Vehicle Attached Carrier For Beverage Container Or Bottle Patents (Class 224/926)
  • Patent number: 10299603
    Abstract: A method and apparatus include attaching a lighted cup holder to a seating arrangement. The lighted cup holder includes a cup holder body and a light-producing light source, with the cup holder body being attached to the seating arrangement and having a cup receptacle therein, the light-producing source being disposed within the cup receptacle for illuminating the receptacle. A light-sensitive element operatively connected to the light source selectively controls production of light by the light source in such a manner that illumination of the cup holder is provided only under conditions where visibility is reduced to the point that it becomes difficult to locate the cup holder. The light-sensitive element is mounted on a master lighted cup holder and controls illumination of the master lighted cup holder and one or more slave lighted cup holders operatively connected to the master lighted cup holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Raffel Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Ken Seidl
  • Patent number: 10278790
    Abstract: A receiving sleeve receives surgical instruments. A holding device for storing and cleaning surgical instruments includes at least one receiving sleeve. A surgical instrument set includes a holding device and/or receiving sleeve. The receiving sleeve and the holding device have a light construction which allows the maximum flow of fluid to instruments held in the receiving sleeve or holding device. The receiving sleeve includes a cylindrical hollow body with a plurality of peripherally spaced inner clamping arms which have punctiform or linear engagement sections that are adjusted to come into contact with an inserted tool in a force-fit or form-fit manner for holding the tool within the receiving sleeve at a radial distance to the cylindrical body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Aesculap AG
    Inventors: Gerold Zieris, Dieter Weisshaupt, Serkan Bellikli
  • Patent number: 10166904
    Abstract: Cup holder mechanisms are provided for vehicles that include, in one example, an upper region, a base region, and a middle region. The upper region includes an outer ring configured to receive a beverage by at least partially surrounding a perimeter of the beverage. The base region includes a base support element configured to support a bottom of the beverage. The middle region connects the upper region and the base region. The cup holder mechanism is configured to be movable, by an actuator based on input provided by an occupant of the vehicle, between: a closed position, in which the cup holder mechanism is stowed in a recess within a housing; and an open position, in which the cup holder mechanism is opened outside the housing to receive the beverage. The upper region, the base region, and the middle region are formed as a single unitary piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Ming Chun Cheung, Kenton L. West, Christopher P. Meyers, Douglas Amick
  • Patent number: 10150397
    Abstract: A housing structure has a top wall, a pair of tracks and a lid. The top wall has an opening above a storage compartment therein. The opening has a first edge portion. A section of each of the tracks extends along opposite sides of the opening. The lid includes an end portion and a flexible portion. The flexible portion has lateral edges that extend into respective ones of the pair of tracks for selective sliding movement along the pair of tracks between a fully closed position blocking access to the storage compartment, a fully open position exposing the storage compartment via the opening and a plurality of intermediate positions between the fully closed position and the fully open position. The end portion defines a concave leading end. With the lid in a first intermediate position, the concaved leading end and the first edge portion define a cup holder space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Jorge Sotelo
  • Patent number: 10144332
    Abstract: A child seat includes a shell body, and an object holder including a bracket, a support base, and a flexible linking member having a first and a second end respectively attached to the bracket and the support base. The bracket is movably assembled with the shell body so that the object holder is movable between a storage state and a deployed state, and the support base is movable relative to the bracket between a collapse position where the support base is received within an opening defined through the bracket, and an expanding position where the support base is hung below the bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Wonderland Switzerland AG
    Inventors: Bruce L. Williams, Gregory S. Sellers
  • Patent number: 10099594
    Abstract: A vehicle cup holder assembly having a cup holder defining an interior volume and a cup holder base having a depth relative to a top surface of the cup holder. A spring may be positioned between a bottom edge of the cup holder base and a console bottom surface. The cup holder assembly may have a user interface. The cup holder assembly may also have a side member of the cup holder base positioned in a side space. The depth of the cup holder base may be adjusted by a mechanism controlled by the user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Fernando Cesar Salinas, Robert G. Newton
  • Patent number: 9908449
    Abstract: A cup holder for holding a beverage container includes a case having a first floor member in a receiving chamber, and a sidewall; a second floor member with a base end side rotatably supported by the sidewall inside the case, and a free end rotatable between a first position where the free end is positioned on a lateral side of a rotary shaft, and a second position where the free end is positioned below the rotary shaft; and an urging device urging the second floor member toward the first position. The second floor member rotates toward the second position when the second floor member receives a load larger than a predetermined load from above at the first position, and holds the beverage container together with the first floor member at a third position where the second floor member is rotated to a second position side more than the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: NIFCO INC.
