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Title:
ONE-USE CUP HOLDER FOR TEMPORARY ATTACHMENT TO AN OBJECT
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2017/174092
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
In the field of cup holders there is disclosed an attachable cup holder for temporary attachment to stationary or movable objects, wherein a first (22a, 32a, 42a) and a second (22b, 32b, 42b) attachment section oppositely arranged on a strip (20, 30, 40) for folding a frusto-conical cup holder can fold to enclose an object, and subsequently attach thereto by joining a second pair of opposing joining means (B1, b1; C1, c1; C1, c2) to form a second joint (B1lb1; C1c1; C1c2).

Inventors:
MONDRUP-KRISTIANSEN, Henrik (Pilestræde 42 04, 1112 København K, 1112, DK)
Application Number:
DK2017/050109
Publication Date:
October 12, 2017
Filing Date:
April 06, 2017
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
CTB DENMARK APS (Lyngebækgårds Allé 12, 2990 Nivå, 2990, DK)
International Classes:
A47G23/02
Foreign References:
AU2003266443A12004-06-24
FR2967033A32012-05-11
US5842633A1998-12-01
US5425497A1995-06-20
US3104788A1963-09-24
US20020185496A12002-12-12
US2979301A1961-04-11
JP2004105603A2004-04-08
KR20150117242A2015-10-19
KR20110041375A2011-04-21
Other References:
CURRIER, RYAN: "Bike & Drink Coffee Cup", BIKE & DRINK COFFEE CUP ON BEHANCE, 2010, XP055429545, Retrieved from the Internet
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
ZACCO DENMARK A/S (Arne Jacobsens Allé 15, 2300 København S, 2300, DK)
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Claims:
CLAIMS :

1. An elongated strip (20,30,40) for forming a one-use frusto-conical cup holder by joining opposing joining means (Al,al) arranged on said strip; said strip defining a strip periphery ( 11a, lib, 13a, 13b) , said strip periphery comprising on a periphery of a cup holder section (21,31,41) two elongated parallel circle segments (11a, lib), a longer circle segment (11a) of said two parallel circle segments having a longer segmental length than a shorter circle segment (lib); said strip comprising a first pair of opposing joining means (Al,al) arranged on said strip a distance from each other such, that when the first pair of opposing joining means (Al,al) are joined, a frusto-conical cup holder and a first joint (Alal) are formed; characterized in that :

said elongated strip (20,30,40) further comprises a first (22a, 32a, 42a) and a second (22b, 32b, 42b) attachment section arranged on said strip, said cup holder section (21,31,41) arranged between said first and second attachment sections ((22a, 22b), (32a, 32b),

(42a, 42b)), each respective attachment section comprising one respective second joining means of a second pair of opposing joining means

(Bl , bl , CI , cl , CI , c2 ) , each respective second joining means arranged on a respective attachment section a distance from a respective proximal first joining means

(Al,al); said arrangements being such, that when said frusto-conical cup holder is formed, said first

(22a, 32a, 42a) and second (22b, 32b, 42b) attachment sections will become aligned on said frusto-conical cup holder such, that said first and second attachment sections can fold to enclose a periphery of an object and thereby bringing said second pair of opposing joining means (Bl , bl , CI , cl , CI , c2 ) into such proximity, that said frusto-conical cup holder can be attached to said object by joining said second pair of opposing joining means (Bl , bl , Cl , cl , Cl , c2 ) to form a second joint (Blbl , Clcl , Clc2 ) and an enclosure around said object having a perimeter of between 8 cm to 20 cm.

2. An elongated strip (20,30,40) according to claim 1, wherein said first pair of opposing joining means

(Al,al) are a first pair of opposing slits (Al,al) comprising a first slit (Al) arranged on said strip on said strip periphery substantially perpendicular to said longer circle segment (11a) and a first opposing slit

(al) arranged on said strip on said strip periphery substantially perpendicular to said shorter circle segment (lib) such, that when said first slit (Al) is inserted into said first opposing slit (al) a frusto- conical cup holder and a first joint (Alal) are formed.

3. An elongated strip (20,30,40) according to claim 1, wherein said first pair of opposing joining means (Al,al) are opposing segments on said strip, at least one of said opposing segments provided with a glue, said opposing segments arranged on said strip such, that when a first opposing segment (Al) is contacted with a second opposing segment (al) a frusto-conical cup holder and a first joint (Alal) are formed.

