Sip N Saver
Tom, a first time father, noticed that his son had difficulty drinking out of his child spill proof cups while riding in the car due to the design of the car seat not allowing him to tilt his head back.
Tom set out to find a better way for his son to drink in the car or at any other time. His solution was a new lid design which featured a flip up straw with a built in vent. The patented vent sealed off the liquid each time you flipped the straw down which kept the cup from leaking.
Tom, a prototype engineer, got a prototype made of his patented invention. A friend within Rubbermaid saw the prototype and, a partnership was born. Tom’s patent became the Sip N Saver, a product that continues to be sold by Rubbermaid years later in various iterations. Tom’s invention to solve his son’s frustration later led to paying for both of his children’s college education and Tom continues to help Rubbermaid innovate today.