    Inventor: Yoshitsugu Homma
  • Patent number: 9796315
    Abstract: A system for holding containers, such as cups, in a vehicle includes a housing that may form part of a vehicle console. The housing may have an upper surface for receiving the container and defining an opening leading to a compartment. A support for supporting the container may be attached to the housing. The support may be movable between a retracted position in which the support is received within the compartment, and an extended position in which the support extends out of the compartment and laterally over the upper surface to hold the container on the upper surface. The support may be stored in the retracted position when not in use so that the upper surface is usable for other purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Benjamin M. Oros
  • Patent number: 9630541
    Abstract: A pillar for a vehicle includes a recess provided in a portion thereof for use as a transfer aid when exiting or entering the vehicle. The recess may be provided in a side wall of the pillar. A supplemental seal may be associated with a door of the vehicle, the seal being dimensioned to substantially occlude a gap defined between the recess and the door when placed in the closed configuration. Inclusion of the recess in different vehicle pillars such as the B pillar and C pillar is contemplated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Jorge Antonio López Aguado Álvarez
  • Patent number: 9333920
    Abstract: A cup holder assembly for use in a console structure in a vehicle includes a cup holder for slidably and removably mounting within the console structure. The cup holder includes a cup holder body defining at least one cup holder recess. A guide is secured to the cup holder body for being removably received in the console structure. A finger recess portion connected to the guide defines a finger recess for manipulating at least one of the guide or the cup holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Robert A. Skapof, Albert Pankrac Chmelar, Anthony J. Arcuri
  • Patent number: 9296324
    Abstract: An improved condiment packet holder of molded plastic has a generally centrally located aperture sized and shaped: to receive along a first orientation a body of a first condiment packet having a first shape, and to suspend that first condiment packet by supporting, on first portions of the surface surrounding the aperture, at least end portions of a flange protruding at the top of the first condiment packet, and to receive in a second orientation transverse to the first orientation a body of a second condiment packet having a second shape different that the first shape, and to suspend that second condiment packet by supporting, on second portions of the surface surrounding the aperture, at least end portions of a flange protruding at the top of the second condiment packet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Inventor: Philip J. Mango
  • Patent number: 9227571
    Abstract: A sturdy, compact storage container configured expressly to be easily mounted to the top of the center consoles found in most automobiles providing consumers with a simple, secure and organized means in which to store personal items such as handbags, cell phones, parking receipts and other necessities needed during travel, while also affording easy access to these items on demand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Inventor: Geralyn Wilkens
  • Patent number: 9004332
    Abstract: A cup holder includes one or two supporting members that support a container inserted into a receiving portion of a holder main body, and is arranged in a circumferential direction of the holder main body. A container having the protrusion and recess pattern on a side surface can smoothly be taken out from the receiving portion with a low risk of the supporting members interfering with other members around the holder main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignees: Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd., Kojima Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Kodama, Naoyuki Fukui, Daiichiro Nakano, Makoto Yokota
  • Patent number: 8950642
    Abstract: A multi-position beverage container carrier including a mount (302) adaptable for mounting on a down tube (106) of a bicycle (102), the mount having a hub (310) disposed substantially near the lower end the mount; and a carriage (300) extending from the hub, wherein the carriage is movable from a first position substantially adjacent to the down tube to a second position located substantially vertical in a plane formed by the seat post and the down tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Inventor: Sheila Derith McKaig
  • Patent number: 8915412
    Abstract: A cup holder assembly for use in an automotive vehicle is provided. The cup holder assembly includes a panel and cup holder. The panel includes a top surface. The top surface includes at least one beverage container opening configured to receive a cup holder. A pocket is formed on the top surface of the panel and a cushion is disposed within the pocket. The panel may be covered with a skin such as a synthetic leather so as to cover the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Lauren M. Abro, Benjamin Warren Penner
  • Patent number: 8870044
    Abstract: A holder for snacks and drinks, in one embodiment adapted to be secured by clamping to a child safety car seat in a vehicle, to a stroller, or to a shopping cart handle, as examples. The holder includes a main body having a front side and a rear side and supporting at least one receptacle for holding food or a drink. A clamp assembly is connected to the main body. The clamp assembly includes a pair of jaws movable relative to each other located generally on the rear side of the main body, and an adjustment knob located generally on the front side of the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Brica, Inc.
