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(11)EP 3 250 470 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
22.04.2020 Bulletin 2020/17

(21)Application number: 16702974.3

(22)Date of filing:  27.01.2016
(51)International Patent Classification (IPC): 
B65D 75/32(2006.01)
B65D 43/02(2006.01)
A61F 6/00(2006.01)
(86)International application number:
PCT/GB2016/050171
(87)International publication number:
WO 2016/120613 (04.08.2016 Gazette  2016/31)

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REUSABLE PACKAGING AND STORAGE ARTICLE

WIEDERVERWENDBARE VERPACKUNG UND LAGERARTIKEL

ARTICLE D'EMBALLAGE ET DE STOCKAGE RÉUTILISABLE


(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO RS SE SI SK SM TR

(30)Priority: 30.01.2015 GB 201501578

(43)Date of publication of application:
06.12.2017 Bulletin 2017/49

(73)Proprietor: Reckitt Benckiser Health Limited
Slough Berkshire SL1 3UH (GB)

(72)Inventors:
  • PAN, Kevin
    Dongguan Guangdong 523009 (CN)
  • ZABORNIAK, Piotr
    Hull HU8 7DS (GB)
  • VAN WETTEN, Teun Franciscus
    5653 MA Eindhoven (NL)

(74)Representative: Heritage, Kevin Stephen Charles et al
Reckitt Benckiser Corporate Services Limited Legal Department - Patents Group Dansom Lane
Hull HU8 7DS
Hull HU8 7DS (GB)


(56)References cited: : 
DE-A1- 3 237 566
FR-A1- 2 767 119
US-A- 5 862 908
FR-A- 1 038 953
US-A- 4 289 232
  
      
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    Description

    Field of the Invention



    [0001] The invention relates to a consumer product comprising an elastic constriction ring and a reusable packaging and storage article for the packaging and storage of the elastic constriction ring.

    Background



    [0002] It is well known that providing a constriction at the base of a penis helps to maintain a longer and firmer erection and, to this end, elastic constriction rings are commonly used to facilitate such a constriction. Elastic constriction rings are typically intended to be reused and therefore they can be problematic to clean and keep clean after their first use until subsequent re-use.

    [0003] The reusable packaging and storage article is intended to address such drawbacks.

    [0004] US 4289232describes a diaphragm case comprising top and bottom portions, approximately circular in shape and hinged together at a point on the circumference. An internal container is adapted to contain a contraceptive cream or jelly and is closed by a cover which forms an airtight enclosure. The top and bottom portions are closed by a latching arrangement which is integrally formed with the respective portions and which is not airtight.

    [0005] DE 3237566 discloses a condom package with a frusto-conical pillar.

    [0006] FR 2767119 discloses a cosmetic case with a hinged lid.

    Summary of Invention



    [0007] According to a first aspect of the present invention there is provided a consumer product as defined in claim 1.

    [0008] The point at which the pillar is provided with a diameter equal to the diameter of the of the central aperture of the elastic constriction ring is hereinafter termed the impingement point and is the point at which, in use, an inner surface of the aperture in the elastic constriction ring makes contact with the pillar to secure the ring in frictional engagement with the pillar. The pillar is configured with the impingement point being located on the pillar such that, in use, a bottom surface of the elastic constriction ring is suspended above an upper surface of the cavity of the bottom member. This arrangement may be advantageous as it can promote airflow around a portion of the ring to permit effective drying thereof post-cleaning.

    [0009] The pillar may be conical or pyramidal in shape. Preferably the pillar is frusto-conical in shape. Preferably the pillar is widest at its base adjacent the cavity from which it extends.

    [0010] The cavity in the bottom portion preferably defines a tubular shape which corresponds to the tubular shape of the elastic constriction ring.

    [0011] The perimeter lip of the bottom member is preferably at the same height or closer to the base of the cavity than the impingement point. This arrangement may be advantageous as, in use, when the top member and bottom member are disengaged from each other, the article is in the open position, the ring is held on the pillar by frictional force at the impingement point and the low height of the perimeter lip of the bottom member presents a large surface area of the ring thus making it easier user for a user to grab the ring and remove same from the pillar.

