US 20080110778 A1
The present invention provides a media storage container for retaining and storing a data carrying media that includes a generally planar lid defining an inner surface and an outer surface, a generally planar base including an inner surface with a recessed panel and side walls defining a recessed pocket dimensioned to house at least one data carrying media therein, and an outer surface, wherein the inner surface of the base is secured to the inner surface of the lid along the respective peripheries thereof, and an opening flap defined by at least one perforated line, the flap being configured, dimensioned and positioned to permit access to the recessed pocket upon opening thereof.
1. A media storage container for retaining and storing a data carrying media comprising:
a) a generally planar lid defining an inner surface and an outer surface;
b) a generally planar base having an inner surface including a recessed panel and side walls defining a recessed pocket dimensioned to house at least one data carrying media therein, and an outer surface, wherein the inner surface of the base is secured to the inner surface of the lid along the respective peripheries thereof; and
c) an opening flap defined by at least one perforated line, the flap being configured, dimensioned and positioned to permit access to the recessed pocket upon opening thereof.
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1. Field of the Invention
The present invention relates generally to media storage containers, and more particularly, media storage containers for securely retaining a data carrying media such as a compact disc (CD) or digital video disc (DVD).
2. Brief Description of the Related Art
Various media storage containers are known in the art. Conventional CD or DVD enclosures or packages used in the multimedia and entertainment industries are of different styles, sizes and designs. These storage containers are either reusable containers, such as jewel boxes and clamshells, or disposable containers, such as paper packages and the like.
Disposable containers may be used to mail promotional discs to potential customers or to store discs inside of other containers. Disposable storage containers must be designed to securely retain the discs so that the discs do not freely move within the container so that the discs are not damaged. The containers must also allow the discs to be easily removed from the container while preventing the discs from falling out of the container when the container is initially opened. Although some existing media storage containers achieve these goals and have achieved success in the art, there remains room in the art for improvement.
Accordingly, there is a need for a simple, inexpensive to manufacture, lightweight package for data carriers.
The present invention improves upon and solves the problems associated with the prior art by providing, among other things, a lightweight multimedia package and method of making that addresses the above identified needs.
In particular, the present invention is directed to a data carrying media package or storage container for retaining and storing a compact disc or other data carrying media that includes a generally planar lid defining an inner surface and an outer surface, a generally planar base having an inner surface and an outer surface, wherein the inner surface of the base is secured to the inner surface of the lid along the respective peripheries thereof. The inner surface of the base also includes a recessed panel and side walls defining a recessed pocket dimensioned to house at least one compact disc or data carrying media therein.
The container also includes an opening flap defined by at least one perforated line, the flap being configured, dimensioned and positioned to permit access to the recessed pocket upon opening thereof. The opening flap can be disposed on the lid or on the base. Preferably, the opening flap is disposed adjacent the recessed pocket.
In one alternative embodiment, a container of the present invention includes a lifting tab and/or a finger well for facilitating opening the flap.
In another alternative embodiment, a container of the present invention includes at least one support member disposed in the recessed pocket for maintaining the position of a data carrying media therein.
In another alternative embodiment, the perforated line defining the opening flap includes portions which differ in their resistance to separation and opening thereof. The opening flap may also be defined by three perforated lines and a folding line, or may also be defined entirely by perforated lines and removable from the container.
A container of the present invention may include an opening flap that is resealable after opening thereof. A non-permanent adhesive material can be disposed opposite the opening flap to facilitate resealing the opening flap thereon.
For display and promotional purposes, the outer surface of the lid and the outer surface of the base may include text and/or pictures disposed thereon. Literature or other materials can be disposed in the recessed pocket along with the data carrying media.
These and other aspects of the present invention will become more readily apparent to those having ordinary skill in the art from the following description of the invention taken in conjunction with the drawings.
So that those having ordinary skill in the art to which the present invention pertains will more readily understand how to make and use the present invention, an embodiment thereof will be described in detail with reference to the drawings, wherein:
It is to be understood that the system and method of the present invention may be advantageously employed without the incorporation of each of the features disclosed herein. It is to be further understood that modifications and variations may be utilized without departure from the spirit and scope of this inventive system and method, as those skilled in the art will readily understand. Such modifications and variations are considered to be within the purview and scope of the appended claims and their equivalents.
According to the present invention, the need for an inexpensive, lightweight media storage container can be met by forming an enclosure out of inexpensive pressed paperboard, specifically from a paperboard base and cover. Typically, the base will be formed by molding a paperboard blank between a female press mold and a suitably configured male mold to create a shallow cavity which is dimensionally suitable for receiving a data carrier and, optionally, a promotional booklet or insert card. As used herein, the term “data carrier” or “data carrying media” is intended to encompass any form of object capable of carrying machine or computer-readable data, including, but not limited to, compact discs, digital video disks, floppy disks, tape cassettes, credit cards, phone cards, smart-media cards, flash memory cards, data cartridges and computer read-only or random access memory chips.
