FIELD OF THE INVENTION
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
This invention relates to the field of tissue packages comprising a
dispenser. Specifically, the present invention is concerned with a dispenser for
sequential dispensing of wet tissues that project above the top of the dispenser
when the preceding tissue is removed.
Tissues, as known in the art, may be supplied in a dry form, blotted
with lotion or in a moistened form. Such tissues are typically formed of a
fabric sheet such as a non-woven fabric and may further be impregnated with
a chemical or a combination of chemical agents. Tissues are used for various
purposes, e.g. cleaning purposes. freshening one's face and the like.
The terms "wet tissues", "damp tissues" and "soaked tissues" may be
interchangeably used to denote tissues blotted with a liquid chemical agent
such as perfume, cleaning agents, etc., provided in a moistened form.
The containing vessels typically used for tissues, and especially for
moistened or wet tissues, may be divided into one of two types. The first type
is a rigid or semi-rigid container, made of molded plastic or of carton and
containing folded or rolled tissues. A second type is a flexible bag made of an
airtight film. These packets are usually provided with a dispenser comprising
an opening through which tissues are removed individually by the user.
However, in some cases, no dispenser is provided.
U.S. 3,021,002 as well as other patents, discloses an early type of
dispensers, being of "reach-in" type. These dispensers required that the user
inserts his/her fingers through the dispense opening, and pull a tissue
The next type of dispensers was the sequential dispenser, also known
as "pop-up" dispensers. These dispensers allow the user to hold and pull an
exposed portion of the tissue which extends through and above an opening in
the dispenser, without having to insert his/her fingers through that opening.
Pulling a tissue through this type of a dispenser leads also to the pulling of a
portion of the next tissue through that opening. This portion, in turn, is used
as the leading edge for pulling the next tissue.
Tissues in a package comprising this type of a dispenser, are folded
against one another in a variety of configurations, or sequentially attached to
one another by perforated attachment, allowing that the withdrawal of one
tissue will result in pulling a portion of the subsequent one. An example of a
tissue-dispensing package that is provided with an opening that constricts the
tissues as they are withdrawn through that opening is described in
Ever since the introduction of this type of dispensers, various
modifications have been suggested in the art. Examples of such modifications
include among others, attachment of the tissues to the removable top of the
container, whereby the first tissue is pulled through the dispensing opening
when the box is opened. Other lines of modifications relate to the bag type
vessels that are made of a laminate. These bags contain an opening in the
laminate to allow the pulling of tissues through.
In order to prevent exposing these tissues to the ambient, e.g. to
prevent the blotted chemicals of wet tissues from evaporating, rendering them
non-effective, the bag type vessel is provided with an adhesive, sealingly
mounted onto its opening.
Furthermore, a dispenser for this type of a vessel usually comprises a
pick-up port adapted to cooperate with the vessel's opening and a sealing lid
to ensure that even after removing the adhesive from the vessel, thereby
exposing the packet of tissues to ambient, still the packet will be sealed when
not in use.
Several attempts were made to improve such devices, among which is
a packet having a lid formed of an airtight film stuck on a pre-cut portion for
covering it by means of adhesive applied on the back surface of the lid. Thus,
when the lid is pulled up upon unsealing, the pre-cut portion is pulled up
together with the lid, to be separated from the pick-up portion and to open this
portion. However, since this lid a repeatedly opened and closed, the adhesive
surface performance deteriorates rapidly by accumulating dust and dirt
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
U.S. 5,582,294, in an attempt to overcome the above disadvantages,
disclosed a packet suitable for use with wet tissues, which comprises a bag
formed of airtight film, and a lid unit mounted during the bag film
manufacturing process on an opening in the bag. The lid unit includes a
pick-up port enabling pop-up of a wet tissue, and a lid body capable of sealing
the pick-up port. The pick-up port described in this patent comprises a center
opening, two end openings and two narrow passages connecting the center
opening with the end openings.
One object of the invention is to provide an improved device for
dispensing wet tissues from a package.
Another object of the invention is to provide a dispenser that can be
mounted on a sealed packet containing a stack of tissues, and allows a
convenient way of opening that packet.
Yet another object of the invention is to provide a dispenser that allows
an efficient way of withdrawing an individual tissue from a package of
A further object of the invention is to provide an improved and
convenient-to-use packet of tissues.
Other objects of the present invention will become apparent as the
In accordance with the present invention there is provided a dispenser
for dispensing individual tissues contained in a package, the dispenser
comprising a base member for attaching on a surface of the package and
being formed with an opening fitted for surrounding a opening formed in the
package, and a lid fitted for reclosing the opening of the base member;
- the dispenser characterized in that the base member is fitted with one
or two firm but resilient flaps extending into the opening lying substantially in
the plane thereof, and a tissue-dispensing opening adapted for extracting
therethrough only a single tissues at a time.
