(19)
(11)EP 3 354 158 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
07.04.2021 Bulletin 2021/14

(21)Application number: 17186746.8

(22)Date of filing:  17.08.2017
(51)Int. Cl.: 
A45F 5/00  (2006.01)
B65D 23/10  (2006.01)
A45F 3/16  (2006.01)

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BOTTLE WITH OPEN LOOP HANDLE

FLASCHE MIT GRIFF MIT OFFENER SCHLEIFE

BOUTEILLE À POIGNÉE EN BOUCLE OUVERTE


(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: 31.01.2017 US 201715421363

(43)Date of publication of application:
01.08.2018 Bulletin 2018/31

(73)Proprietor: CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT IT, LLC
New York, NY 10010 (US)

(72)Inventors:
  • BURNS, Clay Allen
    New York, NY 10040 (US)
  • KAUSS, Sarah
    New York, NY 10010 (US)
  • BEST, James
    New York, NY 10010 (US)
  • CIRCOSTA, Michael
    New York, NY 11222 (US)

(74)Representative: Lang, Johannes 
Bardehle Pagenberg Partnerschaft mbB Patentanwälte, Rechtsanwälte Prinzregentenplatz 7
81675 München
81675 München (DE)


(56)References cited: : 
DE-U1-202004 008 711
US-A- 4 754 893
US-A- 3 311 252
US-A- 5 667 265
  
      
    Note: Within nine months from the publication of the mention of the grant of the European patent, any person may give notice to the European Patent Office of opposition to the European patent granted. Notice of opposition shall be filed in a written reasoned statement. It shall not be deemed to have been filed until the opposition fee has been paid. (Art. 99(1) European Patent Convention).


    Description

    BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION



    [0001] Bottles are a very common drinking vessel, and are particularly useful for individuals to transport fluids, such as water and coffee. However, carrying and pouring from bottles can sometimes pose challenges for the user. When carrying a bottle, the addition of a handle can add comfort and extend the time period over which carrying the bottle will remain easy and comfortable. Further, in situations where a user only has one hand available, such as when the user is simultaneously engaged in another activity with one hand (e.g., carrying something else), a handle may make carrying the bottle easier. Additionally, a handle attached to the neck of the bottle may provide a secure grip and ergonomic aid for tilting and pouring contents from the bottle into a cup or other vessel with maximum ease, accuracy, and comfort.

    [0002] US 5,667,265 (GEBHARD ALBERT W [US]), 16 September 1997 (1997-09-16), relates to a releasable carrying handle for bottles.

    SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION



    [0003] To provide for a more easily handled beverage bottle, a handle that engages a neck of a bottle may be used. The handle may provide a certain handling or gripping comfort to a user to carry the bottle, be easily assembled onto the bottle, and be aesthetically pleasing. The handle may have a grip portion sized to enable an adult to comfortably hold the grip portion with at least one finger. The handle may be stiff or flexible, but by using an angular curve along the handle between the bottle and grip portion, the handle may provide visual cue as to the grip area and may maximize for the user's finger(s) to interact with the handle.

    [0004] To simplify assembly of the handle onto a neck of the bottle, a band region of the handle may wrap around and engage the neck of the bottle with a circumference less than 360 degrees, such as about 270 degrees such that the handle has sufficient attachment area to be affixed securely to the bottle. The attachment area may allow the handle to be attached to the bottle without the use of fasteners, which are costly and impractical in a thin-walled bottle, and without overly stretching the material of the handle, thereby accommodating the use of traditionally stiff materials, such as aluminum or rigid plastics. The neck of the bottle may be configured with a groove for locating and securing the portion of the handle band that contacts the bottle. The groove may be further configured with registration features such that corresponding registration features on the band region of the handle may prevent rotation or translation of the handle relative to the bottle. The registration features may be an indentation. In an embodiment, the indentation may be a circumferential indentation or partial circumferential indentation. In an alternative embodiment, the registration feature may be a protrusion, such as a circumferential protrusion or partial circumferential protrusion.

    [0005] The present invention relates to a beverage container according to claim 1.

