Patent application title: FOLDABLE SEALING CONTAINER APPARATUS
Paul Chalifoux (Wellesley, MA, US)
IPC8 Class: AB65D122FI
Class name: Envelopes, wrappers, and paperboard boxes paperboard box adjacent sidewalls connected by a folded web unitary with both (i.e., "corner fold")
Publication date: 2014-08-07
Patent application number: 20140217162
A sealed container storage system. The storage system may include one
sheet of material or a combination of materials divided into panels,
including corner foldable panels, which when folded link a set of side
walls together to encompass a sealed storage container. A base and
folding panels or side walls comprise extension wings, with snap closure,
friction, Velcro® or the like retain a closed position for reversibly
or irreversible. From a flat configuration, the side walls rotate in
relation to the base to form a box or bowl like configuration.
Simultaneously, the wings slide onto outside walls or into adjacent
pockets. Pockets provide guided closure and limit opening. In a reusable
alternative, corner folding panels easily join and separate for ease of
use and reuse and a cover is provided that snaps onto the base of the
container to make it easy to find and store.
1. A closed container apparatus comprising: a flat sheet member
comprising: a set of side folding panels; and, at least one bottom panel;
wherein each individual of the set of side folding panels is in removably
attached to the juxtaposition individual of the set of side folding
2. The closed container apparatus of claim 1 further comprising a set of rotatably disposed corner panels wherein each individual of the set of corner panels comprises at least two unrestrained edges.
3. The closed container apparatus of claim 1 wherein each individual of the set of corner panels comprises at least three edges.
4. The closed container apparatus of claim 1 wherein each individual of the set of corner panels comprises: a radial unrestrained edge; a straight unrestrained edge; and, a straight restrained edge.
5. The closed container apparatus of claim 3 wherein the set of corner panels comprises a set of wing members and wherein the straight restrained edge of each the set of wing members is permanently affixed to an individual of the set of side folding panels.
6. The closed container apparatus of claim 1 wherein at least two of the set of side folding panels comprise an inner and an outer wall such that a set of retaining mechanisms is formed at a set of ends of the at least two of the set of side folding panels.
7. The closed container apparatus of claim 5 wherein the set of retaining mechanisms comprise wholly continuous pocket mechanisms which span from one end of an individual side panel to the other end of the corresponding side panel.
8. The closed container apparatus of claim 5 wherein the set of retaining mechanisms comprises divided pocket mechanisms comprising a cut segment at a median portion.
9. The closed container apparatus of claim 4 the set of wing members are disposed to slide into the set of pockets in a flat configuration and be retained in the set of pockets.
10. The closed container apparatus of claim 4 wherein each individual of the set of wing members comprise a projection mechanism to securely engage the top of the pocket mechanisms to prevent the wing members from disengaging from the pocket mechanisms.
11. The closed container apparatus of claim 5 wherein the wings and the side walls are designed to create a retention system that restrains the container in proper position during use.
12. The closed container apparatus of claim 4 wherein each individual of the set of wing members comprises an internally disposed restraining mechanism.
13. The closed container apparatus of claim 4 wherein each individual of the set of wing members comprises an externally disposed restraining mechanism.
14. The closed container apparatus of claim 11 wherein the internally disposed restraining mechanism comprises a projection member.
15. The closed container apparatus of claim 11 wherein the externally disposed restraining mechanism is selected from the group consisting of a spring latch and a snap latch.
16. The closed container apparatus of claim 1 wherein a physical configuration of the set of side folding panels and a physical configuration of the at least one bottom panel are selected from the group consisting of square, rectangular, triangular, polygon, oval, round, and curved.
17. The closed container apparatus of claim 1 wherein the set of rotatably disposed corner panels comprise snap holes and the set of side folding panels further comprise snap projections and the set of side panels are rotatably hinged to the base portion.
18. A foldable container mechanism comprising: a set of foldable members; a cover panel comprising a snap component; and, a base panel comprising a snap component which is disposed to accept the snap component of the cover panel to provide reversible retention to the foldable container mechanism.
