Insulated Patents (Class 220/739)
  • Patent number: 10415816
    Abstract: An illuminable container device, comprising a housing for containing a liquid; a recess configured within a base area of said housing, with said recess extending upwardly into said housing and in a substantially cylindrical shape; a light device, comprising a light housing with a substantially cylindrical shape, said light housing comprising a plurality of ridges, which are positioned vertically around a circumference of said light housing; said light device configured to fit into and substantially fill said recess being held therein by a pressurized fit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Light Up the World, LLC
    Inventors: Darren S. Hagen, Jim McMinn
  • Patent number: 10364086
    Abstract: A disposable beverage container sleeve has a substantially rectangular upper body and a gusset. A resiliently flexible lip is disposed along the top edge of the upper body. In the assembled state, the assembled sleeve is now easily opened by applying the index finger to one edge and the thumb to the other edge, then squeezing. As the consumer squeezes the edges towards each other, the resiliently flexible lip bends, causing the rest of the upper body of the sleeve to open. As the upper body of the sleeve opens, the gusset unfolds by the stretching, forming a cup in which to insert the beverage container. The lip, wanting to relax to its natural uncurved state, urges against the beverage container. This partially reduces the duties of the upper body in providing frictional adherence to the beverage container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Inventors: Roy Q Bouse, Lucas D. Bouse, Dane Kinchen
  • Patent number: 10239586
    Abstract: A pool toy consists of a flexible, buoyant pool noodle with a drink holder mounted to one end. A user sits on or astride the noodle in a well-known manner to float relaxingly in a generally upright posture in a pool, lake, or other body of water. The weight of the user on the flexible noodle causes the noodle to bend into a substantially U-shaped configuration, in which at least one end of the pool noodle projects above the surface of the water. The drink holder is mounted to an end of the pool noodle that is located above the surface of the water, providing a handy location to hold a beverage container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Inventor: Kenneth A. Harbaugh
  • Patent number: 10123642
    Abstract: A hydration holder and method for manufacturing the same from a single sheet of stretchable fabric is disclosed. The hydration holder comprises a bottle holder and has an elongated strip extending therefrom and fastening to the bottle holder in multiple locations to form an upper loop, an inner handle member, and an outer handle member, wherein the outer handle member reversibly fastens to the inner handle member. Cutouts in the center and lower sections increase the capacity of the hydration holder to accommodate large bottles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Inventor: Adnan Gazibara
  • Patent number: 10081160
    Abstract: A deformable shape retaining sheet of material is provided that can be formed around another object, such as a drinking vessel. The sheet has an absorbent layer, a shape retaining layer, and a decorative layer. The absorbent layer contacts the other object and absorbs any liquid that forms or leaks from the vessel. The shape retaining layer maintains the shape of the material to prevent it from falling away and also prevents any liquid that is present in the absorbent layer from moving to the decorative layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Outtadaway, Inc.
    Inventor: George William Greene, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9924814
    Abstract: This document describes fixable cup sleeves. One of these cup sleeves is selectively fixable to a cup using a temperature-dependent adhesive that is effective to fix the cup sleeve to a disposable beverage cup when the cup is holding a warm or hot beverage. Another of these cups sleeves includes a fixing element capable of holding the cup sleeve in a closed position and fixing the cup sleeve to a disposable beverage cup when opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Inventor: Michael K. Colby
  • Patent number: 9795235
    Abstract: A disposable beverage container sleeve has a substantially rectangular upper body and a gusset. The upper body has a vertical upper body fold line and an integrated upper body flap along a first vertical edge of the upper body. The upper body flap is adapted to fold over a second vertical edge of the upper body and is affixed to the upper body proximate the second vertical edge. The gusset is formed from a first gusset portion and a second gusset portion, the first and second gusset portions being integrated with and depending from a lower edge of the upper body on opposing sides of the vertical upper body fold line. The gusset further comprises a gusset support band formed by at least one thickness of the first gusset portion and at least one thickness of the second gusset portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Inventor: Roy Bouse
  • Patent number: 9744794
    Abstract: A file folder includes a rotatable cover and a closure mechanism. The closure mechanism secures the rotatable cover against a front of the file folder to maintain the file folder in a closed position. The closure mechanism further secures the rotatable cover against a back of the file folder to maintain the file folder in an opened position. The closed position protects contents of the file folder, while the opened position allows access to the contents of the file folder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Target Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas P. Kuehn, Katherine E. Larson
