Traveling Case Patents (Class 280/37)
  • Patent number: 10144443
    Abstract: A device for transporting children. The transportation device includes a base and sidewalls extending therefrom, forming an interior volume. Wheels extend from a lower side of the base and a foldable seat is affixed to at least one sidewall. A pair of doors are hingedly attached to opposing sidewalls, which allow a child ingress and egress from the transportation device. The folding seat allows the transportation device to include an increased capacity to hold objects when not in use by the child.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Inventor: James Carbonaro
  • Patent number: 9834243
    Abstract: A collapsible baby carriage includes a pair of middle pushing rod, a pair of upper pushing rod, a pair of T-rod, a pair of front wheel rod, a pair of bending-extension rod, a pair of side sliding rod, a pair of handle and a pair of seat side bending rod at two sides thereof. A top pushing rod, a seat bottom rod, a bottom connecting rod, a front wheel bottom rod and a rear wheel bottom rod are also between two sides of the baby carriage. The baby carriage includes a folding mechanism. The folding mechanism turns the upper pushing rod upward and the middle pushing rod and the front wheel rod downward. The flipping mechanism flips the seat side bending rods, the bending-extension rods, the front wheel rods, the front wheels, the handles, the T-rods and the rear wheels inward, forming a flat and rectangular body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Dong Guan Jia Lian Kids Products Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Qiang Zhang
  • Patent number: 9481388
    Abstract: The luggage sliders include various embodiments for permanent or removable installation upon the underside of a roll-around suitcase, wheeled cart, or similar article to facilitate movement of the article up a flight of stairs or other stepped inclined surface. Some of the sliders are pivotally extendible and retractable. Others are telescopically extendible and retractable. Still others are pivotally attached to one edge of the article, and pivotally fold against a surface of the article for storage. Still others may be adjustably clamped about the base of the article. Still others are pivotally attached about a wheel axle to rotate and lie beneath the wheel for operation. Still others may be removably attached directly to the wheels of the luggage, cart, or other wheeled article. Still others are pivotally attached to a point on the luggage and telescopically extend to project below the wheel for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: KING FAHD UNIVERSITY OF PETROLEUM AND MINERALS
    Inventors: Mehmet Dondurur, Ahmet Z. Sahin
  • Patent number: 9302694
    Abstract: A convertible baby stroller assembly converts into a playpen as needed. The assembly includes a support having a bottom wall and a perimeter wall coupled to and extending upwardly from the bottom wall. A top edge of the support defines an access opening into an interior space of the support wherein the interior space is configured for receiving a child. A plurality of panels is coupled to the support. The panels are positionable in a deployed position wherein each of the panels extends upwardly above the top edge around the access opening defining an upper enclosure of the assembly. A frame has an upper section and a lower section. The upper section defines a handle. The support is coupled to the frame at a juncture between the upper and lower sections. A plurality of wheels is coupled to the lower section of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Inventor: Marina Velichko
  • Patent number: 9283852
    Abstract: Systems, methods, apparatuses, and computer-readable media provide electric supply equipment 200 configured to perform diagnostics. The electric supply equipment 200 may include a receptacle 210 for forming a closed circuit loop. The electric supply equipment 200 includes a connector 203 for charging devices, such as electric vehicles 101. The connector 203 may include one or more conductors, some of which may be wrapped with insulation. When the connector 103, 203 is not used for charging, the connector 203 may be connected to a receptacle 210 of the electric supply equipment 200. Thus, the electric supply equipment 200, via the receptacle 210, may form a closed loop circuit with the conductors. Further, the electric supply equipment 200 may include a diagnostic unit 250 for performing diagnostic tests on the conductors. In particular, the diagnostic unit 250 may access ends of the conductors via the receptacle 210.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: Schneider Electric USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin M. Jefferies, Benjamin W. Edwards, Matthew L. White, Konstantin Alexander Filippenko, Richard Karl Weiler
  • Patent number: 9204570
    Abstract: A lever mechanism facilitates coupling of a sliding board and a connector. A sliding board is partially enclosed by a sliding board enclosure, such that the sliding board is slidable relative to the enclosure. A pair of pivot levers is disposed between the sliding board and the enclosure. Each pivot lever is connected at a proximal end to the enclosure and at a pivot point to the sliding board. A distal end of the pivot lever is removably engageable with a second circuit board. The lever mechanism translates a pushing force on the enclosure to a pulling force on the sliding board, aligning and eventually coupling the sliding board with the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
