Title:
End closure for a container
United States Patent D387987


Inventors:
Neiner, Christopher G. (St. Louis County, MO)
Application Number:
29/062392
Publication Date:
12/23/1997
Filing Date:
11/14/1996
Assignee:
Metal Container Corporation (St. Louis, MO)
Primary Class:
Field of Search:
D9/434, D9/435, D9/438, D9/499, D9/416, D9/516, 215/255, 220/269-271, 220/906, 222/153.07, 222/541.9
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US Patent References:
5494184Can top with an overturnable tabFebruary, 1996Noguchi et al.220/269
D365988Can end with oval tear panelJanuary, 1996Clarke, IIID9/438
D364807Can end with triangular tear panelDecember, 1995TaylorD9/438
5411159Easily openable can with foldably concealed tabMay, 1995Fan220/269
5307947Container end memberMay, 1994Moen et al.220/266
D338156End closure for a containerAugust, 1993CookD9/438
4994009Easy open can end method of manufactureFebruary, 1991McEldowney493/14
4930658Easy open can end and method of manufacture thereofJune, 1990McEldowney220/269
4733793System for forming an opening in a container end memberMarch, 1988Moen220/269
4530631Pull tab for easy open can end-method of manufacture thereofJuly, 1985Kaminski et al.413/12
D279265End closure for a containerJune, 1985Turner et al.D9/438
D275373End closure for a containerSeptember, 1984Brown et al.D9/438
4465204Pull tab for easy open endAugust, 1984Kaminski et al.220/269
4402421Container closure having easy-opening meansSeptember, 1983Ruemer, Jr.220/269
4363419Self-storing permanently attached can opening meansDecember, 1982Walz, Sr.220/269



Foreign References:
EP0564725October, 1993Anti-impact easily openable can lid and method of making the same.
Other References:
Ecology End Drawing and PMO Request, Ball Packaging Products Group, May 17, 1996, 2 pages.
Primary Examiner:
Gandy, James
Assistant Examiner:
Matta, Cathron B.
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Sidley & Austin
Claims:
1. The ornamental design for a end closure for a container, as shown anddescribed.

Description:

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a first embodiment of the end closure for a container;

FIG. 2 is a top plan view thereof;

FIG. 3 is a cross-sectional view taken along line 3--3 of FIG. 2;

FIG. 4 is a perspective view of a second embodiment of the end closure for a container;

FIG. 5 is a top plan view thereof;

FIG. 6 is a cross-sectional view taken along line 6--6 of FIG. 5;

FIG. 7 is a perspective view of a third embodiment of the end closure for a container;

FIG. 8 is a top plan view thereof; and,

FIG. 9 is a cross-sectional view taken along line 9--9 of FIG. 8.