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Publication numberUS20030192808 A1
Publication typeApplication
Application numberUS 10/120,943
Publication dateOct 16, 2003
Filing dateApr 11, 2002
Priority dateApr 11, 2002
Publication number10120943, 120943, US 2003/0192808 A1, US 2003/192808 A1, US 20030192808 A1, US 20030192808A1, US 2003192808 A1, US 2003192808A1, US-A1-20030192808, US-A1-2003192808, US2003/0192808A1, US2003/192808A1, US20030192808 A1, US20030192808A1, US2003192808 A1, US2003192808A1
InventorsMark Clarizio, James McGillivray, Robert Volk, Robert Wright
Original AssigneeBinney & Smith
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Coloring kit
US 20030192808 A1
Abstract
A coloring kit is disclosed which includes writing instruments for making marks in color, a storage container for the writing instruments, and a compact disc that has instructions for reproducing displays of interactive activities utilizing the writing instruments from a personal computer. The interactive activities may include a coloring book or similar such activities. The end user or customer may print physical copies of the displays from a personal computer coupled to a printer. In some embodiments, the storage container may also enclose and store the compact disc.
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1. A coloring kit comprising:
a writing instrument,
a container made of plastic, the container including an internal cavity for removably storing the writing instrument, and
a compact disc.
2. The kit of claim 1 wherein the kit includes a plurality of writing instruments.
3. The kit of claim 2 wherein the container includes a front portion, a bottom portion connected to the front portion, a rear portion connected to the bottom portion, and a lid pivotally connected to the rear portion to open and close the container.
4. The kit of claim 2 wherein the compact disc is enclosed in the internal cavity among the writing instruments.
5. The kit of claim 1 wherein the compact disc is a full size compact disc.
6. The kit of claim 1 wherein the compact disc is a business card compact disc.
7. The kit of claim 1 wherein the compact disc is a mini compact disc.
8. The kit of claim 1 wherein the compact disc is inserted in a protective sleeve.
9. The kit of claim 1 wherein the container is constructed from a thermoform molded sheet.
10. The kit of claim 2 wherein the writing instruments are generally cylindrical in shape.
11. The kit of claim 2 wherein the writing instruments are positioned vertically upright in the container.
12. The kit of claim 2 wherein a portion of the writing instruments are grouped together in a jacket.
13. The kit of claim 3 wherein the bottom of the internal cavity is tiered.
14. The kit of claim 2 wherein the container further includes a top section and a bottom section.
15. The kit of claim 14 wherein the top section and the bottom section are connected by a living hinge.
16. The kit of claim 14 wherein the container is injection molded.
17. The kit of claim 14 wherein the compact disc is enclosed in the container with the writing instruments.
18. The kit of claim 14 wherein the top section of the container has an aperture for viewing the compact disc and writing utensils stored in the internal cavity.
19. The kit of claim 2 wherein the writing instruments are crayons.
20. The kit of claim 2 wherein the writing instruments are markers.
21. The kit of claim 2 wherein the writing instruments are pencils.
22. The kit of claim 2 wherein the container further includes
a) a top section having a planar surface and a perimeter wall,
b) a bottom section having a planar surface and a perimeter wall,
c) the top and bottom sections are interconnected by a living hinge, the internal cavity forming between the planar surfaces and perimeter walls of the top section and bottom section when the top section and bottom section are folded over the living hinge against each other.
23. A coloring kit comprising:
a plurality of writing instruments,
a container made of card board material, the container including an internal cavity for removably storing the writing instruments, and
a compact disc.
24. The kit of claim 23 wherein the compact disc is removably secured to the container.
25. The kit of claim 23 wherein the compact disc is enclosed in the internal cavity with the writing instruments.
26. The kit of claim 23 wherein the compact disc is inserted into a pocket on an exterior panel of the container.
27. The kit of claim 23 wherein the compact disc is inserted into a slit through an exterior panel of the container.
28. The kit of claim 23 wherein the compact disc is shrink-wrapped adjacent to an exterior panel of the container.
29. The kit of claim 23 wherein the compact disc is associated with the container by using a blister card and a plastic cover attached to the blister card.
30. The kit of claim 23 wherein the container includes a sleeve pivotally connected to a edge of the container such that the sleeve is capable of pivoting flat against a panel of the container.
31. The kit of claim 30 wherein the compact disc is secured to the sleeve.
32. The kit of claim 23 wherein the compact disc is secured to an exterior panel of the container with an adhesive.
33. The kit of claim 23 wherein the compact disc is a full size compact disc.
34. The kit of claim 23 wherein the compact disc is a business card compact disc.
35. The kit of claim 23 wherein the compact disc is a mini compact disc.
36. The kit of claim 23 wherein the writing instruments are crayons.
37. The kit of claim 23 wherein the writing instruments are markers.
38. The kit of claim 23 wherein the writing instruments are pencils.
39. A method for making a kit which includes writing instruments and a compact disc for generating sheets displaying interactive activities utilizing the writing instruments comprising:
providing a plurality of writing instruments,
providing a container made of plastic, the container including an internal cavity for removably storing the writing instruments, enclosing the writing instruments inside the internal cavity, and
providing a compact disc with information for instructing a computer to reproduce on sheets of paper displays of interactive activities utilizing the writing instruments.
40. The kit of claim 39 wherein the compact disc is enclosed in the internal cavity.
41. The kit of claim 39 wherein the compact disc is adjacent to an exterior panel of the container.
42. The kit of claim 39 wherein the compact disc is a full size compact disc.
43. The kit of claim 39 wherein the compact disc is a business card compact disc.
44. The kit of claim 39 wherein the compact disc is a mini compact disc.
45. The kit of claim 39 wherein the writing instruments are crayons.
46. The kit of claim 39 wherein the writing instruments are markers.
47. The kit of claim 39 wherein the writing instruments are pencils.
48. A method for making a kit which includes writing instruments and a compact disc for generating sheets displaying interactive activities utilizing the writing instruments comprising:
providing a plurality of writing instruments,
providing a container made of card board, the container including an internal cavity for removably storing the writing instruments, enclosing the writing instruments inside the internal cavity, and
providing a compact disc with information for instructing a computer to reproduce on sheets of paper displays of interactive activities utilizing the writing instruments.
49. The kit of claim 48 wherein the compact disc is enclosed in the internal cavity.
50. The kit of claim 48 wherein the compact disc is adjacent to an exterior panel of the container.
51. The kit of claim 48 wherein the compact disc is a full size compact disc.
52. The kit of claim 48 wherein the compact disc is a business card compact disc.
53. The kit of claim 48 wherein the compact disc is a mini compact disc.
54. The kit of claim 48 wherein the writing instruments are crayons.
55. The kit of claim 48 wherein the writing instruments are markers.
56. The kit of claim 48 wherein the writing instruments are pencils.
Description
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

