Plural Patents (Class 190/108)
  • Patent number: 10334936
    Abstract: A checkpoint-friendly backpack for allowing a laptop computer stored in a dedicated portion thereof to provide a clear, unobstructed, and distinct image thereof when X-ray screened at an inspection station without having to remove the laptop computer from the dedicated portion. The backpack includes a dedicated compartment and a non-dedicated compartment. The non-dedicated compartment stores items other than the laptop computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: TUMI, INC.
    Inventor: Paul V. Scicluna
  • Patent number: 10314375
    Abstract: A storage bag is convertible into a travel seat when the bag assumes an open configuration. The bag includes a front part and a lid attachable to two side parts of the bag when the bag assumes a closed configuration. The front part and lid can be decoupled and separated from the two side parts when the bag assumes the open configuration. The bag includes a rigid structure provided with safety belts and padding. The includes a pass-through pocket integrally coupled to a rear part of the bag and a handle arranged on the lid that are configured to receive and to be crossed by an extensible handle of a suitcase to removably couple the bag to the suitcase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Inventor: Simone Antonino Ciraolo
  • Patent number: 10076166
    Abstract: A luggage system includes a first piece of luggage, a second piece of luggage, a first attachment member positioned on the first piece of luggage, and a second attachment member positioned on the second piece of luggage and adapted to couple to the first attachment member to secure the first and second pieces of luggage together, wherein the first and second attachment members are in a movable arrangement when coupled such that the first and second pieces of luggage move relative each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Inventor: Soon Young Kim
  • Patent number: 9936779
    Abstract: A reusable garment bag with a detachable tote which allows for ease of packing, storage and travel. Hanging clothes can be stored in the garment bag, while the detachable tote can be used to carry other items of clothing, shoes, accessories, and toiletries. The garment bag and detachable accessory disclosed can be rolled into a compact configuration that allows for easy transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: RJH CREATIVE SOLUTIONS, LLC
    Inventor: Rashmi Jain Hudson
  • Patent number: 9924770
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a multifunctional carrying device comprising a female connecting member and a male connecting member which the female connecting member and the male connecting member are connected in a snap-in manner; either the male connecting member or the female connecting member being fixed on a bag. The multifunctional carrying device of this invention can be used on both horizontal direction and vertical direction, not just simply adding a bag, but it could change from one application to another application, so as to increase the utility. This invention could be dismantled and saves space, basically it will not increase the weight of the bag and convenient in using.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: MU GENERATION LIMITED
    Inventors: Michael L. Jean-Raymond Bourgeois, Cheuk Yiu Wong
  • Patent number: 9840295
    Abstract: A bicycle bag includes a bag body and at least one adjusting belt assembly. The bag body is adapted to store bicycle accessories and includes a first penetration portion and a second penetration portion. The at least one adjusting belt assembly is selectively inserted through one of the first and second penetration portions to form a suspending portion attachable to a bicycle. Thus, the bicycle bag can be attached to an up tube or a seat post of a bicycle, or attached between the saddle and the seat post of a bicycle to meet user needs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Inventor: Louis Chuang
  • Patent number: 9820544
    Abstract: A stackable luggage article (100) is provided. The luggage article may include a luggage case (102) defined by opposing major faces (116), opposing top and bottom end walls (108, 110), and opposing left and right sidewalls (112, 114), the luggage case having a height (H) and a width (W); a plurality of wheel assemblies (160) attached to the bottom end wall; and a first strap (162) defined on a major face. The first strap may extend vertically along at least a portion of the distance between the opposing top and bottom end walls. At least a portion of the first strap may be spaced away from the major face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Samsonite IP Holdings S.a.r.l.
