Tamper Indicating Patents (Class 383/5)
  • Patent number: 10301076
    Abstract: A slider for a closure assembly of a bag. The slider has a top wall and a pair of wings extending from the top wall. A first wing of the pair of wings includes a first finger pad and a surrounding lip, and a second wing of the pair of wings includes a second finger pad and a surrounding lip. The first and second finger pads each have a major axis dimension that is larger than a minor axis dimension to provide a slider with an improved ergonomic feel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert R. Turvey, Lawrence C. Stanos, Bryan L. Ackerman, Matthew N. Thurin, Christina J. Korinda
  • Patent number: 10117375
    Abstract: A system for enhancement of crop production includes a triggerable seed support package. The triggerable seed support package has a payload including seed enhancement material, where the payload is configured to be released in response to a trigger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Elwha LLC
    Inventor: Roderick A. Hyde
  • Patent number: 10118741
    Abstract: A resealable closure for a container in which package integrity is indicated by a structure which connects the closure to a remaining portion of the container which must be broken in order to gain access to the contents of the container for a first time. The package integrity feature, in one form, includes a structure associated with the closure, wherein upon opening the closure for a first time, the structure stretches, increasing a length of the structure until the structure eventually breaks, leaving one or both residual ends of the broken structure rippled or curved upward from the remainder of the container. In one alternative form, the structure is associated with a pull tab of the sealing panel, which comprises the closure, whereby either the structure must be broken first, prior to pulling back the sealing panel, or while pulling back the sealing panel for a first time, the structure breaks, prior to gaining access to the contents therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Inventors: Deborah Lyzenga, Jeffrey Thomas Weber, Scott William Huffer, Benjamin Michael Davis
  • Patent number: 10029841
    Abstract: Damage indicating packaging is disclosed. A damage indicating material may be applied between inner and outer wrapper layers. When the damage indicating material is exposed to oxygen, excessive heat and/or excessive pressure, the material changes in appearance to thereby alert the user that the package may be compromised. The damage indicating material may include an anti-counterfeiting taggant material. Active and intelligent tamper-evident packaging is thus provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Baby Blue Brand
    Inventors: L. Kris Gaines, Veonous M. Jacques, Auguste Jacques, David A. Gaines, Crystal G. Morrison
  • Patent number: 10011404
    Abstract: The present application provides a container that includes: a first layer of sheet material forming the first side of the container and at least a second and third layer of sheet material forming the second side of the container, a pair of closure strips extending along the opening of the container, each of the closure strips having at least one of a male and a female linear interlocking strip. A first of the pair of closure strips includes: an extension above and an extension below the respective linear interlocking strip, and a second of the pair of closure strips comprising an extension below the respective linear interlocking strip. The linear interlocking strips configured to be released from each other by pulling the extensions below the linear interlocking strips apart using a pair of flaps extending from the closure strip extensions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: QUARK DISTRIBUTION, INC.
    Inventor: Ross Kirsh
  • Patent number: 10011403
    Abstract: The present application provides a container that includes: a first layer of sheet material forming the first side of the container and at least a second and third layer of sheet material forming the second side of the container, a pair of closure strips extending along the opening of the container, each of the closure strips having at least one of a male and a female linear interlocking strip. A first of the pair of closure strips includes: an extension above and an extension below the respective linear interlocking strip, and a second of the pair of closure strips comprising an extension below the respective linear interlocking strip. The linear interlocking strips configured to be released from each other by pulling the extensions below the linear interlocking strips apart using a pair of flaps extending from the closure strip extensions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: QUARK DISTRIBUTION, INC.
    Inventor: Ross Kirsh
  • Patent number: 9643756
    Abstract: A storage bag includes a body having a top opening, a first fitting portion and a second fitting portion disposed in the vicinity of the opening of the body, an adhesive portion disposed on an inner surface of the body in the vicinity of the first fitting portion, the adhesive portion being configured to seal the body, and a release sheet detachably adhering to the adhesive portion, the release sheet protecting the adhesive portion, and the release sheet covers at least one of the first fitting portion and the second fitting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: GLORY LTD.
