US patent issued to Pactiv Packaging for 'container having a foldable support and lid' for food applications; container in closed position serves as a secure carton, lid of container in open position provides support for receptacle containing a condiment

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia , November 20, 2013 () – United States Patent no. 8,584,884, issued on Nov. 19, was assigned to Pactiv Packaging Inc. (Lake Forest, Ill.).

"Container having a foldable support and lid" was invented by Angela E. Learn (Gilbertsville, Pa.) and Kyle Karvola (Glendale Heights, Ill.).

According to the abstract* released by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office: "Food container is provided having a first body portion and a second body portion. The first body portion and the second body portion are joined together to define an interior of the container and a mouth to the interior. The first body portion has a first flap moveable between an open position and a closed position, and the first flap includes a foldable support formed therein to hold a receptacle when in the open position. The second body portion has a second flap moveable between an open position and a closed position, and the second flap includes a tab to engage the first flap in the closed position to form a lid across the mouth of the interior. A blank for forming the food container from a sheet of blank material is also provided."

The patent was filed on Sept. 22, 2011, under Application No. 13/240,537.

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