Hand Luggage (suitcase, Briefcase, Etc.) Patents (Class 190/100)
  • Patent number: 9710022
    Abstract: An electronic device is provided that includes a body having a first display unit. The electronic device also includes a cover device having a first cover member detachably coupled to the body, and a second cover member pivotable about the first cover member. A second display unit is fixed to and integrated with an inner surface of the second cover member. The second display unit is electrically connected to the body when the first cover member is coupled to the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Min-Hyouk Lee, Dong-Kyun Kim, Seon-Keun Park, Jin-le Ryu, Ji-Young Lee, Jin-Sang Hwang
  • Patent number: 9016449
    Abstract: The briefcase and backpack luggage includes a housing that may carry a plurality of items. The housing comprises a case portion of the housing that may store the items. A folder portion of the housing is coupled to the case portion of the housing. The folder portion of the housing may store items. A handle is coupled to the housing. The handle may be gripped. A strap is coupled to the housing. The strap may be positionable on the user so the housing is retained on the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Inventor: Oluwakemi S. Soboyejo
  • Patent number: 8991597
    Abstract: A garment bag for a collared shirt, the bag comprising a receptacle (52) arranged to receive a first portion of a shirt including the collar (26) and cover (40) arranged to receive the remainder of the said shirt and be rolled up around the receptacle, the receptacle being of greater rigidity than the cover. A method of folding a shirt having a back portion, two front portions, two sleeves and a collar is also disclosed, the method comprising the steps of folding the shirt centrally of the back and between the back and both front portions so that the back lies folded between the front portions, positioning one sleeve along each front portion, protecting the collar and rolling the remainder of the shirt around the protected collar. Preferably the shirt folding method and garment bag are used together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Shirtroll Limited
    Inventor: Richard Sebastian Hawksley Webb
  • Patent number: 8967379
    Abstract: A tool storage and transport system including a tool bag body formed from a base, a first exterior wall perpendicular to the base, and a second exterior wall perpendicular to the base and opposite the first exterior wall; and a tool organizer slidably engagable with at least one of the first and second exterior walls. The tool organizer includes an organizer tray having a bottom wall, a plurality of sidewalls generally perpendicular to the bottom wall, a first end, and a second end opposite the first end. The first end is slidably engagable with the exterior wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: LF Centennial Ltd.
    Inventors: Terrence P. Kinskey, Matthew G. Williams
  • Publication number: 20150014108
    Abstract: A luggage case may include a connector assembly including a first connector and a second connector that releasably connect together. The first connector may be attached to a first flexible retaining member at a position spaced from the attachment of the first flexible retaining member to a respective wall. The second connector may be attached to one of the walls in opposing relationship to the first connector. The first and/or second connectors and/or walls may be adapted to selectively attach the first and/or second connectors to respective walls so that the first connector and/or the second connector are more easily accessible during and after packing one's belongings in the case (than more conventional buckle components, and offer an improvement and alternative to conventional luggage articles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventor: Corrado Vecellio
  • Publication number: 20140262658
    Abstract: A rain gear system including a carrying case, an umbrella, and two foldable boots having an upper portion and a lower portion. The carrying case of the invention includes at least two compartments. The two compartments may be separate pouches within the carrying case. The umbrella and the boots are constructed to fit within the carrying case when not in use. The umbrella of the invention has a foldable frame. The two foldable boots are water-proof or water-repelling. Each of the foldable boots includes at least one narrowing mechanism to secure the boots to a wearer's leg. Each boot also has an upper and a lower portion. The upper portion protects a wearer's leg and pants and the lower portion protects the wearer's footwear from rain. The lower portion of the foldable boots includes anti-slip features to provide grip or traction. Each foldable boot also includes a restriction mechanism to maintain itself in the folded position when not in use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Adam Wegener
  • Patent number: 8752683
    Abstract: A piece of luggage including at least one section of a stiff shell material is provided. The at least one section of the stiff shell material defines a first face of the piece of luggage and has at least one corner. A portion of the at least one section has been removed to define at least one notch proximate the at least one corner. First and second edges of the at least one section adjacent the notch are folded inward relative an inner surface of the at least one section forming first and second sides. The first and second sides define second and third faces of the piece of luggage. The piece of luggage further includes at least one rigid corner piece secured to the first and second sides proximate the at least one notch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Tumi, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul Scicluna
  • Publication number: 20140131964
    Abstract: A luggage case (100, 600, 700, 800, 900) may include opposing sidewalls forming minor faces (105, 106), opposing sidewalls forming major faces (101, 102), and opposing end walls (103, 104) together forming an article defining an enclosed space (109). A line of separation (150) may be formed in said minor faces (105, 160) and end walls (103, 104). A first portion of the line of separation (150) may extend along a first portion of opposing minor faces (105, 106) at a location proximate one of said opposing major faces (101, 102) and corresponding one of said opposing end walls (103, 104) positioned therebetween. A second portion of the line of separation (150) may extend along a second portion of said opposing minor faces (105, 106) in a direction away from said one of said opposing major faces (101, 102) and towards other of said opposing major faces (101, 102).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: Samsonite IP Holdings S.a r.l.
