Stretchable Patents (Class 383/118)
  • Patent number: 10322037
    Abstract: Provided is an absorbent article having a top sheet with an opening-formed area in which openings are formed, and non-opening-formed areas in which no openings are formed, said absorbent article being capable of preventing liquid from remaining on the surface of the opening-formed area of the top sheet. In the present invention, the top sheet is a resin sheet having an opening-formed area (12) in which openings are formed, and non-opening-formed areas (5, 14) in which no openings are formed. The opening-formed area (12) is disposed in an outlet-facing area (16) that faces at least an outlet for fluid from a wearer. The top sheet (2) has a blood modifier layer on the surface of at least the outlet-facing area (16). The blood modifier of the blood modifier layer has an inorganic/organic balance (IOB) of 0 to 0.60, a melting point of not more than 45° C., and an aqueous solubility of 0.05 g or less with respect to 100 g of water at 25° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: UNICHARM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuki Noda, Tatsuya Tamura, Takashi Nomoto, Takashi Onozuka
  • Patent number: 9924805
    Abstract: There is disclosed a portably suspended retractable shelf for storing bedside items and which includes a horizontal platform having an inner portion and an outer portion. In various embodiments, the inner portion is adapted to be slidably captured between a mattress and a mattress supporting structure. At least one of the following upward-facing compartments is disposed on the outer portion of the horizontal platform and is accessible to a user on the mattress: a collapsible basin, a hanging flexible pocket, a foldable box. The compartments are collapsible for allowing the horizontal platform to be slidably retracted under the mattress. A cutout hole is configured to hold a cup or other object in a suspended configuration through the shelf. A downward-facing sliding drawer compartment of various sizes is mounted and/or supported underneath the outer portion of the shelf. A storage container extends from a leading surface of the portable suspended retractable shelf. Other embodiments are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Inventor: Dan Cass
  • Patent number: 9522768
    Abstract: A plastic bag may include flexible thermoplastic sidewalls that have a pattern of ribs alternating between thinner areas. The ribs may also be alternating between two types of ribs having different lengths and shapes. The bag may also include a network pattern above the pattern of ribs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: The Glad Products
    Inventors: Kyle R. Wilcoxen, Robert W. Fraser
  • Patent number: 9387135
    Abstract: The present invention addresses the problem of providing a novel absorbent article that prevents excessive compression of an absorbent body caused by deformation of the absorbent article, and rewetting associated with said compression. In order to solve such a problem, a sanitary napkin (1) is provided with a liquid-permeable top sheet (2), a liquid-impermeable back sheet (3), and an absorbent body (4) disposed between the top sheet (2) and the back sheet (3), wherein: an extensible area (21) having an extensible bellows-like section (210), and a flexible area (22) surrounding the extensible area (21) are formed in a waste supply area (20) of the top sheet (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: UNICHARM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuki Noda, Tatsuya Tamura, Takashi Nomoto, Takashi Onozuka
  • Patent number: 9365323
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a thermoplastic film having improved tear and puncture resistance. The thermoplastic has a plurality of embossed regions that are comprised of a plurality of parallel, linear embosses. The plurality of embossed regions is arranged so that a straight line cannot traverse the thermoplastic film without intersecting at least one of the plurality of embossed regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Poly-America, L.P.
    Inventor: Brad A. Cobler
  • Patent number: 9290303
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a thermoplastic film having improved tear and puncture resistance. The thermoplastic has a plurality of embossed regions that are comprised of a plurality of parallel, linear embosses. The plurality of embossed regions is arranged so that a straight line cannot traverse the thermoplastic film without intersecting at least one of the plurality of embossed regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: Poly-America, L.P.
