AU646282B2 - Cigarette pack with partly removable innerframe - Google Patents

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AU646282B2
AU646282B2 AU82734/91A AU8273491A AU646282B2 AU 646282 B2 AU646282 B2 AU 646282B2 AU 82734/91 A AU82734/91 A AU 82734/91A AU 8273491 A AU8273491 A AU 8273491A AU 646282 B2 AU646282 B2 AU 646282B2
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    • BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
    • B65CONVEYING; PACKING; STORING; HANDLING THIN OR FILAMENTARY MATERIAL
    • B65DCONTAINERS FOR STORAGE OR TRANSPORT OF ARTICLES OR MATERIALS, e.g. BAGS, BARRELS, BOTTLES, BOXES, CANS, CARTONS, CRATES, DRUMS, JARS, TANKS, HOPPERS, FORWARDING CONTAINERS; ACCESSORIES, CLOSURES, OR FITTINGS THEREFOR; PACKAGING ELEMENTS; PACKAGES
    • B65D85/00Containers, packaging elements or packages, specially adapted for particular articles or materials
    • B65D85/07Containers, packaging elements or packages, specially adapted for particular articles or materials for compressible or flexible articles
    • B65D85/08Containers, packaging elements or packages, specially adapted for particular articles or materials for compressible or flexible articles rod-shaped or tubular
    • B65D85/10Containers, packaging elements or packages, specially adapted for particular articles or materials for compressible or flexible articles rod-shaped or tubular for cigarettes
    • B65D85/1081Inserts or accessories added or joined to the container, e.g. coins, pens, cards, spacers
    • BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
    • B65CONVEYING; PACKING; STORING; HANDLING THIN OR FILAMENTARY MATERIAL
    • B65DCONTAINERS FOR STORAGE OR TRANSPORT OF ARTICLES OR MATERIALS, e.g. BAGS, BARRELS, BOTTLES, BOXES, CANS, CARTONS, CRATES, DRUMS, JARS, TANKS, HOPPERS, FORWARDING CONTAINERS; ACCESSORIES, CLOSURES, OR FITTINGS THEREFOR; PACKAGING ELEMENTS; PACKAGES
    • B65D5/00Rigid or semi-rigid containers of polygonal cross-section, e.g. boxes, cartons or trays, formed by folding or erecting one or more blanks made of paper
    • B65D5/42Details of containers or of foldable or erectable container blanks
    • B65D5/4212Information or decoration elements, e.g. content indicators, or for mailing
    • B65D5/4233Cards, coupons, labels or the like formed separately from the container or lid
    • BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
    • B65CONVEYING; PACKING; STORING; HANDLING THIN OR FILAMENTARY MATERIAL
    • B65DCONTAINERS FOR STORAGE OR TRANSPORT OF ARTICLES OR MATERIALS, e.g. BAGS, BARRELS, BOTTLES, BOXES, CANS, CARTONS, CRATES, DRUMS, JARS, TANKS, HOPPERS, FORWARDING CONTAINERS; ACCESSORIES, CLOSURES, OR FITTINGS THEREFOR; PACKAGING ELEMENTS; PACKAGES
    • B65D5/00Rigid or semi-rigid containers of polygonal cross-section, e.g. boxes, cartons or trays, formed by folding or erecting one or more blanks made of paper
    • B65D5/42Details of containers or of foldable or erectable container blanks
    • B65D5/64Lids
    • B65D5/66Hinged lids
    • B65D5/6685Hinged lids formed by extensions hinged to the upper edge of a container body formed by erecting a blank to U-shape
    • B65D5/6691Hinged lids formed by extensions hinged to the upper edge of a container body formed by erecting a blank to U-shape the container being provided with an internal frame or the like for maintaining the lid in the closed position by friction

Description

P/00/011 Regulation 3.2 AUSTRALIA 4 2 PATENTS ACT 1990 COMPLETE SPECIFICATION FOR A STANDARD PATEIN1T

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!j i i i i r o 4)4)10 0 O 00 044 1 TO BE COMPLETED BY APPLICANT 0 Nime of Applicant: PHILIP MORRIS PRODUCTS INC Actual Inventor(s): Donald H. Evers 'AAdress for Service: CALLINAN LAWRIE, 278 High Street, Kew, 3101, Victoria, Australia 14 4 Invention Title: "CIGARETTE PACK WITH PARTLY REMOVABLE INNERFRAME" The following statement is a full description of this invention, including the best method of performing it known to me:- 1 4 4 a 0r 32759EP B SPEC3 -1A- CIGARETTE PACK WITH PARTLY REMOVABLE Ii' RFRAME Background of the Invention This invention relates to cigarette packs, and more particularly to cigarette packs in the form of boxes.

