Coacting Closure Elements Hinged To Opposed Side Walls Patents (Class 190/114)
  • Patent number: 10772405
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure relate to an insulated, waterproof, soft-side cooler. The soft-side cooler may comprise an insulated core formed form a single piece of foam. Further, the soft-side cooler may comprise a zipper configuration that allows for zipping down the middle of the top of the soft-side cooler, thus allowing for the full, six-sided insulation while also allowing for wide-mouth opening that allows users easy access into the insulated compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Inventor: Edwin Strudwick Nash
  • Patent number: 9821721
    Abstract: A carrier system for a vehicle having a pair of vacuum devices shaped and sized to mate and secure to a recreational article. Each vacuum device includes a pad shaped and sized to detachably seat with a vehicle to form a vacuum cavity. The vacuum device includes a plunger attached to the pad and in fluid communication with the vacuum cavity, and an indicator positioned on the plunger to indicate the level of vacuum pressure within the vacuum cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Inventor: Charles L. Casagrande
  • Patent number: 9414658
    Abstract: An integrally molded one-piece carrying handbag of flexible plastics material and its method of manufacture are described. The integrally molded plastic handbag has a containment space defined by a bottom wall and a circumferential sidewall with carrying straps integrally molded in a top edge of opposed sections of the sidewall. A latch tab is also integrally formed with one of the opposed sides sections of the sidewall and has a fastener formation projecting adjacent a free end thereof. A fastener hole is provided in the other of the side sections for receiving the fastener formation to partially close the open top end of the containment space. In a preferred embodiment gusset formations are formed in opposed top ends of end wall sections of the circumferential side wall of the containment space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: RALLYE FOOTWEAR INC.
    Inventor: Pardo Vitulli
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8662269
    Abstract: A carrying case for a portable electronic device includes an inner compartment having a front panel and a side panel extending peripherally around the front panel to define a hollow interior. A pivotal flap extending across width of the front panel is formed as an upper part of the front panel connected thereto through a living hinge. A plurality of spaced resilient dimples extends into the interior of the inner compartment from at least the front panel. The living hinge comprises an internal crease in a front panel material. The internal crease extends inwardly in to the material toward an exterior of the inner compartment from the front panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Avenues in Leather, Inc.
    Inventors: Otniel Shor, Todd Kramer
  • 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: 20100288591
    Abstract: A carrying case includes a first compartment and a second compartment coupled to each other at attached ends by a hinge and detachably coupled to each other at free ends by at least one fastener. The at least one fastener includes a clip coupled to the first compartment and a cord coupled to the second compartment. The clip is configured to receive the cord to secure the free ends of the first compartment and the second compartment together.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2009
    Publication date: November 18, 2010
    Applicant: TARGET BRANDS, INC.
    Inventors: Jason V. Drew, Hieu V. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 7500547
    Abstract: A collapsible piece of luggage is disclosed. The piece of luggage may have wheels and an extendable and retractable handle. The sidewall, bottom and cover of the luggage have sufficient rigidity to hold their own shape and may be folded into a storage configuration in which the piece of luggage is smaller in width and depth. Additionally, the luggage includes an expansion feature that allows the luggage cover to expand outward pyramidally so as to increase the storage volume of the luggage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2009
    Assignee: Max Mirani LLC
    Inventors: Michael Bettua, Kiran Joseph, Rachel Matthai
  • Patent number: 7278539
    Abstract: A portable enclosure for storing and carrying baseball and other athletic equipment consists of six fabric-covered rigid panels which can be closed by means of a single continuous zipper to form a rigid rectangular parallelepiped that can be carted easily by means of wheels located at a lower edge. When the portable enclosure is unzipped into the open position, the back wall and side walls open up flat so that the pockets, shelves and pouches located on the interior surfaces thereof are accessible. Yet, since the portable enclosure is now flat, it can be located out of the way, secured against the back of the dugout where it will not create a trip hazard for the players.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2007
    Inventor: John C. Souza
  • Patent number: 7086511
    Abstract: In a case, in particular a pilot case, comprising a bottom element (2), a cover element (4) and side as well as front wall elements (6,8), the cover element (4) is made up of a plurality of hingedly interconnected strips (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2006
    Assignee: Rimowa Kofferfabrik GmbH
    Inventors: Dieter Morszeck, Martin Radtke
  • Patent number: 6769585
    Abstract: The present invention provides a panel for use in an article carrier which has opposed sides which are generally connected by a material which include some form of a closure device. The panel is semirigid with interior and exterior faces. The interior face defines a chamber which opens to the interior of the article carrier and the exterior face defines a three dimensional structure. A method for forming the semirigid panel is also disclosed. The disclosed method provides a means for applying color to the three dimensional structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2004
    Assignee: Freerise, Inc.