    Inventor: Brad A. Cobler
  • Patent number: 9028147
    Abstract: An improved liner having an elastic securing mechanism that may be placed in a vessel to form and maintain a barrier between the vessel and objects contained therein. The liner includes an elastic securing band secured around the perimeter of the open top end of the liner using a plurality of spaced-apart tack welds or rivets. In one embodiment, the liner material is folded over the elastic and ultrasonic sealing is used to burn through the elastic and seal the folded liner material to itself thereby securing the elastic to the liner. In use, the liner is placed within a receptacle of the vessel and the open top end is folded outward and downward over a rim of the vessel such that the elastic engages an outside of the vessel to form a secure and snug fit of the liner to the vessel. Advantageously, a failure to a portion of the elastic is limited to that portion of the elastic only and propagation of the failure is limited by the rivets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: M&Q IP Leasing, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. Schmal, Ernest E. Bachert, Joseph A. Radosta
  • Publication number: 20150104121
    Abstract: A flexible film, and articles comprising the film, comprises interleaved pluralities of each of first bands and second bands disposed adjacent to the first bands. Both the first and second bands have a length and a width; the first bands comprise a first film basis weight and first and second regions. The first regions and second regions being comprised of the same material composition. The first regions undergo a substantially molecular-level deformation and the second regions initially undergo a substantially geometric deformation when the sheet material is subjected to an applied elongation along at least one axis. The second bands comprise a second film basis weight and a plurality of corrugations disposed along the length of the band. In this aspect the material may be described as having alternating bands of structural-elastic-like film and ring-rolled film.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Shaun Thomas Broering, Karen Denise MCaffry
  • Patent number: 8794835
    Abstract: The plastic bag with a hem and draw tape may include flexible thermoplastic sidewalls that have a network pattern imparted onto them across the side seams. In one embodiment, the network pattern is below the hem seal. In another embodiment, the network pattern covers the hem seal. The bag may also include a ribbed pattern below the network pattern. The network pattern may be continuous or discontinuous.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: The Glad Products Company
    Inventors: Kyle R. Wilcoxen, Robert W. Fraser
  • Patent number: 8695796
    Abstract: A ball bag having an interior formed of a stretchable material that pulls the bag exterior towards its own center, shaping the bag and locking the balls in place. This technique enables the bag to be used as a ball backpack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Inventor: Jeffrey W. Byers
  • Patent number: 8631970
    Abstract: Material dispensing systems and methods for make such systems are described. The material dispensing systems employ a collapsible container having at least two distinct chambers, and is at least partially surrounded by an elastically deformable band. The band stretches as the container is filled with a flowable composition, thereby creating potential energy which can then be used to dispense the composition in lieu of a propellant and/or pressurized container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: John Geoffrey Chan, Lawrence Edward O'Brien
  • Publication number: 20140008360
    Abstract: Liners for laundry receptacles are at least substantially comprised of an elastic material and include a peripheral edge, a central region, and an outer region between the peripheral edge and the central region. The outer region includes ridges and valleys each extending at least substantially parallel to the peripheral edge. Laundry receptacles include a frame including a top member and a liner coupled to the top member. The liner exhibits a modulus of elasticity of about 2,000 MPa or less and an elongation rating of about 100% or more. Methods of forming a laundry receptacle include forming a top member of a frame, forming a liner, and coupling the liner to the top member of the frame to hang the liner from the frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2012
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Applicant: EMPEE SOLUTIONS, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Marvin Philip
  • Patent number: 8617679
    Abstract: The invention relates to a large-volume packing container for bitumen, the container being made of flexible material and having approximately a truncated pyramid-like basic shape prior to filling, wherein the container is closed at the top by a cover wall (6) extending parallel to the bottom surface and having a preferably central filling opening (10). In order to achieve self-stabilization during filling, or stability during storage, in the temperature range from 100° to 110° C. the woven fabric forming the walls (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) has a stretching capacity of 10-25%, preferably 15-20%, in the direction of the warp and weft, wherein stabilizing means (14), such as pleats, seams, strips or the like are drawn or sewn into the lower region of the fabric panels forming the lateral walls (1, 2, 3, 4) in order to stabilize the woven fabric to forces occurring obliquely to the warp and weft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Bitumen Applied Research Limited
    Inventor: Michael Kreger
  • Patent number: 8602649