[0001] Writing instruments capable of making marks in color are available. Examples of such writing instruments include crayons, markers, and colored pencils. Young children are known to use such colored writing instruments to create drawings and pictures on a surface or canvas, both as a form of amusement and for educational value. To provide the child a variety of colors to draw with, the writing instruments are typically distributed in sets including multiple writing instruments each capable of marking in a different color. Often included with the set is a container for storage of the writing instruments when not in use. Such a storage container is especially desirable among young children who are known to have a propensity for losing items.

[0002] Also, various interactive activities and crafts are available in which the child can participate while using the colored writing instruments. Examples of such activities include coloring books and connect-the-dots games. Traditionally, displays of such activities have been distributed in physical form such as printed-paper booklets. Often times, the physical displays of the activities must be purchased separately from writing instrument sets. Additionally, when distributed in a physical medium, only one display of the activity is obtained allowing only one use since the display is often consumed by its use.

[0003] It is therefore advantageous to combine the beneficial features and advantages described above in a way that eliminates the noted disadvantages.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

[0004] The present invention provides in a in a single kit a writing instrument or plurality of writing instruments, a container for enclosing and storing the writing instruments and a compact disc. The compact disc preferably contains data and information for printing out from a computer and a printer sheets displaying interactive games and activities utilizing the crayons. The user will be able to print physical copies of the interactive displays from a personal computer attached to a printer.

[0005] Also encompassed by the present invention is method for distributing writing instruments and sheets displaying interactive activities for use with the writing instruments. The method involves storing on a compact disc information for reproducing physical copies of the interactive displays on a personal computer coupled to a printer and distributing the compact disc along with the writing instruments.

[0006] An advantage of the present invention is that both writing instruments and interactive displays that involve those instruments maybe distributed together as a package. Another advantage is that the interactive displays are distributed on a compact disc that allows for multiple copies to be created, and thus multiple uses of a single display. Another advantageous aspect of the present invention is that a container is provided for distributing and storing the writing instruments and compact disc. These and other advantages of the present invention, as well as additional inventive features, will be apparent from the description of the preferred embodiments provided herein.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0007]FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a kit assembled in accordance with the teachings of the present invention with the lid closed.

[0008]FIG. 2 is a perspective view of the kit of FIG. 1 with the lid open.

[0009]FIG. 3 is an exploded perspective view of the kit of FIG. 1.

[0010]FIG. 4 is a front view of the container shown in FIG. 1.

[0011]FIG. 5 is a left side view of the container shown in FIG. 1.

[0012]FIG. 6 is a right side view of the container shown in FIG. 1.

[0013]FIG. 7 is a top view of the container shown in FIG. 1.

[0014]FIG. 8 is a bottom view of the container shown in FIG. 1.

[0015]FIG. 9 is a front view of the container shown in FIG. 1 with the lid open.

[0016]FIG. 10 is a left side view of the container shown in FIG. 1 with the lid open.

[0017]FIG. 11 is a right side view of the container shown in FIG. 1 with the lid open.

[0018]FIG. 12 is a top view of the container shown in FIG. 1 with the lid open.

[0019]FIG. 13 is a bottom view of the container shown in FIG. 1 with the lid open.

[0020]FIG. 14 is a front view of a thermoformed plastic sheet.

[0021]FIG. 15 is a side view of the thermoformed plastic sheet of FIG. 14.

[0022]FIG. 16 is a perspective view of another embodiment of the present invention.

[0023]FIG. 17 is a front view of the kit of FIG. 16.

[0024]FIG. 18 is a cross sectional view taken along line 18-18 in FIG. 17.

[0025]FIG. 19 is a perspective view of another embodiment of the present invention.

[0026]FIG. 20 is a front view of the kit of FIG. 19.

[0027]FIG. 21 is a cross sectional view take along line 21-21 of FIG. 20.

[0028]FIG. 22 is a rear perspective view of another embodiment of the present invention.

[0029]FIG. 23 is a front view of the kit of FIG. 22.

[0030]FIG. 24 is a cross sectional view taken along line 24-24 of FIG. 23.

[0031]FIG. 25 is a perspective view of another embodiment of the present invention.

[0032]FIG. 26 is a front view of the kit of FIG. 25.

[0033]FIG. 27 is a cross sectional view taken along line 27-27 of FIG. 26.

[0034]FIG. 28 is a perspective view of another embodiment of the present invention.

[0035]FIG. 29 is a front view of the kit of FIG. 28.

[0036]FIG. 30 is a side view of the kit of FIG. 28.

[0037]FIG. 31 is a cross sectional view taken along line 31-31 of FIG. 29.

[0038]FIG. 32 is a perspective view of another embodiment of the present invention with the sections opened.

[0039]FIG. 33 is a front view of the kit of FIG. 32 with the sections closed.

[0040]FIG. 34 is a cross sectional view taken along line 34-34 of FIG. 33.

