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Title:
RESEALABLE POUCH FOR PACKAGING
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2017/185185
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
A bag has a recloseable fastener, a bottom and, for each side, a flap. The flap has side edges that are sealed to side edges of the bag, the flap being sized and dimensioned such that the flap lies flush against the side of the bag except when stretched or drawn apart therefrom, the flap being disposed intermediate the recloseable fastener and the bottom. The fastener is adapted such that the amount of force necessary to separate the components, when such force is applied to interiors of the walls at a position between the fastener and the bottom and adjacent the fastener, is greatly exceed by the amount of force necessary to separate the components: when such force is applied to the walls adjacent the upper edge; and when such force is applied to the free edges of the flaps.

Inventors:
JOHNSTON, Glenn (4001 Dufferin Street, Toronto, Ontario M3H 5R4, M3H 5R4, CA)
Application Number:
CA2017/050518
Publication Date:
November 02, 2017
Filing Date:
April 28, 2017
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
JOHNSTON, Glenn (4001 Dufferin Street, Toronto, Ontario M3H 5R4, M3H 5R4, CA)
International Classes:
B65D33/20
Domestic Patent References:
2002-01-17
2014-05-01
Foreign References:
US5931582A1999-08-03
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
RIDOUT & MAYBEE LLP et al. (5500 North Service Road, Suite 101Burlington, Ontario L7L 6W6, L5N 1P7, CA)
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Claims:
An improved resealable bag of the type having : a pair of walls, each defining a side of the bag, the walls being joined to one another to define a pair of spaced apart side edges of the bag between which side edges the walls each extend, a bottom from which the walls extend and an upper edge to which the walls extend; for each of the walls and operatively secured thereto, proximal to and spaced from the upper edge, a component, the components mating with one another to define a recloseable press-to-seal fastener, the improvement comprising : for each side of the bag, a flap, the flap having side edges that are sealed to the side edges of the bag, the flap being sized and dimensioned such that the flap lies flush against the side of the bag except when stretched or drawn apart therefrom, the flap being disposed intermediate the

recloseable fastener and the bottom; and the fastener being adapted such that the amount of force necessary to separate the components, when such force is applied to interiors of the walls at a position between the fastener and the bottom and adjacent the fastener, is greatly exceed by the amount of force necessary to separate the components: when such force is applied to the walls adjacent the upper edge; and when such force is applied to the free edges of the flaps. The bag according to claim 1, wherein the bag is adapted such that, when the bag is occluded by the closure, application of force to the interiors of the walls, at said position between the fastener and the bottom and adjacent the fastener, requires portions of the wall to be doubled up.

The bag according to claim 2, wherein the walls are constructed of material that is relatively stretch-resistant and the bag is constructed such that said portions of the wall cannot be doubled up as aforesaid without substantial stretching of the bag.

The bag according to claim 1, further comprising, for each wall of the bag, a strip, the strip extending between the side edges of the bag and having a pair of edges, each edge extending between the side edges of the bag and being secured to the wall.

The bag according to claim 4, wherein each component is secured to the wall for which it is provided by attachment to the strip provided for said each wall, the component being disposed in offset relation between the edges of the strip such that it is further from the edge of the strip that is nearest to the bottom of the bag.

The bag according to claim 5, wherein each component has a pair of hooks and a barrier, one of the components being arranged such that the barrier lies between the hooks and the upper edge and such that the hooks open towards the upper edge; the other of the components being arranged such that the hooks lie between the barrier and the upper edge and such that the hooks open away from the upper edge, the hooks and barriers being shaped and dimensioned such that, when the components are mated, to occlude the bag, the spaces between the hooks and the barrier of the one component are substantially occupied by the hooks of the other component, and; the spaces between the hooks and the barrier of the other component and substantially occupied by the hooks of the one component.

The bag according to claim 5, wherein one of the components is secured to the strip by a flange, the components being shaped and dimensioned such that, when the components are mated, to occlude the bag, a majority of the components are positioned between the flange and the upper edge.

Description:
RESEALABLE POUCH FOR PACKAGING

FIELD OF THE INVENTION

The invention relates to the field of drug packaging .

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

Known packaging is either relatively expensive to produce or unsuitable for use with drugs.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

Forming one aspect of the invention is an improved resealable bag of the type having : a pair of walls, each defining a side of the bag, the walls being joined to one another to define a pair of spaced apart side edges of the bag between which side edges the walls each extend, a bottom from which the walls extend and an upper edge to which the walls extend ; for each of the walls and operatively secured thereto, proximal to and spaced from the upper edge, a component, the components mating with one another to define a recloseable press-to-seal fastener. The improvement comprises: for each side of the bag, a flap, the flap having side edges that are sealed to the side edges of the bag, the flap being sized and dimensioned such that the flap lies flush against the side of the bag except when stretched or drawn apart therefrom, the flap being disposed intermediate the

recloseable fastener and the bottom; and the fastener being adapted such that the amount of force necessary to separate the components, when such force is applied to interiors of the walls at a position between the fastener and the bottom and adjacent the fastener, is greatly exceed by the amount of force necessary to separate the components: (i) when such force is applied to the walls adjacent the upper edge; and (ii) when such force is applied to the free edges of the flaps.

According to another aspect of the invention, the bag can be adapted such that, when the bag is occluded by the closure, application of force to the interiors of the walls, at said position between the fastener and the bottom and adjacent the fastener, requires portions of the wall to be doubled up.

According to another aspect of the invention, the walls can be constructed of material that is relatively stretch-resistant and the bag is constructed such that said portions of the wall cannot be doubled up as aforesaid without substantial stretching of the bag.