    Inventors: Steve M. Santaniello, Luke Michas, Jeremy C. Howard
  • Publication number: 20040045780
    Abstract: A soft-sided carrying case having pivotable upper compartments is disclosed. The soft-sided carrying case includes a lower compartment, with the lower compartment including a plurality of sidewalls, a top wall and a bottom wall. A first upper compartment is provided, with the first upper compartment having a plurality of sidewalls, a top wall, and a bottom wall, and with the first upper compartment pivotally meeting the lower compartment along a first line of intersection. A second upper compartment is disclosed, with the second upper compartment having a plurality of sidewalls, a top wall, and a bottom wall, and with the second upper compartment pivotally meeting the first upper compartment along a second line of intersection. The first and second upper compartments are both pivotable about their respective lines of intersection between folded positions in which the first and second upper compartments overlie the lower compartment and unfolded positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2003
    Publication date: March 11, 2004
    Applicant: HIGH SIERRA SPORT COMPANY
    Inventors: L. Harrison Bernbaum, Scott A. Vermillion
  • Publication number: 20040003975
    Abstract: Dual access hand luggage having in the interior a stowage cell system or assembly, preferably made of stretch fabric, that permits isolation packing and orthogonal stowage and retrieval of goods retained in the cells by access from either face of the suitcase. For roll-on type travel bags, a pop-up handle is provided in a side wall, rather than on the back face as in current luggage. The inventive system is particularly useful for suitcases, carry-on or roll-on bags, back packs, totes, brief cases, and laptop cases. Dual-sided external access combined with internal, modular, fixed-size or variable-size stowage cells, oriented generally orthogonal to the planes of both sides, permits packing and selective removal of articles through either face of the bag so that articles otherwise buried in the bag are easily removed by flipping the bag over and accessing the item through the openable back face.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2003
    Publication date: January 8, 2004
    Inventor: Jacques M. Dulin
  • Patent number: 6644448
    Abstract: A soft-sided carrying case having pivotable upper compartments is disclosed. The soft-sided carrying case includes a lower compartment, with the lower compartment including a plurality of sidewalls, a top wall and a bottom wall. A first upper compartment is provided, with the first upper compartment having a plurality of sidewalls, a top wall, and a bottom wall, and with the first upper compartment pivotally meeting the lower compartment along a first line of intersection. A second upper compartment is disclosed, with the second upper compartment having a plurality of sidewalls, a top wall, and a bottom wall, and with the second upper compartment pivotally meeting the first upper compartment along a second line of intersection. The first and second upper compartments are both pivotable about their respective lines of intersection between folded positions in which the first and second upper compartments overlie the lower compartment and unfolded positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2003
    Assignee: High Sierra Sport Company
    Inventors: L. Harrison Bernbaum, Scott A. Vermillion
  • Patent number: 6575273
    Abstract: A bag comprising a body (3) which has a lid (1, 2) on at least one of its two mutually opposing sides, wherewith the bottom edge of the lid is hinged to the bottom part of the body, wherein the lid (1, 2), which is substantially rigid, has an outwardly arched outer surface which is adapted to lie tangentially to the underlying bag supporting surface (55) at a distance from the area in which the bag (3) is supported by said surface (55) when the lid (1, 2) has been opened out. When in contact with the underlying supporting surface, the rim of the lid pitches a plane that defines with the underlying supporting surface (55) an angle that is greater than 5°. The bag includes means (12) adapted for limiting the maximal angle to which the lid can be opened relative to the body to a value at which the lid will lie tangentially to the bag supporting surface (55).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2003
    Assignee: Baby Björn AB
    Inventors: Håkan Bergkvist, Elisabet Broms
  • Patent number: 6516927
    Abstract: A case for carrying papers or the like includes a top closure member that is movable between a first open position, a second open position at which a top opening exists permitting access to the interior of the case and a first closed position at which the top opening does not exist. A side closure member releasably secures a sidewall portion vertically in a second closed position, and the side closure member is openable to permit movement of the sidewall portion from its second closed position to a third open position at which a side opening exists permitting access to the interior, where opening of the side closure member is independent of a position of the top closure member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2003
    Assignee: United States Luggage, L.P.
