Wheeled Patents (Class 190/18A)
  • Patent number: 6164425
    Abstract: A recreational equipment luggage transport system, an auxiliary transport apparatus, and methods for transporting recreational equipment are provided. The system preferably includes an enlarged main piece of recreational equipment storage luggage having enlarged recreational equipment positioned therein. The enlarged recreational equipment, for example, preferably has a longitudinal extent substantially longer than a standard adult size tennis racket. The main piece of luggage includes a main luggage frame, at least one wheel member connected to a lower end portion of the main luggage frame, a cover connected to the main luggage frame and sized to position large recreational equipment therein, and an auxiliary transport apparatus pivotally connected to the main luggage frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2000
    Assignee: Seven Oars, Inc.
    Inventor: Ricky J. Latshaw
  • Patent number: 6148971
    Abstract: An easily pullable suitcase which can be towed on all four wheels or on two main wheels with comfort using an attached pulling handle. The handle can be free pivoting to pull the suitcase on four wheels, or can be rigidly fixed in a position that eases lifting the suitcase front end and pulling the suitcase on the two main wheels. The two main wheels are located with their axle under the suitcase center of gravity so that, when pulled on the main wheels, the suitcase weight is carried by the wheels, causing minimum pressure on the hand of a pulling person. The bottom of the suitcase is V-shaped to allow clearance for the bottom rear end when the front end of the suitcase is lifted upwards and pulled on two main wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2000
    Inventor: Dick T Kho
  • Patent number: 6148973
    Abstract: A cloth-shelled luggage article includes a top bracing plate, a bottom bracing plate, two support tubes, an expandable pull rod frame, and at least one caster. The expandable pull rod frame is securely held by the top bracing plate and the bottom bracing plate. The two support tubes are disposed between the top bracing plate and the bottom bracing plate for securing the top bracing plate and the bottom bracing plate in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2000
    Inventor: Ruey-Yang Chang
  • 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: 6131713
    Abstract: A luggage framework includes a top plate, a bottom plate, two wheel mounts, a plurality of corner connection seats, a plurality of cross rods, a plurality of corner cross rods, and a plurality of longitudinal support rods. The top plate is provided at four corners thereof with one corner connection seat, whereas the bottom plate is provided at both ends of the front side thereof with one corner connection seat. Both ends of the rear side of the bottom plate are fastened with the wheel mounts. The longitudinal support rods are located between the top plate and the bottom plate such that both ends of the longitudinal support rods are retained by the corner connection seats of the top plate, the two corner connection seats of the front side of the bottom plate, and the two the wheel mounts of the rear side of the bottom plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2000
    Inventor: Yu-Yi Sher
  • Patent number: 6129365
    Abstract: An inclined handle structure for a wheeled case comprises an inclined handle attached at a fixed angle with respect to a wall of the wheeled case. The inclined handle retracts toward and extends from the wall of the wheeled case while being held in a guide which is fixedly attached to the wheeled case. The wheeled case can be tipped on its wheels and pushed or pulled by means of the inclined handle. Alternatively, if the wheeled case has sufficient wheels the case can be pushed or pulled in an upright position by the inclined handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2000
    Assignee: Outrigger, Inc.
