Title:
BOTTLE INCLUDING A NECK EQUIPPED WITH A STOPPER
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
The invention concerns a bottle including a neck (2) equipped with a stopper (4), characterised in that the bottle includes a top (S), fixed onto the bottle at the level of the neck (3), the top (8) defining, with the neck (3) a volume intended to house an object.



Inventors:
Wolberg, Lionel (Neuilly Sur Seine, FR)
Application Number:
12/303284
Publication Date:
02/04/2010
Filing Date:
05/04/2007
Assignee:
BOOWL COMPANY AG (Zurich, CH)
Primary Class:
International Classes:
B65D41/04
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Primary Examiner:
COLLADO, CYNTHIA FRANCISCA
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
CANTOR COLBURN LLP (Hartford, CT, US)
Claims:
1. A bottle including a neck equipped with a stopper, wherein the bottle includes a cap fitted on the neck of the bottle, the cap defining with the neck a volume for accommodating an object, and wherein the bottle includes, within the volume defined by the cap and the neck, a pod formed by fitting two shells together.

2. The bottle as claimed in claim 1, wherein the outer walls of the bottle are covered, at least in part, by a peripheral film, for tamperproofing purposes.

3. The bottle as claimed in claim 1, wherein the bottle includes an annular frustoconical skirt fitted on the neck.

4. The bottle as claimed in claim 3, wherein the skirt is fitted on the neck in particular by snap-fastening or screwing.

5. The bottle as claimed in claim 1, wherein the cap is fitted on the neck in particular by snap-fastening or screwing.

6. The bottle as claimed in claim 1, wherein the cap is fitted on the skirt in particular by snap-fastening or screwing.

Description:

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

The invention relates to a bottle including a neck equipped with a stopper.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PRIOR ART

Bottles of this type currently have stoppers made of cork, synthetic material or metal which are attached to the neck in order to keep the products in good condition and to hermetically seal the bottle.

During promotional activities, manufacturers sometimes decide to insert discount coupons or free gifts into the stopper itself or into a plastic cover.

However, these devices are unable to contain a capsule, a case or a bag containing an object, in particular a free gift, the dimensions of which are independent of the size of the bottle.

Furthermore, such devices continue to be difficult to mass-produce industrially.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

To this end, the invention relates to a bottle including a neck equipped with a stopper, wherein the bottle includes a cap fitted on the neck of the bottle, the cap defining with the neck a volume for accommodating an object, and in that the bottle includes, within the volume defined by the cap and the neck, a pod formed by fitting two shells together.

The objects located in the cap may be toys or figurines, for example.

The object is thus inserted into the pod which is itself located within the volume defined by the cap and the neck.

According to one feature of the invention, the outer walls of the bottle are covered, at least in part, by a peripheral film, for tamperproofing purposes.

By virtue of the film, a consumer can be sure that the cap has never been removed from the neck of the bottle and, as a result, that the object can still be found in the abovementioned volume and/or that the bottle stopper has never been removed from the neck.

Preferably, the bottle includes an annular frustoconical skirt fitted on the neck.

Advantageously, the skirt is fitted on the neck in particular by snap-fastening or screwing.

According to a first embodiment, the cap is fitted on the neck in particular by snap-fastening or screwing.

According to a second embodiment, the cap is fitted on the skirt in particular by snap-fastening or screwing.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

In any event, the invention will be clearly understood from the following description, with reference to the attached schematic drawing which shows, by way of nonlimiting examples, two embodiments of this bottle.

FIG. 1 is a partial cross sectional view along the axis of the bottle in a first embodiment of the invention.

FIG. 2 is an enlarged axial cross sectional view of a second embodiment of the invention.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS

FIG. 1 shows a bottle including an approximately spherical reservoir 1 equipped with a tapped neck 2. The neck 2 has a collar 3 extending radially around its outer surface.

The axis A of the bottle is defined by the axis of symmetry of the reservoir 1, said axis passing through the center of the neck 2.

A threaded stopper 4 for sealing the neck 2 is screwed on the latter.

An annular frustoconical skirt 5 is fitted on the neck 2 by snap-fastening. More specifically, the portion of the skirt with the smaller diameter has an axial annular part 6 forming a shoulder the internal diameter of which is approximately the same as the diameter of the collar 3 of the neck, said collar being inserted in the annular part 6 and resting against the shoulder.

Snap-fastening means formed by a complementary groove and bead system are provided for fitting the skirt on the neck. Alternatively, the skirt can be force fitted on the neck.

The portion of the skirt 5 with the larger diameter is directed towards the bottom of the reservoir 1, opposite the neck 2 along the axis A of the bottle.

The frustoconical skirt 5 also has an outer annular shoulder 7 at its end with the smaller diameter.

An approximately cylindrical hollow cap 8 has an open end 9 having an inside diameter approximately the same as the diameter of the outer shoulder portion of the skirt, the other end 10 of the cap being closed.

The cap may be made of synthetic material, glass, wood, resin or cardboard.

The open end 9 of the cap 8 is snap-fastened onto the outer shoulder 7 of the skirt 5, using for example a complementary groove and bead system, such that the axis of the cap corresponds to the axis A of the bottle.

The cap 8 thus fitted on the skirt 5 defines with the neck 2 a volume 11 in which an approximately cylindrical pod 12 is located. The pod 12 which is designed to accommodate an object (not shown) consists of two shells 13 that fit into one another.

The bottle is covered by a film (not shown) over its entire peripheral surface. In this way, on first usage, the consumer removes the cap 9 by tearing the film, removes the pod 12 and disassembles the two shells 13 in order to reveal the object.

The consumer can then put the cap back on the bottle, or not. The cap can also be used as a measuring means or as a glass.

FIG. 2 shows a second embodiment of the invention in which the same elements have the same references as in FIG. 1.

In order to make the drawing clearer, only the outlines of the reservoir 1, of the neck 3 and of the pod 12 have been shown.

In this embodiment, the bottle has no frustoconical skirt 5, the cap 8 being mounted directly on the neck 3 by snap-fastening.

In order to produce this type of fitting, the cap has a bead 14 around the inner surface, offset from the open end of the cap toward the closed end, such that when the cap 8 is in the mounted position on the neck 3, the bead 14 engages with the collar 3 to bring about the snap-fastening.

According to a third embodiment which is not shown, the cap has two open ends, the volume used to contain the object being defined by the neck, the cap and the film covering the bottle.

According to another embodiment which is not shown, food products, for example confectionery or a lollipop, are housed inside the capsule.

It goes without saying that the invention is not limited to only those embodiments of this system which have been described hereinabove by way of examples, but also includes any variants thereof. Thus, among other things, the film could cover only part of the bottle or the bottle could contain no pod, in which case the object could be located directly in the volume defined by the cap.