    Inventor: Richard J. Krulik
  • Patent number: 6513693
    Abstract: An academic carrying apparatus for use in transporting a variety of items over the shoulders with the carrier resting along the user's back. The carrying apparatus has a body portion that defines a storage compartment. The body portion is comprised of a plurality of panels. A lid is coupled to the rear panel and adjacent to an upper peripheral edge of the body portion. The lid has a pair of top latches for coupling with the front panel of the body portion for securing the lid. The rear panel has a pair of strap holders. Finally, the pair of side panels defines a right side panel and a left side panel, with each side panel having a utility portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2003
    Inventor: Herschel DeLoach
  • Publication number: 20020125091
    Abstract: A case for carrying papers or the like includes a top closure member that is movable between a first open position, a second open position at which a top opening exists permitting access to the interior of the case and a first closed position at which the top opening does not exist. A side closure member releasably secures a sidewall portion vertically in a second closed position, and the side closure member is openable to permit movement of the sidewall portion from its second closed position to a third open position at which a side opening exists permitting access to the interior, where opening of the side closure member is independent of a position of the top closure member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2001
    Publication date: September 12, 2002
    Inventor: Richard J. Krulik
  • Patent number: 6334519
    Abstract: A utility bag. The bag can be utilized for hanging applications. The bag includes a bag body and an extension hanging pouch. The body includes four folds and two sidings that are deployed on both sides of the fourth fold, such that the four folds will form a pouch with sidings on both sides once the sealing zipper is drawn to close the bag. On top of the fold is provided a hanging hook, which together with a first coupling element provided on a chosen spot inside the fourth fold, makes possible the first coupling element being abutted upon an extension hanging pouch for series application once the body is fully developed and is generally used in a hanging position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2002
    Inventor: Joy Tong
  • Patent number: 6315095
    Abstract: It is often necessary to unfold the integral carrying case of a device such as a portable electronic instrument comprising an upper and lower module. However if it is necessary upon unfolding the case to move apart the modules a limited distance while maintaining their relative alignment the common scissor-slider mechanism will not suffice inasmuch as the scissor mechanism does not latch on retraction and rotation. The disclosed invention provides a scissor-slider mechanism that extends without constraint in the usual fashion, but upon retraction and rotation about the slider axis required for folding the scissor-slider mechanism self-latches, keeping the upper and lower modules from separating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2001
    Inventor: Moishe Garfinkle
  • Patent number: 6244399
    Abstract: A collapsible case comprises a closed loop of flexible sheet material for forming the top, bottom and sidewalls of the case, the loop having front and rear edges defining front and rear openings into the interior of the loop. A pair of similar panels form the front and rear walls of the case, each panel including a sheet of flexible material having a perimeter, stiffeners attached to the sheet so as to tension and stiffen the sheet into a selected shape and fasteners for fastening the perimeter of the sheet to the corresponding edge of the loop so that when the panels are fastened to the loop, the loop assumes the selected shape and when said panels are unfastened from the loop and the stiffeners are detached from the sheets, the loop and sheets may be collapsed and consolidated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2001
    Assignee: O.J. Birkenstrand
    Inventor: Orville J. Birkestrand
  • Patent number: 6193118
    Abstract: The organizer of the present invention has (a) a panel, (b) a work surface; and (c) a rim for coupling the work surface to the panel. Preferably, the panel is part of a backpack. The work surface is light permeable and a space exists between the work surface and the panel for placement of a sheet of paper or other object between the work surface and the panel. Static electricity maintains the sheet of paper against the work surface in a removably affixed position. The sheet has indicia thereon which are observable through the work surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2001
    Assignee: Jamin, Inc.