According to another aspect of the invention, the bag can further comprise, for each wall of the bag, a strip, the strip extending between the side edges of the bag and having a pair of edges, each edge extending between the side edges of the bag and being secured to the wall. According to another aspect of the invention, each component can be secured to the wall for which it is provided by attachment to the strip provided for said each wall, the component being disposed in offset relation between the edges of the strip such that it is further from the edge of the strip that is nearest to the bag bottom.

According to another aspect of the invention, each component can have a pair of hooks and a barrier, one of the components being arranged such that the barrier lies between the hooks and the upper edge and such that the hooks open towards the upper edge; the other of the components being arranged such that the hooks lie between the barrier and the upper edge and such that the hooks open away from the upper edge, the hooks and barriers being shaped and dimensioned such that, when the components are mated, to occlude the bag, (i) the spaces between the hooks and the barrier of the one component are substantially occupied by the hooks of the other component, and (ii) the spaces between the hooks and the barrier of the other component and substantially occupied by the hooks of the one component.

According to another aspect of the invention, one of the components can be secured to the strip by a flange, the components being shaped and dimensioned such that, when the components are mated, to occlude the bag, a majority of the components are positioned between the flange and the upper edge. Advantages, details and characteristics of the present invention will become apparent upon a review of the following detailed description with reference to the appended drawings, the latter being described briefly hereinafter.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG 1 is a side view of the bag

FIG 1A is a perspective view of the bag FIG IB is a perspective view of the bag

FIG 2 is a view along section 2-2 of FIG 1

FIG 2A is an enlarged view of encircled structure 2A of FIG. 2

FIG 3 is a view showing the walls of the bag at the upper edge drawn apart

FIG 3A is an enlarged view of encircled structure 3A of FIG 3

FIG 4 is a view showing the flaps of the bag drawn apart by the edges

FIG 4A is an enlarged view of encircled structure 4A of FIG. 4 FIG 5 is a view showing thumbs inserted beneath the flaps to double up the walls

FIG 5A is an enlarged view of encircled area 5A of FIG. 5 FIG 5B is a view similar to FIG. 5A showing the components of the closure separated from one another. RESEALABLE POUCH

The bag 20 is shown in FIGS. 1-5B and will be understood to be of the stand up pouch type having a gusseted bottom 22. FIG. 1 shows the bag laid flat. FIG. IB shows the bottom 22 of the bag spread apart for use.

The bag 20 will be seen to be of the type having : a pair of walls 29, each defining a side of the bag, the walls being joined to one another to define a pair of spaced apart side edges 25 of the bag between which side edges the walls each extend, the bottom 22, from which the walls extend and an upper edge 26 to which the walls extend; for each of the walls 29 and operatively secured thereto, proximal to and spaced from the upper edge, a component 24A, 24B the components mating with one another to define a recloseable press-to-seal fastener 24. The recloseable fastener 24 is disposed proximal to the upper edge 26 of the bag. The components 24A, 24B are each secured to a respective strip 28A, 28B which in turn are secured to the walls 29 of the bag. One of the components 24B is secured to its respective strip 28B by a flange 30. The components 24A, 24B are offset in their respective strips towards the upper edge 26 of the bag, so as to render the components more susceptible to pivotal movement relative to the bag walls in one direction than the other. Each component has a pair of hooks 29 and a barrier 30, one of the components 24A being arranged such that the barrier lies between the hooks and the upper edge and such that the hooks open towards the upper edge; the other of the components 24B being arranged such that the hooks lie between the barrier and the upper edge and such that the hooks open away from the upper edge, the hooks and barriers being shaped and dimensioned such that, when the components are mated, to occlude the bag, (i) the spaces between the hooks and the barrier of the one component are substantially occupied by the hooks of the other component, and (ii) the spaces between the hooks and the barrier of the other component and substantially occupied by the hooks of the one component.

A pair of flaps 34 are formed on the sides of the bag, intermediate the

recloseable fastener 24 and the bottom 22. The side edges of the flaps are sealed to the side edges of the bag, such that flaps 34 lie substantially flush against the sides of the bag except when stretched or drawn apart.

The fastener 24 can, with great strength and effort, be opened by drawing the upper edges of the bag apart, or by pulling the flaps apart.

However, the application of modest levels of strength to the upper edge or the edges of the flaps does not unseal the closure :

• modest force application to the upper edge is shown in the sequence of FIGS. 2A, 3A

• modest force application to the edges of the flaps is shown in the

sequence of FIGS. 2A, 4A

The only manner in which modest applications of strength unseal the bag is shown in the sequence of FIGS. 5A, 5B. Here, it will be seen that the user who forces the thumbs deeply into the bag, slightly doubling up the bag sides, to enable the thumbs to be positioned immediately adjacent the closure 24, can unseal the closure with a rotation motion. The bag has been found to be compliant with ASTM 3475-16.

The walls 29 and closure 24 of the bag are constructed of material suitable to render the bag, when closed, opaque, moisture proof, odour proof, child resistant and sterile. A suitable material for the walls has been found to be a composite having a 2mm polyethylene inner layer and a 0.5mm metalized polyester outer layer.

Whereas a specific embodiment is herein shown and described, variations are possible. For example, whereas a double hook closure is shown, single hook closures could be utilized. As well, whereas a specific composite is mentioned, other films can be used. Further, whereas a specific thumb-finger arrangement is described for closure, persons with sufficient dexterity have been known to open the bag with fingers inserted in the flaps and thumbs external to the flaps. As well, whereas it will be evident to persons of ordinary skill that the bag will have utility in the context of drugs, other uses are possible. Accordingly, the invention should be understood to be limited only by the accompanying claims, purposively construed.