Cigarette packs in the form of boxes are extremely well known. One of the most popular forms of such boxes has a cardboard outer member which includes a lower main portion in which the rigarettes stand vertically. The upper portion is a cardboard lid which is often (although not always) hinged to the back of the main portion so that the upper ends of the cigarettes are exposed when the lid is tipped back. Such boxes typically have a cardboard innerframe inside the main portion and which extends up from the main portion under the lid to provide some interference with the lid as it opens and closes. This interference helps to keep the l.d firmly and neatly closed and reduces the risk that the lid will open accidentally. The cigarettes may be wrapped in aluminium foil inside the outer member and the inner frame.

«Cigarette packs of the foregoing type are relatively small and strong. The visible exterior surfaces are needed for brand-identifying information, contents specifications, warning 0f labels, etc. There is therefore no room on the outside of the pack for additional information such as promotional coupons, and even if such additional information could be put on the outside of the pack, it would be difficult for the consumer to free that information (such as a coupon) from the pack. Placing coupons or other information separately in the pack is disadvantageous because it necessitates additional processing steps and production equipment, because it may not be noticed by the consumer, etc. pre e e p It is an objcct of .thic i 4ntionAto provide a cigarette pack having an additional surface area which can be used for a 1* 00 coupon or other information and which, if desired, can be easily removable and either saved or discarded.

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rh' is The and other bjct of th inntion arc accomplished in accordance with the principles of the invention by providing a box-like cigarette pack in which the innerframe (which may otherwise be substantially conventional) has an extension which protrudes above the normal front cutout. This innerframe extension preferably (but not necessarily) continues up to and over the tops of the cigarettes in the box when the lid is first opened. (The cigarettes may be wrapped in foil inside the innerframe in the conventional manner).

In a first embodiment of the invention, the extension is an upper portion of the innerframe which is joined to the remainder of the innerframe along a line which is deliberately weakened to facilitate removal of the extension by tearing or separating along this line. Any desired information can be printed anywhere on either or both sides of this extension. Because in general the consumer cannot conveniently withdraw the first cigarette i until this extension (and ar.y underlying foil) has been removed, Sthe consumer cannot fail to see the information on the extension.

Any portion of the extension which initially covers the upper i ends of the cigarettes can be easily made rectangular, which is a i convenient shape for a coupon. Alternatively, the "coupon" /i portion of the extension may have any of a wide variety of other shapes. A second (preferably stronger) line of weakness may be provided in the extension to facilitate separation of any "coupon" portion from the remainder of the extension. The extension or any portion of it makes an excellent coupon because it is relatively stiff innerframe cardboard.

In accordance with a second embodiment of the invention, the innerframe has an initially lower portion which is folded up either along the inside or the outside of the inne'frame so that part of the initially lower portion extends above the normal front cutout of the innerframe where it cannot fail to be seen by the consumer when the lid of the pack is first opened. All or part of the folded-up portion of the innerframe is preferably joined to the remainder of the innerframe by a line of weakness to facilitate removal of the material beyond the line of -2weakness. For example, this line of weakness may be formed by perforations and/or partial scoring. In a particularly preferred embodiment, this line of weakness is also the line along which the folded-up portion is folded. The line of weakness thereby also facilitates folding the. innerframe at the desired location, and the entire folded-up portion is removal by the consumer.

This provides the largest additional surface area for use as a coupon or for other information. The folded-up portion (or at least that part which is beyond the above-mentioned line of weakness) may be printed, embossed, and/or debossed on either or both sides with any desired information.

Further features of the invention, its nature and various advantages will be more apparent from the accompanying drawings and the following detailed description of the preferred embodiments.

Brief Description of the Drawings Fig. 1 is an isometric view of a cigarette pack of an illustrative type with which this invention can be employed.

Fig. 2 is a front view of the pack of Fig. 1 with the top or lid pivoted back.

Fig. 3 is a top view of the pack of Fig. 1 with the top or lid pivoted back.

Fig. 4 shows an innerframe blank configured in accordance with a first embodiment of this invention.