    [0012] Preferably the perimeter lip of the top member is provided with a height that is substantially the same as the height of the perimeter lip of the bottom member such that when the top member and bottom member are engaged with each other, when the article is in the closed position, the perimeter lip of the bottom member can be secured within and adjacent to the perimeter lip of the top member.

    [0013] Most preferably the perimeter lips of both the bottom member and the top member are sized to form frictional contact with each other when the top member and the bottom member are engaged with each other and the article is in the closed position, and particularly preferably said frictional contact between the perimeter lips is sufficient to provide a closure mechanism to releasably retain said members engaged with each other until a user applies a separating force to overcome said frictional contact and disengage said members and expose the cavities of the members.

    [0014] Alternatively or additionally a separate closure mechanism may be provided to retain the top member and the bottom member in an engaged relationship.

    [0015] The top member and/or bottom member may be provided with one or more vent holes. The vent holes may be advantageous to allow moisture to drain away from the ring post-cleaning.

    [0016] Preferably the article is made as a single piece, preferably from a plastics material that may be injection-moulded or thermoformed. When made as a single piece the top member and bottom member may be provided in a clamshell arrangement.

    Brief Description of the Drawings



    [0017] Embodiments of the invention will now be described, by way of example only, with reference to the following drawings in which:

    Fig. 1 illustrates a perspective view of the article in an open configuration without a constriction ring inserted;

    Fig. 2 illustrates a side view of the article in an open configuration without a constriction ring inserted;

    Fig. 3 illustrates a perspective view of the article in an open configuration with a constriction ring inserted;

    Fig. 4 illustrates a side view of the article in an open configuration with a constriction ring inserted; and

    Fig. 5 illustrates a perspective view of the article in a closed configuration with a constriction ring inserted.


    Description of an Embodiment



    [0018] Figs. 1&2 illustrate a reusable packaging and storage article 1 suitable for packaging and storing an elastic constriction ring 14. The article 1 is made in one-piece having a top member 2 and a bottom member 3. The bottom member 3 has a cavity 4 of substantially tubular circular shape. At the perimeter of the cavity 4 is a perimeter lip 5 which has a flat outer surface 6. From a substantially central portion of the cavity extends a pillar 7. The pillar 7 is at least partially conical and is shown as frusto-conical with the widest part of the pillar 7 being adjacent a base of the cavity 4 and culminating in a flat summit 8. As can be seen in Fig.2 the summit 8 has a greater height than the height of the perimeter wall 5.

    [0019] The top member 2 is provided with a cavity 9 having a circular shape which is configured to accommodate a proportion of the elastic constriction ring 14 and pillar 8. The cavity 9 is provided with a perimeter lip 10 having a flat inner surface. The diameter of the flat inner surface of perimeter lip 10 is the same or fractionally greater than the diameter of the flat outer surface of the perimeter lip 6 of the bottom member 3. Such proximity of diameters permits the lips 6,10 to form frictional contact with each other when the top member 2 is brought into engagement with the bottom member 3 in the closed position, as shown in Fig.5. The frictional contact between the perimeter lips 6, 10 is sufficient to provide a closure mechanism to releasably retain said members 2,3 engaged with each other until a user applies a separating force to overcome said frictional contact and disengage said members 2,3. The bottom member 3 is provided with a tab 11 which, when the article 1 is in the closed position as shown in Fig.5, corresponds with a recessed portion 12 in the perimeter lip 10 to improve the ability for a user to form a firm grip of each member 2,3 to separate them to place the article in the open position as shown in Figs.1-4.

    [0020] As can be seen in Figs.3-5, the ring 14 does not touch the base of the cavity 4, instead the ring is suspended above said base. As the summit 8 of the pillar 7 has a diameter less than the diameter of a central aperture 15 of the elastic constriction ring 1 and a lower portion of the pillar 7 has a diameter greater than the diameter of a central aperture 15 of the elastic constriction ring 14, there is an impingement point between the pillar 7 and the central aperture 15 of the ring which is configured to ensure that the ring 14 is suspended above the base of the cavity 4 when mounted by frictional engagement on the pillar 7 at the impingement point. This arrangement can promote airflow around a portion of the ring to permit effective drying thereof post-cleaning.