    Inventor: Monica Meyer Kearl
  • Patent number: 6148972
    Abstract: A side handle protection frame of suitcase having an inner cover panel and an outer cover panel which can be opened at the side of the suitcase. The outside of the inner cover panel is provided with a side handle at the center, and the outer cover panel is provided with an elongated hole at the center. The outer cover plate is folded up on the surface of inner cover panel so that the side handle passes through the elongated hole and appears on the surface of outer cover panel. The inner cover panel and outer cover panel are both locked by a lock. An inner edge of the elongated hole of the outer cover plate is provided with a protection frame having a concave trough at an outer edge so as to enable the inner edge of elongated hole of outer cover panel to insert into the concave trough of the protection frame. At the top and bottom of the protection frame, there are indentations for enabling the thread to attach the protection frame to the outer cover plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2000
    Assignee: Yung Ta Hardware & Plastic Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chen Wei-Chih
  • Patent number: 6024194
    Abstract: A wheeled case for holding document file holders is disclosed. The wheeled case comprises a substantially rectangular case body having a front opening, two front covers flexibly connected to the front opening for covering the front opening, two front cover fastener installed over the two front covers for closing the front covers, a pull handle assembly having two sliding tubes and a U-shaped pull handle vertically installed in the case body near the front opening, two hanging rods horizontally installed over the sliding tubes for hanging the two pairs of hanging hooks of each of the document file holders wherein the two pairs of hanging hooks of each of the document file folders are hanged over the upper and lower hanging rods separately and restricted between the front covers and the two hanging rods when the front covers are closed by using the front cover fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2000
    Assignee: Chaw Kong Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kuo Chung-Hsien
  • Patent number: 5988334
    Abstract: A wheeled briefcase has a container and a two-piece lid assimilating the appearance of a conventional court briefcase. The wheeled briefcase includes a pair of wheels placed along the rear of the case, spaced apart to provide stable maneuvering. An integrated telescoping handle construction cooperates with the included wheels to facilitate rolling transportation of the case. A retractable strap may be used to secure additional cargo placed on top of the briefcase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1999
    Inventor: Edna Caruso
  • Patent number: 5967270
    Abstract: The combination briefcase and computer bag assembly includes a housing member having a bottom member, a plurality of side members, and a pair of pivotable top flap members. One of the side members includes a flexible floating compartment that is dimensionally configured to receive a portable computer. When the portable computer is held in the flexible floating compartment, it will substantially extend in the briefcase enclosure to protect the portable computer. Straps on the top flaps enable a top flap to be held in an open position when fastened about an extendable handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1999
    Inventor: Michael H. Shyr
  • Patent number: 5927451
    Abstract: A trunk or briefcase that may be pulled or pushed to move, the top part of the telescopic lever unit may be accommodated in a top hood, the top hood being made of a soft plastic material, with its surrounding edge sewed onto the outside of the trunk or briefcase, so that when the trunk or briefcase is opened, there will be no hindrance caused by the material of the top hood, and that the hood may be opened to its fullest to facilitate the user in taking out or putting in personal articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1999
    Inventor: Cheng-Hsien Tsai
  • Patent number: 5762170
    Abstract: The combination briefcase and computer bag assembly includes a housing member having a bottom member, a plurality of side members, and a pair of pivotable top flap members. One of the side members includes a flexible floating compartment that is dimensionally configured to receive a portable computer. When the portable computer is held in the flexible floating compartment, it will substantially extend in the briefcase enclosure to protect the portable computer. Straps on the top flaps enable a top flap to be held in an open position when fastened about an extendable handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 9, 1998
    Assignee: Goodhope Bags Ind., Inc.
    Inventors: Michael H. Shyr, Godfrey S. Shyr
  • Patent number: 5758751
    Abstract: A suitcase which is constructed of individual panels joined to each other by hinge mechanisms. The hinge mechanisms allow the panels to selectively form right angles so that the panels form a suitcase shell in the shape of a rectangular prism having a storage space, or selectively allow the panels to be folded against each other so that the suitcase may be stored flat. The suitcase has wheel assemblies, and straps which help hold the suitcase together, and hold the wheel assemblies against the suitcase shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 2, 1998
    Inventor: Shulamit Charles
  • Patent number: 5755311
    Abstract: The invention relates to hard sided luggage shells and other containers manufactured using vacuum forming or pressure forming of thermoplastics. Shells and containers with integrally molded frames are disclosed. The differential pressure formed shell containers have framed openings, but without the need to attach a separate frame element to the molded shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 26, 1998
    Assignee: Samsonite Corporation
    Inventors: Elliot Younessian, Joseph Kapushion, Robert L. Bromley
  • Patent number: 5590771
    Abstract: A musical instrument case containing one or more amplifiers and a plurality of speakers is described. The consolidated case comprises a substantially rectangular base portion having a recess configured to receive and retain a musical instrument therewithin. Pivotally attached to the base portion are first and second triangular cover members that are coactively adapted to fold over and completely cover or enclose the base portion leaving no exposed gaps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 7, 1997
    Inventor: Jose G. Cota
  • Patent number: 5467853
