Sanitary Lip Guard Patents (Class 220/716)
  • Patent number: 8960476
    Abstract: A germ-free beverage lid system; a protective covering specially designed for the plastic lids that are used for beverages sold in coffee house chains, fast food restaurants, convenience stores, and similar outlets. The intent is to provide a more hygienic means of offering these type of lids to consumers, helping to create a sterile cup lid to stop the spread of germs and bacteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Inventor: Adrian Nurse, Sr.
  • 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: 8720740
    Abstract: The invention relates to a reclosable closure (100) of a liquid container, in particular a beverage can (200), comprising a lid (300) that closes the liquid container by way of a flanged edge (310) and comprising a cover (400), with the lid (300) having an outlet opening (320) which can be exposed by twisting the cover (400) arranged on the lid (300), and the lid (300) comprises at least one recess (360, 361) for accommodating at least one sealing means (430) between the lid (300) and the cover (400).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Xolution GmbH
    Inventor: Christian Bratsch
  • Patent number: 8695842
    Abstract: A protector for containers for improving hygiene conditions, especially for cans with an essentially cylindrical form. The protector includes an upper protector element covering the upper part of the container and a lower ring arranged peripherally around the container connected to the upper protector element by a hinge section. The upper protector element also includes a ring pull projecting towards the outside in a downwards direction from the body of the upper protector element and having a cambered form following the contour of the can.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Inventors: Jose Francisco Gonzalez Sanchez, Francisco Javier Cana Martinez
  • Patent number: 8622238
    Abstract: A rotatable pull-tab assembly for a beverage container having a handle member which is displaceable from a storage position to a seal plate opening position, a seal plate opener which causes a seal plate of a beverage container to open upon displacement of the handle member, and a cover plate member which substantially covers an opening of a beverage container when the rotatable pull-tab assembly is in a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Inventor: John Kaper
  • Patent number: 8616399
    Abstract: Disclosed is a plastic lid for a container, which has a mounting hole in the lid's center and an in-and-out hole that is tightly closed until opened for the first time, and which has a plastic opening mechanism that can additionally pivotally cover the in-and-out hole. The opening mechanism has a valve that has a hole around which there are at least two latches which interact with a knob that has an arm terminated with a cylindrical element that has at least one carrier and is able to rotate in the mounting hole. The valve and the knob are sealed and immobilized with a plastic foil. Once opened, the in-and-out hole can be covered again using the valve and the mouth contact area using a plastic hygienic cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Commodum Arkadiusz Kaczmarski
    Inventors: Bogumil Milkowski, Dariusz Lewandowski, Andrzej Toborowicz
  • Patent number: 8490818
    Abstract: A cover assembly for allowing a drinking opening in beverage container assembly to be selectively covered. The beverage container assembly comprises a cup and a lid and the drinking opening is formed in an upper wall of the raised portion of the lid. The cover assembly comprises a substantially planar cover member and a substrate. The cover member comprises first and second layers and defines a cover portion, a surrounding cover portion, and a perimeter edge. The first layer is a structural layer having flexural characteristics that allow the cover member to be transported by engaging opposing portions of the perimeter edge of the cover member without substantially deforming the cover member. The second layer defines an adhesive surface adapted to detachably attach the cover member to the substrate and the lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Fastcap, LLC
    Inventor: Paul Akers
  • Patent number: 8336730
    Abstract: A protective seal for application onto a beverage can, which is capable by virtue of its geometric configuration of providing efficient sealing against possible contamination that may come into contact with the upper outer portion of the can, and providing high resistance to penetration of substances and/or contaminants onto the can surface by virtue of the cooperation of compressive forces exerted by the surfaces of the protective seal onto the can.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: CBE—Companhia Brasileira De Embalagens S/A
    Inventor: Jacques Pontes
  • Patent number: 8272532
    Abstract: A beverage container lid for a container base having a reservoir, the lid comprising a shell removably mountable on the base comprising a first drink passage that extends through the shell and communicates with ambient and a cartridge removably engageable to the shell. A second drink passage is in communication with the first drink passage and is formed between an outer surface of the cartridge and inner surface of the shell. The cartridge comprises a valve that is moveable between an open condition and closed condition to control communication between the reservoir and second drink passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Helen of Troy Limited