Referring now to the drawings wherein like reference numerals identify similar aspects and/or features of the subject invention there is illustrated in
Container 10 includes a base 12 and a lid 14 secured at least to a peripheral edge portion 16 of interior side 12 a of base 12 which contacts interior side 14 a of lid 14 upon formation of container 10. Outer surface 12 b of base 12 and outer surface 14 b of lid 14 may be used to display descriptive and promotional information, for example, regarding the content of data carrying media 100 held within container 10.
A cavity 18 is formed in base 12, for example by press molding, which includes a first pocket 20 formed by a first recessed panel 22 and first recessed side walls 24 and a second pocket 26 formed by a second recessed panel 28 and second recessed side walls 30. Preferably, second pocket 26 is further recessed than first pocket 20, that is, relative to the plane of lid 14. In this embodiment, second pocket 26 is generally rectangular and appropriately dimensioned for receiving data carrying media 100 in the form of a CD or other data carrier therein while preferably permitting only minimal movement of data carrier 100. Pocket 26 may also hold promotional literature 101 along with data carrier 100.
In a preferred embodiment of the invention, lid 14 may be pressed from a paperboard sheet or may simply comprise a flat sheet of paperboard. Lid 14 is sealed to base 12 after data carrier 100 and promotional literature 101 are inserted into pocket 26 of cavity 18. Preferably, lid 14 is heat sealed along its periphery to the upper peripheral surface of base 12, for example by coating the underside of lid 14, at least along a portion of its periphery, with a low density polyethylene coating to function as the sealing medium.
An opening feature is desirably incorporated into base 12 or lid 14 to allow access to data carrier 100 and promotional literature 101 within cavity 18. In the embodiment shown in
To open flap 34, a user would open (or alternatively, press in) lifting tab 38, permitting greater access to the underside of flap 34 via finger well 42. The underside of flap 34 can be used for leverage in pulling open flap 34, which is pivotable about fold line 36 to allow access to cavity 18. Preferably, and as shown herein; perforated lines 32 include portions having wider notches, thus increasing the resistive force against being opened, such as perforated portions 32 c adjacent finger well 42, while portions 32 a and 32 b of perforated line 32 consist of narrower notches, and thus, are less resistive to being torn.
Container 10 may be intended to be disposed immediately or reusable. It is contemplated that data carrier 100, after and between uses, can be returned and stored in cavity 18. For this reason, it is desirable that at least the flap 34 be reclosable. This can be accomplished by forming the flap 34 in such a manner that a portion thereof, when closed, overlaps a portion of the base 12, or by using lifting tab 38 to secure flap 34.
Alternatively, an adhesive patch 48 (shown in
The aforementioned embodiment provides possible configurations in accordance with the present invention, and should not be considered as limiting the scope of the invention in any way. It should be readily apparent that the lid and/or base may include a variety of opening features for accessing the contents of the cavity, and if perforated opening features are involved, these perforations may come in a variety of desired shapes or forms. Preferably, the opening feature is sized smaller than the data carrying media to prevent the data carrying media from falling from the cavity after opening the container of the present invention.
It is also advantageous to optionally incorporate a security device in the container of the present invention, for example by adhering a radio frequency identification device (RFID) to a surface of the first or second pocket which can aid in detecting unauthorized removal of the container of the present invention from a premises, such as a retail store.
Alternatively, or in addition, a security/inventory control/traceable device, such as a Sensomatic tag, can be adhered to a surface of the container of the present invention for purposes of security and/or to aid in tracing the container through distribution channels and/or for inventory control.
It has been found that paperboard formulated with added stretch properties is particularly desirable as the material for forming the base and lid of the container of the present invention. In particular, paperboard which is higher in pine fibers than hardwood fibers is especially desirable to confer advantageous stretch properties on the paperboard. Specifically, paperboard having a minimum of 35% content of pine fibers is especially desirable.
The base of the container is desirably formed by placing a paperboard blank, coated on its clay side (i.e., the print surface) with a UV overprint coating, into a mold with the clay coated side positioned in contact with the female side of the mold. The UV overprint coating protects the printed surface of the paperboard against heat and abrasion which attends the press molding process.
The male mold, is the heated side of the tool during the formation of the base. Both the male and female molds are appropriately shaped and dimensioned to create a cavity for receiving the desired data carrier. The male and female molds are brought together to form the base, with the desired shaped and dimensioned cavity, from the paperboard blank.
The lid, which is desirably a flat sheet of paperboard, is sealed onto the base after the data carrying media is loaded into the cavity. Typically, during the press molding of paperboard, moisture has to be introduced into the process to keep the paper from cracking. According to the present process, at least so long as the cavity remains of a depth sufficient for a single data carrier with minimal literature, the introduction of moisture into the process can be avoided. As a consequence, the resulting container remains lightweight and has all the advantages of an inexpensive to manufacture, lightweight container, such as postage savings during mailing.
Although the media storage container of the subject invention has been described with respect to a preferred embodiment, those skilled in the art will readily appreciate that changes and modifications may be made thereto without departing from the spirit and scope of the subject invention as defined by the appended claims