Patent Number: 6,193,101

Title: Beverage container with self-contained drinking straw

Abstract: A beverage container has a straw-dispensing mechanism that is disposed within the container and is responsive to appropriate manipulation of the container to bring the straw into alignment with the orifice in the top end of the container. In one embodiment, the straw is supported by a weighted member that responds to the manipulation of the container to move the straw. A buoyant member is attached to the straw to elevate the straw through the orifice when the straw is aligned with the orifice. Several alternative embodiments of the invention incorporating the weighted member are disclosed. In another embodiment, the straw is supported by a buoyant member that responds to the manipulation of the container to move the straw. The buoyant member is attached to the straw to elevate the straw through the orifice when the straw is aligned with the orifice as well as to align the straw with the orifice due to the manipulation of the can.

Inventors: Murphy; Peter F. (Grosse Pointe, MI), Brewer; Doug (Chicago, IL), Brown; Dave (Chicago, IL), Kurtz, Jr.; James H. (Grosse Pointe Farms, MI), Taylor; Jon (Chicago, IL), Doczy; Paul (Chicago, IL)

Assignee: The PopStraw Company, LLC

International Classification: B65D 77/28 (20060101); B65D 77/24 (20060101); A47G 021/18 ()

Expiration Date: 02/27/2018