Title:
Bottle stand
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A stand for a bottle with a cap to keep a bottle (20) in a reversed position (i.e. a bottle up and bottle cap down). The bottle stand (12) has a hole (16) larger than the neck of the bottle (22) in diameter and smaller than the bottle cap (24), through which the bottle neck (22) is inserted. The bottle cap (24) is then attached or screwed on to the bottle (20) through the bottom opening (14) to secure the bottle stand (12).



Inventors:
Trevino, Alex C. (Burbank, CA, US)
Application Number:
10/379361
Publication Date:
09/09/2004
Filing Date:
03/04/2003
Assignee:
TREVINO ALEX C.
Primary Class:
International Classes:
B65D25/24; (IPC1-7): B65D25/24; B65D90/12
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Primary Examiner:
MOY, JOSEPH MAN
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Alex C. Trevino (2016 Rosita Avenue, Burbank, CA, 91504, US)
Claims:

I claim:



1. A stand for a bottle with a bottle cap to keep said bottle in a reversed position (i.e: a bottle up and bottle cap down) comprising: (a) a hole in said stand large enough to fit the neck of the bottle through said hole and smaller than said bottle cap allowing said stand to become an attachment to said bottle stand and (b) a bottom opening at the base of said stand.

Description:

CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

[0001] Not applicable.

BACKGROUND

[0002] 1. Field of Invention

[0003] This invention relates to a stand for a bottle with a cap, specifically to keep a bottle in a reversed position (i.e. bottle up and cap down).

[0004] 2. Description of Prior Art

[0005] Not applicable.

OBJECTS AND ADVANTAGES

[0006] The objects and advantages of my bottle stand are:

[0007] (a) To keep any bottle with a bottle cap in a reversed position (i.e. bottle up and cap down) to facilitate dispensing of a product such as shampoo, conditioner, lotion, etc.

[0008] (b) To provide better flow of product and enable the use of the entire contents in the bottle minimizing waste of time and product.

[0009] (c) To provide freedom to design any type of bottle shape for use with this bottle stand due to the fact that this attachment becomes the base of the bottle.

[0010] (d) To facilitate better identification for existing bottles of similar shape and color (products such as shampoo versus conditioner) by using different color bottle stands.

DRAWING FIGURES

[0011] In the drawings, closely related figures have the same number but different alphabetic suffixes.

[0012] FIGS. 1A to 1D show different views of the bottle stand.

[0013] FIG. 2 shows how to insert the neck of the bottle through the hole of the bottle stand.

[0014] FIG. 3 shows the bottle cap to be screwed on or attached to the bottle.

[0015] FIG. 4 shows the bottle stand in place and standing in the correct position.

[0016] FIG. 5 shows a cross section of the bottle stand in place.

[0017] FIGS. 6A to 6D show different design shapes of the bottle stand. 1

Reference Numerals in Drawings
12bottle stand14bottom opening
16hole20any bottle
22neck of the bottle24bottle cap
30metal plate32hard rubber legs

DESCRIPTION

FIGS. 1A TO 1D—PREFERRED EMBODIMENT

[0018] A preferred embodiment of the bottle stand is manufactured by an injection molding process and preferably using a plastic material (polypropylene) for flexibility and durability.

[0019] A bottle stand 12 is illustrated in FIG. 1A (front view) with the option to print any information on the surface area. The printed information can be used to promote the product in the bottle, a store or a company, or the bottle stand itself. FIG. 1B (top view) shows a hole 16, which should be bigger in diameter than the neck of the bottle that is inserted through and smaller in diameter than the bottle cap keeping the bottle stand in place between the bottle and the bottle cap. FIG. 1C shows a perspective view of the bottle stand that illustrates the hole 16 through which the neck of the bottle is inserted. FIG. 1D is another perspective view of the bottle stand revealing the bottom opening 14 which will serve as the side from which the product will be dispensed after the bottle cap is screwed on or attached to the bottle.

FIGS. 2 TO 5

[0020] The proper way to place the bottle stand 12 between a bottle 20 and the bottle cap 24. FIG. 2 shows how the neck of the bottle 22 is inserted through the hole 16. A bottle cap 24 is then screwed on or attached to the neck of the bottle 22 (FIG. 3). FIG. 4 illustrates the bottle 20 with the bottle stand 12 in the position in which the bottle stand becomes the base. FIG. 5 is a cross section of the bottle stand 12 and illustrates the bottle 20 and the bottle cap 24 in place—the neck of the bottle 22 is already inserted through the hole 16 and the bottle cap 24 is attached to the bottle 20.

