|국가/구분||United States(US) Patent 등록|
|국제특허분류(IPC7판)||B01D-039/16 B01D-035/00 B01D-029/085 B01D-029/37 B01D-035/28 B65B-039/02 B67C-011/00 B65D-008/14 B65D-006/16 B65D-006/18|
|미국특허분류(USC)||210/232; 210/238; 210/249; 210/470; 210/471; 210/474; 210/482; 210/499; 141/337; 220/666; 215/382|
|발명자 / 주소|
|출원인 / 주소|
|대리인 / 주소||
|인용정보||피인용 횟수 : 84 인용 특허 : 52|
A collapsible container consists of three parts: a rigid top rim, a flexible center band, and a rigid base. This combination of sections allows the container to easily collapse to about one-third of its original height. The container is also quite stable when expanded and is self-supporting. In various embodiments of the invention, for example, the upper rim may be expandable, the base may include holes or mesh to serve as a colander or strainer, or the base may be configured as a tube to function as a funnel.
The embodiments of the invention in which an exclusive property or privilege is claimed are defined as follows: 1. A collapsible container, comprising: a substantially rigid rim; a substantially rigid base; the rim including at least a first vertical portion extending downward toward the base and forming a portion of a sidewall of the container, the first vertical portion terminating in a lower edge, the rim further having a flange extending radially away from the first vertical portion; the base including an upper peripheral portion extending upward to...