    Inventors: Takashi Tanaike, Takayuki Kishibuchi
  • Patent number: 9211976
    Abstract: An easy-open and reclosable package includes a pouch including a discrete laminate including a base strip and a panel section having a die cut defining a die cut segment, the panel section anchored to the base strip; the second surface of the base strip anchored to the inner surface of a second side panel; and the panel section anchored to a first side panel; and a product in the pouch. The die cut segment is so arranged with respect to the base strip that when the package is opened, the package can be reclosed by adhering the pressure sensitive adhesive to the first side panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Inventors: Andrew W. Moehlenbrock, Sumita Sanjeevi Ranganathan
  • Patent number: 9114914
    Abstract: A storage bag has first and second closure profiles that include interlocking members configured to seal an opening of the bag. A textured area is provided on the first closure profile adjacent to the interlocking member and adjacent to an end of the first closure profile. The textured area provides a visual cue to indicate that the process of sealing the interlocking members should begin at the end of the first closure profile and move towards a center of the bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian C. Dais, Imtiaz A. Musaliar, Bunlim Ly, Jonathan David Horn, Pamela J. Weisenberger, Timothy D. Stark, Charles P. Althoff, Erica Eden Cohen
  • Publication number: 20150117797
    Abstract: A recloseable package is provided having a tamper-indicating element. The tamper-indicating element include one or more self-terminating shapes that form one or more chads after opening the recloseable package. Advantageously, the self-terminating shapes provide a simple, visual cue of graphical alignment in the seal to show the customer whether or not a package has been opened.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Ed Cigallio, Don Mallik, Robert Cagle, Brent Holloway, Ronald W. Komro, Joseph O'Connell, Michael Payne, Melinda Stamm, William R. Pierce
  • Publication number: 20150063727
    Abstract: Security bag that incorporates highly visible indicator lines extend horizontally across the width and serve as gauges for the quantity of units within. It's filled through an opening that is sealed by folding the flap upwards such that the opening is closed and the first adhesive seal (located on the front surface) comes into contact with the flap. After been sealed, the user may fold the lower portion towards the upper portion. The folds are continued until reach the appropriate indicator line for the quantity of units within. The second adhesive seal (located at the base of the rear surface of the flap) is used to secure the folded portion in place at the indicator line. Also has features found in conventional coin bags (receipts, etc.) Additionally, it's available in various capacities and may incorporate multiple individual chambers for storing coins, among other unit types (casino chips, etc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Alejandro Quintas
  • Patent number: 8950939
    Abstract: A closure assembly comprising an article with a neck and a cap. The cap includes a tamper-evident ring having at least two ring segments, each ring segment having a base portion and an indicator portion. The article has for each segment a boss with a catch portion having a recess. Upon rotating the cap in an opening direction by the user from its closed position for the first time the head end of the indicator portion enters the recess of the catch portion and is then prevented from further rotation of the cap in opening direction, while the catch portion outer wall comes in the spacing between the spaced apart head end and trailing end, the frangible bridge between the head end and trailing end breaking and the indicator portion bending, folding, and/or buckling while being subjected to permanent deformation upon further rotation of the cap in opening direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: IPN IP B.V.
