Reusable Patents (Class 383/86)
  • Patent number: 6756097
    Abstract: A re-sealable container closure label including a base label and a cover label, and a hook-and-loop fastener system and a tamper-evident tear strip is sandwiched therebetween. In a preferred embodiment, the base label is adhered to the front wall of a container, preferably a bag, adjacent an opening in the bag. A flap of the bag is folded downwardly over the opening and adheres to the front wall, the cover label, the two-part hook-and-loop fastener system and the tear strip. In an alternative embodiment, container closure label includes a hook-and-loop fastener system and a tear strip secured only to a base label. This alternative embodiment label is adhered to the front wall of a bag as in the preferred embodiment, except that the flap is adhered directly over the fastener system and tear strip. To open a bag sealed with the re-sealable container closure label, a user pulls the tear strip, which permits the flap to open and form a pour opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2004
    Assignee: CCL Label, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan T. Baker, Guy S. Kiraly
  • Patent number: 6726076
    Abstract: A portable litter receptacle for allowing smokers to discard their litter in a litter receptacle rather than throwing their buds on the ground. The portable litter receptacle includes a pouch member being collapsible; and also includes a support assembly being securely attached to the.pouch member and being adapted to extend over an object to suspend the pouch member therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2004
    Inventor: Eric C. Hernandez
  • Patent number: 6722784
    Abstract: A resealable watertight mailing envelope has a ziploc style strip for sealing the envelope closed. A flap portion is foldable over the ziploc seal, secured in the closed position by a snap closure. The envelope also has an interior watertight lining joined with the ziploc strip to seal the contents within from wetness or to prevent leakage of liquid items placed inside the envelope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2004
    Inventor: Gary L. Breil, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6723408
    Abstract: A resealable envelope comprising a flexible plastic back sheet, a backing adhesive applied on a back surface of the flexible plastic back sheet to attach the envelope to a package, a flexible plastic front sheet attached to the back sheet at their respective side edges and bottom edges, a flexible closure flap being adhered directly to the front surface of the back sheet at their respective top edges via a permanent adhesive and overlapping said front sheet, and a resealable adhesive located proximal to the top edge of the front sheet such that the resealable adhesive is capable of fastening said closure flap to the front sheet forming a resealable closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2004
    Assignee: A.D.M. Corporation
    Inventors: Bruce J. Hillemann, Joseph DeRiggi
  • Publication number: 20040066982
    Abstract: A packaging system consisting of a sealable bag with an optional exterior pocket and an integral handle fastened across the top side that allows for the horizontal storage and transport of food products and other goods.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2003
    Publication date: April 8, 2004
    Inventors: Craig A. Urman, Martin Reall
  • Patent number: 6705465
    Abstract: A package including a plurality of absorbent articles, and recloseable packaging. The packaging includes a flexible pocket having a hollow interior, an opening extending into the interior, a flap for covering the opening, and a closure positioned on the pocket and/or the flap for releasably holding the flap in a closed position. The closure permits the flap to be positioned in a different location on the pocket during successive closings when successive articles are removed from the interior of the pocket to permit the packaging to conform to the remaining articles in the interior of the pocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2004
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Lu Ling, Jacqueline M. Maxton, Ann M. Nichols, Jeffery R. Cottingham, Hao Xueen, Kami L. Bechyne, James D. McManus, Heather A. Sorebo, Mary Lou McDaniel
  • Publication number: 20040047522
    Abstract: A laundry bag comprising a fillable part, a fold, a flap, at least one attachment, at least one complementary attachment receptacle and a hook.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2002
    Publication date: March 11, 2004
    Inventor: Micheline Thibault
  • Patent number: 6692149
    Abstract: A re-sealable container closure label including a base label and a cover label, and a hook-and-loop fastener system and a tamper-evident tear strip is sandwiched therebetween. In a preferred embodiment, the base label is adhered to the front wall of a container, preferably a bag, adjacent an opening in the bag. A flap of the bag is folded downwardly over the opening and adheres to the front wall, the cover label, the two-part hook-and-loop fastener system and the tear strip. In an alternative embodiment, container closure label includes a hook-and-loop fastener system and a tear strip secured only to a base label. This alternative embodiment label is adhered to the front wall of a bag as in the preferred embodiment, except that the flap is adhered directly over the fastener system and tear strip. To open a bag sealed with the re-sealable container closure label, a user pulls the tear strip, which permits the flap to open and form a pour opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2004