    Inventor: Sean B. Farrelly
  • Patent number: 9756919
    Abstract: A method for attaching a carrier to a piece of rolling luggage employs a strap having an opening defined in the strap for receiving a handle assembly of the piece of rolling luggage in order for the carrier to be supported by the piece of rolling luggage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Think Tank Photo, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas Harland Murdoch, Michael Allen Sturm
  • Patent number: 9719031
    Abstract: TiO2-supported catalysts include at least molybdenum or tungsten as active components for hydrotreating processes, in particular for the removal of sulfur and nitrogen compounds as well as metals out of crude oil fractions and for the hydrogenation of sulfur oxides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Sachleben Chemie GmbH
    Inventors: Raimond L. C. Bonné, Olga Gonsiorová, Markus Schulte
  • Patent number: 9479912
    Abstract: A transportable telecommunication interconnection device for interconnecting a plurality of communication devices to a telecommunication network, comprising: a transportable enclosure comprising an end wall and a peripheral wall extending along an axis from the end portion and defining a chamber, the transportable enclosure further comprising a separation wall positioned within the chamber at a given position along the axis to define an enclosed compartment and an open compartment within the chamber; a chamber cover for removably closing the open compartment; input and output port connectors extending through at least one wall defining the enclosed compartment, the input port connectors for connection to the communication network and the output port connectors for connection to the plurality of communication devices; and a processing device positioned within the enclosed compartment, connected to the input and output ports, and configured for interconnecting the input port connectors to the output port connec
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Telflex Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jean-Philippe Grondin, Martin Gagnon
  • Patent number: 9307819
    Abstract: A dual opening system for a bag is provided. The system includes a flap operatively coupled to a bag, the bag having and inner volume, a releasable hinge extending the length of the flap, and a bottom hinge coupled between a bottom portion of the flap and a bottom portion of the bag. The system also includes a connecting device having a first member coupled to a top portion of the flap and a second member coupled to a top portion of the bag, wherein the first member and second member are moveable between an engaged position and disengaged position. The system also includes an opening device allowing the flap to open in a first opening type and a second opening type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: GuraGear, LLC
    Inventor: Gregory Schern
  • Patent number: 9227768
    Abstract: A securable consumer goods transportation apparatus comprising a container, and a spill prevention strap attached to the container. Also disclosed is a method comprising placing a consumer good in a container comprising a spill retention strap, positioning the container in a vehicle, securing the container in the vehicle using the spill retention strap, wherein the spill retention strap substantially maintains the position of the container relative to the vehicle when the vehicle experiences a substantially sudden movement. Furthermore, a method comprising providing instructions to secure a container comprising a spill retention strap in a vehicle, wherein the spill retention strap substantially maintains the position of the container relative to the vehicle when the vehicle experiences a substantially sudden movement is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: SAFEWAY, INC.
    Inventors: Eric S Quick, Yvonne Steiner, Jeffrey Shamburger
  • Patent number: 9230461
    Abstract: A displaying device comprises a movable storage device adjustable between at least a closed position and an open position, an elastic image-building body adjustable between at least an inactive position and an active position. The image-building body, in its inactive position, is arranged to be accommodated by the storage device in the closed position thereof. The image-building body includes a substantially gas-tight cavity. The displaying device includes a valve arranged to be connected to a gas source, the valve being arranged to provide gas communication between the gas source and the cavity, so that the cavity may be filled with gas, and the image-building body may be raised into its active position when the storage device is in its open position. A method is for using a displaying device. A compressor is for putting up an image-building wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Inventor: Anne Jorun Saeten
  • Patent number: 9210975
    Abstract: A person conveying a laptop computer will frequently need to use this computer in less that ideal circumstances. A saddlebag, unlike ordinary laptop carry cases, functions as a multipurpose tool as well as a safe conveyance so the person carrying it can be more productive in less than ideal circumstances. It's a sleeve, not a bag, allowing for instant laptop access from either side. The inner sides of the sleeve are padded, but each side can unsnap to pull out independently—one functioning as a lap desk and the other as a white board. A briefcase is attached to one side of the saddlebag and two gadget bags to the other side, any of which can unsnap for independent use. It includes a series of quickly accessible pockets to hold the small tools and devices that one would ordinarily keep on his/her regular desk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Inventor: Harvey Reese
  • Patent number: 9113687
    Abstract: A magnetic connection system for luggage or other bags. This invention involves a method for manufacturing and using a magnetic locking device system for attaching a bag to a pull-handle or other telescoping tubular device of a wheeled bag. This system allows two bags to easily be secured together, quickly and efficiently while a traveler is on the go. If the traveler wishes to remove the second bag from the wheeled luggage, they merely need to depress the release button on the pull-handle thus removing the magnetic force which connects the two bags together through the connection with the locking pin, the mount and the auxiliary attachment adaptor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Inventor: Brian Christopher Guidry
  • Publication number: 20150144237
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention relate to a reconfigurable bag which can form a variety of bags, handbags and purses. With all of the demands of busy lives, women today need to have a variety of bags and purses. Women need a clutch for evening use, a large purse for taking to work, a smaller purse for daytime outings, and a briefcase or computer bag. A reconfigurable bag as disclosed herein would help to eliminate these issues by providing a bag that can be converted to a variety of bags and purses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventor: Rania Salibi
  • Patent number: 9033125