    Abstract: A child's activity case opens up to form a desk that sits on a child's lap. The activity case can be filled with toys, coloring books, crayons, etc., to keep a child occupied during times that children have to keep sitting such as in a car. The case comprises a flexible satchel made from fabric having a board member in a base of the satchel. Opposing flaps are positioned on top of the satchel having zippers on either sides, the flaps overlap each other and have attachments to hold them together and retain the flaps closed. The flaps have inside pockets, and a carrying strap is provided to carry the case like a satchel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 21, 1995
    Inventor: Wendy Pelletier
  • Patent number: 5435423
    Abstract: A catalog case has a molded body attached to its bottom or hinge thereto and forming channels for the shanks of a pull-out handle which can be used to pull the case along. Preferably the case has two wheels at the rear end opposite the handle so that the case can be tilted upwardly about these wheels and pulled along the ground or floor while the wheel rides thereon. The pull-out handle can engage in grips at both ends of its travel so that the handle is only fixed relative to its guides at the opposite ends of its travel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 1993
    Date of Patent: July 25, 1995
    Assignee: Royalox International, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard J. Rekuc, James O'Shea
  • Patent number: 5409153
    Abstract: A men's purse is disclosed which is typically carried on a waist belt along the leg of the carrier. The men's purse includes a rear oblong compartment and a slim front compartment. The rear compartment has a zipped top opening for gaining access therein and the slim front compartment is formed by a flap which is zippered to the rear compartment. If the flap zipper is opened, the flap may be swung open to gain access to contents stored within the slim compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 25, 1995
    Inventor: George Ristich
  • Patent number: 5179987
    Abstract: The bag is fitted at its top end portion with a substantially semi-cylindrical framework (a), with its arcuate part turned upwards, and with a shoulder strap or a handle (3) attached to rigid end sides (G1, G2) thereof. The bag body is fastened to the four lower side edges of the framework. The arcuate upper part of the framework is defined and closed by one or two flexible pieces (P1, P2) associated with the framework through rods (17, 117) and slat-like members (18, 118), and which are stretchable and foldable in a bellows-like manner, and are lockable in bag-closing position. To open the bag, the unclamped flexible pieces need only be drawn away from each other and folded bellows-like at the lower outward side ends of the framework.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 19, 1993
    Assignee: Finduck S.r.L.
    Inventor: Pietro Mannato
  • Patent number: 5086888
    Abstract: A folding suitcase with hard casing consisting of six hard sides at least, wherein the plate bodies of hard casing on the bottom, left and right sides (i.e. bottom, left and right plate bodies) are separable from their corresponding soft surface materials so that these plate bodies become removable. The inner sides at the bottom of the left and right plate bodies are provided with grooves respectively to engage with two longitudinal sides of a bottom plate body, the inner sides at the tops of the left and right plate bodies are provided with hook-and-loop fasteners. A part protruding upward from the tops of the left and right soft surface materials each become a turnover body of which the inner side is also provided with the hook-and-loop fastener to be folded inward and tightly adhered to the foregoing hook-and-loop fasteners on the left and right plate bodies, so the upper and lower ends and the inner and outer sides of left and right plate bodies are tightly fixed and firmly assembled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 1990
    Date of Patent: February 11, 1992
    Inventor: Chung-Nan Chu
  • Patent number: 4930186
    Abstract: A suitcase pivoting arm including an upper and a lower arm member, an actuating plate, a mating block, axle pins, and a spring. The upper and lower arm members are pivotally connected with the actuating plate to allow the actuating plate to freely rotate. The upper arm member includes a round plate shaped front end with inner and outer lugs and one or more notches made therearound, the mating block being pivotally connected to the lower arm member with the top end of the mating block being forced by the spring to be in contact with the periphery of the round plate shaped front end of the upper arm member. Upon turning the arms outward the mating block is allowed to set in the notch of the round plate shaped front end of the upper arm member, the upper arm member is protected from reverse rotation so as to support the lifted suitcase cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 1989
    Date of Patent: June 5, 1990
    Inventor: Shwu-Guei Linwu
  • Patent number: 4529069
    Abstract: A carrying case of the type having its bottom and sidewalls formed of a U-shaped unitary member is provided which employs a structural frame made of a plurality of rigid members which are secured to one another by rivets. The frame includes upper and lower pairs of metal bars extending generally horizontally on opposite sides of the case between generally rectangular end shells which may have U-shaped metal guards disposed on their sides and bottoms. The bars are preferably made of spring steel so that they may return to their original shapes after being distorted by overloading of the case. The end shells may have integral nodes formed on them to partially shield exposed ends of the U-shaped guards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 1983
    Date of Patent: July 16, 1985
    Assignee: Platt Luggage, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph E. March
  • Patent number: 4527677
    Abstract: A carrying case includes a wall member which provides a bottom and sidewalls for the carrying case and which has at each of its opposite ends an end assembly including a generally planar plastic end panel having a pair of metal end frames extending about its periphery. The end panels may be cut from flat sheets of material and need not be molded into specialized shapes. In the preferred embodiment, the end panels are made substantially of antistatic materials which enable the case to be useful in transporting items which might be damaged by static electricity. The case illustrated herein includes a divider assembly which is removable as a unit from the case and which is made substantially of antistatic materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 1983
    Date of Patent: July 9, 1985
    Assignee: Platt Luggage, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph E. March, Thomas E. Riley