    Assignee: CCL Label, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan T. Baker, Guy S. Kiraly
  • Patent number: 6685058
    Abstract: An aperture forming structure for a sealed containment and dispensing package for flowable products is provided. The structure includes a breakaway tip member of thermoformable plastic. In one embodiment a cap may be integrally formed with the aperture forming structure and may be used to protect the tip member or for reclosing the aperture. An alternative embodiment relates to a pouch, wherein a flap member portion of the pouch is folded over and sealingly attached to the body of the pouch. When the flap member portion is pulled away from the body, an outlet aperture is produced through the surface of the pouch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2004
    Inventor: Sanford Redmond
  • Patent number: 6672762
    Abstract: A flexible package with a body portion that includes a front, a back, a bottom and two sides. A top portion extends from the front upwardly and rearwardly, ultimately engaging the back in a secured relationship with a latch. A hanger is formed in the end of the top to allow the package to be suspended or hung from a hook or peg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2004
    Assignee: Sara Lee Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Faircloth, J. Reid London
  • Patent number: 6648217
    Abstract: A disposable container according to present invention is embodied in a thin-walled container having an integral sealing flap. Such containers include cups or other vessels for holding beverages, food or other substances. The disposable container preferably has a truncated conical shape. One example of such a shape is a typical beverage cup commonly dispensed at fast food restaurants and convenience stores. However, any shape or size of disposable container may be used, so long as the container is sealed using an integral sealing flap in accordance with the present invention. Once the container has been filled it is closed by squeezing or folding the top of the container together. The container is then sealed by folding the integral sealing flap over one side of the top of the closed container. In one embodiment, the sealing flap is then secured using conventional adhesives that are integral to either or both the surface of the container, and the surface of the sealing flap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2003
    Inventor: Gary M. Schein
  • Patent number: 6612432
    Abstract: A case for holding a portable electronic device is disclosed which includes a body portion having a front panel, a rear panel, and two side panels. The body portion has a cavity formed by the front, rear, and side panels. The cavity has an open top end and an open bottom end. A top flap is releasably secured to the body portion within the cavity. A bottom flap is attached to and extends downwardly from the body portion. To cover the open bottom end of the cavity, the bottom flap is folded over the open end and releasably secured to the rear panel. When it is desired to cover the top open end of the cavity, the top flap is folded over the cavity and secured to the front panel of the body portion. The top flap may be adjusted so as to accommodate various types of portable devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2003
    Inventor: W. David Motson
  • Publication number: 20030152294
    Abstract: The bag has a flap extending from a long edge of the bag opening. Detachable adhesive engagements secure the bag closed with the flap extending across the bag opening and down the bag side and also hold the flap out of the way during filling of the bag but readily accessible for closing the bag. In the secured open condition the end of the flap is adhesively secured to the inside of the bag side from which the flap extends.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2002
    Publication date: August 14, 2003
    Inventor: Michael T. Diep
  • Publication number: 20030138170
    Abstract: A resealable watertight mailing envelope has a ziploc style strip for sealing the envelope closed. A flap portion is foldable over the ziploc seal, secured in the closed position by a snap closure. The envelope also has an interior watertight lining joined with the ziploc strip to seal the contents within from wetness or to prevent leakage of liquid items placed inside the envelope.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2002
    Publication date: July 24, 2003
    Inventor: Gary L. Breil
  • Publication number: 20030118254
    Abstract: A flexible container of the pouch type made of a film material, of the type derived from a shaped tubular body formed by a film with a longitudinal heat-seal and by transverse heat-seals of the two ends. At least one corner region of the container has a tear notch that produces, by pulling, the tearing of a portion of the film that comprises a part of the transverse heat-seal and a part of the tubular wall, freeing a corresponding flap of wall that is provided at least partially internally with low-stickiness adhesive protected by a removable film. The flap can be folded back onto the remaining portion of the container so as to close it by temporary sticking.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2002
    Publication date: June 26, 2003
    Applicant: BP EUROPACK S.p.A.
