Spittoons Patents (Class 4/258)
  • Patent number: 10098818
    Abstract: Two embodiments of a cuspidor funnel are described, each of which may be securely attached to an empty beverage container, and then detached from the container with the container being disposed of after use. A first is attached to a standard sized beverage can while the second is structured to be attached to a standard sized beverage bottle. The can embodiment includes a cylindrical structure that snaps onto the beverage can top rim and positions a funnel neck into the opening of the beverage can typical of a press-tab opening soda or beer can. This funnel neck receives fluid captured by the angled funnel wall formed on the top face of the cuspidor funnel. The beverage bottle embodiment includes a generally cylindrical structure that is threaded onto the beverage bottle opening typical of most single serving plastic beverage bottle containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Spitit, LLC
    Inventors: Chad Riley, Marvin Boedeker
  • Patent number: 10052265
    Abstract: A spittoon constructed from a container including a tamper resistant seal, selectively operable flip top, absorbent medium having a masking odor, an adhesive property when wet, and extended antibacterial, antifungal, and/or germicidal properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Inventors: James E. Duffer, David W. Richardson
  • Publication number: 20140047630
    Abstract: Absorbent pods comprise a pouch formed of a porous material. The pouch contains an absorbent polymer in an amount sufficient to absorb at least about 20 mL of fluid. Preferably, the absorbent polymer is sodium polyacrylate and the porous material is a hydrophilic material. The absorbent pods absorb and retain fluids, including saliva.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2013
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Applicant: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Shalva Gedevanishvili, William R. Sweeney, Heidi R. Kleinbach-Sauter, Zane Gibbs
  • Publication number: 20120047642
    Abstract: Absorbent pods comprise a pouch formed of a porous material. The pouch contains an absorbent polymer in an amount sufficient to absorb at least about 20 mL of fluid. Preferably, the absorbent polymer is sodium polyacrylate and the porous material is a hydrophilic material. The absorbent pods absorb and retain fluids, including saliva.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2011
    Publication date: March 1, 2012
    Applicant: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Shalva Gedevanishvili, William R. Sweeney, Heidi R. Kleinbach-Sauter, Zane Gibbs
  • Patent number: 7739755
    Abstract: A spit cup includes a cap housing defining an interior area. The spit cup further includes a plurality of disposable liners, at least one disposable liner being removably positioned in the interior area to receive a user's spit. A lid is selectively coupled to the cup housing. The lid includes a stationary portion and a flap that is pivotally coupled to the stationary portion and movable between an open position providing access to the interior area and a closed position preventing access thereto. The lid includes a spring for biasing the flap toward the open position. The lid further includes a catch operatively coupled to the stationary portion and being movable between a first configuration in which the catch interacts with the flap and maintains the flap at the closed position and a second configuration in which the catch allows the flap to move to the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2010
    Inventor: John S. Taras
  • Patent number: 6718563
    Abstract: The present invention is a novel and unique spill proof portable spittoon cup device. The device is comprised of a cup like container and a snap-on lid. The container includes an open top and a closed bottom. The closed bottom of the cup also features a separate storage component for snuff or the like. In addition, the device of the present invention is comprised of a separate snap-on lid. The snap-on lid is formed to be removably secure the lid to the top of the cup like container and incorporates a folding spout which passes therethrough and into the cup like container. A check valve float on the cup like container located on the container side of the snap-on lid is designed and configured to allow fluid into the cup while also providing for air to be relieved out through the check valve float.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2004
    Inventor: John B. Kreiensieck
  • Patent number: 6665887
    Abstract: A portable spittoon is a sanitary, discrete method for disposing of tobacco juice or other secretions. The spittoon includes a container (26) and a lid (14). The lid (14) includes an opening (30) into which the secretions are placed and a funnel portion (32) for transferring the secretions into the container (26) when actuated and sealing the funnel when not actuated. The seal and funnel design act to minimize the risk of spillage from the container. The container can further include a window (28) such that the user can monitor the contents of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2003
    Inventor: Nhan S. Nguyen
  • Publication number: 20030204901
    Abstract: A portable spittoon is a sanitary, discrete method for disposing of tobacco juice or other secretions. The spittoon includes a container (26) and a lid (14). The lid (14) includes an opening (30) into which the secretions are placed and a funnel portion (32) for transferring the secretions into the container (26) when actuated and sealing the funnel when not actuated. The seal and funnel design act to minimize the risk of spillage from the container. The container can further include a window (28) such that the user can monitor the contents of the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2003
    Publication date: November 6, 2003
    Inventor: Nhan S. Nguyen
  • Publication number: 20020020008
