface. A filter plate system comprises a reservoir plate. The reservoir plate comprises at least one reservoir well. The filter plate system further comprises a strainer plate. The strainer plate comprises at least one strainer well, which is removably receivable in the reservoir well. The strainer well comprises at least one mesh wall portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: STEMCELL TECHNOLOGIES INC.
    Inventors: Jennifer Antonchuk, Cindy Miller
  • Patent number: 9096345
    Abstract: A product dispensing system may include a container including a plurality of walls that define an internal volume and an opening into the internal volume, wherein the container defines a plurality of first perforations and at least one first reinforcing feature arranged in a first row extending from the opening and a plurality of second perforations and at least one second reinforcing feature arranged in a second row extending from the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: MeadWestvaco Corporation
    Inventors: William J. Bogdziewicz, Christopher A. Moser, Stephen G. Simmons, Wojciech A. Blaziak
  • Patent number: 8978963
    Abstract: A carton for containing a plurality of articles. The carton comprises a top panel, a first side panel, a second side panel, and a bottom panel. End flaps can be respectively foldably connected to respective panels and at least partially overlapped with respect to one another to thereby at least partially form a closed end of the carton. A dispenser panel can be at least partially defined by a dispenser tear line extending in at least the top panel and at least one of the end flaps. An opening section can be at least partially defined by the dispenser tear line and can be foldably connected to one of the first side panel and the second side panel. The dispenser panel is at least partially removable from the carton to create a dispenser opening, and the opening section is positionable relative the first side panel to expand the dispenser opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond S. Kastanek, Mark Baldino
  • Patent number: 8955737
    Abstract: A carton. The carton may include a top wall, a bottom wall, a first side wall, a second side wall, a first tear line positioned about a middle of the first side wall, and a second tear line positioned about a middle of the second side wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Noel G. Stewart, Simon Gainey
  • Patent number: 8950657
    Abstract: A carton for containing and dispensing flowable materials. The carton comprises a plurality of panels that extends at least partially around an interior of the carton. The plurality of panels can comprise a front panel, a back panel, a first side panel, and a second side panel. At least one bottom flap is respectively foldably connected to a respective panel of the plurality of panels. The at least one bottom flap can at least partially form a closed bottom end of the carton. A handle can extend in at least the bottom end proximate the back panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Todd A. Wagner
  • Publication number: 20150033678
    Abstract: A carton with an improved dispensing feature at one end of the carton, which preserves the integrity of the carton, while enabling the display and enhanced access and vending of containers within the carton.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventor: Raymond R. Spivey, SR.
  • Patent number: 8752755
    Abstract: A carton is formed from a blank having gusseted corners that in part form an interior carton volume. The interior volume of the carton can be varied by placing the carton in an expanded configuration. The carton can include a bottom receptacle portion that may be liquid-tight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrea Coltri De Paula, Leonard M. Cooper, Jean-Manuel Gomes
  • Patent number: 8646654
    Abstract: A package includes an article group formed of cylindrical articles disposed on their sides in a side-by-side parallel fashion, and a carton disposed around the group. The carton includes a top wall, opposed side walls, end walls and an article dispenser. The side walls are disposed alongside the ends of the articles while one end wall is disposed adjacent to the side wall of an endmost article. The dispenser is formed from the end and top walls and includes at least one retaining panel to hold all the articles in the carton until removed by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: The C.W. Zumbiel Company
    Inventor: Charles A. Miller
  • Publication number: 20130142921
    Abstract: Various blanks are provided for forming sleeves, containers, and other constructs for heating, browning, and/or crisping of a food item in a microwave oven, and for holding and/or transporting the food item after heating. The various blanks, sleeves, containers, and other constructs may include a removable portion defined by one or more lines of disruption that enable the removable portion to be separated from the remainder of the blank, sleeve, container, or other construct.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Applicant: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20120211552
    Abstract: A carton for containing a plurality of articles. The carton comprises a top panel, a first side panel, a second side panel, and a bottom panel. End flaps can be respectively foldably connected to respective panels and at least partially overlapped with respect to one another to thereby at least partially form a closed end of the carton. A dispenser panel can be at least partially defined by a dispenser tear line extending in at least the top panel and at least one of the end flaps. An opening section can be at least partially defined by the dispenser tear line and can be foldably connected to one of the first side panel and the second side panel. The dispenser panel is at least partially removable from the carton to create a dispenser opening, and the opening section is positionable relative the first side panel to expand the dispenser opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2012
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Inventors: Raymond S. Kastanek, Mark Baldino
  • Patent number: 8177068
    Abstract: A packaging and display box (1). The box (1) has a base (2) with a retaining wall (4) adjacent a section of its perimeter. The wall is for retaining a primary package. The box has a lid (3) which extends between two portions of the base. The lid (3) covers at least a part of the primary package. The lid (3) is attached to the retaining perimeter wall such that removal of the lid from the package causes detachment of the perimeter wall from the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Reckitt Benckiser N.V.