    Inventors: Marco Razeti, Elena Peron, Michael Ellenrieder
  • Publication number: 20030081863
    Abstract: A re-sealable container closure label including a base label and a cover label, and a hook-and-loop fastener system and a tamper-evident tear strip is sandwiched therebetween. In a preferred embodiment, the base label is adhered to the front wall of a container, preferably a bag, adjacent an opening in the bag. A flap of the bag is folded downwardly over the opening and adheres to the front wall, the cover label, the two-part hook-and-loop fastener system and the tear strip. In an alternative embodiment, container closure label includes a hook-and-loop fastener system and a tear strip secured only to a base label. This alternative embodiment label is adhered to the front wall of a bag as in the preferred embodiment, except that the flap is adhered directly over the fastener system and tear strip. To open a bag sealed with the re-sealable container closure label, a user pulls the tear strip, which permits the flap to open and form a pour opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2001
    Publication date: May 1, 2003
    Inventors: Bryan T. Baker, Guy S. Kiraly
  • Publication number: 20030081865
    Abstract: A re-sealable container closure label including a base label and a cover label, and a hook-and-loop fastener system and a tamper-evident tear strip is sandwiched therebetween. In a preferred embodiment, the base label is adhered to the front wall of a container, preferably a bag, adjacent an opening in the bag. A flap of the bag is folded downwardly over the opening and adheres to the front wall, the cover label, the two-part hook-and-loop fastener system and the tear strip. In an alternative embodiment, container closure label includes a hook-and-loop fastener system and a tear strip secured only to a base label. This alternative embodiment label is adhered to the front wall of a bag as in the preferred embodiment, except that the flap is adhered directly over the fastener system and tear strip. To open a bag sealed with the re-sealable container closure label, a user pulls the tear strip, which permits the flap to open and form a pour opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2002
    Publication date: May 1, 2003
    Applicant: CCL Label, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan T. Baker, Guy S. Kiraly
  • Publication number: 20030081864
    Abstract: A re-sealable container closure label including a base label and a cover label, and a hook-and-loop fastener system and a tamper-evident tear strip is sandwiched therebetween. In a preferred embodiment, the base label is adhered to the front wall of a container, preferably a bag, adjacent an opening in the bag. A flap of the bag is folded downwardly over the opening and adheres to the front wall, the cover label, the two-part hook-and-loop fastener system and the tear strip. In an alternative embodiment, container closure label includes a hook-and-loop fastener system and a tear strip secured only to a base label. This alternative embodiment label is adhered to the front wall of a bag as in the preferred embodiment, except that the flap is adhered directly over the fastener system and tear strip. To open a bag sealed with the re-sealable container closure label, a user pulls the tear strip, which permits the flap to open and form a pour opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2002
    Publication date: May 1, 2003
    Applicant: CCL Label, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan T. Baker, Guy S. Kiraly
  • Publication number: 20030059128
    Abstract: A multipurpose bag is formed of two plastic foil layers joined together to define a top, a bottom, and opposing sides. Peripheral joints between the layers extend along the bottom and the sides to define an inner chamber, the joint along one of the sides being divided by an unjoined area into top and bottom parts. A separation joint extends from the top part of the divided side peripheral joint toward the bottom peripheral joint, dividing the chamber into top and bottom chambers. The top defines a top opening communicating with the top chamber, and the unjoined area defines a side opening communicating with the bottom chamber. The separation joint restricts communication between the top and bottom chambers for preventing a solid product in the top chamber from passing into the bottom chamber, while allowing liquid to pass from the top chamber to the bottom chamber. Liquid may then be expelled from the bottom chamber through the side opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2002
    Publication date: March 27, 2003
    Inventor: Erling Vangedal-Nielsen
  • Publication number: 20030031386