    Inventor: Jean-Philippe Fricker
  • Patent number: 9193368
    Abstract: This application discloses folding, compact support structure assemblies for supporting an article or receptacle including a simplified latch and a support assembly case that move together in tandem as an integrated unit in order to effect release of the support structure assemblies from their operative position, facilitating movement of the entire support assembly and shaft to a compact position inside the profile of the supporting article. The support structure shafts may attach skis, sleds, or wheels. A plurality of equipment engaging removable uprights stow horizontally in slots along the inside walls and a service shelf also conveniently stows flat along the underside or top of the article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Inventor: Richard N. Shapiro
  • Patent number: 9079595
    Abstract: A cart includes four wheel assemblies disposed on four bottom corners of a support body respectively, each wheel assembly including a hollow cylinder, a biasing member in the hollow cylinder, a roller having a partially threaded shank inserted through the biasing member and the hollow cylinder into the support body for fastening, and a threaded fastener secured to the partially threaded shank; four lock sleeves each secured onto the hollow cylinder. In a ready to wheel or wheeling state, the partially threaded shank is rested on a top of the hollow cylinder, and both the cylinder and the lock sleeve are above a bottom end of the roller. In response to a user sitting on the support body, both the hollow cylinders and the lock sleeves are pushed down with the biasing members being further compressed until both the hollow cylinders and the lock sleeves contact a supporting ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: E-MAKE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kung-Cheng Chen, Lung-Chuan Huang
  • Patent number: 9033350
    Abstract: Air traveling is a daily procedure, people need to move quickly within and around airports with their luggage. The invention, hereafter called “SkateTrolley ”, is a luggage designed to be used as a standard trolley or the traveler can ride luggage rather than carrying it. SkateTrolley has a platform with steerable rear wheels that can be pulled out to be ridden in a skateboard manner and a pull out driving stick that drives the front wheel in a scooter way while the content of the luggage remains in place. The design is developed to minimize weight, the suitcase shell acts as a frame and maximize maneuverability thought the double steering effect. SkateTrolley can be built in different sizes, one will fit the carryon luggage airline requirements. Note: FIG. 5 represents the invention the most.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Inventor: Federico Porri
  • Publication number: 20150084295
    Abstract: A pull rod bag with telescopic wheels (1) and a wheel telescoping operation mechanism, the wheel telescoping operation mechanism comprising: two pushing parts (9), the front end of each pushing part (9) can be connected with the rotating shaft (7) of a corresponding telescopic wheel (1); a transmission unit, comprising a transmission rod (8), two ends of the transmission rod (8) are connected with the rear end of a corresponding pushing part (9), respectively, such that the rotating shaft (7) of the corresponding telescopic wheel (1) can be driven to move back and forth in a mounting groove (45) when the transmission rod (8) moves up and down; and two locking parts (3), each locking part (3) can cooperate with a corresponding pushing part (9) so that the rotating shaft (7) of the telescopic wheel (1) connected with the corresponding pushing part (9) is locked in a folded state or an unfolded state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2012
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: STARRY LIMITED
    Inventor: Ilan Ben Meir
  • Patent number: 8919508
    Abstract: A portable suitcase tabletop system features a suitcase with a u-shaped telescopic handle located on a suitcase top surface. The telescopic handle slides out and away from the suitcase top surface when extended. The suitcase features a plurality of wheels located on a suitcase bottom surface. The system features a planar table pivotally located on a suitcase rear surface or a suitcase front surface. A U-shaped bar is slides out from the suitcase rear surface or the suitcase front surface next to a table bottom surface. The bar supports the table. The table and the bar are located in a zippered pouch. A telescopic front support slides out from a front support cavity located in the suitcase rear surface or the suitcase front surface close to the suitcase bottom surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Inventors: Monica E. Halko, Karen Heitz
  • Patent number: 8870195
    Abstract: A computer cart has removable electrical connector management system which may be removed from the computer cart to install portable electronic device electrical transformers, and then reinserted into the computer cart to enable multiple electrical transformers to be installed into the cart as a group. An electrical charging system uses a staggered round robin approach to control distribution of power within the computer cart without requiring the amount of power used from each power strip to be individually monitored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Bretford Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Jack Guasta, Morad Ghassemian
