For Access Opening In Sidewall Patents (Class 383/66)
  • Patent number: 10479968
    Abstract: A novel fermentation method uses a novel single stage horizontal cylindrical or partial cylindrical fermentor, larger in volume than the target volume of wine, which bounds the entire winemaking process. Fermentor has at least one opening for ingredient insert/removal, one-way venting gaseous closure, fermentor tilting prop, cavity space and bottling tap. Fermentor's cavity space and convex curvature underside provides for a fermentor rocking motion creating agitation and splashing for mixing the wine must and inducing ambient air/oxygen therein. A cavity space for fermentation foam expansion, heavier fermentation emitted CO2 gas purges out the ambient air/oxygen then retains CO2 gas providing a safe substantially oxygen free environment for a manually applied to the fermentor rocking motion creating agitation and splashing for mixing, degassing and resting the wine to clear in a safe substantially oxygen free environment until ready for direct bottling via bottling tap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Inventor: Gary F. Novak
  • Patent number: 10219607
    Abstract: Presented are an apparatus and method for enclosing. An exemplary apparatus includes a bag having at least a first opening and a second opening, the bag comprising a first sheet coupled to a second sheet along a periphery of the first sheet and the second sheet, and a first closing device coupled to the first opening, the first closing device able to repeatedly open and seal the first opening. The apparatus further includes a second closing device coupled to the second opening, the second closing device able to repeatedly open and seal the second opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: United Sources Sought, Inc.
    Inventors: Denise Russell, Jeffrey Cahoon
  • Patent number: 9567762
    Abstract: An inflatable pool is includes a floor drain having a drainage conduit and two sealing plug. The drainage conduit includes a midsection pipe having an oblong cross section, an inlet cap having a truncated profile, and an outlet cap that transitions from the oblong profile of the midsection to a cylindrical profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Intex Marketing Ltd.
    Inventors: Hua Hsiang Lin, Yaw Yuan Hsu
  • Patent number: 9260682
    Abstract: A disposable winemaking apparatus for fermenting wine containing skins, seeds, and stems that form a cap includes a single-use, dual chamber plastic bag that incorporates a mechanism to agitate and disperse the cap in order to maximize extraction of color and flavor. It also includes an integral press mechanism to squeeze out the fermented juice through a strainer, retaining the pomace in the disposable bag. The device may also be used for racking and transfer of wine during aging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Inventor: Vijay Singh
  • Patent number: 9033578
    Abstract: The present invention is a washable and reusable storage bag comprising a plastic coated canvas made from cotton and polyethylene. The storage bag comprises a front panel having a zipper and a back panel, a bottom edge and a top edge, and two side edges. The bag further comprises a rectangular transparent polyurethane window in the front panel, preferably in the shape of a rectangle. Two opposing sides of the transparent polyurethane window are heat sealed to the plastic coated canvas to create a liquid tight seal between the transparent polyurethane window and the plastic coated canvas. The outside of the storage bag can be customized with, e.g., designs, branding, and/or advertising. The storage bags can be hand washed, put in the dishwasher or put in the washing machine and clothes dryer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Inventor: Lee Rachel Ostroy
  • Patent number: 9027310
    Abstract: The method and apparatus relates to providing a slit, perforation, line of weakness or similar structure in a flange of a zipper for a reclosable package or bag, including a high-capacity zipper. The slit, perforation, line of weakness or similar structure provides an opening for filling the reclosable package or bag without the need to separate the zipper profiles from each other. After filling, the opening is sealed and the cosmetic appearance of the reclosable package or bag is maintained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Glyn Russell, Charles Greco, Lars Wihlborg, Robert J. Coulton, David Anzini, Brian Ehrhardt, Francis Olajide, Jr., Eric Plourde, David Pritchard
  • Patent number: 8992085
    Abstract: A reclosable bag or pouch configured to store, and to easily pour, material. The reclosable bag is configured with an integral pour spout having a reclosable fastener to facilitate the pouring of material from the bag, and subsequent resealing. By locating the pour spout along an upper side of the bag, material is focused downward from the bag, and not outward, when poured. Bags configured in this manner thus provide end users with enhanced control over the dispensing rate and direction of their contents. In some embodiments, the bag is also configured as a self-supporting bag capable of resting generally upright upon its bottom end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Inventors: Alan D. Olin, Diana S. Olin
  • Patent number: 8979370
