Dometic Group has filed a patent for a container lid design that includes a rotatable sipping member and a flexible handle. The lid can be sealed or opened by rotating the sipping member, and the handle allows for easy operation. The lid also features threads for connecting it to a container. GlobalData’s report on Dometic Group gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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A container lid with a rotatable sipping member and flexible handle

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Dometic Group AB

A recently filed patent (Publication Number: US20230278759A1) describes a container lid with innovative features. The lid includes a body with an upper surface and a sidewall, along with one or more threads on the inner surface of the sidewall for connecting the lid to a container. The body also features an indentation with an opening, and a sipping member that is rotatably connected to the body. The sipping member can move between a stowed position and a released position, with a passageway that is sealed in the stowed position and unsealed in the released position for fluid communication with the opening.

The lid also includes a handle made of flexible material, with one end connected to the sipping member and the other end rotatably connected to the body. The distance between the two ends of the handle changes as the sipping member moves between the stowed and released positions. The handle applies a biasing force on the sipping member in the stowed position to keep it in place. Additionally, the lid has a fluid flow path that is obstructed in the stowed position but unobstructed in the released position. The handle can receive a downward force to move the sipping member from the stowed position to the released position, and it includes a protrusion on the upper surface for this purpose.

Furthermore, the lid has a pin connection at the end of the handle, and the handle itself is curved between its two ends. The upper surface of the body can be flat or angled, and a portion of the sipping member can contribute to the upper surface.

In another embodiment, the lid has a circular sidewall with threads, an indentation with an opening, and a sipping member that can move between a stowed and released position. The passageway in the sipping member aligns with the opening in the released position for fluid flow, but is unaligned in the stowed position to block fluid flow. The lid also includes a curved handle made of flexible material that biases the sipping member to the stowed position but can be pressed to move it to the released position. When in the stowed position, the sipping member is substantially flush with the upper surface of the body. The sipping member is made of a polypropylene-based material, while the curved handle can be made of a silicon-based material or a thermoplastic rubber material.

Overall, this patent presents a container lid design with a movable sipping member, a flexible handle, and various features that allow for fluid flow control and ease of use.

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