4. An elongated strip (20) according to any of the claims 1 to 3 wherein at least one second pair of opposing slits (Bl,bl) are arranged on said first (22a) and said second (22b) attachment sections a distance from said first pair of opposing joining means (Al,al) such, that when said frusto-conical cup holder has been formed by joining said first pair of opposing joining means

(Al,al) to form said first joint (Alal), said frusto- conical cup holder can be releasably attached to an object by folding said two attachment sections (22a, 22b) around said object and inserting a first slit (Bl) into a second slit (bl) thereby creating said second joint

(Blbl) . 5. An elongated strip (20) according to claim 4, wherein at least one of said first slit (Bl) or said second slit (bl) of said second pair of opposing slits (Bl,bl) is a plurality of slits (Bl , B2 , B3 , bl , b2 , b3 ) .

6. An elongated strip (30, 40) according to any of the claims 1 to 3 wherein said attachment sections ( 32a, 32b, 42a, 42b) comprise a slit (CI) in said first attachment section (32a, 42a) and a tongue (cl,c2) comprised in said second attachment section (32b, 42b), said slit (CI) and tongue (cl,c2) serving as joining means for said second joint (Clcl,Clc2) such, that when said frusto-conical cup holder has been assembled by forming said first joint (Alal), said second joint (Clcl,Clc2) can be formed by inserting said tongue (cl,c2) into said slit (CI) .

7. An elongated strip (30,40) according to claim 6, wherein said tongue (cl,c2) is a barbed tongue (c2) comprising at least one barb directed against a direction of withdrawal of said barbed tongue (c2) from said slit

(CI) .

8. An elongated strip (20,30,40) wherein cut-out sections

(46a, 46b) have been arranged on said strip (40) inside said cup holder section (21,31,41) such, that said second sections (42a, 42b) can be obtained by folding backwards along folding lines (45a, 45b) said cut-out sections (46a, 46b) thereby forming said attachment sections (42a, 42b) comprising said second opposing pair of joining means (Bl , B2 , B3 , CI , bl , b2 , b3 , cl , c2 ) .

An elongated strip (20,30,40) according to any of the preceding claims further comprising an inner mantel or a two-layer structure in said cup holder section (21,31,41) .

An elongated strip (20,30,40) according to any of the preceding claims manufactured from either cardboard or heavy paper or, manufactured from either cardboard or heavy paper and comprising structural features designed to enhance an insulating property of said cup holder.

A one-use frusto-conical cup holder, said one-use frusto-conical cup holder obtainable or obtained by folding and joining an elongated strip (20,30,40), said elongated strip (20,30,40) being according to any of the claims 1 to 10.

Description:
TITLE

One-use cup holder for temporary attachment to an object FIELD

In the field of cup holders there is disclosed an attachable cup holder for temporary attachment to stationary or movable objects.

BACKGROUND

Frusto-conical or tapered cylindrical cups made of lightweight materials such as heavy paper, cardboard, or plastics are common everyday products, mass-produced at low cost and using accordingly little production material, the cups being typically for one-use purposes. Likewise, a commonplace object are corresponding cup holders designed to enclose the cups during use in order to protect the fingers of a person drinking from the cup when hot beverages are contained in the cup.

In the art, numerous one-use cup holders are known. The simplest cup holders are merely closed card board frusto- cones having an internal size of the cup holder matching that of a corresponding cup, i.e. having a matching taper, others such as e.g. described in US 5,425,497 or WO 2010018915, are assembled upon use, while others comprise flaps die stamped into the cup holder material, which can be flipped over to form handles (e.g. US 20040262483) or hangers (e.g. US 2,979,301 or US 6,749,082) .

However, in the market for one-use cup holders there is a lack of solutions available, which are directed at solving the problem of what to do with the cup and cup holder in transport situations, e.g. when riding a bike, where the hands of a user are not free or available to carry the cup and where the mode of transport, e.g. bumps in the road, prevents the use of mere handles for the temporary attachment of the cup and cup holder to the bike.

Rather, there are known a large number of reusable cup holders, both for temporary attachment to an object, such as e.g. a bike, or for permanent attachment to an object, such as e.g. a bike, the attachment being e.g. by way of spring clips or screw-assembled closed rings. However, in many situations, a user of the object, for aesthetic, practical or economic reasons, may not desire to install cup holders permanently on his objects, e.g. on a bike, or may simply find himself without a cup holder for temporary attachment when needed.

