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Coca Cola : Patent Issued for Adjustable Handle for Attachment to a Plastic Bottle (USPTO 9771180)

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10/05/2017 | 06:53pm CET

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Journal of Engineering -- From Alexandria, Virginia, VerticalNews journalists report that a patent by the inventor Iwashita, Hiromasa (Tokyo, JP), filed on January 22, 2013, was published online on September 26, 2017.

The patent's assignee for patent number 9771180 is THE COCA-COLA COMPANY (Atlanta, GA).

News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Conventionally, a handle like that described for example in JP 3,754,012 are known. This handle has a frontal head part for the neck part of the bottle, an insertion part for attachment for the groove at the lower part of the bottle body, and a connecting part that connects the frontal head part and the insertion part for attachment. A space where the hand can be inserted is provided between the connecting part and the bottle body, and this connecting part is configured such that it functions as the user's handle.

"However, in the case of the handle described above, the connecting part for the handle takes a wide space in the state where it is attached to the bottle, and the storage for the pockets of a refrigerator, etc. is poor. In addition, because the insertion part for attachment of the handle is hung in the groove of the bottle body at the time of attachment, it is not possible to attach it well owing to the design (shape, size) of this groove, and stably supporting the bottle is difficult.

"In particular, such an attachment method is ill suited for lightweight bottles. It has reached the point where a bottle body with lighter weight is deformed flexibly and readily. Owing to this, when the insertion part for attachment of the handle is hung in groove of the bottle body, there is a chance that the bottle body may be deformed. Not only that, but also when the bottle is tilted when the contents are being poured after attachment, the bottle body is subject to the pressure from the insertion part for attachment at only the groove, so the bottle body is deformed with this as the starting point, and there is a chance that the support of the bottle may become unstable.

"The present invention was created in view of the above background, and takes as its purpose the provision of a handle that can ensure the storability to a pocket, etc. of a refrigerator even in a state where it is attached to a bottle, and that in addition can provide stable support even for a bottle whose weight is to be lightened."

As a supplement to the background information on this patent, VerticalNews correspondents also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent: "In order to achieve the above-mentioned purposes, the inventive handle is provided with a neck supporting part that is composed in such a manner that it mates with the neck of a bottle made of plastic and supports this, a bottom supporting part that is composed in such a manner that it receives the bottom of the bottle and supports the bottom of said bottle, and a gripping part that connects the neck supporting part and bottom supporting part. The neck supporting part has a first engagement part and a second engagement part with which the neck can engage and disengage. The gripping part exists as an extension in the vertical direction in such a manner that it runs along the body of the bottle in the event that the neck is engaged with the first engagement part, and exists as an extension that is slanted relative to the vertical direction in such a manner that it draws apart from the bottle in the event that the neck is engaged with the above-mentioned second engagement part.

"According to the present invention, if the neck of the bottle is engaged in the first engagement part when the bottle is to be stored in the pocket of the refrigerator, etc., it is possible to make the gripping part approach the body of the bottle. Owing to this, the gripping part does not occupy a wide space, so it is possible to ensure the storability in this kind of bottle. On the other hand, if the neck of the bottle is engaged in the second engagement part when the bottle is handled, such as lifting the bottle and pouring the contents of the bottle, it is possible to form a larger space between the upper part of the inclined gripping part and the bottle than in the engaged state with the first engagement part. Owing to this, the user can insert his hand into this space and hold the gripping part, and easy handling of the bottle is enabled.

"In addition, because the support position of the handle relative to the bottle becomes the up-down position of the bottle that is the neck part and the lower portion of the bottle, the movement when tilting the bottle and pouring out its contents is stable. Moreover, it is configured such that the support of the lower portion of the bottle can be performed by receiving the bottom of the bottle. Owing to this, it is not greatly affected by the design of the bottle body, and it is possible to support the bottle stably, even in the case of a lightweight, flexible bottle.

"Preferably, the bottom supporting part supports in such a manner that it envelopes the lower portion of the bottle. According to this configuration, because the holdability (controllability) of the lower portion of the bottle is improved, it is possible to support the bottle more stably. As the mode for supporting the bottle in such a manner that the lower portion of the bottle is enveloped, one can cite a mode wherein the bottom supporting part faces on the entire region of the of the lower portion of the bottle, and in addition a mode in which it faces over the entire periphery on at least one region of the lower portion of the bottle.

"More preferably, the bottom supporting part may have a first side plate part that receives the bottom of the bottle, a second side plate part that extends upwards from the bottom plate part towards the gripping part, and a pair of third side plate parts that connect the first side plate part and the second side plate part in such a manner that they envelope the lower portion of the bottle in addition to the first side plate part and the second side plate part. According to this configuration, it is possible to support the bottle in such a manner that the lower portion of the bottle is enveloped by the first to third side plate parts. The pair of third side plate parts is formed such that they are opposed to one another, but the positions thereof in the up-down direction may be the same or it may be different.