    Abstract: An easy-open and reclosable package includes a pouch including a discrete laminate including a base strip, a panel section, and a die cut defining a die cut segment; a first and second anchor seal; the base strip including a sealing segment, backing segment, and intermediate layer including a pressure sensitive adhesive; and a product disposed in the pouch. The die cut segment is so arranged that when the package is opened, the sealing segment is partially removed from the base strip, the pressure sensitive adhesive is partially exposed, and the package can thereafter be reclosed by adhering any of the first side panel, second side panel, and panel section to the pressure sensitive adhesive. Methods of making the package, and a pouch, are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Cryovac, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew W. Moehlenbrock, Sumita Sanjeevi Ranganathan
  • Patent number: 8966726
    Abstract: A body bag (900) can be assembled by a stitching process while providing increased fluid retention capabilities. An upper outer layer (101) and a lower outer layer (102), each of which can be non-woven materials, form the outer surfaces of the body bag (900). An absorbent layer (103) is disposed between the upper outer layer (101) and the lower outer layer (102). One or more edges (303,403,503,603) can be folded into a periphery (332) of the body bag (900). Stitching (802) can then be applied along the periphery (332) such that the stitching (802) passes through the upper outer layer (101), the lower outer layer (102), an upper edge (994) of the fold in the absorbent layer (103), and a complementary bottom edge (995) of the fold in the absorbent layer (103). Handles (1001,1002,1003,1004) can be included as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Medline Industries, Inc
    Inventors: Kenneth S. Chua, Daniel B. Love, Kristen Pazely Kanka, Benjamin Palmer
  • Patent number: 8889205
    Abstract: A resealable package integrity closure includes a film layer forming a top of a container and a flap defining an access opening. 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 to provide a visual indication that the closure has been previously opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Intercontinental Great Brands LLC
    Inventors: Gladys Odette Sierra-Gomez, Ron Exner, Olav Dagestad, Alexis Julian Gracia-Lugo
  • Patent number: 8869360
    Abstract: A body bag is usually rectangular and has an open end, with the other sides being closed and secured, the material thereof being porous to water, being incapable absorbing or containing water, while preventing viewing of any contents therein. The body bag of this invention is formed of a porous material, which prevents viewing of the body contained therein, while permitting water to pass therethrough. The material may be plastic or fiber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Inventor: Christopher L. Smith
  • Patent number: 8863950
    Abstract: A hanging pail comprising a hanger pocket comprising an aperture for a hook portion of a clothes hanger, a mouth portion comprising an arcuate edge, a top half and a bottom half, wherein the top half overlaps the bottom half at a center of the mouth portion, a front body portion comprising a semi-rigid frame that extends around the arcuate edge of the mouth portion, a bottom portion comprising a top edge, a zipper that extends around a portion of the top edge of the bottom portion and connects the bottom portion to the front body portion and the rear body portion, and a connecting portion that connects the bottom portion to the rear body panel when the zipper is fully unzipped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: The Natural Baby Company, LLC
    Inventor: Kim Ormsby
  • Publication number: 20140294323
    Abstract: A flexible package having a side pour portion is provided. Additionally, one or more of the portions can be shaped and/or manufactured substantially as a gusset. Each of the panel portions comprise two longitudinal sides or edges. The access device can be attached to at least one surface of at least one of the side portions. The device can be manually attached to the side portions, or attached with existing and/or specially designed manufacturing machinery. Attachment of the access device to a side portion of the package is achieved using heat bonding techniques, adhesives, and the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventor: Mark Steele
  • Patent number: 8845192
    Abstract: The rigid reclosure device allows reclosing a flexible packaging of packaged goods (dry, granular, powder or liquid products). A lid with neck contacts a base and shoulder to seal the packaging to limit the removal of the contents from the packaging. The base fixedly attaches to the packaging, which may be a flexible packaging, to seal the packaging when the lid is in the closed position. Retention fingers of the lid and the base engage each other to secure the lid in the closed position. An access tab provides access to the lid to allow the user to open the sealing head to gain access to the contents of the packaging. The access tab may provide a child resistant design depending upon the contents of the packaging. A scoop may also be stored on the lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Inventor: Robert Bayliss
  • Patent number: 8807834
