Snap lock handle

  • US 4,127,915 A
  • Filed: 03/28/1977
  • Issued: 12/05/1978
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/28/1977
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A handle for a beverage can comprising:

  • an elongated handle of a substantially U-shaped configuration and constant thickness;

    said handle having a flexible central portion and an upper and a lower connection element outwardly cantilevered at the opposite ends of said central portion in spatial relationship and adapted to move away and towards each other as said central portion is flexed;

    said connection elements terminating in free ends, said ends having snap lock attachment means comprising an inner and an outer leg defining a transverse channel therebetween provided in their respective free ends for releasably engaging with the opposite end of the can; and

    said connection elements being normally biased towards each other;

    said inner leg of said lower connection element is flat and of reduced length so as to conform with the adjacent flat surface of the can;

    said inner leg of said upper connection element is champered and of reduced length so as to snap lock with a bead carried on the can to yieldably retain the bead in said channel of its associated connection element;

    said outer legs are of elongated length so as to project over the respective top and bottom surface of the can; and

    said handle is composed of a plastic material so as to provide integral spring bias.

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