19. A containment system comprising: a base portion; at least four side walls; at least four folding wings, each individual of the set of wings comprising: a set of panels; and, a set of hinges, wherein the at least four folding wings are attached to each side wall to form a solid sheet comprising hinges between each individual of the set of panels; a cover disposed to fully encloses the at least four side walls and the at least four folding wings; wherein the at least four folding wings are retained in position by a securing mechanism; and, wherein the at least four wings are secured internally.
20. The containment system of claim 19 wherein the securing system is selected from the group consisting of snaps, adhesives and Velcro®.
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
 1. Field of the Invention
 The present system pertains to sealable storage, consumption and transport systems and particularly to systems for sealing and resealing of food products which, in conjunction, afford the user transportability, storage and usability for direct consumption from the system.
 2. Description of Concurrent Art
 Presently, food is transported or stored in sealed containers made of glass or plastic. Containers include Ziploc® bags and various shapes of bowl like containers such as Tupperware®. Leftover food is stored in sealed containers in a refrigerator. Adults and children bring food to school, the work place, on trips or the like in sealed containers. Often, containers are not returned to the owner as occurs when people bring food to someone else's house for a holiday. Children often transport containers to school and dislike the responsibility of, or plainly forget to bring the containers home.
 Many food storage containers comprise a box or bowl with four sides. A top covers the container with a friction or snap on fit. It is difficult to store food containers as they vary in size, have separate covers and different shapes. Kitchen drawers are usually not big enough to store containers so cabinets or oversized drawers are used. People buy containers individually and often buy different brands, shapes and materials. The attempt to store these different containers creates a disorganized array of containers that are hard to find and often difficult to match up with their covers and can thus be quite frustrating.
 Food containers are sold individually in stores as different sizes, shapes, brands, colors, etc. People require different sizes and shapes to store different amounts of leftovers or to transport food. Food is transported for company events, family get together, to lunch, for children's lunch boxes, and the like which requires different sizes. Stores sell some as multiple units stacked into each other. The amount of volume required is extensive on store shelves as well as in the kitchen. It would be desirable to have a container that can be stored flat to take up minimal space in a store and in a kitchen. It would further be desirable to have a cover reversibly attached to a container for easy storage and to find it easily. It would be further desirable to be able to store a contained within its cover.
 Present technology uses stacking and attaches covers to minimize these problems but even then, to store small, medium and large sizes is difficult without taking up a lot of space and requiring a lot of work. Often, people get frustrated and simply throw containers into draws hoping to find them later. Companies attempt to coordinate containers so that the containers fit into other containers within a company's own brand. People often have many containers and are not looking to buy extensive sets of containers. They often buy one or two containers if the need arises. The ones they buy rarely are of the same brand, same shape or sizes as their previous ones so storage is difficult. It would be desirable to have a container that can be collapsed flat for easy storage separate from the ones a person presently owns.
 Concurrent containers are difficult to store and the inherently differing sizes, various shapes and separate covering apparatuses render storing containers difficult, as many containers do not fit together, consequently, storage in kitchen cabinets, drawers and pantries requires a lot of space. Ziploc® bags provide sealed storage of food however, it's collapsible nature make it difficult to store foods which contain liquid, and soft or gel like material such as mashed potatoes or stew. Ziploc® bags do not provide or maintain a suitable shape to eat food directly from the bags alone, and often require support.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
 The instant apparatus and system, as illustrated herein, is clearly not anticipated, rendered obvious, or even present in any of the prior art mechanisms, either alone or in any combination thereof. The versatile system, method and series of apparatuses for creating and utilizing a folded sealed container system are illustrated. Thus the several embodiments of the instant apparatus are illustrated herein.
 It is a primary object of the present multifunctional apparatus to reveal an easily storable, flat sheet containment mechanism which folds to become a sealed container for food storage and is further easily adaptable to the use of utensils.
 It would be further desirable to reveal a version of the instant apparatus and system which is inexpensive and disposable in order to meet with the current recycling nature of society. Said disposable container system would be useful for transportation of leftovers at restaurants, of food and other such materials to schools, of food to houses on holidays and the like.
 It would be further desirable to provide a container which is easily assembled and disassembled and provides a disposable or reusable sealed container which is easily stored when not in use.
 It is a primary object of the present system to provide an originally flat container which when assembled affords the rigidity and strength for use as a dish to eat food directly from it or for transport and storage of food. The foldable sealed container is constructed in one piece (though in some embodiments, the cover may be separate), to minimize mixing up covers for different size and shape containers. For easy identification of various sizes, containers may be adorned with different colors, tinted, labeled or the like.