    [0006] One embodiment of a method not according to the invention for assembling a beverage container may include placing a handle mounting member around a finish of the beverage container. The handle may include a semi-circular portion sized to fit onto a neck of the beverage container. The semi-circular portion of the handle may be slid over the handle mounting member and onto the neck of the beverage container. The handle mounting member may thereafter be removed from the neck.

    BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS



    [0007] Illustrative embodiments of the present invention are described in detail below with reference to the attached drawing figures, wherein:

    FIGS. 1A and 1B are illustrations of illustrative embodiments of a beverage bottle with an illustrative handle;

    FIG. 2A is a perspective view illustration of an illustrative embodiment of a beverage bottle;

    FIG. 2B is a rear elevational view illustration of the beverage bottle of FIG. 2A;

    FIG. 2C is a front elevational view illustration of the beverage bottle of FIG. 2A;

    FIG. 2D is a left side elevational view illustration of the beverage bottle of FIG. 2A;

    FIG. 2E is a right elevational side view illustration of the beverage bottle of FIG. 2A;

    FIG. 2F is a top view illustration of the beverage bottle of FIG. 2A;

    FIG. 2G is a bottom view illustration of the beverage bottle of FIG. 2A;

    FIG. 3A is a perspective view illustration of an alternative embodiment of a beverage bottle with a handle;

    FIG. 3B is a top view illustration of the beverage bottle of FIG. 3A;

    FIG. 4A is a top sectional view illustration of an illustrative handle of a beverage bottle;

    FIG. 4B is a side sectional view illustration of the handle of FIG. 4A;

    FIG. 5A is a top sectional view illustration of an alternative illustrative handle of a beverage bottle;

    FIG. 5B is an illustration of an illustrative neck and finish of the beverage bottle of FIG. 5A includes a continuous groove on the neck in which the handle may be positioned;

    FIG. 5C is a cross-sectional view illustration of the neck and finish of the beverage bottle and handle engaged with the neck of the beverage bottle of FIGS. 5A and 5B; and

    FIGS. 6A-6C are illustrations showing an illustrative sequence of a handle being assembled onto a bottle.


    DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS



    [0008] Referring to FIGS. 1A and 1B, illustrations of illustrative first and second embodiments 100 of a first bottle or beverage container 102a and a second bottle or beverage container 102b are shown. The beverage containers 102a and 102b (collectively 102) shown differ from each other in size and other dimensions. With regard to FIG. 2A, in an embodiment, the beverage container 102a may include a bottle portion 104, a bottle cap 106, and a handle 108. In an embodiment, the bottle portion 104 may have a generally cylindrical shape. Alternative embodiments of the bottle 102a may include circular, elliptical, square, rectangular, or any other geometric shape. The bottle portion 104 includes a first end 110a and a second end 110b. The second end 110b is configured to define an opening (not shown) of the bottle 102a for fluid to enter and exit the beverage containers 102. The first end 110a defines a base 112, and in an embodiment, may include flutes 114 that are both decorative and strengthen the base 112. The base 112, as shown, may further be defined by base-defining line 118. A sidewall 116 is configured to extend between the first end 110a and the second end 110b. A shoulder 120 may provide a taper of the sidewall 116 to a smaller cross-sectional area or neck 122 of the bottle 104. Alternatively, the shoulder 120 may define a non-gradual or discontinuous transition. The neck 122 may extend from the shoulder 120 to a finish (e.g., lip of bottle, threaded region) at the second end 110b.

    [0009] The handle 108 may be engaged or attached to the neck 122 of the bottle portion 104, and includes a band region 124 encircling less than 360° (i.e., semi-circular) (see FIG. 2C), a pair of lateral regions 126 that extends from the band region 124 laterally from the neck 122, and a grip region 128 connecting the pair of lateral regions 126. The band region 124 may have a height of between about 3mm and about 50mm. Moreover, the band region may have a thickness between about 2mm and about 10mm. Other dimensions of the height and thickness may be utilized, as well, depending on the size of the bottle 102a. In attaching the handle 108 to the neck 122, a groove or partial groove may be used to snap or otherwise secure the handle onto the neck, wherein the tensile strength of the handle band provides a necessary force to retain the handle in the groove. Alternatively, a friction fit, connection features in the band region 124 and neck 122, connection or carry ring or other feature of the neck 122, adhesives, epoxies, screws, or otherwise may prevent separation of the handle 108 from the neck 122 of the bottle portion 104.

