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Publication numberUS20040238577 A1
Publication typeApplication
Application numberUS 10/778,821
Publication dateDec 2, 2004
Filing dateFeb 13, 2004
Priority dateSep 10, 2002
Publication number10778821, 778821, US 2004/0238577 A1, US 2004/238577 A1, US 20040238577 A1, US 20040238577A1, US 2004238577 A1, US 2004238577A1, US-A1-20040238577, US-A1-2004238577, US2004/0238577A1, US2004/238577A1, US20040238577 A1, US20040238577A1, US2004238577 A1, US2004238577A1
InventorsT. Shivas
Original AssigneeShivas T. Russell
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Beverage carrier
US 20040238577 A1
Abstract
A beverage carrier includes an elongated axial support element extending parallel to a central reference axis between a top end and a bottom end, a pair of resilient clip arms each extending in a substantially arcuate locus about the central axis from the top end of the axial support element, a pair of base arms each extending in a substantially arcuate locus about the central axis from the bottom end of the axial support element, a pair of support struts each extending in a substantially arcuate locus about the central axis from the axial support element at points between the top end and the bottom end to an end joined with the associated base arm, and a bottom support element extending from the bottom end of the axial support element and transverse to the central axis.
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What is claimed is:
1. A device for carrying a beverage container, said device comprising:
A. an elongated axial support element extending parallel to a central reference axis between a top end and a bottom end;
B. a pair of resilient clip arms, each clip arm extending from points at or near said top end of said axial support element to a distal tip, said arms extending in a substantially arcuate locus about said central axis, wherein said clip arms define a substantially conical inner surface, whereby said distal tips of said clip arms are mutually opposite to and spaced apart from each other;
C. a pair of base arms, each base arm extending from points at or near said bottom end of said axial support element to a distal tip, said base arms extending in a substantially arcuate locus about said central axis, each of said base arms being substantially parallel to an associated one of said clip arms, whereby said distal tips of said base arms are mutually opposite to each other;
D. a pair of support struts, each support strut extending from points between said top end and said bottom end of said axial support element in a substantially arcuate locus to the distal tip of an associated one of said base arms;
E. a bottom support element extending along a plane transverse to said central axis from said bottom end of said axial support element, said bottom support element having a convex surface at points disposed about said central axis.
2. A device according to claim 1, further comprising a support clip extending radially outward from said top end of said axial support element.
3. A device according to claim 2, wherein said support clip is a belt clip.
4. A device according to claim 2, wherein said support clip is a hook.
5. A device according to claim 1, wherein said device is a unitary plastic structure.
6. A device according to claim 1, wherein said distal tips of said clip arms are arcuate, said distal tips curving about axes parallel to said central axis.
7. A device according to claim 1, wherein said arcuate loci are substantially circular arches having the same radius.
8. A device for carrying a beverage container, said device comprising:
A. an elongated axial support element extending parallel to a central reference axis, between a top end and a bottom end;
B. a pair of resilient clip arms, each clip arm extending from points at or near said top end of said axial support element to a distal tip, said arms extending in a substantially arcuate locus about said central axis, wherein said clip arms define a substantially conical inner surface, whereby said distal tips of said clip arms are mutually opposite to and spaced apart from each other; and
C. a bottom support element extending along a plane transverse to said central axis from said bottom end of said axial support element.
9. A device according to claim 8, further comprising a support clip extending radially outward from said top end of said axial support element.
10. A device according to claim 9, wherein said support clip is a belt clip.
11. A device according to claim 9, wherein said support clip is a hook.
12. A device according to claim 8, wherein said device is a unitary plastic structure.
13. A device according to claim 8, wherein said distal tips of said clip arms are arcuate, said distal tips curving about axes parallel to said central axis.
14. A device according to claim 8, wherein said arcuate loci are substantially circular arches having the same radius.
15. A device for carrying a beverage in a cylindrical container extending between a dispensing end and a concave end, said device comprising:
A. an elongated axial support element extending paralleled to a central reference axis, between a top end and a bottom end;
B. a clip arm extending from points at or near said top end of said axial support element to a distal tip, said clip arm extending in a substantially circular locus about said central axis, wherein said substantially circular locus is greater than a semicircle, wherein said clip arm defines a substantially conical inner surface; and
C. a bottom support element extending along a plane transverse to said central axis from said bottom end of said axial support element, said bottom support element having a convex surface at points disposed about said central axis.
16. A device according to claim 15, further comprising a support clip extending radially outward from said top end of said axial support element.
17. A device according to claim 16, wherein said support clip is a belt clip.
18. A device according to claim 16, wherein said support clip is a hook.
19. A device according to claim 15, wherein said device is a unitary plastic structure.
20. A device according to claim 15, wherein said distal tip of said clip arm is arcuate, said distal tip curving about an axis parallel to said central axis.
21. A device according to claim 1, wherein said substantially conical inner surface is oblique with respect to the central reference axis at an angle of about 5 degrees to 7 degrees.
22. A device according to claim 8, wherein said substantially conical inner surface is oblique with respect to the central reference axis at an angle of about 5 degrees to 7 degrees.
23. A device according to claim 15, wherein said substantially conical inner surface is oblique with respect to the central reference axis at an angle of about 5 degrees to 7 degrees.
Description
CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATION

[0001] The present application is a continuation-in-part of U.S. patent application Ser. No. 10/658,922, filed Sep. 10, 2003, the disclosure of which is incorporated herein by reference.

FIELD OF THE INVENTION

[0002] The invention relates to a device for carrying a beverage, more particularly, relates to a device for holding standard beverage containers such as cups, cans, or bottles, on a user's hip, belt, screw, hook, or glass window, for purposes of activities such as sitting, standing, walking, driving, golfing, rolling, and any other non-vigorous activities.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

[0003] Known beverage holders have been complex in construction, typically made from rigid materials, heavy in weight and/or unable to accommodate a variety of different sized beverage containers.

[0004] There is need for an improved beverage carrier, which is light, resilient, and is convenient for a user to carry.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

[0005] The present invention provides a device for holding a beverage can or bottle that is preferably made from light, resilient, and compact one-piece molded plastic, and is able to accommodate cups, cans, or bottles with different shapes, sizes, and length.

[0006] The present invention provides a convenient beverage carrying device for carrying beverage cups, cans, or bottles with hands free. According to one aspect of the present invention, the device includes an elongated axial support element, a pair of resilient clip arms, a pair of base arms, a pair of support struts and a bottom support element.

[0007] The elongated axial support element extends between a top end and a bottom end and parallel to a central reference axis. Each clip arm extends in a substantially arcuate locus about the central axis from a point at or near the top end of the axial support element to a distal tip. The distal tips of the clip arms are mutually opposite to and spaced apart from each other. Each base arm extends in a substantially arcuate locus about the central axis from the bottom end of the axial support element to a distal tip. Each base arm is substantially parallel to an associated one of the clip arms, and the distal tips of the base arms are mutually opposite to and spaced apart from each other. Each support strut extends from the axial support element in a substantially arcuate locus to the distal tip of an associated one of the base arms to ensure stability of the cup, can, or bottle in the device. The bottom support element extends along a plane transverse to the central axis from the bottom end of the axial support element. In one preferred embodiment, the bottom support element has a convex surface to fit the concave bottom of cups, cans, or bottles to prevent slippage. The convex bottom support element fits a concave bottom of the beverage cup, can, or bottle to further secure the beverage cup, can, or bottle in the device.

[0008] In a preferred embodiment, the device further comprises a support clip extending radially outward from the top end of the axial support element. The support clip could be a belt clip or a hook, so that a user can clip the device to a belt, pants or glass window, or hook the device to a nail or screw.

[0009] The resilient clip arms and side support struts of the beverage carrier provide two easy ways to insert or remove a beverage cup, can, or bottle from both the top and the side of the beverage carrier. One way to insert or remove a beverage cup, can, or bottle into or from the beverage carrier is to put the beverage cup, can, or the beverage bottle into the device from the top, and the other way is to push the beverage container into the device from the side through the clip arms. Also the resilient plastic material, which the device is made from, allows self adjustment to fit beverage containers with different sizes, shapes, and length.