    Abstract: An easy-open and reclosable package includes a pouch including a reclosure mechanism including a first and second interlocking strip each having an interlocking segment having a base surface and an interlocking surface; a panel section so arranged that when the panel section is displaced, and the package is opened, a product can be accessed between the first and second interlocking strips, the first and second interlocking surfaces are at least partially exposed, and the package can thereafter be reclosed by folding the package such that the interlocking surface of the first interlocking strip is interlocked with the interlocking surface of the second interlocking strip. The first and second strips are not exposed until the package is initially opened, and are not interlocked with one another until the package is initially opened and then reclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Cryovac, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph E. Owensby, Howard Dean Conner, Billy W. Austin, Hubert J. Cook, Andrew W. Moehlenbrock
  • Patent number: 8801287
    Abstract: The invention relates to a protective device (10) for a drainage valve (27) fitted to bags or “bags in boxes” intended for the transport and handling of liquid or quasi-liquid substances, said device (10) being formed by a sheet (1) of flexible material folded in on itself, two parallel side edges of said sheet being fixed to one another over at least a part of their length so as to form an approximately rectangular envelope which is open on one of its sides, called the insertion side, into which a reinforcing panel (30) located on the side of the bag and provided with the drainage valve (27) is inserted, said panel (30) having a thickness e1 and being provided with a hole (T) for said drainage valve (27) to pass through.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Codefine S.A.
    Inventors: Piero Schinasi, Stéphane Levy
  • Publication number: 20140177983
    Abstract: A flat-bottomed bag is formed from a flexible sheet that initially is flat prior to being manipulated to form the bag. The sheet is a laminate of a first web and a second web laminated together by an adhesive layer disposed between the webs. The sheet defines a plurality of serially connected side wall panels collectively defining a vertically extending side wall of the bag, and a plurality of bottom panels respectively connected to the side wall panels at respective fold lines. The bottom panels are folded about the fold lines and are attached together to form a flat bottom wall configured to support the bag in an upright orientation. The adhesive layer is in a partial-coverage pattern that includes adhesive-free regions located along each fold line between each bottom panel and the respective side wall panel connected therewith.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: Sonoco Development, Inc.
    Inventor: Jonathan Edward Trollen
  • Publication number: 20140119676
    Abstract: A bag formed of plastic film material has first and second side panels with a margin portion at a rear edge of the first side panel joining a margin portion at a rear edge of the second side panel at a rear seam. The rear seam along at least a part of its length is braced by a solid elongate brace of plastic material which is either fixed mechanically to the panels or is thermally welded to them.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Inventor: Michael Reid Martin
  • Publication number: 20130227917
    Abstract: A flexible bag assembly includes a body which has a first end and a second end; a closure system for opening or closing of the body between the first end and the second end along a seam; and at least one tubular section on at least one end of the body. The tubular section is configured to wrap around a pipe portion connected to a container. Systems and methods of using such flexible bag assembly for environmental process containment are disclosed herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2013
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Applicant: FIELD SPECIALTIES, INC.
    Inventors: Michael John Joy, James Steven Carlisle
  • Patent number: 8523436
    Abstract: A flexible transport container (1) includes an inner bag (10) formed by a flat casing closed at one end (12), the other end (13) of which is folded towards the first end. The inner bag is housed inside an outer bag (20) formed by a casing provided with a first access port (25) which extends through the two bags close to the closed end of the inner bag and a second access port (27) which only extends through the wall of the outer bag opposite a portion of the folded end of the inner bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Sartorius Stedim Aseptics
    Inventors: Stephanie Armau, Cedric Lambert, Mathieu Labedan, Bernard Saint Martin
  • Patent number: 8523441
    Abstract: A package of flexible material, particularly suitable to contain sterilizable food products, has a parallelepiped box shape with a base or bottom wall (2), a top wall (3), a front wall (4), a back wall (5) and two side walls (6, 7), an opening (8) closed by a peelable patch (9) sealed along a track (20) disposed astride the peripheral edge of the opening (8) being provided on the top wall (3), a respective peripheral edge (10) protruding from the base (2) and from the top wall (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Goglio S.p.A.