    Inventors: Laurens Last, Paul van den Hoonaard
  • Patent number: 8951591
    Abstract: A resealable closure for packages is provided which has a package integrity feature. The closure includes a two-ply material having an inner film layer and an outer film layer, forming a top of container. The outer film layer has a sealing panel completely covering a first panel and a second panel of the inner film layer. The sealing panel is permanently attached to the first panel and is releasably affixed a portion of the inner film layer around the perimeter of the first panel to form an opening in the top when the sealing panel with affixed first panel is peeled back from the top. The sealing panel is resealable against the top to seal the opening when the sealing panel is moved back against the top. The package integrity feature comprises the second panel of the inner layer which separates from the sealing panel to indicate that the container has been previously opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Intercontinental Great Brands LLC
    Inventors: Carole Anne Vogt, Gladys Odette Moncayo, Jeffrey Thomas Weber, Elizabeth A. McDermott, Douglas H. Philipsen
  • Patent number: 8944684
    Abstract: A bag construction for use to distribute flowable material is provided. The bag construction generally includes a first and second panel sections and one or more side gusset panel sections. An internal gusset member may be positioned inside the bag construction, between the first and second panel sections. A tape is disposed inside the bag construction and secures portions of end edges to other sections. In preferred embodiments, a bag construction includes an openable and reclosable closure arrangement and an anti-tamper arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Ampac Holdings LLC
    Inventor: Gary Michael Bell
  • Patent number: 8910679
    Abstract: A carrying bag (10) with a shoulder-strap (22) and a zipper (14) with zipper-rider (16) for closing/opening the bag. The shoulder-strap (22) is provided with a loop (24) at one end and a key-operated locking device (26) at the other end thereof. Means (36) are provided for fastening the loop (24) to an inside wall of the bag. Means (48) are provided for securing the zipper-rider (16) by the locking device (26) to an outside wall of the bag (10) for preventing the un-zipping of the bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Inventor: Meir Avganim
  • Publication number: 20140314339
    Abstract: A resealable package integrity closure includes a lamination of films comprising a layer forming a top of container and having a scored flap defining an access opening to gain access to the contents of the container. The score that defines the opening flap cuts only into the outer layer of the film lamination and not through the sealing layer of film. A pressure-sensitive label functions as a sealing panel which completely covers the flap of the laminated film layer. A releasable adhesive is provided a pressure sensitive label that is applied over the film layer forming the top of the container. The pressure-sensitive label provides a sealing panel which is releasable from the film layer outside the perimeter of the score by peeling back the sealing panel. After opening the flap, the sealing panel of the pressure-sensitive label is reclosable against the top to seal the access opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventor: Richard V. Docherty
  • Patent number: 8858077
    Abstract: A reclosable package that includes a pouch of flexible material that includes a reclosable closure secured to the flexible material adjacent an opening to releasably retain the opening of the pouch in a closed state. The closure includes fastenable closure strips that extend along opposite sides of the opening and that are releasably fastenable in multiple relative positions spaced along each of two perpendicular directions. The closure and flexible material of the pouch are configured to provide a maximum stiffness, in resistance to bending about a pouch axis extending along the pouch perpendicular to the closure strips, as determined at a point along the closure with the closure strips fastened, that is more than 10 times the maximum stiffness, in resistance to bending about the pouch axis, of one of the closure strips as secured to the flexible material, as determined at the point along the closure with the closure strips unfastened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Velcro Industries B.V.
    Inventor: William H. Shepard
  • Publication number: 20140270577
    Abstract: A flexible pouch is having a lenticular image is provided. The lenticular image may be used to add depth or an animated effect to the aesthetic design of the flexible pouch. The lenticular layer is incorporated into the laminate of the flexible pouch. A lenticular patch is also applied to a surface of the flexible pouch. The lenticular image may be visible about the sealed portions of the flexible pouch. Since the appearance of the lenticular image will be distorted if the lenticular lens is bent or stretched, the lenticular image may be used as a stress indicator to signify portions of the flexible pouch that have been structurally compromised.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: R. Charles Murray
  • Publication number: 20140254955
    Abstract: Security transparent bag comprising a storage compartment comprising a mouth provided with a resealable fastener, transparent walls which completely enclose the storage volume when the mouth is closed, and an opaque appendix which is movable with respect to at least one of the walls, between a covering position, in which the appendix lies at least partially on the wall for at least partially screening the storage volume of the bag, and an inspection position for allowing view of the whole storage volume of the bag through any wall of the storage compartment without opening the resealable fastener. The appendix is attached to the storage compartment through an attachment means so as to hide no portion of the storage volume when the appendix is in the inspection position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventor: Fabrizio ALIERI
  • Patent number: 8801284
    Abstract: A fluid dispenser comprising: a flexible pouch (1) that comprises two flexible sheets (11, 12) that define between them a fluid reservoir (10) and an opening (14); and a stopper-and-dispenser member (2) that is mounted in stationary, permanent, and leaktight manner in the opening (14) of the pouch (1), the stopper member (2) including a body (3) that defines a dispenser orifice (34) and two sealing zones (31c, 31d), respectively for the two flexible sheets (11, 12) of the pouch (1); the dispenser being characterized in that the stopper-and-dispenser member (2) further includes a closure lid (4) for closing the dispenser orifice (34), the lid (4) being hinged (43) on the body (3) in such a manner as to pivot between a closed position and an open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Aptar France SAS
    Inventors: Denis Croibier, Christophe Pierre
  • Patent number: 8771185
    Abstract: A method for securely affixing a sensor to a patient is provided. The method includes attaching the sensor to the patient's index finger with a sensor signal cable routed along the patient's hand, and configuring an identification band to encircle the signal cable and the patient's wrist using a secure affixing arrangement. The identification band is configured to evidence tampering when removed. The secure affixing arrangement may take various forms, including tying loops and securing the cable and/or sensor to the patient using tape, plastics, and so forth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Sleepsafe Drivers, Inc.