[0041]FIG. 35 is a perspective view of another embodiment of the present invention with the clamshell opened.

[0042]FIG. 36 is a front view of the kit of FIG. 35 with the clamshell closed.

[0043]FIG. 37 is a cross sectional view taken along line 37-37 of FIG. 36.

[0044]FIG. 38 is a perspective view of another embodiment of the present invention with the swing out sleeve opened.

[0045]FIG. 39 is a front view of the kit of FIG. 25 with the swing out sleeve closed.

[0046]FIG. 40 is a side view of the kit of FIG. 25 with the swing out sleeve closed.

[0047]FIG. 41 is a perspective view of another embodiment of the present invention.

[0048]FIG. 42 is a front view of the kit of FIG. 41.

[0049]FIG. 43 is a cross sectional view taken along line 43-43 of FIG. 42.

[0050]FIG. 44 is a perspective view of a personal computer, a printer, a compact disc and an activity sheet in accordance with the teachings of the present invention.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

[0051] One embodiment of the present invention is shown in FIG. 1. A container 100 is provided for enclosing and storing a plurality of writing instruments 120 and a compact disc 130. The exterior of container 100 is defined by a front panel 102, a rear panel 104 generally parallel to the front panel, a bottom side 106 generally perpendicular to both the front and rear panels, and two side panels 108. Additionally, the container 100 includes a top panel or lid 110 that extends angularly upward from the front panel 102 to the rear panel 104. Thus, while the front profile of container 100 appears generally rectangular as seen in FIG. 4, the angled lid 110 appears as a slant from the front panel to the rear panel in the side profiles seen in FIGS. 5 and 6. The panels of container 100 surround and define an internal cavity 170 in which writing instruments 120 and compact disc 130 are enclosed. As best illustrated in FIG. 2, to gain access to the internal cavity, the lid 110 is pivotally connected to rear panel 104 by a living hinge. The container 100 is opened by pivoting the lid 110 up off of the front panel 102 and closed by pivoting lid 110 adjacent to the front panel 102.

[0052] To stop container 100 from unintentionally opening and exposing the internal cavity 170, a closure mechanism is provided for holding lid 110 in the closed position. More specifically, as shown in FIG. 2 two flanges 112 are located at the edges of the lid 110 and extend perpendicularly from it. As the lid 110 is pivoted to close the container, the flanges 112 begin to overlap recessed portions 114 of the side panels 108. As illustrated in FIGS. 1 and 2, tabs 116 on the lid 110 engage tabs 118 on the front panel 102, thus retaining the lid 110 adjacent the front panel 102 and enclosing the internal cavity 170.

[0053] An exploded view of the container 100, the writing utensils 120, and the compact disc 130 removed from the internal cavity 170 is shown in FIG. 3. The particular writing utensils 120 illustrated are cylindrical shaped, elongated wax crayons of varying colors. However, the specific description is exemplary only and should not be construed as limiting the types and forms of writing instruments that maybe included in the presently described embodiment. For example, the writing instruments may be markers and/or pencils. For increased organization and ease of assembly, the crayons 120 may be pre-assembled in jackets 122, with each jacket comprising sixteen crayons split into two rows. Referring back to FIG. 2, the crayons 120 in their jackets 122 are retained vertically upright within the internal cavity 170. To enhance the display, every second horizontal row of crayons is tiered or stepped upwards as the rows extend from the front panel 102 towards the rear panel 104.

[0054] Still referring to FIG. 2, it can be seen that the compact disc 130 is positioned between the second and third rows of crayons and is partially visible above the second row. In other embodiments, the compact disc can be located before the first row, or between the first row and the second row, or between the third row and the fourth row, or between the fourth row and the fifth row, or between the fifth row and the sixth row, or after the sixth row. In addition, in other embodiments, the compact disc may be enclosed in a container or a sleeve. For example, the container may be a compact disc jewel case or the sleeve may be a plastic sleeve or a paper sleeve.

[0055] Preferably, as illustrated in FIG. 44, the compact disc will contain data and information for printing out from a computer 1100 and a printer 1110 sheets 1120 displaying interactive games and activities utilizing the crayons. Most preferably, it will contain data for what amounts to a coloring book. The user can retrieve the compact disc accessing the internal cavity, then run the compact disc on a personal computer to print the displays. Afterwards, the compact disc can be returned to the container for storage.

[0056] In this embodiment, the compact disc 130 is a full size compact disc. A full size compact disc is circular and has an outside diameter of approximately 4 inches (12 centimeters), a thickness of approximately {fraction (1/16)} of an inch (0.16 centimeters) and center hole with a diameter of approximately {fraction (9/16)} of an inch (1.5 centimeters). In another embodiment, the compact disc may be a mini compact disc. A mini compact disc is circular and has an outside diameter of approximately 3⅛ inches (8 centimeters), a thickness of approximately {fraction (1/16)} of an inch (0.16 centimeters) and a center hole with a diameter of approximately {fraction (9/16)} of an inch (1.5 centimeters). In yet another embodiment, the compact disc may be a business card compact disc as shown in FIG. 16. A business card compact disc is rectangular and has a length of approximately 3⅜ of an inch (8.6 centimeters), a width of approximately 2 of an inch (5.7 centimeters), a thickness of approximately {fraction (1/16)} of an inch (0.16 centimeters) and a center hole with a diameter of approximately {fraction (9/16)} of an inch (1.5 centimeters).

[0057] To achieve the stepped display of the crayons, it can be seen in FIGS. 5 and 6 the interiors of the panels form specially shaped ledges 172 along the bottom of the internal cavity for raising the sleeves of crayons. As is also evident, the sloped lid 110 must provide relieves 174 for accommodating the raised crayons.