    Inventors: Peter Michaelian, Eric Freitag, Erica Eden, Dean DiPietro
  • Publication number: 20120204397
    Abstract: A drinking assistant to be used on a beverage can. The drinking assistant includes a cover portion coupled to the top of the beverage can and a skirt portion coupled to the outer surface of the cylindrical body of the drinking container. The cover portion and the skirt portion form a lid structure. The cover portion can have a recess portion having an edge substantially aligned with the edge of an opening on the top of the beverage can.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2012
    Publication date: August 16, 2012
    Inventor: Chih-Cheng Tai
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20120111879
    Abstract: In order to remarkably improve sanitation and convenience in use by allowing a user to drink a beverage in a state in which the user stably supports a beverage container, without contacting the lips with the beverage container, the present invention provides a beverage container including a body having a size that can be gripped by a user, and including a space in which a beverage is contained and a discharge port through which the beverage is discharged at an upper end thereof, and a chin rest protruding outward from the body to a predetermined size so that, in a state in which an end of the chin rest contacts one side from a user's lower lip to a chin, the body is pivoted to discharge the beverage into a user's mouth with the discharge port spaced apart from the mouth, and a radius of rotation from the end to the discharge port corresponds to a distance from the user's mouth to a position at which the end is supported.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2010
    Publication date: May 10, 2012
    Inventor: Shi Eun Jung
  • Publication number: 20110278314
    Abstract: The present invention provides an improved sealing means, typically a lid, for a beverage container. Positioned, between the annular cover portion of the lid and the rim of the beverage container, is a liquid permeable filter, this filter having an opening for receiving a mounting member in the form of a protrusion, which extends from the annular cover portion, downwards, through the annular cover portion, into the beverage container, where the inner peripheral edge of the opening of the liquid permeable filter is attached around the outer periphery of the protrusion. With a protrusion in the form of a tube surrounding an opening in the annular cover portion, food additives are allowed to be inserted after the lid has been mounted to the drinking container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2009
    Publication date: November 17, 2011
    Inventor: Lars Bendix
  • Patent number: 8056755
    Abstract: A spill-resistant beverage container having an inwardly projecting, annular contoured lip forming an aperture at the top of a beverage reservoir. The aperture is smaller than the diameter of the top rim of the reservoir. The contoured lip reduces spillage, especially when used with shallow containers such as a martini glass. A smaller aperture in the surface of the contoured lip enables beverage consumption, either directly by mouth or through a straw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Inventor: Margaret R. Williams
  • Publication number: 20110084085
    Abstract: A lip guard for use with beverage or food dispensers and vessels to prevent the transfer of germs, bacteria, viruses, and other contaminants to the user of the vessel. The lip guard is comprised of guard section (8B), base section (8A), and can be attached to vessels and dispensers. Guard section (8B) of the lip guard works to prevent the spread of germs by coming into contact with the vessel at a point below the lip and rim area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2010
    Publication date: April 14, 2011
    Inventor: Christopher J. McPeck
  • Publication number: 20100288827
    Abstract: A lid for a cup includes an annular wall with a top rim and a bottom base. The annular wall is insertable into a cup wherein an exterior face of the annular wall produces a compressive force against an interior face of the cup sufficient to create a seal along a continuous path circumscribing the interior face of the annular wall of the cup.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2010
    Publication date: November 18, 2010
    Inventor: Michael Lyle Booth
  • Patent number: 7828170
    Abstract: A drinking aid adapted to engage, and facilitate drinking by a user from, a liquid container having a rim and an opening. The drinking aid has a body at least a portion of which defines a U-shaped groove adapted to receive the rim of the container when the rim slips into the groove and to create a mechanical engagement between the rim and the drinking aid. The body also engages the container to create a frictional fit between the drinking aid and the container. At least one of a column or angled arms disposed on the body form a V-shaped or U-shaped funnel directing and centering fluid from the container to an orifice either formed in the column or defined by the angled arms. The drinking aid prevents spillage of the liquid from the container when the user tilts the container to pour liquid through the orifice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Inventor: Elijah G. Cohen
