Baked Goods Patents (Class 229/906)
  • Patent number: 6364203
    Abstract: An articulable food container. The food container is articulable from and between a first open position to a second closed position. In the first open position the food container can receive food. Additionally, the user may eat from the food container while it is in the first open position. In the second closed position, the food container covers or encloses the food. The closed position is useful for storing the food, heating the food, transporting the food between the point of service and the point of consumption, and/or disposing of the remnants of the food once the meal is completed. The food container may take the form of a plate, bowl, tray, clam shell, or other known configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2002
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: John William Toussant, Peter Morris
  • Patent number: 6360944
    Abstract: A container with a foldable holder for holding both a primary substance and a secondary substance. The container has a volume defined by a substantially upright sidewall and a bottom to receive the primary substance such as french fries therein. The container also has a lip extending from the upright sidewall upwardly. The lip has an opening and can be folded outwardly to form a holder for receiving a second container containing the secondary substance such as ketchup therein in the opening of the lip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2002
    Inventor: Charles Gorman
  • Patent number: 6360941
    Abstract: A container (1) for holding products and comprising a lower part (3) including a bottom panel (5) and side walls (8, 9) upstanding therefrom as well as a top part (4) including a lid (10) and side walls (13, 14) depending therefrom. At least one side wall (15) of the lower and top parts (3 and 4 respectively) extending in adjoining overlapping relationship. The lid (10) is prolonged at its edge (18) that is turned towards the common side wall (15) in order to form a projecting lid-opening grip flap (19). The flap, having been doubled, extends back rearwardly to and connects to the common side wall via a tear perforation (23). At a score (11) between the lid (10) of the top part (4) and at least one of its other side walls (13, 14) there is a rear face cut score (24), such that the lid (10), when a pulling force is applied on the lid-opening grip flap (19), may be opened as a result of splitting of the tear perforation and the rear-face cut score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2002
    Assignee: Almondy AB
    Inventor: Bo Larsson
  • Publication number: 20010032874
    Abstract: Embodiments of a pizza container are described using a container blank formed from a single piece of paperboard material. The container includes a bottom panel, first and second opposing side wall panels, and first and second opposing end wall panels. Each container further includes two top cover panels that fold over onto the container and act as lids. At least one U-shaped cut is formed along a hinge line connecting a top cover panel with an end wall panel. The U-shape has a closed side and an open side. The cut is oriented with the closed side extending into either the first end wall panel or the first top cover panel. The open side is positioned along the first hinge line. As assembled, the U-shaped portion is generally perpendicular with the panel from which it was formed. Various embodiment of lock mechanisms are described as well.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2001
    Publication date: October 25, 2001
    Applicant: Weyerhaeuser Company
    Inventor: Nicholas A. Philips
  • Patent number: 6296120
    Abstract: A container assembly for carrying display-packaged delicate baked goods includes a container having opposing side walls interconnected with opposing end walls, a bottom interconnected with each of the side and end walls, a top, and an interior. A retaining tray has at least one aperture therein, and is removably received in the container interior. The retaining tray is dimensioned such that the container side and end walls restrict movement of the retaining tray in a direction perpendicular to the container side and end walls. The retaining tray includes at least one spacing member extending therefrom and spacing the retaining tray from an underlying surface. A display package includes a pan portion and a top removably secured to the pan portion. The pan portion includes a projection extending outwardly therefrom, and is removably received within the aperture until the projection contacts the retaining tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2001
    Assignee: Wegman's Food Markets, Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald D. Danko
  • Patent number: 6290122
    Abstract: A wall-engageable pizza carton folded into a non-wall-engaged format and which (a) has thermal-legs for holding the bottom of the box above a table top, (b) has an improved hole-covering flap that can function as an inner panel interlock means, and (c) can be stacked in a level stack with other cartons even though it has thermal-legs and the cover front flap is projecting forward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2001
    Inventor: John D. Correll
  • Patent number: 6270008
    Abstract: A container is formed from a unitary blank of foldable sheet material. The container includes a base wall and a first closure flap foldably attached to the base wall along a first edge thereof. A rear wall is foldably attached to the base wall along a second edge thereof. The second edge has a first end adjacent to the first edge. A top wall is foldably attached to the rear wall. A front wall is foldably attached to the top wall. The closure flap comprises a side wall that is foldably attached to the base wall and a locking flap that is foldably attached to the side wall along a locking flap fold line. The locking flap has a free edge opposite to the fold line. The free edge is arcuate for at least a portion of its length. The arcuate portion is curved inwardly toward the locking flap fold line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2001
    Assignee: Puzant Khatchadourian
    Inventor: Krikor Kouyoumdjian
  • Patent number: 6230917
    Abstract: A two-piece, lockable, wedge-shaped container is disclosed which includes a tray portion having upstanding peripheral walls, the front wall of which is higher than the other side walls, and a sleeve portion having a top wall for covering the tray, a smaller bottom wall and a front opening. When fully inserted into the sleeve, the tall front wall of the tray deforms the sleeve top wall and front opening as it passes therethrough, and prevents the tray from being removed from the sleeve thereby locking the tray and sleeve together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2001
    Assignee: Dopaco, Inc.
