Search Images Maps Play YouTube News Gmail Drive More »
Sign in
Screen reader users: click this link for accessible mode. Accessible mode has the same essential features but works better with your reader.

Patents

  1. Advanced Patent Search
Publication numberUS2883262 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateApr 21, 1959
Filing dateJun 11, 1954
Priority dateJun 11, 1954
Publication numberUS 2883262 A, US 2883262A, US-A-2883262, US2883262 A, US2883262A
InventorsBorin Harlan F
Original AssigneeAmerican Hospital Supply Corp
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Method for sterilizing instruments
US 2883262 A
Images(1)
Previous page
Next page
Description  (OCR text may contain errors)

. April 21, 1959- H. F. BORIN METHOD FOR STERILIZING INSTRUMENTS Filed June 11. 1954 1! AHA A A A AAHA'A A A XAHAIL HNN MAMA

A AHA A A X193 A mt";

' HNIILN NH IkNILNkNNINIIINININININININ I9 GA. om'e WT INVENTOR.

flmiuza yw ATTORNEYS.

United States Patent METHOD FOR STERILIZING INSTRUNIENTS Harlan F. Borin, Chicago, 111., assignor to American Hospital Supply Corporation, Evanston, Ill., a corporation of Illinois Application June 11, 1954, Serial No. 436,067

3 Claims. (Cl. 21--56) This invention relates to a method and means for sterilizing instruments. The invention is particularly useful for the storing and sterilizing of instruments such as hypodermic needles, syringes, surgical instruments, and a number of other products for which there is a need for sterilization and maintenance in sterilized condition. An object of the invention is to provide a method and means for sterilizing and preserving in sterilized condition instruments which may at some later time be quickly made available for use, means being provided for identifying the sterilized product. A further object is to pro- -vide effective means for identifying, sterilizing, and preserving in sterilized condition various types of instruments which may be stored and made available for instant .use. Yet another object is to provide a means and method whereby instruments may be quickly and accurately suspended within a wrapper for sterilization while at the same time providing means for opening the wrapper to expose selected parts of the instrument so that sterilized portions of the instrument are kept free from contact with human hands. A still further object is to provide a wrapper structure which may be manipulated for suspending an instrument within the wrapper and sealed in a sealed enclosure thereof while the sterilized instrument is centered within the enclosure and protected therein against contamination. Other specific objects and advantages will appear as the specification proceeds.

The invention is shown, in an illustrative embodiment,

by the accompanying drawing, in which- Figure .l is a side view in elevation of trays receiving wrappers containing instruments, the trays being ready for introduction to an autoclave or other sterilizing chamber; Fig. 2, a front view in elevation of a wrapper sheet which may be employed in the practice of my invention; Fig. 3, a rear view of the sheet shown in Fig. 2 and showing the adhesive areas thereon; Fig. 4, a view similar to Fig. 3 but showing a hypodermic needle within the adhesivearea; Fig. 5, a plan view of the transparent'wrapper sheet in folded relation about the hypodermic needle; Fig. 6, a transverse sectional view, the section being taken as indicated at line 6-6 of Fig. Fig. 7, a perspective view of the wrapper being torn adjacent the hub portion of the hypodermic needle; and Fig. 8, a perspective view illustrating the attachment of a syringe to the hub portion of a hypodermic needle prior to the complete removal of the hypodermic needle from the wrapper.

In the illustration given, 10 designates a wrapper sheet formed of glassine, paper, or any other suitable material effective for excluding air under normal conditions from the sterilized instrument. When steam is employed in the sterilizing procedure, I prefer to employ a steam permeable paper or sheet. However, when the sterilization is accomplished by dry heat, the sheet may be formed of material which is impervious to steam. The sheet should be of a material which will prevent contamination of the sterilized instrument, and I find that glassine paper and similar treated papers are effective in excluding air Patented Apr. 21, 1959 under normal conditions and thus preserving the instrument, after sterilization, in sterilized condition.

On the outside of the sheet illustrated in Fig. 2, I we fer to provide certain imprinting to facilitate the securing of the instrument within the wrapper. For example, I imprint upon sheet 2 an outline 11 of the hypodermic needle, syringe, or other instrument which is to be secured within the wrapper. The outline 11 shows the user where to place the hypodermic needle in the wrapping operation. Also, upon the wrapper I imprint a tear-line 12 and the same line may also be used as a means for indicating where the wrapper is to pinched to secure the wrapper tightly about one end portion of the instrument. Also imprinted upon the outside of the sheet 10 are data lines such as lines for indicating the date of sterilization, the gauge number, and various other information desired.

On the inner side of the sheet, I provide a permanently sensitive adhesive 13 which is spread rather uniformly over the sheet, leaving, however, an inner ungummed area 14 which will receive the needle portion or cannula of the hypodermic needle and another ungummed area 14a at the other end of the instrument. A hypodermic needle 15 is placed over the. outline 11, as illustrated in Fig. 4, and the marginal portions of the wrapper are then brought together to effect a complete seal on all sides. The folded wrapper with the instrument 15 visible therein through the transparent walls of the wrapper, is shown in Figs. 5 and 6. It will be noted that the gummed area 13 extends about the hub portion of the hypodermic needle 15, and by pinching the wrapper about the hub 15, the hub is securely anchored within the walls of the wrapper while the needle itself extends forwardly in centered position within the space 16 formed by the hub within the wrapper, as illustrated in Fig. 6. Thus the needle itself is supported out of contact with the side walls of the wrapper and in suspended and centered position within the space 16. Further, the cannula of the hypodermic needle is enclosed within the ungummed area 14 of the wrapper.

After the hypodermic needle has been thus sealed within the wrapper, it, along with other needles or instruments, is placed within trays 17 and 18, as shown more clearly in Fig. 1. The trays are provided with partitions for receiving the envelopes or wrappers 10, and are provided with depending legs 19 of tapered construction which are effective in forming an interlock between the trays when the same are stacked as shown in Fig. 1. If desired, a single wrapped needle may be stored within each of the partitions of the racks 17 and 18, or a plurality of wrappers may be secured within each compartment.

The individually wrapped instruments, after being placed within the trays, and the trays secured in stacked relation, may be sterilized by placing the stack of trays within an autoclave or heat chamber where drying heat or steam may be employed to effect the desired sterilization. After the sterilizating operation, the trays may be removed, separated, and stored until they are to be used. If desired, the wrapped instruments may be resterilized after the lapse of a period of time following the date of first sterilization.

When it is desired to use the instrument, the wrapper may be removed and torn transversely along one side, as, for example, along line 12, to expose one end of the instrument. For example, if a hypodermic needle is being used and it is desired to connect one end of a syringe to the hypodermic needle, the wrapper may be grasped, as shown in Fig. 7, and the tearing may proceed along line 12 to remove one end portion of the wrapper. The other end of the wrapper, which is still held between the thumb and fingers of the nurse, may be grasped so as to support the hub 15 of the needle in position to receive the tip or forward end portion of the syringe 20, as shown more clearly in Fig. 8. After the syringe has been firmly secured to the hub of the needle, the forward end of the wrapper may then be removed, thus leaving the hypodermic needle filmly secured to the end of the syringe. It will be understood that the process is applicable to various types of instruments and by the method shown, it is possible to expose only one end of an instrument so that the other end thereof which is to be used for surgical purposes is never brought into contact with the hands.