    Inventor: Dana Voien
  • Patent number: 8746483
    Abstract: A container for a food product including a tamper-evident closure which forms an opening of a container. The closure comprises a sealing layer, adhesively sealed to the top of the container around the opening. The sealing layer is releasable from the container by pulling back on the sealing layer and resealable against the top layer to seal the opening when the sealing layer is moved back against the top. The tamper-evident feature comprises a portion of the top adjacent the opening and covered by the sealing layer, which extends from a position spaced from, and extends towards and terminates at the opening of the container. A portion of the tamper-evident feature falls into the container after the sealing layer has been pulled back for a first time to thereby indicate that the container has been previously opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Intercontinental Great Brands LLC
    Inventors: Gladys O Sierra-Gomez, Douglas Philipsen, Carole Cole
  • Patent number: 8722122
    Abstract: A resealable closure for packages is provided which has a package integrity feature. The closure includes a two-ply material having an inner film layer and an outer film layer, forming a top of container. The outer film layer has a sealing panel completely covering a first panel and a second panel of the inner film layer. The sealing panel is permanently attached to the first panel and is releasably affixed a portion of the inner film layer around the perimeter of the first panel to form an opening in the top when the sealing panel with affixed first panel is peeled back from the top. The sealing panel is resealable against the top to seal the opening when the sealing panel is moved back against the top. The package integrity feature comprises the second panel of the inner layer which separates from the sealing panel to indicate that the container has been previously opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Intercontinental Great Brands LLC
    Inventors: Carole Anne Vogt, Gladys Odette Moncayo, Jeffrey Thomas Weber, Elizabeth A. McDermott, Douglas H. Philipsen
  • Patent number: 8690428
    Abstract: A bag has two juxtaposed face panels of plastic film and each having two parallel side edges and top and bottom edges. A gusset extends between one of the side edges of one of the panels and the juxtaposed side edge of the other of the panels. The gusset is movable between a folded-in condition lying mainly between the panels and an extended condition projecting laterally past the panels and forming a spout generally at the top edges. A slide fastener at the top edges has two profile strips that can be locked to each other and that each have an attachment flap, and a slider shiftable along the profile strips in a closing direction to close the strips together and in an opposite opening direction to separate the strips. Joints secure the attachment flaps directly to inner faces of the respective face panels at the respective upper edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Mondi Halle GmbH
    Inventors: Alfons Kruse, Jens Koesters
  • Publication number: 20140010481
    Abstract: A closure assembly comprising an article with a neck and a cap. The cap includes a tamper-evident ring having at least two ring segments, each ring segment having a base portion and an indicator portion. The article has for each segment a boss with a catch portion having a recess. Upon rotating the cap in an opening direction by the user from its closed position for the first time the head end of the indicator portion enters the recess of the catch portion and is then prevented from further rotation of the cap in opening direction, while the catch portion outer wall comes in the spacing between the spaced apart head end and trailing end, the frangible bridge between the head end and trailing end breaking and the indicator portion bending, folding, and/or buckling while being subjected to permanent deformation upon further rotation of the cap in opening direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Inventors: Laurens Last, Paul van den Hoonaard
  • Publication number: 20140003743
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing tamper indicating security bags (e.g for the transportation of cash) from plastic film The method comprises (a) forming an elongate rectangular strip of plastics film material; and (b) folding the opposed long edges of the strip towards the centre to form a pair of flaps with a gap between their inside edges, which leaves the central area of the strip exposed; or the method comprises (a) forming an elongate flattened tube of plastics film material; (b) cutting the tube longitudinally to form a pair of flaps in the overlying material of the flattened tube; and (c) exposing a central area of the underlying material in a gap between the pair of flaps.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2011
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Applicant: BRITTON DECOFLEX LTD C/O BRITTON TACO LTD
    Inventor: David Luffman
  • Publication number: 20140000219
