Straw Extends Through Removable Closure Patents (Class 220/709)
  • Patent number: 10165879
    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: November 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: CamelBak Products, LLC
    Inventors: Jeff Davies, Derek Gavin Sullivan
  • Patent number: 9221585
    Abstract: A cap closing structure which comprises the following components: an inner cover, each side of which is provided with a positioning base, a sliding space with an open located on the positioning base; two buttons, each of which is located on the sliding space, the button has a button base and a pressing portion connected with each other, a latching space is between the button base and the pressing portion, one side of the button base is a latching portion, a flexible member is behind and urges the button base; an outer cover, a rear end of which is pivotally connected with the inner cover, each side of the outer cover is internally equipped with a latching member; wherein the latching members are embedded in the two latching spaces, then the latching members latch the two latching portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Inventor: Yeo-Ming Wang
  • Publication number: 20150114982
    Abstract: The current invention includes a beverage container with an integrally molded handle. Housed within the handle sits a retractable, sliding straw track. The straw track adjusts along the length of a straw track housing located in the handle to substantially seal the jug and adjust an internal, flexible beverage straw. The straw may be connected, via placeholder loops, at intervals along the sidewall of a jug. The straw may extend to a base of the jug, allowing a consumer to create an internal vacuum through a mouthpiece. The mouthpiece end of the straw may be sealed and secured in a substantially fixed position within the jug when the straw track and the cover are in the closed position and is exposed through the neck of the jug when the straw track and the cover are in the opened position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Howard Rapp
  • Publication number: 20150102029
    Abstract: A combination drinking cup and snack container includes a first body having a first cavity sized to hold liquid, and a second body coupled to the first body, the second body having a second cavity sized to hold food items. The combination drinking cup and snack container also includes a lid coupled to the second body, the lid having at least one flexible member that inhibits food items from spilling out of the second body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Mike Bargiel, Joshua Nelson, Casey Moore, Stephen Lambert, Alexandra Busch
  • Patent number: 8939312
    Abstract: A container lid system is provided. The lid system may be constructed of two parts: a lid portion and a food container portion. A top cover may also be used. The food container portion may employ a condiment receiving structure that receives a condiment package/container or an unpackaged condiment. The container lid system allows a user to consume food items while the food container portion is coupled to a cup lid or alternatively the food container portion may be decoupled and placed on a table. The cross sections of the lid portion and the food container portion are substantially complementary to each other, such that the food container portion may snuggly mate with the lid portion. Thermoforming may be used to create each of the three parts, and the parts may snap-fit together. Different materials may be used for the parts including black opaque plastic, white opaque plastic and clear plastic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Top-That! LLC
    Inventor: Ronald Mark Buck
  • Patent number: 8926840
    Abstract: A personal, portable drinking container has a bottle with a side wall, a closed bottom, a neck, a reservoir, and a top opening in the neck providing access to the reservoir. A cap is removably fitted on the neck to close the top opening. A ledge can be on an interior surface of the bottle below the top edge. A filter assembly is supported in the bottle and can be suspended on the ledge. The bottle can have an annular formation in the side wall below the neck to prevent the neck from deforming when the bottle is squeezed. The side wall can have a pair of squeezable sides and a pair of opposed stiff sides below the annular formation, whereby the stiff sides help the bottle to rebound quickly after each squeeze.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Rubbermaid Incorporated
    Inventors: Kenneth W. Hull, Larry T. McKinney, Jacob Connelly
  • Publication number: 20150001232
    Abstract: A beverage container lid is disclosed that includes an overflow chamber for liquid displaced when a straw is inserted through the lid's straw hole. The beverage container lid includes a top layer and a bottom layer that define an overflow chamber between the top and bottom layer. The top layer has a top opening and the bottom layer has a bottom opening, that are aligned along the vertical axis and through which a straw may be inserted into a beverage container to which the beverage container lid is attached.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventor: David B. Chasin
  • Patent number: 8870010