    Inventors: Franco Goglio, Giorgio Bottini, Roberto Galbasini
  • Patent number: 8523435
    Abstract: The invention relates to a packaging bag comprising at least one flap (24, 28) which is folded against one face of the bag body (10) and which is held in position by means of a removable linking element (30, 32). The invention is characterized in that the bag also comprises an element (50) which is designed to ensure that the bag can be opened and reclosed, which extends transversely to the fold line (22) of the flap and which covers the entire width of said flap (24, 28) and at least a substantial part of the bag body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: S2F Flexico
    Inventor: Philippe Doue
  • Patent number: 8499959
    Abstract: A packet including a closure having a base portion and a flap portion which is at least in use pivotable with respect to the base portion about a pivoting axis; and a face with a flap area corresponding to the flap portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Tadbik Ltd.
    Inventors: Shlomit Chasid, Uri Zaidman
  • Patent number: 8449185
    Abstract: A free-standing yard refuse collection device including a portable frame body having parallel front and rear frames attached together with braces and a detachable reusable elongated collection bag into which refuse is directly raked or into which a separate leaf collection liner bag is disposed. At least one elongated resealable opening on a top side of the collection bag permits removal of the liner bag filled with yard refuse including leaves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Inventor: Larry D. Koon
  • Patent number: 8434637
    Abstract: A packaging bag for microwave oven heating, is manufactured by using a complex film at least one side of which comprises a sealant layer, folding the complex film or placing the complex films one upon another so as to encounter the sealant layers to each other, sealing the peripheral of the overlapped complex films by a main seal part to form a sealed bag, and providing in the bag a region which is isolated from a space for storing contents by a steam port seal part. The steam port seal part surrounds a steam easy permeable element. The lamination strength between the layers of the complex film in hot condition is not less than 1.5 N/15 mm in width, and the seal strength at least at the steam port seal part in hot condition is not more than 28 N/15 mm in width.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Kozo Mita, Yoshitaka Hamada, Atsuko Takahagi, Shin Yamada
  • Patent number: 8430284
    Abstract: A carrier for a bulk beverage container having a spout includes a shell having walls forming a hollow interior space sized and shaped for receiving the bulk beverage container therein, an opening formed in one of the walls for passage of the spout therethrough, and a flap secured to the shell for selectively covering the opening. The flap hinges between a closed position wherein the flap covers the opening and an open position wherein the flap does not cover the opening. A gasket can be provided at the opening for closely receiving the spout to seal the opening about the spout. Fasteners, such as hook-and-loop type fasteners, can be provided for removably securing the flap in the closed and open positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Stable Brands LLC
    Inventors: Craig Broadbent, Kim Bernth
  • Patent number: 8430566
    Abstract: A side-gusseted bag has two front walls which are joined by a side gusset at a longitudinal side provided with a reclosure. The side gusset is folded-over outwards in the region of the reclosure in such a manner that the side gusset ends at its folded-over section at the associated longitudinal side. The reclosure running in the longitudinal direction is fastened to an inner surface of the side gusset at the folded-over section. A method for manufacturing a side-gusseted bag is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Mondi Jackson, Inc.
