Container with flexible opening
United States Patent D443451

Buck, Frederick Allan (Neenah, WI)
Kuo, Andrew (Appleton, WI)
Hammonds, Yvette Lynn (Fond du Lac, WI)
Amundson, John David (Crawley, GB)
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Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc. (Neenah, WI)
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Field of Search:
D6/518-523, D9/516, D9/549, D3/273, D3/294, D3/318, 206/389, 206/409, 221/26, 221/33, 221/45, 221/282, 221/284
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US Patent References:
D414637Container for wipesOctober, 1999Amundson et al.
5785179Container for wet wipes having an improved closure mechanismJuly, 1998Buczwinski et al.
D395952ContainerJuly, 1998Buczwinski et al.
5704471Packet for wet tissueJanuary, 1998Yamada
4784290Apparatus for dispensing wet wipesNovember, 1988Howard
4289262Structure of dispenser for dispensing web-like materialSeptember, 1981Finkelstein
4180160Wet tissue containerDecember, 1979Ogawa et al.
3994417Towelette dispenserNovember, 1976Boedecker
3868052MOIST TISSUE DISPENSINGFebruary, 1975Rockefeller

Foreign References:
EP0068722April, 1988Article suitable for wiping surfaces.
EP0331027January, 1992A resealable dispenser-container for wet tissues.
EP0744357November, 1996Package for tissues comprising a flexible pouch and a re-usable dispensing device
EP0644130May, 1998Upright facial tissue carton.
Other References:
American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM) Designation: D 412-98a "Standard Test Methods for Vulcanized Rubber and Thermoplastic Elastomers--Tension.sup.1 " pp. 43-55, published Aug. 1998.
American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM) Designation: D 790-99 "Standard Test Methods for Flexural Properties of Unreinforced Plastics and Electrical Insulating Materials.sup.1 " pp. 150-158, published Feb. 2000.
American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM) Designation: D 2240-97.sup.e1 "Standard Test Method for Rubber Property--Durometer Hardness.sup.1 " pp. 400-403, published Mar. 1997.
American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM) Designation: D 6125-97 "Standard Test Method for Bending Resistance of Paper and Paperboard (Gurley Type Tester).sup.1 " pp. 885-889, publiched Feb. 1998.
Primary Examiner:
Vinson, Brian N.
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Bendel, Michael J.
1. We claim the ornamental design for a container with flexible opening, asshown and described.


The ornamental design of this invention is a container having a pop-up dispensing opening comprising a flexible material having one or more slits which define the dispensing opening. The dispensing opening is set into the large lid of the container and is covered by a flip-top type of dispensing lid when the flip-top lid is closed. The container is adapted to hold a stack of wet wipes which are dispensed through the flexible star-shaped opening in a pop-up fashion. The flip-top lid, when closed, inhibits drying out of the exposed portion of the web in between dispensing events.

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a container in accordance with the invention, in which the dispensing opening has a star-shaped slit configuration.

FIG. 2 is a top view of the container of FIG. 1 with the flip-top lid closed.

FIG. 3 is a bottom view of the container of FIG. 1.

FIG. 4 is a front view of the container of FIG. 1.

FIG. 5 is a rear view of the container of FIG. 1.

FIG. 6 is a right side view of the container of FIG. 1; and,

FIG. 7 is a left side view of the container of FIG. 1.