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Hinged cover for a disposable cup dispenser

Imported: 24 Feb '17 | Published: 19 Feb '02

Menacham Vine

USPTO - Utility Patents

Abstract

The invention provides a cover for a tubular feed container for a disposable cup dispenser, the cover comprising an annular base sized to concentrically override an upper area of the tubular container in friction-fit engagement therewith, and a hinged lid attached to a pair of spaced-apart hinge flanges protruding from an outer surface of the base, wherein an edge of the lid bracketed by the pair of hinges is provided with a concave configuration complementary to the convex curvature of the outer surface of the annular base, and an upper surface area of the lid is provided with a concave depression complementary in configuration to the convex curvature of the outer surface of the annular base, whereby the lid can be rotated about the hinges in an arc of about 270° from a first position atop the base to a second position with the upper surface of the lid substantially flush with an outer portion of the annular base, without damage to the hinges.

Description

In the drawings:

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a preferred embodiment of the cover according to the invention, the cover being shown in its closed position;

FIG. 2 is a side elevational view of the same cover in its maximum open position; and

FIG. 3 is a perspective detail view of the hinge.

Claims

1. A cover for a tubular feed container for a disposable cup dispenser, said cover comprising an annular base sized to concentrically override an upper area of said tubular container in friction-fit engagement therewith, and a hinged lid attached to a pair of spaced-apart hinge flanges protruding from an outer surface of said base, wherein an edge of said lid bracketed by said pair of hinges is provided with a concave configuration complementary to the convex curvature of the outer surface of said annular base, and an upper surface area of said lid is provided with a concave depression complementary in configuration to the convex curvature of the outer surface of said annular base, whereby said lid can be rotated about said hinges in an arc of about 270° from a first position atop said base to a second position with the upper surface of said lid substantially flush with an outer portion of said annular base, without damage to said hinges.

2. A cover according to claim 1, wherein said concave depression tapers in width from said edge towards the center of said lid.

3. A cover according to claim 1, wherein the distance from said outer surface of said annular base and a vertical plane passing through the axis of the hinge is less than the distance from an uppermost surface of said lid and a horizontal plane passing through the axis of said hinge.