FIGS. 6A TO 6C—ADDITIONAL EMBODIMENTS

[0021] There are various possibilities of design for my bottle stand 12 as illustrated in FIGS. 6A to 6C. The shape, size, texture and color of the bottle stand 12 can vary, and the hole 16 can also be of varying diameters to fit different sized bottles. My bottle stand 12 can be designed to be used with any bottle regardless of the bottle's shape or form, as long as the bottle stand 12 is placed between the bottle and the bottle cap, therefore becoming a fixed attachment to the bottle.

FIG. 6D—ALTERNATIVE EMBODIMENTS

[0022] FIG. 6D illustrates a sample of a bottle stand that can also be constructed of separate components, in this case a metal plate 30 with a hole 16 and four hard rubber legs 32 creating a unit that becomes a bottle stand with the same basic principle. This embodiment of my bottle stand works the same way by fitting the neck of the bottle through the hole 16 and screwing or attaching a bottle cap on the other side. This allows the bottle base to become an attachment to the bottle and serve the same purpose, to keep the bottle in a reversed position (i.e. bottle up and bottle cap down).

[0023] Advantages

[0024] From the description above, a number of advantages of my bottle stand become evident:

[0025] (a) The use of my bottle stand will facilitate dispensing of product such as shampoo, conditioner, lotion, liquid soap, or any other product stored in a bottle with a cap.

[0026] (b) Being able to keep the bottle in a reversed position, the product will be dispensed efficiently and will be utilized completely without waste.

[0027] (c) My bottle stand can be used with practically any size, shape or form of bottle with a cap. Using my bottle stand, a bottle designer can have the freedom to create any odd shaped bottle with a cap.

[0028] (d) My bottle stand is removable and can be reused with another bottle.

[0029] Operation—FIGS. 4 and 5

[0030] The manner of using my bottle stand 12 is by inserting the neck of the bottle 22 through the hole 16 of the bottle stand 12 and screwing on or attaching a bottle cap 24, allowing the bottle to stand in a reversed position (i.e. reversed bottle up and bottle cap down) as illustrated in FIG. 4.

[0031] The diameter dimension of the hole 16 is larger than the diameter of the neck of the bottle 22 and is smaller than the diameter of the bottle cap 24 (FIG. 5) allowing the bottle stand 12 to remain in place and attached to the bottle. The bottle stand then becomes a fixed attachment to the bottle and will serve as the base on which the bottle will stand on. From that position, the product inside the bottle will be easily and completely dispensed as needed.

[0032] When the product is finished, the bottle stand 12 can be removed and be placed to use with a different bottle.

[0033] Conclusion, Ramifications, and Scope

[0034] Accordingly, the reader will see that the bottle stand of this invention can be used to facilitate dispensing of a product contained in a bottle that uses a bottle cap. By attaching the bottle stand, the user is able to keep the bottle in a reversed position (i.e. bottle up and cap down) therefore creating an easy and effective way to dispense the product contained inside the bottle. The waste of time and product will be minimized. Furthermore, the bottle stand has the additional advantages in that:

[0035] It can be used with any shape, size or form of bottle since the bottle stand becomes the base on which the bottle will stand on;

[0036] It permits the creation of unlimited designs of bottle to use in combination with the bottle stand;

[0037] It can be designed in many different shapes or forms as long as the bottle stand functions as an attachment of a bottle by fitting between the bottle and its cap;

[0038] It can be made of more than just one part as illustrated in FIG. 6D, as long as the final unit represents the concept of this invention and fits between the bottle and its cap;

[0039] It can be used to identify or differentiate between products that are bottled in similar design and color such as shampoo and conditioner of the same brand, by using different color bottle stands;

[0040] It creates the possibility to advertise or promote items or entities such as beauty supply stores, beauty salons, retailers, wholesale companies, distributors or others by printing or labeling information on the surface of the bottle stand.

[0041] Although the description above contains many specificities, these should not be construed as limiting the scope of the invention but as merely providing illustrations of some of the presently preferred embodiments of this invention. For example, the bottle stand can be made of several parts or components of different materials that combined, become this bottle stand invention as illustrated in FIG. 6D.

[0042] Thus, the scope of this invention should be determined by the appended claims and their legal equivalents, rather than by the examples given.