  • Patent number: 8833777
    Abstract: The combination scooter and messenger bag is an article-carrying device that can be converted into a wheeled land vehicle. When used as an article carrying device, the invention resembles a conventional messenger bag with a single strap. This is known as “carrying mode.” When used as a wheeled land vehicle, the invention resembles a kick scooter. This is known as “riding mode.” The invention employs a mechanism that quickly and easily converts the combination scooter and messenger bag from “carrying mode” to “riding mode” and vice versa. Raising the handlebar shifts the messenger bag from on top of the footboard to the side of the footboard. Lowering the handlebar shifts the messenger bag in the apposite direction. In this way, the scooter footboard is largely hidden from view in “carrying mode” and exposed for a user to stand upon in “riding mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Inventors: Michael Hughesdon Turner, Ryan Patrick Murphy
  • Publication number: 20140232076
    Abstract: A luggage and luggage cart assembly includes a piece of luggage selectively moveable between a collapsed configuration and an expanded configuration. The luggage has a greater longitudinal length in the expanded configuration as compared to the collapsed configuration. A cart is selectively moveable between a retracted position and an extended position. The cart, in the retracted position, is sized and arranged to carry the luggage in the collapsed configuration and, in the extended position, is sized and arranged to carry the luggage in the expanded configuration. The luggage is selectively attachable and detectable from the cart. With the luggage in the collapsed configuration and the cart in the retracted position, the luggage and cart collectively have a maximum size less than or equal to 45 linear inches so that the assembly can be carried onto an aircraft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2014
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Inventors: Andrew Day, Chase Schofield
  • Patent number: 8757643
    Abstract: A retractable wheel assembly includes a bracing member and a wheeled arm pivotally coupled to the bracing member. The wheeled arm is sized and positioned such that the wheeled arm rotates through an aperture of the bracing member. The wheeled arm includes an arm member, a wheel, and an aperture cover shaped and positioned such that when the wheeled arm is in a retracted mode, the aperture cover covers a majority of the aperture, but not substantially all, thereby forming a wheel gap. The wheel assembly includes a deployment arm and a trap member operationally coupled to the deployment arm, including a trap flange sized and positioned to cover the wheel gap when in a closed mode and to substantially uncover the wheel gap in an open mode. The retractable wheel assembly includes a handle operationally coupled to the trap member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Retrac Enterprises Inc
    Inventors: Joseph I. Arthur, Aron Bacs, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8757642
    Abstract: A retractable wheel assembly includes a bracing member and a wheeled arm pivotally coupled to the bracing member. The wheeled arm is sized and positioned such that the wheeled arm rotates through an aperture of the bracing member. The wheeled arm includes an arm member, a wheel, and an aperture cover shaped and positioned such that when the wheeled arm is in a retracted mode, the aperture cover covers a majority of the aperture, but not substantially all, thereby forming a wheel gap. The wheel assembly includes a deployment arm and a trap member operationally coupled to the deployment arm, including a trap flange sized and positioned to cover the wheel gap when in a closed mode and to substantially uncover the wheel gap in an open mode. The retractable wheel assembly includes a handle operationally coupled to the trap member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Retract Enterprises Inc
    Inventors: Joseph I. Arthur, Aron Bacs, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8695999
    Abstract: A device comprising a planar element with a first wheel supported about a first rotary axis, a handle support, and a folding joint connecting the handle support to the planar element pivotal about a first pivotal axis such that in an operating state the handle support is aligned to a planar element at an angle, is provided. At least one second wheel is supported about a second rotary axis, at the distal end of the planar element. The second wheel is pivotal about a second pivotal axis and coupled to the handle support via a mechanism which converts a pivotal motion of the handle support about the first pivotal axis into a pivotal axis of the second wheel about the second pivotal axis such that the second rotary motion of the second wheel shows in the idle state a greater angle to the planar element than in the operating state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Resint
    Inventor: Gregor Von Bismarck
  • Patent number: 8662506
