Flexible opening for a container
United States Patent D444063

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:
D9/434, D9/447, D9/449, D9/450, D9/339, D6/515, D6/518, D6/522, 206/205, 206/410, 206/409, 206/494, 221/33, 221/40, 221/50, 221/63, 222/545, 222/546, 222/570, 225/106
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US Patent References:
6152322Cap for moist tissue dispensersNovember, 2000Marino221/63
D430455Combined sipper cap and flow control discSeptember, 2000PickensD7/392.1
D414637Container for wipesOctober, 1999Amundson et al.
D397938CoverSeptember, 1998Graham et al.D9/454
5785179Container for wet wipes having an improved closure mechanismJuly, 1998Buczwinski et al.
D395952ContainerJuly, 1998Buczwinski et al.
5740913Pop-up tissue dispenserApril, 1998McFarland206/494
5704471Packet for wet tissueJanuary, 1998Yamada
4784290Apparatus for dispensing wet wipesNovember, 1988Howard
D296765Dispensing port for a containerJuly, 1988UrionD9/434
4337876Apparatus for dispensing articlesJuly, 1982Thompson221/36
D263283Dispensing capMarch, 1982RonayneD9/449
4289262Structure of dispenser for dispensing web-like materialSeptember, 1981Finkelstein
4180160Wet tissue containerDecember, 1979Ogawa et al.
4133457Squeeze bottle with valve septumJanuary, 1979Klassen222/212
4017002Dispensing moist treated towels or tissuesApril, 1977Doyle et al.221/63
4004687Device for positioning a container of supplemental material adjacent to a toilet-tissue holderJanuary, 1977Boone221/45
3994417Towelette dispenserNovember, 1976Boedecker
3868052MOIST TISSUE DISPENSINGFebruary, 1975Rockefeller225/106
3095991Combination bottle cap seal and openerJuly, 1963Paniagua215/303
2004614Container for absorbent cottonJune, 1935Meagher206/63.5

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 and Reinforced 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, published Feb. 1998.
Primary Examiner:
Brooks, Cathron C.
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Bendel, Michael J.
1. The ornamental design for a flexible opening for a container, as shown anddescribed.


FIG. 1 is a perspective view of the flexible opening for a container. In this Figure and FIGS. 2-7 that follow, the phantom lines depict the environment of the dispensing opening and form no part of the claimed design.

FIG. 2 is a top plan view of the container of FIG. 1.

FIG. 3 is a bottom view of the contaienr 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.