Accordingly, the present inventor has identified a need for one-use cup holders in the market, which can be integrated into existing solutions for one-use cups. The present invention present solutions aimed at overcoming this deficiency . To this purpose there is disclosed an elongated strip (20,30,40) for forming a one-use frusto-conical cup holder by joining opposing joining means (Al,al) arranged on the strip; the strip defining a strip periphery ( 11a, lib, 13a, 13b) , which strip periphery comprising on a periphery of a cup holder section (21,31,41) two elongated parallel circle segments (11a, lib), a longer circle segment (11a) of the two parallel circle segments having a longer segmental length than a shorter circle segment (lib); the strip comprising a first pair of opposing joining means (Al,al) arranged on the strip a distance from each other such, that when the first pair of opposing joining means

(Al,al) are joined, a frusto-conical cup holder and a first joint (Alal) are formed; wherein the elongated strip

(20,30,40) further comprises a first (22a, 32a, 42a) and a second (22b, 32b, 42b) attachment section arranged on the strip, said cup holder section (21,31,41) arranged between said first and second attachment sections ((22a, 22b),

(32a, 32b), (42a, 42b)), each respective attachment section comprising one respective second joining means of a second pair of opposing joining means (Bl , bl , CI , cl , CI , c2 ) , each respective second joining means arranged on a respective attachment section a distance from a respective proximal first joining means (Al,al); the arrangements being such, that when the frusto-conical cup holder is formed, the first (22a, 32a, 42a) and second (22b, 32b, 42b) attachment sections will become aligned on the frusto-conical cup holder such, that the first and second attachment sections can fold to enclose a periphery of an object and thereby bringing the second pair of opposing joining means

(Bl , bl , Cl , cl , Cl , c2 ) into such proximity, that the frusto- conical cup holder can be attached to the object by joining the second pair of opposing joining means (Bl , bl , Cl , cl , Cl,c2) to form a second joint (Blbl , Clcl , Clc2 ) , and an enclosure around said object having a perimeter of between 8 cm to 20 cm.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

Figure 1: A prior art cup holder strip prior to folding. Figure 2 : A cup holder strip prior to folding according to a first aspect of the invention.

Figure 3: A cup holder strip prior to folding according to a second aspect of the invention. Figure 4 : A cup holder strip prior to folding according to a third aspect of the invention.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

According to the invention there is disclosed an elongated strip (20,30,40) for forming a one-use frusto-conical cup holder by joining opposing joining means (Al,al) arranged on the strip; the strip defining a strip periphery ( 11a, lib, 13a, 13b) , which strip periphery comprising on a periphery of a cup holder section (21,31,41) two elongated parallel circle segments (11a, lib), a longer circle segment (11a) of the two parallel circle segments having a longer segmental length than a shorter circle segment (lib); the strip comprising a first pair of opposing joining means (Al,al) arranged on the strip a distance from each other such, that when the first pair of opposing joining means (Al,al) are joined, a frusto-conical cup holder and a first joint (Alal) are formed; wherein the elongated strip (20,30,40) further comprises a first (22a, 32a, 42a) and a second (22b, 32b, 42b) attachment section arranged on the strip, said cup holder section (21,31,41) arranged between said first and second attachment sections ((22a, 22b), (32a, 32b), (42a, 42b)), each respective attachment section comprising one respective second joining means of a second pair of opposing joining means (Bl , bl , CI , cl , CI , c2 ) , each respective second joining means arranged on a respective attachment section a distance from a respective proximal first joining means (Al,al); the arrangements being such, that when the frusto-conical cup holder is formed, the first (22a, 32a, 42a) and second (22b, 32b, 42b) attachment sections will become aligned on the frusto-conical cup holder such, that the first and second attachment sections can fold to enclose a periphery of an object and thereby bringing the second pair of opposing joining means (Bl , bl , CI , cl , CI , c2 ) into such proximity, that the frusto- conical cup holder can be attached to the object by joining the second pair of opposing joining means (Bl , bl , Cl , cl , Cl,c2) to form a second joint (Blbl , Clcl , Clc2 ) , and an enclosure around said object having a perimeter of between 8 cm to 20 cm.