[0058] Preferably, the present embodiment of the container is constructed from a thermoformed plastic sheet 150 illustrated in FIGS. 14 and 15. The front panel 102, bottom panel 106, rear panel 104, and lid 110 can be seen respectively as distinct sections of the sheet each separated by hinge or pivot portions 152. The sections fold together to form the container seen in FIG. 1. To fasten the front panel section 102 to the rear panel section 104, pins 162 can be seen in FIGS. 14 and 15 protruding from the front panel section 154. The pins 162 align with depressions 164 formed on the rear panel section 104. As can be seen in FIGS. 5 and 6, when the sections are folded together, the pins 162 snap fit into the depressions 164 to hold the container together. Preferably, the plastic used to construct the container is transparent so that a customer may view the crayons and compact disc through the container before purchase.

[0059] Another embodiment of the present invention is illustrated in FIGS. 16 through 18. FIGS. 17 and 18 show a generally rectangular, six-sided container 200, the sides of which define an internal cavity 210 for enclosing and storing a plurality of writing instruments 220. Additionally, in accordance with the present invention, a compact disc 230 is removably secured to the rear panel 204 of the container 200.

[0060] To gain access to the internal cavity and writing instruments contained therein, often times a peripheral side of the container is pivotally joined with an adjacent side to form a lid. The lid can then be rotated about the pivoted joint to open and close the container. As another example of a suitable method of accessing the internal cavity, the container may be constructed in the form of a sleeve and a box. In such an example, an open topped box containing the writing instruments is covered by a multisided sleeve of substantially the same dimensions as the box so as to enclose the open top. However, as will be recognized by those skilled in the art, alternative methods for accessing and enclosing the internal cavity are available and equally acceptable and the illustrated embodiment is not to be limited to the aforementioned descriptions.

[0061]FIGS. 16 through 18 also illustrate that the container 200 may include an aperture 212 for viewing the internal cavity and writing instruments contained therein. The container 200 may include an extension section 214 with a punch out 216 extending from the rear panel 204 beyond the general confines of the container for hanging the container from a display rack. The container 200 can be constructed from any suitable material. Preferably, the container is constructed primarily out of paper products such as cardboard.

[0062] As evident in FIGS. 17 and 18, the cylindrical writing utensils 220 are stored vertically upright along a single horizontal row within the enclosed internal cavity 210. The particular writing utensils displayed are generally cylindrical shaped, elongated wax crayons; however, the specific description is exemplary only and should not be construed as limiting the types and forms of writing instruments that maybe included with the presently described embodiment. For example, the writing instruments may be markers and/or pencils. Nor should the present embodiment be construed as limited to only a single horizontal row of writing utensils contained in the internal cavity. For example, in other embodiments, the container may include two rows, three rows, four rows, or five or more rows of writing instruments. The crayons 220 may be selected and removed from and, after use, returned for storage to the internal cavity 210 by accessing the internal cavity 210 via one of the methods described above.

[0063] As shown in FIG. 16, the compact disc 230 is removably secured to the rear panel 204 of the container 200. To accomplish this, an additional panel of material 208 may be affixed in such a manner to form a pocket. The pocket panel 208 may be smaller then the rear panel 204 and may be located near the bottom of the container. Three edges of the pocket panel maybe adhesively fastened to the corresponding perimeter of the container 200 while the fourth edge forms the opening for the pocket. The compact disc 230 may then be inserted into the pocket for distribution with the container. Preferably, as illustrated in FIG. 44, the compact disc will contain data and information for printing out from a computer 1100 and a printer 1110 sheets 1120 displaying interactive games and activities utilizing the crayons. Most preferably, it will contain data for what amounts to a coloring book. The user can remove the compact disc from the pocket then run the compact disc on a personal computer to print the displays. Afterwards, the compact disc can be secured in the pocket of the container again for storage.

[0064] To accommodate the small size of the container illustrated in FIGS. 16 through 18, a business card sized compact disc 230 is secured to the container 200 rather then a full sized compact disc. Business card sized compact discs are substantially the same as typical full sized compact discs except, instead of having a circular disk geometry, they are shaped to resemble business cards. Business card compact discs store information in the same method and manner as typical full sized compact discs and can be played in many standard compact disc players. However, the business card sized compact disc shown in the figures is for purposes of illustration only and should not be construed as limiting the disclosure with regards to the particular sized compact disc. For example, in another embodiment, the container may include a mini compact disc. In addition, when the size of container 200 increases, a full sized compact disc may be secured to the rear panel of the container.

[0065] Another embodiment of the present invention is illustrated in FIGS. 19 through 21. A six-sided container 300 is disclosed, the sides of which define an internal cavity 302 for storing and enclosing writing instruments 320. In accordance with the present invention, a compact disc 330 is secured adjacent to the container by shrink-wrapped plastic film 332.

[0066] The internal cavity maybe accessed in a variety of ways to retrieve and replace the writing instruments contained therein. For instance, a peripheral side of the container may be pivotally joined with an adjacent side to form a lid. The lid can then be rotated about the pivoted joint to open and close the container. As another example of a suitable method of accessing the internal cavity, the container may be constructed in the form of a sleeve and a box. In such an example, a five-sided, topless box containing the writing instruments is covered by a multisided sleeve of substantially the same dimensions as the box so as to enclose the open top. However, as will be recognized by those skilled in the art, alternative methods for accessing and enclosing the internal cavity are available and equally acceptable and the illustrated embodiment is not to be limited to the aforementioned descriptions.

[0067] Also shown in FIG. 20, the container may include an aperture 310 through one side for viewing the internal cavity and writing instruments 320 included therein. Though the container may be constructed from any suitable material, preferably paper products such as cardboard are used.