    Inventors: Lawrence O. Freese, Douglas F. Melville, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8857881
    Abstract: To easily handle a drawer device for a combined use as a container box and a cup holder to selectively use as the container box or the cup holder without requiring a troublesome operation. A connecting mechanism (80) is provided, which connects both a cup holder plate (50) and a tray (20) in a case wherein both are housed inside a housing (12) from a state wherein both are drawn to the maximum drawn position, and separates a connection between the cup holder plate (50) and the tray (20) in a case wherein the tray (20) is housed inside the housing (12) from a state wherein only the tray (20) is drawn to the maximum drawn position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: NIFCO Inc.
    Inventor: Kei Shimozaki
  • Patent number: 8789867
    Abstract: A cup holder apparatus of a console box for a vehicle, which may be installed at the rear of a console armrest in a rotatably opening and closing manner, may include left and right side portions pivotally coupled to the rear of the console armrest and elastically supported by an elastic member and forming a storage space therebetween for storing a container, wherein the left and right side portions may be selectively inserted into spaces formed at both left and right sides of an armrest hinge assembly when the cup holder may be closed by the elastic member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignees: Hyundai Motors Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Byung Seok Kong
  • Patent number: 8783635
    Abstract: A cup holder holding an object includes: a storing part being cylindrical and being opened at an upper portion; an opening part provided at a side wall of the storing part; a holder being biased towards an interior of the storing part and being stored inside the opening part so that the holder may protrude and retract; and a restricting part provided on the opening part, wherein the restricting part restrains a movement of the holder at a maximum storage position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignees: Honda Motor Co., Ltd, NIFCO Inc., Moriroku Technology Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Taku Kamiya, Hiroyuki Kinou, Atushi Ogawa, Takuya Uehara
  • Patent number: 8770775
    Abstract: A cup holder assembly having a storage compartment adapted to receive a beverage container is provided. The storage compartment includes a recessed portion, and a top ring having a bottom planar surface is mounted onto the recessed portion. The recessed portion further includes a radiused inner edge exposed to the space of the storage compartment. A light source is mounted along the radiused inner edge. Light from the light source is reflected from the planar surface onto the radiused inner edge. A light shield extends beneath the bottom planar surface of the top ring so as to shield the light source from view of the passengers and driver of the vehicle yet allow light to pass from the light source onto the radiused inner edge of the cup holder assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Lauren M. Abro, Que-Whang Rhee, Benjamin Warren Penner
  • Patent number: 8757573
    Abstract: An adjustable cup holder incorporates an elongated clamp assembly and cup support assembly. The clamp assembly has a proximal end and a distal clamping end. The cup support assembly is connected at the proximal end of the clamp assembly, and comprises a body portion and a pair of arcuate cup-encircling arms having respective spaced-apart free ends. A pivot pin enables pivot adjustment of the cup support assembly at the proximal end of the clamp assembly, such that the cup support assembly is movable between a desired in-use position depending from the clamp assembly, and a folded stowed position beside the clamp assembly. In the stowed position, the clamp assembly passes between the spaced-apart free ends of the cup-encircling arms and into an area defined between the cup-encircling arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Drink Clip, LLC
    Inventor: John M. Barnes, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8757571
    Abstract: A cup holder includes a case main body defining a housing chamber; a lid member rotatably attached to the case main body between a closed position closing the opening portion and an open position opening the opening portion; a cup retaining member; and a parallel link mechanism connecting the case main body and the cup retaining member. A connecting mechanism connects the lid member and the cup retaining member so as to interconnect together so that the cup retaining member ascends to the ascent position from a descent position, and the cup retaining member descends from the ascent position to the descent position. Stopper abutting portions are provided in the cup retaining member and the lid member to control a downward movement of the cup retaining member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Nifco Inc.