By one preferred embodiment, the base member comprises two flaps
and wherein the dispensing opening is a gap formed between facing edges of
the flaps. Preferably, the one or two flaps are formed in the shape of a trapeze
attached to the dispenser at a wide base of the trapeze. Alternatively, the one
or two flaps are formed in the shape of a portion of a circle attached to the
base member along a straight line.
In accordance with another embodiment, the base member comprises a
single flap and wherein the dispensing opening is a gap formed between the
edge of the single flap and a corresponding opposite edge of the base member.
By still another embodiment, the base member comprises a single flap
and wherein the dispensing opening is a groove formed in said flap.
In accordance with any of the embodiments of the present invention,
the tissues are stacked within the package in a pop-up type arrangement.
Typically, the tissues are soaked with a liquid.
In order to ensure that a single tissue is extracted at each time on the
one hand and, on the other hand, to prevent extracting the moisture from the
wet tissues during extraction thereof, the flaps are made of an essentially rigid
material and comprise a fold-line imparting them some resiliency.
In accordance with another aspect of the present invention there is
provided a package holding soaked tissues stacked in a pop-up arrangement,
the package comprising:
- an airtight container; and
- a dispenser comprising a base member for attaching on a surface of
the container and being formed with an opening fitted for surrounding an
opening formed in the container, and a lid fitted for re-closing the opening of
the base member; said base member being fitted with one or two firm but
resilient flaps extending into the opening lying substantially in the plane
thereof, and a tissue-dispensing opening adapted for extracting therethrough
only a single tissues at a time.
As was previously mentioned, the lid of the dispenser is adapted to
close the opening of the base member. This lid may either be attached to the
base member; be integral therewith or be a loose lid that is fitted to engage
with the base member. The present invention thus encompasses any method
for achieving a sealing closure of the base member opening by the lid, e.g. by
fitting engagement and the like, as known in the art per se. According to a
preferred embodiment of the invention the lid is hingedly connected to the
The vessel may be of any type known in the art as suitable for use with
wet tissues, e.g. plastic made containers, sealed carton made boxes, laminated
bags, etc. Preferably, the airtight vessel is a bag formed of an airtight sheet. In
order to avoid damages to the tissues, or evaporation of the chemical agents
blotted in wet tissues, the opening of the bag is usually sealed by an adhesive
patch. Another option to obtain this desired result is to use a bag that does not
comprise originally an opening. Only when the package is to be used, the bag
is cut to prepare the required opening, e.g. along 3 line of perforations.
According to a preferred embodiment of the present invention, the pair of
resilient flaps of the dispenser are adapted to allow the removal of the
adhesive patch through the opening of the base, or to allow cutting the bag to
prepare an opening therein for withdrawal of tissues therethrough; e.g. while
upwardly folding the innermost portions of these resilient flaps.
As may be appreciated, another advantage of such a package
comprising the dispenser of the invention is in the extraction of single tissues
therefrom. When a wet tissue is extracted from the package of the invention,
it is first withdrawn through the opening in the bag containing the stack of
tissues, and then through the gap existing between the two resilient flaps. This
arrangement of having practically two separating means, enables extraction of
single tissues from the package, and overcomes the disadvantages
characterizing the dispensers known in the art, wherein two or more tissues
were extracted together from the package containing them.
By a preferred embodiment of the present invention, the pair of
resilient flaps of the dispenser are adapted to allow the user to insert his/her
fingers through the opening in the dispenser base member, and reach
conveniently the bag's top surface plane, or the tissues contained in the bag.
This feature allows a convenient removal of the adhesive patch or cutting an
opening in a bag, when the package is sealed as was previously explained, or
pulling a leading portion of the top tissue through the opening of the base
member when said lid is in open position.
The fact that the flaps are firm bur resilient and allow comfortable
access presents further advantage of the present invention. Packages known in
the art have a problem that once a tissue or a portion thereof is pulled through
their dispenser, it cannot be returned into the relatively sealed space where the
rest of tissues are held. However, since the flaps of the dispenser of the
present invention are firm but resilient and mounted as described above, a
tissue or a portion of a tissue, may be returned to the relatively sealed space
following its withdrawal through the dispenser.
Also, another advantage of the present invention is that the space
defined by the base member and the lid which is in closed position, in a
package comprising the dispenser described hereinbefore, can be made
sufficiently large to accommodate the leading portion of a tissue withdrawn
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
According to still another embodiment of the invention, the dispenser
is adapted for a multiple use, being removable from one package to be
mounted on another package. Remounting the dispenser can be done for
example by applying adhesive at the bottom of the base member, attaching a
two-side adhesive tape to the base member, or by any other method known
per se in the art.
DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
For better understanding, the invention will now be described by way
of example only. It should be understood that the examples are provided for
demonstrating the invention, but in no way is the invention limited to these
- Fig. 1 is an isometric view of a dispensing device in accordance with
the first embodiment in the present invention, the dispenser shown in its open
- Fig. 2 is an isometric view of the dispensing device of Fig. 1, in its
- Fig. 3 is an isometric view of a dispensing device in accordance with
the present invention mounted on a tissue package prior to use;
- Fig. 4 illustrates the dispenser of Fig. 3 in use;
- Fig. 5 is an isometric view of another embodiment of a dispenser in
accordance with the present invention comprising two flaps;
- Fig. 6 is an isometric view of a dispenser in accordance with the
present invention comprising a single flap; and
- Fig. 7 is an isometric view of another embodiment of a dispenser in
accordance with the present invention comprising a single flap.
Turning now to Figs. 1 and 2, there is presented a dispenser 1 for
dispensing individual wet tissues from a package (shown in Fig. 3). The
dispenser comprises a base member 3 having an opening 5 adapted to
surround an opening of the package when the base member is fitted thereon
(not shown in this figure), and a lid 7 adapted to close the opening of base
member 3. Fig. 1 illustrates the dispenser with lid 7 in open position, whereas
Fig. 2 presents that device when lid 7 is in closed position. Opening 5 of base
member 3 is provided at opposite sides thereof with a pair of firm but resilient
flaps 9 extending into opening 5 substantially in the plane thereof, the
innermost edges 11 of the flaps facing each other so as to define between
them a gap 13 for extraction of a single tissue from a package. Typically,
resiliency of flaps 9 is obtained by forming one or more fold lines on the flaps
Lid 7 as presented in Fig. 1 is provided integrally with the base
member 3 through hinge 15 in such a manner as to be rockable about
hinge 15. As may be seen in this figure, lid 7 is provided with a fitting
portion 17 to tightly fit with the fitting receptive portion 19 of the base
member 3, thus the required sealing of opening 5 by lid 7 is achieved, and the
lid does not open spontaneously.
Fig. 3 presents another aspect of the invention, by which a package of
wet tissues 20 comprising a bag 22 formed of an airtight sheet material
comprising an opening 25 for withdrawing tissues therethrough, a
dispenser 21 as referred to in connection with Figs. 1 and 2, and a stack of
wet tissues (not seen in this figure) contained in bag 22.
In order to avoid evaporation of the chemical agents blotted in wet
tissues, the opening 25 of the bag 24 is sealed by an adhesive patch 28. The
resilient flaps 9 of the base member 3 are adapted to allow the removal of the
adhesive patch 28 through the opening of the base, e.g. while upwardly
folding the innermost portions of these resilient flaps.
Fig. 4 presents the withdrawal of a tissue 34 from the package 30 fitted
with the dispenser 21. As was previously explained, tissue 34 is first
withdrawn through the opening 35 of bag 22, and then through gap 13
existing between the two resilient flaps 9.
Further attention is now directed to Figs. 5 to 7 illustrating different
embodiments of a dispenser in accordance with the present invention. In
Fig. 5, the dispenser 50 comprises a base 52 and a lid 54 similar to the
embodiment of the previous figures. However, flaps 56 each have the shape
of a trapeze with the smaller base thereof facing each other forming
therebetween a gap 58. Flaps 56 are attached to base 52 along their wider
bases and resiliency of these flaps is obtained by providing a fold line 59,
whereby the flaps 56 may be upwardly folded for access to the opening of the
package as explained in connection with Figs. 3 and 4.
Referring now to Fig. 6, there is illustrated a dispenser generally
designated 60 in which base 62 is formed with a single flap 64 having the
shape of a circular portion with a gap 66 formed between an edge 68 of
base 62 and a circular edge of flap 64. However, it will be appreciated that a
single flap 64 may have a different shape, e.g. the shape of a rectangle or a
trapeze as illustrated in Fig. 5.
In the present embodiment, flap 64 is connected to base 62 via fold
line 69 to impart the flap some resiliency.
Lid 70 is integrally formed with base 62 and is foldable along hinge
line 71. However, it would be appreciated that in accordance with any of the
embodiments illustrated in the present invention, the lid may also be an
Turning now to Fig. 7, there is illustrated a dispenser 76 comprising a
base 78 formed with a hinged lid 80 and a single flap 82 connected along a
fold line 84. In accordance with the embodiment of Fig. 7, the dispensing
opening is a groove 86 formed within flap 82 through which the tissues are
It will be appreciated that the above descriptions are intended only to
serve as examples, and that many other modifications are possible within the
spirit and scope of the present invention.