US20130340230A1 - Apparatus, system and method for holding an item - Google Patents

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US20130340230A1
US20130340230A1 US13/921,563 US201313921563A US2013340230A1 US 20130340230 A1 US20130340230 A1 US 20130340230A1 US 201313921563 A US201313921563 A US 201313921563A US 2013340230 A1 US2013340230 A1 US 2013340230A1
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  • the present invention generally relates to an apparatus, a system and a method for holding an item. More specifically, the present invention relates to an accessory holder, a system and a method for holding and/or storing an accessory that may be used in conjugation with a bottle, such as, for example, a doser, a pipette, an eyedropper, a paintbrush, a paint stirrer, a paint scraper, a spoon, a fork, a knife, a pair of chopsticks, a straw, a skewer, a stirrer, a baster, a measuring spoon, a toothbrush, a dental tool, a cosmetic product applicator, a sponge, a scrubber and/or a cleaning supply product applicator.
  • a doser such as, for example, a doser, a pipette, an eyedropper, a paintbrush, a paint stirrer, a paint scraper, a spoon, a fork, a knife, a
  • the accessory holder, the system and the method is attachable to a bottle such as, for example, a medicine bottle, a solvent bottle, a beaker, a paint can or bottle, a cup, a glass, a bowl, a coffee mug, a food carton, a drink bottle, a tube of toothpaste, a mouthwash bottle, a rinse cup, a cosmetic product bottle, and/or a cleaning supply bottle.
  • a bottle such as, for example, a medicine bottle, a solvent bottle, a beaker, a paint can or bottle, a cup, a glass, a bowl, a coffee mug, a food carton, a drink bottle, a tube of toothpaste, a mouthwash bottle, a rinse cup, a cosmetic product bottle, and/or a cleaning supply bottle.
  • the accessory holder may have a container segment accessible through an opening and sized to hold and/or store one or more bottle accessories.
  • the accessory holder may be manufactured from a flexible material.
  • the accessory holder may be
  • a doser is used to measure and/or dose a volume of a liquid medicine and/or a vitamin to a child, an adult and/or an animal.
  • the liquid medicine and/or vitamin is contained within a bottle, and the doser is used to draw the liquid medicine and/or vitamin from the bottle. The drawn medicine and/or vitamin may then be administered to the child, adult or animal.
  • a user often stores the doser near the medicine bottle, such as, for example, inside a medicine drawer or a cabinet.
  • the doser is often lost or misplaced.
  • the doser may become fouled and/or contaminated if placed on a non-sterile surface, such as, for example, a table, a cabinet, a drawer or a countertop.
  • the user must purchase multiple dosers in anticipation of a lost and/or contaminated doser. This creates added cost, waste and/or inconvenience.
  • Examples may include an eating or cooking utensil such as, for example, a spoon, a fork, a knife, a pair of chopsticks, a straw, a skewer, a stirrer, a baster, and/or a measuring spoon used to consume, stir, measure and/or dispense food or ingredients within a drinking cup, a bowl, a coffee mug, a food carton, and/or a drink bottle.
  • Other examples may include a toothbrush or a dental tool used to apply toothpaste or used with a mouthwash or a rinse cup.
  • Other household examples may include a cosmetic product applicator used to apply a cosmetic product and/or a sponge, a scrubber, and/or an applicator used to apply a cleaning solvent or chemical are often misplaced.
  • Further examples may include a paintbrush, a paint stirrer and/or a paint scraper used to apply, stir or manipulate paint within a paint can or a bottle are often dirtied and/or fouled.
  • a need therefore, exists for an accessory holder, a system and a method for holding and/or storing a bottle accessory, such as, for example, a doser, with a bottle, such as, for example, a medicine bottle. Further, a need exists for an accessory holder, a system and a method for holding and/or storing a bottle accessory with a bottle wherein the accessory holder has a container segment having a volume sized to receive a bottle accessory, such as, for example, a doser. Further, a need exists for an accessory holder, a system and a method for holding and/or storing a bottle accessory with a bottle wherein the accessory holder is attachable to the medicine bottle. Further, a need exists for an accessory holder, a system and a method for holding and/or storing a bottle accessory with a bottle wherein the accessory holder is disposable.
  • the present invention generally relates to an accessory holder, a system and a method for holding and/or storing a bottle accessory with a bottle. More specifically, the present invention relates to an accessory holder, a system and a method for holding and/or storing a bottle accessory, such as, for example, a doser, a pipette, an eyedropper, a paintbrush, a paint stirrer, a paint scraper, a spoon, a fork, a knife, a pair of chopsticks, a straw, a skewer, a stirrer, a baster, a measuring spoon, a toothbrush, a dental tool, a cosmetic product applicator, a sponge, a scrubber and/or a cleaning supply product applicator with a bottle or a container.
  • a doser such as, for example, a doser, a pipette, an eyedropper, a paintbrush, a paint stirrer, a paint scraper, a spoon
  • the bottle may be, for example, a medicine bottle, a solvent bottle, a beaker, a paint can or bottle, a cup, a glass, a bowl, a coffee mug, a food carton, a drink bottle, a tube of toothpaste, a mouthwash bottle, a rinse cup, a cosmetic product bottle, and/or a cleaning supply product bottle.
  • the accessory holder may have a container segment with a volume wherein the volume may be accessible through an opening.
  • the container segment may be sized to hold and store one or more bottle accessories.
  • the accessory holder may be attached to the bottle.
  • the accessory holder may be manufactured from a flexible material, such as, for example, polypropylene and/or polyethylene.
  • the accessory holder may be disposable.
  • the accessory holder may have a fastening member with an opening for attaching the accessory holder around a neck of the bottle.
  • the fastening member may have inwardly extending flexible retaining tabs wherein the retaining tabs fasten the accessory holder to the bottle.
  • the retaining tabs may be flexible such that the accessory holder may fit bottle necks of varied shapes and/or sizes.
  • the accessory holder may have an adhesive member, such as, for example, adhesive tape, liquid adhesive or any other type of adhesive member, for attaching the accessory holder to a bottle or a container.
  • an adhesive member such as, for example, adhesive tape, liquid adhesive or any other type of adhesive member, for attaching the accessory holder to a bottle or a container.
  • an advantage of the present invention to provide an accessory holder, a system and a method for holding and/or storing a bottle accessory with a bottle or a container.