    Inventor: Rodrigue Dias
  • Patent number: 8152376
    Abstract: A package having a tear initiation (60) for forming an opening (71, 72), the tear initiation (60) extending 5 from a first panel (10) to a corner edge (11) being in common with the first panel (10) and a second panel (20), the tear initiation (60) further extending along the corner edge (11), from the corner edge (11) to the second panel (20) and back from the second panel (20) to the 10 corner edge (11), along the corner edge (11), and from the corner edge (11) onto the first panel (10), wherein the first panel (10) at the corner edge (11) has a convex curvature outwardly of the package and at the corner edge (11) the second panel (20) has a concave curvature 15 inwardly of the package, wherein two inclined fold lines (81, 82) on mutually opposing sides of the second portion, each extending from the tear initiation (60g) defining the second portion (72) to the corner edge (11), define two flap portions (91, 92) at the corner edge 20 (11).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Stora Enso OYJ
    Inventor: Antje Rosentreter
  • Publication number: 20120080328
    Abstract: A package for holding a plurality of containers. The package comprises panels that extend at least partially around an interior of the package. The panels comprise a top panel and at least one side panel foldably connected to the top panel. A plurality of features in the top panel receives and holds a top portion of the plurality of containers. Each of the plurality of features comprises an opening in the top panel wherein the top panel has at least two edges at least partially forming a respective opening to engage a respective container of the plurality of containers to at least partially attach the respective container to the package. The at least two edges are in contact with an underside of a flange of the respective container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2011
    Publication date: April 5, 2012
    Inventor: Andrea Coltri De Paula
  • Patent number: 8118212
    Abstract: A package includes an article group formed of cylindrical articles disposed on their sides in a side-by-side parallel fashion, and a carton disposed around the group. The carton includes a top wall, opposed side walls, end walls and an article dispenser. The side walls are disposed alongside the ends of the articles while one end wall is disposed adjacent to the side wall of an endmost article. The dispenser is formed from the end and top walls and includes at least one retaining panel to hold all the articles in the carton until removed by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: The C.W. Zumbiel Co.