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a multi-function cart for storing and transporting emergency or other supplies. The multi-function cart comprises two shells that can be secured together to form a transportable storage container. When separated, each shell is convertible into various configurations that can be used to sustain life during and after a disaster as well as to clean-up and rebuild after a disaster has occurred. The multi-function cart can also be used recreationally. In this manner, the multi-function cart enables victims to quickly care for themselves, and encourages victims to immediately begin the clean-up and rebuilding process. Each shell is convertible into different configurations using various tubes. Hub brackets on opposing sides of the shell include adapters to which any of the tubes can be connected. The tubes can be connected to the adapters in an upward or a downward orientation to form different configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Inventor: Troy Bengtzen
  • Patent number: 8657312
    Abstract: A computer cart has removable electrical connector management system which may be removed from the computer cart to install portable electronic device electrical transformers, and then reinserted into the computer cart to enable multiple electrical transformers to be installed into the cart as a group. An electrical charging system uses a staggered round robin approach to control distribution of power within the computer cart without requiring the amount of power used from each power strip to be individually monitored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Bretford Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Jack Guasta, Morad Ghassemian
  • Patent number: 8613349
    Abstract: The present invention features a portable suitcase tabletop system having a suitcase with a generally u-shaped telescopic handle and a plurality of wheels located on the suitcase bottom surface. The system has a table with a table bottom surface pivotally attached to a generally u-shaped telescopic table mount. A first table mount rod is located in a first table mount tube and a second table mount rod is located in a second table mount tube. The first table mount tube and the second table mount tube are located on a suitcase rear surface. In a first closed position, the table is located parallel with and pivoted against the suitcase rear surface. In a second open position, the table is pivoted into a position on a plane parallel with the suitcase top surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Inventors: Monica E. Halko, Karen Heitz
  • Patent number: 8579305
    Abstract: A level pulling type pet carrying cart includes a main body, a rotatable pushing arrangement and a retaining assembly. The main body has a base frame, a side frame and a plurality of wheels provided below the base frame. The rotatable pushing arrangement includes a connecting arm and a stretchable pushing arm which is capable of rotating with respect to the connecting arm. The retaining assembly includes a retaining base and a connecting band, wherein the connecting band has a first end connected to a top surface of the retaining base and a second end connected to a center on top of the side frame so as to pull the retaining base to move upwardly and also controlling a rotation angle of the stretchable pushing arm. Thus, the whole body is maintained to move smoothly along a horizontal level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Inventor: Cheuh Li Hou
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8556278
    Abstract: Embodiments of Various packaging assemblies for moving a product in a carton are provided. In this regard, a representative packaging assembly, among others, includes a carton that is designed to contain the product, and a tray that is placed below the carton. The tray has at least one caster that facilitates moving the carton.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Georgia-Pacific Corrugated LLC
    Inventor: Jody S. Brittain
  • Patent number: 8540252
    Abstract: An apparatus which is convertible from a portable cargo container to a wheeled vehicle. In particular, the present invention is a backpack or article of luggage that includes a deployable wheeled platform so that the backpack or luggage is convertible to a scooter type vehicle. The present invention is particularly useful for transporting relatively heavy loads along with a human operator, quickly and with minimal effort.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Inventors: Hamid Arjomand, Phillip H. Neal
  • Patent number: 8540063
    Abstract: Wheeled luggage including an extendable tongue permits use as a hand-truck to transport an additional piece of luggage supported on the extended tongue. The wheeled luggage may be similar to conventional wheeled luggage, but further includes a tongue movable between an inactive and active positions. In the inactive position, the tongue is positioned within a footprint of a bottom of the luggage. In the active position, the tongue extends beyond an outer edge of a bottom of the body to provide supportive structure on which the additional luggage may be placed. The structure of the extendable tongue may have various suitable configurations. A mechanism may be provided for moving the tongue between the inactive and active positions while the user and luggage are in an upright position. An optional strap and/or strap retraction mechanism may be provided to securing the additional luggage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Inventor: Aaron LaTowsky
  • Patent number: 8522937