 It is an object of the present system to provide a container that may be used for storage of items ranging from construction items e.g. screws and nails, to consumer and household goods including clothing, housewares, food, shoes, and numerous products requiring storage. It is a further object of the present system to provide containers that are constructed on any common storage container material such as polymer and he various plastics, cardboard, composite combinations and any other suitable material.
 It would be further desirable to introduce a food container including a flat sheet with a base portion, at least four side walls or panel portions, wings or wing portions engaging each side wall to a corresponding side wall, and a cover. It is an objective of the instant system to introduce a junction of the base to the side walls and the wings to the side walls comprising hinge mechanisms and wherein when polymeric materials are utilized, the hinges are formed by thinned or depressed areas which may be constructed of the same material or a different material. It is a further objective of the instant system to utilize living hinges which may provide numerous hinges with little effect on the material.
 It is an objective of the instant system to introduce an alternative embodiment wherein the base, side walls and wings are separate panels joined together by a single sheet of thin materials. It would be further desirable to reveal a system wherein the side walls have attached wings that engage and slide into pockets on adjacent walls. And in a parallel embodiment, two of the wings may be attached to the ends of one wall and two attached to the opposite wall, wherein the two adjacent walls have pockets at each end wherein the wings engage and wherein the wings are placed into pockets such that the walls may be rotated to form a box the wings rotate into pockets. In the preferred embodiment, wings engage into pockets in the open flat position. The wings do not need to be aligned into pockets when forming the box.
 It would be further desirable to provide wings that can be manufactured to limit opening and disengaging from the pockets with stopping mechanisms, wherein the wings and the side walls are designed to create a retention system that restrains the container in proper position during use. There are several methods of interlock, glue, adhesive tape, differential adhesive tape, Velcro®, screws, latches, snaps or any other common methods used to achieve either permanent or reversible retention.
 It is an object of this system to provide a set of interfaces from side wall to side wall and wings into pockets which may be further manufactured and in one alternative, toleranced with a tight, even frictional fit, use of seals, snap seals or other common techniques to create an air tight leak proof container. It would be further desirable to provide a system utilizing living hinge technology or the like, in conjunction with the use of multiple panels joined with a uniform sheet or layers of different materials at the hinge areas. In a preferred method of manufacture, a uniform sheet of plastic as is commonly done with polypropylene, polyethylene or like materials is molded with living hinges creating an inexpensive container. Living hinges are created by injection molding and enhanced by coining.
 It is a purpose of the instant system to additionally reveal hinge technology wherein a central core rotates in a cylinder or multiple cylinders rotate around a pin. And, introducing an alternative method of securing side walls includes circumferential bands which slide around and off exterior surfaces, is a purpose of the instant system.
 The foregoing has outlined the more pertinent and important features of the present invention in order that the detailed description of the invention that follows may be better understood, and the present contributions to the art may be more fully appreciated. It is of course not possible to describe every conceivable combination of components and/or methodologies, but one of ordinary skill in the art may recognize that many further combinations or permutations are possible. Accordingly, the novel architecture described below is intended to embrace all such alterations, modifications, and variations that fall within the spirit and scope of the appended claims.
 There has thus been outlined, rather broadly, the more important features of the versatile integrated foldable container system and series of accompanying systems and apparatuses and embodiments in order that the detailed description thereof that follows may be better understood, and in order that the present contribution to the art may be better appreciated. There are additional features of the invention that will be described hereinafter and which will form the subject matter of the claims appended hereto.
 In this respect, before explaining at least one embodiment of the invention in detail, it is to be understood that the invention is not limited in its application to the details of construction and to the arrangements of the components set forth in the following description or illustrated in the drawings. The invention is capable of other embodiments and of being practiced and carried out in various ways. Also, it is to be understood that the phraseology and terminology employed herein are for the purpose of description and should not be regarded as limiting.
 These together with other objects of the invention, along with the various features of novelty, which characterize the invention, are pointed out with particularity in the claims annexed to and forming a part of this disclosure. For a better understanding of the invention, its operating advantages and the specific objects attained by its uses, reference should be made to the accompanying drawings and descriptive matter in which there are illustrated preferred embodiments of the invention.