    Abstract: A resealable packaging container for housing goods includes a wrapper of a flexible material that encloses the goods within. A perforated panel is cut into the wrapper for movement between open and closed positions. The perforated panel defines a wrapper opening in the wrapper when the perforated panel is in the open position to allow access to the goods disposed within the resealable packaging container. A pressure sensitive coated collar adhesively engages the inner surface of the wrapper underneath the perforated panel to partially surround the wrapper opening. The pressure sensitive coated collar includes an open central portion that is disposed inwardly of the wrapper opening and an exposed region that extends between the wrapper opening and the open central portion. The perforated panel reseals to the exposed region of the pressure sensitive coated collar in the closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Inventor: Paul Pezzoli
  • Patent number: 8561378
    Abstract: Provided is a tamper proof outer wrapping with a reinforced tear zone. The reinforced tear zone includes a tear tape affixed between two layers of the wrapping material. A perforated line runs parallel to the reinforced tear zone on each of the reinforced tear zone. A tab is formed at one end of the reinforced tear zone. The tab is pulled to separate the reinforced tear zone from the remaining wrapping material and open remove the outer wrapping. The wrapping can be used on packages containing smoking articles such as cigarettes or orally consumed products such as candy or pouched tobacco products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen Bellamah
  • Patent number: 8545099
    Abstract: A flexible packaging laminate formed by an outer structure joined to an inner structure. Score lines are formed in both structures to form a flap that is lifted to open the package. The score line through the outer structure defines a larger opening than the score line through the inner structure, such that a marginal region of the outer structure extends beyond the edge of the opening portion of the inner structure. A pressure-sensitive adhesive is used to re-adhere the marginal region to an underlying surface of the inner structure adjacent the opening through the laminate. The outer score line includes at least one tab having one end integrally joined to an outer edge of the flap and an opposite end anchored to a portion of the outer structure spaced from the outer edge, the tab being torn through upon initial creation of the opening through the flexible packaging laminate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Sonoco Development, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin Davis, Scott William Huffer
  • Patent number: 8523437
    Abstract: A reclosable bag for filling with at least one food product. The reclosable bag generally includes at least one sheet of web material having at least two areas of structural weakness. At least one fold structure is located between and defined by the two areas of structural weakness. An opening is located generally opposite the fold structure. The reclosable bag further includes a reclosable fastener structure having an integral skirt structure of skirt web material extending therefrom. The integral skirt structure includes a distal margin. The distal margin is coupled to the web material at, at least one location between the areas of structural weakness and the opening. The reclosable fastener structure extends past the areas of structural weakness and into the fold structure. The reclosable bag capable of being filled with at least one food product through the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Sargento Foods, Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron Strand, Karl L. Linck, Judy Fischer, Thomas J. Spaeth, Jerry D. Kolbe
  • Patent number: 8474584
    Abstract: A tamper evidencing band for encircling an article includes an elongate strip. The band is provided with a loop. The loop is such that attempted opening or removal of the loop will be evidenced by the band. The strip has a portion distal from the loop, which is insertable through the loop. Attachment means is provided to selectively attach the distal portion onto another portion of the strip to encircle the article whereby attempted removal of the attachment will be evidenced by the band. The tamper evidencing band may be provided as a flat strip with the loop unformed. Alternatively, the tamper evidencing band may be provided in kit form with a separate buckle to define the loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Securoseal Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Dion Mrocki, Rod Anthony Wiebenga, Jo Fleming
  • Publication number: 20130121621
    Abstract: A combination operated lock for use with a security container that has a zippered closure operated by a pull tab movable between open and closed positions, with the lock being operable, when locked, to retain the pull tab in closed position until the lock is unlocked by setting a combination. The lock preferably has a housing connected to a flexible fabric wall of the security container, and dials that are turned to set a combination for unlocking the lock. In some embodiments, the lock cannot be unlocked unless and until a one-use seal is broken and removed from the housing to which the seal was attachable only after the lock was locked.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Inventor: Michael O. Misner
  • Patent number: 8408792