Summarizing, with respect to a specific operation of the device, the wrapper 10 may be laid upon a flat surface with the gummed side 13 uppermost. The hypodermic needle is then placed upon the reproduction 11 of the needle. The long side of the wrapper 10 is then folded over so that its surface touches the corresponding side all at the same time, and the edges are sealed. Since the adhesive 13 is pressure-sensitive adhesive, it is desirable to have all the border portions of the sheet brought into engagement at the same time and pressed to effect a complete seal of the wrapper. If desired, the finger may be first pressed from the center top edge of the wrapper, left and right respectively, so as to seal the Wrap along the top and then the fingers may be moved down each side to seal each side and thus form a complete enclosure for the needle.

It is next desired to anchor the hypodermic needle firmly within the wrapper so as to suspend the cannula of the needle. This may be done by simply pressing the wrapper walls together at the point indicated by the words Pinch Here located between the ungummed areas 14 and 14a. It is desired not to press too hard and close to the hypodermic needle, since this might puncture the wrapper. By thus locking the hub portion 15 of the needle firmly within the wrapper, a shown in Fig. 6, the needle portion is suspended freely within the 'open space 16 formed within the wrapper and between the ungummed wall portions 14 of the wrapper.

After the sterilization step, the trays containing the envelopes may be placed upon shelves or other storage areas to await use. At the time of use, the tearing may be accomplished along line 12 or any other selected line which will expose one portion of the instrument, one hand being employed in the tearing operation, as illustrated in Fig. 6, while the other hand holds the instrument still within the container. The instrument may then be used by'grasping the exposed end or by afiixing to the exposed end of the instrument another instrument such as a syringe, etc.

The wrappers are preferably imprinted in different colors as a means for indicating the gauge or type of needle or other instrument. Also, the shape and size of the wrapper may be modified to take care of instruments of different types. The imprinting upon the outside of the wrapper will also be varied depending upon the type of instrument being treated.

'In the foregoing operation, it is found that a minimum of time is required. For example, in the treatment of hypodermic needles, a needle is first cleaned, then placed upon the outline of the wrapper, the wrapper quickly sealed, and the needle anchored in suspended position by pinching the sides of the wrapper against the hub. A large number of needles may thus be quickly assembled, and placed within the racks. Any suitable adhesive effective for forming the seal may be employed. I prefer to employ a pressure-sensitive adhesive which facilitates the sealing of the wrapper. Heat-resistant adhesives are necessary where dry heat sterilization is employed and where the temperatures are high.

While, in the foregoing specification, I have set forth a specific process and structure in considerable detail for the purpose of illustrating the invention, it will be understood that such details of steps and structure may be varied widely by those skilled in the art without departing from the spirit of my invention.

I'claim:

l. In a method for sterilizing an instrument having an enlarged portion, the steps of enclosing the instrument within a substantially air-impermeable, flexible wrapper, sealing the wrapper about the instrument, sealing the wrapper walls about the enlarged portion of the instrument so as to suspend the remainder of the instrument freely within said wrapper, and heating the wrapped instrument to sterilize the same.

2. In a method for sterilizing a hypodermic needle, the steps of enclosing the needle Within a substantially air-impermeable, flexible wrapper, sealing the wrapper about the needle, securing the wrapper walls about the hub of the needle to suspend the needle portion freely Within said wrapper, and subjecting the wrapped instru ment to steam sterilization.

'3. In a method for sterilizing an instrument having an enlarged end portion, the steps of enclosing the instrument within a substantially air-impermeable, flexible wrapper, securing the walls of the wrapper to the enlarged end portion of the instrument to suspend a free end portion of the instrument between the wrapper walls, sealing the wrapper about the instrument to provide a chamber about the suspended free end portion thereof, and heating the wrapped instrument to sterilize the same.

References Cited in the file of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS 1,180,895 Way Apr. 25, 1916 1,387,839 Davis Aug. 16, 1921 2,344,640 Rogers Mar 21, 1944 2,634,856 Perkins Apr. 14, 1953 2,686,128 Conti Aug. 10, 1954 2,686,725 CornWell Aug. 17, 1954 FOREIGN PATENTS 5,381 Great Britain 1899

