US Patent No: 6,090,215

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Can top cleaning method




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A method of using a disposable moist towelette with a can cleaning device to clean and sanitize a top surface and a tight circumferential groove on the top of a pop top beverage can. The method includes the use of a disposable moist towelette made of material which resists tearing when manipulated with a can cleaning device. The towelette is moistened with a liquid such that when the moist towelette is placed over the top surface of a pop top beverage can and a can cleaning device is guided into place on top of the moist towelette, rotating the can cleaning device relative to the can effects cleaning and sanitizing of the top surface and groove on the can. The moist towelette may be stored in an air tight packet which can be attached to the beverage can. The moist towelette and packet may be dispensed from a vending machine along with a beverage can.

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Cooper, Byron W 1910 Messina Dr., San Jose, CA 95132 4 16

Cited Art Landscape

Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (10)
* 4,651,890 Beverage can wipe stored in pouch affixed to can 17 1986
* 4,733,423 Pop top can brush 9 1986
* 4,813,091 Can cleaner device 11 1987
* 4,951,344 Beverage can cleaning device 7 1988
* 4,912,801 Can cleaning brush 12 1988
* 5,031,264 Cleaning system for self opening cans 7 1989
* 4,967,622 Beverage container opener 63 1990
* 5,371,913 Can cleaning device 5 1993
* 5,244,111 Beverage can cleaner 14 1993
* 5,555,778 Can opener for pull top cans 20 1994
* Cited By Examiner

Patent Citation Ranking

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (5)
* 6,254,692 Can top cleaning method 2 2000
7,392,916 Retractable straw for drinking containers 6 2000
* 7,426,994 Individually packaged sanitizing wipe and articles comprising same 2 2005
* 2009/0249,566 Disposable Container Top Cleaner 0 2008
* 9,162,798 Beverage can including antimicrobial wipe 0 2013
* 2006/0193,990 Moist Wipe and Method of Making Same 5 2006
* 2003/0157,856 Moist wipe and method of making same 13 2002
* 2008/0254,081 Moist Wipe and Method of Making Same 1 2008
* Cited By Examiner