  • Another advantage of the present invention is to provide an accessory holder, a system and a method for holding and/or storing a bottle accessory with a bottle or a container, such as, for example, a medicine bottle, a solvent bottle, a beaker, a paint can or bottle, a cup, a glass, a bowl, a coffee mug, a food carton, a drink bottle, a tube of toothpaste, a mouthwash bottle, a rinse cup, a cosmetic product bottle, and/or a cleaning supply bottle.
  • a medicine bottle such as, for example, a medicine bottle, a solvent bottle, a beaker, a paint can or bottle, a cup, a glass, a bowl, a coffee mug, a food carton, a drink bottle, a tube of toothpaste, a mouthwash bottle, a rinse cup, a cosmetic product bottle, and/or a cleaning supply bottle.
  • Another advantage of the present invention to provide an accessory holder, a system and a method for holding and/or storing a bottle accessory with a bottle or a container that is attachable to the bottle or the container.
  • Yet another advantage of the present invention is to provide an accessory holder, a system and a method for holding and/or storing a bottle accessory, such as, for example, a doser, a pipette, an eyedropper, a paintbrush, a paint stirrer, a paint scraper, a spoon, a fork, a knife, a pair of chopsticks, a straw, a skewer, a stirrer, a baster, a measuring spoon, a toothbrush, a dental tool, a cosmetic product applicator, a sponge, a scrubber and/or a cleaning supply product applicator with a bottle or a container.
  • a bottle accessory such as, for example, a doser, a pipette, an eyedropper, a paintbrush, a paint stirrer, a paint scraper, a spoon, a fork, a knife, a pair of chopsticks, a straw, a skewer, a stirrer,
  • another advantage of the present invention is to provide an accessory holder, a system and a method for holding and/or storing a bottle accessory with a bottle or a container to prevent the bottle accessory from being lost or misplaced.
  • a further advantage of the present invention is to provide an accessory holder, a system and a method for holding and/or storing a bottle accessory with a bottle or a container to prevent the bottle accessory from being fouled or contaminated.
  • An even further advantage of the present invention is to provide an accessory holder, a system and a method for holding and/or storing a bottle accessory that is formed from a flexible material.
  • a still further advantage of the present invention is to provide an accessory holder, a system and a method for holding and/or storing a bottle accessory that is disposable.
  • FIG. 1 illustrates a front perspective view of an accessory holder for holding and/or storing a bottle accessory in an embodiment of the present invention.
  • FIG. 2 illustrates a side view of an accessory holder for holding and/or storing a bottle accessory in an embodiment of the present invention.
  • FIG. 3 illustrates a top view of an accessory holder for holding and/or storing a bottle accessory in an embodiment of the present invention.
  • FIG. 4 illustrates a front perspective view of an accessory holder for holding and/or storing a bottle accessory in an embodiment of the present invention.
  • FIG. 5 illustrates a rear perspective view of an accessory holder for holding and/or storing a bottle accessory in an embodiment of the present invention.
  • FIG. 6 illustrates a front perspective view of an accessory holder for holding and/or storing a bottle accessory in a second embodiment of the present invention.
  • FIG. 7 illustrates a side view of an accessory holder for holding and/or storing a bottle accessory in an embodiment of the present invention.
  • FIG. 8 illustrates a rear perspective view of an accessory holder for holding and/or storing a bottle accessory in an embodiment of the present invention.
  • FIG. 9 illustrates a top view of an accessory holder for holding and/or storing a bottle accessory in an embodiment of the present invention.
  • FIG. 10 illustrates a front view of an accessory holder for holding and/or storing a bottle accessory in an embodiment of the present invention.
  • the present invention generally relates to an accessory holder, a system and a method for holding and/or storing a bottle accessory with a bottle. More specifically, the present invention relates to an accessory holder, a system and a method for holding and/or storing a bottle accessory, such as, for example, a doser, a pipette and/or an eyedropper with a bottle.
  • the bottle may be, for example, a medicine bottle, a solvent bottle, or a beaker.
  • FIGS. 1-5 generally illustrate a medicine bottle 2 and a doser holder 10 for holding and/or for storing a doser 60 .
  • the doser 60 may be a conventional oral-type doser.
  • the medicine bottle 2 may be a conventional medicine bottle having a cap 4 , a neck portion 6 and a sidewall 8 .
  • the neck portion 6 may be generally cylindrical with a circular cross-section. It should be understood, however, that the invention is not limited to bottles with cylindrical neck portions and may include neck portions of varied shapes.
  • the sidewall 8 may have a rectangularly oval cross-section wherein opposing longer edges are straight and disposed adjacent to shorter rounded edges.
  • the rectangularly oval cross-section of sidewall 8 provides a generally flat, planar and vertical surface along the width of the medicine bottle 2 .
  • the invention is not limited to bottles with rectangularly oval cross-sections.
  • the invention may include medicine bottles and/or sidewalls of varied cross-sectional shapes, contours and/or profiles, such as cylindrical, cylindrical tapered, triangular and/or any other bottle shape as is known to one having ordinary skill in the art.
  • the doser holder 10 has a fastening member 30 and a container segment 40 .
  • the doser holder 10 may be manufactured from a material.
  • the fastening member 30 and container segment 40 may be an integrally molded unitary piece.
  • Various types of materials may be used to manufacture the doser holder 10 . Suitable examples may include, but are not limited to, polypropylene and/or polyethylene.
  • the doser holder 10 may be attached to the medicine bottle 2 by the fastening member 30 .
  • the fastening member 30 may have an opening 32 .
  • the top of the medicine bottle 2 may be drawn through the opening 32 until the fastening member 30 is disposed around the neck portion 6 , as illustrated in FIGS. 1 and 2 .
  • the doser holder 10 may be detached by removing the top of the medicine bottle 2 from the opening 32 until the doser holder 10 is completely separated from the medicine bottle 2 .
  • the doser holder 10 may be fastened to or removed from the medicine bottle 2 with or without the cap 4 removed.
  • the opening 32 may be circular to match the shape of the cylindrical cross-section of the neck portion 6 .
  • the opening 32 may be substantially the same diameter as the neck portion 6 .
  • the size and/or shape of the opening 32 may vary to fit bottles having necks of different shapes and/or sizes.
  • the opening 32 may be positioned such that the center and/or middle of opening 32 may be offset from the center and/or middle of fastening member 30 .
  • the container segment 40 may be positioned adjacent any portion of the sidewall 8 .
