Drinking Device Patents (Class 215/387)
  • Patent number: 9944435
    Abstract: A 2-piece disposable lid assembly for a drinking cup enables unhindered drinking while inhibiting splashing and spilling. The assembly includes a dispensing well formed in a drinking spout, and a flat insert supported by a plurality of baffles within the spout so as to form a horizontal channel through which beverage flows in a circuitous path around the baffles and into the dispensing well. A plurality of vent holes can allow air to enter the cup as beverage is consumed. Vent holes located near the dispensing well can be blocked during drinking when the cup is full and the beverage is hot, but unblocked as the beverage cools and is consumed. Embodiments of the lid can also be used separately as a low-cost, 1-piece lid that reduces splashing. The flat insert is relatively inexpensive to manufacture, and installation of the insert in the lid can be automated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Waddington North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Ashish K Mithal
  • Patent number: 9914557
    Abstract: Tooth protector devices are disclosed for attachment to the top of a bottle to provide protection against injury, including chipping of teeth that can occur during drinking from a glass bottle. One embodiment comprises a concentric sleeve with top lip for insertion over the end of a bottle. Sleeve inner portion is adapted for engaging the bottle outer surface to hold the sleeve in place. The outer and top portions of the sleeve protect the consumer from the top edge of the bottle. When installed, a tooth protector according to the present invention cushions the teeth and mouth from any blunt force or impact that can occur when a bottle is hit or knocked. Also disclosed is a beverage cap with cushioned outer and upper surfaces that remain in place on the beverage bottle after opening the bottle to protect the consumer, and another bottle enclosure without such cushioned surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Inventor: Krag David Hopps
  • Patent number: 9862541
    Abstract: A trash receptacle attachment for helping to collect debris. The trash receptacle attachment includes a housing having an inlet portion, an outlet portion, and a hollow interior volume. The outlet portion is configured to be received within a trash receptacle, wherein mounting brackets attached to the exterior of the housing and are configured to removably mount to an opening of the trash receptacle to support the outlet portion within the trash receptacle. The inlet portion extends above the opening of the trash receptacle when the outlet portion is supported within the trash receptacle, wherein the inlet portion includes a funnel-like shape and is widened relative to the outlet portion. Debris is inserted into the inlet portion and the debris passes through the housing and the outlet portion thereof, into the interior of the trash receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Inventor: Joseph Fritch
  • Patent number: 9706870
    Abstract: A cooking appliance includes a housing unit, a cooking chamber, a steam generation unit for supplying the cooking chamber with steam, a removable container unit associated with the steam generation unit. The removable container unit includes a container portion and a holding portion. The container portion and the holding portion together have a longitudinal extent that is a multiple of a width of the container portion. The container portion has a height that is a multiple of the width of the container portion. The container portion provides a capacity for water to be evaporated that is at least 1 liter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: MIELE & CIE. KG
    Inventors: Ruediger Hoehn, Alexander Schnee, Christian Schulze, Carolin Kaudewitz
  • Patent number: 9585803
    Abstract: An invertible drinking device, moveable between an upright position and an inverted position, and including a body including a fluid chamber, a lid removeably attachable to the body, at least one drinking spout with an output end, and a valve assembly moveable between a first position and a second position. The body and the lid at least in part define a first fluid flow path and a second fluid flow path. The first fluid flow path is open to fluid flow, from the fluid chamber to the output end of one of the at least one drinking spouts, when the valve assembly is in the first position. The second fluid flow path is open to fluid flow, from the fluid chamber to the output end of one of the at least one drinking spouts, when the valve assembly is in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Inventor: Jeffrey G. Niedens
  • Patent number: 9446887
    Abstract: Devices and systems for facilitating a user's grip around the neck of a bottle such that the contents of the bottle may be poured quickly and efficiently, with minimal stress on the use's body. Furthermore, such systems and methods may be configured to extend the neck of a bottle such that an attached pour spout is positioned at a desired height. Such a device may comprise a body to couple with the neck of the bottle, the body having an exterior surface configured to facilitate a secure grip therearound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Inventors: Devin Jacobson, Shawn Egerton