    Inventor: Naohiro Shimajiri
  • Patent number: 8727191
    Abstract: A stroller apparatus can comprise a handle having two side segments, a tray assembled between the two side segments, and a cup holder movably mounted with the tray. The cup holder is adjustable between a first position retracted close to the tray to limit access to the cup holder, and a second position deployed away from the tray to facilitate access to the cup holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Wonderland Nurserygoods Company Limited
    Inventors: Andrew J. Winterhalter, Robert E. Haut, Joseph F. Fiore, Jr., Curtis M. Hartenstine, Linhai Shan
  • Patent number: 8720840
    Abstract: A container-supporting apparatus includes a housing, a holder, a cup-supporting body, a flap, an elastic member for urging the flap in a direction of an insertion hole, a shaft part provided on either (for example, the flap) of the holder or the flap, and a shaft-bearing part provided on the other (for example, the holder) and provided with a shaft-bearing part capable of receiving the shaft part. When the holder is stored in the housing, the cup-supporting body contacts the flap whereby the shaft part moves inside the shaft-bearing hole of the shaft-bearing part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: NIFCO Inc.
    Inventor: Tomoharu Izume
  • Patent number: 8695843
    Abstract: An adaptable bin having a retractable cup holder includes a bin wall and a bin floor. The bin wall and the bin floor define a storage volume, which substantially encapsulates the retractable cup holder. A plurality of spiral links are movable between a stowed position and a deployed position. At least one of the plurality of spiral links is operatively attached to one of the bin wall and the bin floor. A cup holder axis is defined by the plurality of spiral links, each of which rotates about the cup holder axis between the stowed position and deployed position. The plurality of spiral links define the retractable cup holder in the deployed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Gerard Brinas
  • Patent number: 8690034
    Abstract: The Elastic Suspension Apparatus for Beverages is an elasticized drink holder for use in vehicles. The apparatus expands in width as well as depth to accommodate many sizes of drink containers including 44 oz. and 64 oz. The elasticity of the Elastic Suspension Apparatus for Beverages also allows the drink container to move with the motion of the vehicle, reducing spills and toppling. The ESAB has an uppermost suspense/mounting portion that would be mounted in the upper portion of the vehicle, a lowermost anchor/mounting portion that would be mounted in the lower portion of the vehicle, a main body portion to hold a drink container, and an object with a vacant center that can be adjusted to help stabilize a drink container within the main body portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Inventors: Michele Antoinette Peterson, Jody Rene Peterson
  • Patent number: 8662580
    Abstract: An arm rest with a drinking vessel holder is particularly intended for use as a back center arm rest for integration in the back rest of a vehicle. The need for a soft back rest and at the same time for integration of a drinking vessel holder is satisfied by the aspect that the drinking vessel holder is formed of a soft material in the bottom region. Moreover, the foam body for provision of padding is functionally employed for generating the retaining force required for retaining the drinking vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: F.S. Fehrer Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Hans Henke, Andreas Sulzbacher, Kerstin Weckert
  • Patent number: 8640377
    Abstract: A combined fishing rod and beverage holder for insertion into and removal from an opening in a marine vessel is disclosed. The combined fishing rod and beverage holder includes a substantially tubular hollow cylindrical member which is formed with an upper portion and a lower portion. The upper portion has a diameter which is larger than the diameter of the lower portion. The diameter of the upper portion enables a beverage container with or without an insulating jacket to be placed within and retained within the upper portion of the combined rod and beverage holder. The upper portion includes an outwardly projecting flange which includes apertures through which fasteners can be placed to secure the combined rod and beverage holder to a surface, such as a gunwale of a marine vessel. Other types or secure devices can also be employed to secure the combined rod and beverage holder to any surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: MTB Designs, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Baltes
  • Patent number: 8579149
    Abstract: A drinking vessel holder includes a drinking vessel receptacle arranged in a housing and a height-adjustable bottom element. The bottom element is arranged in the drinking vessel receptacle and can be displaced between an upper rest position and a lower set-down position, wherein a drinking vessel can be set down on the bottom element in the drinking vessel receptacle. A positionally adjustable supporting element prevents the drinking vessel from toppling over, and wherein the bottom element in the drinking vessel receptacle forms a first piston or else is connected to a first piston and the supporting element forms an annular piston between the housing and the drinking vessel receptacle or else is connected to at least one second piston, wherein movement of at least one of the first piston, the second piston, and the annular piston causes fluid overpressure and fluid underpressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: F.S. Fehrer Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Hans Henke, Roman Funk, Walter Mehling
  • Patent number: 8573552
    Abstract: A cup holder assembly includes a base and a pair of lid assemblies. The lid assemblies are respectively supported on the base for movement between an opened position and a closed position, wherein the lid assemblies are separately biased in the opened position. A pair of locking tabs is supported on the base for movement relative to the lid assemblies, wherein the locking tabs are configured to respectively engage and secure the lid assemblies in the closed position. A release member is supported on the base for movement relative to the locking tabs, wherein the release member is configured to disengage the locking tabs from the lid assemblies when the release member is moved from a first position to a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Christer Andersson, Odd Jaegtnes