 To the accomplishment of the foregoing and related ends, certain illustrative aspects are described herein in connection with the following description and the annexed drawings. These aspects are indicative of the various ways in which the principles disclosed herein can be practice and all aspects and equivalents thereof are intended to be within the scope of the claimed subject matter. Other advantages and novel features will become apparent from the following detailed description when considered in conjunction with the drawings.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
 The advantages of the present apparatus will be apparent from the following detailed description of exemplary embodiments thereof, which description should be considered in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, in which: having thus described the system in general terms, reference will now be made to the accompanying drawings, which are not necessarily drawn to scale, and wherein:
 FIG. 1 illustrates a plan view of the instant container system in the open position.
 FIG. 2 illustrates an isometric view of the instant container system in the closed position.
 FIG. 3A illustrates an exploded plan view of a corner of the instant container system comprising a reversible locking mechanism prior to sliding.
 FIG. 3B illustrates an additional exploded plan view of a corner of the instant container system comprising a reversible locking mechanism subsequent to sliding.
 FIGS. 4A-4B illustrates isometric view of cover of the instant container system snapped onto and off of the bottom surface of a container for storage.
 FIG. 5A illustrates an exploded plan view of a corner of the instant container system further exemplifying a corner snap seal in the open position.
 FIG. 5B illustrates an exploded plan view of a corner of the instant container system further exemplifying a corner snap seal.
 FIG. 6A illustrates an exploded view of the instant container system further exemplifying the set of snap wings in the opened position.
 FIG. 6B illustrates an exploded view of the instant container system further exemplifying the set of snap wings in the closed position.
 FIG. 7, illustrates a side view of the instant container system in the closed position further exemplifying the side wall or panel mechanism and folded wings which snap onto the exterior of the side wall member.
 FIG. 8A, illustrates a top view of an open container with reversible or irreversible corner.
 FIG. 8B, illustrates a top view of a closed container with reversible or irreversible corner snaps
 FIGS. 9A-9B, illustrate an open and closed container with wings engaging each side panel.
 FIGS. 10A-10C, illustrate a container with panels that fold in and are stored in a cover.
 FIGS. 11A-11E, illustrates a container with panels and wings that fold in.
 FIG. 12A-12H, illustrates a container with panels and wings folded inward to be flat and stored in a cover.
DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS
 The present system provides a container which stores as a flat sheet and folds to become a closed, sealed or airtight container comprising rigidity qualities which lend to use as an eating dish and for food storage and transportation. A sheet of material is divided into panels which fold. In sealed alternatives, the corners may be sealed with tongue and groove, locking channel, gasket or other like technology within the state of the art, in order to provide a snap lock seal with no adhesive components required. Additionally, adhesive components may be utilized and the container may be constructed of a uniform material with living hinges or constructed of multiple materials. Differential adhesive tapes may be utilized in embodiments wherein it is desirable to create a reversible seal for opening and closing and to provide protection from leakage.
 A bottom panel is attached to side panels and corner folding panels or wings. Optionally, one of the side panels is attached to a top panel. Corner panels come together to elevate the side panels to form a box. An optional upper, top or cover panel may be attached to a side panel to fold and snap onto the side panels forming a sealed cover. Folding corner panels bring together a tongue and groove, locking channel seal, a gasket seal or an adhesive seal between side panels sealing the container corners side panel to side panel and side panels to bottom panel. Finger pressure on folding panels and tongue and groove, locking channel seal, a gasket seal or snaps provides the force required for engagement. Alternatively, any technique which joins two parts together such as Velcro®, laser welding, microwave, snaps, heat, adhesive, interlocking folding, etc. is used to secure panels together.
 Alternatively, corner panels may be brought together without joining and folded to side panels and snapped or joined at that time. Leakage of container materials such as fluids occurs at the lowest point of the container so in a preferred embodiment the corner panels fold to the top of the container throughout. Fluids may seep between corner panels and side panels but cannot leak out of the container.
