Insulating container and latching mechanism

  • US 8,910,819 B2
  • Filed: 11/28/2011
  • Issued: 12/16/2014
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/29/2010
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A latching mechanism for maintaining a closed position between opposing first and second portions of a container, comprising:

  • a latch pivotally attached to the first portion, the latch comprising a base portion, a body portion extending from the base portion, an engaging portion extending from the body portion, and a grasping portion extending from the engaging portion;

    wherein the latch comprises a flexible, stretchable, resilient, molded material, wherein the base portion of the latch is configured to be received within a recessed latch slot integrally molded within the first portion, and a retaining mechanism configured for releasable engagement positioned within the recessed latch slot;

    a lip integrally molded within the first portion at an upper edge of the first portion, wherein the lip is adjacent the recessed latch slot and the base portion of the latch abuts the lip and wherein the lip is configured to limit the range of motion that the latch can pivot away from the recessed latch slot; and

    a latch keeper integrally molded within the second portion, the latch keeper comprising a vertically elongated keeper slot and a recessed pocket formed in the base of the keeper slot, the recessed pocket configured for receiving the engaging portion of the latch, and the keeper slot configured for receiving the body portion of the latch;

    wherein the engaging portion of the latch comprises an engaging surface having a partially spherical geometric shape and the recessed pocket comprises a receiving surface having a correspondingly partially spherical geometric shape, wherein the receiving surface of the recessed pocket is configured to receive the engaging surface of the engaging portion, and wherein the receiving surface of the recessed pocket is configured to provide at least a partial surface-to-surface contact with the engaging surface of the engaging portion when the latch is engaged;

    wherein when the engaging portion of the latch is engaged with the recessed pocket, at least a portion of the body of the latch is within the elongated keeper slot such that the portion of the body of the latch does not protrude beyond the elongated keeper slot.

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