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 numberUS3512700 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMay 19, 1970
Filing dateOct 30, 1968
Priority dateOct 30, 1968
Publication numberUS 3512700 A, US 3512700A, US-A-3512700, US3512700 A, US3512700A
InventorsEdward E Evans, Frank R Million
Original AssigneeJaite Display Bag Co The
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Flexible bag construction
US 3512700 A
Images(1)
Previous page
Next page
Description  (OCR text may contain errors)

May 19, 1979 E, EVANS ETAL 3,512,700

FLEXiBLE BAG cons'rnuc'non Filed 001;. so, 1968 i i I I l l i i I l l l I ZIJ 22 INVENTORS EDWARD E. ,EVANS RANK R. MILLION PM VA Mvr /L/ ATTORNEYS United States Patent 3,512,700 Patented May 19, 1970 3,512,700 FLEXIBLE BAG CONSTRUCTION Edward E. Evans, Shaker Heights, and Frank R. Million, Northfield, Ohio, assignors to The Jaite Display Bag Company, Peninsula, Ohio, a corporation of Ohio Filed Oct. 30, 1968, Ser. No. 771,863 Int. Cl. B65d 33/16 US. Cl. 229-53 4 Claims ABSTRACT OF THE DISCLOSURE A flexible bag for packaging rounded items. The bag is formed from two panels superimposed one in front of the other and has a gusseted base portion of unique configuration that joins the bottom edges of the superimposed panels to pemit conformation of the bag to rounded items without puckering. The base portion has a pair of flap walls joined by a gusset fold, each flap wall being contiguously overlaid by one panel when the bag is in the empty, collapsed state. The gusset fold extends generally transversely between lateral, spaced side folds that join the superimposed panels along two additional edges. Oppositely of the gusset fold each flap wall is joined to its overlaid panel by a flap fold that extends between the junctures of the gusset fold with the lateral side folds along a locus of points that are curvilinear at least in proximity to the junctures and which are, except at the junctures, oriented in spaced relation to the gusset fold.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION The packaging of items in flexible bags is not a new art but considerable refinement and sophistication has been introduced since the comparatively recent advent of plastic film.

The first efforts to package with plastic film utilized two, superimposed, flat sheets of film that were simply joined together to form a fiat bag. In order to provide a semblance of conformity of a flat bag with the item to be packaged, the panels were joined along a pattern outlining the object to be received therein. However, smooth conformity was possible only if the item being packaged had no appreciable thickness inasmuch as the appearance made by such a package degenerates in direct proportion to the thickness of the item, the degeneration being evidenced by multitudinous, unsightly folds, or puckers, that form in the bag as the two superimposed panels of the flat bag bend transversely their normal plane in an attempt to accommodate the thickness of an item positioned between the panels.

Motivated by the desire to eliminate the many puckers that form in a flat bag in which an item of appreciable thickness is received, Workers in this art experimented with the use of gussets along one or more of the edges of the bag. When the sides of the bag are gusseted, the bottom presents a pinched, flange-like tab when a relatively thick item is received therein. When the bottom of the bag is gusseted the appearance of the bag was further enhanced because this bottom gusseted bag left only two, earlike puckers, one at each intersection of the bottom with the side edges of the bag.

For packaging items having the geometric configuration of certain hexahedrons even the two, earlike puckers were eliminated by the square bottom bag. This bag is also gusseted along the bottom, but differs from the standard bottom gusseted bag in that the outermost fold of the gusset is joined to each of the bags two side seams along four additional seams oriented at 45 with respect to the side seams. A bag so constructed is capable of receiving a hexahedron, and particularly a right parallelepiped,

without any folds or puckers, However, a relatively thick item having rounded edges causes even this type bag to pucker.

The art relative to packaging rounded items goes back many years. Even in the late 1800s when pulp, or paper, bags were in vogue, the art had devised a bag for packaging a cylinderical item without puckering, so long as the cylinder had planar ends. And, of course, disc-like items of minimal thickness can be received in flat, round bottom bags. But no one has heretofore devised a bag for packaging rounded items having appreciable thickness. Excellent examples of such items are a stack of nested, paper plates or a round loaf of bread.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION It is, therefore, the primary object of the present invention to provide a flexible bag in which a rounded object can be packaged without the bag puckering.

