GB2401774A - A drinking vessel holder - Google Patents

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GB2401774A
GB2401774A GB0311884A GB0311884A GB2401774A GB 2401774 A GB2401774 A GB 2401774A GB 0311884 A GB0311884 A GB 0311884A GB 0311884 A GB0311884 A GB 0311884A GB 2401774 A GB2401774 A GB 2401774A
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cup
sleeve
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drinking vessel
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Stephen Peter Rokov
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    • BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
    • B65CONVEYING; PACKING; STORING; HANDLING THIN OR FILAMENTARY MATERIAL
    • B65DCONTAINERS FOR STORAGE OR TRANSPORT OF ARTICLES OR MATERIALS, e.g. BAGS, BARRELS, BOTTLES, BOXES, CANS, CARTONS, CRATES, DRUMS, JARS, TANKS, HOPPERS, FORWARDING CONTAINERS; ACCESSORIES, CLOSURES, OR FITTINGS THEREFOR; PACKAGING ELEMENTS; PACKAGES
    • B65D81/00Containers, packaging elements, or packages, for contents presenting particular transport or storage problems, or adapted to be used for non-packaging purposes after removal of contents
    • B65D81/38Containers, packaging elements, or packages, for contents presenting particular transport or storage problems, or adapted to be used for non-packaging purposes after removal of contents with thermal insulation
    • B65D81/3876Containers, packaging elements, or packages, for contents presenting particular transport or storage problems, or adapted to be used for non-packaging purposes after removal of contents with thermal insulation insulating sleeves or jackets for cans, bottles, barrels, etc.
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A47FURNITURE; DOMESTIC ARTICLES OR APPLIANCES; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
    • A47GHOUSEHOLD OR TABLE EQUIPMENT
    • A47G23/00Other table equipment
    • A47G23/02Glass or bottle holders
    • A47G23/0208Glass or bottle holders for drinking-glasses, plastic cups, or the like
    • A47G23/0216Glass or bottle holders for drinking-glasses, plastic cups, or the like for one glass or cup

Abstract

A drinking vessel holder comprises a sleeve 20 formed from a band 21 of material with the ends of the band joined together that engages around a tapered cup 10. The sleeve has a taper angle different to that of the cup, whereby one annular edge 20A of the sleeve engages the cup and the other annular edge 20B of the sleeve is spaced from the cup so creating an air gap between the sleeve and the cup. The holder insulates the hand of the user from the temperature (hot or cold) of any beverage in the cup. The band is preferably C-shaped with the ends of the band overlapping to create a spring effect so that the sleeve stands away from the wall of the cup. The holder may extend above the cup 50 and have an aperture 61 to enable the holder to be held by a finger. The holder may support printed information and/or attachments such as coupons or product samples and made from embossed/plain card or card with insulating properties.

Description

240 1 774 Title: Drinking Vessel Holder The present invention relates to a

drinking vessel holder, especially for (but not limited to) tapered paper or plastics cups for hot andlor cold drinks.

It is well known to provide hot and cold drinks in paper or plastic cups which have no handle.

Such paper and plastic cups are widely used in cafes both for on site and take away consumption of beverages. Such cups are usually tapered and also come in a variety of sizes.

Because such cups have no handles, it can be difficult to hold the cup in the hand whilst the beverage is hot (in addition this problem exisits with extremely cold drinks). It has been known to address this problem by the provision of a tapered annular sleeve, formed form a band of generally uniform width, which can slide up the outside of the tapered cup to provide an insulation layer between the cup and the user's hand. Examples of these known sleeves are shown in US patents No 5205473 and 5425497.

These sleeves have a number of disadvantages. One disadvantage is that with very hot drinks, e.g. Black coffee, often two sleeves are required.

The invention seeks to provide a drinking vessel holder which avoids the above problems of known sleeves.