    Inventor: Simon Whitnell
  • Patent number: 6230969
    Abstract: A food container having a sauce container coupled thereto is disclosed. The food container includes an open top adapted for received food articles. The sauce container also includes an open top. Coupling structure suited for yielding either a detachable or permanent coupling of the two containers is mechanically associated with the two containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2001
    Inventor: Peter J. Spransy
  • Patent number: 6223979
    Abstract: A paperboard clamshell carton having a cover member that has a distance between opposing lateral panel fold lines that is slightly longer than a distance between the top edges of opposing side walls. In addition, the height of the first and second side walls is such that the side walls extend virtually all the way from the bottom panel to the top panel of the carton. Thereby, lateral panels of the cover member are disposed on an exterior side of the side walls and the top panel rests on the top edge of the side walls, particularly when downward pressure is applied to the cover member. The invention is envisioned for use in packaging food products such as pizza, breadsticks, chicken, hamburgers, salads, and the like; however, it could be used in other applications, as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2001
    Inventor: John D. Correll
  • Patent number: 6223978
    Abstract: A quickly and easily erected octagonal package for round items such as pizza, cakes and pies includes a top and a bottom. The bottom includes a front wall, a rear wall and a pair of side walls. The side walls are foldably connected to the front and rear walls by bridging panels at corners of the package. The connection provided by the bridging panels allows the bottom and all its walls to be erected quickly and easily.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2001
    Assignee: Packaging Corporation of America
    Inventor: Shawn P. Drager
  • Patent number: 6216946
    Abstract: A food scoop having a holder for a condiment receptacle is disclosed. The holder and food scoop are formed from a unitary blank of material and the holder forms a continuation of the side wall of the scoop to allow for stacking and storage until the holder is deployed for use. After deployment, the holder securely retains a condiment receptacle and resists the forces applied to the receptacle during use. A blank for forming the food scoop and holder is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2001
    Assignee: Dopaco, Inc.
    Inventor: Liming Cai
  • Patent number: 6206277
    Abstract: A quality-enhancing pizza carton having an improved fall-back side wall structure with a diagonal wall for verticalizing the fall-back side wall, an improved corner wall structure having a connector panel disposed at an oblique angle to the bottom panel, and a cover anti-shift structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2001
    Inventor: John D. Correll
  • Patent number: 6193201
    Abstract: A condiment container support device, the device being attachable to a supporting structure for supporting a condiment container includes a receptacle structure defining at least one condiment container receptacle aperture. A flange is resiliently operably coupled to the receptacle structure. And, an attachment for attaching the flange to a supporting structure surface to cantilever the receptacle structure substantially orthogonally with respect to the flange attached to the supporting structure surface. A method for supporting a condiment container is included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2001
    Inventor: Jerry Babcock
  • Patent number: 6152362
    Abstract: A combination food server and condiment holder, the food server having a sidewall enclosing a food-holding volume, the sidewall having at least one slit therein; the condiment holder comprising a cup for holding at least one condiment, and a tab, connected to the cup, extending through the at least one slit in the sidewall to secure the condiment holder to the food server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2000
    Inventor: Julie H. Rosenfeld
  • Patent number: 6119930
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a carton for co-packaging two distinct food substances, in two distinct cavities. This is accomplished by means of a single blank of paperboard which is creased, folded and glued so as to form one major cavity and one minor cavity, said minor cavity being an integral discrete compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2000
    Assignee: Bell Paper Box, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith Lunstra, Mark Hill
  • Patent number: 6109512