  • Patent number: 9615684
    Abstract: A beverage holding and mobile device holding apparatus is provided. The apparatus includes a cylindrical housing formed from an insulating material and has flexible members attached to the cylindrical housing. A transparent member is attached to the flexible members to create a compartment which holds and allows use of the touch screen of a mobile device while in the compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Archduke Enterprises, LLC
    Inventors: John Timothy Deakin, Ralph Vincent Tremaglio
  • Patent number: 9526364
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure are directed toward a substrate that flexes from a planar state to a cylindrical state. The substrate is held in the cylindrical state by at least one closure mechanism that includes a plurality of engageable portions and a plurality of insertable portions. The plurality of insertable portions are inserted into the plurality of engageable portions to engage the at least one closure mechanism, and to mitigate withdrawal of the plurality of insertable portions from the plurality of engageable portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Inventor: Douglas Lovison
  • Patent number: 9339134
    Abstract: An insulated beverage holder comprises a cylindrical body to receive a beverage container and a lid hingedly connected to the body. The body comprises a bottom, cylindrical side wall, and open top. The lid comprises two sections. A first section of the lid is hingedly connected to the body. The second section of the lid is hingedly connected to the first section. The lid is movable between a closed position, partially open position, and fully open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Inventors: Robert R. Poole, Ray Reynolds
  • Patent number: 9193516
    Abstract: Apparatus for carrying or covering a beverage container which is adjustable in form. In certain embodiments, apparatus for carrying and/or covering a beverage container which provides insulative properties and which is so structurally designed so as to capable of being alternately configured to fit a can or a bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Inventor: Ryan Hiner
  • Patent number: 9038847
    Abstract: A device for a beverage container may include a tubular member that is insulated and has an axis. The tubular member may further include an upper axial end and a lower axial end. Both the upper and lower axial ends can be open. The tubular member may be configured to receive and insulate the beverage container therein. The device may include a base. The base may be removably coupled to the lower axial end of the tubular member to close the lower axial end. The base may include an interior compartment containing a fluid permanently sealed therein. The fluid can have a freezing point of about 0° C. or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Hewy Wine Chillers, LLC
    Inventors: Benjamin R. Hewitt, David J. Fedewa, Roy P. Prosise, Dan Caputo
  • Patent number: 9022251
    Abstract: A foldable air insulating sleeve for insulating beverage and food containers is herein provided. More particularly, the foldable air insulating sleeve secures a cup in a manner that leaves a pocket of air surrounding the cup. This provides for improved temperature regulation and sufficient thermal insulation to assist the user in firmly grasping and handling the cup despite excess heat or condensation caused by the temperature of the cup's contents. Because the bases of most disposable cups are narrower than their respective rims, more air and thus greater insulation is found towards the bottom of cups secured by foldable air insulating sleeves. The wider base also gives such cups more stability. Support rings may be placed medially in on the inside of the sleeve to strengthen the sleeve and prevent it from collapsing when held by a user. The sleeve may also be short so as to insulate a medial portion of a cup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Inventor: Laurent Hechmati
  • Patent number: 9022252
    Abstract: An insulating holder for holding a beverage in a bottle or a can having a lower cylindrical enclosure which receives an upper cylindrical enclosure having a dome-shaped upper end. The upper cylindrical enclosure is adapted to cover the top portion of a bottle inserted into the lower cylindrical enclosure and to snuggly receive a can when inverted and inserted into the lower cylindrical enclosure. At least a portion of the lower cylindrical enclosure or upper cylindrical enclosure is made of a polyolefin elastomer foam. The insulating holder may be structured to retain various sizes of wine bottles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Inventors: Thomas M. Beggins, Jeffrey J. Beggins
  • Patent number: 9016514
    Abstract: A beverage container holder may include a base having an interior compartment configured to support a beverage, and a flexible tab having a lock button extending therefrom. It may further include a housing configured to be mounted to the base such that the beverage is located between the base and the housing. The housing can have a lock hole configured to receive the lock button and secure the housing to the base. The housing also can have a release button separate and spaced apart from the lock hole. The release button may be configured to selectively engage the flexible tab without contacting the lock button to indirectly release the lock button from the lock hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: InchBug LLC.
