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US4815999: Insulated container having a three-dimensional exterior caricature

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Filing Information

Inventor(s) Lance C. Ayon · Steven B. Lipman ·
Assignee(s) Puppet Kooler Industries, Inc. ·
Attorney/Agent(s) Allan M. Shapiro ·
Primary Examiner Mickey Yu ·
Application Number US7129836
Filing date 12/08/1987
Issue date 03/28/1989
Predicted expiration date 12/08/2007
U.S. Classifications 446/73  · 206/457  ·
International Classifications A63H 300  ·
Kind CodeA
International Classifications 44673;72;71;74;76;77;268 ·
6 Claims, No Drawings


Abstract

Puppet has a combined torso-head which has recess therein for receiving a beverage container. The puppet torso is insulated or has chilled gel therein to cool the container. The exterior of the container is in the form of a three-dimensional caricature including face and torso. The torso carries arms, legs and face, while the hat is the cover for the recess.

Independent Claims | See all claims (6)

  1. 1. An insulated container comprising:a torso having an exterior surface, a three-dimensional caricature of a face mounted on said torso, walls within said torso defining a recess in said torso sized to receive a beverage container, said recess being of such depth that a beverage container therein extends out of said torso, thermal insulation means between said exterior surface and said walls defining said recess for controlling heat flow with respect to a beverage container within said recess;a removable cover mounted on said torso, said cover being in the form of a hat, having a visor which extends over said face when said cover is in covering position so that said visor can be engaged to open said cover, a hinge fastened to said cover opposite said visor fastened to said torso opposite said face on said torso, said cover having walls defining a recess therein to cover the portion of a beverage container extending upward out of said torso when said cover is in covering position so that said visor can be engaged to open said cover to permit access to the portion of the beverage container extending out of said recess of said torso;three-dimensional puppet features in addition to said face secured to said exterior surface of said torso, said puppet features being selected from the group consisting of: arms and legs.
  2. 3. A puppet shaped insulated container comprising:a torso having an exterior surface and a bottom, walls defining a recess within said torso with a thermal space between said walls and said exterior surface of said torso, a thermal material in said thermal space, said recess being sized so that when a beverage container is placed therein, the beverage container extends sufficiently far above said torso so that the user may drink therefrom without removing the beverage container from the torso;a cover, said cover having walls therein defining a recess which engages over that portion of the beverage container which extends above said torso when said cover is in covering position, said cover being in the form of a cap having a visor, a hinge connected to both said torso and said cover so that said cover is hingedly movable from an open position to a covering position;a three-dimensional face on said exterior surface of said torso, said cover being configured so that said visor overlaps said face when said cover is in closed position;first and second legs flexibly mounted on said torso adjacent said bottom thereof, said legs being fastened to said torso substantially below said face, said legs at least partially being made of fabric so that fabric flexure permits said legs to hang down when they are unsupported and permits said legs to swing up above the plane of said bottom when said bottom is resting on a support surface, a boot secured to the terminal end of each of said legs away from said torso;first and second arms fastened to said torso on the lateral sides of said torso with respect to said face, each of said arms having a ball and socket connection with respect to said torso so that each of said arms can be moved; anda flexible handle mounted on said torso so that said puppet can be carried with legs depending and said puppet can be jiggled by motion of said handle.
  3. 5. A puppet shaped insulated container comprising:a torso having an exterior surface and a bottom, walls defining a recess within said torso with a thermal space between said walls and said exterior surface of said torso, a thermal material in said thermal space, said recess being sized so that when a beverage container is placed therein, the beverage container extends sufficiently far above said torso so that the user may drink therefrom without removing the beverage container from said torso;a cover, said cover having walls therein defining a recess which engages over that portion of the beverage container which extends above said torso when said cover is in covering position, said cover being in the form of a cap having a visor, said cover being movable from an open position to said covering position;a three-dimensional face on said exterior surface of said torso, said cover being configured so that said visor overlaps said face when said cover is in closed position;first and second legs flexibly mounted on said torso adjacent said bottom thereof, said legs being fastened to said torso substantially below said face, said legs at least partially being made of fabric so that fabric flexure permits said legs to hang down when they are unsupported and permits said legs to swing up above the plane of said bottom when said bottom is resting on a support surface, a boot secured to the terminal end of each of said legs away from said torso;first and second arms fastened to said torso on the lateral sides of said torso with respect to said face, each of said arms having a ball and socket connection with respect to said torso so that each of said arms can be moved; anda flexible handle mounted on said torso so that said puppet can be carried with legs depending and said puppet can be jiggled by motion of said handle.

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