    Abstract: A portable spittoon is a sanitary, discrete method for disposing of tobacco juice or other secretions. The spittoon includes a container and a lid. The lid includes an opening into which the secretions are placed and a funnel portion for transferring the secretions into the container. A seal is actuated by means of a button on the lid opening the passageway into the container when actuated and sealing the funnel when not actuated. The seal and funnel design act to minimize the risk of spillage from the container. The container can further include a window such that the user can monitor the contents of the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2001
    Publication date: February 21, 2002
    Inventor: Nhan S. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 6305033
    Abstract: The hand-held cuspidor with replaceable cup has a base which receives a replaceable cup. A holder engages on the base and retains the cup in the base. The holder has a handle for manual carrying. A pivoted cover swings from a closed position over the holder to an open position where the replaceable cup is available for expectoration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2001
    Inventor: Bassem B. Azzam
  • Patent number: 6266829
    Abstract: A combination beverage container and spittoon includes a bottom portion including outer wall and a first inner wall defining a spittoon space. A beverage container portion is located radially inwardly from the spittoon space having a top portion having tab means for opening the beverage container portion. During installation, the beverage container top portion includes an outer wall which engages an inner wall of a top member with connecting means. The top member also has an outwardly extending extension hollow extension containing a top opening to receive spit, and a bottom opening which after installation aligns with and is in fluid communication with the spittoon space. Circumferentially spaced from the extension, the beverage container portion includes a lip depression to facilitate drinking from the beverage container. An optional space may be provided between the spittoon space and the beverage container for insulating the beverage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2001
    Inventor: David Schmidt
  • Patent number: 5878445
    Abstract: A patient basin has a bottom, a sloping front wall, and an upstanding back wall. The front edge is curved to fit below the patient's mouth. The back wall includes an integral vertical grip defined by a pair of finger receiving notches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 9, 1999
    Inventor: Jeff J. Suderski
  • Patent number: 5367717
    Abstract: A cuspidor having a substantially rounded basin with a bottom, a substantially upright surrounding sidewall and a fluid inlet spaced above the bottom adjacent one end of the basin for directing flushing fluid into the basin. The juncture between the bottom and sidewall of the basin is formed in a concave curve which varies from a first radius at the end of the basin adjacent the fluid inlet to a smaller second radius adjacent the opposite end of the basin. The bottom also has a substantially flat section adjacent a portion of the juncture section which merges with an intermediate section for directing flushing fluids to a drain hole. The configuration of the basin provides efficient flushing and minimizes the possibility of flushing fluid splashing over the sidewall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 29, 1994
    Assignee: A-Dec, Inc.
    Inventor: William F. Fisher
  • Patent number: 5325546
    Abstract: A spittoon comprising a receptacle and a sleeve. The receptacle includes a handle intended to be grasped by a user when transporting the same. The receptacle matingly engages the sleeve to form a seal therebetween. The sleeve is disposed substantially interiorly of the receptacle and comprises a drain hole and a drain plug received by the drain hole. The drain hole is located in a sidewall of the sleeve adjacent the open upper end thereof so as to permit the contents within the receptacle to be drained from the receptacle. The drain plug is removably received by the drain hole to block the drain hole and prevent the contents of the receptacle from passing therethrough. The sleeve is configured to provide a restrictive passage for spittle or saliva to enter into the receptacle and to form a liquid trap to resist spilling of the same from the receptacle. A cover is releasably attachable to the receptacle to seal the receptacle to prevent the contents therein from escaping therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 1993
    Date of Patent: July 5, 1994
    Inventor: Norman B. Setliff
  • Patent number: 5140711
    Abstract: Apparatus for adapting open-mouthed containers, such as 12- and 16-ounce beverage bottles, for use as a cuspidor. The converter includes a housing having top and bottom openings and an inverted frusto-conical member tapering downwardly and inwardly from a top edge of the housing to a predetermined position therebelow. The conical member has a bottom aperture which communicates with the top opening. An adapter is disposed beneath the conical member for connecting the apparatus to a container. The adapter has a central aperture communicating with the bottom aperture of the conical member for conducting material introduced into the housing through the top opening thereof into the container. The conical member cooperates with an inner wall of the housing to substantially prevent material from escaping from the housing through the top opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 1990
    Date of Patent: August 25, 1992
    Inventor: William J. Johnson
  • Patent number: 4949405