    Inventor: Sean B. Farrelly
  • Patent number: 8653385
    Abstract: A trolley case including a case body and a weight monitoring device. The weight monitoring device is mounted on the case body, including a pressure sensor, a transmission unit, and a display module. The pressure sensor is mounted on the case body, and supports the case body when using. When being applied by a pressure, the pressure sensor transmits the pressure to a corresponding electrical signal according to an intension of the pressure. The intension of the electrical signal is corresponding to the intension of the pressure. The transmission unit is electrically connected to the pressure sensor, and transmits the electrical signal into a corresponding weight value. The display module is electrically connected to the transmission unit for display the weight value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Shanghai Zhijing Biological Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Xinxin Li, Yangling Wu
  • Patent number: 8636123
    Abstract: Luggage cases of the soft-side construction are perceived to be lighter than hard-side cases. However, many rigidifying elements in soft-side cases tend to add to the weight of a soft-side luggage case. This reduces its weight advantage over molded shell luggage cases. Using a textile body in the luggage case to form both the grip of a carry handle and a portion of the outer surface of the luggage helps reduce the weight of the luggage. The textile body may be attached to a thin resilient wire hoop to resist distortion of the luggage case when is it lifted by the handle. This construction saves weight in comparison to conventional luggage case constructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Samsonite IP Holdings S.a.r.l.
    Inventors: Dirk Santy, Joris Smeuninx, George Teixeira, Kenzo Yoneno
  • Patent number: 8596433
    Abstract: A handling baggage, constituted from a trolley or a suitcase, equipped of a couple of sliding shoes in elastic material, able to slide on stairs, facilitating the crossing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Inventor: Francesco Tauro
  • Publication number: 20130292221
    Abstract: A portable storage device comprising an openable outer enclosure, an inner storage compartment which is compressible by evacuation of air from the compartment and a pump integrated into the outer enclosure for evacuating the inner storage compartment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2012
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Inventors: James Ryan, Darina Dunne
  • Patent number: 8573373
    Abstract: Apparatuses convertible between at least a storage container in a first configuration and an activity mat in a second configuration. One apparatus includes a circular lid, a circular base, and at least one zipper pull that zips the lid and base to a wall. When zippered, the apparatus has a generally cylindrical shape. A carrying handle is provided on the lid. When unzippered, the apparatus becomes an activity mat and lies flat. Another apparatus includes two sides, a base, a flap, and at least one zipper pull that zips the sides to the flap. The sides resemble the outline of a car, such that the apparatus when zipped up resembles a car and when unzipped becomes an activity mat and lies flat. Backpack straps on the back allow the apparatus to be worn as a backpack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: International Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Wayne H Rothschild, Kevin McComb
  • Patent number: 8567578
    Abstract: A computer case having an open and a closed configuration may comprise two or more sections. The sections may be foldably joined. A fastener may selectively maintain the computer case in the closed configuration. One or more of the sections may be adapted to receive an electronic device, such as a computer. The sections adapted to receive a computer may comprise a cover. The computer case may be comprised of materials configured to allow the contents thereof to be scanned by a scanning device, such as an X-ray. Portions of the case may allow for visual inspection of a computer disposed therein. A foldable container may be disposed between foldable sections of the case. The foldable container may be configured to receive and hold personal items during a security screening process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Targus Group International, Inc.