    Inventor: Bernard David Sadow
  • Patent number: 6129254
    Abstract: A backpack either conventional or of the rolling type having an integrated flexible filing system for storing books, folders, files, papers, and other paraphernalia. The flexible filing system is comprised of a plurality of semi-rigid dividers securely attached to a back wall or panel in the main compartment of the backpack. The dividers are attached to a flexible side wall to allow the system to expand or collapse as needed. Optional features include graduated dividers that are progressively shorter from rear to back to facilitate access to the compartments. An additional optional feature is to make the top edges of the dividers at an oblique angle to facilitate viewing of materials sorted or stored in the compartments formed by the expandable file system. The expandable file systems can also be permanently attached to the back panel of a backpack or could be removable by using a hook and loop fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2000
    Assignee: Travelers Club Luggage, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter Yu
  • Patent number: 6119835
    Abstract: A luggage frame for supporting a substantially rectangular wheeled suitcase is disclosed. The luggage frame comprises a rectangular board, a U-shaped frame mounted above the board, a lower U-shaped panel attached under the board and an upper U-shaped panel attached above the U-shaped frame, an L-shaped brace mounted to the rear end of the board, the rear panel comprising a tube receiving means, an L-shaped head piece mounted to the upper end of the U-shaped frame, two elongated tubes vertically mounted between the L-shaped head piece and L-shaped brace, two wheel assemblies mounted under the rear end of the board, and a flat panel being mounted to the upper panels of the two wheel assemblies. Except for the L-shaped head piece, L-shaped brace and the two wheel assemblies which require hard tooling, all the other components can be made by using generic tools when required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2000
    Assignee: Chaw Kong Co., LTD
    Inventor: Jer-Hong Lin
  • Patent number: 6116390
    Abstract: Wheeled luggage having a container of soft fabric adapted for stacking with other similar containers such as suitcases or the like. The container has at least three wheels mounted on the bottom to provide stability when rolled over a supporting surface. A selected pair of wheels extend beyond the rear periphery of the container so that the container may be pulled in a tilted position as well as pulled along on the wheels. The non-selected wheel is swiveled so that the suitcase may be easily maneuvered when it is pulled along the supporting surface in a non-tilted position. A handle device may be either a leash-type strap detachably connected to a connection at one end of the container and/or a rigid handle may be telescopically arranged on the container with or without a pivot. A pouch may be provided on the container for insertably receiving and storing the strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2000
    Inventor: Fred E. Cohen
  • Patent number: 6116701
    Abstract: A detachable luggage wheel structure is disclosed. The detachable luggage wheel structure comprises a pedestal, a wheel assembly located on a lower part of the pedestal, a fixed member provided on the pedestal, a bolt, and a block secured to the fixed member from the below by the bolt for preventing the wheel axis from unfastening. Moreover, the wheel detachment is complete simply by unfastening the bolt from the exterior of the luggage and extracting the wheel thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2000
    Assignee: Chaw Khong Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chung-Hsien Kuo
  • Patent number: 6113196
    Abstract: A detachable luggage wheel comprises a pedestal, and a wheel located on a lower part of the pedestal, a recessed portion provided on a side of the pedestal adjacent to a hub of the wheel, and a blocking member complementary in a shape to the recessed portion for being able to cling to a resilient locking member of the recessed portion for providing the fit setting of the blocking member onto the recessed portion, and preventing a bolt of the wheel from loosening. By utilizing this construction, an assembly and a detachment of the wheel assembly are easier and quicker to carry out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2000
    Assignee: Chaw Khong Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chung-Hsien Kuo
  • Patent number: 6109627
    Abstract: A bowling ball carrier, carrying two or three bags loaded with a plurality of bowling balls and allowing a user to easily receive or remove bowling balls into or from the bags, is disclosed. The bowling ball carrier has two parallel telescopic columns and a wheeled bag integrated with the lower ends of the telescopic columns. An upper bag holder frame, used for removably holding one or two bags in addition to the wheeled bag on the carrier, is attached to the carrier. The holder frame selectively engages with a locking beam of the two telescopic columns at its upper part. The wheeled bag may lie on its side. In such a case, the bag has a front opening capable of allowing a user to receive or remove bowling balls into or from the bag at the front of the bag. Alternatively, the wheeled bag may stand on its bottom. In such a case, the bag has a top opening capable of allowing a user to receive or remove bowling balls into or from the bag at the top of the bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2000
    Inventor: Sung Hoan Be
  • Patent number: 6109404
    Abstract: A method of forming lightweight luggage and luggage formed thereby are provided. The method preferably includes providing an outer frame body. The outer frame body is preferably formed of a foam material and has a pair of spaced-apart, end frame body members and a pair of spaced-apart, side frame body members. Each of the spaced-apart end frame body members is connected to each of the spaced-apart side frame body members along common side peripheries thereof so that the pair of end frame body members and the pair of side frame body members define outer peripheries of a body cavity. Each of the frame body members has a first predetermined width and a first predetermined length. The method also includes positioning a first frame support member to abuttingly contact an inner surface of a first of the pair of end frame body members and positioning a second frame support member to abuttingly contact an inner surface of a second of the pair of end frame body members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2000
    Assignee: AirCase International, Inc.
    Inventor: George Daniel Bishop
  • Patent number: 6109403
    Abstract: An overnight luggage case includes a telescoping handle, a carrying strap, a luggage handle, a front side that folds downwardly and outwardly and an internal extensible flap construction upon which items such as suits and the like may be retained and folded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2000
    Assignee: Travel Caddy Inc.