  • Patent number: 9027769
    Abstract: A cap having an integrated spout includes an overcap with an insert for providing a seal for the spout. In various versions, the spout or insert include ribs or other features to provide a watertight seal between the spout and insert. The spout is preferably formed from a resilient material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Amphipod, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith S. Willows, June A. Angus, Antonio Del Rosario
  • Patent number: 8967406
    Abstract: A drinking attachment assembly allows a user to drink a carbonated beverage more quickly by reintroducing air into a beverage bottle to remove the vacuum from the bottle. The assembly includes a tube having an open upper end and an open lower end. The lower end is configured for positioning within a beverage bottle filled with a carbonated fluid. The upper end is configured for being spaced from the fluid wherein the upper end is in fluid communication with ambient space surrounding the upper end such that air is transferred into the beverage bottle through the upper end. A coupler is attached to the tube. The coupler is configured to releasably couple the tube to a neck of the beverage bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventors: Jacob A. Cool, Adrian Currie, Amanda Currie
  • Patent number: 8944265
    Abstract: A drinking vessel for a liquids packaging product. The drinking vessel is adapted to engage with and seal the opening of a bottle. The drinking vessel incorporates a frangibly linked portion which is adapted to, (a) engage with the bottle when the drinking vessel is fitted to the bottle to seal the bottle, and (b) remain with the bottle when the drinking vessel is subsequently removed from the bottle. Preferably the frangibly linked portion which is adapted to engage with the bottle is in the form of a ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Vin Singlz Limited
    Inventor: Graeme Ashley Blake
  • Patent number: 8919608
    Abstract: A container for dispensing a two-component liquid comprises an outer resilient container for containing one component with a neck defining an opening and an inner tubular container. The inner container contains a piston slidably received within it. A closure member extends over the entire area of the inner container and closes its lower end. The piston and the inner container define a reservoir for containing a second component. The neck carries a closure cap which affords a liquid dispensing opening. A first non-return valve communicates with the liquid dispensing opening and with the interior of the inner container. An airflow path extends through the closure cap and the piston and includes a second non-return valve. The first non-return valve is arranged to permit liquid to flow from the inner container to the liquid dispensing opening and the second non-return valve is arranged to permit air to flow through the airflow path into the inner container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Carbonite Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew Eric Smith, Karl Mondszein
  • Patent number: 8881938
    Abstract: A lid for a beverage container is described. The lid has a basin that is designed to enhance the user's olfactory experience when drinking a beverage from the container and lid. As the user tilts the container and lid to take a drink, the beverage pours through an opening on the basin valley and flows across a sipping surface area to the user's mouth, thus allowing the beverage to aerate, evaporate, and cool. The basin is sized and dimensioned to channel and concentrate the vapor rising from the beverage towards the user's nose as the user sips the beverage. The basin and the opening are sized and dimensioned to provide a comfortable and secure feeling when drinking hot beverages. In this manner, the lid enhances the drinker's olfactory experience and provides better controllability of the flow of a hot beverage to prevent burn injuries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Harl-Bella Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Samuel Lincoln Brannock
  • Patent number: 8875923
    Abstract: This invention provides an attachment for mounting electromagnetic identification tags onto the necks of bottles. The tag has a portion which provides a receptacle portion for an RFI tag. This receptacle portion is connected to a portion that embraces a neck of a bottle to attach the receptacle portion, and thereby, the RFID tag to the neck of the bottle. The identification tag may be formed from a material that does not interfere with electromagnetic signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: ITW New Zealand Limited
    Inventors: Yeong-Heng Koo, Andrew Nicholson Wrigley
  • Patent number: 8875922