Further, there is disclosed in an aspect and embodiments of the invention a one-use frusto-conical cup holder, which one-use frusto-conical cup holder is obtainable from or has been obtained by folding and joining an elongated strip (20, 30, 40) as detailed in any of the embodiments of the present invention.

Figure 1 details an elongated strip (10) for forming a cup holder according to the prior art, the periphery of which strip (10) comprises two elongated parallel circle segments (11a, lib), a longer circle segment (11a) having a longer segmental length than a shorter circle segment (lib), and a first pair of opposing slits (Al,al) comprising a first slit (Al) arranged in the longer circle segment (11a) and a first opposing slit (al) arranged in the shorter circle segment (lib) such that when the first slit (Al) is inserted into the first opposing slit (al) a frusto-conical cup holder and a first joint (Alal) are formed with the slits (Al,al) serving as joining means. In this manner there is defined, a face of the strip (10) facing a cup inserted into the frusto-conical cup holder, and a face of the strip (10) facing away from the cup. Such strips and assembled cup holders are well known in the art e.g. from US 2,979,301 or from US 5,425,497. Here, and throughout the present disclosure, an elongated object means an object having one axis of length substantially longer than a second axis of length and a strip means an object which, in the third dimension, has an axis of length substantially smaller than any other axis of length of the object.

The elongated strip (10) of the prior art comprises a larger cup holder section (11) forming the frusto-conical cup holder after folding and two shorter handle sections (12a, 12b) after the joint (Alal) which, when the cup holder is assembled, will function as a handle. These two shorter handle sections will then be peripherally formed from partial segments of the two aforementioned elongated parallel circle segments (11a, lib) which do not form part of the assembled frusto-cone and end sections (13a, 13b) together with the joint (Alal) .

Alternatively, and equally common in the art, frusto- conical cup holders exist which are formed by permanently connecting the two handle sections (12a, 12b), e.g. by gluing, thereby forming the aforementioned first joint (12al2b) by alternative means, wherein the permanent connection performs the function of the joining means for the first joint (12al2b) . In such cup holders, the slits (Al,al) are absent.

In general, and due to the desired geometry of the frusto- cone, only a joint which spans a line perpendicular to both the first and the second circular segments (11a, lib) on the strip will allow the formation of a frusto-cone. This is known to the skilled person, and it can be assumed that the skilled person will know how to position the first opposing joining means (Al,al) arranged on the strip on such a line such, that when the first opposing joining means (Al,al) are joined, a frusto-cone results.

When the joining is by permanently connecting the handle sections (12a, 12b), handles can be produced by joining together those sides of the strip (10) at the handle sections, which faces the cup in use, and an even surfaced (flat) cup holder can be produced by joining a side of the first handle section (12a)) facing the cup in use with a side of the second handle section (12b) not facing the cup in use. Both types of one-use frusto-conical cup holders are known in the art and are discussed below in the context of the invention. Accordingly, in an embodiment of the prior art an elongated strip (20,30,40) is disclosed, wherein the first pair of opposing joining means (Al,al) are a first pair of opposing slits (Al,al) comprising a first slit (Al) arranged on the strip on the strip periphery substantially perpendicular to the longer circle segment (11a) and a first opposing slit (al) arranged on the strip on the strip periphery substantially perpendicular to the shorter circle segment (lib) such, that when the first slit (Al) is inserted into the first opposing slit (al) a frusto-conical cup holder and a first joint (Alal) are formed.

In an embodiment of the prior art an elongated strip (20,30,40) is disclosed, wherein the first pair of opposing joining means (Al,al) are opposing segments on the strip, at least one of the opposing segments provided with a glue, the opposing segments arranged on the strip such, that when a first opposing segment (Al) is contacted with a second opposing segment (al) a frusto-conical cup holder and a first joint (Alal) are formed. Figure 2 details an elongated strip (20) for forming a cup holder according to the present invention in a first aspect and embodiments. The periphery of the elongated strip (20) comprises in a cup holder section (21) two elongated parallel circle segments (11a, lib), a longer circle segment (11a) having a longer segmental length than the shorter circle segment (lib), and a first pair of opposing slits (Al,al) comprising a first slit (Al) arranged in the longer circle segment (11a) and a first opposing slit (al) arranged in the shorter circle segment (lib) such that when the first slit (Al) is inserted into the first opposing slit (al) a frusto-conical cup holder and a first joint (Alal) are formed in accordance with the prior art.