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for forming a self-stabilized luggage assembly is disclosed. In one embodiment the method includes coupling a first piece of luggage in contact with a second piece of luggage using an adjustable stabilizer configured to couple a handle on the first piece of luggage to a handle on the second piece of luggage while wheels on the bottom of the first and second pieces of luggage remain on the ground when the first and second pieces of luggage are tilted, upright, moving, and stationary. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: West Coast Trends, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Herold
  • Patent number: 9004119
    Abstract: A protective cover for handbags and like objects is provided, which comprises a portable and self-contained storage pouch. The protective cover can be attached to the exterior of a handbag by various mechanisms and can comprise one or more carrying straps. The protective cover can be made from a durable, water resistant and germ resistant material capable of preventing dirt, moisture and harsh chemicals from reaching the handbag. This protective cover can also prevent germ contamination of the handbag or other surfaces by removing it from the handbag and washing it after use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Inventor: Diane Piper
  • Patent number: 8967375
    Abstract: A travel case for elongate items such as skis, golf clubs, snowboards, or the like comprises an elongate bag having a pair of hard sided end sections longitudinally spaced from a hard sided center section. Between each end section and the center section is a respective soft sided intermediate section. The hard sided end and center sections provide protection for the case contents at the vulnerable locations of those contents. The soft sided intermediate sections, made of collapsible and supple material, provide the advantage of reducing the weight of the overall case, and the suppleness permits the end sections to be folded in on the center section when the case is open along its length to educe the length and the required storage space for the case when not in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Athalon Sportsgear, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew Nitkin
  • Patent number: 8936140
    Abstract: A luggage assembly includes a first piece of luggage and a second piece of luggage. An attachment member is affixed to the second piece of luggage. The attachment member couples the second piece of luggage to the first piece of luggage so that the first and second pieces of luggage are self-stabilized while upright and inclined, and while in motion and while stationary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Inventor: Jeffrey Herold
  • Patent number: 8919396
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a pocketbook system that allows to easily mix and match how many pocketbooks, other carriers, and/or straps will suffice for that day or evenings' use while this pocketbook system is easy to use and inexpensive to manufacture. More particularly, the pocketbook system has a primary pocketbook for carrying contents, one or more removably attached secondary carrier for carrying contents, a device(s) for removably attaching the secondary carrier(s) to the inside or outside of the primary pocketbook, or for attaching the primary pocketbook and secondary carrier together, and preferably has at least one removable flexible strap(s) and a device(s) for removably attaching the strap(s) to the primary pocketbook and/or secondary carrier. The user makes use of the pocketbook system by attaching, detaching, re-attaching, exchanging, and switching different parts and/or elements to form a suitable pocketbook structure for a particular use at a particular time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Inventor: Julian R. Nieves
  • Publication number: 20140360831
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide a luggage bag, which includes an outer container and an organizer that is contained therein. The outer container includes a detachable garment flap having an envelope for storing one or more garments therein. The organizer includes a plurality of foldable compartments. The organizer can be stored within the outer container and covered by the detachable garment flap. The compartments can stack and fold onto each other and can fold into and out of the outer container. The compartments can be removably attached to each other by a connector, such as pile tape, snaps, buttons, etc. The compartments can be modular such that the organizer can be configured to include any desired number of compartments. In some embodiments, the organizer can occupy substantially the entire interior volume of the outer container. The compartments of the organizer are configured to unfold, deploy, and extend from the outer container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Applicant: ORIGAMI, LLC
    Inventors: David Kao, Richard P. Christen
  • Patent number: 8869960
    Abstract: An expandable multi-compartment luggage having a second luggage bag hingeably attached to the first luggage bag. The second luggage bag having an upper portion and a collapsible lower portion. The collapsible lower portion being moveable between a collapsed position to an expanded position defining a lower interior compartment. The luggage also including a dividing wall disposed between the upper and lower portions of the second luggage bag, and which is movable from a closed position dividing the upper interior compartment of the second luggage bag and the lower interior compartment of the second luggage bag and an open position with the upper interior compartment of the second luggage bag being in communication with the lower interior compartment of the second luggage bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Ingenious Designs LLC
    Inventor: Joy Mangano
  • Publication number: 20140284158
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure relate to features of a travel case that facilitate quick, secure, and/or easy access to clothing, accessories, and/or other items, as well as viewing and storage of the same. One embodiment of such a travel case includes a set of walls defining an interior compartment; a lid providing access to the interior compartment when the lid is in an open position; and a set of storage bins, wherein the set of storage bins is removable from the interior compartment of the travel case. The set of walls and the set of storage bins are comprised of a flexible plastic material such that the travel case is compressible.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventor: William Reid
  • Publication number: 20140238802
    Abstract: A travel case assembly has a travel case having a plurality of walls defining an enclosed storage space, and an organizer positioned inside the storage space. The organizer includes an enclosing netted fabric wall and netted fabric shelves that define at least one storage compartment, and a collapsible support system supporting and defining the netted fabric wall and netted fabric shelves so that (i) the compartments can be expanded when the shelves are separated from each other, and (ii) the shelves can be stacked into a compressed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: PATENT CATEGORY CORP.