    Abstract: A liquid container is in the shape of a bottle with an elongated section at its top in a first position and is convertible to a glass or goblet in a second position with the elongated section at the bottom. The container includes a first end that has a closed end; a second end that has an open end wider than the elongated section, a first body that includes the elongated section, a second body that includes a hollow container, and a closure, which is a detachable closure adapted to seal the open end of the second end in the first position and to be detached from the open end of the second end in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Inventor: David Bernstein
  • Patent number: 8839985
    Abstract: Described herein is a coffee cup plug that includes a combination cup/container sleeve and plug assembly. The coffee cup plug includes a sleeve for disposable beverage containers as well as a detachable plug. The plug includes a fold line such that when the plug is detached from the sleeve and folded the folded plug is configured to be inserted into a dispensing aperture formed in the lid of the cup/container. This Abstract is submitted with the understanding that it will not be used to interpret or limit the scope and meaning of the claims.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Inventors: Neil Kim Sanchez, Adrienne Marlane Sanchez
  • Patent number: 8827106
    Abstract: A bottle assembly is provided having a body portion defining a cavity therein, a top lid assembly connectable to the body portion, which includes a selectively deployable and retractable spout, a spout bottom lid; and a resilient tube having a lumen therethrough, wherein the lumen is occluded when the spout is retracted and the resilient tube is kinked, and wherein the lumen is opened when the spout is deployed and the resilient tube is not kinked; a trigger assembly for selectively moving the spout between a deployed and a retracted condition; and a bottom lid assembly selectively connectable to a bottom end of the body portion, the bottom lid assembly including a valve assembly to open and close a fluid path into the cavity of the body portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Inventor: David Mitchell Windmiller
  • Publication number: 20140231378
    Abstract: An accessory for a feeding bottle (F) includes an insert (1) that is generally conical and intended to be mounted in the opening of the feeding bottle (F). The accessory is distinguished in that the envelope surface of the insert (1) is defined by mutually crossing ribs (5, 7) that form a grid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2012
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Inventor: Peter Roos
  • Patent number: 8794479
    Abstract: A drinking container includes a main reservoir for containing a quantity of beverage; a cooling reservoir releasably sealingly secured to the main reservoir and including a passage on an inner surface, the passage having one end open to bottom and the other end open to interior of the cooling reservoir, and a spill opening defined by the passage; and a releasable enclosure releasably sealingly secured to the cooling reservoir and including at least one lid; wherein the quantity of beverage in the main reservoir can transfer to the cooling reservoir through the passage by tipping the main reservoir; and wherein each of the at least one lid can be opened by pressing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Inventor: Jer Hong Lin
  • Publication number: 20140183157
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a lid mounted on a liquid container. The lid has a human-lip shaped opening allowing for the dispensing of the liquid from the liquid container. The human-lip shaped opening includes an upper border and a lower border. The upper border is at a predetermined angle towards the lower border. The upper border is flat in the middle and curved at the edges. The human-lip shaped opening prevents puckering and provides a better surface for placement and support of human lips while drinking.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Inventor: Harparam Sandhu
  • Patent number: 8763829
    Abstract: A segmented collapsible container for containing a liquid and collapsing when no liquid is present. The container is segmented into a first portion, a second portion, and a third portion. The three segmented portions form a uniform annular sidewall, with each separate portion of the sidewall having a different thickness or material than the other portions. The middle second portion includes a relatively thinner break point in the sidewall to facilitate collapsing. It is this variation in rigidity and integrity of the sidewalls that allows the segmented collapsible container to collapse. The segmented collapsible container includes an airtight seal formed in the first portion that restricts fluids, such as but not limited to, air from entering or leaving the segmented collapsible container. The segmented collapsible container may more easily return to its original shape after collapsing. This facilitates cleaning and reusability of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Inventor: Craig Allen Madaus
  • Patent number: 8746496