In the elongated strips (20,30,40) of the invention, the cup holder sections (21,31,41) are arranged between two attachment sections ( (22a, 22b) , (32a, 32b) , (42a, 42b) ) such that when a frusto-conical cup holder is formed by inserting the first slit Al into the first opposing slit al, or respectively gluing ends Al,al together and folding backwards along folding lines (45a, 45b), the two attachment sections ( (22a, 22b) (32a, 32b) , (42a, 42b) ) together will form a handle, while the frusto-conical cup holder has now been formed from the cup holder sections (21,31,41) and is ready for receiving a cup of matching size and taper.

By arranging the cup holder sections (21,31,41) and the attachment sections (22a, 22b, 32a, 32b, 42a, 42b) in this manner, the weight of a cup with contents and its movements under transport are more stably transferred to the object to which the cup holder is attached, e.g. a bike, and a reduced paper quality and weight can be used in the manufacturing process. Also it reduces the strains on the first joint (Alal) as the weight and movement of a cup with contents under transport is now evenly distributed around the joint rather than skewed. According to a first embodiment of the invention, in the two attachment sections (22a, 22b) at least one second pair of opposing slits (Bl,bl) are arranged at a distance from the first pair of opposing slits (Al,al) in the aforementioned two elongated parallel circle segments (11a, lib) such that when the frusto-conical cup holder has been formed by inserting slit Al into slit al, the cup holder can be releasably attached to an object of a periphery not larger than two times the distance between the first pair of slits (Al,al) and the second pair of slits (Bl,bl) by bending or folding the two attachment sections (22a, 22b) around the object and inserting slit Bl into slit bl thereby creating a second joint (Blbl) . In this embodiment of the invention, the second pair of slits (Bl,bl) serve as joining means for the second joint (Blbl) . It is preferable as detailed in the figure, but not mandated, that slits Bl and bl are opposite respectively to slits Al and al for ease of assembly.

In a preferred embodiment, the two attachment sections (22a, 22b) comprise a plurality of opposing slits (Bl , B2 , B3 , bl , b2 , b3 ) such that the cup holder can be adapted in an improved manner to the periphery of the object to which the cup holder shall be attached, by matching the slits to be combined appropriately, e.g. by forming joints (Blb2), (Blb3), (B3b3) etc. thereby creating a plurality of differently sized enclosures and respective second joints, with the slits (Bl , B2 , B3 , bl , b2 , b3 ) serving the function of joining means for the second joints. Alternatively, only one second slit Bl and an opposing plurality of second slits (bl,b2,b3) can be used in forming the necessary second joint and serve the function of joining means for this second joint. Accordingly, there is disclosed in an embodiment of the invention an elongated strip (20) according to any of the above embodiments, wherein at least one second pair of opposing slits (Bl,bl) are arranged on the first (22a) and the second (22b) attachment sections a distance from the first pair of opposing joining means (Al,al) such, that when the frusto-conical cup holder has been formed by joining the first pair of opposing joining means (Al,al) to form the first joint (Alal), the frusto-conical cup holder can be releasably attached to an object by folding the two attachment sections (22a, 22b) around the object and inserting a first slit (Bl) into a second slit (bl) thereby creating the second joint (Blbl) .

In a further embodiment there is disclosed an elongated strip (20), wherein at least one of said first slit (Bl) or the second slit (bl) of the second pair of opposing slits (Bl,bl) is a plurality of slits (B1,B2,B3, bl,b2,b3) .

Figure 3A shows a further aspect and embodiments of the elongated strip (30) of the invention comprising a cup holder section (31) as defined above, wherein the attachment sections (32a, 32b) as defined above comprise a slit (CI) in a first attachment section (32a) and a tongue (cl) comprised in a second attachment section (32b), the slit (Cl) and tongue (cl) serving as joining means for the second joint (Clcl) . The frusto-conical cup holder of the invention can then be assembled by forming the aforementioned first joint (Alal) and inserting the tongue (cl) into the slit (Cl) to form the second joint (Clcl) . When the two attachment sections (32a, 32b), prior to inserting the tongue (cl) into the slit (CI), are arranged around an object to which the cup holder shall be attached, the size of the formed enclosure can be adjusted by tightening the second joint (Clcl) formed by slit (Cl) and tongue (cl) against the object.