    Abstract: An improved liner having an elastic securing mechanism that may be placed in a vessel to form and maintain a barrier between the vessel and objects contained therein. The liner includes an elastic securing band secured around the perimeter of the open top end of the liner using a plurality of spaced-apart tack welds or rivets. In one embodiment, the liner material is folded over the elastic and ultrasonic sealing is used to burn through the elastic and seal the folded liner material to itself thereby securing the elastic to the liner. In use, the liner is placed within a receptacle of the vessel and the open top end is folded outward and downward over a rim of the vessel such that the elastic engages an outside of the vessel to form a secure and snug fit of the liner to the vessel. Advantageously, a failure to a portion of the elastic is limited to that portion of the elastic only and propagation of the failure is limited by the rivets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: M&Q IP Leasing, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. Schmal, Ernest E. Bachert, Joseph A. Radosta
  • Patent number: 8602650
    Abstract: The bag for receiving refuse may include a bag body, the bag body including an inside surface, an outside surface, and a rim defining a mouth. The bag may also include a first strip of material disposed on the inside surface of the bag body proximate the rim. The strip may include an inside surface, an outside surface that faces the inside surface of the body, a top edge, and a bottom edge. The bag may also include a front wall, a back wall, and a hem, the hem including a drawstring. The strip may include a printed design. The design could be letters, numbers, pictures, writing, or any other design. When the bag is inserted into a trash receptacle such that the rim of the bag is folded over the rim of the receptacle, the printed design is visible from outside the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: The Glad Products Company
    Inventors: Shaun T. Broering, Karin L. Toerner, Charles B. Snoreck, Nancy M. Mack-Robles, Matthew W. Waldron, Robert W. Fraser
  • Patent number: 8550713
    Abstract: A bag for enclosing a handheld electronic device (HED) comprises a flexible sheet material such as a flexible or stretchy fabric. The material is formed into a bag having a main body and a mouth. The mouth has a periphery smaller than the periphery of the main body. The mouth can elastically stretch to allow passage of the HED. First and second loops are attached to and project from the bag adjacent to the mouth to allow a user to support the bag with thumb and forefinger while inserting the HED. In one embodiment, an elastic structure comprises the periphery of the mouth. The unstretched length of such an elastic structure may be adjusted to compensate for the size of the HED.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Inventor: Edward L. Schwarz
  • Publication number: 20130102365
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a pouch for a mobile terminal and a mobile terminal having the same. The pouch includes a base defining a space for receiving at least part of a terminal body therein, a slide unit disposed within the base, and relatively slidable with respect to the base along a lengthwise direction of the terminal body, the slide unit supporting the terminal body, an elastic unit disposed between the base and the slide unit to apply an elastic force, a guide unit configured to guide the relative sliding of the slide unit, and a locking unit configured to lock and unlock the slide unit at and from a preset position of the base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Applicant: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
  • Publication number: 20120201482
    Abstract: A temporary storage device fabricated at least in part of memory stretch material (such as synthetic rubber, e.g. polychloroprene material and the like. A storage portion of said device may be fabricated from the same polychloroprene material and is configured with at least one defined storage pocket. An attachment portion of the storage device has defined therein at least one generally annular stretchable opening. This attachment opening, due to the elastically stretchable quality of the device fabric will be stretched sufficiently to surround and cling snugly to a support stanchion such as a bedpost commonly found on a bunk or loft bed. More than one attachment opening of different sizes can be defined in the attachment portion so as to sizably correspond with different posts. The suspended storage device remains in place due to its gripping elasticity as well as gravity pull which distorts and further tightens the elastic opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2011
    Publication date: August 9, 2012
    Inventor: JEFFREY STEPHEN GAWRONSKI
  • Patent number: 8128288
    Abstract: The Adaptable Gift Bag is a bag made of relatively opaque, stretchy material, not paper or netting, so that it can fit over various sizes and shapes of gift items and present a smooth, attractive appearance. The Adaptable Gift Bag is typically made of a single sheet of material folded over and sewn along one or two sides so that it has one open end, but in alternate embodiments it could have two open ends. The open end can be closed around the gift by gathering and tying with traditional ribbon or cord, by attaching a drawstring, or alternatively can be twisted and stretched back over the gift for a unique finished appearance. The Adaptable Gift Bag may be lined (e.g., with a different material), may include a zipper for easier removal from the gift item, and/or may include strategically placed elastic bands in its interior for a better fit (esp. at the corners). Using a shimmery, sparkly, or iridescent material provides a festive appearance for the finished gift.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Inventor: Stacey A. Feeney