    Inventor: Yu Zheng
  • Patent number: 8720656
    Abstract: The present invention is a combination rolling cart and suitcase that includes a base suitcase, an external support frame, a plurality of steel stabilizers, a plurality of permanent adjustable straps and plurality of attachment points where the attachment points receive and removably couple the permanent adjustable straps to secure one or more suitcases across a top portion of the combination rolling cart and suitcase. The combination rolling cart and suitcase also includes a pair of telescoping handles, a telescoping stem, a releasable handle lock, a plurality of omnidirectional casters and a lid releasably fastened to the base suitcase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventor: Rosa Ready
  • Publication number: 20140041976
    Abstract: A luggage combination with an out of seam docking zipper is disclosed. The luggage combination with an out of seam docking zipper comprises a first bag, a second bag and a slider. The first bag has a first strip of fabric tape carrying teeth. The first strip is attached to the front of the first bag. The first strip of fabric tape has an out of seam portion. The second bag has a second strip of fabric tape carrying teeth attached to the rear of the second bag. The second strip of fabric tape is complementary to the first strip of fabric tape. The second strip of fabric tape also has an out of seam portion. The slider is attached to either the first strip of fabric tape or second strip of fabric tape. The slider is configured to connect the first strip of fabric tape to the second strip of fabric tape. A method of using a luggage combination with an out of seam docking zipper is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2011
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Inventor: Dan Custer
  • Publication number: 20130292220
    Abstract: This invention relates to luggage, and in particular to suitcases incorporating a smaller removable case. A piece of luggage comprises a suitcase having a hinged base portion and lid portion, together defining an interior space of the suitcase, a recess formed in the lid portion, the recess having sidewalls, a base and an opening, and an insert case securable within and removable from the recess, the insert case having a base, side walls and a lid, wherein the opening of the recess is in an exterior surface of the lid portion of the suitcase and the side walls and base of the recess extend into the interior space of the suitcase, and wherein the heights of the sidewalls of the insert case are not greater than 120% of the heights of respective sidewalls of the recess.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2012
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Inventor: Joanne Mary Kerley
  • Patent number: 8561769
    Abstract: An interlocking case system includes a base case having a luggage receptacle and an overlying lid that together form a luggage compartment. One or more swivel wheels are located in proximity to one end of the base case and at least one non-swivel wheel is located at the other end. An upper case is configured to interlock with, and be supported by, the base case when the base case is supported by the first and second swivel wheels and the at least one non-swivel wheel. The case system may be towed using a flexible towing strap coupled to the base case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Inventor: Scott E. Andochick
  • Publication number: 20130264162
    Abstract: The invention relates to a piece of luggage (1), in particular a suitcase, comprising a shell (2) of at least partially rigid material and side elements (3, 4), wherein the shell (2) of the piece of luggage (1) is embodied so as be capable of being unfolded or unrolled and is provided on the inner side with holding elements (5), which are equipped to hold at least one piece of clothing (6). In order to store a piece of clothing (6) in a preferably crease-proof manner, the shell (2) is arranged at a defined distance (d) around a core (7) in the closed state of the piece of luggage (1), wherein the at least one piece of clothing (6) is stored in a substantially crease-free and pressure-free manner within the space (8), which is formed by means of the defined distance (d) between core (7) and shell (2).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2013
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Applicant: Voy Gear GmbH
    Inventor: Michael KOGELNIK
  • Patent number: 8538686
    Abstract: A destination analysis module is described which estimates at least one destination of a user given a partial path taken by the user within a geographic area. The destination analysis module operates by detecting a mode of transportation that a user uses to traverse the path (e.g., automobile, public transportation, walking, etc.). The destination analysis module then loads a model associated with the mode of transportation into a destination prediction module and estimates at least one destination based on the path and the model. The model has various components that depend on the mode of transportation, such as routing network information and prior probability information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Robert W. Gruen, John C. Krumm
  • Patent number: 8522938
