FIELD OF THE INVENTION
The present invention relates generally to containers. More particularly, the invention comprises a two-part container for carrying pills or similar items and, in a separate portion of the container, a liquid, such as water, to facilitate swallowing the pill or other medication.
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
In general, a first field of use of the disclosed invention is by those who take pills or other medications requiring water to wash them down, especially while away from home. However, many other fields, such as manufacturers of camping equipment, food, etc., could find potentially beneficial uses of this invention.
Thus, it can be seen that the potential fields of use for this invention are myriad and the particular preferred embodiments described herein is in no way meant to limit the use of the invention to the particular field chosen for exposition of the details of the invention.
A comprehensive listing of all the possible fields to which this invention may be applied is limited only by the imagination and is, therefore, not provided herein. Some of the more obvious applications are mentioned in the interest of providing a full and complete disclosure of the unique properties of this previously unknown general purpose article of manufacture. It is to be understood from the outset that the scope of this invention is not limited to these fields or to the specific examples of potential uses presented herein.
DISCUSSION OF THE PRIOR ART
Numerous attempts have been made in the prior art to devise containers for holding two different separate products.
U.S. Pat. No. 378,752, issued to Henry Ader on Feb. 28, 1888, discloses a bottle having a fully removable upper cap with a smaller, sealable mouth therein. A second chamber is formed by an intermediate partition within the bottle which allows a liquid to be carried in the upper end and a dry item in the lower. Access to the second chamber is by either removing the lower chamber from the bottle or by a second removable cap at its lower end.
U.S. Pat. No. 2,766,796, issued to Earl S. Tupper on Oct. 16, 1956, discloses vacuum and seal receptacle, a plastic tumbler with a sealable cap. A second, dry compartment is located on the upper surface of the cap with a second sealable cap.
U.S. Pat. No. 3,514,008, issued to Philip K. Dorn on May 26, 1970, discloses a combination pill container and drinking cup. An outer sleeve is mounted on the pill container and is axially slidable from a retracted storage position to an extended position when the pill container is inverted. The sleeve serves as a drinking cup in the extended position.
U.S. Pat. No. 3,920,120, issued to Andrew P. Shveda on Nov. 18, 1975, discloses a combination package. The combination package is for a primary product and a secondary product complementary to the primary product. The secondary product is restrained in the secondary product containment volume.
U.S. Pat. No. 4,051,977, issued to Carolyn VeAlletto Steinfeld on Oct. 4, 1977, discloses a pill and water dispenser in which a removable, spring loaded tablet dispenser occupies one end of a cylinder and a removable water vial occupies the opposite end of the cylinder.
U.S. Pat. No. 4,171,753, issued to Bastiaan Vreede on Oct. 23, 1979, discloses a holder for capsules, pills and similar objects. A spring within a hollow cylinder pushes tablets within a second cylinder upwardly against the top of the second cylinder. Tablets may be removed, individually, by sliding them through a slot in the wall of the second cylinder.
U.S. Pat. No. 4,324,338, issued to Robert Beall on Apr. 13, 1982, discloses a compartmented container, typically intended for either one time use or use at a fixed location. The cup constitutes an upper chamber, while a second chamber is formed by a downward extension of the cup wall beyond the floor of the cup. A cap with slot engaging pins around its perimeter fits within the walls of the second chamber to form a loose seal. Optionally, the cup and second compartment could be sealed for one time use by an adhesive seal.
U.S. Pat. No. 4,387,804, issued to John J. Austin on Jun. 14, 1983, discloses a convertible pill cup package. The package is for containing a preselected quantity of product such as a pill, which may be easily and quickly converted for use as a drinking cup. A portion of the package enclosing the product may be removed from the remaining part of the package which defines the cup.
U.S. Pat. No. 4,416,370, issued to Robert Beall on Nov. 22, 1983, discloses a compartmented container. The compartmented container is capable of being used to efficiently and expeditiously dispense both a liquid and a non-liquid substance therefrom. It is easy to handle so that it reduces the overall time required for dispensing the substances therefrom.
U.S. Pat. No. 5,076,433, issued to James P. Howes on Dec. 31, 1991, discloses a prize delivery system. It consists of a container, holder or instrument for use with food products. It is identical in all respects to typical product containers, holders or instruments, but which secretly contains a hidden prize award.
U.S. Pat. No. 5,397,017, issued to Robert Muza, et al., on Mar. 14, 1995, discloses a pill dispenser cap for sealing a bottle containing a liquid. A plurality of chambers surround a central, threaded bottle cap portion. A rotating disk allows access to individual chambers for dispensing of tablets or the like.
In contradistinction, the container of the present invention has a first, upper cylinder adapted to hold pills or the like. The upper cylinder has internal threads, or in an alternate embodiment, external threads, adapted to interact with mating threads (either internal or external, as required) on a lower cylinder. The lower cylinder is adapted to hold a liquid such as water. A two-compartment structure wherein a first part is screwed into or onto a second part is not shown in the prior art.
None of the above inventions and patents, taken either singly or in combination, is seen to describe the instant invention as claimed.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
The present invention provides a combined pill and liquid container. A first portion is adapted to hold pills or other medications. Threads on the first portion are adapted to mate with corresponding threads on a lower portion of the container. The lower portion is adapted to hold water or a similar liquid to facilitate swallowing a pill stored in and removed from the upper container portion. The screw interface between the upper and lower portions provides a liquid proof seal for the lower portion of the container.
Accordingly, it is a principal object of the invention to provide a combined pill and water container that will overcome the shortcomings of the prior art devices.
Another object of the invention is to provide a combined pill and water container that consists of a two-part container having a first portion that is screwably attached to a second portion.
An additional object of the invention is to provide a combined pill and water container wherein a pill container (i.e., the upper portion) is retained by threads to a lower portion which is adapted to hold a liquid, each compartment having a separate sealing means.
A further object of the invention is to provide a combined pill and water container that is simple and easy to use.
A still further object of the invention is to provide a combined pill and water container that is economical to manufacture.
It is an object of the invention to provide improved elements and arrangements thereof in an apparatus for the purposes described which is inexpensive, dependable and fully effective in accomplishing its intended purposes.
These and other objects of the present invention will become readily apparent upon further review of the following specification and drawings.