Fig. 5 is a view similar to Fig. 2 but showing a pack having an innerframe of the type shown in Fig, 4.

:i Fig. 6 is a view similar to Fig. 3 but showing a pack having an innerframe of the type shown in Fig. 4.

4 A1( Fig. 7 is an illustrative innerframe blank configures in accordance with a second embodiment of this invention.

Fig. 8 shows the innerframe blank of Fig. 5 with an initially lower portion folded up along what will be the inner surface of the innerframe in the finished pack.

Fig. 9 shows the innerframe blank of Fig. 7 with the above-mentioned lower portion folded up along what will be the outer surface of the innerframe in the finished pack.

-3- Fig. 10 is a view similar to Fig. 2 but showing a pack having an innerframe of the type shown in Fig. 7.

Fig. 11 is a view similar to Fig. 7 showing an alternative innerframe blank configures in accordance with this invention.

Fig. 12 is a view similar to Fig. 8 for the alternative innerframe blank of Fig. 11.

Fig. 13 is a view similar to Fig. 7 showing a further alternative innerframe blank configured in accordance with this invention.

Fig. 14 is a view similar to Fig. 8 for the further alternative innerfraie blank of Fig. 13.

Detailed Description of the Preferred Embodiments As shown in Fig. 1, the conventional hinged-lid, box-type, crush-resistant cigarette pack 10 includes an outer member 12, formed of a substantially stiff material, such as 0.25-0.35mm (.010-.014 inch) thick paperboard or cardboard. Outer member 12 has a lower main portion 14 and an upper lid portion 16. Main portion 14 has a front wall 20, a left side wall 22, a right side wall 24, a rear wall 26, and a bottom wall 28. Lid 16 has similar front 20a, left side 22a, right side 24a, and rear 26a walls which respectively function as continuations of the similarly named main portion walls when the lid is closed as shown in Fig. 1. In addition, lid 16 has a top wall 30. Lid 16 is typically hinged to main portion 14 along hinge line 32 where rear walls 26 and 26a meet one another. When lid 16 is tipped all the way back along hinge line 32, the pack has the appearance shown in Fig. 2 when viewed from the front, or as shown in Fig. 3 when viewed from the top.

Figs. 2 and 3 reveal the innerframe 38 which is conventionally included inside at least the upper portion of main portion 14. Innerframe 38 is formed of a substantially stiff material, such as 0.25-0.35mm (.010-.014 inch) 4 thick paperboard or cardboard. Innerframe 38 includes a front wall 40, a left side wall 42, and a right side wall 44. Innerframe 38 is positioned in contact with Slower main portion 14, and is typically glued to lower main portion 14 to secure the innerframe in place. The central upper portion of innerframe front wall 40 has a depression or cutout to facilitate consumer access to the upper ends of the cigarettes 18 in the pack.

Typically, cigarettes 18 are wrapped in relatively thin and flexible metal aluminum) foil (not shown) inside innerframe 38. Such a foil ;i wrapper, when intact, serves to contain the cigarettes ji through the packing process, to protect the cigarettes, i to provide an oil barrier between the cigarettes and i 15 the innerframe and outer member, and to retain moisture in the cigarettes. The upper front portion of this foil wrapper may be removed by the consumer when he or she opens the pack.

An upper portion of each of innerframe front wall 40, left side wall 42, and right side wall 44 projects above lower main portion 14 and remains unattached to any other portion of the cigarette pack outside the innerframe. When lid 16 is closed, it fits i, down over and completely covers the portion of innerframe 38 which projects above main portion 14, remaining adjacent yet unattached to the innerframe.

SInnerframe 38 interferes somewhat with lid 16 as the lid is opened and closed. This interference helps to keep lid 16 neatly closed and reduces the risk of the pack opening by accident. Retention cuts (not shown) known to the art, such as shown in U.S. patent 4,216,898, may also be included on innerframe 38 to provide additional interference.

An illustrative innerframe blank 138 in accordance with this invention is shown in FIG. 4.

