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(12) Patent Application: (11) CA 2866841
(54) English Title: A COVER FOR A WATER COOLER RESERVOIR BOTTLE
(54) French Title: COUVERCLE POUR BOUTEILLE DE RESERVOIR DE REFROIDISSEUR D'EAU
(51) International Patent Classification (IPC):
  • B67D 3/00 (2006.01)
  • B65D 23/08 (2006.01)
(72) Inventors :
  • MILES, ALFRED DEAN (United States of America)
(73) Owners :
  • MILES, ALFRED DEAN (Not Available)
(71) Applicants :
  • MILES, ALFRED DEAN (United States of America)
(74) Agent: OYEN WIGGS GREEN & MUTALA LLP
(74) Associate agent:
(45) Issued:
(86) PCT Filing Date: 2013-03-12
(87) Open to Public Inspection: 2013-09-19
(30) Availability of licence: N/A
(30) Language of filing: English

(30) Application Priority Data:
Application No. Country/Territory Date
61/609,481 United States of America 2012-03-12

English Abstract

An aesthetically pleasing decorative cover for a water cooler or water cooler reservoir bottle helps to transform the bottle from a bottle into a likeness of a person, animal, or object without completely covering the water cooler or water cooler reservoir bottle.


French Abstract

L'invention concerne un couvercle décoratif esthétiquement agréable pour un refroidisseur d'eau ou une bouteille de réservoir de refroidisseur d'eau, qui aide à transformer la bouteille de l'aspect d'une bouteille à une ressemblance à une personne, un animal ou un objet, sans recouvrir entièrement le refroidisseur d'eau ou la bouteille de réservoir de refroidisseur d'eau.


Note: Claims are shown in the official language in which they were submitted.



I claim:

1. A cover for a water cooler reservoir bottle comprising:
a body that defines an interior body surface, wherein the interior body
surface of the
body defines a cavity sized and shaped to receive a water cooler reservoir
bottle and
the body does not completely cover the external body surface of the water
cooler
reservoir bottle.
2. The cover for a water cooler reservoir bottle as claimed in claim 1 wherein
the body
further comprises a body opening and the body opening exposes facial features
defined
on a water cooler reservoir bottle.
3. The cover for a water cooler reservoir bottle as claimed in claim 2,
wherein the facial
features are abstract facial features defined by a water cooler reservoir
bottle itself.
4. The cover for a water cooler reservoir bottle as claimed in claim 2,
wherein the facial
features are added to an exterior body surface of a water cooler reservoir
bottle.
5. The cover for a water cooler reservoir bottle as claimed in any of the
preceding
claims wherein a handle defined by a water cooler reservoir bottle is
functional when the
body is carried by the water cooler reservoir bottle.
6. The cover for a water cooler reservoir bottle as claimed in any of the
preceding
claims further comprising a motion sensor carried by the body and electrically

connected to a power source.
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7. The cover for a water cooler reservoir bottle as claimed in any of the
preceding
claims further comprising lights carried by the body and electrically
connected to a
power source.
8. The cover for a water cooler reservoir bottle as claimed in claims 2, 3,
and 4 further
comprising a water cooler reservoir bottle, wherein the water cooler reservoir
bottle, the
body opening, and the body combine to define an abstract likeness of a human
face
and head.
9. The cover for a water cooler reservoir bottle as claimed in claim 8,
wherein the water
cooler reservoir bottle further comprises a handle that extends in a direction

perpendicular to two opposed ends of the water cooler reservoir bottle and the
handle
forms an abstract likeness of a human nose.
10. The cover for a water cooler reservoir bottle as claimed in claims 8 or 9,
wherein
the water cooler reservoir bottle further comprises a first ridge and the
first ridge forms
an abstract likeness of a human brow or forehead.
11. The cover for a water cooler reservoir bottle as claimed in claims 8, 9,
or 10,
wherein the water cooler reservoir bottle further comprises a second ridge
that forms an
abstract likeness of a human mouth.
12. The cover for a water cooler reservoir bottle as claimed in claim 1,
wherein the
body further comprises a body opening and the body opening exposes facial
features
defined by a water cooler reservoir bottle.
13.
The cover for a water cooler reservoir bottle as claimed in claims 2 and 12,
wherein the body opening is sized and shaped so that eyes and a nose can be
seen
when the body is carried by the water cooler reservoir bottle.



