Wafer packaging device for disc-shaped items and related...

Special receptacle or package – Combined or convertible – Including drinking vessel

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C053S420000, C053S471000, C206S232000, C206S308100

Reexamination Certificate

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06598741

ABSTRACT:

FIELD OF THE INVENTION
This invention relates, in general, to a device for packaging and displaying a circular or disc-shaped media and other materials and a method for packaging such disc-shaped media and other materials and, in particular, to containers and methods for initially packaging and thereafter repeatedly storing disc-shaped media together with or without other materials.
Still more particularly the present invention further relates to a new and improved method for initially and storing of media and a beverage in a container of the type having a lid with a central opening adapted to receive and retain a straw, wherein in a preferred embodiment the beverage is placed inside said beverage container and retained therein by affixing said lid, and the media is releasably retained within a second container such that the media is permitted to move rotationally while being limited in linear movement both perpendicularly and parallel to the plane of the media, and the second container is releasably attached to the lid. The second container includes a central aperture that corresponds to the central opening for the straw in the lid such that when the second container is releasably attached to the lid, both the second container and the lid allow the insertion of a straw therethrough into the beverage container.
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
Packaging and storage devices for media are generally known. Disc-shaped media, such as CD's, DVD's or CD-ROM's, encounter special problems in handling, packaging and storage due to their delicate, flat recorded surfaces. Such disc media is generally sold in plastic cases which are sometimes referred to as “jewel boxes.” Such cases are generally rectangular and have a mounting hub for holding the disc media by its center aperture.
Disc media is routinely sold with other materials (whether directly related to the content of the disc media, i.e., ancillary, or otherwise). At the present time, disc media in such “jewel boxes” is commonly packaged together with ancillary materials in larger rectangular shaped cardboard boxes for shipping, sale and packaging. The “jewel boxes” are necessary to reliably protect the disc media from contact with the ancillary materials in the larger cardboard boxes. Such plastic case/cardboard box combination package arrangements are not only expensive, they also do not lend themselves to certain unique applications.
An opportunity exists that is not being commercially exploited at the present time to distribute disc-shaped recording media with materials that are dispersed via “super size” and other fountain drink cups. This opportunity arises in connection with the delivery of all types of refreshments in all types of food service and entertainment environments. This opportunity is not being exploited due to the lack of an effective container design and method for efficiently organizing, protecting, shipping, displaying at retail and storing disc-shaped media packaged with other materials.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
One important object of this invention is to provide a container in which and a method whereby disc-shaped media and liquid refreshment materials can be packaged together in stacked relationship in a manner so as to avoid contact there between.
Another important object of this invention is to provide a container and a method of packaging that enables the delivery of disc-shaped media at the point of retail delivery of beverages and other liquid refreshments in a fun, innovative and eye-catching manner.
Another important object of this invention is to provide a container and a method of packaging that enables disc-shaped media to be securely packaged remotely from the point of retail delivery with beverage or other liquid refreshments.
Another object of this invention is to provide a container and a method of packaging that eliminates the need for a separate case (i.e., the need for a “jewel box”) for the disc media.
Another object of this invention is to provide a container and a method of packaging whereby during initial storage, shipping, retail presentation and re-packaging disc media is securely held against movement and protected.
Another important object of this invention is to provide a shipping container in which and a method of shipping whereby disc-shaped media and other materials can be packaged, presented, conveyed, distributed and stored.
Another important object of this invention is to provide an aesthetically unique and compelling device and method for presenting at retail disc-shaped media and other materials which may or may not be related to the content of the media.
Another object of this invention is to provide a container and a method of packaging whereby the internal wall of the first chamber of the container is cylindrical in shape and of a diameter slightly larger than the external diameter of the disc media to thus retain the disc media in the container against movement in the plane of the disc media.
Another object of this invention is to provide a container and a method of packaging whereby either an annular ring or protrusions mounted on the internal wall of the first chamber define an opening slightly larger in internal diameter than the external diameter of the disc media into which the disc media can be inserted to thus retain the disc media in the container against movement in the plane of the disc media.
Another object of this invention is to provide a container and a method of packaging whereby either an annular lip or protrusions extend from the internal wall of the first chamber of the container and define an opening slightly smaller in internal diameter than the external diameter of the disc media on which the disc media can seat to thus retain the disc media in the container against movement in a first direction perpendicular to the plane of the disc media.
Another object of this invention is to provide a container and a method of packaging, whereby the container has a removal annular protective element that attaches to the container when the disc media is either initially positioned or subsequently re-stored on the seat and that retains the disc media against movement in a second, opposite direction perpendicular to the plane of the disc media.
To accomplish these and other objects, the container of this invention in its preferred form is a first member or wafer for the storage of disc-shaped media in a first chamber and a second member or container for the storage of a beverage in a second chamber, which container is sealed by a cover having an opening at the center thereof for the insertion of a straw. The first chamber is an annular inner chamber for receiving the disc media and includes a cylindrical inner structure defining central support for the disc media by means of the annular opening at the center thereof, such that the disc media is allowed to rotate, while limiting the linear movement of the disc media both perpendicular to and parallel to the plane of the media. The inner structure also serves to penetrate the central straw opening of the cover, and includes a passage therethrough so as to allow the insertion and use of a straw. The disc-shaped media is sealed within the annular inner chamber of the wafer by means of an annular protective element which engages the cylindrical inner structure and the perimeter of the wafer, thereby preventing the passage of any substance into the inner chamber of the wafer.
In the preferred method of packaging, disc media is inserted into and releasably retained within the annular inner chamber of the wafer by means of the cylindrical inner structure and sealed therein by means of the protective element. A beverage is poured into the second chamber of the container and sealed therein by means of a cover having a central straw opening. The cylindrical inner structure of the wafer is then inserted through the central straw opening of the cover, until the protective element of the wafer comes into contact with the cover. A straw may then be inserted through the cylindrical inner structure of the wafer to allo

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