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1. WO2002042181 - RIGID CIGARETTE PACKET

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CLAIMS

1) A rigid cigarette packet substantially in the form of a right parallelepiped, extending along an axis (Z) , and comprising a container (4) and a lid (5) hinged to said container (4) along a hinge (6) ; the container (4) comprising four walls (9, 10, 11) parallel to the axis (Z) and forming a loop, a bottom wall (12) crosswise to the axis (Z) , an inner compartment (14) for housing cigarettes (2) , and an opening (15) for access to the compartment (14) ; at least one of the walls (9, 10, 11) parallel to the axis (Z) comprising a free edge (18) ; the opening (15) extending between the hinge (6) and said free edge (18) ; and the packet being characterized in that said container (4) comprises a top wall (13) crosswise to said axis; said hinge (6) extending on the wall (9, 10, 11) parallel to the axis (Z) and comprising said free edge (18) .
2) A packet as claimed in Claim 1, characterized in that said walls (9, 10, 11) parallel to the axis (Z) comprise a front wall (9) , a rear wall (10) , and two lateral walls (11) ; said hinge (6) extending along the front wall (9) .
3) A packet as claimed in Claim 2, characterized in that said front wall (9) comprises a first portion (16) of front wall (9) adjacent to the bottom wall (12) , and a second portion (17) of front wall (9) at the top wall (13) and coplanar with the first portion (16) ; the first and the second portion (16, 17) of front wall (9) being separated by said opening (15) .
4) A packet as claimed in Claim 2, characterized in that said hinge (6) is crosswise to said axis (Z) .
5) A packet as claimed in Claim 4, characterized in that said free edge (18) is parallel to said hinge (6) and extends the full width of the front wall (9) .
6) A packet as claimed in any one of Claims 2 to 5, characterized in that said opening (15) extends partly along the lateral walls (11) .
7) A packet as claimed in any one of Claims 1 to 6, characterized in that the cigarettes (2) are arranged, inside said compartment (14) , parallel to said axis (Z) ; and in that said bottom and top walls (12, 13) are perpendicular to said axis (Z) and separated by a distance greater than the length of said cigarettes (2) .

8) A packet as claimed in Claim 7, characterized in that said cigarettes (2) have filters (33) located at the top wall (13) .
9) A packet as claimed in any one of Claims 2 to 6, characterized in that said cigarettes (2) are housed inside said compartment (14) and extend crosswise to said axis (Z) between the two lateral walls (11); said lateral walls (11) facing each other and being parallel to each other and to the axis (Z) .
,10) A packet as claimed in any one of Claims 2 to 9, characterized in that said hinged lid (5) comprises a central wall (27)' rotating about said hinge (6) ; and two lateral walls (28) perpendicular to the central wall (27) and parallel to the lateral walls (11) of the container (4) .
11) A packet as claimed in Claim 10, characterized by comprising a collar (8) located inside said compartment (14) and having two lateral walls (31) located at respective lateral walls (11) of the container (4) ; each lateral wall (28) of the hinged lid (5) being located between a lateral wall (31) of the collar (8) and a lateral wall (11) of the container (4) .
12) A packet as claimed in any one of Claims 1 to 11, characterized by comprising a removable lid (7) over said hinged lid (5) .
13) A packet as claimed in Claim 12, characterized in that said hinged lid (5) is the support for graphics and/or advertising.
14) A packet as claimed in Claim 12, characterized in that said removable lid (7) is connected to the front wall' (9) and to the lateral walls (11) of the container (4) along continuous tear lines (23, 24, 25, 26) forming an endless path.
15) A packet as claimed in Claim 14, characterized in that said tear lines (23, 24, 25, 26) comprise a first tear line (23) adjacent to said hinge (6) ; and a second tear line (24) substantially coincident with said free edge (18) .
16) A packet as claimed in Claim 15, characterized in that said opening is defined laterally by a further two edges (19, 20) along each lateral wall (11) of the container (4) ; said further two edges (19, 20) being substantially coincident with two tear lines (25, 26) .
17) A packet as claimed in Claim 12, characterized in that said removable lid (7) comprises a central wall

(21) substantially coplanar with the front wall (9) and superimposed on the central wall (27) of the hinged lid (5) .
18) A packet as claimed in Claim 17, characterized in that said removable lid (7) comprises two lateral walls (22) perpendicular to the central wall (21) of the removable lid (7) and coplanar with the lateral walls (11) of the container (4) .
19) A packet as claimed in Claim 17 or 18, characterized by comprising bevels (64) connecting the front wall (9) and the rear wall (10) to the lateral walls (11) of the container (4) ; said removable lid comprising two bevels (68) connecting the central wall (21) ' to the lateral walls (22) of the removable lid.
20) A packet as claimed in Claim 17 or 18, characterized in that the front wall (9) and the rear wall (10) comprise curved portions (75) at the lateral walls (11) of the container (4) ; the central wall (21) of the removable lid (7) comprising curved portions (79) at the lateral walls (22) of the removable lid (7) .
.21) A flat blank of cardboard from which to form a rigid cigarette packet comprising a container (4) , a hinged lid (5) , and a removable lid (7) over the hinged lid (5); the blank comprising first panels (11', 12', 13', 16', 17', 57, 58, 59, 60; 11', 12', 13', 16', 17', 57, 58, 59, 60, 64', 66', 67'; 11', 12', 13', 16', 17', 57, 58, 59, 60, 75', 76', 77') for forming said container (4), second panels (27', 28", 56; 27', 28', 56, 71, 73; 27', 28', 56, 82) for forming said hinged lid (5), and third panels (21', 22'; 21', 22', 68'; 21', 22', 79') for forming said removable lid (7); said third panels (21', 22'; 21', 22', 68'; 21', 22', 79') being separated from said first panels (11', 12', 13', 16', 17', 57, 58, 59, 60; 11', 12', 13', 16', 17', 57, 58, 59, 60, 64', 66', 67'; 11', 12', 13', 16', 17', 57, 58, 59, 60, 75', 76', 77') by continuous tear lines (23, 24, 25, 26) forming an endless path.
22) A blank as claimed in Claim 21, characterized in that the second panels (27', 28', 56; 27', 28', 56, 71, 73; 27', 28', 56, 82) and the third panels (21', 22'; 21', 22', 68'; 21', 22', 79') are located on opposite sides.
23) A blank as claimed in Claim 21, characterized in that the second panels (27', 28', 56; 27', 28', 56, 71, 73; 27', 28', 56, 82) define a larger surface area than the third panels (21', 22'; 21', 22', 68'; 21', 22', 79' ) .