    Inventor: Donald E. Godshaw
  • Patent number: 6102172
    Abstract: A wheeled cosmetic carrying case is illustrated as including a handle and wheel assembly (A) for transporting a trunk-like box (B) with front closure member (C) fastened as by a zipper (D) over an open top of the box (B). The closure member (C) carries external compartments (E) which are zippered to open outwardly for displaying auxiliary material thus augmenting the space provided by the compartmentalized interior (F). The method includes the step of securing the closure member (C) over the trunk-like box by closing a zipper (D) for positioning externally accessible compartments as well as complementary compartments for carrying cosmetics within the box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2000
    Inventor: Bonnie Lee Dercole
  • Patent number: 6099023
    Abstract: A bottom case for bowling bags is disclosed. One or two partition walls are integrally formed in the bottom case, thus forming one, two or three cells in said case. The cells are for separately receiving the bowling balls in the case. A dish-shaped shell is integrally and interiorly formed on the bottom wall at a position inside each of the cells and stably seats a bowling ball in each cell. Two corner supports are integrally formed along the rear corners of the rear cell, thus supporting a bowling ball seated in the rear cell. The bottom case is integrated with a cloth or synthetic leather bag body. A bowling shoes bag is separately provided on the top of the bag body. The bottom case is also integrated with an auxiliary bag at the sidewall, thus receiving bowling accessories, such as towels, protectors and packed bowling powder. The bottom case of this invention thus allows a bowling bag to receive and carry one, two or three bowling balls along with such bowling accessories at the same time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2000
    Inventor: Sung Hoan Be
  • Patent number: 6098768
    Abstract: A wheeled luggage is disclosed. The retractable handle is concealed in a narrow second space enclosed by rear panel and rear of luggage when not in use so as to provide an aesthetic luggage, prevent handle from being damaged by foreign objects, and provide a complete main storage space of luggage. Also, most of wheel assemblies are within the frame for eliminating an awkward obstructive protrusion of wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2000
    Inventor: Yen-Lung Tsai
  • Patent number: 6098769
    Abstract: A rolling luggage with a notebook carrier bag detachably attached to a front side of the rolling luggage, wherein a first fastening means is secured at a top side of said rolling luggage. The notebook carrier bag includes a base supporting panel, a first and a second carrying container provided on an outer surface of the base supporting panel, a handle means for easy holding, and a first connector secured to one end of the notebook carrier bag for detachably connecting with the first fastening means so as to combine the notebook carrier bag with the rolling luggage to form a single piece of luggage during traveling and transportation. Normally, the notebook carrier bag can be detached from the rolling luggage. Also, since the first carrying container and the second carrying container are foldably connected together, the first carrying container and the second carrying container can be folded up overlappedly to form an independent notebook carrier bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2000
    Assignee: Sumdex Inc.
    Inventor: Elton Yen
  • Patent number: 6095385
    Abstract: A hockey equipment bag for carrying and storing hockey equipment in an organized manner. The hockey equipment bag includes a main compartment with a spaced apart pair of ground engaging wheels rotatably mounted to a bottom panel of the main compartment. A back panel of the main compartment has a spaced apart pair of shoulder straps coupled thereto. A top panel of the main compartment has a handle strap coupled thereto. A lower front compartment is coupled to the front panel of the main compartment. The front panel of the main compartment has a spaced apart pair of substantially parallel elongate slits into the main compartment. A first side panel of the main compartment has a shoulder strap coupled thereto. Upper and lower side compartments are coupled to the first side panel. The lower side compartment has generally L-shaped pocket therein. An elongate tubular shaft sleeve coupled to the first side panel adjacent the back panel of the main compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2000
    Inventors: Lemigao Utu, Alice Utu
  • Patent number: 6082510
    Abstract: A supporting device for a wheeled suitcase includes a positioning member, a leg member, a locking unit and a biasing member. The positioning member is mounted on a back wall of the suitcase, and has a mounting wall in a longitudinal direction, and a positioning unit disposed on an upper end of the mounting wall to extend in a first transverse direction. The positioning unit has a pivot member that extends in the first transverse direction. The leg member is pivoted to the pivot member at the upper end so as to turn therearound to an operative inclined position, or so as to move toward the mounting wall in order to be folded thereto. The leg member defines an opening for access to the mounting wall. The locking unit is disposed to be accessible via the opening, and includes a retaining member and an engaging tongue disposed on the mounting wall and the leg member, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2000
    Inventor: Sung-Ming Liang
  • Patent number: 6079527