    Abstract: A reclosable bag has a closure including first and second fastener strips. The first fastener strip includes a strip form base having an array of discrete hook fastener elements integrally molded with and extending from the base. The second fastener strip includes loop elements engageable by the hook fastener elements. The polyethylene bases of the fastener strips are welded directly to the body of the mailer, which is formed of a coextrusion of polyethylene materials. One of the fastener strips is unattached to the bag body along most of its length, so as to avoid undesired opening by shifting of bag contents. The bag is useful as an interoffice mailing envelope, for example.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2002
    Publication date: February 13, 2003
    Inventors: William H. Shepard, William Clune
  • Publication number: 20030021501
    Abstract: A transparent plastic bag or container which is adapted to be used with different products simply by switching descriptive cards which describe the bag's contents. A system for securing the cards in the bag is disclosed. This is achieved by providing an interior retaining strip along the top of the bag. A system for adhering velcro fasteners to plastic bags by means of zig-zag stitching is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2002
    Publication date: January 30, 2003
    Inventor: Dan Blau
  • Publication number: 20030019780
    Abstract: A bag for storing products such as powdered or granular detergent, pet food, coffee, cereal etc., has a line of weakness for easy opening. The bag also has a means for re-closing after initial opening by the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2002
    Publication date: January 30, 2003
    Inventors: Gustavo Jose Camargo Parodi, Gonzalo Diaz Infante Garcia, Monica Maria Di Cocco Tucci, Miguel Alberto Herrera Nalsen, Ichiro Eduardo Perez Kuroki
  • Publication number: 20020175094
    Abstract: An expandable plastic bag which is attached to a side of a tissue box for receiving used tissues. The bag has an elasticized opening for keeping the bag closed between uses. An optional reclosable opening along the bottom end of the bag allows the user to periodically empty the bag and dispose of the used tissues contained therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2001
    Publication date: November 28, 2002
    Inventors: Evangeline Eunice Campbell, Ricci Lamar Campbell
  • Patent number: 6478465
    Abstract: A multiwall bag having a fold closeable end combined with a peelable opening assembly adapted to be held within the folded closure, that when opened, provides a pour spout for dispensing of the contents of the package, and optionally, means for reclosing the bag after it has been opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2002
    Assignee: Bemis Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald G. Thrall
  • Publication number: 20020164088
    Abstract: A multi-functional bag/envelope for carrying and/or mailing an item is provided. The bag/envelope includes a front panel, a back panel, a seal flap and a pair of side flaps that couple the front panel with the back panel. The front panel includes a first weakened portion that is at least partially overlapped with a second weakened portion that is defined in the seal flap. A third weakened portion is defined in the back panel and overlaps with said first and second weakened portions. The weakened portions may be broken to form a handle assembly that is hingedly coupled to the front panel, back panel and the seal flap. Breaking the weakened portions allow a user to carry the bag/envelope. Further, the punch flaps are capable of being resealed to the front panel, back panel and seal flap to hold the item within the bag/envelope during mailing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2002
    Publication date: November 7, 2002
    Inventor: Robert W. Collins
  • Patent number: 6431753
    Abstract: Disclosed is a bulk bag with an improved device for securing the bag against inadvertent discharge of its contents during transportation and ordinary handling but is facilely operable remotely, from the side of the bag. Said improved device is characterized by discharge closure having plurality of sets of interlockable loops of fabric, at least one end of one loop in each set of loops which is releasable from the side of the bag and/or by a drawstring having a rope-lock releasable by lanyard attached to the side of the bag at a point which is covered by a flap or chute folded over said rope-lock and lanyard during transportation and handling of the bag. Accordingly both the interlockable loops and drawstring may be released from the side of the bag when discharge is desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2002
    Assignee: Acadia Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael F. Rogers, Daniel E. Rogers, Jr., Lionel Harrington
  • Publication number: 20020094139
    Abstract: A flexible container and method for making same are provided. the container comprises a base portion including a bottom, side walls, and an interior, the bottom defining a substantially flat planar surface when the container houses product and the container rests on its bottom, an upper panel portion, that is designed to be received within the interior of the base portion and includes side panels that define a closure member, the upper panel being so constructed and arranged to define a substantially flat surface when the closure member is closed and portions of the upper panel are folded over, the upper panel includes a portion that is sealed to the base portion, and a pair of handles may also be coupled to the base portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2001