It is another object of the present invention to provide a flexible bag, as above, that can, when empty, be stored flat.

These and other objects which will become apparent from the following specification are accomplished by means hereinafter described and claimed.

In general, a flexible bag embodying the concept of the present invention, when empty and collapsed, has first and second superimposed panels joined along two edges by lateral, spaced side folds and along the third edge by a base portion. The base portion has first and second flap walls that are interjoined by a gusset fold. The first flap wall is joined to the first panel and the second flap wall is joined to the second panel by fiap folds. The flaps folds extend between the junctures of the gusset fold with the two side folds along a locus of points that is curvilinear at least adjacent the said junctures and which, except at the junctures, lie in spaced relation to the gusset fold.

One preferred embodiment is shown by Way of example in the accompanying drawings and described in detail without attempting show all of the various forms and the modifications in which the invention might be embodied; the invention being measured by the appended claims and not by the details of the specification.

DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a flexible bag constructed in accordance with the concept of the present invention and depicted with a nested stack of paper plates packaged therein;

FIG. 2 is an enlarged cross section taken substantially on line 2--2 of FIG. 1;

FIG. 3 is an enlarged cross section taken substantially on line 33 of FIG. 1;

FIG. 4 is a frontal elevation of the bag represented in FIGS. 1-3 depicted empty and folded for flat storage; and,

FIG. 5 is an enlarged cross section taken substantially on line 55 of FIG. 4.

DESCRIPTIONN OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT A flexible bag embodying the concept of the present invention is designated generally by the numeral 10 on the attached drawings. The bag 10 is comprised of first and second superimposed panels 11 and 12, each panel preferably having four edges. The two superimposed panels 11 and 12 are joined along at least three of said edges. Two of the joined edges form lateral, spaced side folds 13 and 14, and the third edges of the two panels are interconnected by a base portion, indicated generally by the numeral 15. The fourth edges of the panels 11 and 12 may be left unconnected in order to provide an opening for the bag 10.

The base portion primarily comprises two flap walls 18 and 19 joined by a gusset fold 20. The gusset fold 20 extends generally transversely between the side folds 13 and 14 with the first, or front panel 11 overlying the first flap wall 18 and the second, or rear, panel 12 overlying the second flap wall 19'when the bag 10 is empty and collapsed, as shown in FIGS. 4 and 5. p

The panels 11 and 12 are joined to' the flap walls 18 and 19, which they'overlie, by flap folds 21 and 22, respectively. The flap folds 21 and 22 extend between the juncture 23 of the gusset fold 20 with the side fold 13 and the juncture 24 of the gusset-fold 20 with the side fold 14 along a locusof points curvilinear at least adjacent'thejunctures 23 and 24. As best seen in'FIG; 4, the flap folds, except at junctures 23 and 24, are oriented in spaced relation with respect to the gusset fold 20.

In the embodiment depicted each flap fold has a curvilinear portion 25 that-extends arcuately from the junctures 23 and 24 to a medial, linear portion 26 spaced outwardly of, and generally parallel to,- the gusset fold 20. L

Although the curvilinear portion 25 is arcuate, and therefore possessed of a constant degree of curvature, the curvilinear portion 25 could be generated with a constant change in the degree of curvature, as in a spiral, or with a varied change'in the degree of curvature, as, for example, -in a parabolic curve.

Similarly, the flop fold may, or may not, possess the linear portion 26. As such, a bag 10 constructed according to the concept of the present invention may be adapted to conform to the outline of a curved item by selecting a suitable curvature for the flap fold in conjunction with a suitable dimension X between the side folds 13 and 14 and a suitable dimension Y between the gusset fold 20 and the apogee-the linear portion 26 in the embodiment depicted-of the flap fold. With the dimensions and-style of curvilinear portion for the flap fold thus properly selected, a rounded item canbe packaged in a flexible bag without unslightly puckering.