    Inventors: Brenda Lee Feldman, Daniel Francis Caputo, Roy P. Prosise
  • Patent number: 9010569
    Abstract: A bottle-warming container device maintains the warmth of baby bottles for an extended period of time to ensure that warmed bottles are available when needed. The device includes a container having a bottom side and a perimeter wall extending upwardly from the bottom side. The perimeter wall and the bottom side define an interior space of the container configured to hold a plurality of baby bottles. A pad is positioned in the interior space and comprises an insulating material wherein the pad is configured for preventing heat transfer between the interior space and the extrinsic environment relative to the interior space. A plurality of slots extends through the pad wherein the slots are configured to receive the baby bottles. A flexible portion of the pad is positioned around each slot wherein a size of the slots is selectively adjustable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventors: Rosa M. Estrada, Claudia Thomas-Valdivia
  • Publication number: 20150096995
    Abstract: A system for maintaining a beverage temperature is disclosed herein. Specifically, a beverage container holder is disclosed. Such beverage container holder can comprise an inner layer that is substantially cylindrical, said inner layer having a substantially cylindrical aperture about its axis, such that said inner layer has an inner radius and an outer radius. Additionally, such beverage container holder can comprise a temperature retention material layer that at least partially surrounds said inner layer. Further, said beverage container holder can comprise an insulation layer that is substantially cylindrical and surrounds said temperature retention material. In one embodiment, said beverage container holder can further comprise an outer layer that is substantially cylindrical and surrounds said temperature said temperature retention material layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2013
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventor: Brent Eugene Cunningham
  • Publication number: 20150090731
    Abstract: The invention relates to a sleeve adapted to slidably receive and engage the outer sidewall of a container such as a cup, a conic object or a cylinder. The sleeve is comprised of a minimum of 40% less material currently used in the industry, by creating a cylinder from a cut, or several cuts of a flat material. The basis of the invention is that current similar objects engage in covering the complete diameter of a cup, conic object or a sleeve in order to engage the outer sidewall. The innovation comprises of using half the circumference plus 5% to 10% depending on the surface and material used—still producing the same result, while saving material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventor: Katya Warner
  • Patent number: 8978906
    Abstract: The teachings provided herein are directed to an impact-resistant casing for breakable containers, and a system comprising the impact-resistant casing and a breakable container, such as a glass container. Very useful systems incorporating these components could include, of course, a glass baby bottle, a toddler sippy-cup, or an adult drinking glass, for example. These and other embodiments will be apparent to one of skill upon a review of the teachings provided herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Inventors: Stacey Feeley, Giuliana Schwab
  • Publication number: 20150060475
    Abstract: A cozy for holding beverage containers of different sizes, comprises a base member having an exterior and an interior. The interior forms a cavity with an open top and a bottom end wider than the top to receive and hold a receptacle member herein and provide resistance to tipping. The interior may further include a weighting mechanism proximate the bottom of the base member which may provide a lower center of gravity to offset the center of gravity created by liquid held in a beverage container. The exterior may also include a flat bottom to mitigate tipping of a beverage container held by the cozy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Jay Mellentine
  • Patent number: 8899441
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a heat-isolating cup sleeve, which comprises a main body and at least one fixer disposed on the main body and able to be folded inwards to insert between a cup and the cup sleeve. The present invention employs a die-cutting part and folds inwards the die-cutting part to form the fixer similar to a wedge, so as to increase inner tensile forces of the cup sleeve sleeving a cup so that the cup sleeve is in a tensioning state and closely attaches with the cup. Therefore, the cup sleeve is difficult to slide from the cup. When the beverage is cooled, the cup sleeve is conveniently taken down from the cup, and is simple and environmental.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Inventor: Emmanouil Papanikolaou
  • Publication number: 20140339244
    Abstract: An insulated sleeve for a container is disclosed. A flat rectangular strip of flexible, thermal insulating material having high elastic properties has a pair of opposing side surfaces defined by a pair of parallel, opposing end edges that are contiguous with a pair of opposing parallel side edges. The end edges are adorned with an over edge stitch and side edges are butted together and attached creating a cylindrical open ended sleeve constructed with one flat seam running the length of sleeve. In use, the sleeve assumes the shape of a cylindrical frustum for fitting tightly over the sidewall of a multitude of containers of various shapes and sizes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventor: Frank W. Arnold
  • Patent number: 8887959
    Abstract: Systems for storing beverages are disclosed, which include a container for storing, transporting and dispensing a beverage, e.g. beer. In some implementations the container includes a pressure-tight lid closure system including wire bails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Inventors: Nicholas Hill, John Herrick
  • Publication number: 20140329432
    Abstract: An aerial toy is formed by coupling a ring to an insulating sleeve used with disposable paper cups. The ring is attached to the smaller diameter conical end of the insulator sleeve creating a flying gyroscope. The flight of the toy is protracted due to the airfoil characteristics of the tubular body and is thrown like a football for distance, accuracy, fun and competition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventor: Reid Lopatka
  • Publication number: 20140319158
    Abstract: An insulator for a beverage container includes an insulating shell including a closed base and a body extending from the base and terminating in an open end, and a seal or glass bead that may be in complete circumferentially continuous contact with the shell and container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2013
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: Owens-Brockway Glass Container Inc.
