Canister for a particulate-type product

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United States of America Patent

PATENT NO 6484929
APP PUB NO 20010011678A1
SERIAL NO

09746238

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A canister for storing a particulate-type product. The canister includes a tubular body, a bottom panel, a top panel and a plurality of tabs. The tubular body defines an upper opening, a lower opening, and an internal storage region. The bottom panel is connected to the tubular body so as to encompass the lower opening. The top panel is similarly connected to the tubular body so as to encompass the upper opening and includes a lid. The lid is selectively secured to the tubular body at the upper opening such that the lid is moveable from an initial, closed state to an opened state, and from the opened state to a reclosed state. In the initial, closed state, the lid is secured to the tubular body. In the opened state, the lid is displaced from the tubular body to define a pour opening through which the internal storage region is accessible. In the reclosed state, the lid substantially encompasses the pour opening. Finally, the plurality of tabs are associated with the lid in at least the reclosed state. In one preferred embodiment, tab formation is completed as the lid is forced from the initial, closed state, and the tabs assist in frictionally securing the lid to the tubular body in the reclosed state.

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Patent Owner(s)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
GENERAL MILLS, INC.MINNEAPOLIS, MN574

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Deering, Curtis Maple Grove, MN 2 21
Meier, Gordon Brooklyn Park, MN 2 21
Sumpmann, Patrick Maple Grove, MN 2 21

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (1)
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Elopak Systems AG (1)
* 4842188 Two-piece flat top container 4 1988
 
BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY (1)
* 6082614 Package for pourable goods 8 1999
 
INTERNATIONAL PAPER COMPANY (3)
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GENERAL MILLS, INC. (1)
* 6355286 Perforated air-tight seal membrane for a canister containing a particulate-type product 9 1999
 
GRAPHIC PACKAGING INTERNATIONAL, INC. (1)
* 6349866 Paperboard can with an integrated paperboard lid having a hinge on the lid 16 1999
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Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (2)
* 8720726 One-piece lid for cartons 0 2012
* 2013/0146,598 ONE-PIECE LID FOR CARTONS 1 2012
 
SUNRISE MEDICAL HHG INC. (3)
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THE QUAKER OATS COMPANY (4)
D637074 Container 15 2010
D637075 Container 2 2010
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CFS PALAZZOLO S.P.A. (1)
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GRAPHIC PACKAGING INTERNATIONAL, INC. (1)
D485754 Paperboard container with flip-top lid 32 2002
 
MEADWESTVACO PACKAGING SYSTEMS, LLC (1)
D486390 Carton 15 2002
 
MCCORMICK & COMPANY, INCORPORATED (4)
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SONOCO DEVELOPMENT, INC. (1)
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