Patent Citations
Cited PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US1180895 *Apr 18, 1914Apr 25, 1916Alben Warren WayProcess for sterilizing packaged textile articles.
US1387839 *Mar 9, 1920Aug 16, 1921Charles T DavisPackage
US2344640 *Mar 4, 1942Mar 21, 1944Irving Rogers PaulPackaging method
US2634856 *Mar 14, 1952Apr 14, 1953American Sterilizer CoSterile pack for individual disassembled syringes
US2686128 *Jan 21, 1950Aug 10, 1954American Viscose CorpMethod for making stuffed products
US2686725 *Feb 27, 1952Aug 17, 1954American Viscose CorpCasing for stuffed products
GB189905381A * Title not available
Referenced by
Citing PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US3036700 *Aug 26, 1959May 29, 1962Becton Dickinson CoSterile hypodermic needle assembly and package
US3084793 *Jul 27, 1959Apr 9, 1963Crown Zellerbach CorpSterile package and method
US3107784 *Sep 8, 1960Oct 22, 1963Abbott LabPolypropylene film package
US3112747 *Feb 7, 1961Dec 3, 1963Pharmaseal LabProtector
US3507386 *Sep 10, 1968Apr 21, 1970Jintan Terumo CoPackage for sterilized articles
US5111638 *Jan 31, 1991May 12, 1992Highland Supply CorporationMethod for wrapping an object with a material having pressure sensitive adhesive thereon
US5245814 *Apr 9, 1992Sep 21, 1993Highland Supply CorporationMethods for wrapping a floral grouping
US5307605 *Jul 30, 1992May 3, 1994Highland Supply CorporationMethod and apparatus for providing a wrapper for a floral grouping having a flap for closing the upper end or the lower end of the wrapper
US5335475 *Jul 30, 1992Aug 9, 1994Highland Supply CorporationMethod for wrapping a floral grouping with water holding and releasing material
US5335477 *Jul 30, 1992Aug 9, 1994Highland Supply CorporationMethod of wrapping a floral grouping
US5344016 *Dec 4, 1991Sep 6, 1994Highland Supply CorporationWrapping material for wrapping a floral grouping having staggered strips of adhesive material applied thereto and method
US5347789 *Jun 3, 1992Sep 20, 1994Highland Supply CorporationDecorative material having a colored sticky element disposed thereon forming at least a portion of a decoration and method
US5363630 *Aug 10, 1992Nov 15, 1994Highland Supply CorporationFloral grouping wrapper with reinforcing member
US5369934 *Oct 30, 1992Dec 6, 1994Highland Supply CorporationMethod and apparatus for covering portions of an object with a sheet of material having a pressure sensitive adhesive coating applied to at least a portion of at least one surface of the sheet of material
US5388386 *Jan 28, 1994Feb 14, 1995Highland Supply CorporationMethod for wrapping an object with an embossed material having an adhesive thereon
US5411167 *Sep 14, 1993May 2, 1995Highland Supply CorporationBasket lining material having an adhesive or cohesive thereon and method
US5448875 *Jun 23, 1994Sep 12, 1995Highland Supply CorporationWrapping a floral grouping with embossed sheets having adhesive or cohesive material applied thereto
US5456056 *Oct 12, 1994Oct 10, 1995Highland Supply CorporationWrapping a floral grouping with sheets having adhesive or cohesive material applied thereto
US5465551 *May 7, 1993Nov 14, 1995Highland Supply CorporationMethod for wrapping an item with a sheet of material from a pad of sheets of material
US5467575 *Jul 1, 1994Nov 21, 1995Highland Supply CorporationMethod for wrapping a floral grouping with a sheet of material having a reinforcing member
US5472752 *Aug 17, 1993Dec 5, 1995Highland Supply CorporationArticle forming system
US5482752 *Jul 11, 1994Jan 9, 1996Highland Supply CorporationDecorative material having a colored sticky element disposed thereon forming at least a portion of a decoration
US5488813 *May 13, 1994Feb 6, 1996Highland Supply CorporationMethod for wrapping a vase containing a floral grouping
US5488815 *Jun 10, 1994Feb 6, 1996Johnson & Johnson Vision Products, Inc.Apparatus and method for sterilization and secondary packaging
US5493809 *Feb 10, 1995Feb 27, 1996Highland Supply CorporationSleeve having a detachable portion for forming a pot cover
US5501360 *May 30, 1995Mar 26, 1996Highland Supply CorporationBasket lining material having a cohesive thereon and method
US5503293 *May 30, 1995Apr 2, 1996Highland Supply CorporationBasket lining assembly and method
US5517802 *Jul 29, 1994May 21, 1996Highland Supply CorporationSticky element upon which insects adhere and materials and methods
US5522201 *Feb 9, 1994Jun 4, 1996Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method for providing a wrapper for a floral grouping having a flap for closing the upper end or the lower end of the wrapper
US5522202 *Feb 25, 1994Jun 4, 1996Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method for wrapping a floral grouping with water holding and releasing material
US5526933 *May 15, 1995Jun 18, 1996Southpac Trust International, Inc.Floral wrapping material with varying adhesion
US5533320 *Jun 9, 1994Jul 9, 1996Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method of wrapping a floral grouping with a wrapper having varying adhesion
US5535574 *May 18, 1995Jul 16, 1996Southpac Trust InternationalMethod for providing a wrapper for a floral grouping having a flap for closing the upper end or the lower end of the wrapper
US5537799 *May 18, 1995Jul 23, 1996Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method for providing a wrapper for a floral grouping having a flap for closing the upper end or the lower end of the wrapper
US5537800 *Jan 9, 1995Jul 23, 1996Southpac Trust International, Inc.Wrapping a floral grouping with sheets having adhesive or cohesive material applied thereto
US5557882 *May 11, 1995Sep 24, 1996Southpac Trust International, Inc.Plant package having a waxy wrapper
US5561965 *May 18, 1995Oct 8, 1996Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method for providing a wrapper for a floral grouping having a flap for closing the upper end or the lower end of the wrapper
US5570569 *Dec 30, 1994Nov 5, 1996Masuda; TokihisaQuadrangular package bag and method and apparatus therefor
US5572849 *Jun 1, 1995Nov 12, 1996Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method of packaging a potted plant
US5575133 *Jun 2, 1995Nov 19, 1996Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method of packaging a potted plant
US5577367 *May 1, 1995Nov 26, 1996Johnson & Johnson Vision Products, Inc.Apparatus and method for sterilization and secondary packaging
US5584162 *May 11, 1995Dec 17, 1996Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method of wrapping a floral product
US5584392 *Jun 5, 1995Dec 17, 1996Southpac Trust International, Inc.Floral grouping wrapper with reinforcing member
US5588530 *May 16, 1994Dec 31, 1996Southpac Trust International, Inc.Wrapping material for wrapping a floral grouping having staggered strips of adhesive material applied thereto and method
US5595046 *Jun 6, 1995Jan 21, 1997Southpac Trust International, Inc.Wrapping a floral grouping with sheets having adhesive or cohesive material applied thereto
US5595298 *May 18, 1995Jan 21, 1997Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method and apparatus for providing a wrapper for a floral grouping having a flap for closing the upper end or the lower end of the wrapper
US5596862 *Oct 13, 1992Jan 28, 1997Highland Supply CorporationMethod and apparatus for wrapping a floral grouping with multiple sheet wrapper
US5598683 *Oct 25, 1994Feb 4, 1997Southpac Trust International, Inc.Wrapping a floral grouping with sheets having adhesive material applied thereto
US5603197 *Mar 29, 1995Feb 18, 1997Southpac Trust International, Inc.Basket lining material having an adhesive or cohesive thereon and method
US5611192 *Jun 7, 1995Mar 18, 1997Southpac Trust International, Inc.Apparatus for dispensing and wrapping a sheet of material about a flower pot or floral grouping
US5615534 *Jun 7, 1995Apr 1, 1997Southpac Trust International, Inc.Methods for wrapping a sheet of material about a flower pot or basket to form a covering of the flower pot or basket
US5616378 *May 30, 1995Apr 1, 1997Southpac Trust International, Inc.Article forming system
US5616379 *May 30, 1995Apr 1, 1997Southpac Trust International, Inc.Article forming system
US5616380 *May 30, 1995Apr 1, 1997Southpac Trust International, Inc.Article forming system
US5616381 *May 30, 1995Apr 1, 1997Southpac Trust International, Inc.Article forming system