[0010] In another preferred embodiment, the clip arms of the beverage carrier are shaped with oblique inner surfaces with respect to the central reference axis, forming a substantially conical circumference, which is adapted to receive and secure a conical-shaped beverage container within the beverage carrier. The oblique inner surfaces of the arms form an angle θ with the vertical plane which is parallel to the central reference axis. The clip arms may be constructed with different angle θ in different embodiments to accommodate beverage containers with different shapes and/or sizes. In one preferred form, the beverage carrier is constructed with the angle θ of about 5 degrees to 7 degrees to accommodate regular disposable takeout cups.

[0011] Other advantages and novel features will be set forth in the detailed description, taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings.

DESCRIPTION OF THE FIGURES

[0012]FIG. 1 is a side view of one preferred embodiment of a beverage carrier in accordance with the present invention;

[0013]FIG. 2 is a front view of the beverage carrier of FIG. 1;

[0014]FIG. 3 is a back view of the beverage carrier of FIG. 1;

[0015]FIG. 4 is a top view of the beverage carrier of FIG. 1;

[0016]FIG. 5 is a side view of another embodiment of a beverage carrier in accordance with the present invention;

[0017]FIG. 6 is a top view of the beverage carrier of FIG. 5;

[0018]FIG. 7 is a side view of another preferred embodiment of the present invention;

[0019]FIG. 8 is a perspective view of a further preferred embodiment of the present invention;

[0020]FIG. 9 shows a side view the beverage carrier in FIG. 8 in use with a belt;

[0021]FIG. 10 shows a perspective view of the preferred embodiment of the present invention shown in FIGS. 5 and 6;

[0022]FIG. 11 is a front view of a beverage carrier according to another preferred embodiment of the present invention;

[0023]FIG. 12 is a cross-sectional view of an upper clip arm of the beverage carrier in FIG. 11; and

[0024]FIG. 13 is a front view of the beverage carrier shown in FIG. 11 with a cup received in the beverage carrier.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT

[0025] For the purposes of promoting an understanding of the present invention, reference will now be made to the embodiments and methods illustrated in the drawings and specific language will be used to describe the same.

[0026]FIG. 1 is a side view of one preferred embodiment of a beverage carrier 10 of the present invention. As shown in FIG. 1, an elongated axial support element 12 extends parallel to a central reference axis A between a top end 14 and a bottom end 16. A pair of resilient clip arms 18 and 20 extend from points at or near the top end 14 of the axial support element 12 to distal tips 22 and 24. The clip arms 18 and 20 preferably each extend in a substantially arcuate locus about the central axis A and the distal tips 22 and 24 of the clip arms 18 and 20 are mutually opposite to and spaced apart from each other.

[0027] As shown in FIG. 2, a pair of base arms 26 and 28 extend from the bottom end 16 of the axial support element 12 to distal tips 30 and 32. The base arms 26 and 28 extend in a substantially arcuate locus about the central axis A, and each of the base arms 26 and 28 is substantially parallel to an associated one of the clip arms 18 and 20, whereby the distal tips 30 and 32 of the base arms are mutually opposite to each other.

[0028] As shown in FIG. 3, a pair of support struts 34 and 36 extend from points between the top end 14 and the bottom end 16 of the axial support element 12 in a substantially arcuate locus to the distal tips 30 and 32 of the base arms 26 and 28.

[0029] Referring to FIG. 1 and FIG. 4, a bottom support element 38 extends along a plane B transverse to the central axis A from the bottom end 16 of the axial support element 12. The bottom support element 38 preferably includes a convex surface 40 at points about the central axis to support a concave surface of a bottom of a beverage bottle. In alternative embodiments, the bottom support element 38 is flat, as shown in FIG. 8.

[0030] Referring again to FIG. 1, the beverage carrier preferably has a support clip 42 extends radially outward from the top end 14 of the axial support element 12. The support clip 42 is adapted to clip the beverage carrier to a belt, or other places as desired by a user.

[0031] Referring again to FIG. 3, in one preferred embodiment, a keyhole 44 is defined on the support clip 42. The keyhole 44 is adapted to secure the beverage carrier to a nail or screw.