  • Publication number: 20120045153
    Abstract: An improved liner having an elastic securing mechanism that may be placed in a vessel to form and maintain a barrier between the vessel and objects contained therein. The liner includes an elastic securing band secured around the perimeter of the open top end of the liner using a plurality of spaced-apart tack welds or rivets. In one embodiment, the liner material is folded over the elastic and ultrasonic sealing is used to burn through the elastic and seal the folded liner material to itself thereby securing the elastic to the liner. In use, the liner is placed within a receptacle of the vessel and the open top end is folded outward and downward over a rim of the vessel such that the elastic engages an outside of the vessel to form a secure and snug fit of the liner to the vessel. Advantageously, a failure to a portion of the elastic is limited to that portion of the elastic only and propagation of the failure is limited by the rivets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2010
    Publication date: February 23, 2012
    Applicant: M&Q PACKAGING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael D. SCHMAL, Ernest E. BACHERT, Joseph A. RADOSTA
  • Patent number: 7704015
    Abstract: In an air cell of a buoyancy compensator an outer protective bag has a section of double layer construction. In the double layer area, two panels of elastic material are each juxtaposed adjacent a panel of non-elastomeric material. The elastic panels are spaced at a distance of each other such that during expansion when the elastic panels are at their limit, there is still an adjacent layer of non-elastomeric protective material. If a sharp object penetrates the elastic panel, it will not puncture the inner air cell unless it can also pierce the protective bag non-elastic layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Inventor: Douglas J. Toth
  • Patent number: 7687134
    Abstract: Tear resistant flexible polymeric film having at least one embossed zone, the at least one embossed zone comprising a plurality of adjacent embossed patterns (8) through the film material, each embossed pattern (8) comprising either at least one spiral embossed rib formation (12) having a plurality of turns spaced from each other by corresponding spiral less-embossed film material (20) or an array of concentric embossed rib formations (12) spaced from each other by corresponding concentric less-embossed film material (20), wherein the embossed rib formation or formations (12) are formed by stretching the film material thereof relative to said less-embossed film material (20). The film may be in the form of a bag, particularly a thin-walled disposable bag, in which the embossed patterns (8) increase the tear resistance of the bag. The embossed patterns may extend across the entire embossed zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Assignee: International Consolidated Business Pty Ltd.
    Inventor: Phillip Withers
  • Patent number: 7614430
    Abstract: The storage bag includes an interior volume for containing food items and a one-way valve element through which air from the interior volume can be evacuated. To prevent fluids and juices from the stored food items from contaminating the valve element, a separator defining a chamber is included that sealingly connects the valve element to the interior volume. In the separator, fluids and juices separate from the evacuating air by gravitational separation and are returned to the interior volume. In an embodiment, to facilitate packaging and distribution of multiple storage bags, the separator is adjustable between an expanded position for providing the chamber and a collapsed position substantially eliminating the chamber. In an embodiment, the separator may be comprised of elastically expandable material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2009
    Assignee: The Glad Products Company
    Inventors: Carl L. Bergman, Michael Borchardt, Andrew E. Neltner
  • Publication number: 20090196533
    Abstract: A shopping bag made of nonwoven fabric according to an aspect of the present invention includes: a lower part which has a bottom that is capable of closing and stretching linearly, right and left sides that are folded inward with a gusset, and an upper part forming a pair of folded broad handles. At least a surface of the shopping bag is made of polyolefin nonwoven fabric A surface of the nonwoven fabric has a print ink layer. A polymer region with high solubility to hot water is interposed between the print ink layer and the nonwoven fabric.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2009
    Publication date: August 6, 2009
    Applicant: AXIS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Fukuichi Miwa
  • Publication number: 20080253699
    Abstract: A plastic bag for holding materials comprising at least one polymeric panel defining the outer walls of the plastic bag. The at least one polymeric panel is interconnected to form a substantially cylindrical shape. The at least one polymeric panel defines a machine direction and a cross direction perpendicular to the machine direction. A plurality of substantially parallel rows on the at least one polymeric panel wherein the plurality of substantially parallel rows is comprised of a plurality of curvilinear areas. The plurality of curvilinear areas having a protrusion or an indentation in the at least one polymeric panel. The bag further comprises a plurality of substantially parallel neutral areas wherein each substantially parallel neutral area is defined by an area between two adjacent rows in the plurality of substantially parallel rows.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2007
    Publication date: October 16, 2008
    Applicant: POLY-AMERICA, L.P.
