Portable Drinking Tubes And Straws Patents (Class 239/33)
  • Patent number: 10272371
    Abstract: A collapsible bag or compressible bottle container for accepting, holding, and filtering fluid. Fluid is filtered upon entry to the container or filtered upon egress. The filter media resides either in a removable cap, or in a second fluid-tight compartment attached to, and in fluid communication with, the container body. A one-way valve with unique one-time connection to a fluid source mitigates potential contamination from container overuse. A second collapsible layer is used in conjunction with the collapsible bag to accept compressed air that provides rigidity for the container body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: KX Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Andrew W. Lombardo, Stephen P. Huda, Malcolm R. Kahn
  • Patent number: 10159401
    Abstract: An assist device includes: a connecting section communicatively connected to the channel; a holding section attached to an outer side of either the insertion section of the endoscope or an operation section connected to the insertion section; and a flexible section forming an insertion path through which the treatment instrument is inserted, and including an expansion-and-contraction section including a more deformable structure than any other parts in an entire length between one end and another end of the flexible section. The flexible section is connected to the connecting section at the one end and connected to the holding section at the another end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Koji Yamaya
  • Patent number: 9901201
    Abstract: A water bottle is provided, including a first cover, a second cover having a convex tube, a push button structure, a bottle body, and a straw structure. The push button structure includes a body, a first buckle member, a second buckle member, and an elastic member. The first buckle member is for buckling the first cover. The second buckle member is for buckling the second cover. The elastic member is for bearing against the second cover. The bottle body is used to be connected with the second cover. The straw structure is located inside the bottle body and the convex tube, and includes an elongate tube and an elastic tube. The elastic forces of the push button structure and the straw structure facilitate the water bottle to be used easily.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Inventor: Li-Shu Shen
  • Patent number: 9833092
    Abstract: A drinking straw includes a generally elongate tube having a sidewall defining an internal bore, wherein one end of the straw is provided with a piercing projection formed from a portion of the sidewall and reinforced by a folded portion of the sidewall. The straw is manufactured from an elongate tube on which a piercing projection is formed at one end by folding a portion of the sidewall at that end to reinforce the projection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Unistraw Holdings Pte. Ltd.
    Inventor: Kendall Norman Palazzi
  • Patent number: 9820597
    Abstract: An improved metal drinking straw is provided. The improved metal drinking straw includes an outer wall provided with a rough surface, an inner wall formed as a smooth mirror surface, and one end formed as a guiding structure. The guiding structure includes at least one first recess and at least one first protrusion. The first recess and the first protrusion are alternately connected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Inventors: Fu-Nan Chang, Jui-Ling Lee
  • Patent number: 9642591
    Abstract: An embryo replacement catheter has a flexible extruded shaft of a transparent polyurethane with a bore extending along its length. Gas bubbles of a diameter in the range 5.0 mu. to 10.0 mu. are incorporated into the thickness of the wall of the shaft by adding gas during extrusion. The bubbles are selected to increase the visibility of the catheter under ultrasound imaging whilst still enabling material flowing along the catheter to be seen. The inventive catheter is not confined to embryo replacement catheters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: The Cooper Companies Global Holdings LP
    Inventors: Stephen James Field, Tina Greathouse, J. Michael Kennelly, Thomas Cuthbert Mills
  • Patent number: 9572444
    Abstract: The invention relates to a drinking straw comprising: a thermoplastic wall having an elongate container portion; liquid permeable closures closing off the container portion; at least one effervescent tablet disposed within the container portion such that a clearance is left between the inner side of the wall and the at least one tablet; a hygroscopic filler disposed at both sides of the at least one tablet within the container portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Silman Invest & Trade Ltd.
    Inventors: Ferenc Ecseri, Monika Ecseri
  • Patent number: 9370270
    Abstract: A straw includes an elongated body extending from a first end to a second end, the elongated body with a hollow center and an outer surface; an opening extending through a thickness of the body and in fluid communication with the hollow center; and a sleeve slidingly engaged with the outer surface and configured to completely cover the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Inventor: Wei K. Hsu
  • Patent number: 9271590
    Abstract: A drinking straw comprises a thermoplastic tube and an active ingredient in the tube, releasable in a liquid drawn through the tube. The active ingredient is held in place between branched portions of the straw defined by neighbouring recesses formed in the tube and an inner seam connecting the neighbouring recesses. The branched portions are spaced from the ends of the straw. A device and method for making the drinking straw are disclosed as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Silman Invest & Trade Ltd.
