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Publication numberUS3883024 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMay 13, 1975
Filing dateMar 11, 1974
Priority dateMar 11, 1974
Publication numberUS 3883024 A, US 3883024A, US-A-3883024, US3883024 A, US3883024A
InventorsThomas Douglas W
Original AssigneeAmerican Home Prod
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Dispenser combined with hanging clip for inverted support
US 3883024 A
Abstract
The disclosure is directed to the combination of a container for dispensing liquid from an inverted position and a hanger device for suspending the container in an inverted position from the wall of a water closet. The hanger device is an L-shaped metal strip rotatably connected to the end wall off-center to the container. In the closed, or storage, position the end portion of the hanger device fits snugly against the side of the container end wall. In the open position the end of the hanger device extends beyond the end wall and engages the wall of the water closet.
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United States Patent Thomas May 13, 1975 54] DISPENSER COMBINED WITH HANGING 3,361,402 1/1968 Cech 248/359 3,627,177 12/1971 Marcus..... 222/181 Cup FOR INVERTED SUPPORT 3,698,021 10/1972 Mark 4/227 Douglas W. Thomas, Toms River, N].

American Home Products Corporation, New York, NY.

Filed: Mar. 11, 1974 Appl. No.: 449,796

Inventor:

Assignee:

US. Cl 215/100; 222/181 Int. Cl B65d 23/12 Field of Search..... 215/100 R, 100 A; 222/181;

References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS Primary Examiner-Herbert F. Ross Attorney, Agent, or Firm-.loseph Martin Weigman [57] ABSTRACT The disclosure is directed to the combination of a container for dispensing liquid from an inverted position and a hanger device for suspending the container in an inverted position from the wall of a water closet. The hanger device is an L-shaped metal strip rotatably connected to the end wall off-center to the container. in the closed, or storage, position the end portion of the hanger device fits snugly against the side of the container end wall. In the open position the end of the hanger device extends beyond the end wall and engages the wall of the water closet.

7 Claims, 9 Drawing Figures FMENTED 3, 883 O24 SHEU 16F 2 1 DISPENSER COMBINED WITH HANGING CLIP FOR INVERTED SUPPORT This invention relates to dispensing containers and more particularly relates to the combination of a container adapted for automatic dispensing of its contents in an inverted position and a hanger device for firmly supporting the dispensing container in an inverted position.

Many compositions are sold for the treatment of water in a water closet. Many of the compositions are sold in containers which have a dispensing mechanism that is adapted to automatically discharge measured portions of the composition in response to varying levels in the water closet. That is, a measured amount of the composition is discharged each time the water closet is flushed. Many of these containers are fitted with hanger devices to suspend the container in an inverted position. Some hanging devices are clips of metal having a portion which may be bent into shape to fit the water closet wall by the user. Some hanger devices are plastic or metal which slide in and out of a groove located in the end wall. Other hanger devices are plastic coated wire which are made to be bent over the water closet wall. Still other hanger devices swivel or rotate into position and require the formation of feet on them in order to maintain the support for the container in an upright position, such as when displayed on a shelf prior to sale. Other swivel or rotating type clips have been limited to use with elliptical containers.

The most closely related U.S. Pats. are No. 2,980,277, which is typical of the devices having a deformable metal strip hanger, No. 3,627,177 which utilizes an L-shaped clip reciprocably movable in a groove, and No. 3,698,021 which also uses an L-shaped bracket reciprocable in a slot.

It is object of the present invention to provide a support device and container adapted to dispense in an inverted position in which the container has a minimum of critical tolerances.

It is another object of the present invention to provide a simply formable hanger device which swivels from a closed position to an open position.

Other and further objects of the invention will be apparent to those skilled in the art from reading the following description in conjunction with the drawings in which:

FIG. 1 is an elevational view of a dispensing bottle utilizing the present invention shown in the upright position;

FIG. 2 is a plan view of the bottom end wall of the dispensing container of FIG. 1;

FIG. 3 is a partial sectional view taken generally along lines 3-3 of FIG. 2 showing one means of connecting the hanger device to the end wall;

FIG. 4 is a partial sectional view taken generally along lines 4-4 of FIG. 2 showing an intermediate support means;

FIG. 5 is a side elevational view of an alternate embodiment of the hanger device showing an alternate connecting means;

FIG. 6 is a partial sectional view showing the alternate embodiment of the end wall used in connection with the connecting means of FIG. 5;

FIG. 7 is a perspective view of a dispensing bottle utilizing the present invention as shown in the inverted position in use;

FIG. 8 is a bottom view of a round bottle utilizing the present invention; and

FIG. 9 is a partial sectional view taken generally along line 9-9 of FIG. 8.

