US Patent No. 10,506,895

INSULATED CONTAINER ASSEMBLY WITH THERMAL STORAGE ACCOMMODATION


Patent No. 10,506,895
Issue Date December 17, 2019
Title Insulated Container Assembly With Thermal Storage Accommodation
Inventorship Melvin Mogil, North York (CA)
William Kearns, Scarborough (CA)
Rick Stephens, Chicago, IL (US)
Christopher Edwards, Nepean (CA)
Elizabeth Mitchell, Toronto (CA)
Assignee CALIFORNIA INNOVATIONS INC., (CA)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,506,895

24. A soft-sided insulated lunch box assembly comprising:a lunch box and at least a first thermal storage gel pack;
said lunch box having a lunch box body and a lunch box lid;
said lunch box body having an internal chamber in which to receive objects;
said lunch box body having a main opening;
said lunch box lid mating with said lunch box body and co-operating therewith to define a main closure;
said lunch box lid being hingedly mounted to said lunch box body and being movable between a closed position and an open position of said main closure governing access to said chamber through said main opening;
said lunch box body has a back wall and a peripheral sidewall joined to and extending away from said back wall;
said back wall being four-sided and having an outside skin, an inside skin, and a layer of insulation captured between said outside skin and said inside skin;
said peripheral sidewall having first, second, third and fourth sidewall portions joining, and extending away from corresponding first, second, third and fourth edge portions of said back wall;
said backwall and said peripheral sidewall forming a five-sided open-topped box;
said open-topped box having a with and a length defined by said back wall, and a through-thickness depth defined by said peripheral sidewall;
said lid having an outside skin, an inside skin, and a layer of insulation captured between said outside skin and said inside skin thereof;
at least one of said back wall and said lid having a first thermal storage element accommodation formed therein between the layer of insulation and the inside skin;
said respective inside skin segregating said first thermal storage accommodation from said internal chamber of said lunch box assembly;
said first thermal storage element accommodation having an access opening;
said access opening of said first thermal storage member accommodation being a first slot;
said first thermal storage gel pack is a disk-shaped thermal storage member having a length, a width, and a through thickness, said through-thickness being smaller than each of the length and the width;
said slot being sized to admit said disk-shaped gel pack end-on, said gel pack then being slidable sideways into said first thermal storage member accommodation; and
said gel pack being removably sideways-slideable through said first slot into said first thermal storage member accommodation independently of whether said main closure is open.