    Inventor: Owens-Brockway Glass Container Inc.
  • Patent number: 8870018
    Abstract: An adjustable sleeve is disclosed that employs a pivot region which allows rotation of the first end of the sleeve relative to the second end of the sleeve. Rotation about the pivot region allows the sleeve size to adapt to many different sizes and tapers of containers. Rotation results in increasing a diameter of the top of the sleeve and decreasing a diameter of the bottom of the sleeve, and vice versa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: LBP Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew R. Cook, Thomas Fu, Kurt M. Wolf, Lauren Mikos, Barry L. Silverstein
  • Patent number: 8870019
    Abstract: A beverage container that includes at least a bottom portion with a side portion extending from the bottom portion, and a balance mass in pressing engagement with the bottom portion is disclosed. The balance mass is adjacent an inner surface of the bottom portion in a preferred embodiment, and adjacent an outer surface in an alternate preferred embodiment. In each embodiment, the balance mass includes at least a core portion encapsulated by an encapsulant, in which the density of the core is greater than the density of a beverage of the beverage container. In the alternate preferred embodiment, the balance mass further includes a tip lip portion with a condensate retention ridge, and a condensate aperture. The condensate retention ridge, in cooperation with a side portion of the balance mass, forms a condensate channel, and the condensate aperture drains condensate from the condensate channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Inventor: Gary L. Massad
  • Publication number: 20140305955
    Abstract: A chafer protective wrap includes an insulating member, where the insulating member is wrapped around a metal chafer in order to protect the igniting chafing fuel. The insulating member also improves the heat transfer to the food as it minimizes the heat escape. Elongated extremities of the insulating member are removably attached to each other by at least one wall fastener creating loop around the metal chafer, and the insulating member is removably attached to the metal chafer by a plurality of tabs and a plurality of tab fasteners. The insulating member also includes a pair of slit openings, where the pair of slit openings is used to access the interior of the metal chafer when the insulating member is positioned around the metal chafer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2013
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventor: Judy C. LEE
  • Publication number: 20140299617
    Abstract: Apparatus for carrying or covering a beverage container which is adjustable in form. In certain embodiments, apparatus for carrying and/or covering a beverage container which provides insulative properties and which is so structurally designed so as to be capable of being alternately configured to fit a can or a bottle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventor: Ryan Hiner
  • Publication number: 20140291339
    Abstract: An insulated beverage holder or koozie that features a bubble level set into its base in disclosed. The bubble level is visible through a pair of openings in the sides of the base. The device may be used practically by people working on construction or furniture building to both keep drinks cool and check the levelness of just-completed work. Alternatively, the device may be used socially for those consuming beverages together to comment on the levelness of the surfaces around them.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2013
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventor: Brandon Pfeffer
  • Patent number: 8844763
    Abstract: A fabric tube has a closed bottom and an open top. The closed bottom forms a semicircular section when unstretched. The tube has a cylindrical section between the open top and the semicircular section. The cylindrical section has a common circumference when unstretched. A tunnel is formed in the open top of the tube. The tunnel is formed by a folded back edge adjacent to the open upper end of the tube. An elastic thread joins the folded back edge of the tube to a portion of the tube there beneath. A cord has a central section within the tunnel. The cord has two free ends extending through end openings to exterior of the tunnel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Inventors: Emilia Momirov, Guy W. Michaud
  • Publication number: 20140263382
    Abstract: A beverage container holder comprising, an outer shell having an upper rim, a bottom, and a sidewall disposed therebetween, at least one spring arm having an upper end, a lower end, and an inwardly bowed middle portion located in the outer shell, and a rim cap disposed on the upper rim of outer shell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Kent M. ARNOLD
  • Patent number: 8827109
    Abstract: A one-piece ice chest cover for changing the appearance of an ice chest includes a flexible main pocket portion having a front side, two lateral sides, and a back side forming a main pocket opening for receiving a main body of the ice chest. It also includes a flexible lid pocket portion formed of an inner portion configured to face an inner-facing surface of a lid of the ice chest and an outer portion for covering an outer-facing surface of the lid. The lid pocket portion may include a lid pocket opening sized smaller than a size of the main pocket opening. The lid pocket opening may be sized to receive a portion of the lid of the ice chest. The outer portion of the lid pocket portion may be connected to the back side of the main pocket portion so that the ice chest cover flexes when the lid is pivoted to open and close the ice chest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Inventor: Donna Sheehan