"More preferably, the third side plate part is positioned upwards from the bottom plate part. According to this configuration, compared to a case in which the third side plate part is formed in such a manner that it stands erect slightly from the bottom plate part, when for example the bottle is tilted, the third plate part ends up supporting a spot that is the upper part of the lower portion of the bottle. Therefore, it is possible to further improve the holdability of the lower portion of the bottle.

"More preferably, projecting parts that slot into the groove of the bottle may be formed on at least one of the first side plate part and the second side plate part. According to this configuration, the lower portion of the bottle can escape the force it receives from the first or second side plate part when the bottle is for example tilted through the projecting parts on the groove, which realizes the effect of reinforcement of the bottle, so it is possible to inhibit the deformation of the lower portion of the bottle. In addition, the holdability of the bottle is also improved. It is still more preferable that the projecting parts are position higher than the third side plate part.

"Preferably, a leg for placing said bottle horizontally may be formed on the outer surface of the first side plate part. According to this configuration, since it is possible to place the handle and a bottle with a handle attached horizontally, it is possible to improve the ease with which these are handled. In addition, it is possible to utilize efficiently the first side plate part for supporting the lower portion of the bottle, and to provide a leg.

"More preferably, in the event that the neck is engaged with the first engagement part, the leg may be formed in such a manner that it does not protrude more to the outside than the gripping part. According to this configuration, in the event that the bottle is stored in a state in which it is placed vertically in the pocket, etc. of a refrigerator, the leg for horizontal placement does not become a hindrance. Therefore, the storability is not impaired, and it can be provided for uses involving both vertical placement and horizontal placement.

"According to another preferable mode of the present invention, the bottom supporting part may have a bottom plate part that receives the bottom of the bottle, a tubular peripheral wall part that extends upwards from the bottom plate part, and an opening is formed intermittently in the peripheral direction for the peripheral wall part. According to this configuration, it is possible to support in such a manner that the lower portion of the bottle is enveloped, even while providing for lighter weight of the bottom supporting part.

"Preferably, the first engagement part is positioned on the gripping part side, and moreover the second engagement part is positioned on the side opposed to the gripping part in such a manner that it is opposed to the first engagement part, and the neck supporting part may have an opening part in the space between the first engagement part and the second engagement part that can pass through in the horizontal direction when the neck engages with the first engagement part or engages the second engagement part. According to this configuration, because the first engagement part and second engagement part are positioned in such a manner that they are opposed to one another, the movement when changing the engaged state is easier. In addition, it is possible to employ a common opening part and to move to any of the engaged states.

"Preferably, the gripping part may have a changed part wherein the inner surface of the upper side part has added changes compared to the inner surface of the lower side part. According to this configuration, it is possible to make the user aware about gripping the upper side portion of the gripping part. In addition to the degree that changes are added, the rigidity thereof can also be increased.

"More preferably, the changed part may be formed by at least one of the step parts. According to this configuration, because it becomes a device to prevent slipping when the user grips it, it is possible to improve the portability and the ease of pouring.

"Preferably, the lower end part of the gripping part may have a rigidity that is lower than that of at least one part of the upper end part thereof, in such a manner that the gripping part bends with said lower end part of said gripping part as the fulcrum when there is a change between a state in which the neck is engaged in the first engagement part and a state in which it is engaged in the second engagement part. According to this configuration, the movability of the gripping part when the engagement state is changed can be performed smoothly. In addition, because the lower end part of the gripping part is used as the fulcrum of the bending, even if the angle of inclination of the gripping part when the neck is engaged in the second engagement part is small, it is possible to increase as much as possible the space that is formed between the upper part of the gripping part and the bottle.

"Preferably, the gripping part may have a pair of flange parts that extend towards the outside in opposed to one another, between but not including the upper end part and lower end part of the gripping part. According to this configuration, because the sectional secondary moment becomes larger at the up-down intermediate portion of the gripping part, it is possible to increase the rigidity of the up-down intermediate portion of the gripping part, and the ease of handling of the handle as experienced by the user (portability and ease of pouring) improves. On the other hand, since the rigidity of the lower end part of the gripping part becomes lower, it is bent more easily with this lower end part as the fulcrum, and it is possible perform smoothly the movability of the above-described gripping part.

"Preferably, the upper end part of the gripping part may have a curved wall part that is curved upwards. According to this configuration, it is possible to form a finger rest between the curved wall part and the upper part of the bottle. Owing to this, naturally in the event that the neck is engaged in the second engagement part, but even in the event that it is engaged in the first engagement part, it becomes possible to improve the portability of a handle that employs the space for a finger rest."

For additional information on this patent, see: Iwashita, Hiromasa. Adjustable Handle for Attachment to a Plastic Bottle. U.S. Patent Number 9771180, filed January 22, 2013, and published online on September 26, 2017. Patent URL: http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=9771180.PN.&OS=PN/9771180RS=PN/9771180

Keywords for this news article include: THE COCA-COLA COMPANY.

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