    Abstract: A beverage container closure or lid that is adapted for closing an open end of a beverage container. The lid is selectively couplable to the beverage container and includes a selectively openable stopper that when closed, creates a fluid-tight seal between the beverage container and the environment. The stopper may be selectively opened by a user by the user pressing a button disposed on a side of the beverage container closure. The stopper is subsequently automatically closed when the user releases the button. Thus, a user may open and close the beverage container closure using a single hand without the need to remove the beverage container closure from the beverage container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Pacific Market International, LLC
    Inventors: Tyler Sean Gilbert, Randy Sims
  • Publication number: 20140144870
    Abstract: A liquid-dispensing container includes a housing and a poppet mounted to the housing and movable along an axis between an open position and a closed position. The poppet includes a base portion comprising a relatively rigid material and an elastomeric portion comprising an elastomeric material having a tensile elastic modulus less than the elastic modulus of the rigid material. The elastomeric portion can include an outer section engaged with an outer surface of the base portion and an inner section integrally formed with the outer section and forming a self-closing valve. In one construction, the self-closing valve includes a cylindrical section having a tapered wall thickness. Preferably, the outer section includes a circumferential seal (e.g., a groove) and a circumferential clearance adjacent the circumferential seal. The outer section can further include a retention cleat having a retention surface at an acute angle relative to the axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2012
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Applicant: SPECIALIZED BICYCLE COMPONENTS, INC.
    Inventor: Mark Brosius
  • Patent number: 8708187
    Abstract: A container having a cup and a lid, which in turn includes locking features, wherein the lid engages in a secure relation to the cup, is disclosed. In other embodiments, the invention is directed to a container having a lid that fits over an open end of a cup and a lid that fits inversely and inside the open end of a cup. The lid of the invention comprises at least one protruding annular ridge, allowing for secure placement on the cup when the cup is in motion. The lid fits in a complementary (positive/negative) relation to the protruding ridge(s) on the cup. This container is designed for the purpose of being in motion: while walking, driving, and all aspects of travel and carrying. Additional embodiments include novel spout designs for the cup portion and lid portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Inventor: Paule Stern
  • Patent number: 8709518
    Abstract: A system for managing the fluid intake of a person is disclosed. The system consists of multiple containers of various volumes, a common lid configured to incorporate a flow control valve, multiple flow control valves having varying flow rates, a date indicator ring incorporated circumferentially on said containers, a content indicator disposed on said lid, a chiller insert, and an optional slip on handle. The user selects a container based on the fluid needs of a person and a flow control valve based on the drinking ability of the person. The user fills the container with a drinkable fluid, and indicates the nature of the contents with the content indicator and the date of filling with the date indicator ring. The chiller insert allows the user to cool the contents without the possibility of dilution as with standard ice cubes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Inventor: Diane Young Jones
  • Patent number: 8701907
    Abstract: A bottle sealing system for resealing an opened beverage bottle features a conical sealing member. The conical sealing member features a lower ridge and an upper ridge located around the sealing member side wall outside surface. The conical sealing member features an upper groove located around the sealing member side wall inside surface. The upper groove is located opposed to the upper ridge. The upper groove is adapted to receive a beverage bottle ridge located around a beverage bottle neck. The system features a compression cap resembling a football helmet. A compression cap groove is located around the compression cap side wall inside surface. The conical sealing member is adapted to slide over an open bottle. The compression cap is adapted to slide over the conical sealing member. The compression cap groove is adapted to snap over the upper ridge of the conical sealing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Inventor: Tony Mallicoat
  • Patent number: 8695836
    Abstract: A beverage container comprising of multiple compartments and a cap to dispense beverages independently from the multiple compartments is disclosed. The invention enables the use of a beverage container, such as a single bottle, for carrying a plurality of beverages within its multiple compartments. The disclosed design of a split cap includes a plurality of valves that enable it in selectively dispensing contents of each compartment. The user may choose to consume one or more of beverages stored from the disclosed beverage container. A container and cap assembly built with pressure withstanding material allows consumer to enjoy a plurality of pressurized beverages, such as multiple types of soda, from a single bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Inventor: Marteniz Gregory