[0068] As evident in FIGS. 20 and 21, the cylindrical writing utensils 320 are stored vertically upright in horizontal rows within the enclosed internal cavity 302. The particular writing utensils displayed are generally cylindrical shaped, elongated wax crayons; however, the specific description is exemplary only and should not be construed as limiting the types and forms of writing instruments that maybe included with the presently described embodiment. For example, the writing instruments may be markers and/or pencils. Nor should the present embodiment be construed as limited to only the displayed number of horizontal rows of writing utensils contained in the internal cavity. For example, in other embodiments, the container may include one row, two rows, three rows, or five or more rows of writing instruments. The crayons 320 may be selected and removed from and, after use, returned for storage to the internal cavity by accessing the internal cavity by one of the methods described above.

[0069] As shown in FIGS. 19 through 21, a full sized compact disc 330 is located adjacent a side of the container opposite the side including the aperture 310. The compact disc is secured to the container by a shrink-wrapped plastic film 332. Preferably, as illustrated in FIG. 44, the compact disc will contain data and information for printing out from a computer 1100 and a printer 1110 sheets 1120 displaying interactive games and activities utilizing the crayons. Most preferably, it will contain data for what amounts to a coloring book. The compact disc 330 can be unsecured from the container for printing the displays from a personal computer by cutting and removing the shrink-wrapped plastic film 332. After the compact disc has been removed and used, the compact disc can be stored inside the container 300.

[0070] Notably, the size of the container 300 illustrated in FIGS. 19 through 21 permits a full sized compact disc to be secured to the side of the container. However, the full sized compact disc shown in the figures is for purposes of illustration only and should not be construed as limiting the disclosure with regards to the particular sized compact disc. Accordingly, a business card compact disc or a mini compact disc may be secured adjacent to the container.

[0071]FIGS. 22 through 24 illustrate another embodiment of the present invention. A six-sided container 400 is disclosed, the sides of which define an internal cavity 410 for enclosing and storing a plurality of writing instruments 420. Also, in accordance with the present invention, a compact disc 430 is securely enclosed in the internal cavity 410 along with the writing instruments 420.

[0072] The internal cavity may be accessed in a variety of ways to retrieve and replace the writing instruments contained therein. For instance, a peripheral side of the container may be pivotally joined with an adjacent side to form a lid. The lid can then be rotated about the pivoted joint to open and close the container. As another example of suitable method of accessing the internal cavity, the container may be constructed in the form of a sleeve and a box. In such an example, a five-sided, topless box containing the writing instruments is covered by a multisided sleeve of substantially the same dimensions as the box so as to enclose the open top. However, as will be recognized by those skilled in the art, alternative methods for accessing and enclosing the internal cavity are available and equally acceptable and the illustrated embodiment is not to be limited to the aforementioned descriptions.

[0073] Also illustrated in FIG. 23, the container 400 may include an aperture 412 for viewing the internal cavity and writing instruments contained therein. The container 400 may include an extension section 414 with a punch out 416 extending one of the sides beyond the general confines of the container 400 for hanging the container from a display rack. The container 400 can be constructed from any suitable material. Preferably, the container is constructed primarily out of paper products such as cardboard.

[0074] As evident in FIGS. 23 and 24, the cylindrical writing instruments 420 are stored vertically upright in horizontal rows within the enclosed internal cavity 410. The particular writing instruments displayed are generally cylindrical shaped, elongated pencils; however, the specific description is exemplary only and should not be construed as limiting the types and forms of writing instruments that maybe included with the presently described embodiment. For example, in other embodiments, the writing instruments may be markers and/or crayons. Nor should the present embodiment be construed as limited to only the displayed number of horizontal rows of writing instruments contained in the internal cavity. For example, in other embodiments, the container may include one row, three rows, four rows or five or more rows of writing instruments. The pencils 420 may be selected and removed from and, after use, returned for storage to the container 400 by accessing the internal cavity 410 by one of the methods described above.

[0075] As best shown in FIGS. 22 and 24, a full sized compact disc 430 is enclosed in the internal cavity 410 between the writing utensils and a container side opposite the side including the aperture. Preferably, as illustrated in FIG. 44, the compact disc will contain data and information for printing out from a computer 1100 and a printer 1110 sheets 1120 displaying interactive games and activities utilizing the crayons. Most preferably, it will contain data for what amounts to a coloring book. The compact disc can be removed from the container to print the displays by accessing the internal cavity. The user can remove the compact disc from the pocket, then run the compact disc on a personal computer to print the displays. Afterwards, the compact disc can be returned to the internal cavity of the container again for storage.

[0076] Notably, the size of the container 400 illustrated in FIGS. 22 through 24 permits a full sized compact disc 430 to be enclosed inside the internal cavity. However, the full sized compact disc shown in the figures is for purposes of illustration only and should not be construed as limiting the disclosure with regards to the particular sized compact disc. Accordingly, a business card compact disc or a mini compact disc may be included in the container.

[0077] Another embodiment is illustrated in FIGS. 25 through 27. A six-sided rectangular container 500 is disclosed, the sides of which define an internal cavity 506 for enclosing and storing writing instruments 520. In accordance with the present invention, a compact disc 530 is secured adjacent to the front side 502 of the container by a preferably transparent plastic film 512 that retains both the compact disc and the container to a blister card 510. The blister card 510 includes a punch out hole 514 for hanging the container and compact disc from a display hook. After purchase by the consumer, the blister card 510 and its associated plastic film 512 may be discarded.

[0078] The internal cavity maybe accessed in a variety of ways to retrieve and return the writing instruments contained therein. For instance, a peripheral side of the container may be pivotally joined with an adjacent side to form a lid. The lid can then be rotated about the pivoted joint to open and close the container. As another example of suitable method of accessing the internal cavity, the container may be constructed in the form of a sleeve and a box. In such an example, a five-sided topless box containing the writing instruments is covered by a multisided sleeve of substantially the same dimensions as the box so as to enclose the open top. However, as will be recognized by those skilled in the art, alternative methods for accessing and enclosing the internal cavity are available and equally acceptable and the illustrated embodiment is not to be limited to the aforementioned descriptions.