    Abstract: An article securement system for attaching an article to another article, such as article of luggage to another article of luggage. The article securement system includes a cord, such as an elastic cord, that is inserted through a handle. A cord locking mechanism is mounted on the cord as well. A second handle may be mounted on the cord as well with the cord locking mechanism between the two handles. In use, the cord is secured to a first attachment point on the first article, such as on a luggage handle. The cord and handle are pulled over the second article and engages over a second attachment point on the first article, such as an extendible handle. The cord is then through the handle until the tension is sufficient on the cord to secure the second article. The cord locking mechanism is then used to lock the cord from movement relative to the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Inventor: Jeffrey Robert Thomas
  • Publication number: 20130192942
    Abstract: Multi-part luggage includes parts (10, 20) that can be joined together to form a closable single piece of luggage. The parts can be closed in their own right. They are produced as hard-shell pieces of luggage and joined together to form hard-shell luggage. The closable individual parts can be closed, for example, with roller-shutter mechanisms or by a grille.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2011
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Inventor: Christoph Willi
  • Publication number: 20130126286
    Abstract: There is a luggage system and a method of storing articles of clothing using a luggage system. The luggage system includes a luggage container. The luggage container includes a main access aperture and a secondary access aperture. The luggage container includes a sealing structure functionally coupled to the secondary access aperture. The luggage container includes a one-way valve disposed through the sealing structure and configured to permit air to exit the luggage system through the sealing structure. The luggage system includes a compression bag removably coupled to the luggage container. The compression bag includes a bag body of air impermeable material and a mouth. The luggage system includes a retaining system configured to retain the bag body when the bag body is in a rolled configuration. The retaining system includes a retaining strap selectably coupleable to one of the bag body and the luggage container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Inventor: Alfred Chehebar
  • Patent number: 8376102
    Abstract: A garment organizing system, assembly, and method enables users to organize garmentry for travel. The basic assembly comprises a support panel, a restraint panel, a panel attachment mechanism for removably attaching each restraint panel to a first edge of a respective support panel, and a panel linking mechanism for linking each support panel to an adjacent support panel. The support panels support garmentry placed thereupon. Each restraint panel is fixedly attached to a second edge of a respective support panel, and the restraint panels selectively restrain garmentry supported by the support panels via said panel attachment mechanism. The panel linking mechanism enables the user to link and stack a series of interconnectable garment restraint assemblies for organizing the supported and restrained garmentry for travel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Inventor: Kim Ritschel
  • Patent number: 8302642
    Abstract: An invertible handbag. The invertible handbag has a handbag compartment defined by four sides, a handbag roof, and a handbag floor; a handbag roof mouth bordered by a handbag roof mouth closure in the handbag root and a handbag floor mouth bordered by a handbag floor mouth closure in the handbag floor. A strap is swivelably attached to strap bridges at opposite ends of the invertible handbag. Method steps are taught wherein the handbag closures may be closed, the invertible handbag inverted, and then the uppermost closure and mouth opened, to permit seeing and removing items which were formerly lost at the bottom of the handbag compartment. Means is disclosed to hold the closures closed. Optional sidebags may be mounted to the handbag sides, each including a sidebag roof mouth closure and a sidebag floor mouth closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Inventor: Richard A. Lindholm
  • Publication number: 20120228074
    Abstract: An apparatus to stack a first stackable luggage to a second stackable luggage, the second stackable luggage having a male connector device and the first stackable luggage having a female connector device. The second stackable luggage may be substantially a mirror of the first stackable luggage. The first stackable luggage may include a front 360° rotatable and spinnable wheel, and the first stackable luggage may include a rotatable back wheel. The first stackable luggage may include a releasable and biased strap, and the first stackable luggage may include a first wheel depression for the front wheel in the top surface of the first stackable luggage. The first stackable luggage may include a second wheel depression for the back wheel in the top surface of the first stackable luggage, and the male connector device magnetically may connect to the female connector device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2011
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Inventor: Scott Osler
  • Patent number: 8245825
    Abstract: A remote cinching device 14 comprising a resiliency mechanism 15 and 16, a force-transferring device 17, and a cinching device 28, 30, 32 enhances luggage, totes, briefs, and other transport and/or storage devices. The resiliency mechanism biases the luggage in an open condition, while the cinching device, located remotely from the areas undergoing the highest levels of expansion force (the top and bottom ends of an upright luggage case, for example), allows effective, easy, and visually pleasing compression of the case once it has been closed. The cinch is carried by force-transferring structures 17, by which the act of cinching is made even more efficient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Samsonite IP Holdings S.ar.l.
