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Publication numberUS3708092 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJan 2, 1973
Filing dateJan 20, 1971
Priority dateJan 20, 1971
Also published asCA946765A, CA946765A1
Publication numberUS 3708092 A, US 3708092A, US-A-3708092, US3708092 A, US3708092A
InventorsFrazer J
Original AssigneeUnion Carbide Corp
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Removable funnel for containers
US 3708092 A
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United States Patent 1 [111 3,708,092 Frazer [451 Jan. 2, 1973 [541 REMOVABLE FUNNEL FOR 2,580,811 1 1952 Martinsen ..222/460 CONTAINERS 2,735,594 2/1956 Carnes ..222/567 in or: John s Frazer paquannock NJ 2,786,606 3/1957 Dushek et ai ..222/530 X [731 Assignee: Union Carbide Corporation, New Primary Examine"'samuel Coleman York, NY Assistant Examiner-Norman L. Stack, Jr. Att0rney-Paul A. Rose, John F. Hohmann and John [22] Filed: Jan. 20, 1971 Doheny 21 A LN 107892 1 PP 0 i 57] ABSTRACT I I The combination of a container for a liquid or a particulate solid, having a handle a pouring spout, [58] F id 536 I and a funnel which is adapted! to be removably 0 I 53 secured to the spout when pouring from the container 222/465 5671461 460 and to be fitted over and become part of the handle when not in use. [56] References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 133,683 12/1972 Tuttle ..222/536X 2 Claims, 5 Drawing Figures PA'TENTED AN 2 I 3. 708,092

INVENTOR JO L-IN S. FRAZER REMOVABLE FUNNEL FOR CONTAINERS This invention relates to an improved pouring funnel for use in pouring a material from a container having a pouring spout at one end thereof. More particularly, the invention relates to a pouring funnel adapted to be readily mounted over and become part of the handle of the container when not in use.

With the advent of blow molding and injection molding processes for manufacturing plastic articles, the container industry now has the flexibility for producing containers in many varied shapes and sizes to meet the demands of packagers and consumers. The problem with these containers, however, is than an appreciable amount of the contained material, whether the material be liquid or a particulate solid, is lost due to spillage during pouring. This is especially true where the material is being poured from the container into another receptacle having a relatively small opening. The spillage problem is of particular significance when the container is full or nearly full of the contained material. For example, when pouring anti-freeze from a container into an automotive engine radiator, the radiator opening is of such relatively small diameter that loss of the anti-freeze from spillage may result.

Many types of funnels have been devised to solve this spillage problem. Most of these funnels are used independently of any particular container, i.e. they are fitted into the mouth of the receptacle receiving the poured material to provide a larger opening within which to pour. These funnels are normally carried and stored independently of the container. To prevent cross-mixing and contamination of the various materials which may be poured through the funnel, the funnel must be cleaned after each use. This cleaning is time consuming and if not done properly may still result in contamination of materials. A separate funnel may be utilized for each material but this results in a storage problem because of the number of funnels necessary.

The contamination problem is of special significance when dealing with automotive products such as oil, gasoline, anti-freeze, etc. Each product serves a different purpose and contamination or cross-mixing can cause serious damage to automotive parts.

Funnels have also been proposed which are permanently affixed to the containers from which a liquid or solid material is to be poured. However, with permanentlyaffixed funnels means must be made available to effectively close off the funnel outlet when the container is not in use. This is especially necessary where the contained material is highly volatile or flammable.

Other types of funnels have been designed to be attached to a container by utilizing a mechanical device such as a spring or an elastic member. Another type of funnel which has been proposed is one that is affixed to the container by fitting the funnel into the container, such as by puncturing a hole in the container with the inlet end of the funnel. However, once the container has been punctured, it is not reusable. Also, the funnels.

to provide an improved funnel which is constructed to.

become part of and fit over the handle of a container for carrying ease when not in use.

Another object of this invention is to provide a container and a funnel which can be attached to the pouring spout of the container without any additional mechanical elements.

Still another object of this invention is to provide a The foregoing and other objects are achieved by the combination of a container having a handle and a pouring spout at one end thereof and a funnel for pouring a liquid or a particulate solid, the funnel being adapted to be removably secured to the pouring spout when pouring from the container and to be fitted over and become part of the handle when not in use.

A fuller understanding of this invention will be facilitated by reference to the accompanying drawing, wherein:

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of one form of the container and funnel combination in accordance with the invention and showing the funnel positioned over the top of and becoming part of the container handle;

FIG. 2 is a perspective view of the funnel alone FIG. 3 is an elevational view of the container with the funnel removably attached to the container spout and showing in broken lines a conventional screw cap for the spout;

FIG. 4 is a top plan view of the container and funnel attached as shown in FIG. 3; and

FIG. 5 is a perspective view showing container and funnel in pouring position as shown in FIG. 3 and FIG. 4.

In particular, and with reference to the accompanying drawing, a container denoted generally as 10 has a top portion 12 formed with a handle 14 and an upwardly projecting pouring spout 15. A generally U- shaped funnel 16 is provided for pouring a liquid or particulate solid from the container.

As shown more particularly in FIGS. 1 and 2, the funnel has a base portion 18 with upstanding side walls 20', 21 which are interconnected by a rear wall 22. The rear wall 22 has a removable cut-out 24, preferably of semi-circular shape, which is of such size as tofit around a portion of and engage the container spout 15..