  • Publication number: 20140048510
    Abstract: A cooling element for use with a carafe that may be used for serving a consumable liquid such as wine. The cooling element can be inserted into the open, upper end of the carafe and the cooling element has as hollow tube that is filled with a cooling agent such as ice, and which extends downwardly into direct contact with the liquid contained within the carafe. There is a passageway that is formed between the cooling element and the carafe that allows the liquid to be poured out of the carafe without removing the cooling element from the carafe. The hollow tube is constructed of a material that has a high thermal conductivity, such as stainless steel, such that the heat exchange is efficient and the heat passes through a single thickness of the heat conductive material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2012
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Inventors: Edward Kilduff, Shane G. Blomberg, Riki Kane Larimer
  • Publication number: 20140014571
    Abstract: A sports bottle top filter with a mounting flange, downwardly depending barrel, having a sleeve telescoped thereto and mounting on its lower extremity a filter holder configured to engage a tray mounted on the bottom of the barrel and a seal interposed between the holder and tray to seal against flow from the container through openings in the tray back into a filter held by the holder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2012
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Applicant: FIT SYSTEMS, LLC
    Inventors: Steven D. Nelson, Christian Michael Olsen
  • Patent number: 8608017
    Abstract: A disposable child's drinking cup has a lid with a drinking spout defining multiple open holes sized to resist leakage in the absence of suction, such as by the development of surface tension at the holes, and to allow flow when suction is applied. The holes are formed during molding of the lid. An inner contour of a groove of the lid and an outer contour of the cup body rim are selected to provide a slight snap fit of the lid onto the cup body, to provide a secure seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Learning Curve Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: James A. Connors, Jr., David E. Medeiros, George S. Dys, James J. Britto, John A. Hession
  • Patent number: 8579148
    Abstract: A reusable straw includes a first part having a hollow elongated body that has a first end and an opposing second end and a second part having a hollow elongated body that has a first end and an opposing second end. The second part has a width that allows the first part to be received within a hollow interior of the first part. A first coupling member is formed along an inner surface of the first part proximate the first end; and a second coupling member is formed along an outer surface of the second part at the first end thereof. The first and second coupling members mate together to securely and sealingly couple the second part to the first part. The first coupling member is either a male member or a female member and the second coupling member is complementary and is the opposite member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: GreenPaxx LLC
    Inventor: Cindy Slansky
  • Patent number: 8511493
    Abstract: A liquid container can be present and used in at least two different positions. The liquid container may be a wine container, which can be a wine bottle in its first position and also be a wine glass in its second position. A method of serving a liquid includes placing a container in a first position in which the container serves as a bottle and converting the bottle into a glass or goblet without reassembling any part of the container by placing the container in a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Inventor: David Bernstein
  • Patent number: 8485383
    Abstract: A container includes multiple compartments for holding drinks and food. In an exemplary embodiment, a first compartment holds a drink of choice, such as soda, water or juice, and a second compartment holds a food of choice, such as popcorn, pretzels or chips. A third compartment may also be provided for holding a second food of choice, such as candy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Inventor: Eddie L. Taufer
  • Patent number: 8474665
    Abstract: A re-sealable spigot includes a cylindrical structure configured to be attached to a liquid receptacle. The cylindrical structure is formed with a stem having an upper portion, a base portion, a top in coaxial arrangement with the upper portion, and a cap having a hollow receiving portion shaped as a multi-sided geometrical element, the cap sealing the cylindrical structure to the liquid receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Sports Pouch Beverage Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Gilbert Arvizu
  • Patent number: 8469226
