Ex Parte Hubbs et al - Page 4
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Appeal No. 2005-1486
Application No. 10/099,423 4
wall 1 and inner plies 5 and 6 which are hinged to and
integral with the side wall 2.
The bottom of the box is preferably composed of
three thicknesses of paperboard having a bottom ply 7
that is hinged to and integral with the side walls 1
and 2. The intermediate ply of the bottom is
preferably formed by flaps 8 and 9 which are hinged to
and integral with the outer plies 3 and 4 of the two
ply walls. The top ply of the bottom is preferably
formed by flaps 10 and 11 that are hinged to and
integral with the inner plies 5 and 6 of the two ply
side walls. The flaps 8 and 9 are preferably of
unequal length with the flap 9 longer than the flap 8.
The flaps 10 and 11 are also preferably of unequal
length with the flap 10 being longer than the flap 11.
By forming these flaps of unequal length the end edges
of the flaps forming the intermediate and top layers of
the bottom wall adjoin along lines 12 and 13 which are
offset from each other and from the center of the box
so as to increase the rigidity of the bottom.
The overlapping plies of the box may be secured
together in any suitable way. As herein shown the
plies 3 and 5 and 4 and 6 of the two ply side walls are
secured together by means of staples 14.
The cover box B has elements 1a to 14a
corresponding to the above described elements of box A.
The inner box provides a receptacle which may be
filled with loose articles such as nails, bolts, or the
like, after which the cover box B may be placed over
the inner box A and secured thereto by suitable means
such as bands 15 [column 2, lines 15 through 48].
The examiner’s determination (see page 3 in the answer) that
Welshenbach responds to all of the limitations in claim 1 except
for those calling for the display box to have a reinforced top
product-restraining rail and a removable panel portion defining a
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