US5616382 *May 30, 1995Apr 1, 1997Southpac Trust International, Inc.Article forming system
US5616383 *Jun 5, 1995Apr 1, 1997Southpac Trust International, Inc.Basket liner having a bonding material thereon and method
US5618596 *May 30, 1995Apr 8, 1997Southpac Trust International, Inc.Article forming system
US5620425 *Nov 3, 1993Apr 15, 1997Bracco International B.V.Method for the preparation of pre-filled plastic syringes
US5620761 *May 30, 1995Apr 15, 1997Southpac Trust International, Inc.Article forming system
US5622754 *May 30, 1995Apr 22, 1997Southpac Trust International, Inc.Article forming system
US5624723 *May 30, 1995Apr 29, 1997Southpac Trust International, Inc.Article forming system
US5628146 *Feb 28, 1996May 13, 1997Southpac Trust International, Inc.Sleeve having a detachable portion for forming a pot cover
US5632130 *May 1, 1995May 27, 1997Southpac Trust International, Inc.Wrapping material for wrapping a floral grouping having staggered strips of adhesive material applied thereto and method
US5633055 *May 30, 1995May 27, 1997Southpac Trust International, Inc.Article forming system
US5633056 *May 30, 1995May 27, 1997Southpac Trust International, Inc.Article forming system
US5636493 *Jun 6, 1995Jun 10, 1997Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method and apparatus for wrapping a floral grouping with multiple sheet wrapper
US5648130 *Jun 5, 1995Jul 15, 1997Southpac Trust International, Inc.Basket liner having a bonding material thereon and method
US5651232 *May 11, 1995Jul 29, 1997Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method of wrapping a floral product
US5653089 *Jun 2, 1995Aug 5, 1997Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method and apparatus for wrapping a floral grouping with multiple sheet wrapper
US5661950 *May 11, 1995Sep 2, 1997Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method of wrapping a floral grouping
US5661951 *Jun 7, 1995Sep 2, 1997Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method of wrapping a floral product with a sheet of material having a three dimensional pattern printed thereon
US5664675 *Jun 6, 1995Sep 9, 1997Southpac Trust International, Inc.Wrapping material having a cold seal adhesive for wrapping floral groupings and methods
US5669202 *May 18, 1995Sep 23, 1997Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method for using a decorative material having a colored sticky element disposed thereon forming at least a portion of a decoration
US5674577 *May 30, 1995Oct 7, 1997Southpac Trust International, Inc.Article forming system
US5677020 *May 30, 1995Oct 14, 1997Southpac Trust International, Inc.Article forming system
US5677021 *May 30, 1995Oct 14, 1997Southpac Trust International, Inc.Article forming system
US5681625 *May 30, 1995Oct 28, 1997Southpac Trust International, Inc.Article forming system
US5683765 *May 30, 1995Nov 4, 1997Southpac Trust International, Inc.Article forming system
US5683766 *Jun 6, 1995Nov 4, 1997Southpac Trust International, Inc.Article forming system
US5683770 *Jun 5, 1995Nov 4, 1997Southpac Trust International, Inc.Basket liner having a bonding material thereon and method
US5687469 *Jun 6, 1995Nov 18, 1997Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method for using a wrapping material having a cold seal adhesive for covering flower pots
US5687502 *Jun 5, 1995Nov 18, 1997Southpac Trust International, Inc.Vase containing a floral grouping
US5689915 *Aug 30, 1996Nov 25, 1997Southpac Trust International, Inc.Sleeve having a detachable portion for forming a pot cover
US5689939 *Nov 18, 1996Nov 25, 1997Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method for wrapping various sized flower pots and floral groupings
US5697199 *Jun 7, 1995Dec 16, 1997Southpac Trust International, Inc.Mountable and demountable wrapping material and method for use
US5704161 *Dec 5, 1996Jan 6, 1998Southpac Trust International, Inc.Plant cover and sleeve formed from two materials
US5713183 *Jan 16, 1996Feb 3, 1998Southpac Trust International, Inc.Sticky element upon which insects adhere and materials and methods
US5713184 *Jan 16, 1996Feb 3, 1998Southpac Trust International, Inc.Sticky element upon which insects adhere and materials and methods
US5720151 *Mar 19, 1997Feb 24, 1998Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method of wrapping a floral product with a sheet of material having a three dimensional pattern printed thereon
US5720152 *Mar 19, 1997Feb 24, 1998Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method of wrapping a floral product with a sheet of material having a three dimensional pattern printed thereon
US5720155 *Mar 19, 1997Feb 24, 1998Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method of wrapping a floral product with a sheet of material having a three dimensional pattern printed thereon
US5722200 *Nov 7, 1996Mar 3, 1998Southpac Trust International, Inc.Sleeve having a detachable upper portion and a skirt portion
US5727363 *Mar 19, 1997Mar 17, 1998Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method of wrapping a floral product with a sheet of material having a three dimensional pattern printed thereon
US5740655 *May 28, 1997Apr 21, 1998Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method of wrapping a floral grouping
US5740657 *Jan 2, 1997Apr 21, 1998Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method for forming a decorative cover about a flower pot
US5740658 *Jan 2, 1997Apr 21, 1998Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method for forming a decorative cover about a flower pot
US5749171 *Jan 27, 1997May 12, 1998Southpac Trust International, Inc.Sleeve having a detachable portion forming a skirt and methods
US5752360 *Jun 7, 1995May 19, 1998Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method for wrapping a flower pot with a sheet material constructed of paper and having a pattern embossed thereon
US5752361 *Sep 23, 1996May 19, 1998Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method of wrapping a floral grouping
US5753327 *May 30, 1995May 19, 1998Southpac Trust International, Inc.Article forming system
US5758472 *Nov 7, 1996Jun 2, 1998Southpac Trust International, Inc.Floral sleeve having scalloped perforations
US5759652 *Feb 5, 1997Jun 2, 1998Southpac Trust International, Inc.Article forming system
US5761880 *Nov 26, 1996Jun 9, 1998Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method of crimping a floral sleeve about a pot
US5778636 *Jan 16, 1996Jul 14, 1998Southpac Trust International, Inc.Sticky element upon which insects adhere and materials and methods
US5782057 *Apr 21, 1997Jul 21, 1998Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method and apparatus for wrapping a floral grouping with multiple sheet wrapper
US5782059 *Jan 15, 1997Jul 21, 1998Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method for forming a decorative cover about a flower pot
US5792535 *Jun 5, 1995Aug 11, 1998Southpac Trust International, Inc.Pad of wrapping material having alternating sizes of sheets
US5810169 *Nov 14, 1997Sep 22, 1998Southpac Trust International, Inc.Floral sleeve with upper portion detachable via angular perforations
US5813194 *Jun 10, 1997Sep 29, 1998Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method of attaching a sleeve to a pot
US5816020 *Jun 6, 1995Oct 6, 1998Southpac Trust International, Inc.Wrapping material having a cold seal adhesive for wrapping floral groupings and methods
US5816021 *Apr 22, 1997Oct 6, 1998Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method and apparatus for wrapping a floral grouping with multiple sheet wrapper
US5816023 *Dec 24, 1996Oct 6, 1998Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method for forming a decorative cover about a flower pot
US5829194 *Nov 18, 1996Nov 3, 1998Southpac Trust International, Inc.Floral sleeve having tabs for closure
US5829225 *Dec 12, 1996Nov 3, 1998Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method of covering a flower pot with a sleeve
US5839255 *Nov 10, 1997Nov 24, 1998Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method for forming a preformed pot cover having a three dimensional pattern printed thereon
US5840379 *Feb 6, 1997Nov 24, 1998Southpac Trust International, Inc.Article forming system
US5842569 *Jun 23, 1997Dec 1, 1998Southpac Trust International, Inc.Floral sleeve with upper detachable portion
US5845775 *May 30, 1995Dec 8, 1998Southpac Trust International, Inc.Floral grouping wrapper having a detachable portion