5 Similar reference numbers are used in FIGS. 4-6 for elements which are similar or related to innerframe elements described above. Innerframe blank 138, formed of a substantially stiff material such as described above for innerframe 38, includes a front wall panel which is extended upwardly (above line 41) to include an extended front wall panel 40a and a top wall panel (separated from panel 40a by line 51). I nnerframe blank 138 also includes left wall panel 42 and right wall panel 44. To facilitate folding panels 42 and 44 back, the blank may be weakened scored and/or perforated along lines 43 and 45). Blank 138 is also oo0 weakened by extensive cuts or perforations) along line 41. As will be described in more detail ooo 15 below, this helps the consumer remove panels 40a and 0 when he or she first opens the pack. Blank 138 is also oO preferably weakened scored or perforated) along line 51 at least to facilitate folding panel 50 back toward the rear of the pack over the top of the cigarettes as the pack is made up. In addition, this weakening along line 51 may be such as to facilitate consumer separation of panels 40a and 50 so that a coupon or the like printed on panel 50 can be saved, Swhile more irregularly shaped panel 40a is discarded).

i 25 If only folding along line 51 is desired because qthere is no "coupon" or because panels.40a and Stogether comprise the "coupon"), then the blank may be merely scored along that line. On the other hand, if panel separation along line 51 is desired, then cuts and/or perforations may be used along line 51. In any event, the weakening of blank 138 along line 51 is preferably less than the weakening along line 41 so that panels 40a and 50 tend to come out of t.s pack together. Thereafter, panels 40a and 50 can be separated along line 51 if desired.

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As suggested by the letters XXX and YYY in FIGS. 4-6, either or both of panels 40a and 50 may be printed on either or both sides with any desired information. For example, panel 50 may be printed with coupon or promotional information, while panel 40a may be printed with a suggestion that panel 50 be torn off and saved. The back side of any portion to be saved may be printed with required dealer copy. Printing may be placed on the innerframe at any time before or after the innerframes are cut to their final individual shape). A special eye mark may be included in printing applied prior to cutting to help register the cutting with the printing.

It will be noted that the innerframe design shov,. Ln FIG. 4 permits continuous cutoff of innerframes from a roll of material with no scrap or waste.

FIGS. 5 and 6 are respectively similar to FIGS. 2 and 3, but show a cigarette pack with innerframe 138 prior to removal of panels 40a and Except for the use of a differently shaped innerframe 138, the pack shown in FIGS. 5 and 6 may be exactly as described above in connection with FIGS. 1-3. In particular, the outer member of the pack shown in FIGS. 5 and 6 may be the same as the outer member 12 described above, and the cigarettes may be wrapped in foil inside the innerframe as described above. As can be seen in FIGS. 5 and 6, panels 40 and 40a are inside and/or extend up from front wall 20. Panels 42 and 44 are respectively inside and extend up from left and right side walls 22 and 24. Panel 50 extends over the top of the cigarettes in the pack (outside any inner foil wrapper around the cigarettes). Innerframe 138 is entirely outside any inner foil wrapper around the cigarettes. Innerframe 138 is typically immediately -7 inside outer member components 14 and 16 and may be glued to the main portion 14 of the outer member.

However, no portion of innerframe 138 above main portion 14 is attached in any way to any portion of the outer member to lid portion 16). Panels 40a and are also preferably free from any attachment to anything inside the innerframe such as any foil wrapped around the cigarettes. Innerframe 138 provides the same interference with the opening and closing of lid 16 as does innerframe 38, as described above.

Although FIGS. 5 and 6 show the pack with top 16 open, it will be appreciated that the top opens and closes exactly as shown in FIGS. 1-3 and described above. As in the prior art, when the top of the pack I 15 shown in FIGS. 5 and 6 is closed, the outer member of the pack completely encloses and obscures i innerframe 138 without lid 16 being attached to innerframe 138. Accordingly, when the pack shown in FIGS. 5 and 6 is closed, it looks exactly as shown in I 20 FIG. 1.

When the consumer of a pack having an jinnerframe of the type shown in FIG. 4 first opens the pack, he or she sees what is shown in FIGS. 5 and 6.

S In order to conveniently remove a cigarette from the pack, the consumer must first remove innerframe cardboard panels 40a and 50. This is both readily apparent to the consumer from, and facilitated by, the visible weakening along line 41. The printing on the innerframe may also suggest removal of these panels.

After panels 40a and 50 have been removed, the pack looks exactly as shown in FIGS. 2 and 3 and is thereafter the same as a conventional pack. Also after removal from the pack, panels 40a and 50 can be separated from one another so that panel 50 can be saved, while panel 40a is discarded as described 8 above), or panels 40a and 50 may remain together for discard or retention as a unit. Because panels 40a and 50 are cardboard, they make an excellent coupon.

