Westrock has been granted a patent for a top engaging article carrier with different diameter openings on upper and lower panels. The carrier is designed for packaging articles securely. The invention aims to improve packaging efficiency and protection during transportation. GlobalData’s report on Westrock 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 Westrock, Multi-pack shrink wrapping was a key innovation area identified from patents. Westrock's grant share as of February 2024 was 41%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Patent granted for top engaging article carrier

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Westrock Co

The granted patent (Publication Number: US11919694B2) discloses a top engaging article carrier designed with an engaging panel consisting of an upper panel and a lower panel securely fastened together. The upper panel features at least one first top-engaging opening of a larger diameter compared to the second top-engaging opening on the lower panel. Both openings are circular with uninterrupted perimeters, ensuring secure placement of articles within the carrier.

Furthermore, the patent includes details on the formation of a package using the top engaging article carrier in combination with at least one article. The carrier is constructed with a hinged connection joining the upper and lower panels, allowing for easy access to the contents. The package is designed to accommodate articles with specific diameters, ensuring a snug fit within the carrier. Additionally, the patent covers the creation of blanks for forming multiple article carriers, each with frangible connections and fold lines for efficient assembly. The design of the blanks ensures that the top-engaging openings on the panels align correctly when folded, maintaining the structural integrity of the carriers.

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