    Inventor: Charles A. Miller
  • Patent number: 8109433
    Abstract: A carton is formed from a blank having gusseted corners that in part form an interior carton volume. The interior volume of the carton can be varied by placing the carton in an expanded configuration. The carton can include a bottom receptacle portion that may be liquid-tight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrea Coltri De Paula, Leonard M. Cooper, Jean-Manuel Gomes
  • Patent number: 8100320
    Abstract: A cooler carton for items such as beverage containers is erected from a blank. The erected carton has top panels forming a top with a central longitudinal perforation line and oblique cut-creases and perforation lines extending from ends of the central perforation line to corners of the top. Pulling up and back on flaps at end portions of the top severs the oblique cut-creases and perforation lines and severs the top along the central perforation line thereby opening the top and forming a containment skin that extends above the level of the items in the carton. Ice can then be added atop the items to cool their contents and the ice is contained by the skirt. Gussets are formed at lower corner portions of the carton and, along with a moisture barrier, prevent accumulated water from leaking from the bottom region of the carton.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Kirsten L. Brand
  • Publication number: 20110233091
    Abstract: A carton blank is assembled into a carton for beverage containers, the blank having a number of panels including a top panel, a bottom panel and a pair of side panels each joined by a fold line to an adjacent one of the panels. A number of end flaps are each joined by an end flap fold line to one of the panels and the end flaps are adapted to be folded upon selected other end flaps to form composite end panels of the carton. A carrying handle is formed in a selected one of the panels and adapted to be grasped by a user to carry the erected carton filled with the beverage containers. The blank includes a primary reinforcing panel joined to one of the panels such that the primary reinforcing panel may be folded into face to face juxtaposition with the selected one of the panels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2011
    Publication date: September 29, 2011
    Applicant: THE C.W. ZUMBIEL COMPANY
    Inventors: Steven J. Block, Edward A. Zumbiel
  • Patent number: 7982167
    Abstract: Various blanks are provided for forming sleeves, containers, and other constructs for heating, browning, and/or crisping of a food item in a microwave oven, and for holding and/or transporting the food item after heating. The various blanks, sleeves, containers, and other constructs include a removable portion defined by one or more lines of disruption that enable the removable portion to be separated from the remainder of the blank, sleeve, container, or other construct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Kelly R. Fitzwater
  • Patent number: 7928349
    Abstract: Various blanks are provided for forming sleeves, containers, and other constructs for heating, browning, and/or crisping of a food item in a microwave oven, and for holding and/or transporting the food item after heating. The various blanks, sleeves, containers, and other constructs include a removable portion defined by one or more lines of disruption that enable the removable portion to be separated from the remainder of the blank, sleeve, container, or other construct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Kelly R. Fitzwater
  • Publication number: 20110030321
    Abstract: A carton for holding a plurality of containers. The carton comprises a plurality of panels that extends at least partially around an interior of the carton. The plurality of panels comprises at least one top panel, a bottom panel, a first side panel, and a second side panel. At least two end flaps are respectively foldably attached to respective panels of the plurality of panels. The at least two end flaps are overlapped with respect to one another and thereby at least partially form at least one closed end of the carton. The carton comprises a handle in the top panel and a dispenser for allowing removal of articles from the carton. The dispenser comprises a dispenser panel that is at least partially defined by a tear line in the carton and is for being at least partially removed for at least further opening a dispenser opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2010
    Publication date: February 10, 2011
    Inventor: Kirsten L. Brand
  • Patent number: 7806314
    Abstract: A carton for containing a plurality of articles. The carton has a plurality of panels that extend at least partially around an interior of the carton. End flaps are respectively foldably attached to panels of the plurality of panels. The end flaps are overlapped with respect to one another and thereby at least partially form a closed end of the carton. A dispenser has a tear line and at least one dispenser section foldably attached to the carton for at least partially defining an opening in the carton for accessing the containers. A gusset connects the end flaps, wherein the gusset can be unfolded to allow relative movement between the end flaps and to allow the dispenser section to pivot outwardly to enlarge the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert L. Sutherland
  • Publication number: 20100200646
    Abstract: A package includes an article group formed of cylindrical articles disposed on their sides in a side-by-side parallel fashion, and a carton disposed around the group. The carton includes a top wall, opposed side walls, end walls and an article dispenser. The side walls are disposed alongside the ends of the articles while one end wall is disposed adjacent to the side wall of an endmost article. The dispenser is formed from the end and top walls and includes at least one retaining panel to hold all the articles in the carton until removed by the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2010
    Publication date: August 12, 2010
    Applicant: C.W. ZUMBIEL COMPANY, INC.