    Abstract: A folder type paperboard container formed from a single piece having a hexagonal bottom wall panel, a rear wall panel, a front wall panel, a pair of side wall panels and a cover panel. The front wall panel includes a tuck that adds strength to the location and also serves as a securing mechanism. The securing mechanism does not extend beyond the front panel. The cover panel includes two depending flaps that cooperate with and are part of the securing mechanism. The folder type container includes an angled front panel arrangement that secures the cover in place, requires less material, and increases the strength of the center front section of the box where it generally is grasped by a handler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2000
    Assignee: Jefferson Smurfit Corporation
    Inventor: Mark D. Morrison
  • Patent number: 6092715
    Abstract: A pizza carton having an improved side wall structure and improved cover structure for a D-type box, an improved structural arrangement of major and minor diagonal walls, an improved fold line structure containing a pressure-releasing slit, and an easy-grasp tab on the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2000
    Inventor: John D. Correll
  • Patent number: 6070791
    Abstract: A plastic food cup fitable within a corner space of a loaded pizza box and having a non-radially-symmetrical top edge perimeter having a corner-fitting component and a diagonal connecting component and, in the preferred embodiment, resembling the shape of an isosceles right triangle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2000
    Inventor: John D. Correll
  • Patent number: 6068181
    Abstract: A french fry carton with front and rear face panels and a pair of overlay panels positioned over one of the face panels and including a pair of transversely aligned tear-out sections with partially concealed access tabs available only upon an erection of the carton from its folded stored position to its open in-use position, the tear-out sections providing for the selected disclosure of hidden prize or promotional materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2000
    Assignee: Dopaco, Inc.
    Inventor: Liming Cai
  • Patent number: 6065669
    Abstract: A slanting-wall, one-piece, four-wall, rear-wall-reclinable pizza box comprising a tray member and a cover member hingedly attached thereto. The tray member comprises a bottom panel, a reclinable rear wall, a front wall, and opposing left and right slanting side walls extending between the front and rear walls. The cover member comprises a cover panel hingedly attached to a top edge of the rear wall and having a left-to-right width that is greater than a left-to-right width of the bottom panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2000
    Inventor: John D. Correll
  • Patent number: 6062468
    Abstract: A serving container for an elongated food product and a condiment has a conduit formed by a sidewall having an upper sidewall region, which forms an open top, and a lower sidewall region. A condiment container is aligned with and affixed to the lower sidewall region, and has a container rim with leading and rim trailing edges. The condiment container is sealed by a sealing sheet which peelably engages the container rim, having leading and sheet trailing edges which respectively engage the leading and rim trailing edges. A tab attached to the sheet leading edge extends over the sealing sheet and is superimposed over the sheet trailing edge. The tab is maintained in close proximity to the rim trailing edge such that, when the tab is pulled, the pull on the sealing sheet is substantially parallel to the container rim, allowing the sealing sheet to be removed without dislodging a food product contained in the conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2000
    Inventor: Peter Tausanovitch
  • Patent number: 6047881
    Abstract: A device for use in participating in a contest wherein the device has a first layer integral with and superposed over a second layer having an outer surface on which spaced apart contest indicia are illustrated and a third layer superposed over and secured to the second layer to cover the contest indicia. The third layer is provided with openable cover portions which are located so that, when opened, the contest indicia will be exposed. The device preferably comprises a closed container which may be opened and filled with an edible product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2000
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging Corporation
    Inventors: Charlie Clements, Gary Lapnow, Alicia Shelton, Deanna Dixon-Sievers, Weston R. Wilson
  • Patent number: 6027018
    Abstract: A carton with a prize coupon formed within at least one wall of the carton and defined by peripheral severance lines. A tab, substantially smaller than the coupon, is folded over one end portion of the coupon to conceal the actual award provided by the coupon. The award is selectively exposed by a flap capable of being peeled from the tab, or an overlaid portion of the coupon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2000
    Assignee: Dopaco, Inc.
