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Folding Cupholder

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000051650D
Publication Date: 2005-Feb-10
Document File: 8 page(s) / 463K

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Abstract

A folding cupholder is disclosed. The cupholder includes a base, a cover pivotally coupled to the base, and a retaining member pivotally coupled to the cover and/or base. The cover rotates between a stowed position and a deployed position where it supports a container. The retaining member is contoured so that a varying amount of space is provided between the retaining member and the base depending on the angular orientation. The contoured of the retaining member is also configured to provide a generally circular space throughout its range of angular orientation.

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FOLDING CUPHOLDER Abstract

    A folding cupholder is disclosed. The cupholder includes a base, a cover pivotally coupled to the base, and a retaining member pivotally coupled to the cover and/or base. The cover rotates between a stowed position and a deployed position where it supports a container. The retaining member is contoured so that a varying amount of space is provided between the retaining member and the base depending on the angular orientation. The contoured of the retaining member is also configured to provide a generally circular space throughout its range of angular orientation.

Description

The cupholder includes a base, a pivoting cover, and a retaining member.

    The base is configured to be mounted to the interior of a vehicle (e.g., on a console, seat, instrument panel, trim panel, etc.). The base includes a projection (e.g., a resilient pad) so that the container is retained between the pivoting retaining member and the projection.

    The cover is pivotably coupled to the base and pivotal between a stowed position and a deployed position. In the deployed position, the cover is generally horizontal and configured to support a container (e.g., cup, can, bottle, or the like). The cover includes a latch or tab that engages the base to retain the cover when in the stowed position.

    The retaining member is pivotably coupled to the cover and/or the base and is configured to receive a variety of sizes and shapes of containers. The retaining member is configured...