According to the present invention there is provided a drinking vessel holder for engaging around a tapered cup comprising a sleeve formed from a band of material with the ends of the band joined together, said sleeve having a taper angle different to that of the cup, whereby one annular edge of the sleeve engages the cup and the other annular edge of the sleeve is spaced from the cup so creating an air gap between the sleeve and the cup.

Preferably the sleeve tapers outwards when mounted on a cup such that the edge of the sleeve nearest the base of the cup engages the cup and the edge of the sleeve nearest the top of the cup is spaced from the cup.

Preferably the band is generally C-shaped and has one convex side edge of greater radius of curvature to the radius of curvature of the other concave edge.

In one embodiment the ends of the bands of material overlap over a substantial arcuate length of the sleeve.

Embodiments of the invention will now be described with reference to the accompanying drawings in which: F igures 1 A and 1 B show front and side views of a first embodiment of a holder, Figure 1C shows the shape of a band from which the sleeve of Figures 1A and 1B is formed, Figures 2A and 2B show front and side views of a second embodiment of a holder, and Figure 2C shows the shape of a band from which the sleeve of Figures 2A and 2B is formed.

Figures 3A and 3B show front and side views of a third embodiment.

Referring to Figures 1 A and I B there is shown a tapered paper cup 10 with a removable plastic lid 1 1. Cup 10 with lid 11 is of a type well known in the art and is used for hot and cold beverages.

In accordance with the invention there is provided a drinking vessel holder for engaging around tapered cup 10. The holder is in the form of a sleeve 20 formed from a band 21 of material with the overlapping ends 21A, 21B ofthe band joined together.

Sleeve 20 tapers outwards when mounted on a cup such that the edge 20A of the sleeve nearest the base of the cup engages the cup and the edge 20B of the sleeve nearest the top of the cup is spaced from the cup.

As shown in Figure 1 C, band 21 is generally C-shaped and has one convex side edge 20B of greater radius of curvature to the radius of curvature of the other concave edge 20A.

Band 21 may be formed from any suitable material such as embossed paper/card, plain card or corrugated card or other card or material with insulating properties.

In use the sleeve can be held by the user, with the air gap between the sleeve and the cup insulating the hand of the user from the temperature (hot or cold) of any beverage in the cup.

Referring to Figures 2A and 2B there is shown a tapered paper cup 30 with a removable plastic lid 31. Cup 30 with lid 31 is of a type well known in the art and is used for hot and cold beverages.

In accordance with a second embodiment of the invention there is provided a drinking vessel holder for engaging around tapered cup 30. The holder is in the form of a sleeve 40 formed from a band 41 of material. Ends 41A, 41B of the band joined overlap together a substantial arcuate length of the sleeve.

Sleeve 40 tapers outwards when mounted on a cup such that the edge 40A of the sleeve nearest the base of the cup engages the cup and the edge 40B of the sleeve nearest the top of the cup is spaced from the cup.

As shown in Figure 2C, band 41is generally C-shaped and has one convex side edge 40B of greater radius of curvature to the radius of curvature of the other concave edge 40A.

A pair of fold lines 42A,42B are provided so that the sleeve can be folded flat for stacking and packaging purposes. In this respect the embodiment shown in Figures 1 A and 1 B could also have told lines.

Band 41 may be formed from any suitable material such as embossed paper/card, plain card or corrugated card or other card or material with insulating properties.

In use the sleeve can be held by the user, with the air gap between the sleeve and the cup insulating the hand of the user from the temperature (hot or cold) of any beverage in the cup.

The overlapping ends of band 41 creates a spring effect so that the sleeve stands away from the wall of the cup.

Referring to Figures 3A and 3B, there is shown a tapered paper cup 50 with a removable plastic lid 51. Cup 50 with lid 51 is of a type well known in the art and is used for hot and cold beverages.