    Inventor: James Yocum
  • Patent number: 6016951
    Abstract: A non-rectangular, non-collapsible, expandable box having a roll-over expandable wall section comprising a roll-over wall structure, a single-panel wall structure, and an angle-changeable wall structure. The roll-over wall structure comprises parallel inner and outer wall panels, the single-panel wall structure comprises a wall panel and a corner flap panel attached thereto, and the angle-changeable wall structure comprises a plurality of foldline-connected movable panels that is movable from a first disposition to a second disposition. A method of use is associated with the box. The primary purpose of the box is for packaging pizza and similar products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2000
    Inventor: John D. Correll
  • Patent number: 6012628
    Abstract: A protective box for a food tray. The food tray has a base, a generally upright, contiguous wall attached to the base, and a circumferential flange attached to an upper edge of the wall. The protective box typically has three or more, generally upright walls, and a device for holding the food tray within the box so that the flange of the food tray is separated from at least two of the upright walls of the protective box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2000
    Assignee: Lawson Mardon Thermaplate Corporation
    Inventors: Mahmood A. Shaikh, Andreas Christel
  • Patent number: 5971262
    Abstract: A container embodiment helping to protect freshly baked pizza pie and the like against extremely disgruntled delivery drivers while in a totally unsupervised environment. The container embodiment having tamper-resistant ventilation to enhance the overall effectiveness of a supplemental tamper-resistant securing means which is added just before the delivery process begins. The tamper-resistant ventilation prevents contaminates from being easily injected through the ventilation by a contaminate delivery means without leaving evidence of the contaminates on an inner surface area of the container embodiment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1999
    Inventors: William E. Moore, Dennis E. Moore
  • Patent number: 5961035
    Abstract: A designer-type pizza box employing one or more unique structural elements including: (a) at least six walls comprising front and rear walls, a pair of forward side walls, and a pair of non-parallel rearward side walls, with the length of the front wall being longer than the length of the rear wall; (b) an easy-folding rear diagonal side wall structure comprising a diagonally-disposed rearward side wall and a unitary plurality of hingedly connected connector panels extending between the rearward side wall and a rear wall; (c) a type of thermal-leg comprising a corner flap attached to the end of a wall and disposed between the panels of a double-panel wall and projecting through a hole in the bottom of the box; (d) a hole-covering double-panel wall structure comprising a hole-covering flap attached to the bottom edge of an inner panel of a double-panel wall and covering an opening in the bottom of the box; and (e) a strengthened double-panel wall comprising inner and outer panels joined by a double-panel conne
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 5, 1999
    Inventor: John D. Correll
  • Patent number: 5950912
    Abstract: A rectangular box for transporting two pizza pies in a stacked formation formed by a single cardboard blank having scoring and cut-outs for assembling into a dual pizza box. The box has a bottom wall, four side walls and a lid hinged to one of the side walls. When assembled the box has corner shelf supports for positioning a second pizza pie. The shelf supports also provide a stop for the lid of the box to prevent crushing the contents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1999
    Inventor: Demosthenes O. Economopoulos
  • Patent number: 5918797
    Abstract: A pizza box blank having a special double-panel wall structure and a non-centrally-positioned interlock receptor means that allows the inner panel of the double-panel wall structure to be formed into a special shape that, in turn, allows the box blank to be made with less material than would be required if the blank contained a conventional double-panel wall structure and interlock receptor means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 6, 1999
    Inventor: John D. Correll
  • Patent number: 5908152
    Abstract: A multi-compartment box comprising a compartment portion including two compartments with a divider therebetween, and a lid connected to the compartment portion by a hinge. The divider between the two compartments is arranged substantially normal to the hinge which connects the lid to the compartment portion of the box. The box is formed from a unitary blank of semi-rigid material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 1, 1999
    Assignee: Burrows Paper Corporation
    Inventor: Stephen D. Tullis
  • Patent number: 5900264
    Abstract: A food package including a tray and a sleeve surrounding the tray. The tray includes a base defining an opening and a sidewall extending from the base which terminates in a free edge. The free edge defines a tray opening. The sleeve includes a top panel positioned adjacent the tray opening, a bottom panel positioned adjacent to the opening in the base and a side panel positioned adjacent to at least a portion of the sidewall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 4, 1999
    Assignee: Gics & Vermee, L.P.