  • the opening 32 may have flexible retaining tabs 34 that may extend radially inward from an inner edge of the opening 32 .
  • the retaining tabs 34 may allow the fastening member 30 to be attached to the neck portion 6 such that the doser holder 10 may be retained on the medicine bottle 2 .
  • the retaining tabs 34 may be loosely or firmly fastened to the neck portion 6 . If the diameter of the opening 32 is smaller than the diameter of the cross-section of the neck portion 6 , the retaining tabs 34 may twist, stretch and/or bend to elastically conform to the size, shape and/or contours of the neck portion 6 .
  • the doser holder 10 may be snuggly attached to the medicine bottle 2 . Conversely, if the diameter of the opening 32 is larger than the diameter of the cross-section of the neck portion 6 , the doser holder 10 may be loosely fitted to the medicine bottle 2 .
  • the flexibility of the retaining tabs 34 may allow the doser holder 10 to be fastened to or unfastened from the medicine bottle 2 regardless of whether the cap 4 is installed.
  • the retaining tabs 34 may twist, stretch and/or bend to allow the cap 4 to pass through the opening 32 without tearing and/or elastically deforming the doser holder 10 .
  • the thickness of the material may be in a range from about 0.6 mm to about 2.3 millimeters. Further, the thickness of the material for the fastening member 30 and the retaining tabs 34 may differ from the thickness of the container member 34 .
  • the material for the container member 34 may be thicker for strength and/or durability.
  • the material for the fastening member 30 and the retaining tabs 34 may be thinner for flexibility.
  • the flexibility of the retaining tabs 34 may vary according to the size, the shape and/or the number of the retaining tabs 34 .
  • the retaining tabs 34 may be lengthened and/or narrowed to increase flexibility. The increased flexibility provided by long and narrow retaining tabs may be useful when fitted to bottles with caps having large diameter cross-sections.
  • eight retaining tabs are shown in FIGS. 3 and 4 , the number of the retaining tabs 34 may be increased or decreased to provide the desired amount of flexibility.
  • each retaining tab 34 may be asymmetrical in size and/or shape from an adjacent retaining tab. It should be understood to one having ordinary skill in the art that the size, the shape and/or the number of the retaining tabs 34 may be adjusted to provide the desired flexibility.
  • the container segment 40 is attached to the fastening member 30 by a bend 36 .
  • the bend 36 may allow the container segment 40 to hang from the fastening member 30 .
  • the bend 36 is shown at generally 90 degrees such that the container segment 40 may rest against the sidewall 8 and may remain substantially vertical.
  • the flexibility of the material may also allow the angle of the bend 36 to vary according to the diameter and/or size of the sidewall 8 such that the container segment 40 may rest against the sidewall of a bottle with a smaller diameter or a larger diameter.
  • the container segment 40 may be suspended such that the inner wall 42 does not contact the sidewall 8 .
  • the container segment 40 may have a volume defined by an inner wall 42 , a bottom wall 44 and an outer wall 46 .
  • the inner wall 42 may have a length defined between a lower inside edge 50 and the bend 36 and a width defined between outer edges 52 , 54 .
  • the bottom wall may have a length defined by a lower outside edge 56 and a width defined between the lower inside edge 50 and the lower outside edge 56 .
  • the outer wall 46 may have a length defined between the lower outside edge 56 and an upper outside edge 58 and a width defined between the outer edges 52 , 54 .
  • the container segment 40 may be sized to accept and/or hold an oral doser. In the preferred embodiment, the container segment 40 may measure approximately 2.25 inches in height, approximately 1.25 inches in width and approximately 0.625 inches in depth. The present invention is not limited to a specific volume, height, width, and/or depth of the container segment 40 .
  • the inner wall 42 and/or the lower inside edge 50 may be substantially similar in shape and contour such that the container segment 40 may rest against the sidewall 8 .
  • the inner wall 42 and/or the lower inside edge 50 may also be flat, planar and/or straight so that the container segment 40 may rest against the sidewall 8 when the doser holder 20 is mounted to the medicine bottle 2 .
  • the inner wall 42 and/or the lower inside edge 50 may be concave, convex and/or any shape so as to substantially conform to a bottle with cylindrical, round tapered and/or any other sidewall shape as is known to one having ordinary skill in the art.
  • the bottom wall 44 may be a generally flat plane. However, the bottom wall 44 may have a concave, convex and/or contoured surface such that the bottom wall 44 may be substantially similar in shape to the doser 60 . Additionally, the shape of the bottom wall 44 may aid in the positioning of the doser 60 within the container segment 20 . Further, the bottom wall 44 may also have holes or slots (not shown) to allow fluids to drain thereby preventing pooling within the bottom of the container segment 10 .
  • the outer wall 46 may be generally semi-circular in shape. As shown in FIG. 1 , the container segment 40 narrows at the outer edges 52 , 54 due to the semi-circular shape of the outer wall 46 . As such, the semi-circular shape may allow the doser 60 to be seated within the center of the container segment 40 in a generally vertical position. Retaining the doser 60 in a generally vertical position may reduce the likelihood for the medicine bottle 2 to tip when the doser 60 is stored within the container segment 40 .
  • the present invention is not limited to a specific shape or embodiment of the outer wall 46 . One having ordinary skill in the art will understand that the outer wall 46 may have any shape or contour such that the container segment 40 may hold and/or store the doser 60 .
  • the container segment 40 may have an angled opening 48 defined by the upper outside edge 58 of the outer wall 46 and the bend 36 .
  • the angled opening 48 may provide a wider opening and/or angled opening through which the user may insert the doser 60 into the container segment 40 .
  • the angled opening 48 may be any angle, shape and/or contour so as to allow the doser 60 to be held and stored in the container segment 40 .
  • the doser 60 may be placed within the container segment 40 and, the medicine bottle 2 and the doser 60 may be stored when not in use. After the completion of the medicine dosing and/or the vitamin dosing, the doser holder 10 may be removed from the medicine bottle 2 .
  • FIGS. 6-10 illustrate an alternative embodiment of the present invention. This embodiment differs from the embodiment of FIG. 1 wherein a doser holder 20 may be fastened to a sidewall 18 of a medicine bottle 12 by an adhesive member 92 .
  • the adhesive member 92 may be a double-sided adhesive tape having a front adhesive surface 96 and a back adhesive surface 98 .
  • the front adhesive surface 96 may be attached to a container segment 70 and the back adhesive surface 98 may be attached to an adhesive release strip 94 .