    Abstract: A resealable closure for a container in which package integrity is indicated by a structure which breaks and/or produces an audible sound when the resealable closure is opened for a first time. The package integrity feature, in one form includes at least one strip initially affixed to two portions which comprise the resealable closure so that upon opening the resealable closure for a first time, at least one of the strips breaks, thereby producing the audible sound. The strips may include a weakened portion such as a narrowing. Integrity of the package is indicated by an intact strip viewable upon opening the resealable closure and conversely, a broken or non-intact strip would indicate that the resealable closure has been previously opened. Package integrity may also be shown by a movable second panel or movable die cut tab portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Kraft Foods Global Brands LLC
    Inventors: Carole A. Cole, Jeffrey Thomas Weber
  • Patent number: 8398306
    Abstract: A reclosable flexible package having a reclosable closure comprising easy-to-use adhesive securement means in combination with non-reclosable closures provided above and below the reclosable closure. The package provides a re-openable seal for reclosing the bag upon a partial discharge of the contents thereof, such as food contents. The flexible package offers manufacturing ease and cost-savings, and tamper-resistance. The flexible package also may be incorporated into a bag-in-box package configuration. Methods of making and filling the package also are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Kraft Foods Global Brands LLC
    Inventors: Panagiotis Kinigakis, Kenneth C. Pokusa
  • Publication number: 20130064477
    Abstract: A resealable closure for packages is provided which has a package integrity feature. The closure includes a two-ply material having an inner film layer and an outer film layer, forming a top of container. The outer film layer has a sealing panel completely covering a first panel and a second panel of the inner film layer. The sealing panel is permanently attached to the first panel and is releasably affixed a portion of the inner film layer around the perimeter of the first panel to form an opening in the top when the sealing panel with affixed first panel is peeled back from the top. The sealing panel is resealable against the top to seal the opening when the sealing panel is moved back against the top. The package integrity feature comprises the second panel of the inner layer which separates from the sealing panel to indicate that the container has been previously opened.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2012
    Publication date: March 14, 2013
    Inventors: Carole Anne Vogt, Gladys Odette Sierra-Gomez, Jeffrey Thomas Weber, Elizabeth A. McDermott, Douglas H. Philipsen
  • Publication number: 20130064934
    Abstract: A resealable closure for a container in which package integrity is indicated by a structure which breaks and/or produces an audible sound when the resealable closure is opened for a first time. The package integrity feature, in one form includes at least one strip initially affixed to two portions which comprise the resealable closure so that upon opening the resealable closure for a first time, at least one of the strips breaks, thereby producing the audible sound. The strips may include a weakened portion such as a narrowing. Integrity of the package is indicated by an intact strip viewable upon opening the resealable closure and conversely, a broken or non-intact strip would indicate that the resealable closure has been previously opened. Package integrity may also be shown by a movable second panel or movable die cut tab portions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2012
    Publication date: March 14, 2013
    Inventors: Carole A. Vogt, Jeffrey Thomas Weber
  • Publication number: 20120304600
    Abstract: A flexible, portable, storable, tamper-evident, containment device comprising a substrate, a transparent laminate, and a liner is used to identify, preserve, and protect medications, specimens, samples, small parts, and other objects. The laminate is bound or fixed to a side of the substrate and extends beyond the substrate. The portion of the laminate that extends beyond the substrate is removably secured to a liner with an adhesive that remains on the laminate when the liner is removed. After the liner is removed, the laminate is folded over the substrate and secured to the substrate by the adhesive that remains on the laminate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2012
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Inventor: Johnny Bellmyer
  • Patent number: 8308363
    Abstract: A resealable closure for packages is provided which has a package integrity feature. The closure includes a two-ply material having an inner film layer and an outer film layer, forming a top of container. The outer film layer has a sealing panel completely covering a first panel and a second panel of the inner film layer. The sealing panel is permanently attached to the first panel and is releasably affixed a portion of the inner film layer around the perimeter of the first panel to form an opening in the top when the sealing panel with affixed first panel is peeled back from the top. The sealing panel is resealable against the top to seal the opening when the sealing panel is moved back against the top. The package integrity feature comprises the second panel of the inner layer which separates from the sealing panel to indicate that the container has been previously opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Kraft Foods Global Brands LLC
    Inventors: Carole Anne Vogt, Gladys Odette Sierra-Gomez, Jeffrey Thomas Weber, Elizabeth A. McDermott, Douglas H. Philipsen