    Inventor: Paul W. Gics
  • Patent number: 5895698
    Abstract: A pizza platform is provided including a platform with a top face, a bottom face, and a periphery formed therebetween. The platform is constructed from metal. A plurality of small cones each have a base integrally coupled to the platform. As such, a pizza is placed atop the top face of the platform and the cones while being stored in a pizza box for preventing moisture from accumulating thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 20, 1999
    Inventors: Vincent Cacciatore, Patrice Cacciatore
  • Patent number: 5887783
    Abstract: A disposable foldable rectangular cardboard pizza box has a lid portion having a denoted center which receives a domed spirit level. The spirit level, preferably secured to the box by contact adhesive, facilitates manipulation of the box to a horizontal position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 30, 1999
    Inventor: J. Gus Prokopis
  • Patent number: 5881948
    Abstract: A one-piece expandable pizza box having a bottom panel, a fully-reclinable rear wall, a cover attached to the rear wall, at least one fall-back side wall structure with a side wall that can assume both a vertical position and a fall-back position, and a double-panel wall adjacent the side wall; plus an associated method of use involving placing a pizza into the partially-erected expandable pizza box and causing the side wall to move from the fall-back position to the vertical position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 16, 1999
    Inventor: John D. Correll
  • Patent number: 5875956
    Abstract: A package for a food product such as a cylindrical sandwich includes an elongate central strip having a plurality of fold lines defining a series of panels. A central panel of the series includes a central flap connected at each side edge, and other closure flaps are connected to at least some of the other panels. The panels are folded with respect to each other so that the endmost panels are positioned to define a polygonal cross-section for the package. The closure flaps and central flaps are folded to close the package. An outer portion of each central flap is free from the remaining closure flaps to permit outward folding of the panels for access to the food product. Several alternative embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 2, 1999
    Assignee: The Mead Corporation
    Inventor: Jacques Benarrouch
  • Patent number: 5875957
    Abstract: A food container with at least a convex front wall having a single sheet of flexible material edge joined to the inner face of the wall and in intimate contact therewith for a selective inward convex flexing of the sheet a distance determined by the convexity of the first wall to define an upwardly opening pocket therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 2, 1999
    Assignee: Dopaco, Inc.
    Inventor: James A. Yocum
  • Patent number: 5842631
    Abstract: A compartment which is designed to be mounted on the front panel of a quick scoop carton to hold condiments. The compartment facilitates the application of condiments to food by holding condiments that are difficult to handle such as ketchup. The condiment in the compartment and the food in the carton are held by one hand, freeing the other hand to pick up and dip the food in the condiment. This design eliminates the need to squeeze out the condiment from a package and spread it over the food, making the food difficult and messy to handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 1, 1998
    Inventor: Cheryl Berger
  • Patent number: 5839652
    Abstract: A microwavable box constructed from a blank, having a box base forming area (12), two pairs of opposing side sections (14) and (16) each with a collapsible web (18) between them, flaps (26) extending from each of the three sides and a lid (28) which includes a tear-off strip (30) to enable the escape of gases from the box and the opening of the lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 24, 1998
    Assignee: Fold-Pak Europe Limited
    Inventor: Amit Ben-Haim
  • Patent number: 5833130
    Abstract: A versatile multi-function pizza carton capable of assuming a variety of configurations and of providing various features and functions. Specific disclosed structure includes double-panel V-walls, convertible side walls, convertible cover flaps, fall-back side walls, fall-back-wall retention means, wall-angling fold line, easy-tear corner fold line, and thermal-legs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1998
    Inventor: John D. Correll
  • Patent number: 5816485
    Abstract: A dome shaped crown for a clamshell container is formed by two sets of sidewalls having different shapes. A narrow space is provided between adjacent pairs of sidewalls, the spaces permitting venting of warm, moist air due to the presence of a heated sandwich packaged in the container. The container is formed from a unitary blank of paperboard. In one embodiment, the crown is dome shaped and the lower tray is provided with straight walls. In the second embodiment, both the crown and the lower tray have sidewalls of different slopes. Any type of releasable latch between the two halves may be employed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1998
    Assignee: International Paper Co.