    Abstract: A retractable handle system for wheeled luggage comprises a handle grip assembly connected to sliding tubes adapted to slidingly move within support tubes rigidly affixed to a support. There are provided two locking assemblies for locking the system in its initial, retracted position. To place the system in an operational position, a push button on the handle grip assembly is depressed thus unlocking the sliding tubes. The sliding tubes can be pulled up and moved out of the supporting tubes. Then, the sliding tubes can be rotated at up to 45.degree. and locked in that rotated position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2000
    Assignee: Chaw-Khong Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chung Hsien Kuo
  • Patent number: 6076641
    Abstract: A wheeled upright luggage case having oversized wheels for improved rolling movement. The luggage case has a pair of wheels that are oversize in proportion to the body of the case. The oversize wheels are rotatably mounted in fender assemblies disposed on the outsides of the body of the case, so that the oversize wheels do not detract from the cargo capacity of the case. The wheels are mounted to protrude a specified relational distance from the bottom, or the back and the bottom, of the case to permit the case to be rolled while tilted at a wide variety of angles and to easily be pulled up stairs or curbs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2000
    Assignee: Samsonite Corporation
    Inventors: Paul Kinzer, Amy Wolf, William L. King, Ryan Sullivan, Peter Twarog, Peter Ward
  • Patent number: 6076666
    Abstract: A garment bag that folds into a suitcase with hanger retainers at each end and with a front and a back with the two halves of the front opposing one another when folded into a suitcase and with each half being rotatable 180 degrees so that the two halves of the back oppose one another permitting clothes on both hanger retainers to hand down and be readily selected from the garment bag when the garment bag is hung from both ends with both front halves exposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2000
    Inventor: Toni M. Santa-Maria
  • Patent number: 6073737
    Abstract: A luggage system for detachably securing and transporting multiple luggage pieces in a side-by-side arrangement. The luggage system has at least a first luggage piece and a second luggage piece, each having a generally oblong rectangular configuration with a top wall, a bottom wall, a front wall, a rear wall, a first sidewall, a second sidewall opposite the first sidewall, and a hollow inner cavity, with the top and bottom walls of the first luggage piece aligning with the top and bottom walls respectively of the second luggage piece. Each luggage piece has at least three wheels extending below a bottom wall of each luggage piece. The luggage system has means for detachably securing the first luggage piece to the second luggage piece when positioned in a side-by-side arrangement to the first luggage piece. The means for detachably securing is located near the front wall and the rear wall of each luggage piece. And a means for handling the luggage system is provided to push, tow, and steer the luggage system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2000
    Inventor: Won Kang
  • Patent number: 6073738
    Abstract: An upright suitcase includes a front section and an opposing rear section, each having an outer panel and a circumferential wall with a bottom edge and a plurality of free edges. The bottom edges are hingedly connected for movement of the opposing front and rear sections between an open position, in which access to the opposing sections is provided, and a closed position, in which all of the edges of the two circumferential walls are in juxtaposition. A zipper closure engages the opposing sections and selectively holds the free edges of the circumferential walls in juxtaposition. A divider panel is positioned within the upright suitcase to at least partially divide the opposing sections from each other when in the closed position. The divider panel has one end flexibly tethered to the rear circumferential wall and is movable into and out of the rear section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2000
    Assignee: Airway Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: J. Richard Abraham, Hyun S. Kim
  • Patent number: 6070888
    Abstract: A combination of a retractable handle device and a suitcase includes a first base member and a second base member connected to the back of the suitcase, each of the two base member having a slot defined therein. The handle device includes a base portion with two wheels and two outer tubes extend from the base portion. Two first inner tubes are retractable received in the two outer tubes and two second inner tubes are retractably received in the first inner tubes with a handle fixedly connected to the two second inner tubes. Two engaging members are respectively and slidably connected between the two first inner tubes the two second inner tubes. The base portion is disengagably engaged with the second base member. Each of the two engaging members has a connecting member disengagably connected thereto which is engagable to the base member corresponding thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2000
    Inventor: Chien-Shan Wang
  • Patent number: 6065574
    Abstract: A bag mounted on universal casters at a bottom of the bag body so that the movement direction of the bag can be freely changed. The bag has guide pipes or one wide breadth guide pipe fixed to one of the lateral faces of the bag body. A vertically extendable and retractable handle is provided and includes a grip and a pair of vertical rods which are inserted in the guide pipes. The grip includes a connecting portion which interconnects the upper ends of the vertical rods. Stoppers are provided to lock the handle in a fully vertically extended position. The grip is also provided with a gripping portion which extends in a longitudinal direction of the bag body and is located at approximately a middle portion of the bag body. The gripping portion is perpendicular relative to the connecting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2000
