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Patent 10829280
Drop Water Corporation

Compostable Single-use Beverage Container And Associated Mechanism For Sealing The Container

The present invention relates to a novel beverage container and a mechanism for securing a cap to the container within an automated kiosk. The container comprises a compostable shell, beverage bag, and other components. The beverage bag is sealed to a closure shoulder using a mechanical sealing ring, optionally without the use of using heat, glue or ultrasonic energy. The cap is secured to the closure shoulder by the mechanism within the kiosk.

Much Less than Average Length Specification

1 Independent Claims

  • Claim 1. A beverage container, comprising: an outer shell comprising a locking taba beverage bag within the outer shell, the beverage bag comprising a top openingamechanical sealing ring comprising a first portion located within the beverage bag and a second portion protruding outside of the top opening of the beverage bag, the second portion comprising a first locking ringa vertically-oriented closure shouldercomprising a second locking ring and a protrusion comprising a horizontally-extending surface, wherein the second locking ring is engaged with the first locking ring to clamp between them a portion of the beverage bag surrounding the top opening of thebeverage bag and the locking tab is engaged approximately perpendicularly with the horizontally-extending surface of the protrusion to prevent the closure shoulder from being removed from the outer shelland a cap secured to the closure shoulder.
  • Claim 7. A method of assembling a beverage container, comprising: placing a mechanical sealing ring in a bag through a first opening in the bottom of the bagmoving a portion of the mechanical sealing ring through a second opening in the top of thebagengaging a first locking ring on the mechanical sealing ring with a second locking ring in a closure shoulder, the mechanical sealing ring and the closure shoulder clamping between them a portion of the bag around the second openingsealing thefirst opening in the bottom of the bagsecuring a cap to the closure shoulderand placing an outer shell around the bag.