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Telephone Mouthpiece Cover

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000004362D
Publication Date: 2000-Oct-17
Document File: 2 page(s) / 43K

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Abstract

The present invention is a disposable, elasticized cover for the mouthpiece of a telephone. It is designed to expand and fit a wide variety of telephone handsets, from traditional shapes to cellular and mobile telephone shapes. The user would fit the cover over the mouthpiece before using the telephone, proceed with calls on the telephone, and discard the cover after use.

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Telephone Mouthpiece Cover

Many people use telephone handsets in public locations, such as those on pay telephones and on hotel room telephones on a consistent basis. It is highly probable that communicable diseases are spread by the use of telephone handsets. Bacteria are transmitted to the handset by one person, and transferred to the next user when they pick up the handset and place it close to their face and mouth.

It is feasible to wash hands or to utilize a hand-sanitizing product after using a telephone. Doing so would prevent the spread of disease via hand to mouth contact. However, one must also be protected from potential transfer of germs or bacteria to the skin and mouth as one is speaking into the telephone. An apparatus to cover the mouthpiece of the telephone that could prevent transfer of germs or bacteria, is compact, easy to use, and does not interfere with use of the telephone would solve this problem.

The present invention is a disposable, elasticized cover for the mouthpiece of a telephone. It is designed to expand and fit a wide variety of telephone handsets, from traditional shapes to cellular and mobile telephone shapes. The user would fit the cover over the mouthpiece before using the telephone, proceed with calls on the telephone, and discard the cover after use.

Figure 1 Telephone mouthpiece cover

Figure 1 shows a mouthpiece cover 100. In one example, the mouthpiece cover 100 may be made of plastic. Other possible materials include paper or synthetic fiber materials. Any thin, lightweight natural or manmade material that does not impede sound but prevents direct contact of the user's mouth and the telephone handset may be used. Elastic band 120 provides a way for mouthpiece cover 100 to fit snugly on the telephone. Elastic band 120 may be attached to crown 110 of mouthpiece cover 100 in numerous ways, including being fused, glued, or sewn to the mouthpiece cover material.

Figure 2 Application of telephone mouthpiece cover

Figure 2 shows an exemplary telephone handset with mouthpiece cover 100 positioned for application on a telephone handset 200. Mouthpiece 100 is slipped over telephone handset 200 to cover the area where the user's mouth is proximate to the telephone. The mouthpiece cover 100 prevents direct contact with the telephone and prevents transfer of germs, bacteria, or other unwanted materials to the user of the telephone.