    Abstract: Drink containers with mouthpiece assemblies having a dispensing configuration and a stowed configuration. A mouthpiece assembly defines a liquid passage through which drink liquid may be dispensed when the mouthpiece assembly is in the dispensing configuration and includes means for selectively restricting the flow of drink liquid through the liquid passage when the mouthpiece assembly is in the stowed configuration. In some examples, the means for selectively restricting the flow of drink liquid include a tube that at least partially defines the liquid passage and which includes a crimping region. The crimping region may be constructed of a resiliently and reversibly deformable material that is adapted to restrict the flow of drink liquid through the liquid passage when the mouthpiece assembly is in the stowed configuration. In some embodiments, the mouthpiece assembly includes a means for automatically releasing the mouthpiece assembly from its stowed configuration to a dispensing configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: CamelBak Products, LLC
    Inventors: Jeff Davies, Derek Gavin Sullivan
  • Patent number: 8464895
    Abstract: A drinking vessel and lid assembly that is adapted for selectively opening an open end of the drinking vessel. The lid is selectively couplable to the drinking vessel and includes a selectively openable stopper that when closed, creates a fluid-tight seal between the drinking vessel and the environment. The stopper may be selectively opened by a user by the user pressing a button disposed on a side of the drinking vessel at a location where a user normally grasps the drinking vessel. The stopper is subsequently automatically closed when the user releases the button. Thus, a user may open and close the stopper using a single hand operation without the need to remove the lid from the drinking vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Pacific Market International, LLC
    Inventors: Tyler Sean Gilbert, Randy Sims
  • Patent number: 8459512
    Abstract: A re-sealable spigot includes a cylindrical structure configured to be attached to a liquid receptacle, wherein said cylindrical structure further comprises a stem, having an upper portion and a base portion, and a top in a coaxial arrangement with said upper portion of said stem, and a cap having a hollow receiving portion shaped as a multi-sided geometrical element, wherein said cap seals said cylindrical structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Sports Pouch Beverage Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Gilbert Arvizu
  • Patent number: 8408410
    Abstract: A straw holder 200 retains a drinking straw within a bottle such that the straw holder may be reused within other bottles. A plug section comprises a hollow funnel section 211 with an outer side and an inner area 212, with the outer side attaching to a top gasket member 204, a middle inner sealing member 205 and a lower guiding member 206, with the lower guiding member having means of centering the straw holder within the middle of a bottle, with the middle inner sealing member 205 having mean of contacting the inner wall area 402 of a neck section 401 of a bottle, and the top gasket member being configured to sit on top of a top lip 403 of a bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Inventor: Erez Raman
  • Patent number: 8403173
    Abstract: A beverage container closure or lid that is adapted for closing an open end of a beverage container. The lid is selectively couplable to the beverage container and includes a selectively openable stopper that when closed, creates a fluid-tight seal between the beverage container and the environment. The stopper may be selectively opened by a user when the user presses a button disposed on a side of the beverage container closure. The stopper is subsequently automatically closed when the user releases the button. Thus, a user may open and close the beverage container closure using a single hand without the need to remove the beverage container closure from the beverage container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Pacific Market International, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Wahl, Stephen Minarsch, Randy Sims
  • Patent number: 8403164
    Abstract: A cap is described for closing a liquid beverage container for allowing the beverage to be sucked out of the container through a spout, while preventing spillage when no suction takes place. A demand valve is incorporated into the cap, which has an inlet port communicating with the interior of the container, a discharge port communicating with the spout and a control port communicating with the ambient atmosphere through a hole in the cap. The valve has a valve seat and a closure element controlling the flow from the inlet port to the discharge port urged to move into an opening position in dependence on the excess of the control pressures over that in the discharge ports, this movement being in the direction opposed to the flow and urged by the pressure in the container in a direction to seal against the valve seat. In the invention, the demand valve is formed by two members that are mounted on the inner surface of the cap. The first member is rigid and defines the valve inlet port and the valve seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Inventor: Ilan Samson
  • Patent number: 8403514