As may be seen in FIGS. 1, 2 and 7 a dispensing container 10 has a discharge orifice 12 at one end which, prior to use, is sealed by closure 14, and an end wall 16 opposite the discharge portion. The end wall 16 is elliptic in shape having a major axis 18 and a minor axis 20. A recess 22 is defined between a first portion 24 and a second portion 26 of the end wall 16. A connecting means 28 is located in the recess 22 along the minor axis 20 but off center of the vertical axis 30 and the major axis 18. In the preferred embodiment shown the connecting means 28 is formed from the same material as the end wall and has a generally circular segment 32 ending in a larger segment 34.

The hanger device 36 has a first planar portion 38 and a second planar portion 40 at right angles to the first planar portion. A connecting means 42 is defined in the first portion 38, adjacent the end opposite the second portion 40. The connecting means 42 is made up of a relatively large orifice 44 which is sufficiently large to pass over the large segment 34 of the connecting means 28, a connecting channel 46 which is sized to pass around the small circular segment 32 of the connecting means 28, and a relatively small orifice 48 which is sized to permit the hanger device 36 to swivel freely about the connecting means 28.

As is best seen in FIG. 2, the length of the first portion 38 of the hanger device 36 is such that when the hanger device is in the closed, or storage, position shown in FIG. 2, the second portion 40 of the hanger device 36 fits snugly against portion 50 of end wall 16, adjacent one end of the major axis 18. If desired the second portion 40 may be shaped to conform to the shape of that portion of the container which it abuts in the storage position. A projection 52 may be defined in the recess 22 to retain the hanger device 36 in the closed, or storage, position. Projection 52 is relatively short and the hanger device 36 slides over it in rotating from the closed position to the open position shown in FIG. 7 and in phantom in FIG. 2. If desired, the position of the projection 52 may be selected so as to retain the hanger device in the open position as well as in the closed position.

When rotated to the open position along minor axis 20, the second portion 40 of the hanger device 36 extends past the end wall and is adapted to engage a wall 54 of a support device, typically the tank wall of a water closet, thus permitting the container 10 to be suspended in an inverted position in the water closet tank.

An additional point of support is preferably provided by a projection 56 defined along wall 58 between the recess 22 and the first portion 24 of the end wall, as is best seen in FIG. 4. In a preferred embodiment, the projection 56 is formed of the same material as the end wall. However, the projection 56 may be formed by a metal insert integrally formed into the end wall. Such an insert would typically resemble a nail head. In another advantageous embodiment the projection 56 may extend along the entire wall 58.

An alternate embodiment of a connecting means for the hanger device is shown in FIGS. 5 and 6. In FIG. 5 the hanger device 60 has a first portion 62 and a second portion 64 at right angles to the first portion. A connecting means 66 is comprised of a generally circular first portion 68, and a larger second portion 70. The cooperating connecting means of the end wall as shown in FIG. 6 consists of a large recess 72 which is generally circular and is sufficiently large to permit passage of the second portion 70 of the connecting means 66, a slot portion 74 which is sized to pass the first portion 68 of the connecting means 66, and a relatively small second portion 76 in which the first portion 68 of connecting means 66 may rotate freely but through which the second portion 70 may not pass.

The material of construction of the container including the end wall 16, is preferably plastic but other materials, such as glass, may be used. The hanger device 36 is preferably formed from a semi-rigid plastic but a suitable metal may be used, if preferred. The means for connecting the hanger device to the end wall may be of any suitable configuration. Those described above are for illustration purposes and point out the important features of freedom of the hanger device to rotate from the closed, or storage, position to an open, or use, position. The foregoing also points out the desirablity of a second point of support for the hanger device in addition to the connecting means.

The use of the invention with a round container is shown in FIGS. 8 and 9. There that container 80 has an end wall 82 which has a first surface 84 adjacent a recessed surface 86. A connecting means 88 is located on one diametric axis 90 off center of the intersection of the diametric axis 92 which is at right angles to axis 90. The intersection of axes 90 and 92 occurs on vertical axis 94. The connecting means 88 is preferably similar to the connecting means 28, described above.