    Inventors: Ferenc Ecseri, Monika Ecseri
  • Patent number: 9167928
    Abstract: A fluid flow regulating component adapted for sealed engagement to a drinking straw is provided to prevent excess fluid flow to users drinking with a straw. The device has a body adapted to engage the straw at one end to direct fluid flow through an axial cavity to an exit aperture. A translating valve body within the axial cavity ceases fluid flow during periods of excess acceleration or volume. A secondary valve may be engaged to prevent backflow of the fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Inventor: Jennifer Hanners
  • Patent number: 9005684
    Abstract: A drinking straw for progressively adding an active ingredient to a carrier liquid as the liquid is drawn through the straw. The straw includes a generally elongate tubular body having an internal bore and a sidewall. The tube includes first and second filters and disposed at respective first and second ends and, of the tube. Together, the first and second filters retain a predetermined measure of soluble active ingredients within the bore of the tube, while allowing a carrier liquid to be drawn through the straw, by oral suction. The active ingredient, takes the form of a plurality of solid pellets. Each filter is formed by blocking, closing or constricting the tube at or adjacent the corresponding end and providing at least one aperture sized to be sufficiently small to retain the pellets within the tube whilst sufficiently large to allow passage of liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Unistraw Patent Holdings Limited
    Inventor: Peter Baron
  • Patent number: 8980348
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a receptacle which comprises a generally elongate tubular body, a plurality of pellets of a predetermined size and shape containing a predetermined measure of active ingredient and filtration means disposed at or adjacent each end of the tubular body to retain the pellets substantially within the body. The receptacle is sized to allow a carrier liquid to be drawn through it. The passage of the carrier liquid through the receptacle causes the pellets to progressively dissolve, thereby releasing the active ingredient into the beverage upon consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Unistraw Holdings Pte. Ltd.
    Inventor: Peter Baron
  • Publication number: 20150034544
    Abstract: A filter straw and kit including a backwashing unit for the filter straw. The filter straw generally includes an elongated housing extending between opposite input and output openings. One or more filtering regions and/or other fluid treating regions may be located within and along a portion of the elongated passageway. The filtering and treating regions include filtering screens, activated carbon filters, silver metal treating regions, and ultraviolet light treating regions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventor: William F. Aftoora
  • Publication number: 20150014431
    Abstract: A non-disposable decorative straw and embellishment system is provided that includes a drinking straw portion and an embellishment. The drinking straw portion includes a hollow tubular member, an exterior wall configured with at least one circumferential groove, a lower-wall section disposed below the circumferential groove, and an upper-wall section disposed above the circumferential groove. The at least one embellishment is configured to at least partially fit within the circumferential groove.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Tracy A. Whittaker, Jeffrey Polakowski
  • Patent number: 8931634
    Abstract: A drinking straw that can be used to dispense a substance such as vitamins, pharmaceuticals, or diet supplements that is stored inside of the straw body. The straw includes a one-way liquid flow valve at one end of straw that prevents drawn liquid and any of the dissolved materials from returning to the initial liquid source that is drawn through the straw when the straw is not in use. The straw may include a one-way valve or crimp for acting as a one-way valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Inventor: Michael R. Anderson
  • Publication number: 20150008220
    Abstract: A straw includes a straw body, an air return flap and a retaining ring, both the air return flap and the retaining ring are provided on the straw body, and the retaining ring is located above the air return flap and spaced apart from the air return flap. A lid equipped with the straw includes a lid body and an inserting hole, the inserting hole is provided on the lid body and is used for passing the straw therethrough. The present application can achieve the effect of automatic air return, the structure of which is simple, the air return effect is better, and the straw and the lid functioning to air return is easy to clean after being disassembled.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Applicant: DONGGUAN YINYAN PLASTIC CONTAINERS CO., LTD
    Inventor: Zhujin Wang
  • Patent number: 8915454
    Abstract: A drinking straw includes a tube having an upper end including a first opening, a lower end including a second opening, and an outer wall extending between the upper and lower ends. A wrapper covers the tube and a securing element permanently attaches the wrapper to the outer wall of the tube. The wrapper is adapted to be opened for exposing the first and second openings of the tube while the securing element maintains the attachment of the wrapper to the tube. The outer wall of the tube has an inner surface, whereby at least two opposing sections of the inner surface of the outer wall are joined together for forming a bifurcated opening adjacent an end of the tube. The bifurcated opening defines a total area that is smaller than the area of the opening at the opposite end of the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Inventor: Scott E. Churchill
  • Patent number: 8910883
    Abstract: A cap for a drinking straw preferably includes a container provided with an inner chamber and with an element to be torn from one of the wall of the container for enabling access within the chamber, and a body attached to the container and provided with a portion adapted to enter at least partly within the drinking channel, whereby the body is adapted so as to form an air passage between the drinking channel and the gas atmosphere when the body extends within the drinking straw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Inventor: Christiaan Mattheus