    Abstract: Cup lid with integrated container(s) that couples with the top of a cup. The cup and cup lid form at least two containment volumes, Embodiments enable easy containment, inclusion of fresh food, transportation and access of solid or liquid in the container and cup without disengagement of the cup lid from the cup. Contents of the container may be accessed, partially consumed, replaced in the container and resealed at any time as desired by the user. Embodiments may employ a one-size-fits-all coupling element to couple any size container to the lower lid that couples with a cup. Simplifies eating and drinking from one unified container and cup in a theater or stadium having seats for example that provide one cup-holder per seat. Provides one free hand to hold a child's hand for safety while in stadiums and amusement parks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Top-That!, LLC
    Inventor: Ronald Mark Buck
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8820556
    Abstract: A molded bottle for liquids is disclosed. In a particular embodiment, the bottle includes a hollow body portion adapted to store liquids therein, with an opening on a top of the body portion to access an interior of the bottle. In addition, the bottle includes a sidewall that extends outward around a bottom periphery of the body portion, where the bottle is supported by an edge of the sidewall when the bottle is placed on a planar surface. The sidewall is configured to flex when the bottle is pressed down onto the planar surface to form a vacuum between the body portion and the planar surface to prevent the bottle from moving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Inventor: Farhan Khan
  • Patent number: 8807372
    Abstract: A cap container includes a tank, a conical protrusion, and a stepped coupling. The tank includes an upper rim, a bottom opposite to the upper rim, and a hole formed through the bottom. The conical protrusion includes a lower end, an upper end, an inner wall extending from the lower end to the upper end and defining a channel, and an engagement part formed at the inner wall near the lower end. The channel passes through the lower end and the upper end and communicates with the hole of the tank, and the channel can receive a straw. The stepped coupling has at least one annular groove and is formed at the bottom of the tank. The cap container can be filled with solid food and combined with a top a commercially available drink container such as a bottle or a cup filled with liquid by the engagement part of the conical protrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Highplus International Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chih-Hung Kao
  • Patent number: 8794472
    Abstract: Cover means (10) for a wineglass or like container (24) are made from a flat sheet (10), and comprise means (20, 521) adapted to be bent from the sheet (10) and used to inhibit the cover means (10) from slipping off the container, which inhibiting means (20) comprise an inhibiting element (20), e.g. a tab (20), adapted to be bent from the sheet at one or more bends (22, 50, 54) inwards of the periphery (18) of the cover means (10), whereby the whole of said element (22) is located inwards of and spaced from the periphery (18) or at least one said bend (22) extends inwards from said periphery (18). Two, three or more of said elements (20) may be adapted to be inside and/or outside the rim (26) of the container (24). Such an element (20) may point radially or circumferentially, and may be cut from the sheet (10) (or have a line 12 of weakening for ready separation from the sheet 10) apart from at said bend (22).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Inventor: John Hughes
  • Patent number: 8777048
    Abstract: Drink bottles, or drink containers with cap assemblies that include a drink spout. In some embodiments, the drink spout is pivotally coupled to a base of the cap assembly. In some embodiments, the drink spouts include mouthpieces, including self-sealing mouthpieces. In some embodiments, the cap assembly includes a handle, which may include at least one guard for the drink spout and/or mouthpiece. In some embodiments, the drink containers include a manual on/off valve. In some embodiments, the dispensing spout includes a mount for the mouthpiece and/or cooperates with the cap to provide a manual on/off valve to selectively restrict flow of drink fluid from the drink container regardless of the drink spout's and/or mouthpiece's configuration. In some embodiments, the drink containers include a drink tube extending from external of the drink containers and/or an air return system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: CamelBak Products, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Choi, Barley A. Forsman, Jeremy Galten
  • Publication number: 20140158699
    Abstract: There is a drinking cup assembly comprising an outer cup and an inner cup, the outer cup having a dispensing closure, the inner cup being removably attached to the outer cup. A space is located between the outer cup and the inner cup, can contain an item being insertable into this space. The dispensing closure has an aperture and is adapted to receive a flexible conduit straw and a rotatable lid to open and close the flexible conduit straw. The flexible conduit straw has a weighted lower end of a soft plastic or a material coated with a soft plastic. The outer cup and inner cup are each structured to receive a sealing lid to separately close the outer cup and/or the inner cup. The attachment of the lids may be by one of an interference fit or a threaded attachment. The closure has a recess adjacent to the aperture, the flexible conduit fitting within this recess upon the rotatable lid flexing the conduit to close the conduit. The outer cup has handles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2013
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: Innobaby LLC
    Inventors: Jee Yeon Yoo Kim, Kristen Yoohee Min
