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  • US 6,354,458 B1
  • Filed: 11/24/1997
  • Issued: 03/12/2002
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/11/1993
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A metal can for a drinking beverage comprising:

  • an elongated generally cylindrical body portion having first and second ends, the body portion being a non-resilient, non-plastic metal material or metal material laminated with windows;

    a bottom portion integrally formed with and sealing the first end;

    a substantially planar top portion sealing the second end and having an aperture;

    a cover member releasably secured to the top portion for sealing the aperture, wherein the cover member provides a closed cavity suitable for containing a beverage fluid without fluid communication therethrough and wherein the cover member is essentially flush with the top portion when in a sealing position;

    the body portion having a cylindrically curved wall having cylindrical curved wall portions and having disposed thereon and embossed thereon a profile pattern of a preselected shape, height and configuration, and the profile pattern forming collectively generally essentially circumferential rings around the cylindrically curved wall, the rings being spaced apart longitudinally on the generally cylindrical body portion and being seperated by the cylindrical curved wall portions of the curved wall, the profile pattern extending generally in a pattern over the cylidrically curved wall area of the body portion from at least one of the first end or second end, the profile pattern enhancing the exterior periphery of the body portion the profile pattern extending either outwardly or inwardly relative to the cylindrically curved wall of a can without embossing;

    the body portion including an outside surface, and including a printed layer of an ornamental representation on the outside surface, the ornamental representation acting to enhance the ornamental effect of the outside surface, the ornamental representation including in at least some part printed lettering, and at least some part of the ornamental representation, including printed lettering extending over the profile pattern of the can from the curved cylindrical wall of the can, over the profile pattern and returning to the curved cylindrical wall, thereby to form a generally three-dimensional effect which substantially enhances the can, and the lettering extending around the can; and

    the body being formed of an aluminum thin gauge material, the material being crushable under finger pressure when the can is empty, and the body portion of the can being formed with the profile pattern by a stamping process.

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