    Inventor: George M. Hall
  • Publication number: 20080226206
    Abstract: There is provided a housing bag which does not require a closing means, and facilitates the handling by the user while preventing the widening of the opening portion, and enabling the prevention of the dropping out of the housed article. The housing bag A is such that the internal configuration thereof is made approximately the same as the external configuration of the article to be housed while the bag has a bag-like configuration having an opening on one side. On the internal circumference of the opening portion 2, a cushion material 3 and an auxiliary material having a higher elasticity, stability and a endurance than the material constituting the main body 1 of the bag are overlapped to be arranged thereon. The opening portion 2 is formed with a thickness having an extension and the aforementioned auxiliary material 4 is constituted of a tape-like thermo-plastic urethane resin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2007
    Publication date: September 18, 2008
    Inventor: Shingo Mogi
  • Patent number: 7422369
    Abstract: The storage bag includes an interior volume for containing food items and a one-way valve element through which air from the interior volume can be evacuated. To prevent fluids and juices from the stored food items from contaminating the valve element, a separator defining a chamber is included that sealingly connects the valve element to the interior volume. In the separator, fluids and juices separate from the evacuating air by gravitational separation and are returned to the interior volume. In an embodiment, to facilitate packaging and distribution of multiple storage bags, the separator is adjustable between an expanded position for providing the chamber and a collapsed position substantially eliminating the chamber. In an embodiment, the separator may be comprised of elastically expandable material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2008
    Assignee: The Glad Products Company
    Inventors: Carl L. Bergman, Michael Borchardt, Andrew E. Neltner
  • Publication number: 20080152265
    Abstract: The Adaptable Gift Bag is a bag made of relatively opaque, stretchy material, not paper or netting, so that it can fit over various sizes and shapes of gift items and present a smooth, attractive appearance. The Adaptable Gift Bag is typically made of a single sheet of material folded over and sewn along one or two sides so that it has one open end, but in alternate embodiments it could have two open ends. The open end can be closed around the gift by gathering and tying with traditional ribbon or cord, by attaching a drawstring, or alternatively can be twisted and stretched back over the gift for a unique finished appearance. The Adaptable Gift Bag may be lined (e.g., with a different material), may include a zipper for easier removal from the gift item, and/or may include strategically placed elastic bands in its interior for a better fit (esp. at the corners). Using a shimmery, sparkly, or iridescent material provides a festive appearance for the finished gift.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2007
    Publication date: June 26, 2008
    Inventor: Stacey A. Feeney
  • Publication number: 20080047078
    Abstract: A device in which a garment with a crinkled appearance may be stored or laundered is taught comprising a washable bag with sufficient elasticity to retain the garment in a predetermined position so that the appearance of the garment remains crinkled. So that the washable bag can be dried as well as washed, the bag is preferably made from fabric that resists melting at temperatures conventionally experienced during the clothes drying process. The bag further has snag-free surface and at least one opening to receive the garment. Means for hanging may be provided so that the device can be easily stored.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2006
    Publication date: February 28, 2008
    Inventor: Minnie F. Gully
  • Patent number: 7300395
    Abstract: A retaining element for use with elastic sheet material is disclosed. In one form, the sheet material can be provided as a bag (100) having first and second side walls (102, 104). The retaining element can be in the form of an elastic strip attached to one of the side walls. The retaining strip (120) can comprise a heat-unstable activatable material such that it can be applied to the bag in a deadened condition wherein the strip is set and subsequently heated to transition to an activated condition wherein the retaining element is elasticized to provide an elasticized article which can have a shirred appearance. The retaining element can have various configurations and can be activated by various methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2007
    Assignee: The Glad Products Company
    Inventors: Greg W. Sleight, Amit Shah, John Rusnak, Jack Melvan, Timonthy LaRocque
  • Patent number: 7275639
    Abstract: An ammunition clip protector for protecting a gun from being scratched by an ammunition clip includes a first panel and a second panel. Each of the first and second panels is flexible and each has a bottom edge, a top edge, a first side edge and a second side edge. The first side edge of the first panel is attached to and extends along the first side edge of the second panel, and the second side edge of the first panel is attached to and extends along the second side edge of the second panel so that a sleeve is defined. The bottom edge of the first panel extends along and is attached the bottom edge of the second panel. The sleeve has an open upper end. An ammunition clip may be removably extended through the open upper end so that the ammunition clip is positioned within the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2007