  • Patent number: 8266868
    Abstract: Provided is a tamper proof outer wrapping with a reinforced tear zone. The reinforced tear zone includes a tear tape affixed between two layers of the wrapping material. A perforated line runs parallel to the reinforced tear zone on each of the reinforced tear zone. A tab is formed at one end of the reinforced tear zone. The tab is pulled to separate the reinforced tear zone from the remaining wrapping material and open remove the outer wrapping. The wrapping can be used on packages containing smoking articles such as cigarettes or orally consumed products such as candy or pouched tobacco products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Phillip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen Bellamah
  • Patent number: 8256958
    Abstract: A tamper evident product distribution pouch especially well-suited for pharmaceuticals is provided, which is made from a single sheet of folded and sealed flexible plastic in a simplified folding and heat-sealing operation that reduces manufacturing steps. The tamper evident pharmaceutical pouch includes a header containing an arrangement of mounting holes and a slot for use as a handle. A pouch is formed by folding over the sheet of material and heat sealing the edges along the length of the pouch. The opening of the pouch adjacent the header. This opening is covered by a flap that extends down from the header over the opening. The flap is not sealed along the edges and can be completely pivoted away from the opening. Adhesive is placed on the flap that contacts the front of the pouch to close and seal the pouch opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Inventor: Ryan Rush
  • Publication number: 20120219240
    Abstract: A tamper evident structure (10) for flexible packages is disclosed to include a slider-zipper assembly (100) and a tamper evident diaphragm (200). The slider-zipper assembly includes a slider (102) engaged with a zipper (104). The zipper includes a longitudinal male element (106) engageable to a longitudinal female element (108), a first flap (114) and a second flap (116) extending downwardly along the respective length from the longitudinal male and the longitudinal female element. Further, the tamper evident diaphragm includes a plurality of temperature sensitive ribs (202) configured along the length on an outer surface thereof, and a pressure sensitive weak line (204) configured centrally along the length of the tamper evident diaphragm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2011
    Publication date: August 30, 2012
    Inventor: Ashok Chaturvedi
  • Patent number: 8251585
    Abstract: The invention concerns a method to manufacture fastening assemblies (1) for bags, characterized in that, for each assembly (1), it comprises the steps of supplying interlocking profiles (11) provided with flanges (12) for attachment to a bag; mounting an actuating slider (13) on the profiles (11); forming two end stops (2) for the slider (13) in the profiles (11); forming two lumens (3) in the attachment flanges (12); each lumen (3) having a longitudinal extension (E/2); forming two lines of weakness (4) between each lumen (3) and an upper part (111) of the profiles (11). The invention also concerns a corresponding bag-forming method, a corresponding strip of assemblies, and corresponding bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: S2F Flexico
    Inventor: Isabelle Moulin
  • Patent number: 8240546
    Abstract: Flow-wrap packaging having a longitudinal sealed seam and two transverse sealed seams, at least the longitudinal sealed seam being spaced apart from the associated longitudinal edge of the packaging, wherein a device for indicating whether the packaging has already been opened (seal guarantee) is arranged at at least one point between the longitudinal sealed seam and the longitudinal edge ,that is to say at at least one point on the longitudinal edge strips of the packaging defined by the longitudinal sealed seam and the longitudinal edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Huhtamaki Ronsberg, Zweigniederlassung der Huhtamaki Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Joachim Friebe, Matthias Schraegle
  • Patent number: 8167487
    Abstract: This disclosure describes a secure access, easy opening tamper evident feature for sealable bags. The tamper evident feature provides dual zones for tamper-detection and may be sealed within a bag to form a package in such a manner that allows for the filling of product into the package and the handling of the package to be safely made, as the tamper evident feature may be positioned away from deleterious contact with the product. The package may be a combination of the tamper evident feature and a flexible bag. The package may include an easy opening end configuration for secure access inside the bag when the tamper evident feature is exposed and subsequently torn open by an end-user along the dual zones for tamper detection. The package may be formed with bags having side gussets or, alternatively, with folded-closed end. Methods for making and filling such packages are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Milprint, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott Anthony Fuller
  • Patent number: 8142075