    [0021] All of the features disclosed in this specification (including any accompanying claims, abstract and drawings), and/or all of the steps of any method or process so disclosed, may be combined in any combination, except combinations where at least some of such features and/or steps are mutually exclusive.

    [0022] Each feature disclosed in this specification (including any accompanying claims, abstract and drawings) may be replaced by alternative features serving the same, equivalent or similar purpose, unless expressly stated otherwise. Thus, unless expressly stated otherwise, each feature disclosed is one example only of a generic series of equivalent or similar features.


    Claims

    1. A consumer product comprising:

    an elastic constriction ring (14) comprising a tubular ring of resilient elastic material; and

    a reusable packaging and storage article (1) for reusably packaging and storing said elastic constriction ring (14);

    wherein the article (1) comprises a top member (2) and a bottom member (3) configured to releasably engage with each other,

    wherein the bottom member (3) comprises: a cavity (4) of substantially circular shape having a perimeter lip (5) with an inner and outer surface to house, in use, a portion of the elastic constriction ring (14); and a pillar (7) extending from a substantially central portion of the cavity (4); and wherein a summit (8) of the pillar has a diameter less than the diameter of a central aperture of the elastic constriction ring (14), and a lower portion of the pillar (7) has a diameter greater than the diameter of said central aperture of the elastic constriction ring (14);

    wherein the pillar (7) is configured with an impingement point such that, in use, a bottom surface of the elastic constriction ring (14) is suspended above an upper surface of the cavity (4) of the bottom member (3); and

    wherein the top member (2) comprises: a cavity (9) of substantially circular shape having a perimeter lip (10) with an inner and outer surface to house, in use, a portion of the elastic constriction ring (14), wherein the diameter of an inner surface of the perimeter lip (10) of the top member (2) is the same or greater than the diameter of the outer surface of the perimeter lip (5) of the bottom member (3).


     
    2. A consumer product according to claim 1, wherein the pillar (7) is conical or frusto-conical in shape.
     
    3. A consumer product according to claim 2, wherein the pillar (7) is frusto-conical in shape.
     
    4. A consumer product according to any of the preceding claims, wherein the cavity (4) in the bottom portion defines a tubular shape.
     
    5. A consumer product according to any of the preceding claims, wherein the perimeter lip (5) of the bottom member (3) is at the same height or closer to the base of the cavity (4) than the impingement point.
     
    6. A consumer product according to any of the preceding claims, wherein the perimeter lip (10) of the top member (2) is provided with a height that is substantially the same as the height of the perimeter lip (5) of the bottom member (3) such that when the top member (2) and bottom member (3) are engaged with each other when the article (1) is in a closed position, the perimeter lip (5) of the bottom member (3) is secured within and adjacent to the perimeter lip (10) of the top member (2).
     
    7. A consumer product according to any of the preceding claims, wherein the perimeter lips (5, 10) of both the bottom member (3) and the top member (2) are sized to form frictional contact with each other when the top member (2) and the bottom member (3) are engaged with each other and the article (1) is in the closed position, and wherein the frictional contact between the perimeter lips (5, 10) is sufficient to provide a closure mechanism to releasably retain said members (2, 3) in the closed position.
     
    8. A consumer product according to any of the preceding claims, wherein the top member (2) and/or bottom member (3) is provided with one or more vent holes.
     
    9. A consumer product according to any of the preceding claims, wherein the article (1) is made as a single piece.
     
    10. A consumer product according to claim 9, wherein the article (1) is made from a plastics material.
     
    11. A consumer product according to claim 10, wherein the article (1) is injection moulded, blow-moulded or thermoformed.
     
    12. A consumer product according to any of the preceding claims, wherein the elastic constriction ring consists of the tubular ring of resilient elastic material.
     