[0079] Also shown in FIGS. 25 and 26, the front side 502 of container 500 may include an aperture 504 through one side for viewing the internal cavity and writing instruments 520 included therein. Though the container may be constructed from any suitable material, preferably paper products such as cardboard are used.

[0080] As evident in FIGS. 26 and 27, the cylindrical writing instruments 520 are stored vertically upright in horizontal rows within the enclosed internal cavity 506. The particular writing instruments displayed are generally cylindrical shaped, elongated pencils; however, the specific description is exemplary only and should not be construed as limiting the types and forms of writing instruments that maybe included with the presently described embodiment. For example, in other embodiments, the writing instruments may be markers and/or crayons. Nor should the present embodiment be construed as limited to only the displayed horizontal rows of writing utensils contained in the internal cavity. For example, in other embodiments, the container may include two rows, three rows, four rows or five or more rows of writing instruments. The pencils 520 may be selected and removed from and, after use, returned for storage to the container 500 by accessing the internal cavity 506 by one of the methods described above.

[0081] As shown in FIGS. 25 through 27, a business card sized compact disc is located adjacent the front side 502 of the container below the aperture 504. The compact disc is secured to the container by the plastic film used to retain the container 500 and box to the blister card 510. Preferably, as illustrated in FIG. 44, the compact disc will contain data and information for printing out from a computer 1100 and a printer 1110 sheets 1120 displaying interactive games and activities utilizing the crayons. Most preferably, it will contain data for what amounts to a coloring book. The compact disc can be unsecured from the container for printing the displays off a personal computer by cutting and removing the plastic film associated with the blister card 510. After the compact disc has been removed and used, the compact disc can be stored inside the container 500.

[0082] Notably, due to the size of the container 500 illustrated in FIGS. 25 and 26, a business card sized compact disc 530 is preferably secured to the front side of the container by the plastic film associated with the blister card 510. However, the business card sized compact disc shown in the figures is for purposes of illustration only and should not be construed as limiting the disclosure to a particular sized compact disc. For example, in another embodiment, a mini compact disc may be secured to the container. Furthermore, as the size of container 500 increases, a full sized compact disc may be secured to the container.

[0083] A similar embodiment to the previously described embodiment is illustrated in FIGS. 28 through 31. The business card sized compact disc 630 is mounted on a blister card 610 adjacent to side of container 600 that encloses the writing instruments 620. The compact disc 630 is secured to that location by the plastic film 612 associated with blister card 630. In other embodiments, the writing instruments may be markers and/or crayons. Also, in other embodiments, the container may include two rows, three rows, four rows or five or more rows of writing instruments. Furthermore, in other embodiments the compact disc may be a mini compact disc or a full size compact disc.

[0084] Another embodiment is illustrated in FIGS. 32 through 34. A container 700 is disclosed which defines an internal cavity 718 for enclosing and storing a plurality of writing instruments 720. Additionally, in accordance with the present invention, a compact disc 730 inside a sleeve 732 is enclosed inside the internal cavity along with the writing instruments 720.

[0085] The container 700 includes two sections, a front section 702 and a back section 704, that are interconnected by a living hinge 706. More specifically, both sections are generally formed by a planner surface 708 with a raised wall 710 extending around the perimeter of the surface. When the sections are folded toward each other along the living hinge, the area enclosed between the two planner surfaces and the adjoining perimeter walls defines the internal cavity.

[0086] As shown in FIG. 32, to retain the sections in a clamped position and enclose the internal cavity, there is included a closure mechanism on a side of the container 700. More specifically, a latch 712 is located on the edge of the front section 702 opposite the edge with the living hinge. The latch 712 rises beyond the perimeter wall 710 and includes a slit 713 disposed through it. Correspondingly, located on the back section 704 at the edge also opposite the edge with the living hinge, a protrusion 714 extends from the perimeter wall away from the area that defines the internal cavity. When the two sections are clamped shut, the protrusion 714 aligns with and inserts itself into the silt 713 located on the latch 712 securing the container closed. To open the container and access the internal cavity, the latch 712 is pulled back releasing the protrusion 714, as will be readily apparent to one skilled in the art.

[0087] Also shown in FIGS. 32 and 33, the front section may include an aperture 716 for viewing the internal cavity and the writing instruments enclosed therein. Preferably, the container is constructed from plastic. More preferably, the container is constructed from plastic formed by injection molding.

[0088]FIG. 32 and 34 show that the cylindrical writing instruments 720 are stored vertically upright in a single horizontal row within the area that defines the internal cavity 718. The particular writing instruments displayed are generally cylindrical shaped, elongated markers; however, the specific description is for purposes of example only and should not be considered as limiting the types and forms of writing instruments that maybe included with the presently described embodiment. For example, in other embodiments, the writing instruments may be crayons and/or pencils. Nor should the present embodiment be construed as limited to only the displayed number of horizontal rows of writing utensils contained in the internal cavity. For example, in other embodiments, the container may include two rows, three rows, four rows or five or more rows of writing instruments. The markers 720 may be selected and removed from and, after use, returned for storage to the container 700 by accessing the internal cavity 718 by the method described above.

[0089] As shown in FIGS. 32 through 34, a full sized compact disc 730 enclosed in the internal cavity 718 between the writing utensils and the front section 702. The compact disc may be stored inside a sleeve 732 for protection. Preferably, as illustrated in FIG. 44, the compact disc will contain data and information for printing out from a computer 1100 and a printer 1110 sheets 1120 displaying interactive games and activities utilizing the crayons. Most preferably, it will contain data for what amounts to a coloring book. The compact disc 730 can be removed from the container 700 to print the displays by accessing the internal cavity. After obtaining the displays by running the compact disc 730 on a personal computer connected to a printer, the compact disc 730 can be returned to the internal cavity for storage.