    Inventor: David Sillin
  • Patent number: 7165467
    Abstract: In order to provide means for allowing a time and cost effective use of measurement instruments (1, 21, 22, 41, 55) in industrial applications where high standard of hygiene need to be fulfilled, a disposable sterilizable liner (15, 27, 28, 51, 67) for a level, pressure or temperature measurement instrument (1, 21, 22, 41, 55) for measuring level, pressure or temperature of a product (9) in a container (3), for use in combination with a disposable container liner (13) covering an interior of the container (3), is described, wherein the measurement instrument (15, 27, 28, 51, 67) comprises: a sensing element (5, 23, 47, 59) for sensing a physical quantity, and a process connector (7, 25, 43, 57) for mounting the sensing element (5, 23, 47, 59) on a counter connector (11, 29, 53) on the container (3), wherein the liner (15, 27, 28, 51, 67) for the measurement instrument (1, 21, 22, 41, 55) is one integral element made out of an elastic material has a shape that exactly follows outer contours of the sensing elem
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2007
    Assignee: Endress + Hauser Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel T. Klees, Ola J. Wesstrom, Scott A. Richardson
  • Patent number: 6695476
    Abstract: A bag made of flexible sheet material having an opening defined by a periphery. Juxtaposed with the periphery is a closure zone. The closure zone has induced extensibility in a direction perpendicular to the opening of the bag so that handle ties may be conveniently formed upon extension of the closure zone material. The handle ties are bound together to form an integral closure for the bag. The closure remains bound in response to forces upon it. The induced extensibility is provided by a network of dual regions having different modes of extensibility. The dual region network also provides the advantage of an increased gripping surface for forming the handle ties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2004
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Beverly Ann Julian Jackson, Daniel Raymond Cerone, Daniel Edward Buenger
  • Patent number: 6513975
    Abstract: A bag made of flexible sheet material having an opening defined by a periphery. Juxtaposed with the periphery is a closure zone. The closure zone has induced extensibility in a direction perpendicular to the opening of the bag so that handle ties may be conveniently formed upon extension of the closure zone material. The handle ties are bound together to form an integral closure for the bag. The induced extensibility is provided by a network of dual regions having different modes of extensibility. The dual region network also provides the advantage of an increased gripping surface for forming the handle ties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2003
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Beverly Ann Julian Jackson, Daniel Raymond Cerone
  • Publication number: 20020130060
    Abstract: A packaging system includes a chain of imbricated, taped bags; and a shipping container into which the chain of imbricated, taped bags are disposed, the shipping container including a cover, the cover adapted to function, when in an extended position, as a loading platform for the chain of imbricated, taped bags. A packaging system includes a chain of imbricated, taped bags, wherein the chain of bags includes a pair of tapes, and an adhesive, such that each bag is adhesively but releasably attached to the pair of tapes; and a shipping container into which the chain of imbricated, taped bags are disposed, the shipping container including a cover, the cover adapted to function, when in an extended position, as a loading platform for the chain of imbricated, taped bags.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2001
    Publication date: September 19, 2002
    Inventors: John P. Carson, Gregory E. McDonald, John R. Underwood, Robert A. Odabashian
  • Publication number: 20020126919
    Abstract: A bag made of flexible sheet material having an opening defined by a periphery. Juxtaposed with the periphery is a closure zone. The closure zone has induced extensibility in a direction perpendicular to the opening of the bag so that handle ties may be conveniently formed upon extension of the closure zone material. The handle ties are bound together to form an integral closure for the bag. The closure remains bound in response to forces upon it. The induced extensibility is provided by a network of dual regions having different modes of extensibility. The dual region network also provides the advantage of an increased gripping surface for forming the handle ties.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2002
    Publication date: September 12, 2002
    Inventors: Beverly Ann Julian Jackson, Daniel Raymond Cerone, Daniel Edward Buenger
  • Patent number: 6394652
    Abstract: The present invention provides a flexible bag comprising at least one sheet of flexible sheet material assembled to form a semi-enclosed container having an opening defined by a periphery. The opening defines an opening plane, and bag is expandable in response to forces exerted by contents within the bag to provide an increase in volume of the bag such that said the accommodates the contents placed therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2002
