|Publication number||USRE39565 E1|
|Application number||US 10/857,800|
|Publication date||Apr 17, 2007|
|Filing date||May 28, 2004|
|Priority date||Mar 22, 2001|
|Also published as||US6325209, US6419085|
|Publication number||10857800, 857800, US RE39565 E1, US RE39565E1, US-E1-RE39565, USRE39565 E1, USRE39565E1|
|Inventors||Neall W. Humphrey|
|Original Assignee||Trade Source International|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (13), Referenced by (7), Classifications (13), Legal Events (3)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
This is a divisional of Ser. No. 09/814,906 filed Mar. 22, 2001 now U.S. Pat. No. 6,325,209.
1. Field of the Invention
The invention relates to package design, more particularly to a freestanding portable table lamp package for product display.
2. General Background and State of the Art
Current packaging methods for portable table lamps include completely enclosing the lamp within a cardboard box, enclosing the lamp partially in a box, often referred to as a “window box,” or completely eliminating the box and simply placing the lamp loosely on the shelf.
Portable lamps packaged for retail sale in a completely enclosed box or “window box” generally have some type of photograph or descriptive text representing the item within. Portable lamps are either packaged with a shade chosen by the manufacturer or without a shade, allowing the customer to choose their own.
There are several inherent problems with these traditional methods of packaging. First, by completely enclosing the portable table lamp in a box, the customer is unable to fully view the true color or finish and shape of the lamp and must rely solely on the accuracy of the photo and accompanying text to describe the item. Many customers find this objectionable and therefore open the box and remove the lamp to get a positive view of the lamp. This often results in damaging the product, losing parts, etc., or making the item unfit for sale should they choose not to purchase the item.
Additionally, if the shade is sold separately, it is very difficult for the customer to visualize the complete lamp because the top (socket and neck) and bottom (base) are covered. This is generally due to the extra packaging material necessary to protect the lamp base during shipping.
More importantly, it is virtually impossible for the customer to select a properly sized shade for the table lamp without removing the lamp from the box and “trying on” several shades. This is critical, not only for the aesthetics of the table lamp, but the safety of the unit as a whole. An improperly sized shade (i.e., smaller than safely allowed by U.L. standards) can cause the shade to overheat and catch fire.
Secondly, typical window box types of packaging also have the same problems as an enclosed box package when trying to select an appropriate shade. While this type of packaging does make visible much of the lamp, giving the customer a more accurate description of most of the lamp, it still covers much of the neck and socket which makes it difficult to select an appropriate shade. Additionally, this type of packaging does not allow the customer to view the full side profile of the table lamp and, in some cases, the base of the lamp. This is particularly important with table lamps of an irregular shape.
Enclosed boxes and window boxes are constructed the way they are in order to pass “drop test” requirements by retail establishments in an effort to protect the lamp during shipping. Due to the extra cardboard, Styrofoam or other packaging materials necessary to accomplish this, the end result is a large box that takes up a lot of valuable shelf space, makes it difficult for the customer to carry and transport the box due Lo its bulkiness, and requires the customer to dispose of the excess packaging materials which contributes to the environmental problems of wasted resources and crowded landfills.
Thirdly, portable lamps placed loosely on a shelf are far more susceptible to damage. They are easily tipped over, resulting in broken bases, sockets, bent harps, etc. Cords are often tangled with other lamps which adds to the confusion. Lamps packaged using this method are often in disarray and do not present themselves well to the customer because they do hot have flat sides making them difficult to line up on the shelf and keep organized.
There is a need for a type of packaging that will allow the customer to see the entire lamp from one view angle without damaging the product or losing elements of the product while opening the package, that will allow the customer to effectively try on various shades, protect the lamp from damage during shipping and while on the shelf, and present the product well in an organized fashion to the customer.
It is an object of this invention to provide a freestanding portable lamp package for product display.
It is further the object of this invention to provide such a package which displays a fully or partially assembled product therein allowing the customer to examine the product without damage to the same or to the packaging.
It is another object of this invention to provide a freestanding portable lamp package for product display on a shelf wherein a plurality of lamps may be spaced and lined up on the shelf along with the tray the lamp is mounted in.
It is a further object of this invention to carry out the foregoing object by providing the packages containing the lamps with square sides that can abut against each other.
It is another object of this invention to carry out the foregoing objects wherein the package protects the product disposed therein from damage during shipping and display.
It is also an object of this invention to make the packaging more convenient for the customer to purchase and transport the packaging, as well as disposed of the packaging materials with minimum impact on landfills.