  • the adhesive release strip 94 may be removed to expose the back adhesive surface 98 such that the doser holder 20 may be fastened to the sidewall 18 .
  • various types of adhesive members may be used, such as, for example, other types of adhesive tape, liquid adhesive or any other type of adhesive members as is known to one having ordinary skill in the art.
  • the medicine bottle 12 may be oval-shaped in cross-section such that the sidewall 18 is round along the periphery of the bottle.
  • the invention is not limited to only oval-shaped bottles.
  • the invention may include bottles and/or sidewalls of varied shapes, contours and/or profiles such as cylindrical, rectangularly oval, cylindrical tapered and/or any other bottle shape as is known to one having ordinary skill in the art.
  • the container segment 70 may have a volume defined by an inner wall 72 , a bottom wall 74 and an outer wall 76 .
  • the inner wall 72 may have a length defined between a lower inside edge 80 and an upper inside edge 90 and a width defined between outer edges 82 , 84 .
  • the bottom wall may have a length defined by a lower outside edge 86 and a width defined between the lower inside edge 80 and the lower outside edge 86 .
  • the outer wall 76 may have a length defined between the lower outside edge 86 and an upper outside edge 88 and a width defined between the outer edges 82 , 84 .
  • the container segment 70 may have an angled opening 78 defined by the upper outside edge 88 of the outer wall 46 and the upper inside edge 90 .
  • the container segment 70 may be sized to accept and/or to hold an oral doser.
  • the container segment 70 may measure approximately 2.25 inches in height, approximately 1.25 inches in width and approximately 0.625 inches in depth.
  • the present invention is not limited to a specific volume, height, width and/or depth of the container segment 70 .
  • the inner wall 72 may have a concave surface such that the inner wall 72 is substantially similar in shape and/or contour to the rounded sidewall 18 of the medicine bottle 12 .
  • the concave surface of the inner wall 72 may substantially match the rounded sidewall 18 to provide a greater surface area with which the adhesive member 92 may be bonded.
  • the increased surface area may improve the fastening strength of the adhesive member 92 to ensure that the doser holder 20 may remain firmly attached to the medicine bottle 12 while holding the doser 60 .
  • the flexibility provided by the material may allow the inner wall 72 to conform to the curvature and/or the shape of the sidewall 18 .
  • the container segment 70 with a substantially inflexible inner wall 72 may initially conform to the curvature of the sidewall 18 , the container segment 70 may revert to its natural shape and pull the inner wall 72 from the sidewall 18 . After separation, the decrease in bonded surface area may result in an insufficient adhesion force between the container segment 70 and the sidewall 18 which may reduce the holding strength of the adhesive member 92 .
  • the doser holder 20 may remain firmly attached to the bottle 12 while holding and/or storing the doser 60 .
  • the thickness of the material of container segment 70 may be in a range from about 0.6 mm to about 2.3 millimeters.
  • the thickness of the material for the inner wall 72 may differ from the thickness of both the bottom wall 74 and the outer wall 76 .
  • the bottom wall 74 and the outer wall 76 may be thicker to provide strength and durability while the inner wall 72 may be thinner to provide flexibility and ensure that the container segment 70 may conform to the sidewall 18 .
  • the thickness of the material for the inner wall 72 may be in a range from about 0.6 mm to about 2.3 millimeters.
  • the thicknesses of the bottom wall 74 and/or the outer wall 76 may be in a range from about 0.6 mm to about 2.3 millimeters.
  • the inner wall 72 may have folds, bends, creases slots, and/or holes (not shown) so as to further increase the flexibility of the container segment 70 .
  • the accessory holder of the present invention may be sold or otherwise available individually as an after market product for bottles and/or containers. It may also be sold and/or available as an accessory with a doser, a pipette, an eyedropper, a paintbrush, a paint stirrer, a paint scraper, a spoon, a fork, a knife, a pair of chopsticks, a straw, a skewer, a stirrer, a baster, a measuring spoon, a cosmetic product applicator, a sponge and/or a cleaning product applicator, a medicine bottle, a solvent bottle, a beaker, a paint can or bottle, a cup, a glass, a bowl, a coffee mug, a food carton, a drink bottle, a tube of toothpaste, a mouthwash bottle, a rinse cup, a cosmetic product bottle, and/or a cleaning supply bottle. Further, the accessory holder of the present invention may be available in different exterior colors, surface textures, and/or distinguishing

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An accessory holder, a system and a method holds and/or stores an accessory, such as, a doser for medicine, with a bottle. The accessory holder is attachable to a bottle, such as, for example, a medicine bottle. The accessory holder has a container segment to receive the accessory. The container segment holds and/or stores the accessory with the bottle such that the accessory is prevented from being separated, lost and/or contaminated while not in use.

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  • This application claims the benefit under 35 U.S.C. §119(e) of U.S. Provisional Application No. 61/662,153, filed Jun. 20, 2012.
  • BACKGROUND
  • The present invention generally relates to an apparatus, a system and a method for holding an item. More specifically, the present invention relates to an accessory holder, a system and a method for holding and/or storing an accessory that may be used in conjugation with a bottle, such as, for example, a doser, a pipette, an eyedropper, a paintbrush, a paint stirrer, a paint scraper, a spoon, a fork, a knife, a pair of chopsticks, a straw, a skewer, a stirrer, a baster, a measuring spoon, a toothbrush, a dental tool, a cosmetic product applicator, a sponge, a scrubber and/or a cleaning supply product applicator. The accessory holder, the system and the method is attachable to a bottle such as, for example, a medicine bottle, a solvent bottle, a beaker, a paint can or bottle, a cup, a glass, a bowl, a coffee mug, a food carton, a drink bottle, a tube of toothpaste, a mouthwash bottle, a rinse cup, a cosmetic product bottle, and/or a cleaning supply bottle. The accessory holder may have a container segment accessible through an opening and sized to hold and/or store one or more bottle accessories. Further, the accessory holder may be manufactured from a flexible material. Moreover, the accessory holder may be disposable.
  • It is generally known that a doser is used to measure and/or dose a volume of a liquid medicine and/or a vitamin to a child, an adult and/or an animal. Often, the liquid medicine and/or vitamin is contained within a bottle, and the doser is used to draw the liquid medicine and/or vitamin from the bottle. The drawn medicine and/or vitamin may then be administered to the child, adult or animal.