    Inventor: Charles A. Miller
  • Publication number: 20100193509
    Abstract: Various containers with an enlarged base for receiving a food item are provided. The containers may be formed from various sleeves for heating, browning, and crisping a food item. Blanks for forming such sleeves and containers also are provided. The blanks, sleeves, and/or containers may include a removable portion at least partially defined by a line of disruption.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2010
    Publication date: August 5, 2010
    Inventor: Kelly R. Fitzwater
  • Publication number: 20100147933
    Abstract: A carton for a group of bottles arranged in rows is of substantially tubular structure comprising a bottom panel (18), a first side panel (16), a top panel (14), a second side wall panel (12) and end closure panels for at least partially closing the ends of the carton. The carton has an access means, integrally formed in the carton walls and is defined by a weakened line of severance (3). The access means provides a means for accessing the bottles contained within the carton whilst providing means for retaining the articles to prevent them from being inadvertently dislodged. The access means being formed so that the carton can be oriented to sit on either its bottom panel or the second side panel whilst articles are accessed via an opening in the first side wall panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2005
    Publication date: June 17, 2010
    Inventor: Patrick Blin
  • Publication number: 20100140337
    Abstract: A carton for containing a plurality of articles. The carton comprises a plurality of panels that extend at least partially around an interior of the carton. The plurality of panels comprises at least one top panel, a bottom panel, a first side panel, and a second side panel. At least one end flap is foldably attached to at least one panel of the plurality of panels to at least partially close an end of the carton. A dispenser is in the at least one top panel, the dispenser comprising at least one dispenser panel that comprises a plurality of tear-away panels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2009
    Publication date: June 10, 2010
    Inventor: Kirsten L. Brand
  • Patent number: 7721942
    Abstract: Packets of cigarettes (2) sold in multiples are wrapped in a rigid carton (1) with a predominating longitudinal axis (L) that extends parallel to the longitudinal axes (7) of the single packets (2) and presents a prismatic shape of polygonal section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: G.D. S.p.A.
    Inventors: Roberto Polloni, Chiara Colo′, Fiorenzo Draghetti
  • Patent number: 7717318
    Abstract: A cooler carton for items such as beverage containers is erected from a blank (11) having a unique configuration of panels (12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 41, 47, 56, 66, 96, 99), tabs (28, 29, 31, 32), flaps (111), creases (18, 19, 21, 22, 33, 34, 36, 37, 42, 48, 57, 67, 77, 87), perforations (23, 26, 27), cut-creases (24, 97, 101), and gussets (46, 52, 81, 91). The erected carton has top panels (12, 17) forming a top with a central longitudinal perforation line (23, 26) and oblique cut-creases and perforation lines (24, 27) extending from the ends of the central perforation line (23, 26) to the corners of the top. Flaps (111) are formed at respective end portions of the top by folded tabs (28, 29, 31, 32). In use, the carton is erected and filled with articles to be contained. An end user may open the carton by pulling up and back on the flaps (111) at the end portions of the top, which severs the oblique cut-creases and perforation lines (23, 26), and severs the top along its central perforation line (23, 26).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2010
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Kirsten L. Brand
  • Patent number: 7703665
    Abstract: A carton accommodates stacked, articles. The carton has a pivoting dispenser that allows the articles to be dispensed from the front of the carton. The bottom panel can be erected using relatively simple folding operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory Hallenbeck McGowan
  • Patent number: 7699163
    Abstract: A carton for containing a plurality of articles. The carton has panels that extend at least partially around an interior of the carton. The panels include a top panel, a bottom panel and a first side panel and a second side panel. The carton has a support adjacent to the top panel and projecting into the interior of the carton for at least partially supporting the plurality of articles within the carton.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Jean-Manuel Gomes, Graham Hand
  • Patent number: 7699215
    Abstract: A carton includes a bottom receptacle defined in part by the bottom panel, the side panels, and gusseted end panels. The bottom receptacle can be constructed without glue seals so that the receptacle is liquid-tight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Raymond Rudolph Spivey, Sr.