    [0010] The extension of the lateral regions 126 away from the neck 122 may create a gap 127 between the neck 122 and grip region 128 sufficiently large enough for at least one finger of an adult to be extended therethrough. In an embodiment, more than one finger may be accommodated to increase comfort and ease of carrying the bottle 102a. This gap 127 may enable a user to lift the beverage container 102a by grabbing the grip region 128 through the gap 127. In an embodiment, the gap 127 may be maximized in size because there is no encircling band material between the lateral regions 126. In an alternative embodiment not according to the invention, the band region 124 may encircle the entire neck 122, but optionally have a thinner portion facing the grip region 128 so as to maintain a larger gap 127. In an embodiment, the grip region 128 includes an outside surface and an inside surface, where the outside surface may have an angle between about 20° and about 60° relative to a longitudinal axis of the lateral regions 126. Although the handle 108 is shown to have a pair of lateral regions 126, it is also contemplated that one or more than two lateral regions may be utilized and provide for the same or similar functionality as provided by a pair of lateral regions 126. In the case of a single lateral region not according to the invention, the shape of the handle 108 may appear to be more of an "L" or "C" shape.

    [0011] The lateral regions 126 may curve upwards by about 20 degrees to about 60 degrees toward the grip region 128. The curvature may have a radius of between about 5mm and about 100mm. The handle 108 may be made of any stiff material known in the art, such as acrylonitrile butadiene styrene, polycarbonates, polyamides, steel, and aluminum. Other materials, such as wood, silicone, rubber, thermoplastic elastomers, or other plastics, are also contemplated. In an embodiment, the handle is made of a material having a tensile strength between about 34,473 N/ mm2 and about 551,58 N/mm2 ( about 5 kilopounds per square inch (ksi) and about 80 ksi). By using a curve along the lateral regions 126, the handle 108 may provide the user with a sense that the bottle 102a is balanced at a natural angle.

    [0012] Referring to FIGS. 2A-2G, different views of a bottle 202 with a handle 208 are depicted. FIG. 2A is an illustration of a perspective view of the bottle 202 with the handle 208 secured to a neck 222 of the bottle 202. The handle 208 defines a gap 227 between the handle 208 and neck 222. FIG. 2B is an illustration of a rear view of the bottle 202 with the handle 208 secured to the neck 222. FIG. 2C is an illustration of a front view of the bottle 202 showing the handle 208 curving upward from a lateral region 226 that extends from the band region 224 to a grip region 228. FIG. 2D is an illustration of a left side view of the bottle 202 showing grip region 228 that is higher than a band region 224 of the handle 208. FIG. 2E is an illustration of a right side view of the bottle 202 showing the handle 208 curving upward from the lateral region 226. FIG. 2F is a top view of the bottle 202 showing lateral regions 226a and 226b of handle 208 extending from the band region 224 around the neck 222 of the bottle 202 so as to define a gap 227. The grip region 228 is curved to provide comfort to the user when gripping the handle 208 using his or her fingers. FIG. 2G is a bottom view of the bottle 202. In this embodiment, the grip region 228 extends beyond the outer dimensions of a sidewall 216 of the bottle 202. In alternative embodiments, the grip region 228 does not extend beyond the outer dimension of the bottle 202.

    [0013] Referring to FIGS. 3A and 3B, illustrations of a bottle 302 with a handle 308 are depicted. The bottle 302 has different dimensions than the bottle 202 of FIGS. 2A-2G. FIG. 3A is an illustration of a perspective view of the bottle 302 with the handle 308 secured to a neck 322 of the bottle 302. A gap 327 as defined by the handle 308 is formed between a grip region 328 and neck 322. The grip region 328 may be angled toward the bottle 302 and have smooth surfaces so that a user carrying the bottle by the grip region 328 has a comfortable feeling and injury due to sharp edges to a user may be substantially avoided. FIG. 3B is an illustration of a top view of the bottle 202 with lateral regions 326a and 326b of handle 308 extending from a band region (not shown) partially encircling the neck 322. As shown, the grip region 328 does not extend beyond an outer dimension of a sidewall 316 of the bottle 302, thereby minimizing restriction or hindrance of axial movement of the bottle 302 when positioned in a carrier, such as a backpack.