 In the preferred embodiment, panels are constructed of a uniform material such as a sheet of polypropylene and use a living hinge to rotate side panels into position. A living hinge is part of a uniform sheet thinned, stamped or even hot stamped, materially dependent, to allow bending along the line of thinned material. Alternatively, each panel is made of one material and joined together with a different material to provide the hinge movement. For example, the panels could be made of polypropylene and joined together with an adhesive celluloid tape or bonded material. Materials are elastic enough to allow flexing but stiff enough to allow panel folding and maintenance of general shape.
 Folding corner panels are relatively stiff to allow guiding side panels into position. Folding corner panels may be thin and soft and elastic, however, the preferred embodiment is relatively stiff corner panels. The panels may be of the same material or of different materials and may be of uniform thickness or variable thickness. The panels may be flat or provide curvature. The junction of the panels is straight or curved. Panels are shaped square, triangular, rectangular, oval, trapezoid or the like. The panels fold to the outside of the box or fold to the inside of the box.
 In an alternative embodiment, folding corner panels fold to the inside of the box and are further folded to the adjacent side panel. Folding panels are joined to a side panel by Velcro®, laser welding, microwave, snaps, heat, adhesive, interlocking folding or any technique which will secure parts together, etc may be utilized. Folding corner panels alternatively are joined to each other first and then joined to a side panel.
 In an additional embodiment, the container side walls are thinned to create areas for joining of foldable corner panels. The corner panels are thinned to the same thickness as the thinned side panel area such that when fully folded all panel walls are of equal thickness. Thinned side panel area and each folding corner panel are one third of the side panel thickness.
 Referring now to FIG. 1 a container mechanism is illustrated in a collapsed state revealed as a flat sheet of material. Illustrated are polymer, or the like, living hinges located between the sides, base and wings. The system may comprise a set of at least four sides 4, 6, 8, 10, a base 12 attached to each of the sides to allow for rotation, a set of wings 14, 16, 18 and 20 which are attached to sides 6, 10. Sides 4 and 8 are constructed of an inner and outer wall such that a pocket is formed at the ends 22, 24, 26, 28. The pockets may be wholly continuous, stemming from one end of a side wall to the other, or the side may also be cut off in a median or middle portion.
 In an exemplary embodiment, the set of wings or wing members 14, 16, 18 and 20 may slide into pockets 22, 24, 26, 28 in such a manner that when the container is flat, the end of the wing 14 stays in pocket 24. The top or upper portions of the wing members 14, 16, 18, 20 can have projections 30, 31, 32, 33 which engage the top of the pockets to prevent the wings from disengaging and pulling out of the pockets. Further, the wings may be disposed to fold inside a container or outside. For purposes of demonstration, an embodiment illustrating the wings folding to exterior surfaces is shown. Additionally, the wings may provide snap locks in pockets in the closed or open position.
 Moreover, an intentionally designed shape of the wings may alternatively render the wings contained within the pockets. In most embodiments herein, the sides and base are shown to be flat but may be constructed of multiple panels and hinges, be curved or combinations of flat and curved. There may be as few as three sides or many more as would be required with a three sided base or other multiple sided bases, for example, a hexagonal base would require six sides. While the description discussed closing opposite walls then the remaining walls, all walls can be closed at the same time. Additionally, the base 10 may comprise an indent 11 to accept a snap from a cover for stable storage. A snap, reversible adhesive, Velcro® or the like can be used to attach the cover.
 Referring to FIG. 2, a closed version of FIG. 1 is revealed wherein the sides 4 and 8 are rotated up and then sides 6 and 10 are rotated, thus resulting in wings 14, 16, 18, 20 engaging into the pocket 22, 24, 26, 28. Hingedly attaching or disposing the wings 14, 16, 18, 20 to walls 6, 10 allows for the engaging action, as the pocket planes change and allow for a new construction. When the all four sides reach full closed, a snap lock, latching mechanism, retaining mechanism or the like may engage the outer wall or be retained within the pockets, in order to prevent accidental opening.
 Furthermore, the locking mechanism can be configured to be reversible, or irreversible, as might be dictated by usage requirements, including disposable embodiments. In one alternative, extensions 30, 31, 32, 33 may snap into holes or indents inside the pocket to provide retention in the closed position.