  • As a result, for the simplified measuring and/or dosing of the medicine and/or vitamin, a user often stores the doser near the medicine bottle, such as, for example, inside a medicine drawer or a cabinet. However, as the doser is often placed separately from the medicine bottle, the doser is often lost or misplaced. Further, the doser may become fouled and/or contaminated if placed on a non-sterile surface, such as, for example, a table, a cabinet, a drawer or a countertop. As a consequence, the user must purchase multiple dosers in anticipation of a lost and/or contaminated doser. This creates added cost, waste and/or inconvenience.
  • This inherent issue of a lost and/or fouled bottle accessory is a common problem faced by users of many types of bottle accessories. Examples may include an eating or cooking utensil such as, for example, a spoon, a fork, a knife, a pair of chopsticks, a straw, a skewer, a stirrer, a baster, and/or a measuring spoon used to consume, stir, measure and/or dispense food or ingredients within a drinking cup, a bowl, a coffee mug, a food carton, and/or a drink bottle. Other examples may include a toothbrush or a dental tool used to apply toothpaste or used with a mouthwash or a rinse cup. Other household examples may include a cosmetic product applicator used to apply a cosmetic product and/or a sponge, a scrubber, and/or an applicator used to apply a cleaning solvent or chemical are often misplaced. Further examples may include a paintbrush, a paint stirrer and/or a paint scraper used to apply, stir or manipulate paint within a paint can or a bottle are often dirtied and/or fouled.
  • A need, therefore, exists for an accessory holder, a system and a method for holding and/or storing a bottle accessory, such as, for example, a doser, with a bottle, such as, for example, a medicine bottle. Further, a need exists for an accessory holder, a system and a method for holding and/or storing a bottle accessory with a bottle wherein the accessory holder has a container segment having a volume sized to receive a bottle accessory, such as, for example, a doser. Further, a need exists for an accessory holder, a system and a method for holding and/or storing a bottle accessory with a bottle wherein the accessory holder is attachable to the medicine bottle. Further, a need exists for an accessory holder, a system and a method for holding and/or storing a bottle accessory with a bottle wherein the accessory holder is disposable.
  • SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
  • The present invention generally relates to an accessory holder, a system and a method for holding and/or storing a bottle accessory with a bottle. More specifically, the present invention relates to an accessory holder, a system and a method for holding and/or storing a bottle accessory, such as, for example, a doser, a pipette, an eyedropper, a paintbrush, a paint stirrer, a paint scraper, a spoon, a fork, a knife, a pair of chopsticks, a straw, a skewer, a stirrer, a baster, a measuring spoon, a toothbrush, a dental tool, a cosmetic product applicator, a sponge, a scrubber and/or a cleaning supply product applicator with a bottle or a container. The bottle may be, for example, a medicine bottle, a solvent bottle, a beaker, a paint can or bottle, a cup, a glass, a bowl, a coffee mug, a food carton, a drink bottle, a tube of toothpaste, a mouthwash bottle, a rinse cup, a cosmetic product bottle, and/or a cleaning supply product bottle. Further, the accessory holder may have a container segment with a volume wherein the volume may be accessible through an opening. The container segment may be sized to hold and store one or more bottle accessories. Even further, the accessory holder may be attached to the bottle. Still further, the accessory holder may be manufactured from a flexible material, such as, for example, polypropylene and/or polyethylene. Moreover, the accessory holder may be disposable.
  • In an embodiment, the accessory holder may have a fastening member with an opening for attaching the accessory holder around a neck of the bottle. The fastening member may have inwardly extending flexible retaining tabs wherein the retaining tabs fasten the accessory holder to the bottle. Further, the retaining tabs may be flexible such that the accessory holder may fit bottle necks of varied shapes and/or sizes.
  • In an embodiment, the accessory holder may have an adhesive member, such as, for example, adhesive tape, liquid adhesive or any other type of adhesive member, for attaching the accessory holder to a bottle or a container.
  • It is, therefore, an advantage of the present invention to provide an accessory holder, a system and a method for holding and/or storing a bottle accessory with a bottle or a container.
  • Another advantage of the present invention is to provide an accessory holder, a system and a method for holding and/or storing a bottle accessory with a bottle or a container, such as, for example, a medicine bottle, a solvent bottle, a beaker, a paint can or bottle, a cup, a glass, a bowl, a coffee mug, a food carton, a drink bottle, a tube of toothpaste, a mouthwash bottle, a rinse cup, a cosmetic product bottle, and/or a cleaning supply bottle.
  • And, another advantage of the present invention to provide an accessory holder, a system and a method for holding and/or storing a bottle accessory with a bottle or a container that is attachable to the bottle or the container.
  • Yet another advantage of the present invention is to provide an accessory holder, a system and a method for holding and/or storing a bottle accessory, such as, for example, a doser, a pipette, an eyedropper, a paintbrush, a paint stirrer, a paint scraper, a spoon, a fork, a knife, a pair of chopsticks, a straw, a skewer, a stirrer, a baster, a measuring spoon, a toothbrush, a dental tool, a cosmetic product applicator, a sponge, a scrubber and/or a cleaning supply product applicator with a bottle or a container.
  • And, another advantage of the present invention is to provide an accessory holder, a system and a method for holding and/or storing a bottle accessory with a bottle or a container to prevent the bottle accessory from being lost or misplaced.
  • A further advantage of the present invention is to provide an accessory holder, a system and a method for holding and/or storing a bottle accessory with a bottle or a container to prevent the bottle accessory from being fouled or contaminated.
  • An even further advantage of the present invention is to provide an accessory holder, a system and a method for holding and/or storing a bottle accessory that is formed from a flexible material.
  • A still further advantage of the present invention is to provide an accessory holder, a system and a method for holding and/or storing a bottle accessory that is disposable.
  • Additional features and advantages of the present invention are described in, and will be apparent from, the detailed description of the presently preferred embodiments and from the drawings.
  • BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
  • FIG. 1 illustrates a front perspective view of an accessory holder for holding and/or storing a bottle accessory in an embodiment of the present invention.
  • FIG. 2 illustrates a side view of an accessory holder for holding and/or storing a bottle accessory in an embodiment of the present invention.
  • FIG. 3 illustrates a top view of an accessory holder for holding and/or storing a bottle accessory in an embodiment of the present invention.
  • FIG. 4 illustrates a front perspective view of an accessory holder for holding and/or storing a bottle accessory in an embodiment of the present invention.