    [0014] Referring to FIGS. 4A and 4B, illustrations of a top sectional view and side sectional view of an illustrative handle 408 of a bottle 402 (e.g., bottle 302 of FIGS. 3A and 3B) are shown. Handle 408 may include a band region 424 configured to encircle a neck region 422 by about 270 degrees. Handle 408 may include one or more handle registration features 434a and 434b (collectively 434), which may be a protrusion from the handle 408. It should be understood that a wide variety of handle registration features may be utilized, including protrusions, indentations, demarcations, or otherwise. The handle registration feature(s) 434 may engage with a corresponding bottle registration feature(s) 436a and 436b (collectively 436) on the neck 422, where the corresponding registration feature may be an indentation that corresponds to the registration features 434 of the handle 408 so as to prevent the handle 408 from rotating around the neck 422. It should be understood that the handle and bottle registration features 434 and 436 may be reversed, such that the handle registration feature(s) 434 are indentation(s) and the corresponding bottle registration feature(s) 436 on the neck 422 are protrusion(s).

    [0015] Referring to FIG. 5A, an illustration of a alternative bottle 502 and handle 508 that do not include registration feature(s). In this embodiment, rather than using registration features, a press-fit, adhesive, or other fastening means to prevent rotation may be utilized. Other portions of the bottle 502 and handle 508 may be the same or similar to those of the bottle 402 and handle 408 of FIG. 4A. In another embodiment, the handle may be allowed to rotate freely around the neck 522 of the bottle.

    [0016] Handle 508 also includes a first set of transition points 540a and 540b (collectively 540), at which respective lateral regions 526a and 526b (collectively 526) of the band region 524 transition to extend from the band region 524 laterally away from the neck 522. In an alternative embodiment, the lateral regions 526 may extend in lateral directions that are not in parallel. It is understood that this transition may be a gradual and smooth transition, or a non-gradual and discontinous transition may be utilized. The lateral region 526 includes a second pair of transition points 542a and 542b (collectively 542), at which the lateral region 526 transitions from a lateral direction toward a longitudinal direction, so that the handle 508 starts converging to form a loop. It is understood that this second transition may be a gradual and smooth transition, or a non-gradual and discontinous transition. Curvature starting from the transition points 542 may have a radius that causes between about a 20 degree to about 60 degree curve toward a verticle angle. A grip region 528 connects the lateral region 526 from the second pair of transition points 542, so as to complete the loop. By the handle registration features 434 being perpendicularly aligned with the bottle registration features 536, if the handle 508 is pressed inward toward the bottle 502, then resistance of the bottle registration features 436 may operate to reduce or prevent the lateral regions 526 from spreading.

    [0017] Referring to FIGS. 5B and 5C, an illustration of an illustrative neck and finish of the beverage bottle of FIG. 5A includes a continuous groove 548 on the neck 522 in which the handle 508 may be positioned is shown. The groove 548 may completely or partially, including one or more grooves, encircle the neck 522. The groove 548 may be defined by a first protrusion or ring 550a and a second protrusion or ring 550b formed in the neck 522. The groove 548 and/or protrusion(s) 550a and 550b may include one or more registration features (not shown). The handle 508 may be mounted and positioned within the groove 548, as described with regard to FIGS. 6A-6C.

    [0018] Referring to FIGS. 6A-6C, illustrations of an illustrative sequence 600 of a handle 608 being assembled onto a bottle 602 are shown. The sequence 600 is shown to include three steps 601, 603, and 605, but it should be understood that more or fewer steps may be performed. In step 601, a handle mounting member 644 may be placed over a finish portion 646 and/or neck 622 of the bottle 602. It is understood that the mounting member 644 may be made of any material, such as plastic, metal, and/or otherwise. The mounting member 644 may reduce or eliminate the potential to scratch the surface of the neck 622, which may be a bare material, painted, or enameled, and enable the handle 608 to be aligned with and mounted onto the neck 622 of the bottle 602. The handle 608 may be slid or placed over a the finish portion 646 toward the handle mounting member 644. In step 603, the handle 608 may be slid over the mounting member 644, which causes the handle 608 to spread. During the handle installation process, about 6,8 kg to about 11,33 kg ( about 15 to about 25 pounds ) may be applied to the handle 608 (or to the bottle 602 if the handle 608 is maintained in a fixed position) to cause the handle 608 to extend over the handle mounting member 644 and be positioned onto the neck 622 of the bottle 602.