    Inventors: Bui Phu Cuong, Todd Gormick, Robert Shortt
  • Patent number: 8499955
    Abstract: An apparatus for at least one of the transport, storage, and display of one or more items of at least one of apparel and accessories is provided. The apparatus includes at least one crib defined by a bottom plate, a back plate, and first and second side plates, each of the at least one crib for having disposed therein one or more items of at least one of apparel and accessories. The at least one crib includes the bottom plate that is one of square and rectangular in shape, the back plate that is one of square and rectangular in shape, and the first and second side plates that have the same shape and that are facing each other. Each of the back plate and first and second side plates are perpendicular to the bottom plate. One edge of each of the back plate and first and second side plates is coupled to a respective one edge of the bottom plate. One edge of each of first and second side plates is coupled to a respective one edge of the back plat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Inventors: Kristin Marie Raffone Vazquez, Robert Gooch, Douglas D. Stout
  • Publication number: 20130168196
    Abstract: Vacuum-shrinkable luggage is disclosed for compactly enclosing and transporting at least one item enclosed therein, and a method of assembling same. The luggage compresses the at least one item enclosed therein such that the size of the luggage decreases. The luggage defines a compartment therein for containing the item. Collapsible panels forming walls of the luggage are made from a material that prevents air seepage through the panels. Seals are provided to prevent air seepage around edges of the panels. A vacuum source in air communication with the compartment establishes low air pressure within the compartment. The vacuum source causes the walls of the luggage to shrink and/or move inwardly so as to compress or compact the item, also reducing the size of the luggage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2011
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Inventor: Andrew Alexander Stanley
  • Publication number: 20130015030
    Abstract: Luggage, duffel bags, travel bags and travel covers including travel covers for sporting goods such as, but not limited to, golf bags, skis, snowboards, baseball equipment, soccer equipment, and tennis equipment, and travel covers for tradeshow or conference displays or graphics, product samples, tents (collectively, “travel covers”), for example, are commonly used for conveniently transporting and protecting large objects during travel by walking, car, train and/or airplane. The travel covers may have a handle that my rotate or swivel to adjust to an ergonomic position for pulling or pushing the travel cover.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2011
    Publication date: January 17, 2013
    Inventors: Leighton Klevana, Ed Miyashita
  • Patent number: 8302749
    Abstract: The invention relates generally to bags and cases for storage of cameras or other objects. More specifically, the system integrates a waterproof dry bag component optimized for storage of cameras and camera accessories, with a bag component of substantially the same size and shape of the dry bag into a single unit. When separated, the two components can perform as individual units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Daymen Canada Acquisition ULC
    Inventors: Bradley S. Melmon, Ryan H. Mongan, David J. Law, Parker T. Chou, Graeme Esarey
  • Publication number: 20120205211
    Abstract: The Footer is the first of its' kind in luggage. The Footer is a two-wheeler shoe luggage carrier that transports your shoes securely. It has three dimensional sets, Large: 29? L×21?? W×4? D, Medium: 25? L×21?? W×4? D and Small Carry-On: 20? L×15?? W×4? D. Large carries eight pairs of shoes, Medium: six pairs of shoes and Small/Carry-On: four pairs of shoes. The outer shell is made of a polycarbonate composite with ABS (acrylontitdle-butadiene styrene). The inner top lid zipper mesh pocket is four inches deep for extra items. This pocket is horizontal and spans the width of each sized luggage piece: large, 29? L, medium 25? L, and small/carry-on 20? L. The top inner lid liner is covered with poly jacquard material (32×30 yds). The bottom inner lid liner is (38×34 yds). The individual shoe holder is made of vented nylon material with dimensions of 14? L×5? H×5? W with a locked zipper to secure all shoes and items.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2011
    Publication date: August 16, 2012
    Inventors: James Aubrey Blount, Laura B. Crawford
  • Patent number: 8235190
    Abstract: Beverage holders adapted to attach to the upwardly extending arms of the handle assembly of a wheeled piece of luggage are described herein. The holders are adapted to twist and pivot when holding a cup with a beverage contained therein to maintain the axis of the beverage cup in a position generally orthogonal with a flat ground surface. The mechanism permitting the pivoting typically comprises a pair of opposing suspension arms that are fabricated of an elastomeric polymer that has sufficient tensile strength to support a beverage cup filled with a beverage but also has a sufficiently low flexural modulus to permit the cup to pivot when the angle of the handle assembly relative to the ground is changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: FLI, LLC
    Inventors: Karen Porte, Douglas P Collins, Kenneth W House
  • Publication number: 20120180434
    Abstract: A flexible bag for protecting luggage includes a bag that can secure the luggage, then be opened to allow for removal and inspection, then allow for reinsertion of the luggage, and finally be re-secured.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2011
    Publication date: July 19, 2012
    Inventors: Russ Snyder, Lance Swenson, Gary Hangsleben, JR., Bruce Ancel
  • Patent number: 8164222