It is another object of this invention to allow the customer to select a shade, if the shade is sold separately, that will be visually acceptable to the customer while meeting basic safety standards.
These and other objects are preferably accomplished by providing a freestanding portable lamp package for product display. The packaging can be placed on a store shelf or the like. The package is freestanding and protects the product contained therein from damage during shipment and display and prevents the need for an individual to remove the product from such packaging and disturb the contents within, while displaying the product to the public. The package utilizes a minimum of packaging materials. The package features a handle on the back side to make it easy for the customer to carry the product and package.
It can be seen that there is disclosed a freestanding portable lamp display package that allows a customer to view completely the true color or finish and shape of the packaged table lamp. The customer can view the side profile of the table lamp. This is of particular importance where the lamp is irregularly shaped.
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The final assembly is shown in FIG. 6. The fixture 10 is packaged in a manner in which it is freestanding on a shelf or the like. One or more of the packaged fixtures can be placed side by side in a carton for shipping. Obviously, fixture 10 may be of any suitable outer configuration, the cutout area 45 of front panel 37 (
This is shown in
A pair of fixtures 10, mounted as in
Although two such fixtures are shown in
Blister 28 may be eliminated, as discussed above, and the assembly of
Although fixture 10 is shown without a shade, one may be provided as shown in FIG. 10. Thus, shade 104 may extend out of cutout portion 105 in box 106 (otherwise identical to box 36) as shown. The package of
The customer can see the lamp in contour and thus does not have to rely solely on the manufacturer's representation of the table lamp as described on the box by a photograph or verbiage. The customer does not have to remove the table lamp from the packaging to obtain a positive view, which often results in damaging the product or the packaging, rendering it non-saleable or non-usable.
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A planar support panel 607, which may be of cardboard or plastic or the like, is provided having a die cut slot 608 at top and a cut-out portion 609 configured to lamp 600. The bottom of panel 607, forming the bottom ends 610, 611 of panel 607, may be tapered to fit around base 601, as will be discussed. A box 612, which may be of cardboard or plastic, is provided having a top planar panel 613 with a central opening 614 and four foldable side panels 617 through 619 which fold about base 605.
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A clamshell blister 627,
Each panel 628, 629 has a concave blistered portion 634, 635, respectively, contoured to the outer periphery of lamp 600 and about one-half the thickness thereof in depth. Each panel 628, 629 terminates at its bottom in a blistered base portion 636 having a box-like configuration for receiving one-half of base 612 therein as will be discussed. The upper wall 637 of base portion 636 has a convex blister section 638 conforming to the base of lamp 600.
Lamp 600, mounted in panel 607, and to box 612 and base 605, as discussed with respect to
The assembly of lamp 600 to a shipping package is shown in
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A packaging insert 658, which may be rectangular and of cardboard or styrofoam, conforming to the width and length of units 651, 652, is mounted on the top of units 651, 652, as indicated by arrow 660. Finally, a shipping box 661, open at bottom and closed at top by top wall 662, and having interconnected side walls 663, is mounted over insert 658 and units 651, 652, as indicated by arrow 664, enclosing tray 653. Of course, suitable packing tape may be used.
Another variation is shown in FIG. 20. Here, lamp 665, having a socket 666, a main body portion 667, and a base 668, is mounted to base 605 and to box 612. Base 605 and box 612 are identical to box 612 and base 605 heretofore discussed. However, in this embodiment, panel 607 is replaced by a pair of panels 669, 670, each generally rectangular, and each having a bottom wall 671 conforming to base 668.
Blister 671 (
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The packaging system disclosed herein safely harbors loose components, such as a harp, finial or cord, which can otherwise become disorganized, lost or tangled and cause damage to the product or neighboring products. The cord is placed toward the back of the lamp and is stored out of the way where it could otherwise become tangled or detract from the “presentation” of the lamp. If the shade is sold separately from the lamp base, this packaging system allows the customer to “try on” various shades in order to select an appropriate sized shade which is critical for aesthetics and safety reasons. This allows the customer to actually see the final product.
The package system disclosed herein makes it possible for a customer to tell what type of shade harp needs to be used. There are various types of shade harps—one type is known which fits around the socket; another type of harp which fits into a special bracket that is mounted below the socket (hence the importance of seeing the socket); and there is a clip-on harp which clips to the bulb when installed on the lamp.
The socket and the neck of the lamp rests against the cardboard insert which makes it possible for the customer to view the neck and socket of the table lamp, which is critical in sizing a shade.