A hanger device 96 has a first planar portion 98 and a second planar portion 100 at right angles to the first planar portion. A connecting means 102 is defined in the first portion 98 adjacent the end opposite the second portion 100. The connecting means 102 is preferably similar to connecting means 42, described above.

As is best seen in FIG. 8, the length of the first portion 98 is such that when the hanger device 96 is in the closed, or storage, position, the second portion 100 fits snugly against portion 104 of the end wall 82. If desired, the second portion 100 may be shaped to conform to the shape of that portion of the container 80 which it abuts in the storage position.

A projection 106 may be defined on the recessed surface 86 to retain the hanger device in the closed, or storage, position. Projection 106 is relatively short and the hanger device 96 slides over it in rotating from the closed position to the open position. If desired, the position of the projection 106 may be selected so as to retain the hanger device in the open position as well as the closed position.

When rotated to the open position shown in phantom in FIG. 8, the second portion 100 of the hanger device 96 extends past the end wall 82 and is adapted to engage the tank wall of a water closet.

If desired an additional point of support 108 may be provided in wall 110 which is between the first surface 84 and the recessed surface 86.

What is claimed is:

1. An assembly for supporting a container in an inverted position comprising:

A. A container having a discharge orifice at one end and an end wall at the opposite end; 1. A recess defined in said end wall;

2. Means on said end wall to support a hanger device located in the said recess section off center of the vertical axis of said container;

B. A hanger device rotatably connected to said support means and further comprising:

l. A first planar portion, and a second planar portion substantially at right angles to said first planar portion;

2. Means defined in said first planar portion adjacent the end opposite said second planar portion to rotatably connect said hanger device to said container support means whereby said hanger rotates in the plane of said first planar portion;

3. The length of said first planar portion from said connecting means to said second portion being greater than the distance from said connecting means to the most distant portion of said end wall.

2. An assembly as described in claim 1 further comprising a projection defined in said recess adapted to yieldably retain said hanger device in the storage position.

3. An assembly as defined in claim 1 in which said connecting member is comprised of male and female members, respectively defined on said hanger device and said end wall.

4. An assembly as defined in claim 1 in which said connecting means comprises a post connected to said end wall and a hole defined in the first portion of said hanger device adapted to engage said post, and an end portion of said post larger than the hole in said first position.

5. An assembly as defined in claim 1 further comprising second support means connected to said end wall and adopted to engage said first planar portion, when in the open position, between said connecting and said second planar portion whereby intermediate support is provided to said hanger device.

6. As assembly as defined in claim 5 wherein said second support means comprises a projection connected to said end wall.

7. An assembly for supporting a container in an inverted position comprising:

A. A container having a discharge orifice at one end and an end wall at the opposite end;

1. Said container end wall having an elliptic crosssection;

2. A recess defined in said end wall;

3. Means on said end wall to support a hanger device located in the said recess section off center of the vertical axis but on the minor ellipse axis of said container;

B. A hanger device rotatably connected to said support means and further comprising:

1. A first planar portion, and a second planar portion substantially at right angles to said first planar portion;

2. Means defined in first planar portion adjacent the end opposite said second planar portion to rotatably connect said hanger device to said container whereby said hanger rotates in the plane of said first planar portion;

3. The length of said first planar portion being such that when rotated in one direction the second planar portion snugly engages the end wall adjacent one of the longer elliptic axis and when rotated to the other position extends beyond the end wall at one of the minor axes of the ellipse to form a clip adapted to engage a support member.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification215/399, 222/181.3
International ClassificationA61M5/14, B65D23/00
Cooperative ClassificationA61M5/1417, B65D23/003
European ClassificationB65D23/00D, A61M5/14R4
Legal Events
DateCodeEventDescription
Aug 6, 1990ASAssignment
Owner name: RECKITT & COLMAN SUBSIDIARY CORPORATION, NEW JERSE
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST.;ASSIGNOR:BOYLE-MIDWAY HOUSEHOLD PRODUCTS, INC., A CORP OFF DE;REEL/FRAME:005403/0343
Effective date: 19900629
May 26, 1987ASAssignment
Owner name: BOYLE-MIDWAY HOUSEHOLD PRODUCTS, INC., 685 THIRD A
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST.;ASSIGNOR:AMERICAN HOME PRODUCTS CORPORATION, A DE. CORP.;REEL/FRAME:004725/0166
Effective date: 19870513