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Colgate Palmolive : Patent Issued for Packaged Oral Care Implement and Method of Opening the Same (USPTO 9751676)

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09/14/2017 | 10:14pm CET

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Journal of Engineering -- COLGATE-PALMOLIVE COMPANY (New York, NY) has been issued patent number 9751676, according to news reporting originating out of Alexandria, Virginia, by VerticalNews editors.

The patent's inventors are Bow, Clark (Dandridge, TN); Sorrentino, Alan V. (Cranbury, NJ).

This patent was filed on November 12, 2013 and was published online on September 5, 2017.

From the background information supplied by the inventors, news correspondents obtained the following quote: "In the commercialization of oral care implements, such as toothbrushes, the current trend is to sell said oral care implements in sealed packages. In designing such packages, the following goals are often pursued: tampering prevention; visibility of the product and marketing information; structural stability to protect the oral care implement; and ease of opening. Often, these goals are competing and, thus, must be balanced. Thus, a need exists for an improved packaged oral care implement that more adequately achieves and/or balances one or more of the aforementioned goals."

Supplementing the background information on this patent, VerticalNews reporters also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent: "The present invention may be directed, in one aspect, to a packaged oral care implement, and method of opening the same includes a tab on one of a first panel of the package that is strategically located so that the oral care implement itself acts as a foundation adjacent to the tab that assists with shearing the first panel to release the tab for grasping, while optionally allowing the tab to be deflected in a substantially unimpeded manner into the cavity that holds the oral care implement. In another aspect, the present invention may be directed to a packaged oral care implement, and method of opening the same, that includes a first panel of the package that includes a pre-weakened lines includes at least two portions of differing non-zero shear strengths so that a targeted easy open location is provided, while at the same time preventing undetectable tampering of the interior components of the package.

"In one embodiment, the invention can be a packaged oral care implement comprising: a first panel and a second panel, a cavity formed between the first and second panels; the first panel comprising at least one pre-weakened line that defines a tear-away portion and a base portion, the base portion coupled to the second panel; the base portion comprising a tab that protrudes into the tear-away portion, the tab defined by a first portion of the pre-weakened line; an oral care implement positioned within the cavity so that a portion of the oral care implement lies beneath a first portion of the tear-away portion adjacent the tab, the tab located above an unoccupied portion of the cavity; and the tab alterable, in response to a downward force applied to the tab, from: (1) a closed state in which the first portion of the pre-weakened line is intact; and (2) an open state in which the first portion of the pre-weakened line is sheared and the tab is deflected into the unoccupied portion to a depth below an upper surface of the portion of the oral care implement.

"In another embodiment, the invention can be a packaged oral care implement comprising: a first panel and a second panel, a cavity formed between the first and second panels; the first panel comprising at least one pre-weakened line that defines a tear-away portion and a base portion, the base portion coupled to the second panel; the base portion comprising a tab that protrudes into the tear-away portion, the tab defined by a first portion of the pre-weakened line; and an oral care implement positioned within the cavity so that a portion of the oral care implement lies beneath a first portion of the tear-away portion adjacent the tab, the tab located above an unoccupied portion of the cavity.

"In yet another embodiment, the invention can be a method of opening a packaged product comprising: providing a product disposed within a cavity of a package, the package comprising a first panel, a second panel, a cavity formed between the first and second panels, the first panel comprising at least one pre-weakened line that defines a tear-away portion and a base portion, the base portion coupled to the second panel, the base portion comprising a tab that protrudes into the tear-away portion, the tab defined by a first portion of the pre-weakened line, the product positioned within the cavity so that a portion of the product lies beneath a first portion of the tear-away portion adjacent the tab, the tab located above an unoccupied portion of the cavity; applying a downward force on the tab to cause the first portion of the tear-away portion to contact the portion of the product and shear the first portion of the pre-weakened line to release the tab, the tab deflecting into the unoccupied portion to a depth below an upper surface of the portion of the product, thereby creating an opening in the first panel; and grasping the tear-away portion via the opening and at least partially separating the tear-away portion from the base portion to provide access to the product.

"In a further aspect, the invention can be a packaged oral care implement comprising: a first panel and a second panel, a cavity formed between the first and second panels; the first panel comprising at least one pre-weakened line that defines a tear-away portion and a base portion, the base portion coupled to the second panel; an oral care implement positioned within the cavity; and the pre-weakened line comprising a first portion having a first pre-weakening pattern having a first non-zero shear strength and a second portion having a second pre-weakening pattern having a second non-zero shear strength that is greater than the first non-zero shear strength.

"In a yet further aspect, the invention can be a method of opening a packaged oral care implement comprising: providing an oral care implement disposed within a cavity of a package, the package comprising a first panel, a second panel, a cavity formed between the first and second panels, the first panel comprising at least one pre-weakened line that defines a tear-away portion and a base portion, the pre-weakened line comprising a first portion having a first pre-weakening pattern having a first non-zero shear strength and a second portion having a second pre-weakening pattern having a second non-zero shear strength that is greater than the first non-zero shear strength; applying a downward force at a location on the base portion adjacent the first portion of the pre-weakened line to shear the first portion of the pre-weakened line and deflect a portion of the base portion below the tear-away portion to create an opening in the first panel; and grasping the tear-away portion via the opening and at least partially separating the tear-away portion from the base portion to provide access to the oral care implement.

"Further areas of applicability of the present invention will become apparent from the detailed description provided hereinafter. It should be understood that the detailed description and specific examples, while indicating the preferred embodiment of the invention, are intended for purposes of illustration only and are not intended to limit the scope of the invention."

For the URL and additional information on this patent, see: Bow, Clark; Sorrentino, Alan V.. Packaged Oral Care Implement and Method of Opening the Same. U.S. Patent Number 9751676, filed November 12, 2013, and published online on September 5, 2017. Patent URL: http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=9751676.PN.&OS=PN/9751676RS=PN/9751676

Keywords for this news article include: COLGATE-PALMOLIVE COMPANY.

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