    Publication date: July 18, 2002
    Inventors: Jerry E. Buchanan, Rodney A Buchanan, Albert L. Baner, Harold H. Bennett, Todd A. Miles, John G. Ratcliff
  • Patent number: 6405869
    Abstract: A heat shrinkable gift bag is configured for at-home shrink wrapping of gift boxes using a home hair dryer. The gift bag consists of a monolithic sheet of heat shrinkable plastic film formed into an envelope style bag. The plastic film is a PVC-based film having a heat activation range in the heat range of a hair dryer. The film has a gauge thickness of about 80-100 gauge, and further has a 30—30 balanced shrink ratio to provide uniform shrinkage upon the application of heat. The plastic film is converted into a side-weld type bag having a rear bag panel and a front bag panel, the front bag panel being shorter than the rear bag panel to provide a lip. The front and rear bag panels are welded along opposing side edges thereof. In order to provide tight engagement of the box to be wrapped, the dimensions of the bag are preferably about 10-15% larger than the dimensions of the box. A self-adhesive strip is disposed on the lip of the bag to close the bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2002
    Assignee: 2Wit, LLC
    Inventors: Alan W. Whittemore, Richard J. Ponzo
  • Publication number: 20020023924
    Abstract: This invention relates a closure with a directionally peelable opening feature for articles comprising first and second layer of different polymeric films, wherein each layer has an upper and lower surface, the upper surface of the first layer is peelably attached to the lower surface of the second layer at a separation interface, provided that when the closure is used to secure an article, at least one portion of the surface and of the upper surface of the first layer or the lower surface of the second layer is not attached to the container. The invention also relates to a container sealed with the directionally peelable closure. The closure provides a means for providing a strong sealing closure that is directionally peelable requiring little effort. In another aspect the invention provides a means for using a container more than once.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 1999
    Publication date: February 28, 2002
    Inventors: MARK WISNIEWSKI, MELVIN S. FREEDMAN
  • Publication number: 20020012480
    Abstract: A bag means comprising a main body (1) made of a mesh material as a whole except an opening portion thereof and a completely waterproofed inner bag (3) to be put in the main body (1) detachably.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2001
    Publication date: January 31, 2002
    Inventor: Takamichi Konno
  • Patent number: 6328472
    Abstract: A bag for the containment of fluent material, having an openable and reclosable pour spout. The bag includes a tubular bag body, and at least one flattened end forming a bag mouth. A closure flap emanates from one side of the bag mouth, to be folded over across the mouth to close the bag. A spout structure is affixed to an outer surface of one of the sides of the bag mouth. The spout structure includes a base sheet affixed to the bag body, and a spout flap releasably affixed to the base sheet. Upon sealing of the bag end, the spout flap becomes non-releasably affixed to an inside portion of the closure flap of the bag body. The spout flap is separable from the base sheet, via a first adhesive material is affixed to one or both of the spout flap and base sheet, for enabling repeated opening and reclosing of a portion of a portion of the bag mouth at the spout flap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2001
    Assignee: Stone Container Corporation
    Inventors: James B. Laurence, Bruce Bartles, Morris Crosby, Steve Wiggins
  • Patent number: 6325541
    Abstract: A resealable closure for a bag is described wherein the bag has upper and lower ends and including a front wall member, a back wall member, and opposite side wall members. The lower end of the bag is sealed in conventional fashion. The upper ends of the wall members are folded downwardly adjacent the front wall member to form a flap which extends across the upper end of the bag with the upper flap being permanently sealed, by an adhesive, to the front wall member except for a flap portion adjacent one of the side wall members. The resealable closure is positioned between the flap portion and the front wall of the bag and permits the flap portion to be opened to form a pour opening in the upper comer of the bag. The flap portion may be resealed by the resealable closure. The closure is designed so that the contents of the bag will not come into contact with any sticky or tacky surface as the material is being poured from the bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2001