In one embodiment of the strip (30), the slit (Al) is located centrally on the strip (30) and the tongue (cl) is first inserted through the slit (Al) to form the first joint (Alcl) and the frusto-conical cup holder, after which the tongue (cl) is inserted through the slit (Cl) to form the second joint (Clcl) . In this embodiment, the slit (al) can be omitted and the tongue (cl) serves the purpose both of first and second joining means.

If the tongue (cl) is slightly larger (e.g. by 5-10 %) than the slit (Cl), friction will retain the tongue (cl) in position during use without the formed enclosure opening during such use. However, in order to retain the tongue (cl) more strongly in slit (Cl), it is preferred that the tongue (cl) is barbed against the direction of withdrawal of the tongue (c2) from the slit (Cl), preferably both slightly oversized and barbed, as detailed in Figures 3B (c2) and 4.

Accordingly, there is disclosed in an embodiment an elongated strip (30,40) according to the invention, wherein the attachment sections ( 32a, 32b, 42a, 42b) comprise a slit (Cl) in the first attachment section (32a, 42a) and a tongue (cl,c2) comprised in the second attachment section (32b, 42b), the slit (Cl) and tongue (cl,c2) serving as joining means for the second joint (Clcl,Clc2) such, that when the frusto-conical cup holder has been assembled by forming the aforementioned first joint (Alal) the second joint (Clcl,Clc2) can be formed by inserting the tongue (cl,c2) into the slit (CI) . Further, there is disclosed in an embodiment an elongated strip (30,40) according to the invention, wherein the tongue (cl,c2) is a barbed tongue (c2) comprising at least one barb directed against a direction of withdrawal of the barbed tongue (c2) from the slit (CI) . Preferably, however, the barbed tongue (c2) shall comprise a plurality of barbs directed against a direction of withdrawal of the barbed tongue (c2) from the slit (CI) .

Above, the strip (10, 20, 30) of the invention has been described using a starting point where the strip is assembled upon use. One-use cup holders assembled upon use make up part of the market for cup holders, however equally common in the market for one-use cup holders are one-use cup holders wherein the frusto-conical cup holder is preformed, typically by gluing the handle sections (12a, 12b) together as detailed above.

Where the handle sections (12a, 12b) are glued together on the cup facing side of the strip, this is tantamount in the context of the present invention to substituting the slits Al and al as joining means for forming the aforementioned first joint (Alal) with a first and a second glue section (Al,al) as a joining means for forming the aforementioned first joint from the two handle sections 12a, 12b. By leaving parts of the two handle sections (12a, 12b) without glue, attachment sections (22a, 22b, 32a, 32b) can be arranged on the strips (20,30) of the invention and the benefits of the above aspects and embodiments of the invention can be realized. However, where the handle sections (12a, 12b) are glued together using opposites sides of the strip of the prior art, the handle sections (12a, 12b) do not present themselves for comprising joining means for forming the aforementioned second joint. Nevertheless, with few modifications as detailed in Figure 4 and in the below description, the strips of the prior art can be modified to accommodate this situation in accordance with the invention.

According to this fourth aspect and embodiments of the elongated strip (40) of the invention, cut-out sections (46a, 46b) are arranged on the strip (40) inside a cup holder section (41) as defined above of the strip, peripherally delimitated by lines 11a, lib, 44a, 44b . Such modifications are easily made by e.g. die stamping or punching the necessary structures into the strip (40) of the invention.

On such strips (40), when the first joint (Alal) has been pre-formed, e.g. by gluing together the areas marked on the strip (40) by Al and al and delimitated by lines 11a, lib, 13a, 44a (Al) and 11a, lib, 13b, 44b (al) or by inserting respective opposing slits into each other as detailed above, the desired second sections (42a, 42b) can be obtained by folding backwards along the folding lines 45a, 45b the cut-out sections 46a, 46b to form the aforementioned attachment sections (42a, 42b) comprising the aforementioned necessary joining means (Bl , B2 , B3 , CI , bl , b2 , b3 , cl ) .