  • Patent number: 8733582
    Abstract: A cup (22) includes a base (26) and a wall (30) with an integral straw (36). A lid (24) includes a flange (52) for mating with the cup (22) to establish an assembled position of the drinking assembly (20). The lid (24) defines an orifice (66) aligned with the integral straw (36) in the assembled position, and a flexible straw (68) is disposed within the orifice (66). The flexible straw (68) has a nipple portion (70) extending to an inlet end (72) disposed in abutting relationship with the integral straw (36) in the assembled position to establish a compression fit between the flexible straw (68) and the integral straw (36). The lid (24) is also stackable with identical lids (24) and includes a cavity (60) extending between first and second ends (62, 64). The orifice (66) is disposed about one of the ends (64) and the cavity (60) has an open portion (90) disposed about the other of the ends (62) for receiving a nipple portion (70) of the identical lid (24) being stacked in alternating relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Inventors: David Fioritto, Domenic Belcastro
  • Patent number: 8714393
    Abstract: Cup lid with integrated container(s) that couples with the top of a cup. The cup and cup lid form at least two containment volumes, Embodiments enable easy containment, inclusion of fresh food, transportation and access of solid or liquid in the container and cup without disengagement of the cup lid from the cup. Coupling elements that couple the cup lid to the cup, or that couple containers to the lid cavity may be non-permanent, semi-permanent or permanent. Simplifies eating and drinking from one container and cup in a theater or stadium having seats for example that provide one cup-holder per seat. Provides one free hand to hold a child's hand for safety while in stadiums and amusement parks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Inventor: Ronald Mark Buck
  • Patent number: 8708181
    Abstract: Lid with integrated container(s) that couples with the top of a cup/can. The lid and cup/can form at least two containment volumes, Embodiments enable easy containment, inclusion of fresh food, transportation and access of solid or liquid in the container and cup/can without disengagement of the lid from the cup/can. Contents of the lid container may be accessed, partially consumed, replaced in the container and resealed at any time as desired by the user. Additionally, an independent drop-in container within the lid cavity may be resealed and removed from the lid cavity and taken to other locations such as home, work, or car. Simplifies eating and drinking from one unified container and cup in a theater or stadium having seats for example that provide one cup-holder per seat. Provides one free hand to hold a child's hand for safety while in stadiums and amusement parks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Inventor: Ronald Mark Buck
  • Patent number: 8695845
    Abstract: Top mounting can container that couples with a can. One or more embodiment enables simultaneous access to both the contents of the can and contents of the container. A half circle cut-out in the lid provides for spill free snacking from an independent vessel. Various configurations enable the inclusion of fresh food, eating and drinking from a straw if desired while standing and walking and access of solid or liquid in the container and can. Coupling elements that couple the top mounting can container to the can, may utilize any type of easily removable or semi-removable technology. Simplifies eating and drinking from one container and can in a theater or stadium having seats for example that provide one beverage holder per seat. Provides one free hand to hold a child's hand for safety while in stadiums and amusement parks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Inventor: Ronald Mark Buck
  • Patent number: 8689989
    Abstract: A drink bottle with a removable lid includes an inner lid attached to the mouth of the bottle and an outer lid pivotably mounted on the inner lid. A drink spout extends from the inner lid. The outer lid may be locked into a closed position covering the drink spout. A push button on the inner lid can be operated to release the locked outer lid, permitting the outer lid to open to permit drinking from the drink spout. The push button moves a lid slide that extends opposite to the hinge and contains an extension that engages with a notch in the upper lid to hold the upper lid closed. On actuating the push button, the lid slide is pulled toward the push button and the extension at the other end of the lid slide moves out of engagement of the outer lid, thereby opening the outer lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Thermos L.L.C.
    Inventor: Marvin Lane
  • Patent number: 8672174
    Abstract: A lid assembly including a cover member for attachment to a container, the cover including first and second apertures providing access to contents of the container; a drinking member having a bore there through, the drinking member pivotal between a first closed position wherein the drinking member seals the first aperture and a second open position wherein the bore is aligned with the first aperture to allow contents of the container to pass through the first aperture and the drinking member; and a closure member pivotal between a first closed position wherein the closure member seals the second aperture and a second open position wherein the second aperture is exposed to allow contents of the container to pass there through.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Leedsworld, Inc.