    Assignee: Bemis Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald G. Thrall, James M. Freeman, Wayne C. Piper
  • Patent number: 6318528
    Abstract: A bag includes a flap secured to the body of the bag, this flap being formed from a deformable piece and the bag further having at least two passages whose function is to allow the passage of a strap for the purpose of holding the flap on at least one wall of the body, the passages being situated at a sufficient distance from each other and disposed on the flap so that, when the flap is mounted on the body of the bag, the passages are opposite the wall in order to make it possible to secure the flap to the latter by the strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2001
    Assignee: Hermes Sellier
    Inventor: Christian Blanckaert
  • Patent number: 6315448
    Abstract: A multiwall bag having a fold closeable end combined with a peelable opening assembly adapted to be held within the folded closure, that when opened, provides a pour spout for dispensing of the contents of the package, and optionally, means for reclosing the bag after it has been opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2001
    Assignee: Bemis Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald G. Thrall
  • Patent number: 6312157
    Abstract: Packaging bags are produced by cutting a larger material sheet into individual portions and folding each of these individual pieces to form a main body having a front wall, a back wall, side walls which stand up from a flat bottom. A lid for closing the upper opening is uniformly sloped upward from the front wall to the back wall. A ridge is formed, extending upward from the back wall, for sealing the bag closed. A trapezoidally folded flap extends upward from the back wall and is folded forward over the seal ridge. A pair of fastening tapes is used to keep the flap detachably attached to the seal ridge such that the bag, after it is once opened, can be closed again. Instead of the fastening tapes, an elongated member serving like a belt loop may be used to keep the flap retractably inserted under it to keep the flap closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2001
    Inventors: Tokihisa Masuda, Masatoshi Imanaka
  • Patent number: 6299355
    Abstract: An easy open industrial bag includes a tab secured to a front wall on the exterior of the bag. The tab is secured between the front wall and a flap formed on a back wall of the bag and folded over and secured to the front wall for closing the bag. The flap is secured with an adhesive disposed in a pattern providing an adhesive void at an opening edge of the bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2001
    Inventor: Gene Douglas Schneck
  • Patent number: 6241390
    Abstract: An easy open industrial bag includes a tab secured to a front wall on the exterior of the bag. The tab is secured between the front wall and a flap formed on a back wall of the bag and folded over and secured to the front wall for closing the bag. The flap is secured with an adhesive disposed in a pattern providing an adhesive void at an opening edge of the bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2001
    Assignee: Southern Bag Corporation, Ltd.
    Inventor: Gene Douglas Schneck
  • Publication number: 20010000461
    Abstract: A multiwall bag with an easy open and recloseable feature is disclosed. In an exemplary embodiment, a pinch bottom open mouth (PBOM) bag comprises a pinch closure at one end and a card tab for opening and reclosing the bag at an opposite open mouth end. The card includes a front wall and back wall with a three-ply label affixed to the back wall of the card and a tab which can be manipulated by a user for prying open the bag. The card is attached to a notch disposed horizontally along an inner ply of the bag. The notch is disposed parallel to the open end on an inner ply of the outer tube of the bag to make tearing away easier for a user of the bag. Additionally, gussets may be formed on the vertical sidewalls of the bag or on the bottom wall of the bag to make manufacture of the bag and filling of commodities easier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2000
    Publication date: April 26, 2001
    Inventors: Mark Davenport Pfeiffer, Sam Donald Dean Jones, Sam Donald Dean Jones
  • Patent number: 6206567
    Abstract: A container having dual openings for facilitating rapid access to the interior of the container to remove articles from the container which includes two ends, two sides and a base. A side closure flap is attached to one of the two sides and forms a top when the flap is in a closed position for covering the top opening of the container. The side closure flap can be opened by flipping over the flap to gain access to the interior of the container. The top of the container has a full length double zipper which facilitates access to the interior of the container from the top instead of flipping over the side closure flap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2001
    Assignee: Tamrac, Inc.