    Ansprüche

    1. Verbraucherprodukt, umfassend:

    einen elastischen Einschnürungsring (14), der einen rohrförmigen Ring aus federndem elastischem Material umfasst; und

    einen wiederverwendbaren Verpackungs- und Lagerartikel (1) zum wiederverwendbaren Verpacken und Lagern des elastischen Einschnürungsrings (14);

    wobei der Artikel (1) ein oberes Element (2) und ein unteres Element (3) umfasst, die konfiguriert sind, um lösbar ineinander einzugreifen,

    wobei das untere Element (3) Folgendes umfasst: einen Hohlraum (4) von im Wesentlichen kreisförmiger Form, der eine Umfangslippe (5) mit einer Innen- und Außenfläche aufweist, um beim Gebrauch einen Abschnitt des elastischen Einschnürungsrings (14) aufzunehmen; und eine Stütze (7), die sich von einem im Wesentlichen zentralen Abschnitt des Hohlraums (4) erstreckt; und wobei eine Spitze (8) der Stütze einen Durchmesser aufweist, der kleiner als der Durchmesser einer zentralen Öffnung des elastischen Einschnürungsrings (14) ist, und ein unterer Abschnitt der Stütze (7) einen Durchmesser aufweist, der größer als der Durchmesser der zentralen Öffnung des elastischen Einschnürungsrings (14) ist;

    wobei die Stütze (7) mit einem Auftreffpunkt derart konfiguriert ist, dass beim Gebrauch eine untere Fläche des elastischen Einschnürungsrings (14) über einer oberen Fläche des Hohlraums (4) des unteren Elements (3) aufgehängt ist; und

    wobei das obere Element (2) Folgendes umfasst: einen Hohlraum (9) von im Wesentlichen kreisförmiger Form, der eine Umfangslippe (10) mit einer Innen- und Außenfläche aufweist, um beim Gebrauch einen Abschnitt des elastischen Einschnürungsrings (14) aufzunehmen, wobei der Durchmesser einer Innenfläche der Umfangslippe (10) des oberen Elements (2) der gleiche oder größer als der Durchmesser der Außenfläche der Umfangslippe (5) des unteren Elements (3) ist.


     
    2. Verbraucherprodukt nach Anspruch 1, wobei die Stütze (7) kegelförmig oder kegelstumpfförmig ist.
     
    3. Verbraucherprodukt nach Anspruch 2, wobei die Stütze (7) kegelstumpfförmig ist.
     
    4. Verbraucherprodukt nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, wobei der Hohlraum (4) iin dem unteren Abschnitt eine rohrförmige Form definiert.
     
    5. Verbraucherprodukt nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, wobei sich die Umfangslippe (5) des unteren Elements (3) auf der gleichen Höhe oder näher an der Basis des Hohlraums (4) als der Auftreffpunkt befindet.
     
    6. Verbraucherprodukt nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, wobei die Umfangslippe (10) des oberen Elements (2) mit einer Höhe bereitgestellt ist, die im Wesentlichen gleich wie die Höhe der Umfangslippe (5) des unteren Elements (3) ist, sodass, wenn das obere Element (2) und das untere Element (3) ineinander eingreifen, wenn sich der Artikel (1) in einer geschlossenen Position befindet, die Umfangslippe (5) des unteren Elements (3) innerhalb der Umfangslippe (10) des oberen Elements (2) und benachbart dazu befestigt ist.
     
    7. Verbraucherprodukt nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, wobei die Umfangslippen (5, 10) sowohl des unteren Elements (3) als auch des oberen Elements (2) bemessen sind, um einen Reibungskontakt miteinander zu bilden, wenn das obere Element (2) und das untere Element (3) ineinander eingreifen und sich der Artikel (1) in der geschlossenen Position befindet, und wobei der Reibungskontakt zwischen den Umfangslippen (5, 10) ausreichend ist, um einen Verschlussmechanismus zum lösbaren Halten der Elemente (2, 3) in der geschlossenen Position bereitzustellen.
     
    8. Verbraucherprodukt nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, wobei das obere Element (2) und/oder das untere Element (3) mit einem oder mehreren Entlüftungslöchern bereitgestellt ist.
     
    9. Verbraucherprodukt nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, wobei der Artikel (1) einstückig ausgebildet ist.
     
    10. Verbraucherprodukt nach Anspruch 9, wobei der Artikel (1) aus einem Kunststoffmaterial hergestellt ist.
     
    11. Verbraucherprodukt nach Anspruch 10, wobei der Artikel (1) spritzgegossen, blasgeformt oder thermogeformt ist.
     
    12. Verbraucherprodukt nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, wobei der elastische Einschnürungsring aus dem rohrförmigen Ring aus federndem elastischem Material besteht.
     


