Drink containers

  • US 8,469,226 B2
  • Filed: 09/14/2012
  • Issued: 06/25/2013
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/21/2009
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A drink container, comprising:

  • a liquid container having a neck with an opening and having an internal compartment sized to hold a volume of potable drink liquid; and

    a cap assembly removably coupled to the liquid container, the cap assembly comprising;

    a base removably coupled to the neck of the liquid container and including a through-passage extending through the base;

    a first catch structure coupled to the base;

    a mouthpiece assembly extending through the through-passage of the base and defining a liquid passage through which drink liquid from the liquid container may selectively flow, and further defining an inlet through which drink liquid in the internal compartment may enter the liquid passage and an outlet through which drink liquid from the internal compartment of the liquid container is selectively dispensed from the liquid passage;

    wherein the mouthpiece assembly is configured to be selectively positioned between a dispensing configuration, in which the liquid passage permits drink liquid to flow from the internal compartment at least into the liquid passage, and a stowed configuration, in which the liquid passage restricts the flow of drink liquid through the liquid passage;

    wherein the mouthpiece assembly is biased to the dispensing configuration;

    wherein the mouthpiece assembly comprises a mouthpiece portion, an anchor portion, and a tube portion that extends between the mouthpiece portion and the anchor portion, wherein the mouthpiece portion, the tube portion, and the anchor portion are constructed as a unitary assembly;

    wherein the mouthpiece portion that includes the outlet;

    wherein the tube portion defines at least a portion of the liquid passage for drink liquid to flow from the internal compartment to the mouthpiece portion;

    wherein the tube portion includes a crimping region constructed of a resiliently deformable material;

    wherein the crimping region is configured to restrict the flow of drink liquid through the liquid passage when the mouthpiece assembly is in the stowed configuration;

    wherein the anchor portion is sized to restrict passage of the anchor portion through the through-passage of the base of the cap assembly; and

    further wherein the mouthpiece assembly includes a rigid collar member that is pivotally coupled to the base;

    wherein the tube portion of the mouthpiece assembly extends through the rigid collar member; and

    wherein the rigid collar member includes a second catch structure configured to be selectively engaged with the first catch structure to retain the mouthpiece assembly in the stowed configuration; and

    a user release mechanism configured to automatically disengage the first and second catch structures upon actuation of the user release mechanism and thereby release the mouthpiece assembly to move via its bias from the stowed configuration to the dispensing configuration;

    wherein the base of the cap assembly defines a pair of opposed channels;

    wherein the user release mechanism includes a sliding member that is configured to reversibly translate along the base to selectively disengage the first and the second catch structures;

    wherein the sliding member includes a pair of opposed tabs that slide within the pair of opposed channels as the sliding member translates along the base;

    wherein the user release mechanism further includes a user engagement pad that is coupled to the sliding member for selective engagement by a user; and

    further wherein the user release mechanism includes at least one biasing member that urges the sliding member and user engagement pad away from a position where the sliding member disengages the first and the second catch structures.

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