US5846618 *Feb 5, 1997Dec 8, 1998Southpac Trust International, Inc.Article forming system
US5849384 *Dec 9, 1996Dec 15, 1998Hampshire Paper Corp.Ceremonial roll with adhesive located adjacent leading end
US5867968 *Nov 7, 1997Feb 9, 1999Southpac Trust International, Inc.Mountable and demountable wrapping material and method for use
US5890592 *Nov 14, 1997Apr 6, 1999Southpac Trust International, Inc.Sleeve-type floral grouping wrapper
US5899047 *Sep 12, 1997May 4, 1999Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method of manufacturing a tubular sleeve
US5906086 *Sep 4, 1997May 25, 1999Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method of wrapping flower pot with a sheet and sleeve
US5910051 *Feb 12, 1998Jun 8, 1999Southpac Trust International, Inc.Sleeve having a detachable portion forming a skirt and methods
US5921061 *Sep 20, 1996Jul 13, 1999Southpac Trust International, Inc.Optical effect material and methods
US5927048 *Jul 2, 1997Jul 27, 1999Southpac Trust InternationalSleeve having a detachable portion forming a skirt and methods
US5930979 *Feb 17, 1998Aug 3, 1999Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method for forming a cover about a flower pot
US5930982 *Jan 9, 1998Aug 3, 1999Soutpac Trust International, Inc.Method of wrapping a flower pot
US5934015 *Nov 25, 1997Aug 10, 1999Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method of wrapping a floral grouping
US5941020 *May 5, 1997Aug 24, 1999Southpac Trust International, Inc.Sleeve having expansion means for forming a skirt
US5944187 *Sep 22, 1998Aug 31, 1999Southpac Trust International, Inc.Floral sleeve with detachable upper portion
US5956898 *Nov 14, 1997Sep 28, 1999Southpac Trust International, Inc.Covering for flower pot and floral grouping
US5962091 *Jun 18, 1998Oct 5, 1999Southpac Trust International, Inc.Article forming system
US5966869 *Apr 17, 1998Oct 19, 1999Southpac Trust Int'l, Inc.Floral sleeve having tabs for closure
US5974736 *May 13, 1994Nov 2, 1999Southpac Trust International, Inc.Accordion-type plant cover with attached skirt and methods
US5974766 *Dec 3, 1997Nov 2, 1999Southpac Trust Int'l, Inc.Floral grouping wrapper and methods
US5974767 *Jan 13, 1998Nov 2, 1999Southpac Trust International, Inc.Sticky element and materials and methods
US5975299 *May 30, 1995Nov 2, 1999Southpac Trust International, Inc.Wrapping material having a reinforcing element
US5976647 *Aug 7, 1997Nov 2, 1999Southpac Trust International, Inc.Article forming system
US5979143 *Feb 26, 1998Nov 9, 1999Southpac Trust International, Inc.Sleeve having a detachable portion forming a skirt and methods
US5996313 *Oct 9, 1997Dec 7, 1999Southpac International, Inc.Floral grouping wrapped with a floral sleeve
US6000544 *May 21, 1998Dec 14, 1999Southpac Trust International, Inc.Floral grouping wrapper having a detachable portion
US6003285 *Jan 21, 1998Dec 21, 1999Southpac Trust International, Inc.Sticky element upon which insects adhere and materials and methods
US6006496 *Jan 7, 1998Dec 28, 1999Southpac Trust International, Inc.Floral sleeve convertible into a decorative skirt
US6009664 *Oct 9, 1997Jan 4, 2000Southpac Trust International, Inc.Plant cover and sleeve formed from two materials
US6009687 *Feb 6, 1998Jan 4, 2000Southpac Trust Int'l., Inc.Floral sleeve having scalloped perforations
US6016642 *Jan 29, 1998Jan 25, 2000Southpac Trust Int'l, Inc.Method for forming a cover about a flower pot
US6023885 *Apr 27, 1998Feb 15, 2000Southpac Trust International, Inc.Floral sleeve having a decorative pattern
US6026630 *Jul 7, 1998Feb 22, 2000Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method for forming a cover about a flower pot
US6026631 *Jun 9, 1998Feb 22, 2000Southpac Trust Int'l, Inc.Method of crimping a floral sleeve about a pot
US6047524 *Sep 28, 1998Apr 11, 2000Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method of attaching a sleeve to a pot
US6052968 *Mar 10, 1998Apr 25, 2000Southpac Trust Int'l, Inc.Method of wrapping a floral grouping
US6058677 *Jan 22, 1998May 9, 2000Southpac Trust International, Inc.Sticky element upon which insects adhere and materials and methods
US6061958 *Feb 10, 1998May 16, 2000Southpac International TrustCovering for flower pot and floral grouping
US6061959 *Apr 17, 1998May 16, 2000Southpac Trust International, Inc.Floral sleeve having tabs for closure
US6065242 *Aug 22, 1997May 23, 2000Southpac Trust International, Inc.Assembly for displaying a wrapped floral grouping mounted on a support surface
US6070390 *Nov 30, 1998Jun 6, 2000Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method of wrapping a floral grouping
US6076672 *Nov 23, 1998Jun 20, 2000Southpac Trust International, Inc.Floral sleeve with upper detachable portion
US6088961 *Jun 3, 1999Jul 18, 2000Southpac Trust Int'l, Inc.Covering for flower pot and floral grouping
US6098377 *Aug 11, 1999Aug 8, 2000Southpac Trust International, Inc.,Method of wrapping a floral sleeve about a pot
US6105310 *Sep 2, 1998Aug 22, 2000Southpac Trust International, Inc.Floral sleeve having expandable sidewalls
US6105311 *Dec 17, 1999Aug 22, 2000Southpac Trust International, IncFloral sleeve having tabs for closure
US6105771 *Oct 29, 1997Aug 22, 2000Southpac Trust International, Inc.Sleeve-type floral grouping wrapper
US6112503 *Dec 12, 1997Sep 5, 2000Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method for forming a cover about a flower pot
US6115962 *Jun 22, 1999Sep 12, 2000Southpac Trust International, Inc.Sleeve for covering a flower pot
US6115994 *Mar 12, 1999Sep 12, 2000Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method of attaching a floral sleeve to a pot via bonding material
US6119860 *Nov 20, 1998Sep 19, 2000Southpac Trust International, Inc.Floral sleeve with upper detachable portion
US6123194 *Jan 5, 1999Sep 26, 2000Southpac Trust International, Inc.Sleeve-type floral grouping wrapper
US6125578 *Jul 23, 1999Oct 3, 2000Southpac Trust International, Inc.Floral sleeve having expandable sidewalls
US6135284 *Jul 2, 1999Oct 24, 2000Southpac Trust International, Inc.Floral sleeve with detachable upper portion
US6136393 *Aug 28, 1997Oct 24, 2000Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method for packaging and displaying a floral grouping
US6142299 *Sep 8, 1999Nov 7, 2000Southpac Trust International Inc.Floral grouping wrapper having detachable portion
US6145274 *Jul 2, 1999Nov 14, 2000Southpac Trust Internaional, Inc.Floral sleeve having perforations
US6148561 *Nov 9, 1999Nov 21, 2000Southpac Trust Int'l, Inc.Covering for flower pot and floral grouping
US6151830 *Apr 22, 1998Nov 28, 2000Southpac Trust International, Inc.Floral sleeve having an extendable skirt and methods
US6151865 *Oct 28, 1998Nov 28, 2000Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method for wrapping a flower pot
US6152301 *Aug 11, 1999Nov 28, 2000Soutpac Trust International, Inc.Floral sleeve with detachable upper portion
US6155445 *Jan 19, 1996Dec 5, 2000Southpac Trust International, Inc.Basket wrapping material having bonding material thereon and method
US6156398 *Jul 8, 1999Dec 5, 2000Southpac Trust International, Inc.Article forming system
US6161330 *Jul 2, 1997Dec 19, 2000Southpac Trust Int'l, Inc.Decorative covering for a flower pot
US6167678May 28, 1999Jan 2, 2001Southpac Trust International, Inc.Mountable and demountable wrapping material and method for use
US6173553May 12, 1998Jan 16, 2001Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method of wrapping a flower pot with a cover having an expandable portion
US6176372Jun 25, 1999Jan 23, 2001Southpack Trust International, Inc.Floral sleeve with staggered bonding material
US6178689Apr 17, 1998Jan 30, 2001Southpac Trust Int'l, Inc.Method of wrapping potted plant with sleeve having tabs
US6182392Jan 25, 2000Feb 6, 2001Southpac Trust International, Inc.Mountable and demountable wrapping material and method for use
US6182393Feb 23, 2000Feb 6, 2001Southpac Trust Int'l., Inc.Assembly for displaying a wrapped floral grouping mounted on a support surface
US6182396Dec 16, 1999Feb 6, 2001Southpac Trust Int'l, Inc.Plant cover and sleeve formed from two materials
US6185903Nov 3, 1998Feb 13, 2001Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method of covering a flower pot with a sleeve
US6185904Nov 10, 1998Feb 13, 2001Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method of wrapping a pot with a conformable sleeve