    Abstract: A luggage case system comprises a case, a wheel and handle assembly, and at least one clip. The case has a top, bottom, front, back and sides. The wheel and handle assembly comprises a partial housing including a bottom, a back, and sides, an extendable handle secured to said back. The partial housing conforms in shape to that of said case, such that said bottom of said case may be placed on the bottom of the partial housing, and said back and sides of said case will engage the back and sides of said partial housing. The at least one clip is configured to engage the case and the wheel and handle assembly to releasably secure the case to the wheel and handle assembly, whereby with said handle extended said case may be pulled by said handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: McKlein Company, LLC
    Inventor: Chettha Saetia
  • Patent number: 8517155
    Abstract: A mobile base for a luggage case includes a base and two supports. The base includes two aligned sleeves. Each of the sleeves has an inner threaded hole at a central portion thereof. The two supports are movably connected to the sleeves. Each of the supports has a cylinder and an outer threaded section. The outer threaded section is adapted to engage with the inner threaded hole. Thereby, the mobile base of the present invention is suitable for various luggage cases, providing an easy and convenient adjustment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Inventor: Joy Tong
  • Patent number: 8517398
    Abstract: A luggage assembly is provided. The assembly includes a luggage component and a support assembly for use with the luggage component. The support assembly includes a support frame configured for extending from the luggage component between a first position and a second position extended from the luggage component and defining a support area therebetween for supporting additional luggage components and a pivotable device carried by the support frame and extending between spaced-apart wheel assemblies of the luggage component and configured for allowing pivotable movement of the luggage component about the support frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Bellman Ventures
    Inventor: Stancil Wilson
  • Patent number: 8490765
    Abstract: A wheeled luggage case having a luggage receptacle (56), the receptacle (56) having two opposing major walls and having end walls forming a luggage compartment, whereof a major wall of the receptacle is adapted to serve as a bottom wall (60) that faces the ground during a wheeled mode of travel of the luggage case, wherein said luggage case further comprises: (i) a plurality of support wheels; (ii) a retractable steering wheel assembly (58); and (iË) a handle (59) for steering, pushing and/or pulling purposes; wherein the luggage case is configured to be selectively deployable in a first mode of wheeled travel with the retractable steering wheel assembly (58) and support wheels in ground engagement whereby the said bottom wall (60) is facing the ground or in a second mode of wheeled travel with an alternative ground-engaging wheel arrangement whereby an end wall (62) is facing the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Inventors: Paul Tee Hui Lee, Marc Tee Huang Lee
  • Patent number: 8469374
    Abstract: A suitcase has a pair of wheels installed at one side of a body of the suitcase and a handlebar projecting from the body of the suitcase on a side opposite where the wheels are installed and a board movable between a rest position drawn near the suitcase body and an operative position projecting from the suitcase body to hold up a suitcase user with the wheels installed on the suitcase body being steering and there being a kinematic connection between the handlebar and the wheels to control the steering. The steering wheels are movable between a retracted position near the suitcase body and an operative position extended far from the suitcase body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Resint NV
    Inventor: Gregor Graf Von Bismarck
  • Patent number: 8454031
    Abstract: The combination scooter/backpack is an article carrying device with the capacity to be converted into a wheeled land vehicle, and therefore has two modes of usage. The article carrying device resembles a conventional backpack with two straps positioned to be placed over the user's shoulders, entitled backpack mode. The wheeled land vehicle functions as a popular collapsible scooter, two wheels mounted upon a board member with propulsion means provided by user's contact with the ground, entitled scooter mode. A horizontal handlebar is positioned at the top of the combination and serves to steer the front wheel during scooter mode. Conversion between backpack mode and scooter mode is accomplished with the raising and lowering of said handlebar and the manipulation of releasable fasteners and latches. In both backpack and scooter modes, a cover circumferentially surrounds the combination scooter/backpack to secure and protect components that are not in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Inventors: Michael Hughesdon Turner, Ryan Patrick Murphy, Duston E A Stutzman, Kah-Thart Goo
  • Patent number: 8365886
    Abstract: The present invention provides a luggage, which is mainly foldable and/or disposable. In preferable terms, the present invention provides said foldable and/or disposable luggage made of corrugated board having wheels adapted detachably to the luggage, which makes the luggage easy to handle, store and stackable. Said foldable and/or disposable luggage comprises two main panels, namely top main panel and a bottom main panel, and a plurality of side panels of the luggage formed by folding at least one scored die-cut flat blank, an extended panel, and a ply having wheels aligning with the holes of the said panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Inventor: Vinay K. Mehta
  • Patent number: 8302976
