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Safety Opener

United States Patent
WWW.USPTO.GOV
7,343,835
Jensen
March 18, 2008

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Safety opener


Abstract
Safety Opener is a device having a toothed opening corresponding to
the ridges of a standard twist off bottle cap. To use Safety Opener, a
consumer simply places a twist off bottle cap attached to a bottle
underneath the toothed opening. When the bottle opener or bottle is
rotated in the appropriate direction, the twist off bottle cap will
loosen. It can then easily be removed by hand.


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Inventors: Jensen; Christopher G. (Chicago, IL)
Appl. No.: 11/524,594
Filed: September 20, 2006

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Related U.S. Patent Documents

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Application Number Filing Date Patent Number Issue Date
60725102 Oct., 2005


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Current U.S. Class: 81/3.27 ; 81/3.09
Current International Class: B67B 7/44 (20060101)
Field of Search: 81/3.27,3.55



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Primary Examiner: Thomas; David B
Attorney, Agent or Firm: Galasso; Raymond M. Galasso & Associates, LP
WWW.GAPATENTS.COM

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Parent Case Text

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CROSS REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

This United States Non-Provisional patent application claims priority
to U.S. Provisional Patent Application No. 60/725,102 entitled "Safety
Opener" filed on Oct. 7, 2005.
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Claims

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What is claimed is:

1. A bottle opening device comprising: a frame having a toothed
opening; and, a first opening and a second opening wherein said first
opening is located on one end of the frame and is substantially
rectangular with curved ends and wherein said second opening is
located on the end opposite said first opening and said second opening
is substantially circular.

2. The device of claim 1 wherein the frame is made of plastic.

3. The device of claim 1 wherein the frame is made of metal.

4. The device of claim 1 wherein the frame is made of stainless steel.

5. The device of claim 1 wherein the frame is oblong in shape.

6. The device of claim 1 wherein the frame is rectangular in shape.

7. The device of claim 1 wherein the toothed opening is semicircular.

8. The device of claim 1 wherein the toothed opening is approximately
circular.

9. The device of claim 1 wherein the toothed opening is approximately
centrally located on the frame.
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Description

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FIELD OF THE DISCLOSURE

The disclosures made herein relate generally to the food and beverage
industry. The invention discussed herein is in the general
classification of bottle openers.

BACKGROUND

Historically, people have opened beverage bottles in a variety of
ways. Often pop off caps require the use of a bottle opener to apply
leverage to the cap to disengage it from its fit on the top of a
bottle. A variety of bottle openers have been developed that permit a
user to apply the proper force to these caps.

Twist off bottle tops permit a consumer to use his hand to maneuver
the cap in a counterclockwise direction to remove it from a bottle.
Unfortunately, the sharp edges and ridges on a twist off top can still
cause injuries or discomfort to a user's hand. This is particularly
true when a twist off top is screwed on tightly or when a user's hands
are wet.

Hence, there is a need in the art for an effective and inexpensive
device for unscrewing conventional twist off bottle caps.

SUMMARY OF THE DISCLOSURE

Safety Opener is a bottle opener for use with twist off bottle caps.
In certain embodiments, it can also be used to open pop off bottle caps.

The principal object of this invention is to provide a device that
allows a user to easily remove twist off bottle caps.

Another object of this invention is to provide a device that also
allows a user to remove pop off bottle caps in the traditional manner.

Another object of this invention is to provide an affordable device
for removing bottle caps.

Yet another object of this invention is to provide a device that will
allow a user to safely remove bottle caps.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 depicts a perspective view of the preferred embodiment of the
invention.

FIG. 2 depicts an alternative embodiment of the invention.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

The preferred embodiment of Safety Opener is comprised of an oblong
frame having a circular-shaped opening on one end, a curved
rectangular shaped opening on the other end, and a semicircular and
toothed opening in the center.

FIG. 1 shows a perspective view of the preferred embodiment of the
invention. An oblong bottle opener frame 1 measures seven inches in
length, two inches in width and one-eighth of an inch in thickness.
The bottle opener frame 1 is made of heavy-gauge stainless steel in
this preferred embodiment though plastic materials as well as others
could be utilized. A circular shaped opening 2 is located on one end
of the bottle opener frame 1. A curved rectangular shaped opening 3 is
located on other end of the bottle opener frame 1. The circular shaped
opening 2 and curved rectangular shaped opening 3 can be used to open
pop off bottle caps in the conventional manner. A toothed
semi-circular shaped opening 4 is located in the center of the bottle
opener frame 1.

FIG. 2 shows a perspective view of an alternative embodiment of the
invention. This embodiment is a wall-mounted version of the invention.
A bottle opener frame 20 has a first hole 21 on the top and a second
hole 22 on the bottom for easily attaching the frame 20 to a wall or
door. The center of the frame 20 has a toothed socket 23 that
corresponds to the shape and size of a standard bottle cap. The
toothed socket 23 has a first set of teeth 24 at the top and a second
set of teeth 25 at the bottom.

To use Safety Opener, a consumer simply places a twist off bottle cap
attached to a bottle underneath the semi-circular, toothed opening or
toothed socket in the center of the bottle opener frame. When the
bottle opener or bottle is rotated in the appropriate direction, the
twist off bottle cap will loosen. It can then easily be removed by
hand or by using the other openings of the device. Obviously, the
circular shaped opening and curved rectangular shaped opening may also
be used to open pop off, rather than twist off, bottle caps.

The materials utilized for Safety Opener may vary widely but could
include metal and plastic components. The metals would ideally be
selected from available steel or alloys of steel and aluminum. The
production process related to the use of these metals insures that the
metal is non-corrosive, durable and strong. The selected metal should
have high impact strength and be capable of accepting and retaining
coloring materials for an extended length of time.

The plastic used in the production will ideally be selected for
durability and longevity. Thermoplastics are commonly used in the
manufacturing of components similar to those used in this invention.
Polyethylene, polypropylene, and other similar thermoplastic materials
would be among those with the necessary traits. Members of this family
are recognized universally as being versatile and of high quality.

The plastic components of Safety Opener can also be formed with the
use of plastic molding techniques, such as injection molding or blow
molding. Injection molding requires melted plastic to be forcefully
injected into relatively cool molds. As the plastic begins to harden,
it takes on the shape of the mold cavity. This technique is ideal for
the mass production of products. Alternatively, blow molding, a form
of extrusion, could be utilized. Blow molding involves a molten tube
being pushed into a mold. Compressed air then forces the molten tube
against the cold walls of the mold.

It should be obvious that the components of the present invention can
be of various shapes and sizes. It should also be obvious that the
components of the invention can be made of different types of plastics
and metals or other suitable materials and can be of any color or
design. It should further be obvious that a toothed socket and toothed
opening are being used synonymously herein to describe an opening of
any shape that permits the ridges on a bottle cap to at least
partially engage the teeth of the opening. Although this invention is
primarily for use with twist off bottle caps, all of the openings
could also be used to aid in opening pop off bottles as well.

It will be recognized by those skilled in the art that changes or
modifications may be made to the above-described embodiments without
departing from the broad inventive concepts of the invention. It
should therefore be understood that this invention is not limited to
the particular embodiments described herein, but is intended to
include all changes and modifications that are within the scope and
spirit of the invention as set forth in the claims. For more
information go to WWW.GAPATENTS.COM or WWW.GOOGLE.COM.

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