S.C. Johnson & Son has been granted a patent for a container or pouch made entirely from an elastomer. The container includes a body with a front and rear wall, and a closure system with a male and female closure element. The thickness of the thickened region in the closure system is less than 35% of the total thickness in the closed configuration. The front wall thickness is between 30% and 70% of the thickened region thickness. GlobalData’s report on S.C. Johnson & Son 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 S.C. Johnson & Son, Cleaning robots was a key innovation area identified from patents. S.C. Johnson & Son's grant share as of September 2023 was 65%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

A patent granted for a container or pouch made from elastomer

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: S.C. Johnson & Son Inc

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11772849B2) describes a container or pouch made entirely from an elastomer material. The container includes a body with a front wall and a rear wall connected along the edges. The closure system of the container consists of a front side with a male closure element and a rear side with a female closure element. The male closure element extends from a thickened region on the front side, while the female closure element defines an opening into a cavity on the rear side.

The patent claims specify various aspects of the container design. Claim 1 states that the entire thickness of the front wall, measured parallel to the centerline, is between 30% and 70% of the thickness of the thickened region. Claims 2, 3, and 4 further specify that the thickness of the thickened region should be less than 35%, 25%, and 20% of the total thickness of the closure system, respectively.

Claims 5 and 14 mention the inclusion of left and right tabs in the closure system, which extend outward. Claim 6 describes the male closure element as having a stem and a head portion, with the head portion being taller than the stem. Claims 7 and 8 specify that the height of the stem should be at least 125% and 150% of the height of the opening defined by the female closure element, respectively.

The patent also includes additional claims related to the container design. Claim 10 states that the rear side of the container has an inner portion that includes the entire cavity and an outer portion. The thickness of the outer portion, measured parallel to the centerline, should be at least 20% of the total thickness of the female closure element.

Overall, this patent describes a container or pouch made entirely from an elastomer material with a specific closure system design. The claims outline various dimensions and proportions of the container and closure elements, providing specific guidelines for its construction.

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