    Abstract: In a working machine, a towing handle is mounted on a top section of a machine body in such a manner that the handle is pivotable between a stored position and a deployed position, and the machine body is towable with the handle in the deployed position. The handle in the stored position extends along outer peripheral portions of the top section and a predetermined wall section of the machine, and the wall section has an upper end region that extends in a machine-towing direction to connect to the top section and has to-be-protected member provided thereon. The handle in the stored position projects outwardly beyond the top section and the wall section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kaku Okabe
  • Patent number: 8286767
    Abstract: A combination suitcase and baby carrier having a housing and a handle movable between a storage position and an extended position. The handle is also pivotal between a first position in which the handle is coplanar with the bottom and a second position in which the handle lies in a plane oblique to the plane of the housing bottom. A rear wheel support bracket having at least one rear wheel is pivotally mounted to the housing adjacent the end of the housing between a collapsed position in which the rear wheel is contained within the housing, and an operational position in which the rear wheel protrudes outwardly and downwardly from the housing bottom. A front wheel also extends outwardly from the bottom of the housing so that the housing can be supported by both the rear and front wheel. A housing top may then be open and movable against the handle to form a seat back for a baby carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Inventor: Susan M. Malinowski
  • Patent number: 8282109
    Abstract: An apparatus which is convertible from a portable cargo container to a wheeled vehicle. In particular, the present invention is a backpack or article of luggage that includes a deployable wheeled platform so that the backpack or luggage is convertible to a scooter type vehicle. The present invention is particularly useful for transporting relatively heavy loads along with a human operator, quickly and with minimal effort.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Inventors: Hamid Arjomand, Phillip H. Neal
  • Patent number: 8201837
    Abstract: Disclosed are a backpack skateboard system and methods for use thereof in which a skateboard is movably attached to a backpack, so that the skateboard can pivot 180° along the longitudinal axis thereof and rotate 90° into a folded configuration in which the skateboard is substantially parallel to the backpack with rear wheels of the skateboard facing the backpack and pivot 180° along the longitudinal axis thereof and to rotate 90° into an unfolded configuration in which the skateboard is substantially perpendicular to the backpack with the rear wheel assembly positioned downward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: Animations an Accessory Innovations Company
    Inventor: Steven Dweek
  • 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: 8118317
    Abstract: One embodiment of a carrier for carrying articles and luggage may include a case member. The case member may include a container and a lid pivotally attached to the container. The carrier may further include a railing arrangement, which may include a plurality of telescopic members and a plurality of rail members. The plurality of telescopic members may extend from the lid, and may be extended and retracted. The plurality of rail members may be disposed horizontally on the plurality of telescopic members for extending and retracting the plurality of telescopic members. The extension of the plurality of telescopic members may enable the railing arrangement to assume an open position for configuring and defining a confined space above the lid to receive the luggage therein. The carrier may further include a plurality of wheels, which may be coupled to the container for moving the case member and the luggage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Inventor: Jeffrey Koesterich
  • Patent number: 8033369
    Abstract: A luggage device having fully recessed legs that may be selectively engaged to translate and pivot about an axis to facilitate controlled movement from a fully recessed storage position to an operative position for conveniently transporting large heavy objects within the luggage. The fully recessed translation biased cantilever leg luggage device includes a dextral leg recess for receiving a dextral leg, and a sinistral leg recess for receiving a sinistral leg. Each leg recess has an engagement region, a storage region, and a pivot. Additionally, the engagement region includes a leg engagement region storage location, a leg engagement region operative location, and a leg engagement region transition region; through which a portion of the leg pivots about the axis and transitions from the fully recessed storage position to an operative position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: Club Glider Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Gary Sherrell, Michael J. Baum, William Pangburn, Adam Smith, Cameron Smith, Glenn Johnson
  • Patent number: 7997591
