K-C Worldwide issued US patent for 'folded clip and dispenser'

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia , November 20, 2013 () – United States Patent no. 8,584,896, issued on Nov. 19, was assigned to Kimberly-Clark Worldwide Inc. (Neenah, Wis.).

"Folded clip and dispenser" was invented by Leslie Thomas Long (Appleton, Wis.), Emory Emil Luebke (Greenville, Wis.) and Michelle Lynn Seabaugh (Grand Chute, Wis.).

According to the abstract* released by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office: "By either rotating a folded clip within a dispenser, or by folding the clip into a J-shape instead of a U-shape and then placing the clip into a dispenser, more sheets can be placed into the dispenser without causing an increase in dispensing problems. Alternatively, fewer dispensing problems result if the same number of sheets is placed into the dispenser. In one embodiment, the dispenser was an upright facial tissue carton and the clip was an interfolded stack of facial tissues."

The patent was filed on Sept. 30, 2004, under Application No. 10/955,435.

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