  • Publication number: 20140339325
    Abstract: A double bend straw comprising: a first segment at a top portion of the double bend straw; a second segment in a middle portion of the double bend straw; a third segment at a bottom portion of the double bend straw; a first accordion portion connecting the first segment to the second segment; and a second accordion portion connecting the second segment to the third segment, wherein the first accordion portion and the second accordion portion enable the double bend straw to extend, retract and bend as desired by a user. The first segment includes either an opening or a mouthpiece at a top end of the first segment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventors: Jason Williams, Joy Wilson
  • Patent number: 8844742
    Abstract: A drinking mouth portion pointing upward is provided on a plug body of a container main body having a sealed structure. A down-pointing beverage cylindrical member is built into the container main body and has a front edge side thereof communicated with the drinking mouth portion. Provided inside a fluid passage of the beverage cylindrical member is a valve movable in accordance with a pressure difference therein. The valve is not manually opened and closed, but reacts to a suction force in the fluid passage. An up-pointing cut-out section is provided on a lower edge of the beverage cylindrical member, thus allowing one to drink up a content fluid remaining in an inner bottom section. Therefore, a relatively small number of additional parts are needed to address the spewing of a content fluid and the occurrence of a residual liquid at the time of opening the drinking mouth portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignees: Thermos K.K., Thermos L.L.C.
    Inventors: Mamoru Fujita, Shin Matsuyama
  • Publication number: 20140263718
    Abstract: A drinking straw including means for dislodging food particles stuck, for example, between teeth is disclosed. The drinking straw includes a projection which is narrower than the diameter of the straw cylinder and operable to dislodge matter from between teeth. The projection may be attached to the cylinder in such a way that that it can be removed from the drinking straw.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Kathie Ann Marouthis
  • Patent number: 8833673
    Abstract: A straw for dispensing fluids includes a first end, a second end opposite the first end, an outer surface, and at least one aperture extending from the first end to the second end defining an inner surface. The aperture has a non-circular cross-sectional shape, such as an oval, an ellipse, a tear drop, and the like. The straw is made of a durable, non-toxic material, such as thermoplastic material that is suitable to withstand a temperature of the fluid of up to 212 degrees Fahrenheit, while preventing toxin release related to common cold beverage straws when immersed in hot beverages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Inventor: Dawn Martha Miracle
  • Publication number: 20140252115
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a method of manufacturing a flexible drinking straw. The straw allows a user to easily suction liquid while preventing foreign bodies in the liquid from entering the mouth of a user. The straw comprises a tube defining a substantially constant cross-sectional inner channel, The tube has a multitude of fins extending from an inner wall of the tube to a distance from the inner wall. The fins create either a single or multiple liquid-way(s) that allow the liquid to flow freely while blocking foreign bodies that may be in the liquid. The straw comprises a tube with a cut and crimped end creating either single or multiple liquid-way(s) that allow liquid to flow freely while blocking foreign bodies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventor: Christopher Ray Toepfert
  • Publication number: 20140246431
    Abstract: Devices for removably supporting a cell phone above a disposable beverage cup while a user sips the beverage, include a looped straw and a phone supporting bracket formed on the top surface of a lid for the cup.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2014
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Inventor: Erik Lipson
  • Patent number: 8820657
    Abstract: A temperature changing device has a tubular member with a restricting portion that changes the air speed and pressure of liquids flowing there. An air inlet is provided to allow cooling or warming air to be drawn in and mix with the liquid in a mixing region. The air inlet is placed close to the bottom portion of the restricting portion. The restricting portion and inlet opening are placed far enough from the open top portion to allow for sufficient temperature change. In one embodiment, a stirring portion is provided to allow a user to stir a beverage such as coffee or tea.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Inventor: Jordan Baldrige
  • Publication number: 20140239087
    Abstract: A novelty drinking straw formed of flexible transparent tubing has a central section formed in the shape of script spelling a name or short phrase. Two end sections extend from the ends of the central section and are joined by a knot to form a necklace. Two tube sections connect at the knot to the ends of the central section and can connect to a fluid container and the user's mouth. By sucking on the mouth section, fluid is drawn from the container, through the central section and then the mouthpiece.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Inventor: Erik Lipson
  • Patent number: 8814063