[0032]FIG. 5 and FIG. 6 are respectively a side view and a top view of another preferred embodiment of the beverage carrier in accordance with the present invention. As shown in FIG. 5 and FIG. 6, the bottom support element 38 extends along a plane C transverse to the central axis A from the bottom end 16 of the axial support element 12, and the bottom support element 38 defines a hole 46 at points disposed about the central axis A.

[0033]FIG. 7 illustrates a side view of another preferred embodiment of the present invention, in which the beverage carrier includes only one resilient clip arm 50, which extends from the axial support element 12 to a distal tip 52. The resilient clip arm 50 extends in a substantially circular locus about the central axis A, and the substantially circular locus is greater than a semicircle, such that the resilient clip arm 50 and the axial support element 12 can securely hold a beverage bottle in the beverage carrier. The beverage carrier in FIG. 7 also includes a bottom support element 54 extending from the bottom end of the axial support element 12 and transverse to the central axis A to support the bottle, and a support clip 56 extending radially outward from the top end of the axial support element 12.

[0034]FIG. 8 is a perspective view of a further preferred embodiment of the present invention, which is similar to the embodiment shown in FIGS. 1-3, except that the embodiment shown in FIG. 8 does not include the pair of base arms and support struts as shown in FIGS. 1-3. FIG. 9 shows a side view the beverage carrier in FIG. 8, which is clipped on a belt and carries a beverage bottle.

[0035]FIG. 10 shows a perspective view of the preferred embodiment of the present invention shown in FIGS. 5 and 6.

[0036]FIG. 11 shows a front view of a beverage carrier 100 in accordance with another preferred embodiment of the present invention. The beverage carrier 100 is similar to the beverage carrier 10 shown in FIGS. 1 through 4, such that similar elements have the same reference characters. As shown in FIG. 11, the beverage carrier 100 includes an elongated axial support element 12 extending parallel to a central reference axis A between a top end 14 and a bottom end 16. A pair of resilient clip arms 18 and 20 extend from points at or near the top end 14 of the axial support element 12 to distal tips 22 and 24. The clip arms 18 and 20 preferably each extend in a substantially arcuate locus about the central axis A and the distal tips 22 and 24 of the clip arms 18 and 20 are mutually opposite to and spaced apart from each other.

[0037] In order to optimally accommodate conical-shaped cups, such as disposable takeout cups, or other beverage containers, in one preferred embodiment, the clip arms 18 and 20 are shaped with oblique inner surfaces with respect to the reference axis A. The oblique inner surfaces of the clip arms 18 and 20 form a substantially conical circumference, which is adapted to receive and secure a conical-shaped beverage container within the beverage carrier 100. The oblique inner surfaces of the arms 18 and 20 form an angle θ with the vertical plane which is parallel to the central axis A. The arms 18 and 20 may be constructed with different angle θ in different embodiments to optimally accommodate beverage containers with different shapes and/or sizes. In one preferred form, the angle θ is about 5 degrees to 7 degrees. The embodiments shown in FIGS. 5-10 also can be constructed with clip arms having oblique inner surfaces to form a substantially conical inner circumference to accommodate conical-shaped beverage containers.

[0038] In a preferred form, as shown in FIG. 12, the clip arms 18 and 20 have a tapered cross section, taken along their radius direction as denoted by C-C, with the thickness of the arm monotonically decreasing from a lower edge 102 to an upper edge 104, whereby the inner surface of the tapered arms 18 and 20 are oblique with respect to the central axis A and form a substantially conical inner circumference. In other embodiments, different cross-sections may be used (e.g., uniform thickness), which still provide the oblique inner surface. FIG. 13 schematically shows a beverage carrier 100 illustrated in FIGS. 111 and 12 contains a conical cup 110.

[0039] While the preferred embodiments and method of use of the invention have been illustrated and described in some detail in the drawings and foregoing description, it should be understood that this description is made only by way of example to set forth the best mode contemplated of carrying out the invention and not as a limitation to the scope of the invention which is pointed out by the claims below.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification224/148.4, 224/666
International ClassificationA47G23/02, A45F3/16, B60N3/10
Cooperative ClassificationB60N3/103, A47G23/0225, A45F2200/0583, B60N3/108, A45F5/00, A45F3/16
European ClassificationB60N3/10D, A47G23/02A2B, B60N3/10S6, A45F3/16