    Abstract: There is a chassis with retractable wheels, wherein the chassis includes a housing. The chassis may also include a chassis sled slidably disposed within the housing. In addition, the chassis may include a pair of lever arms, each said lever arm being disposed in the lower portion of the housing. Furthermore, the chassis includes a pair of mounting wheels, a fender configured to cover the wheels openings in a retracted position, and a web joining the fender to the wheel lever, and having a second end. The chassis with retractable wheels includes a chassis sled, wherein the chassis sled includes an isosceles trapezoid configuration. The chassis sled also includes a pair of receiving members pivotly attached to the first end of the pair of lever arms. The chassis further includes a separation panel attached to the housing configured to conceal the mechanical components of the chassis with retractable wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: Retrac Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph I Arthur
  • Publication number: 20110193304
    Abstract: The combination scooter and messenger bag is an article-carrying device that can be converted into a wheeled land vehicle. When used as an article carrying device, the invention resembles a conventional messenger bag with a single strap positioned to be placed over one of the user's shoulders and across the chest. This use is known as “carrying mode.” When used as a wheeled land vehicle, the invention resembles a kick scooter. This use is known as “riding mode.” The invention employs a mechanism that quickly and easily converts the combination scooter and messenger bag from “carrying mode” to “riding mode” and vice versa. The mechanism functions when a user raises and lowers a handlebar. Raising the handlebar shifts the messenger bag-style carrier from a position on top of the footboard to a position to the side of the footboard. Lowering the handlebar shifts the messenger bag-style carrier from a position on the side of the footboard to a position on top of the footboard.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2011
    Publication date: August 11, 2011
    Inventors: Michael Hughesdon Turner, Ryan Patrick Murphy
  • Patent number: 7984797
    Abstract: A rolling soft sided luggage case enclosing a volume and having opposing sidewalls, the sidewalls being supported by a tubular strut frame structure independent of the wheel housings mounted at the rear corners of the case. A straddle bracket affixed to a middle region of a side edge of the structural base joins the rear sidewall strut to the rigid base without engaging the wheel housing in order to facilitate ease of construction and repair of the wheel bracket. The levered portion of the base to which the wheel housing is affixed serves as a dampened swing arm on which the luggage case is sprung in order to isolate the structural frame of the case from bumps while being rolled and to and dampen shocks to the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2011
    Assignee: Delsey Luggage, Inc.
    Inventor: David Bieber
  • Patent number: 7861834
    Abstract: A towable baggage item is provided. The towable baggage item includes a body defining a storage compartment, the storage compartment configured to receive and carry objects. The towable baggage item also includes a retractable towing member coupled to the body. Furthermore, the towable baggage item also includes a retractable wheel assembly responsive to a position of the retractable towing member, wherein the retractable wheel assembly comprises at least one wheel and an actuator operatively coupled to each the wheel, wherein the actuator is movable along a first linear axis to extend and retract the wheel along a second linear axis different from the first linear axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: TRG Accessories, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Aaron Gorga, Chris W. Cicenas, Joseph M. Lehman
  • Patent number: 7837206
    Abstract: A wheeled article carrier is operational in either one of two conditions. A frame with a horizontal base is supported by three or four wheels with a vertical member upstanding from the base. A receptacle may be attached to the frame. A telescoping handle extends above the frame. The frame may be pulled by the handle to roll on two of the wheels. A foot board is retracted to lie securely along the vertical member. In the second condition, the carrier becomes a scooter, with the foot board extending horizontally from the base, with two of the wheels supporting the distal end of the board and the proximal end of the board fixed to the base and supported by the one or two other wheels attached to the base. A steering mechanism connects the one or two wheels on the base to the handle so that the rider may steer the scooter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Inventor: Freddy Theo Lee
  • Patent number: 7793949
    Abstract: A foldable vehicle frame includes a first main body, a second main body having a pedal portion and at least one joint portion, and a connecting mechanism connected to the first main body and the second main body. The connecting mechanism further includes a pair of rod parts, and the pair of rod parts respectively has a head end and a tail end. The head end is rotatably connected to the first main body, and the tail end is rotatably connected to the second main body, such that the connecting mechanism is turned over and stacked at a lower layer of the first main body, and the pedal portion of the second main body is folded under the turned-over connecting mechanism, so as to form a folded state. Furthermore, the connecting mechanism, the first main body, and the second main body are all unfolded simultaneously to form an unfolded state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Assignee: Freerider Corp.