  • FIG. 5 illustrates a rear perspective view of an accessory holder for holding and/or storing a bottle accessory in an embodiment of the present invention.
  • FIG. 6 illustrates a front perspective view of an accessory holder for holding and/or storing a bottle accessory in a second embodiment of the present invention.
  • FIG. 7 illustrates a side view of an accessory holder for holding and/or storing a bottle accessory in an embodiment of the present invention.
  • FIG. 8 illustrates a rear perspective view of an accessory holder for holding and/or storing a bottle accessory in an embodiment of the present invention.
  • FIG. 9 illustrates a top view of an accessory holder for holding and/or storing a bottle accessory in an embodiment of the present invention.
  • FIG. 10 illustrates a front view of an accessory holder for holding and/or storing a bottle accessory in an embodiment of the present invention.
  • DETAILED DESCRIPTION
  • The present invention generally relates to an accessory holder, a system and a method for holding and/or storing a bottle accessory with a bottle. More specifically, the present invention relates to an accessory holder, a system and a method for holding and/or storing a bottle accessory, such as, for example, a doser, a pipette and/or an eyedropper with a bottle. The bottle may be, for example, a medicine bottle, a solvent bottle, or a beaker.
  • Referring now to the drawings wherein like numerals refer to like parts, FIGS. 1-5 generally illustrate a medicine bottle 2 and a doser holder 10 for holding and/or for storing a doser 60. The doser 60 may be a conventional oral-type doser. The medicine bottle 2 may be a conventional medicine bottle having a cap 4, a neck portion 6 and a sidewall 8. With a conventional medicine bottle, the neck portion 6 may be generally cylindrical with a circular cross-section. It should be understood, however, that the invention is not limited to bottles with cylindrical neck portions and may include neck portions of varied shapes.
  • Further, with conventional medicine bottles, the sidewall 8 may have a rectangularly oval cross-section wherein opposing longer edges are straight and disposed adjacent to shorter rounded edges. The rectangularly oval cross-section of sidewall 8 provides a generally flat, planar and vertical surface along the width of the medicine bottle 2. However, the invention is not limited to bottles with rectangularly oval cross-sections. The invention may include medicine bottles and/or sidewalls of varied cross-sectional shapes, contours and/or profiles, such as cylindrical, cylindrical tapered, triangular and/or any other bottle shape as is known to one having ordinary skill in the art.
  • As illustrated in FIGS. 1-5, the doser holder 10 has a fastening member 30 and a container segment 40. The doser holder 10 may be manufactured from a material. The fastening member 30 and container segment 40 may be an integrally molded unitary piece. Various types of materials may be used to manufacture the doser holder 10. Suitable examples may include, but are not limited to, polypropylene and/or polyethylene.
  • The doser holder 10 may be attached to the medicine bottle 2 by the fastening member 30. As shown in FIGS. 3 and 4, the fastening member 30 may have an opening 32. To attach the doser holder 10 to the medicine bottle 2, the top of the medicine bottle 2 may be drawn through the opening 32 until the fastening member 30 is disposed around the neck portion 6, as illustrated in FIGS. 1 and 2. Similarly, the doser holder 10 may be detached by removing the top of the medicine bottle 2 from the opening 32 until the doser holder 10 is completely separated from the medicine bottle 2. As will be discussed in greater detail hereinafter, the doser holder 10 may be fastened to or removed from the medicine bottle 2 with or without the cap 4 removed.
  • In the preferred embodiment, the opening 32 may be circular to match the shape of the cylindrical cross-section of the neck portion 6. In addition, the opening 32 may be substantially the same diameter as the neck portion 6. However, the size and/or shape of the opening 32 may vary to fit bottles having necks of different shapes and/or sizes. Similarly, the opening 32 may be positioned such that the center and/or middle of opening 32 may be offset from the center and/or middle of fastening member 30. In varying the position of the opening 32 with respect to the center and/or middle of fastening member 30, the container segment 40 may be positioned adjacent any portion of the sidewall 8.
  • As illustrated in FIGS. 3-5, the opening 32 may have flexible retaining tabs 34 that may extend radially inward from an inner edge of the opening 32. The retaining tabs 34 may allow the fastening member 30 to be attached to the neck portion 6 such that the doser holder 10 may be retained on the medicine bottle 2. Depending upon the size and/or the diameter of the opening 32 relative to the neck portion 6, the retaining tabs 34 may be loosely or firmly fastened to the neck portion 6. If the diameter of the opening 32 is smaller than the diameter of the cross-section of the neck portion 6, the retaining tabs 34 may twist, stretch and/or bend to elastically conform to the size, shape and/or contours of the neck portion 6. As a result, the doser holder 10 may be snuggly attached to the medicine bottle 2. Conversely, if the diameter of the opening 32 is larger than the diameter of the cross-section of the neck portion 6, the doser holder 10 may be loosely fitted to the medicine bottle 2.
  • Additionally, in the preferred embodiment, the flexibility of the retaining tabs 34 may allow the doser holder 10 to be fastened to or unfastened from the medicine bottle 2 regardless of whether the cap 4 is installed. The retaining tabs 34 may twist, stretch and/or bend to allow the cap 4 to pass through the opening 32 without tearing and/or elastically deforming the doser holder 10. To provide flexibility, durability and/or strength, the thickness of the material may be in a range from about 0.6 mm to about 2.3 millimeters. Further, the thickness of the material for the fastening member 30 and the retaining tabs 34 may differ from the thickness of the container member 34. The material for the container member 34 may be thicker for strength and/or durability. The material for the fastening member 30 and the retaining tabs 34 may be thinner for flexibility.
  • The flexibility of the retaining tabs 34 may vary according to the size, the shape and/or the number of the retaining tabs 34. For example, the retaining tabs 34 may be lengthened and/or narrowed to increase flexibility. The increased flexibility provided by long and narrow retaining tabs may be useful when fitted to bottles with caps having large diameter cross-sections. Further, although eight retaining tabs are shown in FIGS. 3 and 4, the number of the retaining tabs 34 may be increased or decreased to provide the desired amount of flexibility. Even further, each retaining tab 34 may be asymmetrical in size and/or shape from an adjacent retaining tab. It should be understood to one having ordinary skill in the art that the size, the shape and/or the number of the retaining tabs 34 may be adjusted to provide the desired flexibility.