As shown in FIGS. 1-3, a bag constructed with properly selected dimensions may be used to-stack a rounded object of appreciable thickness, such as the nested stack of paper plates depicted. With the plates 30 received within bag 10 the flap folds 21 and 22 move apart until the gusset fold 20 and the flap walls 18 and- 19 lie in transverse alignment therebetween. The curvilinear portions 25 of the flap folds 21 and 22 not only permit the flap walls 18 and 19 to conform substantially to the curved perpihery of the plates 30 but also permit corners to form from the panel material as the panels bend transversely to accommodate the thickness of the nested plates 30 and further assure that the corners so formed will merge with the bottom and sides of the package without unsightly puckers. As best seen in FIG. 1, an exemplary corner 31 forms in the front panel 11, the corner 31 being spaced forwardly of the side fold 14 and smoothly merging with the flap fold 21, as at 32, to eliminate puckering. Accordingly, even though the flap folds 21 and 22 are provided with a linear portion 26, the base 15 Will substantially conform (FIG. 2) to a completely arcuate item such as the plates 30 and yet so merge with the front and rear panels 11 and 12 as to provide a smoothly conforming package.

The objects of the invention have thus been accomplished.

We claim:

1. A flexible bag for holding rounded objects, said bag comprising, first and second superimposed panels, said panels being joined along three edges, the fourth edge of said panels forming the bag opening, laterally spaced side folds defining the joinder along two edges of the superimposed panels and a base forming the joinder along the third edges, said base having first and second flap walls joined along a gusset fold, said gusset fold extending generally transversely between lateral junctures of said gusset fold with said side folds, the first flap wall joined only to said first panel along a first flap fold, the second flap wall joined only to said second panel along a second flap fold, said separate flap folds extending between the juncture of said gusset fold with each side fold along a locus of points that is curvilinear along at least va portion of said flap folds and oriented in spaced relation with respect to said gusset fold.

2. A flexible bag, as set forth in claim 1, in which the curvilinear portions of said flap folds are adjacent said junctures of the gusset fold with said lateral side folds.

3. A flexible bag, as set forth in claim 2, in which a linear portion is included in each flap fold medially the curvilinear portions.

4. A flexible bag, as set forth in claim 3, in which said linear portion is generally parallel with and spaced apart from gusset fold.

References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 3,405,863 10/1968 Kugler 22957 3,412,926 11/1968 Bostwick 22962 DAVID M. BOCKENEK, Primary Examiner U.S. Cl. X.R. 229, 57, 62