 FIGS. 3A and 3B, which comprise exploded views a corner 50 where two sides 52 and 59 come together is shown. Wing 56 attached to side 59 engages into pocket 54 of side 52. Spring latch or snap 58 rides on wing 56 as the container closes. Corner 60 shows the container fully closed such that wing 56 is fully into pocket 54 of side 52. Latch 58 snaps over the corner to engage the outer surface of side 59 and prevent wing 56 from coming out resulting in a secure container. The latch may then be pressed outward to disengage the outer surface of the side 59 and allow wing 56 to slide out resulting in the collapse of the container to a flat configuration.
 Next, FIGS. 4A-4B illustrate an embodiment comprising a container 60 which includes a snap component 64 of base panel 70 which accepts snap component 66 of cover 62 to provide reversible retention to container 60. The Cover 62 may be constructed in the usually manner to provide a seal over container 60. Cover 62 is snapped onto the bottom of container 60 in such a manner that when container 60 is collapsed, cover 62 and the container 60 are flat with an overall thickness of the two components together.
 Referring to FIGS. 5A and 5B, a corner 72 includes container sides 77 and 79, wing 75, pocket 82 of side 79, and sealing snap components 80 and 84. Corner 86, shows the same container in a closed position such that sealing snap 80 engages and encompasses and snaps around sealing snap 84 to provide an air tight leak proof corner. Other options exist to produce an air tight seal such as a pocket with a very tight tolerance fitting to the wing and engaging into the wing. Further revealed is an embodiment which comprises an internal zipper like configuration of a wing and inside of a pocket that seals at the corners. Raised areas on a wing lock into raised areas on the pocket to provide a seal on both sides of the wing. A zipper like lock snap is accomplished by applying pressure to the outside of the pocket when the wing is in its final position or by pressure from the wing pressed into the pocket. Additionally, soft corner seals, adhesives, or other common methods of sealing in a permanent or reversible manner may be utilized if desired.
 Referring to FIGS. 6A and 6B, an open and closed flat container 90 possesses side walls 92, 94, 96, and 98 hinged to a base member 121. Side walls members 92 and 96 possess hinged corner wing members 100, 102, 104 and 106. Corner wings 100, 102, 104 and 106 have snap holes 108, 110, 112 and 114. Side walls 94 and 98 have snap projections 116, 118, 120 and 122. Container 125 shows container 90 in the closed position. Side walls 92, 94, 96 and 98 may be rotated on their hinges to base 121 to desired position. Side walls and base may be square, rectangular, triangular, polygon, oval, round, curved, flat or any combination of imaginable shapes. Upon completion of side wall rotation, the corner wings 100, 102, 104 and 106 are rotated on their hinges in such a manner that snap holes 108, 110, 112 and 114 engage and snap over snap projections 116, 118, 120 and 122. Corner wings and side walls can be indented and shaped in such a manner that the outer surface is all on a contiguous plane. Multiple hinges at the junction of panels may be used to create panel interfaces of greater than 90 degrees giving a softer effect to eat food out of with a spoon, fork or the like.
 Referring to FIG. 7, a side view of a closed container illustrating the side wall 132 and wings 134 and 136 in the folded position and snapped onto the exterior of side wall 132. Wings 134 and 136 are further secured with exterior circumferential band 140. Band 140 is removed to allow opening of the container. Band 140 can be a band of any material and shaped flat, round or other amendable or common shapes. It can be engaged into an indent in the wall or made to cover over a top wall extending from the interior of a wall over the top and down the outside. A retaining apparatus, or retaining band may be utilized and disposed to slide to the bottom of container 130 can be stored between the container and the previously described cover which is snapped on to the bottom, subsequent to full rotation. The supplemental use of elastic materials provides added security and added pressure for sealing interfaces. In a further embodiment, the retaining band may be utilized to completely replace embodiments utilizing the snap retaining of the wing mechanisms onto the side walls.
 In an additional embodiment, addressed in FIG. 8A-8B, a foldable or folding container system is illustrate wherein no corner panels are utilized as the end of each side panel member is designed to snap, clip or be retained in such a manner as to render the system together in a reversible or irreversible manner. FIG. 8A depicts a base 164 and a set of four panels, illustrated herein, but not to be limited to, a set of lengthwise panels 161 and a set of widthwise panels 163, depicted herein as two lengthwise panels 161 and two widthwise panels 163 and a series of retaining devices 162 attached to the lengthwise panels 161 and widthwise panels 161 in such a manner as to properly mate and seal the edges of the container.