    [0019] Step 603 may be performed by a machine or by hand in an automatic, semiautomatic, or manual manner. In step 605, after the handle 608 extends past the handle mounting member 644, the handle mounting member 644 may be removed from the neck 622, thereby leaving the handle 608 engaged to the neck 622. As previously shown in FIGS. 5A and 5B, the handle 608 and neck 622 may have registration features (not shown in FIGS. 6A-6C) that restrict or prevent the handle 608 from rotating around the neck 622 of the bottle 602. In an embodiment, the handle 608 may be additionally secured to the neck 622 using well-known attachment tcchniqucs, including using adhesives (c.g, glues, cpoxics, etc.), connection members (e.g., screws), or otherwise.

    [0020] In an alternative embodiment, the handle 608, due to the open loop design, may be flexible enough to be momentarily expanded and snapped onto the neck 622 or into a groove or partial groove in the neck, with either manual or machine assisted high force expansion of the handle loop. In such an embodiment, the process 600 may be performed without the handle mounting member 644. The handle 608 may be configured to be secured to the neck 622 of the bottle 602 by an inward force of the handle 608. Alternatively, an adhesive may be utilized to secure the handle 608 to the neck 622 of the bottle 602.

    [0021] The preceding description of the disclosed embodiments is provided to enable any person skilled in the art to make or use the present invention. Various modifications to these embodiments will be readily apparent to those skilled in the art, and the generic principles defined herein may be applied to other embodiments without departing from the scope of the invention as defined in the following claims. Thus, the present invention is not intended to be limited to the embodiments shown herein but is to be accorded the widest scope defined in the following claims .

    [0022] The previous description is of a preferred embodiment for implementing the invention, and the scope of the invention should not necessarily be limited by this description. The scope of the present invention is instead defined by the following claims.


    Claims

    1. A beverage container (102a, 102b, 202, 302, 402, 502), comprising:

    a first end (110a) defining a base;

    a second end (110b) defining an opening;

    a sidewall (116) extending between said first end and second end;

    a neck (122) disposed between said sidewall (116) and second end (110b);

    a one-piece handle (108, 208, 308, 408, 508') including:

    a band region (124) that encircles said neck (122) less than 360° and includes a first pair of transition points (540a, 540b) at which respective sides of the band region (124) transition to extend laterally away from said neck (122);

    a first lateral region (526a) and a second lateral region (526b) that respectively extend from the band region (124) laterally away from the neck (122) at the first pair of transition points (540a, 540b);

    a second pair of transition points (542a, 542b) along said lateral regions at which said lateral regions transition from a lateral direction toward a longitudinal direction; and

    a grip region (128, 228, 328, 528) extending between the pair of lateral regions.


     
    2. The container (102a, 102b, 202, 302, 402, 502) according to claim 1, wherein said neck (116) and said band region (124) define complementary registration features (434, 436) .
     
    3. The container (102a, 102b, 202, 302, 402, 502) according to claim 2, wherein a registration feature defined by said neck (122) is an indentation.
     
    4. The container (102a, 102b, 202, 302, 402, 502) according to claim 2, wherein a registration feature defined by said neck is a protrusion.
     
    5. The container (102a, 102b, 202, 302, 402, 502) according to claim 2, wherein: the registration feature defined by said neck further includes first and second dimples, and the registration feature defined by said band region (124) further includes first and second notches, the first dimple and first notch being approximately collinear with said first lateral region and said second dimple and second notch being approximately collinear with said second lateral region.
     
    6. The container (102a, 102b, 202, 302, 402, 502) according to any of the preceding claims, wherein said container further comprising an adhesive that secures said band region (124) to said neck (116).
     
    7. The container (102a, 102b, 202, 302, 402, 502) according to any of the preceding claims, wherein said grip region (128, 228, 328, 528) includes an outside surface and an inside surface, the outside surface having an angle between about 20° and about 60° relative to a longitudinal axis of said lateral regions.
     