    Abstract: A new and useful system, method and components are provided, for hydrating and cooling a cyclist, in a manner that is efficient and effective, and in a manner that minimizes disruption of the cyclists attention to his/her riding. The components and system include a liquid container connected to a portion of a cycle and hydrating and actuating components that use the liquid (preferably water) in the liquid container. The liquid container has a body of liquid and the hydrating and actuating components include a drinking straw extending into the body of liquid, a spray device having a tube extending into the container with a spray head located outside the container, and an actuator mechanism comprising a pumping component in fluid communication with the liquid in the container and a hand actuated trigger mechanism located to be accessible to the hand of a cyclist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Inventor: Luis A. Millan
  • Publication number: 20140231535
    Abstract: This innovation about plastic drinking straw with a fixed clip designed to use with Carbonated Soft Drinks, so that the user can install and fix the straw inside the drinking glass or vessel by inserting the clip over the edge of the drinking vessel, this clip will make the straw firmly stable inside the drinking glass and prevent it from floating on the surface of the soft drink and falling outside the glass.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2014
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Inventor: Mishal Alhumidi Alotaibi
  • Publication number: 20140221528
    Abstract: The invention involves the incorporation and enablement of multiple interactive elements into high-volume consumables products to increase utility, function and features of the consumable product at minimal incremental cost and adjustment to production and manufacturing processes. The invention further reports processes and compositions that enable consumable products with differentiating features which product would otherwise be deficient for their intended use and application.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Inventor: Hans O. Ribi
  • Publication number: 20140191060
    Abstract: A fluid flow regulating component adapted for sealed engagement to a drinking straw is provided to prevent excess fluid flow to users drinking with a straw. The device has a body adapted to engage the straw at one end to direct fluid flow through an axial cavity to an exit aperture. A translating valve body within the axial cavity ceases fluid flow during periods of excess acceleration or volume. A secondary valve may be engaged to prevent backflow of the fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2014
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Inventor: Jennifer Hanners
  • Patent number: 8733668
    Abstract: A system includes a portable liquid container having at least two chambers for containing at least two liquids separate and an apparatus having at least two separate input tubes configured for drawing liquid from the chambers. At least two separate output tubes are configured for passing at least two separate liquids to a user's mouth. A valve assembly includes a lower portion having at least two input connectors each joined to a one of the input tubes. An upper portion has at least two output connectors each joined to a one of the output tubes. An adjustable valve portion determines proportions of liquids in the separate chambers that are passed to the user's mouth where the liquids remain separate until reaching the user's mouth, and where liquids drawn back down the input tubes and the output tubes into the chambers remain substantially separated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Inventor: Martin Joseph Markley
  • Patent number: 8708248
    Abstract: A straw is provided for drinking beverages which may contain pieces, fragments, chunks, etc., of food matter. The straw has one or more notches, cuts or recesses located near an end portion which facilitates fluid intake even in the presence of blocking material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Inventor: Nathaniel Liu
  • Patent number: 8701928
    Abstract: A spout for a spill-proof beverage container has a side wall defining an outer surface and an inner surface defining a discharge passage. A valve in the discharge passage includes two flanks formed integrally with the side wall and projecting from opposite sides of the inner surface of the spout. The front end faces of the flanks mate with one another along a slit that extends generally parallel to the longer axis of the spout. At least the front portions of the flanks are inclined away from the mouth of the spout such that pressure within the container acts to urge the flanks against one another so as to maintain the slit closed. Deformation of the side wall when the spout is held between the lips of a drinker acts to open the slit and create an opening between the flanks to allow the beverage to be discharged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Inventor: Ilan Zadik Samson
  • Publication number: 20140084077
    Abstract: A device for use in drinking a beverage is a drinking straw having a tubular wall defining a passage bordered by an interior surface of the tubular wall. The straw has two ends that are both open. At least a portion of a surface of the tubular wall has a coating of only water soluble vitamins B-12 and C and any residue from water employed in the disposition of water soluble vitamins B-12 and C onto the surface of the tubular wall of the drinking straw.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2012
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Inventor: Tommy Jubei KNIGHT
  • Patent number: 8672174
    Abstract: A lid assembly including a cover member for attachment to a container, the cover including first and second apertures providing access to contents of the container; a drinking member having a bore there through, the drinking member pivotal between a first closed position wherein the drinking member seals the first aperture and a second open position wherein the bore is aligned with the first aperture to allow contents of the container to pass through the first aperture and the drinking member; and a closure member pivotal between a first closed position wherein the closure member seals the second aperture and a second open position wherein the second aperture is exposed to allow contents of the container to pass there through.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Leedsworld, Inc.
