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Display carton

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Title: Display carton.
Abstract: The carton is comprised of an attached arrangement an outer front panel, a top panel, a rear panel, a bottom panel and an inner front panel; the outer front panel overlaying the inner front panel and having an attachment strip at a lower edge for attachment to the inner front panel. The attachment strip has an outer front panel weakened area whereby upon the outer front panel being separated from the inner front panel this weakened area is severed leaving the attachment strip attached to the inner front panel. The outer front panel will have a grip tab to open the carton by severing the outer front panel weakened area of the attachment strip, with the attachment strip remaining with the carton. ...


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Inventors: Giles Michael Hopley, Richard P. Harbutt, Lisa Goodwin, Dennis Tierney, Pamela Elizabeth Tierney, Christopher David Drake
USPTO Applicaton #: #20120085816 - Class: 229212 (USPTO) - 04/12/12 - Class 229 
Envelopes, Wrappers, And Paperboard Boxes > Paperboard Box >Having Means To Facilitate Opening The Box By Severing (e.g., Tearing, Cutting, Piercing, Etc.) Box Material Or Outer Wrapper >Tearing Provides Reusable Closure >Including A Releasable Or Frangible Bond (e.g., Peel Seal) For Securing The Reusable Closure In Position Prior To Tearing

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The Patent Description & Claims data below is from USPTO Patent Application 20120085816, Display carton.

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CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

This application is a continuation of U.S. patent application Ser. No. 12/161,805, filed Jul. 23, 2008, which in turn is a National Stage Entry of International Application No. PCT/US2006/002738, filed Jan. 25, 2006. The disclosures of the above applications are incorporated herein by reference in their entireties.

FIELD OF THE INVENTION

The present invention relates to a display carton with a tamper evident structure which upon opening the carton the contained product is clearly displayed. The present invention also relates to a carton blank for the production of the carton.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

There is a constant need for cartons for the tamper evident packaging of products and for the full display of the products upon the carton being opened. The carton should have a tamper evident structure where all of the tamper evident structure remains with the carton and which has a grip means for the easy opening of the carton. Cartons in the prior art are of the display type and they also have tamper evident structures. U.S. Pat. No. 3,378,188 discloses a display carton with a removable tamper evident tear strip. The tamper evident tear strip is gripped and removed from the carton and the carton then is opened. The removed tamper evident tear strip then is discarded. Similar structures are disclosed in U.S. Pat. No. 3,206,102; U.S. Pat. No. 3,368,738 and U.S. Pat. No. 3,379,361. Each discloses a carton with one or more removable tear strips which then allows the carton to be opened. However this results in a debris tear strip that has to be discarded. Additionally, these tear strip can be difficult to grip to open the carton.

The present invention is directed to a display carton that easily opens by lifting an outer front panel and in turn a top panel to clearly show the product in the carton. The carton has an outer front panel which has an attachment strip that functions to seal the carton closed and to provide for tamper evidence. The outer front panel also has a grip tab adjacent to the attachment strip to assist in the easy opening of the carton by the severing of the weakened area between the attachment strip and the remainder of the outer front wall. No part of the carton is removed so there is no material to be discarded, such as a tear strip. It solves the problem of easy opening and no package parts to be discarded after opening.

BRIEF

SUMMARY

OF THE INVENTION

The invention comprises a carton having in an attached arrangement an outer front panel, a top panel, a rear panel, a bottom panel and an inner front panel, the outer front panel overlaying the inner front panel and having an attachment strip on a lower edge thereof for attachment to the inner front panel. The attachment strip has an outer front panel weakened area whereby upon the outer front panel being separated from the inner front panel this weakened area is severed leaving the attachment strip attached to the inner front panel. The remainder of the outer front panel is not attached to the inner front panel. The inner front panel, bottom panel, rear panel, and optionally the top panel, have a side flap on each longitudinal end thereof, with the outer front panel being devoid of side flaps. The top panel can be devoid of side flaps, but if it does have side flaps there preferably will be a weakened area between the top panel and each side flap to facilitate the opening of the carton.

The carton has a grip tab adjacent to, but separated from, the outer front panel weakened area of the attachment strip on the outer front panel. As noted above there also can be weakened areas between the top panel and the appended top panel flaps when the top panel has flaps. The side flaps are folded, one onto the other, to form the end panels of the carton.

The carton blank is in an attached arrangement of an outer front panel, a top panel, a rear panel, a bottom panel and an inner front panel. The outer front panel has an attachment strip at a lower edge thereof for attachment to the inner front panel in forming the carton. The attachment strip has a weakened area whereby upon the outer front panel being separated from the inner front panel the weakened area is severed leaving the attachment strip attached to the inner front panel. There is a grip tab on the outer front panel to assist in gripping the outer front panel and severing the weakened area near the attachment strip. Each of the panels has an appended flap on each longitudinal end except for the outer front panel and optionally the top panel.

Further areas of applicability of the present invention will become apparent from the detailed description provided hereinafter. It should be understood that the detailed description and specific examples, while indicating the preferred embodiment of the invention, are intended for purposes of illustration only and are not intended to limit the scope of the invention.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

The present invention will become more fully understood from the detailed description and the accompanying drawings, wherein:

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of the carton.

FIG. 2 is s perspective view of the carton opened.

FIG. 3 is a plan view of the carton blank.

FIG. 4 is an optional embodiment for the carton blank.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

OF THE INVENTION

The following description of the preferred embodiment(s) is merely exemplary in nature and is in no way intended to limit the invention, its application, or uses.



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stats Patent Info
Application #
US 20120085816 A1
Publish Date
04/12/2012
Document #
12984340
File Date
01/04/2011
USPTO Class
229212
Other USPTO Classes
International Class
65D17/00
Drawings
5



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