  • Patent number: 8573553
    Abstract: A foldable holder for a beverage container comprises a fastening plate, a supporting ring coupled pivotably to the fastening plate, a holding bracket coupled pivotably to the fastening plate, and a supporting plate coupled pivotably to the holding bracket. The supporting ring and the holding bracket share a pivot axis extending from the fastening plate. The supporting plate is coupled to a remote end of the holding bracket so as to be pivotable counter to a pivoting direction of the supporting ring. The holding bracket and the supporting plate are disposed radially within the supporting ring when folded into a retracted state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Joerg Stephan
  • Patent number: 8534520
    Abstract: A shopping cart tray apparatus includes a plate that has a front edge, a back edge, a first lateral edge and a second lateral edge. A top side of the plate has a depression therein. A coupler is attached to a bottom of the plate. The coupler is configured to frictionally engage the handle of a shopping cart and support the plate on the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Inventor: Mario Liparoti
  • Patent number: 8485680
    Abstract: An illuminated cup holder assembly constructed in accordance with one aspect of the invention facilitates the ability to see the cup holder in darkness while also providing an aesthetically pleasing, uniformly illuminated cup holder. The cup holder assembly includes a cup receptacle having an annular outer wall configured to receive a cup. A flexible, resilient finger extends radially inwardly from the annular wall, wherein the finger is configured to engage the cup to inhibit the cup from inadvertent movement in the cup receptacle. The finger has a translucent portion configured in communication with a light source to allow light to be emitted from the light source through the translucent portion into the cup receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Federal-Mogul Ignition Company
    Inventors: James B. Anderson, Brent H. Robbins
  • Patent number: 8469246
    Abstract: A cup holder apparatus for a vehicle may include an accommodating tray provided inside a vehicle compartment and having an accommodation space for accommodating a cup therein, a cup support member rotatably provided around a rotating shaft (Z axis) against the accommodating tray and including a bottom portion for safe-placing the cup in the accommodation space and a support portion formed in a stand from the bottom portion to support an outer periphery of the cup, and a release prevention member prepared separately from the cup support member and connected to the bottom portion of the cup support member, while being rotatably coupled to the accommodating tray, to prevent release of the cup support member from the accommodating tray, wherein the release of the release prevention member from the accommodating tray is hindered by an upper stopper formed on the accommodating tray while the cup support member is rotatably coupled to the upper stopper and is rotated around the rotating shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignees: Kia Motors Corporation, Ecoplastic Corporation
    Inventors: Young Ju Lee, Cheol Soo Choi, Dong-Jin Park
  • Patent number: 8397963
    Abstract: The auto caddy of the present invention may include a main housing having one or more receptacles for holding drinks or other items, and may include one or more attachment members having one or more sets of openings through which a vehicle headrest seat post may extend on installation with two points of contact, which may increase the stability of the auto caddy, especially during sudden movement of a vehicle. The auto caddy may include optional components for subdividing receptacles, one or more hooks from which a tray may be suspended, a strap for securing the tray, and slots for suspending a trash receptacle such as a plastic grocery bag. The auto caddy may also include offset sides for manufacturing cost efficiency, in which case offset washers (which may be hook-shaped) may be used at installation to maximize vertical and horizontal alignment and stability of the auto caddy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Inventor: Neeraj Singh
  • Patent number: 8360379
    Abstract: A beverage container holder for holding round or rectangular containers is disclosed. According to one embodiment, the holder is a unitary plastic structure which includes a lower rectangular container holding portion and an upper hook portion for hanging the holder onto another structure. The holding portion includes a plurality of resilient inwardly extending fingers, each of which assumes a generally V-shaped configuration when viewed in a vertical plane. According to a second embodiment, the holder includes an upper tray portion having a pair of side-by-side square openings, each having a plurality of inward extending resilient fingers, and a generally U-shaped supporting member which is pivotally attached to the tray portion. The supporting member is rotatable from a first position wherein it is retained within the tray portion to a second position wherein it is substantially perpendicular to the tray portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Inventor: Joseph E. Porcelli
  • Patent number: 8360380
    Abstract: A cup holder for holding and retaining a cup includes a container integrally formed of a resin material as one structure with flexibility. The container includes a bottom portion, a cup retaining portion defined as a sidewall upstanding from the bottom portion, and at least one flexible protruding portion formed in the sidewall where the bottom portion does not contact. The flexible protruding portion is thinner in thickness than other portion of the side wall and protrudes towards an inside direction of the cup retaining portion. A rib is formed on an outside surface of the container to extend from the other portion of the side wall formed thicker than the protruding portion to a center of the protruding portion. An urging device is formed for pressing the protruding portion towards an inside of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Nifco Inc.