14. The cover for a water cooler reservoir bottle as claimed in claim 1,
wherein the
water cooler reservoir bottle is a five gallon capacity water cooler reservoir
bottle.
15. A cover for a water cooler reservoir bottle comprising:
a body that defines an interior body surface, wherein the interior body
surface of the
body defines a cavity sized and shaped to receive an exterior body surface of
a water
cooler reservoir bottle, the body further comprising a body opening that is
sized and
shaped to expose facial features defined on a water cooler reservoir bottle.
16. A water cooler reservoir bottle and cover comprising:
A water cooler reservoir bottle;
a body that defines an interior body surface, wherein the interior body
surface of the
body defines a cavity sized and shaped to receive a water cooler reservoir
bottle and
the body does not completely cover the external body surface of the water
cooler
reservoir bottle.
17. The water cooler reservoir bottle as claimed in claim 16 wherein the body
further
comprises a body opening and the body opening exposes facial features defined
on a
water cooler reservoir bottle.
18. The water cooler reservoir bottle as claimed in claim 17, wherein the
facial features
are abstract facial features defined by a water cooler reservoir bottle
itself.
19. The water cooler reservoir bottle as claimed in claim 17, wherein the
facial features
are added to an exterior body surface of a water cooler reservoir bottle.
20. The water cooler reservoir bottle as claimed in claim 16, wherein the
water cooler
reservoir bottle is a five gallon capacity water cooler reservoir bottle.
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Note: Descriptions are shown in the official language in which they were submitted.

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A COVER FOR A WATER COOLER RESERVOIR BOTTLE
FIELD OF THE INVENTION
[0001] The present invention relates generally to covers for solid articles,
such as
covers for water coolers, water bottles, and water cooler reservoir bottles.
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
[0002] US Design Patent No. 539,588; United States Design Patent No. 438,425;
United States Design Patent No. 479,426; and United States Patent No.
5,454,492 are
all hereby incorporated by reference in their entireties.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
[0003] The present invention may include a cover, sleeve, or jacket that
receives an
article. The cover may include a body with an interior body surface sized and
shaped to
receive an object, such as an exterior body surface of a five gallon water
cooler
reservoir bottle. An exterior surface of the body may define the shape of an
object, a
partial head having ears, a top of a head, and sides of the head, head gear,
or a head
cover. One example is a body in the form of an American football helmet. A
pair of
eyes, a faceguard, a nose, and a mouth, alone or in any combination, may be
integrally
formed with the body or be each separately distinct from the body. In other
body
configurations, as listed below, other accessories (mask, scarf, garment, tie,
bandana,
facial features, etc.) in addition to the facial/head features listed above
can be integrally
formed with a body or provided as distinct and separate articles.
[0004] The present invention may further include a water cooler reservoir
bottle
decoration kit. The kit may include a body having an interior body surface
sized and
shaped to be immediately adjacent to an exterior body surface of a water
cooler
reservoir bottle, such as a three, four, five, or six gallon capacity water
cooler reservoir
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bottle. An exterior body surface of the body may define the shape of a sports
helmet.
The kit may include a pair of eyes, a nose, a mouth, and a faceguard, alone or
in any
combination, that are not integrally formed with the body. The kit may further
include,
alone or in any combination, a vibration sensor, a sound generator, and
lights.
[0005] Another embodiment of the present invention may include a combined
water
cooler reservoir bottle and removable head gear or partial head. The water
cooler
reservoir bottle may include a cylindrical body, two opposed ends, an opening
defined in
one of the two opposed ends, and a handle that extends in a direction
perpendicular to
the two opposed ends and parallel to the opening. The removable head gear or
partial
head may include a body that receives a water cooler reservoir bottle. The
body does
not fully obscure the handle so that the handle and an area of the exterior
body surface
of the water cooler reservoir bottle immediately surrounding the handle is
visible when
the body is carried by the water cooler reservoir bottle. The body may define
a body
opening. The body opening may expose facial features defined by a water cooler