The U-shaped funnel 16 is removably attached to the upwardly projecting spout 1:5 by a suitable means such as a semi-circular. configuration or snaps 28. The funnel:

may be removably attached to thespout 15 by aforce fit of the removable cut-out 24 around the spout 15,.a tongue and groove locking arrangement, or with a recessed groove 40 around the base of the spout 15. It can readily be seen that no additional mechanical means, such as a spring, is necessary to fastenthe funnel 16 to the containerlO. It is to be noted, and with particular reference to FIG. 3, that the spout cap 30:

ported easily as a single unit. Additionally, packaged liquid or particulate solid will not be subject to any cross-contamination since each material will have its own individual funnel 16 which can and will be transported with the contained material.

Preferably, the rear wall 22 of the funnel 16 is provided with a punch-out" section 32 when initially sold and which'must be removed by the consumer to form and in general conformity with the configuration of said handle a funnel of generally U-shaped cross-section having:

1 a base portion; portion;

2. sidewalls along two sides of said base portions;

and

3. a rear wall interconnecting said side walls and said base portion, said rear wall having a removable portion of configuration at least in part generally corresponding to that of said spout so that when said portion is removed said rear wall is adapted to tit and be retained about said spout, said funnel providing a conduit for said pourable material when said funnel is removed from said handle, its rear wall is fitted to said spout and said cover is removed from said spout.

2. A package as defined by claim 1 having a recessed groove about the base of said spout.

* III um'ri-zn sm'nzs PATENT omen CERTIFICATE OF CORRECTION Patent No. 3,708,092 Issu D January 973 invencofli) John S Frazer 7 It is certified that errorappeers inythe wore-identified patent end that said Letters Patent are hereby corrected as shown below:

In column L line L claim 1, "porision" second ooourr'once 51mm be deloted, and in 6011mm, line 5' "portions" mm fea d portion 1 in the same column Iiine s L 5, and 6 tho nimierals "1" "2 and "3" in each suc zh" line should be in i I parentheses Signed and se aled this 22nd day of May 1 973.

(SEAL) Attest:

EDWARD M FLETCHER,JR i ROBERT GOTTSCHALK Attesting Officer Commissioner of Patents at ElM-UIQ

Referenced by
Citing PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US4811870 *Mar 29, 1984Mar 14, 1989The Dyson-Kissner-Moran CorporationLiquid container with rotatable spout
US5022567 *Apr 18, 1989Jun 11, 1991Frazer John SFunnel and integrated funnel/container package
US5277343 *Aug 21, 1992Jan 11, 1994Parsonage Harvey JContainer with pouring spout
US5758804 *Jul 22, 1996Jun 2, 1998Wirth; Steven E.Clip-on pouring spout
US9359110Nov 22, 2013Jun 7, 2016Jill DudikClip and pour
Classifications
U.S. Classification222/567
International ClassificationB65D25/38, B65D25/48, B65D1/00, B65D1/12
Cooperative ClassificationB65D1/12, B65D25/48
European ClassificationB65D25/48, B65D1/12
Legal Events
DateCodeEventDescription
Apr 10, 1991ASAssignment
Owner name: FIRST BRANDS CORPORATION
Free format text: RELASE OF SECURITY INTEREST RECORDED AT REEL 4645 AND FRAME 280-363 ON 12-08-1986.;ASSIGNOR:MANUFACTURERS HANOVER TRUST COMPANY;REEL/FRAME:005717/0599
Effective date: 19900802
Dec 8, 1986AS06Security interest
Owner name: FIRST BRANDS CORPORATION, A CORP OF DE
Owner name: MANUFACTURERS HANOVER TRUST COMPANY
Effective date: 19860701
Dec 8, 1986ASAssignment
Owner name: MANUFACTURERS HANOVER TRUST COMPANY
Free format text: SECURITY INTEREST;ASSIGNOR:FIRST BRANDS CORPORATION, A CORP OF DE;REEL/FRAME:004645/0280
Effective date: 19860701
Oct 8, 1986ASAssignment
Owner name: UNION CARBIDE CORPORATION,
Free format text: RELEASED BY SECURED PARTY;ASSIGNOR:MORGAN BANK (DELAWARE) AS COLLATERAL AGENT;REEL/FRAME:004665/0131
Effective date: 19860925
Sep 15, 1986ASAssignment
Owner name: FIRST BRANDS CORPORATION, 39 OLD RIDGEBURY RD., DA
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST.;ASSIGNOR:UNION CARBIDE CORPORATION, A CORP OF NY;REEL/FRAME:004611/0201
Effective date: 19860630
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNOR:UNION CARBIDE CORPORATION, A CORP OF NY;REEL/FRAME:004611/0201
Jan 9, 1986ASAssignment
Owner name: MORGAN GUARANTY TRUST COMPANY OF NEW YORK, AND MOR
Free format text: MORTGAGE;ASSIGNORS:UNION CARBIDE CORPORATION, A CORP.,;STP CORPORATION, A CORP. OF DE.,;UNION CARBIDE AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS CO., INC., A CORP. OF PA.,;AND OTHERS;REEL/FRAME:004547/0001
Effective date: 19860106