    Abstract: Apparatus for adapting containers, such as 12 and 16 ounce beverage cans and bottles, for use as a cuspidor. The conveter is comprised of a housing open at the top and bottom with an inverted frusto-conical member tapering downwardly and inwardly from a top edge of the housing to a predetermined position therebelow. The conical member has a bottom aperture which communicates with the top opening. A baffle member is disposed beneath the conical member inside the housing for dividing the housing into top and bottom portions. The baffle member has a central aperture extending therethrough which is substantially in registration with the bottom aperture of the conical member to define a central passageway. The baffle member includes a tapered portion which is adapted for being inserted into the open mouths of different sized containers, such as standard beverage bottles, to direct material introduced into the housing via the top opening into the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 21, 1990
    Inventor: William J. Johnson
  • Patent number: 4932081
    Abstract: A system is provided for easing the placement of the final screw cap onto a sputum collection container so as to avoid dropping the cap or spilling the specimen in the container onto the hands of the user. An opening is provided in the side wall of the outer protective body of the system so as to gain access to the cap held wedged therein. The wedging action holds the screw cap in place while the user rotates the specimen container to cause cooperation between the screw threads of the screw cap and the associated sputum collection container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 1989
    Date of Patent: June 12, 1990
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventor: James A. Burns
  • Patent number: 4858250
    Abstract: A disposable sanitary spittoon including a spittoon container of plastic or paper, a cover associated with the container and a molded absorption block of high molecular hydrophilic polymer within the container. The block is formed with a through hole for receiving a tube, a recess at the bottom thereof, and a concave surface. The tube is made of plastic or paper and is provided with cilia on its interior surface. The lengths of the cilia increase with respect to the downward direction of the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 22, 1989
    Inventor: Chin C. Lee
  • Patent number: 4771486
    Abstract: A sputum sampling device having capability for sputum-saliva separation, the device comprising a substantially circular cup having a wall portion which tapers inwardly from top to bottom, a separation plate having a substantially elliptical planar confiuration, the major and minor axis of the plate being dimensioned to allow insertion of the plate down into the cup at a slant to position the lower portion of the plate a distance above the bottom of the cup, a plurality of apertures formed in the lower portion of the plate to provide saliva drainage ports, and an upper portion of the plate comprising a roughened textured surface for retracting and holding sputum in position for recovery in order to obtain a sensory and microbiological examination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 1987
    Date of Patent: September 20, 1988
    Inventors: Charles N. Gutierrez, David Vigil
  • Patent number: 4768238
    Abstract: This patent relates to a bifurcated vessel for the collection of saliva comprising:(a) a receptacle open at one end and divided into two chambers for holding liquid;(b) an open edge portion angularly disposed integral with one of said chambers to constitute a flared funnel to said chamber; and(c) a second open edge portion angularly disposed to and integral with the other of said two chambers to constitute a flared funnel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 1987
    Date of Patent: September 6, 1988
    Assignee: Interstate Drug Exchange
    Inventors: Israel Kleinberg, Leo M. Sreebny
  • Patent number: 4503572
    Abstract: A disposable apparatus for disposal of spittle is disclosed which includes a receptacle having a top and a base. A lid including a disk-shaped member having an aperture of selected diameter disposed therethrough is attached by a channel member which is adapted to expand outwardly to allow passage of a lip of a receptable into the channel to secure the lid to the receptacle. A hollow truncated conical section extends from the lid into the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1982
    Date of Patent: March 12, 1985
    Assignee: Spit Pit, Inc.
    Inventor: Patricia S. Dawson
  • Patent number: 4375705
    Abstract: An upwardly opening receiver, a receptacle and a conduit are provided with the upwardly opening receiver including a downwardly tapering lower portion opening downwardly into one end of the conduit and the second end of the conduit opening downwardly into the receptacle. A weighted hollow body including a removably closable fluent weight material inlet and outlet opening is provided and the weighted body is removably supported about the bottom of the receptable for preventing unwanted tipping of the receptacle. the receptable is generally upright cylindrical in configuration and the weighted base comprises an annular body encircling and closely embracing the lower portion of the receptacle. The upper portion of the receptacle includes a removable closable cud receiving opening therein and clamp structure is also provided for clampingly engaging the arm of an arm equipped piece of seating furniture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 1981
    Date of Patent: March 8, 1983
    Inventor: Earnest R. Warax
  • Patent number: 4218787
    Abstract: A liquid-tight container has a hole formed through the top. An opening formed through the container in spaced relation with the hole is selectively covered by a closable cover. A belt clip affixed to the back of the container removably affixes the container to a belt worn by a user. A hose is affixed at one end to the top of the container at the hole therethrough and opens into the container. A funnel is affixed to the hose at the opposite end thereof and opens into the hose whereby the user may expectorate into the container via the funnel and the hose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1978
    Date of Patent: August 26, 1980
    Inventor: Stanley M. Puckett