Universal closure apparatus with delivery system

  • US 9,821,938 B2
  • Filed: 08/03/2012
  • Issued: 11/21/2017
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/20/2006
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A bottle cap capable of threadably engaging a bottle having a thread arrangement to receive said bottle cap, said bottle cap comprising:

  • a cylindrical member closed at a first end thereof and open at a second end thereof, said cylindrical member having each of a first predetermined length and a predetermined inside diameter;

    a threaded portion disposed on an inner surface of said cylindrical member, beginning adjacent said open end and extending inwardly a second predetermined length toward said closed end, to engage the thread arrangement of the bottle;

    a reservoir disposed inside said cylindrical member adjacent said closed end thereof to retain a substance therein to be dispensed into said bottle; and

    a reservoir opening element (i) engageable with said bottle cap, (ii) operable to abut an uppermost portion of the bottle, and (iii) operable to pierce said reservoir as said bottle cap is threaded onto the thread arrangement of the bottle thereby releasing the substance of said reservoir into the bottle;

    a retaining ring disposed within said cylindrical member to engage a portion of said reservoir opening element so that said reservoir opening element is secured within said cylindrical member,wherein,the uppermost portion of the bottle maintains said reservoir opening element in a fixed position relative to the bottle when said bottle cap is threaded onto the thread arrangement of the bottle.

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