[0090] Notably, the size of the container 700 illustrated in FIGS. 32 through 34 permits a full sized compact disc 730 to be enclosed inside the internal cavity. However, the full sized compact disc shown in the figures is for purposes of illustration only and should not be construed as limiting the disclosure with regards to the particular sized compact disc. Accordingly, a business card compact disc or a mini compact disc may be enclosed inside the internal cavity.

[0091] Another embodiment is shown in FIGS. 35 through 37. A plastic clamshell package 804, a type of packaging generally well known in the art, surrounds and encapsulates a six-sided container 800 and a business card sized compact disc 830. Two sections of the clamshell, a front section 806 and a back section 808 are joined by a living hinge 810 that allows the sections to be folded over themselves such that they are adjacent to one another. When folded against each other, the sections define an interior volume preferably sized to closely fit the container 800 without leaving excessive space. To retain the sections together, two protrusions 812 may be located on the back section 808 of the clamshell, which when the sections are folded together align with and fasten themselves into two indentations 814 on the front cover 806. Also, as indicated in FIG. 36, the clamshell may include a punch-out 816 for hanging the clamshell package from a display hanger. Preferably, the clamshell is made from clear or transparent plastic to allow viewing of its contents. After use by the consumer, the clamshell package 804 may be used to store the container 800 and the compact disc 830.

[0092] Shown in FIG. 37, the sides of container 800 define an internal cavity 802 for enclosing and storing writing instruments 820. The internal cavity may be accessed in a variety of ways to retrieve and replace the writing instruments contained therein. For instance, a peripheral side of the container may be pivotally joined with an adjacent side to form a lid. The lid can then be rotated about the pivoted joint to open and close the container. As another example of suitable method of accessing the internal cavity, the container may be constructed in the form of a sleeve and a box. In such an example, a five-sided topless box containing the writing instruments is covered by a multisided sleeve of substantially the same dimensions as the box so as to enclose the open top. However, as will be recognized by those skilled in the art, alternative methods for accessing and enclosing the internal cavity are available and equally acceptable and the illustrated embodiment is not to be limited to the aforementioned descriptions. Though the container may be constructed from any suitable material, preferably paper products such as cardboard are used.

[0093] Also evident in FIGS. 37, the cylindrical writing instruments 820 are stored vertically upright in horizontal rows within the enclosed internal cavity 802. The particular writing instruments displayed are generally cylindrical shaped, elongated wax crayons; however, the specific description is exemplary only and should not be construed as limiting the types and forms of writing instruments that maybe included with the presently described embodiment. For example, in other embodiments, the writing instruments may be markers and/or pencils. Nor should the present embodiment be construed as limited to only the displayed number horizontal rows of writing utensils contained in the internal cavity. For example, in other embodiments, the container may include one row, three rows, four rows or five or more rows of writing instruments. The crayons 820 may be selected and removed from and, after use, returned for storage to the container 800 by accessing the internal cavity 810 by one of the methods described above.

[0094] As shown in FIGS. 35 and 37, the business card sized compact disc 830 is located adjacent to container 800. The compact disc is secured to the container by the clamshell package 804 when the clamshell sections are folded together. Preferably, as illustrated in FIG. 44, the compact disc will contain data and information for printing out from a computer 1100 and a printer 1110 sheets 1120 displaying interactive games and activities utilizing the crayons. Most preferably, it will contain data for what amounts to a coloring book. The compact disc can be unsecured from the container for printing the displays off a personal computer by separating the sections of the clamshell 810. After the compact disc has been removed and used, the compact disc can be stored inside the container 800.

[0095] Notably, as displayed in FIG. 35, a business card sized compact disc 830 is best suited to accommodate the illustrated container 800 and clamshell package 804. However, the business card sized compact disc shown in the figures is for purposes of illustration only and should not be construed as limiting the disclosure to particular sized compact disc. For example, in another embodiment, a mini compact disc may be secured to the container. Furthermore, as the size of container 800 and clamshell 804 increases, a full sized compact disc may be secured to the container.

[0096] Another embodiment is displayed in FIGS. 38 through 40. A six-sided container 900 is disclosed, the sides of which define an internal cavity 918 for enclosing and storing a plurality of writing instruments 920. Also, in accordance with the present invention, a compact disc 930 is secured to swing out sleeve 902 that is interconnected to the container 900.

[0097] The internal cavity maybe accessed in a variety of ways to retrieve and return the writing instruments contained therein. For instance, a peripheral side of the container may be pivotally joined with an adjacent side to form a lid. The lid can then be rotated about the pivoted joint to open and close the container. However, as will be recognized by those skilled in the art, alternative methods for accessing and enclosing the internal cavity are available and equally acceptable and the illustrated embodiment is not to be limited to the aforementioned description.

[0098] To enable the swing out sleeve 902 to lay flat against the rear panel 906 as illustrated in FIG. 39, or alternatively to swing away from the container as illustrated in FIG. 38, the swing-out sleeve 902 may be interconnected to an elongated upright edge of the rear panel 906 by a living hinge 904. The compact disc may be secured to the sleeve in a number of ways. For instance, the sleeve 902 may define a pocket into which the compact disc 930 may be inserted. Alternatively, the inner face of the sleeve 902 may include a flexible hub, as common in compact disc jewel cases, for retaining the compact disc 930 to the sleeve. Other alternative methods of securing the compact disc to the sleeve will be readily apparent to those of skill in the art, and the present embodiment is not intended to be limited to the disclosed examples.

[0099] The container 900 may include, as illustrated in FIGS. 38 and 39, an aperture 912 on the front panel 910 for viewing the internal cavity and writing instruments contained therein. The container 900 may include an extension section 914 with a punch out 916 extending from the rear panel 906 beyond the general confines of the container 900 for hanging the container 900 from a display rack. Though the container 900 can be constructed from any suitable material, preferably, it is constructed primarily out of paper products such as cardboard.