    Inventors: Toshiaki Soma, Tsuyoshi Fukuda
  • Patent number: 8348110
    Abstract: A self-rotating cup holder comprising cup-shaped inner and outer bases, a weight disposed in the top edge of the inner base, the inner base can rotate within the outer base; two circular tunnels formed by circular tracks disposed in the top edges of the inner and outer bases; a spring mounting block disposed in each tunnel, springs extend from the mounting blocks through the respective tunnels in opposite directions; a stopper tunnel disposed in each tunnel and positioned opposite the mounting blocks, spring stoppers on the ends of the springs are positioned outside the respective stopper tunnels, wherein when the inner base rotates in a first direction a first spring is stretched in a first direction toward a first spring mounting block, wherein when the inner base rotates in a second direction a second spring is stretched in second direction toward a second spring mounting block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Inventors: William O. Whynot, Enno Ferrara
  • Patent number: 8336841
    Abstract: A cup holder (1) for receiving a vessel (6) includes a drawer (2) capable of sliding inside a body (3) so as to move identically between a closed position and an open position. The drawer (2) locally includes an outer outline (9) in the shape of an open arc of a circle that engages a partial perimeter (C1) of the vessel (6). The cup holder further includes a stowable front (4) that is flush with a side of the drawer (2) when the drawer (2) is in the closed position, and that is in an inclined position relative to the drawer (2) when the drawer (2) is in the open position in order to hold the base of the vessel (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Faurecia Interieur Industrie
    Inventor: Tony Ercolano
  • Patent number: 8322671
    Abstract: A tray mechanism may include a tray having a storage zone and a beverage holding device having a receptacle. The beverage holding device may automatically extend as the tray is extended.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ronald W. Myers, John Barlow, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8286844
    Abstract: A holder is provided for items, in particular for drinks containers, drinking vessels in a motor vehicle that includes, but is not limited to a storage bin for holding the items. The storage bin has a bottom for holding the items as well as side walls. In such a holder, it is provided that at least one side wall has a variable-shape insert that can be transferred from a position following the contour of this side wall into a position curved in the direction of the opposite side wall. By this means, a variable division of the storage bin can be accomplished with simple design and extremely simple handling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Klaus-Dieter Rampf
  • Patent number: 8276964
    Abstract: A console of a motor vehicle, in particular a central console of a motor vehicle, is provided that has a container, which has a receptacle space, which is open on top, for at least one object, and having an apparatus for lateral positioning of the at least one object, the container having a floor and side walls. The console is provided with an apparatus for lateral positioning that has a frame part, which is detachably connectable to the side walls in the area of the opening of the receptacle space and positioning elements mounted in the frame part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Jochen Werner, Hassan Mir, Alexander Leicht
  • Patent number: 8245894
    Abstract: A collapsible cup holder is provided. The collapsible cup holder is adapted to be coupled to a shopping cart and is rotatable between a retracted and deployed configuration. The cup holder includes a back with a top portion and a bottom portion. A top ring is rotatably coupled to the top portion and a base is rotatably coupled to the bottom portion. A strut extends between the top ring and the base and is rotatably coupled to both such that rotation of either the top ring or the base causes corresponding rotation of the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Inventor: Alyson M. Buehler
  • Patent number: 8132770
    Abstract: A stemware holder maintains a piece of stemware in an upright position even during turbulent conditions. An embodiment has a base extending downward from a cap. The cap has a lower portion with a flat surface and an upper portion with two prongs that define a slot. A wall extends around part of the perimeters of the upper and lower portions and has a front opening. The upper and lower portions, partial perimeter wall, and front opening define a groove. The groove narrows slightly from the front to the rear. The stemware holder base is insertable into the recess of a standard cup holder. The base of a piece of stemware can be slid into the groove through the front opening with the stem extending through the slot. The prongs and groove collectively assist in maintaining the stemware upright. Another embodiment employs a similar cap that is fixable directly to a surface without insertion into a cup holder recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Inventor: Michael A. Nargi