    Inventors: Jochen Brauer, Mark W. Gum
  • Publication number: 20130101238
    Abstract: Disclosed is a pack. The pack includes a pack body in which fluid is receivable, a plug affixed to an inner surface of the pack body, a portion of the plug being configured to protrude outward from the pack body, the plug having a discharge opening perforated therein, a lid located at one side of the plug to close the discharge opening, and an elastic member located at one side of the plug to impart elasticity to the lid in a direction of closing the discharge opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2011
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Inventor: Jeong Sik Han
  • Patent number: 8408793
    Abstract: A flexible container for containing a quantity of pourable product is disclosed herein. The flexible container includes a bag having a first closed end and a second closed end and a wall extending between the first closed end and the second closed end to define a closed cavity. The flexible container also includes a plurality of tearable score lines in the bag spaced from one another to define a plurality of differently configured intended openings in the bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Kellogg Company
    Inventor: Thomas J. Martuch
  • Patent number: 8333511
    Abstract: An at least two-layer label for opening and closing flexible packages provided with a pre-cut opening closable with a cover, having a base label provided with a first adhesive layer having a weakened cut-off area which is placed over the pre-cut opening, and a covering label whose lower part is provided with a second adhesive layer by which it is adhered to the base label; the adhesive strength of the base label to the package being greater than the adhesive strength of the covering label to the base label.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Bandfix AG
    Inventors: Elke Rutzinger, Thomas Scheubner
  • Patent number: 8230998
    Abstract: A flexible packaging bags for containing and dispensing articles. More particularly, the present invention relates to a flexible packaging bag having a hanging element, permitting hanging of the bag after the bag has been initially opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: James A. Boldra, Jane L. Clough, Edward J. Foley, Keith R. Haen, Linda K. Lemerande
  • Patent number: 8162146
    Abstract: A system for incontinence maintenance and method employed, of which the system is useful in incontinent care. A plurality of products suitable for use in an incontinence maintenance event are provided in a configuration stacked in the order of anticipated use of individual ones of the products, the first product anticipated for use being uppermost in the stack. A container is provided having a bottom compartment carrying the stack and a top compartment defining a flap extending from the bottom compartment. The container includes means for defining an opening in the bottom compartment to access the stack of goods and for accepting soiled goods therein, and means for resealing the bottom compartment to contain the soiled goods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: A.J. Moore, LLC
    Inventor: Ronald N. Sherrill
  • Patent number: 8142078
    Abstract: A filling-packaging body formed to have both such a durability that can withstand a large amount of filled material filled therein and easily unsealing property. The filling-packaging body (1) is formed by filling the filled material in a three-side seal bag having an overlapped part formed by cylindrically curving a laminated film (10) and overlapping both side edge parts of the laminated film, a plurality of vertical seal parts (2a) and (2b) (two seal parts are shown) formed at the overlapped part roughly parallel with each other in such a state that a band-like non-seal part (5) is left at the tip side of the outer surface side-edge part of the overlapped part, and lateral seal parts (3) and (4) formed to cross the longitudinal both end parts of the vertical seal parts (2a) and (2b). The laminated film (10) is formed by interposing a base material layer (12) for imparting strength to the film between an inner layer (11) and an outer layer (13) which are seal layers formed of a low density polyethylene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: Kyoraku Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shinji Matsunaga
  • 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: 8083410
    Abstract: A bag having a closeable access zone is provided. The access zone includes an access to the interior of the bag and a first portion and a second portion enabling closure of the access zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Barry Robert Feist, Philip Andrew Sawin
  • Patent number: 8075189
    Abstract: A flexible film pouch includes an aperture to access its contents, and a closure means such as a re-sealable spout is applied over the aperture to permit sealed storage of the contents after opening. The closure means is attached to the flexible film pouch by means of a patch that is bonded to the inside of the pouch adjacent to the aperture. The patch is selected to have a mating surface that bonds with the inner surface of the pouch, where such bonding is preferably conducted by ultrasonic welding or adhesive bonding. The patch itself may have a hole that permits access to the contents of the pouch, or the closure means may include a cutting surface that tears a portion of the patch to permit access.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Bosch Pouch Systems AG
    Inventor: Ronald H. Berman
  • Patent number: 8070359
    Abstract: A plastic bag includes a front wall and a rear wall that are joined together to define a containment portion. To facilitate pouring a pourable substance from the containment portion, the plastic bag includes a pour spout. The pour spout includes an aperture that is defined in a lip. The lip can be formed into a channel such that the pourable substance is directed through the aperture. The plastic bag also includes a series of ribs that are formed in the region where the bag is folded to define a bottom end. The ribs reinforce the bottom end without compromising the flexibility of the bottom end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: Thunderbird Global Enterprises, LLC
    Inventor: Nossi Taheri
  • Patent number: 8066434
    Abstract: A belt-shaped base of a female member of a zipper tape attached to an inner surface of a bag body has a wide portion that extends wider toward an opening of the bag body than a belt-shaped base of the male member. An open tape is disposed on the wide portion and a seal layer is laminated on a surface of the open tape. A first projecting portion is also provided on the wide portion. A second projecting portion is provided on an opening-side end of the belt-shaped base. The projecting portions have a substantially trapezoidal cross section. When the zipper tape is bonded to the bag body and is sealed by the seal layer, a gap is provided between the open tape and the first and the second projecting portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: Idemitsu Unitech Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshinori Nanba, Kenichi Tanaka
