Anticipate This!™ | Patent and Trademark Law Blog

They Invented What? (No. 161)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on February 17, 2010

U.S. Pat. No. 7,631,404: Easy inter burial container.

 

What is claimed is:

1. A burial container for interment of a deceased comprising:

          a hull having a length, an open first end, a closed second end, an outer surface, and an interior for receiving the deceased, the outer surface tapering along the length from the first end to the second end such that the outer periphery of the hull is larger at the first end and smaller at the second end; the outer surface including external threads extending helically thereabout and substantially the entire length of the hull;

         a cap removably secured to the first open end of the hull to sealingly close the hull, the cap including means for displaying items of memorialization thereon; and

         at least one of the cap and hull including means for engagement with an external device, the external device cooperating with the at least one of the cap and hull to rotate the burial container such that the external threads pull the burial container into the ground for interment of the deceased.

2. A burial container for interment of a deceased as claimed in claim 1, further comprising a tray for supporting the deceased thereon and for placement within the hull interior.

3. A burial container for interment of a deceased as claim in claim 2, further comprising a shroud secured to the tray whereby the tray and shroud collectively define a closed chamber for the deceased.

4. A burial container for interment of a deceased comprising:

         a hull having a length, a first end, a second end, an outer surface, and an interior for receiving the deceased, the hull being split along at least a portion of its length to define a lower section and an upper section hingedly connected thereto, the upper section movable between a closed position and an open position for placement of the deceased in the interior of the hull, the outer surface tapering along the length from the first end to the second end such that the outer periphery of the hull is larger at the first end and smaller at the second end; the outer surface including external threads extending helically thereabout and substantially the entire length of the hull;

         the first end of the hull including means for displaying items of memorialization thereon; and

         the first end of the hull including means for engagement with an external device, the external device cooperating with the first end of the hull to rotate the burial container such that the external threads pull the burial container into the ground for interment of the deceased.

5. A burial container for interment of a deceased as claimed in claim 4, further comprising a tray for supporting the deceased thereon and for placement within the hull interior.

6. A burial container for interment of a deceased as claim in claim 5, further comprising a shroud secured to the tray whereby the tray and shroud collectively define a closed chamber for the deceased.

One Response

Subscribe to comments with RSS.

  1. Joseph Page said, on March 16, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    Huh! – I sure hope they don’t put me in a test tube and screw me into a lake bed. I don’t much care how they get rid of me, but that way seems a bit dodgy. Laughs
    Integrity Intellectual Property


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: