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Convertible hang tag and method for use thereof

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Автор(ы): Michel, Joyce (New York, NY, US)
Патентообладатель(и): MICHEL JOYCE
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подача заявки
11.06.2010
публикация патента
23.04.2013

РЕФЕРАТ (Abstract)

I provide a hang tag, preferably used for a saleable item such as clothing, that is convertible into a storage container. The storage container can then be used to store the purchased item. In a method of use, a user can remove the hang tag from a recently purchased saleable item of clothing, and, through a series of folds and interlocking of panels, create the storage containers in which the user could place the item.
Полный текст Патента US 8424232 + PDF


ФОРМУЛА ИЗОБРЕТЕНИЯ (CLAIMS)

What is claimed is:

1. A hang tag convertible from a folded configuration to a storage container configuration, comprising: a front panel having a multiplicity of sides; at least three end panels hingedly attached to the sides of the front panel such that each side is hingeldy attached to at least one end panel, wherein each end panel includes at least one interlocking mechanism to interlock an adjacent end panel; at least one front panel aperture in the front panel; and at least one end panel aperture in at least one of the end panels, wherein the at least one end panel aperture overlaps the at least one front panel aperture when the end panel containing the at least one aperture is hingedly folded toward the front panel, wherein all end panels are folded behind a front surface of the front panel when the hang tag is in the folded configuration.

2. The hang tag of claim 1, wherein each side of the front panel is hingedly attached to one end panel.

3. The hang tag of claim 2, wherein the interlocking mechanism of each end panel includes at least one opening and at least one tab extending outwardly from an edges thereof.

4. The hang tag of claim 1, wherein the front panel contains an imprinting.

5. The hang tag of claim 1, wherein the front panel contains two front panel apertures.

6. The hang tag of claim 5, wherein two adjacent end panels each have one end panel aperture.

7. The hang tag of claim 1, wherein the apertures of the front panel are substantially near at least one side.

8. The convertible hang tag of claim 1, wherein a first shape of the hang tag viewed from the top and a second shape of the storage container viewed from the top are substantially the same.

9. The convertible hang tab of claim 1, wherein a first shape of the hang tag viewed from the top is substantially circular and a second shape of the storage container viewed from the top are substantially the same.

10. The convertible hang tag of claim 1, wherein a first shape of the hang tag viewed from the top is substantially circular and a second shape of the storage container viewed from the top are substantially square.

11. The convertible hang tag of claim 1, wherein a diameter of the hang tag viewed from the top and a diameter of a storage container viewed from the top are substantially the same.

12. A hang tag for identification, comprising: a front panel having a multiplicity of sides; at least three end panels hingedly attached to the sides of the front panel such that each side is hingeldy attached to at least one end panel, wherein each end panel includes interlocking means, wherein the front panel includes at least one front panel aperture and wherein the hang tag is attached to a saleable item via the aperture.

13. The hang tag for identification of claim 12, further comprising at least one end panel aperture in at least one of the end panels, wherein the at least one end panel aperture overlaps the at least one front panel aperture when the end panel containing the at least one aperture is hingedly folded toward the front panel.

14. A method for converting a hang tag made according to claim 12 into a storage container, comprising the steps of: detaching the hang tag from a saleable item, unfolding the hang tag to provide a front panel having a multiplicity of sides and at least three end panels hingedly attached to the sides of the front panel; and interlocking the end panels together to form a storage area.

15. The method of claim 14, wherein the tag is removed from the item prior to unfolding it, the tag is attached to the item via at least one aperture in the tag.

16. The method of claim 14, wherein the storage area is stackable with another like storage area.

17. The method of claim 14, wherein the storage area is generally octagonal in shape.

18. The hang tag of claim 17 wherein the hang tag has a folded configuration, wherein the front panel is the entirety of a front surface of the hang tag when the hang tag is in the folded configuration.

19. The method of claim 14, wherein a first shape of the hang tag viewed from the top and a second shape of the storage area viewed from the top are substantially the same.


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