Collapsible Patents (Class 220/907)
  • Patent number: 8544672
    Abstract: The present invention is a collapsible cover used to protect an open beverage container from tampering. It is compact and easy to carry and use, is attractive and may be decorated with sports team logos or University symbols or other works of art. It has deep enough extended side walls to prevent someone from unobtrusively removing it to contaminate the beverage and is not too cumbersome to carry in a purse or pocket. The collapsible cover is available in different diameters to allow covering beer or soda cans, bottles, mixed drink glasses or wine glasses. It also has an opening for inserting a straw so that the cover does not have to be removed to consume the beverage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Inventors: Ronald David Tate, Jeffrey Ronald Tate
  • Patent number: 8209995
    Abstract: A collapsible insulated container has a base wall and a peripheral wall with an open end defining an enclosure. The peripheral wall has at least two layers and is divided into elongate pockets between the layers, with foldable crease lines between adjacent pockets. Each pocket contains a flexible-walled, insulating gel pack which substantially fills the pocket. The crease lines may be defined by stitching securing the outer and inner layers of the container together. The gel packs may be surrounded by matting, foam or mesh material which is sewn into the lines of stitching, or may have integral peripheral rims sewn into the lines of stitching. The container is foldable between an erect, open condition and a storage condition in which it is folded along the crease lines into a substantially flattened package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: PackIt, LLC
    Inventors: Melissa Renee Kieling, Jeannette Marie Brisacher-Dirksen
  • Patent number: 7048132
    Abstract: A blow-molded synthetic resin bottle that can be fully flattened and easily restored to an original shape. The bottle includes at least a line of turn is formed on the shoulder, the body, and the bottom along the entire vertical circumference. Among the sections divided by this line of turn, at least a section is used as a shell section in which at least a nearly entire body portion of this section has relatively high rigidity. The other section is a reversible section in which at least a nearly entire body portion has relatively low rigidity and is capable of being deformed by resilient reversion. The neck is disposed on the shoulder, and the reversible section can be deformed and easily concaved into the shell section for volume reduction and then can be restored to the original shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2006
    Assignee: Yoshino Kogyosho Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Nobuo Yamanaka, Yoshio Akiyama, Shinji Shimada, Takao Kurosawa, Shigeru Hayakawa, Koji Sasagawa
  • Patent number: 6286798
    Abstract: A beverage container holder (2000) that can be attached to horizontal or vertical members, that can be compacted and that can accept cylindrical and frustoconical beverage containers and mugs. Preferably a strap (130) is wrapped in the middle of the beverage container holder (2000) when it is rolled up.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2001
    Inventor: Carol Ann Chun
  • Patent number: 6012601
    Abstract: A sheet-metal can for foodstuffs or drink, comprising a body and a bottom fixed thereto or formed integrally therewith, which body has a generally rotation-symmetrical form onto which a pattern of depressions is superimposed and is characterized by at least one peripherally extending strip-like part present at a distance from the axial ends of the body and free of depressions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2000
    Assignee: Schmalbach-Lubeca Nederland B.V.