    Abstract: An exemplary lighting cup includes a cup body, a lighting module, and a power module. The cup body is for containing drink therein. The lighting module is mounted on the cup body and includes lighting elements. The power module supports the cup body and electrically connects with the lighting module to drive the lighting elements to emit light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Foxsemicon Integrated Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Kuo-Cheng Chang
  • Patent number: 8376162
    Abstract: A water stop structure is mounted to a water jar. A main body includes a depression bar device, a resiliency device, and a water stop member. The depression bar device includes a movable depression bar that is releasably connectable to a hanger formed on the main body. The resiliency device includes a rod that maintains the depression bar in position with a first resilient element. A second resilient element maintains the rod in position to have the water stop member blocking a water passage of the main body. When the depression bar is depressed to travel through a first stroke, the depression bar disengages from the hanger to form an opening therebetween for easy hanging and use of the water jar. When the depression bar travels through a second stroke, the rod drives the water stop member away from the water passage to allow a user to drink water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Universal Trim Supply Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shih-Sheng Yang
  • Publication number: 20120292283
    Abstract: A drinking vessel configured for a removable engagement with the capped end of a bottle through engagement with the bottle or the cap. The device features a fluid cavity separated from a base cavity by a central wall, which is configured for drinking or pouring a measured amount of liquid therefrom. The device is engageable to the bottle or cap by insertion of the cap end of the bottle, into a cavity in the base end, and exerting force along an axial line running through the bottle. A frictional engagement between surfaces of the device and the bottle is achieved which may be enhanced by biasing components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Publication date: November 22, 2012
    Inventor: Christopher J. Kornbrust
  • Patent number: 8292103
    Abstract: The container closure (1) includes a flange (2) having an inlet opening (2p) and an outlet tube (2a) having a thread (2b) arranged after the inlet opening (2p) in the outflow direction and includes a rotary closure (3) with an outlet opening (3p) and with a thread (3i), wherein the two threads (2b, 3i) engage into one another and are aligned such that the rotary closure (3) is rotatable with respect to the flange (2) about an axis of rotation (D) and is displaceably mounted in the direction of the rotary axis (D), wherein the flange (2) includes a sealing lip (2i) projecting towards the axis of rotation (D) which forms the inlet opening (2p) extending concentric to the axis of rotation (D), wherein the rotary closure (3) has a spigot (3a) arranged concentric to the axis of rotation (D) which is arranged in the outflow direction after the inlet opening (2p) and wherein the spigot (3a) and the sealing lip (2i) are designed mutually matched so that the spigot (3a) which can be displaced in the direction of the a
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: capArtis AG
    Inventor: Mario Weist
  • Patent number: 8276781
    Abstract: A drinking container assembly includes a housing that has a bottom wall and a perimeter wall which is attached to and extends upwardly from the bottom wall. The perimeter wall has an upper edge defining an opening extending into the housing. A closure is attached to and is coextensive with the upper edge. The closure is positionable in an open position extending upwardly from the upper edge or in a closed position folded downwardly over the opening. The closure has an access aperture extends their through and into the housing when the closure is in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Inventor: Bryon M. Smith
  • Publication number: 20120225166
    Abstract: Tooth protector devices are disclosed for attachment to the top of a bottle to provide protection against injury, including chipping of teeth that can occur during drinking from a glass bottle. One embodiment comprises a concentric sleeve with top lip for insertion over the end of a bottle. Sleeve inner portion is adapted for engaging the bottle outer surface to hold the sleeve in place. The outer and top portions of the sleeve protect the consumer from the top edge of the bottle. When installed, a tooth protector according to the present invention cushions the teeth and mouth from any blunt force or impact that can occur when a bottle is hit or knocked. Also disclosed is a beverage cap with cushioned outer and upper surfaces that remain in place on the beverage bottle after opening the bottle to protect the consumer, and another bottle enclosure without such cushioned surfaces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2012
    Publication date: September 6, 2012
    Inventor: Krag David Hopps
  • Patent number: 8215511