  • Patent number: 7597242
    Abstract: The present invention is a container for use in baking and shipping food items. The container is formed of a paperboard material and includes a heat-resistant coating applied to all of the interior surfaces of the container. The coating enables a number of food items to be positioned within the container in contact with the coating such that the container and food items can be baked to properly prepare the food items therein. After baking, the container and food items can then be wrapped or otherwise packaged for shipment without transferring the food items to a separate shipping container. The container also includes a pair of end walls that are movable with respect to the container between retaining and dispensing positions to enable the container to be configured as serving tray for the items contained therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2009
    Assignee: Innovative Fiber, LLC
    Inventor: Jeffrey S. Covelli
  • Patent number: 7540404
    Abstract: A packaging box (10) includes a pair of lids (2, 3), and the pair of lids (2, 3) have tongues (2b, 3b) extending from their heads and lid gluing portions (2c, 3c) arranged in specific areas on the outer surfaces of these tongues (2b, 3b). A body (1) of the packaging box (10) has a pair of body gluing portions (1f, 1g) individually glued to the lid gluing portions (2c, 3c) and at least one transverse split-open portion (5) for guiding a fracture in a side face of the packaging box (10). Both open-side ends (1e) have side-end split-open portions (6, 7) arranged so as to surround the body gluing portions (1f, 1g). Thus, even if the tongues provided at the heads of the lids are glued to side plates, the packaging box can be easily and accurately split and spread.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2009
    Assignee: Rohto Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ken Arai
  • Publication number: 20090078750
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a paperboard container having generally finger access or handhold openings forming carry handles in the end walls. The handhold openings are defined by two adjacent tapered punch-out panels aligned end-to-end and hinged at their outer ends to a respective end wall. When two adjacent tapered punch-out panels punched out they fold oppositely to one another and inwardly into the container in laterally spaced relation to one another on opposite sides of the respective openings. A tear-out panel in one end wall adjoins the associated hand hold openings and when removed forms a dispensing or pourable opening immediately below the associated hand hold openings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2008
    Publication date: March 26, 2009
    Inventors: Gregg S. Sheffield, Peter F. Szeles
  • Patent number: 7427010
    Abstract: This invention relates to a wrap-around carrier which is held together by a single locking system, which is a secondary locking system in which the secondary male locks are formed as an extension of an outer secondary locking flap with an inner bottom flap having a secondary female opening for each secondary male lock. Assistance in holding the secondary male locks in the vertical locked position between two containers in the carrier is provided by a female flap formed in the female opening in the inner bottom flap. Further assistance is provided in holding the secondary male locks in the vertical lock position between two containers by the containers having flexible side walls and carrying a liquid whose weight pushes out against the walls of the container and creates tension in the wrap-around carrier thereby holding the secondary male locks in the vertical locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2008
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert L. Sutherland
  • Publication number: 20070290026
    Abstract: Cartons, carton blanks, and methods for manufacturing cartons are described herein. In one implementation, a carton formed from a carton blank includes a lower storage compartment having at least one panel. The carton also includes a lid connected to a first panel of the lower storage compartment, where the lid is configured to be pivotable with respect to the lower storage compartment. The carton further includes an upper storage compartment that is formed within the lid. The lid comprises a lower lid panel that separates the lower storage compartment from the upper storage compartment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2007
    Publication date: December 20, 2007
    Inventors: Raymond S. Kastanek, Weston R. Wilson
  • Patent number: 7270259
    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: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2007
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert L. Sutherland
  • Publication number: 20070181658
    Abstract: A carton for containing a plurality of articles. The carton has a plurality of panels that extend at least partially around an interior of the carton. End flaps are respectively foldably attached to panels of the plurality of panels. The end flaps are overlapped with respect to one another and thereby at least partially form a closed end of the carton. A dispenser has a tear line and at least one dispenser section foldably attached to the carton for at least partially defining an opening in the carton for accessing the containers. A gusset connects the end flaps, wherein the gusset can be unfolded to allow relative movement between the end flaps and to allow the dispenser section to pivot outwardly to enlarge the opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2007
    Publication date: August 9, 2007
    Inventor: Robert L. Sutherland
  • Patent number: 7249703
    Abstract: Foldout tabs for assisting with the removal of contents from a carton. When extended, the foldout tabs provide a leverage point on which a user may place one or both feet so that while pulling the contents from within the carton, the carton does not exhibit its normal tendency to follow the contents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2007
    Assignee: Gateway Inc.