    Inventor: Ryan Cyr
  • Patent number: 6149003
    Abstract: A system for protecting collectible cards and the like. A transparent card holder holds the collectible card and an authentication certificate. The card holder is sealed to prevent removal of the card and certificate. A light impervious pouch receives the card holder to protect against fading of the card due to ultraviolet light exposure and to prevent scratching or other damage to the card holder. The pouch includes a transparent window through which the authentication certificate can be viewed without removing the card holder from the pouch. A flap covers the opening in the pouch through which the card holder is inserted. The pouch is formed from a soft material that will not scratch the card holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2000
    Assignee: Bruce Brown and Frank Barone
    Inventor: David Day
  • Patent number: 6120184
    Abstract: A bag for the containment of fluent material, having an openable and reclosable pour spout. The bag includes a tubular bag body, and at least one flattened end forming a bag mouth. A closure flap emanates from one side of the bag mouth, to be folded over across the mouth to close the bag. A spout structure is affixed to an outer surface of one of the sides of the bag mouth. The spout structure includes a base sheet affixed to the bag body, and a spout flap releasably affixed to the base sheet. Upon sealing of the bag end, the spout flap becomes non-releasably affixed to an inside portion of the closure flap of the bag body. The spout flap is separable from the base sheet, via a first adhesive material is affixed to one or both of the spout flap and base sheet, for enabling repeated opening and reclosing of a portion of a portion of the bag mouth at the spout flap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2000
    Assignee: Stone Container Corporation
    Inventors: James B. Laurence, Bruce Bartles, Morris Crosby, Steve Wiggins
  • Patent number: 6068122
    Abstract: A travel pouch for heated appliances is made from an elongated rectangular strip of material having three layers: an outer layer made from a decorative, flexible fabric; a middle layer made from a thermal insulative batting or padding; and an inner layer made from a flexible fabric coated with a heat resistant material, the inner layer being permanently fastened to the outer layer about its periphery to enclose the middle layer. About one third of the strip is folded and permanently fastened along the sides to form a pouch or pocket, the inside of the pocket being lined by the inner layer. The remaining one-third of the strip forms a flap. The flap may be folded in one direction to cover the pocket, being temporarily fastened with hook and loop fastening material, or it may be folded in the opposite direction and hung on a rod, being secured by hook and loop fastening material to provide access to the appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2000
    Inventors: Charles R. Burns, Betty J. Gwizdak
  • Patent number: 6048100
    Abstract: A resealable closure for a bag is described wherein the bag has upper and lower ends and including a front wall member, a back wall member, and opposite side wall members. The lower end of the bag is sealed in conventional fashion. The upper ends of the wall members are folded downwardly adjacent the front wall member to form a flap which extends across the upper end of the bag with the upper flap being permanently sealed, by an adhesive, to the front wall member except for a flap portion adjacent one of the side wall members. The resealable closure is positioned between the flap portion and the front wall of the bag and permits the flap portion to be opened to form a pour opening in the upper corner of the bag. The flap portion may be resealed by the resealable closure. The closure is designed so that the contents of the bag will not come into contact with any sticky or tacky surface as the material is being poured from the bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2000
    Assignee: Industrial Label Corp.