reservoir bottle. The body opening may be sized and shaped so that eyes and a
nose
carried by the water cooler reservoir bottle can be seen when the body is
carried by the
water cooler reservoir bottle.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
[0006] Fig. 1 is a perspective view of a water cooler and a water cooler
reservoir bottle.
[0007] Fig. 2 is a perspective view of a water cooler, water cooler reservoir
bottle, and a
cover according to a first embodiment of the present invention.
[0008] Fig. 3 is a perspective view of a water cooler, water cooler reservoir
bottle, and a
cover according to a second embodiment of the present invention.
[0009] Fig. 4 is a perspective view of a water cooler, water cooler reservoir
bottle, and a
cover according to a second embodiment of the present invention.
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DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION EMBODIMENTS
[0010] United States Provisional Patent Application Serial No. 61/609481,
filed March
12, 2012 entitled "Human Headgear for Solid Articles" is hereby incorporated
by
reference in its entirety.
[0011] The present invention is used to visually transform an object that does
not have
a human, animal, or specific article appearance into a new object that does
have a
human-like, animal-like, or specific article appearance. For example, a water
cooler
reservoir bottle may be transformed into the shape of a head or some other
object. The
invention is not limited to water coolers or water cooler reservoir bottles.
[0012] A water cooler reservoir bottle 16 is shown in Fig. 1. The water cooler
reservoir
bottle 16 may include a cylindrical body 22, an exterior body surface 22A, two
opposed
ends 24, 24A, an opening 26 defined in one of the two opposed ends 24, 24A,
and
handle 28 that extends in a direction perpendicular to the two opposed ends
24, 24A
and parallel to the opening 26. A first ridge 40 and a second ridge 42 may
also be
defined by the water cooler reservoir bottle 16. A separate water cooler 30 is
also
shown. The removable water cooler reservoir bottle 16 is shown inverted in the
water
cooler 30.
[0013] The water cooler reservoir bottle 16, standing alone, does not
immediately
convey a human, animal, or non-water bottle form. However, one discovery is
that
features defined by the water cooler reservoir bottle 16 itself can be
highlighted by a
cover or body to give the water cooler reservoir bottle 16 a new and unrelated
visual
appearance.
[0014] One example is a sleeve, jacket, or cover 10 shown in Fig. 2. The cover
10 may
include a body 12 sized and shaped such that an interior body surface 14 of
the body
12 partially covers, partially receives, or is adapted to partially fit over
an exterior body
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surface 22A of the water cooler reservoir bottle 16. For example, distances D2
and D3
are not covered by the body 12. An exterior body surface 18 of the body 12 may
define
the shape of a human head cover 20 or head gear such as a hat or wig, a
partial animal
head, a partial human head, or an object. The body 12 may further define a
body
opening 50 that is sized and shaped so that the body 12 does not visually
obscure
portions of the exterior body surface 22A such when the body 12 is carried by
the water
cooler reservoir bottle 16 such that facial features defined by or carried on
a water
cooler reservoir bottle 16 can be seen by an observer.
[0015] The facial features can be abstract facial features defined by a water
cooler
reservoir bottle 16 itself separate and discrete objects that may be added to
the exterior
body surface 22A of a water cooler reservoir bottle 16. The water cooler
reservoir bottle
16, the body opening 50, and the body 12 generally combine to define an
abstract
likeness of a human face, a human head, an object, an animal face, or an
animal head.
[0016] The body 12 in Fig. 2 defines an American-style football helmet. The
water
cooler reservoir bottle 16 defines the handle 28. The handle 28 extends in a
direction
perpendicular to the two opposed ends 24, 24A of the water cooler reservoir
bottle 16.
In combination with the body 12, the handle 28 forms an abstract likeness of a
human
nose N. Body opening 50 helps to frame and highlight facial features from the
exterior
body surface 22A and also permits the handle 28 to remain functional when the
body 12
is carried by the water cooler reservoir bottle 16. When the body 12 is
carried by the
water cooler reservoir bottle 16, the handle 28 is not fully obstructed from
view by the
body 12 and the handle 28 is least partially visible. The water cooler
reservoir bottle 16
may also include a first ridge 40. By itself, first ridge 40 is non-descript.
However, when
a body 12 is carried by the water cooler reservoir bottle 16 in a proper way,
the first
ridge 40 forms an abstract likeness of a human brow B or forehead. The water
cooler
reservoir bottle 16 may further include a second ridge 42 that forms an
abstract likeness
of a human mouth 36. Again, the body 12 gives these features visual context
and helps
to transform bumps, ridges, and lines defined by the water cooler reservoir
bottle 16 into
an aesthetically pleasing visual depiction of a person or thing.
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[0017] The interior body surface 14 of the body 12 may further define a cavity
sized and
shaped to receive the largest diameter portion of a water cooler reservoir
bottle 16. An
exterior surface 18 of the body 12 defines the shape of a portion of a human
head, an
animal head, an object or thing, or a human head cover 20. The body 12 defines
an
American football helmet. Other examples include, but are not limited to,
sports
headgear, American football helmet (Fig. 1) without a faceguard, rugby helmet
or
headgear, equestrian polo helmet or headgear, hockey helmet or headgear, hair
or wig,
baseball helmet, hockey helmet, wrestling helmet, golf headgear,
NASCAR/Formula
One helmet, motorcycle helmet, rugby helmet, skateboard helmet, snowboard
helmet,
military helmet or headgear, fireman helmet or headgear (Fig. 4), police
helmet or
headgear, cab driver headgear, bus driver headgear, postal headgear, fisherman