    Abstract: The present invention provides wireless power supply systems intended primarily for use in powering and charging laptops and other portable electronic devices. In one embodiment, the power supply system includes a laptop cradle that can be used in upright or reclined positions. The cradle may be generally J-shaped and may house the wireless power supply circuit with the channel defined in the cradle. The cradle may includes a plurality of primaries to provide the ability to supply power to more than one device and/or to permit flexibility in placement of devices on or in the cradle. The present invention may also provide handheld cradles sized to power handheld devices that can be separate, standalone power supply stations or they can receive power from the laptop cradle. In an alternative embodiment, the power supply station may be incorporated into an adjustable height desktop pedestal. In yet another embodiment, the power supply station may be incorporated into a flexible desktop mat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Access Business Group International LLC
    Inventor: David W. Baarman
  • Patent number: 8109421
    Abstract: A hands free case for mobile personal computers provides a mobile worker a stable platform for laptops, Tablet PCs, Ultra Mobile PCs and accessories. One embodiment comprises a platform insert (22), fabric shell (24), shoulder harness (28), waist/torso harness(30) and an articulated flap (26). Shoulder harness (28) and waist/torso harness (30) is attached to fabric shell (24) via two or more rings and hooks allowing multiple configurations of straps and computer display orientations. Mobile personal computer is secured to platform insert (22) by impact-resistant cordage. When shoulder harness (28) and waist/torso harness (30) is placed around the body a mobile personal computer is carried without being held. The case can be positioned vertically along the body and tilted to improve viewing by adjusting the length of shoulder harness (28) and waist/torso harness (30). When articulated flap (26) is buckled to top of fabric shell (24) mobile personal computer is enclosed in a protective case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Inventors: John Elliott McLean, John Elliott McLean, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8079451
    Abstract: Apparatuses convertible between at least a storage container in a first configuration and an activity mat in a second configuration. One apparatus includes a circular lid, a circular base, and at least one zipper pull that zips the lid and base to a wall. When zippered, the apparatus has a generally cylindrical shape. A carrying handle is provided on the lid. When unzippered, the apparatus becomes an activity mat and lies flat. Another apparatus includes two sides, a base, a flap, and at least one zipper pull that zips the sides to the flap. The sides resemble the outline of a car, such that the apparatus when zipped up resembles a car and when unzipped becomes an activity mat and lies flat. Backpack straps on the back allow the apparatus to be worn as a backpack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Assignee: International Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Wayne H. Rothschild, Kevin McComb
  • Publication number: 20110145971
    Abstract: A rotationally adjustable display device is described. In some embodiments, the device invention comprises a base plate that includes an interior face, an exterior face, and a channel extending through the interior and exterior faces. The device further comprises a locking disk that includes a securing post extending substantially perpendicularly therefrom. The securing post is dimensioned to pass through the channel of the base plate. The device further includes a display element having an outer face and an inner face. A rotation selection post extending substantially perpendicularly from the inner face and has an outer surface including a series of facing surfaces and an inner channel dimensioned to accept and engage the securing post. The device further comprises a rotation selection plate. The display device is substantially rotationally immobilized when the securing post is engaged with the inner channel of the rotation selection post.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2009
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Inventor: Robert A. Norbert
  • Patent number: 7963379
    Abstract: Saddlebag for motorcycles, having a luggage interior part facing the motorcycle in the installed state, a luggage exterior part facing away from the motorcycle in the installed state and which is mounted for opening and closing the saddlebag so it can pivot with respect to the luggage interior part. A flexible luggage intermediate part is situated between the luggage interior part and the luggage exterior part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Ingo Roth
  • Patent number: 7950501
    Abstract: A stopper for preventing movement of a bag equipped with casters containing a base mounted on the bag bottom; a swingable member having one end portion rotatably connected to the base, and having the other end portion capable of being manipulated so as to swing the swingable member between a housing position where the other end portion is positioned close to the base and an engagement position for engaging the other end portion with the ground; a first link having one end portion rotatably connected to the swingable member, and having the other end portion rotatably and slidably connected to the base and slidable along the base bottom and a second link having one end portion rotatably connected to the other end portion of the first link, and constructed so as to be slidable with the other end portion of the first link along the base bottom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: Ace Luggage Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Makoto Takahashi
  • Publication number: 20110120824
    Abstract: A travel accessory for the folding of garments inside a suitcase, includes at least one structural element for spreading and/or hanging (1) and an insert (2) of a soft, flexible material, designed to be inserted into the garment, engaged with the structural element (1).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2009
    Publication date: May 26, 2011
    Applicant: ARMERIA MESCHIERI S.A.S. DI LUCA VALCARENGHI & C.