US6189290Aug 3, 1999Feb 20, 2001Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method for forming a cover about a flower pot
US6192625Jul 15, 1999Feb 27, 2001Southpac Trust International, Inc.Covering for flower pot and floral grouping
US6192626Nov 9, 1999Feb 27, 2001Southpac Trust Int'l, Inc.Covering for flower pot and floral grouping
US6192657Aug 3, 1999Feb 27, 2001Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method for forming a cover about a flower pot
US6195937Apr 23, 1999Mar 6, 2001Southpac Trust International, Inc.Floral sleeve convertible into a decorative skirt
US6195963Sep 3, 1999Mar 6, 2001Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method for forming a cover about a flower pot
US6199320Dec 10, 1999Mar 13, 2001Southpac Trust International, Inc.Floral sleeve having a decorative pattern
US6202347Jan 22, 1998Mar 20, 2001Southpac Trust International, Inc.Sleeve having a detachable upper portion and a skirt portion
US6212856Dec 17, 1999Apr 10, 2001Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method for forming a cover about a flower pot
US6230441Sep 22, 1999May 15, 2001Southpac Trust International, Inc.Decorative flower pot sleeve
US6237281Nov 18, 1999May 29, 2001Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method for wrapping a vase containing a floral grouping
US6256927Jun 25, 1999Jul 10, 2001Southpac Trust International, Inc.Accordion-type plant cover with attached skirt and methods
US6266920Jul 20, 1999Jul 31, 2001Southpac Trust International, Inc.Floral sleeve having a skirt and detachable portion
US6279264Aug 3, 2000Aug 28, 2001Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method of containing a pot or floral grouping in a sleeve with expandable sidewalls
US6279296Dec 6, 1999Aug 28, 2001Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method for forming a cover about a flower pot
US6286255Aug 3, 2000Sep 11, 2001Southpac Trust International, Inc.Floral covering
US6286256Aug 3, 2000Sep 11, 2001Southpac Trust International, Inc.Floral sleeve having expandable sidewalls
US6295760Jun 8, 1999Oct 2, 2001Southpac Trust International, Inc.Plant sleeve having an expandable portion
US6298601Apr 14, 2000Oct 9, 2001Southpac Trust Int'l, Inc.Flat sleeve convertible to a decorative container
US6298602Jul 13, 2000Oct 9, 2001Southpac Trust International Inc.Floral sleeve having an extendable skirt and methods
US6301861Jan 21, 2000Oct 16, 2001Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method of crimping a floral sleeve about a botanical item and growing medium
US6305147Jul 24, 2000Oct 23, 2001Southpac Trust Int'l, Inc.Method of containing a botanical item
US6318050Dec 21, 1999Nov 20, 2001Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method of attaching a sleeve to a pot
US6321508Jul 24, 2000Nov 27, 2001Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method of containing a botanical item with a sleeve having an expandable portion
US6324813Aug 29, 1998Dec 4, 2001Southpac Trust International, Inc.Decorative sleeve cover formed of a polymeric material having a cloth-appearing finish on a surface thereof
US6327817Nov 15, 2000Dec 11, 2001Southpac Trust International, Inc.Plant cover and sleeve formed from two materials
US6339900Jul 24, 2000Jan 22, 2002Southpac Trust International, Inc.Floral sleeve having an extendable skirt and methods
US6341446Dec 22, 2000Jan 29, 2002Southpac Trust International, Inc.Flat sleeve convertible to a decorative container
US6345467Dec 16, 1999Feb 12, 2002Southpac Trust International, Inc.Floral sleeve having a decorative pattern
US6345469Jul 24, 2001Feb 12, 2002Southpac Trust International, Inc.Floral covering
US6347480Jun 28, 2000Feb 19, 2002Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method for wrapping a floral grouping with a sheet of material constructed of paper and having printed and embossed patterns thereon
US6347481Oct 13, 2000Feb 19, 2002Southpac Trust Int'l, Inc.Sleeve having expandable portion
US6349462Jun 29, 2000Feb 26, 2002Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method for providing a flower pot cover with crimped portion
US6351912May 3, 1995Mar 5, 2002Southpac Trust International, Inc.Covering for flower pot and floral grouping
US6354040Aug 14, 2001Mar 12, 2002Southpac Trust International, Inc.Floral sleeve having an extendable skirt and methods
US6357204Apr 24, 2000Mar 19, 2002Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method of wrapping a floral grouping
US6357205Jul 26, 2000Mar 19, 2002Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method of containing a botanical item
US6360485Nov 7, 2000Mar 26, 2002Southpac Trust Int'l. Inc.Decorative flower pot sleeve
US6363657Jul 21, 2000Apr 2, 2002Southpac Trust International, Inc.Floral sleeve having expandable sidewalls
US6365251Sep 14, 1998Apr 2, 2002Southpac Trust International, Inc.Sleeves formed of polymeric materials having a texture and appearance assimilating the appearance of paper
US6367196May 23, 2001Apr 9, 2002Southpac Trust Int'l., Inc.Method for wrapping a vase containing a floral grouping
US6367229Dec 6, 1999Apr 9, 2002Southpac Trust Internation, Inc.Method for forming a cover about a flower pot
US6385904Jul 7, 2000May 14, 2002Southpac Trust Int'l, Inc.Sleeve having tabs for wrapping potted plant
US6385905Aug 29, 2000May 14, 2002Southpac Trust International, Inc.Pot cover having an elastic portion
US6385906Jul 5, 2001May 14, 2002Southpac Trust Int'l. Inc.Floral sleeve having expandable sidewalls
US6385907Jul 24, 2001May 14, 2002Southpac Trust Int'l. Inc.Method of covering a flower pot with a sleeve
US6389749May 8, 2001May 21, 2002Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method of covering a pot or floral grouping with a sleeve having a trapezoidal lower end
US6393801Nov 21, 2000May 28, 2002Southpac Trust Int'l. Inc.Method of wrapping a flower pot
US6397521Jul 25, 2000Jun 4, 2002Southpac Trust International, Inc.Plant package having a botanical item and growing medium
US6401388Jul 5, 2001Jun 11, 2002Southpac Trust Int'l. Inc.Method of containing a pot or floral grouping in a sleeve with expandable sidewalls
US6401430Dec 22, 2000Jun 11, 2002Southpac Trust International, Inc.Sleeves formed of polymeric materials having a texture or appearance simulating the texture or appearance of paper
US6401431Jun 29, 2001Jun 11, 2002Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method for forming a cover about a flower pot
US6412219Feb 5, 2001Jul 2, 2002Southpac Trust International, Inc.Floral sleeve having a decorative pattern
US6418662Aug 20, 2001Jul 16, 2002Southpac Trust International, Inc.Covering for flower pot and floral grouping
US6418698Dec 21, 2000Jul 16, 2002Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method of wrapping a pot with a conformable sleeve
US6418699Apr 4, 2001Jul 16, 2002Southpac Trust Int'l. Inc.Sticky element and materials and methods
US6421958Feb 6, 2001Jul 23, 2002Southpac Trust International, Inc.Floral sleeve convertible into a decorative skirt
US6425203May 3, 2001Jul 30, 2002Southpac Trust International, Inc.Sleeve with rounded lower end
US6425224Dec 21, 2000Jul 30, 2002Southpac Trust International, Inc.Sleeves formed of polymeric materials having a texture or appearance simulating the texture or appearance of paper
US6430869Apr 20, 2001Aug 13, 2002Southpac Trust International, Inc.Floral sleeve having an arcuate upper end
US6438896May 3, 2001Aug 27, 2002Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method of covering a pot or floral grouping with a sleeve having a rounded lower end
US6438897May 8, 2001Aug 27, 2002Southpac Trust International, Inc.Sleeve with trapezoidal lower end
US6438898Sep 20, 2001Aug 27, 2002Southpac Trust International, Inc.Plant sleeve having an expandable portion
US6453611May 8, 2001Sep 24, 2002Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method of covering a pot or floral grouping with a sleeve having a biconcave lower end
US6457296Nov 19, 1999Oct 1, 2002Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method for forming a cover about a flower pot
US6460291Dec 14, 1999Oct 8, 2002Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method of wrapping a potted plant with a sleeve having tabs
US6463717Aug 15, 2000Oct 15, 2002Southpac Trust International, Inc.Decorative sleeve cover formed of a polymeric material having a texture or appearance simulating the texture or appearance of cloth
