Title:
Flexible package opening
United States Patent D446452


Inventors:
Buck, Frederick Allan (Neenah, WI)
Kuo, Andrew (Appleton, WI)
Hammonds, Yvette Lynn (Fond du Lac, WI)
Amundson, John David (Crawley, GB)
Application Number:
29/121012
Publication Date:
08/14/2001
Filing Date:
03/30/2000
Assignee:
Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc. (Neenah, WI)
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
D09/447
Field of Search:
D9/339, D9/414, D9/434, D9/447, D9/449, D6/515, D6/518, D6/592, 206/494, 206/824, 221/45, 221/63
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US Patent References:
6182858Wet towel dispenserFebruary, 2001Hartog
6164442Multi-part, multi-fold, multi-compartment portable carrying and storage caseDecember, 2000Stravitz
6152322Cap for moist tissue dispensersNovember, 2000Marino
D430455Combined sipper cap and flow control discSeptember, 2000Pickens
D414637Container for wipesOctober, 1999Amundson et al.
D412439Container for impregnated wipesAugust, 1999Cormack
5908138Dispensing lidJune, 1999Vlahakis et al.
D397938CoverSeptember, 1998Graham et al.
5785179Container for wet wipes having an improved closure mechanismJuly, 1998Buczwinski et al.
D395952ContainerJuly, 1998Buczwinski et al.
5729955Method of manufacturing packet with wet tissuesMarch, 1998Yamada
5704471Packet for wet tissueJanuary, 1998Yamada
5542567Moist tissue package construction and tissueAugust, 1996Julius
5368188Folded product with indicator for facilitating removalNovember, 1994Twardowski
4848575Resealable dispenser-container for wet tissuesJuly, 1989Nakamura et al.
4784290Apparatus for dispensing wet wipesNovember, 1988Howard
D296765Dispensing port for a containerJuly, 1988Urion
4337876Apparatus for dispensing articlesJuly, 1982Thompson
D263283Dispensing capMarch, 1982Ronayne
4289262Structure of dispenser for dispensing web-like materialSeptember, 1981Finkelstein
4180160Wet tissue containerDecember, 1979Ogawa et al.
4133457Squeeze bottle with valve septumJanuary, 1979Klassen
4017002Dispensing moist treated towels or tissuesApril, 1977Doyle et al.
4004687Device for positioning a container of supplemental material adjacent to a toilet-tissue holderJanuary, 1977Boone
3994417Towelette dispenserNovember, 1976Boedecker
3868052MOIST TISSUE DISPENSINGFebruary, 1975Rockefeller225/106
3836044BULK PACKAGE INCORPORATING MOVABLE DISPENSER INSERT FOR INDIVIDUAL DISPENSING OF SUBSTANTIALLY WET SHEETS FROM STACKSeptember, 1974Tilp et al.
3780908BULK PACKAGE FOR INDIVIDUAL DISPENSING OF SUBSTANTIALLY WET SHEETS FROM STACKSDecember, 1973Fitzpatrick et al.
3749296EXIT SLIT FOR BULK PACKAGE MOIST TOWELS OR TISSUESJuly, 1973Harrison
3095991Combination bottle cap seal and openerJuly, 1963Paniagua
2004614Container for absorbent cottonJune, 1935Meagher



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:
U.S. Design application No. 29/121,011 filed Mar. 30, 2000 by Frederick A. Buck et al. for "Container with Flexible Opening".
U.S. Design application No. 29/121,018 filed Mar. 30, 2000 by Frederick A. Buck et al. for "Container with Domed Inner Cover".
U.S. application No. 09/538,711 filed Mar. 30, 2000 by Frederick A. Buck et al. for "Wet Wipe Container with Flexible Orifice".
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.
Claims:
1. We claim the ornamental design for a flexible package opening, as shown anddescribed.

Description:

The ornamental design of this invention is a pop-up dispensing opening for a flexible wet wipes container. The opening comprises a flexible material having a star-shaped slit configuration.

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a flexible package opening in accordance with this invention.

FIG. 2 is a top plan view thereof with the lid closed.

FIG. 3 is a bottom plan view thereof.

FIG. 4 is a left side view thereof.

FIG. 5 is a right side view thereof.

FIG. 6 is a front side view thereof; and,

FIG. 7 is a rear side view thereof.

The broken line showing of a package and lid are for illustrative purposes only and form no part of the claimed design.