    Inventor: Morgan Requel McMullin
  • Patent number: 8668119
    Abstract: A container for containing and dispensing viscous comestibles, such as ice cream, is disclosed. The container includes a container body with a nozzle and a container cap movably coupled to the container body. The container cap moves between at least two positions, a first position where the container cap covers the nozzle, and a second position where a portion of the nozzle extends through a container cap opening. In some embodiments a straw portion of the nozzle extends through the container cap opening. A method of containing viscous comestibles is disclosed which includes attaching a container cap to a container body such that the container cap has at least two positions, testing that the container cap moves to each of its at least two positions, inserting viscous comestibles into the container body through a nozzle opening in the container body nozzle, and locking the container cap in the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Inventor: James Wheeler
  • Patent number: 8657209
    Abstract: A system includes a portable liquid container having at least two chambers for containing at least two liquids separate and an apparatus having at least two separate input tubes configured for drawing liquid from the chambers. At least two separate output tubes are configured for passing at least two separate liquids to a user's mouth. A valve assembly includes a lower portion having at least two input connectors each joined to a one of the input tubes. An upper portion has at least two output connectors each joined to a one of the output tubes. An adjustable valve portion determines proportions of liquids in the separate chambers that are passed to the user's mouth where the liquids remain separate until reaching the user's mouth, and where liquids drawn back down the input tubes and the output tubes into the chambers remain substantially separated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Inventor: Martin Joseph Markley
  • Publication number: 20140050816
    Abstract: A hydration system for providing fluid to a subject is provided, the system comprising a flexible tube for extending between a reservoir of a liquid and the mouth of the subject and having a first end for immersion in the reservoir of liquid and a second end; a holder releasably attached to a portion of the tube between the first and second ends of the tube; and a mouthpiece connected to the second end of the tube and arranged to be held in the mouth of the subject when the subject is receiving liquid from the reservoir through the tube. A holder for use in such a system is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2012
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Applicant: Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Primary Care Trust
    Inventor: Naomi Priscilla Campbell
  • Publication number: 20140021210
    Abstract: A method of, and apparatus for, profiling a tube to form at least one profiled product having a first open end and a second open end. The tube (30) is supported on a support (19) which supports the tube along at least a substantial part of the length of the tube corresponding to the product(s) to be formed. At least a portion of the tube is heated to form at least one heat-softened portion of the tube in the region(s) corresponding to the product(s) to be formed. A fluid pressure change (28) is applied to the region(s) of the tube corresponding to the product(s) to be formed to form at least one profiled product having a first open end, a second open end, and a predetermined shape with one or more three dimensional profile features.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Inventor: Alan Mark Crawley
  • Patent number: 8584966
    Abstract: An extensible straw for incorporation as an integral component of a disposable or collapsible beverage container has telescoping tubes extensible from the container, a screw cap and multiple seals preventing inadvertent leakage from the container whether the container is maintained upright or not.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Inventors: Sharla D. Roche, Gary V. VanMeter
  • Publication number: 20130302472
    Abstract: The invention relates to a drinking straw comprising: a thermoplastic wall having an elongate container portion; liquid permeable closures closing off the container portion; at least one effervescent tablet disposed within the container portion such that a clearance is left between the inner side of the wall and the at least one tablet; a hygroscopic filler disposed at both sides of the at least one tablet within the container portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2013
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Inventors: Ferenc Ecseri, Monika Ecseri
  • Patent number: 8579148
    Abstract: A reusable straw includes a first part having a hollow elongated body that has a first end and an opposing second end and a second part having a hollow elongated body that has a first end and an opposing second end. The second part has a width that allows the first part to be received within a hollow interior of the first part. A first coupling member is formed along an inner surface of the first part proximate the first end; and a second coupling member is formed along an outer surface of the second part at the first end thereof. The first and second coupling members mate together to securely and sealingly couple the second part to the first part. The first coupling member is either a male member or a female member and the second coupling member is complementary and is the opposite member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: GreenPaxx LLC
    Inventor: Cindy Slansky