Although panel 50 is shown as a rectangle, it will be appreciated that it can have other shapes such as a scalloped 'i edge, an oval, etc. Also, line 41 can be moved down from the |I location shown in the drawings to increase the size of panel in the event that additional copy area is required. On the other Ihand, if less copy area is required, panel 50 can be eliminated entirely.

I Although innerframe 138 is described as being suitable for containing additional printed information, because it more !j completely covers the upper ends of the cigarettes, it may be ij used as a dust cover, a substitute for foil wrapping of the i cigarettes in the area covered by the innerframe.

An illustrative innerframe blank 138 in accordance with a second embodiment of this invention is shown in Fig. 7. Similar reference numbers are used in subsequent Figs. for elements which are similar or relates to innerframe elements described above.

SInnerframe blank 138 includes a front wall panel 40 having an initially lower portion 40a, a left wall panel 42, and a right wall panel 44. To facilitate folding panels 42 and 44, the blank |9 may be weakened scored and/or perforated) along line 43 and Blank 138 is also extensively weakened or preferably cut through along vertical line 41a and 41b located along each side of lower portion 40a. Another line of weakness 41c is provided in blank 138 above lower portion 40a. Cuts 41a and 41b and line of weakness 41c facilitate folding initially lower portion 40a up along line 41c as shown in Fig. 8 or 9. In Fig. 8 initially S-9-

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fi lower portion 40a is folded behind the remainder of i rblank 138. In the alternative embodiment shown in iFIG. 9, on the other hand, initially lower portion is folded up in front of the remainder of the blank.

5 In addition, to facilitating folding along line 41c, the weakening of this line may be such as to facilitate removal of portion 40a from a finished pack by 'separation along line 41c. Alternatively, line 41c may be made relatively strong and another weaker line (not shown) may be provided across portion 40a between line 41c and the opposite edge 51 of that portion. In that event only the part of portion 40a beyond this other line of weakness is removed from the finished pack by the consumer.

As can be seen in FIG. 8 or 9, the line 41c along which portion 40a is folded up is preferably high enough so that a significant part of portions projects above the upper edge of the front wall of main pack portion 14, and also preferably above the loer edge of the cutout conventionally provided by the top edge of the innerframe. Indeed, portion 40a may even extend over all or a portion of the tops of the cigarettes in the finished pack as shown, for example, in FIGS. 13 and 14 which are discussed in detail below.

On the other hand, the line 41c along which portion is folded up is preferably below the upper edge of the front wall of main pack portion 14 so that line 41c is not visible in the finished pack. In the embodiments shown in FIGS.7-10, portion 40a, when folded up, extends approximately to the top of the innerframe which is at or near the upper ends of the cigarettes in the finished pack.

One or both sides of portion 40a may be printed, embossedf and/or debossed with any desired information as suggested by the phantom letters ABC and 10 y' 'c DEF in the FIGS. Preferably at least some of this information is visible to the consumer when the top of the pack is first opened. The then-visible information may include a suggestion that the consumer remove portion 40a from the pack. When that is done, additional information on portion 40a may become visible to the consumer. The removed portion may be a convenient size and shape for a coupon or coupon-like article. Note that by projecting up into the cutout in the top of the innerframe, portion 40a is not only highly visible to the consumer when the pack is opened, but the consumer is also encouraged to remove portion tl 40a by the fact that until removed it tends to interfere with the usual easy removal of cigarettes from the pack.

Printing, embossing, and/or debossing may be placed on portion 40a at any time before or after the innerframes are cut to their final individual shape). A special eye mark may be included in printing j 20 applied prior to cutting to help register the cutting with the printing. It will be noted that the innerframe design shown in FIG. 7 permits continuous i| vertical cu+ .ff of innerframes from a roll of material SI with no scr. p or waste.