    Inventor: Linda A. Bernstein
  • Patent number: 5806755
    Abstract: A pizza carton providing a high degree of product protection through employing one or more structural features including a warp-resistant cover panel to prevent the cover from contacting the pizza, product anti-slide cover flaps and movable diagonal walls to contain the product on eight sides while still providing a square corner for packing an extra item in the box, and quick-release corner connections and a specially contoured inner panel of a double-panel front wall to allow for slicing pizza in the box without need to slide the pizza back-and-forth. Also included is a method for making a box having a warp-resistant cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1998
    Inventor: John D. Correll
  • Patent number: 5759119
    Abstract: A conventional golf tee comprising a circular member connected along the cylindrical region of the golf tee used to support the lid of a cardboard box such as a pizza box. The tee and circular member are inserted into a hole in the lid of a pizza box so that the point of the tee is placed downward and the lid of the box rests on the circular member. This arrangement is used in a pizza box, with the point of the tee placed in the pizza, and the circular member used to prevent the pizza box lid from sagging onto the pizza's surface. Furthermore, after use as a support piece for the pizza box, the tee may be used as a normal golf tee or as a spinning toy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 2, 1998
    Inventor: George T. Ayoub
  • Patent number: 5725146
    Abstract: A pizza box includes a bottom wall; a peripheral side wall attached to a periphery of the bottom wall; a top cover including a rear edge hingedly attached to the side wall, a front edge, two side edges between the front edge and the rear edge, two slits in the top cover, each slit extending from a front edge, side edge or corner to an inner point of the top cover and each slit formed by a first slit section which is offset from a second slit section thereof, a first fold line interconnecting the inner points of the top cover to form a lift flap between the first fold line and the two slits, two second fold lines extending from the first fold line toward the rear edge, the top cover being bent along the first and second fold lines such that the first fold line defines a highest position of the top cover with the remainder of the cover sloping down therefrom toward the edges of the cover, and a vent opening which is always open is formed along each of the slits; and a rear connecting panel which connects the to
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 10, 1998
    Assignee: Arnold Berson
    Inventor: Michael Dominick Luberto
  • Patent number: 5720429
    Abstract: The food container of the present invention includes a paperboard container with front and rear panels and collapsible side walls and collapsible bottom, permitting the container to be flattened to a nestable storage position. A flip-out pocket is operably mounted within the container, with a pocket panel having a forward edge mounted to the front panel, a rearward edge mounted to the rear panel, and a bottom edge mounted to the side wall. A central hinge extending from the top to the bottom of the pocket panel, and hinged connections of the edges of the pocket permit the pocket panel to be moved from a storage position flush against the side wall to an operable position with the upper edge spaced away from the upper edge of the side wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 24, 1998
    Inventor: Bradley D. Cordle
  • Patent number: 5718370
    Abstract: A paperboard container for heating products placed therein by microwave energy having a first compartment substantially shielded from microwave energy and a second compartment permeable by microwave energy. The first and second compartments each include a top panel and a bottom surface, where a single bottom panel serves as the bottom surface for both of the first and second compartments. The container further includes a plurality of side panels extending upwardly from the bottom panel and a plurality of side panels extending downwardly from the top panels. Both of the first and second compartments are formed from a unitary, single sheet of microwave permeable paperboard material, wherein the first compartment includes a layer of microwave shielding material laminated to the portion of the sheet of microwave permeable paperboard material which forms a majority of the enclosing surfaces of the first microwave shielded compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 17, 1998
    Assignee: Fort James Corporation
    Inventors: Terrence P. Lafferty, James L. Capo
  • Patent number: 5718368
    Abstract: A food container consisting of a top and a bottom having obliquely angled side elements is disclosed. The container may be cut from a single blank of container material and formed into a hingedly connected top and bottom. When the top and bottom are open and substantially coplanar the obliquely angled sides permit multiple boxes or containers to be nested within one another for efficient stacking. A preferred embodiment includes tops and bottoms with eight side elements comprising one piece side elements and side elements having overlapping panels. When closed, the top side elements overlap the bottom side elements. The container also includes a locking tongue and opening which receives the tongue. A tab may be provided to assist in moving the tongue to disengage it from the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 17, 1998
    Assignee: Boise Cascade Corporation
    Inventors: Frederick A. Rench, Michael E. Watanabe, Dale J. Waite, Mark A. Porter
  • Patent number: 5713509
    Abstract: A type of box comprising at least five walls yet with the capability of having the appearance of a square box, with a convertible corner feature that allows conversion of a diagonal wall to a square corner for carrying extra items, and with sloping side walls that allow multiple blanks to be inverted and mated for material savings. Also disclosed is a method for partially folding and nesting the box for conserving storage space used for set up boxes and a method for expanding and contracting the size of the inner cavity of the box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 3, 1998
    Inventor: John D. Correll
  • Patent number: 5702054
    Abstract: A paperboard container is formed from a single piece with appropriate cuts, score lines and slots to become, when in the erected condition, a food container for holding food items such as pizzas. Top and bottom panels are provided as are appropriate side panels. Front angled corners are constructed where triangular panels and upstanding tabs create a receiving pocket for accepting the locking flap hinged to the top closure panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 30, 1997
    Assignee: Weyerhaeuser Company
    Inventors: Nicholas A. Philips, Walter D. Keefe, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5697549
    Abstract: A prize concealing member integrally formed by partially severing and folding a tab-forming section of a carton wall to overly and conceal a prize coupon also defined from the wall with both the tab and coupon being selectively severable from the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 16, 1997
    Assignee: Dopaco, Inc,
    Inventor: James A. Yocum