  • Patent number: 7594584
    Abstract: A cup lid comprising a base cup lid having a drink-through opening formed therein in a planar top portion thereof, and a rotatable stopper associated therewith so as to selectively provide a sealed and unsealed relationship between said drink-through opening and a opening in said rotatable stopper. The base cup lid and the rotatable stopper are mated to one another by the use of convoluted portions on each part which form a sliding tongue and groove relationship. The rotatable stopper has an actuator that can be used to move the rotatable stopper from a closed position wherein the opening in the rotatable stopper and the drink-through opening in the base cup lid, are not aligned, to an open position where the opening in the rotatable stopper and the drink-through opening in the base cup lid, are aligned. An easily operated resealable cup lid is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2009
    Assignee: Amhil Enterprises
    Inventors: Terrance N. Durdon, Valentin Augustin Buzan, Pieter W. Lubbe
  • Publication number: 20080149650
    Abstract: A cup accessory (“A Hygiene Cup Barrier”) (FIGS. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8) that is placed between the rim of a cup and the mouth. This device blocks the direct contact between the cup and the mouth to prevent cup-to-mouth transfer of potential contaminants, thus providing better hygiene for an individual and the public. The cup barrier has various kinds of size, shape, design, materials, and consistency. It can be colorless transparent or colored. It can be disposable or reusable. It is packed in a clean or sterile manner so that the user can place the cup barrier over the cup without contaminating it before using.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2006
    Publication date: June 26, 2008
    Inventor: Stanley Kim
  • Patent number: 7270246
    Abstract: A non-circular can end for a container having walls which form an opening includes a corner-mounted pull tab opener secured to a severable panel portion by an integral rivet. The corner-mounted opener facilitates easy opening of the can end. A pair of generally parallel bead recesses on either side of the integral rivet stiffen the severable panel portion in order to facilitate bending of the panel aft of the rivet to easily open the can end. The severable panel optionally further includes a mustache-shaped scoreline to reduce the amount of force required to lift the opener. Tooling and a conversion press for converting shells into the non-circular can ends are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2007
    Assignee: Stolle Machinery Company, LLC
    Inventors: Gregory H. Butcher, Kenneth F. Fultz, Mark R. Mitchell, David A. Stradling, Greg S. Williams
  • Patent number: 7175042
    Abstract: A disposable cup lid for placement onto the rim of a drinking cup is provided. The cup lid comprises a cover portion having a drinking access port and a condiment opening, a rim portion, and a flexible arm having a sealing member. The cup lid is structured in such a manner that when the condiment opening is not in use, the condiment opening is sealably closed by the sealing member of the flexible arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2007
    Assignee: Amhill Enterprises
    Inventor: Terry Durdon
  • Patent number: 7111749
    Abstract: A cover piece and method for covering an opening of a drinking container, such as in the lid of a coffee cup. The cover piece has sufficient flexural stiffness so that it can be grasped conveniently and properly positioned over the opening, and yet is sufficiently flexible so that it can properly perform its opening operation. It comprises a cover section having a greater lateral length dimension, and a tab extending outwardly from the cover portion when the cover piece is in the covering position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2006
    Inventor: Paul Akers
  • Patent number: 6886707
    Abstract: The disclosure describes a one-piece lid for a cup, the lid comprising: a top wall having a generally circular periphery; an annular side wall depending from the top wall about its periphery; an annular mounting portion at a bottom of a side wall for sealingly engaging the lip of the drinking cup; the lid having a drinking opening therein adjacent the periphery to enable drinking from the cup without removal of the lid; the top wall including a recessed portion adjacent to the drinking opening for receiving the upper lip of a person drinking from the cup; at least one vent opening, which is separate from the drink opening, is positioned on the top wall; a flap integrally hinged to the lid, the flap, when in a covering position, has dimensions that permit the flap to cover the drinking opening and vent opening, the flap having an underside provided with a button, which is positioned to be received within the drinking opening, and at least one plug, which is positioned to be received within the vent opening, an
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2005
    Assignee: Capitol Cups, Inc.