    Inventor: Morgan Requel McMullin
  • Patent number: 8672169
    Abstract: A novelty item comprises a drinking cup having a sidewall formed with a groove extending about its perimeter. A jewelry item, preferably constituting a necklace, bracelet or the like, is formed with an elastic loop and a plurality of elongated jeweled dangles each having one end fixed to the loop, at spaced points, and the other end free. The loop is dimensioned so that its unstretched length is less than the perimeter of the sidewall of the cup so that the loop may be stretched to fit over the sidewall of the cup and into the groove to retain the jewelry on the exterior of the sidewall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Inventor: Erik Lipson
  • Publication number: 20140069885
    Abstract: An infant cup includes a container, a lid, and an elbow straw. The container is configured to receive and hold a fluid and contains an opening at the top of the container. Furthermore, the lid is sealingly engaged with the container and includes an outlet configured to output the contents of the container. Moreover, the elbow straw is rotatably coupled to the lid and configured to sit and rotate within the container when the lid is coupled to the container. Additionally, the straw is weighted and thus, no matter what direction a child tips the infant cup, the tip of the straw will always rotate to be in contact with the fluid within the container. The elbow straw is also removable from the lid for ease of cleaning. The container may also contain handles attached to the outside of the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Inventors: Ryan Paxson, Charlie Smith, Domenic T. Gubitosi
  • Publication number: 20140069944
    Abstract: An infant cup lid includes a base, a cap, and a straw. The base contains an aperture configured to receive a straw. Furthermore, the cap is rotatably coupled to the base and also includes an opening configured to receive the straw. Moreover, the base is configured to attached to a cup or container that contains fluid for consumption by a user. Through selective rotation of the cap about the base by a user, a portion of the straw is crimped or pinched, sealing the straw. This prevents the contents of the cup from spilling or leaking out of the cup, infant cup lid, or straw.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: David Shapiro, Charlie Smith
  • Patent number: 8646647
    Abstract: A straw-loosening-prevention lid has a body and a straw part. The straw part has a through hole, multiple abutting fins, a straw hole, a closing flake and multiple connecting contacts. Since the straw hole is surrounded by the abutting fins, a diameter of the straw hole can be smaller than a diameter of a straw. When the straw is inserted downward into the straw hole, the abutting fins are pushed by the straw, are bent downward and then clamp the straw. Afterward, when the straw is going to move upward, the friction force between the straw and the abutting fins makes the abutting fins bend upward to the original angle and clamp the straw more tightly. As a result, the straw clamped by the abutting fins is hard to move upward, which prevents the straw from slipping out easily.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Inventor: Li-Ho Yao
  • Patent number: 8622237
    Abstract: Drink bottles, or containers, with bite-actuated mouthpieces. In some embodiments, the mouthpieces are self-sealing mouthpieces that are biased to return from a dispensing configuration to a closed configuration. The bottles may be rigid or collapsible and may include a removable cap assembly. In some embodiments, the bottles include a manual on/off valve adapted to prevent drink fluid from being dispensed regardless of the mouthpiece's configuration. In some embodiments, the bottles include a straw extending into the bottle and/or a drink tube extending from external of the bottle and/or an air return system. In some embodiments, the bottles include a dispensing spout that is pivotally coupled to the cap of the drink bottle. In some embodiments, the dispensing spout includes a mount for the mouthpiece and/or cooperates with the cap to provide a manual on/off valve to selectively restrict flow of drink fluid from the bottle regardless of the mouthpiece's configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: CamelBak Products, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Choi, Barley A. Forsman, Jeremy Galten
  • Patent number: 8608016
    Abstract: A straw having a flexible portion. The flexible portion of the straw is removably coupleable to a lid. The straw may be bent to engage a straw latch on the lid, sealing the straw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Wilton Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Chiu, David Starr, Mason Umholtz, Stephanie Guttas, Traci Chapple
  • Patent number: 8596491
    Abstract: Cup lid with integrated container(s) that couples with the top of a cup. The cup and cup lid form at least two containment volumes, Embodiments enable easy containment, inclusion of fresh food, transportation and access of solid or liquid in the container and cup without disengagement of the cup lid from the cup. Coupling elements that couple the cup lid to the cup, or that couple containers to the lid cavity may be non-permanent, semi-permanent or permanent. Simplifies eating and drinking from one container and cup in a theater or stadium having seats for example that provide one cup-holder per seat. Provides one free hand to hold a child's hand for safety while in stadiums and amusement parks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Inventor: Ronald Mark Buck