[0100] Typically, elongated, cylindrical writing instruments 920 may be enclosed in the internal cavity 910 in vertically upright, horizontal rows. The actual writing instruments stored may include, but are not limited to, pencils, crayons, and markers. The writing instruments may be selected and removed from and, after use, returned for storage to the container 900 by accessing the internal cavity by the method described above. In other embodiments, the container may include two rows, three rows, four rows, or five or more rows of writing instruments.

[0101] The compact disc 930 is secured to the container 900 via the sleeve 902 as discussed above. Preferably, as illustrated in FIG. 44, the compact disc will contain data and information for printing out from a computer 1100 and a printer 1110 sheets 1120 displaying interactive games and activities utilizing the writing instruments. Most preferably, it will contain data for what amounts to a coloring book. The compact disc 930 can be removed from the container 900 to print the displays by accessing the internal cavity. After obtaining the displays by running the compact disc 930 on a computer, the compact disc 930 can be returned to the internal cavity 910 for storage.

[0102] Notably, the size of the container 900 and sleeve illustrated in FIGS. 38 and 39 permit a full sized compact disc 930 to be enclosed inside the internal cavity. However, the full sized compact disc shown in the figures is for purposes of illustration only and should not be construed as limiting the disclosure with regards to the particular sized compact disc. Accordingly, a business card compact disc or a mini compact disc may be secured to the swing out sleeve 902.

[0103] Another embodiment is displayed in FIGS. 41 through 43. A six-sided container 1000 is disclosed, the sides of which define an internal cavity 1012 for enclosing and storing a plurality of writing instruments 1020. Also, in accordance with the present invention, a compact disc 1030 is adhesively secured to the rear panel 1002 of the container 1000.

[0104] The internal cavity may be accessed in a variety of ways to retrieve and replace the writing instruments 1020 contained therein. For instance, a peripheral side of the container may be pivotally joined with an adjacent side to form a lid. The lid can then be rotated about the pivoted joint to open and close the container. As another example of suitable method of accessing the internal cavity, the container may take the form of a sleeve and a box. In such an example, a five-sided, topless box containing the writing instruments is covered by a multisided sleeve of substantially the same dimensions as the box so as to enclose the open top. However, as will be recognized by those skilled in the art, alternative methods for accessing and enclosing the internal cavity are available and equally acceptable and the illustrated embodiment is not to be limited to the aforementioned descriptions.

[0105] Also illustrated in FIG. 42, the container 1000 may include an aperture 1006 through the front panel 1004 for viewing the internal cavity and writing instruments contained therein. The container 1000 may include an extension section 1008 with a punch out 1010 extending the rear panel 1002 beyond the general confines of the container 1000 for hanging the container from a display rack. The container 1000 can be constructed from any suitable material. Preferably, the container is constructed primarily out of paper products such as cardboard.

[0106] As evident in FIGS. 42 and 43, the cylindrical writing instruments 1020 are stored vertically upright in horizontal rows within the enclosed internal cavity. The particular writing instruments displayed are generally cylindrical shaped, elongated, wax crayons; however, the particular description is for purposes of illustration only and should not be considered as limiting the types and forms of writing instruments that maybe included with the presently described embodiment. For example, in other embodiments, the writing instruments may be markers and/or pencils. Nor should the present embodiment be construed as limited to only the displayed horizontal rows of writing instruments contained in the internal cavity. For example, in other embodiments, the container may include two rows, three rows, four rows, or five or more rows of writing instruments. Pencils 1020 may be selected and removed from and, after use, returned for storage to the container 1000 by accessing the internal cavity by one of the methods described above.

[0107] A business-sized compact disc 1030 is shown in FIG. 41 adjacent to the rear panel 1002 of the container 1000. In particular, the compact disc 1030 is releasably secured to the container with a light tack adhesive. Preferably, as illustrated in FIG. 44, the compact disc will contain data and information for printing out from a computer 1100 and a printer 1110 sheets 1120 displaying interactive games and activities utilizing the crayons. Most preferably, it will contain data for what amounts to a coloring book. Due to the light tack adhesive, the user can remove the compact disc from the container after purchase for use in with a personal computer to print sheets containing the displays. Desirably, the light tack adhesive will remain attached to the container 1000 and not pull away with the compact disc 1030 allowing for immediate use of the disc with a computer. However, if the adhesive remains on the compact disc, it should be easily removable from the compact disc.

[0108] Notably, the size of the container 1000 illustrated in FIGS. 41 through 43 requires that a business card sized compact disc 1030 to be enclosed adjacent the container 1000. However, the business card sized compact disc shown in the figures is for purposes of illustration only and should not be construed as limiting the disclosure with regards to the particular sized compact disc. For example, in other embodiments, a mini compact disc or a full size compact disc may be secured to the rear panel of the container. Furthermore, after the compact disc has been removed and used, the compact disc may be stored inside the container 1000.

[0109] While this invention has been described with an emphasis upon the disclosed embodiments, it will be obvious to those of ordinary skill in the art that variations of the embodiments may be used and that it is intended that the invention may be practiced otherwise than as specifically described herein. Accordingly, this invention includes all modifications encompassed within the spirit and scope of the invention as defined.

[0110] For example, for each of the embodiments noted herein, the writing instruments may be crayons, markers and/or pencils with appropriate adjustments to the size of the kit. Furthermore, for each of the embodiments noted herein, the compact disc may be a full size compact disc, a mini compact disc and/or a business card compact disc with appropriate adjustments to the size of the kit. In addition, each of the embodiments may include more than one compact disc with appropriate adjustments to the size of the kit. The kit may include one, two, three, four, or five or more compact discs.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification206/575, G9B/9.001
International ClassificationG11B9/00, A45C11/24, A45C11/34, G11B20/10
Cooperative ClassificationA45C11/24, G11B20/10, A45C11/34, G11B9/14, B82Y10/00
European ClassificationB82Y10/00, G11B9/14, A45C11/34
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