    Inventor: Jean Pierre Giraud
  • Patent number: 6708748
    Abstract: A beverage can with a protective cover, a blank for it, as well as a method and device for application of a protective cover to the lid area of a beverage can, wherein the protective cover is made of embossed aluminum foil. An essentially flat blank of the embossed aluminum foil, while covering at least the can lid, is brought into contact with the beverage can and, while being shaped in a ductile manner, is molded to at least the can lid. The cans, while in an upright position, are conveyed with a conveyor apparatus beneath a placement apparatus for blanks made of embossed aluminum foil, which placement apparatus places the blanks onto the top area of the cans while pressing them, at least partially, against the lid area and/or the can edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2004
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventors: Volker Kronseder, Stephan Maschke, Reinhold Spindler
  • Patent number: 6648169
    Abstract: A beverage can having an indentation on the top portion to accommodate the nose of the consumer and an indentation on the wall portion to accommodate the lip of the consumer, thus minimizing spillage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2003
    Inventor: Kenneth L. Berger
  • Patent number: 6612456
    Abstract: A drink-through cup lid, adapted to matingly engage the upper peripheral edge of a drinking cup so as to selectively maintain the lid in a covering relationship on the cup, includes a rim engaging portion and a central cover portion. The central cover portion further has a hinged portion which is selectively depressible to so as to provide a drinking opening in the lid, the hinged portion is biased so as to selectively substantially return to its normally closed position within the plane of the central cover portion upon removal of pressure there-against. The hinged portion includes a hollow raised tab integrally formed thereon. A recess which is integrally formed on the central cover portion of the lid is adapted to selectively receive the raised tab of the hinged portion in detachable locking engagement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2003
    Assignee: Wincup Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Bobby V. Hundley, Joseph H. Quatmann
  • Patent number: 6450358
    Abstract: A hygienic beverage can attachment is formed as a cap for a metal pop-top beverage can. The cap attachment is formed of a liquid-impervious, elastically resilient material that has a skirt with a radially inwardly directed lip at its outer periphery and with a drinking port defined completely through its structure. The drinking port is spaced radially inwardly from the periphery of the cap attachment for alignment with the drinking opening in the pop-top beverage can. A collar having a radially outwardly directed flange is located on the underside of the cap coaxially about the drinking port. The cap fits onto the beverage can so that the lip of the skirt engages the bead at the top of the beverage can and so that the lower extremity of the collar projects through the drinking aperture in the top of the can. The flange at the lower extremity of the collar engages the underside of the top of the beverage can at the drinking opening therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2002
    Inventor: Carlo Berro
  • Publication number: 20010040163
    Abstract: Disclosed is a cover mountable to a beverage container and mounting method and apparatus thereof. The container cover detachably mountable to an upper surface of a beverage container comprises a body which is formed to have substantially a disc-shaped configuration. The body is partly cut away from an edge toward a center thereof thereby to define a beverage discharging opening which has a predetermined width and a predetermined contour. The beverage discharging opening is capable of being selectively communicated with a discharging hole of the beverage container as the body is rotated. An inner end of the beverage discharging opening is delimited by a rotation guiding part which has a predetermined curvature to guide rotation of the body. The body has a straw insertion hole which is defined therein at a predetermined location to have a predetermined diameter in a manner such that a straw can be inserted therethrough.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2001
    Publication date: November 15, 2001
    Applicant: Conic Korea Inc.
    Inventor: Jong Hoon Song
  • Patent number: 6305571
    Abstract: A splashless lid device for dispensing fluid contained in a drinking container, wherein the container includes a lip portion which defines an opening into the container. A mounting portion is configured to sealingly engage the lip portion of the container and to be removable. A top cover is coupled to the mounting portion and extends substantially laterally across the container opening when the mounting portion is sealingly engaged with the container lip. The top cover includes a top wall and a bottom wall cooperating to define an interior cavity. The top wall has a drinking port in flow communication with the interior cavity. The bottom wall defines a baffle opening which extends into the interior cavity and is adapted to reduce splashing of fluid through the opening fluid dispensed from the container must pass through the baffle opening and into the interior cavity before passing through the drinking port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2001
    Inventor: Donny Chu
  • Publication number: 20010022304
    Abstract: The present invention provides a container (2) comprising a body (4) having an opening (8) therein and a lid (6) adapted to close the opening (8). The peripheral edge (10) of the body having a first tapered section (11) defined by a first interior angle (y) and the lid (6) having a second tapered section (13) defined by a second interior angle (z). The first interior angle (y) being greater than the second interior angle (z) and the second tapered section (13) enclosing the first tapered section (11) when a sealing engagement is formed between the lid (6) and the body (4).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2001
    Publication date: September 20, 2001
    Inventor: Howard Roche
  • Publication number: 20010019058
    Abstract: Disclosed is a cover mountable to a beverage container and mounting method and apparatus thereof. The container cover detachably mountable to an upper surface of a beverage container comprises a body which is formed to have substantially a disc-shaped configuration. The body is partly cut away from an edge toward a center thereof thereby to define a beverage discharging opening which has a predetermined width and a predetermined contour. The beverage discharging opening is capable of being selectively communicated with a discharging hole of the beverage container as the body is rotated. An inner end of the beverage discharging opening is delimited by a rotation guiding part which has a predetermined curvature to guide rotation of the body. The body has a straw insertion hole which is defined therein at a predetermined location to have a predetermined diameter in a manner such that a straw can be inserted therethrough.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2001
    Publication date: September 6, 2001
    Applicant: Conic Korea Inc.