Patent Citations
Cited PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US3405863 *Sep 6, 1967Oct 15, 1968Action Packaging CorpPlastic bag for round-shaped object
US3412926 *Jul 11, 1967Nov 26, 1968Union Carbide CorpBag and closure therefor
Referenced by
Citing PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US3982687 *Jul 9, 1975Sep 28, 1976Kimberly-Clark CorporationClose and carry bag
US4677684 *May 6, 1986Jun 30, 1987Gatward Douglas KitchenerBag for a food product
US4872766 *Nov 18, 1988Oct 10, 1989Sonoco Products CompanyTwo-compartment plastic bag
US5551570 *Feb 2, 1994Sep 3, 1996Shaffer; Pauline S.Decorative packaging system including a method and kit therefor
US5944187 *Sep 22, 1998Aug 31, 1999Southpac Trust International, Inc.Floral sleeve with detachable upper portion
US5996313 *Oct 9, 1997Dec 7, 1999Southpac International, Inc.Floral grouping wrapped with a floral sleeve
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
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
US6047524 *Sep 28, 1998Apr 11, 2000Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method of attaching a sleeve to a pot
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
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
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
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
US6152301 *Aug 11, 1999Nov 28, 2000Soutpac Trust International, Inc.Floral sleeve with detachable upper portion
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
US6182395May 18, 1998Feb 6, 2001Southpac Trust International, Inc.Flat sleeve convertible to a decorative container
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
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
US6321486Dec 17, 1999Nov 27, 2001Southpac Trust International, Inc.Plant wrapper
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
US6343456Jun 29, 2001Feb 5, 2002Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method of securing a plant cover about a pot
US6345467Dec 16, 1999Feb 12, 2002Southpac Trust International, Inc.Floral sleeve having a decorative pattern
US6345469Jul 24, 2001Feb 12, 2002Southpac Trust International, Inc.Floral covering
US6347481Oct 13, 2000Feb 19, 2002Southpac Trust Int'l, Inc.Sleeve having expandable portion
US6354040Aug 14, 2001Mar 12, 2002Southpac Trust International, Inc.Floral sleeve having an extendable skirt and methods
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
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
US6387459Jun 1, 2000May 14, 2002Southpac Trust International, Inc.Decorative ribbon materials and methods for producing same
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
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
US6430870Sep 19, 2001Aug 13, 2002Southpac Trust International, Inc.Floral sleeve having a shrinkable element
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
US6449900Jul 20, 2001Sep 17, 2002Southpac Trust International, Inc.Plant wrapper
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
US6477804Dec 4, 2001Nov 12, 2002Southpac Trust International, Inc.Flat sleeve convertible to a decorative container
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
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
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
US6591549Oct 23, 2002Jul 15, 2003Southpac Trust International, Inc.Method of using a conical floral sleeve
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
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
US6640492Sep 9, 2002Nov 4, 2003Southpac Trust International, Inc.Flower pot wrapper
US6647663Jul 12, 2002Nov 18, 2003Southpac Trust International, Inc.Plant sleeve having an expandable portion
US6655086 *Nov 22, 2002Dec 2, 2003Southpac Trust International, Inc.Flat sleeve convertible to a decorative container
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
US6702114Oct 5, 2001Mar 9, 2004Southpac Trust International, Inc.Floral grouping wrapper having a detachable portion
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
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
US6735925Feb 14, 2002May 18, 2004Southpac Trust International, Inc.Flat panel sleeve with folded portions and method of manufacturing
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
US6823625Aug 13, 2003Nov 30, 2004The Family Trust U/T/AFlower pot wrapper
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
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
US7000350Aug 8, 2003Feb 21, 2006Wanda M. Weder And William F. Straeter, Trustees Of The Family Trust U/T/A Dated Dec. 8, 1995Floral sleeve with deployable flap
US7013602Jul 10, 2003Mar 21, 2006Wanda M. WederPotted plant package
US7021000Sep 17, 2003Apr 4, 2006Wanda M. Weder and William F. Straeter, not individually but solely as Trustees of The Family Trust U/T/A dated Dec. 8, 1995Method of covering a potted plant
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
US7104007May 16, 2005Sep 12, 2006Wanda M. Weder And William F. StraeterFloral sleeve with deployable flap
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
US7251913Jan 23, 2006Aug 7, 2007Wanda M Weder And William F. StraeterMethod of covering a potted plant
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
US7958920Jul 23, 2007Jun 14, 2011Tiffany E. OlssonCompact reusable shopping bag assembly
US7984588Nov 24, 2009Jul 26, 2011Wanda M. Weder And William F. StraeterMethod of containing a floral grouping or potted plant
US8015751Feb 17, 2009Sep 13, 2011Wanda M. Weder & William F. StraeterCompressed packaged articles and methods of making, transporting, shipping and using same
US8091273Dec 7, 2010Jan 10, 2012Wanda M. Weder And William F. StraeterMethod for wrapping a floral grouping
US8091274May 4, 2011Jan 10, 2012Wanda M. Weder And William F. StraeterMethod of wrapping a floral grouping
US8104225Jan 13, 2011Jan 31, 2012Wanda M. Weder & William F. StraeterMethod of covering a potted plant
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
US8397430Aug 29, 2012Mar 19, 2013Wanda M. Weder And William F. StraeterMethod of wrapping a floral grouping
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
US8533994Aug 29, 2012Sep 17, 2013Wanda M. Weder and Bill F. StraeterMethod for wrapping a floral grouping
US8726569Nov 15, 2012May 20, 2014Wanda M. Weder And William F. StraeterMethod of covering a pot with a floral sleeve
US8728596Dec 3, 2012May 20, 2014Wanda M. Weder & William F. StraeterFlexible packaging materials and methods of making and using same
US8733016Feb 14, 2013May 27, 2014Wanda M. Weder And William F. StraeterMethod of wrapping a floral grouping
US8763307Mar 5, 2013Jul 1, 2014Wanda M. Weder & William F. StraeterCompressed packaged articles and methods of making, transporting, shipping and using same
EP0791543A2 *Feb 20, 1997Aug 27, 1997SOUTHPAC TRUST INTERNATIONAL, Inc., not individually, but as Trustee of the Family TrustFlat sleeve convertible to a decorative container
Classifications
U.S. Classification383/121, 383/120, 383/907
International ClassificationB65D30/00
Cooperative ClassificationB65D31/00, Y10S383/907
European ClassificationB65D31/00