  • Patent number: 8061366
    Abstract: Presented is a hair restraint which is placed on a user's ponytail to assist in keeping the ponytail tangle free during sleep. The device includes a drawstring, a drawstring lock, and may be utilized with a headband which gathers the hair and holds it into a ponytail while the device is attached. The ponytail can be formed in the back of the users head or more towards the top of the user's head to provide less of an obstruction while the user is sleeping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Inventors: Nona J. Britton, Lauren E. Britton
  • Patent number: 8038349
    Abstract: The invention relates to a flexible package (1) formed by a wrapped material having a first longitudinal joint (4) comprising two longitudinal edge portions of the wrapped material. The package (1) also has a first and a second transverse joint (5, 6), each comprising a transversal edge portion of the wrapped material. The package (1) comprises a pocket defined by said wrapped material, an openable flap (11) defined by an indication (10) and a label (12) fixed to the openable flap (11) and provided with a tab (14) for opening the package (1) along the indication (10). The package (1) is characterised by a first and a second longitudinal stiffener (3) being formed by said wrapped material and that said label (12) is adhesively fixed to at least one of said first and second longitudinal stiffeners (3). The invention also relates to a method of producing such package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Regath HB
    Inventors: Thomas Andersson, Carl-Olof Norlin
  • Publication number: 20110210143
    Abstract: A pouch for dispensing of a usable liquid comprises at least first and second compartments, the first and second compartments separated from each other by a first rupturable seal; which ruptures upon application of a force so that the first and second compartments are in communication with each other. The first compartment has a fill port with a tamperproof seal and is either empty or contains a gas such as air or an inert gas. The second compartment has at least a first material therein to be mixed with one or more liquids to be introduced into the first compartment via the fill port to form the usable liquid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2009
    Publication date: September 1, 2011
    Applicant: TEVENTI, LLC
    Inventor: Charles H. Jones
  • Patent number: 7988359
    Abstract: The bag has a back panel, a front panel, an upper panel having an upper panel body and a flap and a floor panel. The back panel has a handle opening near the top of the panel. The front panel is shorter than the back panel and is connected to the back panel at the sides of the panel. The upper panel body is sealed to the back panel below the back panel handle, below the upper panel handle and above the flap fold line to form a bag top. The heat sealing desirably forms a seal strip that extends across the width of the bag below the handles and above the flap fold line to connect the upper panel body to the back panel. The top of the bag folds back away from the bag central opening so the handles are not soiled during loading.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Inventors: Gordon Sussman, Tang Suk Man
  • Patent number: 7967510
    Abstract: A flexible container for containing a quantity of pourable product is disclosed herein. The flexible container includes a bag having a first closed end and a second closed end and a wall extending between the first closed end and the second closed end to define a closed cavity. The flexible container also includes a tearable score line defining an intended opening directly to the closed cavity. The tearable score line divides the wall into a first portion engaged with both of the first closed end and the second closed end and a second portion spaced from both of the first closed end and the second closed end. The tearable score line is exposed and directly graspable such that the bag is operable to function as a dish when the second portion is removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Kellogg Company
    Inventor: Thomas J. Martuch
  • Publication number: 20110142376
    Abstract: Closure element (1) of a container particularly made from foil-type material, in particular of a bag-type container for receiving a liquid substance, the closure element having a base (5) that can be fixed to or is already fixed to the container, and which defines a passage (13) and a lid member (3) mounted to the base (5) to clear and close the passage (13), characterised in that the closing element (1) has a transport state in which the lid member (3) is attached to the base (5) via at least one predetermined breaking point (61), and an installation state in which, after separation of the predetermined breaking point attachment, the lid member (3) can rotate relative to the base (5) from an open position to a locked position in which the lid member (3) is removably held at the base (5) by a detent mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2009
    Publication date: June 16, 2011
    Inventors: Séverine Morlot, Frédéric Berthelin
  • Patent number: 7942578
    Abstract: A container for comprising fluid, said container comprising a front wall and a rear wall of pliant material being sealed together along the edge portion to produce a closed bag having a top portion (6) and a bottom portion (5) connected by two side portions (3, 4), wherein the side portions of the edge of the bag may be superimposed and when sealed together forms a three-dimensional configuration. The container may be self-supporting and stable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Assignee: Coloplast A/S
    Inventor: Kent Andersen
  • Publication number: 20110103718
    Abstract: A package is provided having at least one panel formed from a laminate having an inner sealing layer, an outer web layer and an adhesive layer provided between the inner and outer layers. The outer web layer includes a removable tab portion defined by a first line of weakness in the layer. The inner sealing layer contains at least one removable plug portion defined by a second line of weakness. The first line of weakness is in registration with and surrounds the second line of weakness. The adhesive layer includes a permanent adhesive provided directly between at the tab and the plug portion and a non-permanent adhesive within the remainder of the area defined by the first line of weakness. Removal of the tab from the outer web causes separation of the plug from the inner layer, opening a vent within the package.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2009
    Publication date: May 5, 2011
    Applicant: Sonoco Development, Inc.
