Patent Number: 6,168,131

Title: Ice cube tray and dispenser

Abstract: An ice cube storage and dispensing unit having an ice cube tray tray with a plurality of ice cube compartments and a plurality of slits along one of the longitudinal edges. There is a cover is removably secured to the ice cube tray which creates a closed space above the ice cube tray. The cover has an open end. There are a plurality of latches located along the bottom edge of one of the longitudinal side walls of the cover. The latches engage the slits in the ice cube tray to pivotally attach the cover to the ice cube tray. There is a flange located around the bottom edge of the other longitudinal side wall that releasably engages a groove in the other longitudinal edge of the ice cube tray to releasably lock the cover over the ice cube tray. There is a flap in the top surface of the cover near the free end to create a slot and a door at the open end of the cover to seal the space above the ice cube tray. The door is pivotally attached to one of the side walls and has a panel inserted into the slot. The panel slides within the cavity as the door is opened and shut. Ice cubes formed in the tray are released from the tray and stored in the cover when the tray is inverted, and selectively removed from the cover through the door. The cubes are thus stored in a compact, closed environment, yet are easily accessible by pivoting open the door.

Inventors: Tabatabaie; Mehdi (Woodside, NY)

Assignee: Business World Trade, Inc.

International Classification: F25C 1/22 (20060101); F25C 1/24 (20060101); B28B 007/24 (); B28B 007/26 ()

Expiration Date: 01/02/2018