    Inventor: Jong Hoon Song
  • Patent number: 6073797
    Abstract: A sanitary lid includes a top portion and a side portion. The top portion has an aperture formed therethrough, and the side portion extends downwardly from the top portion. A rim-engaging annulus is formed between the top portion and the side portion. The rim-engaging annulus is configured to be releasably engagable with a rim of a can. A seal member is disposed on an inner side of the top portion at or near the aperture and projects downwardly therefrom. The sanitary lid is configured so that when the rim-engaging annulus is engaged with the rim of the can, the aperture is substantially aligned with an orifice of the can, and the seal member forms a seal with the orifice. Accordingly, the beverage in the can is able to flow through the orifice, across the seal member, and through the aperture without contacting the top of the can.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2000
    Inventor: Paul R. Barous
  • Patent number: 5813559
    Abstract: A beverage can, provided with sanitary covering means for normally covering the lip portion of the rim nearest the opening cover of the can during storage, is disclosed. The sanitary covering means may be formed separately from the attached lever opener. In this case, the sanitary covering means is rotatably attached on the top of the can by the opener's rivet at a portion between the lever opener and the top of the can. Alternatively, the sanitary covering means may be cast with the lever opener as a single structure. In this case, the lever opener is rotatably rivetted on the top of the can and radially extends outward while being widened in order to form a sanitary cover part used as the sanitary covering means and passes over the rim in order to form a rim cover part covering a part of the rim. The rim cover part may be curved in order to movably surround a part of the rim's top.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 29, 1998
    Inventor: Sung Ho Cho
  • Patent number: 5618106
    Abstract: A drink making receptacle for mixing and dispensing beverages including a lid with rotation means mounted on the lid and rotation means on the receptacle. Flanges serve to limit rotation of the lid to facilitate beverage dispension without discharge of ice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 8, 1997
    Inventor: John T. Madera
  • Patent number: 5292022
    Abstract: A closure of a metallic container for beverages has at an opening thereof to be cleared, a pulling ring which, as it is pulled from the can, tears off a stamped surface defining that opening. The closure further includes a protective sheet applied to the stamped surface. The protective sheet is removed after pulling the ring, thereby preventing contamination by noxious substances the interior of the container upon opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 8, 1994
    Inventor: Arsenio G. Blanco
  • Patent number: 5253780
    Abstract: A drinking receptacle (10) comprised of a beverage container (12) having a removeable cover (16) and an insulating sheath (14) mounted on the sidewall (20) of the container, is described. The cover serves as a closure for the open end of the container and is comprised of a canted top wall (58) having a vent opening (62) and a drinking slot (64). The drinking slot enables virtually the entire beverage contents of the container to be drank. The sheath is preferably made of an extruded sheet of closed cell polyolefin elastomeric material having an outer laminated coating. This enables a person to comfortably hold the drinking receptacle in their hand even when the temperature of the beverage held in the container is at or near the boiling point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1993
    Inventor: John G. Adado
  • Patent number: 5147066
    Abstract: A child's or infant's drinking cup assembly having a cup portion and a lid portion and having means for engaging the portions with each other. The cup portion has a cup cavity and means for engaging said lid portion. The lid portion has a spout and a spout chamber with access holes for sipping from the fluidic contents of the cup when the lid portion is engaged to the cup portion. Lock mechanisms are provided on an upper cylindrical surface of the lid portion for the purpose of engaging stops on an annular surface of the cup portion. When the lid portion is engaged and lockingly fitted to the cup portion, the lock mechanisms maintain the lid portion in engagement with the cup portion and prevent removal of the lid portion by a baby or child.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 1991
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1992
    Inventor: Donna Snider
  • Patent number: D490315
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2004
    Inventor: Danny Kiser