    Inventor: Arthur Wang
  • Patent number: 7748508
    Abstract: The present invention provides a wheeled luggage case having a luggage receptacle, the receptacle having a bottom wall, a top wall, opposed end walls and opposed side walls forming a luggage compartment, wherein said luggage case further comprises:—(I) a plurality of support wheels located at one end of the bottom wall; (II) a retractable steering wheel assembly or assemblies, located on the bottom wall, distanced from the support wheels, said steering wheel assembly being moveable between an active position in which the wheel assembly extends below the bottom wall of the luggage receptacle and an inactive position in which the wheel assembly is substantially within the profile of the luggage receptacle; (III) a handle means located at one end of the luggage receptacle for steering, pushing, pulling and lifting purposes wherein when the steering wheel assembly is in an active position the base wall forms an acute angle with respect to the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Inventors: Paul Tee Hui Lee, Marc Tee Huang Lee
  • Patent number: 7731204
    Abstract: The combination scooter/backpack is an article carrying device with the capacity to be converted into a wheeled land vehicle, and therefore has two modes of usage. The article carrying device resembles a conventional backpack with two straps positioned to be placed over the user's shoulders, entitled backpack mode. The wheeled land vehicle functions as a popular collapsible scooter, two wheels mounted upon a board member with propulsion means provided by user's contact with the ground, entitled scooter mode. A horizontal handlebar is positioned at the top of the combination and serves to steer the front wheel during scooter mode. Conversion between backpack mode and scooter mode is accomplished with the raising and lowering of said handlebar and the manipulation of releasable fasteners and latches. In both backpack and scooter modes, a cover circumferentially surrounds the combination scooter/backpack to secure and protect components that are not in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Inventors: Michael Hughesdon Turner, Ryan Patrick Murphy, Duston E A Stutzman, Kah-Thart Goo
  • Patent number: 7726671
    Abstract: A wheeled bag assembly having an elongated wheeled bottom assembly made out of a rigid and moldable material with an upperside, an underside, first and second lateral sides, first and second ends defined, respectively, by first and second folds along said underside, said first fold extending away from said underside a first predetermined distance. Wheel members mounted to the lateral sides opposite to a supporting fold with cooperative dimensions to permit the bottom assembly to be at rest at a substantially parallel and spaced apart relationship with respect to a supporting surface. A bag member with flat bottom wall is mounted over the upperside and extends upwardly defining an internal compartment and an upper end opening. A user tilts the bag assembly and pulls it from handles mounted adjacent to the opening causing the wheels to roll and the assembly to easily move with its contents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignee: Skyworld Business Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Juan Carlos Musi
  • Patent number: 7644743
    Abstract: A towing arrangement includes a pivotal handle which allows a user to position the handle more comfortably that would otherwise be possible with a conventional towing arrangement. The relative motion of the handle can also increase the maneuverability of a piece of luggage by eliminating the need for a person to reposition his or her hand on the handle when attempting to redirect the piece of luggage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2010
    Assignee: Tumi, Inc.
    Inventors: Timm J. Fenton, Paul V. Scicluna
  • Publication number: 20090315284
    Abstract: A luggage case which is convertible between a first configuration similar to a suitcase and a second configuration similar to a wheeled cart. The luggage case may have wheels and a pivotal handle. The pivotal handle may be supported by a strut pivotally fixed thereto at one end and arranged at the other end to slide along a groove in a guide track fixed to the luggage case. The strut may be entrapped to stop at a predetermined location along the groove with the handle fixed at an angle suitable for pushing the luggage case on its wheels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2008
    Publication date: December 24, 2009
    Inventor: Ignacio Tapia Osorno