US6463718Oct 31, 2001Oct 15, 2002Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method of attaching a tubular sleeve to a pot
US6467218Dec 7, 2001Oct 22, 2002Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method of covering a potted plant
US6470624Dec 7, 2001Oct 29, 2002Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method of covering a potted plant
US6474042Apr 19, 2000Nov 5, 2002Southpac Trust International, Inc.Sticky element and materials and method
US6477804Dec 4, 2001Nov 12, 2002Southpac Trust International, Inc.Flat sleeve convertible to a decorative container
US6478177 *Dec 4, 2000Nov 12, 2002Southpac Trust International, Inc.Decorative basket assembly and method for producing same
US6484443Oct 26, 2001Nov 26, 2002Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method of covering a potted plant
US6493989Oct 26, 2001Dec 17, 2002Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method of covering a potted plant
US6494020Apr 22, 2002Dec 17, 2002Southpac Trust International, Inc.Sticky element upon which insects adhere and materials and methods
US6499250Apr 19, 2001Dec 31, 2002Southpac Trust International, Inc.Floral sleeve having a skirt and detachable portion
US6499252Dec 20, 2001Dec 31, 2002Southpac Trust International, Inc.Floral sleeve having an extendable skirt and methods
US6499253May 14, 2002Dec 31, 2002Southpac Trust International, Inc.Covering for flower pot and floral grouping
US6502351 *May 6, 2002Jan 7, 2003Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method of attaching a floral sleeve to a pot via bonding material
US6510651Dec 6, 2001Jan 28, 2003Southpac Trust International, Inc.Covering for a floral grouping or flower pot
US6510652Dec 7, 2001Jan 28, 2003Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method of covering a potted plant
US6513302Jan 7, 2002Feb 4, 2003Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method of covering a flower pot
US6519896Apr 24, 2002Feb 18, 2003Southpac Trust Int'l., Inc.Floral sleeve convertible into a decorative skirt
US6519915Jan 10, 2002Feb 18, 2003Southpac Trust Int'l. Inc.Method of covering a flower pot
US6521307Dec 22, 2000Feb 18, 2003Southpac Trust International, Inc.Sleeves formed of polymeric materials having a texture or appearance simulating the texture or appearance of paper
US6523305Jul 3, 2002Feb 25, 2003Southpac Trust International, Inc.Flat sleeve convertible to a decorative container
US6523327Jan 7, 2002Feb 25, 2003Southpac Trust Int'l., Inc.Method of covering a flower pot
US6530193Jan 11, 2002Mar 11, 2003Southpac Trust Int'l., Inc.Method of containing a botanical item
US6532698Dec 20, 2001Mar 18, 2003Southpac Trust International, Inc.Plant package including growing medium and botanical item
US6536186Feb 25, 2002Mar 25, 2003Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method for forming a cover about a flower pot
US6539666May 3, 2001Apr 1, 2003Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method of covering a pot or floral grouping with a sleeve having a curvilinear lower end
US6539667Sep 28, 2001Apr 1, 2003Southpac Trust International, Inc.Floral sleeve having a decorative pattern
US6539668Aug 5, 2002Apr 1, 2003Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method of covering a potted plant
US6546669Aug 29, 2001Apr 15, 2003Southpac Trust International, Inc.Sleeve with a triangular lower end
US6560924Aug 29, 2001May 13, 2003Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method of covering a pot or floral grouping with a sleeve having a triangular lower end
US6564507Jun 26, 2002May 20, 2003Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method for wrapping a floral grouping with a sheet of material having printed and embossed patterns thereon
US6565958Oct 17, 2000May 20, 2003Southpac Trust International, Inc.Decorative sleeve having a texture and/or appearance simulating the texture and/or appearance of cloth
US6568128Mar 5, 2002May 27, 2003Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method of containing a botanical item and growing medium in a sleeve
US6568129Jan 25, 2002May 27, 2003Southpac Trust International, Inc.Floral sleeve having a decorative pattern
US6571510Jul 2, 2002Jun 3, 2003Donald E. WederFloral sleeve having a shrinkable element
US6571536Jun 7, 2002Jun 3, 2003Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method of wrapping a pot with a conformable sleeve
US6574919Feb 27, 2002Jun 10, 2003Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method of containing a pot or floral grouping in a sleeve having expandable sidewalls
US6574920Jul 1, 2002Jun 10, 2003Southpac Trust Int'l. Inc.Floral sleeve having an arcuate upper end
US6578345May 24, 2002Jun 17, 2003Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method of covering a flower pot
US6579603Aug 14, 2000Jun 17, 2003Southpac Trust International, Inc.Decorative sleeve cover formed of a polymeric material having a texture or appearance simulating the texture or appearance of cloth
US6584729Jun 18, 2002Jul 1, 2003Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method of wrapping a potted plant with a sleeve having tabs
US6588309Jan 18, 2002Jul 8, 2003Donald E. WederDecorative grass having a three-dimensional pattern and methods for producing same
US6591549Oct 23, 2002Jul 15, 2003Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method of using a conical floral sleeve
US6591582Feb 12, 2002Jul 15, 2003Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method of wrapping a floral grouping
US6594952Aug 5, 2002Jul 22, 2003Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method of covering a potted plant
US6594953Jan 10, 2003Jul 22, 2003Southpac Trust International Inc.Flower pot with attached sleeve and method of use
US6596352Jan 25, 2002Jul 22, 2003Southpac Trust International, Inc.Decorative grass having a three-dimensional pattern and methods for producing same
US6598340Jan 16, 2001Jul 29, 2003Southpac Trust International, Inc.Floral sleeve with a pleated skirt
US6598341Apr 10, 2002Jul 29, 2003Southpac Trust International, Inc.Pot cover having an elastic portion
US6598343Oct 21, 2002Jul 29, 2003Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method of covering a potted plant
US6598344Oct 28, 2002Jul 29, 2003Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method of covering a potted plant
US6598372Aug 14, 2001Jul 29, 2003Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method for wrapping a floral grouping with a sleeve having a texture or appearance simulating the texture or appearance of cloth
US6601344Oct 21, 2002Aug 5, 2003Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method of covering a potted plant
US6601367Aug 29, 2001Aug 5, 2003Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method of covering a pot or floral grouping with a sleeve having a concave lower end
US6604341Mar 8, 2002Aug 12, 2003Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method for forming a cover about a flower pot
US6606838Nov 26, 2001Aug 19, 2003Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method of containing a botanical item with a sleeve
US6613409Oct 10, 2002Sep 2, 2003Southpac Trust International, Inc.Sleeves formed of polymeric materials having a texture or appearance simulating the texture or appearance of paper
US6618991Nov 18, 2002Sep 16, 2003Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method of attaching a floral sleeve to a pot via bonding material
US6618992Nov 26, 2002Sep 16, 2003Southpac Trust International, Inc.Floral sleeve having an extendable skirt and methods
US6625930Dec 18, 2002Sep 30, 2003Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method of covering a potted plant
US6629385Oct 28, 2002Oct 7, 2003Southpac Trust International, Inc.Floral sleeve having an extendable skirt and methods
US6634137Feb 20, 2002Oct 21, 2003Southpac Trust International, Inc.Floral sleeve having an extendable skirt and methods
US6637154Feb 6, 2003Oct 28, 2003Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method of covering a potted plant
US6647663Jul 12, 2002Nov 18, 2003Southpac Trust International, Inc.Plant sleeve having an expandable portion
US6655086Nov 22, 2002Dec 2, 2003Southpac Trust International, Inc.Flat sleeve convertible to a decorative container
US6658792Jan 14, 2003Dec 9, 2003Southpac Trust International, Inc.Accordion-type plant cover with attached skirt and methods