  • Patent number: 8590730
    Abstract: Top mounting can container that couples with a can. One or more embodiment enables simultaneous access to both the contents of the can and contents of the container. A half circle cut-out in the lid provides for spill free snacking from an independent vessel. Various configurations enable the inclusion of fresh food, eating and drinking from a straw if desired while standing and walking and access of solid or liquid in the container and can. Coupling elements that couple the top mounting can container to the can, may utilize any type of easily removable or semi-removable technology. Simplifies eating and drinking from one container and can in a theater or stadium having seats for example that provide one beverage holder per seat. Provides one free hand to hold a child's hand for safety while in stadiums and amusement parks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Inventor: Ronald Mark Buck
  • 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: 8579138
    Abstract: The cocktail glass cover is a cover for beverage glasses. The cover is designed with raised ridges on its underside that permit the cover to rest securely on glasses of various sizes. An opening is formed in the cover to receive a straw therethrough. The opening can be optionally closed with a removable knob. The knob is color-coded to allow a drinker to distinguish one beverage from another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Inventors: Will C. Jamison, Lynette P. Jamison
  • Patent number: 8544676
    Abstract: One aspect of the invention provides a system including a container defining a chamber for holding a beverage, a lid for engaging the container, a drinking straw located on the lid, and a fluid router detachable from the lid to facilitate the withdrawal of the beverage from the container. The fluid router includes a base adapted for placement in the proximity to an opening of the container, and a conduit having a first and a second ends disposed on the base. The fluid router can further include a connector disposed on the base and adapted to engage a thermal energy storage member located in the chamber. The first conduit end is adapted to engage the drinking straw. The system can further include a second straw engaged with the second conduit end and positioned in the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Cool Gear International, LLC
    Inventors: Donna Roth, Henry Roth
  • Patent number: 8534486
    Abstract: A container cover prevents spillage of contents. In one embodiment, the container cover includes a flexible body having a first portion that can be stretched over a mouth of a container. The container cover also includes a second portion providing a periphery around the first portion that can contract against the sides of a container on which the container cover is placed to hold the cover in position. The first portion when stretched over the mouth of the container has an extension forming an area of slack for the container cover to allow the container cover to expand as a result of increased pressure within the container. The container cover further includes the first portion also including an aperture to receive a tube for withdrawing contents from the container. The first portion of the container cover includes a venting system. The venting system is provided by a valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Inventor: Melissa Edmunds
  • Patent number: 8505755
    Abstract: A straw holder for vertically supporting a drinking straw in the mouth of a bottle containing a beverage to be consumed and for limiting vertical movement of the straw with respect to the bottle. The straw holder includes a straw support portion dimensioned for placement across the mouth of the bottle and having an aperture defined in the straw support. The aperture receives the drinking straw so that the straw is disposed through the aperture with a leading edge of the straw positioned in the bottle in communication with the beverage. The aperture is dimensioned for adjustably maintaining a vertical position of the leading edge of the straw in the bottle once a desired vertical position is selected. The straw holder also includes a bottle retaining portion coupled to the straw support portion for maintaining the position of the straw support across the mouth of the bottle. The bottle retaining portion includes at least one turn dimensioned for engaging the neck of the bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Greenberg Surgical Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Alex M. Greenberg
  • Publication number: 20130200086
    Abstract: A lid for a cup is described, where the lid acts to hold a bottle with a neck upside down inside the cup. The lid includes a rim attachment mechanism allowing the lid to be attached to the cup, a dome connected to the rim attachment mechanism and having a aperture therein, and a bottle receptacle extending into the interior of the dome through the aperture in the dome, wherein the bottle receptacle is formed to accept the neck of the bottle and to hold the bottle in a fixed position relative to the lid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2012
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Inventor: Alexander K. Miller
  • 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: 8464896