    Inventor: Luca Valcarenghi
  • Patent number: 7900757
    Abstract: A carrying bag that includes a top portion having at least two side walls, a closable top, a closed bottom having an exterior bottom surface and an interior top compartment. The carrying bag also includes a detachable bottom portion having at least two side walls, a closed top having an exterior top surface, a closed bottom an interior bottom compartment and at least one access opening into the interior bottom compartment, and a compartmentalized structure having a plurality of individual compartments. A track system is included to attach the top portion to the detachable bottom portion, where the track system has a first component and a second component that slidingly engage one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Inventor: Aviva Warter Sisitsky
  • Patent number: 7896143
    Abstract: A portable container system includes a collapsible frame, a shell attached to the frame and defining a volume, wheels attached to the bottom of the frame, and a pull bar assembly comprising a removable attachment member that removably attaches the pull bar assembly to the frame. The removable attachment member is contractible so it disengages from the frame when contracted and it engages the frame when expanded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Assignee: Mascot Metropolitan Inc.
    Inventor: Sui Yuan Lawn Lee
  • Publication number: 20100307878
    Abstract: The present invention is a modular carrying apparatus for personal items and baby supplies that includes a plurality of separately attachable weight-balanced storage components which allow the apparatus to be carried with a shoulder strap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2010
    Publication date: December 9, 2010
    Inventor: Shanley Giglio
  • Patent number: 7841454
    Abstract: Carriers for flat objects such as sheet music are described which supplement the capacity of musical instrument cases having at least one handle. An adjustable hanger strap or straps are provided so that the carrier can be used on cases having different sizes, shapes and thicknesses. The case handle fits through one of a plurality of elongated slots on the hangar strap of the carrier with the carrier positioned against the case. The particular slot used depends on the shape and size of the case. The carrier has one or more compartments for storing articles placed therein, with the carrier draping over one of the sides while being transported about as a single unit by virtue of the case carry handle. Loops engaging the strap are also provided to provide stability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Inventor: Ralph Odell Burton
  • Publication number: 20100187064
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a baggage container with at least one loading platform for single items of hand baggage, said baggage items each having a base on which are two opposed lateral walls, said loading platform comprising reception methods for each base of said items of baggage in order to receive said items of baggage standing on the base thereof and organized such that said walls of said items of baggage are essentially parallel to each other. According to the disclosure, said reception methods have ways for holding each of said bases and said bases are designed to engage in said reception methods when the item of baggage is loaded into the container, such that said bases cooperate with said retainer methods to hold the item of baggage in a fixed opposition on said loading platform.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2008
    Publication date: July 29, 2010
    Inventor: André Safir
  • Patent number: 7712590
    Abstract: A luggage grip includes two fixing seats spaced from each other, and a flexible holding bar mounted between the two fixing seats and having two opposite end portions each movably mounted on the respective fixing seat. Thus, the holding bar is pulled upward to have a curved shape for use with the user and is retractable to have a flat shape when not in use, thereby facilitating the user operating and folding the holding bar. In addition, the luggage grip has a simplified construction to decrease the cost of fabrication. Further, the luggage grip is assembled easily and quickly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Assignee: Hando Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yu-Wen Lee
  • Patent number: 7692107
    Abstract: A luggage case having a built in luggage scale is described. A first frame coupled to and substantially coextensive with a bottom wall of a luggage case is provided. The luggage case comprises a lid movable between open and closed positions, the lid being substantially parallel to the bottom wall. A second frame moveably coupled to and substantially parallel to the first frame is provided. At least one load sensor between the first frame and the second frame, the at least one load sensor configured to measure a weight of the luggage case is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Assignee: TayMac Corporation
    Inventors: Marcus J. Shotey, Jeffrey P. Baldwin
  • Patent number: 7635052
    Abstract: A demountable display module that is stored in the form of a briefcase is described; it comprises a base formed by panels; a cover demountably attached to the base; posts that are demountably to the frames of the side panels of the base; and a board demountably attached to the upper end of the posts. Within the base, there is a first shelf and a second shelf each of them is housed in the inner part of one of the side panels. Likewise, first and second support and securing means are provided to keep the shelves in horizontal position and to secure the shelves in vertical position when they are housed in the side panel to which they attach. The cover of the module is used as a container body to house the rest of the elements of the module and it includes a handle to transport the module in the form of a briefcase; likewise, the method to manufacture the module is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2009