    Abstract: A container lid with a latch handle is taught that incorporates a drinking lip, having a flared brim, configured to interface with a liquid container. A lip sealing ring is disposed on the drinking lip creating a watertight fit between the lip and the container. A lid body, having lid male threads, is configured to interface with container lid female threads, and the lid body includes a bottom cover which forms a dead air space for insulation purposes within the lid. The lid body incorporates a vertical arched handle with a snap-in hinged spring loaded latch for quick release attachment of the container lid and container securely to an object. A lid sealing ring is disposed on the lid body forming a watertight fit between the lid body and the container drinking lip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Inventor: Shin-Shuoh Lin
  • Patent number: 8215519
    Abstract: A fluid dispensing valve is described which includes a valve housing having a wall which defines an internal cavity, and wherein a passageway is formed through the wall of the valve housing; and a valve control element having a continuous and deformable sidewall is coaxially and rotatably received within the internal cavity of the valve housing, and wherein at least a portion of the sidewall of the valve control element deforms when a vacuum is created in the internal cavity of the valve housing so as facilitate the controllable delivery of a source of fluid into the valve housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Zak Designs, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeff Steininger
  • Patent number: 8196764
    Abstract: It is related to a liquid container, which may be in the shape of a bottle with an elongated section at its top in a first position and is convertible to a glass or goblet in a second position with the elongated section at the bottom. The liquid container may be a wine container, which can be a wine bottle in its first position and also be a wine glass in its second position. Conversion between the first and second positions can be achieved via a relatively simple and instant way, such as turning a container in one position upside down and placing the container in another position. Such conversion may not need additional process such as disassembling and/or reassembling the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Inventor: David Bernstein
  • Patent number: 8191727
    Abstract: Drink containers with mouthpiece assemblies having a dispensing configuration and a stowed configuration. A mouthpiece assembly defines a liquid passage through which drink liquid may be dispensed when the mouthpiece assembly is in the dispensing configuration and includes means for selectively restricting the flow of drink liquid through the liquid passage when the mouthpiece assembly is in the stowed configuration. In some examples, the means for selectively restricting the flow of drink liquid include a tube that at least partially defines the liquid passage and which includes a crimping region. The crimping region may be constructed of a resiliently and reversibly deformable material that is adapted to restrict the flow of drink liquid through the liquid passage when the mouthpiece assembly is in the stowed configuration. In some embodiments, the mouthpiece assembly includes a means for automatically releasing the mouthpiece assembly from its stowed configuration to a dispensing configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: CamelBak Products, LLC
    Inventors: Jeff Davies, Derek Gavin Sullivan
  • Patent number: 8177085
    Abstract: A tooth protector device is disclosed for attachment to the top of a glass bottle to provide protection against injury, including chipping of teeth that can occur during drinking from a glass bottle. One embodiment comprises a monolithic structure for insertion into the mouth of a glass bottle and comprises inner, outer and top portions. The inner portion and the outer portion are substantially concentric structures defining an annulus for engaging the mouth of the bottle, and the top portion joins the inner and outer portions and protects the consumer from the top edge of the bottle. The length of the outer portion is selected such that the bottom part of the consumer's mouth is protected from the bottle. When installed, a tooth protector according to the present invention cushions the teeth and mouth from any blunt force or impulse that can occur when a bottle is hit or blocked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Inventor: Krag David Hopps
  • Patent number: 8157121
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a disposable container of liquid food products or a cap thereof, having two independent round straw holes to be inserted by two ends of one bent drinking tube, wherein one of the straw holes is provided on a raised block which is on the top surface of the container or cap. The diameters of the straw holes tightly match the diameters of the drinking tube at its two ends, so that the drinking tube can be inserted into the container and pulled out repeatedly. The drinking tube used in the present invention is both for the purpose of drinking and closing the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Inventor: Pakman Hau