    Revendications

    1. Produit de consommation comprenant :

    un anneau d'étranglement élastique (14) comprenant un anneau tubulaire en matériau résilient élastique ; et

    un article d'emballage et de stockage réutilisable (1), permettant d'emballer et de stocker de manière réutilisable ledit anneau d'étranglement élastique (14) ;

    l'article (1) comprenant un élément supérieur (2) et un élément inférieur (3), conçus pour venir en prise de manière amovible l'un avec l'autre,

    l'élément inférieur (3) comprenant : une cavité (4) de forme sensiblement circulaire dont une lèvre périphérique (5) comporte une surface interne et externe permettant de loger, lors de l'utilisation, une partie de l'anneau d'étranglement élastique (14) ; et un pied (7) s'étendant à partir d'une partie sensiblement centrale de la cavité (4) ; et un sommet (8) du pied ayant un diamètre inférieur au diamètre d'une ouverture centrale de l'anneau d'étranglement élastique (14) et une partie inférieure du pied (7) ayant un diamètre supérieur au diamètre de ladite ouverture centrale de l'anneau d'étranglement élastique (14) ;

    le pied (7) étant conçu avec un point d'impact tel que, lors de l'utilisation, une surface inférieure de l'anneau d'étranglement élastique (14) soit suspendue au-dessus d'une surface supérieure de la cavité (4) de l'élément inférieur (3) ; et

    l'élément supérieur (2) comprenant : une cavité (9) de forme sensiblement circulaire dont une lèvre périphérique (10) comporte une surface interne et externe permettant de loger, lors de l'utilisation, une partie de l'anneau d'étranglement élastique (14), le diamètre d'une surface intérieure de la lèvre périphérique (10) de l'élément supérieur (2) étant supérieur ou égal au diamètre de la surface externe de la lèvre périphérique (5) de l'élément inférieur (3).


     
    2. Produit de consommation selon la revendication 1, dans lequel le pied (7) est de forme conique ou tronconique.
     
    3. Produit de consommation selon la revendication 2, dans lequel le pied (7) est de forme tronconique.
     
    4. Produit de consommation selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, dans lequel la cavité (4) de la partie inférieure définit une forme tubulaire.
     
    5. Produit de consommation selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, dans lequel la lèvre périphérique (5) de l'élément inférieur (3) est à la même hauteur ou plus près de la base de la cavité (4) que le point d'impact.
     
    6. Produit de consommation selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, dans lequel la lèvre périphérique (10) de l'élément supérieur (2) est pourvue d'une hauteur qui est sensiblement la même que la hauteur de la lèvre périphérique (5) de l'élément inférieur (3), de sorte que lorsque l'élément supérieur (2) et l'élément inférieur (3) sont en prise l'un avec l'autre lorsque l'article (1) est en position fermée, la lèvre périphérique (5) de l'élément inférieur (3) soit fixée à l'intérieur et adjacente à la lèvre périphérique (10) de l'élément supérieur (2).
     
    7. Produit de consommation selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, dans lequel les lèvres périphériques (5, 10) à la fois de l'élément inférieur (3) et de l'élément supérieur (2) sont dimensionnées pour former un contact de friction l'une avec l'autre lorsque l'élément supérieur (2) et l'élément inférieur (3) sont en prise l'un avec l'autre et que l'article (1) est en position fermée et dans lequel le contact de friction entre les lèvres périphériques (5, 10) est suffisant pour fournir un mécanisme de fermeture pour retenir de manière amovible lesdits éléments (2, 3) en position fermée.
     
    8. Produit de consommation selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, dans lequel l'élément supérieur (2) et/ou l'élément inférieur (3) sont pourvus d'un ou de plusieurs trous d'aération.
     
    9. Produit de consommation selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, dans lequel l'article (1) est fabriqué d'une seule pièce.
     
    10. Produit de consommation selon la revendication 9, dans lequel l'article (1) est fabriqué à partir d'une matière plastique.
     
    11. Produit de consommation selon la revendication 10, dans lequel l'article (1) est moulé par injection, moulé par soufflage ou thermoformé.
     
    12. Produit de consommation selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, dans lequel l'anneau d'étranglement élastique est constitué de l'anneau tubulaire en matériau résilient élastique.
     




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