    Inventor: Brent Bosman
  • Patent number: 7931402
    Abstract: An inflatable container formed in the shape of a cake and designed to resemble a cake, with a door on one side through which a gift is placed inside the container. A preferred embodiment of the container is in a generally rectangular shape with additional inflatable elements that give the container an overall general appearance of a birthday cake, with ‘candles’ and ‘icing’ that inflate with the inflation of the container. The container is preferably opaque so that the gift inside cannot be seen until opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Assignee: Calibre International, LLC
    Inventor: Daniel Oas
  • Patent number: 7891914
    Abstract: A geotextile tube is provided. The geotextile tube includes a first sheet and second sheet that both have first portions with a first weave pattern and second portions with a second weave pattern. The first portion of the first sheet covers a larger surface area than the second portion of the first sheet. Likewise, the first portion of the second sheet covers a larger surface area than the second portion of the second sheet. A seam contacts and attaches the second portion of the first sheet to the second portion of the second sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: Flint Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Joe Lamon Smallwood, William Alton Smallwood
  • Publication number: 20110033135
    Abstract: There is disclosed a flowable material packaging film comprising at least a resin blend of (a) from about 33 wt % to about 80 wt % of at least one ethylene-C4 to C10-?-olefin interpolymer having a melt index of from 0.4 to 1.5 g/10 min (190° C., 2.15 kg), a density of from 0.900 to 0.916 g/cc; and (b) from about 67 wt % to about 20 wt % of at least one heterogeneous interpolymer of propylene with ethylene or ethylene and butene comprising from about 71 mol % to about 86 mol % propylene and from about 29 mol % to about 14 mol % ethylene or ethylene and butene, the interpolymer having an overall weight average molecular weight (Mw) of at least about 400,000, a xylene soluble phase of not less than 30% (wt), with the xylene soluble phase having a Mw of at least about 275,000 and said heterogeneous interpolymer of polypropylene has a density of from 0.875 to 0.91 g/cc; and the film has a Hot Tack Initiation Temperature in the range of from about 100° C. to about 140° C.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2010
    Publication date: February 10, 2011
    Applicant: Liqui-Box Corporation
    Inventors: Alan Keith Breck, Nicholas Farkas, Yuqi Cai
  • Patent number: 7866885
    Abstract: A film bag that forms a sealed film package, with bag surfaces made of an at least two-layered composite film that has a heat-sealable polyolefin inner layer and a non-sealable outer layer. There is at least one carrying handle made of a heat-sealable film. The bag surfaces have window-like openings spaced away from the edges of the film bag, which are covered by film tabs on the inside of the bag. The film tabs are sealed by a heat-sealable first side to the layer of the bag surfaces on the inside of the bag, and each is joined to it by a sealing seam that surrounds the associated opening as an air-tight closure. Each of the ends of the at least one carrying handle is sealed in the region of the openings to the heat-sealable first side of the film tabs covering the openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: Nordenia Deutschland Halle GmbH
    Inventors: Marcus Kujat, Alfons Kruse