    Abstract: The invention is a container or container lid, including but not limited to a container or lid or container-lid combination of the kind commonly used to distribute bulk-dispensed beverages that features an integrated component used for attaching and holding a straw vertically to the outside of the container. The integrated component may be made a part of the container or a part of the lid, and may take any of a variety of shapes as described in the specification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Inventor: Brian Beary
  • Patent number: 8459484
    Abstract: A system for aiding in drinking from a drink container is provided. The system includes a spring-style, flexible straw located inside a drink container such that when the container is closed the straw is compressed. A lever located on the exterior top portion of the container can be used to produce a circular orifice in the top of the container. When the container is opened via the circular orifice, the straw automatically extends through the orifice in the top of the container, thereby allowing a person to use the straw to drink the liquid in the container. Whereas the lower portion of the straw is spirally shaped like a spring mechanism, the upper portion of the straw is straight and an accordion mechanism is located at a base of the upper portion to allow the consumer to bend the straw when sipping from the straw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Inventor: Raul Ravelo
  • Patent number: 8453865
    Abstract: A beverage container with a tamper resistant lid includes a cylindrical reservoir with an open upper end in communication with an interior beverage compartment. Formed about the open upper end is an annular rim. The tamper resistant lid includes a circular panel with an annular lip depending therefrom. Positioned on the inwardly facing surface of the lip are a plurality of juxtaposed, inwardly-extending flanges. The flanges are flexible but resilient such that, when the lid is pressed onto the open upper end of the container, the flanges initially expand to circumvent the rim, and subsequently contract to grip the lower surface thereof to retain the lid on the container. The lid includes any one of a plurality of secure dispensing means to dispense a beverage from the beverage compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Inventor: Jon C. Bobier
  • Publication number: 20130126527
    Abstract: A straw having a flexible portion. The flexible portion of the straw is removably coupleable to a lid. The straw may be bent to engage a straw latch on the lid, sealing the straw.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Inventors: Jeffrey Chiu, David Starr, Mason Umholtz, Stephanie Guttas, Traci Chapple
  • Publication number: 20130092699
    Abstract: The beverage can sealer and holder functions as a unit. The beverage can sealer is the screw cap for the holder of the beverage can and has a circular ridge which, when screwed onto the beverage can holder, compresses a peripheral circular zone on the top surface of a beverage can to seal it airtight. A resealable drink spout is incorporated into the beverage can sealer. The drink spout is opened when it is pulled up and closed when pressed down. This art allows people to enjoy canned beverage while engaging in activities and maintains the pressure within the opened can when the unfinished beverage is stored.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2012
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Inventor: Richard Qi Li
  • Patent number: 8418864
    Abstract: A feeding bottle includes a flask, a teat and a connecting ring intended to fix the teat to the flask, at an opening in the latter, defined by a neck, and a connecting ring configured such that there is at least one locking position in which the connecting ring is fixed to the flask and an unlocking position in which the ring to be removed from the flask.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Cosco Management, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank Ravard, Joseph Mazoyer, Frederic Strubi
  • Publication number: 20130087571
    Abstract: A straw-loosening-prevention lid has a body and a straw part. The straw part has a through hole, multiple abutting fins, a straw hole, a closing flake and multiple connecting contacts. Because the straw hole is surrounded by the abutting fins, a diameter of the straw hole can be smaller than a diameter of a straw. When the straw is inserted downward into the straw hole, the abutting fins are pushed by the straw, are bent downward and then clamp the straw. Afterward, when the straw is going to move upward, the friction force between the straw and the abutting fins makes the abutting fins bend upward to the original angle and clamp the straw more tightly. As a result, the straw clamped by the abutting fins is hard to move upward, which prevents the straw from slipping out easily.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Publication date: April 11, 2013
    Inventor: Li-Ho Yao
  • Patent number: 8381935
    Abstract: Cup lid with integrated container(s) that couples with the top of a cup. The cup and cup lid form at least two containment volumes, Embodiments enable easy containment, inclusion of fresh food, transportation and access of solid or liquid in the container and cup without disengagement of the cup lid from the cup. Contents of the lid container may be accessed, partially consumed, replaced in the container and resealed at any time as desired by the user. Additionally, an independent drop-in container within the lid cavity may be resealed and removed from the lid cavity and taken to other locations such as home, work, or car. Simplifies eating and drinking from one unified container and cup in a theater or stadium having seats for example that provide one cup-holder per seat. Provides one free hand to hold a child's hand for safety while in stadiums and amusement parks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Inventor: Ronald Mark Buck