  • Publication number: 20140231441
    Abstract: A cooler for holding two cans, particular beverage cans containing beer, soft drinks or the like, in a stacked or tandem arrangement. The cooler holds the cans snuggly, keeping them safe from bumps and the like, and also insulates the cans to preserve cold or hot temperature of can contents as long as practicable. The cooler has a cylindrical configuration including a body with an open top, a closed bottom, and as interior space. The body has a cylindrical sleeve and a bottom, which is either in the form of a separate panel or unitary with the sleeve. The bottom has an aperture for preventing or reducing vacuum on the inside of the cooler. A method of using the cooler is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Inventor: Christopher Wartman Bollis
  • Publication number: 20140224818
    Abstract: A container pad and protective sleeve made integrally of silica gel is provided with a plurality of members and connecting portions respectively disposed between two of the members. The members can freely be adjusted and changed in shape to serve as a container pad or as a container protective sleeve to be tightly covered around the outer wall of a container after the members are adjusted into a solid state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2013
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Inventor: WEN-CHUN CHOU
  • Publication number: 20140209621
    Abstract: A detachable and interchangeable beverage insulation device that may contain a plurality of beverage containers. The beverage insulation device may include a first beverage insulator and at least a second beverage insulator. The plurality of beverage insulators may be substantially hollow and may contain a first and second beverage container. The first and second beverage insulators may be detachable and interchangeable to connect one to another, and to connect accessories.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Inventor: Ryan Edward Irish
  • Publication number: 20140175105
    Abstract: The present invention is directed generally to an apparatus to insulate beverage containers, and more particularly to a design which may sustain a temperature gradient over a designed time frame. In a particular embodiment of the invention, the insulated beverage container when housing a chilled liquid beverage initially in the range of 40 degrees Fahrenheit and ambient temperature no more than 80 degrees, the temperature of the liquid beverage will not rise more than 10 degrees over a period of 45 minutes with the insulating cap sealing the top of the beverage container. Similarly, the same insulated beverage container with a heated beverage initially in the range of 170 degrees Fahrenheit, and ambient temperature no less than 20 degrees, the temperature of the liquid beverage may not cool more than 10 degrees over a period of 45 minutes with the insulating cap sealing the top of the beverage container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Inventor: Jerry D. Martin
  • Patent number: 8757427
    Abstract: Apparatus for carrying or covering a beverage container which is adjustable in form. In certain embodiments, apparatus for carrying and/or covering a beverage container which provides insulative properties and which is so structurally designed so as to capable of being alternately configured to fit a can or a bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Inventor: Ryan Hiner
  • Patent number: 8752726
    Abstract: A sleeve containing an insert forming a cup holder is described. The inserts are placed in the sleeve. The sleeve is customizable by varying the color, writing and bar coding. The individual business may also display their logo on the sleeve or insert. These cup holders are personal to the user and can be repeatedly used. This enables the individual business to save money. The sleeve and insert as cup holder can be made up of recyclable material. The user may use a device implanted on or in a sleeve to pay and/or order the product using the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Inventor: Marcy L. Molz
  • Patent number: 8727296
    Abstract: A combination coaster and trivet that is made of a flexible silicon material. It is molded into a generally square form that have several slits formed in it. These slits allow the form to be folded generally square for use as a coaster, or expanded to form a larger apparatus suitable for use as a trivet. The form has a button formed on one end and a corresponding slot on the other end that allows the user to lock the ends together making a flower like form. Moreover because the material is flexible, the form can be used vertically. Locked together, the device can be used as a potholder to lift and carry hot bowls or pots. For example, the device can be wrapped around a bowl and placed in a microwave oven. When the cooking is complete, the user can remove the hot bowl safely by gripping the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Inventor: Kelly Dyer
  • Publication number: 20140131373
    Abstract: Apparatus for carrying or covering a beverage container which is adjustable in form. In certain embodiments, apparatus for carrying and/or covering a beverage container which provides insulative properties and which is so structurally designed so as to capable of being alternately configured to fit a can or a bottle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Inventor: Ryan Hiner
  • Publication number: 20140131372