  • Patent number: 8113477
    Abstract: A holder for a beverage container has a container receptacle for insertion of the beverage container, a holding jaw which is mounted so as to be movable a short distance into the container receptacle, and a spring element which urges the holding jaw into the container receptacle. The holder has a simple construction and is economical to produce, since the spring element, together with the holding jaw, is in the form of a mountable unit and the spring element consists of a synthetic material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Fischer Automotive Systems GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Hartwig Kaemmer
  • Patent number: 8100307
    Abstract: A device is disclosed for detachably coupling an oxygen bottle to an ambulance cot such that they are transportable together as a unit. The device fits between a pair of support legs of the cot, and is adjustable to accommodate oxygen bottles of various sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: Ferno-Washington, Inc.
    Inventors: Bob Chinn, Earl Choy
  • Patent number: 8028876
    Abstract: A lockable glovebox cover unit is configured for mating engagement with a frame mounted on a motorcycle. The unit includes a rigid cover element presenting a front and back. Portions of the back extend outward. A locking apparatus is received through the cover and includes a rotatable latch on the back of the cover element. When the latch is placed in the locked position access to the interior of the glovebox is not possible. A keyhole is formed on the front of the cover element for access to the interior of the glovebox. Additionally, the cover unit may also be removed from the frame when unlocked. The cover element is preferably made of a synthetic resin. In particularly preferred embodiments the cover unit includes a metal flange affixed to lower portions on the back of the cover. The flange is adapted for mating, gripping engagement to the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Inventor: James Carpenter
  • Patent number: 7954773
    Abstract: A positionable platform for use with a beverage holder, the positionable platform including a monolithic body sized similarly to a standard twelve (12) ounce beverage container, the body having an upper platform portion positioned adjacent to a first end of a wall portion thereof, with a plurality of slotted retention apertures distributed about the body and substantially aligned therewith. A resiliently pliable member resides in each of the slotted retention apertures, each of the resiliently pliable members being having a fin portion positioned partially within a slot portion and extended from the outer surface of the wall portion outwardly of the body and extending along the wall portion between the first and second ends thereof, and a spine portion positioned substantially within a recessed keyhole portion. A mounting platform is positioned adjacent to one of the first and second ends of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Inventor: Jeffrey D. Carnevali
  • Patent number: 7909299
    Abstract: A holder for a beverage container, for example a beverage can has a first support in the form of a ring and a second support projecting into the ring, which supports are, for the purpose of raising and lowering, pivotally mounted on a common axis and connected in terms of drive so that, when the second support is pivoted, the first support is moved along with it. A locking element for the first support is unlocked as a result of pivoting the second support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: Fischer Automotive Systems GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Falk Schaal
  • Patent number: 7896303
    Abstract: A container holder includes a holder body, a supporting member, an actuator, and a switch. The supporting member is disposed movably to the holder body. The holder body demarcates an accommodation space for accommodating or holding a container therein partially. The actuator includes a first actuating unit, being made of a ferromagnet, and a second actuating unit, being made of an electromagnet. Moreover, one of the actuator's first actuating unit and second actuating unit is fixed to the holder body, and the other one of the actuator's first actuating unit and second actuating unit is fixed to the supporting member. The switch turns on and off the actuator's second actuating unit to have the electromagnet produce and lose an electromagnetic force. The resulting electromagnetic force moves the supporting member to come in and/or come out of the holder body's accommodation space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Assignee: Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Aya Yamamoto, Yasuhiro Sakakibara