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Eric Walter Meyer, John Thomas Cooper, Daniel Raymond Cerone, Charles John Berg, Jr., Barry Jay Anderson, Beverly Julian Jackson
  • Patent number: 6394651
    Abstract: The present invention provides a flexible bag comprising at least one sheet of flexible sheet material assembled to form a semi-enclosed container having an opening defined by a periphery. The opening defines an opening plane, and the bag has an upper region adjacent to the opening and a lower region below the upper region. The upper region has a preferential elongation axis perpendicular to the opening plane which permits the upper region to expand in response to an externally-applied force upon the bag, while the lower region has a preferential elongation axis parallel to the opening plane which permits the lower region to expand in response to forces exerted by contents within the bag to provide an increase in volume of said bag. The bag therefore exhibits increased stability in use and is easier to close.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2002
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventor: Beverly J. Jackson
  • Publication number: 20020028029
    Abstract: The invention relates to a soft-sided carrying case and a method of manufacture thereof. The carrying case is made from moisture-impermeable, flexible, stretchable material, particularly adapted for outdoor use. A main body of the bag is secured by dielectric welding with a pair of drop-shaped end panels to form the carrying case. The main body, being cut on a bias, allows stretching of narrow ends of the main body to substantially conform to the drop-shaped end panels and form a wrinkle-free attachment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2001
    Publication date: March 7, 2002
    Inventors: Eric Revels, James Diaz
  • Publication number: 20020003910
    Abstract: The present invention provides a flexible bag comprising at least one sheet of flexible sheet material assembled to form a semi-enclosed container having an opening defined by a periphery. The opening defines an opening plane, and the bag has an upper region adjacent to the opening and a lower region below the upper region. The upper region has a preferential elongation axis perpendicular to the opening plane which permits the upper region to expand in response to an externally-applied force upon the bag, while the lower region has a preferential elongation axis parallel to the opening plane which permits the lower region to expand in response to forces exerted by contents within the bag to provide an increase in volume of said bag. The bag therefore exhibits increased stability in use and is easier to close.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 1999
    Publication date: January 10, 2002
    Inventor: BEVERLY J. JACKSON
  • Publication number: 20010022865
    Abstract: The present invention provides a flexible bag comprising at least one sheet of flexible sheet material assembled to form a semi-enclosed container having an opening defined by a periphery. The opening defines an opening plane, and bag is expandable in response to forces exerted by contents within the bag to provide an increase in volume of the bag such that said the accommodates the contents placed therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 1999
    Publication date: September 20, 2001
    Inventors: ERIC W. MEYER, JOHN T. COOPER, DANIEL R. CERONE, CHARLES J. BERG, BARRY J. ANDERSON, BEVERLY JULIAN JACKSON
  • Patent number: 6196543
    Abstract: A board game bag is made of non-transparent flexible material and includes a main body and a mouth. An elastic member is disposed within the mouth, allowing the mouth to open when the elastic member is stretched and causing the mouth to partially close when the elastic member is allowed to relax. The board game bag is designed to hold game pieces to be drawn during game play. To this end, the board game bag is placed in a cylindrical plastic sleeve that provides support for the bag so that the bag is held upright as players draw game pieces from the bag. Following game play, all game pieces placed on the board are easily removed from the board by stretching the mouth of the bag over all four corners of the game board and flipping the board over, thus causing the game pieces to fall into the bag. The mouth of the bag is then removed from the four corners of the board and the elastic member causes the mouth of the bag to constrict.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2001
    Inventor: Eugene P. Cornett
  • Patent number: 6113269
    Abstract: Ventilation slits are placed in a plastic bag wall for opening in response to tension passing through the bag wall as the bag is carried. A conventional bag has a front bag wall, with the front bag wall having a top, a bottom, and two parallel side edges. The rear bag wall is of identical construction. The bag is conventionally sealed at the sides and bottom and typically carried from the top. The bag is improved by providing at least one bag wall with a plurality of vent apertures. In the preferred embodiment, each vent aperture has a first slit and a second slit with the slits inclined both to one another and with respect to the edges of the bag wall. Preferably, the vent apertures defined by the inclined slits overlying one another in parallel spaced apart relation. When the plastic bag is loaded at the bottom and carried from the top, stress in the bag wall or passes around the slits, causing the slits to open as vent apertures responsive to the stress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2000
    Assignee: Bob Dematteis Co.