    Inventors: Ricardo Ceballos-Godefroy, Herman Federico Neumann-Duran
  • Patent number: 7629542
    Abstract: Suitcases with internal load determination devices determine the weight of a suitcase without requiring the user to lift the loaded suitcase. A sensor grid suspended within the interior of the suitcase's bottom is attached to sensors. When a load is placed on the sensor grid, the force exerted by the sensor grid on the sensors is measured and communicated to a CPU. The CPU calculates the weight of the load and displays it to the user on an electronic display. An on/off switch toggles the display between showing the net weight of the load and the gross weight of the loaded suitcase, as well as controlling the flow of electricity from a battery to the CPU, display, and sensors. The suitcase has a handle that extends over the display, feet, wheels, and latches. A method for using the suitcase with internal load determination device is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2009
    Inventors: Victor Harding, Ethel Harding
  • Publication number: 20090294235
    Abstract: A lightweight computer carrying case (1) has an undulating leaf spring (17) enclosed between two layers of foam. The foam strips and leaf spring are bonded to one another, and the combined spring protection system (15) is surrounded by an aesthetic layer of fabric and mounted in the interior of a main packing compartment. Once snugly fitted betwixt the spring protection device, the computer (23) is strapped in and enjoys superior safety from impact forces, including impacts felt on the corner of the carrying case. The foam is of EVA construction and the leaf spring comprises polypropylene or ABS. A unique and aesthetically pleasing outer pocket with a curving zippered access (29) holds valuables, and a sleeve pocket on the outer front face of the case provides easy access to computer peripherals and such.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2008
    Publication date: December 3, 2009
    Applicant: SAMSONITE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Dirk Santy, Donald John Wilson
  • Patent number: 7607462
    Abstract: A carryall or tote is a bag with an open top end that communicates with at least one inner pouch volume. The open top end is closed with a releasable closure. A transparent pocket located upon the front outer surface of the bag holds an accessory, such as an electronic access key or electronic access unit to permit real estate agents to access real properties listed for sale. A back pocket located upon the back outer surface holds one or more business cards or other identification indicia. A length-adjustable neck strap is provided from which the bag may be suspended. Alternatively, the bag may be suspended by one or more belt engaging loops. In some embodiments, a pen pocket may be provided as well as an additional pouch that is releasably fastened to the bag to hold other accessories.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2009
    Inventor: Katherine H. Degliobizzi
  • Publication number: 20090133316
    Abstract: A case adaptable for multiple applications and, in particular, for supporting a laptop computer in a horizontal, open and unobstructed work mode and for securing the computer in a closed, upright carrying and storage mode. The case comprises a bottom wall for supporting the case in the work mode, a front wall, a rear wall for supporting the case in the carrying and storage mode, opposite side walls, an open upper end, an interior support tray spaced above the bottom wall so as to define a thermal insulating cavity therebetween and a door slidable between a closed position and an open position. In the closed position, the door extends across the upper end of the case. In the open position the door is substantially disposed in the cavity between the bottom wall and the support tray, providing unobstructed access to the computer in the work mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2007
    Publication date: May 28, 2009
    Inventor: Brent A. Richter
  • Publication number: 20090008202
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention may comprise a system and method for mass customizing luggage. A system and method for customizing luggage may comprise offering a user a design catalog from which to select a graphic design for an item of luggage, the item of luggage having a recessed panel, generating a custom label using the selected graphic design, and applying the custom label to the recessed panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2008
    Publication date: January 8, 2009
    Inventors: Douglas C. Dayton, Sung K. Park, David Duncanson, Tim Proulx
  • Publication number: 20080283350
    Abstract: An advantageous carry-on bag is now disclosed which accommodates hanging garments, folded garments and accessories. The bag comprises a bottom portion comprising a first bottom area and a flap area. The flap area which zips or otherwise removably secures to the top edge of each of two ends and the front side of the bag. The first bottom areas secured to the bottom edge of the two ends and the front side. When the flap is in a first position extending outwardly from said end bottom edges, it forms an area adapted to receive hanging garments. Upright flaps attached to the side edges of the end sections removably secure to one another to form a wall parallel to the front side section and define a packing area which may receive for example folded garments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2007