headgear, sombreros, cowboy hats and headgear, coonskin caps, safari headgear,

beach headgear, visors, construction hats and headgear, chef hats and
headgear, a
tooth or other visual representation of a profession or occupation, sports
equipment, a
partial animal head (ears and rear/sides of head), crowns, Uncle Sam hat,
Santa Clause
hat and beard (Fig. 3), holiday heads (cat, witch, St. Patrick, cupid, etc.)
or headgear,
business headgear, marching band hats and headgear, birthday party hats and
headgear, bridal veil, groom headgear, knight headgear, or any other type of
head or
head cover.
[0018] With continued reference to Fig. 2; when the body 12 receives a water
cooler
reservoir bottle 16, a body opening 50 with an area generally defined by
dimensions Al
times A2. Al and A2 are lengths of the first and second edges 44, 46 or the
second
and third edges 46, 48 of the body 12. The body opening 50 partially
physically frames
and visually transforms bumps and curves on the water cooler reservoir bottle
16 into
abstract facial features such as a brow, nose, and mouth B, N, 36. The
interior body
surface of the body 12 has an overall body area that is numerically smaller
than a
cylindrical body surface area of the water cooler reservoir bottle. Stated
another way,
the body 12 does not completely cover the exterior body surface of the water
cooler
reservoir bottle. The exterior body surface 22A may be generally defined by
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of the cylindrical body 22 that extends above an uppermost surface of the
water cooler
30 when the water cooler reservoir bottle 16 is mounted to the water cooler
30. The
exterior body surface 24A may or may not include a flat top adjacent to
opposed end 24
of the water cooler reservoir bottle 16.
[0019] With continuing reference to Fig. 2, body 12 may include a faceguard 34
and a
location L for a logo. The location L of the logo or logos may be on any
exterior surface
18 of the body 12. Eyes 32 (one shown for clarity), faceguard 34, and mouth 36
may be
integral with the body 12, or may be pieces of a kit that are not integrally
formed with the
body 12. If a water cooler reservoir bottle 16 with a handle 28 is used, the
handle 28
can attach to the faceguard 34 to form a vertical portion of the faceguard 34.
In this
case, an optional nose (not shown; Fig. 4) or a photograph of a person's eyes
and nose
may be positioned on the cylindrical body 22, directly behind the handle 28.
Alternatively, the faceguard 34 can pass under the handle 28 and the handle 28
can
define an abstract human nose N. The body 12 may further include a vibration
sensor
38 that detects air bubbles rising in the water cooler reservoir bottle 16 in
a direction D
away from the opening 26. The vibration sensor 38 can be electrically
connected to
power source, a sound generator, or one or more lights 52. The sound generator
and
lights may also be connected to a respective power source. When activated, the