    Inventors: Ronald G. Thrall, James M. Freeman, Wayne C. Piper
  • Patent number: 6047883
    Abstract: This invention relates to a fin sealed box, an integrate barrier coating and a relockable fitment closure that are combine to create a novel package which is easily formed, filled and sealed by the packager and easily opened and reclosed by the consumer. Such structures of this type, generally, employ reclose feature such as an audibly relockable fitment breakaway button snap, an tear-away tab, to add even more convenience and tamper-evidence for the consumer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2000
    Assignee: Westvaco Corporation
    Inventors: Barry Gene Calvert, Janice Lynn Kirkham, Jack Leong Hung Lum
  • Patent number: 6012842
    Abstract: A convertible container is formed from (i) a collapsible foldable five-sided open-ended bag in the substantial shape of a rectilinear body preferably having handles for use as an object-carrying, or shopping, bag, in combination with (ii) a collapsible foldable five-sided lid affixed to the bag at its open end for unfolding between (1) a collapsed position interior to the bag and (2) an expanded position fitting over the bag's open end. The lid is of dimension A.times.B with three sides of width A/2, and with one, dual-creased, side which is joined to the bag at an extension of width A. The two creases are each folded in a first sense to fit the lid within the interior of the bag, and are each folded in an opposite, second, sense to fit the lid upon the bag's open end, forming thereby a six-sided closed package which may variously be used as gift wrap or for mailing or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2000
    Inventor: Renato M. Openiano
  • Patent number: 5941641
    Abstract: A flexible pouch is provided which includes a flexible product-confining compartment that is folded upon itself. The compartment has a closure assembly adjacent to its mouth, and a wrap-around flexible flap extends above or beyond the mouth. A deadfold strip is associated with the flexible flap such that the flexible flap can wrap partially or entirely around the compartment, depending primarily upon the amount of product within the compartment, with the compartment also folded on itself in response to the amount of product within the compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 24, 1999
    Assignee: Kraft Foods, Inc.
    Inventors: Panagiotis Kinigakis, Joseph L. Gregory, III
  • Patent number: 5938134
    Abstract: A strand winder has three individual component pieces joined together at right angles by cooperating metal inserts and magnet inserts. Once assembled, the strand winding apparatus provides four arms for winding skeins of yarn, in preparation for knitting. In addition, an optional carrying case stores and transports the various components of the strand winder. The strand winder transportable, easily disassembled, and convenient to use in many situations where other, more conventional yarn-winding devices are cumbersome and bulky.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 17, 1999
    Inventors: Donald T. Shields, Loretta R. Shields
  • Patent number: 5913607
    Abstract: A heat resistant container has a flexible pouch-like configuration and is fabricated using a laminate assembly of conventional heat resistant fabric materials and assembly techniques. The laminate assembly includes outer layers of woven silica fiber fabric enclosing a non-woven fabric of a ceramic fiber. The containers may be provided in a variety of sizes for most household applications and convenient storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 22, 1999
    Inventor: Edward A. Lengyel, Sr.
  • Patent number: 5902045
    Abstract: A reusable, reclosable, suspendable bag assembly facilitates storage of an object, such as a medical instrument, between uses. The bag assembly includes a suspension tab for hanging or carrying the bag. A closure flap is provided to fold over an opening of the bag to close the interior cavity therein. The bag assembly is formed in two sections, a removable section and a reusable, reclosable bag section. The removable section is attached to the reclosable bag section by tear lines that allow the removable section to be readily detached from the bag section by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 11, 1999
    Assignee: The Kendall Company LP
    Inventor: Carl Resteghini
  • Patent number: 5873456
    Abstract: An all-weather protective pouch for remote control devices having pressure sensitive controls, such as the remote control device used with car alarm systems and car automatic locking systems. Primary and secondary waterproofing features are included, along with features allowing the pressure sensitive controls to be seen, accessed, and operated, while the remote control device remains in the pouch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 23, 1999
    Inventors: John R. Hull, Ann M. Hull