    Abstract: Apparatus for carrying or covering a beverage container which is adjustable in form.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2012
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Inventor: Ryan Hiner
  • Patent number: 8720739
    Abstract: A cooler for holding two cans, particular beverage cans containing beer, soft drinks or the like, in a stacked or tandem arrangement. The cooler holds the cans snuggly, keeping them safe from bumps and the like, and also insulates the cans to preserve cold or hot temperature of can contents as long as practicable. The cooler has a cylindrical configuration including a body with an open top, a closed bottom, and an interior space. The body has a cylindrical sleeve and a bottom, which is either in the form of a separate panel or unitary with the sleeve. The bottom has an aperture for preventing or reducing vacuum on the inside of the cooler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Doubleup, LLC
    Inventor: Christopher Wartman Bollis
  • Publication number: 20140124519
    Abstract: This invention provides a heat insulating cup sleeve formed by folding a blank and including a first heat insulating sheet having a first holding portion, a first extending portion, and a first fold line and a second heat insulating sheet having a second holding portion, a second extending portion, and a second fold line. The second fold line is connected with the first holding portion, and the first fold line is connected with the second holding portion. The first holding portion and the second holding portion are capable of being folded downward along the second fold line and the first fold line, respectively, to form an opening. When a cup is inserted into the opening, the first holding portion and the second holding portion press against an outer surface of the cup.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2013
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Inventor: CHIEN PANG LIN
  • Publication number: 20140124518
    Abstract: An insulating cup including an essentially liquid-tight inner cup and an outer sleeve enveloping the inner cup at least in sections, with the outer sleeve including a blank made of paper material and an insulating layer applied on the paper material. The insulating layer is applied merely on a partial section of the blank, wherein an overlapping region of the blank, in which region the outer sleeve has a material thickness at least twice the thickness of the paper material, is not provided with the insulating layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Inventors: Werner STAHLECKER, Andreas STROEHLE
  • Publication number: 20140084015
    Abstract: Provided is a heat insulation container which can be easily produced and assembled at a reduced cost, in which a heat insulation grip portion can be formed by a simple operation, in which a strip-shaped projection is maintained and a heat insulation effect can be reliably maintained even when the container is externally gripped, and which can be reliably gripped without being deformed. The heat insulation container (100) can be formed with the heat insulation grip portion by sliding a sleeve (120) on which a plurality of strips (121, 122) are formed by a plurality of slits (130), wherein at least one of the slits (130) comprises a bent portion (131) which defines a protrusion (127) and a depression (128) in each of the adjacent strips (121, 122).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2011
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: TOKAN KOGYO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shigeki Ikeda, Yuji Nagase
  • Patent number: 8678229
    Abstract: A protective sleeve system featuring a housing having an inner cavity adapted to hold a vial. The top of the housing is at an angle with respect to the side wall forming a crater. An aperture is disposed at the narrowest part of the crater providing access to the inner cavity of the housing. Two windows are disposed in the side wall of the housing and positioned opposite each other. A drainage hole is disposed in the bottom surface of the housing and is fluidly connected to the inner cavity of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Inventors: Sharla M. Alford, Brandon Cates
  • Patent number: 8668109
    Abstract: An insulating sleeve comprising a flat, elongated blank with straight top and bottom edges and end edges which are joined together at a glue flap. The sleeve includes a plurality of circumferentially spaced apart rows of generally longitudinally orientated and off-set slits. The rows of slits (5 to 10) are generally placed adjacent the glue flap and cover only a portion of the sleeve. Preferably at least one of the even or odd numbered slits extend to the top or bottom edge of the sleeve. In use, the sleeve is placed over the frustoconically shaped side wall of the cup which causes the sleeve to expand circumferentially until the desired fit is obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Inventor: James C. Dickert
  • Publication number: 20140048551
    Abstract: A foam can insulator with a mechanical or electronic counter can track how many beverages a user has consumed. The foam can insulator can include a counter on the exterior thereof to display the number of cans or bottles that have been placed into the foam can insulator. The foam can insulator can help prevent users from, for example, operating a motor vehicle when they may be legally impaired. The foam can insulator can also help users keep hydrated by reminding the user exactly how many beverages they have consumed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2013
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Inventor: John Francis Slipe, SR.