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Title:
SPECIFIC USE CUPHOLDER
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2022/164484
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
The specific use cupholder is a design that uses a retailers disposable cup as an insert in order to provide insulation, easy to handle and a clean sanitary container for each use. The inside of the cup is designed to fit the exterior of a retailer's disposable cup exclusively, because retailers use cups that vary in shape and size, a specific use cupholder must be designed and manufactured to fit each retailer's cup specifically in the case of a cross-over application (a cup that is manufactured and used by more than one retailer), a retailer's logo and/or graphic design can be used to identity a retailer's specific use cupholder.

Inventors:
SNEED VINCE (US)
Application Number:
PCT/US2021/049899
Publication Date:
August 04, 2022
Filing Date:
September 10, 2021
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
SNEED VINCE (US)
International Classes:
A45F3/20; A47G23/02; A47G19/16; A47G19/22; A47G23/032
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Claims:
CLAIM

A. rigid cupholder that is specifically designed to use a retailer or vendor's disposable cup exclusively. Designed to use the vendors cup as an insert to provide a convenient and sanitary alternative to a refillable mug.

CLAIM

A rigid cupholder that is specifically designed to use a retailer or vendor’s disposable cup exclusively. Designed to use the vendors cup as an insert to provide a convenient and sanitary alternative to a refillable mug.

Description:

SPECIFICATIONS DESCRIPTION

The specific use eupholder is a design that uses aretailer’s disposable cup as an insert in order to provide insulation, ease of handling and a clean sanitary container for each use. The inside of the specific use cupholder is designed to til the exterior of a retailer's disposable cup exclusively (see Pic #2), because retailers use cups that vary in shape and size, a specific use cupholder must be designed and manufactured to fit each retailer’s cup specifically. In the case of a cross-over application (a cup that is manufactured and used by more than one retailer), a retailer's logo and or graphic design can he used to identify a retailer's specific use Cupholder,

Refillable mugs need to be cleaned after each use and are being discouraged and or prohibited by retailers and vendors to prevent the spread of Covid- 19, as well as other germs, viruses, and bacteria.

Disposable cups, do not provide superior insulation or convenience oi handling. Using a retailer's or vendor's disposable cup as an insert, the specific use eupholder can provide improved insulation, handling, and sanitation.

Like a refillable mug, the specific use cupholder can be used as a : promotional item. Because the interior of a specific use cupholder is .designed to match the exterior of a retailer or vendor’s disposable cup exclusively; a competitor's cup will not fit correctly, customers will return to the retailer, thereby, adding a greater marketing value for the retailer.

MATERIAL

The specific use cupholder can be made of any rigid materia that can be used to manufacture a cup or refillable mugs, including, but not limited to, compositions of plasties, glass, ceramics, stainless steeh etc.

OPTIONAL FEATURES

• A handle (can be removeable or fixed).

• A Locking Lid

A hole may be in the bottom of the specific cupholder to act as a vent, and to discourage a user from using a specific use cupholder as a cup, defeating the issue of sanitation (see pic #3). The hole may not be desirable for a retailer or vendor that have employees that make and serve beverages a disposable cup. he., coffee shop.

• Intrusion/Extuision- An intrusion or extrusion can be designed into the retailer or vendors cup and or specific use cupholder to work as a retaining agent preventing cup from slipping out of the specific use cupholder (see pic #4). This option may be a desirable feature for larger cups. It can be designed so that the cup and or the container could be locked or snapped into the specific use cupholder, adding to an exclusive design.

MANUFACTURING PROCESS

The specific use cupholder can be manufactured using the same manufacturing methods used in the manufacturing of cups and refillable mugs, such as, injection molding, the processes used in manufacturing ceramic and or porcelain, the processes of manufacturing a stainless-steel vacuum canister, or any process used to manufacture cups or refillable mugs.

SIMILAR PRODUCTS

McDonald's neoprene sleeve Made from neoprene which is not rigid or easily cleaned

Designed for cans and not specifically designed for a retailer’s disposable cups

The interior of the Starbucks reusable travel cup is not designed to match the exterior of their disposable cups .

The specific use cupholder provides a better alternative than these similar products BENEFITS

For the manufacturer

• Expand product line.

• Encourage use of niamifacturers patented cup.

• Potential for global sales.

• Ease of manulhctaring.

For the retailer

• Multiple design options available to match the customer base,

• Increases customer loyalty.

• Designed to fit retailers disposable cup exclusively.

• Clean cup with every refill.

• Can be used as a promotional item.

For the customer

• Clean cup every refill

• Insulation.

• Convenience,

• Can design to fit vehicle cup holders.

Benefits for everyone

• May help customer comply with covld-19 restrictions.