Kraft Foods Group Brands issued US patent for 'Method and container lid to manipulate a container opening liner'

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia , April 30, 2014 () – US Patent Issued to Kraft Foods Group Brands on April 29 for "Method and container lid to manipulate a container opening liner" (Illinois, Louisiana, Texas, Missouri Inventors)

United States Patent no. 8,708,182, issued on April 29, was assigned to Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC (Northfield, Ill.).

"Method and container lid to manipulate a container opening liner" was invented by Andrew T. Tilton (Chicago), Lanny D. Baker (Longview, Texas), Carl Feducia (Shreveport, La.), Michael J. Ryan (Chicago) and James A. Whisenhunt (Independence, Mo.).

According to the abstract* released by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office: "A container includes a body forming an interior and having a sidewall with a distal edge portion forming an opening to the interior. A liner is disposed over the opening and includes an inner portion and an outermost radial portion disposed radially outwardly of the distal edge portion. A lid including an interior surface and at least one tab projecting inward from the interior surface is disposed over the liner and engages the body. The liner is sized to be releasably rotatably secured within the lid while the lid is initially attached to the body so that the at least one tab remains generally rotationally fixed relative to the outermost radial portion while being assembled to the body. The at least one tab is arrange to press the outermost radial portion while the lid is being removed from the body so that the outermost radial portion maintains a bent orientation."

The patent was filed on July 27, 2009, under Application No. 12/510,058.

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