    Assignee: Swany Corporation
    Inventor: Etsuo Miyoshi
  • Patent number: 6062357
    Abstract: A wheeled carrying bag includes a soft front panel, a soft back panel, a soft side panel and a bottom which are attached to each other. The bag has two wells located within the bag, one of which is capable of carrying a laptop computer. The bag has a top with a regular carrying handle and an adjustable wheeling handle. The adjustable handle is attached to the bag with the help of supports which are disposed within the bag. The bag has a bottom with wheels attached to the bottom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2000
    Assignee: Monarch Luggage Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Christina Bogert
  • Patent number: 6059078
    Abstract: An expandable bag movable between a contracted position and an expanded position. The expandable bag comprises a body enclosing a space. The body has top and bottom walls, front and rear walls and left and right walls. A handle is mounted on the body. At least one of the top and bottom and left and right walls includes first and second substantially rigid frame members movable toward and away from each other during contraction and expansion of the bag. A rigid plate and one or more fasteners for mounting the plate on one of the first and second frame members are provided. The plate slidably overlies the other of the first and second frame members to provide a rigid framework for the bag when the bag is in the expanded position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2000
    Assignee: Mainland Marketing, Inc.
    Inventor: Cory O. Nykoluk
  • Patent number: 6059079
    Abstract: A wheeled article of luggage, which has a catalog case, is disclosed which includes an externally accessible auxiliary pocket configured for the reception of a laptop computer. The auxiliary pocket may also be accessed from the interior of the case, with the exterior, and interior access means being orthognally related, such that they will both be in a horizontal position when the catalog case is in either the wheeled, or stationary, open condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2000
    Assignee: United States Luggage, L.P.
    Inventor: Richard J. Krulik
  • Patent number: 6047798
    Abstract: A foldable luggage article has an upper portion and a wheel device secured to a base. A retractable handle device is secured to the upper portion of the luggage article for supporting luggage article at the expanded working position when the handle device is extended and at the folded position when the handle device is retracted. The handle device includes a pair of posts secured to the base and a pair of tubes slidably engaged on the posts and a pair of pipes slidably engaged in the posts for extending the length of the handle device. The posts may also be folded relative to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2000
    Inventor: Chao Chin Lin
  • Patent number: 6041900
    Abstract: An article of towable luggage has ground engagable wheels mounted on the major front or rear wall, to permit towing of the article of luggage over a ground surface with the selected wall in proximity to and presented to the ground surface, the article of towable luggage being towable by a towing strap attached to the article of towable luggage, or by a handle having telescopic legs pivotally attached to the article of luggage, the telescopic legs of the handle in the alternative being telescopically received within the body of the article of luggage, the respective legs including hinges permitting the handle to be raised and lowered relative to the article of luggage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2000
    Assignee: Outrigger, Inc.
    Inventors: Bernard D. Sadow, Jeffrey A. Schwab
  • Patent number: 6032771
    Abstract: An article of luggage comprises a main body provided with an upper handle for gripping and carrying the article of luggage, and with lower wheels. It is further provided with an extendible towing member, for towing the article of luggage on the wheels, this member being slidably mounted between a retracted inoperative position and an extended operative position. The whole body of the main handle forms part of said extendible towing member, so that the whole main handle acts also as towing handle of the article of luggage when the towing member is in its extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2000
    Assignee: Travel Time Srl
    Inventor: Fabio Pedrini
  • 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: 6021874
    Abstract: An expandable bag movable between a contracted position and an expanded position. The expandable bag comprises a body enclosing a space. The body has top and bottom walls, front and rear walls and left and right walls. A handle is mounted on the body. At least one of the top and bottom and left and right walls includes first and second substantially rigid frame members movable toward and away from each other during contraction and expansion of the bag. A rigid plate and one or more fasteners for hingedly securing the plate to one of the first and second frame members are provided. The plate slidably engages the other of the first and second frame members to provide a substantially rigid framework for the bag when the bag is in the expanded position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2000
    Assignee: Mainland Marketing, Inc.