FIG. 10 is similar to FIG. 2 but shows a cigarette pack with an innerframe 138 in accordance with this invention prior to removal of portion Although in the pack shown in FIG. 10 innerframe portion is folded up as shown in FIG. 8, it will be understood that portion 40a could alternatively be folded up as shown in FIG. 8 if desired. As can be seen in FIG. 10, panels 40 and 40a are inside and/or extend up from front wall 20. Panels 42 and 44 are respectively inside and extend up from left and right side walls 22 and 24. Panel 40a extends up into the 11 I innerframe cutout conventionally provided in front of the tops of the cigarettes where it is clearly visible, easily grasped for removal, and a possible impediment to easy withdrawal of the first cigarette until removed. Innerframe 138 is preferably glued inside the main portion 14 of the pack by gluing innerframe panels 42 and 44 to pack side walls 22 and 24, respectively). If desired, 4 he portion of the innerframe to be removed may be glued to the foil pull tab conventionally provided on the upper portion of the-foil wrapped around the cigarettes as mentioned above. The removable portion of the innerframe then Sa comes out of the pack when the foil pull tab is pulled.

i Although FIG. 10 shows the pack with top 16 open, it will be appreciated that the top opens and closes exactly as shown in FIGS. 1-3 and described 'above. As in the prior art, when the top of the pack Si shown in FIG. 10 is closed, the outer member of the pack completely encloses and obscures innerframe 138.

Accordingly when the pack of FIG. 10 is closed, it looks exactly as shown in FIG. 1.

When the consumer of a pack having an innerframe of the type shown in FIG. 7 first opens the pack, he or she sees what is shown in FIG, 10. In order S' 25 to most conveniently remove a cigarette from the pack, the consumer must first remove panel 40a. This may be made especially apparent to the consumer by printing .n panel 40a or elsewhere on the innerframe or pack.

After panel 40a has been removed, the pack looks exactly as shown in FIGS. 2 and 3 and is thereafter functionally the same as a conventional pack.

Although panel 40a is shown in the'drawings as a rectangle, it will be appreciated that it can have other shapes such as a scalloped edge, a rounded edge, an arrowhead shaped edge, etc.

12 L Various techniques can be employed to enlarge the removable portion of the innerframe in accordance with this invention if desired. For example, FIGS. 11 and 12 show an alternative embodiment 238 in which the line of weakness 41c along which the initially lower portion of the innerframe blank is folded up and subsequently torn out extends all the way across the blank. Cut lines 41a and 41b are not needed in this embodiment. Accordingly, the removable portion of the innerframe includes the initially lower portion 40a of front panel 40, as well as the initially lower portions 42a and 44a of side panels 42 and 44.

FIGS. 13 and 14 show another alternative embodiment 338 in which the initially lower portion 15 of front panel 40 is large enough so that a part Iof that portion can be folded back over the tops of the cigarettes in the finished pack. Portion 40a can be nenlarged in this manner either by extending it down (as shown in FIG. 13) or by raising fold line 41c. Longer cigarettes facilitate adoption of the latter alternative. The alternative shown in FIG. 10 may have the disadvantage that the upper and lower margins of the innerframe blank are not exadtly complementary, so there will be some scrap innerframe material with thii particular design. An additional line of weakness 41d is provided to facilitate folding part 40a' back over the tops of the cigarettes.

It will be understood that the foregoing is merely illustrative of the principles of this invention, and that various modifications can be made by those skilled in the art without departing from the scope and spirit of the invention. For example, lid 16 may be either integral with main portion 14 or glued to main portion 14 by a tab. The lid of the pack may also slide on and off over the innerframe rather than 13 pivoting open and closed. As with the lid and the main portion of the outer box member, the folding or removable portion 40a of the innerframe 40, instead of being divided from the remainder of the innerframe by a folding or partially cut line, may be completely severed therefrom by a continuous cut line (or indeed separately supplied) and united therewith by a glued tab or other connecting element.

It will also be appreciated that the principles of this invention can be applied to cigarette packs of any size (e.g.

packs of 6, 10, 14, 20 (as shown in the drawings), 25, etc.

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Claims (21)

