James Cropper has been granted a patent for a unique packaging design for containers. The packaging consists of hinged shell pieces with a two-point locking feature, maintaining the container’s shape. This innovation ensures that the distinctiveness of the container is preserved even when wrapped. GlobalData’s report on James Cropper gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on James Cropper, was a key innovation area identified from patents. James Cropper's grant share as of February 2024 was 49%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Packaging for container with hinged shell pieces and locking feature

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: James Cropper Plc

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11858689B2) discloses a unique packaging design for containers. The packaging consists of two shell pieces connected by a hinge and a fastener that resists both contraction and expansion. The fastener includes a clasp on one shell piece that fits over a catch on the other shell piece, with an extension portion on the second shell piece creating transition points for overlapping between the two pieces. Additionally, the design allows for the packaging to be molded to conform to the shape of the container, ensuring a secure fit.

Furthermore, the patent claims detail variations in the design, such as the inclusion of a flap on one shell piece with the clasp positioned on it, the use of a double hinge, and the formation of transition points where the overlapping of the shell pieces changes. The assembly described in the patent includes the packaging wrapped around a container, with the clasp covering the catch and the entire design molded to match the container's shape. These innovative features aim to provide a packaging solution that not only securely holds the container but also allows for easy opening and closing while maintaining its shape and structure.

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