    Inventor: Cory O. Nykoluk
  • Patent number: 6016893
    Abstract: This invention relates to a multi-purpose traveling suitcase which comprises: (1) a backboard; (2) a fixed case attached to the lower front side of the backboard, wherein the fixed case has a pair of casters located at the lower front outer corners away from the backboard; (3) a swinging case attached to the upper side of the backboard, and (4) a scissor-like support at the back side of the backboard, wherein the scissor-like support comprises a pair of leg members and a pair of drive rod members, wherein the pair of leg members comprises a pair of leg wheels at the lower ends. The swinging case can be swung backward, which, with the support of the scissor-like support, turns the multi-purpose traveling suitcase into a stroller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2000
    Inventors: Rui-Tang Chen, Joseph Chen
  • Patent number: 5992588
    Abstract: The invention concerns a suitcase which comprises two case halves (3,4) each having a main surface (2) with a carrying handle (5) secured on the upper side (6) of one case half (4), casters (16) disposed at corners (12,14) at one end (8) of the base (10), the casters (16) projecting relative to the base (10) and the adjacent first vertical narrow side (18) of the case halves, and with a pulling handle (22) which is disposed diagonally opposite the casters (16) in the upper region of the second vertical narrow side (10) of the case halves (3,4). According to the invention, disposed at each upper corner (24,26) of the first vertical narrow side (18) is a guide roller (30) which can pivot about an axis (28) parallel with the upper side (6) of the case halves (3,4), the guide roller (30) having at least one caster (32, 34) and the pivot axis (28) being at a spacing of at most approximately 25 mm, and preferably at most 20 mm, from the main surface (2) and/or the upper side (6) of the respective case half (3,4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1999
    Assignee: Rimowa Kofferfabrik GmbH
    Inventor: Dieter Morszeck
  • 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: 5984154
    Abstract: The shoulder straps of a wheelaway backpack are stowed in a compartment between a main back wall panel and a secondary back wall panel of the container, which compartment also receives the towing handle support tubes. A wheel cover panel, the lower edge of which is stitched to the outside of the main back wall panel some distance above the lower back edge of the backpack, has zippers along the sides for attaching it to the secondary back wall panel and forming a compartment for convenient temporary storage of articles. When unzipped and folded down against the lower part of the main back wall panel, the wheel cover panel covers the rear aspects of the wheels so as to keep the clothing of a user carrying the backpack on his or her back from being soiled by dirt and moisture on the wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1999
    Assignee: Tumi, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul Scicluna
  • Patent number: 5984326
    Abstract: A suitcase has first rollers mounted thereon to at least partially support the suitcase when in an upright position and to enable rolling movement of the suitcase across a surface. The first end of an arm is pivotally mounted to a rigid body portion of the suitcase. Second rollers are mounted about adjacent to the second end of the arm to enable rolling movement of the suitcase across the surface. A first link is pivotally mounted to the rigid body portion, and a second link is pivotally mounted to the first link and the arm. The arm is alternately retractable to a retracted position about adjacent to a rear panel of the suitcase, and deployable to a deployed position spaced outwardly from the rear panel. The first and second rollers cooperate to fully support the suitcase when the second rollers are deployed and the suitcase is in a rolling position. A push/pull handle is mounted on the suitcase to enable a user to roll the suitcase across the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1999
    Assignee: 500 Group, Inc.