    Publication date: November 20, 2008
    Inventor: John B. Vorderkunz
  • Publication number: 20080283349
    Abstract: A device for covering and transporting a portable computer comprises lower (4) and top (6) boards which cover the computer external surfaces, are shaped in the form of a parallelepiped and pivotable about an edge (8) provided with at least one opening (10) for accessing to connections and ports arranged on the computer rear face. The lower board (4) and/or the top board (6) are provided with slide grooves (40) in which a sliding belt (42) in the form of a closed loop is introduced. Said slide grooves enable the sliding belt to be slidingly adjusted at a desired height position in such a way that it makes it possible to access to ports (USB, RJ45) and to readers (DVD, CD, diskettes).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2006
    Publication date: November 20, 2008
    Inventor: Raphael Taieb
  • Publication number: 20080251338
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide an apparatus and system for a portfolio with an embedded mobile accessory. The portfolio may include a communication interface to communicatively couple the mobile accessory to a mobile computing device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2007
    Publication date: October 16, 2008
    Inventors: Stuart A. Golden, James R. Trethewey, Ron D. Egger, Hue V. Lam
  • Publication number: 20080142557
    Abstract: The invention relates to an improved shoulder strap for use in combination with any type of bag that is designed for carrying over a shoulder of a user. The shoulder strap includes: first and second half-straps each having a first end and a second end, the second end having a connector adapted for coupling to a bag; a pad; and at least one elastic member held on one side of the pad and being extendable independently of the pad, the at least one elastic member coupling the first end of the first half strap to the pad and the first end of the second half strap to the pad.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2007
    Publication date: June 19, 2008
    Applicant: THREE POINT VENTURES LLC
    Inventors: Michael Hess, Bryan Hammer, Stephen Spencer
  • Publication number: 20080053770
    Abstract: A travel case for a portable electronic device is provided. The travel case includes a case body, the case body having a portable electronic device receiving portion configured to receive and snuggly fit therein a portable electronic device, a docking device provided in the case body, and a power adapter provided in the case body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2006
    Publication date: March 6, 2008
    Inventor: Timothy Tynyk
  • Patent number: 7265302
    Abstract: An article of luggage has a casing and at least a carrying handle attached to the casing. A member engageable with a predetermined portion of the casing for measuring a weight of contents loaded therein and for generating display signals. A display is connected to the casing and is coupled to the weight measuring means for displaying the weight of such contents loaded into the casing in response to such display signals, wherein the display signals are representative of the weight of such contents. A power source is coupled to the weight measuring member and the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2007
    Inventors: Judy Keech, Cindy Robitaille
  • Patent number: 7207154
    Abstract: There is provided an intelligent luggage protection pouch according to the invention that is tamper resistant, easily identifiable, and inspection friendly (i.e. x-ray and canine searchable). The intelligent luggage protection pouch fully surrounds luggage, protects against damage to the surface of the luggage, withstands the weight of any luggage placed within it, and prevents loss of the contents of the luggage. The intelligent luggage protection pouch does not require specialized machines, tools, or knowledge. Preferably, the intelligent luggage protection pouch is disposable, environmentally friendly, and universally sized to accommodate luggage of almost any size and shape. The intelligent luggage protection pouch may be included in a kit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2007
    Inventor: Albert Araujo
  • Patent number: 7084357
    Abstract: A luggage device includes: (a) a main housing, the main housing having a top, a bottom, and walls, and having an opening area for insertion of one or more items into the main housing, with closure means; (b) load determination component connected to the main housing at the bottom, having at least one base member with a first position where it is not in contact with and resting on a separate surface under weight of the luggage device, and having a second position where it is in contact with and resting on a separate surface under weight of the luggage device, and is capable of weight determination; (c) load determination display mechanism connected to the load determination component for display of weight determined. In yet other embodiments, the present invention luggage device is arranged so that the handle rather than the bottom is utilized to function as part of the weighing capability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2006
    Inventors: Howard Roberts, George J. Nagle, Steven A. Nagle
  • Patent number: 6761255
    Abstract: A portable carrier includes compartments for a purse/wallet, an organizer, business documents, lunch, a laptop computer, a pair of shoes, and various other accessories.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2004
    Inventors: Dennis Clements, Pamela Clements