  • Patent number: 8376173
    Abstract: A drinking container including a main body and a removable lid. The lid includes an opening configured to receive a straw. The lid includes a removable cover having an opening configured to receive an upper portion of the straw. The cover includes a slide mechanism adapted to move and bend the straw to close the opening. The straw is bent at an angle to prevent closing or kinking of the straw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Learning Curve Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: James J. Britto, John J. Krammes, Mary O'Brien, Jen Gomes
  • Patent number: 8376165
    Abstract: A drink container with suction pipe is provided. The container comprises a container body, a cap assembly and a flexible straw; the cap assembly comprises an inner cap and a valve assembly which can open and close the passage between inside and outside of the container body by respectively extending and bending the flexible straw; and the cap assembly also comprises a venting switch assembly which comprises a venting valve hole mounted on the inner cap, a float venting valve, protrusions mounted respectively on both ends of the inner side of the slide sheet, and hollow portion mounted between two the protrusions. The float venting valve is movably mounted to the venting valve hole and comprises one or a plurality of elastic protrusions on its contact surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Inventor: Yat San Chiang
  • Patent number: 8354130
    Abstract: A system for facilitating a user's intake of edible substances. The system may include a first portion, a second portion, and a partition unit disposed between the first portion and the second portion. A first space may be located between the first portion and the partition unit for containing a first edible substance. A second space may be located between the second portion and the partition unit for containing a second edible substance. The system may also include a tube for causing a change at the partition unit to open an opening between the first space and the second space, and for transmitting a portion of an edible mixture to the mouth of the user. The edible mixture may include part of the first edible substance provided from the first space and part of the second edible substance provided from the second space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Inventor: Yi-Ming Tseng
  • Patent number: 8336724
    Abstract: A beverage container is configured to prevent a beverage from leaking out even when a user tilts the container, and to allow the user to easily drink the beverage even when pressure within the container is negative. The beverage container can include a container main body, a base member, and a cap body. The base member can have a vent for regulating a pressure variation in the container main body, and a ventilation valve for introducing air from the outside when the pressure within the container main body becomes negative in relation to the outside pressure and capable of preventing leakage of a liquid beverage contained in the container main body. The cap body can include a ventilation open/close hood capable of changing the state of the vent to a ventilation state or a closed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Pigeon Corporation
    Inventors: Daisuke Yamashita, Yoshiyuki Oushi
  • Patent number: 8307755
    Abstract: A container with an improved structure includes a body having an opening. The opening is covered with a cover. The bottom of the cover has a first assembly part. A supporting base is accommodated inside the body. One end of the supporting base has a second assembly part to hang on the first assembly part. The other end of the supporting base has a connecting part for connecting with an infusion object. When the supporting base is hung on the first assembly part using its second assembly part, the supporting base can be shaken with a force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Inventor: Tzu-Yuan Shen
  • Patent number: 8302804
    Abstract: A lid (18) for a drinking container (14) includes an engagement means (26) for removably securing the lid (18) to the drinking container (14). The lid (18) is formed as a one piece unit and has a deformable spout (20) with a liquid outlet (46). The one piece lid is further provided with an air inlet (22) for the ingress of air into the container (14). Defamation of the spout (20) effects opening of the liquid outlet (46) and the air inlet (22). The spout (20) may be disposed in a forward position on the lid (18). The container wall may lean in the forwards direction when the container is seated on its base (16) on a level surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Jackel Holdings Victoria Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Jon Seddon
  • Publication number: 20120273500
    Abstract: A lid with a container has a cover and a container. The container is attached securely to an outer side of the cover, and the container has an inner cavity and a top opening. With the container attached to the cover, the customers can put the packed seasonings like sugar, coffee cream or even cookies in the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2011
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Inventor: Li-Ho Yao