1. A cigarette pack comprising an outer box member formed of relatively stiff material and including a front wall of reduced height such that its upper edge is below the tops of cigarettes in the pack; and an innerframe member also formed of relatively stiff material and including a front wall at least partly disposed inside said outer member front wall, wherein the front wall of said relatively stiff innerframe member is formed with a dividing line which is located below the top edge of the innerframe member and defines a detachable portion attached to the remainder of the innerframe member along said line, said detachable portion extending above the upper edge of the outer member front wall and being free from attachment to any part of said pack other than to the remainder of said 0000 innerframe member along said line. O 0
2. A cigarette pack according to claim 1, wherein said innerframe member front wall is weakened along said dividing line whereby said portion can easily be :0:00: torn away and thereby removed from the pack.
3. A cigarette pack according to claim 2, wherein said innerframe front wall is weakened along said line by being cut through along most but not all of said line. *o 0
4. A cigarette pack according to claim 2 or claim 3, wherein said weakened .Vo0.: line defines an upper portion of said innerframe front wall adjoining the top edge 000o00 thereof whereby said upper portion can be easily torn completely out of the pack. A cigarette pack according to claim 4, wherein said line extends substantially between the side vertical edges of said innerframe front wall.
6. A cigarette pack according to claim 5, wherein at said side vertical edges, said line is near said top edge, but between said vertical edges, said line drops away from said top edge to define to facilitate removal of the material Deyona tne iine or 7 h 2 a cutout at the top of the remainder of the innerframe front wall which, when said portion of said innerframe front wall is torn out, facilitates withdrawal of cigarettes from said pack.
7. A cigarette pack according to claims 4, 5 or 6, wherein said line is above the upper edge of the outer member front wall.
8. A cigarette pack according to claims 4 to 7, wherein the distance from the bottom of said outer box member to said top edge is substantially the length of a cigarette to be packed, and wherein said innerframe member additionally has an innerframe top wall extending from said top edge toward the rear wall of said pack.
9. A cigarette pack according to claim 8, wherein said innerframe member is additionally weakened along said, top edge to facilitate separation of said innerframe top wall from said portion. 1i 10. A cigarette pack according to claim 9 wherein said innerframe front wall is weakened to a greater extent along said line than along said top edge.
11. A cigarette pack according to claims 4 to 10 wherein said portion of said innerframe front wall and/or said innerframe top wall, where present, is or are printed with predetermined indicia.
12. A cigarette pack according to claim 1, wherein said innerframe portion is provided by an initially lower portion of said innerframe front wall which is folded up parallel to the remainder of said front wall along said dividing line so that an upper part of said folded-up portion extends above said upper edge of said outer member front wall.
13. A cigarette pack according to claim 12 wherein said line of folding is below the upper edge of said outer member front wall. 16
14. A cigarette pack according to claim 12 or 13 wherein the remainder of said innerframe member front wall has a top edge which is above the upper edge of said outer member front wall but below the tops of the cigarettes in the pack. A cigarette pack according to claim 14 wherein the upper part of said folded-up portion extends above said top edge of said innerframe member front wall.
16. A cigarette pack according to claims 12 to 15 wherein the upper part of said innerframe member is joined to the balance of said innerframe member along a line which has been weakened to facilitate removal of said upper part from said pack.
17. A cigarette pack according to claim 16, wherein said folded-up portion is folded up along said weakened line. I I
18. A cigarette pack according to claims 12 to 17 wherein said folded up portion extends over the tops of the cigarettes.
19. A cigarette pack according to claims 12 to 18 wherein said innerframe member includes left and right side panels extending resperctively from left and right side edges of said innerframe front wall toward the rear of said pack inside the side walls thereof, and each of said side panels includes an initially lower portion which is folded up parallel to the remainder of the respective panels. A cigarette pack according to claims 12 to 19 wherein said folded-up portion is printed with predetermined indicia.
21. A cigarette pack according to any preceding claim wherein the cigarettes ±i said pack are wrapped in a foil wrapper inside said innerframe member, said foil wrapper having a removable upper portion to which the upper portion of said innerframe front wall is adherent.
22. A cigarette pack according to any preceding claim and 17 18 further comprising a lid member, preferably hinged to the rear wall of said box member, which fits over the part of said innerframe member which extends above said upper edge of said outer member front wall to dose said pack.
23. A cigarette pack according to claim 22, wherein said innerframe member is not attached to said lid member but interferes with it to partially inhibit opening of the lid.
24. A cigarette pack according to any one of the preceding claims, wherein said outer member, said innerframe, and a lid member when present, are all formed from paperboard or card having a thickness between 0.25 and 0.35 mm $i (.010 and .014 inch). A cigarette pack according to any one of claims 21 to 24, wherein said foil wrapper is relatively flexible.
26. A cigarette pack, substantially as described with reference to Figs 4 to 6, Figs. 7 to 10, Figs. 11 and 12 or Figs. 13 and 14 herein. according to any one of the preceding claims. s DATED this 29th day of October 1993. j PHILIP MORRIS PRODUCTS INC. By their Patent Attorneys: CALLINAN LAWRIE 0 h II., \L^
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