  • As shown in FIGS. 2-5, the container segment 40 is attached to the fastening member 30 by a bend 36. When mounted to the medicine bottle 2, the bend 36 may allow the container segment 40 to hang from the fastening member 30. In FIG. 2, the bend 36 is shown at generally 90 degrees such that the container segment 40 may rest against the sidewall 8 and may remain substantially vertical. However, the flexibility of the material may also allow the angle of the bend 36 to vary according to the diameter and/or size of the sidewall 8 such that the container segment 40 may rest against the sidewall of a bottle with a smaller diameter or a larger diameter. Further, although the container segment 40 is shown to rest against the sidewall 8, the container segment 40 may be suspended such that the inner wall 42 does not contact the sidewall 8.
  • The container segment 40 may have a volume defined by an inner wall 42, a bottom wall 44 and an outer wall 46. The inner wall 42 may have a length defined between a lower inside edge 50 and the bend 36 and a width defined between outer edges 52, 54. The bottom wall may have a length defined by a lower outside edge 56 and a width defined between the lower inside edge 50 and the lower outside edge 56. The outer wall 46 may have a length defined between the lower outside edge 56 and an upper outside edge 58 and a width defined between the outer edges 52, 54. The container segment 40 may be sized to accept and/or hold an oral doser. In the preferred embodiment, the container segment 40 may measure approximately 2.25 inches in height, approximately 1.25 inches in width and approximately 0.625 inches in depth. The present invention is not limited to a specific volume, height, width, and/or depth of the container segment 40.
  • As shown in FIGS. 1 and 2, the inner wall 42 and/or the lower inside edge 50 may be substantially similar in shape and contour such that the container segment 40 may rest against the sidewall 8. For example, similar to the flat, planar, and/or vertical surface of the sidewall 8, the inner wall 42 and/or the lower inside edge 50 may also be flat, planar and/or straight so that the container segment 40 may rest against the sidewall 8 when the doser holder 20 is mounted to the medicine bottle 2. Additionally, the inner wall 42 and/or the lower inside edge 50 may be concave, convex and/or any shape so as to substantially conform to a bottle with cylindrical, round tapered and/or any other sidewall shape as is known to one having ordinary skill in the art.
  • As illustrated in FIGS. 2 and 5, the bottom wall 44 may be a generally flat plane. However, the bottom wall 44 may have a concave, convex and/or contoured surface such that the bottom wall 44 may be substantially similar in shape to the doser 60. Additionally, the shape of the bottom wall 44 may aid in the positioning of the doser 60 within the container segment 20. Further, the bottom wall 44 may also have holes or slots (not shown) to allow fluids to drain thereby preventing pooling within the bottom of the container segment 10.
  • In the preferred embodiment, the outer wall 46 may be generally semi-circular in shape. As shown in FIG. 1, the container segment 40 narrows at the outer edges 52, 54 due to the semi-circular shape of the outer wall 46. As such, the semi-circular shape may allow the doser 60 to be seated within the center of the container segment 40 in a generally vertical position. Retaining the doser 60 in a generally vertical position may reduce the likelihood for the medicine bottle 2 to tip when the doser 60 is stored within the container segment 40. However, the present invention is not limited to a specific shape or embodiment of the outer wall 46. One having ordinary skill in the art will understand that the outer wall 46 may have any shape or contour such that the container segment 40 may hold and/or store the doser 60.
  • As illustrated in FIG. 2, the container segment 40 may have an angled opening 48 defined by the upper outside edge 58 of the outer wall 46 and the bend 36. The angled opening 48 may provide a wider opening and/or angled opening through which the user may insert the doser 60 into the container segment 40. It should be known to one having ordinary skill in the art that the angled opening 48 may be any angle, shape and/or contour so as to allow the doser 60 to be held and stored in the container segment 40.
  • After the doser holder 10 is fastened to the medicine bottle 2, the doser 60 may be placed within the container segment 40 and, the medicine bottle 2 and the doser 60 may be stored when not in use. After the completion of the medicine dosing and/or the vitamin dosing, the doser holder 10 may be removed from the medicine bottle 2.
  • FIGS. 6-10 illustrate an alternative embodiment of the present invention. This embodiment differs from the embodiment of FIG. 1 wherein a doser holder 20 may be fastened to a sidewall 18 of a medicine bottle 12 by an adhesive member 92. In the preferred embodiment, the adhesive member 92 may be a double-sided adhesive tape having a front adhesive surface 96 and a back adhesive surface 98. The front adhesive surface 96 may be attached to a container segment 70 and the back adhesive surface 98 may be attached to an adhesive release strip 94. The adhesive release strip 94 may be removed to expose the back adhesive surface 98 such that the doser holder 20 may be fastened to the sidewall 18. Additionally, various types of adhesive members may be used, such as, for example, other types of adhesive tape, liquid adhesive or any other type of adhesive members as is known to one having ordinary skill in the art.
  • In this embodiment, the medicine bottle 12 may be oval-shaped in cross-section such that the sidewall 18 is round along the periphery of the bottle. However, the invention is not limited to only oval-shaped bottles. The invention may include bottles and/or sidewalls of varied shapes, contours and/or profiles such as cylindrical, rectangularly oval, cylindrical tapered and/or any other bottle shape as is known to one having ordinary skill in the art.
  • As shown in FIGS. 8 and 9, the container segment 70 may have a volume defined by an inner wall 72, a bottom wall 74 and an outer wall 76. The inner wall 72 may have a length defined between a lower inside edge 80 and an upper inside edge 90 and a width defined between outer edges 82, 84. The bottom wall may have a length defined by a lower outside edge 86 and a width defined between the lower inside edge 80 and the lower outside edge 86. The outer wall 76 may have a length defined between the lower outside edge 86 and an upper outside edge 88 and a width defined between the outer edges 82, 84.
  • The container segment 70 may have an angled opening 78 defined by the upper outside edge 88 of the outer wall 46 and the upper inside edge 90. The container segment 70 may be sized to accept and/or to hold an oral doser. In the preferred embodiment, the container segment 70 may measure approximately 2.25 inches in height, approximately 1.25 inches in width and approximately 0.625 inches in depth. The present invention is not limited to a specific volume, height, width and/or depth of the container segment 70.