 In another embodiment the mating system 167 may comprise a multisided insertion system, as illustrated a substantially trapezoidal insert comprising a matching flexible male mating fixture. Similar snaps are used with wings and pockets. The cross section of snaps can be triangular, round, square, trapezoidal, bevels, flat or any customary shape.
 Further referring to FIGS. 8A-8B, an alternative container 160 with a base 164 and a set of side walls 163 is illustrated. The four side members 163 or walls 163 may comprise opposing attaching or mating apparatuses, in one embodiment illustrated herein snap components 161 and 162 at each end disposed to hold the side walls together when the side walls 163 are rotated about the base member 164 and disposed in a closed position. In a closed position, the container 160 may comprise a sealed snap 165 which may be reversible as seen with snap cross section 166, or irreversible as seen with snap cross 167.
 Referring to FIGS. 9A and 9B, an open and a closed illustration of an alternative embodiment of the container respectively, in one embodiment the container 170 may comprise a set, series or plurality of side members or walls 172, 174, 176 and 178, a base member 171, a set, series or plurality of wing members 180, 182, 184, and 186, and a set, series or plurality of side wall pockets 188, 190, 192 and 194. The set of wing members 180, 182, 184 and 186 are hinged to the side walls 178, 172, 174 and 176 respectfully. The wing members 180, 182, 184 and 186 may rotate into individual of the set of pockets 188, 190, 192 and 194 attached to the side walls 172, 174, 176 and 178 respectively. Wings 180, 182, 184 and 186 are flexible and bend to provide curvature for entry into the pockets simultaneously as the side walls are raised. In order to maintain positions, the wings and pockets use snaps, friction or the like to provide resistance to opening.
 Referring to FIG. 10A-10C, which illustrate the different positions (from fully opened to fully closed) of an additional embodiment of the container 202 comprises side walls 204, 206, 208 and 210 which when folded produce folded container 217. In the fully folded position, container 217 fits into and may be stored within the cover 200 and may be retained therein by snap, friction fit, mechanical lock, adhesive, Velcro® or any common technic used to reversibly join members, as known in the art.
 Referring to FIGS. 11A-11E, container 240 includes base 241, side walls 242, 244, 246, 248, and wings 250, 252, 254, and 256. Container 260, 261 and 262 show the progression of folding walls and wings to create a flat folded container. Container 260 shows folding of side walls 244 and 248. Wings 250 and 252 are hinged to side wall 242 and wings 254 and 256 are hinged to side wall 246 which fold in the next stage. Container 261 shows folding of side walls 242 and 246 onto side walls 244 and 248. Container 262 shows folding of wings 250, 252, 254, and 256 around the outside and under the base 241 as illustrated by cross section 270. Inherently, the hinges must be of adequate and appropriate width to allow multiple layers of folding.
 Referring to FIGS. 12A-12H wherein different embodiments of the container are illustrated, one embodiment of the folded container 312 is stored within the cover 300 and unfolded to be open and locked into position. As illustrated in FIGS. 12A-12F, a container 312, 314, 316, 318, 320 and 330. Cross sectional side view 12A shows the layers of folded components of the container 310. Container 280 has side walls 282, 284, 286 and 288, base 298, folding wings 290, 294, 296 and 292. The wings may be attached to each side wall to form a solid sheet with hinges between each panel. Container 314 shows sides walls 282 and 286 opening on a hinge between each wall and base 298. Wings open with side walls 282 and 286 by rotating on hinges between wings and side walls 284 and 288. Container 316 shows unfolding of walls 284 and 288 along hinges to base 298.
 The wings may open by center hinge unfolding panels as seen by partial opening of container 316. Container 318 and 320 show wings 290, 292, 294 and 296 folding wing panels together and then folding to side walls. Wings are held in position as described in previous examples such as snaps, adhesion, Velcro® or the like. Container 330 shows cover 300 sealed over container 320.
Patent applications by Paul Chalifoux, Wellesley, MA US
Patent applications in class Adjacent sidewalls connected by a folded web unitary with both (i.e., "corner fold")
Patent applications in all subclasses Adjacent sidewalls connected by a folded web unitary with both (i.e., "corner fold")