US6662495Nov 12, 2002Dec 16, 2003Southpac Trust Internaitonal, Inc.Flat sleeve convertible to a decorative container
US6662496Nov 21, 2002Dec 16, 2003Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method of covering a potted plant
US6691458Dec 19, 2002Feb 17, 2004Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method of securing a plant cover about a pot
US6701667Jan 17, 2002Mar 9, 2004Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method of securing a plant cover about a pot
US6701668Jan 7, 2003Mar 9, 2004Southpac Trust International, Inc.Floral sleeve having a decorative pattern
US6705046Nov 22, 2002Mar 16, 2004Southpac Trust International, Inc.Floral sleeve having a decorative pattern
US6706379Feb 28, 2003Mar 16, 2004Southpac Trust International, Inc.Decorative sleeve cover formed of polymeric material having a texture or appearance simulating the texture or appearance of cloth
US6708464Jul 23, 2002Mar 23, 2004Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method for providing a decorative cover having a cloth-appearing finish for a flower pot
US6715261Jan 14, 2003Apr 6, 2004Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method for wrapping a flower pot with a sleeve having a texture or appearance simulating the texture or appearance of cloth
US6718741Apr 9, 2002Apr 13, 2004Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method and apparatus for securing a decorative cover about a flower pot
US6719733Nov 8, 1996Apr 13, 2004Bracco International B.V.Method for the preparation of pre-filled plastic syringes
US6720051Dec 17, 2002Apr 13, 2004Southpac Trust International, Inc.Cloth-like decorative sleeve
US6725626Feb 25, 2002Apr 27, 2004Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method for forming a cover about a flower pot
US6735903Apr 10, 2003May 18, 2004Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method of containing a botanical item and growing medium
US6735904May 16, 2003May 18, 2004Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method of covering a potted plant
US6739090Oct 11, 2002May 25, 2004Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method of attaching a tubular sleeve to a pot
US6739091May 22, 2003May 25, 2004Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method of covering a potted plant
US6753074Aug 16, 2000Jun 22, 2004Southpac Trust International, Inc.Decorative sleeve cover formed of a polymeric material having a texture or appearance simulating the texture of appearance of cloth
US6755006Apr 14, 2003Jun 29, 2004Southpac Trust International, Inc.Sleeves formed of polymeric materials having a texture or appearance simulating the texture or appearance of paper
US6758011Jan 29, 2003Jul 6, 2004Southpac Trust International, Inc.Potted plant package
US6769225Oct 30, 2001Aug 3, 2004Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method of attaching a sleeve to a pot
US6775949May 6, 2003Aug 17, 2004Southpac Trust International, Inc.Floral sleeve with a skirt
US6779301Apr 10, 2003Aug 24, 2004Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method of containing a pot or floral grouping in a sleeve having expandable sidewalls
US6782657May 22, 2003Aug 31, 2004Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method of covering a potted plant
US6782658Aug 20, 2003Aug 31, 2004Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method of covering a potted plant
US6786004Jan 13, 2003Sep 7, 2004Southpac Trust International, Inc.Plant package with tubular sleeve and pot cover
US6789356Jun 19, 2003Sep 14, 2004Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method for securing a cover about a flower pot
US6789372Mar 11, 2003Sep 14, 2004Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method of containing a botanical item
US6796104Dec 17, 1999Sep 28, 2004Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method for forming a cover about a flower pot
US6807771Jan 29, 2003Oct 26, 2004The Family TrustMethod of covering a pot or floral grouping with a sleeve having a curvilinear lower end
US6810638Dec 18, 2002Nov 2, 2004The Family TrustMethod for forming a cover about a flower pot
US6851220May 13, 2003Feb 8, 2005Southpac Trust International, Inc.Floral sleeve having an arcuate upper end
US6857226Nov 21, 2002Feb 22, 2005Southpac Trust International, Inc.Covering for a floral grouping or flower pot
US6860063Jun 20, 2003Mar 1, 2005Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method of covering a potted plant
US6871447Oct 16, 2003Mar 29, 2005Wanda M. Weder And William F. StraeterFlat sleeve convertible to a decorative container
US6884484Feb 11, 2003Apr 26, 2005The Family Trust U/T/A Dated 12/8/1995Sleeves formed of polymeric materials having a texture or appearance simulating the texture or appearance of paper
US6887545Jul 1, 2003May 3, 2005Wanda M. WederSleeves formed of polymeric materials having a texture or appearance simulating the texture or appearance of paper
US6898899Nov 24, 2003May 31, 2005Wanda M. WederFloral container with accordion folded upper portion
US6912810Oct 21, 2003Jul 5, 2005Wanda M. Weder & William F. Straeter, Not Individually But Solely As Trustees Of The Family Trust U/T/A Dec. 8, 1995.Conical floral sleeve
US6953115Apr 18, 2003Oct 11, 2005Wanda M. WederMethod of covering a flower pot
US6962021Sep 17, 2003Nov 8, 2005Wanda H. Weder And William F. StraeterPlant sleeve
US6983563Nov 18, 2003Jan 10, 2006Wanda M. Weder And William F. StraeterPlant package having a decorative covering
US6983564Jun 2, 2004Jan 10, 2006Wanda M. Weder And William F. StraeterMethod of covering a potted plant
US6996933Aug 11, 2004Feb 14, 2006Wanda M. Weder and William F. Straeter, not individually but solely as Trustees of The Family Trust U/T/A dated 12/8/1995Covering for a floral grouping or flower pot
US7013602Jul 10, 2003Mar 21, 2006Wanda M. WederPotted plant package
US7065921Jul 29, 2003Jun 27, 2006Wanda M. Weder And William F. StraeterMethod of attaching a floral sleeve to a pot via bonding material
US7093712Oct 31, 2003Aug 22, 2006Wanda M. WederFloral grouping wrapper having a detachable portion
US7159359Jul 8, 2005Jan 9, 2007Wanda M. Weder And William F. StraeterFloral sleeve with a skirt
US7191561Feb 22, 2005Mar 20, 2007Wanda M. Weder And William F. StraeterPot having a plant cover secured thereto
US7266925May 22, 2006Sep 11, 2007Wanda M. Weder And William F. StraeterPot having a plant cover secured thereto
US7906190Oct 12, 2009Mar 15, 2011Wanda M. Weder and William F. Straeter, not individually but solely as Trustees of The Family Trust U/T/A dated December 8, 1995Flexible packaging materials and methods of making and using same
US7984588Nov 24, 2009Jul 26, 2011Wanda M. Weder And William F. StraeterMethod of containing a floral grouping or potted plant
US8002174Dec 21, 2007Aug 23, 2011Becton, Dickinson And CompanyMedication administration tracking
US8015751Feb 17, 2009Sep 13, 2011Wanda M. Weder & William F. StraeterCompressed packaged articles and methods of making, transporting, shipping and using same
US8171670Jun 14, 2011May 8, 2012Wanda M. Weder And William F. StraeterCompressed packaged articles and methods of making, transporting, shipping and using same
US8201360Dec 19, 2011Jun 19, 2012Wanda M. Weder & William F. StaeterMethod of covering a potted plant or floral grouping with a floral sleeve
US8205383Apr 14, 2011Jun 26, 2012Wanda M. Weder And William F. StaeterSleeve with angular arcuate lower end
US8341882Dec 16, 2011Jan 1, 2013Wanda M. Weder & William F. StraeterPlant package having a decorative covering
US8341883Jun 12, 2012Jan 1, 2013Wanda M. Weder & William F. StraeterSleeve with angular arcuate lower end
US8413375Mar 26, 2012Apr 9, 2013Wanda M. Weder & William F. StraeterCompressed packaged articles and methods of making, transporting, shipping and using same
US8434263Jan 6, 2011May 7, 2013Wanda M. Weder & William F. StraeterFloral sleeve having a decorative pattern
WO1990003311A1 *Sep 21, 1989Apr 5, 1990Highland Supply CorpMethod and apparatus for covering portions of an object with a sheet of material having a pressure sensitive adhesive coating applied to at least a portion of at least one surface of the sheet of material
Classifications
U.S. Classification53/425, 604/199, 206/459.5, 206/365, 422/26, 604/189, 53/464, 422/1
International ClassificationA61M5/00
Cooperative ClassificationA61M5/001
European ClassificationA61M5/00C