    Inventors: J. Richard Abraham, Paolo M. B. Tiramani, John A. Bozak
  • Patent number: 5975170
    Abstract: The present invention is a cover device for use in storing and transporting a golf bag and its contents, and a method of installing said cover device. The top, front, and sides of the cover device are flexible. The lower back section and base are rigid. The cover device has a continuous u-shaped slit along its front and sides near the bottom of the cover device. Under the base, there is at least one wheel and stop. To install the cover device, a user slides the opened cover device over the golf bag, and then pushes the rigid lower back section with his foot under the base of the golf bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1999
    Inventor: Xavier Anguiano
  • 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: 5950779
    Abstract: A bag is provided and includes a freely opening and closing bag body, casters allowing the bag to be moved in the self standing upright posture and fixed at the lower face of the bag body, and a handle which is freely extensible inwardly and outwardly of the bag body. The handle has a grip at its upper extremity and connects vertical rods at both extremities of the grip. The vertical rods are introduced into guide pipes fixed to the bag body so as to be freely extensible. The interior of the bag body is divided into two compartments with one on each side by the partition fixed at the bag body. The bag body has covers which open and close each compartment, and the guide pipes are fixed to the partition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1999
    Assignee: Swany Corporation
    Inventor: Etsuo Miyoshi
  • Patent number: 5943936
    Abstract: Wheeled luggage cases include at least two wheels and a handle with which to roll the luggage on these wheels. Most prior art wheel handles require the user to use considerable force to balance the case on these two wheels, either when the case is carrying auxiliary cases or when otherwise fully loaded. The disclosed luggage case has a wheel handle which extends out of and along one side of the case on an arm, and a handle grip mounted on this arm in a way that tips the luggage case forward to better balance over the wheels when carrying varying loads. The wheel handle arm also includes a mechanism that supports the handle grip at different heights to further optimize this load balancing function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 31, 1999
    Assignee: Samsonite Corporation
    Inventors: Lawrence J. Deliman, Daniel G. Elles, David W. Fiddes, James S. Gregg, Rik Hillaert, William L. King, Jon C. Nordmark, Roger Pedlar, Robert M. Tesman, Carlo F. Zezza
  • Patent number: 5944155
    Abstract: A luggage piece having a detachable tote bag is provided. The luggage piece includes a plurality of sides that enclose a main luggage compartment. The tote bag is secured to the exterior of one of the sides by a zipper. One half of the zipper is secured to a portion of the outer perimeter of the luggage piece side while the other half of the zipper is secured to the outer perimeter of a portion of the tote bag. The top of the tote bag remains unzipped to defining an opening, and can be secured by a snap. A pair of loop handles are located at the opening and can be stowed inside the tote bag when it is attached to the luggage piece. A removable hook is provided to a top side of the luggage piece for hanging the handles therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 31, 1999
    Assignee: The Gem Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Rebecca T. Geary
  • Patent number: 5941352
    Abstract: A combination of travel bag and folding table which includes a travel bag, a table board having a first end pivoted to a top side of the travel bag and a free end, a retractable stand having one end pivoted to the free end of the table board and an opposite end mounted with a foot, hinge means coupled between the travel bag and the table board for permitting the table board to be turned about an axis within 90.degree., first lock means for securing the table board, the retractable stand and the travel bag together when the table board and the retractable stand are collapsed, and second lock means for stopping the wheels of travel bag from moving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 24, 1999
    Inventor: Chun-Ping Lee
  • Patent number: 5934425
    Abstract: A handle structure for wheeled luggage comprises a U-shaped telescoping handle and one or two swing out handles pivotably attached to the U-shaped telescoping handle. The wheeled luggage can be pushed or pulled in a first set of two collinear directions by the U-shaped telescoping handle and can be pushed or pulled in a second set of two collinear directions by the one or two swing out handles. The first set of two collinear directions in which the wheeled luggage can be propelled by the one or two swing out handles are parallel to a first line which is perpendicular to a second line which is parallel to the second set of two collinear directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1999
    Assignee: Outrigger, Inc.
    Inventor: Bernard David Sadow
  • 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: 5927450
    Abstract: A wheeled article of luggage, such as a carry-on case, is provided with an elongate member which is extensible for it to secure an article of auxiliary luggage positioned on a top wall of the wheeled case. The extensible member can be built into the carry-on case, and conveniently stored in an externally accessible pocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1999
    Assignee: Outrigger, Inc.
    Inventor: Bernard David Sadow
  • Patent number: 5924533
    Abstract: A luggage case comprises a lid shell (11) and a base shell (12) connected together by a hinge (22). The edges of the shells can be fastened together by latches (23, 24, 25). Two latches (23, 24) are mounted on the lid shell at the end walls. When they are released, they project downwardly and outwardly to provide gripping elements for opening the case. The case has two wheels (70, 71) and a steering handle (74) for rolling the case in a two-wheeled mode. Two castors (72, 73) are located on the back wall, and a pulling handle (76) is provided on the front wall. The pulling handle can be used for pulling the case on the wheels and the castors in four-wheeled mode. The carrying handle (21) is fixed to the frame (22) so as not to pivot. It is made of thermoplastic rubber to allow twisting movement for the comfort of the traveller. The latch (25) operates easily under carrying handle (21).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 20, 1999
    Assignee: Samsonite Corporation
    Inventors: Dirk Cnockaert, Willy Van Hoye, Ian Ferris