    8. The container (102a, 102b, 202, 302, 402, 502) according to claim 1, wherein said band region (124) encircles said neck (122) greater than about 180° and less than about 330°; and preferably, by about 270°.
     
    9. The container (102a, 102b, 202, 302, 402, 502) according to claim 1, wherein the transition at said first pair of transition points is an arc shape; and preferably, has a radius of curvature between about 5 millimeters and about 100 millimeters.
     
    10. The container (102a, 102b, 202, 302, 402, 502) according to claim 1, wherein:

    said lateral regions are in parallel with each other; or

    material used to form said handle is selected from a group consisting of acrylonitrile butadiene styrene, polycarbonates, polyamides, rubber, silicone, thermoplastic elastomer, wood, steel, and aluminum; or

    said handle is made of a material having a tensile strength between about 34.47 Mpa and about 551.58 Mpa.


     
    11. The container (102a, 102b, 202, 302, 402, 502) according to claim 1, wherein said band region has a height between about 3 millimeters and about 50 millimeters.
     
    12. The container (102a, 102b, 202, 302, 402, 502) according to claim 1, wherein said band region has a thickness between about 2 millimeters and about 10 millimeters.
     
    13. The container (102a, 102b, 202, 302, 402, 502) according to claim 1, wherein said sidewall has a first diameter, and wherein said lateral regions and grip region combined have a length less than the first diameter of said sidewall.
     
    14. The container (102a, 102b, 202, 302, 402, 502) according to claim 1, wherein said handle is formed of a uniform material.
     
    15. The container (102a, 102b, 202, 302, 402, 502) according to claim 1, wherein the first lateral region and the second lateral region curve upwardly by about 20 degrees to about 60 degrees toward the grip region.
     


    Ansprüche

    1. Getränkebehälter (102a, 102b, 202, 302, 402, 502), umfassend:

    ein erstes Ende (110a), das eine Basis definiert;

    ein zweites Ende (110b), das eine Öffnung definiert

    eine Seitenwand (116), die sich zwischen dem ersten Ende und dem zweiten Ende erstreckt;

    einen Hals (122), der zwischen der Seitenwand und dem zweiten Ende (110b) angeordnet ist;

    einen einteiligen Griff (108, 208, 308, 408, 508), der Folgendes beinhaltet:

    einen Bandbereich (124), der den Hals (122) um weniger als 360° umkreist und ein erstes Paar von Übergangspunkten (540a, 540b) beinhaltet, an denen jeweilige Seiten des Bandbereichs (124) übergehen, um sich seitlich von dem Hals (122) weg zu erstrecken;

    einen ersten lateralen Bereich (526a) und einen zweiten lateralen Bereich (526b), die sich jeweils von dem Bandbereich (124) lateral weg von dem Hals (122) an dem ersten Paar von Übergangspunkten (540a, 540b) erstrecken;

    ein zweites Paar von Übergangspunkten (542a, 542b) entlang der lateralen Bereiche, an denen die lateralen Bereiche von einer lateralen Richtung zu einer longitudinalen Richtung übergehen; und

    einen Griffbereich (128, 228, 328, 528), der sich zwischen dem Paar von lateralen Bereichen erstreckt.


     
    2. Behälter (102a, 102b, 202, 302, 402, 502) gemäß Anspruch 1, wobei der Hals (116) und der Bandbereich (124) komplementäre Registrierungsmerkmale (434, 436) definieren.
     
    3. Behälter (102a, 102b, 202, 302, 402, 502) gemäß Anspruch 2, wobei ein durch den Hals (122) definiertes Registrierungsmerkmal eine Einbuchtung ist.
     
    4. Behälter (102a, 102b, 202, 302, 402, 502) gemäß Anspruch 2, wobei ein durch den Hals definiertes Registrierungsmerkmal eine Ausbuchtung ist.
     
    5. Behälter (102a, 102b, 202, 302, 402, 502) nach Anspruch 2, wobei:
    das durch den Hals definierte Registrierungsmerkmal ferner erste und zweite Vertiefung aufweist, und das durch den Bandbereich (124) definierte Registrierungsmerkmal ferner erste und zweite Kerbe aufweist, wobei die erste Vertiefung und die erste Kerben ungefähr kollinear mit dem ersten lateralen Bereich sind und die zweite Vertiefung und die zweite Kerbe ungefähr kollinear mit dem zweiten lateralen Bereich sind.
     