    Inventors: Kenzo Yoneno, Luc Huyghe, Dirk Santy, William L. King
  • Patent number: 8201672
    Abstract: An enhanced structure for the base with roller and belt of hardshell zipper case is provided, including a hardshell zipper case main body, a plurality of hidden roller units, a retractable belt unit, and an auxiliary wheel set. The hidden roller units and the retractable belt unit are placed inside the roller housing trench and the belt housing trench located at the bottom of the hardshell zipper case main body. When the hidden roller units are not in use, the roller units are entirely hidden inside the roller housing trench so that the roller unit will not be damaged due to careless handling. To move the hardshell zipper case, the outer rim of the roller units are exposed outside of the surface of the roller housing trench so that the roller units can roll along when moved. The belt of retractable belt unit can be easily pulled out from one end of the bottom of the hardshell zipper case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Inventor: Sheng Cho Yang
  • Patent number: 8123009
    Abstract: A connector with a flexible arrangement for attaching one or more small or mid-sized bags is described. The connector provides a shoulder strap or handle that allows the user to conveniently carry the assemblage. The connector may include slotted top and bottom rails vertically displaced from each other, where mounting tabs on the small bags may be threaded through the slots to attach a bag to the connector. Slotted sheets of material may be placed between a top and bottom rail, or the entire connector may be made of one or more sheets of fabric or other flexible material. Again the mounting tabs may be threaded through the slots to secure the bags. The vertical edges of the sheets may be folded and sewn of bonded to better form supports for the connector, and combinations of rails, vertical supports and sheets of fabric of other such materials may be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Channel One Communications, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard C. Satterfield
  • Patent number: 8123008
    Abstract: An article securement system for attaching an article to another article, such as article of luggage to another article of luggage. The article securement system includes a cord, such as an elastic cord, that is inserted through a handle. A cord locking mechanism is mounted on the cord as well. A second handle may be mounted on the cord as well with the cord locking mechanism between the two handles. In use, the cord is secured to a first attachment point on the first article, such as on a luggage handle. The cord and handle are pulled over the second article and engages over a second attachment point on the first article, such as an extendible handle. The cord is then through the handle until the tension is sufficient on the cord to secure the second article. The cord locking mechanism is then used to lock the cord from movement relative to the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Inventor: Jeffrey Robert Thomas
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8002095
    Abstract: A luggage holder for holding a carrying case or valise stacked upon a wheeled case having a telescoping handle includes a pair of spaced elastic cords extending from a fastener plate attachable to the wheeled carrying case. A medial bridging element connects the cords and is slidably adjustable along the length of the cords to enhance the placement of appropriate retention forces on a case stacked upon the wheeled carrying case and positioned against a telescoping handle. An adjustable spacing plate is provided to fit over the telescoping handle and includes frictional material on one side to insure retention of the spacing plate and the assembly with the telescoping handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Travel Caddy, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald Godshaw, Zoran Gracer, Du Hai, Brad L. Schantz
  • Publication number: 20110168507
    Abstract: A steerable carriage apparatus for manually transporting a payload across a surface, the apparatus including a frame having a first end portion and a second end portion, further included is a plurality of arms each having a pivotal attachment to the first end portion. Wherein each pivotal attachment having a pivotal axis that is at an obtuse angle in relation to the surface, further each pivotal attachment is operational to allow a pivotal movement about each pivotal axis of each arm in relation to the first end portion. Also included in the apparatus is a plurality of first rotating elements that are each rotationally attached to each of the arms, each of the plurality of first rotating elements forming a contact on the surface, wherein each obtuse angle is adjacent to each contact on the surface, also each of the first rotating elements is operational to be steerable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2010
    Publication date: July 14, 2011
    Inventors: James Keith Penley, Ginger G. Penley
  • Publication number: 20110147152