    Abstract: A tamper-evident evidence bag including a blank having first and second planar shaped and pivotally connected panels. The bag has an open perimeter edge and is secured to first selected lacing surfaces of the pivotally connected panels and such that an interior of the bag is communicable through an aperture defined between the panels. The first and second panels are folded from an open position, in which they panels are established in a substantially parallel relationship, to a closed position in which opposingly facing surfaces of are adhered against one another and in order to maintain, in tamper-evident fashion, items placed within the bag enclosure. Additional tamper-evident resealing structure is located along at least one facing side of the associated bag material, allowing documentable re-entry of the pre-sealed evidence bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Inventor: Raymond R. Shaw
  • Patent number: 8142076
    Abstract: A tamper-evident retaining device for use with articles of evidence having a base sheet and a secondary sheet connected along conjoined bottoms. A top closure includes a central panel secured along a top of the base sheet, first and second side panels extending from opposite edges of the central panel and pivotally opened in a first position. First and second side flaps extend from the sides of the base sheet such that, upon pre-placement of the evidence article upon the base sheet and subsequent folding up of the secondary sheet to overlay the base sheet, the flaps are inwardly folded to secure, in tamper evident fashion, said sides of said of said secondary sheet to said sides of said base sheet. The side panels are then pivoted inwardly and in overlaying fashion against the central panel in a second position to secure, in tamper evident fashion, the top of the base and secondary sheets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Inventor: Raymond R. Shaw
  • Patent number: 8114451
    Abstract: A resealable package integrity closure includes a film layer forming a top of container and having a flap defining an access opening to gain access to the contents of the container. A sealing panel completely covers the flap of the film layer. A releasable adhesive is provided on either or both the film layer and the sealing panel for adhering the sealing panel to the film layer. The sealing panel is releasable from the film layer by pulling the sealing panel back in a peeling direction and reclosable against the top to seal the access opening when the sealing panel is moved back against the top. A coating of transferable material is provided on either the sealing panel or on the film layer, which is transferable therebetween, respectively, when the sealing panel is pulled back from the film layer for a first time to provide a visual indication that the closure has been previously opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Kraft Foods Global Brands LLC
    Inventors: Gladys Odette Sierra-Gomez, Ron Exner, Olav Dagestad, Alexis Julian Gracia-Lugo
  • Patent number: 8100585
    Abstract: The invention described herein provides an embedded wireless device such as a RFID tag molded into separate housing formed of any thermoplastic material compatible to that of the plastic material as the device to which the housing is to be attached. Subsequently, the housed tag assembly can be thermally bonded onto the device through many means which are well known and accepted in the industry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: Millipore Corporation
    Inventors: Aaron Burke, Joseph Muldoon
  • Publication number: 20110268371
    Abstract: A system and method for imprinting distinct patterns along a seam by which two or more layered plastic sheets are mutually attached to each other is provided. The disclosed method comprises (i) heating selected contours located across a surface of the layered plastic to a predefined temperature, and (ii) forcing a molding head against the heated surface, wherein the molding member has a face from which a plurality of pressing faces extend towards a common direction, the footprint of which features the desired pattern. A soldering head of the disclosed system has at least one molding member having a plurality of fingers. The footprints of the fingers are geometrically shaped in accordance with the pattern to be imprinted along the seam. Some of the fingers may have sharpened tips. A soldering head optionally comprises a pressing member for pressing against peripheries of the footprints of the fingers located across the surface of the layered plastic.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2011
    Publication date: November 3, 2011
    Inventor: Boaz KRISTAL
  • Publication number: 20110243479
    Abstract: Security transparent bag (1) comprising a storage compartment (2) comprising a mouth (5) provided with a resealable fastener (5a), transparent walls (2a, 2d) which completely enclose the storage volume when the mouth is closed, and an opaque appendix (3) which is movable with respect to at least one of the walls, between a covering position, in which the appendix lies at least partially on the wall for at least partially screening the storage volume of the bag, and an inspection position for allowing view of the whole storage volume of the bag through any wall of the storage compartment without opening the resealable fastener. The appendix is attached to the storage compartment through an attachment means (4) so as to hide no portion of the storage volum when the appendix is in the inspection position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2007
    Publication date: October 6, 2011
    Inventor: Fabrizio Alieri