    Inventor: Willem Leendert Pieter Van Dam
  • Patent number: 5919365
    Abstract: A drinking container includes a flexible, hollow body having a neck. There is closure member removably connected to the neck. There is a spout on the closure member. A filter device is operatively connected to the spout within the body. The filter device includes a filter, a passageway bypassing the filter and a movable valve member in the passageway which opens the passageway when the container is in upright position when the spout is on top. The valve member blocks the passageway when the container is inverted from the upright position or pressurized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 6, 1999
    Inventor: Daniel Collette
  • Patent number: 5746339
    Abstract: A plastics material bottle is collapsible by applying axial compression, the bottle comprising a cylindrical body having a polygonal cross-section, e.g. a section that is substantially square or rectangular with rounded corners (18), the body being formed with transverse fluting grooves (14) which include fold starters (16) situated in the immediate vicinity of the above-mentioned rounded corners (18). The invention is particularly applicable to bottles for containing beverages such as mineral water, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1998
    Assignee: Societe Anonyme Des Eaux Minerales D'Evian
    Inventors: Jean-Marie Petre, Isabelle Fandeux
  • Patent number: 5642826
    Abstract: A semi-rigid container, has a semi-rigid folding portion consisting of the plurality of diamond shaped panels forming a frustoconical shape. The panels are arced relative to the interconnecting frustoconical substrate in the transverse and longitudinal directions so that while the panels provide rigidity against a longitudinal collapsing force, they are able to expand transversely to enable folding of the folding portion under the longitudinal collapsing force and to resist expansion from the collapsed state. Other shapes of the panels are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 1, 1997
    Assignee: CO2PAC Limited
    Inventor: David Murray Melrose
  • Patent number: 5632397
    Abstract: An axially crushable bottle made of plastics material and formed with transverse corrugations over the major portion of its height has fold starters in each corrugation, which fold starters project outwards from the bottoms of the corrugations and are angularly offset from one corrugation to another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 27, 1997
    Assignee: Societe Anonyme des Eaux Minerales d'Evian
    Inventors: Isabelle Fandeux, Jean-Marie Petre
  • Patent number: 5538180
    Abstract: A paper cup comprises a cylindrical body having an open top and a bottom which is provided on the underside thereof with a plurality of waterproof tearing traces radiating from the center of the underside and is further provided centrally on the underside thereof with a handle fastened thereto and a large arrow indicating the direction in which the handle is pulled to bring about a total breakdown of the bottom of the paper cup. The bottom of the cylindrical body is still further provided centrally on the underside thereof with a plurality of small arrows serving to identify the area to be pressed with finger to bring about the tearing up of the bottom along the tearing traces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 23, 1996
    Inventor: Hsin-Hsin Lo
  • Patent number: 5413244
    Abstract: A sheet metal can body 1 comprises an end wall 2 and a tubular side wall 3 which includes a plurality of flexible panels 4 recessed within the cylindrical envelope of the side wall and extending between plain cylindrical end portions 5 of the side wall. Each panel 4 is formed of a plurality of flutes 6 defined laterally on each side by a convex rib 7.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 9, 1995
    Assignee: Carnaudmetalbox plc
    Inventor: Christopher P. Ramsey
  • Patent number: 5240130
    Abstract: A compressible body comprising a container and a flexible annular wall member, and the container, in turn, includes a cylindrical side wall and a prestressed locking member. The side wall of the container forms an upper edge and defines a cylindrical space having a given circumference, and the locking member of the container is mounted on the upper edge of the side wall and is inherently biased radially inwardly toward a position inward of that given circumference. The wall member of the bottle is mounted inside the container of the bottle, and that wall member has extended and compressed positions. In the extended position, the wall member extends upward from the container; and in the compressed position, the wall member is at least substantially contained within the container and the upper portion of the wall member is below the locking member of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 1991
    Date of Patent: August 31, 1993
    Inventor: Georg Osbakk
  • Patent number: 5135132
    Abstract: An inflatable beverage container defined by concentric inner and outer cylindrical walls which further define an annular chamber therebetween, the cylindrical walls terminating in a semi-rigid inverted "V shaped" upper lip which defines a top end of the container, and a planar base which circumferentially defines the bottom end of the container, the container further having an inflatable handle in fluidic communication with the annular chamber, the container additionally having an integral apparatus for introducing air into the annular chamber for inflation or deflation thereof for easy storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1990
    Date of Patent: August 4, 1992
    Inventor: Robert J. Potochnik
  • Patent number: 5065879
    Abstract: A multi-layer insulator for a beverage container which includes an externally threaded base and a main sleeve extending upwardly from the base and having a collapsible side wall. The main sleeve comprises an exterior fabric layer, an interior fabric or neoprene layer, and an intermediate insulation layer. The lid for the insulator has internal threads for screwing the lid over the externally threaded base assembly, such that when the insulator is not in use the main sleeve is collapsible into the base with the lid screwed on the base to enclose the sleeve. When the insulator is in use, the lid is unscrewed from the base, the main sleeve is extended to receive the container and the lid is inverted and screwed to the base from the bottom thereof, functioning essentially as a coaster. The multi-layer insulator also has a closure band at the upper end of the main sleeve, with the band being adjustable to accept beverage containers of varying diameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 1991
    Date of Patent: November 19, 1991
    Inventor: Byron King