    Abstract: A shoe storage insert for suitcases and the like containers within which shoes and other such footwear items are packed and protectively stored for travel purposes is provided. The insert may be designed to have the same general shape as the luggage within which it is to be used, and of a size which fits conveniently within the storage cavity of any standard size or custom luggage. The insert may have two panels each containing one or more pockets in which shoes can be placed. The pouches are arranged on alternating levels of each insert panel so that once the insert is closed it can lay flat within any standard suitcase.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2010
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Inventor: Anab Abdill
  • Patent number: 7942296
    Abstract: A combined diaper bag and purse includes a diaper bag with a plurality of bottle-holding pouches formed at opposed lateral faces of the diaper bag, and a purse conjoining directly to an anterior face of the diaper bag and oppositely situated from a posterior face of the diaper bag. The apparatus further includes a mechanism for detaching the purse from the anterior face of the diaper bag, a primary harness directly anchored to a proximal face of the diaper bag, and a plurality of auxiliary harnesses is directly coupled to the posterior face of the diaper bag. The apparatus further includes a mechanism for independently and slidably biasing each one of the auxiliary harnesses along a linear and horizontal path extending along the posterior face of the diaper bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Inventor: Gabriela Johnson
  • Publication number: 20110083932
    Abstract: A garment organizing system, assembly, and method enables users to organize garmentry for travel. The basic assembly comprises a support panel, a pair of restraint bindings, a series of spaced binding attachment structures for attaching each restraint binding to the support panel at spaced intervals, and an optional panel linking mechanism for linking the first support panel to an adjacent support panel. The support panels support garmentry placed thereupon. Each restraint binding is fixedly attached to a first edge of the first respective support panel, and the restraint bindings restrain garmentry supported by the support panels intermediate the periodically spaced binding attachment structures. The panel linking mechanism enables the user to fold a series of interconnectable garment restraint assemblies into a back-to-back garment restraint assembly arrangement for travel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2010
    Publication date: April 14, 2011
    Inventor: Kim Ritschel
  • Publication number: 20110083931
    Abstract: A garment organizing system, assembly, and method enables users to organize garmentry for travel. The basic assembly comprises a support panel, a restraint panel, a panel attachment mechanism for removably attaching each restraint panel to a first edge of a respective support panel, and a panel linking mechanism for linking each support panel to an adjacent support panel. The support panels support garmentry placed thereupon. Each restraint panel is fixedly attached to a second edge of a respective support panel, and the restraint panels selectively restrain garmentry supported by the support panels via said panel attachment mechanism. The panel linking mechanism enables the user to link and stack a series of interconnectable garment restraint assemblies for organizing the supported and restrained garmentry for travel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2009
    Publication date: April 14, 2011
    Inventor: Kim Ritschel
  • Publication number: 20100320048
    Abstract: The invention relates to a bag that comprises two large compartments. The suitcase can be pulled by means of casters. The pouch can be removed, and all elements can be separated from each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2009
    Publication date: December 23, 2010
    Applicant: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS ELECTRONICS N.V.
    Inventor: Marie-Josee Clamy Boccard
  • Patent number: 7841453
    Abstract: The invention provides an apparatus for constraining an object against an article of luggage and related luggage systems. In one embodiment, the invention includes an elongate member; a first loop member located at a first end of the elongate member; and a second loop member located at a second end of the elongate member, wherein the first loop member is adapted for non-fixed attachment to a rigid, elongated handle of an article of luggage and the second loop member is adapted for non-fixed attachment to a handle of the article of luggage, such that when the first loop member is attached to the rigid, elongated handle and the second loop member is attached to the handle, the elongate member is operable to constrain an object against the article of luggage and the rigid, elongated handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Assignee: Tough Traveler Ltd.
    Inventors: Nancy Gold, Christian Timm, Inna Spektor