In accordance with a third embodiment of the invention there is provided a drinking vessel holder for engaging around tapered cup 50. The holder is in the form of a sleeve 60 similar to the sleeve shown in Figures I A, I B and 2A,2B, but may be designed to extend above the cup with an aperture 61 to hold the cup with a finger.

The sleeve of the invention may be constructed in one piece, without the need for gluing, with the aid of a clipping mechanism and profile. This would require that the user "clip" the sleeve together, prior to use, to form a band to slide over the cup.

The holder of the invention may take a form different to that specifically described.

The holder may support printed information such as advertising messages, and/or attachments such as coupons or product samples and could include the attachment of an electronic device or tag for use with computers and the internet.

Further modifications will be apparent to those skilled in the art without departing from the scope of the present invention.

Claims (6)

1. A drinking vessel holder for engaging around a tapered cup comprising a sleeve formed from a band of material with the ends of the band joined together, said sleeve having a taper angle different to that of the cup, whereby one annular edge of the sleeve engages the cup and the other annular edge of the sleeve is spaced from the cup so creating an air gap between the sleeve and the cup.
2. A drinking vessel holder according to claim 1, wherein the sleeve tapers outwards when mounted on a cup such that the edge of the sleeve nearest the base of the cup engages the cup and the edge of the sleeve nearest the top of the cup is spaced from the cup.
3. A drinking vessel holder according to claim I or 2, wherein the band is generally C-shaped and has one convex side edge of greater radius of curvature to the radius of curvature of the other concave edge.
4. A drinking vessel holder according to claim I, 2 or 3, wherein the ends of the band of material overlap over a substantial arcuate length of the sleeve.
5. A drinking vessel holder according to and preceding claim, wherein the sleeve supports an aperture, in use, above a cup to act as a finger holder.
6. A drinking vessel holder substantially as hereinbefore described with reference to and as shown in the accompanying drawings.
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Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
SG132605A1 (en) * 2005-11-18 2007-06-28 Hsin Fu Wang Bag for carrying beverage cup

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US5425497A (en) * 1993-11-09 1995-06-20 Sorensen; Jay Cup holder
US5746372A (en) * 1996-12-12 1998-05-05 American Excelsior Company Biodegradable cup holder
US5842633A (en) * 1996-03-26 1998-12-01 Ivex Corporation Sleeve for beverage cups
US6315192B1 (en) * 2000-11-14 2001-11-13 Colpac Limited Blank for a cup holder
US6343735B1 (en) * 2000-05-04 2002-02-05 Dopaco, Inc. Insulating sleeve
WO2002035320A2 (en) * 2000-10-25 2002-05-02 Digimarc Corporation Digitally marked objects and promotional methods
WO2002087994A1 (en) * 2001-05-01 2002-11-07 Adrian Mark Weintroub Insulating holder for beverage container
GB2378636A (en) * 2001-08-15 2003-02-19 David Rokov A holder for a drinking vessel

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Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US5425497A (en) * 1993-11-09 1995-06-20 Sorensen; Jay Cup holder
US5842633A (en) * 1996-03-26 1998-12-01 Ivex Corporation Sleeve for beverage cups
US5746372A (en) * 1996-12-12 1998-05-05 American Excelsior Company Biodegradable cup holder
US6343735B1 (en) * 2000-05-04 2002-02-05 Dopaco, Inc. Insulating sleeve
WO2002035320A2 (en) * 2000-10-25 2002-05-02 Digimarc Corporation Digitally marked objects and promotional methods
US6315192B1 (en) * 2000-11-14 2001-11-13 Colpac Limited Blank for a cup holder
WO2002087994A1 (en) * 2001-05-01 2002-11-07 Adrian Mark Weintroub Insulating holder for beverage container
GB2378636A (en) * 2001-08-15 2003-02-19 David Rokov A holder for a drinking vessel

Cited By (1)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
SG132605A1 (en) * 2005-11-18 2007-06-28 Hsin Fu Wang Bag for carrying beverage cup

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