US Patent No: 7,124,911

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Container and cartridge for dispensing paper products

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Abstract

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The present invention provides a container for dispensing individual paper products that includes a housing, a cover hingedly or removably attached to the housing wherein the cover defines a dispensing opening, a means for elevating paper products, and a plunger disposed in the interior area of the housing. The plunger is urged toward the dispensing opening by the means for elevating paper products. The container may be included in a system for dispensing paper products that further includes a cartridge containing paper products. The cartridge defines a dispensing opening and a second opening wherein the means for elevating paper products extends through the second opening into the interior area of the cartridge to contact the paper products and urge the paper products toward the dispensing opening. The cartridge and container may be configured wherein the second opening is formed by removal of a removable portion during the process of inserting the cartridge into the container.

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Patent Owner(s)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.NEENAH, WI5497

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Hamlin, Suzanne Michelle Alpharetta, GA 2 3
Mayfield, Frances Wynn Marietta, GA 4 28
Smith, Jr Leonard Wesley Roswell, GA 2 7
Tramontina, Paul Francis Alpharetta, GA 106 528
Vozar, Martin Hattiesburg, MS 2 3

Cited Art Landscape

Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC. (5)
6,378,726 Interfolded napkin dispensing system 17 1996
6,419,113 Cartridge for dispensing paper products 14 1997
6,241,118 Container and cartridge for dispensing paper products 25 1998
6,422,416 Cartridge for dispensing paper products 16 2000
2004/0206,769 Container and cartridge for dispensing paper products 2 2003
 
LAKE GENEVA SPINDUSTRIES, INC. (2)
4,706,844 Napkin dispenser 61 1985
D296064 Napkin dispenser cover 9 1985
 
B.F.A. Manufacturing Limited (1)
5,540,354 Top dispensing tissue container and bulk tissue packets 39 1995
 
GEORGIA-PACIFIC CONSUMER PRODUCTS LP (1)
5,931,339 Process and apparatus for dispensing paper towels 40 1996
 
PASTORE, RONALD M. (1)
4,234,101 Cup dispenser employing universal adjustment apparatus 27 1979
 
Ready Metal Manufacturing Company (1)
4,343,415 Napkin dispenser 16 1980
 
The Bates Manufacturing Company (1)
5,143,250 Desk caddy for refillably dispensing self-sticking fanfolded notepaper featuring vertically moveable platform on tracking means 23 1989
 
The Meyer Company (1)
6,772,908 Blow-molded cup dispenser and method of manufacturing same 4 2001
 
TOTAL FINA ELF (1)
2002/0197,174 Electrical pump, and method for using plurality of submersible electrical pumps for well completion 2002
 
Traex Corporation (1)
4,838,454 Napkin dispenser 67 1987
 
XEROX CORPORATION (1)
4,830,354 Sheet feed apparatus and cartridge therefor 13 1987
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (2)
4,969,575 Tissue paper case having an inclined lid member with concave undercut portions to guide the fingers of a user 13 1989
6,283,295 Container with elevating floor 8 2000

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
GEORGIA-PACIFIC CONSUMER PRODUCTS LP (3)
7,568,593 High capacity napkin dispenser 1 2005
7,938,294 High capacity napkin dispenser 0 2009
8,608,023 Sheet product dispenser 0 2010

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7.5 Year Payment $3600.00 $1800.00 $900.00 Apr 24, 2014
11.5 Year Payment $7400.00 $3700.00 $1850.00 Apr 24, 2018
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Surcharge after expiration - Late payment is unavoidable $700.00 $350.00 $175.00
Surcharge after expiration - Late payment is unintentional $1,640.00 $820.00 $410.00