    Inventor: Scott Leapman
  • 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: 7163139
    Abstract: A carton and blank having a tear line comprising a plurality of perforations or short slits arranged in at least three rows. There is also provided a carton and blank for forming a carton having a wall provided with a tear open feature which comprises a tear initiating tab formed in the wall and at least three tear lines extending from the tear initiating tab toward the perimeter of the wall, wherein each tear line comprises a plurality of perforations or short slits arranged in at least three rows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2007
    Assignee: MeadWestvaco Packaging Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Philippe Marie, John M Hepworth
  • Patent number: 7143930
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a carton for a diagonally cut sandwich or like foodstuff formed from a blank of card and having triangular end walls connected by rectangular side walls to form a triangular prism-shaped container. One side wall of the container is hinged to another wall of the container to provide an opening for insertion/removal of foodstuff and to form a lid for closing the opening. The edges of the opening have out-turned flanges and the periphery of the lid overlies the out-turned flanges encircling the opening when the lid is in the closed position whereby the lid can be bonded to the flanges to seal the contents of the carton.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2006
    Assignee: Rapid Action Packaging Limited
    Inventors: Julian David Kyrle Money, Savv Akis Sayya
  • Patent number: 7121452
    Abstract: Packets (2) of cigarettes are packed in multiples adopting a rigid carton (1) of parallelepiped shape presenting two end faces (11, 12) coinciding with the flanks (13, 14), and four side faces (3, 4, 5, 6) of which two coincide with the bottom (10) and the top (8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2006
    Assignee: G.D. S.p.A.
    Inventors: Silvano Boriani, Fiorenzo Draghetti
  • Patent number: 7097041
    Abstract: A convertible shipper container used for shipping and displaying packaged products. The shipper includes a top panel, a bottom panel and a partially open front side. The shipper additionally includes a first side including a first slot therethrough and a first portion of a separation strip included therein. The shipper further includes a back panel including a second portion of the separation strip included therein and a second side including a second slot therethrough and a third portion of the separation strip included therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2006
    Assignee: Ralcorp Holding, Inc.
    Inventor: Bruce A. Marrale
  • Patent number: 7066380
    Abstract: A carton having a door and a method of making a carton having a door, the carton being adapted for automated assembly and/or loading by reducing or eliminating interference between side panels of a door and product during loading and use of the door. In an aspect of the invention, the door side panels are slidable within a protected region formed between adjacent panels of the carton.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Assignee: Kraft Foods Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: John A. Blake
  • Patent number: 7000824
    Abstract: A carton and a blank for forming a carton for holding a plurality of articles, for example bottles, comprising a collapsible tubular corner post formed from an extension of a carton side wall. The corner post is adapted to move from a flat collapsed condition when extending outwardly of the carton to be automatically erected by folding the corner post inwardly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2006
    Assignee: MeadWestvaco Packaging Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Alain Saulas
  • Patent number: 6976588
    Abstract: An easy-open display shipping container formed from a tray and a cover secured to the tray. A portion of the tray may be covered with a material having a releasing property. An adhesive strip secures the cover to the tray. The material having a releasing property allows the adhesive strip to be easily removed from the container without damaging the tray. The container may be opened at a retail point of sale to display items contained in the container in the undamaged tray. Graphics, such as advertisements, may be embedded in the material having a releasing property.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2005
    Assignee: Rock-Tenn Shared Services, LLC
    Inventors: Henry Wischusen, David Couture
  • Patent number: 6945450
    Abstract: A beverage cooler carton is provided which is intended to receive ice or other cooling means to keep contents packaged therein cool. The carton is made of a material which is impervious to liquid which may be contained within the carton during use. The carton includes folding end panels which extend continuously between adjacent upper and lower panels; therefore, there are no seams or breaks in the material around a periphery of the carton which might degrade the ability of the carton to hold a liquid. Also disclosed is a method of assembling the cooler carton.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2005
    Assignee: Coors Global Properties, Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin R. Rusnock