Accordingly, there is disclosed in an embodiment of the invention an elongated strip (20,30,40), wherein cut-out sections (46a, 46b) have been arranged on the strip (40) inside the aforementioned cup holder section (21,31,41) such, that the second sections (42a, 42b) can be obtained by folding backwards along folding lines (45a, 45b) the cutout sections (46a, 46b), thereby forming the aforementioned attachment sections (42a, 42b) comprising the second opposing pair of joining means (Bl , B2 , B3 , CI , bl , b2 , b3 , cl , c2 ) . Where cut-out sections (46a, 46b) have been formed in accordance with the fourth aspect and embodiments of the invention, a draw-back to the use of the cup holder is the exposure of the cup under the cut-out areas to the environment and the user. In such situations it is preferable that an inner mantel or a two-layer structure of the cup holder is employed, such that a user may continue to handle in particular hot liquids without running the risk of scolding. Accordingly, there is disclosed in an embodiment of the invention an elongated strip (20,30,40) further comprising an inner mantel or a two-layer structure in the cup holder section (21,31,41) . In the figures accompanying the description, the aforementioned attachment sections ( 22a, 22b, 32a, 32b, 42a, 42b) have been indicated as positioned at, what in daily usage would be called "the ends" of the elongated strips of the invention, i.e. at the shorter of the two axes spanning the plane visible in the drawings, such that the cup holder sections (21,31,41) mentioned connects the two opposite attachment sections by its longest axis. This placement is merely illustrative of the invention, and the aforementioned attachment sections could equally usefully be connected by the cup holder sections by its shorter axis, i.e. connected to the cup holder sections on the aforementioned circle sections. The functional difference between these two arrangements is, that in the arrangements depicted in the figures, the cup holder will be suitable for attaching to a substantially vertical object without spilling the contents of a cup inserted into the cup holder, while in the alternative configuration, the cup holder of the invention will be suitable for attaching to a substantially horizontal object without spilling the contents of a cup inserted into the cup holder.

In the invention, and as the cup holder is intended for one-use, preferred materials for forming the strips (10,20,30,40) and cup holders of the invention is cardboard or heavy paper as is customary in the art. Such cardboard or heavy paper can comprise structural features designed to enhance the insulating properties of the cup holders, and such enhancements are suitable for use in the strips of the present invention. The skilled person will know how to apply such enhancements in structure to improve the insulating properties of the strips of the invention where desired . Accordingly, there is disclosed in an embodiment of the invention an elongated strip (20,30,40) manufactured from either cardboard or heavy paper or, manufactured from either cardboard or heavy paper and comprising structural features designed to enhance an insulating property of said cup holder.

In the invention, it is preferred that the object around which the cup holder of the invention shall be assembled and used is a bicycle, particularly a substantially vertical section of a bicycle, more particularly a substantially vertical section of a bicycle's frame, saddle post, seat tube, handle bar or head tube. Alternatively it is preferred that the object around which the cup holder of the invention shall be assembled and used is a bicycle, particularly a substantially horizontal section of a bicycle, more particularly a substantially horizontal section of a bicycle's frame, saddle post, seat tube, handle bar or head tube.

Accordingly, it is preferred that the aforementioned distance between the first and second joints (e.g. (Alal), (Blbl)) respectively shall not be larger than 10 cm, respectively 9 cm, 8 cm, 7 cm, 6 cm, 5 cm, or 4 cm, such that the perimeter of the enclosure formed around the object to which the cup holder is attached by the elongated strip comprising the first and second joints, is between 8 cm to 20 cm, 9 cm to 18 cm, 10 cm to 16 cm, 11 cm to 14 cm, or preferably 12 cm to 13 cm.

By using these measures, the cup holder will be adaptable to most bicycles available in the marketplace and further such inner diameters of the formed enclosures between, will be of a reasonable size to support a cup with liquid below 1000 ml cup size, preferably below 500 ml cup size, without unreasonably straining the material from which the one-use cup holder is formed, nor placing an unreasonable demand for material and thereby turning the one-use cup holder cost unacceptable in the marketplace. Further, the in situ forming of the second joint is not unacceptably hindered, since with the given orientation of the joints, the inner fiber structure of the cardboard used in the manufacture of the cup holder will become strained during formation of the joint, even to the extent of becoming soft and consequently unable to support the weight the transported cup with beverage, if the cardboard overly strained due to bending while the second joint formed .

CLOSING COMMENTS

The term "comprising" as used in the claims does not exclude other elements or steps. The term "a" or "an" as used in the claims does not exclude a plurality. A single unit may fulfill the functions of several means recited in the claims.

Although the present invention has been described in detail for purpose of illustration, it is understood that such detail is solely for that purpose, and variations can be made therein by those skilled in the art without departing from the scope of the invention.