    Inventors: Robert B. DeMatteis, Donald Pansier
  • Patent number: 5743458
    Abstract: Various embodiments of stretchable gift wrap provide for the wrapping of a portion of a regularly or irregularly shaped article to provide an attractive and closely fitting wrap therefor. The wrap is preferably formed of a finely woven, generally opaque elastic fabric material adapted to stretch to substantially twice its unstretched dimension in all directions, such as a spandex material, although other stretchable materials may be used. In one embodiment, a flat sheet with a pair of opposite elastic bands is provided, which may be stretched over a gift or article to cover the upper portion thereof. Another embodiment comprises a flat sheet with a peripheral closure band which is used to draw the wrap tightly about an article. A third embodiment comprises a sleeve of stretchable material, which may be open at one or both ends. The sleeve may be used to wrap elongate articles (wine bottles, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 28, 1998
    Inventor: Judith A. French
  • Patent number: 5529395
    Abstract: A reusable gift wrapping having an adjustable main body that conforms to the size of a gift item to be covered. This main body is fabricated from a stretchable and flexible material (e.g. spandex), and it includes an interior surface and a decorative exterior surface. When the gift item is placed on the interior surface, the main body can be wrapped around the gift item to entirely enclose it within the main body. A decorative trim is attached to the circumference of the main body, and is a self forming bow that substantially conceals the circumferential edge of the main body when the main body is encircling the gift item. A draw string is either woven through the edge of the main body of the gift wrapping or is inserted in and through a sleeve provided by a hem sewn in the edge of the gift wrapping main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 25, 1996
    Inventor: Judith A. French
  • Patent number: 4908247
    Abstract: An article including at least one segment which is capable of being elastically shirred along at least a portion of its length subsequent to manufacture of the article, preferably by mechanical manipulation of a predetermined portion of the elastically shirrable segment. The predetermined mechanically manipulatable portion of the elastically shirrable segment preferably comprises an elastomeric monomer which is maintained in a prestretched and tensioned condition in the desired direction of shirring. The opposed ends of the elastically shirrable segment in the article are interconnected to one another through the prestretched and tensioned elastomeric member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 1987
    Date of Patent: March 13, 1990
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: James C. Baird, Thurman J. Koger, II, Delmar R. Muckenfuhs, Milton D. Spahni
  • Patent number: 4886196
    Abstract: The present invention entails a device adapted to be worn about the body of a golfer for carrying golf tees, golf balls, green tools, ball markers, etc. In particular, the golf accessory device of the present invention entails a backing that includes a pants clip on the inner side and formed about the outer side of the backing is a series of tee openings for receiving and holding golf tees and other golf related paraphernalia such as a green tool. Depending from the backing is a fabric ball holding pouch that is secured to the backing such that the open top portion of the pouch is secured in a stretched posture which results in the top opening easily assuming a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 1989
    Date of Patent: December 12, 1989
    Inventor: Patrick E. Plummer
  • Patent number: 4817788
    Abstract: A through the wash, compact, laminated laundry product (1) comprising powdered laundry actives laminated between two plies, at least one ply of which is a strong wet strength, high stretch tissue (5) having a multiplicity of deeply embossed (stretched) nonconnecting tissue cup-like depressions (2) containing the powdered actives with the other ply (4) covering the cups. The plies are sealed with a glue pattern (22) around the cup rims (5a). The high stretch tissue is stretched 15% to 100% to form said deeply embossed (stretched) cups and is made to survive the rigors of a washing machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1986
    Date of Patent: April 4, 1989
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: William T. Bedenk, Kendall L. Harden
  • Patent number: 4715979
    Abstract: Spray dried detergent granules containing high levels of certain surfactants are compacted under certain conditions and admixed with other ingredients to form dense, rapidly dissolving detergent compositions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 1986
    Date of Patent: December 29, 1987
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Jeffrey E. Moore, Brett A. Evans, Richard Hansen
  • Patent number: RE34353
    Abstract: An apparatus enhances the sense of touch when placed between the fingertips of the user and the object being touched. The apparatus comprises a liquid lubricant inside a sealed enclosure. The enclosure is formed of a pliable, elastic material having a wall thickness of about 0.005 to 0.020 inches. The liquid lubricant is present in an amount sufficient to fully coat the interior of the enclosure, but which also permits the enclosure to be flattened with at least about 75 percent of the surface area of one side in contact with the other side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 1989
    Date of Patent: August 24, 1993
    Assignee: Inventive Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Don A. Perry, H. Earl Wright