The packaging system disclosed herein may utilize Styrofoam, cardboard, or other suitable material behind the neck and socket area to give additional protection to this area of the lamp.
The harp bracket on the fixture is placed parallel to the cardboard insert for aesthetic and protection purposes. The packaging system of the invention may utilized a removable, discardable, socket-protecting device made of metal, wire, plastic or other suitable material which is inserted into the harp bracket of the lamp as if it were a harp and which extends over the socket. The customer is able to view the base of the table lamp. This is particularly important for lamps with an irregular shape. The packaging system herein has a support in the front of the lamp base that does not completely cover or hide the lamp base, preferably of clear plastic (but can also be cardboard, Styrofoam, shrink-wrap or other suitable material) to hold the lamp in place in the package and to protect the lamp.
The packaging system of the invention may utilize a simple support made of cardboard, clear plastic, Styrofoam, shrink-wrap or other suitable material to hold the lamp base in place and to protect it from damage. It may also utilize a complete clear plastic blister, shrink-wrap or other suitable material, to completely cover the lamp base, or lamp base and shade, to hold it in place and protect it from damage.
Additionally, this packaging system may utilize a clear plastic blister, shrink-wrap or other suitable material, to completely or partially cover the lamp base, or lamp base and shade, to hold it in place and protect it from damage. This packaging system also has a cardboard insert, generally of rectangular shape, that fits behind the table lamp. The insert has recessed or partially recessed areas in it, generally following the silhouette of the lamp, which allows the fixture to safely nest into the insert approximately one-third of the way, giving it protection and providing a background to display the lamp against and allow for descriptive text while providing protection from damage. This insert has squared off sides for easy organization, upkeep on shelves versus loose lamps. This insert gives the lamp base more stability and prevents the lamp from falling over, which oftentimes damages the base, socket, harp assembly, etc., as seen with loose lamps. The insert has a perforated die cut slot 500 creating a handle for the customer to easily carry the lamp and package, unlike the oversized bulky boxes commonly used. If desired, instead of die cut slot 500 as seen in
The cardboard insert may have a single, double or more than double layer of cardboard or other suitable material under the lamp base to give it additional support. The lamp fixture may be tied or secured to the package insert by means of one or more plastic strip ties or other suitable materials.
The packaging system of the invention allows each lamp to be tray-packaged for faster stocking of two or more lamps with more than one item of the same table lamp and yet still be visible when viewed from the side profile, which is very beneficial in retail establishments where product is displayed at the end of an aisle. When a tray is empty, the person stocking the shelf simply needs to pull the back tray forward. This is helpful when a deep shelf is used so the person does not need to climb on the shelf or use a ladder to reach the products in the back.
The packaging system of the invention reduces the amount of shelf space necessary to display the table lamp, as much of the packaging materials normally included in the individual box in order to pass mandatory “drop tests” by retail establishments is removed and disposed of with the master shipping carton. The system of packaging herein utilizes removable Styrofoam or cardboard inserts between the lamps packaged in the master shipping which decreases the overall amount of cardboard necessary. These inserts may be discarded at the time the product is put on the shelf. The end result is a more saleable product in the store with less wasted shelf space and gives the customer a much smaller package to handle. When the customer buys the product, the packaging disclosed herein takes less room in the shopper's cart than traditional packaging, which allows the customer to continue shopping.
The lamp may have a socket protector 300 (see also
Additionally, the removable cardboard is generally recycled by retail establishments which reduces the impact on environmental landfills as opposed to simply being thrown away by the consumer.
Although a particular embodiment of the invention is disclosed, variations thereof may occur to an artisan and the scope of the invention should only be limited by the scope of the appended claims.
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|U.S. Classification||206/320, 206/779|
|International Classification||B65D5/52, B65D85/42, B65D5/50, B65D85/00|
|Cooperative Classification||B65D5/509, B65D5/5038, B65D5/52, B65D85/42|
|European Classification||B65D5/50D5A, B65D5/52, B65D5/50D4B|
|Dec 28, 2009||AS||Assignment|
Owner name: BANK OF AMERICA, N.A., TEXAS
Free format text: SECURITY AGREEMENT;ASSIGNORS:CRAFTMADE INTERNATIONAL, INC.;WOODARD--CM, LLC;TRADE SOURCE INTERNATIONAL, INC.;AND OTHERS;REEL/FRAME:023708/0143
Effective date: 20090708
|Jan 19, 2010||FPAY||Fee payment|
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