vibration/motion sensor 38 will trigger a sound, a visual light, or both. The
sound can be
a voice, a song, etc. Lights can be selected to illuminate liquid in the water
cooler
reservoir bottle 16 and can be of any visual wavelength or wavelengths.
[0020] Fig. 3 shows an example body 12A that defines a Santa hat 54 and beard
56.
The body 12A is carried by a water cooler reservoir bottle 16. Beard edge 58
and hat
edge 60 partially define body opening 50A. As with Fig. 2, the body opening
50A
exposes and helps to define abstract facial features, such as a nose N, brow
B, mouth
36, eyes 32, or an eye patch (not shown).
[0021] Fig. 4 shows an example body 12B that defines a fireperson's helmet 62.
The
body 12B is carried by a water cooler reservoir bottle 16A. In this
embodiment, a body
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opening 50B remains unobstructed from view so that distinct and discrete
facial features
such as discrete eyes 32 and a nose Ni can be added to the exterior body
surface 22A
of the water cooler reservoir bottle 16A. The body opening 50B provides a
clean palette
that decorative objects, such as facial objects, can be added to. The water
cooler
reservoir bottle 16A shown in Fig. 4 does not have a handle 28. However, there
are
other features of the water cooler reservoir bottle 16A that are given
visually aesthetic
context by the body 12B. For example, second edge 42A and bottom 66 of the
water
cooler reservoir bottle 16A can be used to define a mouth 36A.
[0022] The body 12, 12A, 12B may be made from any type of plastic, resin, or
Mylar
material. The body 12, 12A, 12B may be rigid, collapsible, foldable, or
inflatable by
compressible or non-compressible fluid, depending on the material selected.
The body
12, 12A, 12B may be formed partially or in its entirety by injection molding,
as a flat
sheet that can be wrapped around the water cooler reservoir bottle 16, 16A, or
as a flat
bag with at least one open side that slides over the water cooler reservoir
bottle 16,
16A. The body 12, 12A, 12B may also include a phosphorescent material that
illuminates in dark areas. The body 12, 12A, 12B may be made from a cloth
material
that can carry removable patches or logos L, such as by hook and latch
attachment.
This arrangement allows for a single body, such as body 12, to be decorated
several
different ways. For example, facial features of Employees-of-the-Month can be
added
and removed from a single body 12. The water cooler reservoir bottle 16 may be
made
from a clear plastic material and may be a three, four, five, six, seven,
eight, nine, or ten
gallon capacity replaceable water cooler reservoir bottle 16.
[0023] The present invention also includes a method. The method includes a
step of
selling or offering for sale a body that defines an interior cavity sized and
shaped to fit
over a water cooler reservoir bottle, wherein the body defines portions of a
head or
headgear and the body does defines a body opening that exposes a facial area
on an
exterior body surface of a receptacle or reservoir. The method may further
include the
step of advertising to the public that the body can be used to decorate the
water cooler
reservoir bottle 16. Another step includes advertising to the public that the
body can be
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used with facial feature integrally formed with the body, separate and
distinct from the
body, or abstractly formed by a water cooler reservoir bottle to create a
visual likeness
of a person, animal, or object on a water cooler reservoir bottle.
[0024] It should be understood that the foregoing illustrative embodiments
have been
provided merely for the purpose of explanation and are in no way to be
construed as
limiting of the invention. Any combination of any elements or embodiments
described
herein is contemplated.
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Maintenance Fee - Application - New Act 2 2015-03-12 $100.00 2014-09-09
Maintenance Fee - Application - New Act 3 2016-03-14 $100.00 2016-02-11
Maintenance Fee - Application - New Act 4 2017-03-13 $100.00 2017-02-02
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