    6. Behälter (102a, 102b, 202, 302, 402, 502) gemäß einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, wobei der Behälter ferner einen Klebstoff umfasst, der den Bandbereich (124) an dem Hals (116) befestigt.
     
    7. Behälter (102a, 102b, 202, 302, 402, 502) gemäß einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, wobei der Griffbereich (128, 228, 328, 528) eine Außenfläche und eine Innenfläche beinhaltet, wobei die Außenfläche einen Winkel zwischen etwa 20° und etwa 60° relativ zu einer longitudinalen Achse der lateralen Bereiche aufweist.
     
    8. Behälter (102a, 102b, 202, 302, 402, 502) gemäß Anspruch 1, wobei der Bandbereich (124) den Hals (122) um mehr als etwa 180° und weniger als etwa 330° umkreist; und vorzugsweise um etwa 270°.
     
    9. Behälter (102a, 102b, 202, 302, 402, 502) gemäß Anspruch 1, wobei der Übergang an dem ersten Paar von Übergangspunkten bogenförmig ist und vorzugsweise einen Krümmungsradius zwischen etwa 5 Millimetern und etwa 100 Millimetern aufweist.
     
    10. Behälter (102a, 102b, 202, 302, 402, 502) gemäß Anspruch 1, wobei:

    die lateralen Bereiche parallel zueinander sind; oder

    das zur Bildung des Griffs verwendete Material aus einer Gruppe ausgewählt ist, die Acrylnitril-Butadien-Styrol, Polycarbonaten, Polyamiden, Gummi, Silikon, thermoplastisches Elastomer, Holz, Stahl und Aluminium umfasst; oder

    der Griff aus einem Material hergestellt ist, das eine Zugfestigkeit zwischen etwa 34,47 MPa und etwa 551,58 MPa aufweist.


     
    11. Behälter (102a, 102b, 202, 302, 402, 502) gemäß Anspruch 1, wobei der Bandbereich eine Höhe zwischen etwa 3 Millimetern und etwa 50 Millimetern aufweist.
     
    12. Behälter (102a, 102b, 202, 302, 402, 502) gemäß Anspruch 1, wobei der Bandbereich eine Dicke zwischen etwa 2 Millimetern und etwa 10 Millimetern aufweist.
     
    13. Behälter (102a, 102b, 202, 302, 402, 502) gemäß Anspruch 1, wobei die Seitenwand einen ersten Durchmesser aufweist, und wobei die lateralen Bereiche und der Griffbereich zusammen eine Länge aufweisen, die kleiner ist als der erste Durchmesser der Seitenwand.
     
    14. Behälter (102a, 102b, 202, 302, 402, 502) gemäß Anspruch 1, wobei der Griff aus einem einheitlichen Material gebildet ist.
     
    15. Behälter (102a, 102b, 202, 302, 402, 502) gemäß Anspruch 1, wobei der erste laterale Bereich und der zweite laterale Bereich um etwa 20 Grad bis etwa 60 Grad zum Griffbereich hin aufwärts gekrümmt sind.
     


    Revendications

    1. Un conteneur pour boissons (102a, 102b, 202, 302, 402, 502), comprenant :

    une première extrémité (110a) définissant une base ;

    une seconde extrémité (110b) définissant une ouverture ;

    une paroi latérale (116) s'étendant entre lesdites première extrémité et seconde extrémité ;

    un col (122) disposé entre lesdites paroi latérale (116) et seconde extrémité (110b) ;

    une poignée monobloc (108, 208, 308, 408, 508') comprenant :

    une région de collier (124) qui entoure ledit col (122) sur moins de 360° et comprend une première paire de points de transition (540a, 540b) au niveau desquels des côtés respectifs de la région de collier (124) forment une transition pour s'étendre latéralement en éloignement dudit col (122) ;

    une première région latérale (526a) et une seconde région latérale (526b), qui s'étendent respectivement depuis la région de collier (124) latéralement en éloignement du col (122) au niveau de la première paire de points de transition (540a, 540b) ;

    une seconde paire de points de transition (542a, 542b) le long desdites régions latérales, au niveau desquels lesdites régions latérales forment une transition depuis une direction latérale en allant vers une direction longitudinale ; et

    une région de préhension (128, 228, 328, 528) s'étendant entre la paire de régions latérales.