  • Publication number: 20130295232
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a receptacle which comprises a generally elongate tubular body, a plurality of pellets of a predetermined size and shape containing a predetermined measure of active ingredient and filtration means disposed at or adjacent each end of the tubular body to retain the pellets substantially within the body. The receptacle is sized to allow a carrier liquid to be drawn through it. The passage of the carrier liquid through the receptacle causes the pellets to progressively dissolve, thereby releasing the active ingredient into the beverage upon consumption.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Inventor: Peter Baron
  • Publication number: 20130277449
    Abstract: Certain drinking straw device embodiments comprise an inner tube having a hole along its length and an actuator for actively introducing a gas or fluid through the hole into a liquid flowing through the inner tube. In an embodiment, the actuator stores and releases a pressurized gas. In some embodiments, the actuator stores and releases a second liquid or gel. In some embodiments, a device comprises a non-pressurized gas or fluid substance introduction mechanism, which, when activated, allows the gas or fluid substance to enter and be mixed with a liquid flowing through the inner tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2012
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Inventors: Tal Alon, Omer Bar
  • Publication number: 20130270357
    Abstract: A drinking straw that can be used to dispense a substance such as vitamins, pharmaceuticals, or diet supplements that is stored inside of the straw body. The straw includes a one-way liquid flow valve at one end of straw that prevents drawn liquid and any of the dissolved materials from returning to the initial liquid source that is drawn through the straw when the straw is not in use. The straw may include a one-way valve or crimp for acting as a one-way valve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2013
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Inventor: Michael R. Anderson
  • Patent number: 8540926
    Abstract: A method of, and apparatus for, profiling a tube to form at least one profiled product having a first open end and a second open end. The tube (30) is supported on a support (19) which supports the tube along at least a substantial part of the length of the tube corresponding to the product(s) to be formed. At least a portion of the tube is heated to form at least one heat-softened portion of the tube in the region(s) corresponding to the product(s) to be formed. A fluid pressure change (28) is applied to the region(s) of the tube corresponding to the product(s) to be formed to form at least one profiled product having a first open end, a second open end, and a predetermined shape with one or more three dimensional profile features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Inventor: Alan Mark Crawley
  • Publication number: 20130231026
    Abstract: An amusement device is disclosed that uses fluid flow through a straw to set in motion an impeller. The impeller may rotate an axle that may be attached to a novelty object outside the straw shaft. Rotation of the axle may cause the novelty object to move as the straw is used.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2012
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Inventor: SAM KEUNGMANIVONG
  • Publication number: 20130200029
    Abstract: A drinking mouthpiece comprising a resilient body through which fluid flows from a rear opening through to a front opening, the body having a contoured longitudinal upper profile for lying against a portion of the palate of a mouth and a contoured longitudinal lower profile for lying against a tongue; wherein a forward end of the mouthpiece near the front opening has a cross-sectional profile that tapers to two opposing sides of the mouthpiece, and also has a bulging area on the lower profile that provides a reference point against which the tongue can lie.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2011
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Inventor: Julia McKinley Anderson
  • Patent number: 8485453
    Abstract: The straw designed for the intake of water based drink from a container. In the lower part of the flexible straw there are holes that are connected to the main tube of the straw. Above the holes and attached to the straw, there is a floating device which allows for the intake of the drink from the container only from fixed depth ranges, preferably from 5-15 mm from the surface of the water. The straw allows for the protection of the organism of the user from negative effects of the drink on the body's cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Inventors: Pavel V. Efremkin, Liudmila V. Gruzdeva
  • Patent number: 8453865
    Abstract: A beverage container with a tamper resistant lid includes a cylindrical reservoir with an open upper end in communication with an interior beverage compartment. Formed about the open upper end is an annular rim. The tamper resistant lid includes a circular panel with an annular lip depending therefrom. Positioned on the inwardly facing surface of the lip are a plurality of juxtaposed, inwardly-extending flanges. The flanges are flexible but resilient such that, when the lid is pressed onto the open upper end of the container, the flanges initially expand to circumvent the rim, and subsequently contract to grip the lower surface thereof to retain the lid on the container. The lid includes any one of a plurality of secure dispensing means to dispense a beverage from the beverage compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Inventor: Jon C. Bobier