  • The inner wall 72 may have a concave surface such that the inner wall 72 is substantially similar in shape and/or contour to the rounded sidewall 18 of the medicine bottle 12. When fastening the concave-shaped container segment 20 to the rounded sidewall 18, in contrast to a flat planar surface, the concave surface of the inner wall 72 may substantially match the rounded sidewall 18 to provide a greater surface area with which the adhesive member 92 may be bonded. The increased surface area may improve the fastening strength of the adhesive member 92 to ensure that the doser holder 20 may remain firmly attached to the medicine bottle 12 while holding the doser 60.
  • Further, the flexibility provided by the material may allow the inner wall 72 to conform to the curvature and/or the shape of the sidewall 18. Although the container segment 70 with a substantially inflexible inner wall 72 may initially conform to the curvature of the sidewall 18, the container segment 70 may revert to its natural shape and pull the inner wall 72 from the sidewall 18. After separation, the decrease in bonded surface area may result in an insufficient adhesion force between the container segment 70 and the sidewall 18 which may reduce the holding strength of the adhesive member 92. However, with the flexibility of the container segment 70 and the adhesive strength between the inner wall 72 and the sidewall 18, the doser holder 20 may remain firmly attached to the bottle 12 while holding and/or storing the doser 60. To provide flexibility, durability and/or strength, the thickness of the material of container segment 70 may be in a range from about 0.6 mm to about 2.3 millimeters.
  • In a preferred embodiment, the thickness of the material for the inner wall 72 may differ from the thickness of both the bottom wall 74 and the outer wall 76. The bottom wall 74 and the outer wall 76 may be thicker to provide strength and durability while the inner wall 72 may be thinner to provide flexibility and ensure that the container segment 70 may conform to the sidewall 18. The thickness of the material for the inner wall 72 may be in a range from about 0.6 mm to about 2.3 millimeters. The thicknesses of the bottom wall 74 and/or the outer wall 76 may be in a range from about 0.6 mm to about 2.3 millimeters. In addition, the inner wall 72 may have folds, bends, creases slots, and/or holes (not shown) so as to further increase the flexibility of the container segment 70.
  • The accessory holder of the present invention may be sold or otherwise available individually as an after market product for bottles and/or containers. It may also be sold and/or available as an accessory with a doser, a pipette, an eyedropper, a paintbrush, a paint stirrer, a paint scraper, a spoon, a fork, a knife, a pair of chopsticks, a straw, a skewer, a stirrer, a baster, a measuring spoon, a cosmetic product applicator, a sponge and/or a cleaning product applicator, a medicine bottle, a solvent bottle, a beaker, a paint can or bottle, a cup, a glass, a bowl, a coffee mug, a food carton, a drink bottle, a tube of toothpaste, a mouthwash bottle, a rinse cup, a cosmetic product bottle, and/or a cleaning supply bottle. Further, the accessory holder of the present invention may be available in different exterior colors, surface textures, and/or distinguishing indicators so that a user may recognize and/or distinguish between bottles and/or containers.
  • Various changes and modifications to the presently preferred embodiments described herein will be apparent to those skilled in the art. Such changes and modifications may be made without departing from the spirit and scope of the present invention and without diminishing its attendant advantages. It is, therefore, intended that such changes and modifications be covered by the appended claims.

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1. An accessory holder used in conjunction with a bottle having a neck and a sidewall, the apparatus comprising:
a container segment having an inner volume defined by an inner wall, a bottom wall and an outer wall wherein the inner wall and the outer wall define a container opening opposite the bottom wall and further wherein the outer wall is convex and extends outwardly from the inner volume of the container segment;
a fastening member having an outer edge, an inner edge and a plurality of flexible tabs attached to the inner edge of the fastening member extending inwardly to form a fastener opening; and
a bend connecting the inner wall of the container segment and the outer edge of the fastening member wherein the bend has an angle between the fastening member and the inner wall of the container segment.
2. The accessory holder of claim 1 wherein the angle of the bend is 90 degrees.
3. The accessory holder of claim 1 a wherein the fastening member has a fastening thickness and the plurality of flexible tabs have a tab thickness wherein the fastening thickness is greater than the tab thickness.
4. The accessory holder of claim 1 wherein the inner wall is flat.
5. The accessory holder of claim 1 wherein the inner wall is concave and extends inwardly into the inner volume of the container segment.
6. The accessory holder of claim 1 wherein the bottom wall is convex and extends outwardly from the inner volume of the container segment.
7. The accessory holder of claim 1 wherein the bottom wall is concave and extends inwardly into the inner volume of the container segment.
8. The accessory holder of claim 1 wherein the bottom wall has a slot.
9. The accessory holder of claim 1 wherein the fastening member has a fastening thickness and the container segment has a container thickness wherein the container thickness is greater than the fastening thickness.
10. An accessory holder used in conjunction with a bottle having a neck and a sidewall, the apparatus comprising:
a container segment having an inner volume defined by an inner wall, a bottom wall and an outer wall wherein the inner wall and the outer wall define an opening opposite the bottom wall and further wherein the outer wall is convex; and
an adhesive member having a front adhesive surface and a back adhesive surface wherein the front adhesive surface is attached to the inner wall of the container segment and the back adhesive surface attaches to the sidewall of the bottle.
11. The accessory holder of claim 10 wherein the inner wall of the container segment is flexible and further wherein the inner wall of the container segment conforms to the sidewall of the bottle.
12. The accessory holder of claim 10 wherein the opening of the container segment is angled downwardly from the inner wall to the outer wall of the container segment.
13. The apparatus of claim 10 wherein the inner wall is concave and extends inwardly into the inner volume of the container segment.
14. The accessory holder of claim 10 wherein the inner wall has an inner wall thickness, the outer wall has an outer wall thickness and the bottom wall has a bottom wall thickness wherein the outer wall thickness and the bottom wall thickness are greater than the inner wall thickness.
15. The accessory holder of claim 10 wherein the outer wall of the container segment is semi-circular.
16. A method for storing an accessory with a bottle having a neck and a body, the method comprising the steps of:
providing a container having a fastening member wherein the fastening member has an outer edge, an inner edge and a plurality of tabs extending inwardly from the inner edge of the fastening member to form a flexible opening; and
placing the neck of the bottle through the flexible opening of the fastening member of the container.
17. The method of claim 16 further comprising the steps of:
preventing the container from being removed from the bottle.
18. The method of claim 16 further comprising the steps of:
positioning the container to rest against the body of the bottle.
19. The method of claim 16 further comprising the steps of:
storing the accessory in the container to prevent contamination.
20. The method of claim 16 further comprising the steps of:
disposing of the container, accessory and bottle.
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