     
    2. Le conteneur (102a, 102b, 202, 302, 402, 502) selon la revendication 1, dans lequel ledit col (122) et ladite région de collier (124) définissent des éléments d'alignement complémentaires (434, 436).
     
    3. Le conteneur (102a, 102b, 202, 302, 402, 502) selon la revendication 2, dans lequel un élément d'alignement défini par ledit col (122) est une indentation.
     
    4. Le conteneur (102a, 102b, 202, 302, 402, 502) selon la revendication 2, dans lequel un élément d'alignement défini par ledit col est un relief.
     
    5. Le conteneur (102a, 102b, 202, 302, 402, 502) selon la revendication 2, dans lequel :
    l'élément d'alignement défini par ledit col comprend en outre un premier et un second bossages, et l'élément d'alignement défini par ladite région de collier (124) comprend en outre une première et une seconde encoches, le premier bossage et la première encoche étant approximativement colinéaires avec ladite première région latérale, et lesdits second bossage et seconde encoche étant approximativement colinéaires avec ladite seconde région latérale.
     
    6. Le conteneur (102a, 102b, 202, 302, 402, 502) selon l'une des revendications précédentes, dans lequel ledit conteneur comprend en outre un adhésif qui fixe ladite région de collier (124) sur ledit col (122).
     
    7. Le conteneur (102a, 102b, 202, 302, 402, 502) selon l'une des revendications précédentes, dans lequel ladite région de préhension (128, 228, 328, 528) comprend une surface extérieure et une surface intérieure, la surface extérieure ayant un angle compris entre environ 20° et environ 60° par rapport à un axe longitudinal desdites régions latérales.
     
    8. Le conteneur (102a, 102b, 202, 302, 402, 502) selon la revendication 1, dans lequel ladite région de collier (124) entoure ledit col (122) sur plus qu'environ 180° et moins qu'environ 330°, et de préférence sur environ 270°.
     
    9. Le conteneur (102a, 102b, 202, 302, 402, 502) selon la revendication 1, dans lequel la transition au niveau de ladite première paire de points de transition est une forme en arc, et présente de préférence un rayon de courbure compris entre environ 5 millimètres et environ 100 millimètres.
     
    10. Le conteneur (102a, 102b, 202, 302, 402, 502) selon la revendication 1, dans lequel :

    lesdites régions latérales sont parallèles entre elles ; ou

    le matériau utilisé pour former ladite poignée est choisi dans un groupe constitué par l'acrylonitrile butadiène styrène, les polycarbonates, les polyamides, le caoutchouc, le silicone, les élastomères thermoplastiques, le bois, l'acier, et l'aluminium ; ou

    ladite poignée est réalisée en un matériau présentant une résistance à la rupture en traction comprise entre environ 34,47 MPa et environ 551,58 MPa.


     
    11. Le conteneur (102a, 102b, 202, 302, 402, 502) selon la revendication 1, dans lequel ladite région de collier présente une hauteur comprise entre environ 3 millimètres et environ 50 millimètres.
     
    12. Le conteneur (102a, 102b, 202, 302, 402, 502) selon la revendication 1, dans lequel ladite région de collier présente une épaisseur comprise entre environ 2 millimètres et environ 10 millimètres.
     
    13. Le conteneur (102a, 102b, 202, 302, 402, 502) selon la revendication 1, dans lequel ladite paroi latérale présente un premier diamètre, et dans lequel lesdites régions latérales et région de préhension ont, combinées, une longueur inférieure au premier diamètre de ladite paroi latérale.
     
    14. Le conteneur (102a, 102b, 202, 302, 402, 502) selon la revendication 1, dans lequel ladite poignée est formée d'un matériau uniforme.
     
    15. Le conteneur (102a, 102b, 202, 302, 402, 502) selon la revendication 1, dans lequel la première région latérale et la seconde région latérale sont courbées vers le haut d'environ 20 degrés à environ 60 degrés en direction de la région de préhension.
     




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